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    Friday
    Mar282014

    Dayo Okeniyi Joins 'Terminator: Genesis'; Will Play Son of Miles Dyson

    After a recent report came out pegging John Boyega (Attack the Block) as the frontrunner for the role of Danny Dyson in Paramount Pictures/Skydance Productions Terminator reboot, Terminator: Genesis, it's been confirmed that Dayo Okeniyi - most recently seen in last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Spectacular Now - has landed the role.

    Okeniyi - like Boyega - was being torn between this project and JJ Abrams new Star Wars picture as one of the film's leads.  Reportedly, Skydance's boss, David Ellison, stepped up and did what he had to do to land Okeniyi for a central role in his sci-fi franchise reboot, which is also planning to shoot a second and third film back-to-back in a span of nine months, if of course, this first one is a success.

    Okeniyi's role of Danny Dyson may sound recognizable as his character is the son of Joe Morton's Miles Dyson in 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day.  The elder Dyson was the creator of Skynet and it seems his son will play a vital role in developing the technology to make its birth possible.

    Terminator: Genesis is set to start shooting in just under a month in New Orleans with franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his signature role along with Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, and Jai Courtney playing the roles of Sarah Connor, John Connor, and Kyle Reese, respectively.  JK Simmons also stars.

    Alan Taylor is set to direct for a July 1st, 2015 release.

    Source:  Deadline 

    Thursday
    Mar272014

    First Trailer for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

     

    From Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: LA, Wrath of the Titans) and visionary auteur Michael Bay (Bad Boys II, Transformers: Age of Extinction) comes the first look at the reboot of the wildly popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Paramount and Nickelodeon.

    Ahh, the nerds are already crying.
    The heroes in a half-shell are experiencing a renaissance of popularity after Nick launched the new animated series in 2012 with toys being sold out and the ratings steady for the show to be entering it's third season.

    The film stars Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, and Pete Ploszek as Leonardo with William Fitchner as The Shredder. 

    The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles raises some shell on August 8, 2014.  

    Wednesday
    Mar262014

    Green Goblin Officially Revealed for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

    Admit it.  This picture just scared the shit out of you.

    Yup, that's Dane DeHaan as Norman Osborn AKA the Green Goblin, and I think we can all agree, that's a hell of a lot better than Willem Dafoe ever looked.

    With the final trailer that came out last week and the release of this absolutely terrifying picture, my interest in seeing this film is ever so slightly ticking up.

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and 3D IMAX theaters May 2nd.

    Peter Parker continues to struggle with balancing his life as a high school student and his responsibilities as Spider-Man. When Peter begins to investigate more about his father's past, thanks to the help of his friend Harry Osborn, he begins to realize that the new threats of Electro and the Rhino all have one thing in common: OsCorp.

    Source:  EW

    Tuesday
    Mar252014

    Arnold Schwarzenegger Drops Some Juicy Details on TERMINATOR Reboot; TWO T-800s?

     

    Speaking about his film releasing this week, SABOTAGE, with MTV, renowned actor and legendary action star Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed the project *everyone* really wants to know about regarding Schwarzenegger's future filmography, namely the TERMINATOR reboot.

    "It will be challenging because it will be a new director, and it will be a really action packed movie," Schwarzengger said of the movie, which starts shooting in April. "And sometimes it does get more difficult when you're 66 years old and doing this kind of action, versus when you're in your 30s or in your 40s."

    This then got to Arnold's age, something many have been curious as to how a robot manages to look like Arnold, who's almost into his 70s, when they "dont age."

    "The way that the character is written, it's a machine underneath," Schwarzenegger continued. "It's this metal skeleton. But above that is human flesh. And the Terminator's flesh ages, just like any other human being's flesh. Maybe not as fast. But it definitely ages."

    It was then Arnold dropped a somewhat spoilerish explanation that actually raises more questions than it answers:

    "Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800," Schwarzenegger added, blowing our minds, "and then what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, and who gets ahold of him. So it will be all kinds of interesting twists in the movie, but I feel so good."

    TERMINATOR: GENESIS is the seq-preq-reboot of the time-travel action franchise which saw it's latest installment in 2009 with McG's TERMINATOR: Salvation which starred Christian Bale as John Connor.

