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‘Fast 8’ Set Video Gets the Whole Gang Back Together

May 28, 2016 - 2:00pm

Production is underway on Fast 8, the next sequel in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise. Recently the film because the first major Hollywood movie to shoot in Cuba, so that will be something cool to see on the big screen next spring. But this past week marked the first time Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) got his whole team together on set all at once.

Universal has a released a set video of the cast having the time of their life working on the sequel, and you can watch that after the jump. In addition, a couple other official videos straight from the set offer even more glimpses at the production and what we can expect from the action-packed sequel. Watch the Fast 8 set videos after the jump.

Here’s the most recent Fast 8 set video from the official Fast and Furious YouTube channel:

This time it’s director F. Gary Gray who gets to play around with Diesel and the rest of his reliable team. That includes Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Dwayne Johnson, whose arm is probably bigger than most people’s legs. Plus, Nathalie Emmanuel is reprising her role as Ramsey from Furious 7, and she’ll be joined by Kurt Russell as well. The new guy on the scene is Scott Eastwood, and since he’s got a nice suit on, it would appear he’s working with Russell.

The big question is what is Jason Statham doing on set here? Shooting appears to be taking place in some kind of headquarters for the team, and last we saw Statham, he was getting locked up in a very secure holding cell. Has Statham broken out to cause more trouble for the gang? Or is there a chance he and Diesel’s crew have a common enemy in Charlize Theron and they have to team up to take her on? We’ll have to wait and see.

Other returning cast members include Jordana Brewster, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. Until we learn more, check out these two other set videos from the production of Fast 8:

Fast 8 is slated to arrived on April 14, 2017 and two more sequels are set for release on April 19, 2019 and April 2, 2021. Principal photography for Fast 8 is continuing in New York, Atlanta, Georgia and Iceland.

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‘The Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Release Date Pushed Nearly a Year to 2018

May 28, 2016 - 1:00pm

The end of last month brought news that production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure had been postponed indefinitely to allow franchise star Dylan O’Brien more time to recover. The actor was injured when a stunt went wrong back in March. Details on how the accident occurred haven’t been confirmed, but O’Brien was said to have several broken bones, either fracturing his cheek bone or orbital socket.

At this time, it’s unclear just how much longer O’Brien needs to recover before production can resume on the third film in the franchise based on author James Dashner‘s book series. But the good news is 20th Century Fox has plans to get the movie back on track, and that begins by setting a new release date for early in 2018. Plus, the studio has also shifted some release dates for a couple upcoming Marvel movies and the reboot of Predator. Find out more below

Variety reports The Maze Runner 3 release date has been set for January 12, 2018, pushed back nearly an entire year from the originally set February, 17, 2017. That means the untitled Marvel project that Fox previously had set in that exact same slot has now been pushed back to March 2, 2018. Fox hasn’t confirmed what this movie is, but many were assuming that it was Deadpool 2 since the film had so much success with a February release earlier this year.

In addition, Fox has shifted their other unknown Marvel project from July 13, 2018 up to an earlier debut on June 29, 2018. Again, we don’t know what that movie is, but the next X-Men sequel (the one that’s supposed to be set in the 90s and retelling the Dark Phoenix story) is probably a safe bet.

Finally, Fox has bumped up the release of Shane Black‘s reboot of Predator from March 2, 2018 to February 9, 2018. That gives the R-rated sci-fi action flick the release window that Deadpool had earlier this year. That makes sense since Shane Black previously said that the comic book flick helped pave the way for Predator to actually happen at the studio.

As for The Maze Runner: Death Cure, here’s the official synopsis from the book:

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

As soon as we get details on when production will resume, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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Cool Stuff: Kevin Tong’s Two ‘Warcraft’ Prints Are Now Available to Purchase

May 28, 2016 - 12:00pm

Director Duncan Jones‘ adaptation of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft opens in theaters two weeks from today. Unfortunately, the initial reviews for Warcraft are mostly negative. In spite of the early critical reaction, so far the fantasy film is exceeding expectations at the foreign box-office. Warcraft is expected to make over $30M overseas this weekend, making more money than Alice Through the Looking Glass in some territories.

We’ll soon see how the film fares domestically, but in the meantime, Legendary Pictures has released two Warcraft prints made by Kevin Tong, who’s collaborated with the production company in the past.

The first print, mostly depicting the humans, was originally made for a comic book prequel, “Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood,” written by Paul Cornell and featuring art from Matt Broome. That poster is now available to purchase, but you have to buy it as a set, which costs $80. The posters show both sides of the film–the Horde and the Alliance.

Tong has put together some fantastic prints in the past, including posters for The MatrixGravity, and, perhaps his most impressive work–which is saying a lot–Mulholland Dr.

Here are the two Warcraft prints and official details:

The Legendary Art Series is proud to announce our fourth print release in a stunning collaboration with artist Kevin Tong for the upcoming film Warcraft directed by Duncan Jones.

A pair of 18×24″ 3 colour screen prints, exclusive to the Legendary store and limited to an edition of 195 with matching hand numbering and embossed with our official Art series stamp on Neenah Epic Black paper.

A Certificate of Authenticity is also provided, signed by the artist.

Expertly printed with metallic inks by D&L using hand mixed colors, quality techniques and materials. Shipped by Posters & Toys.

Please note, this series is only available as a set of 2 prints.

The set is available at Legendary Pictures’ online store. The Horde print has a more sinister design–and maybe it’s just because of the use of red–that doesn’t feel entirely right for the orcs since there’s some moral ambiguity on both sides of the war. They’re technically the antagonists of the film, but the Horde isn’t without its heroes. It’s also a little disappointing there wasn’t room for Durotan’s (Toby Kebbell) wife, Draka (Anna Galvin), but since she doesn’t participate in the battles, her exclusion makes some sense.

If you’re curious about Tong’s process, he often releases behind-the-scene videos on his YouTube page.

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This Week In Trailers: Under the Gun, Hitler’s Folly, Les Cowboys, Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler, Australia’s Lost Gold

May 28, 2016 - 11:00am

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we catch Dr. Steve Brule getting involved in something dark from the man who gave us A Prophet, rethink animated history with Hitler, love the gun, revisit a video game classic, and hunt for gold down undah. 

Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler Trailer

Almost 3 years ago.

About 33 months ago I covered the Kickstarter to this fascinatingly strange documentary and I’m just as enthralled now with the story as I was then. Directors Andrew Seklir and Tim Kinzy have taken a portrait of a man from a time long ago and contextualized it to a present time where this feels like a spiritual successor/spin-off to King of Kong. I still am really unsure of what makes this kind of story so compelling but it is and the trailer does an impressive job in blending animation and live footage. I’m not sure I really care about what’s happening here but the human drama is just way too delicious to not want to consume.

