‘Out Of The Furnace’ & ‘Crazy Heart’ Director Scott Cooper No Longer Helming Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’
The Wrap bring word that the ‘Out of the Furnace’ and ‘Crazy Heart’ director Scott Cooper has departed ‘The Stand,’ Warner Bros. Pictures’ planned film adaptation of the Stephen King novel. The studio tapped Cooper to re-write and direct the project a few months ago, and the split was due to “creative differences,” according the outlets sources. No replacement has been hired, though the project has been a priority for Warner Bros. Cooper signed on to make the post-apocalyptic horror film after Ben Affleck backed off. Affleck will instead direct and star in ‘Live By the Night,’ another prized adaptation at the studio. Cooper has been developing a bevy of other projects, and his latest film, the revenge drama ‘Out of the Furnace,’ opens shortly.
‘The Strand’ is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. It features dozens of characters (including such memorable one as the Trashcan Man and Mother Abigail) and overlapping story lines running over many years as it tells a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg. The novel did post-apocalypse before it became a trope for YA novels and has influenced artists and media, be it the ‘Lost ’TV show or music groups such as Anthrax. The novel was originally published in 1978, but by the time it was re-released in 1990 with King adding and revising portions of the story, it had achieved cult-like status.
Journey Through Middle-Earth In New Google Chrome Experiment For ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’
Warner Bros. Pictures and Google have debuted a new “Chrome Experiment” that allows users to explore Middle-earth by the click of their mouse. You can start exploring by clicking here. Inspired by the epic fantasy adventure ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ “A Journey Through Middle-earth” is a new Chrome Experiment that brings the locations and characters from “The Hobbit” Trilogy to life with a mix of modern web technologies. The film, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, will be released worldwide December 13th.
The online experience, developed by North Kingdom in collaboration with the studios, takes fans through an adventure that unfolds across an interactive map of Middle-earth. Users can zoom in to explore Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell and Dol Guldur, with new locations set to be added in the weeks ahead. Each destination on the map gives the visitor access to its history and the characters who inhabit it, or presents unique survival challenges in which fans can test their wits.
Universal Pictures send word that the next chapter of ‘The Purge’ will open on June 20th, 2014. James DeMonaco is returning to write and direct the sequel for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions. ‘The Purge’ was Blumhouse’s first production under its first-look deal with Universal. The thriller, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headley, was a major success with $89.3 million this year in global box office after being produced on a budget of $3 million. Universal came on to ‘The Purge 2′ following the opening weekend success of ‘The Purge,’ which dominated the box office with a stunning $34 million. With ‘The Purge 2′ set to begin shooting by the end of the year, expect casting news for the film soon.
After years of speculation, series creator Doug Ellin, who wrote the screenplay and who executive produced the series with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, confirmed last month that cameras are ready to roll on the ‘Entourage’ feature film and that the entire cast is set to return. Today he took to Instagram to post a picture of himself with the reunited cast and the simple message: “January 16 start date. Getting pumped”. Ellin will also direct the film.
Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Debi Mazar, Scott Caan and Jeremy Piven have all agreed to reprise their iconic roles from the HBO series, which is expected to highlight Ari Gold’s new career as a studio head. As a series, ‘Entourage’ ran for eight seasons on HBO between 2004 and 2011
The story for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ sees Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth reprising their roles of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Toby Jones and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. The likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Maria Howell, E. Roger Mitchell, Alan Ritchson, Bruno Gunn, Meta Golding, Sam Claflin and Amanda Plummer join the “Hunger Games” film series for this sequel. Lionsgate will release ’The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ on November 21st in the UK and November 22nd in the US. Francis Lawrence directs.
Gale is somewhat Katniss’ soul mate/kindred spirit, with whom she was forced to leave behind when she volunteered for the 74th Hunger Games. Gale’s life has also changed since she went away and returned a victor….?
Liam Hemsworth: Yes. Gale’s now working in the mines and he’s still trying to survive everyday and he’s living in a terrible place. The Quarter Quell is another betrayal to Gale, you know? It’s another something on the list of things that makes his animosity and anger keep growing more and more every day because of all these things that the Capitol is doing to the Districts. The injustice is getting under his skin to new levels, understandably. And now I think he’s starting to feel a responsibility to stand up to that. The “Peacekeepers” are a lot more aggressive now and a lot less tolerant, it’s one thing after another. He feels like he must stand up for it and he knows he can’t just run away from it.
The official “Daily Bugle” viral site for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ has been updated with an “article” that seemingly alludes to the cause behind Max Dillon’s transformation into Electro in the film. ’The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ directed by Marc Webb, will be released in the US on May 2nd and in the UK on April 18th. The article is as follows.
Despite the outraged cries of protesters that have dogged the project since its inception, Oscorp Industries is set to flip the switch on the construction of an experimental hydroelectric power plant that could reshape New York’s power landscape.
“What do you want me to say? That this is a bad idea? Oh, you do? Fine. This is a bad idea,” said average New York taxi driver, Mike Lortz when asked his thoughts about the power plant.