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    Thursday
    May222014

    Gareth Edwards to Direct 'Star Wars' Spinoff for 2016 Release

    Fresh off the 'monster' success of Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards has been set to helm the Disney/Lucasfilm Star Wars spinoff, now officially set for a December 16th, 2016 release date.

    Edwards was thought to be following up his fine work on Godzilla with a straight up sequel, but it looks like the powers-that-be over at Disney and Lucasfilm intervened and nabbed the filmmaker to helm their film next.  And really, how can you say no to a Star Wars movie?

    Edwards is apparently still set to direct not only Godzilla 2 but Godzilla 3 as well, completing a trilogy.  Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull had this to say:

    “Gareth's filmmaking talent makes him one of his generation's most creative and visionary directors.  The plan has always been for Gareth to direct a different film before we started on another Godzilla, but who knew it would a Star Wars installment? We have a great plan in store for Godzilla fans and I am looking forward to seeing Gareth’s imprint on the Star Wars universe.”

    In terms of this new Star Wars movie, it is not known what the spinoff will be about, though rumors have suggested it to either be a film centered on Boba Fett or possibly a younger Han Solo.

    Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) will write the script.

    Though I can't say I'm the biggest Star Wars fan, Edwards did a great job with Godzilla (even though I felt the acting was subpar besides Bryan Cranston) and is a great choice to expand upon what Disney hopes will be a new and successful cinematic universe.

    Read the official press release issued by Lucasfilm below:

    In addition to the episodes of a new "Star Wars" trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016.

    Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on "Monsters," a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in "Monsters" earned him the high-profile spot directing this year's smash hit "Godzilla".

    "Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life - join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited & honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm, said Edwards.

    Gary Whitta's screenwriting credits include 2010s "The Book of Eli" starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of "The Walking Dead".

    Whitta states, "From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, "Star Wars" has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me,so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth,is literally a dream come true. I'm still pinching myself."

    Source:  Lucasfilm, Heat Vision, Shock Till You Drop

    Wednesday
    May212014

    Cameras Roll On Director Zack Snyder's "Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice"

    Filming is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the highly anticipated action adventure from director Zack Snyder, starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

    “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from “Man of Steel,” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.

    “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer.  Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

    Principal photography will take place on location at Michigan Motion Picture Studios and on location in and around Detroit, Michigan; Illinois; Africa; and the South Pacific.

    Set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.

    Tuesday
    May202014

    'Foxcatcher' Teaser Trailer

    I realize this trailer came out a few days back but I wanted to make sure it got some space here on our site.

    Below you'll find the first teaser trailer for director Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffallo.

    The film tells the true story of John du Pont (Carrell), a heir to the DuPont Chemical fortune, who was both a crazed wrestling addict and a mentally ill individual.  du Pont used his wealth to train Olympic wrestling champions, played by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffallo, but was later convicted of murder and died in jail in 2010.

    The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival just last week and received ecstatic reviews, praising it as early Oscar bait and making Carrell an early frontrunner for Best Actor.

    Director Bennett Miller is looking to go 3 for 3 with Best Picture nominations as his first two films (Capote, Moneyball) both achieved that distinction.

    Foxcatcher opens in theaters November 14th.

    Thursday
    May152014

    CINDERELLA Teaser Trailer Is Literally Just A Shoe

     

    The teaser trailer for Disney's CINDERELLA dropped online, weeks before Disney ushers in another fairy-tale reimagining with MALEFICENT.

    The trailer doesn't show much but promises a magical film, and something that will likely continue Disney's "Early Summer Princess Dominance" streak.

    The all star pedigree put behind the film has Kenneth Branagh, no stranger to fairy-tales and Shakesperian-esque tales of love and magic with such releases as THOR and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit behind the helm directing Hayley Atwell, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skaarsgard, and Richard Madden as well as  Lily James as the titular princess.

    The Disney classic releases March 2015. 

    The story of "Cinderella" follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella into the family home. But, when Ella's father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella since she used to work in the cinders, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind." She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella's hopes of once again encountering the charming "Kit." Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella's life forever.

    Thursday
    May152014

    'Blade Runner' Sequel Offer Out to Harrison Ford for Return

    In somewhat of an odd bit of news, Alcon Entertainment has issued the below listed press release that Harrison Ford has been offered the chance to return for a Blade Runner sequel, but hasn't actually signed-on.

    I'm not sure if this is a public ploy to put pressure of Ford to agree to reprise his role of Rick Deckard from the 1982 sci-fi classic, but it's certainly notable when a studio wants people to know what's going on behind the negotiation process.

    Being that Ford is set to have a notable role in the new Star Wars trilogy, I wouldn't be shocked if he agrees to do this.  I'm sure his role will be important if agreed upon, but not the lead.  That duty will likely go to a younger, more currently-popular, actor/actress.

