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Friday, September 26, 2008

Changeling Poster Now Online

Changeling Poster Now Online
Angelina looks worried
Source: Cinematical


Changeling Poster Now Online

Clint Eastwood's rather excellent new drama about a woman's hunt for her lost child comes out in November, and there's a new poster online now, showing star Angelina Jolie looking worried and the face of her son in shadow.

The story - based on real events - is of a single mother (Jolie) whose son goes missing. Months later, the LAPD return a boy to her - but she maintains that he is not her son, and begins a crusade to find her real offspring, resulting in increasingly strong-arm responses from the police.































If you're wondering about that French tagline at the bottom, it says, "To recover her son, she did what no one else dared". Empire - bringing your foreign kulcha since 1996.

Source: EmpireOnline

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Notorious Trailer

New Notorious Trailer
Not from Hitchcock, it's about B.I.G.
Source: Yahoo


New Notorious Trailer

No-no-no-Notorious. Yes, there's a biopic on its way focusing on the life of the Notorious B.I.G., and it certainly looks the part. Click here to watch the trailer.

The story will follow Biggie's rise to fame, from dealing crack in Brooklyn as a kid in the 1980s to the heights of rap superstardom in the 90s and a plethora of aliases.*

Newcomer Jamal Woolard will play Biggie Smalls, aka Biggie, aka Frank White, aka Big Poppa, aka Christopher George Latore Wallace. The very accomplished Angela Bassett will play his mother Voletta, while Derek Luke will play Sean Combs, aka Diddy, aka P.Diddy, aka Puff, aka Puffy, aka Puff Daddy, aka Sean John. Million Dollar Baby's Anthony Mackie will play Tupac Shakur, and Antonique Smith, of Across the Universe, will play Faith Evans.

It's out in the US in January, but there's no confirmed UK release date yet.

*Aliasi?

Source: EmpireOnline

New W. Trailer

New W. Trailer
Dubya on the edge in another spot
Source: Yahoo! Movies


New W. Trailer

After a reasonably sober couple of clips, here's a rather more rambunctious clip from Oliver Stone's forthcoming W., featuring El Presidente in a rather more humourous light. Check it out here.

For a full guide to who's who in the starry cast, you can consult our pictoral guide here, but keep eyes peeled in the trailer for the likes of Richard Dreyfus, Thandie Newton and James Cromwell.

What's certain is that Brolin, in the lead, has nailed that distinctive little laugh (which Jon Stewart does so well), and that there will be funny in among the politicking. Roll on November 7 when we can see the results for ourselves.

Source: EmpireOnline

Simon Pegg On The Red Carpet

Simon Pegg On The Red Carpet
How To Lose Friends… premiere report



Simon Pegg On The Red Carpet

Fresh from playing a feckless journalist in his latest flick, How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, Empire favourite Simon Pegg was safely back on the VIP side of the red carpet in Leicester Square on Wednesday night.
Starring in the movie adaptation of UK writer Toby Young's embarrassing memoirs, the Brit comic discovered that a journo’s life is not always a happy one.
“It did give me some perspective yeah,” says Pegg of working on the other side of the media fence. “I did kind of get a different view of what they go through and what it takes to be a journalist.
“In the film, whenever I interview someone I have to say that I really like their film, so whenever a journalist now says to me that they really liked the film I just say, ‘Do you? Do you really?’”
The film marks the cinematic debut of Bob Weide, the guy who gave us the televisual masterpiece that is Curb Your Enthusiasm. Did his previous experience of dealing with on-screen assholes help with the making of this movie?
“Yeah I think so, the thinking was that if I could deal with a social misfit like Larry David and make him acceptable to the public at large, I could do the same thing with a character based on Toby Young,” says Weide.


























































































































During the making of the film, rumours abounded that Young was ejected from the set for making too much of ruckus, was that true?
“Toby was on set occasionally but you kind of have to keep him at an arm’s distance,” says Weide. “It’s kind of like having a young child on the set and you have to say, ‘Now Toby sit here and behave and don’t talk to people’. All the stories of him being banned from the set are his exaggerations for comic effect.”
No stranger to social embarrassment, Young freely admits that he was the butt of many a slight from the movie-makers. One such experience found Weide and Pegg poking fun at the author’s less-than-svelte physique.
“It obviously feels good to have a film made about your life and I’m not about to start complaining but it’s really not that flattering an experience,” says Young. “When I first sat down with Simon and the director, he looked at me and looked at him and said, ‘You know what Simon, you’re either gonna have to gain 20 pounds or wear a fat suit’. Simon actually gained two stone to get into character, he was in Run Fat Boy Run and played a character called Fat Boy but he still wasn’t fat enough to play me.”

