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Trank Denies "Fantastic Four" Reshoot Removal

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Filmmaker Josh Trank ("Chronicle") has denounced claims that he's been removed from the reshoots of the upcoming "Fantastic Four" Film.

The story started over at the usually reliable Superhero News which reportedly claimed that Matthew Vaughn was asked to step in and director the "Fantastic Four" reshoots this past April to ensure the movie fits inline with the studio's "X-Men" franchise.

Vaughn was rumored be present during the reshoots, but this was the first time anyone has suggested he took control. The Trank rumors were fuelled by media reports of severe enough issues on the "Fantastic Four" set that they contributed to his removal as director of the second "Star Wars Anthology" film in the works.

The report has also claimed that Fox has completely scrapped their 3D plans for "Fantastic Four" with the budget for that plan going on the reshoots.

Trank has since responded to the report with »

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"Dheepan" Takes The Cannes Palme d'Or

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After nearly two weeks of screenings, the 68th Cannes Film Festival has come to a close with this year's awards having now been handed out.

Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan" has taken the top prize of this year's Palme d’Or, a surprising choice considering reviews for the film were mixed. Jesuthasan Antonythasan stars in the film as a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker.

Laszlo Nemes' raved about "Son Of Saul" scored the second place Grand Prix award, whilst Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Lobster" took this year's Jury Prize. Also scoring honors were Rooney Mara ("Carol") and Emmanuelle Bercot ("Mon Roi") sharing a best actress win, and Vincent Lindon ("The Measure Of A Man") winning for best actor.

Hou Hsiao-hsien won best director for "The Assassin," Michel Franco took a best screenplay award for "Chronic," "La Tierra Y La Sombra" took the Camera d'Or, »

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Chris Pratt Apologies Ahead Of Publicity Tour

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Actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are about to begin a several week long publicity tour for the upcoming "Jurassic World" which is slated to hit cinemas around much of the world in the second week of June.

Considering how disastrous some recent press tours have been - from the outright uncomfortableness of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" duo, to the "Black Widow is a slut" debacle with "Avengers: Age of Ultron," it's understandable that studios are more concerned than ever about how one line during one of the countless interview the pair will do could be taken out of context and blow up badly.

Pratt has gotten ahead of the game though, writing two fantastic posts on his Facebook page apologising for anything he might say. Here's the first:

I want to make a heartfelt apology for whatever it is I end up accidentally saying during the forthcoming #JurassicWorld. »

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"Civil War" Crossbones Wraps, "Carter" Extended

23 May 2015 10:56 AM, PDT

Production has been underway in Atlanta for several weeks on "Captain America: Civil War". During much of that time, photos have been popping up of actor Frank Grillo in his full Crossbones outfit engaging in fights with Captain America himself Steve Rogers (Chris Evans).

This week, Grillo has confirmed that he's already wrapped his portion of the shoot. He's not resting on his laurels either as he's about begin production on the second season of the Mma-themed series "Kingdom". Here's the pertinent social media postings.

I'm out.Atlanta. I came I fought I conquered #Crossbones #Badass #CAP3 https://t.co/84Z1myJqhS

— frank grillo (@FrankGrillo) May 21, 2015

#Tbt. #Kingdomtv Here we go. About to start season 2. #Mma #Warriors https://t.co/ZuDQ8qBR0y

— frank grillo (@FrankGrillo) May 22, 2015

In related Marvel Cinematic Universe news, actress Hayley Atwell appeared at Comicpalooza in Houston this past Friday and confirmed (via McU Exchange) that »

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"Mission: Impossible 6" Already In The Works?

23 May 2015 8:51 AM, PDT

Could a sixth film in the "Mission: Impossible" series already be in the works?

The Tracking Board reports that Paramount is wasting no time in keeping the momentum of its "Mission: Impossible" franchise going with a follow-up to this coming July's fifth film "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" said to already be in development.

Early word of mouth on Christopher McQuarrie's 'Rogue Nation' is said to be strong with Paramount, Bad Robot and Skydance all apparently very impressed with the results.

Tom Cruise, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and J.J. Abrams are all expected to return as producers and Don Granger and Matt Grimm will be back as executive producers.

None of the cast members are officially set, but it would not be a shock to say the likes of Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and some of the others will be locks to return. »

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Alicia Vikander To Join "Creed," Next "Bourne"

23 May 2015 8:50 AM, PDT

"Ex Machina" star Alicia Vikander continues to be one of the most in-demand actresses out there with the acclaimed Swedish actress now being linked to two major blockbusters in the works.

Deadline reports that Vikander is in talks for the likely female lead roles in both the upcoming return of Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon to the Jason Bourne franchise, and in "Macbeth" director Justin Kurzel's film adaptation of the popular Ubisoft video game series "Assassin's Creed".

