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ABC Plans "Phantom of the Opera" TV Series

7 hours ago

"Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry is developing a contemporary TV series take on "The Phantom of the Opera" for ABC Studios.

Despite being dubbed a drama with musical elements, it is Not using Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical of the same name as the basis. Rather, the producers are going back to Gaston Leroux's original 1909 novel which itself has more often been the basis for TV and film adaptations of the story.

This take on the story involves a ghost who haunts an opera house and helps a budding singer before jealousy gets the better of him. Much like the network's "Nashville," this will also involve the cutthroat world of the music business and will incorporate musical moments into story lines.

Cherry, Sabrina Wind, Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner are executive producing with the latter two penning the script.

Source: Variety »

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"Arrow" Producer Plans "Archie" TV Series

9 hours ago

"Arrow" producers Berlanti Productions and Warner Brothers Studios are teaming for "Riverdale," a one-hour drama based on the iconic "Archie" comic book series.

Set in the present in the small fictional town of Riverdale, New York, the story deals with the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge.

Rival Reggie Mantle, slacker best friend Jughead Jones and popular gay character Kevin Keller will all play key roles in the series which will also include characters from other titles in the Archie Comics library like "Josie and the Pussycats".

The project is described as a "bold, subversive take" on the comic which explores the "surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade."

The project is being penned by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the Archie Comics Cco who also penned the "Carrie" and "Town That Dreaded Sundown" remakes, the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of "American Psycho, »

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First Details On "The Mummy" Reboot?

9 hours ago

Whilst "Dracula Untold" boasts a coda that serves as the launch of Universal Pictures' ambitious and interconnected 'Classic Monster Cinematic Universe' plans, it's 2016's currently untitled reboot of "The Mummy" franchise that will be the real kick-off entry.

Superhero Movies News appears to have scored a copy of the new script for the reboot and have revealed a few new details about the contemporary-set story which will follow a Navy Seal named Tyler Colt on a mission in the Iraqi desert.

Potential Spoilers Ahead

Searching what they believe to be terrorist bunker, they soon realise it's actually a centuries old tomb protected by mystical forces. As the SEALs start turning on each other, Tyler makes it to a black iron sarcophagus which he opens.

After that, his mind is cursed with visions of the reboot's version of the Mummy - the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal. Tyler leaves the military and becomes a reculse. »

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"Constantine" Producer On Smoking, Sex

10 hours ago

NBC finally debuts "Constantine," its adaptation of the "Hellblazer" comics, tomorrow night in the United States. Matt Ryan takes on the role of John Constantine from the comics in an interpretation that's expected to hew closer to the source material than the Keanu Reeves-led 2005 film adaptation.

For starters the look and accent are much more like the chain-smoking bisexual demon hunter from the comics, the personality is as well. But what about the smoking and the odd gay fling? Thirty years ago you could get away with the odd bit of smoking on broadcast TV whilst gay sex scenes were completely taboo.

These days the opposite is in effect, gay and bisexual characters with active sex lives aren't a big deal but smoking is very much a no-no. Networks, especially the non-cable ones, are famous for Not allowing characters to light up on their shows.

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Christian Bale Confirmed As Steve Jobs

10 hours ago

Famed screenwriter and TV series producer Aaron Sorkin has confirmed last week's reports that Christian Bale will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the Danny Boyle-directed biopic which Sorkin wrote. Speaking with Bloomberg, Sorkin said:

"We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale. He didn't have to audition. Well, there was a meeting."

As previously revealed, the project will be three long segments following Jobs backstage before the launches of three famous Apple products - the Mac, the NeXT and the very first generation of iPod. As it's a Sorkin script as well, there's no shortage of rapid-fire dialogue according to the writer himself:

"He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn't a scene or a frame that he's not in. So it's an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it. »

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Stan, Ejiofor Join Scott's "The Martian"

10 hours ago

Sebastian Stan ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") and Mackenzie Davis ("Halt and Catch Fire") have joined the cast of Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller "The Martian" at 20th Century Fox.

Matt Damon plays an American astronaut stranded on Mars after the rest of the crew members believe he is dead. He must struggle to survive until Nasa can launch a rescue mission to bring him back home.

The trio join an ever growing cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean and Donald Glover. Details on their specific characters are unknown at this point.

Drew Goddard penned the script based on Andy Weir's book, while Simon Kinberg is producing. Filming is slated to begin in November. »

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Spader Talks What Drew Him To "Ultron"

18 hours ago

Following the official release of the teaser trailer for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" yesterday afternoon, James Spader has spoken a bit about voicing the villain of the title in the film in a new interview with Total Film.

