Emma Watson Heads For ColoniaDaniel Bruhl co-starring in the political thriller
Since her days at Hogwarts came to an end, Emma Watson has largely been part of ensembles in movies. But she’s moving back towards lead roles again and has signed to star in Colonia alongside Rush’s Daniel Bruhl.
German director Florian Gallenberger is putting the fact-based film together based on his own script. Colonia follows a young couple called Lena and Daniel (Watson and Bruhl) who become mixed up in the 1973 Chilean military coup. When Daniel is abducted by General Pinochet’s secret police and carted off to a mysterious area in the south known as the Colonia Dignidad, Lena kicks off a quest to track him down.
Though the man in charge of the Colonia, Paul Schafer, describes it as a charitable religious mission, it’s in fact in the grip of a cult – and Lena joins up so she can try to find Daniel.
Watson was last seen in Noah and has just worked on Alejandro Amenabar’s psycho-thriller Regression with Ethan Hawke. Bruhl will be seen in Michael Winterbottom’s The Face Of An Angel, which screens at the London Film Festival next month. He’s also worked on Woman In Gold and is shooting John Wells’ untitled culinary comedy alongside Bradley Cooper.
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Emma Watson Heads For Colonia
Daniel Bruhl co-starring in the political thriller

Since her days at Hogwarts came to an end, Emma Watson has largely been part of ensembles in movies. But she’s moving back towards lead roles again and has signed to star in Colonia alongside Rush’s Daniel Bruhl.

German director Florian Gallenberger is putting the fact-based film together based on his own script. Colonia follows a young couple called Lena and Daniel (Watson and Bruhl) who become mixed up in the 1973 Chilean military coup. When Daniel is abducted by General Pinochet’s secret police and carted off to a mysterious area in the south known as the Colonia Dignidad, Lena kicks off a quest to track him down.

Though the man in charge of the Colonia, Paul Schafer, describes it as a charitable religious mission, it’s in fact in the grip of a cult – and Lena joins up so she can try to find Daniel.

Watson was last seen in Noah and has just worked on Alejandro Amenabar’s psycho-thriller Regression with Ethan Hawke. Bruhl will be seen in Michael Winterbottom’s The Face Of An Angel, which screens at the London Film Festival next month. He’s also worked on Woman In Gold and is shooting John Wells’ untitled culinary comedy alongside Bradley Cooper.

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Matt Bomer Finds The Nice GuysMagic Mike man is playing a not-so-nice guy
More often found playing a charming con man that helps the FBI out on US telly drama White Collar, Matt Bomer is using the end of the series to drum up more film work. He’s now locked down a nastier criminal role opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys.
Exactly how Bomer’s character will fit into the plot remains to be seen, but we do know some of the details of the new film. Black co-wrote the script with Anthony Bagarozzi, and the story is set in the 1970s. Gosling will be wayward, troubled private eye Holland March, who crosses paths with hired muscle Jackson Healy (Crowe). These unlikely allies must prowl the mean streets of Los Angeles to solve the case of a missing girl, which soon develops links to the death of a porn star. As they unravel the cases, they discover a massive conspiracy with tentacles in the highest levels of power.
Margaret Qualley, who was recently seen in HBO drama The Leftovers, is the daughter of a corrupt chief justice, and who just so happens to be the spitting image of a porn star named Misty Mountains. Black is aiming at a June 17, 2016 release in the UK.
Bomer, who is about to start work on Magic Mike sequel Magic Mike XXL, is also attached to play Montgomery Clift in Monty Clift and has been lending his voice to DreamWorks’ ghost ‘toon B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations.
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Matt Bomer Finds The Nice Guys
Magic Mike man is playing a not-so-nice guy

More often found playing a charming con man that helps the FBI out on US telly drama White Collar, Matt Bomer is using the end of the series to drum up more film work. He’s now locked down a nastier criminal role opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys.

Exactly how Bomer’s character will fit into the plot remains to be seen, but we do know some of the details of the new film. Black co-wrote the script with Anthony Bagarozzi, and the story is set in the 1970s. Gosling will be wayward, troubled private eye Holland March, who crosses paths with hired muscle Jackson Healy (Crowe). These unlikely allies must prowl the mean streets of Los Angeles to solve the case of a missing girl, which soon develops links to the death of a porn star. As they unravel the cases, they discover a massive conspiracy with tentacles in the highest levels of power.

