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Yahoo! Movies have let out the hatch this latest poster for Wally Pfister’s ‘Transcendence,’ the directional debut of the Oscar-winning cinematographer. Best known for his work with Christopher Nolan, Pfister won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for ‘Inception.’ The sci-fi thriller has a stellar cast in Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Cole Hauser, Kate Mara, Clifton Collins Jr, Cory Hardrict and Cillian Murphy. Warner Bros. Pictures will release ‘Transcendence’ on April 17th.
Dr. Will Caster (Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him.
The Guardian has set loose this first trailer 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.
Deadline are reporting that filming has commenced on the comedic drama ‘A Hologram for the King’ today in Morocco. The film reunites the ‘Cloud Atlas’ co-director Tom Tykwer with Oscar-winner Tom Hanks. Tykwer adapted the script from the novel by Dave Eggers. which was a 2012 National Book Finalist. Eggers is perhaps best known for his 2000 autobiographical novel ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,’ which focuses on his 20 year-old self’s attempts to bring up his younger brother, Christopher, after their parents both died of cancer within the space of a few months (I strongly recommend it).
Alongside Tom Hanks, the cast for ‘A Hologram for the King’ also features Sarita Choudhury, Omar Elba, Tracey Fairaway, David Menkin and Tom Skerritt. Shooting will take place in Morocco and Germany and will continue until June. The synopsis provided for the film is as follows.
With the eagerly awaited release of ‘Noah’ closing in, Paramount Pictures has debuted this new featurette for Darren Aronofsky’s epically-scaled retelling of the biblical story, providing us with some great insight into the making of the Ark. Featuring interviews with a number of the film’s key players both behind and in front of the camera, the featurette is jointly released with the webpage http://www.noahmovie.com/theark/. Head on over to the site to explore more details about the vessel.
Scheduled for a March 28th release in the US and a April 4th bow in the UK, Ray Winstone will play the role of Tubal-cain, the nemesis to Russell Crowe’s titular hero. Emma Watson plays Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem. That role will be played by Douglas Booth, with Logan Lerman playing Noah’s other son, Ham. Jennifer Connelly plays Noah’s wife, Naameh. Anthony Hopkins is playing Methuselah, while Kevin Durand is playing a giant who helps Noah and his family. The likes of Dakota Goyo, Nick Nolte and Madison Davenport co-star.
The fine folks over at Digital Spy have debuted this new clip from Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under The Skin,’ featuring Scarlett Johansson playing her deadly alien Laura. The film is adapted by Glazer and co-writer Walter Campbell from Michel Faber’s 2000 novel of the same name. Glazer previously helmed the Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane-starring crime film ‘Sexy Beast,’ and the Nicole Kidman-lead drama ‘Birth.’
The synopsis for ‘Under The Skin’ is as follows: “In search of loners, Laura (Scarlett Johansson) drives around the exquisitely moody landscapes of the Scottish highlands. She’s an alien, sent from afar and equipped with enough human language and awesome seductive power to capture, destroy and presumably send home human males. She is deadly efficient, but over time becomes drawn to and changed by the complexity of life on earth. With this new found humanity and weakening alien resolve, she finds herself on a collision course with her own kind.”
It was recently reported that the lead quartet for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot of ‘The Fantastic Four’ has been set, with Miles Teller cast as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing. Linked to the role for what seems like almost a year now, some fans have been critical about the ‘Fruitvale Station’ and The Wire’ stars casting as Johnny Storm. Speaking on a panel recently in Rome, Italy, Michael B. Jordan quite brilliantly addressed the racial backlash (comments and video via Cinefilos.it/translation via Superherohype).
“It was expected. You kinda know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way, it’s a continuity thing more than anything. People don’t like change too much. But annoyed? Eh, you just kinda accept it, it is what it is. You can’t make everybody happy. You just gotta accept that and know. I’m an actor, I have to do my job. I’m going to do my job the best I can and the way I’ve been doing it my entire life, my entire career. I grew up a comic book guy, I read comic books as a kid growing up, and the Fantastic Four/Human Torch is one of my favorite characters so I’m going to give it my everything. I can’t wait. I don’t really let it bother me at all. I just want to go into it and do the best job I can. We’ll see what happens.”