‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘A Beautiful Mind’ star Paul Bettany is set to make his directing debut with an upcoming project from Voltage Pictures and BiFrost Pictures titled ‘Shelter.’ It was revealed today that both Jennifer Connelly (who is married to Bettany in real life) and Anthony Mackie will star. Bettany is also supplying the screenplay for ‘Shelter,’ although no plot details are currently available outside of it being set in New York.
“It’s my intention to surround myself with hugely talented people and then claim all the credit,” said Paul Bettany. “I have great actors, great producers and a great city to shoot in – plus I’m hoping to keep alive the time-honored tradition sacred to directors and seduce my leading actress.”
Joss Whedon Talks About His Lead Villain In ‘The Avengers: Age Of Ultron': “I Love Ultron, Because He’s So Pissed Off”
In a recent chat with EW, Joss Whedon shed some light on Ultron, the formidable villain that the Avengers team will battle in the sequel to last year’s mega-grossing blockbuster. The sentient super-bot presents a challenge for the film’s screenwriter: How to make a machine that can do just about anything into an interesting on-screen character? Created by a scientist in the Marvel comics, Ultron is a self-aware robot who develops a lust for power. He has a laundry list of abilities – super-human strength, speed, stamina, durability, flight, mind control, a coma ray and a genius intellect. For ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ Whedon reveals that he’s stripping back some of Ultron’s abilities and will find a way to humanize – to some degree – the angry bot.
“I knew right away what I wanted to do with him,” Joss Whedon says. “He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch.”
Having worked on James Gunn’s two previous feature films, ‘Super’ and ‘Slither,’ Gunn has revealed that Tyler Bates will be providing the score for his upcoming Marvel flick, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ “Grateful to be working with my favorite composer, Tyler Bates, on Guardians of the Galaxy. Unlike most films, Tyler writes huge chunks of the score first so that I can actually film to the music. During action scenes and huge dramatic moments we blare the score on set so that the cast, crew, and camera can move in harmony with the music. Music is often an afterthought in film, but never for us. And everything Tyler’s done so far has been amazing!”
The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Academy Award winner Benicio del Toro as The Collector, Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close as Nova Prime. Ophelia Lovibond, Gregg Henry and Enzo Cilenti also star.
In her three-part diary for Harper’s Bazaar – to mark the opening of her new play ‘The Pride,’ Hayley Atwell has revealed that she’s joined the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming ‘Cinderella’ adaptation. “I am about to start filming Kenneth Branagh’s new movie, Cinderella,” Atwell writes, “playing Cinderella’s biological mother at the beginning of the story, the embodiment of goodness and maternal love.”
Set for a March 13th, 2015, ‘Cinderlla’ is filming now at Pinewood Studios in England. Lily James (Downton Abbey) stars as the orphaned eponymous character, while Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) plays her handsome prince. Oscar winner Cate Blanchett co-stars as her wicked stepmother and Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) and Holliday Granger (The Borgias) are playing the step-sisters. Helen Bonham Carter plays the Fairy Godfather, while Stellan Skarsgård plays the Grand Duke. Expect more news shortly.
“Victors Banner” For ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Highlights Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss & Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta
Lionsgate has launched the “Victors Banner” reveal campaign on thehungergamesexplorer.com. The first banner includes victors Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), along with a countdown clock to the next reveal. Fans are encouraged to tweet their guess of who will appear next with the hashtag #VictorsRevealed.
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ sees Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth reprising their roles of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Toby Jones and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. The likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Maria Howell, E. Roger Mitchell, Alan Ritchson, Bruno Gunn, Meta Golding, Sam Claflin and Amanda Plummer join the “Hunger Games” film series for this sequel.
Sysmatic has put together this fan great poster for ‘Interstellar,’ which is filming now in Alberta, Canada. The film will be released in IMAX and 35mm theaters on November 7th, 2014. Paramount Pictures will distribute in North America, Warner Bros. Pictures internationally. Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (‘Inception,’ ‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy), the production will travel the globe and utilize a mixture of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography to bring to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan, originally developed for Paramount Pictures and producer Lynda Obst. The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
‘Interstellar’ features a top-notch cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine.