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‘Mission: Impossible’ – Breaking Christopher McQuarrie out of Director’s Jail

27 July 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

This Friday, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will be released. It’s the fifth film in the iconic franchise, but sadly stands as only the third film of its director Christopher McQuarrie in 15 years since he got behind the camera. That’s a real shame, because Christopher McQuarrie is Hollywood’s best-kept secret when he really should be their pride and joy.

Christopher McQuarrie was so damn hot in the mid-90s. He wrote the script for the classic The Usual Suspects and came home with an Oscar. He ended up using that clout to get his feature-directing debut made with the criminally underrated The Way of the Gun, released in 2000. The film failed both critically and commercially – a domestic gross of $6 million, and a worldwide gross of only $13 million against a $21 million budget – and McQuarrie went from insider to outcast in Hollywood.

Fast forward eight years and McQuarrie had only »

- Dylan Griffin

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'Tracking softly', and writing films off before release

19 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is the latest film to be 'tracking softly'. But why are we so keen to lambast films we've not seen?

And so here we go again. We're two weeks away from the release of a blockbuster movie, and the dreaded term 'tracking softly' has reared its head. This time, it's apparently the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation that's reportedly set for a lower than expected opening weekend when it arrives in cinemas at the end of July. Not withstanding the fact that very few people have seen the film yet (and early reactions from those that have are very positive), and that box office success is rarely determined by American takings only, it's still an indicative state of where we are with big movies right now.

Let's do the factual basics first though.

When a film is said to be 'tracking softly', it means »

- simonbrew

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Peter Pan Embarks on an Adventure In New Trailer For Joe Wright’s Fantasy Epic

16 July 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

A few months ago we thought we’d be getting the fantasy epic Pan this weekend, but Warner Bros. elected to move the film to October — a more promising sign than their Jupiter Ascending/Jack the Giant Slayer dead zone of February/March. Coming from period costume drama connoisseur Joe Wright, we now have the new full-length trailer for the reimagining of […] »

- Jordan Raup

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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

11 June 2015 6:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »

- simonbrew

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Return to Neverland in Full-Length Trailer For Joe Wright’s ‘Pan’

19 May 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In most cases, delaying from a competitive date in summer is usually a bad sign, but instead of WB moving Pan to their Jupiter Ascending/Jack the Giant Slayer dead zone of March, it’ll now open in October. Coming from period costume drama connoisseur Joe Wright, we now have the full-length trailer for the reimagining of the a classic tale. […] »

- Jordan Raup

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Mad Max: Fury Road movie review: warlords is hell

13 May 2015 5:49 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Astonishing. Achieves its grotesque, magnificent brutality in an old-fashioned way that serves as a smackdown to bloated, sterile CGI monstrosities. I’m “biast” (pro): big sci-fi fan; love Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Bubbling up in conversations I’ve had with other critics and film fans recently has been a recurring debate: What is the future of the action movie? Where can the genre go from the bloated, calculated CGI monstrosities it has been vomiting up lately? (Even the mostly enjoyable ones seem to culminate in frenetic cartoons of stuff whizzing around banging into other stuff in ways that barely even register with the eye, and which seems deliberately designed to be incoherent.) Actually, it’s not even a debate, really: no one seems to have any idea where action might move, and most likely, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Aaron Paul to reunite with Breaking Bad producer for drama The Parts You Lose

10 May 2015 11:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Aaron Paul is to reunite with Breaking Bad executive producer Mark Johnson for the film The Parts You Lose.

The actor will star in the project which follows an 8-year-old boy with hearing difficulties who meets an injured fugitive.

The pair then strike up an unlikely friendship as the young boy finds a way of temporarily escaping from the troubles of his home and school life.

The Parts You Lose was written by Jack the Giant Slayer's Darren Lemke with Paula van der Oest set to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film is expected begin filming in Canada at the end of 2015.

Paul has previously said that he won't rule out a cameo appearance in Better Call Saul - the Breaking Bad spinoff series also executive produced by Johnson. »

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The 10 new versions of Robin Hood in development

8 May 2015 8:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Film, TV and games companies have big plans for legendary tights-wearer Robin Hood. Here’s our primer on all the new versions…

Note: we've taken images from old Robin Hood projects because these new films and things, um, don't exist yet. Maximum geek points to whoever can remember what they're all from.

You don’t need us to remind you, but these days Hollywood and TV executives seem to have one target in mind – big franchises, hopefully with spin-offs and tie-ins galore across all possible forms of media.

An interesting consequence of all this is that the entertainment industry has begun looking beyond capes and cowls in their ‘what can we make a franchise out of?’ discussions. ‘What about other sorts of legendary characters?’ you can imagine them asking, before a big eureka moment… ‘What about Robin bloody Hood?!’

