Sunday, July 27, 2014

SDCC 2014: "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" & Beyond

Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller were on hand at San Diego Comic-Con to promote "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," for The Weinstein Company.


There are nine years between the first Sin City film and the sequel, Miller promised that 'Sin City 3' is already in the works.

"Robert and I are already talking about Sin City 3, so you’d better show up to 2" Miller advised the Hall H crowd.--adding "I'll be damned if it takes us nine years for the next one."

Rodriguez revealed that "80 percent of the score was written on my phone".

The filmmakers also screened the opening sequence of  "A Dame to Kill For," the scene in question adapted from the yarn Just Another Saturday Night.

We see Marv (Mickey Rourke) as he comes upon a group of young frat boy sadists trying to burn a homeless man alive and dolls out his own kind of justice. There were also scenes involving Nancy  (Jessica Alba) stripping and a car chase.

Alba says audiences will be surprised at how much  Nancy changes by the end of the movie - "Nancy was so sweet and she was a victim in the first one and in this one people will be pleasantly surprised to see her turn into a warrior."

Rourke and Josh Brolin as Dwight never actually acted together, despite the duo sharing numerous scenes in the film. The pair's schedules simply never matched, but thanks to green screen it didn't matter. Brolin said that he filmed his scenes after Rourke had done all his.

A new red-band trailer for the film is set to debut tomorrow.

SDCC 2014: "Mad Max: Fury Road" Revs Up Hall H

Warner Bros gave the world its first look at George Miller's reboot of the Mad Max franchise "Mad Max: Fury Road" during its panel for San Diego Comic-Con. The response was quite enthusiastic...


Moderator Chris Hardwick asked Miller why he decided to return to the series:

"The story popped into my head and just wouldn't go away. Like an imaginary friend. I love chase movies, I think they're the purest form of cinema. That's where the film language started. I wanted to make one long extended chase and see what we can pick up from the characters and story along the way."

He says the film is closest to "The Road Warrior" because it happens over a short period of time and it's an extended chase, like that film because it happens over a short period of time and it's an extended chase, like that film. He also says star Tom Hardy has the same level of charisma and tension that made Mel Gibson such a great Max, even though Hardy has less than two dozen lines throughout the whole film:

"We all ask the question - what is charisma? Part of that is they have that internal tension. On one hand they are extremely lovable and on the other hand, there's a little bit of danger. I'm simplifying it. Tom has that quality. He's extremely lovable but also has a quality that's like watching a big wild animal - you don't know what they're going to do next. I've been lucky."

Miller says they couldn't use advanced vehicles or anything with a computer system really because they wouldn't survive the post-apocalyptic conditions:

"We had to say to the designers: 'You can only base it on real vehicles and only things likely to survive'. So things with too many computers and so on wouldn't survive. So that was the rule that we used when it came to the vehicles."

Here is the footage from the film that was screened at the event:



Four new character posters have also been released as well.

Box Office Update: Lucy Kicks Butt, Hercules Not So Much...

Luc Besson's actioner Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson beat Brett Ratner's Hercules with Dwayne Johnson but good... "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" came in at a sturdy #3.



Pamela McClintock of THR:

Scarlett Johansson's Lucy opened to a winning $44 million at the North American box office, an impressive start for an action film featuring a female heroine. The movie, directed by Luc Besson, easily showed more muscle than Dwayne Johnson's epic Hercules, which debuted at No. 2 to roughly $29 million for director Brett Ratner.

The pair of new offerings weren't able to cure the ailing box office. North American revenue was once again down, this time by nearly 12 percent from the same weekend a year ago (the summer continues to be down by more than 20 percent).

Paramount and MGM, which partnered on Hercules, have much more at stake financially since the movie cost at least $100 million to make and had hoped it would do more domestically. However, the movie is making up ground overseas, where it took in $28.7 million over the weekend from its first territories, including a stunning $12 million in Russia. It has yet to open in much of Europe, Latin America or in larger Asian markets.

Lucy was produced by Besson's EuropaCorp for a reported $40 million and is being released by Universal. The R-rated movie co-stars Morgan Freeman and features Johansson as a woman who ingests a drug that gives her extraordinary abilities. The movie only earned a C+ CinemaScore, although that didn't seem to slow traffic on Friday.

Females made up 50 percent of all ticket buyers, while there was a large Hispanic turnout (29 percent, compared to 35 percent Caucasian). It's the biggest opening for Besson as a director, and did nearly four times as much as his Colombiana, also starring a female action hero (Zoe Saldana).

