Johnny Depp Joins Sherlock Gnomes

It’s been three years since we heard anything about Gnomeo and Juliet 2, the sequel to the 2011 family film that delivered a fantastical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, following two feuding lawn gnomes who fall in love. But the animated follow-up just gained a big name for the voice cast.

Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp will be lending his voice to the sequel with the punny title Sherlock Gnomes. And as you’ve surmised, there will be a mystery among the gnomes that needs to be solved. Read More »


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Victor Frankenstein trailer

James McAvoy is stepping away from the science of mutant behavior to explore a more experimental form of early research in Victor Frankenstein. He plays the title character in the film, a new take on Mary Shelley‘s original novel and a pastiche of elements, in a way, inspired by other interpretations of the story, with the hopes of synthesizing a new whole. Appropriate, really.

McAvoy is a physical actor, one who literally likes to throw some weight around in scenes, and in Victor Frankenstein his prime partner in mad science is Daniel Radcliffe. The former Harry Potter plays Igor, if not exactly a version of Igor that looks like the one you probably have in mind, and the two sought to create a version of Frankenstein that has its own soul and personality.

A few editors and I spoke to McAvoy on the film’s set back in March 2014; our conversation, about Victor and mad science and the art of pushing around other actors, is below.
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Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein has been just about everything a man can be in the course of many film incarnations: inventor, scientist, madman, lover, villain. He’s not someone we often think of as a friend, however, and so the new film Victor Frankenstein might be pretty weird simply for indulging that concept. James McAvoy plays Victor in the movie, which co-stars Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, and features Jessica Brown-Findlay as a former circus performer named Lorelei and Andrew Scott as a Scotland Yard inspector suspicious of Victor’s projects.

There is a monster in the film, but he’s a mysterious sort. On the film’s circus set during a March 2014 shoot, the filmmakers refused to reveal any details about his nature, or even the actor playing the creature. Surprisingly, those details remain hidden even in the last weeks leading up to the film’s November 25 release.

The relationship between Victor and Igor, however, which is a different thing than we’ve seen in films featuring the characters before, is on full display as the film rolls in a detailed circus tent set, complete down to the dirt floor and rank odor, built on a cavernous stage in England’s Shepperton Studios. Read More »

M Night Shyamalan directing The Visit

While The Visit stopped short of restoring M. Night Shyamalan to his Sixth Sense heyday, it was, at least, a step in the right direction for the once-hyped filmmaker. It earned him his strongest reviews in years, and (thanks to its $5 million budget) turned a tidy profit for studio Universal.

Whether he’ll keep that momentum going with his next film remains to be seen, but at least now we know when we’ll find out. Universal has just set a 2017 release date for his upcoming project with James McAvoy, now titled Split. More on the Shyamalan 2017 release date after the jump.  Read More »

James McAvoy in Trance

Having delivered his best movie in a decade and a half with The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan has started assembling the pieces for his next film. And he’s already landed a promising name. James McAvoy is in talks for the supernatural thriller, which is being produced by Jason Blum. Read about the James McAvoy M Night Shyamalan project after the jump.  Read More »

Victor Frankenstein trailer

20th Century Fox has dropped the first trailer for Victor Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy as the mad doctor and Daniel Radcliffe as his faithful (and so far non-hunchbacked) protege Igor.

If you’ve seen really any version of the Mary Shelley classic, you know how it goes: Frankenstein engages in some crazy science and creates a literal monster, with predictably disastrous results. What’s different this time is a playful buddy comedy dynamic between Frankenstein and Igor, a la Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies. Watch the Victor Frankenstein trailer after the jump. Read More »

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The Martian First Look

If that fantastic first trailer got you all pumped up for The Martian, you’re in luck. 20th Century Fox has moved the Ridley Scott space thriller up two months. Meanwhile, Victor Frankenstein — the horror-drama retelling starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy — has been pushed back. Get Victor Frankenstein and The Martian release date details after the jump.  Read More »

Best Stories of the Week

We’re always thankful when it’s Friday. Not only is it the beginning of the weekend, but that’s when new movies are in theaters everywhere. And now Friday will also be when you can catch up on all the important stories from the week before. Starting with this post, every Friday, we’ll recap some of the best stories of the week, from the biggest trailers to the most buzzed about movie news to our own features and editorials.

This week was chock full of big stories, from a new trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak to a sneak peek at the return of The Muppets to television. We also had a glowing review of Mad Max: Fury Road (in theaters now), news of a new project at Fox expanding the X-Men universe and much more. Check out all the best stories of the week after the jump! Read More »