Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters Show Off Updated Proton Packs While Visiting Boston Area Hospital

 

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by: Jay Carlson

Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters took some time from filming to visit Tufts Hospital in Boston Saturday afternoon. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones all made the appearance is full Ghostbusting attire while taking time to get to know the residents of The Floating Hospital for Children, a full service pediatric hospital servicing newborn infants to young adults.

Aside from doing a really kind thing for the children, we have our first look at some of the new Ghostbusting hardware. You’ll recall the Proton Pack image that Paul Feig tweeted out previously:

 

Note how lo-fi the packs look compared to the packs in the original films. I had a feeling that we might see the equipment evolve over the course of the film and it looks like this theory is confirmed with the pictures released by Tufts on their Facebook account.

Immediately apparent is a very different thrower than the version in Feig’s original image. There are some very good looks at the updated thrower in these images. You should also note that it looks like the pack itself is different. It still appears to consist of the pack in Feig’s image, but with some additions. Unfortunately, there are no clear looks in the pictures released from the appearance but you can see that things are definitely different back there.

Reportedly the kids at the Floating Hospital hung a sign in the windows that spelled out “Who ya gonna call?” that caught the attention of the cast and crew filming below.

Brooke Hynes, VP of Public Affairs and Communications for Tufts Medical Center, released a statement stating, “They took their time in each room visiting children as young as a few months to teens. We cannot thank them enough for their happiness and excitement they created.”

It was sweet of everyone to take time out of their busy schedule to raise the spirits of some kids going through a tough time at the Floating Hospital. It’s kind of a strange choice to have Ghostbusters spending time with kids who might be considering their own mortality, but I’m sure they handled the situation with grace and humor.

Colin Trevorrow Teases Next ‘Jurassic World’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Considering Jurassic World was an unstoppable juggernaut this summer, bulldozing its way into the number one spot for worldwide grosses, it was inevitable that a sequel would be greenlit.

Even though director Colin Trevorrow won’t sit behind the camera for the next installment, he and writing partner Derek Connolly have been lured back to write the script.

In talking to Wired UK, Trevorrow talked a bit about what they might have in mind for the next installment of Dinosaurs Gone Wild:

[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That’ll get old real fast…I feel like the idea that this isn’t always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment. And when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponize it and later on we found it could be used for energy. And this isn’t something necessarily that was in the book but is a seed that I wanted to plant in this movie, is that might be able to grow in more of these movies if they decide to make more of them, is: What if this went open source?

It’s almost like InGen is Mac, but what if PC gets their hands on it? What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur? And Dr Wu says in the film, when he’s warning Dr Masrani, “We’re not always going to be the only ones who can make a dinosaur.” I think that’s an interesting idea that even if we don’t explore fully in this film, there is room for this universe to expand. I shouldn’t use the word universe, because people will think we’re making a Jurassic World universe – we’re not.

That sounds like the natural direction. Eventually this kind of tech and knowledge will make its way out into the world. And humans are arrogant enough to think that they can succeed where others have failed, no matter how bad of an idea it may be.

Could you imagine, instead of threats of nuclear war we’d have threats of dropping velociraptors into highly populated areas? WTF?!?!

As long as they stay away from the dino / human hybrids that were rumored years ago, I’m happy.

Jurassic World 2 is set to stomp and roar its way into theaters June 22, 2018.

Frank Grillo Feels the Urge to Purge Again!

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

So it looks like Frank Grillo didn’t release enough of the beast the first time around. According to Variety the actor is in final talks to star in the upcoming third installment of the Purge franchise.

No word yet on what the story will be or how big a part Grillo’s character will play. He found it in his heart to forgive the man that killed his son in the last film, letting him live. And good thing too, because he needed the assist from him in the end to save his life from the supposed government employees that were mowing down citizens left and right.

Odds are good that Grillo’s cop character may join the resistance that is slowly rising against the government-sanctioned murder holiday. We saw a glimpse of them in the third act of Purge: Anarchy. The movement can only grow from here.

There were concerns that filming on Grillo’s DirecTV show Kingdom would hamper this deal, but that was ironed out. The actor will finish filming Kingdom this August and start filming on Purge 3 in September.

