Today, Deadline is reporting that Universal has selected Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan will be in charge of creating a shared cinematic universe for their classic movie monsters: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy. Kurtzman is best known for collaborating with Roberto Orci on screenplays/stories for Michael Bay'sTransformers films, J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films and Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man films. While Chris Morgan has written five of The Fast & Furious films. For a long stretch Universal let their classic movie monsters collect dust, but in the past few decades they've attempted to reboot those franchises with films like: The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Wolfman, and the upcoming Dracula Untold. Now Kurtzman and Morgan will nurture a cinematic universe that will connect all of the monsters in their stable. "They’ve begun the »
Those who dislike Marc Webb.s current run through The Amazing Spider-Man films (and even those of us who defend his efforts) view them as works in progress. We often read about scenes and characters, in both 2011.s The Amazing Spider-Man and this summer.s sequel, that were supposed to be included in certain scenes, only to find out that they didn.t make it into the final cut that finally reached theaters. And now, according to a new report, a Major character was supposed to surface in the closing minutes of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but didn.t. We have to get into deep spoilers for this summer.s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 here, so stop reading if you haven.t yet seen the film and still plan to. So many of the major changes made to Marc Webb.s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were documented throughout the process. »
On Monday, screenwriter Robert Orci revealed he was no longer involved with the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise and frankly, that raised some eyebrows. Granted, Orci has enough on his plate as he will be making his directorial debut with "Star Trek 3," but the "Transformers" and "Star Trek" screenwriter was supposed to be part of a "brain trust" to guide the Spidey franchise at Sony Pictures. And the question has to be asked: has Sony changed its plans after "The Amazing Spider-Man 2?" After promising to improve upon the tepidly received 2012 reboot, "Asm 2" received worse reviews, earned less than its predecessor domestically (by over $60 million to date) and barely earned $200 million after a $91.6 million opening (think about that for a second). Moreover, while most franchises' overseas grosses are growing as markets such as China and Russia explode, "ASM2" has barely surpassed the first Marc Webb film outside the U.S. And again, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny, Kristopher Tapley
When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicked off the summer movie season back in May, it was derided by fans and critics alike, despite making over $200 million at the domestic box office and just over $700 million worldwide. Last week, we reported that screenwriter Roberto Orci has pulled out of The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and that Sony isn't quite sure how to move this franchise forward at this time.
Badass Digest received an early draft of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 script by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, which reveal a number of changes made from this draft to the final product, including a rather surprising alternate ending. Of course, if you haven't seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2 yet, there will be spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
I really did enjoy Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but there was a lot of room for improvement. Thanks to Badass Digest, we have a list of ten things from the original script of the film that were, for one reason or another, cut out of the final product. Some of the points revealed include info on Mary Jane, J. Jonah Jameson, Peter's blood, a slightly different take on Gwen's death, and a different twist to the ending. I've included five of the ten points below so make sure to head on over to Badass Digest to see the rest!
Mary Jane. As we all know Shailene Woodley was cast as Mary Jane Watson, shot some days and then was cut from the movie. The original script includes all of the Mj scenes, and she's introduced as the Parker's new next door neighbor. Her dad is an abusive »
- Joey Paur
There was a moment before the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" when Sony was talking about release dates for not just a third entry in that series, but spinning off other characters into their own films. This included making a "Venom" movie as well as a "Sinister Six" one. Now however, those plans seem much more tentative. At the end of last week, IGN posted some interesting quotes from Roberto Orci on the subject. Of Sony and "Spider-Man," Orci said, "I don't know what their plans are for that franchise." He also stated, that he was, "not officially involved in" the third "Amazing Spider-Man" movie. What makes that interesting is that as of last December, Orci was along with Alex Kurtzman, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, Drew Goddard, and Marc Webb were declared to be part of the "brain trust" working on the "Spider-Man" universe. Where that stands now though is unclear. »
- HitFix Staff
Back in October, writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Jeff Pinkner signed on to write the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. But that was months before longtime collaborators Orci and Kurtzman decided to end their partnership this past April. That news left many fans wondering how who this would affect the sequel, especially since Roberto Orci is now set (though not officially) to write and direct Star Trek 3, while Alex Kurtzman focuses on directing The Sinister Six spin-off.
During a recent interview with IGN, Roberto Orci confirmed that he is "not officially involved" with The Amazing Spider-Man 3, while hinting that Sony isn't sure how to move forward with this expanded franchise.
"I don't know what their plans are for that franchise. I don't ever want to say never, but we have to figure out what their scheduling is in terms of when they want each movie. I've »
Michael Sugar: " I have to sell it - so I have to love it."
The production and management company Anonymous Content that has backed any number of films, directors and TV series (among them Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Wild at Heart, Winter's Bone, and HBO's True Detective, recent recipient of 12 Emmy nominations (*) and the upcoming The Knick, from Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen) has been the subject of a special focus at Karlovy Vary.
Under the direction of its founder Steve Golin, the veteran producer behind Being John Malkovich, and producer and partner Michael Sugar, the company represents directors such as Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Steven Soderbergh and Nicolas Winding Refn, and actors including Emma Stone, Idris Elba, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright and Ryan Gosling, among many others.
- Richard Mowe
Rome – Selena Gomez, Jessica Chastain, Freida Pinto, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Omar Sy, Sullivan Stapleton, Leo Howard, and Lena Headey are among expected attendees at Italy’s Ischia Global Film and Music Festival, the informal event on the Italo isle in the bay of Naples which prides itself on its relaxed atmosphere.
Gomez (pictured) is coming to present the European preem of William H. Macy’s directorial debut, “Rudderless,” this year’s Sundance closer about a grieving father, played by Billy Crudup, who finds salvation from the discovery of his deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. The 21-year-old actress and pop singer will also be feted with one of two Ischia Kids Global Icons awards, the other one going to Leo Howard, the 16-year-old star of Disney Xd’s “Kickin’ it.”
“We are increasingly becoming a fest for hot rising young stars,” says Ischia topper Pascal Vicedomini, who also tops sister event Capri Hollywood. »
- Nick Vivarelli
We know how superhero stories start: normal person gets powers, gets reluctant, becomes heroic. But why does it have to be like that?
An alien baby is evacuated from a dying home planet and grows up to discover that he can use his immense power on Earth and the values instilled by his adoptive parents to protect the world. A young boy’s parents are gunned down in front of him and he dedicates his whole life to making sure if never happens to anyone in his city again. A teenager gains exhilarating powers and is then taught the responsibility that comes with that power by the tragic death of his uncle.
These are all great examples of iconic and interesting origin stories, which shape the respective superheroes to which they relate. But in a world of reboots and endless franchise mileage, do they necessarily have to be the »
I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.
Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs. I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »
- Chris Holt
Mark Ruffalo has revealed the actresses he would cast as She-Hulk.
"Well I think Zoe Saldana would be a great She-Hulk," he said during a Reddit Ama. "It'd be nice to see someone like her join the Avengers.
"Or someone quiet and demure like Emma Stone would be nice. But it would be up to the powers that be."
Both actresses have prior experience in Marvel Comics movie adaptations.
Stone starred as Gwen Stacy in Marc Webb's two Amazing Spider-Man films at 20th Century Fox.
Ruffalo recently revealed that Marvel is considering a new Hulk solo movie.
Thankfully, it looks like Colin Trevorrow is going to be one of those directors who shares plenty of great behind the scenes teases from the set of Jurassic World, following in the footsteps of the likes of The Amazing Spider-Man 2′s Marc Webb and X-Men: Days of Future Past helmer Bryan Singer.
It’s a smart move, especially as these types of images do help to increase interest in movies such as this one online as they’re shared again and again through social networking sites like Twitter and Tumblr.
So, what does this latest look at Jurassic World tell us about the highly anticipated release?
Well, as you might expect from a movie in the Jurassic Park franchise, not all of the human cast will be making it out of Jurassic World alive! It hints at something going very wrong in the now successful theme park, and the »
- Josh Wilding
Mark Duplass, indie filmmaker and sitcom all-star (The League, The Mindy Project), knows what it’s like to make movies with someone you love. He writes and directs movies with his older brother, Jay (Cyrus), and he also collaborates with his League co-star and wife, Katie Aselton (Black Rock). So he was familiar with the challenge that faced Melissa McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, who combined to write, direct, produce, and star in Tammy, the road comedy co-starring Susan Sarandon that opens July 2.
