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Ken Marino And Kate McKinnon Join Jared Hess Comedy

Posted on 01 July 2014 by Rich Drees

New York Premiere Of "The Ten"It’s a bit hard to believe, but next month will mark the 10th anniversary of the release of director Jared Hess’s Napoleon Dynamite. At the tie of its release, the film’s quirky, unique sensibilities made me wonder if director Jared Hess was the “next major new comedy voice.” Well, since then, it doesn’t seem as if Hess has managed to live up to the promise of his first film, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t given up hoping for more from that does. Perhaps his next film will be the one, as it is being announced that Ken Marino and Kate McKinnon have been added to the cast of his upcoming heist comedy Loomis Fargo.

Kate-MckinnonEver since he was a member of the comedy troupe The State, Marino has been honing some fine comedic chops, while McKinnon has quickly emerged as one of Saturday Night Live‘s current Most Valuable Players. The teaming of the two is exciting in itself, regardless of who the director they’ll be working with is.

Loomis Fargo will star Zach Galifianakis stars as an sarmored car guard who gets framed for a $20 million heist and sets out to find the gang, lead by Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig, who betrayed him. Marino will play a neighbor in the snooty suburban neighborhood where Wilson, Wiig and the rest are hiding out, while cKinnon will be playing Galifianakis’s overbearing fiancee.

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Posted on 26 June 2014 by William Gatevackes

scoot mcnairyAn already crowded cast gets a little bit more crowded.

Deadline is reporting that actor Scoot McNairy (12 Years a Slave, Killing Them Softly) has been cast in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The casting has not been officially announced, so no word on who McNairy will be playing is available.

McNairy is a chameleon-like actor, so any speculation as to who he might be playing could very well end in madness. He could play anything from a street level criminal to a LexCorp scientist to a cop to a member of the Justice League.

This marks a reunion of sorts for McNairy, who acted with and was directed by Ben Affleck in Argo. I wonder if that played a role in the casting.

Fans of comic book films will recognize McNairy from his role as Jackson Norris, the reporter who interviews Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery in the Marvel One-Shot, All Hail the King.

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Shane Black Has Met With Chris Hemsworth About DOC SAVAGE

Posted on 24 June 2014 by Rich Drees

ChrisHemsworthFollowing on the heels of Iron Man 3, writer/director Shane Black has suddenly found himself in high demand. Just today we learned that he will be overseeing the rebooting of the Predator franchise for 20th Century Fox while it looks like his 1970s crime film The Nice Guys which Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe have been circling could be shooting by year’s end. But the project that I am most interested in his plan to bring the classic 1930s and 40s pulp hero Doc Savage to the big screen.

Embarrassingly, I have to admit that in my first read through of the Hollywood Reporter story about Black taking on the Predator franchise that I missed a little nugget down towards the bottom in regards to the status of the Doc Savage film –

[Black] recently met with Chris Hemsworth for the title role, but it’s unclear when that project would shoot since it’s still grappling with budgetary issues. Sony, however, does consider Savage one of its priorities.

Personally, Hemsworth seems like a solid choice and the role could conceivably give the actor another franchise character to play that would in part be dependent on his physicality but would be a markedly different role than his work as Thor in Marvel Studios’ superhero films.

Previously, Doc has been played on the screen by Ron Ely in producer George Pal’s 1975 Doc Savage: Man Of Bronze. He did a good job in bringing the character to life although the film was plagued with a screenplay that went overboard into camp.

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Confirmation Coming In For Momoa As Aquaman

Posted on 17 June 2014 by Rich Drees


Independent confirmation is starting to be reported that corroborates initial reports from this past weekend that Jason Momoa has been cast to appear in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and the planned Justice League movie from Warner Brothers. The Hollywood Reporter is stating that their own sources are confirming what HitFix originally reported on Saturday, that the Game Of Thrones actor will appear as the undersea superhero Aquaman in the interconnected comic book adaptations.

The story itself has become widely reported over the last few days, but almost always being sourced back to the original HitFix article. The Reporter’s independent confirmation gives more credence to the news, even if Warner Brothers has not yet made any official announcement. Unless, of course, both sites’ sources are the same.

