This incredibly well made fan poster has arrived online for Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s hugely anticipated ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ Unless you’ve been living under a substantially sized rock this past fortnight, you would know that J.J. Abrams is set to direct the film, taking stewardship of one of Hollywood’s most iconic and lucrative film franchises.
Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy had reportedly been courting J.J. Abrams, one of the most successful directors and producers in Hollywood, for a while. He runs one of the industry’s top production companies, Bad Robot, and created or co-created television franchises like ‘Lost,’ ‘Fringe’ and ‘Alias.’ He has also directed the feature films ‘Mission: Impossible III,’ ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Super 8.’ Abrams is currently in the post-production phase of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ his second Star Trek film since he rebooted the franchise in 2009. That film opens in cinemas on May 18th.
Out and about on the promotional campaign for ‘Bullet to the Head,’ Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje opened up to the LA Times about playing the dual roles of Algrim the Strong and Kurse in Marvel’s ‘Thor: The Dark World.’ In the comicbooks, Algrim the Strong was the most powerful of a race of Dark Elves, who is coerced by Malekith to fight Thor. After he’s betrayed by Malekith and injured during a battle, Algrim is healed and transformed into a much more powerful being called Kurse.
In the interview, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje revealed that he often had to pull double duty as both characters in a single day – each characterization requiring around three hours in the makeup chair. And then there was the actor’s encasement in heavy-duty prosthetic padding to portray Kurse. “The outfit weighed about 40 pounds. I’m sure there will be a certain amount of CGI but a good 80% was me in that suit,” said Akinnuoye-Agbaje. “The outfit informed how I was going to move – the horns – his fighting style as well. It’s almost like he’s made out of stone.”
Open Road Films has unveiled, via Celebuzz, this new “Meet Ian O’Shea (Jake Abel)” behind-the-scenes featurette for writer/director Andrew Niccol’s (The Truman Show, Gattaca) ‘The Host.’ Opening in cinemas from March 29th, ‘The Host’ is the big screen adaptation of Twilight series author Stephanie Meyers’ best-selling novel of the same name. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt and Frances Fisher.
‘The Host’ follows Melanie Stryder (Ronan), one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls. These parasites invade human bodies, fuse to each person’s consciousness and systematically erase their personalities. Melanie is captured by the aliens and implanted by a Soul called Wanderer, something of a legend because of all of the “hosts” she has attached to on numerous planets. Wanderer’s goal is to get Melanie to give up the remaining pockets of humans, but instead the alien finds Melanie to be unique in her unwillingness to surrender her consciousness.
Jingster has put together this excellent “Bilbo and the Dwarves” piece for Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Jingster’s provided the following description for this particular image: “Bilbo isn’t too thrilled by the transportation arrangements. He would like his money back.” Head on over to Jingster’s devianART and Tumblr for more stellar work and to the view the above image in hi-res.
Accompanying Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins in the pic is Jed Brophy’s Nori, Dean O’Gorman’s Fili, Mark Hadlow’s Dori, James Nesbitt’s Bofur, Peter Hambleton’s Gloin, Graham McTavish’s Dwalin, Ken Stott’s Balin, John Callen’s Oin, Stephen Hunter’s Bombur, William Kircher’s Bifur, Adam Brown’s Ori, Aidan Turner’s Kili and Richard Armitage’s Thorin Oakenshield – the leader of the Company of Dwarves who aim to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).
Seeing as Michael Bay is gearing up to begin production on ‘Transformers 4′ in the coming months, the filmmaker caught up with Forbes to share some details about the 2014 summer blockbuster. “We’re going to start off smaller. There’s a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there, we start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast.”
“Mark [Wahlberg] is really excited about it and it’s a great redesign,” Michael Bay continued. “I said that 3 [which grossed $1.1 billion] was going to be my last one. Paramount was letting me do Pain & Gain and the Transformers ride was opening at Universal and it was bittersweet to think of passing it off. I wanted to set it up on a really sure footing and to bring someone else in on that, it would have been overwhelming.”
Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media send word that Johnny Depp has been attached to play Boston’s most notorious gangster, Whitey Bulger, in Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson’s (Rain Man) ‘Black Mass.’ The crime thriller will be released by Universal Pictures in the US through Cross Creek’s distribution deal with the studio. The film is scheduled for a May start date.
‘Black Mass’ tells the true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. However, after the Feds closed in on their targets, they double crossed Bulger and ultimately prosecuted him, along with his partner in crime and the original FBI agent working with him.