Indie Revolver Exclusive: A Synopsis and Very Early Look at the Judd Apatow Created Netflix Original Series ‘Love’ Starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust

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by: Jay Carlson

Not only am I a nerd for film, I’m keenly interested in all aspects of how a film comes together. These days, outside of the actual film or show, the most important ingredient for a project’s success is marketing and promotion.

Growing up, I loved souvenir movie magazines, the opportunity to devour images and information from behind the scenes was like a drug to me. Unfortunately, there weren’t nearly enough of these magazines to satiate my need for film “stuff”. Then came the easiest things I could  get my hands on growing up in a small town, posters from my local video store and advertisements from movie magazines.  (I was always partial to the size of the glossy film ads in Premiere Magazine.)

From floor to ceiling my walls were covered with these pieces of movie advertising. My favorites were always alternative pieces of advertising, the lesser seen pieces that weren’t as popular as the key theatrical art. (This may explain my love of the alternative covers that Criterion produces for their releases) Even though I didn’t care very much for the film, I was partial to a large illustrated newspaper ad for Stallone’s Judge Dredd that had three vertical boxes with Stallone on top labeled “The Good”, a robot in the middle labeled “The Bad” and one of the interesting looking crazies outside the city walls labeled “The Ugly”.

If you’re like me and this kind of stuff interests you as well, you might dig the images below from the upcoming Judd Apatow created Netflix show Love starring Community alum Gillian Jacobs and comic actor Paul Rust. Please note that these are VERY rough mock-ups and are NOT final marketing pieces for the show. The first image is lifted directly from a scene in Community (That is Joel McHale on the left). These are internal pieces meant to convey tone and narrow down which direction the marketing team plans to go. They were never intended for public consumption.

A quick one liner for the show describes it as:

A comedic and down-to-earth look at dating from creator Judd Apatow (Director of Trainwreck, Knocked Up and This is 40). The Netflix original series follows Gus (Paul Rust) and Mickey’s (Gillian Jacobs) relationship, showing both the male and female perspective as they navigate the good and bad, the exhilarations and humiliations on their way to Love.

I don’t know if there is another director working today that has Apatow’s uncanny ability to balance hilarity and genuine emotion the way he does. I loved Gillian Jacobs on Community and Paul Rust has been on the verge of breaking through for a while now. I’m really hopeful that this Netflix series is going to be something special.

What do you think? Leave us a comment below!

 

Indie Revolver Exclusive: Dan Aykroyd’s Cameo in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters Revealed!!

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by: Jay Carlson

Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters has been shooting in Boston for a few weeks now with numerous pieces being teased by Feig via his official Twitter. We all know that Bill Murray has been VERY public about his reticence in reprising the role of Peter Venkman and Ernie Hudson has made his thoughts known about Feig’s remake. This leaves fans of the original film to wonder what role, if any, the final original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd might be playing.

Our good friend on the set, “The Twirp”  has exclusively revealed to us that Aykroyd is cameoing as a Cabbie in the new film and that he was on set filming his scene last night. The scene featured Kristen Wiig attempting to gain access to Aykroyd’s cab in vain. At some point Aykroyd throws out the iconic line, “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” and drives off with Wiig yelling something along the lines of “That’s a double negative! That means you ARE afraid of ghosts!”

UPDATE: We now have confirmation from the man Himself via his Twitter! (The tweet was subsequently deleted, but plenty of people managed to grab it before it was locked away in containment)

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This scene described above is everything that’s wrong with the remaking Ghostbusters. Feig has previously stated his need to reboot the series, rather than create a sequel, was in order to have a fresh universe without a public that is aware of ghosts and ghostbusters, but it seems they are doing everything possible to reference the original films instead of creating something truly original. I genuinely hope that this turns out to be better than it sounds. Feig is a terrific director and his cast is top notch. I just hope they rise above creating an entire film full of references to the originals.

What do you think? Are you at all excited at for Feig’s Ghostbusters?

S. Scott Remembers “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubblegum.”

Today is a sad day. Roderick Toombs, better known to the world as pro wrestler and movie star “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has passed away today due to an apparent cardiac arrest. The WWE Hall of Famer was 61.

