CHICAGO – Lori Petty will never be predictable, nor put into some show business box. The free-wheelin’ Ms. P applies her expansive performance skills to the role of Lolly – a guest spot that turned into a recurring character – on Netflix’s hot series “Orange is the New Black,” which released its third season on June 12th, 2015.
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How did Marvel keep that Black Panther casting a secret? Has Baron Zemo arrived on the Captain America: Civil War set? Does Ryan Reynolds have any other superheroes he’d like to play? Will Heroes Reborn repeat the mistakes of Heroes? When does The Flash Season 2 start shooting? Are these the best fight scenes from Daredevil? Have you met Ant-Man‘s crew? Want to see an Avengers: Age of Ultron scene recreated in Lego? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) July 6, 2015
Robert Downey Jr. also loves that Star-Lord / Jurassic World Photoshop.
The Heroes Reborn team promises they’ve learned their lessons from the original Heroes run.
The Electra Woman & Dyna Girl reboot gets its first official poster, ahead of its SDCC appearance.
Kevin Feige explains how they kept Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther casting a secret.
An artistically inclined Bat-fan turned his own hand into a Joker mask (via Reddit).
Season 2 of The CW’s The Flash has started filming.
Ryan Reynolds says Deadpool is the last superhero he’ll ever play.
See Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Joel Kinnaman in costume in a new batch of Suicide Squad set photos.Continue Reading Superhero Bits >>
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Alvin and the Chipmunks isn’t a franchise that gets much love around here, but let’s give credit where it’s due. This series is still going strong after close to a decade, with the fourth film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip due out in theaters later this year.
This time around, the trio engage in that most American of pastimes: hitting the road. Afraid their father figure Dave is about to ditch them for his girlfriend, they head to New York City to prevent his impending marriage proposal. Watch the Alvin and the Chipmunks The Road Chip trailer after the jump.
Fox put the Alvin and the Chipmunks The Road Chip trailer on YouTube.
The Chimpunks are, shall we say, not for everyone. Plenty of people shudder at those squeaky voices and would prefer they their tiny rodent mitts off of perfectly good pop songs like “Uptown Funk.” Lots of them would like to throttle Alvin, and not in an exasperated-yet-ultimately-affectionate way like their pal Dave does.
But a great many people adore these critters, too, as evidenced by the fact that the three Chipmunks movies have made a combined $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. If you’re a Chipmunk hater about to ask why this movie is happening at all, well, there’s your answer.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip arrives in theaters December 23, 2015. Walt Becker (Van Wilder) directed. Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jesse McCartney return as Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, and Jason Lee once again plays Dave. Bella Thorne, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Tony Hale also star.
Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City… and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.
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Fox is bringing The X-Files back to TV, and the network will bring people back to the series by running a one episode per day marathon. The marathon starts today, and now Fox has released a trailer for the marathon, and as a bonus it contains the first new X-Files footage, featuring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully..
Here’s the trailer. The new footage is right at the end. There’s not a lot of it, but there’s enough to get fans excited.
As that trailer reveals, the full series marathon begins today and will run one episode of The X-Files every day for the 201 days. They’ll show the 1993 pilot tonight, and then run right through the entire series, leading up to the Jan. 24, 2016 premiere of the new event series. Most of this teaser is built from footage from the prior nine seasons of the show, but those last shots, beginning at about :29, are new footage.
In addition, we’ve learned that Rhys Darby, a cast member of Flight Of The Conchords and also someone with a great personal interest in cryptozoology, will be in the new event series. We know this because Darby himself confirmed it:
The truth is out there… http://t.co/eILVhcAmDl
— Rhys Darby (@rhysiedarby) July 7, 2015
What we don’t know is what sort of character he’ll play. We know that, in addition to Anderson and Duchovny, the revived series will feature Mitch Pileggi as Walter Skinner and Joel McHale as a conservative internet news anchor in the new episodes. Reportedly, William B. Davis will return as the Cigarette-Smoking Man, and Annabeth Gish and Robert Patrick may cameo as special agents Monica Reyes and John Doggett.
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Comic Con hasn’t even begun in San Diego and the Star Wars news is already starting to heat up. Earlier today we learned that Darth Vader will appear in Star Wars: Rogue One, and now we are hearing that The LEGO Movie directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord are developing a Star Wars Anthology stand-alone movie focusing on Han Solo. Hit the jump to learn about the Han Solo standalone movie.
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the filmmakers behind The LEGO Movie, Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs and the 21 Jump Street films, are “tackling one of Star Wars anthology movies as their next directing project.” LucasFilm has now confirmed the report, giving us a few official quotes and some more information.
The filmmaking duo is set to write, direct and produce a movie that will focus on a young Han Solo. Also worth noting this will not be their first time directing Han Solo in a feature film: Lord and Miller’s The Lego Movie actually featured a Lego Han Solo.
The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, Raiders of the Lost Ark) and his son Jon Kasdan (director of Sundance Film Festival film The First Time which I really liked, also brother of director Jake Kasdan). According to Disney, the story “focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.”
