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Shooting since May, very little is currently known about Josh Trank’s adaptation of ‘The Fantastic Four’ other than it has a “grounded” tone and features a top-notch young cast in the form of Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing, and Toby Kebbell as the iconic villain Victor von Doom aka Doctor Doom. And while it’s very likely we’ll see something from ‘The Fantastic Four’ at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, today we get some new info about the film via a new Michael B. Jordan interview with MTV.
Mark Romanek is reportedly in negotiations with Warner Bros. Pictures to direct ‘Overlook Hotel,’ a prequel to ‘The Shining’ that is penned by former ‘The Walking Dead’ showrunner Glenn Mazzara. Based on Stephen King’s original prologue to ‘The Shining,’ which was cut from the book prior to publication in 1977, the film will tell “the origin story of the Overlook Hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. A robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home”. In 2013, King published a ‘The Shining’ sequel ‘Dr. Sleep,’ which Warner Bros. Pictures is also trying to get off the ground.
Based on the Stephen King novel, Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ revolved around a writer and recovering alcoholic (Jack Nicholson) who takes his family to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil presence influences him to commit violent acts, while his psychic son sees horrific visions of the past and future. Kubrick’s adaptation of ‘The Shining’ is a masterpiece, so Mazzara and potentially Romanek certainly have some big shoes to fill. I’m a big fan of Romanek, so I’m certainly optimistic.
UK Poster For Laika’s ‘The Boxtrolls’ – Featuring The Voices Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg…
Laika have revealed this new UK poster for their upcoming animated film ‘The Boxtrolls,’ without a doubt one of my most eagerly awaited films of 2014. Featuring the voices of Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Simon Pegg, ‘The Boxtrolls’ is penciled in for a September 26th release in the US and a September 12th bow in the UK.
A family event movie from the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.
‘Guardians Of The Galaxy': Character Poster For Benicio Del Toro’s The Collector & First Clip Released
This past week Marvel has debuted a series of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ posters for the film’s key supporting cast, with the first batch including Michael Rooker’s Yondu, John C. Reilly’s Corpsman Dey and Glenn Close’s Nova Prime; and the second set featuring Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou’s Korath, and Karen Gillan’s Nebula. Today the studio has unveiled a poster for Benicio Del Toro as the enigmatic Taneleer Tivan, aka The Collector.
In related news, Marvel has officially released the following first clip from the hugely anticipated flick. The top-notch cast for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel as Groot, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Benicio del Toro as The Collector, John C. Reilly as Corpsman Dey, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and if recent reports are true, Josh Brolin as Thanos. Ophelia Lovibond, Gregg Henry, Marama Corlett, Emmett J. Scanlan and Enzo Cilenti co-star. The film arrives in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on July 31st before opening in the US on August 1st.
Following 2013’s ‘The Purge,’ ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ follows an unlikely group of five citizens who, over the course of the night, find out just how far they will go to protect themselves and, ultimately, each other, as they fight to survive a night fraught with impossible decisions. The film, which opens from July 18th in the US and July 25th in the UK, sees the return of writer-director James DeMonaco. The likes of Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoe Soul and Keith Stanfield star in the horror-thriller.
You’d previously worked with writer-director James DeMonaco on the miniseries ‘The Kill Point.’ How did that initial conversation go when he wanted you to join ‘The Purge: Anarchy,’ this speculative thriller?
Frank Grillo: I remember that I was heading to LA for a trip, and James called me and said he was working on a sequel to ‘The Purge.’ He described it to me before I’d even read the screenplay, and it sounded like an old Western… something like ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales,’ which I love. I thought it was interesting and provocative, and after he sent me the script, I was sold. James is probably the nicest guy I’ve ever worked with, and the most compassionate. He really understands the world he’s created and he’s very collaborative if you have ideas. It’s such a nice experience working with James. I love the guy, I’d do anything for him.
From Entertainment Weekly comes this first image from ‘Pixels,’ the live action/computer-animated comedy that stars the likes of Peter Dinklage, Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan and Kevin James. In ‘Pixels,’ when aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Jules Brenner, now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders to defeat the aliens and save the planet.