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    'Captain Marvel' Eyes Brie Larson for Lead Role

    You have to admit, when Marvel Studios swings, they swing for the fences, and they might have just hit this one out of the park.

    Variety exclusively reports that this past year's Oscar winner for Best Actress, Brie Larson (Room), is being eyed for the lead role in Marvel's first female led superhero film, Captain Marvel, set for a March 8th, 2019 release.

    While nothing is set it stone, it's said that Larson is the studio's first choice for the role and that the actress is very interested in taking the part.

    The plan would be for the character to make her debut in one of Marvel's ensemble films first - likely Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1, due in 2018 - before getting her own stand-alone film the following year.

    Larson would play the role of Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with an alien during an accident, giving her powers of strength, energy and flight.

    No director is yet attached to the film but screenwriters are aboard in Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlamn (Guardians of the Galaxy).

    We'll keep you posted on more as this develops.

    Source: Variety 


    New 'Halloween' In The Works with John Carpenter Onboard

    I know this news broke a few days ago, but it's still worthy of an entry even if it's a little behind.

    After hearing about the rights to the Halloween franchise expiring with Dimension Films right before the new year, much was made about where horror's most famous series would go.

    Well, we got our answer the other day, and it couldn't be more perfeect.

    Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions (THE horror film producing company so far this decade) has teamed up with Halloween franchise producer Malek Akkad and Miramax to bring a new film to the big-screen for a planned release of October 2017.

    But that's not all.

    John Carpenter - the creator of the franchise and producer, writer and director of the original film - is also back, executive producing this new entry.

    At the press conference announcing this huge news, Jason Blum himself confirmed Carpenter would indeed be 'Godfathering' the project as well as being in preliminary negotiations to compose the new film's score.

    The full press release is linked below but there's even more news on who might be helming this new Halloween entry.

    Bloody Disgusting reports Mike Flanagan (Occulus) is in talks to write and direct the film, but not after noting Adam Wingard (The Guest) might also be lining up to take on the project, based on some cryptic tweets the filmmaker has been sending out since the news broke that a new Halloween was in the works.

    You can view one of the posts from Wingard's official Twitter account below.

    All in all, this is nothing short of the best news that could have happened to the Halloween franchise. It's now housed under a production company that knows how to make great horror movies with fresh, young talent who will now all be chomping at the bit to work with the legend of John Carpenter himself. Not to mention, Blumhouse Productions knows how to make movies with a small budget which is exactly what's needed as less money forces more creativity to make a better, quality film.

    We'll definitely keep you posted on any more news about this project as it becomes available.


     Source: Blumhouse Productions, Bloody Disgusting 


    Russell Crowe May Join Tom Cruise in 'The Mummy'

    Russell Crowe is in early talks to come aboard Universal's The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise.

    Crowe would play the small but pivotal of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde which could eventually lead to his own spin-off film, a part of the studio's plan to develop a cinematic 'monster' universe much like Marvel has done with their comic book films.

    Alex Kurtzman (People Like Us) is directing the film from a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and produced by Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious franchise). Morgan is overseeing the whole monster movie universe development along with Kurtzman himself.

    The Mummy is set for a June 9th, 2017 release.

    Source: Deadline, The Indian Express


    Stephen Merchant Joins Cast of 'Wolverine 3'

    The original The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant has signed-on for a role in 20th Century Fox's upcoming Wolverine 3, slated to be Hugh Jackman's final go-around in his most famous role and to be directed by The Wolverine helmer James Mangold.

    There are no details of what character Merchant will be playing but once can assume he'll be adding 'some' sense of comedic flavor as his work has primarily been based in comedy (The Ricky Gervais Show, HBO's Hello Ladies which ran in 2013).

    Merchant's casting comes on the heels of famed British actor Richard E. Grant being added to the cast in a 'mad-scientist' role. There are still no plot details for the film along with any idea of an official title (Wolverine 3 is merely what it's being referred to as).

    X-Men franchise staple Patrick Stewart is also set to appear in the film in a co-starring role as Professor Xavier as well as the newly added Boyd Holbrook playing the film's villain.

    Wolverine 3 is set to start filming soon with a release date of March 3rd, 2017.

    We'll keep you posted on anymore upcoming developments.

    Sources: Deadline, BBC


    First Official Trailer for 'Jason Bourne'

    After getting a 30-second TV spot during the Super Bowl, the first official trailer for Jason Bourne hit yesterday, giving moviegoers an extended look at Matt Damon's return as his most famous character.

    The one takeaway I'll mention from viewing this trailer is this certainly looks different than the original trilogy, especially in terms of lighting and style. Those films had a distinct look about them, an almost 'independent' feel as well as taking place in mostly Europe.

    This new film has a more 'modern' and 'cinematic' look to it, which you can really see with the large set pieces taking place in both Greece and Las Vegas.

    Overall though, I'd say the new trailer definitely sells what audiences are longing to see: Matt Damon back and kicking ass as Jason Bourne. I just wish the preview didn't seem so damn repetitive of the prior films.

    Jason Bourne hits theaters July 29th.

