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Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday the 13th reboot delayed

Paramount made a fairly big deal about releasing a new reboot of Friday the 13th on March 15, 2015. The film has now received a delay and now has a release date of November 13, 2015. This puts is just past the Halloween season. The film is being directed by David Bruckner.

As a result, Paramount has also moved their 2015 horror-comedy offering, Scouts vs. Zombies, to fill the March 15, 2015 slot.

[Updated] Ant-Man potential directors narrowed down

Marvel is scrambling to find a new director for Ant-Man after Edgar Wright departed the project earlier this week. We now have a shortlist of directors in contention for the spot. The list includes Rawson Marshall Thurber, Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, and Jonathan Levine.

Here is a list of some of the films we have gotten from these guys:

Thurber sat in the chair for We're the Millers, Dodgeball: An Underdog Story, and was announced to be returning for a We're the Millers sequel.

McKay brought us a decent number of Digital Shorts on Saturday Night Live, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. He also has a long list of writing credits to his name.

Fleischer brought us Zombieland, Gangster Squad, 30 Minutes or Less, and has directed a number of Funny or Die skits. He also has producer credits for Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory.

Levine is probably the farthest from comedy as his credits include the horror flick All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and films like 50/50, Warm Bodies, and The Wackness.

With this shortlist it appears that Marvel is still looking to maintain a level of quirkiness and humor with Ant-Man because three of these guys mostly deal with comedies. One of the rumors was that Marvel thought Wright's British humor was a bit too weird for a primarily American audience, so searching for American directors makes a bit more sense for them, I guess. The one plot hole in that is the popularity and somewhat of a cult following around Wright's film Shaun of the Dead.
However, given that this is a superhero movie there is no doubt bound to be some action in there and I think Ruben Fleischer has a leg up on McKay and Thurber as he worked on Zombieland and Gangster Squad. The one advantage many think McKay has is the fact that he has worked with Paul Rudd before on the Anchorman films.
The potential dark horse here is Jonathan Levine because of how different he seems to be from the other three. It's assumed he was approached due to the success with Warm Bodies, but it's hard to tell.

[UPDATE]  Literally as I was writing this, there are now reports stating that Rawson Thurber is the frontronner and will most likely receive the job for Ant-Man.

Josh Brolin to voice Thanos for Guardians of the Galaxy

Josh Brolin has been given the task of voicing the iconic villain Thanos for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically in Guardians of the Galaxy.

You might recall seeing Thanos in the mid-credits scene after The Avengers, but we did not hear a voice. Director James Gunn mentioned that Thanos will be appearing via CGI in Guardians of the Galaxy, but we didn't hear how much or if it would be motion capture or whatever else. Latino Review is claiming that Thanos is just in one scene. With the casting of Josh Brolin it is assumed now that it will just be voice work similar to what Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel did for Rocket Raccoon and Groot.

Rumor has it that Thanos will be a bigger part of Phase Three, but it is unclear on whether he will also be appearing in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Either way I'm sure we can expect to hear Brolin bring Thanos to life in multiple films.

Left Behind - First Teaser

I guess the people who did this one didn't bother reading the entire book. There is a lot more to Left Behind than just the Rapture and from what it seems, this new movie doesn't focus on the journalist or the Antichrist at all. They are definitely making what was a very interesting story look like a typical Hollywood disaster movie with Nic Cage.

Either way, here is the first teaser for the latest Religious movie in Hollywood. Left Behind hits theaters on October 3rd and stars Nicolas Cage, Lea Thompson, Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thompson, and Jordin Sparks.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Marilyn Manson joins Sons of Anarchy

Rock singer Marilyn Manson has joined the cast of the FX series Sons of Anarchy for the seventh season. He will apparently have a recurring role as Ron Tully; a white supremacist prison shot-caller using Jax to expand his power.
Manson expressed his interest and love of Sons of Anarchy and also stated the show was loved by his father, so he is proud to be a part of it. SOA is set to return to FX this September.

Manson has appeared in television shows such as Eastbound & Down and recently was hired to be part of the opening credits of Salem. He has also had small film roles in Jawbreaker and Party Monster.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

[Confirmed] Why did Edgar Wright leave Ant-Man?

It was rumored that Edgar Wright hopped out of the director's chair for Marvel's Ant-Man over script rewrites and changes, but we now have confirmation that the rumors were true.

The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Marvel had been unhappy with Wright's interpretation of the character and with his direction for weeks prior the departure. What they have quickly discovered is by driving Wright away they have also lost quite a few key crew members who also departed after learning that filming would most likely not start on time. Marvel is currently scrambling to find another director and to fill crew positions to replace the people who left.
Filming was originally slated to begin on June 2nd and Wright had already gone through rather extensive rewrites of the script, but Marvel president Kevin Feige still wasn't happy. He had ordered even more revisions and rewrites of the script behind Wright's back. When Wright received the newly revised script last week he apparently walked on the spot. Marvel's way of cleaning it up was to say they didn't agree on the vision of the film.

This is still a bit shocking to me and to a lot of other people. Edgar Wright has been working with Marvel on this project for 7 years. Feige even credited Wright on the film even being considered saying that they believed in Wright's vision and the film was because of him.
However, this seems to be a trend with the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since The Avengers was released. More independently thinking and visionary directors have already chosen not to return for Marvel sequels due to the concept of "Marvelizing" all of the Phase Two films. Kenneth Branagh did a rather fantastic job directing Thor, but he chose not to return to direct Thor: The Dark World because of clashes with the studio. Patty Jenkins had been hired to direct Thor: The Dark World but was subsequently fired due to disagreements with the studio. Joe Johnston also chose not to return for Captain America: The Winter Soldier after clashing with the studio over his vision of Captain America. The newest casualty, aside from Wright, is Drew Goddard who left the upcoming Daredevil series over creative differences.
The issues aren't exclusive to directors, either. Edward Norton came to a standstill with Marvel over The Incredible Hulk and was later replaced by Mark Ruffalo. Terrance Howard was also replaced by Don Cheadle after just one Iron Man film due to differences with the studio. Josh Dallas also left after Thor and was replaced by Zachary Levi.

Basically, sources are claiming that when it comes to Ant-Man that Wright turned out to be a bit too quirky for the vision that Feige and the other Marvel "powers that be" have in mind. They feel that they have taken enough risk with James Gunn and Guardians of the Galaxy and didn't want two bombs in one year if people find Gunn's film too weird. Hell, I went to see X-Men: Days of Future Past and when I got a trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy my dad looked at me with a very confused look on his face. Gunn has already expressed some sympathy for Wright but in the end stated that they, "just don't have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way."
At this point it does seem that Marvel wants to find filmmakers and actors that will just ride the gravy train that The Avengers gave the studio. Not to mention that Marvel is now owned by Disney and they are in the habit of milking things to the last penny no matter how many good people are thrown in the trash. If you express too much vision or independent thought about these characters, you can expect to lose your job. It's just the way it is now.

The question now is whether Ant-Man will be released on time. If they can't find a director soon there is word that some of the actors might have to walk due to other scheduling restrictions. Marvel is insisting that Ant-Man will be completed in time to meet the July 17, 2015 release date but at this point... don't hold your breath too tight. I still think this is one of the worst decisions Feige has made so far. It's even worse than the reveal of The Mandarin in Iron Man 3.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sequel in the works for My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Nia Vardalos and Playtone are reuniting for a sequel to the successful 2002 comedy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The film told the story of a first-generation Greek American woman who dared to date and fall in love with a non-Greek man. The film also starred John Corbett and is one of the most successful independent films to date.

Corbett and Vardalos will be reprising their roles of Ian and Toula. Producers Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Gary Goetzman along with Vardalos. The film was picked up after Vardalos spent years performing in a one-woman play about growing up in a Greek family and how she married a non-Greek.
Vardalos rode the Greek Wedding train for quite a while after the film was released. It spawned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay as well as a television sitcom, My Big Fat Greek Life. She is currently doing press for her best-selling book, Instant Mom. 

Apparently this sequel will involve the reveal of a new family wedding that will bring the Greek family back together.

I personally love My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It is by far one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. With that said, I don't see how they can make a sequel without really beating a dead horse. The sitcom was bad and it's been over 10-years since the movie was released. Just more proof that Hollywood can't come up with anything new.

Monday, May 26, 2014

[Update] Alfonso Cuaron will not direct Harry Potter spin-off

I previously posted (here) about director Alfonso Cuaron potentially returning to the world of Harry Potter as it was reported he was in talks to direct Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Cuaron has now come out and confirmed that he will not be directing.

He stated that directing The Prisoner of Azkaban was a great experience and he loved working with JK Rowling, but at this point in his career projects with a high amount of visual effects are not what he wants to do. He is coming off several projects with high levels of effects and he wants to step away from them.

Good for you, sir.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Drew Goddard exits Daredevil series

Marvel must be acting like a bunch of assholes with these upcoming projects as they have lost a second director in two days. Drew Goddard has exited the upcoming Marvel/Netflix series Daredevil citing creative differences.

Goddard was set to write, direct, and produce a 13-episode run for Daredevil which was slated to debut on Netflix sometime next year. There are also rumors of Zac Efron being brought in for the title role, but that is just a rumor. Goddard's replacement has already been announced to be Steven S. DeKnight. He is most known for the television adaptation of Spartacus.
Many are thinking that creative differences weren't the biggest issue, but that Goddard has also been hired to write the screenplay for the Sinister Six movie as well as direct the film. The thought is that Sony didn't think Goddard could properly split his time between Sinister Six and Daredevil. Again, that is just word on the street.

Either way, I think this goes to show that the creative input from Marvel Studios isn't going over too well at the current moment. Along with the departure of Goddard, the studio lost Edgar Wright yesterday due to creative differences. Apparently Marvel was putting Ant-Man into rewrites without Wright's input or permission and he felt uncomfortable with said rewrites. With the way the Marvel Cinematic Universe is unfolding I wouldn't put it past the studio to try and insert certain characters or arcs into each movie as a setup for the next rather than just have a great superhero film. I like the MCU but I'm not that much of a fangirl to overlook the fact that some things are put in just to set something up for another movie.

Could this have been the issue with Daredevil? Only time will tell.

Friday, May 23, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past - Review

In the future, mutant exterminating machines called Sentinels are sent to destroy the mutant race. A small group of survivors send one of their own back into the past to help destroy the future in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

I'm going to just go right into this and say this movie disappointed the hell out of me. I had very high expectations given how great X-Men: First Class was. I have to say I enjoyed First Class a lot more than Days of Future Past.
It has a great start bringing us into the future and re-introducing us to mutants we already know and it brought us into the past very well, but it soon became really jumbled together and it flipped back and forth way too freely. I have quite a few problems with this movie...

1. Character development was seriously lacking in this installment. There were way too many mutants that needed explanation and way too many with explanation of things we already knew. For example, there was no need to constantly explain what happened to Wolverine. He is probably the most developed and most utilized character of the X-Men franchise so far. He was a main character in the first three films and has two solo films. We know what happens to him and we don't need it explained to us all the fucking time.

2. Overhyped characters that were fairly irrelevant at the end of the day. The biggest offenders here were Bishop and Quicksilver. These two characters were hyped up at an alarming rate, especially Quicksilver, and they each failed to bring anything major. Bishop turned out to just be a surviving mutant battling Sentinels in the future. He had no explanation, no character development, and I don't think his name was said more than once.
Quicksilver was approached in the past simply because Wolverine said he knew him in the future. Again, no explanation other than the fact that he was fast. He has like 10min of total screentime and was one of the most hyped characters in the promos. Not to mention the Carl's Jr. commercial.

3. Despite being the main villain, Mystique was overshadowed heavily by both Trask and Magneto. Simple as that.

4. Not enough Sentinel action in the 70's. Actually, there wasn't enough action in the 70's at all. It was mostly Charles complaining and Wolverine struggling.

5. The time jumping got to be confusing. In the end, they focused more on the future than in the past and that was a huge mistake. The storyline we were invested in was not the mutants in the future. It was in the attempt to stop the Sentinels from being created. That was why Wolverine was sent back to begin with!

6. The way the mutants from First Class were utilized was stupid. Angel, Azazel, and Havok were completely wasted and would have been better off not being mentioned at all.

I think I just have to stop now. I am not saying I hated Days of Future Past because I didn't, but I did not love it like I thought I was going to. Definitely not the way I love First Class. There were things I enjoyed, but unfortunately they are a bit overshadowed by the bad. Nice try Bryan Singer, but Matthew Vaughn did a better job.

Edgar Wright drops out of Ant-Man over creative differences

This is so sad.

Director Edgar Wright is almost solely responsible for the upcoming Ant-Man film set to kick off Marvel Phase Three next year. We now have news that he has left the project due to creative differences with Marvel Studios.
This apparently will not change the 2015 release date as a new director will apparently be announced soon. Apparently the film Marvel wants to make zeroes in more on Ant-Man's origin and that is not something Wright wanted to do. It is also not what he wrote the script for either, so I won't be surprised if there is a rewrite happening along with this.

This is very surprising and confusing as Wright has been attached to this for several years already. Along the way he has been constantly altering the script and has even shot test footage. That was, mind you, all before Marvel hired him on in the first place so they knew what they were getting into. I can't help but wonder what went sour.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Star Wars spin-off to be directed by Gareth Edwards

The Godzilla train seems to be very prosperous for all involved. Director Gareth Edwards has apparently landed the director's chair for an upcoming Star Wars spin-off. This spin-off is set to hit theaters on December 16, 2016 which is almost exactly one year after Star Wars Episode VII.

In addition to this, a sequel to Godzilla was recently confirmed as well as a rumored third Godzilla film. Apparently Edwards is still attached to those films but there is no telling how quick those will be happening.  Legendary CEO Thomas Tull assured fans that a second Godzilla is still years away.
Due to how secretive the new Star Wars projects are being kept there is no telling which film Edwards is going to direct. However, rumor has it that Disney is planning spin-offs which will feature Boba Fett, Han Solo, and Yoda.

Clouds of Sils Maria - First Trailer

Cannes has brought us the first trailer for Clouds of Sils Maria, the new film starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloe Grace Moretz.

It looks alright. Clouds of Sils Maria has been selected for the Palme d'Or in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow. Binoche plays Maria Enders, a famous actress who encounters a new actress (Moretz) who is set to reinterpret a movie role that made her famous 20 years ago. The collision of the two performances causes a rift and Enders drags her assistant Valentine (Stewart) into the Swiss town of Sils Maria.

This film is set for a US release on December 1st.

Skylar Astin returning for Pitch Perfect 2

Looks like the new leader of the Treble Makers is going to come back for some more. Skylar Astin has been confirmed for Pitch Perfect 2. Astin played Jesse, the loveable singer and romantic interest of Anna Kendrick's character, Beca.

Astin has been the star of the TBS comedy, Ground Floor, which was recently renewed for a second season. He joins returning cast members Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, and Brittany Snow along with newcomers to the franchise Hailee Steinfeld and Katey Sagal. Pitch Perfect 2 opens in theaters on May 15, 2015.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It returning to New Line Cinema

Warner Bros. has been in the process of developing a new adaptation of Stephen King's It for quite a few years now. The studio previously hired Cary Fukunaga, Seth Grahame-Smith, Dan Lin, and Roy Lee to create this adaptation. Fukunaga is coming off a very successful series for HBO (aka, True Detective) and as a result the adaptation of It is shifting studios... kind of.

New Line Cinema recently announced that they are moving from West Hollywood to Warner Bros. lot in Burbank and are trying to make it clear that each division will be releasing specific kinds of films. With films like The Conjuring it is becoming apparent that the money maker these days, other than superhero films, are horror films. It will apparently follow suit and focus more on thrills and psychological horror rather than the classic slasher film.
The semi-tricky part about this one is they are apparently writing this adaptation into two films. The first film will focus on the children who have to defeat a creature called It. The second film will focus on the kids as adults who have to come together once again despite not remembering the initial events.

It was adapted into a television mini-series back in 1990. It starred Tim Curry in the title role along with Seth Green, John Ritter, and Emily Perkins. It has become somewhat of a cult classic among the horror community and many, including myself, are pretty skeptical of redoing it.

