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Simon Kinberg must get a lot less sleep than the rest of us; the writer/producer has been involved in quite a few big projects in the past couple of years including X-men: Days Of Future Past, Cinderella, Chappie, The Martian, as well as the upcoming Deadpool, X-men: Apocalypse, and Gambit. Kinberg has played a part in the X-Men franchise for many years and spoke with THR about what the future... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Building a connected universe is all the rage right now in Hollywood. Marvel and DC both have their own expansive worlds, Transformers is setting one up, and Ghostbusters may be a well. One of the biggest and most successful of these is Star Wars, and that.s the model that 20th Century Fox as a roadmap for their own superhero realm. Talking to The Hollywood Reporter about his latest project, Ridley Scott.s The Martian, producer Simon Kinberg, who is all over Fox.s superhero universe, had some interesting things to say about how they.re approaching this world. He said: It's almost like the way the Star Wars movies now are. The Episodes are the mainline movies, and then you have the stand-alone movies. The X-Men flagship is [Michael] Fassbender, [James] McAvoy, Jen [Lawrence], and Nick Hoult, and then we have the stand-alone movies. Out of all of the »
Darth Vader has returned! And he's angry! A special Star Wars Rebels Season 2 trailer has just arrived from Nycc 2015. The Ghost crew is back. But they're not alone! Get your first look at new allies, new starships, new Inquisitors, and much more as the fight against the Empire continues in the season premiere of Star Wars Rebels on October 14, 9:30 p.m. Et/Pt.
In Star Wars Rebels Season Two, past lives will be revealed and the destiny of our heroes will be changed forever. The transformative new season resumes with Imperial oppression on Lothal growing stronger and the rebels seeking out new allies and additional resources to sustain their fight against the evil Empire. With the help of Ahsoka Tano, the crew of the Ghost enlists some old friends: ex-clone troopers who fought in the Clone Wars. As the rebels grow in number, so do their enemies. New Inquisitors »
This story first appeared in the Oct. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Simon Kinberg isn't opposed to making small movies. The tentpole maestro behind Cinderella (produced), Sherlock Holmes (wrote) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (produced and wrote) says he's attempted an intimate drama, but inevitably it turned epic. "When I wrote Mr. & Mrs. Smith in film school [at Columbia University], I was trying to write my version of Ordinary People or Kramer vs. Kramer — people in a bad marriage who have to get through problems. But for
- Tatiana Siegel
Ryan Reynolds's Deadpool is powered by a regenerative healing power, expert agility and a righteous anger. But will that help him against next year's big blockbuster hitters, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War or X-Men: Apocalypse?
Reynolds isn't too scared. Speaking to Total Film, the actor said that Deadpool's other superpower will see him through.
"I mean, Deadpool's greatest superpower is annoying the shit out of people," says Reynolds. "So I imagine that he would spark a heavy wave of ire from any one of those groups."
The road to cinemas has been a long and torturous one for Deadpool, but Reynolds has been behind the project all the way.
The film only got greenlit by studio Fox - with a tiny budget - after a special effects showreel was leaked online and the internet went bananas over it.
"There's been a lot »
Be jealous, someone outside of the production team has seen Deadpool. And they seemingly really enjoyed it. Well most of it.
Thanks to the Ace Scooping machine that is Heroic Hollywood’s Umberto Gonzalez, a mystery source (quelle surprise!) has offered his assessment of what has been described as a “really, really rough cut” of Tim Miller’s hotly anticipated, distinctly grown-up comic book movie.
The covert ninja scooper, as I’m sure he likes to call himself, was the part of the first audience to see a finished cut – despite producer Simon Kinberg’s prublic announcement that he’d seen the movie a full month before that. But maybe that’s picking apart the source too much (call me cynical when it comes to scoops like this, but it’s important to always take everything with a pinch of salt).
