Month: August 2013

‘Gravity’ reveals 2 character posters as it premieres at Venice

In the film, Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. Gravity hits 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on October 4.

‘Westworld’ TV show in the works with Abrams and Nolan

Michael Crichton’s cult classic Westworld, which imagines a Wild West-themed vacation destination inhabited by robots, is coming to HBO. The pay network gave a pilot production commitment to the project from J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest), and producer Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra). The logline for the adaptation of the 1973 film reads: “Set in the amazing world dreamt up by Michael Crichton, Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” Nolan and Lisa Joy will write and executive produce the series; Nolan is set to direct the pilot. This is not the first time Westworld has made its way to the small screen. A very short-lived 1980 series starring James Wainwright and Connie Selleca called Beyond Westworld continued the story from the film and its 1976 sequel Futureworld. The original film starred Yul Brynner as the robot gone awry while James Brolin and Richard Benjamin starred as tourists who got more than they bargained for. Check out the original trailer below:

‘Fast & Furious 7’: Kurt Russell in talks to join all-star cast

Another high-profile name is eyeing a role in director James Wan’s Fast & Furious 7 as Variety reports that Kurt Russell is in talks to play an undisclosed role. He would join Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa and Tyrese Gibson with many more franchise favorites expected to be confirmed in the days to come. Russell’s career has been relativity quiet since his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof in 2007. He was planning on re-teaming with Tarantino for last year’s Django Unchained, but left that project mid-production. In 2011, Russell starred in the football drama Touchback. Although his role in Fast & Furious 7 is unknown, the trade notes that it was initially offered to Denzel Washington. Continuing from the cliffhanger tease at the end of Furious Six, Fast & Furious 7 is said to return the action to Los Angeles, although the production is eyeing an Atlanta shoot with a planned release date of July 11, 2014. Source: Variety VIA ComingSoon

‘The Good Dinosaur’ loses director Bob Peterson

Following a rumor that originated earlier this week at Blue Sky Disney, The LA Times has now confirmed that Up co-helmer Bob Peterson has been removed as director of the upcoming The Good Dinosaur. A replacement has yet to be named, but Disney•Pixar says that the project will still meet its May 30, 2014 release date. “All directors get really deep in their films,” says Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull.“Sometimes you just need a different perspective to get the idea out. Sometimes directors… are so deeply embedded in their ideas it actually takes someone else to finish it up. I would go so far as to argue that a lot of live-action films would be better off with that same process.” The Good Dinosaur is set to feature the voice talents of Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Bill Hader and Neil Patrick Harris. The storyline asks, “What would have happened if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?” Peterson, who is also well-known for his Pixar voicework, starring …

Alexandre Desplat to score ‘Godzilla’

Five-time Academy Award nominee Alexandre Desplat is set to provide the score for director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla, says an update from Film Music Reporter. Desplat, nominated for his work on Argo, The King’s Speech,Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button andThe Queen, also provided the score for Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and will next take on George Clooney’s The Monuments Men. Opening in theaters and IMAX on May 16, 2014, the monster film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston and Sally Hawkins.