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"There will be a new dinosaur created by the park’s geneticists," confirmed Trevorrow. "They want something bigger, louder...with more teeth...
"I know the idea of a modified dinosaur put a lot of fans on red alert, and I understand it. But we aren’t doing anything here that (author) Crichton didn’t suggest in his novels.
"This animal is not a mutant freak. It doesn’t have a »
- Michael Stevens
Over the last 18 years, the Mission: Impossible franchise has lined up an impressive list of actresses to play opposite Tom Cruise' Ethan Hunt. On that list are Emmanuelle Béart, Thande Newton, Michelle Monaghan, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, and Paula Patton - and now the latest female lead has been found for Mission: Impossible 5. Word has come down that Rebecca Ferguson, the lead of the BBC series The White Queen, has taken a key role in the next chapter of the blockbuster franchise. Set to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie and based on a script by Iron Man 3's Drew Pearce, Mission: Impossible 5 doesn't currently have an official plot synopsis, but is expected to bring back the stars from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - including Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and the aforementioned Paula Patton (not to mention possibly Ving Rhames and Michelle Monaghan). Deadline »
Public interest in the Tom Cruise-anchored Mission: Impossible franchise had started to wane after the lackluster second installment, but 2011′s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol did a tremendous job of breathing new life into the blockbuster series by bringing in The Incredibles director Brad Bird and introducing appealing characters played by Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton. So, now that casting for Mission: Impossible 5 is finally getting under way, we’re definitely interested in who’s joining Cruise’s super-spy Ethan Hunt for his next adventure.
Luckily for fans, the main cast of Ghost Protocol, including Renner, Patton and Simon Pegg, is returning, and today brings news that two more terrific actors have been brought into the fold. Deadline reports that 30 Rock alum Alec Baldwin, who previously played another iconic spook in Tom Clancy adaptation The Hunt for Red October, is circling a role in the film, while Variety is »
- Isaac Feldberg
New reports have Alec Baldwin and "The White Queen" star Rebecca Ferguson in talks to star in Mission: Impossible 5 for director Christopher McQuarrie. The duo would join Tom Cruise who's once again reprising his role as Imf Agent Ethan Hunt along with fellow returning stars Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg, both having starred in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol while this would be Pegg's third film in the franchise. Baldwin will reportedly star as a high-ranking CIA officer overseeing Hunt's division, similar to the role played by Laurence Fishburne in Mission: Impossible III. Meanwhile, Ferguson will play the female lead, a role once tipped for Jessica Chastain who had to turn the role down due to scheduling conflicts. Reports say the role requires months of intense training leading up to the shoot and during. Mission: Impossible 5 was scripted by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) and is set for a December 25, 2015 release. »
- Brad Brevet
If a deal is finalized, Alec Baldwin will play a high-ranking CIA officer who oversees the division lead by Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt. The role is reportedly similar to Laurence Fishburne's Theodore Brassel in 2006's Mission: Impossible III.
No formal offer has been issued to Rebecca Ferguson, but the actress is reportedly the top choice of both Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie. Jessica Chastain was offered the role back in April, but she ultimately passed because she could not commit enough time to the extensive shoot. Sources indicate that the studio wants the actress to start training in the near future, which would go all the way through to production, scheduled to wrap in January. »
According to The Tracking Board, the long gestating Us adaptation of the popular Japanese manga Death Note may be getting new director. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) had been attached to direct for the last couple years, but now that he is working on the Predator reboot sequel it appears he has had to drop out. They report that Gus Van Sant (Psycho, Good Will Hunting) has been tapped to take over.
For those unfamiliar, Death Note “follows the story of a high school student who finds a mysterious notebook that lets him instantly kill any person by writing their name in the book. As the student’s body count piles up, a nameless FBI agent begins tracking him.”
Death Note trailer
- Chris Connors
Three years ago it was announced that a live action feature film adaptation of the anime and Japanese manga Death Note would be directed by Iron Man 3's Shane Black. It seems Black has dropped out of the project, and Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant could be stepping in to take his place.
These are two very different directors with very different styles, and I never imagined that Van Sant would ever do an anime adaptation. The guy is very talented, he likes to experiment, and maybe this is just something he would like to try his hand at.
The news comes from The Tracking Board, and they give no reason as to why Black left. I can only imagine that if he's been working on this for three years and nothing has come together that he'd be ready to move on. Then there's also the fact »
- Joey Paur
Shane Black and Gus Van Sant couldn’t be more different as filmmakers. Black is a pillar of pop culture cheekiness, known for sticking jokey asides into his screenplays and mining glib wisecracks out of pulpy genre fare (ranging from Lethal Weapon, to his directorial debut, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, to last year’s Iron Man 3); he’s also obsessed with Christmas. Van Sant, meanwhile, takes himself more seriously, outputting a fluctuating mix of topical neo-realist dramas (Elephant), biopics (Milk, Last Days), and hits like Good Will Hunting, with occasional disasters such as Psycho sprinkled in between.
So the idea of Black jumping ship on a project and handing the wheel over to Van Sant seems kind of ...
- Andy Crump
Some time ago, Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) was attached to direct an American adaptation of Death Note, the popular manga that has spawned an anime and live-action features. The story itself revolves around a student how comes into possession of a notebook that has the power to kill any person who's name is written in it. Black actually seemed like the perfect fit for the job, not only having a knack for delivering interesting dialogue (despite the fact he would only »
- Sean Wist
After dropping three posters yesterday [see here], the first trailer for Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings has arrived online, and you can watch it below after the official synopsis….
