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Rumors On Boyega & Christie's "Star Wars" Roles

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Following their plot spoiler revelations earlier this week, Bad Ass Digest has posted some more rumors and analysis regarding some of the characters in the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII" - specifically those of John Boyega and Gwendoline Christie.

Potential Spoilers Ahead

Yesterday they indicated that Boyega's character is an Awol Stormtrooper on a mission of self-redemption. On a desert planet, which may not be Tatooine after all, he meets Daisy Ridley's character and they come upon a severed hand holding Luke Skywalker's lightsaber.

Today, the site indicates that Christie's character is a villain, potentially an Imperial officer and Boyega's commander before he went Awol. Either way she is hunting him.

Their source adds: "The actress has been training with a lightsaber. Could she be an Imperial officer who has a lightsaber? Or is it something more? I'm hearing the S word ('Sith')."

After that they speculate that Christie's »

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"Captain America 3" Won't Do Bizarro Cap

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One of the more bizarre rumors earlier this year came during the press rounds for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier". A throwaway comment from screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely led to stories being published assuming that the villain for the third film will be an evil version of Captain America.

In the comics, there was a story arc in which a different man is injected with the super serum to take over the Captain's responsibilities after he's lost in the Arctic. The treatment has psychotic side effects, so he's eventually placed in suspended animation and later revived in an attempt to kill The Falcon.

Earlier today, Markus and McFeely finally put the speculation to rest, telling Cbm that the third "Captain America" film has no plans to go all "Superman III" on us:

Markus: That was a smart remark, off the cuff. What I love about that whole run, »

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Marvel's Feige On Mandarin, Red Skull Returns

4 hours ago

Still more comments keep dripping out from masters of milking it IGN UK and their interview with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige about upcoming projects.

Today, the topic turned towards iconic villains - specifically the potential return of Red Skull from "Captain America: The First Avenger" and the return/re-interpretation of The Mandarin from "Iron Man 3".

While Hugo Weaving has indicated he has no real interest in returning as Red Skull, the character's seeming demise at the end of that film was handled in a way it appeared as if he was thrown somewhere across the galaxy. Feige says that was deliberate to keep the option open, but there are no immediate plans as yet for his return:

"Well, the way we showed his 'demise' in The First Avenger was to showcase to people that he could perhaps pop up again sometime... I honestly don't know when or where that would be. »

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El Mayimbe To Helm Digital Series "Breakneck"

4 hours ago

Umberto Gonzalez better known as famed online film writer El Mayimbe from Latino Review, is (full disclosure) a delightful guy I've known for years and one I consider a friend.

Today I'm very happy to report that he is set to make his directorial debut on the micro-budget, episodic, digital action-thriller series "Breakneck" for Vetted Media.

Gonzalez penned the script which follows a New York City bodega clerk who must go on the run from a corrupt private militarized company after discovering incriminating information and being framed for murder.

Daniel Alter and Jeff Forsyth will produce. Filming aims to begin before the end of the year. Once complete, all episodes will be released simultaneously on Vetted's YouTube channel while a feature length cut will be made available on Svod platforms.

Alter and Gonzalez have worked together before with their popular Kings of Con party at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday »

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New "Mad Max," "Hobbit," "Goosebumps" Photos

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With the San Diego Comic-Con about to get underway, Warner Bros. Pictures has released new stills from both the upcoming "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" and "Mad Max: Fury Road". At the same time 20th Century Fox has posted some shots from the upcoming "Goosebumps" movie. Whilst some of these shots have been online before, they've only been available as magazine scans as opposed to the high-resolution versions below.

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Producer On "Arrow" S3 Villain, Flash Crossover

4 hours ago

Following the TCA presentation the other day, "Arrow"executive producer Andrew Kreisberg has spoken with EW about the upcoming third season of the series. In the process, he teased this year's main villain and how he differs from last year's central antagonist Slade Wilson:

"Slade had a very specific agenda - he was out for revenge and had set up this elaborate five-year plot. What's interesting about the villain in season three is that he doesn't necessarily disagree with [Oliver]. He doesn't have any personal animus towards the Arrow, and he actually in some ways has a very similar worldview. [But] the Arrow is thinking too small."

Kreisberg also spoke about the previously announced "The Flash" crossover episodes which will air this Fall:

"It's really going to be an adventure with the Arrow and Flash on both episodes. Watching the two teams come together and fight alongside each other, it's one of the most fun parts. »

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"Insidious: Chapter 3" Begins Production

5 hours ago

Focus Features, Entertainment One (eOne), Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa), and Blumhouse Productions announced today that Insidious: Chapter 3 has begun production in Los Angeles. Leigh Whannell, co-creator of the terrifying horror franchise, is writing and directing the new movie.

To commemorate the start of production of the series’ newest chapter, Focus is launching a sweepstakes on the official Insidious Facebook and Twitter pages. Insidious buffs and fans will have the chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to visit the set of Insidious: Chapter 3. The contest begins on Tuesday, July 22nd, and ends on Friday, July 25th. The contest’s complete official rules can be accessed at Focus Features.

