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Over the past few months, we’ve heard some pretty awful proposed titles for Now You See Me 2, Summit’s announced sequel to the 2013 magician caper, including (believe it or not) Now You See Me: Now You Don’t. Luckily, the filmmakers chose to go with a different tactic when subtitling the follow-up, as Mark Ruffalo has just revealed that the full title is Now You See Me: The Second Act.
Hardly the catchiest title, I know, but it does remind us that the sequel will continue to set up the larger universe merely teased in the first installment. In The Second Act, three of the Four Horsemen (Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Jesse Eisenberg – Isla Fisher opted not to return) are drawn out of hiding to face a new enemy, who enlists them for a dangerous heist. Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) also returns to the franchise, »
- Isaac Feldberg
2013’s Now You See Me was one of those quiet box office successes that kind of flew under the radar. The magician-centric heist picture didn’t garner great reviews, but it opened to a solid $29.3 million and went on to gross $351.7 million worldwide. With an international hit on its hands, Lionsgate/Summit unsurprisingly put the wheels in motion for a sequel. G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu takes over from previous helmer Louis Leterrier this time around with the entire main cast returning plus Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, and Jay Chou (The Green Hornet). And now that filming is set to get underway soon, star Mark Ruffalo has revealed the official Now You See Me 2 title: Now You See Me: The Second Act. More after the jump. With pre-production on the sequel now underway, Ruffalo opted to break the news of the Now You See Me 2 »
- Adam Chitwood
Heinrichs has served as production designer on films such as "Sleepy Hollow," "Fargo," "The Big Lebowski," the second and third "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, "The Wolfman," "Frankenweenie" and "Captain America: The First Avenger". [Source: Variety]
Now You See Me 2
In the new film, the Four Horsemen resurface and find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet. [Source: Coming Soon]
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- Garth Franklin
Now You See Me didn't get a lot of attention but certainly made enough at a box office to garner a sequel when it grossed over $350 million worldwide; there is an audience for this somewhere it seems. Director Jon Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) takes over duties this time and the entire cast with the exception of Isla Fisher is returning. We also get to welcome new magical faces Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, and Jay Chou. Mark Ruffalo took to Instagram today to reveal the upcoming »
- Graham McMorrow
Now You See Me 2: The Second Act has gotten a full title, as revealed earlier today by returning star Mark Ruffalo. The anticipated sequel has officially begun shooting, with Ruffalo announcing his arrival on set via Instagram. It is not known if any of the other actors have arrived on set.
Mark Ruffalo is reprising his role as Dylan Rhodes, an FBI agent chasing a group of marauding magicians. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their mind-bending spectacles, the Four Horsemen resurface in Now You See Me 2 only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet. Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and Jay Chou are all new additions to the cast, alongside returning members Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine..
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Get your Hammer pants out. Focus Features and Jon M. Chu, the director of Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D, are teaming for a dance movie titled Can't Touch This. Chu and producing partner Hieu Ho have sold the 90s-set "high school dance comedy" to Focus Features, EW has confirmed. While Chu will not be directing Can't Touch This, he is on board to helm the sequel to Now You See Me. According to Deadline, who first reported the news, The Goldbergs producer Annie Mebane and Steve Basilone will write the script. Focus Features did not immediately return a request for comment. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Paris– Marrakech Film Festival has unveiled an international competition roaster rich in first and second movies, ranging from Bong Joon Ho-penned genre pic “The Sea Fog” to Sara Klein’s “Things People Do” with Wes Bentley and Daniel Barber’s Civil War drama “The Keeping Room” with Brit Marling and Sam Worthington.
Other directorial debuts include Max Currie’s “Everything We Loved,” a New Zealand-set drama about filiation and grief, Vuk Rsumovic’s “No One’s Child,” following a wild boy raised amongst wolves in the Bosnian mountains and Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s “Labour of Love” (“Asha Jaoar Majhe”), tuning on a modern day couple caught in the downward spiral of recession.
