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Even though an Oscar wasn't handed to Rosamund Pike last weekend, the star of Gone Girl was at least nominated for her stirring performance. And now she's finally lining up her next project as Variety reports Pike will be taking the female lead in the gestating adaptation of The Deep Blue Good-by, based on John D. MacDonald's novel of the same name. Christian Bale is already slated to star in the film as Travis McGee, a self-described “salvage consultant” who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women. He's a recurring character in a series of 21 books. Read on!
"He is on a mission from the very beginning." More Bond! Eon Productions has already released the second production diary video for Spectre, the 24th James Bond movie currently filming around the world. Back after Skyfall to direct this next movie is Sam Mendes, and after not appearing at all in the first behind-the-scenes video, they give him the spotlight entirely in this second one. Mendes is a big Bond fan and it's always exciting to hear him talk about getting back into this world and some of his plans for this follow-up. He hints at some big things going on, but more than anything it's just good to hear that everything is being pushed forward again. Catch the new video below, and check out the new photos debuted by Empire as well.
There's a lot of artificial intelligence hitting the big screen this year. Next week brings Neill Blomkamp's Chappie and in April we have Alex Garland's Ex Machina followed by The Avengers: Age of Ultron in May. Well, next month The Weinstein Company will bring another into the mix with Eva. This is the first time the film is coming to the United States, but it opened on screens overseas all the way back in 2011. Daniel Bruhl (Rush, A Most Wanted Man) stars in the film as a cybernetic engineer tasked with giving emotional intelligence to the first robot child. But he has to learn a bit from his brother's daughter Eva first. Watch!
Last month the teaser trailer for Fantastic Four came out of nowhere, finally showing off what we can expect from Josh Trank's comic book reboot. The teaser was pretty heavy-handed, going for a tone akin to Interstellar, so we're wondering just what we'll see in the next trailer. In the meantime, Empire has released four new images from the film, each giving us a new look at Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Kate Mara in the film. There's nothing too revealing here, but at his point, we'll take what we can get. The film doesn't hit until later this summer, so we've probably got time to wait for more footage. Look!
"How can that possibly be a success?" This looks great! Coming out of Sundance this year were a number of outstanding documentaries (our 7 favorites here), including this one, which picked up the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary category. Dark Horse is a documentary about a small Welsh town that decides to adopt and breed a racehorse even though they don't have much money. Lo and behold it goes on to become a huge success, and this is the story of that horse and the town. This is one film we didn't get to see, but heard nothing but amazing things about during the festival. This first trailer definitely gives us a glimpse at just how crowdpleasing and inspiring it is, and I'm looking forward to seeing it sooner than later.
We've talked about the awesome shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark that was attempted by a group of 12-year old kids back in 1982 before. The film became a cult sensation when it was screened in Austin, Texas, and now the story of how the film came to be is coming to the big screen with a documentary called Raiders! premiering at SXSW next month. In addition to looking back at the making of the film with childhood friends Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, it also chronicles their attempt to shoot the final scene they could never pull off: the infamous Flying Wing scene where the shirtless Nazi strongman is cut up by the circling plane's propeller while fighting Indy. This looks like one hell of a cool story. Watch now!
The writing duo behind last summer's comedy sensation Neighbors are doing pretty well for themselves right now. Brendan O'Brien and Andrew J. Cohen have their script Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates getting produced with Zac Efron and Adam DeVine in the lead roles, and now Deadline reports another one of their scripts has just been picked up by New Line after a heated auction to grab it took place. The comedy is called The House and already has Will Ferrell slated to star in the film that will also mark the feature directorial debut of Cohen. New Line will make the film for $40 million with shooting beginning in August.
Even though director Richard Linklater didn't take home an Oscar last weekend, he's not letting it get him down. The Boyhood helmer is already in post-production on That's What I'm Talking About, the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, and in some ways could also be considered a follow-up to his recent 12-year project. But now THR reports Linklater is in talks to direct Where'd You Go Bernadette, an adaptation of Maria Semple's books of the same name set up at Annapurna Pictures. The book has already been adapted by The Fault in Our Stars writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, so it's ready.
Filthy. Rich. Spoilt. Rotten. IFC Films has recently unveiled the official US trailer for Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club, which will be getting released in March after initially premiering at TIFF 2014 last year. This debaucherous drama delves into the lives of the elite members of Oxford University's "Riot Club", based on the real-life Bullingdon Club, though I'm sure they want nothing to do with this. The young and beautiful cast of Riot Club includes Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown Findlay, Natalie Dormer, Holliday Grainger, Olly Alexander, Tom Hollander and Sam Reid. As much as I am fond of director Lone Scherfig, I'm not any more interested in this than I was after the first trailer. Give it a shot.
Now that Neill Blomkamp has officially been hired to direct a new movie set within the Alien universe, fans are anxious to know what we can expect. Of course, Blomkamp's initial posting of concept art gives us some idea of what we'll see, including the return of Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, but we're still not clear on the story. And while Blomkamp and Weaver have been doing the publicity rounds for Chappie, they haven't been forthcoming with many new details. However, Weaver did make a few remarks about giving the Alien series and her character Riply a "proper finish," which seems to imply that this could be the end.
A reboot of the film adaptation of the video game franchise Tomb Raider has been percolating since 2011, but there hasn't been any solid progress in years. Now Deadline has word that Warner Bros. is teaming with MGM and producer Graham King and his GK Films production banner to get the project back in action. Warner Bros. will co-finance and co-produce the film in addition to handling distribution. In addition, even though Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, the duo behind scripts for films like Children of Men, Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens, were previously hired to writer the film, a new writer has been hired.
While we're still waiting for the first glimpse of footage from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, we'll get to see Henry Cavill in a completely different light when he stars in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (watch the promising first trailer here). And this summer, he'll be taking on another film outside of the world of DC Comics as Screen Daily reports Cavill will star in Stratton, a special forces thriller form The Expendables 2 and Con-Air director Simon West. Cavill will play the title role in the film that is based on the first in a series of eight novels written by Duncan Falconer, a real ex-Special Boat Service operative. More below!