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"I made a promise, Mr Frodo. A promise." Yes! Lord of the Rings fans in the New York area, your time has come. The world famous Lincoln Center is finally putting on a performance of Lord of the Rings Live in Concert, featuring an orchestra with over 250 musicians. Not just that, but they're actually playing the entire trilogy of Lord of the Rings movies as Live in Concert, in mid-April of 2015. This series has already played at other venues around the world, most recently in Europe with composer Howard Shore himself. The Lincoln Center's presentation will be conducted by Ludwig Wicki with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of Lucerne, Switzerland. Tickets are on sale now - hurry up and book before it sells out.
"Revenged? How should I be revenged?" Director Michael Almereyda and actor Ethan Hawke have already tackled Shakespeare before with a contemporary adaptation of Hamlet, and this time they're reteaming for more in Cymbeline. Presented with the same style and grit as the FX series "Sons of Anarchy, the story follows a battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America. If you liked Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, then this is right up your alley. Plus the cast has Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Dakota Johnson and even John Leguizamo. Watch!
Ever since starring in the hit comedy Wedding Crashers, actor Vince Vaughn has struggled to find the same success with missteps like Fred Claus, The Internship, The Dilemma and Delivery Man. Those films just weren't all that funny, so now the actor is teaming with a more successful comedic star to see if that helps. THR reports Vaughn will star in The Politician, a new comedy set up at Columbia Pictures that has Seth Rogen producing along with his frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg and their Point Grey banner. Sweetening the deal is director Michael Dowse, fresh off the charming, funny romantic comedy What If.
Next year we'll see "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke get into some big screen action in Terminator: Genisys, and Sam Claflin will reprise his charismatic role as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I this fall. Now Deadline reports the two British stars have landed the lead roles in Me Before You, the adaptation of Jojo Moyes novel of the same name that MGM and Warner Bros. have set for a release in August of 2015. Tom Hiddleston was mentioned to be in the running for the male lead when he was being courted for the remake of Ben-Hur, but it sounds like Claflin won out in the end. Read on!
"If my picture is on the poster, maybe your kids shouldn't watch it!" The argument of whether or not Hollywood or bad parenting is the reason that people, more specifically kids, become violent or partake in other questionable behavior will never end. Do kids do bad things because they see it in movies, or is it because parents don't monitor what they're watching or explain what's right or wrong? Plenty have an argument one way or the other, but Samuel L. Jackson has some more specific advice when it comes to the kind of movies kids are consuming, mainly because he's getting blamed for all the bad behavior. Watch!
Not too long ago, we heard that Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe might team up with Iron Man 3 director Shane Black for The Nice Guys, a 70s set murder conspiracy thriller. Now Deadline has confirmed that the film will be Black's next project, complete with the aforementioned two leading men in the starring roles, and Warner Bros. has picked up the film that is being produced by Joel Silver and set it for release on June 17th, 2016. That's a prime summer release date, so the studio must be pretty confident in the film that Black also wrote himself years ago along with Anthony Bagarozzi. So what's it about?
After making his English-language debut with Stoker last year, director Park Chan-wook will get back in Korean mode for a new thriller, an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith. ScreenDaily reports the film is Chan-wook's next project and hopes to start casting this month with production planned sometime in the first half of 2015. The film will go by the title Agashi overseas (which means "young lady" or "miss"), but an English title has yet to be decided. It also marks Chan-wook's return to Korean films after six years away, spending his time making short films in addition to the aforementioned Sundance thriller.
Following the unveiling of the finalists vying for a spot in ABCs of Death 2, the horror anthology sequel featuring 26 different filmmakers at the helm of horror shorts inspired by the alphabet, the first red band trailer has arrived. But this isn't your average restricted trailer as it's being touted as an "extreme" red band trailer. And we gotta be honest, it's more than a little bloody, and it has some super gruesome moments, making it absolutely NSFW. Basically, if you had fun with the first film, then this looks like more of the same craziness, just with 26 all-new directors bringing all sorts of new horror goodness this time. Watch!
This past summer, fans of the action thriller series 24 were treated to a revival of the Fox show in the form of "24: Live Another Day," a limited series return of Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. And it turns out the success and reception of the shorter season has resulted in renewed interest in making the long-gestating big screen adaptation of the series finally happen. Director Antoine Fuqua was once attached to the project, but last year he said it was dead in the water, and that was after it had been delayed from the previous year (and several times before that). But now Imagine Entertainment seems keen on making it happen again.
Back towards the beginning of the summer, we got word that Steven Soderbergh would still be involved with the production of Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the surprise male-stripping hit from 2012. Soderbergh isn't directing this time (Greg Jacobs has that job), but instead will serve as director of photography and editor. And now it sounds like production is beginning, at least for the Second Unit as the filmmaker posted a picture to Twitter over Labor Day weekend showing that he was getting into a helicopter for some standard aerial photography, likely for establishing shots, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Look!
"Killin' martians, baby." The most recent trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to Godzilla director Gareth Edwards' breakthrough indie sensation, showed off the larger scale story at the center of the follow-up. Now we get to see even more action as we follow a group of soldiers tasked with taking down some of the creatures across the globe. Thankfully though, it doesn't seem like they've completely thrown out the character-driven angle that made the first film so great as there seem to be hints of drama akin to Zero Dark Thirty or Black Hawk Down. This actually looks pretty decent, so we hope it ends up in the US.
"I see the devil inside him!" Following the first trailer for the horror action adventure Dracula Untold not too long ago, a new trailer from Japan has surfaced, showing a bit more of the desperate transformation Luke Evans makes in order to save his family and people from a tyrannical ruler. There's a lot of the same beats from the first trailer here, but this time they don't shove the fact that this is Dracula down your throat until the title appears at the end (and it has a different title too). Frankly, I'm still not completely sold on this flick, and I have a hunch that it's not going to do very well at the box office next month. Watch below!