Movie News: First 'Life' Photo Features James Dean; Idris Elba Is a Tiger in Disney's 'Jungle Book;' 'Noah' Gets Banned

Movie News: First 'Life' Photo Features James Dean; Idris Elba Is a Tiger in Disney's 'Jungle Book;' 'Noah' Gets Banned

Mar 07, 2014


Life: The first photo from Life reveals Dane DeHaan as James Dean and Robert Pattinson as Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock. Directed by Anton Corbijn (The American), who first gained reknown as photographer for a British rock music weekly, the upcoming movie follows Dean and Stock as they take a cross-country road trip to shoot the actor in the environments that shaped him. Production on the film is still underway. []

The Jungle Book: Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) will voice Shere Khan the tiger in Disney's upcoming new version of The Jungle Book. It's the first indication of just how director Jon Favreau will be mixing live action with VFX. Will we be seeing more talking VFX animals in the movie? Disney is competing with Warner Bros., which is also planning a new version of Rudyard Kipling's classic tales, though that project is currently searching for a director. [Deadline]

Noah: We just heard that Lars von Trier's sexually explicit Nymphomaniac has been banned in Turkey, and now comes word that Darren Aronofsky's Noah, starring Russell Crowe, has been banned in Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. What those Middle Eastern countries have in common is Islamic law, which prohibits the portrayal of prophets. A leading Muslim institute in Egypt has also called for the movie to be banned in that country. Noah opens in the U.S. on March 28. [The Hollywood Reporter/Haaretz]

Frank Trailer: Michael Fassbender stars in the offbeat comedy Frank, though you'll have to listen very carefully to know that. He plays the title character, a "musical genius" who always wears a large papier-mache head; the film follows as he and his fellow musicians, including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson, journey to Austin, Texas, to perform at SXSW. The film opens in Ireland on May 2; it does not yet have a U.S. release date. [YouTube]




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