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Bruce Willis to star in stage play of Misery

13 hours ago

The Oscar-winning movie Misery is heading to the stage. With Bruce Willis in the James Caan role...

THR is reporting that Bruce Willis will make his Broadway debut in a theatre adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel, Misery.

Willis will star as writer Paul Sheldon, who is kidnapped by his number one fan, Annie Wilkes (played in the 1990 movie by the wonderful Kathy Bates). Wilkes will be played by Elizabeth Marvel

Will Frears will direct the play for an unannounced theatre. The script was written by William Goldman, who also penned the screenplay for the aforementioned film. 

Misery will be produced by Warner Bros Theatre Ventures' Mark Kaufman and Castle Rock Entertainment's Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer. Raymond Wu is also producing. 

Willis will have some pretty big shoes to fill, after the sterling perfomance from James Caan in the 1990 film. Also, it'd be lovely to sit through »

- simonbrew

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Zachary Quinto to guest star on Hannibal season 3

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Zachary Quinto will join Gillian Anderson in the third season of Hannibal...

Star Trek's Zachary Quinto will join Hannibal in season 3 for at least one episode. Quinto, from The Slap and American Horror Story will guest star on the NBC cut-em-up prequel series to The Silence Of The Lambs.

The actor will play a patient of Dr Bedelia Du Maurier, played by Gillian Anderson. Anderson’s role on The X-Files was loosely based on Jodie Foster’s FBI agent in the serial killer classic film. There is some speculation that Quinto may be part of a flashback to when Du Maurier killed a patient while under the influence of the good doctor with the taste for fava beans.

It was recently announced that Glenn Fleshler, who played ritual killer Errol Childress on True Detective and George Remus on Boardwalk Empire will play Mason Verger’s caretaker Cordell.

Nina Arianda, »

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Masters Of The Universe movie update

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It looks like we have some Battle Cat concept art for the Masters Of The Universe movie. The latest on the film here...

When it comes to Sony's Masters Of The Universe movie, our first, best, and sometimes only source is DeVon Franklin, the senior vice president of production for Columbia. Mr Franklin has been pretty generous with fans on social media, occasionally responding to queries about the status of the He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe live-action movie with updates and images. The latest one is the most exciting yet. 

After being told by a fan that if Guardians Of The Galaxy could hit $700 million at the worldwide box-office, then a new He-Man movie should have no problem raking in the bucks. Mr. Franklin responded in the affirmative, and then dropped what appears to be some Battle Cat concept art on us...

@danmillerNY @TheOneHansen @Guardians I totally agree! »

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Selfless: first trailer for new Ryan Reynolds sci-fi movie

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Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley star in one of the most interesting-looking sci-fi movies of the year. Here's the Selfless trailer...

A good number of the films we've been looking forward to so far this year haven't turned out quite so well. Mortdecai? Best we don't talk about it. And even Michael Mann's Blackhat fell short of what we were hoping.

Here's hoping this one lives up to its potential, though.

We've been following Tarsem Singh's Selfless for a while, a movie that originally was set to be released last year. It stays Ryan Reynolds, Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery and Ben Kingsley, and it tells the story of a very rich man dying from cancer, who undergoes an experimental medical procedure.

That procedure? It transfers his consciousness into the body of someone younger. Unfortunately, there are consequences to the body that he chose.

The film doesn't currently have a UK release date, »

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Barbie movie being rewritten by Diablo Cody

13 hours ago

The writer of Juno and Young Adult has been hired to give the Barbie movie a "legitimately contemporary tone".

It was announced last year that Sony was developing a live action Barbie movie, but since news of the film broke, very little else has been heard about it. In particular, the casting of this one was already raising a few questions.

There has been a bit more progress however, with Variety breaking the news that Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning writer of Juno, has signed up to rewrite the script. The original draft was the work of Jenny Bicks, but according to producer Walter Parkes, "Diablo's unconventionality is just what Barbie needs", adding that "it signals we're going for a legitimately contemporary tone".

