ALL Available ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Footage Here!

by:  Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

New Force Awakens footage is popping up daily lately. It’s been tough to keep track of it all, frankly.

Now you don’t need to!

Each time a new TV spot or piece of footage drops for The Force Awakens, you’ll find it here… a one stop shop of sorts for Star Wars footage.  Whenever possible there will be notes and Screenshots of the new stuff and periodically I’ll update the embed to the highest resolution available. I plan to keep this up until the film’s release and beyond if there is new stuff popping up. So bookmark this post and visit frequently. It’ll all be under one roof from now on.

I’m sure there are some things missing, please drop me a line and let me know if you notice anything!


TV Spot #13 (0.29)


TV Spot #12 (0.56)


TV Spot – All the Way (1:15)


TV Spot #11 (1.00)


Finn TV Spot (0.45)


BB-8 Featurette (0.31)


TV Spot #9 (0.29)


AMA Clip (0.15)


TV Spot #7 (0.29)


Droids Promo Clip (0.45)


TV Spot #5 (0.30)


TV Spot #4 (0.46)


Behind the Scenes Clip (1.00)


60 Second TV Spot (1:01)


Extended TV Spot (1:01)


TV Spot #3 (1.00)


TV Spot #2 (0.15)


TV Spot #1 (0.30)


International Trailer (1:52)


Final Trailer (2:35)


Comic-Con Reel (3:42)


Teaser Trailer #2 (1:59)


Teaser Trailer #1 (1:38)


‘The Captain America: Civil War’ Trailer and 100+ Screenshots Have Arrived!

by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

In a bit of a surprise, last night Jimmy Kimmel premiered the newest trailer for Captain America: Civil War.

Sadly, I’ve been less and less excited for each new Marvel Cinematic Universe film. They all feel like they’re being cut with the same cookie cutter. I found Age of Ultron to be a snooze frankly. I’ve literally fallen asleep both times I’ve tried to watch the Blu-Ray at home.

That said, I found Winter Soldier to be a breath of fresh air. It was perhaps my favorite MCU film along with Guardians of the Galaxy. Civil War looks to pick right up where Winter Soldier left off. In the trailer we get our first look at Black Panther as well as some past characters we haven’t seen in quite a while.

Take a look at the trailer above as well as Chris Evan and Robert Downey Jr’s full appearance on Jimmy Kimmel PLUS 100+ screenshots below.


‘Gremlins 3’ in the Works and it’s NOT a Remake or Reboot


by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Not only is Jurassic World the biggest movie of 2015 and one of the biggest of all-time, it’s now inspiring a whole new type of sequel where we pick up in real-time years later. That’s what the newest Gremlins movie is looking to do, at least.

During a screening of the original 1984 film at London’s Prince Charles Cinema, Zach Galligan (star of the first two films) dropped some knowledge on the crowd during a Q&A. The BBC managed to nab the relevant quotes regarding the non-reboot / remake:

It’s not going to be a reboot. It will not be a remake in any way, shape, or form. Chris Columbus has come out and said that the first film is very near and dear to his heart and as long as he is alive it will never be remade…So the only thing they will be – and apparently are going to be – doing is something along the lines of like Jurassic World, where it will be 30 years later.

I have to wonder if this will take on the same campy tone as the second movie or go into a darker place and be more tonal with the original film.

Whatever the case may be I’m taking this with a grain of salt. At this point we don’t know how involved Galligan will be with the film and what his real level of knowledge is. We know for sure that director Joe Dante won’t be coming back as he’s said as much earlier this year.

I’m all for a new Gremlins movie. I love the first one and it’s pretty much required viewing in my household around Christmas. And as cheesy as the second one is I like it a lot too. If they can find a new wrinkle with the mythos and deliver a solid film we might see the revival of the franchise.

Latest ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ Rumor Debunked by James Gunn


by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Another day, another Guardians rumor debunked.

Heroic Hollywood recently posted a story revealing who they hear Peter Quill’s father will be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. In the first film it was said that he was only half-Terran and that his father must have been an incredibly powerful being. HH had the news that Mar-Vell, the first Captain Marvel, would be revealed as Star-Lord’s dad.

