Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gone Girl Review: "Did You Kill Your Wife Nick?"

Took time out to check David Fincher's film adaptation of author Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl for Fox and once again he proves why he is a master director. I know the film has been out for a few weeks now--but I am gonna limit spoilers for those folks who have yet to see the film....


On the day of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) returns home to find that his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), is missing. Soon after the media frenzy begins, evidence mounts that Nick murdered her, and his awkward behavior is interpreted as that of a Sociopath.

Nick and Amy's marriage has disintegrated; both of them lost their jobs in the recession and moved from New York City to Missouri after Nick's mother was diagnosed with cancer. Nick has since become lazy, distant, and unfaithful. Detective Rhonda Boney () and Officer Jim Gilpin () uncover evidence indicating financial troubles and domestic disputes, a report indicating Amy wanted to purchase a gun, and poorly concealed evidence of a struggle.

The only one that is standing by Nick is his twin sister Margo (Carrie Coon). As the evidence mounts providing motive, Nick is charged with Amy's murder, and he hires slick defense lawyer Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry)


I have not read the book but those that have say that the film stays true to the source material--Flynn is credited with writing the adapted screenplay--which helps. Like his best thrillers, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Zodiac, Panic Room and Se7en--Fincher lets everything simmer for a long time, before anything pays off. As an audience member--you are drawn in almost immediately so that your attention never gets diverted. I know that some have complained that the film ends rather abruptly. To that I would say while that is true it in no way diminishes the film and anything that came before it.

I know that Aflleck has had great success directing and all that but his performance here is...WOW! One minute you feel empathy for Nick and the next you think what a scumbag! His turn here has me even a bit more jazzed to see what he does as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming superhero team-up film called "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" come March 25th 2016. As great as Ben is Pike is just as great playing a very complex character with many layers that get peeled back. Fincher made the right choice in casting Pike.


The supporting cast is first rate too. The film boasts one of the best overall ensembles I have seen in a movie for quite some tine. Screen Actors Guild nomination anyone? Perry plays out of his comfort zone once again but with better results than Alex Cross afforded him. Future OSCAR host and former How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris is also out of his comfort zone as Desi Collins a former boyfriend of Amy's  NPH needs to get more meaty film work...Dickens and Fugit have nice cop chemistry while Coon and Affleck worked well off each other acting as siblings would. Model/actress Emily Ratajkowski, who appeared in singer Robin Thicke's controversial music video Blurred Lines is Andie, the college-age mistress of Affleck’s also does nice work.

Gone Girl marks another home rum for Fincher who must juggle a lot of plot in this film--and yet manages to make a hard job seem easy.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ridley Scott's "The Martian" Gets Stan And Ejiofor

Sebastian Stan and Chiwetel Ejiofor have joined the cast of "The Martian" says EW. Details about their specific characters were not disclosed.


The project is based on a 2012 novel by author Andy Weir, which chronicles an astronaut (Matt Damon) who becomes stranded on Mars and tries to find a way back to Earth.

While it may sound similar to last year's Oscar blockbuster Gravity, the story is said to be much different, described as a cross between Apollo 13 and Cast Away.

Jessica Chastain Kristen WiigHalt and Catch Fire” star Mackenzie Davis has a “small but crucial role”. "The Fantastic Four" star Kate Mara has been offered an unknown role. Aksel Hennie Donald Glover Michael Pena Sean Bean and Jeff Daniels also star.

Drew Goddard was in talks to write and direct this pic, but Fox didn't want to wait for his schedule to clear, now that he is committed to directing Sony Pictures' Spidey film series villain spin off "The Sinister Six" and  Netflix's Daredevil TV Series he has left the pic. His script remains behind.

Ridley Scott is set to call action.

Scott, Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood will produce the pic.

Production is due to begin in November.

Box Office Preview: Realm Of Fear And Violence

Derek Kolstad wrote the script in which Keanu Reeves stars as a hitman named John Wick (reviews) who retired from the business after his wife died. When a thief steals his car, killing his late wife's dog in the process, Wick goes after him. One problem, the thief's father is a New York crime boss who puts a contract out on Wick.


