Rumor: WONDER WOMAN Is a 1920s-Set Prequel That Kicks Off a Trilogy

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The superhero arms race continues.  Warner Bros. announced its slate of DC Comics adaptations through the year 2020 recently, and then earlier this week Marvel Studios responded by announcing its own slate through the year 2019.  As WB has now started moving forward with a number of upcoming films, rumors have begun to swirl about the third DC movie in line after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, the Wonder Woman movie set for release in 2017.  Specifically, these new rumors claim that the first Wonder Woman will be a prequel set in the 1920s and will kick off a trilogy of Wonder Woman films.  More after the jump, including the film that Gal Gadot recently had to pass on due to her DC obligations.

The Gang Battles Antonio Banderas as Superheroes in New THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER Trailer and Poster

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Paramount Pictures has released a new The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water trailer and poster for the upcoming sequel, which mixes traditional animation, CG animation, and live-action as the Nickelodeon characters wreak havoc on dry land.  The story finds SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and Sandy the Squirrel surfacing in order to track down the stolen formula for Mr. Crabs’ beloved Krabby Patties.  As it turns out, it’s been stolen by a menacing pirate/aspiring chef played by Antonio Banderas.  It’s kind of sad to see a traditionally animated show embracing the CG era, but I wonder how fans of the Nick series (ie. children) will react to the new format.

Check out the new The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water trailer after the jump, along with a new poster.  The film features the voices of Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, and Douglas LawrenceThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opens in 3D on February 6, 2015.

SUPERGIRL TV Show Casting Breakdown Reveals Plot Details for the CBS Comics Adaptation

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As you might have noticed, superheroes are all the rage at the moment, and the enthusiasm extends well beyond the multiplex.  There are a number of comic book-sourced shows on television right now, and CBS is hoping to get in on the fun with a Supergirl TV showArrow executive producer Greg Berlanti and No Ordinary Family alum Ali Adler are spearheading the pilot, and a new casting breakdown has revealed what their take on Supergirl entails—assuming CBS orders the show to series, that is.  More on the show’s two major characters after the jump.

Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert Re-Team with EVIL DEAD Director Fede Alvarez for A MAN IN THE DARK

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The team behind the Evil Dead remake is getting back together, but it’s not for a sequel.  Ghost House Pictures announced today that Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will reunite with writing partners Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues on the thriller A Man in the Dark.  Alvarez and Sayagues wrote the 2013 Evil Dead remake, which Raimi and Tapert produced and Alvarez directed, and they will all assume those same roles on this new film.  The story revolves around three teens with a penchant for robbery who set their sights on one last score: a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding.  Once they break into his home, however, they find themselves trapped and fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.

Hit the jump for more, including what this means for the Evil Dead sequel.

Seth Rogen Eyed to Play Steve Wozniak Opposite Christian Bale’s Steve Jobs; Jessic Chastain Sought for Role

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With Christian Bale now firmed up to play Steve Jobs in director Danny Boyle’s (Slumdog Millionaire) biopic for Sony, the rest of the cast is starting to come together.  Aaron Sorkin’s script for the film is not your traditional biopic, and instead is comprised of three long scenes that revolve around three major product launches: the Mac in 1984, the NeXT in 1996, and the iPod in 2001.  While Bale’s Jobs will no doubt be the central focus of the film, it appears that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak also figures into some of these scenes, as word comes that none other than Seth Rogen may take on the role of Wozniak in the film.  More after the jump.

Wednesday TV Ratings: BLACK-ISH and NASHVILLE Rise; STALKER Dips

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TV ratings for Wednesday, October 29th, though preemption in some cities for The CW renders those preliminary numbers inaccurate.  Here’s a brief rundown of the rest:

  • ABC’s new comedy black-ish continues to do well, rising 13% from last week to a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 7.73 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, The Middle was down 14% to a 1.8 rating and 6.9 million viewers, The Goldbergs dipped 9% to a 2.1 rating and 6.79 million viewers, Modern Family matched last week’s 3.4 rating and scored 9.75 million viewers, and Nashville was up 12% with a 1.5 rating and 5.61 million viewers.
  • Over on CBS, Criminal Minds was down 8% from last week to a 2.3 rating and 10.31 million viewers, while Stalker dropped 12% to a 1.5 rating and scored 7.34 million viewers.
  • NBC’s new drama The Mysteries of Laura dropped 8% to a 1.2 rating and scored 7.55 million viewers.

