Thursday, April 24, 2014

Andrew Garfield: 'Deeply Panicked' About Hosting 'SNL'!


Andrew Garfield: 'Deeply Panicked' About Hosting 'SNL'!

Andrew Garfield: 'Deeply Panicked' About Hosting 'SNL'!
Andrew Garfield chats his cell phone while out shopping on Wednesday afternoon (April 23) in New York City.
The 30-year-old actor recently buzzed off his hair and we think his new cut really suits him well!
Andrew recently chatted with PopSugarabout his upcoming hosting gig onSaturday Night Live and he seems to be really nervous!
“No, don’t remind me about it. I’m genuinely wanting to jump out that window right now. I’m so excited and also panicked — deeply, deeply panicked. I’m starting to sweat,”Andrew said.







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Source: JustJared

The Third Hobbit Is Now Subtitled The Battle Of The Five Armies


The Third Hobbit Is Now Subtitled The Battle Of The Five Armies
But the box set may go back to There And Back Again

Source: Peter Jackson


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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit has seen many ups and downs in its journey to the screen. It's changed director, gone from two films to three, and now sees the third film retitled from There And Back again, the book's subtitle, to The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
There were rumours last week that the film's title might change, with Into The Fire then said to be the likely moniker. But (and we totally called this on last week's podcast) the filmmakers have gone with the name of the climactic clash in Tolkien's book. Well, close to it; strictly, in the book, it's called The Battle Of Five Armies with no additional definite article. Here's what Jackson had to say about the change.
"Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the "Desolation of Smaug".
When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.
And so: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" it is.
As Professor Tolkien intended, “There and Back Again” encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies."
You can read the full statement here, but several things become clear from this. First of all, it's a decision that Jackson can explain thematically rather than being a business decision or similar, so all you cynics should pipe down. Secondly, there is now a cut of the film! Thirdly, we should expect some large-scale action this time around to justify that title, so brace yourselves for major fight scenes.
Spoilers for non-readers follow!
The Battle Of The Five Armies, of course, sees Goblins and Wargs (one army, supported by scary bats) face off against dwarves, elves, men and giant eagles (four much smaller armies) in a quest to gain control of Erebor (the Lonely Mountain) and Smaug's treasures within. In the book, Bilbo spends much of the conflict unconscious; we wonder whether that will still be the case onscreen? One change this time should see the Orcs being led by the still-very-much loose Necromancer (Benedict Cumberbatch), making them even more formidable.
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The three films are now united in having titles almost but not quite taken from the text of the book. The first, An Unexpected Journey, echoed the book's first chapter title, An Unexpected Party. The second film, The Desolation Of Smaug, comes from a description of the area around Erebor as "the Desolation of the Dragon" (in fairness, those exact words are used on Tolkien's map). And now the third is inspired by the Battle Of Five Armies (no extra 'the'). Purists will have to hold out for that box set Jackson mentioned.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will hit cinemas on December 12, 2014, starring, as ever, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch (presumably as both Necromancer and Smaug), Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lily, Aidan Turner, James Nesbitt and many more.

Source: EmpireOnline

Amanda Seyfried Joins Pan


Amanda Seyfried Joins Pan
Along with fellow recruits Nonso Anozie & Kathy Burke

Source: Warner Bros.



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With the cameras now scheduled to roll next week at Leavesden Studios, Joe Wright has rounded out the cast for Peter Pan origin tale Pan. Amanda Seyfried, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Jack Charles, Taejoo Na, Kurt Egyiawan, Lewis MacDougall and Leni Zieglmeier are all now on board.
They’re joining the already-announced Hugh Jackman (Blackbeard), Garrett Hedlund (Hook), Rooney Mara (Tiger Lily), Adeel Akhtar (Smee) and Levi Miller (Pan) in the film, which charts Peter’s backstory from the time he was an orphan spirited away to Neverland and his earliest encounters with some of the people there, including his friendship with the young Hook, who will go on to become his nemesis.
These new arrivals are on as a mixture of characters both familiar and fresh, with Seyfried is set to play Mary with Anozie as Bishop, Charles as Tiger Lily’s chieftain father, Burke as Mother Barnabas, Egyiawan as Murray, MacDougall as Nibs and newcomer Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling.
Wright is working from the screenplay by Jason Fuchs and the film is set to fly into our cinemas on July 17 next year.

Source: EmpireOnline

Tom Hardy Refers to Charlotte Riley as His 'Wife'


Tom Hardy Refers to Charlotte Riley as His 'Wife'

Tom Hardy Refers to Charlotte Riley as His 'Wife'
Tom Hardy poses with fans after attending the New York Film Critics Series screening of his new movieLocke on Wednesday evening (April 23) at the AMC Empire 25 in New York City.
The 36-year-old actor has been in a long-term relationship with Charlotte Riley since 2009 and in an interview at the red carpet screening of the film the night before, he referred to her as his wife!
“Well my wife is an actor as well so she sort of gets it,” Tom told Us Weeklyabout how his family supports it when he throws himself into a role. “Apart from that, I’m a pain in the ass really. You know what I mean? Like any other boyfriend.”
10+ pictures inside of Tom Hardy meeting fans after a screening…





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Source: JustJared

Joss Whedon Talks Avengers: Age Of Ultron


Joss Whedon Talks Avengers: Age Of Ultron
'Ultron is genuinely disturbed... he's not a creature of logic'

Source: Exclusive


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This sceptred isle will soon be a Chitauri sceptred isle if Joss Whedon has any say in the matter. The Anglophile writer/director of Avengers: Age Of Ultron has established his production base in England, and, in between popping out for teabags and catching up on MasterChef, he took time out to enthuse about his new home and offer Empire some insights into his biggest bad.

Age Of Ultron, of course, involves a certain criss-crossing of villainy. Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) are all on hand to ramp up the menace levels for the Avengers, with James Spader's Ultron delivering megalomania galore. For Whedon, though, each character has a carefully designed place in the story; none is superfluous or there as fan bait. "I fiercely dislike the idea of just throwing in more people for the sake of doing that," he stressed. "But last time I had all of Earth's Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor, and I needed more conflict."

So what of his uber-bad, then? "I'm having a blast with Ultron," Whedon said. "He's not a creature of logic - he's a robot who's genuinely disturbed. We're finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is."
It's certainly a departure for a Marvel character who probably wouldn't list a 'GSOH' on his dating profile. Then again, we think he might scare potential Mrs Ultrons away anyway, what with the daddy issues and the pathological hatred of humanity.

As for the movie's UK locations, Whedon explained how he plans to use them to give his sequel a fresh aesthetic. "The number of different looks and textures and moods we're getting from the British locations is stupid awesome", he enthused, "because this, palette-wise, is very different. I'm trying to make a different film. Because why would you make one movie twice? That seems weird."

Avengers: Age Of Ultron is out on April 24, 2015.For much more on the movie – and many other movies – pick up a copy of Empire’s June issue now.

Source: EmpireOnline

Kate Beckinsale Gets the Giggles for 'Absolutely Anything'!


Kate Beckinsale Gets the Giggles for 'Absolutely Anything'!

Kate Beckinsale Gets the Giggles for 'Absolutely Anything'!
Kate Beckinsale gets super giggly for a scene for her upcoming film Absolutely Anything on Tuesday (April 22) in London, England.
The 40-year-old actress filmed in a building and on the street that day alongside her co-star Sanjeev Bhaskar.
The comedy/sci-fi movie centers around a teacher who experiences a series of mishaps after discovering he has magical powers. Simon Pegg andRobin Williams also star in the anticipated flick.
The next day, Kate was also spotted filming the movie in London.
15+ pictures inside of Kate Beckinsale getting the giggles on set…






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Source: JustJared

Ron Howard Finds The Truth About Harry Quebert


Ron Howard Finds The Truth About Harry Quebert
Adapting Joel Dicker's international bestseller

