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.

Adam McKay, Miao Wang, and Damon Smith Talk WE THE ECONOMY: 20 SHORT FILMS YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS, the Genesis of the Project, and More

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We all know the economy crashed in 2008, but how many of us know why or how? Odds are, if you pulled a random stranger off the street they would struggle to properly define a recession, let alone explain the complex series of events that led to the economic crash – I certainly can’t. In a world where economic theories and practices have come to rule so much of our personal lives (looking at you, credit scores) and dominate the sphere of political discourse, it’s a bit unnerving when you realize just how little you actually know about what the economy is and how it works. Enter Morgan Spurlock and his production company Cinelan, who have partnered with numerous creative talents and economy experts to present the ambitious short film series We The Economy: 20 Films You Can’t Afford to Miss, which addresses complex issues like the struggle to define GDP, how human psychology causes recession, and the ins and outs of just what the hell the economy actually is without being a completely bore. Livened up through performances, animation, dance, and varied cinematic approaches, the filmmakers behind We The Economy have found a way to make these often dull and confusing subjects accessible and entertaining to a wide audience.

In anticipation of the film series’ release I recently joined a number of other journalists for an interview with Adam McKay, director of The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas, Miao Wang, director of Made by China in America, and producer Damon Smith. They talked about the genesis of the project, what inspired them about their subjects, what they hope audiences get out of the project, and a lot more. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

New TERMINATOR: GENISYS Images Featuring Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger; Plus Additional Plot Details

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You thought that description of Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and the EW cover featuring Matt Smith and Jason Clarke being photo-bombed by a grinning Terminator were head-scratchers?  Just wait until you see some of the latest images from Terminator: Genisys.  EW just unveiled some new character artwork and the shots feature heavy weaponry and a whole lot of yelling.

Hit the jump to check out those new Terminator: Genisys images as well as some additional plot information.  The film opens July 1, 2015 and also stars Arnold SchwarzeneggerJai Courtney, J.K. SimmonsDayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.

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.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Tracking to Open at $130 – $150 Million

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Guardians of the Galaxy currently sits as the domestically highest grossing film of 2014 with a total of $328 million, but it will probably lose the crown when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits theaters.  Catching Fire beat out Marvel’s Iron Man 3 last year by raking in $424 million, so unless Mockingjay gets utterly toxic word-of-mouth, it’s probably going to open big on November 21st and stay big through the holiday season.

How big?  THR reports that preliminary tracking is putting the movie on track for a $130 million opening weekend.  Transformers: Age of Extinction is 2014′s current record holder for opening weekend by reaching $100 million.  It’s worth noting that worldwide box office is where the big money is coming from for studios these days, but a $150 million domestic opening would be nothing to scoff at.  The real test for Mockingjay – Part 1 is whether it can top Age of Extinction‘s $1 billion worldwide gross.  Catching Fire grossed $864 million worldwide.  Hit the jump for the synopsis and latest trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

Rowan Joffe Talks BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, the Importance of Nicole Kidman’s Involvement, Adapting Neil Gaiman’s THE GRAVEYARD BOOK and More

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Writer-director Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s best-selling novel, Before I Go to Sleep, is a taut, stylish psychological thriller about an amnesiac, Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman), who awakens each morning with no recollection of her past.  She struggles to comprehend the emotional impact of her always-new reality, but as fragmented memories begin to resurface, she starts to question everything she thought she knew about her life.  Opening October 31st, the film also stars Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

In an exclusive interview, Joffe spoke about how the novel first came to his attention, why he found it a riveting page turner, the journey from page to screen, the narrative device he adapted to film from the novel, why he feels emotion is the key to keeping a psychological thriller fresh and engaging, how Kidman’s movie star status was instrumental in getting the film greenlit, how Firth and Strong’s roles reveal a different side of them than we’re used to seeing, what he learned from Colin and Nicole about making a good thriller, the 70’s films that inspired him, and his upcoming projects including an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel The Graveyard Book for Disney and developing his own TV show called Tin Star.  Check out our interview after the jump.

8 New INTO THE WOODS Images Send Us Deeper into the Fairy Tale Musical Starring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, and Johnny Depp

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Disney has released hi-res versions of previously released Into the Woods images along with a couple new stills as well.  The Disney production stars James Corden (Begin Again) and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple.  Along the way, they run into a number of familiar fairy tale characters including Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), her Prince (Chris Pine), Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), and the Wolf (Johnny Depp).  I really liked the extended featurette we saw last week, and I hope we’ll get a new trailer soon that will give us an even better idea of what to expect from director Rob Marshall‘s take on Stephen Sondheim‘s terrific musical.

Hit the jump to check out the Into the Woods images.  The film opens December 25th, and also stars Lucy Punch, Daniel HuttlestoneTracey Ullman, and Christine Baranski.

Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Lily Rabe Set to Appear on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW

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There’s already a slew of characters in play on American Horror Story: Freak Show, but when folks like Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Lily Rabe want in, you give them roles.  Harris will guest-star on the 11th and 12th episodes while Burtka is set to make his appearance in the 13th, the season finale.  As for Rabe, she’s going to be in episode 10.  That’s the final episode before the holidays, so there’s a chance her character could be involved in whatever outrageous winter cliffhanger the writers come up with.

Hit the jump for more on their roles.  American Horror Story: Freak Show airs on FX on Wednesday nights at 10pm.

