Rumor: Is Amazon Bringing Back THE TICK with Patrick Warburton?

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We’ve already told you about The Greatest American Hero reboot this evening.  Now how about one for The Tick to go along with it?  It’s being reported that Amazon is moving forward with a new The Tick series with Patrick Warburton returning to play the title character.

It all began with Ben Edlund’s comic back in the 80s, then The Tick got his own animated TV show after which Warburton portrayed the character in a live-action sitcom that wound up getting canceled after just nine episodes.  Hit the jump for more on what Amazon has planned for the show.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Set Pictures Feature Henry Cavill as Clark Kent

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We got a look at Ben Affleck in Bruce Wayne form a few weeks ago so how about some shots of Henry Cavill as Clark Kent to go along with them?  As long as Zack Snyder’s busy shooting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice out in public, bystanders will be snapping photos of the action and this time around, they caught some material that involves Clark Kent having a discussion with a woman in front of the Gotham City jail.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Gal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterScoot McNairy and Jeremy IronsBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on May 6, 2016.

Rumor: Charlie Hunnam Top Choice for Snake Plissken in ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Remake?

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Yup, we’re still talking about that Escape From New York remake.  Folks have been trying to make this thing for years now, but after all this time, it doesn’t seem like they’ve gotten anywhere closer to actually making it happen.  However, if this new rumor turns out to be true, perhaps that could change soon.

There’s a reporting floating around out there claiming that even though there’s still no director attached, Silver Pictures and StudioCanal are making moves and have their eye on Charlie Hunnam, Jon Bernthal and Dan Stevens to portray the new Snake Plissken.  Hit the jump for more on the Escape From New York remake.

Michael Bay Finds a Writer for Futuristic Vehicle Movie COSMIC MOTORS

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Daniel Simon got his first big screen credit for his work as a vehicle designer on TRON: Legacy and ever since, he’s been adding more and more titles to his resume.  And it makes sense the guy’s getting more work.  Have you seen his book Cosmic Motors?  It’s absolutely loaded with incredible vehicle designs that he puts in a fictional realm called Galaxion, a place where futuristic concepts aren’t relegated to artwork, but actually exist.

Clearly Michael Bay enjoys doing out-of-this-world things with cars on the big screen, so it should come as no surprise that he’s the one developing the Cosmic Motors movie.  Hit the jump to find out who Bay just recruited to pen the screenplay.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Bring Back THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO

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The Greatest American Hero was before my time and looking back at it now, it’s definitely dated and a little silly, but there’s no denying that the core concept has some serious potential, and perhaps now more so than ever.  We’ve got loads of superheroes on screen who have powers because they were injected with a special serum or bitten by a radioactive spider, but what if you just got hold of a suit that came with all the powers?

Apparently Phil Lord and Chris Miller are into the idea because it’s being reported that the 22 Jump Street and Lego Movie duo are developing a Greatest American Hero reboot for 20th Century Fox.  Hit the jump for more on the project.

THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 Teaser Trailers and Images Highlight Monsters Both Living and Dead

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Halloween is just around the corner, which means a new season of The Walking Dead is upon us.  While the show has gone through a number of creative changes behind the scenes, it appears that current showrunner Scott M. Gimple is poised to eclipse original showrunner Frank Darabont’s length of time in that position (assuming he makes it through Season 5 unscathed), as Gimple has held the role since he took over at the beginning of Season 4.  With a new batch of episodes on the horizon, AMC has unveiled a couple of The Walking Dead Season 5 teaser trailers as well as some high-resolution images to tide fans over until the show returns.  I bailed on the series midway through Season 3, but it remains one of the highest rated dramas across all networks and TWD fandom is as intense as ever, so I imagine these new teasers and images will be of interest to many.

Take a look at the new The Walking Dead teaser trailers and images after the jump.  The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on AMC October 12th.

LEVIATHAN Trailer Offers a Striking Look at the Buzzworthy Cannes Winner

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The first international Leviathan trailer for director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s (The Return) new film has landed online, giving us here in the States a look at what is certainly one of the most buzzed-about foreign films of the year.  Inspired by the Biblical Book of Job, the Russian pic mainly revolves around a dispute between a property owner and his mayor over a parcel of land in a small town, but Zvyagintsev uses the premise as an opportunity to dive deep into issues such as class, corruption, and faith.  Indeed, many have praised the film’s strong social criticisms of Russia itself, and the pic premiered to wildly enthusiastic reviews at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year where it took home the screenplay award.  It seems like a sure-fire Oscar contender in the Best Foreign Language Film race, but the question is will Russia submit the pic as its entry, or will it shy away from the critical nature of the film?  Either way, I’m looking forward to checking it out.

Watch the international Leviathan trailer after the jump.  The film stars Alexey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov, and Vladimir VdovitchenkovLeviathan opens stateside courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics on December 31st.

New SHAUN THE SHEEP THE MOVIE Trailer Moves to New Pastures

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Aardman Animation has released a new Shaun the Sheep the Movie trailer for the upcoming spinoff of the studio’s Wallace and Gromit franchise.  The story finds the titular sheep becoming responsible for the Farmer being taken away from the farm, after which it’s up to Shaun and his fellow flock to travel to the Big City to rescue him.  I’m actually not terribly familiar with the characters myself as it’s been some time since I saw a Wallace and Gromit movie, but Shaun the Sheep the Movie appears to skew a bit younger in audience if I recall correctly.  Nevertheless, the pic looks to be a cute enough adventure story, and it’s always nice to see stop-motion animation on the big screen.