Grillo has been very busy, having just finished filming on Captain America: Civil War. And before that he was working on the sci-fi action film Beyond Skyline, the sequel to the underwhelming 2010 film Skyline.

The third Purge film, which sees writer / director James DeMonaco return to run the show, is set to release in theaters on July 1, 2016.

Hawkman set to Fly on CW Shows ‘Arrow’ and ‘Flash’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Get ready to duck when that mace swings! Hawkman is set to take flight on the CW network for the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow.

German actor Falk Hentschel will take on the role of Carter Hall, a.k.a. Hawkman. The character is the latest reincarnation of an Egyptian prince who is fated to be reborn throughout time with his soulmate. His beloved in this era is Kendra Saundera, a.k.a. Hawkgirl, who will be played by actress Ciara Renee.

There have been many incarnations of Hawkman throughout the DC Universe. It will be interesting to see of this version uses the gravity-defying Nth metal or if he harnesses the power of the Egyptian gods.

Hawkman, much like many of the characters appearing on LoT, will be introduced on the popular CW shows Arrow and Flash before taking centerstage in their mid-season break show.

Hentshcel has been keeping busy in Hollywood. He had minor roles in recent films Transcendence, White House Down and Knight and Day.

Legends of Tomorrow is set to debut sometime in early 2016, when Arrow and Flash bow out for their midseason breaks.

Rumor: Who is Felicity Jones Playing in ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Rouge One, the first film in the Star Wars Anthology series, has had interesting news flying about for it left and right. From the amazing cast to the plot outline to the fact that Boba Fett and a cadre of bounty hunters may be involved, this film is getting Star Wars fans amped.

And this latest rumor may be stirring the pot even more.

Felicity Jones has been talked about as being the leader of the Rebel Alliance in charge of stealing the Death Star plans in this Jedi-less heist film. But another, cooler bit of information is now making the rounds.

On Meet the Movie Press, El Mayimbe broke the news that he’s heard rumors that Jones’ character will be the daughter of legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett!!!!

Mayimbe had no concrete confirmation, so he said to take this with a grain of salt. It does lend credence to the rumors of Fett’s involvement in the film. It also possibly pits father against daughter, which would add another wrinkle to the “fathers-versus-children” saga that has been a part of the Star Wars fabric for quite some time.

Fans may feel like this a bit forced. These Anthology films are meant to flesh out the SW universe. Tying a character in with an already established (and hugely fan favorite) character from the original trilogy could backfire on the brain trust at Disney and Lucasfilm, if it feels like its being done for the wrong reasons.

But it’s not like the masses won’t still line up to go and see it anyway.

Will ‘Prometheus 2′ Start Filming in the New Year?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Even though a lot of people shit on it, I liked Prometheus. Sure, it wasn’t Ridley Scott’s greatest sci-fi film, but he wanted to try something new while still maintaining ties to a universe that he loved. It was a bold film with an ending that let you know that Scott had more story to tell.

And now he may get to finish that story. In the print version of Total Film, Scott did a little press for his upcoming film The Martian. In that press release he said that shooting on Prometheus 2 could start as early as January 2016.

“I’ve got back into the sci-fi thing, I kind of adore it,” Scott said.

This could happen, but it does have a few things working against it.

Now, the director has been recently attached to the adaptation of The Cartel, which Leonardo DiCaprio has been circling to lead. The DEA / Cartel film may take a while to get together though, so Prometheus 2 could be a good time killer until The Cartel is ready to get up and running.

There also happens to be the Neill Blomkamp Alien film that is in the works. Could FOX really want two films set in the same universe so close together? Why not? It’s not like they’d intersect and they would be telling two totally different stories set in two different timelines. Scott even said that he’s looking use alien lifeforms other than the classic Xenomorphs.

Ridley Scott has been known to talk up projects and just let them sit by the wayside though. We may have to wait until the calendar turns to 2016 to find out if the filmmaker will continue the saga that he began back in 2012.

Rumor: Who is Scoot McNairy Cast Playing in ‘Batman V Superman’?

