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    Friday
    Feb122016

    Final 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Trailer is...Alright

    A lot has been made of the marketing - or should I say 'mismanaged marketing' - of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

    We got a pretty decent teaser trailer last spring, an utterly fantastic Comic Con trailer back in the summer, then during the holidays, a much criticized theatrical trailer which many thought revealed way too much as well as an over-reliance on CGI.

    This has caused 'good, but not great' excitement and buzz online, with box office pundits predicting lower than expected returns and preparations by fans for a less-than-stellar film.

    Yesterday - with over a month to go before the film's release - Warner Bros. released the film's final trailer which is set to play before 20th Century Fox's Deadpool this weekend.

    It's safe to say the trailer is...um...different.

    Long gone is the dramatic beats and epic score that encompassed trailers for films like The Dark Knight Rises or Man of Steel. Here, we have what amounts to almost rock music playing against wall-to-wall action and fun.

    Now granted, I understand what the studio is trying to do here: They want to build up excitement and enthusiasm for a film which is suppose to launch their DC Cinematic Universe. I'm just not sure going the 'we need to get teen boys and young men to go see this movie' route is the best way to go.

    Say what you will about how Marvel conducts their business, but they know what tone and demographic they're going for in all the trailers for their films. Warner Bros., on the other hand, doesn't seem to know what tone to sell the public, which shows inconsistency and a lack of confidence in their product. Audiences pick up on that.

    Now I could be wrong on all this. The film can open next month and blow everything out of the water with great reviews and massive box office, kick-starting the next comic book movie universe into high-gear. But at the same time, I also wouldn't be surprised if the film opens to so-so reviews and delivers decent but not stellar box office results a la Man of Steel.

    We'll find out soon enough.

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane and directed by Zack Snyder, hits theaters worldwide March 25.

    Soure: Warner Bros.

    Monday
    Feb082016

    Super Bowl 50 Gives First Look at 'Jason Bourne'

    While the big game may have been underwhelming (defense wins championships), Universal dropped the first footage of the newest Bourne film - now officially titled Jason Bourne - which brings back franchise star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum).

    The spot still offers little insight into what the actual plot of the new film is, but as we can see, Bourne looks to be partaking in underground fighting and once again living off the grid until something brings him out of hiding. As the last line uttered in the preview goes (which I believe is spoken by Alicia Viklander), he's 'the perfect weapon'.

    I for one love the first footage as well as the new title, which is a change-up from the usual branding as this looks to be both a follow-up yet new chapter in the Bourne series. I only wonder if anything will be mentioned of the Damon-less sequel, The Bourne Legacy, which opened in 2012 starring Jeremy Renner as a new character named Aaron Cross. That film had so-so results at the box office and with critics and is unlikely he'll be back for this new film

    Anyway, enjoy the first look at Jason Bourne below which also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel and Julia Stiles.

    It hits theaters July 29th.

    Source: Universal

    Monday
    Jan252016

    A Level-Headed Opinion on This Oscars 'Diversity' Issue

    If you've been paying attention since the Academy Award nominations were announced a little over two weeks ago, you've probably noticed the outcry and uproar over the lack of 'diversity' in the selections made.

    In all four acting categories, every nominee is white. In the Best Director category, only Alejandro Inarritu is non-white. And in the Best Picture category, every film is led by a primarily white cast.

    Black celebrities such as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith have pledged to not show up for the awards show on February 28th, as has Will Smith himself who was not nominated for his starring role in Concussion.

    Many have called for the show's host, Chris Rock, to dropout of his duties, though the comedian has stated he will not.

    With this outrage gaining massive media attention as well as criticism of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization announced just last week that it will double it's number of both women and minority members by 2020.

    While I understand a more 'diverse' voting body is a good thing, I believe all this outrage is misplaced.

    Over the past 15 years, what do Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Will Smith, Morgan Freeman, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard, Don Cheadle, Djimon Hounsou, Barkhad Abdi, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Eddie Murphy, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Lupita Nyong'o, Halle Berry, Quvenzhané Wallis, Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo, Jennfer Hudson, Ruby Dee and Taraji P. Henson have in common? They're are all black actors and actresses that have either been nominated for and/or won an Oscar, some more than once.

