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You could've referred to Mark Wahlberg ("The Gambler") as the billion dollar man based on the box office performance of his last film Transformers: Age of Extinction. Apparently, that wasn't good enough for Marky Mark as we'll be referring to him as The Six Billion Dollar Man in the near future. Last month, is was reported that Wahlberg would team up with his Lone Survivor director Peter Berg ("Hancock") for a film adaptation of the 1970s television series The Six Million Dollar Man, aka The Bionic Man, which starred Lee Majors ("The Fall Guy"). Wahlberg briefly spoke of the project with Collider: Any plans for you to be a superhero in the future? Wahlberg: We’re talking about doing Six Billion Dollar Man, which is very much a superhero, but I don’t have to wear any kind of spandex cape. So that would be cool. Howard Gordon is writing »
The team has been cast, pre-production is set to get underway in the New Year ahead of its release in 2016, and now we may have the first plot details for Warner Bros.’ DC supervillain ensemble Suicide Squad.
According to a poster on Reddit, the studio recently held a focus group regarding the David Ayer-directed film, during which it was inferred the Harley Quinn would be the protagonist of the film, which Ayer stated would have the same “blend of action with a time sensitive conflict” as the 1994 actioner Speed. Those in attendance were then supplied with asummary of the plot:
Near the end, we were broken into groups of three (there were 9 of us total) and given a one page summary of the plot, we were asked to describe what we liked and didn’t like.
What we were given mentioned Harley Quinn being needed to decipher a complex »
- Gary Collinson
A couple of weeks back we reported the casting news for Suicide Squad now that the whole team is in place. But one name missing was the lady behind the team, Amanda Waller.
Well, according to Latino Review (who are hit and miss with their reports), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) is now the front runner for the role. It was previously reported that Oprah Winfrey (Selma) and Octavia Spencer (The Help) were also in the running, with Winfrey taking the lead, but this new report seems to think however that Davis is a lock for the role.
Curiously though, Latino Review doesn’t mention whether Davis will be signed to a multi-picture deal, which could mean that Amanda Waller’s role in the DC Universe could be short lived.
- Luke Owen
Last week, Warner Bros. announced the star-studded cast for its second DC movie of 2016, Suicide Squad, with the DC supervillain ensemble set to feature Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Rick Flagg, Will Smith (Hancock) as Deadshot, Cara Delevingne (Pan) as Enchantress, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys) as Boomerang, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club). During a chat with Comic Book Resources, Suicide Squad creator John Ostrander has shared his thoughts on the casting, and the movie in general…
See Also: The Flickering Myth Reaction to the Suicide Squad cast
“I wouldn’t have guessed that it would have been one of the properties that they would do quite so quickly”, states Ostrander. “That’s a heck of a slot. It’s the first movie after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That places them pretty high and sure, that pleases me… »
- Gary Collinson
The Flickering Myth Podcast gets suicidal…
It’s official! After weeks of speculation and rumours, we now have our cast for DC’s Suicide Squad! Will Smith (Hancock) will be taking on the role of Deadshot, Cara Delevingne (Pan) will play Enchantress, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys) will take on the part of Boomerang and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) will lead the group as Rick Flagg. As previously rumoured, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) will be The Joker alongside Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn.
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- Luke Owen
Hello movie lovers! Tis I, Marc Alan Fishman, resident ComicMix snark-do-well. I figured I might as well get at least a day out from the legendary John Ostrander on the topic that most presently has the comic book fanboys all a flutter. What’s that, you say? The recently announced Suicide Squad movie from DC Entertainment now has a cast? Well, what better to do then but react to each of the specific castings of the sinister sextet of seriously spiteful sinners.
Jared Leo as The Joker
I know what everyone is thinking. “Boo! Hiss!” they cry. Well, not me. Casting the clown prince of crime with yet-another slightly slick looking actor, with plenty of dramatic chops, seems apropos. Look kiddos. When they announced Heath Ledger, the outcry could be heard for miles around the Internet. All up until footage started leaking in dribs and drabs. And then when The Dark Knight debuted, »
- Marc Alan Fishman
That’s right – after months of speculation, DC have finally announced the main cast for their supervillain team-up movie Suicide Squad. Comic book favourites Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Boomerang and Joker will all appear. Which is why we appear so serious.
