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It Would Be Cool
Ever since Marvel Studios reaquired the rights to Blade, there has been a lot of chatter about the Day Walker entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some capacity, with rumours of a Netflix series and even a female-led version. Original Blade actor Wesley Snipes even hinted at a return. In a new interview with Arrow to the Head, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has said it would “be cool” to have Blade in the McU, but there are no plans at the moment. “My tenure at Marvel started 17 years ago, and there were two things that sort of launched the modern era,” he said. “One was X-Men, which was the first thing that people said, “‘Oh, there’s life here.’ But a few years before that, there was Blade. A character nobody had heard of at all, had only appeared in a few issues of Tomb of Dracula or something, »
- Luke Owen
Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool 2 have just embraced the Skux Life, as Hunt for the Wilderpeople's Julian Dennison joins the cast of the highly-anticipated sequel with an epic new behind-the-scenes photo »
Paris — Paul Hudson’s L.A. based Outsider Pictures has boarded “1,200 Souls,” a fantasy thriller set in the high Pyrenees, and one of the highlights at the 10th Spain-Ile de France Small is Biutiful in Paris, a prestigious boutique Spain-France co-production forum which unspooled June 23.
Outsider Pictures is handling international sales rights on “1,200 Souls,” the latest movie from the Zaragoza-based producer-director tandem of Marta Cabrera and Pablo Aragues whose “Novatos,” also repped by Hudson, was a Netflix worldwide distribution pick-up.
In his first two features, Aragues tackled sects (“Vigilo el camino”) and hazing (“Novatos”). Backed by the Aragon Film Commission, “1,200 Souls” is set in a small town in the lap of the Pyrenees, to which a young woman, Carla, returns to scatter her mother’s ashes, only to be confronted by violence, deaths and the seemingly supernatural, such as spontaneous combustion.
A film about “a girl looking for her origins,” Cabrera told Variety, »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
For Sony Pictures, the meaning of Life is determined by tenaciously throwing massive amounts of money at a B-movie horror flick script.
Even under the weight of its often illogical script, Life manages not to flatline in spite of a series of rather idiotic decisions made by supposedly intelligent people. I'm even curious to see where the story might go next; if Life ever did find a way again.
The term "life" refers to the historical discovery of an initially microscopic living organism brought back to the International Space Station (Iss) by a exploratory spacecraft sent to Mars. It's such a momentous occasion for mankind that grade school children give the organism a name: Calvin.
While the scientist charged with examining Calvin grows fond of his rapidly growing subject, other members of the six-person crew grow concerned. Before you know it Calvin is on the loose following the film's most gripping scene, »
Go Direct A Star War
After the shock news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been fired from their positions on the Han Solo spin-off movie, it was revealed yesterday by Disney and Lucasfilm that Ron Howard would be taking over. Ron Howard has a lot of connections to George Lucas, appearing in the director’s American Graffiti and he was even approached with the chance to direct Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Read more here.
Just One More Thing
Looking ahead to Star Wars: Episode IX and it has been revealed that director Colin Trevorrow made a small request of Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson. “It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great. But, y’know, it’s part of the collaborative process that exists – everyone is in communication.” Just what could that small thing be? Read more here.
Life Finds A Way
Speaking of Trevorrow, and the sequel to his 2015 dino smash Jurassic World was given an official title and poster yesterday – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Pretty badass, eh? Check out the poster here.
Keeping with the sequels theme now, and we should be expecting our first look at Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle any time soon. In an new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, star Jack Black has been talking about the film’s connections to the original. “We’re exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it’s life or death, but while we’re there, we find clues left behind by [Robin Williams’ character Alan Parrish],” states Black. “He built up a full-blown jungle house, similar to a Swiss Family Robinson situation. It’s like he’s there helping us without actually being there… [In the original] you never got to see the inside world, but this one takes place primarily inside the jungle of Jumanji. That’s the coolest part of the film — we’re able to transport the audience to that secret and wondrous land, with the danger and the beauty.” Read more here.
Inside The Sanctum
Following the super-cool behind the scenes photo of Iron Man, Hulk, Doctor Strange and Wong, former McU helmer Scott Derickson has shared another image from the Avengers: Infinity War set – this time from his old stomping grounds of the Sanctum Sanctorum. Check out the image here.