    With director Ridley Scott set to return along with original writer, Hampton Fancher, read the full press release below:

    Warner Bros-based Alcon Entertainment (Prisoners, The Blind Side, The Book of Eli) has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in its Ridley Scott-directed sequel to Blade Runner, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

    Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the 1982 adaptation) and Michael Green are the screenwriters.

    While the story is being kept under wraps, it takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.

    State Johnson and Kosove: "We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project."

    Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights in 2011 from producer Bud Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Yorkin will serve as a producer on the sequel along with Kosove and Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEOs of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

    Among its many distinctions, Blade Runner has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by innumerable polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications.

    Released by Warner Bros., Blade Runner was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and was directed by Ridley Scott following his landmark Alien. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).

    Blade Runner was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.

    Source:  Alcon Entertainment

    Tuesday
    May132014

    First Look At Ben Affleck As Batman In "Batman Vs. Superman"

    Zack Snyder just broke Joss Whedon's back by showcasing the first image of The Batman alongside his amazing new wheels. Zack tweeted this photo today as principal photography for the untitled Batman vs. Superman film has started. Admittedly, the lighting in the picture isn't the best but you get a sense of what the Batsuit looks like and it's clear that he isn't covered in riot gear unlike some mainstream adaptations of Batman recently. 

    Much like Zack Snyder's previous films, this looks like a comic book has sprung to life right out of the page. This verison of Batman has all the basic features; a utility belt, a cowl, high-tech gloves and a cape. He's not covered in steel plating or bullet-proof vests. Notably, the logo from the Comic-Con teaser of Batman vs. Superman is on Ben Affleck's chest, and whilst it may seem a little huge it's also reminsice of Batman in The Dark Knight Returns (a story this film is inspired by). Alongside Batman is the Batmobile, which is very simiplistic and classic in design yet feels modern and sleek.

    We now await the new pictures of Superman and a possible Wonder Woman outfit!


    Monday
    May122014

    Tom Cruise Shines in New 'Edge of Tomorrow' Trailer

    If there's one point this new trailer for Warner Bros. Edge of Tomorrow should make to all summer audiences - whether that be young folks, old folks, or just adolescent teens - Tom Cruise is the 'ultimate' movie star, plain and simple.

    Director Doug Liman and the studio could have cast a still rising, notable actor such as Taylor Kitsch, Channing Tatum, or Garrett Hedlund (for a role that was originally written for a young man), but they knew they needed a guy who would give his all for this film, and nobody dedicates himself more to filmmaking then Tom Cruise.

    The trailer looks fantastic.  Everything from the special effects, to visuals, to clever dialogue; I am absolutely psyched to see this film.

    In the flick, Tom Cruise plays a military officer who has never seen a day of combat yet finds himself living the same day over and over as he battles a swarm of alien invaders.  Emily Blunt co-stars as a Special Forces soldier who teaches Cruise's character how to defeat the enemy and put a stop to his never ending cycle of living the same day again and again.

    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.

    Major William 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 opens June 6th.

    Wednesday
    May072014

    'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' To Have 3 Different Cuts Released 

    Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (directed by newcomer Ned Benson) had a screening unlike anything seen before.

    The film - starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain - tells the story of a married couple whose relationship disintegrate.

    The 'catch' with the film's screening though, was that there were two different cuts of shown back-to-back.  Him centered on the story from McAvoy's point-of-view while Her centered on Chastain's.

    The Weinstein Company picked up the rights to release the film on September 26th this year, and have now announced the film will actually have three different cuts released.

    The main, wide release will be termed Them, which is a combination of the two points-of-view while the two other cuts - Him and Her - will get separate, limited releases as well.

    While I think something like this is unique to see in terms of filmmaking, I can't imagine someone paying to see essentailly the same film three times, even though each is technically different.

    Whatever the case may be, it'll definitely be on my radar to check out come this fall, depending on whichever cut I actually see.

    Source:  Deadline

    Wednesday
    May072014

    Another '90s pop culture reboot... this time it's Power Rangers

     

    It was only a matter of time before Haim Saban's Power Rangers franchise (a huge phenomenon back in the early '90s) was revived for another big-screen outing. After re-acquiring his darling franchise from Disney four years ago, Saban, seeing the billions amassed by Paramount's Transformers and G.I. Joe feature films, has partnered with Lionsgate Films to revive the big screen franchise for a new generation.
    Not surprisingly, the companies are revisiting the show that started it all... "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers." So fans shouldn't expect a big-screen spinoff of, say, "Power Rangers RPM" or "Power Rangers in Space." No news on who is involved (let alone a release date), but I wouldn't be surprised if big news breaks at the fabled Power Morphicon convention this August.
    Monday
    May052014

    Three New "Edge Of Tomorrow" Posters

    The action 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.

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