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Sorry Fanboys, Joss Whedon Is Not Attending Comic-Con 2017
Sorry fanboys, but don’t expect Joss Whedon to appear during DC films Hall H presentation next month down in San Diego, California, as the director is not attending this year’s Comic-Con. Over the weekend, London based film critic Mark Searby ran into Whedon on the street and told him he was looking forward to seeing what he would be bringing to Comic-Con next month. However, Whedon replied: “I won’t be there. Only the second time in 20 years I won’t make it.” Just met @joss pic.twitter.com/Pc6CbZ4LPA — Mark Searby (@Mark_Searby) June 25, 2017 The »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘Conjuring 3’ in the Works With David Leslie Johnson Attached to Write Script
The “Conjuring” universe continues to expand.
New Line is moving forward on its third iteration of the “Conjuring” franchise with “The Conjuring 3.” David Leslie Johnson is on board to script. James Wan will serve as producer through his Atomic Monster production company with Peter Safran.
The logline for “The Conjuring 3” is under wraps. As with the first two “Conjuring” films, which starred Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal researchers Lorraine and Ed Warren, the story will be taken from the Warrens’ case files.
Johnson wrote “The Conjuring 2,” which went on to gross $320 million worldwide. The news comes two weeks after New Line launched development on “The Crooked Man,” based on the malevolent character in “The Conjuring 2” in the the fourth film spinoff from Wan’s 2013 hit “The Conjuring.” The others are “Annabelle,” “Annabelle: Creation” and “The Nun.”
- Dave McNary
'War for the Planet of the Apes': What the Critics Are Saying
Step aside, Wonder Woman; there's a new beloved blockbuster of the summer — and War for the Planet of the Apes has a level of critical praise that would make even the first lady of superhero movies jealous. Simply put, it's getting reviews that summer tentpoles just don't traditionally receive.
To wit, The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy raves about the movie, praising its visuals ("the sheer beauty of the film is intense," he writes, noting that cinematographer Michael Seresin "intoxicatingly" captures the world around the apes), score and a story that dares to be morally complex instead of reductive »
- Graeme McMillan
'Inconvenient Sequel' Directors to Change Film in Light of Trump's Climate Accord Exit
In a sit-down interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the Nantucket Film Festival, where the Al Gore-fronted climate change documentary was the closing-night film, Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen say they have been scrambling to make additions to the film, including a new epilogue, before its July 28 opening.
“We spent a great deal of time with Al thinking about how to respond in the film,” says Cohen, who previously issued a joint statement with Shenk on »
- Tatiana Siegel
Warner Bros. Developing 'The Accountant' Sequel With Ben Affleck
Writer Bill Dubuque and director Gavin O’Connor are also in talks for the proposed sequel to the 2016 feature, which followed a highly functioning autistic man who worked as an accountant for criminal organizations. When the Treasury Department starts to follow his activities, he uses his background as an assassin to protect himself and others.
The action-drama grossed $86 million at the domestic box office on the relatively modest budget of $44 million. »
- Mia Galuppo
‘Superman: Red Son’: Warner Bros. Pitching Directors On A Live Action Adaptation Of The Soviet Union-Set Comic
Warner Bros. is pitching directors on a live action adaptation of the popular comic “Superman: Red Son,” according to writer Mark Millar. The news was revealed in a Twitter exchange between Millar and “Kong: Skull Island” director Joran Vogt-Roberts, who said he pitched the idea to the studio “months ago.”
“Did you hear WB pitching directors Red Son? Two diff pals in last 2 months. This truly is Putin’s America,” said Millar. “Wait, really? Because I pitched it to them months ago and was told no. It’s the most punk rock thing the Dceu could do in my mind,” replied Vogt-Roberts.
