CHICAGO – Before 1998’s “The Big Lebowski” there was 1996’s “Kingpin”, the Farrelly brothers bowling comedy that didn’t have the narrative intricacies of the Coen brothers’ classic, but had plenty of jokes about middle-aged men playing the sport. Today finds the release of “Kingpin” to Blu-ray for the first time, coming with only one new special feature.
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Every day, new shows hit the Internet. YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix, content created for the internet used to be unique, but has now become the norm. It’s gotten to the point where, such is the case with real TV, the only ones that get a lot of attention are the best ones. One that definitely ranks among those is Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The show, which is located on Crackle, is going into its fifth season and the trailer is now online. It features Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr and many others. Check out the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season 5 trailer below.
Vulture debuted the trailer. Here it is.Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season 5 trailer
They also got a quote from Seinfeld about it:
I’m sure I’m not supposed to say this, but my favorite part of making these shows is really the promo that kicks off each season. It’s two months of work for a killer 90 seconds. That’s my kind of thing. I’m honestly fine if you hate our show, but you will love this clip package.
The fifth season premieres on Crackle.com at noon EST on November 6. It starts with Kevin Hart and continues with Fred Armisen, Colleen Ballinger, Bill Burr, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer and Ali Wentworth.
If you haven’t seen this show before, you really do have to check it out. I don’t watch it religiously, but Seinfeld himself is an interesting character – he’s actually himself here, not playing himself – and seeing his interactions are fascinating. Howard Stern rarely gets interviewed himself, but he was on the show. Louis CK was an amazing episode. Patton Oswalt got picked up, and broke down, in a Back to the Future Delorean. It’s really, really cool.
Have you watched the show? What are some of your favorite episodes? How long do you think Seinfeld will go along doing this? And the big question, has anyone ever seen Seinfeld drive by while filming? For me that seems like it would be the craziest experience.
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From the very moment it was announced, The Crow remake had some fans up in arms — including James O’Barr himself, creator of the original The Crow comics. But he’s since come around on the film, and in a new interview he explains why. Gotta say, his case is fairly convincing.
For one thing, O’Barr says, the new film is not a remake but a “literally page-for-page adaptation” of the book, with a slightly different lead. (I’ll let him explain.) And according to O’Barr, the new Crow will be “closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film.” Intrigued yet?
Read the James O’Barr The Crow comments after the jump.
O’Barr spilled his thoughts on the new The Crow in an interview with Korsgaard’s Commentary (via Coming Soon). The whole thing is worth a read if you’re interested in O’Barr and his work, but here are some of the highlights.
Right off the bat, O’Barr acknowledges, “No one was more against a remake than I was.” He later adds, “[Original The Crow star] Brandon Lee was a friend, and I’d never do anything to hurt his legacy.” But then he recalls what the new The Crow director F. Javier Gutierrez said to change his mind.
He told me ‘I don’t want to remake that film, that film is perfect as it is. I want to do your book, literally page-for-page adaptation.’ That’s what changed by mind, that it’s not a remake of the original film, or cashing in on the cult status of Brandon Lee, it’s that Guiterrez wants to go back to the source material, which if you’ve read the book and seen the film, while the movie has the right feel and the right flavor of the book, probably only 40% of the book made it into the movie.
That got me intrigued – the idea of adapting it from page 1 and going from there, including a lot of the darker or stranger elements of the comic dropped from the original film.
He further explains:
We’re not remaking the movie, we’re readapting the book. My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi Dracula and there’s a Francis Ford Coppola Dracula, they use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films. This one’s going to be closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film, and I think there’s room for both of them – part of the appeal of the Crow comics after all is that they can tell very different stories after all.
Among other things, a more faithful adaptation means the lead character in the new film won’t be exactly like the lead character from the last one.
I’d also remind them that Eric Draven was a creation of the movie – if you read the comic, Eric and Shelley never have their last names revealed. Hopefully, this is one area the new movie being more faithful to the comic will come into play, and Eric won’t be going by Eric Draven in the new film. Luke Evans may play Eric, but Brandon Lee will forever be Eric Draven.
Oh, and O’Barr thinks Luke Evans ”looks great” in makeup, for what that’s worth.
O’Barr also discusses how he came to sign on as a creative consultant on the project.
So after this, Javier, Luke and I went to the studio and said we won’t do this unless all three of us do it together. I said if you want me involved, this is what I need, I want control of the soundtrack, like with the first one, I want a voice on all the casting, and I want to be able to give my two cents on the script and the characters, and they agreed to everything.
As the guy in charge of the soundtrack, O’Barr has some ideas already.
