Friday, October 31, 2014

Box Office Preview: Not All That Scary

The film Nightcrawler (reviews) follows a young man (Jake Gyllenhaal) drawn into the world of Los Angeles freelance crime reporting. Screenwriter Dan Gilroy (Real Steel) made his film directorial debut on the noir film using his own script.


Based on S J Watson's debut bestselling novel, Before I Go to Sleep (reviews) sees Nicole Kidman as a north London woman who wakes up every morning with amnesia. Her husband (Colin Firth) tells her she suffered a trauma and she dare not leave home. One day she ignores this and sees a doctor (Mark Strong) who gives her a small digital recorder and urges her to play back her thoughts day after day. The process begins to reintegrate her mind, and in doing so she comes to realize that the man sleeping next to her isn't her husband.

Already released via On Demand the film adaptation of Joe Hill's 2010 novel Horns (reviews) arrives in theaters.

 
Daniel Radcliffe plays 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 plays Lee Tourneau, a supposedly “compassionate public defender” who has a “hidden dark side”. Joe Anderson James Remar and Kelli Garner also star.

10 years after its theatrical debut the original Saw returns to theaters in time for Halloween...Plans are afoot to restart the franchise by 2016

Pamela McClintock of THR:

If moviegoers are looking to celebrate Halloween at the multiplex, they'll have to take a trip down memory lane. The holiday's only new horror offering is a 10-year old film: Saw.

Traffic at the box office is expected to fall off dramatically on Friday because of Halloween, and that's why no Hollywood studio is launching a new film. Instead, the marquee will belong to a cluster of indie titles.

Among them is Jake Gyllenhaal's indie crime-thriller Nightcrawler, which hopes to scare off horror holdover Ouija and win the sleepy Halloween box office race with a debut in the $9 million to $10 million range.

Produced and financed by Bold films, the critically acclaimed film marks the feature directorial debut of Dan Gilroy and stars Gyllenhaal as a hungry freelance journalist who looks to further his career by exposing L.A.'s underground crime scene.

The film made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last month and cost $8.5 million to make, and also stars Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed and Bill Paxton. Open Road Films goes out with Nightcrawler in roughly 2,800 theaters.

Universal's microbudgeted Ouija topped the box office chart last weekend with a $19.8 million debut, but since horror titles tend to see steep declines, it may hover around $8 million in its second weekend. With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, Ouija decided to debut a week earlier, since moviegoing will tumble on the holiday itself.

British sci-fi thriller Before I Go to Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, also opens nationwide, but may only open in the same range as Saw, a dismal start considering the film's star power. Scott Free, Millennium and StudioCanal partnered on Before I Go to Sleep, directed by Rowan Joffe and distributed by Clarius Entertainment in the U.S.

After Ouija, other holdovers sure to stay high up on the chart include Keanu Reeves' John Wick, Brad Pitt's World War II pic Fury and David Fincher's Gone Girl.

Gone Girl has continued 20th Century Fox's winning streak at the North American box office this year. Total domestic revenue for the studio has just crossed a record $1.52 billion, besting the previous record of $1.48 billion that was set in 2010. And by the weekend, Gone Girl will have become Fincher's top-grossing film in North America, not accounting for inflation, eclipsing the $127.5 million earned by The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

New entires at the specialty box office include Daniel Radcliffe's quirky horror film Horns and documentary Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gal Gadot Nixes "Ben-Hur" Gig & Wonder Woman Rumor

The Wrap reports that Gal Gadot's stint as Wonder Woman in the various Warner Bros/DC Entertainment flicks on the way--including a solo movie for 2017 has forced her to exit talks for the female lead in the new "Ben-Hur" film adaptation.


Gadot was eyed to play Esther in a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. The part was played in the older classic by Israeli actress .

Keith Clarke ("The Way Back") wrote the initial adapted script before John Ridley took over.

The story is based on the bestselling 1880 book by Civil War General Lew Wallace. The property was adapted for big screen once before as William Wyler's 1959 film starring Charlton Heston.Wallace's novel is in the public domain.

"Boardwalk Empire" and "American Hustle" cohort Jack Huston is playing the lead. The epic drama follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.Toby Kebbell will play that best friend, turned villainous Messala--who was portrayed by Stephen Boyd in the cinema classic.

Morgan Freeman will play Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.

Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal is in talks to play Pontius Pilate in the film who is an important part in the story which includes a parallel storyline involving Jesus Christ.

MGM is said to be keen on Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted," "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") vision which explores the original story's themes of revenge and redemption. Paramount will co-distribute the remake

Sean Daniel and Joni Levin will produce the film.

