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    Sunday
    Sep202015

    Learn About the Ares 3 Crew and Their Mission from 'The Martian'

    So if you haven't been able to tell, the hype and fandom for The Martian is growing.

    The film hits theaters in less than two weeks, it's Rotten Tomatoes score keeps going up (now at 97%) and 20th Century Fox is seemingly taking out all the stops in promoting the heck out of it.

    The studio has now released an amazing Mission Guide for the film that you can view and download in PDF format by clicking HERE. Yes, HERE.

    The extremely detailed and beautiful guide gives a comprehensive look at each crew member as well as specifics of how the Ares 3 mission has come together, from inception to returning home.

    If you have a few minutes, take the time to view and read through it as it really is an awesome promotional piece for the film.

    The Martian hits theaters nationwide October 2nd.

    “Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”

    Source: 20th Century Fox

    Friday
    Sep182015

    New Clip from 'The Martian': Fear Mark Watney's Botany Powers

    Many fans of Andy Weir's novel, The Martian, are pretty psyched to see the film adaptation starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott.

    The trailers have looked great, the early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive (sitting at 96% currently on Rotten Tomatoes), and now we are starting to get some short clips from the film via 20th Century Fox.

    It's nothing spoiler-ish (I mean if you've read the book you basically know the movie), but the less than 1 minutes scenes are more to give you an idea of the tone for the film than anything else.

    In the clip below, it's basically Matt Damon's main character of Mark Watney doing one of his many video log entries to discuss how he's going to survive with limited food resources on Mars. The humor is seemingly there, along with the obvious visual detail you can tell the filmmakers put into what was a big budget project. See for yourself below:

    During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel.

    The Martian stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Donald Glover and Chiwetel Ejiofor. It is directed by Ridley Scott from a script by Drew Goddard.

    The film opens nationwide October 2nd.

    Source: 20th Century Fox, Rotten Tomatoes

    Wednesday
    Sep162015

    Director Rupert Wyatt Exits 'Gambit'

    Well here's a bit of a problem.

    After signing on to direct the film just three short months ago, Rypert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has left 20th Century Fox's X-Men spinoff, Gambit. The film is set to star Channing Tatum in the lead role of Remy LeBeau AKA Gambit, the card-wielding, Bo staff-fighting mutant from New Orleans.

    It's reported Wyatt's exit stems from script issues which have caused the project's budget to inflate, resulting in the shoot being extended and conflicting with another project Wyatt has been working on.

    The director had this to say in an official statement:

    "I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project. I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film."

    The film is definitely a high priority for the studio. With Hugh Jackman hanging up his claws as Wolverine in a couple years, they are banking on Tatum's Gambit to become the lead star of the X-Men franchise.

    My take though? I think Wyatt got the hell out of Dodge while he still can. After the disaster that was Fantastic Four, along with Tatum flirting with exiting the project himself just a couple months back, it's pretty obvious this thing is in trouble. I just hope they're able to land a solid replacement for Wyatt as director.

    We'll see.

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

    Tuesday
    Sep152015

    Woody Harrelson Joins PLANET OF THE APES

    That headline is about all anyone knows. 

    True Detective and White Men Can't Jump star Woody Harrelson will be warring with the Apes as the untitled Planet of the Apes threequel has brought the acclaimed actor on as a villain character known as "The Colonel".

    All that is know so far is that, like Dawn, the cast from the previous entry will not be returning, as actor Jason Claarke confirmed earlier this month.
    Matt Reeves, who helmed the GREATEST FILM OF ALL TIME 2008 thriller Cloverfield as well as 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will return to close out the trilogy from 20th Century Fox.

    Recently, Hispanic actor Gabriel Chavarria joined the secretive film as well. 

    We last left Caesar after fighting between his people and the humans, with an all-out war between the humans and the apes finally starting to begin. 

    Thursday
    Sep102015

    King Kong Heading to Warner Bros. for Godzilla Movie Showdown

    Well, can't say this is too unexpected.

    With the 'cinematic universe' becoming a go to thing now for film franchises, Legendary Pictures has announced their King Kong film, Kong: Skull Island, is being moved from Universal to Warner Bros. with a plan to have their big guy match-up with last year's Godzilla reboot.

    Since Legendary left Warner Bros last year and went to Universal, it was quite interesting to hear the production company announce a King Kong film when they had just made another monster film in Godzilla for Warner Bros. The idea was thought that if only this were under the same studio, a showdown of the two famous cinematic monsters in a feature film could finally happen.