Source: Deadline


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Ron Howard currently has an extraordinary 24 future projects listed as "in development" on the IMDb. And we can now make that 25, since he and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer have just nabbed the rights to the bestselling novel The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair. Howard is set to direct as well as produce.
The book is by the Genevan Joel Dicker, and has already been a breakout worlwide smash hit, with its English translation incoming shortly. The story is set in America, and revolves around a struggling author (the title's Harry Quebert) who once had a crush on 15-year-old Nola Kellergan. 33 years later her body is discovered in his garden, along with a manuscript copy of his first published work.
Understandably finding himself pretty much the only suspect in the case, things are looking bleak for Quebert. But his younger protege, Marcus Goldman, resolves to unravel the mystery, shaking off a nasty case of writer's block as the salacious story grips the nation. The truth, of course, turns out to be stranger than fiction.*
Howard has just finished filming Heart Of The Sea, based on the Nathaniel Philbrick book, and he and Grazer are also working on a third Dan Brown film based on Inferno. It's not yet clear whether that or Harry Quebert (or something else) is at the top of Howard's immediate agenda, but we'd have to cross our fingers for Quebert over any more Robert Langdon...
The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair will be published in the UK by MacLehose Press on May 1.

Source: EmpireOnline

Lupita Nyong'o & Scarlett Johansson In Talks For The Jungle Book


Lupita Nyong'o & Scarlett Johansson In Talks For The Jungle Book
Jon Favreau rounds up friends old and new
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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With her first Oscar under her belt for an amazing performance in 12 Years A Slave, people have been wondering what Lupita Nyong’o would do next. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s in talks alongside Scarlett Johansson for a voice role in Disney’s new live action/CG version of The Jungle Book.
Jon Favreau, who is tackling the updated adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling tale, is looking to cast Nyong’o as Rackcha, a mother wolf who initially adopts the human orphan Mowgli. Johansson, on the other hand, would bring her famously hypnotising pipes to voice Kaa, the snake who charms victims before killing and eating them.
Both actresses are in negotiations for the roles and no deals have been struck yet, but if they sign on, they’ll join Idris Elba, who is voicing lethal tiger Shere Khan. Favreau is still looking for an actor to play Mowgli, working from a script by Justin Marks and looking to shooting this year for an October 9, 2015 release date in the US before the film heads over here on October 16. The Mouse House wants to push its Book into the world before Warner Bros.’ attempt, which has Andy Serkis set to direct.
Given that this will feature mostly voice duties and possibly some performance capture, the role would give Nyong’o space to book other films, though she’s still deciding what to do next. Johansson is at work on Avengers: Age Of Ultron and will be seen in Luc Besson’s action thriller Lucy, which arrives here on August 22.

Source: EmpireOnline

Doug Liman Targets Railhead


Doug Liman Targets Railhead
He may adapt a new sci-fi novel

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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He’s just about to bring a sci-fi story from the page to the big screen with Edge Of Tomorrow, and it looks like Doug Liman is raiding the shelves again for a potential future project. He’s in talks to direct an adaptation of Philip Reeve’s children’s book Railhead.
The book crafts a futuristic world where trains travel through space via portals. Our hero is a petty thief hired to pinch a particular object, which turns out to be much more important than he could ever have guessed, and sets in motion events that could rock the entire galaxy. Mixing humans with aliens and trains with space travel, the story sounds like it could be steampunk-tastic.
Never heard of it? Join the club. Reeve, the writer of the Mortal Engines and Larklight book series, won’t even have the new book on shelves until later in 2015. But Warner Bros. and producers Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan think it could be a potential new film for Liman to handle.
The director had several ideas bobbing away in development, including thriller Narco Sub and an adaptation of the Splinter Cell game. Given that no writer is attached to Railhead yet, we’d expect it to wait in line for a while. Edge Of Tomorrow, which stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, is out here on May 30.

Source: EmpireOnline