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Tom Jolliffe on the death of good screenwriting in Hollywood…
Awards season is in full swing, so it seems somewhat ironic to come and bemoan the dearth of good screenwriting within the modern studio system, but I’m going to anyway. Putting aside the award nominated films, my focus is more on those films that are more financially motivated or targeted toward genre fans. Let’s face it, La La Land, whilst it won’t redefine screenwriting, is going to be hard to pick apart. There is still good work out there, but it’s fewer and far between, and those films where the returns matter above all else, seem to be becoming increasingly more and more dumbed down. It seems like writers now get hired to write any old guff and the quality of the final draft is of no consequence.
The first subject of my ire is Avi Lerner, »
- Amie Cranswick
Hollywood will be up bright and early on Tuesday, Jan. 24 as the 2017 Oscar nominations are announced live. Beginning at 5:18 a.m. Pt/8:18 a.m. Et, this year’s nominations will be livestreamed, right here. Related: Ryan Reynolds Campaigns For ‘Deadpool’ Oscar With Hilarious Twitter Video Unlike previous years where celebs made the announcements at a […] »
- Rachel West
Welcome to an all-new feature, exclusive to Lrm: The Rumor Report Card.
For this recurring feature, I'll take a look at the week's biggest rumors, analyze them, break them down a bit, and then let you know whether or not you should believe them. Since there's constantly so much floating around out there and it can be hard to sift through what's real and what's shaky, I figured you could use the input of someone who's been dealing with this stuff every day for several years.
We'll be using the Bochinche Scale to grade these rumors. "Bochinche" is a Spanish slang term that means "gossip." The higher the grade, the more likely you should pay attention to this Bochinche; The lower the grade, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Back in May, producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that production was under way on Logan, the final Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman. And that the movie will be R-rated. Today, James Mangold announced on social media that the MPAA has awarded an R rating for Logan, while explaining why this particular rating was handed out. Here's what the filmmaker had to say in a brief Twitter statement..
"Official: Please be advised that Logan has been rated R for 'strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity.'"
The filmmaker wouldn't offer more details about the rating on Twitter, including which cast members go nude in the film. The strong language was teased a few months ago when James Mangold released a photo featuring the second page of the Logan screenplay, containing a number of "f-bombs" and a scene where Logan is being beaten by a group known as the Bangers. »
It may have taken 11 years for Ryan Reynolds to get Deadpool made, but now, in addition to sitting on a big fat hit (with a sequel on the way), he’s also racked up quite a few impressive awards nominations.
Though neither he nor the film managed to take home a trophy at the Golden Globes (Reynolds lost to Ryan Gosling for best actor in a comedy or musical and the film lost to La La Land), Deadpool earned nominations at the American Cinema Editors association’s awards, the Writer’s Guild Awards, and most recently, the Producer’s Guild Awards. »
- Julia Emmanuele
It worked for the X-Men franchise. Ryan Reynolds played Deadpool in a terrible movie that fans hated, but they put X-Men Origins: Wolverine behind them and got him back for a new take on the character, and it was a massive hit. Now Warner Bros. seems to want Reynolds back as Hal Jordan for another go at Green Lantern. According to the Wrap, the studio has a short list of actors it is interested in pursuing for the role of Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Corps, the DC...
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DC Entertainment is trying its hand again at “Green Lantern” after the 2011 bomb starring Ryan Reynolds as the superhero. Related: Ben Affleck’s ‘Batman v Superman’ and ‘Zoolander 2’ Lead Razzie Nominations The studio is hoping to capitalize on Reynolds’ stock, which has since skyrocketed, thanks to the incredible success of last year’s “Deadpool”. According to […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
When it comes to Fox's Marvel licenses, there are two inescapable facts: First, that people really seem to like those X-Men-related movies, with even satellite projects like Deadpool and Logan eliciting excitement from beyond the core fan base. Second, it's apparently impossible to make a good Fantastic Four movie — or, at least, Fox hasn't worked out how to do it, leaving that property essentially dead in terms of a big-screen franchise.
That second one feels particularly sad, when you consider the strength of the characters contained inside the Fantastic Four property. Not the eponymous quartet itself — indeed, it »
- Graeme McMillan
Series co-creator James Cameron is in early talks with Deadpool director Tim Miller to bring back Terminator. At least that’s the story according to Deadline. Apparently James Cameron is getting the rights to the Terminator franchise back in 2019, 35 years after the original film opened in theaters. On top of that he might be looking […]
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Wade Wilson may accomplish what Bruce Wayne never could.
Deadpool has a legitimate shot at becoming the first superhero movie to earn a best picture Oscar nomination, which would be the latest in a surprising awards-season spree. It has earned WGA, PGA and DGA nominations in recent weeks, while the pic and its star Ryan Reynolds were also nominated, but lost, at the Golden Globes.
- Aaron Couch
Forget Avatar. If there is one franchise that many fans really want filmmaker James Cameron to return to, it’s The Terminator. This film series has had one heck of a ride, no doubt about that. After two amazing movies that remain recognized as milestone achievements in cinematic history, we were given a mediocre third film, an okay TV series, and a terrible fourth film. Just last year, James Cameron himself talked up Terminator Genisys as the true successor to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and that film turned out to be as much of a train wreck as the last one, despite having all the best intentions.
