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How "Justice" And "Suicide Squad" Link Up?

17 hours ago

With David Ayer's "Suicide Squad" to be the first DC cinematic universe film to be released in the wake of Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," there's obviously been questions about how 'Squad' will tie in both with 'Dawn' and the subsequent "Justice League" films.

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There's been numerous rumors, from Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) cameos to easter eggs tying back to Batman and Amanda Waller's intent to use him to flush out other superheroes. A new rumor today from Latino Review suggests how one character from 'Dawn' ties into the film as well - Aquaman (Jason Momoa).

The site claims that Waller (Viola Davis) has a personal trophy case in the lower levels of the prison where all the super powered meta humans are kept. The case includes several key artifacts, one of which is Aquaman's trident as »

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A "Downton Abbey" Movie Might Happen

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Following confirmation earlier today that "Downton Abbey" will be coming to an end with the sixth season's Christmas special later this year, executive producer Gareth Neame has revealed to E! Online that the producers are contemplating a follow-up film. He says:

"Our position on that is we would be very interested in that. It is definitely something we're contemplating. It would be great fun to do. I think it would be a wonderful extension of everything that people loved about the TV show, but I can't confirm that it's definitely going to happen. We shall see."

Series creator Julian Fellowes has had no issues with the film world having penned the scripts for the likes of "Gosford Park" and "The Young Victoria". While the movie may happen, one thing that definitely isn't happening is a spin-off series. Neame says:

"There are no plans to make a spinoff. There's been endless speculation about this, »

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"Ultron" Gives Hulk Stretchy Slacks

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It seems Marvel may have solved the problem regarding the Hulk and his giant green wang potentially flying around and frightening the kiddies.

ComicBook.com has posted a Disney-published list of thirteen fun facts about "Avengers: Age of Ultron". One of them is that the new film finally deals with Hulk's tendency to rip his pants and leave Bruce Banner stranded naked.

From now on, Bruce will reportedly sport high-tech microfiber shorts which have been crafted in a way that stretches with him as he grows and shrinks. The trunks can be seen in the various promo materials for the film.

He isn't the only Avenger getting an upgrade with Hawkeye getting an auto-loading quiver, Black Widow getting taser batons, and of course Captain America's outfit tweaks. »

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"Vikings" Renewed, "Downton" Cancelled

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Halfway into its third season, History has announced that its popular Norse drama "Vikings" has been picked up for a fourth season which will begin production this spring in Iceland.

After five episodes of the new season, the show is currently averaging 4.3 million total viewers and 2 million adults 18-49 viewers in Live+3 ratings - making it the top cable series on Thursday nights in all key demos.

Meanwhile, and after many rumors suggesting as much, Carnival Films has made it official and held a press conference today confirming that the upcoming sixth season of the acclaimed British period drama "Downton Abbey" will be its last.

It has been confirmed that the final season of the series will wrap up characters' storylines and depict the end of the aristocracy in Britain. While broadcasters ITV and PBS wanted more seasons, it's said producer Julian Fellowes wants to "go out on top".

The »

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Mendelsohn Up For "Star Wars: Rogue One"?

21 hours ago

Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn is reportedly circling a key role in Gareth Edwards' upcoming spin-off film "Star Wars: Rogue One" at Lucasfilm and Disney.

Mendelsohn's name has been circling amongst executives this week but Disney has not commented on the possible casting. Felicity Jones is the female lead and Chris Weitz is writing the script.

Mendelsohn can be currently seen in the Netflix series "Bloodline" which debuted on the streaming service last week.

Source: Heat Vision »

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Marvel Pursues Adam McKay To Direct

21 hours ago

Marvel Studios and Disney Pictures are reportedly trying to lock-in "Ant-Man" co-writer Adam McKay to direct one of their upcoming third phase films says Latino Review.

McKay was sought to direct "Ant-Man" when original director Edgar Wright walked away due to creative differences. Peyton Reed ultimately took the job, but McKay pulled off a complete rewrite of the screenplay with the help of the film's leading man Paul Rudd.

There are four announced upcoming films on the slate which have yet to secure directors - "Inhumans," "Thor: Ragnarok," "Captain Marvel" and "Black Panther" though the latter two are expected to seek a female and minority director respectively. »

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Sony Plans "Robotech" Film Franchise

21 hours ago

Sony Pictures has secured the live-action film rights to the popular anime series "Robotech" which they plan to turn into a potential franchise.

The original 1985 show was actually a combination of three different Japanese television shows - footage from "Super Dimensional Fortress Macross," "Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross," and "Genesis Climber Mospeada" was cobbled together and redubbed to create an original 85-episode animated series that could be syndicated across U.S. markets.

As a result, a lot of rewriting and editing had to be done to stitch together three unrelated series to portray it as one cohesive storyline that spans three generations. To this day, the first season (based on the 'Macross' series) remains the most well-regarded.

Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton ("300," "Immortals") are producing and Michael Gordon ("300," "GI Joe") is writing the script. Various people have tried to adapt the series into a film over the past decade including Tobey Maguire, »

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"Alien Nation" Reboot On The Way

21 hours ago

20th Century Fox have hired "Iron Man" scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to pen the script for a reboot of the late 1980s sci-fi feature "Alien Nation".

The original film was set in 1991, when alien refugees had come to Earth three years before and were now attempting to integrate into Los Angeles.

The action followed the partnership between a veteran cop (James Caan) and his newly assigned alien detective partner (Mandy Patinkin) trying to stop a businessman from selling a dangerous narcotic to the alien species.

The film spawned a TV spin-off the following year on Fox which lasted one season, several TV movies aired from 1994 to 1997, wrapping up the show's storylines. Gale Anne Hurd produced the original, but there's no word on who will serve as producer.

Source: Heat Vision »

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Full Trailer: "Spooks: The Greater Good"

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Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones") is set as the hero and "Scorpion" leading man Elyes Gabel is the villain of the upcoming film version of the long-running but now wrapped BBC spy thriller series "Spooks" (aka. "Mi-5").

"Spooks: The Greater Good" sees Peter Firth's Sir Harry Pearce having disappeared following the agency's loss of a ruthless terrorist named Adam Qasim (Gabel). Harington plays Will Holloway, a former disavowed spy brought in to find Pearce and track down Qasim.

The surprise of the trailer is that the film isn't more 'film-like', the clip feeling very much in line with the series to the point that this could effectively be the eleventh season. The show is famous for randomly killing off its many cast members, going through several leading men and women in its run, so the mostly new cast isn't out of line with the show.

Jennifer Ehle and Tuppence Middleton also star, »

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"Smurfs" Reboot Pushed To 2017

22 hours ago

Sony Pictures Animation has scheduled the untitled third "The Smurfs" film for a March 31st 2017 release. The studio claims they plan to take advantage of the run-up to Easter two weeks later.

The new film will be a complete reboot, a fully animated effort that will hew closer to creator Peyo's original drawings and concept. Kelly Asbury will direct with the film's final title and voice cast to be announced in coming months.

In a blog post, Asbury says: "Since this new film has no connection to the previous live-action hybrids, we have a whole new world to create and it is critical to me and my crew that we deliver a movie that will enchant families and fans worldwide for years to come."

Source: Variety »

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"Fifty Shades Darker" Needs New Director

22 hours ago

Sam Taylor-Johnson has made it official - she will not be returning to direct the second instalment of the franchise adaptation of E. L. James' "Fifty Shades" trilogy at Universal Pictures. In a statement to Deadline, Taylor-Johnson says:

"Directing Fifty Shades Of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota and Jamie. While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three."

Taylor-Johnson reportedly bristled over being creatively handcuffed due to author E.L. James involvement, which led to speculation long before the film came out that she wouldn't return. Kelly Marcel adapted the script.

There is no official word on a replacement helmer »

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Gyllenhaal, Adams Join "Nocturnal"

22 hours ago

Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are both in talks to star in fashion designer Tom Ford’s thriller "Nocturnal Animals".

Based on the novel 'Tony and Susan' by Austin Wright follows two storylines. The first being a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left twenty years earlier. She finds herself confronting some dark truths.

The second element is based on the manuscript itself and revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. Ford will write and direct this project which will be his second film as a director after 2009's "A Single Man".

George Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce.

Source: Variety »

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Warners Planning A "Billion Brick" Race

22 hours ago

Jason Segel is teaming with "Iron Man 3" scribe Drew Pearce to pen and co-direct "The Billion Brick Race," a new spin-off based on "The Lego Movie" which is being setup at Warner Bros. Pictures.

"The Lego Movie" brain trust of Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are on board to produce the film which is based on an original idea by Pearce. However, plot details are being kept hidden.

This film will be in addition to the three other Lego movies in development at the studio including next year's "Ninjago" film, the Batman Lego movie in 2017, and "The Lego Movie" sequel in 2018.

This would mark Segel and Pearce’s first foray into feature directing.

Source: Heat Vision »

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First "Spectre" Trailer Coming Friday

25 March 2015 11:30 AM, PDT

The official 007.com website has confirmed that the teaser trailer for the newest James Bond film, "Spectre," is slated to go online on Friday March 27th. Specifically this first trailer for the Sam Mendes-directed follow-up to "Skyfall" will hit at 4:45pm Us-pst, 11:45pm UK-gmt, and the following day at 10:45am Australian Est.