Under the Gun Trailer

First, you have to play fair.

Director Stephanie Soechtig and Katie Couric were rebuked for an unfair scene from this documentary (and even the trailer) which depicted Second Amendment enthusiasts staring blankly back at the camera when they are asked the following question:

If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorist from walking into, say, a licensed gun dealer and purchasing a gun?

One of the things about these kinds of activist documentaries in the vein of anything we get from folks like Michael Moore or Morgan Spurlock is that unless you’re willing to be aboveboard with your tactics it simply weakens the bite of the material. Not that they need much help as Soechtig is an accomplished director who has given us Tapped and Fed Up, two really solid documentaries, but in an age when the sad answer to the question of “What will it take to revisit our stance on handguns in America?” is simply “Nothing” these kinds of docs are vital viewing as the country goes into high season for gun violence. Chiraq wasn’t called that for it’s heat.

Hitler’s Folly Trailer

An Academy Award nominee.

There’s something to the fact that Bill Plympton is still around, churning out his brand of animation that nearly won him an Oscar for the short film Your Face in 1987. With this, the animation workhorse is back to ponder whether the animation world could have accepted Adolf Hitler as a cartoonist if the megalomaniac decided to pursue ink and paint rather than mass extermination and demagoguery. The result here is a trailer that leaves me curious, unsure and off balance, a trio of emotions I’m sure was completely sought after. For those equally curious, Plympton will be releasing this free for the world to see on June 3rd at his website, Plymptoons.com.

Australia’s Lost Gold Trailer


So, I was kicking it on my sofa one Saturday morning and I landed on some guys swinging metal detectors out in the forest, giggling with each other, talking and squabbling about how the X5000 is a huge improvement over the X3500, and I was transfixed. I was enthralled with these nerds talking about the gold nuggets they’ve found as, I too, wanted to experience part of that gold rush must have been like back in the day. Hell, even in my backyard in Arizona there are people who have died looking for something that could very well be as much fantasy as a pirate map with an X on it. Fast forward to director Luke Walker’s ode to mysterious booty and I’m just as eager to consume this story as well. There’s just something inherently exciting about treasure hunts and something almost equally sad. I’m not sure how this one will pan out but this is as good as start as any.

Les Cowboys Trailer 

Just look at it.

Director Thomas Bidegain, who is making his feature length debut after writing such films as A Prophet, Rust and Bone, and, most recently, Dheepan, is blasting on site to give us a movie about a man and his son who go searching for his daughter. The essence of this movie is so simple but it’s a phenomenal looking ride that looks emotional, beautiful and lingers in a way that feels intimate. This trailer is a thing of mysteriousness but that’s exactly what it should be as this father ventures out into a world of mysteriousness himself. All I can do is soak it in and hope that the end result is half as well-executed as this preview.

Nota bene: If you have any suggestions of trailers to possibly be included in this column, even have a trailer of your own to pitch, please let me know by sending me a note at Christopher_Stipp@yahoo.com or look me up via Twitter at @Stipp

In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:

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Superhero Bits: Deadpool Reused X-Men Footage, Samsung’s Batman Phone & More

May 27, 2016 - 7:00pm

Did X-Men: Apocalypse beat the Thursday box office total Days of Future Past had in 2014? Who are the 100 greatest X-Men of all time? Did you know Deadpool reused some footage from X-Men: The Last Stand? What’s so great about Samsung’s Galaxy S7 special Batman edition phone? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Captain America: Civil War has been out long enough for TV spots with Giant Man urging you to see it again.

X-Men: Apocalypse just barely earned more money on Thursday night than X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Here’s an X-Men love song in the style of Boyz II Men, so go slow dance at a middle school function.

The music of DC Comics Volume II will be available for purchase starting on July 15.

Woozy Moo makes an awesome Wolverine pancake, but there’s no way it will heal from you biting it.

The new Six Flags roller coaster featuring The Joker was shut down one hour after it opened.

This Batman Returns print by Yuko Shimizu with Catwoman will be on sale at Dark Hall Mansion next Tuesday.

Here’s a history of both Apocalypse and his followers known as The Four Horsemen.

Continue Reading Superhero Bits>>

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Review: A Hollow, By-the-Numbers Sequel That’s Also Thoroughly Entertaining

May 27, 2016 - 6:00pm

As the third film in the most recent trilogy in the X-Men franchise, it’s pretty bold to have a joke in X-Men: Apocalypse that mentions the third film in a trilogy is usually the worst. The line is meant to take a shot at the almost universally hated X-Men: The Last Stand, and while X-Men: Apocalypse is nowhere near as bad as Brett Ratner’s film from 2006, it’s not without some shortcomings of its own.

X-Men: Apocalypse has a simple, hollow story, spinning a wheel that also treads water. However, it also does a great job of bringing the young versions of familiar X-Men into this modified timeline and delivers some thoroughly entertaining action. In short, X-Men: Apocalypse feels like an extended episode of X-Men: The Animated Series, for better and worse.

Read our full X-Men Apocalypse review after the jump.

Perhaps the weakest part of X-Men: Apocalypse is how the title villain (Oscar Isaac) is portrayed and “evolves” throughout the film. We’re introduced to the character in a prologue that feels like it belongs in The Mummy franchise or a Gods of Egypt deleted scene and his make-up feels incomplete, almost like a Dick Tracy villain. Sure, the Four Horseman during this period in time display cool powers. But just like the quartet of mutants recruited later in the movie, they’re all for spectacle.

Apocalypse enters the modern world and can’t stand for mutants answering to a government that is run by people less powerful than he is. So he decides to destroy the world and build a better one. It’s an old standby for plenty of villains, and it lacks any real meaning because there’s nothing about Apocalypse worth latching onto other than the fact that he’s one of the most powerful mutants to ever live.

Despite the fact that Apocalypse has no substance or sensible motivation, the threat he poses unfolds in an extremely entertaining way. He may spend too much time rounding up Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Angel (Ben Hardy), but once he starts wreaking havoc on the world, that’s when things start to get just plain fun.

The trailers for X-Men: Apocalypse have portrayed the film as superhero destruction porn, and that’s completely accurate. This is the most on-screen destruction that has been seen in the X-Men franchise, and it’s on a scale that would make Zack Snyder blush. Entire cities are torn apart, and if this was the Marvel universe there would have to be Global Accords to make the X-Men responsible for the amount of death and demolition on display.

However, for some reason this lack of regard for human life almost didn’t matter to me, if only because humanity has shown itself to be pretty despicable with its treatment of mutants during this time. What has always made the X-Men great is how they’re willing to help humanity, even those who would mistreat them. So this ignorance of the death toll would normally be something upsetting, but I just found myself enjoying the X-Men taking on Apocalypse and the Four Horsemen and didn’t care about the consequences of any of their actions as far as the real world is concerned.