In other supervillain news, the main foe of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been uncovered and the title and cast for the new James Bond movie has been announced, along with a mighty find automobile (spoiler: it doesn’t double up as a submarine). Find out the answers to all that and more in this week’s episode of the Movie Newsgasm below.
Fmtv will be back next week with our Jurassic World trailer video review and again on Friday for the Movie Newsgasm. »
- Oli Davis
On Tuesday, Warner Bros. confirmed the cast for one of its anticipated DC Comics tentpoles. The Suicide Squad, a group of incarcerated villains who agree to take on high-risk black ops missions for the government in exchange for reduced prison sentences, features some of DC’s most famous bad guys, and A-list names are now suiting up for the August 2016 blockbuster.
Will Smith will play Deadshot, who is best known as a Batman villain, an expert marksman with a cybernetic eye and a death wish. It’s not Smith’s first turn in the superhero universe, as he portrayed an anti-hero vigilante in 2006’s Hancock.
Jared Leto will star as The Joker, one of DC’s most infamous villains, who has been memorably portrayed in the past by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. The Joker is not an original Suicide Squad team member, so DC fans will be interested to see how the »
In some surprising and not so surprising casting news, as rumored Jared Leto has been confirmed to play The Joker along with other big names joining the super villain league such as Will Smith (Hancock) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) already have some cred in the villaneous/anti-hero department. Newbies Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Jai Courtney and model turned actress and tabloid favorite Cara Delevigne join the fray.
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It’s a cast list that has been rumoured for some time, but has now been confirmed by Warner Bros. that a star studded line-up will form alongside the previously confirmed Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as the Suicide Squad.
Will Smith (Hancock) will be taking on the role of Deadshot, Cara Delevigne (Pan) will play Enchantress, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys) will take on the part of Boomerang and Tom Hardy (The Drop) will lead the group as Rick Flagg. As previously rumoured, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) will be The Joker alongside Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
- Luke Owen
With Horrible Bosses 2 right now in theaters, it’s probably a good time to take a look at Jason Bateman’s past hits, including movies like Juno, Hancock or Paul. Jason Bateman has been around cameras (generally in front of them) for over 33 years (he’s 45 now), but we’ve come to really notice him only […]
Read Box Office: Top 10 Most Successful Jason Bateman Movies on Filmonic.
Strictly Come Dancing was down slightly from last week but still topped Sunday's ratings, overnight data reveals.
The BBC One show dipped by around 200,000 viewers from last Sunday, attracting an average 9.87 million (40.1%) at 7.15pm.
ITV's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! was down by around 1.1m from last week's launch, but up by around 1.2m from Saturday's episode, entertaining 8.94m (37.4%) at 9pm, with an added 390k (2.5%) on +1.
The X Factor dropped by over 400k from last week's results show, but up by over 200k from Saturday to 7.76m (30.4%) at 8pm (191k/0.8% on +1).
Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg (Hancock), who worked together on the box office hit "Lone Survivor," are re-teaming for a big screen version of "The Six Million Dollar Man" TV series. The new movie will be called "The Six Billion Dollar Man," apparently factoring in inflation. The story focuses on a former astronaut Steve Austin who, after a horrific crash of an experimental plane, is saved by doctors when he is fitted with bionic replacements . both legs, his right arm and left eye. With super-human power, he becomes a force to be reckoned with for the government as a secret agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence. The plan is to begin filming late spring/early summer of next year. »
While I wasn't the biggest fan of "Lone Survivor," I was impressed with the way they managed to turn it into a genuine hit. It's a pretty stark and brutal story, but Mark Wahlberg worked overtime to help sell the movie, and it's obvious that it came from a place of real passion for him. Peter Berg has such a strange filmography at this point that I've basically given up trying to guess what he'll do next. I always walk in hoping for him to put it all together as well as he does in films like "Friday Night Lights" or "The Rundown," because I think he's got the chops. I like that he's done some of everything at this point. Looking at how he shoots action in "Hancock," for example, or even in "Lone Survivor," he's got a sense for how to build a sequence. I just think he's »
- Drew McWeeny
When Warner Bros. announced in April that Broadway star Ray Fisher will make his feature film debut as Victor Stone, a.k.a. Cyborg in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it was believed to be a smaller role that would expand in Justice League. Little did we know that Warner Bros. planned on making this 27-year-old actor a major part of their DC Comics movie universe, after last week's announcement that he will have his own Cyborg movie in 2020. During a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor also confirmed that he will star in both Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2, along with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and his stand-alone Cyborg movie.