    Source: Universal Pictures


    New Trailer for 'Suicide Squad' Unveiled at MTV Movie Awards

    After the much publicized, negative reaction to the utter 'darkness' and 'seriousness' of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. knows they need to play up the 'fun' and 'entertainment' of Suicide Squad to ensure audiences (and critics) aren't turned off by their DCEU before it even starts.

    Last night, we received our newest look at the film during the MTV Movie Awards, and sure enough, the preview does its job at selling a heck of a good time at the movies.

    In the trailer you can view above, we get more footage of Jared Leto as the Joker along with more comedic lines and banter between the team of Task Force X (we also receive quite a few glimpses of Ben Affleck's Batman though the actor is never actually seen in the trailer).

    Honestly, I expect the film to be received much better by both critics and audiences when it hits cinemas in August. It's definitely got more of a playful tone, but along with that, it's got a great director in David Ayer leading the project which is more than I can say for Zack Snyder, who in my opinion, is one of the main reasons Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has received such poor reviews and frankly, isn't a worthy director to handle such big budget films.

    Anyway, enjoy the newest look at Suicide Squad.

    The film - starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach and Viola Davis - hits theaters August 5th.

    Source: Warner Bros.


    Robin Wright Joins 'Blade Runner' Sequel

    With production set to kick off this summer, news hit over the weekend that Robin Wright is in final negotiations to join the cast of the yet untitled Blade Runner sequel.

    Alcon Entertainment - who purchased the franchise rights back in 2011 - has apparently been after Wright for quite some time for an undisclosed role in the film but her avaibility was in question due to her House of Cards schedule, which is currently in its fourth season on Netflix. The studio reportedly was able to work out things out and a deal is expected to close soon.

    The film - to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) - is set several decades after the original sci-fi classic which took place in Los Angeles 2019. Harrison Ford is reprising his role as Rick Deckard and will be joined by Ryan Gosling in a still unknown role.

    The screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green, and based on a story by Fancher himself and Ridley Scott (director of the orginal).

    The Blade Runner sequel is scheduled to hit theaters January 18th, 2018.

    Source: Variety


    David Ayer to Direct Will Smith & Joel Edgerton in 'Bright'

    News hit last night that director David Ayer and Will Smith - who recently worked together on the upcoming Suicide Squad (hitting theaters August 5th) - are reteaming on Bright, a contemporary cop thriller with a fantastical twist. No other plot details are known at the moment but the project is out to bidders with a mandate to both finance and produce the prospective film.

    Joel Edgerton (Black Mass, Warrior) is also attached to star with the film's script being written by Max Landis (Chronicle).

    Edgerton - if you may recall - had been up for a role in Suicide Squad after Tom Hardy originally dropped out of that project.

    Ayer and Smith obviously built a good relationship working together on Suicide Squad to attach themselves to another film and Edgerton is a guy who seemingly can do no wrong nowadays having had a slew of films hitting recently (his directorial debut, The Gift, as well as Jane Got a Gun) as well as this year's Midnight Special and the interracial drama Loving).

    We'll keep you posted on more regarding this project as prospective buyers are expected to submit their bids in the coming days.

    Source: Deadline


    Tye Sheridan to Lead Steven Speilberg's 'Ready Player One'

    We've been waiting a while for this news, but we finally have word on who will be playing Wade Watts in Steven Speilberg's adaption of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One:

    Tye Sheridan.

    The young actor who has done great work in such films as Tree of Life and Mud, will lead the cast which also includes Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Samantha Cook/Art3mis and Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly) as Nolan Sorrento.

    Sheridan's role as Wade Wilson is also that of Parzival, the name of his avatar in the virtual world of OASIS.

    Warner Bros. recently moved the release date of Ready Player One to March 30th, 2018 after Disney shifted Star Wars: Episode VIII to its original December 15, 2017 slot.

    Read the full synopsis for Ready Player One below:

    [via Amazon]:

    In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. 
    But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

    In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.    But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. 

    Source: Deadline 


    New Trailer for '10 Cloverfield Lane'

    I'll admit, I never saw Cloverfield.

    I recall in the summer of 2007 when its surprise trailer hit and no one had a clue what the film was about other than it looked to be a monster movie in the vain of Godzilla with J.J. Abrams producing. A title was also never revealed, up until a few months before it's release in January 2008.

    Fast forward eight years later to just a month ago, we got a surprise announcement trailer for a film again produced by J.J. Abrams, only this time the action looks to take place in a underground bunker with an old man (John Goodman) seemingly keeping a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and man (John Gallagher Jr.) imprisoned. We soon learn though that they're merely being kept there for protection from what's outside. Its title was revealed as 10 Cloverfield Lane, an almost companion sequel to Cloverfield.

    Last night during the mid-season premeire of The Walking Dead, Paramount debuted a new 60-second trailer for the film, showing us most footage we've already seen, along with a few new scenes of dialouge (with J.J. Abrams, he's never going to reveal more than he has to).

    From all accounts, the film looks to be suspenseful, scary, well-acted, and of course, a complete mystery.

    Take a look at the new preview above and comment on what you think.

    10 Cloverfield Lane opens March 11th.

    Source: Paramount Pictures