Ellenberg will segue to a production deal with the network.
Rumors about Ellenberg’s departure have been circulating for a few weeks, but earlier this month the exec was front and center at HBO’s presentation at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. His move to producing comes as HBO has had its ups and downs with new series. “Game of Thrones” is one of the most valuable franchises in TV, but other shows on his watch, including “True Detective’s” second season and “The Leftovers,” have had a mixed track record.
- Cynthia Littleton
Just how many xenomorphs can we expect in Alien: Covenant? Director Ridley Scott already promised multiple variations of the vicious alien creatures in the forthcoming Prometheus sequel -- “We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy," he promised The Wrap -- but if this new casting call put out by Australian talent agency McTv is any indication, we could be looking at multiple full-grown xenomorphs in the film. Here's the breakdown: Age Range: 8-40 Physical Attributes: Skinny and very tall and skinny and very short but strong and very physically agile. Other Skills: Fast in Movement. Acrobats, Dancers, Gymnasts, Contortionist, Cirque du Soleil type performers As die-hard fans of Scott's original Alien know, that film's xenomorph was played in large part by 6'10" Bolaji Badejo, a London-based design student who was hired for his tall, thin frame. For scenes requiring more specialized physical movement, the creature »
- Chris Eggertsen
Ridley Scott is getting set to dive back into the Alien world he helped create. While Prometheus was his first foray back into that world, it was treated almost as a separate story that gradually tied more and more into the original series of films. This time, with Alien: Covenant, Scott will be firmly rooted back in the world of the Xenomorphs, hence why it's no longer titled Prometheus 2. This will be an Alien movie, folks. Directed by Ridley Scott.
The film is set to enter production in April and, as such, casting is underway. Avp Galaxy has gotten its hands on the first official casting call for the film, which is seeking a group of actors with unique skills. Read for yourself:
"[Seeking] skinny and very tall or skinny and very short, but strong and very physically agile. [Performers who are] fast in movement, acrobats, dancers, gymnasts, contortionists, Cirque du Soleil-type performers. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Warner Bros. Pictures
The long-mooted Blade Runner sequel, starring Harrison Ford (returning as Rick Deckard) and Ryan Gosling, is to begin principal photography as early as July of this year, according to a new story from The Hollywood Reporter.
Anyone who’s been following the slow development of the film, since 2011 (when original director Ridley Scott was still in the hot-seat to direct), will be breathing a sigh of relief that it’s finally happening… provided they’re excited about the prospect of an addition to the franchise thirty years on, anyway. We all saw how Prometheus turned out.
The Blade Runner sequel has great potential considering the currently-attached director is Dennis Villeneuve, who has been impressing critics and audiences for a few years now with output like Sicario, Enemy, Prisoners and Incendies. For a film as artistic and dream-like as Blade Runner, it’s a real coup getting an auteur of Villeneuve’s caliber. »
- Dan Woburn
Well, it's finally happening.
Over the past year or two there's been no shortage of talk about a sequel to Blade Runner. At one stage it looked as if Ridley Scott would return to direct it, too. However, the movie is pressing ahead, with Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) helming the feature. Furthermore, Ryan Gosling is set to star, alongside Harrison Ford who will be returning as Deckard.
The script for this one has been penned by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green (from an idea by Fancher and Scott), and Blade Runner 2 - as it probably won't be called - will be set decades after the first film.
Production on Blade Runner 2 is now scheduled for begin in July of this year, and Sony Pictures has acquired the distribution rights for everywhere but the Us and Canada. »
For his feature film debut, Darius Marder is getting a band together for The Sound of Metal, an all-new musical drama that has eyed Matthias Schoenaerts and Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson for key roles.
Deadline has the scoop, revealing that it is Johnson who will take charge of Marder’s (metal?) band as its lead singer and The Danish Girl‘s Schoenaerts will play the part of the drummer – one who has to come to terms with his rapidly declining ability to hear. It’s unclear as of yet whether their budding music group begins and ends at two musicians, or if Marder is still casting the net in search of additional members, though we’ll keep you updated as this story develops.
