Following the unfortunate passing of Harold Ramis earlier this week, some were wondering what would happen with the forever gestating sequel Ghostbusters 3, which was meant to continue the paranormal comedy franchise written and starring the iconic comedian. Well, it sounds like Columbia Pictures still has every intention of making the film, but THR says the death of Ramis means that the script written by "The Office" duo Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will need to be slightly reworked. However, since Ramis and the rest of the original Ghostbusters were minimally involved in the story, not much will be changed. ›››
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Last August we heard that Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper had taken over a new adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand after Ben Affleck had to step away due to his next directorial project Live by Night and his new job as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. However, it appears Cooper didn't stick with the project either as The Wrap has learned Warner Bros. and CBS Films have zeroed in on Josh Boone, director of the forthcoming The Fault in Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley, to take over the project. He will also adapt the book himself into a single, R-rated film that will be "faithful to the book." ›››
It may yet happen. Don't give up all hope! Last summer we reported news that there might be a positive spin on the once-thought-dead sequel to Dredd, the rebooted comic book series starring Karl Urban as Judge Dredd from writer/producer Alex Garland. Now we have another early 2014 update that things are brewing and "discussions" are happening. A report from the Las Vegas Star Trek this week includes a quick mention of the Dredd sequel, and that Karl Urban says that "conversations are taking place between the studio, the director and writer". Sounds great to me, let's keep pushing for this and make it happen, sooner than later. ›››
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Briefly: It's official - Warner Bros has confirmed a late 2014 release date for Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, The Immigrant, Her) as 1970's pot-fueled private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello, based on the Thomas Pynchon character. PTA filmed late last year around Southern California, and will have the comedy ready for release starting December 12th, 2014. Warner Bros, the studio releasing the film, seems to be lining this up as another awards contender, as even @ERCboxoffice quips "just in time for awards season." The cast: Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Maya Rudolph and Sasha Pieterse. This should be fun. ›››
Continue reading P.T. Anderson's Next Film 'Inherent Vice' Set to Open December 2014
Though both 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad mostly failed to impress audiences and critics, director Ruben Fleischer is pressing on with a new project at Disney. Still riding the wave of his success with Zombieland, the filmmaker is headed into more family friendly territory with Overnight, a film from Original Film producer Neal Moritz (21 Jump Street), which Variety simply describes as Home Alone in a toy store. But rather than focusing on just a kid, this time it's a father and son who win the chance to sleepover in some sort of amazing toy store. But it just so happens to be the night some guys try to rob it. ›››
Briefly: When Sony Pictures dated two more sequels for The Amazing Spider-Man franchise to hit theaters in 2016 and 2018, we weren't sure if director Marc Webb would return beyond this summer's forthcoming second film in the reboot franchise. Now we have an answer for at least one of the films as an analysis piece from Variety reveals that Webb is indeed on board to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3, dated for release on June 10th, 2016. We already know Andrew Garfield will be back as Peter Parker, but the actor revealed last year that he's not yet contracted for the fourth film. Stay tuned for any updates. ›››
Continue reading Just Keep Swinging: Marc Webb to Direct 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3'
Each year at the Sundance Film Festival, folks like myself try and pick out which, if any, of the movies making their debut in Park City could become Oscar contenders later in the year. In 2013, I attended the indie film festival so I can attest to the Oscar buzz starting for something like Fruitvale Station screened. Ironically, none of the movies from Sundance 2013 made the cut for Best Picture, but screenplay nominee Before Midnight premiered there along with four of the five Best Documentary Feature nominees. But maybe some films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival could get Oscar love. The question is, which ones? ›››
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Following that potentially spoilerish TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier that teases a big character death, we have a new poster showing off one of the new supporting characters. Robert Redford already got his own poster showing off his S.H.I.E.L.D. head character Alexander Pierce, and now one of the new heroes gets the spotlight. Anthony Mackie plays Cap's new sidekick Falcon, and the trailers have already shown him flying around and getting into the thick of the action, but now he and his bad ass wings get their own poster. We're pretty sure the sequel will top Thor: The Dark World and shake everything up. ›››
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"You're not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster... You're lying! You're hiding something out there!" Warner Bros & Legendary have unleashed the second theatrical trailer for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla and it is epic, massively epic, in every possible way. We've seen one teaser trailer before but this time they up the ante and give us another exhilarating early glimpse without showing too much. The international cast is lead by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, plus Juliette Binoche who we have yet to see. This looks phenomenal, the return of the King of Monsters we've been waiting for. Bring it on, cannot wait. "In 1954, we awakened something..." ›››
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Recently it was revealed that DreamWorks Animation was planning a London theme park attraction called Shrek's Far Far Away Adventure, inspired by the animated film Shrek and the film franchise that followed. Now it sounds like we might get another film to add to the pile. Fox Business (via Variety) spoke with DreamWorks founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, and he clearly hinted that another film in the Shrek franchise might be in the works. Katzenberg said, "We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest, but I think you can be confident that we’ll have another chapter in the Shrek series." Because four just wasn't enough. ›››
