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5. The Director Chronicle was one of the best "superhero" movies released in 2012, no easy feat when it came out in the same year as The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Amazing Spider-Man Dredd. Considering the fact that it was a found footage movie and made on a budget the fraction of most comic book movies, Josh Trank did wonders! The final battle was up there with the one between Superman and General Zod in Man of Steel, and it was a great looking movie which wasn't held back by the fact that what we were seeing was supposed to be through a video camera. Trank's grounded and realistic portrayal of superpowers was particularly interesting, something which should have you excited for how he handles the Fantastic Four's unique abilities on the big screen. If you need proof of Trank's skills, look at the performance he got out of »
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We’re only kidding. Please don’t hurt us.It’s a super-packed show this week. Super-packed meaning: lots of superhero stuff. Ben Affleck’s Batman suit for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been revealed In Living Colour (although it’s still pretty black and white), plot details for that same movie – specifically how Superman’s Metropolis destruction binge affect the film’s events – have been reported, more bonkers plans for Spider-Man from the Sony email hacks and the directors for Marvel’s two part epic Avengers: Infinity War have been leaked. And it isn’t Joss Whedon *Gasp*!
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- Oli Davis
Landis has been behind Trailers from Hell for a while and he's also been making his own videos on YouTube but I haven't paid much attention until today when the web exploded with news that Landis had uploaded a short film titled Jane La.
The set-up is straight forward: Landis plays a version of himself, a filmmaker who is making a documentary about an art student named Jane (the titular Jane), played by Zena Grey, and her art project: making a bomb. Everyone seems to assume that Jane is off her rocker or exaggerating her bomb project, including Landis... or is she?
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Max Landis (Chronicle, and the upcoming American Ultra and Victor Frankenstein) has released a new short film called Jane La. The 12-minute short film is a documentary/found footage-style story about a girl named Jane who claims to be creating a bomb as an art project. How much of her plan is a joke and how much of it is real? […]
- Peter Sciretta
It looks like Tom Hanks is a Dave Eggers fan. The actor has already wrapped Tom Tykwer's adaptation of "A Hologram For The King," and now the actor is eying Eggers' "The Circle" for the big screen. Hanks is attached to star in and produce the movie, with James Ponsoldt ("Smashed," "The Spectacular Now") writing and directing the thriller about "a young woman who is hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency." The package is being shopped around but given the sketchy state of "Internet movies" ("Men, Women & Children," the not so promising looking "Blackhat") we wonder how many will bite, even with Hanks involved. [Deadline] Ashley Hinshaw ("Chronicle," "Goodbye To All »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Such a handsome Holmes…
“Say Hello To My Little Friend.” That’s a clue for who Marvel have contacted to add to their ever-expanding roster – find out who in this week’s Movie Newsgasm.
Speaking of Marvel (which we do a lot of at the moment), they’ve only gone and cast Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, The Imitation Game) as Doctor Strange. “Doctor Who?” you ask. That’s an entirely different show.
And finally, we’re chatting the movie version of Wikileaks – the hacking of Sony Pictures’ internal emails. Presumably by the Kingpin or some other mistreated fomer-Marvel property. Find out a few more of their bonkers ideas (Aunt May solo movie, anyone?) right here.
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- Oli Davis
During an interview with James Horner Film Music (via Cbr), composer James Horner has revealed why he opted against returning to score this year’s superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, stating that the movie “ended up being so terrible” that he simply didn’t want to do it.
“[Director Marc Webb] was very inexperienced and he and I had a very good relationship and the producers had their own opinion. And they didn’t want his input. And then Sony had their own, they just wanted action. To me, the whole thing about doing the first movie was I liked the director and there was a chance to write something for the two lead characters and then she dies in the next movie. But the next movie ended up being so terrible, I didn’t want to do it. It was just dreadful.”
