Seth Rogen and James Franco Delight in ‘The Interview’

The-Interview

by: Jay Carlson

We are fortunate to be in the midst of a comedy renaissance, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the 80’s. The comedies being churned out by the Judd Apatow crew have been some of the best and brightest to be released over the course of the last decade and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s The Interview is no exception.

The plot of The Interview revolves around slick, vapid, TV personality, Dave Skylark played by James Franco who is more cheesy used car salesman or game show host than serious newsman. Seth Rogen plays his friend and producer, Aaron Rappaport, who is yearning to break free of reporting silly celebrity gossip so that they can grab some journalistic integrity by reporting on real news.

The opportunity for the two to finally establish themselves as real reporters occurs when Rappaport is presented an opportunity to put Skylark face to face with one of the most infamous men on the planet, North Korea dictator Kim Jung-Un. It seems the crazed dictator is a huge fan western entertainment and particularly of Skylark’s show. Once the interview is set things become complicated as the government proposes that they use the opportunity to assassinate the unpredictable dictator.

The situation is further complicated when Skylark begins to re-evaluate the plan after spending time and bonding with Kim Jung-Un. (Perhaps this is why Dennis Rodman didn’t follow through as well.)

I won’t delve much further into the plot because the ride is a huge part of what makes The Interview so enjoyable. The film killed during the screening I attended in Boston, with many of the laughs spilling over into other funny moments, requiring at least one more viewing to take it all in.

As usual Seth Rogen and James Franco’s chemistry together is a joy. The two of them consistently look like they’re having a blast working off of one another and it makes for some amazing comedic moments. Franco’s facial expressions and the looks exchanged between he and Rogen are well worth the price of admission.

The supporting cast is solid, though I wish there was more for Lizzy Caplan’s honeypot government agent to do after her introduction. Randall Park steals the show as mad dictator Kim Jung-Un and manages to take what could be expected to be a two dimensional character and squeeze the comedy out of every opportunity. The scenes shared between he and James Franco were all among the best in the film.

From the beginning to the end, Rogen and Franco will have you laughing your ass off.  If you’re looking to break up the dramas of Academy Award season, then I suggest you check out The Interview.  

The Interview opens Christmas day.

A Couple New Looks at Daredevil and Matt Murdock From Marvel’s Upcoming Netflix Series ‘Daredevil’

By: Jay Carlson

Entertainment Weekly has released a new look at Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, as well as his alter-ego Daredevil from Netflix’s upcoming series based on the Marvel Comic.

We still have yet to see a great look at the Daredevil costume but it certainly looks like they are drawing heavily from the Frank Miller/ John Romita Jr series Man Without Fear. 

What do you think? I’m a huge fan of old hornhead, particularly Miller and Bendis’ run and I’m really hoping they get the character right. Based on the couple looks we’ve gotten thus far, I feel like they’re definitely on the right track.

 

TBS to Spend Some ‘Quality Time’ With the Boys From Broken Lizard

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

With the recent cancellation of TBS comedies Men At Work and Sullivan & Son, the network is on the hunt for some fresh funny. They have the proven shows with American Dad! and Ground Floor along with a few more in the pipeline, but it just seemed like something was missing.

Enter the boys from Broken Lizard.

The comedy troupe has been given an order for a series pilot called Quality Time. The series will focus on a group of college friends whose maturity stunted in their 20’s, leaving them a group of sophmoric man-children. But now they’ve grown up, gotten jobs, gotten married and have kids of their own. It’s being called an untraditional comedy about the dads being torn between the men they used to be and the men they want to be.

The pilot is being directed by Broken Lizard member Paul Soter. Soter will also star, alongside Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan and Erik Stolhanske.

This is the first offical pilot ordered by new network president Kevin Reilly, although it has been said that this product had been in the works for some time before he took over. Reilly had made it known that he was looking for some edgy scripted material to help the network stand out. He came to the right place when he hired the guys behind the crude hits Super Troopers and Beerfest.

I’d love to see anything new from the BL crew. With the Super Troopers sequel spinning wheels for years, I’d all but lost hope that we’d ever see the crew get back together again. Here’s to hoping that we get to see them on the small screen for many years to come.

‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoff to be set in Los Angeles

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Look out California, the zombies are shambling your way!

Variety is reporting that The Walking Dead spinoff series will officially be set in the west coast, in the city of Los Angeles to be precise.

The new series is set to begin filming in early 2015. Even though the series is to be set in L.A. there has been no decision as to where the filming will take place. The original series, currently taking place on the outskirts of Atlanta and its surrounding areas, is filmed on location in the state of Georgia.

Executive producer and writer of the comic book Robert Kirkman is excited for a chance to take a look at another part of the world that has been ravaged by the zombie plague. Kirkman was quoted as saying  “the opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”

Charlie Collier, president of AMC when the spinoff was officially announced in September, had said that ever since the start of the series fans were curious as to what may have been occuring in other parts of the world.

How excited are you about the new location? Do you wish it were somewhere else, or is L.A. a good choice? Sound off in the comments section below.

 

Will One of These Five Men Sit in the Director’s Chair for ‘Star Trek 3’?

By: S. Scott Stanikmas

It was announced a few weeks ago that Robert Orci, the director taking over the Star Trek franchise from former director J.J. Abrams, would not be taking the reins of the third film in the rebooted franchise.

According to Deadline, Paramount has a short list of favorite directors that they’s like to see take the reins of the mega popular sci-fi series.

The five names beng thrown around are Rupert Wyatt, Morten Tyldum, Daniel Espinosa, Justin Lin and Duncan Jones.

We can rule Jones out of the running right off the bat. The man behind Moon, Source Code and the upcoming World of Warcraft movie has officially stated via Twitter that he is flattered by the inclusion but that he would like to work on something original as his next film.

The front runner is Rupert Wyatt. Wyatt’s last film Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a huge success at the box office and he’s got a lot working in his favor. His latest movie, The Gambler starring Mark Whalberg, is in the can and ready for the screen. He’s got blockbuster franchise experience under his belt. And the cherry to the sundae is being personally endorsed by Abrams himself.

Justin Lin is another man with franchise experience, having made the Fast and Furious franchise into the box office juggernaut that it now is. And he’s got the free time seeing as his Bourne film was put on the backburner to let Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass have another crack at the character.

Espinosa just recently wrapped Child 44 but he’s expected to go into production of the Boston Marathon bombing movie Boston Strong next. He did have a strong showing with Safe House but his schedule may prove to be his undoing in this case.

Tyldum could be the dark horse. Depending on how well his new film The Imitation Game does after this holiday season he could be seen as the next flavor of the month in Hollywood.

A decision should be forthcoming soon, as the studio is looking to get the film out for 2016, the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise.

David Ayer has Cast his Amanda Waller for ‘The Suicide Squad’

by: Marcus Rivera

I can honestly say I wasn’t too excited when the cast of Suicide Squad was announced but now they seem to have landed one of my favorite actress’s to play the no nonsense Amanda Waller.
Viola Davis will be rounding out the cast that includes Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto and Margo Robbie.  In the comics, Waller is a cold, pragmatic government agent who’s in charge of the Suicide Squad, a team of supervillains tasked with carrying out secret missions in exchange for pardons.
Previous reports linked Oprah Winfrey & Octavia Spencer to the role of Waller (who was played by Angela Basset in Green Lantern), now one must assume that Warner Bros. must have found a way to work around her TV schedule as she stars on the hit show How to Get Away with Murder. 
Presumably, Davis won’t have a ton of screen time in Suicide Squad, or her role is something that can be handled on relatively few sets such as a command center or government office as opposed to going out in the field with the squad. Latino Review, who broke the news hasn’t mention whether or not she’s signed to a multi-picture deal. Directed by David Ayer (Fury), production on Suicide Squad is set to begin in April for an August 5, 2016 release.

Tim Burton Says He’ll be Directing Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton in ‘Beetlejuice 2’!

Beetlejuice

Art by Jonathan Reincke

by: Jay Carlson

Tim Burton recently spoke about Beetlejuice 2 with MTV while doing promotion for Big Eyes. The project has come up numerous times in the past but seems to be gaining traction. Keaton publicly stated earlier in the year that as long as Burton were involved he would reprise his role of “the ghost with the most”. As recently as October, Keaton mentioned that they were just waiting on a script.