Did you hear WB pitching directors Red Son? Two diff pals in last 2 months. This truly is Putin’s America.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) June 27, 2017
“Red Son” is a critically-acclaimed three-issue comic mini-series that »
- Jude Dry
Yetide Badaki on That ‘American Gods’ Finale and What’s Next for Bilquis
From showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, and adapted from the best-selling book by Neil Gaiman, the Starz series American Gods weaves a provocative tale of faith and belief, or our lack thereof, unlike anything that’s ever been on TV before. When Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is released from prison following the death of his wife (Emily Browning), he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), with whom he makes a deal that will change the course of his entire life. As he finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to make sense of, … »
- Christina Radish
‘Kong: Skull Island’ Director Pitched WB on a Live-Action ‘Superman: Red Son’ Movie
I’m not a big fan of Mark Millar’s comics, but I really like his limited series Superman: Red Son. The book is part of DC’s “Elseworlds” line, a series of “What If?” comics that take place out of continuity, but allow writers to imagine different scenarios for beloved characters. In the case of Red Son, the story envisions what would have happened if Kal-El had crash-landed in the middle of the Ussr rather than a small town in Kansas. It’s a good story about the values Superman represents and how those values were molded … »
- Matt Goldberg
Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler on Their ‘The House’ Characters: ‘I Light a Guy on Fire’
“For something you’d want to see on a summer weekend, I think it hits the mark,” Ferrell mused. “Amy and I play very ordinary people who will do anything for their kid [and] get sucked into making this decision to open a casino in a basement. There’s this allure to Vegas — that it’s one special hand to change your life even though most of the time, it doesn’t. I think we did a good job of moving that to a suburban setting.”
Indeed, “The House” tells the story of parents (Ferrell and Poehler) who are talked into launching the casino to pay for their daughter’s college costs. Poehler »
- Dave McNary
‘Tremors’ TV Series Reboot Starring Kevin Bacon Lands a Pilot Order at Syfy
It's been a minute since we talked about Kevin Bacon, Graboids, and the creature-featuring Tremors franchise. Originally launched back in 1990 with Ron Underwood at the helm directing a story he wrote along with S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock, Tremors centered on handymen Valentine "Val" McKee (Kevin Bacon) and Earl Basset (Fred Ward) in smalltown Perfection, Nevada, finding themselves held hostage by monstrous, subterranean worms. It was a delightful B movie that spawned a direct-to-video franchise that delivered an additional four films to fans, the latest dropping in 2015. The Sci-Fi Channel also attempted … »
- Dave Trumbore
Transformers: The Last Knight wreaks metallic mayhem at UK box office
Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest in a seemingly endless series of sequels and brand exploitations this summer, had no problem shoving Wonder Woman off the top spot after a three-week stay, nabbing first place with £4.64m, including £734,000 in previews. That’s almost as much as the weekend box office for the rest of the top 10 put together.
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- Charles Gant
The Ultimate Edgar Wright Playlist, From ‘Baby Driver’ to ‘Shaun of the Dead’
From “Baby Driver” to “Shaun of the Dead,” “The World’s End” to “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” music has always played a huge role in Edgar Wright’s films — yes, yes, sure, you could even say it’s its own character — and his newest feature takes that idea to some wild new ends. In the Ansel Elgort-starring “Baby Driver,” the eponymous lead suffers from trauma-induced tinnitus, an affliction he keeps at bay by listening to a steady stream of music at all times.
He also just so happens to be a highly skilled getaway driver, and Wright inventively uses Baby’s personal playlist to frame up the film’s wide-ranging soundtrack, which includes Wright mainstays like Queen and Jon Spencer, alongside classics by Brenda Holloway and The Commodores. For a filmmaker like Wright who has always used music to both great effect and huge humor — from literal record-tossing »
- Kate Erbland
‘Gypsy’ Review: Naomi Watts Elevates Netflix’s New Psychological Drama Series
In Sam Taylor-Johnson's excellent debut feature, Nowhere Boy, she took on a familiar subject: the late John Lennon. What she decided to focus on about Lennon, however, was unique. Starting in his teenage years, she probed how sex and the thrill of performance drove the young musician, right as he was meeting the other young men who would start The Beatles. As written by Matt Greenhaigh, who also wrote the Ian Curtis biopic Control with a distinct focus on intimate desires over professional gains, John was the showman whereas George and Paul were the musical die-hards that … »
- Chris Cabin
‘Kong: Skull Island’ Scene Slammed for Insanely Fast Editing — Watch
“Kong: Skull Island” is not the only Hollywood movie to employ dizzyingly fast editing, but the latest installment of Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse is taking some hits for its rapid cutting pace. A YouTube video entitled “Terrible editing in Kong: Skull Island” reveals that an early sequence in the film averages one cut every two seconds during a nearly five-minute span.
