FAST & FURIOUS 7, JURASSIC WORLD, WARCRAFT, and More from Universal and Legendary Set for IMAX Release

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It’s also pro-forma at this point that a gigantic blockbuster will be released in IMAX, but new partners Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertaniment have recently signed a deal to make sure their movies keep getting the extra-large-format treatment.  IMAX has sent out a press release announcing that fifteen of the studios’ blockbuster titles will be released in IMAX through 2017.  Fast & Furious 7, Dracula Untold, Seventh Son, Jurassic World, Everest, Crimson Peak, and Warcraft are among the movies that will be released in IMAX.  Keep in mind that most of the films Universal/Legendary will release in IMAX weren’t actually shot in IMAX, but that doesn’t mean they won’t look good.  They just won’t be true-IMAX.

Hit the jump for the press release.

WARCRAFT Movie Star Ben Foster Reveals His Role

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Ben Foster is one of my favorite actors that keeps popping up in the strangest of places, from superhero movies, to re-imagined Westerns, to military thrillers.  While he’s set to lead Stephen Frears’ Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic in the lead role, not much is known about his part in Duncan Jones’ upcoming Warcraft adaptation.  Make that, not much was known, since Foster recently spilled the magic beans about the character he’d be playing in the MMORPG-turned-feature film.  For those of you who’d rather avoid potential spoilers, we’ll keep that news after the jump.

Also starring Paula Patton, Travis FimmelDominic CooperToby Kebbell, Rob KazinskyDaniel Wu, and Clancy BrownWarcraft opens in 2D and 3D on March 11, 2016.

First Image from the Set of Duncan Jones’ WARCRAFT

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One might say video game adaptations are “cursed”, but the truth is that they’ve all just been bad movies.  But if anyone can make the first successful video game-to-movie adaptation, it’s Duncan Jones.  The Moon and Source Code filmmaker is currently hard at work on a highly anticipated feature film iteration of World of Warcraft, and now the first Warcraft movie image straight from the set has been released online.  It doesn’t reveal any of the cast or even much of the environment, but instead focuses on Jones looking intently at his monitors.  Legendary Pictures has yet to release any plot information from the film, so for now we’re still in the dark, but I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

Hit the jump to check out the first Warcraft movie image.  The film stars Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, and Clancy BrownWarcraft opens in 2D and 3D on March 11, 2016.

Clancy Brown Talks HOMEFRONT, Joining the Film, Collaborating with Director Gary Fleder, and Playing a Straight-Up Guy, Plus WARCRAFT and SLEEPY HOLLOW

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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. 

Dominic Cooper Talks NEED FOR SPEED, Fulfilling His Childhood Dream of Doing a Racing Movie, the Stunts, WARCRAFT, FLEMING, and More

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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.

Dominic Cooper Talks REASONABLE DOUBT, Playing Howard Stark and AGENT CARTER, DRACULA UNTOLD, FLEMING, Duncan Jones’ WARCRAFT, and More

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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.

Dominic Cooper Teases WARCRAFT Story Details and Real-World Parallels

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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.

Dominic Cooper Confirms Participation in Duncan Jones’ WARCRAFT

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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 KebbellWarcraft opens March 11, 2016.  Hit the jump to see what Cooper had to say.

WARCRAFT Adds Clancy Brown and Daniel Wu; Michael K. Williams and Zach Gilford Join THE PURGE Sequel; Ricky Gervais Returns in NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

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WARCRAFT Sets Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, and Rob Kazinsky; Dominic Cooper in Final Negotiations

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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.

New Release Dates from Universal/Legendary Pictures Include WARCRAFT, SEVENTH SON and THE MUMMY, Plus Warner Bros. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

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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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WARCRAFT Concept Art and Plot Info Emerges at BlizzCon 2013

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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.

Paul Dano Talks 12 YEARS A SLAVE, PRISONERS, Playing Brian Wilson in LOVE & MERCY, WARCRAFT Rumors, His Punchable Face, and More

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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.

Travis Fimmel Closing in on WARCRAFT Lead

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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.

Legendary and Universal Pictures to Release WARCRAFT on December 18, 2015

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The World of Warcraft movie now has an official release date.  Universal Pictures announced today that director Duncan JonesWarcraft 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.

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