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"Toy Story 4" To Be More Of A Rom-Com?

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With "Toy Story 3" effectively serving as a trilogy capper, it was a surprise when word came that a fourth film in the series was in development. Pixar studio president Jim Morris recently spoke with Disney Latino where he confirmed that the next film is Not a continuation of "Toy Story 3". Instead, it's something you might not expect - a rom-com:

"The third movie ended in a beautiful way and completed a trilogy. I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story, which in turn I do not know if will be continued. Never begin a project with that in mind. It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story. It will be a romantic comedy. It will not put much focus on the interaction between the characters and children. »

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Third "Wolverine" To Film Early 2016

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Filmmaker James Mangold has confirmed that filming on the third standalone "The Wolverine" movie won't begin for another year.

Mangold posted a tweet today which said shooting on the project, his second film with Jackman in the character following their collaboration on 2013's "The Wolverine," will begin early 2016 - a full year out from its current March 2017 release date.

Jackman has a busy 2015 ahead as he has to finish "Chappie" promotion, film "X-Men: Apocalypse," do promotional rounds for "Pan," and filming the P.T. Barnum biopic "The Greatest Showman on Earth".

Patrick Stewart has previously teased that his version of Professor X will team up with Logan in the new Wolverine film which David James Kelly is currently writing the script for. »

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Photo: Leto Prepping For Joker Makeover

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Jared Leto has shaved his beard, chopped off his hair and has now bleached his remaining locks platinum blond in preparation for the role of The Joker in David Ayer's "Suicide Squad" film.

Ayer himself teased Leto's shave and cut earlier this week, and now Leto himself has posted shots from his appearance at Paris Fashion Week with the new blond locks. The blond though would appear to be only a base as Leto's hairstylist, Chase Kusero, has also posted a photo of what appears to be green hair dye.

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A photo posted by Jared Leto (@jaredleto) on Mar 5, 2015 at 8:57am Pst

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"Expendables" TV Series In The Works

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Fox is reportedly developing an event TV series based on "The Expendables" film franchise. Sylvester Stallone will executive produce alongside regular "Expendables" producer Avi Lerner and "NCIS" veteran Shane Brennan.

Brennan will serve as show runner and will write the series alongside Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward. The aim with the event series is to do for old TV action heroes what the films did for old movie action heroes, and the tone is said to be a fun action drama.

There is no cast attached or approached yet, but there's a lot of potential candidates for that list - Tom Selleck, David Hasselhoff, Richard Dean Anderson, Scott Bakula, Jeffrey Donovan, Lucy Lawless, Jennifer Garner, Kiefer Sutherland, etc.

A fourth and fifth instalment in the film series, along with a female-centric offshoot, are in various stages of development.

Source: Deadline »

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First Trailer: "No Escape"

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Originally slated for this month and then pushed back not that long ago to September 2nd, the first trailer has finally arrived for The Weinstein Company's action thriller "No Escape" starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell.

John Erick Dowdle helms the film in which Wilson plays an American businessman who has moved his family to Southeast Asia, only to find themselves caught up in the middle of a violent political uprising.

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DC Movies Are "Edgier" Than Marvel?

17 hours ago

Comic fanboys seem to love getting into debates about DC versus Marvel properties, and Warner Bros. Pictures CEO Kevin Tsujihara fueled the fires this week during an address at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference.

Speaking about the distinction between the DC Comics tentpoles and Marvel's film tentpoles, he says (via The Playlist:

“The worlds of DC are very different. They're steeped in realism, and they’re a little bit edgier than Marvel's movies. The key thing is that the movies and the television shows and the games, everything looks very different… you have to be able to take advantage of the diversity of these characters."

Tsujihara was reportedly asked about how long before the 'superhero bubble' bursts and people turn away from comic adaptations, it doesn't sound like he answered the question.

Meanwhile, Marvel has announced that on April 29th, select theaters in the AMC Theaters and Regal »

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New Dates: "Danish," "Poltergeist," "Spy" & More

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A couple of key release date changes have taken place in the last few days, including several of this summer's key titles. 20th Century Fox in particular has shaken up its slate, playing musical chairs with three of its upcoming titles.

The "Poltergeist" remake has been moved up by two months to May 22nd, as a result the Melissa McCarthy comedy "Spy" has been pushed out of that slot and back two weeks to June 5th. On top of that, the road trip tale "Paper Towns" has been moved out of that June 5th slot and into the old "Poltergeist" slot on July 24th.

