British director Steve McQueen made his film debut in drama "Hunger" with Michael Fassbender and filmed him also in the movie "Shame," the premiere of which will be in Venice in a couple of weeks. The third picture of director will be filmed according to the book of Solomon Northup, "Twelve years in slavery," published in 1853. Producer of the tape is listed Brad Pitt and his company, Plan B, and the main role will be performed by Chivitel Ejiofor.
Star of films "Mission "Serenity" and "Salt" will play a free New Yorker Solomon Northup, abducted in 1841. 12 years he spent in slavery on the cotton plantations in Louisiana, and then managed to regain his freedom. Solomon was an educated man who knew how to play the violin well and have sufficient writing talent to paint as precisely as possible all the features of slavery in America, the mid-19th century.
Steve McQueen and Chivitel Ejiofor already tried to work together. Given that they are both from the UK, it is not surprising. Last spring, McQueen was going to put the drama "Fela" about Nigerian musician Fele Kuti. The project failed, but not the desire for cooperation.
It is interesting that Ejiofor has just finished shooting in the film "Savannah", where he played a freed slave that creates a business partnership with a white aristocrat in the early 20th century. Theme of slavery also becomes a leitmotif of the new tape of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."
Remake of "The Crow" urgently needs a new leading man. Actor Bradley Cooper has left the project because not able to combine his work schedules. The studio Relatively has already found a couple of actors for replacement.
Bradley Cooper in the autumn should begin shooting in the drama of David O. Russell "The Silver Lining playbook".
Recall that earlier the actor has left this project, but eventually returned and even picked up with a buddy of fiction "Area of Darkness" Robert De Niro. Cooper will have to perform on the screen a Lucifer from ambitious poem "Paradise Lost", which wrote Alex Proyas.
Filming of "The Raven" is scheduled for early 2012 - at precisely the time when Cooper took over the devil watch. So to play the murdered musician, having risen from the dead to take revenge, he will not be able.
On the place of protagonist in "The Crow" immediately began to claim two actors: Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum. It's interesting that Wahlberg has replaced the departed from the "The Silver Lining playbook" Cooper and he was listed as one of the main contenders for the role of Eric Dreyven. Rumors about the involvement of Wahlberg in "The Crow" started last fall, but the actor delivered a rebuttal, stating that he has no longer anything to do with the project.
Channing Tatum soon began filming the sequel to "Cobra Throw" after which his schedule is free.
Which of these two candidates will occupy the vacant seat we shall see. It is quite possible that there will be somebody else. The director of a remake of "The Crow" is Brazilian Juan Carlos Fresnadilo. The original 1994 role of Eric Dreyvena has played Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee. The actor died while filming in mysterious circumstances.
In biographical drama "Effie", have been made some replacements. Instead Sirshi Ronan the title role will perform Dakota Fanning. The script was written by the actress Emma Thompson, and to shoot movie will be director Richard Laxton. The film tells about a famous Victorian love triangle.
Eufemio, or simply Effie Gray, was the wife of critic, architect, poet and artist John Ruskin. She married him been eighteen years girl, but the husband, although being a bit older, do not hurry to consummate the marriage because he did not like the body of a young wife. After five years of marriage, Effie was a virgin.
In 1851, Effie met Ruskin protégé, the painter John Everett Millais. She served as a model for a painting of Millet, which is depicted as a faithful wife of Scottish rebel who leaves prison. Then Effie felt in love with Millais and in 1854 her marriage to Ruskin was invalid. In 1855, Effie and Millais were married.
Love Triangle Effie-Ruskin- Millet served as the basis for several plays and operas. The film based on a scenario of Emma Thompson was in development and also a decent time waiting in the wings, as well as its heroine. Last year, the film has almost been put into production, but nothing came of it.
One problem was the trial: the playwright Gregory Murphy sued the producers, claiming that "Effie" a lot borrowed from his play "The Countess," which also examines the history of Ruskin marriage. Judging by the fact that "Effie" is steadily moving to the big screen, Murphy claims to be unfounded.
Domineering husband of Effie will play Emma Thompson husband Greg Wise. In the role of the artist John Millais - star of "The boat that Rocked" Tom Sterridzh. Thompson will be not only as a screenwriter - she plays Lady Eastlake, which takes Effie under her wing, when it becomes clear that marriage destroys the lives of young women. Effie parents will play Julie Walters and Derek Jacobi.
The premiere of drama "Effie" will be held at the Venice Film Festival in 2012, it is hoped the film's creators.
Declared in April this year the film "Magic Mike" continues to acquire the cast. Steven Soderbergh has approved Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer on the role of strippers and their characters will work in a club where Matthew McConaughey will be a manager.
According to the plot, Magic Mike will be a hero of Tatum. Partly based on personal experience of the film actor who in his youth worked part time as a stripper. Channing told Soderbergh about this while working on the thriller "Haywire" and the director decided to make a movie about how an experienced stripper takes a new colleague under his wing.
