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Since graduating, I spend as much time as possible watching films/TV shows, reading books, and listening to music. So getting to write about what I love is nothing short of awesome. Biggest film-related hope for 2014/ever: Guy Ritchie announcing the RocknRolla sequel is finally moving forward.

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After co-writing the franchise-reboot The Bourne Legacy to great success, Dan Gilroy decided to take a leaf out of his brother Tony’s book and turn to directing, making Nightcrawler his next priority.

Jake Gyllenhaal came on board early last year, and it wasn’t long before the independent thriller kicked off production.

Continuing in the indie vein, Open Road has taken to Craiglist to launch the first teaser preview of the film, which stars Gyllenhaal as a driven young man who discovers the nocturnal world of LA freelance crime journalism.

The ad describes him as a hard worker seeking employment:

My name is Louis Bloom. I’m looking for full-time employment. No job too big or too small. I have my own car and phone. Persistent, punctual, polite and hardworking. Will work nights.

Please take a look at my video resume

Gyllenhaal is joined by Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton, and Rene Russo.

Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy, The Fall) makes his debut in the director’s chair. He’s directing from his own script, with Gyllenhaal and Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy) producing.

Nightcrawler will be released in the US on October 17th and in the UK on November 14th.

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With Comic-Con fast approaching later this week, it’s easy to forget that 2015 will play host to some very high-profile films that won’t be making an appearance in San Diego. Fifty Shades of Grey is undeniably one of the biggest, and Universal has cemented that status even further by having Beyoncé launch the first official footage from the film.

The first trailer is set to launch this coming Thursday, right when we’re expecting to start seeing footage emerge from Comic-Con, which makes for a very interesting choice from Universal and Focus.

Courtesy of Amazon, here’s the synopsis for E.L. James’ original novel:

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.

Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

But Christian is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Christian keeps hidden away from public view.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson take the joint leads as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, with support from Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora, and Eloise Mumford, with an appearance expected from Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) is at the helm, with Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) adapting James’ novel for the screen, and rewrites from Patrick Marber (Closer) and Mark Bomback (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).

Fifty Shades of Grey will be released on February 13th in the US and UK, just in time for the Valentine’s weekend. Be sure to check back on Thursday for the first trailer in full.

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If you kept watching into the credits of Thor: The Dark World, then this is a face you’re going to recognise. Benicio del Toro is back as The Collector in just a matter of days, and everyone’s looking forward to seeing how big a role he plays in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel has been doing a great job of gearing up ahead of the film’s release, which comes very soon after Comic-Con next week, and following the recent teasers of character posters and the first clip, the studio has finally launched a poster fronted by del Toro’s Taneleer Tivan, a.k.a. The Collector.

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers, comes a new team – the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Chris Pratt leads as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, joined by Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Ophelia Lovibond, Peter Serafinowicz, and Benicio del Toro, with Josh Brolin voicing Thanos and Nathan Fillion taking a small cameo as well.

James Gunn (Super, Slither) directs from a script first written by Nicole Perlman, with Gunn doing a rewrite after taking the helm.

Guardians of the Galaxy will be released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 31st here in the UK and on August 1st in the US.

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There’s less than two weeks on the clock before Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hits, and they’ve been gearing up brilliantly for what is sure to be saturation marketing in the coming days.

We’ve recently been treated to two trios of posters, the most recent of which teased the villains, and now the studio has launched the first clip, in which we see Chris Pratt introducing himself as Peter Quill / Star-Lord.

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers, comes a new team – the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Pratt is joined by an all-star cast, led by Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Ophelia Lovibond, Peter Serafinowicz, and Benicio del Toro, with Josh Brolin voicing Thanos and Nathan Fillion making a cameo.

James Gunn is of course at the helm, directing from a script first penned by Nicole Perlman and later rewritten by Gunn, himself.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on 31st July in the UK, before touching down stateside on August 1st.

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Circling through various stages of development for some time, it looks like John D. MacDonald’s best-selling series is finally about to make it to the big screen, with Christian Bale eyeing the lead in The Deep Blue Goodbye.

The 1964 novel is the first of twenty-one in the Travis McGee series, and has previously had the likes of Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass in the director’s chair, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead.

