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'Suicide Squad' Movie to Star Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor?

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 19:32

Many have wondered exactly how Suicide Squad will connect to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the two-part Justice League movie. The answer may lie in Jesse Eisenberg, who is reportedly in talks with Warner Bros. to reprise his role as Lex Luthor in this upcoming David Ayer directed DC Comics adventure.

Warner Bros. is rumored to be transferring this character over as the leader of the Suicide Squad, which follows 7 super villains who must band together under the government's supervision to pull off a deadly mission where everyone is expendable. Who better to pull the plan together than Lex Luthor?

Warner Bros. is said to currently be in talks with an all-star roster that may include Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie. The characters being used are rumored to be Blockbuster (Mark Desmond), Multiplex (Danton Black), Jaculi, Mindboggler (Leah Wasserman), Captain Boomerang (George Harkness), Vixen (Mari Jiwe McCabe) and Deadshot (Floyd Lawton), with Captain Boomerang, Vixen and Deadshot as the leads.

If Jesse Eisenberg does sign on, he may have to drop out of the Todd Phillips directed Arms and the Dudes about two stoners who get into the arms sales business. Its unlikely that he will do both. He will, however, return for Now You See Me 2, with the film being a clear priority for Sony Pictures, who are attempting to set up a franchise. The actor is also expected to return for Zombieland 2, but that has never been confirmed by the studio.

Suicide Squad comes to theaters August 5th, 2016. The film is directed by David Ayer.

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'Zero Dark Thirty' Cinematographer Says He's Working on 'Star Wars' Spinoff

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 19:21

Greig Fraser's credits also include 'Foxcatcher' and 'The Gambler'

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Warner Bros. Picks Up 'World Breaker' From 'Signal' Filmmaker

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 19:00

Will Eubank wrote the script with Phil Gawthorne and will direct

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'Off the Cuff' Podcast: Kathryn Hahn Says She "Vomited My Soul Out"

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 18:56

The famously funny actress tells us about going deeper in 'Afternoon Delight' and 'Transparent,' plus why starring in the next M. Night Shyamalan movie was a turn-on ("creatively," that is)

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'Hobbit 3' Images Tease 45-Minute Battle Sequence Finale

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 18:54

With anticipation steadily building for director Peter Jackson's Hobbit finale The Battle of The Five Armies, the director has teased new details about the final installment, revealing that this sequel will end with a massive 45-minute battle sequence at the foot of the Lonely Mountain.

The filmmaker explains how planning such an immense sequence is as complex as shooting the scenes on location.

"There's a lot of logistics that have to be thought through. We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics."

The battle follows the five armies all vying for the immense treasure that is now left unguarded, after the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) took off at the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson spoke about designing the landscape that would have to hold thousands of warring characters.

"Before we could loose the first arrow, we had to design the landscape itself and figure out, 'Okay, if we have 10,000 orcs, how much room are they going to take up?' Are they going to fill up the valley or look like a speck?' Then we could start drawing the arrows on the schematics."

A battle sketch that you can see below, along with images from the battle itself, reveals that the massive Eagles from The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will return in this franchise finale. While the director admits that these creatures tend to just appear out of nowhere to save the day, here they are part of a much bigger plan. The filmmaker also discussed a rule he developed when shooting epic action sequences. To read more about that rule: clickHere

In related news, EW also reports that Billy Boyd, who played Peregrin Took in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, will sing the end-credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, entitled "The Last Goodbye," which he co-wrote with filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies comes to theaters December 17th, 2014 and stars Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Manu Bennett. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

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Watch the Many, Many Deaths of 'Star Wars' in Under Three Minutes

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 18:46

How many people died in the Original Trilogy? More than you'd expect

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Savannah Film Fest Rebrands Itself as a Must-Stop Destination for Doc Contenders

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 18:41

The fest, which runs from Oct. 25 through Nov. 1, will screen eight top contenders and host seven of their directors for Q&As and a THR-moderated panel on Nov. 1

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Megan Fox Joins James Franco in 'Zeroville'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 18:15

Franco is starring and directing the adaptation of the Steve Erickson novel

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Dad’s Army first look

Film Industry News - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 18:11
The first images from comedy reboot Dad’s Army have been released as well as fresh cast details.
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Regal Entertainment Beats Antitrust Lawsuit Over Exclusivity Pacts With Big Studios (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 18:01

A judge doesn't see conspiracy in preferential treatment gained by one movie exhibition giant

