Thank You All!

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by: Jay Carlson

The dates August 14th and 15th are pretty special to me. Chances are you had never heard of us before those dates last year. When I say us, I mean me, I was the only person writing on Indie Revolver back then. Those posts early on were probably not very good, I know I’d be embarrassed to look back at them now. Up until August 14th I was grinding away for quite a while, happy to just get a handful of daily clicks. I kept at it and when opportunity knocked I answered. The results of that knock were posted in the late afternoon of August 14, 2014 when I released the first images of the new Stormtrooper helmets from what was then only known as Star Wars: Episode VII. The images went viral and that one post was visited by over a million people in 24 hours. It was a whole new ballgame for us after that.

Since then we’ve been extremely lucky, I’ve had the opportunity to visit film sets, interview actors, writers and directors who I admire and watched a lot of films. Most importantly, I’ve spoken with a ton of other film fans. That’s what this was all about for me, meeting and talking to others who love movies the way I do.

I’d like to get gushy for a minute to deliver some specific thank-yous to some pretty special people…

There is my brother from another mother, S. Scott Stanikmas. Without S. Scott working like a madman, Indie Revolver would not be what it is. He honestly amazes me on a consistent basis, tirelessly spending his free time killing himself to pump out as many articles as possible… and he NEVER complains. Without him doing what he does, I would not have the opportunity to work equally hard, behind the scenes. I consider him a partner in every sense when it comes to Indie Revolver. I don’t say it enough, but thank you for coming on and shaping this whole thing with me.

There are my less frequent but still very talented contributors, Marcus Rivera and Adam Glass. You guys are a huge piece of Indie Revolver’s early identity and I’d love to see more of you both in the future.

Not to be forgotten is my wonderful fiancé and occasional contributor, Lizzy Ferro. I appreciate all the sacrifices you’ve made to allow me to pursue this thing and all the support along the way. It was your encouragement that kept me going early on.

I’d be remiss to not mention the help of Alisha Grauso. We haven’t talked in quite a while, but our talks and your encouragement early on meant a lot to me. I appreciate every opportunity and piece of advice you sent my way.

Andy Crump, we work in the same city and I see you out at screenings but we don’t talk nearly enough. You’re one of the most talented sons of bitches out there and are capable of making everyone else feel lazy and inadequate each time you post something new. You have been the most welcoming guy I’ve met while doing this. I owe you a helluva lot more than just a couple lines in this post.

Douglas, you’re one of my oldest and without a doubt my dearest friend. Your insight and critique have meant the world to me. You have contributed to what this has become in more ways than you could ever realize. You are the most talented, kindest and most generous person I have ever met. You make me strive to be better in every aspect of life each and every day. Julie, you get a gold star for allowing us to geek out about things that you and Lizzy Ferro could care less about.

Honorable mentions go to Gabriel Gray (whoever you are), Ervan Norman, Kelvin Chavez (a real class act), Umberto Gonzalez, Germain Lussier, Jeff Sneider, Jason Ward, Ryan Adams, Jaskee Hickman, Gallery 1988, Hero Complex Gallery and Maudie Garrett. Whether you realize your contributions or not, they were in there. (I apologize for anyone I left off, I’m sure there are a bunch.)

Most of all, YOU! You all make this so much fun. I am humbled by those of you who have sent words of encouragement to us. (Most recently @BenjaKenobi-it meant the world, by the way) I love talking to you all, so leave comments! I wish I heard from you all half as much as I hear from Droncz87. That guy is an all-star!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all so much. We’re just getting started!

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Alright, if you’ve made it this far I’d say you deserve a reward… What should it be….?

Here, have a look at a new piece of Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept art featuring Maz Kanata.

We’re told this image may come from the scene we referenced in our previous Knights of Ren article in which Maz is sharing a vision with Rey, Finn and Han. (Based off the description I’m reasonably certain this is the image that was referenced by MSW a while back here before we knew Maz was a she.)

 

Indie Revolver Exclusive: Possible Images of the Knights of Ren From ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

 

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by: Jay Carlson

This week, J.J. Abrams dropped some big pieces of news concerning Kylo Ren, the villain that’s had us all transfixed since we first saw that cross guard lightsaber spark to life. In the article that was run by Entertainment Weekly, Abrams divulged that Kylo Ren is not his given name, “He is a character who came to the name Kylo Ren when he joined a group called the Knights of Ren.”

This is a very interesting piece of information. Who are the Knights of Ren? What do they stand for? Are they affiliated with the Sith? While I can’t provide you with those details, I can give you a look at how the Knights of Ren might appear in J.J. Abrams first chapter in the Sequel Trilogy when it drops on December 18th.

These pieces of concept art certainly look like refined versions of Kylo Ren. If you think the villain himself looks like an amalgam of the images above and Darth Vader, it’s with good reason. EW’s article describes Kylo Ren as “Vader obsessive” with Abrams elaborating, “The movie explains the origins of the mask and where it’s from, but the design was meant to be a nod to the Vader mask,[Ren] is well aware of what’s come before, and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.”

The Knights of Ren that Abrams referred to sound very similar to The Clan or The Seven that Making Star Wars has written about previously HERE.

The pieces above as well as the ones below are images that were created early on and I believe to be versions of Kylo Ren that were evolving to the final design that we now know. My source tells me that some of these designs could have been re-appropriated and used as the Knights of Ren. If that’s the case it could very well have been used in the scene that MSW described in their piece.

I love that with every new piece of information that Abrams lets out into the world it expands the tapestry of The Force Awakens and makes us ask even more questions. He’s like a conductor and all we can do is hang on and take the ride.

‘The Walking Dead’ to Bring Zombies to the Friendly Skies in New Special

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

As zombie films and shows have made abundantly clear, being in an enclosed space with walking corpses is never an ideal situation. Most times it happens in a factory or an apartment and escape is possible. A few films, like World War Z and Flight of the Living Dead, showed us what could happen if that enclosed space happens to be cruising a few thousand feet above terra firma.

Now AMC and The Walking Dead want to put their own twist on the “zombies on a plane” story with their newest planned special.

The event is being categorized as a few different things. EW says that it’s a half-hour special, but that it will air online as special webisodes. This isn’t the first time the series will be experimenting with web-based content, but it is doing something new with their presentation of them. Those webisodes will then air during commercial breaks for the sixth season of The Walking Dead.

It’s not known just how many chapters this will be broken up into or exactly how it will air (online first, then TV or vice versa). What is known is that one surviving character from the incident will join the second season of AMC’s newest hit Fear the Walking Dead.

This is genius marketing on AMC’s behalf. By telling fans they plan on airing the chapter during commercials, but not at what time, they can now charge premium rates for ads. The Walking Dead is already a ratings juggernaut, but knowing that viewers will now sit through almost every commercial break to watch the next chapter in an ongoing mini-story, the network could now possibly demand top dollar for commercial time. Nothing in the range of the SuperBowl, but they could stand to make a decent profit off of this.

No character breakdowns or plot points were revealed, but since Fear the Walking Dead takes place in Los Angeles, odds are good this plane is from somewhere east of the City of Angels. This could mean we could get someone with a little East Coast or Midwest flair to diversify the cast a bit. A character who doesn’t know their way around the landscape will add an extra bit of danger to the proceedings. This person will most likely need to be watched over like a newborn until they get the lay of the land.

Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC now, and the sixth season of The Walking Dead premieres on Sunday, October 11 at 9pm with a special 90-minute episode.

‘The Shield’ Being Remastered in 4K for Blu-Ray and Streaming

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

I remember coming into The Shield a little late into its original run. But after marathoning four seasons on one weekend, I was hooked on the trials and tribulations of Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) and the rest of the Strike Team.

One of the things that made the show great was the way it was filmed. It had a grainy feel to it, like you were watching hidden camera footage of something that you shouldn’t be seeing. The show had a grimy feel to it, and with the subject matter and actions of the dirty cops, the look of the show was almost a character itself.

