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Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Spider-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Gotham, The Flash, Constantine, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and more…
Well, here we are, the final Week in Spandex before Christmas (Happy Holidays to all, by the way!), and despite taking a sinister turn with terror threats against moviegoers, the hack into Sony has delivered an early Christmas present to Marvel fans by giving us hope that Spider-Man may one day line up alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and company as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After leaked emails from a couple of weeks ago revealed Marvel’s approach for the »
- Gary Collinson
Who doesn't love Simon Pegg? Whether he is playing with the big boys in Mission: Impossible or Star Trek, Pegg has always brought something special and unique to tons of films like Hector And The Search For Happiness, The Boxtrolls, and his three films with Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. His latest film, Kill Me Three Times, puts the British actor into a role we have never seen before: a cold-blooded killer. In what looks like an action-comedy in the same style as Quentin Tarantino, Joe »
- Alex Maidy
For the first time, the guild is awarding lifetime achievement awards in all four crafts comprising the Adg (Iatse Local 800) at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in Los Angeles on January 31.
As previously announced production designer Jim Bissell will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Camille Abbott will receive the illustrators and matte artists Lifetime Achievement Award, while set designer lifetime achievement honours go to John P Bruce.
Scenic artist Will Ferrell will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the scenic, title and graphic artists craft.
Bruce has worked on Jaws, The Matrix, Armageddon, The Sting and The Killer Inside Me.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
According to Amy Nicholson of La Weekly, Tom Cruise's Maverick was a phony in Tony Scott's 1986 film Top Gun. Nicholson released a video essay called "Why You're Wrong About Top Gun," and she seriously makes some very interesting and valid points that makes me see this movie in a completely different light. In her opinion, Maverick wasn’t actually a tough guy in the the story, he was just a scared kid who was trying to be a tough guy.
Nicholson wrote a book called Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor, which is described as follows:
The Anatomy of an Actor series takes ten roles by a single actor, each studied in a dedicated chapter, and identifies the key elements that made the performances exceptional - carefully examining the actor's craft for both a professional audience and movie fans alike. This title looks at Hollywood icon Tom Cruise. »
- Joey Paur
Over the past week we’ve discovered a hell of a lot of information about Sony’s struggles with the Spider-Man franchise as information continues to make its way online via the Guardians of Peace hack into the studio.
If you’re struggling to keep track, first came the news that Marvel Studios had tried to reach a deal for Spider-Man to appear in Captain America: Civil War, along with reports that Sony had considered bringing Sam Raimi back into the fold, and were planning an animated movie from Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) [details here]. This was followed by reports that Andrew Garfield has been effectively fired as Spidey, that The Sinister Six movie would see Spider-Man donning his black suit and Venom as the villain, and that a potential new reboot could be on the cards [details here].
Now, thanks to The Daily Beast, we’ve got some insight into this potential new reboot, »
- Gary Collinson
Is a Sherlock theme park attraction afoot? BBC Worldwide has entered a deal with London Resort Company Holdings to feature the broadcaster’s properties at a new park to be built in north Kent. The park, the London Paramount Entertainment Resort, promises to “combine the glamour of Hollywood with the best of British culture,” The Guardian reported. Since the park will look to attract tourists in the UK, it’s thought the most international of the BBC programs will feature as rides and attractions including Sherlock, Doctor Who and Top Gear. However, the park isn’t expected to open until Easter 2020. “We’re always looking for opportunities to extend fans’ enjoyment of their favorite shows, and the idea behind this resort is a really exciting way of celebrating the very special place the BBC has in British culture,” said Stephen Davies, Director of Live Events at BBC Worldwide. Also featured »
- Nancy Tartaglione
More often that not, Simon Pegg’s cheeky antics have either been centre stage in intimate genre pics (Shaun Of The Dead, The World’s End) or supporting turns in major blockbusters (Mission: Impossible, Star Trek). Aside from the comedy misfire Hector And The Search For Happiness, his starring turns have remained low-key. That could all be about to change, however, with the advent of director Kriv Stenders’ black comedy, Kill Me Three Times.
