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Y: The Last Man is not moving ahead at FX in “its current form”

Here’s some bad news for fans of Brian K. Vaughan’s acclaimed comic book series Y: The Last Man, as FX has announced that it has decided not to move forward with its planned TV adaptation “in its current form” and will look to retool the project.

FX first picked up the rights to Y: The Last Man back in 2015 after a planned movie adaptation failed to materialise. Developed – at a snail’s pace – since by Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal, the project received a series order just this February.

Green and Croal make the announcement on Twitter that they have exited the series over creative differences:

“We hoped to reward their talent and their trust not just with success, but with a show that had something to say, in a time when things must be said. As Y fans ourselves, we hope the future allows just that.
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Neve Campbell Joins Alex Wolff in Crime Drama Castle in the Ground

Neve Campbell Joins Alex Wolff in Crime Drama Castle in the Ground
There has been a lot of talk about The Craft remake this week. Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures are resurrecting the high school witch thriller, which originally starred Neve Campbell. The project was initially set up as a true sequel to the 1996 classic. But those plans fell through. Don't worry, we'll still get our Neve Campbell fix, as she has just joined the crime drama Castle in the Ground. Eh, who needs The Craft 2?

Neve Campbell, Tom Cullen and Keir Gilchrist have joined the cast of writer/director Joey Klein's (The Other Half) Castle in the Ground.

The upcoming crime-drama will star Alex Wolff and Imogen Poots. William Woods under his Woods Entertainment banner and Michael Solomon under Band With Pictures will produce. Andra Gordon of American Entertainment Investors developed the project with Woods and Solomon and is executive producing alongside Tom Spriggs, Rob McGillivray, Ben Stranahan, George Stranahan, John Hansen,
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First Dune Behind-the-Scenes Photo Has Josh Brolin in a Fighting Mood

First Dune Behind-the-Scenes Photo Has Josh Brolin in a Fighting Mood
Josh Brolin, one of the stars of the eagerly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, is building excitement for another upcoming big sci-fi epic he appears in. The Dune remake, a new retelling of the famous Frank Herbert novel, is being directed by Denis Villeneueve. In sharing his excitement with us about his part in the movie, Josh Brolin posted a picture of himself on set to his personal Instagram account. He captioned the recent post with a quote from the novel. In the picture the actor is shirtless, featuring his forearms in the foreground, looking a bit battered.

"What has mood to do with it? You fight when the necessity arises - no matter the mood! Mood's a thing for cattle or making love or playing the baliset. It's not for fighting." - Frank Herbert, Dune

The quote is from the character Gurney Halleck, a loyal member of the House Atreides. The
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Filmmaker Macon Blair To Write & Direct ‘The Toxic Avenger’ Reboot

Macon Blair is one of the more interesting up-and-coming filmmakers. After appearing in Jeremy Saulnier’s films “Blue Ruin” and “Green Room,” and writing “Hold the Dark,” the actor-turned-filmmaker went on to write and direct his own feature, “I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore.” And if you take those four films as examples, it’s really difficult to pin down just what Blair’s sensibilities are, except to say that he loves taking genres and injecting his own, decidedly, fucked up style.

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‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot Lands in the Hands of ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’ Director Macon Blair

‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot Lands in the Hands of ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’ Director Macon Blair
Actor, writer and director Macon Blair is catching a bus to Tromaville. Blair has been tapped by Legendary to write and direct The Toxic Avenger reboot, bringing one of Lloyd Kaufman‘s most famous Z-movie figures further into the mainstream. Blair is a mainstay in Jeremy Saulnier’s films, including Murder Party, Blue Ruin, Green Room and Hold the Dark, which Blair also wrote. […]

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Legendary’s The Toxic Avenger Reboot to be Written and Directed by Macon Blair

Legendary Entertainment is taking a trip into Tromaville for a reboot of The Toxic Avenger, and Macon Blair is now in the driver's seat.

Variety reports that Macon Blair will write and direct a reboot of the cult classic Troma movie The Toxic Avenger for Legendary Entertainment, who acquired the feature film rights to The Toxic Avenger in late 2018.

Troma Entertainment's Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, who co-directed the original Toxic Avenger, will serve as executive producers on the reboot, with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter supervising the project on behalf of Legendary.

Released in 1984, the original Toxic Avenger follows bullied janitor Melvin Ferd, who falls into toxic waste after being pursued by his tormentors, only to rise from certain death and transform into a disfigured defender of Tromaville. The film was followed by three sequels, a ’90s cartoon show, a stage musical, and a Marvel comic book series.
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Macon Blair Chosen to Write & Direct Legendary’s Toxic Avenger Reboot

Macon Blair first hit horror fans’ radars as an actor; he had prominent roles in Jeremy Saulnier’s first three films: Murder Party, Blue Ruin, and Green Room among many other parts. In 2017, he directed his first feature, I Don’t Feel at Home in the World Anymore, which was one of my favorites of that […] The post Macon Blair Chosen to Write & Direct Legendary’s Toxic Avenger Reboot appeared first on Dread Central.
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Macon Blair to Write and Direct ‘The Toxic Avenger’ Reboot

