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Claire Forlani Returning For MALLRATS 2

Posted on 30 April 2015 by Rich Drees


Kevin Smith is one step closer to reuniting the complete cast of his 1995 comedy Mallrats for its planned sequel Mallrats 2. Today he announced via Facebook that Claire Forlani, who played Brandy, the fed-up girlfriend of Jeremy London’s T.S. Quint.

Good news for Smith fans, as with her reportedly never being happy with her experience in shooting the original film it appeared that Forlani’s participation could have been a long shot. That leaves the only other long shot returnee from the original cast being the very busy Ben Affleck. No word on whom the other person Smith is hoping to get to return, but it pretty much looks like it is Priscilla Barnes, who played the three-nippled psychic, as Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Shannen Doherty, Michael Rooker, Ethan Suplee, Jason Mewes, Renee Humphrey, Joey Lauren Adams, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Stan Lee, Scott Mosier, Brian O’Halloran, Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson have already committed to reprising their roles.

Mallrats 2 is scheduled to shoot later this year in the Philadelphia area, and we think it will be here.

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Smith Hoping To Get Affleck To Return For MALLRATS 2

Posted on 27 April 2015 by Rich Drees


If you’ve been following the casting for Kevin Smith’s Mallrats 2, you know that he has managed to secure almost the entire cast of the original film to reprise their roles for the comedy sequel. But there has been notable name that has not yet been confirmed – Ben Affleck. Not to worry though, Smith does have a space in the script for Affleck to return to once again play the antagonistic manager of Fashionable Male, Shannon Hamilton, but if not, it won’t damage the story either.

Speaking at an appearance at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, Tennessee as part of the Wild West Comedy Festival (via Comic Book), Smith stated –

I have not reached out to him yet. I am waiting until we have everybody. There’s two more people I want to collect, and that way I have everybody, and I can be like, ‘Come, on dude, even Gil Hicks [the gameshow contestant character played by Brian O’Halloran] is back.’ Now, chances are kind of slim, because he’s Batman now.

Smith pointed out that Affleck’s busy schedule may prohibit it from participating and that the two have not had a chance to speak in two years. But Affleck’s return would be just a small part of the film and if he is unavailable there wouldn’t be a negative impact on the film.

The good news is that we can do it without him if we have to. The even better news is the piece he would play is not like I would need him for a week, he’s in and out. It would be quick… We’ll see whether twenty years of history means anything or it’s like, ‘Sorry, I’ve got Gotham City to protect now.’

In the original 1995 film, Affleck’s character was the new, douchbag boyfriend of Rene (Shannen Doherty) and had no respect for her ex-boyfriend Brodie’s (Jason Lee) lack of shopping agenda. He was seen in the closing moments of the film in prison, having sex in an uncomfortable place. And it wasn’t the back of a Volkswagen.

Smith will be shooting Mallrats 2 later this year, primarily in the Philadelphia area, but will have two days of shooting Los Angeles as well.

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Another Avenger Heading To CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (Spoiler)

Posted on 23 April 2015 by Rich Drees


If one were to consider next summers’ Captain America: Civil War a direct sequel to next week’s The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, you could be forgiven. First off, it had long been thought that if Marvel Studios was going to adapt the Marvel Comics Civil War storyline, it would be in the context of an Avengers film due to size of the superhero cast needed to tell the story. And indeed they are rolling out a number of the other heroes of their cinematic universe to appear including – Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Falcon and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in addition to introducing Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. And maybe Spider-Man.

And now we have another hero joining the film’s ever-expanding cast. I’m not sure if the identity of that hero is a spoiler for Age Of Ultron, so if you would rather not know, turn back now.

While appearing at a promotional event at the London Apple Store, Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomer Elizabeth Olsen was asked if her Age Of Ultron character Scarlet Witch would be appearing in Captain America: Civil War. Stating that she would be reporting for filming in Atlanta in two weeks, she shrugged and said “I guess I’m allowed to talk about that now.”

If you are familiar with the comics version of the Civil War storyline, you may find a clue as to why the character will be appearing the Captain America threequel, though I can’t say, or even hint, for certain as the critics screening for the film I will be attending is still a few days away.

Via Comic Book Movie.


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Ryan Gosling In Negotiations For BLADE RUNNER 2

Posted on 17 April 2015 by Rich Drees


Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to join Harrison Ford in the cast of the upcoming Blade Runner 2. There’s no word as to the character that Gosling will be playing outside of it being a lead role alongside Ford, who will be reprising his role of futuristic replicant hunter Rick Deckard (who, spoiler for a three decades old movie, may be a replicant himself). Understandably, story details

Blade Runner director Ridley Scott is executive producing the project, overseeing Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve who will be calling the shots behind the camera. Original Blade Runner co-screenwriter Hampton Fancher is working on the script for the new film with writer Michael Green, developing an idea conceived by Fancher and Scott.

Landing this role is the latest step by Gosling is in his breakout from indie dramas like Drive to big studio fare. In the upcoming months he will be seen in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe and in Terrence Malick’s Weightless. He is also set to be in Guillermo del Toro’s The Haunted Mansion and is being sought to star opposite Emma Stone in director Damien Chazelle’s La La Land for Lionsgate.

