Alcon Entertainment and director Denis Villeneuve (Oscar-nominated ‘Incendies’), director of the company’s upcoming ‘Prisoners,’ have closed a two-year overall deal, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Alcon has pacted with Villeneuve for his writing and directing services over a two-year period, extendable by any period during which the director is directing a film, either for Alcon or a third party. The agreement calls for a blind script commitment providing Villeneuve the time to both write and direct a feature project. The company and director are currently mulling several ideas.
Open Road Films has unveiled this new TV spot for writer-director Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Machete Kills.’ In the sequel, Danny Trejo returns as the titular Machete, joined by Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba reprising their roles from the first film. The story finds Machete recruited by the U.S. government to take down a cartel leader and stop an arms dealer from launching a deadly missile. ’Machete Kills’ arrives in cinemas on October 11th.
‘Machete Kills’ has Mel Gibson on-board as the villainous arms dealer, while Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Alexa Vega round out the newcomers. The official synopsis for ‘Machete Kills’ is as follows: “Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.”
Chris Hemsworth & Daniel Brühl Front & Center In New ‘Rush’ Poster: “Everyone’s Driven By Something”
With the release of ‘Rush’ fast approaching, StudioCanal has set loose, via Blogbusters, this Swiss poster for Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama. Set for a September 13th release in the UK and a September 27th bow in the US, ‘Rush’ centers on the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda and British driver James Hunt. ‘Inglorious Basterds’ star Daniel Brühl is playing Lauda with Chris Hemsworth taking on the role of Hunt. The likes of Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader) co-star. Helmed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, the script for ‘Rush’ is by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen).
Two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), teams once again with fellow two-time Academy Award® nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives. Also starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader), Rush is produced by Andrew Eaton (A Mighty Heart), Howard, Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), Eric Fellner (Senna, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Morgan and Brian Oliver (Black Swan) and executive produced by Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Todd Hallowell and Tim Bevan. Universal Pictures will distribute the film in North America.
Kc-Eazyworld has created these two fan posters for the hugely anticipated ‘Batman Vs Superman’/‘Man Of Steel’ sequel. Warner Bros. Pictures recently ended weeks of speculation by announcing that Ben Affleck has been cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Zack Snyder’s still untitled ‘Batman/Superman’ sequel to this past summer’s ‘Man of Steel.’ Affleck and Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project – bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in ‘Man of Steel.’ The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17th, 2015.
Justin Timberlake’s Richie Furst Highlighted In New ‘Runner Runner’ Featurette – Also Starring Ben Affleck & Gemma Arterton
Universal Pictures has sent over this new character featurette for Brad Furman‘s (The Lincoln Lawyer) upcoming crime thriller, ‘Runner Runner.’ Starring Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Ben Schwartz, Anthony Mackie, Dayo Okeniyi and Oliver Cooper, the film opens on October 4th in the US and September 27th in the UK.
Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake), believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.
57th BFI London Film Festival Announces Programme; ‘Gravity’, ’12 Years A Slave’, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Feature
The programme for the 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today with BFI’s Head of Cinemas and Festivals, Clare Stewart returning for her second year with a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema.
The Festival will screen a total of 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 World Premieres, 16 International Premieres, 29 European Premieres and 20 Archive films. There will also be screenings of 134 live action and animated shorts. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, master classes and other special events. The 57th BFI London Film Festival will run from October 9th-October 20th.