Of course, he originally reported shortlist included Gina
Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany and Olivia Cooke… but has now added Mbatha-Raw into
Thankfully, it seems they’re not all fighting over a single
role however… and there are actually two female leads up for grabs.
“One of the few dispatches we got from Episode VIII was a
report that there was a short-list for a female lead in Rian Johnson’s sequel
which included Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Golden
Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
star Olivia Cooke… We’ve heard that it is not one role, but TWO female roles,
both substantial, that share the same shortlist.”
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is perhaps most famous for her television
work – appearing in the BBC’s ‘Spooks’ as well as landing a recurring role as
Martha Jones’ sister in ‘Doctor Who’. But she has also taken to the big screen,
too – recently starring in ‘Jupiter Ascending’ and currently filming Disney’s
live action ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
But will she land a role in ‘Star Wars 8’?
It’s certainly encouraging that there seems to be two new
female leads up for grabs… and it sounds as though ‘Star Wars 8’ will add
several new characters to its already bulging new cast.
But how will the fit into the galaxy far, far away? For now,
we’ll have to wait and see.
It’s no secret that ‘Terminator Genisys’ failed to ignite
the box office… but has it put the final nail in the T-800’s coffin?
According to The
Hollywood Reporter, it looks as though the last ‘Terminator’ movie hasn’t
exactly impressed the studio… despite the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“The film did well overseas, especially in China, where it
grossed $112 million,” they explain. “But the $150 million-plus movie still
will lose money, and sources say the notion of a Terminator universe is on hold
But this is a very different story to the one told prior to the
release of ‘Terminator Genisys’.
“This summer, [David] Ellison, 32, went very public to
promote the first film that he produced himself, Terminator: Genisys. He sat
for a profile in GQ and gave an interview to The New York Times in which he outlined
plans for a Terminator ‘universe’. Declaring that he wanted his company to be
another Marvel, he said he had two sequels and a television show in the works.”
Although there’s been no official word about the status of
these ‘Terminator’ sequels, it certainly sounds as though the franchise is in
jeopardy… After all, ‘Terminator Genisys’ managed a measly $440 million at the
worldwide box office.
And after a lacklustre effort to revitalise the saga by
leaning on past glories, I can’t help wondering if ‘Terminator’ has finally met
its Judgement Day.
But is that such a bad thing?
Don’t get me wrong – I’m a huge fan of ‘Terminator’ and ‘T2’…
but I can’t remember a moment in the franchise that has gotten me so fired up
since those first two movies. And if you ask me, it’s perhaps time to turn off
Skynet and try something else.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt On The Scariest Moments Of His Career
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has said that the times he hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ were two of the most “terrifying” nights of his career.
The star is currently appearing in ‘The Walk’, which sees him play high wire walker Philippe Petit – who walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers in New York in 1974.
The moment was the defining moment of Petit’s life, and we asked Joseph if he’d ever had a comparably intense experience in his career.
“The most intense moment was the two times I had the opportunity to host ‘Saturday Night Live’. It was two of the most fun, exhilarating and terrifying nights of my life because it’s live television and your hearts pounding for sure.
“There’s that risk inherent every time you step on a stage in front of a live audience. I love performing in front of a live audience. I got to do it a lot on my old television show ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’, even though it was a TV show we’d perform every week in front of a live audience and there’s a whole different craft and feeling that goes along acting in front of people versus acting for a movie camera.”
For the film’s showpiece wire walking scene, Joseph said he was doing it for real… though not from as far up obviously.
“I was walking on a real wire that was about 12 feet in the air. That’s obviously not nearly as high as 110 stories in the air, but surprisingly is still high enough to make you scared.
“Even though I had a safety line your body doesn’t care that you have a safely line, it doesn’t think like that. It just knows ‘I’m too high above the ground’ - there’s a physical fear that takes over.
“The only way to get through it is to get used to it and get acclimated and by the end of shooting I was no longer scared. I didn’t feel that fear anymore.”
‘The Walk’ is on limited release now and will go on general release on October 9.
3D artists Joe and Max created a 49-foot classic location from ‘A New Hope’, the first film in the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, and is arguably the most incredible street artistry you’ll see this year.
It was created to celebrate the ‘Rise Against the Empire’ playset, which is part of the popular Disney Infinity game.
Commuters were somewhat surprised to see the awe-inspiring art in front of them on the floor as they walked home from work, which was near London Bridge station and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
The massive scene shows the iconic X-Wing flying through the narrow path of the Death Star, as it’s pursued by a Tie fighter.
However, eager fans wishing to get a glimpse of the amazing feat will be disappointed, as it was only on display for one day, until 8pm on 2 October.
But it doesn’t mean we can’t still sit here and appreciate how wonderful it looked, can we?
In terms of artistic ability, the force was clearly with them on this one.
‘Star Wars: The Forcer Awakens’ is in UK cinemas on 17 December.
Earlier that day (Saturday, 26 September) Stephen managed to cut off his finger in a lawnmower, so Lucy, who is 22 weeks pregnant, drove him to the hospital. On the way, their Land Rover caught fire (via Eastbourne Herald).
Tom and his girlfriend Kelly Bayman were driving to a child’s birthday party where Tom was to work when Lucy, Stephen and Millie drove past them.
“We could smell unburnt petrol and could see smoke pouring out from under the car,“ said Tom. “It was like something out of an action film, I was expecting the car to explode at any second.
"We tried flagging them down and when they stopped I was shouting at them to get away from the car. We called them over to us and they got in the car. She was saying ‘we need to go to hospital’, so we drove over there as quick we could.
“All this while I was dressed in a full-body latex Spiderman costume.”
Tom was able to drive them all to Eastbourne District General Hospital where surgeons reattached Stephen’s finger.
(Andrew Garfields’ Spider-Man rescuing people from a burning car in 2012′s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ - this story was nothing like that but apt pictures are hard to find).
“You have to laugh,” said Lucy, “When you are having a bad day and suddenly you see that. I did think it was a bit strange, but in the heat of the moment I wasn’t really thinking about it.”
The cause of the fire is believed to be a mechanical fault, but has yet to be officially determined.
“We are so grateful for their help. He was only a young guy and I think he was a bit shaken up by the whole thing. I really want him to know how much it meant,” said Lucy.
It can be tough becoming a famous actor when you’re young. Yes, there’s adulation and money but as these celebs prove, it doesn’t take a lot for it to blow up in your face. Photos: (Image credits: Rex_Shutterstock/Department/Kazden/KeystoneUSA-Zuma/ Everett/Moviestore/Munawar Hosain/MB Pictures)
Macaulay Culkin The ‘Home Alone’ star is in the dictionary under ‘suffered from pushy showbiz parents’, thanks to the business dealings of dad Kit who turned the young Mac into the biggest child star in the world.
Of course, it proved to be unsustainable and Culkin essentially dropped out of Hollywood, surfacing occasionally to host club nights, be the subject of death hoaxes and get busted for drug possession.
Jake Lloyd The man formerly known as Anakin Skywalker has spoken about how his role in ‘The Phantom Menace’ turned his life into a “living hell”, leading him to abandon acting and attempt a civilian life. That would appear to have been difficult following his arrest after a high-speed chase in South Carolina.
Edward Furlong Plucked from obscurity by James Cameron to play a young John Connor in ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’, Furlong, now 37, has battled serious drug addiction for years, as well as being arrested several times for domestic abuse.
He has previously failed to pay child support for his son Ethan, telling the court he was “broke”, as well as serving 61 days in prison for violating his parole. Having been fired from movies because of his legal problems, his acting career has essentially derailed.
Nick Stahl Furlong’s successor as John Connor – Stahl played him in 2003’s ‘Terminator: Rise of the Machines’ – has also suffered from severe addiction. At one point in 2012, his girlfriend reported him missing twice, before he was found and entered rehab.
The 35-year-old, who also appeared in ‘Sin City’, was also arrested for lewd conduct after an incident in a sex shop and was subject to an involuntary psychiatric hold in 2013.
Lindsay Lohan The very definition of a celebrity car crash, Lohan made her name as the freckly star of ‘The Parent Trap’ and ‘Freaky Friday’ before succumbing to the dark forces of Hollywood.
She has been to rehab multiple times, as well as being arrested for driving under the influence, cocaine possession and probation violation, for which she served 14 days in jail.
Having finally completed her community service, she is now living in London in a bid to stay clean, the first time in nearly eight years she hasn’t been burdened with legal issues.
The Tennessee native burst onto the scene with his role in 1994 John Grisham adaptation ‘The Client’ and continued to impress with movies like ‘Sleepers’.
But he suffered from a substance abuse problem and was arrested and charged for trying to steal a yacht in Florida, for which he received two years probation.
Unfortunately, he continued to use heroin and methadone and was found dead aged 25 in 2008. The coroner ruled it an accidental overdose of heroin and morphine.
Sky McCole Bartusiak The actress – who played Mel Gibon’s daughter in ‘The Patriot’ – was only 21 when she died from an overdose of several drugs including Vicodin and a chemical refridgerant.
Her mother said she wasn’t a regular drugs user and it was ruled an accidental death.
Frankie Muniz The ‘Malcolm In The Middle’ star, who appeared on the big-screen in the ‘Cody Banks’ franchise, was accused in 2011 of punching his girlfriend in her head and holding a gun to his.
Police were called, though the couple appeared to make up and put it down to an overheated exchange.
Now 26, the actor spends most of his time car racing and winning on Twitter. When a user made fun of the star’s acting ability, he replied, “Yeah, but being retired with $40,000,000.00 at 19 has not been awful. Good luck moving out of your moms house before you’re 35.”
Jonathan Brandis Brandis starred in ‘The Neverending Story 2’ and auditioned to play Anakin Skywalker, but died tragically after hanging himself at the age of 27.
Despite not leaving a suicide note, it’s thought he was a heavy drinker, as well as being upset about the lack of progression in his career.
River Phoenix Possibly the greatest young actor of all time – Phoenix (‘Stand By Me’, ‘Running On Empty’) became a byword for celebrity addiction, after collapsing and dying from a drug overdose outside the Viper Room in Hollywood. He was just 23.
There’s been a lot of talk about female led superhero roles in Hollywood recently. That’s because, well, there aren’t really any available. Sure that’s set to change with ‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ in the next few years, but they still need to be done correctly.
In the past that hasn’t happened with ‘Elektra’ and ‘Aeon Flux’ being just two examples of films led by actresses that failed both critically and financially.
And now Jessica Chastain, an actress who is regularly linked to these films, has revealed what she hates about them when she reads for.
Speaking to the Radio Times to promote ‘The Martian’, Jessica Chastain explained, “If you look at films like ‘Elektra’ and ‘Aeon Flux’, the problem that studios have is that they try to make kick ass women very sexualised.”
She added, “They have to be in some catsuit. But if you look at the most incredible female roles, like Ripley in ‘Alien’, she is a very sexy woman but she’s not wearing a lot of make-up. She’s in a T-shirt and jeans. What’s sexy about her is how capable she is.”
Chastain then went on to reveal that the female character she looked up to the most during her childhood was Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Conner in ‘Terminator 2′, insisting that she wanted to be just like her when she was little.
Chastain isn’t the only actress to have voiced her disdain at the lack of roles available to women.
Just last month, Emily Blunt also spoke to IndieWire about the lack of female action stars, insisting it’s only really her, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, and, now, after ‘M:I 5′, Rebecca Ferguson who are considered.
But with ‘Sicario’ succeeding, the ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Divergent’ franchises thriving and ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Captain Marvel’ due out in 2017 and 2018, respectively, hopefully the tide has now turned, and Hollywood recognises the error of its ways. It’s about time too.
Marvel’s Surprising Director Choice For Thor: Ragnarok
It seems ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ has its director - and, true to form, Marvel have not selected an obvious candidate.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Hemsworth will embark on his third solo adventure as the Norse God of Thunder under the direction of Taiki Waititi, New Zealand actor, writer and director behind ‘Eagle Vs Shark’ and ‘What We Do In the Shadows,’ plus several episodes of TV’s ‘Flight of the Conchords’ and ‘The Inbetweeners.’
Going from a low budget mockumentary about vampires in contemporary New Zealand to an epic and presumably apocalyptic fantasy superhero movie certainly doesn’t seem the most likely progression.
Still, Marvel have quite a track record with taking on directors from low-key indie and comedy backgrounds for their megabudget blockbusters, such as Joe and Anthony Russo (’Captain America: The Winter Solider’ and next year’s ‘Civil War’), James Gunn (’Guardians of the Galaxy’), and most recently Jon Watts (the as-yet untitled ‘Spider-Man’ reboot).
Waititi’s hiring is hardly without precedent either, given that his ‘Flight of the Conchords’ cohort James Bobin (subsequently director of the two most recent ‘Muppets’ movies) has gone to direct Disney’s upcoming ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass.’
Additionally, Waititi has some superhero heritage, having co-starred in 2011′s ‘Green Lantern.’
Reportedly other contenders for the job included Rob Letterman, Ruben Fleischer and Rawson Marshall Thurber (the latter two having also been in contention to take over from Edgar Wright on this year’s ‘Ant-Man’ before Peyton Reed landed the job).
This makes ‘Thor’ the first Marvel franchise to have hired a different director for each installment, with Kenneth Branagh having directed the 2011 original, and Alan Taylor (replacing first choice Patty Jenkins) coming on board for the 2013 sequel'Thor: the Dark World.’
Waititi is currently shooting another comedy ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople,’ and is also known to have a ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ sequel in the works - though it remains to be seen if he’ll get these done in time to get ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ done for its November 2017 release.
In real life: You’re kidding, right? Two seasoned burglars, no matter how inept, would make light work of any little kid standing in their way, especially one as precocious as Macaulay Culkin.
Marv and Harry don’t plan on just tying Kevin up in the spooky basement, either; creepily, they claim they’re going to “smash his face with an iron” and “burn his head with a blowtorch” - and this was a PG! Sorry, but this touching holiday tale ends with Ma and Pa McCallister arriving home to an empty house and a badly-beaten and forever traumatised son, before promptly being arrested for criminal parental negligence. Merry Christmas!
‘Independence Day’ (1996)
In the movie: Humanity rallies against the alien menace and whoops with delight as the monolithic ships looming over all of Earth’s biggest cities begin to explode and collapse.
In real life: Those busted ships y'all just destroyed? Yeah, they’re about to pancake everyone.
The movie went to great lengths to show just how gigantic the aliens’ iconic disc-like ships were, so when they all get blown up by the mothership explosion, there’s no way they’re going anywhere other than down – gravity is a bitch.
So, anyone dwelling in any of Earth’s major cities, if you’re not crushed by falling alien debris, you’re spending the rest of your natural life cleaning it up. Maybe it would have been easier just to let them win.
'The Matrix’ (1999)
In the movie: Freedom fighter Neo storms a highly-secure building in order to liberate his charismatic leader Morpheus from the top floor.
In real life: Thomas Anderson kills a whole bunch of innocent people. One thing 'The Matrix’ kinda sorta glosses over is how the movie’s hero basically slaughters a room full of innocent security guards who were just trying to do their job i.e. stopping nutcases wearing trenchcoats from entering the building while carrying several automatic weapons.
Fair enough, the term 'real life’ doesn’t quite apply to The Matrix, but no matter what reality you’re in, Neo pumping these poor guys full of lead equals dead dead dead. The next time Neo enters the computer world, there’s every chance he’d be labelled a terrorist and hunted like a criminal by the very people he’s trying to save. Who’s the bad guy again?
In the movie: The last surviving remnants of the human race board an 'Ark’ and ride out an apocalyptic, extinction-level event, setting sail for the only continent that remains above water after the tsunamis: Africa.
In real life: Oh, you’re going to recolonise Africa? Let me know how that works out for the Africans. '2012’ tells us that only the richest and most privileged individuals made it on board the Ark (before they were bum-rushed by the masses anyway), so when they wash up on the shore of Mogadishu, we’re guessing they’re not exactly going to go out of their way to respect traditional local customs. Who knows, maybe everyone will get along? Just don’t read any history books, ever.
'Star Trek Into Darkness’ (2013)
In the movie: Kirk dies heroically by sacrificing himself for the greater good, but Bones miraculously revives him from the dead by using a sample of Khan’s blood so he’s able to embark on more amazing adventures.
In real life: HALT ALL AMAZING ADVENTURES IMMEDIATELY: ETERNAL LIFE HAS BEEN DISCOVERED. The voyages of scientific discovery of the Enterprise crew suddenly feel inconsequential compared to the ultimate scientific discovery: the cure for death. Now, no one need ever die again. Naturally, a power struggle breaks out about who should be allowed to wield this holy power. Bones’ new pharma company is burned to the ground after daring to charge 45m Federation credits for a lifesaver pill. Religious groups riot after Bones publicly proclaims: “Dammit, I’m not a doctor… I’m God!” And the universe was never the same again.
'Man Of Steel’ (2013)
In the movie: Krypton’s brave son does aerial battle with alien invader Zod, saving humanity from slavery but picking up a few bruises along the way.
In real life: With Zod dead, Superman becomes public enemy #1. Kal-El might not have been solely responsible for the devastation wrought to Metropolis, but someone has to pay; footage of the illegal alien lobbing his foe through skyscrapers and cutting buildings in two with his heat vision didn’t win him too many friends but scored him thousands of fatalities.
Superman is declared an enemy of the state but the hunt is over no sooner had it begun, when the alien is arrested, going by the pseudonym 'Clark Kent’, during a job interview for the Daily Planet - apparently he didn’t even feel the need to mask his identity. The gall. Interestingly, Zack Snyder has hinted all of this will play a part in the plot of ‘Batman v Superman’.
In the movie: Bryan Mills seeks revenge for the kidnap of his teenage daughter at the hands of sex traffickers.
In real life: 'Former CIA agent and ex-Green Beret Bryan Mills was sentenced to death today after brutally murdering 63 men in Paris in 2008. Mills, 57, was searching for his teenage daughter, who was kidnapped by a ring of petty criminals.
Though they were involved in illicit activities, many of the men slain by Mills had little knowledge of their gang’s operations and several had families of their own. Years later, when Mills once again ended up in an unlikely kidnap scenario himself, he shot dead a police officer who stood in his way. Mills did not comment as he was led away by his jailers, but his daughter Kim did tell the press her father’s actions were “perhaps a bit much”.
In the movie: Valiant scream queen Sidney Prescott stops running from her tormentors, and having unmasked the boys who have been stalker her, kills them dead.
In real life: We’re not professional law enforcement agents, but we’re pretty sure the police need at least a tiny speck of evidence before they’ll commit to a story – like, oh, I don’t know, how your two school friends conspired to murder you. Yeah, those two guys lying dead right over there. The fact is, when Sidney killed Billy and Stu, she left two corpses at the house party with precisely zero witnesses as to what happened and no one left alive to verify her story. Oh, and her fingerprints are all over the knife. We believe you, Ms Prescott. You just rest in this jail cell while we call someone who cares.
In the movie: Come join Lightning McQueen and his best friend Mater on a fun adventure through the automobile-only world of Disney-Pixar’s 'Cars’!
In real life: It is an unspecified year in the future. The human race have either died out completely or evolved into grotesque cars with human features and inordinately large tongues. For a while, they race, they joke, they explore. But ultimately, they are doomed. Their only food source seems to be oil, a fuel on the verge of total depletion; without hands, the cars cannot create industry. With no apparent way to reproduce and no children in their world, the last remaining vehicles eventually rust and die, before agreeing that yes, this whole cars-only universe thing was a stupid idea. The end.
'Fight Club’ (1999)
In the movie: Edward Norton’s narrator stares out of the window of an abandoned high rise and takes Marla by the hand. “You met me at a very strange time in my life,” he says…
In real life: … Before multiple New York skyscrapers are detonated in a series of controlled explosions, devastating the capital’s skyline and burying hundreds if not thousands of innocent bystanders beneath the rubble. The emergency services are overwhelmed, the relief effort stretched too thin – the city will not recover for decades.
Meanwhile, major banks, the intended target of the attacks, are given emergency powers by the US government during the crisis and exploit the disaster to exert even more of an economic stranglehold on the people they were bailed out to serve. The city’s trained professionals, penniless and jobless, turn to underground fight clubs to thrash out their impotent rage. And the circle is complete.
10 Actors Who Narrowly Missed Out On Being HUGE Stars
Actors always claim they have no regrets but sometimes a huge role will pass them by and you imagine there’s a strong chance it’ll haunt them forever. These are the 10 actors who came within inches of mega-stardom and universal fame…
Was nearly in: ‘X-Men’
Rising Scottish actor Dougray was already considered a hot enough property to play the villain opposite Tom Cruise in ‘Mission: Impossible II’, but shooting ran long on John Woo’s action epic (probably due to all the slow-motion scenes), denying Scott the opportunity to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men’.
'A fella wi claws fir hands? Och, it’ll probably never amount to anything,' Scott probably reasoned, before watching mouth agape as 'X-Men’ kickstarted the superhero genre and Hugh Jackman reprised the role of Wolverine in nine movies across 17 years, becoming one of the world’s biggest stars as a result. He was also a front-runner to play Bond before Daniel Craig won the role. Scott last hit the headlines when his 2010 movie, 'Love’s Kitchen’, scraped an opening weekend of £121.
Was nearly in: ‘Back To The Future’
There are movie stars and there are character actors and there isn’t a whole lot of overlap – once you’re categorised as one, it’s hard to make it as the other. Eric Stoltz, very much a character actor, had a tantalising glimpse of being a bona fide movie star when he was cast as Marty McFly in Robert Zemeckis’s 'Back To The Future’.
Stoltz enjoyed five weeks of shooting before Bobby Z realised he was “too intense” for the role, prompting the moving of Heaven and Earth to hire original choice Michael J Fox on a schedule of night shooting. Stoltz would never bother a blockbuster for as long as he lived, although it’s strange to think there’s an alternate timeline somewhere where the ginger guy from 'Mask’ is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Was nearly in: ‘Lord of the Rings’
Townsend has two unwanted accolades; not only was he the man that let one-time girlfriend Charlize Theron slip through his fingers after nine years, he was the man who was officially adjudged to not be manly enough to play the King of Men in 'The Lord Of The Rings’ trilogy.
Townsend was hired by Peter Jackson to play Aragorn, but the director soon realised 28-year-old Townsend didn’t have the required heft to play Strider, leading to an awkward conversation after four days of shooting. Although he played Lestat the vampire, formerly played by Tom Cruise, in 'Queen Of The Damned’, mega-flop 'The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ effectively put a bullet in Townsend’s Hollywood prospects.
Was nearly in: ‘Twilight’
She’s tasted stardom with the likes of 'Sucker Punch’ and 'Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events’, but Browning is far from a household name – and she’s certainly not subjected to the same level of tabloid intrusion and speculation as 'Twilight’ star Kristen Stewart. It was she who took the lead role of Bella that Browning passed on, even after author Stephanie Meyers personally lobbied for the Australian.
Browning now claims if history had played out a different way and she accepted the part, she would no longer be an actress: “I think I would have quit. I don’t think I would have been able to handle it,” she said. Browning now spends her time making movies with members of Belle & Sebastian.
Was nearly in: ‘Spider-Man’
Furlong made his mark as John Connor in 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day’, but his career lacked stamina; his last notable role, unless you count direct-to-video sequels to 'The Crow’ (we don’t), was 'American History X’ in 1998. It could have all been so different, if only James Cameron’s proposed 1993 'Spider-Man’ movie had got off the ground.
Furlong would have played the wallcrawler if only the director had been given the opportunity to make the movie his way (in a nutshell: laced with profanity, sex and violence), but alas, it wasn’t to be. Just think! Furlong could have still been a huge star today, just like er, Tobey Maguire, and, um, Andrew Garfield!
Was nearly in: ‘Batman’, ‘Superman’, ‘Spider-Man’
Sure, sure – we know you know who Josh Hartnett is. For a few years there back at the turn of the century, he was the squinty, awkward dreamboat of your little sister’s dreams. But as well-known as he is, did you know Hartnett has had multiple opportunities to amp his star wattage up to iconic levels? You’re looking at a man who has stared three multi-million, star-making superhero contracts in the face and said 'No’ each time.
Batman? Not on your life! Superman? Get out of here! Spider-Man? Pfft, no way! Josh Hartnett cares not for your lycra-clad heroes! “I somehow knew those roles had potential to define me,” said Hartnett, “and I didn’t want that.” Talk to him in three Spider-Men’s time and let’s see if he’s still willing to tear up the contract.
Was nearly in: ‘Sex and the City’
It must be galling when an actor turns down a role that goes on to define a gender for an entire generation, but Dana Delany did just that when she passed on playing Carrie Bradshaw, the sexually adventurous writer who giggled her way through six seasons of 'Sex And The City’ – and two atrocious movies.
“I didn’t want to be in a show about sex,” said Delany, humbly. “The part went to Sarah Jessica Parker and it made her into a worldwide star, but I’ve got no regrets.” Except maybe the part about not accepting the role of Carrie Bradshaw. Apart from that though, no regrets.
Was nearly in: ‘Almost Famous’
Though she’s dabbled with big-budget movies like 'Dawn Of The Dead’, Sarah Polley never felt like she was destined to be a big star. In fact, she actively fought against it, and decided to quit a certain star-making role that went on to make another girl a very big deal – she walked from the role of Penny Lane in 'Almost Famous’, only to see Kate Hudson rewarded with an Oscar nomination.
“I think those moments where you decide not to do something, in the face of nobody understanding that decision, are the moments that form you, that carve you out. It will always be a part of who I am, that I did that,” says Polley. She now directs and put her name to the brilliant 'Away From Her’ and 'Take This Waltz’.
Was nearly in: ‘Star Wars’
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there is a parallel universe in which Tattooine farm boy Luke Skywalker is not played by Mark Hamill, but by relative unknown William Katt. Would the Star Wars saga have played out any differently had it been Katt, tall with a mop of blonde hair, becoming the Jedi to unite the galaxy?
Katt recalls how Brian De Palma and George Lucas held dual auditions for 'Carrie’ and 'Star Wars’, where he read for Luke opposite Kurt Russell, reading for Han Solo. “I was lucky enough to get the Carrie role,” Katt said, graciously (and unconvincingly).
Was nearly in: Tank Girl
Daughter of Roger Lloyd Pack – yes, 'Only Fools and Horses’’ Trigger – Emily Lloyd has come close to two major roles in her lifetime, but never got the chance to fulfill either. The classically-trained actress won a part in Woody Allen’s 1992 Oscar-nominated drama 'Husbands And Wives’, but Woody himself pulled the plug after a few days of shooting.
Then over a decade later, Lloyd was offered the role of 'Tank Girl’ in the ill-fated live-action adaptation of the comic, but her refusal to shave her head saw the part taken from her and offered to Lori Petty. Consider that a bullet the size of a tank dodged.
The first image of Renee Zellweger in the hotly anticipated third ‘Bridget Jones’ movie has been released by studio Universal.
The picture from ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ sees the character bring the series right up to date by posing with an iPad.
Check out the full length picture below.
We don’t know a huge amount about the film at the moment, but it’s definitely not based on the recent Helen Fielding novel ‘Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy’. It also stars Patrick Dempsey in an unnamed role.
Shock Horror: James Bond Will Order A New Drink In SPECTRE
James Bond will switch up his drinks order in the latest 007 film ‘SPECTRE’.
According to The Guardian, the British double agent will swap his usual vodka martini with a twist of lemon and replace it with (gasp!) a dirty martini that includes dry vermouth, olive brine and olives. Is nothing sacred?
Their mole told the paper that 007 will sip the drink in a scene with new ‘Bond Girl’ Lea Seydoux, saying: “You can see olives in the glass. Bond is clearly going for a dirty [martini] to impress his dining companion – it’s all very sensual. Traditionalists might find it a bit strange, but the dirty is, in fact, a great choice for a licensed killer who can’t stop seducing women.”
At least he won’t be sipping a lager. Traditionalists were outraged when Bond teamed up with Heineken as part of a multi-million deal with the Dutch company in 2012 for ‘Skyfall’.
‘SPECTRE’ is released in the UK on 26 October 2015. Watch the trailer below.
But is a serialised version of the epic graphic novel universe likely to work?
Firstly, it sounds like it’ll be a live-action series, in a similar vein to the 2009 movie.
Secondly, the helmer of the big-screen film Zack Snyder, is the man in talks with HBO. The ‘Man of Steel’ director seems the obvious choice to lead the project, but there will be fans who will surely oppose the venture.
Word is that ‘Before Watchmen’, the 2012 Alan Moore comic book prequel to his original graphic novel, could be the basis for the series, which would be interesting and provide fresh material to the ‘Watchmen’ world.
However, people are still very much divided on whether ‘Watchmen’ was a success when it hit cinemas: some adored it and its ambition, whereas others saw it as a great big mess.
Likewise, the TV show could end up just as polarising. And to boot, it wouldn’t have a large, pre-existing, overly eager audience in place to fall back on like other shows do.
For years ‘Watchmen’ was deemed as an unfilmable adaptation that’d end in disaster. Regardless of viewer subjectivity, it turned out to be a serviceable and visually stunning movie that gave the superhero genre a darker, grittier edge.
There’s certainly great potential for Snyder to team up with HBO and make an expensive, inspiring series - just look at how epic ‘Game of Thrones’ is for a possible benchmark. And that’s reason alone should encourage the most cynical of film fans to be at least mildly optimistic.
The animated film will allegedly follow a similar tone to the hit 1984 comedy, as it looks set to cash in on the imminent success of Feig’s all-female movie, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.
In 1986, ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ aired as a television animated series. It spawned a range of action figures which many children of the ‘80s will no doubt remember, so the entire rejuvenation of the ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise appears to be trying to tap into a nostalgia-driven market, as well as attract a new, young audience.
Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’ has already drafted in original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver to feature as cameos, so the announcement of a cartoon-style movie isn’t a huge surprise, as Sony look set to repackage and sell the franchise to a new generation.
No doubt we’ll hear a lot more regarding this animated venture over the coming months, but for now all we have is that it’s going ahead.
It’s not even confirmed whether it’s opting for traditional hand-drawn style of animation, or if it’ll get a complete CGI overhaul, as seems to be the trend with other classics, such as ‘Transformers’.
And rather adorably,
they are doing so by leaving socks by the model.
For the uninitiated,
house elves can only become free if they are given clothes by their
In ‘Harry Potter and
the Chamber of Secrets’, Dobby is eventually freed after Harry tricks
Lucius Malfoy, Dobby’s master, into throwing him a sock, which the
elf then catches.
Freeing Dobby also has
a poignant side to it.
The elf is now
tragically deceased, murdered by Bellatrix Lestrange (played by
Helena Bonham Carter), but only after seeing Harry and the goblin
Griphook to safety in Shell Cottage in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly
Harry then buried
Dobby, digging his grave without the use of magic, commemorating him
with the carving: “Here lies Dobby, a free elf’.”
The model of Dobby in
the case on the tour shows him eyes closed, his tunic still bearing
the blood of his wound.
Nicholas Brendon, best known for his starring role in ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’, has been arrested following a fight with his girlfriend.
According to police in Saratoga Springs, in upstate New York, Brendon, who played Xander Harris in the long-running series, is facing charges of robbery, obstruction of breathing and criminal mischief.
The police say that they were called to a hotel on Wednesday night, where Brendon’s girlfriend had gone to return some of his property.
But a row is said to have ensued after he refused to let her leave, during which its alleged that Brendon took her car keys and then began choking her.
Saratoga Springs Police Department lieutenant Bob Gillson said that ‘alcohol was involved’ in the argument.
He was later arrested near to the hotel, and released from jail yesterday under bond.
It’s the latest in a string of arrests for the actor, who has admitted to having alcohol and drug problems.
He’s been arrested four times already this year, notably in May when he was picked up for public intoxication, and in February and March when he trashed a hotel room.
It was announced by his manager Andrea Albin in June that he’d entered rehab.
“Earlier today, with the support of his professional team, his friends, and his family, Nicky entered a rehabilitation facility in California to treat his depression, alcoholism, and substance abuse problems,” she said at the time.
“He’s taking the steps necessary to better his health and give himself, and his fans, the gift of a healthy lifestyle.”
Movies are complicated beasts. At any point along the way, for a variety of reasons, they can change drastically. That was especially the case with ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’, which, it has now been revealed, was altered numerous times before it hit cinemas.
As you can probably guess, there are numerous SPOILERS ahead. So if you haven’t seen ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ you should advance cautiously.
Are they gone? Good. So, it turns out that the original plan for ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’s’ conclusion was to introduce a cavalcade of new characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Speaking at a recent Q&A to promote the upcoming release of’ Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ on Blu-ray executive producer Jeremy Latcham revealed that they wanted to include Captain Marvel.
“In really early development there was a notion of there’d be a ton of new people,” Latcham detailed, via Collider. “And then it was like, ‘Well we haven’t really introduced them, we don’t know where they’re gonna come from,’ and Joss kind of did not love that idea.”
He continued, “It was an early discussion, and then that kind of became just Captain Marvel, and then that felt weird just to have one new person.”
At the same session, Marvel’s head-honcho Kevin Feige revealed that a particularly line of dialogue at the end of ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ would have immediately undermined her introduction though.
“And also the subtext was, what does Cap say, ‘They’re not the ’27 Yankees’ – well if Captain Marvel is there, what are we saying about her?” Feige explained. “It needed to be [that] certainly Wanda and Vision, I think to a lesser extent Falcon and Rhodey need to learn what it means to be a team, even the most dysfunctional team in history.”
Obviously, if Captain Marvel had been included then it would have had drastic repercussions for not only the ending of ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’, but also ‘Captain America: Civil War’, which will see the superhero posse divided thanks to a dispute between Iron Man and Captain America.
Ultimately though it was the right idea to not include ‘Captain Marvel’, as that would have sped up the casting of the character immensely, while she will now get the opportunity to make an impact on her own when her origin story is told on July 6, 2018.
Most people like the idea of being a Hollywood leading man or women. But it can be a high-pressure job – and not everyone wants it.
Here are some stars for whom fame wasn’t forever (and in many cases, they’re just fine with that).
There have been few better actors than Hackman – pretty much any film he’s been in is improved because of his presence.
