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Friday, May 25, 2012

Mads Mikkelsen In Talks For Thor 2



Mads Mikkelsen In Talks For Thor 2
As a villain... But which one?

Source: Variety

Mads Mikkelsen In Talks For Thor 2

Double dip day over at the Marvel casting offices continues with word that Thor 2 is in the process of recruiting a new villain. Yes, not content with taking on James Bond in Casino Royale, Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to tangle with Asgard’s favourite son in the superhero sequel.
What this means is that Tom Hiddleston’s Loki will crop up very briefly, then be seen disappearing over a golden cliff in a ball of flame…. JUST KIDDING, HIDDLESTONERS! According to Variety, everyone’s favourite god of mischief will still be causing problems for everyone, but if Mikkelsen locks in a deal, he’ll have some help.
Exactly which villain Mikkelsen is up for has yet to be revealed. Thor has an extensive rogues gallery, so he could be anything – Executioner, Mangog, Mephisto… Give us your best guess in the comments below or in the Twitsphere.
Most of the original cast are scheduled to return alongside Empire Award-winner / Army leader Hiddleston, including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Joshua Dallas and Rene Russo.
Game Of Thrones veteran Alan Taylor is directing, working from a script by Don Payne and Robert Rodat. The film will hit our screens in November 2013.

Source: EmpireOnline

Ashley Hamilton Circles Iron Man 3



Ashley Hamilton Circles Iron Man 3
He may suit up as Firepower...

Source: Variety

Ashley Hamilton Circles Iron Man 3

It’s a double dip day for possible Marvel movie casting, so let’s tackle the first: Ashley Hamilton, who is best known for, er, being George’s son and Rod Stewart’s step son, is in talks to play Firepower in Iron Man 3.
The character, also known as Jack Taggert, takes part in Project: Firepower, which aims to develop an armoured suit to match Tony Stark’s Iron Man duds. It’s not yet known what role the character and his armour will play in the film, but we doubt it’ll be good for Tony. Still, Firepower will also only be a minor part in the movie.
And though Taggert is a headache for our hero, if Hamilton signs on, he’ll have a good time on set, since he’s one of Robert Downey Jr’s mates… He doesn’t exactly have the biggest acting resume, with work on US soap Sunset Beach, and episode of HBO’s Oz and a few movies, including Beethoven’s 2nd among his credits. He’s been more known for his personal life, including failed marriages to Shannen Doherty and Angie Everhart. More recently, he competed on Dancing With The Stars and is a reporter for showbiz show Extra.
Shane Black co-wrote the script for Iron Man 3 with Drew Pearce and is now shooting the movie in North Carolina. Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle are back, with newcomers Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale and Rebecca Hall also aboard. Oh, and Jon Favreau tweeted a picture of his Happy Hogan chair on set today, which points to him popping up in the pic at some point. While he’s going to be visiting the set anyway as an executive producer, it really wouldn’t be Iron Man without him. And now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it's official: he's on board as Hogan. Happy day!
The film is scheduled to arrive on May 3 next year.

 Source: EmpireOnline

Bradley Cooper Aims For American Sniper



Bradley Cooper Aims For American Sniper
He's producing and may star
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Bradley Cooper Aims For American Sniper

Navy SEALs. Right now, especially for filmmakers, they are as trendy as young adult book franchises. So you can’t blame Bradley Cooper for wanting to take a chunk of that sweet SEAL movie action for himself. He’s busy setting up his first project for his production company, and it just so happens to be an adaptation of former SEAL Chris Kyle’s autobiography, American Sniper.
Kyle’s book, which bears the subtitle The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In US Military History, finds the Texas-born shooting notching the highest recorded number of kills for an American. But his dedication to his sights and his SEAL mates has an impact on his relationship with his wife.
If he likes what he sees when he reads Jason Dean Hall’s script, Cooper will most likely take on the lead role.
He’ll next be seen in The Words, followed by The Place Beyond The Pines and Silver Linings Playbook, which showed off some footage in Cannes. He’s set to film The Hangover Part 3 this autumn and is also circling a role in Woody Allen’s latest, untitled movie.

