Warner Bros. Pushes THE CONJURING 2 to 2016 and Schedules Untitled Horror Film for Halloween 2015

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Warner Bros. started developing a sequel to The Conjuring before the first movie opened.  That bet paid off when The Conjuring grossed over $300 million worldwide.  After two weeks, The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle has already reached $166 million worldwide.  The studio, who must be thrilled with the new horror franchise, had scheduled The Conjuring 2 for October 23, 2015 with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga set to return as the paranormal investigators.  However, Warner Bros. pumped the brakes a bit, delaying The Conjuring 2 to 2016.

In a corresponding move, Warner Bros. scheduled a untitled horror film from New Line in its place on October 23, 2015.  Deadline speculates the unspecified project could be 1) Crawlspace, starring Michael Vartan as a widower who moves into a house troubled by “a very disturbing secret from the past” or, 2) Superstition, set at “a house that was once the site of a witch’s execution.”

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Building Large Set in New Mexico Desert

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The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice crew has started constructing a large set in the desert in New Mexico.  What could it be?  Your guess is much better than mine in this case, so please speculate away in the comments.  It could be Themyscira, the home of Wonder Woman.

Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons star in the superhero faceoff directed by Zack SnyderBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.  Hit the jump for a glimpse of the New Mexico structure.

Christopher Nolan Compares the INTERSTELLAR Experience to the BATMAN Movies, 2001, and THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

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We are less than a month away from the release of Interstellar, the new Christopher Nolan sci-fi adventure led by Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine.  Entertainment Weekly has an Interstellar cover story and managed to get a few quotes from Nolan on his objective in making the movie.  Nolan contrasted his new movie with his previous work:

“This is the first film I have made where the actual experience of the film is paramount to the audience.  You would think that’s the case with Batman movies but it’s not; they’re more dependent on the reaction of characters on screen.”

Nolan instead likens the experience to 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.  Hit the jump for the full quotes, and click here for 7 new images from the film.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Teaser Takes Katniss Back to District 12 Ruins to “Make It Personal”

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Lionsgate has released a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser.  The sequel finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 as the figurehead of the rebellion against the Capitol.  The clip takes Katniss back to the destroyed District 12 in order to “make it personal for her,” says Plutarch (Philip Seymour) in voiceover.  “Let her see what the Capitol did to District 12.”  We get to see a sequence of great Lawrence reaction shots scored by Lorde’s Mockingjay single “Yellow Flicker Beat.”

Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, and Jena Malone also star in the sequel directed by Francis LawrenceThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens November 21.  Hit the jump to watch the teaser.

Bill Murray to Sing Christmas Carols in Christmas Special Directed by Sofia Coppola

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I fear this is a joke, but I sure hope it’s true: Bill Murray and Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola are planning a Christmas special in which Murray will croon Christmas carols.  Murray elaborated:

“It’s not going to be live.  We’re going to do it like a little movie.  It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music.  It will have texture.  It will have threads through it that are writing.  There will be prose… It will have a patina style and wit to it.  It will be nice.”

More on what little we know about the Christmas special after the jump.

Robert Downey Jr. Joins CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; “Civil War” Storyline Pits Iron Man vs. Captain America

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Last week, Robert Downey Jr. went on the record to clarify that Iron Man 4 was not in the cards for him.  Instead, Downey promised, “I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”  Downey also hinted at a secret plan he expected Marvel to announce soon.  That plan was revealed tonight.

Downey is close to signing a deal to co-star in Captain America 3.  The sequel will use the “Civil War” storyline, where the Superhero Registration Act mandates that anyone with superhuman abilities register with the U.S. government and agree to act as law enforcement.  Captain America opposes the legislation, but Iron Man supports it, setting up Downey to play the villain.  More after the jump.

Check Out New Images from Next Week’s Episodes of THE FLASH and ARROW

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We have put together an image gallery for next week’s episodes of Arrow and The Flash.  In Arrow Season 3, Episode 2 (“Sara”), Arrow (Stephen Amell) must fight Simon Lacroix (aka Komodo), “another archer [who] appears in town and starts skewering businessmen.”  In The Flash Season, 1 Episode 2 (“Fastest Man Alive”), Barry (Grant Gustin) changes into The Flash to stop six gunmen, but is frustrated when “he passes out before he can capture the robbers.”

To keep up with The CW’s superhero shows, stay tuned to Dave’s Arrow recaps and The Flash recaps.  Check out the images after the jump.

Bryan Cranston Is THE INFILTRATOR; Luke Wilson to Play Roger Goodell in NFL Concussion Drama; Billy Crystal Teams with Jim Henson Co. for WHICH WITCH

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A few casting notices to report:

  • Bryan Cranston is attached to star in The Infiltrator, an adaptation of Robert Mazur’s autobiography directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer).
  • Luke Wilson is in negotiations to play NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the untitled NFL concussion drama directed by Peter Landesman (Parkland).  Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha Raw, and Paul Reiser also star.
  • Billy Crystal will write, produce, and star in Which Witch, an animated movie from the Jim Henson Company directed by Brian Henson.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE Director Sean Durkin to Helm LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE Movie

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Two years ago, we learned David Gordon Green was in talks to direct a Little House on the Prairie movie.  Green seemed like an odd choice for the children’s book adaptation, and he has since moved on.  But producer Scott Rudin (Captain Phillips) is not taking the project in a new direction.  THR reports that Sean Durkin is in talks to direct.  Durkin’s lone feature credit is the intense drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, which is mcuh closer to Green’s early work than the 1970s Little House TV series.  I still expect the movie to be a family friendly affair, but the team of Rudin and Durkin—not to mention screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame)—indicates Little House will have higher ambitions than the average kids movie.

