Empire has set loose this new clip from Stephen Frears’ ’Philomena.’ Based on the true story of an Irish woman (Jude Dench) seeking the son she was forced to put up for adoption in 1952, ‘Philomena’ will arrive in the UK and Ireland on November 1st. The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on Christmas Day and then wide in the US on January 10th. Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope penned the script.
Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success. Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin.
With the release of Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’ fast approaching, 20th Century has unveiled this new behind-the-scenes featurette and “look Book” for the film. The crime thriller features a first-rate cast in Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer and Goran Visnjic. The story for ‘The Counselor’ follows a lawyer, simply named The Counselor (Fassbender), who gets embroiled in the drug trade and ends up fighting for his life.
The screenplay for the film comes from one of my favorite authors, Cormac McCarthy, whose critically acclaimed books have been adapted into ‘No Country for Old Men,’ ‘The Road,’ and ‘All The Pretty Horses.’ ‘The Counselor’ is set for October 25th in the US and November 15th in the UK.
Sony Pictures has unleashed this latest clip from the upcoming take on Stephen King’s best-selling novel, ‘Carrie.’ The film tells the story of a shy high school student (Chloë Grace Moretz) who is raised by a nightmarish religious fanatic mother (Julianne Moore), and comes to grip with devastating telepathic powers just as she reaches puberty. She eventually uses those gifts for lethal means when fellow classmates use the prom as an excuse to humiliate her before the entire school in a parable about bullying. The likes of Judy Greer, Alex Russell, Megan Hilty, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort, Portia Doubleday and Ivan Hoey Jr co-star alongside Moretz and Moore. The Kimberly Peirce-directed (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss) film is set for a October 18th release in the US and a November 29th bow in the UK. The official synopsis for ‘Carrie’ is as follows.
The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday, Youth in Revolt), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde, The Three Musketeers), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (newcomer Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc. Brian De Palma’s 1976 film version of CARRIE earned Oscar nominations for stars Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie.
One of the world’s foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb.” Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. ‘Escape Plan’ is the first pairing of action legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in leading roles, and co-stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan. ‘Escape Plan’ opens on October 18th.
The idea of a movie co-starring you and Arnold Schwarzenegger as equal headliners has been discussed for many years, as far back as the mid-1980s. What was it about this film that lead you to jump on-board?
Sylvester Stallone: It was a page turner. Having read so many scripts you can pretty much see a plot unfolding, and by page 30 you’ve sort of figured it out. By page 30 I didn’t know what was going to happen, and then by the middle of the script I was flabbergasted – I had “I didn’t see that coming” moments, often. As a matter of fact I use that line in the movie, “I should have seen that coming.” For me, ‘Escape Plan’ has what is required of successful films of today, in that the audience is so intelligent, they’ve seen it all. If you don’t give them an unusual pairing…. I think the days of the standalone actor are pretty much over. But I think if you don’t have the proper ensemble it’s just not going to work, no man’s an island anymore. Also, there needs to be a unique setting, it better be different. We’ve see a 1000 prison films, but I’ve never seen one like this. So therefore the audience is going to be exposed to a prison genre that we’ve seen before, but in a sense you haven’t at all. It is totally original and that’s why I wanted to get involved in it. It’s extremely hard to come across something that hasn’t been trod upon, “new snow” with no footprints on it.
Marking Superman’s 75th Anniversary, DC Comics has revealed Zack Snyder’s Superman short, which encompasses the entire 75 year history of the character. Here’s what DC had to say about the short: “From the creative minds of Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman: The Animated Series) and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this short follows Superman through the years, from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 to Henry Cavill in this year’s Man of Steel…all in two minutes!” The short will air on Cartoon Network on Wednesday, October 16th at 6:58 pm ET and will be available on the DVD and Blu-ray for ‘Man of Steel’ this November.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Oyelowo and ‘House of Cards’ star Kate Mara are toplining ‘Captive,’ a true-life thriller being made by BN Films. The story is based on the true events that occurred in Atlanta on March 11th, 2005. That’s when Brian Nichols, who will be played by Oyelowo in the movie, broke out of a courthouse jail and shot dead the judge assigned to his case as well as a court reporter, sheriff’s deputy and FBI officer.
While eluding a statewide manhunt, Nichols took Ashley Smith (Kate Mara), a single mother struggling with meth addiction, hostage in her own apartment. Over the course of her ordeal, Smith used a book she had been given, Rick Warren’s ‘The Purpose Driven Life,’ to reason with her captor, with surprising results. Leonor Varela and Mimi Rogers also star. The script is from Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke, adapting Ashley Smith’s best-selling book ‘An Unlikely Angel.’ The film is set to begin principal photography later this month. Jerry Jameson directs.