Batman vs Superman receives an official title

It seems that referencing this project as Batman vs Superman was partially correct. It was announced today that the Man of Steel sequel's official title is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We even have the logo!

This is obviously just foreshadowing to the announced Justice League movie and nothing more. At least that's how I see it.I also must agree with the biggest criticism so far that the title is way too long. Not to mention that this is the ugliest Batman logo ever. It looks like a brick with random points on it.

So there we have it. An ugly Batman logo to go with the ugly Superman logo. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (and yes, it is "v" and not "vs") comes out on May 6, 2016.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Frozen to become Disney on Ice show

This train just keeps rolling right along.

The newest update on Disney's expansion of Frozen is that they will integrate the film into a Disney on Ice show that will premiere this September in Orlando, FL. I have personally seen Disney on Ice and I will admit that this is probably the best way to expand this story.
Apparently this new ice show will require 39 skaters, nine tractor trailers, and 20 snow machines. Disney on Ice shows have been produced by Feld Entertainment since 1981 and the shows usually integrate several storylines and Disney characters. However, this new tour will be solely centered around Elsa and Anna as well as the supporting characters like Olaf and Sven.

Frozen became the highest grossing animated film of all time back in March when it surpassed the $1.063 billion mark. It also earned several Oscars including Best Animated Feature. Earlier this year, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced their intent to transform Frozen into a Broadway musical. Elsa is also being integrated into the ABC show, Once Upon a Time.

Hugh Jackman still wants Wolverine in The Avengers

I am pretty sure I talked about this before, but it has come up once again.

Hugh Jackman has previously expressed his interest in joining the expanded Marvel Cinematic Universe by bringing his X-Men character to The Avengers. If I recall correctly, he was bashing the studios for their rights protection and said they could easily work out a deal so the characters could cross studio lines.
Well, Jackman is at is again. In recent interviews for X-Men: Days of Future Past he expressed his interest and desire in Wolverine joining The Avengers once again. He stated:
"I would love to see him as part of The Avengers because there’s a great dysfunction among that team, and I think Wolverine would fit right into that. He’d like that.”

Another thing he hopes for? A battle between Wolverine and the Hulk.
“There’s no doubt he’d get in a fight with Hulk at some point. Those two bad, rage-filled characters are going to square off at some point. It would be quite fun. I don’t know how much fun to shoot it would be, because I’m sure I’d be on the worst end of it, but hey, he can heal.”

Last time this happened it seemed that Jackman's suggestions fell on deaf ears, but if he keeps badgering the studios you never know what will happen. Hell, he has enough money that maybe he will offer to pay some of the royalties if he wants it this bad. 
Personally, I would love to see a full Marvel crossover film that would include The Avengers, X-Men, and Fantastic Four but I am doubting that will ever happen. They have a hard enough time agreeing on anything. We can't even get a Spider-Man cameo for The Avengers.

So what about you guys? Do you want Wolverine to appear in The Avengers?

Source, IGN

Monday, May 19, 2014

[Updated] Alfonso Cuaron in talks to direct Harry Potter spin-off

Alfonso Cuaron is coming off a big Oscar win and many were wondering what his next projects were going to be. A decade ago he directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (which some called the best HP film) and now Cuaron is apparently in talks to direct the upcoming spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

If this deal is finalized it will reunite him with producer David Heyman who produced all of the Harry Potter films and Cuaron's Oscar-winner, Gravity. Many are speculating this move proves that Warner Bros. isn't just trying to make a quick buck but are interested in making a quality trilogy.

[Update] Cuaron has come out and stated he will not direct the sequel. Bummer, kids. You can read about it here

New trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy

I am just so happy.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Her - Review

A lonely man in the wake of a divorce unexpectedly develops a relationship with his new operating system. Samantha is designed to meet his every need, but Theodore quickly discovers the possibilities and dangers of dating a computer in Her.

I have been patiently waiting to see Her for months. I wanted to see it when it was first released but, as always, my city was not playing it so I have been waiting for it to come on DVD. I got especially excited when Spike Jonze won Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars. After seeing the movie I have to say it was not only well deserved, but it should have won more.
Her is probably one of the most thought provoking and heartbreaking films I have seen in a very long time. The style was beautiful, the dialogue was funny and raw, and the acting by Joaquin Phoenix was spot on. I am not ashamed to say I cried three or four times during this movie. Aside from the emotion it confronts it really does leave you with the question of, is this advancing technology just going to hurt people in the end?

Starting with the plot, it was fairly simple. We are thrown into the near future where technology is advanced but not anything on the level of The Jetsons. People still walk places, there were no flying cars, people still had jobs, and people still communicated. However, we had fully interactive computers and games, the technology had replaced certain human things, and the introduction of the OS programs like Samantha. Theodore purchases Samantha under the impression that she will help him organize his life and help him through his day.
When I say the technology had replaced certain human things I am referring entirely to Theodore's job. His sole purpose in the company he worked for was to write letters for people. How is this technology replacing human work? He never actually wrote anything. He spoke to his computer which then translated his voice through a program that handwrote the letter for him. All he had to do was say "print" and boom, you have a handwritten letter... written by someone else. The saddest part is I think that is a very plausible future for us as a society, but let's keep moving.
I was somewhat impressed with the level of believability Jonze gave our future society. Unless I missed it, you don't find out what year this takes place in but I sat there after the movie was over and thought to myself, "man this could realistically be us in 10 years."

