15 items from 2016
Last week, a report surfaced teasing some of the possible movie-related trailers that will air during Super Bowl 50 this Sunday on CBS. While none of these were confirmed by the respective studios, the report claimed that 20th Century Fox was planning "on-the-ground events" for movies such as Eddie the Eagle, X-Men: Apocalypse and Independence Day: Resurgence, which hinted that we may in fact see new footage from these movies during the big game. Just three days before the Super Bowl, 20th Century Fox has officially released its trailer for Eddie the Eagle, which has a football twist.
While the 30-second spot does include footage from the movie, the video reveals that several past and present NFL stars were treated to an advanced screening of Eddie the Eagle, with three iconic quarterbacks offering their thoughts on this true story adaptation. Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson, New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees and future »
When one considers Mark Strong’s career in front of the camera – from RocknRolla and Sherlock Holmes to Kick-Ass and Zero Dark Thirty – it becomes readily apparent that the actor has largely played things straight throughout the years, portraying gruff and often gun-toting characters regardless of genre. Sacha Baron Cohen, meanwhile, revels in films that place him in the role of the oafish buffoon, most notably through satirical mockumentaries in the vein of Borat and Bruno.
Held up alongside each other and you have quite the stark contrast between Strong and Cohan. But opposites attract, as the saying goes, and one film playing on the pair’s conflicting acting stereotypes is Sony’s The Brothers Grimsby.
Slated for release in mid-March, today brings forth the first clip for the atypical buddy cop comedy, while a featurette explores the action sequences included in Louis Leterrie’s actioner and how it riffs »
- Michael Briers
The next couple of years are going to be huge for Mark Millar. As well as having several comic book projects in the pipeline, he also has several properties being brought to the big screen. Marvel Studios, meanwhile, are just a few months away from releasing Captain America: Civil War, an adaptation of Millar’s best-selling event series which redefined how stories like that are told.
In a recent interview, the creator was asked just how closely he believes the movie is going to stick to his and Steve McNiven’s story, and while the trailer pointed to some obvious alterations, it sounds like the premise will remain mostly the same:
“They’ve added characters they have the rights to as some of their characters are scattered around different studios, but the main players and their chief lieutenants in this thing are all the same.”
Things are sounding good for Captain America: Civil War then, »
- Josh Wilding
Columbia Pictures dropped their new action/thriller movie, "The 5th Wave," into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the major,top film critics, and it turns out that most of them were none too pleased with it, giving it only an overall 34 score out of a possible 100 across 26 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film features: Bailey Anne Borders, Chloë Grace Moretz, Gabriela Lopez, Maggie Siff, Matthew Zuk, Nick Robinson and Ron Livingston. We've added statements from a few of the critics, beloiw. Brian Truitt over at USA Today, gave it an 75 score, saying: "The 5th Wave finds a way to make the most of Moretz’s talents, with the emotionality she showed in If I Stay and the utter physical chutzpah of her Kick-Ass films." Clark Collis over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 58 score. He stated: "The frankly preposterous nature of the film »
- Andre Braddox
Lately, if you feel unworthy because God has given you just too good a life...just too much joy... and your hair shirt is at the cleaners, you can do your penance by watching J Blakeson's The 5th Wave.
Yes, here's yet another dystopian teen mini-epic based on yet another acclaimed Ya title, this one by Rick Yancey. USA Today called the tome "a modern sci-fi masterpiece." Add Amazon Best Book of the Year to The 5th Wave's plaudits. Yet the screenplay it inspired, the one fashioned by Susannah (Erin Brockovich) Grant (Akiva I, Robot) Goldsman, and Jeff (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) Pinkner, might best be described as The Ennui Games or first-class teen drivel.
The tales begins with Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz), a lone, adolescent lass crossing a deserted roadway with a rifle in hand. She heads into a ransacked grocery store searching for any source of protein. »
- Brandon Judell
Chloë Grace Moretz actually had to forget how to fight for her latest movie, The 5th Wave. The actor, who made her first big-screen splash in the hyperviolent, supercomedic Kick-Ass, said playing Cassie - a regular teen trying to survive an alien invasion - was a strange kind of challenge. "This movie was actually anti-training," she told us when she stopped by Popsugar's La office to chat about the film. "A lot of the slow-motion shots of me running, we had to redo them because I looked too coordinated. They had to make me fall and stumble. It was funny." Chloë, who's as beloved among her fans for her outspoken nature as her onscreen roles, also talked with us about the way violence is handled in the adaptation of the Ya novel and why she tries to choose projects that "depict millennials in the right light." We also couldn't let »
- Lindsay Miller
"...and he's playing the main villain ('Zemo') in it. And he's incredible! It's a movie about people as opposed to robots this time. So it's darker and it's allowed to be darker because it gets more in the mindset of humans rather than machines..."
