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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
Joss Whedon and Lionsgate have been slapped with a $10 million lawsuit by a writer who claims that the 2012 film “The Cabin in the Woods” was ripped straight from the pages of his book. In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in California on Monday, Peter Gallagher claims that the horror film and his book are “virtually identical” in numerous respects. Gallagher claims that he published “The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines” in 2006 and registered the book with the Writers Guild of America the following year. According to the lawsuit, Gallagher published two runs of »
- Tim Kenneally
Elden Henson has experienced quite a bit over 30 plus year career, but his 5-year-old self could never have dreamed of what the past year would entail. Best known for his role as Fulton in "The Mighty Ducks" movies, Henson's last two projects were about as high profile as you can get: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2" and Netflix's new series "Marvel's Daredevil." The former is halfway out the door and the latter? Well, it's about to drop on Netflix this Friday to massive critical acclaim. Developed for television by Drew Goddard ("The Cabin in the Woods"), "Daredevil" is a dark, gritty and grounded adaptation of the classic Marvel comic book character. Charlie Cox plays Matt Murdock, aka the Man Without Fear, a legally blind lawyer by day and a masked vigilante out to protect the residents of Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen from criminals by night. Henson plays Foggy Nelson, »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Daredevil star said he would be interested in appearing in the film, but admitted he 'hadn't been invited to the party' yet.
Watch Marvel's new Daredevil promo: Meet the man behind the hero
"I've been reading Civil War - and Daredevil does appear in that," Cox told IGN.
"Just to clarify - I have not been called about that. I haven't been invited to that party!" he added.
"But it would be very, very cool. Just to be in the background, saying cool stuff every now and then. It would be cool to be with all those guys."
The comic property Daredevil was adapted for Netflix by The Cabin in the Woods's Drew Goddard, who was replaced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Steven S DeKnight so Goddard could work on other projects.
Last week we reported on Steven Spielberg’s plans to direct an adaptation of the cult sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One. Color us excited. The novel involves players of a video game journeying into a virtual reality world rife with pop culture references and Easter eggs to the real world. The player who can decipher all the mysteries and references in the world wins the opportunity to control it. In Spielberg’s capable hands, it has the potential to be a technical marvel and a modern classic.
That is, if he actually makes it. Ready Player One poses some unusually problematic challenges on just a practical standpoint. Cline’s story falls into the “unfilmable novel” territory, not just for the digital world necessary for a filmmaker to recreate, but also in terms of licensing. To get the rights to depict the many iconic film and TV characters »
- Brian Welk
Following the motion poster that debuted last week, Marvel has released a new poster and photo from their highly-anticipated series Marvel's Daredevil. The poster gives us a good look at the first costume Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) wears, as he takes up the crime-fighting moniker Daredevil. Fans will also get to see that costume eventually evolve into the classic red costume with devil horns, which was briefly teased in last week's motion poster.
Charlie Cox is joined by a cast that includes Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsley), Scott Glenn (Stick), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa Marianna), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Ben Urich) and Toby Leonard Moore (Wesley) in Marvel's Daredevil. Marvel's Daredevil follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night »
On the first night of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, Levan Gabriadze’s Unfriended premiered in front of a packed audience. Daily Dead had the opportunity to catch up with Gabriadze as well as screenwriter Nelson Greaves and producer Jason Blum the following day to talk about the film and the horrific realities of cyberbullying.
I’d love to start off talking about the premise behind Unfriended because when you look at where the horror genre is at these days, not many films are tackling the concept of bullying straight on like you do here or even fully exploring the dangers of social media, or being too ‘connected’ in this world. What inspired you to take on these issues then?
- Heather Wixson
An amusingly meta horror-thriller, “The Final Girls” finds a group of modern youths trapped in a cheesy ’80s slasher movie — one whose conventions they’re well aware of, but whose body count they’re also susceptible to joining. Though not quite as inspired or consistent as the similarly self-mocking likes of “The Cabin in the Woods,” “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil,” or the first two “Scream” pics, this is good fun that should delight genre fans. Directing Mark Fortin and Josh Miller’s clever screenplay, Todd Strauss-Schulson (“A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas”) delivers an accessible in-joke that should sell nicely to various territories in all formats.