The actor revealed that he was just as surprised as the fans, since he was told only a few hours before last week's huge announcement that he will be getting his own Cyborg movie. »
Nobody told Ray Fisher the plan. The 27-year-old had no idea he was set to explode into Hollywood movie stardom, top-lining as the title character in a Cyborg movie set for release in 2020. In fact, producers called the New Jersey-born theater actor on Oct. 15 with the heads-up only hours before Warner Bros. publicly revealed its slate of mega-budget superhero movies tied to the DC Cinematic Universe—Wonder Woman, The Justice League, Suicide Squad, and Shazam among them. “I didn’t know the extent to which DC and WB had planned on taking my character,” says Fisher, who was hired in »
- Chris Lee
Yesterday, Warner Bros. announced a massive slate of DC Comics films set for release between now and 2020. Of the announced titles, the one that caught my eye the most was Suicide Squad, a movie that will follow a team of incarcerated super-villains who undertake high-risk black ops missions on behalf of the United States government in exchange for reduced prison terms. It sounds a little like The A-Team, though not entirely the same of course. I had never heard of the property before yesterday, which makes sense given I was a card collector -- basketball, not Pokemon -- during my formative years instead of being a comic book junkie like several of my friends. However, the description above makes me curious about the project, especially since it will be directed by David Ayer (Fury). Warner Bros.' announcement gave no inclination as to who might be cast in the film, »
- Jordan Benesh
According to THR, Warner Brothers is already looking at actors to fill the roles in their recently-announced Suicide Squad film, which will be helmed by Fury and End of Watch director David Ayer. The studio is reportedly looking to fill the film with A-list talent, and have already approached Will Smith, Ryan Gosling, Margot Robbie and Tom Hardy.
Despite the fact that the project is still in early development, the actors are “fielding offers” as we speak as the studio is “making overtures for what is to be an A-list ensemble piece filled with colorful anti-heroes.” Yep, sounds like the Suicide Squad!
Gosling is also eying the lead in Dean Parisot’s Houdini, while Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) is currently enjoying a nice, busy schedule with high-profile projects like David Yate’s Tarzan and the Ghost in the Shell adaptation. Whether or not either of them will »
- James Garcia
At 46, after 20 years in the business, Will Smith is still the coolest guy in the room. Say that his recent output reflects a former heavyweight star waning into obscurity and I'll show you a man who transcends the biggest duds. He still made those stuffy men in black look good in "MIB3," wound up overshadowing his kid successor as Cypher Raige in "After Earth," and joined Godly ranks as a wickedly funny Devil in mystifying "Winter's Tale." (And for fact-checkers: He only played the creation of the gods in "Hancock.") Smith isn't versatile, but he's reliable. The trailer for "Focus," the actor's latest, puts a darker spin on that established cool, Smith playing a confidence man in the thick of conspiracy. The man knows confidence. From "I Love You Philip Morris" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love." writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, "Focus" stars Smith as Nicky, a top-of-his-game grifter and »
- Matt Patches
To celebrate the release of one of the most outrageous comedies of the year A Million Ways to Die in the West on Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 6th, we’re giving five lucky winners the chance to get their hands on a copy of the DVD!
Don your cowboy hat, grab the nearest sheep and join Seth MacFarlane (Ted, Family Guy), Liam Neeson (Non Stop, Taken), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman, Hancock) in this Wild West comedy like no other. From co-writer, director and producer Seth MacFarlane, the guy who brought you Ted, don’t miss out on the most unique comedy of the year when A Million Ways to Die in the West is released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 6th October 2014, available to pre-order now.
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- Gary Collinson
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