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Jessie Robertson reports on Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con 2014….
So, this weekend I , along with my friend Jesse, packed up and headed to the Windy City for our first big major Con, Wizard World in Chicago. We were there from Friday night to Sunday afternoon, taking in all the sights, sounds, Deadpools and Harley Quinns!
For this article, I wanted to go over 5 things I really liked and 3 things I didn’t care for at the event…
Chicago Comic Con was held at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center, which is an enormous venue with easily accessible parking and great directions throughout the building on where you need to go. The website itself was highly detailed, and you get a guide when you enter the building that shows you every single celebrity, every panel and every vendor that will be involved in the event with times and it was super helpful. »
- Jessie Robertson
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who co-wrote 2011′s breakout black comedy Horrible Bosses, are teaming up again to produce All Day and a Night, a prison-set action-comedy scribed by Paul Ruehl and the late Lester Lewis from an idea by Goldstein and Daley.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, All Day and a Night (which is prison slang for a life sentence without possibility of parole) will follow “a TV news crew that heads to prison to chronicle the life of two guards. But when a violent prison riot breaks out, the crew becomes stranded inside with the guards.” No cast has yet been set for the comedy, but Relativity Studios is attached to produce, finance and distribute.
Ruehl was a writer and co-producer for MTV’s raunchy high school comedy series The Hard Times of Rj Berger, while Lewis, who died in March of last year, worked as a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Although we’re yet to have an announcement from Paramount Pictures on who will be directing Star Trek 3, it seems like it’s all but official that Roberto Orci will be taking up the director’s chair vacated by J.J. Abrams, and now star Simon Pegg has echoed that sentiment, sharing a few thoughts on the Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer taking over the reins on the sci-fi franchise:
“He emailed me before the news broke saying: ‘Hey man, I might be doing this, shall we nerd out?’” Pegg tells the BBC. “I’m really happy he’s doing it as it’s kept within the family kind of thing, it’s not somebody coming in from outside. Bob’s been there since the first Star Trek – by that I mean the 2009 one – so it seemed to make perfect sense that he come in as a »
- Gary Collinson
Keep the lights on, because today’s edition of Sequel Bits is unusually horror-heavy. After the jump: Karl Urban wants to do Star Trek for 25 more years Avatar 2 is probably going to shoot in early 2015 Transformers 4 is now the 18th biggest film ever Mark Duplass wants to make Creep 2 and 3 right […]
The post Sequel Bits: ‘Sinister 2′, ‘ABCs of Death 2′, ‘Avatar 2′, ‘Star Trek 2′ appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Our favorite film festival in the world is nigh. Later next month, Austin, Texas will host hundreds of genre fans for Fantastic Fest 2014!! We have the full list which includes the Us Premiere of Tusk as well as the World Premieres of ABCs of Death 2 and Horsehead. These won’t be all the films that will play the 10th anniversary of the film festival but it would be enough if it was. Look forward to more announcement waves of programming and don’t forget to follow up with our predictions that we made last week. I have added trailers above the film titles, if available. If the trailer is not available, there will be a still above the title.
From the Press Release
- Andy Triefenbach
There’s certainly no shortage of fights, explosions, and car chases to witness onscreen these days, but much of the action is, frankly, dull—the result of a tired series or a simple lack of creativity.
Just over a decade ago, however, the Bourne Identity set the action bar high. And since today is the tenth anniversary of the franchise’s second film, The Bourne Supremacy, we’re taking a look back at how the series got action right, how it has weathered the last 10 years, and what action films circa 2014 can learn from the trilogy.
Doug Liman, executive producer, »
- C. Molly Smith
What keeps any story or idea relevant is continuous adaptation. The blanket statement that “remakes suck” discounts a lot of great remakes and ignores the fact that mankind has been retelling and remixing stories forever. A good example of reinvention is Batman, who will see his 4th cinematic incarnation and is popular worldwide and across all ages. Buck Rogers on the other hand hasn’t had a new movie since 1939 and grows more irrelevant with each passing year.
All five movies that I think are due for a remake are 15 years or older. Four of these are adaptations from other media. For each movie I break down their faults or misfortunes, the opportunity in the source material or potential in a remake, how a remake makes fiscal sense, its current and past remake status, and finally a bit of fanboy wishful thinking.
