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Brace Yourself, FROZEN 2 Is Coming

Posted on 12 March 2015 by William Gatevackes

FrozencastIf you are like me, then your kid has just started to let you listen to something other than the Frozen soundtrack in the car and they have stopped watching Frozen on a continuous cycle at home. Leave it to Disney to make this only a brief respite from all things Frozen.

Another tidbit of information to come from the Disney shareholders meeting is that Frozen 2 is officially in development at the studio. Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are set to return to helm the sequel. No cast confirmed as of yet, but since Josh Gad appeared at the meeting to make the announcement, one assumes that he will be returning to voice Olaf the Snowman.

The first film’s smash success caught Disney by surprise, as the company’s typically savvy merchandising arm had a hard time keeping Frozen merchandise on store shelves. The film went on to become the highest grossing animated film of all time and win Oscars for Best Animated Film and Best Song. I, myself, am a fan of the film, but not as much as my five-year old daughter is. The film has become a cultural touchstone for her the same way the first Star Wars films were for my generation.

No plot details are known nor is a release date is set, but I’d imagine that it will correspond to the completion of turning the Epcot’s Maelstrom ride into a Frozen themed attraction (rumored to be completed in 2016), part of a rumored permanent Frozen installation in Epcot’s Norway Pavillion (No date yet known). That is cold comfort for parents who will now be bombarded by pestering kids asking them when Frozen 2 will be coming out. To tide them over, take them to Cinderella this weekend, so they can see the new short film, Frozen Fever, which continues the story from the first film.

Via: Frozen’s Facebook Page

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CLERKS III To Shoot In Philadelphia This Summer

Posted on 12 March 2015 by Rich Drees

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith made his bones with films set and primarily shot in his home state of New Jersey. He even called his first three films – Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy – as his “Jersey Trilogy”, before the number of interconnected films reached six.

So it does come as a bit of a surprise that his forthcoming Clerks III will not be shooting in the environs of Red Bank that Smith has previously used but instead will go into production in the next state over – Pennsylvania. Smith tweeted earlier today –

As Smith indicates, this is not his first foray into the Keystone State for filming. In addition to partly shooting Jersey Girl in Philadelphia, he also shot a portion of his religious satire Dogma and the entirety of the comedy Jack And Miri Make A Porno in Pittsburgh. (And tangentially, Clerks co-star Brian O’Halloran appeared in a sequence in M. Night Shayalaman’s The Happening shot outside of Philadelphia in Valley Forge.)

The reason for the change in filming locations? Purely economic according to the Pittsburgh Business Times

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has allocated a film tax credit for $2.11 million for the production of Clerks III, which slated to shoot in Philadelphia. On March 9, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office issued a crew call for Clerks III indicating the production is expected to take five weeks and begin shooting in Philly in early June.

While this is exciting news for Smith fans who live in the Philadelphia area (and those of us a short drive away), I dare say that the director is not abandoning New Jersey entirely. If there are some scenes set within the actual iconic Quick Stop, I can guarantee you that he will head back to Red Bank to shoot there. But other than that, let the speculation about what this news could mean begin.

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STAR WARS Spin-Off Named, Sequel Release Date Set

Posted on 12 March 2015 by William Gatevackes

StarWarsLogoAnnual shareholder meetings are designed to do two things. One, let shareholders know how great the past year was and, two, let them know how great the upcoming year will be. And when it comes to Disney, the past was great, and the future is rosy. To so how rosy, Disney revealed some heretofore unconfirmed info about their upcoming projects.

Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spinoff project has received an official title, and that title will be Rogue One (or, more likely, Star Wars: Rogue One). The film stars Oscar-nominee Felicity Jones and is set to begin filming this summer with a December 2016 release date.

Speaking of release dates, Star Wars VIII will return to the franchise’s typical  Memorial Day Weekend release with a May 26, 2017 release date. Disney also confirmed that Rian Johnson (Looper) will be taking over from J.J. Abrams for the sequel, assuming the role as writer and director.

If you have been paying attention, this means that we will have a new Star Wars film a year for the next three years, and probably more. And that Disney will be releasing Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Star Wars VIII just two weeks away from each other.

Via Benzinga

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ZOOLANDER 2 Is A Go, Gets February 2016 Release Date

Posted on 10 March 2015 by Rich Drees

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Get ready for the return of Blue Steel!

Paramount Pictures has set a February 12, 2016 release date for Zoolander 2, the long in-development sequel to Ben Stiller’s 2001 comedy about airhead male model Derek Zoolander. The announcement came at Paris Fashion Week today with Stiller and co-star Owen Wilson walking the Valentino Fashion Show finale runway in character.

