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What’s the controversy surrounding Black Widow and Avengers: Age of Ultron merchandise? When will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D cross over with the film? Which superhero world record did Warner Bros. just set? How is Kodi Smit-McPhee approaching Nightcrawler in X-Men Apocalypse? When will Kingsman: The Secret Service be on Blu-ray? Want to see some new Deadpool set videos? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.
The Brick Fan points out this Avengers: Age of Ultron TV spot, redone in LEGO.
Her Universe, however, does have some Avengers: Age of Ultron dresses.
A rumor originated on Reddit (via IGN) about a possible Ms. Marvel TV show. Normally, rumors on Reddit are not correct.
Hey U Guys posted the full Avengers: Age of Ultron UK press conference, but beware of spoilers. Lots of spoilers. Around 20 minutes in, Mark Ruffalo and Joss Whedon do hint at future plans with Hulk, though.
The next few Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D episodes will be a pseudo-prequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Speaking of S.H.I.E.L.D, here’s a clip from the upcoming episode.
Warner Bros. recently set a world record for the most people dressed up as superheroes in one place.Continue Reading Superhero Bits >>
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Daredevil has been streaming on Netflix for just about two weeks, and evidently is doing well enough to warrant continuation. Netflix just gave the green light to Daredevil season 2, with plans to air in 2016. But there’s a big change. Steven DeKnight is out as showrunner due to “previous commitments,” and Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez will jointly take on the showrunner role in his stead.
Marvel issued a press release:
Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that “Marvel’s Daredevil” will receive a second season, available only on the streaming service in 2016! With the first season of “Marvel’s Daredevil” proving a smash success with both audiences and critics, Netflix and Marvel will continue to create further adventures of the Man Without Fear! Doug Petrie (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “American Horror Story”) and Marco Ramirez (“Sons of Anarchy”), who worked closely with Executive Producers Steven S. DeKnight and Drew Goddard during the first season, will serve as showrunners for Season 2. Petrie, Ramirez, Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods”), and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) will serve as Executive Producers of Season 2.
DeKnight offers his comments on leaving, too:
While previous commitments unfortunately prevent me from continuing on with Daredevil into its second season. I could not be happier that Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are carrying the torch. They were invaluable collaborators during our first season, and I for one can’t wait to see what they do with the show moving forward.
Personally, I’m curious to see how the showrunner change works out; Petrie and Ramirez are clearly not new to the show, but perhaps they can juice it up slightly. I like a lot of the first season of Daredevil — Charlie Cox is great, Vincent D’Onofrio makes a really interesting version of Wilson Fisk, and the action is often terrific. But the season also feels very sluggish, with very slow-developing drama and dull secondary villains. There’s a lot to work with, but also a lot of room to grow.
The press release also notes:
“Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” comes only to Netflix later this year and “Marvel’s Luke Cage” premieres on the streaming service in 2016. Future series exclusively debuting on Netflix include “Marvel’s Iron Fist” and “Marvel’s Defenders,” a mini-series event that reimagines a team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
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Last week was a weird one for Zack Snyder and his film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film’s first trailer was briefly teased on Instagram, then released online in low-quality bootleg form, forcing Warner Bros. to officially release the trailer days in advance of its planned theatrical IMAX debut. (That’s still happening tonight.) But that’s all out there now, so we’ll just move forward. Now you can get a look at the primary Batman v Superman costumes thanks to a video featuring NBA star DeAndre Jordan checking out a Warner Bros. exhibit of the suits and new Batmobile.
UPDATE: B-Roll footage has now been put online with a much more detailed look at the costumes.
This video comes via Bleacher Report.
And in case you’re wondering, the IMAX debut of the Batman v Superman trailer, scheduled for tonight, will feature stuff not seen in the online trailer. How much stuff? “A few extra shots,” says Snyder. Maybe that means we’ll get a glimpse at a couple other characters in motion, like Wonder Woman and/or Aquaman.
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) April 17, 2015
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Jason Momoa and opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.
UPDATE: Bleacher Reporter gave Comic Book the B-Roll from their visit. Check it out and head to the link for more images.
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The film Russ and Roger Go Beyond will chronicle the collaboration between film critic and novice screenwriter Roger Ebert and exploitation maestro Russ Meyer for the film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Will Ferrell is in talks to play Meyer, and now the film seems to have a director, as Michael Winterbottom is working out a deal to call the shots on Russ and Roger Go Beyond.
