Miramax send word that ‘Breaking Bad’ star Aaron Paul will headline the adaptation of Liz Jensen’s ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’ alongside Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey). Paul will play the father of a young boy involved in a near-fatal accident. When the boy miraculously survives, the father comes under investigation even though there may be more mysterious forces at work. Dornan will play the boy’s psychologist who uncovers troubling sides to the story that defy reality.
The film will shoot in Vancouver under the direction of Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D), whose latest movie ‘Horns’ starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple opens in October. ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’ will mark the screenwriting debut of actor Max Minghella (The Social Network), son of Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella. Three-time Emmy-winner Aaron Paul most recently starred in ‘Need for Speed’ and will next be seen alongside Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton in Ridley Scott’s epic, ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings.’
As a huge fan of both Jimi Hendrix and André Benjamin (aka Andre 3000) I’ve been closely following this film for a while now. From writer-director John Ridley (Oscar-winning ’12 Years a Slave’ screenwriter), ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’ charts just over a year in a man’s life. The year James Marshall Hendrix blossomed and became Jimi Hendrix. The year he spent as a young musician trying to make it on the streets and in the clubs of London with the lovers, friends, and musical collaborators who were a part of his legendary life and inspired him. Starring André Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix, ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’ features a stellar supporting cast in Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Burn Gorman and Ruth Negga. The film opens in the US on September 26th and in the UK from October 24th.
As an artist yourself, someone who people would consider a trailblazer and ahead of the curve, what is about Jimi Hendrix’s artistry that has appealed to you?
André Benjamin: Hendrix to me is the greatest performer that ever lived, not just in rock, but period. He’s the greatest performer and artist that walked the planet. Since he stepped on the planet, until now, there’s no one who has trumped what he has done. He threw his whole self into what he was doing. People don’t just come out of the sky and be Hendrix. Hendrix would sit on the side of the stage and watch other people do things. All the tricks Hendrix did – the teeth, the guitar – other guitarists had done that before him. Chuck Berry and all those guys. He was a kid when he was doing it, but he knew how to soak up everything and make it his own.
Nobody on this planet is an island. Everyone is influenced by somebody but Hendrix put it all together: musicianship, passion, style, sexuality. The women loved him. It was everything. As an artist, that’s what you dream of. You dream of being a great writer, you dream of being a great musician, you dream of attracting the people you want to attract. That’s what you dream of. And he was that.
Antoine Fuqua’s Denzel Washington-led ‘The Equalizer’ is based on the 1980s TV show that starred Edward Woodward as the title character. In this movie version Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened.
Opening on September 26th, the likes of Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, Haley Bennett, David Harbour and Marton Csokas co-star. Antoine Fuqua previously directed Denzel Washington in ‘Training Day.’ Check back tomorrow for my interviews with Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz for ‘The Equalizer.’
Closely following the release of four posters for ‘Interstellar’ (you can view them all below), Paramount Pictures has today set loose this stunning theatrical banner for the hugely anticipated sci-fi flick. Set for release on November 7th, the top-notch cast for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine and Matt Damon.
When a wormhole (which theoretically can connect widely-separated regions of spacetime) is discovered, explorers and scientists unite to embark on a voyage through it, transcending the limits of human space travel. Among the travelers is a widowed engineer (McConaughey) who has to decide to leave behind his two children to join the voyage with the goal of saving humanity.
Ahead of the film’s January 9th release date, this first batch of images have arrived from ‘Taken 3.’ The likes of Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace and Forest Whitaker star in the film, which sees ‘Taken 2′ helmer Olivier Megaton back in the director’s chair. Plot details are currently under-wraps, yet Neeson has said the following about Bryan Mills’ latest escapade, “I have to go on the run, I’ll put it that way, from the not-so-lawful types and the lawful authorities. Bryan Mills served his country faithfully, but now even they are after him. They must not like me.”
New Trailer For Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ – Starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson…
From 20th Century Fox comes this new trailer Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,’ which will arrive in cinemas on February 13th, 2015. In ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,’ which is based on the comicbook created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Colin Firth plays a James Bond-like superspy who works for MI6 and takes his slacker nephew under his wing. He mentors his nephew Gary (Taron Egerton) in tradecraft in the hopes that Gary can change and become an MI6 agent. The likes of Michael Caine, Sophie Cookson, Sofia Boutella, Mark Strong and Samuel L. Jackson also star.