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Busan — Warner Bros. is to finance and distribute its first ever Korean-language movie, “Secret Agent”.
The 1930s period drama is to be directed by top Korean director Kim Jee-woon and star acting icon Song Kang-ho, who previously shared the lead in Kim’s kinetic kimchi Western “The Good, The Bad, The Weird.” Song is also familiar to U.S. audiences from “Snowpiercer.”
Warner becomes the second Hollywood studio to greenlight a Korean-language movie, following Fox Korea’s “Intimate Enemies” and “Slow Video” and its involvement in “The Yellow Sea.”
South Korea has one of the most vibrant film industries in the world. Thanks to high rates of cinema-going it is the world’s sixth largest box office territory, with a cumulative gross last year of $1.52 billion, that puts it far ahead of much larger countries including Russia and Germany. In most years recently local films have accounted for most of the box office, »
- Sonia Kil and Patrick Frater
As summer movie season draws to a close, there are still several big films set to hit theaters. First up is the Fantastic Four reboot, featuring awards-caliber actors Kate Mara (House of Cards), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer) as the eponymous superhero quartet. That same week, Meryl Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter as a rock-and-roll mom in Ricki and the Flash. Later this month, the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton rolls onto the big screen the same week as Warner Bros. retro Man From U.N.
- Hilary Lewis
Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami creates a stirring, evocative score for Twentieth Century Fox’s contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, Fantastic Four.
Beltrami co-scored the film with iconic minimalist composer Philip Glass.
Fantastic Four opens in theaters nationwide on August 7, 2015.
The soundtrack is terrific and is available digitally now; on CD August 14, 2015 from Sony Classical.
Directed by Josh Trank, and screenwriters Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: First Class,” X-Men; Days of Future Past”, “Sherlock Holmes”), Fantastic Four is a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s first, and longest-running superhero team. Based on the Marvel comic written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the film follows four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe that alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. »
- Michelle McCue
Harvey Weinstein, champion of auteur filmmakers? Not always. Earlier this year, Jean-Pierre Jeunet claimed Harv wanted to re-edit and/or recut his latest film, "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet." It's a complaint that Bong Joon-Ho ("Snowpiercer") and Olivier Dahan ("Grace Of Monaco") have also recently leveled at the head of The Weinstein Company, but even their films got treated much better than this. Essentially being dumped into theaters tomorrow, the studio has finally released the first U.S. trailer for movie. How's that for support? Kyle Catlett, Niamh Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, Callum Keith Rennie, and Judy Davis star in the movie about a young boy who wins a contest at the Smithsonian Institute, which changes his life. Here's the official synopsis: T.S. Spivet lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles, his father (a cowboy born a hundred years. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
20th Century Fox and Sony Classical have unveiled full details on the upcoming soundtrack album for the Josh Trank-directed Fantastic Four, which stars Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Kate Mara (The Martian), Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer), and Toby Kebbell (Warcraft) in the lead roles. The album features music composed by the duo of Marco Beltrami (The Wolverine) & Philip Glass (The Hours) and will be released everywhere on August 14th, a week after the film's worldwide release. Check out the full track list below: 1. Fantastic Four Prelude 2. The Garage 3. The Unveiling 4. Baxter 5. “All My Faith” 6. The Lab 7. Meeting of the Minds 8. It Begins 9. Building the Future 10. Launch One 11. Neil Armstrong 12. Maiden Voyage 13. Footprints 14. “Run” 15. Ben’s Drop 16. Real World Applications 17. Under Pressure 18. The Search 19. “You’re Going to Like This One” 20. Father and Son 21. Return 22. He’s Awake 23. Pursuit 24. Strength in Numbers 25. End Titles 26. Another Body (Digital Bonus Track »
Earlier this month it was rumoured that Rachel McAdams (True Detective) was in talks with Marvel Studios for the female lead in Doctor Strange, and now the actress has confirmed that she has had discussions about the Phase Three project.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, McAdams – McAdams was previously offered the role of Pepper Potts in Iron Man only to turn it down – stated that: “It’s still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all.”
