Saturday, April 29, 2017

Kevin Hart signs on for 'The Great Outdoors' remake

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Kevin Hart continues to be a consistent box-office draw and though he doesn’t have a film released yet this year, it’s easy to see that success continuing. He’s even getting involved in Hollywood remakes nowadays as Deadline reports Hart has signed on to star in the remake of the 1988 comedy, The Great Outdoors.

            The original film starred Dan Aykroyd and John Candy and followed a man who planned a relaxing outdoor camping trip but is interrupted when his in-laws come to visit. The legendary John Hughes penned the script of the original and Randall Green will be taking over writing duties this time around. It sounds like it could be a family driven comedy for Hart and I’m curious to see who they pair him up with this time around after working recently alongside Dwayne Johnson, Will Ferrell and Ice Cube in various projects.

            Hart has some blockbuster-type movies coming out that include Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. He’ll also get his first shot at dramatic work as he’ll co-star in Untouchable alongside Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

David Fincher officially signs on to direct 'World War Z 2'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            We reported back in August that David Fincher (The Social Network, Gone Girl) was in talks to direct the sequel to World War Z but now, there is confirmation that he will in fact be helming the zombie sequel per Variety. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen anything from the mind of Fincher as the auteur was working on not one, but two series for HBO, but both were dropped.

            World War Z was released in 2013 and is probably best known for its troubled production that included re-shoots of almost the entire third act. The movie then made over $500 million worldwide and ever since then, the studio has been adamant about getting the franchise jumpstarted again with a sequel. With Fincher coming on to direct, it will reteam him with Brad Pitt who he’s previously directed in three of his movies: Fight Club, Seven and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It sure is a huge franchise Viagra so to speak to grab someone with Fincher’s talents in time to get this movie prepped for a likely 2019 release.

            Fincher’s upcoming serial killer show Mindhunter will debut on Netflix later this year but as of now he has a clear schedule to film WWZ2. Pitt is getting ready to film the sci-fi drama, Ad Astra so hopefully this can get started sooner rather than later. How do you guys feel about Fincher joining a blockbuster franchise like World War Z? Would you rather see him focusing on something else? Let us know in the comments below!

'Masters of the Universe' loses McG as director, set for a 2019 release

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By Darian Scalamoni
               It appears that fans of the long planned live-action Masters of the Universe can breathe a sigh of relief today. According to EW, McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator: Salvation) has left the project he’s since been attached to since early last year. This has resulted in Sony pushing the movie back to December 18th, 2018 and now is without a director.

            Is it an issue that the project is now without a director? Of course, but it’s an issue that likely all are okay with due to the previous director attached. McG is often regarded as one of the worst directors working today so the live-action take on the popular He-Man cartoon will welcome a new face behind the lens. The report also states that David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman Begins) will write the script which is good news as the studio searches for a new director. It’ll be interesting to see who the studio settles on as well as what approach they take when making this movie; whether it goes a similar route to that of the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film or get something like a darker toned fantasy adventure in the vein of a film like Lord of the Rings.

            How do you guys feel about McG leaving Masters of the Universe and Sony finally setting a date? Who would you like to see the studio go after to direct the movie? Comment below and let us know!

New trailer for 'Cars 3' has Lightning McQueen fighting for his legacy

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The Pixar franchise, Cars has been a rocky road since the first film was released in 2006. As a fan of the first movie, I’ve always tried to fight hard for it because compared to many other Pixar projects, it barely holds a comparison. Cars 2 is also by far the worst movie the studio has ever produced so the fact that they were making a third was shocking to say the least. Having said that, the marketing campaign and movie in general looks surprisingly different than the previous movies and Disney has released a full-length trailer for Cars 3 which we have for you below.

            The upcoming sequel looks to follow Lightning McQueen as he nears retirement and looks to cement a legacy for his racing career. It’s a theme that is relevant in terms of many sports but racing isn’t one of them, having said that, the plot actually looks refreshing and I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ll be able to do with it. It doesn’t seem like the typical plot in which younger audiences would go to see, but Cars does manage to have some of the best numbers in terms of toys and products for Disney so we’ll have to wait and see.

