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The 700th Edition of Superhero Bits

4 hours 57 min ago

You read that right, this is the 700th edition of Superhero Bits! What goodies does it hold? The usual. Where can you watch all of the upcoming Marvel Studios movies on TV? Why does Geoff Johns say the DC shows won’t connect? How many of the Captain America: The Winter Soldier rumors were true or false? Who said a new Hulk TV show is coming? Want to see some great new stills from The Flash and a featurette? Which superhero cake made me break my personal rule not to post superhero food? Who was cast as Captain Boomerang on Arrow? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.

Artist Jason Liwag is bringing some cool superhero art to MondoCon, including our exclusive reveal of this Catwoman above. See more at GeekTyrant.

TNT locked up the TV rights for the next five Marvel movies including Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Comic Book Movie posted some legitimately great images from The Flash, as well as this new featurette. (Oh, and these cast photos too.)

Apparently something happens with gas in Batman v Superman. No, not that kind, get your head out of the toilet.

Which Captain America: The Winter Soldier rumors were true or false? Cool story over on CBM.

Speaking to Variety, Geoff Johns described why DC isn’t worried about a big, overall universe like Marvel:

We want to give freedom to creators… so that they can take their passion [and make] the best show, the best film, the best game without having to tie it into other things.

How do the American pop songs in Guardians of the Galaxy translate into Japanese? Watch this trailer.

Actor Nick Tarabay will be playing Captain Boomerang on CW’s Arrow.

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Due to the amount of graphics and images included in Superhero Bits, we have to split this post over TWO pages. Click the link above to continue to the second page of Superhero Bits.

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Magnolia Picks Up Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Serena’ Because No One Else Will

5 hours 28 min ago

You’d think a historical drama starring a white-hot Oscar nominee and an even hotter Oscar winner would have no trouble getting released in the U.S. But in the case of Susanne Bier‘s Serena, you’d be wrong.

The Jennifer Lawrence / Bradley Cooper pic started shooting all the way back in 2012 and has only now found an American distributor, who plans to dump the movie in early 2015. Ouch. Hit the jump for more Serena US release details.

THR reported today that Magnolia will release Serena. Their sources indicate that Magnolia didn’t particularly want to, but no one else wanted the movie. Since Magnolia’s sister company 2929 Productions backed the film, Magnolia wound up the “default distributor.”

Even more damning are Magnolia’s plans for the pic. The studio could theoretically give Serena an Oscar-qualifying U.S. theatrical release at the end of this year, seeing as the movie is already finished. Instead, it’s opting to hold the film until the first quarter of 2015.

That’s especially surprising given that Cooper, Lawrence, and Bier have all proven well liked by the Academy in the past. Cooper and Lawrence have four acting nominations and a win between them, while Bier’s In a Better World won Best Foreign Language Film in 2011.

In other words, Serena sounded a lot like Oscar bait when it was being put together. It’d have to be really bad for the distributor to not even want to give it a chance, and THR says that is indeed the case.

Though a source insisted last week that the long delay between production and distribution was simply due to Bier’s perfectionistic tendencies — and though Bier herself chalks it up to scheduling difficulties – the trade now quotes other sources who tell a different story.

These insiders say the film is “so edited, it made no sense,” and that the performances are “uneven, particularly Lawrence’s.” We’re sure to hear more opinions soon as Serena is due out this fall the U.K., but for now it seems wise to dial down our expectations.

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‘Magic Mike XXL’ Won’t Feature Matthew McConaughey, Will Be Quite Different

5 hours 58 min ago

We were hopeful after Channing Tatum said the entire Magic Mike cast would return for Magic Mike XXL, but it’s time for a little letdown. Matthew McConaughey is otherwise occupied, and isn’t taking part in the sequel. Not merely for that reason, director Greg Jacobs, a long-time associate of Steven Soderbergh, says this sequel will be quite different, for reasons he only begins to explain.

Jacobs told The Playlist that McConaughey is out for the sequel. He also specified that while Soderbergh, who is shooting and editing the movie, revealed that production has begun, that’s really just second unit. The primary shoot won’t kick off for a couple more weeks.

When that happens, Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello will all return to their Magic Mike roles. Beyond that, however, Jacobs could or would not confirm further actors, though he said new people will definitely be joining.

In addition, Jacobs called this sequel, written by Reid Carolin and Tatum “very different,” before elaborating slightly.

What am I allowed to say? … It’s road trip movie and put it this way, it’s different enough that once you see it you’ll understand why we made a sequel. No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice.

In the meantime, you can see the fruits of Jacobs’ efforts with Soderbergh in The Knick, for which Jacobs was exec producer and first AD, and Red Oaks, for which he acted as writer and exec producer.

mcconaughey magic mike xxl

He jokes about their long association:  

I wish I could get a good DP… I think it’s going to be really fun. I mean, I’m on set every day when we’re shooting [Steven’s projects] as it is. We’re constantly suggesting stuff to each other. It’s really intimate and collaborative and it always has been. So I think it’ll be a lot of fun. We already shot some second unit stuff which was a total blast. I think it’s going to be a good time.