Back to what Samantha is actually programmed to do, the OS was advertised to help with organization. He buys the OS to help organize his emails and his life overall. Samantha quickly adapts to his personality, his work, and his routine in a way that is both impressive and scary. She organizes his emails and decides which are important based on his tone of voice, she adapts to his finances, sets up meetings with his friends, and persuades him to do certain activities. It truly felt at times that you were going to have some major reveal of a call center somewhere with people sitting at a computer working these so-called OS programs. The fact that it never happened is up for us to decide whether that is cool or creepy. I vote somewhere in the middle.
Before too long the OS programs as a whole begin to advance at a ridiculous rate and we see it purely through Samantha. She begins to wonder what Theodore is feeling, why he responds the way he does, and the way Scarlett Johansson voices the character you can often hear the emotion in her voice. It is as if he is talking to a real person who is trying to connect with him on a truly emotional level.
Before too long we find Theodore falling for the voice in his computer. The strange part is the computer is also falling for him. He seems willing to just let it happen and figures he has someone he can talk to and it's great, but Samantha struggles more with the fact that they can't truly be together physically and I thought that was the most interesting perspective of this movie. The computer was more concerned than the human which is not something I expected. Going in I figured Theodore would be the one who initially had these concerns. Turns out he was so lonely he didn't really care at first. Also the fact that Theodore is passing up pure, human opportunity with his neighbor (played by Amy Adams) to date his computer.

Without going into too much detail about how this story ended, I just want to say that it was a great foreshadow and oversight into our current culture. I mean, we are already in the world of online dating and people falling for someone they've only talked to in a chat room. That has already been our reality for 5 years. How much further can we take this before being human is truly lost? How much longer do we have before people stop talking to each other and just talk to their computers?

The better question is, what good does falling in love with an OS bring? Does it perpetuate loneliness or truly give us something to grow off of and get back on our feet to talk to someone?

In our current world it's hard enough to approach someone and see what they're all about. People are too busy on Facebook and Twitter looking for the next hashtag craze. Give us 10 more years of this, if not 5 more, and we will soon be Theodore and Samantha. It is both scary and intriguing. I applaud Spike Jonze for bringing us this story because it is insightful, intelligent, and heartbreaking. Oddly enough, it has more human element and emotion than other films that are not centered around technology and artificial intelligence.

Best movie of 2013 by far and the best I have seen in a long time.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Purge: Breakout coming to your city?

Some US cities will be receiving a taste of what it would be like to be in The Purge this summer as a promotion for The Purge: Anarchy.

Producer Jason Blum announced that Blumhouse Productions and Universal is presenting The Purge: Breakout; a touring promo serving an interactive way to introduce fans to the world of The Purge. The setup will apparently "capture" guests prior to the event start and the guests will have to solve a series of puzzles to escape. Blum elaborated, "This experience allows fans across the county the chance to immerse themselves in the intricate world that the series' writer-director, James DeMonaco, has so painstakingly crafted. We hope that they enjoy being scared out of their minds."

The official synopsis of the event is posted on the website and is as follows:
The Purge: Breakout is an immersive horror escape experience traveling throughout the United States in the summer of 2014. In a first-of-its-kind activation, guests will have to solve puzzles and figure out clues to breakout and survive THE PURGE. Self contained in four semi-trucks, the escape experience is produced by Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. Based on popular escape and horror interactive events throughout Asia, The Purge: Breakout will give fans a chance to experience all the fun of an escape while getting a taste of the world shown through the film series THE PURGE.

If you're interested I hope you live in one of these cities:

Atlanta, GA (5/29 - 6/1)
Miami, FL (6/5 - 6/8)
New York City, NY (6/13 - 6/15)
Philadelphia, PA (6/19 - 6/22)
Chicago, IL (6/27 - 6/29)
Dallas, TX (7/3 - 7/8)
Los Angeles, CA (7/11 - 7/20)

I would assume this is why the release date for The Purge: Anarchy was delayed. This was probably in the works and instead of doing another Halloween Horror Nights thing at Universal Studios, why not take it out on the road?

Godzilla - Review

After an unexpected meltdown at a Japanese nuclear plant, scientists begin chasing after an unknown entity causing supersonic disturbances with nuclear power in Godzilla.

I will start by saying that I really enjoyed Godzilla for what it was and I liked it more than I was expecting to. However, I do have some minor gripes without going too far into everything.

1. There was a lack of Godzilla. When he did show up he was badass, but you go through about 75% of the film without ever seeing him.

2. Bryan Cranston was wasted.

3. Elizabeth Olsen was wasted.

4. Despite being as long as it was, it was fairly fast-paced. Stuff that should have been focused on wasn't.

Despite all that, I enjoyed it. There should have been a bit more Godzilla, but I assumed that was just to setup an inevitable sequel. The creature itself looked awesome.

This is a terrible review because I don't really have that much to say except take it for what it is and just have fun. That's what I did and I walked out a happy camper.

Rob Zombie announces his return to horror

Rob Zombie has announced his return to the horror genre by teasing a poster for a project titled 31. I wasn't aware he had left the genre, but there we have it.

The title evidently is a reference to Halloween night which falls on October 31st every year (duh) and that is all we have. Zombie claims this film is for hardcore horror fans who want things nasty and brutal.
Zombie is no stranger to horror at this point as he has directed six horror films along with a couple short films and an episode of CSI: Miami. As far as filmmaking goes, he seems to be most known for his 2007 reboot of Halloween which starred horror alums Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, and Danielle Harris along with Zombie's wife, Sheri Moon Zombie.
It was recently announced that Zombie, along with Bret Easton Ellis, would direct a television series about Charles Manson murders of 1969. His task is to create a multi-part series leading up to the murders told from different points of view.