Margaret Qualley, who was recently seen in HBO drama The Leftovers, is the daughter of a corrupt chief justice, and who just so happens to be the spitting image of a porn star named Misty Mountains. Black is aiming at a June 17, 2016 release in the UK.

Bomer, who is about to start work on Magic Mike sequel Magic Mike XXL, is also attached to play Montgomery Clift in Monty Clift and has been lending his voice to DreamWorks’ ghost ‘toon B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations.

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Elizabeth Banks And More Join Magic Mike XXLDonald Glover among the new recruits
As filming finally gets properly under way on the sequel, Warner Bros. has announced the full cast for Magic Mike XXL. We’ve already learned about one or two of the new recruits, but Elizabeth Banks, Community’s Donald Glover and American Football player-turned-TV-host Michael Stahan are all aboard.
They’re joining Mike veterans Channing Tatum, (who also co-produces again with writer Reid Carolin), Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias alongside previously announced new arrivals Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett Smith. There are no details on which characters the new actors will be playing.
And with the new casting announcement comes some fresh plot info, which reads thus: “Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, the film finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blowout performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. 
On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.”
Gregory Jacobs is taking over the directorial reins from Steven Soderbergh, but his old collaborator is still around, acting as cinematographer, editor and producer. Magic Mike XXL is expected to hit UK cinemas on August 7 next year.
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Elizabeth Banks And More Join Magic Mike XXL
Donald Glover among the new recruits

As filming finally gets properly under way on the sequel, Warner Bros. has announced the full cast for Magic Mike XXL. We’ve already learned about one or two of the new recruits, but Elizabeth Banks, Community’s Donald Glover and American Football player-turned-TV-host Michael Stahan are all aboard.

They’re joining Mike veterans Channing Tatum, (who also co-produces again with writer Reid Carolin), Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias alongside previously announced new arrivals Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett Smith. There are no details on which characters the new actors will be playing.

And with the new casting announcement comes some fresh plot info, which reads thus: “Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, the film finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blowout performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them.

On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.”

Gregory Jacobs is taking over the directorial reins from Steven Soderbergh, but his old collaborator is still around, acting as cinematographer, editor and producer. Magic Mike XXL is expected to hit UK cinemas on August 7 next year.

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Keegan-Michael Key Set For Vacation RebootAnd he’ll be married to Regina Hall…
Though he’s still best known for the comedy he generates alongside Jordan Peele on US TV, Keegan-Michael Key has been making a name for himself as a reliable laugh-grabber in supporting film roles. The team behind the new sequel-reboot Vacation clearly think he’d add to the mirth, hiring him to appear alongside Regina Hall.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are making their joint directorial debut with the film, which finds the grown Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) taking his wife (Christina Applegate) and his children on a cross-country trip to replicate the one his father took him and his siblings on years ago. The plan is to end up at Walley World.
This being a Vacation film, of course, nothing is quite as simple as it sounds. Key and Hall are on board to play family friends of the Griswolds who appear to be annoyingly perfect. They join a cast that also includes Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth as Helms’ sister and brother-in-law respectively.
Key has appeared (alongside Peele) in TV’s Fargo and was last seen on the big screen in Let’s Be Cops. In addition to his acting work, he’s also developing his own reboot – working up a new version of the Police Academy films. Hall was part of Think Like A Man Too.
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Keegan-Michael Key Set For Vacation Reboot
And he’ll be married to Regina Hall…

Though he’s still best known for the comedy he generates alongside Jordan Peele on US TV, Keegan-Michael Key has been making a name for himself as a reliable laugh-grabber in supporting film roles. The team behind the new sequel-reboot Vacation clearly think he’d add to the mirth, hiring him to appear alongside Regina Hall.

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are making their joint directorial debut with the film, which finds the grown Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) taking his wife (Christina Applegate) and his children on a cross-country trip to replicate the one his father took him and his siblings on years ago. The plan is to end up at Walley World.

