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.

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Michael Bay In Talks To Direct Benghazi Movie 13 HOURS

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Well this… this is something.  If Pain & Gain was one for him, and Transformers: Age of Extinction was one for them, then Michael Bay‘s potential new Benghazi movie 13 Hours is definitely payback for putting in the hours with those giant robots.  Given that Benghazi is an extremely touchy political issue it will be interesting to see where Bay, whose instincts for crowd pleasing are often spot on, falls along the spectrum of public opinion.

I actually think Bay is a smart guy who knows what he’s doing (and I think he does Transformers movies, at least in part, in order to gain the power to do stuff he’s more passionate about) so I’m actually looking forward to seeing what he’s thinking with this one.  13 Hours will be based on the Mitchell Zuckoff book of the same name and will be adapted for the screen by The Strain writer Chuck Hogan.  Hit the jump for more on Michael Bay potentially signing on for 13 Hours.

Coen Brothers’ HAIL, CAESAR! Set for Release on February 5, 2016

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Universal Pictures has set a Hail, Caesar! release date for the next film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen.  The comedy has been slated for release on February 5, 2016, which marks the first 1st Quarter release date for a Coen Brothers film since 2004’s The Ladykillers.  The film takes place in 1950s Hollywood, during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and “follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.”  The incredible ensemble cast is led by Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonah Hill.  More on this curious choice of release date for Hail, Caesar! after the jump.

Daniel H. Wilson Offers Update on ROBOPOCALYPSE

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Nearly two years ago, Steven Spielberg was putting together the pieces for his next film, Robopocalypse.  The adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel of the same name was to return the director to a large-scale tentpole-type picture, telling the story of a future where an artificial intelligence comes online and threatens a, well, robot apocalypse.  Chris Hemsworth was set as the lead, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were poised to co-star, Drew Goddard was writing the screenplay, and filming was set to begin in Spring 2013 until suddenly it all came to a halt.  Spielberg decided to postpone the film indefinitely after coming up with “a better way to tell the story” that would necessitate heavy reworking of the screenplay.

The filmmaker went on to flirt with American Sniper before committing to shooting two new films back-to-back (he’s filming the first one right now), so whatever happened to Robopocalypse?  Wilson recently offered a bit of an update on the project, saying it remains “in the queue”.  More after the jump.

Jordan Peele to Write and Direct Horror Film GET OUT

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You’re probably familiar with Jordan Peele as one half of the very funny comedic duo of Key & Peele, but in addition to comedy, it appears that Peele has aspirations in the horror genre as well.  We’ve known for a little while that Peele has been developing a horror film of his own, but in a recent interview with Playboy, Peele revealed a bit more about the proposed feature, titled Get Out.  Peele intends to write and direct the film, and he has a really fascinating angle for the story: racial fears.  More after the jump.

First Look at TERMINATOR: GENYSIS Provides Images of the Characters Plus Plot Details; Sarah Connor “Orphaned by a Terminator”

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The Terminator franchise has now been going for thirty years, and it’s going to need a reboot of sorts if it plans to stay alive.  Personally, I’d be fine letting lay fallow or never coming back to it again since every sequel diminishes the ending of T2 (“We might have saved the world!”; “Nope.  No you didn’t.  In no way what so ever.”)  But as the cover of EW proclaims, Terminator: Genisys (spelling is for nerds) is trying to “save a billion-dollar franchise.”  And how do you go about that?  With a character description that will have you scratching your head.

Hit the jump to learn more about the movie and to check out the Terminator: Genisys images from EW, which provide a first look at the characters.  The film opens July 1, 2015 and stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.

Poster Round-Up: Michael Mann’s BLACKHAT, Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER, and Alex Garland’s EX MACHINA

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Some new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • BlackhatChris Hemsworth‘s head looms large in the poster Michael Mann‘s upcoming film about cyberterrorism.  The movie opens January 16, 2015 also stars Viola Davis, Tang Wei, and Wang Leehom.
  • FoxcatcherSteve Carell takes center stage as the creepy John du Pont in Bennett Miller‘s tragic story of ambition and failure.  The film opens November 14th, and also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.  Click here to read my review from TIFF.
  • Ex MachinaAlicia Vikander has a case of robot-neck in the U.K. poster for Alex Garland‘s new sci-fi film.  The movie opens on April 10, 2015, and also stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson. [We've added the U.S. teaser poster as well as the official synopsis]

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Watch Video from Yesterday’s Marvel Event Including Downey and Evans Welcoming Boseman, and Kevin Feige’s Q&A

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Yesterday, we brought you plenty of stories regarding Marvel’s big event where they laid out all of Phase Three, announced Chadwick Boseman was playing Black Panther, and provided details on other upcoming movies.  Now video from the event has gone online, and you can watch these announcements in full along with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige‘s Q&A.

Hit the jump to check out the videos along with links to all of our recent Marvel coverage.

Fun Size Horror Film 4: Jackson Lanzing’s “Still Alive”

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Our Fun Size Horror lineup continues with “Still Alive” directed by Jackson Lanzing.   Lanzing is a screenwriter and comics creator primarily known as the co-writer of Freakshow (w/ David Server) and Hacktivist (w/ Collin Kelly and Alyssa Milano).  Other comics titles include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: NAA, Maze Runner, and Penguins of Madagascar. He is also the creative director at Jump! Creative, an award-winning production and marketing company in Los Angeles.  Still Alive represents his first directorial work in five years.

