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Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise Gains Even Stronger Cast

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The cast for Ben Wheatley’s next film has just had some new additions, and boy do they sound exciting.

 Mr Wheatley is one of Britain’s most interesting up and coming talents, having directed the chilling Kill List and dark comedy Sightseers among others. Along with his regular players Reece Shearsmith and Peter Ferdinando, Wheatley’s next film, titled High-Rise, will feature the talents of Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss and The Hobbit’s Luke Evans. This is in addition to the already high-profile cast of Tom Hiddleston, Sierra Miller and Jeremy Irons.

Having risen in popularity through doing fairly low budget, independent productions, it’s exciting to see Wheatley gain such a great cast of A-list actors. This also marks the first time Wheatley has taken on a novel; a move which, if done right, should allow him to gain an even larger audience.

High-Rise will be an adaptation of a classic novel by JG Ballard, with a screenplay by Wheatley’s regular collaborator Amy Jump. The film will center on a newly built residential tower on the eve of Thatcher’s England. In classic Wheatley fashion what is intended to be luxurious and peaceful will soon break down into mounting violence and horror. Filming starts in July, and I can’t wait.

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President Snow addresses us and Panem!

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The Hunger Games’ President Snow says a few words about The Capitol, Panem and us…

The Hunger Games has released the latest in a line of interesting promotional material. This time we get to see a video of Donald Sutherland‘s President Snow’s address to his people. It is as angelic in appearance as it is sinister, and provides a fun way for us to experience just a little bit more of the world of The Captiol and Panem before The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits theaters towards the end of this year.

Mockinjay will begin to wrap up the events of the last couple of movies, in particular the dramatic ending of last years Catching Fire. The story will take up where the last left off, with Katniss trying to save Peeta from the clutches of The Capitol. The film opens on the 21st of November in the UK and stars loads of people including Jennifer LawrenceJosh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and of course Donald Sutherland.

We will leave you with President Snow’s address:

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The Predator Reboot has snatched Shane Black – again!

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The Predator is back with a vengeance, and now it has Shane Black!

Update: Shane Black has now confirmed that his Predator film shall be an ‘inventive sequel’.

Back in 1987 Predator was an exciting vehicle for us to sit back and watch explosions and Arnie shooting things, and it also scared us with a new horrific alien creature, one which would prove to be one of the most memorable in film history. Fast track to present day and you’ll find that tit has had two lack luster sequels Predator 2 and Predators, and has also gotten itself mixed up in the Alien VS series.  The question remains, can the beast be revived in a new movie? Perhaps more importantly, should it be?

The news that Shane Black is going to be tackling the new movie is good news indeed. Black is the man behind the excellent movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and more recently has tackled projects such as Iron Man 3. We want to see a movie that is fun, action packed and has great, memorable dialogue and so we are confident that he is the right man for the job! Of course don’t forget that he was in the original movie as well (pictured below), which only goes to add to his credentials for the Predator job.

Shane BlackNow onto the question of whether this alien should be resurrected. It seems that we have a top choice for writer and director and little to nothing is known about the cast and the plot. Therefore it seems that this is going to be a typical shouting match across the internet until the film is made and released. Some people will hate the idea, others will love it… we aren’t too bothered. It seems that everything is being remade nowadays and it’s hard to care about all the franchises which are undergoing the treatment and this one has already been pretty damaged. So whilst it will be interesting to check out the movie when it opens, we are not up in arms at the news.

But what do you think? Let us know in the comment box below!

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5 Reasons to be Excited for Pirates of the Caribbean 5

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It’s so easy to be sceptical of the next Pirates film, and we like a challenge…

Pirates of the Caribbean has become a tired and disappointing franchise that is perhaps best left in the dust, however there is no denying that even Stranger Tides made a ton of cash and a new movie seems inevitable. With the news yesterday that the sequel is due to start filming in early 2015 we figured that we would look for a few reasons to be genuinely interested in Dead Men Tell No Tales, we were surprised to find that it wasn’t actually a difficult task! Pirates 5 may well end up being a disappointment, but here are five reasons why you shouldn’t give up all hope:

Gold5. The budget has been lowered

After the humongous flop that was The Lone Ranger the budget has been lowered on Pirates 5 by a fifth. Now a loss of 50 million dollars has to sting, even if the budget still stands at $200. Hopefully this means that there may be a reappraisal of what is actually needed in the film. It should serve as a bit of a wake-up call that you can’t just redo Black Pearl again and again and just make Jack Sparrow more and more insane. There is still a lot of money floating around for good effects and exciting battles but hopefully we may now see scenes which have interesting narrative purpose, rather than say having a massive battle in a whirlpool simply because it looks cool.

Pirates4. It may be the last one

Now we know what you are thinking – ‘that does sound like a reason to celebrate!’ and yes we agree, but that isn’t what we mean here. The reason that Pirates 5 potentially being the last one is a good thing is because its rare for a series to get a decent, well thought out ending, and it seems like Dead Men may actually be one. Johnny Depp has said that he has ‘high hopes’ for it and followed that up by saying ‘if that’s really the last one, which it probably is, I feel that we owe it to the audience who went and saw the films so many times. We’ll do it right and end it on a high note’. Depp and his choices in films haven’t exactly been reliable as of late, but if his thoughts are indicative of the general approach to the movie then, fingers crossed, we may get a decent end to the Pirates saga.Waltz

3. Christoph Waltz may be in it

Now this is far from confirmed, but if Waltz is in the next Pirates movie then our faith in it automatically will go up several notches. He is a great actor who it seems can easily create a fun memorable character when given decent material. Just think of his appearance in Inglorious Basterds in order to think what he could do with the lead villain character in a Pirates movie!

kon-Tiki2. Rønning and Sandberg directed Kon-Tiki

The day it was announced that Rønning and Sandberg would be helming the next Pirates movie was a good day for anyone looking forward to the movie. They directed Kon-Tiki – a seafaring adventure that was very solid and has received a lot of critical praise and awards since it came out. We cannot wait to see what they bring to a franchise that has long needed a firm grip that belongs to someone who understands sea based movies.

Pirate Peanut1. The focus may not be entirely upon Depp and Jack Sparrow.

Black Pearl is the only film to have gotten the formula correct for these movies because it is the only one which has Jack Sparrow as a side character as supposed to front, center and dancing all over the screen. The reason that Depp’s interpretation of the character worked so well in the first film is because he wasn’t the focus; we saw him through Will and Elizabeth’s perspective as a somewhat crazed and unpredictable character who was infinitely interesting. Put us in Sparrow’s shoes and you see many many Jacks, rock crabs and bloody peanuts. The fifth film needs to refocus on someone other than Depp, and although it’s doubtful that it will be brave enough to fully do that, all the talk of a witch/scientist character and a farming couple does suggest we won’t be solely focusing on crazy Jack.

So what do you think? Agree with what we have said? Think we are just fools? Let us know in the comment box below!

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Weta gives us a treat before seeing the latest Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Back in 2001, visual effects company Weta wowed us all with it’s technology and visual splendour. However, when one watches The Lord of the Rings again, it almost looks dated compared to what we can achieve now and of course what Weta can indeed do now.

With the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes being released on the 11th July, the filmmakers have decided to treat fans to a rather special behind the scenes look at the visual effects process used for the feature. Considering the franchise already has a vast fan base, watching exactly how such wonderful effects were achieved on screen.

In this post-apocalyptic dystopia the few remaining humans who weren’t killed by a deadly virus, attack a group of genetically evolved Apes, lead by alpha male Caesar (Andy Serkis). This feud results in an epic battle between man and ape. Who shall come out on top? Only time shall tell. Starring alongside the master of Weta materials we have Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell. This time round, we have director Matt Reeves lending his talents to this CGI fuelled epic. Previously the man has given us the rather average Cloverfield, but more recently we have seen his work in the US remake of vampire tale Let the Right one In. So perhaps he just needed a run up and this is going to be his moment to shine.

Check out what they have to say in the video below:

Are you excited for this? I can think of a few people that are!

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Stallone as Rambo…Again?

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How many of you would want to see Sylvester Stallone reprise his role as Rambo? What, even after seeing Rambo back in 2008? Well it appears you may very well get your wish. Earlier reports suggested that Entertainment One were on track to making a Rambo TV series, however new information states the next Rambo feature maybe starring the man himself.