Piper was best known for his quick wit and rugged in-ring style. He was a great babyface (good guy in wrestling terms) but he was an even better heel. The silver-tongued wrestler created a character based on his Scottish heritage and was usually seen sporting a kilt in the ring.

He started wrestling in promotions across the U.S., garnering experience in the AWA in the Midwest, the NWA on the west coast and in Georgia Championship Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic in the southeast during the 70s and 80s.

Soon Piper was lured to Vince McMahon’s WWF in the mid-80s and was an integral part of the Rock and Wrestling movement, which saw pro wrestling move more into the mainstream. Piper was involved in classic feuds with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Mr. T and many others. He even drew the ire of pop singer Cyndi Lauper.

Roddy Piper soon turned his eye to the acting world, often getting parts in some rather questionable films. A lot of Piper’s work was C-level or worse, but the Rowdy Scot was always entertaining. I’ll never forget his greatest role, as Nada in John Carpenter’s sci-fi classic They Live.

Piper never really left either world for too long. He wrestled well into the 2000s, when he should have been retired and working as a backstage agent. He took various acting jobs too, doing on-offs on TV shows and random movies here and there.

I was a huge fan of the “Hot Rod” and really enjoyed what he did, both in and out of the ring. I’ve barely scratched the surface of what he accomplished in his life in my writings here. Needless to say, I’m just really sad today.

Rest in Peace, Rowdy One. You’ve earned it.

RIP legend. I first met this wrestling icon when I was 12yrs old when he was wrestling my pops the WWE. For weeks and weeks after that meeting I would have my mom set up a video camera in the kitchen as I would “become” Hot Rod and mimmic and emulate his every word, style, swag, heat, cool cockiness and all delivered with his classic smile (and my awful 12yr old afro).He was a huge influence on me as a kid and an even bigger one when I became The Rock in the WWE. Thank you Roddy for all the talks, all the stories (especially the crazy ones about my grandfather and grandmother😂) all the advice and most importantly.. all the memories of you entertaining us fans. You’re missed my friend. Heaven just got a lil’ rowdier… Rest in love ~ DJ #JustWhenTheyThinkTheyHaveAllTheAnswers #HotRodChangesTheQuestions

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‘Wonder Woman’ to Shoot This Fall, ‘Justice League’ Starts in the Spring

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

It feels like Warner Bros is rushing into things with their DC Cinematic Universe.

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is in the midst of post-production and Suicide Squad is right in the middle of their shooting schedule. But it looks like WB wants to keep the train rolling along and has scheduled the shooting timeframes for the next two films.

According to Empire’s recent BVS story, we’ve got a good idea as to where the films are headed and just how busy the producers on these films really are:

Logistically it is staggering. As Batman V Superman gains its coat of special effects, and the various stages of editing, scoring, grading and sound mixing are completed, Deborah Snyder, along with Roven, is watching over a sandbox that stretches around the world. Jenkins is in London prepping Wonder Woman, which will shoot there this autumn. Suicide Squad, already well underway in Toronto under the earthy gaze of Ayer, will shoot through to September. “I do watch the dailies,” she promises, enthusing about the film’s “street quality.” They are already doing soft prep for the Justice League, which will begin shooting in the spring, and overseeing the script for Aquaman, which James Wan will direct.

This just feels…wrong. I get that the studio wants to keep things going, especially if Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad are hits. You want to keep the momentum rolling. And besides that, they’ve already announced release dates for these films up through 2020, so they have a tight schedule to adhere to.

I hate that Warner Bros isn’t letting this happen naturally. When Marvel Studios started their Universe with Iron Man and Phase One, there was no public announcement of Phase One. They let fans get excited about each film as it came out and then said “Oh, by the way, we’ve got this coming out too!” Now when they release a slate of films for a Phase, it’s not to force these films down the movie-going public’s throat – it’s to amp excitement that has been earned and justified after eight years of really good films.

Starting next year, the fans and Warner Bros will start to see if all this prep work pays off. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016 with Suicide Squad dropping a few months later on August 5. Wonder Woman debuts on June 23, 2017 with the first Justice League movie coming out November 17, 2017.

Rumor: Who is Jena Malone Playing in ‘Batman V Superman’?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Some time ago, it was rumored that Jena Malone was up for a big role in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. When she showed up with red hair, and with the Dark Knight Returns look of Batman, everyone thought that she’d be a dead ringer for future Robin, Carrie Kelley.

