A New Piece of Concept Art Gives us our First Look at Battle Cat in ‘Masters of the Universe’

by: Jay Carlson

A couple of weeks ago DeVon Franklin, Senior VP of Production at Columbia Pictures, teased a possible title card for Masters of the Universe and mentioned there would be some news coming soon.

Franklin was asked via Twitter yesterday what was happening with Masters of the Universe and he provided a little information about what was going on with the project:

Another twitter user noted that if Guardians of the Galaxy could make over 700 Million dollars ($773,876,600 to be accurate) there’s no reason Masters of the Universe couldn’t do the same. This is when Franklin dropped our first look at a concept for Battle Cat.     

It looks like a pretty straightforward adaptation of the original classic Battle Cat. I’m certainly excited to see how they might realize the rest of the He-Man Universe. What about you? Are you excited by a new He-Man film? What do you think of our first look at Battle Cat?

Trailer: The Gang is (Kind of) Back for ‘Community’ Season 6!

 

The Community season six premiere is just around the corner. Here is your opportunity for a sneak peak of the show coming exclusively to Yahoo Screen on March 17th. Pop pop!

 

‘Tron: Legacy’ Director Racing Toward Gran Turismo!

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Director Joseph Kosinski has some experience with sci-fi, helming the big-budget Tom Cruise flick Oblivion. But it looks like he wants to dip his toe in another end of the pool. The Hollywood Reporter has sources that say Kosinski and Sony are in early talks for him to direct a film adaptation of the popular racing game Gran Turismo.

Not much is known about what the plot may be, but considering it’s a racing game with different vehicles most people will probably assume that it’s going to be a rehash of something like Need for Speed. Early rumors said that the story may revolve around a video gamer who gets a shot at being a racer.

The original script was penned by Alex Tse, whose biggest claim to fame thus far has been a co-writing credit with David Hayter on the epic comic book adaptation Watchmen. But word is that if Kosinski takes the job he may just rewrite the script to suit his needs.

This isn’t the only project Kosinski has in the pipeline. He’s been attached to things like the third Tron film, a remake of The Black Hole and a new Twilight Zone movie.

Racing movies are a tricky bunch. You need to have the right amount of story to balance it out so that it doesn’t feel like you’re just sitting there watching your buddies play a video game. I do enjoy the Fast and Furious franchise though, but that’s because of the wacky characters as well. This may be a case where I’ll have to see a cast first before I can truly pass judgment.

Michael Bay’s ’13 Hours’ Recruits a Sniper From ‘The Office’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

 

David Denman, probably best known as Roy from NBC’s The Office as well as a recurring role on the final season of Parenthood, has signed on to Michael Bay’s Benghazi movie 13 Hours, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

 

Denman joins a cast that includes John Krasinski (whom Denman worked with on The Office), Pablo Schreiber, Max Martini and James Badge Dale.

 

The film is an adaptation of the Mitchell Zuckoff book of the same name that told the tale of the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. 13 Hours will tell the story of the Special Forces team that attempted a rescue mission for the Americans trapped in the compound.

 

Denman will play a sniper named Boon.

 

Shooting for the film is expected to start sometime in early April on locations in Malta and Morocco.

‘Independence Day’ Sequel may not Have Will Smith but it Will Have a Connection

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

So the 20-years-in-the-making sequel to the big-budget popcorn flick Independence Day is starting to take shape. And while Will Smith may not be returning to reprise his star-making role, the movie will still have a connection to the former Fresh Prince.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jessie Usher (When the Game Stands Tall, Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse) has signed on for a big role. Apparently he’ll be playing the son of Will Smith’s character. Whether this is the grown up version of Vivica A. Fox’s little boy, Smith’s stepson, or a child that Smith and Fox had together, is yet to be revealed.

As reported some time ago, Hunger Games franchise star Liam Hemsworth is still set to headline the action picture and is close to inking a deal. It’s been rumored that Hemsworth will be playing the nephew of the President played by Bill Pullman in the original film.

Returning to their original roles are Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman (though Pullman is not official quite yet.). Roland Emmerich, director of the first foray into alien invasion, will also come back to helm the second coming.