Like with the soundtrack for example, which was so crucial to the first film, we’re including some music I’d wanted to originally, but just couldn’t get the rights to, some actual Joy Division songs, some vintage Cure songs – I’m still pretty active in the music industry, and there is a lot of neo-goth bands out there, that have that same sound, and I’ve talked to some of them about contributing, and they’re very excited about it.
There will always be diehards who refuse to accept anything but the Brandon Lee version, and in any case it’s way too early in the process to guess how all of this will turn out. Evans isn’t even locked in yet. But O’Barr makes a pretty compelling case for at least giving the new movie a shot. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one as shooting begins next spring.
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Several dozen superhero movies will be in cinemas over the next six-plus years. One of the main reasons for that crowded release calendar is Christopher Nolan. The director’s realistic, gritty take on Batman spawned a trilogy of films that won Academy Awards and grossed billions. It was proof to audiences and executives alike that superheroes can, and should, be taken seriously.
But will the man himself ever make another superhero movies? It’s possible, if unlikely. Read the complicated Christopher Nolan superhero movies comment below.
Nolan was asked about if he’s like to direct one of the new Marvel or DC films in Time Out. Here’s his response:
I think I had a great experience with the superhero genre and got to explore a lot of things, but it was a good decade of my life and I find it hard to imagine returning to it. But never say never.
Now, most would look at those last four words and jump for joy that he’s leaving the door open. But don’t ignore the previous 40 or so before that. Basically, he’s just being rational in not closing the door on any opportunity.
Speaking of opportunity, Nolan has had them since The Dark Knight Rises. In a great Wall Street Journal piece, they reported that one of the main reasons Man of Steel and the subsequent DC Comics announcements took so long is Warner Bros. was hoping Nolan would come on board. Obviously, that has yet to happen.
Nolan also told Time Out his feelings about the genre in general and his feeling with the current explosion:
I love working in that field and hopefully I’ve added something to it. I know to some extent we encouraged more of it. You don’t want Hollywood to hit saturation point with those things. But then Zack Snyder is now doing his part by bringing Batman and Superman into one film, so that limits the number!
But yes DC Comics have just announced an enormous number of movies. Well, you know, as long as that’s the ride people want, the studios will continue to offer it. I don’t see it as a limited genre. If I did, I never would have worked for almost ten years in that genre. I think like any genre, like the Western, it has limitless opportunities. It’s just about the audience’s appetite. What’s very important is that the studios be open to making other sorts of films at the same time.
There’s more at both of those links, including his thoughts on what the Dark Knight Trilogy contributed to the trend.
Do you expect Christopher Nolan to ever make another superhero film?
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Here’s a superhero movie that’s a little different from the rest: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, out next year, sees the underwater gang heading to our shores in search of more Krabby Patties. But when they cross paths with a pirate supervillain played by Antonio Banderas, they must turn themselves into superheroes to save their beloved Bikini Bottom.
It’s exactly as bonkers as it sounds, but that’s the fun. Watch the new SpongeBob Movie Sponge Out of Water trailer after the jump.
There’s no question The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is aimed at kids, but it’s not so dumb adults will be turned off. (More likely it’ll be the manic energy and eye-searing colors that’ll repel them instead.) There are some really good jokes here — like the instant apocalypse sight gag followed by the dire warning, “Welcome to the apocalypse. I hope you like leather.”
Speaking way back in July, voice actor Tom Kenney told press:
There is a live-action climax, but it’s still rated G. It’s a big, bombastic superhero tweak, where we tweak these big end-of-the-world movies, the Superman and Avengers movie, where cities get leveled. … This is extremely cartoony, the wacky version of that. We get to see a buffed-up, pumped-up SongeBob and his friends in superhero form, SpongeBob becomes The Invincibubble, who has these weird bubble powers.
Overall, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water just looks really, really weird. When the footage was shown at Comic-Con’s Hall H this year, the reaction was a big fat WTF — and this from a crowd perfectly willing to buy into notions of superpowered vigilantes and alien man-wolf hybrids. But maybe a big fat dose of weird is exactly what we need to shake up the usual family film fare.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opens February 6, 2015. And with that, the word “sponge” has lost all meaning for me. Sponge. Sponge. Does the word look really strange to anyone else?
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Now that Nic Pizzolatto‘s True Detective has more or less locked in its Season 2 leads, it’s filling out the supporting cast. The HBO drama has set Michael Irby, Kelly Reilly, Abigail Spencer, and Leven Rambin for heavily recurring roles in the next run of episodes.
As previously reported, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch, and (probably) Rachel McAdams are playing the main characters. Hit the jump for the latest on True Detective Season 2 casting.