Director James Gunn took to Facebook and debunked that rumor pretty quick, and he also took a shot at people trying to spoil a film that’s still a year and a half away:

All right. From this moment on I’m going to stop commenting on any rumors surrounding Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, because, eventually, someone is going to come up with a spoiler that has some truth to it. That said, the rumors surrounding Quill’s parentage at the present moment are completely false, and aren’t even close to the truth. I don’t know how people come up with this stuff, but it certainly isn’t through legitimate sources. Also, I get the desire to get “scoops” on character inclusion and casting choices, etc. But since when is a plot spoiler a “scoop”? Is this really what fandom wants to know? Plot details in movies ahead of time? I got in this business because I love movies, and I think most film journalists are the same way. And spoiling plot details doesn’t add to the enjoyment of the film-going experience. So bravo to those folks out there who don’t partake in this sort of thing. But, as I said, eventually someone will actually spoil some detail of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. So this will be my last comment squelching a rumor until May 2017. But if you do pick up on some plot detail between now and then, be aware, A) They are likely full of shit, as has been everyone so far who has claimed to have had inside info, and B) We’re creating a film that doesn’t rely on plot twists to be an enjoyable experience. They’re only a very small part of what we’re cooking up for you.

So there you have it folks, straight from the horse’s mouth. Don’t believe everything you hear on the internet (what a shocker!!!).

Another silly rumor swirling around was that Thanos himself sired Quill, but that was also shot down by Gunn. So unless I hear it from Chris Pratt or James Gunn, I’m not buying it.

But I will end with an interesting theory – what if Quill’s dad isn’t the cosmic one? What if his father is just a regular guy and his mom was the one with the phenomenal powers? She did resemble classic Marvel space character Moondragon when she was at her end. What if she loved Quill’s father and stayed on Earth to raise him, even knowing the radiation form Earth’s atmosphere was somehow poisonous to her?

But that’s just my theory. I’m not saying I’ve got an inside track but it would be pretty cool.

Is Tom Cruise all Wrapped up in ‘The Mummy’?

The Mummy

by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

If Universal is looking for star power for its upcoming monster reboot films then by current rumors the studio has taken a big step in the right direction.

Variety is reporting that Universal is looking at Tom Cruise to star in its latest incarnation of The Mummy. But the deal isn’t set in stone just yet.

Deadline reported that comments from Cruise’s camp and the reps at Universal have said that “no deal with Cruise is in the works for the film.” This doesn’t mean Universal won’t pursue the action star – it just means nothing official has been brought forth at the current moment.

Director Alex Kurtzman and writer John Spaihts have said that they have two versions of the film ready to go – one with a male mummy and one with a female lead – so that they can go with the right actor for the job and not be hindered by gender.

Universal has The Mummy penciled in for March 24, 2017, with updated versions of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman and all of their classic monster characters to follow, all leading up to a big film with all the monsters – a sort-of horror version of The Avengers.

For now, let’s just see how the newest take on the classic Boris Karloff character goes before we start looking at other properties though.

Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ Officially Starts Production!

Doctor Strange Logo

by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Even though eagle-eyed spies have been posting photos all over the internet the official announcement came today – Doctor Strange has now officially begun production.

Marvel Studios’ first foray into the mystical and supernatural stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, a talented neurosurgeon who loses the ability to continue on with his chosen profession. He then scours the globe searching for a reason to keep going on and finds one in training to be Earth’s next greatest sorcerer.

The film also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as classic comic villain Baron Mordo and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, the mystic teacher to both Strange and Mordo. Also cast are Mads Mikkelson, Scott Adkins, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg and Amy Landecker.

Horror director Scott Derrickson is helming the film with a script by Jon Spaihts.

Doctor Strange is scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016.

Official Press Release:



Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, 

Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton Star in the

2016 Debut of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Next Super Hero

BURBANK, CALIF. (November 24, 2015)—Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch (“Black Mass,”  “The Imitation Game”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” “The Martian”), Rachel McAdams (“Southpaw,” “Sherlock Holmes”) and  Michael Stuhlbarg (“Steve Jobs,” “A Serious Man”)  with  Mads Mikkelsen (“Clash of the Titans,” “Casino Royale”)  and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”).  The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, is directed by Scott Derrickson (“Sinister,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”). The film will be shot in several locations around the world, including London, New York, Hong Kong and Kathmandu, Nepal.

“Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

“Doctor Strange” is the latest film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 3’s goal—over the course of four years and nine films—is to introduce audiences to new heroes and continue the adventures of fan favorites.

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Director Scott Derrickson’s creative team also includes director of photography Ben Davis, B.S.C. (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”); production designer Charles Wood (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”); costume designer Alexandra Byrne (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”); editors Wyatt Smith (“Into the Woods,” Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World”) and Sabrina Plisco, ACE (“Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” “Charlotte’s Web”); and visuals effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti (Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”).

Based on the Marvel comic character who first appeared in “Strange Tales” Issue 110 published in July 1963, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s  “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man” and the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War,” (May 6, 2016), “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” (May 5, 2017) and  “Thor: Ragnarok” (November 3, 2017).

Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success this year with the May 1st release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with a $191.3 million box office. It has also been the #1 release in every country where it has opened and has grossed over $1.4 billion in global box office. On July 17, Marvel released “Ant-Man,” which has grossed to date over $518 million worldwide.

In 2014 Marvel Studios released “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the top-grossing domestic film of 2014 with $333.2 million and $772.8 million worldwide. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which broke the opening record for an April release by earning $95 million in its first weekend, went on to gross more than $711 million worldwide.

In 2013 Marvel produced the megahits “Thor: The Dark World” and “Iron Man 3.” The two films have earned over $644 million and $1.2 billion worldwide, respectively, since their openings. In 2012 Marvel’s critically acclaimed “The Avengers” set an all-time, domestic three-day weekend box-office record at $207.4 million. The film went on to gross over $1.5 billion worldwide, becoming Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time.

What Direction Would Neill Blomkamp Have Taken the Alien Franchise?


by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Thanks to Ridley Scott putting the kibosh on any other Alien films until he says so we won’t be seeing what director Neill Blomkamp had in store for the sci-fi / horror franchise. From the looks of the concept art that leaked online a few months back it would have been a pretty trippy ride.

But concept art is one thing. What about story? The rumors were that the Blomkamp film would have been a direct sequel to Aliens and ignored the third and fourth films, much like how Warner Bros did with Superman Returns being a direct sequel to Superman II (at least I think it was? They’d never give a straight answer on that one). And to top things off, Blomkamp would have brought back a character from the second film to start carrying future installments.

Actor Michael Biehn spoke with Icons of Fright and talked about how not only would Hicks be brought back, but how Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley would reunite with Newt and pass the torch to her:

They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back and at this point Newt will be around twenty-seven years old. I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one, it’s really a passing of the torch between Sigourney and this younger actress who would play Newt. It would keep the franchise alive and the studios would make money, because that’s what the bottom line is now: money. That’s why you end up seeing Terminator 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 10 and The Fast And Furious 7, 8, 9, and 10.

That sounds pretty cool. And this way we don’t have to see Weaver play an action heroine until she’s past the point where it looks believable. One last hurrah would do it and she could go out in a blaze of glory.

But that won’t come to pass for quite some time, if ever. For now we’ll just have to hope that Alien: Covenant can at least keep fans interested in the franchise until Blomkamp is allowed to make his film.

First Image From ‘Wonder Woman’ and Some Interesting Cast Additions!

SDCC Wonder Woman

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Just a week after a nice little behind the scenes photo leaked of Chris Pine and previously unannounced actor Said Taghmaoui on the set of Wonder Woman we now get our first official photo, courtesy of Gal Gadot’s twitter account:


An interesting picture. Big Ben is in the background, but that was to be expected as production was said to be taking place in London. But the immediate background is the more interesting bit. With the columns and abundant foliage, could this be our first glimpse at Themyscira, also known as Paradise Island, the hidden home of the Amazons?

Not only did Wonder Woman herself send out this tweet, Warner Bros dropped an official press release that named quite a few interesting new cast members.

Joining Gadot, Pine and Taghmaoui will be Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremmer, Elena Anaya and Lucy Davis.

Nicole Kidman was rumored to be in consideration for a role in the film (possibly playing Wonder Woman’s mother and leader of the Amazons, Queen Hippolyta) but there doesn’t seem to be any confirmation of her involvement at this time.

