Director Guillermo del Toro finally has a new directorial feature film set for release next year. He spent quite a while preparing to direct The Hobbit before leaving when he thought the film would be held up in MGM’s legal troubles for years, then he started prepping At the Mountains of Madness with Tom Cruise only to have Universal pass on the project in favor of things like Battleship. All’s well that end’s well, as del Toro recently wrapped his first directorial effort since Hellboy II: The Golden Army, a monster movie called Pacific Rim.
Little details have been known about the plot for Pacific Rim other than the fact that del Toro promises “the finest fucking monsters ever committed to screen” and the film involves battles between human-manned robots and monsters. A rumored plot synopsis surfaced back in March of 2011, and now Warner Bros. has released an official synopsis for the film that seems to confirm much of that earlier premise. Hit the jump for the full synopsis.
With production looming closer, director Christopher Nolan has added a trio of actors to The Dark Knight Rises. Daniel Sunjata (TV’s Rescue Me), Diego Klattenhoff (Lucky Number Slevin), and Burn Gorman (Layer Cake) are all looking to join a cast that now includes Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple and recent addition Josh Pence, who will take on the role of young Ra’s al Ghul.
Variety reports that Sunjata is in talks to play “a courageous special forces operative” and Klattenhoff is being offered the part of “a rookie cop who is looking to make a difference.” No word on who Gorman will play other than the fact that he’s being eyed for a supporting role in the film. Marion Cotillard was previously “in discussions” for a role in the film, but the report claims she’s now officially part of the cast. Hit the jump for more.
by Cal Kemp Posted: August 6th, 2009 at 7:05 am
Just in time for the five-part miniseries, “Children of Earth”, (also now available from BBC Worldwide on DVD and Blu-Ray), Torchwood’s second season (or, if you prefer the British parlance, “series”) has finally hit high-def and, if you’ve seen the series before, you should know that this is where it really, really gets good.
A spinoff (and anagram!) of “Doctor Who”, “Torchwood” goes for a decidedly more adult audience, but still manages to share a few characters, most notably in the series’ lead, Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), who made his debut in the 2005 “Who” series. Leading a special task force assigned with protecting the Earth from fantastic threats, Harkness is joined by ex-policewoman Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), medic Owen Harper (Burn Gorman), computer expert Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori) and administrator Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd). “Torchwood” shares a pedigree with American shows like “The X-Files” and (the post-”Torchwood”) “Fringe”.