HitFix is reporting that Aquaman “will not have a major role in [Batman V Superman], but he will make an appearance, and it definitely sets him up to return once Snyder gets to Justice League.”

Interestingly, it has been now four days since HitFix’s story broke and Warner Brothers has neither confirmed nor denied the casting of Momoa. Does silence equal acquiescence or does it mean that the whole thing is beneath them to comment on. Odds are that we will find out in just a few weeks at San Diego Comic Con.

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Cumberbatch, Hardy Being Considered For DOCTOR STRANGE

Posted on 06 June 2014 by William Gatevackes

cumberbarch hardy dr, strangeWhile Ant-Man flounders in the wake of losing its director, Doctor Strange is pressing full steam ahead, even though it hasn’t been officially announced yet.

One had to expect that after Scott Derrickson was named director of the film, the casting rumors would stat coming fast and furious. And they have.

Deadline is reporting that Marvel has started a wish list of actors they’d like to play Stephen Strange and on the top of that list is Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy.

Now would be the time to mention that we at that “apple-pie-in-the-sky” period of casting rumors, where the actors named might actually be the ones Marvel wants, they might not actually be the actors Marvel gets.

That being said, if Marvel does cast Cumberbatch as Strange, they can just take my money now. I’ll camp out in the theater and wait for the film to arrive. However, Cumberbatch has been mentioned before in geek cred properties and not signed on (namely Star Wars). So, I’m not holding my breath.

Hardy is an interesting choice. Most people might only know him as the barely-audible Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, but he is definitely a skilled actor. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the role.

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Movement On DOCTOR STRANGE–Derrickson As Director, Leto Possibly As Lead

Posted on 03 June 2014 by William Gatevackes


Well, I guess this solves the mystery as to what another of Marvel’s mystery Phase Three films will be.

Variety is reporting that The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister director Scott Derrickson is in has been hired to helm the long-rumored Doctor Strange film. The director confirmed the hiring via a Tweet.

Derrickson has a reputation as a low-cost, big return talent. The Exorcism of Emily Rose made seven times its budget back worldwide, and the $3 million dollar budgeted Sinister made over $77 million, worldwide. Even his remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still, which failed to make its budget back domestically, made over $233 million world wide. Surely this played a role in Marvel’s decision.

jared-letoBadass Digest’s Devin Faraci adds that Derrickson will also take a pass at the script, as he is wont to do on films he directs. Faraci also states that newly-minted Oscar winner Jared Leto is the latest name on Marvel’s wish list to play the good doctor, a move he doesn’t act kindly to.

I am not familiar with Derrickson work, but he seems to be a fan. And Leto is riding high on a lot of buzz right now, and even if he rubs you the wrong way, he’s an actor that takes every role he’s cast in seriously.

So far we know that Ant-Man is set for a July 31, 2015 release, with Captain America 3 following on May 6, 2016. As of now Marvel have July 8, 2016 and May 5, 2017 staked out for as yet unannounced films and conceivably Dr. Strange could slide into one of these berths easily. Judging by how their previous two phases have unfolded, I would guess that 2017 will see one more film and early 2018 will give us the third Avengers film. With Dr. Strange now slated for one of those three spots, speculation will begin as to what characters will take the other two spots, as they will probably be needed to help set elements involving intergalactic villain Thanos for his expected appearance in Avengers 3. Will it be sequels to Thor and Guardians Of The Galaxy, or new characters such as The Inhumans or Black Panther? I believe we’ll find out a lot in several weeks at San Diego Comic Con.


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Lupita Nyong’o And Gwendoline Christie Added To STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Cast

Posted on 02 June 2014 by Rich Drees


When the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII was announced at the end of April, there was some grumbling in the fan community that the new trilogy of films were going to be a bit male-centric. Of the seven new names announced for the film, only one was female – Daisy Ridley. Even with Ridley standing alongside the returning Carrie Fischer, the movie was starting to look like a sausage party, and it bothered a number of fans of both genders.

Lucasfilm has announced the addition of two new actors to the cast, and their signing on should help balance out the gender inequality that some were seeing. Joining everyone else in a galaxy far away will be the recently Academy Award-nominated Lupita Nyong’o And Game Of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie.

