Taking a short break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he is known as Steve Rogers (aka Captain America), actor Chris Evans arrived this weekend at the Toronto Film Festival to promote his upcoming directorial debut Before We Go. With his Marvel contract starting to wind down, the actor recently commented on his thoughts about directing one of the upcoming Marvel movies himself.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Chris Evans didn't balk at the idea of going on the other side of the camera for Disney and Marvel.
"So me and Mark Kassen, the guy who I brought on this movie, we were just talking like "what's next?" I want to continue directing and he's like "what size movie do you want to direct?" I don't care. If I read the right script, if that script needs $5 million, if that script needs $50 million, I don't care. »
For the past month, Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been going head-to-head at the box office, taking turns besting each other for that coveted number one spot. In an interesting bit of timing, Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt, makes a Turtles reference early in his film. Being a child of the 80s, this makes sense. But being a character within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, does it? Is it possible that Marvel Comics themselves exist within this world we're watching play out on the big screen?
Let's say Marvel Comics do not exist. Captain America can't stroll into 7-11 and pick up the latest issue of Spider-Man or X-Men (which might make sense, since those are at other studios and the characters don't currently reside in this universe as laid out by Marvel Studios). That also means that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might not exist there, »
Welcome To Issue 61!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation to the detriment of no one. It usually has spoilers. Not so much this week.
This Week: DC does some good things with TV that make them win the week as Marvel gears up for a month of marketing to your children. Plus, The Rock says who he's playing in the Dcu and my power went out so I'm writing this all from my phone. Fun!
Clark! Clark Kent!
One of the things I liked most in terms of changed Man of Steel made to the superhero mythology of Superman is that Lois Lane knows Kal-El first and Clark Kent second. It really, really helps with keeping this world semi-grounded in reality while still allowing Clark to wander around with glasses on, utterly fooling fools about his true identiy. »
Here’s a first look at the latest trailer for Monsters Dark Continent.
Directed by BAFTA winner Tom Green in his debut feature, Monsters Dark Continent stars Johnny Harris (Welcome to the Punch, ‘This is England’ series, London To Brighton), Sam Keeley (What Richard Did; forthcoming Ron Howard feature Heart of The Sea), Joe Dempsie (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Skins’), Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina), Parker Sawyers (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The First Avenger).
- Michelle McCue
Daniel Simon’s book Cosmic Motors details the elaborate design of unique futuristic vehicles, revealing 3D models and other renderings of spaceships, racing cars, warships, balloons and more. It’s a neat science fiction art collection from our pals at Titan Books. Simon knows a thing or two about vehicle design, having worked on Tron: Uprising and Captain America: The First Avenger. Now Michael Bay is adapting Simon’s book for the big screen. Variety reports that Bay and Warner Bros. have hired Kyle Ward to pen the screenplay. He recently completed work on Underworld V and is currently writing Arabian Knights for Universal. Bay is producing Cosmic Motors. We’d be lying if we said we weren’t hoping to see his name touted as director one day soon since...
- Alison Nastasi
Ahead of its release next month, Universal Pictures has debuted a new international trailer for Dracula Untold, the upcoming origin tale for Bram Stoker’s creation, which sees Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) leading the cast as Vlad Tepes, the man who will become the dreaded Count Dracula.
Directed by Gary Shore, Dracula Untold also stars Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Charlie Cox (Stardust), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Sarah Gadon (Enemy), Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones), Diarmaid Murtagh (Vikings), Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), Zach McGowan (Shameless) and Noah Huntley (Snow White and the Huntsman).
Watch the trailer here…
Dracula Untold is set for release in the UK October 3rd and in the States on October 17th.
- Gary Collinson
Ahead of its release this November, a new trailer has arrived online for Monsters: Dark Continent, director Tom Green’s follow-up to Gareth Edwards’ cult 2010 breakthrough Monsters, and you can check it out below after the official synopsis….
Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.
We follow four fresh new recruits from Detroit as they all excitedly look forward to performing what they were trained to do. At first it all seems like a game to them but things quickly change when they are given a special mission: to rescue five soldiers who have been lost deep in the Infected Zone.
