During a recent chat with IAmRogue, Chris Pratt talked about Groot and Vin Diesel’s portrayal of the character in the upcoming ’Guardians of the Galaxy.’ “Dude, I think Vin Diesel is going to be great. The role of Groot is also an amazing role. I want to tell you about it but I feel like if I tell you even one little thing it’s going to start pulling the thread that is going to expose too much. But I think Vin is going to be amazing. Vin Diesel’s voice is an incredible tool that he has. I’ve watched a couple of his movies now that I knew that he was going to be cast as Groot. Just like listening to his voice … when you think of Vin Diesel you think of the look. You think of that Diesel look.… Dom, xXx, the buff and all that stuff. But truly his greatest talent is his voice, I think. I would not be surprised if this doesn’t open up a whole new world to him doing voice acting. He’s really got a special tool in that voice. It’s deep, raspy and so distinct. I think he’s going to do a great job voicing this role.”
To date, the all-star cast for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Benicio del Toro as The Collector, John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and Glenn Close as Nova Prime. Ophelia Lovibond, Gregg Henry and Enzo Cilenti also star.
Tribeca Film has unveiled this new trailer for ‘The Truth About Emanuel’ (formerly titled ‘Emanuel and The Truth About Fishes’). The film follows Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) as she forges a unique friendship with her new neighbor Linda (Jessica Biel), who bears a striking resemblance to her late mother. Written and directed by Francesca Gregorini, ‘The Truth About Emanuel’ co-stars the likes of Alfred Molina, Frances O’Connor, Jimmi Simpson, and Aneurin Barnard. The film opens on November 26th on VOD and opens in limited release on January 10th.
Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), an acerbic but sensitive teen, lives with her father (Alfred Molina) and stepmother (Frances O’Conner). She’s on the verge of another birthday-a day she has never cared for since her mother died giving birth to her-when the mysterious Linda (Jessica Biel), a young and hip mother, moves in next door. Intrigued by Linda’s striking resemblance to her late mother, Emanuel begins to babysit for Linda’s newborn daughter. As Emanuel and Linda spend more time together, they develop a bond that becomes deeply entwined in a surprising secret Linda harbors.
Premiered last night at the film’s global fan event, Warner Bros. has unveiled Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” theme song for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ You can stream the British singer/songwriter’s new track below and purchase it via iTunes here.
The sequel continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas on December 13th while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014.
Red Band Trailer For Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ – Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson & Sharlto Copley
Esquire has revealed this new red band promo for Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy.’ Arriving in cinemas on November 27th in the US and December 6th in the UK, the upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook’s cult classic stars the likes of Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley, James Ransone, Lance Reddick, and Michael Imperioli. The original ‘Oldboy,’ released in 2003, won the much coveted Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The film is based on Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi’s 90′s manga series.
Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ follows Josh Brolin’s character, Joe (Dae-su Oh in the original), a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughters birthday. For twenty years he is held captive, and upon his release must begin his journey to find the reason for his imprisonment. He soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than his solitary confinement. Sharlto Copley plays a mysterious billionaire out to destroy Joe’s life, while Elizabeth Olsen plays Marie, a caseworker who helps Joe investigate the past. Samuel L. Jackson plays the head of the motel where Brolin’s character has been held hostage.
Deadline bring word that Twentieth Century Fox has begun negotiations with James Mangold to return for another installment of ‘The Wolverine,’ with Hugh Jackman bringing back his signature character. This comes after ’The Wolverine’ played very strongly overseas, enough to now sit as the second highest grossing X-Men film of all time (behind ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’). The film has grossed $413 million worldwide, with $132 million domestic and $280 million in international revenue. The story it would follow is said to be under wraps, but apparently Mangold is making a deal to write the treatment, with Lauren Shuler Donner producing. Jackman next plays the character in 2014′s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’
Alongside Hugh Jackman as the titular character, ‘The Wolverine’ starred Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen, Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida, Tao Okamoto as Mariko, Brian Tee as Norubo Mori, Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada/Silver Samurai, Rila Fukushima as Yukio, and Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper. The script was by ‘The Usual Suspects’ scribe Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback. ‘The Wolverine’ took inspiration from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the character’s adventures in Japan.
Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena (Judi Dench) was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success. Then she met Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin. The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places. Sixsmith’s book “The Lost Child Of Philomena Lee” was published in 2009. It acted as a catalyst for thousands of adopted Irish children and their ‘shamed’ mothers to come forward to tell their stories. Many are still searching for their lost families. Out now in the UK, Stephen Frears’ ’Philomena’ opens in New York and Los Angeles on Christmas Day and then wide in the US on January 10th.
How did collaborating with Jeff Pope on the screenplay serve the adaptation of the book and Philomena’s story, in terms of striking a balance between comedy and drama?
Steve Coogan: Christine Langan at the BBC, I have to thank her for introducing me to Jeff. Initially, I didn’t want to write it. I thought, “This is an interesting story and I want to pursue it.” And I told Christine what my take on the story would be together with my producer, Gabrielle Tana, who is the person who kicked me in the pants to get this all going, And when I told Christine the story she said I should write it. But I said, “I’m used to writing comedy rather than drama….” But she said I just needed someone good to write it with and she introduced me to Jeff and now we’re bestest, bestest friends (laughs). And it was a real revelation because I learnt from him and we collaborated in the true sense that we both brought different things to it. Jeff would often talk about the structure and the rhythm of the whole piece and I was more about some myopic detail on character and dialogue. So, we both had distinct roles and it was a real pleasure. Writing is as much fun as acting, I think, because you’re there at the genesis of things and it’s pretty exciting.