This film Ouija (reviews) will be quite different from the way it was originally intended as a big-budget action-adventure pic of the Hasbro board game with McG attached to direct. The story will still use the board game that lets players communicate with the spirit world as its premise--now it has been scaled back The action follows a group of teens playing with a Ouija board who make contact with an evil spirit and desperately try to save themselves.


Psycho prequel TV series Bates Motel star Olivia Cooke   Bianca A. Santos Erin Moriarty Vivis Colombetti Douglas Smith ("Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters") Daren Kagasoff ("The Secret Life Of The American Teenager") and Matthew Settle star.
 
After A Limited Run--The Black Listed script for the dramedy St. Vincent (reviews) by director Ted Melfi follows a 12-year old boy who, in the wake of his parents' divorce, forms an unlikely friendship with the misanthropic war veteran and retiree (Bill Murray) living next door whose life mainly consists of drinking, gambling and prostitutes. The elder soon becomes an unlikely mentor.


Pamela McClintock of THR:

Pre-Halloween entry Ouija looks to win the North American box office race this weekend ahead of shoot-'em-up pic John Wick, Keanu Reeves' first film to hit theaters since the ill-fated 47 Ronin in December 2013.

Ouija, based on Hasbro's seance board game, is expected to open in the $18 million to $20 million range. Universal is erring on the low side ($18 million), while rivals think it could cross $20 million. John Wick is tracking to earn far less, or a muted $7 million to $8 million. The male-skewing Wick, however, could overperform, thanks to stellar reviews and a berth in Imax theaters.

Blumhouse Productions, home of the microbudget horror film, and Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes produced Ouija for Universal in tandem with Hasbro. The film, targeting teenagers and younger adult females, follows a group of friends who uncover the dark powers of the Ouija board when trying to summon their recently deceased friend's spirit. Universal's marketing campaign included organizing a screening and seance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Stiles White directed the movie, which stars an array of young television actors, including Daren Kagasoff and Bianca A. Santos.

Among critics, John Wick has certainly improved Reeves' standing, and currently boasts a 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But whether the movie will work at the box office is another question, although positive word-of-mouth could give it strong legs, both in North America and overseas. Lionsgate acquired rights to the movie, so it has limited financial exposure.

Directed by Chad Stahelski, the R-rated action film stars Reeves as an ex-hitman who comes out of a peaceful retirement to hunt down the gangsters who have taken everything from him. Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adriane Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and Willem Dafoe also star.

Also this weekend, Theodore Melfi's St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray, expands nationwide after opening two weeks ago in select theaters, earning just under $1 million to date for The Weinstein Co.

A slew of high-profile films open at the specialty box office, including Lynn Shelton's Laggies, starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell, and Gregg Araki's White Bird in a Blizzard, starring Shailene Woodley. Both films played at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and were produced by Anonymous Content.

Following its world premiere at the New York Film Festival earlier this month, Laura Poitras' high-profile Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour goes out in five theaters.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Poster & Peek: "Insidious: Chapter 3"

Focus Features has released both a new one-sheet and the first trailer for the horror sequel "Insidious: Chapter 3".

The third film serves as a prequel to the previous two films as gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott of "A.N.T. Farm") who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

 Dermot Mulroney ("August: Osage County") also stars.


"Saw" and "Insidious" writer/actor Leigh Whannell directed here. He wrote and starred as 'Specs' in the first two films and is expected to do so again for this one, as well as calling action 

Insidious: Chapter 2 director James Wan remains onboard as producer with Jason Blum and Oren Peli 

The film is slated for an April 3rd 2015 release.



Christian Bale IS Steve Jobs In Biopic

Christian Bale WILL star in the authorized biopic about late Apple co-founder Steve 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 eyed 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.
 
Sorkin confirmed Bale's casting during a Bloomberg interview:

We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin said. “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.”

Sorkin says that his script will feature plenty of his trademark fast-paced dialogue. But thinks Bale is up to the challenge.

He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined, There isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in. And there's a tremendous amount of language. So it’s an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it.