True Detective Season 2 is set in California and follows three police officers investigating the suspicious death of a corrupt California city manager. Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a detective torn between his corrupt department and the mobsters who own him; Kitsch is Paul Woodrough, a young military veteran; and Vaughn is Frank Semyon, a career criminal. McAdams is expected to take the final lead role of troubled sheriff Ani Bezzerides, but hasn’t quite closed her deal.
Details on most of the new characters have not been given, but we do know Irby will appear in five to six episodes (out of eight total) as Bezzerides’ partner Elvis Ilinca. His TV credits include The Unit and Almost Human, and his film credits include Fast Five, Law Abiding Citizen, and Flight Plan. Rambin was recently seen in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Hunger Games, and Chasing Mavericks.
Interestingly, Reilly and Spencer were in the mix when HBO was still looking for its Ani Bezzerides. Though they both lost out on that role, it seems HBO liked them enough to find new jobs for them. Reilly is a British actress known in the US for ABC’s Black Box, the Sherlock Holmes movies, and Flight, while Spencer has been seen in Oz The Great and Powerful, Cowboys & Aliens, and SundanceTV’s Rectify.
Shooting on True Detective Season 2 begins later this fall in California. Pizzolatto will once again write all eight episodes. Justin Lin will direct the first two installments.
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Earlier this week, Marvel Studios released an extended Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer that opens with a get-together at the Avengers Tower. All our heroes are there – Tony, Steve, Thor, Bruce, Clint, Natasha, Maria, Rhodey. But if you were watching closely, you might have noticed one more party guest who can’t be easily identified. We can see her body, but never get a good look at her face.
So who is this mystery woman? Could it be Jane? Darcy? Sif? Pepper with a fresh dye job? Or might it be another character we haven’t met yet? Find out who the Avengers Age of Ultron mystery woman is after the jump.
First, here’s the clip. Our mystery woman shows up a couple of times. The back of her head appears in the foreground to the right at the 0:48 mark and she’s sitting far right at the 0:51 mark.
In this version of the trailer, you can spot her at the 0:37 mark. Third person from the right, standing next to Thor.
Did you catch her?
Well, Yahoo has now confirmed that the Avengers Age of Ultron mystery woman is in fact Claudia Kim, also known as Kim Soo-hyun, a South Korean actress who was added to the cast in January. Here’s a photo of her hanging with director Joss Whedon on set.
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— Claudia ?? (@ClaudiaSKim) June 9, 2014
But the mystery isn’t quite over. Details on Kim’s role in the movie are being kept under wraps, though Marvel has confirmed she’ll have a “substantial supporting role.” Additionally, the actress let slip in March she’d be playing “a doctor/scientist who is friends with Tony Stark.”
The most popular theory right now is that she’s playing Suzi Endo, a Stark Industries researcher from the Cybernetics division. But for all we know she could be playing an entirely new character created just for the film. Whoever she is, one thing’s for sure — she’s got excellent taste in drinking buddies.
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
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We’re all curious to see just what Marvel has planned for the next couple films in its current cycle, and then for the nine-film Phase Three. And we’ve resisted learning too much about Avengers: Age of Ultron, so we’re happily in the speculation camp with most of you. And for those who haven’t been Marvel Comics fans for a long time, the films announced this week might seem like a disparate bunch of stories. How do all these movies tell one unified story thread?
My friend Jackson is a comic book writer, an editor, and screenwriter, and he’s got a pretty compelling vision of what Marvel might have planned. After I read his unified theory of Marvel’s Phase Three plan I showed it to Peter, and he loved it enough that we’re presenting it to you now.
Nothing that you’ll find below is confirmed — this is speculation, but well-informed speculation. If you already know these comics and characters, take it as a jumping-off point for your own discussions about what Marvel might be doing. If you don’t consider this a second-level primer as to what Marvel might be up to.
A UNIFIED THEORY OF MARVEL CINEMATIC STORY
from the assumption-making mind of Jackson Lanzing
NOTE: The following plot speculation is based on nothing but my own insane thought process following Marvel’s event, plus previously available information. I know nothing you don’t. I am almost certainly wrong about all of this. But in the event that I am not… SPOILER ALERT.
Tony Stark believes – as a futurist and a man who just went through the events of AVENGERS and IRON MAN 3 – that superheroes have great potential but also invite terrible consequences. This is backed by the emergence of the superpowered “inhuman” Maximoff twins, who’ve somehow gained power from Strucker’s infinity gem experimentation. As a result, Stark creates the peacekeeping robot ULTRON as a way for the Avengers to no longer be the world’s shield. This backfires, Ultron destroys massive massive amounts of the planet’s population, strikes at the heart of the previously-isolationist nation of Wakanda, sets off the Hulk (maybe throws him to space), banishes Thor irrevocably to Asgard. Iron Man / Captain America find a way to shut it all down, but at the expense of their collaboration. Iron Man, disillusioned with superheroes trying to fix things, retires fully. Cap begins his own new team of heroes, but they are rag-tag, underfunded, and include the unstable Maximoffs and strange robotic Vision. The Avengers are asunder. Superheroes are hated. Definitions are changing. Grey areas abound.
