Deadline bring word that J.K. Simmons has joined Tom Hiddleston in on to appear in ‘Kong: Skull Island,’ which is set for release on March 10th, 2017. Based on the mythic origins of King Kong, where mutant giant creatures rule, the film will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer).
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.
Out now in the UK and Ireland, this new behind-the-scenes featurette has arrived online for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ the epic conclusion to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. ‘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’ will be released in US on December 17th.
Earlier this year it was announced that Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, along with D2 Productions, Plan B and Potboiler Productions, have secured the rights to develop Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel ‘Americanah’ into a major feature film in which Nyong’o will also star. Today we hear that David Oyelowo is set to co-star with Nyong’o in the film. Oyelowo has a busy end of 2014, with ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Selma’ and ‘A Most Violent Year’ all bowing in the last month. He is expected to be in the Oscars conversation for his performance in ‘Selma,’ and he can be seen next in the indie ‘Captive’ opposite Kate Mara.
Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, ‘Americanah’ is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world. The winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, ‘Americanah’ was selected as one of the “Ten Best Books of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review, the BBC, and Newsday. ‘Americanah’ tells the epic love story of young Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze; a romance that spans continents, visas, phone cards, and breakups, while exploring the cruelties and the humor of both the modern immigrant experience and the difficulty of finding your way home.
International Trailer For Disney’s 2015 ‘Cinderella’ – Starring Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett…
Walt Disney Pictures has unveiled this latest international trailer for ‘Cinderella,’ the live action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Kenneth Branagh, the film stars Lily James in the title role, Richard Madden as the Prince, Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett as the infamous stepmother Lady Tremaine, and Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera play Ella’s stepsisters Anastasia and Drisella, respectively. Stellan Skarsgård and Nonso Anozie play the Arch Grand Duke and the Prince’s loyal friend, the Captain. Tony Award-winner Derek Jacobi portrays the King. ‘Cinderella’ will be released on March 13th, 2015.
“New Recruits” Featurette For ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ – Starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson…
From 20th Century Fox comes this behind-the-scenes featurette for 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.
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Alright, I’m hugely excited for this one. Paramount Pictures has unveiled 5 minutes of behind-the-scenes “B-Roll” “footage from Ava DuVernay’s upcoming drama, ‘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 the 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, Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson, Wendell Pierce as Hosea Williams, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Ledisi as Mahalia Jackson, Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X, Niecy Nash as Richie Jean Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.