• Cillian Murphy, best known for his work with Christopher Nolan in Inception and the Dark Knight movies, has joined the cast of Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea. Based on the Nathaniel Philbrick novel about the whale ship Essex, Murphy will play the role of Matthew Joy, the second mate aboard the doomed ship. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) also stars. Murphy is currently filming Transcendence, and recently wrapped Cry/Fly with Jennifer Connelly and Mélanie Laurent. [Deadline]
Things are about to get trippy for Michael Cera, judging by the trailer for his latest indie film.
“Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus” is the tale of a young American traveling through Chile with little else on his mind than drinking the juice of the San Pedro cactus. He meets a girl named Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffmann) who joins him and his friends on their quest.
The Fifty Shades of Grey movie just took a big step closer to becoming a reality: Sam Taylor-Johnson has signed on to direct the much-talked-about adaptation of E L James’ best-selling book. Taylor-Johnson is best known for her directorial debut, 2009′s Nowhere Boy, which starred her husband, Kick-Ass and Savages actor Aaron Johnson.
“I am excited to be charged with the evolution of Fifty Shades of Grey from page to screen,” Taylor-Johnson said in a statement announcing her involvement. “For the legions of fans, I want to say that I will honor the power of Erika’s book and the characters of Christian and Anastasia. They are under my skin too.”
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Shailene Woodley on getting cut from 'Spider-Man 2': 'Of course I'm bummed' -- and more on 'Divergent'
As EW first reported in this week’s cover story, Shailene Woodley’s role as Mary Jane has been bumped from the second installment of The Amazing Spider-Man (due out in 2014) to the third (due out in 2016). “Of course I’m bummed,” she tells EW in an exclusive statement. “But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. MJ only appeared in a few scenes and I wouldn’t trade the experience of working with Andrew and Emma for three days on set for the world. Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing MJ until the next film.” READ FULL STORY »
Steve Carell has made you cringe before, but usually it’s in service of being awkwardly funny.
Not this time. READ FULL STORY »
Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain, has announced plans to rerelease the infamously nuts, 1979 sci-fi/horror/action movie, The Visitor. The movie stars legendary film director John Huston (The Maltese Falcon) as — per the official synopsis — “an intergalactic warrior battling alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.” (Now, that is something I might be tempted to pay $50 to see on the big screen, particularly as Huston’s costars include Shelley Winters, Lance Henriksen, Franco, Nero, and his fellow director, Sam Peckinpah.) A new, HD restoration of The Visitor will be released to cinemas later this year and will also be available on VOD.
Zack Snyder and David Goyer talk about controversial 'Man of Steel' ending...that Christopher Nolan didn't want
The smash-hit Superman reboot Man of Steel incited some controversy with its decidedly darker take on the Last Son of Krypton, mostly for a key decision that the superhero makes at the end of the movie. This is the part where we have to write SPOILER ALERT: The movie ends with an extended sequence where Superman and Zod invent lots of new ways to punch each other, before Superman is ultimately forced to kill Zod in order to
triumph over a ridiculously imbalanced highly unlikely situation contrived by the filmmakers save some people. The decision to have Superman kill someone has stirred the pot among moviegoers and media gasbags, and it’s the primary focus of an intriguing new Empire podcast. The show features interviews with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and writer David Goyer, who reveal some behind-the-scenes information about the Neck-Snap Heard ‘Round the World. READ FULL STORY »
Original General Zod Terence Stamp talks about why 'Man of Steel' made him 'sad' and discusses removal of Richard Donner and Marlon Brando on 'Superman II'
Critics and fans have been divided about Man Of Steel. But one person in particular was not too happy when he heard about the new Superman reboot: the man who originally played General Zod in Superman and Superman II, Terence Stamp. Stamp stopped by the studio of Entertainment Weekly Radio (channel 105 on SiriusXM) to talk about his new movie Unfinished Song (which opens this weekend), and we asked him for his take on the new Superman film, which features Michael Shannon now playing intergalactic villain General Zod.
“When I heard they were remaking it, or they were doing a version of it, I was kind of sad in a way,” said Stamp. “Because it was the benchmark for all of these comic book movies. There’s never been anything quite as good as those Dick Donner movies. And since then, big movies have become computer generated. They’ve become unemotional, and so I was sad. I thought it would be diluted, in other words. And that it would be a personal dilution because it was such an incredible moment for me to come back, and to come back and play my first comic book villain. I was sad, but the truth is, I’m sure it’s vastly different…. But, hey, you know, they wanted to pull on the Kryptonite boots? Good luck to them. They’re big!” READ FULL STORY »
Six weeks after Universal postponed Jurassic Park 4 from its prime summer-2014 release date — sparking fears that the sequel from Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow might be on shaky ground — the studio is poised to announce that the movie will arrive in 2015. ComingSoon.net snapped a photo of a Jurassic Park banner at Licensing Expo 2013 in Las Vegas yesterday that seemed to indicate that dinosaurs will roam the multiplex again — just one year later than originally planned. Universal confirmed the release date news, as well as the report that Jurassic Park 4 will be filmed in 3-D.
The first rule of modern moviemaking: If you’re adapting a bestselling YA book, you must — I repeat, must — cast Secret Life of the American Teenager refugee Shailene Woodley as your star.
The Fault in Our Stars did it. EW’s current cover star Divergent did it. And both are following in the celluloid footsteps of The Spectacular Now, a Sundance darling based on Tim Tharp’s eponymous 2008 novel. The story follows the romance between charming, popular, happy-go-lucky teenage alcoholic Sutter (Miles Teller) and shy, wise, pretty-but-doesn’t-know-it Aimee (Woodley, naturally), whom he meets after passing out on her lawn.
Though the plot may sound predictable, there’s more to Now than meets the eye — EW’s Owen Gleiberman praised the film’s “rich and exploratory psychological texture” in a Sundance review, as well as its talented cast, which includes heavy hitters like Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
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