Coulson and his team discover that the Maximoffs are not the only “inhumans” out there. A strain of alien DNA runs through our collective humanity from ancient times – some kind of Kree experimentation. It threatens to turn our world inside out if the gene is ever activated, there are so many who would become empowered (including Skye).
Coulson and his team seek to stop this from happening… and succeed. The world is safe from the chaos of inhumanity… for now. Maybe Skye gets powers. The show can go and tackle anything after that. They can move away from Coulson’s weird alien visions. The seeds have been planted.
In the chaotic aftermath of Age of Ultron, super science is becoming a massive and dangerous black market. A scientist (Pym) and a thief (Lang) team up to steal the Pym Particle suit (which belonged to SHIELD, cause copyright, making Pym incredulous). While they don’t mean to become heroes, they end up saving the world – especially since there’s a genuine lack of superheroes post-Ultron. That also makes them kinda-still-criminals, since Tony Stark is working on a bill that will register all superheroes under government supervision.
Maybe by the end, Cap shows up to offer them a place in the Avengers… and they turn it down. After all, they have each other. Who needs those self-righteous assholes?
Stark’s new non-Iron Man governmental position sees him trying to make up for his past recklessness – and thus sees him hunting down and imprisoning superpowered individuals. When he captures Bucky (and/or one of the Maximoffs), Cap realizes that history is repeating – Tony is working out of fear, not hope. Cap assembles a team of Avengers to save his friends, while Stark assembles one of his own to fight them.
One of the battlegrounds: Wakanda – where the superpowered Black Panther is revealed and forced to take a side (against his country’s isolationist position). T’Challa basically becomes the Peter Parker of this story, torn between sides. Ultimately, Tony has to put his suit on one last time and fight his friend.
Cap and Iron Man both fall – one dead and the other into the lonely darkness of exile. I’m guessing Tony dies and Cap puts down the shield. Again… the world is left with fewer heroes than it started with. Maybe Bucky steps up to take the shield, putting together a new team of heroes to stand against the next threats.Continue Reading Theory: How The Marvel Cinematic Story Might Connect Through Phase 3 >>
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So far, it’s been nothing but good news on the Skull Island front. After the surprise announcement at Comic-Con, we found out that Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct. Then we heard Tom Hiddleston will star. And now it’s more good news as Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Gatins has been brought on for a rewrite.
How is a rewrite good news? Well, besides the addition of a talented new team member, the original script by Max Borenstein was strong enough to attract the star, director, and a two year advance release date. Hopefully, things can only get better. Read more about the Skull Island script below.
Deadline broke the news of Gatins coming on board the project. There are no details on what, if anything, he’s specifically being called upon to do. Looking at his previous projects, though (Summer Catch, Hardball, Coach Carter, Dreamer and Real Steel before the Oscar nomination for Flight) it probably has something to do with inspirational sports stories.
All kidding aside, Gatins’ task probably is to add more emotion into the story. That’s obviously his forte and something all the best big blockbusters have. (And which most blockbusters lack.)
Skull Island is a pseudo-prequel to the original King Kong explaining how the 8th wonder of the world became the ape we all know and love. It’s set for release November 4, 2016, the same day as Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Here’s the official press release:
Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.
Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling THE KINGS OF SUMMER. He has also directed the pilot and multiple episodes of FX’s new series “You’re the Worst” and is set to direct METAL GEAR SOLID for Sony. His other credits include directing the pilot of “Cocked” for Amazon Studios and directing and executive producing the concert documentary NICK OFFERMAN: AMERICAN HAM. He is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorneys Alan Wertheimer and Andy Gawker.
Hiddleston’s credits include MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, and WAR HORSE. He is also known for portraying Thor’s nemesis and brother, Loki, in Marvel’s THOR, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and THE AVENGERS. Upcoming projects include Legendary’s gothic horror CRIMSON PEAK from director Guillermo del Toro, Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s HIGH-RISE and Marc Abraham’s Hank Williams biopic I SAW THE LIGHT. He is repped by William Morris Endeavor, Hamilton Hodell and Authentic Management.
Header image: King Kong Portrait by Wei Lin Ke
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This week a couple of good profiles have been published on Christopher Nolan in advance of his film Interstellar hitting theaters next week. The two main articles come from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and I recommend checking out both pieces. Together, the profiles feature a great deal of interesting information on the filmmaker and his latest film which I thought might be of interest. I have collected 15 of most interesting tidbits for you after the jump.
