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20th Century Fox has acquired the feature rights to the Agatha Christie classic Murder on the Orient Express. The book takes place on the luxurious train, stuck in a snowdrift in Yugoslavia. That night a man is murdered, but fortunately cunning detective Hercule Poirot is aboard to solve the case. THR reports Ridley Scott (Prometheus) will produce alongside Mark Gordon (Source Code) and Simon Kinberg (Elysium). Scott is currently shooting the Biblical epic Exodus and recently stated his next two projects are already set, so he is likely too busy to direct the Christie adaptation. Albert Finney played Poirot in the 1974 adaptation that earned six Oscar nominations. Alfred Molina took on the role in 2001 TV movie that was not received quite so well. Fox is still looking for a writer, so no word on who might play the Belgian detective this time around. But I expect a thorough casting search »
- Brendan Bettinger
A new Guy is about to shake up Sean’s love life.
Pearce will play a charming, thrill-seeking adventurer who Sean will do almost anything to impress. He’ll appear in the NBC sitcom’s 15th episode, which is slated to shoot in early 2014.
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Sean has been on something of a stunt-casting roll this week. On Tuesday, we reported that »
- Michael Ausiello
After serving as Christopher Nolan’s director of photography on blockbusters like The Dark Knight and Inception, Academy Award-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister is finally moving into the director’s chair for his own science-fiction adventure, the upcoming thriller Transcendence.
Pfister appears to have been taking pointers from Nolan when it comes to marketing, as details about the project have been kept under lock and key. Now, however, Alcon Entertainment has unveiled the first official plot synopsis for the film, which you can check out below:
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister is working on a science-fiction film that will release in 2014, but it is not Interstellar - director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming cinematic journey through time and space. Instead, after serving as Nolan’s director of photography on all his previous films (except for Following), Pfister is taking the helm on his own work of original sci-fi entertainment: the dramatic thriller Transcendence.
Pfister’s feature debut is based on a screenplay by relative newcomer Jake Paglen – who is currently scripting a Prometheus sequel for Ridley Scott – and features a cast that is headlined by Johnny Depp, alongside Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) and Paul Bettany (voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man movies, incidentally). Click to continue reading ‘Transcendence’ Official Synopsis Teases Johnny Depp’s Megalomaniac Scientist
- Sandy Schaefer
Chicago – Nelson Mandela, the father of modern South Africa who died two days ago, has a new film coming out soon. In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening passes up for grabs to “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” starring Idris Elba (“Prometheus”) as Nelson Mandela.
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which is rated “PG-13”, also stars Naomie Harris (“Skyfall”) as Winnie Mandela, Jamie Bartlett, Terry Pheto, Deon Lotz, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa and Fana Mokoena from director Justin Chadwick (“The Other Boleyn Girl”) and writer William Nicholson based on the autobiography by Nelson Mandela.
To win your free “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Universal Pictures has released a bunch of new release dates for some of their upcoming films.
Their Mummy reboot will be released on April 22nd, 2016.
There's an Untitled Michael Mann cyberthriller that's been set for for January 16th, 2015.
Here's the press release with more details on these film.
About Untitled Michael Mann Project
Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s Untitled Michael Mann Project follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann. »
- Joey Paur
Universal has recently announced a slew of release date changes for some of their upcoming movies, including Seventh Son, The Mummy, and more importantly Duncan Jones' Warcraft adaptation. Come inside to check out when you'll be able to see these flicks now!
This really shouldn't come as any surprise, though some fans of Warcraft may be a bit disappointed. Earlier this month Disney finally announced the release date for Star Wars Episode VII and it just so happened to be the exact same date taht Universal and Legendary Pictures had set for Warcraft. Many supposed it would only be a matter of time before Universal moved their film so as not to compete agains the inevitable box office juggernaut (it's Star Wars, it practically prints money). So now we'll be seeing Warcraft on the big screen on March 11, 2016.
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Though Walter White is off cooking crystal in heaven, Emmy winner Bryan Cranston is still breaking bad in his new role as a Polish gangster in the thriller Cold Comes the Night. Cranston co-stars with Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) in the film, which will simultaneously hit theaters and VOD this January.
