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"Any survival story is fascinating. I think of it as a 21st century Robinson Crusoe,” Ridley Scott tells Empire about his upcoming "The Martian." But frankly, putting this cast in any kind of movie would have our attention. Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Bean, Donald Glover and Naomi Scott make up the ensemble of this one, and following the first look over the weekend, another batch has arrived. The latest go at sci-fi from Scott is based on the book by Andy Weir, with a script penned by Drew Goddard (“Daredevil,” “The Cabin In The Woods”). The story follows an astronaut who is left stranded on a Martian colony and struggles to survive, while back on Earth, Nasa tries to mount a rescue mission. It seems Damon has trouble being left alone on distant planets in sci-fi movies these days. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last night, the first image from 20th Century Fox’s The Martian landed online, giving us our first look at Matt Damon in director Ridley Scott’s upcoming thriller. Now, an official version of that photo plus a few other images from the film have been released online. Based on Andy Weir’s self-published 2012 novel of the same name, the movie revolves around an astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars after he is injured and presumed dead by his team. With limited resources and a finite amount of time before his oxygen runs out, Mark Watney (Damon) must use the power of science to keep himself alive on the red planet. Speaking with Empire, Scott says he thinks of The Martian as “a 21st century Robinson Crusoe." Indeed, comparisons to Crusoe and the more recent Cast Away are inevitable, but Scott has filled out the film with a stellar »
- Adam Chitwood
It might seem odd for Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain to star in almost back-to-back sci-fi films that are kind of similar — Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” — but evidently the resemblances weren’t enough to scare off either actor, or the prospects of working with these directors and their great casts were too good to pass up. Written by Drew Goddard (“Daredevil,” “The Cabin In The Woods”) as a project he was originally going to direct, “The Martian” centers on an astronaut (Damon) who has just become one of the first people to walk on Mars. But after a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking he's dead, he finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive. Even if he can get word out, his supplies will be gone long before a rescue could arrive, »
- Edward Davis
Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Bean, Donald Glover and Naomi Scott also star in the film about an astronaut (Damon) stranded alone on Mars who has to figure out how to survive.
Source: Empire »
- Garth Franklin
The folks at Latino-Review.com are reporting Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender's Game) has been cast as the new Spider-Man for Sony Pictures and will have his first appearance as the webslinger in next year's Captain America: Civil War followed by a new Spider-Man feature in July 2017. Butterfield was reported as the front-runner back at the end of April and other than a brief report saying Tom Holland ("Wolf Hall," The Impossible) was still in the mix that never changed. Word is the new Spider-Man will keep Peter Parker a lot younger, a lot longer, focusing on his high school years and word is they plan to go with a tone matching that of a John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off). Other names that were once on the short list of contenders for the Spidey role included Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars), Timothee Chalamet »
- Brad Brevet
So, who’s going to follow Sam Raimi and Marc Webb as the director of the next Spider-Man film? With production underway on Captain America: Civil War and Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures deep in the hunt for the actor who will portray Spider-Man (first popping up in Civil War before leading his own film), the contest to direct the new Spider-Man movie is also heating up. A previous report from March claimed that Drew Goddard, the filmmaker behind The Cabin in the Woods and Sony’s aborted Sinister Six, was in talks to write and direct the new Spidey pic. Goddard was a solid and sensible choice, having had experience with Sony on Sinister Six and with Marvel creating Daredevil. But a new report leaves Goddard’s name out of the picture entirely and instead reveals a familiar-feeling list of directors who are being considered to helm the new Spider-Man film instead. »
- Adam Chitwood
The Daredevil season 1 showrunner has been chatting about inheriting the show from Drew Goddard, Easter Eggs and more...
Outgoing Daredevil showrunner, Steven S. DeKnight, whose duties on the Marvel Netflix collaboration will be taken over for season two by Doug Petrie (Buffy, American Horror Story) and Marco Ramirez (Sons Of Anarchy, Da Vinci's Demons), has chatted to Collider about his work on season one.
In the video interview, the former Spartacus showrunner discusses taking over the project from Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, The Cabin In The Woods), whom he could not praise enough: "Drew and I go way back [the pair co-wrote scripts on Angel, and worked together on Buffy The Vampire Slayer], I can't say enough good things about him. This show is as much his as it is mine. He had a fantastic idea and I was thrilled that I was able to come in and execute it."
