Rumor: Marvel Rethinking How to Introduce Ms. Marvel?

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Many have been vocal about the need for more female superheroes, perhaps more so than ever, and Kevin Feige has admitted that the team at Marvel is paying attention.  There’s been talk about Ms. Marvel making a big screen appearance for quite some time now.  Remember that rumor from two years ago claiming that Emily Blunt and Ruth Wilson were top choices for the character?

In the comics, the members of the Avengers are always changing, so it’ll always be tough to pinpoint who’s in, who’s out, who will join an ensemble film and who will get their own, however, there have been reports floating around claiming that Ms. Marvel could make her way into a close-approaching Marvel film and pave the way to Phase Three in the process.  But now Marvel’s plans for introducing Ms. Marvel into the MCU may be changing.  Hit the jump for more.  Warning: There are potential Avengers: Age of Ultron spoilers in this article!

GONE GIRL Images Offer a Behind-the-Scenes Look at David Fincher’s New Film; Ben Affleck Says It’s the “Perfect Date Movie”

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David Fincher is one of my favorite filmmakers working today, and so it’s with great joy that I greet a new batch of behind-the-scenes Gone Girl images that have landed online.  Fincher’s new film is an adaptation of the page-turner novel of the same name by author Gillian Flynn, and revolves around a man (Ben Affleck) who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  Fincher has always been leading the charge when it comes to innovative filmmaking techniques, and one of these new Gone Girl images shows the unique way in which he photographed an underwater scene involving Pike.  Moreover, accompanying the images are some comments from Fincher, Pike, and Affleck about the film, with the latter explaining why he thinks it’s the perfect date movie.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl images and comments.  The film also stars 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.

Exclusive: Joaquin Phoenix in Final Talks to Lead DOCTOR STRANGE

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Given the cloud of secrecy that surrounds each and every Marvel Studios property while in development, there are bound to be unconfirmed rumors about almost every major aspect of their upcoming films—particularly in the casting department.  The studio is currently filling out its Phase Three slate, and while Ant-Man is the first film out of the gate in July 2015 followed by Captain America 3 in May 2016, we then have the Doctor Strange movie on July 8, 2016.  Marvel recently signed Scott Derrickson to direct the mystical comics adaptation, and in keeping with the rumor tradition, speculation has run rampant as to who will fill the title role.

After rounds of shortlists and cryptic comments with regards to who will inhabit the character, the trades reported in mid-July that Joaquin Phoenix was finally in negotiations to star in the film.  It’s been over a month since that time and there still hasn’t been confirmation from Marvel’s end, so the speculation machine kicked up again recently with word going around that Jack Huston is now “under consideration” for the part.  However, we’re hearing there’s absolutely no truth to that rumor, as Phoenix’s deal is currently being finalized.  More after the jump.

SEVENTH SON Rises with New Trailer, Posters, and Images Starring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes

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Universal and Legendary Pictures have released a new Seventh Son trailer and poster along with some new images.  The plot follows mystical knight Father Gregory (Jeff Bridges) and his apprentice Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) and their fight to defeat the evil witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) and her followers.  If you feel like you’ve been vaguely hearing about this movie off and on the past several years, it’s because you have.  Seventh Son was originally scheduled to open on February 15th…2013.  After being pushed back three times, the movie is now (probably) going to finally come out.  That’s a big build up for a movie where the Dude and Prince Caspian fight monsters, but we’ll see if it was worth the wait.

Hit the jump to check out the Seventh Son trailer, poster, and images.  The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, and Djimon HounsouSeventh Son opens February 6, 2015.

MARCO POLO Images and Release Date Revealed; The New Netflix Show Debuts in December

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Hot off its 31 Primetime Emmy nominations, Netflix has unveiled the premiere date and a set of images for the brand new original series, Marco Polo.  The show is based on Marco Polo’s exploits in Kublai Khan’s court in China and will feature newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy as the title character and The Man with the Iron FistsZhu Zhu as Kokachin, Marco Polo’s love interest.  Kon-Tiki’s Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed the first two episodes and executive produce the season alongside show creator John Fusco as well as Dan Minahan and Harvey Weinstein.