But while people like Clint Eastwood don’t seem to stop, that wasn’t what the now-85-year-old Oscar winner wanted.
In 2004, after starring in flop ‘Welcome To Mooseport’, he said he thought his acting life was done and rather than pull a Sinatra and embark on a comeback, he’s stuck to his guns.
Instead, he’s enjoying his retirement out of the spotlight, embarking on a new career as a successful author. Initially that was as the co-writer of historical novels about the Old West, while in 2013 he published a thriller called ‘Pursuit’.
Whether it was in ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ or ‘Honey, I Shrunk The Kid’, comedian Moranis brought a unique energy to his roles.
But that stopped in 1997, when the Canadian left Hollywood to raise his kids as a single parent following the death of wife Ann.
Speaking to USA Today in 2005, he said, “I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it.”
More recently, he has worked on the advisory committee at Humber College in Toronto and released a comedy country album called ‘The Agoraphohic Cowboy’, which was nominated for a Grammy.
Now 62, he released another comedy album, ‘My Mother’s Brisket & Other Love Songs’, in 2013.
Ryan pretty much defined the Nineties thanks to her roles in romcoms like ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Sleepless in Seattle’.
But having tried to go a bit darker in failures like ‘In The Cut’ and ‘Against The Ropes’, her career foundered while she also suffered thanks to the seemingly-endless lack of good leading roles for middle-aged women in Hollywood.
Instead, Ryan, 53, focused on her personal life, which had been tabloid fodder since her relationship with Russell Crowe during the shooting of ‘Proof of Life’ in 2000.
In 2006, she adopted a 14-month-old from China called Daisy and has spent the last few years focused on raising her, as well as appearing in the odd little-seen indie movie. She’s also a keen Democrat, participating in environmental causes.
Freddie Prinze Jr.
You couldn’t watch a teen film in the Nineties and early 2000s without Freddie cropping up – such was the ubiquity of his non-threatening handsomeness.
Married to ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ actress Sarah Michelle Gellar since 2002, the 39-year-old has occasionally surfaced on TV but is now mainly a voice actor, featuring as one of the lead characters in ‘Star Wars Rebels’.
But his primary focus has been his family, specifically kids Charlotte, 5 and two-year-old Rocky.
And his hands-on nature as chef of the house has led to his newest project – a cookery book called ‘Back To The Kitchen’. Here’s hoping there’s a recipe for Cheese All That.
Beatty has rarely got credit outside of Hollywood for how important he was to the revolution within of the industry during the Sixties and Seventies, instead known primarily as a legendary lover.
Beatty’s standing was severely affected by the spectacular, self-indulgent mega-bomb that was 2001’s ‘Town & Country’, But the 78-year-old Oscar-winning actor/director/producer has always been notoriously loathe to make up his mind when picking a project, leading to many years of development on various unrealised movies.
For a long time he was supposed to play the titular role in ‘Kill Bill’ before deciding against it. He also worked on a movie about Liberace in the early 2000s, which was eventually turned into ‘Behind The Candelabra’ over a decade later.
Primarily, he’s enjoyed family life with wife of 23 years Annette Bening and their four children – though that looks like it might change later this year with the release of his long-in-development currently-untitled film about Howard Hughes.
As the femme fatale in movies like ‘The Last Seduction’ and ‘Jade’, then as the love interest in ‘Men in Black’, Fiorentino was just breaking out as one of the go-to actresses during the late Nineties.
So why did her movie career stall? Some argue it’s because she became known as ‘difficult’ to work with. Certainly director Kevin Smith criticised her during their time together on ‘Dogma’, while it’s been said that Tommy Lee Jones refused to do a ‘Men in Black’ sequel if Fiorentino was in the film.
She was also caught up in the Anthony Pellicano scandal which revolved around illegal wiretaps on behalf of elite Hollywood clients. The actress was dating a former FBI agent who was sentenced to probation for his role in the enterprise (rumours swirled that Fiorentino was involved too though nothing was ever proven), which may possibly have led to her being blackballed.
Nonetheless, she’s spent her time out of the spotlight focused mainly on political causes, as well as developing documentaries and taking photographs.
Domhnall Gleeson: Harry Potter Prepared Me For Star Wars 7
Irish star Domhnall Gleeson’s career is about to go stratospheric thanks to a little movie called ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. The actor who’ll next be seen in November’s ‘Brooklyn’ will appear as the villainous First Order commander General Hux in this December’s sci-fi sequel, but he actually got his big break playing Bill Weasley in last two ‘Harry Potter’ films.
He credits his experience playing the eldest Weasley brother for helping him keep his cool on his first day on the set of JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Wars’ sequel.
“My first day on set on Harry Potter, I nearly had a heart attack at the size of it, at how many people were standing around behind the camera, about how many people could hear my talking,” Domhnall explained talking to Yahoo Movies about his upcoming film ‘Brooklyn’, in cinemas 6 November.
Above: Domhnall Gleeson in ‘Brooklyn’
“So, on my first day on Harry Potter I was very scared and it did stand me in good stead for the future. It did. I walked out on my first day on ‘Star Wars [The Force Awakens’], and sure there were nerves, you have those nerves on every job, but I didn’t freak out and say “holy s***!” because there were like 300 people standing behind the camera, and it’s because I had been in that situation before. That definitely did help.”
Above: Domhnall in ‘Harry Potter’
Gleeson’s role in ‘Star Wars 7’ was shrouded in secrecy until the veil was lifted at the film’s San Diego Comic Con panel back in July. It was revealed in Hall H that the ‘Frank’ star would play First Order commander General Hux, a bad guy with an Imperial-looking suit and an evil English accent. He told us using his native accent wasn’t discussed, with an English accent chosen simply for franchise continuity.
The actor also let slip the name of the First Order base – Starkiller Base – during the Comic Con Q&A in what looked like a brief secrecy lapse, but he told us it was all carefully stage managed.
“That was a conversation we’d had right before we went on stage about whether it was OK or not. Like, how to describe it. I’d heard that said and I think we’d agreed that it was fine [for me to say it] and then I went of stage and suddenly, when I opened my mouth, I was like [feigns a look of shock].
Above: Domhnall takes to the stage at Comic Con
“You have to realise I’ve spent a year not saying any of those words, so as soon as one comes out of your mouth, you’re like “Oh good god! What have I done?!” So I think it was OK, I don’t think it was anything too unexpected or anything like that, it was alright.”
It’s like telling someone what their Christmas present is by accident, we joke.
“Yeah, but it’s like when Disney bought them their Christmas present and have a multi-million dollar lawsuit hanging over their head in case anything goes wrong, more like that,” he fired back with a grin.
Finally he told us that walking on to the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ set was “pretty epic”, and that trying on his uniform for the first time was no different to any other job he’s ever done.
Above: General Hux in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
“On every job, you try on a costume and it’s like you’re doing it to build and find out who your character is, you know what I mean? It helps and all that sort of stuff, so actually you’re just working when you do it. And you have that fervor about “well, is this who I am? And is this who I want it to be? Is there anything we want to change?” All that sort of stuff, so there were conversations like that.
“But then, when you feel you’ve found it, and it’s the same on every job actually, when you feel you’ve found it you go “alright, let’s do this”, there’s this excitement thing, because you know one part of you is ready to go to work.
Above: Domhnall and Saoirse Ronan in ‘Brooklyn’
“And that was brilliant. That was brilliant, but the whole process was like that. And the reality - which is probably not as exciting because people want to know about ‘Star Wars’ more than anything else - is that’s the process on most jobs.
“That’s your job as an actor, to go from job to job, and work as hard as you can on each individual project.”
We’ve got more from Domhnall Gleeson on ‘Brooklyn’ and his work on ‘The Revenant’ coming soon, so keep your eyes on Yahoo Movies UK.
‘Brooklyn’ is coming to cinemas on 6 November. Watch the trailer below.
This girthsome white elephant is perfect, say its manufacturers, ‘for your Slave Leia group photo shoot’, which up until now has been a lowly-looking affair.
Geek gifting site ThinkGeek, which is selling the item, says: “Pair him with a Han Solo in carbonite door cover, and you’re halfway to his palace. Just walk carefully. No telling where there’s a trap door.”
And why save him for your lawn?
“Stick him in your den. Put him in your garage. Just don’t put him in your bedroom. That’s creepy,” they go on.
It sure is.
At $169.99 (about £112, minus postage, so not quite an impulse buy), it comes with a fan for easy inflation, and tether ropes, so that high winds don’t carry your Jabba into the jaws of the Sarlacc.
No word yet on accompanying inflatable sycophant Bib Fortuna or Kowakian monkey-lizard-cum-court jester Salacious B. Crumb.
But, y’know, there’s still time.
Expect a rash of these to turn up in gardens/students’ bedrooms around the time of the release of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens’ on December 18.
He’ll take up at least two extra seats at the multiplex though, if you’re thinking of taking him with you.
This is the question the Screen Actor’s Guild is asking, after the peculiar stipulations in casting contracts were brought to its attention.
Among the acts extras - who were being paid up to $600 each, far more than the SAG minimum - were asked to consent to were ‘genital-to-genital touching’, ‘graphic sexual situations’ and being OK with finding yourself 'on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back’.
Just a normal day at the office, then.
Here’s the amazing terms in full:
“This document serves to inform you that this project will require you to be fully nude and/or witness others fully nude and participate in graphic sexual situations. By accepting this Project assignment, you may be required to do any of the following: appear fully nude; wear a pubic hair patch; perform genital-to-genital touching; have your genitals painted; simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching; contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude; pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back; ride on someone’s back while you are both fully nude; and other assorted acts the Project may require. The Project will also include language and sexual situations that some may consider personally objectionable or uncomfortable.”
According to Deadline, the union SAG-AFTRA said that it would have a representative on the set of the new series yesterday, to monitor what was going on.
Perhaps the rebooted version is playing up the idea of the theme park being one of more ‘adult’ pursuits, something less prominent in the original movie.
But now HBO has said that it did not issue the contract, and is looking into where it came from.
“It was not requested, written or approved by HBO, Warner Bros. Television, or the producers, and contains situations that we do not require of any actor,” said a spokesperson.
“We are rectifying immediately the discrepancies in this vendor’s document with our actual on-set practices, which provide a professional and comfortable working environment for all performers.”
SAG-AFTRA has taken HBO to task over the length of time it took to change the document that was issued.
“SAG-AFTRA sent the consent form to HBO [Tuesday] afternoon and requested that the document be changed to more accurately reflect the contractual provisions,” a union spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline.
“HBO had every opportunity to rectify this situation, and it was only after their direct refusal to remedy this that we posted the notice on our website. The union is very pleased to hear that HBO is doing the right thing now, but it is disappointing that we had to take such public measures to ensure compliance with our contracts and protect our background actors.”
The show, serialised reboot of Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie (note the similarities to Jurassic Park, by the way, in which the theme park exhibits also start attacking the public) which starred Yul Brinner, is being made by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company.
It stars Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, and will air sometime in 2016.
The news comes from an event held earlier this week to mark the home release of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, where Feige was asked by MTV News about casting the character.
“There won’t be any announcements about that this year,” he said. “I think right now we’re scripting the film, figuring out who we want Carol Danvers to be, and really what the structure of the movie will be and what her part will be in some of our other Phase 3 films.
“It would be next year that we start to really think about casting.”
Producer Jeremy Latchman also stepped in to offer his thoughts, saying: “We have really amazing writers on the movie. Meg [LeFauve] and Nicole [Perlman] are great, and I think getting the character right first is going to lead the charge. We want to make sure we know who it is before we can start figuring out who should play it.
