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The Golden Globes have made their impact on the Oscar race as awards season begins to pick up steam.

As was the case with the Screen Actor Guild Award nominations yesterday, the dark comedy Birdman leads the way with a mighty seven mentions.

The film, which focuses on a former superhero actor (Michael Keaton) who tries to revive his career on Broadway, was nodded in the Best Picture (Comedy/Musical) category with director Alejando Gonzalez Inarritu receiving a nod for his work behind the camera and for his screenplay.

As was the case yesterday, actors Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone are also recognised along with composer Antonio Sanchez.

In the Drama category, the indie-drama Boyhood and the British war flick The Imitation Game share five nominations each with the Best Film (Drama) line-up completed by three biopics; Foxcatcher, Selma and The Theory of Everything.

Boyhood’s mentions include acting nods for Ethan Hawke (Best Supporting Actor) and Patricia Arquette (Best Supporting Actress) while Imitation Game’s tally sees stars British duo Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in contention too.

Cumberbatch’s portrayal of tragic mathematician Alan Turing is in a strong Best Actor (Drama) category which includes dark performances from Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler). Fellow Brits David Oyelowo (Selma) and Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything) are also shortlisted for their roles as real-life figures Martin Luthur King and Stephen Hawking.

Julianne Moore is a double nominee in both leading Actress categories for the family drama Still Alice and the Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars. The first in Drama sees her compete with Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and British actresses Felicity Jones (Theory of Everything) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl).

The Comedy/Musical categories see Birdman facing strong competition in the Best Picture group from The Grand Budapest Hotel, fantasy musical Into the Woods, British biopic Pride and family comedy St Vincent.

Michael Keaton will be battling it out for the Best Actor award with Ralph Fiennes (Grand Budapest), Bill Murray (St Vincent), Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) and Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes).

In contrast, British duo Emily Blunt (Into the Woods) and Dame Helen Mirren (The One Hundred Foot Journey) are competing with Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Julianne Moore and youngster Quvenzhane Wallis (Annie), a shock nominee.

The Supporting Actors nominees see Ethan Hawke and Edward Norton up against category favourite J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Robert Duvall (The Judge) and Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher) while Patricia Arquette, Keira Knightley and Emma Stone fight it out with Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year) and the legendary Meryl Streep for the Best Supporting Actress gong.

The Best Director category sees Alejando Gonzalez Inarritu up against Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel), Ava DuVernay (Selma), David Fincher (Gone Girl) and Richard Linkater (Boyhood).

Finally, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The LEGO Movie go head-to-head in Best Animated Film along with Big Hero 6, The Book of Life and The Boxtrolls.

Yet again, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association produced more shock snubs this year with Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken both getting shut out while Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar managed just one nomination for its composer Hans Zimmer.

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards will be hosted for the third and final time by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on January 11th 2015.

The full list of nominees are below (with my predictions in yellow):

BEST MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA)
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

BEST MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St Vincent

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)
Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané – Wallis, Annie

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K Simmons – Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

BEST SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Annie – “Opportunity”
Big Eyes – “Big Eyes”
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I – “Yellow Flicker Beat”
Noah – “Mercy Is”
Selma – “Glory”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure (Sweden)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Israel)
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)

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Onto the television contenders, the Globes produced more shocks as various shows suffered from a lack of recognition or were completely shut out.

In the Drama Television Series category, The Affair, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife and Netflix’s House of Cards all landed three mentions each. HBO’s Game of Thrones rounded off the list of nominees but it failed to land anywhere else with Peter Dinklage surprisingly snubbed for his iconic role as Tyrion Lannister.

Aside from a Best Actress nod for Claire Danes, Homeland missed out on other recognition while Hannibal, Mad Men and the final series of Boardwalk Empire also failed to make the cut.

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With Bryan Cranston and Breaking Bad now gone, Kevin Spacey will be looking to triumph in the Best Actor category for House of Cards but faces stern competition from James Spader (The Blacklist), Liev Schrieber (Ray Donovan) and British duo Clive Owen (The Knick) and Dominic West (The Affair).