THR reports that STX Entertainment, “the new financing and distributing entity launched last year,” has joined the project to finance it, and perhaps to distribute. (Permut Presentations and Sobini Film have been developing.)
The script is by Chris Cluess, and as far as we know, the basic details of the project remain as they have been for a while. As we wrote last year: “the film begins in the late ’60s just as the New Hollywood movement was really kicking off, and Fox was struggling in the wake of a series of flops. Richard Zanuck gave Meyer the BVD directing gig in the hopes that Meyer’s drive in success and cheap working methods could create a film that would make money for Fox. Meyer hired Ebert, and the two got on surprisingly well.”
There’s still no one attached to play Ebert, though with Winterbottom on board that’s likely to change quickly.
Winter bottom has made a wide variety of films, and is no stranger to period pieces, or to stories drawn from popular history. That should help when it comes to all facets of the project, from convincing an actor to take on a role like Ebert, all the way down to overseeing the many details of recreating the time period.
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Writer/director John Michael McDonagh is following up Cavalry with a new movie called War on Everyone, featuring Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård in the lead roles. They play “two corrupt cops in New Mexico who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path.” Now the first image is out for the film, and while McDonagh’s name should be enough to raise your interest, seeing Skarsgård flip us the bird in this War on Everyone image might help.
ScreenDaily has the image, and this full info:
Michael Peña (Fury), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) and Theo James (Divergent) are starring in the story of two corrupt cops who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path…until they intimidate someone who is seemingly more dangerous than they are. Or is he?
With Peña and Skarsgård in the lead roles, does that make Theo James the “seemingly more dangerous” guy? Probably so.
The film is shooting now in New Mexico, with a supporting cast that includes Tessa Thompson (Dear White People), Caleb Landry Jones (Antiviral), Paul Reiser (Whiplash), Stephanie Sigman (Miss Bala, Spectre) and David Wilmot (Calvary). With Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions handling some distribution, we can probably expect Sony Classics to put the film in theaters in the US. We don’t know when that will happen, but expect a festival debut, maybe at TIFF or Venice, but more likely at Sundance next year.
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Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a new Cameron Crowe movie coming out next month. That may sound crazy because buzz around the film has been almost non-existant, but it’s true. The director of Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire and Say Anything is about to release Aloha, a Hawaiian-set military romance starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Bill Murray, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin.
It’s an insane cast in a film with a weird plot that involves satellites and space. Aloha seems difficult to peg. But what better way to preview a Cameron Crowe movie than with its soundtrack? The writer/director recently revealed the songs that make up the Aloha soundtrack, which you can hear below. Check out a new poster, too.
First, here’s the poster.
And here’s the soundtrack listing, via The Uncool.
- Hanohano Hanalei – Alfred K. Alohikea
- Tropical Swing – Bobby Ingano
- Alika – Genoa Keawe
- I’ll Weave A Lei of Stars For You – The Royal Hawaiian Serenaders
- Slack Key Lullaby (Live at Maki’s Studio) – Ledward Kaapana
- Ipo Lei Manu – Cyril Pahinui
- Kids and Dogs – David Crosby
- I Know I’m Not Wrong – Fleetwood Mac
- I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) –Daryl Hall & John Oates
- Take My Advice – Kurt Vile
- A Field of Birds (Live at KEXP) – The Tallest Man on Earth
- Midnight Mix – Jónsi & Alex
- Vapour – Vancouver Sleep Clinic
- You and Jake – Evening Hymns
- Come and Find Me – Josh Ritter
- Always Gold – Radical Face
- Let’s Go Out Tonight – The Blue Nile
- Heart Is a Drum – Beck
- Shooting Stars – Jónsi & Alex
But what good is a soundtrack listing without being able to hear the songs? Here are just a few embeds of the songs above. (Note – these are not all the final versions.) A quick listen will make it quite clear, this film does not have the typical Cameron Crowe soundtrack. Still, you have to wonder, what will be the breakout song? Every Cameron Crowe movie has one.
In Aloha, a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him. From Academy Award-winner Cameron Crowe, the writer-director behind such films as Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, Aloha also stars Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin.
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For ten movies we’ve been waiting to see an entire movie of the Avengers being “The Avengers.” Sure, we’ve seen some crossovers. We’ve seen what the team could do when aliens invaded. We’ve even seen an alien pseudo-Avengers assemble in Guardians of the Galaxy. But up until Avengers: Age of Ultron, we haven’t seen what would happen if six amazing superheroes spent an entire movie together, working together.
For that reason alone, Joss Whedon‘s Avengers Age of Ultron is satisfying. Beyond that, it a falls a little bit short of its amazing predecessor. When compared to the first film, Age of Ultron is more even, constantly exciting and surprising. There are huge laughs, there’s drama, some real character development, and some absolutely crazy action. That consistency almost makes up for the fact the film lacks the “Wow” moments of the first movie and that brand new feeling we got the first time.
Nevertheless, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a blast. Read the rest of our Avengers Age of Ultron review below.Ready, Set, Ultron!
Avengers: Age of Ultron is unapologetic. From frame one, the movie drops you back into Marvel’s world. You either know what’s happening – something with twins, a scepter and Hydra – or you don’t. Once that bow is tied on story elements lingering from Phase Two, the film really begins when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) does something terrible. He creates Ultron, an artificial intelligence that within moments decides the only way to save the world is to end it. The character evolves quickly throughout the movie but what you don’t get from the trailer is just how much like James Spader he is. You see Spader’s face in his animation, and mannerisms as well as his voice. He’s a worthy antagonist.
In that antagonist, we also get the narrative and thematic meat of the film. Ultron’s creation is filtered through the mind of Tony Stark and the two characters come to represent the film’s ideas. There’s Tony, always wanting to save the world but not knowing how. Then there’s Ultron, who can save the world at its own expense. Does the world deserve to be saved? What does “saving” the world even mean? These ideas are among the richest weaved throughout the entire film.The Twins
Two other new characters in the film are Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. Referred to as “The Twins,” their powers – super speed for Pietro and a mix of telepathy and telekinesis for Wanda – add a whole new dimension to the Avengers’ world. These characters make the Avengers vulnerable, and that gives the film some needed pathos. That feeling also comes from the arc of the twins, which is linked to some deeper problems.The Real Stars
It goes without saying that characters like Iron Man, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) are all given moments to shine. However, since they each had movies in the past few years, writer/director Joss Whedon really amps up their counterparts. A key relationship builds between Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), but the real highlight is Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner‘s character, a complete afterthought in the past three years, is the true star of the movie. He’s given a significant back story, great dialogue and lots of memorable and funny moments.Continue Reading Our Avengers Age of Ultron Review
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The NSEA Protector will fly again. Paramount Television is making plans for a Galaxy Quest TV show, based on the 1999 sci-fi comedy about a group of actors on a Star Trek-esque series who are whisked away on a real space adventure. Get all the details on the Galaxy Quest TV show after the jump.
The Galaxy Quest TV series doesn’t yet have a network, but Variety reports Paramount TV is shopping it around town. Several key figures from the original are in negotiations to return, including co-writer (with David Howard) Robert Gordon, director Dean Parisot, and executive producer Mark Johnson. All three are expected to executive produce with Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad).
The 1999 film starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Daryl Mitchell, and Sam Rockwell as the former stars of a once-popular sci-fi show called Galaxy Quest. After a race of aliens (played by Enrico Colantoni, Missy Pyle, Rainn Wilson, and others) mistakes episodes of the show as historical documents, they recruit the actors to help save their kind. As of now, none of the movie actors are confirmed to return for the show.
There’s some irony in Galaxy Quest being turned into a TV show while Star Trek, which helped inspire it, is still struggling to launch a small-screen reboot. But given that Star Trek fans voted Galaxy Quest the seventh best Star Trek movie of all time — ahead of several actual Star Trek movies — maybe a Galaxy Quest TV show will tide them over until CBS can get its act together.
Galaxy Quest was well received upon its 1999 debut and in the years since has achieved cult status. Which means, of course, that it’s been dogged by sequel rumors. Much of the cast and crew have expressed interest in returning (though that was when the purely theoretical Galaxy Quest 2 was assumed to be a movie, not a show), and IDW even released a Galaxy Quest comic book series earlier this year.
I’m in Las Vegas for the yearly CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest) which is the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors. The convention is filled with talks about how to maximize profits and a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of their upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond, and some even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.
This morning we saw a presentation from Paramount Pictures showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Terminator Genisys, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Star Trek 3, Zoolander 2 and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free CinemaCon Paramount reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.CinemaCon Paramount Reaction Video Blog
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Bill Condon‘s Beauty and the Beast has found its Lumière. Ewan McGregor is in talks to play the amorous candlestick, who used to be a regular old human servant before the Beast mouthed off to some witch who cursed his entire household. More on the Beauty and the Beast Ewan McGregor casting after the jump.
Variety broke the news of Ewan McGregor in Beauty and the Beast. Scripted by Evan Spiliotopoulos and rewritten by Steve Chbosky, Condon’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action retelling of the award-winning 1991 animated feature from Disney.
The upcoming Beauty and the Beast will feature new recordings of songs from the earlier film, along with original songs by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. In the animated version, Lumière sings the showstopper “Be Our Guest.”
Emma Watson leads the cast as Belle, a bookish young woman who allows herself to be taken captive by the Beast (Dan Stevens) in order to save her father Maurice (Kevin Kline). Luke Evans stars as Belle’s arrogant would-be suitor Gaston, and Josh Gad as Gaston’s faithful sidekick Lefou.
The buzzy cast also includes Ian McKellen as uptight clock Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as maternal teapot Mrs. Potts, Audra McDonald as welcoming wardrobe Garderobe, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as flirty feather duster Plumette. With McGregor on board to play Lumière, all of the major roles from the 1991 Disney animated feature have been filled.
Beauty and the Beast is one of several live-action fairy tales in the works at Disney, along with The Jungle Book, Dumbo, Mulan, Pinocchio, and Winnie the Pooh. McGregor previously starred in a live-action fairy tale for rival Warner Bros., Jack the Giant Slayer.
McGregor is coming off the Sundance pic Last Days in the Desert, which got great reviews, and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai, which didn’t. His other upcoming roles include Gavin O’Connor’s Western Jane Got a Gun and the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead.
Beauty and the Beast lands March 17, 2017.
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Batman v Superman doesn’t hit theaters for almost a year, and we’ve already seen a trailer. Not to be outdone, here’s a Pirates of the Caribbean 5 first look. The film doesn’t open until July 2017 — that’s over two years away — but here’s the first image from the film, of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The image comes from producer Jerry Bruckheimer:
Captain Jack is back and we're not letting him go. pic.twitter.com/m6VVRTyFQm
— JERRY BRUCKHEIMER (@BRUCKHEIMERJB) April 21, 2015
The film is still shooting, after taking a production break when Depp was injured.
Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing, and Pirates 5 the film also stars Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites, Golshifteh Farahani, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally and Stephen Graham.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
The film opens on July 7, 2017.
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Three things are certain in life. Death, taxes, and Internet trailer parodies. The instant a big film trailer hits the web, you know hundreds of people start working on different parodies, memes, and whatever else they can come up with. In the past week, two of the year’s biggest trailers came online: Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Of course, so too came the parodies.
For Batman v Superman, Screen Junkies did an Honest Trailer version of the trailer, and someone else re-edited the footage with shots of Christopher Reeve and Adam West to give it a retro feel. Check out the Batman v Superman trailer parodies below.
First up, here’s the Honest Teaser.Batman v Superman Honest Trailer Teaser
And here’s the retro version via Bobby Burns.Retro Batman v Superman Trailer
Which of the trailer parodies did you prefer?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Jeremy Irons as Alfred and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel.
The film is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, 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 scheduled to open in the US on March 25, 2016.
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We recently heard that Valiant Entertainment scored millions to turn Valiant comic book series like Bloodshot, Harbinger and Archer & Armstrong into film franchises. Now Valiant has announced a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures, which will bring two series, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to theaters starting in 2017.
Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Story of Your Life) is working on scripts for both, and the Bloodshot movie director — sorry, directors — will be David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, who made John Wick.
THR reports that Sony’s plan is to make two Bloodshot films and two Harbinger films, followed by a fifth movie uniting the two series, called Harbinger Wars.
Here are the creative teams as we know them:
Bloodshot: To be directed by the John Wick filmmakers David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, based on a script by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer. Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari are exec producers.
Brought back from the dead and infused with cutting-edge nanotechnology by private security contractor Project Rising Spirit, Bloodshot is a nearly unstoppable killing machine equipped with enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing. Created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton in 1992, Bloodshot is one of the most successful new comic book characters of the past two decades with more than 100 issues published and lifetime sales of more than 7 million copies in multiple languages around the world. After returning with a sold-out new series in 2012, Bloodshot’s latest chapter recently began with the release of Bloodshot Reborn #1 in April—the first issue of a new series from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mico Suayan.
Harbinger: Director is yet to be announced, but the script is from Eric Heisserer.
Centered on telekinetic teenage runaway Peter Stanchek and his recruitment into the mysterious Harbinger Foundation by secretive CEO and philanthropist Toyo Harada, Harbinger was created by former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter and artist David Lapham in 1992. Having sold more than 5 million copies worldwide in multiple languages across more than 60 issues, Harbinger returned with a new series in 2012 to multiple sold-out printings and widespread critical acclaim.
Harbinger Wars: All details yet to be announced, as the film is far in the future. It seems like a safe bet that Heisserer might be involved on the script side, and the film will be based in part on the 2013 Harbinger Wars comic series by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski, Clayton Henry, Pere Perez and Clayton Crain.
Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani is producing the entire slate, with Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe, who are behind the Fast and Furious films and 21 Jump Street.
Nothing against Peyton Reed‘s Ant-Man, but there are always going to be some fans wondering what Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man could have been. His abrupt last-minute departure after years of development signaled irreconcilable creative differences, with many speculating that Wright’s unique sensibility just didn’t fit into the Marvel mold.
But Avengers director Joss Whedon suggests Wright’s Ant-Man (which he co-wrote with Joe Cornish) actually would have been perfect for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to him, it was the best and the “most Marvel” script the studio ever had. Read the Joss Whedon Edgar Wright Ant-Man comments after the jump.
Whedon reflected upon Wright’s exit from Ant-Man in a chat with Buzzfeed:
[…] I don’t get it. I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read. I had no interest in Ant-Man. [Then] I read the script, and was like, Of course! This is so good! It reminded me of the books when I read them. Irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa.
I don’t know where things went wrong. But I was very sad. Because I thought, This is a no-brainer. This is Marvel getting it exactly right. Whatever dissonance that came, whatever it was, I don’t understand why it was bigger than a marriage that seemed so right.
But I’m not going to say it was definitely all Marvel, or Edgar’s gone mad! I felt like they would complement each other by the ways that they were different. And, uh, somethin’ happened.
Whedon sounds unhappy to be caught between Wright and Marvel. He has a longstanding relationship with the studio that continues next month with Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he also tweeted his support of Wright following the latter’s exit.
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) May 24, 2014
Whedon’s disappointed yet diplomatic comments echo ones made by others, like director James Gunn. “[N]ot everyone belongs in a relationship together,” he said of the split last year. “It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people.”
So if Wright’s movie wasn’t just “the best,” but “the most Marvel,” what went wrong? As of now, we still don’t know for sure — and going by the comments above, Whedon doesn’t either. Also unclear is how much of Wright’s script Marvel ultimately wound up using. He and Joe Cornish are only credited for the story, while Paul Rudd and Adam McKay are credited for the actual screenplay.
One pervasive rumor about Wright’s departure is that Marvel was pressuring him for changes that would allow Ant-Man to fit more neatly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whedon doesn’t address that particular theory, but he does admit to his own struggles with the franchise’s increasingly serialized nature:
Somebody said, ‘Well, that was a great setup for the next thing!’ in one of the test screenings, and I died inside. [Marvel executives] were like, ‘No! They say that all the time, it’s fine.’ I was like, ‘No, that’s the worst thing I could have heard.’ I want people to come out feeling done.
Avengers: Age of Ultron, he insists, is “designed to be a complete experience.” He continues:
And if I don’t do that, if I haven’t brought you on that journey and closed it out, fuck me. That’s the danger of this sort of serialized storytelling, turning the motion picture experience into episodic TV. Because we have episodic TV, and now you don’t even have to wait to watch it, you can binge it. So that’s to me a dreadful mistake.
Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1. Reed’s Ant-Man arrives July 17.
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We begin to chronicle the aftermath of Star Wars Celebration in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, we’ll discuss the following:
- An iPhone controlled BB-8 is coming to stores, and a larger version is coming to Disney Parks.
- Why didn’t Josh Trank come to Star Wars Celebration?
- Learn the code name for the Josh Trank Star Wars Anthology film.
- The latest Force Awakens trailer had 88 million views in 24 hours.
- Disney’s stock valuation jumped $2 billion after the release of the trailer.
- See J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy watching the trailer in front of the crowd.
- Watch some new footage from Star Wars Battlefront.
- The airline ANA now has a R2-D2 themed 787 airplane
- Listen to Gareth Edwards talk about the tone of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.
- The Disneyland 60th Anniversary R2-D2 is revealed.
Besides the trailer, the biggest takeaway from last week’s Force Awakens presentation was just how amazing BB-8 is. The New York Times talked to the CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, about how he helped to get the droid made. In the article, they reveal that an apple-sized version of the droid, which you’ll be able to control with your iPhone, will be available at Christmas. Plus, one similar to the version that hit the stage at Celebration will be rolling around Walt Disney Theme Parks. Read the full article at the above link.
It was a big surprise over the weekend when Josh Trank didn’t come to Star Wars Celebration. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said he was under the weather and Trank backed that up on Twitter. The simultaneous release of Trank’s Fantastic Four trailer, however, raised some eyebrows, and led to speculation of competition. Variety looked into the situation and didn’t find any foul play, but it was interesting.
Speaking of Trank, Making Star Wars says the code name of his Star Wars Anthology film is “Tin Can.” The code name for Rogue One was “Los Alamos” so the names probably have some kind of outside connection. What could that mean?
The latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been everywhere. The official Facebook page announced that the video had 88 million views in the first 24 hours. It’s surely way beyond that by now.
What does a huge impression like that do? Well, according to Gizmodo, Disney stock prices soared after the release of the trailer, making $2 billion for the studio. That’s half what they paid for Lucasfilm and they haven’t even released a movie yet.
The Force Awakens panel host and EW reporter Anthony Breznican caught this cool photo on Thursday. It’s director JJ Abrams and president Kathleen Kennedy watching the Force Awakens trailer with the fans for the first time from the side of the stage.
— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) April 16, 2015
The trailer for Star Wars Battlefront was only the beginning. Fans on the floor got to see a gameplay demo (which you can read about here) and this DEV Diary is now online with some new info and footage:
Revealed at Star Wars Celebration, ANA has teamed with Star Wars to put an R2-D2 787 into the sky. Read more info about it at this link, but then watch the video below.
Flicks in the City somehow got Rogue One director Gareth Edwards to talk about his film and here’s the result. I thought it was an old interview, but he mentions the fact that Rogue One is a war movie, which is new info.
This year is the 60th anniversary of Disneyland and the theme park has lots of stuff planned. One of the few Star Wars additions is this R2-D60 limited edition toy that’ll be released at the park. Read more at Vinylmation World.
We’ll have more Star Wars Bits soon!
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M. Night Shyamalan has partnered with Blumhouse for his new film, The Visit, and the first poster is appearing in theaters around the country, and at CinemaCon. In fact, the film’s trailer played with some showings of Unfriended this past weekend, but that hasn’t gone online yet. Expect to see that later this week, on Thursday, but for now we can look at the poster design for the low-budget horror film. We know the film features two siblings whose visit to their grandparents’ farm gets weird, and this poster suggests some bad stuff happening in the house at night.
Here’s the plot of the film:
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.
So, that being said, the “rules” on the poster are pretty ominous:
The Visit features Kathryn Hahn and Ed Oxenbould, with Erica Lynne Marszalek, Peter McRobbie, Olivia DeJonge, Deanna Dunagan, Benjamin Kanes, Jon Douglas Rainey, Brian Gildea, Shawn Gonzalez, Richard Barlow, Steve Annan, and Michael Mariano.
Universal Pictures will release the film on September 11, 2015.
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The Cannes Directors’ Fortnight is essentially a parallel festival that runs alongside the primary Cannes Film Festival, and the 2015 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight lineup has just been announced in full. It includes Green Room, from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier — aka one of our most anticipated films of the year. It also includes Sundance fave Dope as the closer, and Takashi Miike‘s Yakuza Apocalypse. Seeing a Miike film programmed in a festival like this raises our interest in the movie.
Then there are previously announced films like Arnaud Desplechin‘s The Golden Years, Phillipe Garrel‘s In The Shadow Of Women, and the six-hour Arabian Nights from Miguel Gomes. The entire lineup is below, and it may well contain other films that will carry through as some of 2015’s better entries.2015 CANNES DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT LINEUP OPENER
“In the Shadow of Women” (Philippe Garrel, France). Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar and Lena Paugam star in Garrel’s 25th feature, a tale of romantic betrayal centered around two impoverished documentary filmmakers adrift in modern-day Paris. (Sales: Wild Bunch)FEATURE FILMS
“Allende, mi abuelo Allende” (Marcia Tambutti, Chile-Mexico). Tambutti delivers a personal portrait of her grandfather Salvador Allende, delving into his complicated legacy and the clash between his private and public personae.
“Arabian Nights” (Miguel Gomes, Portugal). With a six-hour-plus running time, this three-part epic is likely to clock in as the longest entry in Cannes this year. Filtering Portugal’s social and financial woes through the perspective of a contemporary Scheherazade figure, the film marks Gomes’ return to the Directors’ Fortnight since “Our Beloved Month of August” premiered there in 2008. (Sales: The Match Factory)
“The Brand New Testament” (Jaco Van Dormael, Luxembourg-France-Belgium). Van Dormael’s follow-up to “Mr. Nobody” is a low-cost, high-concept religious satire in which God (played by Benoit Poelvoorde) accidentally sets off a panic after his disgruntled daughter (Yolande Moreau) leaks the apocalyptic plans he had stored on his computer. Catherine Deneuve also appears. (Sales: Le Pacte)
“The Cowboys” (Thomas Bidegain, France). The Cesar-winning screenwriter of Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet” and “Rust and Bone” makes his directing debut with this drama about a father (Francois Damiens) and son (Finnegan Oldfield) who set out to find their missing daughter/sister with the help of an American headhunter (John C. Reilly). (Sales: Pathe)
“Embrace of the Serpent” (Ciro Guerra, Colombia-Venezuela-Argentina). U.S. actor Brionne Davis and Belgium’s Jan Bijvoet star in this drama about the encounter, apparent betrayal and finally life-affirming friendship between an Amazonian shaman (the last survivor of his people) and two foreign scientists. The Colombian director’s previous film, “The Wind Journeys” (2009), premiered in Un Certain Regard.
“Fatima” (Philippe Faucon, France). The title of Faucon’s ninth feature refers to a Moroccan-born woman who now lives in France with her two teenage daughters, with whom she is barely able to communicate. (Sales: Pyramide)
“My Golden Years” (Arnaud Desplechin, France). Mathieu Amalric reprises his role as Paul Dedalus in this prequel to Desplechin’s celebrated three-hour talkfest “My Sex Life … or How I Got Into an Argument,” which bowed in competition at Cannes in 1996. (Sales: Wild Bunch)
“Green Room” (Jeremy Saulnier, U.S.). Saulnier follows up his well-received 2013 Directors’ Fortnight entry, “Blue Ruin,” with this tale of a band of punk rockers who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue, fighting for their lives against a gang of neo-Nazis. Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner and Joe Cole star in the Oregon-lensed thriller.
“The Here After” (Magnus von Horn, France-Poland-Sweden). The Swedish writer-director makes his helming debut with the story of a man’s torment after serving time for the murder of his girlfriend, starring Ulrik Munther.
“Much Loved” (Nabil Ayouch, Morocco-France). The leading light of a generation of Moroccan helmers who broke through in the late 1990s, Ayouch (“Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets,” “Horses of God”) spins a social drama about four marginalized prostitutes in Marrakech and their complex relations with their families and society at large.
“Mustang” (Deniz Gamze Erguven, France). Set in a remote Turkish village, Erguven’s debut (co-written with Alice Winocour) tells of a 13-year-old girl who tries to break free with her sisters from the rigid destiny imposed on them by their family. (Sales: Kinology)
“Peace to Us in Our Dreams” (Sharunas Bartas, Lithuania-France). A family weekend in the countryside goes awry in this drama from leading Lithuanian filmmaker Bartas. (Sales: NDM Ventas Internacionales)
“A Perfect Day” (Fernando Leon de Aranoa, Spain). Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins and Olga Kurylenko star in the director’s English-language debut, a conflict-zone dramedy set somewhere in the Balkans following a cease-fire.
