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    Nikolaj Arcel Officially Set to Direct Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower'

    Coming out of Comic Con this weekend, news comes that Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital have closed their deal with Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel to direct Stephen King's The Dark Tower, the first entry in what they hope will be a series of films.

    Arcel will rewrite the original script - by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner - with another Danish filmmaker, Anders Thomas Jensen.

    Both men have Oscar credentials with Arcel having been nominated for the foreign language film, A Royal Affair, and Jensen having won for his short film, Election Night.

    Sony is set to handle theatrical distribution with MRC developing a companion TV series as well, much like Stephen King's other, long in-development adaptation, The Stand. That project is further along, with a Showtime series set to debut prior to a cumulative feature film.

    Oscar winning producer Brian Grazer and fellow Oscar winning director Ron Howard are still aboard the project as execs, along with King himself. They've been involved in this project for a while, since it was being developed at both Warner Bros. and Universal.

    While I have never read any of The Dark Tower series (I know, I should), the first installment - entitled The Gunslinger - centers on the main protagonist, Roland Deschain, and his relationship with a young protege, Jake Chambers.

    Both Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe were previously attached to play Deschain and it's unknown if either actor is still interested in the role.

    All I say is this: The Dark Tower, much like The Stand, is a massive, massive undertaking. There are numerous books and millions upon millions of fans over the past 30 years. They better know what they're doing and not screw this up, period.

    Source: Deadline


    'Sherlock' Christmas Special Coming to Theaters; First Clip Released

    Even though this is a TV show, it will be hitting theaters later this year so I figured it qualified for the movie section.

    Sherlock is one of those shows that has a major cult following and is a favorite among many avid TV watchers. Certainly in the vain of Doctor Who, BBC does a great job in scripting the series and seemingly keeping the storylines fresh and engaging for audience. While I have never watched the show myself, I would imagine any thing that keeps Benedict Cumberbatch on TV while the guy is crushing film roles must be pretty darn good.

    Below you'll see a clip that was released yesterday at Comic Con for a Sherlock Christmas special that is scheduled to air obviously during the holiday season. Not only that though, showrunner Steven Moffat revealed that the special will get a theatrical release in select U.S. theaters as well during December. I'm sure many Sherlock fans are eager to buy tickets to these versions of Holmes and Watson on the big screen.

    Enjoy the clip and we'll keep you posted on any more news about this project.

    Source: BBC One


    Ben Affleck to Star, Direct, and Co-Write Solo 'Batman' Film with DC's Geoff Johns

    Well we pretty much knew this was coming.

    Ever since Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman almost two years ago (funny how it's been that long and we still have to wait another 8 months to actually see him play the character), it's been widely assumed he would write and direct his own Batman movie that he would of course star in as well.

    Coming out of Comic Con, word now is that Affleck will indeed helm his own Batman flick, but not only that, he'll be scripting it with DC Comics' chief creative officer, Geoff Johns.

    Johns has written some of the most memorable comic series over the past couple decades, so it's pretty great to hear he'll be working with Affleck to write the film. And though it's not reported, I personally expect Affleck's Argo writing partner, Chris Terrio (who won an Oscar for that film and also scripted next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) to assist with the script as well.

    Word is that Affleck and Johns are very much 'in-sync' with writing the script and may even have a complete draft by the end of this summer. The plan is for Affleck to direct his long-awaited Live By Night this fall with a possible release of the new Batman film in 2018, meaning it would begin filming sometime next year, maybe early 2017.

    While it's pretty exciting to hear a guy like Affleck will be taking on his own Batman film (like him or not, the guy is talented), I'm curious as to what the public's reaction will be to his take on the character. Again, we don't know what that will be until Batman v Superman hits next year, but it's just interesting plans are already being made for more when audiences still have yet to be introduced to his new Dark Knight.

    Anyway, stay tuned for more on this project as it becomes available.

    Source: Deadline


    Marisa Tomei to Play Aunt May in New 'Spider-Man'

    It's funny to think that just 13 years ago, we were in the midst of the summer of 2002, when Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire was dominating the film industry and box office.

    I was heading into my freshman year of high school as the public's first foray into the cinematic world of the webcrawler was a roaring success. The film had received glowing reviews and and opened with the biggest box office weekend of all-time (then $114 million), eventually heading to over $400 million domestically and over $800 million worldwide (back then, that was pretty huge).

    Obviously, two more sequels came after, followed by a reboot in 2012 with a sequel to that hitting last year, and now we have another reboot coming in 2017. This one though, is being headed by Marvel Studios and will be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the next 10-15 years.

    How time flies.

    With our new Spider-Man cast in Tom Holland (The Impossible) and a director found in newcomer Jon Watts, word now comes that the all important role of Aunt May (the woman who raises Peter Parker and guides him as his moral compass) will be played by Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei.

    Yeah that's right, Mona Lisa Vito from My Cousin Vinny will be playing Aunt May (believe it or not, she's 50 now but doesn't exactly look it). Like I said, time flies.

