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This first poster has arrived online for the upcoming offbeat comedy ‘Frank,’ undoubtedly one of my most anticipated films of 2014. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Garage, Adam & Paul), the film is penned by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). ‘Frank’ stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the titular character, a brilliant and eccentric musician who wears a giant papier–mache head at all times. ‘Frank’ is released in the UK on May 9th, the week of my birthday – good stuff!
Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins a maverick pop band led by the enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender)—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head—and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gylenhaal). It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.
While ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ doesn’t come out until May, Bryan Singer has already begun teasing details about the much anticipated film’s 2016 sequel. Talking to EW, the director-writer-producer shed some light on ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ revealing that the film, which is being developed by him, Simon Kinberg and ‘X2′ writers Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, will be “somewhat” based on the classic “Age of Apocalypse” comic book from the 90s, but he added that it won’t be taking place in an alternate universe. “[The movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with.” Kinberg adds, “From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply.”
On the topic of how ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ will link to ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ Bryan Singer said, “You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse. What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen. Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?”
Universal Pictures has released, via MTV, this new clip Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) ‘Neighbors.’ The comedy, which I’ve heard is brilliant, follows a young couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Zac Efron plays the head of the frat with whom Rogen and Byrne’s characters quickly form a rivalry. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Lisa Kudrow, Jake Johnson, Carla Gallo, Jason Mantzoukas and Carla Gallo also star. ’Neighbors’ is set for May 3rd in the UK and May 9th in the US.
2 New Images From Marjane Satrapi’s ‘The Voices’ – Starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick….
From Empire comes these two new images from ‘The Voices,’ which is directed by Marjane Satrapi and written by Michael R. Perry. Satrapi previously directed ‘Persepolis,’ based on her best-selling graphic novel, which was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Jury Prize in Cannes. Her film ‘Chicken with Plums’ premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Starring the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver, ‘The Voices’ marks her first English language film.
‘The Voices’ is a genre-bending film which centers around Jerry, a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden turn, we follow Jerry’s perspective as his talking pets, a sinister cat and benevolent dog, lead him down a fantastical, murderous path. Currently no release date has been set, yet the film will be showing at Sundance London on April 26th.
Relatively Media have announced two release date changes for two of their upcoming properties. First up, the Pierce Brosnan-starring spy movie ‘November Man’ is now set for an August 27th bow in the US. Directed by Roger Donaldson and written by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek, the film co-stars Luke Bracey and Olga Kurylenko. The movie is based on Bill Granger’s ‘There Are No Spies,’ the seventh book in Granger’s 13-part ‘November Man’ series. The brief synopsis given for the film is as follows: “An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.”
Secondly, the company is pushing back the release of Natalie Portman’s high-profile Western, ‘Jane Got a Gun,’ from its original release date of August 29th. A new release date has not yet been announced. ‘Jane Got a Gun’ centers on Portman’s titular character, a woman whose outlaw husband (Noah Emmerich) returns home riddled with bullet wounds and barely alive, betrayed by criminal confederates that are hot on his heels. When her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job, she is forced to reach out to an ex-lover and ask if he will help defend her farm. Joel Edgerton will play the ex-lover while Ewan McGregor looks set to play the leader of the gang that lays siege to the homestead. Written by Brian Duffield, ‘Jane Got a Gun’ made the 2011 “Black List,” a compilation of the best unproduced scripts making the rounds of Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives. Gavin O’Connor, the writer/director of ‘Warrior,’ helms ’Jane Got A Gun.’
Celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation have debuted this new animated short for the cultural icon. This particular short, titled “Batman: Strange Days,” is directed by Bruce Timm (“Batman: The Animated Series”) and features the Dark Knight tracking down Hugo Strange in his lair. A second short is planned to debut later this month at WonderCon, and is said to offer another animated look at the Caped Crusader, this one hailing from Darwyn Cooke (“Batman Beyond”), offering a new glimpse at the Batman of tomorrow. The official press release for Batman’s 75th anniversary can be read below the new short and logo.