Magic Mike XXL opens on July 1, 2015.

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Former Doctor Who Boards ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

6 hours 28 min ago

Matt Smith‘s Doctor Who days are behind him, but his days of battling monsters are not. The former Eleventh Doctor has signed on for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Burr Steers‘ adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s parodic take on the Jane Austen classic.

He joins a big cast of mostly British up-and-comers including Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, and Douglas Booth. Hit the jump for more on the Matt Smith Pride and Prejudice and Zombies story.

As the title suggests, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice, plus zombies. In this version of the tale, Elizabeth Bennet (James) battles both horrifying undead creatures and rigid 19th-century mores.

According to THR, Smith is set to play Mr. Collins, Elizabeth’s clergyman cousin who needs a wife. He sets his sights on Elizabeth, much to her annoyance. The character was played by Tom Hollander in Joe Wright’s 2005 Pride and Prejudice adaptation, and by David Bamber in the 1995 miniseries.

Riley plays Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth’s eventual love interest. Huston is George Wickham, a charmer who also has the hots for Elizabeth. Heathcote is Elizabeth’s sister Jane, and Booth is her love interest Mr. Bingley.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has had a rough time making it to the big screen. Grahame-Smith’s book was initially a hot property, sparking a bidding war before it even hit shelves. However, it had trouble getting talent to stick. Over the next several years, it was a veritable revolving door of high-profile actresses and filmmakers.

Steers finally signed on last year, with Lily Collins attached to the lead. She quietly dropped out at some point to be replaced by Lily James. Casting really started picking up momentum this summer.

Smith is coming off of a four-year run as the title character on Doctor Who, and the Ryan Gosling-directed indie Lost River. He recently wrapped Terminator: Genisys, which opens next summer.

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Page 2: Indiana Jones, Hook, Monsters Inc, Frozen, Star Wars, Last of Us, Doctor Who, ET, LEGO, Neil Patrick Harris

7 hours 28 min ago

Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.

Header Photo: JC Richard’s ”The Map Room” print

Five Returning Shows to Watch This Fall

Comparing Lena Dunham to Woody Allen Is Unfair — to Lena Dunham

Dustin Hoffman, Dante Basco and Robin Williams on the set of Hook.

The best and worst of TIFF ’14

10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

Ridge’s Off Duty: Sulley & Mike in ”Scary Movie”

10 Great TV Shows That Should Be Streaming On Netflix

‘Dogs And Cats Living Together’: The Best Of Bill Murray’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Ad-Libs

This Kid is Totally Over the Whole Frozen Thing

RogerEbert’s Contributors Remember ‘The Leonard Maltin Movie Guide’

Week one on the set of We Are Your Friends

Legendary TV Buys John Scalzi Novel ‘Lock In

Howl’s Clamped Castle t-shirt

IFC’s ‘MaronRenewed For Third Season

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See Awesome New Photos of the ‘Batman v Superman’ Batmobile on the Streets

7 hours 58 min ago

Sure, the official image of the new Batman v Superman Batmobile is beautiful. The lighting is perfect. Every nook and cranny is there. But what does it look like in the wild? Exactly how wide is it? How long is it? What does the back look like? To answer those questions, you’ve got to see the car on the streets.

One automobile website has done just that, capturing the Batman v Superman Batmoblie cruising all over the streets of Detroit. And these images are way, way better than the blurry Instagram videos you’ve been seeing online over the past couple weeks. Check out the new Batman v Superman Batmobile photos below.

The Batman v Superman Batmobile photos are accessible over on AutoBlog.com. Click that link, or link from the below tweet:

The Dark Knight hits the streets of #Detroit in his new #Batmobile http://t.co/RN4PwkqTiN pic.twitter.com/P4eoHvDibf

— Autoblog.com (@therealautoblog) September 17, 2014

The best part of these photos, besides the obvious coolness, are the images where you can see the vehicle next to other cars. It’s almost double the width and length of a normal automobile. It looks a lower to the ground than the official photo suggests, too.

Of course, this is Ben Affleck’s ride in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, set for release March 25, 2016. He co-stars as Batman, opposite Henry Cavill as Superman. They’ll do battle with Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and interact with Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Scoot McNairy as Jimmy Olsen (maybe?). Plus there will be Justice League members such as Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg and Scoot McNairy as The Flash (maybe?). Holly Hunter, Jeremy Irons and Diane Lane are also along for the ride.

Back to the Batman v Superman Batmobile itself, I do love that this car is kind of a “best of” drawn from all the previous Batmobiles. You’ve got the dome like Tim Burton, wings in the back kind of like the Joel Schumacher, a stature comparable to the Christopher Nolan, and a decidedly video game twist with the guns and things like that. It’s pretty great.

