Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Prometheus Promo Arrives

New Prometheus Promo Arrives
Peter Weyland wants to change the world

Source: TED Blog

Wyland Industries logo

Every big release these days needs to come complete with its own set of viral marketing release. But this latest promo for Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated sci-fi epic Prometheus doesn’t exactly hide itself. No, the clip of Guy Pearce pulling a John Hurt as corporate “visionary” Peter Weyland is well and truly tied into the film from the get-go. Still, while the footage won’t appear in the film (it was conceived by Scott and Damon Lindelof and directed by Ridley’s son, Luke) it’s still an intriguing little tease. Take a look below.

Set within a future broadcast – marked as 2023 – of the TED talks series (designed to bring ideas from people in the fields of technology, entertainment and design, hence the name), it features Pearce’s Weyland talking up both the history of the Prometheus legend and the technological marvels we’ve come up with so far. And then it also hints towards the future, with Weyland's big plans.

While the clip itself is short, it’s still an interesting little back door into the story of the film without giving spoilers away. Plus, with Weyland’s company attitude and driving ambition, you just know things are going to be terribly, terribly wrong. Though, to be honest, you can figure that out from the trailer…

Prometheus will arrive on June 1.

Source: EmpireOnline

Elizabeth Olsen In Line For Old Boy

Elizabeth Olsen In Line For Old Boy
Has Spike Lee found his leading lady?

Source: Twitch

Elizabeth Olsen In Line For Old Boy

With Spike Lee recently musing that he'd like to make Brooklyn Loves MJ "next", there was some speculation that his new version of Oldboy had been back-burnered. But it seems not, with the news this morning that Elizabeth Olsen is the latest actress to be offered the female lead. Maybe by "next", Lee meant after this one.

Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska have both been in the running, but would appear to have passed: a story that keeps recurring in the development of this project. While Josh Brolin was locked fairly quickly for the Oh Dae-su role, the film has also struggled to find a villain thus far, with Christian Bale, Clive Owen and Colin Firth all considering it and then moving on.

The female role now on the table for Olsen is sushi chef Mi-do, played in Park Chan-wook's film by Kang Hye-jeong. Lee's new version names her as Marie, according to Twitch, so there's probably reason to suspect that she won't be preparing sushi anymore either. But she'll presumably remain the love interest, who our hero Oh Dae-su / currently-unnamed-Brolin takes a shine to along the way to solving the mystery of his 15-year imprisonment. There's also the threat of her death hanging over his progress, just to spice things up. Oh, and without wishing to be spoilerific, perhaps there's more to her character than is immediately revealed...

Olsen's immediate next project is the Zola adaptation Therese Raquin, in which she's co-starring with Glenn Close. Despite being a hot prospect right now following her break-out introduction in Martha Marcy May Marlene, Twitch believe she doesn't have much lined up for the rest of this year (though she's fully booked for 2013), so if true, that might make her particularly likely to sign on the Oldboy line.

Mark Protosevich has eight volumes of manga to draw from in his screenplay, and they don't much resemble the Chan-wook classic. There's potential for this to be a very different film, on which note Mandate are apparently splitting the title back into its original two words: so it's Old Boy from now on, not Oldboy. There still doesn't seem to be a solid start date, but shooting is planned to start "soon".

We'll next see Olsen in single-take horror Silent House, out in the UK on May 4.

