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“Meet Latham Cole. A railroad man through and through; he believes that a country’s greatness lies in its ability to expand its borders to the furthest reaches—no matter what the cost.” Following the Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Ruth Wilson and William Fichtner character posters, Walt Disney Pictures has revealed this new ‘The Lone Ranger’ one-sheet for Tom Wilkinson’s Latham Cole. A first-rate cast has been assembled for the film, with Armie Hammer (The Social Network) taking on the role of the titular character, Johnny Depp playing Tonto, and the likes of Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Barry Pepper, Tom Wilkinson and James Frain co-starring. The film, which takes place in 1869, is directed by Gore Verbinski for Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films. ‘The Lone Ranger’ marks Verbrinski and Depp’s fifth collaboration after the first trio of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies and the Oscar-winning ‘Rango.’
The film is described as “a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought tolife through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.” ‘The Lone Ranger’ has been pencilled in for a July 3rd release in the US and a August 9th release in the UK. Check out the production notes and official synopsis for ‘The Lone Ranger’ below.
It has been announced that 66th Festival de Cannes will close on May 26th with a screening of the thriller ‘Zulu’, shot entirely on location in South Africa by Jérôme Salle and adapted from the award winning crime novel of the same name by Caryl Férey. The action takes place in Cape Town, in a South Africa still overshadowed by apartheid, where destitute townships rubs shoulders with affluent neighbourhoods. Two cops on the beat, Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Ghost Dog) are caught up in a suspenseful search which combines elements of political film noir and social study.
It was previously announced that Baz Lurhmann’s dazzling retelling of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, will open the festivities on May 15th with a star-studded red carpet sure to follow. Steven Spielberg will preside over the jury, with Palme d’Or winner Jane Campion overseeing the short-film jury. The full list of films for Selection will be announced on April 18th at the traditional press conference and published online towards noon at www.festival-cannes.com. In 1988, Forest Whitaker won Best Male Actor at Cannes for his role in Clint Eastwood’s ‘Bird.’
“Illusions” TV Spot For ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ – Starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto & Benedict Cumberbatch
Paramount Pictures has debuted this new UK TV spot for J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Trek Into Darkness.’ Chris Pine (James T. Kirk), John Cho (Sulu), Bruce Greenwood (Christopher Pike), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones) and Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov) reprise their roles from the 2009 ‘Star Trek’ original, with new parts for the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke, Nazneen Contractor and Peter Weller. After being called back home, the crew of the Enterprise find a seemingly unstoppable force (Cumberbatch) which has attacked Starfleet and left Earth in chaos. Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are tasked with leading the deadly manhunt to capture the party responsible and settle an old score.
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ is directed by J.J. Abrams with a script by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof. Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci. It was recently announced that ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ will now open in the UK on May 9th, while the May 17th date in the US appears to be locked in. The May 9th opening date will see the film in IMAX 3D, 3D and 2D theaters. ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ will arrive in US IMAX theaters from May 15th. The official synopsis for ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ can be read below. The latest action-packed trailer for the film can be viewed here.
Reducto1 has put together this great role reversal ’Iron Man 3′ drawing, ‘Iron Maiden.’ The original ‘Iron Man 3′ poster used as inspiration for this piece can be viewed here. Head on over to Reucto1′s Tumblr for more artwork and sketches. Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3,’ the latest installment of the ‘Iron Man’ film franchise that has grossed more than $1.2 billion at the global box office, will be released internationally starting April 25th and in North America on May 3th. ‘Iron Man 3′ is the seventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, being the first major release in the franchise since the crossover film ‘The Avengers.’
‘Iron Man 3′ pits the brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds (The Mandarin). When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ is a sweeping drama that powerfully explores the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons. Luke (Ryan Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son Jason in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke’s ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies – which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper).
Avery, who has to navigate a local police department ruled by the menacing and corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta), is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son AJ. The consequences of Avery’s confrontation with Luke will reverberate into the next generation, where their two sons must face their shared legacy. Co-written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ is out now. Mahershala Ali, Emory Cohen, Dane DeHaan, Gabe Fazio, Bruce Greenwood, and Harris Yulin also star.
Was this story, ‘The Place Beyond the Pines,’ something you had talked about with Derek on ‘Blue Valentine’?
Ryan Gosling: Yeah. When Derek and I were making ‘Blue Valentine’ I had shared with him a fantasy that I had about robbing banks, and how I thought there was a way to get away with it, and that if I wasnt so afraid of jail I might do it - but I guess that means I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my plan (laughs). And he said, “That’s crazy, I just wrote a script about that.” So it felt like it was meant to be. Both of us felt like it was our idea, but then we realised that this guy in Tel Aviv has been doing it for years – with great results (laughs).
’42′ follows the iconic story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in the major leagues. ’42′ stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodger’s general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show in 1947 – eradicating racial segregation in baseball. The film co-stars Nicole Beharie as Rachel Isum, who would become Robinson’s wife, as well as Christopher Meloni, Alan Tudyk, Lucas Black and T.R. Knight. In 1997, Major League Baseball retired the number 42 for all teams, making it the first number in sports to be universally retired. The only exception is April 15th – Jackie Robinson Day – commemorating the date of his first game as a Brooklyn Dodger. On that day alone, players from every team wear Number 42 to honor the man who altered the course of history. Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland directs ’42′ from his own screenplay. The film arrives in cinemas on April 12th in the US. Expect a UK release date soon. My interview with Chadwick Boseman can be read here.
What was it about Branch Rickey that you connected with immediately?
Harrison Ford: The connection was emotional, it was not something you can calculate or identify. It was a human connection; it was about the story that he was living and what his life means. Also, his relationships, how he formed this relationship with Jackie Robinson, with the person of Jackie Robinson. The combination of the two of them was what was intriguing to me. When I read the script, I thought it was wonderfully written; there were scenes that just knocked my socks off. I was fascinated by the character of Branch Rickey and immediately began to invest some energy in researching him because it was a part I very much wanted to play.