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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Exclusive: Empire Star Trek Cover


Exclusive: Empire Star Trek Cover

Plus images from our exclusive shoot



Exclusive: Empire Star Trek Cover

These are exciting times at Empire, because our new issue is about to hit shelves and it's jam-packed with exclusive images and interviews from JJ Abrams' Star Trek.
Not only does our cover replicate an iconic Kirk and Spock pose with the new cast, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, but we also shot special character images of both actors and scored some never-before-seen stills from the film itself, showing Kirk and Spock at work on the USS Enterprise.


Empire Star Trek cover
Click the image above see our 'Energise' cover effect
We talked to both stars and director JJ Abrams about bringing Star Trek to a new generation (sorry) - and as a taster, here's what JJ had to say about the challenges he faced even in the wardrobe department. "For me, the costumes were a microcosm of the entire project, which was how to take something that's kind of silly and make it feel real. But how do you make legitimate those near-primary colour costumes? How do you make legitimate the pointy ears and the bowl haircut? It's ridiculous and as potentially cliched as it gets. How do you watch Galaxy Quest and then go make a Star Trek movie?"
Empire Star Trek Cover

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For much, much more on the film, and more from JJ Abrams and his cast, pick up the latest issue of Empire magazine when it hits shelves on Thursday.

Source: EmpireOnline

Exclusive: New Star Trek Images

Exclusive: New Star Trek Images
Exclusive stills of Kirk, Spock & Uhura


Exclusive: New Star Trek Images

They do say you can't get too much of a good thing so, to go with our exclusive shoot of Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine, we now bring you three exclusive new stills straight from the USS Enterprise.

Lifted from the new issue of the magazine (on sale on Thursday, click here to subscribe!), the first image shows off the majesty of Spock standing in front of the iconic Enterprise viewscreen. The second image, featuring Kirk in an armoured EVA suit, makes the good captain look less like a Starfleet officer and more like an extra from Unreal Tournament but who are we to complain? The final image shows Zoe Saldana as Uhura, complete with retro sixties go-go dress. What's not to love?
































For the fully skinny on Abrams' Star Trek, pick up the latest issue of
Empire magazine when it hits shelves on Thursday.

Source: EmpireOnline

Brand New Futurama Clip

Brand New Futurama Clip
Exclusive look at Bender's Game


Brand New Futurama Clip

If you're a Matt Groening fan - and let's face it, who isn't? - you'll probably be aware that the latest Futurama movie will hit the stores on Monday.

If you can't wait that long for your next hit from Bender, Fry and the gang then lower your eyes to the video below and feast your eyes on an exclusive clip.







Source: EmpireOnline

New Pics From Angels And Demons

New Pics From Angels And Demons
First look at Robert Langdon's new do
Source: USA Today


New Pics From Angels And Demons

New shots from Angels & Demons promise a slicker, quicker film than its predecessor The Da Vinci Code.

There has been plenty of talk regarding Tom Hanks' bouffant hair as religious symbol sleuth Robert Langdon, and even this has had a hot new update, according to producer Brian Grazer.

"It's totally different... It's better. Everything is more contemporary."

In the shots, we can see the intricate sets built in place of the Vatican and other churches, which were out of bounds to the film-makers, due to the (spoiler!) murder of two cardinals and the film's idea that there exist vast dark Vatican conspiracies.
New Pics From Angels And Demons

Click the image to view more Angels And Demons stills on USAToday.com


We can also check out Ewan McGregor in his priestly garb as Vatican insider Carlo Ventresca.

Langdon's new girl, Vittoria Vetra is played by Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer, and is seen here getting involved with investigations.

