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@TheMCUExchange have posted some screengrabs of even more leaked "Sony Hack" emails from two years ago in which Marvel President Alan Fine tears apart the divisive The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He makes a lot of really good points, but makes himself look somewhat foolish in a rambling paragraph which indicates that he's under the belief that these movies are/should be prequels to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy! Forgive that though, and there's no denying that his harsh review of the sequel's script is spot on. Why repeat so much of what we've seen before? Why kill of Gwen Stacy so soon? Why does the villain need a convoluted origin story tied into Spider-Man? The depressing thing here is that both Fine and Cohen provided Sony Pictures with notes and they made absolutely no difference whatsoever. This was sent months after The Amazing Spider-Man earned $750 million compared to The Avengers' $1.5 billion, »
Everyone is still talking about Sony Pictures' shocking decision to cancel the release of The Interview, one day after a hacker group threatened a 9/11 style attack on movie theaters playing the comedy. Several celebrities and filmmakers have already expressed their opinions on the matter through their Twitter pages, blasting Sony for caving to these hackers' threats. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, however, managed to find a bit of humor in this whole game-changing ordeal.
As you likely know, the filmmaker is currently working on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which will address one of the big mysteries from this summer's blockbuster: who is the father of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)? The director already revealed in August that Peter Quill's father will not be the same as in the Marvel comics, J'son of Spartax, but that's about all we know so far. Just a few hours after Sony's decision, James Gunn »
The comedy, about an assassination attempt on North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, has been pulled from release after hackers issued a terror threat against cinemas planning to show the film.
The massive security breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment (The Interview's backers) has seen personal emails and data combed over and made public, ripping back the curtain on one of Hollywood's biggest studios and exposing the inner workings of a multinational corporation.
Digital Spy presents a timeline of events below...
June 20: North Korea criticises Sony Pictures over their forthcoming film The Interview. The Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy centres on a TV host and his producer as they head to North Korea on a stealth mission to assassinate leader Kim Jong-un.
In a letter to the Un, the country describes it as "undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, »
2014 has been a landmark year for comic book movies. Not only did we get two of Marvel's best-ever films (Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier), but the major studios announced enough future superhero adaptations to take us all the way up to 2019.
It's been a pretty landmark year for comic books too. It feels as though more genuinely exciting new titles launched in 2014 than in the past ten years combined, with DC, Marvel and especially Image taking big risks and creating some seriously compelling comics in the process.
We've picked out our 14 favourite comics from this year in terms of big-screen potential:
The Comic: On paper, Spread doesn't sound like the most original book on the market. Like The Walking Dead, it's set in a post-apocalyptic world where survivors fight off gruesome monsters and each other. As with The Thing, those monsters are giant shape-shifting »
Welcome To Issue 76!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation.
This Week: A mostly hack-free column (one link in there, but I get it out of the way quick)! First we update on the Spider-Man deal, then we talk through the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron assuming the new Lego sets aren't lying to us.
Lots going on in the Marvel Universe this week, or at least the perception that there is a lot going on, because some set visit interviews from Avengers: Age of Ultron solidified some rumored plot developments and a Lego set for the film does what Lego sets do: have us wondering if we’re being sold cool brick guys or being told about the progression of action scenes in the film.
Then, there’s Spider-Man.
As the hackers »
Over the years, Marvel has done a ton of crossover comics, one of the most recent was The Avengers and Attack on Titan. It was short, but it was really freakin' cool. Affter doing a little research I came across six Marvel crossover comics that were ridiculous. The comic book publisher sure has some doozies over the years. Most of them offer some good, fun entertainment, while others simply sucked. Check out the list below:
Eminem/Punisher - Kill You
In 2009, Frank Castle and Marshall Mathers team up after the Punisher kills a bunch of Eminem’s bodyguards over a misunderstanding. After a concert, Punisher stops the limo from leaving so Slim-Shady and his entourage get out angrily to make him get out of the way. So what does Punisher do? He just automatically opens fire, killing many of them. After Eminem pistol whips Punisher, and an assassin named Barracuda »
- Joey Paur
In case you weren't aware, director Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Up In The Air) stages monthly live performances of movie scripts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has previously put on readings of the likes of The Princess Bride, American Beauty, and The Apartment, but his latest is a bit of a departure: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Reitman has revealed several of his cast members to EW, and they include Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker and the great J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash) as his dear old daddy, Darth Vader. There's also Stephen Merchant as C-3P0, Kevin Pollack as Yoda, and Dennis Haysbert as Lando Calrissian. Apparently we'll find out who'll play Princess Leia, Han Solo and the rest later today. You can hear from Reitman on why he chose that particular cast at the link below, and you can purchase »
Two ex-employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment have filed a class action suit against the studio, claiming that it was negligent in protecting personal information and also in planning for the release “The Interview” in the face of a threat of a hacker attack.