Currently garnering reviews after a stint on the festival circuit, the first trailer for the movie has hit the web – and it looks like an absolute hoot. With a script by newcomer James McFarland, Kill Me Three Times follows Pegg’s assassin who is keen to take a fifty grand job offered to him. Heading to the Aussie surfing town of Eagle’s Nest, things get interesting when he realises that not only is his target the delectable Alice Braga, »
- Gem Seddon
After portraying endearing characters like Scotty in Star Trek and Benji Dunn in the Mission: Impossible movies, Simon Pegg explores his sinister side in the red band trailer for Kill Me Three Times. Simon Pegg plays Charlie Wolfe, a mercurial assassin who discovers he isn't the only person trying to kill the siren (Alice Braga) of a sun-drenched surfing town. In this darkly comedic thriller, the hitman finds himself unraveling three tales of mayhem, murder, blackmail and revenge.
Throughout his journey, Charlie encounters a number of colorful characters, such as his target's husband (Sullivan Stapleton), a gambling addict trying to pay off his debts in a life insurance scam, Lucy Webb (Teresa Palmer), a small town Lady McBeth, jealous club owner Jack Taylor (Callan Mulvey) and local surfing legend Dylan Smith (Luke Hemsworth). The cast is rounded out by Bryan Brown and Steve Le Marquand in this explosive dark comedy »
Gird thyselves, fellow nerds - a Sherlock and Doctor Who theme park is an actual thing that is actually happening. (Probably.) BBC Worldwide has signed a £2 billion deal with London Resort Company Holdings, reports The Guardian. The property developer will host popular BBC shows in the upcoming London Paramount Entertainment Resort, which intends to "combine the glamour of Hollywood with the best of British culture." There is not yet a confirmation, as such, of any of the properties set to hit the theme park, but it's a given that the BBC's most popular shows - such as Sherlock, Doctor Who »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
2015 has been widely hyped as potentially the greatest and most exciting year for movies that has ever been: after all, with new entries into the Star Wars, Jurassic Park, James Bond, Mission: Impossible and Avengers franchises alongside so many other promising films, it’s going to be a year like no other.
That said, it’s not all good fun, though, because there’s also a fair share of upcoming movies that sound, for want of a better word, awful. Not just awful, though: so awful that a mere utterance of the plot leads to derisive laughter and the genuine hope that said movie might fulfill its sure potential as “so bad it’s good” and win immortality on the midnight drive-in circuit.
This list of 13 movies includes outrageously overdone premises everyone is sick of, reboots and sequels nobody asked for, one adaptation of a controversial novel that’s immensely light on plot, »
- Jack Pooley
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman told an investor conference on Monday that he was "pretty excited" about the entertainment conglomerate's outlook given upside opportunities for the company. During a luncheon keynote speech at the Ubs Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, Dauman was asked about the film unit's outlook, saying that the studio remains focused on tentpole franchises, with the new Mission: Impossible and Star Trek films in the works now. He said tentpoles allow the company, among other things, to tap into international box-office growth. He also called animated films a profitable addition to the business that
- Georg Szalai
Back in October we caught wind of a pitch by writer Corey Goodman (Priest, The Last Witch Hunter) and Jeremy Lott that Sony was eager to scoop up. The pitch was that of Hood; a Robin Hood film in the vein of Mission: Impossible and the recent Fast And Furious films with potential for spin-off films fearing the Merry Men. Not content to stand idly by while Sony plunder the apparent Robin Hood booty, Disney has optioned Brandon Barker's take entitled Notthingham & Hood. While »
- Sean Wist
Shortly after the reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit theaters, Paramount Pictures announced that they were putting together a sequel and it was being fast-tracked for release on June 3rd, 2016. Now Variety reports the film's director Jonathan Liebesman will not be back to direct, and the studio is now in talks with David Green, who directed this year's family friendly sci-fi adventure Earth to Echo, to be at the helm of the sequel. Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol writing duo Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec are back for scripting duties, and hopefully they do a better job on the story this time. More below! As of now, there's no word on who will return from the first film, but most of the principal cast should be back. You may not have heard a lot about Earth to Echo, since it wasn't in theaters for that long, but it's actually a decent sci-fi adventure. »
- Ethan Anderton
Hanging out of the tallest building in the world doesn't faze him, but it appears Tom Cruise may need a refresher of the Green Cross Code.