Almost simultaneously, it seems like every studio in Hollywood has latched »

- rleane

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Vince Gilligan working on Jack and the Beanstalk reboot for Disney

24 April 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is teaming up with Disney to develop a new version of the classic Jack & the Beanstalk fairytale simply titled Beanstalk. Deadline are reporting that Gilligan will co-produce and possibly even direct.

Double Emmy Award winner Thomas Schnauz – who wrote seven episodes of Breaking Bad and more recently two episodes of Better Call Saul – will work as screenwriter on the project and will adapt a detailed outline previously written by Gilligan.

The previous adaptation – which wasn’t funded by Disney – was Bryan Singer’s 2013 Jack the Giant Slayer starring Nicholas Hoult. It didn’t reap much of a profit at the box office and Disney are hoping that Gilligan can resurrect the classic fable. Beanstalk is just another in a long list of revisionist tales and remakes being lined up by Disney. Recent titles being given the live-action treatment are Beauty & the Beast, Mulan, Pinocchio, Pete »

- Gavin Logan

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'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan to Climb 'Beanstalk' at Disney

23 April 2015 2:58 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Even though Jack the Giant Slayer didn't fare too well at the box office, Disney wants another crack at the classic fable. Deadline reports the House of Mouse has picked up Beanstalk, yet another revisionist take on the familiar tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. However, this one just might get your attention, because the detailed outline that inspired Disney to pick u pthe project comes from "Breaking Bad" and its spin-off series "Better Call Saul" creator Vince Gilligan. And if you're a fan of those shows, you'll also be glad to hear the script will come from of the Emmy-winning writers, Thomas Schauz. Sounds like a sweet deal. As of now, there aren't any details on how this new take on the classic tale will go, but we'll trust in Gilligan that he's crafted something original. And since Disney is the one who picked it up, that certainly gives it some weight as well. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Vince Gilligan Climbs Disney's "Beanstalk"

22 April 2015 9:10 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Disney Pictures has acquired "Beanstalk," a revisionist take on the Jack and the Beanstalk legend from "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan.

Thomas Schnauz ("Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul") will write the script and Gilligan will produce and potentially direct the project which Mark Johnson will also produce.

The project comes in the wake of Bryan Singer's "Jack The Giant Slayer" which sadly flopped at the box-office after a lengthy release delay.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Breaking Beanstalk: Vince Gilligan Sells Fairy Tale Twist to Disney

22 April 2015 5:23 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Vince Gilligan has come a long way since writing Hancock back in 2008. He created  one of the best TV shows of all time, Breaking Bad (in addition to writing and directing many of its episodes), and its so-far-so-good followup, Better Call Saul. But now he's ready to dive back into the feature world. Or at least dip a toe in the shallow end of the pool. Per Deadline, Disney has bought Beanstalk from Gilligan based on a "detailed outline" that he drafted. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul writer Tom Schnauz will pen the actual script from this outline, but there's a chance Gilligan could attach himself to direct the project. Gran Via's Mark Johnson (who is behind both of Gilligan's Albuquerque hour-longs) will produce. There's no doubting Gilligan's (or Schauz's) talent at this point in the execution department. I'm not sure if a Beanstalk movie is ultimately meant for me, »

- Evan Dickson

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'Shazam': Dwayne Johnson Gives Lead Casting Update

23 March 2015 3:08 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We reported yesterday that the Black Adam character from Shazam!, played by Dwayne Johnson, may be included in the two-part Justice League movie. While the actor continues his promotional tour for Furious 7, he shared more about Shazam!, revealing that he doesn't know who will play the title character yet, and that he thinks his character is an anti-hero. Here's what he had to say below.

"I can't wait to share more casting news by the way. No, we haven't picked a Shazam! yet, and we have been working on the script. Half the scripts [have] already come in. Fantastic, very excited about it. And what I'm really excited about is - because, again, I've lived with this character, and this opportunity for almost 10 years now, so it's like, in my DNA! I'm like a little kid, and it's the opportunity to create his journey, but that journey has to start out properly. »

- MovieWeb

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Black Adam could be in Justice League film, says Dwayne Johnson

23 March 2015 2:14 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dwayne Johnson has suggested that Black Adam could be included in upcoming Justice League movies.

The actor will play the long-time DC Comics anti-hero in 2019's Shazam, which will be written by Jack the Giant Slayer's Darren Lemke.

During a recent interview with IGN, Johnson was asked if his long-term hopes are for Black Adam to turn from villain to hero as a member of the Justice League.

"I think you always want to leave that creatively open, that he could join the Justice League," Johnson answered.

