First Images From Ava DuVernay’s MLK/Voting Rights Campaign Drama ‘Selma’ – Featuring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tessa Thompson…
Alright, I’m hugely excited for this one. From Paramount comes these first two images from Ava DuVernay’s upcoming film, ‘Selma.’ The film will have a limited release in the US on Christmas day before opening wide on January 9th, 2015 – setting up a major Awards season push. ‘Selma’ is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation. ‘Selma’ opens on February 6th, 2015 in the UK.
The film stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, Tim Roth as George Wallace, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper. ‘Selma’ is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.
A24 send word that they’ve acquired all US rights to Matt Shakman’s directorial debut, ‘Cut Bank.’ Written by Robert Patino, ‘Cut Bank’ is a modern-day thriller with an ensemble cast that includes Liam Hemsworth, John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thorton, Bruce Dern, Teresa Palmer, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Oliver Platt.
In the film, Dwayne McLaren (Hemsworth) a high school star athlete recently turned auto mechanic, dreams of getting out of his tiny Montana town and whisking his pageant-hopeful girlfriend, Cassandra (Palmer), away to the big city. But his plan sets in motion a deadly series of events and thrusts him into a police investigation headed by Sheriff Vogel (Malkovich), the protector of Cut Bank and the closest thing Dwayne has to a father figure. But things are not what they seem. Cassandra’s father Big Stan Steeley (Thornton) is the only one who seems to realize this. However, the damage is already done and the events that unfold change Dwayne’s life – and the life of the town – forever.
Columbia Pictures has set loose this new behind-the-scenes featurette for Antoine Fuqua’s Denzel Washington-led ‘The Equalizer.’ The film 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.
Stunning ‘The Hobbit’ Illustrations Of Richard Armitage’s Thorin, Luke Evans’ Bard, Lee Pace’s Thranduil…
The trilogy of ‘The Hobbit’ films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ which Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and his team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.’ ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ the final chapter in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, will be released in the UK on December 12th and in the US on December 17th.
4-Time “Harry Potter” Director David Yates Returning For J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them’
According to a new report, David Yates, who directed the final four films in the ‘Harry Potter’ film series, is in talks to direct the first installment of the ‘Harry Potter’ spinoff trilogy ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’ A production schedule for “Beasts” has yet to be worked out as Yates is currently filming the ‘Tarzan’ reboot until November, but sources reportedly confirm to Variety that the director has agreed to make the film.
The film, set for November 18th, 2016, is based on J.K. Rowling’s world of witches and wizards and inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name. ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ will follow the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. The first in a planned trilogy set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway. ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is set roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts
Sony Pictures Entertainment send word that Shane Black will direct the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series ‘The Destroyer’ by Warren Murphy. Penning the screenplay are Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney; Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer of ‘The Destroyer’ until the series’ end in 2008. Black is also currently attached to co-write and direct ‘Doc Savage,’ based on the hero of pulp novels, films, and comic books, for Columbia Pictures. Furthermore, he’s got a new ‘Predator’ film and the Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe-starring ‘The Nice Guys’ in the works. At this moment in time, it looks as if ‘The Nice Guys’ is up first on Black’s schedule.
Shane Black most recently wrote and directed ‘Iron Man 3,’ which became the fifth-highest grossing film of all time worldwide. He began his career in screenwriting, making his mark with ‘Lethal Weapon’ and collaborating on its sequel. Black’s directorial debut came in 2005 with his critically acclaimed ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer.