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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.

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.

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.

Mark Wahlberg to star in new comedy

Daddy’s Home star Mark Wahlberg is set to continue his ventures into comedy by starring in and producing ‘Instant Family’.

The man behind Daddy’s Home, Sean Anders, is set to direct, teaming back up with Wahlberg.

Paramount are set to fast-track the project, aiming to start shooting early next year.

The film follows a couple who decide to start a family and adopt through the foster-care system, only to find themselves raising three wild kids who have no interest in being parented.

New trailer for Wes Anderson’s latest creation, Isle of Dogs

Not to be confused with the East London location – the trailer has been released for Wes Anderson’s new animation, Isle of Dogs.

The film is set in dystopian Japan where all dogs have been banished to an island of garbage following the outbreak of canine flu.

The film uses the same stop-motion animation as Anderson used in his 2009 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox and his first feature movie since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Isle of Dogs features a plethora of big name actors voicing the characters including Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton and Yoko Ono.

Isle of Dogs is released in the UK on March 30 2018

Daddy’s Home 2 – Trailer #1

The Hype:

Guess what everyone! Will Ferrell is doing a comedy sequel! But to be fair, this one looks pretty funny. The follow up to 2015’s Daddy’s Home is set to be bigger, better and hopefully slightly funnier than the first, with big timers Mel Gibson and John Lithgow joining the original cast of Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardenelli.

The Plot:

Very similar to the first as comedy sequels often are, only this time the daddies in question are those of Ferrell and Wahlberg’s. Now both their families are in tandem, but things look to take a turn for the worse when their fathers come to stay for the holidays.

The Trailer:

The UK release date:

22nd November 2017

American Made – Trailer #1

The Hype:

Everyone loves a movie based on a true story, especially when it’s a based on a character like Barry Seal, helped further by the fact that he will be portrayed by Tom Cruise. Judging by the trailer, this money and drug fuelled crime thriller is going to be full of twists and shocks, with the man behind Bourne Identity and Mr and Mrs Smith, Doug Limen, directing.

The Plot:

American Made follows the story of Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who is recruited as a drug smuggler before being approached by the DEA and CIA to find intelligence on his employers, including Pablo Escobar.

The Trailer:

The UK Release Date:

25th August 2017