Variety managed to catch a portion of it in the Vine video below.

The sequel is co-written by Stiller and his Tropic Thunder collaborator Justin Theroux, with Theroux set to direct.

A return of Stiller’s Zoolander character is something I had been looking forward to for some time. The original film only grossed $60 million in its original release just a few weeks after 9/11, but over time has gathered for itself a sizeable cult following, so I can see why Stiller and Paramount would be interested in going back to this well. But I have to admit that after the lackluster Anchorman 2, I feel a little bit more gun shy about a follow up after so many years. Hopefully Stiller and Theroux will fare better.

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And Now We’re Getting A Male-Lead GHOSTBUSTERS Film As Well

Posted on 09 March 2015 by Rich Drees

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If the idea of the female-centric Ghostbusters that Paul Feig is getting ready to shoot has left you cold, then maybe this will be more to your liking.

Deadline is reporting that in addition to the aforementioned reboot of the horro-comedy franchise, the studio is now in the process of developing second Ghostbusters film which will be more male-driven as a possible starring vehicle for Channing Tatum. There is no word if the films will be connected in some way or if they will remain separate entities.

In association with Ghostbuster franchise creator Dan Aykroyd and original films director/producer Ivan Reitman, the studio has founded Ghostcorps, an in-house production company whose mission is to further expand the franchise in film as well as other avenues.

Taking the creative helm of this new iteration of Ghostbusters are Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo and Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pierce. The Russo Brothers have signed a first-look deal with the studio just last week, a move which many have speculated was a prelude to them possibly taking over the Spider-Man franchise, now that Sony was going to be sharing the character with Marvel Studios.

As Reitman explained to Deadline

We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment… This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy. Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016. He’s got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following year. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies.

The Russo Brothers have long been touted by fans as a great replacement to take charge of Marvel Studios’ third Avengers epic, the two part Infinity War, if Avengers and Avengers: Age Of Ultron director Joss Whedon follows through on his hints about possibly leaving the franchise for other opportunities. But with those two films scheduled for a 2018 and 2019 release respectively, they could conceivably still shoot their Ghostbusters film in 2016 before needing to report to Marvel for Infinity War.

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Is Drew Goddard Writing/Directing Rebooted SPIDER-MAN Solo Film?

Posted on 03 March 2015 by Rich Drees

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Perhaps the biggest news story of the year so far is the February announcement of the deal that Marvel Studios and Sony reached an agreement to jointly share the film rights to Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, having the famous webslinger first appear in a Marvel Studios film, most likely 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, before headlining a new solo film for Sony and then finally swinging back to the main Marvel Cinematic Universe for 2018 and 2019’s two-part Avengers: Infinity War epic. The news meant that current Spider-franchise steward director Marc Webb was out the door, along with the current actor playing Peter Parker/Spider-Man Andrew Garfield. Vacancies that the studio is now working hard at filling.

There’s been no official word yet as to who will be stepping behind the camera to oversee that new solo film, but rumor is starting to circulate that Sony is interested in getting Cabin In The Woods writer/director Drew Goddard for the job.

DrewGoddardGoddard is a good and fairly obvious choice for the studio to pursue. Before the big franchise shakeup, Goddard was hard at work on a planned Spidey spinoff film featuring the villain group the Sinister Six. Reportedly, the new Spider-Man solo film, now possibly titled The Spectacular Spider-Man after one of the hero’s several ongoing monthly comics titles, will be a reworking of the storyline he was developing for that film.

The story of Goddard’s involvement with the new Spider-Man solo film is originating from Latino Review, a sit we are normally skeptical of. But it looks like both The Wrap and Drew McWeeny over at Hit Fix are hearing similar things from their sources, so I am willing to put a bot more stock in it.In addition to confirming the basic story, McWeeny added that his own sources have told him that Sony is looking at possibly having one Spider-Man film in theaters per year, something that the franchise-lite studio had been hoping to do for some time now. The Wrap cautions that Goddard doesn’t have the job yet, but will be meeting with the studio this week. However, he may be just one of several meetings that the studio is taking before making their final decision.

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RED SONJA Has New Writer Attached

Posted on 03 March 2015 by Rich Drees

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Production Company Nu Image/Millennium Films have attached a new writer to their in development Red Sonja film, which is perhaps not as big a news item as the fact that Nu Image/Millennium Films still have their Red Sonja film in development.

Screenwriter Christopher Cosmos, a former VP at production company Benderspink, has been tapped for the gig. Although he has sold a number of spec scripts since leaving his executive job, none have gone into production yet.

