Chris Hemsworth stars in trailer for post 9/11 war film, ’12 Strong’

Chris Hemsworth returns to the big screen next week in his latest Marvel outing in Thor: Ragnarok. But the trailer for his new movie ’12 Strong’ dropped last night.

Based on the true story of The Horse Soldiers, ’12 Strong’ follows a group of 12 American soldiers who join up with Afghan troops to fight the Taliban on horseback.

Newcomer Nicolai Fuglsig directs, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing as he did for ‘Black Hawk Down’ and there is certainly an air of familiarity.

Michael Pena, Michael Shannon and Moonlight’s Trevante Rhodes also star alongside Hemsworth in what promises to be a modern war epic.

’12 Strong’ hits UK cinemas next January.

 

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Channing Tatum pulls plug on sexual abuse film

Channing Tatum has stopped development of a film about sexual abuse, which he has been making alongside The Weinstein Corporation.

Harvey Weinstein is the subject of a number of sexual harassment and assault cases that have been made against him which is has so far denied.

Posting on Facebook, Tatum said: “The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us.

“They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in. Our lone project in development with TWC— Matthew Quick’s brilliant book, Forgive Me Leonard Peacock— is a story about a boy whose life was torn asunder by sexual abuse.

“While we will no longer develop it or anything else that is property of TWC, we are reminded of its powerful message of healing in the wake of tragedy.

“This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to. The truth is out— let’s finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all.”

The project ‘Forgive Me’, which was set to star Tatum, would also have seen him take on his first directorial role alongside Reid Carolin.

Jennifer Lawrence ‘placed in nude line-up’

Jennifer Lawrence has said she was made to stand in a nude line-up and told to lose weight by film producers at the start of her career.

The 27-year-old actress was speaking at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event where she claimed she had little choice as an unknown actress.

“I will lend my voice to any boy, girl, man or woman who doesn’t feel like they can protect themselves”, she added.

She continued by saying that she was asked by a female producer to stand in a nude line-up when auditioning for a film.

Standing alongside girls were thinner than her, she said the experience was “humiliating and degrading”.

“When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks.

“One girl before me had already been fired for not losing the weight fast enough”.

She went on to tell the audience: “During this time a female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me. We all stood side by side with only tape on covering our privates.”

The Oscar winning actress went on to claim that she was told by the producer to use naked photos to inspire her to lose weight.

The actress said she felt “trapped” by the experience and allowed the harassment to happen because she thought it was what she had to do to further her career in Hollywood.

Lawrence was speaking a week after a number of sexual harassment and assault claims were made against producer Harvey Weinstein, who she worked with in her academy award-winning performance in Silver Linings Playbook.

Lawrence stated in her speech that it was time for people in Hollywood to “stop normalising these horrific situations.”

Marvel revolution in new Black Panther trailer

Marvel has released the first full trailer for their latest superhero Black Panther which stars Chadwick Boseman who we caught a glimpse of in Captain America: Civil War.

Black Panther explores the history of Boseman’s character T’Challa, the warrior king of Marvel’s fictional country Wakanda.

Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) is directing with Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Michael B. Jordan and Forest Whitaker starring in what is reportedly a 90% black cast.

Andy Serkis, who played a role in the second Avengers movie, also features.

Black Panther hits UK cinemas on February 12 2018.

Producer Harvey Weinstein expelled by Oscars board

The organisation behind the Oscars has expelled disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein following a number of allegations of sexual assault made against the film producer.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said its board “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” to expel him.

The Academy’s 54-member board of governors, which includes the likes of Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg, held an emergency meeting at the organisation’s Beverly Hills headquarters yesterday and voted to strip away Weinstein’s lifetime membership.

Weinstein’s films have raked in 81 Oscar awards more than 300 nominations.

In a statement, the Academy said governors voted to expel Weinstein “not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of wilful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over”.

They added: “What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”

More than two dozen women, including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, had made accusations against Weinstein, with actress Rose McGowan claiming he raped her in a hotel room.

Police forces in the US and the UK are investigating the allegations.

Weinstein, 65, has apologised for some of his behaviour but insisted that any sexual contact he had were consensual. He also denies accusations of criminal sexual harassment, rape and sexual assault.

Hosting the AmFar Gala on Friday night, James Cordon received a mixed reaction after performing a series of jokes about the recent revelations involving Weinstein.

Two men arrested after shooting on set of Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer 2’

Two men have been charged following a non-fatal double shooting in Boston on the set of Denzel Washington’s ‘The Equalizer 2’.

Two 18-year-olds were arrested by Quincy Police Department on Thursday, five days after they fled the scene of the crime.

Dionte Martinez and Thomas Perkins were both charged with assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition after injuring two security guards.

Both victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries but were taken to hospital to be treated for their gunshot wounds.

The motive behind the attack is still under investigation as the guards were not the intended targets with filming yet to get underway for the movie.

‘The Equalizer 2’ hits theaters on September 14 next year. The movie, directed by Antoine Fuqua, will be Washington’s first sequel. The original film was a box office hit in 2014, grossing $100 million domestically.

