War has started and we are hopelessly outgunned – by that bloody Inception-style horn in every single bloody trailer since two thousand and bloody ten. Yeah anyway, the new Marvel Avengers Assemble trailer is here.
It looks pretty entertaining with the prerequisite number of bangs and explosions and Marvel superheroes tearing up large chunks of the city like glossy Power Rangers. Hulk still looks a little bit plastic-y but then he’s always been the hardest hero to do properly (not being human-sized he has to be completely rendered which makes him look too artificial) and Loki now has a stupid borderline mullet but there’s something great about seeing a team come together.
See what you think. It’ll be in cinemas April 26th.
Jennifer Aniston has been in more romantic comedies than most people have hot dinners but it’s very rare that they’re anything to write home about. Her last effort Horrible Bosses was a case in point – amusing but not rolling-in-the-aisles hilarious. Paul Rudd meanwhile has been much more “miss” than “hit” of late, despite his natural likability, with significant duds in Dinner For Schmucks and How Do You Know. In fact, his last good movie was Role Models, also directed by David Wain, so could this be a welcome return to form?
Rudd and Aniston star as George and Linda, a New York couple struggling to pay the bills who are forced to leave the Big Apple after George loses his job and Linda’s documentary pitch to HBO about penguins with testicular cancer is unequivocally rejected. They move in with George’s obnoxious older brother Rick (Ken Marino), but when that quickly becomes unbearable they find their way to Elysium, a hippie commune full of the usual cabal of counter-cultural stereotypes.
They’re initially reluctant to adapt to the hippies’ philosophy but soon find that their relaxed attitude makes a welcome change from the rat race and decide to stay. But of course, more troubles are just around the corner… Read more
The high school house party format has been repeated more often than that Adele song in recent times and while Project X has Todd Phillips’ unmistakably hilarious fingerprints all over it, there is nothing new here.
Yet the lack of originality seems rather irrelevant when the director has clearly focused all of his efforts on simply creating the most outrageous partaaay ever conceived for screen purposes. In that regard he achieves his goal with ease because the chaos that ensues after a brief introduction is epic. By the end of the film, riot police are charging, a news helicopter is circling, half the street has been reduced to ashes and some people are claiming that Kanye made an appearance. “I didn’t think you had it in you!!” says Thomas Cubb’s dad as he watches a truck pull his Mercedes out of the swimming pool the next morning.
As you might have guessed, Project X is more of an ‘experience’ than a film and Phillips employs a paint-by-numbers set-up in a bid to get to the action quickly. It’s Thomas’s 18th birthday, his parents (who privately think he’s a ‘loser’) are leaving town for the weekend and he’s planning a small get together. Unfortunately his crass jackass mate Costa has decided that there will be nothing ‘small’ about it, seeing the free-house as their chance to “change the game” and finally get some lady-action. They’re accompanied by their tubby friend JB and Dax, a mysterious lad who doesn’t drink but films the whole event. Read more
Set in a small village in Wales in 1976, Hunky Dory sees a charismatic but unconventional young teacher Miss Vivienne May (Minnie Driver) trying to nurture her students’ latent artistic flair by staging a rock opera interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
But talented though the teens are, the play is in danger of being scuppered because Davey (Aneurin Barnard) is constantly rebuffed by Stella (Danielle Branch), Kenny (Darren Evans )has fallen in with a gang of skinheads, Evan (Tomos Harries) is struggling with his sexuality and Jake (Rupert Grint look-a-like George Mackay) has started dating the sister (Kimberly Nixon) of his best mate (Adam Byard) behind his back.
Meanwhile, the play is receiving opposition from some of the school’s teachers who believe it encourages rebellious behaviour and is disrupting their more academic lessons. Read more
Far from chilling on their successful laurels, The Descendants co-writers, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, are currently busy flogging an as yet untitled comedy project to production company Indian Paintbush.
Set to star bezzy mate Kristen Wiig, no details about plot have been released as yet and no timescale has been announced.
But it comes as no real surprise that this chuckle-inducing trio are working together given their dim and distant past as part of LA comedy troupe, The Groundlings.
Formed by Gary Austin in 1974, this improve comedy school has helped to launch the careers of Lisa Kudrow, Jon Lovitz and loads of other funny people.
Wiig, Rash and Faxon all attended the school together back before they were international film success stories.
That is not all that the duo of Faxon and Rash have up their comedy sleeves. As well as another as yet untitled script for Descendants director Alexander Payne, the pair are getting ready to take a turn behind the megaphone with Black List coming-of-age effort The Way, Way Back, starring Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney.
Black Swan director, Darren Aronofsky, will embark on new project, Noah, just as soon as he has secured a lead man of Biblical proportions….and he wants Crowe.
Both Paramount and New Regency are set to provide finance for the project, and both companies are feverishly attempting to nail the Gladiator star to the project in time for filming to begin in July.
Aronofsky and Ari Handel wrote the original draft of the script, with Hugo’s John Logan brought in to buff things up.
There have so far been no hints at Aronofsky’s exact take on the story, but Noah is sure to be some kind of nature-lover who is disappointed by the way the planet is being abused. Whether the final version will include a large ark and animals entering it in a 2×2 formation is still up for debate….
If Crowe agrees to star, he will be adding to an already formidable heap of work including Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, Harker and the villainous role in Akiva Goldsman’s take on A Winter’s Tale.
He’ll next be seen in the subtly named, The Man With The Iron Fists, then Les Mis and Broken City.
The last time we had a cowboy genre mash up we ended up with the woeful Cowboys & Aliens. Marc Forster is looking to redress the balance, as when he’s done with directing zombie flick World War Z, he’ll be tackling the adaptation of comic book Cowboy Ninja Viking.
The source material, created by AJ Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, is a about a man entered into a secret government program aimed at turning schizophrenia patients into asassins. Something goes wrong and he’s left with the skill sets of those three titular warriors – handy as when the program shuts down, some of the test subjects escape and he’s tasked with tracking them down. He’s also on a mission to find the man who funded the project in the first place. Sounds a little like the Wolverine/Weapon X storyline, but that’s a good ‘un.
Bizarrely, it was originally picked up by Disney way back in the mists of 2010 and they promptly attached Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Good picks certainly but it’s not really the kind of subject matter that Disney usually dabbles in, so it’s not really a surprise that they’ve jumped ship and Universal have picked up the ball instead.
Shooting’s due to start later this year as soon as Forster finishes up with World War Z.
Elizabeth Olsen is in talks to play the female lead in Spike Lee’s remake of Korean masterpiece Oldboy. It’s a long gestating project with both Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska rumoured but now it seems that Olsen is Lee’s preference.
Josh Brolin’s been locked in for the male lead Oh Dae-su for quite some time but the villain slot is still open with Christian Bale, Clive Owen and Colin Firth all thinking about it before moving on.
Olsen’s character in the original is named Mi-Do, a young sushi chef who’s a love interest to Oh Dae-su and helps him solve the mystery of his 15 year imprisonment. Olsen is a good pick for Mido though as she recently impressed with her performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene.
The orginal Oldboy is something of a dark classic so the English-language remake will have large shoes to fill. However, it looks like screenplay writer Mark Protosevich might take a different tack and work from the eight-volume manga on which the original film is based rather than shooting for a direct remake. There’s no word on the prospective start date but apparently Mandate will begin work on the film “soon”. In the meantime they’ve gone with the two-word original title of Old Boy instead of the filmic Oldboy – perhaps an indicator that it might deviate from the Park Chan-wook version.
Olsen will next be seen in horror Silent House which is out in May.
Twitch has named her character as Marie
Following his recent success in Moneyball, Jonah Hill will again work with Brad Pitt on another fact-based film called, well, True Story.
Hill will star alongside James Franco in the surreal story adapted from the memoirs of a New York Times journalist, Michael Finkel. Hill will play Finkel, a recently fired reporter who discovers that a captured murderer, Christian Longo (Franco), has been living under his identity when on the run.
Although Finkel’s career is apparently over, Longo announces that he is the only journalist he would talk to, in an effort to declare his innocence, and the two develop a bizarre relationship.
Pitt is producing the film with his production company, Plan B Entertainment, having won the rights from Paramount, and Rupert Goold is to direct.
The Devil Inside (cert.15), the US box-office smash horror inspired by true events, is coming to UK cinemas on March 16. To celebrate the release, we’re giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to a very special event screening.
From the Executive Producer of Paranormal Activity comes The Devil Inside. In 1989, emergency responders received a 9-1-1 call from Maria Rossi confessing that she had brutally killed three people. 20 years later, her daughter Isabella seeks to understand the truth about what happened that night. She travels to the Centrino Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Italy where her mother has been locked away to determine if her mother is mentally ill or demonically possessed. When she recruits two young exorcists to cure her mom using unconventional methods combining both science and religion, they come face-to-face with pure evil in the form of four powerful demons possessing Maria. Many have been possessed by one; only one has been possessed by many. Inspired by true events.
“THIS IS THE FILM THE VATICAN DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE” – Naibe Reynoso, Caracol Radio 1260
Check out the trailer here:
We’re giving you the chance to witness the mystery of what really happened during the exorcism of Maria Rossi in the creepy surroundings of the Round Chapel in Hackney on March 15.
For your chance to win a pair of tickets, simply answer the following question:
Where is The Devil Inside set?
c) Hong Kong
1. This draw is open to UK residents only excluding employees or agents of Paramount Pictures or anyone professionally connected with the promotion and their immediate families.
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3. Closing date for entries is Monday 12th March 2012.
4. The prize is for two tickets to a special screening of The Devil Inside on the evening of Thursday 15th March 2012 at Hackney Round Chapel in London.
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