    The upcoming film, slated for a summer 2015 release, stars Emilia Clarke (HBO's Game of Thrones) as Sarah Connor, who is unkowingly meant to birth the savior of a future war, John Connor (Jason Clarke, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) against the sentient A.I., Skynet, and it's army of robots. 
    To prevent this, Skynet sends a special killing machine known as a "Terminator" to dispatch Connor before she's allowed to birth John.
    Unbeknownst to them, Connor sent someone back as well to protect his mother, a man named Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney, A Good Day to DIE HARD).

    J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man) also stars in the sci-fi actioner directed by Alan Taylor (THOR: The Dark World) set to hit theaters July 1, 2015.

    Tuesday
    Mar252014

    LIVE DIE REPEAT: New Trailer for Tom Cruise' EDGE OF TOMORROW

     

    Tom Cruise is back to save the Sc-Fi genre again, this time with the help of Emily Blunt in the new trailer for this summer's science-fiction Groundhog's Day meets Saving Private Ryan with a dosage of Starship Troopers.

    Live. Die. Repeat with Edge of Tomorrow, based off of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's acclaimed science-fiction manga All You Need is Kill.

    The epic action of "Edge of Tomorrow" unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.
    Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again...and again.

    But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

    Edge of Tomorrow blasts into theaters June 6, 2014. 

    Tuesday
    Mar252014

    First Trailer for The Rock's HERCULES Movie; No, The OTHER Hercules Movie

     

    During Dwayne Johnson's "Rock Talk" on Twitter where thousands of people tweet at him asking about his muscles, The Rock premiered the trailer for his upcoming remake of January's The Legend of Hercules 3D directed by Brett Ratner, sadly missing are Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. 

    Based on Radical Comics' Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, HERCULES. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and Academy Award®-nominee John Hurt.

    Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail... he must again become the hero he once was... he must embrace his own myth... he must be Hercules. 

    HERCULES will bench-press lions and scream at you in theaters July 25. 

    Tuesday
    Mar252014

    Liam Neeson's Bro Returns for TAKEN 3; Filming Begins This Month

     

    Liam Neeson, fresh from saving stray dogs from thugs in Central Park, will be seeing Leland Orser again for TAKEN 3; Deadline reports.
    Orser played Brian Mill's friend Sam in the previous films, 2008's TAKEN and the 2012 sequel Taken 2.
    The sequel begins filming at the end of this month, and i'd place money it will probably be called TAK3N because why not.

    Among others set to return are Famke Janssen,Maggie Grace, and John Gries

    It was a bit of a stretch making TAKEN 2; but Neeson returned to the franchise with a wiff of $20 million as well as "no taking" policy for the films plot; but re-naming the film Taken 3Not Quite Taken might be a bit off-putting from a marketing stand-point.

    The franchise has followed Liam Neeson breaking into the "old dude action hero" genre as Brian Mills, ex-CIA operative who's daughter was "taken" in Europe and sold into human trafficking, followed by the families of the 79 henchmen Neeson blew through in the first film going after him in Taken 2.

    Oliver Megaton (COLUMBiANA, Transporter 3) is returning to direct.
    Despite some less than stellar reviews for the previous film, the series has raked in about $284,855,276, so people obviously aren't tired of Neeson kicking ass, especially since his recent endeavor, Non Stop has made about $142 million off of it's $50 mil budget. 

    Tuesday
    Mar252014

    They're Remaking SCARFACE (Again); Expect Mexicans

    Once again in an exclusive from The Wrap, it appears the Howard Hawkes and Brian De Palma tellings of an immigrant's rise to bloody power and corruption weren't enough between Italians and Cubans, so now it appears SCARFACE is getting a do-over with a nice pedigree behind it, set to tell the story of Tony as a Mexican immigrant in Los Angeles in a very modern and relevant context with Pablo Larraín in talks to direct. 

    “Scarface” will reimagine the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films. Universal's update will be an original story set in modern day Los Angeles that follows a Mexican immigrant's rise in the criminal underworld as he strives for the American Dream.

