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From Legendary Pictures comes this collection of clips from Michael Mann’s ‘Blackhat’ (which previously went under the title ‘Cyber’). Set within the world of global cybercrime, the film follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, ‘Blackhat’ opens on January 16th in the US and February 20th in the UK.
Fresh from his critically-acclaimed performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman,’ Michael Keaton is said to be in talks to join Tom Hiddleston and J.K. Simmons in ‘Kong: Skull Island,’ which is set for release on March 10th, 2017. Based on the mythic origins of King Kong, where mutant giant creatures rule, the film will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer).
Skull Island is the name most often used to describe a fictional island first appearing in the 1933 film ‘King Kong’ and later appearing in its sequels, three remakes, and any other King Kong-based media. It is the home of the eponymous King Kong and several other species of creatures, mostly prehistoric and in some cases species that should have been extinct long before the rise of mammalian creatures such as gorillas, along with a primitive society of humans. With the success of ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Pacific Rim,’ Legendary Pictures certainly seem like they have their eyes on reviving the “gigantic monster” genre. And I’d say that it’s a safe bet that this will lead into a ‘King Kong vs. Godzilla’ throw down sometime in the future.
The official 007 website has revealed this collection of behind-the-scenes images from the set of ‘Spectre,’ featuring Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, and Dave Bautista. They add, “Daniel Craig (James Bond), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann) and Dave Bautista (Hinx) were in the Austrian ski resort of Sölden for SPECTRE. Other Austrian locations for SPECTRE include Obertilliach and Lake Altaussee.”
The 24th 007 adventure also stars Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, a new member of MI6 and Whitehall, Ralph Fiennes as M, the head of MI6 and Bond’s superior, Ben Whishaw as Q, the MI6 quartermaster, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, the MI6 Chief of Staff, and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, an enforcer in the Quantum organisation. Director Sam Mendes returns from ‘Skyfall.’
Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma,’ my favorite film of 2014, opened in limited release in the US on Christmas day before it expands wide on January 9th – setting up a major Awards season push. The film is the story of the historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. ‘Selma’ opens on February 6th in the UK.
The film stars David Oyelowo as Dr Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson, Wendell Pierce as Hosea Williams, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Ledisi as Mahalia Jackson, Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X, Niecy Nash as Richie Jean Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper. Award-winning cinematographer Bradford Young shot the film.
First Images From ‘Run All Night’ – Starring Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman & Genesis Rodriguez
This first image has arrived online from ‘Run All Night,’ starring Oscar nominees Liam Neeson and Ed Harris, as well as Joel Kinnaman, under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Non-Stop). Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.
The Wrap bring word that Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who was incredible in both ‘Belle’ and ‘Beyond the Lights’ last year, has joined Matthew McConaughey in writer-director Gary Ross’ ‘Free State Of Jones.’ The film is based on the incredible story of Newton Knight (McConaughey), who’s best known as the leader of the Knight Company, a band of Confederate Army deserters that turned against the Confederacy during the Civil War. To avoid capture, the Knight men would disappear into swamp hideouts such as “Devil’s Den” or “Panther Creek.” The Knight Company was aided by sympathetic local people, whites and blacks. In particular, a slave woman named Rachel helped supply Newt with food and information. On the run, he rallied the support of fellow deserters to lead an uprising against their former comrades, in the process creating a free safe haven.