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    Thursday
    Mar202014

    STEP UP ALL IN Trailer Promises Shirtless Guys; Dancing

     

    Long gone are the days of rising star Channing Tatum talking in a whisper to an attractive lady while learning to dance, and now the Step Up franchise is more or less focused on big-spectacle dance battles.
    The new trailer for this summer's Step Up All In has enough ethnic women, shirtless men, and dancing to assure fans this is, indeed, a Step Up movie.

    Despite the fact 2012's Step Up Revolution was the lowest grossing in the film franchise, it still made a staggering total profit ($140 million) off of it's meager $33 million budget, so there's still an audience for the franchise which has accumulated a total $200 million so far. 

    The newest chapter in the smash hit STEP UP franchise reunites an all-star cast in glittering Las Vegas. After struggling in Hollywood for over a year, Sean's (Ryan Guzman) crew disbands and moves back to Miami without him. Refusing to give up the dream, Sean stays in LA. When he hears about an upcoming dance competition in Las Vegas that could be the opportunity of a lifetime, he teams up with dance phenoms Moose (Adam Sevani) and Andie (Briana Evigan) to assemble a new dance crew. Reuniting with STEP UP favorites including the Santiago Twins, Jenny Kido and Madd Chadd (aka Robot guy) and a few new faces, the crew must band together in the finale in order to beat the contest at its own game.

    Thursday
    Mar202014

    There's Gonna Be A JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Movie 

     

    Jon Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Never Say Never) is set to direct an adaption of he 1980s cartoon for Hasbro, who has had some pretty good luck with toys-to-films like G.I. Joe and Transformers.

    Variety reports:

    Project will reimagine Jem for a hyperlinked social media age, the producers say, and revolve around an orphaned teenage girl who becomes an online recording sensation, she and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt –- one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father.

    Also expect Jem and the Holograms to be hella-musical centered:

    Blumhouse Prods’ Jason Blum will produce the film with Hasbro, Chu and Scooter Braun, the music talent manager who reps Justin Bieber and runs Raymond-Braun Media Group with Usher.

    I trust Chu, I like his movies, and he's got a good spirit and way of making things fresh while clicking with wide demographics based on ethnicity and age. 

    What's different though is Chu and crew are asking for fan-input in just about every process of the film, which is neat. 

    Thursday
    Mar202014

    LEGO MOVIE's Lord and Miller Might Not Be Afraid of No Ghosts 

     

    In a bit of news that shouldn't shock anyone, the hot commodity duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) are supposedly in contention for Ghostbusters 3, The Wrap reports.

    Hot off “The Lego Movie,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller are in early talks to direct “Ghostbusters 3” for Sony Pictures, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.

    This comes just after yesterday's news from Deadline that the long brewing project would lose it's director, Ivan Reitman, and might even be a reboot (not that anyone cares at this point) following the tragic loss of Harold Ramis:

    “There has been all kinds of stuff, unofficially written aboutGhostbusters,” Reitman told me. “I’ve been reading things online for about four years, speculation on who’s writing, what they’re writing, who’s in it, who we will use, and who’s directing. We’d decided not to comment up till now, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, and it was never clear what Bill was going to do. A lot of things happened in the last few months, the most significant of which was the passing of Harold, who was a very good friend who was extraordinarily influential in my career. We did five movies together including both Ghostbusters.”

    Lord and Miller would be the perfect breath of fresh air needed to reboot Ghostbusters and make modern audiences (aside from movie journalists in their 40s) actually care to see the franchise back on screen again.

    Wednesday
    Mar192014

    Final Trailer for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

    Below, you will find the final trailer Sony has released for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

    Has the promotion for ths film been overblown?  Yes.

    Is this not the millionth damn trailer that's been released?  Yes.

    Has pretty much the whole movie been given away at this point?  More than likely, yes.

    But you know what?  This trailer actually got me interested to see it because, from a visual perspective, it looks absolutely - for lack of a better word - amazing.  And yeah, even the story has me slightly curious too.

