Hot Toys have revealed their premium Iron Man figure for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ providing us with our first detailed look at Tony Stark’s Mark XLIII armor. The toy manufacturor had the following to say about the figure: The extremely-anticipated, Avengers: Age of Ultron, is only a few months away! Our favorite superhero team is assembled again when Tony Stark’s peacekeeping program goes awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans… To get fans ready for this super exciting film, Hot Toys is thrilled to jump start the Avengers: Age of Ultron collectible series by presenting the 1/6th scale Mark XLIII Collectible Figure! It is also the newest addition to our MMS Diecast Series which the collectible figures are made of diecast material, and realistically designed to look even more like the armor as it appears in the blockbuster.
Terrence Malick’s Christian Bale & Natalie Portman-Starring ‘Knight Of Cups’ To Premiere At The Berlin Film Festival
The first seven films for the 65th Berlin International Film Festival Competition programme have been selected. The programme selections include former Berlinale bear winners Andreas Dresen (Nightshapes, Grill Point) and Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line) with their newest works. Frequent Berlinale Forum guest Peter Greenaway will participate in this year’s Competition. The directorial debut by Jayro Bustamante – simultaneously Guatemala’s debut in Competition –, a feature film by former Generation participant Andrew Haigh, and the newest work by Russian director Alexey German are also among the first selected Competition films. The live-action ‘Cinderella’ by Kenneth Branagh will screen out of competition.
‘Knight Of Cups’ is one of two films Terrence Malick filmed back-to-back in 2012. As a massive Malick fan, it feels slightly bizarre – yet thoroughly thumbs-up worthy – that he filmed two movies that year. Since his debut film in 1973, ‘Badlands,’ the filmmaker has only made five other movies: ‘Days Of Heaven,’ ‘The Thin Red Line,’ ‘The New World,’ ‘The Tree of Life’ and ‘To The Wonder.’ The likes of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Natalie Portman, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Justin Wheelon, and Jason Clarke all filmed scenes for ‘Knight of Cups.’ Films confirmed in competition to date (in alphabetical order):
Earlier this month Marvel Studios finally confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title role in director Scott Derrickson’s ‘Doctor Strange,’ which is scheduled to hit theaters on November 4th, 2016. Today we hear, via Latino Review, that three powerhouse actors have been approached for the role of The Ancient One in the film: Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe.
One of the big surprises at this past summer’s Comic-Con was Legendary Pictures’ unveiling of ‘Skull Island,’ a new feature by ‘Godzilla’ writer Max Borenstein based on the mythic origins of King Kong, where mutant giant creatures rule. Now we hear that Legendary has adjusted their upcoming schedule, retitling ‘Skull Island’ to ‘Kong: Skull Island’ and moving the release from November 4th, 2016 to March 10th, 2017. Tom Hiddleston is pegged to star and Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct the film.
Skull Island is the name most often used to describe a fictional island first appearing in the 1933 film ‘King Kong’ and later appearing in its sequels, three remakes, and any other King Kong-based media. It is the home of the eponymous King Kong and several other species of creatures, mostly prehistoric and in some cases species that should have been extinct long before the rise of mammalian creatures such as gorillas, along with a primitive society of humans. With the success of ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Pacific Rim,’ Legendary Pictures certainly seem like they have their eyes on reviving the “gigantic monster” genre. And I’d say that it’s a safe bet that this will lead into a ‘King Kong vs. Godzilla’ throw down sometime in the future.
Disney have revealed the logo and first piece of concept art for Jon Favreau’s live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of ‘The Jungle Book.’ The voice cast for the film include Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Bill Murray as Baloo, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Giancarlo Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. The film also marks the debut of newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who will be the only actor to physically appear on screen. Favreau’s version is set for October 9th, 2015.
Following five clips and with the film opening in North America today, three more clips have arrived online today from Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five.’ The comedy film – written by, directed by and starring Rock – sparked a major bidding war in September after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. In ‘Top Five,’ Rock plays Andre Allen, a successful comedian and movie star whose work was recently ravaged by a New York Times critic. His fiancée (Gabrielle Union) wants him to help her with her reality show while his agent (Kevin Hart) just wants him to make his next blockbuster. Instead, he teams with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) to make a serious documentary about the Haitian revolution. The likes of JB Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, DMX, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm and Michael Che co-star. Paramount Pictures will release ‘Top Five’ on January 16th in the UK.