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Earlier this month Lionsgate released the first trailer for Gods of Egypt, with the film subsequently coming in for criticism, not only for its overuse of CGI, but also the lack of diversity – or “whitewashing” – of its cast. Taking note of the backlash, both director Alex Proyas and Lionsgate have now issued statements apologising for any offence their casting decisions have caused.
“The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse,” states Proyas. “I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”
“We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed,” adds Lionsgate. “In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier this year, it was announced that Paramount created something of a "writer's room" for the next batch of films in the "Transformers" property. In a world of shared universes and spinoffs, big blockbuster productions seemed to be taking more and more of a hint from the land of television, where creating a long-lasting universe is more of a given. Heading up that writer's room was Academy Award-winning writer Akiva Goldsman, and joining him were tons of talented writers including Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Jeff Pinkner, and Steven DeKnight, among many others.
The jury is still out on whether or not this all will result in better "Transformers" films, but It seems like the folks over at Paramount are really liking the outcome of this experiment, and according to Deadline, they are now working to create writer's rooms for two other Hasbro properties: "G.I. Joe" and "Micronauts. »
- Joseph Medina
Earlier this year Paramount and Habsro enlisted Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman to launch a “Writers Room” to generate ideas for the Transformers franchise. Well, it seems the two companies are so pleased with the results that they’re now looking to do the same for two other properties in G.I. Joe and Micronauts.
According to Deadline, this will prevent Goldsman from penning the script for Transformers 5, with Paramount now delving into their Transformers writers room to enlist scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) for the fifth movie in the blockbuster franchise.
- Gary Collinson
Paramount and Hasbro are moving forward on selecting screenwriters for their “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe” franchises along with launching a Micronauts movie.
The studio and the toymaker have selected Akiva Goldsman to supervise a writers room for the G.I. Joe franchise, which has spawned 2009’s “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” and 2009’s “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” The first film grossed $678 million and the second took in $375 million.
Goldsman will also supervise a writers room and generate ideas based on the Hasbro property Micronauts, a series of interchangeable space toys that originated in Japan during the 1970s.
He will also supervise the fifth “Transformers” installment. Paramount is negotiating with writers room participants Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (“Iron Man”) along with Ken Nolan (“Black Hawk Down”) to write the script.
- Dave McNary
Before he reinvented Mad Max for a new generation with Fury Road, director George Miller was planning on bringing DC’s finest to the big screen for the first time with the now defunct Justice League: Mortal. Various events such as production location issues and the writer’s strike ultimately derailed the project, but not before Miller and his team were fairly deep into the thick of it.
The cast would have included the likes of Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) as Batman, Adam Brody (The O.C.) as The Flash, D.J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Superman and Megan Gale (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Wonder Woman, and most of them actually got to see themselves in costume as their characters – though we never have, until now.
- Mark Cassidy
Thanks to photographer Mark Rogers, we may have what is our first look at Megan Gale as Wonder Woman from Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller’s aborted 2007 DC ensemble Justice League Mortal; check out the images here…
Justice League Mortal was originally set to go into production in 2007 before Warner Bros. decided to pull the plug. The cast of the film would have included Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) as Batman, D.J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Superman, Megan Gale (Stealth) as Wonder Woman, »
- Gary Collinson
You might have forgotten how big a hit the out-of-nowhere magician/con artist flick "Now You See Me" was. Crossing $115 million domestically, the film earned $351 million worldwide. So a lot of people dug the concept, and Lionsgate believes it has enough juice to justify a sequel. But do audiences want it? We'll find out this coming summer with the oddly named "Now You See Me 2" —the first trailer has arrived today. Read More: Review: 'Now You See Me' Starring Jess Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher & Mark Ruffalo Some of the old gang are back —Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine and Dave Franco— alongside new recruits Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe. The events of the movie pick up one year later, finding The Four Horsemen facing off against a new adversary and initiating an even bigger heist. Jon M. Chu ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") performs the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following on from last week’s character posters [check them out here], the first trailer has debuted for director Alex Proyas’ upcoming fantasy Gods of Egypt which stars Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman and Elodie Yung. You can check it out below after the official synopsis…
Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. With only a handful of heroic rebels opposing Set’s savage rule, Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a bold and defiant mortal, enlists the aid of powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in »
- Amie Cranswick
Five character posters have arrived online for director Alex Proyas’ upcoming fantasy Gods of Egypt, which feature Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman and Elodie Yung. Check them out here…
Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. With only a handful of heroic rebels opposing Set’s savage rule, Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a bold and defiant mortal, enlists the aid of powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against the evil overlord. As their breathtaking battle against Set »
- Amie Cranswick
Coinciding with its home entertainment release, Screen Junkies has given the Honest Trailer treatment to this year’s failed franchise reboot Terminator Genisys…
See Also: Watch previous Honest Trailers here
Terminator Genisys sees Arnold Schwarzenegger leading a cast that also includes Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games), Michael Gladis (Mad Men), Sandrine Holt (House of Cards) and Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters).
Terminator Genisys is out on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK now and arrives on November 10th in the Us.
- Gary Collinson
Despite a very meager $5 million budget, Universal were putting a lot of promotion and hype behind their big screen adaptation of Jem and the Holograms. But after two very poor weeks at the domestic box office, Universal have pulled the plug.
The film opened to a sea of negative reviews and a mere $1.3 million from 2,400 screens, failing to crack the top 10. Its second week was even worse as it dropped 71% to just $387,925 from the same number of screens. With a total of $2.08 million to its name, Jem and the Holograms has been removed from theatres.