Source: EmpireOnline

Natalie Portman To Pursue Love

Natalie Portman To Pursue Love
In new movie directed by Don Roos
Source: Variety



Natalie Portman To Pursue Love

Jennifer Lopez dropped out of the lead role in Love And Other Impossible Pursuits, but it turns out that Natalie Portman always keeps a suit of shining armour close at hand, because she's leapt into the gap for a film that starts shooting on November 10.
Portman will play Emilia, a young wife whose life and marriage stall after the cot death of her infant daughter. She is still, however, stepmother to her husband Jack's son William, and under the disapproving eye of his mother and the increasingly distant eye of her husband Jack, she has to try to put her life back together.
Kissing Jessica Stein's Scott Cohen plays Jack, with I Am Legend and Nights In Rodanthe moppet Charlie Tahan playing William. While the plot sounds pretty soppy, the book by Ayelet Waldman is apparently funnier and sharper than its plot, and with Don "The Opposite of Sex" Roos writing and directing hopefully that will come through.
Source: EmpireOnline

New Zack and Miri Clip Online

New Zack and Miri Clip Online
Intro by co-star Craig Robinson
Source: ComingSoon.Net


New Zack and Miri Clip Online

We have been awaiting the arrival of Zach and Miri Make a Porno since it was announced, and the Weinstein Company are doing a great job of whetting our whistle, providing several red band clips online in recent weeks. The latest clip, featuring a scene between Seth Rogen and co-star Craig Robinson, features an intro from Robinson himself.

To view the Zack and Miri clip click here.

The Weinstein Company apparently green-lit the film after hearing just the title, which concerns the titular Zach and Miri, lifelong friends who live together and enjoy a wholly platonic relationship but who have never even considered getting together in a romantic way. When they fall on hard times, Zach (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) decide they are going to make a porn film in order to make enough money to cover rent. Although they both vow that having sex won’t ruin their friendship, both soon realise that what should be a simple business proposition is actually much more.

The new red-band clip shows a conversation in which Robinson, seen last as a hit man in Pineapple Express, chastises Rogen for never sleeping with Miri. Bring on November 15.

Source: EmpireOnline

Fox Takes Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Fox Takes Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Gus Van Sant to reteam with Milk writer
Source: The Hollywood Reporter



Fox Takes Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Their collaboration on the forthcoming Milk is already hotly tipped to be one of the major contenders for Oscar next February, and so it comes as no great surprise that director Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black - he of that massive credit on the film's trailer - are set to team up again.

They’re set to work together on The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, an adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s 1968 novel, after Fox Searchlight today picked up the project, which has been shopped around Hollywood for around a year.

That was when Black and Van Sant were recruited onto the project by producer Richard Gladstein, who will oversee the project through his Film Colony company.

The Wolfe novel tells the story of Ken Kesey, who wrote One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and a group of friends who drove across the States in a Dayglo-painted school bus (which they called Furthur), while experimenting and expanding their minds with LSD and other psychedelic drugs. The group called themselves The Merry Pranksters.

No word on casting yet, but this would seem to be right up Van Sant’s street, given that he already has road movies and drug movies on his CV and, with Drugstore Cowboy, a movie that combines the genres.

We’ll keep a close eye on this one.

Source: EmpireOnline

Amy Adams To Star In Queen Of Sheba

Amy Adams To Star In Queen Of Sheba
Indie drama about Iraq-based reporter
Source: Variety


Amy Adams To Star In Queen Of Sheba

Amy Adams has signed on to star in Daughter Of The Queen Of Sheba, an independent drama based on the biography of NPR (National Public Radio) correspondent, Jacki Lyden.

Lyden was the first NPR female correspondent to go on-air following 9/11, and indeed headed for Afghanistan soon after. Since then, she’s had to report on the killing of her translator, by an American soldier, and she’s now working on a book about the secret lives of a group of Iraqi friends.

But the film will also focus, apparently, on how a woman uses her mother’s madness and delusions (hence the title, we’re saying) to empower herself.

So it seems to be quite a meaty role for Adams, who is doing a great job of mixing commercial films and weightier turns in indie dramas. This will follow hot on the heels of her heavily-touted turn in the forthcoming Doubt, which will itself be followed by a starring role in Night At The Museum 2: Battle Of The Smithsonian.

