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Ryan Reynolds’ performance as fast-talkin’ Wade Wilson in the lacklustre X-Men Origins: Wolverine is arguably the film’s highlight. Across his entirely-too-short screentime, Reynolds catapults between the quippy ‘merc with a mouth’ Wilson to the Project X-powered Deadpool. He’s an absolute riot to watch, and hordes of Deadpool fans went public with that same opinion. So much so that the leaked footage from a canceled Deadpool spinoff movie incited such tremendous fan support that it eventually received the greenlight from Fox.
Speaking out in an interview with Shortlist, Reynolds addressed the status of the movie and how fan approval is one of the driving factors behind production:
“I’m incredibly happy about it — we’ve got a director that understands that world and writers with a slavish devotion to the canon of that character. That’s the most important aspect: it’s made in a way the most critical of fanboys could embrace. »
- Gem Seddon
When it was announced that Jon Stewart would be leaving The Daily Show, the Internet responded in turn by nominating some viable candidates (you can read our list here). At the top of most packs was Jessica Williams, the 25-year-old black comic who has been the show’s most surprising correspondent addition in years and has proved herself to be acerbic and hilarious when talking about issues related to feminism, Beyonce, or black hair.
In fact, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 even includes a scene set in 2025 where Williams has nestled comfortably into the hosting chair. If the Cubs can win the World Series in Back to the Future 2, that prediction is good enough for me!
Williams however, despite being very humbled, tweeted that she was “under qualified” for the position, presumably with the idea that she’s only 25 and has a whole career ahead of her to do whatever she wants. »
- Brian Welk
Hot on the heels of joining Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool, Fast and Furious and Haywire starlet Gina Carano has signed on for Steven C. Miller’s upcoming CIA thriller Extraction, along with Twilight star Kellan Lutz.
News comes via Deadline, who report that the pair will star opposite Bruce Willis in the actioner. According to the outlet, Lutz will assume the role of Harry Turner, a rookie agent yet to cut his teeth in the agency. With his father (Willis) missing, Turner flies in the face of direct orders and sets out on a mission to find him, but this soon leads to a manhunt spearheaded by Carano’s steely field operative, Victoria. And given the actress’ ass-kicking reputation accrued from her time spent in Mma, we don’t envy Turner’s plight.
- Michael Briers
Welcome to a special edition of our news round-up, this time focusing on three comic book adaptations. The female lead in the Deadpool movie has been cast, the voice actors for Star-Lord/Peter Quill, Drax, Groot, and Rocket have been revealed for Disney Xd's Guardians of the Galaxy animated series (and fans of Boy Meets World and Batman Beyond should be very pleased with the Quill casting), and it's been announced that a Dreadstar TV series is in the works with the creator of the comic book series, Jim Starlin, executive producing and writing the project.
Deadpool: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Morena Baccarin (Inara Serra from Firefly and Serenity, Homeland, Gotham) will play the female lead in the upcoming Ryan Reynolds-starring Deadpool movie. The name of Baccarin's character has not yet been revealed, so it's unknown if she'll play a character from the Marvel comic book universe. »
- Derek Anderson
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Homeland star Morena Baccarin has bagged the female lead in Fox’s Deadpool spinoff. The Firefly actress appeared last week on an early shortlist, and in the last seven days, she beat out fellow hopefuls Taylor Schilling, Crystal Reed, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Sarah Greene and Jessica De Gouw.
THR had no clarification on exactly who Baccarin will portray, but simply described her as a love interest for Ryan Reynolds’ scarred assassin. The Merc with a Mouth – as he’s affectionately referred to – will be joined on his first standalone flick by a strong, supporting cast. Alongside Baccarin, we’ll see Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller in the comedy sidekick role, Game Of Thrones‘ Ed Skrein as the film’s villain, and Haywire‘s Gina Carano as a member of the Morlocks, Angel Dust.
- Gem Seddon
Assassin's Creed: Marion Cotillard, nominated for an Academy Award for the French-language drama Two Days, One Night, will star in Assassin's Creed opposite Michael Fassbender. The two previously teamed in a new version of Macbeth, which is due in theaters later this year. It's not clear which role Cotillard will play in the big-budget action picture, which is envisioned as a franchise tentpole. Look for it in theaters on December 21, 2016. [Deadline] Deadpool: Gina Carano (Haywire) will join Deadpool opposite Ryan Reynolds. She will play a Marvel character known as Angel Dust; in the comics, she was "part of an underground mutant group known as the Morlocks." Also, another Marvel character, Colossus, has been confirmed to appear in the movie...