"I inherited a great roadmap from Drew Goddard before he left. There was a thirteen-episode »
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of It Follows, the independent horror success story from earlier on in the year. At the same time though, I’m always on the lookout for other small films of that nature that I can champion, much like many others in the industry. Usually, I’m on board with the fright flick du jour of the moment, be it The Cabin in the Woods or You’re Next, only rarely breaking with the crowd, like in the case of last year’s The Babadook. Every so often though, I get the chance to talk about something small that might not get seen otherwise. This week, there’s a perfect example of that in John Stuart Wildman’s The Ladies of the House. Very few people know about it, but it’s the next really strong horror outing of 2015. As a quick plot summation, »
- Joey Magidson
Though he’s no longer affiliated with Latino Review, scoopster extraordinaire El Mayimbe (aka Umberto Gonzales) is still working hard to break comic-book news for impatient superhero aficionados the world over. And yesterday, he emerged with a rather interesting rumor about Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot, which will bring the wall-crawler into the Marvel Cinematic Universe under the watchful eye of Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige. According to El Mayimbe, the title of the pic is not Spectacular Spider-Man, as previously rumored, but Spider-Man: The New Avenger.
Now, clunky as it is, that subtitle would allow Feige to bring Spidey closer to the McU and distance him from Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man films. It would also confirm what many already suspect – that Spider-Man will become a member of the second Avengers lineup, which will be formed following the cataclysmic events of Captain America: Civil War. A separate rumor »
- Isaac Feldberg
Back in March it was reported by Latino-Review that Marvel and Sony’s new Spider-Man reboot would be going by the title of The Spectacular Spider-Man, but now we have another possible title, with former Lr writer El Mayimbe claiming on Instagram that the working title for the film is Spider-Man: The New Avenger.
Of course, the film can’t be using both titles, and Latino-Review and El Mayimbe have been throwing out countless wild guesses, speculation and downright laughable “scoops” these past few months (Aunt May movie, anyone?), so don’t be too surprised if this one fails to pan out too. Chances are, they’ll be back with a third rumoured title soon anyway.
The new Spider-Man film is set for release in July 2017, with Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) thought to be in line to direct. According to reports, Timothee Chamalet (Interstellar), Nat Wolff (Paper Towns »
- Gary Collinson
It was recently reported that Sony Pictures teamed up with Marvel on the future of the Spider-Man franchise. The superhero will next appear in "Captain America 3: Civil War" on May 6th, 2016 and then get his own solo film on July 28th, 2017. Sony and Marvel have no interest in bringing back Andrew Garfield and have been discussing making Peter Parker a teenager. And now that the studios have about 2-3 weeks left before they have to pick an actor to play the role, we get a list of who is being considered. Thanks to The Wrap, we know that the contenders are Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game, Hugo), Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea), Timothee Chalamat (Interstellar) and Liam James (The Way Way Back). Meanwhile, Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) remains the frontrunner to direct the new "Spider-Man" movie. »
It looks like Marvel Studios and Sony have narrowed their search for Spider-Man down to five actors, with The Wrap reporting that Timothee Chamalet (Interstellar), Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea), Liam James (The Way Way Back) and Asa Butterfield (Hugo) are all on the shortlist for the coveted role.
The site reports that Sony is set to make test offers to several of the young stars and is expected to make its decision on Andrew Garfield’s successor in the next two to three weeks. The wall-crawler will make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, with the character’s scenes set to be shot in June, and will follow this up in July 2017 with a solo movie, which Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) is slated to direct.
See Also: The Downside of The »
- Gary Collinson
Joss Whedon: assembler of Avengers, slayer of vampires, houser of dolls, vlogger of Doctor Horrible, and now, um, ageist of Ultron. To be fair, Joss Whedon is geek royalty, and needs no introduction. So hopefully, he won’t mind that we gave him such a naff one.
We got to chat with the man himself at the Avengers: Age Of Ultron press event, and here’s what happened...
From what we’ve heard about this one, it sounds like you had to trim down a lot in the editing room. Was there any particular favourite scene you wish you could have saved?
Well, there was more shirtless Thor. The DVD extras are going to be enormously popular. But no, for me, it’s really a couple of little exchanges that »
At a swanky hotel yesterday, almost all the Avengers (everyone except Chris Hemsworth) assembled for thirty minutes of chit-chat with assorted press from the UK and Europe. We chipped in with a question (looking for any clues regarding a Hulk movie), but it was sadly batted away with typical Avengers wit (Ruffalo: “shall I tell him? No, I can’t” / Whedon: “it’s too amazing”).