Production begins in Europe early next year for a February 2016 release.

Speaking of the "Wonder Woman" solo movie a rumor from Bleeding Cool suggests that pic will be set in the 1920s, making it a prequel to Zack Snyder's upcoming superhero team-up film called "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice":

"I have been informed by those who have seen the greenlit treatment that the film will spends the first half on Paradise Island with warring Amazon factions vying for control. An arrival of a man on the island changes that status quo, as he asks the Amazons for help. Not necessarily Steve Trevor either…Because when Wonder Woman joins him on his return to the world of Man, we all discover that it is the 1920s. And the film will then show Diana exploring that world – a world where women have only just got the vote – from her… unique perspective."

They add that the sequel to this film would be set during World War II and that she wouldn’t reunite with the Justice League until a third movie.

Are they really gonna do all that time jumping with the Amazon warrior?

Forbes reports the studio has drawn up a list of possible directors including established filmmakers like Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight"), Mimi Leder ("Deep Impact"), Karyn Kusama ("Aeon Flux") and Julie Taymor ("Across the Universe")

Episodic TV directors such as Michelle MacLaren ("Game of Thrones") and  Tricia Brock ("The Walking Dead") are also in the mix.

It seems that Bigelow, Leder, Hardwicke and MacLaren are the top contenders for the gig, but  Bigelow is the least likely to take this on. She seems content doing her own projects working with her own people.

Seth Rogen Eyed For Steve Jobs Biopic

The Wrap reports that Seth Rogen is in talks to join the authorized biopic about late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs playing Steve Wozniak. This would be a rare dramatic role for Rogen, who is best known for starring in comedies like This Is the End, Neighbors and Pineapple Express. The role could do for Rogen what Moneyball did for Jonah Hill.


Christian Bale stars as Jobs.

Leonardo DiCaprio took himself out of the running for the role a few weeks ago. DiCaprio has stated that he wanted a break for a while, having shot Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street in succession . Having taken this break he is starting work on The Revenant, it would appear that DiCaprio does not want to shoot films back to back again.

Danny Boyle is due to replace David Fincher in the big chair.  DiCaprio and Boyle made The Beach together that released in 2000. Fincher and Sony Pictures were at odds over his aggressive demands for compensation and control of the biopic. Ironically  Fincher wanted to have Bale to play Jobs in the film. The studio looked at Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper for the title role after Leo's exit.

 "The West Wing" creator and "The Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin's adapted script of author  Walter Isaacson's authorized biography will give the film a unique narrative.

Talking at the Hero Summit  he says "this entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time."

All three thirty-minute scenes will be "set right before three major product launches." Those three products? The original Macintosh computer in 1984, the NeXT Cube in 1990, and the first generation iPod in 2001. Sorkin finished the script earlier this year.

Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady will be producing the film being called Steve Jobs for now.

FIRST PHOTO: "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies"

EW (via /Film) offers up a first look promo photo from the long in the works adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

The film's story is taken from Seth Grahame-Smith's book using Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice that puts bloodthirsty flesh-eating zombies into the action. The tome now tells the timeless story of a woman's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith will play Mr. Collins, a man on the lookout for a wife  and proposes to heroine Liz Bennett (Lily James). Liz pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class brood, instead she wants to help defend the countryside against a zombie plague.

Douglas Booth, Sam Riley, Jack Huston Bella Heathcote and Game of Thrones actors Charles Dance and Lena Headey also star in the film.

Burr Steers is directing the film using a script he wrote with David O. Russell.

Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson and Marc Butan will produce

The magazine says that Steers came got the gig he reportedly re-wrote some of the script to "add more realism, beef up the male roles, and reinsert all the Pride and Prejudice beats."

The Bennet's are still concerned about their marriage prospects, but at the same time are undergoing martial arts training to combat the zombie plague that has been ravaging the countryside for 70 years.

Portman was to play the lead as well as produce the film but left back in 2010. Then Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson Mia Wasikowska Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Rooney Mara, Lily Collins and Olivia Wilde were all being considered for the role at one point. And then Blake Lively and Dominic Cooper were attached to play the leads before it crumbled.
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Craig Gillespie was the director on the film before he left in the Fall of 2011--Russell and Mike White were previously attached to helm too but soon left the pic; Russell, Gillespie Grahame-Smith and Marti Noxon have all drafted the script at points along the way.

The film opens on July 1st of 2015.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron Is A Global Adventure

Prior to Marvel's global film release strategy comic book based films didn't necessarily do well outside the United States before, now their  films make three-fifths of their haul overseas.


