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Considering nearly the entire cast of The Expendables 3 is filled with older action heroes, the addition of some younger stars usually raises some eyebrows. The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth was part of The Expendables 2, and now another young adult franchise star will join the ranks as The Wrap reports Kellan Lutz from The Twilight Saga is now in early talks to join the sequel from director Patrick Hughes. However,it sounds like Lutz might not be part of the veteran team as the film is said to introduce a younger group of tech-savvy bad asses who initially clash with the older crew, but eventually team up to save the day.
Spidey and his villains. Electro. Rhino. The Sinister Six? Maybe. What about a Spidey-Avengers crossover, or Fantastic Four? I had so many fun questions to ask Marc Webb, and what better place than Comic-Con to have a good chat about our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and his foes. I caught up with director Marc Webb, who I have a long history with (interview in 2009, at WonderCon, in 2012), at the 2013 Comic-Con this year where he was presenting the first footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This was also the big unveiling of Jamie Foxx's villain Electro. It was great to catch up with Marc and talk about the sequel.
In the midst of all the franchises coming from studios today, there's one unlikely collection of films that has just as loyal and rabid a fanbase as any comic book, young adult or fantasy series. Beginning with Shaun of the Dead and continuing with Hot Fuzz, director Edgar Wright has directed these two films which have become the two installments of what has become The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. Named for the frozen treat that appears in each film, the two comedies feature British actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost combining comedy with elements of the horror and action film genres. And now the series that essentially started as a joke comes to a satisfying conclusion with the fittingly titled The World's End. More below!
"Fly on my sweet, sweet angel, Tomorrow I shall have you by my side." Another interesting first look coming from the Toronto Film Festival after announcing the first half of their 2013 line-up. This one is for All Is By My Side, a biopic about music legend Jimi Hendrix, starring music legend André Benjamin (aka Andre 3000 of OutKast) as Jimmy "James" Hendrix. Despite this photo featuring Benjamin at a mic, the film never got the rights to use Hendrix's music and thus won't actually be using any of his music. Similar to the way Nowhere Boy told the origin of the Beatles without actually using any Beatles songs. Check it out.
After taking on sci-fi comedy in last year's panned, but hilarious summer release The Watch, actress Rosemarie DeWitt is heading into the world of horror. Deadline has word that the star of recent indies like Your Sister's Sister and Touchy Feely has landed the female lead on MGM and Fox 2000's remake of Poltergeist from Monster House director Gil Kenan. The new film follows a family who, struggling to make ends meet, relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their young daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil. Read on!
The worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy were only the beginning… What mystery lies ahead? Only time will tell. Our colleague Silas at ComingSoon was tipped about an interesting viral Disney website that's part of a bigger ARG (Alternate Reality Game) called The Optimist - found at Disney.com. The story-based ARG follows a few fictional characters including "Amelia", a young filmmaker (follow her on Twitter) and a guy known as "Disney Cartography" (also on Twitter) who makes art "inspired by the past, future and what could have been at Disneyland." Will this eventually connect to Tomorrowland, Brad Bird's movie?
Briefly: One more interesting choice for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar project, finishing up its casting before shooting later this year. Deadline is reporting that Topher Grace will take an unspecified role in the sci-fi movie. Grace was last seen in Predators, The Double, The Big Wedding and The Giant Mechanical Man and recently finished shooting The Calling and A Many Splintered Thing, but hasn't been in too much otherwise. The cast for Interstellar already includes quite a few fantastic actors: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck and Michael Caine. The script was originally written by Jonathan Nolan, updated by Christopher Nolan and will "depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding." Cannot wait for this one. Launching November 2014.
After making Red State, writer and director Kevin Smith talked about being nearly finished with making his own films. Smith had been working on getting Hit Somebody off the ground, but that project is now becoming a miniseries. So instead, Smith's last film looked to be Clerks III, with his first draft just completed at the beginning of the summer. However, during Smith's traditional panel at Comic-Con, the filmmaker revealed that he has written a horror film called Tusk based on a real newspaper article he had read about a man who was lost at sea for six months with a walrus and was now looking for a roommate.
Originally, the Japanese action epic 47 Ronin was supposed to hit theaters in February this year, but Universal delayed the film to a crowded Christmas release with Grudge Match, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Jack Ryan. Now it appears the film is sticking with the winter release date though, and the hype machine officially kicks off today with four character posters, including Keanu Reeves looking like a bad ass warrior. There have been worries about the film, including director Carl Rinsch being pulled from the editing room, but we hope these issues have been sorted out and the film turns out to be a killer action epic.
Another dazzling line-up from Toronto to kick off the fall season. The 38th Toronto International Film Festival just announced a total of 70 unique Gala and Special Presentation films as part of the lineup at this year's festival, which runs September 5th to 15th up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is our 7th year covering. TIFF has become known for its rather glamorous and stunning line-up ever year, programming just about every highly anticipated art house film left to see. For 2013 they'll be showing Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Mandela, Rush, Dallas Buyers Club, Labor Day and more. Read on for the list!
About time! I've been waiting patiently for this film. One of our favorite filmmakers, Jason Reitman, is back with his latest feature titled Labor Day, starring Gattlin Griffith as Henry, a boy from New Hampshire who learns life lessons over a five-day Labor Day weekend. Reitman, who was born in Canada, has almost always premiered his films at the Toronto Film Festival (except for Young Adult) and it was just announced that Labor Day will be premiering there this fall. To go along with the news, our very first look at the drama featuring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin (along with Griffith in the background) has arrived. See below.
Borat and Brüno star Sacha Baron Cohen has been attached to a biopic about Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury since September of 2010. However, any real development on the project has been scarce with the most recent update surfacing in March about director Tom Hooper circling the project. Now a report from Deadline comes with some troubling news that Cohen is leaving the project over creative differences with the surviving members of the band (Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon), who are producing the film and have script/director approval. The problem is how they want to tell Mercury's story.