Then the full trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con and we saw a Robin suit that had been desecrated by the Joker, leading us to believe that maybe the Dark Knight detective would be going sidekick-less in his war against the Man of Steel.

Latino Review has a couple of sources that are telling them that Malone will still have a presence as a well-known member of the Batman family.

Apparently the actress will portray Barbara Gordon in Dawn of Justice. Comic readers should be familiar with that name, as she’s the daughter of Jim Gordon, one time Police Commissioner of Gotham City. She’s perhaps better known by her crimefighting aliases – acrobatic superheroine Batgirl and (later on after she loses the use of her legs) the information broker Oracle.

For now, this is just a rumor that’s circulating. We know that Jena Malone will be in BVS, but we still don’t know for sure just how big her role will be.

I think I’d actually like it better if she were Oracle, having lost her ability to walk during the Metropolis incident between Superman and Zod. If she retired from superheroics along with Bruce Wayne after the (possible) “Dead Robin” event, this would give her some motivation to get back in the game and give Batman a much needed edge in the information department.

Ivan Reitman Says the Only New Ghostbusters is Paul Feig’s Film

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Ivan Reitman just took the dreams of a lot of fans, tossed them into the air, slid the trap under it and sucked them right in.

The other day, it was reported that Drew Pearce let loose with some info about another Ghostbusters film to follow Paul Feig’s and that Sony was looking at Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt to lead that team. It seems Pearce may have been talking a little prematurely.

The man who directed the first two GB films and is acting as producer on the one with the women’s team currently filming sent out an email to clarify just where the world stands in terms of another film, this time with a team of guys:

There has been a lot of excitement recently about what is happening with the Ghostbusters franchise. As the producer of the new Ghostbusters film, I feel the need to clarify. There is only one new Ghostbusters movie and that is the Paul Feig directed version coming next July, presently filming and going fantastically. The rest is just noise.

The funny thing is, Reitman himself talked about expanding the Ghostbusters universe in the early spring. Maybe the studio is getting cold feet now in light of all the bad feelings that have been circulating from fans regarding Feig and his all-female squad of paranormal experts?

We can’t say for sure, but it looks like we can put the thoughts of any other Ghostbusters films on hold for now.

Perhaps Sony will revisit the idea after the new film debuts next year and the box office receipts come in, showing whether the fans are receptive to the new team or not.

Revealed: The First Look at ‘Lost’ Alum Ken Leung in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’!

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by: Jay Carlson

One of the best things about the last seasons of Lost was Miles Straume, the sarcastic medium who saw dead people. It’s not surprising that actor Ken Leung made an impression on J.J. Abrams during his time on the hit ABC show. Leung also popped up for a guest stint on the Abrams produced, Person of Interest a few years later. Over the years and many projects Abrams has gone back to his stable of trusted actors, using Keri Russell, Jorge Garcia, Jennifer Garner, Michael Emerson and childhood friend Greg Grunberg over multiple projects.

It had been rumored for a while now that Leung had been added to Abrams’ Force Awakens cast, today that looks to be confirmed with an image released by Star Wars 7 News. You’ll recall they also released some other looks at familiar characters not too long ago. The image below of Leung looks to come from that same set of reference images.

Leung spoke briefly about his Star Wars experience with Sinembargo:

It is more than an honor [to be in Star Wars], it is like an amusement park for adults, as it is all very magical, as if you were a child, it is rare, something really great and I can not say more than I am there, because everything is so secret, It was just my pages, I could not leave my dressing room because there were planes trying to take pictures of us, a real secret. 

What do you think? Were you a fan of Leung on Lost or any of his other roles over the last two decades?

 

 

 

 

 

Trailer: Cary Fukunaga Teams up With Idris Elba to Bring us ‘Beasts of no Nation’

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Based on the highly acclaimed novel, director Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation brings to life the gripping tale of Agu (newcomer Abraham Attah), a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country. Idris Elba dominates the screen in the role of Commandant, a warlord who takes in Agu and instructs him in the ways of war.

A Chilling New Trailer for ‘Black Mass’ Starring Johnny Depp and an All-Star Cast!