Alix Delaporte will rep France with “The Last Hammer Blow,” her follow up to “Angele and Tony.” Only one Morrocan film will compete at Marrakech: “L’orchestre des aveugles,” Mohamed Mouftakir’s sophomore pic. Other movies heading from »
- Elsa Keslassy
There’s been a lot going on with Universal’s Classic Monsters lately, now that the studio has brought together a team of veteran producers and writers to spearhead a new chapter of Universal Monsters that will reintroduce iconic characters to modern audiences. Recently, we heard that Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley and Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski had been brought into the fold to pen entries in the new cinematic universe, and now we have another name to add to that growing lineup: Now You See Me and Men in Black screenwriter Ed Solomon.
Hawley, Guzikowski and Solomon will form a sort of brain trust with producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, both well-respected scribes in their own right. All of them will work on one another’s movies and help out where needed to ensure that the new Universal Monsters installments feature the kind of serialized storytelling that the studio is looking for. »
- Isaac Feldberg
A new writing team is assembling at Universal to resurrect classic monsters and apparently create a credible universe to compete for years with the slates of Marvel and DC Comics films. Recently, Noah Hawley (TV's Fargo), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Now You See Me) were added to work on this new cinematic universe, as The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Nov. 12. So, perhaps in a few years time, moviegoers will see an Avengers-style film with Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon clamoring around to join forces and wreak havoc. For now, with the
- Erik Hayden
While you couldn't miss the bizarrely behaved Johnny Depp on stage last night during the first televised Hollywood Film Awards, there was a lot going on that the cameras weren't rolling on inside the Palladium. Here, we give you five things you didn't see on TV: 1. Early Bird: Kristen Stewart was one of the first to take her seat inside the theater. At one point she was all by her lonesome at her table before being joined by Wash Westmoreland, the co-writer and co-director of Stewart's new Oscar-buzzy indie Still Alice. 2. Now You See Me, Now You Don't: Most of the big stars didn't take their seats in the audience during the ceremony. Angelina Jolie, Robert Pattinson, Reese »
A couple of nights ago we brought you some set photos from the Chicago leg of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shoot showing the crew setting up to shoot the iconic Wayne family murder scene, and now thanks to Cbm we’ve got a few more set photos, this time showing young Bruce with his parents Thomas and Martha. Is that Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Thomas Wayne?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25th, 2016 with Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) and Harry Lennix (General Swanwick) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons (The Borgias »
- Gary Collinson
If you love monsters, and movies based on video games, you’re gonna want to read this. Universal is moving forward with plans to relaunch its classic monster-movie franchises of old – and now the studio has added three more writers to its stable. THR reports that Fargo TV series creator Noah Hawley, Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski, and Now You See Me writer Ed Solomon will join Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan in bringing some of horror’s most iconic monsters back to the screen. Plans are for the writers to work together collaboratively, sort of like a television show’s writers room, with each providing input and ideas into the others’ scripts. Presumably, this is being done so all of the planned features will work together organically as...
- Mike Bracken
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has moved from Detroit to Chicago to do a final month’s filming before post production. Last night the set of the film was getting ready to shoot the Wayne’s murder scene, which is an iconic moment from the Batman story. It has now been revealed that this scene was shot in IMAX.
Twitter user Mike Eisenberg, who is a Chicago local and runs a production company, was near the set last night and tweeted about it. He first said “Lots of people waiting in cold to watch scene film, but it looked like the IMAX cameras were not handling the cold well. Could be a while.”
He then confirmed that they were using IMAX cameras to shoot the iconic scene: “I can confirm with my own eyes that Batman v Superman is filming at least the Wayne murder scene with full IMAX film cameras. »
- Thomas Roach
There's been a fair amount of rumbling come out of Universal lately, with their ambitious plan to relaunch their classic monster franchises. We know that they want to emulate Marvel Studios by creating a massive, shared universe that's all interconnected, and then have the "phases" culminate in "Vs" and team-up films. But now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, we know that they're also going to borrow from the creative process of another very successful studio: Pixar.
