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    Friday
    Sep052014

    International Trailer for DRACULA UNTOLD

     

    This October will be seeing the rebirth of one of the most timeless "monsters" ever created; but instead of a spooky old castle and a winding Gothic yarn, Universal is giving Dracula a tale more rooted in history and humanity than in nightmares and Horror movies.

    Dracula Untold follows Romanian prince Vlad Dracul III, known as Vlad Tepes and the Impaler, played by Luke Evans (Fast and Furious 6, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ) as he makes the ultimate sacrifice to an ancient evil (Game of Thrones' Charles Dance) to save his kingdom and his family against the Turkish invasion of Romania, lead by the villianous Mehmed (Dominic Cooper). 

    The film is directed by Gary Shore and is the start of Universal's latest adventure to reboot their 'monster' films. 

    Dracula Untold releases October 10, 2014.  

    Thursday
    Sep042014

    SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS is Back on Track With MAMA Director

     

    The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision set it's sights on the news that Mama director Andres Muschietti would be set to bring Sony's long gestating Shadow of the Colossus to life with Seth Lockhead who penned a dark fairy-tale of his own with 2011's HANNA. 

    Muschietti’s sister and producing partner, Barbara Muschietti, is boarding the project and will produce alongside Kevin Misher, who produces through his Misher Films banner.

    The film, which has been in development since 2009, got closest to coming to life after the announcement of Chronicle director Josh Trank as the diector, which ultimatley fell through after Trank was faced with tackling the Fantastic Four reboot over at 20th Fox. 

    The game, which has sold over two million copies world-wide since it's release on the PlayStation 2 in 2005 to universal critical acclaim, follows the story of a young man named Wander who carries his love, Mono, into a mystical and cursed land where he must slay 16 giants to save her, all while being persued by mysterious tribesmen from his villiage who wish to stop him from tampering with fate itself.

    Sony Pictures describes Shadow of the Colossus as "set in an epic-scale world filled with mythic giants and disembodied spirits." The studio says Muschietti is a fan of the game and "has a strong vision for the film and its characters, and seeks to translate the immersive game experience into a film that stays true to the human story of a young man attempting to save his lost love by accomplishing a seemingly impossible task ... the destruction of the colossi who roam the forbidden land."

    The video-game has been a constant source in the compelling argument if video-games can be considered "art" or not, and has even made an appearence as a brilliant coping mechanism and back-ground meta plot in the Adam Sandler drama Reign Over Me.  

    "We knew we had our director once we heard Andy's take on the material — it was genius," said Sony Pictures president of production Michael De Luca in a release. "The themes, characters and supernatural elements of the story have incredible international appeal with fans of the game in the millions."

    All the pieces are now in place, and after the lack-luster returns of Sony's latest big-budget spectacle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and their video-game cash-cow Resident Evil franchise drawing to a close, perhaps it's time for the studio to set it's sights on something broader. 
    Played right, it's hard not to imagine Sony turning the game into a trilogy; if done carefully.

    The project has the potential to be a mega hit, now to see where the casting department decides to go. 

    Thursday
    Sep042014

    Margot Robbie In Talks for GHOST IN THE SHELL

     

    Things have been quiet on the front of Dreamwork's and Steven Spielberg's passion project, Ghost in the Shell since it was announced in late January that Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders would be helming the cyber-punk live-action adaptation of the 1995 anime masterpiece.

    Now, word from The Wrap, in an Exclusive, comes that Australian actress Margot Robbie, who took a star-making role in Scorcese's The Wolf of Wall Street just last year, is in talks to star as the film's lead- "Major" Motoko Kusanagi (although I can predict a name change, obviously.) 

    Margot Robbie is in early talks to star in “Ghost in the Shell,” which Rupert Sanders is directing for DreamWorks, multiple individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap.

    A live-action film based on the popular Japanese manga created by Masamune Shirow, the story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.

    Ghost in the Shell  was released in 1995 directed by Mamoru Oshii and based off of the manga of the same name which ran from 1989 to 1997 by Masamune Shirow and went on to spawn a sequel, an Anime series, an OVA, and 3 video-games. 

    The film follows Section 9, a high-tech security division led by Motoko Kusanagi, as they track down a cyber-terrorist known as The Puppet Master, which draws them into a web of political corruption and intrigue.

    I've long speculated that if the comic-book bubble ever bursts, anime and manga will be the next hot commodity for Hollywood.  
    What do you think of Robbie for Ghost in the Shell

    Monday
    Sep012014

    Scorsese, DiCaprio, Pitt & De Niro To Team for A Casino Short Film

    Well that title might be a bit misleading.

    Not it's not a sequel to Casino, but Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro will indeed team for a short film about a casino under the direction of Martin Scorsese.

    If all that talent isn't enough for you, Terrence Writer - writer of last year's Scorsese/DiCaprio flick, The Wolf of Wall Street, and creator of Boardwalk Empire - penned the script.

    The short will be used as a campaign for Melco-Crown Entertainment (MCE), Lawrence Ho and James Packer's global resorts and casino brand.

    This teaming marks the first time Pitt will act opposite DiCaprio in a project as well as be directed by Scorsese, while this marks the 6th collaboration DiCaprio will have with the legendary director, the 9th for De Niro.

    The short film is expected to premeire next year at the opening of Melco-Crown's newest movie-themed resort Studio City in Macau, China.