Rumors were abound a few months back saying that WB was eyeing Eva Green and Sean Bean to play the villains Circe and Ares respectively. Looking over the new cast list could those roles now be played by Robin Wright and Danny Huston? I could see Wright as the villainous witch while Huston would make quite an intimidating God of War.

Hopefully more news becomes available as production continues. Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, is set to hit theaters June 23, 2017.

Kenneth Branagh to Star in ‘Murder on the Orient Express Remake


by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Looking for a lead actor who can read your mind and do everything you want is a godsend for directors. So it helps when a film’s director is also its star, eliminating the need for telepathy.

Deadline reports that is the case for the upcoming Murder On The Orient Express remake, as director Kenneth Branagh has also been signed to star as detective Hercule Poirot.

The original 1974 film and novel by Agatha Christie is a classic mystery tale. On a train stranded in a snowstorm a passenger is murdered. It falls on Poirot to find the killer, which proves difficult as many on board had both motive and opportunity to kill the deceased.

Branagh is no stranger to being on both sides of the camera for a project. He won Oscar noms for directing and acting for Henry V and proved a worthy foil for Chris Pine while also helming Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

This remake has been percolating at FOX for a few years now, but with Branagh as the director and lead and Michael Green (screenwriter for Blade Runner 2) penning the adaptation this time around, the film looks to be heading in the right direction to finish casting and start production sometime in the near future.

Awaken the Force With New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Interactive Experiences

Dark Side

by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

Today you can officially choose a side. Disney and Google have joined forces to give fans some new Star Wars: The Force Awakens interactive experiences.

I’m still tinkering around with it, but basically you can choose the light side or dark side and based on that choice you can choose to tailor some of your Google apps. I just updated my Gmail with a dark side skin and I’ll be exploring this further when I get a little downtime later on.

Press Release:



Awaken the Force Within Lets Global Fans

Choose the Light Side or the Dark Side for Immersive Google App Transformations 

Verizon Brings Fans into the World of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS through the Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Experience


BURBANK, CALIF. (November 23, 2015)—Disney announced today that in an unprecedented collaboration with Google, Star Wars fans will have an opportunity to share in immersive experiences—Awaken the Force Within and Google Cardboard Virtual Reality—in celebration of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Awaken the Force Within global program starts today and fans logging onto can make a choice to be on the Dark Side or the Light Side for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Their favorite Google apps will transform to reflect the path they choose. Special experiences have been developed for Android Wear Watches, Google Calendar, Chrome, Chromecast, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Now, Waze and YouTube with added features for fans to discover on their Inbox by Gmail, Google Translate and Google Search.

Coming on December 2 is a new virtual reality experience developed along with Google and Verizon. This will feature the first-of-its-kind serialized Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) experience that combines a compelling story and exclusive, never-seen-before content, which ties directly into the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with the very latest cutting-edge Virtual Reality technology.

ILMxLAB, a laboratory for immersive entertainment from Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, created the Virtual Reality content for the Google Cardboard VR Experience utilizing the group’s combined expertise in special effects, design and artistry.

The Google Cardboard Virtual Reality experience launches via the official Star Wars app and is available on both Android and iOS devices.

Four custom Google Cardboard viewer designs featuring popular Star Wars images will also be available exclusively in Verizon stores beginning December 2.


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 Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

Rumor: Who is Being Looked at to Direct ‘Justice League Dark’?


by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Yesterday we reported on some rather juicy rumors regarding who is being looked at to star in Warner Bros upcoming Justice League Dark film. Now we’ve got word as to who the studio is looking at to direct.

At first it seemed as though Guillermo del Toro was going to put his distinctive flair on another supernatural comic book property, but that fell through. Then it was rumored that George Miller was going to try his hand at the dark underbelly of the DC Universe, but those plans fell through as well.

According to JoBlo the current shortlist has two (technically three) top contenders. First is the Big Bad Wolves duo of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. The other director being looked at is Fede Alvarez, whose Evil Dead remake was one of the best remakes in recent Hollywood history.

Casting rumors came through yesterday with names like Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman and Ben Mendelsohn on the studio’s wish list. There was even word that Mendelsohn wouldn’t sign until the film had a director firmly locked down.