Cody also penned the excellent, chilling Young Adult. If she adopted that tone with the Barbie film, then it would be fair to say that'd be a very bold approach. »

- simonbrew

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Mr Holmes: first trailer for Ian McKellen Sherlock Holmes film

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Ian McKellen is set to play an older Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon's Mr Holmes movie. Here's the trailer...

A few images and clips of the upcoming movie Mr Holmes have been teased, but here, finally, is a full trailer for the movie. This is the project that sees Sir Ian McKellen playing an aged and retired Sherlock Holmes as he looks back on his life. Naturally, there's an unsolved case to focus on.

McKellen stars with the wonderful Laura Linney in this one, that currently has a UK release date on June 19th 2015. Bill Condon, of Gods And Monsters, Dreamgirls and the last two Twilight movies, is directing.

Without further ado, here's that trailer...

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DC films are "edgier" than Marvel's, says Warner Bros boss

13 hours ago

Is this the start of the Marvel cinematic universe and the DC movie universe going to war?

So this will go down well. The ongoing debate over whether Marvel or DC rules supreme in the world of cinema seems, with the current generation of films, fairly one-sided. Since Christopher Nolan completed his excellent Dark Knight trilogy, Warner Bros has just Man Of Steel to show for its comic book efforts. Marvel? Well technically it starts its phase three of films with July's Ant-Man. That's its twelfth movie.

Battle doesn't really commence though until next year, when Warner Bros unleashes Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad. But that hasn't stopped Warner Bros' chairman and CEO doing a bit of crowing.

Kevin Tsujihara told the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference (er, really) that "the worlds of DC are very different".

He added that "they're steeped in realism, and »

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer: what did we learn this time?

13 hours ago

The latest, and probably final, trailer for Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron offered yet more clues. We take a deeper look...

Yesterday, Marvel released the final Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer before the film's release. And that means one last look at the interesting things the trailer has revealed. Everyone ready?

Inevitably, some spoilers for Avengers: Age Of Ultron lie ahead...

If You Build It

"I tried to create a suit of armor around the world," says Tony Stark, accompanied by footage of his trademark robotic arms assembling… something. It's pretty clear by this point that Ultron is the result of Tony Stark's attempt to come up with a way to protect the planet from another Chitauri-style invasion, but is this just one of the drones, or is it Ultron assembling himself?

Of course, the nature of Ultron means that there are going to be a lot of »

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Shovel Knight coming to Xbox One, with added Battletoads

16 hours ago

Indie platform darling, Shovel Knight is coming to Xbox One, and is bringing some retro heroes with it...

Revealed at Gdc, Microsoft and Yacht Club Games have secured a deal to bring the excellent retro platformer, Shovel Knight to Xbox One. The game, which has won many awards and become a firm favourite with retro enthusiasts and general gamers alike, is a brilliant blend of old and new-school gaming, with a striking retro visual style, and even Dark Souls-inspired challenge.

It's enough of a classic on its own to warrant excitement about its arrival on the Xbox One, but that's not all Yacht Club has in store. Shovel Knight's debut on the Xbox will also include a cameo by the Battletoads. Yes, that's right, the heroes of one of the most difficult, and downright frustrating games ever made. The PlayStation had God Of War's Kratos, and since Microsoft owns Rare, »

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Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

17 hours ago

The sequel to David Braben's all time classic, Elite is coming to Xbox One later this year...

Although the PlayStation 4 may be getting No Man's Sky, Xbox One owners won't be without their own share of space combat, as Elite: Dangerous is coming to the console later this year.

Developed by Frontier Developments, Elite: Dangerous is the modern evolution of the vision Braben shared with gamers back in 1984. This time, of course, it makes use of today's tech to bring the open recreation of the Milky Way to life like never before. The impressive visuals and massive scale don't overshadow the classic space-trading and combat gameplay of the series, though, and any Xbox One owner should be very excited for the game's arrival.

The Xbox One release of Elite: Dangerous will include all of the content contained within the PC version's February Community Goal content update, and it'll also »

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Mgo trailer and special editions

17 hours ago

The hype machine for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is rumbling, and here's a new trailer and info on the special editions...

