TOMORROWLAND Comic-Con Panel Recap: George Clooney Makes First Comic-Con Appearance; Unveils Action-Packed Clip Loaded with Lasers and Robots

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We may be a little light on movies at New York Comic-Con this year, but Walt Disney Studios decided to go big by unveiling some never-before-seen material from Tomorrowland.  At first, we thought it was huge that we got to see the film’s brand new teaser trailer, but mere minutes after screening it at the Javits Center, the promo hit the web.  That couldn’t be right.  There had to be more, right?  Sure enough, Disney delivered.

You know how you only see that super short snippet of George Clooney in the teaser?  Clooney made his very first Comic-Con appearance at the Tomorrowland panel to give us more footage featuring his character.  Hit the jump for my Tomorrowland Comic-Con recap.

TOMORROWLAND Trailer and Poster: George Clooney Leads Brad Bird’s Ambitious Sci-Fi Film

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Disney has released the first Tomorrowland trailer for director Brad Bird’s mysterious new sci-fi film.  Scripted by Bird and Lost alum Damon Lindelof, the film stars George Clooney and revolves around “a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as ‘Tomorrowland.’”  And the trailer is great, offering a simple scenario that hints at the film’s possibilities without spoiling too much.  I love Robertson’s reaction to the reveal.

Hit the jump to watch the Tomorrowland trailer and click here to check out Perri’s Comic-Con panel recap.  The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, and Kathryn HahnTomorrowland opens in theaters on May 22, 2015.  Now that I know what the heck this movie is I’m getting pretty excited for it.  So glad this teaser hints rather than spoils. 

Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie to Lead Limited THE NIGHT MANAGER TV Series

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Your television screens will soon have 100% more Tom HiddlestonTHR reports that the Avengers actor and House star Hugh Laurie are attached to lead a limited series adaptation of the John le Carre novel The Night Manager, which is fielding heavy interest from a number of U.S. networks for a straight-to-series pickup.  The BBC is developing the project to air in the U.K. with David Farr (Hanna) penning the adaptation.  The espionage drama revolves around a former British soldier who teams up with intelligence operatives to go undercover in order to avenge the death of a friend.  Hiddleston most recently appeared on the small screen as part of the miniseries The Hollow Crown, while The Night Manager would mark an anticipated return to TV for Laurie following the end House, M.D. in 2012.

Hiddleston isn’t leaving the film world behind, though, as he recently signed on to lead the King Kong redo Skull Island and stars in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Crimson Peak.  Laurie will next be seen in Brad Bird’s secretive Tomorrowland, opening next May.  Given the high-profile nature of the stars, expect The Night Manager to find a U.S. home very quickly.  Read a synopsis for the book after the jump.

Production Begins on Brad Bird’s TOMORROWLAND Starring George Clooney; Official Synopsis Released

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Disney announced today that filming is officially underway in Vancouver on director Brad Bird’s (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) new film Tomorrowland.  Bird co-wrote the screenplay for the secretive film with Damon Lindelof, based on an idea by Bird, Lindelof, and Jeff Jensen, and the official synopsis is as follows:

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”

George Clooney stars as the inventor and Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) is the teenager, while Hugh Laurie plays the film’s antagonist.  Bird has assembled an impressive filmmaking team to bring the project to life, including Oscar-winning Life of Pi and Oblivion cinematographer Claudio Miranda.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.  Tomorrowland opens in theaters on December 12, 2014.

Christoph Waltz to Star in TRUE CRIMES; Hugh Bonneville in Negotiations for PADDINGTON BEAR Adaptation, PADDINGTON; Hugh Laurie Also Courted

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) will join True Crimes, a dramatization of the cold-case killer Krystian Bala, a Polish writer who was convicted of murder in 2007.  No director is currently attached but Roman Polanski has been floated as a possibility.
  • Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) has joined the Paddington Bear adaptation, Paddington, as a lead.  Hugh Laurie (House M.D.) is being courted to voice the title character but is not yet in negotiations.

Hit the jump for more on both projects. 

John C. Reilly Offered to Star in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; Marvel Wants Hugh Laurie, Alan Rickman or Ken Watanabe for Additional Role

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James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be one of the strangest films of 2014; that’s pretty much a guarantee when two of your lead characters are a gun-toting raccoon and a talking tree.  Word has it that funnyman John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) has been offered a role in the Marvel film.  While my first thought was that of a voice role for one of the above-mentioned characters (who currently are voiceless), Reilly is being offered a slightly different sort of role.  Comic book fans may be familiar with the name Rhomman Dey, but just how Gunn plans to use that character appears to be a tad unconventional.  A new report also has Marvel showing interest in Hugh Laurie (House M.D.), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter series) and Ken Watanabe (Inception) for an additional role.  Hit the jump for more.

Hugh Laurie in Talks for Villain Role Opposite George Clooney in Brad Bird’s TOMORROWLAND

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Director Brad Bird’s secretive project at Disney looks to have found its villain.  Previously referred to as 1952, the possibly sci-fi project was co-written by Bird and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and recently landed the new title of Tomorrowland.  The plot has been kept firmly under wraps, but we know that George Clooney is the film’s star and the story has been described as being in the vein of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Now, as the film marches towards a production start-date later this year, Bird has settled on the actor to play his villain: House star Hugh Laurie.  Hit the jump for more.

