Martin Scorsese is finishing up Hugo Cabret, his first foray into family films and 3D. The film is based on Brian Selznick‘s children’s book The Invention of Huog Cabret, and has nods to the early days of cinema and science fiction.

We’ve known the cast for some time; Asa Butterfield and Chloë Moretz as an orphan boy and strange little girl who become friends in a Paris train station, with support from Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, Michael Stuhlbarg, Ray Winstone, and more.

But it turns out there is a pretty impressive cameo in the film, which was revealed via a photo posted in a French outlet. That photo and info on the cameo is after the break — don’t go further if you don’t want some small spoilers — as is a photo of one of the pieces of technology in the film. Read More »

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In London, a new film called Ashes has pulled together an impressive core trio: Ray Winstone, Jim Sturgess and Lesley Manville. The film also features Jodie Whittaker (who’ll be a lot more known once people have a chance to see Attack the Block) and Luke Evans, and will be directed by Mat Whitecross.

We don’t have many plot details, but the script, by the director and Paul Viragh (the two also did the Ian Dury biopic Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, starring Andy Serkis) is described as a ‘contemporary noir thriller.’ Good enough for me, especially with that cast. It’s a relatively low-budget affair ($8m), with part of the money coming from Coldplay. Yeah, that Coldplay. The film will begin shooting next week on the Isle of Man.[Variety]

Speaking of Attack the Block, one of the companies behind that movie is assembling another UK genre picture, called Cockneys Vs. Zombies. Details on that are after the break. Read More »

Liam Neeson May Leave ‘Taken 2’ [UPDATED]

UPDATE: Moments after publishing this, I saw that Deadline had updated the source story completely changing it. In the original piece below I suspected that the first story published at Deadline was a way to push forward a deal between Liam Neeson and the producers of Taken 2. Whether or not that was the intent, such a thing is now happening. So everything below, ninety minutes after Deadline first reported it, is now a non-issue. The actor and producers have worked things out and a shoot for late this year or early 2012 is now being scheduled. Original article follows.

After Taken proved to be a wild, unexpected hit, it didn’t take long for talk to begin of Taken 2. Liam Neeson has said that he was definitely ready to do the film, and a script has been under way. But now there is a big wrinkle: the actor is reportedly pulling away from the film, which producer and co-writer Luc Besson wants to shoot this year. The actor, meanwhile, wants to take some time off. It could be stalemate, but Luc Besson may just go ahead with the film, with a different actor in the central role. Read More »

Are you smart, a bit weird and in love with movies? Then Rango is the animated film for you. Hell, it wants to be you. This often delightful western re-teams director Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp; for a treasure trove of anthropomorphized animal characters and animated eye candy that (gasp!) eschews the 3D fad for gold old-fashioned 2D. Rango‘s love of movies — and reliance on one classic in particular — may go a little overboard in the end, but I can hardly fault Gore Verbinski for making something that dares to be odd, and plays to the audience in his own head rather than a studio focus group. You won’t see an animated Hunter S. Thompson in a DreamWorks film. Read More »

Tracker is one of those minor movies I’m trying to keep on my radar. (And on yours.) It’s a film out of New Zealand directed by Ian Sharp, and starring Ray Winstone as a Boer War veteran who is hired to  find and bring to justice a Maori man (Temuera Morrison) accused of killing a British officer. We’ve seen a couple photos of the actors in character, and now there’s a trailer, which you can see below. Read More »

Movie Trailer & Poster: ’13′

A few months back, we posted a Russian movie trailer for 13, the American remake of the cult French film 13 Tzameti, starring Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent and Ray Winstone, both written and directed by Géla Babluani. It’s about a young man (Sam Riley) who mistakenly ends up at a high stakes, life or death Russian roulette game. So if you watched that original trailer and liked the visuals but had no idea what was going on, an English language version has come online along with a poster. And if you never imagined you’d be bored by a simple movie trailer, prove yourself wrong after the break. Read More »

Proving once more that the work of William Shakespeare is versatile enough to power a story with just about any genre trappings, here’s Henry 5, which glues together a stellar cast — Michael Caine, Ray Winstone, Gerard Depardieu and Derek Jacobi — in what appears to be a sci-fi or apocalyptic version of Henry V. It boasts the tagline “How will they justify why they went to war.” Hm. Couldn’t someone have come up with a more topical angle? More details after the break. Read More »

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Since he emerged as a possible new leading man in Anton Corbijn’s 2007 Ian Curtis biopic Control, Sam Riley has taken his time fulfilling that early promise. He’s finally about to hit screens with a couple of new roles in Brighton Rock and 13, and he’s now shooting the decades-in-development adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road.

As a follow-up to those three films, Riley now has what could be his most intriguing post-Control project. He’s set up to appear as playwright and Shakespeare contemporary Christopher Marlowe in A Dead Man in Deptford, which will toy with the revisionist notion that Marlowe was also a spy and victim of political assassination. Read More »

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