Toh! has been calling out Brit Tom Hardy since "Bronson" as one of the most exciting actors working today. Hollywood casting directors too notice--Hardy landed back-to-back roles in Christopher Nolan's "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" as well as "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Lawless." And Gavin O'Connor showcased him in fight film "Warrior" (see my video interview here). But it takes time for a great actor to reach audiences and become a real marquee draw. Hardy isn't a household name--yet. But anyone who tracks acting knows he has the right stuff. Make sure to check out Steven Knight’s intense man-in-a-car drama “Locke" (my interview here). Hardy's also collaborating with Knight (who created UK TV hit "Peaky Blinders") on the BBC series, "Taboo," executive produced by Ridley Scott. Hardy's coming up in a number of films at various stages of production. »
- Anne Thompson
While it remains that Kristen Stewart isn't expected to return as the lead in Snow White and the Huntsman 2, it's now being reported that The Walking Dead's creator, Frank Darabont, will direct said sequel.
According to TheWrap, Darabont is in early talk to direct Swath 2. Universal Pictures and producer Joe Roth are very interested in Darabont's take on the sequel/spinoff, but they have yet to make him an official offer. Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama) were on the shortlist of directors who were considered for the gig.
As for Stewart–she's not expected to return. The film will focus more on Chris Hemsworth's huntsman. But given that the script isn't finalized yet, we could see Stewart make a brief cameo or appear in a handful of scenes.
- Laura Frances
Mistaken for Strangers, the documentary about The National frontman Matt Berninger and his wayward filmmaker brother Tom, arrives in UK cinemas today (June 27), and is a reminder that siblings can sometimes make for great cinema.
Whether it's the constant squabbling of Will Ferrell and John C Reilly in Step Brothers, the epic Corleone rivalry in The Godfather or Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger in On the Waterfront, brothers can make for highly-charged drama.
The National to release "huge bonus version" of Mistaken for Strangers doc
Digital Spy takes a look back at 5 movies about brothers - from entirely different genres - that are essential viewing for film fans.
Dead Ringers (1988)
The marriage of World War II and football, Escape To Victory, is getting a big screen remake...
Well, that's a headline we never expected to write.
With Edge Of Tomorrow earning lots of audience love, even if it's not had quite as much audience money as it warrants, director Doug Liman is heading off in a different direction for his next venture. For you remember Escape To Victory, starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Pele, Ossie Ardiles and Russell Osman, formerly of Ipswich Town Football Club? He's remaking that.
Known as Victory in the Us, Escape To Victory is the only film to date where Sylvester Stallone plays a goalkeeper. The new take on it is being scripted by Gavin O'Connor, who directed the film Warrior, and it will once more be set during World War II.
Liman is now in talks to direct the film for Warner Bros. We »
Unfortunately, audiences unwisely avoided the Tom Cruise sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow here in the Us, but the film is doing fine overseas. We just wish there was a bigger reception for the film from The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, because he crafted one of the most fun films of the summer. But Liman is already looking to the future with a new project that feels pretty timely because of World Cup fever sweeping the globe. THR reports Liman is in talks to direct Victory, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name (starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine) with Warrior director Gavin O'Connor scripting. In what sounds like a soccer version of Miracle, the film follows allied prisoners of war who prepare for a soccer match against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris. But while the game is being set up, the »
- Ethan Anderton
For his next movie to follow Edge Of Tomorrow, Doug Liman is already in active development on the Tom Clancy videogame adaptation Splinter Cell, which has Tom Hardy attached to star. That's only one of several projects that Liman has on the boil, however, and he may just have added another to the list. With the World Cup in full swing, it seems appropriate that he's in talks to direct Victory, a remake of the WWII football favourite Escape To Victory.The original film, made in 1981, involves a group of POWs using a propaganda footie match with their German captors as an escape opportunity, with some help from the French Resistance tunnelling in from the sewers outside the Paris ground. John Huston directed, and the film is much loved and remembered for its unusual onscreen mix of actors and professional footballers: Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone co-star with Bobby Moore and Pele. »
After landing on the short list earlier this month to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2, Frank Darabont is now in negotiations to direct the sequel for Universal Pictures. However, it seems the title may need to be changed, since Kristen Stewart may not be returning.
The studio is now considering the project a spin-off instead of a sequel, although it hasn't been confirmed one way or another if Kristen Stewart will be coming back as Snow White. Back in December 2012, Kristen Stewart said she was returning, but that was long before Frank Darabont entered the picture. If this does turn out to be a true spin-off, it could certainly keep the door open for Kristen Stewart to reprise her role as Snow White.