I don’t have a lot of expectations for this film. I thought the first one was a fine movie all by itself and a sequel wasn’t really screaming to be made. But we get one anyway, so we may as well make the best of it. Hemsworth is a decent actor but this is a huge studio tentpole picture, so it’s make or break time for him now. I hope he can do like his brother Chris and start to really make waves on the big screen.

Holiday Horror Film ‘Krampus’ Adds Star Power to its Cast

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

The upcoming Christmas horror film Krampus has recently added a slew of talent to its cast, according to The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter.

Adam Scott, fresh off a five year run on NBC’s awesome Parks and Recreation and currently starring in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, will play an overworked dad who’s not always around. Toni Collette was cast as a mother whose priorities are a little skewed, an ostrich of a woman who sticks her head in the proverbial sand by making elaborate meals and pretending that everything with her family is okay.

Playing their children are The Carrie Diaries Stefania Owen and Chef’s Emjay Anthony.

The movie is based on the legend of Krampus, a pagan demon who comes for children who have been bad and punishes them. The character has gotten thrust into the public eye more recently thanks to shows like The League and American Dad! which have brought the ancient deity to the forefront of our horrified imaginations.

Also signed are Alison Tolman, who plays Collette’s sister-in-law, and David Koechner as a father whose child disappeared under mysterious, Krampus-like circumstances.

Tapped to direct is Michael Dougherty, who co-wrote the script with Todd Casey and Zach Shields. Dougherty directed the awesome Halloween flick Trick ‘r’ Treat, which is a holiday favorite in October in my house. If he brings the same energy and scares to Krampus that he did to Trick ‘r’ Treat, count me in.

Legendary, the studio behind the film, is eying a spring shoot in New Zealand with an estimated early December release to theaters.

The First Poster for ‘Dark Places’ Starring Charlize Theron Adapted From Gillian Flynn’s Bestselling Novel

by: Jay Carlson

Even prior to David Fincher’s theatrical adaptation to Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn had become a rock star writer, one of the first in quite a while that seemed to appear out of nowhere and immediately jumped to the top of the heap.

Dark Places is based on Flynn’s second novel and centers on Charlize Theron as a woman who survives the brutal killing of her family as a child (possibly by a satanic cult) and is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes. The film also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks and Nicholas Hoult and is directed by up and coming director Gilles Paquet-Brenner.

Take a look at the first one-sheet below, courtesy of The Playlist. 

It’s got a great cast and the material it’s based on is top notch. What do you think? Are you interested in another trip into the dark psyche of Gillian Flynn?

Trailer: ‘Ex Machina': Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac Star In Another Film with Robots

Written and Directed by Alex Garland

Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).

Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

Rated R | 110 Minutes

***A24 WILL RELEASE EX MACHINA IN THEATERS APRIL 10, 2015***

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First Look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

by: Jay Carlson

Following hot on the heels of the Academy Award winning film about Edward Snowden, CitizenFour, Open Road films has provided our first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s Snowden. 

I’m very curious how Stone is going to play out the story of Snowden. Upon hearing that there were plans to make a feature narrative of Snowden’s story, my first thought was “They’d be silly not to pull Oliver Stone in for this one.” Stone has never been shy about shining a light on the U.S.A’s warts, whether it’s Vietnam, the JFK Assassination, or a disgraced president.

I can’t imagine he’ll be able to make a more compelling film than Laura Poitras’ CitizenFour, but he’s assembled a nice cast. Besides Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, the film will also feature Shailene Woodley, Scott Eatwood, Nicolas Cage, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Joely Richardson, Melissa Leo and Rhys Ifans.

What do you think? Does Stone have it in him to make a worthy movie on the Snowden story with this cast he’s assembled?

 

 

It’s ‘Training Day’ in the old West! Ethan Hawke to Join Denzel Washington and Antione Fuqua for ‘Magnificent Seven’!

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

It looks like Atoine Fuqua’s remake of the 1960 film The Magnificent Seven has become even more of a Training Day reunion. According to Deadline, after signing one of his regulars, Denzel Washington, Fuqua has tapped Ethan Hawke to join his cast.

Hawke will not only join Washington, but Haley Bennett and Chris Pratt as well.