He went on to say: "That's the fun part of creating this character right now and everybody involved, from the studio, from New Line, to Warner Bros as well, to the writer, our producing partners... You definitely want to engage in his heroic side, but that has to be earned and with the mythology of Black Adam starting off as a slave, »

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John Ottman to score X-Men: Apocalypse

27 February 2015 12:20 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

FilmMusicReporter has revealed that composer John Ottman has signed on to score 20th Century Fox’s upcoming mutant superhero sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, which is being directed by Bryan Singer.

The news will come as no surpise whatsoever, seeing as Ottman has collaborated with Singer on the majority of the director’s films, including The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil, X2: X-Men United, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, Jack the Giant Slayer and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 19th, 2016 and stars X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver) and Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert) alongside Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Apocalypse, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as Storm and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Nightcrawler. »

- Gary Collinson

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'X-Men: Apocalypse' Brings Back Composer John Ottman

26 February 2015 12:46 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While the cast for director Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse continues to take shape, the filmmaker has brought on composer John Ottman to work on the score. This will mark the composer and Bryan Singer's third collaboration on an X-Men movie, following 2003's X2: X-Men United and last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. John Ottman is also an accomplished film editor, taking on the dual role of composer/editor for X-Men: Days of Future Past, but it isn't known quite yet if he will serve as the editor on X-Men: Apocalypse.

X-Men: Apocalypse is the last installment of the trilogy that includes X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, with this new story set in the 1980s. The cast will include X-Men: Days of Future Past stars James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Ian McKellen (old Magneto) and Evan Peters »

- MovieWeb

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'X-Men: Apocalypse' Brings Back Composer John Ottman

26 February 2015 12:46 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While the cast for director Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse continues to take shape, the filmmaker has brought on composer John Ottman to work on the score. This will mark the composer and Bryan Singer's third collaboration on an X-Men movie, following 2003's X2: X-Men United and last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. John Ottman is also an accomplished film editor, taking on the dual role of composer/editor for X-Men: Days of Future Past, but it isn't known quite yet if he will serve as the editor on X-Men: Apocalypse.

X-Men: Apocalypse is the last installment of the trilogy that includes X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, with this new story set in the 1980s. The cast will include X-Men: Days of Future Past stars James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Ian McKellen (old Magneto) and Evan Peters »

- MovieWeb

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'Shazam' May Arrive Before 2019 Says Dwayne Johnson

24 February 2015 10:16 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Before he presented an award at the Oscars on Sunday, Dwayne Johnson hit the red carpet, where he had an interesting update about his highly-anticipated DC Comics adaptation Shazam!. When Warner Bros. announced their full movie slate in October, many were surprised that Shazam! was included. It will hit theaters on April 5, 2019, just a few weeks before Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 arrives on May 3. 2019. All we know about the project thus far is that Dwayne Johnson is playing Black Adam. Now, according to the actor's interview with MTV, the project is moving along faster than anticipated.

"It may happen a little earlier than what has been predicted. The script is coming in, it's great, the support from the studio has been great. It's just a great opportunity, especially with Black Adam where you can take a guy who starts off as a bad guy, turns into an anti-hero, we can make him vicious, »

- MovieWeb

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'Shazam' May Arrive Before 2019 Says Dwayne Johnson

24 February 2015 10:16 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Before he presented an award at the Oscars on Sunday, Dwayne Johnson hit the red carpet, where he had an interesting update about his highly-anticipated DC Comics adaptation Shazam!. When Warner Bros. announced their full movie slate in October, many were surprised that Shazam! was included. It will hit theaters on April 5, 2019, just a few weeks before Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 arrives on May 3. 2019. All we know about the project thus far is that Dwayne Johnson is playing Black Adam. Now, according to the actor's interview with MTV, the project is moving along faster than anticipated.

"It may happen a little earlier than what has been predicted. The script is coming in, it's great, the support from the studio has been great. It's just a great opportunity, especially with Black Adam where you can take a guy who starts off as a bad guy, turns into an anti-hero, we can make him vicious, »

- MovieWeb

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Dwayne Johnson Talks 'Shazam' Script, Black Adam and DC

11 February 2015 11:28 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There has been some confusion ever since DC Comics and Warner Bros. announced their impending slate of superhero movies last year. The question has been, will Shazam! be a part of this bigger film universe. While we've heard that he definitely will be, the fact that the movie is being released by Warner Bros.' New Line division has always cast some doubt on that. Speaking with Total Film, Black Adam himself, Dwayne Johnson has decided to finally clear up any lasting confusion, confirming that his character will one day go toe-to-toe with the likes of Superman and Batman:

"It was all agreed that the worlds are all interconnected...One day you will see Black Adam go at it with Superman or Batman or any of the DC characters. But that said, there's a great independence to Black Adam from the DC world, allowing us to inject, not only viciousness, »

- MovieWeb

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