Hit the jump to watch the new Shaun the Sheep the Movie trailer.  The film opens in the UK on February 6, 2015.

Jesse Eisenberg Talks About the Psychology of Lex Luthor in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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When Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel (perhaps it’s actually a spinoff at this point considering how many new characters there are) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there was a lot of head scratching.  But I actually can totally see him in the role.  Leaving aside the completely arbitrary question of whether the character will have hair or not, Eisenberg has an intelligence that reads well onscreen not to mention the fact that he can really play entitled and angry.  Eisenberg recently spoke about the film and, while he couldn’t say much, what he did say makes me more confident than ever that he’s the right choice for the role.  In fact, I think his casting could potentially be the most interesting thing about the movie.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently filming in Detroit under the direction of Zack Snyder for a March 2016 release.  The film also stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams and Jason Momoa.  Hit the jump to see what Eisenberg has to say about playing Lex Luthor.

Over a Dozen New GONE GIRL Images Show Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike’s Crumbling Marriage

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Gone Girl is one of my most anticipated movies of the year, due in no small part to David Fincher being one of my favorite directors in addition to the fact that I really dig Gillian Flynn’s source material.  In addition to the images that hit yesterday, we’ve got 14 new pics from the film that take us a bit further inside the established aesthetic on display in the latest trailer, but do nothing to spoil the surprises of the piece.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl images.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo Talk AGENT CARTER, the Advantages of a Shorter Season, the Extent of Their Involvement with the Show, and More

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Though Marvel Studios’ first foray into television, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., was a bit of a misfire, hopes are high for the studio’s next series.  Based on the Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name, Agent Carter will follow the exploits of Hayley Atwell’s titular character in the year 1946—just after Cap’s disappearance from The First Avenger—as she is marginalized while working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) when the men return home from World War II.  It has a well-tested premise, a clear story trajectory, and most promisingly, the first season will consist of only eight episodes rather than trying to stretch the story out to 22 installments.

While the show doesn’t premiere until midseason on ABC, bridging the gap between the S.H.I.E.L.D. winter hiatus and spring premiere, Steve recently spoke with Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo in anticipation of the Blu-ray release of the Marvel film, and the two talked a bit about their involvement with the Agent Carter TV show.  They confirmed that they will direct episodes 2 and 3, discussed the advantages of a shorter episode order, and talked about how involved they will be with the series going forward.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

Kristen Connolly Talks HOUDINI, Researching the Relationship, Uncomfortable Corsets, THE WHISPERS, and More

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The two-night scripted mini-series Houdini (airing on History) is more than just the story of the world-renowned superstar who could defy death.  Harry Houdini (Adrien Brody) also engaged in espionage, battled spiritualists, encountered the greatest names of the era, performed some of the greatest feats ever seen, and was a loving husband to Bess (Kristen Connolly), his wife and right hand.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Kristen Connolly (who gives a terrific and emotionally layered performance, alongside powerhouse actor Adrien Brody) talked about how she came to be apart of Houdini, how she approached researching their relationship, finding her performance, how much the hair and make-up contributed, wearing such uncomfortable corsets, if she feels that Harry really valued Bess, and what it was like to work with Adrien Brody.  She also talked about signing on to do the upcoming ABC drama series The Whispers, about an unseen force that is manipulating children to act in favor of its cause.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

LIFE OF CRIME Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Life of Crime opens today in limited release.]

I’ve never read any of Elmore Leonard’s novels, and yes, I’m ashamed. But I know from the film adaptations of his crime novels that there’s a way to do them right and wrong. They have a confidence, a swagger, a sly wink, a braggadocio, and they’re smart. They have the talk for the walk, and some directors, most notably Quentin Tarantino with Jackie Brown (based off Leonard’s Rum Punch) and Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, are smart enough to bring that confidence to the screen. Those films make the uninitiated feel embarrassed that they haven’t joined the club. Even with Daniel Schechter’s cautious adaptation of Life of Crime (based on the novel The Switch) the audience can hear the author’s voice. Schechter’s direction is serviceable enough to not get in the way, he wisely trust his strong cast, accents the comedy, and lets Leonard do the talking.

MACGRUBER 2 Update: Will Forte Talks Script Progress and Promises, “If Somebody Will Let Us Do It, Then We’ll Do It”

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Will Forte is asked about MacGruber 2 whenever he makes the press rounds to promote another movie.  Last we checked, Forte said he met with MacGruber director/co-writer Jorma Taccone and they hammered out “a really solid first act.”  At a junket for Forte’s new movie Life of Crime, Steve asked Forte straight up if the inquiries about a MacGruber sequel ever get old.  Forte responded graciously, saying “it is very exciting because it means that people liked the first MacGruber.”

Forte went on to provide a status update about where he and Taccone are in the script process and reiterated their commitment to making MacGruber 2—if somebody will fund it.  We’ll have the full Life of Crime interview up next week, but hit the jump for Forte’s  MacGruber 2 update.

THE CONGRESS Review

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

Ari Folman‘s The Congress is a trip in more ways than one. Its visuals are lush and its ideas are rich. Like Folman’s previous film, Waltz with Bashir, the writer-director isn’t using animation only as visual expression, but also bolsters the themes by using the form in the first place. The filmmaker carefully builds his movie like a house of cards by trying to use the acting profession as a spring board and then expanding it to an exploration of self-definition, dreams, hallucinations, and detachment from reality. The film can be so head-spinning that it’s possible to get dizzy and lose focus, but when The Congress is on point, it’s as fascinating as it is gorgeous.

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