Thank You All!

Star Wars Birthday

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.

Will There be an ‘Iron Giant 2’?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Just days after we heard about the theatrical re-release and eventual Blu-ray debut of the cult classic The Iron Giant, there are now rumblings of a possible second installment.

Vin Diesel, the voice behind the titular metal alien, recently posted the trailer for The Iron Giant: The Signature Edition on his Facebook page and also put up the following comments:

I have been very lucky to have played so many interesting characters… one of the first and one of my favorites is… the Iron Giant.

P.s. Don’t be surprised when you hear WB announce the sequel.

There hasn’t been anything official announced by Warner Bros regarding a sequel, this could just be wishful thinking on Diesel’s part. But then again, his will has brought both the Riddick and XXX franchises back to life – and no one really asked for those!

If they did decide to do another Iron Giant film, there’s the question of who will direct. Do they try and get Brad Bird back to direct, even though his work on The Incredibles 2 might delay the proceedings? Or do they go another route and try and pick someone else that’s hungry and ready to prove themselves?

Either way, we can be happy that we get to see this film again in theaters on September 30 and/or October 4 in select theaters, with new scenes added in!

Which Villain Will Tony Todd Voice on ‘The Flash’?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

The first season of the CW’s superhero action-drama The Flash was an incredible one. The show had a hero who (gasp!) actually embraced his powers and had fun with them for the most part. The last episode was one of the most emotional hours of TV I’ve ever watched and gave promises of things to come for the next season – *cough* Earth 2 *cough*.

Since the second season started filming we’ve had numerous hints at which new characters to expect. Names like Jay Garrick, Wally West, Atom Smasher and many more have been mentioned as having spots in the upcoming chronicles of the Scarlet Speedster.

But one name that was just announced has me smiling. Tony Todd, veteran horror film actor, has been cast as the voice of Zoom in the upcoming season of The Flash, according to Variety.

In the comics, Zoom is a nickname for Professor Zoom, a.k.a. The Reverse Flash, a.k.a. Eoabard Thawne. On the TV show The Reverse Flash (Eoabard Thawne / Harrison Wells) was never given the nickname Professor Zoom or Zoom, so this could be a completely different iteration of the character. The original Professor Zoom was an Earth 2 villain of Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick, so that could be the villain we’re getting this season.

Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg had the following to say about the casting of Todd:

Last year, with the Reverse-Flash, we just modulated Tom Cavanagh’s voice, and this year we wanted to do something a little bit different. Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader this iconic voice coming out of this mask. Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speeddemon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.

So Zoom is akin to Darth Vader in the universe of The Flash? I could definitely get behind this. Even with The Rogues, led by Captain Cold, still running around, The Flash’s biggest bad will always be Zoom / The Reverse Flash. Tony Todd as the voice of the Flash’s greatest villain just gives the character the gravitas it needs to go over the top.

The second season is set to premiere Tuesday October 6.

Richard Pryor Biopic Officially On With a Tremendous Cast!

 

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

After years of simmering in development hell, Deadline is reporting that the Weinstein Company is finally greenlighting the biopic of comedian Richard Pryor. Along with getting the film out of the starting gate, it looks like the studio has procured quite the cast for the film as well.

As previously reported about a year ago, Mike Epps will be headlining the project as Pryor himself. The comedian has been attached to the project since as far back as 2005.

Another actor who was rumored for a role in the film and has become official is Eddie Murphy. The actor will be playing Pryor’s father, Leroy “Buck Carter” Pryor. Murphy was attached to star as Pryor at one point, but news came out some time ago that the studio wanted him for this role instead.

Oprah Winfrey teased her involvement and has been added on. She will play Pryor’s grandmother, who ran a brothel and frequently abused the comedian as a youngster.

Kate Hudson will play Jennifer Lee Pryor, wife to the late comedian. The role was originally rumored to be Anne Hathaway’s, but apparently Hudson impressed just a bit more.

Lee Daniels, of The Butler fame, will direct from a script by Bill Condon and Danny Strong. Jennifer Lee Pryor will oversee some aspects, which hopefully means we’ll get as truthful a story as we possibly can. The film will follow Pryor from childhood all the way up through his emergence on TV and in films, breaking barriers along the way.

Pryor’s early life and influence are the stuff of legend. If they get this one right, it will make for an AMAZING film.

Does the Iron Spider Suit Appear in ‘Captain America: Civil War’?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

One of the turning points in Marvel Comics Civil War storyline is when Peter Parker embraces the Superhero Registration Act and Tony Stark makes him a Spider-Man suit incorporated with Iron Man tech. Parker later abandons this outfit for the classic blue-and-red when he joins up with Captain America’s team.