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How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, which also stars Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, Gillian Anderson and Jeff Bridges, will be released in UK cinemas on October 3.


Source: EmpireOnline

Liam Neeson Talks Taken

Liam Neeson Talks Taken
The big man hits the red carpet


Liam Neeson Talks Taken

Proving that age is no barrier to kicking ass and taking names, Liam Neeson popped into London on Wednesday night for the premiere of his new action flick, Taken.

“I love the fact that this guy is described as being in his 40s rather than some guy who’s like, ‘He’s 27, he’s cut, he’s in the gym every day’,” says the Irish actor of his character Bryan Mills. “It was like, this is a real guy you know.”

Neeson plays an ex-secret service man (a “Preventer” in his own words), who embarks on a brutal and violent hunt to track down his daughter after she gets kidnapped in Paris.

“He’s given up his trade to be close to her to make up for times gone by,” says Neeson. “So he’s an obsessed dad.”

The role gives Neeson a chance to take on the hard man mantle but how does he think his character would fare against the granddaddy of action stars?

“Bryan versus Bond? Well Bond would have all the gadgets but I’d have the dirty tactics.”


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Taken is released in the UK on Friday.


Source: EmpireOnline

It's The Johnny Depp News-O-Rama!

It's The Johnny Depp News-O-Rama!
Pirates 4! Mad Hatter! And Lone Ranger?!


It's The Johnny Depp News-O-Rama!

Walt Disney Studios held a massive event today at the Kodak Theatre in LA, during which the Studios’ chairman, Dick Cook, made a string of announcements about their upcoming movies over the next few years.

And Johnny Depp was at the heart of it all.

The actor showed up on stage for a triple announcement which apparently ties him to Disney for some time. That announcement was:

• That Depp will return as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean 4.

• That he will star as The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s next movie, Alice In Wonderland.

• Neither of those were huge surprises, but the next one was. Boy, was it.

For Depp has signed on to star as Tonto in a movie version of The Lone Ranger, which will be produced by Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

Now that's surprising - not just because Tonto is traditionally a role for a Native American (although Depp's great-grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee, and of course he played a Native American in his self-directed film, The Brave), but because it's very much a sidekick role to the flashier Lone Ranger, a masked crusader for justice in the Old West. So if Disney has Depp in the second banana role, they must have someone really special lined up for the Ranger himself. And, of course, we imagine that Tonto will get a lot more to do in this movie.

Details on the timeline of all three movies are a little sketchy right now, but since Burton starts shooting in a couple of months on Alice In Wonderland, expect Depp to head into that first. That might not be a huge role, anyway.

Then, it should be onto The Lone Ranger, which has a provisional release date of 2010. Interestingly, this could put it up against Seth Rogen and Stephen Chow's The Green Hornet. Why interestingly? Well, Britt Reid - aka The Green Hornet - is The Lone Ranger's great-nephew.

Of course, The Green Hornet is a Sony movie, so it's unlikely that we'll see them team up, a la Tony Stark turning up in The Incredible Hulk, but it'll still be fun to see who wins the Battle Of The Reid Family in 2010...

And after that, then we'll see Depp return as Captain Jack Sparrow, although Pirates 4 is currently only in early development. But, given that Depp staggered on stage at the Disney event in full Captain Jack make-up and costume, it's clearly a role he's itching to get back to.

Source: EmpireOnline

Oprah Joins Princess And The Frog

Oprah Joins Princess And The Frog
Mogul will voice Princess' mother
Source: ComingSoon.net


Oprah Joins Princess And The Frog

The most powerful woman in showbusiness is giving her seal of approval to the next Disney Animated film. Yes, no less a personage than Oprah Winfrey is set to voice Eudora, the mother of the lead character in The Princess and the Frog.

The story is set in New Orleans during the Jazz Age of the 1920s, and is a traditionally-animated Disney fairytale musical about Tiana and her amphibious love. Randy Newman wrote the score, and the voice cast already included Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) as Tiana, Keith David as Dr Facilier, a voodoo practitioner, and John Goodman as Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff, a wealthy sugar mill owner.

