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With filming now well underway, the official James Bond 007 Facebook page has posted this latest image from the set of ‘Spectre.’ The 24th 007 adventure stars Daniel Craig as James Bond, Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser (Blofeld?), Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, a new member of MI6 and Whitehall, Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, a henchman and bodyguard, 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 ‘Syfall.’
Now, this would be awesome! According to the good people over at Twitch, three cast members of Gareth Evans’ ‘The Raid’ and ‘The Raid 2′ will appear in the eagerly awaited ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ Iko Uwais (who plays Rama in both films) will reportedly appear alongside Yayan Ruhian (Mad Dog in the first film and Prakoso in its sequel) and Cecep Arif Rahman (“The Assassin” from the epic kitchen fight in ‘The Raid 2‘). The outlet add, “We have no word yet on what their characters may be, which side of the good guy / bad guy line they fall upon or whether any will survive through until the subsequent pictures but think on this: After the underwhelming prequel trilogy with its massive over-reliance on CGI trickery not only has Abrams shown a strong preference for practical effects but has now also cast a trio of highly skilled martial artists who have already demonstrated their skills with blades, batons, etc in a world where super powered warriors fight with blades, batons, etc. Yes, please?”
Opening on December 18th, 2015, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ officially stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, and Gwendoline Christie, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker reprising their roles from previous films. “The Force Awakens” is set approximately 30 years after “Return of the Jedi”.
Back in December Marvel Studios finally confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title role in director Scott Derrickson’s ‘Doctor Strange,’ which is scheduled to hit theaters on November 4th, 2016. Today The Wall Street Journal have released a new interview with Cumberbatch, and the actor has revealed that he’s already preparing for his appearance as the Sorcerer Supreme. Asked if taking on this part was a risk, the ‘Sherlock’ actor replied, “I don’t think it’s a risk because of Marvel. Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods. It’s very different, it’s an Astral Plane. There’s a huge new element to this Marvel universe that’s going to be employed in building this story and this character. But you know, I’m really excited about it, about working with Scott [Derrickson] whose imagination is endless, and all the boys and girls at Marvel who know what they’re doing. I’ve got a few things to get under my belt first.”
From 20th Century Fox comes this new trailer for ‘Snoopy and Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Movie.’ For the first time ever, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang we know and love from Charles Schulz’s timeless ‘Peanuts’ comic strip will hit the big screen. The most popular and influential comic strip of all time, “Peanuts” was read every day by 355 million people in 75 countries. In addition to the famous strip, “Peanuts” holiday television specials such as “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” have won Emmy’s and continue to be among the highest rated prime time TV specials. The film opens on November 6th, and the voice cast includes the likes of Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, AJ Tecce, Noah Johnston, Venus Schultheis, Alexander Garfin, Francesca Capaldi, Mar Mar, Mariel Sheets and Rebecca Bloom.
This new set of images have arrived online from ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ a film I’ hugely excited for. Set for a 2D and 3D release on May 15th, 2015, the post-apocalyptic action film stars Tom Hardy as road warrior Max Rockatansky, Charlize Theron as a commander named Imperator Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe, Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus, Zoe Kravitz as Toast, Riley Keough as Capable and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Miller, who directed the previous three installments, returns to helm ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’
Variety bring word that Scarlett Johansson has landed the lead role in the live-action adaptation of ‘Ghost in the Shell,’ which Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing for DreamWorks. Based on the popular Japanese manga created by Masamune Shirow, the story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.
The 1995 anime influenced a number of prominent filmmakers. The Wachowskis, the creators of ‘The Matrix’ and its sequels, showed it to producer Joel Silver, saying, “We wanna do that for real.” Other parallels have been drawn to James Cameron’s ‘Avatar,’ Steven Spielberg’s ‘AI: Artificial Intelligence,’ and Jonathan Mostow’s ‘Surrogates,’ among others. The ‘Ghost in the Shell’ anime was written by Kazunori Itō, directed by Mamoru Oshii, animated by Production I.G, and featured the voices of Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ōtsuka and Iemasa Kayumi.