Adapted from Radical Comics, Hercules — nabbing a B+ CinemaScore — stars Johnson as the mythical Greek hero. His new adventures begin when he's enlisted by the daughter of the lord of Thrace to save her kingdom from civil war. Johnson stars opposite Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and John Hurt in the PG-13 action epic.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes placed a strong No. 3 in its third weekend with $16.4 million, a 54 percent decline and bringing the sequel's domestic total to $172.1 million, nearly as much as the $176.8 million earned by Rise of the Planet of the Apes in North America.

Universal's horror entry The Purge: Anarchy placed No. 4 with $9.9 million for a domestic total of $51.3 million. The movie fell a steep 67 percent, but cost just $9 million to make.

Animated family sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue rounded out the top five, falling 47 percent in its second weekend to $9.3 million for a domestic total of $35.1 million. Overseas, the Disney film earned $6.9 million from 50 markets for an international total of $21 million and global cume of $56.1 million.

Rob Reiner's independent romantic comedy And So It Goes, starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, failed to rally, opening to an estimated $4.5 million and coming in a distant No. 8. Clarius Entertainment is distributing the movie.

At the specialty box office, Anton Corbijn's spy thriller A Most Wanted Man, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman opposite Rachel McAdams, cracked the top 10 despite playing in only 361 theaters. The movie, based on the John Le Carre book, opened to $2.7 million for a theater average of $7,527.

Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone, opened to an OK $425,730 from 17 theaters for a location average of $25,043. From Sony Pictures Classics, the film did less than either Blue Jasmine or Midnight in Paris.

Among holdovers, Boyhood, from director Richard Linklater and IFC Films, continues to impress in its third weekend. Expanding into a total of 107 locations, the innovative drama grossed an estimated $1.7 million for a cume of $4.1 million.


Next Up: James Gunn's film adaptation of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" arrives...Promising to be a lot of fun.

 Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic "Get On Up"  hopes to strike a positive note with audiences. The story charts a young boy’s rise from extreme poverty and violence to become The Godfather Of Soul (Chadwick Boseman), one of the most influential black artists in history whose career spanned six decades.

SDCC 2014: "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" Swoops In

The panel for Joss Whedon's superhero team up sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" began by explaining that the director couldn't make it--He is laid up in London following knee surgery and isn't allowed to fly.


Almost the entire main cast was there though - Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and James Spader New mother Scarlett Johansson had to sit this San Diego Comic-Con out.

RDJ entered Hall H throwing roses and dancing to a Jackson 5 song. Making his way to the stage he cracked jokes about how with each casting addition he becomes a little less significant.

Hemsworth had a great line when asked what he'd like to see Thor do. He responded "Turn him into a woman" and joked that doing so would probably earn him an Oscar.

An amused Spader said: "I used to think that life could never get weird or crazy enough for me, but this is the weirdest, craziest place... I play an eight-foot robot in this movie, I had always played humans up until then."

The footage screened started off with a scene that's been described before - the Avengers hanging out together at a party, in their civilian clothing, with them all trying to lift Thor's hammer - the only one who can even nudge it is Captain America. The party is over though when Ultron crashes it and says "There's only one path to peace. Your extinction."

Cut to a montage of scenes - tanks in the snow, Bruce Banner in a straight jacket, Black Widow's new costume, a jaw-dropping sequence in which Stark's Hulk-buster armor takes on The Hulk, Ultron in his finished form saying: "Look... No string on me," Stark voice-over: "It's the end. The end of the path I started us on," and a shot of the Avengers lying bruised and beaten on the ground before Stark.


The went nuts after the brief bit of footage was shown. Josh Brolin who plays Thanos arrived wearing an Infinity Gauntlet-confirming what's in store for "The Avengers 3". Brolin demanded of Downey "Where's my rose". Downey hands him one and Brolin ate it.

SDCC 2014: "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" Announced

Marvel will release the "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel on July 28th 2017.


Director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt broke the news in a pre-recorded message for the studio's San Diego Comic-Con panel.

 Nothing was said about "Doctor Strange" or what the studio has planned for all those release dates they've snapped up in recent weeks.