Transformers: The Last Knight isn’t looking to do so well at the box office this weekend, which won’t be a good sign for the Bumblebee spin-off. Although according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the solo film is going to be very different from what we’ve seen so far from the five Bay-directed movies. “The objective of that movie is to develop more time with less robots in a way, and to go back to 1985 and go back to sort of the original heritage if you would of the Transformers,” he said. “So it has a very distinct idea in it, and then whatever is gonna happen with the chemistry is what’s gonna happen, but it really is a young female lead opposite Bumblebee.” Read more here.
Article Of The Day
Anghus Houvouras has some thoughts on Lord and Miller leaving the Han Solo movie, which you can read here. »
- Luke Owen
When two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, the explosions killed three people and injured 264 others -- among them was Bauman, who had come out to support his girlfriend, Erin Hurley, played in the film by Tatiana Maslany.
Photos: Stars Take On Real- »
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Life (sci-fi thriller; Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds; bonus featurette available; rated R) Wilson (comedy; Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern; rated R) This Beautiful Fantastic (comedy-drama; Tom Wilkinson, Anna Chancellor; rated PG) Everybody Loves Somebody (romantic comedy; Karla Souza, Jose Maria Yazpik; rated PG-13) Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd). Check with your favorite Digital HD provider to see if the same...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Daniel Espinosa’s blatant Alien carbon copy Life may have received overwhelmingly mixed reviews, but the sixty million budget endeavor ended up taking in just short of one-hundred million in its worldwide haul (plus netted the director another crack at directing Jake Gyllenhaal in a recently project).
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- Nicholas Bell
Deadpool continues to be a fascinating superhero. Unique from the moment he first appeared in the page, the live-action marriage between the character and Ryan Reynolds has been so seamless that the two don't seem like a married couple at all, but, in fact, one single entity. Try reading Ryan Reynolds' tweets without picturing the Merc with the Mouth expressing the same darkly hilarious ideas. Good luck reading any one of the current running Deadpool titles from Marvel Comics without hearing the salty-sweet voice of Reynolds in your head. I give more credit to all the wonderful promotional material than the first film itself, for this symbiosis between actor and character. As marketing was unveiled for his first go-around, we had Deadpool action left and right, from Deadpool explaining testicular cancer to men to even appearing on his own Honest Trailer.
With Deadpool 2 on the distant horizon, once again, »
- Nick Doll
Experience extraterrestrial life like you’ve never seen it before, in the heart-pounding sci-fi thriller Life (read our review) on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Skydance Productions. In this exclusive deleted scene, we see the crew, including Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Best Supporting Actor, Brokeback Mountain, 2005), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) […] »
- Brad Miska
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson & Ryan Reynolds Star in the Edge-of-Your-Seat Sci-Fi Thriller Life Debuting on Digital June 2 On 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ & DVD June 20th. Includes Never-Before-Seen Astronaut Diaries & Three Immersive Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
Experience extraterrestrial life like you’ve never seen it before, in the heart-pounding sci-fi thriller Life, debuting on digital June 2 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Skydance Productions. Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Best Supporting Actor, Brokeback Mountain, 2005), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) star as a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station who discover a rapidly evolving life form that threatens the crew and all life on Earth. Also starring Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Ariyon Bakare (Rogue One), and Olga Dihovichnaya (House of Others), the film was directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and written by Deadpool screenwriters, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. »
- Tom Stockman
Lots of actors have stories of auditions that went badly, but “black-ish” star Anthony Anderson has a story that’s absolutely delicious. Years ago, while auditioning to play a prison cook in Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence’s film “Life,” Anderson saw that the scene he was supposed to read involved a fight over his character’s cornbread. He decided to surprise the casting director. “I’m a closet chef,” he told TheWrap. “So I made cornbread from scratch.” Also Read: Anthony Anderson Describes Life in Compton During an 'Inferno' of Police Brutality (Guest Blog) It was Anderson’s first »
- Rasha Ali
Seth Rogen and wife Lauren Miller Rogen's Hilarity for Charity held its third annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show at New York City's Webster Hall on June 9, raising nearly $400,000 to fund free in-home care for struggling families with Alzheimer's Disease. The Neighbors star was also joined by comedy pals Amy Schumer, Colin Jost and Jim Gaffigan, who turned out to support the cause by taking to the stage to perform stand-up routines. Later in the night, Seth welcomed fellow funnyman Paul Rudd to the stage -- together raising over $32,000 through audience text donations.
