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Harley Davidson's Project LiveWire, the company's first electric motorcycle, is set to make its official big screen debut in next summer's "Avengers: Age of Ultron". The vehicle will feature as the main vehicle of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, with video and photos from the set featuring Black Widow's stunt double showing that the new bike model is already hard at work. [Source: Movieweb]
One person who'd be more than happy to reprise his role in the "X-Men" franchise is the older Beast himself Kelsey Grammar. The "X-Men: Last Stand" actor says: "I hope to do another. I hope they find some way to come up with a new story that involves Beast in my timeline." [Source: Cbr]
- Garth Franklin
Coming hot on the heels of the news that Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) has joined the cast of Marvel’s Daredevil, British director Farren Blackburn has announced on Twitter (via BleedingCool) that he’s set to direct an episode of the Netflix miniseries. Blackburn’s previous work includes the feature film Hammer of the Gods, as well as episodes of Doctor Who, Luther, Silent Witness, The Fades and The Musketeers.
Daredevil is set to start production next month, with Charlie Cox (Stardust) playing the blind lawyer / superhero Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket) as the Kingpin. Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus) serves as showrunner and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) will direct the first episode, which he’s also written as well as executive producing the show alongside Jeph Loeb (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). The series will land on Netflix next year. »
- Gary Collinson
As if we weren’t already excited enough to see Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve’s drug war thriller Sicario, today brings news that another highly talented actor has joined the film’s already strong cast. Daniel Kaluuya, known for his stint as Posh Kenneth on the British teen drama Skins, just signed on for a supporting role.
Kaluuya will join the already attached Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Jon Bernthal and Josh Brolin. He’ll play Reggie Wayne, an FBI agent partnered with a Tucson cop (Blunt). Sicario, from the pen of Sons of Anarchy actor Taylor Sheridan, centers on the tense journey that Blunt’s cop undertakes when she’s recruited by a CIA agent named Matt (Brolin) to escort two rangers to apprehend a dangerous drug kingpin. The cop soon becomes embroiled with a mysterious assassin (del Toro) who has a personal connection to the kingpin’s cartel, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The giant monster movie on everyone’s mind right now is undoubtedly Gareth Edwards’ gritty blockbuster take on Godzilla, which opens in theaters tonight following about a week of steadily strong reviews (including ours). So, in that sense, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for Protagonist Pictures to release the first trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent, a sequel to the indie monster movie that put Edwards on the map.
Sadly, given his commitment to Godzilla, Edwards was unable to return for the follow-up, so Joe Green (Channel 4′s Misfits) is taking over behind the camera. Green is working from a script by the largely unproven Jay Basu (little-seen The Dinosaur Project), with a cast that includes Joe Dempsie (HBO’s Game of Thrones, BBC America’s The Fades), Johnny Harris (The Fades, Snow White & the Huntsman) and Sofia Boutella (Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming The Secret Service).
Though none »
- Isaac Feldberg
The BAFTA award winning teen drama sensation Skins took Britain by storm in 2007 with its controversial story lines and relatable and eccentric characters. The show’s success made it the perfect training ground for up-and-coming British teen actors to throw themselves into the spotlight. In Justin Edgar’s energetic new comedy We Are The Freaks we find two of Skins‘ most popular alumni take centre stage on the big screen. Parsons (Skins‘ Mike Bailey) and Chunks (Skins‘ Sean Teale) accompany Jack (Jamie Blackley) on an eventful weekend that might change their lives forever. As this stylish, coming 0f age, cult comedy takes us back to the rebellious era of the 1990s, we celebrate the release of We Are The Freaks by taking our own look back at some of our favourite Skins stars and find out what they’ve been up to since leaving the hit drama.
Mike Bailey – played »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
John Ajvide Lindqvist’s cult Swedish vampire novel Let the Right One In has had the honour of being adapted for the big screen not once but twice in recent years. The first in it’s native country and the second across the pond in the U.S. starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Both movie adaptations didn’t gravitate too far from the source material garnering a fair amount of critical success and a warm response from fans of the original book.