Christopher Nolan makes as much as the biggest filmmakers and actors in Hollywood: He was supposedly paid “the greater of more than $10 million or more than 10% of revenue, minus certain deductions” for Interstellar. So if the film ends up making $600 million worldwide, he could earn something in the $60 million range just for release.
Vanity Fair magazine reported that Nolan made $69 million for Inception from back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on a worldwide gross of $823 million and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics claims the average film director earns an average of $92,220 per year. The bottom 10 percent earns an average of $32,010 annually while the top 10 percent earns in excess of $187,199 per year.
Producers and filmmakers typically receive “overhead” deals only in exchange for giving a movie studio the first option for any projects, but Nolan has a deal where the studio pays for all his development expenses and asks nothing in return. Warner Bros pays for Christopher Nolan’s office suite, assistants, and other expenses without any obligation in return. Of course, Nolan has decided to make Warner Bros the home of the majority of his films.
Paramount Pictures CEO/Chairman Brad Grey claims that the set of Interstellar was the best-dressed film set he ever visited: “Everyone was in suits and ties, and I thought, Who are these folks, everyone talking very nicely to each other, all civilized?”
Sam Raimi also wears a suit while directing, but he does so as an homage to Alfred Hitchcock, as a method of showing authority in the position and as a show of respect to the art of filmmaking.
Christopher Nolan wears suits for an entirely different reason: he decided a long time ago that “it was a waste of energy to choose anew what to wear each day” so he decided upon a uniform that “splits the difference between the demands of an executive suite and a tundra.”
Christopher Nolan’s love for film began when at 7-years-old his father, a British advertising copywriter, took him to see the initial release of Star Wars and a theatrical rerelease of 2001. He began making Super 8 movies with his father’s camera later that year.
Nolan always has a flask of tea in his pocket. Michael Caine told the NYT:
“He always has a flask of tea in his pocket. No matter how hot it is, he has a big overcoat with a pocket big enough for his tea, and he quietly sips it. At a certain point, I thought, There must be something better than tea in there. I asked him, ‘You’ve not got vodka in there, have you?’ He said no, just tea.”
We even found photo evidence of this claim above.Continue Reading 15 Things We Learned About Christopher Nolan >>
Peter Berg and Taylor Kitsch have stuck by one another for years, beginning with Friday Night Lights and carrying through Battleship and last year’s Lone Survivor. Now they’ve teamed up for an entirely different sort of combat engagement. Kitsch stars in Berg’s first-person Call of Duty ad — a live-action affair that, like the game series, puts the viewer in the primary role. Then it throws a set of sad cliches at us. Catch ‘em all below.
Berg says that he created the ad to represent things that can actually be done in-game, so this is as close to a live-action version of the game as fans might get. Some of the POV technique here is great, even though it moves so quickly that we aren’t offered a chance to wonder where they’re fighting, and why. It’s a game. You just fight. Though this is more like party-fighting — look how much fun Kitsch is having!
And then, for no reason, Emily Ratajkowski shows up, more in a ‘Blurred Lines’ than Gone Girl sort of way. Because just in case this wasn’t already calculated to appear to as many young dudes as possible, here’s a lady! And she’s dressed for battle, if by “battle” you mean the impending wet t-shirt pillow fight that takes place in some imaginary land that is even farther from reality than the rest of this trailer.
She’s really a goat, though, so it’s OK. Male gaze? Let’s talk about that goat gaze.
But the tagline is the best, tone-deaf-est part: “Power Changes Everything.” That phrase means something that I don’t think anyone involved with this ad intended. Maybe the power to co-opt another country’s strife for entertainment; or power to co-opt sex to sell war games. But there are no politics here, it’s just a game. It’s fun. Right?
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Want to watch video interviews with Joss Whedon, talking Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as Zack Snyder, talking Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? How does Robert Downey Jr. feel about Tony Stark’s journey in Age of Ultron? What’s up with Spider-Man in the Marvel Comics? Why are Rocket and Groot on the cover of almost every comic book coming out? Which superhero costumes are popular in which states? What’s the connection between Pee-wee Herman and The Avengers? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.
Comic book letterer Todd Klein broke down the evolution of the Marvel Studios movie logos.
Vulture posted a bootleg version of the Avengers: Age of Ultron Tony/Steve clip exclusively shown at the Marvel Event.
Zack Snyder talks to ABC 7 in Detroit about Batman v Superman.
Death and Taxes argues that comic book movies don’t even exist.
Marvel has all 20 variant covers coming out November and December featuring Rocket and Groot.
Hilarious, Click Hole inspired Avengers: Age of Ultron post on Badass Digest.
Marvel.com has a good interview with Robert Downey Jr. about Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Superhero Hype has ten moments they want to see in Captain America: Civil War.Continue Reading Superhero Bits >>
Due to the amount of graphics and images included in Superhero Bits, we have to split this post over TWO pages. Click the link above to continue to the second page of Superhero Bits.
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Starry Eyes answers an old question — what would you do for fame? — with brutal and visceral intensity. The film, written and directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, features Alex Essoe in a figurative and literal star-making turn. She plays Sarah, a young woman whose own self-destructive tendencies play right into the odd desires of one casting director, leading to what could be her big break as the lead actor in a horror feature. But things get really really weird as Sarah is asked to do more than she ever expected to keep her new gig. The film also stars Noah Segan, Pat Healy, Amanda Fuller, Shane Coffer, Fabianne Therese; check out a great Starry Eyes trailer below.
That trailer does a good job of holding things back; the film goes wonderfully bonkers at a certain point, and this trailer only hints at some of the nastiest stuff.
Starry Eyes will be on iTunes and VOD, and in theaters on November 14. Apple has the trailer.
Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful… and altogether terrifying.
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The whole crew behind the Evil Dead remake — producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, director and co-writer Fede Alvarez, and writer Rodo Sayagues — are working together on a new thriller. The film is A Man in the Dark, which Raimi and Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures is assembling now, with international sales about to kick off at next week’s American Film Market.
Variety reports the following:
The story centers on a trio of teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies and have targeted a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. But as soon as they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves fighting for survival against a psychopath.
There was a point when it seemed like this team was going to work together on a sequel to the Evil Dead remake, but news on that project has been quiet over the last year. First it was Evil Dead (remake) 2, then Raimi doing Army of Darkness 2… and now this film appears to be the real priority for the group. Which is great, really; I have more confidence and interest in a new project than in another Evil Dead movie.
(Late last year, original Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell downplayed reports – some of which were originally based on his own quotes — of both the remake sequel and Army of Darkness 2.)
Needless to say, Alvarez will direct A Man in the Dark while Raimi and Tapert produce. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will exec produce.
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What’s going on with Spider-Man over at Sony? Great question! The guy seems all… tangled up in…string, er, webs. That is, plans. Anyway, you get it. Seems like a bit of a mess over there.
A third Amazing Spider-Man film is planned, with a scheduled release in 2018, and before that we’ll (maybe) get the bad guy team-up movie Sinister Six. That film has been described as a Dirty Dozen sort of story with Spidey basically in the Lee Marvin role, working with the villains. That’s one conception of it, at least. There’s talk of a “soft reboot” of the series, culling out a lot of the more poorly-received aspects of the last two films while retaining the basic aspects. We don’t know what’s up with the mooted Venom movie, and there are rumored plans for a solo film highlighting one of the women in the Spider-Man character roster.
Now there’s a new rumor of a project going by the code name Glass Ceiling. This one concerns a bunch of the female hero and anti-hero characters from Spider-Man’s history, and could team them up into a single film. Assuming it gets that far, at least. Get the Glass Ceiling details, such as they are, below.
Badass Digest has the basic report, but even Devin has to speculate on the character roster that might be involved here. He mentions a couple obvious choices such as Black Cat, Spider-Woman and Silver Sable, and a couple lesser ones such as Spider-Girl and the new character Silk, who gets her powers after a bite from the same spider that changed Peter Parker.
There’s also reason to wonder about Firestar, the character first created for the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends cartoon series, who eventually migrated into comic books. (Technically, however, Firestar is a mutant allied with the X-Men, so Fox could actually have her rights.)
You can see this is all big rumor mill stuff, but Devin has been right about a lot this year, from Star Wars to Marvel’s line-up and other projects. I’d put the uncertainty of the report down to the fact that Sony doesn’t seem to have a plan locked down, more than anything else.
A report like this wouldn’t have even been credible a few years ago, so it is heartening to be at a point where studios would even consider this as a viable plan. It’s not the equality in on-screen representation we’d like to see, but it could be a small step towards it.
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A schedule is one thing, a cohesive plan is another. That’s the main difference between what we know about DC’s upcoming superhero movies and Marvel’s. Marvel has Civil War and new characters, all building to Avengers: Infinity War. DC has Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, a solo movie, then Justice League followed by more solo movies. It feels a little scattered.
Then again, maybe it’s not. A new rumor has come up in regards to that first DC solo movie, Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot. Since she’s a character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we all just assumed her 2017 solo film would take place in that time period. And while it still might, the new rumor is the Wonder Woman solo movie is set in the 1920s, making it a prequel.
Bleeding Cool first reported the Wonder Woman solo movie rumor. Here are some more details:
I have been informed by those who have seen the greenlit treatment that the film will spends the first half on Paradise Island with warring Amazon factions vying for control.