Hugh Laurie in Talks to Star as Blackbeard in NBC Pirate Drama CROSSBONES

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After taking some well-earned time off following the series finale of the long-running drama House, M.D., it looks as if Hugh Laurie is ready to jump back into television.  Deadline reports that Laurie is in negotiations to star in NBC’s drama pilot Crossbones.  The action-adventure series comes from Luther creator Neil Cross and takes place in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence.  The story follows pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, as he reigns over “the rogue nation of thieves, outlaws, and miscreant sailors.  Part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise, this is a place like no other on earth – and a mounting threat to international commerce.”

Cross wrote the script and will executive produce alongside Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, and Ted Gold.  Laurie is poised to star as the legendary pirate Blackbeard in the 10-episode run, a role for which he’ll be using his native British accent.  Pirates are apparently in this pilot season, as Michael Bay is developing a pirate series of his own for Starz called Black Sails.

Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener Talk THE ORANGES, Favorite Breakfast Cereal, HOUSE, and More

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Opening this weekend is Julian Farino’s The Oranges. The film is about two families who are best friends and neighbors- until one of the daughters (Leighton Meester) begins an affair with her father’s best friend (Hugh Laurie), and the comical and emotional aftermath of that affair. The all-star cast includes Catherine Keener as Laurie’s wife who finds a new purpose in life, Allison Janney and Oliver Platt as Nina’s bewildered parents and Alia Shawkat as Laurie’s daughter- and Nina’s former best friend turned arch rival. It also stars Adam Brody and up-and-comer Sam Rosen.

At the press junket for the film, I was able to speak to Laurie and Keener about their breakfast preferences, how they got involved in the film, working with an ever-present screenwriting team, and of course, Doctor House.  Hit the jump to watch.

Red-Band Trailer for THE ORANGES Starring Hugh Laurie and Leighton Meester

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In what may be the most dysfunctional family holiday film since the Griswolds took on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, a new red-band trailer for The Oranges has landed.  Directed by Julian Farnio (Entourage), The Oranges centers on two suburban families who are the best of friends and the most boring and predictable of people.  That all changes when the daughter of the Ostroffs starts an affair with the father of the Wallings.

Starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Adam Brody,  Alia Shawkat and Leighton Meester, The Oranges opens October 5th.  Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer.

Michael Keaton to Replace Hugh Laurie as Villain in ROBOCOP Reboot

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While things haven’t exactly been going smoothly for director Jose Padilha’s RoboCop reboot lately, the acquisition of Michael Keaton (Batman) as the villain will surely go a long way to remedy that.  Hugh Laurie (House, M.D.) was previously attached to play the antagonist but talks recently broke down.  Keaton would be playing Raymond Sellars, the CEO of Omnicorp, the corporation that builds RoboCop.  The reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult classic stars Joel Kinnaman in the title role.  Hit the jump for more on the remake and to read what Padilha had to say about Keaton coming on board. 

Hugh Laurie Won’t Play ROBOCOP Baddie [Update: But Clive Owen Might]

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The script for the RoboCop remake may have gotten panned, but the movie still has an incredibly strong cast: Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish, Michael K. Williams, and Jackie Earle Haley.  We previously reported that Hugh Laurie was in negotiations to play the film’s villain, but now Variety’s Jeff Sneider is tweeting that Laurie won’t be squaring off against the cyborg police officer.  According to Sneider, Laurie was never really “in” since he was still in negotiations for the part, and those talks have now fallen apart.  It’s a bit of a bummer since I’d like to see more Laurie especially now that House, M.D. is over, but hopefully he’ll land another big role soon.

RoboCop is set to open on August 9, 2013. [Update: Deadline reports that MGM is now looking at a small group of actors to fill the villain role, and one of them includes Clive Owen.]

ROBOCOP May Add Tony-Winner Jennifer Ehle

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Tony Award-winner Jennifer Ehle (The King’s Speech) is in negotiations to join director Jose Padilha’s RoboCop remake.  Thespian would be playing the role of Liz Kline in the film, per Deadline.  Ehle’s addition is the most recent in a cast that includes Jackie Earle Haley, Hugh Laurie, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish and possibly Jay Baruchel.  The remake of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven classic features Joel Kinnaman in the title role.  Look for the RoboCop reboot to hit theaters on August 9th, 2013.

First Trailer for THE ORANGES Starring Hugh Laurie, Allison Janney, Leighton Meester and Catherine Keener

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The first trailer for the family comedy The Oranges has been released.  The film centers on two families who are both best friends and neighbors.  Their tight relationship is strained when it’s discovered that the father of one family (Hugh Laurie) is having an affair with the grown daughter of the other family (Leighton Meester).  The film looks like a pretty great comedy, and Allison Janney is unsurprisingly fantastic.  The cast—which includes Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Alia Shawkat. and Adam Brody—has great chemistry, and director Julian Farino appears to have crafted a solid comedy.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The Oranges opens later this year.

ROBOCOP Synopsis Gives New Plot Details

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We knew that RoboCop was getting a hard reset with the upcoming reboot starring Joel Kinnaman, but thanks to a new press release, we now have some details about the plot itself.  The original 1987 Paul Verhoeven picture starred Peter Weller as a cybernetically-enhanced super-cop who dealt swift justice in Detroit.  The new version keeps the same city and the same nucleus of the story, but introduces new elements.  From director Jose Padilha, RoboCop, also starring Gary Oldman, Hugh Laurie, Abbie Cornish and Samuel L. Jackson, opens August 9th, 2013.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

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