Will Margot Robbie Do "The Taliban Shuffle"?

THR reports that."The Wolf Of Wall Street" and "Tarzan" star Margot Robbie is in talks to join the film adaptation of author Kim Barker's memoir "The Taliban Shuffle".


The book recounts Barker's (Tina Fey) years as a journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan after arriving in the  region in 2002. During her time there she filed stories about militants, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, dealing with boredom interspersed with dashes of violence and the promiscuous war-correspondent culture.

if she inks a deal, Robbie will be set as a blonde, competitive on-air news anchor that becomes friends with Baker, yet turns out to be ruthless in finding a story that will make her career. 

Robbie Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Ryan Gosling are hovering over Fury and "End of Watch" director David Ayer's film version of the DC Entertainment's "Suicide Squad" comic book for Warner Bros. Should she do both things could get tricky for her schedule.

Robert Carlock penned the adapted screenplay from which "Crazy, Stupid, Love" writer/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa will call action on "Shuffle"

Fey and Lorne Michaels will produce the pic.

Charlie Kaufman Pens "IQ 83" Screenplay

Charlie Kaufman will rewrite the script of the long in development film adaptation of author Arthur Herzog's classic 1978 science fiction novel "IQ 83" at Paramount says Deadline.


The project is being developed as a star vehicle for Steve Carell who would play Dr. James Healey, the leader of a group of scientists that conducted DNA experiments that unleashed an airborne virus that ravages the populous.The affliction progressively lowers the Iq of the afflicted, and a race against time begins as scientists struggle for a cure, even as they rapidly grow dumber.

Written as serious science fiction, the film adaptation instead will unspool as a "Dr. Strangelove"-style satire.

A director will not be set until Kaufman's done with the script.
 
Andrew Lazar and Walter Parkes are producing the film.

Kaufman is the latest to attempt to crack the script after the project has been in development for almost two decades.

Polar: Came From The Cold Comic Becomes A Film

Heat Vision reports that Constantin Films has picked up the film rights to Dark Horse Comics' spy thriller graphic novel "Polar: Came From the Cold" .


The story centers on Black Kaiser, a master assassin forced out of retirement when he finds himself the target of a motley crew of a new generation of killers. Kaiser also has a "doting and protective relationship with the child of one of his former marks."

Jayson Rothwell is drafting the adapted script. No director is attached yet,

Robert Kulzer, Jeremy Bolt, Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg will produce.

Production hopes to begin in the Spring.

More Quicksilver Set For X-Men: Apocalypse

American Horror Story favorite Evan Peters played the speedy superhero Quicksilver in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past"--for a very cool sequence that proved so popular--it seems that he will be getting more screen time in the sequel "X-Men: Apocalypse."


 Second unit director Brian Smrz tells Newsarama:

"They want me to start pretty soon, on the storyboarding and stuff. I’ll be working on the next X-Men for the next month or so part-time, and by the end of the year it’ll be full-time... There will be another Quicksilver scene, which I'm looking forward to. That'll be fun."

Smrz had a key role in shooting the Quicksilver sequence in 'Days' and suggests a solo film about the character is something he'd love to see:

"We talked about Quicksilver before. I'd love to do a Quicksilver as a solo film because there's a lot to enjoy with that character."

 Apocalypse, aka. En Sabah Nur. In the comics, En Sabah Nur is the world's first mutant who was born in Egypt around 3,000 BC and had access to advanced technology. The Wrap indicates that Fox wants "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" actor Tom Hardy to play the role. Nothing official though...The character was teased in the post-credits scene of "Days" (Played by Brendan Pedder).

"X2: X-Men United" and "Superman Returns" screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris as well as Simon Kinberg are writing the script for "Apocalypse" .

The younger actors introduced in "X-Men: First Class" James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), and Nicholas Hoult (Beast). Lucas Till (Alex “Havoc” Summers), etc. are contracted for three films and are locked in to return.

It is likely that  Channing Tatum is set to play the X-Men's mutant Gambit

Production on "X-Men: Apocalypse" begins in April. The film will hit theaters on May 27, 2016 opposite Alice in Wonderland 2

Poster And Peek: "The Gambler" Redux

The teaser poster and a RED BAND trailer have been released for the long gestating remake of the James Caan-led 1974 crime drama "The Gambler" is here.