It's gonna be no different with Joss Whedon's superhero team up sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" since the action in the new film shifts away from New York and is a much more global adventure.

Making an appearance on The Watcher web series, Whedon explained why that is and how it will impact the story:

"This is a very global film. We wanted the world perspective on the Avengers, what they're doing, what they've been doing and who they are. They're being the Avengers, and that's a global thing, and it's also... it doesn't make everybody love them. So we wanted to see both sides of that."

The movie shot in South Korea, South Africa, Bangladesh, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

The sequel DOES NOT follow the Age of Ultron comics storyline--in which the big bad Ultron was created by Hank Pym who becomes Ant-Man. James Spader will both voice Ultron, and he'll have to do some kind of motion-capture as well--This news puts to rest the most popular theory suggesting that Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr,) robot butler J.A.R.V.I.S. (voiced by Paul Bettany) operating system from the Iron Man Films would turn into the villain.

Marvel vets RDJ, Chris Evans Chris Hemsworth Scarlett Johansson Samuel L. Jackson Jeremy Renner Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders are all back Two time Iron Man co-star Don Cheadle is involved this time out according to USA Today. Bettany will appear on screen as The Vision an android created by Ultron as a weapon to be used against the Avengers. Vision can fire beams of radiation and turn invisible--the character ultimately turned the tables on Ultron and became an Avengers member himself.

TV's Hulk Lou Ferrigno has confirmed that he'll return to do the voice of the big guy in the sequel. Ferrigno has said four words as the character so far - "Hulk Smash" in 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" and "Puny God" in "The Avengers".

Thomas Kretschmann has landed the role of 2nd bad guy Baron von Strucker. In the comics, the seemingly immortal Strucker is one of the leaders of Hydra, and an enemy of both S.H.I.E.L.D and The Avengers He seemingly beat out rumored candidates Marton Csokas and Dougray Scott who were being considered for the BvS role. The character will have Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and her twin brother Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) apparently working for him in the sequel (American Horror Story favorite Evan Peters plays a different incarnation of the speedy superhero in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past"--in a very cool sequence in the film). Korean actress  will play a bad gal role.

Radar Online has an unidentified source that claims that RDJ was campaigning to get his pals Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster a role in the movie.

 Latino Review has posted what appears to be details about the film's opening 15-20 minutes (SPOILERS).

 Post-production  on the 'Avengers 2' continues to meet a release date of May 1, 2015.

EW Has BIG Plot Details For "Terminator: Genisys"

The latest issue of EW magazine boasts a cover story about the sequel reboot Terminator: Genisys. The publication offers two collectible magazine covers featuring the principal human characters in the film.

Jai Courtney has won the role of Kyle Reese. The Good Day to Die Hard star beat out Boyd Holbrook his nearest competitor who is to have tested twice--while Sam Reid, Wilson Bethel, and newcomer, Thomas Cocquerel were also contenders for the role of Reese. All 5 actors tested for the role last month. Seemingly, both Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund were studio favorites but have declined to enter negotiations for the role.


Australian actor Jason Clarke ("Zero Dark Thirty," "White House Down") is set to play the role of John Connor in the upcoming reboot. Hedlund Tom Hardy and ironically Holbrook ("The Host") were said to be up for John as well. Emilia Clarke is set to play a young Sarah Connor in the film. She beat out Brie Larson for the role. Former "Spider-Man" scene stealer J.K. Simmons will play a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades starting in 1984 and the events depicted in The Terminator. Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games) has signed on to play the part of  Danny Dyson--the son of Miles Dyson, played by Joe Morton in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" who designed the neural-net processor that would lead to the creation of Skynet.

The final major piece of casting--Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith's role is said to have a strong connection to John Connor, and will grow in the second and third films.

Arnold Schwarzenegger will return while cohorts Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn have been rumored to be involved as well.

 Byung-hun Lee, Michael Gladis and Sandrine Holt co-star. Lee's role, "promises to be a doozy." Bodybuilder and actor Aaron V. Williamson has reportedly signed on to play a younger T-800 

The EW article confirms the various reports about how the film intends to turn established mythology on its ear.

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD:

"Sarah Connor isn't the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton's steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991's T2. Rather, the mother of humanity's messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she's been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger's Terminator—an older T-800 she calls "Pops"—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who's great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion."

Producer Megan Ellison adds: "Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen. But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, 'That's not what I want to do.' It's her decision that drives the story in a very different direction."


