Joe Wright's 'Pan' reveals what happened before Peter Pan met the Lost Boys.
An extraordinary re-telling of a time-honoured fairy story, Peter Pan is set to hit the big screen once again in 'Pan'; a tale of how this young boy who never grows up discovered his remarkable powers in the first place.
Hugh Jackman is the fearsome Blackbeard
Ever wondered how Peter Pan became known as Peter Pan in the first place? 'Pan' reveals his lonely beginnings in an orphanage and how he is desperately searching for his mother having only a letter and a strange metal pendant to remember her by. Soon he finds himself kidnapped by brutal flying pirates led by Blackbeard and taken to Neverland - a world of fairies and mermaids, and the place where he befriends a young James Hook who wasn't always so evil himself.
Marvel Comics has revealed the character of Thor will be a woman from the next comic series. We look at the potential females who could play the action heroine on the big screen.
In a move that many comic book aficionados may not have expected, Marvel Comics has announced that one of their most dominant male characters has been given a sex change. In the new comic series due out in October, Thor, based on the Norse God of Thunder and one of Marvel's 'big three', will be a female character. But this isn't just big news for fans of the printed material.
The character Thor has had a huge impact on screen as well and has been involved in two hugely successful films, Thor and Thor: The Dark World and is an integral part of The Avengers ensemble and its forthcoming sequel.
So, the big question is: who will play this new female fighting force when it inevitably hits the cinemas?
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The 'America's Got Talent' host chose a controversial way of promoting his new album.
Singer Nick Cannon has been slammed by social media users after he unveiled his controversial new persona, Connor Smallnut, designed to promote his new album, White People Party Music. The America's Got Talent host and husband to Mariah Carey "whited up" and adopted a skater styling to play the character, communicated via the pop star's Instagram page.
Nick Cannon Has Been Hit By Outraged Reactions After "Whiting Up" For A New Persona.
Cannon has been labelled "racist," "ignorant" and "hypocritical" for the stunt after pictures of him dressed as Connor hit the web on Sunday. "It's official. I'm White!!! #WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC #Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!!Join The Party!!!!" he wrote, adding "#GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft "Bro I got drafted!!" alongside one image.
L'Wren Scott's death shook the fashion and music worlds this week, whilst a drunken actor got a driving ban and Johnny Depp's brain was uploaded into cyberspace.
RIP L'Wren Scott: L'Wren Scott, the esteemed fashion designer and girlfriend to The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, was found dead in her apartment on Monday having hanged herself. Read the full report. Mick and the band were on tour in Australia when the dreadful news broke, prompting them to cancel a show as the rocker tried to come to terms with the loss. Read his statement here. Having not left a suicide note, Scott's reasons will always be unknown but her company's financial details have shown that creditors were owed millions and that L'Wren was going to close her label. L'Wren Scott: 1964 - 2014.
Chris Pine Driving Ban: Star Trek actor Chris Pine pleaded guilty to DUI on Monday after he was caught drunk driving with his girlfriend after celebrating the wrap of new thriller, Z For Zachariah, in New Zealand. The 33 year-old star was fined and received a six month suspension on his New Zealand license, meaning he's going to have to look out for the designated driver next time he's out boozing.
What do we know so far about the upcoming 'Pan' film?
Peter Pan is coming to the big screen again in July 2015, this time in Joe Wright’s ‘Pan’, which chronicles the character’s early years. While there’s not much known about the film the initial casting looks promising enough to get us excited to take another trip to Neverland.
'Pan' director Joe Wright
Of course we all know the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. JM Barrie’s classic children’s tale has been delighting audiences since 1904 when he was the subject of the stage play, 'Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up'. The play was later expanded into the 1911 novel 'Peter and Wendy'. Pan has since enjoyed many movie outings, most famously Disney’s 1953 animated version. Then there was the 1991 Steven Spielberg movie ‘Hook’ intended as a sequel to Pan’s story. Here, a grown up Peter, played by Robin Williams, returns to Neverland to once again face his old adversary Captain Hook. In 2003, there was a live action Peter Pan featuring Jason Issacs based on Barrie’s original work. The copyright status of Barrie's work has meant that the character has been used and changed in various adaptations. The writer oringally passed on his copyright claim to London’s Great Ormond Street hospital, but the copyright’s differing international statuses have led to the character being frequently reimagined. Most recently ABC created a whole new evil pan on their show ‘Once Upon A Time’.
Mara will star alongside Hugh Jackman in Hugh Wright's 'Pan' Film.
Rooney Mara has landed a role in JOE WRIGHT's upcoming Peter Pan origins movie, Pan - she will playTiger Lily. Mara, who is best known for playing Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, will play the Native American princess who lives in Neverland along with Peter and the Lost Boys.
Rooney Mara Is To Play Tiger Lily In Joe Wright's Upcoming Peter Pan Origins Movie.