REVIEW: Blade Runner 2049 one of the spectacles of the year

Darkness, rain, empowering adverts, Asian food and a question of identity and humanity. Yes, we certainly are back in the world of Blade Runner.

It is 30 years since the events of Blade Runner but the sun-starved, murky, dystopian Los Angeles still remains just to a larger scale than before.

This time around, Ridley Scott takes a step back into executive producer, bringing Prisoners and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve to the hot seat.

But much like the original, it’s the grand design and blanketing sound is what grasps you by the collar and rattles you. The iconic soundtrack of the original 1982 sci-fi masterpiece – courtesy of composer Vangelis – is reincorporated this time around by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch and immediately you are engulfed back into this estranged world.

It would be difficult to delve too far into the storyline given the complexity and any potential for spoilers, but there is a definite progression from the original whilst also keeping every inch of quality the Scott’s 1982 masterpiece possessed.

Nevertheless, Ryan Gosling takes the role of Officer K (or KD6-3.7 to be precise) – a Blade Runner tasked to hunt down bio-engineered humans known as replicants.

It’s some leap for Gosling to go from all singing and dancing in La La Land to an environment completely unknown to him as he takes on his first sci-fi role. It’s testament to this incredible actor that he can indulge his audience in every product he touches through the unique emotion he can portray simply through a bland facial expression.

And Blade Runner 2049 is certainly a movie that has its audiences emotionally invested in – it isn’t the standard sci-fi actioner that passes by. There’s a lot of attention and concentration needed to grapple through the storyline and its characters.

This film wasn’t made for anyone, but for fans of the original – of which its base grew over time and as a result is now considered one of the greatest movies of its time.

Villeneuve is rapidly becoming a genius of our generation and he seamlessly continues this world with all the traits of the original. Blade Runner captures everything that was brilliant about its predecessor, expertly blending the film noir and sci-fi elements almost creating its own unique genre.

It’s a slow burner, but through the vast panning shots of a vast dystopian universe and the smothering soundtrack, you can’t help but be constantly taken aback by this immense spectacle.

Another element of the original that remains is Harrison Ford’s character of Deckard who although features less than anticipated, is an integral part to the story and Ford nails the performance as expected despite his initial concerns of featuring in the sequel.

One red mark against the film would be its length however. At two hours and forty-four minutes, it exceeds the threshold and there are plenty of moments throughout the movie that could be cut just to help make it more comfortable for its audience.

That said, this should take nothing away from what an incredibly deserved sequel Blade Runner 2049 is. It is a movie that will live long in the memory of fans of the original and it exceeds expectations with Villeneuve pulling off another masterpiece in his already impressive catalogue of products.

Oscar-winner to play Hugh Hefner in biopic

Jared Leto is set to star as Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner, who died last week, in a new biopic from director Brett Ratner.

The actor, who won an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, will take on the role of Hefner after approaching Ratner.

“Jared is an old friend,” said Ratner. “When he heard I got the rights to Hef’s story, he told me, ‘I want to play him. I want to understand him.’ And I really believe Jared can do it. He’s one of the great actors of today.”

Ratner is best known for the Rush Hour movies but his production company, Ratpac, was also behind Wonder Woman and The Revenant.

Leto was hoping to meet Hefner before his death but Ratner has suggested that there is enough footage of the pioneer for Leto to work with.

“Hugh Hefner started a sexual revolution from behind the walls of his legendary mansion by using the pages of Playboy Magazine an his own infamous lifestyle to build a global empire that included publishing, clubs, casinos and television networks,” Ratner said about the project.

Leto recently revealed that he has not seen his performance as The Joker in Suicide Squad, despite ongoing rumours of himself reuniting with Margot Robbie to feature in a Joker/Harley Quinn spinoff.

The lead singer of 30 Second to Mars is also set to appear in Blade Runner 2049, which hits cinemas this week.

All star cast feature in new Paddington 2 trailer

The bear is back in action after StudioCanel released the new trailer and poster for the sequel to 2014’s Paddington which raked in $268 million worldwide.

Paul King returns to direct and write, with many of the original cast also returning including Ben Whishaw who voices the popular bear.

Paddington 2 sees new additions Hugh Grant, Peter Capaldi and Brendan Gleeson with the voice of Imelda Staunton added to already brilliantly British cast of Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters among many more. Joanna Lumley and Richard Ayoade are also rumoured to have cameos.

Now all settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, Paddington begins searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th Birthday. After finding a pop-up book in Mr Gruber’s antique shop, our bear embarks upon a series of jobs in order to buy it. But when the book is stolen from the shop, it is down to Paddington to find the culprit.

Paddington 2 hits UK cinemas on November 10.

 

SJP: ‘There will not be a Sex and the City 3’

Sarah Jessica Parker has revealed the news that will sadden a lot of Sex and the City fans, but may also please lots of other people at the same time.

Parker, who played sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw in the series and two movies, quashed rumours that a third movie was in the works.

The 52-year-old told Extra: “It’s over. We’re not doing it.”

There had been rumours of a third instalment after Parker and the rest of the cast of Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon teased a new outing.

But these rumours were dispelled by Parker who went on to say: “I’m disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story.

“It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.”

Parker had previously admitted in 2010 that she would be “okay” if a the franchise had come to an end.