Joss Whedon has spoken out against "genuine, intractable sexism" within the comic book movie industry.
Speaking to Digital Spy on the set of The Avengers: Age of Ultron last summer, two months prior to Marvel Studios and DC's announcements of Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman respectively, Whedon emphasised the need for Marvel to buck the trend.
"It's a phenomenon in the industry that we call 'stupid people'," Whedon said. "There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on.
"You hear 'Oh, [female superheroes] don't work because of these two bad ones that were made eight years ago', there's always an excuse."
Whedon, whose own Wonder Woman project at Warner Bros was famously cancelled after several years of development, went on to praise The Hunger Games as proof that female-led blockbusters can be a bankable prospect.
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The Mockingjay is on the move! Rocking a causal—and, for those blasted by the blizzard, seasonally enviable—ensemble, Jennifer Lawrence was spotted out and about in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The Hunger Games actress, 24, donned a loose, sleeveless turtleneck top, distressed boyfriend jeans, and a pair of cheetah-print slip-ons to hit the doctor's office. Her beauty look was equally carefree: Lawrence, who's been linked to Chris Martin since this past summer, modeled a fresh face that appeared makeup-free, and she tied her sunny blonde bob into a [...] »
Roland Emmerich has been hoping that Will Smith will reprise his role in the upcoming "Independence Day" sequel, tentatively called "ID Forever." Unfortunately, Smith has no interest in returning. The Wrap is now reporting that 20th Century Fox has been looking for an actor to take over the franchise and has officially made an offer to "The Hunger Games" star Liam Hemsworth. The sequel will once again be directed by Emmerich and is set to hit theaters on June 24th, 2016. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are expected to reprise their roles. »
Roland Emmerich is finally getting to make the sequel to his 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, with the project finally pressing ahead after many years stuck in limbo. Emmerich will direct again, and he collaborated on an early draft of the screenplay with Dean Devlin once more too, with the latest iteration of it the work of Carter Blanchard.
It's pretty well known that Will Smith has turned down the opportunity to reprise his leading role from the original film, although both Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum are expected to return to theirs. And now we learn that Liam Hemsworth - best known for his work in The Hunger Games movies - has been targeted for a lead role in Independence Day 2.
Hemsworth, who also appeared in The Expendables 2, »
Recently the studio hired Carter Blanchard (“Glimmer”) to rewrite the script. James Vanderbilt wrote the first draft of the film. No story or characters details have been revealed. The only thing that is known is that Will Smith will not return.
"ID Forever" film hits theaters on June 24th 2016.
Source: The Wrap »
- Kellvin Chavez
The Wrap is reporting this evening that multiple sources close to the long-awaited sequel to Independence Day, entitled ID Forever, have suggested that The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth has been offered a role in the film.
Roland Emmerich returns to direct the sequel, which has had few drafts of the script written by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Carter Blanchard (Glimmer), and will be produced by Emmerich regulars Dean Devlin and Harald Kloser.
Will Smith turned down the chance to reprise his role as Captain Steven Hiller, but Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are set to reprise their roles from the original, which grossed $810 million worldwide back in 1996. The Fantastic Four star Michael B. Jordan has also been rumoured to be involved, but there’s been no official word on his casting.
What do you think to the potential casting of Liam Hemsworth? Join the debate in the comments section below… »
- Scott J. Davis
It appears that the Independence Day sequel is finally a go, and it has now locked in on the actor that it wants to cast as the new hero: The Hunger Games' Liam Hemsworth! The nearly two-decades-in-the-making sequel, titled ID Forever will finally get off the ground for a new generation of moviegoers. According to a scoop from The Wrap, Liam Hemsworth, the younger brother of Thor star Chris Hemsworth, has been offered the leading role in the long-anticipated sequel to the 1996 perennial crowd-pleaser. Should the report prove true, this will be a major jump in the stock of the younger Hemsworth brother, as he attempts to fill the unmistakably charismatic leading man shoes of Will Smith - who, after a period of negotiations, decided he would not be returning for a second run with the Independence Day franchise. With Liam Hemsworth in the spotlight - likely as the »
The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth has been offered a starring role in Independence Day 2, according to The Wrap. No details were given for the actor's character, but it has also been rumored that Michael B. Jordan has a role. Independence Day stars Jeff Goldblum and Randy Quaid may also return as David Levinson and Russell Casse, respectively, but their involvement has yet to be confirmed.
