Universal Pictures and Focus Features send word that Dakota Johnson will star as Anastasia Steele, the lead female character, in the adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ The film, which will be released by Focus Features on August 1st, 2014 in North America, is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (‘Nowhere Boy’) and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the author of the #1 bestselling book on which the film is based. The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel.
Dakota Johnson’s first notable screen role was in the multi-Academy Award-winning 2010 feature ‘The Social Network.’ Her subsequent movies include the upcoming feature ‘Need for Speed,’ ’21 Jump Street,’ and ‘The Five-Year Engagement.’ She also starred as Kate in the Fox Network comedy series ‘Ben and Kate.’ Johnson is currently shooting the feature film ‘Cymbeline.’
Striking New Poster For Ben Stiller’s ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ – Also Starring Kristin Wiig, Sean Penn & Adam Scott
Yahoo! Movies has revealed this latest poster for ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.’ The film, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, isn’t precisely a new twist on the 1947 film starring Danny Kaye or an update of the 1939 short story by James Thurber. Instead, it’s a romance-comedy-adventure about a daydreaming photo editor (Stiller) who goes on a series of quests – ostensibly to locate a missing image (taken by a photographer played by Sean Penn), but in fact to find his true self. ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ is Stiller’s first directorial effort since 2008’s ‘Tropic Thunder.’ The film arrives in cinemas on December 26th. The likes of Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine and Patton Oswalt also star. Check out the recently released first poster below.
Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
Matt Ferguson (Cakes and Comics) has put together this fantastic poster 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. More of Matt’s stellar work can be found via the following the links: Tumblr, Official Website, Facebook and Twitter.
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.