Director David Dobkin Talks THE JUDGE, Directing Robert Downey Jr. & Robert Duvall, Extended Cuts, the VACATION Reboot, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., More

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Opening this weekend is director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, The JudgeRobert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  The film marks a departure for Dobkin, who has previously helmed comedies such as Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey Jr.—The Judge is the first film released under his production banner Team Downey, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey.  The film also stars also stars Vera FarmigaBilly Bob Thornton, Vincent D’OnofrioJeremy StrongDax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen Howard, David KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  For more on The Judge, watch the trailer or these eight clips.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with David Dobkin.  He talked about what it was like directing Downey Jr. and Duvall, filming in Massachusetts, his first cut, why he hates extended cuts and how he won’t be doing any in the future, shooting on film, and more.  In addition, with Dobkin producing the Vacation reboot, he talked about what it’s about and how impressed he was with John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein‘s script.  Hit the jump to watch.

AMERICAN SNIPER, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., and the POINT BREAK Remake Get New Release Dates

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Warner Bros. shifted their slate around a bit today which resulted in new release dates for a trio of their films.

  • Director Clint Eastwood‘s film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper, will now open in select theaters on Christmas Day.
  • Guy Ritchie‘s adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which stars Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill, will now open on August 14th, 2015.
  • The Point Break remake, directed by Ericson Core, will hit theaters on July 31st 2015.

Hit the jump for more on these release date changes.

Jared Harris Talks THE QUIET ONES, Auditioning, Keeping Up with MAD MEN, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., POLTERGEIST, THE BOXTROLLS, and More

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Opening this weekend is director John Pogue’s supernatural horror film The Quiet Ones.  The period pic stars Jared Harris as an unorthodox professor who sets up a series of dangerous experiments in order to explore the dark energy manifested by the damaged psyche of a young girl.  Naturally, things don’t go well.  The film also stars Sam Claflin, and Olivia Cooke.  Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne.  For more on The Quiet Ones, check out some creepy motion postersthe trailer, and all our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Harris.  He talked about making the film, whether he still has to audition for a role, Mad Men and his thoughts on this current season, Guy Ritchie‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the Poltergeist remake and what it was like working with Sam Rockwell, voicing a character on Laika’s The Boxtrolls, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Guy Ritchie’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Set for January 16, 2015 Release; FOCUS Starring Will Smith Opens February 27, 2015

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Warner Bros. has announced early 2015 release dates for a pair of its upcoming films.

  • Director Guy Ritchie’s 1960s spy thriller The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been given the surprisingly unceremonious release date of January 16, 2015.  The film stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 
  • The con man film Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), will hit theaters on February 27, 2015.  Crazy, Stupid, Love. scribes Glenn Ficarra and John Requa direct.

Hit the jump for more on both films and what kind of competition they will face at the box office.

Hans Zimmer Talks Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR and the Influence of the DARK KNIGHT Trilogy Score on Blockbuster Filmmaking

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After first teaming up on Batman Begins, director Christopher Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer have now worked together a total of four times (five counting Man of Steel, which Nolan produced), and the two are set to reteam once again for Nolan’s 2014 sci-fi film Interstellar.  Unsurprisingly, very little is known about Interstellar at this point.  We know that the film has an absolutely stacked cast and follows a group of space explorers journeying through a wormhole, but the rest is under lock and key until the film hits theaters next November.

Steve recently visited Hans Zimmer in his studio for an extended interview, and while the composer was tight-lipped about story details for Interstellar, he did reveal that he wrote a theme back in January while Nolan was writing the script.  He said the two are trying to tell the story in a way that nobody has ever done, which includes throwing out all the hallmarks of their previous collaborations.  Additionally, Zimmer addressed the influence of his Dark Knight trilogy score on the current blockbuster climate and talked about whether he will score The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Hit the jump to read on. 

Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis Lead HELLION; Luca Calvani Is the Villain in THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.; Albert Brooks Joins THE LITTLE PRINCE Voice Cast

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Rounding up some casting:

  • Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis will star in Hellion, an indie drama about a fractured family living in a small Texas town.
  • Guy Ritchie cast Luca Calvani as the villain in his adaptation of the 1960s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. alongside Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander.
  • Albert Brooks joins James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro, and Paul Giamatti in the star-studded voice cast for The Little Prince.

Details after the break.

Bill Murray to Star in Barry Levinson’s ROCK THE KASBAH; Jared Harris Joins MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. as Official Synopsis Is Released

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Bill Murray is poised to team up with Wag the Dog and Rain Man director Barry Levinson on the aptly named Rock the KasbahThe Wrap reports that Murray will lead  the pic, which centers on a music manager who goes on the USO tour to Afghanistan with his last remaining client.  Once there, “he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport and discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice who stows away with him back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show The Afghan Star, Afghanistan’s equivalent of American Idol.”  QED is producing the film, which boasts a script by Mitch Glazer (The Recruit, Magic City).

