Relativity Media continues to struggle to convince actor and directors that it is actually a good idea to remake cult classic The Crow. The studio had previously seen stars like Bradley Cooper, Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy and Alexander Skarsgard reportedly pass on the role. Hobbit star Luke Evans was finally confirmed for the part and spoke to Red Carpet News several times about his hopes or the project as a faithful adaptation of the original graphic novel.
Unfortunately having lost director F. Javier Gutierrez the production once again languished in agonizing delays and uncertainty, forcing Evans to quit and focus on other projects. The news was perhaps unsurprising given Evans rising star power in the wake of the Hobbit triloy and Dracula Untold doing well internationally.
New director Colin Hardy is now searching for a new leading man and reports are that Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston may be the latest a name under consideration.]]>
Leonard Nimoy the beloved Star Trek actor who portrayed iconic pointy eared hero Mr Spock has died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles. The legendary film and television star passed away after battling chronic lung disease COPD for some time.
Leonard Nimoy was the only actor to survive from the 1965 Star Trek pilot when the series launched in 1966. He went on to play Mr Spock the fiercely logical half Vulcan science officer of the USS Enterprise for nearly 50 years, through the original series and long running film franchise. Indeed he was the only member of the original cast to feature in J.J. Abrams successful movie reboots including the most recent 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness.
Of all the amazing characters and creations of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek Universe, Nimoy’s Spock remains one of the most memorable and beloved.Distinguished by his arched eyebrows, bowl haircut and pointed ears; Spock was the monotone voice of reason and logic that held Captain Kirk’s reckless bravado in check. Spock’s struggles to reconcile his own emotional half-human side, embracing humour and imperfections, was perhaps the most sincerely human journey in the long running space adventures.
Nimoy had other notable roles in cult favorite series like Mission Impossible and Fringe. He also had considerable success as a director, directing several of the Trek films, including one of the most popular installments The Voyage Home.
The news of his sad passing was met with shock and sadness by fans and former colleagues alike. William Shatner described his co-star as a ‘brother’ while others have been quick to priase his generosity, kindness and talent.
In a fitting gesture Nimoy’s final Twitter message was poignant and signed off with Mr Spock’s famous epitaph
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. Live Long And Prosper.
After years of hesitant uncertainty, Harrison Ford is officially confirmed as reprising his role of replicant hunting police officer Rick Deckard in the forthcoming Bladerunner sequel.
The original 1982 film loosely based on Philip K Dick’s short novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep has become widely accepted as an enigmatic cult classic and one of the most significant and influential films in the sci-fi genre.
The original film directed by Ridley Scott has existed in various versions and prompted intense debate about an enigmatic ending which seemingly left audiences to decide whether Deckard was in fact himself an andorid replicant just like those he had been assigned to ‘retire’.
The new film based on a original idea by Ridley Scott will be written by Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original screenplay. Presumably the return of Ford as an aged Deckard will finally put rest of the idea he may have been a replicant. Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve is also reportedly in talks to direct.
In a join statement the sequel’s producers said:
“We are honoured that Harrison is joining us on this journey. Hampton and Michael, with Sir Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team.”
The Office and Hello Ladies star Stephen Merchant continues to expand his horizon beyond being Ricky Gervais partner in crime, as he’s now set to make his West End debut this summer in The Mentalists at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre.
The play is written by Richard Bean, best known for his recent award winning success with One Man, Two Guvnors. Merchant will star alongside Gavin and Stacey star Steffan Rhodri, with the pair playing two friends dealing with the frustrations of working men battling against the world.
Stephen Merchant has long been the somewhat under-appreciated partner of Ricky Gervais, co-writing The Office, Extras and Life’s Too Short. Having most recently starred in the Hello Ladies TV Movie it’s encouraging to see the towering British comic continue to spread his wings.]]>
Frozen fans can enjoy their first glimpse of the new Frozen Fever short film that will screen before Disney’s new big screen version of Cinderella which hits cinemas next month. The teaser below shows that big sister Elsa, Kristoff and everyone’s favorite warm weather loving snowman Olaf are having lots of fun planning birthday celebrations for Princess Anna. So let it play… and enjoy
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Last night some of the best music acts from around the world descended on London to celebrate, collect trophies and mostly laugh at Madonna getting yanked cruelly offstage by her own cape. As expected recent Grammys victor Sam Smith collected a couple of awards, with fellow Brit star Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith, Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift also collecting top honours.
A full list of winners at this year’s Brit Awards, held at London’s O2 Arena below:
British male solo artist: Ed Sheeran
British female solo artist: Paloma Faith
British group: Royal Blood
British breakthrough act: Sam Smith
Critics’ Choice: James Bay
British single: Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
British album of the year: Ed Sheeran – X
British artist video of the year: One Direction – You and I
Global success award: Sam Smith
International male solo artist: Pharrell Williams
International female solo artist: Taylor Swift
International group: Foo Fighters
British producer of the year: Paul Epworth
Jessica Chastain has joined Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Chris Hemswoth in the Snow White and The Huntsman spin off The Huntsman.
