The good people over at Digital Spy have set loose this new clip from Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama ‘Rush,’ featuring the two lead characters sparring at a press conference as the race to become world champion intensifies. Penciled in 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.
Lionsgate has unveiled this new TV spot for Jon S. Baird’s ‘Filth,’ an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s (Trainspotting) best-selling novel of the same name. Starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Jim Broadbent, Imogen Poots, Joanne Froggatt, Gary Lewis, Martin Compston, Kate Dickie and Shirley Henderson, ‘Filth’ arrives in Scottish cinemas on September 27th and UK cinemas from October 4th. Expect a confirmed US release date shortly.
Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. The question is: can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth?
Bryan Cranston Addresses The Rumors That He’ll Play Lex Luthor In ‘Batman Vs Superman’/The ‘Man Of Steel’ Sequel
Given that some unsubstantiated rumors hit the web last week that “reported” that Bryan Cranston had signed a six figure deal to play the new Lex Luthor in the tentatively titled ‘Batman Vs Superman,’ the Boston Globe asked the ‘Breaking Bad’ star about essaying the bald bad guy, and he smiled. “I’ve heard that too,” he said. And what about those reports that he’s signed to play Luthor in as many as six DC movies? He laughed. “Six? This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.”
Assuming he will, in fact, be Lex Luthor (who hasn’t even been confirmed to feature in the film…. although from all the Lexi Corp easter eggs in ‘Man of Steel’ it seems incredibly likely!), the Boston Globe asked if Bryan Cranston would consider calling up Gene Hackman, who played Luthor in 1978’s ‘Superman,’ for some advice. “I can just see how that phone call would go,” he said with a laugh. “‘Gene? Hi, this is Bryan Cranston.’ ‘Who? Bryan Cranston? What do you want? How did you get this number?’” Check out the full feature via the link above.
Today at the Venice Film Festival, Studio Ghibli President Koji Hoshino announced that founder and world-renowned anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki will “retire from the production of feature-length films.” Miyazaki is to step down from directing any further feature films at the age of 72, making his current work ‘The Wind Rises’ (‘Kaze Tachinu’) his last film in such a role. “Miyazaki has decided that Kaze Tachinu will be his last film, and he will now retire,” said Hoshino. Hoshino did not give any further details, saying only that Miyazaki would hold a briefing in Tokyo this coming week. The director himself was not at the film festival.
This announcement does not rule out the possibility of “Miya-san” working on shorter projects or other endeavors. The 72-year-old director’s career has spanned over fifty years and includes many celebrated features, from ‘The Castle of Cagliostro’ to ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,’ ‘My Neighbor Totoro,’ ‘Princess Mononoke,’ ‘Ponyo,’ ‘Spirited Away,’ and beyond. And just to point out, retirement is something the master filmmaker has tried to do so twice before, but this time it does seem pretty official. Expect more on this shortly.
Tom Hiddleston On Loki In ‘Thor: The Dark World’ & His Future Place In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
While it has been said by writer-director Joss Whedon that Tom Hiddleston won’t be back as Loki for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ that doesn’t mean the God of Mischief is far from sight. Hiddleston rejoins the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a couple of months in ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ a project the actor describes as “a sequel to ‘Avengers’ as much as it is to ‘Thor.'” Speaking to MTV, the actor commented, “It’s a roller coaster, no question. It’s full of ups and downs and loop-de-loops and twists and turns. It will take you to places you haven’t seen before.”
In the upcoming Marvel sequel, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor faces Malekith the Accursed, leader of a forgotten foe known as the Dark Elves. “They have an ancient, ancient grudge against Asgard and against the reign of Odin, and they’re back,” Tom Hiddleston described of the “massive and threatening” enemies facing Thor this time around. But never count Loki out of the fight. Even as most eyes are turned toward Malekith, Hiddleston’s very own mischief-maker remains a thorn in his brother’s side. On his role in the film, Hiddleston said, “Loki has a very complicated relationship with Thor. He is an agent of chaos without equal in the world he inhabits. He knows his true nature. He knows he doesn’t belong in the family of Asgard, and he’s locked away in the beginning of the film in the deepest, darkest recesses of the dungeon as public enemy number one….. Lo and behold, Asgard needs his help,” the actor teased. “That’s going to be a very complicated allegiance.”
“Looping with the talented @EmWatson.” Darren Aronofsky has Tweeted this new production image for his epically-scaled retelling of the biblical story ‘Noah.’ In the film, Ray Winstone will play the role of the nemesis to Russell Crowe’s eponymous hero. Emma Watson plays Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem. That role will be played by Douglas Booth, with Logan Lerman playing Noah’s other son, Ham. Jennifer Connelly plays Noah’s wife, Naameh. Anthony Hopkins is playing Methuselah, while Kevin Durand is playing a giant who helps Noah and his family. The likes of Dakota Goyo, Mark Margolis, and Madison Davenport co-star.
I’ve got extremely high hopes for this film, this project has been one Darren Aronofsky’s been developing since his teens. Aronofsky is the man behind some of my favorite films of the last twelve years in ‘The Wrestler,’ ‘The Fountain,’ ‘Requiem for a Dream,’ ‘Pi’ and ‘Black Swan’ – fingers crossed ‘Noah’ adds to that list. ‘Noah’ is Aronofsky’s follow up effort to the Oscar-nominated and hugely profitable ‘Black Swan,’ which grossed $315 million worldwide on a $12 million budget. Scheduled for a March 28th, 2014 release date, the synopsis for ‘Noah’ is as follows: “NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood.”