Adam Talks Alternative Movie Poster Art With Author Matthew Chojnacki!

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by: Adam Glass – Staff Writer/Contributor

 

We all have hobbies and things we have collected over the years. Some of us collect comics, toys, movies….it’s all good. What if though you were able to turn that love of what you collect into three beautiful books and multiple documentaries? That would be pretty damn cool. Well that’s what Matthew Chojnacki has done with his love of art. Specifically movie and music art.  Matthew has just released his third book titled “Alternative Movie Posters II: More Film Art from the Underground” and is an Executive Producer on at least FOUR upcoming documentaries.

I got to chat with Matthew and find out what “Alternative Movie Posters” is all about and where he is headed next.

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How did you come to curate the book “Alternative Movie Posters”?

I was a huge collector of movie posters as a kid, up through the mid-90s (Pulp Fiction and Mallrats may have been my last two).  But as we all know, at around that time most studios moved from hand-drawn art to less creative, photographic-style posters (read: dull and unframable).  How many head shots of Tom Cruise does one need?

However, about 7-10 years ago (also being a huge music fan), I started to collect concert gig posters for my favorite bands.  During that time I was at the Pitchfork Music Festival (Chicago, IL) and noticed that gig poster artists were starting to dabble with one-off, newly-created film posters for film festival and cult showings.  These posters were often better than the originals, and I was instantly hooked, buying Pink Flamingos by Lure Design that day.  This was the first poster considered for Alternative Movie Posters (volume one) and the book quickly moved from there.

 

Did you always know you wanted to do a second book?

As soon as I finished the first volume I was itching to write a second.

AMP2 - stackThe original idea for the first book was to include 200 posters from 100 artists / 20 countries, which was a real stretch at the time.  I probably had 110-120 to choose from.  Slim pickings for sure.
However, by the time volume one was released the underground film art movement had completely exploded, and I felt that a second volume was justified since the style and quality of art was changing so quickly.  With volume two there were easily 300-400 artists to choose from and artists were taking the medium to a new level.  Black light, glow-in-the-dark, metallic, and scented inks, as an example.

 

“Alternative Movie Posters: VOL II“ was chosen as the official gift for this year’s LA Film Critics’ Awards. How did that come about? You must have been stoked.

So exciting.  There’s a whole system to gift-giving at conventions, awards shows, and events.  Typically awards shows work with agencies to choose items that they feel their participants might get a kick out of, and the LA FIlm Critics had Alternative Movie Posters II on their list.  Given that Los Angeles is in the heart of the industry, I thought that it was a great opportunity not only for the book but also for the artists involved.

 

Do you have a favorite new artist? Favorite poster of 2015?

I am a huge horror buff, so my go-to name has recently been Chris Garofalo (aka “Quiltface”).  Besides being the nicest guy in the industry, his work continuously knocks it out of the park.  He’s very fan-friendly, knows the genre inside and out, and is just starting to receive attention that is long-overdue (for example, he created the Blu-ray cover for the upcoming  killer insect ‘78 cult classic The Bees).  Ever since I bought his poster for Black Christmas I was hooked.  Piranha might be my second-favorite of his.  And then there’s Suspiria, and The Event Horizon, and Halloween III, and…

Any property you would like to see an alternative poster made for that doesn’t have one yet?

I’d really like to see more comedies, to be honest.  Alternative movie posters tend to veer very sci-fi and horror.  But there are a handful of artists going outside of the genre box here.  Dave Perillo, Darin Shock, Clark Orr, and Steve Dressler (who created the book covers for both volumes), to name a few.

Anything John Waters would be up my alley.  His films are prime for the most inventive, twisted posters possible.  A scented poster for Polyester is just screaming to be made.

 

So tell me a bit how you came to compile your first book “Put the Needle on the Record”?

Put the Needle on the Record: The 1980s at 45 Revolutions per Minute was a 7-year labor of love.  I have a large 7” and 12” vinyl single collection and always thought that single cover artwork, despite being so great in the ‘80s, was more or less lost imagery.  Singles lasted for a few months on store shelves in the ‘80s, whereas album covers exist forever (albeit in a smaller form with digital media).

So, over this 7-year period I tracked down 125+ of the original cover artists and musiciansPut the Needle to get the stories behind the images (from Gary Numan to Annie Lennox to The Fat
Boys).  Most had not been contacted about the artwork up until that point.

The book was also a form of “vinyl closure” for me.  I had a large collection of vinyl singles and albums, and since only indie artists (at the time) were releasing new albums/singles on vinyl, I wanted to encapsulate the 1980s as the last great eras of vinyl 7-inchers.

Of course, cut to a few years later, and now vinyl pressing plants are bursting at the seams.  It’s surreal, and I have been snatching up new vinyl all over again.

 

We all have our favorite 7”, 12” and LP art. What were some of your favorites?

The head-turners were always artists like Grace Jones and Gary Numan.  You didn’t know what was in the package, but you couldn’t stop staring at the cover and had to find out.  New wave artists in general tend to stand up rather well for me visually.  Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Pet Shops Boys, New Order, etc.

 

To me it seems like a good album/record cover is few and far between nowadays. It’s a lost art. Do you have any favorite covers from the past few years?

I think that the indies are still cranking them out.  Whenever you have up-and-coming musicians hanging out with up-and-coming photographers and designers, there is some great synergy that can happen.  This is what the early ‘80s were all about.  Madonna, Grace Jones, and Debbie Harry were just casually hanging with artist legends like Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat — and everyone was inspiring each other.

Some of my recent favorites are Blur’s The Magic Whip, Shamir’s Ratchet, Yacht’s I Thought the Future Would be Cooler, and Bjork’s Vulnicera (the vagina-esque LP version).