What do you think of these new Batman v Superman Batmobile photos?

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Katniss Is Ready for Battle in New ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ Images

8 hours 28 min ago

It’s impossible to predict the future, but only an idiot would bet against The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 making a crap ton of money this fall. The first two Hunger Games movies made enough money to turn star Jennifer Lawrence into the Guinness world record holder as the highest-grossing action heroine of all time, and the third looks on track to be just as big if not bigger.

Especially since Lionsgate is not holding back on the marketing. Hot on the heels of an epic new trailer, we have several high-res stills, featuring Katniss, Gale (Liam Hemsworth), and more. See the new Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 images after the jump.

Lionsgate debuted the new Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 images at The Hunger Games Exclusive.

Gale appears to be playing a much more central role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, after fretting over his pal Katniss from a distance in the last two movies. Meanwhile, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is MIA because he’s still in the clutches of the Capitol, led by the cruel President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Cressida is among the more prominent new characters featured in the new film, and the new stills offer a much better look at Natalie Dormer‘s badass style. Her special job in the District 13 is shooting propaganda videos starring Katniss — though the heavy weaponry on display suggest she’s just as good at shooting with a gun.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens November 21, 2014. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens November 20, 2015. Then the countdown to the inevitable Hunger Games remake / reboot / spinoff begins.

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. Lionsgate presents, a Color Force / Lionsgate production, a Francis Lawrence film.

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‘Paranormal Activity 5′ Gets Official Title and 2015 Release Date

9 hours 7 min ago

After lots of back and forth over what the fifth, official, Paranormal Activity film would be and when we’d see it, Paramount has finally got their demons in a row. Paranormal Activity 5 will be called Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and will open on March 13, 2105, which is a little early than we’d expected. Read more about the film, as well as the release date shift for Scouts vs. Zombies, below.

The Wrap first posted the news. Paranormal Activity 5 was originally going to open Halloween 2014, then was moved to 2016.

Greg Plotkin, editor and co-producer of the last three installments as well as the upcoming spin-off, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, will helm Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, which is expected to continue the franchise’s main story of the kidnapping demon Katie (played by Katie Featherston).

The biggest question here is what could “The Ghost Dimension” refer to? (SPOILERS FOR THE PARANORMAL ACTIVITY SERIES COMING). We last saw Katie at the end of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which was a spin-off of the first four films. One of the characters from that film ended up appearing in the house from the first Paranormal Activity which, director Christopher Landon confirmed, set up a new timeline for the entire franchise.

It also opened up the idea of time travel, so that might be something of what “The Ghost Dimension” refers to. Either way, it sounds like the normal idea of camera in a house is going away for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.

Also part of this news is that Scouts vs. Zombies, the horror comedy directed by Landon, has moved off its March 2015 release date up to February 20. That means Paramount will have three small budget genre movies in subsequent months next year (Project Almanac opens in January). And while competition is generally soft at that time of year, Paranormal Activity 5 now finds itself up against Disney’s Cinderella and the new Ron Howard movie. At least it’s counter programming.

What do you think of the title Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension? Are you looking forward to the new film in the franchise?

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Walter White Appears In Breaking Bad Godzilla Easter Egg

9 hours 48 min ago

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros dropped a fun Breaking Bad easter egg in Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, did you notice it? The Walter White appearance happens in the first 50 seconds of the film, in the opening title sequence. See the Walter White’s Breaking Bad Godzilla easter egg after the jump.

The following comes from a tip from /Film reader Jake E who noticed something funny in the opening title sequence of Godzilla. Fast forward to the 45 second mark, as the title credit for Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston appears on screen:

The Godzilla title sequence juxtaposes vintage war footage with redacted pieces of government documents which reveal the cast and crew of the film. When Bryan Cranston’s title comes up, the full text reads as follows:

See the Breaking Bad easter egg?

Well, of course not, you have to wait until the marker redacts much of the text block to reveal:

The Breaking Bad Godzilla Easter Egg

Of course, the marker continues to cross out the extra information and it ends on the name of the actor:

But Walter White appears on screen for a split second in a this fun little easter egg.

As for the rest of the redacted information, here is the complete transcript (warning, spoilers):

WARNER BROS PICTURES AND LEGENDARY PICTURES PRESENT a terrifying tale of disaster and woe.

Furthermore, the creature must be eradicated. These fauna are a danger to all life on earth. A LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTION to destroy this creature and all DNA evidence.

A GARETH EDWARDS FILM the certain magnitude of the weapon is enough to turn everything to dust.

When AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON had recorded the seismic activity

KEN WATANABE of a 1MT surface burst onto Bikini Islands

ELIZABETH OLSEN emphasized that there are monsters in the depths of the pacific.

Some specimen have been found that date 4 million years JULIETTE BINOCHE

SALLY HAWKINS search there by submarine

Even with nuclear weapons there is no guarantee that the creatures will succumb. Evidence show that it is likely the creatures will come back WITH DAVID STRATHAIRN’s head

Walter Malcolm has claimed that government men dressed in white lab coats routinely appear at site and BRYAN CRANSTON shortly after the event all residents are sworn to silence.

