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Olivia Wilde Talks TRON 3 Story Details, Confirms Fall Production Start

Posted on 20 April 2015 by Rich Drees


While I may have had some issues with 2010’s Tron: Legacy, one of the things that intrigued me was its ending, which featured a program from the virtual world inside a computer system making her way to the physical world we know and inhabit. It hinted at some interesting story possibilities to come for a potential sequel, though for a while it seemed as if that sequel might never come.

But with the news that a third Tron film will begin filming later this fall, it looks as if that story potential will finally be realized. And that was confirmed by Tron: Legacy co-star Olivia Wilde.

Speaking with Collider at the Tribeca Film Festival, Wilde stated that she has read a script for the film and that it will pick up her character Quorra entering and exploring the world outside of the computer world she came from.

I love this character of Quorra so much and I’ve built her with Joe Kosinski and we took her such a long way from what was written to what we made. I mean, I fought for her to be this kind of androgynous child and that’s so not what you typically see in these movies, so I’m so grateful that the producers let me play with her and make her this strange little being. And I’m really excited to see what happens to that character when put into the real world. I think it’s an interesting concept. I’m fascinated by all discussions of AI, and especially now today and now with virtual reality becoming something that’s like a personal device, I think it’s the time to tell this story.

Wilde also explained that the delay in getting the threequel into production was entirely due to making sure that the story they would be telling was the way that they wanted it.

The delay has only ever been story, finding the right story. It hasn’t been anything else. There’s never been a time where we wanted to go and then schedules got in the way. It’s only been like, ‘That’s not the right story.’ So, in the past year, the right story kind of came together and we felt, ‘Oh, this actually – this might be the right one to tell.’ And, you know, there’s still a lot to be done before it could actually happen, but the fact that there’s a goal of this year to start is really exciting.

Meanwhile, Disney has yet to officially confirm that Tron 3 is going forward.

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Posted on 20 April 2015 by Rich Drees


Right about now, some lucky fans are seeing the theatrical premier of the trailer for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, even though we are still roughly a year off from the film arriving in theaters. If you are hoping to see the Man of Steel on the big screen a bit sooner, director Jon Schnepp’s documentary The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened? will be going into a limited release on May 1. The film takes a deep dive into Tim Burton’s attempt to bring Superman to the big screen in the 1990s with the unlikely casting of Nick Cage in the role of Clark Kent/ Superman. This latest, and final, trailer for the film continues the teasing of an inordinate of the material developed during the project’s pre-production phase before studio Warner Brothers pulled the plug. If you don’t happen to live near one of the selected theaters getting the film, it will be released via streaming, DVD, blu-ray, and Video On Demand outlets.

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MAZE RUNNER 3 Set For 2017 Release

Posted on 20 April 2015 by Rich Drees


Twentieth Century Fox has announced a February 17, 2017 release date for the final installment of their big screen adaptation of The Maze Runner YA novel series, The Death Cure. In a move that breaks with the current vogue in Hollywood for these types of films, the adaptation of the last book will not be spread out across two films in a cynical attempt to wring some more money out of the franchise.

Last fall’s release of the first film in the trilogy, The Maze Runner, was a bit of a sleeper hit. It earned ten times its $34 million budget at the international box office, with more than 2/3rds of that amount coming from overseas. The film centered on a group of amnesiac teens trapped in a woodland area surrounded my insurmountable walls. Each day, a door opens in one wall to reveal a maze that may lead to the outside and freedom. However, it seems to take more than one day to find one’s way through, the complex passages change every evening and no one has spent the night inside the maze and lived. The second film, The Scorch Trials, picks up the story after a group manages to navigate the maze’s dangers and make it to the outside world. It hits theaters September 18.

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Diane Lane Will Star In And Produce BRAINSTORM Remake

Posted on 20 April 2015 by Rich Drees


Actress Diane Lane is adding a producer hyphenate to her resume, as she will starring and producing a remake of the 1983 science-fiction thriller Brainstorm for Warner Brothers.

The story centers on a group of scientists led by Christopher Walken who discover a way to record a person’s memories and play them back into another person’s brain. Things take a turn for the worse when they discover that the militray is looking at seizing the technology for their own purposes.

