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Daniel Radcliffe ‘Horns’ Actor + Rupert Sanders ‘Van Helsing’ Director? + Woody Allen & Gus Van Sant Cinematographer Dies

Daniel Radcliffe ‘Horns’: ‘Equus’ to Capricorn

Daniel Radcliffe has gone from Equus to Capricorn – or from horn-rimmed glasses to horns, period (apologies for the horrible pun) – in Horns, Alexandre Aja’s film adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel about a young man, Ig Perrish, who wakes up one day to discover that a) he has a pair of satyr-like horns on his forehead b) his girlfriend has been raped and murdered, and he is the prime suspect. Shortly thereafter, Ig also discovers that a) he can make people tell the truth (and to think not even Harry Potter could do that) b) he can make people act in accordance with their innermost urges.

This first look at Daniel Radcliffe’s curved horns comes courtesy of EW.com. As you can see, the make-up job isn’t exactly Academy Award “material” – it’s perfectly believable, mind you; it’s just not showy enough. Anyhow, Radcliffe looks alluringly faun-like. And here’s hoping that the fantastical tale will be as intriguing as it sounds.

‘Horns’ movie cast

Besides Radcliffe, the Horns cast includes Juno Temple, Kelli Garner, James Remar, Joe Anderson, and Max Minghella. Keith Bunin adapted Joe Hill’s novel.

By the way, Daniel Radcliffe’s first post-Harry Potter movie, The Woman in Black, was a sleeper hit, grossing $127.73 million worldwide. Horns doesn’t have a release date, yet, but it’ll likely come out sometime in 2013.

Rupert Sanders to direct Tom Cruise in ‘Val Helsing’?

Rupert Sanders, at this point in time known less as the director of Universal’s summer hit Snow White and the Huntsman than for the late July “scandal” involving SWATH star Kristen Stewart, has been tapped to direct Tom Cruise in the studio’s Van Helsing reboot.

Initially, there was talk that Sanders might helm a sequel to (or spinoff of) Snow White and the Huntsman that might or might not feature Stewart. Budgeted at a reported $170m, SWATH took in nearly $400 million worldwide, which helps to explain Universal’s interest in revisiting the setting and (at least some of) the characters. But how would that work out, if the post-scandal Rupert Sanders and Kristen Stewart were to join forces in another movie?

Rupert Sanders: Good choice?

Whether or not personal issues have affected professional ones, Twitch says that Sanders’ next project may end up being that other potential Universal franchise, Van Helsing. As per Twitch, it’s all in the very early, “casual” stages. But it does make sense if Sanders gets hired to helm Van Helsing. After all, with Snow White and the Huntsman the newcomer has clearly shown his flair for atmospheric storytelling – a must for a movie about a vampire killer.

Tom Cruise is currently filming Doug Liman’s sci-fier All You Need Is Kill. With Clint Eastwood’s A Star Is Born lying comatose in the maternity ward following the departure of Beyoncé Knowles (the Rock of Ages actor was one of several rumored contenders to play Knowles’ romantic interest), Cruise’s next project may well turn out to be Van Helsing. If so, we’ll soon find out if Rupert Sanders will indeed land his first post-Snow White and the Huntsman directorial gig. That is, unless the previously announced 90 Church does indeed pan out.

Rupert Sanders directing Snow White and the Huntsman image: Alex Bailey / Universal Pictures.

Iron Man 3 trailer HD: Tony Stark vs. deadly Mandarin and even deadlier ocean water

The Iron Man 3 trailer begins with Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man a.k.a. Sherlock Holmes a.k.a. Robert Downey Jr admitting to himself, to the universe: “I have a lot of apologies to make.” He also has to try to remain alive, as, he himself also admits in the trailer, “there are a lot of people who want to kill me.” Well, it seems that Tony Stark doesn’t get killed (else, there wouldn’t be The Avengers 2 and/or Iron Man 4), but just don’t sleep with that guy. (Please scroll down to check out the Iron Man 3 trailer HD. Photo: Tony Stark house under attack Iron Man 3.)

The Iron Man 3 trailers continues with a disembodied Ben Kingsley (I believe) telling us, in The Dark Knight Rises’ Bane fashion (but with better diction), “Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher.” Among this teacher’s lessons, it seems, is creating giant holes in airplanes – while in flight. Another key lesson: “Heroes. There is no such thing.” Point well taken, but it’s downright petty to destroy that great-looking house. (Note: According to our editor, Tony Stark’s house reminds him of Oscar Niemeyer’s Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói, across the bay from Rio de Janeiro.)

