Ben Kingsley Joins THE JUNGLE BOOK; Rooney Mara to Produce and Star in HOUSE IN THE SKY; Elisabeth Moss and James Purefoy Climb HIGH-RISE

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Sir Ben Kingsley will voice the character of Bagheera in director Jon Favreau’s live-action/CG adaptation of The Jungle Book.
  • Rooney Mara has been set to produce and star in an adaptation of the harrowing memoir A House in the Sky for Annapurna Pictures.
  • Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and James Purefoy (The Following) have joined Tom Hiddleston in director Ben Wheatley’s thriller High-Rise.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

THE FOLLOWING Recap: “Resurrection”

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It seemed like The Following left very little room for a following season last year, when it killed off 98% of its cast, including (seemingly) its main villain.  Yet here we another, another year and another stab (literally) at Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and the Cult of Joe Carroll; (James Purefoy) or as Weston called them, “Carrollers.”  There are a lot of new characters to replace the carnage of the first season’s finale, but the dead weigh heavily on Hardy’s shoulders, and their numbers are added to almost immediately at the start of the new season.  Hit the jump for how the Carrollers are wrecking havoc now.

James Purefoy Talks THE FOLLOWING, What Attracted Him to the Show, Keeping His Character from Going Over-the-Top, Working with Kevin Bacon and More

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From show creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), the dark, fast-paced thriller The Following is an epic story of good versus evil, as told through the eyes of ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), who is forced to return to the case that destroyed his career when it becomes evident that notorious serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) is at the center of a cult of like-minded killers who have created an insidious web of blood and carnage.  With Hardy’s help, a team of agents, including Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) and cult specialist Debra Parker (Annie Parisse), attempt to unravel the deadly plot of murder before the body count rises.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor James Purefoy talked about what attracted him to this show and character, relying on the directors to keep him from going too over-the-top, the types of serial killers and cult leaders he researched for the role, how much fun he’s having working with co-star Kevin Bacon, how he personally views Joe Carroll, and what it’s like to work in such a dark headspace.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.  

THE FOLLOWING Episode Recap: “Mad Love”

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Weirdly, the least interesting part of The Following is that which was set up initially as the reason the watch: the interplay and stories of Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and Joe Carroll (James Purefoy).  Some of you have mentioned in the comments how Hardy is a lot like Jack Bauer from 24 – he always saves the day in the last minute, throwing himself body and soul in the job, carrying the weight of the victims on his stooped shoulders.  Carroll, now re-incarcerated, hasn’t really had much to do in the last few weeks, instead getting his kicks vicariously through his following, some of whom are interesting (the love triangle) and some of whom are terribly boilerplate (Maggie, despite Carroll’s protestations otherwise).  Hit the jump for the good and bad of the series, and my final judgment before moving on.

THE FOLLOWING Recap: “Pilot”

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Despite the network’s protestations otherwise, there are many things about The Following that feel specifically like network television.  At the same time, it has some genuine twists and jumps and set ups that certainly lend one to believe the show may be more than initially meets the eye (if you still have yours).  The series comes from Kevin Williamson, who has had a hand in so many cultural touchstones, from Dawson’s Creek to Scream to the Vampire Diaries, it’s nearly unfathomable to figure how he could not have a hit with this one, particularly with Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy (Rome) as acting anchors.  Plus, the formula combines some of our biggest cultural fascinations – serial killers, cults and, well, Kevin Bacon.  Hit the jump for a recap of the series’ premiere episode, which seems promising.

TV News: Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt Join THE NEWSROOM; New Trailer and Poster for Fox Serial Killer Series THE FOLLOWING

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We’ve got a couple of TV news-related bits to share this afternoon.  First up, as production on the second season of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom gears up, two welcome cast additions have been announced.  THR reports that Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt (Mad Men) have been set in recurring roles for the show’s second season.  Oswalt wil be playing the new VP of Human Resources at the cable network Atlantic Cable News, while DeWitt is set as a litigator who is brought in to defend the network in a wrongful-termination lawsuit.

Hit the jump for more, including a new trailer and poster for the promising new Kevin Bacon-fronted Fox series The Following.

Final Trailer for JOHN CARTER

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I’ve heard good things about John Carter from people who have seen it, but sadly the film’s marketing has been a mess.  A recent featurette finally showed off the film’s scope and so does the final trailer.  But none of the trailers (except one that was fan-made, and far better than any of Disney’s trailers) took a single moment to explain who John Carter is, how he got to Mars, and why he has special powers.  Does any audience member who is unfamiliar with the source material, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel A Princess of Mars, know anything about the character beyond “Shirtless Dude Who Fights Weird Creatures”?  The movie is titled “John Carter” and Disney never took the time to tell us anything about him.

Hit the jump to check out the final trailer.  The film stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Haden Church, and Willem DafoeJohn Carter opens in IMAX and 3D on March 9th.

Exclusive: James Purefoy Talks IRONCLAD and JOHN CARTER

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James Purefoy is an incredibly versatile actor whose career has spanned film, television and theatre, and who cannot be pinned down in any one type of role. He had six years of leading roles with some of the UK’s most prestigious theatres, starred as Mark Antony in HBO’s epic drama series Rome, has had memorable roles in Resident Evil and A Knight’s Tale, played the title character in Solomon Kane, about a mercenary who owes his soul to the devil and redeems himself by fighting evil, and has done such television series as The Philanthropist for NBC, Camelot for Starz and Injustice for ITV1. Now, he can be seen as a Templar Knight whose soul is wracked with guilt over the atrocities he has committed during the Crusades, in the ultra-violent medieval action-thriller Ironclad.

