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Dan Brown's Inferno to be adapted


Now with more ancient puzzles!
Jul 17
// Logan Otremba
In case you really wanted to see Tom Hanks with slicked back, longer hair again, then you are in luck! Sony Pictures has set a release date for their next adaptation of Dan Brown’s newest book, Inferno. Tom Hanks is go...
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John Lithgow joins Interstellar


Jul 16
// Logan Otremba
This may possibly be a rumor. But let's hope it isn't because John Lithgow is awesome. An individual that is involved with Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar project told TheWrap that John Lithgow signed onto the film. At...
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Card responds to Enderís Game boycott


Jul 10
// Logan Otremba
Very recently a LGBT group announced that they were going to boycott the upcoming Ender’s Game because of author Orson Scott Card’s stance on same-sex marriage and gay rights. Card declared to Entertainment Weekly...
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Ender's Game boycott planned


Controversy!
Jul 08
// Logan Otremba
As I’m sure many of you know Ender’s Game is set to release in November. What everyone may not know is that Orson Scott Card happens to have anti-gay views, more specifically his disapproving of same-sex relations...

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Cabin in the Woods to be theme park attraction


Prepare to scare yourself all over again in reality!
Jul 01
// Logan Otremba
First of all, if you haven't seen Cabin in the Woods, go and do so now. There may be some potentially very small minor spoilers, but mostly having to do with locations. You have been warned! Universal Orlando wants to create ...
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Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. split


Jun 25
// Logan Otremba
Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have finally parted ways with one another. This isn't some cheesy romantic break-up between two studios, their contract with each other finally came to an end. Talks about renegotiating hav...
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Sony and Disney stream movies still in theaters


Movie piracy is bad, m'kay?
Jun 24
// Logan Otremba
Disney and Sony have begun testing what is basically an anti-pirating measure regarding their films in South Korea. What they are doing is testing an on-demand service which offers the ability to rent movies while they are st...

Robert Downey Jr. signs deal for The Avengers 2 & 3

Jun 20 // Logan Otremba
“I am Iron Man.” Tony Stark’s famous closing line to the very first Iron Man film takes on new life today as Marvel is pleased to announce the signing of Robert Downey, Jr. to reprise the role of the “billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist.” Under the two-picture agreement, Downey will star as Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” and “Marvel’s The Avengers 3.” Downey is represented at CAA by Bryan Lourd, Jim Toth and Matt Leaf and by his attorneys Tom Hansen and Stewart Brookman of the firm Hansen Jacobson. Downey, Jr.’s last two Marvel films, 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers” and this year’s “Iron Man 3,” rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date. “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is being written and directed by Joss Whedon. Featuring favorites from the first Avengers film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen, “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is slated to begin production in March 2014 and open in theaters May 1, 2015.
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He is still Iron Man
For a little while now, Robert Downey Jr.'s future as Iron Man has been up in the air. There was news that he may leave the role completely, which fueled speculation about who could possibly replace him. For a lot of peo...

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Bring out the young teenage Disney stars!
I will like to ensure everyone that I am not spoiling Episode VII. This is just a casting breakdown of different characters for the movie. I would also like to say that this very well could be correct, but it may very well ju...

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James Cameron gets Terminator rights back in 2019


Even more Terminator news!
Jun 17
// Logan Otremba
To quickly recap on recent Terminator 5 news, it is known that Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back and he will be playing as the Terminator with production possibly starting in January. We also known that Paramount picked up...
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Schwarzenegger confirms he is the Terminator


He'll be back!
Jun 13
// Logan Otremba
There has been more talk about Terminator 5 in the last couple of days thanks to Paramount grabbing everything that they can. But in more awesome news, Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed that he will in the fifth installment...
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Paramount seeks to grab new Terminator rights


Jun 12
// Logan Otremba
Paramount seems to be on a hot streak recently with the grabbing of all these new movie rights. Next on their lineup, Paramount is in negotiations currently to have the distribution rights for the next Terminator. This newest...
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Friday the 13th Blu-Ray collection to be released


Jun 11
// Logan Otremba
It seems that Paramount didn’t take their time utilizing the Friday the 13th rights they now have thanks to Warner Bros. Paramount will be releasing all twelve of the Jason Voorhees movies on Blu-ray and the lucky date ...
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Check out new images from Thor: The Dark World


See Hemsworth stare longingly at a camera!
Jun 05
// Logan Otremba
New images from Thor: The Dark World has been released. These new images show off more of Malekith, the new villain, wearing his mask and his Dark Elf army. Amongst the other images are quick peeks at director Alan Taylor tal...
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WB drops Friday the 13th and South Park for Interstellar


Cartman and Jason are intrigued by this
Jun 05
// Logan Otremba
There has been an interesting development regarding Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Warner Bros. is now co-producing the film alongside of Paramount Pictures, but at a price. In order for Warner Bros. to get a piece o...
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Check out the Birdman costume and disheveled Keaton


No it's still not a Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law movie
Jun 03
// Logan Otremba
A little while ago, we reported that Michael Keaton was confirmed to be starring in director Alejando González Iñárritu’s (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel) Birdman. It is a dark comedy that follows K...

