steve_jobs_header-620x296Back in January, it was confirmed that British actor Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave, X-Men: Days of Future Past) would be tackling the role of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in a new big-screen biopic simply entitled ‘Steve Jobs‘.

Several months later, fans are finally getting the chance to see Fassbender don the black turtleneck in the film’s official trailer which premiered earlier today.

Directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) and written by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Newsroom), the biopic focuses on Jobs’ involvement with launching three major Apple products over the course of 15 years; the Macintosh (1984), NeXT (1988) and the iMac (1998).

The film also depicts his complicated relationships with various colleagues during that period including fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and former Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman.

Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, The Interview) and Oscar-winner Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Reader) appear as Wozniak and Hoffman with the rest of the starry ensemble including Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber, The Newsroom) as ex-Apple CEO John Sculley, Katherine Waterston (The Babysitters, Inherent Vice) as Jobs’s former partner Chrisann Brennan and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, Boardwalk Empire) as early Mac developer Andy Hertzfeld.

Steve Jobs will be released in the UK on November 13th.

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Almost a decade ago, fans thought they were saying goodbye to the Rocky franchise after its titular character Rocky Balboa had come out of retirement to fight one more time in the 2006 outing ‘Rocky Balboa‘.

But the successful series is set to live on a bit longer with Sylvester Stallone (Rambo series, The Expendables trilogy) reprising his iconic role as the Italian Stallion for the seventh time in the upcoming spinoff ‘Creed‘.

In this particular installment, Balboa will be playing second fiddle to a young contender with an important name linked to the previous Rocky films as Apollo Creed’s son takes centre stage in the boxing drama’s official trailer.

Directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), the film stars rising actor Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Fantastic Four) as Adonis Creed, a young fighter whose former Heavyweight Champion father Apollo (played by Carl Weathers in the earlier installments) died in the ring before he was born. Adonis ends up seeking help from his father’s former rival-turned-good friend Rocky Balboa in getting trained up as he prepares to go toe-to-toe with a formidable opponent.

Liverpudlian boxer Tony Bellew appears in the film as Adonis’ nemesis Pretty Ricky with additional acting support coming from Graham McTavish (The Hobbit trilogy, Outlander), Tessa Thompson (When a Stranger Calls, Selma), Wood Harris (The Wire, Dredd) and The Cosby Show’s Phylicia Rashad as Adonis’ mother.

Creed has yet to receive a UK release date though it will be out in the US on November 25th. Ironically this film’s arrival will almost coincide with the 40th anniversary of the original Rocky’s cinematic release.

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Hollywood’s fascination with casting British actors as Americans has become a prominent thing in recent years.

A major example of this came when Andrew Garfield was cast as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its 2014 follow-up.

However Marvel were clearly disappointed when neither film particularly impressed at the box-office which eventually led to the studio making the controversial decision to commission ANOTHER Spider-Man reboot, this time with a younger actor to portray the much-loved superhero.

Several young actors were touted for the role including Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender’s Game) but Marvel and Sony Pictures have officially confirmed that another young Brit has landed the major gig.

19 year old Tom Holland will play Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot which delves further into the student’s school life as well as taking on the responsibility of fighting crime in New York City through his alter-ego.

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Producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal announced the news of Holland’s casting at a news conference earlier today and also revealed that a director for the reboot has been found in the form of newcomer Jon Watts. The rookie made a name for himself at this year’s Sundance Film Festival with his indie-thriller Cop Car.

On the new film, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman Tom Rothman said:

“It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”

Holland made his big breakthrough in 2012 when he played Lucas, the eldest son of a British family torn apart by a deadly tsunami, in the real-life survival drama The Impossible. The heartbreaking role saw him nominated for several accolades for which he ended up winning Empire’s Best Male Newcomer award in 2013.

He also appeared alongside Saoirse Ronan in the thriller How I Live Now (2013) and voiced Tom Hardy’s son in the British drama Locke (2013).  This year has already seen him play Gregory Cromwell in the historical series Wolf Hall and he will also be figuring in Ron Howard’s upcoming sea epic In the Heart of the Sea, which co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Brendan Gleeson.

The latest Spider-Man installment will be released on July 28th 2017 though Holland will actually be making his web-slinging debut in Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster epic Captain America: Civil War, which comes out next April.

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Last night saw the film world rocked by the tragic death of composer James Horner who was killed in a plane crash.

Loved by many for his musical work over the past four decades, Horner produced some of the best scores and was only bettered by the all-time great John Williams and Hans Zimmer.

However below is my Top 10 scores for the late composer. There were plenty of contenders to make the list but the Cinematique’s personal choices are….

 

10# – An American Tail (1985)

 

9# – Aliens (1986)

 

8# – Apollo 13 (1995)

 

7# – The Land Before Time (1988)

 

6# – Jumanji (1995)

 

5# – Avatar (2009)

 

4# – Field of Dreams (1989)

 

3# – Braveheart (1995)

 

2# – The Mask of Zorro (1998)

 

1# – Titanic (1997)

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James Horner, the composer of high-profile films like Braveheart, Titanic and Avatar, has died at the age of 61.

