Phil Lord and Chris Miller Developing The Flash

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 11, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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It looks like Warner Bros. is starting to really pick up steam in regards to their DC Comics slate. With Suicide Squad well under way and Batman v Superman coming early next year, they seem to finally be learning from Marvel’s example and are putting in the work. Next up: Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing duo behind The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street, are reportedly developing a Flash film for Warner. They’re not directing or scripting (at least, not yet – they do have a lot on their plate but no one knows yet what their next film will be), instead they’re building up a treatment for the studio. Hopefully they can come up with a unique take on the Flash. It also seems odd that Warner isn’t utilizing their existing TV series, but instead want to keep the film and TV universes separate… Seems like a missed chance, to me! Read more…

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Here’s Every Single Marvel Costume Reveal This Week

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 11, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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…and one DC Comics Joker tease. For some reason, all the superhero movie marketing teams decided to release their promotional images of new outfits this week. Here’s a list of what showed up: a clear upper-body shot of Vision, the final Daredevil costume, Yellowjacket from Ant-Man, concept art for Angel in X-Men Apocalypse, and a quick tease of Jared Leto’s Joker. Let’s jump in, shall we? Read more…

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Watch This: First Clip From Jurassic World

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 10, 2015 in Cinema

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Experience all the sexual tension you could possibly desire between Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt in this new Jurassic World clip!

What, did you want more a little more than that? Well, they do talk about dinosaurs a bit in this clip too — the raptors that Pratt’s character trains, the cages the park uses to keep them penned in, and about genetically modified dinosaurs that will almost certainly escape at one point in the film. Someone will probably get eaten! This is definitely an interesting clip to use as your “first look” at Jurassic World outside of a heavily edited trailer, as it lacks any CGI spectacle or dangerous thrills. I’m not sure what to think of Jurassic World, but I suppose I’m still going to see it just to find out how it turns out! Read more…

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Warner Bros. Working On Five Nights At Freddy’s Movie

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 9, 2015 in Cinema, Videogames

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Five Nights at Freddy’s is actually a pretty cool game, where you run a faux-Chuck E. Cheese at night while avoiding murderous animatronic animals. I’m not sure if it’s cool enough to necessitate a third game in the series, but at least it’s popular on YouTube. Apparently Warner Bros. also thinks it’s cool, because they’ve picked up the rights and plan on adapting it into a feature film. Personally, I’d think that a movie would lose some of the horror, since you lose the player’s agency, but from what I can tell, there actually seems to be a rich mythos below the surface, so it’s not like they’ll lack for material. Read more…

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Star Wars Getting Digital Releases For The First Time

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 7, 2015 in Cinema, Star Wars

The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection

Let’s put aside for the moment that you still can’t buy the original, unaltered versions of the classic Star Wars movies. The movies were also traditionally tied to home video, with no way to legally buy them on digital platforms in an increasingly digital world. That changes on April 10, when The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection is released on digital platforms such as iTunes, Google Play, and Xbox Video. You can get all six movies for $99.99, or individual movies for $19.99 each. Each movie includes bonus features, and on some platforms, additional bonuses like an R2-D2 avatar accessory. Sadly, these are still the Lucas-modified versions, but hey, at least you can get Star Wars on your iPad now. Read more…

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THX Has Remade The “Deep Note” Intro

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 6, 2015 in Cinema

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By now almost everyone who has seen a movie has heard the iconic THX “Deep Note” noise, even if they don’t know its name. The sound’s been parodied and imitated in pop culture many times, so changing it seems tantamount to heresy. But here we are! Dr. James “Andy” Moorer, who created the original sound (it first premiered with Return of the Jedi in 1983!), is back to update it for 7.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos presentations. Try listening to the new version below and see what you think! Does it still feel like an epic intro as the film is about to start? Read more…

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Fox Wants To Make A Play-Doh Movie

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 4, 2015 in Cinema, Hobbies and Collections

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Why does Fox want to make a Play-Doh movie, you may ask? Because there is nothing left on this hellscape. The Hollywood wells have run dry. Fox executives have been eyeing The LEGO Movie ravenously like wild dogs, and hope to take a similar approach to a Play-Doh film. All joking aside, while this does seem like another cynical attempt to exploit our collective childhood memories, at least Fox is talking with Paul Feig to direct the movie. At least! Hasbro really wants to turn their properties into big-budget blockbusters, but after Battleship… well, who knows if it’ll work? Read more…

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Disney Plans Live-Action Winnie the Pooh Written By Alex Ross Perry

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 3, 2015 in Animation, Cinema

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Winnie the Pooh is one of the most iconic bears out there, so it’s no surprise that this is happening finally, but here we are all the same: Disney is planning a live-action Winnie the Pooh film and has signed on Alex Ross Perry (fresh off his hit Sundance indie film Listen Up Philip) to script the film. This seems to be a consistent strategy from Disney: nab a young, up-and-coming director to pilot a big picture, with the hopes it’ll help cross the gap between blockbuster and indie film, kids and adults. We have yet to see the fruits of this experiment (Pete’s Dragon is coming up too) so it remains to be see if this plan pans out. Read more…