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I wonder if Scoot McNairy knows how to work a camera?

I hope so, because word is that the rumors are true and the actor is playing Jimmy Olsen in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

There were rumors circling a year ago from a website called The Devils Eyes that stated that McNairy would be playing Olsen in BVS, but with an interesting twist. That twist was that the photographer was in Metropolis during the Superman versus Zod fight and he got his legs pinned under some rubble, causing the young journo to lose his limbs.

He apparently still gets around with the use of prosthetic legs, which would explain why McNairy was wearing green socks on set, which would normally mean that some CGI work was going to be involved.

The website soon took the story down and nothing was said on the matter again…until now. Heroic Hollywood has sources that now say the story is true.

If this pans out to be true, I’m liking it. I’ve been a fan of Scoot McNairy since I saw him in Gareth Edwards’ Monsters. I think he’d be a great onscreen presence in BVS (Even though this movie is starting to feel a bit crowded).

Much like the earlier Jena Malone rumors this hasn’t been confirmed by Warner Bros, so let’s just keep put a pin in this one for the time being and say MAYBE.

A Teaser to a Trailer You Really Should Watch Right Now! Deadpool!

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by: Jay Carlson

Typically I don’t bother with teasers trailers for teaser trailers. Inevitably it’s a ten second cut of what you’ll see in the trailer the following day. With Deadpool they did things a little different. This one is actually worth a look.

“From the Studio That Inexplicably Sewed his Fucking Mouth Shut the First Time…”

 

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Well? What do you think?

Check Out the New Teaser for AMC’s ‘Fear the Walking Dead’!

 

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A companion series to The Walking Dead, the #1 show on U.S. television among adults 18-49, Fear the Walking Dead takes us back to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse – a time when the world was changing rapidly for reasons unknown, before anyone understood exactly what was happening, when life as everyone knew it was upended and altered in ways no one could have ever imagined. Fear the Walking Dead is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and showrunner David Erickson and produced by AMC Studios. The series, set in Los Angeles, stars Kim Dickens as Madison, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Frank Dillane as Nick,Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia, Elizabeth Rodriguez as Liza, Ruben Blades as Daniel,Mercedes Mason as Ofelia and Lorenzo James Henrie as Chris.

 

The worldwide premiere of summer’s most anticipated new series Fear the Walking Dead will air Sunday, August 23 at 9/8c on AMC. The extended 90-minute episode will also debut on AMC Global channels around the world simultaneously with the U.S. premiere on AMC and will then re-air in local time zones during primetime.*

The First Trailer for Zoolander 2 is Really, Really Ridiculously Good Looking

Derek wears a custom Night Butterflies brocade suit with hand-embroidered overcoat and black Creeper shoes. Hansel wears a Silk Continent print Pajama suit with Double Cashmere overcoat and Open sneakers.

by: Jay Carlson

Last year at this time it seemed as though all hope was lost in us ever seeing Derek Zoolander and Hansel strutting their stuff on the runway with Stiller stating that, “The film’s been discussed and in some way in the works for ten years. But there are no plans to start production any time soon.”

Thankfully, that all changed late last year as Zoolander 2 was announced as a go. Stiller and Owen Wilson hit the runway during Paris Fashion Week to get their chops back. Now it’s all feeling real as we have the first trailer putting us inside the head of Zoolander (it’s as empty as you’d imagine).

Ben Stiller is directing the upcoming sequel from a script he co-wrote with Justin Theroux. Zoolander 2 is due to hit theaters Feb. 16, 2016.

Trailer: The Wild Story Behind National Lampoon in the Documentary ‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon’

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From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there was no hipper, no more outrageous comedy in print than The National Lampoon, the groundbreaking humor magazine that pushed the limits of taste and acceptability – and then pushed them even harder. Parodying everything from politics, religion, entertainment and the whole of American lifestyle, the Lampoon eventually went on to branch into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and movies, including Animal House and National Lampoon’s Vacation. The publication launched the careers of legends like John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Christopher Guest and Gilda Radner, who went on to gigs at Saturday Night Live and stardom.