Young talent in the "Magic Mike" will play Alex Pettyfer. Matthew McConaughey got the role of Dallas, a former dancer and now a club owner "Xquisite", where works Mike and his colleague.
For McConaughey this will be the fifth consecutive independent project. The actor seems to have deliberately departs from the usual romantic comedies. He starred with directors like Richard Linklater and William Friedkin, signed on a new picture of Jeff Nichols 'Mood', and is now engaged in the project "Paperboy" of Lee Daniels. Friedkin's crime drama "Killer Joe" with Matthew this year entered into the program of Venice Film Festival.
Budget of "Magic Mike" is very modest - from 6 to 7 million dollars. Filming is scheduled for next month already.
Recall that Steven Soderbergh is going to leave the cinema. Before that, he will remove the "Magic Mike", a film about a pianist Liberache with Michael Douglas and film series "The Man from UNCLE".
Director of "Masters night," James Gray is going to film the book of Mark Greene, "Gray Man." Major role in the thriller about a former CIA operative, which became a killer will play Brad Pitt. Gray promises to make a film from the perspective of the killer.
Hero of the debut novel called Kurt Greene Gintri. Entered into conflict with his superiors at the CIA operative was a secret death warrant. But he managed to escape, and now he's - gray man, a dangerous mercenary who carries out orders without the noise and dust. Grey Man's reputation is growing every day. The true identity of the killer is not knowing anyone except former handler Kurt, Sir Donald Fittsroy. The CIA wants to see the Gray Man dead and ready to do anything to do this. His head hit man assigned to a big reward. And now, in the footsteps of the Grey Man are the best killers in the world.
For the director job on "Grey man" would be unusual: Gray for the most part takes the drama and action for it to be a novelty. However, director promises that his film will be different from other paintings, in which the former agents go to the other side of the law. James Gray is going to put a picture from the perspective of the killer. He has a similar trick in the film "We Own the Night," when filming a scene in which hero Joaquin Phoenix sees the killing of his father, the chief of police in the performance of Robert Duvall. "Almost every shot in that scene is shown from the perspective of Joaquin, and I want to make the new film in such a way," - says Gray.
James - a big fan of Paul Greengrass film about Jason Bourne, but is going to go his own way. "Paul came to shoot a documentary authenticity, and this is his style. I want to achieve the opposite effect and make the viewer feel as a professional killer. You attach human qualities to him, not moving away from his experience. "
It is interesting that James Gray has worked only one day with Brad Pitt. The director had to put adaptation of the novel "The Lost City of Z" with Pitt in the title role. But in the end the project was closed (according to rumors, Paramount did not agree with Gray on the issue fee), and Brad shoots now in another movie with "Z" in the title.
Pitt name mentioned in connection with the "Gray man" back in January of this year, but it was unclear how the actor will dispose of his time. The fact that he and his girlfriend Angelina Jolie will never work in parallel - the actors are trying to alternate their projects, so as not to leave children unattended.
Shooting of "Grey Man" will begin in January and February 2012.
Star fighter of 80th Jean-Claude Van Damme is going to shoot in sci-fi thriller "UFO" - on which work is already underway in the UK. Director of the film - Dominic Burns and in the roles are also occupied Sean Brosnan and Simon Phillips.
Van Damme came to get quite interesting - the director wrote the e-mail to actor's wife. "I was amazed when he agreed," - said Dominic Burns. "UFO" will be the third project of British producer. A former employee of the radio station he worked for a long time on television, then moved to cinema.
Filming of "UFO" has already begun in the English town of Derby. "I've heard that Jean-Claude was in Derby on a show of martial arts, but then he spent in the city just a few hours - says director. - I heard he liked it here, so this time he delayed a little longer. "
Burns describes his "UFO" as "Independence Day" plus "Monsters," and all this in terms of "Signs." The main characters, five friends from the English heartland, wake up in the morning, find that there is no electricity, mobile phones do not work as well on the radio just white noise.
Jean-Claude Van Damme recently stars rare. After a successful drama, "J. K. VD "actor refused a number of proposals, including actions " Expendables" but starred in the movie " Universal Soldier 3: The Rebirth". Release of "UFO" is expected in the coming year.
While some projects are closed, others get the green light. Mike Myers once again appears in the image of Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery scale.
According to the site HitFix, Myers has just signed a contract to shoot in the "Austin Powers 4." Given that the recent films with the actor starring have failed miserably (remember the comedy "Sex Guru"), it is not surprising that Myers returns to the familiar bosom of parody.
While the project has no additional information. It is known that Mike Myers in July 2008, said that he wrote the script for the fourth part.
"The story will be very personal, the main theme will be the relationship of father and son" - said the actor. Given that the third film was dedicated to relationships of Austin Powers and his father, played by Michael Kane, the fourth part tells about Dr. Evil and his little son Scott Evil (Seth Green).
Speaking of Myers, it's worth remembering that he had previously been a very popular member of the program "Saturday Night Live" from which has come two-part film "Wayne's World." Four times the the actors has voiced Shrek's green giant.