The film follows the story of a woman (Bennett) whose husband is killed by a gold mining baron and his thugs. The widow then hires a bounty hunter (Washington) to take out the bad guys. The bounty hunter, in turn, hires six more gunslingers to help him take out the trash.

It’s not known yet as to the roles Pratt and Hawke will play. If they do end up being part of Washington’s posse, Fuqua has four more cowboys to wrangle up.

This film is shaping up with quite the cast. There’s still plenty of open spots on either side of the fence, and with the caliber of talent already attached, Fuqua could have his choice of actors to fill up all the available roles. Personally, I’d love to see Walton Goggins cast as one of the Seven. He’s got a great look for westerns, and after seeing him play a bad guy in so many projects, I think it’s be neat to see him as a white hat.

Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence Team-up for War Photog Bio for Warner Bros

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

In a hotly contested bidding war, Warner Bros is close to closing a deal for the rights to Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War, according to Deadline. And the WB have set up an all-star director / actress combo, tapping Steven Spielberg to helm the film and Jennifer Lawrence to star in it.

Ever since being excerpted in The New York Times Magazine, this has been a highly sought after piece. How sought after? Names being thrown around to possibly star for various studios were Reese Witherspoon, Margot Robbie and Natalie Portman. The Weinstein Company wanted it as did director Darren Aronofsky. This was everyone’s pick of the litter.

Addario gained fame by traveling to Afghanistan after the post-9/11 invasion of the country and gave faces to the victims of the conflict going on. She covered such things like genocide in Darfur, the atrocities forced upon the women of Congo and how the Afgans were treated during the Taliban Regime. She was also kidnapped by pro-Quadaffi forces during the Libyan civil war.

With a strong female lead and some excellent drama and action bound to occur, it’s no wonder this was a major ping on everyone’s radar. I think Spielberg can give it the proper treatment and that Lawrence can definitely use something like this to break free of the Hunger Games image after the next film comes out.

Director and Details Emerge Regarding Sony’s Upcoming ‘Spectacular Spider-Man’!

by: Jay Carlson

The always amazing Kellvin Chavez over at Latino Review has revealed a LOT of new details concerning Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man film.

The film will likely be titled The Spectacular Spider-Man and will be written and directed by none other than Drew Goddard.

Goddard has been involved in some big geek properties over the years, beginning with the small screen writing for Buffy, Angel, Alias, Lost and recently a couple of episodes of Marvel’s upcoming Daredevil Netflix series. You’ll recall he was onboard as the Daredevil show runner prior to swinging over to the Spidey-verse for Sinister Six. (LR’s report states that The Sinister Six will still likely appear in the film, with an eye toward possibly spinning them off into their own film at some point down the road.) Goddard also has some big screen chops, writing World War Z, Ridley Scott’s upcoming The Martian as well as the excellent Cabin in the Woods (co-written by Joss Whedon) which he also directed.

Speak of that planned spidey-verse, it seems that (unsurprisingly) all of the planned spinoffs (including Aunt May as a spy) will all likely go away. Thank god!

The report also states that there will be a new actor, likely an unknown, who “will be specifically based in High School and they want him to be able to grow up into the role. The thought being if this works, Spidey can do multiple trilogies for years ala Harry Potter.” There will not be an origin story this time around. “Spidey exists from the beginning, taken as a given.” I don’t know about you, but I’m more than happy to avoid another Spider-Man origin.

It was also reported that a “major part of the first film will involve Spider- Man fighting Iron Man and then trying to pass the “audition” to join the Avengers.”

I honestly don’t know what to think about this. I know it’s early, but if all of this is true, it sounds like it’s going to be a mess. The Sinister Six AND Spider-Man fighting Iron Man then auditioning for the Avengers?

Hopefully they have their shit a little more together behind the scenes than this sounds. I love Goddard as the writer-director, hopefully he can untangle all of this and put out the Spider-Man film we all want to see.

What do you think about all of this info? What do you like and what do you dislike? Let’s discuss!

 

New Character Posters and More for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’!

by: Jay Carlson

It’s getting close. Can you feel it? The gods of the Marvel Universe are converging for their second time as Ultron threatens to destroy all of humanity.

Following up last weeks newest one-sheets for domestic and international release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, character posters have been dropping daily. So far we have Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and today we have Hawkeye.

