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Unless your name is Edgar Wright, it’s hard to imagine a superhero movie of any caliber and pedigree not somehow getting made in today’s day and age.
And yet in 1997, that’s exactly what happened. Tim Burton, many years after the success of his original Batman, was attached to direct Superman Lives, originally starring none other than Nicolas Cage as everyone’s favorite Kryptonian and adapted from a screenplay by Kevin Smith.
Just how in God’s green Earth did this brilliant, strange mash-up of talents in a movie never come to light is the question behind a documentary currently in production, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
The film is being directed by Jon Schnepp, »
- Brian Welk
After several pieces of news that Sony Pictures is struggling to continue and expand its Spider-Man franchise, the studio has now announced the release plan for "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" and "Sinister Six," which is a spin-off focusing on Spider-Man villains. "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" was previously scheduled to hit theaters on June 10th, 2016, but has now been pushed back all the way to 2018. The studio has instead given the release date to "Uncharted," a big screen adaptation of the video game franchise. That means that the next film from the Spider-Man universe will be "Sinister Six" which will hit theaters on November 11th, 2016. "With 'Sinister Six' in the hands of writer-director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), we feel extremely confident placing the film on a prime date in 2016," said Sony. »
We’ve seen superheroes band together as a powerhouse group in Marvel’s The Avengers and now Sony is forming their own Marvel-based team of comic book characters, but with a villainous slant. Sinister Six, a movie featuring a host of antagonists from The Amazing Spider-Man universe, has been slated for a 2016 release, and Sony has also pushed back the premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 by two years.
THR reports that Sinister Six is now officially set for a November 11th, 2016 release. With The Amazing Spider-Man spinoff securing a calendar spot, Sony swapped the release date of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 from June 10th, 2016 to a date in 2018, likely in June. The delay of the third Amazing Spider-Man film will in turn postpone the original May 4th, 2018 debut date for The Amazing Spider-Man 4, but the new official release date for that entry has yet to be announced.
- Derek Anderson
Sony may not be bringing anything big to this year’s Comic-Con, but they’ve made some huge announcements today. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was originally scheduled for a 2016 release, but Uncharted (the big screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game series) has now taken that movie’s June 10th release date.
However, we Will be revisiting the Spider-Man Cinematic Universe two years from now as Sinister Six is scheduled to open on November 11th, 2016. Written and directed by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), that movie focuses on a team of villains who team up to take down Peter Parker.
It’s not clear whether Spider-Man will appear in that movie or who will make up the team’s roster, but Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin will likely be there, with the likes of Doctor Octopus and Electro joining him.
The Amazing Spider-Man 4 was dated for »
- Josh Wilding
Originally set to hit theaters on June 10, 2016, Sony has now decided to delay The Amazing Spider-Man 3 two years to 2018, the year The Amazing Spider-Man 4 was previously expected to hit theaters. However, they aren't giving up on the idea of building a world around the web-slinger despite the lackluster returns from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which had been expected to gross nearly $1 billion worldwide this summer, but has so far only amassed $706 million. Instead of a new Spider-Man film in 2016, the studio is moving forward with The Sinister Six with writer/director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), releasing on November 11, 2016. The film features an all-star lineup of Spider-Man villains, all of which were teased in the Spider-Man 2's end credits including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio. No word on which one of those villains may show up, but it seems »
- Brad Brevet
Looks like slightly underwhleming box office returns for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 weren’t enough to kill Sony’s plans to build an expansive superhero universe. The studio has dated The Sinister Six, a movie that features an all-star lineup of Spider-Man villains, for release on November 11th, 2016. As part of the new release date, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been bumped from its June 10th, 2016 slot by two years to May 4th, 2018.
Drew Goddard apparently delivered a take on the Sinister Six project that greatly excited execs at Sony. The Cabin in the Woods helmer is set to write and direct the spinoff, which currently has “a rough script.” Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group’s Doug Belgrad said:
“With Sinister Six in the hands of writer-director Drew Goddard, we feel extremely confident placing the film on a prime date in 2016.”
It’s still unknown which villains will feature into »
- Isaac Feldberg
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With exclusive images having been unveiled by Entertainment Weekly recently, and surely plenty of news to come from this years San Diego Comic-Con, fans are understandably getting excited about The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Joss Whedon’s sequel to his own 2012 comic book blockbuster, it is the latest film to come from one of cinema’s most diverse talents.