            Check out the trailer below for Cars 3! The movie stars Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Cristela Alonzo, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Paul Dooley, Cheech Marin, Katherine Helmond, Larry the Cable Guy, Angel Oquendo and Darrell Waltrip. Cars 3 opens in theaters everywhere on June 16th

Ewan McGregor to star in live-action 'Winnie the Pooh' as adult Christopher Robin

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Ewan McGregor has already had a pretty busy 2017. He starred in the live-action Beauty and the Beast as Lumiere and also reprised his role as Renton in T2 Trainspotting. Not only that, but he can be seen currently playing dual roles in FX’s Fargo. Now, he’s gained another high-profile role in yet another Disney live-action movie as THR reports that McGregor has been cast as the titular role in Christopher Robin.

            Christopher Robin, otherwise known as the live-action Winnie the Pooh film will follow the title character, grown up as an adult businessman who has lost his sense of imagination until his childhood friend Pooh shows up to take him on a new adventure. The movie has had an interesting path since its inception as Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip, Queen of Earth) was originally slated to write and direct. The project has since fallen into the lap of Marc Forster (World War Z, Finding Neverland) who will direct and while Tom McCarthy (Spotlight, Up) was to pen the script, recent reports say that Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures) has been brought on for the most recent draft. As a huge fan of McGregor, I’m definitely more excited for this now that on-screen talent is set in stone.

            McGregor will be seen next on screen in Zoe, a film directed by Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Equals) and will co-star Lea Seydoux. He’s also attached to a drama titled Don’t Make Me Go but that may be shifted with his recent schedule. Christopher Robin is just one of the many in-development live-action Disney movies that also include Mulan, Aladdin, Dumbo and The Lion King.

            How do you guys feel about the casting of Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin? Is this a movie you want to see happen and who do you want to voice Winnie the Pooh? Let us know in the comments section below!

M. Night Shymalan's sequel to 'Split' titled 'Glass' set for 2019 release

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By Darian Scalamoni
            I would like to start by saying that SPOILERS are in effect for this post if you haven’t seen Unbreakable or Split. M. Night Shyamalan, the fascinating director behind both of those films has announced on his Twitter that confirms that his next feature, Glass will be the third in the shared cinematic universe.

            Shyamalan rose to fame in 1999 with The Sixth Sense and had major success for years before going on a cold streak unlike many directors have had. Miraculously, he’s risen out of the swamp that he put himself in with his two most recent movies, The Visit and Split, which I enjoyed thoroughly and you can find the review here. There was an appearance by Bruce Willis at the end of Split which alluded to the fact that the movie exists in the same series of movies but more details have emerged thanks to Shyamalan.

            His tweets reveal that Glass will be a sequel to both Unbreakable AND Split. The movie will star Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy who will all return for their respective roles. The movie will be released by Universal Pictures on January 18th, 2019. I’m incredibly excited to see this and believe that if Shyamalan’s succeeds with this flick, he can return to the prominence he had before disasters like The Last Airbender and After Earth.

            What do you guys think about the announcement for Glass? Do you think this could be the return to form for M. Night Shyamalan? Sound off in the comments below!

Legendary director of 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Philadelphia' Jonathan Demme passes away at the age of 73

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It holds us with a heavy heart here at Cinema Wave to report that Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) has passed away. The legendary director was 73 and passes away due to complications of esophageal cancer and complications of heart disease.

            Demme had as a diverse resume as any. He began his emergence in the industry for directing movies like Caged Heat and Fighting Mad before the 80s led to a change of pace with comedies like Something Wild and Married to the Mob as well as directing the documentary based on the rock group The Talking Heads titled Stop Making Sense. However, it was his 90s run that elevated the director to new heights.

            1991 was the year everything changed for Demme as he directed the horror film, Silence of the Lambs. The movie is historic for winning 5 Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay; one of only three films to win the “Big Five” Academy Awards. He followed that up with a terrific courtroom drama, Philadelphia that starred Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, the latter who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for playing Andrew Beckett, a man with AIDS who was fired because of his condition.

            Though that would prove to be the best stretch of Demme’s career, he also directed films like Charade, The Truth About Charlie, The Manchurian Candidate, Rachel Getting Married and most recently, Ricki and the Flash. Demme’s final film was the concert documentary, Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids. The movie followed Timberlake on his 20/20 Experience World Tour.

            Demme leaves behind a legacy that most directors have looked up to and dreamed about emulating. He will be missed in Hollywood and for his influence behind the camera and his thoughtfulness as a human being. Our thoughts are with his family and friends in their time of grieving.

Will Smith stays busy, in talks to star in Ang Lee's 'Gemini Man'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Will Smith has been featured quite frequently on our site since its inception about a year ago so it never ceases to amaze me when he’s attached to another project. This one however, could be a match made in heaven as THR reports that Smith may star in Gemini Man that just attached a director as well in Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi).