The Toxic Avenger remake has been in development for an age now, and some exciting filmmakers have been attached along the way, but today brings news of by far the most left-field bit of news yet. Per Variety, Macon Blair, perhaps best known as the star of Jeremy Saulnier's brutal films Blue Ruin and Green Room, will write and direct Legendary's reboot of the beloved cult classic. The original film was directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, and told of the nerdy, soft-spoken Melvin Junko, who gets pushed into a vat of toxic waste by …
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Toxic Avenger Reboot Locks in I Don't Feel at Home Director Macon Blair

Legendary's The Toxic Avenger reboot has Green Room's Macon Blair attached to write and direct. The reboot was officially announced late last year and fans of the gross out hero were very excited to hear the news. Now, it appears that the project is finally moving forward with Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment set to produce along with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter of Legendary. 1984's The Toxic Avenger is often referred to as the movie that built the house of Troma, so the character is very near and dear to the hearts of Kaufman and Herz.

Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz produced The Toxic Avenger in 1984 and Kaufman couldn't be happier to be bringing the character back after a long absence, especially at Legendary. The origin story centers on a janitor who is chased out a second story window. He falls into a vat of toxic waste,
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Green Room's Macon Blair to Write And Direct The Toxic Avenger

Well this is fun news. Macon Blair, a regular staple of Jeremy Saulnier's films, has further expanded his repertoire with writing gigs (Hold the Dark) and directing (I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore). While primarily working within the realm of thrillers, his career will take more toxic turn this year. Variety is reporting that Blair has been hired to write and direct the reboot of cult favorite The Toxic Avenger for Legendary Pictures. (Lloyd) Kaufman and (Michael) Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered on a mild-mannered janitor at a health club who’s chased out a second story window by...

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‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot to Be Written and Directed by Macon Blair

‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot to Be Written and Directed by Macon Blair
Two years after making his directorial debut with “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,” Macon Blair is stepping behind the camera for Legendary’s “Toxic Avenger” reboot. The actor-turned-filmmaker, whose on-screen resume includes everything from “Blue Ruin” and “Green Room” to “The Florida Project” and “Logan Lucky,” will both write and direct. Variety first broke the news, including the fact that Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman and Michel Herz are producing and Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter of Legendary are overseeing the project.

The former two also directed the 1984 original, a midnight-movie staple that was followed by the sequels “The Toxic Avenger Part II,” “The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie,” and “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV”. “The Toxic Avenger” tells the tried-and-true story of a 98-pound janitor who falls into a vat of toxic waste (as you do) and, imbued with newfound powers,
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Legendary Taps Green Room’s Macon Blair To Helm The Toxic Avenger Reboot

Last December, it was reported that Legendary Entertainment had acquired the rights to The Toxic Avenger with plans for a reboot of the the horror-comedy property. And as per a new Variety report, it now seems that a writer and director has been found in one Macon Blair.

The star of Green Room might be better known for his acting career, but in 2017, Blair garnered strong reviews for his award-winning directorial feature debut I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. The Toxic Avenger reboot, meanwhile, will be produced by Troma Entertainment founders Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz – who co-directed and co-produced the 1984 original – along with Legendary’s Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter.

While details on the reboot remain vague, the original Toxic Avenger told the knowingly ridiculous story of a mild-mannered janitor who developed superhuman size and strength after falling into a drum of toxic waste. The movie inspired three sequels,
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Macon Blair Writing and Directing ‘The Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary!

We learned late last year that Legendary Entertainment was developing a remake of Troma’s The Toxic Avenger, and Variety reports tonight that Macon Blair is on board to write and direct! Blair starred in the films Blue Ruin and Green Room, and he more recently wrote Netflix’s Hold the Dark and wrote/directed I Don’t Feel At […]
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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)

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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)
Macon Blair has been tapped to write and direct Legendary’s reboot of the cult classic “The Toxic Avenger,” sources tell Variety.

Legendary acquired the feature film rights in December and have quickly made the project a high priority at the studio. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing for Legendary.

Kaufman and Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered on a mild-mannered janitor at a health club who’s chased out a second story window by bullies and lands in a drum of toxic waste. The chemicals cause him to transform into the Toxic Avenger, who has superhuman size and strength and stands up to bullies and corruption.

The Toxic Avenger” became successful after a long run as a midnight movie in New York City, leading to the
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Michael Ealy, Mark Webber Join ABC Pilot ‘Stumptown’

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Michael Ealy, Mark Webber Join ABC Pilot ‘Stumptown’
Both Michael Ealy and Mark Webber have been cast in the ABC dram pilot “Stumptown,” Variety has learned.

Inspired by the graphic novel “Stumptown” by Greg Rucka, the project follows Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders), a strong, assertive, and unapologetically sharp-witted army veteran working as a P.I. in Portland, Oregon. With a complicated personal history and only herself to rely on, she solves other people’s messes with a blind eye toward her own.

Webber will play Grey McConnell, Dex’s best friend who has an unrequited crush on her. He’s been renovating an old-fashioned brew pub into a modern-sleek mixology joint and he’s hired Dex’s brother as his sole employee.