 

Also, take a look at the video below for an opportunity to experience “The Best Night of Your Life” with Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. The winner will receive a trip to Los Angeles for the Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere. Head on over to RDJ’s page on Omaze and select your donation level, all of which feature varying amounts of free stuff and a set amount of entries for the contest. All funds raised by the campaign will go to Julia’s House, a children’s hospice charity in England.

Will Jack Huston Make us Believe That it Can’t Rain all the Time?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

The Crow will always have a special place in my heart. Based on the comics by James O’Barr, it tells a story of loss and love and the lengths that the soul will go to to right what once went wrong. I don’t care about the crappy sequels and TV shows, the original which starred Brandon Lee and was directed by Alex Proyas is one of my all-time favorites.

When talks of a remake started up, I was skeptical. My doubts were relaxed a little bit when I heard Luke Evans was up for the lead. This was when I had just seen him in No One Lives, which is an excellent revenge film with a great twist. But then Evans was off the project, and director Corin Hardy was in search for a new man to wear the leather duster and black-and-white makeup.

Enter Jack Huston.

Deadline is reporting that the Boardwalk Empire star is currently being courted to take on the role of The Crow in the upcoming reimagining.

This would be the second major project for the actor since playing scarred, mask wearing assassin Richard Harrow on the HBO period crime-drama. Huston is currently filming the remake of the classic Ben-Hur, in which he has the starring role.

Talks are still in the early stages, but I could see Huston signing and playing an awesome Crow. Whatever direction they go in, they need to find someone soon. Relativity Studios has their sights set on a spring start for production, which means filming should commence sometime soon after that.

What do you think Indie Revolver readers? Would Huston be a good choice to take over the role, or will the shadow of Brandon Lee loom too large for the actor to escape from?

Star Wars Saga Gets a Lego-Style Retelling

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Just in time for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney has ordered a LEGO-style retelling of the first six chapters in the classic sci-fi saga according to The Hollywood Reporter. The LEGO redux will consist of five 22-minute episodes that tell the tale from Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi.

While it may seem a little preposterous that the retelling will showcase the entire saga in 110 minutes, it’s the concept that makes it seem plausible – the series will be told from the point of view of the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 in a new story.

Set after the Rebel Alliance victory at the end of Jedi, the droids are telling the story of their amazing adventure. An accidental kidnapping leads to an all-new adventure that necessitates the retelling of the epic from Episode 1 all the way through Episode 6.

No writers or directors have been named as of yet. The series will premiere on Disney XD sometime in the future.

New Signings to ‘Supergirl’ Including two Former ‘Super’-Stars

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

CBS upcoming Supergirl series has been busy casting as of late, including a couple of former Superman franchise players.

TVLine has reported that Dean Cain and Helen Slater have been signed on for “top-secret” roles on the upcoming comic book-based show. Both are known for roles previously pertaining to the Superman universe. Cain was the Man of Steel himself on the long running TV show Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Slater was the titular heroine of the 1984 film Supergirl.

Both were featured on the last Superman-themed show, the retooled 10-season origin story Smallville. Cain was Dr. Curtis Knox while Slater played Superman’s birth mother Lara.

Meanwhile The Hollywood Reporter learned that Grey’s Anatomy actress Chyler Leigh and Homeland’s David Harewood have been cast as well.

Leigh will play Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, the foster sister of Kara Zor-El, a.k.a. Supergirl. Harewood will play Hank Henshaw, a former CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Affairs (DEO), looking for alien threats on Earth. Comic fans may remember Hank Henshaw as the character that eventually becomes Cyborg Superman and turns into quite a threat for the Superman family.

These four join an already stacked cast. Previously announced for the show were Calista Flockhart, Laura Benanti and Mechad Brooks. They all join Melissa Benoist, who was cast as Supergirl.

So Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Film Will Still Honor all Previous Films… But How?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

So Neill Blomkamp did an interview while promoting his new film Chappie and he made it sound like his new Alien film would totally disregard the last two films in the franchise and be a direct sequel to the popular Aliens. Well, the reports were right…but also a little wrong.

Clearing the air, Blomkamp told AlloCine that his film will take place directly after the second film BUT it will also be a bridge to the third film. So call it Alien 2.5, I guess.