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out now on Blu-ray »
- Gary Collinson
There’s been a lot said about the upcoming Josh Trank directed reboot The Fantastic Four in recent weeks since Toby Kebbell revealed some plot details about his character Dr. Doom, and most of it has been fairly negative.
Speaking recently to MTV’s Josh Horowitz, Miles Teller – who plays leader of the group Reed Richards – defended the reboot saying “We’re proud of what we did.”
The lack of marketing and unnecessary secrecy from Fox has also been another negative factor for the movie according to the internet and Teller responded by saying “If you want to go on the internet and find out what every person has to say about it, it’s very easy to find that and you can kinda get caught up in the whole thing.”
Teller also spoke about when we might see some footage, “We’re right on schedule…we shot the whole »
- Gavin Logan
The last time the super-powered quartet known as the Fantastic Four graced the big screen, filmgoers knew Chris Evans as the borderline reckless Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, a high contrast to his current turn as the responsible Captain America. The Fantastic Four reboot hits theaters from Fox next summer, but fans can get a taste of what’s to come with the recent reveal of the film’s synopsis.
20th Century Fox confirmed via IGN that the following description that appeared on Rotten Tomatoes is indeed the official synopsis of The Fantastic Four reboot:
“The Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save »
- Derek Anderson
Max Landis – screenwriter of Chronicle – has four, yes four movies dropping in 2015. Me Him Her starring Haley Joel Osment and Geena Davis, Victor Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, American Ultra starring Kristen Stewart and Topher Grace and Mr Right starring Anna Kendrick, Anson Mount and Sam Rockwell.
But it seems Landis isn’t satisfied with just four movies being released next year. In fact there is a fifth in development called Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling. It’s a short film and is being dubbed a kind of sequel to his early short parody film The Death and Return of Superman, which he wrote and directed in 2011 and cameoed the likes of Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore.
Landis made the announcement via a video and spoke exclusively to /Film about what to expect:
“It’s a Death/Return style retelling of 20 years of wrestling storyline. It’s fully actually crazy… »
- Gavin Logan
In 2012, Screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, and upcoming American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein) released a short film called The Death and Return of Superman which starred Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Ron Howard, Chris Hardwick, Simon Pegg and more. The short, described as “an educational parody,” told the hilarious, literal, insider version what happened in 1992 when DC Comics decided to kill, then […]
The post Watch: Max Landis Announces Death and Return Of Superman Sequel ‘Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
We’ve seen absolutely nothing in the way of promotional material from 20th Century Fox’s superhero reboot The Fantastic Four, but we do now have an official synopsis for the Josh Trank-directed film, which has made its way online via Rotten Tomatoes. Of course, this being The Fantastic Four, it’s giving very, very little away…
The Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
See Also: Is this the plot for The Fantastic Four?
- Gary Collinson
Earlier in the fall, we reported on the tension between 20th Century Fox and Marvel escalating to the point that the comic book company was ending their run of Fantastic Four comics in an effort to dilute interest in the forthcoming feature film reboot from Chronicle director Josh Trank. Indeed, the comic book has been ended for the time being, but there's no indication that this was done with malicious intent. However, you might raise an eyebrow when you see some frames from Punisher #12, the latest issue written by Nathan Edmondson and drawn by Mitchell Gerads. What unfolds is funny, but pretty messed up. Here's the frames in question from Marvel Comics Punisher #12 (via Comic Book Movie): Did you pick up on that? The name "Trang" is clearly a reference to Josh Trank, director of the forthcoming reboot of Fantastic Four, and the three people seen on the page certainly resemble Miles Teller, »
- Ethan Anderton
In the latest Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys looks at the rumoured Star Wars trailer for Episode VII: The Force Awakens, plot rumours for The Fantastic Four reboot and who is on the studio wishlist for X-Men roles Cyclops and Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse? See below for more information on the films discussed…
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
…is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »
- Oli Davis
Project Almanac follows a bunch of teens as they put a time machine together. Here's the new trailer and poster...