The “scientist” and occult author RICHARD T JONES has claimed unique knowledge of the creature’s odd mating habits with CJ ADAMS

There are many references to living dinosaurs in the bible. Such is the case in Job 41 71-14 and Isa 27 VICTOR RASUK to as “Leviathan”. There are countless other passages that refer to “dragons” as well. As a matter of fact, “dinosaur” is a relatively modern term which means “terrible lizard”.

Nebuchadnezzar’s favored God, the priests CASTING BY Bel and the dragon relates SARAH HALLEY FINN, CSA dispute.

Are these animals real? Can we prove they even exist or are they merely men in rubber suits with COSTUMES DESIGNED BY tricksters SHAREN DAVIS we may never learn the answer ‘what lurks below’.

The call response of bats may give us clues. VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR JIM RYGIEL has used sonar to map this communication.


SOUND DESIGN by its nature is always ERIK AADAHL a disruptive and ETHAN VAN DER RYN violent birthing process for all parties.

MUSIC SUPERVISOR hidden in the depths of DAVE JORDAN the thunderous sounds that came from the hills are from a large creature


Not to be discussed with FILM EDITOR BOB DUCSAY. This confidential document must not be shared.

The illuminati has been using PRODUCTION DESIGNER OWEN PATERSON to build facilities to hide their study of the creature and it’s origins. All clues are suppressed.

The bomb site is classified and will be detonated at 0800 pacific. DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY SEAMUS MCGARVEY will shoot. There will be no living organisms on the island.

The only proof we have lies within EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS PATRICIA WHITCHER ALEX GARCIA ledgers notes.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS YOSHIMITSU BANNO KENJI OKUHIRA are looking into the possibility of hunting Muto.

PRODUCED BY the fire-breathing THOMAS TULL

PRODUCED BY some of the eight soldiers JON JASHNI certain toxic areas MARY PARENT contamination BRIAN ROGERS forged in 1943

Reliability of these sightings is still questionable BASED ON THE CHARACTER witnesses. One must ask, is GODZILLA OWNED AND CREATED BY TOHO COMPANY, LTD.

This is the Zuiyo-Macu carcass first described in a Japanese STORY BY New Zealand fishermen in 1977. The carcass DAVID CALLAHAM was decaying and weighed 4000 lbs. This dinosaur had been dead for about thirty days. Pseudo Scientists tried to say this was a mere basking shark.

There are photos of animals yet to be named. In the new SCREENPLAY BY occult author and nature enthusiast MAX BORENSTEIN, he seems to explain what these odd animals are.


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Both ‘Bourne’ Movies Still In Development; Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass Not Locked

10 hours 13 min ago

Most thrillers keep the suspense on-screen, but the Bourne franchise now has edge-of-your-seat action behind-the-scenes too. News that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass would return to Universal to make the fourth Jason Bourne film has been the biggest surprise of the week so far. But that’s just the beginning.

Greengrass didn’t have the most pleasant split from the franchise after The Bourne Ultimatum, despite it being the most successful film of the franchise. Damon said he’d only play Bourne again if Greengrass returned, and that didn’t seem like a very likely option. Now they may both be back for Bourne 5, putting the planned 2016 sequel to Jeremy Renner‘s The Bourne Legacy in question.

But hold up — things aren’t quite so set on either front just yet, suggests producer Frank Marshall. There’s no deal for Greengrass yet, and in the meantime development on the Renner sequel is still moving forward. “We’re on two tracks,” he says.

Producer Frank Marshall tells The Hollywood Reporter that the second Jeremy Renner film isn’t dead, or even delayed quite yet, because the Damon/Greengrass movie doesn’t have signed deals in place.

That [Jeremy Renner] movie is moving forward. It’s still in development. We’re working to get a script as soon as possible.

The most interesting bit in THR’s article is that there could be an angle here to put pressure on Fox over the Richard Jewell movie Greengrass is developing there (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill). Fox reportedly isn’t certain that one is ready to go, so could people on Greengrass’s side have put the Bourne news out there to light a fire under Fox in the hopes of leveraging a decision? It’s possible — weirder politics happen every day in Hollywood.

However, it seems like neither Bourne film is really that far along. Marshall says in the above quote the script for the Renner film, which was set to be directed by Justin Lin, isn’t ready. Greengrass apparently has a “a strong concept that would return Damon to his most lucrative role” but that’s it at the moment. Could either of those films be ready for the currently planned 2016 release? It’s unclear. But to make sure, Marshall says both films will continue to be developed:

We’re on two tracks. And if this one [with Damon and Greengrass] comes together, great, but they’re still just talking.

If all goes according to plan, though, both films will get released eventually, expanding the franchise leading up to an inevitable Renner vs. Damon showdown.

