Fox Searchlight has uploaded this new “Behave” TV spot for the rather fantastic ‘Starred Up,’ which hits cinemas in the UK and Ireland on March 21st. ’Starred Up’ is the story of a young man, Eric (Jack O’Connell), who is prematurely transferred from a young offenders’ institution to adult jail for being too violent. As he struggles to assert himself against the prison officers and the other inmates, he has to confront his own father Nev (Ben Mendelsohn), a man who has spent most of his life in jail. As Eric forges allegiances with other prisoners, and learns that his rage can be overcome through his work with prison therapist Oliver (Rupert Friend), he discovers the new rules of survival. But there are forces at work that threaten to destroy him.
The film is directed by award-winning UK filmmaker David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Hallam Foe, Perfect Sense) from a screenplay written by first-time scriptwriter Jonathan Asser, who has a background in the prison system working as an innovative therapist. The title comes from the process of prematurely upgrading a teenager from a Young Offenders’ Institution to Adult Prison. Expect word on international release dates shortly. This is definitely one to give a peep!
Along with the announcement that the first trailer for ‘Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For’ will arrive online tonight at 8pm EST (which if my timezone transferring abilities are on point, clocks in at 1am GMT), Robert Rodriguez has took to his official Twitter account to unveil this first peak at Jamie Chung as Miho. Often referred to as “Deadly Little Miho” by the character Dwight McCarthy, Chung replaces Devon Aoki as the mute assassin in the sequel. Accompanying the pic, Rodriguez tweeted: “Tomorrow at 8p ET I’ll be tweeting out the world premiere trailer for #SinCity2: A Dame to Kill For. Stay Tuned!”
The main ‘Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For’ cast includes the original ‘Sin City’ cast members: Mickey Rourke as Marv, Jessica Alba as Nancy, Bruce Willis as Hartigan, Rosario Dawson as Gail and Jaime King as Goldie/Wendy. New cast members include: Eva Green as Ava Lord, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Johnny, Dennis Haysbert as Manute, Christopher Meloni as Mort, Jeremy Piven as Bob, Stacy Keach as Wallenquist, Jamie Chung as Miho, Ray Liotta as Joey, Juno Temple as Sally, Julia Garner as Marcy, and Josh Brolin as Dwight. The film arrives on August 22nd via Dimension Films. The brief official synopsis for the film is as follows.
‘Captain Phillips’ Writer Billy Ray To Script The Leonardo DiCaprio & Jonah Hill-Starring ‘The Ballad Of Richard Jewell’
Early last month it was first reported that ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are set reunite on a 20th Century Fox project titled ‘The Ballad Of Richard Jewell,’ which is based on Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article ‘American Nightmare: The Ballad Of Richard Jewell’ (you can read it here). Today Variety have caught wind that ‘Captain Phillips’ screenwriter Billy Ray has been tapped to pen the script for the real-life drama. DiCaprio, Hill and Ray were all nominees at this past Sunday’s Academy Awards.
Jonah Hill is pegged to play the title subject, a 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, saving many people from injury or death, Richard 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 the lawyer out to clear his name. 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.
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel ‘Xerxes,’ and told in the striking visual style of the blockbuster ’300,’ this new chapter of the saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield – on the sea – as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. ’300: Rise of an Empire’ pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. Penciled in for a March 7th release, ’300: Rise of an Empire’ stars Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles, Eva Green as Artemisia, Jack O’Connell as Calisto, Hans Matheson as Aesyklos, Callan Mulvey as Scyllias, Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo, David Wenham as Dilios, and Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes.
What was it about your characters that you particularity latched onto?
Jack O’Connell: For me, my characters father, played by Callun, is pretty high ranking in terms of the whole army set up at that time. I think that crafted a lot of my characters aspirations as a kid, looking up to this glorified, warlord figure. To give you an idea of my character in relation to that, I don’t think he’s the typical naive boy, that’s stupid enough to expect he’ll become his father, he wants to take the opportunity as early as he can to work and earn that kind of respect as well as opposed to just finding it. And that element of the character fascinated me, I think Scyllias done a good job raising Calisto.
Yahoo has just set loose this first trailer for upcoming musical drama ‘Annie,’ which is directed by Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends With Benefits) and produced by Jay-Z, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. Lead by ‘Beasts of a Southern Wild’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ star Quvenzhané Wallis in the title role and Jamie Foxx in the role of Benjamin Stacks, an update of the character Daddy Warbucks, ‘Annie’ is a contemporary adaptation of the musical of the same name, which in turn is based upon the 1924 comic strip ‘Little Orphan Annie’ by Harold Gray.
Set to hit the big screen from December 19th, the stellae supporting cast for the film also includes Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Tracie Thoms and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. The newly released synopsis for ‘Annie’ can be read below the film’s frst trailer. This looks like it could be a tonne of fun!
Poster Revealed For The ‘Monsters University’ Short ‘Party Central’; Will Play In Front Of ‘Muppets Most Wanted’
“The Party Must Go On.” In January it was announced that a new ‘Monsters University’ short film, ‘Party Central,’ will play in front of ’Muppets Most Wanted’ when it hits cinemas in March. With the release of that eagerly awaited sequel closing in, Disney have sent over this new poster for the short film. ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ opens on March 21st in North America and March 28th in the UK and Ireland.
‘Party Central’ will feature the return of Billy Crystal and John Goodman as the respective voices of Mike and Sulley along with a number of other familiar voice talents from the world of ‘Monsters University.’ In the six-minute short, which Disney first debuted at last year’s D23 Expo, Mike and Sulley and their Oozma Kappa frat brothers try to throw a monster blowout party but are dismayed to find that no one is showing up. Fortunately, they have some extra inter-dimensional doors handy, which they put to creative use to get the party rocking.