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Lee, who also has a part in Summit and Lionsgate’s upcoming tentpole Gods of Egypt, will play Sarah, the “cool ringleader of a maniacal group of models,” according to Deadline, which broke news of the casting. She joins Super 8 and Maleficent actress Elle Fanning, whom Refn has set to play an aspiring model who becomes mired in a world of beauty and demise.
Along with Lee’s casting came some spoiler-y plot details for The Neon Demon, which you can check out below. Seeing as we don’t know the name of Fanning’s lead yet, these could either be massive plot points or minor details. Consider yourself warned:
In Neon Demon, she [Lee] plays a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Abbey Lee, who you might know as the immediately captivating finger squasher in the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, will co-star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming L.A.-based horror film, The Neon Demon. Set to star Elle Fanning as an aspiring model, The Neon Demon is written by Refn and Mary Laws. Deadline reports Refn has cast Lee as…
The post Mad Max’s Abbey Lee to co-star in Refn’s Neon Demon appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Lee is negotiating to play the role of Sarah, the cool ringleader of a maniacal group of models. Shooting aims to begin at the end of March in Los Angeles.
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- Garth Franklin
Hollywood’s hopes for a record 2015 box office have received a shot in the arm from the electrifying run of “American Sniper,” which has driven one of the biggest January hauls in history.
Going into the weekend, overall domestic box office grosses for January were at nearly $900 million, of which Warner Bros.’ Iraq War saga had contributed $213 million, a little less than a quarter of that. Only January of 2010, when James Cameron’s “Avatar” was dominating with 30 percent of $924 million, has been bigger.
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- Todd Cunningham
Especially when it comes to big-budget genre blockbusters, hype has become an inseparable part of movie culture. Trailers, teasers and teasers for trailers, along with a steady drip-feed of news, rumors and inside reports, all these are well-handled tools in Hollywood’s ever-increasing mastery of getting you primed and ready to slap down your money. Add the fact that more and more Hollywood blockbusters are based off beloved properties or tied to ongoing series and yearly top-ten lists of the most anticipated blockbusters or summer movies of the year can tend to look a bit samey. Oh really, you’re excited for Star Wars Episode 7? Well of course you are, it’s Star Wars Episode 7. Saying you’re excited to see it is like saying you enjoy oxygen or puppydog kisses.
Most of the most anticipated movies of the year, quite frankly, don’t need any more hype than they already have. »
- Thomas O'Connor
Australian actress Abbey Lee won a model-search competition in 2004, and has become one of the world’s best-known fashion faces. Now, she’s broadened her horizons into acting for the upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road,” directed by George Miller.
Looking to fill a role in the latest sequel to his apocalyptic thriller, Miller reached out to modeling agencies after he couldn’t find an actor he liked. Lee made a tape in which she and her dad performed a Monty Python sketch. “I guess I had something George needed, because he flew me to Australia not long after,” she says.
Lee says her move into film wasn’t planned, but now she’s discovered what she’s been missing. She credits Miller for helping her to make the transition. “I found my passion, and learned where I was meant to be in life,” she says, adding »
- Paul Chai
Last week, we received the sad news that Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy had dropped out of David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad adaptation, but were informed that Jake Gyllenhaal (who worked with Ayer in 2012’s End of Watch) was being eyed to replace him. Unfortunately, it appears that that’s not the case, and that the Squad is still one member short.
According to Variety, Gyllenhaal has passed on the offer to play Rick Flagg, who works for Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and leads the titular ragtag group of supervillains that includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, and Cara Delevigne as Enchantress.