Just as was rumored in 2012, it looks like Kristen Stewart won't be back for the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman for Universal Pictures, meaning the film will focus on a story involving Chris Hemsworth as the other title character. In all honesty, this is probably a better option anyway since Hemsworth has become a bigger star thanks to his role as Thor in Marvel's cinematic universe, and Stewart seemed to hold the first film back a bit (that and a bland story). But maybe we'll get something good since The Wrap also reports The Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont will be at the helm this time. A deal isn't finalized yet but, he's the studio's choice to take the job, beating out Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama) for the gig. However, a script still has to be finalized, and that might include a cameo for Stewart »
- Ethan Anderton
Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) is in talks to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2, reportedly beating out Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama). Additional word is Kristen Stewart is not expected to return as Snow White, though she may have a small cameo appearance. Darabont's take on the story apparently focuses on Chris Hemsworth as the titular Huntsman. The Wrap Scoot McNairy (The Rover) is joining Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in an unspecified role. Deadline Benjamin Bratt is set to join Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along 2 for Universal with Tim Story (Think Like a Man Too) returning to direct. In typical sequel fashion, the story will move to a sunny locale, this time Miami where I'm sure Cube and Hart will get involved with some drug lord or something. The film hits theaters January 15, 2016. Variety »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Frank Darabont has directed some great movies including The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. He more recently helped produce The Walking Dead until he was fired. He doesn't just say yes to anything obviously; so why he would want to lend his name to the sequel for Snow White And The Huntsman is beyond me. He beat out previous frontrunners Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama) for the gig after the studio and producer Joe Roth were said to be happy with »
- Graham McMorrow
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Having begun his acting career in the early 90s, Frank Grillo has steadily built up an impressive body of work in TV and film, with some of his best big-screen roles including Warrior, The Grey and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
This year sees Grillo star in the action sci-fi sequel The Purge: Anarchy, and it was during an interview about this film, due out next month, that the actor told us a little bit about his future appearances. First, there's his character Brock Rumlow - also known as Crossbones - in Marvel's Captain America sequel. Was that a role he'd be returning to in the future?
"Well, I do know that I've signed on for multiple films, so yeah, it looks that way," Grillo told us, "but »
The world needs more Frank Grillo. Not only is he a top-notch actor and kick-ass action star, but he’s also a super nice guy and absolute pleasure to interview, too. He’s delivered quality material throughout his career, but the past three years have marked one standout success after the next with Grillo going from Warrior to The Grey then End of Watch, Zero Dark Thirty and he keeps tacking on more. While talking to Grillo about his next big release, The Purge: Anarchy, he also took the time to update Collider on a number of upcoming projects. He gave us some details on his character in the new DirecTV series, Kingdom, confirmed that he’s officially attached to Patrick Hughes’ The Raid remake, discussed the status of his seemingly long-lost horror movie, Demonic, and also hinted at Rumlow’s return in Captain America 3. You can check out the »
- Perri Nemiroff
The idea of a remake of Indonesian action sensation "The Raid" without the bonkers, surely-someone-must-have-died action genius of director Gareth Evans, or with the presumably lax approach to health and safety that's the only way some of the insanity of the film (and its even crazier sequel) could have been pulled off, seems somewhat pointless. But nevertheless, Screen Gems have been pressing on, with "Red Hill" and "The Expendables 3" helmer Patrick Hughes attached to direct, and they just made a hire that means we might have a sliver of interest in the prospect. The excellent Frank Grillo, who broke out in the last few years thanks to "Warrior," "The Grey" and, most recently, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," in which he played a villainous Hydra agent, has told We Got This Covered that he's signed on to star in the remake of "The Raid." The actor was said to »
- Edward Davis
Marvel is moving along with their Phase Three plans, including the Dr. Strange film. Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy are at the top of Marvel’s list of people who should play the Master of the Mystic Arts, Dr. Stephen Strange.
According to Deadline, Marvel Entertainment has composed a wish-list of big-name actors who they would like to see in the title role of their planned Dr. Strange movie. Benedict Cumberbatch is high on the list, as is Tom Hardy.
Benedict Cumberbatch came on the scene with a splash due to his highly acclaimed portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC series Sherlock. He has also dived into sci-fi lore by playing that notorious bad guy Kahn Singh in Star Trek: Into Darkness, and into fantasy realms with voice-over roles in the Hobbit trilogy. He’s appeared in critically praised films such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and War Horse. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
After "Snow White and the Huntsman" grossed around $400 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures greenlit a sequel, but is not bringing back director Rupert Sanders. Deadline is now reporting that the studio is in talks with three helmers, including Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption), Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama). The most surprising person on the list has to be Darabont, who not only directed "Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile," but he also launched "The Walking Dead" TV series. His last film was "The Mist," back in 2007, and has since been planning lots of personal projects, none of which is a sequel to some studio film. "Snow White and the Huntsman 2" will bring back Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart. It's tentatively set to hit theaters in 2016. »
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