Today, a new crop of images for Cold Comes the Night has landed online. Though the pics, which you can check out at the bottom of this article, don’t provide much information about Cold Comes the Night‘s plot, the official synopsis clears things up a bit:
A struggling motel owner (Eve) and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal (Cranston) to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop (Marshall-Green).
That January release date is a little disheartening, considering the »
- Isaac Feldberg
Universal has provided an update on their release schedule, which includes a date change for The Mummy reboot. While Universal was reportedly interested in seeing The Mummy released as a Summer 2014 movie, a director change has prompted a move to 2016. Their new schedule has The Mummy coming out on April 22nd, 2016.
“A legend that has endured since the dawn of man is reborn in The Mummy, Universal Pictures’ all-new epic action-adventure. The Mummy is conceived with dramatic intensity by an imaginative creative team including director Andy Muschietti (Mama) and producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek and Transformers series) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy). Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen and Barbara Muschietti will executive produce.”
With a release date set that far away, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a date shift between now and then. We’ll report back as soon as casting »
- Jonathan James
Get out your calendars and a pencil, kids! Universal has just announced release dates for three of its genre offerings, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving we're keeping you abreast of them. If you're good, maybe we'll give you a leg and a wing, too.
The Mummy reboot has been slated for release on April 22, 2016. A legend that has endured since the dawn of man is reborn in The Mummy, Universal Pictures’ all-new epic action-adventure. The Mummy is conceived with dramatic intensity by an imaginative creative team including director Andy Muschietti (Mama) and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy). Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen and Barbara Muschietti will executive produce.
- Uncle Creepy
Disney declared war on Universal when they announced that J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII would be released on the same date as Duncan Jones' adaptation of World of Warcraft. Well, it's the latter who have now backed down as they've moved Warcraft back to March. The movie will be heavy on CGI, so it should also give them the time they need to ensure it looks as good as possible. Star Wars is now free to dominate December in 2015 unless Warner Bros. end up deciding to pit Batman Vs. Superman against them! The Mummy reboot also has a release date, while Seventh Son is now set to be released more than a year later than expected! Universal's The Mummy reboot will unwrap April 22, 2016. Andres Muschietti (Mama) directs from a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus).— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) November 27, 2013 Warcraft wisely moves away from Star Wars: Episode VII »
“Cold Comes The Night” is one of those indies you hear about for a long time, but often don’t see right away. It stars Bryan Cranston, Alice Eve and “Prometheus” star Logan Marshall-Green so it’s gotta be good, right? Well, it came out in the U.K. in September and it barely made a peep and now it’s been slotted for a U.S. release date: January 10, 2014 on VOD and theatrically, so…. well, you do the math. If you’re still curious though, some new photos have arrived and we’ve rounded up a few clips from the U.K. where you can check out Cranston’s vaguely Easter European/Slavic accent. In case you’re unaware, “Cold Comes The Night” tells the story of a struggling motel owner (Eve) and her daughter (Parker) who are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal (Cranston) to be »
- Edward Davis
Cold Comes The Night screened as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival earlier in November.
Read our review Here.
Written and directed by Tze Chun (Children of Invention) and co-written by Osgood Perkins and Nick Simon, the thriller stars Emmy Award® winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus).
Cold Comes The Night tells the story of a struggling motel owner (Eve) and her daughter who are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal (Cranston) to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his parcel of cash from a crooked cop (Marshall-Green).
- Michelle McCue
Feature Ryan Lambie 27 Nov 2013 - 07:05
We take a look back at the way the web was used to make The Blair Witch Project a hit, and the era of viral film marketing it began...
In October 1997, a small group of young actors and filmmakers emerged from a state park in Maryland with approximately 19 hours of rough, handheld video footage. Those grainy images, edited down to around 90 minutes over the course of eight months, would eventually become The Blair Witch Project, a $22,000 movie which went on to make more than $248m at the box office.
The Blair Witch Project wasn't the first found-footage film ever made, and neither was it the only such film released in the late 90s. It certainly wasn't the first piece of American horror to pass itself off as a true story, either - Edgar Allan Poe was passing tales off as fact in the 19th century. »
In an valiant and temporarily successful effort to divert our attentions from some show’s anniversary, Syfy today released its January premiere schedule, including the series premieres of Helix and Bitten and the return of Being Human (which we told you about yesterday), Lost Girl, Face Off, and Ghost Hunters.