Arriving in cinemas next February is Project Almanac, a new time travel movie that has a flavour of Josh Trank's excellent Chronicle to it. Directed by Dean Israelite, the film follows a bunch of teenagers, who discover plans to build a time machine. As such, they build one, with the idea of correcting their past mistakes. As purveyors of time travel movies will well know however, things don't tend to work out like that.
So let's do them in order. Here's the poster first...
And then here's the new trailer for Project Almanac.
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The mysterious Fantastic Four is still shrouded in mystery with no production photos, no trailers and not even official synopsis released ahead of its release next August. But, it seems there is a possible leak in 20th Century Fox and the plot is finally arrived on 4Chan (via Cbm)
Or is it?
“Reed is a genius convenience store clerk with Ben. Reed’s parents don’t care about him, and Ben’s dad is abusive. They’re good friends and have each other’s backs. Reed writes a paper for community college on teleportation that attracts the attention of Dr. Franklin Storm, CEO of the Baxter Building research center.
Storm has a son, Johnny, and an adoptive daughter, Sue, whose father, Storm’s old partner, died in an experiment gone wrong. Johnny and Sue are party kids, and Sue is particularly disdainful of science. Reed and Sue don’t get along at first. »
- Luke Owen
As of now, there are already two Star Wars spin-off films lined up after Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives next December. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is already signed to direct the first one, arriving just one year after Episode VII, and Lucasfilm has already lined up Chronicle director Josh Trank to be at the helm of whatever spin-off will follow Episode VIII from Looper director Rian Johnson. However, is there a chance that another spin-off is in the works? The Better Angels director A.J. Edwards partook in a Reddit Ama and was asked about potential involvement in the revival of the Star Wars franchise. Read on! Now we're pretty sure that Edwards was just joking around (sarcasm is hard to detect in text, especially online), but the director responded, "Talking about it, not able to say a lot yet. It will focus on Mace Windu." Aside from the »
- Ethan Anderton
Lucasfilm is currently developing a few highly anticipated Star Wars projects. Outside of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rian Johnson is developing Episodes VIII and IX, and directors Josh Trank (Chronicle) and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) each working on standalone films that have yet to be revealed. Lucasfilm also has a third standalone film in the works, but as of right now no director has been hired to develop it yet.
We’ve heard rumors and speculation of Yoda, Han Solo, and Boba Fett possibly getting their own movies. But now it looks like we can add Samuel L. Jackson’s Mace Windu to the list. Now before you brush this off as just a rumor, it comes from a very interesting source.
- Joey Paur
Of the six Star Wars movies currently in the works at Disney and Lucasfilm, five have already found their directors. The saga movies are being taken care of by J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, with the former making Star Wars: The Force Awakens (a.k.a. Star Wars: Episode VII) and the latter making Episodes VIII and IX, and both Chronicle's Josh Trank and Godzilla's Gareth Edwards have been hired to make two of the three in-the-works "spin-off" movies. So who is directing the remaining feature? New evidence suggests that the gig could belong to up-and-coming filnmaker A.J. Edwards, and it's possible that we may already know what it will be about. In promotion of his new movie, The Better Angels, A.J. Edwards recently did an Ama session on Reddit, and when asked by a fan about his potential involvement with the future of the Star Wars »
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Convergence is described as a college-age ensemble piece in the vein of Flatliners, The Matrix, and Fight Club based on real life “science fact”. It follows a group of underground biotech engineers, including an MIT student wunderkind, exploring a new technology far beyond their expectations and beyond the limits of human control.
The actor, director, and producer currently stars as Stefan Salvatore on The CW’s hit show The Vampire Diaries. The series is in its sixth season and will return from its midseason hiatus with a January episode that Wesley directed, his second after making his directorial debut on the show last season.
“My first couple of hiatuses I was looking for indies to »
- Jen Yamato
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