Warner Bros. Picture has let out the hatch two new TV spots for the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic, ’42.’ The films follows the iconic story of Robinson, the first African-American to play in the major leagues. ’42′ stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodger’s general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show in 1947 – eradicating racial segregation in baseball. The film co-stars Nicole Beharie as Rachel Isum, who would become Robinson’s wife, as well as Christopher Meloni and T.R. Knight. Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland directs ’42′ from his own screenplay. The film arrives in cinemas on April 12th.
In related news, WaterTower Music (via ShadowAndAct) has revealed details for the film’s soundtrack album. The ’42′ soundtrack features songs from the film by artists Wynonie Harris, Spade Cooley, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole Trio, Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, Count Basie, Sister Wynona Carr and Melora Hardin, as well as a track from the movie’s original score composed by Mark Isham. The soundtrack will be released on April 9th. You can listen to samples of each track at WaterTower Music’s website and you can view the tracklist below the two new TV spots.
Tom Cruise is said to be in early talks to star in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E..’ Based on the classic 1960′s TV show, the film has a script by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum). Steven Soderbergh was originally lined up to direct the film, however due to budget and casting difficulties (George Clooney dropped out due because he needed surgery on his neck and back, and he wasn’t up for a physical role), Soderbergh passed on the project. The original ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ series starred Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin. They were agents of United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) who fight the forces of Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.).
If Tom Cruise does join the film, it would give Cruise another shot at a franchise. He already has ‘Mission: Impossible,’ which has another installment being developed by Christopher McQuarrie to direct, and it looks like he will reprise the Jack Reacher role from Lee Child’s books, after the $60 million-budget ‘Jack Reacher’ grossed more than $215 million worldwide. Warner Bros. Pictures began talks with Cruise after he recently finished shooting ’All You Need Is Kill’ with director Doug Liman. The actor next stars in the Joseph Kosinski-directed ‘Oblivion,’ Cruise’s first futuristic sci-fi film since ‘Minority Report.’ ‘Oblivion’ opens in cinemas on April 19th. Source: Deadline.
THR have caught wind that Hugh Jackman is to star in ‘Six Years’ for Paramount Pictures. The project, which is based on Harlan Coben’s upcoming novel, marks the actor’s first move since nabbing a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for ‘Les Miserables.’ The novel centers on Jake Fisher, who watched the love of his life, Natalie, marry another man. Six years have passed when Jake comes across the other man’s obituary. He resolves to attend the funeral, hoping to catch a glimpse of Natalie. But the mourning widow is not Natalie, throwing all of his past memories with the woman into question.
Harlan Coben’s past five novels have debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Despite Coben’s run on the best-seller lists, only one has been adapted for the big screen: 2006’s ‘Tell No One,’ a French-language film directed by Guillaume Canet. Warner Bros. Pictures acquired remake rights to that film, with Ben Affleck attached to direct and Chris Terrio writing. Hugh Jackman will next be seen starring in ‘The Wolverine,’ ‘Prisoners’ and ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ ’Six Years’ publishes on March 19th.
Warner Bros Acquire Screen Rights To Nathaniel Philbrick’s ‘Bunker Hill’; Ben Affleck Being Eyed To Direct
Deadline reveal that Warner Bros. Pictures has just closed a deal for screen rights to ‘Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution,’ a book by Nathaniel Philbrick that will be published on April 30th by Viking. The project was acquired for Pearl Street Films as a potential directing vehicle for ‘The Town’ and ‘Argo’ helmer Ben Affleck, who partners in the company with Matt Damon. Reportedly Affleck (who is busy adapting the Dennis Lehane novel ‘Live By Night’ to direct, star in and produce) will turn the book over to his ‘Argo’ screenwriter Chris Terrio.
Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of ‘Mayflower’ and the National Book Award-winning ‘In The Heart Of The Sea,’ the real story beyond the white whale that informed ‘Moby Dick,’ and the struggle of the whalers to survive after the giant whale split their ship in half. That book has long been at Warner Bros and looks like it is finally getting made later this year with Ron Howard directing and Chris Hemsworth starring. The official synopsis for the ’Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution’ book is as follows.
CKlov has put together this top-notch poster for Zack Snyder’s hugely anticipated Superman reboot, ‘Man Of Steel,’ featuring Henry Cavill’s Superman. The poster utilizes a scan taken from Total Film Magazine’s in-depth cover story on the film. A number of details about ‘Man of Steel’ have recently landed online from the Magazine’s piece on the film, including Henry Cavill and Zack Snyder speaking about their approach to Superman in ‘Man of Steel’, Cavill and Michael Shannon discussing the film and General Zod, Amy Adams talking about her role of Lois Lane, Snyder and David S. Goyer talking about the tone of ‘Man of Steel,’ the role of Krypton and Russell Crowe’s Jor-El role, and Goyer talking about the ‘Man Of Steel’ team’s approach to secrecy.
Besides Henry Cavill in the dual role of Superman/Clark Kent, ‘Man of Steel’ stars three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Oscar nominee Michael Shannon as General Zod, Academy Award winner Kevin Costner as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive father Jonathan Kent, Oscar nominee Diane Lane as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive mother Martha Kent, Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Ayelet Zurer as Superman’s Kryptonian mother Lara Lor-Van, Christopher Meloni, Harry Lennix, Michael Kelly, Richard Shiff, and Academy Award winner Russell Crowe as Jor-El; Superman’s Kryptonian father.
MTV has set loose this new batch of images from ‘The Place Beyond the Pines,’ Derek Cianfrance’s (Blue Valentine) soon-to-be-released drama. Lead by Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes, the film powerfully – and fantastically – explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke’s (Gosling) fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The incident renders him targeted by policeman Avery (Cooper), and the two men become locked on a tense collision course which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following.
Alongside the images, MTV also spoke with Derek Cianfrance about the film. The filmmaker revealed that he wanted an opening shot that reflected the film’s size (it spans a number of years), so he and his director of photography, Sean Bobbitt, conceived a five-and-a-half-minute take that followed the stunt cyclist played by Ryan Gosling through a busy fairground and ended with him inside a globe of death with two other motorcyclists. Setting up the shot wasn’t easy, as Cianfrance recalled to MTV News. “We were shooting in an active fair. We had to put our circus tent and the trailer exactly five minutes and 30 seconds in walking distance away from each other. That was the time we had slotted for our title sequence. We timed everything out, and we did this take.”