Doctor Strange is set for release on November 4th 2016, with Scott Derrickson (Sinister) directing a cast that so far includes Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Stephen Strange alongside Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) as The Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as Baron Mondo. »
- Gary Collinson
Doctor Strange just got a whole lot stranger. Just when fans were becoming acclimated to the fact that iconic Marvel character The Ancient One was getting gender swapped, with Tilda Swinton taking on the role, it has come to light that she might be pulling a Victor Victoria type ruse. At this point, she really doesn't know what Marvel has planned. And she could end up playing the character as a man.
While Marvel has explored group dynamics, otherworldly superpowers and science fiction, it will move into the realm of magic and mysticism with Doctor Strange. And it's something audiences haven't seen in this landscape before. After a long and grueling casting process that saw quite a few actors come and go, Benedict Cumberbatch finally accepted the title role as Dr. Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who becomes a Sorcerer after injuring his hands in a car accident. The movie is being directed by Scott Derrickson, »
Back in May it was revealed that Marvel Studios had tapped Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer, Trainwreck) to play the role of Dr. Stephen Strange’s mentor The Ancient One in the Phase Three release Doctor Strange.
Naturally, this led everyone to assume that Marvel had decided to gender swap the character – who in the comic book universe is an elderly Tibetan male – but it seems that may not be the case after all.
According to The Guardian, Swinton has said that “she doesn’t yet know if she will play the part as a man or a woman”. However, it should be noted that the article doesn’t contain any direct quotes from the actress, so we’ll have to see how this one plays out…
- Gary Collinson
Over the course of his career, Chris Evans has become a familiar face to film fans for roles in a variety of genres, including a comedic performance in Not Another Teen Movie, a dramatic turn in Snowpiercer, a romantic lead in The Nanny Diaries, and most notably as Captain America across several Marvel films, including two standalone features focused on his character. His upcoming feature, however, sees Evans take on a new role; that of a director, as he steps behind the camera for the first time in his career. Titled Before We Go, the synopsis of the film is as follows.
A woman misses the 1:30 train from New York to Boston and a street musician spends the night trying to help her make it back home before her husband does. Throughout the night they learn a lot about one another and eventually find a romance.
Evans also stars »
- Deepayan Sengupta
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, X-Force, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, The Flash, Superman Lives, Justice League Mortal, Gotham, Arrow, Constantine, Supergirl, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Batman: Bad Blood, The Lego Batman Movie and more…
Marvel Studios unleashed the second superhero movie of 2015 – and the twelfth instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – on Thursday evening as Ant-Man began its roll out around the globe. In the States, the film kicked off its run with $6.4 million in Thursday previews and is tracking a domestic opening weekend in the region of $60 million, with around $125 million expected worldwide. Here’s an excerpt from Scott Davis’ ★★★★ spoiler free review of the film:
While its troubled production history »
- Gary Collinson
In Amy Schumer's new movie Trainwreck, Oscar winner Tilda Swinton is nearly unrecognizable as Dianna, the men's magazine editor boss to Schumer's character, also named Amy. Trading her normal porcelain skin and short platinum-blonde hair for a tanned exterior and wavy light brown bob with blonde highlights, Swinton, who's well-known for her dramatic roles in films like Michael Clayton and Snowpiercer, gets laughs for Dianna's indifference to both her S'Nuff employees' emotions and matter-of-fact attitude toward articles about things like "whether garlic makes semen taste any different." Swinton tells The Hollywood Reporter that after talking
- Hilary Lewis
Back in May it was reported that Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Snowpiercer) had entered talks with Marvel Studios for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange’s mentor The Ancient One in the upcoming Phase Three release Doctor Strange, and now Swinton herself has confirmed that it’s a done deal.
“We’re so far in talks that we’re not talking any more [laughs],” Swinton tells Screen Crush. “It’s done. I just really liked the premise of this and the idea of playing this character. I’m a Marvel fan and I think this particular world that Doctor Strange goes into is really, really, really exciting. I’m really interested as both an actor and a fan to see what’s done in this particular world. It’s all about creativity. It’s not about everything exploding at the end. It’s about something very different. »
- Gary Collinson
Back in May, we reported that Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton is in talks to play The Ancient One in Marvel's Phase Three adventure Doctor Strange, but it was never confirmed if she finalized her deal or not. While doing press for her summer comedy Trainwreck, in theaters this weekend, the actress confirmed that it's a done deal. Here's what she had to say, in an interview with Screen Crush.
"No no no, it's done. We're so far in talks that we're not talking any more [laughs]. It's done. The conversation has been had."