The result is the first of a proposed new trilogy that will diverge from the established timeline of the previous films. Yet, certain key moments from the franchise will be featured but in a very different way.

The film starts out in 2029 with the war against Skynet raging. Like the James Cameron's first film, John sends Kyle Reese back to 1984 to save his mother Sarah from the Terminator before she gives birth to John. That's when he finds this new Sarah.

Drew McWeeney at Hitfix discusses the time travel component of the new film and revealed that this new Terminator overlaps with events in the original 1984 classic ala "Back to the Future". In one scene we see Arnie's older "Terminator" walking into one of the iconic early scenes from the first film after his younger counterpart has left.

Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier wrote the script from which "Thor: The Dark World" director Alan Taylor called action. Clarke has experience working with Taylor on the cable drama "Game of Thrones". She also has a six degrees connection to the franchise: Clarke's Thrones co-star Lena Headey played Sarah Connor in the TV series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles".

David Ellison's going to produce the film that is set to hit theaters on July 1, 2015.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Michael Bay May Chart Benghazi Account "13 Hours"

THR reports that Michael Bay is in talks to chart "13 Hours," a film adaptation of author Mitchell Zuckoff's book for Paramount.


The story charts events surrounding the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack when terrorists seized the U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in the Libyan city of on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11 Four Americans were killed in the attack, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens 

The focus of the film will be on six members of a security team that fought to defend the many Americans stationed there.
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"The Strain" and "Prince of Thieves" author Chuck Hogan is writing the adapted script.

Erwin Stoff will produce the film.

Jason Bateman Is "IPO Man"

Deadline reports that Jason Bateman is being sought to both star in and direct "Ipo Man".


The project is an adaptation of Joshua Davis,' Wired magazine article about Mike Merrill who offered himself on the stock market. Problems arose when shareholders demanded control over life decisions like whether to have a vasectomy or even whether he should move in with his longtime girlfriend. Majority shareholders began to exert input in his future attempts at a romantic merger.

"Transparent" scribes Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster are penning the adapted script

Batman and Jim Garavente will produce the film.

Wesley Snipes Gets "Five Minutes To Live"

Wesley Snipes is set to star in a remake of the 1961 crime drama "Five Minutes to Live" says Variety.


The original film starred singing legend Johnny Cash and Vic Tayback as two thieves who conspire to rob a bank and hold the bank manager’s wife hostage.

Chuck Russell and Raul Sanchez-Inglis co-write the adapted script for the remake from which Russell will call action.

Joseph Nasser, Michael Mendelsohn and Richard Rionda Del Castro will produce.

In 2012 "Speed" and "Twister" helmer Jan De Bont was set to direct the redux

International rights for the project will go on sale next week at the American Film Market.

Exodus: Gods And Kings--Posters & Controversy

Three new posters from Ridley Scott's upcoming Biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" have arrived courtesy of  Fox and The IMDb.


 Joel Edgerton plays Ramesses in the film squaring off against Christian Bale as Moses in this famed take on the story of the prophet leading the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt.

Aaron Paul will play the Hebrew slave Joshua who goes on to lead the people onto the promised land after Moses.  Sigourney Weaver and John Turturro will portray the parents of the pharoah Ramses.

Bill Collage and Adam Cooper penned the early script that Steve Zaillian reworked.

Peter Chernin Zaillian and Garrett Basch will produce the film.

The film is set for release on Dec 12, 2014.

These one sheets hit as a very minor controversy is brewing on some Christian websites according to THR.

Talking with a group of reporters last month in Los Angeles, Bale spoke about his role as Moses and says: "I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life."

That in conjunction with a comment from Scott that The Parting of the Red Sea sequence will apparently be due to an earthquake in the film has caused a bit of a stir.

With the success of productions like "The Bible" mini-series, studios are pursuing the faith-based dollar more and more. It's a very lucrative market, but highly discerning one which has very strict ideas about how things should be portrayed on screen.

One film critic says the Bale comment is worrying as it "speculates about what was going on inside Moses' head". Faith Driven Consumer  founder Chris Stone says he's disturbed by Bale's remarks. Stone's group raised a fuss prior to the release of Darren Aronofsky's " Noah," with Bale's comments he tells the trade:

"There's nothing in the biblical history that supports that [Moses' schizophrenia and barbarism].It's an indication that there will be a tremendous disconnect between Bale's interpretation and the expectations of the market. It's accurate to portray Moses as an imperfect hero, so Christians won't take issue with that. But to be so extreme as to call him one of the most barbaric people in history, that sounds like he's going out of his way to distance himself from the very people you'd think he wants to appeal to. It tells me that he's worried about Hollywood peer approval while looking down on the public, because he certainly doesn't want to be associated with the religious or the far right.Like we said with Noah, they've got the right to do whatever they want with their movie, but a lot of people just said, 'That's not my story,' and they stayed away. We can see the same thing happening with Exodus."