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We already know Gerard Butler (300, Gamer) is taking the role once originated by Patrick Swayze in the remake of Point Break from Ericson Core, the director of photography from The Fast and the Furious (the first film from 2001) and Daredevil and director of the sports drama Invincible. And now we have word on who will take the role played by Keanu Reeves in Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 action thriller. THR reports G.I. Joe: Retaliation actor Luke Bracey will play Johnny Utah, the FBI agent who must infiltrate a group of extreme sports nuts who live life surfing big waves, but get some extra thrills from robbing banks. Read on! ›››
We have just one more chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, and if you missed the second installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you can catch the film on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 8th. But for everyone else who saw the film (and the fun cameo featuring J.R.R. Tolkien fanatic Stephen Colbert), we've got a cool featurette from David Clayton and the rest of the Academy Award nominated visual effects team at Weta Digital showing us how a combination of a motion capture performance from Benedict Cumberbatch and animators brought the dragon Smaug to life. Watch now! ›››
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Last year's late summer comedy We're the Millers starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston was not only a surprise hit at the box office (it pulled in nearly $270 million worldwide on a budget of just $37 million), but it's one of the better written comedies in a long time. Now New Line is keen on getting the faux family back together for a sequel, and the Warner Bros. based company has just hired Due Date and Made of Honor writer Adam Sztykiel to script the sequel, but there's no indication of where the story might make the misfits turned family unit, and we're not exactly sure this comedy needs a sequel at all. Read on! ›››
"Kermit, you were like James Bond back there." We're just under a month away from the release of Muppets Most Wanted as Jim Henson's beloved creations head around the world when Kermit is mistaken for an international thief named Constantine. Now a second trailer for the film's release across the pond has arrived by way of comedian Ricky Gervais, who plays the right hand man to the frog thief who is identical to Kermit, save for one little mole and a silly French accent. This looks like it's going to deliver more of the clever, family fun we all loved about the return of The Muppets in 2011 with Jason Segel. Watch! ›››
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There's a theory of mine that's been in my head for a couple weeks now, and it's not going to be a popular one, but I also hope it doesn't come true. As much as many of my colleagues are looking to a potential shutout for American Hustle (though Jennifer Lawrence is looking pretty good for Best Supporting Actress), I think that 12 Years a Slave could be just as likely for that fate. Now, I'm not saying it should or that it will happen, but there's just as much of a chance for a 12 Years a Slave shutout as for American Hustle, so it's worth considering. Either one could join Captain Philiips, Nebraska, Philomena, and/or The Wolf of Wall Street as the Best Picture nominees that wind up going home empty-handed. ›››
Well, if you're wondering whether or not Sony Pictures' adaptation of the 80s series The Equalizer is any good, we seem to have an answer. While we've only seen a first look photo from the film starring Denzel Washington, The Wrap reports the studio is already planning a sequel to the film with Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, Mechanic) returning to script the film, though it's not clear if director Antoine Fuqua would return and Washington doesn't have a deal in place yet. This would be Washington's first sequel, and apparently the film has been testing extremely well with early focus group screenings, so Sony wants to make sure they're ready to make a sequel by the time the film hits theaters this fall on September 26th. ›››
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Briefly: Following Wet Hot American Summer 12 years ago, Bradley Cooper took on his now Oscar nominated role in American Hustle, and he's attached to an adaptation of American Sniper as well. Now he's going for a quartet of "American" films as Deadline reports Cooper is attached to star in American Blood, a project which Warner Bros. picked up based on a 50-age proposal for a crime story written by New Zealand author Ben Sanders. Cooper will also produce the film through his 22nd & Indiana production banner. The future book will be adapted by Andrew Sodroski, who wrote the Black List script Holland, Michigan. No plot details are available at this time, but the book will arrive in the fall of 2015. Stay tuned. ›››
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After about 20 years of trying, Warren Beatty is finally getting his gestating biopic about Howard Hughes off the ground. The last we heard about the project had Beatty rounding up a cast that included Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) signed on for the film along with names like Alec Baldwin, Shia LaBeouf, Rooney Mara, Andrew Garfield, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Annette Bening circling the film. Now with the help of billionaire duo Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, with Terry Semel of Windsor Media and Arnon Milchan of New Regency, Beatty will direct and star, but who else has a role? ›››
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While you might not know Stephen Tobolowsky by name, you've certainly seen him in countless films like Groundhog Day (Ned! Ryerson!), Spaceballs, Sneakers, Radioland Murders, The Insider and Memento, and his voice is unmistakable in Robots, Buried and The Lorax. Plus, there's all the TV appearances on shows like "Glee" and "Heroes." Our friends as SlashFilm and writer David Chen have been host to the unique and fascinating podcast The Tobolowsky Files, and now they're trying to turn some of the actor's stories (now available in a book) into a concert documentary film, and they need help. ›››
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With a role in Lawless, actor Tom Hardy has already dabbled in the wrong side of the law during America's history, but now he's heading into gangster territory in his homeland of the United Kingdom. ScreenDaily reports Hardy will actually play two gangsters, the infamous identical twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray known for their criminal activities in the 50s and 60s. Payback and 42 director Brian Helgeland, who previously wrote the film noir L.A. Confidential, will write and direct the film currently going by the title Legend. However, Hardy is only in talks right now, and hasn't closed a deal to star yet. ›››
Continue reading Tom Hardy to Play Gangster Twin Bros. in Brian Helgeland's 'Legend'