    Two-time Oscar nominee Paul Attanasio (“Donnie Brasco”) wrote the current draft of the screenplay.

    Obviously Latinos are a huge demographic which haven't quite been represented well enough in mainstream films with such a recent examples as Carey Mulligan replacing a would-be Latina part in 2011's DRIVE and Benedict Cumberbatch playing a would-be Latino's part in last summer's Star Trek Into Darkness; it appears films like SCARFACE and the recently released Caesar Chavez are hoping to rectify that. 

    On the casting of the infamous role:

    The filmmakers plan to cast an authentic Latino who is bilingual and bicultural as the lead character, whose name will be Tony, though his last name won't be Camonte (1932) or Montana (1983). While Oscar Isaac, Edgar Ramirez and Michael Pena rank among Hollywood's top Latino stars who are age-appropriate for the role, the producers are also open to casting a complete unknown in the name of authenticity.

    Would frankly love for Diego Luna or Gael Garcia to be possible contenders; but I'd say Pena has the most range that hasn't been really given the chance (sans End of Watch); but is currently starring in the Chavez bio-pic.

    Larraín has won several awards for his films No and Tony Manero so rest assured that SCARFACE will be put into capable hands. 

    This news also means all of your friends with chain-wallets featuring a marijuana leaf and black-lights set up in their rooms can take down the dusty old black and white SCARFACE poster and hang a new one up in-between the one-sheets for Dazed and Confused and The Boondock Saints.

    Tuesday
    Mar252014

    PROMETHEUS 2 Will Be Happening From The GREEN LANTERN Guy; More Fass For Your Dollar

     

    The Wrap; which seems to be on the ball latley; have dropped some details regarding the sequel to 2012's PROMETHEUS, which has probably been the most polarizing main-stream film in recent memory.
    Love it or hate it; one thing is unanimous, and that is that star Michael Fassbender's David android was the biggest draw, and don't worry: he'll be back x20.
    Also, if you're a fan of WB's Green Lantern film from 2011, you'll be pleased to know that Michael Green will write the sequel to Scott's sci-fi horror adventure.

    After working with Ridley Scott on a new “Blade Runner” movie, veteran scribe Michael Green has been hired to rewrite the untitled “Prometheus” sequel for 20th Century Fox, TheWrap has learned.

    Jack Paglen (“Transcendence”) wrote the original draft of the screenplay.

    One of the biggest gripes about PROMETHEUS seemed to have been the script (written by LOSTs Damon Lindelof) and hiring the guy from Green Lantern probably won't quell those fanboy tears any.
    The article goes on:

    “Prometheus” served as an ‘unofficial’ prequel to Scott's seminal 1979 sci-fi movie “Alien,” and the sequel that Green will write aims to be much more “alien-y” and in line with the terrifying tone of past films in the franchise. Additionally, the sequel is expected to feature multiple ‘David’ androids, which means there will be more than one Michael Fassbender on screen at the same time, according to an individual familiar with the project.

    More Michael Fassbender is never a bad thing, given that the previous film ended with him as a talking head going off to find the Engineer homeworld with Noomi Rapace's Dr. Shaw. 

    Despite it's divisive critical impact, the first film made about $400 million total, which is actually pretty amazing for an R-Rated science fiction feature.

    No word on exactly who is cast yet; but I'd expect Rapace to return as well as Fassbender.

    Expect to see PROMETHEUS: 2Fass 2Furious in theaters March 2016. 

    Monday
    Mar242014

    New Trailer & Poster for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

    When the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past hit several months back, a good amount of fans were disappointed by the lack of action, specifically, no look at the long-awaited Sentinels.

    Low and behold, the film's newest trailer has been unleashed and not only do we get an almost spoiler-ish look at the big fellas, but also an idea of the level of size and scope Bryan Singer has gone for (and even with this, I'm sure a lot's being held back).

    A new poster has also been released as well which shows the dwindling talent level in this line-of-work nowadays.  Seriously, it looks like a 12 year-old photoshopped this thing.  Posters for both the original X-Men and X2: X-Men United were far better than this, and that was over well over 10 years ago.

    See for yourself.

    The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future.

    The film hits theaters in 2D and 3D May 23rd.

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