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The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.
Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.
Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.
Over the weekend, Variety reported:
- Movie Geeks
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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Update: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just won't die, and hopefully the new cast will give it the breath of life it needs to make the parody film work. Lily Collins is now out, but Lily James (the new Cinderella) is in. Other new cast members include Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) as Mr. Darcy's friend Bingley and Emma Greenwell ("Shameless") as Bingley's sister, and Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) as the handsome Lt. Wickham. It hasn't been clarified if Riley is playing Mr. Darcy or if that role has yet to be cast.
May 2, 2013: Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) will star in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and, in doing so, brings the project back from grave. Burr Steers (17 Again) will direct, which - if you're counting - makes the project's the fifth director. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's reimagining of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Sony Television and PlayStation Network’s upcoming adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s comic book series Powers has bolstered its cast with the addition of Eddie Izzard (Hannibal), Oleysa Rulin (High School Musical) and Noah Taylor (Edge of Tomorrow).
According to Deadline, Izzard will play Wolfe – “the bogeyman of the Powers universe — a top-level Power who has spent the last two decades incarcerated in the Shaft, his terrible abilities kept in check through a brutal regimen of surgical procedures. Before that, he was a mentor of then-up-and-coming Powers, Christian Walker.”
Taylor is set to appear as Johnny Royalle, “a criminal mastermind rulinPower with the ability to pop in and out of locations at will. He owns a cutting edge underground venue, the Here and Gone Club, that may be part of a dark and deadly conspiracy,” while Rulin will play Calista, “a teenage Power wannabe with street smarts, »
- Gary Collinson
After his phenomenal turn as fan favorite Richard Harrow on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, everyone expected Jack Huston to become the next big thing in Hollywood. His name has been linked to roles in Frankenstein, James Bond, and even the role of Star-Lord that went to Chris Pratt in Guardians Of The Galaxy. Instead, he has appeared in smaller roles in films like Twilight: Eclipse, American Hustle, and Kill Your Darlings. His next role will hopefully change that. Huston has been cast as the »
- Alex Maidy
With filming set to kick off next month on the long delayed adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a bit more casting news has come in with word that "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston has signed on.
Per Deadline, Huston (American Hustle, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) will portray handsome, charismatic Lt. Wickham in the Burr Steers-directed adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s mash-up novel for Cross Creek Pictures, who acquired domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release.
He joins the previously announced Lily James, Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote. Huston's Wickham and James' Elizabeth Bennett are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins Liz over with his theories regarding training them.
- Debi Moore
Back at the start of last month, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed that an extended Director’s Cut of this year’s mutant superhero smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past would be arriving later this year. However, if you were planning on putting off buying the theatrical version – which arrives in October – in order to wait for the extended edition, then we have some bad news for you as 20th Century Fox’s Evp of Marketing Communications James Finn has stated via Twitter that the extended cut won’t be out until 2015. So, it seems any Anna Paquin fans out there are going to have to wait a little longer before they get to see Rogue back in action…
Will you be picking up the theatrical edition of X-Men: Days of Future Past, or do you plan on holding off for the extended cut?
- Gary Collinson
Casting on Sony’s adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming comic book series Powers is underway, with Deadline revealing that Susan Heyward (The Following) has secured the female lead of Detective Deena Pilgrim in the PlayStation Network series.
Also signing on is Max Fowler (The Killing) as Krispin Stockley, “the son of [Detective Christian Walker’s] murdered partner, a disaffected teen still struggling with the death of his father at the hand of a rogue Power which starts him on a dark journey that will warp him both physically and emotionally,” while Adam Godley (Breaking Bad) will play Captain Cross, “the solid steel in a frail frame captain of the Powers division, bookish, respectful and loyal but may harbor a secret agenda that could lead his beloved department into a full-fledged conspiracy.”
- Gary Collinson
Lionsgate and the Chinese e-commerce colossus Alibaba have signed a strategic collaboration to offer its titles in China, including Divergent and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and TV shows such as Mad Men, Weeds and The Royals. Alibaba, in which Yahoo! has a stake, accounts for as much as 80 percent of e-commerce in China. The movies and TV shows will be available through the Lionsgate Entertainment World (Lgew) service, a subscription streaming service for mainland China that will be available exclusively through Alibaba's latest generation of set-top box. The service is expected to launch in August. List Hollywood's
- Clifford Coonan
Having directed 3 X-Men movies (his latest being X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Superman Returns, you would expect Bryan Singer to be moving away from the comic book world before heading back in for X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. However, Tracking Boards show that his company, Bat Hat Harry, have acquired the rights to The Age of Heroes by James Hudnall for a big screen adaptation.
The Age of Heroes was released in the 1990s. Here’s the synopsis:
When the gods were born, they remade the world in the image of their dreams. This was known as the Age of Gods. When man was created along with other races of beings, fantastic cities were raised, insane magics were forged and unimaginable wars were fought, as the gods battled for supremacy over all creation. This was known as the Age of Wonders. When the gods fled and man was left to make »
- Luke Owen
With an adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s Powers comic book series heading to PlayStation Network this December, Sony Pictures TV has secured its first director for the show in British filmmaker David Slade. Slade’s feature films include Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, while his previous television work includes Awake, Crossbones, Hannibal and Breaking Bad.
A police procedural / superhero fantasy, Powers “is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder. The series follows Detective Christian Walker, who is in charge of protecting humans like us and investigating cases involving the God-like men and women, referred to as ‘powers,’ who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below.”