Hit the jump to check out the first five Marco Polo images.  All ten episodes will debut on Netflix on December 12th at 12:01am PST.  The show also stars Joan Chen, Benedict Wong, Remy Hii, Olivia Cheng, Claudia Kim, Uli Latukefu and Tom Wu.

YOU’RE NOT YOU Trailer and Images Feature Hilary Swank as a Pianist Battling ALS

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The trailer for director George C. Wolfe’s new film You’re Not You has some incredible timing on its side.  Thanks to the viral phenomenon of those ubiquitous ice bucket challenge videos, I think it’s safe to say that awareness for ALS is at an all-time high.  The film stars Hilary Swank as a famous pianist who is stricken with the disease and hires an unconventional assistant, Emmy Rossum, to help her cope.

Going off the trailer, the film looks well made if not a little conventional.  It’s hard for me to fault these kinds of movies for that though, we all need to find the uplifting elements in any tragic scenario I suppose.  Hit the jump for the You’re Not You trailer.  The film also stars Josh Duhamel, Marcia Gay Harden, Jason Ritter, Ali Larter, and Loretta Devina and opens in theaters and On Demand on October 10th.

Exclusive: See Artist Oscar Gutierrez’ Dali-Like Contribution to the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Art Exhibition, “Legend of the Yokai”

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With a legacy stretching back thirty years, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has inspired legions of fans the world over, and the recent movie has led to “Legend of the Yokai”, a worldwide exhibit featuring artwork by over a 30 artists from 16 different countries.  Today, we’re pleased to bring you an exclusive look at a piece from Spanish artist Oscar Gutierrez, who has given Michelangelo a Salvador Dali spin.  It’s a pretty fun piece.

Hit the jump to check out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles art by Gutierrez and to learn more about the “Legend of the Yokai”.

2014 Telluride Film Festival Lineup Announced; ’71, 99 HOMES, FOXCATCHER, WILD, MADAME BOVARY, THE IMITATION GAME and More

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As Adam pointed out in Oscar Beat yesterday, four out of the last five Best Picture winners screened at both the Toronto International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival.  If that trend continues, we can really narrow down the Best Picture contenders now because the Telluride main program lineup was just announced.

This year’s Toronto and Telluride crossovers (not including the documentaries and foreign language selections) are the Jack O’Connell-starrer ’71, Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, Madame Bovary with Mia Wasikowska, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Rosewater starring Gael García Bernal and Wild with Reese Witherspoon.  Hit the jump for more on what’s to come at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival.

Check out New Images from FEAST, Disney’s Upcoming Animated Short Featuring a Hungry Pup

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Disney has released the first official images from their upcoming animated short film, Feast.  Per the official logline, “The story of one man’s love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.”  As you can see from the images, the dog is unsurprisingly adorable, and I like the style of the animation.  The cel shaded look also makes sense considering the short was directed by Patrick Osborne, who worked as the head of animation on Paperman.

Hit the jump to check out the Feast images.  The short will play in front of Big Hero 6, which opens November 7th.

TRANSPARENT Trailer: Amazon Could Have a Big Hit on the Way

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Did you know that the first episode of Amazon’s Transparent has been available to watch since February?  Now that the show’s season 1 trailer is also up and running, I’m disappointed I wasn’t aware of it sooner.

Transparent is a new Amazon original series from Jill Soloway who snagged the Directing Award in the U.S. dramatic category at Sundance for Afternoon Delight.  Her new show focuses on the Pfefferman family.  Jeffrey Tambor steps in as the patriarch, Mort, who reveals that he’s actually Maura, triggering a slew of different reactions from his ex-wife (Judith Light) and their children, Ali (Gaby Hoffman), Josh (Jay Duplass) and Sarah (Amy Landecker).  Hit the jump to check out the new Transparent trailer for yourself.  You can also watch the pilot episode right now on Amazon Instant Video.  The rest of the series is due to arrive on September 26th.

