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Who is Dirk Gently? Entertainment Weekly has released an exclusive photo from BBC America's upcoming new series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.Based on the book series by Douglas Adams, the show stars Samuel Barnett as the eccentric detective Dirk Gently and Elijah Wood as his sort-of sidekick, Todd. Max Landis is writing the series, with Robert Cooper as showrunner.Read More… »
One of the hottest phone apps ever is now officially making its way to the big screen. Pokémon Go, the game where you stare at your phone while chasing around virtual characters, will soon become a movie. Legendary Pictures announced this news late Wednesday and that it will fast track the flick so that production begins in early 2017, this according to THR.com. While the story is a secret, the publication reports that it will be based on Detective Pikachu. Since Pokémon Go launched earlier this month, it has already become the biggest mobile game in U.S. history. As of last Friday, it claims more than 21 million active daily users, beating out Candy Crush at its peak. Among Android users alone, Pokémon Go is already more popular than Twitter. As for who will write and direct the movie, that’s still to be determined. There had been rumors that »
- David Eckstein
Hollywood has been circling the live-action movie rights for several months now, with bidding intensifying following the smash hit release of Pokemon Go.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Legendary Entertainment had emerged as front-runner for the rights, and now Legendary and The Pokemon Company have announced that they have reached a deal to launch a live-action franchise, which will be built around Detective Pikachu, a new character introduced through the recent Japanese video game Great Detective Pikachu.
See Also: Nintendo is now worth more than Sony following Pokemon Go’s release
Further details on the live-action project are being kept under wraps, although it is expected that production will get underway next year. As yet, there’s no word on a creative team, although Max Landis (Chronicle) has been mentioned as a potential screenwriter.
- Gary Collinson
Over at Entertainment Weekly the very first image of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has been revealed. We’ve finally caught a glimpse of Samuel Barnett (The History Boys, Twenty Twelve) as the Holistic Detective who always follows the path of interconnectedness and also Elijah Wood as Dirk’s “Side-Kick” Todd.
Written by both Max Landis (Chronicle), the show also has on board as one of the executive producers Arvind Ethan David [read our interview with Arvind here], who recently helmed the run of excellent Dirk Gently comic books for Idw Publishing.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency was originally penned by the late Douglas Adams, who was also the genius behind science-fiction comedy The HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy. Originally two books were released revolving around Dirk and his investigative adventures, with the third and final book A Salmon of Doubt being posthumously released, still unfinished. There have also been radio plays about the »
Based on the cyborg created to do Skynet’s bidding from the Terminator series, this T-800 endoskeleton maquette from Sideshow Collectibles is made up of 100+ pieces of polystone and Abs plastic elements. Also: details on the Plutona comic book movie rights being acquired by Waypoint Entertainment and a look at the Cryptocracy #2 cover plus release details.
Terminator T-800 Maquette Photos Revealed Plus Release Details: From Sideshow: “Is it a good idea to keep on building Terminators while living this close to Los Angeles? What could go wrong?
Sideshow’s Terminator Endoskeleton Maquette is a painstakingly detailed recreation of the iconic T-800, the Terminator that first struck fear into would be freedom fighters everywhere. Our version features Polystone and premium grade Abs plastic elements in order to maintain the crisp details that one would expect to find in a machine crafted by machines. The piece is also made up of over 100 pieces. »
- Tamika Jones
That didn’t take long. Just nine days after bursting onto the scene and into your phone and the phones of everyone you know, Pokémon Go is already the biggest mobile game in U.S. history. According to the unfortunately-named SurveyMonkey, the game that basically merges Google Maps with a scavenger hunt for animated characters with names like Muk, Sandshrew, and Snorlax already has nearly 21 million daily active users. Amazingly, this is more than Candy Crush, a game that’s been out for three years and has legions of fans. At its peak, Candy Crush had upwards of 20 million daily users. With Pokémon Go’s absurd growth rate, it’s already passed Twitter and Candy Crush Saga, moving it into third place among those currently on Android phones at approximately 11 million daily active users. It only trails Google Maps (about 14 million) and Snapchat (almost 15 million). The seemingly insatiable appetite for »
- David Eckstein
The Rita Repulsa Elizabeth Banks image debuts online via Entertainment Weekly.
