Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch becomes the first official cast member of Warners Bros Jungle Book, signing on for the role of villainous Tiger Shere Khan. Acclaimed motion capture pioneer Andy Serkis is making his directing debut with the project, which will be going head to head with a rival production from animation masters Disney.
Disney had recently made their first casting announcements, setting a high benchmark with Idris Elba as their Shere Khan and Bill Murray as Baloo the bear.
No doubt Warners will be relieved to at least have found their own accomplished British badguy. It will also give fans ample opportunity to make hilarious Star Trek mash-up videos with Spock screaming Khaaaan! at a CGI tiger….]]>
Here’s what he had to say:
“Absolutely. Edgar and I were having a conversation the other day about it, and it has a title and everything. We’re kind of into a creative cycle now, and we’ve all got different things on, and we know we have to get those things done, but the coming together thing is without question on the table and will happen when we can do it. Because when we said the trilogy–loftily named ‘The Trilogy’–was over, it was because that group of films is over. They all kind of are related to each other, and deal with a specific idea, and are set at now–there’s a criteria to those films. The next thing we do won’t have to do that. It will just be something else. And it will happen. I mean, we made three films in ten years. Hopefully, in the next decade, we’ll make another three. I really, really love working with those guys, and I never want to not work with them.”
Check out our own chat with Simon on the red carpet for the London premiere of his latest film Hector and the search for Happiness. Simon also talks a little about his excitement for Mission impossible 5 & Star Trek 3:]]>
Check out the official teaser trailer and two new character posters for Daniel Radcilffe’s dark new film Horns, based on the ominous bestseller from author Joe Hill.
From master-of-horror Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D) comes this supernatural, offbeat thriller starring beloved British actor Danielle Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Kill Your Darlings) and the talented Juno Temple (Magic Magic, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For).
Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is accused for the violent rape and killing of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple). After a hard night of drinking, Ig awakens, hungover, to find horns growing out of his head; they have the ability to drive people to confess sins and give in to selfish impulses. Ig decides to use this effective tool to discover the circumstances of his girlfriend’s death and to seek revenge by finding the true murderer.
Daniel and Juno lead an all-star cast with strong support from David Morse (The Green Mile, The Hurt Locker) and Heather Graham (The Hangover I&II, Boogie Nights).
The Inbetweeners 2 has made more the £22 million at the UK box office since it’s release just two short weeks ago. Last weekend alone the comedy sequel took in £4.31 million to remain comfortably on top of the UK chart. By sharp contrast the much anticipated third installment in The Expendables action franchise fell dramatically short of expectations, managing just third place with £1.69 million from it’s first four days of release. Marvels latest mega-hit Guardians of The Galaxy also easily eclipsed The Expendables 3 during it’s third week on release.
While the phenomenal success of The Inbetweeners sequel is hardly a surprise given the impressive box office achievements of the first big screen adventure for the popular TV show, the disappointing showing for The Expendables 3 may prove significant and jeopardize Sylvester Stallone’s ambitious plans to continue the franchise through several more films.
The Expendables 3 also struggled in the American box office, finding itself buried under Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians and yet another low budget comedy Let’s Be Cops. Most significantly perhaps The Expendables 3 only took $16 million which is only around half of what either of the previous films in the franchise managed.
At the very least this box office news may cause Sly to rethink the budget and marketing strategy for future Expendables efforts. It also makes the possibility of an unexpected third Inbetweeners sequel seem ever more likely.
Interviews below for both films:]]>
Here’s the first official trailer for Men, Women & Children, the new film from Up In The Air & Juno writer/director Jason Reitman. Based on the novel by Chad Kultgen and out later this year, the strong ensemble cast includes Ansel Elgort , Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Dean Norris and J.K. Simmons.
The film seems set to continue Reitman’s impressive pattern of deftly exploring emotional intimacies whilst clearly posing provocative questions about wider social issues and the modern world. Official Synopsis below:
Men, Woman & Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.]]>
Check out the first official one sheet poster for Trash, the new film from Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry. Set in Brazil the film follows three kids who make an astonishing discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops while trying to right a terrible wrong. The film also stars Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, set for a release in January 2015.
Official International trailer here as well, although be warned it may test your foreign language skills:]]>
Smooth, sophisticated hustler, Michel (Laurent Lucas) meets his match when he tries to woo single mother, Gloria (Lola Duenas) out of her money. After she offers to stay with him and help him flatter other women out of their money, Michel soon finds that his new found partner in crime may be crazier and more lethally dangerous than he ever expected.
Alleluia begins almost like a pleasant romance as Gloria is forced into a date with a Michel after they meet online. But as act one (of four) ends, things take a sudden sinister turn and Duenas’ character makes an incredible transformation, quickly becoming barely recognizable as the unsure single mother she started out as. As each act progresses to the next, with Michel moving onto his next target, Gloria becomes increasingly unstable and deranged as she struggle with having to watch the man she loves romancing other women.
Whilst Laurent Lucas is just as talented an actor as his co-star, his effortless seduction techniques are somewhat upstaged by Duenas. Together they make a great team, with the chemistry between the two displayed naturally. But when looking at the two main stars singularly, Duenas’ Gloria is surely the dominant half of their on screen partnership. Her conversion from single, insecure parent to controlling, powerful killer is performed so subtly and yet so suddenly, leaving the audience suitably sunned. Thinking back to the film’s opening scene will leave audiences bemused how things slipped so quickly and subtly into nightmarish horror.