 

Director Douglas Tirola’s documentary about the Lampoon, DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON, cleverly chronicles its founding by two former Harvard students, its growth, demise and everything in between. Told thru fresh, candid interviews with its key staff, and illustrated with hundreds of outrageous images from the mag itself (along with never-seen interview footage from the magazine’s prime), the film gives fans of the Lampoon a unique inside look at what made the magazine tick, who were its key players, and why it was so outrageously successful: a magazine that dared to think what no one was thinking, but wished they had.

In Theatres, on iTunes and on Demand September 25th

Rumor: Could The Force be With Netflix for a Trio of Star Wars TV Shows?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Netflix seems to be the place to be if you want to flesh out your cinematic universe these days.

After partnering up with Disney-owned Marvel Studios and working on creating a gritty TV universe that ties in with the theatrical one, it looks like the streaming service provider is taking another property from the House of Mouse and doing almost the same thing.

Cinelinx is reporting that Lucasfilm and Netflix will be teaming up for a trio of live-action shows set in the Star Wars universe.

There were reports back in March that Disney and Lucasfilm were looking for ways to flesh out the new Star Wars universe going forward. The company wanted not only feature films, but books and TV shows to keep the fans engaged in-between the theatrical releases. Disney wanted three shows to be filmed that would take place in-between the movies, using the same sets and the like, so that the grander picture didn’t just fall to the wayside.

Nothing has been set in stone as of yet. Either Disney, Lucasfilm or Netflix have made any official announcements, so for now we’re filing this under MAYBE. But Netflix’s track record of quality programming at reasonable budgets makes all the sense in the world…even if that world is in a galaxy far, far away.

Channing Tatum is (Finally) Officially ‘Gambit’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

After a worrisome few days, fans can now rest easy. Channing Tatum has signed on the dotted line and will play Remy LeBeau, a.k.a. Gambit, for FOX’s X-Men franchise.

The Hollywood Reporter has sources that say the deal was never in any real danger, but that Tatum was waiting for a couple of things to get squared away – namely just how involved he will be in the X-Men universe and how much he’ll be making in the long run.

Given that the studio is looking to make Gambit the new anchor character in the mutant films, it’s not surprising that he wants to make sure he gets fairly compensated. FOX is looking for a new fan favorite for the masses to latch onto now that Hugh Jackman will be retiring as Wolverine after his next solo film. And after seeing how much work Jackman put into his character (in the end it will be over 15 years and almost ten feature films), it’s no surprise that Tatum wants to make sure he makes out good on this deal.

The Rupert Wyatt-directed Gambit is slated to go into production sometime very soon. Street date for the film to hit theaters is October 7, 2016.

Bruce Campbell Wants More ‘Evil Dead’ Movies!

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

It’s not surprising that Bruce Campbell is having a lot of fun making the new Starz series Ash Vs Evil Dead. The star is having so much fun that he’s even saying this should lead to renewed interest in more movies possibly being made.

“The series will force us to make more movies. “ Campbell said according to Latino Review. “We need eight more movies…making a fourth would work.”

The show, which shows Campbell’s Ash taking up the boomstick once again to fight the Deadites, will begin airing on Halloween night this year and consist of ten 30-minute episodes (for the first season).

Joining Bruce Campbell in the fight against evil will be Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo and Jill Marie Jones. It will even have a Xena cast reunion as Lucy Lawless joins in on the fun.

I would still love to see a crossover between Raimi’s Evil Dead universe and Fede Alvarez’s version. It was teased at the end of the 2013 film, when Ash showed up out of the shadows and simply said “Groovy” after the credits were done rolling. That bit has no connection to the new TV series, and it looks like that particular project may be dead and buried, itself.

But at least we’ve still got the new show to look forward to! So don’t forget to get your trick-or-treating done early so you can be on your couch October 31 to catch the first episode of Ash Vs Evil Dead.

IR Film Review: Supernerd Accepts and Enjoys ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’

Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Most sequels tend to slow down as the number count in the title rises, coasting on name recognition and hoping that fans will buy a ticket just to see their favorite star rehash some half-assed plot and spout goofy catchphrases. Not so with Paramount’s latest installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise. The fifth film, subtitled Rogue Nation, has

Director Christopher McQuarrie on the set of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation from Paramount Pictures and SKydance Productions.

