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Superhero Bits: Ant-Man, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Flash, Batman vs. Superman, Sin City 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Want to see a new image from The Amazing Spider-Man 2? How about a clip from Arrow showing the origin of The Flash? What did Paul Rudd say when asked about Ant-Man? Which villain wrote the latest Amazing Spider-Man 2 viral posting? Does James Mardsen want to come back for X-Men: Apocalypse? Has pre-production started on Batman vs. Superman? Did the title of Sin City 2 actually change? Is it possible to make a good Superman video game? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.
New image from Amazing Spider-Man 2 from Amazing Spider Fans, via Coming Soon.
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost talk to SFX about Ant-Man and comic book movies.
Here’s a clip from the mid-season finale of Arrow with Barry Allen becoming The Flash. Thanks to CBM.
Comic Book Resources talked to Grant Gustin about the scene and its repercussions
I’m mostly looking forward to getting the pilot script and seeing how Barry’s going to handle this happening to him. He’s not just excited. It’s scary. That’s what I loved about the character in the audition process — it’s not just he loves superheroes, and he’s a fanboy, and all of a sudden he’s like, “I’m going to be one, I’m really stoked about it.” It’s kind of like, “This is terrifying. This is really happening to me.” I’m really excited to play more of that.
This is the cover of Captain America: Homefront, a Winter Soldier tie-in comic that’ll be released next year. Read more here.
Eddie Brock wrote the latest entry on the Daily Bugle, Amazing Spider-Man 2 Tumblr. That’s Venom, btw.
Superhero Hype gives a history of The Green Goblin.Continue Reading Superhero Bits >>
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The trailers for Cark Rinsch‘s samurai epic 47 Ronin have not been short on action or spectacle. But if you were too busy being dazzled by the colorful, fantastical CG effects to pay attention to the story, the new short 47 Ronin: The Way of the Warrior should help set you straight.
The animated prequel delves into who, exactly, the titular 47 Ronin are, and how they got to a place where Keanu Reeves is their only hope. Check it out after the jump.
Crave Online debuted the video.
It’s not nearly as attention-grabbing as the trailers for the actual movie have been, and the story might be more exciting if it weren’t so simplistic. But it does a lot to explain the world of the movie, like the code of honor that these characters live by and the fantastical creatures that populate their world. Plus, there are some lovely images to look at in the meantime.
47 Ronin opens Christmas Day. Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Kô Shibasaki also star.
Keanu Reeves makes an explosive return to action-adventure in 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves) — a half-breed they once rejected — as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.
As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity.
Helmed by director Carl Rinsch (The Gift), 47 Ronin is produced by Scott Stuber (Ted, Identity Thief), Pamela Abdy (Identity Thief, upcoming Kill the Messenger) and Eric McLeod (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Austin Powers series).
It’s a Walt Disney movie, set at Disney, about Walt Disney. There’s all kinds of meta going on in John Lee Hancock‘s Saving Mr. Banks, a dramatization of the events that lead the film Mary Poppins to the big screen. Golden Globe nominee Emma Thompson plays author PL Travers and Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney, who courted Travers for the rights to the character for years. To up the film’s authenticity, much of it was shot on location where the events actually happened, including Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA and Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
Below, watch a video of how the film recreated Disneyland of 1961 at Disneyland of 2013. Plus, you can see featurettes on the story, music and Hanks himself.
Here’s the first featurette on 1961. I must warn you though. Despite its title, Disneyland doesn’t get mentioned until the very end of the video. I wish there was much more on that.
And here are some other featurettes on the film.
Saving Mr. Banks opens in limited release Friday. It goes wide the week after. Watch our video review here.
When you’re the offspring of popular Disney villains like Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen or Jafar, do you follow in your parent’s footsteps or learn from their mistakes? That’s the question at the center of Descendants, a new live-action Disney Channel film. It’ll be directed by Kenny Ortega, who helmed the High School Musical trilogy for the company.
Casting is underway from a script by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott. They’re aiming at a 2015 premiere on Disney Channel. Read more below.
Here’s the official press release on the film from Disney, which talks about the plot and crew:
In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?
Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney’s record-settingHigh School Musical TV movies and feature film, returns to Disney Channel to direct Descendants.