The film was directed special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull as a follow up to his debut feature Silent Running. No writer for this new version has been picked yet.

The original film is ripe for a remake if only because the tragic drowning death of co-star Natalie Wood during production forced a series of rewrites and reshoots which ultimately hurt the final product. The film’s central conceit is interesting and hasn’t really been explored much since, so there is plenty of fertile ground for the remake to cover.

Via Tracking Board.

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STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE Plot Rumors Confirmed

Posted on 20 April 2015 by Rich Drees


More film news out of the Star Wars Celebration con today in Anaheim, this time focusing on the spinoff films that will becoming out in the years between Episodes 7, 8 and 9. Specifically, the director of the first such film, due in December 2016, Gareth Edwards confirmed details about the story that have been rumored for months.

Edwards stated that Star Wars: Rogue One would be set between the original Star Wars trilogy and the prequel trilogy and be centered on a group of rebels on a mission to steal the Death Star plans, confirming rumors that first began circulating last November. “It comes down to a group of individuals who don’t have magical powers that have to somehow bring hope to the galaxy.”

The official Star Wars twitter account tweeted out the description at the same time.

Edwards further stressed that he was going for perhaps a little grittier tone, referencing such films as Zero Dark Thirty and Saving Private Ryan. To further that end, it was announced that Zero Dark Thirty cinematographer Greig Fraser would be shooting the film. Star also released this photo from the panel which features some production art of Rebel soldiers charging forward through the rain, showing the type of tone he is shooting for.


Now, I suppose that a criticism could be leveled at the film that since we know that Princess Leia does indeed have possession of the Death Star plans at the start of Episode IV- A New Hope that there can be no inherent tension or drama to the story. But, we also know how any movie about World War Two will ultimate end. (With the exception of Inglorious Basterds, of course.) The trick here is for Edwards to create characters we care about and the drama/tension comes from who will make it back alive. This is a “men on a mission” film set in the Star Wars universe.

It was also revealed at the panel that the idea for the film came from Industrial Light and Magic’s chief creative officer (and co-creator of Photoshop) John Knoll, who will be getting a story credit for the film. Currently, Chris Weitz, who earned an Academy Award nomination for adapting the novel About A Boy to the big screen, is working on the film’s screenplay, taking over from Gary Whitta.

Additionally, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that Rogue One and the other stand alone, spinoff films being developed will all fall under the umbrella title of Star Wars: Anthology, a title suggested by George Lucas.

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New FANTASTIC FOUR Trailer Hints At A Tolerable Movie

Posted on 19 April 2015 by Rich Drees


Know what’s a good way to get your trailer overlooked? Release it the same week that the trailers for two other, much more anticipated films release trailers of their own. So kudos on that, Twentieth Century Fox, for releasing a new look at director Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four film the same weekend when everyone is talking about Star Wars: The Force Awaken and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

And in a way, it is kind of a pity, because for me at least this is the first indication that the film will not be a complete trainwreck. Sure, it looks as if the tone is too dark and gritty compared to the comic book series source material, but there are brief hints that some chemistry and interplay between the four heroes – Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), Sue Storm (Kate Mara) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) – might actually exist. We also get our first official look at Toby Kebbell‘s Victor Domashev a.k.a. Doctor Doom. But even on a weekend where we wouldn’t have had two other more anticipated trailers that this would indeed pale in comparison against, this new look does excite so much as it generates a begrudging feeling that person this film won’t be such the cinematic equivalent of root canal surgery that all reports have been leading us to believe. Probably just a regular tooth scraping and cleaning. Either way though, it is still feels like a trip to the dentist.

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The “Creative Differences” That Led Michelle MacLaren To Leave WONDER WOMAN

Posted on 18 April 2015 by Rich Drees


Creative differences” is a euphemism that often gets thrown around Hollywood that can cover a number of situations as to why talent and studio part company on a project from mundane things like budget disagreements to more personal personality clashes. But on occasion, it does actually come down to clashing visions of how to creatively realize film and that seems to be the case with the surprise departure of Michelle MacLaren earlier this week from Warner Brothers’ Wonder Woman film.

Although neither Warner Brothers or MacLaren have issued statements specifying the “creative differences” that were cited for her leaving the film on Tuesday, Variety managed to talk to some people working on the film who detailed the two differing ideas for the film.