 

Are you planning any more books?

I would love to write more books, and have a few different ideas going.  However, in the near future I’ve attached myself to a series of documentaries in various roles.  I think of documentaries as a great visual extension of the books that I’ve been working on the past five years.  The documentaries (four total, two yet-to-be announced) are all art, film, and music-related.  Honestly, it’s been surreal.

 

You are the Executive Producer for the upcoming documentary “30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story” I just saw the trailer and it looks great. How did you get involved in this?

Co-Director Joe Simko was included in Alternative Movie Posters (volume I), doing a killer job on Killer Klowns from Outer Space (which was featured in the NY Times), and The Evil Dead.

I know that Joe had been working hard on the GPK documentary (he’s a GPK artist himself), and this past year at New York Comic Con we were chatting about the project.  There was a spot where more assistance was needed on the production level, and I jumped right in.  As a huge fan of GPK cards (and counter-culture art in general), this project is a dream.

 

It seems to be for than just about the GPK fad which is great. What can we look forward to hearing about?

Without giving too many details away, the documentary is much, much (much!) more than simply covering the fad and viral nature of the cards.  It also details the history of Topps, the related GPK artists, the controversy and banning of the series, a failed movie picture, the personal nature of each hand-crafted card (each was hand-painted!), and the politics of artists working in a corporate environment.  Did I also mention the idea of selling “soft R-rated” cards to kids?  It’s a much larger and fascinating story that the average fan realizes, and is already exceeding my (high) expectations in terms of entertainment value.  Unfortunately, however, stale gum is not included.

 

You have been a busy guy because you are also the Executive Producer on the documentary film 24×36. What can you tell me about this?

Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six is a fantastic encapsulation of the history of film art, from inception, to its modern death in the mid-’90s, to the recent resurgence on the underground (see not only Alternative Movie Posters, but also Mondo, Gallery 1988, etc.).

Many of the artists featured in the books were interviewed, and I must say that it’s impressive.

Director Kevin Burke just began to submit it to the film festival circuit in early 2016 and I hope to be in attendance for at least a few of the screenings.  The talent level in the film is mind-blowing: Jason Edmiston, Gary Pullin, Akiko Stehrenberger, Tracie Ching, Chris Garofalo, Paul Ainsworth, Matt Ryan Tobin, Tom Hodge, a host of galleries (Mondo, Hero Complex), and historical artists like William Stout (Rock ‘N Roll High School, Monty Python’s Life of Brian) and Roger Kastel (Jaws, The Empire Strikes Back).

It’s *pure* eye candy, and I can’t wait for it to grace the big screen.

 

Thank You Matthew for taking the time to chat with me.

 

Check out and purchase all Matthew’s books at www.matthewchojnacki.com

INDIE REVOLVER EXCLUSIVE: About That Maz Kanata Deleted Scene From Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

Over the past week there has been a lot of discussion about a deleted scene from The Force Awakens featuring Maz Kanata in the tunnels under her castle.

Collider posted a great interview with some of the TFA SFX team including Chris Corbould, SFX Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic, who mentioned the scene.

CHRIS CORBOULD: There was a particular part of a scene that never made it, where they go underneath the castle and they’re going into the underground passageways, and stormtroopers are coming down the stairs and Maz uses her powers to collapse the ceiling.

From my point of view, [that] worked absolutely brilliantly because you had all the main actors running up and then Maz does her bit and then the whole ceiling collapses in front of them, but that never made it. That was a shot I was quite proud of, actually, it worked really, really well.

Slashfilm referenced this scene (as well as quite a few others) that didn’t make the final cut of the film in a great piece shortly after the film was released.

“In the original script, Maz Kanata had Force powers. After the First Order begins their attack on the castle, Maz used her Force powers to cause the ceiling to cave in on a group of stormtroopers that had them cornered. In the sequence, Han Solo was forced to stall the stormtroopers to allow Maz to concentrate. There was a funny back and forth between him and the trooper. Han runs out of things to say so he rats out Finn, revealing that he recognized Finn’s stormtrooper boots — this is how he knew he wasn’t Resistance.”

The long evolution of Maz wasn’t just in her unique look, but also in her backstory and place within the film. J.J. has spoken about how Maz initially left the castle after its destruction with Han and crew and went to the Rebel base and delivers the lightsaber to General Leia, but cut it because “it felt it unnecessary.”

Abrams explains the excision to Entertainment Weekly:

“That was a scene actually filmed, but we took out. At one point, Maz used to continue along with the characters back to the Resistance base, but we realized that she really had nothing to do there of value, except to be sitting around.”

In the film Maz tells Rey, “I am no Jedi, but I know the force.” So she confides to knowing the force but doesn’t tip her hand that she herself wields the ability to harness the force in the capacity described by Chris Corbould above.

Given this information it should be of no surprise that at one point the idea of Maz being a Yoda-like character in the new trilogy was considered. There is even a piece of concept art (below) that shows one of the early versions of Maz teaching a group of younglings including a young human female. Perhaps Rey/Kira in an earlier iteration of the story? (Also note the E.T. looking alien in the back).

Perhaps the idea of Maz having force abilities was jettisoned because they decided that that wasn’t the direction they wanted to take the character, OR perhaps Maz’s story was trimmed down in order for some of this to be explored over the next two installments. I’d personally bet the latter since the idea of Maz using the force was taken as far as completed shots and then cut so close to the release. To make it that far I have to believe that they still liked the idea. I think it would be telling if they end up including the scene as part of the 10-20 minutes of deleted scenes on the future Blu-ray release. If they don’t want the idea in people’s minds they’ll surely keep the scene in the vault and keep it out of viewers minds.

