The teaser trailer for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug showed a great tease of the appearance of the dragon Smaug. This time you get to hear him speak, in rumbling tones provided by Benedict Cumberbatch. This trailer also shows a few of the ways Jackson has extended the basic story of The Hobbit to fill three movies. Most notably there’s a pre-Fellowship romance for Legolas (patterned seemingly after Aragorn’s own difficult love for an elf) and the threat of Sauron’s return. Read More »
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Star Wars: Episode VII will debut in 2015, but well before that chapter hits screens we’ll have another new Star Wars installment. Disney XD is putting together a new CG animated series, Star Wars: Rebels, and the first cast has been announced today. David Oyelowo, Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray and Steven Jay Blum will voice the lead characters in the show, according to a new report. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Another day, another Star Wars rumor. Unlike the talk about Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, however, this one involves someone who’s never worked with J.J. Abrams before.
According to a new report, Saoirse Ronan has read for a role in Episode VII. “Has read for” is a long way off from “finalized a deal for,” but personally, I’d love to see this one pan out. Hit the jump for more details on her potential casting — as well as the latest update to the Cumberbatch story.
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Benedict Cumberbatch sure does love movies about technology. He stars as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate;Star Trek is based around technological advancement; and now the Sherlock star will play one of the most famous computer scientists and codebreakers in history. Leonardo DiCaprio was circling the film, The Imitation Game, a while back, but the role went to Cumberbatch.
Production has just begun on The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters). It tells the story of Alan Turing, a British computer pioneer who is (among many other achievements) credited with cracking a top-secret German code during World War II. Cumberbatch plays the lead (which we already knew), Keira Knightley is a fellow code-breaker, and they’re joined by Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Rory Kinnear.
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Clint Mansell‘s scores are often great pieces of work; his music complements films quite well, and many are excellent standalone artifacts. The only film to bear a Mansell score so far in 2013 is Stoker, which premiered at Sundance in January.
But Mansell has also done music for Filth, the Irvine Welsh novel adaptation that stars James McAvoy. You can get a sample of that below, along with info on the film Mansell will score after he finishes Noah for Darren Aronofsky. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Fall brings no shortage of star-studded prestige pics, but even in that crowd August: Osage County stands out. The John Wells-directed film stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts and Benedict Cumberbatch and Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper and Abigail Breslin (plus half a dozen others) which means we’re all but guaranteed to see it making waves during awards season.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, August: Osage County chronicles a family gathering in the Midwest. So the setup is fairly simple, but as anyone who’s ever suffered through an extended family trip can attest, it’s ripe for hilarity and emotion. A new trailer has been released by The Weinstein Co., and you can check it out after the jump.
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Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free northern man who was kidnapped and sold into bondage in the 1840s, 12 Years a Slave doesn’t shy away from the horrific aspects of a slave trade that existed for hundred of years, sweeping up more than 12 million souls. Familial separation, abuse, torture, the idea that the slaves were no better than beasts; it’s all laid bare for the audience to witness.
Though not a “light” film by any measure, this is a well-executed drama dealing with a horrific historical occurrence. Director Steve Mcqueen has proven that he’s a burgeoning young auteur, a vibrant force that should deliver us a slew of great films in the decades to come. Just as with his previous film, Shame, this is a gutting experience, and McQueen, as channeled through the extremely capable cast of Chewitel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, and Brad Pitt, crafts a two-hour story that can’t help but leave you drained as the credits come up. Read More »
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A rumor broke last week suggesting Benedict Cumberbatch was likely to be cast as a major part of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII. Lucasfilm and Disney didn’t comment, but the actor’s reps denied the claim. Then the actor himself was at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting multiple movies, and was posed with the question. His response:
This is the simple truth. J.J. and I have worked together before. I would love to work with him again. No offer has been made. That is that. And that is that.
Seems to close the door on the idea, but as we know with casting, especially for J.J. Abrams movies, that is not necessarily “that.” “No offer has been made” doesn’t always mean “I haven’t been approached nor will I appear in this movie.” The door remains open. Now, a new quote opens the door even more while also pretending to be a denial. Read it below. Read More »