Crimson Peak Trailer – Tom Hiddleston & Charlie Hunnam deal with ghosts

crimson-peak-poster1Guillermo del Toro hasn’t released too much info on his new movie, Crimson Peak – initially just saying it was a haunted house film. However with the release approaching it’s time to give us a look with the first trailer.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Legendary Pictures’ CRIMSON PEAK, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Callum Greene produce, and Jillian Share executive produces.’

The trailer looks great, so hopefully the movie will live up to it when it’s released in October, just in time for Halloween. [Read more…]

First Look At Tom Hiddleston In Ben Wheatley’s High Rise

Tom-Hiddleston-High-RiseI’d almost forgotten about High Rise, but to remind me the first picture from the movie has arrives, via Empire, showing Tom Hiddleston looking rather moody in an elevator.

The film comes from A Field In England and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley, based on J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel.

One of the more interesting things is that while there’s been a lot of interest by movie types in the novel over the years, many considered it unfilmable. However now it’s in the can, with Hiddleston starring alongside starring alongside the likes of Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, James Purefoy, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘High-Rise centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Thatcher’s England, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart.

‘Enter Robert Laing (Hiddleston), a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal (Irons). Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Miller).

‘But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the situation. Wilder initiates Laing into the hidden life of the high-rise and Laing is shocked at what he sees.

‘As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Violence that he also finds emerging in himself’

It should be in cinemas later this year.

Michael Keaton May Head With Tom Hiddleston To Kong: Skull Island

michael-keatonFollowing his potentially Oscar-winning role in Birdman, Hollywood seems to have suddenly remembered the talent that is Michael Keaton. He’s suddenly become far more in demand than he has been for many years, and that includes the makers of Kong: Skull Island, who are finalising a deal for Keaton to star, according to THR.

Assuming that deal comes together, he will star alongside Tom Hiddleston and J.K. Simmons in the film, which is a prequel to King Kong. Not too much is known about the plot specifics, but the movie will be entirely set on Skull Island, the mysterious place full of dinosaurs and monsters, along with giant apes. The speculation is that it will be about how Kong became the last of the giant gorillas, while also giving an explanation for how outsiders knew about the island and so set sail to later find and capture Kong.

It isn’t known who Keaton will play, although it’s believed the three actors currently cast will be the core of a group who set out to explore the island..

Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer), will direct from a script by John Gatins and Max Borenstein. A March 10th, 2017 release date is already pencilled in.

J.K. Simmons Joins Tom Hiddleston In Kong: Skull Island

jk-simmonsA few weeks ago Tom Hiddleston became the first actor to sign up to star in Kong: Skull Island (which as the time was just known as Skull Island, before it got a more franchise friendly title). Now he’s got some company, as the always excellent J.K. Simmons has signed up too, according to Variety.

Few specific details have been released about the plot, or indeed either of the actors’ characters, but we do know it will be a prequel to King Kong, and that the movie will be entirely set on Skull Island, the mysterious place full of dinosaurs and monsters, along with giant apes. The speculation is that it will be about how Kong became the last of the giant gorillas, while also giving an explanation for how outsiders new about the island and so set sail to later find and capture Kong.

Back in October screenwriter John Gatins (Need for Speed, Real Steel) signed up to rewrite the original script by Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Seventh Son). Jordan Vogt-Roberts is set to direct back, with March 10th, 2017 release date already pencilled in.

Tom Hiddleston Up For King Kong Prequel Skull Island

Tom-HiddlestonIt’s not often a movie gets trailer before the film has a director or a cast, but Skull Island did when Legendary unveiled a promo for the movie at Comic Con a few months ago (although sadly only those in San Diego got to see it).

Now Universal and Legendary are filling in the blanks, with the announcement that Tom Hiddleston will play the main human role, while King Of Summer helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct.

There are still no details of the plot of Max Borenstein’s script, although it is known that the movie will be entirely set on Skull Island, the mysterious place full of dinosaurs and monsters, along with giant apes. Taking place before the events of King Kong, the speculation is that it will be about how Kong became the last of the giant gorillas.

The film’s due out November 2016.

Only Lovers Left Alive (Blu-ray Review)

Like many Jim Jarmusch movies, Only Lovers Left Alive is the sort of film where one chunk of the audience will be wondering what sort of tedium they’ve just had to sit through and another chunk will be hailing it as a masterpiece. He is as impressively idiosyncratic director and his films determinedly refuse to be boxed. Many have described him as a cinematic poet, and it’s a very good description. What he’s great at is creating mood, feeling and thought, where narrative isn’t the driving force, it’s merely the thread that pulls the fabric together.

