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There’s been a few sites chipping in this week with shortlists for the lead role in Doctor Strange – with names such as Ewan McGregor (Star Wars), Ryan Gosling (Drive), Ethan Hawke (Sinister), Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: Episode VII), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) bandied about – and now the rumour mill has churned a few more contenders for the upcoming Marvel movie.
According to The Wrap, Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) is still in contention for the part, while Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) remains in the mix along with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Colin Farrell (Total Recall) and Justin Theroux (The Leftovers). And following his expression of interest, it’s also said that Marvel is giving some thought to Keanu Reeves (John Wick).
At this point, it’s becoming easier to track which names haven’t been linked to the role »
- Gary Collinson
Today at New York Comic-Con, IGN interviewed Len Wiseman ("Total Recall") about the future of the Underworld franchise. He said a few things are currently being developed as they hope to expand the universe. He first referenced the spinoff, which was recently announced. That'll feature the Divergent star Theo James. He'll be reprising his role ('David') from Underworld: Awakening. Fans of the series were bummed by that news as it appeared Kate Beckinsale ("Click") was done playing 'Selene' but her husband indicates that isn't the case. Wiseman told IGN, "Another film is being developed with Kate (Beckinsale), possibly as well." Additionally, Wiseman says a television series based on the vampires vs. werewolves franchise is also in the works. You can listen to the interview below. Underworld Awakening - Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to »
Earlier in the week it was confirmed that both Colin Farrell (Total Recall) and Vince Vaughn (Delivery Man) have signed on to the second season of True Detective, and now Variety is reporting that HBO has offered Rachel McAdams (About Time) and Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) the two remaining lead roles.
Should deals be reached, McAdams and Kitsch would appear as detectives alongside Colin Farrell’s Ray Velcoro, “a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.” Vaughn is set to play the villain, a career criminal called Frank Semyon.
How do you think the cast of True Detective is shaping up for its second season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
- Gary Collinson
It’s been two months since we heard the rumour that Vince Vaughn was joining True Detective (the story’s here). Today we’ve got confirmation - the Dodgeball and Wedding Crashers star will indeed be playing a villainous character in the second season of the show.
This villain is career criminal Frank Semyon, described as a man ‘in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.’
The news was confirmed by HBO, who also announced one of the central detectives – none other than Colin Farrell.
The In Bruges and Total Recall actor will play Ray Velcoro, described as ‘a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.’
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A couple of days ago Colin Farrell revealed that he has signed on to star in the second season of Nic Pizzolatto’s acclaimed drama series True Detective, and now HBO has officially announced that both Farrell and Vince Vaughn are on board, as well as offering up the first plot details.
According to Variety, the story “will revolve around three cops and career criminal who navigate a web of conspiracy after a murder. Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a man in danger of losing his criminal empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.”
- Gary Collinson
Welcome to another edition of the Rolling Stone "Everything Index," where we rank the week's top pop-culture power players, regardless of whether they have three breasts or not.
Yes, it's been a weird week, and it's only Tuesday. From Jasmine Tridevil's Total Recall-esque exploits to the return of Lizzie McGuire, the battle for pop-culture supremacy has been fierce. Luckily, we've got advanced algorithms on our side; here's our Top 20 for the next seven days. Let's get Indexing!
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Back in July it was reported that Colin Farrell had entered talks with HBO about joining the cast of True Detective for its second season, and now the actor has confirmed his involvement with the critically acclaimed show during an interview with Irish newspaper Sunday World.
“I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited. I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids.”
Other names reportedly in the frame for roles in the second season of True Detective include Taylor Kitsch (Battleship), Vince Vaughn (Delivery Man), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Rachel McAdams (About Time), Brit Marling (The Keeping Room), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Jaimie Alexander »
- Gary Collinson
Jeff Sneider reveals the exclusive list of the seven women aiming to star in the second season of HBO's "True Detective." Creator Nic Pizzolatto and network executives are holding final auditions to make their selection for the female lead. The ladies are: Rosario Dawson ("Sin City"), Jessica Biel ("Total Recall"), Jaimie Alexander ("Thor"), Malin Akerman ("Trophy Wife"), Brit Marling ("Babylon"), Kelly Reilly ("Flight"), and Oona Chaplin ("Game of Thrones"). Rumored actresses Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") and Rachel McAdams ("About Time") have not been completely ruled out. The lead actress could be opposite the trio of lead men Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn. The Wrap -Break- Calling it an "absolute stunner," Universal Pictures is negotiating the return of lead actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to the "Bourne" film series. The...' »
Contrary to reports citing that actresses like Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Rachel McAdams (About Time) were close to signing deals to appear on the hotly anticipated second season of True Detective, their names do not appear on a new shortlist released by TheWrap. Today the site revealed the names of seven actresses currently vying to fill one of the series’ leading roles.
The actresses in question are, Brit Marling (The Keeping Room), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Kelly Reilly (Eden Lake), Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) and Jessica Biel (Total Recall).
