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Along with premiering a teaser trailer for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" at the San Diego Comic-Con, director Zack Snyder also unveiled the first photo of Gal Gadot (Fast Five) as Wonder Woman. It's been rumored that Wonder Woman will wear a jacket in the film, but judging by the photo, her costume doesn't include a jacket. Check out the photo below. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" co-stars Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. It's set to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
This Friday will see the release of The Rock’s (None of this Dwayne Johnson nonsense, he’s The Rock) newest action tentpole Hercules, with him playing the historic hero. You’ve probably already made up your mind if you’re going to see this film or not, you’re not anxiously waiting on the fence. You probably haven’t given a second thought to Hercules. But I have, and for the first time in a long time, I’m worried about The Rock.
When you really stop to think about it, The Rock has built a career becoming one of the most unlikely box office superstars. In 2013 Forbes named him the highest grossing actor of the year with his films that year bringing in $1.3 billion. But I say box office superstar with a caveat: He only smashes numbers when he’s part of an ensemble. Put the guy in »
- Dylan Griffin
Community has become one of the icons of pop culture skewering in the modern age. Ask anyone online, not in person of course, about the phrase Six Seasons And A Movie and they can place it at the NBC sitcom’s feet, and the vocal fans that used it as an online mantra to see the show reach the goals jokingly mentioned in a season 2 clip show episode with regards to a one season show called The Cape that once aired on the network.
Such is the way that Community integrates itself in the nerdiest areas of the internet, and takes pot-shots at other elements in the zeitgeist, turning them into something entirely brilliant within the show and making one find it hard to watch any attempts at a trope or genre straight ever again. Such examples of Community at its best pop-culture and film/tv skewering are:
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- Andrew Jones
In the latest episode of “What's the Deal With Jeff Sneider,” TheWrap‘s film reporter breaks down Universal's decision to hire Chris Morgan (“Fast Five”) and Alex Kurtzman (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) as creative godfathers of the studio's universe of classic movie monsters, including Dracula, the Wolfman and the Mummy. The studio has high hopes for this series of genre films, which Sneider has dubbed the Ummu for Universal's Monster Movie Universe. Also read: ‘What's the Deal?’ With Jeff Sneider: Hollywood Looks to Barbie, Peeps Candy for New Movie Franchises (Video) While Sneider tips his cap to Morgan for pulling off a tricky balancing. »
- Jeff Sneider
Universal Pictures has brought on Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to develop a widespread cinematic universe that will connect a number of the studio's classic monster franchises, such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man and many more.
It isn't clear yet if Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Chris Morgan (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Fast & Furious 7) will write the projects themselves, but the filmmakers will reportedly start scouring for talent soon to bring this massive initiative to life.
The studio has pulled from its extensive library for individual titles such as The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Wolfman and this fall's Dracula Untold, but this is the first time Universal wants to create a universe with all of the characters under the same cinematic roof.
The first project to launch this endeavor will be the Untitled Mummy Reboot, which is already »
In the era of reboots and remakes, if an attempt to bring back a franchise fails, it's cool because you can just try again a few years later. Of even if it was successful, you can still reboot it, even if the next incarnation is a total disappointment (see "The Amazing Spider-Man"). And so it goes with Universal, who four years ago dropped the troubled "Wolfman" into theatres and watched it sink like a stone. So they're giving it another kick at the can and have hired two dudes who know how to make blockbusters of varying quality, but consistent box office. Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," the aforementioned Spidey series) and Chris Morgan ("Fast Five") have been tapped to over Universal's monster movie titles, in something that sounds suspiciously like they're going to create a comic-book world style Marvel-verse. Deadline reports that the pair have "begun the meetings to put »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In the latest edition of The Dusty VHS Corner, Tom Jolliffe digs out a trio of actioners from Pm Entertainment…
Between 1989 and 2002, Pm Entertainment was a strong force in the straight to video action arena. Founded by directors Joseph Merhi and Richard Pepin, they set about trying to deliver big thrills on low budgets. At some stages, largely during a peak period in the mid-90’s, they managed to do that.
Certain stars would become synonymous with the company, and they largely worked with the same ethos as other bigger companies and action specialists, in that you need to have a name attached to sell your picture. Pm worked, sometimes repeatedly, with a slew of video action stars such as Gary Daniels, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, Jack Scalia and Jeff Wincott.
