Dwayne Johnson Confirms He Will Play Either Shazam or Black Adam in DC Comics Adaptation

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Dwayne Johnson often teases fans with hints of his ongoing talks with DC Comics to bring one of their characters to life.  We are zeroing in on who exactly he will play, but Johnson makes it sound as though even he doesn’t know yet.  According to USA Today, Johnson confirmed he will join a DC Comics adaptation but has not decided between hero Shazam and villain Black Adam.  Whichever role he takes on, Johnson promised, “I am putting my heart and soul and my bones into this role.”

Warner Bros. was rumored to have tentatively scheduled a Shazam movie for 2016—shortly after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—so all may be revealed soon enough.  More on Shazam and Black Adam after the break.

SundanceTV Renews RECTIFY Season 3 to Air in 2015

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SundanceTV has renewed Rectify for a third season that will likely air in 2015.  Deadline hears that Rectify season 3 will be comprised of six episodes, just like the first season.  The season 2 run ends after ten episodes this Thursday.

I finally caught up with Rectify on Netflix just before season 2 premiered in June.  It’s the best viewing decision I made this summer.  The series is hauntingly beautiful.  I am very happy Ray McKinnon has been granted at least six more hours to continue the story of the Holden/Talbot clan.  More immediately, I am dying to see how he wraps up season 2 this week.

Bradley Cooper to Star in MACK BOLAN Movie; Todd Phillips to Direct Action Novel Adaptation

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Author Don Pendleton introduced Mack Bolan (aka The Executioner) in 1969.  Pendleton wrote 37 Mack Bolan novels, sold the rights in 1980, and ghostwriters have produced over 600 books in the ongoing series.  Over the years, many of Hollywood’s burliest leading men have angled to play the Vietnam veteran who fights against international terrorism, including Steve McQueen, Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood, and Vin Diesel.  But a film adaptation has remained elusive.

Writer Shane Salerno (Savages) is scripting a new attempt, and Warner Bros. has just acquired the Mack Bolan movie rights as a star vehicle for Bradley Cooper.  Cooper’s Hangover director Todd Phillips is on board to helm the adaptation.  More after the jump.

STAR WARS REBELS Sneak Peek: Watch the First 7 Minutes of the Animated Series

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Disney XD has released a sneak peek at the first 7 minutes of Star Wars Rebels.  The show takes place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope as Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet: “There are a select few who are brave enough to stand up against the endless Stormtroopers and TIE fighters of the Empire: the clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost.”

Featuring the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Steven Jay Blum, Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere in October.  Hit the jump to watch the Star Wars Rebels sneak peek.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2 Plot Details and Character Descriptions for Vince Vaughn, Elizabeth Moss, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Michelle Forbes

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We learned earlier today that Vince Vaughn is in talks to star in True Detective season 2.  A new report from The Wrap surfaced tonight and suggests creator Nic Pizzolatto is close to firming up the rest of the cast.  Vaughn is in talks to play the central antagonist.  Colin Farrell is reportedly nearing a deal for the older male lead, while Taylor Kitsch is the frontrunner for the younger male lead.  Elizabeth Moss is under consideration for the female lead and Michelle Forbes is in contention for a key role.

The report also expanded on the previously reported True Detective season 2 plot details, provided character descriptions for the above roles, and mentioned a candidate to direct some episodes.  Hit the jump for more.

Rodrigo Cortes to Direct DOWN A DARK HALL; Lionsgate Acquires Supernatural Drama Produced by Stephenie Meyer

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Lionsgate has acquired the suspense thriller Down a Dark Hall and set Rodrigo Cortes (Buried) to direct.  The young adult novel by Lois Duncan centers on Kit, a new student at Blackwood Boarding School: “It is the opportunity of a lifetime, but Kit quickly realizes something strange is happening behind its walls as she confronts the darkly seductive powers of Blackwood’s headmistress and comes face to face with the supernatural powers that could make her great or destroy her.”  Michael Goldbach (Daydream Nation) adapted the first draft—Chris Sparling (Buried) has joined the team for additional writing.

Stephenie Meyer, Meghan Hibbett, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen will produce Down a Dark Hall.  Check out the press release for more details after the break.

The CW Adds Ra’s al Ghul Footage to New ARROW Season 3 Trailer

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The CW released the first Arrow season 3 trailer on Friday.  On Saturday, Stephen Amell announced that Ra’s al Ghul will be the big bad in season 3, so The CW has released a new extended trailer that adds about 30 seconds of Ra’s al Ghul footage at the end of the clip.  Ra’s al Ghul was referenced several times in season 2, so fans guessed this was coming.  His presence in this footage is represented by camera pans across a faceless costume and ominous voice-over, so it will be interesting to see who the Arrow team casts as the immortal villain.

Starring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Wolland and Caity Lotz along with new cast members Peter Stormare, Devon Aoki and Brandon Routh, Arrow season 3 returns October 8.  Check out the first look at Ra’s al Ghul after the jump.