They aren't the only studio shaking things up though. Stx Entertainment has unveiled its slate of films with an untitled Blumhouse thriller opening July 31st, the remake of the acclaimed "The Secret in their Eyes" opening October 23rd, the horror tale "The Boy" opening January 22nd »

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Live-Action "Nimh" Remake On The Way

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MGM has acquired the screen rights to Robert C. O'Brien children's book "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh".

Michael Berg ("Ice Age 5") is attached to pen the screenplay for this adaptation which will be a combination of live-action and CG animation ala "The Smurfs," along with being the first of a potential franchise.

The film will be something of a prequel to the original story and follows an imperiled mouse who befriends a comical crew of lab rats as they turn hyper-intelligent. They escape a secret laboratory and become the great minds of vermin civilization, forced to outwit the humans hot on their tails.

Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger will produce. Don Bluth helmed a previous screen adaptation, the 1982 animated feature "The Secret of Nimh".

Source: IGN »

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Zachary Quinto Joins "Hannibal" S3

22 hours ago

Zachary Quinto is set to join the cast of the third season of NBC's acclaimed thriller series "Hannibal" says EW. The new season is slated to begin this Summer.

The "Star Trek" and "Heroes" actor will play a patient of Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) in at least one episode of the new season. Quinto previously worked with show runner Bryan Fuller on "Heroes" and is currently in NBC's event series "The Slap".

The third season of the show will incorporate a number of characters from Thomas Harris' "Red Dragon" and "Hannibal" novels including Rutina Wesley as Reba McClane, Joe Anderson as Mason Verger, Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde and Nina Arianda as Molly Graham. »

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New Details On HBO's Standalone Service

22 hours ago

Everyone's been waiting, and now some new details about HBO's proposed standalone subscription service have emerged over at International Business Times. A report on the site claims the service, dubbed 'HBO Now', is aiming to launch next month in time for the fifth season premiere of "Game of Thrones".

HBO Now will allow consumers to subscribe to HBO directly for the first time without being saddled with a cable contract or channel bundle. The price is expected (but not confirmed) to be the same as ordering HBO the regular way - ie. $15 a month.

The pay cable network is also reportedly in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of its launch partners, meaning people might be able to subscribe to it with just a few clicks in the same way Apple TV offers Netflix and Hulu Plus accounts at present. They're also said to be in talks with Google, »

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T.S. Rolin To Pen Third "Maze Runner"

23 hours ago

Screenwriter T.S. Nowlin is set to return to pen the third installment in 20th Century Fox's "The Maze Runner" film franchise following the impressive $340 million global haul of the young adult franchise.

Nowlin co-wrote last year's first film and get sole writing credit on the second, "The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials," which is currently in post-production and is slated to open on September 18th.

The third film, "The Maze Runner: The Death Cure," will be based on the last novel in James Dashner's novel trilogy. Dashner also penned "The Kill Order," a prequel to the first book, but that's not expected to receive an adaptation.

Unlike other young adult franchises, Fox is not stretching out this final story into two films - rather keeping it to a tight single movie.

Source: Deadline »

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Netflix Nabs "Returned," DiCaprio Docos

23 hours ago

Netflix have made two new announcements regarding their upcoming product.

First up, A&E's new supernatural drama "The Returned" is set to score a global release through the service. A remake of the acclaimed 2012 French series "Les Revenants," the story follows the residents of a small mountain town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have long been presumed dead, suddenly reappear.

For members outside the United States, new episodes of the series will be available weekly for Netflix members to stream within 24 hours of the U.S. broadcast. For those with U.S. Netflix accounts, you will have to wait as the series won't be added to the service's North American portfolio until early next year.

Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way production label is set to partner with Netflix on documentary and docu-series projects as part of a multi-year, first-look deal for non-fiction projects »

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John Barrowman Develops "49th Key"

23 hours ago

"Arrow" and "Torchwood" actor John Barrowman is developing an event mini-series adaptation of "The 49th Key," Erika Lewis' story from a recent issue of fantasy comic magazine Heavy Metal .

The story is based on the 16th century legend of Enochian magic, which tells of a secret language of angels, and is the first chapter in an expansive serialized fantasy series.

It follows a rogue archeologist and a young mute autistic boy on a treacherous journey through England. The boy is the key to a gateway between our world and that of a magical society that exists below the Earth's surface.

Barrowman will executive produce and star while Jeff Krelitz and David Boxenbaum will also executive produce.

Source: Heat Vision »

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Diablo Cody To Re-Write "Barbie" Film

23 hours ago

"Juno" and "Young Adult" scribe Diablo Cody has been hired to pen the next draft of the script of the live-action "Barbie" feature in development at Sony Pictures.