No story details have been released at this time, but Carter Blanchard (Glimmer) recently signed on to rewrite the original script by James Vanderbilt (White House Down). Will Smith will not be returning as Stephen Hiller, but, along with Jeff Goldblum and Randy Quaid, Bill Pullman is also expected to return as Thomas J. Whitmore. Roland Emmerich is set to direct, with the filmmaker also producing alongside Dean Devlin and Harald Kloser.
Production on Independence Day 2 is slated to begin this May, with 20th »
The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth is being courted by 20th Century Fox to lead their Independence Day sequel, ID Forever. The Wrap broke the news earlier today, which is currently running without verification from Fox, with details stemming from more than one of their trusted sources.
Should Hemsworth broker a deal to star in the long-awaited sequel, he may also be joined by Fantastic Four‘s Michael B. Jordan, whose name was previously linked to the movie. Both actors are hitting their stride at the moment – Jordan in particular- so this could be Hemsworth’s time to shine in the spotlight… while greasing a few extraterrestrials.
At this current stage in development, these are the only new casting names connected to the alien invasion follow-up. Previous chatter has definitively ruled out any possibility of Will Smith returning as the cocksure pilot, but his two co-stars from the 1996 flick, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman, »
- Gem Seddon
With only one more film in The Hunger Games franchise left, Australian actor Liam Hemsworth (brother of The Avengers and Thor star Chris Hemsworth) is figuring out his next step, and it sounds like he may be sticking with blockbuster franchise territory. The Wrap reports Hemsworth currently has an offer for ID Forever, the sequel to the 1996 sci-fi smash success Independence Day. It's just a single film for now, despite earlier rumblings of back-to-back sequels, though if successful, we're sure 20th Century Fox would be interested in continuing the story. However, there's no details on who Hemsworth may play. Read on! But if details on the Roland Emmerich film uncovered by Film Divider are true, then we're betting that Hemsworth would be up for the role of a hotshot pilot who is dating the daughter of former President Whitmore (Bill Pullman from the original film). Both the pilot and Patricia »
- Ethan Anderton
You can take Will Smith out of an "Independence Day" sequel, but can you replace with...Liam Hemsworth? Maybe. "The Hunger Games" star has apparently been offered a role in "ID Forever," coming in 2016. No word yet on what his part would be, or even what the story details are, but if Roland Emmerich's big plan for this blockbuster followup is to make it charisma free, he's on the right track. At least Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are expected to return. Please? [The Wrap] Rosamund Pike and Joel Kinnaman are teaming up for "The Bends." The adventure flick focuses on "a mysterious discovery at the bottom of the ocean that reopens old issues for a former combat Marine who is working to pay off his debt to the mob." Jean Luc Herbulot ("Dealer") is at the helm. [THR] Lastly, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Carter Blanchard recently signed on to rewrite the original script by James Vanderbilt ("White House Down"), and no details have been revealed as yet regarding the story or the characters, other than the confirmation that Will Smith will not return.
The new "Independence Day" film hits cinemas on June 24th 2016.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
In November, 20th Century Fox green lit a sequel to the 1996 science-fiction blockbuster Independence Day. Only took a few decades. That was great news for fans of the film, but there was one disappointing bit; Will Smith wasn't going to return for it. That means they need to go out and bring in some new blood. The Wrap is reporting that Liam Hemsworth, who is best known for playing Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games franchise, has been offered the starring role in Independence Day 2, aka ID Forever. Plot? In September of 2013, Emmerich told Empire, "It’s a parallel history. Humans rebuild whatever they have – bigger, newer, shinier – and then they forget. Maybe, 20 years later, [the aliens are] never coming back…" Independence Day (1996) - One of the biggest box office hits of all time delivers the ultimate encounter when mysterious and powerful aliens launch an all-out invasion »
Following its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and its first trailer over the weekend [watch it here], Eli Roth’s latest, Knock Knock, has been picked up for distribution, Deadline has revealed.