            Smith would play the lead in the film that has been in development for over 20 years having Mel Gibson and Clint Eastwood linked to the project years earlier. The action thriller would follow Smith as a middle-aged assassin getting ready to retire only to be hunted by a clone of himself but 25 years younger and at the peak of his abilities. The younger clone will most likely use the CGI technology that we’ve seen on Michael Douglas and Robert Downey Jr. in the MCU. I think Smith would be a tremendous collaborator with Lee and am hoping they can get a deal done to start shooting before the actor attends to his other film responsibilities.

            Most of those responsibilities include franchises Bad Boys and Suicide Squad that will be shooting soon (though surprisingly both are missing directors at the moment). Smith has also been linked just this past week to Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin in which he’s in talks to voice the Genie. Smith can be seen later this year in the Netflix original movie, Bright co-starring Joel Edgerton.

            How do you guys feel about Smith signing on for Gemini Man? Do you think he’s the right choice for a role like this? Comment below and let us know!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hilary Swank heads to television, will star in Danny Boyle's FX series 'Trust'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            There’s a continuing trend of usual film actors heading to TV and taking their talents to the small screen. We’ve seen it on shows like Fargo, True Detective, House of Cards and Billions but now a new series is starting in the right direction. According to the Tracking Board, Hilary Swank has signed on to Danny Boyle’s FX series, Trust to star.

            The series is set in 1973 and follows the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, Swank will play Gail Getty, who negotiated with the captors of Getty III. The mafia looked to get a multi-million-dollar ransom for kidnapping him but had issues getting through to anyone. The Italian police believed what had gone on was a prank while his father, who was a heroin addict refused to answer the phone. His grandfather, who will be played by Donald Sutherland in the series, was too busy in his million-dollar mansion and also didn’t deal with those who kidnapped his grandson. Gail was the only committed one as the boy’s mother did her absolute best in trying to deal with her family and saving her son from the dangerous situation he’s in.

            Swank has appeared on television before but that was much earlier in her career before her two Academy Award nominations. She’ll be seen next in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky alongside Channing Tatum and Adam Driver. She’ll also be seen in 55 Steps opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Jeffrey Tambor.

Disney announces dates for multiple films including 'Star Wars: Episode IX' and 'Indiana Jones 5'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            As we just reported a few days ago, studios have been planning dates for their future films with 20th Century Fox striking first. Now, Disney has followed suit announcing dates for their big-time franchises.

            Some of the prestigious releases include Star Wars: Episode IX directed by Colin Trevorrow which will release on May 24th, 2019. The movie will complete the revived episodic trilogy format and follow JJ Abrams’ The Force Awakens and the upcoming, The Last Jedi directed by Rian Johnson. Also, another Lucasfilm movie, the next Anthology flick, the currently untitled Han Solo movie that stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Michael Kenneth Williams will be released on May 25th, 2018.

            Disney will also release their highly-anticipated sequel, Frozen 2 on November 27th, 2019. The original film was a monumental hit winning two Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go”. The crew will remain intact with Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck returning along with stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.

            With the rise of the live-action films coming off of the massive success of Beauty and the Beast remake as well, The Lion King has quickly become one of the biggest releases upcoming for Disney. They now have a date in place as it’ll arrive on July 19th, 2019. Donald Glover is set to star as Simba and James Earl Jones is returning as Mufasa. The studio also just announced yesterday that Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen will play the lovable duo of Timon and Pumbaa as well while Beyonce is being courted to play Nala. The live-action remake of Mulan has also been scheduled as it’ll release later next year on November 2nd, 2018.

            Finally, the studio has also pushed some releases with Indiana Jones 5 getting pushed back a whole year to July 10th, 2020 to make room for Spielberg to film two movies before helming the fifth installment. Also, Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet has been dated for November 21st, 2018. Ava DuVernay’s long-awaited follow-up to Selma hits theaters on March 9th, 2018 with her adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time.

Wrestling visionary Vince McMahon to have his story told in 'Pandemonium'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited for a biopic as I am for this one but as a huge wrestling fan my whole life, Vince McMahon has always warranted a movie about his life and the rise of the WWE. Well, according to Deadline, this is finally happening as the pro wrestling icon and visionary is getting a movie titled Pandemonium.