"The Blacklist" actor points out that his character is quite different to the role of Raymond 'Red' Reddington which he currently plays on that hit NBC series:

"Ultron takes abrupt turns in scenes. Red isn't pyschopathic but Ultron is. Yes, he is psychopathic. He's really batsh-t crazy."

Talking about Ultron's personality, the biggest thing that drew him to the role may not be what you expect - the dark humor:

"There's a humorous aspect to him, which is something that drew me in from the very first conversation I had with Joss [Whedon]. In many ways he's a child, this character, because he's a brand new being who's just come to be. »

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"Insidious Chapter 3" Gets A Trailer & Poster

19 hours ago

Focus Features has released both a new one-sheet and the first trailer for "Insidious Chapter 3," the third film in the popular supernatural franchise. Actor/writer/producer Leigh Whannel takes over the directorial chair for this third outing which serves as a prequel to the previous two films.

In this entry, gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

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Marvel Has The McU, DC Has A Multiverse

19 hours ago

Whilst Marvel embraces an integrated single universe for its film and TV projects, aside from the properties it doesn't own, DC is walking another path. For now the DC Cinematic Universe ("Man of Steel," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Justice League Part 1") is its own thing, and an arena in which only movies get to play.

The four TV projects currently on screen based on DC comics properties are also their own thing - two of them ("The Flash," "Arrow") are linked and share their own onscreen universe, the other two ("Gotham," "Constantine") are standalone projects.

In a new interview with Buzzfeed, DC Entertainment Cco Geoff Johns indicates that despite all these distinct screen universes being around at the same time, those involved are certainly trying to avoid stepping on each other's toes:

"We had talked about it previously being distinct, but I can't really talk about the films. »

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Norton Talks Not Playing "Hulk" Again

19 hours ago

Whilst Ang Lee's "Hulk" with Eric Bana is a one-off dead end, 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" is considered a part of the official canon of Marvel Studios films and within the Marvel Cinematic Universe's continuity.

Edward Norton played the part of Bruce Banner/Hulk in that film, a role which was recast for "The Avengers" with Mark Ruffalo taking over the part and scoring a much more welcome reaction from fans.

Still, Norton was originally slated to return for "The Avengers" and opted not to. In a new interview with NPR, the acclaimed actor spoke about turning down the role:

"My feeling was that I experimented and experienced what I wanted to. I really, really enjoyed it. And yet, I looked at the balance of time in life that one spends not only making those sorts of films but then especially putting them out, and the obligations that rightly come with that. »

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Adam McKay To Helm A Marvel Film?

19 hours ago

"Anchorman" writer/director Adam McKay has confirmed he is in early talks to direct an unnamed project at Marvel Studios.

McKay was brought in to rewrite the script for Marvel's "Ant-Man" and potentially direct that film after original helmer Edgar Wright departed weeks before it was scheduled to start filming.

McKay opted out of directing with Peyton Reed ultimately taking the job, but it sounds like the studio were so happy with his work that they have pursued him for something else. McKay tells Crave Online:

"I just did a big rewrite on Ant-Man with Paul Rudd and had such a great time working with them that we're kicking around ideas. Maybe I would take on one of the characters so we haven't locked in anything, but discussions are definitely going on."

What project that could be is unknown at this point as there's been a lot of speculation about »

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"Hobbit" Trilogy To Cost 3/4 Of A Billion

19 hours ago

Financial documents published in New Zealand and revealed to British newspaper The Guardian have revealed that Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy has reached a total cost of over $745 million U.S. dollars.

This would make it the most expensive film production of all time as all three movies were shot back-to-back in a giant single production. The financial report covers only up through March of this year, which means the final total could go even higher.

Of course, no-one is losing any money over this. For starters, the trilogy scored around $120 million in tax breaks from the New Zealand government, due to more than three times that amount being spent in the country on filming and visual effects.

More importantly though, the two films released so far have grossed a whopping $1.98 billion, and it's expected the trilogy will close out its theatrical run with around $3 billion in worldwide revenue »

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Fox Plans Modern "Frankenstein" TV Series

19 hours ago

Fox has given a put pilot commitment for a contemporary drama series based on Mary Shelley's classic novel "Frankenstein".