Which of the Bourne movies do you think has the better shot of being released first?

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Star Wars Bits: Theories on Episode VII X-Wings and Stormtroopers, Star Wars Rebels, C-3PO

10 hours 28 min ago

Some cool, semi-spoilery Episode VII speculation and actual facts are part of this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read the following:

  • New details have potentially emerged about some of the new Star Wars Episode VII Storm Troopers.
  • Read about the two Star Wars New York Comic-Con panels.
  • Listen to the Star Wars Rebels theme performed by a live orchestra.
  • A possible explanation of the new Episode VII X-Wing has been revealed.
  • How Anthony Daniels see the fate of C-3PO?
  • Check out a new teaser for Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s free play.

Note: There will be some minor spoilers below, mostly Episode VII alterations to previous characters/vehicles, but nothing major. 

For a few months, we’ve been hearing that Star Wars Episode VII won’t just have the normal, white Stormtroopers. There will be a ton of different looks, among them a black-colored trooper that’s being referred to as either a Chrome Trooper or Shadow Trooper. Making Star Wars found a leaked image of an upcoming Lego set that featured not only these Chrome/Shadow Troopers, but black Imperial Guards with lightsabers. The mind wanders.

If you head there you can read some more spoilery quotes about the design of these troopers and the exact role they play in Star Wars Episode VII.

New York Comic-Con is coming up and while there won’t be anything Star Wars Episode VII there, the new Star Wars canon will be represented in full force. There will be a Star Wars Rebels panel as well as one on the new book, A New Dawn. Click this link to read more about them.

With Star Wars Rebels set to premiere in less than a month, composer Kevin Kiner is free to perform his brand new theme. Thanks to Star Wars Underworld, you can watch and listen to this video of him conducting a live orchestra in Spain:

Speaking of Rebels, JediNews is reporting the title of the fifth episode is “Rise of the Old Masters.”

Last week, images of a black X-Wing fighter were spotted on the set of Star Wars Episode VII. Speculation ran rampant about what this could mean but, for my money, Star Wars 7 News has the most plausible.

That’s an image from a Dark Horse comic series of a the Stealth Squadron. Could that be where J.J. Abrams and his crew drew the inspiration? Or is it in line with the above Shadow Troopers, in that dark means evil. Read more at the above link.

You may have already read Anthony Daniels talking to Entertainment Weekly about his new, more advanced (on the inside) C-3PO costume in Episode VII. But there’s so much more for fans in the interview. He talks about the legacy of the character, his reluctance to the role, when J.J. Abrams asked him to come back, his role on Star Wars Rebels and how he’d like to see C-3PO phased out of the series, if at all. Here’s a short excerpt of that last one. Click here to read the rest.

I think he would go on. Getting spare parts, getting surgery. And I think the people around him, humans and droids alike, would help because he would become part of their daily lives, part of their environment. They wouldn’t want to let him go. You know, I’m a great do-it-yourself person at home. I mend pretty much anything I can, whether it’s melting plastic with a hot skewer from the stove because the plastic is cracked, or with my glue gun mending this or that, or cannibalizing a part from something else that I kept in the workshop. I will keep objects going. I’m not from the throw-away culture, I’m from the make-and-mend culture. Threepio is nice to have around. I think he would go on and on and on.

Check out this new teaser for Star Wars: The Old Republic, which you can play for free.

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‘The Judge’ Trailer Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall

10 hours 57 min ago

There’s nothing quite like a death in the family to bring the living members of the family back together. Or at least that seems to be a running theme at the movies this year, between Are You Here, This Is Where I Leave You, and now the new The Judge trailer.

Robert Downey Jr. leads the drama as hotshot attorney Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home after the death of his mother. When he gets home, he discovers that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), an esteemed judge, has been accused of murder. Watch The Judge trailer after the jump.

Warner Bros. unveiled The Judge trailer on YouTube.

The first The Judge trailer played up Robert Downey Jr.’s essential Robert Downey Jr.-ness, letting him get in some smartass quips before easing into serious-drama mode. The new one feels more straightforward, emphasizing Downey and Duvall’s troubled relationship rather than Downey’s talent for delivering one-liners.

The Judge got very mixed reviews at Toronto, with the National Post calling it “a regular crowd-pleaser” and Crave declaring it “one of the worst movies of the year.” Critics generally agreed that Downey and Duvall were solid, and that the script was riddled with cliches. Where they disagreed was on whether the cheesiness made the movie unbearable.

The Judge lands in theaters October 10, 2014. The supporting cast includes Vincent D’Onofrio and Jeremy Strong as Hank’s brothers and Vera Farmiga as his high school sweetheart, plus Dax Shephard, Billy Bob Thornton, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester, Denis O’Hare, and David Krumholtz. David Dobkin directed.

