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New Behind-The-Scenes Featurette For Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years A Slave’ Highlights The Film’s Phenomenal Cast
Fox Searchlight has unveiled this new behind-the-scenes “The Cast” featurette for Steve McQueen’s (Hunger, Shame) sublime ‘12 Years a Slave.’ Out now in the US, the historical drama, featuring a script by McQueen and John Ridley, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry, Chris Chalk, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Michael Kenneth Williams. ’12 Years A Slave’ opens on January 24th in the UK.
Based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup, ‘12 Years a Slave’ tells of Northrup’s tragic kidnapping in Washington DC in 1841 where, despite being born a free man, he was forced into slavery at a Louisiana cotton plantation. The official synopsis for ‘Twelve Years A Slave’ can be read below. Hans Zimmer is providing the score for the film.
While we still await an official release date for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ Flicks and the City spoke with Tom Hardy recently about the film while he was out and about promoting ‘Locke.’ “(Mad Max)’s great. It’s a big old piece, it’s a behemoth of a piece. I’m off there next week to do some reshoots, well not reshoots actually, but doing more. We’re building, building more Mad Maxes, even more spectacular and cool stuff.”
Written and directed by ‘Mad Max’ creator and Academy Award winner George Miller, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ stars Tom Hardy as the titular Max, Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe, and Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoe Kravitz plays Toast, Riley Keough is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is 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. The film is said to aiming for a 2014 bow.
The Wrap are reporting that Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star in the boxing drama ‘Southpaw,’ which Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) is directing for the Weinstein Company. Fuqua is directing from a script by Kurt Sutter and The Weinstein Company is producing with Riche Productions. ‘Southpaw’ was originally sold as a pitch to DreamWorks. The studio hired ‘Sons of Anarchy’ creator Kurt Sutter to write the script. When DreamWorks tapped out, MGM swooped in planning to distribute through Sony, though the film was eventually put into turnaround, which is where the Weinstein Company rescued it.
If Jake Gyllenhaal does join the film he will play a left-handed prizefighter who wins a title but suffers a tragedy soon after and must put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter. While the film is set against the backdrop of the boxing ring, Fuqua previously told the Los Angeles Times that “the heart of the movie is about a man learning to be a father.” ‘Southpaw’ is expected to start production in 2014.
Following 7 ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ images from Empire and a further 5 from EW, the latest issue of the latter features 2 more images showcasing a first look at Michael Fassbender’s Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr in his new 1970′s costume as well an image of Nicholas Hoult’s Beast attacking Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr. Fingers crossed these images arrive online in high resolution shortly. Source: SHH.
Acting as a sequel to both ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ includes cast members from both: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore return from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ while James McAvoy, Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till return from ‘X-Men: First Class.’
Lionsgate has unveiled, via Digital Spy, this new clip from the black comedy crime tale, ‘Dom Hemingway.’ Written and directed by Richard Shepard, ‘Dom Hemingway’ stars Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Madalina Diana Ghenea, Demián Bechir and Emilia Clarke. The film will open in UK cinemas on November 15th and April 4th, 2014 in the US.
Jude Law plays Dom Hemingway, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demián Bechir). After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt.
Speaking to Yahoo!, Michael Fassbender spoke on the development of the sequel to last year’s sci-fi blockbuster, ‘Prometheus.’ Asked what the hold-up was in returning to ‘Prometheus,’ Fassbender said, “Everybody’s asking this, it’s cool! You know, it takes time…. I don’t want them to rush it. I mean the reason that Pixar movies are so amazing is because they spend years throwing it out the window, re-jigging it, coming up with an idea, breaking it down, starting again, you know.”
“So to make it correctly, I think it’s actually very encouraging. Because a lot of the times they’re like ‘we made some money let’s jump on the back of this. We wanna make more money again as soon as possible.’ [But] it’s nice to actually have a little bit of time to develop it.”