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And The Official Title For PROMETHEUS 2 Is…

Posted on 24 September 2015 by Rich Drees

Alien Paradise Lost

Director Ridley Scitte has revealed the title to his upcoming sequel to his 2012 Alien prequel Prometheus. The new film, which goes into production early next year, will be known as Alien: Paradise Lost.

Scott told Hey U Guys that the title is inspired by John Milton’s classic novel. “There’s a similarity to it, but that’s where it stops.”

Alien: Paradise Lost is set to star Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender, the only two characters to make it to the end of Prometheus and will pick up where they were left, heading out into space to track down the homeworld of the alien Engineers, who created the horrific xenomorph aliens of the Alien franchise.

Milton’s epic poem deals with the fall of Satan from Heaven, the creation of sin and the ultimate expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Given that the opening of Prometheus had some Biblical allusion in the film’s prologue showing Engineers seeding prehistoric Earth with DNA material that will eventual create humans, I am intrigued as to how Scott hopes to expand on that idea in this new film. It certainly offers a clue as to where the story may be heading.

Scott is currently doing the publicity rounds right now for his upcoming science-fiction tale of survival The Martian, which opens next Friday, October 2. Yesterday the director stated that the upcoming Prometheus sequel wouldn’t quite join up that film with the Alien franchise yet and that it would be a few more installments before that would happen.

[The direct link between Prometheus and Alien] won’t be in the next one. It will be in the one after this one or maybe even a fourth film before we get back into the ‘Alien’ franchise… The whole point of it is to explain the ‘Alien’ franchise and to explain the how and why of the creation of the Alien itself. I always thought of the Alien as kind of a piece of bacterial warfare. I always thought that that original ship, which I call the Croissant, was a battleship, holding these biomechanoid creatures that were all about destruction.

Alien: Paradise Lost has a release date of May 30, 2017.

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Second Florida Theater Drops GOING CLEAR Scientology Doc

Posted on 22 September 2015 by Rich Drees

Going Clear

A second Florida theater has dropped plans to screen director Alex Gibney’s controversial documentary Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief.

The Hollywood Reporter is quoting a spokesperson for the AMC Woodlands Square 20 in Oldsmar, FL that it will not be screening the documentary as it had originally announced this past weekend “due to ‘space’ reasons.” Initially, the theater had stepped in when the Cobb Theatres’ Countryside 12 in Clearwater, FL was bullied by the Church of Scientology into dropping screening of the film over the weekend. The AMC Woodlands Square 20 is approximately 12 miles from Clearwater.

The next nearest town that will be screening the film is Tampa, at the AMC Veterans 24, an approximate 45-minute drive from Clearwater. An AMC spokesperson to the Reporter that the Tampa theater “is a larger venue, allowing the chain more flexibility.”

Clearwater is the home to Scientology’s world spiritual headquarters and reportedly exerts an influence in the local community. This second cancellation announcement does not specifically mention that the theater received any feedback from the Church that influenced their decision to drop plans to screen the controversial and critical documentary. However, you would think that before announcing that they would be able to hold screenings of the film in the wake of the Cobbs Theatre cancellation they would have first made sure that they did indeed have the room to do so. The excuse that this reversal on their part is due to “space” issues is some rather weak tea and downright suspicious.

Going Clear premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. A brief theatrical run in a few theater followed to make it eligible for Academy Award consideration before it aired on HBO in March. It won three Emmys this past weekend , in the Best Documentary Special, Best Nonfiction Writing and Best Nonfiction Directing categories. In a pre-Oscar nomination push, HBO is releasing the film back into approximately 20 theaters this weekend in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Miami and other major cities. Additional theaters are planned to be added the following weekend.

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How Young Will SPIDER-MAN Be? Try 15.

Posted on 22 September 2015 by William Gatevackes

Spider-Man at 15I hope you don’t mind the tribute to an obscure 1970s TV show in the  above image.

Ever since an agreement between Marvel and Sony over the film rights to Spider-Man has been announced, we have been hearing talk that this Spidey will be younger, still be in high school, and the film would resemble a John Hughes movie more than anything that had come before it. . Now we are hearing exactly how young the web-slinger will be.

Cinema Blend is reporting on an interview with Jon Watts, the director chosen for the 2017 Spider-Man reboot, did with Empire Magazine. Naturally, they talked to him about what we can expect from the new Spidey.

There are only so many times that you can kill Uncle Ben. I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high-school movie. We’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now.

tom hollandThey weren’t kidding about going young with the character. This will put Peter Parker square in the middle of high school for a number of films, which will serve to differentiate it from the last two go rounds. Neither installment spent more than one movie in high school and barely examined Peter’s life there. However, one concern is that they cast 19-year old Tom Holland in the lead role. This means that by the time the first new film rolls around, you will have an actor who is legally able to drink in the U.S. playing a character who isn’t legally able to drive in the U.S..

Casting older actors for teenage parts is nothing new, but one of the criticisms of the previous films was that both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were getting too old to play such a young character. The same will eventually happen here.