Also released with the poster was this video clip:

Interstellar - Full Trailer

Christopher Nolan might as well just take my money now. This movie looks amazing.

It sucks we have to wait until November. Interstellar is set in the near future and finds Matthew McConaughey in the role of Cooper, an engineer and a pilot, and a father of two. After climate change brings on a global food crisis, he turns his focus on farming — until an old mentor recruits him to join a mysterious space mission. Its goal: Finding another planet capable of sustaining human life.

Filming officially starts for Star Wars Episode VII

Enough said =^D

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 2 rehearsal photo

We have our first image of the returning and new members of the Barden Bellas. It appears as pre-production is moving right along as this was snapped during a recent rehearsal for the Pitch Perfect sequel.

One person I am specifically happy to see is Hana Mae Lee (aka, the girl with gills like a fish who ate her twin in the womb). I thought her character was hilarious. Pitch Perfect 2 hits theaters on May 15, 2015.

First look at Wonder Woman's invisible jet

Fucking Zack Snyder.

Yes, this is the first visual of Wonder Woman's invisible jet in the Batman vs Superman project. I'm not even kidding when I say I gave my computer screen this look.

If we keep getting stupid stuff like this I might say something really mean.

First look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

It is about freaking time we got something for this movie.

Above we have the motion poster. I apologize if you just got blasted with sound like I did.

Here we have first look pictures featuring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Wright, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. We also have one featuring director Francis Lawrence.

And one more... here is a video clip with Julianne Moore.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

CBS passes on How I Met Your Mother spin-off

How I Met Your Dad was a potential series that got a lot of people excited, even after the disappointing series finale of How I Met Your Mother. The series was set to air on CBS. The keyword is: was.

CBS has passed on the show after the pilot airing thus leaving the series available for another network to pick it up. It was to star Greta Gerwig and be narrated by Meg Ryan. CBS network chairman Nina Tassler explained that there were just too many elements in the pilot episode that didn't work out which eventually led to the network passing on the show. It has already been rumored that in an attempt to keep this popular franchise with CBS that they would essentially redo the pilot and try again, but Tassler insists that isn't happening. She did, however, state that CBS is potentially interested in shopping around for another network to pick up the show. Might as well make some money while you're at it.

Despite all of this, I wouldn't be too convinced that this won't still show up on CBS at some point. The network is notorious for re-shooting pilot episodes including pilots for Big Bang Theory, Numb3rs, and The McCarthys. They won't really say exactly which elements didn't work for them, but I am pretty sure it's not anything that couldn't be fixed.

Chozen and Legit canceled by FX

FX and FXX have decided to not move forward with future seasons of their new animated series Chozen and the sitcom Legit.

Chozen followed a gay white rapper determined to revive his career after being released from prison. It featured the voice of SNL veteran Bobby Moynihan along with Danny McBride and Hannibal Buress. It only lasted one season as it made its debut back in January and aired after the very popular animated series, Archer. This doesn't surprise me in the least because Chozen wasn't funny. I found it rather offensive as well, so I guess I'm not the only one who felt that way.
FX also decided the fate of Legit, a comedy which starred Australian comedian Jim Jefferies. It lasted two seasons. Jefferies took to Twitter to announce that FX had scrapped the show and thanked everyone who watched and enjoyed the show.

Harry Potter spin-off set for 2016 release

The announced Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has received a theatrical debut. The first installment of the planned trilogy is set for theaters on November 18. 2016.

Warner Bros. announced their intent to turn the book into a film trilogy back in March and will follow the main character, Newt Scamander, as an extension of the wizarding world. They will not be prequels or sequels.
There is no cast, director, or producer set for these films just yet bit with a 2016 release date I wouldn't be surprised to see all that announced shortly. The Harry Potter saga grossed a total of $7.7 billion over eight films from 2001 to 2011. Four of the eight films have been released in November so this new film is following suit.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

V/H/S: Viral - First Trailer

I got time for this. Holy shit.

Channing Tatum confirmed to play Gambit

It was previously rumored that Tatum was being considered for the role of Gambit in the X-Men franchise, but we now have confirmation that Tatum has indeed been cast in the role.

People are insisting that a solo Gambit film was all depending on studio cooperation and the studio finally greenlit the project in the wake of X-Men: Apocalypse. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed Tatum's casting on the red carpet for X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, she kind of implies that the only reason he was cast is because he is originally from the South and that is a pretty stupid reason.
Rumors are circling around Tatum not appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse, so we most likely won't see a solo Gambit film until 2017 or 2018. However, The Hollywood Reporter insists we should keep an eye out in Apocalypse as Tatum might appear in a cameo as a setup for a solo film.

Either way... this is stupid. But I don't see how it could be worse than Taylor Kitsch. His portrayal of Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was pretty darn terrible.

First look at Ben Affleck as Batman

Images have been leaked of Ben Affleck in the new Batman suit as well as the new Batmobile. Initially teased by director Zack Snyder, we now have a full image.

This basically looks like a molded plastic suit with what appears to be the classic Batman colors. The bat ears are also the pointiest they've been since Adam West was in the suit back in the 1960's.
I will admit this looks better than I was anticipating, despite the very hard to distinguish logo, and I am interested to see it in color.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Michael Giacchino will score Jurassic World

We have heard scores from Michael Giacchino in movies like Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, Up, Lost, and The Incredibles and we will next hear him in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Giacchino has now been given the task to score Jurassic World.