The actresses have reportedly been “invited back to read this week for the coveted role.” Moss and McAdams could very well still be in the running, but with writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto now focusing on auditioning a new group of actresses, he’s clearly taking all options into consideration. »
- James Garcia
A little while back reports were that Screen Gems were actively working on a new 'Underworld' sequel. Tentatively titled 'Underworld: Next Generation' fans were suitably excited about plans for a fifth chapter but may be dismayed to hear today that star Kate Beckinsale -below ('Total Recall') will in fact Not return as Selene! Noooooooo. Personally just a promise of seeing Kate leathered up once more would cover my price of admission right there. Now we're not so sure. British 'Divergent' actor Theo James (who many will know as the d#ckhead in 'The Inbetweeners Movie') will be reprising his role as David, who first appeared in 'Underworld: Awakening' back in 2012. No director is currently lined up but will get to helm from a script penned by Cory Goodman. »
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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Inspired by the 2005 adaptation Jarhead, Jarhead 2: Field of Fire takes viewers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan when this action-thriller debuts on Blu-ray and DVD August 19. Josh Kelly, a real-life Army Ranger veteran who served in three tours in Iraq, stars as Corporal Chris Merriman, who helps a Navy Seal (Cole Hauser) transport an Afghan woman out of the country. We have a contest lined up where fans can take home this sequel on Blu-ray, which also stars Stephen Lang, Esai Morales and Bokeem Woodbine. Take a look at how you can win below and bring this intense action sequel home.
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Last week, Warner Bros. dropped a massive bombshell by scheduling nine new DC Comics films in addition to two Lego Movie follow-ups and two ‘WB Event Films’ which may or may not be Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequels. And though this week’s crop of release date announcements isn’t anywhere near as earthshaking, there are still some exciting projects that we now know when to mark our calendars for.
First up, the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper has been set for a limited bow on December 25th, 2014, suggesting that the studio believes in the drama’s Oscar chances. It stars Bradley Cooper as decorated marksman Chris Kyle, whose memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History was adapted by Jason Dean Hall (Paranoia). The film will follow that limited release by going wide on January 16th next year. »
- Isaac Feldberg
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, while it’s still in cinemas
Lilting: heartbreakingly lovely film about the seemingly insurmountable distances between us when sharing grief is too painful [my review] [Curzon Home Cinema]
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Locke: we say things like, “Oh, I’d watch that guy read the phone book,” and this is almost that, except it really is absolutely riveting, and that’s no joke; a tour de force for Tom Hardy [my review] [iTunes UK]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Locke: we say things like, “Oh, I’d watch that guy read the phone book,” and this is almost that, except it really is absolutely riveting, and that’s no joke; a tour de force for Tom Hardy [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
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- MaryAnn Johanson
Yesterday we reported that The Mummy reboot was finally starting to emerge from its cinematic tomb with a new director, Alex Kurtzman, announced at the helm. Originally slated to come out in theaters on April 22nd, 2016, Universal Pictures has already revealed a new release date for the upcoming Mummy movie that will have fans waiting just a bit longer to see this monster in action.
Deadline reveals that The Mummy reboot will now hit cinemas on June 26th, 2016. Since the release has only been delayed by about two months, there shouldn’t be any major holdbacks in production.
The reason for the move comes from another big Universal property that filled in the abandoned April 22nd slot: The Huntsman, the prequel to 2012′s Snow White and the Huntsman that will be directed by Frank Darabont (showrunner on Season 1 of The Walking Dead, director of The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption »
- Derek Anderson
The Mummy reboot has been clawing at the walls of its cinematic tomb since 2012, when producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci signed a production deal with Universal Pictures. After going through two directors and collecting dust, the movie is finally finding its way into the light, as a new director for the film has been announced, one who is already deeply invested in the project.
According to THR, Universal has looked to Alex Kurtzman to helm The Mummy reboot, which is set for an April 22nd, 2016 release. Kurtzman is already a producer on the project and has been a major contributor along with fellow producer Chris Morgan in planning out an interconnected cinematic environment with Universal’s classic monsters. Kurtzman and his writing collaborator Roberto Orci have worked on the script penned by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). Universal’s decision to hire Kurtzman to helm The Mummy reboot (Kurtzman has directed one prior feature film, »
- Derek Anderson
Two weeks ago, Universal Pictures announced it is moving forward with plans to construct a massive, interconnected monster movie universe with writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Today, we have word that Alex Kurtzman is in final talks to direct the first entry into this franchise, the Untitled Mummy Reboot.
Len Wiseman (Total Recall) was initially attached to direct before he bowed out, paving the way for Andres Muschietti (Mama) to come on board before he left in May. However, both of those filmmakers were on board before this inter-connected monster universe was hatched. The Mummy Reboot will be the first project launched within this cinematic universe, setting the tone for those that come after it.
While no plot details have been confirmed, insiders claim that the project is set in present day, with a whole new set of characters. The reboot is said to be more of an action-adventure with horror elements, »
It was recently revealed that Universal had decided to take advantage of their library of classic movie monsters (which includes the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, and The Mummy) by hiring Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to expand and unify a world featuring these characters.
Well, it has been confirmed tonight that Kurtzman will direct The Mummy for the studio in preparation for a release date of April 22nd, 2016. It’s set to be the first instalment in a new wave of monster movies, so there will be a lot of pressure on the writer to make this a success and set the tone moving forwards.
The original trilogy was helmed by Steve Sommers and starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. The franchise grossed north of $1.2 billion, but it’s been a struggle to get this reboot going as both Len Wiseman (Total Recall »
- Josh Wilding
Kate Beckinsale turns 41 today! She's one of Hollywood's sexiest starlets with hot roles in everything from Underworld to Van Helsing to Total Recall. Aside from the big screen, there's no denying that we've kind of developed a huge style crush on her throughout the years. In celebration of her 41st year, keep scrolling to see all of her hottest photos, from her stunning red carpet shots to her red hot bikini photos. »
- Ryan Roschke
While the partnership between Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater has led to some of the most satisfying films in recent art-house release, Hawke is also indulging his genre interests in many other pictures. In the recent past he’s done films like Sinister, Total Recall, The Purge and Daybreakers. Now he has reunited with Daybreakers filmmakers […]
- Russ Fischer
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