A prologue shows teenage Max (Taissa Farmiga) driving home with her veteran-actress mom, Amanda (Malin Akerman), who, to her frustration, remains best known for the B-horror movie she made two decades earlier. Unfortunately, a traffic accident puts an immediate tragic end to their mother-daughter synchronicity. »
- Dennis Harvey
When it comes to the Academy, the genre the least seem to embrace (give or take animation, though that at least has its own category) is horror. With the exception of The Silence of the Lambs, no fright flick has been nominated for Best Picture, and while that’s not going to change, periodically we get such top notch entries into the genre that awards consideration is warranted. A few years back, it was The Cabin in the Woods that got a small Best Original Screenplay push, while more recently The Babadook and You’re Next drummed up a bit of buzz. This year though, we have the best of the bunch (or at least the best since The Cabin in the Woods) with It Follows. The film opens this weekend after playing at the Cannes Film Festival last year and is easily the best of 2015 to date…not just in terms of horror either. »
- Joey Magidson
Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce six supporting actors coming to Marvel's Daredevil, an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix April 10, including two who will play fan-favorite characters from the Daredevil comic series. From the comics, Rob Morgan (Person of Interest, Believe) will play Turk Barrett (a.k.a. Mauler), a smalltime criminal in Hell's Kitchen, while Matt Gerald (Avatar, Dexter) will play Melvin Potter (a.k.a. Gladiator), a machinist caught between a rock and a hard place.
Siding with Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio) are Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies, Hawaii Five-0) as Nobu, a Japanese businessman with an agenda all his own; Wai Ching Ho (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Blue Bloods) as Madame Gao, a powerful woman running her own trade; and Nikolai Nikolaeff (Camp, Sea Patrol) and Gideon Emery (Grimm, How to Train Your Dragon 2) as Vladimir and Anatoly, two Russian brothers looking to forge »
The South by Southwest Film Festival is starting up this Friday, and I could not be more excited. This is my fourth year of attending the fest, and each year brings about a couple of films I love. What is also great about SXSW is, unlike Toronto or Cannes, there is plenty of room for discovery. Many films are making their world premieres here from lesser known filmmakers. SXSW also brings together an eclectic assortment of genres for the program, from indie dramas to horror films to science-fiction to you name it. I think going to those aforementioned festivals and just seeing "prestige pictures" continuously could get a bit boring. Sure, SXSW has a higher risk for a terrible movie, but the risk is exciting. Consequently, making a most anticipated list for a festival offering a lot of discoveries seems like a contradiction. But, of course, if you look through the program, »
- Mike Shutt
According to reports, Drew Goddard ("The Cabin In The Woods") will write/direct "Spectacular Spider-Man" for Marvel and Sony, with 'Iron Man' and 'Sinister Six' in the first 'Spider-Man' co-production between the two studios:
"...'Spider-Man will be fighting 'Iron Man', to try and pass an 'audition' to join the 'Avengers' while villains will include the 'Sinister Six'..."
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- Michael Stevens
Hollywood is such a weird place, Captain America: The Winter Soldier writer/director, sibling duo Joe and Anthony Russo had previously made the much-loathed You, Me and Dupree before finding sitcom success with "Community". Now, well, now they are directing Captain America: Civil War, being considered for The Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 and 2 and have just locked up a three-year first-look deal with Sony. Obviously the immediate speculation is this has something to do with Sony's new pact with Marvel and Disney, particularly with the expectation Spider-Man will show up in Captain America 3 before the new Spider-Man arrives in 2017, reportedly under the direction of Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), but what have the Russo brothers really shown us that gives them such immediate cred in the industryc I know people liked Winter Soldier more than I did, but was it so good that we're ready to »
- Brad Brevet
The news broke last night and, whilst it has yet to be officially confirmed, the amount it’s being reported on makes it seem more like the “rumour” that Benedict Cumberbatch would play Doctor Strange – which took months for Marvel to give the nod to – than, say, all of that nonsense that’s been spread about the new Star Wars. The new Spider-Man movie have found itself a director and writer.
That man is Drew Goddard, a veteran TV writer who made his feature film debut with the horror trope-skewering The Cabin In The Woods a couple of years ago. It’s an interesting choice following an interesting turn of events, which has involved Sony apparently ditching their only recently-rebooted The Amazing Spider-Man franchise in favour of starting afresh, co-producing with Marvel Studios.
Which, amongst other things, means that Peter Parker will now be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. »
- Tom Baker
Sony Pictures and Marvel are negotiating with Drew Goddard to direct Sony's upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot, which will not bring back Andrew Garfield as the title character. Goddard directed "The Cabin in the Woods" and was hired for Sony's "Sinister Six" villain spin-off. It's not clear if the studio is still interested in pursuing "Sinister Six," but all of that will be worked out when Sony meets with Goddard later today (Tuesday). Meanwhile, the "Spider-Man" reboot is set to hit theaters on July 28th, 2017. But first, Spider-Man will appear in Marvel's "Captain America 3: Civil War" on May 6th, 2016. »
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