DiCaprio is still on board as a producer, but talks have commenced with Christian Bale to star as the hero, Travis McGee. And though there’s no offer yet, Bale is reported to have agreed to star, and an offer is expected shortly.

James Mangold, coming off the back of helming The Wolverine, has just closed his deal to direct, and DiCaprio will be producing alongside Jennifer Davisson Killoran (The Ides of March, Out of the Furnace) and Amy Robinson (From Hell, Julie & Julia).

Courtesy of Amazon, here’s the original synopsis for MacDonald’s book, The Deep Blue Good-By – you have to believe they’ll edit the title a little to change ‘Good-By’ to become ‘Goodbye’.

Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He’s also a knight-errant who’s wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He’ll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

Dennis Lehane, whose novels Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone, and Mystic River have all been given the cinematic treatment, penned the script, with Scott Frank (Minority Report, The Wolverine) writing the most recent draft.

TheWrap adds that Bale has recently passed on the second season of HBO’s True Detective, which potentially leaves the Oscar-winning actor more room on his schedule to shoot this sooner rather than later, if Mangold can fit it in before likely taking the helm for the as-yet-untitled sequel to The Wolverine.

With a long-running series of twenty-one books, and a readership in place already, this could well be the start of a new franchise for Bale in the years to come, and it should be an interesting new direction for him to take if all goes according to plan.

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Following an Oscar nod for his work on American Hustle last year, Christian Bale could well be in line for similar recognition this December when Ridley Scott unveils his biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings.

The film is set to retell the story of Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, and is sure to have one of the biggest scopes of any film this year.

Joel Edgerton and Aaron Paul top the ensemble cast as Rhamses and Joshua, respectively, with John Turturro, Ben Kingsley, and Sigourney Weaver rounding out the rest.

Scott is directing from a script first co-written by Bill Coolage and Adam Cooper (Assassin’s Creed, Tower Heist), with Oscar winner Steven Zaillian (Moneyball, Schindler’s List) hired to do a subsequent rewrite.

Scott is coming off the back of The Counselor, received with mixed reviews last year. Before that, it was the equally-mixed Prometheus, so it will be interesting to see how Exodus: Gods and Kings gets received at the end of the year.

Fox’s positioning of it in December suggests they’re eyeing an Oscar campaign, and you can’t blame them with all the talent on board. Here’s to hoping that it lives up to expectations.

Exodus: Gods and Kings will be released in 2D and 3D in the US on December 12th, ahead of its Boxing Day release in the UK.

 

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Ben-Affleck-in-Gone-GirlAdapting one of the most talked-about books to emerge in recent years, David Fincher has taken on an impressive challenge with Gone Girl, and it’s understandable that the Oscar buzz is already surrounding the film.

Led by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, the first teaser trailer for the dramatic thriller landed back in the spring, teasing a handful of the scenes that will be well-known to readers of the original novel. And after recently dropping four new teaser posters, Fox is giving us another look with the theatrical trailer, as promised.

GONE GIRL – directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Affleck and Pike are joined by one of the best casts of the year, starring alongside Carrie Coon, Emily Ratajkowski, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Scoot McNairy, Boyd Holbrook, Lola Kirke, Casey Wilson, David Clennon, Lisa Banes, Sela Ward, and Missi Pyle.

Fincher is directing from a script by author Gillian Flynn, who has revealed that she’s written a whole new third act in the process of adapting her original novel for the screen. You can just smell the Best Adapted Screenplay nod already.

Gone Girl will be released in the US and UK on October 3rd, giving it a prime position for a run at the Oscars that Fox is undoubtedly eyeing here.

 

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The-Inbetweeners-2-PosterFollowing the phenomenal success of 2011’s The Inbetweeners Movie, the boys are back this summer in The Inbetweeners 2, and this time they’re taking on Australia.

We’ve seen two trailers for the comedy sequel already, and one thing we were missing was a poster, but no more. The UK quad poster has officially surfaced, with a warning for our friends down under.

Soz, Oz.

Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, and Joe Thomas are of course all returning as the leading quartet, joined by Emily Berrington, Freddie Storma, and David Field.

This time around, series creators Damon Beesley and Iain Morris are both writing and directing, each making their feature debuts at the helm.

