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Guess Who Nearly Played Luke Cage & Batman?

10 hours ago

Actors aren't inclined to talk about the "roles that got away," on occasion though you do hear about them. Recently, two actors have spoken about comic book heroes they were lined up to play years ago. In one case the project failed to come to fruition, in the other the actor didn't think he was right for the role.

The first of these was Jamie Foxx. Speaking with IGN, he revealed he could've possibly played Marvel hero Luke Cage "back in the day," but ultimate things didn't work out.

Foxx was likely referring to the John Singleton directed adaptation that was in development at Sony Pictures. Ultimately it didn't take off and the rights reverted back to Marvel Studios where it is being prepped to become a direct-to-Netflix series.

The other is Pierce Brosnan. Participating in a Reddit Ama this week, the former James Bond revealed that years ago he »

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"Prometheus" Gets A Sequel In Comic Form

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Dark Horse Comics is attempting to unite the rather jumbled yet interconnected universe of "Alien," "Predator," "Aliens vs. Predator" and "Prometheus" in an ambitious crossover comic series event.

Things kick off next month with "Prometheus: Fire and Stone," which is set after the events of Ridley Scott's 2013 sci-fi film. In the comic, a new team heads to Lv-223 to learn the fate of the Prometheus, and there they uncover a dark mystery. Check out the freshly released trailer for it below.

This will be followed by "Aliens: Fire and Stone," "Avp: Fire and Stone" and "Predator: Fire and Stone". New books will be published on an eight-week cycle, meaning a new issue in one of the four books will be released every two weeks.

All four series will share some concepts, characters and situations. When each of the four books are concluded, one special issue will be published »

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Lipovsky To Helm "Dead Rising" Film

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"Leprechaun: Origins" and "Tasmanian Devils" helmer Zach Lipovsky is set to direct the upcoming film based on Capcom's popular "Dead Rising" video game series for Legendary Pictures' new Legendary Digital Media label.

Tim Carter ("Mortal Kombat: Legacy") wrote the script for the 90-minute digital feature which will premiere exclusively on Crackle in the Us and will be distributed internationally in both episodic and feature format.

The game series followed a freelance photojournalist during a zombie outbreak. Trapped in a shopping mall, he can't get out but he has the entire mall at his disposal to craft weapons to fight off the flesh-hungry mob.

Upon completing its run on Crackle, "Dead Rising" will be released on Svod, DVD, VOD and TV. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce.

Source: The Wrap »

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Several Updates On "Arrow" & "The Flash"

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Arrow

Last season saw flashback scenes in which Moira Queen paid off one of Oliver's flings to disappear with her and Oliver's child (which he didn't know about). This has raised the question, is Oliver's son on the show going to be his estranged son Connor Hawke from the comics?

Executive producer Marc Guggenheim says: "We've put it out there and we've got some cool ideas about where to go with it, should we do it, but we haven't committed to actually doing it or even when to do it."

The fifth episode of the upcoming season, originally titled "Oracle," has been renamed "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak" and will still see the introduction of Felicity's mother (Charlotte Ross).

Finally, Matt Ward ("Tron: Legacy") has joined the new season as Simon Lacroix, aka. Komodo. A skilled archer and deadly mercenary who is the 'villain of the week' for the show's second episode. »

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Trailers: Outcast, Meadows, Automata, Marriage

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A bunch of new trailers today for a variety of non-tentpole genre fare - some of it aims to be big, some aims to be in awards contention, some will probably skip theatrical.

Nicolas Cage continues his run of period action films with Arclight Films' "Outcast," an English-language 12th century China-set thriller without a subtitle (or Chinese accent) in sight. Cage and a mulleted Hayden Christensen play ex-Crusades warriors who team up to help the children of a deposed Chinese Emperor to battle their murderous uncle who has seized the throne. Cage sports an attempt at a British accent, has the nickname 'The White Ghost,' and breaks out into several Nic Cage-isms.

Katie Holmes plays the sweetest and most proper elementary school teacher who moonlights as a lethal vigilante in the dark satire "Miss Meadows". Things become complicated for the gun-toting dainty lady when she gets romantically entangled with the town sheriff. »

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TV News: Constantine, Freak, Gotham, Dead

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Constantine

NBC has posted a new photo of Matt Ryan as John Constantine in the upcoming TV series adaptation of the "Hellblazer" comics series. The first episode of the new series is scheduled to debut on the network on October 24th. [Source: Twitter

American Horror Story: Freak Show

FX has released the first teaser trailer for "American Horror Story: Freak Show" along with confirming an October 8th premiere date which was first reported last week. The fourth season of the anthology series is set in a sleepy Florida town in the 1950s and follows one of the last freak shows in service.

Sons of Anarchy

The seventh and final season of FX's popular motorcycle club drama begins September 9th, and now the network has confirmed that Samcro will be departing the network on Tuesday, December 2nd.

EW has posted a bunch of gorgeous black-and-white cast photos, and spoke with creator Kurt Sutter »

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Is A Fifth "Divergent" Film In The Works?