Jem and the Holograms is still set to be released in the UK in February 2016 and several other European territories this coming December.
- Luke Owen
In the new installment of The Terminator series, John Connor, leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah Conner, from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission to reset the future.
See Also: VFX featurettes for the opening and closing battles of Terminator Genisys
- Gary Collinson
The big screen adaptation of Jem and the Holograms didn’t go down well with fans of the original show – or movie goers in general – taking just $1.7 million on its opening weekend and failing to crack the top 10. The following day, director Jon M. Chu to deliver a keynote speech for Film Independent Forum, and shared the disappointments of the culmination of a decade-long adaptation, and the bile he received for it.
“I get fans sending me hate mail, I get death threats, I get racist remarks — it’s a really fun business,” he said. “Reviewers have been harsh, to say it lightly.”
Averaging just $570 across the 2,400 screens it was shown on, Jem and the Holograms is the worst opening ever for a major studio release playing in at least 2,000 theaters.
“Yes, we only made the movie for five [million dollars], but it doesn’t get easy when you hear those [box office] numbers, »
- Luke Owen
The neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them will return to the small screen in the future, as Miramax and El Ray revealed today that Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series has been renewed for a third season:
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA / Austin, TX (October 26, 2015) - Miramax® and El Rey announced today that their one-hour scripted original, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," has been renewed for a third season. Hailed as "radically different...a fascinating ride" by the Associated Press, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" will air its season two finale with guest star Demi Lovato on El Rey Network on Tuesday, October 27 at 9Pm Et.
A reimagining of Robert Rodriguez's 1996 iconic movie From Dusk Till Dawn, which Miramax® also released theatrically at the time, the TV show expands on the fascinating supernatural crime saga centered around brothers Seth and Richie Gecko.
- Derek Anderson
It couldn't have been easy for Jon Chu to get up in front of an audience to deliver the Film Independent Forum keynote address the day after his film "Jem and the Holograms" opened, and quickly tanked, at the box office. But not only did Chu face the crowd on Saturday, October 24, he manage to inspire them. "So this is a bit awkward," Chu, a 2002 Project Involve Fellow, began as he stepped on to the podium and immediately addressed the elephant in the room. The director of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and "Step Up 3D" told the audience that he had been working with producer Jason Blum on developing "Jem" into a feature film for the past decade. But, unfortunately, fans of the 1980s cartoon series weren't supportive of the film version. "I get fans sending me hate mail, I get death threats, I get racist remarks — it's a really fun business, »
- Paula Bernstein
There's no two ways about it, it was a straight up blood bath at the box-office this weekend with four new wide releases opening and all of them being soundly rejected by critics and cinemagoers.
One of the more high-profile flops has been "Jem and the Holograms," Jon M. Chu's film adaptation of the classic 1980s cartoon series. Made for only $5 million, the film earned scathing reviews and was soundly rejected by both the existing fanbase and those unfamiliar with the property.
The film is on track to earn roughly $1.2 million in its opening weekend at 2,413 theaters - the worst opening ever for a major studio release playing in at least 2,000 theaters. Chu ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "G.I. Joe 3D") appeared at the Film Independent Forum on Saturday to deliver the Filmmaker Keynote and admits things did not turn out well:
"So, this is a bit awkward only because »
- Garth Franklin
Director Jon Chu seems to have a special relationship with the Hasbro brand. In 2013 he helmed the big screen sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation - based on the toy company.s famous line of action figures . and this weekend we will see the filmmaker.s live-action adaptation of the Hasbro-produced Jem and the Holograms. This means that Chu currently stands as the only director to helm movies for two different Hasbro properties . but he doesn.t want to stop there. Apparently he would very much be game for a giant G.I. Joe/Jem and the Holograms/Transformers crossover film. I had the opportunity to interview Jon Chu over the phone earlier this week . the filmmaker currently on the press tour for Jem and the Holograms - and it was at the end of our conversation that he revealed his thoughts about what would essentially be The Avengers of Hasbro »
As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures’ Jem And The Holograms, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice.
Last week, Wamg got to sit down with stars Aubrey Peeples (Jem) and Ryan Guzman (Rio) in a small press conference to talk about their experience working on the film. Check out some of the highlights below!
Jon Chu said you were a very analog girl but also very modern. Can you talk a little about the process you went through to get the role and were you familiar with Jem beforehand?
Aubrey Peeples: I was not familiar with Jem beforehand. As soon as »
- Melissa Howland
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new musical adventure “Jem and the Holograms” from the director of the “Step Up” series!
“Jem and the Holograms,” which opens on Oct. 23, 2015 and is rated “PG,” stars Aubrey Peeples, Juliette Lewis, Molly Ringwald, Ryan Guzman, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau and Hayley Kiyoko from director Jon M. Chu and writer Ryan Landels.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Jem and the Holograms may go down in movie history as one of the craziest things to have ever happened, but not for the simple reason that it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a great film. The film is about to hit (October 23), and no one seems to be making a truly concerted effort to let you know.
Back when the film was announced, and subsequently when casting info came out, the ’80s were on people’s lips, and a lot of retro everything was hot. That trend has died out, and not that many people took to Jem anyway. Jon M. Chu was somewhat hot at the time too, as the man behind The Lxd, and a couple of Step Up titles was attached to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and uhh… ’80s cartoons, right?
At this point, things are a little weird for the film, and »
- Marc Eastman
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