This being a Vacation film, of course, nothing is quite as simple as it sounds. Key and Hall are on board to play family friends of the Griswolds who appear to be annoyingly perfect. They join a cast that also includes Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth as Helms’ sister and brother-in-law respectively.

Key has appeared (alongside Peele) in TV’s Fargo and was last seen on the big screen in Let’s Be Cops. In addition to his acting work, he’s also developing his own reboot – working up a new version of the Police Academy films. Hall was part of Think Like A Man Too.

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Pierce Brosnan Feels The UrgeHe’s playing the creator of a designer drug
After attempting to recapture his Bond days with action thriller The November Man, Pierce Brosnan is taking aim at a character on an even dodgier moral keel. He’s set to play a drug creator in Urge.
Aaron Kaufman, who has worked as a producer with Robert Rodriguez on the likes of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, is looking to make the movie as his directing debut. He wrote the script with Jason Zumwalt and Jerry Stahl and wants the cameras rolling next month kicking off in New York.
The plot follows a group of friends on holiday at a swanky island destination throwing caution to the wind and taking up the offer of a new designer drug that makes them lose the ability to control their urges. So… Like many already existing drugs and booze, then? Hopefully this will offer a new twist to the tale, and that Brosnan will get to be charming and calculating as the man behind the narcotic.
Brosnan has a few films on the way, clanking through post-production including rom-com How To Make Love Like An Englishman, thriller The Coup, adventure fantasy The Moon And The Sun and action pic Survivor. The November Man, meanwhile, arrives in the UK on November 7.
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Pierce Brosnan Feels The Urge
He’s playing the creator of a designer drug

After attempting to recapture his Bond days with action thriller The November Man, Pierce Brosnan is taking aim at a character on an even dodgier moral keel. He’s set to play a drug creator in Urge.

Aaron Kaufman, who has worked as a producer with Robert Rodriguez on the likes of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, is looking to make the movie as his directing debut. He wrote the script with Jason Zumwalt and Jerry Stahl and wants the cameras rolling next month kicking off in New York.

The plot follows a group of friends on holiday at a swanky island destination throwing caution to the wind and taking up the offer of a new designer drug that makes them lose the ability to control their urges. So… Like many already existing drugs and booze, then? Hopefully this will offer a new twist to the tale, and that Brosnan will get to be charming and calculating as the man behind the narcotic.

Brosnan has a few films on the way, clanking through post-production including rom-com How To Make Love Like An Englishman, thriller The Coup, adventure fantasy The Moon And The Sun and action pic Survivor. The November Man, meanwhile, arrives in the UK on November 7.

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New Interstellar TV Spots Land
With some fresh footage…

With that November 6 release date rushing to meet us like a landing craft ploughing through an atmosphere, it’s naturally time for the promotional campaign for Interstellar to ramp up. Though we’re fairly certain director Christopher Nolan would be happy with zero TV spots so that we all go in unsullied, several have started to crop up. As with all things Interstellar, beware of potential spoilers lurking within.

The new spots share some footage, but also include some new looks at the film, particularly the mission led by Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper to journey through wormholes and find potential new planets for humanity to colonise.

Interstellar’s plot finds Earth dying from overpopulation and the catastrophic ravages of climate change and other pollution. In order to find a new home for the human race, NASA has quietly been building a ship that can exploit wormholes to journey farther than we’ve ever travelled. 

But the cost of the trip could be high on those who take it – as time works differently when you’re dealing with the complicated space phenomena… 

With Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, Wes Bentley, David Oyelowo, Elyes Gabel and Bill Irwin among the cast, Interstellar arrives, as mentioned above, on November 6.

