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The good folks over at Hero Complex have just unleashed this new retro-style Comic-Con poster for ‘The Expendables 2.’ The testosterone-filled film sees Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross, Jason Statham’s Lee Christmas, Jet Li’s Yin Yang, Dolph Lundgren’s Gunnar Jensen, Terry Crews’ Hale Caesar, Randy Couture’s Toll Road, Bruce Willis’ Mr. Church, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Trent ‘Trench’ Mauser return from ‘The Expendables.’ The likes of Chuck Norris’ J.B ‘The Lone Wolf’ Booker, Liam Hemsworth’s Bill ‘The Kid’ Timmons, Scott Adkins’ Hector, Nan Yu’s Maggie, Amanda Ooms’ Pilar and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Jean Vilain join the fray in ‘The Expendables 2.’ 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….
Warner Bros has unveiled, via Entertainment Weekly (check it out in its full “scrolling banner” format here), an excellent panoramic banner for the first-part in Peter Jackson’s two-part movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ The banner showcases a number of new looks at many the stories major players in Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen’s Gandalf the Grey, Richard Armitage’s Thorin Oakenshield, Jed Brophy’s Nori, Dean O’Gorman’s Fili, Mark Hadlow’s Dori, James Nesbitt’s Bofur, Peter Hambleton’s Gloin, Graham McTavish’s Dwalin, Ken Stott’s Balin, John Callen’s Oin, Stephen Hunter’s Bombur, William Kircher’s Bifur, Adam Brown’s Ori, Aidan Turner’s Kili, Mikael Persbrandt’s Beorn, Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel and Hugo Weaving’s Elrond. The two Hobbit films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ which Peter Jackson and his film-making team brought to the big screen in the fantastic blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.’ ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is set for a December 14th, 2012 release date. ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ will arrive in cinemas December 13th, 2013.
Reprising their roles from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies are Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo, Christopher Lee as Saruman, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The ensemble cast includes the likes of Martin Freeman, who’s taking on the central role of Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, and Aidan Turner. Check out the synopsis for ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ below the four sections of the banner.
With filming set to commence in Australia and Japan on ‘The Wolverine’ in the coming months, Comingsoon report that four actors have joined Hugh Jackman on the film. Hiroyuki Sanada (Lost, Rush Hour 3, The Last Samurai) is set to play Shingen, a Japanese Yakuza crime boss; veteran actor Hal Yamanouchi (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Push, Sinbad of the Seven Seas) plays Yashida; and newcomers Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima will star as Mariko and Yukio, respectively. Scheduled for release July 26th, 2013, the film is set to be directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line, Knight and Day), while the script is by ‘The Usual Suspects’ scribe Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback.
‘The Wolverine’ takes inspiration from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the character’s adventures in Japan. There, samurai steel clashes with adamantium claws as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed. Darren Aronofsky was originally tapped to helm the sequel, however he dropped out to spend more time with his family as the film would shoot overseas for an extended period of time. I truly hope this film brings the best out of one of the Comic world’s most fascinating and best loved characters. Even though 2009’s ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ was a financial success by earning over $400 million at the box office, the film was met unfavorably from both fans and critics. Fingers crossed ‘The Wolverine’ is a good’n!
First Look At Thandie Newton & Chiwetel Ejiofor In The Film Adaptation Of Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Half of A Yellow Sun’
This debut image has landed online, via AfriPop, of Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel ’Half of A Yellow Sun.’ For me, the most compelling novel of the last decade, the Orange Prize-winning story follows the intertwining lives of several characters before and during the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967-1970. The story is told through three different points of view: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old boy from a small village who becomes a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the warm, progressive and beautiful daughter of well-to-do city-dwellers; and Richard, a white ex-patriot originally from England, who falls in love with Olanna’s twin sister.