Over the last few years, Marvel has managed to land Oscar winners and cinematic legends such as Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Glenn Close (Guardians of the Galaxy) to star in their blockbusters, with Tilda Swinton following in that tradition. The actress has previously starred in comic book movies such as Constantine and last year's Snowpiercer, »
Always a film festival that prides itself on giving its audiences a hell of a lineup, filled to the brim with standout titles every year and world premieres for films that are greatly anticipated, the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival has now revealed its final lineup. Like we’ve all come to appreciate, this year is no exception, with films such as Tales Of Halloween, Ant-Man, the greatly anticipated Cop Car (which will be screened with Kevin Bacon in attendance!!) and Jeruzalem all being standout films to look out for, along with a pretty epic list of other films that are sure to leave viewers entertained and excited throughout the entire event (July 14th-August 4th).
If the full lineup wasn’t already enough to make your horror loving heads explode, the new announcement that Fanstasia will host the July 30th premiere of Cody Calahan’s sequel to 2013’s Antisocial, Antisocial 2, »
- Jerry Smith
In this pre-Comic Con edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Avengers vs. X-Men, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four 2, Deadpool, Heroes Reborn and more…
As Warner Bros. gears up to showcase its DC Cinematic Universe at the San Diego Comic-Con International this weekend, we’ve seen a new image of Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, along with a photo from the convention floor showing Ben Affleck’s armored Batsuit. and some promotional images of three new 12″ collectible statues, including a rather awesome armored Batman. Meanwhile, Zack Snyder has been talking about Wonder Woman’s role Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Henry Cavill also spoke about next year’s hugely-anticipated superhero ensemble »
- Gary Collinson
The 19th Annual Fantasia Film Festival is only a week away, beginning July 14 and running through August 4. And as promised for today, they’ve revealed their full line-up of films screening at 2015’s festival in Montreal.
This year’s line-up boasts 22 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, and 21 North American Premieres. Both Marvel’s Ant-Man and the animated Miss Hokusai were previously announced, but now they’ve added the much anticipated Attack on Titan movie as their closing night film. Other highlights include the Sundance darlings Cooties, starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson, Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by the upcoming Spider-man director Jon Watts, and a trio of films from horror auteur Sion Sono.
See the full line-up announcement of films below via Fantasia’s Facebook page, and be sure to check out their website at fantasiafestival.com for additional information.
36 Countries, 135 Features, and Nearly 300 Short Films
- Including 22 World Premieres, »
- Brian Welk
According to rumour specialists Heroic Hollywood, Rachel McAdams (True Detective) has been offered the female lead in the Phase Three release. No character details have been mentioned, but there’s speculation online that the role could be that of Clea, a love interest to the Sorcerer Supreme, daughter of Umar and neice of Dormammu.
Doctor Strange is set for release on November 4th 2016, with Scott Derrickson (Sinister) directing a cast that so far includes Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Stephen Strange alongside Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) as The Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as Baron Mondo.
- Gary Collinson
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
As we gear up for the release of Ant-Man, it seems only right that Marvel head honcho Kevin Fiege start the hype machine for upcoming releases from the McU schedule. In particular, Doctor Strange.
Feige has confirmed at a press event for Ant-Man that Stephen Strange will indeed be living in New York saying, “The Sanctum is on Bleeker Street, the modern day Bleeker Street. He will be the strangest thing walking out onto that street.”
Casting for the movie is currently taking place in London ahead of the movie starting production in November. One bit of casting that has caused a few stirs around the Internet is Tilda Swinton playing The Ancient One. “As we were developing this film we looked at The Ancient One as a mantle more than a specific person,” Fiege said of the gender change. “The sorcerers have been around for millennia, protecting us from »
- Luke Owen
Marvel’s first foray into the cosmic unknown isn’t released until late October 2016 but the Doctor Strange hype train has been gathering some steam in the last few months. Back In April Kevin Feige confirmed production will start on Doctor Strange this November and then in May we started to get our first rumblings of actors rumoured with supporting roles.
The only confirmed piece of information we have is that Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us From Evil) will direct and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) will star as the Sorcerer Supreme but now you can watch a cool fan-made intro video to get you all excited. Check out the video below:
The video was created by Alex Silver for This Is Productions.
- Gavin Logan
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