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Podcast #145: Ethan Hawke, J.C. Chandor
23 January 2015
Podcast #145: Ethan Hawke, J.C. Chandor
Isn't it ironic?
Ethan Hawke drops by the Empire Podcast studio this week to talk about the critically-acclaimed Oscar frontrunner Boyhood, which is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, while writer/director J.C. Chandor was here to explain why the title of his latest, A ...... Read more

Sophie Turner Is X-Men: Apocalypse's Jean Grey
23 January 2015
Sophie Turner Is X-Men: Apocalypse's Jean Grey
Tye Sheridan will be Cyclops. Alexandra Shipp is Storm
Much as he did with X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Bryan Singer is letting his own voice – or rather, his fingers, given the medium – do the announcing on follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse. He’s taken to twitter to reveal that Sophie Turner, Tye ...... Read more

Marvel Wants Chiwetel Ejiofor For The Doctor Strange Cast
23 January 2015
Marvel Wants Chiwetel Ejiofor For The Doctor Strange Cast
He's being courted to play a mystery role
Marvel already has its Doctor Strange, in the shape of one Benedict Cumberbatch. Now the task for director Scott Derrickson and his team is to build a cast around their leading man. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Feige and co. are reportedly i...... Read more

Scorsese Secures The Finance For Silence
23 January 2015
Scorsese Secures The Finance For Silence
So shooting can start immediately
It seems a strange world where someone like Martin Scorsese can't secure the funding for absolutely anything he likes. The reality, of course, is that he has to scratch around like everyone else, but after 20 years, his historical drama Silence is finally...... Read more

Karl Urban Eyed For Aquaman Role
23 January 2015
Karl Urban Eyed For Aquaman Role
And 300: Rise Of An Empire's Noam Murro is on the director shortlist
He’s part of Warners and DC’s big push to get the Justice League and others on to screens to start competing with Marvel, and from the sounds of new rumours, Aquaman will be a big event for the studio. Warners is reportedly hoping to score Kar...... Read more

Hannibal Season 3 Trailer Served Up Online
23 January 2015
Hannibal Season 3 Trailer Served Up Online
'I forgive you...'
As regular viewers of the stylish, often gruesome TV drama Hannibal will know, the end of season two left several characters clinging to life while the man of the title – Mads Mikkelsen’s charming cannibal serial killer – made good his e...... Read more

DreamWorks Cutting Back Its Film Slate
23 January 2015
DreamWorks Cutting Back Its Film Slate
And ghost 'toon B.O.O. is going back into limbo
It has been a tough few years for DreamWorks Animation. While some films – such as the How To Train Your Dragon outings – have been profitable, the company has faced a series of money-losing flops including the likes of Turbo and Mr. Peabody &...... Read more

Simon West Directing A New Blob Remake
23 January 2015
Simon West Directing A New Blob Remake
Jelly from space prepares its fourth landing
The first Blob introduced Steve McQueen to the moviegoing world. Larry Hagman directed sequel Beware! The Blob in the '70s. The surprisingly excellent '80s remake starred Kevin Dillon and had a screenplay by Frank Darabont. And after years in development,...... Read more

Zac Efron Knows Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates
23 January 2015
Zac Efron Knows Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates
He's joined the new comedy
Zac Efron appeared in two comedies last year: That Awkward Moment, which promised much but didn’t really deliver, and Seth Rogen frat house rivalry prank war Bad Neighbors, which was more fun. He’s looking to keep the laughter coming, signing ...... Read more

Rose McGowan To Direct Pines
23 January 2015
Rose McGowan To Direct Pines
Alex Mar's culty psychological thriller
Following her debut behind the camera with last year's short film Dawn (see clip below), Rose McGowan is making the jump to features. She'll direct the psychological thriller Pines, from a screenplay by Alex Mar.The story involves a troubled young woman w...... Read more

Oscar Isaac Talks His X-Men: Apocalypse Villain
22 January 2015
Oscar Isaac Talks His X-Men: Apocalypse Villain
'It’ll be a mix of practical and digital...'
He’s a man who designs and builds robots in this week’s Ex Machina, but Oscar Isaac is set to have something of the cybernetic about himself when he takes on the titular villain role in X-Men: Apocalypse, which starts shooting later this year....... Read more

Melissa Benoist Will Be TV's Supergirl
22 January 2015
Melissa Benoist Will Be TV's Supergirl
Whiplash actress scores superhero role
Comic-book heroes – particularly from the DC universe – have rarely been more successful on TV. Word arrived in October that US network CBS (the home of the CSI franchise and other crime procedurals) was looking to get in on the action by comm...... Read more

Margot Robbie Betting On Dangerous Odds
22 January 2015
Margot Robbie Betting On Dangerous Odds
She's attached to a gambling drama
With her profile on the rise thanks to The Wolf Of Wall Street and plenty of upcoming jobs, Margot Robbie has reached the stage where her name aligned to a potential new film project is enough to have studios competing to win the rights. Such is the case ...... Read more

First Trailer For Catch Me Daddy
22 January 2015
First Trailer For Catch Me Daddy
A young woman on the run from her family...
Arriving with a truckload of praise and one or two awards for lead Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, Catch Me Daddy is shaping up to be one of the more promising British dramas to happen along for a while. The trailer is now online via StudioCanal.Directed by Daniel ...... Read more

Simon Pegg Co-Writing Star Trek 3
22 January 2015
Simon Pegg Co-Writing Star Trek 3
Doug Jung on board to work on the new script draft
We can see the scene now: the Enterprise bridge is in flames, smoke gushing from damaged panels. The turbo lift doors crank slowly open and Scotty emerges. Looking around, he realises that with the rest of the crew dead or incapacitated, he’s now in...... Read more

Glasgow Film Festival Line-Up Announced
22 January 2015
Glasgow Film Festival Line-Up Announced
Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach's While We’re Young gets an opening gala
Scottish film fans and people who just happen to be in the Glasgow area in late February but who really like movies rejoice! The line-up for the Glasgow Film Festival, a jamboree of films, events and Q&As now in its eleventh year, has been announced. ...... Read more

Anthony Mackie Talks Up Captain America: Civil War
22 January 2015
Anthony Mackie Talks Up Captain America: Civil War
'It's a wing-ding-doozy of a time...'
Anthony Mackie clearly got a kick out of playing Sam “The Falcon” Wilson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And there are few more vocal cheerleaders for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his character. But he seems eve...... Read more

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Targets August Shoot
22 January 2015
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Targets August Shoot
According to Milla Jovovich
Last August, it emerged that work on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter had been halted because director Paul W.S. Anderson and star/wife Milla Jovovich are expecting their second child. Now Jovovich has hit Facebook with a post (spotted by Coming Soon) tha...... Read more

Ariel Vromen Prepares For Dive
22 January 2015
Ariel Vromen Prepares For Dive
Iceman director targets submarines
James Cameron's long-gestating free-diving project The Dive is finally coming together with director Francis Lawrence and star Jennifer Lawrence. So we predict a possible name-change in the not-too-distant future for the Dive that Ariel Vromen has just si...... Read more

Elijah Wood Introduces The Greasy Strangler
22 January 2015
Elijah Wood Introduces The Greasy Strangler
Producing Jim Hosking's gnarly horror
He's busy enough as an actor, but Elijah Wood has just put on his horror producing hat once again to add another project to the roster of his SpectreVision production company. He's joined forces with Drafthouse, Timpson Films and others for the amusingly ...... Read more

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