When asked about whether or not he’d be returning to the project, Burton stated, “Oh yeah.”

When he was asked about the possibility of Winona Ryder returning to the role of Lydia Deets he continued his answer with, “Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah.” Then further elaborated by stating, “I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in awhile… and she was so great,” Burton said. “I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her… and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.”

I’ve been decidedly not into nearly everything Burton has done in recent years, but I would really be psyched to see him making a new Beetlejuice film starring Keaton and Ryder. All that’s left to be seen is whether of not Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis would also be returning. They’re less important to me, honestly.

As long as we get Burton directing Keaton, Ryder and some sandworms, my butt will be in a seat.

Trailer: Cate Blanchett, Lily James and an All-Star Cast in Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Cinderella’

 

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.

A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

Directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Thor,” “Hamlet”) and starring Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Elizabeth”), Lily James (“Downton Abbey”), Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”), “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Elysium”), Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and David Barron (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) with Tim Lewis (“Goldeneye”) serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz (“About a Boy,” “The Golden Compass”).

Is the Deal Done For Spidey to Cross Over Into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas & Marcus Rivera

There were rumors a while back that Sony was in talks with Marvel Studios to loan out the Spider-Man charcater, possibly for Captain America: Civil War, and that the character would stick around for a little while.

The recent info hack at Sony let us in on some of the inner workings as to exactly what Sony wanted out of this deal. And after looking at it I’m not afraid to say Sony would have come out of this better off than Marvel.

Emails between Spider-Man producer Matt Tolmach, SPE chief Amy PAscal and Colombia head of production Michael De Luca proposed many different routes to take the Web-slinger and his many villains. One route was to introduce him in Captain America: Civil War and have it be an all new Spider-Man. Yup, Bye-bye Andrew Garfield! From there we would launch into a new Spider-Man movie series without having to go with the Sinister Six, which is where we seemed to be headed after The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

The deal never quite came together but it never totally fell apart either.

I advise you to take the following information with a huge grain of salt.  A report today claims a reddit user who has a friend close to Disney is stating a deal is now in place for Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Studios movies.

If it is at all legit, the user claims a meeting was recently held between Sony and Marvel that lasted about 40 minutes. The meeting is said to have gone over the “final kinks” of the deal they have been working on to “incorporate Spider-Man into the MCU.”

It’s said the meeting was short because the deal for Spider-Man is already in place, and they were “simply tending to other commodities.”

If the deal is in place, the earliest Marvel can now use Spider-Man possibly would be in a post-credit scene for The Avengers 2 or a cameo in Captain America 3.

According to the rumor, the deal is expected to be officially announced after next month’s “Spidey Summit,” and the “heavy favorite” to play Spider-Man is Logan Lerman!

Logan Lerman, known for the Percy Jackson movies and most recently Fury, was said to be up for the role of Spider-Man prior to Andrew Garfield & has expressed interest in playing the web slinger on the big screen. Lerman has commented on these rumors in the past saying:  “There have been a few discussions, it’s definitely something I’m looking into. It’s [Spider-man] one of my favorite characters ever and I’m a huge fan of the series. I’d love to have more conversations about it. I’m definitely very interested in it.”

Is Lerman the best choice to play Spider-Man/Peter Parker? Sound off on who you think should play the wall crawler next.

Drafthouse Films Aquires ‘The Keeping Room’ Starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington

by: Jay Carlson

Drafthouse Films has been aquiring and releasing the films that film fans want to see, from A Band Called Death to The Act of Killing and Cheap Thrills and many more in the last few years. They’re taking care to curate a great catalog of films that are the best parts of art house and grindhouse.

Most recently they’ve aquired The Keeping Room, Starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington. The  film centers on “on the violent resilience and dramatic camaraderie of three Southern women as their home is besieged during the purges at the close of the American Civil War. Forced to defend their land and fight for their lives, the women take up arms against their male oppressors, shattering gender and genre conventions in the process.”

