Actor David James Elliott is set to take on the role of John Wayne in an upcoming Dalton Trumbo biopic. The former JAG star will portray the Hollywood Western icon in Trumbo, alongside Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, who will take on the titular role.
The film will tell the story of the Oscar-winning screenwriter, who penned 1960 epic Spartacus and Paul Newman's classic Exodus.
He became a Hollywood outcast in 1947 after he refused to testify in front of the U.S. Congress during an investigation of Communist influences in the movie industry and was sent to prison in 1950 for contempt.
Acting legend Wayne was president of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, the organisation which gave the names of Hollywood's questionable celebrities to Congress.
Trumbo, which will be directed by Meet the Fockers' Jay Roach, also stars Dame Helen Mirren, Diane Lane and John Goodman.
Between Marvel's ever-expanding cinematic universe, Sony's tangled web of Amazing Spider-Man characters, and the way Fox keeps rolling out X-Men films, Hollywood is in the middle of a veritable superhero onslaught. However, NikkiFinke.com reports that things are only just getting started, with DC and Warner Bros. planning to roll out their own interconnected series very soon. In addition to Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the studios are working on a Justice League movie and solo films for Wonder Woman and Shazam, as well as a Flash/Green Lantern crossover and yet another outing for Superman.
Warner Bros. was set to officially unveil the plans at this year's Comic-Con, along with new details about the upcoming Sandman film with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a tentative release schedule that would take them well into 2018. According to the site, the studio has been working on this for some time, and even delayed the release of Batman Vs. Superman so that it would better fit with the rest of the planned universe. With so many films lined up for such a short period of time (expect at least two DC films a year for the next four years) it can be a little difficult keeping track of everything on the slate. We've run down everything we know about the upcoming DC/Warner Bros. universe, along with the reasons you should get excited about them. Although it is kind of hard to be enthusiastic about two Man of Steel sequels.
Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice Release Date: May 2016 Who's In It: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Laurence Fishburne will all reprise their roles from Man of Steel, and will be joined by Ben Affleck as Batman, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. What We Know About It: Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but it will feature Superman facing off against a "older, worn-down" Batman in some capacity. The film's also supposed to be both a follow up to Man of Steel and a prequel for the Justice League movie, so Wonder Woman and Cyborg will be involved in some capacity, although thus far it's not known how much screen time they'll get. How Excited We Are For It: Anything that gets fans as riled up as this film has is definitely worth seeing. As of right now, though, it's hard to predict if it will live up to all of its hype.
Shazam Release Date: July 2016 Who He Is: Originally known as Captain Marvel, Shazam is the altar ego of sports reporter Billy Baston, who was given magical powers by an ancient wizard who wanted Billy to help people. When he says "Shazam!" he is transformed into a super-human with powers from six mythical heroes: wisdom from King Solomon, strength from Hercules, stamina from Atlas, the power of Zeus, courage from Achilles, and speed from Mercury. What We Know About It: Not much. A Shazam film was rumored to be in the works until recently, when Peter Segal (who was on board to direct) left the project, citing the difficulties of turning Shazam's story into a film. Nobody was expecting it to turn up on the schedule, especially with such a close release date. How Excited We Are For It: It's hard to be excited about a project that nobody saw coming, but we're definitely intrigued to find out more. However, if this is indeed the secret DC character that The Rock has been hinting at recently, we're officially on board.
Sandman Release Date: December 2016 Who's In It: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to produce the project, and is also rumored to be starring as Dream. What We Know About It: To start, it has nothing to do with the other comic book movies that Warner Bros. is working on. The film, which is based on Neil Gaiman's wildly popular series, has been in development for 25 years, but this time Gaiman is involved in production, which is a good sign. However, the script is being written by David Goyer, which could cancel out some of that goodwill. How Excited We Are For It: Cautiously optimistic. The release date is the biggest sign of confidence we've seen so far, but there are still too many elements up in the air for us to to completely drop our guards.