Joe Wright will direct Warner Brothers' upcoming fantasy drama and will also welcome the talents of Les Misérables' Hugh Jackman and Tron: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund. Both actors will play pirates in the prequel to J. M. Barrie's children's tale, with Hedlund taking on the classic role of Hook and Jackman playing the villainous Blackbeard.
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The fourth edition of Stieg Larsson's 'Millenium' series is in the works, with David Lagercrantz taking over from the late author
Stieg Larsson's Millenium series has continued to find success almost ten years after his sudden death aged 50. The creator of the book series that includes The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and follows the characters Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist was already working on his fourth instalment for the series before his untimely death and now, nine years later, a fourth book is finally being written.
Rooney Mara starred as Lisbeth in the Hollywood adaption of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
David Lagercrantz, best known for co-writing the autobiography of Swedish footballing deity Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has been placed in charge of finalising Larsson's fourth edition to the Millenium series, with the unnamed book set for publication in August 2015. Lagercrantz has since said that he has "already started writing it", adding, "It's terribly fun. It's a fantastic world to step into."
Although set in the 1970s, this dramatic thriller has a distinctly Western vibe to it, digging into the darker emotional corners of characters who are trying to make it through life on their own terms. It's moody and evocative, focussing on internal feelings rather that big action beats, so it feels dreamlike and a bit sleepy. And also strangely mesmerising.
When we meet Bob and Ruth (Affleck and Mara), they're hopelessly in love. She knows he's not good for her, but she's pregnant so makes the most of it. Short of cash in rural Texas, they plot a messy bank robbery, during which he injures police officer Patrick (Foster) and is sent to prison. Four years later, she's now living on her own with her young daughter, watched over by Bob's old mentor Skerritt (Carradine). But she's also struck up an awkward friendship with Patrick. So when Bob escapes from prison and comes back for her, he's in for a rather nasty shock.
Writer-director Lowery uses striking visuals and minimalistic dialog, shooting scenes with an unexpected sensuality to explore each point where these people interact. Everything is understated (the title is never explained at all), which allows the actors to give delicate, transparent performances that catch us off guard with their honesty. Affleck, Mara and Foster are fascinatingly complicated as three parts of an untidy triangle that only hints at romance. Carradine adeptly provides both wit and gravity to his scenes, while Parker gives a beautiful performance as Bob's reluctant buddy.
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Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects didn’t fair quite as well as hoped on its opening weekend on the US Box office charts, opening with $2.8 million takings on a weather-hit chart to languish behind critically derided Identity Thief, which took $11.2 million.
However, with the US done and dusted, the attentions of Soderbergh move towards Europe, with the film currently playing at the Berlin Film Festival ahead of large scale European release – including the UK on March 8 – from February 22 onwards. So far it’s received cautious critical appraisal from European critics, with The Independent cryptically offering “if audiences stop trying to unravel the very tangled plot and don’t mind have the carpet pulled from under their feet again and again, they should find plenty here to relish.” That suggests another Soderbergh brain-twister, and indeed it seems to be the case, given that the film is about the Rooney Mara-playing Emily Taylor, who takes a prescribed experimental drug, causing all manner of mental twists and turns. Jude Law plays Jonathan, her psychiatrist whose life is gradually falling apart, whilst Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum also star.
The Telegraph were far more impressed than The Independent after coming away from Berlin.“When all’s said and done, it’ll go down as minor Soderbergh – clever sleight-of-hand, really – but it reminds you of so many Soderberghy virtues as to be an oddly compendious pleasure.” It’s said that this might be Soderbergh’s last film, it could well be that he’ll be going out on a high yet.
Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects stars Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara and is another fine example of Soderbergh’s masterful storytelling. Fans of Soderbergh will do well to relish this one as it may be his last. The director has said that he’s tired of making films now and may well make Side Effects his last effort. The movies has garnered a slew of great reviews and could well out to be the most respected role that Channing Tatum has been attached to, for quite some time.
Side Effects is a thriller, telling the tale of a suicidal wife, a husband just out of jail, an under-pressure psychiatrist and the troubles with personality-suppressing drugs. Performances from Catherine Zeta Jones and Jude Law supplement those of the central characters. As is typical with Soderbergh’s movies (Traffic, A Scanner Darkly), the plot is many-faceted and eventually, the dramatic potential of the movie explodes. Kenneth Turan, writing for Los Angeles Times explains “It would ruin the fun to detail exactly what kind of hell, but rest assured this top-notch cast has great fun working out all the fiendish ramifications of this potboiler plot. If this does prove to be Soderbergh's final film — and I wouldn't hold my breath — he picked a heck of a one to go out on.
The movie has racked up a highly respectable score of 82% on Rotten Tomatoes – usually a decent indicator of how a film will fare. Side Effects is in US movie theaters this weekend.