The character was originally conceived by Conan the Barbarian pulp writer Robert E. Howard, but really owes her popularity to Conan comic book writer Roy Thomas, who developed the character first in the pages of the 1970s Conan comic and then in her own book. She was previously brought to the big screen in 1985 with Brigitte Nielson in the title role. It did not fare well at the box office nor with critics.

Writer/director Robert Rodriguez famously was developing a Red Sonja project for his then-girlfriend, actress Rose McGowan. Writer/director Doug Aarniokoski also took a stab at the property but yielded no results.

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LEGO MOVIE Sequel Now Known As THE LEGO MOVIE SEQUEL, Gets Director

Posted on 25 February 2015 by Rich Drees

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With The Lego Movie directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord juggling a number of different projects, including that perplexing 21 Jump Street/ Men In Black crossover film at Sony, Warners has been left to find someone who could take over directing duties on a sequel to last summer’s hit movie. The studio has found that person in the form of Rob Schrab.

Although this will be Scrab’s first feature film, he comes with a resume of directing for a number of edgy and quirky television series including The Sarah Silverman Program, Community, Workaholics and The Mindy Project. In addition to his television directing work, Schrab co-wrote the 2006 animated feature Monster House with Community creator Dan Harmon. Previously, the two created the cult-hit pilot Heat Vision And Jack. Schrab and Harmon were members of the Wisconsin comedy improve troupe The Dead Alewives. Harmon also co-wrote on Scrab’s indie comic, Scud, The Disposable Assassin, which was optioned by Oliver Stone back in the mid-90s.

Lord and Miller are still attached to write and produce the film, though I would not be surprised if Schrab participated in the scripting process.

The sequel, now officially titled The Lego Movie Sequel, is set to be in theaters in 2018, after two other Lego-themed movies – A Ninjago film in 2016 and a film featuring The Lego Movie’s version of Batman as voiced by Will Arnett.

I have been a fan of Scrab’s work going all the way back to his days on Scud, one of the first indie comic book series that really stood out for me as having a unique point of view in a field that all-too-often was feeling as if it had nothing to offer but cookie-cutter options. A look at his resume certainly suggests that he has continued to ply that worldview through his television work to varying degrees, making him a rather good fit for the job of extending out the crazy and creative world that Miller and Lord have already laid out.

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Could Sony’s SPIDER-MAN Be Black Or Latino?

Posted on 23 February 2015 by William Gatevackes

ultimate_comics_spider-man_6_miles_morales2If you got tired of the fanboy complainings after Michael B. Jordan was cast as the Human Torch, just wait, because you have seen nothing yet.

The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider told the Meet the Movie Press podcast that his sources tell them that Sony is seriously considering making the new Spider-Man a non-white actor, going so much as to say that there is a 95% chance that the role will be portrayed by a black or Latino actor. Sneider then went on to clarify that even though Marvel has a Black Hispanic Spider-Man named Miles Morales, seen above, that Sony might not be using that version of Spider-Man, instead recasting Peter Parker as a different ethnicity.

Of course, this has thrown Spider-Man fans into a tizzy, and the have been vocal griping about the potential change.  This inspired current writer of the Spider-Man comics, Dan Slott, to go on Twitter to defend the casting of of a Black Spider-Man.

I have no idea if this rumor is true or not–Sneider is usually a good source of information, but even he admits the rumor hasn’t been confirmed–so I am mostly taking a wait and see aspect on this. But I would hope that this will not turn out to be a superficial, cosmetic change and Sony decides to go deeper and hire a black or Latino writer and a black or Latino director to do an informed look at what it really would be like for a black or Latino teenager to get the Spider-Man powers.

 

 

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WONDER WOMAN To Start Filming This Fall

Posted on 23 February 2015 by Rich Drees

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We won’t get to see Gal Godot’s rendition of Wonder Woman until a little over a year from now when Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice hits theaters, but at that point her spinoff solo film will already be in production. With the news that Godot will be appearing in the comedy Keeping Up With The Joneses comes word that she will be shooting the adventures of the Amazonian Princess/Warrior Wonder Woman during the coming fall.

Michelle Maxwell MacLaren will be calling the shots behind the camera on what will be her first feature film. She has previously helmed a number of Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead episodes. Jason Fuchs is working on the screenplay which reportedly will feature the superheroine in a story that will span decades, in part to highlight the immortal aspect of the character.

Wonder Woman is currently set for a June 23, 2017, right before the first part of of Warners’ planned Justice League duology on November 10, 2017, with the second part due in June 2019.

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