The lawsuit was filed by production coordinator Susan Dukow, whose credits include “Last Action Hero and “Jerry Maguire,” and Yvonne Yaconelli, production manager on “Spider-Man II,” “The Green Hornet’ and “The Smurfs 3D.”
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, is the second filed in the past day related to the hacking attack. Two ex-employees filed a lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles late Monday.
The latest lawsuit makes some similar claims, but also that Sony “knew the risks and repercussions associated with releasing” “The Interview,” in which Seth Rogen and James Franco portray entertainment journalists recruited to kill North Korean leader Kim Jung Un. »
- Ted Johnson
As Sony Pictures confronts new threats from hackers who have exposed corporate secrets, it must also contend with proposed class action lawsuits that blame the company for not doing more to stop or at least mitigate the damage. Already sued once on Monday, Sony is now facing a second lawsuit brought by production managers on some of its most high-profile films including Jerry Maguire, Spider-Man and The Green Hornet. The latest legal salvo comes from Susan Dukow and Yvonne Yaconelli, the lead plaintiffs in a legal action that seeks restitution for the harm brought by having social security
- Eriq Gardner
Want to know all of Captain America's deepest, darkest secrets? Enlist as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent at The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour and you can. And Et has the exclusive first look!
The Marvel Experience is a first-of-its-kind traveling showcase that features a 3-D stereoscopic Dome, a 4-d motion ride, and other fancy techno words like “augmented reality, multi-person gaming and Rfid progress tracking.”
Translation: Awesome, Really Cool Stuff.
Photos: Meet the newest additions to Marvel’s superhero family!
"Users first start by registering as a recruit," producer Mike Bundlie explains. "Once they’ve registered, they get access to information that would otherwise be top secret.” From there, they will fight alongside the likes of Spider-Man and Iron Man in an epic battle against villains Red Skull, M.O.D.O.K. and an army of evil Adaptoids.
Which is not the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron but still »
Anyone, who like myself, is anxiously awaiting Fargo Season 2 was probably pretty happy when we finally got some news on the upcoming season of the FX anthology series last week. It was announced that Kirsten Dunst (the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films) and Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad) would be starring in Fargo Season 2, playing Peggy Blomquist, “a beautician with dreams of the big city” who is “trying to figure out who she is and what she really wants out of life” and Ed, Peggy’s husband, “a butcher’s assistant who is supportive of her quest, even if he doesn’t quite understand it.” However, while the characters that both Dunst and Plemons will be playing in Fargo Season 2 certainly intrigue me, what I find even more interesting is the decision to cast these two in such major roles in the show’s second season and how it goes against the typical… »
- Chris King
Actor J.K. Simmons, who you might know best from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, has joined Tom Hiddleston in Legendary Pictures Kong: Skull Island. Simmons recently starred in a film called Whiplash, in which he gave the greatest performance of his career.
There’s no information on who Simmons will play in the movie, but there's no doubt that he’ll be awesome. The movie is set to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and here’s a brief synopsis:
Kong: Skull Island will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline.
Universal Pictures is going to release the movie on March 10th, 2017.
