Animated Spider-man Movie Coming to Theaters, Connected to MCU

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So this little nugget has been making the rounds on Twitter:

Lord and Miller are creating a fully animated Spider-Man movie that will “co-exist with the Spider-Man movies.” July 20, 2018.

Huh…no kidding.  Per the recent Sony-Marvel Spider-man deal, we knew that Sony was still going to release Spider-man films even though they would take place within Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (Avengers, Iron Man, Guardians, etc).  The fact that the first Spider-man film to do so would be animated certainly comes as a surprise.  Spider-man has had good fortune in animated series from the 90’s Spider-man: The Animated Series all the way to the more recent Ultimate Spider-man with the vastly superior Spectacular Spider-man series from Greg Weisman (Disney’s Gargoyles).  Despite all of this, a full theatrical animated Spidey film has never been attempted.

Philip Lord and Chris Miller, known for their work on 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie, will be producing the film.  Sony’s Tom Rothman announced at Cinema Con that the movie will be released on July 18th, 2018.

So yeah, we have a while to wait.

 

 

 

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Closer look at Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman’s new movie costumes

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve already watched the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer about 47 times.  It’s that goddamn good.

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In the wake of the recent trailer we’ve seen some new media pop up as well.  Earlier today some footage was released of a mysterious new DC exhibit showing off the new cinematic costumes for Supes, Batman and even Wonder Woman.

All of the grit, wear and Frank Miller-esque bulge we’ve described before is now on display and in full glorious detail.  As we can see in the trailer, Ben Affleck is fitting the suit quite well.  It’s definitely less high-tech military style than the Christian Bale suits and more true to the comics.

Twitter user el mayimbe was able to score a closer look
Twitter user el mayimbe was able to score a closer look

Superman’s costume is similar but more simplified and brighter in color compared to his previous threads in Man of Steel. As for Wonder Woman, this is her first appearance in a major DC film though the costume remains largely unchanged since our first glimpse in the promotional photos released last year.

Another cool release were these new IMAX promotional posters for the movie.  I have to say, it’s nice to get an artistic and interesting graphic movie poster for a comic movie compared to the garbage that we usually get

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in less than a year on March 25th, 2016.

 

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to star in, and produce The Fraggle Rock Movie

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The theatrical motion-picture based on the classic Jim Henson series in the works since the early 2000’s, has made a huge step forward today.  Variety reports that actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed on to both star in and produce The Fraggle Rock Movie. 

Gordon-Levitt made a name for himself as a child actor in family-targeted projects like Disney’s Angels in the Outfield and NBC’s 3rd Rock From The Sun before reemerging as a respected adult actor in films like 50/50, (500) Days of Summer, Inception and Don Jon.

Montecito Pictures who was originally working on the adaptation, abandoned the project before it was picked up by New Regency.  The Fraggle Rock movie is said to return to the world of the Fraggles, a race of upbeat and playful gnome-like muppets who lived in a cave-dwelling society, feeding on radishes and the radish-stick buildings of the Doozers (an even smaller muppet race constantly pestered by the Fraggles), hiding from massive golem-ish Gorgs and receiving wisdom from a almost-buddhist sentient pile of garbage they lovingly refer to as “The Trash Heap”.  It was one of the more loosely written, creative Henson projects from the 80’s (and that’s saying something).  It was a massive hit spanning several seasons, a Saturday Morning cartoon spin-off, tons of merchandise and some pretty nifty McDonalds happy meal toys.

As with the series, the movie promises to combine puppets from the Jim Henson Creature Shop with live actors.

JGL expressed a lot of enthusiasm for the series and other Jim Henson works from his childhood.

“The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on ‘Sesame Street,’ and then on ‘Fraggle Rock,’” Gordon-Levitt said. “Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood. Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved. I’m grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project.”

2011 saw a Jason Segel-led Muppets reboot that set the bar pretty high for projects like this, I’m sure JGL knows that we expect big things!  There is no projected release date at this time but you’re welcome to treat/subject yourself to the classic Fraggle Rock intro theme below.

Good luck getting that out of your head when you’re trying to sleep tonight.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – Trailer #3 Out Now!

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On behalf of a recent Twitter campaign, Marvel has released the third and possibly final trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron.  The trailer was released only moments ago and gives us our first good look at new avenger Vision.  I won’t spoil anymore, have a look for yourself!