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Kristen Bell Joins Hubby Dax Shepard For CHiPS

Posted on 21 September 2015 by Rich Drees


When the big screen adaptation of the 1970s cop drama ChiPs goes into production, co-star/writer/director Dax Shepard will be able to use the carpool lane to get to the set as his wife Kristen Bell has been added to the cast, according to The Wrap.

Bell is the latest addition to the cast the will feature Shepard, Michael Pena, Adam Brody and Rosa Salazar. Vincent D’Onofrio will be adding his particular brand of villainous flair to the role of the film’s bad guy.

Whereas the original series, which ran from 1977 to 1983 on NBC, was primarily a straight up cop drama, this new version of the story of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers will be a buddy cop movie with Shepard and Pena in the roles originated by Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada.

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GHOSTBUSTERS Reboot Wraps With Ernie Hudson Cameo

Posted on 21 September 2015 by Rich Drees


Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot wrapped principal photography this Saturday, and managed to get in one last cameo from an original Ghostbuster. We’ll let Feig himself explain via two tweets.

Previously, original Ghostbusters cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Annie Potts have shot cameos for the film.

Coming Soon got some pictures of the shoot, including this one here of Hudson with reboot co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones.


Interestingly, for all the coverage that the last day of filming has gotten in the online genre press, no one else has spotted the most obvious thing in this and several other paparazzi photos that have popped up over the weekend. The production was shooting down on the corner of North Moore and Varick Streets, below Canal Street in downtown Manhattan. What’s so special about that Tribeca neighborhood intersection, you might ask? Well, it just happens to be the home of Hook & Ladder 8, or as it is better known in this instance – the original Ghostbusters firehouse. It looks like Feig snuck a second cameo into Saturday’s shooting as well.

How can we tell? Well, while some folks seemed to be obsessed with the toys in the foreground of Feig’s “We’ve wrapped” tweet, the firehouse is very clearly visible in the background. Now granted, that picture could have been taken special at the firehouse, but it is pretty clear that the toys are posed on top of a video monitor, like the ones found on sets. Also, in the picture of Hudson, Jones and McCarthy, that is clearly the corner of the iconic Ghostbusters firehouse that they are standing in front of.

The new Ghostbusters will star Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Andy Garcia, Cecily Strong, Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, Chris Hemsworth and Neil Casey.

Ghostbusters hits theaters July 15, 2016.

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The Latest “Disney’s Going To Release The Unaltered STAR WARS” Rumor

Posted on 19 September 2015 by Rich Drees

Star Wars

OK, this is one of those stories that pops up every now and then, perhaps more fueled by fans hopes than by any actual basis. However, there may be a ring of truth to it this time.

Empire has tweeted out that director John Landis stated at an unspecified Q & A, that he was told that Disney will indeed be releasing the original, unedited version of the original Star Wars trilogy.

Now, before everyone gets too crazy, let us remember that we have traveled down this road before. As I said, this is often a rumor fueled more by fan hopes than by anything that might actually be happening. Remember that for years Lucas himself has stated that the original, un-Special Editions of the classic Star Wars trilogy would never be released again. Of course, once Disney bought Lucasfilm, all bets were off, so there may be some truth to it this time. Just don’t go betting the rent yet.

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GOING CLEAR Scientology Documentary Dropped From Clearwater Theater

Posted on 19 September 2015 by Rich Drees

Going Clear

The Church of Scientology has pressured a Clearwater, FL movie theater into cancelling screenings of director Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief scheduled to start next weekend.

The Hollywood Reporter is stating that the Cobb Countryside 12’s cancellation of the film is in response to allegedly receiving “threats from the church, according to sources.”

The Church of Scientology has its headquarters in Clearwater and is notoriously thin-skinned about any public criticism of its secretive activities. Gibney’s documentary, and many critics who gave it a positive review, came under attack when it had its first festival screenings and when it aired on HBO earlier in the year. HBO was a co-producer on the project. However, the notoriously litigious Church did not bring any actual legal action. That lack of action Gibney has previously attributed to the fact that all of the documentary’s allegations were thoroughly vetted by a number of lawyers prior to release.

HBO is re-releasing Going Clear into 20 markets next weekend including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco. Washington, Miami and other major cities. They are planning on going wider the following weekend.

If one has been following stories surrounding the Church of Scientology over the years, there may not be much new revelations in Going Clear. But where Gibney’s documentary is at its most powerful is with its actual video of Scientology rallies and of the campaign of physical intimidation and harassment that the Church attempted to which it subjected its vocal critics.. The irony here, of course, is that the Church has bullied a theater into not showing a movie which they feel unfairly portrays them as bullies.

Clearwater residents who are interested in seeing the film are in luck as the Woodlands Square 20 in the neighboring town of Olsdmar, some 12 miles from Clearwater, has Going Clear booked for a run starting October 2.

Critical response to Going Clear was strong when the film was first released earlier this year, and it looks as if HBO is trying to position the documentary as an Academy Awards contender with this re-release. If so, the Church of Scientology will almost certainly step-up their pushback on the film. It could be an interesting Fall.