Insidious: Chapter 3 stars Dermot Mulroney (of August: Osage County) and Stefanie Scott (of Blumhouse’s upcoming Jem and the Holograms) alongside Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Mr. Whannell, with the latter trio reprising their roles »

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Will Ferrell Planning A "Manimal" Adaptation

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Will Ferrell and his regular directing cohort Adam McKay ("Anchorman," "Step Brothers") are teaming yet again, this time to produce a film adaptation of the short-lived 1983 NBC series "Manimal" for Sony Pictures Animation.

Simon MacCorkindale ("Death on the Nile") starred in the original series as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a dashing and wealthy man raised in Africa who mastered the ability to morph into various different animals to fight crime.

The show ran for just eight episodes before being canceled. This new film adaptation will be a combination live-action and CG-animated effort and will re-envision the material as an action comedy.

Both Ferrell and McKay will produce alongside Jimmy Miller and series co-creator Glen A. Larson, but it's unclear if Ferrell will star. McKay won't direct though as they are currently seeking a helmer for the project. Jay Martel and Ian Roberts ("Key and Peele") will write the script.

Source: Deadline »

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Sam Worthington's "Dogs" Becomes A "Prayer"

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The Jonathan Mostow-directed, Sam Worthington-led thriller "For The Dogs" has undergone a title change to "Hunter’s Prayer" and scored a financial commitment from Screen Yorkshire.

Based on Kevin Wignall's novel, Worthington plays a solitary assassin who is hired to kill a young girl but can’t bring himself to do it. After he fails to carry out the task, both are marked for death and hunted across Europe.

Their only hope is to find out why her family were killed and bring those responsible to justice. Emma Roberts and Hailee Steinfeld were both previously linked to the project but are no longer in the frame, so casting continues for the female lead.

Worthington, Navid McIlhargey, Anthony Rhulen, Chris Milburn, Paul Leyden, and John and Michael Schwarz will produce. Filming begins in the UK and Hungary next year.

Source: Screen »

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New "Battlefield," "Dragon Age" Games Delayed

5 hours ago

Two of Electronic Arts biggest video game tentpole releases for this Fall have been delayed.

BioWare's "Dragon Age: Inquisition" proved to be the luckier of the two. The title, originally slated for October 7th, has now been pushed back a bit over a month and will hit stores on November 18th.

Not so lucky is Visceral Games' "Battlefield Hardline". It was slated for an October 21st release, it has now been pushed back to an unspecified early 2015 debut.

The reason for the latter's delay is said to be due to the results of the Beta that launched during this year's E3. The company is under pressure to get the game right after the disastrous "Battlefield 4" launch which contained so many widespread bugs and glitches it became the target of class action lawsuits.

Both games will be coming to will be coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. »

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"Predators" Scribe Hops Onto "Deus Ex" Film

5 hours ago

"Predators" and upcoming "Hitman: Agent 47" writer Michael Finch has been hired to work on the script for the film adaptation of acclaimed video game series "Deus Ex" at CBS Films.

Set in the near future where human augmentation has triggered a technological renaissance, the story follows a security specialist named Adam Jensen who must embrace mechanical augments in order to unravel a global conspiracy.

Though launched in 2000, the franchise found new life and fans with 2011's "Deus Ex: Human Revolution". That game was not only a big earner but nabbed over 100 industry awards. As a result it will serve as the primary template for the film which Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh are attached to produce.

Finch takes over from "Sinister" scribes Scott Derrickson and Robert Cargil. Scott Derrickson was originally attached to direct but his commitments to "Doctor Strange" now prevent that.

Source: Heat Vision »

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"Ultron" Updates: Tone, Hulk, Peggy, Quicksilver

10 hours ago

Mark Ruffalo recently spoke about the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron" during some downtime, telling USA Today that the scale is bigger and the tone is darker than its predecessor. Ruffalo says:

"Joss [Whedon] is in his full height of his powers. This movie is much more sprawling and epic than the first one. They’re really in an existential, dire crisis. It has a darker quality. The Avengers are really struggling with their own shortcomings and the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. and where they go and who they are in the world. There’s a lot of negativity towards them."

Ruffalo also went into a bit of detail about his character, telling EW that age is having an impact on the development of Bruce Banner:

"I think they set it up nicely now that Banner’s turning 46 years old, and there comes a point where it »

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Edgar Wright Up For Working Title's "Baby Driver"

10 hours ago

He departed "Ant-Man" a while ago, now filmmaker Edgar Wright has reportedly found his next film in the form of "Baby Driver" at Working Title Films.

Wright penned the crime-themed action thriller project, no word on the tone though it'll no doubt have Wright's signature quick editing and great sense of humor.

Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing the film alongside Nira Park. The project isn't at a studio as yet though.

Source: Deadline »

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Mike Colter Talks His "Halo: Nightfall" Role

10 hours ago

Xbox has posted the first photo from the upcoming Ridley Scott-produced and Sergio Mimica Gezzan-directed digital series “Halo: Nightfall," this one a first look at Agent Locke played by Mike Colter ("The Good Wife," "Zero Dark Thirty").

