Filmmaker Cary Fukunaga has scored a bunch of praise for his work directing all episodes of HBO's currently airing and highly acclaimed "True Detective" series.
Will he back? Sort of. Fukunaga will stay on with the anthology series, but in an executive producer capacity only. How much further he will be involved in the show's second season remains to be seen.
Fukunaga has also sold an untitled pitch to 20th Century Fox which Nicole Riegel will pen. That project has a "contemporary wartime context".
The "Jane Eyre" and "Sin Nombre" director also has "Beasts of No Nation," "Noble Assassin" and a two-film adaptation of Stephen King's "It" on his schedule.
Following on from the "Guardians of the Galaxy" trailer reveal last week, the film's director James Gunn has talked some more about that wacky Marvel sci-fi feature hitting in August.
Specifically he touched upon the two CG characters starting with Bradley Cooper's Rocket Raccoon. He tells Pointless Podcast:
"Rocket is a result of countless and cruel, illegal genetic experiments, where he's been turned--from an innocent little creature, where he has an IQ of three, and he becomes this thing that's completely alone; this gnarled little beast... he's pretty sad."
There's also the walking tree Groot who can only say one line and is voiced by Vin Diesel. Talking about Diesel's performance, Gunn says:
"All of the 'I am Groots' that were earlier voices didn't sound very good at all, they sounded like sh#t. It just didn't work. Then Vin Diesel came in and, in one day, lied down all these 'I am Groot' tracks, and he's a perfectionist. He made me explain to him exactly what (Groot) was saying (before each delivery)."
Another topic is Thanos, the cosmic villain glimpsed in the mid-credits in "The Avengers". 'Guardians' includes several links to the character from his daughter Nebula (Karen Gillan) to The Collector (Benicio del Toro) who is collecting the various stones of the Infinity Gauntlet. Asked about adapting the 'Infinity Gauntlet' limited series from the comics, Gunn tells Pointless Podcast:
"Here's the thing, truthfully the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes out of both the 616 and Ultimate Marvel Comics universe, and then they recreate some elements themselves. What Thanos wants in the comics is not necessarily what Thanos wants in the movies; we don't know yet."
Finally, Gunn says filming on the movie was much more pleasant than his previous films "Slither" and "Super" as they had enough time to do some great shots of which he's proud:
"There's one shot that I'm thinking of; the characters are imprisoned early on in the movie and there's this overhead shot of Peter Quill and he's sleeping on the floor in what we call the Locked Up Abroad shot.
It's Quill surrounded on the floor with all these different aliens, disgusting, they're all sleeping, packed together like sardines. It was just a really beautiful shot and we have it overhead completely with the camera slightly revolving as he's sitting there wide awake and all these gross aliens are asleep around him.
I was able to take time and compose the shot in the same way you would design a painting, and changing little guys. It wasn't like it took an extraordinary time to do it, but we took some time at doing and that was something that I'd had really never been able to do in my entire career."
More rumors out of the Lucasfilm camp this week, this time dealing with two bits of "Star Wars" casting talk, a follow-up to that "Indiana Jones 5" report the other week, and some talk of potential story directions for 'Episode VII'.
All the information today comes from Market Saw who vouch for their source and claim they've been using them for years. None of this is confirmed so take it for what it is. Here's their report:
"[Cast so far includes] Ian McDiarmid, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davies, Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman. I believe Cumberbatch and Oldman were pursued for the same role, but I don't know how that will work out with the script changes, but I'm told they are both involved.
Regarding Harrison Ford, two more Indiana Jones features are in the negotiation stages as per Ford's contract clause on Star Wars, which is the primary reason he didn't 'publicly' or 'privately' commit, or so I'm told.
Many Star Wars pre-production issues, an 'inadequate' central story which nobody would stamp off on, a problematic initial release date and an 'indecisive' director (J.J. Abrams) with the hardest gig in the industry. It's not going to be a cakewalk, but it will be a product shipping with the majority of its original parts.