The #Spectre teaser trailer will be released on Friday March 27 at 11.45pm (GMT). Watch it at http://t.co/mBbZOFZp5w pic.twitter.com/Mj84kbMgw4

— James Bond (@007) March 25, 2015 »

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Lana Condor Is Jubilee In "X-Men: Apocalypse"

25 March 2015 11:07 AM, PDT

Actress Lana Condor has scored the role of Jubilation Lee a.k.a. Jubilee in Bryan Singer's upcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse". She joins a quickly growing cast of fresh faced younger mutants in the new film including Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. Singer used his Instagram account to make the announcement.

I'd officially like to welcome our newest mutant #JubilationLee, #Jubilee @LanaCondor to #Xmen #Apocalypse

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Mar 25, 2015 at 11:57am Pdt

In the comics, the character has the mutant ability to project "energy plasmoids" from her fingertips. She became a popular character due to her having a key role in the 1990s "X-Men" animated series. Katrina Florece and Kea Wong played the role in the first three "X-Men" movies, though it was a very minimized role with no dialogue. Condor »

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"Terminator Genisys" Motion Poster, Plot Points

25 March 2015 11:02 AM, PDT

Motion posters are often fairly dull affairs. Not this one, the new 'living one-sheet' for "Terminator Genisys" will literally shoot you in the face as it shows an aged Arnold Schwarzenegger getting his skinned flamed off and turning his rifle's attention towards you. Yes you, right there, reading this.

The poster comes as numerous set visit reports have hit the Net in the past few hours that clear up some details about the film's plot and what we might expect. Naturally this means some Spoilers Ahead so you've been warned.

As indicated this is the first film of a new and completely standalone trilogy. The producers have broken down the story for the three films prior to production, which allows for foreshadowing and details that are only possible in a longer story unfolding over a trilogy.

Like the Abrams "Trek" reboot, this follows a divergent timeline that goes off in a very different direction, »

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News Bits: Rim, Friday, Girl, Stonewall, Max

25 March 2015 10:58 AM, PDT

Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift

Legendary Comics has unveiled the first details on the upcoming comic "Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift". Joshua Fialkov penned the four issue title which will debut in November this year and is expected to help fill the gaps between the first film and the upcoming sequel due out April 2017. [Source: Shh]

Friday the 13th

Nick Antosca, a writer on TV series like "Teen Wolf" and "Believe" and co-producer on "Hannibal," has been set to write a new draft of the script for the "Friday the 13th" reboot at Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes. The film is currently targeting a May 13th 2016 release.

David Bruckner will helm the new film which will deal with the decades-old question of why slasher Jason Voorhes can't be killed. Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg wrote the previous draft. [Source: Heat Vision]

Paris Call Girl

Commercials director Jake Nava is set to »

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Matt Smith Up For "Harry Potter" Spin-Off?

25 March 2015 10:49 AM, PDT

Former "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith is reportedly interested in playing the lead role of magizooligist Newt Scamander in the upcoming "Harry Potter" film series spin-off "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".

The report comes from The Sun and The Irish Examiner which suggest that the Eleventh Doctor has not only been tipped for the role of Scamander but is the favorite to play the part. Filming on the project is slated to start this summer in London.

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling is penning the screenplay for the film which will be set in New York in the 1920s and follow the adventurous tales of the author of one of Hogwarts textbooks. Smith next appears in this Summer's "Terminator Genisys" in a key role.

Source: MTV UK »

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Spielberg To Helm "Ready Player One"

25 March 2015 10:44 AM, PDT

Steven Spielberg has attached himself to direct the film adaptation of Ernest Cline's 2011 sci-fi novel "Ready Player One" for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow.

The story follows a teenager named Wade Watts who becomes immersed in a virtual reality world known as Oasis which enables users to live out their dream lives. When the game's creator suddenly dies, Wade enters an elaborate treasure hunt, where the winner will take control of the entire company.

The teenager soon finds himself up against corporate entities who will do anything to take over the company. Various 1980s pop culture references feature heavily in the work and are expected to be carried over to the film. Zak Penn wrote the script.

Back in December last year the likes of Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn and Edgar Wright were all said to be in the mix as a potential director of the film adaptation. »

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Deadshot's "Suicide" Costume Description?

25 March 2015 10:01 AM, PDT

More reports have emerged about some of the costuming in David Ayer's upcoming "Suicide Squad" movie, the newest dealing with the look of Will Smith's Deadshot in the film. The newest includes a description and a piece of fan art that sounds fairly close to the film's look. The movie itself opens August 5th 2016.

Rt! #Suicidesquad #Scoop per your request about #Deadshot! He has the traditional face mask with the target eye although changed to show his lower face. Dark red coloring with black. A molded bullet proof vest & he has guns on his wrists although he has a sniper rifle in most of his pieces. I think this hot #fanmade #art by razzann on devianart is pretty close to what we are going to get! #fanart #DC #dccu #dccomics

A photo posted by Umberto Gonzalez (@umbertogonzalez) on Mar 25, 2015 at 5:57am Pdt

Source: Latino Review »

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