The fifth main instalment of Hideo Kojima's impressive, if often confusing masterpiece, Metal Gear Solid is coming this September, as we found out from a leaked interview, and now Konami has officially confirmed this, as well as revealing the special edition of the game, and releasing a new Metal Gear Online developer commentary.

The commentary, which you can see below, elaborates on the Mgo trailer we saw a while back, explaining some of the features, and hinting at some new twists, such as Snake's strange teleporting move.

As for the special editions, they'll be suitably extravagant, with the Collector's Edition featuring a steelbook case, making of Blu-ray, physical map, collection of in-game weapons, cardboard boxes, costumes and Metal Gear Online equipment. The edition will also »

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Doctor Who: the 1988 report that sounded its death knell

4 March 2015 10:36 AM, PST

This BBC audience reaction report was one of the first nails in Doctor Who's coffin in the late eighties…

“Not for publication” is printed at the top of the 1988 audience reaction report for Doctor Who’s 24th season. It’s there for the purposes of BBC confidentiality, but could equally be a pain-saving instruction to save Sylvester McCoy fans the distress of reading the show’s three-page death sentence.

Because this report is painful stuff. Compiled in February 1988 after the broadcast of McCoy’s first four serials as the Doctor (from Time And The Rani to Dragonfire), it doesn’t mince its words in describing audience apathy and antipathy towards late-eighties Doctor Who. Looking back with the knowledge that the wilderness years were around the corner, each unimpressed audience response and scathing comment feels like another nail being hammered into classic Who’s coffin.

To begin with, the numbers weren’t good. »

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron - the final trailer

4 March 2015 9:56 AM, PST

Marvel releases a third full trailer for Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron...

Ah, you know the drill with this one by now. So much so that you've probably skipped the words and gone straight for the video down below. On the off-chance you're still here, due in the UK at the end of April is Joss Whedon's eagerly-awaited Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the sequel to the biggest comic book movie of all time.

This one brings together Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury and Hulk, this time doing battle with James Spader's Ultron. The core cast of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson are on board too.

So then: without further ado, here's the new trailer (which we're assuming to be the last full one). Now? We just sit back and await the film itself. »

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Forever episode 17 review: Social Engineering

4 March 2015 7:45 AM, PST

Forever's recent uptick in quality is reflected in this week's well-written and engaging episode about a cybercrime-related murder...

This review contains spoilers.

1.17 Social Engineering

When I read the synopsis for this story I groaned a little inside, because the focus on cyber-criminality when Henry doesn’t even own a mobile phone seemed concerning. Movies and TV shows are notoriously bad at representing anything to do with computers, as if those involved in creating them have never actually used one.

Thankfully, the amount of made-up-junk surrounding computers was kept to a reasonable minimum in what turned out to be one of the strongest stories so far. 

Someone connected has his dirty washing aired on TV by a hacktivist group, and then ends up dead, unexpectedly. The suspicion quickly falls on the politician, except it is pretty obvious he comes from the Gerald Ford School of Presidential hopefuls, and not the Richard Nixon one. »

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The Following season 3 episode 1 review: New Blood

4 March 2015 1:16 AM, PST

The Following America's craziest, most violent, unpredictable and poor taste show starring Kevin Bacon, is back for season 3...

This review contains spoilers.

3.1 New Blood

No matter where you go in New York City, there's some sort of dimly lit basement full of construction equipment. It seems like, as part of a power-saving measure, nobody ever has the lights on and they're incapable of turning them on. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the world of The Following, America's favorite dumb show about people getting shot, stabbed, strangled, and otherwise mutilated for entertainment purposes. Love it or hate it, and most people seem to hate it, this is a show that knows what it's here for, and it doesn't waste much time before jumping right into the kind of mayhem that we expect from Joe's cult of crazies.

It's a lovely wedding for Gina Mendez (Valerie Cruz) and her partner, capped off »

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Better Call Saul episode 5 review: Alpine Shepherd Boy

4 March 2015 1:07 AM, PST

The performances might be top notch, but is Better Call Saul's plot wheel-spinning rather than going anywhere?