The film, from a script featured on The Black List, played to rave reviews at the most recent Toronto International Film Festival. I can’t wait to take a look at the film, which is set to be released in September 2015.

 

Official Press Release:

AUSTIN, TEXAS (December 15, 2014) – Drafthouse Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Julia Hart’s powerful Black List Western feature, The Keeping Room, after its acclaimed world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival.

Expertly directed by Daniel Barber (Harry Brown), The Keeping Room focuses on the violent resilience and dramatic camaraderie of three Southern women as their home is besieged during the purges at the close of the American Civil War. Forced to defend their land and fight for their lives, the women take up arms against their male oppressors, shattering gender and genre conventions in the process.

A forceful turn from Brit Marling (Arbitrage, I Origins) heads a formidable trio of female leads that includes Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Ender’s Game) and newcomer Muna Otaru in a powerful break out role. Playing against his usual character, Sam Worthington(Avatar, Man On A Ledge), excels as a villainous renegade soldier intent on killing the women and razing their home.

Based on Julia Hart’s revered 2012 Black List screenplay, The Keeping Room deliberately eschews Hollywood Western tropes and challenges gender politics as the female protagonist is defined in brave and provocative fashion. Described as “a feminist western with bite” (Indiewire) and “a beautifully breathless revisionist western” midway between Cold Mountain and Straw Dogs (Little White Lies),The Keeping Room is unflinching filmmaking anchored in the “bold and fearless” performances (Film School Rejects) delivered by its lead women.

The Keeping Room is a film that instantly resonated with us on so many levels,” said James Emanuel Shapiro, Drafthouse Films COO. “Not only is it filmmaking of the highest level but it challenges formulas with such convictions that we were all affected by its potency.”

“We could not ask for a better partner than Drafthouse for The Keeping Room,” said producer Justin Horowitz. “As with everything they do, we look forward to a theatrical release that is classy, energetic, passionate, and a whole lot of fun.”

The Keeping Room will open in an expansive theatrical release across North America in September 2015 and will be released on a variety of VOD platforms and digital, DVD, and Blu-ray formats after its theatrical run.

The Keeping Room is a production of Wind Dancer Films, Gilbert Films and Anonymous Content and was produced by Jordan Horowitz, Judd Payne, Matt Williams, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve and Patrick Newall. Executive Producers are Gary Gilbert and Michael Sugar. The deal was negotiated by WME Global on behalf of the producers and James Emanuel Shapiro and Tim League from Drafthouse Films.

For more information on THE KEEPING ROOM and Drafthouse Films:

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Disney Searching for Female Lead for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Recently Disney locked up actor Brenton Thwaites for a role in the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Now that they have the man who will play opposite Johnny Depp they’re looking to lock down the female lead who will play Thwaites’ love interest.

According to Variety, the word on the street was that Disney wanted to seal up an actor for the role of the British soldier who teams with Captain Jack Sparrow before looking for his lady. Now that they have Thwaites, the search is on for someone who has the right on-screen chemistry with the young actor.

Names being thrown around are Alexandra Dowling (The Musketeers), Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love), Lucy Boynton (Miss Potter), Kaya Scodelario (Maze Runner) and foreign actress Jenna Thiam.

The fifth Pirates movie is still rumored to be looking at Javier Bardem as a possible villain, but nothing has been made official as of yet. If Bardem joins the cast it’s been rumored he would team up with Geoffrey Rush’s villainous Captain Barbosa to torment Depp’s Jack Sparrow.

The film, directed by Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, is set to release July 7, 2017.

J.K. Simmons Books a Trip to ‘Skull Island’!

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Actor J.K Simmons has been red hot as of late. The star of the recent indie darling Whiplash could probably take his pick of roles these days. And according to Deadline, Simmons has chosen to do Universal’s Kong: Skull Island.

Simmons joins Tom Hiddleston in the upcoming origin movie that sees a team of explorers visit the titular Skull Island, home of the mighty beast King Kong.

The film, slated for a March 10, 2017 release is set to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts from a script by John Gatins and Max Borenstein.

J.K. Simmons can truly do it all. He can play the gruff yet caring dad (Juno), the smarmy wise-cracking boss (Sony’s original Spider-Man trilogy) or the most evil and twisted man on the cell block (TV’s OZ). He can jump from genre to genre without batting an eye.

