BET and Relativity Media have unveiled this first trailer for writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s (The Secret Life of Bees, Love & Basketball) ‘Beyond the Lights.’ Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who’s been earning rave reviews for ‘Belle’ (deservedly so, she’s absolutely fantastic), recently said the drama is a chance to explore the darker side of a glamorous industry, “When you are groomed into these shiny music-industry acts from a young age, there are a lot of identity issues…. it’s about the psychological expectations of fame.”
The tale follows a perfectly packaged pop star, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who’s been groomed for stardom from a young age by her overbearing, opportunistic mother (Minnie Driver). Also starring Nate Parker, Danny Glover, Jordan Belfi, Aml Ameen and Machine Gun Kelly, ‘Beyond the Lights’ opens on November 14th in the US. The-Dream is creating all the original music for film, which will be choreographed by Laurieann Gibson.
Jason Bateman has put pen to paper on a deal with Universal Pictures to star in and direct an Untitled FBI Wedding Comedy. The film will mark his third as director after his debut ‘Bad Words’ and the upcoming ‘The Family Fang,’ which is set to begin production next month in New York City. Bateman will also star in that pic opposite the likes of Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. David Flebotte and Phil Alden Robinson wrote the initial script for this FBI Webbing Comedy, and David Bar Katz (The Pest) has been tapped to rewrite. Bateman will next be seen in ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ in September and ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ in November.
With a number of rumors swirling around about a “Jedi Hunters” collective appearing in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (unconfirmed at this point), Yvan Quinet has put together this great piece for J.J. Abrams’ hugely anticipated space opera.
After almost a year of speculation, it was announced earlier this summer that John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’. Reportedly set approximately thirty-five years after ‘Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi’ and the demise of Darth Vader, the plot is said to “center around a trio of young leads, along with characters from the previous installments.”
From The Weinstein Company comes this new trailer for Ned Benson’s ‘The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby.’ The romantic drama was actually crafted as two separate movies, each focusing on the entirety of a relationship between two people. One version, which they call “Him”, showed it from the husband’s (James McAvoy) vantage point, while a second film, “Her”, explored it from the perspective of the wife (Jessica Chastain).
The version released theatrically will follow the more traditional form, from both perspectives, and clock in at two hours. All three versions will be released by The Weinstein Company in some form this fall. “Them” will premiere in the US on September 26th while “Him and “Her” will be released about a month after in select art house cinemas. No word on international release dates as yet. The likes of William Hurt, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Jess Weixler, Ciaran Hinds, Isabelle Huppert and Nina Arianda co-star.
Focus Features has unveiled this first look at Idris Elba in Cary Fukunaga’s (True Detective, Jane Eyre, Sin Nombre) ‘Beasts of No Nation,’ which is an adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling novel. The story follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who, when civil war engulfs his West African country is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters. Not only must Agu face the death of his father and disappearance of his mother and sister, but must also join a life of violence and brutality. Agu befriends a mute boy named Strika and together they face the crimes and hardships of war. Elba will play the lead role of Commander and he will serve in a producing capacity as well. Presumably set for 2015, ‘Beasts of No Nation’ is currently filming in Ghana. The official synopsis for the ‘Beasts of No Nation’ novel can be read below.
Out and about on the promotional campaign for ‘Dawn of the Planet of Apes,’ Andy Serkis opened up about helping Mark Ruffalo refine his performance as Hulk on ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ Back in May, Ruffalo was asked by a fan if he could reveal something about the Hulk in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ to which he replied, “Well, I have been working with the great @AndySerkis on the big green boy and he is going to be even better”.
During this Q & A with Variety, the performance capture King talks about being involved with both ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ from a consultancy standpoint (he’s also playing a character in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’): “The Imaginarium is the performance capture consultant, and I’m playing a role (in both films). On ‘The Avengers,’ I’ve been working closely with Mark Ruffalo.” Asked if we’ll actually see his face, Serkis replied, “I’m not at liberty to mention. But it’s all the same to me. I’ve never drawn a distinction when playing a role, whether it be live action or performance capture. Acting is acting. It’s just basically what you wear to the set that’s different.”