Disney chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that "Star Wars Episode VII" has started filming, even if casting isn't totally complete. Though Horn would not confirm which actors had already been signed for J.J. Abrams's production, plenty have been linked with the seventh "Star Wars" film. Adam Driver ("Girls") and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") have both been linked to the production, while several names have been mentioned in relation to a leading role: Jesse Plemons ("Breaking Bad"), Ed Speleers ("Downton Abbey"), John Boyega ("Attack the Block"), and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.
The biblical saga headlined by Russell Crowe was displaced by Marvel's superhero flick, the top earner at the worldwide box office for the weekend ending April 6, according to Rentrak. In theaters in 51 territories, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" took in $203.3 million worldwide over the period in question, overtaking last week's winner, "Noah," by a long shot. In the US domestic box office, the superhero movie also emerged on top, with revenues of $96.2 million. Bumped into second place, Darren Aronofsky's feature grossed $62.6 million worldwide and $17 million in North America.
There's another glimpse at the towering beast itself as well as further character exposition, revealing that nuclear scientist Joe Brady (Bryan Cranston) had to shut wife Sandra (played by Juliette Binoche) inside a nuclear power plant in order to save the city. "Godzilla," starring Cranston and Binoche alongside Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is due for release the week of May 16 -- earlier in some European, South American, and South East Asian territories; Godzilla - Extended Look [HD]: youtu.be/64c6VLNJQiE
By Claire Milhench LONDON (Reuters) - Boston-born Eileen Rose has a string of Americana albums under her belt, but her new record "Be Many Gone" has a more classic country feel, inspired by years of honing her craft in Nashville's honky-tonks with her side-project band, The Silver Threads. "Nashville is just screaming hot right now," Rose said, speaking to Reuters on the phone from country music's spiritual home. "Everything's booming - it's on all the top 10 lists of the hottest cities in the U.S." Nashville's profile has been raised by the TV show of the same name and country music is enjoying a revival, but Rose is careful to draw a distinction between the poppier country getting mainstream radio play and classic country music.
By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to Marvel's 2011 film about the red, white and blue superhero, smashed its way to $96.2 million in weekend ticket sales, setting a new record for an April release and speeding past last week's winner, "Noah." In the process, it also validated the strategy of the film's distributor, Walt Disney Co, to ramp up its pipeline of films featuring super heroes made famous by bashing bad guys in Marvel Comics. "Captain America," which stars Chris Evans as a scrawny World War Two reject given super powers from an experimental serum, easily exceeded the April take for the racing movie "Fast Five," which collected $86.2 million in ticket sales in April 2011. Since Disney bought Marvel for $4 billion in 2009, Marvel characters have starred in some of Hollywood's biggest hits.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" conquered the North American box office in its debut weekend, becoming the top-earning movie so far this year, industry estimates showed on Sunday. The superhero saga from Disney's Marvel Studios, starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, pulled in a hefty $96.2 million, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. The action drama reunites Russell Crowe with Jennifer Connelly, his co-star from 2001's "A Beautiful Mind."
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to Marvel's 2011 film about the Red, White and Blue super hero, smashed its way to $96.2 million in weekend ticket sales, setting a new record for an April release and speeding past last week's winner, "Noah." The film, which stars Chris Evans as a scrawny World War Two reject given super powers from an experimental serum, easily exceeded the April take for the racing movie "Fast Five," which collected $86.2 million in ticket sales in April 2011. ...
Another "Game of Thrones" leading lady is headed to "The Hunger Games" franchise. Gwendoline Christie is set to play Commander Lyme in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2," Access Hollywood has confirmed. The actress will replace "American Horror Story" alum Lily Rabe, who is unable to play the role of a former Hunger Games winner, due to another commitment, per Deadline. Currently, Gwendoline's "GoT" co-star Natalie Dormer is filming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1," playing Cressida.