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New Godzilla Film To Be Directed By Evangelion Creator And More

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 3, 2015 in Cinema

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Here’s some news that had to be double-checked several times — because everyone thought this was an April Fools joke. Yes, a new Toho Godzilla film is on the way, which is news enough on its own right. But here’s the kicker: Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno will be writing the script for it. Not only that, but live-action Attack on Titan director Shinji Higuchi will supervise the special effects. Together, the two will co-direct the film. This isn’t actually that surprising, as Anno has been making moves towards live-action for a long time, and Higuchi did SFX for several Gamera films in the 90s. No fooling! Read more…

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Animated Movie Based On 1966 Batman Series Coming Next Year

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 31, 2015 in Animation, Cinema, Comic Books

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While Batman is much more popular these days as a dark, gritty superhero, fans have slowly become more accepting of the classic 60s TV series. The recent resurgence last year — including a DVD/Blu-ray release — has raised interest, and in addition to comics, there will be a movie based on the campy universe. Adam West (Batman) made the announcement at Mad Monster Party, revealing that he and Burt Ward (Robin) would be voicing their characters in a feature-length animated movie. It’s due out for the TV series’s 50th anniversary in 2016, likely direct-to-video, making this the much more interesting of two Batman movies that year. Sorry, Batman v. Superman, but after Man of Steel, I’d rather concentrate my excitement on this strong counterpoint to the Batman mythos. Read more…

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Hugh Jackman Says He’ll Play Wolverine “One Last Time”

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 30, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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Hugh Jackman has started up the rumor mill — through his own Instagram account, no less. He recently posted an image of his hands and the Wolverine claws with the caption “WOLVERINE… ONE LAST TIME.” Would X-Men: Apocalypse be the last film he’ll play Wolverine in? He hasn’t even been confirmed for it and was assumed to not be in it. Instead, it’s most likely the upcoming The Wolverine film that Fox has slated for 2017 that he’s referring to. Still, would he stop being Wolverine? He said as recently as February that “I said to my wife, ‘The moral is that I should never stop playing Wolverine. I’ve got to find a way to keep playing him until I die.’ I know that someday they’ll recast the role with another actor… I’d be happy if the role was eventually recast. It would mean that it had become iconic.” Maybe… he’s just just making a play while negotiating his contract? Or perhaps he changed his mind and is finally finished. Read more…

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Fox Picks Up The Leviathan

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 30, 2015 in Cinema

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If you have missed the hubbub around The Leviathan, you could easily be forgiven, as progress on the project has happened so fast it surprised many. A week ago director Ruairi Robinson posted his proof-of-concept teaser on Vimeo and YouTube, garnering lots of attention and praise (I’ve embedded it below in case you haven’t caught it yet). He even had a script ready written by Jim Uhls (the scribe behind Fight Club) to make the project more enticing. Then, Simon Kinberg and Neill Blomkamp jumped on to produce and executive produce, respectively, and now Fox has officially picked it up. It’s a really fascinating premise, so I hope the full movie will come out… and be good! Read more…

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Spectre Teaser Trailer Arrives

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 29, 2015 in Cinema

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I know James Bond fans have been waiting patiently for the Spectre teaser trailer, so wait no longer: here it is! This looks pretty entertaining, and if you look hard, you can see some interesting hints at Bond’s past and a possible link with Spectre in this teaser. As usual, Daniel Craig is back as Bond and Sam Mendes returns to helm the pic, but the biggest new addition (in my opinion) is Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser, the villain. I’ve never been a huge James Bond fan but this one is definitely piquing my interest more than usual. Check out the teaser trailer embedded below. Read more…

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Adam McKay Up For A Marvel Movie?

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 28, 2015 in Cinema

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The Anchorman director Adam McKay almost directed Ant-Man last year. He buffed up the script with Paul Rudd and was rumored to be the pick for director, but at the last minute Peyton Reed slid into the spot. Now, according to the Latino Review, McKay is in line to direct a Marvel pic. McKay has been vocal about wanting to make a Marvel movie, so given that he was almost in for one project, it wouldn’t be hard to sign onto another. Marvel certainly seems to like him! As for which film that could be, Latino Review speculates that the most likely option at this point in Inhumans. Maybe? Read more…

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Here’s Your First Look At The Full Deadpool Costume

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 28, 2015 in Cinema

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It’s finally starting to sink in that the Deadpool movie is actually happening. Ryan Reynolds has been teasing out little details here and there, but now we’ve got our first full shot of him in costume as Deadpool. And it’s pretty much the perfect way to introduce the character. I wonder how well Deadpool is known to the general movie-going public? Even if awareness is low, I’m sure that fans will evangelize heavily for this film. Deadpool’s following is dedicated! The first official synopsis also came out for the film… and, well, it doesn’t say much of anything. Deadpool will open February 12th, next year. Read more…

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Sony Nabs Robotech, Planning Film Franchise