Earlier during SDCC Gunn told Film Divider that he already has several ideas for the sequel:

"I know a lot of where I want to go. I have a lot of ideas for stories and characters that are going to appear, and there are documents written up, that some people have, about Peter Quill’s father and his relationship, a lot of stuff about Yondu and a lot of stuff about Drax that nobody knows. There are a lot of things that are part of the overall schematic that already exist, not to mention a lot of stuff about all of the cultures. There’s a lot of stuff about Xandarians and Kree culture that I’ve written down or I have in my head, as well as Krylorians and Ravagers. Kevin Feige has stuff. I wrote up a lot. He knows all the stuff and if I died tomorrow they could go make a movie. They could write the story of Peter Quill’s father and it would all be there. I think Yondu is a very important character, a really important character in this universe, and I think Nebula is really important too and so I think we’ll see more of both of those characters."

Gunn also promised that he already has a few songs in mind for the next film's "Awesome Mix Tape".

Saturday, July 26, 2014

SDCC 2014: Day 2 News Notes

More highlights from San Diego Comic-Con...

-- PHOTOS: The Scene at Comic-Con 2014

--Sam Raimi Plans 'Evil Dead' TV Series, 'Last of Us' Film

--'Captain America: Winter Soldier' Directors Heading to 'Agent Carter'

--'Street Fighter' Web  Sequel Announced

--Exclusive Sin City 2 Comic-Con Poster--Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez Want 'Sin City 3'


--Film Beats Theater 'Every Time' for Daniel Radcliffe

-- 'Fury Road' Director George Miller Talks 'Mad Max' Prequel, Mel Gibson

-- Guillermo del Toro Wows With First Look at 'Crimson Peak' 

-- Marvel Announces 3 Star Wars Comics

--  Stephen Colbert Kicks Off 'Hobbit' Panel

-- Legendary Sets King Kong Film 'Skull Island' for 2016

More to come....

SDCC 2014: Godzilla Will Fight Trio; "Warcraft" Footage

Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures have announced at San Diego Comic-Con that Godzilla 2 is not only happening, but they've lined up three monsters for the big guy to fight.


The first Godzilla saw the creature take on M.U.T.O. The follow-up will see the return of the winged Mothra, the pterodactyl-like Rodan and the three-headed King Ghidorah.

The first film's director Gareth Edwards that things get rolling on the creature feature once he's done  charting the first of the upcoming Star Wars Spin-Off Films.

The first trailer for "Warcraft", the long time coming feature film adaptation of the MMORPG "World of Warcraft" franchise bowed at SDCC as well.

"Moon" and "Source Code" director Duncan Jones says the plot deals with the origin of the conflict in Azeroth between humans and orcs, and they're going with an origin to make what is essentially high fantasy accessible to everyone.

Described as "Avatar" meets The Lord of the Rings, the peek showed a lot of human vs. Orc violence ranging from sword fights to lightning shooting from people's hands in very colorful settings.

SDCC 2014: Batman v Superman-DOJ: The Trinity Show Up

Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman/Batman team-up film called "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" kicked off the Warner Bros panel at San Diego Comic-Con.


 DOJ will see the return of Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck will play Bruce Wayne/Batman amid lots of fallout--while Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are set to reprise their roles as Lois Lane, Perry White and Martha Kent. "Fast Five" star Gal Gadot's playing Wonder Woman.

Affleck, Cavill and Gadot were on hand to get things going--The crowd, already pumped, went nuts in Hall H.

"The trio were fashioned in the color palette of their characters. Affleck was dressed in a black leather jacket and dark grey shirt. Cavill had a white shirt while Gadot sported a leather vest and pants."

Director Snyder said that he wasn't going to let the trio talk to the crowd because he didn't want them to spill any secrets.

"We have a teeny little thing", Snyder teased, before unveiling a very short teaser scene. The scene featured a dark and rain-soaked skyline where Batman, on a rooftop, pulls back a tarp covering the Bat-signal. He lights it, revealing Superman floating in the sky. Superman's eye lights up red, he's clearly peeved. The camera then tracks into Batman's face, his eyes glowing white.

  "We have to go back to finish the movie," said Snyder, before whisking off the actors as the teaser was shown again to great cheers and piercing screams.

Snyder teased a new image of Gadot as Wonder Woman via Twitter


How big Gadot's role as WW is, is unknown at this point. Godot beat out Olga Kurylenko and Elodie Yung for the role. Thor: The Dark World" actress is Jaimie Alexander was also linked.

Latino Review reports that four secondary villains are making an appearance in DOJ: Victor Zsasz
Morgan Edge Amanda Waller and David Cain.

According to their sources, the serial killer Zsasz will fight with Affleck's Batman in an early Gotham City-set scene. Edge will be the slimy public relations head of LexCorp who goes toe to toe with Lois Lane on a TV talk show. Cain will meet with Luthor's bodyguard Mercy to set up an assassination. There's also another baddie  that is yet to be cast . In this incarnation Waller's a stern, intimidating senator who sees Superman as a threat and comes up with a counter measure to stop him.