Jurassic Park and the sequel, The Lost World, were scored by John Williams and the theme is probably one of the best recognized in the film industry. The third installment was scored by Don Davis and we will now have a third composer to tackle the franchise. Giacchino has been a longtime partner of J.J. Abrams but has scored just about everything. He even did compositions for the Jurassic Park: The Lost World video game back in the day so he isn't really a total stranger to this franchise.

I would have loved to have John Williams come back and do one more but you can't have it all. Jurassic World opens in theaters on June 12, 2015.

Disney planning Frozen television crossover

After saying that they weren't interested in rushing into a sequel, Disney has announced that the characters of Frozen will be crossed over into their fairly successful television show Once Upon a Time. This is known because Elsa was teased at the end of the season three finale last night. You can see it below.

Showrunners Adam Horowitz and Adam Kitsis insist that the inclusion of Elsa was entirely their idea because they loved Frozen so much and their kids love it. They also do mention that the portrayal in the show will be their take on the character so that isn't a guarantee that she will be the same. I will say up front that I don't watch Once Upon a Time, but judging from this clip it looks like they might be going to villain route for Elsa.
Casting for Elsa is not completed yet so that pretty much means they used a random body double for the clip. Filming for season four begins later this month, so I'm sure people will find out who will be playing Elsa before too long.

Once Upon a Time isn't necessarily a critically acclaimed show and it is more popular among Disney fans than anyone else, so this might simply be a marketing draw to try and gain new viewers. The overall popularity of Frozen makes it an easy target for exploitation. 

Fox sets Gotham for Mondays; shifts schedule for new shows

Fox has shifted their television schedule a bit to fit in the new Batman origins series, Gotham, as well as a new comedy series titled Mulaney.

Gotham will be joining Sleepy Hollow on Monday nights beginning at 8pm. This put two rather dark-genre shows together in the same night. Gotham will air before Sleepy Hollow and each will last one hour.

Several other new shows including Mulaney, Utopia, Red Band Society, and Gracepoint have caused schedule shifts:

  • The Andy Samberg comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been moved to Sunday along with The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, and American Dad. Mulaney has also been given a Sunday slot after Family Guy.
  • The Gordon Ramsay cooking show, Hell's Kitchen, has been shifted from Thursdays to Wednesdays and is now paired with Red Band Society.
  • Utopia apparently will be airing twice a week. It has been paired with New Girl and The Mindy Project on Tuesdays and with the new installment of Masterchef on Fridays.
  • Gracepoint will debut alongside Bones on Thursdays.

Personally, I don't take television schedules like this very seriously for the sheer fact that the average lifespan of a show these days seems to be 1-2 seasons. If a show is lucky it will get a third season before being axed. Out of the new shows I think the most popular bet is Gotham because of the superhero craze, but it depends on how good it is. The trailer looked pretty lousy so I'm not counting on it.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fox releases trailer for Gotham

I know I am a little behind on this one, but I just got around to watching the trailer for Gotham. I must say despite having some initial excitement for this show it looks pretty terrible.

I don't know why they decided to reveal just about every single character in the trailer as well. It leaves no room for people to be surprised when they show up. Not to mention they've already announced that the show will feature The Joker.


Roberto Orci in talks to direct Star Trek 3

After J.J. Abrams took his leave from Star Trek and moved over to Star Wars, there has been a lot of curiosity regarding who would take over directing for the third installment of Star Trek. It was previously rumored that Joe Cornish would direct, but he backed out because he didn't want to step into a franchise that was already well developed. It now seems that writer Roberto Orci will take over.

Orci has already written the screenplays for and produced Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness so he is no stranger to this franchise. If the negotiations are completed, the third Star Trek will serve as Orci's directorial debut. His inexperience isn't much to worry about as he has been part of several big budget and high anticipation films such as Transformers, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Ender's Game, and Cowboys & Aliens.
However, Orci's intentions could cause issues. He is pretty notorious for catering his scripts and screenplays to meet studio blockbuster expectations. We can all agree what disasters Transformers, Cowboys & Aliens, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were. His scripts are meant to appeal to just about everyone so they often come across as widespread and with little substance. Yes, Orci wrote the first two Star Trek films but he also had J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof to even the balance and direct the script where they wanted it to go.

This comes after Orci ended his longstanding partnership with Alex Kurtzman so they could both explore directorial options. Orci is now partnered with JD Payne and Patrick McKay who are currently writing Star Trek 3 with him and Kurtzman is attached to direct Sony's Spider-Man spinoff, Venom.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Leigh Whannell to direct Insidious: Chapter 3

After director James Wan decided to step away from the horror genre, Focus Features has settled on another director for the third installment of Insidious. They have decided to give Wan's longtime screenwriting and producing partner, Leigh Whannell. This will be his directorial debut.

Whannell is already writing the third installment and has written and acted in the previous two Insidious films as well. Whannell has pretty much been paired with Wan since the two hit the horror scene with Saw back in 2004. This will be a rare occasion where we see Whannell without Wan present.

Production is set to begin on Insidious: Chapter 3 this July with a projected release date of April 3, 2015.

Rebel Wilson to star in Private Benjamin remake

Private Benjamin was released in 1980 and apparently isn't untouchable as New Line is pushing forward a remake. Attached to lead the film will be comedic actress Rebel Wilson.

New Line is currently seeking out a director, but Wilson will play the title role originally played by Goldie Hawn. In the original, she joined the Army after her husband dies on their wedding night. In this new version, Wilson will apparently be playing a redneck who enlists in the Marines to get out of a sticky situation. There is no word on who else might star in this remake.

