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Along with the message “Anyone else excited about San Diego Comic Con?”, Peter Jackson has just posted this first poster for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.’ The writer-director-producer recently confirmed that we should get some early footage from the film “soon” – I’m guessing a teaser trailer this weekend in time for Comic-Con (one can hope!). ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ the final chapter in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, will be released worldwide on December 17th.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3′ Pushed To 2018, ‘Sinister Six’ Set For November 2016. ‘Uncharted’ Set For June 2016
In news sure to generate a tonne of conversation online, Columbia Pictures have just announced that they’ve updated their release schedule for the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise. First up, while ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3′ had originally been set for June 10th, 2016, the studio today send word that the third installment in the series will now open in 2018 – a full four years after this year’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ The next film in the franchise will now be ‘Sinister Six,’ writer-director Drew Goddard’s villain team-up. That film will hit theaters on November 11th, 2016. Alex Kurtzman is attached to write and direct the ‘Venom’ movie, which is still without a confirmed release date.
Closely following an unnerving viral clip, Open Road Films has debuted first teaser trailer and poster for ‘Nightcrawler.’ The crime thriller tells the story of a Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, a young man who finds a home in the nocturnal world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles. Opening on October 17th in the US and November 14th in the UK, ‘Nightcrawler’ is directed by Dan Gilroy (previous writing credits include ‘Real Steel,’ ‘The Fall,’ ‘The Bourne Legacy’) in his directorial debut. Alongside Gyllenhaal, the likes of Rene Russo, Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmed also star.
NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.
Walt Disney Pictures send word that the fifth ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ movie will hit cinemas on July 7th, 2017. While Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) are directing, Jerry Bruckheimer is again producing and Johnny Depp is set to return as Captain Jack Sparrow, plot details are currently being kept under lock and key on ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5.’ Furthermore, it’s not clear whether actors from past installments, such as Geoffrey Rush or Penelope Cruz, would return to reprise their roles. The film was originally aiming for a summer 2015 release until Disney pushed it back last year so that the filmmakers could work on the script.
This first image has arrived online from Chris Evans’ feature directorial debut ’Before We Go.’ Written by Ron Bass, the movie follows two people who meet in a train station and share a night of romantic adventures before the woman must catch the next train back to New York. Evans plays a down-on-his-luck saxophone player who helps a young woman (Alice Eve) in need and ends up falling for her. The official synopsis for ‘Before We Go’ is as follows: “Set in Manhattan, the story follows two strangers after their serendipitous meeting in Grand Central. Over the course of one night, they form an unlikely bond and the conflicts in their own lives become the basis for exploration into each other and themselves.” The romantic drama will premier at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival in September.
In ‘Hercules,’ Dwayne Johnson stars as the titular demigod renowned for his mighty deeds and valor. In this take on the myth, Hercules is a man struggling to live up to his own lore in a world of fearsome villainy. This version of Hercules is an icon who has vanquished lions and hellhounds, and is publicly feared and revered as a super-human champion; but deep within, he remains wounded by tragedy and uncertain of his legacy. Accompanied by five faithful companions, he travels the empire selling his services for gold and using his formidable reputation to intimidate his enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of neighboring Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a terrifying warlord, Hercules can no longer skate by on the folklore surrounding him. He must learn to embrace his own myth and become the hero people believe in. ‘Hercules’ will be distributed worldwide on July 25th and co-stars the likes of Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Aksel Hennie, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Tobias Santelmann and Reece Ritchie. Brett Ratner directs.
I know you’ve wanted to play Hercules since you first broke into movies, almost 15 years ago. And I can imagine there may have been some false starts and times it looked like it wasn’t going to happen? Can you talk a little about the process of getting this film made and the take on the character you wanted to put forth…
Dwayne Johnson: Sure thing. ‘Hercules’ has been a passion project of mine for a very, very, very long time. When I first broke into Hollywood, it was one of the first properties that I asked about and I was curious about. I really wanted to make it, and that was almost 15 years ago. At that time I broke in making ‘The Mummy Returns,’ which then spawned ‘The Scorpion King’ – which was fairly close to ‘Hercules,’ in terms of tone. So we put ‘Hercules’ on the back-burner… and at that time, I didn’t have the ability to green-light anything (laughs). But I had been focused on making it one day. Plus growing up, I had always admired and had a great appreciation for individuals who were strong and who were able to accomplish things with their hands – and certainly Hercules is one of them. And actually ten years ago we actually started talking about it in terms of developing it and now we’re here. And with this film, we wanted to give audiences a Hercules they’ve never seen before. When we meet Hercules in this movie, he’s an exile suffering with regrets, fighting only for gold – he’s a mercenary. He has to overcome his demons and find his heart to become the man people want him to be.