Titled, Rambo V (how original) shall star Stallone in this iconic role where he comes up against a Mexican cartel. Of course Rambo has made the film industry a shed load of money but surely there are fresh new ideas out their, instead of re-hashing out the same old ones? Anyway, if it wasn’t bad enough having another episode from this franchise, apparently Stallone has penned the screenplay as well! All very well and good and for the type of film it is, the man has been in enough to produce an action script but where this gets lost in translation is the fact Stallone has compared his own words to the Coen Brothers phenomenal tale, No Country for Old Men. I am sure a few people will find that one hard to believe!

The story goes as follows:

John Rambo could track anyone – or anything – on earth. Now the military desperately needs him for a mission that his ultrasensitive instincts tell him he should refuse. A beast is loose somewhere north of the Artic Circle. It has already decimated a secret research facility and annihilated a squad of elite military guards. And the raging creature is headed south toward civilization, ready to wreak bloody devastation.

It’s a job that Rambo and his 22-year-old hunting partner, Beau Brady, can’t turn down, but they and a team of highly-skilled special forces kill team discover that the prey is a terror beyond their wildest imagination – a half-human abomination created by a renegade agency through a series of outlawed genetic experiments. It has man’s cunning, a predator’s savageness, and a prehistoric power that has transcended the ages. And even if Rambo and Beau survive its unrelenting hunger for human blood, they’ll still have to confront the grim reality that it may have grown immortal.

Well only time will tell. Do you think this is a good decision for the franchise? Feel free to let us know in the comment box below!

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Bill Condon to Tackle Live Action Beauty and the Beast

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The Twilight director shall be bringing Beauty and the Beast to our screens after Maleficent‘s success.

Beauty and the Beast is now getting the live action treatment, and the man who will helm the project is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 & 2‘s Bill Condon. The script shall be written by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules) and it is not yet known whether the film shall be a faithful reproduction of the loved classic, or whether it shall do what Maleficent did and reinvent the story somewhat, perhaps from another characters perspective.

Whatever it does it runs the risk of not seeming relevant or interesting enough considering we have already had several semi-recent takes on the tale with films such as Beastly. There is also Guillermo del Toro and Emma Watson‘s planned version to contend with – a film which we currently are a little more excited by. Whatever Condon does, he is going to have to be fairly innovative and interesting, without desecrating the original movie. It’s going to be interesting to see how the project develops.

This news brings the number of proposed Disney live action remakes up to three. Maleficent clearly has paid of and we can now expect to see Beauty and the Beast sitting alongside Branagh‘s Cinderella and Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book. Whether we need so many live action remakes of beloved Disney movies is debatable, however for now we are happy to sit back and see what different directions these projects go in.

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Thanos to be played by Josh Brolin!

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It seems that Thanos finally has his voice for Guardians of the Galaxy!

It’s been a while since Thanos was first teased at the end of The Avengers, however rumour has it that he has been lurking around in the darkness, plotting many of the villainous deeds which we have already seen across the Marvel films. Now we finally know that Josh Brolin will be voice acting the nearly invincible villain named Thanos in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.

Joss Whedon has already hinted that we won’t be seeing Marvel’s mad titan for a while, not until Marvel’s Phase Three in fact. He said:

‘He is so powerful; he is not someone you can just trot out and punch him. Like he did in the comics, you want him threading through the universe and to save the big finale for the big finale. He is definitely a part of what I have got going on.’

And it seems that Thanos certainly is a big part of what is going on across the Marvel universe. Within the comics Thanos has a thing for collecting Infinity Stones, and with the reveal that the Tesseract is one and that another will be in Guardians of the Galaxy it seems a pretty safe bet that he has been behind many of the events of the past films, and that he will be hunting the stones down in future Marvel movies.

We also now know that Thanos shall appear fully formed via CGI rather than practical effects in the future, much like Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper‘s characters in Guardians.

For now we shall leave you with the last time we saw Thanos on screen, right after The Avengers ended:

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Locke’s Steven Knight Pens World War Z Sequel

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With J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) already firmly attached to helm Brad Pitt in Paramount Picture’s upcoming World War Z sequel, director/writer Steven Knight (Locke, Dirty Pretty Things) has been brought on board to pen a script.

Whilst the original was adapted from Max Brooks’ 2006 horror novel ‘World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War’, no sequel plot has been revealed so it is anyone’s guess where it will take us with no book as source material this time round. Mind you, the same was the case for the original film with Brooks even voicing his opinion as to how the final film had nothing in common with the novel other than the title.