    This casting actually makes a lot of sense given the Peter Parker/Spider-Man we'll be getting in this new rebooted series will be starting out as just a freshman in high school (ironic connection to my summer of 2002) at the age of 13-14, so Aunt May being in her late 40s, early 50s seems pretty appropriate.

    There's also a rumor that she'll be making her first appearance as Aunt May in next year's Captain America: Civil War, alongside Tom Holland's new Spider-Man. We shall see on that.

    Tomei is a really great actress, having been nominated for an Oscar three times (winning once, My Cousin Vinny) and appearing in numerous films like Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Wrestler and The Lincoln Lawyer. This serves as a new direction for her into studio tentpoles as she mainly sticks to dramatic work.

    Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios untitled Spider-Man reboot hits theaters in a little over two years, July 28th, 2017.

    Source: Variety/The Hollywood Reporter


    "Southpaw" Official Trailer #3 

    From director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and writers Kurt Sutter (SONS OF ANARCHY) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC) comes SOUTHPAW - the story of Billy "The Great" Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When tragedy strikes and he loses it all, Billy enters the battle of his life as he struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves. SOUTHPAW stars Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Rita Ora, Naomie Harris and Victor Ortiz.



    "Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" Poster - Always Bring Protection

    Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one bad-ass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.



    "Goosebumps" Official Trailer #1

    Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.



    First Set Pic of Melissa McCarthy in New 'Ghostbusters' Uniform

    In terms of 80s film favorites, I like Ghostbusters but I don't necessarily LOVE it like Back to the Future.

    Ghostbusters only had one sequel - an above average one at best - while Back to the Future did an entire trilogy which is still today deemed a classic.

    Not to mention, the filmmakers behind Back to the Future knew both when to stop and how not to allow any type of reboot or remake from ever getting made (it's in their contracts). Ghostbusters, on the other hand, spent decades in 'development hell' trying to get a 3rd film off the ground before finally succumbing to an all-female led reboot hitting theaters next year. I'm pretty sure it's going to end up taking less time for the new film to go from pre-production to release than it took Dan Aykroyd to write the first draft of Ghostbusters 3.

    Anyway, with all that said, we finally have our first look at the new Ghostbuster leader, Melissa McCarthy, on set in full uniform:

    I know, not exactly earth shattering but it's the first time we've seen anyone filming a movie with a Ghostbusters outfit in over 25 years the glasses look like a nice touch.

    The new film also stars new Ghostbuster members Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, as well as Chris Hemsworth as 'the secretary' and Neil Casey recently being added to the cast as the film's villain. 

    There's no official synopsis yet though there is this tidbit from the Boston Herald (where filming is currently taking place):

    Wiig and McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.

    Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) both co-writes and directs the new film, set for release July 22nd, 2016.

    Source: Vulture, Boston Herald


    New Official Image from 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2'

    Lionsgate has released a new still from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, the conclusion to the film saga that began back in March 2012.

    The final installment is set around Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and a unit from District 13 going on a mission to the Capitol to assassinate that damn President Snow (Donald Sutherland, can't stand the guy because he plays a villian so well) and end the war that has overtaken Panem.

    The image features Katniss, Boggs (Mahershala Ali) - right-hand man to President Alma Coin - and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) prepping for battle.

    I have not read the Hunger Games books though I did see the most recent installment of Mockingjay - Part 1, which I thought was really well done and definitely enjoyed it. I think it's rather impressive the studio, Lionsgate, has been able to get these films out within a year of each other and not only maintain quality but even surpass it.

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 hits theaters November 20th, and I am certainly looking forward to seeing it.

    With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her.  The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

    Source: Lionsgate


    First Trailer for 'Creed' Starring Michael B. Jordan

    When it was first announced a couple years back (July 2013 I believe) that a Rocky spinoff was in the works - based around Apollo Creed's son being trained by the Italian Stallion himself - I was quite curious.

    The film would be written and directed by Fruitvale Station helmer Ryan Coogler as well as starring that film's lead, Michael B. Jordan, as the title character of Adonis Johnson. Sylvester Stallone would be back of course, this time as a supporting character in his signature role.

    Creed was said to be a 'dream project' for Coogler. He always wanted to tell a story of Apollo Creed's son, whose father died in the ring before he was born, leading his family to forbid him from boxing. That, along with his natural talent, makes his desire to pursue the sport that much stronger.

    Well the first trailer just hit tonight and...Wow! This. Looks. Awesome.

    I don't think Sly Stallone on his best day could have directed a film that looks this good. The trailer is utterly fantastic. I can't wait to see this movie.

    Why are you still reading this? View the trailer below along with the film's official synopsis.

    Creed hits theaters (no pun intended) November 25th.

    From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s “Creed.”  The film explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role.  The film also reunites Coogler with his “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.

    Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born.  Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.

    Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer.  Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend.  Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.

    With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

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