In this sense, X-Men: Apocalypse feels like X-Men: The Animated Series with a villain of the week mentality that allows the X-Men to show off their powers and progress as characters ever so slightly. After all, each of the movies in this new trilogy has seen 10 years pass in between them and these characters haven’t learned much, so why should they now? I’ve come to accept that the X-Men franchise is much more about comic book action and superpowers than characters with substance.

Each X-Men movie allows for a couple of characters to have meaningful character moments and evolution, and this time Michael Fassbender gets a little bit of that with regards to how he’s spent his life since the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Otherwise, the rest of the characters just go through the motions that you expect them to for the sake of surface level drama. This is a comic book soap opera, especially with all the connections made (Magneto is Quicksilver’s father, etc.), and it’s just a blast to watch.

With all this in mind, perhaps the biggest problem I had with X-Men: Apocalypse was that the Four Horsemen aren’t effectively used. For all the training we heard Olivia Munn was doing to play Psylocke, you’ve seen her best moments in the trailers and clips. She’s wasted here and left open for more in sequels. Angel is the most pointless character though, and he doesn’t even seem worthy of being one of Apocalypse’s followers. Gambit should have been introduced here instead.

But it’s the way the X-Men come together in the end to defeat Apocalypse and his minions, complete with heavy hints at what’s to come in the sequel thanks to Jean Grey’s display of power, that makes this a joy to watch. It’s more mindless than most X-Men movies, but it also doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not.

X-Men: Apocalypse is far from the best X-Men movie with plenty of problems and weaknesses, but it’s also leaps and bounds better than the worst thanks to its summer blockbuster elements. At the very least, if the action isn’t enough for you, it offers a great place for the new team of X-Men to start.

James McAvoy becomes the Professor X we all know and love, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) is discovering more about her powers, Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) is falling for her, Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) gets his rightful place on team, Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) finally gets to realize the dream she and Charles had of forming the X-Men, and Quicksilver (who gets the best scene in the movie, with the exception of maybe Wolverine’s breakout) will be around to allow Evan Peters to steal more scenes in the future. It lets the next generation of young mutants step up and do all the heavy lifting.

At this point though, I think it’s time for Bryan Singer to hand the reins to the X-Men franchise over to a character that won’t just tread water with these characters. We’re at a point that audiences know them well enough they can start diving in to the deeper, more uncharted areas of the X-Men universe, and having a director who can deliver more than just colorful, flashy action would be nice as the series continues. Still, X-Men: Apocalypse is an entertaining way to pass the time until that hopefully happens.

What did you think of X-Men: Apocalypse? Sound off in the comments below.

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Watch Steven Spielberg’s Harvard Commencement Speech

May 27, 2016 - 5:30pm

Director Steven Spielberg recently made the trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to speak to the Harvard graduates of 2016. Although the director dropped out of college his sophomore year after landing a dream job at Universal Studios, he ultimately returned to Cal State University and earned his bachelor’s degree, long after he had established himself as one of the most successful filmmakers in the industry. “I went [back] for my kids,” he said. “I’m the father of seven, and I kept insisting on the importance of going to college, but I hadn’t walked the walk.” At the age of 55, he made that walk.

Below, watch the Steven Spielberg Harvard commencement speech.

It’s a lovely, perceptive, and sometimes “unapologetically sentimental” but honest speech; it’s both entertaining and personal, as expected from Spielberg:

Apparently only Steven Spielberg is capable of wearing a pair of sneakers with a suit while still maintaining a sense of class. While I found myself wanting to write down almost every word that came out of his mouth, I instead highlighted a few notable quotes of his, although all of you should watch the entire speech.

  • “What you choose to do next is what we call in the movies ‘the character defining moment.’ Now, these moments you’re very familiar with, like in the last Star Wars, The Force Awakens, when Rey realizes the force is with her, or Indiana Jones choosing mission over fear by jumping into a pile of snakes. In a two-hour movie, you get a handful of character defining moments, but in real life, you face them every day; life is one long string of character defining moments.”Social media that we’re innovated and swarmed with is about the here and now, but I’ve been fighting and fighting inside my own family to get all my kids to look behind them, to look at what already has happened. Because to understand who they are is to understand who we were, and who they’re grandparents were, and then what this country was like when they immigrated here. We are a nation of immigrants, at least for now,” he joked. “To me, this means we all have to tell our own stories. We have so many stories to tell. Talk to your parents and your grandparents if you can, and ask them about their stories, and I promise
  • “Social media that we’re innovated and swarmed with is about the here and now, but I’ve been fighting and fighting inside my own family to get all my kids to look behind them, to look at what already has happened. Because to understand who they are is to understand who we were, and who their grandparents were, and then what this country was like when they immigrated here. We are a nation of immigrants, at least for now,” he said with a laugh. “To me, this means we all have to tell our own stories. We have so many stories to tell. Talk to your parents and your grandparents if you can, and ask them about their stories. I promise you, like I have promised my kids, you will not be bored. That’s why I so often make movies based on real-life events. I look to history not be didactic–because that’s just a bonus–but I look because the past is filled with the greatest stories have ever been told. Heroes and villains are not literally constructs, but they are at the heart of all history.”
  • “Up until the 1980s, most of my movies were what you could call ‘escapist.’ I don’t dismiss any of these movies, not even 1941. Not even that one. Many of these early films reflected the values I cared deeply about, and I still do, but I was in a celluloid bubble because I cut my education short. My worldview was limited to what I could dream up in my head, not what the world could teach me. But then I directed The Color Purple–and this one film opened my eyes to experiences that I never could have imagined, and yet were all too real. This story was filled with deep pain and deeper truths, like when Shug Avery says, ‘Everything wants to be loved.’ My gut, which was my intuition, told me more people needed to meet these characters and experience these truths. While making that film, I realized a movie could also be a mission. I hope all of you find that sense of mission.”

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Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, and More Join The ‘God Particle’ Cast

May 27, 2016 - 5:00pm

The cast for the J.J. Abrams-produced God Particle keeps getting better and better. The latest additions to Julius Onah‘s (The Girl in Trouble) film are Chris O’Dowd (The Sapphires), John Ortiz (Togetherness), Aksel Hennie (The Martian), and Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster). Production on the sci-fi film, which may or may not be related to Cloverfield, begins June 10th.

Below, learn more about the God Particle cast.

The cast already includes Daniel Brühl (Captain America: Civil War), David Oyelowo (Selma), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), and, a star-on-the-rise, Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager). John Krasinski was once in talks to join the project, but The Hollywood Reporter says Chris O’Dowd will play the role Krasinski was once circling.