After being overlooked last year, Claire Danes is up against previous nominees like Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife) and Robin Wright (House of Cards) plus a new entry in Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder).

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In the Best Comedy Series group, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory were both completely shut out with Orange is the New Black looking to clinch the main award ahead of Girls, Jane the Virgin, Silicon Valley and Transparent. This writer was not a happy chappy!

British comedian actor Ricky Gervais is nominated for his role in Derek and is competing with the likes of Louis C.K (Louis) and Don Cheadle (House of Lies) for the Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) gong.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be hoping to land another Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) award as she goes head-to-head with Lena Dunham (Girls) and Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) amongst others.

The Best TV Movie / Mini-Series features a weighty group of contenders which include the small-screen adaptation of Fargo, leading the way with five nominations. Lead stars Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton are competing against one another in the Best Actor in a TV Movie category while co-stars Alison Tolman and Colin (son of Tom) Hanks are also nodded.

It faces a mighty challenge overcoming HBO’s acclaimed crime series True Detective as main stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson also received acting mentions along with Michelle Monaghan.

Gay activist drama The Normal Heart is also on the Best TV Movie shortlist with actors Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer both nominated though Julia Roberts was another big star to get snubbed.

Family drama Olive Ketteridge and BBC’s crime thriller The Missing also made the cut with the former gaining acting nominations for Frances McDormand and Bill Murray.

Bomer, Hanks and Murray are both competing for Best Supporting Actor along with Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and last year’s winner Jon Voight (Ray Donovan).

Finally, the Best Supporting Actress shortlist includes previous winner Alison Janney (Mom) plus Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Freak Show) and British actress Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey).

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards will be hosted for the third and final time by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on January 11th 2015.

The full list of nominations are below (with predictions in yellow):

BEST TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
Clive Owen – The Knick
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

James Spader – The Blacklist
Dominic West – The Affair

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson – The Affair
Robin Wright – House of Cards

BEST TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Girls
Jane the Virgin
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Louis CK – Louie
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Ricky Gervais – Derek
William H. Macy – Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Lena Dunham – Girls
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Fargo
The Missing
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge
True Detective

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Martin Freeman – Fargo
Woody Harrelson – True Detective
Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honourable Woman

Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge
Francis O’Connor – The Missing
Alison Tolman – Fargo

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
Colin Hanks – Fargo
Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Allison Janney – Mom
Michelle Monaghan – True Detective

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Awards season has come around quickly again for those competing for success in the film and television industry as the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) announced their nominations for this year.

Starting with the film categories, the race for Oscar has started to heat up with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s dark comedy Birdman leading the way with four nominations including Best Ensemble.

Former Beetlejuice and Batman star Michael Keaton is up for Best Actor and is joined by his co-stars Edward Norton in Best Supporting Actor and Emma Stone in Best Supporting Actress.

Competing with Birdman in Best Ensemble is the epic family drama Boyhood (which has dominated awards season so far), the war comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel and British biopics The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.

Keaton faces stern competition in his category from Brit actors Benedict Cumberbatch (Imitation Game) and Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything) while Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher) and Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler) are both nodded for their dark performances.

The British continue their dominance in the Best Actress group with Felicity Jones (Theory of Everything) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) up against Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and surprise nominee Jennifer Aniston (Cake).

In Supporting Actor, Norton faces a tough challenge in overcoming early favourite J.K Simmons (Whiplash) with the line-up completed by Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) and Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher).

Finally, the Best Supporting Actress category sees Stone up against English rose Keira Knightley (Imitation Game) as well as Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) and shock nominee Naomi Watts (St Vincent).

Several high profile names failed to make the cut including David Oyelowo, Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard and Jessica Chastain.

The Oscar race is set to get more heated tomorrow when the Golden Globes announce their contenders.

