‘Breaking Bad’ & ‘Game Of Thrones’ Director Michelle MacLaren To Develop & Helm The ‘Wonder Woman’ Movie
Back in October, Warner Bros. Pictures officially announced that a standalone ‘Wonder Woman’ film will hit cinemas on June 23rd, 2017, a year after the character makes her debut in 2016’s ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ With Gal Gadot playing the part, THR today bring word that ‘Breaking Bad’ producer/director Michelle MacLaren has signed on to develop and direct ‘Wonder Woman.’ MacLaren has made a name for herself in television over the past couple of years with shows like ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Breaking Bad.’ Given the cinematic feeling of her TV episodes, the leap to big-budget makes even more sense.
According to the outlet’s sources, Michelle MacLaren will work with the project’s writers, which remain unnamed at this stage, to put together a script for the project. MacLaran had been linked to ‘Wonder Woman’ for a number of months.
It has been announced today that Grammy-winners Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani have teamed up to co-write and perform the original song “Shine” for ‘Paddington.’ Stefani and Williams previously teamed up on songs including “Hollaback Girl”, “Can I Have it Like That”, and “Spark the Fire.” Pharrell recently received an Academy Award Nomination for his original song “Happy” featured in this year’s ‘Despicable Me 2.’
The cast for the first ever live-action film inspired by Micahel Bond’s best-selling books includes Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, ‘Downton Abbey’ star Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Brown, and Nicole Kidman as an evil taxidermist determined to wreak her revenge. They are joined by Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Brown, Peter Capaldi as Mr. Curry, Julie Walters as Mrs. Bird, the housekeeper, and Jim Broadbent as Mr. Gruber, the owner of the antiques shop. Finally, Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton are voicing Paddington’s Uncle Pastuzo and Aunt Lucy. The film will open in the UK on November 28th and in the US on January 16th.
Earlier this month The Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye reported that two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz is set to play the villain in the tentatively titled ‘Bond 24.’ This report followed on from the news that ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ and ‘Inglourious Basterds’ star Léa Seydoux has signed up to play the “femme fatale” in the film, while Dave Bautista will play an imposing henchman opposite the returning Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw.
Today Baz Bamigboye is reporting that Christoph Waltz may be playing none other than James Bond’s nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in ‘Bond 24.’ It was revealed last year that MGM had settled with writer Kevin McClory regarding the rights to the Blofeld character and the infamous SPECTRE organization. The 24th James Bond film is set for release in UK cinemas on October 23th, 2015 and in US cinemas on November 6th, 2015.
Variety bring word that Oscar Isaac has been cast as the titular villain in 20th Century Fox’s ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ Isaac will next be seen in ‘A Most Violent Year’ (which has been billed as the plucky outsider in the pending Oscar race), Alex Garland’s ‘Ex_Machina,’ and he’s playing a leading role in 2015’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ While the plot of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is being kept under wraps, the film is said to focus heavily on the dynamic between Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique character and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto.
‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ takes the superhero franchise in a new direction, and producer Simon Kinberg has already revealed that the film will bring in younger actors to play Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey. Last week we heard that Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning and Hailee Steinfeld are reportedly among the actors being eyed to play a young Jean Grey in Bryan Singer‘s ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ while Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe and Timothee Chalamet are under consideration for the role of young Cyclops. Famke Janssen played Jean Grey in five ‘X-Men’ movies, while Cyclops has been portrayed by James Marsden in four films.
2 New TV Spots For Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ – Starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Tessa Thompson…
Alright, I’m hugely excited for this one. Paramount Pictures has debuted these two TV spots for Ava DuVernay’s upcoming drama, ‘Selma.’ The film will have a limited release in the US on Christmas day before opening wide on January 9th, 2015 – setting up a major Awards season push. ‘Selma’ is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation. ‘Selma’ opens on February 6th, 2015 in the UK.
New ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ Covers Showcase Bilbo, Tauriel, Legolas, Thranduil, Thorin & More
The good people over at Empire Magazine have revealed three new ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ covers for their bumper January issue. The covers feature Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Thranduil (Lee Pace); Fili (Dean O’Gorman), Kili (Aidan Turner) and Thorin (Richard Armitage); and finally Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and Gandalf (Ian McKellen).
‘The Hobbit’ films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ which Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and his team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.’ ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ will be released in the UK on December 12th and in the US on December 17th.