Heat Vision bring word that Thomas Kretschmann, who plays Abraham van Helsing on ‘Dracula,’ has signed on for a major villain role in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ Sources say that Kretschmann will play Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, giving the titular Ultron some villainous company. Strucker was originally rumored for the film late last year.
In the comics, Baron Von Strucker is a super villain, one of the leaders of HYDRA, and an enemy of both S.H.I.E.L.D and The Avengers. He is supposedly ageless and keeps dying yet comes back, time and time again. Strucker first appeared in 1964′s “Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos.” A former Nazi officer, Strucker’s body is host to the “Death Spore Virus,” which gives him powerful healing abilities and has stopped his aging. If he dies, however, the virus can go airborne and wipe out all life on Earth.
DreamWorks Animation has released this theatrical trailer for Rob Minkoff‘s (The Lion King) ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman.’ Based on the titular characters from the ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,’ the film features the voices of Ty Burrell as the genius dog Mr. Peabody and Max Charles as his adopted son Sherman. Set for March 7th, 2014, the film also features the voices of Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell, Zach Callison and Dennis Haysbert.
Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine – The Wabac – to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidently rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.
Entertainment One UK has sent over this UK trailer for their upcoming release ‘Tracks.’ This adventure drama stars Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver and is directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore). An adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s memoir of the same name, ‘Tracks’ chronicles the author’s (Wasikowska) nine-month journey on camels across the Australian desert. In 1977, Davidson traveled from Alice Springs across 2,700 kilometres (1,700 miles) of Australian deserts to the Indian Ocean with her dog and four camels. National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Driver) documents her journey. ‘Tracks’ will be released in UK cinemas on April 25th.
TRACKS tells the incredible true story of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska), a young woman who in 1977 undertook a perilous solo trek across 1,700 miles of stunning Australian outback. Abandoning city life, Robyn arrives in Alice Springs and declares her ambition to cross the desert to the Indian Ocean to the amusement of the locals. However after months of camping out and working on a camel farm people begin to take her seriously. A chance meeting with National Geographic photographer Rick Smoland (Adam Driver) provides her with the necessary financing for her expedition under the condition that he be allowed to photograph parts of her journey for the magazine. With only her dog and four unpredictable camels for company, she embarks on an inspiring and life changing journey of self-discovery.
20th Century Fox UK has unveiled this latest behind-the-scenes featurette for writer-director-star George Clooney’s ‘The Monuments Men,’ which is set for February 7th in the US and February 14th in the UK. Co-written by Grant Heslov, the film’s stellar cast also includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and John Goodman. Based on the book ‘The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History’ by Robert M. Edsel, the film concerns the story of the “Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, an Allied group, tasked with saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before their destruction by Hitler during World War II.
The true action-thriller focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.
With ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ set to hit cinemas in the next few months, Scarlett Johansson is already planning her fourth Marvel big screen adventure as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow with 2015′s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ During a recent chat with Parade Magazine, Johansson opened up about Joss Whedon’s script for the film:
“I think the script is dark and it’s dry,” Scarlett Johansson says. “It has got this amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor. Obviously, the script is very cerebral. It doesn’t lose that exciting comic book aspect that people enjoyed in the first film, but it’s smart and it feels like the next installment. It doesn’t feel like a rehashing. It feels like these characters are moving forward. Plotlines are moving forward. It’s deep and I think that’s why people really respond to the Marvel Universe, because the films are fun and exciting and have all that flashy stuff, but there’s a gravity to them. People can expect that gravity this time around.”
Just last week it was reported that 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have tapped ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ director Matt Reeves to helm the third installment of the franchise. Today, Fox has announced that the film will open on July 29th, 2016. On the third film Reeves will write the script with Mark Bomback, one of the writers who scripted the sequel. Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa were the scribes who resurrected the franchise with ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes,’ the Ruper Wyatt-directed film that grossed $482 million worldwide in 2011. The directing deal is said to be done and the writer deals are being worked out right now.