    While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences isn't perfect - and again, a more 'diverse' voting body is a good thing - history has shown that when a great performance by an actor or actress is given and deemed the 'Top 5 Best of the Year', they will more than likely honor that individual, regardless of their skin color.

    The problem, I believe, is the lack of great roles for these aforementioned black actors and actresses (as well as plenty of others) to play. I don't think this is mainly an 'Academy Awards' problem, as so much a 'film industry' problem. Awards are based on merit and excellence, not diversity. If there aren't great roles and opportunities for black actors and actresses (along with any other minority actor or actress), there is nothing to nominate them for. No one cried out this year when the National Board of Film Critics didn't nominate any actor or actress of color. Same with the New York Film Critics, or the Los Angeles Film Critics. Even the Screen Actors Guild Awards - where actors and actresses themselves are the voting body - only selected one actor of color for nomination (Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation). The Academy Awards basically followed suit with every other voting body in the film industry this year and nominated those who were the best. They can't control the pool of which to nominate. That's a damn film industry problem that needs to be addressed and changed.

    Oh, and Will Smith, just because you decide to do a dramatic role once every five years, doesn't mean you automatically get an Oscar nomination. It doesn't work that way. And for all your talk of diversity, what do the names F. Gary Gray, Antoine Fuqua, Spike Lee, John Singleton, Lee Daniels, Tyler Perry and the Hughes Bros. have in common? They're all black directors, and in your near 20 years in Hollywood, you've never worked with a single one.

    Neither has George Clooney, neither has Matt Damon.

    Keep that in mind when these actors criticize about diversity, and yet have never used their own power to change it.

    Thursday
    Jan212016

    Paramount Pictures Pulls 'Terminator: Genisys 2' Off Release Schedule

    Terminator fans rejoice!

    After getting smacked in the face by Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, sucker punched by Terminator Salvation in 2009, and just this past summer, kicked in the groin by Terminator: Genisys, it looks like their once great, beloved franchise is officially dead and can no longer cause harm.

    Paramount Pictures has yanked the Terminator: Genisys 2 - which had been dated for May 19th, 2017 - off their release schedule. This news all but confirms we will not be seeing a Terminator film again for a very long time.

    Once again starring Arnold Schwarzenegger - along with Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke - the fifth entry in the sci-fi franchise opened last summer to awful reviews and a measly $90 million in domestic box office (though China saved it's international gross with a worldwide total of $440 million).

    A Terminator: Genisys 3 had also been dated for June 2018, but that is forgone to be erased as well as the studio has seemingly lost all interest in continuing the saga.

    So what does this all mean?

    Well, thanks to new U.S. copyright laws, James Cameron will receive the rights back to his original creation in 2019; 35 years after he once sold the rights for $1 to his former producing partner Gale Ann Hurd in 1984.

    There's no word on what Cameron will actually due with the rights once he gets them back (he might shove them in a drawer and collect dust for the next 20 years), but all fans are certainly hoping he'll have the urge to finally make a new Terminator film they've been waiting for since Terminator 2: Judgment Day hit in the summer of 1991.

    As always, we shall see.

    Source: Deadline, Paramount Pictures

    Wednesday
    Jan132016

    Juan Antonio Bayona Exits 'World War Z' Sequel

    Well this is too bad.

    It's been over two years (December 2013) since Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) was named the director of the World War Z sequel, set for a June 9th, 2017 release and once again starring Brad Pitt.

    A couple days ago though, it was reported that Bayona had left the project due to 'other commitments'. Those commitments being Bayona's next film, A Monster Calls, which is currently in post-production and needs time to finish. Filming on the World War Z follow-up is set to shoot this summer and it was determined Bayona could not do both.

    The studio behind the project, Paramount, had this to say in a statement:

    “Bayona is no longer able to make World War Z 2 this year, and it is our ambition to do so. He is a wonderful director and we hope to work with him soon.”

    Paramount - along with Pitt's Plan B production company - are now on the hunt for a director to take on a project that's already been in pre-production with another filmmaker for the past two years along with a script already written and rewritten to completion by Steven Knight and Dennis Kelly, respectively.

    Ironically enough, this franchise isn't a stranger to production snags. The first film went through an extensive reshoot, resulting in a brand-new third act and a release date delay from December 2012 to June 2013. It went on to make over $540 million worldwide and was well-received by critics.

    Expect a new director to be named in the next month or so. We will keep you posted.

