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When Sean Connery stepped down from the role of 007 after 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever,” he said he would “never again” play James Bond. Well, he hasn’t played the spy in a canon Bond film since “Diamonds,” but he did return to the role for 1983’s “Never Say Never Again,” which was released in theaters 32 years ago today. The film is not considered part of the canon of the Bond franchise since it wasn’t made by Eon Productions. It was released a mere four months after the canon film “Octopussy," starring Roger Moore — a situation that the media dubbed the “Battle of the Bonds.” Other notable October 7 happenings in pop culture history: • 1950: “The Frank Sinatra Show” premiered on CBS. The musical variety show lasted two seasons. • 1955: Allen Ginsberg read his poem “Howl” for the first time, at the Six Gallery in San Francisco. • 1960: Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus” opened in theaters. »
- Emily Rome
More “Transformers” — much more, in fact — is on the way.
“We just finished, as some of you may have read, just an incredible experience,” he said. “We decided that we wanted to plot out the next 10 years of the Transformers franchise, so we got together in a room over a three-month period of time.”
“Nine of some of the most creative writers I have ever worked with, shepherded by Akiva Goldsman, who many of you may know won an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind and written a bunch of great movies,” he went on. “And they plotted out the next 10 years of Transformers. Similarly, we are doing the same in television and in digital. So stay tuned, Transformers 5 is on its way, and 6 and 7 and 8.”
- Alex Stedman
Here's the first trailer for the animated feature based on the videogame Angry Birds...
The Angry Birds phenomenon may have peaked in videogame form (although it's still popular), but Sony will nonetheless hope there's enough enthusiasm for the property to make its Angry Birds movie a hit.
The animated venture is arriving in cinemas in May 2016, and directing this one are Clay Kaytis (who's worked on Disney films from Pocahontas through to Frozen) and Fergal Reilly (whose credits include storyboard work on Spider-Man 2, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and The Iron Giant). Both are making their directorial debuts with the feature.
The first trailer for the movie has now landed, and here's a flavour as to what treats await next spring...
Here's the poster for the film too. »
Last week, we heard a new rumor that says Tom Holland's Spider-Man has been active as a superhero for over a year when we first meet him in Captain America: Civil War. Director Jon Watts has now gone on record confirming the wall-crawler's specific age when we pick back up with him in the 2017 reboot. Speaking with Empire Magazine via Yahoo, the filmmaker also went onto say more about the iconic Marvel superhero's origin, and explains why he thinks Tom Holland is the perfect Peter Parker.
When Peter Parker enters the frame in Marvel and Sony's 2017 reboot, he will be 15 years-old. That puts him at 14 years-old when we first meet him in Captain America: Civil War. And if we're to believe the recent rumors about the storyline of both films, this timeline sees Peter having been bit by the radioactive spider when he was just 13 years-old. We'll be quite »
Following the news that Paramount would be creating a “Transformers” writers’ room to help shape the future of the franchise, sources say pieces are falling into place for the next installment in the series.
Goldsman was in charge of overseeing the writers’ room, and he now possesses an outline of the next sequel. Others involved in coming up with this new “Transformers” universe include “Black Hawk Down” scribe Ken Nolan, Christina Hodson and Lindsey Beer, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, “Iron Man” scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, Zak Penn, “Amazing Spider-Man 2’s” Jeff Pinkner, “Daredevil” showrunner Steven DeKnight and Geneva Robertson-Dworet
The studio’s plan was always to try and make a bible of treatments for future pics, and sources say the way has been paved for future “Transformers” films. Each »
- Justin Kroll
Amazon's line-up of tablets and box-top streaming options are expanding, as they've revealed Two new versions they'll be selling for the Fire TV, and new tablets (one Incredibly affordable) for people to enjoy. Come inside to learn all about their new devices.
Amazon has been doing a damn fine job of developing new hardware for people. From the Fire TV to the Echo, we've been pretty impressed with what they've been doing, and today they've revealed the latest and greatest coming to their line of "Fire" products...and they look pretty swanky.
First, let's talk about the New Fire TV. The latest iteration of the box-top device (which is still my primary TV option) is coming in a pair of new models. Both of them have a bigger harddrive than normal, allowing for more apps, but also allow for 4K streaming options, giving you the highest quality possible. The second »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Say what you will about The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, but one thing you can’t fault them for is their pre-planning. From the very first scene of Andrew Garfield’s first film in the Spidey suit, seeds were sown for a long form multi-film arc. What’s the story with Peter’s parents? What are Oscorp really up to? Who’s that guy wearing a trilby?
