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"So I'm not the first?" From one sci-fi composer to another. Back in January, news broke via the usually reliable Film Music Reporter that James Horner would be composing the score to Gavin Hood's Ender's Game. While I am not the biggest fan of Horner, his name means a lot to sci-fi (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to The Rocketeer to Apollo 13 to Avatar). However, the site Ender News is now reporting with confirmation from the studio that it's actually Steve Jablonsky, not Horner, who is scoring the sci-fi adaptation (watch the first trailer). Jablonsky hit it big scoring Transformers and is on the rise recently.
"My relationships have never been cleared for takeoff…" Fox Searchlight has put out a trailer for their fall romantic comedy Baggage Claim, written & directed by David E. Talbert based on his own novel, starring Paula Patton as a beautiful flight attendant looking for Mr. Right. This looks about as cheesy as they come for romantic comedies, but maybe a few of folks will be interested in it. The supporting cast includes Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Adam Brody, Tia Mowry, LaLa Anthony and Djimon Hounsou. If you need a break from all the sci-fi and action and superheroes, give this a look.
Before the release of Iron Man 3 last week, news surfaced that China would be getting their own cut of the film featuring extended scenes utilizing the country's actors Wang Xueqi and Fan Bingbing. While their characters appeared only about 10 seconds in the cut of the film in the rest of the world, they were given three minutes of screentime in China's cut. Xueqi played Dr. Wu, and in the special cut, meets Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the opening flashback in 1999, having a conversation with Jarvis, and then he shows up towards the end of the film to heal Stark's injuries with acupuncture aided surgery. More below!
They're going to have to sell this like no other to compete with the UK release plan. A press release has officially announced that Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, has acquired North American distribution rights to Ben Wheatley's A Field in England, following up his film Sightseers, out in US theaters tomorrow. We just wrote an article yesterday about how UK distributor Picturehouse Entertainment is planning an unprecedented release pattern for the film hitting VOD, Blu-Ray and theaters all at the same time. Drafthouse says they're planning a "theatrical and VOD release" this year.
Along with Divergent starring Shailene Woodley, and The Mortal Instruments starring Lily Collins, another young adult novel adaptation attempting to follow in the footsteps of The Hunger Games is The Maze Runner. Based on James Dashner's 2009 book of the same name, the story follows a young man named Thomas who wakes up in an industrual elevator not knowing anything but his own name. He's with a large community of boys trapped in the center of a maze in a mysterious place called The Glade, and the only way out is to navigate the huge maze which changes nightly and is full of creatures called Grievers. More below!
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Matt Patches of Hollywood.com and the Operation Kino podcast to go through their latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for Gavin Hood's Ender's Game and Wright/Pegg/Frost's The World's End and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on the work of Australian director Baz Luhrmann, in honor of his rendition of The Great Gatsby hitting theaters this weekend. The guys go over what they feel to be Baz's high and low points and where they want to see him go after Gatsby. Enjoy!
Briefly: A month ago we covered a fun story tweeted by British director Edgar Wright about a tease that he "directed one shot in another summer movie. But which?" At first many thought it was Iron Man 3, but he quickly confirmed it wasn't. So, with the Simon Pegg connection obvious, the next guess was Star Trek Into Darkness. Edgar finally revealed early today via a photo on his twitter that it was indeed Star Trek. "There are 2120 shots in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'. I directed one of them," he wrote. The photo shows him behind a clapboard on what looks to be the Klingon set from the movie next to an IMAX camera. See below.
Just last summer, there were rumblings that Disney Animation would be making their first foray into Marvel territory with an adaptation of the lesser known comic book Big Hero 6. The series followed a team of state-sanctioned superheroes at the disposal of the Japanese government with a top-secret consortium of politicians and business entities known as the Giri formed to recruit and train potential superhuman operatives. Now Disney has announced the film with a 3D release on November 7th, 2014 along with concept art, and a gorgeous first look at the setting: the mythical mash-up city San Fransokyo.
One of my most anticipated films playing at the Cannes Film Festival coming up this month is Nicolas Winding Refn's latest, Only God Forgives, once again starring Ryan Gosling. It already reminds me of 2011, where I caught the world premiere of Drive in Cannes (my review), also starring Gosling directed by Refn. This time the two head to Thailand for a bloody revenge film about a kickboxer and a gangster named Chang. With the festival only a week away, marketing material has started to arrive, and The Playlist found the full director's statement and some new photos in the press notes for the film. It's worth a read because Refn admits comparisons between Only God Forgives and his past films and discusses the original concept.
Raise your hand if you've wondered where Rick Moranis was sometime in the past 15 years. There should be a lot of hands up. The star of hit films like Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids disappeared from the big screen in 1997, following the loss of his wife to liver cancer in 1991. Moranis realized that the life of an actor, always traveling, wasn't going to make raising his kids as a single father very easy, so he made the choice to be a responsible father first and essentially retired from acting altogether. However, it sounds like Moranis might be poised for a big return to the spotlight with a brand new album coming soon.
Despite normally starring in and directing more low key dramas, Robert Redford is taking some time for big blockbuster fun with a role as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier next spring. Right now you can see his directorial effort The Company You Keep in limited theaters, ScreenDaily reports he's already lined up his next project with an adaptation of Bill Bryson's comedic travel and nature centric book A Walk in the Woods. Little Miss Sunshine screenwriter Michael Arndt (who is also scripting Star Wars: Episode VII for J.J. Abrams) is scripting the film being at Cannes this month. Read on!
After helping Abraham Lincoln become a vampire hunter in the aptly titled Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, supporting actor Dominic Cooper is getting back in the bloodsucking genre with Universal's Dracula, formerly known as Dracula Year Zero. Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) was just recently brought on to lead the story that follows real-life historical figure Prince Vlad of Transylvania, known as the inspiration for Dracula, as his wife and child find themselves in danger from a despicable sultan. He risks his very soul to save them, and that's the origin story of the first vampire that we know as Dracula. Read on!