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LionsGate is is set to reveal the first trailer for "Insurgent," the upcoming sequel to "Divergent," in front of copies of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" in November.

LionsGate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed the news during the company's fiscal 2015 first-quarter earnings conference, saying: "With the first 'Insurgent' trailer slated to debut with the release of 'Mockingjay' in November, skyrocketing book sales, a stellar home entertainment launch and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ansel Elgort generating ever-increasing online buzz, I think you can understand why we believe that the 'Divergent' series is becoming very special."

Feltheimer and have enough hopes for the franchise that's there's talk of going beyond the currently planned four films. Veronica Roth penned a trilogy of books in the series with the last of the trio being adapted into a two part film.

Roth also recently published "Four: A Divergent Collection" a collection of »

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Ryder, Bernthal, Molina Join HBO's "Hero"

13 hours ago

Winona Ryder, Jon Bernthal and Alfred Molina have joined HBO and David Simon's six-hour mini-series "Show Me a Hero" based on Lisa Belkin's non-fiction book.

Set in Yonkers, New York in 1985, the story follows a young mayor (Oscar Isaac) faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units into the more affluent, mostly white neighborhoods of his town.

His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzing the entire municipal government and destroying his political future. 

Ryder will portray Vinni Restiano, a Yonkers councilwoman who lost her seat due to her vote, but staged a comeback four years later and won as City Council president.

Bernthal will play Michael H. Sussman, a Harvard-trained lawyer who represented the NAACP when it joined the government’s anti-segregation case against Yonkers.

Molina plays councilman Henry J. 'Hank' Spallone, a former Bronx »

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Set Photo: Henry Cavill's New Supersuit

15 hours ago

Surprisingly one thing we haven't seen from Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is a clean shot of Henry Cavill in the slightly tweaked Superman suit.

There's been blurry shots of him covered in a dark cloak, and one official still which underwent so much color alteration it was impossible to tell what the tones actually looked like in normal daylight.

Now, a new photo from the set has arrived which properly shows off the new suit. The blues and reds appear to be more saturated and of a different hue than in "Man of Steel," there's also a better glimpse of the new buckle.

Breaking: First full look of Henry Cavill as Superman #BatmanvSuperman pic.twitter.com/h5J3MuwJAS @WMKING2425 @Bodie293Loe @Steele131

— Ari Fantis (@rprez2012) August 20, 2014 »

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Cameron, Gianopulos On "Avatar" Sequels Risk

16 hours ago

James Cameron does many things, but he doesn't do them cheap.

With production gearing up to get underway soon on a trilogy of "Avatar" sequels, a new report at Variety has heard estimates of the budget for the trio of films will come in at around $1 billion dollars. 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos however says a final production budget hasn't been set yet.

It sounds like a risk, until you remember the first "Avatar" film made $2.7 billion worldwide. What risk there is though, Gianopulos isn't afraid to take it on and tells the trade:

"We know it's going to be a long journey. We know it's not going to be cheap. We know it's not going to be without new discoveries and new challenges in the process of producing something that is so beyond the normal form of filmmaking and technology, but what could be more exciting than that. »

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Details On Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" Trailer

16 hours ago

Following the news last week that a teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming western "The Hateful Eight" would hit cinemas with "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" this week, a description of said trailer has gone online over at Collider.

As filming hasn't begun, there's understandably no footage. Instead there's text and graphics which give a break down of the characters and their nicknames:

Major Marquis Warren: "The Bounty Hunter"

John Ruth: "The Hangman"

Daisy Domergue: "The Prisoner"

Chris Mannix: "The Sheriff"

Bob: "The Mexican"

Oswald Mobray: "The Little Man"

Joe Gage: "The Cow Puncher"

General Sandy Smithers: "The Confederate"

The clip itself opens on snow dunes as a western-style ballad plays. The title cards indicates strangers have been stranded together in a blizzard, and "they soon discovered they shared a deadly connection".

Up comes "The New Film by Quentin Tarantino," followed by that character list above, »

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"Panda" Director Tackles Animated "Noah's Ark"

16 hours ago

John Stevenson ("Kung Fu Panda") has been hired to direct the CG animated feature "Noah's Ark" for Unified Pictures.

Philip Lazebnik ("The Prince Of Egypt," "Mulan") pens the script which tells the Biblical tale from the point of view of the animals. In particular it focuses on an outcast aardvark who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood.

Along their journey, they band together to conquer unforeseen obstacles, and the aardvark discovers inner strength and ingenuity within him.

Cecil Kramer and Stevenson will executive produce the project which is in pre-production ahead of a 2016 release.

Source: Screen »

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"Jungle Book: Origins" Full Cast Announced

18 hours ago

A day after it was revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch would play the villainous Shere Khan in the film, Warner Bros. Pictures has released a full list of the cast for the Andy Serkis' helmed adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book".

Serkis, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Eddie Marsan, Tom Hollander and Peter Mullan are all set to join Cumberbatch and young "Bad Words" star Rohan Chand in the film which will employ a mix of motion capture, CG animation and live action.