    I guess they had the idea the whole time too as Kong: Skull Island will now be distributed under Warner Bros. with it's release date still in place of March 10th, 2017. Production is gearing up to start the end of this year, early next year with a cast that includes Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Corey Hawkins and possibly Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Wilkinson and John C. Reilly. Remember, originally Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons were part of this cast, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. I wonder if this change in direction for the film had anything to do with it?

    Gareth Edwards - who directed last year's Godzilla reboot - is still attached to helm the sequel (due out June 8th, 2018), but now it must be wondered if his vision for the follow-up will be changed by this new plan to connect with King Kong. Also, Max Borenstein, who wrote Godzilla and is writing Godzilla 2, also wrote Kong: Skull Island. Huh, I bet that's just a coincidence.

    Anyway, this all sounds pretty exciting if you're a huge Godzilla fan or King Kong fan or both. I guess they'll have to make Kong much larger for these films though as we all know he scaled that skyskraper, and well, Godzilla is as tall as that.

    We'll keep you posted on more as it becomes available. Sound off with your comments below.

    Source: Deadline

    Wednesday
    Sep092015

    Tom Cruise and Doug Liman Re-Teaming for 'Luna Park'

    Keeping in line with Tom Cruise's MO nowadays, the actor is looking to stay with what works.

    Just as he's been working fluently with Christopher McQuarrie (wrote and directed Jack Reacher, co-wrote Edge of Tomorrow, co-wrote and directed Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation), he's sticking with Doug Liman as well, who directed Edge of Tomorrow and the recently completed cartel thriller Mena, due out in 2017.

    The new project is Luna Park, a long in-development sci-fi film for Liman, whose been attached for years.

    It follows a group of former renegade space employees who travel the world stealing equipment to get back to the moon, where they must acquire a vital energy source.

    Yeah, doesn't sound the most intriguing, but did you see Edge of Tomorrow? I trust they know what they're doing.

    Luna Park was actually greenlit by Paramount back in 2011 but the studio pulled the plug when their financier, Skydance Productions, backed out due to a ballooning budget. However, given Cruise's great relationship with both Paramount and Skydance Productions, it might be a safe bet to assume they'll end up back together.

    For Cruise though, the guy is like a machine lately, showing no signs of slowing down and hitting practically everything out of the park, even at 53!

    Looking forward to this project.

    Source: Variety

    Tuesday
    Sep082015

    Jason Bourne is Back in First Image from 'Bourne 5'!

    Alright so it's not an official movie still but it's our first look at Matt Damon back as Jason Bourne, and from the looks of it, he's ready to brawl!

    The image comes courtesy of producer Frank Marshall (who has produced all the previous Bourne movies), stating via Twitter:

    First day of principal photography complete and happy to report, BOURNE is back!

    It's not clear where they're currently shooting but from what Damon publicly stated just a few weeks back, they're very likely in Greece as the actor said filming would begin there. We're also not really sure where this scene - which looks to have Bourne partaking in amateur fighting - fits into the movie, but it might be a cool way to open the film and reintroduce audiences to the character.

    All in all, I'm just beyond happy this film is happening, especially with Paul Greengrass back in the director's chair. That man knows how to make a great action movie, period.

    The currently untitled Bourne 5 is due out July 15th, 2016, and also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Viklander, Vincent Cassel and the returning Julia Stiles.

    We'll keep you posted on more of this project as it becomes available.

    Source: Twitter

    Saturday
    Sep052015

    'Jack Reacher 2' Set for October 21st, 2016

    Back during the holiday season of 2012, Paramount released the Tom Cruise starring Jack Reacher, based off the Lee Child's book One Shot, an entry in the ongoing series by the author.

    The film got favorable reviews from both critics and audiences alike (62% on Rotten Tomatoes, 67% liked it), while it did solid business at the box office as well (about $220 million worldwide on a $60 million budget). Even though these were all considered good numbers, the studio wasn't sure about proceeding further as they expected bigger box office and better reviews.

    Low and behold, the power of life after movie theaters.

    Through solid business on the home video market as well as popular viewing on digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon, more and more people got to see what a strong little film Jack Reacher was. Enough so, that Paramount became more comfotable with proceeding with a sequel and we now have a release date set for next year on October 21st, 2016 (the success of Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation hasn't hurt either).