- Peter Martin
You have to love the way this film has finally been given the green light and given the nature of what’s the come, it’s a bloody good decision from Fox. We already know that Deadpool is happening after that footage leaked and fans went rightfully crazy for what they saw, it’s also an interesting time for Ryan Reynolds career after securing a dark hit with The Voices.
It’s now been announced that my favourite Gina Carano has been added to the cast and I, for one, think it’s a blinding casting decision. Once an Mma Fighter and now an actress, Carano excelled both in Haywire and Fast & Furious 6 and by adding her to what we’re hoping to expect, it’s a very clever choice.
On a side note, it’s also been said that mutant Colossus will play some part but which actor hasn’t been confirmed yet. »
- Dan Bullock
Assassin's Creed: Marion Cotillard, Academy Award nominated for the French-language drama Two Days, One Night, will star in Assassin's Creed opposite Michael Fassbender. The two previously teamed in a new version of Macbeth, which is due in theaters later this year. It's not clear which role Cotillard will play; the movie is envisioned as a franchise tentpole. Look for it in theaters on December 21, 2016. [Deadline] Deadpool: Gina Carano (Haywire) will join...
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Get ready, folks. The evolution of film distribution continues to move forward. While theaters have distributors have tried to stall the process, the move towards digital distribution of films continues to inch forward. Netflix all ready showed the world that it was willing to change the way we watch TV, offering up a small slate of series that stream directly from the service all at once for binge-watching consumption, they're now moving onto films.
At last year's Berlin Film Festival, they acquired the rights to Jadotville. The war thriller will star Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan, and Tell No Lies actor Guillaume Canet. Now the rest of the pieces are coming together and the film is set to go into production for a 2016 premiere, exclusively on Netflix.
Here's an excerpt from the press release:
A gripping true story of incredible bravery against impossible odds, the film thrillingly depicts »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Netflix will premiere the new war thriller Jadotville, starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Guillaume Canet (Tell No One), across all its territories in 2016. Netflix acquired Jadotville at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival.  The film will go into production in April.
A gripping true story of incredible bravery against impossible odds, the film thrillingly depicts the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish Un battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Guillaume Canet plays a French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men.
Directed by Richie Smyth, a well-known commercial and music video director (U2, Bon Jovi, The Verve) and written by Kevin Brodbin (Constantine), Jadotville will film in Ireland and South Africa. Alan Moloney will produce for Parallel Films (Haywire, Albert Nobbs, Byzantium).
"The story of how »
The film is slated to go into production in April, shooting in Ireland and South Africa. The project was brought to the European Film Market at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival by Alex Walton’s Bloom; the deal with Netflix was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group.
Netflix acquired all rights to “Jadotville” and will debut the film on its Internet subscription VOD services. In addition, the company may also release the film theatrically for a qualifying run.
“Jadotville” tells the true story of the 1961 siege of a 150-member Irish U.N. battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Dornan) by 3,000 Congolese troops, led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Film also stars Guillaume Canet (“Tell No One”) as the French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men.
Netflix announced »
- Todd Spangler
We're fans of Carano, who made the jump from Mma to movies properly in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire. Since then, she's taken on a role in Fast & Furious 6, and she's also currently shooting the Kickboxer reboot.
In Deadpool, she's going to playing the character Angel Dust. Where Angel Dust fits the film remains unclear, but in the comics, she was part of the group of mutants known as The Morlocks. Carano also has a new Bruce Willis action movie, Extraction, on her immediate slate.