God Particle takes place in the near-future and “centers on a team of astronauts on a who make a terrifying discovery that challenges all they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for their survival.” Their discovery? Either that Earth has disappeared, an unknown spacecraft, or the god particle.

The Hollywood Reporter also broke the news that Zhang Ziyi has boarded the cast, and they also offered up some new plot details. After a scientific experiment goes wrong, Earth disappears. Then a mysterious space shuttle appears–which sounds like a potential connection to Cloverfield. Early reports stated it was a European spacecraft that “could spell doom or salvation,” but the script might have evolved since then.

Variety doesn’t have any information on John Ortiz and Aksel Hennie’s roles but, based on the plot synopsis, they’re probably also playing members of the crew. Variety has more information on “the mysterious God Particle,” a new energy source which leads to “catastrophic side effects,” maybe related to Earth’s disappearance. With the film being produced by J.J. Abrams, we shouldn’t take the plot synopsis entirely at face value.

Around the release of 10 Cloverfield Lane–another contained thriller that turned out to be more than meets the eye–Peter speculated God Particle could tie into the Cloverfield story in some capacity. “In the 10 Cloverfield Lane ARG, John Goodman‘s character Howard Stambler showed up as the employee of the month on the Bold Futura website,” he wrote. “Bold Futura is one of the subsidiary companies of the Tagruato Corporation introduced during the 2007 viral/ARG, which was working on the “design, manufacture and integration of advanced technology products for the military, arms manufacturers and space exploration organizations. Also, let’s not forget the satellite that fell from the sky in the background of the concluding Coney Island scene in Cloverfield.”

God Particle opens in theaters February 24th, 2017.

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/Filmcast Ep. 368 – X-Men: Apocalypse

May 27, 2016 - 4:30pm

David and Jeff discuss how the newest X-Men film measures up to the rest of the franchise.

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Watch: ‘Key & Peele’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ Helped Usher In Red Nose Day

May 27, 2016 - 4:00pm

Yesterday, NBC followed through with their latest tradition of an annual Red Nose Day special, a star-studded fundraiser that helps support projects in some of the neediest communities in the U.S. and some of the poorest communities in the world. All of your favorite stars turned out for this event last night including Elton John, Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Jeff Goldblum, Margot Robbie and literally dozens more.

Not all of the fun from last night’s show is worth highlighting, but there were two segments that we just couldn’t pass up. One features the return of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele to TV sketch comedy while the other has Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead imagining their own Red Nose Day special akin to the Star Wars Holiday Special.

Watch both the Key & Peele and Walking Dead Red Nose Day video after the jump.

First, here’s the sketch with Key and Peele straight from NBC:

You know, even if Key and Peele did end up donating all the money they made from Keanu, they’d probably still be all right. Keanu didn’t make a ton of money at the box office anyway. Plus, they’ve got plenty of projects coming down the pipeline, such as a stop-motion animated movie that teams them up with the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Plus, there’s supposed to be a movie based on their Substitute Teacher sketch in the works.

Individually, Key is coming off a voice role in The Angry Birds Movie and Peele has his own horror movie that he’ll be directing. So even after Key and Peele ended last year, the comedy duo will be all right.

Speaking of duos, Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln teamed up for this Red Nose Day segment:

Even though I know Andrew Lincoln is British and we’ve seen a whole different side of him in Love Actually, ever since The Walking Dead began, it’s been weird hearing his native accent, especially when he has that beard. It’s nice to know that he dreams of such wonderful specials while he’s not shooting scenes from the AMC show.

Clearly the crew of The Walking Dead makes the most out of their cast too, because Josh McDermitt also appears to be a production assistant who bugs the hell out of Reedus and Lincoln. Hollywood is a tough business.

If you’d like to donate to the Red Nose Day cause and help out some needy people, you can head over here.

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Which Famous Director Went Full Frontal in ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’?

May 27, 2016 - 3:30pm

We’re just one week away from the release of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The R-rated comedy from the comedic rap trio known as The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone) features an endless array of cameos, some playing themselves, some playing ridiculous characters. However, there’s one cameo in the movie where instead of seeing a well-known face, you only see a certain part of their anatomy that is sparsely seen on film.

In Popstar, there’s a really funny sequence involving a fully exposed penis, and while you never see the face of the person the male member belongs to, the identity of this person is more than surprising. Find about the Popstar nude scene below.

The scene in question finds Conner4Real (Samberg) in a limousine with his two childhood best friends (Shaffer and Taccone).  The used to be a famous hip hop group before Conner got more famous than the rest of them and went solo. In this scene they’re attempting to reconcile while a fan mob swarms the limo outside. As their conversation carries on, women scream at Conner, some press their boobs and butt against the window. At some point the window gets rolled down a bit, and one over zealous male fan uses this opportunity to stick his penis in the window for Conner to sign.

What’s surprising about the scene is that the camera holds on the shot with this bared penis for a solid 10 seconds. It’s one of the longest shots of a penis on screen that I can remember, and I’m impressed that it wasn’t trimmed down.

Even more shocking is the revelation from Akiva Shaffer who told Page Six that the penis we see on screen belongs to none other than Knocked Up and Trainwreck director Judd Apatow. Shaffer explained to the gossip column:

“He wanted to show it because he was like, ‘I’ve had this normal but really well-proportioned dick my whole life, and I’ve never shown it. And I’m afraid I’m getting older and going to lose the bod soon.’”

That sounds simultaneously silly enough to be a lie or 100% true. If memory serves me though, the penis doesn’t look like it belongs to a man who will be turning 50 next year. I can’t believe that’s a sentence I typed out, but here we are.

More than likely this is just some kind of gag that Judd Apatow, who produced Popstar, planned with The Lonely Island. It’s free publicity after all. Still Jorma Taccone backed up the claims on Twitter:

This may or may not* be true!! (*definitely is) https://t.co/aW06riFaKh

— Jorma Taccone (@jormataccone) May 26, 2016

The word is out. Major Spoiler Alert! Get ready to see Judd Apatow’s junk | Page Six https://t.co/iUB6YUdMmh

— The Lonely Island (@thelonelyisland) May 26, 2016

We may never know if this is really true, but when you go see Popstar next weekend (and you really should if you want some of the biggest laughs you’ll have all summer), you just might be taking a gander at Judd Apatow’s dangle.

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Is Quinn Still Alive For ‘Homeland’ Season 6?

May 27, 2016 - 3:00pm

As Homeland season 6 is gearing up to return, many fans are wondering if Rupert Friend‘s character Peter Quinn will be part of the next adventure. I’m sure all will be revealed in the marketing for the upcoming season of this Showtime original series, but you have the choice of learning the answer now after the jump.