    We shall see, because if this thing doesn't nail it, those cries for Tobey and Sam will just get louder and louder.

    That Amazing Spider-Man 2 - directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Felicity Jones - opens May 2nd.

    It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.

    Wednesday
    Mar192014

    Doug Liman Set To Direct "Splinter Cell" Starring Tom Hardy



    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Doug Liman is set to direct the film adaptation of Ubisoft's long-running video game franchise, Splinter Cell. THR also notes that the film is gearing up for a production start of August 2014 and is being eyed for a release sometime in 2015, although when is unknown at this point.

    Ubisoft has several other films in the works including Assassin's Creed starring Michael Fassbender and an adaptation of their upcoming game, Watch Dogs. Obviously, Ubisoft is playing a bold game with these video game movies as they're becoming more popular. Disney just recently released Need For Speed starring Aaron Paul, an adaptation of the EA racing franchise. Check out our article talking about some of the best video game films.

    Splinter Cell is set to star Tom Hardy in the title role of Sam Fisher, whose had an impressive string of films lately and is set to appear in Mad Max: Fury Road as well as Child 44. Doug Liman is known for directing Jumper, The Bourne Identity and this year's Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise. Splinter Cell is written by Eric Singer.

    Wednesday
    Mar192014

    First Trailer for Ambitious Sci-Fi Film THE SIGNAL Drops Online

    The first trailer for the upcoming science-fiction film The Signal is nerve-rattlingly crazy and promises a visually dazzling treat while also retaining a quiet and brooding atmosphere that has been lost in recent science-fiction mainstream releases.

    The Signal, directed by William Eubank, stars Lawrence Fishburne (NBC's HANNIBAL, Man of Steel), Sarah Clarke (Twilight, The Tomorrow People), Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) and star of the upcoming dystopian adaption of the acclaimed YA novel, The Giver, Brenton Thwaites.

    The story centers on 3 college freshmen who become targets of a rival computer hacker, and who are lured to an abandoned shack in the middle of the desert. Suddenly everything goes dark. When one of the students, Nic (Thwaites), regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare…

    The Signal releases June 13.

    Wednesday
    Mar192014

    GAME OF THRONES Might Hit The Big-Screen

     

    The Hollywood Reporter snagged an interesting bit of information from acclaimed fantasy writer George R.R. Martin at last night's premier of Game of Thrones in New York City regarding the hit tv-series transition to the big-screen.

    "It all depends on how long the main series runs," Martin told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday following the Season 4 premiere of the hit HBO series in New York. "Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for 10? The books get bigger and bigger (in scope). It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know."

    Given the fact the scope of the novels reaches heights that HBO has tried really hard to accommodate on a TV budget; the big money will be needed for the sure-to-be huge climaxes featured in the forthcoming Winds of Winter and Dream of Spring novels that will close out the A Song of Ice and Fire series on which the show is based.

     

    According to Martin, the Dunk and Egg series of novellas (The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight) might also be adapted into feature films.

    "They could be the basis for (a film)," Martin added at the post-premiere bash held at the Museum of Natural History, where a suspended giant whale cast a shadow over the crowd not unlike one of Martin's dragons. "I have written these three stories, and I have about a dozen more."

    Given the fact the Dunk and Egg stories are signifigantly smaller in scope and more light-hearted i nature than the grim and dark series of books in the main storyline, this is a double-edged comment to take.

    Ideally, Dunk and Egg would be an in-between prequel miniseries to pad out the TV series from catching up with the novels, and Martin and HBO would adapt Robert's Rebellion, the war that Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon fought in against the Mad King and his son, Prince Raeghar, after the kidnapping of Eddard's sister, Lyanna.

    This would introduce the fans of the show to important back-story that comes (and might come) heavily into play, as well as allowing the fan-favorite characters Mark Addy and Sean Bean played to come back as well as giving the audience more Targaryens and more dragons.

