From director Gary Fleder and written by Sylvester Stallone, the action thriller Homefront (now available on Blu-ray/DVD) tells the story of widowed ex-DEA agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham), who retires to a quiet Southern town with this 10-year-old daughter, only to find it filled with drugs and violence. When psychotic local drug lord Gator Bodine (James Franco) ends up fixated on Broker, the man who was looking to live a quiet, idyllic life must do whatever it takes to protect his family.
During this recently exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Clancy Brown (who plays local town sheriff Keith Rodrigue in the film) talked about how he came to be a part of Homefront, why the script appealed to him, what makes director Gary Fleder a good collaborator, that he enjoyed playing a straight-up guy, and how a good script will usually get him to take on a role. He also talked about why the video game turned movie Warcraft appealed to him, wanting to work with director Duncan Jones, and how he ended up being a part of the hit Fox TV series Sleepy Hollow. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Based on the hugely popular video game series, Need for Speed chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey that begins as a mission for revenge, but ultimately proves to be one of redemption. When Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is framed for the death of a friend, his focus on vengeance leads him to want to tear down his enemies, at any cost. From director Scott Waugh, who pulled off some incredible practical car stunts and race scenes, the film also stars Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Dakota Johnson and Michael Keaton.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Dominic Cooper (who plays the wealthy and pompous Dino Brewster) talked about what made him want to sign on for the film, the excitement of living out a childhood dream by getting to drive fast cars, how he could never personally own a car as expensive as the ones in the film, and the stunts that were scariest for him. He also talked about the crazy but fun experience he had on the mini-series Fleming, playing both the leading man and the villain, at this stage of his career, what drew him to director Duncan Jones‘ Warcraft, and how accurate and responsible they’re being with the world from the game. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Opening this weekend in theaters and on VOD is director Peter Howitt’s drama, Reasonable Doubt. Per the official synopsis, “When up-and-coming District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper) commits a fatal hit-and-run, he feels compelled to throw the case against the accused criminal (Samuel L. Jackson) who was found with the body and blamed for the crime. Following the trial, Mitch’s worst fears come true when he realizes that he acquitted a guilty man, and he soon finds himself on the hunt for the killer before more victims pile up.” The film also stars Gloria Reuben.
Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Dominic Cooper. During our wide ranging conversation we talked about how he got involved with the film, how the script changed during production, working with Samuel L. Jackson, just how cold it was filming in Winnipeg, and more. In addition, we also talked about his work in The Devil’s Double, getting to play Howard Stark in the Marvel universe, how he still hasn’t seen the Agent Carter one-shot, whether he would consider reprising the role if Agent Carter became a series, his Marvel contract, Dracula Untold, Fleming, Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, and more. Hit the jump for what he has to say.
After years and years of development, production is finally getting underway in Vancouver on the feature film adaptation Warcraft, based on the incredibly popular video game. Sam Raimi was initially onboard to take the helm a few years ago, but he subsequently stepped down. Now, with Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones onboard, filming is beginning on what is poised to be a very long shoot. The impressive cast is led by Ben Foster, Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, and Dominic Cooper, and while we know very little about the story of the pic, Cooper recently teased some of the themes that Warcraft will be dealing with while also possibly revealing that he plays a human in the pic. Hit the jump to read on.
While the last couple of press releases from Legendary confirms some of the cast for Duncan Jones’ Warcraft adaptation, they’ve yet to confirm Dominic Cooper’s role beyond being in final negotiations. Now, in an interview with Cooper for his upcoming film Reasonable Doubt, he confirms that Warcraft is indeed on his shooting schedule. There’s no word yet on just what role he’ll be playing, but it sounds as if you can safely add his name to the cast list.
Also starring Ben Foster, Travis Fimmell, Paula Patton, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu, and Toby Kebbell, Warcraft opens March 11, 2016. Hit the jump to see what Cooper had to say.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
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Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures just announced that they’ve closed deals with Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Toby Kebbell (The Counselor), and Rob Kazinsky (Pacific Rim) for writer-director Duncan Jones’ Warcraft. Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) is also in final negotiations to star. Production is scheduled to begin in Vancouver this coming January. Warcraft will open March 11, 2016. Hit the jump for more.
Check out the latest update to the release date schedule:
- Legendary Pictures’ Untitled Michael Mann Project will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, January 16, 2015.
- Universal Pictures will release The Boy Next Door on Friday, January 23, 2015.
- Legendary Pictures’ Seventh Son will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on Friday, February 6, 2015.
- Legendary Pictures’ Warcraft, released in 3D by Universal Pictures, will move from December 18, 2015 (which is currently occupied by a little film called Star Wars: Episode VII), to March 11, 2016.
- Universal Pictures will release The Mummy on Friday, April 22, 2016.
- Also, Warner Bros.’ This Is Where I Leave You will now open September 12, 2014.