At the conclusion of Homeland season 5, CIA badass Peter Quinn was exposed to sarin gas and suffered a massive brain hemorrhage, making his chance of recovering any brain function minimal. At the end of the last episode, Carrie is seen removing Quinn’s pulse monitor and places it on her own finger before we assume that she ends his life. But the episode ends with Carrie seeing a burst of sunlight come through the window. Is Quinn still alive? And if he is, what possible role could he serve in the next season of this show?

It is now confirmed that Rupert Friend has signed on to return as a full-fledged series regular for season 6 of the long-running political thriller, but what does that mean?

“I hope he enjoys eating through a tube,” showrunner Alex Gansa joked to EW.com, before adding, “How [Quinn] is gonna be dramatized this year is going to surprise people, and it may not be what you think.”

Rupert Friend told the publication that he believes Quinn ‘will be a changed man and that we’ll see a much more intimate and personal side to the mysterious character.’ Ganda also mentioned that “Quinn really put his life in her hands at the end of last season and we will see what decision she made, but that’s going to have repercussions moving forward for her and for that idea of Quinn as well.” Showtime programming chief Gary Levine told the Television Critics Association in January that “If he should live, it will not be — in any way, shape or form — the way he has lived to date.”

Yeah its hard to gather much from these comments but I’m guessing that Quinn will resent Carrie for his position, adding a more complicated layer to the already complicated relationship.

As for the story, Homeland season 6 will be set and shot in New York City which is a homecoming for the series which has spent the last couple seasons abroad. The story will take place during the two month period between Election Day and the swearing in of the new President of the United States.

“There is this strange period in America where there are 72 days when it’s not exactly clear who’s in charge, and there is a new president that needs to be educated on what it means to be president,” Gansa told EW. “That is a very complex transfer of power filled with all kinds of anxiety and different competing interests… it’s a dangerous time in our democracy.”

One thing Gansa eludes that we shouldn’t expect from the show’s NYC story is another 9/11-like attack.

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Spider-Man Animated Movie Will Focus On Miles Morales?

May 27, 2016 - 2:30pm

Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Homecoming is gearing up for production, but that’s not the only Spider-Man project in the works. Yes, the yet-to-be-titled Spider-Man animated movie from Sony Pictures Animation is scheduled to hit theaters in 2018, a year after Jon Watts’ live-action movie.

I’m sure The LEGO Movie/21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have tried in many ways to differentiate their animated movie from the MCU entry coming in 2017. Now a new rumor claims that one of the ways they are approaching the franchise differently is in the identity of the webslinger. That’s right, the latest claim is that the animated Spider-Man movie will not focus on Peter Parker but instead Miles Morales, the teenage half-black half-Puerto Rican Spider-Man who was created in 2011. More details on the possible Miles Morales Spider-Man animated movie after the jump.

Heroic Hollywood broke the news, claiming that their sources are telling them Miles Morales will be the focus of Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man animated movie.

Miles Morales was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, drawing inspiration from both President of the United States Barack Obama and actor Donald Glover’s internet campaign to be cast as Spider-Man in the last big screen reboot of the character. Here’s some more information on the character from Wikipedia:

Morales was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City, the 13-year-old son of an African American father and a Puerto Rican mother. Axel Alonso has described Miles as an intelligent nerd with an aptitude for science similar to his predecessor, Peter Parker. The character made his debut in the fourth issue of the Ultimate Fallout limited series, which was released on August 3, 2011. … In contrasting Miles with Peter Parker, Bendis has depicted different conflicts and anxieties for the character. Right after acquiring his superhuman abilities from a spider bite at the home of his uncle, Aaron, whom Miles admires but he does not initially know is a career criminal, Miles’ father, Jefferson, explains to Miles that before Miles was born, Jefferson and Aaron were thieves who spent time in prison, and that while Jefferson reformed when he got older, Aaron has not. According to Bendis, this gives Miles cause to wonder if the traits that lead to criminal behavior are hardwired into his DNA, leading him to question whether he is essentially a good person or not, and what his future holds for him. These issues further haunt Miles after he becomes disillusioned with Aaron, and Aaron dies from an accidental explosion triggered during a battle between the two of them, saying, “You are just like me” to Miles before dying.

The addition of the character to the Marvel Comics universe got a ton of press when it was first announced but the series Ultimate Comics Spider-Man was not a huge hit. The sales numbers reportedly dropped and Marvel relaunched the series following the Secret Wars event where the character was made a part of the merged Marvel Universe as well as a member of the All-New, All-Different Avengers. I’m not sure the character has been financially successful in the Marvel comics but he has garnered a lot of love from critics. Putting the character in the Spider-Man animated movie will lead to some interesting and different storylines not yet explored in the previous film installments.

At CinemaCon 2016, Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson made some big claims about that film, saying that it will present “a vision of Spider-man that will take your breath away,” and that “conceptually and visually, it will break new ground for the superhero genre.” Some bold predictions, but we still have no idea what the animated Spider-Man movie will look like. They also revealed that the film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, so for it to be Miles Morales kind of makes sense.

We don’t really know much about this upcoming project: The film is now scheduled for December 21st, 2018. Lord and Miller, the directors of The LEGO Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21/22 Jump Street, are developing the animated Spider-Man feature film, writing the treatment and producing the film. There’s no word on whether they will be involved in any directorial capacity, but it’s unlikely as their plates are pretty full. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal are also serving as producers.

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‘Roadies’ Trailer: Light a Fire in Your Loins with Cameron Crowe’s New Showtime Series

May 27, 2016 - 2:00pm

If you love Almost Famous, then this summer you may want to get Showtime for a couple months. Director Cameron Crowe is bringing a new series to the cable network called Roadies, following the behind the scenes work done by the various crew members who help ensure that the rock concerts you love to attend go off without a hitch. They’re like one big weird family, and you get to follow them around while they’re on the road through all their ups and downs.

Watch a new Roadies trailer after the jump.

Here’s the latest trailer for Roadies straight from the show’s YouTube channel:

Roadies doesn’t seem quite as alluring as Almost Famous, mostly because it’s a contemporary set series as opposed to being set in the 1970s rock and role scene. But the change in scenery should allow for the show to blossom in its own way without treading the same territory of Crowe’s beloved coming-of-age tale. My only concern is that the trailer is a little too cheesy, almost in a quirky indie drama way, with how it depicts this peculiar “family” on the road.

The cast itself is enough of a reason to tune in. Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Imogen Poots are mentioned as the stars, but the supporting cast also includes Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) and Ron White. Then there’s the guest stars such as Luis Guzman, Jacqueline Byers, Finesse Mitchell, Branscombe Richmond and Tanc Sade. Plus, we get to see a bit of Rainn Wilson, who had a bit part in Almost Famous at Rolling Stone magazine headquarters, popping up as well.

If you want to see more from Roadies, you can watch the previous teaser trailer right here, and another one over here.