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Three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Finding Neverland,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) stars as notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in the drama “Black Mass,” directed by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”).


The film also stars Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) as FBI Agent John Connolly; Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) as Whitey’s brother, powerful State Senator Billy Bulger; Rory Cochrane (“Argo”) as Steve Flemmi, Whitey’s closest partner in crime; Jesse Plemons (TV’s “Fargo”) as Whitey’s main henchman, Kevin Weeks; and Kevin Bacon (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.” TV’s “The Following”) as FBI Special Agent in Charge Charles McGuire.

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster Jimmy Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement while consolidating his power and becoming one of the most ruthless and dangerous gangsters in Boston history.

Cooper directed “Black Mass” from a screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick and Tyler Thompson produced the film, with Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Christopher Woodrow, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serving as executive producers.
The film also stars W Earl Brown (“Draft Day”) as Bulger hit man Johnny Martorano; David Harbour (“End of Watch”) as FBI Agent John Morris, who is complicit in the deal between Bulger and Connolly; Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) as Lindsey Cyr, Whitey’s former girlfriend and mother of his only child; Julianne Nicholson (“August: Osage County”) as John Connolly’s wife, Marianne; Corey Stoll (“The Bourne Legacy”) as federal prosecutor Fred Wyshak; Peter Sarsgaard (“Blue Jasmine”) as Brian Halloran; Adam Scott (ABC’s “Parks and Recreation”) as FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick; and Juno Temple (“Maleficent”) as Flemmi’s young mistress, who is also his own stepdaughter, Deborah Hussey.

 

New Hi-Res Shots From ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’!

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by: Jay Carlson

New crisp, hi-res shots from the upcoming Empire Magazine have hit, giving us some new looks at the main players in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

At first I was digging the new batsuit but the more I see, the less I love it. Earlier I was speaking to a friend about the images and he brought up a lot of solid points. All of the proportions are just weird for Affleck in the batsuit. His head looks giant, his neck is like a tree trunk, his legs look too thick… all around he looks too bulky to be as limber and acrobatic as Batman is supposed to be (Even an older DKR era Batman). I honestly can’t tell if they’re trying to represent that those are his real muscles in the suit, if that’s the case they’re failing. Also, why does the batsuit look like it was designed on Krypton?

I get that Snyder is looking to make his Batman as close to Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns Batman as possible, but a literal interpretation of that comic book version just looks weird in the “Real” world he’s trying to establish. It’s as if Snyder ultimately was wishing he could throw a cowl on Mickey Rourke’s Marv from Sin City and call him BatmanYou can’t aim for super-realistic world and have your Batman look identical to Miller’s comic source material, it just doesn’t translate well.

Take Temple of Doom for instance, even with the cartoony elements, the John Williams score throughout punctuating and shaping moments, the comedy and horror and action all treated in the same stylized manner they are able to get away with every plot hole, every impossible stunt. These films taking themselves SO seriously that it ultimately weakens the final product, it puts the spotlight on every ridiculous impossibility. You have to balance it out if you want people to accept the ride and not focus on the stuff that doesn’t make sense. I don’t feel like they’re doing that at all with these films.

It seems these days, if you have anything critical to say about DC it means you’re a Marvel fanboy and vice versa. I’m not picking a side in this East Coast/West Coast rap war. The side I choose to be on is the great movies side. There’s plenty of room for both companies over here.

Trailer: A New Look at Emily Blunt and Benecio del Toro in Denis Villeneuve’s Badass ‘Sicario’

 

In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman.

In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs.

Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.

Tom Cruise Talks M:I6 and ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Sequel!

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

With Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation set to hit theaters this week, it may be a little premature to talk about sequels. But never let it be said that star Tom Cruise lacks confidence in his projects.

The actor recently stopped by The Daily Show and talked to host Jon Stewart about the future of the IMF squad:

We’re starting to work on it now. We’ll probably start shooting it next summer.

Usually a sixth installment of a franchise like this would depend on the box office receipts, but with the positive reviews already trickling out, it looks like Cruise is sure that we’ll get another Mission: Impossible film.

If they do begin filming as early as next summer, this could be the quickest turn-around in between sequels for the series.