I’m also including another early piece of Maz concept art from the process that shows that, like Yoda in the Original Trilogy, they were exploring the idea of Maz being a puppet, rather than a completely CG character (something I think I would have preferred).

What do you think? Will we see Maz Kanata wielding the force in future installments of the Sequel Trilogy? Would you have preferred they keep her force abilities in The Force Awakens?

Indie Revolver Exclusive: A Peak Inside the Mystery Box Marked 10 Cloverfield Lane!

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

I dozed off on my couch last Thursday night and awoke to a handful of messages alerting me to a new trailer that had mysteriously been included on the first screenings of 13 Hours. A bootlegged version had found its way onto YouTube by this time so I clicked on the link and immediately recognized what I was seeing was The Cellar, or Valencia as it had also been called earlier in the process.

What a masterful trailer, teasing just enough without giving anything away. This is what I wish all trailers were. By the time the title came up I was grinning from ear to ear.

I watched it a few more times and tried to sleep but my mind wouldn’t shut off. I was blown away by the trailer and blown away that J.J. had done it once again.  He snuck another one by us.

And I love it.

When I woke up Friday morning I was still buzzing about the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane. I had so many questions and I needed to know more. Is Dan Trachtenberg’s film a sequel to Cloverfield? If so, was the connection to the original film strong enough that the actors themselves were aware they were making a film that took place in the Cloverfield universe, or were they in the dark as well? Are the characters in a fallout shelter due to the monster’s attack in the first film? Drew over at Hitfix posited that maybe J.J. could be using “Cloverfield” as a brand for a certain type of mystery box story, an anthology series that could be like Bad Robot’s version of The Twilight Zone. I love that idea. Either way, there are so many questions that beg answers.

I then saw that J.J. released an exclusive statement through Collider shedding a little light on this new film in the most J.J. way possible:

“The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”

If you’re like me, Abrams statement only served to make you more curious. What would a make this film a blood relative to Cloverfield? At what point did they decide to make the film a blood relative? And what the hell does that even mean?

Even with the release date less than two months away, I needed to know more. So I made a call.

It just so happened that one person I knew who might be in a position to give me some information also happened to be close enough for me to travel a short distance to to meet in person. I immediately set a dinner meeting to get to the bottom of things.

This is the point where I tell you that you shouldn’t continue if you don’t want to be spoiled, as there are definitely spoilers ahead.

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I arrived at my meeting and was given a copy of a screenplay for The Cellar to read. This is a version of the script written by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken.

What did I find out from the script? Much like J.J. alluded to, the original version of this story was not conceived or written to be a sequel, prequel or blood relative to Matt Reeves’ 2008 film Cloverfield. BUT it could be an ingenious idea to connect them, as it would take very little effort to put The Cellar right in the middle of that universe.

The script begins with a violent car crash involving the film’s female lead, Michelle Burke (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who wakes up alone and seriously injured with a bad knee in the underground bomb shelter of Howard Stammler (John Goodman) a veterinarian who has set her leg and tended to the wounds sustained in the car crash. She wakes up disoriented and confused and immediately tries to use her cell phone but finds no signal. She arms herself as best she can and attacks Howard, fearing that she’s being held prisoner.

Howard tells her that there was an attack and that the city of Milwaukee has been destroyed and that he came upon her wrecked car as he was rushing back to his shelter in Kenosha, 40 miles outside the city. To make matters worse he tells her that the countryside has been blanketed with some kind of poisonous chemical. Michelle doesn’t believe him until she looks out the window at the top of the stairs leading to the outside world and sees two dead pigs who look like their skin has melted off, leaving two blobs of blood stained muscle and fat. Howard tells her that this is a result of the poison in the air. She remains skeptical, thinking he might still be a sick pervert who has staged the whole thing to keep her from trying to leave. He stresses that she’s not a prisoner, but that he can’t allow her to leave, as he’s afraid to open the door and let in whatever is out there.

The film is periodically broken up with flashbacks beginning with Michelle in Milwaukee confronting an unfaithful boyfriend and ending with her drunken car crash.

Just when things hit the breaking point a mystery man in a radiation suit suddenly arrives to really throw a wrench in things. It’s here that we are introduced to Nate (John Gallagher Jr.), a man who has a complicated history with Howard and helped build the shelter after 9/11. Michelle believes that Nate could be working with Howard to sell the lie he’s been telling her. But Nate’s arrival only serves to undermine the little bit of trust established between Howard and Michelle, as he casts doubt over Howard’s motives and past, which  turns the shelter into a ticking time bomb where violence seems to be all but inevitable. As the story moves forward Howard and Nate’s complicated history is revealed, leaving you guessing about the intentions of each man and makes you wonder if either should be trusted. Tensions build until the climactic final moments take the characters out of the shelter and out into the world.

So where is the Cloverfield’s monster? Not here. What I can tell you is this script was later tightened up by Damien Chazelle (the writer/director of Whiplash, my favorite film of 2014) with a focus on the last act, specifically the ending and to provide connections to the original Cloverfield. I do know that the original scripted ending that I read was shot and even screened, but that the decision was made to change it. I presume this may have been the point that they decided to make the connection to Cloverfield and brought Chazelle in to rework things a bit. Reshoots were conducted fairly recently to address the end and, I’m told, bits were shot that could possibly be used to connect this film to the original Cloverfield.

I really can’t wait to see how 10 Cloverfield Lane turns out in March, as the bones are there for a really great character piece. The story works well because the setup is so simple, the story relies on the constantly increasing tension and claustrophobia and how it affects people who are desperate. Add to that, Trachtenberg is a very talented director (check out his Portal short) who has three great actors to pull it all off.

