29
Jan
2015

Indiana Jones logo

The rumor around Hollywood right now is that Indiana Jones is coming back for some new adventures, but it won’t be Harrison Ford cracking the whip this time.

Deadline has been reporting that it looks like Chris Pratt – who tore up theaters this past summer with Guardians of the Galaxy – will be taking up the role of the world famous archeologist in an attempt to relaunch the series of films since Disney purchased the rights from Paramount a few years ago. Could Chris Pratt be the man to take over the iconic role? He is according to numerous sources.

This is one of those times where it is very difficult for me to imagine anyone else in a role. Harrison Ford was Indiana Jones. It wasn’t a man playing a part, he was that archeologist to the 10-year-old me… even though I also knew he was Han Solo… the 1980s were a confusing time. But hearing and seeing someone else in that role may be the most difficult transition ever for me. I’m ok with changes in James Bond. I’ve come to expect Doctor Who to regenerate. But a different Indiana Jones?

This one is going to be rough.

This isn’t anything that will be happening immediately as Pratt currently has a Magnificent Seven remake shooting in a few months and then Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will begin filming after that. A new Indiana Jones adventure isn’t going to happen anytime before 2018 or 1019.

[ Source Deadline ]

28
Jan
2015

Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer - 49

There are good trailers, and there are bad trailers. The teaser trailer for the new Fantastic Four movie definitely falls in the latter category.

Lets ignore the Fantastic Four nitpicks totally. As trailers go, this one was horribly cut. You have absolutely no clue what this movie is about if you aren’t familiar with the comic or previous movies. Is it a space movie? Is it a mystery? Yes, you see the Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan) flame on, but you have no context to work with as to what that is, especially as it happens at the end of a long hallway.

While I am not thrilled with this movie already for a host of reasons, I’m going to ignore this trailer because it is quite frankly one of the worst I have ever seen.

Fantastic Four will hit theaters on Aug. 7, 2015.

27
Jan
2015

Ghostbusters Female Cast

It appears the rumors are true, and the new Ghostbusters reboot will indeed star all women.

Director Paul Feig tweeted out an image today showing four comedic actresses… and not saying a word. The Hollywood Reporter followed up with a story that all four women are indeed in negotiations and expected to sign, but it is not official as of yet.

The four women shown in the image were Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy – both of whom worked with Feig on Bridesmaids – and current Saturday Night Live castmembers, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

Rumors around this Ghostbusters movie have circulated for years from it being a true sequel with the original cast, to a partial sequel of the old guard handing it off to younger Ghostbusters, to an all woman cast picking up the proton packs. Seeing as we now know where the truth resides, questions still circulate if any of the surviving original cast will show up in the film to hand off the baton. Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson have both stated they are willing to appear, but as with all things, the status of Bill Murray is unknown.

While most reboots don’t thrill me, this one is definitely on my radar. While I do enjoy the original Ghostbusters, I don’t hold the reverence for it that some do. A fresh take is okay with me, and add in I think all four of these actresses are extremely funny with the right material (Lets be honest, McCarthy has been let down in the past by some weak material), and this could be a winning combination.

No release date for the new film has been announced yet, but I would think a summer 2016 release isn’t out of the question, or possibly closer to Halloween 2016.

[ Source Paul Feig Twitter, The Hollywood Reporter ]

27
Jan
2015

Purple Man

Things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe never cease to amaze me. We’re seriously going to see Zebediah Killgrave (AKA Purple Man) in a live action format? This is an actual thing that is happening?

Marvel announced on Monday that David Tennant – best known for playing Doctor Who – had joined the upcoming AKA Jessica Jones series over at Netflix. The mind twist came when it was announced he would be playing Zebediah Killgrave, a man who, at least in the comics, is purple. While it has not yet officially been stated he will be purple in the series, it seems odd that Marvel would skip one of the character’s defining traits.

“I’m so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character,” said Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “He can deliver the most heart-wrenching moment to the driest of lines, and all points in between. He’ll make Kilgrave a truly original villain.”

