Rupert Wyatt to direct Gambit solo feature

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From a report in EW today, Rupert Wyatt, whose Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a feature I found to be a surprising delight a few years back, has been enlisted by 20th Century Fox to take on the (presumably rebooted) solo debut of the card-flinging mutant Gambit. Gambit, which is set to hit […]

Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Curse of Macbeth’s Candle

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[I wrote this the Monday after the movie opened, then forgot it was in my drafts folder. Since it’s doubled the Chinese box office of the first film in one week, and has yet to open in Japan, it looks like it might hit $1 Billion overseas. But not $450 Million in the U.S. Anyway, […]

Are Marvel and Sony at odds about the new Spider-Man?

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You knew it had to be coming. As soon as it was reported that Sony and Marvel would collaborate on all decisions related to Spider-Man for the SECOND live-action reboot of the character, it was just a matter of time before signs of dischord might surface. We’re talking about two billion dollar studios and one […]

New Fantastic Four TV Spot Focuses on Team Dynamic & Highlights Distinct Lack of Confidence

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The buildup to Fox-Marvel’s Fantastic Four has been incredibly quiet compared to the way that the Disney-Marvel typically advertises their superhero beat-em-ups.  The film releases on August 7th, and so far we’ve gotten two trailers and now this TV Spot, which demonstrates how far CGI has come since 2005.  We still know very little about the […]

Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona is getting the animated treatment by Feast director

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It’s been a good couple of weeks for Noelle Stevenson. Just two weeks after the announcement that her collaborative Boom! Studios comic Lumberjanes was getting a live-action adaptation, now comes word that her Eisner winning solo venture, Nimona, is going to be an animated feature. In a report from THR, FOX Animation has picked up […]

Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor will be Doctor Strange’s Baron Mordo

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oscar nominated for the incredible 12 Years A Slave (also known as one of the few movies to ever make me openly sob in the theater), is the latest prestigious thespian to join the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ejiofor, long rumored to be a part of the upcoming Doctor Strange in […]

Review: Jurassic World – Something old, something new, something borrowed, and Dr. Wu

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I didn’t have high hopes for Jurassic World. Each attempt to reinvigorate the franchise has failed worse than the last, and despite the glimmer of hope provided by Chris Pratt, I wasn’t buying the raptor-taming, motorcycle-riding persona from the trailers. And while it wasn’t as bad as I had feared, it also wasn’t anywhere near as good […]

SDCC’15: Star Wars will indeed be in Hall H this year

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Here’s a bit of a shock; given that Marvel Studios (the feature film division anyway) reportedly won’t have a presence at San Diego Comic Con this year, you figure it’d be safe to assume that LucasFilm/Disney would save Star Wars for D23 as well. You know what they say about assuming… Lucasfilm announced today that […]

Lionsgate Reveals the First Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two

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“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games.” And welcome to the last Hunger Games movie.  In the first trailer for the series finale, Mockingjay Part Two reveals itself to be noticeably more bombastic than the film that preceded it.  The conflict finally moves out of the secret District 13 and into The Capital, […]

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice synopsis reveals more about the upcoming clash

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, for such a massive movie, is surprisingly something we don’t know that much about. We’ve gotten teaser photos, a trailer, and posters; but strangely we’ve yet to actually get a synopsis detailing what’s going to happen on screen. Until today that is, per Collider just ahead of this year’s Licensing […]

Review: Is When Marnie Was There Ghibli’s emotional farewell?

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Falling somewhere between fairy tale and ghost story, When Marnie was There potentially represents the final brick in the wall of Studio Ghibli films, coming on the heels of the retirement of famed director Hayao Miyazaki.

Fantastic Four helmer Josh Trank: Working on Star Wars was like being trapped in a Paddy Chayefsky script

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When Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) no showed at Star Wars Celebration this year, fans of the franchise knew that the writing was likely on the wall for her furthered involvement in the series. Given reports of his erratic behavior on the set of Fantastic Four, his exit from the Star Wars spin-off that he […]

Entertainment Round-Up: Justin Lin talks Star Trek 3, a Community star joins The X-Files, Ron Perlman wants Hellboy 3, and Colin Trevorrow responds to Joss Whedon

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Your Thursday round-up of Entertainment headlines

Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury Will NOT Appear in Captain America: Civil War

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When you look at the cast list for Marvel’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War, it’s easy to think that the marketing team misbranded this movie.  In addition series regulars like Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, and Anthony Mackie, this film will feature Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Elizabeth […]

James Wan will direct Aquaman

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Aquaman has a billion dollar director at the helm

WB Film exec: “The filmmakers … are making great movies about superheroes; they aren’t making superhero movies.”

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Warner Bros film head Greg Silverman was interviewed for The Hollywood Reporter about the ongoing Harry Potter and Lego franchises and, oh yes, the DC movies. As as usual the “how are you different from Marvel?” question comes up. And it’s all about master filmmakers, perhaps a meow about Marvel’s more generic—and massively successful—take?