UPDATE: 1/21/16

Peter over at Slashfilm, who is close with 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg, tells us that he thinks the information from my source is not quite accurate. I think he’s confused our report with some info posted via a Reddit post:

Our report shares some bits of information covered in the Reddit post he’s referencing, but we never claimed the film was dumped in any way, shape or form. I stated that there were reshoots, (which there were) and that a different version of the film was screened (and it did). Admittedly, there are a couple of presumptions made on my own part, based off of the information that had been provided to me. If I’m interpreting Peter’s comments correctly, he’s either saying that the reshoots that took place did not connect the film to the original film or that there is no connection between the two before or after the reshoots. My source tells me there were some bits shot that could loosely tie the two together, but isn’t sure that those elements were used.

INDIE REVOLVER EXCLUSIVE: The Entire Plot of Paul Feig’s GHOSTBUSTERS Revealed!

by: Steve Sullivan

Relatively speaking, filmmaking is a medium still in its infancy, and as a uniquely expensive popular art form it has spent the entirety of its formative years shackled to industry. Economic and creative interests rarely coincide, but Hollywood has spent a century seeking harmony between great storytelling and larger profits. The studios’ batting average has climbed and dropped throughout the seasons, and from time to time they’ve stepped up to smash one over the fences. Ghostbusters was a grand slam when it was released in 1984, one of the most beloved films that Hollywood has ever produced.

For twenty-five years, hopes for a third entry in the series were at lifted upon waves of Dan Aykroyd’s enthusiasm only to be smashed each time upon the rocks of Bill Murray’s inhospitable shores. The former has more invested in the property; the concept was his brainchild and Ghostbusters represents a distant high point in his career. While Peter Venkman may be Bill Murray’s most famous role, the eccentric actor has found new success and late-career validation in offbeat indies and dramatic parts. Together with director Ivan Reitman and their co-star/writer Harold Ramis, the two were said to exercise veto power over the Ghostbusters franchise and seemed eternally out of sync on its future. Sony Pictures, who inherited Ghostbusters by purchasing Columbia Pictures while the second film was still in theaters, remained hesitant throughout to revive Ghostbusters without Murray’s involvement. It wasn’t until Ramis passed away in February of 2014 that the studio began to consider the viability of new directions.

In October, Sony announced that they’d chosen Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig to write and direct the next installment of Ghostbusters. Feig revealed that the new film would be a hard reboot set in a world without Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman, and Winston Zeddemore, and that the new ghostbusting team would be comprised entirely of women. The director found himself facing intense and immediate backlash, and has responded to the criticisms with public statements about his detractors’ misogyny and oversensitivity.

“It’s so dramatic,” Feig said in a Variety interview published this week. “Honestly, the only way I could ruin your childhood is if I got into a time machine and went back and made you an orphan.”

The reboot’s naysayers do not all belong to the camps which Feig has called out. In sniping back at the bored Twitter fringe, he addresses tangential social issues but sidesteps the growing frustration with the way Hollywood executives make creative decisions. It’s unsurprising that Feig’s not able to summon a strong defense for his approach. He wasn’t interested in the job, but former head of Sony Pictures Amy Pascal kept pushing to bring him on board.

“I was courting him for like a year,” Pascal told Jenelle Riley. She was convinced that the project needed “somebody who was going to do an entirely different idea, equally brilliant and completely their own thing.”

Sony Pictures is home to precious few dependable franchises. While James Bond is enjoying a critical upswing, the studio has somehow managed to misfire on three consecutive outings with Spider-Man while fast-tracking a second Smurfs sequel which nobody wants. Pascal and Sony saw Feig as a sure thing in the wake of the director’s impressive run at the box office, and their business-first approach led them to pursue a talent who admitted he had no clue how to approach the property. When Feig eventually suggested that he could deliver his usual brand of female ensemble comedy wallpapered with the Ghostbusters brand, Sony celebrated that they’d signed their man.

The problem with the new Ghostbusters is not that Feig wrote his story around a team of women. What’s troubling is that Sony hired a director who’s got a limited comfort zone and force fit an iconic property into that mold.

Filmmakers have been reinterpreting stories in movies and television from the beginning. The lack of respect often shown to remakes by critics is not always reflected at the box office, as familiar brands continue to fill theater seats. Nor can it be said that a derivative film can’t be an interesting exercise. Alfred Hitchcock and Michael Mann each revisited their own stories in order to improve upon them. Gus Van Sant attempted to relive Hitchcock’s Psycho experience shot-for-shot. For most, the titles of Ocean’s Eleven and The Maltese Falcon conjure images of their impressive remakes over the originals. When a talented filmmaker has a bold vision for a new direction, it’s often worth giving them the opportunity to try. Sadly, that doesn’t appear to be the fate for Ghostbusters.

Recently, we had an opportunity to read a breakdown of the reboot’s story. Far from being inspired or confident, the outline of the new Ghostbusters film represents a departure from the familiar story in mostly unimportant ways. The scientists who strike out on their own business venture are, of course, women instead of men. Their adventure begins at Columbia, the real-life school which stood in for the university which banished Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler to the private sector. The script goes out of its way to reference the original film unnecessarily – a realtor shows the women a firehouse before they find their ultimate headquarters above a chinese restaurant (where one might assume they’ll spend “the last of the petty cash”). The movie promises an origin story for a reinterpreted Slimer; their company car is an old white hearse. If the film is going to spend so much time winking at its predecessor, why discard its solid foundation to begin with? Ghostbusters was a concept ready-made for expansion, as an eager Venkman once promised that “the franchise rights alone” would make them rich beyond their wildest dreams.