The project was first rumored in 2013, and I even put together a list of ten storylines that a Han Solo standalone film could follow. The yet-to-be-officially titled Star Wars Han Solo standalone film will hit theaters on May 25th, 2018 release. This is not the Star Wars Anthology film that was to be directed by Josh Trank — that was a separate project that focused on the origin story of intergalactic bounty hunter Boba Fett. Speaking of which, Trank sent out the following tweet congratulating Lord and Miller:
— Josh Trank (@joshuatrank) July 7, 2015
Here is a quote from the directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller:
“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”
The film will be executive produced by Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin and co-produced by Will Allegra.
“We’re so excited to be working with Chris and Phil, who will bring a fresh new dimension to the Star Wars universe,” said the Kasdans. “They’re two of the smartest, funniest and most original filmmakers around, and the ideal choice to tell the story of Han Solo, one of the coolest characters in the galaxy.”
Kathleen Kennedy, who will be producing, says she can’t wait to discover what’s in store from these two extraordinary teams of directors and writers.
“It’s not just any filmmaker who can tell the story of such a beloved icon like Han Solo, and I’m excited to say we’ve found the perfect team to handle the task. Larry and Jon know all there is to know about the character, and Chris and Phil will bring their wit, style, energy and heart to tell Han’s story.”
An interesting bit of trivia: Chris Miller appears as a Stormtrooper in one of George Lucas’ special edition Star Wars movies. He was able to pull that off when he was an intern at Lucasfilm.
Its funny that I commented earlier today in the Darth Vader Rogue One story that when Disney originally announced that they would be making stand-alone Star Wars films, I had assumed that these films would have little connection to the previous installments. But it seems like the Anthology films will have huge ties to the original trilogy, focusing on bounty hunter Boba Fett, Death Star plans, and now Han Solo (with Yoda, Obi-Wan and others rumored). It seems to me that the Anthology films are so far showing us more of what we know, while the Skywalker saga Episodes will introduce a whole new generation of characters, planets and story.
I’m kind of disappointed that Disney is hanging on to established characters so much for these Anthology films, as I was really hoping to see new people and places in this awesome universe. That said, Chris Miller and Phil Lord have yet to do a wrong, but they also usually tackle projects that are not expected to be good — its part of their under promise, over deliver method. But with Star Wars there is no way to under promise — expectations will be very high.
Miller and Lord have a great sense of humor and they have proven they can direct action sequences better than most comedy filmmakers. I’m excited to see what they come up with, and hope that it enriches the Star Wars universe rather than over-explain and exploit it like the Star Wars prequels did. And to be fair, we don’t know what the pitch is. Its easy to assume it will follow Han’s early adventures becoming a bounty hunter and his first meetings with Lando and Chewbacca, but what if its something more interesting than that? My friend and colleague Eric Vespe offers a fun idea:
What if Young Han Solo means we get a Spielbergian coming of age story set against a sci-fi/adventure backdrop?
— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) July 7, 2015
See, now thats an unexpected pitch for this kind of project. But would Disney go that young for a Han Solo origin film? Seems doubtful to me. Elsewhere on twitter, my colleague Mike Sampson confirms my suspicions that Hollywood Reporter scooped this news which was likely originally set to be announced on stage at Hall H on Friday during the Lucasfilm presentation.
THR scooped the ‘Star Wars’ Comic-Con panel on the Han Solo news, but hearing there will still be some major announcements.
— Mike Sampson (@mjsamps) July 7, 2015
We will get some other major announcements, which could include details on the other Star Wars Anthology film which was to be directed by Josh Trank.
Lord and Miller were going to develop and direct a Flash feature for Warner Bros. Now that they are fast tracked onto this Star Wars Anthology film, that Flash movie is likely no longer a priority for the duo. The filmmaking team are still developing an animated Spider-Man project for Sony, but they are not set to direct that feature film, only write the treatment and produce. They are also attached to make another Jump Street movie, but they may remain on that project as writers and producers.
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Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The following post was published on February 7th 2013 after we first learned that Disney was developing a Star Wars spin-off standalone film that would follow a young Han Solo, set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. Now that it has been confirmed that a Star Wars Anthology film following a young Han Solo will be directed by Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller for a Summer 2018 release, I thought this might be worth republishing.
What would a Han Solo standalone original movie be about?
Sifting through the backstory established in the original trilogy, the elaborate expanded universe in the books and games, witht he help of Wookieepedia, we have some good ideas of what we might expect from this standalone tale.How Old Will Han Be?
Harrison Ford was 33 years old when he started filming George Lucas‘ original Star Wars film, later subtitled A New Hope. The movie took place in 0 ABY (After the Battle of Yavin) and Lucasfilm has published Han Solo’s birth year as 29 BBY (Before battle of Yavin). Solo was originally supposed to appear in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith as a ten-year old boy who helps Yoda find General Grievous’ location. (Concept art from preproduction can be seen above). So this movie would take place somewhere between the age of 10 and the age of 35, a wide spread. Since this is an origin story, I think its pretty safe to assume Han will be in his late teens to early 20’s (college-aged).