“Anyone familiar with David’s work knows he brings an incredible level of dedication to any role he inhabits, a level we knew we would need from the man playing Kilgrave,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “While most know him for his roles as a hero, we can’t wait to unleash a whole new side of this talented actor.”

For those of you unfamiliar with Killgrave, he produces pheremones that allow him to control people in his presence. Once he leaves the area they will slowly regain control of themselves as those pheremones diminish. While he has fought with Jessica Jones in the comics, apparently he will play a larger role in the TV series.

As a long time comic book fan, let me just say that seeing characters such as Killgrave show up like this, and with such a talented actor, it really makes me feel like we are living in the golden age of comics being taken seriously as a tremendous source material for Hollywood.

That being said… Purple Man? Really?

[ Source Marvel ]

26
Jan
2015

American Sniper - banner

Clint Eastwood has now scored as highest grossing film to date as an actor or director.

American Sniper took a second weekend at the box office with a very healthy $64.3 million, a mere 27.9 percent dip from last weekend. It now stands at $200.1 million domestically off of a $58.8 million dollar budget.

Opening in second place was Jennifer Lopez’s The Boy Next Door with $15 million off of a reported $4 million dollar budget.

Paddington slid only 34.7 percent to bring in $12.3 million for a new domestic total of $40 million and third place for the week.

Fourth place went to The Wedding Ringer with $11.6 million or a slide of only 43.8 percent in its second weekend. It now stands at $39.6 million off of a $23 million dollar budget.

Rounding out the top five was Taken 3 with $7.6 million for a new total of $76 million off of a $48 million dollar budget.

Sad news this week at the box office, though as Blackhat continued to underperform with just $1.6 million. It now sits at $7 million off of a $70 million dollar budget.

And it looks like we already have our second flop of the year in Mortdecai. The new Johnny Depp film scored a mere $4.1 million this weekend to land in ninth place. Considering its $60 million dollar budget, we have to really start to question Depp’s drawing power at the box office.

Next week’s biggest release is Project Almanac. There are a could sub-2000 screen films as well, Black or White and The Loft.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2015 – 1st Quarter report.

25
Jan
2015

Han Solo

Strap in, folks. The rumors are getting thick now when it comes to the first Star Wars spin off film.

As we know, Disney is planning an ambitious slate of Star Wars films which will see a new film every year. Odd numbered years will be the new trilogy, and even numbered years will be spin off films set at various points in the history of the galaxy. So in 2016 we’re getting the first spin off film, but to date we still don’t know what it’s about.

At various times rumors have circulated that the film will focus on a young Han Solo. At other times we’ve heard it’s about bounty hunters, and then bounty hunters stealing the plans for the original Death Star. We’ve always known who stole the plans for the second Death Star (as Mon Mothma said in Return of the Jedi, “Many Bothans died to bring us this information.”), but we know nothing about how Leia ended up with the plans in A New Hope.

Well, new rumors being reported indicate the film is actually about BOTH Han Solo and Boba Fett, and that there will be an emphasis on bounty hunters in the story. This plays into a concept for a live action Star Wars films years ago that would have focused on the underworld of the Star Wars galaxy, and it’s a fairly untapped element of the storytelling universe in the current canon, and especially on film.

Reportedly a lot of filming will happen on location in Mexico which is leading to speculation we may be returning to Geonosis from Attack of the Clones due to the landscape. What isn’t clear, though, is who the heck is starring in the film yet. We’ve heard some names tossed around for the female lead, but nothing yet for the males.

Hopefully some of these rumors will clear up in the not too distant future.

The first Star Wars spin off will hit theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.

24
Jan
2015

X-Men Apocalypse logo

X-Men Apocalypse takes place in the 1980s, so it’s time for a whole new set of mutants.

We’ve known for some time that the next X-Men movie would take place in the 1980s, and that raised all sorts of questions about who would play some of the more prominent mutants in the film. As you saw at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the timeline of these movies has been changed drastically, so it was somewhat of a soft reboot to the franchise. This is the perfect time to re-introduce some fan favorite mutants from the comics.