    Source: Deadline

    Tuesday
    Jan122016

    'Creed' Sequel May Lose Director Ryan Coogler

    This is why Hollywood can be frustrating.

    In wake of the overwhelming success of Creed - the semi-reboot/spin-off of the Rocky franchise - MGM is looking to get a sequel out by November 2017, a mere two years after the original (for those wondering, it was three years between Rocky in 1976 and Rocky II in 1979).

    Now don't get me wrong, a great sequel that's even better than the first can be done in two years (Spider-Man 2), but the issue here though is that the project may lose the centerpiece that made Creed so great in the first place: Ryan Coogler.

    For those who don't know, Creed happened because of Ryan Coogler, period. It was his idea and his story that he had wanted to make since he was a teenager, a passion project he could only dream of doing. Two years ago he got that opportunity when he finally convinced Sylvester Stallone to sign-off on a Rocky spin-off about the offspring of Apollo Creed being trained by Rocky Balboa. The rest, they say, is history.

    Here we are, two months after the film's November release with over $100 million at the box office and numerous accolades by critics, as well as strong Oscar buzz for Stallone himself as Best Supporting Actor, and the studio has one thing in mind: sequel.

    The problem though is Coogler was just confirmed to be directing Marvel's Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman. That film is set for a February 16, 2018 release date, three months after a would-be Creed 2 would hit theaters. The question then obviously becomes, can Coogler direct both?

    Black Panther would be expected to start filming probably by the end of this year at the latest and well into the first half of 2017. With that timetable, there's no way Coogler could do Creed 2 as well, however, if that November 2017 changed to November 2018 (a three-year gap just like the first two Rocky films) then it's certainly possible. Remember, Creed was a relatively short shoot that only took a little over two months to film from January of last year to March. Coogler could film his sequel in early 2018 and have it ready for that prime November release, without a doubt.

    That though, requires patience by a studio when they have the urge to strike when the iron's hot. Just remember, history has shown restraint in making a sequel tends to pay huge dividends: The Godfather Part 2 took two and a half years, The Dark Knight took three. Both those films needed their original director if they were going to be a success in Francis Ford Coppola and Christopher Nolan, respectively. Those films are also regarded as two of the best sequels of all-time. See where I'm going with this? And don't even get me started on James Cameron's seven year wait to make Terminator 2.

    The point being is that if MGM, Warner Bros., the producers, and hell even Stallone are smart, they'll wait for Ryan Coogler to make Creed 2. It's his creation (like Rocky was Stallone's) and it's only fair they keep it that way.

    We shall see.

    Source: Variety

    Wednesday
    Dec302015

    After 20 Years, 'Halloween' Needs a New Home

    Since 1995, Dimension Films has owned the rights to the Halloween franchise. They've brought us Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Ressurection (2002), as well as Rob Zombie's remake, Halloween (2007) and it's sequel, Halloween II (2009).

    In a bit of an end of the year shocker though, news broke Monday that the company no longer has the rights to the franchise that began with John Carpenter's original classic in 1978. It seems they forgot to check the fine print on the contract since they haven't produced an entry in soon-to-be seven years.

    A new film had been in-development - rumored to be called Halloween Returns which would have been a direct sequel to the original - but that project has now been scrapped. Longtime franchise producer Malek Akkad (son of Moustapha Akkad, who produced all the Halloween films until his death in 2005), will remain onboard.

    The rights are now being shopped out to find a new distributor and don't be surprised to hear Warner Bros. and/or Paramount kicking the tires on this one. Warner Bros. (which houses New Line) once owned the rights to Friday the 13th but sent them to Paramount in exchange for a split domestic distribution of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar (I know, what?). If the rights to Halloween end up at either of those studios, I'd be hard pressed to imagine they wouldn't try to work out a deal to go the 'cinematic universe' route that so many studios are going nowadays and bring Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Kreuger all under one roof and together in multiple films.

    But that's all just speculation. Let's see where this ends up.

    Source: Bloody Disgusting

    Monday
    Dec282015

    Christopher Nolan's Next Project is World War II Pic 'Dunkirk'

    Back in September, Warner Bros. dated Christopher Nolan's next film for a July 21st, 2017 release date...and that was it. There were no other details given.

    Today though, word comes that the project is to be a World War II set film called Dunkirk. It is based on the true story of Operation Dynamo, a British led military operation that rescued 330,000 Allied soldiers trapped in Dunkirk Harbor as it was surrounded by the German army.

