This first set of images has arrived online from writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s (The Secret Life of Bees, Love & Basketball) ‘Beyond the Lights.’ For Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who’s been earning rave reviews for ‘Belle’ (deservedly so, she’s absolutely fantastic), the drama is a chance to explore the darker side of a glamorous industry: “When you are groomed into these shiny music-industry acts from a young age, there are a lot of identity issues,” she says. “It’s about the psychological expectations of fame.” The tale follows a perfectly packaged pop star, played by Mbatha-Raw, who’s been groomed for stardom from a young age by her overbearing, opportunistic mother (Minnie Driver). Co-starring Nate Parker, Danny Glover, Jordan Belfi, Aml Ameen and Machine Gun Kelly, ‘Beyond the Lights’ opens on November 14th in the US. The-Dream is creating all the original music for film, which will be choreographed by Laurieann Gibson.
The official synopsis for ‘Beyond the Lights’ is as follows: ‘Beyond the Lights’ is the story of Noni Jean, a hot new artist who has just won a Grammy and is primed for stardom. But the pressures of success compel her to nearly end her life until she is saved by a young police officer. They fall hard for each other, despite the protests of their parents who want each to focus on their own career ambitions. But he might be the missing piece to unlock her artistic potential.
Sam Raimi is reportedly on board to produce and potentially direct an Afghanistan war drama based on CNN journalist and author Jake Tapper’s book ‘The Outpost: An Untold Story Of American Valor.’ Raimi will supervise development of the script, to be penned by ‘The Fighter’ writing team of Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson. “The Outpost” is Combat Outpost Keating, located in Afghanistan only 14 miles from the Pakistani border, where 53 Americans prevailed against nearly 400 Taliban fighters in a day-long clash on October 3rd, 2009. “’The Outpost’ is an epic story of bravery, courage, and sacrifice of our men in uniform, and is absolutely a picture meant for the big screen,” Raimi said in a statement. “I’m honored to be a part of it.” The clash resulted in multiple citations including Medals of Honor to two recipients, the first time America’s highest military award has been given to two living soldiers for the same battle since 1968.
From 20th Century Fox comes this latest clip from ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’ The Matt Reeves-directed film is the sequel to 2011’s ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ which began Fox’s reboot of the original ‘Planet of the Apes’ series. Opening on July 11th in the US and July 17th in the UK, the cast for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is as follows.
Humans: Jason Clarke as Malcolm, Gary Oldman as Dreyfus, Keri Russell as Ellie, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Malcolm’s son, Jocko Sims as Werner, Kirk Acevedo as Carver, Kevin Rankin as McVeigh, and Keir O’Donnell as Finney.
Apes: Andy Serkis as Caesar, Toby Kebbell as Koba, Judy Greer as Cornelia, Terry Notary as Rocket, Karin Konoval as Maurice, Doc Shaw as Ash, and Nick Thurston as River, Caesar and Cornelia’s teenage son.
Striking Portraits Of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, Oberyn Martell, Arya Stark, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister…
According to a new report, Scoot McNairy will play an unspecified role (let the speculation begin!) in the hugely anticipated ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ McNairy is perhaps best known for his roles in Best Picture winners ‘Argo’ and ’12 Years a Slave,’ Andrew Dominik’s ‘Killing Them Softly’ and Gareth Edwards’ ‘Monsters.’ This year alone his credits include ‘Frank,’ ‘Non-Stop,’ ‘The Rover,”Black Sea’ and ‘Gone Girl.’ He’s also starring on AMC’s new series ‘Halt and Catch Fire.’ ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ would mark his latest collaboration with Ben Affleck after ‘Agro’ and David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl,’ which is an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name.
‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is directed by Zack Snyder and also stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from ‘Man of Steel,’ Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.
Well Go USA has revealed this new trailer for the James Franco-directed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Child of God.’ Scott Haze leads the film while the likes of Franco, Jim Parrack, Scott Haze, Jeremy Ambler, Fallon Goodson, Vince Jolivette, Brian Lally, Nina Ljeti, Terrance Huff, Elena McGhee and Nathan Mohebbi also star.
‘Child of God’ follows a dispossessed, violent man who’s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. ‘Child of God’ hits theaters in a limited release on August 1st.