Ever since it was announced that Spider-Man would be Team Iron in Captain America: Civil War, fans wondered whether or not we’d see the “Iron Spider” suit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Latino Review has sources that say that we won’t see the Iron Spider in Civil War, but Tony Stark still has some the-iron_spider_maninfluence over the tech Spidey uses. Apparently Tony Stark will create web-shooters for Peter Parker, helping him to embrace his arachnid side. When we meet this incarnation of Spider-Man it’s being reported that he won’t have anything other than the costume he made at home.

This makes more sense than the web shooters from the last two Amazing Spider-Man films. Did they want us to believe that somehow a broke teenager could afford that much industrial-grade military-issue tactile, tensile “rope”? …and that he can afford to tweak them after they get burnt out from repeated shockings over and over and over until he gets it just right to beat Electro?

This would definitely go a long way into helping the wall crawler decide which side he wants to be on when it comes time to choose in Captain America: Civil War, when the film hits theaters next May.

Bill Murray Explains Why he Chose to Cameo in Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

I’m going to be frank – I don’t like Bill Murray choosing to cameo in Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters. I think it reeks of hypocrisy. After years of refusing to do a third Ghostbusters movie, Murray decides that NOW is the time to return?

I won’t just tirade here, though. In an interview with Vulture, Murray elaborated as to exactly why he decided to come on board:

I thought about it for a very long time. Like, many, many months. No, that’s not right. I was seriously thinking about this for years, really … It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval [on my part].

Trust me Bill, if critics rip this apart it’s because everything about this the film feels disingenous. It’s being made by a studio who just wanted something GB’s related out, by a filmmaker who repeatedly told the studio he didn’t want to make it. THEN only agreed to on the condition that it be a remake so he could do his own thing without being tied to the old universe, only to make that “original” film one cute reference to those old films after another… And I don’t hear anyone saying anything about Ernie Hudson not being involved.

I’ll reserve full judgement until I get to see the final product when the film opens July 15, 2016, but I haven’t been impressed by what I’ve seen. Ultimately Feig is a talented filmmaker and the film’s cast of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are all super funny and talented. I hope I’m wrong, but the film has just looked underwhelming for a while now.

Guess we’ll find out on July 15th 2016 when we find out who we’re supposed to call… again.

Trailer: Will Smith vs the NFL in ‘Concussion’

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Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.

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Alec Baldwin
Luke Wilson
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Take a Look at a New Featurette for ‘Black Mass’ Starring Johnny Depp

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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 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, Billy Bulger; Rory Cochrane (“Argo”) as Steve Flemmi, another member of the Irish mob; Jesse Plemons (TV’s “Fargo”) as Whitey’s longtime partner in crime, Kevin Weeks; and Kevin Bacon (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.” TV’s “The Following”) as FBI Agent Charles McGuire.

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a 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, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful 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 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; and Adam Scott (ABC’s “Parks and Recreation”) as FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick. Rounding out the main cast are David Harbour (“End of Watch”), Brad Carter (HBO’s “True Detective”), W Earl Brown (“Draft Day”) and Corey Stoll (“The Bourne Legacy”).

The behind-the-scenes creative team was led by director of photography Masanobu Takayanagi (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “Out of the Furnace”), production designer Stefania Cella (“The Great Beauty”), Oscar-nominated editor David Rosenbloom (“The Insider”), and costume designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone (“Foxcatcher”).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Cross Creek Pictures and RatPac-Dune Entertainment, a Cross Creek Pictures Production in association with Le Grisbi Productions, Free State Pictures and Head Gear Films, a Scott Cooper Film, “Black Mass.” Slated for release worldwide beginning September 18, 2015, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Take a Look at a Possible Luke Skywalker Action Figure For ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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by: Jay Carlson

UPDATE: Figure below has been debunked (Thanks JM Prater). It’s a custom made figure. Pretty nice job though.
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Below you’ll find a couple images of what appears to be Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars Black Series line of figures. This image looks spot-on to the image of Luke that leaked a few weeks back.

Strangely, with all the product pictures that have leaked over the past few weeks, we have yet to see anything for the characters they haven’t wanted us to see. Prior to these images Luke, Maz Kanata and Supreme Leader Snoke and whoever Max Von Sydow is playing had yet to be seen.

Beginning September 2, over “18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, the event will see highlights from the range of epic merchandise revealed in a rolling New Year’s Eve style celebration featuring top digital stars from the Maker Studios network.”

“Over the course of 18 hours, some of Maker Studios’ biggest stars will each be unboxing a new toy from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens product line in a different city around the world and sharing the experience live on YouTube.” said Leslie Ferraro, President, Disney Consumer Products. “We’ve seen tremendous excitement for these new products and can’t wait to see the global reaction from the Star Wars fan community.”

The Star Wars YouTube channel will host the live stream, which kicks off with the first unboxing in Sydney, Australia at 7:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, Sept. 3 (5:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 2), with the grand finale at Lucasfilm in San Francisco at 8 a.m. PDT  (11 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, Sept. 3. Each of the 15 locations will reveal a new product inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

I know I’ll be tuned in, how about you?

‘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.