Director Christopher McQuarrie on the set of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation from Paramount Pictures and SKydance Productions.

Ethan Hunt and his IMF crew once again fighting battles on two fronts while trying to save the world from people who would rather let it fall to chaos and ruin.

The action starts right out of the gate, with the IMF trying to stop the transport of a huge amount of nerve gas by terrorists. While Benji (Simon Pegg) and Luther (Ving Rhames) attempt to hack into the plane’s systems, Brandt (Jeremy Renner) keeps tabs on the almost-airborne toxins, letting his team (and the audience) know that the plane is soon going to be out of their reach. Enter Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), who hangs onto the plane as it takes off as a last resort, hoping to gain access in mid-air.

(As overplayed as it may be in the trailers and TV spots, it’s still something to watch as a human being is literally hanging outside of a plane going full speed and in the air!)

After saving the day, Hunt heads off to receive his next mission. Unfortunately, he finds out that his year-long hunt of the terror organization known as the Syndicate has been for naught, as the Syndicate has infiltrated the IMF and

Left to right: Rebecca Ferguson plays Ilsa and Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

Left to right: Rebecca Ferguson plays Ilsa and Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

are now onto Hunt and know everything he knows. Kidnapped and transported to a makeshift dungeon, the prospects look bleak for the world’s greatest action spy. Help from an unknown ally (Syndicate baddie Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson)) soon leads Ethan to freedom, but sends him on the run from a criminal organization that probably wants him dead.

Meanwhile, half a world away, Brandt is fighting for the future of the IMF in front of a Senate oversight committee and CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin). Unable to convince the committee of the need of the IMF, due to not being able to reveal operational information, the group is disbanded and absorbed into the CIA, with Ethan Hunt being branded a fugitive of the USA and now a wanted man.

With no country, no support and no friends to turn to, Ethan Hunt’s mission, should he choose to accept it, is to bring down the Syndicate by any means necessary while staying one step ahead of the United States government that

Left to right: Jeremy Renner plays William Brandt and Ving Rhames plays Luther Stickell in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

Left to right: Jeremy Renner plays William Brandt and Ving Rhames plays Luther Stickell in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

wishes to capture him and bring him in to answer for his reckless ways.

A lot of people are polarized by Tom Cruise, either loving or hating him. But make no mistake – this is a man who loves his craft and gives his all. How many other 53-year-olds would do the crazy stunts that Cruise does in this film? I cringe just thinking about looking over the ledge of a building that’s more than five-stories high. Forget about hanging on to the side of a plane as it takes off and flies me around for a bit! The big car / motorcycle chase scene is as good as anything that has come in the previous films in the series.

The returning crew of Renner, Rhames and Pegg are always welcome, adding a dash of drama and a well-timed one liner when the occasion calls for it. Newcomer Alec Baldwin is someone that I’d like to see stick around, as he’s one of those actors that can do comedy and drama so well, even mixing the two when the mood strikes.

I did enjoy Rebecca Ferguson, another in the long line of “M:I women” (kind of like “Bond girls”, but they kick a little Rebecca Fergusenmore ass) that the franchise has brought in. I’d say that I’d like to see her back as well, but with the way this film series picks up and drops its female co-stars, I won’t hold my breath.

Director Christopher McQuarrie, who also wrote the script and co-wrote the story with writer Drew Pearce, did a wonderful job of balancing the action pieces with the downbeats, letting the movie slow down and allow the audience to catch its collective breath before the next big stunt or fight. Cinematographer Robert Elswit (who also worked on Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) made the most of all the exotic locations that were used for filming, from the back streets of London to the outskirts and cities of Morocco, giving us scene after beautiful scene to visually drool over.

With the amount of action films and franchise sequels that cluttered the box office this summer, Mission: Impossible

Director Christopher McQuarrie on the set of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation from Paramount Pictures and SKydance Productions.