The original movie racked up a huge $88m. around the world, $36m. of which came from North America, so there’s every reason to expect another big win for British comedy this summer. The sequel faces some tough competition, opening in Guardians of the Galaxy’s second frame, but with a die-hard fan base and no doubt plenty of new recruits, it’s sure to be a hit.

The Inbetweeners 2 will be released in the UK and Ireland on 6th August. No word yet on a US release date, but the original came out

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Charlie-Day-Jason-Sudeikis-and-Jason-Bateman-in-Horrible-Bosses-2There’s no question that Horrible Bosses is one of the funniest new franchises to emerge in recent years, so everyone should be looking forward to Horrible Bosses 2 at the end of the year.

Warner Bros. has brought in new blood in the director’s chair, with Sean Anders taking the reins from Seth Gordon. And with just a few more months to go before it lands, over Thanksgiving in the States, the studio has launched a hilarious first teaser trailer.

Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in “Horrible Bosses 2.” But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis are all returning in the leads, with support once more coming from Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey, and this time around we can look forward to seeing Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine serving as the main antagonists.

Anders (Sex Drive, We’re the Millers) is directing from a script he co-wrote with John Morris (We’re the Millers) and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2).

Horrible Bosses 2 will be released on November 26th in the US, arriving just in time for the long Thanksgiving weekend, and will land in the UK two days later on 28th November. For now, here’s the brilliant first teaser. Enjoy.

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Bill-Murray-and-Jaeden-Lieberher-in-St.-VincentBill Murray’s leading roles are few and far between. The actor makes time for appearances every now and then – most recently in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and George Clooney’s The Monuments Men – but it’s not often he’s the man of the hour. This year, though, he’ll be front and centre in St. Vincent, the anticipated comedy from debut director Theodore Melfi.

The Weinstein Company is releasing the film towards the end of the year, suggesting the possibility of an awards campaign, and now the studio has released the first trailer online.

Maggie and her adopted 12-year-old son, Oliver, move next door to war veteran Vincent, but when Oliver gets locked out after school one day, Vincent allows him to stay at his house until his mom gets home. Because he has bills up to the ceiling and is desperate for cash, he tells Maggie he’ll babysit Oliver every day after school. Vincent then introduces Oliver to his lifestyle, including gambling, drinking, and his relationship with a Russian prostitute.

Newcomer Jaeden Lieberher stars opposite Murray, with support from Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard, Nate Corddry, and Scott Adsit.

Melfi is directing from his own script, marking his feature-length debut as both writer and director.

St. Vincent will be released in the US on October 24th, and is currently without a UK release date, but here’s to hoping that that changes soon. In the meantime, here’s the first trailer. Enjoy.

 

Source: via Yahoo Movies.

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Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-IMAX-Poster-sliceLaunching the first original entry in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was always going to be tough, but having it be a space-set blockbuster with a talking raccoon and tree makes it even more of an unknown quantity. Marvel hasn’t shied away at all, though, and they’ve been gearing up brilliantly ahead of this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Everyone’s excited to see how it plays out, and smart money says James Gunn’s first film in the franchise is going to be a big pay-off for the studio.

To whet North American audiences’ appetites ahead of its release in a few weeks’ time, the studio has announced a special 17-minute preview in 150 IMAX cinemas in the US and Canada on July 7th, and those attending will get a fantastic free poster in true IMAX tradition.

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers, comes a new team – the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Chris Pratt leads the titular Guardians as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, and he’s joined by Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Josh Brolin, Nathan Fillion, Glenn Close, Ophelia Lovibond, and Peter Serafinowicz, with Benicio del Toro returning as The Collector

Nicole Perlman is responsible for the original script, with Gunn doing a rewrite after coming on board to direct.

Guardians of the Galaxy will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on 31st July here in the UK, with its US release date set for the following day on August 1st. In the meantime, if you’re reading this across the Atlantic and fancy a special seventeen-minute preview, you can head over to IMAX to find out how you can reserve your tickets.

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fury-shia-labeouf-logan-lerman-brad-pitt-michael-pena-jon-bernthalLong pegged as one of the biggest Oscar contenders of the year, David Ayer’s Fury has been poised for greatness since the word go.

The writer-director was coming off strong praise for his work on End of Watch, and when he started assembling the cast, things started to look very good, very quickly.