The script was written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott (creators and Emmy Award and WGA Award nominees for their writing on The Starter Wife, also writers of Runaway Bride and onDesperate Housewives). The production design will be by Mark Hofeling (Teen Beach Movie, High School Musical). The wardrobe design will be by Kara Saun (Project Runway, America’s Best Dance Crew).
Casting is underway for Disney’s Descendants, a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy that taps into Disney’s heritage characters—notably its most evil villains–to introduce their progeny, a modern day generation of teenagers who ultimately question the evil that’s always been in their hearts. Disney’s Descendants is scheduled to begin production next spring for a 2015 premiere on Disney Channel. The casting directors are Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, C.S.A. (High School Musical TV movies and film, Camp Rock).
Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “We mined Disney’s treasure trove of stories and developed a new, comedic approach to the fabled characters everyone knows and loves. The result is a modern and unexpected re-interpretation of classic heritage characters utilizing contemporary, relatable settings and themes.”
I love the idea of this film but, unfortunately, the Disney Channel angle makes it sound second rate. Maybe if they nail the casting, that’ll change, but for Disney fans, this is an undeniably cool concept.
Back in 2012, The Beach Boys biopic The Drummer had an incredible cast. Aaron Eckhart, Vera Farmiga, Rupert Grint and Chloe Grace Moretz were all attached to tell the story of Dennis Wilson, the band’s drummer who met a tragic end. Filming was set to start in June 2012 but Eckhart, who had been learning Beach Boys songs for six months, decided to pull out at the last minute. That delayed the film indefinitely and now another blow has all but cancelled it. The estate of Dennis Wilson has decided they no longer want the film to be made.
The Hollywood Reporter broke this news and delved deeper into the details. Here’s an excerpt:
The trustee for Wilson’s estate, which represents his children, suggests that the project is now officially off. “The Dennis Wilson Trust can confirm that there is no plan for proceeding with the Drummer project,” Shelley Surpin said in an email, declining to elaborate.
Wilson’s son Carl and daughter Jennifer — children from separate marriages — had signed on to co-produce the film in October 2011. The deal represented the first time the family had sanctioned a movie, enabling director Randall Miller to secure the rights to use songs from Pacific Ocean Blue, Wilson’s solo album. But their unease about the screenplay, written by Jody Savin, has contributed to the project’s delay, Wilson’s producer and writing partner Gregg Jakobson reveals. “The kids, they get bad counseling,” he said in a recent interview. “It’s the estate — they don’t know anything about the entertainment business. They hardly even really ever knew their dad.”
You can read more about the controversy at that link but, if the estate of Wilson has pulled out of the film, basically it’s over. Beach Boys fans can instead choose to focus on Love & Mercy, another biopic which has Paul Dano attached.
Update: Hitfix has confirmed this news. Read more below.
Joss Whedon has apparently decided he can’t fool audiences twice. While he neglected to even mention Don Cheadle‘s War Machine character in The Avengers, the character had a much expanded role in Iron Man 3. That means it’s now believed Cheadle’s Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes, also known as War Machine and Iron Patriot, will play a role in Whedon’s 2015 sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Below, read what purpose he could potentially serve, as well as a rumored role in the film for actor Simon McBurney.
Bleeding Cool reported this news, which we have to consider a rumor until it’s officially confirmed by Cheadle, Whedon or Marvel. USA Today‘s interview with Cheadle also mentions he’s in the movie though, so it seems likely. (Another rumor is Simon McBurney will join the film as a real-life butler, possibly called Jarvis.)
The question then becomes, what role will Rhodes have in the film? The most obvious one would be as a fighting member of The Avengers as they face off against Ultron (James Spader). However, with two other new characters being introduced (Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlett Witch), not to mention apparently expanded roles for Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) that’s a whole lot of movie that’s being squeezed together.
If indeed he is in the film, which of course makes a lot of sense, I have a feeling we might see the end of the character. He seems like just the right balance of well-known, but unnecessary, hero for Whedon to kill early on, giving The Avengers even more of a reason to deal with Ultron. Plus, without a fourth Iron Man film until at least 2020, what better purpose could he serve in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Popping up in a Phase 3 Hulk movie or Doctor Strange just doesn’t fit. That’s obviously pure speculation, but since we know Iron Man survives (Robert Downey Jr. is signed for The Avengers 3) but doesn’t have another movie lined up, it’s certainly a possibility.
How do you think Rhodes could fit into the film? Will he be War Machine? Iron Patriot? Is it just a cameo? Speculate below.
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.
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We’re back to the question of what the Joel and Ethan Coen will do to follow the stellar Inside Llewyn Davis. We’ve recently heard that there could be scripts that take place in the world of opera, and possibly in ancient Rome. The latter led people to think of a script called Hail Caesar that had been talked up many years ago, meant to star George Clooney. The actor called it a capper to their loose “idiot trilogy,” the first two films being O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Intolerable Cruelty.
Turns out that Hail Caesar script is still in play, and could even be next. But it isn’t the Roman movie — or it might not be, anyway. The Coens talk, below.
Anne Thompson asked about the Hail Caesar script, and got the following response:
Joel: We’ve been working on that one.
Ethan: It’s about the movie business and life and religion and faith. Faith and the movie business. It’s still George.
Joel: There’s a good chance that would be next.
And that’s it. But it’s a slight bit more than we’ve known. In 2005, when the project was first talked up, the plot description was that it would “follow a troupe of theater actors in the 1920′s putting on a play about ancient Rome.” That sounds like it has changed a bit, to be about movies rather than theater (but it could feature the theater troupe intersecting with the movie biz) and that the Roman angle isn’t primary.
Still, it’s the Coens, so it’s always difficult to tell early on. Could this be the “sandal” movie they recently talked/joked about? Possibly. When Inside Llewyn Davis was announced and briefly described early on, did anyone think it would be quite the movie we got? Probably not. So we’ll wait (impatiently) and see.
Briefly: The director of Anna Karenina, Hanna, Atonement and Pride & Prejudice has set his next film. Joe Wright‘s Pan will hit theaters June 26, 2015 in 3D. Though a full cast has yet to be announced, Javier Bardem is thought to be playing the villainous Blackbeard in an origin story that follows an orphan to Neverland where he saves the day and battles evil pirates. The film has been pitched for years as a “darker” take on the Peter Pan story. However, the 3D and competitive summer release makes it sound like it’s a big, rousing adventure film.
Exhibitor Relations first revealed this information. The June 26, 2015 release date places the film on the same date as Ted 2, and a week after Fantastic Four and Pixar’s Inside Out. That’s an extremely competitive month. Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift) wrote the screenplay.
As more is announced on this film, we’ll let you know. Though it’s been sort of mixed in with a ton of other Peter Pan projects in development, this release date marks Pan as a major, Warner Bros. tentpole. It’s the same summer they’re releasing Batman vs. Superman.
Dave Perillo‘s adventure through the Lucasfilm catalog continues next week. The talented artist tackled the Star Wars Trilogy with posters for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and started Indiana Jones with Raiders of the Lost Ark. It doesn’t take a genius to realize what’s next, Steven Spielberg’s 1984 sequel Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It goes on sale Monday December 16 via Acme Archives. Check out our exclusive reveal below.
Here’s the full poster. Click to see it larger.
The piece is 12 x 36 inches, is an edition of 250 and will cost $50. It goes on sale December 16 around 10:30 p.m. PST. Follow @AcmeArchives for the announcement.
Check back in the coming weeks for the imminent conclusion of another Perillo trilogy.
The first teaser for the fifth season of Community did something I thought was impossible: it made me want to watch the fifth season of Community. Early tweets from people who’ve seen the first episodes (like Alan Sepinwall) supported the notion that Dan Harmon‘s return has brought the show back to that smart/manic weirdness that made the best episodes of the first three seasons stand out from all other sitcoms.
Here’s a long trailer for the one-hour season premiere, which has more weird crap than even makes sense for one episode, plus Don Glover joking about his own impending departure, and an appearance from Walton Goggins. Suddenly, “six seasons and a movie” doesn’t seem so insane. Watch below.
Community returns on January 2.
2011′s Rio was entirely founded on the premise that Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) were the only blue macaws left in the entire world. The whole reason Blu left his comfy Minnesota home was to meet and mate with Jewel, lest their species die out altogether.
But maybe Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) isn’t such a great ornithologist after all, because in Rio 2 it turns out that there are others of their kind out there in the jungle. A whole flock of ‘em, in fact. And unfortunately for Blu, that crowd includes Jewel’s dad Eduardo (Andy Garcia) and her handsome ex-boyfriend Roberto (Bruno Mars). Watch the newest full-length trailer after the jump.
Apple has the trailer in HD.
The birds of the jungle are cute and all (yes, even you, Nigel), but the most exciting thing about this trailer might be the lovely new Janelle Monáe tune that plays at the start of it. The Grammy-nominated songstress also voices a character in the film. Sergio Mendes, who won a Best Original Song Oscar for the last film’s “Real in Rio,” returns to produce the soundtrack.
Rio 2 opens April 11, 2014. In addition to Hathaway, Eisenberg, and Santoro, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, and Jemaine Clement return from the first film. Kristin Chenoweth, Janelle Monáe, and Rita Moreno are also among the new voice cast.
The entire cast of the animated smash RIO returns in RIO 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.
Culture warriors may dismiss Hollywood as a godless place, but that’s looking increasingly untrue as the trend of Bible-based epics gains speed. The latest to get picked up is Lionsgate’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, based on the much-talked-about biography by Reza Aslan.
If that name rings a bell, it may be because Fox News tried to ignite a controversy this summer over the fact that Aslan was a Muslim scholar writing about the founder of Christianity. Hit the jump for all the details on this latest project.
Lionsgate announced its acquisition of the book via press release. “Reza Aslan has written a remarkable book that manages to bring the ancient world into contemporary relief and to make a timeless story very timely,” said Lionsgate president of production Erik Feig. “We are excited to create this uniquely cinematic and immersive world for moviegoers to experience.”
In his book, Aslan examines the religious icon and the start of Christiniaty from a historical perspective. The movie adaptation will take a similar angle. As Aslan explained in the statement, “Their vision for Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth is aligned with my objective in writing the book, which was to illuminate the life of Jesus in a humanistic, as opposed to religious, context.”
While the Old Testament has inspired a couple of big upcoming projects, including Ridley Scott’s Exodus and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, New Testament hero Jesus Christ has not been the focus of a major motion picture since Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ in 2004. Well, unless you count next year’s Son of God, which isn’t so much a feature film as a feature-length edit of a History Channel miniseries.
No director or stars have been announced, so feel free to guess at who could do this tale justice in the comments.
In the year 2014, for a movie to fly so far under the radar we don’t hear about it until a trailer is out, is incredibly rare. It’s almost like a time before the Internet. A time when kids adventure movies like The Goonies or E.T. The Extra Terrestrial totally surprised audiences when they sat down in the theater. That time was the Eighties and that’s the vibe director Dave Green is going for with Earth to Echo, a found-footage film following a group of young kids who find something magical in the desert. Relativity will release the film on April 25 and the first teaser has just been released. If you like that kind of movie, you are going to smile at this one. Check it out below.
Watch the trailer in HD over on Apple or check out the embed.
Here’s the plot synopsis.
After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and the authorities. When everyone around them refuses to take the messages seriously, the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. But taking matters into their own hands gets the trio in way over their heads when they discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help. The epic, suspenseful and exciting journey that follows will change all of their lives forever.
Earth to Echo, directed by Dave Green, written by Henry Gayden and Andrew Panay, starring Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Reese Hartwig, Ella Linnea Wahlestedt, opens April 25.
Stephen King‘s work is so prevalent, you can be a huge fan even if you’ve never picked up a book. Innumerable movies have made it to the big screen, miniseries have gone to television, and recently more of his stories are being adapted to serialized TV. There are Under the Dome and Haven and now another King story is making the jump. The show will be called Grand Central, based on the short story The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates. ABC has given it a straight-to-series order for Summer 2014 and it’ll be executive produced by Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn, who both write on Haven.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of this show, which is produced by a new company called Signature.
The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates was originally published in 2008 in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and later collected in King’s Just After Sunset. A wife answers the phone one morning to hear the familiar voice of her husband on the other end. However, he died in a plane crash two days earlier. The husband tells his wife about two upcoming events, which helps keep her alive.
Premonition, the after-life, crime solving, the story has all kinds of familiar TV tropes. It’s like Person of Interest, if they were getting the information from someone who is dead. That’s not to say the show will be specifically that, but it’s pretty obvious there are lots of ways to go with the idea.
We’ll find out how it works when Grand Central hits ABC is Summer 2014.
Crazy 4 Cult, Gallery 1988‘s signature pop culture art event, is returning to the Big Apple. The show, which got its start in Los Angeles several years ago and has since spawned two books and innumerable imitators, came to New York in 2012 and is coming back on December 13. It’ll remain on display through December 21, so there’s plenty of time to pick up the perfect pop culture inspired piece of art for anyone on your Christmas shopping list.
There is literally something for everyone in this show and it’s so massive, we have not one but two previews of its goodies. In this second preview we have limited edition pop culture art from Back to the Future, Home Alone, RoboCop, Clue, A Christmas Story, Tremors, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and many, many more. Check it out below.
The Crazy 4 Cult 7: Back In New York opening goes from 7-10 p.m. December 13 at 355A Bowery (at Bowery & 3rd) in Manhattan. It’ll then be open every day from noon to 7 p.m. through December 21.
Here’s our second preview from the show. Mouse over each piece for the artist and subject. Some of these are originals but many will be prints as well. And check out the first preview at this link. Plus, Jason Edmiston’s Raiders of the Lost Ark pieces here.
It really says something about Johnny Depp‘s career that his role in Transcendence as a megalomaniacal digital god (or something) is the least weird he’s looked in a while. The role doesn’t require him to don gold teeth, or vampire fangs, or ten pounds of white makeup and a bird on his head. Instead, as director Wally Pfister puts it, Transcendence has him with “just a pair of glasses on and a pretty normal haircut.”
But don’t let that fool you: Transcendence sounds like a trip. The script, by Jack Paglen, centers on an AI researcher (Depp) who uploads his own consciousness into the computer when his life falls into danger. Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, and Cillian Murphy also star, and you can see all of them in two new images after the jump.
If the giant “Entertainment Weekly” watermark didn’t tip you off, the photos below come from Entertainment Weekly.
And here’s the out-there synopsis:
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.
Transcendence opens April 18, 2014.
How often do you get to jump from Hotel Transylvania 2 to The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) in just a few lines? After the jump:
- The Inbetweeners Movie 2 adds a Pitch Perfect star
- Peter Berg wants to do The Rundown 2 with Dwayne Johnson
- Frank Miller‘s Xerxes won’t arrive in time for the 300 premiere
- Read the updated synopsis for 22 Jump Street
- Watch a new set video from Transformers: Age of Extinction
- Hotel Transylvania 2 gets some promotional art
- And so does The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
- Leaked art from the new Alien game teases Ripley’s kid, maybe
Freddie Stroma, whom you may know as the British radio station manager from Pitch Perfect or Cormac McLaggen from the Harry Potter movies, has signed on for The Inbetweeners Movie 2.
The sequel to the 2011 coming-of-age comedy — which in turn was based on an E4 sitcom — follows the gang as they set out on a new trip. (The last film had them traveling to Crete.) Along the way, they meet several new folks, including rich, entitled Ben (Stroma). [Deadline]
Peter Berg may have decided against a Friday Night Lights movie, but he’s still got his fingers crossed for a The Rundown sequel. “I really want to do it,” he said. “I’ve talked to Dwayne [Johnson]. I have an actor in mind that I can’t say that I want to work with Dwayne on it, and we want to do it.”
And this isn’t just idle chatter. “Yeah, we’re meeting with writers now,” he added. While the 2003 original wasn’t a box office hit, it garnered positive reviews and has attracted a following on DVD. [Collider via JoBlo]
Zack Snyder‘s 300 is finally getting a follow-up next year, but Frank Miller‘s source material is not. Though Miller has been working on a new comic book, Xerxes, for some time, it hasn’t progressed since he turned in the first two issues back in 2011, and won’t be ready in time for the 300: Rise of an Empire release in March.
Apparently, Miller’s been too busy with his many other projects, including his co-directing work on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. But he still “has every intention of returning to the remaining Xerxes issues when his Hollywood commitments are complete,” so just keep patient. [ICv2 via Bleeding Cool]
Having survived high school a second time, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) will be heading to college in 22 Jump Street. And that new setting will bring some new challenges along with it. Here’s the latest official synopsis:
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing the comedy sequel, which opens June 13, 2014. [Sony]
Entertainment Tonight Canada has posted a couple of new pics from the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction, which include video interviews with stars Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz.