"Jungle Book: Origins" follows an orphaned boy raised by wolves who befriends members of the animal kingdom who help him grow up. Callie Kloves wrote the script while Jonathan Cavendish will produce. The casting list is as follows:

Christian Bale as Bagheera the Panther

Cate Blanchett as Kaa the Python

Rohan Chand as Mowgli

Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan the Tiger

Naomie Harris as »

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"Batman v Superman" Heads To Morocco

18 hours ago

Moroccan film producer Nassim Abassi has posted a tweet confirmed that production on Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" will take place in Morocco starting September 1st.

It was previously confirmed in a press release that an African filming location would be used for the project and Morocco was rumored earlier, this would seem to confirm the story.

The real surprise in the tweet though is the length - Abassi says production will run for just over three months through until December which makes for a quite lengthy stay and potentially a big chunk of the final film.

Which stars will be involved in that leg of the shoot is unclear at this point, though the primary unit is scheduled for a bunch of shooting in Chicago this Fall which would indicate Snyder and the primary cast will probably only be in Africa for a few weeks. »

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"Ray Donovan," "Masters of Sex" Both Renewed

18 hours ago

Showtime has given twelve-episode, third-season orders to both of its dramas "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex". Production on both is slated to begin early 2015.

The two shows were paired together for their second seasons which they are still in the midst of airing. 'Ray' is averaging five million weekly viewers across platforms, whilst 'Masters' is averaging nearly four million.

Both have been met with solid critical notices, especially 'Masters' which has received five Emmy nominations and won one this past Saturday for Allison Janney's guest starring role.

Showtime president David Nevins says in a statement: "Both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain"

Source: Showtime »

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Frank Miller Is Not A Batman Film Fan

18 hours ago

Frank Miller's seminal Batman graphic novels "The Dark Knight Returns" and "Year One" are often credited as reinventing not only the Batman franchise but comic books on the whole - ushering in an era of dark, adult-targeted works full of more complex themes and darker violence.

When it comes to Batman's cinematic interpretations though, Miller says he can't watch them despite his works having an obvious influence on their construction. Speaking about it in a recent interview with Playboy to promote this week's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" film release, he says his dismissal isn't just for the Caped Crusader but most of the films of titles he has worked on including "Daredevil" and "Elektra":

"When people come out with movies about characters I've worked on, I always hate them. I have my own ideas about what the characters are like. I mean, I can't watch a Batman movie. »

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Photo: Tom Hardy In "Peaky Blinders"

19 hours ago

The BBC's period crime drama series "Peaky Blinders" premiered in the UK last Fall. Cillian Murphy, Sam Neil and Helen McCrory led the gangster family epic set in Birmingham just after World War I, with the title referring to the razor blades gang members would sew into their peaked caps.

Critics praised the series which was created by "Eastern Promises" scribe and "Locke" writer/director Steven Knight. However the show suddenly came to the attention of quite a few people back in February when it was announced that Tom Hardy would play a recurring role on the show's second series.

Now the first trailer for the second series has arrived, sans any Hardy footage, but the network has also released the first official photo of Hardy in character in the new series:

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Moffat Releases "Doctor Who" S8 Guide

20 hours ago

Just before the start of every season, "Doctor Who" show runner Steven Moffat releases a sort of mini-episode guide for the upcoming new batch of episodes.

The guide consists of a key quote and basic teasing description of each of the episodes to come. The Radio Times (via Blogtor Who) has now published his guide for this year:

1. Deep Breath

"Who frowned me this face?"

A slaughterhouse restaurant and a buried spaceship lead The Doctor into a confrontation with a long-forgotten foe...

2. Into The Dalek

"Imagine the worst thing in the universe, and then don't bother because you're looking at right now. This is evil refined as engineering."

In the dying days of a bitter war, a beleaguered army has one last hope: a Dalek so damaged it has become good. But can it be trusted? To find out, a miniaturised team, led by The Doctor and Clara, embark on »

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Set Photos & Videos: Marvel's "Ant-Man"

20 hours ago

That was fast. Less than a day after the first official photo from Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man" went online, a bunch of unofficial photos and videos from the set have gone up.

"Ant-Man" is currently shooting on location in San Francisco. The pics and video show off leading man Paul Rudd, director Peyton Reid and Marvel chief Kevin Feige on set.

Source: Cbm »

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Relativity Plans A "November Man" Sequel

20 hours ago

Relativity Media has announced pre-production has begun on a sequel to the Pierce Brosnan-led action thriller "The November Man". The news comes as the first film is scheduled to open next week in the United States.

That film has Brosnan as Peter Devereaux, a highly trained ex-cia agent enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. Lured out of retirement, he must protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) from his former protege (Luke Bracey) who has made him a target.

Relativity President of Production Robbie Brenner says: "The November Man is a gritty series that re-invents the spy genre with its master Pierce Brosnan by combining the best elements of James Bond and Jason Bourne while echoing the cool, sleek action movies of the 70s. We are excited to launch The November Man later this month and to continue to explore Peter Devereaux's dangerous world with Pierce over the years to come. »

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