    Speculation is that this teaming will serve as a warm-up to Scorsese's long in-development Frank Sinatra biopic, thought as much as I like DiCaprio as an actor, he's not Sinatra to me.  Neither is Pitt.  James Marsden perhaps?  The guy looks more like Frank and definitely has some very underrated acting chops.

    We'll see.

    Source:  Deadline

    Sunday
    Aug172014

    Amanda Seyfried & Mark Wahlberg Film In My Neck Of The Woods

    Seth MacFarlane's Ted was a surprise hit in 2012 pulling in almost 220 Million domestically against a 50 Million plus budget. With margins like that, of course there was going to be a sequel.

    Local boy Wahlberg was spotted filming Ted 2 in and around Boston with the lovely Amanda Seyfried. You don't really lose much going from Mila Kunis to Amanda if you ask me. Ted himself was also in attendance, or at least a fluffy stuffed representation of the foul mouthed bear.

    JUST JARED

    Sunday
    Aug172014

    "Wetlands" Poster & Trailer - "The Most WTF, NSFW Movie..." 

    Eighteen year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard, masturbate with vegetables and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents’ divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse). When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents, but ends up forming an unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski) in the process. WETLANDS is an unapologetically vulgar coming-of-age tale about divorce, first love and anal fissures.

    Saturday
    Jul262014

    GODZILLA 2 to Bring Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Rodan: Let Them Fight. 

     

    When your GODZILLA film makes a lot of money, the first thing you're gonna want is a sequel. 
    In the case of Legendary's monster-sized epic that ended up grossing close to $200 million domestic and almost $500 million total off of a modest $160 budget- that sequel is a sure thing.

    While Gareth Edwards is pretty busy about to start on an untitled Star Wars entry, he has confirmed after he gets back from a galaxy far, far away he will return to the world of Godzilla and of giant monsters smashing things.  

    From MTV: 

    Director Gareth Edwards, who is currently working on “Star Wars: Episode VII,” greeted fans with a video message shot in San Francisco, thanking them for the “okay” box office returns of the first movie and their support over the past two years. (The first announcement of “Godzilla” rocked Comic-Con in 2012.)

     

    The fan enthusiasm, Edwards said — joking that he was supervising the reconstruction of the city after Godzilla’s destruction — “means we get to make another one. First, we genuinely need a break from all the pressure of doing a major franchise and all the fanboy opinions that go along with that.”

    The concept footage then revealed silhouettes of Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah with the words "CONFLICT INEVITABLE: Let The Fight" appearing signaling a colossal monster beat down for the anticipated sequel. 

    Saturday
    Jul262014

    Wonder Woman Revealed for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

     

    After months of speculation, rumor, and false exclusives, cinematic visionary Zack Snyder brought Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, and Ben Affleck on stage at Warner Brother's SDCC Panel today to show Wonder Woman to the world for the first time in all of her ass-kicking glory- as well as some footage from the film of Batman and Superman. 

    The footage has been described in intimate detail- albiet brief.

    It's pouring rain in Gotham City and Batman is atop a roof, he fires up the Bat signal, sporting the new Batman symbol. It shines through the rain but it's stopped by a floating object in the sky:

    Superman.

    His crosses his arms and looks to a fully armored Batman (think The Dark Knight Returns) with eyes glowing white. Superman's eyes begin to glow red, and Batman is unflinching

    Cut to black. 

    That was it; but it was enough to light up the internet with fanboy joy, rage, and speculation. 

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in theaters May 2016.  

    Saturday
    Jul262014

    Legendary Will Journey to 'SKULL ISLAND' to Revisit Kong In 2016

     

    It's been a day of stunning revelations as the biggest event in nerd-culture reaches is boiling point with San Diego Comic Con 2014.
    This morning, during Legendary's panel after the teaser for Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak and a tease of GODZILLA 2 Legendary showed a very brief surprise with Skull Island. 

    From Collider:

     The Skull Island teaser was incredibly brief, but it opened with a pan over a violent, storm-entrenched ocean while an ominous passage was read through narration.  The camera then found an isolated island, also entrenched in storm, and as we crossed through the untouched trees, bypassed swinging monkeys, and flew with wild birds, we finally came upon Kong himself standing tall and pounding his chest.

    Skull Island was last seen in Peter Jackson's 2005 remake King Kong and has yet to be fully explored past the KONG films. 
    The film is described to explore the origins of King Kong, the last of his kind by the time the film ever reach him; but in the 2005 prequel novel, "Kong: Island of the Skull", the island and it's culture are explored in horrifying and intense detail, leading to believe this could find some inspiration from the novel. 


    Also to note, in the same novel, the Skull Islanders speak the language of the Old Ones, from H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos- which Legendary will also be adapting in At the Mountains of Madness so could Kong, Godzilla, and Cthulhu find themselves in the same universe? Time will tell. 

    Joruney to Skull Island  on November 4, 2016.

    Thursday
    Jul242014

    A Closer Look At Batfleck

    While Marvel has been releasing concept art posters of Ant-Man and Age of Ultron, DC fired back with something to get fans buzzing for the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie. Dan Didio and Jim Lee were flashing Ben Affleck's Batman cape and cowl all day yesterday, but today we get to see the man in the suit up close. He certainly has the frown face locked in which reminds me a lot of the Arkham video game series. You can slightly see details in the body of the suit and it looks to me like there could possibly be a cloth overlay there. As the weekend approaches there might be more goodies for fans to salivate over while we wait for the release.