I think its pretty much assumed that the new movies will not stick to the expanded universe mythology created over the years in books, games and magazines. Lucas himself would borrow from the expanded universe, but write a completely different history in the prequels. The events in the movies have always been considered canon over the expanded universe history. But we can probably expect to see some key events to be borrowed from the expanded universe, and most notably from the “Han Solo Trilogy” of novels. (Includes Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit, and Rebel Dawn.)
In the books, Han and Chewie first meet on an Empire slave ship while Lt. Solo is an Imperial pilot. Solo boards a derelict slaving craft to find that its cargo of Wookiee children had escaped, and a badly wounded Wookiee in the pilot’s seat. Han is ordered to skin the helpless Chewbacca, but refuses. The duo escape punishment, with the assistance of the Rebel Alliance. Chewbacca had sworn a life debt to Han and wouldn’t leave his side. Han was not happy to have Chewie around until the day Chewbacca saved Solo from a beating after being caught cheating. This event brought the duo became much closer.
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We are likely to learn bit more about Star Wars: Rogue One at Comic Con this week, but before we do a new scoop has landed online that reveals that Darth Vader will appear in Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Anthology film. Hit the jump to find out more about this Darth Vader Rogue One rumor.
Birth.death.movies has learned that Darth Vader will appear in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, but he will not be the film’s main antagonist. According to the report, the darth Sith lord will “be working behind the scenes, pulling strings and will appear onscreen” … “via viewscreen or holo projection or something.” We don’t yet know if the character will actually appear in person in the story somewhere — you have to understand these scoops come from insiders who only know pieces of the film at this point.
Who will be the villain in Star Wars: Rogue One? We don’t know. The prime suspect from Star Wars canon would be Grand Moff Tarkin, the commander of the fully operational Death Star from Star Wars: A New Hope. But Devin’s sources were unable to confirm his appearance. There is always the possibility that the villain will be someone we’ve never seen or heard of before. This is, after all, set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, which is a large gap of uncharted Star Wars canon (at this point).
James Earl Jones recently provided voice for Darth Vader for the Disney XD Star Wars Rebels animated series, so if the darth Sith lord returns in a life action film I expect he will again be voiced by Jones.
When Disney originally announced that they would be making stand-alone Star Wars films, set within the Star Wars universe but telling stories not related to the Skywalker saga, I had assumed that these films would have little connection to the previous installments.
Oh how wrong I was. We were the first to tell you that Star Wars: Rogue One would be a heist movie about rebels trying to steal the plans to the Empire’s greatest weapon — the death star. We’ve since heard rumblings that the second Star Wars Anthology film (the one Josh Trank was previously attached to) would focus on bounty hunter Boba Fett. And there have been rumors of the other planned Anthology films focusing on Yoda, Obi-Wan and more. It seems to me that the Anthology films are so far showing us more of what we know, while the Skywalker saga Episodes will introduce a whole new generation of characters, planets and story.
“Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.” ?The opening crawl of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
Rogue One is set between the films Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, during the Age of the Empire Directed by Gareth Edwards, based on an idea by John Knoll and a screenplay by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, the story follows a “band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans.” Unlike the previous live-action Star Wars films, Rogue One will not revolve around the Jedi or the Force. Edwards described the film at Celebration Anaheim as existing in a more “gray” area than the black and white of the original trilogy, touting that the film would feel “Real…This is a real place that we’re really in…”. Star Wars: Rogue One will hit theaters on December 16th, 2016.
The Deadites are coming to Comic Con, and Bruce Campbell‘s alter-ego Ash will be there to fight them. Promotion for the Ash vs Evil Dead TV series will really kick into gear later this week when the show’s first trailer debuts at Comic Con. For now, we have a couple of bloody new Ash vs Evil Dead photos, and some more quotes from Campbell about how he and Sam Raimi have revived the series that made both their careers.
EW has these two new photos:
And Bruce Campbell posted this video, featuring the Delta 88 that has been a part of the series since the beginning.
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 5, 2015
The actor told EW,
Sam’s original Delta is back. I’m talking the ‘73 Delta 88. The Classic is back! I’ve driven it. I did a William Shatner power-slide in that car. That’s the only spoiler I’m gonna give you: that Ash and that car — we can power-slide. I met William Shatner on the convention circuit, and I talked about T.J. Hooker. He talked to me about how he power-slides those cars in T.J. Hooker. So I took Shatner’s advice, and I used that advice to do a T.J. Hooker combo-platter — with the Classic — power-slide.
Ash vs Evil Dead premieres on Starz later this year.
Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.
Mondo has given us an exclusive first look at their upcoming Godzilla statue, based on the poster created by Phantom City Creative for the 2013 edition of the con. Hit the jump to see a prototype of the Mondo Godzilla statue which will be on display at Comic Con 2015.
How cool is that? I love how Mondo is translating their 2D artwork into 3D collectibles, and can’t wait to see what else they might have in store for us. Here is the official description from Mondo:
Based on Mondo’s teaser poster for Gareth Edward’s GODZILLA, we’ve taken the stunning Phantom City Creative art and brought it into the third dimension. The Godzilla statue captures the destructive and ominous King of the Monsters in painstaking sculpted detail. Red paint details on both the base and underside of the beast harken back to the background color of the original poster art, while also hinting at an immolating city below.