Ultimately it's about twins, and which will take a path towards darkness and which will follow in their fathers footsteps, or at least that is what it used to be, that may come later as I think changes are being undertaken to bring the original cast into the forefront of the story leading to ramifications that lead up to the next generation of Skywalkers."
Australian actor Luke Bracey has scored the lead role of Johnny Utah opposite Gerard Butler's Bodhi in Ericson Core's remake of "Point Break" at Alcon Entertainment.
Bracey will play the hotshot FBI agent whom Keanu Reeves starred as in the first film, Butler takes on the Patrick Swayze role.
Kurt Wimmer penned the script for the new film which shifts the action from surfing and skydiving to a more extreme sports angle. Filming aims to begin this Summer.
Bracey played Cobra Commander in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," was recently cast in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "The Best of Me," and was said to be a major contender for the "50 Shades of Grey" film adaptation.
Bracey's mostly known for a several month stint as Trey Palmer on the long-running soap "Home and Away" which also launched the careers of the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Melissa George, Isla Fisher, Heath Ledger, Ryan Kwanten, Isabel Lucas, Sharni Vinson and Todd Lasance.
Source: Heat Vision
Richard Wenk has closed a deal to write the sequel to Antoine Fuqua's upcoming "The Equalizer" movie at Sony Pictures and Escape Artists.
Denzel Washington stars as retired intelligence officer Robert McCall in this cinematic reboot of the classic 1980s TV series. In the story, an act of kindness toward a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz) gets McCall embroiled with the Russian mob.
Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, Haley Bennett, David Harbour and Marton Csokas also star. The film has reportedly been testing "through the roof", in fact a mid-December test screening is said to have earned "the highest scores for an R-rated movie in the studio's history."
Unsurprisingly, Sony is quickly moving forward on the sequel so the project has the momentum to happen when the first film hits cinemas on September 26th.
Washington's contract did NOT include an option for a sequel, Washington has famously never starred in one, but this could well be his first if the first film is as much a success as Sony hopes.
Source: The Wrap
Empire Magazine has unveiled the cover for its latest issue which gives us a look at the giant monster himself from the upcoming "Godzilla" reboot.
Talking about the design, director Gareth Evans says: "Trying to get the face right was the main thing. I guess he's got more of a bear's face, or a dog's. We also used eagle. There's a lot of nobility in an eagle. It made him feel very majestic and noble."
The cover image comes ahead of the release of the new trailer for the film which is slated to premiere online tomorrow (February 25th) at 1pm US-EST/10am US-PST.
Legendary has also unveiled an audio clip of the new Godzilla's roar which you can hear below:
Gaumont International Television, NBCUniversal, and global brand management firm Evolution are all teaming up to launch a range of merchandise based on the NBC drama series "Hannibal".
Despite the show's dark subject matter, it has also become known for its high-class taste and aesthetics which this merchandise will capitalise on.
"Hannibal"-related clothing, accessories, fragrances and even home furnishings and decor will be made for sale throughout North America and Europe. Will knock-offs of Dr. Lecter's stunning suits be on sale to the show's various 'fannibals'? Hopefully.
The show begins its season season this Friday, and NBC has unveiled the opening two minutes of the premiere episode - a 'flash forward' to a showdown between Mads Mikkelsen's title character and Laurence Fishburne's Jack Crawford.
Source: The Live Feed
Tom Hardy is in talks to star as a pair of notorious twin UK gangsters in the thriller "Legend" at Working Title about.
If he signs, Hardy would play both Ronald and Reginald Kray, the identical twins who became infamous for their criminal exploits in London during the 1950s and 1960s.
The film would focus on the life of Reggie Kray, older by 10 minutes, who sought to control the psychotic tendencies of his younger twin Ronnie who was both openly bisexual and likely a paranoid schizophrenic.
The brothers' gang was involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, assaults, and several murders. As West End nightclub owners, they also mixed with prominent entertainers and politicians.