Director Bryan Singer, who spilled things on Twitter like a madman before the last film, has returned to his account to announce three new additions to the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse.

  • Storm – Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B)
  • Jean Grey – Sophie Turner(Game of Thrones)
  • Cyclops – Tye Sheridan (Mud, Tree of Life)

As members of the X-Men go, all three of these are staple characters, and it will be interesting to see them played as younger incarnations than we’ve seen before. Will they hint at the Cyclops/Jean Grey relationship? Will there be nods to the Phoenix Force? It could all be very interesting.

X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to hit theaters on May 27, 2016.

[ Source Bryan Singer's Twitter ]

23
Jan
2015

Melissa Benoist Supergirl

The hunt is over, Berlanti Productions have found its Supergirl.

It was announced on Thursday that Melissa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) has been cast as Kara Zor-El in the upcoming Supergirl pilot for Warner Bros. TV. CBS is currently the home to the pilot – which in TV speak means they have to film an episode to see if the show works – and filming will begin shortly to see if it can be picked up for the fall 2015 schedule.

The pilot was penned by Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow) and will see a 24-year-old Kara Zor-El finally accept her Kryptonian powers and use them to help out the residents of her adopted homeworld, Earth.

While it’s nice to see that Kara has finally been found, there are still several outstanding roles to be filled:

  • Alex – Kara’s science-minded foster sister
  • Cat Grant – the CEO of CatCo
  • James “Jimmy” Olsen
  • Wynn Schott
  • Hank Henshaw – Director of the the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations)

Some leaked videos earlier this week (which have since been pulled) showed people reading for most of these roles, so the casting process is definitely in full swing.

As for Benoist… yes… I am trying to not obsess over the fact she is not blonde. I know hair color shouldn’t matter, but as Kara has always been blonde, it would be odd seeing her any other way. And yes, I know you can color someone’s hair… leave me and my obsessions alone.

Hopefully this show works and we’ll see Supergirl gracing our screens next fall.

22
Jan
2015

Star Wars logo red line

The next Star Wars film reportedly has three women leading the pack for the lead female role, and any of them would be a hit.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Gareth Edwards has narrowed the field to three actresses for the female lead role in his upcoming Star Wars spin off film. The three women are Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Oscar nominated Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black).

Screen tests reportedly took place this past Dec. in England and have now moved to the U.S. for the final rounds.

With the release date less than two years away, casting will have to happen soon, and I am going to hope it’s Maslany even though I have no clue what the story of the film is. She is a stupendous actress who needs more recognition, and this would certainly do that. Would I be saddened if it was Mara or Jones? Certainly not. But I do think Maslany needs to make the journey to a galaxy far, far away the most.

Now… if we only knew the topic of the film!

The first Star Wars spin off will hit theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.

[ Source The Hollywood Reporter ]

21
Jan
2015

Lucas and Abrams

It seems that we can toss out the idea that the next Star Wars trilogy is based on George Lucas’ ideas.

We knew when Disney bought Lucasfilm that it got Lucas’ treatments for Episodes VII, VIII and IX. Since then we’ve been working under that premise that while he was no longer involved, they were still his basic ideas. Well, it seems that was not entirely correct.

Speaking with CinemaBlend while promoting the upcoming Strange Magic, he was asked how much of Star Wars The Force Awakens was based on his ideas.

The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it’s not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens]

There you have it folks. It appears we are completely off of the Lucas leash from here on out.

There was a time where I thought I would fear this, but as you look back over the past several decades, we’ve already kind of been here. From the comics, books, games and so on, we’ve been running around in Lucas’ playground without him for the most part. Yes, he was ‘overseeing’ all of it, but you could also tell he wasn’t involved in everything, and when he was, it wasn’t always for the best.

I enjoyed some of the concepts in the Prequel trilogy, but the execution is where it was all wrong. The best thing to come out of those films was actually The Clone Wars cartoon series, which I still say everyone should watch. (And they are still considered canon) Yes, he supposedly watched over them, but to what extent is anyone’s guess.