Check out the full info in the press release below, including synopses of each series:
Syfy Kicks Off January 2014 With Seven New And Returning Original Series Including… Helix From Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) First Weekly Live Series Broadcast Opposite Worlds, A “Past vs. Future” Competition Reality Program Supernatural Drama Bitten Joins All-new Seasons Of Being Human And Lost Girl Mondays 8-11Pm Season Six Of Reality Hit Face Off Plus New Episodes Of Ghost Hunters
- Erin Willard
Idris Elba is easily one of the most talented actors working in Hollywood today, with not only this years Pacific Rim and Thor: The Dark World under his belt but also the highly successful Luther television series. Not forgetting Ridley Scott’s Prometheus last summer. With such high demand for the actor, it’s a wonder that he has never lead his own superhero project on the big screen. Well, now Elba has revealed that there was once talks for him to star as Luke Cage for Marvel Studios.
For those of you that don’t know, Luke Cage is a superhero with near impenetrable skin making him impervious to bullets and other weapons, as well as possessing super strength. Recently a major announcement was made when Marvel signed a deal with Netflix to produce four different television shows before culminating in a Defenders team up series. One of the »
- Ben Read
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that Mad Max: Fury Road is to join the 2015 blockbuster line-up, arriving in cinemas on May 15th, 2015, almost three years after director George Miller began shooting the latest instalment in the post-apocalyptic action franchise and thirty years after the release of the last movie, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
Mad Max: Fury Road sees Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) taking over the role of Max Rockatansky from Mel Gibson, while the supporting cast includes Charlize Theron (Prometheus), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max), Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian), Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), Riley Keough (Magic Mike), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Nathan Jones (Conan the Barbarian), Josh Helman (Jack Reacher), Jennifer Hagan (Jack) and newcomers Abbey Lee Kershaw and Courtney Eaton. Here's the official synopsis...
"Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. has announced that George Miller's long-awaited sequel Mad Max: Fury Road will be released in 3D on May 15th, 2015. It's pretty incredible to see all of the films being released in 2015. It might just be the best year of movies ever.
Miller is done shooting the film and is currently in post-production. The director previously described the story of the movie as follows,
"Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived."
The movie stars Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky, Charlize Theron (Monster, Prometheus) as Imperator Furiosa; Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max, Sleeping Beauty) as Immortan Joe; and »
- Joey Paur
Recently I went to the BFI (British Film Institute) Mediatheque in Newcastle upon Tyne, not far from the WhatCulture! head office. Inside the old building of the Discovery Museum where the Mediatheque is located, I found a small dimly lit art-deco room, and was able to choose from a huge selection of British films available to view for free from the BFI archives and collections. Browsing through the list of clips, scenes, shorts and films, I stopped and chose one immediately. Stormy Monday.
Stormy Monday is a 1988 British romantic thriller, the feature-film directorial debut of Mike Figgis, who went on to direct the Oscar-winning Leaving Las Vegas in 1995. Figgis creates a special atmosphere within Stormy Monday, framing a young Sean Bean alongside Melanie Griffith at the height of her career. The story revolves around Bean’s character Brendan, as he is drawn in unknowingly to the criminal underworld of Tyneside. »
- Jon Lovatt
Odd List Ryan Lambie 20 Nov 2013 - 06:57
The constantly busy Ridley Scott always has lots of potential films in production, so here's a look at what he might be up to next...
Since his debut in 1977 with the historical drama, The Duellists, director Ridley Scott has gradually built up an eclectic body of work. His Hollywood career began with the stunning one-two sci-fi punch of Alien and Blade Runner, before heading off into fantasy (Legend), thrillers (Someone To Watch Over Me, Black Rain) and road-trip drama (the Oscar-winning Thelma And Louise).
As James Clayton pointed out in his recent Friday column, the 70-something Sir Ridley shows no sign of slowing down, and if anything, his slate of forthcoming films is somewhat bewildering - in what seems like every other interview, the director will mention another project of one sort or another, which makes working out what he's likely to be »
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