THE FLASH Movie Set for 2018, Will Star THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER’s Ezra Miller

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Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara has been announcing a slew of news regarding the studio’s plans.  Among his announcements is the reveal that The Flash standalone movie is coming in 2018 and will star Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).  This reveal firmly establishes that the DC Movie Universe will be completely separate from the DC TV Universe since the new CW series The Flash stars Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster.  Additionally, this new Flash movie will come after Zack Snyder‘s Justice League Part One, which is due out in 2017.

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HBO to Offer Stand-Alone Streaming Service in 2015

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And now there could be yet another reason to cut the cord.  Today, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler announced at an investor meeting that the network will offer an online-only streaming service starting next year.  “That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped,” Plepler said. “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO. So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States.”  The distribution models haven’t been solidified, but Plepler ran down the possibilities of working through broadband services (e.g. Time Warner, Comcast), new partners (e.g. Amazon, Google), or go straight to consumers like Netflix.

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The Onslaught of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Posters and Banners Continues

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Have you had enough of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies posters and banners yet?  Of course not!  Science shows that unless a movie has at least 23 posters, it will drastically underperform at the box office.  Thankfully, in addition to all of the other posters Warner Bros. has recently released for the movie, we now have three more posters along with three banners.  With this many posters and banners, how can you not see this movie?

Hit the jump to check out the new posters and banners.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, and Luke Evans with Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 17th.

Exclusive X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Blu-ray Clip Shows Cerebro Bringing Generations Together

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is now available on Blu-ray, and today we’re pleased to bring you an exclusive clip from the special features.  The clip points out fourteen years have passed between the original X-Men and the latest installment, and how that gulf has been bridged not only by the DOFP‘s plot, but by the actors in between.  In the clip, Hoult explains how walking through Cerebro alongside Hugh Jackman is his “childhood come to life”, and Jackman reminds us that the very first thing he ever shot for the X-Men franchise was a scene that took place inside Cerebro.

Hit the jump to check out the X-Men: Days of Future Past Blu-ray clip, and click here here to order the Blu-ray.

THE COLLISION: Episode 107 – GHOSTBUSTERS 3, Cinematic Universes, and Robert Downey Jr.

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This week on The Collision, we talk about the past week’s biggest news stories including the announcement that Ghostbuster 3 will be a reboot featuring a female lead cast; cinematic universes including Universal Monsters, Robin Hood, and Marvel; and the future of Robert Downey Jr‘s career following the painfully self-indulgent The Judge, and if these kinds of flops will drive the actor back into his Iron Man suit. [Note: We recorded this podcast before last night's Captain America 3 news broke]

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Boxtrolls and Laika”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to Develop Sci-Fi Espionage Series INCORPORATED for Syfy

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Even though Matt Damon and Ben Affleck aren’t usually associated with science fiction—Damon has a small role in The Zero Theorem and Affleck has Paycheck—the duo will be developing the sci-fi espionage thriller Incorporated for Syfy.  Per the press release, the show is “set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power. This will be the story of one man’s efforts to beat the system.”  A world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power?  That’s preposterous!  I don’t know if anyone can buy a series that’s set in a world that sounds exactly like our world.

David and Alex Pastor (The Last Days) will write the pilot. Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing.  Pearl Street Film’s Margaret Chernin will serve as associate producer.  Hit the jump for the press release.

Wonder Woman’s BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Origin Revealed; Ben Affleck Is “Team Batfleck”

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Wonder Woman is a popular character by name but not by history.  If you were to ask someone about Batman’s origin story, they would probably know his parents were murdered so he learned crime was bad.  If you were to ask someone about Superman’s origin story, they would probably know that his planet blew up and he was raised by good-hearted Midwesterners.  But ask people about Wonder Woman’s origin, and you’ll probably get confused looks.  It’s the result of Wonder Woman lacking the ubiquity of her male counterparts, and to be fair, plenty of non-geeks are probably just as ignorant of many superheroes’ origins.  However, those superheroes are rarely set next to two of the most famous superheroes of all-time.

Because Wonder Woman’s origin is mostly unknown, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has room to play with it as opposed Superman or Batman where the confines are strictly mandated by geek culture.  Geeks don’t care as much about Wonder Woman, and so her original origin is being tossed out for something more “modern” and “realistic”.  Hit the jump for more.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON LEGO Sets Scheduled for 2015; UCS Helicarrier Rumored for Summer

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LEGO loves its Marvel license, and so do I.  It’s also no surprise that they’ll be cranking out Avengers: Age of Ultron sets to tie into the movie’s release, and now there’s word of the price points and sets we’ll be seeing.  Among the six sets, the most notable is “Avengers Tower”, although it’s only the second-most expensive.  I won’t reveal the most expensive one because the name can be considered a spoiler.