Hit the jump for the synopsis of the Laura Ingalls Wilder book.

Release Dates for VACATION Reboot, DEEPWATER HORIZON, and A LITTLE CHAOS

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A few release dates to announce:

  • New Line moved the Vacation reboot starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate to October 9, 2015.
  • Deepwater Horizon is set for September 30, 2016.  Mark Wahlberg is in talks to star in writer/director J.C. Chandor‘s follow-up to All Is Lost.
  • A Little Chaos will open March 27, 2015.  Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Alan Rickman star in the feature directed by Rickman.

Dates via Box Office Mojo.  More on each project after the jump.

THE BIG LEBOWSKI Pinball Machine Available for Pre-Order; Check Out Images and Video

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Dutch Pinball has been developing a Big Lebowski pinball machine for awhile now, and they unveiled the results in a launch party earlier this week.  There is a fine attention to detail in the design of the machine.  The pop bumpers are modeled after the bra Julianne Moore wears in the fantasy sequence.  There is a very realistic White Russian off to the side.  The rolled up rug is a barrier—as you hit it, the rug starts to unroll and unlock six different “rug modes.”

Hit the jump for images and video of the gameplay.

Warner Bros. Developing I AM LEGEND Reboot from Spec Script Described as “Sci-Fi Version of THE SEARCHERS”

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Warner Bros. has long been keen to make another I Am Legend movie, but it proved a tough nut to crack and Will Smith is reluctant to return to the franchise.  The studio may have found a way around all that.  Deadline reports that WB will retrofit the spec script A Garden at the End of the World, written by Gary Graham, into an I Am Legend reboot.  Graham worked at the Apple store when he submitted his script, described as a “sci-fi version of The Searchers,” to the Black List website.  Warner Bros. took notice and saw enough similarities that they recruited Graham to rewrite A Garden at the End of the World to fit the I Am Legend universe.

It is not specified how Graham’s new script will link to I Am Legend or when in relation to the apocalypse the new film is set, but there are no plans to bring Smith back.  Original I Am Legend producers Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, and Joby Harold will return to produce the I Am Legend reboot alongside Roy Lee (Oldboy) and Brooklyn Weaver (Out of the Furnace).  Revisit the original I Am Legend trailer after the jump.

Daniel Racliffe Plays Michael Caine’s Son in NOW YOU SEE ME 2; Catherine Zeta-Jones Is THE GODMOTHER; William Hurt Joins Jesse Owens Biopic RACE

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A few casting stories to report:

  • Michael Caine revealed that Daniel Radcliffe will play his son in Now You See Me 2Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Morgan Freeman are set to return for the sequel.
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Colombian drug kingpin Griselda Blanco, also known as the Godmother of Cocaine, in the biopic The Godmother.
  • William Hurt signed on to star opposite Stephan James, Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, and Carice van Houten in the Jesse Owens biopic Race.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Annapurna to Finance THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT, Richard Linklater’s Spiritual Sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED

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Boyhood is surprisingly close to reaching $40 million worldwide to go along with the waves of acclaim for director Richard Linklater.  We recently learned that Linklater plans to capitalize on this buzz to pursue That’s What I’m Talking About, a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused that Linklater has wanted to make for years.  Now he’ll get the chance: Deadline reports Annapurna Pictures has signed on to finance That’s What I’m Talking About.  Paramount will release the movie in North America.  Annapurna International will sell the foreign rights.

Blake Jenner stars as a college freshman and pitcher for the school baseball team, set in 1980 during his first weekend at college partying with his teammates.  Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain, and Glen Powell co-star.  Linklater, Sean Daniel, Sandra Adair, John Sloss, Ginger Sledge, and the ineffable Megan Ellison will produce.

The Weinstein Co. & Netflix to Release CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON Sequel Simultaneously Online and in IMAX Theaters; Plus First Images

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The Weinstein Co. and Netflix have signed a deal to release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend simultaneously in IMAX theaters and on Netflix on August 28, 2015.  Netflix previously won a bid for the streaming rights to TWC movies, and the two companies joined forces for the original series Marco Polo.  The Green Legend deal ramps up the partnership and is the logical next step of Netflix’s growing plan to disrupt the traditional distribution model.

Netflix also released the first two images, featuring stars Michelle Yeoh and Donnie YenYuen Wo-Ping directed the Crouching Tiger sequel.  Hit the jump for the images and the full press release with quotes from Harvey Weinstein, Netflix executive Ted Sarandos, and IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster.

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