Source: EmpireOnline

Elijah Wood Attacks In Maniac Trailer



Elijah Wood Attacks In Maniac Trailer
Just the thing for a sunny weekend

Source: Twitch

Elijah Wood Attacks In Maniac Trailer

Here's a slice of extreme nastiness to take you into the weekend, in the form of a very-much-NSFW trailer for Maniac. The remake of the notorious 1980 slasher stars Elijah Wood. Roles like this aren't unprecedented in his career - cast your mind back to Sin City - but still, Frodo seems like a long time ago. No wonder he fancied a nice trip back to New Zealand for The Hobbit.
There are shades of American Psycho in the apparently sexually-charged violence on show here, but the overwhelming feeling is one of total bleakness, rather than the black humour and satire of the Mary Harron film. Those shots of an anguished Elijah looking at himself in the mirror suggest a character that's not enjoying himself one bit.
And that tone to the violence is going to be a key factor in the sort of release Maniac gets in the UK. William Lustig's original was one of the infamous "video nasties" that troubled the BBFC in the 80s, and while that version is now available in this country, it's still shorn of about a minute. The BBFC has always been very careful about violence shown from a first-person POV perspective. There's enough of that in this trailer alone, to suggest that Maniac might have classification problems ahead.
The story, as before, is about a killer with a fetish for scalping his victims. Elijah's Frank runs a mannequin store and gets involved with Nora Anezeder's Anna when she asks for help with an art installation. Cue much bloody psychological unravelling.
This version is directed by Frank Khalfoun (P2), and written and produced by Alexandre Aja and Greg Levasseur (The Hills Have Eyes, Haute Tension). It's set to close out the Cannes Film Festival, so we'll start hearing if it's as bad as it looks shortly...

Source: EmpireOnline

Four New Dark Knight Rises Banners



Four New Dark Knight Rises Banners
The Bat, the Cat & the Bane in action



After the recent onslaught of imagery, you may think there are no possible pictures left from The Dark Knight Rises that could be turned into posters. But you would be wrong! There are four new banners on the magical Interwebs, and they can be found below.

We really are not going to be allowed to forget that Chris Nolan is bringing his Bat-trilogy to a close with this final, Gotham-shattering instalment. And let’s be honest, why would we want to?
With Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne dealing with the biggest threat his faced, in the shape of the hulking Bane (Tom Hardy) and tangling with friend-or-foe cat burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), we’re already all excited at the idea.
The new banners may not be revolutionary, but we'd put any of 'em on our walls. The Dark Knight Rises arrives on July 20.
But if you’re truly after new pics and some actual, in-depth, on-set detail about Rises, you’ll be wanting to snatch up a copy of Empire’s Bat-tastic new issue, which hits shops and the iPad on Thursday May 31. It’s crammed with exclusive peeks at the new movie and a look back at the entire Nolan run. Oh! And free posters to boot. Don’t say we don’t ever do anything nice for you.
Check out an exclusive preview of our massive feature and the covers below.

Empire's Dark Knight Rises issue - out Thursday 31 May.

Source: EmpireOnline

The Exorcist Will Possess TV Screens


The Exorcist Will Possess TV Screens
Via Martha Marcy director Sean Durkin

Source: Vulture

The Exorcist Will Possess TV Screens

Here’s an idea we fear will lead to more pea-soup vomiting fury than the happy clapping of hands: though The Exorcist has shown remarkable resistance to remakes (unless you count the multiple films that have tried to tackle the possession concept and ripped off the basics), now someone has had the bright idea to turn William Peter Blatty’s best-selling book into a TV series.
The person spearheading the notion might give a little more reason for calm, though – Martha Marcy May Marlene writer-director Sean Durkin, who at least delivered a compelling, well-constructed film with his first effort. And the telly format means the story can be explored in even more depth… The fact that Roy Lee, the producer of the American version of The Ring is also behind it, could give more pause, but it’s at least someone versed in horror.
According to Vulture, Durkin’s version will follow the events leading up to the possession of young Regan and particularly the aftermath of a family left picking up the pieces. No network is yet involved, but there have been several interested parties sniffing around the project.
But can any version truly compare with William Friedkin’s solid gold classic? It appears we’re about to find out…