Pascal was reassigned within the Sony Pictures organization after hackers released her private emails featuring racist jokes about President Obama and complaints about working with Angelina Jolie. In the months since her departure, Sony has projected a confused image on the Ghostbusters front. With Feig’s film in pre-production, the studio let slip that another team (including Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt) was also developing their own Ghostbusters script. It may be too much to hope that Pascal’s replacement, the notoriously penny-pinching Tom Rothman, is reconsidering the Feig project for creative reasons, but it would certainly be welcome.

The true magic of great comedies rarely lives on the page, but is revealed only when the writing, direction, performances and editing succeed together. Paul Feig’s attempt at Ghostbusters may ultimately be funny when it elbows its way into theaters in July of next year, but being funny alone will not earn it a place with the original.

The story outline (which we’ve confirmed is legitimate) is reprinted in full below. This is a lazy treatment for a treasured property. Ghostbusters deserved better.

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  • Kristen Wiig will be playing Erin Gabler, a science professor at Columbia University, who years prior co-authored a book with Abby Bergman, played by Melissa McCarthy, titled “Ghosts From our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively – The Study of Paranormal Knowing.“
  • The two have not spoken in years but are brought together when Erin is approached by a gentleman looking for help with a haunting. It’s during this interaction that Erin learns that Abby has made their book available online. Erin fears what the book could do to her credibility if it’s discovered and approaches her old friend to take the book out of circulation. Abby agrees only after she offers to bring her and her colleague Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) along to look into the haunting.
  • Abby is a professor of paranormal studies at a third-rate university in the Bronx where she works with Jillian.  Jillian is the Egon of Feig’s story. She’s invented a PKE Meter that she brings to test during this first investigation.
  • At the site of the haunting they encounter slime followed by the ghost of a young girl who proceeds to slime Erin. (Sound familiar?) Abby catches the incident on film. The video goes viral but the majority of the public doesn’t believe the video is real. The circumstances around the situation cause Erin to lose her job at Columbia.
  • Abby proposes the three set up a business investigating paranormal disturbances. Erin reluctantly agrees and the three embark on setting up a paranormal extermination business.
  • They next need to locate an office for their new business. The realtor shows them a perfect spot, a renovated fire house that is way too far out of their price range. They instead end up in an apartment above a Chinese restaurant.
  • We are next introduced to Patty Tolan, played by Leslie Jones, who works in the tunnels under New York City. While underground she encounters the film’s villain Rowan Elgin (The role Peter Dinklage is rumored for) carrying a device. She pursues Tolan but he gives her the slip. After losing him, she stumbles upon his device attached to the wall. A ghost in clothing from the 1600’s appears from the device and chases Patty until a train appears and hits the ghost, causing it to vanish.
  • Meanwhile, Erin, Abby and Jillian and their new intern named Kevin are brainstorming ideas for a logo for the business website when Patty arrives. Patty brings them down to the tunnel to show them the device.
  • Patty proposes that they let her join the team, offering them the use of her uncle’s vehicle for the business, an old white hearse.
  • The newly formed team gets their first official gig at Rockefeller Center where they are hired to get rid of the ghost of a fat Mafioso. They test out Jillian’s newest invention, the Proton Pack, on the ghost. The pack ends up shooting off the ghost’s arms, legs and torso, leaving only a disembodied green head (Yup, Slimer). The head manages to get away.
  • Much like their previous video, the video of their fight with the fat green ghost again goes viral, but again it’s viewed as a hoax. The evening news reports on the event, jokingly referring to them as the Ghostbusters.
  • The team’s next call brings them to a comic convention where they arrive dressed in old underground maintenance uniforms provided by Patty carrying Proton Packs, blending in with all the other cosplayers. A battle breaks out when they locate the demon-looking ghost. The crowd cheers, thinking it’s all part of the convention.
  • The Ghostbusters eventually deduce that the rise in paranormal activity is the result of Rowan who has ties to very old secret society and has been working on building a machine that will release all the ghosts in the city to facilitate the release of an ancient Sumerian god of darkness who will bring about the end of all humanity.
  • They get to Rowan too late as his machine has created a large supernatural cloud that begins to rain slime. The Army arrives to provide assistance but the raining slime causes them to become possessed. The team must find a way to stop Rowan as his machine begins to release a horde of ghosts from all periods of New York history.  While there is no Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, there is a ghost T-Rex.

New Super Bowl Spot for X-Men: Apocalypse Brings the Destruction

Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

Aliens F up the day Again in the Independence Day: Resurgence Super Bowl Spot

We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

In Theaters – June 24, 2016

Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward

Directed by Roland Emmerich

Check out Matt Damon in the New Jason Bourne Super Bowl Spot!

Looks like Jason Bourne is still angry and ready to go in Paul Grengrass and Matt Damon’s return to the Bourne franchise.

Damon dropped some hints about what we might see next Summer when Jason Bourne hits screens for the first time since 2007 a couple months back:

[Bourne] has his memory back, but that doesn’t mean he knows everything. It’s 12 years since Jason Bourne has been on the grid. So we have to answer the questions, Where’s he been? What’s he doing? What gets him going again? So once we solved all that, then we had a movie.

 

The New 10 Cloverfield Lane Spot Looks Amazing!

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

I’m loving everything about Dan Trachtenberg’s directorial debut for Bad Robot. The newest trailer below gives us some new teases to what the story might be. Is it connected to the original Cloverfield film? Is it something else entirely? If you’re curious about the films origins take a look at our exclusive 10 Cloverfield Lane report from about a month ago AFTER you take a look at the newest spot.

Choose Your Side! The New Captain America: Civil War Big Game Spot is Here!

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results  in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Frank Grillo, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.

 

Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters onMay 6, 2016.

Also Check out the newest Captain America: Civil War emojis!