All-in-all, the assessment suggests the film is great: »
- Simon Gallagher
Kicking things off with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Kathleen Kennedy has been talking about the movie’s themes and how the Skywalker family play into everything. It had been rumoured that this new trilogy would focus on the offspring of Luke and Leia (not together you weirdos!), but we still don’t know the full story despite being less than 3 months away from the release of the movie. But we do know that the lineage will play a role. “The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga,” Kennedy said. “The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story… »
- Luke Owen
Following on from the news that Sarah Michelle Gellar is voicing an Inquisitor in Star Wars Rebels, executive producer Simon Kinberg has been speaking to The Nerdist about the upcoming second season, during which he was asked about the possibility of characters from Rebels appearing in the likes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story or other future movies.
“There’s certainly potential for it. And as a fan of everything that Lucasfilm’s doing, it’d be fun to see different characters pop up across different stories,” states Kinberg. ” But the thing we’re really focused on is just making sure there is real continuity, that it is a unified universe from a story perspective, where anything that happens in Rebels is canon, in the same way as the original movies or prequels, The Clone Wars, and the movies going forward. There’s just a lot of care that »
- Gary Collinson
Following the success of The Fault In Our Stars, Josh Boone has been courted for any number of projects, including the long delayed adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. While that's still in his future, it was revealed earlier this year that Boone will direct and co-write (alongside Knate Gwaltney) New Mutants at Fox. Simon Kinberg will produce, and had this to say at the time: "We’re so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe, and so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters." Well, the first draft of the screenplay is now finished, so we're one step closer to hearing when this team of heroes will arrive on the big screen. Are you looking forward to New Mutants? Let us know your thoughts in the usual place. The first draft of New Mutants is »
Way back in March, Disney Xd announced that Sarah Michelle Gellar has signed on to voice a mysterious role in Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. The new season starts Wednesday, October 14 with "The Lost Commanders, and now we finally have word on the character Sarah Michelle Gellar is voicing. BuzzFeed has the latest preview for this upcoming season, which confirms that the actress is playing a new Inquisitor, known as The Seventh Sister.
The Seventh Sister believes Ahsoka has returned. Sarah Michelle Gellar explains that her character is on a quest to destroy Ahsoka and the rest of the beloved Rebels. The actress also teases that The Seventh Sister "plays cat and mouse" with Kanan, voiced by her husband Freddie Prinze Jr., while discussing her longtime admiration of the Star Wars franchise as a whole. We also get to see some of the weapons in her arsenal, such as Mimic Droids, »
Just three months after signing on to direct 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated superhero spinoff Gambit, filmmaker Rupert Wyatt backed out of the project two weeks ago. The departure was attributed to a shift in the Gambit production schedule, which was supposed to begin in November, but was then changed to March 2016, which reportedly conflicted with an unspecified project. Today, The Hollywood Reporter claims that the split happened because 20th Century Fox started questioning whether or not the filmmaker was truly committed to the project.
Ironically, just weeks before Rupert Wyatt signed on this past June, a report surfaced that actor/producer Channing Tatum was having trouble finding a director for Gambit. He reportedly approached his Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, along with Darren Aronofsky (Noah), Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year). All of those filmmakers passed on the project. But even after Rupert Wyatt signed on, »
James McAvoy is in negotiations to star in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest supernatural thriller, an untitled project being produced by genre-loving Jason Blum. The X-Men actor is stepping into the shoes that seemed initially earmarked for Joaquin Phoenix and would have marked a reunion between the filmmaker and one of the stars of his 2002 hit Signs. Read more 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Is "The Culmination" of Previous Movies, Says Simon Kinberg Reasons for Phoenix’s exit were not revealed but sources said a deal was never made, with one source saying the process never got past the discussion stage. Talking
- Borys Kit
An ancient mutant will attack the 1980s in 2016's new X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse. Here's our look ahead...
If the double-bill disappointment of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine couldn’t kill the X-Men franchise, nothing can. Now that X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days Of Future Past have got the series back on track, there’s no stopping Fox’s mutant movies.
However, there’s one upcoming X-film that promises a bigger scale, a more dastardly villain and the biggest collection of dodgy haircuts than any of the rest. That film would be X-Men: Apocalypse.