"He (Zemo) does not wear the mask," said Brühl about his look in "Civil War".
"You would be surprised, it's different than what you'd think. It's loosely connected to this character. But that's what I like about the Marvel guys, some of the characters and things they’re dealing with always reference to current events so »
- Michael Stevens
"I'm so free now," said the 18-year old former child actress. "I don’t know what happened, but when I turned 17, this huge weight was lifted off my shoulders.
"I'm so open. I have a good time. I don’t worry about what people say about me. I know who I am, who I want to be, what I want to portray myself as, what I want people to think of me..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Chloë Grace Moretz as 'Hit-Girl'...
- Michael Stevens
Take a look @ new footage from director J. Blakeson's science fiction thriller "The 5th Wave", based on author Rick Yancey's novel, starring Chloë Grace Moretz ("Kick-Ass"), Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber and Zackary Arthur, opening January 22, 2016:
"...four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 'Cassie Sullivan' (Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.
"As she prepares for the fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The 5th Wave"...
- Michael Stevens
Take another look @ the origins of Marvel Comics' super-villain 'Ragnarok', appearing in Marvel Studios' next "Thor" solo movie "Thor: Ragnarok", that fans are hoping will also feature horse-faced warrior 'Beta Ray Bill':
"...when 'Thor' was missing in action, presumed dead, 'Tony Stark' took one of his hairs, which he had retained from the first meeting of the 'Avengers' and cloned the 'Asgardian' DNA with Stark technology. This resulted in the creation of a new, cyborg Thor.
"Ragnarok has all the powers and knowledge of Thor including super-strength, extensive combat knowledge, stamina, high resistance to physical injury, immunity to Earthly diseases, superhuman agility and reflexes.
"Ragnarok's hammer, though not the enchanted 'Mjolnir', is constructed of a 'vibranium' and 'adamantium' alloy, able to absorb and discharge lightning, »
- Michael Stevens
Mason Manuel on the Deadpool movie…
Though I like to think of myself as a critic of the fine wines of film, every once in a while I need a keg of fun mindless nerd fun. So every summer when Marvel/DC rolls out their latest comic book film, I’m there with everyone else at the premier dressed up in that cheap hero mask that I will never use again. But after so many repetitive nerd binges the buzz starts to dull. There have been So many comic films over the past decade that even the awesome ones don’t feel as great as they would have, had we not been exposed to the same material before. Even the latest Avengers fell into rather mediocre reception. There needs to be a change. These films need to take chances and push boundaries to surprise and please audiences. Thanks to the »
- Mason Manuel
According to 20th Century Fox, writers are developing a screenplay adapting Marvel's Icon imprint comic book series "Superior", created by Mark Millar of "Kick-Ass" and "Kingsman: The Secret Service" fame:
"...'Superior' focuses on a young boy who loses his social life when he is stricken by a debilitating disease. One night, an 'alien monkey' grants the boy one wish and he chooses to become his favorite superhero, a character named 'Superior'.
"But the boy discovers that the monkey is actually a demon from Hell and the boy must sell his soul if he is to remain the powerful hero -- or return to his original body..."
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- Michael Stevens
Another Mark Millar’s comic book franchise is being adapted to the big screen.
The seven issue series was published from 2010 to 2102 through Icon Comics. It was written by Millar and illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu.
Tarquin Pack and Matthew Vaughn will be on board to produce “Superior.” Vaughn produced, directed and wrote “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” movies. He is also writing the sequel to Kingsman.
Source: Variet »
- Gig Patta
Tarquin Pack and Matthew Vaughn are producing “Superior,” in which an athletic 12-year-old boy is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. To regain his strength, he’s granted one wish from an alien monkey — to become Superior, his favorite superhero. But things go awry when he learns that the monkey is a demon and that he must sell his soul to keep his powers.
Three of Millar’s comic book series — “Wanted,” “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” — have been adapted into feature films. Vaughn produced, directed and wrote “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman,” and is writing the sequel to the latter. »
- Dave McNary
We finally have some news on Superior, as 20th Century Fox has hired the writing team of Brandon and Phillip Murphy to bring Mark Millar and Leinil Yu's comic book to the big screen. Tarquin Pack and Matthew Vaughn are attached to produce the movie which focuses on a 12 year old boy with multiple sclerosis who is granted one wish by an alien monkey. He chooses to become his favourite comic book movie superhero Superior, but there's a massive twist along the way, and things play out much differently than expected. The seven issue series was published between 2010 and 2012, and is the latest in a long line of Millarworld adaptations (Wanted, Kick-Ass, and Kingsman: The Secret Service). Brandon and Phillip are also attached to Transferene and Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell With the Rolling Stones. There's no release date as of yet for Superior. »
15 items from 2016
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