The good people over at Empire Magazine have revealed their fantastic new ‘Godzilla’ subscribers cover. On the look of the titular character, director Gareth Edwards told the outlet, “Trying to get the face right was the main thing. I guess he’s got more of a bear’s face, or a dog’s. We also used eagle. There’s a lot of nobility in an eagle. It made him feel very majestic and noble.” Edwards also used London-based motion-capture facility The Imaginarium and its head, Andy Serkis, on certain sequences to “control the souls” (as Edwards puts it) of his creations. ‘Godzilla’ hits screens on May 16th, but you can pick up the new issue of Empire this Thursday (February 27th) on newsstands. Stay tuned for more Godzilla-related mayhem this week.
Described as an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic ‘Godzilla,’ the adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. The key cast for ‘Godzilla’ includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins and Bryan Cranston. Gareth Edwards (Monsters) is directing the creature feature centered on the giant city-destroying and monster-fighting lizard. The filmmaker directs from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham.
Atlantic Books send word that Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin (Moneyball, The Social Network) are developing ‘Console Wars,’ an adaptation of the book by Blake Harris. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are attached to direct and are also writing the screenplay. Harris is serving as executive producer and is co-directing a documentary on the same subject, with Rudin, Rogen and Goldberg producing as well.
Atlantic Books’ publisher, Toby Mundy, last week acquired rights to the book, a riveting behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary, took on the juggernaut Nintendo. Atlantic will publish ‘Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation’ this coming August. In the book, Blake Harris draws on hundreds of interviews to present the first full account of this titanic corporate battle, which transformed computer games into a global industry that last year recorded sales of $50 billion (surpassing the film and music businesses combined).
Empire has set loose these first two images from Lone Sherfig’s (An Education) film adaptation of Laura Wade’s play ‘Posh.’ The play, which helped launched the careers of Kit Harington, Joshua McGuire, Tom Milson and David Dawson, centers around the fictional Riot Club – an elite Oxbridge dining society – which meets regularly in the a private dining room of a pub. ‘Posh’ is scripted by Wade, adapted from her own play, which opened during the 2010 General Election, where audiences and critics weren’t shy in drawing comparisons between the fictional Riot Club and the Bullingdon Club, of which Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson were members.
In this movie adaptation, the boys in penguin suits include Max Irons and Sam Claflin, as Miles and Alistair, first years at Oxford University determined to join the notorious Riot Club. During the course of a night at the Bull’s Head pub, ambition and avarice lead them down a dark path. Douglas Booth, Natalie Dormer, Holliday Grainger, Jessica Brown Findlay, Sam Reid, Freddie Fox also star. ‘Posh’ opens on September 19th.
From Sony Pictures comes this new international trailer for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ The film is the second in a planned four-film series that will further expand to include spin-offs for The Sinister Six and Venom. From director Marc Webb, the film will be released in the US on May 2nd and in the UK on April 18th. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Colm Feore, Chris Cooper, Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak and Sarah Gadon. The official synopsis for the film is as follows.
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.
StudioCanal has revealed this new TV spot for ‘Non-Stop,’ which opens on February 28th. Liam Neeson leads ‘Non-Stop,’ a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. ‘Non-Stop,’ which reunites Neeson with ‘Unknown’ director Jaume Collet-Serra and producer Joel Silver, co-stars Golden Globe Award winner Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Scoot McNairy, Nate Parker, Anson Mount, Michelle Dockery, and Corey Stoll.
From Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) comes a new action thriller starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery. Bill Marks (Neeson) is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today’s flight will be no routine trip. Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes.
Wes Anderson’s new film, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ recounts the adventures of Gustave H. ((Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century. ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ opens on March 7th. The likes of Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Davoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson also star.
From my understanding, Wes Anderson has the film pretty much planned out entirely with his script before shooting, down to the finest details. What was that experience like working with a writer-director who’s so precise and meticulous with everything?
Saoirse Ronan: It’s amazing. I think because the script is so well written, I mean, the draft that I received before we started shooting was pretty much the shooting script. He had everything ready to go and I’ve learnt since that he has this animatic thing and basically he’s drawn out the entire film, kind of story boarded it and drawn out every single shot that he’s going to do and voiced every single character and played out the beats that he wants to have when he’s shooting. He’s so meticulous and particular it’s amazing. You come on set and you know that you are safe with him.
I was actually kind of nervous at first because it is a different style of acting, and you know that going into it, so I was wondering, “Does he leave it up to you, what does he do?” But I remember meeting him in London before shooting and we went through the scenes I have with Zero, two dialogue scenes, and I did them quite natural and he said, “Yeah, yeah that’s good. Now try it quicker.” And I did it quicker and he was like, “Yeah, that was better. Now try it quicker again.” And he’d keep trying to get me to pick up the pace a little bit (laughs), and put in little pauses here and there. Suddenly he was sort of crafting the whole scene and it was amazing because he’s so clear. I’ve never come across someone like that before who’s so clear on what they want and they have it all ready to go, they just need the actors to bring it to life on screen.