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Anghus Houvouras on the low stakes in Marvel movies…
There are so many things the Marvel movies have done right. They’ve launched a new era of studio blockbusters, faithfully adapted some of their most exciting characters with care, and delivered consistently entertaining feature films that, for the most part, are well worth the price of admission.
The main criticism Marvel has received over the years is how weak their rogues gallery has been. Most of the films feature fairly unspectacular ‘one and done’ villains who really don’t offer much more than a warm body (or bodies) for our heroes to punch repeatedly. Every once in a while we’re blessed with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki or Daniel Bruhl’s amazing Zemo. »
- Anghus Houvouras
“Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go,” published in 2008 as the first book in a trilogy, is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts.
The book is centered on the only boy in a town of men, who makes a startling discovery that forces him to flee with only his dog in hand. With the townspeople in pursuit, »
- Justin Kroll
Mystique is awesome and Magneto kicks ass, but truth be told, neither of them can compare to the mutant that holds the the key to my heart: Quicksilver. Just to be clear, I'm talking specifically about the Quicksilver played by Evan Peters in the X-Men movies, not the Aaron Taylor-Johnson version from Avengers: Age of Ultron, who is Ok, I guess. Peters is back as the scene-stealing speedster in X-Men: Apocalypse, and his appearance is just as glorious as his debut in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Take a minute to revisit why he's such a vital part of the X-Men universe. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Taking almost as long between films as Terrence Malick, fashion designer turned filmmaker Tom Ford's second directorial feature has finally secured a release date - seven years after his debut film "A Single Man" opened in 2009.
Based on Austin Wright's novel "Tony and Susan," the story focuses on an art gallery owner (Amy Adams) who is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.
Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Ellie Bamber and Laura Linney also star. Focus Features scored the worldwide rights to the film at Cannes in a whopping $20 million deal.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Focus will expand “Animals” on Nov. 23 and go wide on Dec. 9. It bought worldwide rights last year at the Cannes Film Festival in a deal costing more than $20 million.
Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Ellie Bamber and Laura Linney also star in the drama. The film is an adaptation of Austin Wright’s 1993 novel “Tony And Susan,” described as a two-part story within a story.
The first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband — a man whom she left 20 years earlier — asking for her opinion of his writing. The second revolves around the manuscript, titled “Nocturnal Animals,” about a man whose family vacation turns violent.
“Nocturnal Animals” marks Ford’s return to directing, seven years after the release of “A Single Man, »
- Dave McNary
While Cannes Film Festival gave us a promising preview of what we can expect to arrive in theaters this fall, there’s still many more highly-anticipated films waiting to debut. Near the top of the list is a likely contender for fall festivals: Tom Ford‘s A Single Man follow-up Nocturnal Animals. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Kim Basinger, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher, and Armie Hammer, Focus Features have now set a release date.
The drama will open on November 18th in limited release, opposite one of the best films of the year, Kenneth Lonergan‘s Manchester By the Sea (our review), which Roadside Attractions will put out. Opening nationwide that same day is WB’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Relativity’s The Disappointments Room. Ford’s film will expand further on November 23rd, before going wide on December 9th.
An adaptation of Austin Wright »
- Jordan Raup
Though Spider-Man’s inclusion in the superhero battle royale that was Captain America: Civil War has shown executives and audiences alike that corporate synergy can be a wonderful thing, Marvel Comics is still spread across an array of big-name studios, meaning that bringing together some characters known for rubbing elbows in comic-book panels can be a lot more complicated on the big screen. However, that’s not stopping some actors in different camps from vocalizing their desires to see such team-ups happen.
Recently, Alexandra Shipp, who plays Storm in this month’s X-Men: Apocalypse, told The Obsev that one of her professional pipe dreams involves bringing her mutant hero together with Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther for a blockbuster outing.
“I want that movie so bad. I’ve got a pitch, I’m like coming up with a vision board, I want this movie to happen,” she said. “Honestly it »
- Isaac Feldberg
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Back when it became apparent that we would see two Quicksilvers on the big screen at the same time, fans delighted in claiming that Fox’s decision to include the speedster in X-Men: Days of Future Past was little more than a petty response to Marvel including him in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Well, for those who don’t know, it actually came about because the character (and his sister, the Scarlet Witch) have been members of the X-Men and Avengers in the past, allowing them to appear in both film franchises. However, what no one expected was for Evan Peters’ take on Quicksilver to end up overshadowing Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s.
The McU version ultimately ended up being killed off, so there’s now no way to compare them when the son of Magneto returns in X-Men: Apocalypse, and Peters is actually pretty disappointed about that. »
- Josh Wilding
Just a few days ago, Warner Bros. and Legendary made some changes to its release schedule, pushing Godzilla 2 back nine months from June 8, 2018 to March 22, 2019, while issuing a May 29, 2020 release date for Godzilla Vs Kong, which ties into next year's Kong: Skull Island. Now that that Godzilla 2 has a new release date, the project has suffered a setback, with director Gareth Edwards parting ways with the project. It isn't clear yet if Warner Bros. and Legendary have any candidates in mind to replace the filmmaker, but with nearly three years to go until this hits theaters, there is still plenty of time to find a directorial replacement.