Hopefully this puts the film a little closer to becoming a reality. While characters like Madame Xanadu, Etrigan and Deadman wouldn’t be able to carry their own feature film, a fun team movie is just what comic book fans need every once in a while.

‘Star Trek Beyond’ Writer Set to Find the ‘God Particle’


by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Doug Jung won a coveted job when he was chosen to co-script Star Trek Beyond with Simon Pegg. He must have done an impressive job, because J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot (along with Paramount) have tapped Jung to do some work on the script for their upcoming sci-fi thriller God Particle.

The Wrap reports that Jung will tackle the script, originally done by Oren Uziel back in 2012. The plan back then was to do the movie for a nominal budget (somewhere under the $5M mark), like Paramount’s Paranormal Activity series, and turn a quick profit.

The original film has a batshit crazy concept that sounds scary as hell:

After a physics experiment with a large hadron accelerator causes the Earth to seemingly vanish completely, the terrified crew of an orbiting American space station is left floating in the middle of now-even-more-empty space. When a European spacecraft appears on their radar, the Americans must determine whether it’s their salvation, or a harbinger of doom.

Never mind the European space station – how nuts would you go knowing your days are limited to how much food, water and oxygen are left in your tiny floating metal tube in outer freakin’ space!! I’m already put on edge by films that deal with people being trapped in space but at least the majority of those films still have Earth for our protagonists to aim for.

The film is set to be directed by Julius Onah, a virtual newcomer in the feature film world. No start date for production was hinted at in the original article.

Edgar Wright Set to Tackle His First Animated Film

Edgar Wright

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

A lot of Edgar Wright’s films have always had a “live-action cartoon” feel to them. The closest we’ve come yet though is the video game animation that was strewn throughout Scott Pilgrim VS the World.

But all that is about to change, as The Wrap is reporting that Wright has just signed on with DreamWorks Animation to direct his first animated feature film.

While details are scarce the report did say that the project would have something to do with shadows. DreamWorks did have a previous project called Me & My Shadow, which followed a boring human and his shadow who longs for a more exciting life, on the docket but Wright’s film is said to be a different animal.

DWA’s co-presidents of animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria had the following to say in an official statement:

Edgar will spearhead a new approach to this fascinating concept and we’re ecstatic to have him onboard as director along with David as co-writer. We’ve always been intrigued by a film concept involving shadows, and now with Edgar’s signature comedic style and abilities as a natural storyteller, audiences will be treated to a truly captivating and energetic tale.

I’m very interested in seeing what Edgar Wright can do with no limitations in the animated world. I’ve never walked away from one of his films feeling like I didn’t get my money’s worth in entertainment. But before we get this we’ll get his next live-action film Baby Driver, which is currently gearing up for production.



Rumor: The Names Being Thrown Around for ‘Justice League Dark’ Are Really Interesting


by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Even though Guillermo del Toro won’t be involved anymore, Warner Bros still wants to move forward with a Justice League Dark movie. And if Suicide Squad does well the studio may push this a little harder as that would show there is a market for the lesser known corners of the DC Universe on the silver screen.

Recently a couple of different news sites nabbed some unconfirmed rumors as to who may be up for what role in the supernatural comic book film, and I have to admit that these are some interesting choices.

Heroic Hollywood talked about the main villain, Anton Arcane. Word is that Ben Mendelsohn is currently circling that role. Mendelsohn has recently been rising in the ranks in Hollywood, with his highest profile role being in the currently filming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He also scored an Emmy nomination for his work in the Netflix series Bloodlines.

The only quibble is that Mendelsohn reportedly won’t sign until the film has a director sitting in the chair.

As far as the good guys go, Latino Review says that an eclectic mix of actors are being talked up.

Either Colin Farrell or Ewan McGregor could play John Constantine, the magician, con-man and occasional dabbler in the dark arts. WB is looking for a high profile name to really make the character their own (and probably make people forget about the cinematic bomb that starred Keanu Reeves).

Whoever doesn’t get that role will reportedly be offered the part of Jason Blood, the human component that houses the rhyming demon Etrigan.