            Pandemonium will follow McMahon’s rise to the top of the wrestling business as well as show some of his family’s influences on him and his life in the business he helped shape. McMahon is third generation so he’s followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Jess and father, Vincent but Vince was the one who pushed the envelope and helped propel wrestling to new heights. He helped mold the careers of greats like Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Triple H, John Cena and Stone Cold Steve Austin just to name a few. I’m curious to see who they get to portray McMahon on screen but my vote is Bryan Cranston. It has to be someone who oozes charisma just as much as they can be serious.

            John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Crazy, Stupid, Love, This Is Us) are set to direct the project which means there is talent behind this production. They’ll be working with TriStar Pictures and WWE Studios along the way. Hopefully, we get more details ASAP on this project that has moved to one of my most anticipated movies in development.

Bruce Willis is on the lookout for his dog in action/comedy 'Once Upon a Time in Venice'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            When you talk about actors who have fell from grace, it’s hard not to mention Bruce Willis. At one time, the Die Hard actor was one of the highest earning movie stars on the planet. He’s dropped down to the status of making direct-to-DVD movies and unfortunately, though his latest film has a more starry cast than usual, it seems like the same fare for Willis.

            Once Upon a Time in Venice looks like a cheesier, much worse rip off of John Wick as Willis plays L.A. based Private Investigator, Steve Ford and must go on a crazy journey to get his dog back from gangsters. The trailer looks exactly like you’d expect it too, a phoned in Willis looking like he’s not interested in what he’s doing on screen. The action/comedy looks to have some okay action pieces and no humor whatsoever even with John Goodman and Thomas Middleditch providing supporting roles. Maybe it’s just not for me but take a look for yourself below and let us know in the comments how you feel about the movie.

            Check out the trailer for Once Upon a Time in Venice below! The film stars Bruce Willis, John Goodman, Jason Momoa, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen and Adam Goldberg. Once Upon a Time in Venice opens in theaters on June 16th.

Brian Cox is the latest to play the British Prime Minister in first trailer for 'Churchill'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            There have been many times where biopics have been released closely together by different studios as they battle to see who has the better movie. Recent examples include Ashton Kutcher’s Jobs and Michael Fassbender’s Steve Jobs being released just two years apart. However, it’s rare to see two films of this nature being released in the SAME year but that’s what we have upcoming. Gary Oldman will play former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour but not before Brian Cox does so in the aptly-named Churchill that hits theaters on June 2nd.

            The first trailer for Churchill can be seen below and stars Cox as Churchill in the days leading up to D-Day. I have to be honest though, I’m not excited for this movie one bit. Cox is the seventh actor to portray the legendary British leader doesn’t seem to have the same gravitas of any of them especially John Lithgow who recently won an Emmy for his portrayal in Netflix’s The Crown. The movie seems to be a little too conventional for my taste and I don’t believe it will garner the same praise as past performances or even Oldman’s upcoming turn as leader.

            Check out the trailer for Churchill! The movie stars Cox, John Slattery, Miranda Richardson, Ella Purnell and James Purefoy. Churchill hits theaters on June 2nd.

DC to launch digital streaming service headlined by live-action 'Titans' and 'Young Justice' animated revival

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The streaming phenomenon is rapidly growing with Netflix, Amazon, HBO Go, Hulu and even the upcoming CBS All Access building off of a successful model, it seems that DC and Warner Bros. have a plan as well. According to Deadline, the two will be forming a streaming service of their own that will launch next year with two new shows; a live-action Teen Titans series titled, Titans as well as a revival of the animated show, Young Justice set to be called Young Justice: Outsiders.

            This is big news for many who were excited about the TNT live-action Teen Titans series that was in development since 2014 as Greg Berlanti or the DC television mastermind who has produced all your favorite CW superhero shows has joined Geoff Johns and Akiva Goldsman in building the show. The team has yet to be set in stone but we can confirm that Robin will be the lead of the show as we await to see who else he is joined by.

            Young Justice had a passionate and cult following on Cartoon Network and followed young DC superheroes in their teenage years. The original team was similar to what we meet see in Titans as Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis made up the young heroes. Since the start of Season 1, the team has changed but there is no word yet on who the team will be made up of for Outsiders.

            What do you guys think about DC getting their own streaming service? Will you shell out the money to watch these shows and more content from the comic book property? Let us know in the comments below!