Roadies gives an insider’s look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of “roadies” who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way. The music-infused ensemble comedy series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring the United States for a successful arena-level band.

Created, written, executive produced and directed by Oscar winner Cameron Crowe and executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Winnie Holzman

Roadies hits Showtime on Sunday, June 26 at 10pm ET/PT.

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What Does the ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Credits Scene Mean?

May 27, 2016 - 1:30pm

If you’re heading off to see X-Men: Apocalypse at your local multiplex this weekend, be sure to stick around until all the credits have rolled by because there’s a special scene at the end of the movie that hints at what’s next for the X-Men franchise. However, unless you’re a fan of the comics, there’s a chance you might not know what the scene means at all. After the jump, we explain the meaning of the X-Men Apocalypse credits scene and what it might mean for future X-Men movies.

Beware of spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse from here on out.

Setting the Stage

The scene in question takes place at the Alkali Lake base that we first saw in X2: X-Men United. In that film, we learned this was the place where Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) was turned into the adamantium clad mutant known as Weapon X. This base returns to the big screen for a great action sequence in X-Men: Apocalypse after William Stryker and his men show up at the crumbled remains of Professor Xavier’s School for the Gifted to apprehend some of the older, more powerful mutants such as Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and even human Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne).

In the key action sequence, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) are the only older mutants who weren’t captured who are able to stowaway to the base in order to help save our captured heroes. While sneaking around the base, they stumble upon an enclosure that at first seems to be housing a growling animal, but it actually turns out to be Wolverine, looking more like Weapon X than we’ve ever seen before. They unleash Wolverine on the facility and before he runs off into the mountains, Jean Grey helps restore some of his memory that had been taken from him.

For the X-Men: Apocalypse credits scene, we return to the Alkali Lake base where there’s a clean-up crew mopping up blood and vacuuming up bullets. Along with this crew, a man in a suit heads into the room where Wolverine was being held, checks out some of the mutant’s x-rays, and walks over to a case containing vials of some kind. The unknown man pulls out one large vile that has the DNA of Weapon X, aka Wolverine. He takes that vial and puts it in a briefcase that have a few more containers just like it inside. Once he situates the vial in the case, he closes it, and that’s when we see the briefcase label that says “Essex Corp” on the outside. Cut to black.

What Is Essex Corp?

So what is Essex Corp. in the X-Men universe? That’s a company owned by Nathan Essex, who eventually becomes the super villain known as Mr. Sinister (seen above). In the comics, Essex is a scientist from 19th century Victorian London who is obsessed with self-improvement and evolution without any regards for moral questions. In order to extend his own life and make himself more powerful, he experiments on mutants, even going so far as to create stronger and more powerful ones by any means necessary. This includes cloning and even manipulating other characters to give birth to more powerful mutants.

Therefore, it would make sense as to why Essex Corp. would want the Weapon X DNA vial for their own plans. However, the question is just what does this mean for the future of the X-Men franchise.

Where Is This Going?

There are multiple ways this revelation from the X-Men: Apocalypse credits scene could have an impact on future X-Men movies. It could be set up for the next X-Men sequel that’s meant to be set in the 90s and will redo the Dark Phoenix storyline, this time with the space element intact. It could also be leading into the third Wolverine movie, which will mark the last outing for Hugh Jackman as the character. And it could also have some ties to whatever may be in store for Deadpool 2.

Let’s dive into the possibilities on the next page.

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HDTGM: A Conversation with Jeremiah Chechik, Director of The Avengers

May 27, 2016 - 12:30pm

In June 1987, in an interview for The New York Times, Stanley Kubrick spoke glowingly about a series of Michelob beer commercials.

“They’re just boy-girl, night-fun,” Kubrick praised, “leading up to pouring the beer, all in 30 seconds, beautifully edited and photographed. Economy of statement is not something that films are noted for.”

That piece published on a Sunday. The following day—after interested parties tracked down who was responsible for these spots—the phone of fashion photographer turned commercial director Jeremiah Chechik started rining off the hook.

Living up to that hype, Jeremiah Chechik’s first feature, Christmas Vacation, dazzled at the box office. Over the next decade, Chechik continued to rise up the ranks, establishing himself as a profitable director and, perhaps as importantly, a director known to work well with actors and the studios. Which is why, in the mid-‘90s, he was tapped by Warner Bros. to direct a $60 million summer action film based on a popular ‘60’s British TV show called The Avengers. With a stellar cast (Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery) a legendary producer (Jerry Weintraub) and a top-tier British screenwriter (Don Macpherson), The Avengers seemed like a can’t miss film.

Unfortunately though, it missed the mark by a wide margin and drastically changed the trajectory of Jeremiah Chechik’s career. But what, at first, may have looked like a fall from grace wound up leading Chechik to terrific success in another medium. To find out what went wrong and then, ultimately, what went right, we spoke with the talented filmmaker and took a stroll down memory lane…

The Avengers Oral History

How Did This Get Made is a companion to the podcast How Did This Get Made with Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael which focuses on movies This regular feature is written by Blake J. Harris, who you might know as the writer of the book Console Wars, soon to be a motion picture produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. You can listen to The Avengers edition of the HDTGM podcast here

Synopsis: When a villainous foe discovers a way to control the weather, a pair of posh British secret agents team up to save the world.

Tagline: When Evil Reigns, Only One Team Can Weather The Storm.


Part 1: Exploring the Nexus

Blake Harris: So before we really get started, I feel compelled to thank you for something you did years ago.

Jeremiah Chechik: Oh yeah?

Blake Harris: Yeah, Christmas Vacation—your first feature—was actually how I found out that Santa Claus isn’t real.

Jeremiah Chechik: [laughing]

Blake Harris: And while one could say that you’re responsible for robbing me of my innocence, I prefer to think of you as the guy responsible for ushering me into manhood. So thank you for that!

Jeremiah Chechik: Happy to help.

Blake Harris: So going back a few years—innocence still intact—I’d love to hear a bit about how you got into filmmaking. Was it something you were interested in as a kid?

Jeremiah Chechik: I grew up in Montreal, in Quebec. And filmmaking there, at that time, was really a purview of the national board: documentaries, experimental animation and art films. People who worked there were effectively working for a government agency. And you’d have to be in the inner sanctum to even get involved there. So I grew up in an environment where movie making was quite a foreign occupation. In other words, there was no path to entry.

Blake Harris: So without film as the focus, how did your creativity manifest?

Jeremiah Chechik: I studied theater at McGill University. Eventually I gave that up, but obviously some of that stayed with me in terms of experiencing the director/actor storytelling aspect of it. And as I evolved, creatively, I started painting and doing some stone lithography and just working in that medium. I was quite young, but I was getting grants and showing. Then I started to explore photography as a way to kind of visually root some of the more physical drawings that I was doing and became quite enamored with it. Eventually went on with some partners to develop some of the very first art holograms ever made. And we started to show in New York and became quite expert in that. But, you know, during that time I was meeting with other artists—Warhol, included—and started to explore, basically, the nexus of commercial art and fine art. And that eventually led me to fashion photography.