The Godzilla sculpture will be display at Mondo’s booth (#835) during San Diego Comic Con International 2015. Please note that the statue is a prototype and that some elements may change in the final product.
And here is a progression image showing the original Phantom City Creative screen printed Godzilla poster, statue concept and unpainted sculpture.
“The Godzilla statue is something I’m particularly thrilled about. I never thought there would be a statue made from my art, but I’m glad this is the one. As a die hard fan of Godzilla it was a thrill and honor to create an official Godzilla poster, and it’s just as thrilling to have the poster turned into an official Godzilla collectible,” said Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative.
This piece is the next addition to Mondo’s line of unique collectibles. They have been introducing 3D toys and collectible statues based on original artwork released by the company (like last year’s “Lil Mikey” based on Mike Mitchell’s art and the “First Turtle” and “First Hellboy” collectibles based on creator Mike Mignola’s very first iteration of popular comics characters). Pricing for the statue is still to be determined, with a pre-order scheduled for Fall 2015.
Harry Shearer is headed back to Springfield. Two months after the voice actor revealed that he was leaving The Simpsons, Shearer has finally agreed to rejoin the series as it heads into its 27th(!) season. His signature characters include fan favorites like Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and Principal Skinner. More details on the Harry Shearer Simpsons return after the jump.
Back in May, Shearer took to Twitter to announce his exit from The Simpsons. Shearer’s leaving was a huge blow to the show and its fans. He has been with The Simpsons since the very beginning, and voices many of Springfield’s most prominent citizens.
However, EW now reports that Simpson has agreed to sign the same contract as the rest of the show’s primary voice cast, which consists of Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Hank Azaria. The deal keeps Shearer on the show for the next four seasons, at a cost of over $300,000 per episode.
Although production has already begun on The Simpsons Season 27, Shearer’s temporary absence shouldn’t have a huge impact. Originally the plan was to recast, rather than retire, Shearer’s character, but EW says he came back before the show had to resort to such measures. In addition, The Simpsons already had seven completed episodes featuring Shearer’s voices left over from last season.
Shearer had butted heads with the studio over his contract, and in May announced that he was leaving because he “wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work.” But executive producers Al Jean and James L. Brooks continued to voice their hopes that he would return, and Shearer confirmed a few weeks ago that he was in “discussions” to sign on.
Fox has already renewed The Simpsons through Season 28, which will premiere in 2016. Seasons 29 and 30 haven’t been confirmed, but Shearer’s contract (and everyone else’s) includes a network option for them in case Fox decides to move forward.
Season 27 of The Simpsons premieres September 27.
Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters already has four fantastic heroes lined up, in the forms of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. But a hero is nothing without a villain, so now Ghostbusters has picked up one of those as well. Neil Casey has just been cast as Rowan, the main antagonist of the film. Read all about the Ghostbusters Neil Casey news after the jump.
Deadline reported on the Ghostbusters Neil Casey casting. Details on his character are being kept under wraps for now. However, earlier reports indicated that the main villain of Ghostbusters would be a “creepy mechanical genius.” Peter Dinklage was on the wishlist for the part way back when.
Written by Feig and Kate Dippold, Ghostbusters centers around four New York women who team up to fight spirits and save the world. Wiig and McCarthy are former partners Erin and Abby, who reunite after several years when the former is laughed out of academia. McKinnon is McCarthy’s new partner Jillian, and Jones is New York City subway worker Patty.
Also in the cast are Chris Hemsworth as the Ghostbusters’ receptionist, Kevin. Andy Garcia portrays the mayor of New York City. Michael K. Williams and Matt Walsh play Hawkins and Rourke, respectively. New York City’s NY1 morning anchor Pat Kiernan will appear as a news anchor. Cecily Strong is also said to be part of the cast.
Though not as famous as some of his co-stars, Casey has a long list of credits in the comedy world. He’s written for Saturday Night Live (where several of his Ghostbusters co-stars broke out), Inside Amy Schumer, and The Kroll Show, and appeared in shows like Veep, Broad City, Playing House, and The League. He currently stars in the Yahoo! original series Other Space, which is produced by Feig.
Shooting on Ghostbusters is currently underway in Boston. Sony has the film in theaters July 22, 2016.
This is what I mainly know Casey from, and he’s perfect in it:
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If the idea of seeing Michael Fassbender as the Dude in The Big Lebowski sounds weird and terrific, then Jason Reitman‘s next live-read is for you. He’ll mount a one-night-only stage reading of the Joel and Ethan Coen script in Montreal later this month, with Fassbender in the role originally played to perfection by Jeff Bridges.
EW reports on Fassbender’s casting, and on another cast choice: Patton Oswalt will read John Goodman’s character Walter Sobchak. Which, for anyone who has ever seen Oswalt’s stand-up, makes perfect sense.
Fassbender as the Dude, however, is something else entirely. That role is way off-type for him; it’s almost exactly an opposition to every role we’ve seen him play, even in weirder stuff like Frank. So I’d love to hear how that goes down. The biggest appeal of the Live Read series is seeing actors who are very different from the original choices play familiar roles, and this could be the greatest example of that approach.
