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The BBC news beat report that Sony Pictures is developing "Men in Black 4" with the intention to feature a lead female character for the new film. "There will be a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film]," said producer Laurie MacDonald. MacDonald’s producing partner and husband Walter Parkes said, “We are quite early on in it," he said. "We sort of looked at the first three in retrospect as a bit of a trilogy."
Parkes continued, "We tried to tell a story about those two characters and that relationship," Parkes said. "It sounds silly because it's a fun, science fiction comedy but when you work on these things you sort of try to find some thematic basis underneath it. Now we are looking at a reinvention," Parkes added. "But it's a wonderful world to get back into." On the inclusion of actor Will Smith appearing in the future sequel, »
- J.B. Casas
We guessed that Sony may take the fourth instalment in the Men In Black series to a very different place, and we weren’t wrong as it has been revealed that Men In Black 4 will in fact be led by a female character.
Speaking with the BBC, producer Laurie McDonald had the following to say:
“There will be a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film].”
So prominent doesn’t necessarily mean lead, we know, but this is great news for the franchise.
“We are quite early on in it,” he said. “We sort of looked at the first three in retrospect as a bit of a trilogy. Now we are looking at a reinvention,” Parkes added. “But it’s a »
- Paul Heath
Bar none, the most competitive acting race this season is for best supporting actor. The number of ensembles with multiple standout portrayals, as well as films with scene-stealing turns, makes for a dense category that could easily stretch to 10 nominations. This year, a lot of fine work is going to be left on the sidelines.
Let’s start with the ensembles. “Spotlight” — by any measure a strong best picture contender and likely the year’s Screen Actors Guild winner for best performance by a cast in a motion picture — is filled to the brim with prospects. Indeed, the entire cast will compete in the supporting category. Michael Keaton, fresh off last year’s best actor circuit, is probably out front in “Spotlight” as the conscience of the movie. But Mark Ruffalo sparks with a fiercely mannered portrait of a beat journalist; Liev Schreiber’s dialed down editor-in-chief simmers on a different level; and Stanley Tucci, »
- Kristopher Tapley
From "Milk" to "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, of which I'm a proud voting member, has released the Top 10 Best Lgbtqa movies every non-lgbtqa must and should see! And I agree with all the selections. Some are brutally and politically honest, some are just fun but all speak volumes about the history of Lgbtqa in and around the world of cinema!
Here's the complete press release with the aforementioned list! Do you agree?
November 24, 2015 . Hollywood, Ca.: Just in time for the holidays, as they say . . . the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (galeca.org) today announced its membership.s picks for their second .Galeca Ten Best. list: The 10 Best Lbgtqa Films Galeca Every Non-lgbtqa Person Should See!
Oscar winners to community classics to modern independent discoveries . there.s a movie for every persuasion here.
Critics from the 120-member organization »
Remakes…Where would Hollywood be without them? In the third of our continuing weekly series on Hollywood remakes, it’s time to look at one of those very, very rare remakes that is actually better than the original. This week Cinelinx looks at the Cohen Brother's True Grit.
Sometimes an actor can seem like the perfect casting for a role, and have you thinking “I can’t imagine anyone else in this role”, but then a remake comes along and the new actor even outdoes the original one. This week, we’re going to look at the way proper casting can actually elevate a remake above its predecessor. The original 1969 version of the Western True Grit starred Hollywood action legend John Wayne—winning the only Oscar of his long career—whereas the 2010 remake stars one of the most versatile actors of the modern era, Jeff Bridges. Yes, it’s the Dude replacing the Duke. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
One of Marvel Studios’ biggest risks finally hit cinemas this summer after months of speculation of whether the film would survive or even pay off after original director Edgar Wright exited the project after spending ten years working on it, but in the end did Ant-Man entertain the fans and earned a rightful place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Ant-Man follows convicted thief, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who gains a second chance to redeem himself after former Shield scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), asks Scott to use his shrinking technology to pull off a heist to stop a similar shrinking technology falling into the wrong hands.
The story of Ant-Man is very different from anything we’ve seen in the McU so far. For starters, the film is essentially a heist film, which includes all the conventions of the genre, planning the job, getting the materials needed, training for the job, »
- Sean Narborough
I've never done one of these press days before," Carter Burwell says into the phone, the composer's allegro voice inflected with the curious enthusiasm of a kid playing the first level of a new videogame. "Interview after interview — I'm enjoying the novelty of it, I’ll say that."
