This new extended clip has arrived online from the rather fantastic ‘Starred Up,’ which hits cinemas in the UK and Ireland on March 21st. ’Starred Up’ is the story of a young man, Eric (Jack O’Connell), who is prematurely transferred from a young offenders’ institution to adult jail for being too violent. As he struggles to assert himself against the prison officers and the other inmates, he has to confront his own father Nev (Ben Mendelsohn), a man who has spent most of his life in jail. As Eric forges allegiances with other prisoners, and learns that his rage can be overcome through his work with prison therapist Oliver (Rupert Friend), he discovers the new rules of survival. But there are forces at work that threaten to destroy him.
The film is directed by award-winning UK filmmaker David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Hallam Foe, Perfect Sense) from a screenplay written by first-time scriptwriter Jonathan Asser, who has a background in the prison system working as an innovative therapist. The title comes from the process of prematurely upgrading a teenager from a Young Offenders’ Institution to Adult Prison. Expect word on international release dates shortly. This is definitely one to give a peep!
‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past': 8 New Images & Magneto (Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen) & Professor X (James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart) Covers
While we await the March 24th release of the film’s new trailer, Total Film has revealed 8 new images and their new ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ covers featuring past and future versions of Professor X (James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen). The stacked ensemble cast for the hugely anticipated film includes Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Nicholas Hoult, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Evan Joingket and Lucas Till. ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ acts as a sequel to both 2006′s ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and 2011′s ‘X-Men: First Class,’ as well as a follow-up to 2013′s ‘The Wolverine.’
Showcasing Chris Evans’ Captain America and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, Marvel has debuted this latest clip from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ the sequel to 2011′s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and the ninth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (Welcome to Collinwood) from a screenplay written by the ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is set for release on April 4th in the US and March 28th in the UK.
Guy Pearce Set To Join Johnny Depp & Joel Edgerton In Scott Cooper’s Whitey Bulger Movie ‘Black Mass’
Variety are reporting that Guy Pearce is in talks to play one of Whitey Bulger’s (Johnny Depp) brothers in ‘Black Mass,’ the drama Scott Cooper will direct about the Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive. Joel Edgerton will play John Connolly, the FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger, who is in prison for tipping Bulger that he was about to be indicted. That led Bulger to go from ruthless Boston crime kingpin to the top of the FBI’s most wanted list. The script for ‘Black Mass’ is by Mark Mallouk, who adapted the 2001 Dick Lehr/Gerald O’Neill New York Times bestseller ‘Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob.’ Production will begin in May.
Whitey Bulger had risen to the top of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List when he disappeared for a decade before he could be put behind bars. Many felt he could never have gotten that far without the help of John Connolly, an FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger and his brother William (presumably Guy Pearce’s role?), the former president of the Massachusetts Senate. Connolly was tasked with bringing down the Italian mob, and he was aided by Bulger, who burnished his own position as Boston crime kingpin by getting rid of the competition for his Winter Hill gang. Connolly was lauded for his work before things went south for him. He eventually was convicted of racketeering and obstruction of justice for aiding Bulger, who is currently in a Massachusetts state prison for second-degree murder.
In light of the enormous success of ‘Ride Along’ at the box office, Universal Pictures has set a January 15th, 2016 release date for the sequel to the Kevin Hart-Ice Cube comedy. Tim Story will return with direct, and Hart and Ice Cube will reprise their roles as a security guard and an Atlanta cop. Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are writing the script, and Will Packer and Cube Vision will produce.
‘Ride Along’ opened in the US over the January four-day holiday weekend to $48.6 million, the best opening of all time for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, beating 2008′s ‘Cloverfield; ($46.1 million). Costing a modest $25 million to make and nabbing a fantastic A CinemaScore, the film stayed in the #1 spot for three weeks straight and has earned $130.6 million domestically to date. The likes of John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, David Banner, Bryan Callen and Laurence Fishburne starred alongside Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. At the worldwide box office, ‘Ride Along’ is currently sitting at $140.6 million earned.