Kristen Stewart Asks Julianne Moore What It’s Like to Lose Her Memory in First STILL ALICE Clip

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Sony Pictures Classics has released the first Still Alice clip from co-directors and co-writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s adaptation of the Lisa Genova novel of the same name, and it’s heartbreaking.  Julianne Moore stars in the film as a linguistics professor who begins showing the signs of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and must come to grips with the illness alongside her family.  By most accounts, Moore is the current frontrunner to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the film.  It debuted to strong reviews at TIFF, and even co-star Kristen Stewart is generating some awards buzz for her supporting performance.  This clip is devastating to watch, as Moore describes to her daughter what it’s actually like to start losing her memory and, by extension, herself.

Watch the first Still Alice clip after the jump.  The film also stars Alec Baldwin and opens in an Oscar-qualifying limited run in December before expanding on January 16th.

Rumor: Sony Developing All-Female SPIDER-MAN Team-Up Movie GLASS CEILING

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It’s pretty clear that Sony’s in a pickle when it comes to its sole comic book franchise, Spider-Man.  This is the series that, in concert with the original X-Men, kicked off this whole modern era of superhero movies in the first place, but the second installment in its reboot of the character, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was the lowest grossing Spider-Man movie yet and the critical response was, well, not pretty.  Before the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony was touting an all-Spider-Man universe of its own to rival Marvel’s cinematic universe, with two more Amazing Spider-Man sequels, a Venom movie, and a Sinister Six movie all in the works and tentatively slated for release.  After Amazing Spider-Man 2 faltered, however, we have heard very little from the studio aside from moving up Sinister Six as its next planned Spider-Man movie.

Sony appeared to hit on an interesting idea recently when we learned that they were planning a female Spider-Man movie spinoff for release in 2017.  Now some rumored new details about that film have landed online, claiming that it’s actually an all-female Spider-Man movie called Glass Ceiling.  More after the jump.

Cast Signs on for GAME OF THRONES Season 7 with Big Raises

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If HBO decides to move forward with Game of Thrones Season 7 (spoiler alert: they will), the cast is in for a significant pay increase.  While the pay cable network previously picked the show up for Season 5 and Season 6 at the same time, they faced a potential road bump when it came to a potential seventh season of the incredibly popular series.  When actors initially sign contracts for a TV series, their options normally span multiple seasons that keep them obligated to appear for years to come—unless they get killed off, of course.  It turns out the Game of Thrones cast contracts went up through Season 6, but with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently revealing that their game plan is to conclude the show with Season 7 (or maybe Season 8), a renegotiation process was necessary to ensure the cast will be intact for the end game.

And so the news comes today that, while HBO hasn’t officially ordered a seventh season of Game of Thrones just yet, they have completed renegotiations with the actors’ contracts to include an option for Season 7 with a big pay increase to boot.  More after the jump.

Coen Brothers’ HAIL, CAESAR! Set for Release on February 5, 2016

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Universal Pictures has set a Hail, Caesar! release date for the next film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen.  The comedy has been slated for release on February 5, 2016, which marks the first 1st Quarter release date for a Coen Brothers film since 2004’s The Ladykillers.  The film takes place in 1950s Hollywood, during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and “follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.”  The incredible ensemble cast is led by Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonah Hill.  More on this curious choice of release date for Hail, Caesar! after the jump.