How faithful is World War Z?

May 31 // Logan Otremba
Here’s the thing, I’m what you may call a stickler when it comes to adapting texts into film. I honestly prefer my films to be close adaptations, so I prefer my characters, narrative elements --like theme and symbolism -- to be there. Obviously this can be an issue for some films like Kenneth Branagh’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, where it was a pretty close adaptation of the novel, but wasn’t critically received as a great film overall. World War Z, from what I have seen of the trailers and knowledge of the production so far, is more of a loose adaptation. A very basic definition of a loose adaptation would be that most to almost all of the narrative elements from the original text have been dropped, and all we have left is the name and some sort of basic premise. Now don’t get me wrong, loose adaptations aren’t necessarily a bad thing. For instance, Amy Heckerling’s Clueless is a loose adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma and that’s a pretty good movie. Or there is Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers which is also loosely based on Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. This one wasn’t received as well by critics and isn’t exactly Oscar worthy, but still a hilarious movie. Circling back around to World War Z, this film has had essentially two scripts for it. There was one done by J. Michael Straczynski that was more closely tied with the book, and then there’s the current script that was written by Matthew Carnahan, David Lindelof, and Drew Goddard. Straczynski’s script called for something that was pretty close to the source material and what could be considered as being somewhat similar to that of Children of Men. It was going to have Gerry Lane, the main character, travel around in a post-war world as he interviewed people who had survived essentially the zombie apocalypse. Even Max Brooks had said that while he had zero control over the involvement of the film, he liked how Straczynski tied everything together. Then there’s the current mess of a script we have today. There are numerous issues relating to this script, some of which might be speculative because obviously the film hasn’t come out yet. First off are the zombies. Now, I already said that I prefer the slower moving kind, or the “Romero zombie” as you may call it, but I don’t mind the concept of faster moving zombies or “infected” as I prefer to call them. But changing the main threat of the book is a pretty big change; the tone of the movie becomes different. One way I feel it changes things is that it shifts the focus of survivalism. In the novel and in other similar types of zombie movies, there is more of an emphasis about the survival of humanity and how we should work together in order to start rebuilding our world. When you bring in these sprinting infected that somehow gained superhuman strength and act like ants, the focus of survival switches to that of personal survival. The main character or group of characters wants to make sure they are personally safe and it seems to be an “It’s me or them” type of mentality. The other major change I see with the new script is that the narrative elements from the novel are just not there, or at least not entirely there. A huge theme in the book is social commentary and it criticizes how we humans can be very narrow-minded, the inefficiency of government, and corruption from corporations during crises. From what I can tell as of right now, these kinds of issues may be touched upon (mostly narrow-mindedness and ineffective government) but not really fully developed in a manner to make an emotional impact. Honestly, I see World War Z now as summer blockbuster gone horribly wrong. Paramount is way over budget to point where I don’t think they can recoup their losses on this at all, the script has been rewritten and the ending rewritten again and it just looks so generic now. Before we had a powerful script that acted almost as a political commentary and thriller, and now it seems we have Brad Pitt traveling all over the world shooting at things. Albeit, I would watch something like that if it wasn’t supposed to be World War Z or a zombie movie. This is just my opinion based off of what I have seen and heard about the production of this film. I could very well end up being entirely wrong. It could pull off a miracle like Jaws and have a horrible production with the script being constantly rewritten just before shooting. I personally would not ever put Jaws in the same boat as World War Z however. We'll all have to wait and see how World War Z turns out when it releases.
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Will this be yet another bad adaptation by Hollywood?
When I first heard that Max Brooks’ novel World War Z was being adapted into a film I was pretty excited. The thoughts that ran through my mind were along the lines of, “Now we can get a more serious zombie fil...

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Grumpy Cat gets a movie


or: How I question the validity of Hollywood's choices in movie ideas
May 30
// Logan Otremba
If you don’t know who Grumpy Cat is, then clearly you aren’t on the internet enough. But I’ll briefly explain what it is. So there’s this cat, and it makes a rather silly face which makes it appear to ...
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YouTube's newest feature: Slow motion


Slow ride, take it easy!
May 29
// Logan Otremba
Did you ever wish that you owned a high-speed camera just to post videos of things in slow-motion on YouTube? Well not everyone owns a high-speed camera just for this specific purpose, but Google has a new tool for you.
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Two new The World's End posters


May 21
// Logan Otremba
Two new posters have been released for director Edgar Wright’s newest film, The World’s End. In case we didn’t know this from the first trailer that was released, we can reaffirm that Paddy Considine, Martin...
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Paul Verhoeven wants to direct The Legend of Conan


May 20
// Logan Otremba
Arnold Schwarzenegger is 65 years old and Conan the Barbarian came out about 31 years ago. Schwarzenegger is also planning to reprise his role from the 1982 film. The Legend of Conan project currently has no director in mind,...
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Nolan's Interstellar last 70mm film IMAX release?