Hit the jump for a familiar cast addition to Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. along with an official synopsis for the film.

Hugh Grant Joins Guy Ritchie’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.; Milla Jovovich Takes on Shakespeare in CYMBELINE; Clint Eastwood Adds JERSEY BOYS

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And today’s latest casting news features:

  • Hugh Grant (Cloud Atlas) takes a supporting role in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander.
  • Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: Retribution) signs on for a regal role in Michael Almereyda’s contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, also starring Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and Penn Badgley.
  • Mike Doyle (Green Lantern), Erich Bergen (How Sweet It Is) and Johnny Cannizzaro (Dark Fantasy) join Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys musical adaptation, also starring Christopher Walken.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

Elizabeth Debicki Joins Guy Ritchie’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.; Film Described as “Fairly Serious” and Targeted for 2014 Release

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Casting continues on director Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., as another female role has been filled.  The pic has been in development for years with a number of different directors coming and going, but Ritchie will finally be the one to see this thing through.  After losing Tom Cruise in one of the lead roles, Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill was subsequently tapped to play U.N.C.L.E. agent Napoleon Solo alongside Armie Hammer as fellow agent Illya Kuryakin.  Alicia Vikander signed on to the film a few months ago, and now The Great Gatsby actress Elizabeth Debicki is set to play another female role in the pic.  Hit the jump for more, including plot details for Ritchie’s “serious” take on the popular TV series.

Armie Hammer Talks THE LONE RANGER, What He Collects, What Scene Made Him Nervous to Shoot, and Guy Ritchie’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

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With director Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger opening this Wednesday, Disney held a big press junket Santa Fe, New Mexico.  While I’ve done a lot of interviews, it was incredibly cool to be talking to the cast and filmmakers with the beautiful New Mexico desert behind us.  If you’ve missed the trailers, the story focuses on John Reid (Armie Hammer) surviving an attack, being saved by Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp), and the two teaming up to fight injustice.  As you can see in this featurette, the production went to enormous lengths to film the majority of The Lone Ranger practically, and they shot at some amazing locations all around the country.  The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, and Helena Bonham Carter.

During my interview with Armie Hammer, he talked about a particular scene he was nervous to shoot,what he likes to collect, what it’s like to go from David Fincher to directors that shoot a lot fewer takes, and much more.  In addition, he also talked about Guy Ritchie‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E..  Hit the jump to watch.

MAN OF STEEL’s Henry Cavill May Replace Tom Cruise in THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

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With the recent news that Tom Cruise would be dropping out of Guy Ritchie’s feature treatment of the 60s show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in order to focus on Mission: Impossible 5, it looks like Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) might swoop in to save the day.  Warner Bros. is apparently flying high on Cavill with positive buzz surrounding their upcoming Superman movie and has entered into talks with the star for the studio’s action comedy.  Hit the jump for more.

Tom Cruise Drops Out of MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. to Focus on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5

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In a rather unexpected development, director Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the popular TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has lost its leading man.  Tom Cruise was originally set to star in the Warner Bros. spy pic, which is being planned as a potential franchise-starter, but with a fall production start-date looming Cruise has now vacated the starring role in order to focus his efforts on getting Mission: Impossible 5 off the ground. The film had recently started filling out its cast with Armie Hammer signing on to co-star and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) entering talks to play the film’s female lead, but Ritchie must now start searching to fill his leading role .  Hit the jump for more on the future of both U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible 5.

Dominic Cooper May Join DRACULA, Alicia Vikander in Talks for THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. and Pierce Brosnan Leads HOW TO MAKE LOVE LIKE AN ENGLISHMAN

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Here’s more of today’s casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Armie Hammer to Join Tom Cruise in THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

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When last we talked about Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation, Tom Cruise was set to star as one half of the agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement.  It looks like Armie Hammer (The Social Network) will be playing the other half.  The original 1960s series starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents who fought against the evil organization known as T.H.R.U.S.H. using only their wits and specialized weapons and gadgets.  It looks like Cruise will be playing Solo while Hammer takes on Kuryakin.  Hit the jump for more.

Tom Cruise in Talks to Star in Director Guy Ritchie’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

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Reports have Tom Cruise in early talks to star in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the Warner Bros. feature adaptation of the 1960s series.  The show starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement who used gadgets and wits to fight against the evil organization known as T.H.R.U.S.H.  Guy Ritchie (Snatch) will direct from a Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum) script.  Hit the jump for more.

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