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Posted on 18 September 2015 by Rich Drees


New York City is such a vital element of the original Ghostbusters film that some fans felt a bit disappointed that Paul Feig’s reboot of the franchise was actually filming in Boston, with the New England city subbing for the Big Apple. There was some hope for a little authenticate Big Apple flavor when it was reported that the film did some shooting in both Tribeca downtown (which, perhaps not so coincidentally is the real life location of the iconic Ghostbusters firehouse) and then uptown by Columbia University (which featured in the opening of the original film).

But loyal FilmBuffOnline reader Morey K. forwarded us this picture taken last night in midtown around W 38th and 8th Ave. A Production Assistant tried to tell him that all the cameras, lights and gear was for a movie called Flapjack, but “[Y]ou’ll see what it’s about in a minute.” And then around the corner came the new version of the classic Ghostbusters Ecto-1 car. The car appeared to be driven by star Kate McKinnon’s stand-in, so this was just some second unit.

Ghostbusters should be wrapping production fairly soon, as co-stars McKinnon and LESLIE Jones are due to start back up iwithant her season of Saturday Night Live in just two weeks.

Ghostbusters hits theaters July 15, 2016.

Ghostbusters ecto 1

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Does Kevin Smith Have A Big Death Planned For MOOSE JAWS? (Spoilers)

Posted on 18 September 2015 by Rich Drees

Moose Jaws

Serious spoilers below. Proceed at your own risk.

Connected cinematic universes are all the rage today, but let us not forget that it was really Kevin Smith who pioneered the concept back in the 1990s with his Jersey Trilogy, in which characters, or their relations, would show up in the various films without the films being direct sequels to each other. While working on adding even more films to that universe – with Mallrats sequel MallBrats and Clerks III in various stages of preparation – it seemed that he was also stepping out side that world with his trilogy of Canadian-set films. But a new interview with the writer/director/actor reveals that there will be a connection between the series, and that connection will bring a shocking change in status for two fan favorite ViewAskewniverse characters.

The film that will link the series is Moose Jaws, the third film of Smith’s Canadian trilogy. Although he is still working on the screenplay, Smith has previously stated that the film will be a horror-comedy, much like his first Canada film Tusk, and will basically be a retelling of the classic Jaws, but with a moose. And one of the victims of that moose is going to be Kevin Smith himself, or more accurately, his big screen alter ego of Silent Bob.

Speaking with News Corp Australia, Smith stated –

I was talking to Jay [Mewes] about Moose Jaws and I’m like, ‘I’m thinking about bringing us in as the Captain Quint character’. And he goes, ‘Yeah, but Quint gets killed!’ I was like, ‘One of us has to get eaten’. And he was like, ‘You. Not me’. I was like, ‘Why?’ And he was like, ‘Because I wanna be in other movies!’ Fair enough, dude. So, rather than let [Silent Bob] go out with dignity, he’ll be eaten by a fucking moose.

So yes, Smith has written the death of his on-screen persona and it will be in an homage to one of his own personal favorite films. Now of course, there is always the possibility that he is joking. This is Kevin Smith after all. But then again, Smith has said other things that sounded like he was joking that eventually panned out in reality. The entire production of Tusk, for example.

Currently, Smith is on a two week speaking tour in Australia, but when he returns, he’ll dive into production on MallBrats. There’s no word yet as to where Moose Jaws will fall into his production schedule, but it would probably be next spring at the earliest, provided he doesn’t move onto Clerks III first. Yoga Hosers, the middle film of the Canadian trilogy is set for a release later this year.

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Warner Brothers Developing BOOSTER GOLD/ BLUE BEETLE Film

Posted on 18 September 2015 by Rich Drees

Booster Gold Blue Beetle

Warner Brothers has a pretty ambitious schedule over the next couple of years in terms of bringing their dc Comics properties to the big screen. If all goes well, over the next five years, they will have at least ten films hitting theaters in an interconnected superhero universe similar to the one that Marvel Studios has developed, with several more projects currently in development. And now we have another potential movie to add to that list.

The folks at The Tracking Board are reporting that the studio is now developing a film based on the fan favorite pairing of superheroes Booster Gold and Blue Beetle.

Sources exclusive to The Tracking Board can now confirm that Greg Berlanti, the force behind the successful DC comics TV series Arrow and The Flash, will be heavily involved with this one, set to direct and executive produce.

Booster Gold, a time traveler from the future who travels to the pas, i.e., our present, in search of adventure, first appeared in 1986. Blue Beetle is one of DC’s legacy characters who has three generations of heroes who used the name. The Booster Gold/ Blue Beetle pairing that gained fan favorite status in the 1990s featured inventor Ted Kord as the man in the Blue Beetle mask. The Tracking Board’s report indicates that it will be the most recent character to take up the Blue Beetle mantle, Jamie Reyes who gets his powers from an alien artifact known as “The Scarab,” who will be making up one half of the partnership here.

This is not the first time that Berlanti has been involved with some of these characters. Previously, he wrote a pilot for a Booster Gold TV series for the SyFy Channel which never made it past the script stage.

What’s exciting about this news is that its “superhero buddy cop movie” tone which the film will be shooting for will perhaps lighten up the darker, more realistic tone that Warners appears to be going for with their upcoming DC Comics films Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad.

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