May 15
// Logan Otremba
While this appears to be a rumor at first, there is some fairly substantial evidence behind this. According to NolanFans, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar may likely be the last film to have a 70mm IMAX print and releas...
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New closed-caption glasses for Regal Cinemas


May 13
// Logan Otremba
Regal Cinemas plans to have new closed-caption glasses distributed to over 6,000 of their theaters across the country by the end of this month. These new closed-captioning glasses are Sony Entertainment’s Access Glasses...
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Chinese actors cut from Iron Man 3 to be in short film


May 10
// Logan Otremba
Small potential spoilers depending on how picky you are. So have a small warning of caution people. For those who didn’t like that Wang Xueqi (Dr. Wu) had a small performance in Iron Man 3, don’t worry! He and oth...
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Baz Luhrmann wants DiCaprio for Hamlet


Shakespeare is perpetually rolling in his grave
May 09
// Logan Otremba
As most of you probably already know, Baz Luhrmann and Leonardo DiCaprio have already done another Shakespearean adaptation called Romeo + Juliet. With The Great Gatsby releasing tomorrow May 10th, this will be the second lit...
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New Dungeons & Dragons movie


Now with more pen and paper action!
May 08
// Logan Otremba
Warner Bros. is set to develop a feature film franchise revolving around the fantasy role-playing tabletop game, Dungeons & Dragons. And before you ask, yes there was a previous Dungeons & Dragons that was made back i...
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Silver Samurai gets solo poster


May 06
// Logan Otremba
Last Saturday, a new poster for director James Mangold’s The Wolverine was released. This time the poster was for the villain in the movie, Silver Samurai. The poster was done in the same watercolor style as the first p...
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Rumor: The Dark Tower may head to Netflix


May 02
// Logan Otremba
Rumor alert people! Nothing is definite as of yet, but keep your eyes and ears open. There was news a long time ago that director Ron Howard had been working with HBO regarding the Stephen King series, The Dark Tower. That ha...
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John Williams likely to score Episode VII


Apr 30
// Logan Otremba
J.J. Abrams spoke at a press conference recently in Berlin for Star Trek Into Darkness. He was inevitably asked questions regarding his next project, Star Wars: Episode VII. While he guided questions away from the subject, he...
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At the Los Angeles Festival of Books about a week back, there was a full interview with Orson Scott Card (thanks to EndersAnsible). What he said could be disappointing to avid fans of the Ender’s Game book series who ma...

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Snyder confirmed to be asked to direct Justice League


Apr 24
// Logan Otremba
This comes with a big if however, this will only happen if Man of Steel is a success. Seeing as it was received rather well during early screenings, I don’t think this will be an issue. To clear up the confusion, in the...
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AMC and Regal halt Iron Man 3 sales


Apr 23
// Logan Otremba
The two big movie theater chains, AMC and Regal, have halted the advance ticket sales of Iron Man 3 due to a dispute with Disney. The argument is specifically about how the box office revenue will be split. According to /Film...
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Dodgeball 2 sequel in development


Apr 22
// Logan Otremba
Screenwriter Clay Tarver (Joy Ride) has been tapped by 20th Century Fox and Ben Stiller’s production company Red Hour to pen the sequel to Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. According to THR, Tarver is working on Quantum...
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Game of Thrones director attached to Keanu sci-fi project


Will he know space kung-fu?
Apr 19
// Logan Otremba
Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk has been set to do the sci-fi film Passengers starring Keanu Reeves. Kirk has helmed episodes of both Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones, and now he is making his feature directorial debu...
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Check out new photos of the new USS Enterprise bridge


Apr 18
// Logan Otremba
Everyone knows by now that J.J. Abrams’ new Star Trek series is able to boldly go where no one has gone before. Since it has essentially rewritten how the Star Trek universe plays out, why not jazz up the looks of it as...
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Patton Oswalt pitches Star Wars: Episode VII


We got ourselves a new script writer!
Apr 17
// Logan Otremba
So Patton Oswalt is to make a guest appearance this Thursday on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. I know nothing about what is going on within the show except for the fact that Oswalt is trying to filibuster some sort of bil...
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Extended The Great Gatsby TV spot


Spring Break during the 1920s
Apr 16
// Logan Otremba
While the other trailers have shown off more of the story-telling aspect of The Great Gatsby, this particular trailer is showing off some rather different things. It reveals massive partying, 1920s era cars weaving in and ou...
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New image of Robert Redford in All is Lost


Apr 15
// Logan Otremba
It seems that Robert Redford is slowly coming back into the limelight as far as acting goes. The film he most currently involved in is one by writer and director J.C. Chandor called All is Lost. This will be Chandor’s s...
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Limited edition Oblivion vinyl soundtrack


Apr 12
// Logan Otremba
In case listening to the Oblivion soundtrack online wasn’t enough, MondoTees has revealed a limited edition vinyl release of the Oblivion soundtrack. It will be a 180 gram 2X LP with a brilliant album cover and a beauti...
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Cranston, Mikkelsen, and Wilson voice for Kung Fu Panda 3


Walter White and Hannibal in a kid's movie!
Apr 10
// Logan Otremba
The Kung Fu Panda series is getting some more voices to join their cast of martial arts animals. THR reports that Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), and Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids) have been added to the...

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