The Little Mermaid directors Ron Clements and John Musker are directing, so think old-school Disney through and through.

Oprah feels like a good addition to the cast - she has lots of experience in voicing animation, from Charlotte's Web and Bee Movie, both of which she had small roles in. And if nothing else, this should give the box-office another boost if she so much as mentions it on her show, or in her magazine, or in passing to her hairdresser.

Source: EmpireOnline

Rachel McAdams Joins Sherlock Holmes

Rachel McAdams Joins Sherlock Holmes
She's playing Moriarty. Kidding!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Rachel McAdams Joins Sherlock Holmes

You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce that Guy Ritchie is putting together one hell of a cast for his movie version of, um, well… Sherlock Holmes.

Robert Downey Jr. as the titular detective. Jude Law as his faithful sidekick, Dr. John Watson. Mark Strong as the villainous Lord Blackwood. Not bad at all. The only way a cast like that could possibly improve is if, say, Rachel McAdams signed on as Holmes’ love interest, Irene Adler.

Hey, wait a minute! Rachel McAdams has signed on as Holmes’ love interest, Irene Adler! Huzzah! If we had a hat, we’d throw it in the air!

McAdams – one of the finest actresses of her generation – has steered clear of tentpole pictures since her flirtation with the role of Invisible Woman in Fantastic Four.

But there’s a lot of buzz around Ritchie’s take on Holmes – not least because of the casting of the so-hot-right-now Downey - and clearly the 31 year-old Canadian has been suitably intrigued and thus ensnared.

As for Adler… there has been much speculation over the decades that Arthur Conan Doyle’s genius detective might – how can we put this delicately? – prefer the company of gentlemen. Certainly, in the stories and novels, Holmes tends to treat women with courtesy, but for the most part remains indifferent to their charms.

Adler, though, is a different kettle of fish. She appears in only one Holmes short story – A Scandal In Bohemia – and while there’s no physical liaison between the two, Holmes is impressed by her intelligence. So, when searching for a love interest for Downey’s detective – who, in Ritchie’s world, will clearly not be dead below the waist – Adler was the natural candidate.

Intriguingly, it would also seem that McAdams has signed on to the project, with the possibility of at least one more to come, the first time that Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes has been linked with the word, ‘franchise’.

Filming on the movie – produced by Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Dan Lin and Lionel Wigram (on whose comic book the project is based) – starts shooting next month. Cannot. Wait.

McAdams, by the way, will next be seen in State Of Play and The Time Traveler's Wife.

Source: EmpireOnline

Warners Plans I Am Legend Prequel

Warners Plans I Am Legend Prequel
With Will Smith to return
Source: Variety



Warners Plans I Am Legend Prequel

SPOILER WARNING! SPOILERS ABOUND!

Thought you’d seen the last of Will Smith’s Dr. Robert Neville? After all, at the end of 2007’s I Am Legend, the good doctor and former self-styled Last Man On Earth was splattered all over his lab – along with a gaggle of mutant nasties – courtesy of a self-sacrificial hand grenade.

Kaboom. Franchise? What franchise?

Yet Warner Bros. has $584,151,304 reasons to bring Neville back for another I Am Legend, and today they announced plans to do just that, with Smith, director Francis Lawrence, and producer, Akiva Goldsman all returning. How so? Are you ready to say the magic word?

Prequel.

Yes, screenwriter D. B. Weiss has been commissioned to write a script for a movie that will chronicle the last days of the population of New York as millions either succumb to the virus that wipes out mankind, or become the mutants that force Smith’s sole survivor to hole up in a reinforced Manhattan townhouse by night.

The script will be based on a detailed outline that has been worked up by Smith, Lawrence, Goldsman and Smith’s producing partner, James Lassiter. It’s not clear yet how much of the story, if anything, will be based on the Richard Matheson novel that started it all. Nor is it clear yet what the title will be: I Will Be Legend? I Am Going To Be Legend? I’m Not Legend Just Yet But Give Me Five Minutes?