When I first heard that there were plans to bring The Shield to Blu-ray, I was a little skeptical. When cleaning up the transfer from film to 4K resolution, I was afraid that it would lose that graininess that made the show what it was.

But a string of tweets from creator Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) should put everyone’s minds at ease. Apparently Ryan is overseeing the process of transferring EVERY episode for the eventual release on streaming sites and Blu-ray:

Thrilled to announce that after months of talking/tests that Sony and Fox are moving forward with a 4K conversion of The Shield.

I was dubious going in since the gritty, grainy look of the show is so essential to its impact. But the tests really won me over.

Since we filmed on 16mm film and not digitally, Shield is an ideal candidate for this. Plus we always filmed for widescreen safe.

This will be a big project and will take some time. Current plan is to have all complete by 15th Anniversary of pilot – March, 2017.

I will personally oversee and approve the work on each episode and make sure that the quality is what it needs to be.

The tests showed that in 4K the gritty look could be maintained while updating it for a 2015 audience. It really looks spectacular.

This conversion will allow for the release of Blu-Ray DVDs as well as comply with most streaming sites that will soon be all 4K.

I pushed hard for this and want to thank everyone at Sony and Fox, especially Steve Mosko for making this happen.

I’ve always viewed The Shield as a legacy show and even when we were making it I obsessed with how it would be viewed in 10-15 years.

This 4K conversion of The Shield will allow it to live on in the digital age and I couldn’t be more excited.

Thanks to all Shield fans who clamored for this. Your voices were a big reason why Sony/Fox decided to move forward with this.

This is now one of my most anticipated Blu-ray releases. Having to wait until 2017 is a small price to pay for getting the show done the right way. I thought the show had one of the better finales of a TV show, with no real happy endings for any of the dirty cops involved.

With FOX becoming pickier and pickier about which TV titles get released on Blu-ray, I’m glad The Shield will be getting the recognition it so rightly deserves.

Matt Damon Spills Info on ‘Bourne 5’ Before Filming Begins

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Even though Jeremy Renner did a decent job in trying to take over the Bourne franchise, fans wanted Matt Damon back in the saddle. Damon made it known his return would be contingent on director Paul Greengrass stepping back behind the camera and Universal made it happen.

Not much has been divulged about the plot for Bourne 5, but that changed recently thanks to an interview Damon did on Buzzfeed. The actor talked a little bit about how he and Greengrass had kept in touch since The Bourne Ultimatum and talked about where the character of Jason Bourne could possibly go:

We always looked at those movies as really about the Bush presidency, and so we kind of had to wait for the world to change.

Without giving too much of it away, it’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world. It seems like enough has changed, you know? There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy.

We’re starting in Greece, you know, the beginning of democracy. And the movie ends in Las Vegas, the most grotesque incarnation of…

The actor cut himself off before finishing the sentence, probably afraid of revealing too much too soon.

It’s good to see that the Bourne saga is trying to keep up to date and current with the geo-political issues. Like the James Bond films, much has changed in the spy game since the series started, so evolution and not falling behind the times is key.

Returning alongside Damon onscreen will be Julia Stiles. Newcomers Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander have signed on for the upcoming film, which begins principal shooting next week. Viggo Mortensen was rumored to be in line to play the major baddie of the film, but nothing concrete has come out for that as of yet.

Bourne 5 is expected to hit theaters July 29, 2016.

Trailer: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records Chronicled in ‘All Things Must Pass’

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Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But thats not the story. All Things Must Pass is a feature documentary film examining this iconic companys explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon.FacebookTwitterOfficial WebsiteDirector Colin Hanks Writers Steven Leckart Actors Russ Solomon, Michael Solomon, Heidi Cotler, Mark Viducich, Stan Goman, Bob Delanoy, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, David Geffen, Dave Grohl Genre Documentary Run Time 1 hour 40 minutes Copyright to Production company

Who Wouldn’t Like to See Anne Hathaway in ‘The Shower’?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Anne Hathaway always manages to surprise people with the projects she chooses to get involved in. From comic book fare (The Dark Knight Rises) to musicals (Les Miserables) to highbrow sci-fi (Interstellar), the actress likes to keep her options open, and her latest project speaks to that.