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- Gary Collinson
The new full length trailer for Tom Green's 'Monsters: Dark Continent' has finally emerged! The sequel to 'Godzilla' helmer Gareth Edwards' excellent 2010 debut feature 'Monsters' arrives in UK theatres this November. And whilst Edwards' original was a great showcase for guerilla style filmmaking on a low budget it seems the follow-up from Vertical Releasing is coming out all guns blazing...literally. Johnny Harris ('Snow White and the Huntsman'), Joe Dempsie ('Game of Thrones'), Sam Keeley, Kyle Soller ('Anna Karenina'), Parker Sawyers ('Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit') and Nicholas Pinnock ('Captain America: The First Avenger') all star in the action-packed sequel. Check out the trailer below. »
The Machete Kills writer has joined Warner Bros' sci-fi project, reports Variety.
Bay is producing the adaptation of Daniel Simon's 2007 concept art book of the same name, which features designs for classic and futuristic vehicles.
The text alludes to an overarching world, but is not presented as an ongoing narrative.
Ward also wrote the upcoming Hitman movie Agent 47.
Cosmic Motors is yet to sign a director. »
Whether or not Michael Bay ends up directing Transformers 5, high-concept sci-fi vehicles are clearly still a part of his future. He's currently in the process of setting up Cosmic Motors at Warner Bros., a film based on Daniel Simon's book of lavish concept art. Kyle Ward, who wrote Machete Kills and the new Hitman movie Agent 47, has been tasked with creating the screenplay.Ward will also need to come up with a narrative on which to hang it, since Cosmic Motors in book form is more about concept than story. Simon has worked as a car designer for Lamborghini and Bugatti, as well as on projects like Tron: Uprising, Captain America: The First Avenger and Oblivion. His book imagines "spaceships, pods, race cars, giant trains, warships and balloons from various planets of the Galaxion system... from concept to completion" via sketches and 3D modelling.There's already a »
It’s fair to say that Agent Carter is a fairly exciting proposition for followers of Marvel Studios. Based on the hugely enjoyable One Shot of the same name, the ABC show will follow Hayley Atwell’s Agent Carter in the years while Steve Rogers was doing time as a capcicle.
Now, we’ve got some confirmation as to who will be joining Atwell in the cast. First up, we know that Chad Michael Murray of One Tree Hill fame will play Agent Jack Tompson. Secondly, Enver Gjokaj (who played Victor in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse) has been confirmed to play Agent Daniel Sousa.
Little is known about the characters, other than they will be joining Agent Carter in the pre-s.H.I.E.L.D. spy agency known as the Strategic Scientific Reserve.
3Rd Update, 9:02 Pm Pt: International box office was even with last weekend across the Top 10 studio releases with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes the big gorilla thanks to a strong China opening. Lucy was also in on the action again this frame with a cumulative $31.2M in Universal and EuropaCorp territories. Compared to last year, the session was up 39%. Players at that time included Elysium, One Direction: This Is Us and The Conjuring, with Monsters University adding another $10M in China.
Along with Apes this weekend in China, How To Train Your Dragon 2 was a strong performer and is expected to take the No. 2 spot with $6.3M in frame 3. After a period that saw a focus on boosting local movies, the market is now getting a steady influx of Hollywood titles – Expendables 3 opens there tomorrow (Monday) and Into The Storm blows in on Sept 12. Also in Asia, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Still further bits of information about the impending third "Captain America" are coming out of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo as they continue press rounds for the Blu-ray release of 'Winter Soldier' on September 9th.
Asked by Screen Rant if the Red Skull could make a return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe following his seeming transport across the galaxy at the end of "Captain America: The First Avenger," the pair couldn't get specific but aren't dismissing the possibility either:
"We can't really comment specifically in terms of where we're going with it, just because we don't want to spoil anything for anybody. But certainly, look. That's the great thing about the Marvel universe, is anything is possible. All these characters exist. And as we've seen on the publishing side, there's very inventive, creative ways to make characters relevant again and surprising ways to make the characters relevant again. »
- Garth Franklin
Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are continuing to make the press rounds for Marvel's Phase Two Blu-ray release on September 9. In doing so, the filmmaking duo continue to drop new tidbits about their impending sequel Captain America 3.
The brothers are returning to direct, with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely currently writing the screenplay, the same team behind Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. When Robert Redford was revealed to be a villainous character in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, some thought he may be a present-day version of Red Skull, a character who hasn't been seen since escaping in Captain America: The First Avenger.