You could argue that director Marc Webb and Sony played it a little too coy with all their long-running mysteries. It looks a lot like a hubris now, that they would have the confidence to withhold any big revelations for two whole films, »
Vivian Eng, the woman whom “Spider-Man 2” actor Dylan Baker attempted to rescue from their burning high-rise apartment building in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, has died from her injuries. She was 51. Eng was a dancer in a number of Broadway and other stage ensembles, including “The King & I,” “Precious,” “Away We Go,” and “Barney Live! New York City.” Baker, known for his role as Dr. Connors in “Spider-Man 2” as well as a recurring role on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” had attempted to rescue his neighbor Eng from a fire that broke out in her apartment on Tuesday. »
- Debbie Emery
Dylan Baker, known for his role as Dr. Connors in “Spider-Man 2” and work on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” attempted to rescue his elderly neighbor from a fire that had broken out in her apartment. According to NBC New York, Baker was returning to his home on the 33rd floor of a high-rise in Hell’s Kitchen just before 4:30 pm on Tuesday, when he noticed flames coming from his neighbor’s apartment. “When I opened the door, it was a full-fledged fire,” he said. “It was terrifying.” Also Read: 'The Good Wife's' Mike Colter, 'Anchorman 2 »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
How do you go about adapting a supposedly unadapatable text? While faithful translations tend not to artistically successful, a faithful adaptation with fetishistic attention to detail can create something unique. While Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller had it comparatively easy when adapting Miller’s Sin City to screen as they more or less would just be recreating paintings but with moving parts, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation painstakingly recreated much of Alan Moore’s tome by hand, capturing much of Moore’s world in camera. Snyder creates a lived-in and breathing universe, a key part to selling the idea to the audience of this time-hopping opus about the natural decline of superheroism. Watchmen is often accused of being too literal, speaking in the language of comics instead of cinema, but it is precisely this literal approach that makes Watchmen a stellar page-to-screen success. By being a “literal” film, it becomes personal, »
It’s been said before and it’ll probably be said again: the current comic book movie craze may have had its seeds planted in 1998 by New Line Cinema’s Blade, but it was 2000’s X-Men that catapulted the genre to new heights of success and acceptance by moviegoers everywhere. X-Men was quickly followed by other successful, genre-defining films like Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man, 2003’s X2: X-Men United, 2004’s Hellboy and Spider-Man 2, and 2005’s Batman Begins. Through all of this – including reboots of the Spider-Man, Superman, Daredevil, Punisher, Hulk, and Fantastic Four franchises – one actor has stood as a guiding beacon...
- Chris Clow
Anghus Houvouras on superhero movies and the military-industrial complex…
To say that comic book movies have become formulaic is like saying that Michael Bay enjoys explosions and hot women. It’s painfully obvious and hardly a revelation.
I sat through Fantastic Four last week, and like many of you checked out around the halfway point, and began to pick apart some of the lazy choices and uninspired bits. This was easier that finding Waldo in an orgy. There were so many comic book movie mainstays that felt cribbed from the superhero movie playbook, but one of them started to needle me the more I thought about it.
After our group of super-intelligent young people get bestowed super powers, they are immediately whisked away to a secret bunker to be experimented on by the Government. It’s a highly plausible scenario in the super-grounded reality that so many of these movies are trying to achieve, »
- Anghus Houvouras
It turns out Tatum is still on board, but the incident got us thinking of some other superhero castings that nearly were but never will be:
(Nb Please take it as read that Jude Law was considered for all of these roles.)
Hugh Jackman has become so synonymous with the iconic X-Man that it's strange to think of anyone else taking on the role (even if they inevitably will). But before he had been cast, Russell Crowe was considered to play the angry Canadian mutant, and is credited with directing Bryan Singer's attention towards his fellow Aussie.
Long before Sony screwed the Spider-Man franchise up so badly that they were left with no other choice than to go crawling to Marvel Studios for their help, there existed two great (and one pretty terrible) movies featuring the iconic Marvel superhero.
At the time, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies set the benchmark for visual effects in the genre – the image of a photo realistic Spidey swinging through New York City in 2002 was like nothing that had ever been seen before – and showed pretty much everyone how comic book movies should be done. Sure, they had their issues (more humour would have been nice, while Spider-Man 3 was…well, Spider-Man 3), but it’s a series which deserves to be fondly remembered.