Justice League Release Date: May 2017 Who's In It: Thus far, we're guaranteed to see Affleck, Cavill, and Gadot as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, respectively, as well as Ray Fisher as Cyborg. The studio has yet to cast the remaining team members, although Matt Damon and Jason Momoa have both been rumored for Aquaman. What We Know About It: It will be DC and Warner Bros' answer to The Avengers, so expect lots of action, explosions, and angst. It should also be connected to Batman Vs. Superman in some way, but that's all that's been revealed thus far. How Excited We Are: We're going to have to see Batman Vs. Superman first, but we're definitely looking forward to this one. Hopefully, the studio will use this as an opportunity to add some much-needed levity to the dark, gritty universe they're currently building. What's the point of a superhero film without the wisecracks?
Wonder Woman Release Date: July 2017 Who's In It: The only one we can say for sure is Gadot as Diana Prince a.k.a. Princess Diana of Themyscira a.k.a. Wonder Woman.What We Know About It: Next to nothing. DC and Warner Bros have wavered for so long on making a Wonder Woman movie that we have no idea what to expect, although we do have very high hopes. How Excited We Are For It: Are you kidding? We'd buy tickets now if we could. Fans have been clamoring for a Wonder Woman movie for so long that it's hard not to be a little skeptical about its chances of actually making it into theaters, but until we hear otherwise, we're just going to enjoy knowing that a Wonder Woman film is finally on its way.
Flash/Green Lantern Release Date: December 2017Who's In It: Though the DC universe technically already has a Green Lantern in Ryan Reynolds, they haven't hinted at whether he'll be reprising his role, or if they're looking in a new direction (probably the latter).What We Know About It: Again, next to nothing. We don't even know which iteration of the Green Lantern will be part of the team. It would make sense to continue with Hal Jordan, but if they're looking to differentiate this Lantern from Reynolds', they might be better off choosing a different alter ego. How Excited We Are For It: Not very. The last Green Lantern film was terrible, so we don't have a lot of confidence that this one will be better, and we can get our Flash fix with the upcoming CW show, so we won't be marking our calendars for this one just yet.
Man of Steel 2 Release Date: May 2018 Who's In It: Cavill, of course. We also wouldn't be surprised to see Adams, Fishburne, and Diane Lane come back, since they've all signed on for Batman Vs. Superman... unless any of them faces a grim fate in that film, which isn't too unlikely.What We Know About It: It will most likely deal directly with the events of Batman Vs. Superman and Justice League, although we are suprised to hear of this "official" Man of Steel sequel, considering Warner Bros. has been billing Batman Vs. Superman as such for some time now. How Excited We Are For It: We're in favor of anything that promises to get the memory of the first Man of Steel out of our head. Here's a chance to fix your mistakes, Warner Bros.
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British actress Emily Blunt is reportedly in talks to join the star-studded Man Of Steel sequel. The new mum, whose first action film Edge of Tomorrow hits cinemas in the U.S. this weekend (beg06Jun14), has been linked to a new role in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Details of her part aren't known, but some bloggers have suggested she is in the running for Catwoman. If she signs on, she'll join a cast that includes Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Amy Adams.
The Man Of Steel sequel, which will feature Ben Affleck as Batman, has been named Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Warner Bros. executives revealed the blockbuster's title on Wednesday (21May14) as production began in Michigan.
Zack Snyder is directing the film, in which Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Clark Kent, aka Superman.
The movie will also feature Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Batman's manservant Alfred and Holly Hunter, while Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will reprise their characters from Man of Steel.
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Although cinematic nudity is often looked at as gratuitous, some nude scenes can really define a movie. What would Basic Instinct be without Sharon Stone’s infamous leg-crossing scene? Would The Wolf of Wall Street have been as effective with a more "conservative" temperament? But of course we can also admire these elements for their aesthetic charms. Here are just a few of the most notable fully nude scenes on the silver screen.
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Oscar winner Holly Hunter has joined the all-star cast of the Man Of Steel sequel. The Piano star joins 300: Rise of an Empire's Callan Mulvey and The Wolverine actor Tao Okamoto as cast newcomers.
It is not yet known who they'll play or how their characters will impact the superhero movie.
The trio will join Ben Affleck, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot and Jesse Eisenberg in the blockbuster, while Henry Cavill, Diane Lane, Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne will be reprising their roles from the 2013 Superman movie.