Monica Bellucci is said to be in line for Madame Xanadu and original GdT choice Ron Perlman is supposedly Warner Bros’ top pick to play Swamp Thing. However it’s unknown as to which version of Swampy we’ll get – the scientist-turned-muck-monster or the more metaphysical avatar and protector of The Green (all plant life in the universe).

The only role not nailed down is Boston Brand, a.k.a. Deadman. Warner Bros is looking for a comedian to fill that role but names haven’t been forthcoming for that part yet.

If this is the cast that the studio can get I’d be very impressed. But the stars would really have to align for this to happen. Still, as far as fantasy casting goes (which this technically is at this point) you could do a whole lot worse.

Trailer: James Franco Stars in ‘11.22.63’ From Stephen King and J.J. Abrams!

Hulu Original series 11.22.63 is a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — but his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love and the past itself, which doesn’t want to be changed. Also starring Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber.

The eight-part event series based upon the New York Times best-selling 2011 novel written by Stephen King premieres Presidents Day, Feb. 15, 2016, on Hulu. J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk serve as executive producers. Academy Award®-winning Director Kevin Macdonald (Last King of Scotland, State of Play, Black Sea) directs and executive produces the first two hours.

Alexandra Daddario Lands the Female Lead in ‘Baywatch’ Starring Dwayne Johnson & Zac Efron


by: S. Scott Stanikmas

A couple of weeks ago word got out that Paramount was looking at a bevy of talented women for the female lead in their upcoming Baywatch film. There were seven actresses on that list. But today that shortlist got whittled down to one.

Deadline reports that Alexandra Daddario will act opposite Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson in the action comedy based on the hit guilty pleasure TV show. Daddario will play Summer, a love interest to Efron’s character.

Paramount is hoping to jumpstart a possible film franchise in the vein of the recently successful Jump Street films, where the movie takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to the material while still having some heart at the center of it.

Daddario most recently starred in this year’s action blockbuster San Andreas, which also starred Johnson. Could it just be coincidence that she’s also appearing in this film? One would have to presume her prior working relationship with “The Rock” swayed things in her favor. Plus I’m probably not alone in thinking that she fills out a bathing suit pretty well.

Shooting on Baywatch is expected to begin sometime in early 2016.

Bill Hader and ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Writer’ Jesse Andrews Boarding ‘Empress of Serenity’

Bill Hader

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

 A trio of 2015 breakouts are teaming up for an interesting project.

Bill Hader (of the box-office smash comedy Trainwreck) is signed on to join Jesse Andrews’ (author of the book Me and Earl And The Dying Girl, which was made into one of this year’s most well received films) directorial debut, the indie drama/comedy Empress Of Serenity, based on the David Foster Wallace (the subject of the critically acclaimed The End Of The Tour) essay A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.

The original essay appeared in Harper’s in 1996 under the original title “Shipping Out.” and then republished under the longer title as the centerpiece of Wallace’s 1997 essay collection. The story recounts Wallace’s experience on a seven night cruise. In his typical fashion the story meanders into many directions.

Andrews will write his own script based on his own interpretation of the essay. Hader will play a man who goes on a cruise to bond with his father while his dad helps him deal with his intimacy issues.

This seems like a supercard of talent lined up for what sounds like a very interesting film. If it’s done right though, Hader will bring the chops he showcased in The Skeleton Twins, another cinematic success. The film could also launch Andrews, mostly known for his young adult writing, into a whole different career path.

Shooting on Empress of Serenity is set to start this spring on the Pacific Ocean. No release date was mentioned at the time.




Feast Your Eyes on Ridley Scott’s Opening Scene to ‘Blade Runner 2’!

Harrison Ford and Ridley Scott

by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

I’ve made my displeasure over the idea of Blade Runner 2 very well known. The first film is sacred ground for me and I think there’s far more to lose with a sequel than there is to gain.

I will admit that Ridley Scott’s enthusiasm along with the return of Harrison Ford and the hiring of Sicario director Denis Villeneuve have my interest VERY piqued.

