Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures send word that they will premiere the ‘Godzilla’ trailer at 10am PT/1pm ET/6pm GMT. Described as an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic ‘Godzilla,’ the adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
The key cast for ‘Godzilla’ includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins and Bryan Cranston. This new take on the classic ‘Godzilla’ franchise is set to kick off the Summer movie-going season on May 16th, 2014. Edwards (Monsters) is directing the creature feature centered on the giant city-destroying and monster-fighting lizard. The filmmaker directs from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham.
Artwork by Mike S. Miller.
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all – a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself – the Dragon Smaug.
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas on December 13th while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014.
Can you recall your first encounter with ‘The Hobbit’ novel? And how did you land this role of Smaug?
Benedict Cumberbatch: Well, my dad read it to me when I was a young’n. I was about 6 or 7, because I went away to school at 8, so that’s how I know that, roughly. He’s an actor and he brought the whole book to life for me, it was the first book I had in my imagination as a child. So he sowed the seed really. Cut to a few years later and I auditioned for Peter Jackson in London via tape. The casting director was like, “Don’t do any movements.” But I said, “No no, I need to move.” And he was like, “Don’t worry, they just need the voice.” So I said, “…I wanna do the movements, it’s Smaug…. the Dragon,” (laughs). And he said again, “All they need on the tape is your voice as Smaug.” So, because I practiced the voice with movement I did it that way and he was like, “That was quite good.”
When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ ‘Mary Poppins,’ he made them a promise – one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.
For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set ‘Mary Poppins’ free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Annie Buckley, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Paul Giamatti and Kathy Baker, ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Out now in the UK, the film is due in theaters on December 13th in the US.
What attracted to you this role? For me, there’s a lot of layers to him. He’s a loving father who’s a charmer and a dreamer, yet he’s also got his vices….?
Colin Farrell: It was as much the whole script as his individual journey. As you said, with the layers, Kelly Marcel wrote an incredibly rich and complex character, who defied any one particular opinion from me on what he was like as a man or a father. Was he a good father, was he a bad father? Was he this way inclined, was he that way inclined? He was kind of a mystery and one that I really enjoyed unraveling in my own way.
Speaking to Collider on the promotional campaign for ‘American Hustle,’ Bradley Cooper was asked a few questions about his role as Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ The badass, anthropomorphic raccoon, who is an expert marksman and master tactician, is a fan favorite in the comicbook world.
On what drew him to the project and the process of working on different accents for the character’s voice, Bradley Cooper said, “Well, I like James a lot and it really was about him and then talking to him about the guy. I wasn’t familiar with the comic at all and then I really loved it, and I love that character. He’s incredible that character. You know, one thing we debated was he’s seen as a cockney accent sometimes. So we talked about whether we’d do that or do this sort of other guy from the city a little bit.
Following the news that Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman/Diane Prince in Zack Snyder’s upcoming ‘Batman vs. Superman’ film, SuperHeroHype spoke with Amy Adams, who’s reprising her role as Lois Lane, about the iconic role. Given that the comics have covered both a romantic and platonic version of the Superman-Wonder Woman relationship, SuperHeroHype brought up the possibility that the narrative could veer in the direction of the Superman/Wonder Woman comics in which the Man of Steel and the Warrior Princess are a super-powered power couple. Asked how she’d feel if Wonder Woman’s presence led to a love triangle, the multiple Oscar nominee said the following:
“Am I interested? I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see. I hope that I can be involved with a woman on screen where we’re not in a love triangle. That would be fun. Maybe where we team up together and we work as teammates instead of adversaries.”