"We have amazing casting directors — Sarah Finn, who’s been with us since 'Iron Man’ — but at the same time, when a fan list comes out we read [the suggestions], we go through it, we read the comments, we look at who people like.”
Emily Blunt has been a fan favourite to play the role given her connection to Marvel (she very nearly played Black Widow) and her recent, more action-orientated roles - particularly 'Edge of Tomorrow’. Charlize Theron has also been mentioned, as has breakout 'Mission Impossible Rogue Nation’ star Rebecca Ferguson (who to us would be the pick of the trio).
“Sometimes it’s really enlightening,” Latchman continued. “Sometimes it’s the exact same person that they’ve been saying over and over again that we don’t think is right. It’s always fun to kinda go through it and see what people are up to.”
'Captain Marvel’ will be released in 2018 between the two parts of 'Avengers: Infinity War’. Given her powers - supre-strength, speed, durability, energy projection and flight - and not to mention she bares the company’s name - she will be of vital importance to the MCU’s climatic Infinity War story.
'Captain Marvel’ is scheduled to be released on 26 October 2018.
It looks as though ‘Doctor Strange’ is going to get his very own origin story… despite rumours that Marvel was planning something different.
During an interview with IGN, Marvel boss Kevin Feige revealed that ‘Doctor Strange’ is going to be an origin story… and why this is going to be awesome.
“Doctor Strange has one of the best, most classic, most unique origin stories of any hero we have, so why wouldn’t we do that?” he said. “That was sort of always the plan. How you tell that origin, perhaps there are ways to twist it or play with that, but for the most part, it’s a gift when the comics have something with such clarity of story and of character. That doesn’t always happen in the comics, and when it does, you use it.”
Of course, comic book fans will no doubt be pleased.
Dr Stephen Strange was originally a talented neurosurgeon who is forced to quit his top job after a freak car accident shatters the bones in his hand… and he is no longer able to operate. Travelling the world in an attempt to find a cure for his trembling hands, he eventually finds the Ancient One – a mystical being versed in the magical arts.
After a confrontation with one of the Ancient One’s apprentices – the evil Baron Mordo – Strange convinces the hermit to teach him his mystical ways, becoming his apprentice.
And this is presumably the story that Marvel wants to bring to the big screen.
But for a long time, rumours persisted that Marvel would be going in a different direction.
“For some reason people sometimes talked about how we’re not doing an origin story, we’re bored of origin stories,” he explained. “I think people are bored of origin stories they’ve seen before or origin stories that are overly familiar.”
Of course, ‘Spider-Man’ fans will know exactly where Feige is coming from.
But ‘Doctor Strange’ has a far more unique origin… and I can’t help thinking that a big screen version of this classic Marvel tale would work incredibly well. Especially with the likes of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One.
“We get an amazing actress to play an amazing character, and do it in a way that’s very unique and doesn’t fall into any outdated stereotypes that sometimes pop up in the comics from years past,” Feige said about Swinton’s performance.
“It’s funny you ask ‘Will Tilda Swinton be playing a woman?’ and you ask it because she does an amazing job of being sort of ambiguous in terms of gender. I think you’ll see us playing it in ways that she’s played other characters that way. Clearly she’s a woman, but it is very ambiguous in her portrayal.”
Will the ‘Doctor Strange’ origin story stay faithful to the comic books? For now, we’ll have to wait and see… but expect a big screen twist in the way only Marvel can deliver.
‘Doctor Strange’ heads to cinemas on 4 November 2016.
“That was in there originally,” said Blunt, after Stern bemoaned a lack of toplessness in the movie, “but it came out.”
As to why, she answered ‘we didn’t agree with it’, adding that it was her breasts that disagreed with the scene.
“My t*ts!… We’re not doing it!” she added. “Benicio backed me up. It was a scene between he and I. He’s like my brother now.”
Blunt recently hit the headlines following her recent American citizenship.
The 32-year-old actress, who has been married to actor John Krasinski since 2010, said that following her swearing in ceremony, she felt a sudden pang of regret.
“I became an American citizen recently and that night we decided to watch the Republican debate, and I thought this was a terrible mistake. What have I done?” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
“I’m not sure I’m entirely thrilled about it. People ask me about the whole day. They were like, ‘Oh it must have been so emotional.’ I was like, ‘It wasn’t, it was sad. I like being British.’”
Fox News didn’t take kindly to the remark, branding her rude and suggesting she leave Hollywood if she’s so unhappy with the state of the USA.
“Why don’t you leave Hollywood, California, and let some American women take on the roles that you’re getting, because Americans are watching your movies and lining your pockets,” said anchor Anna Kooiman.
Steve Doocy, her co-host, then added: “You know what Emily Blunt just did? She just Dixie Chicked herself. She has alienated half the country, that now will think twice about going to one of her movies.”
FBI thriller 'Sicario’, directed by Denis Villeneuve and also starring Josh Brolin, is currently riding sterling reviews.
It’s Official: Admiral Ackbar Will Be In Star Wars 7
It’s official - original ‘Star Wars’ actor Tim Rose will return as Admiral Ackbar in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’… but he’s not so fussed on all this secrecy.
During an interview with AAP Sydney (via Star Wars 7 News), original ‘Star Wars’ actor Tim Rose confirmed that he will appear in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. But it seems he isn’t exactly thrilled about keeping everything hush-hush.
“I’m very frustrated by [the secrecy on the film],” he said. “Out of the need to be secret, we’re not actually able to get everything we need to do our jobs as well as we could, and as someone who has been doing it for 35 years, I find it very frustrating.”
Of course, ‘Star Wars 7’ has been shrouded in secrecy since it was first announced… and numerous actors working on the film have hinted towards high levels of security, especially when it comes to their scripts.
“The secrecy has been ludicrous,” said C-3P0 actor Anthony Daniels. “For heaven’s sake, it’s a movie,” he added. “When I got the script, it was typed in black on paper of the deepest red so you couldn’t photocopy it. I got a hangover just reading it.”
That said, this is one of the most highly-anticipated films of the last decade… so perhaps the level of secrecy and security surrounding the production in understandable.
Either way, it isn’t a trap – Admiral Ackbar will be returning to the big screen.
And the man inside the costume is thrilled to be back… even if it’s not exactly ideal working conditions.
“It takes a unique sort of masochist to ever want to do it in the first place,” said Rose. “But the joy of doing it is the joy of animatronics, and that’s taking the foam latex, an inanimate object, and making people think it’s alive.”
Admiral Ackbar was last seen on the big screen in ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ but has also made an appearance in the animated series, ‘The Clone Wars’.
“I’d like to think I gave Ackbar something special which you can tell,” he said. “I think you can. I can tell when I see my friends who do specialised and full body suit work no matter what character they go into; I can tell you exactly who it is because I know their movements so well.”
How does Admiral Ackbar fit into ‘The Force Awakens’? Unfortunately, he couldn’t possibly spill the beans… but he does hint that there are plenty of other classic ‘Star Wars’ characters to be found in ‘Star Wars 7’.
“What I can say about the new movie is that if you were a fan of the original three, you’re going to absolutely love this one to bits,“ Rose said. “You can expect a smorgasbord of people you love.”
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ heads to cinemas on 17 December 2015.
Game Of Thrones Movie Debunked By George R.R. Martin
Fans of ‘Game of Thrones’ thought they’d stumbled across some epic news when creator George R.R. Martin allegedly confirmed there will be a film of the HBO fantasy series.
But our hopes were quashed when the quotes turned out to be totally made up by the Daily Star.
George R.R. Martin has explained that the quotes are indeed false and that there are NO plans for a movie once the show finishes.
Martin took to his personal live journal to debunked the lie: “Yes, completely false. No one is working on any movie just now. And if there was a movie, it would not be about Robert’s Rebellion,” after someone asked him to verify the interview.
“There will be a movie but I will not be involved,” the Daily Star claimed he’d told them.
It was fabricated that the fantasy scribe said that while a feature film would materialise after the TV show ends, he wouldn’t be involved; instead leaving it up to David Benioff and DB Weiss, the show’s writing duo.
Understandably right now, Martin’s time is devoted to finishing the final two books in the ‘Game of Thrones’ series, as fans salivate at the prospect, so has no time to be discussing movies anyway.
We can’t say we’re not a tad disappointed. But in terms of a possible film at some point in the future, what could this entail?
The fake quote from an ‘insider’ reckoned a movie could explore Westeros’ past and its former inhabitants, such as fan favourites who have snuffed it throughout the televised seasons. And this would actually be a really interesting angle.
Imagine various members of the Stark family - including Ned (Sean Bean) - returning to our screens, or even the charming Prince Oberyn Martell?
For now it’s nothing more than a dream, but you never know what twists and turns are around the corner, especially where ‘Game of Thrones’ is concerned…
Everything’s fine up to this point, but it’s the following sentence that’ll haunt our dreams. It reads: “And if you look closer at the pics the fur part seems to be reindeer. I don’t think it can be wolf cos the pelt is too big.”
“That makes it a bit awkward,” the user says. “Kristoff’s best friend is a reindeer and he’s actually wearing his skin.”
Freaked out yet? We must confess, we’re a little disturbed by this observation, as it’s never brought up or referenced in the film at any point.
However, the next part is perhaps the most heartbreaking…
“But in the context of the story, it all fits together. The ice harvesters must have killed Sven’s mother, leaving a baby Sven for Kristoff to look after, and giving him the pelt to wear. This explains why Sven is so close to Kristoff too, and why Kristoff still wears the same pelt. The smell reminds Sven of his mum.”
As much as we refuse to believe this, it does make logical sense and that this could be the case.
Kristoff’s a little strange. A bit of a fixer-upper, if you will, but is he that sadistic? We think not.
Even if this fan theory were true, it’s unlikely that Kristoff himself would be aware of how he obtained the fur coat as a child, and probably didn’t think to ask.
Still, regardless of how wild you may find this idea and refuse to believe a word of it, it’s now scarred us, especially when we next watch ‘Frozen’.
It’ll now be viewed in a very different, sinister light…
Do you think this has an air of truth or will you try to pretend you never read this creepy theory to begin with?
If you want to know something about Marvel Studios there’s only one man you ask: Kevin Feige.
The head honcho over at the studio will probably be able to introduce you to every single member of the Marvel team, including the tea lady, before then explaining how they plan on expanding their cinematic universe while keeping people’s interest.
No wonder he’s been compared to a modern-day George Lucas, just without the creepy beard.
So, when the question was raised as to whether Marvel ever might extend to more than three films a year, Feige immediately knew how to respond.
And it looks as though there are no plans to increase Marvel’s output. At least, for the time being that is.
“We’re moving up to three movies a year and I’m not sure how much beyond that we can go,” Feige explained to Slash Film, via Comic Book Movie. “We’re a relatively small team. We’re comfortable doing three movies a year so it’s just about finding the time and the place.”
But those of you who feel that you’re going to be starved of content from the studio don’t need to fret. Because Feige wants Marvel to do more One-Shots, the short films that have delved into their Universe even further in short form.
“We talk about [One-Shots] a lot actually,” Feige continued. “Because when you have tables like that (lots of potential storylines, most unexplored in the finished film), and we go, ‘What are going to do with Howard (The Duck)? What are we going to do with Cosmo? We should do a one shot with Michael Pena.’ I mean, the universe is big.”
Feige also added that he and his Marvel cohorts love doing One Shots because they’re so easy and quick to produce. He explained, “The One Shots are great for, ‘Oh, we have this great idea, wouldn’t it be fun to see … We talk about it a lot.”
