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Stan Lee Confirms Black Panther to be Marvel’s Next Movie

September 1st, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Stan Lee Confirms Black Panther to be Marvel’s Next Movie

 

Stan Lee, the mastermind behind Marvel, let it slip during a Fan expo in Canada that the Black Panther Movie was indeed happening. When asked if Scarlett Johanson’s character, Black Widow, will have her own movie coming soon, Lee stated, “The chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes will have their own movies. They are already working on Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and the Black Panther, and there are others I am not allowed to talk about.” Ant-Man recently began filming in San Francisco with Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lily as some of the members of the all-star cast. Cinematic Universe has not yet confirmed any upcoming Marvel movies besides The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America 3, and Guardians of the Galaxy which are set to be released in 2015, 2016, and 2017, respectively.

 

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Helen Trieu

Oscar Winning Director Richard Attenborough Dies at 90

August 25th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Richard Attenborough, a respected director and actor passed away Sunday at 90 years old. According to his son, Michael Attenborough, he had been in poor health for some time. He had been in a nursing home with his wife for years and has been on a wheelchair following a fall he had six years ago. He was known for beloved films like Jurassic Park, Gandhi, Doctor Doolittle and Brighton Rock, which was his first role in front of the camera back in 1947. His role as a director led him to amazing biographical documentaries on the lives of Churchill, Chaplin, Lewis, Hemingway and of course Gandhi. His last film “Closing the Ring” came out in 2007, with Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement after news broke about Attenborough’s death, calling him “one of the greats of cinema.” Cameron later added on that “His acting in `Brighton Rock’ was brilliant, his directing of `Gandhi’ was stunning.” Yet another legendary actor is gone. We hope that wherever you are, you know that you are loved and thank you for all the great movies you have given us.

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Helen Trieu

Joel Edgerton Talks Controversy Over Exodus Casting

August 18th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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One of the year’s most anticipated movies, Exodus: Gods and Kings, has been under quite a bit of scrutiny since its trailer was released. With an all-star cast including Christian Bale and Sigourney Weaver, it’s hard to think that anyone would be complaining, but what people have been complaining about is what they’re calling “whitewashing” of the movie. A twitter campaign, #BoycottExodusMovie, arose with people concerned about the fact that the only people of color in the movie are playing slaves while the pharaohs and Egyptians are being played by white people. Actor Joel Edgerton, the Australian actor that was cast in role of Ramses commented on the subject saying [It’s] not my job to make those decisions… I got asked to do a job and it would have been very hard to say no to that job. I do say that I am sensitive to it and I do, I do understand and empathize with that position.”

 

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Helen Trieu

Game of Thrones May End with a Movie on the Big Screen

August 11th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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George R.R. Martin says he would love to end the series with a movie on the big screen after season 8. The 65 year old writer of the popular book series recently stated that If we go seven or eight seasons and then the show is still big enough that we can get the $200 million to finance a huge epic movie to end it … sure!” Martin has shown his frustration with the budget of the HBO series before stating that the limitations of $6 million per episode do not allow for his stories to truly come to life, particularly in the case of battle scenes. We still run into budgetary problems. We’ve done a couple of great battles, for example, the Black Water battle in season two that I scripted and in this past season, episode nine was one long battle – the Battle of the Wall. Those have been great episodes, but we’ve also had to skip half the battles.” Calling all GOT fans, would you want the series to end on the big screen? Let us know what you think!

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Helen Trieu

Mockingjay Trailer Finally Released

July 31st, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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After months of teasers and clips shown at Comic Con 2014, the official The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer has finally been released and fans are thrilled! The trailer introduces a breathtaking Julianne Moore to the franchise as President Alma Coin, joining the all-star cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks and more. Late actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman also stars in the trailer as rebel leader Plutarch Heavensbee with Mockingjay being one of his last projects before he passed in February. There is already talk about how they will continue the series without Hoffman, with Lionsgate making plans to possibly recreate him in the next installment of the series. Mark your calendars! The film is set to hit theaters November 21!

 

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Helen Trieu

Kunis Plans to Be a Full-Time Mom

July 8th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Bad news for fans of actress Mila Kunis. The “Ted” star told W Magazine that she plans to take a break from acting once she gives birth to her first child with “That ‘70s Show” co-star Ashton Kutcher. “I have never wanted to be the person who only has business on her mind, To me, this job has always been a hobby that turned into a great profession, but I don‘t eat and breathe acting,” Kunis said. “I’m sure Meryl Streep has a very different point of view. But I’m excited about being a full-time mom.”  The loved-up couple is not only preparing for the arrival of their baby girl this fall but also for their upcoming wedding, which Kunis says will be a very private affair. “My theory on weddings is: Don’t invite anyone. Do it privately and secretly.” And we thought our invitation just got lost in the mail!

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Michelle Loeb

Hartnett Reveals Surprising Superhero Past

May 3rd, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Some of our favorite superheroes almost looked very different under their masks. That’s the news coming out of Hollywood as actor Josh Hartnett told Details Magazine that he had the chance to play Batman, Superman and Spider-Man. ‘Spider-Man was something we talked about. Batman was another one. But I somehow knew those roles had potential to define me, and I didn’t want that,” said Hartnett. “I didn’t want to be labeled as Superman for the rest of my career. I was maybe 22, but I saw the danger.” That decision certainly worked out well for Christian Bale, Henry Cavill and Andrew Garfield! Instead, the actor carved out a career for himself that included parts in Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down and other films. Now, he’s gearing up for the premiere of his new Showtime TV show, Penny Dreadful, which co-stars Billie Piper.