The stage show, adapted by the hugely talented Jack Thorne (Skins, The Fades, This Is England ’86) recently made it’s debut at the Apollo Theatre London to rampant positive reviews. Thorne’s version however takes place in the Scottish highlands rather than the slums of a Swedish town but still follows outcast Oskar, who befriends his new neighbour and fellow loner Eli. While they share many »
- Gavin Logan
Soul or blood-sucking creatures have been a part of folklore for thousands of years, and the modern vampire myth grasped the imagination in the early 18th century and has never really left us since.
A striking retelling of the story came in 2004, with John Ajvide Lindqvist's stunning novel Let the Right One In - later adapted into Tomas Alfredson's 2008 Swedish film and Matt Reeves's 2010 English-language remake Let Me In.
5. Edward Cullen from Twilight
"I love Twilight. I used to live in Luton and had a Cineworld ticket thing, and I'd go along to those films in a Ghostbusters top so that all the teenage girls that were sitting around »
E4 has brought together some of Britain’s brightest young talent from film, TV, stage and music to star in the new series including:
Jessie Cave, best known as Lavender Brown in Harry Potter;
The young cast also features:
Tommy McDonnell, currently in cinemas in acclaimed British prison »
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
E4 has announced a cast of rising stars for its new drama Glue.
Harry Potter's Jessie Cave, Starred Up actor Tommy McDonnell, New Worlds star Billy Howie, Frankenstein's Callum Turner and Charlotte Spencer - Carly Kirk in BBC Two's Line of Duty - complete the cast.
Glue will explore the impact that the discovery of a local boy's body has on a small English village, as secrets »
Active development continues on the Joseph Gordon-Levitt produced film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s seminal comic book fantasy Sandman. After The Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer wrote an outline, the upcoming film now has a writer permanently attached.
Skins and This Is England ’86 and ’88 writer Jack Thorne is better known for his work in British TV than large scale features, but he received plenty of critical plaudits for his small screen work including his previous foray into dark fantasy, The Fades, which won a Best Drama Bafta. As yet Thorne is the only other name attached to the project with no director or cast officially signed up, not even Jgl himself in any role beyond producer.
Last month I made ten suggestions for potential actors for the lead role of Dream. On this list I will put forward possible casting choices for »
- Jack Gann
Coming a couple of months after the announcement that the brilliant Joseph Gordon Levitt will produce (and hopefully direct) Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, comes the news that a writer has been found. Jack Thorne, whose previous work includes BBC Three’s The Fades and teen-drama Skins, has been tasked with turning David S. Goyer’s treatment into a tangible screenplay.
The film is based on the series of graphic novel’s written by Neil Gaiman and focusses on Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams and his quest to restore his fallen kingdom. Levitt could not be more excited with the project and recently stated his reasons for getting involved:
I love just the basic concept of it – just the concept of personifying Dream, along with all of his brothers and sisters, the seven Endless personifying Death, personifying Destruction and Delirium and Destiny and Desire and Despair.
Thorne’s previous scripting would »
- Kat Smith
I'll bet Neil Gaiman was a fan of "The Fades." I would bet an equal amount that Jack Thorne is a big fan of "Sandman." Well, Warner Bros just got all "You got my chocolate in my peanut butter!" when they hired Jack Thorne to write the screenplay for the in-development feature film version of one of the greatest comic stories ever told. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached to star in the film, and he's producing the movie with David Goyer. According to Deadline, Goyer's pitch for the film is what Thorne will be working from as he tries to crack a project that any number of writers have failed at for over 15 years now. If you want to read the second draft of the Terry Rossio/Ted Elliott approach to the film, it's online at their website, complete with an intro about their time working on the film. If you »
- Drew McWeeny
Warner Bros. still has a lot of work to do with their big screen version of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics, but they have found one very important piece needed for their planned movie: a screenwriter. Deadline has learned Jack Thorne will write the script for Sandman, based on a pitch by David S. Goyer. Thorne is probably best known for his script work in television (Skins, The Fades, This Is England), but he also provided material for How I Live Now, and wrote the screenplays for The »
- Jesse Giroux
News Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 07:02
Thorne, whose extensive credits also include his writing on the This Is England TV shows, and features such as How I Live Now and A Long Way Down, will adapt Sandman for Warner Bros. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is confirmed as producer on the film, and is still expected to star. He might direct too.