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First Look At Dad's Amy

Don't Panic! Walmington-On-Sea's finest is here

Though the announcement was only made earlier this month, the dedicated troops of Walmington-on-Sea’s Home Guard have assembled in costume for a first-look Dad's Army picture duo faster than you can say, “fall in!” {Dads Army}

Oliver Parker is directing the remake of the classic Jimmy Perry-David Croft sitcom, which features a wide array of big British talent including Toby Jones (as Captain George Mainwaring), Bill Nighy (as Sergeant Arthur Wilson), Michael Gambon (as Private Godfrey), Tom Courtenay (as Corporal Jones), Bill Paterson (as Private Frazer), Daniel Mays, (as Private Walker) and Blake Harrison (as Private Pike). The cast also includes the likes of Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman and Mark Gatiss.

With shooting underway in Yorkshire, the film will see the Home Guard welcoming journalist Rose Winters (Catherine Zeta-Jones) arriving to write about the area at the same time that MI5 brings word that there’s a spy on the loose.

Does the image do anything to dispel worries about this one? Or does it bolster your confidence for its laugh-generating potential? Sound off below or over on Twitter.


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'Banshee Chapter' Becomes First Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Movie

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 17:54

The Banshee Chapter, which was released on VOD in December of 2013, has become the first 3D virtual reality movie made available for Facebook's Oculus Rift. The sci-fi horror thriller executive produced by Zachary Quinto is available on the platform starting today for free.

The film centers on a young, female journalist following the mysterious trail of a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. A fast-paced blend of fact and fiction, the film is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about programs run by the CIA. It is also loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond.

The film is distributed by XLrator Media and the Chimera VR software used to power the experience was created by Jamwix. The Oculus Rift is currently only available to developers, but a consumer release is expected to be announced for 2015. A new featurette has been released which offers a preview of The Banshee Chapter Oculus Rift experience and explains how it works. Check it out:

The Banshee Chapter was released December 13th, 2013 and stars Katia Winter, Ted Levine, Michael McMillian, Corey Moosa, Monique Candelaria, Jenny Gabrielle, Vivian Nesbitt, Chad Brummett. The film is directed by Blair Erickson.

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Turtles outgun Fury on social media

Film Industry News - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 17:53
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles generate more buzz on social networks in the UK than Brad Pitt war movie.
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'The Terminator': Read THR's 1984 Review

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 17:40

"The havoc makes for a genuine steel metal trap of a movie that may very well be the best picture of its kind since 'The Road Warrior' "

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Olivia Wilde and Luke Evans Team Up for 'Free Fire'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 17:31

Luke Evans, Olivia Wilde, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley have signed on to star in Free Fire, the latest from British filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England).

The story is set in 1978 Boston, following a woman named Justine (Olivia Wilde) who has set up a meeting between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley) and a gang lead by Luke Evans and Armie Hammer for an arms deal. When shots are fired before the deal is made, the meeting turns into a deadly game of survival.

Here's what director Ben Wheatley had to say about Free Fire in a statement.

"The idea for Free Fire came from my love of hard-boiled crime movies; from The Asphalt Jungle, The Big Sleep, The Killing and 'The Big Combo' through The Driver, Le Samourai and The French Connection, to the modern cycle of Goodfellas, Goodfellas, Hard Boiled and Reservoir Dogs. Free Fire will take you and stick you in the middle of the action. I want the film to have the stylish, no-nonsense feel that you get in Peckinpah's The Getaway. It's a modern '70s movie. Muscular, tough and spare."

StudioCanal has acquired the U.K. distribution rights for the $10 million feature, which will be director Ben Wheatley's first film set in the U.S. Andrew Starke will produce, with shooting scheduled to begin this spring. Ben Wheatley is in post-production on High-Rise, which also stars Luke Evans.

Luke Evans currently stars in Dracula Untold and he will next be seen in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. Olivia Wilde is coming off performances in Third Person and The Longest Week. Armie Hammer will next be seen in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., while Cillian Murphy stars in the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea. Michael Smiley most recently starred in Ben Wheatley's A Field in England.

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Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook Ahead of 'Theory of Everything' Release

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 17:18

The theoretical physicist is the subject of the upcoming Focus Features biopic starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones

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Ben Wheatley Taps Luke Evans For Free Fire

'It’s a modern ‘70s movie. Muscular, tough and spare'



Ben Wheatley has previous cautioned himself against talking too much about his future projects, but one he is happily discussing is shootout actioner Free Fire which now has Luke ‘Bard the Bowman’ Evans aboard. Hey, that guy knows how to shoot straight.