[A]ccording to multiple sources close to the project, the director’s vision for the movie was vastly different from the studio’s view. MacLaren envisioned the DC Comics-based “Wonder Woman” movie as an epic origin tale in the vein of “Braveheart,” whereas Warner wanted a more character-driven story that was less heavy on action.

Warner executives, these insiders said, became increasingly concerned about MacLaren directing a large-scale, action-packed production when her experience was limited to the small screen, where she made her name directing episodes of “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.”

The studio is expected to stick with a more character-driven movie with Jenkins on board.

The folks over at Badass Digest had a little more information on the conflicting approaches to the film’s story.

[Producer] Zack Snyder wanted the movie to be set in the Crimean War, while MacLaren wanted WWI… MacLaren wanted to make [Steve Trevor, long-time love interest of the superhero] very much a damsel in distress character, which would have been a fun reversal, but which apparently also made Steve seem so incompetent you wondered what Diana even saw in him.

Earlier, there was a rumor that the film would have a story that would span across several decades of the 20th century to the present. That rumor was making the rounds almost a month before MacLaren was announced as signing onto the project. Was it the non-present day story the element that attracted MacLaren the most and then it came down to a disagreement as to what time period to place the film? We probably won’t know for sure unless MacLaren speaks out about her short tenure on the film, but it does supply an interesting piece of the puzzle that is Wonder Woman’s development process.

In the meantime, Warners is quickly bringing replacement director Patty Jenkins up to speed and are hoping to be testing actors for the film’s male lead sometime this coming week.

While I like the idea of a Wonder Woman film taking place in another era, having it set in the early part of the 20th century appeals the most. Back when producer Joel Silver had gone through a number of different writers and attempts to get a Wonder Woman film together, perhaps the best of the screenplays he developed that I have managed to read was the one set during World War Two. (Caveat – I have yet to read whatever Joss Whedon may have written, which even in rough draft form has the potential to be pretty good.) The 1940s is the time when the character first appeared in comics and the patriotic fervor of War years certainly informed the character’s traditional costume. I can see why now, given the success of 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger for Marvel Studios, they might want to steer clear of World War Two.

I do like the idea of a Braveheart vibe that MacLaren wanted to bring to the project, as it implies a deep dive into the characters ties to the Amazon warriors of Greek legend. Still, there aren’t many comic book adaptations that can claim they are more character-driven than action-driven, so that variety has its appeal as well. It should be interesting to see how this continues to play out to the final film, schedule to hit theaters June 23, 2017. In the meantime, we’ll have actress Gal Gadot’s premier as Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice next April.


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Sony Wants To Make A DOCTOR WHO Movie But It Probably Won’t Happen

Posted on 17 April 2015 by Rich Drees


Just when you thought that the Sony Pictures email hack story was in the rearview mirror, it pops back up. Yesterday, WikiLeaks published online 30,287 documents and 173,132 emails that were originally obtained by hackers at the end of last year. And once again news organizations are starting to dig through them looking for more stories. And the London Telegraph found one, specifically that in January of last year there was significant interest at the studio in bringing British television science-fiction hero Doctor Who to the big screen.

Emails traded between Sony’s president of International Production Andrea Wong and Sony Pictures chairman and chief executive Michael Lynton show that the studio and the BBC (through the broadcaster’s BBC Worldwide arm) were interested in getting a Doctor Who movie into production as soon as possible, perhaps to capitalize on the excitement generated by the show’s 50th anniversary which had just passed. But it seems as if they were getting some extreme pushback on the idea from the show’s production team, headed by Steven Moffat.

Wong wrote –

[T]he show runners feel very clear that they don’t want to do one at this moment.

That said, over the course of the coming months, the show running team is coming up with an 8 year timeline for the brand – laying out all that will happen with it.

[Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television] says that a film will certainly be a part of that timeline. So the answer is that a film won’t happen in the next year to 18 months, but it is expected that it will happen after that within the 8 year horizon. He expects the plan to be laid out by the end of the year…

Lynton replied that it sounded as if a meeting with the show runners might persuade them. Wong nixed that idea.