The actress has decided to produce and star in the female-centric alien invasion comedy The Shower, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Shower has been said to be a mix of This Is the End, Attack the Block and Bridesmaids.

It begins at a baby shower on a bright, sunny day. Soon the sky turns dark due to a meteor shower. But his isn’t an average meteor shower. This intergalactic assault turns the men on Earth into bloodthirsty aliens. Now everyone on the XX side of the spectrum finds themselves fighting for their lives and the survival of the planet.

The film, written by Jac Schaeffer, was on last year’s Blacklist, a list of the best unproduced screenplays circulating in Hollywood. Schaeffer will also produce alongside Hathaway

Hathaway is excited to be a part of this film, as can be inferred from her statement:

Jac has written an awesome sci-fi comedy centered around funny, fully dimensional female characters. I feel so lucky to be a part of the team that will bring her enormously talented and fresh voice to the big screen.

The plan is to get a director and a few more stars on board before they begin shopping it around, so this is still in the very early stages.

This is the second time in the last few months that Hathaway has chosen something really outside her norm. She recently was announced as being attached to the kaiju film Colossal, which has been described as a combination of Godzilla and Being John Malkovich.

Warner Bros Wants to Show us ‘The Sky is Everywhere’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Showing that they don’t just do superhero films, Warner Bros has just recently optioned the young adult novel The Sky Is Everywhere.

The Hollywood Reporter recently got word that author Jandy Nelson’s 2010 debut novel has been picked up by the studio.

In the book, a high school student has to deal with the sudden loss of her sister. In her grief she finds herself attracted to two men. One is her sister’s boyfriend, who shares her grief and understands her loss. The other is a new arrival to her life that offers hope and a brighter path for her future.

This sounds like WB is looking to cash in on the recent string of teenage tear-jerker emotional films in the vein of The Fault in Our Stars and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

The book was on the longlist for the Carnegie Medal when it debuted. It has since been translated into over a dozen languages.

Nelson’s follow-up book, 2014’s I’ll Give You The Sun, was also picked up by Warner Bros prior to them getting The Sky Everywhere.

Synopsis for Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage’ Series Surfaces

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

We know that the Netflix / Marvel Studios series Jessica Jones is next to debut late this fall and season two of Daredevil is currently filming. That means the next show out of the gate will be Luke Cage, which starts production soon for a 2016 debut.

We know that Mike Coulter will play the titular Hero for Hire and that Alfre Woodard was recently cast in a prominent role. But we don’t know much about the premise yet…until now.

Heroic Hollywood managed to grab a synopsis of what the series will boil down to for its 13 episode run:

Luke Cage is a former gang member who is framed for a crime. In prison, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry, giving him super strength and bulletproof skin. Using his newfound powers, Cage escapes and becomes a hero for hire. His archenemy is Willy Stryker, a former childhood friend from Harlem. The two committed petty crimes together, and both fell for the same woman, Reva Connors, which led to their eventual falling out. It was Stryker who framed Cage for a drug deal that sent him to prison.

So the show will follow the early issues of the comic books, if this is to be believed. But it still leaves so many questions unanswered. Like will the series focus on Cage getting his revenge? Since he debuts in Jessica Jones with powers, will the majority of this be told in flashback, ala CW’s Arrow?  And how does Cage use his powers for the good of the people as a “hero for hire.”

Hopefully we get a little more in depth analysis as the series moves forward from pre-production to production to actually shooting.

Ridley Scott Sticks to Sci-Fi With his Next Film

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Director Ridley Scott has had a lot put on his plate recently. From sequels for the Alien and Prometheus franchises to the drug-running drama The Cartel to being a producer on Blade Runner 2, it’s a wonder the man has time to sleep, but he has narrowed down which of these projects will recieve his attention next.

And after weeks of speculation it can now be confirmed – Scott will be moving forward with Prometheus 2.