In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

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‘Problem Child’ TV Show Coming to NBC

11 hours 27 min ago

When I think of late Eighties/Early nineties comedies, Problem Child is one of those movies that oddly sticks with me. There was just something about seeing a kid who was my age up there on the big screen, raising absolute havoc. The film’ story is about a couple (John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck) who can’t conceive and decide to adopt. They’re then saddled with Junior, the titular character who loves to terrorize everything and everyone around him. It has elements of gross out and wish-fulfillment comedy, and was kind of good for the time. Released in the summer of 1990, Problem Child made over $50 million and even got a theatrical sequel the following year.

Well, NBC seems to think the idea of the awful kid will work on television and they’ve hired Old School and Hangover writer Scot Armstrong to develop a Problem Child TV show as a single-camera sitcom.

Deadline broke the news of the Problem Child TV show.

The problem with the movie, and even more the TV show, is the repetitive nature of the premise. After the pilot where we learn about the plight of the adults and how they’re duped into adopting this terrible child, it’s episode after episode of him doing bad things and then being forgiven or learning a lesson at the end. That doesn’t sound particularly appealing, even in a repetitive TV landscape.

And what about the main character? Do you think people will like him and want to tune back in every week? Wouldn’t audiences, at some point, get annoyed and scream at their TV “Why have you not learned anything in 8 episodes?” “Ten episodes!” “Four Seasons.” Or however long until their patience wears thin. The second he grows, the show loses its hook, but he has to grow to move the show along. It’s a bit of a Catch-22 for Armstrong.

We’ll see how the show does as there’s never a guarantee it’ll even see the air. Do you think the idea of a Problem Child TV show?

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Chris Hemsworth Will Play a Man Haunted by the Ghost of Hank Williams

11 hours 58 min ago

One accepted truth about Hollywood is that one high-profile project will beget other similar projects. And so, just as Tom Hiddleston is about to star in a biopic about country singer Hank Williams, another Hank Williams film is coming together thanks to a notable producer and star. But this one is quite a bit different from the biopic.

Chris Hemsworth has optioned I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, the novel by songwriter Steve Earle in which a “defrocked doctor” is haunted by Williams’ ghost as he performs illegal procedures. Hemsworth will produce and star.

The Wrap reports the movement on the adaption. It’s seemingly motivated by Hemsworth, as he picked up the novel option and will produce alongside Traffic and Che producer Laura BickfordBenjamin Grayson is scripting and making his directorial debut on the film.

Steve Earle may be inspired more by Townes Van Sant than Williams, but he covered Williams’ song ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,’ and used that title for an album compiling songs he’d created for films and other projects. Here’s Williams’ original version of the song, followed by Earle’s cover:

More importantly, the multi-talented Earle penned the book of the same name, which fictionalizes the story of the guy who reportedly gave Williams the morphine that ended the singer’s life. And the central figure in the book is not who you’d expect to see Hemsworth play, so it’ll give him an interesting new gig to follow non-Thor appearances in films such as Rush (above), Vacation (now shooting) and Michael Mann’s Blackhat.

Here’s a rundown of the book.

Doc Ebersole lives with the ghost of Hank Williams—not just in the figurative sense, not just because he was one of the last people to see him alive, and not just because he is rumored to have given Hank the final morphine dose that killed him. In 1963, ten years after Hank’s death, Doc himself is wracked by addiction. Having lost his license to practice medicine, his morphine habit isn’t as easy to support as it used to be. So he lives in a rented room in the red-light district on the south side of San Antonio, performing abortions and patching up the odd knife or gunshot wound. But when Graciela, a young Mexican immigrant, appears in the neighborhood in search of Doc’s services, miraculous things begin to happen. Graciela sustains a wound on her wrist that never heals, yet she heals others with the touch of her hand. Everyone she meets is transformed for the better, except, maybe, for Hank’s angry ghost—who isn’t at all pleased to see Doc doing well.

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A Marvel-Like ‘Ghostbusters’ Universe Is In the Works, According to Dan Aykroyd

12 hours 27 min ago

Every few weeks there’s a new reason Ghostbusters 3 hasn’t happened yet. Some are valid, others are not, but for the past 25 years there’s always something. First it was Bill Murray’s reluctance, then it was Chris Miller and Phil Lord passing on the project, of course the tragic death of Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman’s departure, script problems, the list goes on and on. At the center of it all is the spokeman for the franchise: co-writer and star Dan Aykroyd.

In a new interview Aykroyd offers up a totally new reason for the delay and it’s one that makes a good amount of sense, considering the climate in Hollywood. Aykroyd said everyone involved in the project isn’t just looking at Ghostbusters 3. They’re looking at a whole Ghostbusters universe: prequels, sequels, TV shows and more in hopes of building a connected, multimedia Ghostbusters franchise like Disney has with Marvel.

Speaking to The Belfast Telegraph (via The Hollywood Reporter) Aykroyd said the following about the larger Ghostbusters franchise:

It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I’m thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?