Legendary Offers KING KONG Origin Story SKULL ISLAND to ATTACK THE BLOCK Director Joe Cornish; GODZILLA Writer Max Borenstein on Board

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Legendary Pictures surprised Comic-Con 2012 audiences with Godzilla test footage.  The studio tapped fresh face Gareth Edwards to reboot Godzilla with just one small sci-fi feature, Monsters, on his resume.  As of this writing, Godzilla has earned almost $500 million worldwide, so Legendary is understandably motivated to follow the same template for its next reclamation project, Skull Island.  Legendary brought a stealth teaser for the King Kong revival to Comic-Con 2014.  Now Deadline reports the studio wants Joe Cornish—whose sole feature credit is the wonderful alien invasion thriller Attack the Block—to direct Skull Island.  Deadline is not sure Cornish will accept the offer.  The director apparently fields many offers, including the MI6 spy thriller Section 6.  I am very excited to see Cornish’s next feature whether or not it’s Skull Island, so best of luck to Legendary in getting their man.

Additionally, Deadline’s report states Godzilla writer Max Borenstein will pen the Skull Island script.  Who better to recreate Godzilla‘s success and serve as the bridge to Legendary’s inevitable King Kong vs. Godzilla remake?

New MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Posters Featuring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Keays-Byrne

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After today’s Comic-Con panel, Warner Bros. released four new Mad Max: Fury Road posters featuring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Keays-Byrne.  The post-apocalyptic sequel directed by George Miller is “set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.”

Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan Jones also starMad Max: Fury Road opens May 15, 2015.  Check out the character posters after the jump.

Check Out the JURASSIC WORLD Car Handing Out Posters at Comic-Con

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Earlier this week we learned that this cool Jurassic World poster designed by Mark Englert would be available at Comic-Con.  The instructions said to text JURASSIC to 834567 for the poster drop information.  It turns out part of the fun was to find the silver Jurassic World Mercedes Benz on the streets of San Diego that was handing out the posters.  Hard to say for sure, but this thing looks rugged enough to handle some dinosaur action.  I would not be surprised to see it make an appearance.

Hit the jump for pictures of the car.  Chris PrattBryce Dallas HowardVincent D’OnofrioIrrfan KhanNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsJake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Judy Greer star in the sequel.  Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015.

WARCRAFT Movie Props Doomhammer, Dragon Sword, and Lion Shield on Display at Comic-Con

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In addition to the first logo, Legendary has a few Warcraft movie props on display at their Comic-Con booth:

  • Doomhammer - “A savage orc weapon unleashed in the name of the Horde”
  • Dragon Sword – “This gleaming blade is wielded in the name of the Alliance”
  • Lion Shield – “Symbol of the strength of Azeroth”

Check out images of the Warcraft movie props after the jump.  Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, and Clancy Brown star.  Directed by Duncan Jones, Warcraft opens March 11, 2016.

Legendary Reveals WARCRAFT Movie Logo at Comic-Con

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Legendary unveiled the first Warcraft movie logo at their Comic-Con booth tonight and uploaded it to Twitter for the rest of us.  [Update: Legendary also brought a few props from the movie to display.]  Duncan Jones is directing the World of Warcraft feature adaptation and revealed last year that the story centers on “Anduin Lothar versus Durotan, Human and Orc heroes from the original real-time strategy games.”

We now have a glimpse of concept art, a set image of Jones at work, and this title logo.  Legendary has a panel in Hall H on Saturday, and I bet they are preparing to reveal more from the movie after the studio brought a Warcraft teaser trailer to Comic-Con 2013.  Starring Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, and Clancy Brown, Warcraft opens March 11, 2016.  Check out the full Warcraft movie logo after the jump.

Check Out Raymond Swanland’s ALIENS VS. PREDATOR Cover Art Before It Goes on Sale at Comic-Con

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Limited editions of Raymond Swanland‘s intense cover art for the Dark Horse Comics series Aliens, Predator, and Aliens vs. Predator are going on sale at the Acme Archives booth at Comic-Con.  Swanland will join the fun at Acme’s booth on Saturday 7/26 from 2pm-4pm for signings.

Even if you can’t make it to San Diego next weekend, the pieces will be available online before month’s end.  So hit the jump to see what’s available and find out how to purchase one of the prints.

First ART AND CRAFT Trailer and Poster: Documentary Follows Benevolent Art Forger Mark Landis

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Oscilloscope has released the first Art and Craft trailer and poster.  The documentary centers on prolific and talented art forger Mark Landis.  Landis successfully mimicked everyone from Picasso to Walt Disney to convince a number of museums that he offered authentic work.  The catch: Landis wasn’t in it for the money.  He posed as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and a Jesuit priest to donate hundreds of works over several decades.  The documentary explores Landis’ motives as his foil, registrar Matthew Leininger, fights to expose the forgeries.

Directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman and co-directed by Mark BeckerArt and Craft opens in New York September 19 before expanding to other cities.  Watch the Art and Craft trailer after the break.

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