Briefly: Johnny Depp‘s last couple years haven’t been so hot when it comes to broad success. He’s had some measure of financial success, and critical acclaim, but rarely for the same project. The Pirates franchise and stuff like The Tourist hasn’t done much to burnish Depp’s star, and smaller films like The Rum Diary haven’t found much of an audience. Rango is among the rare highlights of the last couple years for the actor.
Now he’s in production on Mortdecai, based on the first of three connected novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli. In addition to Depp, the cast features Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and Olivia Munn. In addition to the last couple names, a press release announcing the start of production notes that Guy Burnet, Michael Byrne, Michael Culkin, Jonny Pasvolsky, Ulrich Thomsen, and Paul Whitehouse have also signed on.
David Koepp is directing from a script written by Eric Aronson. The film sounds like a bit of a throwback — based on story outline alone, this might be scratching the same itch Depp had when he was trying to put a new version of The Thin Man into action a couple years back. The story is described as: “Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.”
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Jennifer Lawrence is currently rivaling Guillermo del Toro in the “projects in development” department. Seemingly every month, the most recent Best Actress Oscar-winner lines up a few new books or scripts she’ll hopefully make in the future. Now, one of the many just jumped ahead of the pack with a new director.
That director is Destin Daniel Cretton, the writer and director of this year’s masterpiece Short Term 12. The film is The Glass House, based on a memoir by columnist Jeannette Walls. It’s a Lionsgate property to which Lawrence attached herself last year. Read More »
You won’t even need to see the credit card that says I, Frankenstein is from the creators of the Underworld films to get that series’ vibe from this trailer.
This film casts Aaron Eckhart as the best-looking Frankenstein monster ever in a story that goes with the now-standard over-inflation of stakes. In other words, this isn’t a tale about man overreaching his capability or encroaching on God’s territory by making his own creation; it’s about the THE END OF ALL MANKIND. Oh, and the Frankenstein monster has been around for two hundred years which, I guess, accounts for the fact that he’s grown to be so good-looking.
The first trailer features a lot of CG monsters and gargoyles, and no shortage of action glamour shots. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s not too early to start making plans for the Quarter Quell. Tickets for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire went on sale today, though the film won’t open for another several weeks.
To mark the occasion, IMAX released a new trailer encouraging audiences to see it big, while Entertainment Weekly unveiled not one but four different covers devoted to the film, featuring stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Sam Claflin. Check ‘em out after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Hunger Games series certainly has the sprawling cast to match its epic feel. Julianne Moore, Lily Rabe, Natalie Dormer, Evan Ross, and Stef Dawson have all boarded The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2 in the past several weeks, and now actors from Homeland, The Unit, and House of Cards have been tapped to join them. Hit the jump to learn about the latest additions.
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Trades, blogs, magazines, and newspapers are all viable aways for studios to debut new assets. But in an unusual move, Lionsgate has chosen a fan to debut a brand new piece of art from the highly anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
We’ve confirmed that, yes, the art released by fan Tori Dipple is indeed official. Dipple is the top fan on Hunger Games Explorer, an official website that tracks social media interaction concerning the film, and that gave her the privilege to debut the art seen below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Hunger Games had a pretty massive cast to start with, but since the first film ended with (um, spoiler alert) a whole bunch of characters dead, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is reloading with tons of other new characters.
Though we’ve already seen most of them thanks to the posters, trailers, and stills, a new batch of images offers an even closer look at the fresh faces we’ll get to know this fall — as well as another peek at our favorite returning stars. Hit the jump to take it all in.
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Briefly: As cameras roll on the Bulgaria set of The Expendables 3, one more famous face has joined the team. Kelsey Grammer, who’ll also appear in next summer’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, is set to play a mercenary role once earmarked for Nicolas Cage.
The multiple-Emmy award winner joins a cast that includes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Wesley Snipes. Directed by Patrick Hughes, The Expendables 3 will be out August 15, 2014. [Deadline]