Director Fabrice du Welz accompanies this beautifully, approaching the violence with a ‘less is more’ attitude for the most part, with emphasis on the ‘more’. For while violent scenes are relatively gore free, du Welz still manages to make the experience as shocking as possible.
A few problems with the script does bring Alleluia down a touch. Certain scenes and events just don’t seem to have been thought out as clearly as they should have been. The major one being an out of the blue musical performance by Duenas as she serenades her lover. Although it manages to finish with a fantastic bit of dark humour, the scene still feels out of place and somewhat distracting as an unexpected and inexplicable sudden shift in tone.
Just as confusing is the way in which Gloria’s daughter is swept out of the story in one simple scene which seems rushed to some degree. Almost as if the writer had forgotten that the young girl couldn’t fit into the rest of the story at a certain point and so quickly went back and slotted in a few lines of dialogue without thinking it through.
As well as this, Lucas’ character development seems rather unrealistic in regards to his reaction to Gloria’s horrific transformation. This is partly why Gloria’s development feels so shocking by the films end, as Michel appears to let her get away with an awful lot before he even attempts to do something about it. And when he does wake up to the fact that Gloria is essentially sabotaging each and every hustle he tries, his initial attempt at solving the problem is so incredibly feeble.
The Ugly Truth
Lola Duenas is the undisputed star of the show, with Gloria’s psychotic transformation quickly proving the film’s captivating main attraction, as she dramatically overpowers the film’s supposed villain in every way. Whilst Alleluia is not without it’s odd and uneven moments, overall it’s still an entertaining watch with some light touches of dark humour.
Lately rumours have circulated online that Tom Hiddleston might be joining the cast of Sherlock for the 4th series as the mysterious third Holmes brother vaguely alluded to by snippets of dialogue in the previous series.
Though it could easily be dismissed as simply product of wild internet speculation and the stuff of fevered fan girl fantasies; we asked Sherlock star Amanda Abbington what she thought during a recent interview. Judge for you form the quick clip below whether or not Mary Watson knows more than she’s saying…
It might not be entirely far-fetched casting as Steven Moffat is a fan of subtly setting up plot twists and new character with subliminal dialogue. So an unexpected third Holmes brother would
Also Benedict Cumberbatch has a well-documented respect and history with rapidly rising superstar Hiddleston, most recently working together on War Horse. Clip below of Benedict talking to us about how he and Tom both honed their acting craft on theatre stage.
Whether it would be a brief cameo or a more significant role for Hiddleston, there’s certainly no doubt fans would welcome seeing these two stars sharing the screen and he would be a perfect addition to the stellar British cast. The game is on.]]>
Having missed out on appearing in The Expendables 3 due to a clash with his commitments to film Chinese Zodiac, Jackie Chan has emphatically reiterated his desire to have a major role in planed sequel The Expendables 4. Speaking to Red Carpet News in London during a rare visit to the UK, Jackie confirmed that he would not be satisfied with just a brief cameo in the ensemble action franchise but would clearly be enthusiastic about working with Sylvester Stallone.
Interview clip below:]]>
When recently single Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) he feels an instant connection. However, when she reveals she has a boyfriend, Wallace agrees to just be friends. But can a boy and girl really stay just friends…?
It’s been 3 years since the Harry Potter franchise ended but to most fans, Daniel Radcliffe will always be the Boy Who Lived in their eyes. What if being his third film since Deathly Hallows Part 2 (after The Woman In Black and Kill Your Darlings) it seems to be quite clear that Radcliffe wants us to know that he is more than just a one hit wonder. Well more than an eight movie mega franchise hit wonder. With horror and thriller safely under his belt, Radcliffe’s latest gives him the chance to show his talent in the romantic comedy genre. And he does not disappoint.
A lot of the success in this is due to the great chemistry between not only Wallace and his best friend Allan (Adam Driver), but also the Sally to Wallace’s Harry, Chantry (Zoe Kazan). Driver brings the goofy side of the romantic comedy effortlessly whether by his excitement over post-coital nachos or his clearly thought out advice for Wallace. Kazan on the other hand helps bring a fantastic friendship to life as she and Radcliffe own the screen together. The element that works best in What If is easily the script. The dialogue flows throughout the film naturally, never leaving a dull moment.
Although the basic premise of What If is superficially similar to films like When Harry Met Sally or Friends With Benefits, it actually does a fine job at striving to avoid overly familiar cliches and delivers something fresh,funny and sweetly sincere.
There’s nothing particularly awful that can be said about What If, though despite it’s best efforts, ultimately it can’t entirely escape rom-com familiarity and inevitable comparisons to timeless classic When Harry Met Sally. Dealing with the dilemma of maintaining purely platonic friendships between men and women, the film reaches predictable if satisfying conclusions.
The Ugly Truth
What If is a When Harry Met Sally for the new generation of romance. With a great chemistry running between the cast and plenty of chuckles to be had, it’s certainly not a bad way to spend a couple of hours. It delivers something fresh and satisfying, making it easily one of the very best recent additions to the rom-com genre.
Daniel Radcliffe in depth interview below from the What if Premiere press conference in London:]]>