Read More: This Is What Giant Movie Monsters Would Actually Sound Like, According to Science — Watch
While that is a lot of cutting, Hollywood in general has tended to use faster editing in action movies, with some scenes even averaging less than two seconds per cut. Both “Taken 3” and “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” include scenes with average shot lengths of 1.7 seconds, No Film School reported last year. Tony Scott’s 2005 film “Domino” also features sequences with an Asl of 1.8, while “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Mad Mad: Fury Road” clock in at 2.0 and 2.1 respectively. »
- Graham Winfrey
‘A Ghost Story’: In a Tiny Chinatown Storefront, David Lowery’s Sundance Hit Comes to Ghostly Life
Your outfit for the afterlife comes two ways: either through the mail, rushed to you and arriving after less than 24 hours after you’ve placed your order online, or picked up from a small stack in the bright backroom of a storefront in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown, where a white-clad worker hands you a neatly folded bag before asking you to fill out a probing questionnaire. Either way is easy, but the get-up — a sheet, a big one, very long, designed to cover the whole body and then some — is heavy, so it’s perhaps best to hit up the small stack in the small store.
Time, however, is of the essence (death waits for no man, and all that), so I ordered online and toted my own “A Ghost Story” branded sheet to the Chinatown store, appropriately named A Ghost Store, for a personalized fitting. »
- Kate Erbland
David Lynch, Ian McKellen, Xavier Dolan, Vanessa Redgrave set for Rome Film Festival Events
Rome — David Lynch will be feted with a lifetime achievement award by the Rome Film Festival where the U.S. director of “Blue Velvet” and “Twin Peaks” will also hold an onstage conversation with artistic director Antonio Monda.
Monda at a Rome press luncheon on Tuesday, called Lynch “simply the coolest director alive.” He also announced that British actor Ian McKellen; French Canadian wunderkind director/actor Xavier Dolan; Oscar-winning British actress Vanessa Redgrave and U.S. author Chuck Palahniuk (“Fight Club”) will be participating in other public conversations within the fest’s dedicated Close Encounters section.
As for movies, Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming “Logan Lucky” will have its European preem in Rome. The heist comedy with an all star cast that includes Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Hilary Swank, Katie Holmes and a platinum-coiffed Daniel Craig, hits U.S. theatres on August 18.
The twelfth edition of the Rome fest will run October 26-November 5, separately from Rome’s Mia »
- Nick Vivarelli
‘Avengers: Infinity War’: Kevin Feige Reveals Spider-Man’s Screentime
Avengers: Infinity War is going to have lots and lots of superheroes. It’s going to make Captain America: Civil War look like a laid back gathering when you consider that it’s the culmination of all three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But that raises the question of how much we’ll get to see the individual heroes. It was a bit of a balancing act back when The Avengers was just six superheroes, and now they’re going way beyond that. For their part, Fandango decided to just focus on one hero, Spider-Man, since his new … »
- Matt Goldberg
WB Turned Down Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Pitch For ‘Superman: Red Son’
As much as we might pick on DC Films from time to time, the task that Geoff Johns and co. have in figuring out which characters to bring to the big screen and how is far from enviable. Aside from having to cater to fan expectations, there is a wealth of official canon and offshoot material to draw from. It leaves creatives with the choice of telling the same variations on the origin stories that the general public knows and is familiar with, or taking a riskier approach by offering retooled and redrawn characters (take this winter’s “Logan” for example, which turned the cigar chomping smart-ass Wolverine, into an aging, weakened, near suicidal superhero).
Continue reading WB Turned Down Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Pitch For ‘Superman: Red Son’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Franchise Report Card: From Marvel to DC to the Dark Universe, Grading Hollywood’s Big Series
In Hollywood, a studio is only as strong as its franchises. That’s bad news for a number of players. Recent months have not been kind to a number of major film series, as sequels to “Transformers,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Alien” have sputtered to the box office, and attempts to spawn new franchises, such as the Dark Universe, have collapsed. Some properties, particularly those in the DC Comics and Marvel realms, have emerged from the box office blood sports unscathed, but they remain exceptions to the rules.
Through the first half of 2017, here’s a look at which major series are still going strong and which franchises have spawned their last sequel.
State of the Franchise: After four decades and seven films, this extraterrestrial chiller may have offered up its last chestburster with “Alien: Convenant.” So far the film has earned a little more than half of what its predecessor, 2012’s “Prometheus, »
- Brent Lang and Seth Kelley
The Best TV Episodes of 2017 — So Far
For TV fans, the Peak TV era is both a blessing and curse. There is so much great television out there, and yet there is also too much to keep up with. Halfway through the year, Chris Cabin and I pause and take stock of the great series and episodes that have already aired (between January 1st and mid-June-ish) before things start to rev up for the insanity that is the fall premiere season. If you don't see your favorite on here it might not have made the cutoff, and there are also absences with great shows … »
- Allison Keene
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