Daughter Of The Queen Of Sheba will be written by Karen Croner and produced by Susan Cartsonis and Matt Williams. No studio is yet attached.

Source: EmpireOnline

Paramount Fast-Tracks Footloose

Paramount Fast-Tracks Footloose
To star High School Musical's Zac Efron
Source: Variety



Paramount Fast-Tracks Footloose

Although it may not have pulled in as much moolah as many had been expecting, the success of Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year in dominating the US box office at the weekend has already had a knock-on effect.

Namely, that Paramount has fast-tracked its remake of Footloose, for HSM’s Zac Efron to star and Kenny Ortega to direct.

The duo have been attached to the remake of the Kevin Bacon cult classic for over a year now, but after Senior Year pulled in $43 million over the weekend, it’s been moved up the starting grid, with a view to beginning production next Spring.

A new writer – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist director, Peter Sollett – has been brought on board to rewrite the existing Jon Hartmere script, which will tell the tale of a young man (Efron) who defies his puritanical superiors in a small American town through the power of… dance.

But this won’t be as kid-friendly as the High School Musical franchise, which has made Efron a star. The new Footloose will be aimed at a slightly older audience – a clear sign that Efron is keen to break out as an adult star (not that kind of adult star, you dirty-minded gets).

But, just to show the power he currently wields, Efron’s deal for the movie will be somewhere in the seven-figure region, and will give him script approval.

Oh, and while we can expect to hear an updated version of Kenny Loggins’ allegedly classic theme song, there will be a host of new tunes in Ortega’s remake. We’re not sure if this will be a bona fide musical, or merely a film that happens to have a lot of dance numbers, but either way, our nieces are queuing already.

Source: EmpireOnline

Mary-Louise Parker Enters Solitary

Mary-Louise Parker Enters Solitary
She joins the Michael Douglas comedy
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Mary-Louise Parker Enters Solitary

Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker has joined the cast of Michael Douglas’ new black comedy, Solitary.

She’s signed on to play the high-powered society girlfriend of Douglas’ shady and seedy ex-car dealer, whose unethical behaviour has jeopardised his career and marriage (to Susan Sarandon).

She rounds off a cracking cast for the movie, which will be directed by Brian Koppelman (who wrote the script) and David Levien. As well as Sarandon, Danny DeVito and The Office: An American Workplace’s Jenna Fischer are already on board.

The movie, which is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, will begin filming next month in New York. Which works out nicely for Parker, who’s preparing to star in Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler in the Big Apple from January.

Source: EmpireOnline

Universal Picks Up Skyscraper

Universal Picks Up Skyscraper
It's a high-concept disaster movie
Source: Variety


Universal Picks Up Skyscraper

Universal has picked up the rights to Skyscraper, a Towering Inferno-style disaster movie that takes place in and around a… you guessed it.

Although this one sounds a lot bigger in scope than The Towering Inferno. The movie will revolve around a Donald Trump-style property developer (or, for Gremlins 2 fans, a Daniel Clamp-style property developer) who tries to build a mile-high skyscraper in Chicago.

But, when things start to go wrong and the tower starts to falter, a rescue crew must swing into action to prevent the city from falling into mayhem.

So, there also appears to be a slight element of 9/11 in this script as well – after all, we all saw the damage and chaos caused by the falling Twin Towers on that terrible day and now, seven years later, Hollywood has finally committed to a mainstream movie that revolves around the dangers of a brittle superstructure.

Universal picked up the movie after Mike Sobel, a relative newcomer to scripting, pitched them the idea. Neal Moritz will produce through his Original Films banner.

Source: EmpireOnline

Adrien Brody To Be The Courier

Adrien Brody To Be The Courier
In action-tastic delivery drama
Source: Variety


Adrien Brody To Be The Courier

Oscar Winner Adrien Brody is getting ready for some action, by donning lycra cycling shorts and a backpack (probably) in his new movie The Courier.