In an interview with Empire regarding the upcoming film The Martian, star Matt Damon was asked if the release date change affected the filmmaker. Damon said “Ridley was done with the movie about two weeks after we shot!” Scott, who was in the room as well responded with “I was already on to my next movie! I was starting to look for locations for my next movie, which is Prometheus 2.”

So now we know that Prometheus 2 will be moving forward, with a rumored January 2016 start date. And since Ridley wants Prometheus to move forward before the fifth Alien film (which is set to be directed by sci-fi wunderkind Neill Blomkamp), we’ll have to wait a little while longer for the saga of Ellen Ripley to be continued.

Not everyone liked Prometheus. I think it got a bad rap because everyone expected it to give us all the answers to the Alien questions we’d been holding for all these years. As its own film, I enjoyed it. I’m actually looking forward to seeing if we get to see the home world of the alien beings that came to Earth and created life.

No official timeline was released by FOX as to what will happen when, so for now we’ll keep our eyes open for the official announcements.

Michael B. Jordan to be One Half of ‘Blood Brothers’?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Another actor is looking to put the stink of Fantastic Four far behind him, “Hot” off of portraying Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch, actor Michael B. Jordan is in talks to portray Tree in the adaptation of the 2013 Dark Horse Comics miniseries Blood Brothers, according to The Tracking Board.

The story follows vampire friends Nick and Tree as they party through the ages. All parties eventually have to end and after over a thousand years of hanging out, a mid-life crisis threatens to tear the friends apart, but an apocalypse-minded megalomaniac will bring the friends back together to save the day…hopefully.

Screenwriters like Etan Cohen and Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly have taken a stab at writing the screenplay in the past, but it now seems like MGM is looking to have a new writer come on board. The studio wants something more in line with comedy buddy films like Lethal Weapon or 48 Hrs.

The comic, from writers Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller and artist Evan Shaner, has been likened in tone to Ghostbusters meets Men in Black.

Michael B. Jordan has a fantastic sense of humor. I can see him really shining in a role like this. If MGM can find a strong onscreen partner for Jordan, this could be a sleeper hit.

Could Mads Mikkelson be Feeling (Doctor) Strange?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

With Hannibal officially dead, Mads Mikkelson is free to pursue other projects and the studios have wasted no time in courting him, as rumors are swirling that the actor is being pursued by Marvel Studios for a role in the upcoming Doctor Strange film.

Variety reports that Mikkelson is in early talks for a villain role, but they can’t pin down exactly which bad guy the Danish actor will portray.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is already playing Baron Mordo, a classic Doctor Strange adversary, who trains with the good doctor under the Ancient One in the ways of the mystic arts, so that takes one name off the board.

He could be playing Dormammu, an otherworldy being who wants to invade this dimension. That would be interesting but it would require a lot of CGI – unless Marvel went another route and portrayed Dormammu differently than the comics. But with the rumors of this being akin to Fantasia and Inception in terms of visuals, I don’t think Marvel would feel weird about portraying Dormammu as he appears in the comics.

My theory – and it’s a long shot – would be a pretty cool one. Mads Mikkelson could play the king of the Vampires and help bring a classic Doctor Strange storyarc to the big screen. They wouldn’t have to use him fully. He could be used to tease a sequel. And with the rumors of a Blade series on Netflix surfacing recently, it would go a long way to tying in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Marvel Netflix Universe with crossover potential.

This isn’t the first time Marvel has gone after Mikkelson. The studio wanted him for Malekith in Thor: The Dark World, a role that eventually went to Christopher Eccleston. Hopefully this is the time that Marvel actually gets him, as I think working opposite Benedict Cumberbatch is actually a little more promising in this aspect.

Doctor Strange, which will be helmed by filmmaker Scott Derrickson, will open in theaters November 4, 2016.

Whoa! Finn Squares off Against Kylo Ren in New Instagram Video for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’!!!

