Closely following the release of the film’s new full length trailer, Focus Features has unveiled this latest TV spot for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ The erotic drama stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the duo at the center of the story. Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Victor Rasuk, Callum Keith Rennie, Jennifer Ehle and Max Martini also star in the adaptation of the EL James novel. ’Fifty Shades of Grey’ opens on Valentine’s Day 2015.
Matt Smith has joined ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ star Natalie Dormer in Stefan Ruzowitzky’s ‘Patient Zero.’ In the action thriller, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. An inexplicably immune human survivor with the ability to communicate with this new species must spearhead a hunt for Patient Zero in order to find a cure to save his infected wife and humanity.
‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Mockumentary Shows How Tom McGrath, Benedict Cumberbatch & Ken Jeong Got “Into Character”
DreamWorks Animation has set loose this new “Mockumentary” for ‘Penguins of Madagascar,’ featuring Tom McGrath, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, John Malkovich, and director Eric Darnell. Set for a November 26th release in the US and December 5th bow in the UK, the animated spin-off from the ‘Madagascar’ series also features the voices of Chris Miller, Chris Knights, Annett Mahendru and Peter Stormare.
Out and about on the promotional rounds for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,’ Jennifer Lawrence opened up briefly to IGN about the next “X-Men” flick, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ On where we’ll find Mystique in the upcoming installment, the Oscar winner says, “She’s very complex. She’s a hero to her own race in a way which makes her a villain to the opposite race. I don’t really know where she’s gonna go. I’ve had a few conversations about where we’ll find her. She obviously needs to be in hiding somewhere.” While the plot of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is being kept under wraps, the film is said to focus heavily on the dynamic between Lawrence’s Mystique character and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto.
From Walt Disney Pictures comes this new behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘Into the Woods.’ Rob Marshall (Chicago) directs the musical fantasy film, which is based on the highly acclaimed Tony Award–winning eponymous Broadway musical by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. Opening on December 25th in the US and January 9th in the UK, ‘Into the Woods’ is centered on a childless couple, who set out to end a curse placed on them by a vengeful witch.
The key cast for ‘Into the Woods’ is as follows: Meryl Streep as The Witch, Emily Blunt as The Baker’s Wife, James Corden as The Baker, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Tammy Blanchard and Lucy Punch as Florinda and Lucinda, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Annette Crosbie as Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandmother, Joanna Riding as Cinderella’s Mother, Frances de la Tour as the Giant, Richard Glover as the Steward, and Simon Russell Beale as the Baker’s Father.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Steve McQueen will direct a movie about the actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson. Today we hear that the Turner Prize and Oscar winner will reteam with ’12 Years a Slave’ producer and financier New Regency on a big-screen adaptation of the British TV series ‘Widows.’ Sources say the film, which McQueen will write and direct, will mark his follow-up to the Oscar Best Picture-winner ’12 Years a Slave.’ The plan is to be in pre-production by the end of this year on the heist thriller, which won’t be titled ‘Widows.’ McQueen’s Robeson project will likely follow.
See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who previously worked with Steve McQueen on ‘Hunger,’ ‘Shame’ and his upcoming HBO series ‘Codes of Conduct,’ will produce alongside McQueen. The ‘Widows’ series, which first aired in the UK in 1983, has been a passion project for the director, with its themes of female empowerment. The series kicked off when three armed robbers are killed during a heist. They are survived by their widows, who use a cache of books detailing the men’s past robberies to pull off a raid themselves. The film will diverge from the series in that it will be contemporary set in a US city and feature four widows. The original six-part series was written by Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect).