Disney recently announced that they would be shutting down the Magic of Disney Animation attraction at its Hollywood Studos theme park on July 12th. The attraction originally opened with the park in 1989 and allowed audiences to watch Disney animators in their natural habitat as they produced hand-drawn content.
In recent years, with Disney moving away from traditional animation more and more, the attraction served as a venue for a workshop that allowed young visitors to learn to draw their favorite Disney characters as well as learning more about how Disney characters and films were produced. An animation gallery that accompanies the attraction is set to remain open through August.
The change comes no doubt as a shift to retool the park and its many attractions. Aside from a new name for the park, Disney corporate is planning on replacing and creating many new attractions, with many Star Wars themed pieces planned.
It's a shame that even if The Magic of Disney Animation were to remain open, there's not much that would remain applicable to upcoming films from the studio with an entire roster of CG animated films lined up for the foreseeable future.... read + comment
EW is giving its Comic Con preview this week and that means it has a ton of new looks including all those first looks at Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Just slight less exciting (or more, depending on your opinion of superhero movies) is a new image from Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. The image shows off Kurt Russell as bounty hunter John Ruth and Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren in the snow doing western things like wearing hats and holding guns.
More important is that the image came with some words from the Tarantino himself, “I can definitely say that as bleak as our movie is, we are definitely the funniest snow Western ever made. This is funnier than The Great Silence, it’s funnier than Day of the Outlaw.”
We're all getting the joke here I hope. On a more serious note the director says the film owes more to TV westerns, like Bonanza, than cinematic ones. “You wait the whole episode to find out, ‘Are they a good guy or are they a bad guy?’ ” he says. “So I thought, ‘What if I did a story that was made up of nothing but those characters?’ So there’s no good guys. There’s no Little Joe.”
All I know is that I'm going to be waiting the whole Comic Con for this trailer to drop.... read + comment
Although the two came out at the same time purely by coincidence, I couldn't help but prefer White House Down over Olympus Has Fallen. While Fallen gets more of the positive comments thanks to its break neck action, I liked the cheesier one. Anyway, that's not really important here. Fans of the action and Morgan Freeman are getting a sequel, London Has Fallen where London presumably falls somewhere.
While this teaser doesn't show much, we do get some good stuff. It mainly confirms the original film's cast returning, but it's all taking place in Britain for some reason. Then there's the explosions, oh yes.
London Has Fallen hits the UK October 22 with a domestic release next January.
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The first two Transporter films are some of my favorite examples of uber action, a kind of ridiculous fantasy world action that could only take place on the screen. Then the third one came along and things went down hill. Now they're rebooting the whole thing with not Jason Statham Ed Skrein and it looks pretty middling.
The trailer hints at some really stupid action (the good kind of stupid), but otherwise it just feels like this Skrein fellow is trying to do his best Statham impression while shots of Europe happen. Hopefully the film goes back to the series driving focused roots because it can't rest on the guaranteed charm of its lead actor anymore.
At the moment I can't decide which looks more generic, this or Hitman.
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Let's face it – there are a lot of comic book movies out there these days, and they can have a tendency to dominate the conversation. With Comic Book Movie Roundup, Flixist hopes to consolidate some of the nerdy news of the last few weeks that might not warrant their own news posts (or might have fallen through the cracks) in a digestible, bite-sized format.
GENERAL ROSS WILL BE 'MUCH DIFFERENT' IN CIVIL WAR: In an interview with IGN, William Hurt – set to reprise his role as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross next year's Captain America: Civil War – which offered the slightest bit of insight into how the character might fit back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Hurt, Civil War's Ross will be "a new version" of the character moviegoers first met in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, and that he'll be "much different." Hurt said he likes the change, but hasn't "had a lot of time to understand it."
Civil War's massive, ever-growing cast, Ross' inclusion was perhaps the biggest head-scratcher. It's part of the MCU, but The Incredible Hulk is sort of the black sheep of the family – it's lackluster success compared to the first Iron Man and Edward Norton's split with Marvel after the film's release means references are kept to a minimum. After 10 movies of that, why bring back one of Hulk's primary antagonists?
What's most interesting about this little bit of news isn't Hurt's vague statements themselves, but the rampant fan speculation surrounding them. See, for the last few years, Thunderbolt Ross has gone under a different alias in the comics – Red Hulk. As a part of his pathological desire to destroy Banner, he turned himself into the very thing he hated – something one might call "much different." So naturally, Hurt talking about "a new version" of his character is now has fans going crazy. Might Red Hulk find his way to the MCU? With no solo Hulk projects on the horizon and with Civil War packed to the gills with characters and villains already, it seems unlikely; then again, a few years ago Marvel fans would've said the same thing about Guardians of the Galaxy or even Avengers.
INTERNATIONAL ANT-MAN TRAILER HAS LOTS OF NEW, SPOILERY FOOTAGE: In a few weeks, we'll know whether the beleaguered Ant-Man is a gamble that paid off for Marvel and whether Paul Rudd will launch a fun new franchise or if he'll be relegated to bit parts in other characters' movies for his whole contract. In the meantime, we've got one last trailer to pore over, and it's got tons of new footage. Well, at least that's what we've read. We're avoiding this thing until the movie comes out – watch at your own risk.
NEW SPIDER-MAN WILL FEATURE A NEW VILLAIN, A JOHN HUGHES VIBE: Kevin Feige is on record as saying the next Spider-Man movie will return Peter Parker to high school; the recent casting of youngster Tom Holland seems to bear that out. Talking to Devin Faraci of Birth. Movies. Death. during press events for Ant-Man, Feige took that a step further and compared the vibe of the new film to the greatest high school movies of all time: John Hughes.
“Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time," Feige said. "Not that we can make a John Hughes movie - only John Hughes could - but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”
In that interview, Feige also revealed that Marvel is "interested in villains we haven't seen before." That's an interesting way to go – and probably the best route to take. That said, between five movies, a lot of the bigger, better-known villains have been taken off the board. Spider-Man has one of the best rogues galleries in comics, though, so there are still a bunch of baddies Marvel could use. You've got Mysterio, Chameleon, the Spider-Slayers, Kraven the Hunter...the list goes on. We're voting for Hydro-Man, ourselves.
FEIGE TEASES BLACK PANTHER'S CIVIL WAR ROLE; AVA DuVENAY MAY DIRECT SOLO FILM: Ant-Man press events lead to loose lips, it seems – again speaking with Devin Faraci, Kevin Feige discussed Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther and how that character factors into next year's Captain America: Civil War, explaining where he fits into the superhero rumble:
The reason we introduced him in Civil War is because we needed a third party. We needed fresh eyes who wasn’t embedded with the Avengers and who has a very different point of view than either Tony or Steve. We said, ‘We need somebody like Black Panther… why don’t we just use Black Panther?’ That’s how it went in the development process.
This indicates that T'Challa will play more of a mediation role rather than taking a position in the debate over superhero registration, which will divide the Avengers and pit Tony Stark against Steve Rogers. Feige also discussed why, up until now, T'Challa and the Wakandans have been relatively silent in the MCU, despite a number of earth-shattering events depicted in the movies:
Today, pre-Civil War, post-Ultron I think he and his father are saying, ‘A bunch of vibranium just got out of here and wreaked a lot of havoc. Maybe we can’t stay behind these borders anymore, maybe we have to stick our heads out and make at least an attempt to be a part of the rest of the world right now, while at the same time protecting our people.’
Feige also implied that Black Panther will see T'Challa as a relative newcomer to the role, having inherited the mantle from his father, T'Chaka.
Speaking of that solo outing, the rumor mill really got rolling last week when MCU Exchange reported that Ava DuVarnay had officially signed on to direct Black Panther. This follows weeks of rumormongering that the Selma director was in talks with Marvel to direct an upcoming feature, with most speculation leaning toward Black Panther or Captain Marvel. If true, this is extremely welcome news – the MCU has a desperate need for more diversity both in front of and behind the camera, and Black Panther needs a strong director if it's going to show moviegoers why T'Challa has long been a major player in the Avengers. That said, MCU Exchange's report comes with no attribution whatsoever, and no official announcement has been forthcoming in the days since the post went live, so take this with a huge grain of salt.
DOCTOR STRANGE WILL AVOID THAT WHOLE 'TIBET' PROBLEM: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's original run with the Sorcerer Supreme in the pages of Strange Tales in the early 1960s is weird and trippy and insane in all the best ways, and we're so excited to see how Marvel adapts that to the big screen with Doctor Strange. That said, the character's origin isn't the most...let's say culturally sensitive. The place where Stephen Strange gains his mystical abilities – a place called Kamar-Taj, steeped in stereotypical Tibetan mysticism – was a collection of Generic Asian Caricatures common to the time, and it's one of the those things that's hard to look back on without some wincing.
That's certainly true of Strange's mentor, the Ancient One, who in the original comics was the epitome of a racist stereotype. This explains Tilda Swinton being cast in the role (although there are issues of white-washing there), which Kevin Feige discussed with, yes, Devin Faraci. Feige said that Marvel tried to approach the Ancient One as a "mantle rather than a specific person:"
The sorcerers have been around for millennia, protecting us from things we didn't know about until this story. There have been multiple [Ancient Ones[, even if this one has been around for five hundred years, there were others. This is a mantle, and therefore felt we had leeway to cast in interesting ways.
When asked point-blank whether Tibet will play a role in the film, Feige said, "Not Tibet. Strange leaves New York in search of something and heads east." Presumably an "east" that's a little more realistic and more culturally sensitive than the original comics.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO LEAVES JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: Bad news for anyone who was looking forward to the film based on DC Comics' darker and more mystical elements – Guillermo del Toro, who was attached to direct Justice League Dark, has left the project, The Hollywood Reporter revealed this week. The announcement comes as part of a larger shuffle of some edgier DC properties from Warner Bros. to New Line.
This isn't too surprising – del Toro has a tendency to bite off more than he can chew, which leads to periodic, heartbreaking announcements when he decides its time to clear the decks a bit. Del Toro has been a fan favorite for projects like this ever since he proved he could tackle weird monster comics adaptations like this with Hellboy, so even though this could have been predicted it still stings a bit. Oh well – at least we have Pacific Rim 2 to look forward to.... read + comment
While we've seen hi-gloss production images of the Batmobile and Baldy McBaldbald's and the like, we've never got a good look at the actual film beyond that first limp teaser. But with this new batch of character images of Entertainment Weekly, we still don't have much to go on.
Gal Gadot is pretty (and maybe has a good back and forth with Affleck's Batman), Batman indeed has a bat signal in this universe too (and Ben Affleck claims his version is more mature than any in the past), and Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor has hair. I don't mind it since that first promo image of the character gave me a real skinhead vibe, so I'm assuming the image comes before either a big arrest or major events. Maybe that's the way he'll look through the film and'll be bald for the sequels.
I guess we'll know for sure after the film hits March 25th next year.
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The first Magic Mike was a bit of a surprise. While it was obviously all about very in shape men dancing mostly naked Steven Soderbergh actually brought a little charm to it. The almost ad-libbed feeling the screenplay had worked wonders for Channing Tatum's charm, and it turns out Soderbergh can direct some dance sequences. The film went from dumb to fun surprisingly quickly.
Of course no one went to see it for that, but it helped that it didn't actually suck. We (men and women alike, though mostly women) went to see Magic Mike because... dear god, those abs. And Magic Mike XXL knows that, and so all the "story" is thrown out the window in favor of a road trip plot that simply gets us from one strip sequence to another. In short, it's what you wanted, but that doesn't mean it's as good.... read + comment
Everyone's got that one film franchise that means more to them than anything. Some have Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, and there's probably a few folks that really want more of Pixar's Cars. But me, I've got Rocky. When Rocky Balboa brought an end to the series, I was pretty devastated but understanding. It was over, and there was no more story to tell. Yet, here we are.
This is the first trailer for Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, Apollo's son. While I didn't like Fruitvale Station too much, I'm fine with the director handling this. This is just such a well crafted trailer. It doesn't rely on Stallone's appearance (though seeing him re-up on the Balboa persona was enough to break me), and has a love for the Balboa mythos. It's got a great cast, Rocky is the new Mickey, and that mirror bit was classic Balboa.
Creed releases on Thanksgiving Day. I'll be there.
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In the two hours leading up to the US premiere of Meeting Dr. Sun, I saw director Chih-yen Yee speak twice. First was at a reception hosted by New York Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. The second was just minutes before the screening began. Both times, he said the same thing: "This movie is a comedy. You can laugh. You can laugh with the characters, or you can laugh at the characters, but please laugh."
I've interviewed multiple actors and directors who have told me that they're surprised by how animated American audiences can be. Even if Asian audiences love a film, they said, the response is much more muted. So while it's kind of sad to hear a director ask people to laugh at his movie, given the demographic at the reception and the screening, it made sense.
Fortunately for Mr. Yee, it didn't really matter if the Taiwanese moviegoers found the film funny, because there were a whole bunch of white people in the audience. And white people sure do like to laugh.read + comment
Based on the stupid title, initial plot description and Entertainment Weekly photos, I was a little more than skeptical about Terminator: Genisys. Even though the synopsis had many, many things I loved in it (time travel, Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, alternate timelines, Emilia Clarke), it sounded too goofy to possibly work.
Then I saw the first trailer (see below) and started to change my tune. I happened to sort of stumble upon the fact that the movie was out this weekend yesterday evening and plied my best friend to come see it by offering to pay for his ticket. Butts in seats for the very first showing of Genisys, I was prepared for disappointment.
I...was not prepared for what Terminator: Genisys had in store for me. Not even remotely.... read + comment
Oliver Stone's recent work hasn't really lived up to the man's classics, but the guy loves to make films about controversial current events (W., World Trade Center) and his next one takes on Edward Snowden, in the aptly named Snowden. Above is the first teaser trailer for the film, which seems appropriately dark and moody for a Stone film.
It's pretty clear what side of the hero/villain line that Stone is going to fall on here, but keeping things objective isn't really an Oliver Stone quality anyway. There's no actual footage of the film in the trailer, but we did get our first official look of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden that you can check out below. It'll be interesting to see if Stone can pull himself out of his decades long funk to deliver a film that is truly worth the story it's covering.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Get it? Because the tape in the first movie was Volume 1 and then he opened the second one at the end and... awww, you get it.
Gunn confirmed the title after Kevin Feige accidentally leaked it to Collider. They used the stealthy tact of asking him a question and letting him ramble on. Works every time.
This basically reveals nothing except the convincing me even more that the second film's soundtrack has to be really frickin' good because it'll be nearly impossible to compete with the first one's.... read + comment
Here's some big news that actually has no bearing on you at the moment. WB is shifting film's based on DC's Vertigo line of comics to sister studio New Line Cinemas. This means that the likes of the Sandman film and the Preacher movie will be handled by a different studio than say Superman.
It makes sense. The Vertigo line was all about pushing boundaries and originally rarely had anything to do with the main DC line of comics so why should the films? New Line as of late has been doing edgier horror and comedy stuff anyway so it makes sense for them as a studio as well. It shouldn't really effect you as a film goer except what logo you see before the movie and maybe a bit of a smaller budget for these films.
No word on whether this means that any Vertigo films will take place outside of the DC cinematic universe.
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Hopefully y'all aren't still sore about the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern film from 2011 – Warner Bros. is sure as heck moving forward with another movie starring the intergalactic space cops as part of its shared DC movie universe, and we're starting to get some hints and rumors as to what that movie might look like. Most recently, Fast & Furious and Transformers star Tyrese Gibson has hinted that he might be involved.
Gibson has been open about his desire to be involved in the new film, in which he would play John Stewart, a Green Lantern of Earth perhaps best known among the masses, unfortunately, as being "the black one." A few days ago, the musician-turned-actor posted this on Instagram:
That image – almost surely fanart and not official Warner Bros. promotional material – does certainly seem to suggest that some other rumors surrounding the reboot might be true. One is that Green Lantern will star more than one character – apparently Stewart and the classic Hal Jordan, who Reynolds portrayed in the original. Also, Jordan seems to be depicted here by Chris Pine, who has long been rumored for the role (what, if anything, that might mean for Pine's supposed involvement in Wonder Woman remains to be seen).
Talking to ET, Gibson suggested that there have been official talks about his involvement. "I had a meeting at Warner Bros. and certain things were said and talked about," he said, also teasing a possible Comic-Con announcement: "I might be there on the other side of an announcement."
This seems about as close as an official announcement as one can get without an official announcement, unless Gibson is making a big play to get a role he doesn't have locked down yet. Warner Bros. has Green Lantern scheduled for 2020, although one or both of the characters rumored to be starring may appear in DC film before that (perhaps one of the Justice League movies planned for 2017 and 2019).
If these rumors are true, this strikes us as a good thing – if nothing else, the involvement of John Stewart in the mix (played by Gibson or otherwise) is a no-brainer. That character played a major role in the Cartoon Network Justice League series and its follow-up, Justice League Unlimited, meaning an entire generation of superhero-lovin' kids grew up with him as "the" Green Lantern. It would be nice to see that character anchor a movie on his own, but the potential involvement of Hal Jordan would certainly evoke the idea of Green Lantern as a police force and not just an individual hero, especially considering there have been several Earth-based GLs running around for decades. If he is playing Jordan, Pine can definitely pull off the good-and-he-knows-it arrogant swagger needed to really sell the character (a trait buried under about six levels of snark in Reynolds' portrayal). We're still skeptical after the original movie, but maybe the second time is the charm for Green Lantern.... read + comment
Every time someone brings up the proposed Twins sequel, Triplets we just kind of nod our head and smile. It really isn't clear if anyone outside of Arnold and Danny DeVito want it to happen so the assumption was just to pretend like it would for their sake. Evidently, it really is if Eddie Murphy's excitement about it is any indication (which it shouldn't be because that guy gets excited for some really bad movies).
Arnold spoke with Howard Stern about it saying, "“Now we are talking about a sequel, where we find out at the funeral of our mother, that when we read the will, that there’s three of us. Eddie Murphy is going to be the third one and so they go, ‘How did that happen’ Theres an African American coming in here and all of a sudden he’s our brother. So we go to do the research but he can only get the money if we find him, so now we have to get him involved.”
Evidently Mruphy is fully on board if the script gets ironed out, but the last we heard was that the Josh Gad written screenplay wasn't moving forward and the entire thing was on hold. Evidently it's just be polished.
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With a new Dragonball TV series taking up after the events of this film, I'm pretty pumped for Dragonball Z: Resurrection of F. The sequel to last year's Battle of Gods where Goku achieves the "Super Saiyan God" form that comes with reddish hair, Resurrection of F debuts Goku and Vegeta's new form, the blue haired Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan.
This is getting out of control.
This latest trailer is for the US release, so it comes complete with English voices. The cast I remember is mostly all here, though Frieza's voice doesn't sound quite right to me. Either way now that he was revived thanks to the Dragonballs and Goku is super strong, I'm sure the animated fights are going to be spectacular. Dragonball Z: Resurrection of F releases in August.
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Love it or hate it, last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past was notable if only for the fact that it found a way to take six films' worth of tangled, messy continuity and streamline it. The movie featured appearances from a lot of characters from across the X-Men franchise, but there was one who was notably absent.
Anna Paquin's Rogue, a major player in the first three films in the franchise, was heavily promoted as appearing in the lead-up to the movie's original release, but she only appeared in a brief cameo. Not long after the movie's release, director Bryan Singer revealed that Paquin's role was originally much larger, but most of her scenes were cut. Enter X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut, a new version of the movie that restores those scenes. In the leadup to the new cut's direct-to-video release, 20th Century Fox have released new images from the film featuring Paquin, confirming that, yeah, Rogue plays a big role in a movie called The Rogue Cut. You can peek the images below.
Basically, at one point in Days of Future Past, the time-displaced Wolverine goes into a mild fit of berserker rage and injures Kitty Pride, the mutant responsible for sending and keeping his consciousness in the 1970s. In the theatrical cut, this is used primarily as a source of tension in the future scenes, leaving the audience to wonder whether Kitty will be able to fight through the pain long enough for Wolverine to finish his mission. The Rogue Cut plays things a little differently – Kitty's injury spurs Iceman, Magneto and Professor X to mount a prison break to spring Rogue, who can use her power-absorbing abilities to play pinch-hitter for Kitty. As alluded to above, those scenes were ultimately trimmed for length and pacing. The theatrical cut was just over two hours long (131 minutes), while The Rogue Cut ends up being closer to two-and-a-half (148 minutes).
The images are a small offering to whet the appetites of fans who are eager for a new version of one of the franchise's best movies. One image appears to feature Rogue in a lab in whatever futuristic hell-prison she's trapped in, while another depicts Rogue and Magneto apparently in the midst of the prison break. That second image does allude to some potentially interesting scenes, though – those two characters have a long history in the X-Men movies; the entire plot of the first film focused on the X-Men fighting to protect Rogue from Magneto's Brotherhood. X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut drops on July 14, just a couple of weeks from now.... read + comment
Here's an interesting concept for an action movie: real-time. OK, so that's been done plenty of times, but Aaron Eckhart's new film, Live!, doesn't just take place in real time it's being shot as such. That's right. The production claims that the entire film will be shot entirely in real-time, meaning either one long take or multiple cameras capturing the action to later be edited together.
We're guessing that there will be a few flubs here and there where the camera sneakily cuts as Hitchcock did in Rope, but who knows, they could go all out Russian Ark on us and do the entire thing in one shot. That sounds incredibly complicated for an action film, but the selling point wouldn't really be there if they cheat.
Helping out is the fact that the film should only run about 80 minutes as that's how long the police commissioner's daughter, who Eckhart's character is tasked with saving, has to live. Damn police commissioner's daughters; always getting kidnapped. Check out the full release below.... read + comment
Yes the Assassin's Creed movie is actually happening this time we promise. With Michael Fassbender behind it and Marion Cotillard all signed up, plus promotional posters announcing the release date of December 21, 2016, there's no way they can back out of it now. That means more casting news as well.
Alicia Vikander left the film last week and she's being replaced by Ariane Labed. We still don't know what role they'll be playing, but we can assume it'll be some sort of love interest because that's how Hollywood do.
There's plenty of mythos for director Justin Kurzel to hop into here and if any game franchise could be changed into a movie it's Assassin's Creed. What's unclear is how closely it will all follow the games. Will we be hopping back and forth in time or simply playing it straight in the past? For my money I don't think they need dual story lines. They may have played an integral part in the game, but it just isn't as important in the film. Ditch em' I say.
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This makes loads of sense, as Spider-Man is a major part of the Civil War comic mini-series. If the cinematic Civil War will be even remotely like its comic counterpart, expect Pete to sign up with Iron Man, make the biggest mistake of his life (see the header image), realize that Stark and the Pro-Registration (or whatever they're fighting over) can go kick rocks, and then switch to Cap's side.
At this point, Cap 3 may as well be Avengers 2.5, and it's getting dangerously close to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice levels of overstuffed with characters. Even so, I'll still be first in line for the first showing in my awesome Civil War propaganda T-shirt.
Captain America: Civil War is due out May 6th, 2016. Which is, of course, LESS THAN A YEAR AWAY.
All aboard the Marvel hype train.
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For me Olympus Has Fallen was a completely forgettable movie, but evidently for Hollywood it was a film where you make a sequel and that's because it made money. We have our first look at that sequel, London Has Fallen, and it features Gerard Butler returning as entirely forgetable Agent Mike Banning. He's beating someone up.
In the sequel Banning is accompanying the President (Aaron Eckhart) to London when everything starts blowing up all over the place. You can read the full plot below, but it's basically the same as the first one except this time people will say football instead of soccer. Sadly, Antoine Fuqua isn't returning to direct as he's the one that probably saved the original, but Babak Najafi is taking over and his Easy Money films were on point.
London will fall on January 22, 2016, which is a delay from the film's original release date of Fall 2015. That's always a good sign.
[via Empire]... read + comment
Heavy rumor on this one as it comes from Latino Review who has a hit or miss history on these things, but they're reporting that Ben Affleck will be directing The Batman. The film is the next Batman movie after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the second in Affleck's three movie contract as the character. Latino Review also claims that Agro collaborator Chris Terrio is being courted to write the screenplay.
It's been heavily rumored that this was part of his deal from the start, or at least the option to write and direct was. It makes sense that Terrio is writing as he's on board for both Justice League movies and worked on Batman v. Superman.
Latino Review is also reporting that Chris Pine is being looked at to play Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern reboot, which may feature two or three Green Lanterns (Jordan, Guy Gardner and John Stewart). Again, all this is a bunch of conjecture so it may not pan out at all, but with DC seemingly finally getting its act together on screen we may know far sooner than Green Lantern's 2020 release date would imply. Maybe even this year's SDCC?... read + comment
The trailer for the sixth and apparently final Paranormal Activity is here, and you know what? It looks...pretty good, or at least not terrible.
With a box full of old VHS tapes, one sweet mustache and a heretofore unseen camera that allows our victims protagonists see ghosts through its lens, a pair of brothers tries to solve the decades-long mystery behind the paranormal activities.
I'm really glad we'll see more of Katie and her sister as kids, as the third film was easily my favorite (especially compared to the abysmal clusterfr*ck of the fourth film). The added element of the magic camera that can see ghosts seems like it has potential, and Jason Blum assures us that this film will answer all our questions. Considering Paranormal Activity 4 gave us more questions than answers, I'm all for that.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (ugh) comes out on October 23rd, just in time for Halloween! What do you guys think of the trailer? Is it possible to give this franchise a satisfactory conclusion?
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It's something of a pop culture truism that it's impossible to make a good – or even competent – movie based on a video game. That doesn't stop studios from trying, of course, probably thanks to the fact that the Resident Evil movies have been successful enough to justify a baffling number of sequels. Next up is a live-action adaptation of the arcade classic Rampage. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is set to star, trading in fighting casts and earthquakes for fighting giant monsters punching buildings (probably; we assume he isn't starring as one of the monsters, though that would be incredible).
Plot details of the film – which will be produced by New Line and Beau Flynn – are scarce, and there's not much to go off of looking at the source material. The original game, which first debuted in arcades in the 80s and in several permutations on home consoles since, primarily puts players in the shoes (so to speak) of a giant monster terrorizing cities, mostly by punching buildings. Smart money puts Johnson in the role of a military man or police officer or average Joe trying to put a stop to this – wait for it – rampage, but we suppose anything is possible.
The movie is set to begin production next summer, with a script to be penned by Ryan Engle and a director yet to be named. Though production begins next year, it's hard to say when they'll actually start filming the thing. Johnson has a full slate ahead of him – he's currently starring in the HBO series Ballers, and he's set to appear in Fast & Furious 8 and Central Intelligence, as well as that Big Trouble in Little China remake.... read + comment
Independence Day 2 now has an official title: Independence Day Resurgence. There's no colon there so it is in fact July 4 that is having a resurgence, and not a subtitle. Punctuation aside this title fits in pretty well with what we've heard about the plot and also is a bit meta in that an old franchise is coming back to life.
Along with the title naming came some pictures. There's one of director Roland Emmerich doing direct-like things and there's one of the ol' Moon Tug, which is a vehicle of some sort. Finally you get a title image, which is an image of a title. But that's not all! They've put the title in motion. Can you believe it? Motion! The future is now.
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I liked The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel a lot. I was hyped for the Venom and Sinister Six films Sony was talking about. Then, I was SUPER-PUMPED when it was announced Marvel wheeled and dealed their way into sharing the rights of my favorite web-head. While I was 100% Team Miles Morales, I knew deep down that it was unlikely that Marvel's Spider-Man would be anyone but Peter Parker.
That being said, we now have confirmation that Peter Parker will be played by Tom Holland. If you're like me, you're not really sure who that is. IMDb informs me he's been in a handful of films including Locke, The Impossible, and How I Live Now, all films I have regrettably not seen
I'm pretty lukewarm on this, partly because I think Andrew Garfield makes a great Spider-Man. That being said, I would never have expected Chris Evans to nail Steve Rogers like he did or love Bradley Cooper's Rocket Raccoon until I saw him in action. Marvel's got a stellar track record in my book, so I'll reserve judgment until we see what Spidey's got when the new, as-yet-untitled Spider-Man reboot on July 28th, 2017 (or if the rumors are true, next year in Captain America: Civil War).
If nothing else, it can't be worse than almost everything about Spider-Man 3, r-right guys?
You can read the press release below.
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A word of warning before you click play: this is like one of those trailers that gives away pretty much all of the movie. The first trailer for Hitman: Agent 47 actually got me a little excited for the film if for no other reason than it looked like some absurd uber-action in the vein of films like Crank, but this second one lays everything out. It still looks like dumb fun, but they totally ruin half the one-liners.
As far as the film to video game adaptation goes it has Agent 47 in a suit with a red tie and he's killing people so there's that. There's a lot of promise in a Hitman film series if they can pull it off right, but the last one didn't quite do it and it looks like they're just going for dumb action this time around. I'm all for dumb action, but I wish with this franchise they pushed for a bit more because it's there and Rupert Friend seems to be able to pull it off.
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If you hadn't been convinced that Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation was going to one of the more balls out crazy films of the summer (and it's already been pretty balls out crazy) then the newest, and most likely final, trailer for the film should convince you. It's the best look we've got of all the action sequences in the movie and it looks stellar. And yes, that is actually Tom Cruise strapped to the side of that plane.
Honestly this one tops all the previous trailers if only because it actually uses the theme music well. That's been my only gripe so far with what we've seen and here it's taken care of. July 31 is almost here so we don't have to wait much longer.
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When writing the 10 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies I'd Love to See That Will Probably Never Happen, I talked myself into a pretty awesome Howard the Duck film idea. The original is not remembered fondly, and from what I remember it's with good reason. But with his resurgence in the after-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy, a new ongoing series, and a world where everybody loves wacky off-beat characters like Deadpool, the world really is this walking, talking duck's oyster.
Here's how to make the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Howard the Duck.
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