From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Exodus is set for release on December 12th 2014 and also features Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), John Turturro (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Emun Elliott (Prometheus), María Valverde (Cracks »
- Gary Collinson
Back in January 2011, Shane Black signed on to direct from a script by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, but we never heard anything else about the project until now. The Tracking Board reports that the most recent script was written by Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, and that Shane Black was still attached to direct up until 2013, which is, coincidentally, when his blockbuster Iron Man 3 hit theaters.
Death Note is based on the Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, which follows a young student who finds a bizarre notebook. He discovers that he can kill anyone instantly simply by writing their name in the notebook, as an FBI agent starts tracking him when the bodies keep piling up. »
When we think of historical epics, a certain grand scale of filmmaking comes to mind, and few pull it off better than Ridley Scott. His Moses saga Exodus: Gods and Kings (previously known simply as Exodus) hits theaters this December, and is the second blockbuster Biblical retelling of 2014, after Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
Scott’s take on the Old Testament story boasts a terrific cast, with Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) as his adoptive brother (and eventual enemy) Ramses, Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as Joshua, alongside Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) and John Turturro (Transformers: Dark of the Moon).
While Scott has long held that his take on the famous story will focus more on the characters than the set pieces – such as the iconic Parting of the Red Sea in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 classic The Ten ...
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- Anthony Vieira
In just 11 days, Transformers: Age of Extinction has already become the highest-grossing movie ever in China.Through Monday, the Michael Bay-directed sequel has earned a stunning $219.2 million there. That's slightly above Avatar, which grossed $204.1 million* in 2010 (Transformers is still a bit behind in local currency, but will pass Avatar in a day or two).The movie's phenomenal success in China can be chalked up to three main factors. First, it's important to remember that the franchise was already extremely popular in China. In Summer 2011, Transformers: Dark of the Moon earned over $165 million; in comparison, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides made around $70 million that Summer. Second, the market has expanded dramatically in recent years. Rapid growth in the middle class has increased the aggregate demand for movies, and new screens are being built at the rate of around a dozen per day. Through all of 2013, there were five »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Last week we saw a few stills from Ridley Scott’s next directorial offering Exodus: Gods and Kings [check them out here], and now we have the first three posters for the biblical epic, which feature Christian Bale (American Hustle) as Moses and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) as the Egyptian Pharoah Ramses II…
Exodus is set for release on December 12th 2014 and also features Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), John Turturro (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Emun Elliott (Prometheus), María Valverde (Cracks), Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies), and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones).
- Gary Collinson
Miles Ahead, the upcoming Miles Davis biopic directed, starring, and co-written by Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Iron Man 3), starts its shoot this week in Cincinnati after a decade in development. The long-anticipated film about the legendary trumpeter – often considered the definitive jazz soloist of the 20th century – will feature Cheadle as Davis with Ewan McGregor (Star Wars) and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) in supporting roles.
With full rights to Davis’ discography and a blessing from the Davis family, Miles Ahead has everything going for it. It has been a labour of love for Cheadle, who is a longtime fan of Davis and has learned how to play the trumpet for the film (though all the trumpet in the film will be, of course, Davis himself).
- Sasha James
There's cash to be made in the Middle Kingdom -- something Hollywood has definitely copped onto. Marvel earned a few extra dollars at the Chinese box office when Iron Man 3 shot certain scenes specifically for that territory, and now Michael Bay has taken this to a whole new extreme by casting the likes of Li Bingbing and Han Geng in prominent roles, and actually moving the action in Transformers: Age Of Extinction to China in the final act. Audiences there have evidently lapped it up, as THR report that the flick become China's highest grossing film of all-time after being out for just two weeks. The fourth Transformers movie has earned $222.74 million, surpassing the $221 million record held by Avatar. Currently sitting on $575 million worldwide, it doesn't look as if Bay's latest beast will be slowing down anytime soon. »
The 3rd July 2013 saw the release of Disney's The Lone Ranger, its larger-than-life western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Its theatrical debut marked the end of a lengthy and difficult production, stories from which had been hungrily served up by the media - the previous summer was dominated by news stories of its spiralling budget, which was thought to have crossed $250m. Nevertheless, the 2013 blockbuster season should, in theory, have marked a fresh start for Disney, as it spent a reported $150m on marketing The Lone Ranger. But the House of Mouse hadn't counted on the popularity of another film launched on that exact same day in July: Universal's animated sequel, Despicable Me 2.
The Lone Ranger, a film with an »
Rome – Alan Rickman, Richard Gere, and a trio of hot younger Hollywood stars will be feted by Italy’s Giffoni Film Festival for children, the unique event where children from all over the world are jurors, now set to expand its horizons with planned construction of its long-gestating Giffoni Multimedia Valley.
Rickman, known to kids around the world for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise, will be honoured with the Francois Truffaut lifetime achievement award at the cinematic holiday camp of sorts in the Southern Italian town where A-list stars engage with kids. Jessica Chastain (pictured) was among last year’s Giffoni guests.
They will hold onstage master classes with »
- Nick Vivarelli
The actor explained why he almost passed on the role of Aldrich Killian in the Marvel Studios blockbuster.
Pearce insisted on reading the script before he signed on, despite Marvel's policy of keeping them closely guarded.
"My agent was certainly very excited by the prospect of Iron Man 3, and I knew it would be seen by a lot more people [than my previous films were]," Pearce told Total Film.
"When I watched the first one, I thought, 'Wow, there's something different here'. Shane [Black], who directed the third, had been a fan of mine, apparently.
"He called up and I had a meeting with him and he said, 'We're not allowed to give »
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