Sony Pictures today send word that Neill Blomkamp’s (Elysium, District 9) next movie, ‘Chappie,’ will begin filming this fall. Blomkamp will work from a screenplay he has written with Terri Tatchell. He will also produce the film with Simon Kinberg. ‘Chappie’ tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. The film will star Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, with Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, as the two gangsters.
‘Elysium’ opened at #1 in the US this weekend, and was also #1 in Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and Ukraine. Sony Pictures also released Blomkamp’s first feature film, ‘District 9,’ which took in over $200 million worldwide and earned four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis & Terrence Howard Highlighted In 3 New ‘Prisoners’ Stills
Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled these three stills from Denis Villeneuve’s (Incendies) dramatic thriller, ‘Prisoners.’ Led by Hugh Jackman and Jack Gyllenhaal, ‘Prisoners’ features an all-star cast, including Maria Bello as Keller’s distraught wife, Grace; Oscar nominees Terrence Howard and Viola Davis as Franklin and Nancy Birch, whose daughter Joy went missing with the Dovers’; Academy Award winner Melissa Leo as Alex Jones’ Aunt Holly; and Paul Dano as Alex Jones. ‘Prisoners’ is pencilled in for a September 20th release in the US and a October 4th bow in the UK.
In the film, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect’s release. Knowing his child’s life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The desperate father will do whatever it takes to find the girls, but in doing so, he may lose himself, begging the question: When do you cross the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante? Source: Collider.
After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) – reborn as The Mother F%&*^r – only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.
Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire — leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. An adaptation of the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr comic, ‘Kick-Ass 2′ is set for an August 14th release in the UK and a August 16th bow in the US. The likes of Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Olga Kurkulina, Robert Emms, Lindy Booth, Daniel Kaluuya, Clark Duke, Claudia Lee, Augustus Prew and Lyndsy Fonseca also star. Jeff Wadlow directs.
I understand ‘Kick-Ass 2′ marks the first time you’ve reprised a character in a film. How did you find that experience?
Aaron Taylor-Johnson: It’s bizarre repeating something you’ve already done, so I felt like I needed to step it up a few levels. It was challenging because it was new for me to go back to the same character. I usually just go from one thing to the next and very different things. It was a bit of a mind…. puzzle to do (laughs), I’m trying to think of the right words to use (laughs). I think it took me a lot longer than Chloe and Chris to get back into character. I’ll be honest, I think it was a challenge for sure. It’s really hard for me because I go to a character and then I erase it and I just jump to something else. I find that a lot easier. But to go back to something and then try to make it feel like the same person is actually a lot harder than it seems, I feel.
Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures send word that principal photography on ‘Interstellar’ is officially underway in Alberta, Canada. The film will be released in IMAX and 35mm theaters on November 7th, 2014. Paramount Pictures will distribute in North America, Warner Bros. Pictures internationally. Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (‘Inception,’ ‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy), the production will travel the globe and utilize a mixture of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography to bring to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan, originally developed for Paramount Pictures and producer Lynda Obst. The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
‘Interstellar’ features a prestigious cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway, Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Academy Award nominee John Lithgow, Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn, and Academy Award winner Michael Caine.
Kinopoisk has revealed these two new stills from ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’ The sequel to the 2004 film, ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,’ has Adam McKay returning to the directors chair as well as co-writing the script with Ferrell. Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Paul Rudd return from the original film, while the likes of Harrison Ford, Kristen Wiig, Meagan Good, Dylan Baker, Josh Lawson, Drake, Kanye West, Greg Kinnear and James Marsden join the sequel. Look out for ‘Anchorman: The Legend Continues’ in cinemas from December 20th.
With the 70′s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy…while taking New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
With 100 days and counting until the November 22nd worldwide launch of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ the second installment of Lionsgate’s global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the company announced today that it will host a Catching Fire world premiere in London on November 11th. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ will open day-and-date with its US release in nearly every major international territory. The first Hunger Games film was the 13th highest-grossing North American release of all time on its way to generating nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office.
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence alongside Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Jeffrey Wright, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland. The film begins as Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson). 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 (Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, The Quarter Quell – a competition that could change Panem forever. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn, based upon the novel “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins.