Showing posts from June, 2014

Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard- See his New Look!

We've known that Hugh Jackman will be playing Blackbeard in the upcoming Peter Pan adaptation Pan. A couple days ago, Jackman posted this picture on his Instagram, revealing his look for the movie which is pretty much a cross between Professor X and Wolverine. This isn't the first time Jackman has gone with short hair for a movie. He sported it in 2012's Les Misérables.

What do you think? Is the new look good? Are you interested in Pan? Leave your thoughts in the comments section
Written by: Nate

Birdman trailer review- Michael Keaton is NOT Playing a Batman Rip-off

I must admit- I knew nothing about this movie before I saw the trailer. I heard the title Birdman and immediately thought it'd be a poor-man's Batman. Then I saw the trailer and now my interest is peaked. 
Michael Keaton plays a washed-up actor who used to play the superhero Birdman. The trailer looks to be a mix of drama, action and comedy with some big A-list actors alongside Keaton: Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts. It will be interesting to see the arc of Keaton's character and how he deals with pain and suffering after once playing a superhero, but also how they work in the comedy (clearly shown at the end of the trailer) will be interesting. Plus, just to see Keaton's character's Birdman-costume is worth seeing the movie in of itself.

Birdman opens in theaters October 17th. 
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Guillermo del Toro and Zak Penn are writing the script for Pacific Rim 2

Guillermo del Toro on set of Pacific Rim
Fans of Pacific Rim have been calling for a sequel ever since its release, holding on to director Guillermo del Toro's desires to return to that world. While doing press for his new TV show The Strain, del Toro spoke about Pacific Rim 2 (not the official title)
"I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn. We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul."
With all of this current projects del Toro is attached to, it's interesting that he's chosen this project to do. There was speculation a while back that the next Pacific Rim film would be a prequel, and del Toro addressed that rumor:
"Some people were wondering if we were going to do the prequel. I was never interested in doing that first wave of invasion. I’m going for very new, very crazy ideas on the second one, which ar…

Benedict Cumerbatch and Tom Hardy rumored for Doctor Strange

A lot of news surrounding Marvel's Doctor Strange has come out lately. It got its director in Scott Derrickson and a rumor went around that Oscar-winner Jared Leto could be the Sorcerer Supreme (you can read our article on it here). Now, two more actors have been thrown into the mix: Benedict Cumerbatch and Tom Hardy. 

Personally, I think Cumberbatch would be perfect as Doctor Strange. He's got a large fan-base that will draw people in, which is what Marvel needs for this practically unknown property. He's younger, so he could potentially play this character for a while. His physical stature fits Doctor Strange's. He's tall and thin. He's also got an instantly recognizable voice which would be perfect for chanting spells. I think Cumberbatch meets every point on my checklist for an actor playing Doctor Strange.

While I love Tom Hardy and he is one of my favorite actors, I don't think he'd be a great fit for Doctor Strange. Or, at least, not as great of…

Ant-Man Finds its Director

For some time, ever since Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, Marvel has been looking for a director to replace him. Several directors have been approached and have left but now Ant-Man has its director. Peyton Reed, director of films such as Yes Man and The Break-Up will now be helming the film. Ironically, Reed was involved in 2005's Fantastic Four but left due to creative differences. Now he is taking over a film where its previous director left for the same reason. 
The other part of Ant-Man news released was that Adam McKay, who was in deep negotiations to direct but dropped out, will be helping with the script. It's interesting that they are working on the script so close to the beginning of production which should start in the next few weeks. However, Marvel has begun filming without a completed script before with Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World
What do you think? Is Peyton Reed a good fit? Are you worried that they're still working on the script? Leave your thoughts …

Edge of Tomorrow- SPOILER FREE review

Personally, I've had a roller coaster relationship with this film. When it first came out, I thought "Here we go again! Another terrible failure flop of a movie!" The trailers were weak and nothing got me interested in this film... until the reviews came out. Everyone was raving about how good the movie was! I was completely shocked and that was the sole reason I went. I only wanted to go because of the reviews. In fact, I went with three friends and both of them were going for the exact same reason.
Edge of Tomorrow focuses on Tom Cruise, who is thrown into a war against an alien race. He is all set and ready to fight (reluctantly) and dies within the first few minutes of battle. He wakes up and begins to relive the day all over again. He realizes that he is stuck in a time-loop where he is living the same day over and over again that resets whenever he dies. In order to stop it, he must find the alien's source of power and destroy it, enlisting the help of "fu…

Weekly Box Office Round-Up: The Fault in Our Stars takes lead!

This week two new major films opened: The Fault in Our Stars and Edge of Tomorrow. Last week I had said that it was anyone's game as to who could be on top. Now the results are in:
#1 The Fault in Our Stars- $48,200,000

The romantic drama The Fault in Our Stars took first place this week. Last week I said that I didn't think the fan base was large enough to top the box office, but I should have known that all the teenage girls would be flocking to see this film. The big question though is will it get repeat viewers to continue to dominate the box office.
#2 Maleficent- $33,523,000

Last week, Maleficent was first place so it makes sense that it would still be near the top on its second week. It's total domestic income is an average of $127 million which is pretty good. It looks like the fantasy, children's fairy tale story will be staying in our top 5 for a little longer.
#3 Edge of Tomorrow- $29,105,000

On its first week, Edge of Tomorrow has taken third place. Despite g…

Concept art for X-Men, Rogue's missing scene

With the recent release of X-Men: Days of Future Past (read our spoiler-free review here), some behind-the-scenes information has come out. Concept art for some of the film's newer cast members have been released, including Bishop, Blink and for Jubilee who never ended up in the film. Take a look here:

The concept art is interesting, especially with the almost-inclusion of fan favorite Jubilee. Also, news had come out a while ago that Rogue's main scene in the movie was cut out in order to size down the film. Now, since the release, details on her scene has been revealed by writer Simon Kinberg
“The Rogue subplot was originally there because I wanted a mission for the older Charles and Eric to do, something like Unforgiven – two last gunslingers, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman – that kind of a mission for them. I just loved the idea of that. Nothing in the story necessitated that, but just for a lark, I thought it would be a cool thing to see, because we may never see it ag…

More directors pass on Ant-Man

With the recent news that director Edgar Wright left his passion project of Ant-Man (read our report here), the big question has been who will take over. Anchorman director Adam McKay was reported to be in final negotiations but dropped out to work on other projects. Then, Dodgeball and We're the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber was being looked out at by Marvel but has left as well. RubenFleischer was also being looked at but is not interested since he may be directing Ghostbusters 3.
Two more directors have been looked at by Marvel now. Neighbors director Nicholas Stoller and Goon director Michael Dowse are reportedly being looked at now that McKay, Thurber and Fleischer have all passed. The big question is why is Marvel looking at only comedy directors? Edgar Wright has a unique blend of drama and comedy but the directors Marvel is now looking at are strictly comedic directors (making films such as Anchorman and Neighbors). This raises the question of whether Ant-Man w…

Josh Trank to direct second Star Wars spin-off

Chronicle director (and the director of 2015's Fantastic Four reboot) Josh Trank is officially helming the second Star Wars spin-off. A little bit ago news came out that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards was directing the first one (you can read our report on that here) and we know that Disney has plans for several spin offs. It isn't known what Trank's film will focus on, but the assumptions are that these spin-offs will focus on Boba Fett, Han Solo, the Sith and other stories similar to that. 
What do you think? Is Josh Trank a good fit for Star Wars? What should his movie focus on? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Written by: Nate

Jupiter Ascending delayed to February 2015

Directors Andy and Lana Wachowski
Acclaimed for their films The Matrix Trilogy and V for Vendetta, the Wachowski Brothers (now Siblings), Andy and Lana Wachowski, have been at work on their latest film Jupiter Ascending starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Being described as a "space opera", the hope was that this would be the Siblings return after bad feedback from their latest films Cloud Atlas, Speed Racer and the last two films of the Matrix Trilogy. Personally, I thought that the film didn't look all to interesting but the latest news to break about the film is.
Jupiter Ascending has officially been delayed from a July 2014 release to a February 2015 release. The official word is that the delay is because they need more time to fine-tune the post-production and special effects. Delays aren't always a bad things (it made World War Z better) but it does make us wonder whether the studio is delaying it to maybe make it better. Did the studio see the film and rea…

Dr. Strange- Director Confirmed, Main Actor Rumor

We've all know for some time that a Doctor Strange movie was coming soon. It was assumed that it would be a part of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and new reports add to that assumption's validity. The director of Sinister, Scott Derrickson has been confirmed for a role. While I have not seen Sinister, he has worked on some horror/sci fi films which fit the bill for a Doctor Strange movie.
Derrickson uploaded this picture with the announcement
The other piece of Doctor Strange news going around is a RUMOR. Derrickson's involvement is confirmed but the following is still rumored.
Jared Leto
It is being rumored that recent Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto will be our Doctor Strange. Previously, rumors went around that Marvel was talking to Johnny Depp, but that was proved to be false. This may be true to Leto's involvement but if it is, I think it would be a good fit. Doctor Strange is a weird character and Leto just won his Oscar for his weird role in Dallas B…

Star Wars Episode VII adds more cast, new set pics

Ever since the news broke out about the new cast of Star Wars Episode VII, a lot of news has come out about it. Today, even more came out. The movie has officially added the talents of Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o and actress Gwendoline Christie
Nyong'o and Christie
Nyong'o has been rumored for some time to be involved in the movie ever since the news broke out that she met with director J.J. Abrams earlier this year. As far as I know Christie was never rumored (or if so, lighly rumored) but if I'm wrong please correct me in the comments. The press release stated this:
Lupita Nyong’o joins the recently announced cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. This year, her breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the hit television series Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth, has also been cast in the production. She can next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
“I co…

James Cameron talks his thoughts on Terminator: Genesis

James Cameron on set Terminator
As many of you know, director James Cameron is the creator of the Terminator franchise and the writer/director of the first two films (and pretty much the best movies of the franchise so far). There's been a lot of news surrounding the upcoming fifth installment in the franchise in Terminator: Genesis. With original actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the franchise, many have wondered if Cameron would have any involvement. In an interview, Cameron talked about this, specifially on his thoughts about a sequel/reboot to his beloved movie:
"I pay attention to [the new Terminator films] but I’m not terribly concerned about it one way or the other. I’ve had to let it go. There was a point in time where I debated going after the rights. Carolco Pictures, the company that produced Terminator 2, was failing and in bankruptcy and the rights were in play. I talked briefly to 20th Century Fox about it. At a certain point, I think I was finishing T…

Andy Serkis talks Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Themes, the New Ape World and more

In a recent interview, Andy Serkis, the star of the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, was asked a few questions about the new movie. Talking about the progression from Rise of the Planet of the Apes to the beginning of this film, Serkis says:
“It sets up a world where you’re finally in a beautiful, utopian Garden of Eden really, that is suddenly shattered in a violent and dramatic way. Caesar ten years on since yesterday, he’s galvanized all these tribes of apes, and it’s succeeding, it’s working. The next generation is becoming educated; the design of their community reflects their intelligence. They are resourceful, they can build aqueducts, they have plentiful food supplies, they respect each other as different species: Gorilla, Orangutan, Chimpanzee can all speak equally and communicate equally. Until the arrival of human beings, who, by the way, are not the villains of the film! They are also a species who are very much suffering from being almost completely wiped out.”

Weekly Box Office Round-Up: Maleficent Reigns Supreme!

This weekend, two new major movies opened: the Angelina JolieDisney film Maleficent and the Seth MacFarlance comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West. I had said last week that it could be anyone's game for what come out on top and, at least personally, the results were surprising.

#1 Maleficent- 69,431,298

With star power like Angelina Jolie, it was expected that this film wouldn't flop. But considering that X-Men: Days of Future Past was entering week two and the past few fairy tale movies have been pretty bad (looking right at you Snow White and the Huntsman!) I did not think it would make this much money opening weekend, or be number one. I expected X-Men to be first with this in second. It will be interesting to see how this movie holds up over the next couple weeks as some bigger summer films start to open up.
#2 X-Men: Days of Future Past- 32,551,098

On it's second week, X-Men: Days of Future Past is still making good money (with some of my money added to this week&#…