The 37-year-old actor, who plays McCarthy’s romantic interest, Bobby, in the film, gave EW his »
- Jeff Labrecque
"They Came Together" (out this Friday in select theaters), starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, is a parody of the romantic comedy genre. Rudd stars as Joel, a corporate businessman whose company is threatening to close the small store run by Poehler's Molly (remind you of the premise of a certain rom-com by the name of "You've Got Mail?). The film mocks and twists conventional romantic comedies, turning the tired tropes of films like "Sleepless in Seattle" on its head. But while the mockery of the overused rom-com themes are appreciated, "They Came Together" is not the first of its kind. Check out our list of romantic comedies that have an unconventional or innovative twist. Then let us know what your favorites are in the comments. Read More: David Wain's 'They Came Together,' With Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, Is a Hilarious Knock On Romantic Comedies "(500) Days of Summer" Dir. »
When news broke that Rian Johnson would helm Star Wars: Episode VIII and write a treatment for Episode IX – adding to the numerous Star Wars properties scheduled for screens shortly behind J.J. Abrams’s mystery box – it was almost universally regarded as a solid, promising move to those cautiously optimistic about the rebooting of a galaxy far away. And no doubt, Johnson’s hiring is a very good move for Star Wars, lending the franchise not only the director’s subcultural clout, but also his precise sense of style, passionate knowledge of genre and careful approach to cinematic world-building. His skill should benefit greatly a franchise whose previous incarnation suffered from scant evidence of inspiration or vision. But before seeing a final product, we can only take this news as a gesture of goodwill, or even a reason to be happy for a talented director worthy of admiration and success. Unfortunately »
- Landon Palmer
Marc Webb made his name on the offbeat not-quite-romcom (500) Days of Summer, but since then he’s been tangled up in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise. He directed the first two films, is set to direct the third, and may or may not be involved in any installments beyond that. Fortunately, though, that’s not all he’s […]
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- Angie Han
Showtime’s most-talked-about series currently includes such dramas as Homeland and Masters of Sex, as well as this year’s newcomer horror series, Penny Dreadful. However, the network may be looking to expand its programming scope, if its recent decisions are any indication.
The channel – which also airs shows like House of Lies and Nurse Jackie - recently picked up the pilot for the comedy series Roadies, from writer/director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous). Now comes new that Showtime has ordered a second comedy pilot, with some unexpected talent involved.
According to an announcement by the network, Showtime has picked up half-hour comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a new series co-created, written and executive produced by Aline Brosh McKenna.
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Though Dexter is dead in the ground and Californication is gearing up for its final outing, Showtime is experiencing a very strong dramatic season thanks to the one-two punch of Masters of Sex and Penny Dreadful, as well as excellent comedies like Nurse Jackie, Shameless, Episodes, Web Therapy and House of Lies. Now, the network is prepping another comedy hopeful by handing a pilot order to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Cameras will roll this summer, and then Showtime will decide whether or not to order it to series.
The half-hour musical comedy, from writer Aline Brosh McKenna and writer/actress Rachel Bloom, will feature direction from The Amazing Spider-Man helmer Marc Webb, who is on board as an executive producer alongside Brosh McKenna and Bloom. Bloom originally sold the show to Showtime as a pitch in October.
“This pilot is an exciting change of pace for us. ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ is built on »
- Isaac Feldberg
NBC finished first in both the key demographic and overall viewers on Sunday, even with lower numbers for “America's Got Talent.” ABC's “Rising Star” debuted to a 1.5 rating in the crucial 18-49 demo even after its lead-in, “Wipeout,” premiered to an all-time low of 1.0, according to preliminary numbers. Ratings for “Rising Star” may change, because it aired live in three time zones and live ratings are subject to variation. Also read: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ Marc Webb-Directed Musical Comedy, Gets Showtime Pilot Order NBC had a 1.4 rating/4 share in 18-49 and 5.4 million total viewers. Following a rerun, “America's Got Talent” at. »
- Tony Maglio
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