Source: Deadline »
- Joey Paur
Legendary Pictures recently revealed that it's upcoming "King Kong" prequel will officially be called "Kong: Skull Island." The studio also moved the release date from November 4th, 2016 to March 10th, 2017. The new film will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D. According to the press release, "Kong: Skull Island" will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. The story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline. We already know that the film will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and will star Tom Hiddleston (Thor, Avengers). But now comes word that Jk Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash) has also joined the cast. »
Over the weekend it was announced that Legendary Pictures’ King Kong prequel had undergone a change of name to Kong: Skull Island, as well as having its release date pushed back to 2017, and now it has been revealed that J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash) has signed on to the cast of the monster movie.
Simmons will join the previously announced Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World) in Skull Island, which is being directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) from a script by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla).
Kong: Skull Island is set for release on March 10th 2017.
- Gary Collinson
According to EW, Dunst will play Peggy Blomquist, “a small town beautician with big city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with traditional societal expectations. She shares her home with her husband Ed (Plemons), a butcher’s assistant, who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery, even if he doesn’t quite understand it.”
The second season of Fargo will once again consist of 10 episodes and takes place in 1979, revolving around the character of a young Lou Solverson (played by Keith Carradine in season one) as he returns from the Vietnam War and embarks on a new career as a police office in Sioux Falls.
Fargo season 2 is »
- Gary Collinson
Now this news has brightened up my morning. Whereas Legendary Pictures may not be thrilled that Universal set back their release date for Kong: Skull Island, they can rest easy knowing the acting laurels won’t just be carried by a CGI primate. Character actor J.K. Simmons has been confirmed to star alongside Tom Hiddleston in this no doubt action-packed tale from King Kong’s formative years.
Best known in this household as Peter Parker’s tobacco-hoovering boss J.Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi Spider-man franchise, Simmons is also the talk of the town following his turn in Whiplash. He’ll need a whip where he’s going, as he will no doubt encounter a variety of dinosaurs and assorted beasties. There’s no news yet on whether Andy Serkis will reprise the title role, though with his duties on Planet Of The Apes he may well experience banana-based »
- Steve Palace
Just last week, Legendary Pictures retitled their Kong prequel pic and pushed back its release by several months. While the reason for the shift in both date and title weren’t offered, it seems production is still steaming ahead. Courtesy of a Deadline report, we’ve learned that Whiplash‘s hard-hitting mentor, J.K. Simmons has signed on for a role in the renamed, Kong: Skull Island.
Simmons will be joining comic book veteran, Tom Hiddleston, for the trek to Skull Island – home to cinema’s iconic giant ape, King Kong. Set to establish an entirely separate timeline from the events of other Kong films, this rebooted take will follow a gang of explorers who decide to venture deep into the island. Apart from that simple outline, there’s no details on who precisely Simmons will be portraying.
A long-standing character actor, this year Simmons received widespread critical acclaim for his »
- Gem Seddon
Back in September, Legendary revealed that Tom Hiddleston (demigod Loki in the Thor films and The Avengers) will play the lead role in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, and now another name has been attached to the cast. J.K. Simmons (Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Juno, and most recently Whiplash) is set to co-star in the film that will bring the king of the apes back to the big screen.
Deadline reports that J.K. Simmons is set to co-star alongside Tom Hiddleston in Kong: Skull Island, a Legendary film that Universal Pictures recently re-scheduled to come out in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10th, 2017. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct off a screenplay by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (2014’s Godzilla). We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on Kong: Skull Island as more announcements are made.
- Derek Anderson
Spider-Man/Juno/Whiplash star J.K. Simmons is the second actor to be officially cast in Universal and Legendary Pictures’ King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island. Hit the jump to learn more about the Jk Simmons Skull Island news. Deadline broke the news of Simmons casting. We have no details on Jk’s character at this time as the story is being […]
- Peter Sciretta
Deadline report that the awesome J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Oz, Juno, Whiplash) will be joining Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor when we return to King Kong's home next year. His exact role is unspecified however. The movie recently backed away from its original release date -- and Marvels Doctor Strange -- and will now hit theaters March 10th, 2017. Details on the story are slim, but we do have this brief description. "Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions." Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings Of Summer) will direct with a script by John Gatins and Max Borenstein. »
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