Actor Josh Brolin reveals his arrest for public intoxication last year (13) was a "wake-up" call to quit booze and clean up his act. The No Country for Old Men star started off 2013 badly after he was taken into custody in Santa Monica, California on New Year's Day when a drinking session got out of hand.
The year went further downhill, with his marriage to Diane Lane heading to the divorce courts and separate violent altercations with a bouncer and a taxi driver.
He eventually checked into rehab in November (13) to deal with his issues, and he admits it forced him to deal with the grief surrounding his mother Jane Agee's death in a car crash on his 27th birthday in 1996.
Brolin tells The Guardian newspaper, "Well, it (arrest) was another turning point. It made me think of a lot of things. My mum dying when I was in my 20s. All the impact that had on me that I hadn't moved past; I was always such a momma's boy. But I realised that I was on a destructive path. I knew that I had to change and mature. It was like I stepped back and saw the hamster wheel."
Brolin, who has previously admitted to smoking heroin in his youth, also reveals most of the hard-living crowd he hung around with in his teens are now dead.
He adds, "I tried heroin. That sounds so horrible when you put it like that. But yeah, I tried heroin. I mean, I never got into it and I never died from it, which is a good thing. I've had 19 friends who died. Most of those guys I grew up with, they're all dead now."
Actor Josh Brolin has sparked rumours he is dating his personal assistant Kathryn Boyd after the two were photographed kissing in Italy over the weekend (22-23Feb14). The No Country for Old Men star is in Rome filming Everest and on Sunday (23Feb14) the pair were spotted at the Trevi Fountain landmark, where they embraced and shared a kiss.
Brolin split from actress Diane Lane last year (13). The couple wed in 2004.
His representatives have yet to comment on the apparent new romance.
If you're an Elizabeth Banks fan, you've probably been waiting for the day when more people would start talking about Elizabeth Banks. Because, let's be real, she is awesome. Ever since she became our favorite porn star ever, we've been waiting for her to kinda, sorta take over the world. And while her world domination may be not be imminent just yet, 2014 is looking like a pretty big year for her.
Last month saw the release of Little Accidents, an indie movie based on director Sarah Colangelo's 2008 award-winning short film. Banks will star alongside Chloë Sevigny in this story of a small American coal town that experiences some major changes when a teenage boy goes missing. In The Lego Movie Banks will voice the part of tech-savvy tough girl Wyldstyle, and if you've seen the trailers, you know she's in good company with folks like Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, and Morgan Freeman voicing characters as well.
In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, she'll be reprising her role is the ever-amazing Effie Trinkett. But before that, she'll be taking on one epic Walk of Shame with Little Nicky and Mr. Deeds director Steven Brill. In case you lost count, that's five new movies so far. Not a big deal.
Before the year's end, Banks will also co-star in Love & Mercy, a biopic about Beach Boys songwriter and singer Brian Wilson, playing Wilson's wife and former model Melinda Ledbetter. She'll close out the year with a seventh project, Every Secret Thing, in which she stars alongside Diane Lane and Dakota Fanning. The movie is based on the crime novel of the same name, and Banks plays a detective who becomes heavily invested in the case of a missing child. This particular film is getting lots of buzz as it represents the first time Frances McDormand will act as producer on a project.
But perhaps the biggest news of the year for Banks is that she's making her directorial debut with the highly-anticipated Pitch Perfect sequel. Not that there was anything the matter with the first time around, but we'd really like to see E. Banks work her magic on the next one.
Suffice it to say it'll be a busy year for the mom of two, but we think she can handle it. The real question is whether or not we'll be able to handle all of these amazing projects, and still find time to hang out on her awesome website.
Yes, yes will.
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Denzel Washington is in talks to replace his Safe House co-star Ryan Reynolds as The Green Lantern on the big screen, according to Internet reports. Sources tell AceShowbiz.com, the Oscar winner is the frontrunner to play Hal Jordan's comic book alias in the Man of Steel sequel, alongside Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman.
Washington had been linked to the role of Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor in the new blockbuster, but now insiders claim Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play the villain.
Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne will reprise their roles in the Man of Steel sequel, while Fast & Furious star Gal Gadot will portray Wonder Woman.