With his career in front of the camera going from strength to strength, Channing Tatum is now reportedly attached to co-direct an adaptation of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ author Matthew Quick’s novel ‘Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.’ Tatum will co-direct the film with his producing partner Reid Carolin, with whom he developed ‘Magic Mike’ and its forthcoming sequel ‘Magic Mike XXL.’ The pair are developing the project for their Free Association banner and will produce along with the company’s Peter Kiernan. Tatum and Carolin are also attached to yhe co-direct crime thriller ‘The Son,’ based on a novel by Jo Nesbo and set up at Warner Bros.
‘Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock’ centers on a troubled high schooler who plans to kill his best friend and then himself. The official synopsis for the novel is as follows: Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.
Brenton Thwaites is reportedly in talks for the key role of Henry, a British soldier, in the fifth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.’ Javier Bardem is also in talks to play Captain Brand, a ghost bent on revenge against Johnny Depp’s Capt. Jack Sparrow, who he holds responsible for the murder of his brother. Geoffrey Rush is expected to reprise his role as Barbossa, who could team up with Captain Brand.
This first poster has arrived online for the Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart-led ‘Get Hard.’ The Etan Cohen-directed comedy follows a rich bank manager (Ferrell) who is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to time in a maximum security prison. To prepare himself for his incarceration, Ferrell’s character hires the man who washes his car (Hart) to toughen him up in his final 30 days of freedom. Also starring Alison Brie, Edwina Findley and Craig T. Nelson, ‘Get Hard’ opens on March 27th, 2015. The first trailer will arrive online next Tuesday at 7:30pm ET.
UPDATE: I’ve added the music video for Billy Boyd’s ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies’ end credits song.
Empire Magazine have revealed the collector’s cover for their upcoming January issue, featuring a piece of concept art showcasing Richard Armitage’s Thorin Oakenshield in the regal armour he wears in ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ the epic conclusion to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. ‘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.
Touchstone Pictures and Lucasfilm have set loose the first trailer for the upcoming animated film ‘Strange Magic.’ The film is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011′s Academy Award-winning film ‘Rango,’ bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down.
From a story by George Lucas, ‘Strange Magic’ is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation, Lifted) and the voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare. ‘Strange Magic’ will open in cinemas on January 23rd, 2015.
First TV Spot 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 this first TV spot 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.
The film stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson, Wendell Pierce as Hosea Williams, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Ledisi as Mahalia Jackson, Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X, Niecy Nash as Richie Jean Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.