Source: EmpireOnline

Tuesday, February 28, 2012



Being able to play poker online has many advantages for the keen player. Accessibility has to be one of the most important, with the entertainment brought directly to your home, allowing both quick playing sessions, and access to the game around the clock. However, as all you serious poker players will know, there will always come a time when lady luck seems to be frowning on you, and a succession of bad hands leaves you little room to manoeuvre. When you hit such a losing streak, years of playing experience can do little to help you, other than providing the experience to know that taking a quick break can often be the only solution. Bingo games offer the chance to switch off your poker head, and rely simply on the luck of the draw. For the uninitiated, there are two main forms of the game, which are 75 Ball, and 90 Ball Bingo. To get a quick look at the format, try looking at the Bingo games provided by, a site which also offers free 90 Ball and 75 Ball Bingo games which actually pay out a jackpot.
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75 Ball Bingo was invented in the US, and rather than specifying how many numbered balls will be called per game, the ‘75’ actually denotes the number range used, so that the possible numbers that can be drawn lie between 1 and 75. 75 ball bingo cards carry a 5 x 5 grid, with numbers in each of the 25 boxes, except the one right in the middle of the grid. The aim of the game is to mark off the numbers on the card as they are called, thus making a pattern on the grid. At the start of the game there is a grid pattern displayed to all players. Winning is all about getting a match between the game pattern, and the one formed on your playing cards as the numbers called are blocked out. Needless to say, each playing card contains a different pattern of numbers. Thus, 75 Ball Bingo is sometimes called pattern Bingo.
90 Ball Bingo is the UK version of the game, and is actually almost identical to the ancestor of all modern Bingo, ‘Le Lotto’, which was developed in France in the 1770’s. Each 90 ball bingo playing card has three horizontal rows, each with nine columns, although in each row only five squares contain numbers, with the other boxes blanked out. Just as with 75 Ball Bingo, you mark off numbers as they are called, and can potentially win three prizes. One full row wins a modest prize, while two full rows is better. The top prize is the Full House, where all the numbers on all three rows are called before the game ends.
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There are both 75 Ball and 90 Ball games which feature progressive jackpots. If no one wins the top prize within the specified number of calls, the jackpot rolls over to the next game, getting bigger each time until someone gets the pattern, or the full house. For a more in-depth look at the rules of Bingo, read more at:

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Artist Victorious At The 2012 Oscars

The Artist Victorious At The 2012 Oscars
'Silence is golden' headlines abound!

You may have seen it coming, but it's official: The Artist dominated the 2012 Oscars tonight. Michel Hazanavicius and his team won out, taking Best Director, Best Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Score and Best Film. Martin Scorsese's Hugo was, by any measure, the runner-up, with five well-deserved wins in the technical categories.

Meryl Streep won the Meryl Streep award for Best Actress for The Iron Lady, in a slight upset over Viola Davis, giving her three wins out of 17 nominations. Davis may have taken some vicarious comfort from the fact that cast-mate Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for The Help.

Slightly unexpected victories came in the form of Woody Allen's third Best Original Screenplay win for Midnight In Paris and the Best Editing gong going to the largely-overlooked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Our in-depth blog has everything you need to know about the red carpet and ceremony as it played out here, and for another, more staccato version of the night, check out our Twitter feed here.

The full list of winners are listed beneath the Oscar gallery below and winners tally right at the bottom.

The full list of winners is below:

The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants - Alexander Payne
Hugo - Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
The Tree of Life - Terrence Malick

Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Demián Bichir - A Better Life
George Clooney - The Descendants
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt - Moneyball

Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Max von Sydow - Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis - The Help
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn

Octavia Spencer - The Help
Bérénice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

The Descendants - Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Hugo - John Logan
The Ides of March - George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
Moneyball - Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin
Story by Stan Chervin

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids - Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Margin Call - J.C. Chandor
A Separation - Asghar Farhadi

Hugo - Production Design: Dante Ferretti, Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
The Artist - Production Design: Laurence Bennett, Set Decoration: Robert Gould
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Production Design: Stuart Craig, Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Midnight in Paris - Production Design: Anne Seibel, Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
War Horse - Production Design: Rick Carter, Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

Hugo - Robert Richardson
The Artist - Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Jeff Cronenweth
The Tree of Life - Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse - Janusz Kaminski

The Artist - Mark Bridges
Anonymous - Lisy Christl
Hugo - Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre - Michael O’Connor
W.E. - Arianne Phillips

Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth
Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Saving Face
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
The Artist - Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants - Kevin Tent
Hugo - Thelma Schoonmaker
Moneyball - Christopher Tellefsen

A Separation - Iran
Bullhead - Belgium
Footnote - Israel
In Darkness - Poland
Monsieur Lazhar - Canada

The Iron Lady - Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Albert Nobbs - Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and
Matthew W. Mungle

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part 2 - Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin

The Artist - Ludovic Bource
The Adventures of Tintin - John Williams
Hugo - Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Alberto Iglesias
War Horse - John Williams

Man or Muppet - The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
Real in Rio – Rio, Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown
Lyric by Siedah Garrett

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
Dimanche/Sunday - Patrick Doyon
La Luna - Enrico Casarosa
A Morning Stroll - Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
Wild Life - Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

The Shore - Terry George and Oorlagh George
Pentecost - Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
Raju - Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
Time Freak - Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
Tuba Atlantic - Hallvar Witzø

Hugo - Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
Drive - Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Ren Klyce
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
War Horse - Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Hugo - Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
Moneyball - Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and
Ed Novick