The news comes as Vikander has been attached to the James Ponsoldt-directed, Tom Hanks-led "The Circle" which has been shopped around at Cannes. Because of the scheduling in relation to 'Bourne' and 'Creed', Vikander is likely to drop off "The Circle" with "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson already being courted to replace her.

Vikander has "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "Adam Jones" and "The Danish Girl" slated to open this year, »

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First Photo: Ridley Scott's "The Martian"

23 May 2015 8:49 AM, PDT

Empire has posted the first photos from Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi drama "The Martian" starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain.

Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Bean, Donald Glover and Naomi Scott also star in the film about an astronaut (Damon) stranded alone on Mars who has to figure out how to survive.

Drew Goddard (“Daredevil,” “The Cabin In The Woods”) penned the script for the film which opens November 25th.

Source: Empire »

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Second Trailer: "Black Mass"

23 May 2015 7:57 AM, PDT

Following on from that sinister teaser trailer the other month, a new second full trailer is out for the Whitey Bulger biopic "Black Mass". Depp plays the notorious Boston gangster who topped the FBI’s Most Wanted list for years. Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Johnson, and Corey Stoll also star in the Scott Cooper-directed film which opens September 18th.


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News Bits: Arms, Boston, Clank, Down, Bojack

23 May 2015 7:07 AM, PDT

Arms and the Dudes

"The Hangover" filmmaker Todd Phillips has used his Instagram account to post the first photos from his upcoming feature "Arms and the Dudes". Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in the project about a Miami-based small business who bid on U.S. military contracts and started raking in big money.

Boston Strong

Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa ("Child 44," "Safe House") has dropped out of the Boston Marathon bombings drama "Boston Strong" citing "creative differences".

The film tells of the aftermath of the attack which left dozens permanently injured, and how the city came together to heal itself. Espinosa is coming off the period Soviet drama "Child 44" which has had a disastrous run so far in cinemas. [Source: THR]

Ratchet and Clank

Focus Features has revived the Gramercy Pictures which it will use for releasing genre films such as the upcoming "Insidious: Chapter 3," "Sinister 2," and "London Has Fallen »

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Casting: Paul, Rooker, Wareing, Minette, Benoist

23 May 2015 7:03 AM, PDT

Central Intelligence

Aaron Paul is in negotiations to join Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Amy Ryan and Danielle Nicolet in Rawson Marshall Thurber's action comedy "Central Intelligence" at New Line. Filming is underway in Boston.

Hart plays a boring accountant who was previously the cool guy in high school. He reconnects with an acquaintance (Johnson), a formerly bullied nerd who turns out to be a rogue spy. Paul will play Johnson's CIA partner who seemingly sacrifices himself for Johnson. [Source: THR]

The Belko Experiment

Michael Rooker ("Guardians of the Galaxy") has joined the cast of the horror film "The Belko Experiment". Rooker will play Bud Melks, the head of maintenance in the Belko building.

Greg McLean helms and James Gunn produces the film which deals with an American company after it’s mysteriously sealed off in South America. It's currently targeting a May 5th 2017 release. [Source: Variety]

Independence Day 2

Garrett Wareing ("Boychoir") has joined »

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"Fury Road" Getting A Black & White Version?

22 May 2015 2:44 PM, PDT

George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" is so lean on dialogue and so big on action that it sounds like the filmmaker may be trying something quite different for its DVD and Blu-ray release.

In a time when so many films are so desaturated and underlit, 'Fury Road' bucks the trend with its over saturation of color. Speaking with Slashfilm (with thanks to Blake Howard), Miller reveals that the film's colorful look is very deliberate but not his ideal look for the film which is the exact opposite:

"The best version of this movie is black and white, but people reserve that for art movies now. The other thing you can do is go really all-out on the color. Teal and orange are the colors we had to work with. The desert is orange and the sky is teal, and you can either de-saturate it or crank it up. »

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"Force Awakens" Using Classic Score Elements

22 May 2015 2:40 PM, PDT

While the trailers for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" have so far used bits of John Williams' iconic score from the original trilogy, many have wondered how much of the master composer's previous works will make it into his new score for the J.J. Abrams-directed new film. Speaking with Vanity Fair, confirmed that a few scenes will feature 'thematic pieces' from the earlier films:

"There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven't done it yet, but we're planning to do it. It's something that I think will seem very natural and right in the moments for which we've chosen to do these kinds of quotes.

There aren't many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much a part of the fabric of the piece in a positive and constructive way."

Having composed »

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"Jurassic World" To Open Over $100M?

22 May 2015 2:23 PM, PDT

The first tracking numbers are in for Universal Pictures' "Jurassic World" and it looks like the dinosaur sequel is on track for a domestic opening weekend of somewhere between $100-130 million, about in line with that of "Man Of Steel" two summers ago which opened to $116 million.

