We have seen a coupleclips from the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter that show Hayley Atwell kicking ass as Peggy Carter, a 1940s British operative who joins a new organization called S.H.I.E.L.D. after the events of Captain America. The short is on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray (due September 24), but this may not be the last we see of Peggy Carter. Agent Carter director Louis D’Esposito revealed to us, “There are going to be more Peggy Carter stories that we need to tell… What we’ll do and how we’ll do it has not been determined yet, but those discussions have started.”
A report surfaced tonight that the future adventures of Peggy Carter may be told on television in a series that Marvel is developing. More after the jump.
Good news for Bryan Cranston fans: Breaking Bad’sfinale may be the last we see of Walter White, but Cranston already has his next role lined up. He’s set to star in Trumbo, the biopic of blacklisted and jailed Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents), Trumbo was adapted from the Bruce Cook biography by screenwriter John McNamara. This will be the Cranston’s next major role after the AMC series comes to an end. Hit the jump for more on this fact-based tale.
Breaking Bad is just about over, but viewers will be treated to an extended runtime in each of the series’ final two episodes. Series’ co-executive producer and writer Peter Gould announced on Twitter today that both the upcoming penultimate and the final episode of AMC’s hit drama will feature 15 additional minutes, taking them each to a 75-minute runtime (including commercials). That means audiences will have a total of an extra half-hour to say goodbye to Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and the rest of the cast in whatever manner of departure awaits each of them. Hit the jump for more.
As if Grand Theft Auto V’s$800 million debut didn’t illustrate the point sufficiently, video games are a huge market that have yet to adequately adapted into the cinematic world. One such project that hopes to change that perception is Michael Bay’s production of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon. While we still don’t know whether Bay will direct the film set up at Warner Bros., screenwriters Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia have been tapped to pen the Ubisoft adaptation. Federman and Scaia previously made headlines when they were tasked with scripting the feature treatment for Brian K. Vaughan’s graphic novel, Y: The Last Manand turned in an early draft for the Zorro reboot. The pair has worked predominantly in television on such series as Jericho, Warehouse 13 and Human Target. Hit the jump for more.
It’s been almost twenty years since Disney brought Victor Hugo’s novel to the big screen in animated form with The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Now, the same tale will be told with a different spin on the small screen in ABC’s limited event series, Esmeralda. The network is developing the period drama will views the classic story through the eyes of the gypsy, Esmeralda. Though the news comes via Deadline, there are no details as to the take on the story, except to say that it will be scripted by Evan Daugherty, who turned in the revisionist take on Snow White and the Huntsman and is attached to pen drafts to such high-profile features as Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joe 3. Now this is complete speculation on my part, but Once Upon a Time fans might want to keep an eye out for potential cross-over between the fantasy series and the limited Esmeralda series. Stranger things have happened.
At Sundance this year, Randy Moore‘s Escape from Tomorrow gathered some buzz, not because of the quality of the picture, but because of how brazenly it provoked a fight with a major studio. The plot involves a father who slowly starts losing his mind as he’s dragged through the nightmarish hellscape of the famous amusement parks. The film was largely shot at Disney World and Epcot, and the filming was unauthorized (also, Disney probably would prefer if their theme parks aren’t depicted as nightmarish hellscapes). Once Escape from Tomorrow played at Sundance, there was speculation that the movie could be banned and buried by Disney’s lawyers, so scarcity made it an appealing ticket. However, it was eventually picked up for distribution, and will be released on October 11th. I saw the film at Sundance, and did not care for it.
According to THR, Disney is doing the smart thing, and ignoring Escape from Tomorrow. The marketing is designed sell the movie on controversy, and Disney isn’t taking the bait. The studio and the filmmakers could have a legitimate court battle revolving around Fair Use and trespassing, but Disney is wisely keeping the lawyers on a leash to avoid drawing more attention to Moore’s picture. This means that Escape from Tomorrow will likely remain at best a curiosity among cinephiles rather than something that garners the attention of the mainstream.
Five years after the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar Games’ highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V finally launched yesterday to record-breaking numbers and almost universally positive reviews. The game brought in over $800 million in its first day of release, which breaks the previous day one record of $500 million in sales held by 2012’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II. That game went on to take in over $1 billion in its first 15 days of release, so GTA V is expected to be insanely profitable despite its reported $240 million budget. We’ll see if that record holds when Call of Duty: Ghosts is released on all platforms this November, but right now Grand Theft Auto V looks to be a massive success all around.Click here to buy GTA V on Amazon.