Some time ago there was noise that the production was seeking is a love interest for the Dark Knight in the film. The Type? A woman in their late 20s of any ethnicity.  Adding that she be tall and "possess physicality".

The notice DID NOT give a name for the character, which led to speculation that it was anyone from Vicki Vale to Wonder Woman. A leaked casting call had fanboys thinking that the Amazon warrior was in the pic.

A love interest for Bats suggests that he will have a larger part in the film than expected.

Rumors started that reportedly confirmed that Jason Momoa has been cast as Aquaman for both DOJ and "Justice League".  In response Momoa posted a new photo via Instagram that seemed like a response to the chatter that could go either way (though most likely it's a denial) - The pic sees him  holding a pitchfork like a trident, but he's also holding up his middle finger.

Momoa has been linked to Warner Bros' upcoming DC Entertainment plans for a long time but he's been suggested for numerous other roles like Doomsday or Metallo alien hero Martian Manhunter who also happens to like Oreo Cookies. The imposing actor has been asked about the talk several times but has always denied that he's up for a role.

 Ray Fisher is playing the role of Cyborg in the film. Jeremy Irons has been cast as Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth. Jesse Eisenberg is playing Lex Luthor

There were reports that suggested that the chatter about former "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston was playing Lex in the upcoming movie were true were denied by the actor. In fact he and fellow early frontrunner Mark Strong were never offered the role. Tom Hanks was internally discussed but an offer was never made.

Instead, they stuck with a next generation' mandate. We were told that Joaquin Phoenix came up as a contender for Lex. The trade says that he passed.

Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto ("The Wolverine") have joined the cast. Specifics about their new characters are being kept under wraps. Australian actor Mulvey ("Zero Dark Thirty) has  been rumored for the role of an (unnamed) villain in the film for quite some time now....Scoot McNairy ("Argo," "The Rover") has joined the film. Nobody at the studio will confirm the news or reveal what the role is.

 Spanish site El Multicine which claims that "Looper"and "Edge Of Tomorrow" actress Emily Blunt is close to inking a deal for an unspecified role.

Batman on Film also suggests that the character of Commissioner Jim Gordon is in the film, however there's no word on potential casting or confirmation at this time. The character is front and center in Fox Broadcasting's fantastic looking new Fall TV Series prequel Gotham starring  , , and

More rumors ran recently that Girls co-star Adam Driver was the frontrunner to play the character of Dick Grayson, the post-Robin Nightwing incarnation in the film. The original story mentioned that two other actors are in the mix for the role. Less than 24 hours later "Gossip Girl" and "Easy A" star Penn Badgley and "The Perks of Being A Wallflower" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin" star Ezra Miller were said to be in mix for the part. Driver denied any such talk...With good reason since he was really up for Lex. He turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Denzel Washington was also among a list potentials for Lex generated by Thinkmcflythink as were Idris Elba and.

Singer Justin Bieber uploaded a photo on his Instagram account showing him holding up what appeared to be a personalized script for the film with the hashtag "#Robin" but it turned out to be a prop for a Funny or Die skit.

The speedster The Flash is said to be in the script.

Meantime: The star of The CW's popular Arrow TV series Stephen Amell posted a "Justice League" comic image on his official Facebook page.  We already know that Flash (Grant Gustin) showed up there for a few eps before getting his own show this Fall (Watch an extended trailer). Could more of DC Entertainment's "Justice League" be coming to "Arrow"? For now the DC Cinematic Universe will NOT co-exist with the TV heroics...There are rumors about where the films might go as well as the  TV side of things...

"Man Of Steel" writer David S. Goyer was back on the keyboard but now--THR reports that  Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Affleck's “Argo,” has been hired to write the latest draft of the MOS 2 script. 

Goyer is in the midst of developing several projects including an adaptation of author Neil Gaiman's  popular comic book series Sandman, which he’ll produce with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven return to executive produce the multi-hero film.

Sources say the new movie is going for the tone of the relationship and fight seen in Frank Miller’s 1980s ground-breaking mini-series The Dark Knight Returns.

The release has been delayed a full 10 months for a number of reasons. As a result, the original release date of July 17th 2015 is no longer doable. Now, the studio is targeting a May 6th 2016 release. They quickly inserted the fantasy Pan into that original slot. MOS 2 will go head to head with "Captain America 3"--or not...

