Richard Gere in The Double: Photos Premiere

The first images have premiered from Image Entertainment’s The Double starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace.

Richard Gere in The Double

Gere stars as a retired CIA agent whom the agency returns to duty with a rookie FBI agent (Grace) when a U.S. senator is murdered. Why does this slaying call for the involvement of the international spooks of the CIA? Because the senator’s dead body bears the marking of a notorious Russian killer known only as Cassius.

Topher Grace and Richard Gere in The Double

The Double opens September 23 and also stars True Blood’s Stephen Moyer, You Again’s Odette Yustman and screen legend Martin Sheen.

Stephen Moyer in The Double

Gere’s retired CIA agent Paul Shepherdson has spent his entire career on the trail of Cassius, and is actually convinced the killer is dead. With the senator’s death and the symbol left on his dead body matching that of the Soviet assassin, Shepherdson’s former boss at the CIA (Sheen) implores his former colleague to take the case.

Grace’s character, Ben Geary, wrote his graduate school thesis on Shepherdson’s pursuit of Cassius and is teamed with the retired spy to determine if Cassius is in fact dead, or instead, fully charged and back to his killing ways.

First Image of Tom Hanks in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Warner Bros is readying its fall slate and one of the studio’s films that caught our eye immediately is the Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock starring Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

Tom Hanks Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The film arrives December 25 in limited release (it goes wide January 20) and follows Oskar (Thomas Horn), the son of Hanks’ character who perished in the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center. Oskar is convinced that his dad has left behind a final message for him somewhere in the five boroughs of New York City.

Oskar’s mother (Bullock) is still firmly entrenched in a deep sense of mourning and he is feeling more and more detached from her as time goes on — perhaps finding this clue will bring them closer. 

Hanks onscreen son believes in that which cannot be seen and has built up an elaborate theory as to the cryptic key he found in his father’s old closet and the secrets it may answer. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a tome that paints a picture that the trip is more meaningful than the destination. Oskar’s journey to discover his father’s lost message not only allows him to cherish his father’s memory instead of being weighed down by his loss, but also gives him a deeper perspective on embracing those who are still among the living.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is directed by Stephen Daldry (The Reader) from an Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) screenplay. The two Oscar winning leads, Hanks and Bullock, are joined by a stellar group of thespians including Oscar nominee Viola Davis (The Help), Jeffrey Wright and James Gandolfini.

Glee Cast Talks to Movie Fanatic: Glee Goes 3D

The Glee gang — Darren Criss, Lea Michele, Ashley Fink, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley and Chris Colfer — gathered recently at the W Hotel in Westwood and chatted to Movie Fanatic about the journey from TV smash to big screen sensation in Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Picture

Glee 3D captures the essence of the sensation and brings it to the masses. The cast of the Fox hit show toured the country this summer and the film is a moment-in-time capturing of the glory that is Glee.

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie also breaks down the fourth wall of film and TV by showing the audience the immediate impact the show has had on a number of fans. Although only on the air for two seasons, Glee has managed to bust barriers between the youngest generations and show them that at the end of the day, we all share the same hopes and dreams. Glee’s cast embodies that sentiment and hearing them attest to that fact in person, was downright inspiring.

Movie Fanatic: While you’re filming Glee: The 3D Concert Movie as the characters from Glee, did you ever feel like you slipped into your own persona while performing in front of 20,000 people?

Lea Michele: I feel like I did a nice blend of Rachel and Lea while I was on stage performing. We are our characters but at the same time when we walk off stage we are ourselves. Also, we got to shoot these really fun, little backstage things with Ryan Murphy where he was interviewing us in character.

Darren Criss: I definitely blew it a couple times. I was in San Francisco making shout-outs to my parents and Blaine’s probably never even been to San Francisco [laughs].

Chris Colfer: I had to be in character. There’s no way I could’ve done Single Ladies every night [laughs]. That’s when you just leave yourself behind.

Movie Fanatic: One of the best aspects about the Glee movie is we get to see the impact you have made on your fans. Where do you guys get most of your fan feedback?

Amber Riley: One of the great things about this show is social media: Twitter and Facebook. We continually get letters and tweets from fans telling us how each character has touched them in some way and how they changed them in some way. I don’t know about them [gestures to her castmates], I can’t take the credit. We have really great writers. I think those kids are just brave by watching the show and identifying with it, coming out and being themselves.

Movie Fanatic: Were there any songs that didn’t make it to the film’s final cut that you wish had?

Ashley Fink: Towards the end Jenna (Ushkowitz) was singing True Colors, which was amazing. But we hadn’t even put that in (to the set list) before we filmed the movie.

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Darren Criss

Darren Criss: The boys (The Warblers), we did Friday at the beginning of the tour.

Jenna Ushkowitz: Single Ladies… we did that. I don’t think we did it the nights we filmed for the movie.

Lea Michele: There were a lot of versions of the concert — because we do songs some nights and not others. Some nights we wouldn’t be feeling particularly well, so we would take one song out and put another song in — it was constantly growing and changing.

Movie Fanatic: And Lea, have you met Barbra Streisand? Do you have the same obsession with her as does your Glee character?

Lea Michele: Oh, yeah, for sure [laughs]. I did get to meet her and I held it together and cried when she walked away.

Movie Fanatic: Chris, the gay community is a big part of your storyline. What does it mean to you to inspire today’s youth?