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Duncan Jones’ Warcraft adaptation is set to begin filming in Vancouver early next year, so we should be getting casting confirmations and an official synopsis in the next few months. In order to tease out some information, Blizzard Entertainment released some concept art images and non-specific plot info during their BlizzCon 2013 convention. Along with Jones, Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer (Life of Pi, The Golden Compass) was on hand to talk about the film. Hit the jump to take a look at the concept images and to find out a bit more about the videogame adaptation. Warcraft is scheduled for a December 18, 2015 release date.
Over the past few years, Paul Dano has established himself as one of the best actors of his generation and someone that can morph into any role. While most people will immediately remember his work in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood and Little Miss Sunshine, he’s also great in Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, Paul Weitz’s Being Flynn (opposite Robert De Niro), Ruby Sparks, Looper, and many more. Based on his work in the films I just mentioned, it’s no surprise directors Denis Villeneuve and Steve McQueen wanted him in Prisoners and 12 Years a Slave, respectively, and he delivers some of his best work in both films.
Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Dano. He talked about how 2013 has been a very good year, working with Villeneuve, Hugh Jackman and Roger Deakins on Prisoners, McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, getting to play Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy (which was written by Oren Moverman), if he’s involved in Warcraft and/or Akira, future projects, how he’s changed as an actor, what makes his face so punchable, and more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
While no deals are currently in place, Legendary Entertainment is keen on making Travis Fimmel (Vikings) one of the four leads in their Warcraft feature. Duncan Jones (Moon) is directing the Blizzard Entertainment videogame adaptation that also has Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) in talks to co-star; Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths) also has a deal in the works, but it isn’t finalized. Scripted by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond), details on Warcraft’s plot and characters are being kept under wraps, though the picture has nearly 20 years of gaming history to choose from. Hit the jump for more.
The World of Warcraft movie now has an official release date. Universal Pictures announced today that director Duncan Jones’ Warcraft will be released on December 18, 2015, ensuring at least one fantasy epic event movie will be in theaters for the holiday season. Officially described as “an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict,” Warcraft will square off directly against Ron Howard’s Dan Brown adaptation Inferno on the pre-Christmas date, but rumors have swirled that Star Wars: Episode VII might be eyeing a December date as well. We recently learned that Paula Patton is in negotiations for a lead role in the film with Colin Farrell also being eyed for a lead, and the short list for a couple of other roles reportedly includes Paul Dano, Anton Yelchin, Travis Fimmel, and Anson Mount.
Legendary Pictures is producing Warcraft, which will be distributed by Universal Pictures as part of Legendary’s new deal with the studio after cutting ties with Warner Bros. Jones also wrote the screenplay with Charles Leavitt, and Charles Roven is producing alongside Alex Gartner, Thomas Tull, and Jon Jashni. Filming is slated to begin on January 13th.
Duncan Jones‘ fantasy adaptation Warcraft is gearing up to begin production in January, so the casting process is underway. Yesterday, we reported that Colin Farrell had been offered a lead role, and Paula Patton was in negotiations. Deadline has now updated their story to report that the production is also looking at Paul Dano (Prisoners), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Travis Fimmel (History Channel’s Vikings), and Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) for roles. There are no details on who they might play, or if they’re each being offered a different role.
Given their looks and star power, I could see Dano and Yelchin competing for the same role, and Fimmel and Mount competing for another role. Dano and Yelchin are both skinny, around the same height, and are known mostly for their supporting work. Fimmel and Mount are the rugged, leading men from their respective TV shows. We’ll see how it all comes together in the weeks ahead.
With a January production start-date looming for the long-awaited feature film adaptation of World of Warcraft, Legendary Pictures and director Duncan Jones (Moon) are now focused on casting for the fantasy pic. Deadline reports that Paula Patton and Colin Farrell are currently in the mix for two lead roles, with Patton in firm negotiations and Farrell mulling over an offer. The report notes that Farrell’s chances of signing on are 50/50 since talks have yet to begin, but he would certainly make an interesting choice for Warcraft. Hit the jump for more.
Continuing the trend I started last week, today I’m bringing another Netflix instant stream recommendation your way in the form of director Eric Walter‘s documentary My Amityville Horror. The pic made its U.S. premiere at last year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin and earns its recommendation by presenting the oft-told Amityville Horror story from a unique perspective: that of Daniel Lutz. Mr. Lutz lived in the house as a 10 year old boy when the haunting events of this story unfolded. In My Amityville Horror, he recounts his experiences on record for the first time and the result is a fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking, look at the impact of living the story first-hand.
Moving from one form of recommendation to another, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailer for director José Padilha‘s RoboCop remake, a new installment of Cinemath that analyzes our perception of Woody Allen‘s career with IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores, an overview of the massive movie year that 2015 is shaping up to be, a terrifying new trailer for Gravity as well as a strong endorsement of the film by James Cameron, and our kickoff coverage of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.