Previous One-Shots have included 2011’s ‘The Consultant’ and ‘A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor’s Hammer’, the latter of which was a day in the life of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
Other examples have included ‘Agent Carter’, which followed the antics of Peggy Carter after ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, while ‘All Hail The King’ saw Ben Kingsley reprise his role as Trevor Slattery from ‘Iron Man 3’.
There’s no word on any future additions to the Marvel One Shot family, but let’s all pray really hard and cross our fingers and toes that one featuring Howard The Duck is currently in the pipeline. Because that would simply be sensational to see.
It looks as though details of Rupert Wyatt’s ‘Gambit’ exit
have begun to surface… and it’s all because of creative differences.
According to The
Hollywood Reporter, the 43-year-old British filmmaker may have clashed with
the studio about his vision for ‘Gambit’… and was unwilling to compromise.
“What seems to have happened on Gambit and other films is
that when Wyatt has been unable to convince the studios to sign on to his
vision, his anxiety mounts and he leaves,” they revealed. “During the past few
years, he has dropped out of projects at every major studio except Disney
(where he has had none).”
Of course, the official reason for Wyatt’s exit was kept
quiet… but was previously thought to be down to scheduling conflicts with
another upcoming project.
“Multiple sources say the real split arose after the studio
began to question whether Wyatt was in fact committed to moving ahead on the
project, which has an Oct. 7, 2016, release date. Says one high-level source
with knowledge of the situation: ‘Ambivalence is not a good way to go into an
Rupert Wyatt rose to fame after his debut movie, ‘The
Escapist’, turned heads amongst studio execs… and he was soon pursued to head
up the critically acclaimed sci-fi flick, ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’.
But since then, Wyatt has stepped in and out of various
Over the last few years, he’s been linked to the ‘Planet of
the Apes’ sequel (which he later pulled out from) as well as futuristic
thriller ‘Agent 13’ and Denzel Washington’s stint as ‘The Equalizer’.
Unfortunately, it looks as though a difference in creative
vision is a big factor on Wyatt’s decisions to pull out of these projects –
including ‘Gambit’. But rather than clashing with the studios on a catastrophic
level, it seems to be anxiety and the amount of creative freedom he has which
informs his decision.
“One top exec who has worked with Wyatt says the director ‘is
not a tortured guy’ but rather is ‘a very gentle soul, very considerate… I
think he’s a very principled guy. He wants to make the best version of
something, and he’s so desperately afraid of making something not good that
it’s easier to walk away than be pushed by committee’.”
Either way, it seems that Rupert Wyatt won’t be leading the ‘Gambit’
You think the movie is over? Well, it is. But if you’re willing to sit through the roll-call of contributors, you may spot one of these amazing gags hidden in the end credits of your favourite films. Post-credit scenes are overrated: the credits themselves are where it’s at…
Frozen’s booger warning
Young Disney viewers can be an impressionable lot, so the Mouse House have to make sure they their movies don’t encourage any ill behaviour with all manner of warnings and disclaimers.
Sometimes, however, they just like having fun. The disclaimer in the end credits of ‘Frozen’ says “The views and opinions expressed by Kristoff in the film that all men eat their own boogers are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Walt Disney Company.” Bogie bullet dodged.
Hot Shots’ fun facts
The Abrahams/Zucker movies feature more gags-per-minute than any other franchises, so it’s no surprise their films feature jokes squirreled away in the credits too. The ‘Hot Shots’ movies feature secret credits – the first movie has a real recipe for 'Nobby Buns’, while 'Hot Shots! Part Deux’ has a series of fun facts (“Actor Richard Crenna invented tartar sauce”) and has a pop quiz at the end to check you were paying attention.
The Naked Gun’s silliness
Another fun-filled Zucker franchise, all three 'Naked Gun’ movies feature hidden gags in the credits. The first is quite subtle (crediting 'Man And Woman Deleted From Firework Sequence’), while the second lists all the Grips then goes to the trouble of explaining what a Grip actually does. 'Naked Gun 33 1/3rd’ wins for the silliest credits gag though, with a list of all the animals that have been made extinct since shooting began.
Crank’s heart-stopping mini-game
File this under 'Things we wish actually existed’. Get to the end of 'Crank’’s credits and you’re treated to a 15-second video of a fake 'Crank’ 8-bit videogame, featuring a pixellated Jason Statham shooting punks, injecting himself with needles and going on a rampage before his heart explodes. Game over.
A Serious Man and the Coen’s crazy credits
Joel and Ethan Coen have a wit drier than the desert, but even their movies have end credit gags. 'True Grit’, for example, credited Ethan’s 15-year-old son Buster as 'Mr Damon’s Abs Double’ (he was assistant to the script supervisor), while otherwise poker-faced comedy 'A Serious Man’ featured a disclaimer that claimed no one of the Jewish faith came to any harm while making the movie.
The School Of Rock’s rocking out
Jack Black has never passed up an opportunity to sing and he wasn’t about to start in a movie called 'School Of Rock’. Even once the credits have started rolling, Black can’t resist singing along, starting with the Angus Young rock song 'It’s A Long Way To The Top’ before seguing into nonsense lyrics where he reads the credits as they scroll: “Movie’s almost over! / Credits got to roll! / Look at that name there! / I do not know that guy!”
The Running Man’s voiceover guy
There’s reason enough to stick around for 'The Running Man’’s credits, because the Harold Faltermeyer soundtrack is an absolute 80s delight, but there’s more to enjoy when the music fades out. Stick around until 4:44 into this video and you’ll hear 'The Running Man’s in-movie voiceover guy credit the fictional sponsors and request you send in a stamped-and-addressed envelope if you want to play 'The Running Man’ yourself (“go out and do something really descpicable!”).
RoboCop’s stern warning
Unlike the toothless 2014 remake, the original 'RoboCop’ was a bitingly-sharp satire, and that satire extended all the way until the very end of the movie, credits included. Stick around to the very last message and you’ll see the piracy warning is a little more strict than most movies: “This motion picture is protected under the laws of the United States and other countries and its unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution by enforcement droids.” Your move, creep.
The Phantom Menace’s audio clue
Not that we’d ever advocate sitting through the whole dreadful movie for the last ten seconds, but 'Star Wars’ prequel 'The Phantom Menace’ at least ends on a high note – or maybe that should be a low note, as the last thing you hear before ‘Episode I’ comes to a close is the sound of Darth Vader’s iconic, bassy breathing. It’s almost enough to make you forget that Jar Jar Binks was a thing that happened.
Finding Nemo’s familiar cameo
Pixar like to cross-pollinate their movies with cameos from their other popular characters, and that list gets longer every year. Back in 2003, however, the roster was considerably smaller, but even though 'Finding Nemo’ was set underwater, Pixar still managed a mid-credits cameo – if you can hold your breath long enough, you might catch a glimpse of 'Monsters, Inc.’s Mike Wazowski snorkelling the briny depths.
Image credits: Disney/20th Century Fox/Paramount/Lionsgate/Universal/MGM/Pixar
It seems that Spider-Man is settling in rather nicely over
at Marvel Studios… as studio boss Kevin Feige hints that they have big plans
for everyone’s favourite webslinger.
During a Q&A event to promote ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
IGN) the Marvel studio boss
“The most important thing as a standalone is relaunching
Spider-Man in his own standalone movie with his own storylines that fits into
this universe,” he explained. “That is job number one for us… The
connectivity is great, but it doesn’t drive the train.”
Although Marvel’s new Spider-Man is set to make his first
appearance in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, it looks as though a solo franchise
is the main aim. And that’s why it was such a huge deal to make an agreement
“Making that agreement… was great,” he said. “And was
really amazing, and on a personal level making these movies, it means a lot
because I think we can do great things with Spider-Man.”
“I think Spider-Man can serve great purpose in our universe
and that’s where he belongs,” added the Marvel filmmaker. “That was what was
unique about him in the comics was not that he was the only superhero in the
world; it’s that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared
against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time.”
Of course, Marvel’s current Avengers line-up packs quite a
punch – with heavyweights such as Iron Man, Thor and Captain America leading
the charge. And with Marvel’s Spider-Man heading back to high school, it’s easy
to see how this super-powered kid is going to differ from the usual Marvel big
But while Spider-Man may be a little late to the party, they
seem to have some big plans…
“It’s not about when you show up, it’s about what you do
once you’re there,” Feige teased.
Until very recently, the Spider-Man film rights were solely
owned by Sony Pictures – who produced ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and its sequel,
both starring Andrew Garfield. But as comic book movie fans know, the two
studios have decided to work together… and have now recast the role of Peter
Parker – putting Tom Holland into the coveted role.
But what if Sony wouldn’t play ball?
“This has been a dream of ours for a long time,” he said. “We
always had contingency plans, which we always do anyway. Are we going to be
able to make another deal with this actor? If so, we’re going to do this; if
not, we’re going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character,
that’s great; we’re going to do this. If not, we’re going to do this. We always
sort of operate under those various alternate timelines available and ready to
shift if something happens.”
How will Tom Holland’s Spider-Man fit into the Marvel
Cinematic Universe? For now, we’ll have to wait and see… but it seems like a
great time to be a Spider-Man fan.
‘Captain America: Civil War’ will introduce Spider-Man on 6 May 2016.
Marvel president Kevin Fiege has revealed that there are contingency plans in place should they ever regain the rights to key Marvel characters - such as the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.
While Feige doesn’t specifically name those two properties - the rights for which currently rest with 20th Century Fox - those are the only major names left out of the reach of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
At an event marking the release of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Feige was asked by Slash Film’s Peter Sciretta about how they went about introducing a character, like Spider-Man, whom they wouldn’t reasonably assume they’d get the rights to.
“The short answer is: the most important thing is the standalone movie, relaunching ‘Spider-Man’ with a standalone movie with a new storyline that fits into this universe – that’s job number one for us.
“The connectivity [with other Marvel films] is great but it doesn’t drive the train. That being said, if I understand what you’re asking, we had… this has been a dream of ours for a long time, and we always had contingency plans should you know — which we always do anyways. Are we going to be able to make another movie with this actor? If we are then we’ll do this, if not, we’re going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character that’d be great, then we’d do this, if not, we’d do this. So we always sort of operate with those alternate timelines available and are ready to shift if something happens.”
The insinuation is that they have at least a vague idea of how they might introduce certain characters if they get the rights back. The existing examples would be Spider-Man, Daredevil and Punisher - whose rights either expired, or in the case of Spidey, the studio holding those rights engineered a plan with Marvel to bring the character into the Marvel fold.
The onky major characters left out of Marvel’s reach are the X-Men - who have rich potential for numerous films and solo character movies - and Fantastic Four - who are unlikely to get another blockbuster film for a long time but who do come with a potentially fantastic villain in Doctor Doom (below), who would work well with other characters.
Feige was also asked about whether they know the plan for the remaining Marvel films, up until 'Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2’ and 'Inhumans’ in 2019. He said: “Yes, in broad strokes. Sometimes in super specific things, but for the most part in broad strokes that are broad enough and loose enough that if through the development of four or five movies before we get to the culmination, as you say, we still have room to sway, and to go, and to surprise ourselves in places that we end up.
"So all the movies ultimately, when they are finished, can feel like they were all interconnected and meant to be and planned far ahead, but can live and breath as individual movies that can be satisfying by themselves.”
3D Twin Towers Movie The Walk Causing Vertigo and Vomiting
Director Robert Zemeckis said he hoped to induce vertigo with his new film ‘The Walk’ and it seems he’s managed it if reports coming out of New York cinemas are to be believed.