While the "Noah" box-office was just $101 million in  North American, internationally it did very well with $258 million . "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is expected to do blockbuster business overseas too--will it be a hit here as well?


Jordan Peele Charts Horror Pic "Get Out"

Comedian Jordan Peele will write and direct the horror film "Get Out".


Despite his funny man status on the Comedy Central series "Key and Peele," this will be a straight up horror film.

Talking about the project Peele tells Playboy:

"I've been spending the first half of my career focusing on comedy but my goal, in all honesty, is to write and direct horror movies. I have one that I'm working on with Darko Entertainment called Get Out – I don't want to say too much about it, but it is one of the very, very few horror movies that does jump off of racial fears. That to me is a world that hasn't been explored. Specifically, the fears of being a black man today. The fears of being any person who feels like they're a stranger in any environment that is foreign to them. It deals with a protagonist that I don't see in horror movies"

Though he's keen on getting into horror, Peele is already attached to numerous big screen comedy projects like a reboot of the Police Academy franchise a film version of their popular sketch "Substitute Teacher"and the stolen cat tale "Keanu ".

Keanu Reeves Will Encounter "Replicas"

Keanu Reeves will star in the science-fiction thriller “Replicas” says THR.



The story follows a neuroscientist (Reeves) whose family is killed in a traffic accident. He plans to stop at nothing to bring them back - going up against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force and the laws of science.

Tanya Wexler ("Hysteria") directs from a screenplay by Chad St. John which is based on a treatment developed by Stephen Hamel and Reeves.

Reeves, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Hamel will produce.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron & The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Clip

Just before the end of last night's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D we got to see an extended peek at Joss Whedon's superhero team up sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" as planned--but because it got leaked early the suits decided to incorporate footage that was screened during this year's San Diego Comic-Con along with what we saw last week. The opening 30 seconds is pretty funny


The sequel DOES NOT follow the Age of Ultron comics storyline--in which the big bad Ultron was created by Hank Pym who becomes Ant-Man. James Spader will both voice Ultron, and he'll have to do some kind of motion-capture as well--This news puts to rest the most popular theory suggesting that Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr,) robot butler J.A.R.V.I.S. (voiced by Paul Bettany) operating system from the Iron Man Films would turn into the villain.

Marvel vets RDJ, Chris Evans Chris Hemsworth Scarlett Johansson Samuel L. Jackson Jeremy Renner Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders are all back Two time Iron Man co-star Don Cheadle is involved this time out according to USA Today. Bettany will appear on screen as The Vision an android created by Ultron as a weapon to be used against the Avengers. Vision can fire beams of radiation and turn invisible--the character ultimately turned the tables on Ultron and became an Avengers member himself.

TV's Hulk Lou Ferrigno has confirmed that he'll return to do the voice of the big guy in the sequel. Ferrigno has said four words as the character so far - "Hulk Smash" in 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" and "Puny God" in "The Avengers".

Thomas Kretschmann has landed the role of 2nd bad guy Baron von Strucker. In the comics, the seemingly immortal Strucker is one of the leaders of Hydra, and an enemy of both S.H.I.E.L.D and The Avengers He seemingly beat out rumored candidates Marton Csokas and Dougray Scott who were being considered for the BvS role. The character will have Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and her twin brother Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) apparently working for him in the sequel (American Horror Story favorite Evan Peters plays a different incarnation of the speedy superhero in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past"--in a very cool sequence in the film). Korean actress  will play a bad gal role.

Radar Online has an unidentified source that claims that RDJ was campaigning to get his pals Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster a role in the movie.

 Latino Review has posted what appears to be details about the film's opening 15-20 minutes (SPOILERS).

Some non principal filming took place in South Africa Post-production  on the 'Avengers 2' continues to meet a release date of May 1, 2015.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Marvel Movies: Phase 3 Plans

Robert Downey Jr. Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans
At a special presentation at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday, Marvel suit Kevin Feige gave the press and around 600 fans some info about the studio's plans and their phase three movie slate.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron helmer Joss Whedon, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson and Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America 3 helmers Anthony and Joe Russo were all on hand.

