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Following a brief hiatus between 2008 and 2013, influential Spanish filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro suddenly has a busy schedule ahead of him.

The Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth director made a successful cinematic comeback with his 2013 blockbuster Pacific Rim, soon to be followed by a sequel. As well as that, Del Toro is also working on a new big-screen version of the beloved childhood classic Pinocchio.

Beforehand though, he has returned to the horror genre with his upcoming gothic thriller Crimson Peak, a project which features a strong quartet of talented actors and mesmerising production designs.  An official trailer for the film premiered online earlier today.

Set in the Victorian era, the plot sees Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Stoker) play a young novelist who falls for a handsome man with a dark past and ends up staying with him and his creepy sister at their mansion. Unbeknownst to her, the place is haunted which leaves her fighting to survive.

Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, The Avengers) and the majestic (and dark-haired) Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar) portray the mysterious siblings with Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) also featuring as a doctor who secretly admires the novelist.

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The film has already been praised by horror author Stephen King (The Shining, Misery) who described it as “gorgeous and just f**king terrifying.”

Crimson Peak will be released in cinemas worldwide on October 16th.

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Fifteen years since making his debut as the claw-welding superhero Wolverine in X-Men (2000), Hugh Jackman (Australia, Les Miserables) has announced that he will finally say goodbye to his iconic role in the character’s third solo film Wolverine 3 which is due out in 2017.

The Australian actor initially revealed the news via his Instagram post which read: “WOLVERINE….ONE LAST TIME”.

He later confirmed his impending departure whilst speaking on The Dr Oz Show.

“It is my last time. It felt like it was the right time to do it. And let’s be honest, 17 years. I never thought in a million years it would last, so I’m so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it.

“I kind of have in my head what we’re going to do in this last one. It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out.”

As well as the first X-Men film, Jackman has played the popular Marvel superhero in five other outings which included last year’s hit X-Men: Days of Future Past.

But before Wolverine 3, he is reportedly set to play the character again in the next X-Men installment Apocalypse which is due out in 2016. That particular film will follow up the events of Days of Future Past with James McAvoy (Young Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Young Erik Laucher) and Jennifer Lawrence (Young Mystique) all returning.

Jackman will be reuniting with long-term X-Men co-star Patrick Stewart (Old Charles Xavier) and director James Mangold for the third Wolverine film which is due for release on March 3rd 2017.

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With Avengers: Age of Ultron currently entertaining audiences around the world, Marvel are moving swiftly forward with Phase 3 of their Cinematic Universe.

But while the third Avengers film is not due out until the end of the decade, fans are set to be in for a treat with regards to Marvel’s next big blockbuster.

The studio made a huge announcement today confirming that a host of stars (old and new) will feature in the upcoming Captain America sequel Civil War.

As predicted, Chris Evans will reprise his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America with fellow Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye) also involved in the comic-book flick.

But wait there’s more….

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The newer Avengers from Age of Ultron are also set to figure in Civil War which include Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as The Vision.

Hold on, there’s even more!

Joining Evans and Mackie from previous Captain America film The Winter Soldier are Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter and Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones.

And still more?!

Paul Rudd will be reprising his new Marvel role as Scott Lang/Ant-Man which follows up his debut in the character’s own film Ant-Man which screens in July. We will also be getting a glimpse of another new Marvel superhero in T’Challa/Black Panther who will be played by Chadwick Boseman (’42, Get On Up).

One welcoming return is that of Oscar-winner William Hurt who is back as General Thaddeus Ross, several years after his last Marvel appearance in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk.

Finally, there are two significant actors whose roles have yet to be revealed as of yet which are Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Basterds, Rush) and British star Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit trilogy) though the former is tipped to play Civil War’s main villain Baron Zemo.

Did I forget to mention that the new Spider-Man could also be making an appearance too? No news on his involvement or his casting at this current stage….

Phew that was a lot of people to get through!

The film’s plot is set to follow on from the events of Age of Ultron in which Steve Rogers will lead the new team of Avengers as they look to continue saving the world. However when another international incident involving the superheroes occurs, they face growing political pressure which results in Captain America clashing with Iron Man.

The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo are back to helm the comic-book epic with filming set to take place in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.

Captain America: Civil War will be released in the UK on April 29th 2016.

 

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Hollywood’s fascination with remakes and reboots has become a recurring theme with cinema nowadays with most of them backfiring badly.

But in the case of National Lampoon’s Vacation, it looks like they may have found a hidden gem in its upcoming reboot which mixes old and new actors into a story that shares similarities to the 1983 classic.

A brilliant red-band trailer for the crude comedy premiered on the internet earlier today.

Directed by Horrible Bosses writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, the plot sees Clark Griswold’s son Rusty (played by The Hangover star Ed Helms) take his wife and sons on a trip to Wally World theme park, the same place that he and his family visited in the original film.

Christina Applegate (Married with Children, Anchorman) plays Rusty’s wife Debbie while Chevy Chase (Caddyshack, Community) and Beverly D’Angelo (Coal Miner’s Daughter, American History X) both reprise their previous Vacation roles as Clark and Ellen.

The part of their daughter Audrey is filled by Leslie Mann (The 40 Year Old Virgin, This is 40) with Chris Hemsworth (Rush, The Avengers: Age of Ultron) featuring as her husband Stone. The Australian actor makes an eye-catching appearance in the trailer that involves a prosthetic penis which is sure to please many female fans!

Vacation will be released in the UK on November 13th.

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Playing twins in the same film can be an exhausting task for some actors, just ask Nicolas Cage, Armie Hammer, Lindsay Lohan and Adam Sandler!

The latest big-name star to try out the clever cinematic device is the profile British actor Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road) who has the difficult task of portraying twin brothers Reggie and Ronnie Kray, the most sinister sibling partnership in criminal history.

Appearing through the excellent use of visual effects, Hardy’s double role is glimpsed at in the trailer for the Kray brothers biopic Legend.

Directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland (L.A Confidential, Mystic River), the film depicts the Krays’ involvement in the London criminal underworld during the 1950s and 60s.

The thriller’s solid support cast includes Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Pompeii) as Reggie’s tragic wife Francis Shea as well as Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Thor: The Dark World), David Thewlis (Harry Potter series, The Theory of Everything), Tara Fitzgerald (Brassed Off, Game of Thrones) and Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale, The Usual Suspects).

Legend will be released in the UK on September 11th.

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When it comes to films, it’s been a rather difficult time for the talented Johnny Depp.

The Oscar-nominated star of Sleepy Hollow and the Pirates of the Caribbean series has endured a poor run of form in recent years.

From The Tourist (2010) and The Rum Diary (2012) to Transcendence (2014) and this year’s comedy flop Mortdecai, the chameleon actor has been looking for a big performance to revive his floundering film career.

Hope could yet come from his new role as real-life gangster boss James “Whitey” Bulger in the upcoming crime drama Black Mass. The film premiered a gripping trailer earlier today.

Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace), the film charts the notourious Irish-Boston mobster’s rise as one of the most violent criminals in American history. Facing the threat of a rival Mafia family, he would end up becoming an FBI informant in a period stretching between the 1970s and 90s.

Depp leads an all-star cast which also includes British star Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game), Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Kevin Bacon (Footloose, The Following), Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad),   Sienna Miller (Factory Girl, American Sniper), Peter Sarsgaard (An Education, Green Lantern), Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris, House of Cards), Juno Temple (Atonement, Killer Joe) and Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson.

Black Mass will be released in cinemas in September.

Screenshot-2015-01-27-at-1.29.56-PMA decade ago, the Fantastic Four made a disappointing big-screen debut which threatened to tarnish the careers of its actors as well as Marvel Studios’ cinematic reputation.

But thanks to the much-lauded Avengers franchise, the comic-book film studio has ended up becoming one of the biggest corporations in the world and has decided to give its superhero quartet another go at making big bucks on the big-screen.

A new group of actors have taken on the roles of Fantastic Four characters Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm and The Thing with the film’s official trailer being released last night.

Helmed by Chronicle director Josh Trank, the plot sees the scientist quartet having to deal with their new superpowers after achieving them whilst visiting an alternative universe. However they end up having to stop a fellow colleague from causing havoc after he also gains superhuman abilities.

Miles Teller (Divergent, Whiplash) plays Richards whose ability is to stretch while Kate Mara (House of Cards, Transcendence) portrays Sue, whose power is to become invisible. Seen as a controversial casting by some due to his ethnicity, Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Fruitvale Station) plays Johnny who is able to turn into a flying man with flames while Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, King Kong) plays The Thing, a rock-skinned superhero famed for his memorable catchphrase “It’s clobbering time”.

Toby Kebbell (Dead Man Shoes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) also features in the film as the villainous Victor Domashev / Doctor Doom, a role previously played by Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck).

The original Fantastic Four outing from 2005 (and it’s 2007 sequel The Silver Surfer) almost ruined the careers of former stars Ioan Gruffudd (Richards), Jessica Alba (Sue Storm), Chris Evans (Johnny Storm) and Michael Chiklis (Thing). Remarkably Evans would return to the Marvel fold in style with his effective role as Steve Rogers / Captain America in the Captain America / Avengers films.

Fantastic Four will be released in the UK on August 6th.