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Friday, July 31, 2009

Ridley Scott Will Direct Alien 5

Ridley Scott Will Direct Alien 5
All other priorities are rescinded
Source: Variety


Ridley Scott Will Direct Alien 5

Variety's story is more concerned that the screenplay is being written by Jon Spaihts, but the headline and the one-line explanation are enough to make us run around the room with glee: Ridley Scott is now attached to Alien 5 as director.

Commercials director Carl Erik Rinsch was originally reported to be the Scott Brothers' choice to helm, with their Scott Free Productions, well, producing. But there's no mention of Rinsch this morning. Were Fox unconvinced? Or did Ridley start getting more interested the more involved he became?

Whatever the circumstances, what does seem to be officially confirmed now (rather than just rumoured and hoped for) is that the film is a prequel to the 1979 original, presumably dealing with the events that led the elephant-faced Space Jockey and his croissant-shaped ship to crash on Giger World.

Spaihts' pitch to Fox and Scott Free was apparently enthusiastically received. Well clearly, since he got the job. We'd hope Fox and the Scotts reaction wasn't "meh, that'll do". Prolifically busy all of a sudden, Spaihts is also involved with Shadow 19, Passengers,The Darkest Hour, Children of Mars, and George and the Dragon. But the Alien prequel will be his highest profile gig yet.

Hard to imagine a higher, really...

Source: EmpireOnline

Fantastic Mr Fox Trailer Online

Fantastic Mr Fox Trailer Online
Clooney and Streep get foxier.
Source: Yahoo Movies


Fantastic Mr Fox Trailer Online

The trailer for Fantastic Mr. Fox has gone live on Yahoo, and while it's a big grainy it's our first real taster of what we can expect from the stop-motion adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl's children's book. And our initial reaction? The voice work's great; the rest may take a little getting used to.

The book sees Mr Fox butt heads (not literally) with three local farmers, the nasty Boggis, Bunce and Bean, who are determined to catch him but only end up blowing his tail off. As the farmers try to dig up the Foxs' burrow, Mr Fox and his family lead a motley band of tunnelling animals after the farmers' food supply.

By the looks of this trailer, the movie's story has changed things up somewhat for the screen, but George Clooney's Mr Fox still seems like the confident, devil-may-care character we all remember. The rest of the voice cast includes Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Willem Dafoe, so you can bet it sounds good, while the animation has a very retro feel that we suspect we might get to like about 10 or 15 minutes after the film starts.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is out on October 23 in the UK, but to read more between now and then pick up the new issue of Empire magazine, which profiles the film in more depth.

Source: EmpireOnline

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Exclusive: Cameron Plans Titanic 3D

Exclusive: Cameron Plans Titanic 3D
And maybe Terminator 2: 3D as well!


Exclusive: Cameron Plans Titanic 3D

When we talked to James Cameron last week at Comic-Con (more from Cameron here) we asked about his love of 3D, and he told us that he's not just using it for new films like Avatar, but also planning to 3D-ify old classics like Titanic.

Said the King of the World, "We're going to do Titanic in 3-D! We've already done a 90 second clip of it and it's phenomenal and gorgeous, so that's going to be the project for next year. It's a conversion of it, not native photography; we can't go back."

But that's not all. We asked if he was considering the treatment on any of his other classics like Aliens, and Cameron said, "You know, we've thought about Terminator 2, which could be fun because I think that's a film that stands the test of time for me. I think that Aliens was a really good film in its time, but visually it doesn't quite hold up; we've kind of evolved beyond that now. I mean, for me it doesn't. Terminator 2, I think, is the cusp of where it still holds up, through now. True Lies, I don't think so; it doesn't feel right to me. Titanic absolutely, slam dunk! I want to see it!"

If this is indeed Cameron's project for next year, expect to see it in 2011 at the earliest, we'd have thought, or perhaps late 2012 for the 15th anniversary of its original release. Biggest 3D movie ever? Well, almost certainly - at least until they three-dimensionalise Gone with the Wind.

Source: EmpireOnline

Exclusive: The September Issue Poster

Exclusive: The September Issue Poster
Gird your loins - Wintour is on her way


Exclusive: The September Issue Poster

If you thought Meryl Streep was a hard task-master in The Devil Wears Prada, then witness the original and best Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, as she guides Vogue to its important September Issue.

We have the exclusive poster for the movie, which takes a look at the staff of the world's most influential style bible as it puts together it's Autumn/Winter preview. Audiences are propelled to the front row at fashion week, getting an insight into the untouchable glamour of the industry.


Check out The September Issue in cinemas on September 11.

Source: EmpireOnline

Howard Eclipses Rachelle Lefevre

Howard Eclipses Rachelle Lefevre
Bryce to star as Victoria in Twilight 3
Source: Variety


Howard Eclipses Rachelle Lefevre

Usually, when Twilight fans start screaming, it’s because Robert Pattinson has waved an unruly follicle in their general direction, but today they’re screaming for another reason: namely, the news that Rachelle Lefevre, who plays evil vampire Victoria in the franchise, has had to bow out of the third Twilight movie, Eclipse.

But if those screams were tinged with despair, the news that Bryce Dallas Howard has been drafted in to replace Lefevre should alleviate that somewhat.

Howard is fast becoming Hollywood’s equivalent of Liverpool legend, David Fairclough, a ginger-haired supersub called upon to replace original selections. Just this summer, after all, she starred in Terminator Salvation as Kate Connor, a role first played by Claire Danes in Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines.

As Twihards know, Victoria’s role is significantly expanded in Eclipse, with the flame-haired vamp the sinister force behind an army of newly-created bloodsuckers, out to put the hurt on Pattinson’s Edward and Kristen Stewart’s Bella.

However, before any suggestions are made that Lefevre was replaced by studio bosses anxious about her ability to pull off a larger part (stop sniggering at the back!), it would seem that that old chestnut, the scheduling conflict, put paid to the 30 year-old’s Twilight tenure. Quite what the conflict was with, though, remains unclear at this time.

So, now Howard steps in, and we’re sure she’ll do a bang-up job. In fact, this could be her version of David Fairclough’s winner against St. Etienne in the 1977 European Cup quarter-finals.

Filming on Eclipse starts next month, with a release date of June 30, 2010 set in stone.

Source: EmpireOnline

Exclusive: First Line Of The Hobbit

Exclusive: First Line Of The Hobbit
Hear it from Peter Jackson


Exclusive: First Line Of The Hobbit

We caught up with Peter Jackson at Comic-Con and collared him on progress with The Hobbit which, although still awaiting official greenlighting and casting, is only a few weeks from having its first script draft signed, sealed and delivered.

So could he tell us what the first line of dialogue in part 1 of The Hobbit would be? Yes, he could. "The film begins in very much the same way as the book begins," says Jackson. In case you haven't consigned the entire book to memory, that means the first words uttered by James McAvoy/Michael Sheen/Daniel Radcliffe/A.N.Other's Bilbo will be "Good morning!"

OK, a morsel of the final script it may be, but it'll keep us going until that casting news comes through. Watch the chat in full here, where you'll also get the low-down on the thrilling, Jackson-produced aliens-in-Joburg sci-fi District 9. Click here, meanwhile, for all of the Empire team's round-the-clock Comic-Con coverage.

Source: EmpireOnline

Charlize Theron Is Florence of Arabia

Charlize Theron Is Florence of Arabia
Fighting for equal rights in satire
Source: Variety


Charlize Theron Is Florence of Arabia

Charlize Theron is developing a film version of Christopher Buckley's Florence of Arabia, a comic satire about the Middle East. That may sound like a contradiction in terms, and certainly we suspect that this one could be controversial, but it does have potential.

The story concerns Florence Farfaletti, Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs in the US State Department. A friend of hers who is married to an Arabian prince (of the fiction state of Wasabia) is executed on flimsy, sexist charges, and Florence conceives a plan to tackle women's rights in the Middle East - or at least the fictional Wasabia.

Based in the neighbouring, and more liberal, state of Matar, she and a crack team that includes a hit man, a PR guy and a gay Foreign Service officer try to shake things up via the medium of television.

Theron is developing the project with plans to star in it, with Death At A Funeral's Dean Craig writing the script.

Source: EmpireOnline

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Exclusive: New Expendables Shot

Exclusive: New Expendables Shot
See Rourke tattooing Stallone


Exclusive: New Expendables Shot

Feeling less than totally manly? Worried that your testosterone level may have fallen below 99.9% body mass? Well, worry no more, because here to boost your levels of sheer unadulterated he-ness is a new pictures from The Expendables, featuring not just Sylvester Stallone but also Mickey Rourke.

Yes, the two muscly monsters are caught here in what we're saying is one of the quieter moments in the film (well, there aren't any visible explosions happening, which we're guessing is as quiet as it gets), as Rourke's arms dealer and part-time tattooist Tool inks Stallone's Barney Ross with the skull and raven tattoo we've already seen on posters.


















The Expendables is out in April 2010, but to find out more in the meantime pick up the new copy of Empire magazine.

Source: EmpireOnline

Monday, July 27, 2009

Exclusive New Prince Of Persia Images

Exclusive New Prince Of Persia Images
Sands Of Time is slippery when wet


Exclusive New Prince Of Persia Images

It isn't just us mere mortals getting soggy this rainy Monday morning, as these new shots from Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time prove.

Getting a little bit carried away trying to cool down in the arid Middle Eastern sun, our Prince Dastan, played by the brooding Jake Gyllenhaal, along with the sultry Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) are shown here drenched from head to foot, and then escaping on horseback still soaking wet.

We also have shots from on set, with director Mike Newell sizing up his subjects and super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer watching on.

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, also stars Sir Ben Kingsley doing his best Evil Sultan as the coniving Nizam, as well as Toby 'Dead Man's Shoes' Kebbel and Alfred 'Doc Ock' Molina. The film is due on our decidedly unsunny shores on May 28 2010.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Sherlock Holmes Poster

New Sherlock Holmes Poster
Rachel McAdams brings the glamour


New Sherlock Holmes Poster

One of Comic-Con's many joys was the release of a third Sherlock Holmes poster showing Rachel McAdams come-hithering as Victorian femme fatale Irene Adler and boasting the film's US release date (it's out in the UK a day later on Boxing Day).

The high-haired Adler accompanies the similarly fog-stained promos of Holmes and Watson and shows the adventuress in one of her more velvetine guises.

McAdams told Empire that we can expect her character's relationship with the titular sleuth to be a little, well, punchy. "They're very antagonistic, even though they have real affection and respect for one another. They seem to be on opposite sides of the law, a little bit."

There's a double-dose of McAdams on the horizon with much-delayed romance The Time Traveler's Wife reaching our screens next month. For lots more on Sherlock Holmes pick up a copy of Empire's September issue.

Source: EmpireOnline

Thursday, July 23, 2009

First Shutter Island Poster Revealed

First Shutter Island Poster Revealed
Leonardo DiCaprio looks worried
Source: Yahoo! Movies


First Shutter Island Poster Revealed

Pretty sure we'd be looking perturbed too if we were going to work on an insane asylum island, but Leonardo Di Caprio is certainly showing the strain in this brand new poster from Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.

The supernatural thriller is flagged up with the tag-line "someone is missing" - making reference to the fact that in tracking the patients a threatening secret is unveiled by DiCaprio's character Teddy Daniels.



First Shutter Island Poster Revealed

Click the image above for larger version on Yahoo! Movies

The film also stars Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams. Shutter Island is in cinemas on October 9.

Source: EmpireOnline

Exclusive: The Hurt Locker UK Poster

Exclusive: The Hurt Locker UK Poster
This is gonna hurt


Exclusive: The Hurt Locker UK Poster

Empire has this exclusive UK poster for fantastic new war drama The Hurt Locker.

Directed by Kathryn 'Point Break' Bigelow, it follows an elite bomb disposal unit tasked with disarming explosives during war-zone crossfire.

New sergeant, James (played by 28 Weeks Later's Jeremy Renner), dices with death on a daily basis and feeling no fear, begins to engage his subordinate officers Sanborn and Eldridge (Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty), in an almost suicidal game of urban combat.





















The Hurt Locker
hits UK cinemas from August 28.

Source: EmpireOnline

New Art From A Nightmare On Elm Street

New Art From A Nightmare On Elm Street
Witness the all new Freddy Krueger
Source: IGN


New Art From A Nightmare On Elm Street

Scratchy, scratchy. Get ready for a shuddering scrape of claws, because Freddy Krueger is back and this time Watchman Jackie Earle Haley is picking up the fiendish fedora for the brand new and up-to-date A Nightmare On Elm Street.

We have brand new shots of Freddy in all his glory, haunting the mean streets of Elm under the cover of darkness and leaving his mark on the alley-way walls.



Jackie Earle Haley As Freddy Krueger

Click the image above for larger version on MySpace

Also online is a brand new poster - face mostly obscured, leaving room for a revolting reveal when A Nightmare On Elm Street creeps into cinemas on April 16 2010.

New Nightmare on Elm Street Artworks

Click the image above for larger version on IGN

Source: EmpireOnline

Comic-Con: Brand New Book Of Eli Poster

Comic-Con: Brand New Book Of Eli Poster
Could Denzel be any cooler?


Comic-Con: Brand New Book Of Eli Poster

Also on our travels, we have found a glorious blown up poster for The Book Of Eli, and you have to admit that Denzel Washington has safely abandoned the bespectacled serious-civvie look he assumed for Pelham 123 in favour of a much meaner, leaner, and yet somehow crumpled look.

The Book Of Eli, directed by the Hughes brothers is yet another of this year's wave of post apocalyptic thriller, sees Washington as the protector of said sacred book, which ever-the-bad-guy Gary Oldman is out to nick from under his nose.


Comic-Con: Brand New Book Of Eli Poster

The movie also stars Michael Gambon, Mila Kunis, and Rome's Ray Stevenson is out on January 15 2010.

Source: EmpireOnline

Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Clips

Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Clips
Inside the wonderful world of Gilliam
Source: Yahoo! Movies


Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Clips

This is London as you have never seen it before - through the eyes of visionary director Terry Gilliam, in The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus.

Click here to watch the three brand new clips from the film.

The seemingly ill-fated movie has finally come to pass, following the addition of three very different actors - Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell - to the cast originally headed up by Heath Ledger.

Heath features in the first of these clips, called "Can You Put A Price On Dreams". Here we see Ledger's Tony touting Doctor Parnassus' wonderous imaginarium to the disbelieving public.

Second, we see "Sweet Sixteen" - where urchin-faced model-turned-actress Lily Cole discusses her age with the scamp who wants to elope with her, first off saying she is twelve, until finally revealing she is "sweet sixteen."

And last of the clips sees Cole's Valentina with Parnassus himself (played by Christopher Plummer), as he recounts a disturbing and fantastical memory from his youth - transporting us back to a magical land of snow.

The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusT is due in cinemas on October 16.

Source: EmpireOnline