The event saw new titles like Black Panther--starring Get On Up's Chadwick Boseman--and Inhumans movies, plus two more Avengers films announced  .

Ant-Man is pegged for a July 17th 2015 release date. Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters on May 6, 2016, but pushed the release of Doctor Strange to Nov. 4, 2016.

James Gunn returns to chart Guardians of the Galaxy 2, set to hit theaters on May 5, 2017 (moved up from the previously announced date of July 2017).


That will be followed by next Thor film, Thor 3: Ragnarok, slated for July 28, 2017. Black Panther comes to theaters on Nov. 3 in 2017.

Feige also said that the studio will make a Captain Marvel film, set for July 6, 2018. It will be the studio's first female-led film, ending speculation that Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) would be the first female character to get her own stand-alone movie.

Marvel will also make an Inhumans film, set for Nov. 2, 2018. The Inhumans are a group of super powered alien beings that have appeared in various Marvel comics.


Two more Avengers films were also dated: Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1 for May 4, 2018, and Part 2 for May 2019.

 All films will be released in 3-D

Read more: 5 Things Missing From Marvel's Phase 3 News and The Big Takeaways

Plus--Marvel vs. DC: Superhero Matchups Revealed Through 2020

Feige told Coming Soon.after the event:

"Captain America: Civil War" will deal with "global superhuman registration with a specific inciting incident" and "secret identities aren't as important in the MCU version of the story" as opposed to the Captain America: Civil War comic This is also the film in which Boseman will make his big screen debut (in and out of costume) as the Black Panther before getting his own solo film in 2017 (Boseman is said to have signed for five films).

Feige says of Thor: Ragnarok: "This is a very important movie for us in Phase 3. We plan on taking Thor to another level. It picks up where we leave Thor in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and impacts everything that comes after". He also confirmed Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are both returning as Thor and Loki.

Describing the new Captain Marvel, Feige says: "This Captain Marvel's name is Carol Danvers. This film has been in the works almost as long as Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy before it came out, and one of the key things was figuring out what we wanted to do with it. Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm."

The two part Avengers will be the storyline dealing with Thanos (Josh Brolin): "We've always had a plan since  Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) broke into Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) house and told him he's part of a bigger universe. 'Avengers: Infinity War Part 1' is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before."

Asked about the notion of Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man in a film with other superheroes, Feige says: "Anything that wasn’t specifically and obviously revealed today is either not true at all, or still rumor until it’s worked out."

Finally, Mark Ruffalo's Hulk will appear in all the Avengers movies and a standalone Hulk movie may still happen but it's not on the cards just yet. The same goes for Johansson's Black Widow.

Various Folks Talk The Avengers: Age of Ultron


Marvel suit Kevin Feige has confirmed reports that by the end of Joss Whedon's superhero team up sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" the team of 'Avengers' that we started out with will not be the same team that we have at the end the film.

Speaking with Buzzfeed from the set of "Ultron," Feige essentially confirms that the third "Avengers" film will feature a whole new team of heroes:

"The Avengers films, ideally, in the grand plan are always big, giant linchpins. It's like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, twelve-issue mega-event. Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was. I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the [Avengers] roster is altered by the finale of this film."

The events will dovetail into Captain America 3 which will likely be an adaptation of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War storyline that sees Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr,) at odds with Captain America (Chris Evans) over the Superhero Registration Act - a law that forces anyone with superhuman abilities to their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities. Stark supports reveal the program, Rogers does not because it threatens civil liberties. As a result Rogers and various others go on the run to avoid arrest. The life of Cap's girlfriend, Agent 13  (Revenge star Emily VanCamp), is torn apart as her superiors use her divided loyalties against her. Elsewhere, a new villain emerges; the Red Skull begins to make himself known; and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) .again comes face-to-face with Cap....
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Evans talked about his character and where he stands after the events chronicled in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and where he starts off in 'Ultron':

"He's still looking for a home, probably a metaphorical home. He's always felt comfortable as a soldier. And he likes structure. He works well taking orders. But when that dynamic turned on him, he's now left to depend upon his team, the Avengers. There really is no one above them telling them what to do. They're kind of having to operate independently. So there's a lot of leaning on one another, but there really isn't a kind of clear chain of command. And I think Cap looks for that. I think he's looking to understand where he belongs, not just as a soldier, as Captain America, but as Steve Rogers, as a person."

