Latest Movie News en Kevin Conroy Confirms Voice Role in Batman and Harley Quinn Animation House Writers Apr 04th, 2017 05:55:12 pm
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Kevin Conroy has announced he will voice Batman in the upcoming 'Batman and Harley Quinn' animated movie.

The 61-year-old American stage, screen and voice actor is no stranger to the DC Comics world, having voiced Batman in the 1990s Warner Bros. television show 'Batman: The Animated Series' and more recently in the 'Batman: Arkham' video games and is returning to the role once again.

DC Animation announced during the 2016 Comic-Con in San Diego that its next project would be 'Batman and Harley Quinn' and now Conroy has announced his involvement on his Twitter on Monday (03.04.17) and also spilled that 'Big Bang Theory' actress Melissa Rauch will give a voice to Harley.

He tweeted: "It's official, WB announced 'Batman & Harley Quinn' movie from Bruce Timm with me as Bats and Melissa Rausch as Harley (sic)"

The animated film is expected to see The Dark Knight, Nightwing (Loren Lester) and Harley Quinn join forces to challenge Poison Ivy (Paget Brewster) and Jason Woodrue, aka The Plant Master.

John DiMaggio, best known for working on children's TV series 'Ben 10', is voicing Swamp Thing.

Rauch has so far remained silent on Twitter about her new role in the animation, produced by Bruce Timm who is renowned for bringing 'The Justice League' to life from 2001 to 2006.

It's no secret that Batman and Harley Quinn's love-hate relationship has flourished over the years - Harley first came to light in 'Batman: The Animated Series' beginning life as Doctor Harleen Frances Quinzel who is The Joker's psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum before becoming besotted and manipulated by the maniacal supervillain.

Harley was one of the main characters in last year's 'Suicide Squad' film - played by Margot Robbie - while Jenny Slate voiced her in 'The Lego Batman Movie'.

'Batman and Harley Quinn' is slated for a release this summer through digital download and Blu-ray/DVD.

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John Travolta Stars in New Biopic Speed Kills House Writers Apr 04th, 2017 04:24:12 pm
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John Travolta is set to star in 'Speed Kills'.

The 63-year-old actor will take on the role of the speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire Don Aronow in the upcoming production, Deadline has reported.

And the movie legend is keen to feature in the production because he finds biopics "fascinating". 

Speaking about his upcoming venture, the movie legend, said: "I like biopic films. They are fascinating to me and real-life characters are always interesting to play. This is a great story."

And Travolta has been credited as the "perfect actor" to portray the character. 

Speaking about the star, Lussenhop said: "Once I started learning about Don Aronow's life I jumped at the opportunity to bring this story to the big screen.

"John Travolta is the perfect actor to bring Aronow's story to life."

The film will follow the life and death of the businessman, who created the Cigarette as well as other speedboats, which he sold on to presidents and notable figures, including the Shah of Iran and Malcolm Forbes.

However, Don was also part of a drug cartel, which is believed to be the reason behind his murder in 1987 while he sat in his car in Miami.

The script for 'Speed Kills' has been written by 'Friday Night Lights' writer David Aaron Cohen with director John Lussenhop, whilst a close friend of the real-life Aronow family, Paul Castro, is on hand to be consulted about the production.

Travolta will also help with the creative process and will executive produce the film alongside Anson Downes, Linda Favila, Patricia Eberle, Tim Cavanaugh, Cam Cannon, Lindsey Roth, Richard LeChartier, Christophe Verneau, Walter Josten and Grace Collins.

The drama backed by Hannibal Classics will start shooting scenes for the project in May this year, which will see the cast jet off to San Juan in Puerto Rico and Florida's Miami Beach. 

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Sir Ridley Scott Set to Direct Battle of Britain Film House Writers Apr 04th, 2017 02:12:38 pm
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Sir Ridley Scott is attached to direct a film about the Battle of Britain.

The 79-year-old British filmmaker - who is renowned for his work on sci-fi films, 'Blade Runner, 'Prometheus' and 'Alien' - has reportedly teamed up with 20th Century Fox to helm the World War II movie which is based on the historical battle.

According to Deadline, Scott will work closely with its screenwriter Matthew Orton, who penned WWII drama 'Operational Finale' starring Oscar Isaac, on the project.