The full list of SAG nominations are below (with winners predictions in yellow):

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Naomi Watts – St Vincent

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

OUTSTANDING ACTION PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Unbroken
X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Meanwhile, the television nominations were also announced with Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Modern Family all having a good day.

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Firstly, in the comedy categories, Modern Family received a favourable four mentions including Best Comedy Ensemble as well as acting nods for Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen.

The much-loved series is competing in its chief category with other lauded shows like The Big Bang Theory (Bazinga!), Brooklyn Nine Nine, Orange is the New Black and Veep.

Jim Parsons (Big Bang), Louis C.K (Louis), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recs) are other eye-catching nominees up for the lead awards.

On the drama side, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire go head-to-head in the Best Drama Ensemble category along with Downton Abbey, Homeland and House of Cards.

True Detective duo Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson go up against Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) in a strong Best Actor line-up.

Six women are battling it out for Best Drama Actress with Homeland’s Claire Danes and Downton Abbey’s Dame Maggie Smith up against the likes of Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Robin Wright (House of Cards).

Finally, the Television Movie / Mini-Series nominees include mentions in both film and TV categories for Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: The Last Vow) and Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart). The latter’s co-star Julia Roberts is also recognised in Lead Actress.

Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honourable Woman) and Frances McDormand (Olive Ketteridge) are amongst the other strong group of performers in contention for awards glory.

The full list of television nominees are below (winner predictions in yellow):

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
Woody Harrelson – True Detective
Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Robin Wright – House of Cards

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Louis C.K. – Louis
William H. Macy – Shameless
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Uzo Odob, Orange is the New Black
Julie Bowen – Modern Family
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss – Veep
Amy Phoehler – Parks and Recreation

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES
Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Veep

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Adrien Brody – Houdini
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: His Last Vow
Richard Jenkins – Olive Ketteridge
Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Ellen Burstyn – Flowers in the Attic
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honourable Woman
Frances McDormand – Olive Ketteridge
Julia Roberts – The Normal Heart
Cicely Tyson – The Trip to Bountiful

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY / DRAMA SERIES
24: Live Another Day
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Sons of Anarchy
The Walking Dead

The film and television category winners will be announced at the SAG ceremony on January 25th 2014.

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The last eighteen months have been pretty hectic for Mr Benedict Cumberbatch.

The British actor is currently playing one of television’s most intriguing characters and is also looking certain to land his first Oscar nomination for his role as Alan Turing in the drama The Imitation Game.

He has also been part of various high-profile films like Star Trek into Darkness and the award-winning 12 Years a Slave as well as voicing Smaug the Dragon in the final two Hobbit films.

He even went to the trouble of announcing that he was in a relationship with actress Sophie Hunter (much to the dismay of his female admirers!).

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But the Sherlock star is now set for another significant role in the action-genre after Marvel Studios finally revealed that he had been cast as Doctor Strange in his own individual film.

Cumberbatch had initially denied reports that he was playing the character but that was clearly a diversion as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in a statement:

“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity. In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

The plot is likely to focus on how Strange went from being a neurosurgeon to a cosmic sorcerer.

Marvel had originally tried to get Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Walk the Line) to play the Marvel hero but negotiations broke down in August.

Fellow British actors Tom Hardy, Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor were also linked to the role.

Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) will direct the film with a release date set for October 28th 2016.

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2015 is already promising to be a bad-ass year for cinema especially if you’re into your blockbusters.

With The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World and of course Star Wars: The Force Awakens all set to battle it out for box-office domination, another renowned film series is set to return albeit via the reboot option.

The thrilling Terminator franchise is making its comeback to the big-screen for the fifth time in the form of its latest outing, Terminator Genisys.

The film, whose plot appears to mirror that of James Cameron’s original 1984 hit The Terminator, has unveiled its official trailer online.

Directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World), the plot sees Arnold Schwarzenegger reprise his iconic role as the human cyborg who returns to present-day Earth to train a young Sarah Connor. In the meantime, her future son John Connor sends his reliable lieutenant Kyle Reese back in time to ensure that she survives.