The original followed a college professor (Caan) whose gambling addiction overcomes him even after he gets in big trouble with the wrong guys.

Martin Scorsese was once attached to call action and then "The Hangover" and "Old School" director Todd Phillips circled the picture. Now "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" director Rupert Wyatt helmed the project from a script by William Monahan ("The Departed").

Leland Orser plays Jones, a resentful English professor at UCLA who is the superior of Mark Wahlberg's lead character Brie Larson is Wahlberg's girlfriend. Jessica Lange will play his his rich mother John Goodman plays a Jewish loan shark.Emory Cohen, who played Bradley Cooper’s son in The Place Beyond the Pines plays one of the professor's students and a star on the Tennis Team
Michael K. Williams also stars.

Irwin Winkler, who produced the original, Robert Chartoff, and Stephen Levinson will produce the update.

James Toback, who wrote the original screenplay and based it on his real life addiction to gambling, has been outspoken about his displeasure over the remake. He thinks it's a terrible idea.

"The Gambler" will open in limited release on December 19th.

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First Peek: "The Avengers: Age of Ultron"



Originally set to debut during next week's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D--the teaser trailer for Joss Whedon's superhero team up sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" got here early...


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.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nathalie Emmanuel Joins "Scorch Trials"

THR reports that "Game of Thrones" co-star Nathalie Emmanuel has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel "The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" for Fox


The recently-announced follow-up to the boffo box office hit "The Maze Runner" will be based on the second book in author James Dashner's young adult novel trilogy.

In the next installment we find out that the survivors' “escape” was anything but...soon they realize that something’s not right – Teresa goes missing and a new boy, Aris (Mud star Jacob Lofland), is put in her place. Thomas, Newt, Minho, must make their way through the Scorch, a desolate wasteland crawling with plagued humans known as Cranks, and arrive at the designated Safe Haven before time runs out.

Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad," "Revolution") will play Jorge, the leader of  the Cranks. The character also appears in "The Death Cure," the third book in the trilogy which is expected to be adapted as well.

Emmanuel will play Harriet, the leader of a group of girls who’ve escaped from another maze and that meets up with O’Brien’s group. The character also figures into the action of the third installment.

Rosa Salazar ("Insurgent") will play Brenda, the lone female amongst another group of teens who ends up paired with Teen Wolf series co-star and NJ native Dylan O'Brien’s character when both end up on the run in tunnels underneath a city.

Aidan Gillen will play the villain Janson, who is also referred to as Rat-Man.

 Thomas Brodie-Sangster Will Poulter and Kaya Scodelario as well as some of the other main cast from the original are reprising their roles.

The first film's director Wes Ball is back to call action using an adapted script by T.S. Nowlin, who co-wrote the first film with Noah Oppenheim and Grant Pierce Myers.

Production is slated to begin at the end of October---The sequel will hit theaters on September 18th 2015.

DC Comics Films: Ray Fisher On Cyborg

We know that we will see stage actor Ray Fisher is playing the role of Cyborg in Zack Snyder's upcoming superhero team-up film called "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"-- The Justice League Part One and  Justice League Part Two. Beyond that though it was unclear as to where the character might show up in DC Cinematic Universe--even Fisher was in the dark.


Talking to Entertainment Weekly, the actor says that he had no idea Warner Bros and DC Entertainment would confirm a "Cyborg" solo movie to bow in 2020 until just a few hours before the announcement when the producers revealed the news to him:

"I didn't know the extent to which DC and WB had planned on taking my character. When I signed on, I just wanted to be part of this world. But that specific information [the Cyborg film], I found out then and there. I didn't think I'd be getting my own stand-alone film."

Fisher confirmed that he has finished shooting his scenes on 'Dawn' some ago which includes several of his future "Justice League" colleagues:

"I met everyone in the Justice League except Henry Cavill and Ezra Miller. It was surreal. You get this idea of going to work on a Hollywood set as being really stressful and nerve-wracking. But it blew that stereotype away. If they did have stressful times, it wasn't while I was there."