Ealy has been cast as Detective Miles Hoffman, a detective with the Portland Police Department. He’s looking for escaped convict Samuel Kane, who’s probably going to pay a visit to Grey McConnell any day now.
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‘Stumptown’: Michael Ealy & Mark Webber To Star In ABC Drama Pilot

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‘Stumptown’: Michael Ealy & Mark Webber To Star In ABC Drama Pilot
Secrets and Lies alum Michael Ealy and Mark Webber (Green Room) are set as leads opposite Cobie Smulders in Stumptown, ABC’s drama pilot from writer Jason Richman, Ruben Fleischer and ABC Studios.

Written by Richman, Stumptown is inspired by the graphic novels published by Oni Press. It follows Dex Parios (Smulders), a strong, assertive and unapologetically sharp-witted Army veteran working as a Pi in Portland, Or. With a complicated personal history and only herself to rely on, she solves other people’s messes with a blind eye toward her own.

Ealy will play Miles Hoffman, a detective with the Portland Police Department who is looking for escaped convict Samuel Kane — who’s probably going to pay a visit to Grey McConnell (Webber) any day now.

Webber’s Grey McConnell is Dex’s best friend and has an unrequited crush on her. He’s been renovating an old-fashioned brew pub
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Film News Roundup: Alex Wolff, Imogen Poots to Star in Crime Drama ‘Castle in the Ground’

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In today’s film news roundup, Alex Woolf and Imogen Poots are cast in a crime drama, Laura Dern gets a film festival honor and doggie movie “Buddy” gets distribution.

Casting

Alex Wolff and Imogen Poots are set to star in writer/director Joey Klein’s upcoming crime drama “Castle in the Ground.”

Wolff is portraying a teenager in a small town dealing with the untimely death of his mother. He befriends his charismatic but troubled next-door neighbor, who embroils him in a world of addiction and violence just as the opioid epidemic takes hold. Principal photography is currently underway in Sudbury, Canada.

Wolf starred Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” alongside Toni Collette, “House of Tomorrow” opposite Asa Butterfield, and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” alongside Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart and in the recently wrapped untitled Jumanji sequel. Poots’ credits include ” Green Room,” “Frank & Lola,” “Sweet Virginia,” and “The Art of Self-Defense.
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Alex Wolff, Imogen Poots To Topline ‘Castle in the Ground’ Crime Drama From Joey Klein

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Alex Wolff, Imogen Poots To Topline ‘Castle in the Ground’ Crime Drama From Joey Klein
Alex Wolff and Imogen Poots have been tapped to lead writer/director Joey Klein’s crime drama Castle in the Ground, which is being produced by William Woods via his Woods Entertainment banner and Michael Solomon of Band With Pictures.

Production is currently underway in Sudbury, Canada. The plot follows a teenager Henry who, after the untimely death of his mother, befriends his charismatic but troubled next-door neighbor Ana, who embroils Henry in a world of addiction and violence just as the opioid epidemic takes hold of their small town.

Andra Gordon of American Entertainment Investors, who developed the project with Woods and Solomon, will serve as executive producer alongside Tom Spriggs, Rob McGillivray, Ben Stranahan, George Stranahan, John Hansen, Mark Gingras, and John Laing. The pic marks the first project for from financing company Line 200, who financed the film along with Ontario Creates, Nohfc, and Telefilm.

Wolff, recently wrote,
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Anton Yelchin Remembered on 30th Birthday by Parents and Doc Filmmakers

Anton Yelchin Remembered on 30th Birthday by Parents and Doc Filmmakers
Anton Yelchin would have turned 30 today. The young star was burning so bright when he tragically passed away in 2016 following a freak accident with his Jeep that resulted in the actor being ripped from this world far too soon. Now, filmmakers Garret Price and Drake Doremus, in honor of Yelchin's 30th birthday, have unveiled details about their upcoming documentary Love, Antosha.

Love, Antosha was directed by Garret Price, who makes his directorial debut, and produced by Drake Doremus, who worked with Anton Yelchin in Like Crazy. Yelchin's parents, Viktor and Irina, initially approached Doremus to direct it. However, he opted to stay on as a producer, since he felt far too close to the material, and recommended Price instead. Here's what he had to say about it.

"There's a whole audience that needs to learn more about Anton. I met with Viktor and Irina, and they started telling me stories about Anton,
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The Best Movie Villains of the 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: Who — or what — is the best movie villain of the 21st century?

Monique Jones (@moniqueblognet), Just Add Color, Mediaversity Reviews, SlashFilm

I think the best villain I’ve seen this century has been Killmonger from “Black Panther.” I hesitated giving this answer since it seems cliche, especially for me simply because “Black Panther” is one of my favorite films. But I truly feel the Killmonger brought so many different facets to what a villain could be.

To be honest, my title of Best Villain is a tie between Heath Ledger’s Joker and Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger because both are demented philosophers who hit on actual, thought-provoking nuggets of truth. They challenge the heroes of their respective universes and, indeed, make the heroes better people by providing
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