Blake Harris: Fashion photography?

Jeremiah Chechik: Yeah, and through a series of good fortune I started working for Italian Vogue. Spent years in Italy doing that and then eventually moved back to New York and started to do commercials. First in fashion, and then eventually circled back to performance. A little while after that, I caught the eye of some well-known directors and producers in Hollywood, and effectively they brought me out from New York and I started to develop and eventually make movies.

Blake Harris: And one of those “well-knowns” whose eye you caught was Stanley Kubrick, is that correct?

Jeremiah Chechik: Yeah. He had given an interview and pointed out some of the commercials that I was making. That’s really it.

Blake Harris: Amazing.

Jeremiah Chechik: You know, some of it is great fortune and some of it is creating your own opportunities. I’ve always just tried to make the most of the opportunities that were given to me. And try to lead as much of a creative life as I could.

Blake Harris: One of those early opportunities was Christmas Vacation. How did you become involved with that project?

Jeremiah Chechik: Well prior to that, I was developing a movie at Amblin, actually. It was a very small movie with Warners as the distributor. What happened with that project is a long story, but the upshot was that during the development process I formed some significant relationships with people at Warners. They took a shine to me and started to offer me projects. And even though I had not done any comedy, the script that really caught my eye, the one that I really loved, was John Hughes’ script for Christmas Vacation.

Blake Harris: Do you remember what it was about that script that caught your eye? Especially because—to your point—you didn’t really come from a comedy background.

Jeremiah Chechik: I mean, they sent me this script and asked me if I was interested. And my initial reaction was: Holy shit, this is really funny. Really, really, really, funny.

Blake Harris: The great John Hughes! What was your relationship like with him? Did the two of you interact much?

Jeremiah Chechik: Lots. He was a great mentor. And just, you know, a pretty remarkable personality. Amazing writer. A lot of fun. I got on great with him. And once he decided I was the guy, he just literally handed the reins over to me and left to make one of his films. After that, he was there really to just ensure that I never got into any issues with the studios. In other words: He protected my vision of the film.

Blake Harris: So basically after being noticed by Stanley Kubrick, you worked with Steven Spielberg and then John Hughes. What was it like for you, at such a young age, to be around such incredible talents? Did you ever find that intimidating?

Jeremiah Chechik: Oh, it was very exciting. And, you know, I had a lot of experience by then in terms of being on set (having been a commercial director) so the process was not foreign to me. Albeit, it was early on in my career and I was quite a novice then. But I did have a language to kind of speak to actors about performance. So yeah, it was exciting and there was a lot to learn, yet I always felt comfortable. I just tried to listen and learn as much as I could, never pretending that I had more experience than I actually had. And I loved every moment of it. We shot Christmas Vacation on the Warners lot, so I was very aware of, I guess, the connection to those who came before me. That was very, very exciting. And I all I did was try to make a movie that I thought was funny personally and just hoped that other people would respond that way.

Blake Harris: One of the next films you directed was Benny & Joon. How did that project come together?

Jeremiah Chechik: Benny & Joon was a script that we developed. The early script had very little relationship to the final movie—in terms of character and tone—but it had a similar structure and I was attracted to that structure. At that point in time, Alan Ladd Jr. was running MGM, so we were working with him. And he was really an executive who supported and was behind the director’s creative vision. So we just evolved this to the point where we really fell in love with its uniqueness and set out to cast it, which we did. And the studio was great, they basically said: Just make it for a budget and we won’t interfere. Nor did they.

Blake Harris: That lack of interfering perhaps makes for a good (albeit unfortunate) segue to The Avengers: a film that was notoriously interfered with in so many possible ways. We’ll get more into the specifics in a bit, but just generally speaking, what was that experience like for you?

Jeremiah Chechik: You know, Sometimes you’re on a runaway train and you just have to ride it. In my case, I felt more like Jon Voight on a runaway train.

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Rumor: Rosa Salazar Will Suit Up as ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ For Robert Rodriguez

May 27, 2016 - 12:00pm

Movie fans with long memories may recall that Alita: Battle Angel was once known as Battle Angel Alita and that it was supposed to be James Cameron‘s next film after Avatar. Then Cameron decided to make Avatar movies until the day he dies and the Hollywood adaptation of the popular manga was handed over to director Robert Rodriguez last year. Now, after years of existing primarily as the second-to-last question in James Cameron interviews, this project is finally starting to take shape. If the latest report is to be believed, we’ll see Rosa Salazar in Alita Battle Angel.

The scoop arrives on the internet courtesy of Collider, who say that Salazar has emerged as the leader of the pack, beating out competition from Maika Monroe (It Follows), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming),  and Bella Thorne (The Duff).

Although Salazar has been working steadily in film and television since 2010 or so, starring in films like Insurgent and The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. She recently wrapped production on the big screen version of CHiPs and will return for The Maze Runner: The Death Cure. She’s been keeping busy, but Alita: Battle Angel is the kind of project that could transform her into a major name under the right circumstances.

Alita: Battle Angel is expected to follow the basic plot of Yukito Kishiro‘s original series, which told the story of a scientist who discovers a partially destroyed and amnesiac cyborg in a scrapyard. Once back on line, she becomes a bounty hunter, using her unique abilities to take on criminals. Naturally, she also finds time to investigate her past and attempt to discover where she came from and how she ended up in a dump.

I sincerely hope this film is a return to form for Robert Rodriguez, who hasn’t made a good film since 2007’s gleefully disgusting splatter adventure Planet Terror. Since then, he’s made movies like Shorts, Machete, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a list that doesn’t inspire a great deal of confidence. However Cameron is still on board as a producer and it’s hard to imagine the infamously hard-edged perfectionist behind Titanic, Aliens and The Terminator allowing Rodriguez to phone this one in. Working directly with Cameron may be the intervention Rodriguez needs to get back on track as a filmmaker.

If Rosa Salazar has indeed been cast, we should start hearing more about Alita: Battle Angel soon.

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Report: Tom Hiddleston Actually in Talks to Play James Bond, For Real

May 27, 2016 - 11:30am

No movie series in history inspires tabloid-y reports and rumors and mass pop culture hysteria quite like the James Bond films and that hysteria always reaches peak levels of crazy when it’s time to recruit a new actor to slip on that tuxedo. Right now, the future of 007 is awash in rumor and mystery – it’s almost impossible to tell what is true, what is false, and what resides in that gray line separating them.