As part of an exciting new Twitter campaign, 11 new character emojis are now available, and fans are encouraged to Tweet using #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan to declare their allegiance to their favorite Marvel characters. In addition, fans can create their own super team using the CaptainAmerica emojis and #TeamCapSweepstakes or #TeamIronManSweepstakes for a chance to win a walk-on role in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part I.

Flash / Supergirl Crossover WILL Happen!

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Even before it hit the airwaves, fans were asking if CBS’ newest show Supergirl was going to have any involvement with the Arrow / Flash Universe on the CW network. While producers denied that it was ever going to be a possibility, the recent announcement that the Scarlet Speedster will guest star on the Girl Of Steel’s show proves that if the fans want it bad enough then the Powers-That-Be will make it happen.

Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, both of whom are producers on Flash and Supergirl, made it official today in a released statement:

We are so incredibly excited to announce something that we have dreamed of happening since we starting making Supergirl The Flash and Supergirl are teaming up!. We want to thank Grant Gustin for making the time to come visit (on top of his already immense workload) and all of the folks at CBS, The CW, Warner Bros. and DC for working this out. And finally thanks to the fans and journalists who have kept asking for this to happen. It is our pleasure and hope to create an episode worthy of everyone’s enthusiasm and support.

This could have happened a lot sooner (and easier) but CW passed on Supergirl, not wanting to glut their network with superhero shows. Well their loss is CBS’ gain, as Supergirl has been getting really good reviews and has struck a chord with fans.

Deadline reports that this will be a one-way crossover of sorts, as there aren’t any plans to have Kara do a stint in Central City. Supergirl has a little bigger budget than Flash, so the main reason is monetary. But it also makes sense storywise too. As Flash has the ability to cross dimensions and universes, him making the trip to Supergirl’s neck of the woods is feasible. Sadly this also kind of confirms that the two heroes don’t share a universe, so don’t expect to see Supergirl swing by Star City or join up with Rip Hunter.

You can catch the Flash / Supergirl crossover on CBS on Monday, March 28 at 9pm, EST.

Dates set for Fast and Furious 9 and 10

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

It’s time to pull up to the line and make sure you’ve got a full tank, because the Fast and Furious franchise has just announced when fans will be able to see the “last” three films of the series.

The final trilogy of films will release every other year starting in 2017. Producer and star Vin Diesel made the announcement via his Instagram page. Fast 8 is already set for April 14, 2017. 9 will drop on April 19, 2019 and 10 will take the series over the finish line on April 2, 2021.

At this time we know nothing about the ninth and tenth installments. We don’t even know what the story will be for Fast 8. No stars have been announced, but it’s a safe bet that anyone who was involved in past films will be fair game for the next three.

Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray has been tapped to helm the eighth film in the franchise that started as a not very veiled knock-off of Point Break, but with cars instead of surfing.

This is a huge accomplishment for the saga. If it goes all the way to 2021 it will have ten films over the span of two decades time. It did have a rocky start with a couple of so-so sequels, but turned around with the fourth film, Fast & Furious, and hasn’t checked the rearview mirror since.

 

MacGyver Prequel Series Coming to TV

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MACGYVER, Richard Dean Anderson, (Season 2), 1985-92, © Paramount TV / Courtesy: Everett Collection

by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

A few years back it was rumored that James Wan would be directing a MacGyver film for theatrical release. But Wan has turned into somewhat of a big-time director and it seems that film just fell to the wayside.

But the MacGyver reboot is back on and Wan is still apparently involved with the project. TV Line reports that instead of a feature film it will come back as a TV show.

Odds are good that with Wan’s schedule he’ll most likely direct the pilot and then depart for larger, big-screen projects.

The series will be a reboot / prequel that follows a twenty-something MacGyver as he gets recruited by a clandestine organization that has need of his particular skill set. The on-the-fly inventor will use his penchant for making cool stuff out of seemingly random objects to help prevent disasters around the globe. This might sound familiar if you’re familiar with the CW’s unaired pilot of Young MacGyver from 2003 starring Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki playing Clay MacGyver, nephew of Richard Dean Anderson’s Angus Macgyver.


The original series, which ran from 1985 through 1992, starred Richard Dean Anderson as secret agent Angus MacGyver. He was educated as a scientist and had skills as a Bomb Team Tech. MacGyver would use his knowledge to solve problems using everyday items and preferred non-lethal solutions.

It was a cool show for its time but in a world of tough-as-nails Jason Bourne, an updated and ass-kicking James Bond and the newest big action-spy hit Kingsman, is a MacGyver reboot really necessary?

Remember the time that Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki played Young MacGyver back in 2003? Probably not, so here you go:

The Exorcist Coming to TV With Rupert Wyatt at the Helm

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Most will agree that even after all these years The Exorcist is still one of the scariest films ever made. But now FOX is looking to give you the creeps on a week by week basis, as the network is working on a serialized adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s book – and they’ve picked a top notch director to open things up.

Deadline reports that Rupert Wyatt has stepped up to the plate to direct the first episode. Originally the job was going to be Sean Durkin’s, the director of Martha Marcy May Marlene. But he departed the project a while back (and is now set to helm the big screen version of Little House on the Prairie) and Fantastic Four screenwriter Jeremy Slater was recruited to rework the project.

The new series will be based on Blatty’s novel but is being said to bring a new twist on the classic material. It has been described as “as a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession and confronting the face of true evil.”

Wyatt, the man behind the camera on Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of The Gambler, was most recently attached to the next big X-Men franchise film Gambit. He left however due to “creative differences.” His work so far though has been quality stuff, so I’m interested to see what he does with The Exorcist.

Possession seems to be the hot button topic as of late. With this and Showtime’s Outcast, based on the Image / Skybound comic from writer Robert Kirkman that deals with a demonic possession of sorts, we’ll have our Halloween binge watching all mapped out for us.

