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We’ve known for a while that True Detective isn’t doing the one-director-per-season thing, because that takes eons longer to film than an average TV show and HBO would very much prefer to run new episodes on a consistent schedule, not whenever a bunch of “time is a flat circle” mystics will it into existence, man. What we haven’t known is which directors will be stepping in to fill the Cary Fukunaga-sized hole left in the series. Until now. Potentially. The Hollywood Reporter names Justin Lin as the first director to be officially courted by HBO. The publication, sporting a stringy ponytail and jamming a penknife into a Lone Star beer can, says he is in talks to direct two episodes of the eight that are coming next season. Probably the first two, but it’s hard to tell amongst the crinkle of metal on metal and THR’s lengthy discussion of how life »
- Adam Bellotto
Look, I’m still optimistic about True Detective Season 2. I like Vince Vaughn and think he’s due for his own version of the McConaissance and this might be the gig to do that for him. I think series creator Nic Pizzolatto is a truly interesting voice. I also like the idea of Colin Farrell joining the cast and can even see how Taylor Kitsch is a diamond in the rough (that rough consisting of several bad movies that he was at least pretty good in). And the rumors about this year’s plot seem strong to me. I don’t even dislike Justin Lin (in fact, I loved Fast Five), but what sort of unnerves me as a fan is the fact that there will be multiple directors. While we all know that this has been the plan for a while, something about seeng it start to come together has me rattled. »
- Evan Dickson
Many details, including budgets and vision, reportedly still need to be worked out. The move to multiple helmets for the eight new episodes marks a change from the first season which was entirely helmed by filmmaker Cary Fukunaga. Fukunaga will not return for the second season.
Creator Nic Pizzolatto will pen the second season, and it's unclear which two episodes Lin would direct.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Although no cast has yet been confirmed for the upcoming second season of HBO's "True Detective," The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that director Justin Lin (Fast Five, Better Luck Tomorrow) will helm two of the new episodes. Having multiple directors marks a departure from the style of the first season, during which series creator Cary Fukunaga helmed all eight chapters. »
Ever since 2009, when Vin Diesel made his return to the franchise, the Fast & Furious series has been on a serious upswing. The $155 million take of Fast and Furious in the U.S. ballooned to $209 million for Fast Five, and that was followed last year with Fast & Furious 6's $238 million domestic box office total. The more sequels come out, the more fans seem to be getting excited. That excitement is seriously showing for Fast & Furious 7, as the feature is still more than half a year away from release and yet is the most buzzed about title across multiple social media platforms. The Chicago Tribune has been reading Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) statistics - a measurement to determine the content that is "resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia" - and their findings have concluded that Fast and Furious 7 was the most attention grabbing title on the »
Earlier today, Dwayne Johnson tweeted that he would be playing Black Adam in a filmed based on DC’s Shazam. The announcement was surprising for a few reasons. For one thing, Black Adam is the Big Bad in the Shazam mythology. For another thing, most of the recent buzz around the bigscreen DC universe had focused on Justice League characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman.
- Darren Franich
The wrestler-turned-actor-turned-franchise mercenary tweeted the news himself:
“Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.” My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics pic.twitter.com/Qk55eNf3R7
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014
The Shazam movie will be produced by New Line, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., and feel free to speculate wildly that the New Line superhero universe is to the Warner Bros. superhero universe as Vertigo is to DC. »
- Darren Franich
In an interesting mix of filmmaking talent on the page and behind the camera, Andrew Dominik (writer and director of Killing Them Softly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is teaming up with Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) for a 3D remake of the 1982 Chinese action flick Shaolin Temple. The original film marked the feature debut of martial arts star Jet Li with a story loosely based on Shaolin folklore and set during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty. Sounds like completely different film territory for Dominik in more ways than one. More below! The film unfolds after the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, and one of his slave workers who escapes to the temple decides to train in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor. This is expected to be pretty »
- Ethan Anderton
A pretty exciting China-backed project is taking shape. It was announced earlier this year that Fast Five director Justin Lin had signed on to helm a $100 million 3D Shaolin Temple remake, and now Deadline reports that The Assassination of Jesse James and Killing Them Soflty writer/director Andrew Dominik will be writing the screenplay. The original 1982 film was Jet Li’s big screen debut and took place during the period between the Sui and Tang Dynasties, revolving around the son of a murdered Tang emperor who trains himself up to enact revenge on the perpetrator. Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures are producing the project, which Lin intends to direct next after he completes the new Bourne sequel. That film hasn’t even started production yet, so Shaolin Temple is still a few years off. Hit the jump for more on Dominik’s involvement. When the Shaolin Temple remake was first announced, »
- Adam Chitwood
As Warner Bros. continues its slow-but-steady-but-really-quite-fast expansion of the DC cinematic universe, rumors have been swirling that Dwayne Johnson will star in an adaptation of Shazam, playing a character who is confusingly sometimes known as Captain Marvel, which is also the name of a character in the Marvel universe. (Yes, there have been lawsuits.) Johnson himself stoked those rumors last month, and today he apparently confirmed his involvement in the movie. However, according to The Associated Press, Johnson might not be playing the lead–the AP claims that he “has yet to decide” whether he’s playing the superhero or his greatest enemy, »
- Darren Franich
Gal Gadot, who is currently playing Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has signed on to star alongside Warner Bros./DC Comics alums Kevin Costner (Man of Steel) and Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight trilogy) in Millennium Entertainment's Criminal.