We’re big fans of Smith here at Empire, but this seems like a baffling move to us. I Am Legend had its flaws, but it told the story of how Neville came to be alone in New York with admirable economy. Do we really need to have those blanks filled in? How much dramatic tension can there be in telling a story where the outcome is so pre-ordained? At least, with the Star Wars prequels, we knew the who of Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader, but we didn’t know the why, the how, or the where.

On the other hand, this could be a very commendable move on the part of all parties. After all, a straight-ahead sequel would have been easier to mount, albeit without Smith (who could still have appeared in flashbacks). Just introduce new survivors, pit them against a new breed of mutant and Bob’s your uncle.

But in going back and committing to telling a story that can only end with the protagonist going slowly insane, alone, in a ghostly New York City, Smith & Co. might be making a gutsy move. Could this, in fact, be the biggest feel-bad movie of all time?

As ever, readers, we want to hear from you.

Source: EmpireOnline

Anne Hathaway Finds The Opposite Of Love

Anne Hathaway Finds The Opposite Of Love
Romantic drama based on a best-seller
Source: Variety


Anne Hathaway Finds The Opposite Of Love

What’s The Opposite Of Love, readers? Is it:

a) Hate
b) The name of a new film starring Anne Hathaway
c) Evol

Well, it can’t be c) because ‘Evol’ isn’t the opposite of love – it’s just love in reverse. And love in reverse can be painful. We know, we tried once and damn near got stuck.

And it’s not a) because Empire doesn’t believe in hate. In fact, we hate haters.

So that leaves b), the name of a new film starring Anne Hathaway. And that’s exactly right!

The film in question is based on a best-selling book by Julie Buxbaum, which was optioned by Fox back in July. And now the lovely Hathaway –who last teamed with Fox on The Devil Wears Prada – will star as a commitment-phobe attorney who finds her life falling apart when she rejects her commitment-friendly boyfriend.

Kara Holden is writing the script, and Tapestry Films is producing. No director is yet attached.

Source: EmpireOnline

From Paris With Love For John Travolta

From Paris With Love For John Travolta
Rhys Meyers also joins Luc Besson flick
Source: Variety


From Paris With Love For John Travolta

Setting aside the one-star rating we recently afforded to the Liam Neeson thriller, Taken, Empire generally has a soft spot for the demented action thrillers produced by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp.

From the Taxi flicks to District B13 to the magnificent Transporter franchise, they’re cheap, cheerful, modern day exploitation flicks with plenty of car chases, tough guy posturing, sexy ladies, explosions, ridiculous dialogue and some kick-ass fight scenes.

And so we’re glad to hear that John Travolta has signed on to the latest from the Besson conveyor belt of madness.

From Paris With Love will star Travolta as an American secret agent on a high-risk mission in Paris, who crosses paths with a young embassy worker. Jonathan Rhys Meyers has also joined the cast, presumably as the embassy worker.

Pretty slight plot, it has to be said, but we’re sure that Besson, who’s producing once more, and who co-wrote the screenplay along with Adi Hasak, has plenty of mayhem up his sleeve. It’ll also be interesting to see if Travolta, who was so good in his John Woo double-bill of Broken Arrow and Face/Off, can convince as an action hero now that he’s the wrong side of 50.

The title would also seem to suggest that Besson is aiming for a Bond vibe with this, so could we see Travolta's character return in future instalments?

The one downer? It’s directed by Taken’s Pierre Morel, but we’re sure that his last movie was just an aberration.

The movie – budgeted at around $55 million – is already shooting, and exploding, in and around Paris.

Source: EmpireOnline

Bruce Willis To Make Directorial Debut

Bruce Willis To Make Directorial Debut
With indie, Three Stories About Joan
Source: Variety


Bruce Willis To Make Directorial Debut

He’s saved the world from being smashed to bits by an asteroid with attitude. He’s thwarted the devious plans of German tea leaves – not once, but twice. He even managed to escape from Rob Reiner’s North with his reputation (largely) intact.

But now Bruce Willis is taking on perhaps his biggest challenge to date: he’s directing a movie.

Willis has made vague noises about getting behind the camera at various points throughout his illustrious career, but now that he’s launched a production company called Willis Brothers Films with Stephen Eads and his brother, David (we were hoping it would be Whatchu Talkin’ About, Willis? Films, or something), the time seems to be right.

But Willis won’t be starting off with any high-octane thrills. Instead, he’s signed to direct an indie drama, called Three Stories About Joan, which will star Camilla Belle as a young woman suffering tragedies at three different points of her life that cause her to lose her grip on reality.

