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Summit Entertainment is still looking to get their remake of Highlander off the ground and into production. The movie has been in development for years, and now they are looking to cast Tom Cruise in the role of the mentor, Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, who was previously played by Sean Connery.
The news comes from The Wrap, who says the interest is only one-sided for now, as Cruise is completely focused on Mission: Impossible 5 at the moment. He definitely shouldn't be focussing on other things while he's hanging outside of an airplane while in midair.
Even though this would be a co-starring role, the studio is willing beef it up to accommodate the actor if he wanted a bigger part. Cruise has taken smaller roles in the past, so I think as long as the character is interesting to him, it's something he might take on without having to enlarge the role. »
- Joey Paur
The Wrap reports that Cruise is being earmarked for the mentor role in the new Highlander, the part that Sean Connery took on in the original film. One of Cruise's representatives admitted that Highlander is "one of many projects that come to him and he discusses", noting that the actor is "far from talks". Furthermore, Cruise has been "offered tons of projects".
Which doesn't sound quite so promising. Given that Tom Cruise is still taking on pretty much exclusively leading man roles - he's currently filming Mission: Impossible 5 with director Christopher McQuarrie - it seems unlikely that the part in Highlander is something that would appeal. »
The trend for live-action adaptations of fairy tale movies is in full swing; you just haven’t seen these labors come to full fruition yet because most of the releases have been staggered. After Tim Burton’s “Alice In Wonderland” made more than a billion at the worldwide box-office in 2010, all the movie studios —as they are wont to do for lack of a better idea— decided “hey, a billion dollars is cool, all these fairy tales are in public domain, so we need one of those stat!” So every studio under the sun started tasking writers to come up with their own new spin on fairy tales. Universal gave us “Snow White And The Huntsman” in 2012, as did Relativity with “Mirror, Mirror,” Disney went back to the well once again with “Maleficent” (which is the third highest grossing film of the year worldwide, so the plan is working for »
- Edward Davis
Flickering Myth catches up with Charles Dance…
Directed by Garrick Hamm (The Man Who Married Himself), Retrospective an all star British cast lead by Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones), Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Vincent Regan (Snow White And The Huntsman, 300) and Omid Djalili (Sex And The City 2). It follows Jonathan Hoyle (Dance), who has been a war photographer in some of the world’s most troubled places, but it is in London, the night before a retrospective of his life’s work, that he is taken off the street by an armed man. Hoyle is about to learn that his photographs were not without consequences, and whether he survives the night will depend on what exactly he witnessed through his camera’s unflinching eye.
In this exclusive interview, we speak with Charles Dance to talk about working on the movie.
FM: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. »
- Luke Owen
A World Exclusive for you here folks! We have a featurette on short film Retrospective which features Charles Dance (Games of Thrones) and Emilia Fox (TV’s Silent Witness) which you can watch below. Check back later today for an exclusive interview with Charles Dance himself.
Directed by Garrick Hamm (The Man Who Married Himself), the film features an all star British cast lead by Charles Dance (‘Game Of Thrones’), Emilia Fox (‘Silent Witness’), Vincent Regan (Snow White And The Huntsman, 300) and Omid Djalili (Sex And The City 2). It follows Jonathan Hoyle (Charles Dance), who has been a war photographer in some of the world’s most troubled places, but it is in London, the night before a retrospective of his life’s work, that he is taken off the street by an armed man. Hoyle is about to learn that his photographs were not without consequences, and whether »
- Luke Owen
“Let us tell an old story anew, and we will see how well you know it.”