However, an interesting report from Deadline states that James Cameron will be regaining the rights to The Terminator in 2019, and that he is in the process of “godfathering a new iteration of the film that might finally get it right.” That’s right. »
- Joseph Medina
According to Deadline, Cameron is crafting a new “Terminator” project and is in early talks to have “Deadpool” helmer Tim Miller direct a reboot and “conclusion of one of cinema’s great science fiction tales.” David Ellison, whose company co-financed “Terminator Genisys” and is the current rights holder, will also be involved by bankrolling the effort.
It is unknown if Cameron will reboot the whole franchise or pick up where he left off. Though, he will team up with “top-flight science fiction authors to find the movie creatively.”
- Liz Calvario
According to The Wrap, DC Entertainment are looking at six big actors to potentially fill the role of Hal Jordan/ Green Lantern in the planned Green Lantern Corps movie, which David Goyer and Justin Rhodes are writing for a 2020 release.
Those actors are: Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Armie Hammer, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Yes, they’re aiming high, but no talks have been entered into with any actor as yet. This is pure rumour.
Ryan Reynolds last played the character of Hal Jordan/ Green Lantern in Martin Campbell’s 2011 movie. He’s now busy with the Deadpool series, so a return to the role is doubtful, but stranger things have happened.
- Paul Heath
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Logan, Deadpool 2, Gambit, Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Animated Spider-Man, Inhumans, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Defenders, Daredevil, Wonder Woman, The Batman, Justice League, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Shazam, Suicide Squad, Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Powerless, The Lego Batman Movie, Justice League Dark, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, Hellboy 3 and more…
There’s less than six weeks to go until the 2017 Superhero Season gets underway with the release of Logan, and 20th Century Fox delivered a treat this week by unveiling the second trailer for Hugh Jackman’s X-Men swansong; be sure to watch (or rather rewatch!) the new trailer here, and check out the thoughts of our writing team in the latest Flickering Myth Reaction here. Meanwhile, Fox also released a new poster along with several images featuring Jackman, »
- Gary Collinson
This cannot be true can it? Is James Cameron really talking about a Terminator reboot with Tim Miller (Deadpool)? Considering the horrible reception that Terminator Genisys received you would think that the franchise would be left alone. However, you have to believe that if anyone could bring The Terminator back to life it would be James Cameron, the original director of the 1984 sci-fi classic. According to Deadline, none other than James Cameron himself will be bringing the character back from the dead. The Avatar director will regain certain rights to The Terminator in 2019, and the outlet reports that
- Nat Berman
Another, final Terminator film is in the planning over at Skydance, but hold on… there is some very good news. Deadline are reporting that none other than James Cameron is ‘godfathering’ the new instalment in a troubled franchise (in terms of the last two or three movies anyway), and Deadpool helmer Tim Miller may direct it.
Kkydance co-financed Terminator Genisys, and according to the trade blog, ‘is bankrolling an exploratory effort that includes engaging some top-flight science fiction authors to find the movie creatively.’
The Terminator movies have taken a grand total of $1.8 billion in box-office revenue, the biggest earner being the second movie in the series Terminator 2: Judgement Day, which is also arguably the best.
There’s no word as to whether the new movie will be a reboot or a continuation, and at the moment there has been no official comments from any of the parties involved. »
- Paul Heath
James Cameron may have spent the last few years of his career holed up developing those Avatar sequels he keeps promising are happening, but it looks like he’ll soon be going back to his roots. According to Deadline, Cameron will help shepherd in a reboot of The Terminator in 2019, with the help of Deadpool director Tim Miller.
Cameron will reportedly regain the rights to the franchise in 2019, the 35-year anniversary of the first film, which is why he’ll be involved in this film. Terminator Genisys producer David Ellison (who holds many Terminator rights after purchasing them from his sister, Annapurna pictures’ Megan Ellison) is said to be “bankrolling an exploratory effort that includes engaging some top-flight »
- James Garcia
Author: Josh Wilding
James Cameron sold the rights to the Terminator franchise back in 1984, and he’s seemingly been biding his time ever since. After walking away from the franchise after the sequel, he endorsed 2015’s awful Terminator Genisys but has otherwise remained totally hands off.
Well, with Paramount Pictures’ plans to launch a new trilogy crashing and burning, Cameron is clearly looking ahead to when he regains those rights in 2019 as he’s come on board to relaunch the franchise. It’s currently unclear what that means as we don’t know whether it will be a sequel or complete reboot, but we do know that Cameron won’t be at the helm.
- Josh Wilding
According to new reports writer/producer James Cameron, has set "Deadpool" director Tim Miller to resurrect "The Terminator", with Skydance producer David Ellison undertaking an 'exploratory effort', engaging science fiction authors including "Terminator" concept creator Harlan Ellison "to find the movie creatively...":
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- Michael Stevens
Author: Josh Wilding
For now, we’ve heard nothing about who might play John Stewart, but the names being considered for Hal Jordan makes for interesting reading. For starters, Ryan Reynolds (who starred in the 2011 Green Lantern movie) is among them, a surprise considering the fact that he clearly didn’t enjoy his time working on that and has since moved on to Deadpool.
- Josh Wilding
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