This would suggest that Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. Jason Momoa's Aquaman and Fisher's Cyborg share a scene in DOJ.

The DOJ release was delayed a full 10 months for a number of reasons. As a result, the original release date of July 17th 2015 was no longer. The studio then targeted a May 6th 2016 release. They quickly inserted the fantasy Pan into that original slot. The sequel was to go head to head with "Captain America 3" ...Nobody thought that the comic book pics would ultimately share the date--Sure enough DOJ blinked--and will now open on March 25th 2016.

Miller will play The Flash in a film due in 2018.

What's Going On With Michael Meyers?

While attending a recent event at Universal CityWalk Orlando, STYD spoke with Halloween film series producer Malek Akkad about the status of the next installment:

"Its been a joy to work with so many creative people - ten films. We're working on eleven as we speak. We're working on a script right now. A new draft - perfect timing - is supposed to hit the day before Halloween. Hopefully my Halloween night reading will be a good read."

Akkad wouldn't reveal any of the writers involved--suggesting that the film is still some time off.


If you read my review of Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of the 1978 classic--you know that I loathe nearly everything about the film...Hard to believe then that I think Zombie's Halloween II was even worse!!! Thus-I am hoping that they just reboot it again

Natalie Dormer Spooked By "The Forest"

"Game of Thrones" and "Rush" co-star Natalie Dormer has joined the supernatural thriller "The Forest" says ScreenDaily.


In the film Dormer plays a woman who goes in search of her twin sister in Japan’s haunted Aokigahara Forest at the foot of Mount Fuji
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"Man of Steel" writer David S. Goyer crafted the story, while novelist Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca penned the script. Commercials and shorts filmmaker Jason Zada will make his feature film directorial debut here.

 Goyer will produce the film

The film is set for a January 8th 2016 release.

James Wan Will Chart "The Conjuring 2"

Earlier this week, it was announced that Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema pushed back its release of the horror sequel The Conjuring 2 Originally due to open on October 23rd next year, the studio has instead opted for an unspecific 2016 release..


Now we know why. Deadline reports that James Wan, who directed The Conjuring has inked a first-look producing deal with New Line which includes a commitment to direct the spooky sequel.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are set to return as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The next movie will explore another of their famous cases investigating the paranormal. Writers Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes will pen the script

Wan is still busy in post on Fast & Furious 7 and will shoot "Conjuring 2" next summer once he's done doing press commitments for the pic which opens April 3rd.

Universal has an option on Wan to return for Fast & Furious 8--but have made mo decision regarding whether he will return. They have allowed him to direct "The Conjuring 2" as his next film.

Patrick Stewart Leads The Gang In "Green Room"

Patrick Stewart has joined the cast of the thriller "Green Room" says ScreenDaily.


The story follows the members of a punk band who fight for survival against a white supremacist gang after they witness a horrific act of violence.

Stewart will play the leader of the supremacist organization.

Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Macon Blair also star.

 "Blue Ruin" director Jeremy Saulnier's calling action here using a script that he wrote

Anish Savjani Neil Kopp and Victor Moyers will produce the film.

Filming is underway in Portland, Oregon with a release planned for next year.

"The Nice Guys" Gets A Gal & More

THR reports Kim Basinger is set to join Warner Bros.crime thriller noir film "The Nice Guys".


 Set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, the story follows recovering alcoholic and enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe), and practicing alcoholic P.I. Holland March (Ryan Gosling), who are brought together by a fading porn star's suicide. The dead girl's aunt is convinced she saw her niece alive after the incident. March takes the case which blossoms into a far-reaching murder conspiracy rooted in the U.S. auto industry.

Angourie Rice will play Gosling’s daughter who likes to occasionally tag along with her dad. Margaret Qualley portrays a social activist who resembles a porn star named Misty Mountains.

Basinger will play the city's corrupt chief justice, and Qualley's mother. Crowe and Bassinger worked together on "L.A. Confidential".

The trade also reports that Keith David and Beau Knapp have joined the film as bad guys. Knapp will play a gold chain-wearing motormouth hitman who also is accident prone; David plays his older partner.

Matt Bomer also stars in the film

"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and "Iron Man 3" director Shane Black and Anthony Bagarozzi wrote the script years ago, but the project has been languishing in development hell until now. Black will call action on the pic.

Joel Silver is producing the film with Black.

Production starts in Los Angeles and Atlanta in November. The film is scheduled for a June 17, 2016 release

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"The 5th Wave" Adds Two More

THR says that Sons of Anarchy's Maggie Siff and  Hart of Dixie co-star Talitha Bateman have joined the sci-fi thriller "The 5th Wave".


Based on author Rick Yancey's novel series, the story follows 16-year-old Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) as one of the last humans on earth after four devastating waves of alien attacks, and she’s determined to get her little brother Sammy () back.

Siff will play Cassie and Sammy's mother, Lisa, who suffers terribly when the third wave releases a plague on Earth. Bateman will play Teacup, a young girl who is also in the child army where Sammy is being held.

Nick Robinson ("Jurassic World") plays Ben Parish, a.k.a. “Zombie", who Cassie previously had a crush on in school, but is now a ruthless paramilitary leader with numerous alien kills under his belt. Robinson beat out Tye Sheridan ("Mud") and newcomer Mitchell Hope for the role.

Ron Livingston will play Cassie's Dad, Oliver. He's an important part of Cassie's life, and tries his best to protect her during the deadly alien attacks.

Newcomer Alex Roe (“The Calling") has also joined the cast as Evan, who may hold the key to defeating the extraterrestrial scourge. Ray Donovan star Liev Schreiber will play Vosch, a high-ranking military official.

Filmmaker J Blakeson ("The Disappearance Of Alice Creed") will direct using Susannah Grant's adapted script.

Tobey Maguire, Graham King, Tim HeadingtonDenis O'Sullivan and Matt Plouffe are producing.

 The studio hopes the pic will serve as a potential franchise launcher. It is in pre-production with a planned 2016 release date.

Meryl Streep And Hugh Grant Go With "Flo"

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant are attached to star in "Florence," a biopic about Florence Foster Jenkins says Deadline.


 Jenkins (Streep) was a New York heiress and socialite who wanted a career as a great opera singer, but  lacked any real ability - in fact her voice was pretty terrible. The film will cover Jenkins life up until her 1944 Carnegie Hall concert which sold 3,000 tickets, she then died a month later

Grant will play her partner and manager St. Clair Bayfield. Bayfield was an aristocratic English actor determined to protect Florence from the truth.

Nicholas Martin penned the script from which Stephen Frears will direct

Michael Kuhn and Tracey Seaward will produce the movie.

Sean Bean Gets Role In Scott's "The Martian"

Heat Vision has it that Sean Bean is set to join the cast of "The Martian".


The project is based on a 2012 novel by author Andy Weir, which chronicles an astronaut (Matt Damon) who becomes stranded on Mars and tries to find a way back to Earth.

While it may sound similar to last year's Oscar blockbuster Gravity, the story is said to be much different, described as a cross between Apollo 13 and Cast Away.

 Bean plays a NASA flight director in the film.

Jessica Chastain is now in talks while Kristen Wiig is still hovering over the film.“Halt and Catch Fire” star Mackenzie Davis has a “small but crucial role”. "The Fantastic Four" star Kate Mara has been offered an unknown role. Aksel Hennie Donald Glover Michael Pena and Jeff Daniels also star.

Drew Goddard was in talks to write and direct this pic, but Fox didn't want to wait for his schedule to clear, now that he is committed to directing Sony Pictures' Spidey film series villain spin off "The Sinister Six" and  Netflix's Daredevil TV Series he has left the pic. His script remains behind.

Ridley Scott is set to call action.

Scott, Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood will produce the pic.

James Gunn Talks "Guardians 2" And More

While attending the Variety Entertainment and Technology Summit this week, "Guardians of the Galaxy" writer-director James Gunn revealed some fresh details about Guardians of the Galaxy 2.