Pm Entertainment would also work largely out of La. Whilst other rival companies decided Canada or Eastern »
- Gary Collinson
Not two weeks ago, famed auteur and Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro set the internet ablaze when he announced the confirmation of a follow up to his 2013 robots vs. monsters film Pacific Rim and dated Pacific Rim 2 for April 7, 2017. The biggest surprise wasn’t the official announcement of the sequel though, it was the announcement of the comics and animated series that would be produced leading up to 2017: They are using all their weapons at their disposal and are really trying to make this franchise stick. They’re in for a tough time though, as there’s no question it’s never been harder to get an original franchise made in today’s day and age of reboots/sequels of pre-existing properties. But maybe Guillermo Del Toro realizes the tagline of Pacific Rim holds some truth. “To fight monsters we created monsters” – or in this case, “to fight franchises, »
- Dylan Griffin
Universal has moved the release of “Fast & Furious 7” up one week to April 3, anointing that movie as the official beginning of the blockbuster season. “Fast 7” had been scheduled for this summer, but was delayed to next year after star Paul Walker died in a car crash. Universal released “Fast Five” in April 2011, helping to establish that month as a viable time for a major release. Disney released “Captain America: The Winter Solider” the first weekend of April this year. Also read: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Wraps ‘Fast & Furious 7' (Photo) “The Conjuring” director James Wan made “Fast 7,” »
- Lucas Shaw
The World Cup, as always, has been a real love affair, unless you are an England or Spain fan and have watched your country crash out in the first round. Pre-World Cup, people were familiar with Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo but thanks to the numerous locations in use (http://www.bet365.com/news/en/betting/ – to find stadium guides) we are now familiar with places as far reaching as Manaus, in the Amazon.
Hopefully this increased exposure will open up the film industry in Brazil and stop making it so Rio biased – most films involving Brazil are set in Rio. However, there are still some phenomenal films to have been set in Rio, here a few below.
City of God (2002)
- David Agnew
The next sequel in the Bourne franchise won't hit theaters until 2016. The fifth installment was originally set to be released on August 14, 2015.
Justin Lin (Fast Five) is set to direct the sequel, with Jeremy Renner returning as Aaron Cross. Though Matt Damon mentioned that he was open to returning to the franchise, chances are he won't be reprising his signature role. The actor said he would consider reprising his role if director Paul Greengrass returned–he's not.
“I've always been open to it if Paul Greengrass is the director. We've just never been able to come up with a story. So if any of your viewers have a story, please call Universal and submit it. It felt like such a good way to end it the last time... But having said that, I love that character and I'd love to see what happened to him.”
The fifth Bourne movie will »
- Laura Frances
Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) is still directing the fifth installment of Universal’s Bourne franchise, but it won’t be hitting theaters next summer after all. The studio has pushed back the untitled Bourne sequel nearly a year from August 14, 2015 to July 15, 2016. So far Uni’s only competition that weekend is another blockbuster five-quel: Fox’s Ice Age 5. Jeremy Renner is set to return as super spy Aaron Cross, with Frank Marshall producing again alongside Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith for Captivate Entertainment. Lin is also producing for Perfect Storm Entertainment. He was hired last […] »
Universal Pictures has delayed the next untitled chapter in its blockbuster “Bourne” franchise from Aug. 14, 2015, to July 15, 2016. Justin Lin (“Fast Five”) will direct the fifth installment in the series, which will see Jeremy Renner return as Aaron Cross. Also read: Matt Damon Is ‘Open’ to Return as Jason Bourne (Video) The new date pits the next “Bourne” movie against 20th Century Fox's “Ice Age 5.” It also gives Universal more time to lure Matt Damon back into the franchise fold. Damon recently said he was “open” to reprising his signature role, but only if Paul Greengrass returns to direct. “I've always. »
- Jeff Sneider
Action movies provoke a reaction from movie-goers like no other; sometimes it almost feels as if the cinematic medium was invented so that we could watch people punching the faces off of other people, whilst a car (or cars, preferably) explode in the background. Action movies play into our innate love of heroism and violence – whether or not you’re into them or not, there’s probably very few people on Earth who would deny the appeal of watching a badass hero jumping from a ledge, dispatching several enemies with a machine gun, and delivering a catchy one-liner like: “Sorry, guys. Did that… hurt?”