Hit the jump to check out Lanzing’s Fun Size Horror segment, “Still Alive.”  It stars Mary Kate Wiles and Jocelyn Kelvin.  Hurry!  It’s only up for 24 hours!

Fun Size Horror Film 3: Jackson Stewart’s “Ninja Masters”

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Our Fun Size Horror lineup continues with “Ninja Masters.”  I’ve actually known director Jackson Stewart for some time now (and was assigned this short randomly), so while I can tell you that he’s one of Larchmont Village’s most accomplished raconteurs, you might be more interested in his official bio.  Jackson Stewart is a writer/director hailing from Tucson, Arizona.  He’s written for the SyFy channel, the CW and the web series Black Box TV.  Recently, his short film Sex Boss premiered at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.  Additionally, he’s beaten Ninja Gaiden 1 & 2 for Nintendo without the aid of Game Genie or cheat codes.

Hit the jump to check out Stewart’s Fun Size Horror segment, “Ninja Masters.”  It stars Brea Grant (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2), Megan Lee Joy, Katie Stegeman (Contracted) and Erin Braswell.  Hurry!  It’s only up for 24 hours!

Jason Bateman Lets Shareholders Control His Life In IPO MAN

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This could be good, although it’s interesting to see Fox Searchlight apparently mining material that would have been a mid-budget studio movie ten years ago.  Jason Bateman (who recently made his directorial debut with Bad Words) will direct and star in IPO Man, which is based on the Wired Magazine article Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate To Investors At $1 A Share.  That article is based off of a real life situation in which a guy named Mike Merrill offered up himself in 100,000 $1 shares, sold 938 of them, and declined to grant the shares of himself that he actually owned any kind of voting power.  The result?  Well the experiment is apparently still underway but he did lose his girlfriend in the ensuing chaos.

The movie will be written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster.  No word on if this is tonally another Yes Man or if it skews a bit darker.  Hit the jump for more on Jason Bateman in IPO Man.

Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2015 to 2020

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There’s no denying that the most popular genre around these days is that of the superhero movie.  Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy proved that comic book adaptations could be just as dramatic and heavy as non-genre films, Marvel Studios jumpstarted a massive interconnected series of superhero movies that were significantly more colorful and humorous, and audiences have been turning out to both kinds of superhero movies in droves.  With every major studio now working to turn its own comic book properties into the next big thing, it’s sometimes tough to keep track of what’s coming out when, who’s in it, and how it fits into the overall picture.  Not to worry, though, because we here at Collider have you covered.

After the jump, you’ll find a comprehensive guide of superhero movie release dates for every major comic book adaptation on the calendar, going all the way up to the year 2020.  Moreover, we’ll be updating this guide regularly with the most current information, so if you’re ever looking for the latest news on a specific film, you can come right back here for a quick overview.

First AGENT CARTER TV Spot Reminds Us That Hayley Atwell Is the Right Woman For the Job

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Things have been strangely quiet out of the Marvel camp today so I figured I would slake the thirst you’ve been accumulation over the past few uneventful hours with the first Agent Carter TV Spot.  If you’re not watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  I imagine it’s refreshing to get your first glimpse of his character since Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Other than that it’s sort of hard to get a bead on the narrative thrust, save for the show’s period setting.

Check out the Agent Carter TV Spot after the jump.  The show stars Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, James D’Arcy,  Chad Michael MurrayEnver Gjokai, and Shea Whigham.  Agent Carter debuts on ABC in January of 2015.

Marvel Says No Black Widow or Hulk Standalone Films in the Works

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Marvel Studios announced a number of new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe earlier today, but it also confirmed a couple of characters that won’t be getting their own movies anytime soon.  The studio has long talked about the possibility of a standlone Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was always non-committal about the prospect.  The same can be said for Hulk, who was successfully rebooted in The Avengers thanks to Mark Ruffalo and Joss Whedon.  The character was a standout in the 2012 superhero team-up movie, and fans began asking when we might see a new Hulk movie from Marvel.  Feige made similar comments about that prospect, saying it was a possibility but that nothing was in the works at the moment.

And now, on the cusp of new Marvel films like Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Inhumans, Feige says there will not be a Black Widow movie nor a Hulk movie anytime soon.  More after the jump.

Watch Thanos Flaunt His Infinity Gauntlet in Footage from the AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Announcement; Film Is the “Culmination” of the MCU

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This morning, Marvel Studios broke a lot of news during a presentation to press and VIPs.  While we’ve covered the big announcements, we haven’t yet been able to actually see what was shown to the people in attendance.  However, video has now surfaced of the short teaser announcement for Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Part II, which shows the villainous Thanos wielding the colorful Infinity Gauntlet—the key to his power that sets the Infinity War storyline into motion.  Additionally, in a new press release Marvel has revealed a tiny bit about the two-part Infinity War event film, saying it’s “the culmination of everything that has come before.”

Hit the jump to watch the Thanos Infinity War video and to see what Marvel has to say about the films.

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