But if you’re looking for some serious Avengers action, there might be a $300 Ultimate Collectors Series (UCS) Helicarrier on the way for summer 2015.  Considering that LEGO recently used their DC license to crank out a UCS Tumbler from The Dark Knight, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the company release a Helicarrier.  Hit the jump for a list of the regular sets we’ll be seeing next year [Remember: slight spoilers].  Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

A Horrifying Education: SLEEPAWAY CAMP

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I don’t avoid any genre of cinema, but horror is my blind spot.  I have favorite horror films, but the genre is so rich and diverse, and I feel like I haven’t even come close to scratching the surface.  Thankfully, I’m now lucky enough to be working alongside two horror aficionados, Evan and Perri.  Since October means Halloween and therefore horror, we decided to do a four-entry feature where they would decide on four horror films I would have to watch and then report back with my thoughts.  They would then reply with why they chose the film, their thoughts on it, and the movie’s legacy.  Hopefully, if you’re as ignorant of horror films as I am, you’ll join in on the lesson.

Hit the jump for our thoughts on the first assignment, 1983′s Sleepaway Camp. [Note: To encourage discussion, the comments section can contain spoilers.]

BOND 24 News: Lea Seydoux Set to Play Femme Fatale; Dave Bautista Rumored for “Villain in the Mold of Jaws and Oddjob”

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With James Bond 24‘s December start date fast approaching, some casting news is finally beginning to surface.  First up, Daily Mail reports that Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) has signed on to play the “femme fatale” and “will meet fellow cast members, led by Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, for a script rehearsal in late November,”.  We reported a couple months ago that Seydoux was being eyed to play a “Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent.”  If Daily Mail is saying she’s the “femme fatale”, then it’s possible we’re still waiting for the “Bond Girl” and Seydoux’x character is in the mold of Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) from GoldenEye.

Hit the jump for more on James Bond 24.  The film opens November 6, 2015.

New THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Clip Shows How the Gang Got Together

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DreamWorks Animation has released a new The Penguins of Madagascar clip that takes us through the beginning of the movie.  Directed by Eric Darnell (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted) and Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie), the film finds the scene-stealing penguins leading a film of their own as they’re joined by a wolf named Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), who leads a covert team of protective animals.  This is one of the clips they showed at Comic-Con, and like everything else I’ve seen from this movie, it looks surprisingly charming and funny.

Hit the jump to check out the new clip from The Penguins of Madagascar.  The film also features the voices of John Malkovich, Andy Richter, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, and Peter StormareThe Penguins of Madagascar opens in 3D on November 26th.

WHIPLASH Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Whiplash opens today in limited release.]

We know “greatness” demands sacrifice. It’s blood, sweat, and tears, and if you’re not willing to dish out all three constantly and consistently, then hey, you’re not worthy of your dream. Physical greatness–the greatness of athletes, for example–is easily quantifiable. But when that physicality is blended with musical expression, it becomes something more vague, complex, and fascinating. Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash provides an intense and disturbing exploration of the primal drive to dominate and achieve greatness but at a horrific cost. Anchored by extraordinary performances from lead actors Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, Chazelle’s film never loses its brooding, unnerving energy even as it stumbles trying to find a fitting crescendo.

KILL THE MESSENGER Review

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I really admire investigative journalists.  They’re like detectives who works for all of us where it’s not about protecting one person, but looking out for society as a whole by trying to get at the truth and hold the guilty accountable for their actions.  However, too often we get bogged down in what’s salacious rather than what’s honest.  Director Michael Cuesta falls into the same trap with his new film, Kill the Messenger.  Although his movie (which is based on a true story) firmly sides with reporter Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), the director seems distracted by Gary’s paranoia and government intrigue when the more interesting story is about how newspapers would prefer to sabotage each other rather than join the search for truth.

THE JUDGE Review

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David Dobkin previously directed broad comedies such as Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up, and now he’s moved to broad drama with his latest feature, The Judge, a movie that clumsily grasps at every heartstring you have.  It’s a soft-focus weepy that rarely elicits any emotion.  Instead, the film feels made to showcase Robert Downey Jr‘s acting ability by proving he can do more than play variations of Tony Stark.  While the movie succeeds in showing the actor’s range, it still feels indulgent as it piles on plotlines instead of keeping the focus on the chemistry between Downey and co-star Robert Duvall.

DRACULA UNTOLD Review

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For a movie with the title “Dracula Untold“, it’s a story that’s painfully vague.  We all know Bram Stoker’s classic monster.  Some may know that the character was loosely based on Prince Vlad the Impaler.  Director Gary Shore and screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless seemed content to keep it at that with a bit of an emphasis on Drac’s family and then mostly relying of CGI bats.  The film plays like a treatment rather than a real script.  It’s lean to the point of being anemic as Vlad’s transformation into Dracula doesn’t feel tragic but rather a slog towards the inevitable peppered with lame action and stock characters.  Dracula Untold proves some stories aren’t worth telling.

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