You might recognize Wilson as Kristen Wiig's clueless, British roommate in Bridesmaids and as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect. She also stars in an ABC sitcom titled Super Fun Night.

Lionsgate developing a new Power Rangers movie

Any child of the 90's has to be somewhat curious about this. Word has it that Lionsgate and Saban are in the process of developing a new, live-action Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie.
There have already been three Power Rangers movies, with the last being in 1997, but Saban is moving forward with a new live-action version and has teamed with Lionsgate. The pairing resulted in Lionsgate's success in creating franchises like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Saw, and Twilight. Granted Twilight was Summit Entertainment prior to Lionsgate acquiring the rights, but who really cares. Lionsgate has previously stated their intent to continue branding popular franchises for global property and appeal, so this isn't really that much of a surprise. In addition to the movies and the show there have been tons of toys, Halloween costumes, apparel, comics, and much more. Needless to say the Power Rangers is a very lucrative and successful brand. 

The Power Rangers debuted in 1993 and all the kiddies, like myself, who watched the show are now mid-20's to 30's. It focused on six teenagers who were confronted by a giant head and given the powers to morph into colorful rangers and fight aliens. I was just made aware that they are still on television in Power Rangers Megaforce.

Michelle Forbes joins Mockingjay - Part 2

We have yet another casting announcement for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

Michelle Forbes, most often known for her portrayal of Maryann Forrester in True Blood, has been cast as Lieutenant Jackson in the second part of the Hunger Games finale. You also might recognize Forbes from the short-lived series The Killing and Battlestar Galactica.
Mockingjay has apparently wrapped filming already and many are speculating that we will be getting a teaser for Mockingjay - Part 1 before too long. At this time last year we already had one for Catching Fire, so the marketing is a bit behind schedule.

If you aren't familiar with Jackson, she is a soldier from District 13 who is placed on Squad 451 as a sharpshooter alongside Katniss, Gale, and Finnick. She is also tricked by Katniss on numerous occasions while on District 13 missions. She is described as a middle-aged woman who is capable of seeing and shooting objects others can't see without a scope.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

New poster for Interstellar

We have a new poster for Christopher Nolan's upcoming film, Interstellar. We also learned that the first full trailer will be attached to Godzilla next week. The trailer already premiered before Hubble 3D at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. 
So far the only info we have regarding Interstellar is it follows a group of explorers looking to make use of a newly discovered wormhole and discover full interstellar travel and voyage.

Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, and plenty more. It opens in theaters on November 7th.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Scout Taylor-Compton teases Halloween return

We learned that yet another Halloween movie was in the works the other day and there was immediate speculation on whether it will be another reboot or a third installment based on Rob Zombie's reboot and sequel. Well, the star of Zombie's take on the franchise has begun teasing everyone on Twitter. Whether she has any credit remains unknown.

Scout Taylor-Compton portrayed the nerdy high school babysitter Laurie Strode in both Zombie installments and has gone to Twitter and teased that she "can't wait to jump back into Laurie Strodes mindset." Now if this turns out to be a somewhat subtle casting announcement pretty much seals the deal that Halloween 3D will be a third installment of the Zombie reboot.
Just keep in mind that the last Halloween movie we got was in 2009, so she very well could be full of shit. BUT, given the way H2 ended I have an idea on what they might be doing with her. I would rather not say it in too much detail, but if you saw H2 you would agree with me that we very well could see her put on a Michael Myers mask at some point.

Whatever happens with this it should prove to be either very interesting or something that will mean nothing. If they continue Laurie Strode with Scout Taylor-Compton I won't be upset, I guess. She played a believable enough, modern version of the character.

First trailer for Girl Meets World

The Boy Meets World spin-off, promptly titled Girl Meets World, features Cory and Topanga as their daughter enters seventh grade.

I personally used to watch and love Boy Meets World, so I am curious about this but I am just putting this out there... I don't think I am going to watch this one. I might tune in and see the premiere because it looks cute and all, but it just doesn't seem to be the same. Can't say we weren't expecting it, though.
Girl Meets World premieres on June 27th and will be available via iTunes on June 13th. Disney Channel will also be airing a Boy Meets World marathon beginning on the 15th.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

V/H/S Viral confirmed

A third installment of the horror anthology series V/H/S has been confirmed and received the title V/H/S Viral. It will follow the sequence of several short stories in the found-footage arena and will be about fame-obsessed teenagers who unwillingly become part of a viral video sensation. It will be collaboratively directed by Todd Lincoln, Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson, and Aaron Moorhead.

V/H/S was released in 2012 and was a collaborative effort from Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Joe Swanberg, and Radio Silence. It was fairly popular among horror fans and received overall positive reviews. It spawned a sequel, V/H/S/2, which was released last year. The sequel brought back Wingard and welcomed directors Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez, Simon Barrett, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Huw Evans, and Jason Eisener.
Personally, I have loved both V/H/S films so far so I welcome a third one. Hopefully it follows the pattern well and brings the same feeling to the table.

Michael Myers to return in Halloween 3D

Yeah, this is really happening. At least it will have the legendary villain.

Michael Myers will reportedly return for the 3D version of Halloween. It is still unclear on whether this will be another reboot or a continuation of Rob Zombie's reboot and sequel.
Also bear in mind that this project has been on the back burner until, apparently, now. Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier had been working on a screenplay, but it has pretty much been in limbo since.

The basic plot of the original, 1978 film is centered around an institutionalized man who killed his family as a small boy. He escapes and brings mayhem to his hometown, specifically a bookworm high school babysitter played by Jamie Lee Curtis.