Brian Helgeland ("LA Confidential") is penning the script and directing. Filming aims to begin in the UK later this year.
More foreshadowing is on display in 'Rise of Electro,' a new three-minute international trailer for the upcoming "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" which includes quite a bit of new footage with a lot of focus on the film's main villain Electro.
He signed on months ago to direct, now filmmaker Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games") has agreed to pen the adapted screenplay as well for the new adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1952 novel "East of Eden" at Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures.
Set around the Salinas Valley in California, the multi-generational story follows two sons who compete for the attention of their farmer father. The book is essentially a modern retelling of the Biblical Cain and Abel story.
Jennifer Lawrence will play Cathy Ames, the estranged and mentally unstable wife of the farmer and a cold and cruel mother to the boys. Brian Grazer will produce the project.
Due to the size of the story, a two film adaptation had previously been proposed with the first focused on the parents and the second on the two sons when they become adults. Whether that's still the plan is unknown at this time.
The book was famously adapted by Elia Kazan for the screen in 1955 and featured James Dean in his first major screen role. That film though was only loosely based on the second half of the novel.
Warner Bros. Pictures has started fleshing out its early 2015 schedule with two films locking down release dates.
First up the comedy "Get Hard" has been scheduled for a March 27th 2015 release. Will Ferrell stars as a wealthy investment banker who is wrongfully convicted of fraud and sentenced to serve hard time in a federal prison.
He forms an unlikely alliance with the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to get him tough enough for jail in just one month.
The other is Jaume Collet-Serra's crime thriller Run All Night which is set to open February 6th 2015.
Liam Neeson plays an ageing hitman who puts his life on the line when his mafia boss (Ed Harris) targets Jimmy's estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman), forcing them to both go on the run together.
The project would mark the third Neeson/Collet-Serra action thriller teaming to open in February. The first was "Unknown" in 2011 and the second is "Non-Stop" opening this week.
The final batch of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" episodes, entitled 'The Lost Missions', is set to begin streaming on Netflix from March 7th.
A little over a week from its release, the company has posted the first trailer for the new episodes which "offer a glimpse into the various story arcs" we'll see in the new episodes. Check it out below:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has reportedly committed to playing French high wire artist Philippe Petit in Robert Zemeckis' upcoming 3D feature "To Walk The Clouds" at TriStar Pictures. Filming begins in May.
Based on Petit’s own memoir, the story centers around Petit's feat of walking across a wire between New York City's Twin Towers in 1974 - a stunt he spent six years planning and preparing for.
Because he'd executed his stunt without official permission, he was arrested as soon as he stepped off the wire. All charges against him were ultimately dropped. The incident was chronicled in 2008's acclaimed documentary "Man on Wire".
The project aims to be done with 3D integration as crucial as it was to films like "Avatar," "Life Of Pi" and "Gravity". Zemeckis and Christopher Browne co-wrote the script and Zemeckis will produce alongside Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey.
Peter Capaldi's new Doctor is about to get another companion, albeit part time. "The History Boys" and "Emmerdale" star Samuel Anderson has been set to join the upcoming eighth series of "Doctor Who".
Anderson will play the recurring role of Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches.
Filming recently began on the fourth episode of the new series which is scheduled to go to air later this year.
American acting and filmmaking legend Harold Ramis passed away this morning.
The 69-year-old Ramis reportedly died from complications of a rare disease - autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis (blood vessel swelling).
Ramis' health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the disease. He had to relearn to walk, but suffered a relapse in late 2011. He was surrounded by family when he died.
Ramis is best known for co-writing and starring as Dr. Egon Spengler in the "Ghostbusters" films as well as co-writing and starring in the military comedy "Stripes".
While he also had memorable roles in "As Good as It Gets," "Airheads," "Knocked Up," "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," he was even more famous for his filmmaking. In his time Ramis wrote and directed such comedy classics as "Caddyshack," "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This".
Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans.
Amanda Seyfried has scored the female lead in Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" sequel which is scheduled for a June 26th 2015 release.
According to MacFarlane, Mila Kunis' Lori Collins character from the first film will either not appear, or only have a brief cameo in the upcoming film. The decision is said to be an entirely creative one.
MacFarlane returns as writer, director and vocal co-star in the follow-up to the first film, the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time.
Seyfried and MacFarlane just co-starred together in MacFarlane's second feature film "A Million Ways to Die in the West".
28 Entertainment has acquired the film rights to the best-selling autobiography "Code Name: Johnny Walker".
The true life account follows the exploits of a Navy SEALs translator in Iraq called upon to aid special forces troops during the insurgency. The book was penned under a pseudonym and co-written with Jim DeFelice.
This one Iraqi risked everything to fight with U.S. troops, in particular the Navy SEALs, becoming one of the only interpreters to be welcomed into their tight-knit fold.
Source: 28 Entertainment
Lily Rabe ("American Horror Story") has signed on to join Thomas Jane and Jessica Alba in Phil Joanou's microbudget horror thriller "The Veil" for Blumhouse.
The story is set thirty years after a religious cult take their own lives. The sole survivor, a 5-year-old girl, returns to the compound as an adult (Rabe) with a documentary crew. [Source: Heat Vision]
Debra Winger, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas and Kevin McHale have joined Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates in "Boychoir" at Informant Media. Filming beings in Connecticut this week.
The story follows a troubled youngster who locks horns with a demanding choir master. Francois Girard directs from a screenplay by Ben Ripley. [Source: Screen]
Ray Liotta has joined the cast of award-winning director Rohit Karn Batra's multi-storied crime thriller "The Field". Filming begins this Fall in India.
The story explores an undercover operation between a generational Indian mafia family. Liotta plays an arms dealer caught in the middle of the erupting war. [Source: THR]
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Lily Collins is in negotiations to star in the Christian Ditter-directed, Drew Barrymore-produced comedy "How to Be Single" at New Line.
Based on the Liz Tuccillo novel, that story centered on a woman living in New York and searching for love. [Source: Variety]
Bradley Cooper is attached to star in and produce the crime thriller "American Blood" which Warner Bros. Pictures has just closed a deal for.
Author Ben Sanders penned a 50 page proposal for what is said to be the first in a series of novels about an undercover NYPD officer turned mob informant.
Living in witness protection in New Mexico, he is pulled into a dangerous investigation which causes his past in New York to get wind of his whereabouts.
Andrew Sodroski will adapted the script while Cooper, Adam Kassan, Pouya Shahbazian and John Lesher will produce.
Jamie Lee Curtis has scored the starring role in CBS' untitled David Marshall Grant drama previously known as "Only Human". Curtis will play their mother, a dynamic and distinguished physician who now runs a hospital.
Based on the Israeli format "Ran Quartet," the story is described as a soapy medical show centered around quadruplets who grew up on a reality show. [Source: The Live Feed]
Skeet Ulrich ("Scream," "Jericho") has scored a lead role in the NBC drama pilot "Babylon Fields". The story deals with a town's residents coming back from the dead.
Ulrich will play the dual roles of Father Harries, a local priest, and his estranged identical twin brother Graham, a resurrected junkie. [Source: Deadline]
Janet McTeer is set to co-star in the Vince Gilligan-created detective drama "Battle Creek" for CBS. McTeer will play the Police Department's commander Guziewicz.
The story centers on Ross, a detective, and Milton, an FBI agent -- two men with very different worldviews who are teamed to clean up the semi-mean streets of a Michigan town. [Source: The Live Feed]
Melanie Laurent, Audrey Tautou and Berenice Bejo are set to star in Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung's $14 million French-language feature "Eternity".
The story revolves around the theme of motherhood and three women who face up to tragedy and unhappiness with dignity. Filming is slated to begin in France late summer. [Source: Screen]