Recently, Ridley Scott spoke during AFI Festival and shared what he had in mind for the opening of Blade Runner 2, which is actually the unused opening from the original Blade Runner. (Mtime was there and /film provided an English translation):

We decided to start the film off with the original starting block of the original film. We always loved the idea of a dystopian universe, and we start off at what I describe as a ‘factory farm’ – what would be a flat land with farming. Wyoming. Flat, not rolling – you can see for 20 miles. No fences, just plowed, dry dirt. Turn around and you see a massive tree, just dead, but the tree is being supported and kept alive by wires that are holding the tree up. It’s a bit like Grapes of Wrath, there’s dust, and the tree is still standing. By that tree is a traditional, Grapes of Wrath-type white cottage with a porch. Behind it at a distance of two miles, in the twilight, is this massive combine harvester that’s fertilizing this ground. You’ve got 16 Klieg lights on the front, and this combine is four times the size of this cottage. And now a spinner [a flying car] comes flying in, creating dust. Of course, traditionally chased by a dog that barks, the doors open, a guy gets out and there you’ve got Rick Deckard. He walks in the cottage, opens the door, sits down, smells stew, sits down and waits for the guy to pull up to the house to arrive. The guy’s seen him, so the guy pulls the combine behind the cottage and it towers three stories above it, and the man climbs down from a ladder – a big man. He steps onto the balcony and he goes to Harrison’s side. The cottage actually [creaks]; this guy’s got to be 350 pounds. I’m not going to say anything else – you’ll have to go see the movie.

…Or you can look below!

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve included Sherman Lobby’s original storyboards for this exact scene made for Scott’s original film below which illustrate exactly how the scene plays out.

I’ve always loved this scene, but I can see why it was abandoned as it really didn’t fit in with the rest of Scott’s dark, claustrophobic cityscape.

What do you think? Are you interested in a Blade Runner sequel starring Ryan Gosling? Do you think this scene will play with an aging Ford as Rick Deckard? Leave a comment below!

Whhhhat?? Bill Murray Teaming With Phoenix for a New Christmas Song!!

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

If you’re like me you’re anxiously awaiting Netflix’s Bill Murray Christmas special, A Very Murray Christmas, featuring an all-star cast and directed by Sophia Coppola. The two’s previous pairing, Lost in Translation, earned each of them Academy Award nominations and judging by the trailer, there should be a new category added for Christmas specials.

Take a look at the newest trailer released this week:

Even better than the Christmas special (anyone can make one of those, right?) Murray has teamed up with Phoenix (as well as Jason Schwartzman, Paul Schaffer and Buster Poindexter) for a new Christmas song titled Alone on Christmas Day!

That’s right, in the year of our lord 2015 and each Christmas going forward we will have a Bill Murray Christmas song to spin as we wrap presents and drink excessively in order to deal with our extended families. This isn’t as crazy as it might sound, as Coppola is married to Thomas Mars, lead singer of Phoenix.

Modern Vinyl reports that the new song is set to be released in record stores on 7” vinyl December 4th, the same day that Netflix unleashes their Christmas special featuring Jenny Lewis, George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, and Maya Rudolph.

What do you think? Will you be hitting your local record store to grab a copy of Alone on Christmas Day?

Is Bryan Singer Jumping Back Into the X-Men Universe?


by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Director Bryan Singer made sure to let fans know that even though he was planning on doing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as his next film, he had no plans on abandoning the X-Men cinematic universe. But if rumors are to be believed he’ll be back quicker than we suspected.

Le Journal de Montreal reported that X-Men will be back in the city filming in 2017 for a film releasing in 2018.

Neither Singer nor FOX would confirm that he would be back to helm the next film in the franchise. If he did he would be extremely busy for the next three years. He is currently putting the final touches on X-Men: Apocalypse. He would have to dive right in to 20,000 Leagues (no pun intended) and then after he finishes that he would have to jump right back to the X-Men.

On the other hand, FOX does have an untitled comic book movie on the slate for July 13, 2018. While speculation was that it would be for a crossover between X-Men and Fantastic Four (now highly unlikely due to how bad FF tanked at the box office) it would also make sense for another X-Men film in Singer’s universe.

I’m of the mind that it is an X-Men film, but not a Singer film. If FOX wants to keep a uniform look on their mutant universe (and seeing as they did film Days of Future Past and Apocalypse in Montreal) it only makes sense for them to film other mutant movies in the same locale.

We’ll keep a pin in this one and report on anything that develops.