Woody Harrelson in talks to join Tom Hardy in Venom

Woody Harrelson is set to reunite with Zombieland director, Ruben Fleischer, for Marvel’s Spider-Man spin-off Venom.

Harrelson is in talks for an role in the Tom Hardy led project, but it is unknown who he will portray with Marvel refusing to comment.

The movie will also feature Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate and Riz Ahmed, with filming having begun in October. Venom is set to hit cinemas late next year.

 

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2018 Golden Globe Nominations

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed the nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards this morning and they are as follows:

Best Motion Picture – Drama

“Call Me By Your Name”
“Dunkirk”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”

Best Motion Picture – Comedy

“The Disaster Artist”
“Get Out”
“The Greatest Showman”
“Lady Bird”
“I, Tonya”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
Michelle Williams, “All The Money In The World”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Tom Hanks, “The Post”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy

Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Hellen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy

Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”
Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”

Best Supporting Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”

Best Supporting Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Armie Hammer, “Call Me By Your Name”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Steven Spielberg, “The Post”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Ridley Scott, “All The Money in the World”

Best Screenplay

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Liz Hannah, Josh Singer, “The Post”
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”
“Molly’s Game”

Best Original Score

Hans Zimmer, “Dunkirk”
Johnny Greenwood, “Phantom Thread”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water
Carter Burwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
John Williams, “The Post”

Best Original Song

“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson
“The Star” from “The Star,” Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman
“Home” from “Ferdinand,” Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson

Best Animated Feature Film

“The Breadwinner”
“Coco”
“Loving Vincent”
“The Boss Baby”
“Ferdinand”

Best Foreign Language Film

“A Fantastic Woman”
“Loveless”
“First They Killed My Father”
“In the Fade”
“The Square”

REVIEW: Jake Gyllenhaal pushes for Oscar in Stronger

One thing that Stronger does well is avoiding becoming the typically patriotic propaganda following a tragic event. There’s no doubting that Boston as a city and the United States as a nation came together after the devastating bombings in the 2013 Boston marathon. But far too many movies based on tragic real-life events are far too elaborate and nationalistic – the obvious examples being American Sniper and Patriots Day.

Where Stronger thrives is having the ability to look past the collective and focusing on a quite inspiring individual, Jeff Bauman, who suffered life changing injuries as a result of the incident.

The movie follows the memoirs of Bauman, a blue-collar everyday man who loses the bottom half of his legs following the bombings, and the resulting struggles he faces when rebuilding his life. The working-class Bauman must deal with his new hero-like status, not helped by his overpowering mother, Patty (Miranda Richardson) and his on and off relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Erin (Tatiana Maslany).

Stronger is almost the perfect movie for Gyllenhaal right now – the everyday, working-class character facing tragedy gives plenty for him to work with a remind us of what a brilliant actor he has become. And as we enter award season, his name is likely to be mentioned for his big-eyed, turmoil-fueled performance.

The acting is the best aspect of the movie, which won’t last too long in the memory. But there should also be a special mention for Miranda Richardson and Tatiana Maslany. Richardson, playing Jeff’s heavy-drinking mother who gets caught up in the hero status of her son, brings a lot of life to a tough, difficult character whilst Maslany plays the despairing ex-girlfriend who faces just as much struggle negotiating a strenuous relationship with Jeff.

Stronger should be commended for not milking the political aspect of the attack and instead focusing more on the aftermath of an individual and his struggles, whereas similar films insist on waving the red, white and blue. David Gordon-Green’s movie is a refreshing take on a real-life tragedy with strong performances and portrayed well enough.

 

Dustin Hoffman faces more sex abuse allegations

Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman has been at the heart of sexual abuse allegations made against him recently, and a co-star is the latest to make a claim.

Kathryn Rossetter accused Hoffman of a “horrific, demoralising and abusive experience” whilst working together on the 1984 Broadway production, Death of a Salesman.

The allegations come a month after Anna Graham Hunter accused Hoffman of sexual misconduct.

Rossetter said Hoffman would regularly grope her. The actor would grab her breast and then remove his hand just before a photograph was taken, she alleged.

She went on to say that he exposed her naked body to the stage crew of the production.

She said: “Suddenly he grabs the bottom of my slip and pulls it up over my head, exposing my breasts and body to the crew and covering my face.

“Night after night I went home and cried. I withdrew and got depressed and did not have any good interpersonal relationships with the cast.

“I considered reporting him to Actors Equity. But I was cautioned by some respected theatre professionals that if I did, I would probably lose my job and, because he was such a powerful star, any hope of a career.”

First trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The first full look at the new Jurassic World movie dropped this week, with Chris Pratt promising a darker edge to the sequel.

Colin Trevorrow, director of 2015s Jurassic World and writer for Fallen Kingdom, last week teased us with footage from the new movie.

The new trailer sees the return of Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas-Howard) as they seek to save the park’s dinosaurs from an erupting volcano.

We are also reintroduced to Jeff Goldblum’s character, Ian Malcolm, who dons his famous “life finds a way” line, as he returns to the franchise.

JA Bayona helms the directors chair this time around with original Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg on producing duties.

