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"Civil War" Issues Caused Marvel Split?

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Though one report today suggested it was due to disappointment over the box-office results of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Heat Vision has posted a report that says friction over the budget of "Captain America: Civil War" is what led to the split between Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac 'Ike' Perlmutter.

Feige and his successful Marvel Studios film division now report to Disney Studios chief Alan Horn instead of infamously penny pinching New York-based executive Perlmutter who retains oversight over the other areas of Marvel.

Feige's years of frustration, and the film division's gravitation toward Disney, reportedly came to a head over this issue. As the film grew more ambitious and essentially became "Avengers 2.5," the film's budget grew accordingly which did not sit well with Perlmutter or Marvel's Creative Committee group of executives who wanted to scale things down.

Feige threatened to leave Marvel, and as »

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"Luke Cage" Casts Its Cottonmouth

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Mahershala Ali ("House Of Cards," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay") has scored the key role of Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes in Marvel's "Luke Cage" series.

Mike Colter plays Cage, a wrongly accused man who is granted super strength by a sabotaged experiment and escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.

Stokes is a Harlem nightclub owner who will become an unexpected foe in Luke's life when his criminal activities threaten Luke's world. The series is currently slated to premiere sometime next year.

Source: Deadline »

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News Bits: Max, Braven, Jungle, Wonder

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Mad Max: Fury Road

It may already be out on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital HD and every other current home video format known to man, but that isn't stopping George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" from heading back to the cinema for one last victory lap. Warner Bros. Pictures is set to re-release the acclaimed film is set to return to IMAX 3D theaters for a limited run. The Big big screen run kicks off September 11th. [Source: Warner Bros. Pictures]

Braven

Future Aquaman star Jason Momoa will star in Lin Oeding's action-thriller "Braven" for Highland Film Group. Thomas Pa'a Sibbett penned the script from a story by Mike Nilon while Nilon, Momoa, Brian Mendozan and Molly Hassell will produce.

Momoa plays Joe Braven, a humble logger residing along the U.S./Canada border, is confronted by a group of deadly drug runners in his secluded cabin in the mountains, he must do »

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"Spectre" Gets A Spooky Poster

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The artwork for the Daniel Craig-era of the James Bond film series has usually been pretty simple and clean, the previous one was simply the man himself in a blue tuxedo on the ground firing his gun - it was iconic and highly memorable.

That makes the new one-sheet for "Spectre" a slightly different than expected affair, a shot of Bond in that crisp white tux set against a dark green tinted version of a man in a skeleton outfit almost reminiscent of "Live and Let Die".

The figure is obviously from the Mexico City-set opening sequence which takes place during the 'Day of the Dead' festival. Check out the one-sheet below, the film itself hits November 6th:

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Fukunaga Gets Frank About "It" Departure

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One of the saddest pieces of entertainment news to report this year was the departure of "True Detective: Season One" and "Jane Eyre" director Cary Fukunaga from the upcoming two-film adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel "It".

Fukunaga came onboard the project back in 2012 and penned the scripts with Chase Palmer. Originally starting at Warners, the films moved to New Line which is where the problems began. Fukunaga left the project earlier this year over what appeared to be budgetary concerns and creative differences.

In a lengthy piece for Variety, Fukunaga reveals that budget wasn't the issue as both sides agreed to make the two films for $32 million. The creative disagreements however were very much a problem. Here's the filmmaker's explanation:

"I was trying to make an unconventional horror film. It didn't fit into the algorithm of what they knew they could spend and make money back on based »

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Filming Wraps On "The X-Files" Revival

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The upcoming six-episode event series revival of "The X-Files" on Fox is wrapping production after three months of filming in Vancouver.

Yvr says actor David Duchovny finished his scenes last night and there remains just one more overnight shoot left before the six-episode series wraps completely.

The scene in question involves Mulder (Duchovny), Scully (Gillian Anderson), Agent Miller (Robbie Amell), and apparently one of the Lone Gunmen actors. The event series kicks off on Fox on January 24th.

#XFilesRevival: David Duchovny wrapped 3 months of filming last night http://t.co/YW5r5qeXUj Hugged Chris Carter. pic.twitter.com/Di2htk9Lrb

— YVRShoots (@yvrshoots) September 2, 2015

#XFilesRevival: Robbie Amell as Agent Miller on #TheXFiles set in #Vancouver last night http://t.co/stNV9NUXVI pic.twitter.com/VKKaP7stNn

— YVRShoots (@yvrshoots) September 2, 2015 »

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Miller, Skrein Talk Flash & Ajax Costumes

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Actors Ezra Miller and Ed Skrein have spoken this week about the superhero costumes they'll be sporting in upcoming tentpole films.