Also in an interview with MTV, the actor talked about the possibility of a sequel to the 2014 sci-fi action flick Edge Of Tomorrow:

I pitched it to [Rogue Nation director and Edge of Tomorrow screenwriter Christopher] McQuarrie and [Edge of Tomorrow director] Doug [Liman]. We were there one night and I was like, I’ve got an idea for it.

Very vague. The first film earned its ending and left things resolved, but if the studio thinks that money might be made and Tom Cruise wants to do it, odds are it will find its way to the big screen. Cruise also talked about Emily Blunt, saying she would have to be involved if they moved forward.

Edge of Tomorrow was a great film and frankly does not need a sequel. I liked that it felt like the focus was on making one great film, rather than setting up a franchise to be milked over and over again. Hopefully this is just talk that will go no further.

What do you think? I’d rather see more Mission: Impossible entries than another Edge of Tomorrow film.

They Say This Cat ‘Shaft’ is a… FUNNY (?) Mother- Shut Your Mouth!

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Not too long ago, it was revealed that New Line was working on getting a reboot of Shaft into theaters. Now some new information has come forward and it looks…iffy.

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Goldbergs writer Alex Barnow have been tapped to tackle scripting duties on the film, according to Deadline. And it’s also being reported that the film will now be shifted from gritty urban-action thriller to action comedy.

The original film from 1971 starred Richard Roundtree as the badass P.I. and spawned two sequels. It’s considered one of the earliest examples of Blaxplotation cinema and also kind-of a classic. Fans thought the 2000 reboot with Sam Jackson as the nephew of the original Shaft as sacrilege until they saw that Jackson and director John Singleton treated the property with some reverence.

This new version is already being met with resistance. One very vocal opponent is current Shaft comic book writer David F. Walker. The writer recently penned an open letter to express his dislike of the announced direction the film may take:

[Y]our solution is to take the most iconic hero in the history of black popular culture—something that is missing from the cinematic landscape right now—and turn him into some kind of comedic figure. Congratulations for your forward thinking, New Line and Mr. Davis. Because God knows that what black people—as well as the rest of America—needs right now is ANOTHER black man cracking jokes to distract us from all that ails us. We can leave the superheroics to the white guys, but the black hero can only be heroic if he is wrapped in a comedic package. I believe I speak for many people when I say, “No thanks, and fuck you.”

Wow. Tell us how you really feel!

Seriously though, I get where Walker is coming from. He feels like the studio is taking what should be a strong icon for the black community and turning him into a joke. It works for some franchises, to take their premise and go goofy as a kind of commentary on culture today. And while Barris has been known to tackle sensitive racial issues on Black-ish with respect and a sense of humor, I don’t think that is what’s needed for a Shaft film.

No movie ever makes everyone truly happy. But right now, this seems like a film that is going to divide audience’s right down the middle.

‘Nosferatu’ Remake Finds a Director!

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

One of the greatest adaptations of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula isn’t even an official version. F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu is a classic in its own right though. Made in 1922, the silent film is a creepy and atmospheric masterpiece that still stands strong almost 100 years later.

While the vampire story has been done over and over again, there’s just something about Murnau’s film that sets it apart from all others.

Deadline is reporting that Jeff Robinov’s new production company, Studio 8, has been chasing hard to get a remake going. They finally acquired the rights and have even nailed down a director.

Robert Eggers, writer and director of the Sundance darling The Witch, has been tapped to write and direct the upcoming remake.

If you haven’t heard of Eggers or The Witch, don’t feel bad. While it got rave reviews at Sundance, not one frame of the film has been seen outside of the festival…not even a trailer. Hopefully A24 (the studio behind that and a slew of awesome films this year) will get the ball rolling and give us a taste of what Eggers can do before he starts production on Studio 8’s project.

Deadline says that this will be “a visceral adaptation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film masterpiece that brings the horrific vampire of Eastern European folklore back to the screen.” With the excellent reviews that The Witch had coming out of Sundance, I’m hoping that the director can bring something truly horrific and scary to this project.

Murnau set the bar high, hopefully Robert Eggers is up to the challenge.

Will Channing Tatum Leave ‘Gambit’ and Start Busting Ghosts With Chris Pratt?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

When one door closes another one opens, or so the saying goes and apparently the door may be closing on Channing Tatum playing a mutant for FOX.