Opening this weekend is the sex addict comedy/drama Thanks for Sharing, which marks the directorial debut of The Kids Are All Right scribe Stuart Blumberg. The film tells the story of three sex addicts struggling to function in normal society. The central focus is on Mark Ruffalo, who plays an addict who’s trying to strike up a relationship with a woman who has sworn off dating other addicts (Gwyneth Paltrow). The other main addicts include Book of Mormon star Josh Gad, Alecia Moore (aka Pink), Tim Robbins, Joely Richardson and Patrick Fugit. For more on the film, watch the trailer.
The other day I got to speak with Tim Robbins. He talked about why he wanted to be involved in this project, how he prepares for a role, if he’s planning on directing another film in the near future, which of his previous films people always want to talk about, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
In this job, I get to do some really cool things, and one such cool thing happened when I was recently given the opportunity to tour the new Insidious: Into the Further maze for Halloween Horror Nightsat Universal Studios Hollywood, taking place on select nights from September 20th through November 2nd, prior to its debut. Walking through each scene, accompanied by the film’s producer Jason Blum and HHN creative director John Murdy, it was clear how much time and thought was put into every little detail.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, Jason Blum and John Murdy talked about how this particular maze came about, what it’s like to see a movie brought to life in this way, how long they spend planning out the mazes, figuring out which scenes to include, that they’ll have about 40 performers in the maze, that they’re already thinking about the next movie they can collaborate on a maze for, and whether they’re tempted to get dressed up and scare people themselves. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Angelina Jolie’s next directorial effort continues to fill out its cast, and Tron: Legacy actor Garrett Hedlund is the latest to sign on. Based on the non-fiction book by Lauren Hillenbrand, Unbroken tells the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian and WWII bombardier whose plane crashed at sea in 1943. Zamperini and two crewmates floated adrift for 47 days and 2000 miles, eventually finding themselves caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a POW camp where Zamperini was targeted by a sadistic overseer. Jack O’Connell (300: Rise of an Empire) landed the lead role of Zamperini, and now Variety reports that Hedlund—who has long been interested in the true story—has signed on to play fellow POW, Commander John Fitzgerald.
Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the most recent draft of the Unbroken screenplay, and Jolie has nabbed genius cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men) to act as the film’s director of photography, so things are off to a great start. Filming begins next month in anticipation of a December 25, 2014 release. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book.
Disney has made a couple of significant release date shifts in its upcoming calendar, one of which could mean that 2014 will pass entirely without a new Pixar movie. Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, which just recently saw director Bob Petersonremoved from the project, has been moved off its May 30, 2014 date and pushed over a year and a half to November 25, 2015. This is a massive change and, barring another move from Pixar, could mean that 2014 will be the first year since 2005 without a new Pixar movie. This isn’t an altogether surprising move, since The Good Dinosaur only just lost its director this summer with only nine months to go before the film’s planned release. The pic still doesn’t have a firm replacement director, but now Pixar can comfortably move forward without the stress and rush of getting TGD into theaters in a matter of months.
Hit the jump for more release date shift news, including Finding Dory and Maleficent. [Update: Disney has also announced that The Fifth Estate will now open on October 18th wide and the sports drama McFarland has been dated for November 21, 2014.]
A new trailer has surfaced for Pixar’s very first TV special Toy Story of Terror!. The half-hour short film finds the Toy Story gang staying in a motel after Bonnie takes them on a road trip only to have the car break down along the way. Once inside the spooky motel, one of the toys goes missing, and the rest of the group is suddenly caught up in “a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate.” Dave caught 10 minutes of the special at D23 and deemed it a “must-watch,” and I look forward to catching up with the Toy Story characters next month.
FX has unveiled some creep-tastic new posters for American Horror Story: Coven. The third season of the horror anthology series deals with witchcraft, specifically the war between the Salem-descended witches and the voodoo witches. Jessica Lange plays a powerful witch who returns home to New Orleans where her daughter runs a school for young witches. As with previous seasons, Coven will shift time periods and also features Kathy Bates as historical figure Madame Delphine LaLaurie and Angela Bassett as a voodoo witch queen. In this new series of posters, we get a nice preview of Bassett’s character along with plenty of disturbing imagery.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The series also stars Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Breckenridge, Patti LuPone, Gabourey Sidibe, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe. American Horror Story: Coven airson FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.
Though Joss Whedon has certainly been busy developing, writing, and prepping the sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron since the release of the first Avengers last May, the filmmaker’s contract with Marvel also allows him to consult on all of the studio’s other properties. We know that Whedon had a hand in the script for Captain America: The First Avenger, but we have yet to here many specifics regarding his involvement in Phase Two films—until now, that is.
It’s no secret that director Alan Taylor went back for some Thor: The Dark World reshoots that, in part, added more of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki to the film, but Taylor recently revealed that he also called in Whedon to rewrite three scenes in the pic, including one major sequence that Taylor was finding difficult to crack. Hit the jump for more.