Production is officially underway on the film.

Once DOJ is completed  Snyder will helm the long planned Justice League movie.

Chris Terrio Eyed To Write "Justice League" Flick

"Argo" scribe Chris Terrio is in early discussions to pen the script for the Zack Snyder's upcoming "Justice League" movie says Variety.


No offer is on the table at present but talks are underway, not a big surprise since Terrio also scripted the currently in production "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".

DC Entertainment's "Justice League" teams their most famous heroes (Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, among others)

DOJ stars  Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman Ray Fisher as Cyborg and "Fast Five" star Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman are expected to reprise these roles for the film.

Rumors swirled awhile ago that reportedly confirmed that Jason Momoa has been cast as Aquaman--Momoa has been linked to  DC's plans for a long time--he's been suggested for numerous other roles like Doomsday or Metallo alien hero Martian Manhunter who also happens to like Oreo Cookies. The imposing actor has been asked about the talk several times but has always denied that he's up for a role.
 
The star of The CW's popular Arrow TV series Stephen Amell wants his Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
in on the action... The Flash (Grant Gustin) is getting his own show this fall We don't know if they will make the big screen leap.For now the DC Cinematic Universe will NOT co-exist with the TV heroics...There are rumors about where the films might go as well as the  TV side of things...

Heat Vision says a release date has not been set, but it could potentially hit a year after MOS 2 which is set to be theaters on May 6th 2016. The movies will be shot back-to-back. Warner Bros. declined comment on release plans for now but might do so during the .San Diego Comic-Con.

The studio has tried to launch a JL movie twice:

In 2007 casting of George Miller's "Justice League Mortal" movie was nearly complete before that project was nixed.

The suits scraped Will Beale's script which was said to take its cues from the storyline by Gerry Conway from Justice League Of America 183-185. that sees Darkseid, the oppressive god ruler of the war planet Apokolips, planning the destruction of Earth by blasting it with a weapon that moves Apokolips into Earth’s place.The storyline has the Justice League teaming up with the  Justice Society of America.

SDCC 2014: The Maze Runner Wows Crowd--Sequel Set

It's not out until September 19th, but Fox already has enough confidence in their young adult film adaptation of The Maze Runner that they're moving ahead with a sequel--"The Scorch Trials," the second book in James Dashner's four-novel series.


The young adult dystopian story follows Thomas (Teen Wolf series co-star and NJ native Dylan O'Brien) who awakens with no memory and finds that he is among a community of boys trapped inside an enormous maze. He soon learns they are part of a mysterious test, and finds it is his destiny to join the ‘maze runners’ and lead them to freedom.

 Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Aml Ameen also star.

 Originally slated for a February 14th 2014 release, Maze will now hit screens September 19th.

In 'Scorch,' the boys have escaped the maze but face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet.

T.S. Nowlin will write the adapted story under the supervision of Wes Ball, who directs The Maze Runner.

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein Lee Stollman Joe Hartwick Jr., Wyck Godfrey Marty Bowen. Emma Watts Jason Young are producing .

Ball and some of the film's cast showed up during San Diego Comic-Con  at Hall H to debut a fresh trailer and scenes from the film. Towards the end of the presentation, Ball announced that development on the sequel was underway with hopes to start production as early as towards the end of the year should the first film be successful.

The panel followed a secret fan screening of the film which garnered enthusiastic reviews across social media.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe Gets Pretty Horn-y Here

Following the release of the teaser earlier this month--the full-length trailer for the big screen version of Joe Hill's 2010 novel Horns has arrived.


Daniel Radcliffe will play Ig Perrish, the lead suspect in the violent rape and killing of his girlfriend. Hung over from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his head. Their power drives people to confess sins and give in to selfish impulses - becoming an effective tool in his quest to discover the circumstances of his girlfriend Merrin's (Juno Temple) death.

The Social Network's Max Minghella will play Lee Tourneau, a supposedly “compassionate public defender” who has a “hidden dark side”. Joe Anderson James Remar and Kelli Garner also star.

Alexandre Aja called action using an adapted script written by Keith Bunin.

Shia Labeouf signed on to lead the film at one time.

Hill, son of Stephen King serves as executive producer on the pic.

Peter Guber and Cathy Schulman produced the pic that hits theaters and VOD this Halloween.

The film looks totally sick (in a good way)!

"Ant-Man" Loses Trio Of Actors

Actors Patrick Wilson, Kevin Weisman and Matt Gerald have all dropped out of Marvel's "Ant-Man" film says Deadline.


