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Briefly: Release dates have been given to two major films either currently in production, or about to start. The big one is David Fincher‘s latest, Gone Girl, based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn It stars Ben Affleck as a husband accused of killing his wife, played by Rosamund Pike. Fincher is currently shooting and the film will be released October 3, 2014.

The second is Paul McGuigan‘s upcoming version of Frankenstein, scripted by Max Landis. Daniel Radcliffe is playing main character Igor while James McAvoy is Dr. Frankenstein. That film will be out January 16, 2015. [Film Stage]

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Paul McGuigan‘s upcoming version of Frankenstein, scripted by Max Landis, has just found its second lead.

James McAvoy has been cast as Dr. Frankenstein; he’ll share the screen with Daniel Radcliffe, who has long been attached to play Igor, the lead in this unique spin on the classic tale.

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20th (or is it 21st?) Century Fox went on a release date rampage over the weekend, planting a stake in the ground for a few upcoming tentpoles as well as animated films through 2018. Ridley Scott‘s star-studded The Counselor has been moved up to October 25, a non-Pixar Day of the Dead animated film called Book Of Life will be released October 3, 2014, Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by Paul McGuigan, is now set for October 17, 2014 and a fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks film will be released December 11, 2015.

Fox Animation, DreamWorks Animation and Blue Sky Animation will then have five films between them released in 2017 and five more in 2018. That’s in addition to the previously announced dates through 2014. See the full rundown below. Read More »

BBC’s Sherlock is technically, a TV show. But with episodes that are the length of a film, and two stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who have become major movie actors, the show might as well be a movie. The point being: it takes an unusual bit of scheduling to create.

The second season aired over a year ago in the UK and 10 months ago in the US, climaxing in a major cliffhanger. Since then, thanks in large part to Netflix, more and more people are finding out about this fascinating and entertaining show, and all are anxiously waiting new episodes.

The wait has been long, and will continue to be long, but there’s hope on the horizon. The stars are back and the third season will begin filming next week. Read more below. Read More »

Even before the conclusion of the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe was making a valiant effort to prove himself as an actor. He performed on Broadway, in independent dramas, psychological thrillers, and now he’s likely to play his most different role yet. Radcliffe is in talks to play Igor, the lead character of Max Landis‘ unique take on Frankenstein. Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) is set to direct. Read more below. Read More »

Director Paul McGuigan has a respectable history in features, having made films like Gangster No. 1, Wicker Park, and Push. But his best work of late has been on television, where he’s done four of the existing six episodes of the BBC series Sherlock. (Only one of which was one of the series two lesser episodes: The Hounds of Baskerville. Can’t wait for the arguments about that statement to start in the comments…)

Now McGuigan is teaming up with his Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to craft a film about Brian “The Fifth Beatle” Epstein, who managed The Beatles from the band’s signing in ’61 to Epstein’s death of an overdose in ’67. Cumberbatch will play Epstein. Read More »

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Looks like Maggie Gyllenhaal will play alongside her husband Peter Sarsgaard in a biopic of bluegrass pioneer Bill Munroe. She told ScreenCrave she’d been in the film about “Bill Monroe, who invented Blue Grass music had a kind of Sid and Nancy style affair with this woman Bessie Lee Mauldin throughout his life… T-Bone Burnett’s going to do the music and Callie Khouri who wrote Thelma & Louise wrote the script so we’re going to do that together.”

After the break, Scott Speedman takes a vow, Josh Hartnett may reunite with Paul McGuigan, and Real Steel adds one more. Read More »

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It’s a good week for Stephen Fry. He was part of Craig Ferguson‘s successful ‘experiment’ to do an episode of The Late Late Show with no audience, for one. Highly recommend watching that, as their nearly hour-long chat was a great bit of television.

And Fry’s film Hallelujiah!, about the composer George Frideric Handel and his enduring work Messiah, first announced in 2008, has been given some development funding by the UK Film Council. So it should be moving forward. Fry is co-writing that one with Nick Adams, and was originally announced as director. I hope that remains the case.

Finally, the writer/actor/director is working with comic book writer Grant Morrison and film director Paul McGuigan (Gangster No. 1, Push) on a TV show that McGuigan calls “Twin Peaks meets Brigadoon.” Wait, what? Why does that sound so fantastic? Read More »

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