For those upset about the fact that Gyllenhaal won’t be in the film, I suspect that this won’t be the last time he’ll up for a comic book movie role. »
- James Garcia
Update: According to Variety, Jake Gyllenhaal has decided to pass on the chance to play Rick Flagg. The casting hunt continues!David Ayer needs to find someone new for Suicide Squad. Following on from December’s big casting announcement of Tom Hardy, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and more for the Warners/DC Comics film, The Hollywood Reporter brings news that Hardy has had to drop out of the film.According to the trade mag, the reason for Hardy’s departure is timing: Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant is extending its shoot, which will alter the actor’s schedule. Plus there’s the small matter of an extensive press tour for Mad Max: Fury Road, which would clash with Suicide Squad’s planned April shoot date in Toronto.Hardy had been set to play Rick Flagg, the leader of a group of Batman villains brought together by the government to carry out missions. »
However, Latino Review is now reporting that Hardy was unhappy with script changes that limited his role.
It is believed that producers are now chasing Jake Gyllenhaal to replace Hardy.
Suicide Squad, which is part of DC's new interconnected film universe, is scheduled to release on August 5, 2016 in the UK and Us.
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Batman-News have discovered an interview between Spanish website Los Andes Diario and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stunt and fight choreographer Guillermo Grispo, and in it he reveals plenty of intriguing details about the highly anticipated 2016 movie. The site have put together a great translation, and more can be found by clicking on the link below. With the first teaser trailer rumoured to be on the way (possibly with Jupiter Ascending or Mad Max: Fury Road), hopefully we'll see at least some of that fight soon! Share your thoughts on these comments below. How was it to prepare the fights between Batman and Superman? I was fascinated. I’m telling you, for me, I like both of the characters, but Batman I really love. In 2007 I almost worked on the second part of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, but ultimately questions about the contract were not resolved and it all »
Latino Review on the other hand has a report today indicating Hardy apparently backed out after learning about some "drastic changes to his character" in the script. The various actors cast in the film reportedly didn't get the script before signing on, and when he did he didn't like it.
Specifically the new draft of the script gives more screen time to Deadshot and The Joker, as a result Rick Flagg is featured less and this change may have contributed to his exit. Even so, he apparently left the project under amicable terms. »
- Garth Franklin
Emily Blunt went from being a Full Metal B*tch in Edge Of Tomorrow to a Baker's Wife in Into The Woods, and according to The Wrap she will be the main villain in The Huntsman. It's a spinoff of the 2012 film Snow White & The Huntsman. Kristen Stewart ("Still Alice"), who starred in the first film, won't be back, but Chris Hemsworth ("Avengers: Age Of Ultron") and Charlize Theron ("Mad Max: Fury Road") are. The sequel sends the Huntsman on a quest to find the magic mirror (which has been stolen), forcing him to face not only his past but the evil Snow Queen who’s set on avenging her sister Ravenna’s death. Charlize Theron will return as the villainous Ravenna and Blunt is making a deal to play her sister, the evil Snow Queen. Deadline is reporting that director Frank Darabont, the former showrunner of The Walking Dead »
Yesterday, we reported that Tom Hardy pulled out from playing Rick Flagg in Warner Bros.' DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad. He was said to be experiencing scheduling conflicts with his current project The Revenant, which is now scheduled to shoot until mid-March, with the actor then committing to promotional duties on Mad Max: Fury Road. However, Latino Review has a much different account, revealing that the actor backed out after learning about some "drastic changes to his character" in the script.
When the Suicide Squad cast was confirmed last month, none of the actors, including Tom Hardy, Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto (The Joker), Jai Courtney (Boomerang) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), were given the script in advance. Latino Review reveals that Tom Hardy didn't like the script when he finally received it. It is rumored that the latest draft of the script gives more screen »
It was revealed yesterday that Tom Hardy would no longer be playing Rick Flagg in David Ayer's Suicide Sqaud, with scheduling issues and Mad Max: Fury Road press tour commitments ultimately blamed. However, Latino-Review claim to have learned the real reason why The Dark Knight Rises star won't be taking on another DC Comics role (at least not in this 2016 release anyway). Apparently, he just wasn't a fan of the script, and he left the project under amicable terms (which is why the scheduling conflict excuse was used as a cover story). Why didn't he like it? It could be for any number of reasons, but the site goes on to add that the latest draft is rumoured to have beefed up the screen time of Deadshot (Will Smith) and The Joker (Jared Leto) at the expense of characters like Flagg. Given the status of Smith and the popularity »
For all of the superhero buzz that has stolen hearts and headlines over the past twelve months or so, there’s also another trend that has once again come to the fore in Hollywood circles: looking to old franchises in an attempt to reboot them. Mind you, it’s a tactic that doesn’t always pay dividends; whether it’s RoboCop, Annie or 2013’s Total Recall, it’s clear that this feat is a tricky butterfly to pin. Nevertheless, with the likes of Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World looming on the horizon, it’s one that looks set to continue unabated.
