Helena Bonham-Carter Joins Voice Cast of Netflix’s “Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”

Helena Bonham-Carter is putting up some Resistance…

The 52-year-old part Spanish actress has joined the all-star voice cast of Netflix’s forthcoming Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

Helena Bonham-Carter

Taron EgertonAnya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel have been cast as respective Gefling heroes Rian, Brea and Deet, while Bonham-Carter, Toby JonesAlicia Vikander, Simon Pegg and Andy Samberg also lend their voices to the return of Jim Henson’s classic that will launch globally in 2019.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is based on Henson’s 1982 feature The Dark CrystalThe series tells a new epic story, set many years before the events of the movie and realized using classic puppetry with cutting-edge visual effects. We find that the world of Thra is dying. At the heart of Thra is the Crystal of Truth, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land. When three Gelflings uncover the horrific truth behind the power of the Skeksis, an adventure unfolds as the fires of rebellion are lit and an epic battle for the planet begins.

Also joining the voice cast are Caitriona Balfe, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Shazad LatifGugu Mbatha-Raw and Mark Strong.

The Skeksis & Mystics will be voiced by Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs,Keegan-Michael Keyand Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. Aughra will be voiced by Donna Kimball.

Additional characters will also be voiced by puppeteers from the production.

Noomi Rapace to Star in the Psychological Drama “Angel of Mine”

Noomi Rapace has landed a heavenly role…

The half-Spanish actress has been cast in Angel of Mine, a psychological drama that has Kim Farrant attached to direct.

Noomi Rapace

From a screenplay by Oscar-nominated scribe Luke Davies and David Regal and based on the 2008 French film L’Empreinte de L’Ange, the story centers on Lizzie (Rapace), a mother who, still struggling to cope with the loss of her daughter several years earlier, becomes convinced that a stranger’s daughter is her own. As her obsession grows, she becomes more and more entwined in this young girl’s life, causing her to lose touch with reality.

The film, which will begin production in April, was developed by Garlin Pictures with the assistance of Screen Australia and SixtyFourSixty.

Fortitude will present the film to buyers at the upcoming Berlin Film Market, while Becker Film Group will distribute it in Australia and New Zealand territories.

Rapace, can currently be seen in the Netflix movies What Happened to Monday and Bright, recently wrapped production on Robert Budreau’s Stockholm with Ethan Hawke and Mark Strong as well as the Vicky Jewson-directed thriller, Close.

Cruz In Talks to Star Opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in the Spy Comedy “Grimsby”

Penélope Cruz has reportedly spied her next big screen role…

The 40-year-old Spanish actress is reportedly in final negotiations to join Sacha Baron Cohen in Grimsby, Sony Pictures’ spy comedy.

Penelope Cruz

Directed by Louis Leterrier, the story centers on a James Bond-like character, portrayed by Mark Strong, who is forced to go into hiding in his hometown and team up with his English football hooligan brother, played by Baron Cohen.

The cast already includes Rebel Wilson, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe and Annabelle Wallis, among others.

Much of the character information is being kept secret, but sources say Cruz will play a philanthropic corporate leader who may (or may not) be more than she seems.

Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham wrote the script.

The film is shooting this summer in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime Performance Features Three of Shazam’s Most Searched Moments

Shazam! Bruno Marshalftime performance at the Super Bowl continues to help break records…

Not only did the 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer’s performance with the Red Hot Chili Peppers register a record 115.3 million viewers and earn a huge response on the Twittersphere, but it was one of the moments during the big game that nabbed the most Shazams.

Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl

The music search app beat its own Super Bowl record with more than 700,000 uses — more than double the count of last year’s game that featured Beyonce and Destiny’s Child as its halftime performers.

Despite all the music-related ads that aired throughout the broadcast, more than half of the Shazams occurred during Mars’ halftime performance. The top searched moment of the entire game was when the Red Hot Chili Peppers emerged shirtless and rocked the stage with on the band’s hit song”Give It Away,” followed by Mars’ first solo hit, “Just The Way You Are,” with which he closed the halftime show, along with a ton of fireworks.

Coming in third in Shazam’s statistics was Chevrolet’s “Life” ad, a sentimental spot that featured the song “Don’t Leave” by Ane Brun.

Fourth place belongs to Jaguar‘s “Rendezvous” ad, with appearances by Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong and using an epic action-film score.

Rounding out the top five was Mars’ “Runaway Baby” performance, which pulls from Barry Strong‘s 1960 hit “Money (That’s What I Want).

Following Chevrolet and Jaguar in the top Shazamed Super Bowl ads were Bud Light‘s “Cool Twist,” Bank of America‘s ad which debuted the new single “Invisible” by U2, and Budweiser‘s moving military homecoming, “A Hero’s Welcome.”

Dorado Signs with William Morris Endeavor

Jorge Dorado’s future looks bright in Hollywood…

The 36-year-old Spanish filmmaker and emerging talent signed on with noted talent agency William Morris Endeavor (WME) during this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Jorge Dorado

Dorado, who began his career working as an assistant director with the likes of Pedro Almodóvar, Baz Luhrmann and Guillermo del Toro, made his feature directing debut with the psychological thriller Mindscape for Studio Canal.

The film, starring Mark Strong, Brian Cox and Taissa Farmiga, centers on a detective with the ability to enter peoples’ memories (Strong) who takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled, but dangerous 16-year-old girl, Anna (Farmiga), to determine if she’s a sociopath or a victim of trauma.

The film is scheduled for a fall 2013 release.

Dorado has directed several award-winning shorts including the Goya Award-nominated La guerra, which won 47 awards at festivals throughout the world.

Banderas’ “Day of the Falcon” to Be Released on VOD

Antonio Banderas will be getting his Day (of the Falcon) next month…

Image Entertainment has announced plans to release Day of the Falcon, starring the 52-year-old Spanish actor, on video on demand (VOD) on February 1 and in theaters on March 1 in 15 markets.

Day of the Falcon

The film, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, is based on the Hans Ruesch novel The Great Thirst. Day Of The Falcon tells the story of honor, greed, betrayal and love between rival kingdoms. Just as the two groups cease to fight after years of bloodshed, oil is discovered between their territories, reigniting their once violent past. It’s now up to their children – young lovers who married in hopes of bringing the families together – to find a way to end the violence and to bring peace to the land.

Banderas portrays Emir Nesib in the film, which was originally called Black Gold.  It co-stars Mark Strong, Freida Pinto and Tahar Rahim.

Ramirez May Star in Bin Laden Movie…

Edgar Ramirez may soon become a Navy SEAL in Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s movie about Osama Bin Laden.

The 34-year-old Venezuelan actor, who has starred in Carlos and The Bourne Ultimatum, is reportedly being considered for a role in the film, along with actress Jessica Chastain and actor Mark Strong, according to Deadline.com.

Edgar Ramirez Star Trek

Directed by Bigelow, who became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director for The Hurt Locker, the drama will reportedly tell the story of Navy SEAL Team 6′s
extensive hunt for the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden, who was finally killed in a covert mission last year.

The project isn’t without controversy. The Pentagon will reportedly investigate charges made by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) that Bigelow and her team somehow received inside information about the mission from the Obama Administration in preparing the script.

Despite the drama surrounding the drama, the script has been completed and Bigelow is expected to move forward with filming.

Sony Pictures has scheduled the film for release on December 19, to avoid this year’s presidential election.

Meanwhile, Ramirez will next star in Wrath of the Titans, a sequel to the recent Clash of the Titans reboot.