Sony recently shared the first footage from the film at E3, and though everyone was impressed by what they saw, it was naturally lacking a consistent tone as it was just a featurettte. Now we have a better idea of what we’ve got to look forward to, and it certainly cements the hope for Sony that they’ll be heading to the Oscars here early next year.

April, 1945. A battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Wardaddy and his men face odds in their attempts to strike at Nazi Germany.

Brad Pitt leads the cast as the hardened sergeant, Wardaddy, starring alongside Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood.

Ayer is once more directing from his own script.

Fury will be released in the UK on 24th October, with its US release date following in Oscar primetime on November 14th.

Here’s the trailer and poster, released today. Both look pretty great.

 

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A chuffing boatload of thanks to the Telegraph for the trailer.

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Simon-Pegg-and-Rosamund-Pike-in-Hector-and-the-Search-for-HappinessArriving a little earlier than expected this summer, Hector and the Search for Happiness reunites Simon Pegg with his co-star from The World’s End, Rosamund Pike.

The first trailer arrived at the start of the year, teasing some feel-good, heartfelt moments of drama and comedy alike, and with its August release on the horizon, Koch Media has launched a new trailer to whet our appetites.

Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis: his patients are just not getting any happier!  He’s going nowhere.  Then one day, armed with buckets of courage and an almost child-like curiosity, Hector breaks out of his sheltered vacuum of a life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists.  More importantly, if it exists for Hector.  And so begins a colorful, exotic, dangerous and hysterical journey.

Pegg and Pike top an impressive ensemble cast, starring alongside Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno, and Christopher Plummer.

Peter Chelsom (Serendipity) returns behind the camera for his first film in five years, co-writing the script with Tinker Lindsay (Tulip Fever) and Maria von Heland (Search), adapting the original French novel by François Lelord.

Hector and the Search for Happiness will be released in the UK on 15th August, with its US release date set to follow on September 19th.

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It’s been four years since Denzel Washington took centre stage on an action-thriller like this, more recently sharing the lead with Mark Wahlberg and Ryan Reynolds in 2 Guns and Safe House. But now he’s back, front and centre, and with audiences all around having unending love for his work, Sony is set to have a winner on their hands this September in The Equalizer.

The film is of course giving the cinematic treatment to the original hit TV series, and after launching an international trailer last month, the studio has treated us to the domestic version, giving us an extended look at what’s to come.

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

Chloë Grace Moretz leads the supporting cast alongside Marton Csokas and David Harbour, with Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo completing the ensemble.

Antoine Fuqua returns behind the camera following last year’s surprise success Olympus Has Fallen. He’s reuniting with Washington having worked together on the Oscar-winning Training Day, with Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2) penning the script.

The Equalizer is set to hit cinemas on September 26th in the US and UK. That tune you hear? It’s a preview of new track from Eminem featuring Sia, and it’s awesome.

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The-Grand-Seduction-UK-Quad-PosterReturning behind the camera for the first time in almost a decade, Don McKellar took The Grand Seduction to TIFF last year, where it was received with warm reviews.

Led by Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch, the comedy will be released in the UK and Ireland at the tail-end of the summer, and eOne has now launched the trailer for our shores, along with the UK quad poster.

Brendan Gleeson is Murray, a once proud fisherman who now, along with his former colleagues in the harbour of Tickle Head are out of work and forced to live off welfare.  Prohibited from fishing enough to make a living and the community spirit having faded a long time ago, the Mayor comes up with a dazzling plan – a giant corporation need a location to build a factory and Tickle Head could be just the right place. But there’s just one problem – in order to qualify, they must have a doctor in residence. Which they don’t have.

When the Mayor leaves the harbour and takes a job at the airport, he fortuitously stumbles upon Paul Lewis (Taylor Kitsch), an American cricket fanatic and more importantly a doctor, who he convinces to do a one month stint as the local physician.   To encourage Paul to commit to the job for the required 5 years by the Corporation, the townsfolk acquaint themselves with his favourite sport with hilarious consequences, tap his phone to discern his likes/dislikes and do everything in their power to make him feel at home. What ensues is an all-out seduction with Murray enthusiastically encouraging the elaborate deception that will be his only way back to an honest job and a happier way of life.

Liane Balaban (New Waterford Girl, Maniac) takes the female lead alongside Gleeson and Kitsch.