No word was given yet on when this project will debut.

The Film Adaptation for Comic Descender Finds a Writer

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Even before the first issue hit the stands, Sony snatched up the rights to the new Image Comics project Descender. The book, from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen, is set in a time where anything robotic is hunted and scrapped. But one android, TIM-21, may hold answers to stopping universe-wide destruction. Now, along with a rag-tag group of renegade robots, TIM-21 is constantly on the move in a galaxy that wants to capture him for one reason or another.

The Hollywood Reporter dropped the news that Sony has found a writer for their adaptation and that man is…Jesse Wigutow.

Wait, who? Wigutow has mainly done a couple of shorts and a made-for-TV movie. He’s been involved in the writing of the Tron: Legacy sequel and the early drafts of ill-fated Crow reboot. He’s also been working on a film adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis graphic novel Fire. Descender may be Wigutow’s first major work to hit the big screen.

I’ve been reading the comic since the first issue and it’s a really good story. I just don’t know how I feel about it being a major motion picture. Even if it gets the trilogy treatment this is a tale that I’m thinking is best left to unfold over a long period of time. I would rather have seen it get the episodic treatment of TV or a streaming entertainment provider.

But if Wigutow can find a way to make it work, more power to him. Right now Sony has no immediate plans for filming or release but that could change depending on how much they like what Wigutow provides them.

Scoot McNairy’s Role Revealed in Batman V Superman?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

A while ago it was rumored that Scoot McNairy would be playing a significant role in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. He was seen wearing green knee-high socks on set, the kind used in post-production digital effects. It was speculated early on that he could have been The Flash, but the casting of Ezra Miller proved that rumor incorrect. It was then thought that he could be Jimmy Olsen, a young photographer that was wounded in the Battle of Metropolis between Superman and Zod.

But it would seem those rumors are wrong as well. Latino Review says they have the inside scoop on who McNairy is playing and it’s an interesting role.

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So the word is that McNairy will be playing someone who is wheelchair-bound due to the battle at the end of Man of Steel. The character will be brought in to testify against Superman at the Senate hearings. But there’s more to him. Apparently this character will also be a victim of Lex Luthor.

It’s being said that Luthor is turning him into a human bomb, to get close to / hurt Superman. Could he be full of Kryptonite shrapnel? Or is it just the fact that a bomb went off around Superman and he couldn’t save innocent lives enough to tarnish Kal-El’s reputation?

We’ll find out when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25.

Your First Look at Chris Hemsworth Among 5 New Ghostbusters Images

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

We’ve yet to see any footage of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters remake (I hear that we will in the near future though) but that hasn’t stopped Sony from releasing plenty of images. This newest batch features our first look at Chris Hemsworth as Kevin the intern in original drafts of the script as well as the rest of the team consisting of, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

There’s nothing particularly interesting about any of these new images. Hopefully something decent comes of this film, though I highly doubt it if it resembles the original plot breakdown we published about ten months ago. Feig’s assembled a very talented cast of very funny women, I just hope they are able to rise above the subpar rehash of the original films…

Elizabeth Banks is Repulsa in Power Rangers Film

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Elizabeth Banks is about to show us it’s good to be bad.

The actress / producer / director has decided that for her next role she’s going to play a major villain. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Banks has signed on to play alien witch Rita Repulsa in Lionsgate’s big-screen adaptation of Power Rangers.

Banks had a huge 2015. Her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2 did really good at the box office and she reprised her role of Effie Trinket in the final Hunger Games installment, Mockingjay Part 2.

The film will take a new group of teenagers – RJ Cyler. Becky G, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin and Naomi Scott – and give them the colorful costumes and dinosaur robots that will help them attempt to stop Rita Repulsa and her plot to take over Earth.

Project Almanac director Dean Israelite is directing from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The duo of Sazama and Sharpless don’t exactly inspire a lot of faith, with their past efforts totaling Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter and the upcoming (and utterly cheesy looking) Gods of Egypt.

But this is a cheesy franchise which many will look at through those rose-colored glasses that will allow them to just turn off their brains and enjoy a hokey film.

Power Rangers is currently on the schedule for March 2017.

 

 

James Gunn Confirms Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 News… Kinda

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

James Gunn, director of the fan favorite Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy, has been very guarded with the info that he’s let come out for the next installment in the space odyssey. He’s gone so far as to say that if you don’t hear it from him then it’s not true – and he’s not spilling any beans about anything.

But even the toughest nuts crack, and Gunn recently took to twitter to answer fan questions about what we can expect. And while he didn’t give anything away he did tease us in a spectacular way.

Firstly, he confirmed that not only has the big bad of the film been  cast but Star-Lord’s dad has also been cast. And while fans may think they know, Gunn assures us that we really don’t know anything as he “won’t get into his name but he’s not the same character as in the comics.”

Gunn confirmed that it took almost a year to get the initial draft of the Guardians sequel script just right and that besides budget concerns, Marvel Studios hasn’t shot down anything he’s wanted to do as of yet (which is smart considering how successful the first film was).

The filmmaker also said that he knows what is going to happen in Avengers: Infinity Wars which leads me to believe that GOTG Vol 2 will have major repercussions on what happens on Earth (or Terra as Yondu calls it) OR that the Guardians will make their planetside debut in the battle against Thanos.

Finally, while he did say that he’d be open to other Marvel Studios films, they would be more grounded, but he doesn’t see Captain Marvel or Inhumans in his future.

While not exactly cracking the Rosetta Stone, any news is good news. And now that we know the father of Peter Quill has been cast you can bet that eyes will be peeled to casting sheets to see if anyone can sneak a peek at just who that may be come time for filming to begin.

Guradians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is set to blast into theaters May 5, 2017.