An arrival of a man on the island changes that status quo, as he asks the Amazons for help. Not necessarily Steve Trevor either…
Because when Wonder Woman joins him on his return to the world of Man, we all discover that it is the 1920s. And the film will then show Diana exploring that world – a world where women have only just got the vote – from her… unique perspective.
In addition, the site reports a proposed sequel to this film would also be set in the past, jumping ahead a few decades to World War II. It wouldn’t be until the third Wonder Woman solo movie that she got back with the Justice League.
So, does this make sense? In a way. Wonder Woman is a character that audiences are surely excited about and will probably not get nearly enough of in Batman v Superman. An origin story of sorts would solve that problem. However, the fact it’s being released the same summer at Justice League feels confusing. You do the Dawn of Justice, you do the Suicide Squad, momentum is building, then you jump back almost a century before jumping back to the present for Justice League?
I’m not sure I buy this rumor. It feels like an idea that was batted around but never stuck. Then again, Bleeding Cool has been known to break stories like this. If it is true, it suggests DC’s plan is even bigger than we thought. What do you think?
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While we fantasize about who should play Marvel’s Carol Danvers, Warner Bros. TV is trying to figure out who they want to play Kara Danvers (no relation). Yes, casting is now underway on the CBS’ new DC Comics-based series Supergirl, and we have all the details on what producers are looking for.
Hit the jump for the Supergirl TV series character description and biography, plus details on a new character created just for the show.
TV Line got the scoop. Here’s how they describe the lead character, Kara Zor-El a.k.a. Kara Danvers:
As the series’ mythology goes, Kara at age 12 was sent from her dying home planet of Krypton to Earth, where she was taken in by the Danvers, a foster family who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers. After repressing said skills for more than a decade, Kara is forced to bust out her super moves in public during an unexpected disaster. Energized by her heroism for the first time in her life, she begins embracing her abilities in the name of helping the people of her city, earning herself a super moniker along the way.
Supergirl is typically portrayed in the comics as a fit blond lady, so it should come as no surprise that the show is seeking a Caucasian female between the ages of 22 and 26 for the lead. The character is supposed to be 24 years old.
Also being sought is an actress to play Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Kara’s 26-year-old foster sister. Beautiful and brilliant, she nevertheless grew up both jealous of and fascinated by Kara. Curiosity about her sister’s abilities led the science-minded Alex to study up on alien anthropology, sociology and culture, and now she works for a secret government organization.
Alex is a brand-new character not from the comics. It’s tough to tell from that description whether she’ll ultimately be friend, foe, or both, but we look forward to finding out. Meanwhile, the latest report makes no mention of Kara’s actual relative from the comics, Kal-El a.k.a. Superman.
Supergirl is being cast by the same folks who previously cast Arrow and The Flash, so adjust your expectations up or down as you see fit. The new show is being written and executive produced by Greg Berlanti (also of Arrow and The Flash) and Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family).
Who would you cast as Supergirl?
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Here’s a Halloween project to look forward to, though it won’t be ready in time for this Halloween. Epic Pictures Group is assembling a horror anthology called Tales of Halloween, which will bring together directors like Neil Marshall (The Descent) and Darren Bousman (Saws II-IV) in celebration of that most macabre of holidays.
Hit the jump for more Tales of Halloween details, including plot details and a full director list.
Deadline reports Tales of Halloween will consist of ten segments from eleven directors. In addition to Marshall and Bousman, there’s Joe Begos (Almost Human), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy) and John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), and Paul Solet (Grace).
All of the interconnected segments will take place during Halloween night in one quiet American town. Well, one typically-quiet American town. On this particular evening it’s being terrorized by all manner of horrifying creatures, from ghouls and aliens to good-old-fashioned murderers.
Carolyn was the one to come up with the project, and will serve as producer alongside Mendez. Many of the filmmakers come from the same Los Angeles scene and are such good friends they even have a cute name for themselves, The October Society.
“It’s so great to be working with such a unique and talented group of directors,” said Marshall. “Many of The October Society have been friends for years, so when Axelle had the idea of combining our talents for an anthology based on our mutual love of Halloween and all things scary, it was a no-brainer.”
Pre-production on Tales of Halloween is already underway, and shooting is expected to begin in November. There’s no release date for this one yet, but it seems a safe bet that we can expect it out in time for the holiday next year.
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At this moment, Arrested Development is pretty much in arrested development. The fourth season has been out there for well over a year, a fifth season is planned but not yet moving forward, and there will be a movie at some point, too. We just don’t know when. In fact, series creator Mitch Hurwitz is developing other things for Netflix as he waits for something to happen with his own cult comedy.