Universal lands rights to Madonna biopic, 'Blond Ambition'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The Black List is a list of unproduced screenplays that industry officials rank in order of preference and last year’s list was topped by a Madonna biopic titled Blond Ambition. Now, according to THR, it seems that the movie is in fact getting made thanks to producers Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Captain Phillips), who is also attached to Michael Mann’s television series that we just talked about yesterday, Hue 1968 but also Brett Ratner (The Revenant, Horrible Bosses).

            After hearing of this news yesterday, Madonna reportedly shunned the film which is unfortunate and could lead to a snag in getting the rights to her music. If that were to happen, I would imagine the movie being shut down completely because who does a Madonna biopic without the music? Anyway, the movie is set in the early 80s and tracks the pop icon’s work on her first album and struggling with the business, love and fame. The self-titled debut album of Madonna featured hits like “Borderline”, “Holiday” and “Lucky Star” catapulted her into superstardom for all-time.

            The biggest key now, other than getting Madonna to sign off on song rights would be to find an actress to play the lead role. Many have already said that Margot Robbie would be perfect and while I agree she’d be great, I’d be excited to see someone else get a shot at the role. Lily Collins comes to mind as a casting choice if I was choosing to pick an actress to play the music star. She has a musical lineage (Phil Collins is her father), plus she has the acting chops to pull it off and is young enough to play Madonna in the 80s when she was in her 20s.

            What do you guys think about the news of Blond Ambition? Who would you want to see play Madonna in the flick? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

Dexter Fletcher lines up next project as he tackles The Kinks biopic, 'Sunny Afternoon'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It seems that musicals are back and bigger than ever playing off of the success of recent Best Picture nominee, La La Land but what about music biopics? Just as popular, if not more, The Playlist is reporting that there is one in development following The Kinks. The movie will be based on the stage musical based on the band titled Sunny Afternoon that ran from 2014-2016.

            The band is best known for songs like “You Really Got Me”, “All Day and All of the Night”, “Lola” and “Waterloo Sunset” and is a unique project especially with the talent involved behind the camera. Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle, Sunshine on Leith) will direct the project with Joe Penhall (The Road, Mindhunter) set to write the script. As a fan of the band and talent behind it, I’m very excited for this film to get going. Some musical biopics take longer than others in development, namely Clint Eastwood’s movie adaptation of the stage musical, Jersey Boys was in development for almost ten years before it was made, but I have high hopes for this film.

            What do you guys think about the announcement of a film covering the Kinks? Do you think Sunny Afternoon will be a good follow-up for Fletcher following Eddie the Eagle? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

'Hell or High Water' team reuniting for Scottish period drama 'Outlaw King' on Netflix

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By Darian Scalamoni
            One of the biggest surprises of last year had to be the western crime film, Hell or High Water. The indie darling that starred Chris Pine and Ben Foster as brothers robbing banks across West Texas to save their family’s ranch. The acting by these two (and Jeff Bridges) is terrific but the direction by David Mackenzie as well as the screenplay by Taylor Sheridan helped propel the movie to Oscar worthy success. It seems three fourths of this magnificent team will be reuniting as Deadline reports that Mackenzie will direct Pine and Foster in Outlaw King for Netflix.

            Outlaw King is a period drama about the Scottish king, Robert the Bruce (played by Pine) and his battle against the English as well as his romantic affair with Irish noble, Elizabeth de Burgh. No details yet on who will play de Burgh but Foster will play Pine’s chief advisor, James Douglas in the film. It’s definitely a change of pace for all three involved but is said to be a passion project for Mackenzie who has turned down a number of big jobs for the movie including a project called The Brotherhood that would’ve starred Michael Fassbender and Margot Robbie.

            Outlaw King will begin filming in August and is said to be releasing on Netflix in 2018. Pine can be seen in Wonder Woman on June 2nd and also just wrapped on Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time set to hit theaters on March 9th, 2018. Foster can be seen later this year alongside Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike in Scott Cooper’s Hostiles.

            What do you guys think about the next project from the Hell or High Water team? Do you think Pine and Foster can pull off the Scottish accents? Let us know below in the comments!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen join the Disney family, cast as Timon and Pumbaa in live-action 'The Lion King'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The pieces are rapidly coming together on the live-action version of The Lion King for Disney with even more news coming today. According to The Wrap, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen have been cast as Timon and Pumbaa respectively in some more shocking casting news.

