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18 items from 2017

Michelle Rodriguez to appear in Alita: Battle Angel

25 February 2017 3:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Production on the Robert Rodriguez-directed and James Cameron-produced Alita: Battle Angel has wrapped, but Entertainment Weekly brings word that Fast & Furious star Michelle Rodriguez will play the cyborg warrior Gelda in the long-gestating manga adaptation, although her casting had been kept quiet until now.

Alita: Battle Angel follows an amnesiac cyborg (Rosa Salazar) who is discovered by a scientist (Christoph Waltz) in a junk yard. With no knowledge of her previous life, but possessing deadly martial arts skills, she becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals.

In addition to Salazar and Waltz, the cast also includes Keean Johnson (Nashville), Jackie Earle Haley (Preacher), Jennifer Connelly (American Pastoral), Ed Skrein (Deadpool), Eiza Gonzalez (From Dusk Till Dawn), Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage), Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming).

Although production has wrapped, Alita will require extensive post-production on its visual effects, and isn’t set to »

- Gary Collinson

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Alita: Battle Angel Wraps Filming; Michelle Rodriguez Confirmed To Play Gelda

22 February 2017 1:23 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ghost in the Shell is now beginning to make the final preparations ahead of its March 31st release, but there’s another high-profile manga movie incubating in Hollywood, and that’s Alita: Battle Angel.

Truth be told, it’s been a long, meandering road for the live-action feature film. Initially hatched as a James Cameron vehicle, Yukito Kishiro’s nine-volume manga soon fell onto the back-burner at 20th Century Fox as the director devoted most, if not all of his time and resources to fanning the flames of his Avatar franchise. The overriding message coming out of Fox was that Alita: Battle Angel was dormant, not dead, and after drafting in Robert Rodriguez at the helm, it didn’t take long before the project was whipped into shape.

Eager to see the adaptation through to the end, Cameron remains attached to produce Battle Angel, which has since recruited a host »

- Michael Briers

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Michelle Rodriguez Secretly Joined Alita: Battle Angel

22 February 2017 11:39 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production has been under way on the highly-anticipated Alita: Battle Angel for the past few months, with filming coming to an end last week. While a number of cast members were announced last year, there is one mystery role that hasn't been announced until today, with Michelle Rodriguez being cast as Gelda from the original manga by Yukito Kishiro. It remains to be seen how faithful this movie version of Gelda is to the source material, but in the original manga, Gelda was described as a "slim cyborg warrior."

Entertainment Weekly broke the news, although it remains unclear if there are other mystery characters that haven't been announced at this time. Michelle Rodriguez joins a cast that includes Rosa Salazar as the title character, alongside Christoph Waltz, Eiza Gonzalez, Jackie Earle Haley, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jennifer Connolly and Lana Condor. This project has been in development for several years, »

- MovieWeb

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Did the 2007 Oscars get it right?

22 February 2017 11:38 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Feb 24, 2017

It’s Oscar weekend! But how well do the Academy Award choices of ten years ago hold up? We’ve taken a look...

The Academy Awards are the highest profile snapshot of what films are highly rated within 12 months of their release. What they can’t predict, however, is how well regarded their choices will age, and only time can tell you that. Which is why I thought it’d be interesting to go back a decade, and see how the winners of the 79th Academy Awards, handed out on February 25th 2007, stack up ten years on…

Best Picture: The Departed

Also nominated:

Babel Letters From Iwo Jima Little Miss Sunshine The Queen

At the time, there was a little bit of acceptance that The Departed was the Scent Of A Woman moment. That just as Al Pacino got rewarded for good work in a film that’s not his finest, »

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The Dark Tower Pop! Vinyl figures for The Gunslinger and the Man in Black revealed by Funko

18 February 2017 11:24 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with the New York Toy Fair, Funko has unveiled its upcoming Pop! Vinyl figures for the hotly-anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy epic The Dark Tower, featuring miniature Pop! versions of The Gunslinger (Idris Elba) and the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey); take a look below…

The Dark Tower is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and stars Idris Elba (Luther) as Roland Deschain, Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar) as the Man in Black, Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster) as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Tirana, Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) as Richard Sayre, Michael Barbieri (Little Men) as Timmy, Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age of Ultron) as Arra Champignon and Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) in an as-yet-unrevealed role. It is set for release on July 28th. »

- Amie Cranswick

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The Tick: Yara Martinez Becomes Amazon Series Regular

14 February 2017 5:48 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The Tick is sticking with Yara Martinez. Deadline reports the Jane the Virgin star has been promoted to series regular on the upcoming Amazon reboot.Based on Ben Edlund’s long-running comic, The Tick tells the story of an eccentric superhero (Peter Serafinowicz) who fights crime with his sidekick, Arthur (Griffin Newman). The original series ran on Fox for one season in 2001. The new cast includes Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, and Brendan Hines.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Dark Tower Song Arrives, Is the Trailer Coming Soon?