Written by the team behind Wanted and 3:10 To Yuma ( Michael Brandt and Derek Haas), The Courier sees a fearless delivery guy chased across the US by mob bosses and corrupt police, as he attempts to locate a drop-off for the briefcase he has been charged with.

Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction) will direct. Shooting in Louisiana and Las Vegas is due to start in January.

Whether The Courier will match up to The Transporter franchise will be judged by an independent board of delivery-boy adjudicators.

Source: EmpireOnline

Monday, October 27, 2008

High School Musical 3 Top of the Class

High School Musical 3 Top of the Class
Senior Year beats Saw V in the States
Source: Box Office Mojo


High School Musical 3 Top of the Class

It’s taken five instalments, but it now seems like Jigsaw has finally met his match – in the form of a group of all-singing, all-dancing kids after High School Musical 3: Senior Year beat Saw V to the top spot at the US box office.

Making its bow on the big screen, after the first two TV movie instalments had seemingly been seen by every man, woman and tween on the planet, Kenny Ortega’s bouncy musical wasn’t quite the box office juggernaut some had expected, but its $42 million take is not to be sniffed at. Time will tell if the movie can make it to the hundred million mark, but word is that Disney is on the verge of greenlighting more episodes – without the likes of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.

Which is also almost certainly to be the case with Saw. Although the word was that Saw V was going to be the last instalment in the highest-grossing horror franchise of all time, expect that to change after Saw V pulled in an estimated $30 million over its opening weekend.

Rather impressively, that’s down just $1 million on Saw IV’s opening weekend from a year ago, so this is one franchise that doesn’t seem to suffer from the law of diminishing returns.

The other new entry to breach the top ten this weekend was Gavin O’Connor’s cop drama, Pride & Glory. The Colin Farrell/Ed Norton-starrer pulled in a seemingly disappointing $6 million, but after being held back for a while owing to the Warner Bros. assimilation of New Line, that’s actually not a bad tally.

With Oscar season right around the corner, a couple of hopefuls debuted in limited release this weekend – Clint Eastwood’s Changeling pulled in $500,000 from just 15 screens, while Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York grossed $173,000 after opening in Los Angeles and, of course, New York.

Last week’s number one, Max Payne, dropped almost 60% and now has just under $30 million after two weeks. The Fox videogame adaptation will now struggle to hit $40 million, let alone $50 million.

Next week could see the biggest opening weekend of Kevin Smith’s career, with Zack And Miri Make A Porno opening on 3,000 screens. With Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks in the lead roles, and an enticing hard R rating, expect the Apatow crowd to flock to this one. Empire has always been a big fan of Smith, and we wish him well – it’s about time he had a breakout hit.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Harry Potter Teaser Trailer

New Harry Potter Teaser Trailer
Counting down to Half-Blood Prince
Source: Coming Soon


New Harry Potter Teaser Trailer

It may have been moved back to July 17 2009, but here is a little something to whet your appetites for Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.

Starring the usual team of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, Half-Blood Prince is an adaptation of the sixth Harry Potter book and, of course, is the one where [CENSORED] and then Harry has to watch as [CENSORED] to [CENSORED].

Yep, really. It's that explosive. And the teaser is a huge advance on the audio-only teaser that played with The Dark Knight in theatres. This time, not only do we get to see Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) deliver that line - "Once again, I must ask too much of you, Harry." - to Daniel Radcliffe's Harry.

In fact, the teaser is very Dumbledore-centric - not only do we get to see shots of the Hogwarts head honcho wielding his wand and looking more Gandalf-esque than ever, but he dominates the teaser with voiceover.

Director David Yates seems to be, once again, taking the series in a darker and more mature direction, although the final gag should indicate that it's not all going to be doom and gloom.

Check out the international trailer here. Bear in mind, though, that this has leaked onto the internet and isn't an official Warner Bros. release at the moment. When the finished version pops, expect a full trailer breakdown then.

Source: EmpireOnline