• Morgan Freeman is finding his way back to the world of Christopher Nolan. No, the Dark Knight director hasn’t signed Freeman onto his highly anticipated next original project. (Though Anne Hathaway might make the leap to sci-fi for that film, Interstellar.) Freeman is in final negotiations to star in the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, Nolan’s longtime cinematographer. Nolan is producing the film, called Transcendence. Plot details are being kept under wraps for the sci-fi film, but it’s been described as in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception. Already signed on are Johnny Depp, Kate Mara (127 Hours), Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind), and Rebecca Hall (The Town). Alcon Entertainment announced Freeman’s casting news via press release on Thursday. READ FULL STORY »
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Oblivion is taking Tom Cruise to a now-familiar place — a sci-fi setting where a disconnected soul confronts hard choices and a mystery that makes him question his assumptions about the world around him. That was the case in Minority Report, Vanilla Sky and War of the Worlds and it’s also the case in the April 12 film that stars Cruise as Jack Harper, a repair worker in a distant future where (like WALL-E or the Maytag repairman) his days are defined by his solitary duties. The film is directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) and based his graphic novel.
Some new images from the film nod to the tone Kosinski was seeking as he shot in 4K resoultion in Iceland and parts of the United States. The film costars Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, and Melissa Leo. Here’s more from the Universal Pictures summary:
“On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautifulstranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.”
In the just-released trailer for Antoine Fuqua’s latest project Olympus Has Fallen, things go from bad to worse for the President (played by Aaron Eckhart) and the country. First his Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) gets into an accident which presumably kills the First Lady (Ashley Judd). Later, terrorists attack D.C. from the air and the ground to overtake the White House.
And then…well…you should probably watch the trailer after the jump. It’s pretty spoiler heavy. But essentially, it’s up to ex-Special Forces Officer Banning (“the same guy who was removed from the President’s detail”) to save the day.
Friday’s devastating shooting in Newtown, Conn. has prompted several actors and filmmakers to speak out about whether violence in films inspires violence in real life. The team behind Django Unchained – a bullet-studded revenge fantasy from violent virtuoso Quentin Tarantino — has been especially forthcoming.
Naturally, the shooting came up during Django‘s press junket in New York City on Saturday. According to the BBC, Tarantino dismissed the idea that the movie will lead to real-world gun violence. “I just think, you know, there’s violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers,” he told the crowd. “It’s a western. Give me a break.”
Django star Christoph Waltz agreed with the director’s general sentiment, arguing that “the media’s responsibility is greater than the story teller’s is.” Waltz also said that while he “find[s] violence…to that degree [in Django] repulsive,” he also believes “Django is violent, but it’s not inspiring violence.” His cast mate Kerry Washington pointed out that the film uses violence as the means to an end, including it in order to depict “the wrongs, the injustices, the social ills” of slavery.
'The Dark Knight Rises': Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway talk 'End of a Legend' in Blu-ray featurette -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
The finale to Christopher Nolan’s caped crusader triptych, The Dark Knight Rises, may be about redemption, but it’s also about endings. Finalizing Nolan’s trilogy, Christian Bale’s broken down Batman rises up from the depths, physically and emotionally, to defeat his own resignation and kick Tom Hardy’s evil Bane behind.
Check out this exclusive clip from the featurette The End of a Legend, one of the many extras included in the movie’s upcoming Blu-ray combo pack. The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download touch down on Dec. 4. Hardy, Anne Hathaway (Catwoman/Selina Kyle), Morgan Freeman (Fox), Michael Caine (Alfred), and Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon) sound off on working with Nolan. READ FULL STORY »
Have you heard of Now You See Me? No? Well, then do yourself a favor and scroll down right now to watch the utterly bananas trailer for this movie. Need some convincing? The film stars Woody Harrelson in a fedora, Jesse Eisenberg basically playing Zuckerberg on steroids, and Wedding Crasher funny-psycho Isla Fisher as magicians who rob from the rich and give to the poor. They appear to have technology from the future, or maybe from space. The presence of Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman give the whole thing a thin veneer of Nolanism. Additionally, Mark Ruffalo Ruffalizes. This looks crazy, is what I’m saying. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY »
How will the Wolf Pack look after retirement? Probably something like the cast of Last Vegas, an upcoming comedy about a wild bachelor party thrown by group of old friends — accent on the old.