Director Christopher McQuarrie on the set of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation from Paramount Pictures and SKydance Productions.

– Rogue Nation ranks right up there with Mad Max: Fury Road as one of the best “popcorn” films of the Blockbuster Season. If you choose to accept the mission and see this film, do yourself a favor and opt in for the larger screen

experience (Whether that happens to be IMAX or your local theater chain’s version, like Showcase Cinema’s XPlus Theater). The stunts alone make it worth the price of admission.

GRADE: A-

Spider-Man has Already Shot his ‘Civil War’ Cameo

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Peter Parker has seen war – Civil War that is.

There have been rumors circulating since January when the Marvel Studios / Sony deal was made that Spider-Man would make his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the next available film, Captain America: Civil War.

The studios were cutting it a little close when they didn’t officially cast a Spider-Man until a few weeks ago. Civil War has been filming for a few months already and a lot of people thought that if someone wasn’t cast, we wouldn’t get to see Spidey until his next solo film in 2017.

But good news has arrived. It has reported that not only has Tom Holland, the actor chosen to play Peter Parker / Spider-Man, been confirmed for Captain America: Civil War, but his scenes have already been filmed! Vulture talked to Spider-Man writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein about their upcoming plans and the duo said that they were headed to Marvel Studios to see the footage of Holland on set with the rest of the MCU characters.

No word yet as to what Spider-Man’s scenes will entail or which characters he interacts with, but it’s only a matter of time before those details leak. Keep checking back for more news as it pertains to everyone’s favorite wall-crawler and his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut.

‘Robin Hood: Origins’ Takes Aim at Some Possible Leads

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

There are a quartet of films in the works re-telling the life and times of Robin Hood, the outlaw hero of Sherwood Forest. The Lionsgate version, Robin Hood: Origins, has recently pulled its proverbial arrow from the quiver and set its sights on a shortlist of actors to portray the archer.

According to Deadline, Taron Egerton, Jack Reynor, Nicholas Hoult, Jack Huston and maybe Dylan O’Brien have been talked about for the “gritty reimagining.”

All of these actors have their strengths, Egerton wowed audiences everywhere this year with his showing in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Reynor showed some potential in last year’s Tranformers: Age of Extinction, but was otherwise forgettable. Hoult has a pretty good resume with action films, having been center stage for the last few films in the X-Men franchise as well as almost stealing the show in Mad Max: Fury Road. Huston has shown more of a quiet rage with his seasons of experience on Boardwalk Empire. O’Brien may be the odd man out if his filming of the third Maze Runner film conflicts with this one.

The Lionsgate version, which is set to be directed by Otto Hathurst and written by Joby Harold, will see the legend as a soldier returning from the Crusades. When he gets back to his beloved Sherwood Forest, he finds it overrun with corruption and evil. Robin Hood takes it upon himself to gather a band of outlaws and become the hero the people need.

As stated before, there are three other studios with three other films in the works about the same character. Disney has Nottingham & Hood, a Pirates of the Caribbean-style film. Sony will be doing Hood, which will start a Marvel-esque shared universe. And finally Warner Bros has an untitled Robin Hood picture in the works.

Lionsgate hasn’t set a release date, but is rumored to be eyeing an early 2016 start date for production.

Netflix’s ‘Jessica Jones’ to Showcase ‘Daredevil’ Character

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Jessica Jones and Daredevil are going to share more than just a common streaming network. The two Netflix based shows will also have a shared character, linking them in the grand style of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Latino Review recently talked to Jessica Jones show developer Melissa Rosenberg and she dropped the news of the crossover character:

I think I’m allowed to say: Rosario Dawson will be dropping in.

Dawson played a composite of the characters Claire Temple and Night Nurse on season one of Daredevil. She’s currently in the process of filming for season two for the show that focuses on Marvel’s Man Without Fear.

It was also confirmed by Rosenberg that the Claire Temple / Night Nurse character would be see across all four shows that comprise the Defenders series of shows on Netflix.

With plans to premiere the show later this year, Jessica Jones is a welcome addition at a time when fans are clamoring for more positive female leads in superhero cinema and TV shows.

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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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.

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