Those are the opening words of Disney’s live-action, CGI-heavy retelling of the story of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, and to be quite honest, they’re really just a nicer, prettier way of stating Hollywood’s current modus operandi: “Let’s just tell the same stories that we know people like over and over, instead of taking a risk and trying something new.” Franchises that were once fresh and exciting get beaten into the dust with sequel after sequel, while perfectly good films are unnecessarily remade in order to provide a modern update or a darker, grittier approach to the same subject matter. Maleficent is one of the latter. Following in the footsteps of Snow White and the Huntsman and Tim Burton’s recent Alice in Wonderland, it seeks to take a popular fairy tale »
- Lee Jutton
James Newton Howard is best known for his large, layered, cinematic scores for films like Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman, and The Hunger Games series. These orchestra driven scores are perfect for epic tales of good versus evil, intense battle scenes and journeys of self-discovery. But in Nightcrawler, Howard seems to have found his more edgy, electronic side, turning in a score that sounds more like something you would expect from a composer like Cliff Martinez – and that’s a good thing. Changing up your musical style not only helps push boundaries, it can also give us great music we may not have otherwise expected from certain composers. Danny Elfman created the quirky music for films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Big Fish, but he also created the dramatic scores for Good Will Hunting and Silver Linings Playbook and action films like Mission Impossible and Planet of the Apes. Randy Newman »
- Allison Loring
Have you ever thought about making your own movie about Edward and Bella? Well, now's your chance! Kristen Stewart and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer have teamed up with actress Octavia Spencer and Frozen writer and director, Jennifer Lee, to launch "The Storytellers—New Voices of The Twilight Saga" contest for women filmmakers only—sorry, fellas. The Snow White and the Huntsman star explained why this unique opportunity is crucial for females in the industry. "I am where I am because of all the strong women who came before me to help pave the way," she said. She continued, "Now is the time for the next generation of female filmmakers to take a stand and tell their »
Paramount Pictures has released a new UK trailer for The Gambler, director Rupert Wyatt’s (Snow White and the Huntsman) remake of the 1974 film of the same name, which sees Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: Age of Extinction) leading a cast that also includes John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Travis Tope (Divine Souls) and Alvin Ing (Stir Crazy).
See Also: Watch the red band trailer for The Gambler here
Jim Bennett (Academy Award-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. »
- Gary Collinson
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesRelease Date: December 17th (3D & IMAX)Studio: Warner Bros.Genre: FantasyDirector: Peter JacksonWriters: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del ToroCast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitrage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando BloomStudio Description: Bilbo and Company are forced to be embraced in a war against an armed flock of combatants and the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and incinerating all of Middle-Earth. Analysis: Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy concludes this December with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Advertisements promise that this will be "the defining chapter" of the franchise, and fans of the Middle Earth saga are surely excited to see the titular battle portrayed on the big screen. Outside of hardcore fans, though, it doesn't seem like there's much excitement surrounding this finale. »
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Hollywood likes nothing more than a good ‘ole cheating scandal and — wowza — there have been some doozies throughout the years. We can’t help but feel a mix of emotions when we hear one of our favorite celebrity relationships is rocked by infidelity. We’re heartbroken for the person whose significant other committed the ultimate betrayal, but satisfied that the cheater was caught red-handed. Justice!
From Kristen Stewart‘s pics-or-it-didn’t-happen rendezvous with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in 2012 to Jude Law‘s 2005 nanny affair and Tiger Woods‘ flings with literally every woman on the planet (Ok, not really), these celebrities are quite infamous for their high-profile indiscretions.
Take a look at our gallery of adulterers, and learn from their mistakes. Cheating ends badly for everyone involved.
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- Christopher Rosa
At this point, we know next to nothing about Disney’s first standalone Star Wars movie, save for the fact that Monsters and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is helming the project for a 2016 release. Well, we can now add in a cinematographer, with Greig Fraser revealing to Hitfix that he will be shooting the film.
“I’m doing a f*cking Star Wars movie, which is like – I don’t know about you but Star Wars is like my first film love, do you know what I mean?” states Fraser, whose credits include Zero Dark Thirty, Let Me In, Snow White and the Huntsman, Foxcatcher and The Gambler. “Princess Leia was the first woman that I kind of went, ‘Yeah, she’s all right, that one.’ Gareth is doing a standalone film. Of course I do know some specifics, but it’s obviously something I’ve signed my kidneys away for. »
- Gary Collinson
With Star Wars: Episode VII deep into production, Disney and LucasFilm are also prepping their Star Wars spin-off movies, the first of which will hit theaters sometime in 2016, under the direction of Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). There is still much we don't know about the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off, but a new interview from Hitfix reveals that Greig Fraser will serve as the cinematographer.
While he wouldn't divulge any specific details, here's what Greig Fraser had to say about the project.
"And then I'm doing a f---ing Star Wars movie, which is like - I don't know about you but Star Wars is like my first film love, do you know what I mean? Gareth is doing a standalone film. Of course I do know some specifics, but it's obviously something I've signed my kidneys away for."
There have been a number of rumors that one of the »
The first cast photos are out from "Dad's Army," the film version of the beloved British sitcom which is currently in production in Yorkshire. Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Daniel Mays and Mark Gatiss all star.