It is not yet known what direction the script will take but the Battle of Britain is centered from 10 July until 31 October 1940 when the British Royal Air Force (RAF) successfully defended the UK from the invading German Air Force (Luftwaffe) as the Nazis tried to cripple and the conquer the country with a bombing campaign known as the Blitz.

The film rights were purchased by Fox last year and Scott Free is down to produce alongside Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell, with Steven Asbell on board for Fox.

Steven Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies' writer, Matt Charman, will executive produce the film.

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Avatar Sequel to Begin Shooting Later This Year House Writers Apr 04th, 2017 11:41:37 am
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The sequel to 'Avatar' is to begin shooting later this year, according to Sigourney Weaver.

The 67-year-old actress, who starred in the James Cameron-directed original in 2009, has revealed preparations have already started to make the much-anticipated follow-up movie.

She shared: "We're starting! We're starting training, and we're starting - hmm, I probably can't say anything. We will be actually shooting it by the fall."

The original 'Avatar' movie grossed $2.7 billion at the global box office, and received widespread praise from movie critics.

And Sigourney has reassured fans that the sequel won't be a disappointment to them, insisting the new sci-fi movie will be worth the lengthy wait.

She told The Hollywood Reporter: "I'm telling you, these scripts are so amazing, I'm not worried about [disappointing fans] at all.

"Am I worried about how we're going to bring them to life? Yes, because they're so ambitious.

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Creature From The Black Lagoon Gets Aquaman Writer Will Beall House Writers Apr 04th, 2017 10:55:49 am
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'Aquaman' scriptwriter Will Beall is set to revive the classic monster movie 'The Creature From The Black Lagoon'.

Beall - whose previous work also includes 'Gangster Squad' and the TV series 'Castle' and 'Training Day' - has been hired to re-tell the 1954 horror movie as part of the new Universal Monsters shared universe.

The film has been in development for some time with Gary Ross - whose father Arthur Ross wrote the original - heading up the process and it will be produced by Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman.

The original film - starring Julia Adams in the leading female role of Kay Lawrence - focused on a group of scientists on an expedition through the Amazon who discover a human-fish hybrid.

The Universal Monsters franchise is being kicked off with 'The Mummy' - starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe - which hits cinemas in June and will be followed by remakes of the studio's classics including 'The Invisible Man', 'The Wolf Man' and a movie focused on Dracula's nemesis Van Helsing.

Universal's creature features kicked off in the 1920s with Lon Chaney's 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'The Phantom of the Opera'.

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Chris Evans Confirms His Contract Is up on Captain America House Writers Apr 04th, 2017 09:49:52 am
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Chris Evans has revealed his contract to play Captain America is up once filming on 'Avengers 4' has wrapped.

The 35-year-old actor has a deal with Marvel Studios to play Steve Rogers and his heroic alter ego in two more movies, which will be the two 'Avengers' sequels, but he is free to walk away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe if he wishes or if the company no longer wants him.

In an appearance on 'The Ellen Degeneres Show' on Monday (03.04.17) Evans was asked if the two upcoming 'Avengers' films would be his last outings as Captain America, to which he replied: "It is. My contract is up. I have 'Avengers' three and four, we do 'Avengers 3' now and four is the latter part of the year, then after that, that is the end of my contract ...They've been filming since February, I don't start until May, there are so many people involved."

Evans first suited up and wielded The Cap's famous red, white and blue starred shield in 2011's 'Captain America: The First Avenger' and he has followed that up with appearances in 'The Avengers' and 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'Captain America: Civil War'. 

The Hollywood hunk previously admitted he wanted to take on less acting jobs in the future so he could focus on directing but he will be starring in new Lionsgate movie 'Jekyll'.

He will play Tom Jackman a modern descendent of Dr.

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Scarlett Johansson and Michael Pitt Slammed for Ghost in the Shell Roles House Writers Apr 03rd, 2017 05:00:11 pm
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Scarlett Johansson and Michael Pitt have been blasted by the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA). 

The pair star in the live-action adaptation of the hugely popular Japanese anime series 'Ghost in the Shell' and have been slammed for taking on roles which MANAA believes should have gone to Asian actors. 