Spoke to Danny and he doesn’t think it makes sense right now and actually might hurt our cause. He said that the creative team on the show have been having the movie conversation with BBC Worldwide in recent weeks and are very hot under the collar that their position on it is not being listened to or accepted

There’s not much more to the exchange and it appears as if there are no other emails mentioning the project. However, it does support the rumors that have been floating for the last several years that the BBC has indeed been looking to get a Doctor Who movie made. Rumors of a Doctor Who movie have circulated on and off for a good part of the franchise’s five decade history. The most recent round started in 2009 and was receiving confirmations and denials up through 2011. At one point series director Euros Lyn was being mooted as director.

One thing should be noted, though, and that as of recently as earlier this month with EW, Moffat restated his reluctance to a film adventure of the Time Lord for both story and legal reasons.

How do we do this? How do we do it without leaching from the television series—which we’re not allowed to do, because ‘Doctor Who’ is public funded? If it’s going to be a different Doctor, are we going to try and sell two Doctors at the same time? I know there’s been loads of Doctors, but there’s only been one at a time. You don’t have a James Bond on television and one in the cinema. If he’s the same guy, then when are we going to make that?

We’re talking one of the biggest TV shows in the world. It can’t just be a medium-size movie—it’s got to be a colossal movie. I’ve sat with people, saying — and in the end it’s not my decision or my choice, I don’t own Doctor Who — ‘Okay, explain to me how it’s going to work.’ And nobody has an answer.

The public funding that Moffat refers to is the financing model that the BBC uses for the production of its shows. The broadcaster gets its budget strictly from a licence fee charged to all television owners in the United Kingdom. BBC Worldwide is the commercial arm of the BBC and there are certain restrictions to what commercial activities it can engage in and these restrictions will prove a real impediment to any Hollywood deal.

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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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New Releases: April 17, 2015

Posted on 17 April 2015 by William Gatevackes

Paul_Blart_-_Mall_Cop_2_poster1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (Sony/Columbia, 3,633 Theaters, 94 Minutes, Rated PG for some violence, Rotten Tomatoes: 0% fresh [8 Reviews]):  I thought Paul Blart: Mall Cop was an enjoyable film if you looked at it as a parody of the Die Hard brand of films, with the ultra schlubby Kevin James pointing out the absurdity of the ‘average joe fighting terrorists” concept.

However, even saying that, there really was no need for a sequel. Well, other than the fact that the first one made a boatload of money that is.

This time, Blart heads to Las Vegas to attend a security guard convention. Unfortunately for him, his teenage daughter is kidnapped in conjunction with a art heist. Blart has to prove that even if you take the cop out of the mall, you can’t take the cop out of the man.

Unfriended poster2. Unfriended (Universal, 2,739 Theaters, 82 Minutes, Rated R for violent content, pervasive language, some sexuality, and drug and alcohol use – all involving teens, Rotten Tomatoes: 72% Fresh [50 Reviews]):  I have the distinct displeasure of having someone I am friends with on social media die. He’s gone, but his profile remains. It is creepy to be reminded of his birthday, or, worse, having games I play encourage me to send lives to him. He will celebrate no more birthdays, and the lives won’t help him now.

I do not wish to make light of my friend’s passing. It’s just that there is truth in the unsettling fact that a person’s cyber life can sometimes go on longer than their physical one. That is the real world horror this film is built upon, and I find that films that build upon real world fears are a slice above the average horror movie field.

On the year anniversary of her suicide, Laura Barns’s social media accounts reactivate. Her frenemies believe someone is playing a prank on them, but the CyberLaura knows things only the dead Laura would know about them. It looks like Laura is back from the dead and she is looking for vengeance. And she won’t stop until each and every one of her so-called friends joins her in the grave.

monkey kingdom3. Monkey Kingdom (Disney, 2,012 Theaters, 81 Minutes, Rated G, Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Fresh [27 Reviews]): In what has become an Earth Day tradition, Disney is releasing yet another nature documentary.

This time, the film follows a group of monkeys in  Sri Lanka who must deal with finding a new home when a rival monkey tribe forces them out of their home. Complicating matters the fact that one of the displaced group is a new mother, and must undergo the arduous journey with an infant.

If you are looking for a fun, educational and wholesome film to take you kid to this weekend, this one might just be the ticket. If you need more encouragement, portions of the ticket sales go to Conservation International.

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