He confirmed to Variety that all five of the main cast will return Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel . Joining them will be a number of unspecified characters from the first movie and a few new characters as well, and Gunn says "fans may see the team adding members."

In terms of writing the sequel, Gunn says: "I spent all day on Aug. 1, the day the first movie was released, writing Guardians. I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story."

The director says that the alternate version of the Rocket Raccoon "fake laugh" scene will be included on the Blu-ray on December 9th:

 "In the long version of the scene where Rocket is laughing at Quill, Quill gets very offended by that and takes a vote of the other Guardians to see who thinks that the laugh is fake. It's a pretty fake laugh, and I think Rocket gets hurt that Groot goes against him."

It's expected that the sequel will provide the answers to a few secrets from the first film--like the foreshadowing of a certain character's father playing a part in the action.

Marvel will release the "Guardians 2" on July 28th 2017.

Daniel Radcliffe On Fresh Spin Of Frankenstein

Daniel Radcliffe is out promoting the screen version of Joe Hill's 2010 novel Horns. Already available on VOD services in the United States, the film is getting a more traditional release in other countries.

Speaking with Empire Online, Radcliffe talked about his next project director Paul McGuigan’s unique spin on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.


In this version of the story--the action is told from the point of view of hunchbacked assistant Igor (Radcliffe) who works for Dr. Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy).

Jessica Brown Findlay will play a trapeze artist saved from an accident by Igor. The pair become close in the aftermath.

Max Landis (“Chronicle”) wrote the script.

John Davis is producing the film.

Radcliffe says that Frankenstein's monster is not really a part of the action:

"The creation of the monster isn't right until the end – you see their attempts at it. Although I'm not sure we're teeing ourselves up for four more movies or anything."

Instead, the movie will deal with the relationship between Victor and Igor, and the issues explored seem to be less about the perversion of science and more about the nature of creation:

"The story this time around is told through his eyes. He's granted more of a story than he has been before. It's an equal partnership where one of them is trying to be dominant, [which is] what separates it from other Frankenstein movies. It's about the nature of creation, in many ways. Victor gives Igor new life at the beginning of the movie, so he can be viewed as my creator, and at what point do you step out of that shadow or continually pay homage to the person who gave his life back."

 The new movie is set to hit theaters on January 16th, 2015.

David Ayer Talks "Suicide Squad" Film

We know that Fury and "End of Watch" director David Ayer's set to chart the film version of the DC Entertainment's "Suicide Squad" comic book for Warner Bros.


The comic center 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.

Out making the promo rounds for "Fury" Ayer talked to Empire about the gig:

"'Fury' whetted my appetite for a bigger canvas and this idea of world creation. You can do amazing things as a filmmaker if you have the proper tools, and those are time and money. I can say that it's a The Dirty Dozen with supervillains. Then I can ask the question, 'Does a movie really need good guys?' I love the passion [comic-book fans] have for these characters and these worlds. I think there's something incredible about the comic genre and technology has finally caught up with pen and ink to render these fantastic worlds in a way that feels believable and visceral to audiences. It's a secular religion in that regards. The mythology that these characters represent - the idea of them as fallen gods on Earth - is intriguing to me. I can't wait to start exploring those corridors."

He was also asked specifically about the casting of Captain Boomerang one of the characters that seems a certainty to be a part of the squad, to which he responded:

"Like one would cast any other role. I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm going to do what I do in my typical fever dream of directing."

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

Dan Lin is producing the pic from a 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.

Key & Peele Sell "Keanu"

Comedy Central duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have set up the stolen cat film "Keanu" at New Line Cinema which they will produce says Variety.


The story follows a group of friends posing as drug dealers in order to retrieve the 'taken' feline.

Peter Atencio, known to direct episodes of the duo's "Key and Peele" TV series, has been hired to helm the film from a script written by Peele and Alex Rubens. Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak will executive produce.

Production  is expected to start in April

The project is one of several films the pair are involved in, inluding a reboot of the Police Academy franchise and a film version of their popular sketch "Substitute Teacher".