Willis will take a cameo role in the movie, with Kieran Culkin also joining the cast.

The film was written by first-time scribes, Christopher Alexander and Sam Applebaum, and will go before the cameras in Shreveport, Louisiana, next month.

Well, we’ve got a lot of time for Bruce at Empire Towers, and so we wish him well with his directorial debut. Now that he’s edged past the 5-0 landmark, perhaps he’s aware that his days as an action star may be growing short, so perhaps Three Stories About Joan is also a preliminary exploration of a different career path, when it comes time to stop killing bad guys and cracking wise.

What do you think, readers – does Willis have what it takes? Are you intrigued by the subject matter he's chosen for his first outing calling the shots? Could this lead to a self-directed Die Hard 5 at some point? As usual, spout forth below.

Source: EmpireOnline

Superbad's Stone Joins Paper Man

Superbad's Stone Joins Paper Man
So where's Scissors?
Source: Variety



Superbad's Stone Joins Paper Man

Emma Stone, who you may remember as the object of Jonah Hill's affections in Superbad, has signed on to appear opposite Jeff Daniels, Ryan Reynolds and Lisa Kudrow in Paper Man.
The story follows a man trying to rediscover the spark that made him a happily married novelist, who forms a friendship with a Long Island teenager. Daniels is the novelist, and we're guessing that Stone is the teenager. We don't know yet what roles Kudrow and Reynolds will be playing, but we're guessing that Kudrow could play Daniels' wife.
The film was written and will be directed by Michele and Kieran Mulroney, who wrote the now-stalled Justice League script but are keeping busy in the meantime.
Source: EmpireOnline

American Psycho: The Musical

American Psycho: The Musical
Patrick Bateman to sing on Broadway
Source: The Hollywood Reporter



American Psycho: The Musical

Movie fans who are not averse to the smell of the greasepaint will have noticed how a lot of their favourite flicks are being translated into big-budget theatre shows. Why, the past few months alone have seen the launch of Gone With The Wind The Musical, Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert with Jason Donovan and Rain Man starring Josh Hartnett. And let's not forget the hugely popular likes of The Lion King, The Sound Of Music and Billy Elliot among many others.

So it's both surprising and, well, not to hear that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, American Psycho is being adapted into a Broadway musical.

Currently in production, the tale of Wall Street investment banker Patrick Bateman and his propensity for killing people in increasingly violent ways doesn't necessarily strike us as perfect sing-a-long material but you can't deny the power of the movie's great 80s-centric soundtrack.

Ellis and Edward R. Pressman, the producer of Mary Harron's 1999 film adaptation, will serve as consulting producers on the project and while no director, book writer or songwriters have yet been brought on board the project, it's hoped that the show will be staged by 2010.

Music rights have yet to be secured, but the producers are plumping for songs from the likes of Talking Heads, Genesis and, of course, Huey Lewis And The News.

Source: EmpireOnline

Ben Affleck Signs Onto The Company Men

Ben Affleck Signs Onto The Company Men
Directed by ER's producer John Wells
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Ben Affleck Signs Onto The Company Men

Carlsberg don’t do comebacks, but if they did, they’d look a lot like Ben Affleck’s.

For, after some time in the wilderness, Mr. Jennifer Garner has been extraordinarily busy of late. He stepped in to fill Edward Norton’s shoes in State Of Play, then moved onto prepping his next directorial vehicle, The Town (which he will also star in), as well as bagging a supporting role in Mike Judge’s new comedy, Extract.

And now he’s added another starring role to that little list, in John Wells’ The Company Men.

It’s early days yet for the drama, which had been stationed at Warners and is now looking for a new home, but Affleck looks set to play a man who is laid off at work and must struggle to keep his head above water as the bills mount up at home.

So it’s clearly very timely in the quote-unquote current climate. The only question will be: if things carry on the way, will anyone a) want to see a movie reflecting their economic struggle, and b) be able to afford to buy a ticket?

The movie will be written, produced and directed by Wells, who’s been the executive producer of ER since the show started in 1994. Clearly, with it coming to an end this season, he feels it’s time to get behind the camera on a movie set.

And if you’re wondering why the title is plural, not singular, a second male lead has yet to be cast.

Source: EmpireOnline