The stars reiterate a lot of the same things we’ve heard before — Wahlberg pretends to know nothing about Dinobots, Peltz feels “very lucky” to work with Wahlberg, that kind of stuff — but the clips do offer a look at the action from a slightly different perspective.
Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27, 2014. [via TFW2005]
It’s been a year since Hotel Transylvania 2 was announced, and now Sony has a new bit of promo art to share from it. And I do mean “bit,” because it’s tiny.
The bad news is that this image tells us nothing new about the movie. The good news is that all of its characters look just as cute as they did the first time. Hotel Transylvania 2 opens September 25, 2015. [Collider]
On a much less adorable note, we also have teaser art from The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence). The centipedes are not so pleasant to look at, but considering the premise of the movie we should probably just be grateful that this poster isn’t more repulsive.
The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) is expected to open next year, after which we can all just close the book on that whole chapter of cinematic history and start trying to forget we ever learned the concept of a “human centipede” to begin with. [Shock Till You Drop]
We recently got word that the sequel to the video game Aliens: Colonial Marines could focus on Ellen Ripley’s daughter, and now some leaked art shows a tough-looking woman in a spacesuit. Amanda Ripley, is that you?
I’m as big a fan of actor Jason Segel and writer David Foster Wallace as anyone in this world. But are they two great tastes that taste great together, as the Reese’s slogan goes, or are they better kept separate? We’ll find out when James Ponsoldt‘s The End of the Tour gets underway.
Segel is attached to play the Infinite Jest author in the fact-based project, which also stars Jesse Eisenberg as the journalist writing an article about him. Get plot details and more after the jump.
The End of the Tour depicts a real-life road trip that took place in early 1996. Wallace was on a book tour for Infinite Jest, the novel which shot him to international fame. Rolling Stone assigned journalist David Lipsky to tag along and write a piece on him, but the article was never published. Following Wallace’s suicide in 2008 at the age of 46, Lipsky compiled his material into a book. The result, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace, was published in 2010.
Eisenberg will play Lipsky in the movie. Playwright Donald Margulies wrote the script, which according to TheWrap depicts Lipsky and Wallace discussing “women, depression and the pros and cons of fame” as feelings of jealousy and competition develop between them. Production is expected to get underway in February or March.
As far as I can tell, Segel will be the first actor ever to play Wallace in a fictionalized work. However, he won’t be the writer’s first brush with the movie biz. In 2009, John Krasinski made his directorial debut with an adaptation of Wallace’s short story collection Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.
As a comedy star, Segel isn’t an immediately obvious choice to play a troubled writer like Wallace. But he’s shown more dramatic chops in Jeff, Who Lives at Home and Freaks & Geeks, and Ponsoldt’s got a way of drawing excellent performances from his actors, as most recently demonstrated with The Spectacular Now.
Segel last starred in The Five-Year Engagement and had a small part in his buddy Seth Rogen’s This Is the End over the summer. He recently wrapped the comedy Sex Tape, which reunites him with his Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan and co-star Cameron Diaz.
Eisenberg is coming off of the hit thriller Now You See Me. His 2014 releases include Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, and Rio 2. Additionally, he’s set to re-team with his Adventureland co-star Kristen Stewart for the comedy American Ultra, which shoots in April.
Discuss: If you’re unfamiliar with the works of Wallace, there’s plenty of his work to be found online. May I suggest his essays on the porn industry, the Maine Lobster Festival, or tennis star Roger Federer, or his inspiring 2005 Kenyon College commencement speech?
The Good Luck of Right Now is the forthcoming novel from Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick, set for publication in 2014. But like so many soon-to-be-published books from authors whose work has been successfully adapted to film, Quick’s novel already has filmmakers ready to bring it to the screen.
In this case, it is Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris who are in talks to direct the film for DreamWorks. Mike White scripted. The story sounds like it would be a natural fit for Dayton and Faris, as it explores a strange family situation, and features the “spirit of Richard Gere.” Wait, what?
Details on the book are below.
Here’s the publisher’s description of the book. Since we’re a couple months before publication on this novel, and we don’t have galleys, it’s difficult to know whether or not thers a chance that Gere will end up in the film. I think his spirit should be played by Steven Segal.
For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday Mass, and the library learn how to fly?
Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, Mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life by writing Richard Gere a series of letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women, are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.
A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foulmouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the Cat Parliament and find Bartholomew’s biological father . . . and discover so much more.