Okay, so we’ll leave the one-liners to the screenwriters. Join us now, however, as we countdown 20 action movies that you’d be downright stupid to miss before your time on this Earth is up. These are the best of the best; movies specifically »
- Sam Hill
After a long hiatus and period of uncertainty following the tragic death of star Paul Walker last year, Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 is back on track and production has started up again. Today, Vin Diesel shared with fans a rather emotional image from the upcoming blockbuster (above), showing his character Dom Toretto embracing his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster).
For those who are unfamiliar with the franchise, Dom and Mia were the closest friends of Brian O’Conner (Walker); Dom was his best bud, and Mia was both his wife and the mother of his child. However, in this image, both look quite happy, and it appears that they are either greeting each other for the first time in a long while or saying goodbye.
Does this mean that Mia will be able to ride off into the sunset with Brian, getting the happy ending that most of Walker’s fans »
- Isaac Feldberg
StudioCanal and producer Neal Moritz (I Am Legend, Fast Five, 21 Jump Street) have teamed to remake Sylvester Stalone's 1993 "Cliffhanger" thriller, which revolved around a traumatized mountain climber forced back into an expedition after a plane crash leaves a lot of stolen cash and bad guys on the Rocky Mountains. Many writers pitched ideas for the remake, but in the end, Joe Gazzam's version was the one that Moritz liked. As a result, Gazzam is now working on the script. A director has yet to be hired. "Cliffhanger" cost $70 million to make and grossed $255 million worldwide. It was the film that resurrected Stallone's career after several box office bombs and a bad reputation for being difficult on set. In fact, the actor begged director Renny Harlin for the job. Harlin eventually gave it to him, but only after Stallone agreed to listen to him all the time and get him coffee when he wants it. »
If you’ve seen Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, then the plot for Gang Related may sound a little familiar. Ryan Lopez is a detective for L.A.’s elite Gang Task Force leading a double life as an actual member of the Los Angelicos, a powerful Latino gang. It all makes a little more sense, though, when you hear about Ryan’s backstory and how gang leader Javier Acosta took him under his wing when he was younger, only now to mastermind Ryan’s entry into the force to protect la familia. A predictable moral dilemma arises for Ryan »
- Jake Perlman
The relevant recommendation for Fox‘s new series, Gang Related, may begin and end with the knowledge that it is created/written by Chris Morgan. If the writing abilities that brought you the last five Fast & Furious films, Wanted, and 47 Ronin has left you impressed, you’re all set. Lock in to your new favorite show now.
If that fact alone doesn’t mean much to you, the show obligingly lays all its cards on the table in the first fifteen minutes of the pilot. You only have to invest that amount of time to know exactly what’s coming your way, I imagine for the entirety of the show’s run, but at least for the first few episodes. The show, and you have to give it some credit really, puts it out there and says, “Look, you’re in, or you’re out.”
In one of the quickest »
- Marc Eastman
We recently showed you the first photo of Gal Gadot (Fast Five) as Wonder Woman on the set of the upcoming "Batman vs Superman." And now, we have shots of Ben Affleck working out in Detroit, where the film is shooting. The photos comes from CBS, which caught up with the actor. While Affleck is not wearing his Batman suit or dressed up as Bruce Wayne, it's still interesting to see how much muscle he put on for the role. Check out the photos below. "Batman vs Superman" is directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and is set to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
Big explosion and plenty of shoot'em up descended upon Harbor City yet again and its up to the cops to restore the peace in Tsai Yueh-hsun's Black & White Episode II: The Dawn of Justice, the second installment of the big-budget Taiwanese action franchise. Mark Chao and Huang Bo returns to reprise their previous role as the unlikely duo while Lin Gengxin joins the main cast. As with most sequels, the action set-pieces and production value has ratchet up a notch with an international crew that includes France-based visual effects studio Buf (The Grandmaster), production designer Yoshi Akasuka (The Flowers of War) and second unit action direction by Jack Gill (Fast Five), Ron Yuan (Fast & Furious) and Lan Hai-Han (Ip Man 2)Police officer in...
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