He the said “the executives, the creatives, Ivan [Reitman, the director] and myself” are all looking at the next ten years of the franchise. “Not just another movie or another TV show, but what’s the totality of it? The whole mythology from the beginning of their lives, the end of their lives. Ghostbusters at nine years old, Ghostbusters in high school.”

Aykroyd then used a car metaphor to explains how this change in direction has effected the status:

It’s up on blocks, it needs new electronics, new everything. That’s what we have to do. The whole vehicle of Ghostbusters has to be rebuilt. That’s the ambitious thinking that’s going on now. Taking on the model of Marvel where we take all of the elements that are in this movie and we put them out there as different ideas.

He also said he loves the idea of the female Ghostbusters team, recently pitched by Bill Murray, but said there wasn’t a script.

I’m a huge Ghostbusters fan but I have to say I simply don’t like this idea. What made the Ghostbusters great is that they were normal guys. At nine-years-old or in high school, they were just normal people. It wasn’t until that moment in 1984 that they became famous and changed the world. To go back into their history fundamentally undercuts with who they are.

On the other hand, how did the revelation that ghosts are real change the world? That’s an interesting concept, but one that could very easily be wrapped up in one sequel. That’s not how Hollywood thinks these days, and I’m frightened we may see Ghostbusters Episode VII: Age of Slimer in the coming decades.

What do you think of Aykroyd’s idea for a Ghostbusters franchise?

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‘Interstellar’ Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema Will Shoot ‘Bond 24′

12 hours 57 min ago

Normally we’d have a large measure of sympathy for anyone who had to take over a job following Roger Deakins. And since Deakins isn’t shooting the new Bond film, someone has to step into his shoes. But the person to take over the job shooting Bond 24 is Hoyte van Hoytema, who did such a tremendous job with Her, and then shot Interstellar for Christopher Nolan. So things are probably going to work out just fine. There’s another good detail in the Hoyte Van Hoytema Bond 24 news, which you can find below.

Van Hoytema’s star really began to rise when he shot Let the Right One In, and that led to a string of films that included Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (which was a reunion with Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson) and The Fighter, Her, and Interstellar. The cinematographer’s work has become steadily more impressive, with Her demonstrating a command of subtlety that worked perfectly for the film. When it comes to rising stars in cinematography, Van Hoytema is among the brightest.

(Fittingly, just as he’s replacing Deakins to work with Sam Mendes on Bond, his gigs on both Her and Interstellar were situations in which Van Hoytema stepped in for the director’s unavailable regular cinematographer.)

HitFix reports the hire, and also reports word that this Bond movie will shoot on film, rather than digital. While Skyfall shot digital, most of Van Hoytema’s work (outside Her) was shot on film. We’ll wait to see if this detail is confirmed, but it will no doubt make some people very happy. I’m just excited to see what Van Hoytema does with Bond’s heightened action scenes.

As far as we know, Bond 24 begins in earnest on December 6, when the cast will assemble for a script read. That cast includes Daniel CraigRalph FiennesNaomie HarrisBen Whishaw and Rory Kinnear. There’s still no official title for Bond 24 — expect a big press conference event later this fall to announce the name, at which time new cast members will be revealed and/or confirmed, too. The film is set for release on October 23 in the UK and November 6 in the US.

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Cool Stuff: Fan Posters For Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’

13 hours 28 min ago

The Interstellar rumblings have began. Star John Lithgow saw the movie this weekend in New York and said the following about it: “Mind blown at 8AM, secret IMAX screening of #Interstellar in NY. So proud to be in it.” I’ve heard rumors of tears upon tears at other early screenings too. Basically, November 7 can’t get here fast enough to show us Christopher Nolan‘s take on space travel starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley and more.

As we get ready for the film, the Poster Posse has begun to pay tribute. Multiple artists have made fan posters for the highly anticipated sci-fi epic. Check out the Poster Posse Interstellar posters below.

Here are the first batch of Interstellar posters via Blurppy and the second batch here. Below are some of our favorites.

Poster Posse Interstellar posters

Nolan and McConaughey were at Comic-Con a few weeks back to talk about the film and there was a lot of interesting info that came out of if. You can read the full report (and watch the panel) at this link, but here’s a just a brief excerpt:

Asked why he wanted to make Interstellar now, Nolan explained that he’s “always been a huge fan of science fiction,” and that he “grew up being amazed by the sci-fi of the past” such as Star Wars and 2001. “But more than that, I grew up in an era when to be an astronaut was the highest ambition of any child.” He misses the idea that we would keep exploring and pushing further and further out into the galaxy. “I hope we’re on the cusp of a brand new era looking outwards,” Nolan said.

Questioned on technology for the film, he said “we’ve done a lot different things trying to create the reality of this space mission,” and while he declined to name much in terms of specifics, Nolan did say “really the driving force is trying to keep as much reality for the actors as possible.” So there are perhaps more windows in the craft than might be the case in real life, for McConaughey and other actors to see their journey. “The thrill of trying to make a large-scale film about journeying through the stars is about taking the audience with us.”