According to Deadline, three weeks out from release the total awareness for the film is said to be in the 90% range and unaided awareness is higher than earthquake film "San Andreas" which opens next week.

"Jurassic World" is tipped to be one of the last $100 million+ openers of the Summer with Universal's "Minions" being the only other likely member to join the club. Despite their big name brand appeal, the previous entries in the "Terminator" and "Mission Impossible" franchises didn't crack $50 million in their opening weekends, and Marvel's "Ant-Man" isn't expected to do "Guardians of the Galaxy" level business. »

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Jordan Talks "Fantastic Four" Criticism

22 May 2015 2:22 PM, PDT

Though it has settled down somewhat, there remains a small but determined contingent of "Fantastic Four" fans who are not happy with the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Fox's upcoming reboot of the property.

Though Jordan has commented on the backlash before, he has now written a lengthy response to his critics in a letter posted on EW in which he makes his feelings very clear. Here's an excerpt:

"It used to bother me, but it doesn't anymore. I can see everybody's perspective, and I know I can't ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You're good. I'm okay with this,” who am I to go against that?

Some people may look at my »

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"Power Rangers" To Launch A New Film Series

22 May 2015 2:21 PM, PDT

In his earnings call this morning, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer and fellow executives have revealed that the six month delay of the studio's upcoming reboot of the "Power Rangers" franchise - from July 22nd 2016 to January 13th 2017 - should not be seen as a lack of confidence in the product.

Lionsgate Motion Pictures Group Co-Chairman Rob Friedman says: "We're very excited and with Dean's [Israelite] vision; we felt very comfortable looking for opportunistic dating. We really believe that great movies deliver no matter what date they're on."

Feltheimer says he sees the film as the start of a "significant series of movies" and adds that: "We're picking a date where we think we can win."

This is part of a move of Lionsgate to up their production output with 2016 seeing the company targeting a release of around fourteen or fifteen films.

Source: The Wrap »

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Olsen Twins Not Returning For "Fuller House"

22 May 2015 2:20 PM, PDT

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not reprise their shared role of Michelle Tanner in "Fuller House," the upcoming Netflix series follow-up/revival of the beloved ABC sitcom "Full House".

Executive producer Robert L. Boyett said in a statement: "Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family. It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors. I appreciate their support and good wishes towards Fuller House."

Although much of the original cast is set to return, the Olsen twins' participation had long been in question. The twins got their start on the series as kids, and turned their fame into an empire of direct-to-video movies and specials with more recent endeavours involving fashion lines. »

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FX Orders "Bastard Executioner" To Series

22 May 2015 2:19 PM, PDT

FX have officially announced that they have ordered a ten-episode first season of "The Bastard Executioner," the new period drama TV series from "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter.

The story follows a warrior knight in King Edward I's charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.

Series regulars include Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Kurt Sutter, Sam Spruell, Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney, Elen Rhys, Ethan Griffiths and guest star Matthew Rhys.

The pilot recently wrapped production in Wales and shooting on the rest of the season will resume this summer before the series begins airing this Fall. The first photo from the series has also gone online.

Sutter, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and »

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Amy Schumer To Do Mother-Daughter Comedy

22 May 2015 10:07 AM, PDT

Current comedy superstar Amy Schumer, who makes her big screen debut in this Summer's Judd Apatow comedy "Trainwreck," will co-write and star in an untitled mother-daughter comedy.

The story centers on a mother-daughter duo trapped in a vacation gone wrong, with the tone akin to action comedy "The Heat". That's quite fitting considering that film's director Paul Feig will produce along with Jessie Henderson.

Schumer and her sister Kim Caramele are teaming to re-write a script by Katie Dippold with the pair aiming to adjust the main character's voice to better suit Schumer.

No director is attached at this stage.

Source: THR »

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Trailer For Netflix's "A Very Murray Christmas"

22 May 2015 8:09 AM, PDT

Netflix has picked up Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray's "A Very Murray Christmas" special which is scheduled to debut in December. To celebrate the announcement they've also released the first teaser trailer for it which you can see below.

The star-studded cast includes George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Dimitri Dimitrov, Frederic Moulin, Rashida Jones and Miley Cyrus.

Coppola, Murray and Mitch Glazer penned the special with Coppola ("Lost In Transltion") directing. Murray plays himself in this homage to classic variety shows. As he worries no one will show up due to a terrible snow storm in New York City, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him out.


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Pics: Netflix's "Wet Hot American Summer"

22 May 2015 7:19 AM, PDT

Netflix has released cast photos from the upcoming Netflix series "Wet Hot Americann Summer: First Day of Camp," the prequel to Michael Showalter and David Wain's 1980s throwback summer camp comedy feature "Wet Hot American Summer".

Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon and more appear in the project which amusing takes place two months before the events of the film (which was set on the last day of camp in Summer 1981) even though this series is being shot fifteen years later.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” hits the streaming service on July 31st.


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