Throughout the last decade alone he has brought a whole variety of fictional worlds to the screen; from sci-fi western Serenity, to Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing, and game changing horror The Cabin In The Woods, he has also realised these visions as a writer, director, producer, and even composer. This is to say nothing of those which he worked on beforehand, such as Toy Story and Alien Resurrection, and the low budget indie In Your Eyes, which was made available to rent online earlier this year. »
- Ian Coomber
Hot on the heels of word that Peter Shinkoda would be playing an original character named Hachiro in Netflix and Marvel’s upcoming TV series Daredevil, we’ve learned that another talented actor has joined the 13-episode series’ already impressive cast. Deborah Ann Woll, known to HBO subscribers for her role as vampire Jessica on the long-running True Blood, has signed on to portray Karen Page, a love interest for Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), a blind lawyer by day who fights crime as the titular vigilante by night.
In the comics, Page was Murdock’s most enduring love interest, appearing in the very first issue of Daredevil back in April of 1964 as his secretary. The Netflix series has also cast Elden Henson as Murdock’s best friend and legal partner Foggy Nelson, who also had a romantic interest in Page throughout the comic-book series, but whether a love triangle will »
- Isaac Feldberg
If you have Netflix and are a horror fan in need of something to watch this Fourth of July weekend, you are more than covered in terms of streaming all the spooky shenanigans you could possibly want.
In honor of Deliver Us from Evil opening in theaters this week and to keep the horror going throughout the weekend, be sure to check out these other genre films now available on Netflix.
Ready... Set.... Stream and Scream!
Spend A Night In With One Of The Masters Of Horror
The Stand Cujo The Langoliers Stephen King's Children of the Corn
Horrifying Family Members
Vacations Gone Wrong
And Of Course, »
- KW Low
The horror genre is no stranger to self-awareness and self-parody. The “Scary Movie” spoof series has five iterations, and smarter self-referential fare like the “Scream” quadrilogy, “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil,” and “The Cabin in the Woods” have extensively catalogued and commented on the genre's tricks and tropes. But exorcism thriller “Deliver Us From Evil” is a different kind of meta, a demon-possession flick that seems possessed itself: a compelling domestic drama about the repercussions of violence that's been taken over and controlled by a dumb, pointless startle-a-thon. See video: New York City Is Possessed in Creepy New ‘Deliver Us From. »
- Inkoo Kang
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Aquaman, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman Unlimited and more…
With just over a month to go until its release, Marvel Studios has continued ramping up the publicity for Guardians of the Galaxy with the arrival of an extended TV spot [see here], an IMAX poster [see here], an international poster [see here], a behind-the-scenes featurette entitled ‘Definitive Anti-Hero’ [see here], and new images featuring Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Ronan (Lee Pace), Korath (Djimon Hounsou) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) [see here and here]. Meanwhile, director James Gunn has confirmed that Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion is set to make »
- Gary Collinson
Polls are always good for arguments and SFX Magazine has unleashed a doozy with a recent list of what they claim to be the 'definitive' list of moments from sci-fi, fantasy, and horror in both film and television. 96,000 people participated in the survey and the results will surprise you. Here's the top ten:
1. "Doctor Who"
The Doctor and Rose's heartbreaking farewell at Bad Wolf Bay in "Doomsday".
The Hulk owns Loki with his "Puny God" line.
John Hurt's cafeteria chestburster scene.
Mal Reynolds kicks a bad guy into Serenity's engine in "The Train Job" episode.
Luke learns that Darth Vader is his father.
6. "Blade Runner"
Roy's "tears in the rain" speech.
7. "Game of Thrones"
Roose Bolton's line at The Red Wedding.
8. "The Matrix"
Neo's bullet-time scene.
10. "Back to the Future"
Doc Brown's line "Where we're going, »
- Garth Franklin
With a diverse body of acclaimed work, including the "Hunger Games" and Mighty Ducks franchises, Elden Henson will play Foggy Nelson, Matt Murdock''s best friend and legal partner. In a town full of crime and corruption, Foggy's friendship to the community and passion for improving it have made him a friend to its many residents from all walks of life.
Here's what Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television, had to say about the casting in a statement.