            Many pegged comedic duo Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele as frontrunners for the roles but Eichner and Rogen have been selected as the beloved meerkat and warthog duo. I thought that Rogen was going to be the choice as Pumbaa as soon as the live-action remake was announced but Billy Eichner was a name that wasn’t on my mind when thinking of Timon, though I think it works tremendously. Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella voiced the characters in the original 1995 animated film.

            Eichner is best known for his Funny or Die series, Billy on the Street as well as his leading role in the Hulu comedy, Difficult People. I discovered Eichner on Parks and Recreation as Craig Middlebrooks before he quickly rose in popularity for his demeanor and often yelling in most projects he was in. He also appeared in the Seth Rogen-starring Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising so this won’t be the first time we see the two teaming up on screen. Rogen will be seen next in the dramedy based on The Room titled The Disaster Artist co-starring one of his frequent collaborators, James Franco.

            What do you guys think of the news of Eichner and Rogen playing Timon and Pumbaa in The Lion King live-action remake? If you’re not a fan of the choices, who would you have rather seen in the roles? Sound off below in the comments and let us know!

First trailer for 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' features first look at the Statesman in front of a Sinatra tune

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The highly anticipated, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is coming sooner than you think and we finally received a trailer for the upcoming sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service! The original spy film that grossed over $400 million was one of the biggest successes of 2015 and helped greenlight a sequel that looks to be even bigger and better than the first movie.

            Eggsy will cross the pond and come to America in the sequel as the titular heroes face a new challenge. This leads to the Kingsman teaming up with the US spy organization called the Statesman. The movie will bring together both groups testing their agents up against a common enemy and displaying a more explosive and entertaining sequel. This trailer is perfect and everything I could possibly want to see without spoiling too much. For one of my most anticipated movies of the year, I am BEYOND excited and can’t wait to line up outside the theater come September.

            Check out the trailer below for Kingsman: The Golden Circle! The movie stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum and Halle Berry. Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits theaters on September 29th.

            What do you guys think about the trailer? Is it everything you wanted and more? Comment below and let us know what you thought!

Michael Mann producing Vietnam War series 'Hue 1968'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Add this filmmaker to the long list of movie directors to take a shot within the “Golden Age of Television” as The Playlist reports that Michael Mann (Heat, Public Enemies) is in talks to produce Vietnam War series, Hue 1968. Mann will team up with the author of Black Hawk Down for the limited series that will also be produced by Michael De Luca (American History X, The Social Network).

            This isn’t Mann’s first foray into television as he’s worked on previous influential series such as Starsky & Hutch, Miami Vice and Crime Story. He also worked on David Milch’s HBO show, Luck before being cancelled after controversy of the mistreatment of horses on set. Bowden’s book, Hue 1968, that will be published next month follows the story of the Tet Offensive, the major event in the War that saw a surprise attack on the capital of Vietnam. The series will have many major characters ranging from revolutionary school students to President Lyndon B. Johnson. It sure sounds like a great idea especially coming from Mann, who has been on a cold streak recently. I’m hoping this ends up on a premium network that could take the 8-10 episodes and really focus on the characters and production design of the times.

            Mann is said to be focusing on his Enzo Ferrari biopic that starts shooting this year with Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace so we might be ways off from this series coming to fruition. How do you guys feel about Michael Mann headlining Hue 1968? Who are some stars you’d like to see star in the series? Comment below and give us your thoughts.

2018 starts to take shape as 20th Century Fox shift and plan dates for theatrical releases

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By Darian Scalamoni
            With the 2017 movie season rapidly approaching the Summer season with next weekend’s first major release in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it’s no surprise that studios are beginning to reveal some of the release dates for their slates in 2018. 20th Century Fox has just solidified some spots for some of their releases as well as shift some dates around for next year.

            Firstly, Shane Black’s The Predator sequel has moved from its original February 9th, 2018 release to a summer-friendly, August 3rd, 2018. That first week has proved to be successful over the last two summers with superhero flicks, Guardians of the Galaxy and Suicide Squad making boatloads of cash. The rated R action/thriller will open against the Will Ferrell/John C. Reilly comedy, Holmes & Watson as well as a TBA live-action Disney film that I’m speculating could be Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin.

            20th Century Fox has also scheduled its next three superhero movies with Josh Boone’s New Mutants starring Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nat Wolff arriving on April 13th, 2018. That’ll be followed up by Deadpool 2 on June 1st starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular character along with Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz as Cable and Domino. Finally, there’s Dark Phoenix which will star Sophie Turner and has Simon Kinberg writing and directing that is set for a November 2nd release date going against Disney’s live-action Mulan remake.