Source: EmpireOnline

Warners Has A Case Of The Wind



Warners Has A Case Of The Wind
David Koepp writing secret space film

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Warners Has A Case Of The Wind

Dear Warners: you really can’t expect to title a top-secret new sci-fi project The Wind and not have us trying our best to avoid making fart gags. But here goes nothing: the studio has set up the project with ads director Nic Mathieu.
What can we tell you about the film itself? Very little, hence the “top secret" bit. But The Hollywood Reporter was able to dig up one small detail: it’ll be set in a space colony.
And while the studio is turning to a first-time feature director (albeit one who has been impressing executives with his handling of CG effects in his commercials), it is leaving writing duties to a very experienced hand, with David Koepp firing up his word processor. Koepp, a veteran of Spielberg films and a go-to script doctor when he’s not writing and directing his own movies, most recent helped out with Men In Black 3 and wrote Angels & Demons. His next directing job, Premium Rush, will hit our cinemas on September 14.
As for when we can expect The Wind to gust in? It’s at such an early stage that that is anyone’s guess. But when it gets released, we hope it doesn’t smell. WE COULDN’T RESIST.
To take a look at one of Mathieu’s recent ads, Cadillac spot Turbulence, throw your eyes below.



Source: EmpireOnline

Owen Wilson Finds Squirrels to the Nuts



Owen Wilson Finds Squirrels to the Nuts
Brie Larson also in Bogdanovich comedy

Source: Variety

Owen Wilson Finds Squirrels to the Nuts

When your film is being co-produced by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, you know the word quirky is unlikely to be far behind. So it goes with Peter Bogdanovich’s new comedy Squirrel To The Nuts, which will star Owen Wilson, Brie Larson and Olivia Wilde.
Frankly, the title alone would be enough for the q-word to strike, but Bogdanovich’s latest, based on his script finds a prostitute-turned Broadway actor (Larson) seeing her two professional worlds collide.
Wilson will be a big-name Broadway director who regularly hires Larson for both of her skillsets, despite the fact that he’s married to the star of the play. Wilde, meanwhile, will be therapist whose own mother is in rehab.
According to Variety, the producers are trying to get Jason Schwartzman to sign on, but he’s still playing it coy.
There’s no solid financing in place yet, but Bogdanovich is targeting an autumn shoot and with the talent already involved, we doubt it’ll be long before he’s rounded up the cash he needs.
Wilson is working on Mad Man creator Matthew Weiner’s film You Are Here and then plans to reunite with his Wedding Crashers cohort Vince Vaughn for The Internship. Larson, who most recently appeared in 21 Jump Street, will next work (alongside Wilde) on comedy Relanxious. Wilde has a hefty schedule of movies due out in the coming months, including People Like Us, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Ron Howard’s Rush.

Source: EmpireOnline

Fresh Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Promo


Fresh Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Promo
Honest Abe chops heads & stabs vamps

Source: IGN


While we’ve already had a couple of promos for Timur Bekmambetov’s history / myth mash-up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, we haven’t had one that can show off the filmmaker’s commitment to hard Abe-on-vampire slaying action. That changes today with the arrival of an unrated trailer at IGN, which you can watch below. Bear in mind that it's full of blood-splattered action and could be considered NSFW. Especially if you work in Dracula's castle.
Adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith from his novel, the movie tracks the president from his humble beginnings as a young man, weaving in a fictional tale of vampires impacting his life from the start. When a fanged fiend murders his mother, Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) swears revenge and, with a little help from friendly vamp Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper), trains himself in the difficult art of slaying them. Cue a succession of stabbings, beheadings, slicings, stakings and choppings.
It’s a good thing he pulls a Buffy, too, since the fang club is conspiring with slave owners to take over the fractured and less-than-united States, and only a few people can help.
This time around we finally get some proper footage of Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who appears to be a proactive Mary Todd Lincoln, and a little more with Rufus Sewell’s villainous vamp Adam, who lures Abe into an ambush at one point.
From the looks of this, the movie is chock full of Bekmambetov’s usual flourishes and speed-shifts, plus plenty of bloody battles. We’ll see if it all works when the film arrives on June 20.