Meanwhile actor Chris Hemsworth says the main goal with Thor in 'Ultron' is just to get him to "lighten up a bit":

"Whereas the first [Avengers film] was [about] the journey of the team, I think, this time, you have six or seven things going on, which I was really impressed by. I like where Thor has been taken in this. He sort of sees a whole other side to what’s going on in the conflict, and another potential threat. And he kind of segues a bit and has his own little sort of journey. It gave us room to kind of make him a little more grounded and human and have him in some civilian clothes and mixing it up at a party. I want to do those scenes more. It’s what I loved about the first [Thor film]. There was an innocence and naivete to him, which as he matured into the king of the second [Thor: The Dark World] - or the rightful king - we sort of lost a little bit of that. That was that story."

Finally James Spader recently talked a bit about voicing the Ultron of in the film with Total Film.

The actor points out that his character is quite different to the role of Raymond 'Red' Reddington which he currently plays on the NBC show called The Blacklist:

"Ultron takes abrupt turns in scenes. Red isn't pyschopathic but Ultron is. Yes, he is psychopathic. He's really batsh-t crazy."

The biggest thing that drew him to the role--the dark humor:

"There's a humorous aspect to him, which is something that drew me in from the very first conversation I had with Joss. In many ways he's a child, this character, because he's a brand new being who's just come to be. And yet, through artificial intelligence, he has an incredible capacity for knowledge. So he's a very powerful, smart child."

 Post-production  on the 'Avengers 2' continues to meet a release date of May 1, 2015.

Suicide Squad Movie: Cara Delevingne = Harley Quinn?

British model and actress Cara Delevingne is reportedly being seriously considered for a role in Fury and "End of Watch" director David Ayer's film version of DC Entertainment's "Suicide Squad" comic book for Warner Bros says Latino Review.

The report suggests that  Delevigne may be playing The Joker's sidekick Harley Quinn. Quinn's character was not in the early drafts of the script, but that may change since Ayer is expected to perform re-writes.


Delevigne also posted an illustration of Quinn on her Instagram page earlier this month which is one reason she has been mentioned to potentially play Quinn  in 'Squad'.

Delevigne  is also reportedly being considered for a role in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales as well.

The comic centers on incarcerated villains from the DC universe being recruited as deniable assets by the Government to go on high-risk black ops missions in exchange for more lenient or even commuted sentences. Amanda Waller is in charge of the program.

Will Smith, Tom Hardy Ryan Gosling and "The Wolf of Wall Street" actress Margot Robbie are all reportedly fielding offers for "Squad".

 Jesse Eisenberg could reprise his role as Lex Luthor in the film says Deadline. Eisenberg plays Lex in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" and if the character shows up in 'Squad' it would link back to the DC Cinematic Universe which the film doesn't really have on the surface.

Dan Lin is producing the pic with Charles Roven from an initial script by Justin Marks.

The film has a  2016 release date planned.

Several of the characters have showed up on The CW's popular Arrow TV series and that trend will continue.

Star Wars: Episode VII: Trailer Chatter

Production on on J J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" is set to wrap shortly, and we know that  series MVP composer John Williams is set to score the film as well as Episode VIII and Episode IX.

A  report at JWFan suggests that a trailer for the highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel has been cut and that Williams is reportedly due to record new music for the footage on November 15th:

"A reliable source just said JW received a trailer from J.J. Abrams on Monday, October 20th. JW has already written new Star Wars music to accompany this trailer. This new trailer music will feature new music and will be recorded on November 15th in LA with full orchestra. Still determining if the score will be recorded in London due to advanced age of composer/conductor. Fourteen-hour flight to LA not too kind on an 82 year old. This is all a secret and this message will be deleted shortly."

If the story is true the big question is if when would we see the trailer debut online or in cinemas. If it is attached to a Mouse House film it probably will not be November 7th's "Big Hero 6" that's too late. The best bet would be with the musical "Into the Woods" opening Christmas Day with an online launch a few days before that.


 Original Trilogy stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker Harrison Ford as Han Solo  and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Peter Mayhew playing the legendary Wookiee Chewbacca, and Kenny Baker as Astro droid R2 D2 will be back. Warwick Davis is in the film says Variety. Davis has already appeared in two films in the series 1983's "Return of the Jedi" and 1999's "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace".

Franchise creator George Lucas told Bloomberg Businessweek that he begun talks with original stars to have them return to for its new films -- before he had even begun the process of the ultimately $2 billion deal between sale. It's been said that Lucas' actually spent about a year planning the franchise's future before handing the reigns of Lucasfilm over to Disney.