Power Rangers (2017)
Trini the Yellow Ranger (Becky G) and Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks)
Just yesterday we got ourselves a look at a ton of new character posters from the upcoming Power Rangers movie, and now we can bring you a new look at the villain from the movie, Rita Repulsa, played by Elizabeth Banks. More on the Rita Repulsa Power Rangers news below.
Entertainment Weekly provide our new look at Repulsa in the movie, along with the Yellow Ranger, Trini, played by Becky G. Power Rangers will open in March, although Becky spoke with the magazine about her role in the forthcoming flick.
“Rita tries to make Trini feel like she’s the weakest link of the Power Rangers,” Becky G said. »
- Paul Heath
With smashing success of the new Pokémon Go mobile game, Hollywood is all hot and bothered about the prospects of a Pokémon feature film. Legendary Pictures is said to be after the rights for a live-action Pokémon movie, according to Deadline. The report adds Max Landis had been previously rumored as a potential script writer.Read More… »
“Pets” stood out among several under performing new releases after “Finding Dory” staked its claim at the summer’s biggest smash. Did it portend a late summer surge that could salvage an uneven season? If the long-awaited “Ghostbusters” remake takes in over $50 million — higher than anticipated — or even if it doesn’t take the top spot, the momentum would look sustained.
The all-female lead redo is among the most talked-about films of the year. That much of the talk— initial resistance to the casting concept, then reaction to the early trailer —has been negative has tempered expectations to below the(“22 Jump Street’s $57 million best opening benchmark for a live-action comedy over the past three summers. “Ghostbusters” might challenge “Neighbors” ($49 million) as the »
- Tom Brueggemann
In the absence of Jim Anchower, Peter K. Rosenthal is emerging as one of the Onion’s most consistently hilarious fake columnists. This week on Film Standard, the critic (played by actor Ron Rains) reviews “Ghostbusters,” which he calls “a disturbing portrait of a world in which the spirits of the damned roam the earth freely rather than suffering their just and righteous punishment in the eternal fires of hell.”
Read More: ‘Ghostbusters’ Review: A Feminist Blockbuster That Could Have Been Better
The rest of his video review evinces a similarly fire-and-brimstones vibe, referring to the ghosts as “spirits of liars, hypocrites, fornicators and usurers who have escaped from an eternity of being flayed and boiled in sulfur for their earthly trespasses.” This Old Testament sensibility informs every aspect of Rosenthal’s take on the comedy, which has been met with more than a year’s worth of pre-release backlash by devotees of the 1984 original. »
- Michael Nordine
Max Landis is best known for writing films such as “Chronicle,” “American Ultra,” and “Victor Frankenstein,” but he’s also well known for freely sharing his opinions about the film industry. In a series of tweets, Landis provided his opinion about Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot and shared the story of his own pitch for the movie that eventually fell through.
Landis first says that the film is “pretty whatever,” and that though there are “very funny parts,” the third act “gets really horribly dumb” and that the “racist stereotype character,” i.e. Leslie Jones’ Patty Tolan, “is as advertised.” He expands further criticizing the film’s lack of internal consistency as to “how the ghosts work,” the inclusion of a “big sassy yelling black woman,” and the weirdness of »
- Vikram Murthi
Ghostbusters has been something of a lost opportunity that screenwriter Max Landis (“Chronicle,” “American Ultra,” “Victor Frankenstein“) has openly talked about for a while now. Back in 2014, he shared details of his ultimately unmade pitch for a new “Ghostbusters” movie, which starts in the 1920s with Ivo Shandor (the character was briefly mentioned in the original […]
The post Max Landis Shares His Thoughts On “Pretty Bland” ‘Ghostbusters,’ Explains How He Lost The Writing Gig For The Movie appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At the moment, unless you live under a rock- a rock that's at the bottom of the ocean, under a sunken ship...a sunken ship that was stepped on by Godzilla, effectively burying it deep under the sea floor- you know that the mobile game "Pokemon Go" is taking over the earth. Well, you're not the only person who's noticed. The folks at Legendary Pictures, who have been wanting to make a Pokemon movie for some time, see what's going on and have found renewed interest in adapting the game series to the big screen.