This review contains spoilers.

1.5 Alpine Shepherd Boy

Bit of a weird one, this.

While by no means a bad episode, Alpine Shepherd Boy marks the first time since the premiere that I’ve become preoccupied with the question of whether Better Call Saul is justifying its own existence. All of the performances are typically on point, particularly Bob Odenkirk's, and many individual scenes are very good, but the whole thing ends up feeling like less than the sum of its parts. The show feels as though it’s spinning its wheels, and when you’re halfway through a run of only ten episodes, that’s a problem.

The two main issues I have with the episode are that it’s far too concerned with reiterating things that we already know, and »

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Bryan Singer to direct sci-fi movie Uprising

3 March 2015 10:48 PM, PST

Once he's done with X-Men: Apocalypse, Bryan Singer will bring Robert A Heinlein's The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

For the next year and a bit, Bryan Singer's attention will firmly be on directing X-Men: Apocalypse, which starts shooting shortly, ahead of its May 27th 2016 release. Beyond that, though, he's added another project to his slate, and this one's got nothing to do with the X-Men universe.

He's set to direct the big screen take on Robert A Heinlein's novel The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. Heinlein also penned the original Starship Troopers novel of course (amongst many, many others).

Set in 2075, Heinlein's book tells of a rebellion against the Earth by the humans living on a moon-based penal colony. On its transition to the big screen, a new title is going to be brought in too. The film version will be known as the far-more-conventional sounding Uprising. Duller, »

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Independence Day 2 casting latest

3 March 2015 10:44 PM, PST

There's no Will Smith in Independence Day 2. But his character's son will be a lead role in the new movie. Plus: Jeff Goldblum's back!

Roland Emmerich is set to start shooting Independence Day 2 this coming May, with the film set to arrive in cinemas on June 24th 2016, 20 years after the release of the original. We already know that Will Smith won't be returning to the cast for this one, but some pieces of definite casting news have been sliding into place.

Firstly, some confirmations.

Jeff Goldblum will indeed be back for the new film, reprising the role of David Levinson in it. Furthermore, Liam Hemsworth had been rumoured for a leading role in the movie, and Roland Emmerich has now confirmed he is indeed part of the cast. Hemsworth's character is believed to be the son-in-law of President Whitmore from the original film. Bill Pullman, who played Whitmore, »

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Captain America directors sign three year deal with Sony

3 March 2015 10:39 PM, PST

The directors of the forthcoming Captain America: Civil War, the Russo brothers, ink a deal with Sony. Could Spider-Man be involved?

Joe and Anthony Russo are currently preparing to shoot what sounds like a pivotal film in the Marvel cinematic universe, Captain America: Civil War. The pair scored a big success with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and they're also rumoured to be taking over from Joss Whedon to direct the Avengers: Infinity War movies that Marvel also has planned. That's a long way from being confirmed, we should note.

In the midst of this, however, the duo have now signed a three year first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment. The deal kicks off in April, although it won't be affecting the Russos' Marvel commitments. At least not their next one.

Where this sits them with regards Spider-Man might be interesting, though. Sony is looking for filmmakers to guide its Spider-Man films, »

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Hugh Jackman on an X-Men/The Avengers crossover movie

3 March 2015 10:36 PM, PST

Wolverine himself reckons an X-Men/Avengers crossover may now happen. Plus, a clue as to whether he's in X-Men: Apocalypse...

For some time now, the path of Marvel properties on the big screen has been clear. Sony controlled Spider-Man, Fox controlled Fantastic Four and X-Men, and Marvel Studios itself had everything else. However, earlier this year, Sony and Marvel announced their plan to work together on future Spider-Man projects, which in turn will see the webslinger join the Marvel cinematic universe.

That basically leaves Fox's Marvel films - which have been continually successful of late - away from the McU.

Hugh Jackman, chatting to Yahoo, was asked about this, and specifically whether he ever saw the possibility of a big screen crossover between The Avengers and the X-Men. "Two years ago I'd have said you'd be a real optimist to think it's ever happen", the incumbent Wolverine said.

"But weirdly now, »

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