In a recent chat with Access Hollywood for ‘Prisoners,’ Hugh Jackman spoke on the impact of the ‘X-Men’ franchise and ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ On the upcoming ‘inbetweenqual’ (it acts as a sequel to both ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’), the Oscar nominee said, “I keep saying it’s like two movies in one but the size of it, it’s like three in one! [It's] going to blow people away because the story – Bryan Singer is going to be the first director to make increasingly better movies in a franchise, I’m not sure if there’s anyone else that’s done it.”
On the larger impact of the X-Men franchise, Hugh Jackman stated, “Few people credit Bryan for what he deserves credit for, which is really inventing that genre. There wasn’t really a superhero genre before X-Men came out. And funny enough, I remember catching a plane while we were promoting ‘The Prestige’ with Chris Nolan [who] said to me that he’d always had the Batman in his mind. Even way back before 2000, he had the version of Batman that he ended up making in his head. And he said, “When I went into the cinema and saw X-Men, I said damn, that’s my idea.” The idea that you could really dive in to the emotional life, to the vulnerability of these characters and that, as well as being fantastical, amazing and action, is what’s going to hook people and make them care. That’s what Bryan did, he had a lot of courage to do that.”
Sony Pictures has unveiled this new UK poster for ’Cold Comes the Night,’ which stars Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston, Logan Marshall-Green, Ursula Parker and Leo Fitzpatrick. ‘Cold Comes the Night’ is directed by Tze Chun and written by Chun alongside Osgood Perkins and Nick Simon. Chun’s acclaimed debut feature, ‘Children of Invention,’ premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won 17 festival awards.
‘Cold Comes the Night’ tells the story of a struggling motel owner (Alice Eve) who, along with her daughter (Ursula Parker), is taken hostage by a career criminal (Bryan Cranston) as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop (Logan Marshall-Green). Everyone gets in over their heads, and a series of double-crosses leaves a string of dead bodies in this pulse-pounding story about desperation and survival. ‘Cold Comes the Night’ is set for a September 20th release in the UK. Expect a US release date shortly.
Following last weeks ’Thor: The Dark World’ posters, Marvel Studios has now unleashed these two Russian posters for the film. In the film, 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 Fandril, Christopher Eccleston will play the villainous Malekith The Accursed, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be playing Algrim the Strong and Kurse.
Set one year after ‘The Avengers,’ Thor battles to save all the Nine Realms from a mysterious enemy older than the universe itself. However, a primeval race led by Malekith, who is out for revenge, intends to descend the universe into darkness. Confronted by an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot overcome, Thor must reunite with Jane Foster and set out on a dangerous journey that will force him to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Out and about promoting his new film ’12 Years a Slave’ at the Toronto Film Festival, Brad Pitt was asked whether or not a sequel to ‘World War Z’ was in the works. At this moment in time, ‘World War Z’ is one of the highest grossing films of 2013 and Pitt’s most successful movie ever, having earned a hefty $533 million at the worldwide box office. “We have so many ideas on the table from the time we spent developing this thing and figuring out how the zombie worlds work,” Pitt said in a new interview with Variety. “We gotta get the script right first to determine if we go further.”
Based on the 2006 novel by Max Brooks, the zombie blockbuster encountered a number obstacles on its way to the big screen, including a delay on the release date as significant reshoots took place for the film’s third act. But ‘World War Z,’ insiders say, ultimately prevailed thanks to an aggressive marketing campaign and positive reviews. Paramount is said to be leaning on Pitt, whose company Plan B produced the film, to make another feature as the ‘World War Z’ property was initially envisioned as a three-part franchise. “We have so many ideas and so much information–we think we have a lot of stuff to mine from,” Pitt said. Mireille Enos, who is in Toronto promoting her new film ‘Devil’s Knot,’ also told Variety said she’s on board 100% for the sequels. “We’ll wait and see how the script turns out but yes, I’d love to come back.”
The Weinstein Company To Distribute ‘Can A Song Save Your Life?’ – Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo & Hailee Steinfeld
After premiering to fantastic reviews at the Toronto Film Festival, The Weinstein Company send word that they’ve acquired the US rights to John Carney’s upcoming romantic film ‘Can A Song Save Your Life?’, starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, Mos Def, Cee-Lo Green, James Corden and Catherine Keener.
Written and directed by John Carney (Once), ‘Can A Song Save Your Life?’ follows Gretta (Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend (Levine) who, seduced by dreams of making it in the big city, move to New York to pursue their passion for music. She’s heartbroken when he dumps her for the fame and fortune of a big solo contract, leaving her all on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when a down-on-his-luck record producer (Ruffalo) stumbles upon her singing during an open mic night and is immediately captivated by her raw talent and inspiring authenticity – they may be each other’s last chance to turn their lives around. Expect a confirmed release date shortly.
Art by Angela Rizza. (Ink, watercolor, photoshop)