The film stars an impressive quartet who have garnered six Oscars and 14 nominations over their long, celebrated careers: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline. Kline, the youngest of the group, is a sprightly 65; Freeman, the oldest, is 75. READ FULL STORY »
Casting Net: Michael Douglas aiming to play Ronald Reagan. Plus: Michael Keaton new 'Robocop' villain
• Michael Douglas is in talks to play President Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik, an indie drama about the nuclear arms talks between Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Director Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is also in talks to helm the film from a script by Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane). Ridley Scott is producing. [THR]
• Michael Keaton has joined Robocop as the main villain, Raymond Sellars, the CEO of OmniCorp, the conglomerate that transforms Joel Kinnaman‘s Detroit cop into the titular crime-fighting cyborg. Keaton is taking on the role after Hugh Laurie dropped out from the project last week. Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Abbie Cornish costar in the film, which is being directed by Jose Padilha (Elite Squad). [Deadline]
• Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman will join Chris Pratt and Will Arnett in the untitled animated feature based on the world of LEGO. The film follows average LEGO minifigure Emmet (Pratt), who is mistaken for the champion of the world by Lucy (Banks), which launches him on an epic odyssey. Freeman will voice a mystic named Vitruvius; Arnett will voice Batman. (Yes, that Batman.) Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) are directing from their screenplay. [Facebook]
• Ben Foster has been attached to star in Red Light Winter, an indie about two buddies whose vacation in the famously licentious city of Amsterdam turns dark when they become entangled with a prostitute (Kirsten Dunst). Director Adam Rapp (Winter Passing) adapted his own play of the same name. [Variety]
Casting Net: Evan Rachel Wood in talks to play female trucker in ’18 Wheel Butterfly.’ Plus: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Frances Fisher
Casting Net: Abbie Cornish cast to play Fellini’s lover. Plus: Josh Holloway, Minnie Driver, Cobie Smulders
Casting Net: Adrien Brody in negotiations to play villain in thriller ‘Motor City.’ Plus: Jason Momoa, Chloe Moretz, Benedict Cumberbatch
Director Christopher Nolan is defending fans irate over negative reviews of The Dark Knight Rises. While the final piece of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy has gotten mostly positive reviews, a few critics, including The Associated Press’ Christy Lemire, gave it a negative review. Fan response to those critics became so venomous on the review aggregator site RottenTomatoes.com that it suspended user comments late Monday.
Appearing at Wednesday’s London premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan was quick to defend fans’ heated response to the reviews. “I think the fans are very passionate about these characters the way a lot of people are very passionate. Batman’s been around for over 70 years and there’s a reason for that. He has a huge appeal, so I think you know people certainly respond to the character,” he said. READ FULL STORY »
'The Dark Knight Rises': Christopher Nolan cements his place in Hollywood at hand and footprint ceremony
Christopher Nolan will leave big shoes to fill when it comes to future silver screen interpretations of the Batman story, but for now he’s letting his shoes leave their mark – in Hollywood’s most famous cement courtyard, that is. The Dark Knight Rises director was honored during a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles today.
Nolan joins 261 other Hollywood luminaries – including Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Julie Andrews and Steven Spielberg – immortalized in the Forecourt to the Stars since 1927.
“This is all a bit surreal for me,” Nolan told the crowd, which included his family, cast members of The Dark Knight Rises, frequent collaborators Wally Pfister and Hans Zimmer, and an assemblage of eager Batman fans. The director – who is also behind such mind-benders as Inception, Memento and The Prestige – then recalled his first visit to Grauman’s at the age of 16. READ FULL STORY »
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