And one of these properties in question is Beverly Hills Cop 4, which is primed to be the first entry into the crime caper in two decades. At least, that’s what Paramount and director Brett Ratner will be hoping for. But before that, the studio may »
- Michael Briers
At the moment, we've already seen trailers for many of the big ticket summer movies in 2015. "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Spy," "Tomorrowland," "San Andreas," "Jurassic World," "Inside Out," "Terminator: Genisys," "Ant-Man," and "Pan" have all shown off their goods. However, , rumblings across the internet over the past few weeks about the lack of any promotional material for Fox's "Fantastic Four" has caused concern in geek corners. It's a bit telling that this film has been singled out, considering that none of the other major movies opening in August have revealed any such promo either (except Warner Bros., which has shared one image from "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."). But things took a more interesting turn this week when rumors started flying about reshoots and turmoil behind-the-scenes of the production. Well, there's no need to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Take another look @ images recreating Warners' upcoming "Suicide Squad" DC Comics' characters, including actors Will Smith, Jared Leto ('The Joker') and Margot Robbie ("Harley Quinn') on the news that actor Tom Hardy ("Mad Max: Fury Road"), cast to play 'Rick Flag' will no longer be involved with the film:
The CW's "Arrow" TV episode "Suicide Squad", written by Keto Shimizu, Bryan Q. Miller and directed by Larry Teng, aired March 19, 2014, with team leader 'Amanda Waller' sending the squad on their first deadly mission.
The current 'Suicide Squad', created by John Ostrander is an anti-hero team of incarcerated super-villains who act as assets for the Us government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences. »
- Michael Stevens
When I asked you guys recently what you wanted more of, one of the most frequent responses was "Ask Drew," and our video team was enormously grateful to hear it. Those guys do great work, and they work really hard turning out hours and hours of content every week.s One of the things that I think is fun about doing this show is the tightrope aspect of it. We endeavor to shoot exactly one take of the entire thing. That's the whole point of how the questions are selected. The video team sees them, they pick the ones we read on the air, and I see them for the first time as you see me reading them. When we do it this way, it can create some interesting moments like the one that happens in this week's episode, where I answer a question, then turn around and read the »
- Drew McWeeny
One of the hardest things when you're casting a big giant Hollywood movie is dealing with the egos, schedules, and demands of movie stars. I learned many things from William Goldman's "Adventures In The Screen Trade," but first and foremost, I learned that movie stars are both an essential part of the process and that they can also be the biggest enemies to getting a film made. Tom Hardy is reportedly out of "Suicide Squad" now, and I can't say I'm shocked. Hardy seems like he has an uneasy relationship with the big giant movies that drive Hollywood right now. Sure, he'll make a "Mad Max: Fury Road," but I get the feeling that was more about working with George Miller than it was about being part of a franchise. Same with his Chris Nolan films. When Hardy makes something like "Locke," though, it seems like that's more his sweet spot. »
- Drew McWeeny
Suicide Squad: Everything you need to know about Warner Bros' villainous team
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jake Gyllenhaal is being pursued by Warner Bros as a replacement.
Hardy's departure is said to be down to scheduling conflicts - the extension of the actor's shoot for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant had created obstacles, while press commitments for Mad Max: Fury Road's release in May would also clash with Suicide Squad filming.
Suicide Squad follows supervillains who are organised by the Us government to work together as a black ops team in exchange for redemption.
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