    While the first film's director Christopher McQuarrie won't be back to helm this installment (he was too busy finishing up on Mission: Impossible), another director Cruise has worked with in the past, Edward Zwick, will be behind the camera. He directed the actor in 2003's The Last Samurai (great, underrated movie).

    The plot this time is based on Child's 2013 Reacher novel, Never Go Back. It is as follows:

    Reacher heads back to his old military base in Virginia to take a woman to dinner who is now the commanding officer. By the time he gets there, she has been arrested, and Reacher finds himself being charged with pummeling one guy and fathering a child with a woman. He can’t remember either transgression but gets to the bottom of it with cunning and sometimes brute force.

    Now it's important to note that while the original film followed the source material of One Shot pretty closely, it did cut out a few notable characters and plots points. Bascially, if you've read Never Go Back, don't expect an direct page-to-screen adaptation.

    Also, with Cruise returning to the title role, he'll have a new female lead to partner with, played by Colbie Smulders. Not much is known about her character other than her name being Danika (who isn't in the book by the way) so she could be playing a new character or a different variation of the female lead from the novel itself. Cruise seems to have a history of getting up and coming actresses into his movies, only to springboard them to that next level of success (Paula Patton in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Rosamund Pike in Jack Reacher, Rebecca Ferguson in Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation). We'll see if he can do the same for Smulders.

    Lastly, while McQuarrie will be on the project as a producer, expect him to take at least one swipe at the film's script. It was originally written by Richard Wenk and re-written by Zwick himself and his longtime collaborator Marshall Herskovitz. However, when you have a writer as talented as McQuarrie on a film, you don't ignore that resource.

    Anyway, I've written enough about this for the day. We'll keep you posted on more of this project as it becomes available.

    Sources: Paramount, Rotten Tomatoes, Box Office Mojo, The Wrap

    Wednesday
    Sep022015

    Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Casting Begins

    Casting has indeed begun on Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel, Ready Player One, for Warner Bros...and we might not be getting our lead character first.

    Word is that Spielberg will best testing actresses Elle Fanning, Olivia Cooke and Lola Kirke for the role of Art3mis, the avatar of Samantha Cook (which just got spoiled for me because I'm currently reading the book). The avatar exists in the virtual universe of OASIS which is the centerpiece for the sci-fi story. Two other young actresses are believed to be up for the role as well but their names remain a mystery.

    Apparently, the casting director is trying to narrow down the field for Spielberg so he can move quickly on a decision as he's finishing up work on his upcoming Bridge of Spies and The BFG.

    On top of all this, there is also chatter that Nick Robinson from Jurassic World (he played the older brother) is someone being looked at for the lead character of Wade Watts, the story's protagonist, whose avatar goes by the name of Parzival.

    Other than that, no other actors are named.

    So what do I think of all this? Well, I like Elle Fanning, who had such a breakout role in Super 8 (which Spielberg produced). I'm not familar with the other two actresses but I'm sure to be up for such a big role like this they must be tremendously talented like Fanning. As for Nick Robinson's potential for Wade Watts, I like it too, but I wonder who else that casting director has on their list.

    Regardless, it looks like things are full steam ahead on Ready Player One, with production likely starting early to mid next year.

    The film is set for release December 17th, 2017.

    Source: The Wrap, Variety

    Wednesday
    Sep022015

    Vincent Cassel Lands Villain Role in 'Bourne 5'

    We've been keeping you posted on updates regarding the next Bourne film, and now it seems we finally have our big baddie cast: Vincent Cassel.

    While Viggo Mortensen was originally eyed for the role, he likely turned down the offer (better this way so he can play Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower hopefully) and the filmmakers moved onto Cassel for the job.

    Most notably known for Black Swan and Ocean's Twelve, the actor will follow the lead of previous Bourne viilians played by Clive Owen, Karl Urban and Edgar Ramirez.

    While little is known about Cassel's character, it's not surprising to hear he will be playing an assassin tracking Bourne. Cassel is 48 years-old compared to Damon's 44 so this seems like a pretty fitting match-up on screen.

    With filming soon to be underway in Greece if not already, Bourne 5 is gearing up to get going. Matt Damon is of course back, along with director Paul Greengrass. Julia Stiles is returning as well with new additions Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Viklander coming on-board.

    Bourne 5 is set to hit theaters July 15th, 2016.

    Source: Variety

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