Steven Soderberg's psychological thriller Side Effects - his final movie before retiring from movie directing - is winning high praise from critics. The movie - boasting an all-star cast including Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara and Catherine Zeta-Jones - follows a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist has unexpected side effects. Ok, so it might sound a little bit too much like Soderbergh's 2011 thriller Contagion, but give it chance.
The general consensus amongst critics is that Side Effects is a little silly in places, though great fun, with dashes of genius. A.O Scott of the New York Times said, "While the plot may be predictable (and more than a little preposterous) in retrospect, Mr. Soderbergh handles it brilliantly, serving notice once again that he is a crackerjack genre technician." Roger Ebert paid homage to the director, writing in the Chicago Sun-Times, "Soderbergh came, he saw, he conquered, and now he's moving on." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone continued the high praise, writing, "Side Effects is a hell of a thriller, twisty, terrific and packed with surprises you don't see coming," while other critics praised Soderbergh's slick filmmaking and storytelling techniques. All-in-all, it's pretty good news for the director on his final outing.
The film's screenwriter Scott Z. Burns spoke to the Huffington Post of Soderbergh's decision to leave Hollywood behind and concentrate on his painting. "It's a little bit heartbreaking, for all sorts of selfish reasons.If he doesn't come back, it'll be because the other things are so rewarding for him that he doesn't need to come back," he said.
Actress Rooney Mara has told reporters that the upcoming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, will not feature the death of Daniel Craig's character, the crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, as was previously rumoured.
It was announced earlier this week that the adaption of Steig Larson's second volume of the Millenium series was under way, but the announcement was joined by an apparent plan to kill off Craig's character. Not many people were buying this supposed plan mainly because Blomkvist is a central part of the series, acting as the narrator in the books and film, and appears in all three of the novels. With Mara's new admittance, then it looks as though this really may have been a rouse all along.
MTV News spoke to the actress, who plays the titular 'girl' Lisbeth Salander, at the premier of her new film Side Effects earlier this week, asking her whether the rumours were true, to which she gave the matter-of-fact response, "no." She then went on to say, "I've been talking a lot with ['Dragon Tattoo' director David Fincher] about the sequel, and I don't know where that rumor was started — but it would never be a possibility."
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Next year’s Sundance Film Festival will reflect an on-going trend in the movie world, for big name actors to seek out challenging and rewarding roles in independent films. The competition line-up for Sundance 2013 has been announced and Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Biel and Kristen Bell are all amongst the big names headlining next year’s festival, which is considered a highlight of the international film festival calendar.
John Cooper, the director of Sundance, told The Hollywood Reporter “It’s a reflection of the landscape… We notice that there's a very, very vital community of actors taking roles in independent films - well-known actors in particular.” There are 27 films in competition at the 2013 festival, which will be screening 113 feature-length movies in total. These were whittled down from 12, 146 submissions – an increase of 429 from last year.
Taking a look at those big names in competition, then; Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara both appear in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, a story about two outlaws, situated in the hills of Texas. Daniel Radcliffe, meanwhile, continues his attempt to break free of the clutches of Harry Potter, by playing Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, which brings together the great beat poets of the 1940s. Elizabeth Olsen and Jennifer Jason Leigh also star in this movie, centered on David Kammerer’s murder by Lucien Carr. Kristen Bell stars in The Lifeguard and Jessica Biel leads the cast in Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes, a dramatic thriller directed and written by Francesca Gregorini.
Get a good look at the above photo, readers, because it's not too often you see pictures of the multiple-Oscar nominated film director Terrence Malick doing his day job. Malick was with a few of the cast who are appearing in his as-yet untitled music, including Michael Fassbender, Savanna Welch, Rooney Mara and a spotlight-stealing Val Kilmer -it's not often you can say that - at the Fun Fun Fun Festival in Austin, Texas where he is shooting. Though the director tried to hide his face with a large hat and sunglasses combo, there was no such shyness from Kilmer who, according to the Indiewire, joined band the Black Lips on stage before wielding a chainshaw, cutting his 'hair' (it looked like a wig) and then being 'forcibly removed'. Nice one Val.
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Most people who use the internet are familiar with the name Mark Zuckerberg, for those who aren't, he founded and programmed a social networking website called Facebook. In an extremely short amount of time his bedroom project soon turned into one of the most profitable websites on the internet.
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In the remake of Wes Craven's classic 1984 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger once again haunts the dreams of unknowing teenagers. When a boy named Dean appears to kill himself in his sleep, his friends don't know what to make of it. The group of friends attend Dean's and his girlfriend discovers a picture of the kids together when they were very young. Unable to remember any of this past history, they must retrace their past and find out what horrendous connection the friends share.
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Nick Twisp is an average 16 year old boy, obsessed with the opposite sex yet he never has any luck finding a girl of his own. Whilst on holiday with his unpredictable parents Nick finds a new girl who he feels is right for him, Sheeni. Now the only thing standing in his way is the undeniable fact that, nice guys never get the girl.... there's also a another small problem Sheeni already has a boyfriend.
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