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Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides") is being eyed for a role in the upcoming "Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One" film. Riz Ahmed ("Four Lions," "Nightcrawler") is in talks to join the cast as well according to The Wrap.
Gareth Edwards directs the spin-off feature which also stars Felicity Jones and possibly Ben Mendelsohn. The project has been described as an action-centric heist film involving a group of resistance fighters who unite to steal the plans to the original Death Star.
Claflin has generally played supporting roles in major blockbusters, but the part he is being eyed for here is said to be much more substantial. "Star Wars: Rogue One" is currently targeting a December 16th 2016 release date. »
- Garth Franklin
Las Vegas - Warner Bros. is still the grand old lady of Hollywood and the studio brought out a slew of stars for its annual CinemaCon presentation. They also, unlike some of their sister studios, pretty much went through their entire slate for 2015 and dipped a toe into 2016. What really got us percolating, however, were the first signs of a Johnny Depp comeback. Depp, who hasn't had a real hit since 2011's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," wasn't physically in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, but his appearance in an extended preview for Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" was revelatory. "Mass" is a biopic about the notorious Boston mafia boss Whitey Bulger who spent 16 years on the run from the FBI. The footage begins with Depp as Bulger at what appears to be a card game or dinner. He begins to joke around with John Morris (David Harbour). Within minutes, »
- Gregory Ellwood
With filming underway on Guy Ritchie’s medieval action adventure Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur, a batch of set photos have arrived online from the production in Conwy, Wales, and you can take a look at the images here courtesy of Coming Soon…
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.
- Gary Collinson
"Furious 7" just keeps picking up momentum, racing to a jaw-dropping $526.8 million global box office total since its April 3 debut.
The latest installment in the wildly popular "Fast and Furious" franchise landed in the number one spot in every territory in which it debuted last week, topping the box office charts in the U.S. ($147.2 million), Mexico ($21.5 million), and the U.K. ($18.7 million), among many others. It's now the third-biggest international opener of all time, behind only "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" ($314 million) and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" ($260.4 million).
And according to industry insiders, "Furious 7" is on track to add even more cash to that impressive haul. It's currently figured to make about $60 million domestically this weekend; add that to its current $183.7 domestic total and $343.1 million global total, and it seems there's no stopping this flick.
- Katie Roberts
Furious 7 rode into theaters this weekend, smashing box office records to the tune of $143.6 million domestically, the highest opening weekend in April history. The action-packed sequel also took in over $240.4 million internationally, the biggest international opening in Universal Studios history, with a worldwide tally of $384 million in just the first weekend alone. The domestic opening weekend gross stands as the ninth highest all time, just above The Twilight Saga: New Moon's tally of $142.8 million.
Furious 7 bested its predecessor, 2013's Fast & Furious 6's opening weekend gross of $97.3 million internationally and $162 million internationally. Director James Wan's sequel, which marks the final film from late star Paul Walker, took in $61.1 million on Saturday in just over 10,000 international theaters, Universal's highest-grossing Saturday of all time. The sequel was the #1 movie in 64 international territories, 26 of which were the highest-grossing opening weekends in those countries' history, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, »
Furious 7 took the 14-year-old Fast franchise to the next level this weekend with a stunning $147.2 million debut. That opening ranks ninth all-time behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3, the final Harry Potter, two Dark Knight movies, two Hunger Games and Spider-Man 3.The movie also opened to an incredible $245 million overseas; that's without any help from China, Japan and Russia, where it will open in the next few weeks. So far, Furious 7 has earned $392 million worldwide, and is very likely on track to earn over $1 billion by the end of its run.At the domestic box office, Furious 7's $147.2 million debut is 55 percent higher than Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $95 million, which was the previous April record holder. This is also the biggest debut in the franchise thus far, up a whopping 51 percent over Fast & Furious 6. Furious 7 earned $13.3 million on IMAX screens alone, which »
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However, the princess story still managed to put up impressive numbers, picking up $41.1 million over the weekend and pushing “Cinderella” to $253.1 million globally. Among notable openings, “Cinderella” bowed to $2.5 million in South Korea, debuted to $1.2 million in Argentina and premiered to $900,000 in Colombia.
In China, “Cinderella” has made $52.4 million in two weeks, making it the second-largest Disney live-action release behind only “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
Domestically, “Insurgent” opened to $54 million, missing estimates that had it debuting to between $57 million and $60 million. The positive news for Lionsgate, the studio behind the futuristic adventure, is that its foreign numbers are topping those of its predecessor “Divergent,” outpacing the earlier film by more than 30%.
DreamWorks Animation got a jump start on its stateside rollout of “Home,” debuting the alien adventure to $19.2 million in nine markets, »
- Brent Lang
The cast of NBC's Heroes Reborn is slowly coming together, with Once Upon a Time star Robbie Kay signing on for an unspecified role in the upcoming event series. He will join original Heroes star Jack Coleman and Zachary Levi, who were both seen in the brief Super Bowl trailer that debuted back in February. Robbie Kay is coming off a turn as the villainous Peter Pan in ABC's Once Upon a Time.
We reported in July that Heroes Reborn will primarily focus on new characters, but no specific story details have been released. Series creator Tim Kring also added in July that Heroes Reborn will be set after the events of the original Heroes, which was canceled in 2010 after a four-season run. We also reported last month that Zachary Quinto, whose breakout performance as Sylar in Heroes helped jump start his career, will not be back for the limited series. »
Disney confirmed they will "absolutely prohibit" the depiction of 'smoking', including cigarettes, cigars and weed, for all PG-13 rated productions that fall under their company umbrella including Marvel Studios films.
But will the Disney ban also extend to prohibiting the depiction of excessive violence, evident in past films designated with a PG-13 rating, including "Lone Ranger" with its scores of onscreen deaths and cannibalism ?
