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The Mummy: New Look At Sofia Boutella’s Monster

EMPIRE – The new issue of Empire is in all good and not-so-good newsagents now, and within its pages there are a whole host of movie exclusives – among them, a sneak peek of The Mummy, the first in Universal’s planned Dark Universe series of films. We’ve studied the ancient papyrus of the issue in order to bring you a small preview – see below, and click to embiggen.

 

 

The image shows the film’s ostensible villain, Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella): unwrapped after being entombed for millennia to wreak havoc in the 21st century. If we’re to care about her, she can’t simply have a one-dimensional world domination complex. “The thing I’ve been focused on more than anything is that she has a really good reason to be where she’s at,” explains the film’s director, Alex Kurtzman. “If we can relate to her, and experience that weird, confusing Universal feeling you get of loving and caring about the monster, then hopefully I will have succeeded.”

“Dark Universe” Announced

Universal has officially announced that their series of classic monster movie reboots will collectively be known as Dark Universe. Click on for a preview video and a cast pic featuring the stars…

 

 

COMIC BOOK MOVIE – Universal Pictures has just announced that its rebooted series of classic monster movies will be known as the Dark Universe, and will kick-off with next month’s The Mummy.

 

The studio has also officially confirmed that The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster will be played by, respectively, Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem, who will join Tom Cruise as Nick Morton and Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll. The entire team is pictured above with Sofia Boutella, who will play the The Mummy of the title.

 

In addition, it’s been announced that Bill Condon will direct Bride of Frankenstein, which will be the next film in the series and is set for release on February 14, 2019.

 

Check out the preview vid below, and welcome to a new world of gods and monsters.
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The Top 14 Female Action Stars Working Today

Don’t mess with these bad-asses. And Hollywood, give these talented women more action!

 

Way back in 1979, Ridley Scott’s “Alien” brought us our first genuine female action hero in Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. Despite the three sequels that followed, Ripley proved to be something of an outlier. Until fairly recently, a woman could kill someone in a movie only if she faced brutal punishment afterward, as in Scott’s “Thelma and Louise,” or in the inevitable fates of Bond girls: They could dole out lethal action, but rarely survived.

 

Today, ass-kicking women are no longer an anomaly or subject to automatic retribution. This weekend, we watched Scarlett Johansson lay waste to her enemies (although not the box office) in “Ghost in the Shell,” following a path blazed by the likes of Linda Hamilton (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”), Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill”), and Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”). These roles may strike a blow for equality and diversity, but what these women — and their agents — realize most of all is that carrying an action movie brings global marquee value and a much higher asking price. It’s a strategy that’s served men for decades.

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Sofia Boutella Talks ‘Atomic Blonde’ Love Scene With Charlize Theron

‘She’s Gorgeous, So That Wasn’t Too Hard’

 

Charlize Theron is a fighter and a lover as butt-kicking MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton in the gritty upcoming actioner Atomic Blonde. And it’s not just James McAvoy’s David who “thinks he f–king loves her.” In the movie’s steamiest scene, Brougton “makes contact,” so to speak, with French operative Sandrine, played by Kingsman and Star Trek Beyond breakout Sofia Boutella.

 

“I was really nervous at first, but [Charlize] made it so easy for me,” Boutella told Yahoo Movies at Cinemacon in Las Vegas (watch above). “Honestly, she made me so comfortable… She’s gorgeous, so that wasn’t too hard.”

 

The pairing with Boutella is not Theron’s first onscreen relationship with another woman. In her Oscar-winning performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, the actress romanced Christina Ricci, who played Aileen’s girlfriend Selby.

 

As Boutella pointed out, there are “technical” aspects to filmmaking that often render seemingly sexy celluloid moments more clinical as the scene is being shot. “But at the end of the day, [Theron] just made it easy,” Boutella said. “I had a blast.”

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