Source: EmpireOnline

Anthony Hopkins Up For Red 2



Anthony Hopkins Up For Red 2
If he can make the schedule work...
Source: Deadline

Anthony Hopkins Up For Red 2

With pre-production on retired-agents-proving-they-can-still-kick-ass sequel Red 2 now in full swing, director Dean Parisot and the producers have been setting their sights on actors of a certain age who might be up for a little gunplay with Bruce Willis and co. They appear to have found one very willing recruit in Anthony Hopkins.
The actor, who is currently in Prestige Acting Mode for Sacha Gervasi’s making-of-Psycho drama Hitchcock, is apparently happy to kick back and play a scheming baddie named Edward Bailey in the knockabout action comedy follow-up.
But there’s a slight hitch in the form of Hopkins’ busy work diary. It's possible the Red shoot could clash with a prior commitment – namely, donning the eye patch and gold armour of Odin for Thor 2.
If the dates can be figured out, though, Hopkins would join a cast that includes Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and series newcomers Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung-hun Lee.
Parisot, working from a script by Red veterans Erich and John Hoeber, is set to start shooting this autumn.

Source: EmpireOnline

Cannes: Bonnie Wright’s Short Film


Cannes: Bonnie Wright’s Short Film
Harry Potter star gets into directing

Cannes: Bonnie Wright’s Short Film

Bonnie Wright is a busy bee. At the age of 21, she’s already a fast-rising star, thanks to her role as Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter series, as well as an in-demand model (fact: she won the cup for Most Edgy Look at last year’s Rodial Beautiful Awards). And now, having recently graduated from London College Of Communication, she’s turned her hand to filmmaking. Wright is in Cannes with her directorial debut, a short film called Separate We Come, Separate We Go, which she showed to Empire earlier today.
The 11-minute tale of a young girl who lives in the Kentish coastal area of Dungeness with her depressed mum, it’s largely set outdoors, as Thea (Emily Dunham) goes for a stroll across eerie flats and encounters a mysterious man, played by David Thewlis. Sweet, gentle and assured, it’s an impressive first work from someone who clearly has ambition to burn.
“I wanted to make something personal and I’ve spent a lot of time in Dungeness, because my parents have a house just down the coast from there,” says Wright. “So it has a strong connection to my family. Also, I was always a massive fan of Derek Jarman and he spent his last years there. I just love the strangeness of it, the bleakness. The more I’ve been there, the more I fall in love with it.”
Wright is a cinephile – in Cannes she’s made time to watch Lawless, The Angels’ Share and On The Road – but says she’ll stick to making short films for a while to come. “I don’t want to dabble in a feature for quite a long time. My plan is to keep trying out different genres, until I find my feet.”
In the meantime, she’s not giving up the day job, with two more acting jobs lined up for 2012. “I’m doing Shakespeare’s Sister, which is a period piece, all on location,” she shares. “Sasha Spielberg is playing my sister, my character is all in flashbacks and it’s set in ‘40s New England. I’m also doing a British independent film called In Want Of A Wife, and might be doing a music video as well. I can never sit still!”

Source: EmpireOnline

Thursday, May 24, 2012

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Moves To 2013


G.I. Joe: Retaliation Moves To 2013
So it can get a 3D makeover...

Source: Deadline

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Moves To 2013

If you were awaiting the arrival of Mr Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation crew, we have some news you might want to sit down for: they’re not coming this summer. Actually, the entire film is being shifted to March 2013 so that Paramount can run it through the 3D-O-Matic machine. We can hear the complaints even now…
According to Deadline, one studio exec explained the move thusly: "We’re going to do a conscientious 3D job because we’ve seen how it can better box office internationally. Jim Cameron did all of Titanic‘s 3D in post – and look how well that movie turned out.” Well, at least they were honest about the reason. But it won't stop anyone thinking that there's more to it than that...
The movie had been scheduled to arrive on June 29 across the pond and August 3 here. While the shift means a March 29, 2013 release in the US, we don’t yet know what that means for the UK – but we imagine it will arrive around the same time.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is directed by John M Chu and features Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, Byung-hun Lee, Elodie Yung, Arnold Vosloo and DJ Cotrona.

Source: EmpireOnline