A new rumor from Hey U Guys claims that the man they're currently trying to nab to write the thing is none other than Chronicle's Max Landis. The site states that the writer, who's also responsible for last year's Victor Frankenstein, is who they'd love to get at the moment, but that a deal has yet to be signed. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Last week the wildly popular Pokemon Go app launched, which has been so successful that Nintendo's stock jumped a massive 25%. The big boost added more than $9 billion in revenue to the company, even though it only has a 1/3 stake in the Pokemon company. Over the span of just a few short days, Pokemon fever is certainly sweeping the world, and now we have word that a new Pokemon movie may be coming from Legendary Pictures. While nothing is finalized yet, a new report claims that Legendary is moving towards a deal for a new live-action video game adaptation.
Deadline reports that a deal may be finalized soon, which would be a huge project for Legendary and its new owners, the Chinese company Wanda Group, which purchased the studio for $3.5 billion last year. While no details about the impending deal have been given, this report claims that it could be the »
Screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) took to Twitter to give his thoughts on Paul Feig‘s new Ghostbusters reboot and to tell the story of how he once pitched a Ghostbusters movie to Sony. Hit the jump to read the story and find out how you can see the pitch for yourself. It all started yesterday when Landis posted […]
- Peter Sciretta
Universal is currently in the middle of trying to launch a cinematic universe centered around their famous movie monsters. The Mummy reboot starring Tom Cruise is currently filming and they have plans for a slew of other movies that will connect together at some point down the line. The studio isn't messing around in terms of going after top notch talent for these projects, and they may be about to nab another Oscar winner for a big role.
Variety is reporting that No Country For Old Men and Skyfall star Javier Bardem is in talks to take the lead in Universal Monsters' Frankenstein for their new monsters cinematic universe, through it isn't known if he is playing Dr. Frankenstein or Frankenstein's monster. The report is very unclear as to how far along these talks are, and they didn't name any specific sources, so it is hard to know if this »
In 1971, the 300-or-so people pawing through cardboard boxes of dusty comic books couldn't have possibly imagined that they were standing in what would become the cradle of nerd civilization. From a small meetup for diehard geeks, San Diego Comic-Con has grown into one of the largest and most feverishly anticipated pop-cultural events of the year. Thousands upon thousands of industry types, journalists, the devout faithful (and the suckers they've handsomely paid to stand in line as proxies) and cosplaying fans of all stripes will descend upon the city from July »
Entertainment Weekly interviewed actor Will Smith for their latest issue promoting Warner Bros. Pictures' and director David Ayer's "Suicide Squad." During the interview, Smith was asked what drew him to star in the ensemble anti-superhero film to which the actor replied, "“I had never played a character that legitimately didn’t give a f—,” said Smith who plays the assassin Deadshot aka Floyd Lawton. “It’s very freeing not having to carry the moral spine of the movie.”
Smith continued talking about collaborating with director David Ayer on the character saying, “I couldn’t find a model to understand what would make someone comfortable killing another person for money,” said Smith. “David walked me through that. He found a book for me (The Anatomy of Motive by John Douglas), and I worked through getting into the mind of serial killers. Once I accepted the [notion the author puts forth] that it feels good, that »
- J.B. Casas
Skybound has officially announced their schedule for this year's San Diego Comic-Con, including respective panels for The Walking Dead comic book series and Outcast, as well as AMC's previously revealed panels for The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead:
From Skybound: "Thursday, July 21st
4:30pm – 5:30pm; Room 6De
Skybound’s The Walking Dead – Join The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast), longtime artist of The Walking Dead Charlie Adlard and Skybound Entertainment Editorial Director Sean Mackiewicz as they discuss all things The Walking Dead and what’s to come for the series as it approaches its 160th issue. Panel will be moderated by Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
Friday, July 22nd
12:00pm -1:00pm; Hall H
- Derek Anderson
Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have announced that Max Landis (Chronicle, Superman: American Alien) is teaming up with penciler Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man), inker Cliff Rathburn, colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu, and letterer Pat Brosseau for the all-new miniseries Green Valley, which is set for release in October. Check out a first look preview here…
“Green Valley was an idea I had when I was a very little kid,” said Landis. “As I got older, most of my ideas from when I was small sounded stupider and stupider. But Green Valley persisted in my mind, and grew. I’m glad to see it finally come to life so beautifully.”
The knights of Kelodia are the finest in the land, but they’ve never faced a power like the one that resides in Green Valley. This new nine-issue miniseries will welcome readers into a world where nothing is as it seems.
Green Valley »
- Gary Collinson
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