Tom Hiddleston is Adam, who’s living in Detroit making music but keen that nobody bothers him. That’s partly because he’s a vampire and hundreds of years old. He’s also depressed and filled with weariness at the direction mankind has taken and how it treats the promise it has, to the point whether he’s wondering if there’s any point living on to see the future. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Olsen To Star Alongside Tom HIddleston In Hank Williams Biopic

elizabeth-olsenBack in June Tom Hiddleston signed up to show off his singing skills in the Hank Williams biopic, I Saw The Light, and he’s even been seen practicing at small gigs and festivals singing Williams’ songs.

Now the film’s cast has grown, as Elizabeth Olsen is now set to co-star, according to Variety.

The movie is based on the 1994 book Hank Williams: A Biography, by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen, which charts Williams’ quick rise to fame, as well as the toll it took on his personal life. The musician is best known for hit songs such as Your Cheatin’ Heart, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry and Hey Good Lookin. Williams tragically passed away at the age of 29 from heart failure after struggling with addictions to alcohol and the prescription medication he took to help with that fact he had spina biffida.

Elizabeth Olsen will play the country singer’s wife, Audrey Mae Williams.

Marc Abraham is directing from his own adapted screenplay, with filming set to kick off in October in Louisiana.

Ice Bucket Challenge Redux: Chris Hemsworth, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, James Franco & Grant Gustin

tom-hiddleston-ice-bucket-challengeIt seems celebs can’t get enough of doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Just yesterday we posted the likes of Chris Pratt, Stephen Amell, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello getting drenched for charity, and since then they’ve been joined by plenty more.

As a result you can see Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Vin Diesel, The Flash’s Grant Gustin and a pant-free James Franco have a bucket of ice water chucked over their heads. Diesel in particular has an impressive list of people he’s calling on to take the challenge next.

I’m also a fan of Tom Hiddleston in a wet white t-shirt.

They’re not doing it solely to jump on a bandwagon, as those taking part and also raising funds and awareness for ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the US and motor neurone disease in the UK).

Take a look at the new Ice Bucket celebs below. [Read more…]

Tom Hiddleston Sought For Title Role In Ben-Hur Remake

Tom-HiddlestonFor quite a while now a remake of Ben-Hur has been in the works. Now it’s starting to move towards production with Deadline reporting that Tom Hiddleston is MGM, Paramount Pictures and director Timur Bekmambetov’s top choice to play the lead role.

It doesn’t appear an official offer has been extended to the actor yet, and Hiddleston has other offers on the table, but it seems he’s the one the studios want.

Keith R. Clarke wrote the spec script for the film, which is said to be more faithful to Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel than the multi-Oscar winning 1959 movie, which starred Charlton Heston.

The 1950s version focussed on the section of the story that was about the feud between the Jewish Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and his Roman former friend Messalla (Stephen Boyd). The new film is said to further explore these characters’ formative years, when they grew up together before the Roman Empire conquered Jerusalem.

This film will also include the story of Jesus Christ, whose story is told in parallel to Ben-Hur’s. Although this was touched on in the Charlton Heston film, it’s said to be more central to the remake.

Luke Evans & Elisabeth Moss Join Tim Hiddleston In Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise

Luke-EvansFor the last year A Field In England and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley has been putting together an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High-Rise.

It was supposed to start shooting this month, but while that start date has been pushed to July, it’s now added to its cast, with Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, and comedian Dan Renton Skinner joining the previously announced Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons.

Wheatley commented, “Elizabeth Moss and Luke Evans are great additions to our cast. I’m really excited to be working with both of them. I’m looking forward to see what they will bring to the complex relationship between Richard and Helen Wilder.”

We’ve also got a new synopsis, which gives us a few details on how the movie will take on a novel come thought was unfilmable. Here it is: ‘High-Rise centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Thatcher’s England, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart.

‘Enter Robert Laing (Hiddleston), a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal (Irons). Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Miller).

‘But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the situation. Wilder initiates Laing into the hidden life of the high-rise and Laing is shocked at what he sees.

‘As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Violence that he also finds emerging in himself’

The film starts shooting next month in Belfast for release in 2015.