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Matt Bomer Signs For MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Remake

Posted on 15 May 2015 by Rich Drees


Matt Bomer, star USA Network’s White Collar, has signed on to MGM’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.

This version, to be directed by Antione Fuqua, is a remake of the classic western directed by John Sturges, which itself was a restting of Akira Kurosawa’s classic samurai tale Seven Samurai. In each iteration of the story seven outsiders are hired by the residents of a poor community to protect them from terrorizing outlaws. For this new version, Haley Bennet plays the woman who recruits the Seven to protect their town. Bomer will play her husband.

Bomer will be joining a pretty heavyweight cast that already includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wagner Moura and Jason Momoa.

Via Hollywood Reporter.

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Is Asa Butterfield Your Next SPIDER-MAN?

Posted on 14 May 2015 by William Gatevackes

asaWell, he was the person with the most experience on the shortlist.

Latino Review is reporting that British actor Asa Butterfield is in final negotiations with Marvel to take over the role of Peter Parker in Marvel’s and Sony’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. The site says that it is all down to formalities now and an official announcement should be coming soon.

Butterfield is 18 but looks 12, so he should have a long career as the web-slinger, just as long as everyone involved doesn’t decide to reboot the franchise again. At the very least, they should get two or three films with him in high school before he ages out of the role.

Latino Review also states that Butterfield will make his first appearance as the character, as rumored, in Captain America: Civil War. That film has started production, so if that is true, he’ll probably have to head to the set immediately after he signs his contract.


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Radcliffe, DeHaan And Krokidas Re-Team For YOUNG AMERICANS

Posted on 08 May 2015 by Rich Drees


Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas will be reuniting with his two stars Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan for Young Americans. The film, whose script landed on the Black List back in 2010 under the title College Republicans, centers on future Republican strategists Lee Atwater and Karl Rove in 1973 when Rove was making a run for national president of the College Republicans organization. Radcliffe will be playing Atwater and DeHaan will be Rove.

Atwater and Rove have carved themselves a legacy for having engineered political campaigns that used tactics that could be considered legally and ethically questionable. Atwater ultimately rose to become chairman of the Republican National Committee and campaign manager for President George Herbert Walker Bush. Rove would manage George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. By becoming a key advisor to the president during his eight years in office, he earned the nickname “Bush’s Brain.”

In 1990, after being diagnosed with brain cancer, Atwater converted to Catholicism and sent apologizes to many of the politicians he felt he wronged with his tactics over the years.

Rove has previously been depicted on film by Toby Jones in Oliver Stone’s W.

Radcliffe is of course perhaps best known for the Harry Potter franchise, but post-Potter he has taken on a variety of roles that have shown a flexibility that he didn’t get a chance to display in that franchise. DeHaan has previously gained experience playing villains in both Chronicle and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Previously the script had been set to go with director Richard Linklater attached and Shia LaBeouf and Paul Dano set to star as Lee Atwater and Karl Rove.

Via Deadline.

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Production Starts On CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Synopsis And Cast List Released

Posted on 07 May 2015 by William Gatevackes


The promotional rounds for Avengers: Age of Ultron has just finished and the cast already has to go back to work. Marvel has announced that Captain America: Civil War has started production, and if you were like me and thought Avengers: Age of Ultron had too many characters, well, Marvel seems willing to show what too many characters really looks like.

The cast list takes up three full paragraphs in the press release (well, on small paragraph, one normal sized paragraph, and one enormous paragraph). I put them here in list form, so you can see the sheer volume of characters.

  1. Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
  2. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
  3. Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
  4. Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
  5. Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon
  6. Paul Bettany as The Vision
  7. Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
  8. Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine
  9. Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
  10.  Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
  11. Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther
  12. Emily VanCamp  as Sharon Carter/Agent 13
  13. Daniel Brühl
  14. Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones
  15. William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross
  16. Martin Freeman

That’s sixteen characters of some importance in the film. That’s all the Avengers other than Hulk, Thor and Quicksilver. That’s Paul Rudd making his second appearance as Ant-Man. That’s William Hurt returning from the Marvel film time forgot, Incredible Hulk. And that’s without Spider-Man, who has yet to be cast but is supposed to be in the film. Granted, you are going to need a lot of heroes if the good guys are going to fight each other, but my main rule of comic book movies is the more characters you have, the less likely the film will be good. Avengers: Age of Ultron suffered because the time spent introducing Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Vision took away from making Ultron a more interesting character and his motivations more clear and believable.

We also get a synopsis for the film, the contents of which should come as a shock to no one.

“Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.

This follows along with the synopsis of the comic book Civil War as much as it can, with the Avengers taking place of the New Warriors from the book. In the comic, the New Warriors mishandling of a nuclear powered villain resulted in the destruction of Stamford, Connecticut and the deaths of a lot of innocent men, women and children. Most of the New Warriors died in the blast, so it is unlikely that the same will happen here. However, it will have to be big, because the team [SPOILER ALERT] just let a major Eastern European city blow up without much repercussions.

Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. It is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016.

Via Newsarama.

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Posted on 07 May 2015 by Rich Drees


Even though production is already underway in Atlanta, Captain America: Civil War is still adding to its cast. The threequel’s latest addition is Emily VanCamp, who will be returning to reprise her Captain America: The Winter Soldier role of Agent 13.

VanCamp joins Chris Evans (Steve Rogers), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Daniel Bruhl (Baron von Zemo), Martin Freeman in a role to be determined and an actor whom has yet to be named as Spider-Man.

In Winter Soldier, VanCamp’s Agent 13 posed as Stave Rogers/Captain America’s neighbor under the orders of SHIELD director Mick Fury to keep an eye on and protect the superhero. In the comics, Agent 13 is an alias of Sharon Carter, niece of Peggy Carter and sometimes love interest for Steve Rogers, though the movies haven’t revealed the real name of their Agent 13.


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Martin Freeman Joins CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 Cast

Posted on 05 May 2015 by Rich Drees


Martin Freeman is the latest actor to be joining Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which is currently shooting in Atlanta under the direction of Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

There is no word as to what character Freeman will be playing, but he will be joining Chris Evans (Steve Rogers), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Daniel Bruhl (Baron von Zemo) and an actor whom has yet to be named as Spider-Man.

With such a cast, it is certainly seeming as if Civil War is shaping up to be a pretty much direct sequel from this past weekend’s The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. If anything it will serve as a good warm up for the two before they embark on the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, which should feature just about every person we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far.

Freeman’s arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe means that the actor could conceivably share screen time with his Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, who was cast last year as the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. That is, if his character makes it out of the film alive.

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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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