Something doesn’t compute about this. Burwell isn't exactly new to the movie business. On the contrary, the man has scored more than 90 films since the Coen brothers first hired him to write the music for their debut, 1984's Blood Simple. He's »
The drug war thriller Sicario from director Denis Villeneuve and starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Victor Garber is headed to Digital HD on December 22, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on January 5.
Sicario was a selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival that was produced for roughly $30 million. It has earned over $79 million worldwide thus far thanks in part to stellar reviews and a fantastic cast.
Lionsgate is including a Dolby Atmos soundtrack encoded in Dolby TrueHD on the Sicario Blu-ray release. A small selection of bonus features have also been assembled for the Sicario home video release as follows:
Here's the Sicario Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD cover art. You »
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced an early Digital HD release date for the chilly thriller Everest starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal on Digital HD, followed by a physical disc release early next year.
Everest will first appear December 22 to watch at home on Digital HD, just in time for Christmas and the holidays. The Everest Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and VOD release date falls several weeks later on January 19, 2016.
Universal will present Everest in 2.4:1 1080p video and 5.1 Dolby Atmos Audio. Bonus features include the following:
Learning To Climb: The Actor’S Journey – Cast members and the two film consultants who helped them prepare for the shoot discuss getting ready for the arduous production.
There are few movies that tap into what it is to be a child, but The Goonies captures it perfectly. It may be adventurous and far-fetched, but that is the adventures we had when we were young. The Goonies: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition blu-ray celebrates the undying love that people have for the movie that never seems to age (even if the actors do).
With their homes in danger from the local rich developers a group of friends set off looking for pirate treasure. Little do they know that they will end up being pursued by the evil Fratelli gang intent on stealing it from them.
The Goonies works because what feels like a perfect storm of writing (by Steven Spielberg who came up with the story and Chris Columbus as screenwriter), directing from Richard Donner and the chemistry between the Goonies themselves. While actors such as Sean Astin, »
- Paul Metcalf
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Rolling Stone‘s David Ehrlich on how the multiverse era killed James Bond:
The Big Bang of the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper, 2008’s Iron Man ushered in an age when even the biggest studio blockbuster could function like an episode of a network TV show, as concerned with advertising the next edition as they were with establishing a solid conflict for the one in progress. Creating a perpetual tempest of hype (complete with casting rumors, credit stingers, and the power to elevate geek rhetoric like “Phase 1″ into the »
- TFS Staff
Plot details for the upcoming sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy" have been thin. We recently reported that Pom Klementieff will be joining the cast as Mantis, but not much else is known about the film, until now. In an interview with MTV News, Bradley Cooper, who voiced Rocket Raccoon in the first "Guardians of the Galaxy" film, was asked a few questions about the plot of the new sequel. At first he deflected the questions, saying that he didn't know anything about the film, but then he disclosed two interesting plot details: the actor who's playing the villain and the possibility of the villain having a son. So who does Cooper believe the main villain will be in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"? Josh Brolin! Which can only mean one thing: Thanos will be coming for the Guardians in 2017. Brolin, who voices the mad Titan Thanos, previously in »
- Lauren Gallaway
We know that director James Gunn is currently in Atlanta, starting pre-production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with principal photography slated to begin in February 2016. There is still very little we know about the story thus far, but the filmmaker has revealed that fans will learn the identity of Star-Lord's (Chris Pratt) father in this follow-up, and that it will not be the same character as in the comics, J'son. While promoting his new film Burnt, Guardians of the Galaxy star Bradley Cooper was asked who the villain of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be, and he gave a very interesting response. Be warned, there will be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
"But Josh Brolin's the villain, right? Or he's the main villain, no? He was in the first one. He played what's his name's dad."