During a recent exclusive phone interview, the complex and unpredictable actor talked about what drew him to the story and character in Ironclad, the research he did into individuals who are so devout, the importance of depicting violence in a real and honest manner, and what sets this film apart from others of its type. Purefoy also talked about his role in John Carter as Kantos Kan, the Captain of the Xavarian, working with Ciarán Hinds for the third time, and how, even though his character is not in this film much, he has the understanding that it is meant to expand in two more possible films. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

DIFF 2011: IRONCLAD Review

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Ironclad is a prime example of a thrilling adventure film that is hampered by the modern chaotic editing of its action scenes. Set in the 13th century, the movie follows a dedicated Templar (James Purefoy) that bands together with the local barons to defend Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John of England (Paul Giamatti). While the plotline of a few against many doesn’t break new ground, the brutal action scenes, excellent cast, and unfamiliar outcome keep the film from feeling tied to conventions. Even the dialog has its moments that show co-writer/director John English is a rising star, if only he could get the camerawork under control. Hit the jump for my full review.

Walt Disney Releases Synopsis for JOHN CARTER OF MARS and Creates a Facebook Fan Page

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With production underway on director Andrew Stanton’s John Carter of Mars in London, Walt Disney has released the synopsis for the movie and also started a Facebook fan page for the film.  Here’s what they sent over:

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL-E”), JOHN CARTER OF MARS brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings.  Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter (TAYLOR KITSCH), who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (WILLEM DAFOE) and Dejah Thoris (LYNN COLLINS).

As you might imagine, this is a huge film for us at Collider, so expect plenty of updates.  Hit the jump to read the rest of what Disney sent over:

THE PHILANTHROPIST: The Complete Series DVD Review

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The Philanthropist is the story of uber rich CEO Teddy Rist (James Purefoy) left in turmoil after the death of a child and a messy divorce. He discovers that there is a spiritual void left inside of him, and comes to hope that he can fill that void, and heal his soul, by using his bajillions of dollars to help those less fortunate. Based on real life philanthropist Bobby Sager, this show hoped to hook audiences with a mixture of good feelings, hope, and beautiful locations. It didn’t work. The Philanthropist was cancelled last August. The question now is whether or not the DVD is worth your time. Hit the jump to find out.

JOHN CARTER OF MARS Begins, Marks a Science-Fiction Milestone

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Andrew Stanton has made quite a name for himself at Pixar, but his first endeavor in live action films begins today as his adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ beloved John Carter of Mars starts principal photography in London. Burroughs’ string of books, written in the early 20th century, are collectively known as the “Barsoom” series and have inspired authors Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, and Robert A. Heinlein, while also having a heavy influence on Star Wars and Avatar.

Having already read the first in the series, A Princess of Mars, I have to say that there is much to be excited about as Burroughs brings an epic scale and an incredibly imagined world with resonating themes and lots of sword fighting. Joining the Academy Award-winning director is an all-star cast, including Taylor Kitsch as John Carter, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Polly Walker, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston, and Daryl Sabara.

For the full press release, including a plot synopsis and the incredible team Stanton has assembled, hit the jump.

Bryan Cranston Joins Andrew Stanton’s JOHN CARTER OF MARS Starring Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins

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Bryan Cranston, one of the best actors on TV on one of the best shows on TV, has signed on to co-star in Andrew Stanton’s (WALL-E) adaptation of John Carter of Mars.  Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs series of sci-fi novels, the story follows John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), a Civil War soldier who is mysteriously transported to Mars.  Once there, he is caught in the middle of a war between various groups of Martians.  Heat Vision reports that Cranston will play a Civil War colonel who comes into conflict with Carter.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t sound like a very large role since I imagine most of the film will take place on some planet that is not ours.  The cast also includes Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Polly Walker, Thomas Haden Church, James Purefoy, Dominic West, and Mark Strong.

Cranston currently stars on Breaking Bad on AMC and won back-to-back Emmys for Best Actor in a Drama for his performance as mild-mannered meth kingpin Walter White.  It’s a must-watch show.  The first season is already on DVD, the second season will be available on DVD/Blu-ray on March 16th, and the third season premieres on March 21st.  You must catch up and then tune in.

Thomas Haden Church, James Purefoy, and Mark Strong Join JOHN CARTER OF MARS

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While we knew back in June that Thomas Haden Church was joining the cast of Andrew Stanton’s “John Carter of Mars” although Church didn’t reveal what role he’d be playing.  Today, we not only have confirmation that Church is in the flick, but we now know the role.  We also know that he’ll be joined by James Purefoy and Mark Strong.  Hit the jump for details.

Pay Tribute to Paul Giamtti as King John in IRONCLAD

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Paul Giamatti has just been cast as King John in the upcoming medieval action flick “Ironclad”.  King John is the villain* and he’s throwing down against a “Seven Samurai” (except knights instead of samurai) led by a formidable Knights Templar played by James Purefoy.  Hit the jump to find out who would win in a fight.

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