Locke is agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (Oni) whose team is sent to investigate terrorist activity on a distant colony world and are eventually drawn to an ancient, hellish artifact during their search.   "Prison Break" creator Paul Scheuring penned the script.

Locke reportedly plays a major role in “Halo 5: Guardians,” which releases on Xbox One in 2015. Colter admits he was hesitant at first to sign up to a big franchise, telling Variety:

"It was a new medium for me. Who would the audience be? How would they access the series? Fortunately, ensuring accessibility to a broad audience is one of the things that Scott Free TV and 343 values first and foremost. »

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Swank, Harris, Helms Join Inarritu's New TV Series

10 hours ago

Hilary Swank, Ed Harris and "The Hangover" alum Ed Helms are in negotiations to join "Babel" and "Amores Perros" filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's TV drama series "One Percent".

Set against the world of organic farming, Helms plays a member of a dysfunctional family struggling to keep their farm from financial ruin, until a bizarre twist of fate changes their lives forever. Swank will play his wife, Harris his father.

Inarritu will direct. Studio Media Rights Capital will take the drama out to buyers for premium cable, basic cable and streaming in early August.

Source: The Live Feed »

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Details Emerge About "Fargo" Season Two

13 hours ago

A few hours after FX picked up its much acclaimed series "Fargo" for a second season, the producers of the series have revealed some basic details about where and when the new story is set to unfold.

Like "American Horror Story" and "True Detective," "Fargo" is an anthology series and so each season tells a completely different story in a different setting and with different characters. Although in this case, one particular character from the first season will return.

Producer Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield have confirmed the new season will be based on an incident in Sioux Falls in 1979 referenced to in the first season episode "A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage". Said incident involved Lou Solverson (Keith Carradine), the now elderly father of Molly (Allison Tolman).

With the new season to be set in 1979, we'll follow a 33-year-old Lou who has recently returned from Vietnam. The producers »

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Marvel Won't Rush A Female Superhero Movie

13 hours ago

Disney's two most valuable acquisitions in recent years, LucasFilm and Marvel, have come under fire over that time due to the lack of leading female characters in their films.

In fact, the addition of only one female name to the initial "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast list led to much speculation that the subsequent casting of Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie in key roles was a reaction to the backlash.

Marvel, meanwhile, has felt pressure regarding the company's lack of a female led superhero movie. The most likely options for one, were they to go ahead, would be a Black Widow solo adventure or a stand-alone Captain Marvel franchise.

Even so, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige tells Screen Crush they will not be forced into making a female superhero movie until they feel they have one they want to do - despite the backlash they may get for taking that »

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News Bits: Pixels, Daredevil, Crowe, Ivan

14 hours ago

Pixels

Sony Pictures Entertainment have announced that iconic video game characters Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders are all set to feature in Chris Columbus' new action comedy "Pixels" opening next May. The likes of Atari, Konami, Bandai Namco, Nintendo, Taito and Warner Brothers are teaming with the makers on the film.

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, and Brian Cox star in the story of a handful of washed up video game champions called into help when aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, so they've started attacking Earth using the games as models for their various assaults. [Source: Sony Pictures]

Daredevil

"Daredevil" showruner Steven S. DeKnight made an appearance on the "Guardians of the Galaxy" red carpet last night and spoke about the tone of the upcoming Netflix series:

"We're going for a very gritty, »

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Lilly Denies, Stoll Confirms "Ant-Man" Casting

14 hours ago

Months ago came rumors that former "Lost" star Evangeline Lilly was in talks to play the female lead in Marvel's "Ant-Man," something that various trade publications have reportedly since confirmed but neither she or Marvel have yet to. Asked by SlashFilm if she could confirm being cast, she says: "No, I can't. I don't know anything about those rumors."

Then asked if she would make a surprise appearance at Comic-Con this week for any other film aside from the panel for "The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies" for which she's already been announced, she said: "I'm an actress, but I'm not stupid. I can't answer that question."

The denial only fuels the rumors that Marvel will introduce the entire "Ant-Man" cast during their Hall H panel at Comic-Con this coming weekend. One person who isn't playing coy though is "House of Cards" and "The Strain" actor Corey Stoll »

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Producers On "Supernatural" Season 10 Spoilers

14 hours ago

One thing "Supernatural" has been very effective at over the years has been end off season cliffhangers, the final moments of the season finales often leaving you screaming and demanding to know what's next.

If You Hadn't Guessed By The Title - Spoilers Ahead For Seasons 9 & 10 Of "Supernatural"

The end of the ninth season was no different with Dean (Jensen Ackles) dying but the Mark of Cain resurrecting him as a demon. Executive producer Jeremy Carver tells TVLine that the season begins with Sam going on his own journey in attempt to find his missing brother.

In fact, Carver says "Sam is so invested in finding his brother that it leads him to do some questionable things that will make him and, certainly, the audience wonder which one of these guys is the true monster." Carver adds that Dean the demon isn't a straightforward case of Dean under the influence »

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