Meanwhile, "Forever" singer Chris Brown attended the premiere of his new documentary, Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life, chronicling the songwriter's roller-coaster career and life at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. The film, produced by Riveting Entertainment, also features interviews with family members, friends and supporters, including Usher, DJ Khaled, Mary J. Blige, [link »
Blake Lively can pull off anything -- even clumpy, dry sunscreen on her face.
The 29-year-old actress poked fun at herself on Thursday, sharing a close-up pic of her cheeks covered in dry, white sunscreen.
Wearing a straw sun hat, fabulous Privé Revaux white sunglasses and a winning smile, Lively admitted that she wasn't aware of the sunscreen that was on her face when the photo was taken -- but she's still "feelin' good."
"Life can be so sweet »
It’s hard to deny that Blake Lively lives a pretty charmed life. Aside from the international fame and string of hugely successful films, there’s also her enviable collection of red carpet couture gowns (and the stunning multi-million dollar mega carat jewels that go with them), not to mentioned her equally A-list husband Ryan Reynolds, and their two small daughters, all of which makes a serious case for women having it all. But even though Blake may be living her best possible life, that doesn’t mean she never falls victim to the same small, human foibles as the rest of us. »
- Emily Kirkpatrick
Diana Keaton was surrounded by her famous friends when she was honored with a Life Achievement Award by the American Film Institute in La on Thursday night. While several stars paid tribute to the actress during the ceremony - including Meryl Streep, who dressed up as her iconic character, Annie Hall - one of the best moments was between her Father of the Bride costars Steve Martin and Martin Short. Aside from serenading Diane, on and off stage, the comedians put their bromance on full display when they locked lips at their seats. Perhaps they're trying to give Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield, who famously shared a smooch at the Golden Globes, a run for their money. RelatedThis Father of the Bride Reunion Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again »
- Kelsie Gibson
Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Steven Yeun, Giancarlo Esposito and Lily Collins star in the South Korean-American action film directed by Bong Joon-ho, which centers on a young girl, Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun), who risks everything to prevent a powerful company from kidnapping her best friend, a massive animal named Okja.
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Pitt recently wrapped up the press tour for his own Netflix project, War Machine, in which he stars as U.S. General »
The deal covers film and television projects through Mockingbird Pictures banner.
The company has several projects in development with Curtis (pictured) and Lynn, including the upcoming AMC television series Dietland.
Curtis and Lynn first partnered at Mockingbird Pictures after producing Albert Nobbs in 2012. The pair have produced seven films together, including Arie Posin’s The Face Of Love, Victor Levin’s 5 To 7, and Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days In The Desert.
Curtis’ industry start was as Steven Spielberg’s assistant; the beginning of a 15-year professional relationship with the director. After working on Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, Curtis transitioned »
Skydance Media has formed a multi-year overall deal for both feature films and television with producers Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures, Variety has learned. The studio currently has multiple projects in development with Curtis and Lynn, including the upcoming AMC television series “Dietland.”
“Bonnie and Julie are exceptional people and incredible producers whose boundless energy, incomparable work ethic, and collective eye for mining and cultivating creative material are second to none,” said Dana Goldberg, chief creative officer of Skydance Media. “I have known and admired both of them for a long time and l am thrilled that they have become a part of the Skydance family. I look forward to the number of exciting film and television projects in our collective future.”
Curtis and Lynn first partnered under the Mockingbird Pictures banner after producing the Academy Award-nominated “Albert Nobbs” in 2012. Sine then, Lynn and Curtis have gone on to produce seven films together, including »
- Joe Otterson
Skydance has made an overall deal for features and TV with Mockingbird Pictures' Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn, who just worked with Skydance on the Daniel Espinosa-directed space alien pic Life. Their credits include To the Bone, Wakefield and the upcoming AMC series Dietland. "Bonnie and Julie are exceptional people and incredible producers whose boundless energy, incomparable work ethic, and collective eye for mining and cultivating creative material are second to… »
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