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While 20th Century Fox has enjoyed a fairly solid run with its X-Men franchise (in terms of box office receipts at least), the studio suffered a major setback in 2015 with its Fantastic Four reboot – a film that was butchered with reshoots, trashed by fans and critics alike (and even its director Josh Trank), and grossed a miserly $168 million worldwide.
Fox did have high hopes for the film – its second attempt at bringing Marvel’s First Family to the big screen – and even had a sequel pencilled in for June of this year. Naturally that hasn’t materialised, despite never having been officially being ruled out by anyone involved with the project, and the status of the franchise remains up in the air.
- Gary Collinson
In the modern age of comic book movies, there is perhaps no greater failure than Fox's 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four. As much as people may have their issues with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, those movies were at least successful at the box office and are movies that had a lot of potential. There is very little positive to say about director Josh Trank's Fantastic Four. Despite the fact that pretty much everyone agrees it was a terrible movie, it looks like Fox still wants to make The Fantastic Four 2.
Recently, long time X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg spoke with Collider in anticipation of the upcoming third and final Wolverine movie Logan, which, unlike Fantastic Four, has been getting rave reviews. At one point the conversation turned to Fantastic Four and whether or not we would ever see an alternate cut of the movie, »
We learned early last month that Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are co-hosting the Independent Spirit Awards, and now IndieWire can exclusively announce the presenters at this Saturday’s ceremony. Nine actors will be lending their talents to the proceedings: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Kerry Washington, Miles Teller, Samuel L. Jackson, Freida Pinto, Fred Armisen and Amanda Peet.
In addition, Gary Clark Jr. is serving as the one-man house band for the ceremony, the Spirit Awards’ 32nd. The awards will be broadcast live on IFC at 5 p.m. Est this Saturday. Full list of nominees below.
- Michael Nordine
[[tmz:video id="0_o7pa8q16"]] First it was Prez Trump, now Miles Teller has fallen victim to the dreaded Fake News -- or at least that's Miles' take on the Oscar role that got away. Mt was at Catch Monday night celebrating his 30th bday (they grow up so fast) ... when we asked him about the buzz he was up for the Ryan Gosling part in "La La Land." Check out his quick response -- dude's ready for the White House. »
- TMZ Staff
The story goes that Emma Watson was courted to star in “La La Land” (along with Miles Teller), but wound up being dropped after making “crazy demands,” and instead pivoted towards Disney‘s “Beauty And Beast.” No matter how much truth versus legend is in that tale, Watson is getting her chance to break out into song on the big screen, and Disney isn’t holding anything back, with the first clip from the film showing the actress doing her thing.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (action-drama; Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart; rated R) The Edge of Seventeen (comedy; Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson; rated R) Arrival (Oscar-nominated sci-fi drama directed by Denis Villeneuve; Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker; available now on cable Mod on the same day as 4K Uhd, Blu-ray and DVD; rated PG-13) Bleed for This (boxing drama; Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart; rated R) Priceless (thriller-drama; Joel Smallbone, Bianca Santos; rated...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Continuing its award season winning streak, “La La Land” reigned supreme at the 70th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday. The musical scored five wins including Best Picture, Best Original Music, Best Cinematography and Best Director for Damien Chazelle. Related: Miles Teller Shuts Down Reports He And Emma Watson Were Too Demanding For ‘La La Land’ While Ryan […] »
- Will Reid
After declining box office results, Lionsgate made the rather shocking decision last summer to release their final Divergent film as a TV movie, which will then lead into a spinoff Divergent TV series. The studio hasn't made any other official announcements about this project since then, with the movie originally slated to hit theaters on July 9, but over the past few months, it's become clear that star Shailene Woodley was not happy with this drastic switch. During a recent red carpet interview, the actress revealed once again that she has no intention of starring in the TV movie or the TV series.
