CHILD 44

Tom Hardy kept a pretty low profile in 2013, after spending the previous two years zipping from Cold War thriller to Prohibition drama to superpowered blockbuster. But fortunately for fans, his release schedule ramps up again in 2014 with two promising crime pics: the Dennis Lehane adaptation Animal Rescue, and the Stalin-era mystery Child 44.

In the latter, Hardy plays a Soviet military police officer whose investigation into a child murder attracts the displeased attention of the government. The first stills from the production have him looking sharp in uniform, alongside co-stars Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman. Daniel Espinosa directed the film, with Ridley Scott serving as a producer. Check them out after the jump.

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Murder on the Orient Express

As Paramount loads another Naked Gun, Fox is going for another ride on the Orient Express. The studio has picked up the rights to Agatha Christie‘s 1934 murder mystery Murder on the Orient Express, which was turned into an Oscar-nominated drama by Sidney Lumet in 1974. Ridley Scott is in talks to produce, along with Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg. More details after the jump.

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Ridley Scott / Fae

Just as no young male actor seems to get anywhere these days without toplining his own comic book franchise, few directors at the moment seem immune to the allure of YA adaptations. The latest to jump on the angsty-teen wagon is Ridley Scott, who’s just optioned the fantasy novel Fae. Hit the jump for more details on the story.

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concussion

Ridley Scott had one of his greatest successes with a film about ancient gladiatorial combat, and now he wants to make a movie about one modern version of the combative tradition. Scott is looking for a writer to tackle a drama about football players, and specifically the effects that concussions have on players, and how that all works with the team and league execs who reap the biggest benefits from successful players. Read More »

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Briefly: If you’ve looked at some message board conversations about Ridley Scott’s recent film The Counselor, you might have seen people talking about seeing test screenings of the film in which Cameron Diaz’s character had a heavy accent. Indeed, she’s scripted as being from Argentina. In the final film there is only minor evidence that her character, Malkina, is from outside the US. There’s a minor lilt in her voice, but it’s not at all what people reported hearing in early tests.

So why did her voice track change? Was it the result of serious post-production tinkering, or a ruthless edit?

In fact there was some big post-production tinkering, and according to THR it was because Fox execs thought the accent Diaz used didn’t work. In fact, they thought it sounded too much like Rihanna. (Who is from Barbados, not Argentina.) We don’t know if Diaz was directed to go for a Barbadian accent, or if that’s just how it went. There’s arguably a bit of that sound in the fully ADR-created voice track in the film now, and that’s probably all we’ll ever hear. It would probably be too much to hope for an alternate blu-ray audio track featuring the original voice takes.

Prometheus

Ridley Scott‘s last two movies, Prometheus and The Counselor, haven’t exactly supported his legendary status. The good news is, once you reach that status, it never goes away. So the director behind some of the best sci-fi and action films of all time continues to look ahead. His next movie will be the Biblical epic Exodus and, after that… we don’t know what he’ll make. Two definite options are the rumored sequels to Prometheus and Blade Runner. The director recently confirmed both films are still being written. Or maybe one of them is written. It’s hard to tell. Read his update about those, and the long in-development The Forever War, below. Read More »

The Counselor

Of all the dangerous criminals in The Counselor, Cameron Diaz‘s Malkina may just be the iciest. In a new clip from the Ridley Scott-directed drama, she shows her steely side to Reiner (Javier Bardem), prompting even the hardened career criminal to ask, “You don’t think that’s a bit cold?”

But at least Malkina’s femme fatale appeal comes across on her character poster. The same can’t be said for poor Laura, played by the stunning Penelope Cruz in plain-Jane mode. Reiner, Westray (Brad Pitt), and the Counselor himself (Michael Fassbender) all look sleeker, edgier, and just plain sexier than Cruz does. Hit the jump to check out the posters and watch the clip.

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Want to know more of the story that awaits in Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor, scripted by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men)? The latest trailer out of the UK will give you more details than any previous look at the film. We know that the story features Michael Fassbender foray into the drug trade, which puts him into contact with characters played by Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem.

But this trailer lays out a lot more story structure, and also reveals more of the steely nature of the character played by Cameron Diaz. Check it out below. Read More »

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