This is the second time Reitman has done this script; the first was in Los Angeles, with Seth Rogen and Rainn Wilson in the primary roles.
Even Reitman doesn’t know what the actor will do, however. He told the magazine,
Unlike other Live-Reads where I have a decent sense of how, for instance, Seth Rogen going to play The Dude, I have no idea how Fassbender will do it. But he’s one of the our greatest performers, he’s on the current Mount Rushmore of actors, so I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.
This is taking place at all because Fassbender is in Montreal shooting X-Men: Apocalypse, and he’s also a huge fan of the Coen Brothers film. “I heard from Simon Kinberg, who’s in Montreal now producing X-Men: Apocalypse,” says Reitman, “that not only is Fassbender an enormous fan of The Big Lebowski, but he apparently quotes it daily.”
The Big Lebowski Live Read will take place on July 24 at at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy festival.
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Netflix recently began making inroads into distributing theatrical-quality films, and now they’re just about ready to show off the results. The company has announced scheduling for four upcoming movies: Cary Fukunaga‘s Beasts of No Nation, Adam Sandler‘s The Ridiculous Six, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.
Get the Netflix movie release dates after the jump.
The Netflix movie release dates were announced via press release.
Beasts of No Nation: October 16, 2015. Directed by Fukunaga and based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation stars Idris Elba as a warlord who mentors a child soldier in a West African country. The film will simultaneously get an awards-qualifying theatrical release from distributor Bleecker Street. Other titles opening in theaters that day include Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, and Goosebumps.
The Ridiculous Six: December 11, 2015. The Western ensemble comedy, which also stars Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, and Terry Crews (why, Terry?), is the first of four films Sandler will make for Netflix. The project sparked controversy this year after the Native American advisor and several extras walked off in protest of its depiction of Apache culture. Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer) directed.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend: Early 2016. The plan is to release the movie in IMAX on the same day it hits Netflix, though there’s already been some pushback from theaters. Martial arts choreographer Yuen Wo-ping directs (replacing Ang Lee, who helmed the first film) and Michelle Yeoh reprises her role as Yu Shu Lien. Donnie Yen, Harry Shum Jr., and Jason Scott Lee also star.
Pee-wee’s Big Holiday: March 2016. In his first film since 1988’s Big Top Pee-wee and his third film overall, Paul Reubens‘ iconic man-child character hits the road after a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger. Reubens wrote the script with Paul Rust, and is additionally producing with Judd Apatow. John Lee directed.
While these aren’t Netflix’s first original films, the other titles they’ve released so far have either been documentaries (The Battered Bastards of Baseball, What Happened, Miss Simone?) or movies that might have gone straight to VOD on a different platform (Shotgun Wedding, Advantageous). Considering how successful Netflix’s push into original series has been, it should be interesting to see how this next phase of their programming strategy pans out.
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New ‘Batman v. Superman’ Photos: Lex Luthor with Hair, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince [Updated With High-Res Pics]
Comic-Con is nearly upon us, and you can bet Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment are going to bring out the big guns when they show off Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in San Diego. Before that, the studio has released some new photos from the movie to hold fans over until the good stuff arrives next week.
The new photos from the first big-screen battle between The Dark Knight and The Man of Steel show us plenty of new stuff, including Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, but with a healthy mane of hair; a shot of Batman in his steel suit with the bat signal; Superman (Henry Cavill) being worshiped by a crowd; and a couple shots of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, one of which also has Gal Gadot as Diana Prince. Check out the new Batman v Superman photos below!
Update: High-res versions of these photos have been released; you can see those below.
Here are the new photos from Entertainment Weekly:
EW even has word from Affleck about this iteration of Batman, comparing the role to that of Hamlet:
“We accept that he’s played by actors with different interpretations. He’s at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There’s this sort of world-weariness to it…He’s on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in the other manifestations of it, but this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical.”
And if you’re expecting a sleek Wayne manor for Batman, it sounds like Bruce Wayne has stopped caring about his boyhood home. The magazine describes the mansion as “a desolate husk, overtaken by weeds and water-stains after years of neglect.” Sounds like Batman has seen some better years, but this scuffle with Superman could bring him out of this funk.
As for Lex Luthor, is he wearing a wig as he’s been known to do, or does he start off with a full head of hair and lose it/shave it off eventually? We’ll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, it’s nice to see an image of Gal Gadot in the movie, even though she’s not suited up as Wonder Woman. We’re still not sure how big her role will be, but at least we know we get to see her alter ego, Diana Prince, share some time with Bruce Wayne.
With the arrival of these new images, we can almost guarantee some new footage will be shown at Comic-Con next week, and there may very well be a new trailer that everyone will get to see online. We’ll have all the latest on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, so stay tuned for more.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, the film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to open worldwide on March 25th, 2016.
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In Season 5, Game of Thrones sent Jon Snow north of the Wall to convince the wildlings to ally with the Night’s Watch against the undead. Well — kind of. In a more strictly accurate sense, Game of Thrones sent Kit Harington and some other actors to Ireland, to swing some prop swords in front of a green screen on set. VFX wizards then turned that footage into the epic fantasy battle we saw on our TVs.