            They also announced some potential awards fare towards the end of this year and next with Steven Spielberg’s film, The Post starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks getting a release date of December 22nd, 2017. The long-gestating Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek titled Bohemian Rhapsody and directed by Bryan Singer will be released next Christmas. In addition, Steve McQueen’s follow-up to 12 Years a Slave titled Widows with an all-star cast of Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez and Daniel Kaluuya will be released on November 16th, 2018.

            How do you guys feel about all these dates for the respective projects? What’re you most excited for? How many of these 20th Century Fox movies are you going to see? Comment below and let us know!

Martin Scorsese to reunite his favorite actors, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio for 'Killers of the Flower Moon'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It seems that Hollywood is in a trend in which some of our favorite stars are reuniting with directors that have led them to incredible success recently. Another incredible project is in development with one of the best trios you could ever see for a feature film. The Playlist is reporting that Martin Scorsese might reunite with two very familiar faces, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro for the film adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon.

            The movie would bring together the three icons for just the second time with the first being a short film, The Audition. Neither actor is a stranger to working with Scorsese however as DiCaprio has collaborated with Scorsese on five feature films with De Niro edging him out with eight projects under the direction of Scorsese with his potential ninth on the way with The Irishman. The film tells the true crime story about multiple murders of members of the Osage Indian tribe in Oklahoma after oil was found in their homeland. The movie will also showcase the rise of J. Edgar Hoover, who DiCaprio played previously in the Clint Eastwood directed biopic back in 2011.

            It sure sounds like a fantastic potential project that would bring the two legendary actors for just the second time, first appearing together in This Boy’s Life. Scorsese is attached to a multitude of films as he usually is but here’s hoping this one comes together along with The Irishman. How do you guys feel about this Killers of the Flower Moon? Is this the type of movie you’d like to see DiCaprio and De Niro star in? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!

Ang Lee in talks to direct sci-fi actioner, 'Gemini Man'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Ang Lee is one of the most diverse filmmakers in history with no genre limiting his abilities. The two-time Oscar winning director has tackled all different types of movies such as The Wedding Banquet, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi and most recently, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. It seems that the innovative director wants to move towards science fiction for his next project as Variety reports that Lee is in talks to direct Gemini Man.

            The sci-fi actioner follows a senior NSA official who is being chased by a young clone of himself before retiring from the agency. It sounds to be in the same realm as a movie like Rian Johnson’s Looper and with a mind like Ang Lee headlining, it could be a perfect team-up. David Benioff (Game of Thrones, 25th Hour) has written the script for the movie that has been in development for decades now. The late, Curtis Hanson was attached before Tony Scott was supposed to be the director to save the project. Now, Lee is said to be the guy for the job. This isn’t completely concrete however as the studio is in early discussions to get Lee for the job.

            The director was scheduled to tackle a boxing film covering the Thrilla in Manila with Ray Fisher and David Oyelowo as Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier respectively but it appears that project might’ve hit a snag. What do you guys think of Ang Lee’s potential next project? Is Gemini Man the right movie for him to tackle next? Comment below and let us know your thoughts!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Universal developing 'Fast & Furious' spinoff based around Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham characters

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By Darian Scalamoni
            With the mega Fast & Furious franchise continuing to conquer box office records, it seems that Universal is looking toward extending the olive branch to beloved characters getting a spinoff. According to Deadline, the studio is planning a film based around Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters for a possible spinoff. The producers and studio have met already on the concept and Chris Morgan, who has written all the franchise’s movies other than the first two has begun story ideas.

            The story arc that they’re contemplating would showcase Johnson’s character, Luke Hobbs forming an unlikely partnership with Statham’s Deckard Shaw. Both characters entered the franchise in its second half for Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 respectively as villains before earning the trust of the crew and joining the “family”. It seems like a perfect money making idea as many love these characters the most and were impressed with their chemistry and action sequences on screen. Also, it’s never a bad idea to build off of a franchise that is making bucket loads of money for the long haul and shows little signs of slowing down.

            Johnson is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood so it might be hard to get him for yet another franchise with upcoming roles in Baywatch and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle followed by action films Rampage and Skyscraper as well as wrestling drama, Fighting with My Family all in 2018. Statham will star next in shark based thriller, Meg before returning to another action franchise, The Expendables 4.