Production is set to start in summer 2016.

Via Deadline.

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Olivia Munn Cast As Psylocke In X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Posted on 13 April 2015 by William Gatevackes

Olivia Munn-mortecaiWhile a good number of people might know her as the woman who sexily ate hot dogs suspended from the ceiling or jumped into a huge pie crust filled with chocolate pudding while wearing a maid’s outfit, Olivia Munn has carved out a serious acting career since she left Attack of the Show. That career has led her to stepping into the spandex of one of the most popular X-Men in X-Men: Apocalypse. Munn has been cast as Betsy Braddock, aka Psylocke, the telepathic ninja mutant co-created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe.

Telepathic ninja mutant? Yes. And that description only scratches the surface of the complex origins of the character.

Psylocke_comic versionClaremont and Trimpe created Braddock to be a supporting character in the Marvek UK comic, Captain Britain, writing her into continuity as the twin sister of the titular hero.

Claremont introduced Betsy to American audiences in New Mutants Annual #2, and soon made her part of the X-Men. But her popularity didn’t really take off until a storyline where here consciousness was swapped into the body of a Japanese assassin named Kwannon. The new status quo, aided by characterization added by Claremont, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri and others, made her one of the breakthrough characters to come out of the mutant books in the 1990s.

At the height of her popularity, Psylocke’s main power was telepathy, which showed itself in the form of a “psychic blade” that extended from the back of her fist. Her new body gifted her with the skills and talents of the ninja, and she eventually gained the power to teleport amongst the shadows.

uxm 509If you had a hard time understanding all of that, don’t worry. It’s dubious little, if any, of that backstory will make it into the films.

This will mark the second appearance of Psylocke in Fox’s X-Franchise. The character, portrayed by Meiling Melancon,  appeared as one of the cadre of mutants Magneto led in X-Men: The Last Stand. If you missed her in that film, it was probably the part of the film where you blinked. The lackluster showing in that film didn’t sit well with fans.

Thankfully, Bryan Singer insured that X-Men: Days of Future Past eradicated X-Men: The Last Stand from the film’s continuity line. Psylocke isn’t the only character from that film that will be reinvented in X-Men: Apocalypse. Angel, who was played by Ben Foster in the 2006 film, will return in the new film, portrayed by British actor Ben Hardy.

We don’t know exactly how big of an appearance Psylocke will be making in this film, but Olivia Munn has received some good notices for her work in The Newsroom and Magic Mike, so the role should be larger than it was in 2006. This marks the second comic book film for Munn, as she appeared in a small role in Iron Man 2.

Via: Coming Soon.


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KINGSMAN’s Sofia Boutella Lands STAR TREK 3 Lead

Posted on 10 April 2015 by Rich Drees


Sofia Boutella has signed to take a lead role in Paramount’s upcoming Star Trek 3. The Algerian-born actress has already made an impression earlier this year as the blade-footed assassin in Matthew Vaughn’s The Kingsmen. This is the first role that the actress has landed since The Kingsmen‘s premier and the first casting announcement for the upcoming installment in the franchise.

Given the usual secretive nature surrounding the Star Trek franchise, it should come as no surprise that there is absolutely no clue as to the nature of the role that Boutella will be playing. She could be human, Vulcan, Klingon or something else.

What we do know is that Justin Lin will be helming the film and working from a screenplay by Doug Jung and cast member Simon Pegg. It is expected that the rest of the franchise’s original cast – Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto,Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Zoe Saldana – will return.

Via Deadline.

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Scarlett Johansson Courted For Lead In CREATURE OF THE BLACK LAGOON Remake

Posted on 10 April 2015 by Rich Drees


Scarlett Johansson is increasingly becoming the go-to girl for genre projects. Outside of her ongoing role as Black Widow in Marvel Studio’s Avengers, Iron Man and Captain America films, she has appeared in the science-fiction action pic Lucy, the science-fiction thriller Under The Skin and the comic book adaptations The Spirit and Ghost World in addition to the upcoming live-action adaptation of the classic anime Ghost In The Shell. And it appears as if she may be adding another high-profile genre project to that list – Universal’s in development remake of The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

The Tracking Board is reporting that Johansson has been approached to take the lead in the remake of the studio’s classic 1954 monster movie. If the new version follows the original, this would make her Kay Lawrence, a scientist who is part of an expedition up the Amazon to search from a rumored creature that may provide valuable information for evolutionary theory.

This latest remake attempt by the studio is part of their overall plans for a extended cinematic universe connecting a number of Universal’s classic horror monster franchises. Last year’s Dracula Untold was the first installment with the studio lining up director Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy for June 24, 2016 with an Untitled Universal Monster Franchise Film scheduled for April 27, 2017. If Universal is looking to plug Creature in there, they will need to get a move one. As of now, all the studio has is a screenplay that has been worked on by Jeff Blitz, Gary Ross, Tedi Sarafian and Paul Schering. Outside of Johansson, there has been no word on casting and there is no director hired. Producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are currently overseeing Universal’s monster universe plans.

