Emmy 2014 nominations announced, and Alec Baldwin in talks for Mission: Impossible 5
Emmy Awards 2014 – nominees announced
Television’s much-loved fall season will soon be upon us, along with a slew of new shows – but before we get to that, we have the announcement for this year’s Emmy Awards nominees, America’s (sort of) prestigious small-screen backpatter. There were only a few notable snubs this year; NBC’s Hannibal garnered no love for its second season, along with newcomer Orphan Black. However, most of the audience favourites got a good look in, with True Detective, Orange Is The New Black, Downton Abbey, American Horror Story: Coven and, perhaps most deserving, the final season of Breaking Bad (including nominations for both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul). Check out the full list of contenders at the official website.
Guillermo Del Toro planning a smaller project before Pacific Rim 2
He’s already on to the first-draft stages for the sequel to robots-versus-monsters 2013 ‘smash’ hit Pacific Rim, but before he gets to that, Mexican genius Guillermo Del Toro is already planning a much smaller project. Described as a ‘black-and-white’ number, the director hopes to cast British actor John Hurt in a mysterious picture that features, in his own words, “one great monster”. This will bridge the gap between Pacific Rim 2, which is prepped to begin shooting next year, and haunted house horror Crimson Peak, which is currently in post-production.
New Gremlins to be a reboot
It’s been in the pipeline for a while now, but a proposed follow-up to ’80s family classic Gremlins is now being described as a ‘reboot’ rather than a straight sequel or remake. Rumours indicate that screenwriter Chris Columbus is set to return on production duties, although director Joe Dante is most likely out of the running. This 21st century Gremlins will be set 30 years after the events of the original, according to sources over at Slashfilm.
Birdman to open Venice Film Festival 2014
The 71st Venice film festival is fast approaching, and the lucky winner to lift the curtain on opening night has officially been revealed. Despite much speculation pointing towards David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman will be the one taking the honour on August 27. The film stars Michael Keaton as a middle-aged actor best known in the mainstream for his role in a popular superhero franchise – sound familiar?
Alec Baldwin in talks for Mission: Impossible 5
Ethan Hunt is returning for another round of explosive espionage action in Mission: Impossible 5, with Alec Baldwin currently in negotiations with Paramount to star as the head of CIA. In other casting news, Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen) has nabbed the female lead, while Ghost Protocol‘s Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and, yes, Tom Cruise will all be reprising their roles. Directing duties, meanwhile, fall to Jack Reacher‘s Christopher McQuarrie. Read the full story at Focus Film here.
Here is a brand new poster for upcoming OAP actioner The Expendables 3. Admittedly, this is looking less like a high-octane thrill ride and more like a sitcom-style reunion for the residents (and staff) of a retirement home, but hey, appearances aren’t everything… despite a PG-13 rating. The film is due for release in UK cinemas on August 14.