THR is reporting that several writers have been hired to form a collective of talent that's meant to oversee all of the films. Yesterday, it was announced that Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) had been tapped to write The Wolfman. He joins Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman, who have all ready been hard at work creating the plans. Now there's word of two other new members of the team: Noah Hawley (The Fargo TV show) and Ed Solomon (Men in Black, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Universal Pictures is continuing to lock down plans for an interconnected cinematic universe featuring its classic monsters, with a trio of scribes having been hired by the studio.
Off screen, the studio aims to create something akin to Pixar's "brain trust" with a handful of scribes all weighing in on and contributing to each other's movies. Each will offer help as needed as they work on separate films that will include serialized storytelling elements.
Previously announced for this group were Chris Morgan ("Fast Five," "47 Ronin") and Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," "Transformers") who are also producing. Joining them will be "Fargo" TV series creator Noah Hawley, screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners," "Contraband"), and veteran screenwriter Ed Solomon ("Men in Black," "Now You See Me").
Guzikowski will take the lead on penning "The Wolfman," a new version of the classic werewolf story that hopes to avoid the mistakes of the 2010 adaptation. It will »
- Garth Franklin
On the heels of today's news that Universal Pictures is adding The Wolf Man to its Monsters Shared Universe franchise, screenwriter Ed Solomon (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Men In Black) has been brought in to round out the "writers room."
Ed Solomon joins Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), whose involvement in The Wolf Man reboot was rumored earlier today and Fargo TV series creator Noah Hawley, who signed on last month, alongside writers-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, in what is being compared to Pixar's brain trust or a TV writer's room. Each writer will have a hand in helping each other's movie as they all work to create a model for serialized storytelling.
Heat Vision Blog also lists characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, »
I’ve written before about how this new “interconnected universe” approach to franchise filmmaking is a bad idea. Approaching the film medium like a television series scales back the individualized nature of each film in favor of a serialized, streamlined approach, but Marvel movies make a ton of money so this trend continues to catch on, and Universal is going one further by assembling a literal writer’s room for its Monster Movie Universe. Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman (Transformers) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious franchise) are spearheading Universal’s reboot of its classic monsters, with The Mummy on tap to be the first film out of the gate in 2015 with Kurtzman directing. But now the duo is getting some help in shaping the Monster Movie Universe, as they’ve assembled a brain trust of screenwriters that includes Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski and Men in Black writer Ed Solomon to develop subsequent features. »
- Adam Chitwood
It seems that Warner Bros. is wasting little time in revisiting Batman’s origin in the rebooted DC Cinematic Universe, with a new set photo from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice popping up online which reveals that director Zack Snyder will be revisiting the night of the Wayne family murder in Chicago tonight…
If you’re familiar with DC continuity, then you will of course be aware that The Mark of Zorro is the film which young Bruce Wayne attends with his parents Thomas and Martha the night of their murder. According to Batman-News, the scene will be shooting tonight from 7pm, so expect to see more set photos soon…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25th, 2016 with Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White »
- Gary Collinson
Nolan told The Daily Beast, “I’m only involved in that project in an advisory capacity as an executive producer, so I’m not involved in the day-to-day. When they told me that Ben was interested in doing it, I thought, ‘How thrilling!’”
Nolan went on to comment, “This is the guy who just won Best Picture as a director and as an actor, and I thought it would be a great thing that he’d be willing to do this. I think the guy is incredibly talented and I’m very excited to see what Zack and Ben do together.”
- Gary Collinson
Noah Hawley, the creator of the Fargo television series, Aaron Guzikowski, the scribe behind the gritty Hugh Jackman-Jake Gyllenhaal movie Prisoners, and Ed Solomon, the veteran screenwriter behind Men in Black and Now You See Me, have joined Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman to act as a writers collective of Universal Studios' cinematic monster universe. The plan is for these "Monster Men" to act akin to Pixar's brain trust, or more aptly, like a well-oiled television writer's room, where all will have a hand in each other's movies and offer help as needed as they work on a
- Borys Kit
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