Despite the success these movies found, what happened behind the scenes was chaotic to say the least. Between near recastings and a script for Spider-Man 2 »
- Josh Wilding
After years and years of being burned by godawful movie tie-in games, players in 2015 are pretty justified when they meet every newly-announced title with the same exhausted sigh.
In fact, players have been disappointed by soulless movie games so much over the past decade or so, that even when a good title comes out, they probably won’t even play it due to the stigma that lingers around the entire sub-genre. But when it comes down to it, there are plenty of movie-inspired games that haven’t received the praise they deserved, just because they happened to be born out of one of the most hated genres in the history of gaming.
Because of this reputation it’s very easy to forget that some of the medium’s most iconic titles have actually been licensed video games. You might have to dig through a pile of terrible Charlie’s Angels titles to find them, »
- Josh Brown
Superman Lives is the ultimate superhero movie “What If?” A Tim Burton-directed, Nicolas Cage-starring reboot of the franchise adapting The Death Of Superman, it’s a bizarre film that languished in development hell mere years before the modern comic book resurgence began.
The thing is, what most people know about the film begins and ends with that single photo of Cage mid-blink at a costume-fitting. The cause of endless derision across the internet, it’s actually a pretty inaccurate representation of what Burton and co. were cooking up.
Jon Schnepp attempts to shed some light on the famed troubled production with his lovingly and exhaustively researched documentary, The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened? What he reveals is that, far from being an obvious disaster waiting to happen, Lives was an incredibly exciting project, with a unique, well-defined vision. Whether it would have been any »
- Alex Leadbeater
One person who has been offered comic book movies in the past and has turned them down has been Jake Gyllenhaal. At times the actor was under heavy consideration for perhaps the two biggest superheroes there are - Batman and Spider-Man.
Gyllenhaal was being lined-up for "Spider-Man 2" after Tobey Maguire was injured and looked like he would not be returning to the role. Maguire ultimately was able to return to do the work. Gyllenhaal was also up for the lead in "Batman Begins," a role that ultimately went to Christian Bale.
He didn't get either role, and speaking with The Daily Mail he says it didn't really impact his career or life one way or another:
"I believe whatever happens, happens for good. I was definitely open to both the roles (of Spider- Man and Batman). However at a certain point you realise there is always someone more interesting, »
- Garth Franklin
Disney’s long-gestating musical comedy Bob the Musical, in which The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius may direct Tom Cruise, will be written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, The Hollywood Reporter revealed last night. Additionally, Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets has been enlisted to write songs for the pic.
Bob the Musical centers on a regular guy who suffers a head injury after which he is able to hear the heart songs of everyone around him – much to his confusion and dismay. It’s been in development for more than a decade but recently got a shot in the arm when Hazanavicius, searching for a mainstream project to tackle in the wake of 2011 Best Picture winner The Artist, got involved.
As for Cruise, he’s still circling the lead role but has not signed on yet. The actor has flourished in musical »
- Isaac Feldberg
The project, in which a man suffers a head injury and can subsequently hear everyone’s inner song, is being produced by Chris Bender, Jc Spink, Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Jennifer Gibgot. “The Artist’s” Michel Hazanavicius has been attached to direct. “Bob the Musical” has been in development for more than a decade with script work by Mike Bender, John August and the team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.
McKenzie, who won an Oscar for the song “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets Movie,” is on board to write tunes for “Bob the Musical.” He also won a Grammy with Jemaine Clement for their “Flight of the Conchords” comedy album.
Chabon is in talks to work on script for the project. He wrote “Wonder Boys,” “Telegraph Avenue” and “The Yiddish Policeman »
- Dave McNary
Now that Sony Pictures and Marvel are finally joining forces on a new Spider-Man movie, fans have been voicing their pleasure and displeasure with the news of a third Spidey reboot in 15 years. Tom Holland has signed on to play Peter Parker, with the studios offering Marisa Tomei the Aunt May role. One person we haven't heard from yet regarding this new web-slinger is director Sam Raimi, who directed Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. While promoting his upcoming Starz TV series Ash Vs. Evil Dead at Comic-Con, the director told MTV that he thought Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were "great," and expressed his excitement that the studios are bringing Peter Parker back to high school.
"I saw [both Marc Webb movies], they're great. And I'm really glad that Marvel is taking it to high school. I think that's gonna be refreshing, and just like my favorite of the Spider-Man comic-books. »
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