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'Star Wars 7' Ice Planet Confirmed; But Is It Hoth?

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Spoilers often come from the strangest of places. Today, we have word that former James Bond actor Roger Moore, star of the Star Wars-influenced Moonraker, has seen the Ice Planet set in Star Wars: Episode VII with his own eyes. And Harrison Ford was present. But did he visit Hoth?

Roger Moore refused to say more about what he saw during his time spend on set, but this does match up with previous rumors that Star Wars: Episode VII is returning to the snowy planet seen during the first act of The Empire Strikes Back.

Star Wars 7 News has a transcript from a recent BBC interview, where the actor talks about visiting his old friend, director J.J. Abrams on the set. Here is that conversation:

Roger Moore: Anyway, the day before last, I know we stopped by the office, and I went up to see - on a very closed, secret set - my friend J.J. Abrams, who is directing Star Wars: Episode VII.

BBC: Ooh, wow!

Roger Moore: ...With Harrison Ford.

BBC: So, what were they filming that day? Can you tell me?

Roger Moore: Well, yes! They were filming something with a lot of mountains and snow.

BBC: Okay, hmm.

Roger Moore: But I'm assigned to secrecy.

BBC: Did you really have to sign a thing?

Roger Moore: Oh, erm... No.

Both: [laugh]

BBC: It wouldn't surprise me! They are crazy, those people, so...

Roger Moore: But they have to be secret about it! What happens with film is that, somehow or another, people get their hands on outtakes and prints, and they print them and they sell them for television in the Philippines - I had a Filipino working for us years ago and he said "Oh, my family have already seen the film," which hadn't even had its royal premiere!

BBC: Oh! That's extraordinary, isn't it?

The plot of Star Wars: Episode VII will reportedly find Han Solo and Chewbacca on a desperate search to find a missing Luke Skywalker. During their mission to retrieve him, they are said to visit some iconic locations, such as Endor, Dagobah, Tatooine and Hoth. Leaked Snowtrooper and Han in Hoth gear concept designs further confirmed this. But it has been teased that this snowy, mountain filled landscape Roger Moore speaks of is not actually Hoth, but a different planet occupied by the Sith.

Badass Digest previously reported this plot spoiler:

So begins a quest to find the missing Jedi Master. Meanwhile, on an ice planet, nefarious forces are building a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems ... In many ways this plot of Episode VII is an echo of A New Hope. Instead of R2 coming to Tatooine it's a hand falling from the sky, but the basic sweep of the story is similar, and intentionally so. But things that seem familiar may not be as familiar as you think - don't assume that every ice or desert planet in the galaxy has already been visited, if you know what I'm saying/"

Do you want to return to Hoth on the big screen, or do you hope J.J. Abrams is actually creating new planets? Let us know what you think!

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Emma Thompson Talks Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder, Gender Differences

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 20/09/2014 - 22:18

At a BAFTA event, she explains how she uses yoga mat and vaccum cleaner when writing and says jokes reflect our "orgasmic nature"

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Eyegore Awards Kick Off Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 20/09/2014 - 21:53

The awards were a prelude to the chance to run the fright-filled mazes

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'The Interview' Red Band Trailer: Sex Jokes Galore in Seth Rogen-James Franco Comedy

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 20/09/2014 - 20:02

What exactly is going on with Matthew McConaughey and that goat?

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Takashi Miike to Receive Maverick Director Award at Rome Film Festival

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 20/09/2014 - 19:49

The Japanese director’s latest film 'As the Gods Will' world-premieres at the fest

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'Big Hero 6' Promo Introduces Robotics Prodigy Hiro Hamada

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 20/09/2014 - 18:58

Ryan Potter introduces himself and his character in a new promo for Disney's animated adventure Big Hero 6. Learn more about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada in this superhero movie based on the Marvel comic book. He has a robot best friend, and he is a master inventor. If he can dream it, he can build it. He also has a group of friends just like him. You won't believe the stuff they come up with. If you can relate, watch this clip full of fun new footage, and learn how you can enter Disney's latest contest, which is seeking real life inventors who want to use science to change the world.

Disney and XPrize Challenge have teamed up for a new contest, calling all young inventors to participate. What one problem would you tackle to change the world? How would you do it? Tell Disney in a new video.

This is your chance to become part of the real-life Big Hero 6. Tell Disney how you would use S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts or mathematics) know-how to solve that problem, big or small, that effects your school, your community, or the entire world. Show Disney how you would use your creativity and ingenuity to help our world run a little better.

Winners will receive a trip to Hollywood to walk the red carpet and meet the innovators and animators behind Disney's Big Hero 6.

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Big Hero 6 comes to theaters November 7th, 2014 and stars Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr., Alan Tudyk, T.J. Miller, Scott Adsit, Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell. The film is directed by Don Hall, Chris Williams.