Noomi Rapace Will NOT be Back for Alien: Covenant

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Even though Alien: Covenant will be a sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, only half of the surviving team will be making a comeback.

Noomi Rapace, who portrayed Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and was the only human who walked away from the carnage of the doomed mission of the Prometheus, will not return for the continuing adventure that will lead up to the events that happened in the sci-fi classic Alien.

Ridley Scott confirmed this with The Daily Mail, saying that Rapace will not be returning and that casting for the main roles are still ongoing (although it has been confirmed that Katherine Waterson will be one of the new crew members in Covenant).

Michael Fassbender will reprise his role as the android David. It’s unknown right now as to whether or not we’ll find out exactly what happened to Shaw and how David wound up alone. We do know that the film will take place ten years after the events of Prometheus, when a ship called Covenant touches down on a deserted planet whose lone inhabitant is David.

Alien: Covenant is scheduled to hit theaters October 6, 2017.

Naomi Watts and Others Join Twin Peaks Revival

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Even though Kyle MacLachlan is the only confirmed name for Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival that hasn’t stopped the internet from coming up with an all-star cast of rumored names that may or may not be showing up in the weirdest little town in America. Original favorites like Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn and Miguel Ferrer and new names like Amanda Seyfried and Jennifer Jason Leigh have been attached but unconfirmed.

Deadline may have hit upon a real goldmine with the latest names that are being bandied about. Apparently Naomi Watts, Tom Sizemore and director David Lynch himself will be in front of the cameras when the filming begins.

Watts got her first big start in Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, so it doesn’t come as a big shock that she might want in on his next big project. And Sizemore is a fun actor to have on board, but no one was commenting on it for the Deadline crew when they asked.

Lynch himself is reprising his role as FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole is probably the icing on the cake for Peaks fans.

David Lynch is returning to co-write the series with co-creator Mark Frost. He will also be handling directing duties on each episode, ensuring that fans get the most authentic Twin Peaks story that can be told.

The series is set to premiere on Showtime in early 2017.

Director’s Cut of Deadpool is Already Being Teased

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

With a character like Deadpool, you need A LOT of leeway. Marvel edits the comics to keep the character just this side of being in their MAX imprint, but sometimes it’s just barely. When the film was announced, the filmmakers knew they needed an R rating to keep the spirit of the Merc With A Mouth true. But is that all director Tim Miller has to offer?

The answer is “no.”

According to TJ Miller, who plays Weasel in the film and has had some of the best lines in the red-band trailers so far, confirmed that a Director’s Cut will be debuting and that it will bring what we thought was an already raunchy and violent film to a whole new level.

At a fan event in London, Miller said that we’d be seeing a dirtier ‘Pool than we’ll see this Valentine’s Day:

But yeah, so the idea that when you see the fall director’s cut of it, that that’s going to be even more raw, that’s pretty heavy duty.

Does this mean more violence? Bawdier language? Extreme full-frontal nudity? How could this get any dirtier other than being NC-17?

I already figured that we’d get a bunch of gag reel footage and deleted outtakes with guys like Miller and the witty Ryan Reynolds in front of the camera. But if it gets spliced into a new cut of the film, I’m curious as to what exactly this is.

This could be released on Blu-ray / DVD but that wasn’t specified. If it makes enough bank it could makes its way back into theaters, to double dip on the fans that would pay the money to see a dirtier version on the big screen.

Time will tell. For now though, Deadpool is set to hit theaters February 12.

Don’t Close Your Eyes During the New Trailer For Robert Eggers’ The Witch

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With every new bit that’s released, my anticipation grows for Robert Eggers’ The Witch.

We’re getting close, the film is set to scare the hell out of audiences on February 19th.

Official Synopsis: 

In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one familys frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness circa 1630.

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest — within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately — animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

 

Writer/director Robert Eggers debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival — winning the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition — painstakingly recreates a God-fearing New England decades before the 1692 Salem witch trials, in which religious convictions tragically turned to mass hysteria. Told through the eyes of the adolescent Thomasin — in a star-making turn by newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy — and supported by mesmerizing camera work and a powerful musical score, THE WITCH is a chilling and groundbreaking new take on the genre.

Iron Fist Lands Series Writer and… Iron Fist

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

We’ve got two Marvel / Netflix series out so far (Daredevil and Jessica Jones) and both have arrived to rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Two more were announced but are yet to debut – the currently filming Luke Cage and the still-in-development Iron Fist. News on Iron Fist has been slowly trickling out, but today may as well have been a dam breaking as we learned of a writer for the series and that a leading man may have already been chosen.

First up is the writer. On Twitter, Jessica Jones writer Scott Reynolds updated his background to include the kung-fu hero as well as describe himself as the current Iron Fist writer. There hasn’t been any official announcement, but something is better than nothing at this point where Iron Fist is concerned.

Most interesting is that apparently the choice for Danny Rand, the Iron Fist himself, has been finalized. Mike Colter, who has played Luke Cage in both Jessica Jones and his self-titled series, spoke with Collider regarding who will play Cage’s fellow Hero-For-Hire:

The actor has been cast, but he’s in a basement somewhere. When the time is right, they’ll let him up and tell him where he is. I am [excited]. I’ll get a nice little break, after doing Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Whether I’m in [his show], I don’t know, but there’s The Defenders.

Comic book fans know that Luke Cage and Danny Rand are near-inseparable best buddies known as the Heroes For Hire. Could Colter know who is playing Danny because he cameos on Luke Cage, starting the budding friendship that will eventually lead into a lucrative business? And could the reason that Colter gets a break be because the Iron Fist series is a straight-up origin set in the mystical city of K’un Lun?

As soon as we get more concrete details we’ll post them here!