I like this casting news. I think Simmons and Hiddleston will play well off of each other. I just hope the rest of the cast, when announced, can keep up with these two.

 

 

New Teaser Poster for Jason Statham in ‘The Mechan

 

by: Marcus Rivera

It seems like just when Jason Statham puts a franchise away, he picks up a new one. Statham (The Expendables) may be starting another action franchise after ending his run as ‘Frank Martin’ in ‘The Transporter’ series. The sequel to 2011’s modest hit The Mechanic is already in production & here is the first teaser poster for it.

Statham returns to play Arthur Bishop & seems to have put his murderous past behind him until his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now Bishop must travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents. Joining Statham this time around is Jessica Alba (Machete), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) & Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black)

Filming location includes many exotic places such as Thailand, Brazil, and Bulgaria. Director Dennis Gansel (The Fourth State) will be taking over for Simon West. The Mechanic: Resurrection is scheduled for a January 16th, 2015 release.

Netflix’s ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Sequel Series To Start Shooting in January?!

by: Jay Carlson

In the years since Wet Hot American Summer premiered its cult of fans has only grown, turning what was originally a box-office dud into a beloved comedy classic.

Rumors of a follow-up seemed to pop up occasionally and never really go anywhere. That is, until Netflix entered the mix back in May. Things have remained quiet since then. Now it looks like things might be ramping up.

It looks like things are a bit further along than anyone realized. E! Online is reporting that production is set to begin on the follow-up in January.

The original David Wain directed film featured a cast that has since blasted off into the stratosphere including Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks. The film also featured an all-star supporting cast of Michael Showalter, Christopher Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Janeane Garofalo,Marguerite Moreau, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino and Joe Lo Trugilo. There’s no word yet on which cast members will be returning for the Netflix series.

I love the first film and am genuinely excited to see who returns for another summer at Camp Firewood.

Are you excited to return to Camp Firewood, as well? Sound off in the comments!

Trailer: Our First Look at Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’ Starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman

by: Jay Carlson

“Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick’s father used to read this story to him as a boy. The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?”

To be up front, I have not been one of the Terrence Malick faithful. I have not connected with his last couple films like I have with his earlier work.

I wanted to feel more during Tree of Life. I was looking for an experience, I wanted it to move me. It didn’t do it.

As muchb as I wanted to, I couldn’t get through To the Wonder.

Malick sure can lens a beautiful film though. I respect the hell out of him as an artist. He’s following his muse and making the films he wants to make. You have to admire and respect that.

No matter what, I’ll never write off a Malick film without giving it a shot and I absolutely plan to give Knight of Cups a look. He’s assembled a hell of a cast, including

Knight of Cups looks as beautiful as I would expect a Malick film to look. He’s assembled a hell of a supporting cast, beyond Bale, Blanchett and Portman that includes Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots and Armin Mueller-Stahl.

Knight of Cups is set to premiere at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival in February.

More Indiana Jones Films are on Their Way! But Probably not for a While…

Indiana Jones

by: Jay Carlson

Disney’s buyout of Lucasfilm has focused solely on the Star Wars Franchise, thus far. Who can blame them? The Star Wars franchise will enable Disney to print money for years to come. But part of that deal also gave Disney the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise as well. Talk of new Indiana Jones films has been relatively quiet thus far. But don’t make the mistake of thinking they aren’t planning new adventures for Indy.

Disney CEO Bob Iger recently told Variety “We’d love to make another Indiana Jones movie but we’re pacing ourselves right now.”

Presumably, this means that they want to get Star Wars cranking out money and then they’ll look to Indiana Jones.

BUT Ford is now 72 and, if you’ll recall, was extremely reticent about slipping back into the Fedora and bullwhip back in 2008 for The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I can’t imagine he’d be into doing it now, six years later (Plus however many more it will take to ramp up a production).

Perhaps we’ll get Ford in a leatherbacked chair by a fire reading memoirs of his younger days, flashing back to Chris Pratt as a young Indy…

Obviously, I’m kidding, but I’d love to see Pratt take on Indiana Jones. I think he’d be able to do the role justice in a way few could.