Directed by Jack Arnold, the original Creature From The Black Lagoon was the first in a trilogy that marked the last hurrah of the studio’s run of monster films. The studio has been trying to get a remake mounted since 1982 when John Landis was involved. Over the years John Carpenter, Gary Ross, Carl Rinsch, Breck Eisner and Guillermo Del Toro have all made an attempt to bring the Creature to the big screen but those version all failed to materialize for one reason or another.

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Will Ernie Hudson Play T’Chaka In BLACK PANTHER?

Posted on 08 April 2015 by William Gatevackes

ErnieHudsonWWPIt’s time for my least favorite pastime: what rumor is El Mayimbe spreading today. The often-wrong head honcho of Latino Review has scoop that says Ernie Hudson is circling the role of T’Chaka in Black Panther. El Mayimbe’s proof? Hudson has been hitting the gym and picking up back issues of Marvel Comic’s Black Panther featuring the character.

El Mayimbe doesn’t reveal his source, perish the thought, but if I were a betting man, I’d put money on Hudson’s agent. This story has the feel of that classic Hollywood chestnut of an actor’s representative planting a story about a studio looking at their client in order to drum up interest from said studio.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Hudson as an actor. But his career is firmly in the B-Movie/TV guest appearance mode, not the type of star Marvel typically leans to for roles like this. Granted, T’Chaka, who is the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda and father to T’Challa, the titular Black Panther, isn’t a big role, but it is a pivotal one. Judging from Marvel’s casting history, it’s likely they would consider an actor with a higher profile and perhaps a better resume than Hudson.

Another thing to consider is that as of yet no director has been announced for the film. Unless T’Chaka is going to appear in another film before he appears in Black Panther, I’d expect a director be picked first before any supporting character.

However, I do believe in doing due diligence, so I contacted one of my go-to sources, one that always guides me down a truthful path, and one that is as reliable, if not more so, than any of El Mayimbe’s sources. I contacted “Ask the Eight Ball.” It said “My Sources Say No” when asked if Hudson was up for a role in Black Panther. So, there you have it.

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Hugh Jackman Announces He’ll Play Wolverine “One Last Time”

Posted on 30 March 2015 by Rich Drees


It would be hard, if not impossible, to argue that Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the mutant superhero Wolverine was one of the big factors in making the first X-Men film a franchise launching hit. But after a decade and a half of playing the role, it looks as if Jackman is ready to retract his claws.

Over the weekend, Jackman posted a picture to his Instagram account of his hands sporting his famous claws with the caption “WOLVERINE …ONE LAST TIME”. Director James Mangold tweeted out a link to the picture, confirming that the pairs planned Wolverine solo film set for March 3, 2017 would be that film.

The news will probably come as a disappointment to some fans, but they knew that this day had to come at some point. Jackman is the only actor to appear in every single released film of the superhero team franchise, although he has not been confirmed as showing up in next summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

This announcement does seem to be in sharp contrast to statements that Jackman had been making earlier in the year that he would be content to play the character until he died. So why is this now his last hurrah as the character? Did Jackman have a change of heart? Or have the producers or even the studio Twentieth century Fox decide to either let the character rest for the time being or recast the role? Could their be some hardball contract negotiations going on right now behind the scenes?

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Jack Huston Cast As THE CROW, Jessica Brown Findlay As Shelley

Posted on 16 March 2015 by William Gatevackes


With comic book films setting records at the box office and remakes being all the rage, it was no surprise that Alex Proyas’ 1994 The Crow would be remade. Where the surprise came in is how hard it was for the remake to actually get done. The film has been in development since 2008, has had no less than three directors and six actors attached to the project, but no positive momentum on the film. However, all of that might have changed.

James O’Barr, creator of The Crow comic book and consultant on the film, was at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention this past weekend. On Saturday, he hosted a Crow Q&A session, and he gave the crowd some scoop.

8289O’Barr stated that Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston has been cast as the lead, Eric Draven. If this is true, then Jack Huston follows in the steps of Bradley Cooper and Luke Evans, both who where linked to the role but left after production delays caused conflicts with other films. Both have gone on to greater success after leaving the project, Cooper to Oscar Nomination glory and Evans to genre film stardom, so Huston has that to look forward to if all of this does not pan out.

This is not the first dance Huston has had with comic book movie stardom. He signed a test deal with Marvel back in 2012 for Guardians of the Galaxy, supposedly testing for the role of Peter Quill. The role eventually went to Chris Pratt.

pdc_jessicabrownfindlay3The Crow creator also said that Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay has been cast as Draven’s true love, Shelley. Brown Findlay left the popular British drama in 2012, attempting to strike out in a film career. She has appeared in last year’s Winter’s Tale and Lullaby.

O’Barr also said the the film will skew closer to the comic than the 1994 original and the special effects will be done in a more conventional fashion rather than in CGI. He also said that the film will be shot at Pinewood Studios in Wales and in Belgium starting this Spring. The film shooting at Pinewood Studios location was later confirmed Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones. This location is convenient as Hutson is Welsh and Brown Findlay British.

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