McKellar (Childstar, the upcoming Sensitive Skin) is directing from a script penned by Michael Dowse (Goon, What If) and Ken Scott (Starbuck, Delivery Man).

Gleeson is coming off the back of an acclaimed performance in John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary, and can currently be seen in a supporting role alongside Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow. Kitsch is coming off the back of the Oscar-nominated Lone Survivor, and was most recently seen in HBO’s TV movie, The Normal Heart, alongside Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, and Julia Roberts. Both look to be on fine form here.

The Grand Seduction will be released on 29th August in the UK and Ireland. For now, here’s the UK trailer and the quad poster, which you can click through to enlarge.

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Home-LogoIn recent years, DreamWorks has been upping their output significantly, and though the studio has had some icy patches, the future is looking very, very good. Home, the studio’s 3D animated buddy comedy, kicks off a trio of movies for next year, with the hugely anticipated Kung Fu Panda 3 closing the year over the Christmas weekend.

2015 is pretty much guaranteed to be an awesome year for animation lovers everywhere.

The studio is continuing the How to Train Your Dragon franchise this year with the second instalment in the upcoming trilogy, with talk of expanding it into a quadrilogy, and they’ve used the family-friendly sequel to introduce Home to the masses.

When the galaxy’s most annoyingly optimistic alien finds himself on the run from his own alien race, he’s forced to team up with a fiercely stubborn teenage girl. Together they become the most unlikely fugitives ever to save the planet.

Jim Parsons and Rihanna lead the voice cast as Oh, a Boov, and a teenage girl named Tip, with Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin starring as Tip’s mother and the leader of the Boov race, Captain Smek.

The film is an adaptation of Adam Rex’s children’s book, The True Meaning of Smekday. Rex is set to publish a sequel, Smek for President, later this year, and smart money says DreamWorks will be eyeing it as source material for a sequel if the film is a hit next spring.

Tim Johnson (Antz) is in the director’s chair, with Matt Ember and Tom J. Astle (Epic, Get Smart) co-writing the adaptation.

Home will be released in 3D on March 27th in the US and UK.

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The-Interview-Teaser-Poster-sliceSeth Rogen and Evan Goldberg made a huge impression last year with This Is The End, marking their first feature at the helm, and they’re back at the end of this year with their sophomore feature, The Interview.

James Franco and Rogen jointly anchor the comedy, and with just under four months to go before it hits cinemas across the Atlantic, Sony has launched the first teaser trailer and poster, and they’re every bit as brilliant as you’d expect.

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

Lizzy Caplan and Randall Park star alongside Franco and Rogen.

Rogen and Goldberg co-direct from a script they co-wrote with Dan Sterling (South Park, The Office).

The Interview will be released on October 10th in the US and 29th October in the UK.

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The-Penguins-of-Madagascar-sliceThe PWe’ve seen them in the trilogy of Madagascar films, we’ve seen them on their own TV show, and now the Penguins of Madagascar are about to have their big screen debut.

Previously due to be released next spring, DreamWorks recently announced that The Penguins of Madagascar and Home would be switching release dates, putting Skipper and co. in cinemas a full four months earlier.

There’s just over five months left on the clock now before the film’s arrival, and the studio has debuted a great first trailer online.

Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio, and Christopher Knights all reprise their roles as the leading quartet from the original Madagascar films, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private.

And joining them for the ride this time will be Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, and Peter Stormare.

Eric Darnell, who co-directed the first three Madagascar films, is co-directing with Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie), with co-writers John Aboud and Michael Colton (Sit Down Shut Up, Leverage) making their feature debut.

The Penguins of Madagascar will be released in 3D on November 26th in the US, with its UK arrival set for 5th December.

 

Source: moviefone.

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Pacific-RimReturning to the helm following a five-year absence last summer, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim was met with warm reviews from most critics and audiences alike, but failed to light up the box office as much as expected, netting just over $410m. around the world.

Long before the blockbuster hit cinemas, there was talk of a sequel, and Travis Beacham, who co-wrote the original with del Toro, was hired to co-write with the director once more as early as December 2012.

In an interview with BuzzFeed to promote his new FX series, The Strain, however, del Toro notes that Travis Beacham’s schedule has prevented him from carrying on with the writing itself, with the director now instead working with Zak Penn, based on a story he and Beacham had been developing.

