Following news earlier this week of the film’s delay, writer-director-star George Clooney’s ‘The Monuments Men’ has officially been moved to a February 7th, 2014 release. Co-written by Grant Heslov, the film’s stellar cast also includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and John Goodman. Based on the book ‘The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History’ by Robert M. Edsel, the film concerns the story of the “Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, an Allied group, tasked with saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before their destruction by Hitler during World War II.
The true action-thriller focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.
Fans around the world are invited to participate in a live Twitter Chat with Bryan Singer, the director of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ The event will take place on October 28th at 5:30pm GMT on Singer’s personal Twitter page (http://www.twitter.com/
Apple has unleashed this first trailer for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (Welcome to Collinwood) from a screenplay written by the ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is set for release on April 4th in the US and March 28th in the UK.
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ sees Steve Rogers trying to embrace his role in the modern world as he teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, DC. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ features a top-notch supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández as Agent Jasper Sitwell.
Speaking to Yahoo for the UK release of ‘Turbo,’ Ryan Reynolds gave an update on 20th Century Fox’s long awaited ‘Deadpool’ movie. “[In] its current iteration the movie’s actually very small. There’s minimal impact to the studio, which is the way we’re kind of presenting it to them. We’re saying ‘Look, the budget is minimal. Therefore, can we do this the way it should be done?’ Which unfortunately needs a Rated R or it needs those elements.”
He continues, “The script is probably available online, it leaked. But it’s very meta, I mean the character knows he’s in a movie, he knows he’s in a comic book. He names studio executives in the script. So, it’s kind of a risky property. But, you know, we’ll see. It’s actually, within the last couple of weeks, taken a few very, very small tiptoes forward. “
Pantelion Films has set loose this new trailer for the Paul Walker-starring thriller, ‘Hours.’ The film, directed by Eric Heisserer, revolves around what happens after Hurricane Katrina hits the hospital where Walker’s child was just born in tragic circumstances. The hospital is evacuated and he is told to stay with his baby, who is on a ventilator, and they are soon cut off from the world by power outages and rising flood waters. Genesis Rodriguez, Judd Lormand and Nick Gomez also star. ‘Hours’ hits theaters on December 13th.
‘Thor: The Dark World’ continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor” and ‘The Avengers,’ Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos… but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves… but our universe itself.
The likes of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Rene Russo (Frigga), Tadanobu Asano (Hogun), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Erik Selvig) and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) reprise their roles from the first ‘Thor’ film, while Zack Levi is confirmed to play Fandral, Christopher Eccleston will play the villainous Malekith The Accursed, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be playing Algrim and Kurse. Directed by Alan Taylor, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ is set for an October 30th release in the UK and a November 8th bow in the US.
Stepping into Loki’s shoes for the third time now, how is that relationship as an actor to your character? I can imagine your understanding of him and all his quirks deepens every time….?
Tom Hiddleston: Definitely. As an actor you sort of develop a relationship with a character that sort of exists for as long as you play them, and then you take off the costume and you walk away and that’s it. The amazing thing about Loki is that this is my third meeting with him (laughs). We’ve had a year between each film, but essentially my understanding of the character deepens every time. And I feel like the ‘Thor’ sequel and my third engagement with playing him is a chance as an actor to find new depth, new dimension, new iterations of his psychology, of his physicality and his capacity for feeling. God bless him, he’s a complicated cat (laughs), you know? He’s on one level this kind of off-the-rails psychopathic agent of chaos – who exists in the mythology as a kind of wrecking ball. But on a human level his psychology and his emotional landscape is very very interesting because he’s so intelligent and yet so broken. This film is a chance to find where his capacity for heroism and his Machiavellian menace meet.