Chris Colfer: It’s crazy when you represent such a select community. They always thank you so much when it’s really them who are brave and the strong ones. The stories that you hear are heartbreaking and inspiring.

Movie Fanatic: What can fans look forward to in the upcoming third season of Glee?

Lea Michele: They’re really doing a back-to-basics season — really focusing on it being very similar to Glee’s season one. That’s so exciting. The first script was amazing. I absolutely love it — with a lot of songs that haven’t been on the charts in a while but were hits from the past. I love doing stuff like that. It’s, for some of us, our senior year. We want to make it great, to see what it’s like to be a senior in high school.

Glee 3D Concert Movie Lea Michele Chris Colfer

Movie Fanatic: You guys usually shoot on a closed set with a few crew members watching. Many of you have worked in theater or on Broadway, but this film is a concert film. These are bigger arenas providing a more immediate response from tens of thousands of people. How did you find the experience different?

Darren Criss: To experience all these people in real time is a pretty cathartic moment. There’s this huge fan presence that is undeniable. But, when it is on social media, it isn’t as immediately tangible because it’s inherently disconnected. You have all these people that you feel on your phone, but to have them cheering and dancing — it’s a very symbiotic thing where they’re celebrating this show with you and we’re celebrating what they’re celebrating. You’re right. It’s very different than a set. Crowds are more forgiving than your script supervisor [laughs].

Jenna Ushkowitz: [Laughing] It’s instant gratification. We get the energy and we feed off of that. Gratefully our crew is dancing along with us with every number that we do and they’re amazing. But other than that, it’s a small group of about 20 of us so it’s just a totally different vibe.

Movie Fanatic: What’s the most thrilling part of this Glee experience for you?

Amber Riley: I get to watch what I think are the future’s brightest stars. I’m getting a personal performance. When everybody’s watching it on TV, I’m actually in the room. So, I’m listening to Broadway’s next biggest stars and our next great singers. I’m their biggest fans.

Movie Fanatic: This summer Glee has been in the news almost constantly. How is working amongst all the speculation?

Amber Riley: I think that the great thing is that this movie is going to put a lot of things in perspective for people. They’ll get back to what the show is really about. It’s not about gossip. It’s not about drama. It’s about these kids that are connected to every one of our characters. Our characters have literally grown up with them and we are helping them through adolescence, junior high and high school. So, I’m hoping that’s what this movie is going to do.

Movie Fanatic: Any advice for the people out there who are yearning to be singers?

Glee 3D Concert Pic

Darren Criss: Do it.

Jenna Ushkowitz: Work hard, practice. It doesn’t appear overnight. It takes a lot of work and honing your craft. Also, don’t give up because people may say you’re not good enough. I had so many teachers in college and high school, saying, “You’re not going to make it.” “You can’t.” Luckily, I had enough people around me who said I could.

Darren Criss: I would say utilize a lot of the technology that’s available to kids now. Unfortunately we live in a country where the facility to perform isn’t as available. I was very blessed with an arts education and it’s not so easy for everybody in parts of our country and elsewhere to get that. But, kids today are finding ways to perform. Obviously YouTube is the forefront for a lot of performers we find, myself included. And there are ways to meet people and surround yourself with like-minded people who will support you. It’s a smaller world now. I would embrace that to nurture your own love of performing.

Lea Michele: I think it’s also important for kids who know that they want to be performers to find what you’re particularly good at and discover your unique talent. I think that our television show really focuses on each person’s individual talent, whether you’re a singer who can move well or a fantastic dancer who sings well. Find what you’re good at and then go for that. People in this world right now are craving people’s uniqueness.

Hong Kong Phooey Scores Eddie Murphy’s Voice

Alcon Entertainment has announced plans for a live-action/animation big screen version of Hong Kong Phooey. Based on the 1970s cartoon from Hanna Barbera, Murphy is a perfect choice to capture the lead character. After his voice work in the Shrek series, Murphy is ready to go behind the microphone once again.

Eddie Murphy Pic

It’s easy to recall Murphy as Donkey in the Shrek franchise, but who could forget the actor’s vocal talents as the dragon Mushu in Mulan?

According to Alcon, the Hong Kong Phooey story centers on “a mild-mannered dog named Penry [who] stumbles into a mystic ceremony and is accidentally granted mystic powers, including the ability to walk, talk, and do Kung Fu. Under the tutelage of his Kung Fu master, Penry dons a costume and becomes Hong Kong Phooey, and with the help of his trusting sidekick Spot the Cat cleans up a rogue gallery of wacky criminals.”

Bruce Willis Circling GI Joe 2

Action hero Bruce Willis is in talks to join the sequel to the first G.I. Joe in hopes of portraying the part of General Joe Colton. The character is considered the original “Joe” in G.I. Joe from the legendary story’s lexicon.

Bruce Willis Pic

After it was universally agreed that the first G.I. Joe film missed the mark, producers are hoping the second time is a charm as they ramp up work on the sequel to G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.

Paramount Pictures is pulling out all the stops for the big budget sequel, entitled G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Already cast is Fast Five star Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock. The character of Lady Jane also has its actress — Adrianne Palicki — star of the cancelled before it got going Wonder Woman TV series. Now with Willis circling the project, G.I. Joe 2 could find itself with a full-fledged superstar cast.

Jon M. Chu is on board to direct the sequel that will begin shooting in New Orleans at the end of August with a release date of June 29, 2012.