The Wrap is reporting that Tatum may be getting ready to walk away from the upcoming Gambit film, which is sad as it was supposedly a passion project for the actor. This comes on the heels of the news that director Rupert Wyatt has recently been screen-testing female leads with the actor, including French actress Lea Seydoux.

If the deal with Channing Tatum does fall through, the studio would need to find a new leading man rather quickly, as filming was slated to begin this fall to hit the theatrical release date of October 7, 2016.

Don’t think Tatum would just sit on laurels resting though. The actor has 23 Jump Street in the works and a possible directorial debut to think about.

And there’s still Ghostbusters rumors swirling.

Tatum and Chris Pratt were two names bandied about this past spring in regards to a male-centric Ghostbusters film as a companion piece to Paul Feig’s upcoming all-women team. Marvel Studios go-to directors Anthony & Joe Russo were said to be in line to direct.

But Tatum’s reps said that it wasn’t happening and Pratt said that he was too busy. So that squashed that idea… Until Drew Pearce talked to MTV while promoting Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation.

Pearce was in talks to write the Ghostbusters script and apparently he didn’t get the word that the project was put on hiatus, because he finished preliminary work on it!

I’ve finished my work on that in the last couple weeks. Obviously it’s top secret, but there’s a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, and the Russo brothers — who did Captain America: The Winter Soldier and are doing Civil War at the moment — and Ivan Reitman, who did the original movie, are going to take that and run with it. Obviously I cannot tell you what it is, but hopefully in one year’s time you’ll know!

Pearce clarified a bit on Twitter:

When asked about Tatum and Pratt being involved, Pearce had the following insight:

That’s definitely the cast we’ve been thinking about as we approach the project. Whether that happens or not is very much above my pay grade. It’s just my job to give them something exciting that maybe they’ll do.

So it may just be behind-the-scenes talk as far as the two actors go, but it’s promising that it might still be talked about by high-ranking studio execs.

Pearce is still under the impression that he’s writing for a shared universe, which he has experience doing when he wrote for Marvel Studios doing Iron Man 3:

My personal inclination is to try and make everything occur in the same Ghostbusters universe, because I feel, as a fan, that’s what I would want. Here in New York, you just wanna tie it all together. Whether that happens or not we’ll see, but I’ve certainly given them the tools to do that, I hope.

As much as I’d love to see Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt bust ghosts, I’d still rather see Tatum doing a bad cajun accent as Gambit. I feel like Feig’s Ghostbusters may just kill any future installments Sony has planned and Gambit would be a more solid career choice.

As always, check back here for more news as these stories develop.

Trailer: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams put a ‘Spotlight’ on the Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

 

Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, Brian D’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci, SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Thomas McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest crime stories in modern times.

Will Michael Douglas be Back for More Marvel Movies?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Paul Rudd may be Scott Lang and have the suit, but Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym was the first Ant-Man. I really liked the teacher / student dynamic that went on between the two in Ant-Man. They had good onscreen chemistry, which is essential for the kind of passing-the-torch film Ant-Man was.

Peyton Reed has said in interviews if he gets the chance to do an Ant-Man sequel, he’d actually like to do a prequel, showing the exploits of Hank Pym with the suit and size-changing Pym Particles.

That may be a little easier said than done though.

Apparently, Michael Douglas was only signed on for the one film. Crazy, right? In this day and age, when Marvel Studios seems to sign everyone to multi-picture deals, Douglas was only signed on for the first Ant-Man.

In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, Douglas confirms his status as a “One-and-done” star:

I’m not signed up to anything more. I’ve learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way but if not I’ve enjoyed the experience. Now that I understand a bit more about Hank Pym too. I think in this one I had to carry a lot of plot and exposition. In the next one I hope things get a little more bizarre the Quantum Realm!

At least he sounds like he’d be down for more films. If they do wait until a sequel to start talking to him about re-signing and doing a mutli-picture deal, they’ll have a good chunk of time to do it. With Marvel Studio’s Phase Three already set until 2019, we most likely won’t get an Ant-Man sequel until well into the next decade.

But the character of Ant-Man won’t be forgotten. Scott Lang will show up in other Marvel movies, including the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, which is filming now to hit theaters next May.

Tommy Lee Jones Joins Matt Damon for Bourne 5

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Matt Damon needs to watch his back – he’s going to have a U.S. Marshal on his tail!

