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Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli have release this US poster for ‘The Wind Rises’ (風立ちぬ, Kaze Tachinu), the new animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo). The film is slated for limited release in North American theaters on February 21st, 2014, and expanded release on February 28th, 2014, under the Touchstone Pictures banner. ‘The Wind Rises’ is said to be the final film directed by the retiring legendary filmmaker. Expect word on the film’s UK release shortly.
In ‘The Wind Rises,’ Jiro – inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni – dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that deeply affected the course of Jiro’s life, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. A tremendous innovator, Jiro leads the aviation world into the future. Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in his creation of the fictional character Jiro - the center of the epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.
Following the announcement that the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ’Toy Story 3′ screenwriter Michael Arndt is no longer attached to J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ Abrams told Deadline. “It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be.”
Oscar winner Michael Arndt had previously been on board as writing the script based on treatments he had drafted. On October 24th, it was announced that J.J. Abrams would take over the writing of the script for the upcoming new ‘Star Wars’ pic with ‘Empire Strikes Back’ co-writer Lawrence Kasdan. “Working with Larry Kasdan, especially on a Star Wars movie is kind of unbeatable,” Abrams told Deadline. “Working with Michael was a wonderful experience and I couldn’t be a bigger fan of his or adore him more, He’s a wonderful guy and was incredibly helpful in the process,” Abrams said of Arndt. The director also noted that while he and Kasdan have taken over the script for the first of the three new ‘Star Wars’ films that Disney has planned over the next few years, “that doesn’t preclude working with Michael again in the future.” Abrams added, “he is one of the best writers around.”
Empire has unveiled these first looks at Oscar Isaac and Garret Hedlund in the thriller ‘Mojave.’ William Monahan is directing the feature from his original screenplay. ‘Mojave’ is described as an “intense two-hander about a man who escapes into the desert only to encounter a doppelganger-like antagonist and subsequently enter a vortex of criminality and violence.” Louise Bourgion and Walton Goggins co-star.
Oscar Isaac most recently completed filming the lead role in the independent film ‘Therese Raquin’ with Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange, as well as Joel and Ethan Coen’s ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’ His recent features also include ‘The Bourne Legacy,’ ‘Drive’ opposite Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, Zack Snyder’s ‘Sucker Punch’ and ‘Revenge for Jolly!’ Garrett Hedlund will next be seen as one of the leads in ‘Lullaby’ with Amy Adams and Terrence Howard, and alongside Isaac in ‘Inside Llewn Davis.’ His previous credits include ‘TRON: Legacy’ and ‘On The Road.’
Green Band Trailer For Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ – Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson & Sharlto Copley
FilmDistrict has revealed this latest trailer for Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy.’ Arriving in cinemas on November 27th in the US and December 6th in the UK, the upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook’s cult classic stars the likes of Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley, James Ransone, Lance Reddick, and Michael Imperioli. The original ‘Oldboy,’ released in 2003, won the much coveted Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The film is based on Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi’s 90′s manga series.
Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ follows Josh Brolin’s character, Joe (Dae-su Oh in the original), a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughters birthday. For twenty years he is held captive, and upon his release must begin his journey to find the reason for his imprisonment. He soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than his solitary confinement. Sharlto Copley plays a mysterious billionaire out to destroy Joe’s life, while Elizabeth Olsen plays Marie, a caseworker who helps Joe investigate the past. Samuel L. Jackson plays the head of the motel where Brolin’s character has been held hostage.
Sony Pictures has unleashed this new trailer for Jose Padilha’s remake of ‘RoboCop.’ In theaters on February 7th in the UK and February 12th in the US, the film stars Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy/RoboCop; Michael Keaton as Raymond Sellars, the villainous CEO of OmniCorp; Samuel L. Jackson as Pat Novak, a charismatic media mogul; Abbie Cornish as Ellen Murphy, Alex’s wife; Michel K. Williams as Jack Lewis, Alex’s former partner; Gary Oldman as Norton, the scientist who creates RoboCop and finds himself torn between the ideals of the machine trying to rediscover its humanity and the callous needs of a corporation; Jackie Earle Haley as Maddox, a military tactician responsible for training RoboCop; Jay Baruchel as Pope, the head of marketing for Omnicorp; Jennifer Ehle as Liz Kline; and Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Karen Dean, Detroit chief of police. The screenplay for ‘RoboCop’ is by Josh Zetumer and Nick Schenk, based on the 1987 motion picture written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner.
Marvel & Netflix Team On 4 Live-Action Superhero Series Following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist & Luke Cage
The Walt Disney Co. and Netflix Inc. today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.
Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters. Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.