Ryan Reynolds and Tommy Lee Jones are also set to star in this crime thriller, which follows a prison inmate (Kevin Costner) who is implanted with the memories and skills of a deceased CIA operative in hopes that he can stop an evil plot. Gal Gadot is playing the wife of Ryan Reynolds' character.
Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) is directing from a screenplay by David Weisberg and Douglas Cook (The Rock, Double Jeopardy), with Chris Bender, J.C. Spink and Matt O'Toole producing. No production schedule was given.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson paid tribute to his late friend, Paul Walker, in a very special way.The "Fast & Furious star" took to Instagram on Saturday to share a video clip that honored Walker's dedication to marine life. "[I] Was moved to shoot this very special intro to one of Paul Walker's final missions for shark and marine conservation #DiscoveryChannel #SharkWeek #ProtectingThatWhichILove #MissYouBrotherPaul," he wrote along with the clip.Jimmy Fallon & The Rock Re-Create Hilarious '80s Fitness VideoIn the video shot for Discovery's Shark Week, The Rock looks back at the beloved actor's life. "Paul Walker was not only an incredible actor, dear friend, loving and devoted father to beautiful Meadow Rain, but he was also a champion for shark and marine conservation, whose efforts inspired so many," Johnson said. Johnson costarred alongside Walker in "Fast Five," "Fast & Furious 6" and most recently "Fast & Furious 7," which will be released »
- tooFab Staff
Female Mma star Ronda Rousey is an incredibly tough woman and some of her fighting abilities will be on display in "Expendables 3," which is her first acting gig. But while promoting the movie, she revealed that her dream role is Wonder Woman and was a bit surprised that Gal Gadot (Fast Five) was cast to play the superhero in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." "I should have been Wonder Woman. That girl couldn't curl a two-pound weight, what's so wonderful about that? I don't understand," said Rousey. Question: Is Rousey a better choice to play Wonder Woman than Gadot? »
They've stepped up four times in eight years... but they were never all in. Next Friday, audiences will experience the fifth film in the popular "Step Up" franchise, in which characters from the previous dance competition movies team up, "Fast Five"-style, to win the ultimate prize. But is the ultimate prize really a one-year guaranteed touring gig in Las Vegas? Or is it friendship? »
Director: Trish Sie
Running Time: 112 minutes
Synopsis: After The Mob’s attempt to break La fail, Sean finds himself all on his own. That is until he finds out about a new televised dance contest called The Vortex in Vegas. He then turns to Moose to help create a dance crew that can not only win the contest, but also take down his former troupe who have also entered.
It all started with Step Up and the film that launched Channing Tatum. It was the classic tale of lady and the tramp as Tatum’s boy from the wrong side of the tracks became dance partners with Jenna Dewan’s (who would go on to become real life Mrs Tatum) spoilt princess ballerina. The film was a heck of a success and as such had been followed with four sequels. »
- Kat Smith
Vin Diesel is currently hitting the publicity trail for Guardians of the Galaxy, the movie where he finally plays a talking space tree—but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about his roots, because the only thing that really matters in this life is family because without a family a man doesn’t have a code, vroom vroom! Thus, during an interview with France’s Skyrock FM, Diesel revealed a bit of casting news for Fast & Furious 7, which is unquestionably the most important sevenquel coming out in 2015.
Diesel was asked which song he would prefer to dance to: Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle, »
- Darren Franich
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:
Action Thrillers »
- 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
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