Sassy back-talking thieves, faux-new-age witticisms, snarky realty agents, and overly-ambitious homosexual couples: Such Good People has it all. With an endless list of celebrity guest stars and an adorably spunky main cast, Such Good People is an upcoming comedy about a cat-and-mouse hunt for buttloads of cash. The indie flick will be debuting at the Majestic Crest in Los Angeles on July 7th.
The film stars Michael Urie (of Ugly Betty fame) and Randy Harrison (best known for his role on Queer as Folk) in what is being touted as the first post-marriage-equality comedy. The veritably endless supporting cast includes: Scott Wolf (Party of Five, Perception), Ana Ortiz (Devious Maids, Ugly Betty), Carrie Wiita (Super Fun Night), Rick Overton (Groundhog Day), Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Cabin in the Woods), musician and activist Lance Bass, Alec Mapa (Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy, Switched at Birth), Drew Droege (Sassy Pants, »
- Eric Shorey
Ridley Scott is one of those directors who often has several films in development at once, so the decision about which film he intends to do next is often not made until the project is ready to go and can begin filming quickly.
One project Scott recently became linked to is "The Martian". At the time Scott was reportedly in talks to direct the film which would star Matt Damon. Originally Drew Goddard ("Cabin in the Woods") was attached to direct, but he has since departed due to his involvement in "The Sinister Six" film.
Based on Andy Weir's 2012 self-published novel, the story centers on an astronaut who becomes stranded on a Martian colony by himself. Now, producer Simon Kinberg has confirmed on Jeff Goldsmith’s Q&A podcast that 'Martian' will be Scott's next film and is scheduled to begin shooting this Fall:
"There's a script that Drew Goddard wrote, »
- Garth Franklin
Those waiting for the first signs of movement on Prometheus 2 May have to wait a little longer, as Ridley Scott is now attached to direct The Martian as his next project – according to producer Simon Kinberg (X Men: Days Of Future Past), when he spoke recently to Jeff Goldsmith’s podcast. In an inspired casting choice, Matt Damon will take the lead role in this story of an astronaut accidentally left behind on Mars. Such a role plays entirely to the strengths of Damon, who has proved he can hold the screen just as easily on his own as in an ensemble situation.
Based on the debut novel of the same name by Andy Weir, the film was originally set to be written and directed by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, The Cabin In The Woods), but he is now deep into the development of The Amazing Spider-Man spin-off Sinister Six »
- Sarah Myles
Last month, we reported that Ridley Scott was in talks to direct The Martian, which has Matt Damon attached to star. Drew Goddard was initially attached to direct, but he dropped out due to his involvement in Sony's The Sinister Six. During a recent podcast appearance, Simon Kinberg revealed that production is actually scheduled to begin this fall.
"There's a script that Drew Goddard wrote, who wrote Cloverfield and who wrote and directed The Cabin in the Woods, a great, great writer. There's a book I brought to him called The Martian, that is a very realistic science-fiction book, which he wrote an incredible script of, that he was going to direct. Then his Spider-Man movie got pulled up, so he left it, but Ridley Scott is going to direct it and we're going star it this fall."
Coming hot on the heels of the news that Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) has joined the cast of Marvel’s Daredevil, British director Farren Blackburn has announced on Twitter (via BleedingCool) that he’s set to direct an episode of the Netflix miniseries. Blackburn’s previous work includes the feature film Hammer of the Gods, as well as episodes of Doctor Who, Luther, Silent Witness, The Fades and The Musketeers.
Daredevil is set to start production next month, with Charlie Cox (Stardust) playing the blind lawyer / superhero Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket) as the Kingpin. Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus) serves as showrunner and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) will direct the first episode, which he’s also written as well as executive producing the show alongside Jeph Loeb (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). The series will land on Netflix next year. »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel's Daredevil Netflix series is shaping up to be a must-see event for all comic book fans, as more talent gets added to the anticipated adventure drama. Drew Goddard was original confirmed to be showrunner on the series, writing and directing at least the pilot episode. He stepped down last month to focus his energy on The Sinister Six, with Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) stepping into take his place. Since that happened, we haven't gotten official confirmation on a director until today.
It looks like Farren Blackburn, known for helming some of the best episodes of Luther and Doctor Who, is stepping in to direct at least one episode, and possibly more. It is not known if he is taking over on the pilot episode, but it seems likely. Here is the official announcement tweet from the man himself.
Enjoying The Interceptor edit but »
Known for her powerful work in Cesar Chavez, Kids and the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Rosario Dawson will play a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell's Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.
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