But that’s the thing about the effects on Game of Thrones. They’re often so good, it’s easy to forget they’re effects at all. That is, until something like this Game of Thrones Hardhome VFX breakdown hits, and we get to see just how much work goes into these sequences. Watch the video after the jump.
Spanish VFX company El Ranchito released a five-minute Game of Thrones Hardhome VFX breakdown video on Vimeo.
“Hardhome” was a centerpiece of Season 5. Several seasons of ominous warnings finally paid off in a thrilling battle sequence that was one of the show’s best, thanks to its grand scale and attention to detail. And a lot of that credit goes to the people who render the snowy backdrops that replace those greenscreens, or who erase the wires holding up the props and actors, or who adjust the lighting to give the scene that chilly, hopeless feel.
It goes without saying that creatures like the giants are created with the aid of a computer, but it’s more surprising to see how much polishing goes into more mundane visuals, too. Not to mention how many stunning vistas are created seemingly out of nothing. Those wights sure look a lot less intimidating when you can see how much of them is actually covered in neon Spandex. For even more on the creation of “Hardhome,” be sure to check out this behind-the-scenes featurette if you haven’t already.
As of now, there’s no word yet on what’s in store for our heroes in Season 6. (For that matter, we don’t even know which of our heroes are still alive in Season 6. So many theories!) But it’s worth pointing out that the show has hired back Miguel Sapochnik, who directed “Hardhome,” to helm episode 9, traditionally the climax of each season. Odds are we’re in for another massive, VFX-heavy setpiece.
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Replacing Edgar Wright on Ant-Man was never going to be an easy task. As director Peyton Reed recalls it, even he found himself wondering, “Who is the poor sap who is going to take over that movie?” — not realizing, of course, that he himself would get the job a few weeks later.
Fortunately, early word on Reed’s Ant-Man has been strong. Among other things, critics have noted approvingly that Wright’s influence can still be felt in the finished product. Now Reed has gotten more specific about which parts of Ant-Man came from him and Adam McKay, and which parts originated with Wright and Joe Cornish. Read the Peyton Reed Edgar Wright Ant-Man comments after the jump.
Before we start, a spoiler warning: While the comments below don’t give away any major twists, there is discussion of the overall plot including the third act. If you’d rather be surprised, please come back after you’ve seen the movie.
Speaking with Uproxx, Reed got specific about Wright’s lasting contributions to the script:
I read all of the existing drafts that Edgar and Joe wrote. It was clearly Edgar and Joe’s idea to make this a heist movie and to sort of loosely base it on Marvel Premiere “To Steal an Ant-Man” that introduced Scott Lang. It was also their idea to create this Hank Pym/Scott Lang, mentor/mentee relationship. And, also, their idea to kind of do a Marvel movie where the third act battle take place in a little girl’s bedroom. Genius. It was great.
But Reed was also able to put his own mark on the story:
Well, I came on about the same time that Adam McKay and Rudd were doing rewrites. And I’ve known McKay for some time and we talked on the phone and we were both really jazzed about the idea of, in the third act, in a movie in which we will have seen shrinking a bunch, let’s take it even further in the third act and introduce what, in the comics, was the microverse, in what we call the quantum realm. Creating this moment of self-sacrifice where he has to go into the quantum realm to save his daughter, that was something that was never in those drafts that Adam and I brought to it.
McKay’s contributions didn’t stop there, as Reed explained:
And Adam came up with the idea that in every heist movie, there’s a trial by fire and they’ve got everything in line for the heist, but we need this one thing. Adam pitched that idea of sending Scott on a mission for which he’s not quite prepared and he comes up against another Marvel character. That blew my mind, and particularity with that specific character.
One of the more pervasive theories surrounding Wright’s departure is that he was reluctant to make changes that would make Ant-Man fit more neatly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it’s interesting to hear that McKay was the one who came up with the connection to another Marvel character.
In truth, there’ll never be a way to draw a clear line between Wright and Cornish’s contributions, and Reed and McKay’s. (At least from an artistic standpoint, that is — legally, the powers that be have already made the distinction.) Reed and McKay built on what came before, and we can’t know exactly how Wright’s version of the movie would have turned out.
But now there’s a pretty clear basis for the “Edgar Wright feel” in the finished film. Considering Wright and Cornish’s script has been called by some as “not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script,” that’s a good thing.
Ant-Man is in theaters July 17.
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As we prepare to travel to San Diego for another year at Comic Con, I wanted to take a look back at the best moments in Comic Con history. What are the coolest and most eventful things to happen over the last decade while sitting in Hall H? What makes a great Comic Con moment? Lets take a look back at the best comic-con moments of all time.
So before we get started, lets get a few things out of the way: Like any other list ever created, this grouping is completely subjective. This is a list of the best Comic-Con moments according to me.
Who am I to make such a listing? I’ve been attending and covering San Diego Comic Con International for nine years, which is only a fraction of the 45 years the event has been going on. So yes, this list is heavily based in the last decade of the convention — but it could also be argued that the the event really became mainstream over the last decade even though Hollywood has been coming to the convention since before I was born. (For example, Star Wars had a small presentation at 1977 edition of the con.) So if you want, consider this list The Best Comic-Con Moments From 2006 to Today.