So we’re entering a brave new world in Star Wars fandom. The people who played with Star Wars toys and made their own adventures up now have the keys to the kingdom, and that excites me to an extent. I want to see where this goes, what they think happened. If I disagree with them, well, we just made up different adventures.

In some odd way, I actually think I’m more excited now than I was when I thought this was Lucas’ treatments still.

Star Wars The Force Awakens hits theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

[ Source CinemaBlend ]

20
Jan
2015

Inhumans group

For all of the geeks out there who screamed “It’s the Inhumans!” at the end of the first half of this season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we… I mean “you” were right.

I would never scream such a thing… really… I wouldn’t. Stop laughing at me!

Clark Gregg, better known as Phil Coulson, sat down with CBR for an interview recently, and confirmed that was indeed the first solid evidence of the Inhumans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What I like about it is, it’s not your typical origin story. All along S.H.I.E.L.D. has kind of been about protecting people from what they don’t know about, which often means people who are on the index — people who have powers because they’ve been kind of mutated or given powers by technology or Hydra or various alien artifacts. Inhumans represents a different chapter.

At least in the comics, the Inhumans, they’re a race of people who’ve been transformed. They’re mutants, more or less. I’ve always loved that part of the comics. They’re people who have evolved differently, and that generates a lot of fear. Some people want to annihilate them. Some people want to lock them up. Some people want to register them. Some of them become superheroes. Some of them become monsters. I find that particularly germane. Are we going to accept the people who are different, or are we going to try to wipe them out?

The other important piece of information he shared was:

I’m excited by it. I think the Inhumans is a big, cool part of the Marvel universe, a great story. And we’ll set up something. We’ll get to explore it. I’m glad they’re entrusting us with it, and I think that they’ll take what they’re going to do with it, and it will connect. And yet, we’ll have the freedom to kind of make our show be our show.

So, lets digest this for a moment. In the very first episode of the series it was set up that Skye (Chloe Bennet) was different in some way. Flash forward to the mid-season finale of season 2 and we finally learn that not only is she the daughter of Mr. Hyde (they never expressly said it, but when he called her “Daisy,” it was sealed for comic geeks) but that she also could survive the Terrigen Mist and become an Inhuman. Considering the Inhumans movie isn’t scheduled until 2018, Marvel has just set up one heck of a long game. And my hat is definitely off to them out of respect, because the Inhumans are indeed a difficult concept to explain quickly. (I’m already planning a separate post just to explain them… it needs that much space.)

Now, I’m sure parts of it will be rehashed down the road because Marvel certainly can’t expect everyone to have seen Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that goes to see the eventual movie, but it is a huge vote of confidence by them in the TV series to entrust them with this introduction.

If you stopped watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or have yet to start, season 2 has been far more solid than season 1, and now that I know kind of where this is headed, I expect lots more great stuff. You can also look at it as a primer for a future movie!

[ Source CBR ]

19
Jan
2015

American Sniper - banner

It’s amazing what a handful of Oscar nominations will do for a movie.

American Sniper has been in limited release for three weeks and broke wide over the weekend to a very healthy $90.2 million. It now stands at $93.3 million off of a $58.8 million budget.

Second place went to The Wedding Ringer which took in a respectable $21 million off of an estimated $23 million dollar budget.

Paddington has been out internationally for some time now , but hit American shores this weekend to $19.2 million to take third place. The budget was around $55 million and it now stands at $141.4 million globally. I think I smell a sequel.

Taken 3 was in fourth with $14 million, a significant drop of 64.2 percent from its opening weekend.

Rounding out the top five was Selma with $8.3 million and now stands at $25.9 million off of a $20 million dollar budget.

In not so good news, it looks like 2015 has its first flop with Blackhat which landed in tenth place with $4 million off of a $70 million dollar budget.

Next week’s big releases are The Boy Next Door, Mortdecai and Strange Magic.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2015 – 1st Quarter report.