Vanity Fair caught up with Shailene Woodley on the red carpet for her new HBO series Big Little Lies, when she was asked if she planned on reprising her iconic role as Tris Prior for the TV movie. Here's what she had to say below in a brief statement. »
Shailene Woodley is reportedly done with the Divergent series. The franchise is heading to television after three movies, the last being The Divergent Series: Allegiant, which debuted last year. That instalment failed to ignite the box-office, taking just under $180 million worldwide, from a fairly heavy budget.
As a result of the film’s performance, the distributor announced that it would be taking the franchise to television with a TV movie and then a series, but it looks like Woodley has officially passed.
Speaking with Vanity Fair at the premiere of her new HBO miniseries, Big Little Lies, the actress was asked if she was involved, to which she firmly replied ‘No’. The same post alludes to Miles Teller also not returning too. Does this mean a complete reboot/ write off?
There’s no timescale for the TV show, or the movie that will precede it, but we’ll keep you posted. »
- Paul Heath
It’s kind of a shame what happened with Lionsgate’s Divergent series. Based on Veronica Roth’s Ya novels, hopes were initially high for the films, given how successful the books were, and with a studio who’d already proven they knew how to navigate the tricky waters of the genre a few years prior with The Hunger Games series, all signs pointed to another mega hit that would dominate the box office for the next little while.
Divergent released in 2014 and though far from perfect, it was a wholly enjoyable adaptation that laid the groundwork for an exciting new franchise. Unfortunately, though, it was all downhill from there. The next film, Insurgent, was mediocre at best and the decision to split the last book, Allegiant, into two separate outings turned a lot of people off. As expected, the first part bombed both critically and commercially, while the second part, »
- Mark Cassidy
Author: Zehra Phelan
James Cameron, here in the role of producer, is revving up the gears for his manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel. Back in October it was announced that newcomer Jorge Lendeborg Jr. – who is all set to star in this year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming – had joined the cast, and now it’s been confirmed that Jennifer Connelly has also signed up for this grand adaptation.
Connelly, who is currently filming director Joseph Kosinki’s (Tron: Legacy) Granite Mountain alongside Miles Teller, Andie MacDowell, Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin, is lined up to play a ruthless villain in Alita: Battle Angel which has already started filming in Texas with Maze Runner’s Rosa Salazar as the lead character.
- Zehra Phelan
Yesterday, we got to see three images from the hugely anticipated animated comedy adventure The Lego Ninjago Movie. It is the second spin-off of The Lego Movie following this weekend's Lego Batman Movie, which is in theaters Friday. The first sneak peek at Ninjago will be followed by the full trailer reveal sometime tomorrow, Wednesday, February 8.
A new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures' Lego franchise, The Lego Ninjago Movie stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan. In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors.
Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. »
This weekend, Warner Bros. will release the first of their highly-anticipated Lego Movie spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie, which brings back Will Arnett as the voice of Batman. Later this year, fans will be introduced to another corner of the Lego universe with The Lego Ninjago Movie, slated for release on September 22. While we wait for the first trailer's release, Warner Bros. has shared new images, featuring Jackie Chan as Master Wu, Justin Theroux as the villainous Lord Garmadon, Dave Franco as Garmadon's estranged son Lloyd, and the ninjas in his "super squad," Kai (Michael Peña), Zane (Zach Woods), Cole (Fred Armisen), Jay (Kumail Nanjiani) and Nya (Abbi Jacobson).
USA Today debuted these images, and also spoke with Dave Franco and Justin Theroux about their characters. Justin Theroux is described as the "black-helmeted, four-armed supervillain" who tries to rule over Ninjago City. Standing in his way is a team of teenage ninjas, »
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
More often than you might think, scenes that appear in movie trailer don’t turn up in the finished film. This can leave trailer-loving audience members confused as the credits roll, wondering if they dropped off and missed something important.