Free Fire is another period piece to follow A Field In England, although set in the much-more-recent times of Boston in 1978. The story, which Wheatley is pitching as a muscular crime flick in the spirit of Melville, Hawks, Scorsese and Walter Hill, charts the fallout from a gun-running hook-up orchestrated by Olivia Wilde in a deserted warehouse. Take two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley), a criminal enterprise led by Armie Hammer and Evans, a bunch of guns, some itchy trigger fingers, Wheatley’s skills behind the camera and to Empire’s mind, you have all the ingredients for a crackerjack action movie.

“The idea for Free Fire came from my love of hard-boiled crime movies,” Wheatley told Variety. “The Asphalt Jungle, The Big Sleep, The Killing and The Big Combo through The Driver, Le Samourai and The French Connection, to the modern cycle of GoodFellas, Casino, Hard Boiled and Reservoir Dogs.

“It will take you and stick you in the middle of the action,” he elaborated. “I want the film to have the stylish, no-nonsense feel that you get in Peckinpah’s The Getaway. It’s a modern ‘70s movie. Muscular, tough and spare.”

The $10 million budget he’s working with is a good $9,970,000 more than his debut, 2009’s Down Terrace, was made for. We can’t wait to see what he does with it. 

Free Fire is scheduled to get underway in spring next year and already has UK distribution via StudioCanal. Wheatley’s next, High-Rise, will be landing with us meanwhile in 2015. Freakshift, presumably, will be off the table, for the time being at least.








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'Spawn' Animated Reboot Art Unveiled by Creator Todd McFarlane

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 16:58

Creator Todd McFarlane previously found success in bringing his unique superhero creation Spawn to both the big and small screen with a live action feature film in 1997 and an animated HBO series that debuted that same year. Now, he is in the midst of producing an animated reboot, though it is not known if this project is a movie intended for theaters, a VOD only release, or an entirely new TV show. Nonetheless, he has debuted the first images from the Untitled Spawn Reboot, giving us a first look at popular cop characters Sam and Twitch along with a city street outside a night club.

Todd McFarlane had this to say about the art, teasing a look at Spawn himself in the very near future:

For ALL of you that have been asking...here's a SNEAK PEEK at some NEW SPAWN ANIMATION that is in the works!!!!!! Don't tell anyone I showed you because you're the FIRST to see it!!!!!!

At every convention and in every interview I do I am asked a couple of repetitive questions: "When is the new Spawn movie coming and when are we going to see more Animation like we did on HBO years ago?" (I also get a lot of 'when are you going to draw The Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel again?'...)For those of you that don't know, the original Spawn Animation was aired on HBO for three years and won a couple of Emmy Awards. Ever since it went off the air, fans have been bugging me to bring it back. Well, for your eyes only, here are some early images of a few key characters and a rough of a city street in black and white and in color.

If you all seem interested there is LOTS and LOTS more I can show you!!!!!! I may even put up some of the voice tracks for you.

Oh...and just wait until you see SPAWN himself!

Enjoy, Todd

It is not known when or where the Untitled Spawn Reboot will make its debut. The story follows an assassin who is double-crossed and murdered by his evil boss. He makes a deal with the devil and returns to earth to destroy the world with a deadly virus that will help start Armageddon and allow Hell to attack Heaven. Spawn is then forced to choose between Good & Evil.

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'The Crow' Remake Begins Shooting Spring 2015

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 16:57

Attending the Abu Dhabi Film Festival this week, producer Edward R. Pressman revealed that production begins on The Crow remake this spring, while revealing that no cast members have been confirmed at this time.

We reported in May 2013 that Luke Evans (Dracula Untold, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) had signed on to play Eric Draven, and the actor has spoke about the role in interviews over the past year. The Hollywood Reporter states that the actor is the "current favorite" for the role, which contradicts the May 2013 report that he has already signed on. We also reported last November that The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus was in talks to play a character named James.

Edward R. Pressman revealed at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival that The Crow remake is the "anti-Spider-Man," while speaking about the franchise's fan base.

"It still has a big fan base even though it was so long ago. But the generation today doesn't even know The Crow."

Based on the James O'Barr comic book of the same name, The Crow centers on rock star Eric Draven, who is murdered alongside his fiancee, when he is brought back to life to avenge his own death.

The Crow is in development and stars Luke Evans. The film is directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez.

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