Miller is playing DC Comics hero The Flash in several DC Cinematic Universe films with the character rumored to be making a first appearance in next year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (albeit only in a cameo).

A fan has tweeted a photo of himself with Miller recently and added some points about what Miller told him about his appearance as the Flash.

Seems this version will differ considerably from The CW's take on Barry Allen - here Miller will sport long hair, a Flash costume that has a "post-apocalyptic look" to it, and a ripped physique. How reliable this information is though is uncertain.

Meanwhile, Ed Skrein has been out doing press for "The Transporter Refueled" and was asked about whether his character of Ajax in Marvel »

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Netflix Renews "Narcos" For A Second Season

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Netflix has officially renewed its Pablo Escobar-themed drug drama "Narcos" for a second season.

Wagner Moura plays the Medellin Cartel head in the series which premiered on the service on August 28th and has so far received very good reviews. Scripts for second season episodes are already well underway.

Adam Fierro ("The Shield") will take over as show runner for Chris Brancato ("Hannibal") who oversaw the first season as he's now committed to the biblical drama "Of Kings and Prophets".

Source: The Live Feed »

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"Force Awakens" New Toys & Banner Unveiled

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With the last of the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" related toys currently being unveiled to the public online, Disney and Lucasfilm have also released a new poster for the J.J. Abrams-directed film which blends a previously released still and an Empire Magazine's cover into an impressive banner that will hang in cinemas around the world. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens December 18th.

Ahead of 'Force Friday' tomorrow in which Disney is set to take the money of "Star Wars" toy fans everywhere, the YouTube unboxing event has been a spectacular success with some impressive looking merchandise set to go on sale tomorrow.

Amongst the highlights have been a Millennium Falcon with Finn and Chewbacca action figures and Nerf darts, a Stormtrooper Nerf gun, remote control flying X-Wings, a Millennium Falcon Quad Copter, a Lego Millennium Falcon, Elite Series Action Figures, a Lego version of Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle, »

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Hulk Was In "Civil War" But Not Anymore?

17 hours ago

Though he has been rumored for the movie, and actor Mark Ruffalo has been spotted hanging around the same locales as the production crew, no-one has officially acknowledged or been seriously able to confirm if The Hulk will make an appearance in next year's "Captain America: Civil War".

When we last saw Hulk in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," he essentially disappeared to somewhere unknown. In a new interview with BadTaste, Ruffalo revealed that he Was originally set to return for 'Civil War,' but now it seems the studio has changed its mind:

"Because he’s still missing, and it’s unknown where he is. I thought that I would be in the film, but in the end they evidently believed that the reveal of what happened to the Hulk was too big, and Marvel wants to save that information for later. My character had been in the script, but then he got removed. »

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Idris Elba Talks Those James Bond Rumors

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In the wake of Daniel Craig's comments to Esquire this week suggesting a present reluctance to return to the role of James Bond for a fifth outing (though he's under contract), talk of another actor to take over the role has surged this week with names like Dan Stevens and Tom Hardy regularly popping up.

One name that's long been mentioned as a potential Craig replacement has been that of actor Idris Elba who has been doing press recently for the upcoming release of Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation" on Netflix. Elba was asked about the rumors by Variety and indicates it's all fan-driven for now:

If human beings want to know if there's any connectivity between all of us, the one thing I've heard around the world universally is that, 'You'll be great at James Bond'. If it should happen, that's proof there's connectivity amongst human beings. »

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Emma Thompson Not A "Spider-Man" Fan

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The always fun Emma Thompson has weighed in on the debate over "superhero fatigue," an ongoing debate that has this week seen the likes of Steven Spielberg offering his thoughts.

In a new interview with Vulture, Thompson was asked about the superhero movie boom and reveals she's already burned out on one particular franchise:

"I loved the original Superman with Chris Reeve because there was a real tongue-in-cheek-ness to it, [but] after a while, you do get a tiny bit cynical about it. The fact that I know they're going to win out in the end has now slightly interfered with my continuing to go to those movies. If I see yet another Spider-Man, I'm going to have to actually hang myself. I can't do it anymore! They're all marvelous, but how many times can you make this franchise, for crying out loud?"

The third modern live-action incarnation of Spider-Man makes »

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Simone Missick To Play Missy In "Luke Cage"

17 hours ago

Simone Missick has scored the younger female lead role in Netflix's Marvel series "Luke Cage". Mike Colter, Alfre Woodard, Rosario Dawson and Theo Rossi also star in this third of Marvel's four-series package for Netflix.