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Michelle Loeb

Channing Tatum to Receive MTV Trailblazer Award

April 5th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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MTV officially announced that “Magic Mike” star Channing Tatum will be the recipient of this year’s MTV Trailblazer Award, an honor given to actors and actresses who have blazed a unique path to fame. In fact, Tatum will be the first actor to ever win the three-year-old prize. Past winners have been not only both women but both Emmas: “Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson and “The Amazing Spider Man” love interest Emma Stone. “Channing Tatum is the quintessential leading man for the MTV audience,” said MTV President Stephen Friedman. “He proves that an action hero can have both a quick wit and a large heart.” Tatum, who can be seen this summer in “22 Jump Street,” the sequel to the comedy hit “21 Jump Street,” will receive his award on April 13 from none other than “Ted” co-star Mila Kunis. We’ll be tuning in for that one!

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Michelle Loeb

Batman Vs. Superman Announces More Controversial Casting

February 6th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

 

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The internet went into a tizzy last year when it was announced that Ben Affleck was tapped to play the Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder’s “Batman Vs. Superman.” Well it turns out that’s not the upcoming blockbuster’s only bit of odd casting. This week, it was announced that “Now You See Me” star Jesse Eisenberg will square off against Henry Cavill playing Superman’s arch nemesis Lex Luthor. While Eisenberg is best known for playing Mark Zuckerberg–a character that couldn’t be less like Lex Luthor–Snyder has expressed a lot of excitement for his choice. “What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman,” Snyder said. “Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.” We’ll see if he’s right when “Batman Vs. Superman” opens in 2015.

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Michelle Loeb

New Disney Film is a Family Affair for Angelina Jolie

November 15th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Angelina Jolie’s dark take on Sleeping Beauty, called “Maleficent,” doesn’t hit theaters until May of 2014 but fans were able to catch an early glimpse this week as the film’s first trailer was released. The movie tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s point of view, showing audiences just what happened in Maleficent’s past that leads her to curse Princess Aurora, played by Elle Fanning. “Maleficent” also marks the film debut of Angie’s youngest daughter Vivienne, who plays Aurora as a child. The pretty blonde 5 year old is a natural, a source told Britain’s The Sun. “Ange thought it would be a fun experience for her and Viv to share…The other kids are now nagging Ange and Brad to land them roles.”

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Michelle Loebe

Beetlejuice Rumored for a Comeback

October 24th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Say the name three times and…well you know how it goes. Rumor has it that Beetlejuice may actually reappear on the big screen as director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton are rumored to be negotiating a deal to make a sequel to the hit 1990s film. Though Beetlejuice 2 won’t be the director’s next project—that honor goes to “Big Eyes” starring Amy Adams and Cristoph Waltz—reports are that Burton has already secured “Dark Shadows” screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith to write the script for the highly-anticipated sequel. Let’s hope they can get Winona Ryder to come back as Lydia too!

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Michelle Loeb

 

“50 Shades of Grey” Cast Shakeups May Continue

October 17th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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The much-anticipated movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey was dealt a pretty big blow this past weekend when lead actor Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the role, reportedly out of fear of becoming the next Robert Pattinson. As producers scramble to find another Christian Grey, rumors are swirling that Hunnam’s costar, former Ben & Kate actress Dakota Johnson, may soon be replaced as well. When the pair was first cast, Hunnam said that he and Johnson were perfectly matched. “As soon as we got in the room, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it,” he said. “There’s just a tangible chemistry between us. It felt exciting and fun and weird and compelling.” Since their chemistry was so essential to the casting, it’s fair to wonder whether filmmakers will want to only recast half of the team. 50 Shades’ many fans will certainly be watching for the latest developments.

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Michelle Loeb

 

Jim Carrey Turns His Back on Latest Flick

June 26th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »


Comedian Jim Carrey is causing controversy ahead of the release of his new film “Kick Ass 2.” Carrey plays Colonel Stars & Stripes, one of the movie’s many makeshift superheroes but the actor, who has been a vocal advocate for gun control, took to his Twitter page on Sunday to say he would not do publicity for the film on account of its violence. “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he tweeted. “I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.” Ummm…he did see the first movie, right? Carrey clearly knew what he was getting into before signing on for the project and as writer Mark Millar noted, “Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin … Like Jim, I’m horrified by real-life violence (even though I’m Scottish), but Kick-Ass 2 isn’t a documentary.” If you want to see what all the fuss is about, “Kick Ass 2” hits theaters in August.

Spidey Star Garfield Bonds with “Mini Me” Co-Star

May 29th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield is currently in the Big Apple shooting scenes for the sequel to last summer’s big-screen blockbuster and he’s been seen palling around with his “mini me” on set. Cue the “awws.” Garfield and his young co-star Jorge Vegas were both wearing their Spidey suits and the Social Network hottie was seen kneeling down next to Vegas, giving him pointers between takes. The two gave each other a fist bump and Vegas cracked Garfield up by running off with his glasses on and mask pulled up to his forehead. This is after Garfield was spotted playing a game of pick-up basketball, in full costume, with local kids in Chinatown. Could he be any sweeter? Emma Stone is one lucky girl!

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Michelle Loeb

The Avengers May Not All Be Back for Round 2

May 15th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Three different actors have played The Incredible Hulk in recent memory. Could a fourth be in the cards? That’s the rumor that was sparked by Deadline, who ran an article speculating that cost cutting could lead to some recasting for Avengers 2 and that one of the most vulnerable actors could be Hulk/Bruce Banner actor Mark Ruffalo. Moviefone caught up with Ruffalo to set the record straight and he told the website that he signed on for six movies—five now, after The Avengers. “As far as I know [everyone is back],” he said. “But sometimes actors are the last people to know what’s going on. I haven’t been let go yet. I’d be really sad if they did. I can’t imagine that. That would be bad.” And you know what happens when the Hulk gets angry! Disney, you have been warned.

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Michelle Loeb