Wild Wild West (1999) Why It's Due for a »
- Free Reyes
Now that Roberto Orci has secured the director’s chair and Paramount has set a 2016 release date, development on the third instalment of the studio’s rebooted Star Trek series is moving up to full impulse power, and during a chat with the Humans From Earth podcast, Orci has spoken briefly about the threequel, stating that the story will take place in deep space during the crew’s five-year mission…
“In [Star Trek Into Darkness] they set out finally where the original series started. The first two films – especially the 2009 [Star Trek] – was an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren’t the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie. So in this movie they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So »
- Gary Collinson
The latest issue of Empire Magazine has revealed four new photos from Brett Ratner's upcoming "Hercules" film featuring Dwayne Johnson. The new shots showcase the pair along with the villainous Autolycus (Rufus Sewell) and the enormous Rhesus (Tobias Santelmann). Click here to check out those photos, or below to see the new TV spot for the film.
Mark Ruffalo has confirmed that the cast of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" will be making an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con next month: "Yeah, we're gonna go out there. We're all flying, we're flying from London. We're working. We're shooting. We're gonna stop and get on a plane and go to Comic Con together. It's gonna be amazing."
Asked if fans at the Con will get to see some footage next month, he says: "There might be some cool new Hulk, Hulk-o, Hulk-o-phobia, Hulk-o-phernalia. Hulk-a-phernalia!" [Source: Collider]
- Garth Franklin
Universal has taken “The Loft” off its release calendar and replaced it with the horror movie “As Above, So Below” which is set in the Paris catacombs, the studio announced Thursday. “The Loft” stars James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Matthias Schoenaerts, Eric Stonestreet and Karl Urban as five friends who share the same apartment for their extramarital affairs. When the body of an unknown young woman shows up there, they begin to turn on each other. The film was directed by Erik Van Looy and had been set for release on Aug. 29, though a new date has not been announced. See also:. »
- Linda Ge
The Loft was given the August 29, 2014, release date back in August 2013, but now the crime thriller starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Rhona Mitra, Wentworth Miller and Eric Stonestreet has been pulled, with no word yet from the studio where it will land. In its place, Universal slotted As Above/So Below, a psychological thriller from Legendary and John Erick and Drew Dowdle. That pic, directed by John Erick, revolves around a team of explorers who venture into the Paris catacombs and uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. It had been scheduled for an August […] »
Universal Pictures has abruptly pulled Dark Castle Entertainment's genre film The Loft from its release schedule two months ahead of the movie's planned debut on Aug. 29, the beginning of Labor Day weekend. Dark Castle chief and veteran producer Joel Silver brought the American-Belgian thriller with him from Warner Bros. when striking a new distribution deal with Universal. Dark Castle made the film, starring Karl Urban and James Marsden, with Anonymous Content. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Directed by Erik Van Looy, The Loft tells the story of five married men who share a penthouse loft
- Pamela McClintock
Conceptual illustrator Alfonso De La Torre ("Green Lantern") posted some rather interesting pieces of concept art he created for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness. The first two are of an alien horse and the third is an alien bug. The original plan was to have James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) encounter one of these two creatures instead of the beast that he stuns and then quickly finds out from Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban) was their getaway vehicle. Alfonso De La Torre explained, "Originally, they wanted to design an alien horse, but in the end they scrapped the idea and I think they used the snow creature from the first movie, but with a different surface treatment." As for the fishy set, Alfonso De La Torre said, "They were meant for the underwater scene where an "alien fish" comes close to the Enterprise and spooks Scotty." A fish does appear, »
In today's world of studio movie making, let's face it, it's all about franchising. It's all about the sequels. In fact, this weekend we have two sequels hitting theaters in 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2. The first is a comedy sequel and it's receiving great reviews, despite the fact comedies rarely have good sequels. The second has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of the summer and perhaps the biggest animated movie of 2014. Whyc Sequels sell and if they're good they sell even more. That said, last week I started considering the sequels that were actually better than the original film in any given franchise. This isn't a question of what are the best sequelsc (I've already made that list.) Instead, what sequels managed to exceed the quality and entertainment of the film(s) that came before them. In this sense I have »
- Brad Brevet
[This is a review of Crossbones season 1, episode 2. There will be Spoilers.]
