Having recently joined Twitter, Robert Downey Jr. has posted the first official photo from the set of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ featuring himself and executive producer Jeremy Latcham. The cast list for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ will include Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, along with newcomers Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, James Spader as Ultron, and Paul Bettany as The Vision.
With the release of the film fast approaching, this new low-res TV spot has landed online for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ showcasing a number of fresh snippets of footage from the superhero flick (we’ll update this post with a higher quality version of the TV spot when it is made available). 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, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore return from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ while James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till return from ‘X-Men: First Class.’
Universal Pictures have announced that the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler-lead comedy ‘The Nest’ will open on December 18th, 2015 (the same date as ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’). Directed by ‘Pitch Perfect’ helmer Jason Moore, the script is based on an original idea by Paula Pell. The film follows two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need. Fey and Poehler previously appeared together in 2004′s ‘Mean Girls’ and 2008′s ‘Baby Mama.’ They also co-hosted the Golden Globes and were cast members of ‘Saturday Night Live’ at the same time from 2001 to 2006.
Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher’ Set For November – Starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo & Steve Carell
Set to premiere in the “In Competition Section” at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival next month, Sony Pictures Classics today send word that Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher’ will open in the US on November 14th. Miller’s top-notch cast includes Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall. ‘Foxcatcher’ tells the gripping, true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune that led to murder. Miller’s previous films, ‘Capote’ and ‘Moneyball’ were both Academy Award nominees for Best Picture.
FOXCATCHER tells the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins “coaching” a world-class athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his confidence and drives him into a self-destructive spiral. Based on actual events, FOXCATCHER is a gripping and profoundly American story of fragile men who pinned their hopes for love and redemption on a desperate obsession for greatness that was to end in tragedy.
Variety bring word that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, perhaps the biggest writing team in modern tentpole movies, are breaking up. The pair have worked on some of Hollywood’s most financially successful franchise films of the last decade, including ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2, two ;Transformers’ movies, ‘Mission Impossible III’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness.’ Insiders say the parting is amicable and has been brewing for some time as the writers have begun focusing on separate franchises. Furthermore, while the pair are parting way on the movie side sources say the TV side of their production company, K/O Paper Products, will remain intact for the time being.
Roberto Orci is said to be focused on the upcoming ‘Star Trek 3.’ He’s already been tapped to pen the movie along with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, and he’s heavily lobbying to direct the production. The film’s co-producers, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and David Ellison’s Skydance, appear to be in favor of that, but people familiar with the situation say that Paramount Pictures is being cautious – if Orci were to land the assignment, ‘Star Trek 3′ would mark his directorial debut. Meanwhile, Kurtzman has been tapped to direct ‘Venom, Sony’s “Spider-Man” spinoff. He wrote the script with Orci and Ed Solomon, who also produced last summer’s ‘Now You See Me’ with the pair.
While principal photography is set to commence next month, we’re still none the wiser about the cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (personally, I’m putting my money on a May 4th “Star Wars” day announcement). Over the last few weeks it has been reported that Oscar-winning ’12 Years A Slave‘ actress Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Maisie Richardson-Sellers have been reading for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ Additionally, Ed Speleers (Downtown Abbey), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher are said to be among the men J.J. Abrams is eyeing for the lead male role. Adam Driver is also said to be in final negotiations to play a undisclosed villain character in the movie, while original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher also are said to be reprising their roles, as is Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew. And story wise, all we know is that the sequel will be set 30 years after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi,’ and will follow ”a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.”
Today at the at the Tribeca Film Festival today in New York, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn shared some tidbits of details about ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ and the upcoming films standalone “Star Wars” movies (quotes via Bloomberg). On the topic of casting, Horn, “We’re not prepared to announce it yet but we will be very shortly announcing what we’re doing….We did some second unit work in Abu Dhabi and other places, because we have all these locations we have to film and we have to give it that “Star Warsian,” if I can use that as an adjective, look. So we needed to go to different places that give us the right look and feel and we did have second unit work shooting already but we haven’t commenced the main part of principle photography yet.”