Although there is no word as to the size of their roles or even their characters’ names, I would say that both these actresses are great gets for the film. Nyong’o’s potential involvement had been rumored for some time now and having just been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in 12 Years A Slave her services are in high demand. Christie, as a cast member of Game Of Thrones, brings with her some genre fandom cache.

In a press release, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy stated –

I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.

Nyong’o and Christie will be joining Ridley, Fischer, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max Von Sydow.


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Josh Brolin Voicing Thanos For GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY And More

Posted on 31 May 2014 by Rich Drees

josh-brolin1The ultimate bad guy in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has found his voice. The studio has cast Josh Brolin to be the voice of the intergalactic conqueror Thanos in the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy. And given that Thanos was revealed at the end of 2012’s The Avengers to have been the supplier of that film’s invading alien army, it is a good bet that we’ll be seeing/hearing more from him in the future.

But when exactly Thanos will reappear seems to be a matter of debate. Variety and The Wrap are both reporting that Thanos will make an appearance in next summer’s The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. However, HitFix’s Drew McWeeny is reporting that it won’t be until after Age Of Ultron that he’ll be making his next appearance; “He’s not in “Age Of Ultron.” None of the stuff from the “Guardians” end of the galaxy is yet. That’s Phase 3.”

It is not clear yet if Brolin will be performing the motion-capture required to bring the character to life. For Avengers, Marvel cast actor/stuntman Damion Poitier to play Thanos for the character’s momentary appearance, but studio chief Kevin Feige had stated in the past that there was the possibility of recasting the part.


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Cuaron Not Returning To HARRY POTTER Franchise For FANTASTIC BEASTS Spinoff Afterall

Posted on 26 May 2014 by Rich Drees


It appears as if last week‘s report that Alfonso Cuaron was in talks to return to the Harry Potter franchise for the spin-off film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them may have been a bit premature.

Speaking with the Spanish outlet EFE (via Digital Spy), the director of Potter installment The Prisoner Of Azkaban as well as the Oscar-winner Gravity, stated that he doesn’t wish his next project to be another visual effects-laden piece.

[Directing Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban] was a very beautiful experience for me. I have a lot of love for that universe and I tremendously admire JK Rowling, but today, for the present, projects based around lots of visual effects don’t attract me… I’m coming out of a five-year process of doing visual effects and now I sort of want to clean my palate of that a little bit.

Given the amount of effects work he did with Gravity and Prisoner Of Azkaban and to lesser degree before that Children Of Men, I can see where he is coming from and it is hard to blame him for wanting to get back to some more basic, simple filmmaking. Besides, if it ultimately leads him to producing another character drama like 2001’s Y Tu Mamá También that can’t be at all a bad thing, now can it?

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Channing Tatum is GAMBIT

Posted on 13 May 2014 by William Gatevackes

tatum gambitSometimes, dreams really do come true in Hollywood. It’s not every actor who could get his dream role simply by asking for it, but that appears to be what happened here. Of course, it helps that it is an A-list star such as Channing Tatum doing the asking.

For those of you who have not been following the story, Channing Tatum expressed an interest in bringing his favorite X-Man, Gambit, to the big screen during a White House Down press junket. In return, Lauren Shuler Donner, producer of the X-Men films, showed great enthusiasm for a Gambit film starring Tatum. All that was standing in the way was studio approval.

Well, it looks like Fox gave the go ahead, because Shuler Donner confirmed Tatum as Gambit in an interview with Total Film on red carpet at the premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past:

Now, some might say that there is some ambiguity in Shuler Donner’s statement. However, The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit was quick to jump on Twitter with a confirmation:

So it is now thatit is officially official, let’s have a moment of silence for Taylor Kitsch, who had the character pulled out right from under him. Sorry, dude. That must sting.

We’ll have to see if Tatum’s X-Men: Apocalypse role will be a cameo, a supporting role, or a post-credits scene. But whatever it is, it will most likely set up his solo film in some way.

Again, I think this is a savvy move on Fox’s part. With Hugh Jackman making rumblings that his time as Wolverine might be coming to an end, having a popular character from the comics played by an actor with appeal from both genders in the film pipeline as a replacement is a nice bit of security.

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