The Mission: Impossible star, famous for doing his own stunts, nearly had an accident when he walked into the path of an oncoming London bus.
As Cruise begins to cross the road into traffic, the bus driver sounds the horn, which springs him back to the pavement.
After waiting for an opportunity to cross, a person approaches Cruise before the star turns around and walks briskly in another direction.
It is due for release in December 2015. »
The Flickering Myth team react…
Released upon the world yesterday (a couple of days early no less!), we finally got our first look at Jurassic World. But what did our the Flickering Myth writing and editorial staff think of it?
Simon Columb: This could me a brilliant reinvention for a new audience. The trailer hints at some nice links to the previous films yet there is a touch of Transformers-esque gloss… the story may be trite. Chris Pratt seems solid but his ‘trailer lines’ are a little on the nose. As long as the »
- Luke Owen
Gormley, who has served as first A.D. on all of J.J. Abrams’ films, picked up BAFTA’s outstanding contribution to craft award on Sunday. His credits also include “John Carter,” “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and Roland Emmerich’s “2012.”
In a statement, Gormley said: “Scotland is full of talented individuals and is blessed with being one of the most visually stunning countries in the world. It has incredible culture, varied architecture and spectacular scenery, making it an ideal filming location.”
He added: “More and more, the larger studios are looking away from Hollywood, and Scotland is ideally placed to take advantage of this, with the correct investment. There is huge potential here, but other similar-sized nations already have studio facilities, »
- Leo Barraclough
Well, you can't fault them for aiming high.
Even though it's unlikely to go anywhere, The Wrap is reporting that the producers of the Highlander remake are trying to court none other than Tom Cruise to play the mentor role in the film. In the original movie, the character was named Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez and was played by a certain iconic Scot named Sean Connery. Connery was quite a "get" for that production, though it was probably made easier thanks to the fact that his career had plateaued by the early to mid-1980s.
Cruise's career, however, has been on an upswing ever since Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol. That film did fantastic numbers, revived the franchise, and brought Cruise back into the A-list. Perhaps if the Highlander people had reached out to him in the middle of his couch-jumping, public relations downward spiral a few years back they could've nabbed him for this, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
As The Hunger Games nears its end with Mockingjay - Part 1, James looks at the side effects of the billion-dollar franchise...
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is now in the cinemas and that means that we've reached the beginning of the end. With the climactic novel of Suzanne Collins' trilogy split into two movies, this first part will take eager audiences into the end game and start to detail a denouement that, frustratingly, we'll have to wait until next autumn to finally witness.
I have no idea what's going to happen because I haven't read the books. (It's keeping the movies surprising, I guess.) Still, what I do know is that things are building up in Panem and that Mockingjay will up the stakes and drama several notches in what has already been a gripping series. We have rebellion against the Capitol! We have heartrending separations! We »
The Wrap reports that Cruise is being earmarked for the mentor role in the new Highlander, the part that Sean Connery took on in the original film. One of Cruise's representatives admitted that Highlander is "one of many projects that come to him and he discusses", noting that the actor is "far from talks". Furthermore, Cruise has been "offered tons of projects".
Which doesn't sound quite so promising. Given that Tom Cruise is still taking on pretty much exclusively leading man roles - he's currently filming Mission: Impossible 5 with director Christopher McQuarrie - it seems unlikely that the part in Highlander is something that would appeal. »
“No bears were harmed in the making of this film,” boast the closing credits of “Paddington” — and happily, that promise extends to Michael Bond’s ursine literary creation. 56 years after first appearing in print, the accident-prone Peruvian furball is brought to high-tech but thoroughly endearing life in this bright, breezy and oh-so-British family romp from writer-director Paul King and super-producer David Heyman. Affectionately honoring the everyday quirks of Bond’s stories, while subtly updating their middle-class London milieu, King’s film may divide loyal Paddingtophiles with its high-stakes caper plot, but their enraptured kids won’t care a whit. If Paddington’s signature line — “I think I’m in trouble again” — is absent from his feature-length debut, that’s because even the fretful bear should feel bullish about its prospects.
With “Paddington” out in Blighty on Nov. 28, roaring domestic holiday biz is a given, though whether TWC-Dimension can sell U. »
- Guy Lodge
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