Daniel H. Wilson Offers Update on ROBOPOCALYPSE

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Nearly two years ago, Steven Spielberg was putting together the pieces for his next film, Robopocalypse.  The adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel of the same name was to return the director to a large-scale tentpole-type picture, telling the story of a future where an artificial intelligence comes online and threatens a, well, robot apocalypse.  Chris Hemsworth was set as the lead, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were poised to co-star, Drew Goddard was writing the screenplay, and filming was set to begin in Spring 2013 until suddenly it all came to a halt.  Spielberg decided to postpone the film indefinitely after coming up with “a better way to tell the story” that would necessitate heavy reworking of the screenplay.

The filmmaker went on to flirt with American Sniper before committing to shooting two new films back-to-back (he’s filming the first one right now), so whatever happened to Robopocalypse?  Wilson recently offered a bit of an update on the project, saying it remains “in the queue”.  More after the jump.

Jennifer Lawrence Takes Extreme Measures in New SERENA Trailer

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Magnolia Pictures has released the official US trailer for director Suzanne Bier’s drama Serena.  The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, which seems like a slam dunk except for the fact that the film was shot before Silver Linings Playbook and has been sitting on the shelf ever since.  Apparently it’s just not that great as distributors refused to acquire the film for quite some time, but this trailer certainly makes the movie look at least interesting in a go-for-broke kind of way.  Lawrence and Cooper play 1920s newlyweds who begin to build a timber empire, but their passion becomes hindered as a hidden past is discovered and Lawrence’s character decides to take fate into her own hands.

Watch the new Serena trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans, and will be released on iTunes and VOD on February 26, 2015 and in theaters on March 27, 2015.

Jordan Peele to Write and Direct Horror Film GET OUT

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You’re probably familiar with Jordan Peele as one half of the very funny comedic duo of Key & Peele, but in addition to comedy, it appears that Peele has aspirations in the horror genre as well.  We’ve known for a little while that Peele has been developing a horror film of his own, but in a recent interview with Playboy, Peele revealed a bit more about the proposed feature, titled Get Out.  Peele intends to write and direct the film, and he has a really fascinating angle for the story: racial fears.  More after the jump.

Tuesday TV Ratings: THE FLASH Dips While AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Tuesday, October 28th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s The Flash (read Dave’s recap here) fell 13% from last week to a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo, scoring 3.37 million viewers.  Supernatural was also down, dropping 11% to a 0.8 rating and scoring 2.01 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (read Evan’s recap here) enjoyed a slight ratings uptick from the promise of the first Avengers: Age of Ultron clip, though we’ll never really know how big of a bump the trailer debut might have given the Marvel series.  Last night’s episode rose 6% to a 1.7 rating and scored 4.46 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, Forever tied its series low with a 1.1 rating and 4.95 million viewers for a drop of 8%.
  • NBC’s fantastic new comedy Marry Me was down 13% from last week to a 1.6 rating and scored 5.60 million viewers, while About a Boy fell 14% to a 1.2 rating and 4.41 million viewers and Chicago Fire was down 11% to a 1.7 rating and scored 7.22 million viewers.
  • Over on CBS, NCIS was up 4% to a 2.5 rating and 17.2 million viewers, NCIS: New Orleans was down 4% to a 2.3 rating and 15.74 million viewers, and Person of Interest ticked up 7% to a 1.6 rating and 9.7 million viewers.

Final THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Trailer Promises Massive Scope, Dire Consequences

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Lionsgate has released the final The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer for the upcoming event film.  Directed by Catching Fire helmer Francis Lawrence, the film finds Panem’s Capitol fighting an all-out revolution, as Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss prepares for battle in District 13 following the destruction of her home, District 12.  The scope of this thing looks absolutely massive, and while it should be fun to see what Francis Lawrence does with a larger canvas, I do hope that the film maintains the strong character-centric focus that made Catching Fire so satisfying.  Catastrophe and “trailer shots” are neat, but we see countless quantities of them year-round; what the Hunger Games franchise excels at is showcasing Jennifer Lawrence’s powerful lead performance and the camaraderie that surrounds her.  Fingers crossed that continues with Mockingjay.

Watch the final The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth Banks, Sam ClaflinJena Malone, and Donald Sutherland.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21st.

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