Deadline reports that the split between Gareth Edwards and Warner Bros. was amicable, and that both parties agreed on the filmmaker parting ways before the new release date was announced. This report reveals that the filmmaker had several projects he wanted »
Gareth Edwards will no longer direct “Godzilla 2” for Legendary and Warner Bros., TheWrap has learned. Edwards helmed the 2014 “Godzilla” film, which grossed $200 million at the domestic box office, based on a $160 million budget. It starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston, as well as the classic Japanese movie reptile, who was tasked with saving the world from two other monsters. Edwards is still signed on to direct “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which will open on Dec. 16. Also Read: 'Godzilla 2,' 'Godzilla vs. Kong' Stomp Out New Release Dates “Godzilla 2” is dated »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Currently, there are only two Marvel characters that can be used by both Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox on the big screen: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The latter’s the only one who’s appeared in both franchises, with Evan Peters playing him in the X-Men moves, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson playing him in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Unfortunately for Taylor-Johnson’s version, he was killed in battle, and Peters was disappointed to see him go due to the lost potential. Evans expressed his “devastation” about McU Quicksilver’s death go in an interview with Yahoo!, saying how he wanted to see the character keep going and didn’t understand why they killed him off. The actor continued: I liked what they did with it. It was different. It was a completely different take on it. He had the Russian accent. I mean, »
Remaining in largely the same sub-genre from last year’s gothic-horror Crimson Peak, prolific filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has started to cast the net in search of an ensemble to topline his latest creative venture – an otherworldly and as-yet-untitled Cold War romance.
Ever the master of keeping audiences on tenterhooks, details regarding del Toro’s new project are shrouded in mystery for the time being, though we understand that Shannon is in line to join a cast that already boasts Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Set against the throes of the Cold War, The Hollywood Reporter also notes that the Midnight Special star has been offered the villain role in the “mysterious and magical journey,” which evokes more than a few memories of Guillermo del Toro’s older films, including Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone in particular.
If Crimson Peak was a step towards the director’s horror roots, »
- Michael Briers
I will be 50 years old three days before Godzilla vs Kong arrives in theaters. Or at least, that’s how it appears things will shake out according to the new release dates that were set by Warner Bros. as they shift their schedule around again. Gareth Edwards, still hard at work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is still set as the director of Godzilla 2. He must be relieved to see that they’re moving Godzilla 2 to a new date on March 22, 2019, giving him a little bit of breathing room before these two giant films. Meanwhile, Jordan Vogt-Roberts is working hard right now on Kong: Skull Island, which is set in the same film universe, and which will give us some idea about how we’re ever going to see the big ape go head to head with the traditionally-much-larger fire-breathing lizard. After all, they’ve already »
- Drew McWeeny
Mike Leigh’s forthcoming drama about the infamous 1819 Peterloo massacre looks set to be picked up for distribution by Amazon, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The streaming site and distributor is in negotiations to acquire the North American rights to Leigh’s follow-up to acclaimed biopic Mr Turner, about the British painter Jmw Turner.
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- Ben Child
The Wall, which will be the first original film created by Amazon Studios, is being directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) from a script by Dwain Worell (Operator) and reportedly centres on “an American sharpshooter who is trapped in a standoff with an Iraqi sniper.” Amazon snapped up the rights to the story after it had appeared on the Black List back in 2014.
Taylor-Johnson will soon be seen in director Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon and Amy Adams. Liman currently remains attached to Fox’s delayed X-Men spinoff Gambit and could also return for the sci-fi sequel Edge of Tomorrow 2.
- Scott J. Davis
Pitched as a “deadly cat and mouse thriller” between an American sharpshooter and a deadly Iraq sniper, Liman’s latest inevitably draws comparisons to Clint Eastwood’s award-winning American Sniper, though the outlet notes that the feature is a much more focused affair. Pinned down by a heap of rubble – hence the title – The Wall has all the makings of a pulse-pounding thriller, rooting the audience in a single location for much of its running time.
Based on Dwain Worrell’s original screenplay, which first surfaced on Hollywood’s famed Black List two years ago, The Wall is now poised to become Amazon’s first original feature film, as the online giant looks to strengthen its creative output in the »
- Michael Briers
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film tells the story of an American sharpshooter who is trapped in a standoff with an Iraqi sniper. The trade adds that Liman will direct this film before he heads over to Fox to direct the much-delayed Gambit movie with Channing Tatum.
The film will be taken to Cannes later this week to be sold to international markets.
- Paul Heath
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is in talks to star in Doug Liman‘s sniper thriller “The Wall,” which is heading into production at Amazon Studios, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Dwain Worrell wrote the screenplay, which was voted to the 2014 Black List and was the first spec script bought by Amazon. “The Wall” follows a sniper (Taylor-Johnson) and his spotter who are pinned down behind a chunk of wall by a legendary sniper. Also Read: Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams Eyed to Star in Tom Ford's Thriller 'Nocturnal Animals' Liman plans to direct “The Wall” this summer before he returns to big-budget. »
- Jeff Sneider
The pic will be the first original film for Amazon with Liman directing from a script by Dwain Worrell. The script was on the 2014 Black List before being acquired by the studio.
Amazon and Taylor-Johnson’s reps were not able to be reached for comment.
The film is described as a deadly cat-and-mouse thriller waged between an American sniper, played by Taylor-Johnson, and Iraqi sharpshooter who has him pinned down behind a small chunk of concrete. FilmNation is handling international sales for the film at the Cannes Film Festival, which begins later this week.
Sources say Taylor-Johnson won Liman over for the highly coveted role after several meetings.
- Justin Kroll
The deadly cat-and-mouse thriller follows an American sniper (Taylor-Johnson) and an Iraqi sharpshooter who has him pinned down behind a small chunk of concrete.
Taylor-Johnson reportedly won Liman over for the highly coveted role after several meetings. Liman helms from a script by Dwain Worrell, a script that made the 2014 Black List.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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