Archive for April 18, 2015

The Agent Carter star is set to play the lead in AMC’s new drama pilot about a troubled priest and an Irish vampire

Dominic Cooper is swapping the Marvel universe for a new DC Comics adaptation. (more…)

Happy birthday to you! Have a wibbily, wobbly, timey wimey day with David Tennant, create your own Kardashian-style celebrations or bop along to some tween tunes with Sophia Grace Brownlee

If you were born on the brilliant day that is the 18th of April, you have one impressive celebrity birthday chum. It’s time to thank your mum, because she’s only gone and given you the same birthday as former Time Lord, Broadchurch star and soon-to-be Purple Man, David Tennant. (more…)

As our forumites will know, I’ve been into Supernatural for some time now. And just recently, I’ve been attempting to get into The Vampire Diaries as well. What I’ve discovered are two very different contenders to Buffy’s throne, so let’s discuss their similarities, their differences, their strengths and weaknesses, shall we? Before we start: I’m deliberately not counting True Blood here because it’s openly aimed at a different, older, less geeky demographic, nor am I considering the cancelled likes of Moonlight, Blood Ties or whatever. This is about ostensibly-at-least teen-friendly shows wherein improbably good-looking folk encounter supernatural creatures. (more…)

Empire Goes To Jerusalem

Posted: April 18, 2015 in Review

That Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine targeted by extremists earlier this month, carries cartoons of the prophet Mohammed on the cover of its issue published January 14 is seen by many not only to strike a blow for non-violent free speech, but also to highlight the importance of comedy in bidding to affect change. (more…)

UPDATE: Mr. Stark is officially going dark. Cooper has signed a deal to play Jesse, and Elizabeth Perkins is on to play Vyla Quinncannon, a scheming businesswoman with a personal connection to the main man.
He’s already familiar to comic-book adaptation fans thanks to his role as Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger and the Agent Carter adventures. Yet it appears that Dominic Cooper is closing in on the chance to be a lead in a comic- based project, as The Wrap reports he’s inches away from signing on to play Jesse Custer in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s TV take on Preacher . (more…)

Acting quickly to counter what has been seen as a negative reaction – albeit to a dreadful quality, pirated phone version – to his new promo, Zack Snyder tweeted out an official version of the first Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice trailer, which has also hit the Tubes of You. Cheekily referencing its unofficial online debut with hash tags that included #NotBlurry and #NotPirated, the proper version arrives in crystal clear digital vision. But the tone and the style of the trailer remains dark and foreboding, with an initial voice-over of various people concerned about the effect that Superman has had (Metropolis: Never Forget!) and might have on planet Earth and its inhabitants. There is a somewhat natural worry that this powerful alien could be a massive threat to the world.

And it’s a concern that Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne definitely appears to share initially, lest the movie be called Batman Meets Superman Over A Steaming Mug Of Tea And Has A Friendly Chinwag. We hear Jeremy Irons’ Alfred talking about the feelings of rage and powerlessness that can turn good men cruel. Finally, a tiny peek at the conflict that fuels this film, as Bruce breaks out his wonderful Bat-toys (the new Batmobile, going up against some sort of craft) and confronts Henry Cavill’s Kal-El. “Do you bleed?” asks Batman, the eyes of his armour glowing white in a shot familiar to anyone who saw the footage from last year’s Comic-Con. “You will…”

It remains to be seen if the whole movie commits to the bleak feeling of this teaser, but at least we now know a version of Affleck’s Bat-voice. Now that you’ve had a chance to see it officially, what say you? Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is out on March 25 next year.

Marvel has its eye on a potential director for Captain Marvel, with Collider reporting that Angelina Jolie is under serious consideration for the position. The star had initially been linked to the project a couple of months back, but the interest on Marvel’s part has apparently by BuyNsave” href=””>become more concrete since then.

Marvel is thought to be keen on a high-profile female director for Captain Marvel, and Jolie would certainly fit that criteria. The report had initially claimed that the star was also being considered by Warner for the Wonder Woman gig, but that slot has now been filled by Patty Jenkins.

Whether or not Jolie is interested in the film remains to be seen, with most of her directorial choices so far having been more personal projects. However, there’s no denying the lure of by BuyNsave” href=””>one of the biggest studios currently operating in Hollywood…

Captain Marvel is currently set to arrive in the UK on 6 July 2018 and the US on 2 November 2018. Plenty of time for negotiations to take place…

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Full Cannes 2015 line-up announced

Posted: April 18, 2015 in Review

The full line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival has been announced, including premieres for Mad Max: Fury Road, Pixar’s Inside Out and brilliantly crazy-sounding sci-fi The Lobster.

Kicking off on 13 May and running until 24 May, the prestigious festival sees Joel and Ethan Coen heading up the jury. (more…)

Blade Runner

Posted: April 18, 2015 in Review

While the world was watching the trailer for another little sci-fi movie called The Force Awakens, Blade Runner 2 dropped some pretty significant news of its own. Because not only has the long awaited sequel just found itself a new director, it could also have a star lined up as well…

On the directorial front, Denis Villeneuve has officially signed on to helm the project. The news completes a great week for the Prisoners director, whose film Sicario has just been added to the 2015 Cannes lineup.

However, perhaps even more eyecatching is the news that Ryan Gosling is currently in negotiations to star in the new film. No details have been revealed as to who he might be playing, but we do know the story will be set several decades after the events portrayed in the original movie.

Should he sign on the dotted line, Gosling will star alongside Harrison Ford, who has agreed to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Principle photography is scheduled to begin by BuyNsave” href=””>next summer, with an official release date yet to be confirmed.

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Bryan Cranston stars in the first image from upcoming screenwriter biopic, Trumbo.

The drama will see the Breaking Bad actor portraying Hollywood scripter Dalton Trumbo, who found himself on the wrong side of the House Un-American Activities Committee’s communist witch hunt.

Cranston appeared in 2014’s Godzilla, but Trumbo marks his first major leading role since Breaking Bad came to an end in 2013.

With Cranston centre-stage, Trumbo’s cast is filled out with an intriguingly long list of supporting character actors, including Alan Tudyk, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman and Louis C.K.

Directed by Jay Roach (best know for Austin Powers, and political TV movie Game Change), Trumbo is expected to hit UK cinemas in 2016.