Thankfully, though, some interesting nuggets did come up, including an admittal from Joss Whedon that he might not yet be done with Marvel.
The question in, um, question asked if he’d be back, and what his future plans were. He responded with:
“I don’t think I’ll ever get that far away from it, because I love it so much. »
One of the big shock moments of Joss Whedon's 2012 Avengers movie was the death of the beloved Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. It was a dark moment that felt like it really counted for a lot in the Marvel cinematic universe. Which is why it felt like a little bit of a cheat when the character was resurrected - with Gregg playing him - for the Agents Of Shield TV show.
In a new interview with Mental Floss, Joss Whedon admits that he shares a little bit of the frustration over the fact that Coulson returned.
"The Coulson thing was, I think, a little anomalous just because that really came from the television division, which is sort of considered to be its »
Netflix’s new zillion-dollar series has a terrific cast, a great line in New York noir and expert fight sequences – as if Scorsese had made The Avengers
If you wish that either Martin Scorsese had directed The Avengers or that The Wire was a little sillier, Marvel and Netflix have good news in the form of Daredevil, the new hour-long drama that, on Friday, dropped 13 episodes suitable for bingeing. The series is created by Drew Goddard, director of The Cabin in the Woods (which he in turn wrote with Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon), and its first episode is very good.
Daredevil has a typically silly radioactive Stan Lee origin story, which is the first thing we see: as a little boy, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox as an adult, Skylar Gaertner as a kid) pushes a man out of the way of a careering truck and ends up splashed in the »
- Sam Thielman
I’m always baffled and suspicious when litigation over a movie comes up years after the film has been released. That being said, the case against The Cabin in the Woods looks to have some basis in fact even though the lawsuit isn’t timely. Or at least, it isn’t timely to that film’s release; it just happens to be coming up as co-writer Joss Whedon’s new movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, is a couple weeks from hitting theaters. According to THR, author Peter Gallagher claims Whedon, co-writer/director Drew Goddard stole the idea from his 2006 novel The Little White Trip: A Night In the Pines, and is suing the two filmmakers for copyright infringement along with distributors Lionsgate and production company Mutant Enemy. Gallagher is asking for $10 million in damages. [caption id="attachment_159682" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Lionsgate[/caption] More often than not, the similarities are so broad that the suit is clearly frivolous. »
- Matt Goldberg
Joss Whedon has been sued for $10 million for alleged copyright infringement over his 2012 movie The Cabin in the Woods, just over two weeks before the May 1 release of his latest film, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. In a complaint filed on Monday at a California federal court, author Peter Gallagher claims that the film "borrows heavily" from his 2006 book The Little White Trip: A Night In the Pines. Whedon and the other defendants—The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard, who co-wrote the script with Whedon, and studio Lionsgate, have not commented. The movie stars The Avengers and Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, who is not named in the lawsuit, and made more than $66 »
Joss Whedon is exhausted from his work on Avengers: Age of Ultron. The last thing he needs right now is to get hit with a massive lawsuit for one of his past films. Three years after The Cabin in the Woods hit theaters, Whedon and the film’s distributor, Lionsgate, have been served with $10 million lawsuit for infringing on intellectual property. Peter Gallagher (not to be confused with the actor) is the author of a book called The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines. According to The Wrap, the suit he filed with the U.S. district court claims The Cabin in the Woods is “virtually identical” in a number of ways, including “plots, stories, characters, sequence of events, themes, dialogue and incidents.” Whedon co-wrote the script for the film with director Drew Goddard, telling the story of a group of »
Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard, Lionsgate, and Whedon's Mutant Enemy production company are all defendants in a copyright lawsuit tied to 2012's The Cabin in the Woods. Self-publishing author Peter Joseph Gallagher claims in his complaint, filed this week in California federal court, that Whedon and Goddard's script is eerily similar to his 2006 novel The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines. Gallagher wants $10 million in damages. [Spoilers follow for those who haven't seen Cabin in the Woods.]Gallagher reportedly started writing his story in 2004. After self-publishing the resulting novel, he began hawking copies at such popular SoCal areas as Venice Beach and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Whedon and Goddard both live in Santa Monica, near these spots.) Gallagher adds that he was approached by a slew of producers who expressed interest in turning the book into a movie, but nothing ever came of it. Until 2012, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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