    THR also notes that if this were to happen, Warner Brothers would be HBO's ideal partner.

    Tuesday
    Mar182014

    NEW International Trailer for GODZILLA 

     

    If you thought Walter White screaming and crying about hurricanes in the last trailer was just "too much" and that there wasn't enough bleak landscape shots of destruction akin to Gareth Edward's MONSTERS well this new international trailer for the rebirth of the King of Monsters should be good for you. 

    Less than 2 months until #GODZILLA.

    Watch the new international trailer now:

    We see a pretty good glimpse at the general scope of the film through this, it's not all about Godzilla, which people might complain about; but it's "about" Godzilla, similar to Man of Steel's depiction of a world with a God-alien and how our world would react to that, we see the destruction and  disaster that Godzilla leaves behind or begins.
    These shots are gorgeous and heavy, promising Edward's rendition of the Japanese classic will not be a very happy film. 

    The trailer comes from the Official Facebook Page of the film.

    An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

    The film stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins and released May 16.  

    Tuesday
    Mar182014

    Zhang Yimou to Direct Legendary's 'Great Wall'

    You may recall a couple years back when Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai) was set to helm The Great Wall for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, telling the story of two traveling British soldiers (Henry Cavill & Benjamin Walker) in 15th century China who witness the construction of what will be known as the Great Wall, only to learn its purpose is not to keep out humans, but terrifying creatures.

    Long story short, the project fell apart.

    Now though, Legendary Pictures (no longer working under Warners) wants to put the project back together and have hired one of China's own greatest living directors:  Zhang Yimou.

    Not known to many here in the States, this man has directed such notable films as Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Flowers of War (starring Christian Bale), as well as the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

    He's long looked to make his transition to American film, and this certainly seems to be a perfect fit for him.

    The project will undergo a rewrite - being overseen by Legendary CEO Thomas Tull who conceived the film's premise with World War Z writer Max Brooks - and it's not known if the 'supernatural' element will remain, but the premise will stay the same:  the mystery and secret origin behind the Great Wall.

    More on this project as it becomes available.

    Source:  Heat Vision

    Tuesday
    Mar182014

    B.D. Wong Returns to Isla Nublar in JURASSIC WORLD And Other News

     

    "What species is this?"
    "Uh, It's a velociraptor."
    "You bred raptors?"

     Before leaving for beautiful Hawaii to begin filming the most anticipated film of 2015 that doesn't involve superheroes, Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow talked with entertainment giant IGN about the film.

    The interview is brief but confirms two things: the casting of Bryce Dallas-Howard and the surprise return of B.D. Wong's character of Dr. Henry Wu from Spielberg's benchmark 1993 film, Jurassic Park.

    Speaking of Dr. Wu's character and the involvement of the franchises' past leads:

     I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They’re iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn’t about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they’d go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go. But there is a character from the first film who makes sense in our world. This hasn’t been announced yet, but BD Wong will be returning as Dr. Henry Wu. He had a much larger role in the original novel, he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction. He spent two decades living in Hammond’s shadow, underappreciated. We think there’s more to his story.

    Trevorrow also went onto speak about break-out star Chris Pratt's (The LEGO Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy) role in the film:

    He’s a classic hero in a very modern context. He’s the guy who will get you through the jungle alive – but like Malcolm, Grant and Sattler, he’s an expert in a scientific field that’s connected to our story. The character allows us to explore some new ideas about our relationship with these animals, without losing the humor and sense of adventure. He’s a great contrast for Bryce Dallas Howard’s character, who starts off very corporate, very controlled. Until the running and screaming starts. Then they need each other.

    Trevorrow also said like many fans of the original films, he grew up on Amblin movies, saying that the film will have new ideas that will come naturally; but above all "the spirit will be familiar", and "it will have an old soul."

    Jurassic World, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Kahn, and Vincent D'Onfrio stars principal photography this month, and will release June 12 2014 in theaters and IMAX.

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