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A funny thing happened on the way to the box office for Gods of Egypt, Lionsgate’s pricey fantasy about epic discord among ancient deities. A full three months ahead of release, both the studio and director Alex Proyas stood up and essentially apologized in advance for what audiences were going to see once the film opened. The motive for their mea culpa? Despite being set in ancient Egypt (which, yes, is in the continent of Africa), it had been cast, damn near top to bottom, with Australian, Swedish, English, and French actors.
This race-bending snafu, exemplifying Hollywood’s shameful epidemic of whitewashing smack-dab in the middle of a year laser-focused on the issue, turned into a headache so massive that Lionsgate decided its best course of action was to simply fess up to the (likely intentional, unquestionably tone-deaf) mistake and hope audiences would respect their candor enough not to boycott. »
- Isaac Feldberg
UK's seminal trip Hop band, Massive Attack, have released a disturbing new video for their single "Voodoo in My Blood" where actress Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Wrath of the Titans) gets assaulted by a floating orb - so, Phantasmed basically.
When asked about her part in the video Pike said, "Am I involved? ... Someone said the girl in the video looks like me. I have been to the Joe Strummer subway. I did have a strange encounter there once,". She is the second Oscar-nominated star to appear in a Ritual Spirit video: Winter's Bone's John Hawkes previously appeared in the video for the Tricky-featuring "Take It There."
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Back in August, a two-year legal battle over the rights to Dungeons & Dragons finally came to a close, which resulted in Hasbro teaming up with Warner Bros. to move forward on a live-action remake. The report revealed that a script was already in place by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans), with Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis teaming up with Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment to produce, alongside Roy Lee. Collider recently had the chance to speak with Roy Lee, who revealed that the Dungeons & Dragons will combine the tone of Guardians of the Galaxy with a fantasy world like The Lord of the Rings.
"This new Dungeons & Dragons will be a Guardians of the Galaxy-tone movie in a Tolkien-like universe. Because when you think of all the Hobbit movies and The Lord of the Rings, they have an earnestness to them, »
Believe or not, Dungeons And Dragons is well-tread territory when it comes to live-action feature films. Many folks remember the abomination that was the 2000 film, which happened to star acting great Jeremy Irons. Despite this travesty to celluloid, this film was followed by two sequels: one TV film in 2005, and one direct-to-dvd film in 2012 (which wasn't even released stateside). I admittedly can't speak to the quality of the latter two films, but I can agree that the first one wasn't exactly the best interpretation of the source material.
Understandably, as a role-playing game, there are a myriad of directions the tale can go, but at the end of the day, it isn't like a film based on it can be incredibly unique, right? After all, it's just your typical fantasy film, when it comes down to it. In a recent interview with Collider at Dice 2016, producer Roy Lee talked up the upcoming adaptation, »
- Joseph Medina
Ever since the Aquaman movie was first announced back in October 2014, Jason Momoa has been attached to play the title character. He is rumored to join the rest of his Justice League team members at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but we haven't ever heard who else will be starring alongside Jason Momoa in his stand alone movie. Today, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that actress Amber Heard is in talks to play the female lead, Mera.
The site reports that the actress will make her DC Comics Extended Universe (Dceu) debut in next year's Justice League Part 1, which is said to introduce a number of characters and story threads that will "fully launch" the Dceu. This news falls in line with a report from November, which revealed that Mera will first appear in Justice League Part 1 before moving over to Aquaman. The character is described as the "Khaleesi of the sea, »
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