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Matt Damon Eyes 'Great Wall' of China Movie

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 20/09/2014 - 18:37

Bourne 5 isn't the only movie Matt Damon is interested in at the moment. He is also eyeing a role in the upcoming drama The Great Wall, which offers a history lesson on how and why the Great Wall of China was built.

Yimou Zhang is set to direct the film, which Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull has been attempting to get off the ground for years now. Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro wrote the script.

The Great Wall will reveal the mystery behind why the Great Wall of China was built, and the secrets that are kept under its stone structure.

The Great Wall was set to shoot last year, which would have given Legendary a foothold in the Chinese market. At that time, Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai) was going to direct, with Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker set to star, but the project fell apart.

Matt Damon will next appear in The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott. Scheduling complications may keep him from signing on for The Great Wall. The actor nearly worked with Yimou Zhang on The Flowers of War, but Christian Bale eventually took the part.

The Great Wall is in development . The film is directed by Yimou Zhang.

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'Deadpool' Will Be Rated PG-13 Instead of R

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 20/09/2014 - 18:25

After years of languishing in development hell, 20th Century Fox has finally decided to move forward with a Deadpool movie. Long expected to be a low-budget R rated outing full of violence and foul language, a new report backs up claims from July that this version will be rated PG-13, and that's the reason behind it finally getting made.

It was long assumed that Fox was struggling with their decision to make Deadpool PG-13 or R. It is being reported now that the only reason director Tim Miller got the go-ahead from the studio was because writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were able to find a way to make the film PG-13 without losing its dark tone and sense of humor. The film will definitely push PG-13 to the edge.

Meet the Movie Press explains the situation on their latest episode:

"I heard from the director&#160that they finally figured out the script, and it was right before this was announced, that they figured out, and you guys are all gonna hate this, they figured out how to make it PG-13.&#160And therefore "not lose its soul", and that' a quote, of the script so that they can make it."

This may seem like old news to some, as creator Rob Liefeld tweeted back in July that the film was going to be PG-13, and that there never was any conversations about Deadpool being R rated. That was never even a possibility. But, he says, there will be an unrated director's cut that will stand as a more 'R' rated version of the film sometime after its initial theatrical release.

Here are his tweets, followed by the latest episode of :

So much mis-information from the mis-informed in regards to Deadpool film. The version under review is a PG-13 version, not an R....

— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2014

The PG-13 rating now allows for truckloads of violence and edgy themes.... An R rated version is not a consideration and hasn't been...

— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2014

I should add, "hasn't been for years" .... You can always pad a DVD release with R cuts. No site is providing you with correct answers...

— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2014

The brilliant screenplay has been equally brilliantly modified.... R is not a blockade any longer.

— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2014

Also, please understand that I would LOVE nothing more than an R rated Deadpool, mainly for bloody violence, thats just not a reality.

— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 31, 2014

Deadpool comes to theaters February 12th, 2016 and stars Ryan Reynolds.

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Initial Test Footage From Sony's CG Popeye

Genndy Tartakovsky shows off the Sailor Man

You may recall that Fox debuted a traditional teaser trailer for its Charlie Brown ‘toon recently. Sony is going one step further releasing a mini-featurette on the new Popeye film that includes an animation test...

Narrated by and partly featuring director Genndy Tartakovsky, who made Hotel Transylvania for the studio, the piece explores his lifelong obsession with the spinach-loving Sailor Man and his various adventures. Here, he talks a little bit about the challenges of bringing a character that has largely existed in 1930s and ‘40s cartoons, comic strips and other 2D animation – aside from the 1980 Robert Altman live-action film – to the colourful world of CG.

Tartakovsky cautions that this is no trailer, nor is it even a clip from the film. The voices are temporary and it’s really designed to give a feeling of his plans for bringing Popeye to life. No, there’s no spinach-gobbling here, but there is plenty of the squishy, physics-defying animation the director has become known for. It could certainly be an interesting take on the character, but we’ll have to wait to see more.

The film doesn’t have a set release date, but appears to be arriving next year.

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Civil Rights Activists Call on 'Django Unchained' Actress to Apologize to LAPD

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 20/09/2014 - 17:59

Several advocates are changing their stance on Daniele Watts' incendiary Facebook post: "It's like crying wolf"

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Max Borenstein On To Write Godzilla Sequel

He's back with the big beasts

Max Borenstein clearly has a thing for gigantic beasts raging around. He was one of the main credited writers on Legendary and Warner Bros’ Godzilla and was recently announced as penning the former company’s stab at the King Kong mythology, Skull Island. So it probably shouldn’t be too surprising that he’s set to write the Godzilla sequel taking aim at a 2018 release date.

