Deadline are reporting that Al Pacino and Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have parted company on ‘Despicable Me 2.’ Pacino was signed on to provide the voice of the film’s villain, Eduardo, in the follow-up to the 2010 hit. With just two months to go before the film’s June 28th release in the UK and July 3rd bow in US, the studio and Chris Meledandri’s Illumination are in the process of landing someone to take over. Pacino’s last-minute exit is said to have come down to creative differences.
Universal Pictures confirmed Pacino’s exit, and sent over the following statement: “Over the production of Despicable Me 2, there were creative differences between us and Al Pacino, who had been cast as the voice of Eduardo in the film. We have mutually decided with Al to replace the voice of Eduardo with a new actor. Universal and Illumination thank Al for his many contributions to the process and look forward to a new actor bringing this memorable character to the screen upon its release this summer.” UPDATE: Benjamin Bratt has stepped in to voice the villain Eduardo.
The Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Set For December – Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman & Justin Timberlake
CBS Films send word that ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ will see a limited release December 6th and expand out December 20th – during the heart of awards season. Written and directed by Academy Award-winners Joel and Ethan Coen, the film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake. The Coen Brothers are producing the film with Scott Rudin, who formerly worked with the Coens on ‘No Country for Old Men’ and ‘True Grit.’ The script for the film is loosely based on the life of the influential folk musician and left-wing activist Dave van Ronk. It has been hinted that the film may draw from van Ronk’s posthumous memoir entitled ‘The Mayor of MacDougal Street.’
‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ follows an aspiring singer-songwriter (Isaac) as he navigates the 1960s folk-music scene in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Grammy-winner T Bone Burnett produced the film’s soundtrack which includes music performed by, among others, Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford and Justin Timberlake. Robert Graf served as executive producer, T Bone Burnett served as executive music producer and Marcus Mumford as associate music producer. Previous collaborations between the Coen Brothers and Rudin include the Academy Award-winning Best Picture of 2007 ‘No Country For Old Men’ and the multiple-Academy Award-nominated ‘True Grit.’
In a long line of news, behind-the-scenes images and teasers, director Bryan Singer has tweeted the above first image of Ellen Page on the set of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ as Kitty Pryde, aka Shadowcat. Singer captioned this image with: “Hello, Kitty @
EllenPage #XMen #DaysofFuturePast.” ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ the seventh installment in the ‘X-Men’ film series, commenced filming earlier this month in Montreal, Canada. It will be the first film in the ‘X-Men’ film series to be filmed in 3D.
Bryan Singer recently announced that ‘Game of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage joined the cast of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ Further reports bring word that the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor will play the main antagonist in the film. With Singer merging past and present ‘X-Men’ actors for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ the director also announced that Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Halle Berry (Storm), Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) will be joining the film – which is ostensibly a sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class,’ but will prominently feature actors from the first ‘X-Men’ trilogy.
Deadline bring word that Michael Caine has joined Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain in the Christopher Nolan-directed ‘Interstellar.’ Caine, who worked on three Nolan-helmed Dark Knight movies, also starred in ‘Inception’ and ‘The Prestige.’
Scheduled for a November 7th, 2014 release, ‘Interstellar’ is written by Christopher Nolan and his brother and longtime collaborator Jonathan Nolan. The film will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding. The story is said to be based on scientific theories developed by a Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist, a gravitational physicist and astrophysicist at Caltech.
With ‘The Lone Ranger’ arriving in US cinemas in 2 months, Walt Disney Pictures has sent over this new promo poster for the action-adventure film. A first-rate cast has been assembled for the ‘The Lone Ranger,’ with Armie Hammer (The Social Network) taking on the role of the titular character, Johnny Depp playing Tonto, and the likes of Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Barry Pepper, Tom Wilkinson and James Frain co-starring. The film, which takes place in 1869, is directed by Gore Verbinski for Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films. ‘The Lone Ranger’ marks Verbrinski and Depp’s fifth collaboration after the first trio of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies and the Oscar-winning ‘Rango.’
The film is described as “a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought tolife through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.” ‘The Lone Ranger’ has been pencilled in for a July 3rd release in the US and a August 9th release in the UK. Check out the production notes and official synopsis for ‘The Lone Ranger’ below.
Following the Giraffe, John Goodman, Heather Graham and Ken Jeong posters, Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed this latest character poster for ‘The Hangover Part III,’ the third installment in Todd Phillips’ record-breaking comedy franchise. Scheduled for release on May 23rd in the UK and May 24th in the US, Phillips wrote the screenplay for ‘The Hangover Part III’ with Craig Mazin, who also collaborated with him on the screenplay for ‘The Hangover Part II.’ The brief synopsis for ‘The Hangover Part III’ is as follows: “This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.”
For the third and (said to be) final adventure, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha are reprising their roles of Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug, collectively known to moviegoers as “the Wolfpack.” Returning to the ensemble are Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor and, as the guys’ long-suffering wives, Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese and Jamie Chung. John Goodman joins the cast.