Based on Knight’s track record we look forward to his take on the zombie genre and can only hope his script doesn’t get the same treatment J. Michael Straczynski’s did, getting scrapped and re-written from scratch by Matthew Michael Carnahan. Pitt will be producing the sequel together with Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner for Plan B.

Director Bayona is currently in preproduction with A Monster Calls which recently tapped Liam Neeson to play said monster. As soon as that wraps Bayona will head straight into production for the World War Z sequel.

We hope to bring more details of Knight’s involvement/script as and when they come. In the meantime we’ll leave you with a clip of Steven Knight and Tom Hardy providing some insight at the Locke premiere in Birmingham.

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Behind the Camera Glimpse at John Schneider’s Horror-Comedy ‘Smothered’

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Set for a late 2014 release, Fairlight Films release a behind-the-scenes promo video for Smothered, a film which does for horror what The Expendables does for action.

Written & directed by John Schneider (Smallville, Nip/Tuck) the horror-comedy Smothered teams up horror icons Kane Hodder (Freddy vs. Jason, Hatchet), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Don Shanks (Halloween 5), and R.A Mihailoff (Leatherface : Texas Chainsaw Massacre III), playing themselves as they attend a small, disheartening horror-convention on Friday the 13th. Running out of patience and money the icons accept a cash-offer to work their magic and scare everyone at a local trailer park. Scheming a plan to scare the locals they find the tables turned on them as they become the prey.

Further to the film’s official premiere in New Orleans back in May early reviews were quick to praise it comparing it to last year’s highly successful This is the End which teamed up Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride and Jay Baruchel who also played themselves.

Alongside the terror team-up Smothered also features Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Brea Grant (Halloween II), John Kassir (‘The Crypt Keeper’), Dane Rhodes (True Detective), Shanna Forrestall (The Last Exorcism), John Schneider (Smallville), Adria Tennor (Mad Men), Andrew Bowen (Magic City), and Amy Brassette (Pawn Shop Chronicles). We hope to be able to confirm an exact release date some time soon but in the meantime enjoy this exclusive glimpse behind the camera during the making of the film.

Synopsis: Five iconic horror stars join forces to haunt a trailer park, but the tables turn rather quickly…

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Gareth Edwards Attached to Direct Star Wars Spin-Off Film

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With principle photography underway on J J Abrams Star Wars: Episode VII and Godzilla leaving one heck of a footprint at box offices around the world Lucasfilm has duly announced Gareth Edwards’ attachment to helm a Star Wars spin-off.

To date, two spin-offs had been reported – one written by Episode VII co-scribe Lawrence Kasdan and the other by Simon Kinberg – but it has now been confirmed that Edwards will be directing a third one from the pen of The Book of Eli scribe, Gary Whitta.

Whilst no plot details have been revealed as such there have been rumours that said spin-offs will be origins stories of sorts focusing on earlier years in the lives of Master Yoda, Han Solo or maybe even the bounty hunter Boba Fett.

We’ll have to wait until December the 16th 2016 to see the result but we’re sure Edwards will do a fine job in the light of his latest release. Given today’s news of Edwards also tapped to direct a further two Godzilla movies the world is his oyster and he must be one of the happiest chaps around. Commenting on his Star Wars attachment he said, “Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honoured to go on this mission with Lucasfilm.”

We can’t wait to hear more about the Star Wars spin-off and will bring you more news as it arises.

What are your thoughts?

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Gravity’s Alfonso Cuarón Offered Director’s Chair For ‘The Shining’ Prequel?

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Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón may well be in negotiations to helm the Harry Potter series spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them but rumour also has it that Warner Bros. has offered him first pass to direct The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining.

Said prequel is something Warner has been brewing for the last couple of years with former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara originally reported to pen the screenplay although it is not known if he is still involved.

Apart from Cuarón being offered the director’s chair little else is known about the project except for the producers involved: Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter’s Island), Bradley Fischer (Black Swan) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac).

Cuarón certainly had us on the edge of our seats from the tension built up in Gravity so he is certainly a wise choice despite not having helmed a full blown horror project as such.

Although scribe and director are still under question it looks like Warner are eager to get the project underway now so we hope to be able to bring more news to the table soon.

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