Comedy "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery", published in 1997, introduced Myers in two roles. He played a British agent from swinging '60s and his enemy Dr. Evil. Jay Roach picture with a budget of $ 16.5m has earned in worldwide box office 67.7 million and became a hit on video and DVD.
Sequel called "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" was cost 33 million in production, but has collected a total of over $ 310 million. Myers and Roach did not stop there, and three years later was given the third movie with the subtitle "Goldmember" with the bigger budget. The film, which shone in the prologue, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Kevin Spacey and Gwyneth Paltrow, has not held up to 300 million at the box office and seemed to put an end to the franchise.
The last time Mike Myers appeared on the big screen in an episode from Quentin Tarantino in his "Inglourious Basterds".
In May this year director Johnnie To took part in the Cannes Film Festival as a jury, and in September will come to Venice with his new film. The festival added into the program his new movie "Dyut meng gam".
In total on the island of Lido, this year will compete 23 films. As usual, the 23rd will be announced during the festival itself, it will be called film-surprise.
Johnnie To film will be 22nd in the already strong competition and fight for the "Golden Lion", along with movies of David Cronenberg, Steve McQueen, Alexander Sokurov, Roman Polanski, George Clooney and Todd Solondza.
"Unprincipled life" (Dyut meng gam) - the story of three people. A bank employee become a financial analyst and is forced to make risky sales to make a plan. Petty criminal fraud begins with the securities, hoping to cut down the easy money and pay the bail for his friend sitting in jail. The policeman, always satisfied with his salary, has a sudden need for a large sum of money when his wife makes a deposit for the purchase of real estate, which she can’t afford.
Fate of three in need of money, the characters are intertwined, when in their possession the stolen money are the equivalent of $ 5 million. What will they do with these riches, and whether to make the right choice?
This will be the fourth film of Johnnie To, shown in Venice, where the director was first introduced in 2004. The 68th Venice Film Festival will begin on August 31 and ends September 10.
If you are married to a director who has shot two films of franchises "Resident Evil" of four, then sooner or later you will shoot and in the fifth. Milla Jovovich and Paul Anderson complete their cooperation in the "Musketeers" and preparing for "Resident Evil 5."
The first film of series has been released in 2002 with the budget of 33 million and brought in worldwide box office over 100 million dollars. Then franchise has changed director, but remained unchanged heroine - the deadly beauty Alice. The latter series, which also shot Anderson earned in the United States only 60 million (the same part of the budget picture), but added the rest of the world has 236 million. That’s why, there were no doubts about the start of the fifth part.
"Resident Evil 5" was subtitled "Retribution" and, according to Bloody Disgusting, Paul Anderson is going to make a film on his own script. It is not known whether will return in the next extension Sienna Guillory, who plays Jill Valentine, but in her Twitter, actress wrote that she would return. Insiders say the opposite and argue that this role is already looking for another star.
Filming of "Resident Evil 5: Retribution" will begin this October.
Alice will demonstrate her ability to fight with the mutants in Toronto and Tokyo. Plot details are kept in secret.
Release of the fifth part of franchise is scheduled for September 14, 2012.
Work on the adaptation of Lee Child "One Shot" is in full swing. By adopting the lead role of Tom Cruise, the studio began looking for a partner for him. This weekend director Christopher McQuarrie met with three actresses.
It is known that the studio is looking for an actress with a name, but not so well-known to be in the list of Category A. Favorite star of McQuarrie was Brit Marling, but the actress could not find time to work on "One Shot".
Last Saturday the director has seen with three girls: Hayley Atwell, Alexa Davalos and Rosamund Pike. Some of them will get the role of a sharp lawyer and part-time district attorney's daughter.
The most famous of the trio is an English Rosamund Pike. She became famous thanks to the role of villain Miranda Frost in one of the films of James Bond "Die Another Day, but not now." The actress was seen in costume drama "Pride and Prejudice" and "The Libertine" as well as in the films "An Education" and "Surrogates."
Compatriot of Pike actress Hayley Atwell became known to the world this year alone thanks to "The First Avenger," where she played a woman of Captain America. Atwell starred in several British projects, including the dramas "The Duchess" and "Brideshead Revisited."
Alexa Davalos are known thanks to the "Battle of the Titans", starring Andromeda. But perhaps even better known for her blockbuster role in "The Chronicles of Riddick."
"The Shot" - a screen version of one of the novels of the series about detective Jack Richer from writer Lee Child. All the books of the series became best sellers in the world.
Christopher McQuarrie is taken for setting the film on the ninth novel of Richer. Invisible sniper starts shooting people in the heart. Six shots - five of the victims. City is plunged into horror. However, in a few hours the police finds offender. And though all the clues point to him, the suspected one denies everything. He said that police had arrested the wrong guy, and Jack needs to find the Richer. But that can bind to a complete psychopath with a former military police officer?
Filming of "The Shot" will begin this fall.