The "grounded sci-fi" take on the story follows a morally corrupt FBI agent named Adam Tremble whom is killed and brought back from the dead by an antisocial Internet billionaire and his bio-engineer twin sister.

Now, younger and stronger, Tremble deals with threats beyond the FBI's capabilities along with his own lingering temptations.

"Homeland" and "Tyrant" executive producer Howard Gordon is teaming with "Life" and "Crisis" creator Rand Ravich on the project which they will both executive produce.

Source: Deadline »

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First Trailer: "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

22 October 2014 6:32 PM, PDT

Originally it wasn't due online until next week, but the first trailer for Marvel and Disney's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" leaked a few hours ago and so the studio has brought it online.

Amongst the highlights are looks at Ultron in several forms, full on Hulk vs. Iron Man action in the Hulkbuster armor, much of the Avengers team looking despondent, Thor trying to strangle Tony Stark, and lots of fighting in both a snow-bound eastern Europe and in a U.S. city.

Marvel acknowledged the leak via the tweet:

Dammit, Hydra.

Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2014

They also followed that up with the official teaser poster:

Love the @Avengers: #AgeofUltron teaser trailer? Check out the official teaser poster! pic.twitter.com/8KDjlZxnfv

Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 23, 2014 »

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X-Men's Quicksilver Returns For "Apocalypse"

22 October 2014 6:30 PM, PDT

After stealing the show in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," Evan Peters' Quicksilver is unsurprisingly getting some more screen time. Second unit director Brian Smrz tells Newsarama that another sequence with the character is planned for "X-Men: Apocalypse":

"They want me to start pretty soon, on the storyboarding and stuff. I’ll be working on the next X-Men for the next month or so part-time, and by the end of the year it’ll be full-time... There will be another Quicksilver scene, which I'm looking forward to. That'll be fun."

Smrz played a key part in shooting the Quicksilver sequence in 'Days' and even suggests a solo film about the character is something he'd love to see: "We talked about Quicksilver before. I'd love to do a Quicksilver as a solo film because there's a lot to enjoy with that character."

Filming on "X-Men: Apocalypse" begins in April. »

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Full Poster: "Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies"

22 October 2014 6:29 PM, PDT

After a series of character posters over the last few weeks, Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled what looks to be the main key art poster for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the upcoming final film in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. Pretty much all the major players are squeezed onto the artwork for the film which is scheduled to open in December.

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"Homeland," "Firefly" Star Joins "Gotham"

22 October 2014 6:26 PM, PDT

Following her work on "Firefly," "V" and "Homeland," Morena Baccarin is adding another major show to her resume.

Baccarin is set to play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, a medical colleague of Bruce Wayne's father, in Fox's "Gotham". The actress will make her debut in several episodes of the first season, and will be upgraded to a series regular starting next year.

In this version, Thompkins works at Arkham Asylum and becomes an ally of Detective James Gordon.

Source: Deadline »

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First Poster & Trailer: "The Gambler"

22 October 2014 6:24 PM, PDT

Paramount Pictures has unveiled both the official one-sheet and red-band trailer for Rupert Wyatt's "The Gambler" starring a very lean Mark Wahlberg. William Monahan penned the script for the film which also stars Brie Larson and Jessica Lange.

A remake of the James Caan-led 1974 film, Wahlberg plays a college professor with a gambling addiction that leads him to lay his own life on the line as collateral against a loan from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams). The move brings him to the attention of a loan shark (John Goodman).

"The Gambler" will open in limited release on December 19th.

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Microsoft Unveils "Halo: Nightfall" Trailer

22 October 2014 6:17 PM, PDT

Microsoft has unveiled the first full trailer for their upcoming live-action digital series "Halo: Nightfall" from executive producer Ridley Scott. The five-part series will debut on Xbox Live on November 11th, the same day "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" hits stores.

Mike Colter plays Agent Locke in the film and narrates the clip which uses much of the footage that screened at this year's San Diego Comic Con. There's some very familiar Halo hardware on display in the clip which looks to have had a decent budget to play with, though the writing seems to be filled with some decidedly cliche lines.

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Will Smith To Produce A "Hitch" TV Series

22 October 2014 6:15 PM, PDT

Fox has handed out a script commitment for a half-hour, single-camera comedy series based on the 2005 Will Smith feature "Hitch".

Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont ("Made of Honor") are penning the series described as a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics. 

Smith's Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television will exec produce the series. The original film grossed nearly $370 million worldwide.

The project marks the latest on the ever growing list of movies being remade as TV series for next season.

Source: The Live Feed »

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