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Taking audiences on a humorous, moving, and intimate journey against an epic backdrop of Earth’s final days, ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ is the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist). The story centers on the events surrounding an asteroid spiraling towards Earth, threatening to end all life. Steve Carell plays a man whose wife leaves him as a result of the whole “the world is ending” news, and decides to seek out his high school sweetheart. Keira Knightley stars as Carell’s neighbor who decides to accompany him on his journey. Alongside Carell and Knightley, the film co-stars Patton Oswalt, Rob Heubel, Connie Britton, Gillian Jacobs, Rob Corddry, Adam Brody, Derek Luke, Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller, and Melinda Dillon. ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ arrives in cinemas June 22nd in the US and July 13th in the UK.
Can you tell us a little bit about your character Penny in ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,’ what would you say are her defining qualities?
Keira Knightley: I think Penny is one of the most positive characters I’ve ever played. She’s certainly at a time in her life when everything is kind of changing, and she doesn’t quite know where she’s meant to be, or who she’s meant to be with – which I think is a place a lot of people in their mid-to-late 20s find themselves in. And it just so happens the world is ending and she still doesn’t know who she’s meant to be or who she’s meant to with (laughs). It’s sort of about her finding somebody incredibly unlikely and wonderful to spend that time with. I think Penny is definitely an optimist, that’s her defining quality.
Universal Pictures has released these two banner posters alongside this new batch of images from Oliver Stone’s top-notch looking crime thiller, ‘Savages.’ The images provide us with new looks at Blake Lively’s Ophelia, Aaron Johnson’s Ben, Taylor Kitsch’s Chon, Salma Hayek’s Elena, Benicio Del Toro’s Lado, John Travolta’s Dennis, and Demián Bichir’s Alex. The film is based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel, ‘Savages: A Novel,’ which was named one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of 2010. Pencilled in for release July 6th in the US and September 26th in the UK, ‘Savages’ features a great ensemble cast in Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir.
Three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone returns to the screen with the ferocious thriller Savages, featuring the all-star ensemble cast of Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir. The film is based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel that was named one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of 2010.
Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry—raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them.
In somewhat suprising, yet thumbs-up worthy news, Deadline reveal that Jonah Hill is set to become a late addition to the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated flick ‘Django Unchained.’ Earlier on in the films production Hill was eyed for the role of Scotty Harmony, but had to turn it down because of scheduling conflicts. If Deadline’s sources are on the money, he’s now back in as-yet-unspecified role. Scott Harmony is the kid who loses Django’s wife Broomhilda to Calvin Candie, a charming but utterly evil plantation owner, which sets up a showdown with Django.
In ‘Django Unchained,’ Jamie Foxx plays the title role of Django, a slave who is liberated and taught the tricks of the trade by a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz). Django’s real desire is to be reunited with his wife (Kerry Washington), who winds up in a variety of unsavory places and whose travails drive the plot. It leads to a confrontation in Candyland, a ranch owned by the notorious Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). ‘Django Unchained’ also stars Tarantino regular Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the role of Stephen, Calvin Candie’s valet who keeps the slaves in line at Candie’s residence. The likes of Gerald McRaney, RZA, Dennis Christopher, Laura Cayouette, Laura Cayouette, Tom Savini, M.C. Gainey, Misty Upham, Franco Nero, Walton Goggins and Don Johnson co-star. The film will pay homage to the Sergio Corbucci original ‘Django,’ Takashi Miike’s ‘Sukiyaki Western Django’ – which features Tarantino, and Elmore Leonard’s novel ’40 Lashes Less One.’ My hopes are ridiculously high for this film. Tarantino + spaghetti western = YES PLEASE! ’Django Unchained’ is set for release December 25th in the US and January 18th, 2013 in the UK. Check out the official synopsis for the film below.
This new poster has landed online for Simon West’s action-hero blockbuster ‘The Expendables 2.’ The testosterone-filled cast includes the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Randy Couture, Chuck Norris, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Yu Nan, and Liam Hemsworth. In this sequel, Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. ‘The Expendables 2′ arrives in cinemas August 17th.
The Expendables are back and this time it’s personal… Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time — six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother. That is done the Expendables way….
“Now your just showing off,” indeed! Warner Bros has let out the hatch this fantastic new TV spot for Christopher Nolan’s eagerly-awaited finale to his Batman trilogy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ Showcasing a hefty amount of new footage from the film, the video features new looks at Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne/Batman, Anne Hathaway’s enigmatic Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy’s menacing Bane, Gary Oldman’s Commissioner Jim Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake, and Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox. We’re also provided with some great shots of Batman’s new high-tech flying vehicle, “The Bat.” I, for one, am fascinated to see how Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman/Selina Kyle fits into the story for the ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ In particular how she interacts with Christian Bale’s Batman/Bruce Wayne – is she a friend, foe, or somewhere in the middle? Plus, from what we’ve seen so far, Tom Hardy looks like he’s doing something special with his incarnation of the villainous Bane.
Based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is set eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes in ‘The Dark Knight.’ The film sees the Caped Crusader resurface to protect a city that brands him an enemy as a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate. Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Adam Rodriguez and Rob Brown co-star. The screenplay for the eagerly awaited film is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is (finally) unleashed in cinemas and IMAX on July 20th – I’m there!
One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man.’ Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. ’The Amazing Spider-Man’ is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ will be swinging onto the big screen July 3rd in the US and July 4th in the UK.
Speaking to you previously about the film, you commented on how you hadn’t watched the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. What prior knowledge did you have of the Spider-Man world? How was it playing Uncle Ben without any preconceived notions?
Martin Sheen: Yeah, I had never seen them. I keep telling people, in an apologetic way (laughs), but for good or ill, I’d never seen one of the previous Spider-Man movies. I had seen a part of one with Tobey Maguire, whom I love, on an aeroplane once without earphones, a guy next to me was watching it. I was like, “So that’s what people are all excited about.” So I didn’t have any preconceived notion, or any idea of what to expect. I came on the set and just worked with these extraordinary people, like Campbell Scott, he and I play brothers, he’s the father of Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker in the movie. And then Sally Field, who’s Aunt May, we had these relationships going and that’s what Marc Webb encouraged us to develop. Because without that foundation there would be nowhere, emotionally, for the show to go. Uncle Ben and Peter Parker, it’s not unlike any other parent/child relationship in the teenage years. It gets very awkward for young people and I’m familiar with that. Not only as a father, but as a grandfather (laughs). And Spider-Man as a character, I was already 21 when he first appeared. I remember it on television as a cartoon series. The kids used to run to the TV because they loved it, my kids. The “Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can” song (laughs). I always remember that.