Here’s the latest trailer for Interstellar, which opens November 7.

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Martin Campbell in Talks for ‘Hunter Killer’

13 hours 58 min ago

Casino Royale director Martin Campbell is getting back into the espionage game. He’s in early talks to direct Hunter Killer, based on the novel Firing Point by George Wallace and Don Keith. Hit the jump for more on the Martin Campbell Hunter Killer news.

Hunter Killer has gone through a number of high-profile potential directors over the years. Phillip Noyce was attached back in 2011, then Antoine Fuqua replaced him when he dropped out. But Fuqua decided to do Olympus Has Fallen instead, and McG was next in line, in 2013.

That didn’t work out either, and earlier this year it was reported that Steven Quale (Into the Storm) would be taking over the helm. There’s no word on why that version failed to take off, but as of today, TheWrap says Campbell is circling.

The script by Jamie Moss, John Kolvenbach, and Arne Schmidt centers on a rogue Russian military leader’s attempt to start World War III. The only people who can stop him are an inexperienced submarine captain and an elite Navy special forces team.

No casting is currently in place, although Gerard Butler and Sam Worthington were circling the previous version from Fuqua. Neal Moritz (of the Fast & Furious movies), Toby Jaffe (of the Total Recall remake), and Ryan Kavanaugh (The November Man) are producing. Tucker Tooley (The Fighter) will executive produce.

If Campbell closes the Hunter Killer deal, it’ll be his first film since 2011′s Green Lantern — though he’s done some TV work since then, including the premiere episode of the military drama Last Resort. That one also happened to involve a submarine caught up in global conflict.

Campbell’s other credits include the Mel Gibson thriller Edge of Darkness, two Zorro movies (1998′s Mask of Zorro and 2005′s Legend of Zorro), and the first films of two different Bond eras (1995′s GoldenEye and 2006′s Casino Royale).

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Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction Features Memorabilia From ‘Lost,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ And Many More

14 hours 28 min ago

The only thing better than buying entertainment memorabilia, is if the proceeds go to a good cause. The 2014 Cancer Gets LOST Charity Auction is going on now and features a bevy of unique screen used props as well as cool collectibles from a massive selection of TV shows and movies. Plus, all proceeds (on some items) go to The American Cancer Society.

Obviously, most of the stuff in the Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction is for Lost. But there are also items pertaining to Alcatraz, Alias, American Horror Story, Animaniacs, Arrow, Bates Motel, Breaking Bad, Community, Dexter, Dr. Who, Felicity, The Following, Fringe, Game of Thrones, Ghostbusters, Heroes, The Hunger Games, Intelligence, The Leftovers, Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, Pretty Little Liars, Revolution, Scandal, The Simpsons, Star Trek, The Strain, Super 8, Survivor, The Voice, The Walking Dead and Young & Hungry.

Yeah it’s a lot of awesome stuff. Click this link to see all of the items. The Lost stuff ends on Page 7.

One small note. While the proceeds on the Cancer Gets Lost items all go to charity, other items are on consignment and only a small proceed will go there. Check each individual auction for the details.

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Jack Huston Is ‘Ben-Hur’

14 hours 57 min ago

The new Ben-Hur has its new Ben-Hur. Jack Huston has just been set for the lead in the Bible-times epic, which Timur Bekmambetov is directing. Morgan Freeman previously joined the cast as Ildarin, who turns the slave Ben-Hur into a champion chariot racer.

Hit the jump for more on the Ben-Hur Jack Huston casting.

Deadline reported the news. Huston steps into a role that won Charlton Heston the Oscar in 1960. The upcoming Ben-Hur isn’t exactly a remake, but reportedly a more faithful re-adaptation of Lew Wallace‘s 1880 novel. The new script was written by Keith Clarke, with rewrites by John Ridley.

In contrast to the earlier version, Bekmambetov’s take will play up the early friendship between Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince, and Messala, son of a Roman tax collector, before Messala’s betrayal. A parallel storyline involving Jesus Christ will also get greater emphasis.

Messala’s treachery leads Ben-Hur to be sold off as a slave, and his mother and sister to be thrown into prison for life. Ben-Hur’s quest for revenge sets off a string of events that culminates in that famous chariot race.

MGM and Paramount were previously said to be eyeing Tom Hiddleston for the Ben-Hur part, but he’s very busy these days and apparently didn’t have room on his dance card. Huston was also considered for Messala before winning the Ben-Hur role.

Huston is an up-and-comer who’s been on the verge of breaking out big ever since his Boardwalk Empire days. He tested for the Guardians of the Galaxy lead way back in the day and has been rumored for Doctor Strange, though Joaquin Phoenix seems likely to win that one.

He was seen in a number of films last year including American Hustle and Kill Your Darlings. His upcoming credits include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride.

Ben-Hur opens February 26, 2016.

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