If this trailer is a good indication of what’s to come, here’s hoping that Iron Man’s suit is rust-resistant. And we apparently already know one movie to be shortlisted for the 2014 Best Visual Effects Oscar.

Iron Man 3 release date, cast

Iron Man 3 opens on May 3, 2013, in North America. Directed by Shane Black (replacing Iron Man and Iron Man 2‘s Jon Favreau), Iron Man 3 features Robert Downey Jr, Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Ben Kingsley as Mandarin, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes / War Machine, Rebecca Hall, William Sadler, James Badge Dale, Dale Dickey, the voice of Paul Bettany as Jarvis, and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. Screenplay by Shane Black, who worked as a consultant in the previous two Iron Man movies, and Drew Pearce.

Tony Stark house Iron Man 3 photo: Marvel / Paramount Pictures.

Gangster Squad with Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen.

‘Gangster Squad’ trailer: Over-the-top Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen

The Gangster Squad trailer features an over-the-top Sean Penn as mobster Mickey Cohen, who came to Los Angeles in the ’50s to create his own private fiefdom. The Los Angeles Police Department (ironically, notorious for its rampant corruption and abuse of power), wants to save L.A. from the mob. Enter the Gangster Squad led by Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling. (Please scroll down to check out the Gangster Squad trailer. Photo: Gangster Squad Sean Penn Mickey Cohen.)

Gangster Squad, of course, is the movie that had its release date pushed back because of the Dark Knight Rises Denver area shooting massacre. The film featured a scene – now gone – in which that sort of indiscriminate shooting took place inside a movie theater.

Gangster Squad release date

Yanked from its early September slot – even the trailers were temporarily made unavailable – Gangster Squad will open in the United States on January 11, 2013. Oscar chances, which were a possibility in some categories, have now diminished considerably, as early-year releases tend to be forgotten during awards season.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Gangster Squad also features Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Mireille Enos, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick, Frank Grillo, and The Dark Knight Rises’ Josh Pence as Daryl Gates, the Los Angeles chief of police who stood aside at the time of the L.A. riots in the early 1990s. Will Beall is credited for the adaptation of Paul Lieberman’s book.

“Over-the-Top Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen: Gangster Squad Trailer” photo: Warner Bros.

Harris Savides, Sofia Coppola on the Somewhere set.

Woody Allen & Gus Van Sant cinematographer Harris Savides has died

Harris Savides, a cinematographer who collaborated with the likes of Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola, Woody Allen, David Fincher, and Ridley Scott, died earlier today. Savides, who was 55, had reportedly been battling cancer.

Born in New York City (Sept. 28, 1957) to parents of Greek Cypriot origin, Savides collaborated with Gus Van Sant on Finding Forrester, Gerry, the Cannes Film Festival winner Elephant, Last Days, Milk, and Restless. He also shot David Fincher’s The Game and the widely acclaimed Zodiac, Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, and Sofia Coppola’s controversial Venice Film Festival winner Somewhere.

Another Coppola movie, the upcoming The Bing Ring, was Savides’ last project. The crime drama stars Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson and Leslie Mann.

Other Savides movie credits include John Turturro’s Illuminata, James Gray’s The Yards, Jonathan Glazer’s Birth, Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg and Margot at the Wedding, and Martin Scorsese’s short The Keys to Reserva. Additionally, Savides shot music videos for Madonna, R.E.M., and others.

Harris Savides awards and nominations

Harris Savides was nominated for five Spirit Awards (Gerry, Elephant, Last Days, Milk, and Greenberg) and one BAFTA (American Gangster). In 2003, he won the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Cinematography award for both Elephant and Gerry.

Harris Savides, Sofia Coppola Somewhere photo: Focus Features.

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Daisy Kenyon -

What about Halo?

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Dee -

I don’t think that Sanders is the right Choice to helm VH. He does not have the depth to utilize the full potential of the actors to perform strongly. He obviously is excellent with visuals but weak in the story line. For these reasons i he is not ready to direct this movie.

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Liz -

I don’t think Rupert’s personal life should prevent him from getting jobs because he is indeed a good director. The same goes for Kristen Stewart.

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