Who else would be psyched for more adventures with Indiana Jones?

 

BIG ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Casting Rumors

Ghostbusters

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Ever since Paul Feig announced that he was helming a Ghostbusters reboot it seems like everyone under the sun wants in on it. People like Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Hader an Lena Dunham have let their interest be known. Bill Murray threw his two cents in and said that Linda Cardellini, Kristen Wiig and Emma Stone should don the proton packs. But a few names may be more than just speculation after this past week.

According to various media outlets Rebel Wilson and Jennifer Lawrence have seperately “had meetings” with Feig regarding possible parts in the upcoming reboot.

I don’t know how I feel about this. A lot of people find Rebel Wilson funny but I just don’t see it. And I don’t think Jennifer Lawrence is the right fit for a film like this. I’m hoping that Feig and company are just meeting with people to see who they can get to show the studio that big names want to be associated with this film.

Either way, this is something to keep an eye on. While nothing official will likely be announced for a little while, it looks like Paul Feig is gearing up for a blockbuster.

Which Three Actors are Being Considered to Play The Ancient One in ‘Doctor Strange’?

by: S.Scott Stanikmas

Marvel’s Dr. Strange has been gaining an incredible amount of steam. With the recent official announcement of Benedict Cumberbatch as the good doctor Marvel can now get down to filling out the supporting cast. A good villain is key but the other key component to the Dr. Strange character is his teacher, The Ancient One.

The Ancient One is the man who shows Stephen Strange the way of the mystic arts and passes on the mantle of protector of the realm of Earth from all the evil supernatural forces out there. According to Latino Review, Marvel may have put three actors on it’s short list of men they want to see play the wizened teacher.

Bill Nighy, Morgan Freeman and Ken Watanabe are said to be the three actors Marvel is pursuing to play The Ancinet One.

The Ancient One is suppossed to be Tibetan so that may make the obvious choice Watanabe. But Marvel has been known to tamper with canon from page to screen, such as turning Iron Man’s original captors from Asian to Middle Eastern and making stalwart Daredevil villain “Kingpin” Wilson Fisk an African American.

All three actors would definitely bring something to the table. I’d personally like to see Morgan Freeman, just because I like damn near everything that man does.

There have been rumors swirling that Dr. Strange may forgo the ‘Origin Story” style of most first movies and The Ancient One may only be seen in flashback form. Either way they go, if any of the aforementioned actors gets the part, the role will be in capable hands.

What do you think? Do you think one of these three is the right guy for the part? Or do you think there is a better option out there? Sound off in the comments.

Trailer: Jason Statham, Sofia Vergara, Hope Davis and Michael Angarano in ‘Wild Card’ Written by William Goldman

 

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes…and this time, it’s all or nothing. From two-time Academy® Award-winning writer William Goldman (Best Original Screenplay, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969; Best Adapted Screenplay, All the President’s Men, 1976).

New Piece of Concept Art for Jon Favreau’s Take on Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’

Jungle Book Logo

by: Jay Carlson

As tends to happen, two competing films based on the same material end up in development. This was the case with Jon Favreau and Andy Serkis, both making films based on the classic tale of The Jungle Book written by Rudyard Kipling.

Word recently broke that Andy Serkis’ film, The Jungle Book: Origins would be pushed back a year. This means that Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book book will be the first out of the gate.

Below you will find the first piece of concept art for Favreau’s upcoming film, pulling one of the iconic shots from the original Disney animated film.

Favreau’s film is set to be a mix of computer-generated animals and a live-action Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi. He’s organized an amazing group of all-stars to lend their voices to the film including, Bill Murray as bear pal Baloo, Scarlett Johansson voicing snake Kaa,Christopher Walken as King Louie the leader of the apes and monkeys, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela the wolf, Ben Kingsley as panther Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as wolf mother Rackcha and Idris Elba as lethal tiger Shere Khan.

What do you think? Can Favreau pull off anything half as great as the Mo-Cap king, Andy Serkis? Will his head start pay off in the long run? Will it doom Serkis’ production. Sound off in the comments!