Set during WW2, the story sees Walmington-on-Sea’s Home Guard welcoming a journalist to write about the area at the same time that MI5 brings word that there’s a spy on the loose. [Source: Screen]
Greig Fraser has confirmed he will serve as cinematographer on the upcoming Gareth Edwards directed first "Star Wars" standalone spin-off film which is due in cinemas in 2016. Frasier also says that the project has a working title but can't say what it is or what it's about.
- Garth Franklin
Ghost in the Shell: Reportedly, Scarlett Johansson (Lucy) has been offered $10 million to star in Ghost in the Shell, the upcoming live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga. Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) was in talks for the lead role last month, but evidently that didn't work out. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is set to direct the new version, which follows a covert agent who fights high-tech crimes. [Deadline] Pete's Dragon: Robert Redford is in talks to star in Disney's new version of Pete's Dragon. The 1977 original featured a live-action cast, an animated dragon and 10 songs; the remake, to be directed by acclaimed indie filmmaker David Lowery, who cowrote the screenplay, will drop the songs and focus on the story of an...
- Peter Martin
The Sundarbans region of West Bengal is one of the most deadly albeit breathtakingly gorgeous places in the world. Because of the unstable terrain and dangers in the form of lethal reptiles and of course, the majestic Bengal tigers, this area remains secluded in mystery and very few people get to experience the visual splendor that this place has to offer. When film-makers Abis Rizvi and Kamal Sadanah embarked on the journey to make Roar: Tigers Of The Sundarbans, their objective was to give the audience a taste of action, drama and thrill of the amazing Sundarbans and the majestic tigers in the best possible way.
For this, they roped in Anibrain, one of Asia’s leading VFX agencies, famous for their work in Hollywood films like The Amazing Spiderman, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Ghost Rider and Resident Evil among others.
The journey has been long and arduous. »
- Stacey Yount
It was previously reported that The Wolf Of Wall Street's Margot Robbie was in talks to star in the upcoming live-action adaptation of influential Japanese anime Ghost In The Shell. Deadline has now reported that Robbie is no longer up for the role as she is being lined up for Suicide Squad and that Dreamworks has offered Us$ 10 million for Lucy and The Avengers star Scarlett Johansson to play the lead in the film. Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman) will be directing and the script is written by William Wheeler (The Hoax, The Reluctant Fundamentalist). Plans are to shoot the film in 3D....
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Last month, we reported that Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) was in talks to star in Rupert Sanders' (Snow White and the Huntsman) live-action adaptation of the classic manga/anime, Ghost in the Shell. The story focuses on Major Motoko Kusanagi, the leader of a covert ops unit that fights cyber-terrorists. Motoko has a fully synthetic cyborg body but retains her human essence/soul or “ghost.” According to Deadline, DreamWorks has decided to now offer the lead role to Scarlett Johansson with a bigger payday, which has now pushed Robbie towards Suicide Squad. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Johansson is being offered $10 million to star in Ghost in the Shell, which obviously has franchise potential if it's a hit. Additionally, switching from Robbie to Johansson is the safer bet. Robbie is a star on the rise, and while she's got two big movies coming up with Focus and Tarzan, »
- Matt Goldberg
Luc Besson is showing remarkable restraint by ruling out a sequel to this summer's smash hit "Lucy," but that won't stop every executive around town from throwing action scripts at the feet of Scarlett Johansson. The actress, who already has Marvel fans campaigning for a Black Widow spinoff, now has Warner Bros. offering her the lead role in a long-in-the-works live action adaptation of a cult classic anime movie. Deadline reports that the studio has a $10 million check waiting for Johansson for the starring gig in "Ghost In The Shell." "The Wolf Of Wall Street" star Margot Robbie had previously been circling the part, but the role is ScarJo's if she wants it. Rupert Sanders ("Snow White And The Huntsman") is attached to direct, and clearly WB aren't afraid of spending money on this film, so we'll see where this goes. Speaking of remakes, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" helmer David Lowery »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A month ago it was reported that Wolf of Wall Street co-star Margot Robbie was in talks to play the lead role in the live-action feature film adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. According to Deadline, she is instead likely to join DC Entertainment's Suicide Squad, which we reported on yesterday. Looks like those casting reports are true.
The article goes on to reveal that DreamWorks has now offered the part to Scarlett Johansson with a $10 million dollar payday. There's no word yet on whether she has accepted the offer, but the part is apparently hers for the taking if she wants it. Johansson might just end up being our Motoko, but that name is sure to be changed for American audiences.
A lot of fans of the classic anime are very unhappy with the fact that the studio is casting a white woman to play the role of a Japanese character. »
- Joey Paur
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