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Game of Thrones beauty Emilia Clarke gets another chance to play a feisty heroine in the role of Sarah with Jai Courtney (Live Free and Die Hard, Unbroken) playing Reese and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as future John.

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith is also part of the new-look cast.

The trailer comes thirty years after the original Terminator film which was eventually followed by the vastly superior Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991). However the series stumbled with 2003′s disappointing Rise of the Machines and 2008′s Terminator Salvation.

Terminator: Genisys will be released amongst a busy summer of films on July 3rd 2015.

 

Two years since the universal success of Skyfall, James Bond fans have been relishing the next film of the much-loved action franchise.

Details of the 24th Bond film have finally been revealed following a special announcement made this morning.

British director Sam Mendes, who helmed Skyfall, has officially confirmed that the new outing will be given the bizarre title of ‘Spectre‘.

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He also went on to introduce the journalists and photographers to the film’s cast members.

As many have anticipated, former Hilbre High School student Daniel Craig is back for his fourth outing as 007 spy James Bond.

Also returning from Skyfall are Ralph Fiennes as the new ‘M’, Naomi Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as ‘Q’ and Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner.

There are also plenty of new additions to the already-talented cast which include Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Pride) as Denbigh and wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Mr Hinx.

There are two new Bond ladies, both of whom have provided plenty of eye candy for male audiences over the years. Italian beauty Monica Bellucci (Irreversible, The Matrix trilogy) will be playing Lucia Sciarra while French actress Lea Seydoux (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Blue is the Warmest Colour) has been cast as Madeline Swann.

The biggest signing though is that of two-time Oscar-winning German actor Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained) who will be playing Oberhauser, the potential villain of the film.

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A brief plot synopsis has also been released by EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”

Filming begins on Monday and will take place over the next seven months in London, Rome, Mexico City, Tangier and the Austrian Alps.

Spectre is scheduled for a cinematic release on November 6th 2015.

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A couple of months ago, Warner Bros. finally confirmed that a Justice League film would be getting made to rival Marvel’s The Avengers.

The major studio are now moving forward with their plans to adapt another prestige comic-book series into a film, this time it being Suicide Squad, which will focus on the supervillains of DC Comics.

The story follows the notorious beings who were organised by the US government to work together as a black ops team in exchange for redemption.

After weeks of speculation, they have now confirmed the six actors who will be taking on the roles of these notorious minds.

Will Smith (Independence Day, Men in Black trilogy) will portray assassin Deadshot, one of Batman’s many enemies. Smith has had previous experience of playing a super character when he played the role of Hancock in the 2008 film of the same name.

Despite playing Batman villain Bane in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012), British actor Tom Hardy (Inception, Warrior) returns to the DC Universe in the part of Rick Flag, the leader of the Suicide Squad.

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As most Heath Ledger fans had feared, the late actor’s iconic role as The Joker is set to be reincarnated on screen by another big name performer. Fresh from winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar earlier this year, Jared Leto (American Psycho, Dallas Buyers Club) has been given the almighty task of playing the deranged and psychotic enemy of Batman.

While there is bound to be dismay about someone else playing the character so soon after Ledger’s portrayal in The Dark Knight (2008), Leto seems to be a well-suited replacement who is capable of producing chameleon roles to perfection.

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Having become a favourite with many male (and possibly female) audiences for her sultry turn in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the exquisite Australian actress Margot Robbie (Neighbours, About Time) has been cast in the role of another key Batman baddie, Harley Quinn. The Jester-cladded villainess is the loyal assistant and girlfriend to The Joker.

Finally, Jai Courtney (Live Free and Die Hard, Terminator: Genisys) will portray Captain Boomerang who is chief nemesis to The Flash while British model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina, Pan) will play the villainous sorcerer Enchantress.

Warner Bros president Greg Silverman issued a statement about the new project:

“The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under David Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”

David Ayer (Training Day, Fury) will direct the comic-book film with a release date scheduled for August 2016.