There have been lots of exciting updates in the world of cinema this week: From the unexpected news that emojis are getting their own movie, to sneak peaks at upcoming films X-Men: Apocalpyse and Spectre. Join us as we round up the film news you need to know about from the past week.
Sony To Produce Emoji Film
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The emoji, the little animated symbols and faces which pepper your texts, Instagram posts and Facebook messages, are moving from the small screen of your cell phone to the big screen of your local cinema complex.
In a reported seven-figure deal, Sony Pictures won the rights to produce a movie centred on the emoji. Created in Japan in the late nineties, emojis really caught on when Apple added them to the iPhone following the release of iOS 5 in 2011. The symbols are now recognised internationally.
The new movie will be directed by Anthony Leondis, and co-written by Leondis and Eric Siegel.
This somewhat bizarre concept has already been satirised by Jimmy Kimmel on his late night TV show, yet people were equally as dubious about The Lego Movie before it became a BAFTA, Critics’ Choice Award winner and critical darling. Perhaps the emoji movie will mimic its success. Check back with us for more updates on this new project as they come in.
Julianne Moore & Ellen Page Join Forces For Freeheld
Following her recent Oscar win, Julianne Moore is set to star in Freeheld, a thought provoking and inspiring drama based on true events.
In this upcoming feature Moore plays Laurel Hester, a celebrated New Jersey police lieutenant who lives with her partner Stacie Andree (Ellen Page). Upon finding out she has been diagnosed with cancer, Laurel begins battling to ensure her pension will be left to Stacie, however the county officials, the Freeholders, try to prevent Laurel from achieving her aim.
The heartrending trailer is at times funny, at times tragic and ultimately inspiring, promising a very real and human story.
The movie is due to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this September.
Read the full Freeheld trailer chat article here.
First Official Photos Of X-Men: Apocalypse
The first official photos have been released of the X-Men: Apocalypse cast in action. This upcoming movie will be the third in the X-Men prequel trilogy in which James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender play mutant friends-turned-enemies Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr, better known by their aliases Professor X and Magneto.
Each movie in the trilogy has been set ten years apart, with the third film catching up with the characters in 1983.
X-Men’s high-profile cast and crew have been uploading fun behind the scenes pictures on Instagram for some time, but this week saw the release of the first official photographs.
The new photos show the cast in action, in full-on 1980s mode. From Jennifer Lawrence returning as Mystique to the first official look at new additions Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as a young Jean Grey and Kodi Smit McPhee as a young Nightcrawler, the photos offer lots for fans to get excited about.
X-Men: Apocalpyse is due for release next year.
Feast Your Eyes On The First Full Length Spectre Trailer
The first full-length trailer for the latest Bond movie, Spectre, has been released.
Action-packed, enigmatic and fan-pleasing, the new trailer is filled with cinematic shots of typically beautiful locations, fast cars and previews of Daniel Craig’s Bond, Ralph Fiennes’ M, Naomie Harris’ Eve Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw’s Q in action.
Most notably, the trailer introduces audiences to Christoph Waltz’s villain, Franz Oberhauser, whose enigmatic past and link to previous Bond instalments suggest he will be one of Bond’s most memorable adversaries yet.
Spectre will be released on 6 November.