Thorne will be working from David S Goyer's treatment for the film, and Goyer too remains involved as producer. More on Sandman as we hear it.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is currently attached to the comic book adaptation as producer. He will also direct the picture.
The actor previously made his feature directorial debut on the Sundance picture Don Jon.
The Sandman graphic novel series, written by Neil Gaiman with art from Dave McKean, centres on lord of dreams Morpheus as he struggles with threats to his kingdom and seeks to come to terms with his own tragic failings.
Gordon-Levitt previously revealed why he wanted to get involved in the project, saying: "I love just the basic concept of it - just the concept of personifying Dream, along with all of his brothers and sisters, the seven Endless personifying Death, »
Don Jon’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt is still attached to produce the big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, and while it’s hoped that the actor will also be able to star in and direct the movie, Warner Bros. have in the meantime found a writer.
While it was Man of Steel scribe David Goyer who initially pitched a live-action take on the comic book, the responsibility of writing the screenplay will fall to the UK’s own Jack Thorne. He’s something of a surprising choice given the fact that he’s best known for small screen projects like The Fades, Skins and This is England.
Goyer and Levitt are both set to produce, while Gaiman will be taking on an Executive Producer role.
The Sandman series features a mixture of horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams (and the character it »
- Josh Wilding
Iain De Caestecker is on the rise. He’s currently starring in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on TV, and in the fast year we’ve seen him on the big screen in In Fear and Filth, and we’ll be seeing him again soon in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How to Catch a Monster. We spoke to Iain about all of those projects, as well as his new film, Not Another Happy Ending, a rom-com filmed in his native Scotland in which he stars alongside Karen Gillan.
You’ve been very busy with both film and television in the last few years. What stage was your career at when you became involved with Not Another Happy Ending?
I finished college and moved down to London about three years ago, maybe, and the first thing I got down there was a TV series called The Fades. And then ever »
- Joe Cunningham
Bringing beloved author Nick Hornby’s work to the big screen once more, A Long Way Down is soon to begin its tour of the festival circuit out in Berlin and then Glasgow, before heading into our cinemas this spring.
Pascal Chaumeil’s adaptation of Hornby’s novel arrives in cinemas on our shores this March, and with less than two months to go before it reaches us, the first trailer has had its debut over on digitalspy.
New Year’s Eve on the top of a London skyscraper. Martin (Brosnan) is literally on the edge. A once-beloved TV personality, he’s now desperate to jump. But he’s not alone. Single mother Maureen, (Collette), sassy teen Jess (Poots), and failed musician turned pizza-delivery boy Jj (Paul), have all turned up on the same roof with the same plan.
Instead of jumping, these four strangers make a pact to stay »
- Kenji Lloyd
"I'm pretty sure we're all gonna live to regret this." With a debut planned at the Berlin Film Festival before hitting theaters in the United Kingdom shortly thereafter, the first international trailer for A Long Way Down, based on Nick Hornby's book of the same name, has arrived. Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots star in the film as four strangers who all meet on a roof on New Year's Eve when they each had planned to kill themselves by leaping off the building. But the four end up bonding, and just might save each others' lives. This looks a little cheesy, but maybe the cast can make it work. Watch it! Here's the first UK trailer for Pascal Chaumeil's A Long Way Down from YouTube (via DigitalSpy): A Long Way Down is directed by Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker) and scripted by Jack Thorne ("This »
- Ethan Anderton
The first trailer for A Long Way Down has been released.
Unveiled exclusively through Digital Spy, the trailer for Pascal Chaumeil's black comedy features Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots as four suicidal people who meet on top of a London skyscraper on New Year's Eve.
Adapted from Nick Hornby's novel of the same name, the story begins with this chance encounter where the four - a disgraced chat show host, a single mother, a failed musician and a troubled teenager respectively - foil each other's attempts to commit suicide in solitude.
After making a pact to postpone their suicides until Valentine's Day, they begin to form a surrogate family.
A Long Way Down will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next month. »
20 items from 2014