Yahoo has unleashed this latest clip from writer-director Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Machete Kills.’ In the sequel, Danny Trejo returns as the titular Machete, joined by Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba reprising their roles from the first film. The story finds Machete recruited by the U.S. government to take down a cartel leader and stop an arms dealer from launching a deadly missile. ’Machete Kills’ arrives in cinemas on October 11th.
‘Machete Kills’ has Mel Gibson on-board as the villainous arms dealer, while Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Alexa Vega round out the newcomers. The official synopsis for ‘Machete Kills’ is as follows: “Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.”
DreamWorks Pictures send word that production has begun in southwest France on ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey,’ based on the best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais. Starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, and directed by Oscar nominee Lasse Hallström, the film will be released on August 8th, 2014 in the US.
In ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey,’ Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
Following a report last month that Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ may not be ready for its originally scheduled November 15th release (raising the possibility that it won’t be a contender in this year’s Oscar race), Showbiz 411 now bring word that Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker are trying to deliver ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ for a Christmas Day release. The outlet say that their goal is to have the film completed by November 25th. After that, Scorsese will leave for the Marrakesh Film Festival. That will give the capable folks at Paramount one month to get marketing and promotion together.
If Showbiz 411’s sources are on the money, it looks like the studio and the legendary director are hoping that the movie, based on former broker Jordan Belfort’s best-selling memoir, will be completed by late November in time for an awards run. Paramount’s other forthcoming releases, ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,’ is set for release on Christmas Day, and in the last report it was said that if ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ arrives in December, the Jack Ryan reboot will get pushed to January 17th, 2014. Expect official news on both ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ shortly.
Darren Aronofsky recently opened up to DGA Quarterly about his upcoming epic, ‘Noah.’ As one might expect, there are major CG effects in ‘Noah.’ “There are fantastical creatures, fantastical events,” says Darren Aronofsky. “There’s a huge deluge. What you’re photographing is often not the thing that will appear on screen—that’s the underpinning. There will be a huge amount of visual architecture placed on top of that, and that sort of makes it a different job. Sometimes only the actor’s face will be in the final image.”
There are no live animals on Noah, which was shot in New York and Iceland; everything living that’s non-human is rendered digitally. “We had to create an entire animal kingdom,” says the Oscar-nominee. “All the animals in the movie are slightly tweaked; I didn’t want the clichéd polar bear, elephant, and lion walking onto the Ark; I didn’t want the shot of a giraffe’s head looking over the rail. I wanted to respect the storyline and think what would have been involved if it all really happened.”
With the release of ‘Thor: The Dark World’ fast approaching, Empire has unveiled these first looks at Chris O’Dowd in the film alongside Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster and Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis.
‘Thor: The Dark World’ continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor” and ‘The Avengers,’ Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos… but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves… but our universe itself.
Peter Dinklage, who has won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his portrayal of scheming the fan favorite Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ has signed on to headline an untitled r-rated comedy project for Paramount. The comedy is penned by Andrew Dodge, the writer of Jason Bateman’s Toronto Film Festival sensation ‘Bad Words.’
The project is described as being deep in R-rated territory but wrapped around an emotional heart. Sources say it plays off of Dinklage’s size, as the story centers around a man who tells people he is a true leprechaun. The project is said to be tonally in the vein of ‘Bad Santa,’ the 2003 comedy featuring Billy Bob Thornton as a department store Santa that was filthy fun with an uplifting ending, and ‘Bad Words,’ Bateman’s directorial debut that featured foul-mouthed kids in a spelling bee. Source: THR.