- Michael Briers
The first poster for Disney’s The Bfg is here.
The Bfg (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the Bfg prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. »
- Michelle McCue
"The Martian," "Prometheus" and "Marco Polo" star Benedict Wong has been cast as Wong, the trusty sidekick to Benedict Cumberbatch's titular sorcerer character in the "Doctor Strange" film at Marvel Studios.
The character of Wong has been around since the 1960s and performs healing duties, assists in occult matters, is skilled in martial arts, tends to Strange's affairs and essentially babysits Strange's body when the hero is astral projecting himself into other dimensional planes.
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- Garth Franklin
These days, you could be forgiven for thinking everything that looks cool was probably CGI. Heck, even Michael Douglas’ face was CGI-ed in a memorable scene from Ant-Man last year. If that’s how far filmmakers are allowing technology to invade their work, what hope is there left for practical effects?
Hold your horses for a second, friend, because here’s some good news – there are still some filmmakers out there who don’t fall prey to easy solutions of CGI. A handful of innovators are still fighting the good fight for old-fashioned practical effects, and their movies are all the more enjoyable as a result.
From droids to diminutive characters, via wonky sets and wormholes, here are ten of the best practical effects that you understandable may have assumed were CGI…
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- Rob Leane
It’s been a rocky – and furious – road but Charlize Theron appears to be back in Hollywood’s favour after her commanding performance in last year’s Mad Max reboot. The Oscar winner’s previous attempts at blockbuster domination (Aeon Flux, Prometheus) were not always so convincing, but in the Oscar-nominated Fury Road, she reminded us of her considerable talents while also driving a really big truck.
This week finds her in a more restrained mode in the underwhelming thriller Dark Places – but what are her finest onscreen moments?
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- Benjamin Lee
Benedict Wong (The Martian, Prometheus) has joined the cast of Marvel’s Doctor Strange, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the British actor has been cast as the Sorcerer Supreme’s sidekick and manservant, Wong.
“Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.”
Doctor Strange is set for release on October 28th, 2016 in the UK and November 4th, 2016 in the Us, with Scott Derrickson (Sinister) with a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as Baron Mordo, Benedict Wong (The Martian) as Wong and Rachel McAdams (True Detective) and Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) in as-yet-unconfirmed roles.
- Thomas Roach
Even though Doctor Strange has been filming since November, it's never too late to add a new cast member. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that The Martian star Benedict Wong has signed on to play the Sorcerer Supreme's aptly-named sidekick, Wong. It isn't known if he just recently joined the cast, or if he was part of the production when filming started last year.
Wong has a long history in the Marvel Comics, making his debut in in 1963's "Strange Tales" #110. In the comics, Wong was a disciple of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who was sent to America to assist Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) during his journey of learning the mystical arts. The character also performs healing duties and assists with occult matters. One of his primary duties is looking after the Doctor's body while he is astral projecting into other planes of existence.
Benedict Wong joins a cast »
Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor are on board to co-star. Scott Derrickson is directing the comic-book movie from a script by Jon Spaihts. Marvel’s Kevin Feige will produce.
Cumberbatch will play Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Marvel Comics artist Steve Ditko created the character in 1963. Swinton will play Strange’s mentor, the Ancient One, while Ejiofor will appear as Baron Mordo, who also studies magic under the Ancient One in the comic-books, before becoming Doctor Strange’s nemesis.
Wong will play Wong, the sidekick to Cumberbatch’s superhero. Wong has several abilities that include performing healing duties, assisting in occult matters, is knowledgeable in martial »
- Justin Kroll
According to Collider, Cruise will indeed star in The Mummy along with Boutella, who made quite an impression as the slice-and-dice killer Gazelle in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Neither of their roles have been revealed, but it's believed that Boutella will play The Mummy, with Cruise rumored to portray an ex-Navy Seal.
Originally slated to come out on March 24th, 2017, The Mummy is now set to hit theaters on June 9th, 2017—the same release date as World War Z 2.
Set to be directed by Alex Kurtzman from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange, Prometheus), The Mummy will be the first of several new Universal Monster movies, with the studio having the ultimate goal of creating a shared cinematic universe including Wolf Man, Dracula, Van Helsing, the Bride of Frankenstein, »
- Derek Anderson
Conflicting reports may have raised question marks over Tom Cruise’s actual involvement in Universal’s upcoming The Mummy reboot, but today the studio has secured the Mission: Impossible stalwart for the monster movie with a new release date to boot.
Previously slated to open on March 24, 2017, Alex Kurtzman’s reimagining will now loom into theaters in all of its mythic glory on June 9, 2017. That’s almost a full year after the film’s original release date of June 24, 2016, which has been shuffled around as Universal maps out the formative entries into its budding ‘Universal Monsters’ shared universe.
Working from a script produced by Prometheus‘ Jon Spaihts, word is that The Mummy of 2017 will be set in the present day, tackling the ancient Egyptian lore from a different angle entirely than the Brendan Fraser-fronted adventure flicks. Much like previous reports had suggested, Spaihts and Kurtzman have selected a female »
- Michael Briers
Universal Pictures has moved the release of The Mummy. The monster movie, which was originally scheduled to bow March 24, 2017, will now open on June 9 of that year. The next film in the Divergent series, Ascendant, and the sequel to Brad Pitt's World War Z also are slated to hit theaters on that date. The action-adventure will star Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and will be directed by Alex Kurtzman from a screenplay penned by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts. Kurtzman will produce the project, along with Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel, with Bobby Cohen
- Mia Galuppo
One of our favourite genre movies from last year’s London Film Festival was the superb The Invitation, a trailer for which has just hit the internet.
The film revolves around a dinner party which goes horribly, horribly wrong in the Hollywood Hills. Here’s the official synopsis:
In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) shows up to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods) and new husband David (Michiel Huisman, “Game of Thrones”). The estranged divorcees’ tragic past haunts an equally eerie present; amid Eden’s suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will »
- Paul Heath
"In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) shows up to his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods) and new husband, David's (Michiel Huisman, "Game of Thrones") dinner party. The pair's tragic past haunts an equally spooky present: Amid Eden's suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will-and the audience-are unsure what threats are real or imagined."
- Derek Anderson
Read More: Drafthouse Films Acquires Karyn Kusama's SXSW Midnight Hit 'The Invitation' Karyn Kusama, the mind behind "Girlfight" and "Jennifer's Body," has crafted a new psychological thriller to rival a Hannibal Lecter dinner party. The story begins when Will shows up to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, Eden, and her new husband, David. The divorcees' past is eerily present amidst Eden's suspicious behavior and mysterious house guests. Eventually, Will becomes convinced that the invitation holds an ominous hidden agenda. The film stars Logan Marshall-Green ("Prometheus"), Tammy Blanchard ("Into the Woods") and Michiel Huisman ("Games of Thrones"). "The Invitation" will be released in theaters and On Demand on March 25. Read More: Fantasia Review: 'Girlfight' Director Karyn Kusama's Tense, Single Setting Thriller 'The Invitation' »
- Kristen Santer
After breaking out with Girlfight, which we recently named as one of the great boxing movies, Karyn Kusama‘s career has been a curious one, including the Charlize Theron-led Æon Flux and the Diablo Cody-scripted Jennifer’s Body. She now seems to be returning to her low-budget roots with The Invitation, a taut psychological thriller which follows a dinner party with many twists and turns. We’ve heard the less the known is better, but if you must indulge, the first trailer has landed.
We said in our review at SXSW, “When you play in the midnight slot of a film festival nowadays, audiences can expect something to go horribly wrong within the world of the movie. So going into The Invitation, without even knowing what it is about, there’s the impending sense things aren’t going to turn out well. Yet even in that environment, it »
- Jordan Raup
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