This one’s the next team-based instalment, and it will focus on the recast protagonists introduced in First Class, picking up after their adventure in Days Of Future Past. »
While the sun, Earth and moon lined up to cause a “super blood moon” eclipse Sunday evening, 20th Century Fox held its own celestial event by presenting a sneak preview of Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi film “The Martian” in RealD 3D at the New York Film Festival. Scott, along with his starry cast members Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan and Mackenzie Davis, received thunderous applause for their performances in this outer space survival story based on the 2011 bestselling novel by Andy Weir.
The film stars Matt Damon as an astronaut-botanist, who is presumed dead and left behind on Mars by his crew. He is forced to find ways to survive as Nasa officials race to bring him home. Damon was absent from the screening at Alice Tully Hall — due to shooting the fifth installment of the “Bourne” franchise in Europe — but taped a message for the »
- Paul Chi
The Martian is Ridley Scott's best film in nearly 15 years. Part science lesson, part Robinson Crusoe drama, this is exciting and engaging filmmaking that reminds you just how good the seminal sci-fi director can be with the right script and the right story.
Helping this Matt-Damon-left-on-Mars survival thriller is a who's who of acting, producing and writing talent. From producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes) to screenwriter Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods, Daredevil), there's no weak link.
The crew that accidentally leave Damon's biologist Mark Watney on the red planet - Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie - are good enough to warrant their own spin-off movie (though that would make absolutely no sense), while the Nasa bods back home are similarly strong, notably space programme head honcho Jeff Daniels, PR guru Kristen Wiig and Mars mission supervisor Chiwetel Ejiofor. »
But it’s clear he’s involved, and he’s given a few hints as to the direct that Warner Bros is taking with its DC films. “When you work for DC, it’s sort of like working for the CIA. You have a vow of silence. I think, as we speak, Zack Snyder’s gonna come in here and put a muzzle on me”, Fuchs admitted, explaining why he can’t say too much.
“I can tell you, I am someone who from a very young age was a huge fan of DC Comics. »
Fans got their first look at the new Superman (Henry Cavill) in 2013's Man of Steel, and next year we'll get to see even more heroes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. One of those iconic crime fighters is Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), who is getting her own stand alone movie that starts production in November. Way back in December, we reported that Pan screenwriter Jason Fuchs will write the screenplay. But with shooting just a few months away, Warner Bros. still hasn't even confirmed his involvement. During an interview with Collider, the writer himself wouldn't confirm that he wrote the script, only saying "Warners has been very kind to me." He did offer his thoughts about how the DC Comics movie universe is much different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"This is what I would say. When you work for DC, it's sort of like working for the CIA. »
It was reported last year that Pan scribe Jason Fuchs is writing the Wonder Woman movie for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, and while he for some reason is unwilling to confirm or deny that, he had plenty to say about the direction of the DC Extended Universe in a recent interview.
Fuchs is now yet another person involved with these movies to point out that the DC Comics adaptations are grittier and darker than Marvel’s offerings, and it’s hard not to suspect that the studio has insisted this be pointed out in the hope of making it clear to moviegoers that they’ll be getting a very different kind of superhero movie with the likes of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.
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Check out what Fuchs had to say in a recent interview below:
“This is what I would say. »
- Josh Wilding
Tune in live as the cast and filmmakers of The Martian arrive at the premiere in London, today at 9:45 am Pt, exclusively on Yahoo. Be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram for photos and videos live from the premiere red carpet! Starting at 9:30 Am Pt, you can submit your very own questions for the cast with #TheMartianLive. Fans can also continue to get involved and visit BringHimHome.com to put yourself in the official poster.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and »
Simon Kinberg has been chatting about the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, whilst promoting The Martian. He's written and produced the former, and has produced the latter, and he's been chatting a little about the new X-Men film to Collider.
"It feels like the culmination of the four main characters really - McAvoy, Fassbender, Nic Hoult and Jen[nifer Lawrence]. And it's a bigger movie in both physical scale and I would say emotional stakes too because it is the culmination of this mini trilogy of stories".
That pretty much ties into what was known already to be fair, and »
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