6th July 2012

The big news this week is the global release of Marc Webb's re-imagining of The Amazing Spider-man, starring Andrew Garfield, who has been on an epic tour of the planet with costar/girlfriend Emma Stone, holding premieres in just about every major city imaginable. Reviews have been somewhat mixed, but the film is already breaking box-office records. Also hitting the cinemas is Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, for those expecting a Full Monty style romp, think again ' This is a Steven Soderbergh film, and he's a serious director who enjoys twisting genres in intelligent ways.'

Meanwhile in America, the stars turned out for the premiere of Oliver Stone's new film,a return to Natural Born Killers crime-action mode with the drugs

'Blake Lively - Savages Arrivals

and kidnapping thriller Savages, starring Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson. Costar Blake Lively looked gorgeous on the red carpet in a bright yellow gown, while John Travolta ignored those nasty gossip stories and smiled for the paparazzi.

Another star caught up in the gossip columns at the moment is Tom Cruise, whose upcoming action movie Jack Reacher launched its first trailer this week. It isn't much more than a teaser for what seems to be a vigilante-style Mission Impossible action romp, but it looks strikingly well made, playing to Cruise's strength at playing conflicted characters. The film opens in December.

Savages costar Salma Hayek also appears in Here Comes the Boom, a comedy starring Kevin James as a high school teacher trying to keep his school going amid drastic budget cuts. So he decides to train as a mixed-martial arts warrior. With Henry Winkler as his coach. The film hits cinemas this autumn.

We also got our first glimpse this week of Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in a biopic that traces the last two years in Diana's life.

'First shot of Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in the film Caught In Flight

The film (Caught In Flight) started shooting this week in Croatia with Oscar-nominated director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall), and will continue filming in Mozambique and the UK over the summer.

But the biggest news this week was that shooting has wrapped on the set of The Hobbit in New Zealand after over a year on the set. Filmmaker Peter Jackson still has a lot of effects work to do on the two-part saga, and there will probably some re-shoots with the cast next year, but The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due in cinemas this Christmas, while The Hobbit: There and Back Again arrives in December 2013.

Rich Cline

 

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