Official Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer #3 (Twitter)

Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer #3 (YouTube Mirror)

Neill Blomkamp’s Alien Sequel Will Ignore Alien 3, Alien Resurrection

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This is all moving so fast!

In early February, concept art (like above) was leaked for Neill Blomkamp’s concept for an Alien sequel.  The District 9 director would have brought back Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and Michael Biehn’s Hicks character from Alien 2.  Blomkamp posted the images to his Instagram on February 10th with little explanation.  During some of his early Chappie promotion, he mentioned to UPROXX that he had been wanting to make an Alien sequel “for years and years” and it “could still happen”.

Speaking to Sigourney Weaver, when we were doing Chappie, she set off a bunch of thoughts in my head — I had come up with an idea that didn’t have Sigourney, it was a different idea. But I spent all of the shooting time with her, it was like, holy shit, that could actually be really interesting. When I came back to Vancouver, I had an entire year to work on Chappie. And when I wasn’t needed in the edit, I could think about Alien. So, I basically developed an entire movie and I did all of this artwork as well.

On February 18th, Variety reported that Fox had closed a deal with Neill Blomkamp on an Alien sequel that was not Prometheus 2.

Yesterday Sky Movies released a new interview with Blomkamp that was quickly taken down.  In the interview Blomkamp explained his vision ignores the events of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection in order to properly conclude the story of Ellen Ripley.

It’s no secret that Resurrection and especially Alien 3, aren’t exactly fan favorites.  Many felt that Alien 3 heavily disrespected the events of the first two movies and brushed aside critical character development that took place for Ripley in the second film.  Multiple script changes, studio micromanagement and internal bickering hurt Alien 3 so much that director David Fincher (Fight Club, Gone Girl) left production and prefers not to be credited with the film.  “No one hated it more than me; to this day no one hates it more than me“.

The events of Alien 3 also resulted in another messy sequel that saw a cloned, animalistic and weirdly sexual Ripley running around a muddied Firefly-esque ship with mutated xenomorphs and Winona Ryder.  Despite Joss Whedon’s involvement and a handful of positive reviews, it seems that there are not many fans who look back fondly on Alien Resurrection.

It is unknown whether or not the turmoil behind the scenes of Alien 3 impacted Blomkamp’s decision to hit the reset button but it’s hard to imagine that it didn’t.

Regardless of how you feel about Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, it’s hard not to get excited at the prospect of giving Sigourney Weaver’s legendary badass heroine another chance at a proper ending and perhaps give poor Michael Biehn something to do other than voice awesome video games and reminisce about Aliens and Terminator.

Take a look at some of the early concept art below:

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Ernie Hudson Remembers His “Devastating” Experience With Ghostbusters

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Everyone remembers Dan Akroyd’s Ray, Bill Murray’s Peter Venkmann and the late, great Harold Ramis’s role as Egon from the Ghostbusters movies.  Winston, portrayed by actor Ernie Hudson, is seldom mentioned.  He didn’t appear in the posters.  His name is often missing from available Halloween costumes.  He didn’t even appear in the original trailer for the movie.  So what happened?

Hudson remembers the experience of filming the first Ghostbusters movie for Columbia Pictures in a short, heartfelt essay he penned for Entertainment Weekly late last year.  The actor explains that when he first read the script, Winston “came in right at the very beginning of the movie and had an elaborate background: he was an Air Force major something, a demolitions guy.”  Hudson fell in love with the character and after a long audition process made the “awful mistake” of letting the studio know that he “really, really wanted it”.  Columbia offered Ernie Hudson only half of his original quote, promising him it was the role of a lifetime that would “make his career”.

Hudson agreed to the quote. He believed them.

Then, the night before filming, he was passed a new draft of the script:

The character was gone. Instead of coming in at the very beginning of the movie, like page 8, the character came in on page 68 after the Ghostbusters were established. His elaborate background was all gone, replaced by me walking in and saying, “If there’s a steady paycheck in it, I’ll believe anything you say.” So that was pretty devastating.

Hudson had heard that the role was originally written for Eddie Murphy and thought that might be the reason for the sudden changes.  Director Ivan Reitman refutes this rumor however, stating that this was never the case.  He had also heard that Columbia, in response to Bill Murray’s new found star power, reduced Winston’s character in order to give Venkman more lines.