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
War Horse - Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and
Stuart Wilson

Hugo - Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part 2 - Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and
John Richardson

Real Steel - Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier

Film Nominations Won
Hugo 11 5
The Artist 10 5
Moneyball 6 0
War Horse 6 0
The Descendants 5 1
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 5 1
Midnight In Paris 4 1
Albert Nobbs 3 0
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 3 0
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 3 0
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon 3 0
The Tree Of Life 3 0
The Iron Lady 2 2
My Week With Marilyn 2 0
A Seperation 2 1

Source: EmpireOnline

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Brave Trailer Online

New Brave Trailer Online
Along with a new poster...

Source: Disney/Pixar, Apple

If Cars 2 left you a little cold and you're looking for another dose of Pixar's unique brand of storytelling sorcery, the good news is that Brave is shaping up to offer exactly that. This new trailer-cum-clip, which might bring back happy memories of Disney's Robin Hood, promises richer characters and a whole lot more bare-faced cheek from the studio's writers, even if the visual style is a clear departure.

The story sees Disney's princess, Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, bringing chaos to the mystical Scottish Highlands when she rejects the wishes of her parents King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) and the age-old lore of the land. This clip sets up the battle of wills that follows.

There's also a new poster, via Apple, which shows the film's scarlet-haired heroine in her full finery. Click here for the first-look trailer.

Brave is oot in a cinema near you on August 13 if you're in the UK, or June 22 if you're Stateside.

Source: EmpireOnline

Edgar Wright Directing The Night Stalker

Edgar Wright Directing The Night Stalker
Johnny Depp will stalk the night...

Source: Deadline

Edgar Wright Directing The Night Stalker

Last July, it was announced that Johnny Depp had added yet another potential project based on a classic series, signing on to develop a new film from The Night Stalker with Disney. Now the project has a director, in the shape of Shaun Of The Dead and Scott Pilgrim man Edgar Wright.

Depp, working with Infinitum Nihil producing partner Christi Bembrowski, is planning to live out another of his childhood fantasies, taking over the role of tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak, as made famous by Darren McGavin in the set of TV movies and eventual spin-off series back in the 1970s.

Kolchak’s nose for a story always saw him sniffing up some very dangerous trees, with his investigations leading to run-ins with werewolves, vampires, zombies, aliens and other supernatural beasties. It’s no surprise that X-Files creator Chris Carter always cited the character as one of his major influences and scored Gavin to star in a couple of episodes of that show. The actor also cropped up in a cameo standing at a reporter’s desk in the short-lived 2005 remake of the TV show.

Now Depp is looking to play Kolchak, and Wright is aboard to help oversee the film from the very start. Since there’s no writer attached yet, we can assume that this one won’t be happening immediately.

Both Depp and his new directing pal are busy men, with the actor involved in numerous films as both star and producer and Wright boasting a few gestating projects of his own, including Ant Man for Disney/Marvel and, we hope, writing The World’s End with Simon Pegg.

Depp will next be seen in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, which will spook us all on May 11.

Source: EmpireOnline

William Fichtner Added To Lone Ranger

William Fichtner Added To Lone Ranger
He's the new villain...

Source: Deadline

William Fichtner Added To Lone Ranger

The saloon doors of casting for The Lone Ranger over at Disney have spun once more, ditching Dwight Yoakum out into the dusty desert streets. All right, so his departured from the revitalised Western is due to scheduling issues, which is a shame. But there is a happy ending to this particular tale: William Fichtner has been brought into replace him!

Fichtner will be playing bad guy Butch Cavendish, bringing his usual serving of what the Kids Today are wont to call “teh awesome” to the role.

Lone Ranger already boasts Armie Hammer as the titular masked hero, with Johnny Depp as his partner-in-law-keeping, Tonto. James Badge Dale is on as Dan Reid, the Ranger’s older brother, with Ruth Wilson as Dan’s wife and Tom Wilkinson and Helena Bonham Carter in other roles. Gore Verbinski is directing the film right now, ready for a May 31 release next year.

Fichtner has recently finished up work on both Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium and Phantom, which finds him working alongside Ed Harris. He’s also part of Quentin Dupieux’s madcap follow-up to Rubber, the likely aptly titled Wrong. Since his last villain role was absolutely the best thing about Drive Angry (for which he webchatted here), we're rather excited about this casting.