Wilson joined the cast in February when Edgar Wright was attached to direct. After his departure in May, and the production's subsequent delay, it appears he now has a scheduling conflict.

The other two are being let go because their characters, though a part of  Wright and Joe Cornish's original draft, have been written out in Adam McKay, Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer subsequent re-writes.

Peyton Reed ("Bring It On," "Down With Love") will take over the director's chair.

In the comics, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is a scientist who invents a substance that allows him to change his size. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) steals the original Ant-Man Pym's equipment and uses it to commit crimes but ultimately becomes a hero.

Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were both considered for the Lang role, but the latter is now doing an adaptation of author Neil Gaiman's  popular comic book series Sandman, with "Man Of Steel" writer David S. Goyer. Rudd is considered a more natural fit by the suits.

Former "Lost" star Evangeline Lilly was tipped to play the female lead. It is unclear who Lilly would play, however the character would appear in more than just this film.and neither she or Marvel have yet confirm doing the film. Asked by SlashFilm if she could confirm being cast, she says: "No, I can't. I don't know anything about those rumors."

Then asked if she would make a surprise appearance at San Diego Comic-Con for any other film aside from the panel for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" for which she's already been announced, she said: "I'm an actress, but I'm not stupid. I can't answer that question." The denial only fuels the speculation that Marvel will introduce the entire "Ant-Man" cast during their panel Rumors also had Rashida Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard up for the part as well.

 David Dastmalchian ("The Dark Knight," "Prisoners") is in the pic but his role is also being kept under wraps. Corey Stolll confirmed to Collider this week that he he's still onboard the film by saying: "Yeah, absolutely."

Though he lost out on a role to Michael Pena, actor Clifton Collins, Jr. he is still in the film. The "Pacific Rim" and "Star Trek" actor, did a cameo as a vegan police officer in Wright's "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," and has reportedly been cast in a unspecified role. Pena's role is thought to be that of a tough Latino character who has a lot of physical action scenes in the movie
Production is scheduled to begin on August 18th and it's not expected to be delayed despite needing  a replacement for Wilson. Marvel intends to keep its July 17th 2015 release date.

Edgar Wright Charts "Grasshopper Jungle"

Edgar Wright will direct the film adaptation of author Andrew Smith's young adult novel "Grasshopper Jungle" says Deadline.


 The story follows an Iowa teen trying to come to grips with his own sexuality as he and his friends cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an army of six-foot-tall praying mantises with an insatiable appetite for fighting, food, and fornicating.

Scott Rosenberg ("Beautiful Girls") is writing the adapted script.

Rosenberg, Matt Tolmach and Nira Park will produce the pic.

Work will take place for "Grasshopper" after Wright helms"Baby Driver" which has only been described as a collision of crime, action, music and sound.

Joaquin Phoenix Hovers Above "Doctor Strange"

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks for the lead role in Marvel's long gestating Doctor Strange movie says The Wrap. In fact there are claims that serious negotiations are actively underway. Representatives for Marvel and Phoenix had no comment.


Now part of the studio's phase three or four plans--Created in 1963 in the comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko --Doctor Strange tells the story of an arrogant surgeon who is injured in a car accident and goes on to become the Sorcerer Supreme of the universe. Using his magical powers Strange protects the earth from attacks from other realms.

Phoenix had previously been courted for the role of Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" but that ultimately didn't happen. Jesse Eisenberg has the role instead.

The recently hired Scott Derrickson was first reported in contention for the director job earlier this year, along with names like Jonathan Levine ("Warm Bodies") and Mark Andrews ("Brave").

"Kung Fu Panda" scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger were said to be poised to pen a recent screenplay draft. Back in January 2012, Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer-the writing duo behind the recent remake of Conan the Barbarian had their work seemingly approved by the studio. Just yesterday we learned that Jon Spaihts, best known for writing the early and more "Alien"-inspired drafts of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" is in talks to rewrite the script. The tone of the film will be similar to that of "Iron Man".

Actor/writer Justin Theroux ("Mulholland Drive," "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"), Viggo Mortensen and Joel Edgerton were mentioned for the lead as well. "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the last actor in the mix before Johnny Depp's name was mentioned

Depp is said to have had a meeting "to discuss taking on the role of Dr. Strange." His strong ties to Disney, Marvel's owners, makes him an ideal candidate

On the heels of the director potentials Bleeding Cool reported that: "According to one pretty solid Marvel-adjacent source, Mads Mikkelsen apparently is, or has been, somewhere in the mix for the film's early casting discussions."