In an interview with Screen Rant, when asked if Red Skull could make a return to the McU, Anthony Russo wouldn't offer any specific story details, he did hint that anything is possible in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. »
Film fans can be some of the most passionate fans in the world. Many cinephiles have their rooms filled and walls covered with posters, models, books, and strange odds and ends. Some of the wealthier movie fanatics are privileged (and slightly crazy) enough to take home pieces of cinema history themselves at great costs.
Robot Mafia has an inforgraph created by Joe MacFarland that details the prices of the 33 most expensive props in history. There are some obvious ones like Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from Star Wars at $240,000, the Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz at $660,000, and James Bond’s Aston Martin from Godleneye at a whopping $4,408,456.
The most recent prop on the list is a vial of the soldier soldier serum from 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger at $3,959. The oldest item is King Kong himself, or at least what remains of him in the form of the »
- Max Molinaro
The story is based on a 2007 concept art book by German designer Daniel Simon that features futuristic vehicle designs. The book tells a story about the design and the purpose of his various futuristic vehicles.
Simon was the lead vehicle designer on "Tron: Legacy" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" as well as a concept illustrator on "Oblivion" and "Prometheus". He's also worked on futuristic concepts for companies like Bugatti and Lamborghini.
Bay is on board to produce the project. Ward is currently penning the launch film of Universal's "Arabian Knights" franchise.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The project is based on Daniel Simon's 2007 concept art book of the same name, which features a number of futuristic vehicle designs. Daniel Simon served as the lead vehicle designer on Tron Uprising and Captain America: The First Avenger, while also serving as a concept artist on Oblivion.
The Cosmic Motors book shows readers vehicle designs from a "planet" known as Galaxion. Here's an excerpt from the author's official website regarding the book.
"Come explore the vehicle designs of a far away galaxy called Galaxion where futuristic concepts exist in everyday life. Nine different spaceships, pods, race cars, giant trains, warships and balloons from various planets of the Galaxion system are shown from concept to completion."
No story details were given for this feature adaptation, which will be produced by Michael Bay. »
Daniel Simon got his first big screen credit for his work as a vehicle designer on Tron: Legacy and ever since, he’s been adding more and more titles to his resume. And it makes sense the guy’s getting more work. Have you seen his book Cosmic Motors? It’s absolutely loaded with incredible vehicle designs that he puts in a fictional realm called Galaxion, a place where futuristic concepts aren’t relegated to artwork, but actually exist. Clearly Michael Bay enjoys doing out-of-this-world things with cars on the big screen, so it should come as no surprise that he’s the one developing the Cosmic Motors movie. Hit the jump to find out who Bay just recruited to pen the screenplay. According to Variety, Bay and Warner Bros. just hired Kyle Ward, the scribe behind Machete Kills and Agent 47, to write the Cosmic Motors screenplay. Ward also »
- Perri Nemiroff
Hayley Atwell will reprise the role of Peggy Carter on the small screen in early 2015, and Marvel have announced two additions to the cast of the eight part Agent Carter TV series. It will air when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes a hiatus and is set before the events of the Marvel One-Shot which was included on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray.
Chad Michael Murray (Fruitvale Station) has been cast in the role of Ssr Agent Jack Thompson, while Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse) will portray Agent Daniel Sousa, both of whom will meet Carter while she takes on a new role at the Ssr in New York City. Both are newly created characters, so we can’t turn to the comic books for details!
- Josh Wilding
Marvel and ABC’s Agent Carter has kicked off its casting, with Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse) and Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) joining Hayley Atwell in the upcoming series, which will explore the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D. following the events of Captain America: The First Avenger.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Gjokaj will play Agent Daniel Sousa, while Murray is set as Agent Jack Thompson, both of whom meet Carter while she takes on a new role at the pre-s.H.I.E.L.D. Strategic Scientific Reserve in New York City.”
The news confirms a report from back in July which stated that Sousa and Thompson would be appearing as supporting characters in the show. Assuming no other names have been changed, we should expect Deputy Director Roger Hooley, Agent Edward Hutchins and waitress Angie Martinelli to be cast soon.
The post Marvel’s »
- Gary Collinson
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