Journalist Mark Harris, who saw the film at the New York Film Festival over the weekend, tweeted: “Reports of guys vomiting in the Alice Tully men’s rm post-The Walk: True. Witnessed it/came close. Bad visual trigger for vertigo sufferers.”
The film which is being released in 3D IMAX relives the true story of French daredevil Philippe Petit who, in 1974, strung a high wire between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Centre before traversing the gap at 1,300 feet several times without a safety harness.
No video footage of the daring feat was captured at the time, so Zemeckis set out to recreate the event, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt as Petit, in startling 3D using computer generated wizardry.
The New York Post reports that Denise Widman, board director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival said the film’s climax left her feeling sick.
“The last 20 minutes of the film I had to look away a couple of times because of the sensation of the height. I felt a little bit queasy. I felt nervous. It was a tingling sensation and some anxiety.”
Percival Arguero-Mendoza, a filmmaker from Mexico City, added: “It felt very real. I felt a knot in my stomach. It’s like my head was reeling but I was not dizzy. The audience got a fear of him falling. It’s like actually picturing in your mind him falling. You really get a sense of depth.”
You can test your own fear of heights when ‘The Walk’ hits cinemas on 2 October. Just keep reminding yourself… it’s only a film.
Interview: Benicio Del Toro On Sicario, Star Wars 8 And Doing Another Bond Film
Since his scene-stealing performance as the garbled-mouthed petty criminal Fenster in 1995′s ‘The Usual Suspects’, Benicio Del Toro has become Hollywood’s go-to-guy for brooding anti-heroes and exotic outsiders.
In his new film ‘Sicario’ he plays Alejandro Gillick, a consultant with expertise in the Mexican war on drugs, whose dubious origins place him somewhere between those two stools.
It’s already shaping up to be one of our favourite movies of the year, so we jumped at the chance to speak to Benicio. Find out what he had to say about ‘Sicario’, those ‘Star Wars 8′ rumours, and his big Hollywood breakthrough in 007′s ‘Licence To Kill’.
Yahoo Movies: We’re going to go out on a limb and say it, ‘Sicario’ is our favourite film of the year so far.
Benicio Del Toro: Oh OK, that’s a good start! Alright, we’re done!
YM: We have to say these things sometimes with a bit of a poker face, but we can’t begin to tell you how much we mean it this time!
BDT: I don’t know you yet, so this poker face could be an act.
YM: Your character is such a fascinating guy, where do you go with researching something like that? Is he based on someone that was real?
BDT: I didn’t get to meet a hitman per say. You know, you go straight from the script usually, and when I was reading the script I understood him as I went through. But I kept going, ‘Why is this movie called Sicario?’ And then the third act I was like “boom: the hitman in quoting a quote”.
And I felt like less is more with this movie. But there was a scene at the dinner table, that is was like, “OK this is the real hitman”. And he’s conflicted because he has a past and he’s really wounded. His family was killed, so he’s going after revenge. That’s a motivator that I haven’t played in a movie yet. You know: that guy bent on revenge.
I remember a story about a samurai that I read a long time ago. And the samurai was sent to kill an evil lord. And he went and he found the evil land lord and he got his sword and just when he was about to decapitate him the evil landlord spat at him, in the face.
And the samurai, he stopped, put his sword down, and he walked away. And basically what it said was in order to be a samurai; you can’t have your feelings participate. You have to mentalise that.
And so I felt the same way, maybe that was a way of going into the character, making an interpretation. In order to be a cold blooded killer - with a past like that - he must have for years worked to completely mentalise those feelings. So he can go through and become this hitman.
YM: The film is already getting some Oscar buzz. Why do you think that is?
BDT: I think when that happens it’s because the stars align. I don’t think there’s a formula to it. The only the thing is you’ve got a lot of talented people. From the director down to wardrobe department. And somehow this happens. The more talented people you have in a film, the more chances you have for this beautiful accident to happen.
There is a lot of people here involved in this film, in every department that are very good at what they do and they just brought in their A-game. And it just worked. From the writer to the hair and makeup.
YM: One of the roles that we all know and love you from is as Fenster from ‘The Usual Suspects’. The famous scene in the line up where you’re all cracking up, is it true that you were all giggling because someone farted?
BDT: Someone broke wind. But I don’t know who it was. But yeah someone broke wind, and I think someone cracked up. There was a little bit of improvisation around the whole “say the line” thing. I actually think it was Chris McQuarrie, who said the line “In English Please", and it was one of the last days too. So everybody was a little bit relaxed, a little confused about the film, and so we thought “what the hell, let’s just have a laugh”.
YM: The chemistry between you guys in the scene is great.
BDT: It is one of those accidents and they work. I don’t think there was one take, from beginning to end, we ever finished. We had to cut every time.
YM: ‘Star Wars 8′ is something we hear you may appear in, how exciting is that to be involved in? How did that come about?
BDT: It’s very exciting. Well Rian Johnson the director, we met and he said “I might have something for you in ‘Star Wars’”. I crossed my fingers. And you know he called back. Keep your fingers crossed. That’s the moral of the story.
It’s a great opportunity. It is a good character. I’m looking forward to get back and do something, you know, have fun with it. And work with Rian.
YM: Who would you say is your favourite Star Wars character?
BDT: I think as a kid, I liked R2-D2 and C3PO, but Chewbacca was always cool.
But the cool guy in the group was Han Solo. And Darth Vader was an amazing creation. Like a mixture of Frankenstein and Dracula. You could go on and on.
YM: Another franchise that you were involved with, and still to us one our favourite James Bond movies, is ‘Licence to Kill’. That was a great role…
BDT: Are you giving me that poker face again?
YM: I wish that my poker face was this good. Is that something you would be interested in, revisiting the Bond franchise?
BDT: Oh yeah. I hold that time very dear, because it was kind of bizarre. I was at acting school and I had just told everybody I was going to be an actor.
There were kids who I went to high school with, that didn’t even know what I was doing, and one summer they went to the movies to see the new Bond film. And they saw me, and they couldn’t believe it. I mean I got funny stories about that.
Friends of mine where like “Whoa, whoa, whoa, how did you? Wait? This kid was cutting class with me a year ago and his in a Bond movie?”.
So yeah, I love the Bond films. I like all kinds of movies. But it’s like…you know Barbara Broccoli, I think that ‘Licence To Kill’ was one of the first movies she was coming into work. I met her father.
YM: It was ahead of its time as well. It was almost like how we see the Bond films now.
BDT: Yeah. It’s a cool, cool, cool, movie and it was a good time. But I think I’ve done it already. And I am proud of it.
‘Sicario’, also starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Jon Bernthal, is coming to cinemas on 8 October.
Pacific Rim 2 Officially Postponed, In Favour Of Pitch Perfect 3
The mighty mechanoid Jaegers managed to emerge victorious against the dreaded, gargantuan Kaiju. Who’d have thought they’d be beaten into submission by a group of acapella singers?
Yes, after weeks of Hollywood hearsay, it’s finally official: ‘Pacific Rim 2’ has been pulled from its originally scheduled release date of 4 August 2017 - on which date, studio Universal will instead release ‘Pitch Perfect 3.’
The third installment in the musical comedy series had originally been set for release on 21 July of that year.
A new release date for the ‘Pacific Rim’ sequel has yet to be confirmed, but in a statement made to Variety, Universal insist the film has not been cancelled, stressing the wish to give the production more time to be “the vanguard, fully-immersive experience that the franchise deserves.”
Director Guillermo del Toro has repeatedly insisted that pre-production work on ‘Pacific Rim 2′ is ongoing - but it looks as though he may make another, as-yet undisclosed film in the interim.
Though the original ‘Pacific Rim’ was co-financed and distributed by Warner Bros, ‘Pacific Rim 2′ moved over to Universal when production company Legendary Entertainment - previously based at Warners - moved house to Universal.
However, rumours are rife of troubles between Legendary and Universal, with the studio having reportedly refused to finance Del Toro’s most recent movie ‘Crimson Peak,’ and Legendary taking their upcoming production ‘Kong: Skull Island’ back to Warner Bros.
While we wait to see what Guillermo del Toro does next, his latest film ‘Crimson Peak’ opens on 16 October.
In director Ridley Scott’s mind, Deckard was always a replicant - and he’s said so on several occasions - but now he says that in the forthcoming ‘Blade Runner 2’, the mystery will be thrown open once and for all.
“Of course he’s a bloody Replicant! He’s going to have to admit it. You’ll have to see the story. It’ll all make sense,” he told Yahoo Movies in the US.
Though Scott has said that he believes Deckard is a replicant - along with Darryl Hannah’s Pris, Brion James’s Leon, Joanna Cassidy’s Zhora and Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty from the sci-fi classic - fans have long discussed (and likely argued) whether this is the case or not, the movie itself leaving the answer in more ambiguous territory.
Ryan Gosling will be starring alongside Harrison Ford in the new movie, whom he had to convince to take up the role again.
“I got Harrison back. Because Harrison said, ‘Meh’, and I said, 'No, read this’. And I think he said, 'This is the best script I’ve ever had’. We’ve been working on it for a couple of years.”
Following news he plans to make four 'Prometheus’ movies in all, and whether he might do the same with 'Blade Runner’, he added: “Listen: Everyone else is, so why not?
“I love to work. The French say, 'Work to live’, and I live to work.
“I’m very lucky to have a job that I adore. All my kids do the same thing. Some of it’s trying, but it’s like being in professional sport.
“It’s so competitive [that] you better keep bouncing the ball. You can’t rest.”
And when will the new movie be set?
“It was 2017, so coming back it’ll be 2047, roughly. As young as you can play Ryan Gosling. He’s 34, but he looks 27 when he’s doing his push-ups. So maybe 2050,” he added.
Then asked whether Gosling would then inherit the potential franchise after the first sequel, he answered 'yeah, yeah’.
'Blade Runner 2’, to be helmed by 'Prisoners’ and 'Sicario’ director Denis Villeneuve, and produced by Scott, has no release date just yet.
Addressing the question, Marvel president Kevin Feige said: “I think that’s inevitable at some point as we’re plotting the movies going forward and they’re doing the shows.” (via IGN)
Speaking at an event marking the home release of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron’, Feige said a big reason for the lack of connections is how the production of the movies and TV series don’t always match up.
“It’s easier for them. They’re more nimble and faster and produce things quicker than we do, which is one of the main reasons you see the repercussions of 'Winter Soldier’ and 'Age of Ultron’,” he said.
“Going forward and certainly as they begin to do more shows and cast them with such great actors as they have - particularly 'Daredevil’ - that that may occur. A lot of it is by the time we start doing a movie, they’d be midway through a season; by the time it comes out they’d be done with the second, starting the third season. Finding timing on that is not always easy.”
ABC’s more family-friendly 'Agents of SHIELD’ (below) is very heavy-handed with its references to present and future movies, while the Netflix shows, which will continue with 'Jessica Jones’ in November and 'Daredevil’ season two next year, stand more on their own. For now at least.
As the MCU grows, so too will the TV series. ABC is said to be working on a couple of spin-offs from 'AoS’ and has second series of 'Agent Carter’ set for this winter. Netflix meanwhile is making series based on Luke Cage and Iron Fist before bringing them together with Daredevil and Jessica Jones to form The Defenders.
Even if its a simple reference to “the devil of Hells Kitchen” in next year’s 'Captain America: Civil War’ that would be nice to hear, and a good start.
Batman V Superman Officially Rated PG-13, But You May Be Surprised Why
Well, we never expected anything different, but Warner Bros/DC’s long-awaited ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ has received its official rating from US classifiers the MPAA - and, lo and behold, it’s a PG-13.
