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Tom Hiddleston is reportedly being eyed by MGM and Paramount to lead Timur Bekmambetov’s new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ,’ which in its time outsold every book but ‘The Bible’ until it was eclipsed by ‘Gone With The Wind.’ Judah Ben-Hur was played in the iconic 1959 William Wyler-directed version by Charlton Heston. That adaptation won a record 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, an accomplishment that was not equaled until ‘Titanic’ in 1997 and then again by ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ in 2003.
The beloved Loki actor recently wrapped Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak,’ and he’s currently filming Ben Wheatley’s ‘High-Rise’ alongside the likes of Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller. Tom Hiddleston is also leading ‘I Saw The Light,’ the story of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music.
Legendary film, television and stage actress Lauren Bacall has died from a stroke at the age of 89, according to reports. Her acting career spanned seven decades, with a memorable debut aged 19 opposite her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in ‘To Have and Have Not.’ In 2009, she was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.” Her performance in the 1996 movie ‘The Mirror Has Two Faces’ earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. On stage she won Tony Awards for ‘Applause’ in 1970 and ‘Woman of the Year’ in 1981.
Earlier this month Warner Bros. Pictures announced that ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is set arrive in cinemas nearly two months earlier than originally planned. The hugely anticipated film is now penciled in for a March 25th, 2016 release. In addition to the ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ release news, the studio also announced a massive schedule of 9 mystery DC Comics properties all the way up through 2020. And with Jason Momoa rumored to be playing Aquaman since December (rather conveniently it looks as if he was in Detroit at the same rock climbing gym as Gal Gadot (Gadot’s Instagram and Momoa’s Instagram) recently), many people were assuming that an Aquaman solo movie is on cards.
A major question left hanging at the end of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is the identity of Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s father. With that in mind, writer-director James Gunn was recently asked by Empire this very question. And while Gunn – understandably – isn’t saying who Quill’s father is, he does reveal who he isn’t. “It’s definitely not the character who it is in the comics,” says Gunn. “I’ll say that much… There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill’s father is between a select two or three of us. That’s been part of the plan since the beginning, that’s something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu’s place in everything made sense and it does, so it’s all very specific stuff.”
According to a new report, ‘Game of Thrones‘ star Sophie Turner is set to play ‘Frankenstein’ author Mary Shelley in ‘Mary Shelley’s Monster.’ Turner is joined in the film by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, The Railway Man) as Percy Shelley and Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, The Bling Ring) as Mary’s stepsister Claire Clairmont.
From a script by Deborah Baxtrom, the film tracks the young novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer as she writes her seminal novel and is drawn into a Faustian bargain with her own “monster” of an alter ego, who offers literary fame at a desperate personal cost. Coky Giedroyc (The Killing, American Horror Story) is set to make her feature film debut with ‘Mary Shelley’s Monster.’ Filming is scheduled to begin later this year in the UK and Malta.
I’ve always got time for a new Laika project, and thankfully we’re just a month away from their latest animated film ‘The Boxtrolls.’ 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. The stop motion comedy-adventure film based on the novel ‘Here Be Monsters!’ by Alan Snow.
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.