It’s not yet clear which character Chastain will play, but it has been confirmed that the film will be a prequel, exploring how Theron’s villainous Queen Ravenna and Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman first encountered each other.
Needless to say the absence of star Kristen Stewart as Snow White seemed fairly inevitable as the studio reluctantly sought to pursue a potentially lucrative franchise whilst distancing itself from the controversy surrounding their lead actress and Director Rupert Sanders.
Sanders has also been replaced, with the first films Oscar nominated visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan assuming directorial duties this time.
The film is set for a release date of 22nd April 2016, with details no doubt becoming clearer as production progresses.]]>
Credibility is starting to gather around the reports that Disney are indeed planning on rebooting the Indiana Jones franchise with Chris Pratt taking over from Harrison Ford as Indy.
Deadline is now reporting again that not only does Spielberg approve of the casting but that he hopes to direct the film as well, assuming the script meets with his satisfaction.
Given the fact that Disney has so publicly washed their hands of George Lucas with their rejuvenated Star Wars franchise, it seems likely that they may actually be capable of creating an Indiana Jones story that isn’t based on inter-dimensional crystal aliens and questionably thick Russian accents. At least it’s a very safe bet Chis Pratt won’t be escaping nuclear explosions by hiding in a refrigerator
Though inevitably the subject of much fan debate, Chris Pratt does increasingly seem like a natural and by far the most acceptable successor to Ford. He’s proved his wisecracking action star potential with a Han Solo style performance in Guardians of The Galaxy and will soon face off against CGI dinosaurs in Jurassic World.
Pratt is a charismatic and increasingly rugged leading man, armed with charming comedic timing and permanent stubble. Sounds like Indy to us…
Hilarious Chris Pratt Guardians of The Galaxy Interview highlights below:]]>
Guests including Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Simon Cowell, Cara Delevingne, Diane Kruger, Christopher Bailey, David Gandy, Lewis Hamilton and Manolo Blahnik arrived at London’s newly opened Sky Garden in the Walkie Talkie building at 20 Fenchurch St. tonight for the 18th annual ELLE Style Awards.
The ELLE Style Awards celebrates the world’s most stylish stars, the brightest emerging talent and fashion’s greatest achievers. Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, hosted the awards, which brought to life the elegance of luxe nightclubbing. Guests enjoyed sets by DJ Severino of Horsemeat Disco and Mary Charteris. Check out full list of this year’s winners and VIP presenters below.
Editor’s Choice: Christopher Bailey (presented by Lorraine Candy, ELLE UK’s Editor-in-Chief)
Emerging Designer: Ashley Williams (presented by Pixie Geldof)
Musician of the Year: Sam Smith (presented by Jourdan Dunn)
Contemporary Brand: MARC by Marc Jacobs Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley (presented by M.I.A.)
Model of the Year: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (presented by Calvin Harris)
TV Actress: Maggie Gyllenhaal (presented by Gwendoline Christie)
H&M Conscious Award: Lily Cole (presented by Olivia Wilde)
Rising Star: Rebel Wilson (presented by Jennifer Saunders)
Accessories Designer: Stuart Vevers by Coach (presented by Jessie Ware)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Manolo Blahnik (presented by Naomi Campbell)
Actor of the Year: Luke Evans (presented by Ellie Goulding)
Breakthrough Actress: Cara Delevingne (presented by Michael Winterbottom)
Red Carpet Designer: Mary Katrantzou (presented by Leigh Lezark)
Film Actress: Diane Kruger (presented by Bryan Cranston)
Designer of the Year: Erdem (presented by Alexa Chung)
Outstanding Contribution to Entertainment: Simon Cowell (presented by Lorraine Candy)
Woman of the Year: Taylor Swift (presented by Sam Smith)
Speaking to Red Carpet News at the world premiere of his latest action film The Gunman, Pierre Morel the director of Taken admitted that he would love to work with Liam Neeson again and would be open to reuniting for Taken 4 if the franchise does indeed continue. Action star Neeson has already confirmed that he’s very happy to continue the franchise as long as audiences want to see him mercilessly dispatching bad guys with his bare hands.
Morel was the director of the first Taken film, which launched the franchise and gave Neeson his unlikely reinvention from respected character actor to leading action superstar. Though Oliver Megaton has directed both Taken sequels with considerable box office success, in truth they’ve never quite matched the blistering brutal action of the first film. No doubt fans would be delighted to see Morel return to the franchise and help steer Neeson toward even greater feats of action in another sequel.
Watch the full video interview below:]]>