First INTERSTELLAR Clip Shows Why You Don’t Want to Insult Space Travel in Front of Matthew McConaughey

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The first Interstellar clip has gone online.  Director Christopher Nolan wrote the screenplay based on a previous draft by his brother, Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), and the story finds a crew of astronauts led by Matthew McConaughey setting off into deep space in order to find a new planet that might be habitable.  In this clip, McConaughey’s character sits down with an ignorant and cynical school administrator, and proceeds to quietly play his trump card in explaining why space travel is in important.

Hit the jump to check out the Interstellar clip.  The film also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey AffleckMichael CaineDavid OyelowoWes BentlyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothee Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens on film in 70mm IMAX and 35mm on November 5th and everywhere else on November 7th.

New 12 MONKEYS TV Series Trailer Tells Us We’re All Already Dead

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SyFy has released a new trailer for their upcoming TV series adaptation of 12 Monkeys.  The story follows a time traveler (Aaron Stanford of X2 fame) from a post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day with a mission to destroy the source of a deadly plague that will one day annihilate the human race.  While the show will lack the distinct style of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film, it still looks like an interesting time-travel film, and certainly more in the serious mold of SyFy’s better series.  This isn’t a story that can only be told one way, and I’m curious to see what the TV series will do with it.

Hit the jump to check out the 12 Monkeys TV series trailer.  The show premieres at 9pm on January 16, 2015, and also stars Amanda Schull, Kirk AcevedoBarbara Sukowa, Noah Bean, Tom Noonan, Emily Hampshire, and Zeljko Ivanek.

FUN SIZE HORROR Film #5: Max Isaacson’s “Bad Eggs”

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You ever think you’d see a horror film featuring hands with faces on them?  Well, the time has come.  Our latest Fun Size Horror short film is here and it’s about a hand with a face named Bertrand who ate some bad eggs and now has an unusual stomachache. This one was written and directed by Max Isaacson.  He only just finished directing his first short film, Whispers, but he has credits on a number of other shorts, a bunch of which I’ve actually seen and loved.  He did special effects on the SXSW 2013 Midnighter, The Apocalypse, and was also the production designer on Tick Tock Time Emporium.

Hit the jump to check out Isaacson’s Fun Size Horror contribution, “Bad Eggs,” and don’t forget, you can find more Fun Size Horror films on Dread Central, Bloody Disgusting, Shock Till You Drop and Badass Digest.

CHEF Blu-ray Review

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On one hand Jon Favreau’s Chef is a light, easy to please comedy, a soft rock song that doesn’t want to offend anybody.  On the other, it’s vacuous, middlebrow food porn with its director unable to keep his subtext from leaping to the surface.  Writer/director Favreau stars as the titular chef, and he’s joined by some famous friends like Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., John Leguizamo, and Scarlet Johansson in this tale of a cook who lost his way working in the corporate world of restaurants.  My review of the Blu-ray of Chef follows after the jump.

First EX MACHINA Trailer Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander

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“To erase the line between man and machine is to obscure the line between men and gods.”  Thus begins the first Ex Machina trailer, projecting an ominous tone for the psychological thriller.  The script by Alex Garland centers on a billionaire programmer (Oscar Isaac) who invites a young employee (Domhnall Gleeson) to his remote estate to be the human component in a Turing test to evaluate his new artificial intelligence robot, Ava (Alicia Vikander).  This is Garland’s directorial debut, and I am curious to see what he can do after contributing to great ambivalent science fiction like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go.  Plus, Isaac is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.  I’ll watch anything he’s in, especially if he plays a shady genius with a great beard.

The A24 release opens April 10, 2015.  Watch the Ex Machina trailer after the jump.

Guillermo del Toro Talks YOUTUBE SPACE HOUSE OF HORRORS: A LEGENDARY HALLOWEEN, Watch the First 10 Shorts and See Images of the Sets

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For horrific reasons involving stitches I couldn’t make the Guillermo del Toro press day to promote the YouTube Space House of Horrors that he’s been involved with for the past few months.  But judging from the photos I’ve been seeing of the amazing sets they’ve built and talking to del Toro on the phone, it seems like a great experiment. ouTube creators had the opportunity to create original videos on terrifying cinematic sets inspired by del Toro at YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and New York, as part of a special global programming event.  You can watch the first 10 Videos below and then check the YouTube Spaces Channel and the Legendary YouTube Channel for more in the coming days.

I chatted on the phone with del Toro for a few minutes and his enthusiasm was as infectious as ever.  Not only is he helping to select the winner, but that person will get a development deal with Legendary Pictures.  The sets they have built to shoot this stuff on are also truly astounding and we talked about their design as well (along with some updates on Crimson PeakPacific Rim 2 and Pacific Rim 3).  Hit the jump for the interview as well as check out the first ten videos and see some pics of the sets they’re using. 

THE COLLISION: Episode 109 – Marvel Phase Three and Facing off against Warner Bros./DC Comics

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This week on The Collision, we talk about the massive announcement regarding Marvel Phase Three.  We look at what the plan implies, what was left behind (poor Ant-Man), how enthusiasm for the future makes us forget the present (Avengers: Age of Ultron looked like an afterthought after the Phase Three announcement and that movie hasn’t even come out yet), the inevitable clash with Warner Bros./DC, marketing to fans, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“World War II Films and Fury“), 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.

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