13 February 2017 12:54 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last fall, the trailer for Sony's highly-anticipated The Dark Tower was supposed to debut during Entertainment Weekly's first annual PopFest. That never happened, with an unfinished version of The Dark Tower trailer leaking early online. Now, with just over five months left until this highly-anticipated adaptation hits theaters in July, it seems we may finally be getting the first trailer very soon. Although an official date for the trailer launch has not been set.There has been a new song released through Spotify, which is from the Dark Tower movie trailer, and it has many suspecting that the trailer is just around the corner.

A Birth.Movies.Death reader alerted the site to a new single by L'Orchestra Cinematique entitled "Behind Blue Eyes," a cover of The Who's classic song of the same name, with accompanying artwork revealing that this song is from The Dark Tower trailer. This is also »

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Jennifer Connelly joins Alita: Battle Angel

8 February 2017 3:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

THR is reporting that Jennifer Connelly has joined the cast of Alita: Battle Angel, the upcoming manga adaptation from director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron.

Based on the Battle Angel Alita series of graphic novels, the film follows an amnesiac cyborg (Rosa Salazar) who is discovered by a scientist (Christoph Waltz) in a junk yard. With no knowledge of her previous life, but possessing deadly martial arts skills, she becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals.

Connelly is set to play one of the villains in the film, and joins a cast that also includes Keean Johnson (Nashville), Jackie Earle Haley (Preacher), Ed Skrein (Deadpool), Eiza Gonzalez (From Dusk Till Dawn), Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage), Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming).

Alita: Battle Angel is in production now, and is slated for release on July 20th 2018. »

- Gary Collinson

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"Alita: Battle Angel" Starts Shooting

7 February 2017 2:25 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Actress Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind") has been cast as a villain in producer James Cameron's female 'cyborg' bounty hunter feature "Alita: Battle Angel", directed by Robert Rodriguez , based on Yukito Kishiro's Japanese 'manga' comics series, "exploring a young woman’s journey of self-discovery...":

Cast also includes Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Eiza Gonzalez, Lana Condor, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein and Christoph Waltz.

"...set in a 26th-century dystopian future, the story follows an amnesiac 'cyborg' (Salazar), rescued from a scrap heap to become a crime-fighting bounty hunter..."

"Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years," said Cameron, director of "Terminator", "Aliens" and "Avatar", "so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do 'Battle Angel'. He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically. 

"This project »

- Michael Stevens

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Newswire: Jennifer Connelly to antagonize the robot assassins of Alita: Battle Angel

7 February 2017 1:51 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Connelly has joined the cast of James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s long-in-the-works manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel. The movie stars Rosa Salazar as the eponymous battle angel, a female cyborg with no memories who becomes a bounty hunter. Connelly will be playing a villain alongside fellow baddie Ed Skrein, but the THR story doesn’t have any other details about her character.

Alita: Battle Angel will also feature Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali, X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Lana Condor, and Jackie Earle Haley. The film is in production now and is penciled in for release on July 20, 2018.


- Sam Barsanti

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Alita: Battle Angel Adds Jennifer Connelly

7 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though casting went quiet for a while, we’re learning today from The Hollywood Reporter that Alita: Battle Angel has added Jennifer Connelly. Which exact role the actress holds in Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming sci-fi film is unknown, but she’s said to be playing one of the villains. Cue the excitement.

Joining an already very impressive cast which boasts Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein, the flick is based on Yukito Kishiro’s nine-volume manga Battle Angel Alita and sees Salazar leading the charge as the titular Alita, an “amnesiac female cyborg plucked from the dumps of Scrapyard and rebuilt by Waltz’s seasoned doctor. With only her deadly knowledge of martial arts to her name” Alita sets out to rid the city of its criminal underbelly.”

As you probably already know, Battle Angel has been in development for what seems like forever, »

- Mark Cassidy

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Jennifer Connelly Joins James Cameron’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

7 February 2017 11:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jennifer Connelly has been cast in James Cameron’s “Alita: Battle Angel” opposite Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Eiza Gonzalez, Lana Condor, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Christoph Waltz.

Robert Rodriguez is directing and Cameron is producing with Jon Landau through his Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis wrote the screenplay, based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series. The film is currently shooting in Texas.

The story is set in a 26th-century dystopian future and follows an amnesiac cyborg — played by Salazar — who’s rescued from a scrap heap and becomes a bounty hunter tracking down criminals. Fox has already set a July 20, 2018, release date for “Alita: Battle Angel.”