Tommy Lee Jones has signed on for the next Bourne Identity franchise film, according to Variety. Nothing official has been released about his character, but sources for Variety indicate that Jones will play a CIA Agent like Edward Norton, Brian Cox, Chris Copper and David Starthairn before him.

Beside Damon and Jones, Julia Stiles has also signed on for the next film, most likely to reprise her role as Nicky. Alicia Vikander has been signed for a mystery role and Viggo Mortenson is being pursued to be the main villain.

Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, returns to helm this film as well. As a matter of fact, Matt Damon said that the only way he’d return is if Greengrass did as well.

Nothing has been released story-wise, but we do know that the film will once again put superspy Jason Bourne back into the cinematic spotlight. This comes after the fourth film, The Bourne Legacy, veered away from Damon’s character and followed Bourne-esque agent Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner.

Filming for the as-yet-titled Bourne film is expected to start later this summer so that the movie can make its July 29, 2016 theatrical release date.

New Deadpool Images hit the Internet

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

With a new trailer set to hit any day now, some images from the upcoming Tim Miller-directed Deadpool film have surfaced. These images from Empire show ‘Pool with the two ladies in his life – his girlfriend Vanessa and his sidekick Negasonic Teenage Warhead.

The leaked San Diego Comic-Con footage confirmed that we’ll get the origin of the Merc with a Mouth, showing him before and after the process that gives him his superpowers. These images bore that out, as we see Wade Wilson (DP’s real name) in civvies with his best girl Vanessa. Then we have the after, as he’s covered head-to-toe in his classic read and black togs with NTW in tow.

There’s also a pic of Deadpool just holding some swords. Which is always a welcome sight.

You wouldn’t know from looking at these pics that Deadpool is probably going to be one of the funniest films of 2016. But the cast reassured us that we’d be getting the Deadpool that we all know and love from the comic books on the big screen.

“I think this is the most faithful adaptation of a superhero from a comic to a movie I’ve ever seen,” said Ryan Reynolds, the actor portraying Deadpool, at Comic-Con. “We have here the Merc with a Mouth. The mouth is not at any point in the film sewn shut.”

Oh, Ryan Reynolds…only you can reference X-Men Origins: Wolverine and not make me want to stab myself in the temple with a sewing needle.

Deadpool will slice and shoot its way into theaters February 12, 2016.

New ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Images Hit!

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

It seems like only yesterday we got the extended trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice from San Diego Comic Con. And now Empire has got a couple of new images that highlight three of the main characters from the upcoming superhero fight film:

Nothing world-breaking, but some fun images to pore over.

The picture of Batman is from a scene where the Dark Knight uses the Bat-Signal to call the Man of Steel out. The Superman scene is from when he walks through the charred remains of Wayne Manor. And Lex Luthor is definitely a new-age billionaire, with his sneakers and t-shirt with blazer.

Coming to us from director Zack Snyder, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters March 25, 2016.

Hugh Jackman Shares First Teaser Image From his Final Wolverine Film

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

In the world of film there are certain people that will be forever linked to certain roles. Christopher Reeve will forever be Superman. Robert Englund will always be Freddy Kreuger. And Hugh Jackman IS Wolverine.

Which makes it all the sadder that Jackman is donning the claws one last time and putting his time as Wolverine behind him. After over 15 years of playing the Canadian mutant, the sequel to the 2013 film The Wolverine will reportedly be the last time Jackman portrays the character.

Recently on Twitter, Jackman shared the first teaser image for the film, along with a question as to what the fans want to see in the next film:

 

There are rumors circulating that the next chapter in Wolverine’s cinematic life will be an adaptation of the Old Man Logan storyline from writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven. In that tale, Wolverine is living a quiet life in a dystopian future where the world is run by supervillains. In desperate need of cash, he takes a job running a package cross country with a blind Hawkeye.

I’ve said it before – Old Man Logan isn’t the right story. It involves too many characters that FOX doesn’t have the rights to and changing the story to the degree they would need to would be horrible.

James Magold, director of the 2013 film, will return to helm the sequel. He’ll be working off of a script from screenwriter David James Kelly.

The Wolverine sequel is slated to open in theaters March 3, 2017.