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Jon Hamm Looks Into Black MirrorRafe Spall and Oona Chaplin also on for festive special
You might not expect the scathingly satirical and often disturbing techno-fear series Black Mirror to be a likely candidate for a Christmas special. But that’s exactly what Charlie Brooker and the team are planning for this festive season, and they’ve roped in Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin to headline the cast.
The new episode will be a 90-minute special featuring three interwoven stories that will all be linked by Hamm’s character, with a promise that the show will be weirder than ever. Sounds about right for Christmas…
“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Black Mirror Christmas Special – I have been a massive fan of the show since its inception,” says Hamm in Channel 4’s press release. “Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I’m honoured that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have asked me to participate in wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.”
Brooker himself appears pleased with the casting: “I’m revoltingly happy that Jon, Rafe and Oona are participating in the horrible pageant that is Black Mirror. As far as I’m concerned their presence is a huge Christmas present that’s arrived early.”
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Jon Hamm Looks Into Black Mirror
Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin also on for festive special

You might not expect the scathingly satirical and often disturbing techno-fear series Black Mirror to be a likely candidate for a Christmas special. But that’s exactly what Charlie Brooker and the team are planning for this festive season, and they’ve roped in Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin to headline the cast.

The new episode will be a 90-minute special featuring three interwoven stories that will all be linked by Hamm’s character, with a promise that the show will be weirder than ever. Sounds about right for Christmas…

“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Black Mirror Christmas Special – I have been a massive fan of the show since its inception,” says Hamm in Channel 4’s press release. “Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I’m honoured that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have asked me to participate in wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.”

Brooker himself appears pleased with the casting: “I’m revoltingly happy that Jon, Rafe and Oona are participating in the horrible pageant that is Black Mirror. As far as I’m concerned their presence is a huge Christmas present that’s arrived early.”

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Kevin Smith Lands Financing For Clerks IIITusk helped, apparently…
Clerks and Clerks II still stand among Kevin Smith’s most recognizable films. And despite that clear appeal, the journey to wrap up the story with Clerks III has been a long, hard road, littered with possibilities (a stage version! Smith’s swansong!). Now, though, it appears that his latest film, Tusk, has opened a door to score the funds he needs to get Dante, Randal, Jay and Silent Bob back on our screens.
And that’s despite the apparent failure of the new horror film at the box office. Tusk has been in US cinemas for 10 days now and has so far made roughly $1.4 million, even Smith has said it’s effectively “gasping for air” urging his considerable Twitter following and fan base to check it out.
Yet that that been no barrier to someone noticing the movie and getting in touch with the writer/director, who recounted his new stroke of luck on the Hollywood Babble-On podcast on Friday.
“A year and change ago I was desperately trying to get Clerks III made for the 20th anniversary and that desperation — I must have reeked of it because I couldn’t f–king find money and shit,” Smith says. “But it was Tusk, people going ‘Holy f–k, what else do you have?’ and I was like Clerks III and they’re like ‘done’. So, everybody that’s like, ‘He failed, he failed,’ I’m like ‘Thank you, I failed into doing Clerks III.”
The Weinstein Company has the rights to distribute the film, but didn’t want to cough up an estimated $6 million budget to make it. With that hurdle out of the way, the film could conceivably kick off shooting next year, once Smith finishes work on Yoga Hosers.
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Kevin Smith Lands Financing For Clerks III
Tusk helped, apparently…

Clerks and Clerks II still stand among Kevin Smith’s most recognizable films. And despite that clear appeal, the journey to wrap up the story with Clerks III has been a long, hard road, littered with possibilities (a stage version! Smith’s swansong!). Now, though, it appears that his latest film, Tusk, has opened a door to score the funds he needs to get Dante, Randal, Jay and Silent Bob back on our screens.

And that’s despite the apparent failure of the new horror film at the box office. Tusk has been in US cinemas for 10 days now and has so far made roughly $1.4 million, even Smith has said it’s effectively “gasping for air” urging his considerable Twitter following and fan base to check it out.

Yet that that been no barrier to someone noticing the movie and getting in touch with the writer/director, who recounted his new stroke of luck on the Hollywood Babble-On podcast on Friday.

“A year and change ago I was desperately trying to get Clerks III made for the 20th anniversary and that desperation — I must have reeked of it because I couldn’t f–king find money and shit,” Smith says. “But it was Tusk, people going ‘Holy f–k, what else do you have?’ and I was like Clerks III and they’re like ‘done’. So, everybody that’s like, ‘He failed, he failed,’ I’m like ‘Thank you, I failed into doing Clerks III.”

The Weinstein Company has the rights to distribute the film, but didn’t want to cough up an estimated $6 million budget to make it. With that hurdle out of the way, the film could conceivably kick off shooting next year, once Smith finishes work on Yoga Hosers.

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William Shatner Confirms Contact With The Star Trek 3 TeamHe’d be delighted to do the film – depending on the plot…
Though we’re fairly certain all involved would prefer that word didn’t leak, rumours sprang up last week that Roberto Orci, J.J. Abrams and the Star Trek 3 team were working on a way to squeeze William Shatner into the new film. Now, speaking at the Wizard World Nashville convention event, Shatner has confirmed that he’s spoken to Abrams about the idea.
According to The Shat, Abrams called him from London with word of a potential way to fit Shatner’s Captain Kirk into the new movie, in much in the same way that Leonard Nimoy’s Spock has appeared in both the recent rebooted films. And Shatner’s response? “It depends on what you do with the character, but I would be delighted.”
This is, of course, by no means a done deal yet. Shatner would have to approve the plan and, given that it was supposed to be kept quiet (the actor didn’t even tell his wife, but someone got wind of it), Abrams may decide that it shouldn’t now happen. Shatner remains hopeful, even if he can’t quite conceive of how to make it work in the story. “How do you get me fifty years later into the movie? I mean how do you rationalize it. I know it’s science fiction, but even I couldn’t come up with an idea. So that’s the news on that.”
Though nothing has been 100% announced on the matter, Orci is currently assumed to be directing Star Trek 3 from a script he’s worked on with John D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Paramount wants the Enterprise flying again in 2016, in time for the original series’ 50th anniversary.
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William Shatner Confirms Contact With The Star Trek 3 Team
He’d be delighted to do the film – depending on the plot…

Though we’re fairly certain all involved would prefer that word didn’t leak, rumours sprang up last week that Roberto Orci, J.J. Abrams and the Star Trek 3 team were working on a way to squeeze William Shatner into the new film. Now, speaking at the Wizard World Nashville convention event, Shatner has confirmed that he’s spoken to Abrams about the idea.

According to The Shat, Abrams called him from London with word of a potential way to fit Shatner’s Captain Kirk into the new movie, in much in the same way that Leonard Nimoy’s Spock has appeared in both the recent rebooted films. And Shatner’s response? “It depends on what you do with the character, but I would be delighted.”

This is, of course, by no means a done deal yet. Shatner would have to approve the plan and, given that it was supposed to be kept quiet (the actor didn’t even tell his wife, but someone got wind of it), Abrams may decide that it shouldn’t now happen. Shatner remains hopeful, even if he can’t quite conceive of how to make it work in the story. “How do you get me fifty years later into the movie? I mean how do you rationalize it. I know it’s science fiction, but even I couldn’t come up with an idea. So that’s the news on that.”

Though nothing has been 100% announced on the matter, Orci is currently assumed to be directing Star Trek 3 from a script he’s worked on with John D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Paramount wants the Enterprise flying again in 2016, in time for the original series’ 50th anniversary.

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Stretch Trailer Introduces The Film’s Crazy World
Joe Carnahan’s much-delayed latest has a promo

Joe Carnahan’s Stretch has not enjoyed the easiest route to the screen since it was completed earlier this year. Originally shot for a low $5 million thanks to the involvement of the Blumhouse team, the director’s latest effort was removed from the theatrical distribution list by Universal and is premiering via digital download. That is something of a shame, because it looks like Carnahan has cooked up a gonzo treat.

Patrick Wilson stars as limo driver Kevin, a man seriously down on his luck. His girlfriend is cheating on him and decides to end their relationship in the middle of sex, he’s sick of the entitled, annoying celebrities and business types he shuttles around and, oh yes, he’s $6,000 in the hole thanks to a gambling problem. The problem being that he always loses.

So he’s desperate for a high-paying gig, and when he’s informed that a billionaire is looking for a driver willing to go the extra mile (and not just on the road), he takes the job. But that’s when things get really strange….

With Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, James Badge Dale, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, Ray Liotta, Norman Reedus and even David Hasselhoff in the cast, Stretch launches on iTunes and Amazon on October 7 and VOD October 14 in the US, but there’s no word on an Australian release yet.

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