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by: Jay Carlson

Wowza. The official Star Wars Instagram account released a new video today giving us some new looks at The Force Awakens. Most notably, the image above of Finn (John Boyega) firing up a lightsaber as Kylo Ren approaches. I love seeing Boyega with that lightsaber in his hands!

Take a look below!

PRESS RELEASE:
Today, Instagram announced that – in addition to square posts – you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on their platform. With this update, Instagram users can upload widescreen video which will be more cinematic than ever.

 

This morning, @StarWars released an exclusive look at their upcoming film, The Force Awakens, using Instagram’s new landscape orientation. As part of this collaboration, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the very first video content to be showcased in this new format for the Instagram community.

 

There has been an awakening… #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

A video posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on Aug 27, 2015 at 10:00am PDT

 
About “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by J.J. Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” releases in U.S. theaters on December 18, 2015.

A New Piece of Promo Art Shows Reveals Where the Lines are Drawn in ‘Captain America: Civil War’!

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by: Jay Carlson

Heroic Hollywood broke the news over who would be throwing down with who a couple weeks back, but today we have our first look at the match-ups via some leaked promotional art for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

Unfortunately absent from the art is Spider-Man and Scarlet Witch as well as the rumored possible appearance of Bruce Banner/The Hulk.

Comic Book Movie has a few other great pieces of promo art, so head on over and get psyched!

What do you think? It’s fun to see exactly where the battle lines are drawn.

The battle begins when Captain American: Civil War opens May 6, 2016!

First Look at Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in ‘Assassin’s Creed’!

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by: Jay Carlson

Today Yahoo released the first pic of Michael Fassbender suited up as Callum Lynch for film adaptation of the mega popular video game, Assassin’s Creed.

If you’re an Assassin’s Creed fan you might be wondering who the hell Callum Lynch is, as he doesn’t figure into any of the existing games. Fassbender’s Callum Lynch was created specifically for the film and is not a part of the established AC universe.

Yahoo also drops the bones to the plot: “Lynch discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. After gaining incredible knowledge and skills he’s poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day.”

Aside from Fassbender the film also stars heavy hitters Marion Cotillard and Michael Kenneth Williams. Assassin’s Creed is set to open on December 21st 2016.

 

Empire Releases Their ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Subscriber Cover and New Behind the Scenes Images!

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by: Jay Carlson

Empire dropped their newest subscriber cover for their upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens cover story as well as a couple new behind the scenes images.

The cover is OK, I personally preferred their non-subscription covers a bit more than this BB-8 one. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that BB-8 will be a great addition to the Star Wars droid family.

The behind the scenes images are nothing special. I’ll take them and a hundred others like them though. I just eat this stuff up.

What do you think? It’s all going to start coming fast and furious pretty soon as we get closer to December 18th!

 

The Iron Giant Coming Back to Theaters and Debuting on Blu-Ray! Check Out the Trailer!

 

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

It’s been more than sixteen years since The Iron Giant saw the inside of a movie theater. Since then director Brad Bird has gone on to do amazing things and Vin Diesel, the voice behind the titular character, has become one of the biggest action stars on the planet.

But for those who missed their chance to see this cinematic masterpiece on the big screen, fret no more. Fathom Events and Warner Bros will be bringing back The Iron Giant for an extremely limited engagement this fall.

The film will screen Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00PM with an encore showing on Sunday October 4 at 12:00PM in select markets.

The newly named The Iron Giant: Signature Edition will have two new scenes added in and will be available for purchase through digital retailers shortly thereafter in high-definition. And while no hard street date was given, for those of us who like physical media, the film is said to be making it’s blu-ray debut sometime soon.

I for one will not be missing out on seeing this on the big screen. I’ve also been waiting for a Blu-ray of The Iron Giant for quite some time now. With the timing of this I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the Blu hit stores before the end of the holiday season.

Official Press Release:

THE IRON GIANT: SIGNATURE EDITION

OPENING DATE:                               

Fathom Events on Weds., 9/30 at 7:00 pm and Sun., 10/4/15 at 12:00 pm 

MPAA RATING:      

PG for “fantasy action violence, language, some thematic material and smoking.”

