The Mad Butcher has put together this fan-made teaser poster for the hugely anticipated ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ While there’s been no official casting announcements to date, the likes of Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jesse Plemons, Adam Driver, Hugo Weaving, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O’Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Zac Efron, Saoirse Ronan and Sullivan Stapleton have all been linked to the film via various rumors over the course of pre-production. Additionally, it has long been expect that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will be reprising their iconic roles from the original trilogy. With filming set to commence in the Spring, expect official word on casting soon.
Fox Searchlight Pictures has debuted this new clip from Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’ The stellar cast for the film includes Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson, Mathieu Amalric, F Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban and Tony Revolori.
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ tells of a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee (Tony Revolori) who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century. The film which opens on March 7th.
Sony Pictures has set loose two new behind-the-scenes featurettes for ‘RoboCop,’ which hits the big screen on February 7th in the UK and February 12th in the US. ’RoboCop’ is directed by José Padilha and stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. The screenplay is by Joshua Zetumer, based on the 1987 motion picture written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner.
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees its chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.
Leonardo DiCaprio & Jonah Hill To Re-Team For Film About Falsely Accused Atlanta Olympics Bomber Richard Jewell
According to Deadline, Fox has closed a deal to acquire rights to Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article ‘The Ballad Of Richard Jewell,’ which will be developed for Jonah Hill to play the title subject. Jewell was the security guard who discovered a backpack in the Olympics compound in Atlanta in 1996. Initially hailed a hero for reporting the suspicious knapsack and then helping clear bystanders from the area before it exploded, Jewell was subsequently vilified just three days later as a potential suspect, his life and reputation torn apart in the advent of the 24-hour news cycle. Leonardo DiCaprio will play a lawyer Jewell knew casually, a Southern attorney who mostly did real estate closings and seemed in over his head, but he guided Jewell through a hellish Twilight Zone that went on even after the FBI officially cleared Jewell’s name three months later.
Marie Brenner, whose Vanity Fair article was the original source material for the Michael Mann-directed tobacco whistle-blower tale ‘The Insider,’ accompanied Richard Jewell and his attorney just as it finally became clear he had nothing to do with placing the bomb. The film will be produced by Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Hill and Kevin Misher, the latter of whom brought in the article. Eventually Brenner was completely exonerated and Eric Robert Rudolph was later found to have been the bomber. In 2006, Governor Sonny Perdue publicly thanked Jewell on behalf of the state of Georgia for saving the lives of those at the Olympics.
“A Love Story For The Ages” Featurette For ‘Winter’s Tale’ – Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay….
With the release of the film fast approaching, Warner Bros. Pictures has set loose this new behind-the-scenes ”A Love Story for the Ages” featurette for Akiva Goldsman’s ‘Winter’s Tale,’ which is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Mark Helprin. Set in 1916 and present-day Manhattan, ‘Winter’s Tale’ follows the story of Peter Lake (Colin Farrell). Peter Lake is a thief who falls in love with Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a dying girl who occupies one of the houses he breaks into. The film also co-stars Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer, Eva Marie Saint and Will Smith, who will cameo as a judge. ‘Winter’s Tale’ opens on February 14th in the US and February 21st in the UK.
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film stars Colin Farrell (“Total Recall”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Oscar® winners Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”) and Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). “Winter’s Tale” also introduces young newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs (both from Broadway’s “Once”). The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”), who also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Helprin.
THR bring word that the late Philip Seymour Hoffman had one major, emotional scene left to film in the final installment of the Hunger Games series, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.’ Yet, insiders reportedly express confidence that filmmakers can complete the movie in a way that will satisfy fans. A Lionsgate executive tells the outlet, “We’re all extraordinarily sad. But as it relates to production, it’s going to have no impact. Obviously, we’re going to have a couple of work-around issues but the movie will be creatively whole. His performances in both [remaining] movies will be up to the best of his craft. We feel it will be a good tribute to him.”
Asked to expand on the crucial scene that remains to be shot, this executive responded, “Why would I want to give people something to look for two years from now?” The final film in the series is set for release in November 2015. One of the finest actors of our generation, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead on Sunday in his New York apartment of a suspected drug overdose. The actor had nearly completed filming of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,’ set for release in November, and had seven days of filming remaining on ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.’