After a long period of silence, 20th Century Fox is moving quickly on the expected sequel to X-Men: First Class. First Class producer and 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand screenwriter Simon Kinberg was hired to write the sequel in November, and earlier this week, Fox officially hired back director Matthew Vaughn. THR reports that the rest of the cast is confirmed to return as well, including James McAvoy, who played Charles Xavier, a.k.a. Professor X, and Michael Fassbender, who played Erik Lensherr, a.k.a. Magneto. Of course, this comes as little surprise since McAvoy has already revealed in November that he was contractually obligated to return, stating "if Fox decides we're doing it, then I don't have a choice," while Fassbender revealed earlier this month that he is actually signed "for two options," meaning two sequels.
The question remains whether First Class screenwriter Jane Goldman will be back as well. A frequent collaborator with Vaughn, including 2010's Kick-Ass and 2007's Stardust, Goldman recently revealed that she would be "100% there" if Vaughn decided to return, but was less confident about a return during an interview with Bleeding Cool. more from goldman >> Posted 02.02.12 by Ryan
Last week, a bootleg version of the opening scene from the upcoming sequel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, was leaked online. The scene showed Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) discussing the Elder Wand with Mr. Ollivander (John Hurt), and was captured by someone using a video camera to record a television in a version of the scene that included English subtitles despite the fact that the scene was already in English.
A new featurette gives fans a high-res look at the scene (sans subtitles) and blends in new footage with footage of a previously released behind-the-scenes featurette, including interviews with producers David Heyman and David Barron, and a special introduction from director David Yates. watch the video >> Posted 04.18.11 by Ryan
This summer, the Harry Potter franchise will come to an end with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The sequel picks up where Part 1 left off, with Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint) preparing for the final battle with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), with Harry potentially having to make the ultimate sacrifice to defeat the dark wizard.
A new, behind the scenes featurette for the movie debuted on ABC Family, and offers a first look at footage from the movie, as well as interviews with the Racliffe, Watson, Grint, producers David Heyman and David Barron, and director David Yates. watch the video >> Posted 03.18.11 by Ryan
With Warner Bros. set to premiere a new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 later today, new still images from the movie, likely taken from the upcoming trailer, have found their way online. USAToday's preview of the trailer revealed "dark times ahead" for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), including a photo of several Harry Potter doppelgangers used to throw the Death Eaters off his trail, Harry and Hermione (Emma Watson) at the grave of Harry's parents, Harry casting a spell in an elevator at the Ministry of Magic, and a pic of Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) hovering over Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon). Harry Potter Like Watching Saw? >> Posted 09.22.10 by Ryan
According to Deadline, Robert Downey Jr. is in negotiations to star in director Alfonso Cuarón's (Children of Men) 3-D space thriller, Gravity. This would be a coup for the project, which was picked up from Universal by Warner Bros. in a turnaround deal, only to have the only star attached to the movie, Angelina Jolie, abruptly drop out.
Written by Cuarón and his 28-year-old son, Jonás, Gravity was originally described as the tale of the lone female survivor of a team assigned to a remote space station desperately struggling to return to her daughter on earth. However, the Deadline article describes the plot as having two survivors: the female role that Jolie would have played, and a male role that Downey, Jr. is in talks to fill. It's unclear if the original plot description was inaccurate or if the second survivor was added to the script to accommodate Downey, Jr. No other actors are attached to the movie at this time.
David Heyman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) of Legendary Pictures is producing Gravity for Warner Bros. Production is expected to begin this summer in London. Posted 03.13.10 by BrentJS
With the release of the Blu-ray for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince comes a first look at the grand finale to the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Included on the disc, and now on-line, is a short featurette that starts out with director David Yates and producer David Heyman meditating on the success of the franchise, but then delivers our first actual footage from the movie.
It's definitely not Hogwarts any more as the no-longer-quite-so-young wizards embark on their final quest through the Muggle world to find the remaining Horcruxes and defeat Voldemort. Posted 12.07.09 by reelz
With Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince debuting in just a few days, filmmakers and stars have already started ramping up expectations for the series' two-part finale. At a New York press conference, director David Yates revealed that shooting for the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is roughly 85% complete, and since the movies are being shot in tandem, about 10% of the shooting for the second part has been done as well.
The two parts are going to be quite different though, the director explained:
The first movie is a road movie basically, and it's quite intense and very raw and we're way away from Hogwarts, and it's a bit like three refugees being pursued across the landscape by these terrible Death Eaters. We're really enjoying it actually. It feels very different. ... The first one is very verité and documentary and edgy and on the road, and the second part is a big opera basically, a great big epic with huge battles and very oddly moving, because it concludes the whole saga really. So they're two very different films.
Not only will they be different from each other, but a big change from what came before as well, according to Daniel Radcliffe:
I'm so excited about the seventh film. I don't know if anybody else had the same experience as me over the last couple of days, but seeing the sixth film again, it does suddenly strike me that we are doing something very, very different with the seventh film.
As to the precise details of the movies, where part one will end, and exactly what the movies will and will not include, filmmakers were a bit more circumspect. And some key issues haven't been resolved yet.
Different ideas for how to do the final scene, in which the characters 19 years later are sending their own children off to Hogwarts are still being explored. "Probably not Benjamin Button technology," Yates says. But producer David Heyman adds, "We're going to do everything we can and it will be Dan, Rupert and Emma in those parts, not some other actors." Posted 07.11.09 by reelz
MTV News is reporting that Harry Potter producer David Heyman revealed plans to do Yes Man, another new movie with Jim Carrey. Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) will be directing, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The comedy, based on a memoir by Danny Wallace, will be about a down-and-out guy who decides to turn his life around by saying 'Yes' to everything. It will be a return to old-school Carrey humor, says Heyman. This is in addition to the FIVE other projects Carrey has on the horizon.
MTV is also reporting that several female stars have been added to the roster of the yet-to-be-named upcoming Adam Sandler comedy about a Playboy bunny who gets kicked out of Hef's mansion and has to move into an uncool UCLA sorority. Sandler et al. just added American Idol loser Katherine McPhee and Bruce Willis' and Demi Moore's daughter Rumer Willis to the cast. McPhee will play a "pregnant hippie" and the young Willis will play a "sorority loser."
And speaking of the great robed one, The Guardian is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to star in a Hugh Heffner biopic. The drama, entitled Playboy, will be directed by Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand).
DiCaprio must be a fan of playing guys with 'Hugh' somewhere in their name. Posted 07.13.07 by reelz