In any case, Ernie Hudson said that he bears no animosity toward Murray, Akroyd or Reitman, expressing gratidue for his positive experience working on both films.  Hudson explains his hurt feelings in greater detail in the Entertainment Weekly piece.  Give it a read.

Hudson also recently changed his position on the recent announcement of the all-female Ghostbusters sequel/reboot.  After initially expressing concern that fans didn’t want to see an “all-female” Ghostbusters movie if that meant he, Akroyd and Murray wouldn’t be in it back in October, tweeted the statement below:

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The Ghostbusters reboot has been set for release on July 16th, 2016.

 

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Game of Thrones star cast for X-Men: Age of Apocalypse

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There’s been some buzz that director Bryan Singer was eyeing a certain Game of Thrones actress for the role of Jean Grey in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past sequel tentatively titled X-Men: Age of Apocalypse.  Tonight it was finally confirmed. Sansa Stark herself, actress Sophie Turner, will portray the mutant that would go on to become the legendary Phoenix in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Marvel Comics adaptation.

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Joining Turner is Tye Sheridan (Tree Of Life) as Scott Summers aka Cyclops and Nickelodeon child actor Alexandra Shipp as Storm.  The young actors will be taking over for Famke Janssen, James Marsden and Halle Berry as the younger counterparts of their big-screen counterparts.

Age of Apocalypse will also star Oscar Isaac as titular villain who disrupts the timeline, initiates a war on mankind, commits genocide on the human race and selectively kills all mutants with psychic abilities.  At his side are the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, Death, Famine, Pestilence and War.  In the comics, video games and animated series, Apocalypse brainwashes several of the X-Men to become these henchmen and take up his cause.

Details of the movie are still scarce but the entire “class” from X-Men: First Class is expected to return in addition to Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.  Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan will not return.

X-Men: Age of Apocalypse is slated for May 17th, 2016.

 

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Nicolas Cage to Star In Osama Bin Laden Comedy

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The always insane, never dull Nicolas Cage is slated to star in a new comedy from Director Larry Charles (Borat, Seinfeld).  The film will focus on an ordinary construction worker who decides to take the hunt for Osama Bin Laden into his own hands.  The story is actually based on a story written by Chris Heath for GQ Magazine about real-life character Gary Faulkner, an eccentric man who believed he had been given a mission from God to capture one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists of all time.

The film will chronicle Gary Faulkner’s quest and his multiple attempts to sneak into both Afghanistan and Pakistan. The treatment was written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, most recently having worked on the film Draft Day.

For an idea of the type of character Cage will be playing, I recommend checking out Faulkner’s interview on The Late Show with David Letterman, below:

Disney dismissed George Lucas’s ideas for Star Wars: Episode 7?

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George Lucas: Hey I have some ideas for the new Star Wars film.

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Ok, so maybe it didn’t happen quite like that but Walt Disney Studios did in fact brush George Lucas aside when he brought his vision for Episode 7 to the table. In yesterday’s interview with CinemaBlend, Lucas explained that Disney had no interest in using his concepts for the upcoming sequel preferring to explore entirely new concepts instead.  This may come as no surprise to bitter fans of the most powerful sci-fi franchise in modern media, as Lucas’s work on the poorly received Episodes I-III saw a dramatic decline in his popularity within geek culture.

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] – George Lucas

There are conflicting statements however, suggesting that Disney did not simply ignore all ideas from Lucas and likely kept many of his concepts in the film.  Blog site BigShinyRobot refers to a statement from Star Wars creative consultant Simon Kinberg on this issues specifically.

It depends from movie-to-movie, is the answer. But it’s definitely a part of the planning of all the different movies and it was something that I was exposed to from the beginning of the process.
– Simon Kinberg

In other news, Latino-Review is claiming that we’ll be getting a new trailer “soon”.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases December 18th, 2015.

Star Wars Episode VII Character Names Revealed!

This is actually pretty creative.

Lucasfilm has revealed the names of the new characters from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser-trailer.  They didn’t just list them off IMDB-style however, they instead opted for a non-traditional unvealing that might play into the nostalgia of fans.  Lucasfilm actually unveiled the characters names using classic-style TOPPS trading-card designs, complete with the old-school Star Wars title font and everything.

Have a look.

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If these cards end up being real then I expect a crumbly, stale stick of bubble gum.

This is important.