MANAA President Robert Chan said in a statement: "Apparently, in Hollywood, Japanese people can't play Japanese people anymore. There's no reason why either Motoku [Scarlett's character) or Hideo (Michael's character) could not have been portrayed by Japanese or Asian actors instead of Scarlett Johansson and Michael Pitt. We don't even get to see what they looked like in their original human identities - a further white-wash."

However, director Rupert Sanders recently praised Scarlett for doing an "incredible job" of portraying a human robot in the movie.

The 32-year-old actress takes on the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi and the 46-year-old filmmaker was amazed by how well the star subtly acted out the droid's realization of their human qualities.

British-born Sanders said he feels "so lucky" to have gotten the chance to work with the in-demand Hollywood star.

He said: "At first, the human mind and the machine body was more encapsulated by the machine.

"As the film develops, though, and as she understands more about who she is as a human, she starts to become a bit more human.

"It's a hard one.

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Rogue One Was Love Letter to Carrie Fisher House Writers Apr 03rd, 2017 03:45:09 pm
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Gareth Edwards has described 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' as "one big love letter" to Carrie Fisher.

The 41-year-old filmmaker admitted he has been unable to sit down and watch the stand-alone movie - which ends with digitally-recreated footage of the actress as Princess Leia from the original 'Star Wars' - since Carrie's shock passing last December.

He said: "I've not really sat and watched the film since the opening weekend, when Carrie was still with us. I just feel the whole thing was, to be honest, one big love letter to Carrie. 

"What we're doing with the entire movie is all building to that one moment [of the Death Star plans being handed to Princess Leia] where we hand the baton to her, to go off and make that film that inspired us all as kids. 

"So it couldn't have ended better from that point of view."

But Gareth admitted he feels very "sad" that he never got to properly talk to Carrie about the film series.

He added to the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "It's just sad - I was always thinking that I would get to meet her and talk to her at some point about it, and I never really met her properly.

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Stellan Skarsgard to Star in Holocaust Drama House Writers Apr 03rd, 2017 02:32:02 pm
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Stellan Skarsgard has confirmed he'll star in 'The Painted Bird'.

The 65-year-old actor will play a German soldier in the Holocaust drama, which is a screen adaptation of Polish writer Jerzy Kosinski's controversial 1965 novel, while Harvey Keitel is also in talks to appear in the film.

Vaclav Marhoul will direct the movie, which tells the tale of a Jewish boy who tries to hide his faith to avoid detection from Nazis as he wanders through Eastern Europe during World War II.

The tale sparked criticism when the novel was published because of its portrayal of wartime horrors carried out by Polish peasants.

But Stellan told The Hollywood Reporter he thought 'The Painted Bird' was "a lovely book and a lovely screenplay."

He added: "You are probably familiar with the story -- it follows a young boy and his encounters with a lot of different people, and I am one of them." 

Marhoul bought the screen rights to 'The Painted Bird' in 2010 and has described the story as "a deeply dramatic story examining the immediate relationship between terror and cruelty on one side and innocence and love on the other."

The novel "captivated" the filmmaker, who had spent years adapting the material for the screen.

Marhoul added: "There were moments when I became overwhelmed by the feeling that I can't do this, that I bit off more than I can chew." 

It is understood that Marhoul has secured letters of intent to star in the $5 million project from both Skarsgard and Keitel, with Udo Kier attached to play "the miller".

Meanwhile, nine-year-old Czech actor Petr Kotlar, will play the young Jewish boy.

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Joe Pesci Reunites With Robert De Niro for The Irishman House Writers Apr 03rd, 2017 11:45:10 am
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Joe Pesci is to reunite with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro for the director's new movie 'The Irishman'.

The trio worked together on cinema classics 'Raging Bull', Goodfellas' and 'Casino' and now they are to bring another story to life on the big screen for the first time since 1995 after Scorsese's long-term editor Thelma Schoonmaker spilled that Pesci had agreed to a role in the gangster flick.

In an interview with Crave Online discussing Scorsese's future projects, Schoonmaker said: "He wants to make more films like ['Silence'], that are spiritual, basically, but not set in 17th century Japan. In the modern time. So hopefully we'll be able to make that. Not the next one, the next one is the next one is the next one is The Irishman, which is De Niro and Joe Pesci and elderly gangsters.

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