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Welcome to another horror/thriller round-up! This time around we have a new poster for The CW's iZombie, a fresh batch of The Walking Dead Valentine's Day images, and an update on who will be joining Ryan Reynolds in the upcoming Deadpool movie.
iZombie: "Co-created and executive produced by Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars), along with executive producers Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge (also of Veronica Mars), Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) stars as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a 25-year-old medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. Liv transfers her residency to the coroner’s office for access to the brains she must reluctantly eat, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she now solves homicides to quiet the voices in her head. »
- Derek Anderson
The upcoming "Deadpool" film is set to begin shooting in Vancouver next month. Ryan Reynolds is already set to reprise his role as the title character and now comes word that Mma champion Gina Carano (Haywire, Fast and Furious 6) has joined the cast. Carano will play Angel Dust, a little known mutant whose ability allows her to elevate her adrenaline levels to provide her with super strength. A member of the underground band of mutants who call themselves Morlocks, Angel Dust has barely appeared in the comics outside of a 2002 "Morlocks" mini-series. It has also been confirmed that the film will feature Colossus. Although it's not clear whether Daniel Cudmore (X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: First Class) will reprise the role. "Deadpool" co-stars Tj Miller and Ed Skrein, and is set to hit theaters on February 12th, 2016. »
In the Marvel Comics, Angel Dust was part of an underground mutant group known as the Morlocks. How much of that storyline will be included in the film s uncertain.
Colossus, who appeared in three of the previous "X-Men" films including last year's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," is slated to appear. However it hasn't been revealed if actor Daniel Cudmore will reprise his role or if it will be recast.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Reynolds portrays the title character, a talkative assassin who winds up with superpowers while seeking a cure for his cancer. Carano will play the role of Angel Dust, part of the Morlocks group of mutants in the Marvel universe.
Reynolds previewed a first look at his character’s signature mask on Twitter earlier this week.
Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It's early. 365 sleeps early. #deadpool #prototypes pic.twitter.com/PekFa2KS7S
— Ryan Reynolds »
- Dave McNary
After years in development hell, Deadpool is finally heading to the big screen next year and giving Wade Wilson a second chance to impress the audience in a way that X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn.t able to. With production set to begin next month, more news has been coming out about the film recently. Earlier this week, Ryan Reynolds, who is reprising the role of the titular mercenary, teased the mask he.ll be wearing in the film, and now we know that Haywire star and mixed martial artist Gina Carano will be appearing alongside him. According to THR, Carano will play Marvel character Angel Dust. It hasn.t been revealed how significant her role will be, but she is the second actor to be cast after Reynolds and T.J. Miller, the latter of whom is said to bring "comic relief." Carano is also known for playing Riley Hicks »
Gina Carano (Haywire) has just closed a deal to star in Deadpool, along co-star Ryan Reynolds (who plays Deadpool himself). The film is directed by Tim Miller. In case you were wondering, Carano will play a character known as Angel Dust.
Angel Dust has yet to appear in any of the X-Men films but comic book fans may recognize her as a member of the Morlocks. The Morlocks are a group of mutants that live in tunnels deep beneath the surface of Manhattan. These mutants couldn’t assimilate into normal society because of their mutant abilities.
The plot for the new Deadpool movie hasn’t been revealed yet, but could the Morlocks play a role? These X-Men films seem to just pick random mutants to include in their films sometimes so it’s possible that’s the case with Angel Dust appearing and we won’t even hear a mention of the Morlocks. »
- Laura Frances
Just after Ryan Reynolds teased a prototype of the mask he'll don for Deadpool this week, the cast of 20th Century Fox's anticipated comic book adaptation is adding another cast member. THR reports Mma fighter turned actress Gina Carano will take a role in the film as a character called Angel Dust. That name should sound familiar to comic book fans as she was part of an underground mutant group known as the Morlocks, but we'll see if they actually end up using that storyline detail in the film or not. Considering how badass Carano was in Haywire and Fast & Furious 6, she should make for some solid action scenes. More below! In addition, the trade has also learned that the metallic mutant Colossus will appear in the movie. However, it's not clear if he'll be played by Daniel Cudmore, who played the character in X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand »
- Ethan Anderton
Is it just us, or is Fox’s Deadpool standalone movie turning into a pretty star-studded affair? Alongside leading man Ryan Reynolds, comedy sidekick T.J. Miller and potential villain Ed Skrein, we’re now hearing that Haywire star Gina Carano has joined the movie.
The former Mma star is slated to play Angel Dust. In the Marvel comic storylines, the outlet reports that she “was part of an underground mutant group known as the Morlocks.” While she’s not a household name comic book staple, she might be by this time next year. With Carano in her stride at the moment, her transition to a comic caper ought to be a sight to behold and will no doubt make a solid impression.
- Gem Seddon
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