Thandie Newton takes on the role of Olanna, with Anika Noni Rose as her sister Kainene. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the role of revolutionary professor Odenigbo, with John Boyega as his houseboy Ugwu. Joseph Mawle plays the English writer Richard. Cobhams Asuquo and singer-songwriter Keziah Jones are also said to be involved in the production, producing original music for the soundtrack. Set to arrive in cinemas in 2013, ’Half of A Yellow Sun’ is adapted for the screen by Nigerian theatre director, playwright and novelist Biyi Bandele. The official synopsis for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel is as follows: A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as “the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,” Half of a Yellow Sun recreates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, and the chilling violence that followed.
Empire Magazine has published a rather excellent interview with Christian Bale for Christopher Nolan’s hugely anticipated ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ In the interview Bale discusses his experience playing Bruce Wayne/Batman opposite Tom Hardy’s merciless, masked villain Bane, revealing that ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ was a much more physical film for him than the two previous installments in Nolan’s Dark Knight saga, “It’s the first time in Chris’ movies that we’ve had an adversary who’s physically superior. Previously it’s always been an intellectual battle and you know what’s going to happen if they meet and it gets to a fistfight….”Tom is phenomenal. He’s an extraordinary actor. If I was a director I would want Tom to be in my movies. He knows his shit. But it’s a funny distance that you have in these movies, literally, by being cocooned by a cowl. I don’t truly feel like I’ve worked with Gary [Oldman], even though we’ve done three movies together. I don’t really feel like I’ve worked with Gary because I’m here in this darkness every time. And likewise with Tom, we’re both behind these masks. He’s feeling that isolation as well. It’s a strange feeling. So we agreed after this we’d like to work with each other on something one day!”
‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is the third and final film in director Christopher Nolan’s much acclaimed Batman trilogy, following ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight.’ It sees Christian Bale returning to the dual role of Bruce Wayne and Batman alongside series regulars Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), and Alfred (Michael Caine). Besides Tom Hardy’s villainous Bane, newcomers to Nolan’s Batman saga in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ include Anne Hathaway’s mysterious Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake, and Marion Cotillard’s Miranda Tate. In his interview with Empire, Bale provides some insight into his reaction when he was first told that Bane would be the main villain in ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’“I thought it was a great idea. The only time I’ve ever really familiarised myself with the graphic novels was previous to Batman Begins. For inspiration, for understanding what Chris [Nolan] was going for. After that I never picked one up again, because by then we had created our world, so I just referenced that one. So I wasn’t familiar with Bane, you know? I vaguely remembered just a crazy ‘roid-looking guy with a mask. But I just trust and have faith in Chris. Look, this is not going to be an impulsive decision of his, you know? I always kinda suspected he would do a third one. But it was never definite. And I hoped that he would think of it as a challenge, the fact that with most movies, by the time they get to a third one, it’s crap. So I knew he wasn’t gonna mess around with making a poor decision on who the bloody villain was. Then I just went and sat around at Chris’ house and astounded him with how slow a reader I am. I sat and read and he kept walking in going, “You’re kidding me! Still?” And I’m like, “Yeah. Still.” Then lunch… dinner… [laughs]. Then he came in and was like, “That actually took you seven hours”. [laughs]. And I understood at that point.”
E! News bring word that Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed on to play Plutarch Heavensbee in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ the much anticipated second movie in the “Hunger Games” trilogy. Plutarch is the new “Head Gamemaker” in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ replacing the recently poisoned Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley). In the film, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth will reprise their roles as Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. Philip Seymour Hoffman joins the recently cast Jena Malone in the sequel.
Based on the second in the hugely popular series of books by Suzanne Collins, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ will be directed by Francis Lawrence (Water For Elephants, I Am Legend, Constantine. ‘The Hunger Games’ helmer, Gary Ross, declined to return to the directors chair due to Lionsgate wanting to start production in September. Because of this fixed and tight production schedule Ross didn’t see a way to prep the picture in time. The first film, which Ross co-wrote and directed, has been recieved excellently by fans, critics and at the box office. ’The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is currently pencilled in for a November 22nd, 2013 release date. Expect further casting appointments for ’The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ shortly. The synopsis for Suzanne Collins‘ ‘Catching Fire’ novel is as follows: “Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.”