The Conjuring 2 Pushed Back To To 2016

Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have pushed back its release of the horror sequel The Conjuring 2 Originally due to open on October 23rd next year, the studio has instead opted for an unspecific 2016 release.


Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are set to return as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The next movie will explore another of their famous cases investigating the paranormal. Writers Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes will pen the script

James Wan directed the first film, no word yet who will helm the sequel.

"The Conjuring" cost $20 million and went on to solid reviews and a $320 million worldwide gross.

Three weeks ago the spin-off film "Annabelle," shot for just $6 million, opened and has already made a total of $166 million worldwide

Variety says that studio isn't abandoning that October 2015 date--they've scheduled an untitled horror film in the slot.

Ron Livingston Nabs Role In "The 5th Wave"

THR reports that Ron Livingston has joined the sci-fi thriller "The 5th Wave".


Based on author Rick Yancey's novel series, the story follows 16-year-old Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) as one of the last humans on earth after four devastating waves of alien attacks, and she’s determined to get her little brother () back.

Livingston will play Cassie's Dad, Oliver. He's an important part of Cassie's life, and tries his best to protect her during the deadly alien attacks.

Nick Robinson ("Jurassic World") plays Ben Parish, a.k.a. “Zombie", who Cassie previously had a crush on in school, but is now a ruthless paramilitary leader with numerous alien kills under his belt. Robinson beat out Tye Sheridan ("Mud") and newcomer Mitchell Hope for the role.

Newcomer Alex Roe (“The Calling") has also joined the cast as Evan, who may hold the key to defeating the extraterrestrial scourge. Ray Donovan star Liev Schreiber will play Vosch, a high-ranking military official.

Filmmaker J Blakeson ("The Disappearance Of Alice Creed") will direct using Susannah Grant's adapted script.

Tobey Maguire, Graham King, Tim HeadingtonDenis O'Sullivan and Matt Plouffe are producing.

 The studio hopes the pic will serve as a potential franchise launcher. It is in pre-production with a planned 2016 release date.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Batman v Superman-DOJ: MSU Shoot Details

We got word recently that the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on the Michigan State University campus was being used for filming of a key scene on Zack Snyder's upcoming superhero team-up film called "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".


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. Jason Momoa has been cast as Aquaman

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

Now, Latino Review has posted some more information about the shoot and their source says the scene is NOT a party at Lex Luthor's home as previously reported:

"It is the reopening of Metropolis Central Library post the battle for Metropolis. Lexcorp funded the construction because 'Intellect is man's biggest strength' which seems to be a direct shot at Superman."

The film will also seemingly feature a red carpet event montage where VIP's and celebs, including Wayne and Luthor are asked their views about Superman-with Lois Lane and Clark Kent are the ones doing the asking.

Finally, the source says that the original report of Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor getting into a major fight are true.

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.

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.

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 ," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier") has  been rumored for the role of an (unnamed) villain in the film for quite some time now....TMZ says that he is playing Batman's greatest foe --The Joker.....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 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.

Back in August Superhero Report posted a photo of actress Jena Malone meeting her "Sucker Punch" director on the set. This led to speculation that she may make a cameo in the film. At the time Malone denied that talk, saying her set visit was just a visit. Channel 10 WILX in Michigan claims to have an anonymous film extra as a source who says that Malone is in the film and she's playing a female Robin aka Carrie Kelley.

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 (Watch an extended trailer). Could more of DC Entertainment's "Justice League" be coming to "Arrow"? The answer is yes...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.

Chicago will once again stand in as Metropolis in the sequel where the two titans will reportedly "duke it out" for the first few weeks of November.

The DOJ release was delayed a full 10 months for a number of reasons. As a result, the original release date of July 17th 2015 was no longer. The studio then targeted a May 6th 2016 release. They quickly inserted the fantasy Pan into that original slot. The sequel was to go head to head with "Captain America 3" ...Nobody thought that the comic book pics would ultimately share the date--Sure enough DOJ blinked--and will now open on March 25th 2016.

Once DOJ is completed  Snyder will helm DC Entertainment's long planned Justice League movie The Justice League Part One--penned by "Argo" scribe Terrio