Bradley Cooper never identifies »
The identity of Peter Quill's father may not be a huge revelation in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2, according to writer/director James Gunn, but the mystery surrounding who that character will actually be may no longer be a mystery, thanks to Bradley Cooper. The Rocket Raccoon voice actor was promoting his new film Burnt when MTV International asked if he knows who the main villain will be in the 2017 Marvel sequel. His response may be a big spoiler, so scroll below with caution. In the above video interview, Bradley Cooper initially suggests that Thanos (Josh Brolin) will be the main villain in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2. And he later implies that the mad titan is the father of "what's his name... the main guy... the Dark-lord." We'd assume he's referring to Star-Lord there, but Cooper's recount of Thanos' big scene in Guardians of the Galaxy indicates »
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is moving right along and with Doctor Strange currently filming, it.s going to be sooner than you realize before Guardians of the Galaxy gets the band back together for volume two. But who will they be going up against in their second big-screen outing? Bradley Cooper may have just told us...or not...he doesn.t seem entirely sure, himself. While doing interviews for his current film Burnt, Cooper was asked who the big bad is going to be in the upcoming Guardians sequel. In an amazing moment in the history of modern film marketing, he actually gives us an answer, which is then ruined when we realize that Cooper isn.t actually sure what he.s talking about. But Josh Brolin.s the villain, right? Or he.s the main villain, no? He was in the first one. He played what.s his name »
Not unlike their impeccably detailed designed world of the 1961 New York City folk scene filled out by characters loosely based on real-life counterparts in Inside Llewyn Davis, it looks like the Coens are applying their specific vision to the Golden Age of Hollywood with Hail, Caesar!. We’ve already offered up a video detailing the many cinematic references in the trailer, and the most obvious real-life connection is Josh Brolin‘s character, who is portraying Eddie Mannix, a studio fixer who worked for MGM.
As part of her series “MGM Storie”s in her latest podcast episode of the essential You Must Remember This, Karina Longworth entertainingly details the Mannix’s story, from his early gangster days to the scandals he was involved in covering up, leading all the way up to being high-in-command at the studio. It’s a fascinating listen as we gear up for one of our most-anticipated films of next year, »
- Jordan Raup
We all know that Robert Downey Jr. earns an obscene amount of money for his appearances as Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but how does Iron Man’s pay cheque stack up next to the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Well, thanks to Celebrity Glory, we know exactly how much the six original Avengers received for this year’s blockbuster sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron…
Robert Downey Jr. – $40 million
Scarlett Johansson – $20 million
Chris Evans – $6.8 million
Jeremy Renner – $6.1 million
Chris Hemsworth – $5.4 million
Mark Ruffalo – $2.8 million
When you look at those figures, it’s no wonder the two-part Avengers: Infinity War is looking at a $1 billion budget.
Avengers: Age of Ultron sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders »
- Gary Collinson
"Sicario" screenwriter Taylor Sheridan worked as an actor for almost 15 years with roles in “Sons of Anarchy” and “Veronica Mar,” before hungering for something more. “As I got older,” he explains in our exclusive video chat (watch below), “I was like, ‘you know what? This is about my ceiling. This is all I’m ever going to be, is twelfth banana on a TV show.’ And it felt very limiting to me creatively. So I quit and started writing.” Dish the Oscars with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot forums “Sicario“ is his first script to be produced. The hit film tells the story of a by-the-book FBI agent (Emily Blunt) who joins an elite task force fighting the escalating war on drugs only to be confronted with the unconventional tactics of both the squad leader (Josh Brolin) and a mysterious rogue agent (Benicio Del Toro). “The idea evolved from a few d. »
Hot on the heels of the news that Pom Klementieff will be joining Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in an unknown, yet key, role, Variety has shred with us that Marvel Studios reached out to Matthew McConaughey to take on the villain role in James Gunn's highly anticipated sequel.....and he passed on it. With the fact the McConassaince has given the actor license to pick and choose his roles, you can’t really blame him for turning down the part, but the fact that he was even approached does raise some interesting questions. Sure, big name actors joining the McU is nothing new when you consider James Spader, Robert Redford, Michael Douglas, and Ben Kingsley have all signed on the dotted line for Marvel, but you really can’t get bigger than McConaughey right now. So, were they just going to use him once, and let that be that? »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Yesterday, a report revealed that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had just added its first new cast member, with French actress Pom Klementieff coming aboard. No details were given for the actress' character at the time, but it was revealed that the studio was specifically testing Asian actresses for the mystery role. Today we have a new report from Deadline that claims she is playing the Marvel Comics character Mantis. But that has not been confirmed.
Mantis first appeared in Avengers #112 (June 1973), created by Steve Englehart and Don Heck. Born in Hue, Vietnam, she is the half-Vietnamese, half-German daughter of Gustav Brandt, a.k.a. Libra. During her childhood, she was left by her father at the Priests of Pama temple in Vietnam, who were part of the Kree alien race. She excelled at martial arts before having her memory erased and sent out into the world, where »
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