Upon the release of the new trailer, Pratt said the movie “is going to be a scarier version, a little bit darker, and will continue to expand and carry the story forward in a way that is really unexpected and you wouldn’t have imagined.”

So here is the new trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which hits cinemas next summer.

Why Hugh Jackman rejected Bond

Hugh Jackman has revealed the reasoning why he rejected the opportunity to play James Bond when he was approached for the role in the early 00s.

As well as filming conflicts, the X-Men star suggested that he wasn’t too keen on helming the secret agent part given the unbelievable nature of the scripts.

Jackman, in an interview with Variety, said: “I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I’d be interested in Bond. I just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and crazy, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real.

“And the response was: ‘Oh, you don’t get a say. You just have to sign on.’ I was also worried that between Bond and ‘X-Men,’ I’d never have time to do different things.”

This would suggest that he was approached for the role around the time of Pierce Brosnan’s last outing as Bond in Die Another Day (which featured an invisible car…).

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Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams team up for Star Trek movie

Two legendary directors are set to collaborate after Quentin Tarantino approached JJ Abrams with an idea for a Star Trek movie.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Tarantino and Abrams have plans to bring together a writers room to develop with Paramount, who refused to comment. Tarantino is keen on directing the potential project.

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Abrams directed the reboot of the Star Trek series in 2009 as well as the 2013 follow up, Star Trek: Into Darkness. He later switched galaxies and directed 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Tarantino revealed he would prefer to direct a Star Trek movie in a 2015 Nerdist podcast interview, mentioning that he was a huge fan of the original series.

He said: “The only thing that limited them was their ’60s budget and eight-day shooting schedule,” he said. “You could take some of the classic Star Trek episodes and easily expand them to 90 minutes or more and really do some amazing, amazing stuff.”

 

Edgar Wright ‘confirms’ sequel to one of the films of the year

Director Edgar Wright continued his successful career with one of the best films of the year when Baby Driver earned praise amongst fans and critics alike.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, it appeared Wright all but confirmed that a sequel was on the way – but did not confirm whether he would be in the director’s seat for it.

Baby Driver grossed $226 million worldwide on a budget of only $34 million, and Wright confirmed that Sony want a sequel and that he would be writing it.

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Wright said: “Those talks are already in the works. The deal is being hammered out as we speak. So, hopefully, I’m going to at least write a second one.

“I’ve definitely got lots of ideas. Whether it’s the next movie, I don’t know. I’m just working that out at the moment, actually. I have a couple of things that I’ve been developing, and also a couple of new ideas that I had, and all the nice things things that I’ve been offered since Baby Driver was released.”

Baby Driver finally earned Wright, the man behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the global recognition that his previous films deserved.

He continued: “I would like to get back on the saddle very shortly, because — slightly beyond my control — but there was four years between The World’s End and Baby Driver. I don’t want it to be that long again. I would love to have a film out in the next two years.”

Many took the news of a potential Baby Driver sequel negatively, claiming that it was already a near perfect movie on its own. But with Wright at the helm, there’s every chance he could produce another masterpiece.

 

Christopher Nolan reveals secret behind Dark Knight success

Director Christopher Nolan has revealed what helped make his Dark Knight series such a success.

In a time when superhero movies are released on a frequent basis, Nolan suggested that time was the key element when making his Dark Knight movies.

Speaking at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in London, Nolan said: “That’s a privilege and a luxury that filmmakers aren’t afforded anymore. I think it was the last time that anyone was able to say to a studio, ‘I might do another one, but it will be four years’.

“There’s too much pressure on release schedules to let people do that now but creatively it’s a huge advantage. We had the privilege and advantage to develop as people and as storytellers and then bring the family back together”.

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Whilst Marvel have been relatively smart with their releases, the DC Universe has stuttered and failed to make much impact, releasing five movies in four years.

Nolan continued to reveal that his planned biopic of Howard Hughes is back on track after it was originally planned in the early 2000s.

Jim Carrey was originally set to star as the reclusive billionaire, but the movie was put on hold after Martin Scorsese released The Aviator.

Nolan said: “Howard Hughes is a fascinating character. A lot of what I put into the script, which I do intend to make one day, I put into Bruce Wayne. There’s been many films that have addressed different aspects of his life but not the whole thing”.

Original ‘Dracula’ poster sold for HUGE amount

The hard copy of the original ‘Dracula’ poster has become the most expensive movie poster ever sold after it was sold for an incredible amount at auction.

The poster, featuring Bela Lugosi from the 1930s, was sold for $525,800 at auction in Dallas, Texas last week.

Based on Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula has inspired a number of films and TV shows down the years including Underworld, Bram Stroker’s Dracula, Dracula Untold, Dracula 2000.

“The Dracula poster is a rare, important poster that sparked intense bidding among some of our elite collectors,” Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith said in a press release.

“Considering the sheer beauty of the poster and the timeless popularity of the film, it’s not a surprise that the demand was so high.”

“It is a matter of opinion, but this poster probably is the most beautiful of all of the styles, and one of only two styles that pictures Bela Lugosi in realistic terms or a faithful rendering – the other is a photographic image.”

Here is the poster in full:

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