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8/03/2015

Ronda Rousey to play herself in Biopic written by Mark Bomback


Beth Correia talked a big game, but when it came to facing down UFC champ Ronda Rousey this past weekend, she got knocked out in 34-seconds flat. Now Rousey is looking to score a knockout on Hollywood with news that her best-selling memoir, My Fight/Your Fight, has been acquired by Paramount Pictures to become a feature film. What's more, Rousey will be playing herself because what other actress could possibly fill the shoes of the baddest woman on the planet?

The report comes from Variety, who say that Rousey will star in and produce the film along with Mary Parent. And there's more top notch talent attached as Mark Bomback, writer of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Wolverine, has been hired to adapt the screenplay. The story will follow Rousey's meteoric rise to fame, plus her many battles inside and outside the Octagon.

Rousey, the undefeated UFC Bantamweight champion, took to Twitter to confirm the news....

"Great news - #MyFightYourFight is gunna be a movie!"

This won't be her first rodeo on the big screen. Rousey has already had a big year with roles in Furious 7 and Entourage, while she had a featured part in The Expendables 3 just last summer. She recently landed a starring role in Peter Berg's action film, Mile 22, opposite Mark Wahlberg and The Raid's Iko Uwais.

Hawkman Role cast in 'DC's Legends of Tomorrow'


You could always have Hawkgirl without Hawkman, but the two are so much better together. CW's upcoming team-up series, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, has cast Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall aka Hawkman. Hentschel had a small role in Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, and he had a recurring part in the recently-cancelled CBS series, Reckless.

Hawkman will debut in the Arrow and The Flash crossover episodes that will be a setup for the new time-hopping team, before moving on to DC's Legends of Tomorrow fully. Carter Hall is the latest reincarnation of an Egyptian Prince who is fated to reincarnate throughout time along with his soulmate, Kendra Saunders, who will be played by the previously-cast Ciara Renee. Like her, Hawkman is able to tap into the powers of the Hawk God, Horus.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow follows a team of heroes and villain brought together by time traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) to stop the threat of the villainous Vandal Savage: Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory, Heat Wave), Victor Garber (Martin Stein/Firestorm), and Franz Drameh (Jay Jackson) round out the cast.

New Trailer for Neil LaBute's 'Dirty Weekend' starring Alice Eve and Matthew Broderick


Confrontational and provocative as ever, Neil LaBute's latest, Dirty Weekend, has already been picking up steam on the festival circuit. Reuniting with his Some Velvet Morning star, Alice Eve, who is joined by Matthew Broderick, the film explores sexuality between two colleagues during a weekend in which many secrets are revealed. Here's the synopsis:

Colleagues Les (Matthew Broderick) and Natalie (Alice Eve) are delayed in the Albuquerque airport. Restless, irritated, and unable to stand the service workers he meets at every turn, Les heads downtown. Natalie refuses to leave his side and discovers that his supposedly aimless wandering has more of a point than he is willing to admit. Natalie conceals secrets of her own, though neither can keep them quiet for long. A rapport grows between this unlikely pair, and soon they search out a spark of excitement in this most unlikely of locales.

Many of LaBute's films have a deep, dark, and ugly perspective, and there are certainly indications of that in this trailer. However, many of the early reviews have noted LaBute is going for something a bit softer, funnier, and perhaps even hopeful. That would be an interesting turn. Dirty Weekend hits theaters and VOD on September 4th.

Scoot McNairy's 'Batman v Superman' Role may have been Revealed


Does it seem like speculation on the characters in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been ramped up to another level lately? Just a few days ago rumors began spreading about Jena Malone and Callan Mulvey's roles in the superhero film, and now it looks Scoot McNairy's turn has come around again. Last year a story surfaced that claimed McNairy, who was spotted on set wearing bright green leggings for later digital work, would be playing reporter Jimmy Olsen. Now a fresh update on that story could bring his role into clearer focus.

According to Heroic Hollywood, every detail about the earlier rumor, which came from a different source, is absolutely true. McNairy is playing Olsen, the Daily Planet reporter who is often seen as Clark Kent's best civilian pal.  As for the green socks McNairy was wearing? It's because this version of Olsen was a victim of the devastation caused by the fight between Superman and Zod in Man of Steel. His legs were destroyed after they were pinned under fallen rubble, and now he uses prosthetics to get around. How much you want to bet those prosthetics were designed by LexCorp?  But unlike Luthor, Olsen doesn't blame Superman for what happened. Instead he's grateful that the Kryptonian saved the world from destruction.

It's all still speculation at this point, but this does look like one rumor that may actually pan out. We'll find out for sure when the film opens next year on March 25th.

Ridley Scott could shoot 'Prometheus 2' in early 2016


A few years have passed since Ridley Scott returned to the Alien universe with Prometheus, a film that it's charitable to say was met with "mixed" response from critics and audiences alike. There has been a lot of talk of a sequel ever since, and there was even a March 2016 release date set at one point, but as usual when it comes to Scott, his schedule got crowded very quickly. He decided to direct The Martian, instead, and recently became attached to the El Chapo film, The Cartel. There have been other changes, too, such as the emergence of Neill Blomkamp's Alien sequel. So where does Prometheus 2 fit in now?

In the recent print edition of Total Film it's revealed that Scott plans to film the Prometheus sequel in January 2016. He's quoted as saying “I’ve got back into the sci-fi thing, I kind of adore it", which is obvious given his continued development of a Blade Runner sequel, as well.  But what would this start date, assuming it's accurate, mean for Blomkamp's film? Could they both be developed at the same time leading to a potential crossover of sorts? What would it mean for The Cartel? And given Scott's penchant for piling on projects, what's to stop him from agreeing to do something else?