Deadline had Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch hovering over the pic recently--The main issue for both actors is scheduling..They already have various commitments elsewhere. Both of them starred together in 2011's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," remake and the 2007 telemovie "Stuart: A Life Backwards" Badass Digest reported that recent Oscar winner Jared Leto is (or was) being eyed to play the lead.

Edgar Ramirez has been mentioned as well---possibly playing bad guy Baron Mordo...

Strange' is a tricky character to introduce into their Cinematic Universe . He has to bring supernatural/mystical elements into the mix.

There's no specific release date for "Doctor Strange," yet it will likely take one of the slots that the studio has  staked out--either July 8th 2016 or May 5th 2017

Uma Thurman Wooed To "Adam Jones"

Uma Thurman has joined the comedy "Adam Jones" says THR. Details of Thurman's role in the film are not yet known.


Originally titled "Chef"---Steve Knight's script follows Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) a chef at a swanky Paris restaurant, who loses his job after a run of out of control behaviour. He decides to get clean and returns to the city with a goal to run a restaurant that can once more boast three Michelin stars.

Sienna Miller's playing the role of the female lead that Michelle Williams and Marion Cotillard were being considered for at one point.

Emma Thompson, Lily James, Omar Sy, Jamie Dornan, Sam Keeley, Sarah Greene and Alicia Vikander also star.

Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines) was set to helm Now though  John Wells, fresh from calling action on August: Osage County, will direct instead.

Wells, Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg, and Erwin Stoff will produce the film.

Production has just begun in New Orleans for a few days ahead of a two month shoot in London.

The film initially shared the same title as Jon Favreau's recently released indie comedy with the Chef before the title was changed.

SDCC 2014: Batman v Superman-DOJ: Affleck In The Cowl

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the character, a new head shot of Ben Affleck as Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman/Batman team-up film called "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has dropped during San Diego Comic-Con.

I like it! Fingers crossed....You can see more the Bat-fleck suit here...


DOJ will see the return of Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Affleck will play Bruce Wayne/Batman amid lots of fallout--while Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are set to reprise their roles as Lois Lane, Perry White and Martha Kent. "Fast Five" star Gal Gadot's playing Wonder Woman.

How big Gadot's role as WW is, is unknown at this point. Godot beat out Olga Kurylenko and Elodie Yung for the role. Thor: The Dark World" actress is Jaimie Alexander was also linked.

Latino Review reports that four secondary villains are making an appearance in DOJ: Victor Zsasz
Morgan Edge Amanda Waller and David Cain.

According to their sources, the serial killer Zsasz will fight with Affleck's Batman in an early Gotham City-set scene. Edge will be the slimy public relations head of LexCorp who goes toe to toe with Lois Lane on a TV talk show. Cain will meet with Luthor's bodyguard Mercy to set up an assassination. There's also another baddie  that is yet to be cast . In this incarnation Waller's a stern, intimidating senator who sees Superman as a threat and comes up with a counter measure to stop him.

Some time ago there was noise that the production was seeking is a love interest for the Dark Knight in the film. The Type? A woman in their late 20s of any ethnicity.  Adding that she be tall and "possess physicality".

The notice DID NOT give a name for the character, which led to speculation that it was anyone from Vicki Vale to Wonder Woman. A leaked casting call had fanboys thinking that the Amazon warrior was in the pic.

A love interest for Bats suggests that he will have a larger part in the film than expected.

Rumors started that reportedly confirmed that Jason Momoa has been cast as Aquaman for both DOJ and "Justice League".  In response Momoa posted a new photo via Instagram that seemed like a response to the chatter that could go either way (though most likely it's a denial) - The pic sees him  holding a pitchfork like a trident, but he's also holding up his middle finger.

Momoa has been linked to Warner Bros' upcoming DC Entertainment plans for a long time but he's been suggested for numerous other roles like Doomsday or Metallo alien hero Martian Manhunter who also happens to like Oreo Cookies. The imposing actor has been asked about the talk several times but has always denied that he's up for a role.

 Ray Fisher is playing the role of Cyborg in the film. Jeremy Irons has been cast as Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth. Jesse Eisenberg is playing Lex Luthor

There were reports that suggested that the chatter about former "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston was playing Lex in the upcoming movie were true were denied by the actor. In fact he and fellow early frontrunner Mark Strong were never offered the role. Tom Hanks was internally discussed but an offer was never made.

Instead, they stuck with a next generation' mandate. We were told that Joaquin Phoenix came up as a contender for Lex. The trade says that he passed.

Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto ("The Wolverine") have joined the cast. Specifics about their new characters are being kept under wraps. Australian actor Mulvey ("Zero Dark Thirty) has  been rumored for the role of an (unnamed) villain in the film for quite some time now....Scoot McNairy ("Argo," "The Rover") has joined the film. Nobody at the studio will confirm the news or reveal what the role is.

 Spanish site El Multicine which claims that "Looper"and "Edge Of Tomorrow" actress Emily Blunt is close to inking a deal for an unspecified role.

Batman on Film also suggests that the character of Commissioner Jim Gordon is in the film, however there's no word on potential casting or confirmation at this time. The character is front and center in Fox Broadcasting's fantastic looking new Fall TV Series prequel Gotham starring  , , and

More rumors ran recently that Girls co-star Adam Driver was the frontrunner to play the character of Dick Grayson, the post-Robin Nightwing incarnation in the film. The original story mentioned that two other actors are in the mix for the role. Less than 24 hours later "Gossip Girl" and "Easy A" star Penn Badgley and "The Perks of Being A Wallflower" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin" star Ezra Miller were said to be in mix for the part. Driver denied any such talk...With good reason since he was really up for Lex. He turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Denzel Washington was also among a list potentials for Lex generated by Thinkmcflythink as were Idris Elba and.

Singer Justin Bieber uploaded a photo on his Instagram account showing him holding up what appeared to be a personalized script for the film with the hashtag "#Robin" but it turned out to be a prop for a Funny or Die skit.

The speedster The Flash is said to be in the script.

Meantime: The star of The CW's popular Arrow TV series Stephen Amell posted a "Justice League" comic image on his official Facebook page.  We already know that Flash (Grant Gustin) showed up there for a few eps before getting his own show this Fall (Watch an extended trailer). Could more of DC Entertainment's "Justice League" be coming to "Arrow"? For now the DC Cinematic Universe will NOT co-exist with the TV heroics...There are rumors about where the films might go as well as the  TV side of things...

"Man Of Steel" writer David S. Goyer was back on the keyboard but now--THR reports that  Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Affleck's “Argo,” has been hired to write the latest draft of the MOS 2 script. 

Goyer is in the midst of developing several projects including an adaptation of author Neil Gaiman's  popular comic book series Sandman, which he’ll produce with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven return to executive produce the multi-hero film.

Sources say the new movie is going for the tone of the relationship and fight seen in Frank Miller’s 1980s ground-breaking mini-series The Dark Knight Returns.

The release has been delayed a full 10 months for a number of reasons. As a result, the original release date of July 17th 2015 is no longer doable. Now, the studio is targeting a May 6th 2016 release. They quickly inserted the fantasy Pan into that original slot. MOS 2 will go head to head with "Captain America 3"--or not...

Production is officially underway on the film.

SDCC 2014: Day 1 News Notes

San Diego Comic-Con is here! And while I would love to give each news item its own post...As a staff of one--that's impossible-given my responsibilities away from the blog. I am up way too late and up way too early as it is...

What follows is the first film news highlight post for SDCC weekend.. Similar posts will follow as the event rolls on...BIG news items will get special attention as warranted! I hope you enjoy it. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @TheLastReel and on Facebook as The Last Reel too.


--VIDEO: How Nathan Fillion Became Captain Kirk, Chris Hardwick Went 'Back to the Future'

-- Christopher Nolan Makes Surprise Appearance to Promote 'Interstellar' 

-- Stan Lee Abruptly Cancels Appearance

-- Benedict Cumberbatch Brings Charm to DreamWorks Animation Panel--In June runors suggested that Cmberbatch was circling to play the title role in Marvel's long gestating Doctor Strange movie. MTV caught up with him to ask if there was any truth to it:

"As far as I'm aware, even if that was the case, it couldn't work out because I'm doing a little play called 'Hamlet' in a little town called London. So I don't think I could even if that was in the cards. It sounds like a fantastic project. It's a shame if I miss out, but who knows?"

When asked if he had been in any discussions for the role, he said: "I couldn't possibly comment."

- 'Doctor Who' Showrunner: Peter Jackson Will 'Probably' Direct a Future Episode

-- See Tricia Helfer and Zachary Levi as 'Princess Bride's' Buttercup and Westley

-- See 'Walking Dead's' Norman Reedus and Gale Ann Hurd as the Men in Black

-- 'Firefly' Cast Reunite for Online Game (Video)

That's all for now....