    The film will be an ensemble piece with Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road), Kenneth Branagh (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) announced as already being a part of the cast which will include a group of largly unknowns.

    Nolan will shoot the pic on IMAX 65mm cameras and 65mm large format-film.

    This is certainly a departure for Nolan as his last three non-Batman films were the magician drama, The Prestige (2006), the dream actioner, Inception (2010), and the outer space epic, Interstellar (2014).

    Personally, I'm thrilled to see Nolan taking on such a serious, historical event project such as this and can only imagine what he has in store for audiences. He never fails to disappoint.

    We'll keep you posted on more of this project as it becomes available.

    Also, Happy Holidays from everyone here at ThinkMcFlyThink!

    Source: Deadline

    Wednesday
    Dec162015

    'Independence Day: Resurgence' Official Trailer

    This past Sunday, 20th Century Fox released the first official trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence, the long-awaited sequel to the original 1996 sci-fi hit.

    The trailer - which will play before all prints of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - gives us our first look at both the story and spectacle of this 20 year later follow-up, as well as glimpses at both new and familiar faces.

    From the start, we can see Jeff Goldblum's David Levinson is a central part of this story, having become what looks essentially to be the head of scientific defense against 'intergalactic terror'. We also learn Bill Pullman's now former President Thomas J. Whitmore has become a shell of his former self, having grown old and broken down (you can see he has a cane in one scene) as well as preaching his nightmares of the aliens returning (maybe a side effect of when his mind was read in the original?).

    From there, we get some short looks at other returning players (Judd Hirsch's Julius Levinson, Vivica A. Fox's Jasmine Dubrow) and the new additions as well (Maika Monroe as a grown up Patricia Whitemore, Jessie Usher as an also grown up Dylan Hiller, and Liam Hemsworth a new, but seemingly vital, character in the film).

    Finally, I need to just state, the special effects look utterly fantastic. I was bit worried that the past 20 years of CGI overload would make the new film look fake and too computer generated, but they honestly look just as well done as they were in the original (and bigger and better too). I mean, an alien ship now hovering over the entire planet earth? Wow!

    I'm a huge fan of Independence Day (an annual 4th of July tradition) and think the new film looks simply great. And no, you don't really miss Will Smith in this trailer, but you do notice his absence...supposedly. I'll keep my hunch on that for another day. Until then, enjoy the first trailer!

    Source: 20th Century Fox

    Sunday
    Dec132015

    Stephen King Comments On Reported Idris Elba 'Dark Tower' Casting

    If you missed it, a few days ago a report surfaced that Idris Elba was the frontrunner to portray the gunslinger, Roland Deschain, in the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series.

    While general moviegoers seemingly liked the idea of the 43 year-old Elba finally getting his shot at a starring role in a high-profile film franchise (he's been championed to take over as James Bond after Daniel Craig steps down), hardcore fans of King's Dark Tower saga were not so receptive.

    Despite Elba being the right age and height (6' 3'') to bring the character of Roland Deschain to life, the blatant argument against his potential casting was Deschain always being written and illustrated as a white man, with Elba being black.

    Now, Stephen King himself as responded to the controversy surrounding the news, tweeting out this comment Friday evening:

    The world-renowned author doesn't look to have a problem with the possibility of Elba, though many King fans are quick to argue that a decision like this is why his adaptations from page to screen never turn out well.

    My take?

    I think Elba is a top-notch actor and definitely deserves to have his shot at A-list stardom. He has the charisma of Tom Cruise, the screen presence of Will Smith, and the talent of Leonardo DiCaprio.

    But...

    I understand why his potential casting (remember, this isn't official yet) is a problem for many. The Dark Tower books - and the character of Roland Deschain - has been anticipated to be brought to the big screen for over 30 years. Fans have grown up and old reading this series and have every right to want an accurate page to screen portrayal of their beloved stories. Just imagine if Warner Bros. had cast a young black child as Harry Potter instead of Daniel Radcliffe?

    Yeah, now I'm sure you see the point. The Dark Tower fans deserve to get a faithful adaptation like the Harry Potter ones did.

    We'll keep you posted on more and/or official news of this project as it becomes available.

    Source: Deadline, Twitter (Stephen King)