Missick will play Missy, a woman with a strong sense of justice who is said to be based on the Marvel character Misty Knight. In the comics, Misty is a former NYPD officer who gets a new bionic arm by Tony Stark after losing hers in the line of duty. She eventually launches a detective agency, helping Cage.

Colter plays Cage, a wrongly accused man who is granted super strength by a sabotaged experiment. He escapes prison to become a superhero for hire. Rossi and Woodard play the villains Shades and Black Mariah respectively.

Source: Deadline »

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Dan Radcliffe In "Gamechangers" Trailer

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The first trailer has arrived for "The Gamechangers," the Daniel Radcliffe-led upcoming BBC telemovie about a legal battle over the biggest franchise in video gaming - "Grand Theft Auto". "The Gamechangers" will debut on BBC Two on September 15th.

Radcliffe plays Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser in the film in which Bill Paxton plays Christian lawyer Jack Thompson, who starts a crusade against the games. Owen Harris ("Kill Your Friends") directs the project which covers a three-year period when Houser and Thompson clashed.

http://sir-radcakes.tumblr.com/post/128207665610/the-gamechangers-trailer-for-those-not-in-the-uk »

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"Goosebumps" Sequel Already In The Works

17 hours ago

Sony Pictures is already in the process of developing a sequel to the yet to be released film version of R.L. Stine's beloved "Goosebumps" novels according to The Tracking Board.

The first family horror-comedy film hits cinemas mid-October and stars Jack Black, Zach Cooper and Odeya Rush. It's uncertain if the actors, director Rob Letterman and producer Neil Moritz will return for more.

The studio is reportedly in the process of tracking down a writer to pen the script for the sequel which will likely continue the first film's meta approach to the material rather than directly adapt one or several of the books.

Stine has published 181 books in the series which has sold more than 350 million copies and has been translated into 32 languages. »

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New Trailer: Colin Farrell In "The Lobster"

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The first trailer has been released for "Dogtooth" director Yorgos Lanthimos' dystopian surrealist fantasy satire "The Lobster". Colin Farrell plays a recently single man who visits a spa where he has 45 days to find a partner whose personality matches his.

If he fails, he will be turned into an animal of his choosing and released into the wild. Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, and Michael Smiley also star.

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Gerard Butler Joins "Headhunter's Calling"

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Gerard Butler is opting for something more dramatic for his next film as he's joined the cast of Mark Williams' "The Headhunter's Calling" at Voltage Pictures.

Butler will play a corporate headhunter who works at Blackrock Recruiting arranging jobs for engineers. When his 10-year-old son falls ill, his personal and professional priorities clash.

Bill Dubuque ("The Judge," "The Accountant") wrote the script and filming begins October 26th in Toronto. Butler, Williams and Alan Siegel will produce.

Source: Deadline »

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Ansel Elgort To Seek "Code Name Veil"

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"The Fault in Our Stars" and "Divergent" actor Ansel Elgort is attached to star in Michael Cuesta's new 1980s Beirut-set drama "Code Name Veil" at Black Label Media.

Inspired by real events, a rookie CIA agent (Elgort) investigates the attacks against the U.S. Embassy and Marine barracks during the 1983 bombings in Beirut.

When his station chief is taken hostage, he finds himself turning to desperate measures to save his mentor.

Matt Billingsly penned the script which made the 2008 Black List. Trent Luckinbill, Thad Luckinbill and Molly Smith are producing.

Source: THR »

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Edward Ashley Joins "Lost City of Z"

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Edward Ashley ("In The Heart Of The Sea") has joined the cast of James Gray's historical adventure "The Lost City of Z" which also stars Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland and Charlie Hunnam.

An adaptation of David Grann's book, Hunnam plays a man who headed into the Amazon on a mapping quest in 1925. There, suffering from a nasty case of malaria, he claimed to have discovered a mythical city.

Roundly mocked by his peers, Fawcett gathered up his son and one other companion and headed back into the jungle to prove his point. They all disappeared.

Ashley will play Arthur Manley, a young corporal who accompanied Fawcett on his apparently doomed expedition. Filming is now underway in Northern Ireland and Colombia ahead of a 2016 release.

Source: Empire »

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Scott Cooper To Helm "American Wolf"

17 hours ago

"Black Mass" director Scott Cooper is in talks to direct "American Wolf" for Warner Bros. Pictures, Appian Way and Langley Park.

Based on source material from Texas Monthly editor Nate Blakeslee, the story follows a hunter in Yellowstone National Park who accidentally kills an endangered American wolf.

An unlikely friendship soon forms between him and the wildlife researcher who works with wolves in the park. Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin McCormick and Jennifer Davisson Killoran will produce.

Source: Variety »

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