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 27, 2015 in Anime, Cinema

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Warner Bros. has toyed around with the idea of doing a Robotech film for a long time, but never really got anywhere. Now, Sony has taken over the reigns, and plans to move quickly to start up what they hope to be a successful film franchise. Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton are producing (they produced 300) and Michael Gordon is writing the script (he previously wrote G.I. Joe and… 300 too). As anime fans might know, there’s quite the history between Harmony Gold (the company that licensed the popular anime series Macross and re-edited it into Robotech) and the fanbase. However, my main concern is if the film can be any good… Read more…

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Spirited Away Finally Coming To Blu-ray In North America

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 26, 2015 in Anime, Cinema

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Ever since the first Studio Ghibli movie came out on Blu-ray, I’ve been waiting for Spirited Away to come out. It’s only been available on DVD since its US release in 2003, while it’s been available on Blu-ray in Japan since last year. That’s set to change, according to this new listing on Amazon, which official-looking box art. The Cat Returns also has a listing, helping to fill out the Blu-ray releases for their entire catalog. There are no release dates listed yet, but it’s just good to know that Disney, the official US distributor, hasn’t forgotten the second film to win Best Animated Feature. Hopefully it’s out by this summer! Read more…

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Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor Stares Into Your Soul

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 26, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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Jesse Eisenberg seems like a strange choice to play Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but I could see it working. I can see it even more after Entertainment Weekly released this image showing how he’ll look in the movie. Yep, he’s bald, but it’s his eyes that grab my attention the most. It’s very intense, and I could see that working in the movie, provided he puts on some muscle. He doesn’t need to be a muscleman, but he could stand to bulk-up a bit. Read more…

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10-Minute Video Explores Batman’s Cinematic History

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 24, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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Here’s a cool video by Jacob Swinney that depicts the evolution of Batman through his movies. It journeys from its humble beginnings in serials in the ’40s, through Adam West, Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and more, all the way to his latest film. (By the way, that’s The Lego Move, if you forgot that Batman was in it.) Check out the video and the list of movies below.
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It’s Official: Russo Brothers To Direct Avengers: Infinity War

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 24, 2015 in Cinema, Comic Books

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In what was one of Hollywood’s worst-kept secrets, the Russo brothers have been confirmed as the directors of Avengers: Infinity War, the two-part epic that all of Marvel’s previous films have been leading to. The first two Avengers films were directed by Joss Whedon, who is stepping down to work on his own projects. Joe and Anthony Russo first directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier for Marvel, and they will begin shooting Captain America: Civil War next month. Seeing as The Winter Soldier is arguably the best Marvel film so far, I’d say the movies are in good hands. The Russo brothers will shooting both parts in one long shoot in 2016. Read more…

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Here’s The First Teaser For Mission: Impossible 5

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 22, 2015 in Cinema

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Yes, another Mission: Impossible film is on the way, and it’s titled Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner are all back for another episode of “what crazy thing will Tom Cruise hang off of next?” This time? It’s an airplane. Cruise apparently did the stunt himself in his quest to one-up himself each film! The full trailer for the film will come out tomorrow on Monday, but until then, this is a pretty good teaser trailer. I mean, there’s actual footage in this thing! M:I5 will open July 31st this year. Read more…

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Produce And Star In A Fraggle Rock Movie

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 21, 2015 in Cinema

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This may have passed for an April Fools joke if this news came out a week later, but here we are: Joseph Gordon-Levitt will produce and and in a Fraggle Rock movie for New Regency. A film of the Jim Henson muppet band has been in the works for… well, a very long time, and was generally regarded as dead. However, Gordon-Levitt signing on to the project has given it a big boost and essentially brought it back. No word on what the film would entail, but it appears that Gordon-Levitt would be playing a human character as opposed to a muppet. Is a Fraggle Rock movie something people are clamoring for? Read more…

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New Avengers: Age of Ultron TV Spot Is A Surprisingly Good One

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 20, 2015 in Cinema

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Usually TV spots are pretty throwaway, often focusing on one goofy clip or really short shots of action scenes. They’re more just there to keep the movie’s name in your mind rather than actually convince you to see it, as they’re only 30 seconds long anyway. This new Avengers: Age of Ultron TV spot, however, runs 1 minute long and actually features quite of a lot of funny and interesting footage. If you’re still not sold on Avengers 2 yet (which, hey, maybe there are a few of you who haven’t fallen on one of the two sides of the superhero-movie-fest fence), this will definitely be something to watch. Check it out below! Read more…

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Get Your First Look At The ‘Attack On Titan’ Movie

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 19, 2015 in Anime, Cinema

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I’m sure most fans of Attack on Titan would rather have a second season of the popular anime. But until that happens, this live-action movie is looking pretty good! The first footage showed up on a Japanese show, and if you look under all the visual clutter that makes up many Japanese shows, you can get a glimpse of what the movie will look like. And it looks pretty great! It won’t make the wait for the second season any easier, but at least this movie seems like a faithful adaptation. Read more…

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