And while I’m sure there are many amazing moments to take place outside of Hall H and the movie presentations, this list is primarily focused on those panels. So if you’re looking for a more extensive list that covers comic books, television, video games and cosplay, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Also I decided not to rank these moments but instead present them in chronological order.The Best Comic-Con Moments of All Time 2006: Kevin Feige Predicts The Avengers
This may have not been a big moment at the time, but the long term impact might be the biggest to ever happen at Comic Con. At the 2006 edition of the convention, Marvel had a presentation in one of the smaller halls, not even Hall H, if you can believe it. During the Q&A, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige was asked about the possibilities of crossovers amongst the Marvel heroes. His answer teased the possibility of a movie version of The Avengers.
Jon Favreau was on the panel talking about Iron Man, and Louis Leterrier was talking about The Incredible Hulk, and Edgar Wright was talking about Ant Man. And somebody asked, “Could the characters cross over? Is this person ever going to meet this person?” I was asked, “Are we ever going to see the Avengers on screen?” And I said, “Who knows. This is a big new experiment for Marvel. But it’s no coincidence that we have the rights to Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Cap –” and the whole audience started cheering. That was one of the moments where I went, boy, if only, if only we could actually sort of pull this all together.
And pull it together they did, which is why I think this is one of best moments of Comic Con history.2007: Dark Knight Viral Takes Over San Diego
Christopher Nolan and The Dark Knight were a no show in Hall H in 2007, but the Batman sequel took over the San Diego streets with the beginning of a viral marketing campaign which would become known as the biggest and best of its kind. The viral event involved a clue written in the sky, and a band of players in Joker make-up running around San Diego in a scavenger hunt to reveal a teaser trailer online.
The Dark Knight viral continued after the Con ended, leading to some really awesome events and games. (Watch the whole video above which recaps the entire viral.) I think it’s a shame that everyone points to Scott Pilgrim and Tron Legacy as examples of how Comic Con fandom doesn’t help translate into box office, but many ignore a successful film like The Dark Knight, and viral marketing like this has now been brushed off as nothing more than fan service.2007: First Iron Man Trailer Debut
Director Jon Favreau showed up at San Diego with his cast and crew and a teaser trailer for the film which had just finished shooting a couple weeks prior. Nowadays, studios plan for Comic Con, sometimes showing footage from films still in production. (Marvel has been known to pay to have visual effects footage done specifically in preparation for the July con.) At the time, however, it was not expected that Marvel would show up at the convention with a full trailer. And not just any trailer, one of the best teaser trailers of all time. It knocked the socks off the packed Hall H crowd.
It’s easy to look back and now see how obvious it was that Iron Man was going to be a mega hit, but at the time it wasn’t so obvious. Nowadays a film like Iron Man could get its own panel, but Iron Man was only just a small part of Paramount’s panel which included eight other films. Actually, Iron Man was not even the headliner of the panel; Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Star Trek followed the short Iron Man segment. Favreau has even credited Comic Con for helping to launch Iron Man into the mainstream.2008: Twilight Fans Take Over Hall H
Some fanboys might say this belongs on a worst moments in Comic Con list, but the invasion of the Twihards was an important moment for the San Diego convention. Twilight’s appearance at the 2009 edition of the convention marked a huge change in what kind of films would appear in Hall H. Not only that, it upped the ante in terms of extreme fandom. Twilight fans lined up over a day in advance to see Summit’s New Moon panel the following afternoon.
That extreme was unheard of at the time, but lining up overnight quickly became the norm in the years that followed. Even Comic Con had to respond and started issuing wristbands to try to discourage fans camping out in line overnight. Sure, someone’s mom asking Robert Pattinson what kind of underwear he wears might have been painfully embarrassing but Twilight, like it or hate it, helped elevated Hall H to a new level of hype and fandom.Continue Reading The Best Comic-Con Moments of All Time >>
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2013’s Man of Steel did well enough that a Man of Steel 2 seemed like a sure bet. Instead, Warner Bros. zagged by announcing that Superman’s next outing wouldn’t be a Superman sequel, but the superhero team-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Which is all well and good, but does that Superman is done flying solo?
Star Henry Cavill doesn’t think so. “There’s plenty of time for individual Superman sequels,” he said. However, there’s still the matter of when. More on the Superman solo sequel possibilities after the jump.
Speaking to EW, Cavill clarified what we basically already knew — that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not, strictly speaking, a Man of Steel sequel. He explained:
As far as the individual character is concerned, this is not a Superman sequel. It’s more of an introduction to Batman, an opening to Justice League, and an expansion of the world that was created in Man of Steel.
That said, Cavill seemed optimistic that Superman could get a standalone in the not-too-distant future.
There’s plenty of time for individual Superman sequels. He’s a tough character to tell. People like the darker vigilante. I think it speaks to the human psyche more easily rather than the god-like being that we can’t really understand. Once we have a more expansive universe we can delve more into the character of Superman and hopefully tell more stories.