The equivalent of Britain’s 12A certificate, the PG-13 has long been the most commercially viable rating for blockbuster movies. In the current listing of the all-time biggest box office hits, 8 of the top 10 are rated PG-13.
It was obvious, then, that ‘Batman V Superman’ would aim for that same rating - though the reasons given for the MPAA’s decision may not be quite what we expected.
According to the new MPAA ratings updates published at Box Office Mojo, ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ has been rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality.”
Obviously the violence and action is no surprise - but quite what is meant by ‘sensuality’ is a rather different matter. It would seem to imply that things are going to get a bit sexy, but it’s that bit ambiguous enough to leave us guessing.
The main question, of course, is just who we might see getting ‘sensual.’ Could things hot up between Henry Cavill’s Superman and Amy Adams’ Lois Lane? Or, as some rumours have suggested, might there be something between Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman?
The MPAA are of course well acquainted with using ambiguous language in their content descriptions. This year’s ‘Furious 7′ earned its PG-13 in part for ‘suggestive content,’ which we can only take as code for ‘many, many shots of women’s bottoms.’
Meanwhile, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’s description warned of ‘suggestive comments’ - well, we know how those superheroes like to make rude jokes.
We’ll see for ourselves just how sensual ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ gets when it hits cinemas on 25 March 2016.
Walker, and his friend Roger Rodas, died in a car crash while driving a Porsche Carerra GT in November, 2013, during a break in filming ‘Fast & Furious 7’.
Rodas was at the wheel at the time of the crash, and was driving over the speed limit when the car careered off the road and into a lamppost. Minutes later, it burst into flames.
“As we have said before, we are very sad whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly establish that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed,” a spokesperson told The Wrap.
The denial comes after lawyers representing Walker’s daughter issued a suit claiming that the car lacked safety features that could have prevented the accident.
Last year, Rodas’s wife issued a similar suit against Porsche, also targeting a lack of the necessary safety features, and failure of the car’s suspension system.
Long before the crash, concerns had been raised about the safety of the car in the motoring press.
Walter Rohrl, a world rally champion and veteran Porsche test driver told Drive website back in 2003 that it was 'the first car in my life that I drive and I feel scared’.
“I came back into the pits and I was white,” he said following laps on a wet test track.
The GT was also involved in a fatal crash at the California Speedway in 2006, and incident which also called into question whether the car has sufficient safety features, notably electronic stability control.
Famously, talk show host Jay Leno, who is also an expert driver and mechanic, lost control and span out during laps in a GT at the Talladega circuit in 2005.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Clarkson, who praised the car for its speed when he tested it on Top Gear, added 'you need to be awake to drive this car fast’.
She added that while she never particularly chose to appear in the buff in her movies, it ended up being no big deal.
Speaking to actor Alan Cumming in an interview on CBS, she said: “I was doing nude scenes [from] the first moment I started doing movies. It was the era. It seemed to be nothing to get your knickers in a twist over.
“When I did ‘Caligula’ it was ‘shock horror,’ triple X, only in porn cinemas – now 'Game of Thrones’ is on at 8 o’clock at night, and it is exactly what I did in 'Caligula’.
“Basically every scene is sex, upfront.”
But she seems pleased to have put all that sort of thing behind her.
“That’s the good thing about getting older. You don’t have to do that sort of thing any more. [Now] my pleasure pillows are purely for my husband,” she added.
She recently bemoaned the vanity of Hollywood leading men, when it comes to their bodies.
Speaking to The Guardian, she said: “It’s absolutely incredible. They all have to have these ridiculous bodies now that are completely unrealistic.
“And it’s very hard to find a male actor with a real body. They all have to be in the gym for three or four hours a day. Tedious. Awful.”
Mirren is next up – fully clothed – in 'Trumbo’, the biopic of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, alongside Bryan Cranston (you can check the trailer below).
And in only the first few days, he posted on Instagram that he had had to save one of the dogs from almost drowning in his pool.
But a week later, he then had to rush Brutus to the vets after he became sick.
It emerged that he had eaten mushrooms growing somewhere in The Rock’s garden, and become unwell.
Posting a final picture, he wrote: “Another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed.
“At approximately 11:15pm last night myself and @laurenhashianofficial had to make the painful decision to end Brutus’ suffering by taking him off of life support and sending his soul to pup heaven. I held his lil’ paw as he was finally at peace.
“As all puppies and dogs do, he ate a mushroom while playing outside with his brother Hobbs. This mushroom happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying his liver and immune system to the point of no return.
“I encourage all of you out there to be mindful of mushrooms in your yards, parks or anywhere outside your dogs play. What looks innocent, can be deadly to your lil’ family members.
“Thank you Dr. Deckelbaum and Dr. West and the incredibly caring nurses and staff at The Animal Medical Center At Cooper City.
“We’ll always love you Brutus.. and you’ll always be my lil’ main man and rough housing Brute.”
There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Jared Leto’s hugely anticipated debut as The Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’. Tales of pet rats being given to his fellow cast mates have emerged, while even Margot Robbie insisted that she was originally terrified of the actor on set.
And now Jared Leto himself has come out and revealed that his performance as the iconic villain is so deranged that he’s probably going to be locked away in a box after people have seen it.
The National have reported that Leto made this quip during a question and answer session ahead of his band Thirty Second To Mars’ performance in Dubai.
During the Q&A he noticed that one of the individuals present was wearing a Batman t-shirt. This led Jared Leto to quip, “You’re really brave.”
However, he couldn’t resist revealing a little bit more about his performance, deliciously teasing, “I can’t wait for you to see this – they’re going to lock me away in a box after this movie comes out.”
Well, hopefully that won’t be the case, and instead I can expect that he will simply get showered with praise and accolades for it. Either way, Leto has some pretty big shoes to fill when it comes to portraying The Joker.
Obviously Cesar Romero’s depiction throughout the 1960s launched the character into the mainstream, while Jack Nicholson’s incarnation in Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ introduced him to a whole new generation.
But, in more recent memory, of course, there was Heath Ledger’s truly unsettling but still gorgeously beguiling portrayal in ‘The Dark Knight’, just before his untimely passing.
In fact, Ledger’s portrayal has become so legendary that if Leto can get anywhere near to matching his impact as the villain then he’ll have succeeded.
We’ll finally get to see just how terrifying and chilling Leto is as The Joker when ‘Suicide Squad’ is finally released next summer, on August 6, 2016.
Of course, Mads Mikkelsen has been rumoured to be in
contention for a part in ‘Doctor Strange’ since Variety
revealed that he’d been linked to a villainous role just last month.
“Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks to play one of the
villains in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ opposite Benedict Cumberbatch,” they
revealed. “While sources say no offer has been delivered, one is expected
shortly. Marvel had no comment on Mikkelsen’s involvement.”
Unfortunately, there’s been no news since this initial
rumour… and which iconic Marvel villain he’s rumoured to be portraying remains
a bit of a mystery.
Of course, Mikkelsen didn’t comment on which part he’s up
for. However, he did admit that he’d love to join the project.
“[I’d be] over the moon,“ he revealed. “It would be
fantastic to be a part of the Marvel family. I mean, it’s something we all grew
up with. We all have our heroes, and Doctor Strange is definitely one of the
more interesting things.”
Will Mads Mikkelsen nab a role and will he get to play a
For now, we’ll have to wait and see… but Marvel would be mad
not to nab him.
‘Doctor Strange’ heads to cinemas on 4 November 2016.
It’s no secret that Sony’s ‘Spider-Man’ plans have seemingly
gone up in smoke… but it looks as though writer Drew Goddard still hopes to
bring his Spider-Man spin-off to the big screen.
During an interview with IGN,
the 40-year-old filmmaker revealed that while Spider-Man is now going to be
part of Marvel’s big screen roster, he still hopes that there’s a place for his
‘Sinister Six’ movie.
“It’s a long game,” he said. “It could still happen. It’s
certainly not going to happen soon… but I’ve learned, look, Cabin in the Woods,
we went into bankruptcy and had to stay on the shelf for a couple of years.
Of course, the ground-breaking deal between Sony and Marvel
Studios means that the world of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and all its planned
sequels and spin-offs is essentially no more with the character being
Set to appear in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, this all-new
Spider-man – played by newcomer Tom Holland – will place Peter Parker back in
high school. And it seems that these big new plans have put a dampener on
Goddard’s ‘Sinister Six’ movie.
“For me, the making of it is the special part,” he said. “Then
after that it’s the business part. Like, I want people to see these things, but
it’s done. And with Sinister, you know I love that script, it was really fun. I
love the artist I was working with. I’d love to make that movie someday. But if
we don’t? I still got to write it. I still got to do it. And you can’t take
that away from me, man.”
Unfortunately, Goddard wouldn’t reveal which iconic
‘Spider-Man’ villains he’d chosen to appear in the movie… but he did reveal
that it wouldn’t be a straight six-on-one version of a regular ‘Spider-Man’
“When you’re doing just a straightforward superhero movie, you
don’t need a lot of villains,” he said. “The focus is on one guy. I think with
Sinister, it’s different. To me it’s less about too many villains and more
about too many antagonists and there’s a distinction.”
“You never say, like, The Dirty Dozen has too many
characters,” he added. “They’re all villains, or you could argue that. But
they’re protagonists. The trick with Sinister, is that I was making everyone
the protagonist and less about six-on-one and more about coming at it a little differently.
That was the idea.”
Of course, it sounds as though Goddard’s ‘Sinister Six’ had
a lot in common with DC’s own super-villain-focussed movie, ‘Suicide Squad’.
But unlike its DC counterpart, it looks as though ‘Sinister Six’ won’t be
heading to cinemas anytime soon.
Will it ever make it to the big screen? For now, we’ll have
to wait and see… but I’m guessing it would require some serious talks between
Marvel and Sony.
Denis Villeneuve Interested In Directing A James Bond Movie
Rumours continue to circulate that Daniel Craig may be calling it a day as 007 after the upcoming ‘SPECTRE’ - but one person we know for sure won’t be back is Sam Mendes.
Having come to ‘SPECTRE’ straight from 2012′s ‘Skyfall’ (making him the first director to make back-to-back Bond movies since John Glen, who helmed all five series entries in the 1980s), Mendes has made it clear he will not direct another Bond.
As such, Eon Productions will be on the lookout for a director to take on the not inconsiderable task of following on from Mendes - and one contender would appear to have thrown his name into the ring.
Denis Villeneuve, French Canadian director behind the upcoming ‘Sicario’ also set to helm the long overdue sequel to ‘Blade Runner,’ tells Coming Soon he’d love a crack at 007.
“I was raised with James Bond. I love James Bond movies. I would love to do a James Bond movie one day.
“Action is very cinematic. I’m not someone that loves dialogue – I am someone that loves movement. Action, if it’s well done, can be very poetic and meaningful.”
Villeneuve already has a couple of Bond links, as both ‘Sicario’ and his earlier film ‘Prisoners’ were shot by Roger Deakins, acclaimed director of photgraphy on ‘Skyfall.’
In addition, ‘Sicario’ star Benico del Toro (pictured above with the director and co-star Emily Blunt) got one of his early roles as a villainous henchman in 1989 Bond movie ‘Licence To Kill.’
As Villeneuve is currently in post-production on his next movie ‘Story Of Your Life’ with work on the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel set to start not long thereafter, his schedule is looking pretty full.
Will he be available when it comes time for Bond 25 - and will Eon fancy him for the job? We shall see.
‘Sicario’ opens in UK cinemas on 8th October, with ‘SPECTRE’ coming not long after on the 26th.