Javier Bardem is said to be in early talks to play the lead villain in the fifth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.’ Christoph Waltz was rumored for the role at one point, but Bardem currently has the offer and is reportedly in discussions to sign on. Bardem’s wife, Penelope Cruz, appeared in the previous film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.’
If his deal makes, Javier Bardem will play Captain Brand, a ghost bent on revenge against Johnny Depp’s Capt. Jack Sparrow, who he holds responsible for the murder of his brother. Geoffrey Rush is expected to reprise his role as Barbossa, who could team up with Captain Brand. Bardem previously starred alongside Depp in ‘Before Night Falls.’
Written and directed by David Ayer, ‘Fury’ stars Brad Pitt as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, Shia LaBeouf as Boyd Swan, Logan Lerman as Norman Ellison, Michael Peña as Trini Garcia, and Jon Bernthal as Grady Travis. The likes of Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood, Xavier Samuel and Brad William Henke co-star. The film will open in the US on October 17th and in the UK on October 24th.
In ‘Fury’, it is April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
From Pixar comes this new poster for the holiday special ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot.’ Following 2013′s ‘Toy Story of Terror’ television special, ABC announced earlier this year plans for a second small screen return to the world of Disney·Pixar’s ‘Toy Story.’ ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ will air on December 2nd at 8:00pm on the ABC Television Network in the US (no word where and when it will air in the UK at this moment in time).
During a post-Christmas play date, the gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room. The cast of ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie. ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ is produced by Galyn Susman and directed by Steve Purcell.
Hot on the heels of the posters for Lee Pace’s Thranduil, Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel, Richard Armitage’s Thorin, Luke Evans’ Bard the Bowman, Orlando Bloom’s Legolas, Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel, and Ian McKellen’s Gandalf the Grey, Warner Bros has debuted this new ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ poster featuring Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins. The international ensemble cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner.
Starring Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell, Malcolm Barrett, Brittany Curran, Justin Dobies, Marque Richardson, Dennis Haysbert and Peter Syversten, writer-director Justin Simien’s critically acclaimed ‘Dear White People’ follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film fantastically explores racial identity in “post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world. Set for October 17th in the US, the only public showings of ‘Dear White People’ at the BFI London Film Festival were sold out before they even went on sale. Fingers crossed a wide UK release is announced by Lionsgate shortly.
‘Dear White People’ is a true multi-protagonist story, with the four main leads having incredibly diverse and universal arcs. Your role sort of drives the story in a way, and she’s someone who has some cultural/identity issues….
Tessa Thompson: I loved that, and I felt very responsible for the part of the narrative I held up. Even though I wanted the role so much, the idea of playing Sam scared me (laughs) – which is probably why I was so determined to play her and be a part of this film. I think ‘Dear White People’ really works because you feel connected to these characters, and there’s something at their core that you understand. Honestly, I was obsessed with getting this role (laughs). I felt feel like the movie was a love letter to a previous self.
Yes, the film is very much a satire about race in America, but it is mostly about identity – and there was certainly a period when I had a hard time reconciling all the different parts of me in a way that I thought would make sense to others. While I’m older and I care less and feel more comfortable about myself now, had I seen a character like Sam White at that time, I’m sure that would have been cathartic. That really appealed to me. I was really excited to be a part of a movie that wanted to talk about the issues these characters face and hopefully it begins a dialogue – in a way that’s fun.
Making its World Premiere tonight (October 14th) at the BFI London Film Festival, ‘Testament of Youth’ is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance. The film is based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, a story that has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. ‘Testament of Youth’ is led by Alicia Vinkander as Vera Brittain, and the stellar cast also includes the likes of Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra Roach, and Anna Chancellor.
Set for January 16th, 2015, ‘Testament Of Youth’ is directed by James Kent (The Thirteenth Tale, The White Queen) and produced by David Heyman (Gravity, the Harry Potter movies) and Rosie Alison (Paddington, The Thirteenth Tale) for Heyday Films. Award-winning writer Juliette Towhidi adapted the screenplay. Tickets are still available for public screenings on the 14th and 16th of October at the London Film Festival.
How did you become involved in this film in the first place, and what was it about the script that moved you?
Colin Morgan: I first became aware of ‘Testament Of Youth’ when I received the script. Some scripts immediately speak to you, and this one certainly did. The script was what sparked my interest in the film. I immediately wanted to come in and have my shot at Victor. I was lucky enough to do that, and that’s how the process started.
The entire story of ‘Testament Of Youth’ is emotionally wealthy. Vera’s story is about a girl on the cusp of being a woman who saw the most unimaginable things during the war. The theme of lost youth really struck me. An entire generation of people lost their lives. Even those who survived the war came out the other end lost as well. They never got to experience being young men. They never got a chance to go to university. The younger generation still had life to come, and the older generation had a life to go back to. The generation that went to war didn’t know where to go after it was over. Vera is the cornerstone of the story – as people fall away around her, she carries on straight ahead. It’s an absolute testament to her. To be such a courageous woman, especially in that time period, is an inspiration.