The two-time Oscar-winning musician was killed in a small plane crash near Santa Barbara last night with his death being confirmed by his assistant Sylvia Patryca.

“We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support.”

Born in 1953, Horner’s musical talent began at the age of 5 when he took piano lessons before studying at the Royal College of Music in London. After receiving a master’s degree in California, he went on to receive a P.H.D before making the move towards composing.

After doing scores for several low-budget films in the late 70s/early 80s, his breakthrough gig came when he composed the music for the popular Star Trek sequel Wrath of Khan (1982) and would also work on its follow-up The Search for Spock (1984). Other noteworthy work during that period included 48 Hrs (1982), Krull (1983) and The Dresser (1983).

The mid 80s-onwards would produce further success for Horner as he collaborated with director Ron Howard for the first time when he composed the music for Cocoon (1985). He went on to work with Howard on six other films including Willow (1988), Apollo 13 (1995), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and the Oscar-winning drama A Beautiful Mind (2001).

Horner would show variety with the films he composed during the late 80s/early 90s ranging from blockbusters (Commando, Aliens, Patriot Games) and animations (An American Tail, The Land Before Time, The Pagemaster) to family films (*Batteries Not Included, Honey I Shrunk the Kids) and award-winning dramas (Field of Dreams, Glory, Legends of the Fall).

The mid-90s would be the prime of his career as he worked on the score for two Oscar-winning films in Mel Gibson’s historical drama Braveheart (1995) and the disaster epic Titanic (1997). The latter film saw Horner scoop two Oscars for his music which included the iconic song “My Heart Will Go On”, as sung by Celine Dion.

Other high-profile scores for the 90s included Casper (1995), Jumanji (1995), The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Bicentennial Man (1999).

The New Millennium proved somewhat underwhelming for Horner barring his work on A Beautiful Mind as he ended up scoring more independent films including Iris (2001), House of Sand and Fog (2003), The New World (2005) and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008).

However he did compose music for more high-budget blockbusters such as Troy (2004), Apocalypto (2006), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and the highest-grossing film of all time, Avatar (2009).

Horner is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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As it prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, the sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day has been taking its time with releasing details over its long-awaited sequel.

But director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012) finally confirmed new information over the follow-up’s title during a press conference in Alburquerque last night.

He revealed that the film will be entitled Independence Day: Resurgence and also spoke about its plot whilst being accompanied by several members of the cast.

The story will be set 20 years after the events of the original with Earth being defended by a global defense system to avoid future alien invasions. However the extraterrestrials return to heap further chaos on the planet.

Emmerich said:

“We call it in the film the War of ’96. It’s like a post-World generation that’s unified, and that’s amazing to see a world come together with a common enemy. That’s a resurgence.”

Amongst the original cast returning for the sequel include Jeff Goldblum as heroic scientist David Levinson, Bill Pullman as former US President Whitmore, Judd Hirsch as David’s father Julius, Vivica A Fox as Jasmine Hiller and Brett Spiner as the unfortunate Dr. Brakish Okun.
However there is no comeback for Will Smith as Independence Day’s chief hero Steven Hiller though the character’s son Dylan will be back and be played by newcomer Jessie Usher (Level-Up, Survivor’s Remorse). Another major recast is of President Whitmore’s daughter Patricia who is now being portrayed by Maika Monroe (Labor Day, The Guest).
Usher and Monroe will be joined by other cast newcomers for the sequel including Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games series, The Expendables II), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist, Nymphomaniac), William Fichtner (Prison Break, The Dark Knight) and Sela Ward (The Day After Tomorrow, Gone Girl).
Goldblum revealed that David is leading a new initiative to protect the planet for this installment while newbie Hemsworth spoke about what fans can expect from his character.

“Jake lost his parents in the first attack, he grew up in an orphanage, and eventually joined the military and became a fighter pilot, and eventually became one of the best of the best fighter pilots.

“I think his ego kind of got in the way, he made a bad decision and put someone’s life at risk, and he got the great job of driving this moon tug, which is basically a forklift on the moon.”

Independence Day: Resurgence will be released in cinemas on June 24th 2016, to mark the 20th anniversary.

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The last decade has been rewarding for Emily Blunt with the British actress set to tackle her grittiest role yet.

The Golden-Globe winning star of The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and Into the Woods (2014) has teamed up with the emerging director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy) to lead the upcoming crime-thriller Sicario.

The film’s official trailer was released online last night.

The plot sees Blunt’s FBI agent Kate Macer being recruited by a government task force official to help escort two rangers across the border to Mexico in order to bring down a drug lord. However things don’t go to plan which leaves Kate facing a battle to survive while also questioning her own beliefs.

Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects, Traffic) who previously co-starred with Blunt in the fantasy horror The Wolfman (2010), is amongst the supporting cast which also includes Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men, Guardians of the Galaxy), Victor Garber (Titanic, Argo) and Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury).

The film also sees Villeneuve collaborate with the great cinematographer Roger Deakins who worked on the director’s brilliant 2013 thriller Prisoners.

Sicario will be released in the UK on September 25th.