Jenny Bicks penned the first draft of the comedy which will follow Barbie in a contemporary setting. Details of the plot remain undisclosed.

Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal are producing. In a statement, Parkes says: "Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs…It signals we’re going for a legitimately contemporary tone. We’re bringing her on because she had great ideas, but even more importantly, she truly loves Barbie."

The Barbie line is reportedly worth around $3 billion a year to Mattel.

Source: Deadline »

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"Millers" Director To Helm "Dust" Adaptation

5 March 2015 2:33 AM, PST

Lionsgate has picked up the film rights to "Dust," the tabletop game and graphic novel, and attached Rawson Marshall Thurber ("We're the Millers," "Dodgeball") to direct.

The story is set in an alternate-history, steampunk-themed version of the 1940s where World War II never ended. The world is now divided into three blocs: The Allies (Us, France, British Commonwealth), The Axis (Germany, Japan), and The Ssu (China, Soviet Union).

The discovery of new ore leads to the creation of combat robots. Italian fantasy illustrator Paolo Parente, who worked on role-playing games Mutant Chronicles and Magic: The Gathering, created the franchise.

The project is now out to writers and Dan Lin ("The Lego Movie") will produce the film.

Source: Heat Vision »

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Ridley Scott Plans "Flashman" Film

5 March 2015 2:12 AM, PST

20th Century Fox, Scott Free and Chernin Entertainment are developing "Flashman," an 1830s-set film based on George MacDonald Fraser's period novels.

Fraser published a dozen books, starting in 1969, featuring Sir Harry Paget Flashman. The character is described as an antihero who often runs from danger but usually winds up being acclaimed as a hero.

Ridley Scott and Peter Chernin will produce. Malcolm McDowell played a previous on-screen version of the character in 1975's "Royal Flash".

Source: Variety »

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Stevens, Evans Join Disney's "Beauty"

4 March 2015 6:26 PM, PST

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" has found its two leading men.

Dan Stevens ("The Guest," "The Fifth Estate") will play the Beast while Luke Evans ("Dracula Untold," "The Hobbit") will play Gaston in Bill Condon's live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale.

Emma Watson is already onboard as Belle in the film which boasts a script by Stephen Chbosky ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower"). David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing the film.

Filming is slated to begin later this year.

Source: THR »

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Final Trailer: "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

4 March 2015 8:47 AM, PST

Heaps of new footage dominates the third and likely final theatrical trailer for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" which begins its international rollout late next month. The new clip teases Paul Bettany's The Vision, offers a ton of Hulk smashing action, and gives time to explain Tony Stark's cause of events along with Black Widow and Bruce Banner's blossoming relationship.

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Dylan O'Brien On "Spider-Man" Rumors

4 March 2015 7:42 AM, PST

When it was confirmed that Andrew Garfield would not be reprising the role of Peter Parker in the now Sony and Marvel shared "Spider-Man" franchise, talk quickly turned to who might be his potential replacement.

Two names quickly rose to the fore - "Teen Wolf" and "The Maze Runner" star Dylan O'Brien, and "Percy Jackson" franchise topper Logan Lerman. Both are 23 years old, both have scored good notices for their work and both could play high school age. Speculation led to actual reports saying Sony was seriously considering both of them.

Recently speaking with Buzzfeed though, O'Brien has dismissed the reports as he's heard nothing about it himself:

"Professionally, I haven't heard anything about it. I've only heard from, like, [rumors] online. It feels so weird to say. It's so funny. My friends from New Jersey are calling me. They're like, what are you not telling me, dude?! Spider-Man?! It makes me feel bad because I'm, »

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Damian Wayne To Be "Arrow" Villain?

4 March 2015 7:40 AM, PST

Like "Buffy" or "Smallville," The CW's "Arrow" has been a show where each season has been dominated by a 'Big Bad,' a single master villain whose machinations drive much of the events of each season.

In the first it was Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), the second was Deathstroke (Manu Bennett), and the current third season has been using Ra's al Ghul (Matt Nable) albeit sparingly. Now it appears the villain of the fourth has been revealed.

TV Line reports that the season three finale will introduce a "major, formidable, fierce new foe" who will unleash a reign of terror that will carry on well into the next season.

Said character is being dubbed 'Damian Dark' internally, but the speculation is that the character will be this universe's interpretation of Damian Wayne - the grandson of Ra's al Ghul. Said character will likely Not include the connection of him being »

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