A screenplay by Jack Paglen (Transcendence) and Michael Green is good to go but it still seems like a lot of pieces need to be put in order. Noomi Rapace is expected to return and so is Michael Fassbender, but otherwise any hard details remain scarce. [Scified]

Deadpool insults Fox in the Teaser for tomorrow's Red Band Trailer


For a taste of the crude, irreverent humor you're going to see in tomorrow's Deadpool red band trailer, look no further than this "trailer trailer" featuring Ryan Reynolds as the infamous Merc with a Mouth. The footage, which was shown at Comic-Con last month as a lead-in to the trailer, features Deadpool as the fourth-wall-breaking narrator. Even in this brief tease it gets pretty vulgar so watch it in the comfort of your own home, or with the speakers turned down. You can check out my recap of the Deadpool presentation here, along with the rest of my report on Fox's panel.

Directed by Tim Miller and opening February 12th 2016, Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds, Brianna Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin, Andre Tricoteux, Gina Carano, Ed Skrein, and TJ Miller.


DEADPOOL Teaser TRAILER by itsartmag

'Jurassic World' Sequel may go outside the Theme Park with open-sourced Dinosaurs


Now that Jurassic World has solidified its place as the third highest-grossing film of all-time, plans are already underway for a sequel. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas are set to return, and so is Colin Trevorrow, although he'll step aside as director and focus on developing the story. As for what that story could entail, Trevorrow revealed to Wired that it could see the action go beyond the amusement park, and explore the idea of others who can create dinosaurs just as easily.

"[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island," Trevorrow said. "That’ll get old real fast....I feel like the idea that this isn’t always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment. And when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponise it and later on we found it could be used for energy....And this isn’t something necessarily that was in the book but is a seed that I wanted to plant in this movie, is that might be able to grow in more of these movies if they decide to make more of them, is: What if this went open source? It's almost like InGen is Mac, but what if PC gets their hands on it? What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?"

"And Dr Wu says in the film, when he's warning Dr Mesrani, 'we’re not always going to be the only ones who can make a dinosaur'. I think that’s an interesting idea that even if we don’t explore fully in this film, there is room for this universe to expand. I shouldn’t use the word universe, because people will think we’re making a Jurassic World universe -- we’re not."

It also doesn't sound as if it's guaranteed that Trevorrow will have any hands-on influence on the next film, but he at least wants to be there in setting it up...

"Whether or not I am involved in later installments or not, I felt it was important for me to set the table...I know they’re going to want to make them, I know that Stephen definitely wants to make several of these movies, and I want to do my job in setting the table for something that can be rich and thoughtful and interesting."

Jurassic World 2 opens June 22nd 2018.

Robert De Niro works for Anne Hathaway in new Trailer for 'The Intern'


Growing older is difficult enough, but growing older and feeling useless is far worse. In Nancy Meyers' new comedy, The Intern, Robert De Niro is a 70-year-old widower thrust back into the job market and faced with the challenge of starting on the ground floor with people a fraction of his age.

So while this is clearly the perfect setup for a broad fish-out-of-water comedy about aging, this trailer suggests a maturer effort. De Niro takes a job as an intern at an online fashion site well beyond his speed, but he forges an unlikely friendship with the company's founder (Anne Hathaway) that changes both of their lives. It's a nice change of pace for De Niro, getting him away from some of the terrible family comedies he's been a part of lately, and also for Hathaway who hasn't starred in a film this light since 2010's Love & Other Drugs.

Also starring Adam DeVine, Rene Russo, and Nat Wolff, The Intern opens September 25th.

8/02/2015

Ben Stiller is freaking stupid in the first 'Zoolander 2' Trailer


What do Stephen Hawking and dufus supermodel Derek Zoolander have in common? Well, they're both humans...and that's about where the similarities end. Over the weekend the first teaser trailer for Ben Stiller's Zoolander 2 leaked and was quickly taken down. But now it's back in official form, signaling the return of the ridiculously good-looking one.

There doesn't appear to be any actual footage in this teaser, just some odd narration by Hawking (presumably?) leading up to a contentious exchange between him and Zoolander, who can't seem to figure out the title of his own movie. It's a worthy but not especially funny introduction to just how stupid Zoolander can be, but it doesn't do much to convince that this was a necessary sequel.

The original film came out back in 2001 and while there was some clamor from fans for a follow-up, Paramount Pictures was reluctant for obvious reasons. Zoolander was hardly a smash success, and comedy sequels rarely perform as well as their predecessors. This one is directed by Justin Theroux (from HBO's The Leftovers and writer of Tropic Thunder) and brings back Owen Wilson as Hansel, Will Ferrell as Mugatu, Christine Taylor, and Billy Zane. Cameos abound, of course, with appearances expected from Kristen Wiig, Olivia Munn, Penelope Cruz, Justin Bieber, and super-couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. As for the plot, that much is being kept a secret but rumors are it has to do with a rival modeling agency looking to take Zoolander and Hansel out.

Zoolander 2 opens February 12th.


'Zoolander 2' - Teaser tráiler V.O. (HD) by El Séptimo Arte

Free advance Screening of Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places' starring Charlize Theron


We're happy to offer our DC readers a chance to attend a free advance screening of Dark Places, starring Charlize Theron, Chloe Moretz, and Nicholas Hoult. Based on the suspense novel from Gone Girl author, Gillian Flynn, the story centers on a woman convinced by a mysterious group known as the "Kill Club" to uncover the truth behind the murder of her family.

The screening takes place on Thursday, August 6th at 7:00pm at Landmark E Street Cinema. If you're interested in attending, simply enter using the contest form below. Winners will be selected and notified by email on Tuesday, August 4th.

Dark Places opens in theaters on August 7th.

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