It’s unclear whether Cavill is referring to specific Superman solo sequel films actually in development, or just speaking theoretically. In either case, Man of Steel 2 doesn’t look likely to happen in the near future. The DC Cinematic Universe is already mapped out through 2020, so unless Warner Bros. shuffles a few things around, the next opening for a Man of Steel 2 is 2021.
Meanwhile, Superman’s Dawn of Justice co-star Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is confirmed for a standalone movie in 2017. Their other co-star Batman (Ben Affleck) doesn’t yet have a solo outing in the calendar, but rumors abound.
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007’s next jetsetting adventure could bring him all the way to Broadway. A James Bond musical is reportedly in the works, and could hit the stage as early as 2017. The show will bring back classic villains and introduce some new ones, as well as a new Bond girl. More details on the James Bond musical after the jump.
Playbill got word of the James Bond musical from executive producer Merry Saltzman, whose company Placeholder Productions has picked up the rights to mount a James Bond stage show. Saltzman is the daughter of Harry Saltzman, the movie producer who brought James Bond out of the pages of Ian Fleming‘s books and onto the silver screen.
Simply titled James Bond: The Musical, the show will have a book by novelist Dave Clarke (Keeping Hannah Waiting) and music and lyrics by country composer Jay Henry Weisz. No actors have been announced.
Plot details are being kept under wraps but Saltzman says the James Bond musical will have an original storyline featuring “several Bond villains, plus some new ones” and “our own Bond girl.” Anyone who’s ever seen a Bond movie can probably fill in some of the other details: a globe-trotting adventure, an evil plot, beautiful women, and lots of martinis.
Fleming first debuted 007 in his 1953 novel Casino Royale, and went on to write about a dozen more books about him. Other authors continued Bond’s adventures after Fleming’s death, and the character has also been adapted for TV, film, comics, and video games. However, James Bond: The Musical will mark the first major stage production about the character.
According to Saltzman, “production schedules and trial runs are still being worked out” for James Bond: The Musical. However, the goal is to debut James Bond: The Musical on Broadway or in Las Vegas, at a venue yet to be announced, in late 2017 or early 2018.
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Disney’s live-action fairy tale obsession now extends to princes as well as princesses. The studio has just picked up Matt Fogel‘s spec script Prince Charming, about the dashing hero who figures into so many fairy tales. Read all about the Prince Charming movie after the jump.
Variety reports Disney beat out several other suitors for the Prince Charming movie. Described as a revisionist retelling, Prince Charming is a live-action comedy told from the perspective of the prince’s brother, who’s always struggled to live up to the family name.
The studio has had great luck with live-action fairy tale movies. Both Maleficent and Cinderella were giant hits, and 2017’s Beauty and the Beast has a promising pedigree which suggests it’ll live up to its predecessors. Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce along with Trip Vinson.
In fairy tales, Prince Charming is a stock character who often shows up to save and/or woo damsels in distress. The heroes of Disney’s animated classics Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella are all variations on the archetype. Versions of him have also shown up in Disney’s more recent fairy tales Enchanted and Into the Woods.
As far as live-action fairy tale retellings go, Prince Charming sounds intriguing because there’s a lot Disney can do with him. The character appears in a lot of stories, so there’s a lot of source material to draw from. At the same time, he’s never at the center of any single narrative, so Disney is free to take the familiar character in entirely new directions.
Prince Charming is Fogel’s first sale to a major studio. Previously, he was an assistant to directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller on Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. He also worked on an earlier draft of Bob: The Musical, which is also developing at Disney.
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Since Jurassic World got everybody talking about Jurassic Park all over again, we’ve seen some pretty cool custom LEGO creations hit the web, hoping to one day become real sets. There’s an awesome LEGO version of the visitor center from the first movie we featured, and sets for the iconic Ford Explorer and new Indominus Rex from Jurassic World too.
But since these sets aren’t always easy to get approved, sometimes because of their lack of wide appeal to a variety of LEGO consumers, other times because of licensing or potential pricing, one LEGO builder has created a microscale Jurassic Park LEGO set that could be affordable and appealing. Check out the mini Jurassic Park LEGO set below!
Here’s the microscale Jurassic Park LEGO set from LEGO Ideas:
The creation actually stems from LEGO Ideas user “senteosan,” and they just happen to be the same builder responsible for the aforementioned Jurassic Park LEGO sets we’ve featured on the site before. It sounds like he’s desperate to get some Jurassic Park LEGO sets out on shelves, and I don’t blame him at all.
If it’s not possible to get the larger LEGO sets approved, I’d be fine for settling with this microscale project that gives us the Jurassic Park gate, Ford Explorer, visitor center, Jeeps, raptor enclosure, T-rex paddock, helicopter and brontosauruses. Oh, and as you can see, there’s also adorable little microscale minifigures as well. They’re not as cool as normal minifigures, but they’re still pretty cute, like a cat sitting on a pizza. However, the builder does want to include three normal size minifigures of Dr. Alan Grant, Dr. Ellie Sattler and Dr. Ian Malcolm.
You can throw your support behind this project at LEGO Ideas right now (just vote at the project page here) if this is something you think that you’d like to buy some day. Otherwise, we may never see this become a reality. But then again, as Ian Malcolm so eloquently put it, life finds a way.
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