Source: EmpireOnline

Robert Zemeckis Possesses Demonologist

Robert Zemeckis Possesses Demonologist
Universal picks up unpublished novel

Source: Deadline

Robert Zemeckis Possesses Demonologist

Screenwriter Sean Hood recently blogged that, rather than trying to get an original spec script accepted in Hollywood at the moment, you're possibly better off writing a novel. That advice would seem to be borne out by Andrew Pyper, who just sold his unpublished manuscript for The Demonologist to Universal. Specifically, the studio picked it up for ImageMovers, the production company of Robert Zemeckis and his partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey.

Given that the book isn't out yet, few people have read it, but the word on the street is that it's about an academic working on Christian mythology. Said scholar views the works he studies as purely fictional, but is forced into a rethink when the "being" that's the subject of his life's work gets hold of his daughter during a case study in Italy.

Pyper is a Canadian author who won the Arthur Ellis award for his first novel, the crime story Lost Girls, in 1999. His other books include a haunted-house horror (The Guardians), a serial-killer thriller (The Killing Circle) and a wilderness drama (The Wildfire Season). The Demonologist will be auctioned to publishers shortly.

Zemeckis' personal plans for the project are anyone's guess, since, last we heard, he remains involved as a producer with Here There Be Monsters, Replay, Major Matt Mason and Charles Fort. The Demonologist will just have to join the queue.

Zemeckis also just directed Flight, which stars Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle and Melissa Leo. His first live-action movie since Cast Away twelve years ago, it's currently in post-production and is due out some time this year.

Source: EmpireOnline

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Sam Mendes Posts First Skyfall Blog

Sam Mendes Posts First Skyfall Blog
Introductory notes on Bond 23


Following Peter Jackson's fine Hobbit examples, Sam Mendes has opted to post occasional video blogs as Skyfall comes together. The first of them has just arrived at official site

Except blogging isn't quite what's going on here: rather than Jackson's method of presenting to-camera, this actually seems to be footage of a Mendes interview, very possibly being put together for a DVD documentary. The director talks about his personal connection to James Bond, his love of the films growing up and how impressed he was with Casino Royale, and with Daniel Craig's Bond in particular. He points out that, despite being a British director, Skyfall is his first British movie, since the previous half dozen have all been shot on American soil.

Critically, there's practically no Skyfall footage in the brief ninety-second clip, although there's a glimpse of Craig creeping around with his Walther, as already seen in the still released a few weeks ago. Otherwise it's Mendes at the monitors, Mendes with a big camera lens, Mendes at an airport (shooting by a baggage carousel! Exclusive!) and Mendes outside Westminster Tube Station.

But this is obviously intended as the first of several "updates", and an introductory chapter at that. So there should be plenty more to come as Skyfall plummets towards its October 26 release date. Watch, as they say, this space.

Source: EmpireOnline

Fassbender Confirmed For The Counsellor

Fassbender Confirmed For The Counsellor
Shooting already pencilled in for May

Source: Deadline

Fassbender Confirmed For The Counsellor

This feels like a story we already reported, but Michael Fassbender has just updated his status from "strongly rumoured" to "confirmed" as the star of The Counsellor. Cormac McCarthy's original screenplay is being directed by Ridley Scott.

The film is coming together amazingly quickly. McCarthy (author of No Country For Old Men, The Road and All The Pretty Horses) delivered his screenplay to his surprised publishers in January, and Scott was signed as director only weeks later.

The story involves a successful lawyer who thinks he's clever enough to exploit the system by moonlighting in the drug business, but finds himself quickly dragged into a world of pain. Naysayers are starting to mutter that that sounds rather like Breaking Bad, but producer Steven Schwartz is understandably enthusiastic: "Since McCarthy himself wrote the script, we get his own muscular prose directly, with his sexual obsessions. It’s a masculine world into which, unusually, two women intrude to play leading roles. McCarthy’s wit and humour in the dialogue make the nightmare even scarier. This may be one of McCarthy’s most disturbing and powerful works.”

Those two female leads will be Hollywood's next most contested roles, we'd imagine. And there's also the matter of casting the villain. Deadline's Mike Fleming says he's hearing rumours of Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper or Brad Pitt, but presumably those names come up for practically every current project, and nobody is yet remotely confirmed.

True to The Counsellor's brisk form though, shooting starts at the beginning of May, so we should hear further updates soon enough...

Source: EmpireOnline