SYNOPSIS:

When “The Iron Giant” arrived in theaters in 1999, it was hailed as an “instant classic” by Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal, and the world soon learned another giant had arrived as well: filmmaker Brad Bird, who made his stunning directorial debut with this film and has gone on to win two Oscars, as well as worldwide acclaim for his work on both animated and live-action features.  Winner of nine Annie Awards, “The Iron Giant” is being re-mastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes.

The film takes place in October of 1957, when America had plenty to be worried about.  Rock ’n’ roll.   Television.  The bomb.  And on the fourth day of that month, the Soviets successfully launched the first manmade satellite, Sputnik, into orbit.  The space race had officially begun.  The Cold War just got colder.  People were unsure about their neighbors, even questioning their friends.

In the small town of Rockwell, Maine, Annie Hughes (voice of Jennifer Aniston) is just worried about putting supper on the table for herself and her nine-year-old son, Hogarth (voice of Eli Marienthal).  A single mother holding down a job at the local diner, Annie has her hands full with Hogarth—headstrong and imaginative, always on the lookout for the latest attempted takeover by mutant aliens or subversive invaders.

So when a local fisherman comes into the diner with a tall tale about a huge metal man falling into the sea, the only one to pay him much attention is Hogarth, who sets out exploring to find the enormous robot.  What he does find is a 50-foot giant with an insatiable appetite for metal and a childlike curiosity about its new world.

Rumors of everything from an alien invasion to a Russian secret weapon bent on destroying Rockwell soon spread through the small town, prompting the arrival of government agent Kent Mansley (voiced by Christopher McDonald).  Keeping one step ahead of Mansley, Hogarth convinces his beatnik friend Dean (voiced by Harry Connick, Jr.) to hide the Iron Giant (voiced by Vin Diesel) in Dean’s junkyard.

But it isn’t long before the rumors turn into paranoia—the situation escalates and the possible destruction of Rockwell looms.  Hogarth turns to his friend, the Iron Giant, who ultimately finds its humanity by unselfishly saving the town’s residents from their own fears and prejudices.

In times like these, you really find out what your friends are made of…sometimes, it’s even metal.

Warner Bros. presents “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition,” a full-length animated motion picture directed by Brad Bird.  Produced by Allison Abbate and Des McAnuff, the screen story is by Brad Bird and the screenplay is by Tim McCanlies, based on the book The Iron Man, by British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.  It was executive produced by Pete Townshend and the music is by Michael Kamen.  The film also stars the voices of James Gammon (as Marv Loach / Floyd Turbeaux), Cloris Leachman (as Mrs. Tensedge), John Mahoney (as General Rogard) and M. Emmet Walsh (as Earl Stutz).  “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” is distributed by Warner Bros.

“The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” will be rereleased in theaters across the U.S. for a special Fathom Events screening on Wednesday, September 30, with an encore event on Sunday, October 4.  It is rated PG for “fantasy action violence, language, some thematic material and smoking.”

Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Re-Team With M. Night Shymalan

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

With his upcoming thriller The Visit, director M. Night Shyamalan looks to be back to his old ways in a good sense. And the word on The Visit is good enough that Shyamalan will be joining up with producer Jason Blum for his next project.

But that isn’t the only reunion set to happen. Deadline is reporting that Joaquin Phoenix will once again join Shyamalan for his next big screen project.

Phoenix first teamed with the director in 2002 for the alien invasion flick Signs. The duo would then work together again for the critically panned The Village. The two haven’t worked on the same project since that box office bomb.

Not much is known about exactly what the movie will be about, but with Shyamalan you can expect some kind of thrill element and a couple of twists and turns.

Phoenix is known to be picky about what projects he does and he tends to pick movies based on which interesting directors he gets to work with. Hopefully this turns out to be another success for the two, as Shyamalan could be poised for a comeback after his series Wayward Pines debuted to good reviews this past spring.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Takes Over IMAX Screens for a Full Month

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

A film’s timeframe in IMAX theaters is getting increasingly shorter, with most movies only getting a week or two before another film takes its place. With the news a few months ago of the films that Disney and Warner Bros have lined up for the premium theater experience, this has never been more factual.

