While there are currently eight adaptations of Mary Shelley's public domain monster novel, Frankenstein, in development at various studios, Lakeshore Entertainment's version, I, Frankenstein, will most likely be the first one to hit the big screen. The movie broke away from the rest of the pack last month with the casting of Aaron Eckhart as the misunderstood monster and the announcement that the production would commence principal photography in Australia in January, aimed at a February 22, 2013, release. Now, Variety has reported that Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) is "in negotiations" to play the primary villain, with Socratis Otto (Anyone You Want) joining the cast as a minor villain. more about I, Frankenstein >> Posted 11.16.11 by BrentJS
Though the start of production on director Len Wiseman's Total Recall remake has been pushed back to May 30th from its original May 15th start date, it appears that everything is falling into place for the movie as the cast begins to take shape. Until recently, only Colin Farrell and Bryan Cranston had officially signed on, with Farrell playing the heroic Douglas Quaid, a factory worker who begins to suspect he is a spy for one of the two world powers, New Shanghai or Euromerica (dropping the Mars angle from the 1990 original movie by director Paul Verhoeven that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger), and Cranston playing the villain (Vilos Cohaagen in the original, played by Ronny Cox). Now, it appears as if the rest of the principal actors have been cast as THR follows Collider's recent news that Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale had joined the cast by revealing that Bill Nighy is in negotiations to sign on, as well. what characters will they play? >> Posted 05.26.11 by BrentJS
X-Men: First Class began as a 2006 comic book series created by writer Jeff Parker and artist Roger Cruz that brought the original X-Men line-up back to comics, including Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey, Angel, Beast and Professor X. In 2008, Fox hired The O.C. and Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz to adapt the comics into a screenplay, but once Bryan Singer was brought on board to direct the project, Schwartz's draft was abandoned for a new story pitched by Singer which brought the mutant team back to 1960s and followed the contentious relationship between Professor X and Magneto, with a completely different line-up of super-powered mutants.
Scheduling issues eventually led Singer had to leave the director's chair to Matthew Vaughn and continue to produce the prequel, but Singer's stamp on the movie had already been made. Now that first teaser trailer for First Class has debuted, there's been plenty of reactions, including Michael Fassbender (Magneto) offering his commentary. The LA Times spoke to Singer, who discussed how First Class will differ from the comic book timeline. Hoult to kill giants >> Posted 02.14.11 by Ryan
If you're not already excited about the upcoming Christmas holiday (next year), then Columbia Pictures has a gift to get the chestnuts roasting (for next year): the teaser trailer for the 3-D animated, family comedy Arthur Christmas.
Arthur Christmas follows Santa's son (voiced by James McAvoy) and answers the question: "How does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?" The movie opens November 23, 2011, and features the voice talents of Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, and Imelda Staunton. It's directed by Barry Cook (Mulan) and Sarah Smith (BBC's The League of Gentlemen). watch the trailer >> Posted 12.09.10 by Ryan
British actor Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Office), was rumored for the role of Bilbo Baggins in the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit in September, and now that the movie has been greenlit with Peter Jackson directing, the actor has been confirmed in the role.
"Despite the various rumors and speculation surround this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us," Peter Jackson told Deadline. "There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave — exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit." More cast revealed >> Posted 10.22.10 by Ryan
For the third time in less than a month, Warner Bros. has released new still images from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, this time through Empire magazine, which is running Deathly Hallows as its October 2010 cover story. The first new image is also the first still with Bill Nighy as Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour — different than the character promo pic that was released last month — in a scene that should be very familiar to fans who have read the Deathly Hallows book by J.K. Rowling. The second still shows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) at the business end of Remus Lupin’s (David Thewlis) wand. Read the detailed synopsis >> Posted 09.06.10 by BrentJS
Seven new cast promo images from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 have been released, and show Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) looking more grown up than ever before. Along with the boy wizard himself, the new stills also focus on the characters of Xenophilius Lovegood (Rhys Ifans), Albert Runcorn (David O'Hara), Bathilda Bagshot (Hazel Douglas), Rufus Scrimgeour (Bill Nighy), and Gregorovitch (Rade Serbedzija).
Harry looks more worn than we've seen him before, thanks to the events of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and an upcoming epic battle at Hogwarts. So, Potter fans, is this how you pictured the characters? Does Harry look badass enough? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is in theaters from November 19th, with Part 2 released on July 15th, 2011. Posted 08.27.10 by reelz
Unlike some wizards we could name, Bill Nighy is hitting the books to get up to speed for his role as Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And since he wasn't in any of the previous Harry Potter movies, there is a whole lot to catch up on. Although he hasn't read the books yet, Nighy says he is in the midst of getting a "serious crash course."
Talking about his take on the character, Nighy says:
...he's a kind of tragic figure. You have that element. And he knows what's coming. So that's a very moving thing to play. He's also very powerful, and he's had a very complicated progress to the top. And he has an interesting relationship with Harry [Daniel Radcliffe], because Harry views him initially with complete contempt, but then it's softened by subsequent events.
Nighy also adds that he's especially pleased about landing the role because he'd begun worrying about ending up as the "only English actor of a certain age who wasn't in Harry Potter." Posted 07.20.09 by reelz