Just yesterday it was reported that Christian Bale has decided to pass on the lead role of Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle’s upcoming, untitled biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography. Today, Deadline bring word that Michael Fassbender is the actor who’s currently being eyed by Sony Pictures and Boyle to play Jobs in the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film. The outlet add, “I don’t want to get carried away here, after all the heated press speculation about past courtship of other actors Christian Bale (twice) and Leonardo DiCaprio. But the filmmakers like this and it does look like space can be made in Fassbender’s ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ schedule to accommodate Sony’s hopes to get this into production in the winter….”
Ahead of the release of the film’s new trailer on Thursday, Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted this latest banner poster for ‘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.
With principal photography now underway on ‘London Has Fallen,’ Millennium Films and Focus Features have revealed the full cast and synopsis for the sequel to last year’s ‘Olympus Has Fallen.’
The story begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. However, what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.
Final ‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Trailer – Starring Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch…
DreamWorks Animation has set loose this new full-length trailer for ‘Penguins of Madagascar,’ the animated spin-off from the ‘Madagascar’ series centered on the fan-favorite penguins. Set for a November 26th release in the US and December 5th bow in the UK, the film features the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru and Peter Stormare. Simon J. Smith is directing from a script by Michael Colton and John Aboud.
In PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, audiences will discover the secrets of the most entertainingly mysterious birds in the global espionage game. Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then… you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from taking over the world.
From Sony Pictures comes this first trailer for ‘Chappie,’ the upcoming film from Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium). Led by Sharlto Copley as the titular robot (he’s playing Chappie via performance capture), the sci-fi flick also stars Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman.
Opening on March 6th, the official synopsis for ‘Chappie’ is as follows: “Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever. “
The Huffington Post has unveiled this poster for ‘Top Five,’ which is written by, directed by and stars Chris Rock. The comedy film sparked a major bidding war in September after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. Paramount Pictures eventually picked up the project for a whopping $12.5 million and will release ‘Top Five’ on December 12th in the US and January 16th in the UK.
In ‘Top Five,’ Chris Rock plays Andre Allen, a successful comedian and movie star whose work was recently ravaged by a New York Times critic. His fiancée (Gabrielle Union) wants him to help her with her reality show while his agent (Kevin Hart) just wants him to make his next blockbuster. Instead, he teams with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) to make a serious documentary about the Haitian revolution. The likes of JB Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, DMX, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm and Michael Che also star. UPDATE: clip added.