And in further casting news, Chris Pine is probably playing Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman

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And some more casting news, this time on the DC side of the tracks

Tilda Swinton entering negotiations for Doctor Strange

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Marvel may have found the mentor of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme

There’s going to be another live-action League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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Fox plans to take another swing at the Moore/O’Neill Victorian mashup

Robert Rodriguez set to helm Jonny Quest

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The Sin City director will be returning to the family adventure genre

George Miller’s Justice League gets a “why didn’t this get made?” documentary

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George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road has been a nice moderate hit, accumulating 95 million over the past 11 days, with word of mouth continuing to be strong and rightfully so. One of the big social discussion points I’ve seen floating around since its release are articles with titles like: “We could have had a […]

Review: Tomorrowland: A world where earnest meets empty

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With a script credited to Lindelof, Jeff Jensen, and director Brad Bird, Tomorrowland feels like a concept or idea (or a philosophy, even) that was fleshed out into 15 minutes of story in writer’s room. That 15 minutes of story was nestled into the movie’s ending, and 90 minutes of “robots-are-chasing-you-run!” were tacked on ahead of it. A movie that knew where it wanted to go, but had no idea how to get there.

Kirkman combines with Transformers writing team

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Because uniting to fight boredom takes teamwork, Paramount has just made a Devastator out of a bunch of star writers to revamp the Transformers franchise, and Robert Kirkman is among them. The team, led by Akiva Goldsman, includes Kirkman, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand) and Jeff Pinkner (Lost, Fringe) So yes, this is pretty much the superhero franchise dream team. They’ll sit around thinking about ways to make the Transformers cool. I got one word: Victorion..

Roger Deakins to shoot Blade Runner 2

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And in doing so, might very well create the most beautiful looking sci-fi film ever

Mad Max Fury Road: A citadel in the Uncanny Valley

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After attending an afternoon showing of Mad Max Fury Road, I stood outside the theater in a daze. I was almost literally speechless, and my PTSD continued as I hopped in a cab to go to a dinner engagement. Fury Road’s insane, relentless, vivid and non-stop car chase was so senses shattering that it felt weird to actually BE in a car in the real world. I kept expecting the taxi to rear end a war rig or see an Interceptor career towards us at a 45 degree angle or have a Polecat suddenly dip towards our cab, lobbing a grenade. The real world suddenly seemed like a distant echo of the thunderous one that had seared itself on my eyeballs for the last 120 minutes. My visceral reaction was so different from how I felt after any number of recent CGI extravaganzas. I’d forgotten about Age of Ultron by the time I crossed the street. I left Guardians of the Galaxy humming “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” and loving raccoons, but the plot quickly receded into the rearview mirror. Perhaps this is because of my own subconscious processing of real images as opposed to animated ones — the practical effects of Fury Road are so much more memorable and powerful—and expensive.

Phil Lord confirms that Ezra Miller will be playing Barry Allen in The Flash

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller, after having a number of smash hits like The Lego Movie and the 21 Jump Street franchise under their belts, have become among the most desired screenwriters in Hollywood. Currently, they’re working on both a Spider-Man animated feature for Sony and Warner Bros’ big screen version of The Flash, starring […]

New set pictures from Suicide Squad showcase the Joker and his car

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Via JustJared, here are a whole bunch of pictures from the set of Suicide Squad, featuring Jared Leto‘s Joker and Margot Robbie as an either in disguise or pre-“Harley Quinn” Harleen Quinzel. It looks like the Joker is wearing some pretty typical mobster clothing, and while some fans thought perhaps those tattoos were just for […]

Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment to co-produce The Fifth Beatle

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Okay one more comics-to-movies announcement for the day, and this one is pretty unsurprising—ever since Tony-winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary wrote The Fifth Beatle, a powerful biography of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, it seemed destined for the big screen. With outstanding art by Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker, the book is not only an Eisner […]

Humanoids announces three picture deal at Cannes for Bouncer, Legion and Zombies

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Storied French publisher Humanoids—publisher of many classics by Moebus, Jodorowsky and Bilal—has gotten into the graphic novel to movie race with a three picture deal with Full House announced at the Cannes Film Festival currently under way. The above link is a little hard to follow with all the pacts and dealmaking but here are […]

Entertainment Round-Up: Rick and Morty’s second season premiere date, Crossbones in costume, the first image from Preacher hits the web, and more

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A round-up of Entertainment headlines for the week’s end

Breaking news: Ender/Hugo Cabret (aka Asa Butterfield) is Spider-Man!

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Youthful veteran star, 18-year-old Asa Butterfield has been tapped to play Spider-Man in the MCU/Sonyverse, according to Latino Review.

Spidey’s role in the MCU is not yet known but he’ll probably appear in Captain America; Civil War because everyone else is, as well.

Review: Mad Max: Fury Road is the feminist blockbuster we need right now

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George Miller makes a triumphant return to his seminal franchise