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- Gary Collinson
David Slade is a great movie director (that brief foray into paycheck territory with “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” notwithstanding — hey, guy’s got mortgages to pay, probably), and as it turns out, he’s also a pretty snazzy TV director, too. The man who gave us “30 Days of Nights” on the big screen and multiple episodes of “Hannibal” on the small screen will now be giving us the first two episodes of the Playstation Network’s original show “Powers.” “Powers,” in case you lost track, was supposed to be a big-time FX Channel TV series, based on the comic book of the same name about a world filled with superheroes. The show’s angle was that it would concentrate on the non-powered cops who have to deal with this new breed of menace. Well, “Powers” never really got anywhere on FX after years of development, and even though it actually »
PlayStation Network's Powers adaptation is fleshing out its behind-the-scenes crew as production on the live-action comic book take inches closer to its start date. Hannibal's David Slade has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of the series from studio Sony Pictures Television. Slade, whose credits include Breaking Bad and features 30 Days of Night and Twilight: Eclipse, joins a creative team that includes writer/Ep Charlie Huston, comic creator Brian Michael Bendis, Remi Aubuchon, Michael Avon Oeming, Michael Diner and David Engel. Story 'Powers' Adaptation Finds New Life as PlayStation Series Powers, based on Bendis'
- Lesley Goldberg
Any X-Men fans upset that we didn’t get to see more of Anna Paquin’s Rogue in X-Men: Days of Future Past after Bryan Singer made the decision to remove an action-sequence featuring Rogue’s escape from captivity at the hands of the Sentinels will be pleased to hear that producer Lauren Shuler Donner has confirmed that an X-tended Director’s Cut of the mutant superhero sequel will arrive on Blu-ray later this year. The producer made the announcement via Twitter, although no further details have been forthcoming as of yet.
X-Men: Days of Future Past sees X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) joined in the cast by franchise newcomers »
- Gary Collinson
This weekend we might see Transformers: Age of Extinction make somewhere around $47 million or so, but that won't be enough to make it one of the highest grossing July 4 weekend totals. Using data from Box Office Mojo, directly below are the highest July 4 weekend box office results, both actual dollar figures and adjusted for inflation. Perhaps most interesting, to me, is the fact not a single release has ever topped $100 million for the July 4 weekend, though, I guess when you consider a lot of these are actually released a few days before it's not really a fair barometer. After all, while Transformers: Dark of the Moon may have made $97.8 million on July 4 weekend, by the end of said weekend its domestic total was already up to $162.6 million. I guess the biggest question is to wonder how many of these massive money makers are actually goodc See anything you truly lovec »
- Brad Brevet
After helping the X-Men franchise to hit a combined $3 billion earlier in the week, Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past has now pushed its worldwide total to $712.7 million this weekend, overtaking rival Marvel superhero movies The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($703.7 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($711.2 million) to become the highest-grossing movie of the year so so far.
Days of Future Past still faces some competition to close 2014 as the biggest earner, with Transformers: Age of Extinction, Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Interstellar, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies all likely to enjoy solid box office returns.
X-Men: Days of Future Past sees X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin »
- Gary Collinson
With this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past setting a series high haul of $702.2 million (and counting) by close of play on Tuesday, Fox’s mutant superhero franchise has now amassed $3.003 billion at the global box office, with $1.3 billion in domestic ticket sales and $1.7 billion internationally. The Bryan Singer-directed Days of Future Past is also on the verge of overtaking rival superhero flicks The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($703.2 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($710.7 million), which would make it the highest grossing movie of the year so far.
X-Men: Days of Future Past sees X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) joined in the cast by franchise newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, »
- Gary Collinson
During a promotional interview ahead of the release of his latest film Transformers: Age of Extinction, Collider managed to grab a few quotes from Kelsey Grammer about reprising his X-Men: The Last Stand role of Hank McCoy / Beast in this year’s mutant superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past:
“Actually I called Bryan [Singer]. I bumped into Hugh Jackman and he said, ‘Oh you’re gonna be in another X-Men, mate!’ and I said, ‘No I’m not, I don’t know anything about it.’ So I made a couple of inquiries, got a hold of the script, found out that it’s primarily dealing with the past and that timeline I don’t have a place in, but I saw that at the end there was this coda where he made an appearance. I said, ‘Listen, I really wanna be involved,’ so Bryan arranged for it and I had a lovely time. »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier in the month we got a look at some concept art showing how the character of Jubilee could have appeared in Fox’s mutant sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past [see here], and now illustrator Anthony Jones (God of War: Ascension) has released some artwork featuring a young Juggernaut, who was originally intended to help Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) spring Magneto (Michael Fassbender) from prison, before being replaced by the character of Quicksilver (Evan Peters). Josh Helman was initially cast as Juggernaut (who was previously portrayed by Vinnie Jones in X-Men: The Last Stand), before switching roles to Stryker after the decision to cut him from the film; check out the concept art here….
X-Men: Days of Future Past sees X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen »
- Gary Collinson
With writer/director Declan O’Brien’s Joy Ride 3: Road Kill releasing to DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday, June 17th, here’s additional coverage stemming from our set visit last summer to the same in Winnipeg, Canada.
Written and directed by O'Brien, whose previous horror entries include the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment features Wrong Turn 3, Wrong Turn 4 and Wrong Turn 5 (as well as Syfy's Sharktopus), Joy Ride 3: Road Kill (review) originated with the 2001 Paul Walker-starring, J.J. Abrams-co-scripted film Joy Ride.
Joining him are Kirsten Prout (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as tuner-car girl ‘Jewel McCaul,’ Jesse Hutch (Freddy vs. Jason) as racer ‘Jordan Wells,’ Benjamin Hollingsworth (of the television series “Cult”) as mechanic ‘Mickey Cole, »
- Sean Decker
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