Lionsgate, the studio behind The Hunger Games franchise, has closed a deal over the last couple of days to distribute the film, for a cool $2.5 million. In the film, Keanu Reeves (John Wick) stars as a happily married man whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of two beautiful young ladies at his door step, played by Lorenza Izzo (Roth’s soon-to-be-released The Green Inferno) and Ana de Armas (Blind Alley), and a nightmare soon ensues.
Billed as a much more atmospheric effort from Roth rather than his usually excessive horrors, Knock Knock looks set to get a worldwide release this year thanks to the Lionsgate deal.
- Scott J. Davis
After the first trailer debuted to a decidedly mixed reaction over the Christmas period, some more details on this summer’s Terminator: Genisys have emerged this week – namely on the anticipated fight sequence at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles between Arnold Schwarzenegger’s older Terminator incarnation and his 1984 version, which will be part CGI-assisted and part footage from James Cameron’s original film.
The sequence was teased in the trailer, but now website The Terminator Fans have reported that Skydance Productions, the company behind the new retool/reboot/reimagining, has recently ordered some more CG elements to be added to the scene in order to make the fight “more brutal” with both Terminator machines set to suffer some very heavy damage in the aftermath. But rather than schedule some reshoots, the producers will use CG-effects on both versions of Arnold’s T-101.
The website’s source »
- Scott J. Davis
Based on the Jeanne Ryan novel, the pic follows a high school senior who finds herself immersed in an online game of truth of dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”
Jessica Sharzer adapted the script.
No stranger to the Ya genre (“The Hunger Games”), Lionsgate is now looking for its next big score in that realm and sees potential in this property especially with Franco and Roberts climbing the ranks of young stars on the verge of breaking out.
Franco has been on »
- Justin Kroll
With The Hunger Games wrapping up this year and the Divergent films rumbling along, the hunt continues for the new big young adult adaptation franchise. Catfish / Paranormal Activity 4 collaborators Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost signed on to Nerve last year and have at last rounded up Emma Roberts and Dave Franco to star.Written by Jeanne Ryan, the book follows high school senior Vee (Roberts), a girl more used to lingering on the edges of her class, never catching the eye of the popular set. To try to break out of her rut, she joins a global online game built around a provocative, amped-up version of truth or dare, which features an audience of “watchers” who vote for their favourites and comment on what’s going on.Soon, Vee becomes a sensation, advancing higher and higher, until she discovers that the game at the upper levels becomes something quire different. »
With Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin locked in to make ID Forever, the sequel to Independence Day, the only thing left is to find a star to take over from the departed Will Smith. While there are still rumors that Michael B. Jordan could join the cast, The Wrap has learned that the studio is currently offering The Hunger Games' Liam Hemsworth the lead in the scifi blockbuster. Carter Blanchard (Glimmer) is writing the latest draft of the script and James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-man) »
- Alex Maidy
2Nd Update, Tuesday 4 Am Pt: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a respective $23K and $70K). American Sniper reloaded to $18M from a previously projected $17.6M.
Updated below are final numbers on those films along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Penguins Of Madagascar, The Theory Of Everything, Unbroken, Seventh Son, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Ouija, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Ex Machina, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Jennifer Lawrence was cast as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise back in 2011, and she quickly rose to international stardom. Coupled with her kooky personality and Oscar-winning streak, she has created an immense and dedicated fan base that idolizes her. In retrospect, however, the 24-year-old actress was actually terrified of signing on to something as huge as The Hunger Games. It wasn.t all the arrow-slinging action involved with her role that scared her, but rather the fear of blowing something so beloved by its fans. Jennifer Lawrence recently presented an award to Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer at the Producers Guild Awards ceremony with a speech filled with friendly pokes at herself, the Hunger Games franchise and the man of the hour. During her moment, though, she also revealed that there was great hesitation in her when she signed on for what was then the biggest project of her »
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