Given the distance of the release date, not much is known about the film yet, though with the first outing’s Gareth Edwards once more in the director’s chair, plenty of hints have been dropped, including that classic God-botherers Mothra (huge insect) Rodan (giant Pteradon) and Ghidorah (alien dragon) will be the big threats this time around.

Of course, one of the biggest complaints about this year’s first new spin of the giant creature was the distinct lack of much action from the Big G himself. Hopefully that will be rectified in the sequel. Despite his seemingly busy schedule, Borenstein will have time to write both Skull Island – which recently scored Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct and Tom Hiddleston to star – and Godzilla 2, as Edwards himself is busy working on one of the Star Wars spin-off movies.

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Nick Frost Heads To Doctor Who

For this year's Christmas episode

While the current incarnations of Doctor Who have been bigger and flashier than the classic versions, the team always tends to pull out extra stops for the annual Christmas episode. And in terms of guest stars, this year is no different with Nick Frost, Michael Troughton, Natalie Gumede, Faye Marsay and Nathan McMullen set to appear.

No details have been revealed about what will happen in the show itself, though Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) will no doubt be facing something unusual and, in keeping with most of the previous specials, unusually festive. It’ll be interesting to see whether writer/producer Steven Moffat goes with a dark Christmas tale this year, especially as Capaldi’s Doctor seems to be one more likely to deliver coal in stockings rather than lots of presents. Troughton, incidentally, is the son of second Doctor actor Patrick. 

“I'm so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas Special, I'm such a fan of the show,” Frost tells the Beeb. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream 'No spoilers!' Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan-boy squeals!"

“Frost at Christmas – it just makes sense! I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago and it's a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the TARDIS,” says Moffat. The show will air, unsurprisingly, on Christmas Day on BBC One. Frost, meanwhile, can be heard in The Boxtrolls, which is on screens now. He’ll show up in road trip comedy Unfinished Business on March 6 next year.

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Amber Heard Joins Magic Mike XXL

She's snagged a lead role

With the cameras set to start cranking soon and the male strippers ready to gyrate once again, Magic Mike XXL director Gregory Jacobs seems committed to balancing out the cast’s gender mix for the sequel. Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett Smith have just been announced and Amber Heard will also be along for the new film.

With Channing Tatum back co-writing and starring, Magic Mike XXL promises to be a very different film from the original, taking the likes of Tatum’s Mike plus Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello on a road trip that adventure. Heard’s character has yet to be revealed, though she has snagged one of the main roles.

One veteran of the original who won’t be boarding the bus is Matthew McConaughey – Jacobs let slip that he’s not returning a few days ago and now The Wrap reports it’s for a mundane reason: his schedule on Gus Van Sant’s Sea Of Trees will clash with Mike’s shoot. The director is working alongside Steven Soderbergh, who made the original but is stepping back to “only” act as cinematographer, producer and editor this time. Magic Mike XXL is scheduled to stride into our cinemas on August 7 next year.

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Anthony Mackie Says Our Brand Is Crisis

Set to join Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton

After spending several months in development, political drama-comedy blend Our Brand Is Crisis is now gearing up at top speed. David Gordon Green is calling the shots with a cast that already includes Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton aboard, and Anthony Mackie is set to join them.

Produced by Argo duo George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Crisis is adapted from Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary, which saw President Clinton’s former advisors James Carville and Stan Greenberg applying what they had learned in the trenches of American politics to a campaign in Bolivia, and the effects it has on the process.

Thornton’s role is still being kept under wraps, but we do now know that Bullock will be “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a charismatic retired American political consultant known for quoting famous people when she’s making points. Peter Straughan wrote the script and Green will kick off shooting shortly.

Mackie is a man in demand at the moment. He has romantic comedy Playing It Cool and Paul Bettany’s directorial debut Shelter in the can and has worked on John Hillcoat’s crime thriller Triple Nine and Seth Rogen’s new, untitled Christmas-set comedy. And he’s attached to several other potential films including A Girl And A Gun and a Jesse Owens biopic.

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Supergirl Headed To The Small Screen

US network CBS picks up a show from the pages of DC

Much like the current blockbuster landscape, there is a glut of superhero-based shows hitting the airwaves as the new goggle-box season kicks off across the pond. In addition to the established Arrow, we have Agent Carter, The Flash, Batman prequel story Gotham and Constantine among them. Now US network CBS is looking to get into the action, commissioning a series based on Supergirl from prolific producer Greg Berlanti.

The writer/show-runner, who has already ushered Arrow on to screens and is part of the team introducing The Flash, is teaming up with former Chuck producer Ali Adler (who also worked on short-lived Michael Chiklis superhero show No Ordinary Family) to bring the show to life.