Last week’s series premiere of Crossbones proved that John Malkovich (Blackbeard) and Richard Coyle (Tom Lowe) are more than capable of carrying the dramatic weight of NBC’s new pirate drama. In its second outing, entitled ‘The Covenant,’ some of the supporting cast members are called upon to help share the load. Were they successful, or did they crumble under the intense pressure?
This question is paramount, due to the fact that even with two strong leading characters, any new series is only as strong as its ensemble (or guest stars for that matter). Look at a show like Almost Human, where Karl Urban (Star Trek) and Michael Ealy (Underworld: Awakening) had ...
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- David Griffin
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
“I know six things in this picture that will no longer be blue”
Thanks to David for this week’s winning caption!
Weekend Birthdays! Karl Urban (above) is 42, Harvey Fierstein is 62, Sandra Bernhard is 59, Michael Cera is 26, Nancy Sinatra is 74, Julianna Marguiles is 48, and Bonnie Tyler is 63. Pretty Boy In Underwear Guitar Swinging is a lost art. Thank you for preserving it, Bonnie.
Out director Bill Condon has been chosen to direct the live-action version of Beauty & The Beast. Thanks for nothing, Maleficent
Universal Pictures has not a single blockbuster movie on its 2014 slate. So why is it posting some of its most impressive numbers for years?
Once upon a time, Universal Pictures had its slate for 2014 pretty much sorted. It was to base it around two massive blockbuster sequels, a pair of tentpole pictures that were of sufficient size for others studios to steer clear of them. And that would then give the studio the latitude to place a few other, cheaper bets around the board.
But then, last year, there was a change of plan. Jurassic Park 4 became Jurassic World, and more worryingly for Universal, it bounced from the summer of 2014 to the summer of 2015. That meant that Universal's blockbuster strategy hung on Fast & Furious 7, a sequel that the studio had fasttracked - at the cost of director Justin Lin - so that it followed Fast & Furious 6 by a mere year. »
For a while now, many have deemed RoboCop to be popular culture’s most recognisable crime-fighting characters of all time. In line with its Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray and DVD release on 9th June 2014 from StudioCanal, we count down – not only the 10 most recognisable crime-fighters – but best ten the entertainment world has had to offer…
Played by: Clint Eastwood
It’s quite impressive that Clint Eastwood has played Harry Callahan, his defining cop not afraid to cross ethical boundaries to serve justice, a total of five times over his illustrious career. An Inspector with the San Francisco police department, his primary concern is to protect and avenge the victims of violent crime by any means necessary.
Played by:Gene Hackman
Based on real-life New York City police detective Eddie Egan, »
- Phil Wheat
This has been quite the week for movie and television news, as we’ve been given a lot to talk about regarding some of the most hotly-anticipated upcoming properties, spin-offs, and series. Things slowed down a bit in mid-May, as the networks all began announcing their various cancellations, renewals, and pick-ups for the fall TV season. Now, that stuff’s all taken a backseat to some big blockbuster fare, as the major studios have kept us busy with casting updates and film announcements.
On the superhero side of things, we’ve got Spider-Man, Batman vs. Superman, X-Men, and Ant-Man news to share, some of which is exciting, while there’s one heartbreaking story in there as well. I’ll let you sweat about which one is which.
- James Garcia
In a Hollywood landscape populated by sequels, franchises, and multiple reboots, it’s amazing that a sequel to 2010′s comic book adaptation Dredd has been unable to gain traction. Dredd has everything that Hollywood could ask for: a comic book universe, a morally questionable main character, sexy and badass women, and lots of violence. But poor marketing killed Dredd at the box office and, despite achieving cult status via DVD and streaming, a sequel has remained a distant pipe dream.
No one loves Dredd more than star Karl Urban, and he uses every panel appearance he makes to push the film. At a recent panel discussion at Motor City Comic Con, Urban mentioned that the entire experience of Dredd was a lot of fun for him; aside from the bulky and hot costume, that is. While Urban has always kept the idea of a Dredd sequel on the table, he »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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