Connelly is playing one of the villains in “Alita.” She was last seen opposite Ewan McGregor in the drama “American Pastoral,” which was released in October, and is one of the leads in the firefighting drama “Granite Mountain,” which Lionsgate will release in September. »

- Dave McNary

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Hulk Actress Jennifer Connelly Joins The Cast Of Alita: Battle Angel As One Of The Movie's Villains

7 February 2017 10:06 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

It's been a while since we've had an update on Alita: Battle Angel, but THR now reports that Jennifer Connelly (Hulk, Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind) has been added to the already very impressive cast of the Robert Rodriguez-directed sci-fi flick. Though no details on her character are provided, it is stated that she'll be playing "one of the villains". Any Alita fans care to venture a guess as to which one it could be? Production on Alita: Battle Angel is currently underway in Austin, though the project still hasn't been given an offcial release date. The film will feature Rosa Salazar in the lead role, with support from the likes of Jackie Earle Haley, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein. »

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‘Nightmares in the Makeup Chair’ Trailer: Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Shows How Freddy Krueger Came to Be

2 February 2017 11:01 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Robert Englund has played Freddy Krueger more times that can easily be counted, but other than the self-reflexive “New Nightmare,” his time on Elm Street has been entirely fictional. That’s soon to change, reports Entertainment Weekly, with Mike Kerz’s upcoming documentary “Nightmares in the Makeup Chair.” Watch the trailer below.

Read More: Robert Englund’s Idea for a New ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Sequel Is Better Than Most of the Actual Sequels

“‘Nightmares in the Makeup Chair’ is my love letter to the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ series and to practical makeup”” says Englund in a statement provided to EW. “I’ve always been in awe of the multi-talented makeup effects artists…This documentary not only captures their talent, but I think it might inspire a new generation of practical effects artists. I was happy to become Freddy once again to share the makeup process with the fans. »

- Michael Nordine

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Sundance 2017: Rlj Entertainment Acquires Dave Bautista-Starring Bushwick

30 January 2017 7:48 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Daily Dead recently interviewed Bushwick star Dave Bautista and co-directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion at the Sundance Film Festival, and following the thriller’s world premiere at the fest’s Midnight program, Rlj Entertainment has already acquired Bushwick for Us distribution.

A theatrical release date for Bushwick, which also stars Brittany Snow, is not yet known, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated when more details are announced. In the meantime, we have the official press release with more information:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (January 27, 2017) – Xyz Films and Wme Global have announced that they have sold the U.S. rights for the Sundance action thriller Bushwick to Rlj Entertainment in a seven-figure deal for a theatrical release. The film, which was directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (Cooties), made its world premiere at the festival. The film stars Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow. In addition, talks »

- Derek Anderson

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Sundance: Dave Bautista-Brittany Snow Thriller ‘Bushwick’ Sold to Rlj Entertainment

27 January 2017 5:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rlj Entertainment has bought U.S. theatrical rights to the Dave Bautista-Brittany Snow thriller “Bushwick” for at least $1 million following the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The movie, directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (“Cooties”), follows Snow’s character, who discovers that her Brooklyn neighborhood is under attack by black-clad soldiers. Bautista plays an ex-Marine corpsman, who reluctantly helps her fight for survival through a civil war as Texas attempts to secede from the United States of America.

Variety‘s Geoff Berkshire said in his Sundance review, “Even if the low-budget execution is uneven at times, there’s enough snap to the filmmaking, and enough raw power in the premise, to make for solid B-movie excitement. A surprisingly potent performance from professional wrestler (and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ co-star) Dave Bautista should add to the appeal for a young male audience.”


Sundance: Amazon »

- Dave McNary

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Catalog From The Beyond: 2001 Maniacs (2005)

18 January 2017 1:33 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Robert Englund and Freddy Krueger. Not since Bela Lugosi and Dracula have a character and an actor been so deeply linked. And I would venture to say that not even Lugosi’s Dracula achieved the level of mainstream popularity achieved by Englund’s Krueger. During the late ’80s, you couldn’t turn on the television, open a magazine, or even look at a damn lunchbox without seeing Freddy’s charred face plastered on it. But that scorched visage would be nothing without Englund’s personality at the core of the character. Englund’s ability to imbue Krueger with such malicious delight struck a note with the public that just can’t be replicated. Jackie Earle Haley is a fantastic actor and did some interesting things in the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, but I never really felt like I was watching Freddy Krueger.

This was in part due to the direction taken with the remake, »

- Bryan Christopher

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Nate Parker Earns Top First-Time Director Nod From DGA for ‘Birth of a Nation’

12 January 2017 11:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Birth of Nation” director Nate Parker has received his first major awards recognition from the Directors Guild of America with a nomination for top first-time director.

The DGA also nominated Garth Davis for “Lion” on Thursday for its first-time director award along with Tim Miller for “Deadpool,” Kelly Fremon Craig for “Edge of Seventeen,” and Dan Trachtenberg for “10 Cloverfield Lane.” Alex Garland won the inaugural first-time director award last year for “Ex Machina.”

The winners will be announced at 69th Annual DGA Awards on Feb. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Earn Directors Guild Nominations

Parker had been expected to be a key element in the current awards season after “The Birth of a Nation” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and won Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. “Birth of a Nation” was sold »

- Dave McNary

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