“My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that’s connected to ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens,’” Blomkamp said. “That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo ‘Alien 3′ or ‘Alien: Resurrection';I just want it to be connected to Alien ‘1’ and ‘2.’”

Sigourney Weaver, who played Ripley in the series, will be returning to reprise her role, looking to give her character a “proper ending.”

“I think we left a series that’s quite beloved just sort of literally hanging in the air,” Weaver told AlloCine. “I didn’t like the way it was going. I think it’s hard to manufacture a good story just because they want to make another one. I guess I always wanted to complete this story, and it wasn’t really ’til Neill and I started talking that I thought, ‘This is why we’ve waited however many years it’s been.’”

So it still sounds like the new film is ignoring the last half of the franchise, but they wanted to somehow placate fans that enjoyed Alien 3 and Alien:Resurrection. At least that’s how Weaver sounds. Blomkamp sounds like he just wants to make a kick-ass flick.

I personally don’t care either way. As long as Neill Blomkamp makes a quality film that I can enjoy, I’ll be there.

Elisabeth Rohm to Join Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Elisabeth Rohm has signed on to star in David O Russell’s next film Joy, which is set to star Jennifer Lawrence as Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano.

Rohm has been cast to play the sister of Lawrence’s Mangano. Robert DeNiro and Edgar Ramirez have already signed on for the film as Mangano’s father and future husband/ex-husband respectively. Bradley Cooper was signed to play an exec at HSN that helps Mangano get her start selling the mop.

Rohm is starting to become somewhat of a Russell regular. She was cast in Russell’s previous film American Hustle, which also co-starred Lawrence, Cooper and De Niro.

I’m torn on Russell’s films. Of his last couple, I really enjoyed The Fighter, was very ‘meh’ with Silver Linings Playbook, but was actually bored by American Hustle. I’ll keep an open mind for now, but with the source material he has to work with here, he’s really gonna need to WOW me with something to keep me interested.

IR Film Review: ‘My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn’

by: Jay Carlson

My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn would have been more appropriately titled Me Directing the Life of Nicolas Winding Refn, as this film is a candid look of the Drive director, filmed by his wife, Liv Corfixen (not the other way around) who turns the camera on her husband to document his attempt to follow up the massive critical success of Drive with Only God Forgives.

my life_1

The film immediately begs to be compared to Hearts of Darkness, the unbelievable documentary compiled of footage shot (sometimes secretly) by Eleanor Coppola of her husband, Francis, as he struggled to make Apocalypse Now. 

Hearts of Darkness had the benefit of quite a bit of breathing room, being released twelve years after the release of Apocalypse Now. In that time, Apocalypse Now (and the lore of the harried production) had been discussed at length and the film was a bonafide classic. It’s only been a year since Only God Forgives was released to tepid reviews and the release of this film. 

When Hearts of Darkness was released, Coppola had slowed down and was considered to be on the back nine of his career. One of the biggest advantages to My Life is seeing its subject in his prime, allowing himself to be shown in such a delicate artistic state, warts and all. Seeing Refn doubt himself behind closed doors while putting on a strong game face for his cast and crew is compelling stuff. As is another scene that shows him flip-flopping from believing that he’d made a better film than Drive to later on that same day stating that the film is no good and doesn’t work.

The main difference between the My Life and Hearts of Darkness is that we knew going into Hearts of Darkness that Coppola was a genius and one of the greatest directors to ever live. My Life suffers because, even though he’s shown signs of greatness, the jury is still out on Refn. One day, later in his career, we may look back and say Refn was a genius and it’s amazing to have this look inside the man and his process. It’s just too early to tell what he is yet. He’s definitely not Coppola though. (Then again, who is?)

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My one major complaint was that the camera wasn’t running more as it seems that Refn didn’t allow his wife to shoot as much as she would have liked. I would have loved to see this film get deeper and give even more into Refn’s psyche.

Ultimately, the film was compelling but didn’t really mine the depths that would put it into the same league as Hearts of Darkness. I’d definitely recommend it as there is still plenty to enjoy in the film. 

Grade: B-

You can decide for yourself, as My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn is out today in select theaters and on demand today!