The new cast members also include John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson,Christina Chong and  Max von Sydow as a villain character. 12 Years a Slave Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong'o and Game of Thrones co-star Gwendoline Christie have officially been cast in the film as well. Parkour master Pip Andersen and actress Crystal Clarke have joined the sequel--the pair were two of the 37,000 or so hopefuls who attended casting calls across eleven cities. Miltos Yerolemou, who had a small but memorable role as Arya Stark's sword trainer in the first season of "Game of Thrones," has joined the cast of in an undisclosed role reports The BBC. The role is said to be a minor one. Greg Grunberg has a role in the pic.

Disney/Lucasfilm haven't revealed any character details at all however, so which of the newcomers is playing which roles is all speculation at this point.

Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid who played Emperor Palpatine attended the 2014 London Film and Comic Con and confirmed that he would not return to the "Star Wars" universe in the  upcoming trilogy--but he didn't rule out a return in a potential spin-off pre-Return of the Jedi:

"I'm definitely not in [Episode VII]. As you know, he's dead by then. I know, we believe in reincarnation, and holograms… But you know, they are going to take many twists on the story as the years go on, and I guess they may go back to a time - I've got no clue, I'm speaking off the top of my head - when the Emperor ran the universe. And I don't want anyone else to play him, do I?"

In a recent post Latino Review claims that Palpatine is part of the new trilogy after all--though played by another actor...

James Earl Jones, the man behind the voice of Star Wars villain Darth Vader was asked by Variety recently about the possibility of playing the character in more films, perhaps one of the Spin-Off Films for example set before "Return of the Jedi". He said: "Oh no. I've got no illusions that I will or even hankerings to be in them, but I'm very proud to have been part of the original."

Actor was asked by HeyUGuys whether he'd been invited back to play his character from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace--Qui-Gon Jinn in the franchise...While the answer was "No" He said that he would be up for a comeback.

Abrams wrote the script with Lawrence Kasdan for the film. Oscar winner Michael Arndt ("Toy Story 3," "Little Miss Sunshine") vacated his job scripting the next film--after disagreements over which characters the film will focus on.

Kasdan ("The Empire Strikes Back," "Raiders of the Lost Ark") and Simon Kinberg ("Sherlock Holmes," "X-Men: Days of Future Past") have reportedly closed deals to pen the final two installments of the new "Star Wars" trilogy. Kasdan and Kinberg are also indeed writing the stand alone/origin Star Wars features. Company CEO Robert A. Iger recently revealed that the studio has three features in the works - not two as previously indicated.  "Godzilla" reboot director Gareth Edwards is going to direct the first of the upcoming Star Wars Spin-Off Films. "Fantastic Four" reboot and "Chronicle" director Josh Trank is officially set to direct the as yet Untitled Number 2 stand alone spin-off film.

The plan is to have each of these films come out in the years when we don't see a new episode of the saga - They would come out in 2016, 2018 and 2020. We still don't know which characters these spin-offs will focus on. Current franchise chief,
Kathleen Kennedy spoke to Yahoo about the stand-alone films saying that they will NOT affect the main narrative of the Episodes.

While the character was rumored to be getting a solo film last month--Cinelinx posts that the studios are developing a separate trilogy of spin-off films dedicated to the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi--set between the prequel and original trilogy. Their source says:

"First up, they are not talking about an Obi-Wan spin-off movie but a trilogy of Obi-Wan movies . I need to stress that these movies are not connected. They aren't part of a story arc but three separate Obi-Wan adventures set between Episodes III and IV. It seems like the three movie ideas are as follows: One set completely on Tatooine and two where Obi-Wan travels elsewhere in the Galaxy. Qui-Gon Jinn is very much present in these stories. So too is Owen Lars . Several characters from the 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' TV Series would make an appearance. There would be flashbacks to Obi-Wan fighting in the Clone Wars."

Looking ahead "Looper" and "Brick" writer-director Rian Johnson has inked a deal to both pen and call action on "Star Wars: Episode VIII" as well as write a treatment for "Star Wars: Episode IX".

The Avengers: Age of Ultron star Mark Ruffalo previously worked with Johnson on The Brothers Bloom, with Ruffalo playing one half of a brotherly con act. In a recent interview with Collider Ruffalo tells the site that he contacted Johnson to tell him  that he wants to be in the sequel.

Kasdan and Kinberg would also join the projects as producers with Kennedy.

There was
a scheduled two-week production hiatus in August to allow for adjustments in the shooting schedule following Ford's recovery from that injury where he  broke his left leg. The injury is also said to have happened during filming on a top secret set rather than on the Millennium Falcon set as was widely reported.

Production is taking place at Pinewood Studio in England. The film has a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015