“Songs My Brothers Taught Me” (Chloe Zhao, U.S.). Beijing-born helmer Zhao makes her directing debut with this Sundance-premiered slice-of-life about a family dwelling on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.SPECIAL SCREENINGS
“Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld” (Takashi Miike, Japan). Ichihara Hayato and Yayan Ruhian (“The Raid”) star in the prolific Japanese goremeister’s latest, a gangland vampire thriller.CLOSER
“Dope” (Rick Famuyiwa, U.S.). One of the breakout hits of Sundance, this energetic comedy-actioner traces the dangerous misadventures of three black teenagers from Inglewood, Calif., who find themselves embroiled in a drug deal. Open Road and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions are releasing the film Stateside.
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Hot off the biggest Star Wars weekend of the year (so far), the Bottleneck Gallery is releasing a beautiful set of official posters based on the original trilogy. The artist is Andy Fairhurst, who did this incredible set of Back to the Future posters a few months back. As he did with those, Fairhurst gives these popular films an etherial, yet recognizable look, and links an entire trilogy with the same basic concept. The result is a striking set of posters for one of the biggest trilogies ever.
The Andy Fairhurst Star Wars posters go on sale at noon EST. Check them out below.
Here are the posters, which are on sale at this link.Andy Fairhurst Star Wars Posters
“Each 13 x 19 giclee print is numbered out of an edition of 175 and will cost $35 each ($100 for the set).” Also, these are officially licensed by Lucasfilm thanks to Acme Archives.
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Until now, all the trailers for Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland have primarily sold wonder. A girl finds a pin that shows her another world. There’s a flying bathtub, giant robots, someone with a jet pack, and a rocket powered Eiffel Tower. Just a big hodgepodge of awesome.
A third trailer has now been released and it is much more focused. It’s pretty much an entire scene from the film, featuring George Clooney and Britt Robertson, with lots of what makes the film so unique. Clooney’s house is a Temple of Doom for the people chasing them, littered with crazy defensive gadgets aiding in the battle. Less is learned about the movie as a whole, but we see the potential this scenario has to show us anything is possible.
Below, see the latest Tomorrowland trailer as well as a new IMAX poster.
Some people have been down on this movie recently, saying they aren’t excited for it. Frankly, I don’t understand. This is what we want! A big, original sci-fi movie from one of the best filmmakers in the business. We talk about franchise and sequel fatigue yet this is the antithesis and no one is excited. Maybe this trailer changes that.
Also – in case you missed it – Tomorrowland will play in an expanded aspect ratio in IMAX, and you can see a six-minute preview for the film in front of Avengers: Age of Ultron IMAX screenings.
And because of that, here’s a new IMAX poster:
In addition, if you want to learn more about the movie, the official site takemetotomorrowland.com is absolutely gorgeous. There’s hidden content and lots of new visuals. Here’s just one screenshot.
What did you think of the latest, and possibly final trailer?
From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.
“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.
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Forget trying to live up to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s original source material. Can Mark Bridges‘ The Little Prince possibly live up to its enchanting trailers? If it can — if it’s even half as good — we could be looking at an instant classic.
What makes the latest The Little Prince trailer even more appealing to us is that it features the English-language voice cast. That includes Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams, and James Franco, with Riley Osborne as the little prince himself. Watch the Little Prince trailer after the jump.
Orange Studio debuted the new The Little Prince trailer. You might want to have some tissues on hand if you’re the weepy type.
The book The Little Prince is one of the best loved children’s books of all time, and it’s one of the few that remains a favorite as many of those kids journey into adulthood as well. It’s exactly the kind of thing people get protective over, and it’s easy to imagine how a movie studio might have screwed this up.
But director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) seems to find the right balance between melancholy and whimsy. The framing device involving the little girl (Foy) and her ex-pilot neighbor (Bridges) is new for the film, but seems to mesh well with the existing themes of friendship, loss, and growing up.
The stop-motion animation is definitely a nice move, giving The Little Prince a timeless look. The book has been adapted for screen several times before, but maybe this will be the one that actually endures.
Also starring Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, Budd Cort, Ricky Gervais, and Albert Brooks, The Little Prince is set to debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It hits French theaters July 29, and will hopefully set a U.S. date in the not-too-distant future.
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