But the rumor mill has been busy. First, it claimed that Tom Hiddleston was being eyed by the Bond producers to take over the role. Then, it claimed Daniel Craig turned down $100 million to return for his fifth (and presumably final) Bond movie. Now, we’ve come full circle with an intriguing report that says Hiddleston isn’t just on a wish list – he’s in “advanced negotiations” to play the most famous action hero of all time.

The Tom Hiddleston James Bond rumor comes to us from Birth Movies Death, who received this tip from “sources close to Tom Hiddleston.” While you should take this with the necessary grain of salt until we hear something more concrete, know that Birth Movies Death isn’t the kind of site to make up fake stories. Even when they’e been wrong, they’ve been wrong from a completely honest place.

If this is true, it certainly sounds like it means one of two things. It could mean that Eon Productions and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are simply done trying to court Craig, who transformed the Spectre press tour into an ongoing explanation on how these movies make him so very miserable.

Hiddleston has not been shy about actually wanting to play James Bond and he’d be the kind of friendly, enthusiastic face the series needs after Craig departs. This is actually an uncanny mirroring of when the grumpy, fame-hating Sean Connery departed the series after Diamonds Are Forever, allowing the far more publicly agreeable Roger Moore to step up to the plate. To this day, Moore remains a champion of the Bond movie and Connery doesn’t have many nice things to say at all.

However, as Birth Movies Death points out, this could be a classic Hollywood negotiating ploy. When the guy you actually want for the part says no, you take it to someone else and you let it be known that another well-liked actor is ready and willing to take over. Only then will Craig’s true feelings on the matter surface. Talks with Hiddleston could be a nasty ruse to get Craig to accept that hefty paycheck and begrudgingly return for one final tango with 007.

If Hiddleston is in advanced negotiations, if Eon does want him for the role, we’ll be staring down the barrel of a very different Bond. Craig’s 007 was a rough-and-tumble bruiser, a physically imposing, emotionally broken brawler. That’s not a natural mode for Hiddleston, who is charming, suave, debonair, and perfectly capable playing men who use that composed exterior to mask a monster. Millions of people saw him pull that off in the Thor movies, but he also showcased a darker side in the delightfully deranged High-Rise. And then there’s his critically acclaimed turn in the miniseries The Night Manager, which many viewers and critics have seen as a trial run for Bond. Although Hiddleston is far from the only good choice for the role, he’s different enough that he won’t invite direct comparisons with Craig – he’d be able to make Bond his own.

Then again, this could all be nonsense. Let’s just play the waiting game and see what happens.

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Dwayne Johnson Will Climb a ‘Skyscraper’ For Director Rawson Marshall Thurber

May 27, 2016 - 11:00am

On the surface, a report about Dwayne Johnson signing on to star in another big action movie is about as unsurprising as movie news can get. Of course The Rock has joined another new movie because that’s what The Rock does – he fills every square inch of his available schedule with another movie he wants to shoot. However, it’s the little details that make Skyscraper sound like an interesting project to keep your eye on. Not because of plot (details are scarce), but because this is one of those films that sounds like it will be carefully constricted to appeal to an international audience. This is what the future of mainstream moviemaking looks like.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story. The Skyscraper movie will see Dwayne Johnson reunite with director Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed him in the upcoming action comedy Central Intelligence. Producer Beau Flynn, whose previous collaborations with Johnson include Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, San Andreas, and Baywatch, is also on board. Thurber will write the screenplay for the film, which is an action movie set in China, with the bulk of the action taking place in a…well, see the title.

That setting already feels like a direct appeal to Chinese moviegoers, one of the fastest growing and increasingly important audiences in the world, so the fact that Legendary Pictures has acquired Skyscraper makes all of this even more interesting. After all, Legendary began its life as an American company, but it was purchased by the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda earlier this year. That right there is a preview of what is going to become increasingly common over the next decade – American studios and production companies working in tandem with Chinese companies to make movies that will appeal to wider international audiences. The jury is still out on whether or not this is a good thing, but Skyscraper could be an indicator.

THR reports that the Skyscraper pitch ignited a bidding war across Hollywood this week, with Universal, Sony and Paramount all throwing their hats into the ring. However, Legendary won the day, paying $3 million for the script. The story remains under wraps, but here’s how THR describes it:

Based on an original idea of Thurber’s, the project logline is being kept under wraps but has been described as an adventure thriller that takes place in a mega-skyscraper set in China. The planned project also is said to have shades of Die Hard, the classic Bruce Willis action movie set in an office building, as well as Towering Inferno, the 1974 disaster movie that starred Paul Newman and Steve McQueen and featured a gargantuan office building engulfed in flames.

In the meantime, Dwayne Johnson has Central Intelligence and Disney’s Moana due out this year, Baywatch, Jumanji, and Fast 8 due out next year, and Rampage, San Andreas 2, Doc Savage, and Shazam on the horizon.

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Matt Ferguson Has a New ‘Predator’ Print on Sale at Bottleneck Gallery Today

May 27, 2016 - 10:30am

Next month, June 12 will mark the 29th anniversary of the release of the action classic Predator. There probably won’t be any celebration along the lines of Alien Day back in April, but there is one way that fans of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie from Die Hard director John McTiernan. A new print from Matt Ferguson has been unveiled by Bottleneck Gallery, and you’ll be able to buy it today. Check out the regular Predator print and the variant after the jump, plus find out when you can buy them.

Here’s the new Matt Ferguson Predator print straight from Bottleneck Gallery:

Entitled “Thrill of the Hunt,” this is a metallic screen print that measures 18×36 inches. The regular version (left) is an edition of 300 that will cost you $50. Meanwhile, the one on the right is a limited edition wood variant that has an extremely limited edition of 20 that will cost you $200. Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity from Acme Archives. Both editions go on sale at 12pm ET today.

In addition, some lucky fans will get a little something extra. Bottleneck Gallery will randomly be throwing in this awesome pin inspired by the Predator’s signature wrist gauntlet that comes in handy when hunting his latest victims. Check it out:

Otherwise, Predator fans are also due for an update of the beloved action flick. Thankfully, this doesn’t sound like it will be the disaster that the RoboCop reboot was back in 2014. Shane Black (The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3) will be at the helm of the new movie, which he has said will be an event film. The original holds a special place in Black’s heart because he was one of the supporting stars who ended up getting taken out by Predator, so plenty of respect will be paid to the character and the original movie.

Recently, Black talked about updating the Predator costume and how Deadpool helped pave the way to make the latest installment of the franchise possible. You can read more of that right here.

If you’re looking for more Predator goodies, some new figures were just included in our new weekly feature The Toy Box, which is full of collectibles from all your favorite movies and TV shows. Plus, there’s a new comic book coming in July that will have Predator facing off against both Aliens and Judge Dredd again.

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