At least, that’s what we thought as of a few days ago. Now it seems Hurwitz is doing something fans have already done – recutting the fourth season of Arrested Development in chronological order. Read more about the Arrested Development season 4 chronological edit below.
The information came from an interview with Pretentious Film Majors, the exact quote at 6:35
Here’s the quote:
Right now, I’m cutting a version of season 4 that tells it kind of chronologically and that’s like a whole different era [of the show.]
For those who may not remember, because of scheduling, Arrested Development Season 4 was done as character-centric episodes, told out of chronological order. So one episode might allude to or show events that didn’t pay off until several episodes later. There was overlap. Clever filmmaking tricks allowed actors who weren’t available at the same time to be put into necessary scenes. But some audiences found this incredibly frustrating. Personally, I thought it was a very rewarding experience (I wrote about it here) but it was very, very different from the Arrested Development we knew and loved.
A few fans have already done what Hurwitz is doing, but it’ll be great to see the official Arrested Development season 4 chronological edit at some point.
When though and how? Hurwitz didn’t say. He did talk about the fifth season of the show though. He said it’s up to 20th Century Fox, who owns the project, then added this:
There’s more of the story that has to be told somehow and we’ve got the rest of the story broken. Season 4 was always meant to be act one of a three act structure, where everything goes sour at the end of it.
Previously, Hurwitz said a movie would come before season five, so that would account for the next two acts. As for when we might see the new cut of Arrested Development Season 4, you’d have to guess it’ll either be uploaded to Netflix or be on an eventual Blu-ray release.
Will you rewatch Arrested Development Season 4 chronological cut?
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The first official publicity photos for Terminator: Genisys haven’t been great, frankly speaking. But they did leave us wanting to see more, if only to reassure ourselves that the actual movie will look much better.
Sadly, we have a bit of a wait until that can happen since the Terminator: Genisys trailer isn’t here quite yet. In the meantime, though, you can whet your appetite with these new Terminator: Genisys storyboards, which tease a big battle sequence involving John Connor (Jason Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney).
See the Terminator Genisys storyboards after the jump.
EW unveiled the Terminator Genisys storyboards.
Working left to right and top to bottom, here are the accompanying captions:
- Endoskeletons outside a work camp
- John Connor and Kyle Reese fighting off endoskeletons
- Connor during the Future War
- Connor, Reese, and the rebels in battle as helicopters drop tanks in the background
- A frozen endoskeleton in the foreground as Connor and Reese pass by
How nice that Connor and Reese will get some father-son bonding time. As far as family activities go, fighting off robots seems a lot more exciting than throwing a ball or playing Monopoly.
Here’s how the magazine previously described the story:
The beginning of Terminator: Genisys, the first of three planned films that Paramount hopes will relaunch the beloved sci-fi franchise, is set in 2029, when the Future War is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system Skynet on the ropes. John Connor (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Jason Clarke) is the leader of the resistance, and Kyle Reese (Divergent‘s Jai Courtney) is his loyal soldier, raised in the ruins of post apocalyptic California. As in the original film, Connor sends Reese back to 1984 to save Connor’s mother, Sarah (Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator programmed to kill her so that she won’t ever give birth to John. But what Reese finds on the other side is nothing like he expected.
Paramount has Terminator: Genisys set to open July 1, 2015. Alan Taylor is directing. Emilia Clarke and Matt Smith also star.
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The Aaron Sorkin-scripted, Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs movie just got a whole lot funnier. Christian Bale is already set to play the iconic Apple creator and now, Seth Rogen is likely to play the co-creator of the company, Steven Wozniack. Jessica Chastain is also said to be up for a role in the film. Read more about the Seth Rogen Steve Wozniak casting below.
Sorkin’s script is based off the official Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson and is said to only be three scenes, each surrounding a key Keynote event in the history of Apple. The casting of Rogen (and Chastain, obviously) suggest the film won’t be a one-man show despite its unique structure.
Josh Gad played the Wozniack role in the 2013 version of the film. However, that film was more of a straight biopic/historical telling of the Apple story, so Wozniack obviously had a big role. One would think Rogen wouldn’t take the role unless it was something at least similar to that. On the other hand, it’s a chance to talk Sorkin and worth with Danny Boyle, and what actor could turn that down no matter the role?
At least one of the keynotes in the film will be first Macintosh in 1984, which Wozniack would feature prominently in.
Recently, Aaron Sorkin talked about the casting of Bale, and his quotes – which not only exhibited extreme confidence in the casting – gave a sense of what this movie is going to be:
The role is an extremely difficult role. He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn’t a scene or frame that he’s not in and there’s a tremendous amount of language. So it’s an extremely difficult part and he’s gonna crush it.
What do you think about Rogen joining Bale in the film?
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