But that will be changing this winter. The Hollywood Reporter has the word that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has nailed down every IMAX screen in North America for a full month for its initial release.

The last time a deal like this went down for extended stays it was for all three of The Hobbit films. So while a deal like this isn’t common it also isn’t unheard of.

This doesn’t just apply to regular theaters with IMAX screens like Regal, AMC and Cinemark but also to non-theater chains and museums that have IMAX. While these screens showed films like Interstellar and Gravity for their scientific merit, it’s going to be stretch justifying Star Wars.

As if The Force Awakens wasn’t already going to dominate theaters this holiday season, now it’s almost guaranteed to bring in record breaking box office numbers. Could it dethrone Jurassic World as the number one film in receipts before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st? I’m willing to bet Disney is banking on it.

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer Teaming up for a New Project

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

File this under news you never thought would happen – apparently Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer will be writing and starring in a movie together at some point in the future.

Lawrence recently sat down for a talk with the New York Times and dropped the bomb that she and Schumer had become best buddies and writing partners for a movie they plan on co-starring in:

We play sisters. We’re almost done writing. It just flowed out of us. We’ve got about 100 pages right now.

Amy and I were creatively made for each other. We have different flavors. It’s been the most fun experience of my life. We start the day off on the phone, laughing. And then we send each other pages. And we crack up. I’m flying out tomorrow to see her in Chicago. We’ll write a little bit with her sister, Kim, who worked with Amy when she was writing Trainwreck.

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There have been photos surfacing of the two hanging out this past summer like the best of friends at summer camp, but I never would have thought this kind of a collaboration would have come from it. While she has been known to be witty at press junkets and the like, Lawrence has never shown an interest in comedies before. It may just be that she’s never been offered one, so this will be a new venture for the actress.

Schumer has become the new comedy go-to girl, with Trainwreck being a hit with the critics and doing a decent amount of bank at the box office this summer.

As of now, this project is still in the very early stages. There hasn’t been any word on interested studios, but with Schumer’s name attached and Lawrence nabbing her first screenwriting credit, this seems like a no-brainer for a major studio to pick up and turn a decent profit on.

Keep checking back as we’ll keep our ears open for any further developments.

 

Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano and Rachel Weisz Star in the Trailer for ‘Youth’

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From Paolo Sorrentino, the internationally renowned writer and director of Italy’s Oscar-winning foreign language film The Great Beauty, comes YOUTH – a poignant tale of how we each find our own passion in life.  Starring Academy Award winner Michael Caine as Fred and Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel as Mick, YOUTH explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz), Mick is intent on finishing the screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (Academy Award winner Jane Fonda). And where will inspiration lead their younger friend Jimmy (Paul Dano), an actor grasping to make sense of his next performance? Set against a sprawling landscape of unforgettable sights and intoxicating music, YOUTH asks if our most important and life-changing experiences can come at any time – even late – in life.

Jason Mitchell Trades the Mean Streets of Compton for ‘Skull Island’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

It looks like the jungles of Skull Island just got a little more gangsta.

Jason Mitchell, the actor currently heating up screens as Eazy-E in Straight Outta Compton, has signed on to take a trip to the home of the world’s most famous ape in Kong: Skull Island.

Mitchell has signed on for the role of an easy going pilot.

The Hollywood Reporter dropped the news that Mitchell had joined the upcoming film that retells the origins of King Kong for a new generation. The actor will rejoin his Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins (who portrayed Dr. Dre), Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Toby Kebbell.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing the film which is set to begin filming in Hawaii in late October.

Kong: Skull Island saw some major setbacks with the loss of J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton. There were rumors that actors like Samuel Jackson and Russell Crowe were in the running to replace the actors and take on some of the meatier roles in the film, but no official word on replacements has been dropped yet.

What do you think? Are you ready to take a trip to Skull Island?