“I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn… We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham [co-writer of the first film, now working on Fox’s Hieroglyph] was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul.”

Officially, the duo are working without the green light from Legendary, but the fact that del Toro has been working on the script with Penn for a few months now, and that he even brought someone new in to help write at all, suggests some level of confidence that the film could move forwards.

He notes in the interview that he doesn’t have the money, but is proceeding like it’s happening, and hopes to tackle it after producing his next project. He also notes that the film will definitely be a sequel rather than a prequel, and that Raleigh Buckett and Mako Mori, played by Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi, are currently included in the script.

“Some people were wondering if we were going to do the prequel. I was never interested in doing that first wave of invasion… I’m going for very new, very crazy ideas on the second one, which are very different from the first one — but you will get really great spectacle.”

Penn’s credits are undeniably impressive, but some of his biggest films, like The Avengers and X-Men 2, are limited to story credits rather than actual writing or co-writing, leaving something of an unknowably quantity as to how much of his work is left in the final film. The Incredible Hulk is all his, though, and he co-wrote X-Men: The Last Stand with Simon Kinberg, and more recently created the short-lived series, Alphas.

Del Toro is currently in post on his anticipated horror movie, Crimson Peak, which sees him reuniting with Charlie Hunnam alongside Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska. He’s also hard at work as an executive producer on The Strain, which he co-created, as well as directing and co-writing several episodes, with FX set to premiere the new series on July 13th.

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Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-Poster-sliceWith just under two months to go before Marvel puts the most unknown property from their Cinematic Universe into theatres, the studio is beginning to ramp up their ad campaign for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and things are looking awesome.

The first TV spot aired during the NBA finals, giving a thirty-second look at the summer blockbuster, and now Marvel has released online the sixty-second extended spot that they ran over the weekend, along with a new TV spot for our shores.

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers, comes a new team – the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Chris Pratt is takes the lead as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, starring alongside Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Ophelia Lovibond, and Peter Serafinowicz, with Benicio del Toro returning as The Collector.

Gunn is directing from a script first penned by Nicole Perlman, with Gunn doing a rewrite after coming on board to direct.

Gunn’s also given an update on the IMAX 3D post-conversion, and his comments are certainly encouraging, promising his involvement throughout the process to ensure it’s handled right.

Guardians of the Galaxy will be released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on 31st July in the UK, a day earlier than its August 1st US release date.

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Gemma-Arterton-and-Fabrice-Luchini-in-Gemma-BoveryReturning behind the camera following last year’s Adore, the BAFTA-nominated Anne Fontaine is back with another adaptation, this time setting her sights on Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel, Gemma Bovery, first serialised in The Guardian.

The film is set to be released in France this September, and the dialogue-free first teaser trailer and posters have been launched, along with a trio of stills.

Courtesy of Amazon, here’s the synopsis for the original novel.

Gemma is the bored, pretty second wife of Charlie Bovery, the reluctant stepmother of his children and the bête-noire of his ex-wife. Gemma’s sudden windfall and distaste for London take them across the Channel to Normandy, where the charms of French country living soon wear off.

Is it a coincidence that Gemma Bovery has a name rather like Flaubert’s notorious heroine? Is it by chance that, like Madame Bovary, Gemma is bored, adulterous, and a bad credit risk? Is she inevitably doomed? These questions consume Gemma’s neighbour, the intellectual baker, Joubert. Denying voyeurism, but nevertheless noting every change in the fit of her jeans, every addition to Gemma’s wardrobe, her love-bites and lovers, Joubert, with the help of the heroine’s diaries, follows her path towards ruin. Adultery and its consequences. Disappointment and deception. The English in France. Fat and slim. Then and now.

Gemma Arterton stars as the eponymous Gemma Bovery, with Fabrice Luchini opposite as her neighbour, renamed Martin for the film and seen below talking over the trailer, and Jason Flemyng completing the cast as Arterton’s on-screen husband, Charlie Bovery.

Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) directs from a script she co-wrote with Pascal Bonitzer (Petites coupures), with the director reuniting with producer Philippe Carcassone (Coco Before Chanel, Adore).

Gemma Bovery will be released in France on September 10th. No word yet on a UK or US release date, but here’s to hoping it will arrive on our shores before the year is out.

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