UNDERWORLD Reboot in Development; Cory Goodman to Write the Script

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Lakeshore Entertainment is developing an Underworld reboot after four entries in the vampires vs. werewolves series.  According to THR, Cory Goodman will write the script.  In March, Bloody Disgusting reported Screen Gems had commissioned a new Underworld movie titled Underworld: Next Generation with Len Wiseman producing.  Given the subtitle, the report speculated the new direction could focus on Eve, the vampire/werewolf hybrid daughter of Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and Michael (Scott Speedman).  Beckinsale informed us in 2012, “I think it’s probably unlikely that I’ll do [another Underworld sequel] but they may do one without me.”

It’s too early to say where exactly the Underworld franchise is heading next, but fans of the series should rest assured a new Underworld movie is likely on the way.  Hit the jump to revisit the first Underworld trailer.

Charlie Hunnam Will Play KING ARTHUR for Guy Ritchie; Elizabeth Olsen Female Frontrunner

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We’ve known for a while that Guy Ritchie has been trying to get his version of King Arthur going (though perhaps not as the six feature films originally intended).  Things got a bit more real last month when Idris Elba was cast as a “Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.”  Now it appears as though they may have cast Arthur himself in the form of Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy).  In addition, Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla, Martha Marcy May Marlene) is said to be the frontrunner for the female lead.

The film was written by Joby Harold and will be produced by Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnel.  Warner Bros. will be releasing the film in 2D and 3D on July 22, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on Charlie Hunnam (and maybe Elizabeth Olsen) joining King Arthur.

DEPARTURE Prepares for Flight With New Director David Frankel

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It’s been more than a year since we heard about Departure, but it appears as though a lot has happened in that time.  Billy Ray is no longer attached to direct the film (though his screenwriting credit remains intact), instead David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me) will take the helm.  The story for this one sounds kind of spooky and cool, almost like a Twilight Zone episode, and concerns aviation anomalies.

Ray will also produce the film alongside Joe Drake, Nathan Kahane, John Middleton and Roy Lee for Good Universe.  The film is said to be a sci-fi romance, but I’m hoping it leans more on the former genre with this concept.  Hit the jump for more on Departure.

Robert Downey Jr. Defends His Honor in THE JUDGE Poster; Plus New Posters for FOXCATCHER and PADDINGTON

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Posters for a trio of fall releases have landed online.  Briefly:

  • The Judge – The first The Judge poster puts Robert Downey Jr. in a precarious position, as he’s forced to defend his father (Robert Duvall)—a judge—in the court of law.  The film marks director David Dobkin’s first foray into drama and I’m curious to see how it comes together when I catch its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next week.  The tagline is…interesting.  The pic opens in theaters on October 10th.
  • Foxcatcher – The previous poster for Bennett Miller’s highly anticipated drama focused on Channing Tatum’s Olympic wrestler character, but this new poster is all about the transformed Steve Carell as eccentric millionaire John du Pont.  This is another film that will be screening at TIFF before its theatrical bow on November 14th.
  • Paddington – A new poster for the live-action/CG animation hybrid family adventure puts the adorable titular bear front and center while also highlighting the film’s holiday release date.  Starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville with the voice of Ben Whishaw as Paddington, the pic opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

Hit the jump to check out posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Writers Board ACME Movie; CRAZY STUPID LOVE Helmers in Talks to Direct

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Warner Bros.’ untitled Acme movie is taking shape.  Heat Vision reports that X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been tapped to write the script for the project, while Crazy Stupid Love writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in early talks to direct.  The film is planned as a CG/live-action hybrid and while story details are under wraps, producer Dan Lin previously told us that the lead character is a Steve Jobs-type and the story revolves around the titular company that makes everything.  Steve Carell is attached to star in what is being envisioned as a big family adventure movie.

Ficarra and Requa just helmed the upcoming con artist pic Focus, starring Will Smith and Margo Robbie, but it’s unclear if Acme would be their next directorial effort.  Miller and Stentz, meanwhile, are currently busy writing the upcoming Power Rangers reboot.

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