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A couple of massive movies have done this recently, and the internet has been quick to fill in the blanks with speculation. Fingers have been pointed at tinkering studio bigwigs and extensive reshoots, when the reality is often a little less dramatic: filmmakers always chop some footage in the edit, and they rarely have much involvement in the trailers. »
This week, Neil Calloway can’t imagine anyone else in La La Land…
There’s a genre of fiction known as alternative history, where writers speculate on “what ifs?” of history. You want to see what would happen if South African Neo-Nazis went back in time to intervene in the American Civil War? You got it. Aliens invading during the Second World War? It’s out there. The forthcoming TV series SS-gb is one of the many “what if the Nazis won the war?” stories out there, and one imagines that J.J. Abrams’s Overlord will have some sort of alternative history elements.
There’s a similar game to be played with film casting. Christopher Walken as Han Solo (Walken as Han Solo in David Lynch’s Return of the Jedi is the movie I want to see) and Oj Simpson as The Terminator are two famous examples. This week, »
- Neil Calloway
Adam Schroeder, whose producing credits include “Chronicle” and “Sleepy Hollow,” will produce under his Adam Schroeder Entertainment banner alongside Rob Paris (“The Blackcoat’s Daughter”) of Paris Film. Highland Film Group will handle international sales, and introduce to buyers next week at the Berlin Film Festival. UTA Independent will rep the U.S. rights.
Russell will portray a star athlete who undergoes an experimental surgery that permanently attaches a cutting-edge bionic arm and leg to his body after he loses his own in a car accident. But when he realizes the advanced intelligent prosthetics may have a destructive mind of their own, he begins a desperate fight to save himself and everyone around him.
“We’re going to explore the most current and innovative science and technology in this film, »
- Dave McNary
Update: On Jan. 28, Page Six published another story about both Emma Watson and Miles Teller's allegedly outlandish behind-the-scenes demands. Teller reportedly wanted an extra 2 million dollars, and Watson reportedly requested that all rehearsals be in London. Shortly thereafter, Teller tweeted about the reports, simply stating that Page Six and NY Post were "'reporting' alternative facts." Original post: If you've seen La La Land, chances are good that you don't even want to imagine anyone but Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in the lead roles - but they weren't originally supposed to play those parts. In August of 2015, Miles Teller told Esquire that director Damien Chazelle originally offered him the lead in La La Land while they were working on Whiplash. He almost passed on War Dogs because of his commitment, then he got some unexpected news. "I got a call from my agent, saying, 'Hey, I just got a call from Lionsgate. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Miles Teller Shuts Down The Reports He And Emma Watson Were Too Demanding For ‘La La Land’ Even though Miles Teller and Emma Watson were close to getting cast in “La La Land” as the leads, which ended up going to Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Teller refutes reports they were “too demanding” for the […] »
- Aynslee Darmon
For those who are not too keen on La La Land, watching the musical clean up at awards shows may elicit a certain amount of exasperation. For Emma Watson and Miles Teller, seeing Damien Chazelle and company pick up trophies apparently comes with the bitter sting of regret. At one point Watson and Teller were in line for the roles that ultimately went to Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and, according to someone who blabbed to Page Six, the two are currently “freaking out and looking for someone else to blame.”
Per Page Six, both the one-time Hermione and the dude who was harassed by J.K. Simmons in Chazelle’s Whiplash were reluctant to get on board for La La Land. A different source revealed that Teller wanted $2 million more than he was initially offered. Mind you: Teller has a different story of how this all went down ...
- Esther Zuckerman
Author: Zehra Phelan
Boxing and the movies are no strangers to each other; not too far away on the horizon is Jawbone – which stars Jimmy Harris in its lead and Ray Winstone as a big-hearted boxing gym owner – a British boxing story that may have you feeling a little punch drunk with its gloomy and heartfelt first trailer.
We all know audiences are a bit of a sucker for the storyline of the down and out boxer who makes a passionate fighting comeback against the odds. Our last venture into this world was with Bleed For This starring Miles Teller towards the tail end of last year but nothing can quite live up to the high standards the Rocky spin-off Creed achieved recently. Will Jawbone with its Great British grit and determination pack an almighty punch for lovers of the genre? Time will tell.
- Zehra Phelan
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