It’ll follow Kara Zor-El, Kal-El’s cousin, who escaped Krypton as he did and ended up on Earth. Initially unwilling to acknowledge her powers, she starts to come into her own in her mid-20s and accept her heroic destiny. Her story was told in the 1984 Supergirl film, though that really wasn’t much of a high mark for all involved. With luck, the series will be able to dig a little deeper.

And for more info on several of the new TV shows arriving, check out the current Empire (on shelves for only a few more days), which has an extensive preview about various heroes and their adventures.

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Pete's Dragon Finds Two Young Stars

Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence score the leads

Of all the films from its archives that Disney could unearth to be given a fresh coat of remake paint, we were surprised to see Pete’s Dragon among them. Still, it’s moving forward with Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery overseeing the project and has just secured two young stars in Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence.

Fegley, who has appeared on Boardwalk Empire and has small roles in the upcoming This Is Where I Leave You and Fort Bliss, will be the titular Pete, an orphan who arrives in a small town with his magic dragon, attempting to escape his abusive adoptive parents. Laurence, meanwhile, is a newly created character, Natalie, who also befriends our hero. The young actress won a Tony on Broadway for her work in the Matilda musical and will be seen in boxing drama Southpaw alongside Jake Gyllenhaal.

Lowery and co-writer Toby Halbrooks are on board to write a new take on the story, with a modern frame and, apparently, stripping away the musical element of the original. The plan is to film live-action and create the dragon via CGI, which should surprise exactly no one.

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Gary Whitta Hired To Write Mark Millar Adaptation

From Star Wars to Starlight

Though his first two produced scripts, Book Of Eli and last year’s After Earth didn’t exactly score a lot of critical or, in Earth’s case, commercial love, Gary Whitta is still winning big jobs. He’s at work on one of the Star Wars spin-off films with Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards and has just landed the gig scripting the adaptation of Mark Millar’s Starlight for Fox.

Created by Millar and artist Goran Parlov, the new title, which hit stores in March, is a blend of Flash Gordon and The Dark Knight Returns. Its follows a Gordon-like space hero who saved the universe from a diabolical villain 35 years ago, but returned home to Earth to discover no-one believed his tales of derring-do.

Dining on ashes, he shrugged off the disappointment, fell in love and got married. Now, decades later, older and with kids of his own, he’s called back to action when his old rocket shows up with a warning that the enemy has returned.

Simon Kinberg, who has been helping to shepherd both Fox’s superhero efforts and Disney’s new Star Wars universe as a writer and producer, will be overseeing the work on this one alongside Steve Asbell.

Whitta’s Star Wars effort is scheduled for December 16, 2016, but there’s still no word on which character it’ll focus on. Obi-Wan, perhaps? Boba Fett? 2-1B’s medical school days?

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David Ayer May Send The Suicide Squad Into Battle

Fury director considering DC Entertainment film

His current film follows the heroic, conflicted crew of a World War II tank. But for a potential new project, Fury director David Ayer could be focused more on villains. He’s considering directing an adaptation of DC's Suicide Squad for Warner Bros.

The studio and its comics partner has had Justin Marks at work on a script for a couple of years now, quietly developing the idea, but going even quieter when the focus switched to the Justice League films.

But with Supes, Bats and co. chugging away healthily, talk has turned back to the Squad, who were first drawn together – and often called Task Force X – by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru in 1959, with John Ostrander forming a more modern version.

The comics' concept finds villains such as Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn given a chance for redemption by undertaking dangerous missions for the government.

Though it’s clearly early days and yet to be officially confirmed by Warners, the studio has a lot of release dates to fill and Suicide Squad could be a solid counterpoint to the square-jawed, mopey heroics of the Justice League.

Ayer’s Fury, which stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, is set to arrive here on October 24.

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'Batman v Superman' Set Video Shows Off a Massive Explosion

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 20/09/2014 - 17:18

Night shoots continue on the Detroit set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this week, where, for the past couple of evenings, director Zack Snyder has been filming the movie's epic chase sequence featuring the newly designed Batmobile. Today, we get a couple of videos from the set, which show off the pyrotechnic team's handiwork with two very loud explosions. It's not known if this is part of the chase, but that is very likely, and possibly involves the destroyed Gotham City Gas tanker truck seen in previous set photos. We also see manufactured rain and lightening, bringing that true Gotham feel to this DC Comics adventure.

Take a look, courtesy of All Entertainment News and Official Row:

#Rain and flashing lights that could only mean, #Thunder. Now this is starting to look more like #GothamCity. Thanks to @officialrow for sharing.

The Old Detroit Train Station in Downtown Detroit. Batcave? Or .. ..thoughts?

What do you think? Will Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice be able to out-Gotham Gotham?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

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