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- Michael Stevens
Just yesterday, we brought you the first set photo from Guy Ritchie’s medieval epic Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, which found star Charlie Hunnam posing opposite the director on the first day of production. Now, Warner Bros. has unsheathed a synopsis for the pic, which will serve to launch a franchise of six blockbuster films, all to be spun out of Arthurian lore.
According to the studio, which does not mention the official title of the film despite it being previously referred to as Knights of the Roundtable, Ritchie’s take will unfurl thusly:
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. »
- Isaac Feldberg
With principal photography getting underway on Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur here in the UK, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures have released an official synopsis for Guy Ritchie’s take on the Arthurian legend, as well as a behind-the-scenes image of the director alongside his leading man Charlie Hunnam…
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King. »
- Gary Collinson
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to an original King Arthur epic, a sweeping fantasy action adventure starring Charlie Hunnam (FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”), for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.
Principal photography has begun at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, UK.
Ritchie posted this first shot from the film on his Instagram account.
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. has announced that Guy Ritchies upcoming new take on the King Arthur mythos has started filming today, and along with the announcement they've revealed the film's cast and details on the plot. Come inside to see how different this version will be.
I love the tale of King Arthur. It's a great fantasy story with a rich history and potential. As such, I've been looking forward to seeing how Guy Ritchie would handle the tale, and what he would be changing. Today, cameras have started rolling on the film, and we're able to get a little more information on plot:
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur »
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Walt Disney Studios has announced the Blu-ray Combo Pack and single disc DVD release of Into the Woods, the Academy Award nominated musical from director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides).
An all-cast cast joins Marshall for the adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, including Meryl Steep (The Devil Wears Prada), Anna Kendrick (The Voices), Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), Chris Pine (Star Trek), James Corden (Once Chance) and Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean).
The film is set for release on March 24th, and you pre-order it via Amazon here.
The Blu-ray Combo Pack will include:
–Never-Before-Seen Sondheim Original Song: “She’ll Be Back” – Meryl Streep performs a compelling new song that sheds a little more light on the Witch’s relationship with Rapunzel. This never-before- seen composition was penned especially for this movie by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and is seen here exclusively on Blu-ray and Ehv. »
- Scott J. Davis
Into the Woods is hitting on Blu-Ray March 24th, and this one has a lot of great bonuses. Of course, it’s to be expected from Disney, but beyond that, this is one that doesn’t even need a lot of bonuses. Check our Into the Woods review here for the full report on the film itself.
Among the bonuses are a commentary track, several behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a look at the cast.
Not only was this a really great movie (and I’m no huge musical fan), but it’s one that, like most things Disney, is going to go into heavy rotation.
Check out all the details below.
From the director of “Chicago” and the producer of “Wicked” comes a modern twist on the »
- Marc Eastman
The Boardwalk Empire actor on the brilliance of The Sopranos, Venice in winter and taking the kids to see Kasabian
Actor Stephen Graham, 41, was born in Kirkby, Liverpool, and got his breakthrough role in 2000, when Guy Ritchie cast him as Tommy in gangster film Snatch. Since then, he has played Combo in Shane Meadows’s Bafta-winning This Is England film and TV series and Al Capone in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He has also appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Gangs of New York. He is married to fellow actor Hannah Walters, with whom he has two children. His next role is in crime drama Hyena, released in the UK on 6 March.
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- Ralph Jones
Tomorrow is the Academy Awards, which is seen as the most prestigious and important award show for the industry. The Oscars also cause some outrage, as many deem it too political. To win an Oscar you really just schmooze at Hollywood parties and get members to vote for you, it seems. The award show has on occasion given the most deserving person the Oscar, but there are many other times when it has not.
One nomination that surprised me this year is Meryl Streep for her role in Into The Woods. Streep currently has three Oscar wins for Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady, with a further sixteen nominations on top of this. I wonder if her many nominations have been damaging to other actresses in the industry. Streep »
- Thomas Roach
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has begun shooting at the Village Roadshow Studios and on locations in Queensland, a major boost to employment in the State. According to Screen Queensland, 75% of the 850-plus crew are Queenslanders and more locals will be employed during the five months of filming. There will be an estimated 6,100 extras man-days, the majority of which will be local hires. A Queensland production manager was among the first to be engaged. As If had reported, Brenton Thwaites is playing Henry, a British soldier, in the Jerry Bruckheimer/Disney production directed by Kon-Tiki.s Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning. Geoffrey Rush returns as Barbossa alongside Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Javier Bardem as his nemesis Captain Salazar, Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) as Henry's love interest, Golshifteh Farahani (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum. »
- Don Groves
“G’Days” and “Ahoys” were probably exchanged aplenty today on the set of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which has commenced production in Queensland, Australia.
The fifth film in the franchise brings Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem down under for plenty of swashbuckling. Shooting will take place both on location in Queensland and in the Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.
Depp returns to the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, who in this film will be targeted by the villainous Captain Salazar (Bardem) as Sparrow searches for Poseidon’s trident in hopes of fending off “deadly ghost pirates,” per a press release from the studio.
Orlando Bloom returns to the series to shiver more timbers after skipping the fourth installment, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Bloom will reprise his role as Will Turner, and Turner’s relationship with his son (played »
- Marianne Zumberge
Coinciding with the release of the first trailer for Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Variety is reporting that the British filmmaker has cast Eric Bana (Hulk, Deliver Us from Evil) in his next offering, Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur.
Bana is set to play Uther Pendragon, the father of the future king Arthur, who will be portrayed by Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy). Also featuring in the cast is Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Guinevere, while Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Jude Law (Black Sea) are reportedly in line for roles.
Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur is currently set for release on July 22nd 2016.
- Gary Collinson
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