            What do you guys think about a potential spinoff with Johnson and Statham? Is this the right direction for the franchise if they indeed extend the universe? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Netflix to bring animated 'Carmen Sandiego' series to audiences, Gina Rodriguez to star

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By Darian Scalamoni
            I was a huge fan of computer games when I was a young kid with one of my favorites being the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? The educational but fun game is now being adapted into an animated series for Netflix, per The Tracking Board. Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez is set to voice the title character of the series that launches in 2019.

            The series is the industry’s second attempt at an animated show for the character as the original aired from 1994-1999 before being cancelled after 4 seasons. Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things will also have a voice role as Player, Carmen’s chief accomplice and friend. The show’s first season will have 20 episodes of 22-minutes each and will be “as educational as it is entertaining”. I think this is a great idea for an educational animated program to be geared for kids through Netflix. Also, Rodriguez has a perfect voice for a role like this and even at my age, I’m interested to see what they can do with this show.

            Gina Rodriguez has quite the busy schedule and is constantly adding more to her slate as our source also says that she’s currently deciding between an action vehicle, Miss Bala and comedy, Fire Me. Confirmed projects on her slate include animated films The Star and Ferdinand. She’ll be seen on screen next in Alex Garland’s follow-up to Ex Machina, sci-fi film Annihilation that also stars Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac.

            What do you guys think of the news of a Carmen Sandiego animated series for Netflix? Do you think Gina Rodriguez is right for the part? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Will Smith in talks to play Genie in live-action, 'Aladdin'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It’s unfortunate but once the live-action Aladdin movie was announced, we knew that someone would have to take the reins of the character of Genie that was made so famous from the late, great Robin Williams. According to Deadline, it seems that Disney is in talks with Will Smith to play the role just months after he was in talks for Tim Burton’s Dumbo.

            Aladdin will be directed by an auteur, similar to Burton in Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) and similar to the most recent success for Disney in their live-action schedule with Beauty and the Beast, it will be a musical. The latter film has already grossed over $1 billion worldwide so the money may be talking to Smith especially because it wasn’t just beloved by fans of the classic original animated movie, but the live-action surprised and did very well critically too. Smith also has a former musical background as The Fresh Prince rapper has released four solo rap albums and five others with DJ Jazzy Jeff. As upset as I am that Disney is doing this after the death of a beloved actor like Williams who won an honorary Oscar for his performance in the 1992 animated classic, Smith seems to be a good choice. He has a unique, fun and charismatic sense about him. He’ll do great work as the Genie if he is indeed cast.

            Smith can be seen next in the Netflix original movie, Bright along with Joel Edgerton. After that, he’s expected to shoot his long-awaited, Bad Boys for Life sequel with Martin Lawrence. Aladdin could change the schedule though as it’s set to start shooting this July in the United Kingdom.

            How do you guys feel about Will Smith as Genie in Aladdin? Is it too soon considering Robin Williams only passed away about three years ago? Let us know below in the comments !

Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon cast in HBO movie adaptation of 'Fahrenheit 451'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            HBO has lined up their next original movie and it might be their biggest undertaking to date. According to Variety, the premium network’s film division will adapt the classic novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. They also report that Michael Shannon and Michael B. Jordan will star with Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes, At Any Price) directing.

            Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian story that was published back in 1953 and presents a future American society in which books are outlawed and firemen are to burn any that are found. Jordan will play Guy Montag, the lead protagonist of the novel while Shannon will play his superior, Captain Beatty. I’m beyond excited with this news as Fahrenheit 451 happens to be one of my favorite novels of all-time. Also, having actors with terrific quality of acting like Jordan and Shannon help propel the movie further. Mel Gibson had the book rights for years and was set to do his own film adaptation starring Tom Cruise in 1999, but scheduling problems arose. Let’s hope the same doesn’t happen with HBO’s effort.

            Michael B. Jordan hasn’t been seen in a feature film since Creed in 2015 but he’s currently filming Black Panther for Marvel before starring in the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. Shannon happens to be one of the busiest and hardest working actors in Hollywood and Fahrenheit will reunite him with his 99 Homes director. He was just nominated for an Oscar for his work in Nocturnal Animals and will be seen this year in The Current War where he’ll play George Westinghouse alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Thomas Edison as well as starring in Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War drama, The Shape of Water.

            How do you guys feel about this news? Were you fans of the book and are you excited for the film adaptation? How do you feel about Jordan and Shannon being cast? Sound off below in the comments and let us know you feel!