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4/28/2015

First New 'Dragon Ball' Series in 18 Years Arrives this Summer


There's a brand new Dragon Ball anime series on the way, and it should come as no surprise given the worldwide success of the most recent movies, 'Battle of Gods' and 'Resurrection of F'. Toei Animation has announced Dragon Ball Super, which will be the first new Dragon Ball series in 18 years.

Developed by Dragon Ball creator  Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball Super will totally ignore the events of Dragon Ball GT, which was apparently unofficial anyway (news to me), and take place a few years after Goku's victory over Majin Buu. The Earth will be going through a period of peace, but that's obviously not going to continue.

Dragon Ball Super will debut in Japan this July.

Xavier Dolan's 'It's Only the End of the World' to Star Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, and More


Xavier Dolan's last film, Mommy, found its way into my Top 5 movies of 2014, so I was especially disappointed at the lack of attention it received in the Oscars race. While it was expected that his next film would be The Death and Life of John F. Donovan starring Jessica Chastain, that's not going to be the case. Instead, Dolan has gathered an A-list ensemble for Just La Fin Du Monde (It's Only the End of the World), with filming to begin soon.

Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Lea Seydoux, Gaspard Ulliel, and Nathalie Baye will star in the film which is based on Jean-Luc Lagarce's play about a writer who returns home to announce his upcoming death to his family. Resentment causes the reunion to go in a different direction than planned. 

Filming begins at the end of May, and Dolan sounds pretty excited to work with the starriest cast he's yet had. 

“I’m absolutely thrilled about ‘It’s Only the End of the World,’ especially for the work with the actors. It is my utmost priority and most visceral passion to work with inspiring talent on set and not only direct them, but, as an actor-director, act with and through them, even from the other side of the mirror.” [Variety]

Get a Close-Up of the Vision in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Images


With more than $200M already in the bank, Marvel is set to unleash Avengers: Age of Ultron on the world in just a few days. Hopefully not too much of the film has been spoiled by the barrage of clips (more than a dozen!), one of which featured our first good look at Paul Bettany's android Vision in action. Now comes a bunch of new photos which give us a close-up look at the Avenger.

What more do you need to know at this point? Avengers: Age of Ultron screens tonight here in DC and opens on May 1st!











Enter to Win Jennifer Lopez's 'The Boy Next Door' on Blu-Ray!


You have a chance to win a Blu-Ray/DVD of Jennifer Lopez's new thriller, The Boy Next Door! SYNOPSIS: Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in The Boy Next Door, a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) and written by Barbara Curry, the film also stars Ryan Guzman, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth.

To enter, simply follow the instructions in the contest form below. Winners will be selected and contacted by email on Thursday, April 30th.

The Boy Next Door is available in stores now!

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Vanilla Ice Comes Out in Support of Adam Sandler's 'Ridiculous 6', Probably Because He's In It


Noted Native American activist, occasional rapper, actor, and TV reality star Vanilla Ice has come out in defense of Adam Sandler's film, Ridiculous 6.  The film has been under fire of late, not just for being unfunny, but for being insensitive and downright demeaning of Native American culture. It got so bad that a dozen of the Native actors decided it was better to leave than be part of it. While Netflix came out with a statement in support of Sandlers vision *snicker*, the script was leaked and confirmed just how lousy and insulting the whole thing is.

So what Sandler really needs is for the "Ice Ice Baby" guy, and the co-star of his terrible comedy That's My Boy, to speak up in support. Ice tells TMZ...

“It’s a comedy. I don’t think anybody really had any ill feeling or any intent or anything. This movie isn’t [Dances] With Wolves, it’s a comedy. They’re not there to showcase anything about anybody they’re just making a funny movie.”

And look, if anybody can see both sides of this situation it's Vanilla Ice because he's part Native American. He tweeted about his Chactaw heritage while posing for pictures from the set of the film, in which he plays Mark Twain. Yep, Vanilla Ice is Mark Twain. Why would anybody think this movie is stupid? [IndianCountry]

New Posters for 'Magic Mike XXL', 'Poltergeist', 'Cop Car', and More


Big rundown of new posters this morning so let's get right to it.

First up are two new posters for Magic Mike XXL featuring ex-wrestler Kevin Nash as Tarzan and Joe Manganiello as "Big Dick" Richie. The film is directed by Greg Jacobs and reunites the gang from the first film (minus Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer) with newcomers Donald Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard, Michael Strahan, Elizabeth Banks, and more. Magic Mike XXL strips down on July 1st. SYNOPSIS: Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, “Magic Mike XXL” finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.


A classic scene is reimagined on the new poster for the Poltergeist remake. Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Saxon Sharbino, and Kennedi Clements star in the horror produced by Sam Raimi and directed by Gil Kenan. Poltergeist opens May 22nd. SYNOPSIS: Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.


Here's a poster for Viggo Mortensen's first French-language film, Far from Men, which recently played at the Tribeca Film Festival. I saw it just yesterday so expect a review very soon. Directed by David Oelhoffen and co-starring Reda Kateb (A Prophet), the film takes place during Algeria's war for independence from France. Mortensen plays a schoolteacher in a small village who must cross dangerous territory to accompany a Muslim dissident to the authorities. Far from Men opens May 1st.


One of the wildest experiences I had at Sundance earlier this year was Jon Watts' thriller, Cop Car. Not necessarily the best, but while it worked (admittedly brief) the film was quite the ride. Kevin Bacon stars as a dirty cop who gets up to his neck in trouble when two rambunctious kids steal his cop car and the incriminating evidence inside it. Oops. Expect a review closer to release this summer.

The beautiful Gemma Arteron is featured on the poster for Anne Fontaine's Gemma Bovery. Based on Posy Simmonds' acclaimed graphic novel, this update on Flaubert's Madame Bovary centers on the titular Norman woman who escapes from her bored married life by engaging in a number of affairs. Gemma Bovery opens May 29th.


Finally! My boy Franklin gets his own poster for The Peanuts Movie! Not to mention Violet, who is basically the meaner version of Lucy. The Peanuts Movie is produced by Paul Feig and opens November 6th. SYNOPSIS: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle ­ and flying ace ­embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.  From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.


The buzz is slowly building for Bill Pohlad's biopic Love & Mercy, which stars John Cusack and Paul Dano as troubled Beach Boys member Brian Wilson. Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks, and Jake Abel co-star in the film which spans Wilson's career and his battle with mental illness. Love and Mercy opens on June 5th.

Live-Action 'Death Note' Lands 'You're Next' Director Adam Wingard


Warner Bros. has been trying for years to mount an American reboot of the weird supernatural manga, Death Note. Shane Black (Iron Man 3) had been attached for some time until creative conflicts forced him to leave, and most recently Gus Van Sant's name emerged as a contender to replace him, which would have been a strange fit. Now THR reports that You're Next and The Guest director Adam Wingard has agreed to take on the job.

The Death Note manga debuted in 2003 from Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata, and it centers on high school student Light Yagami, a genius who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone whose name is written in it. The book belonged to a bored spirit of death named Ryuk, who accompanies Light on his quest to rid the world of criminals with the stroke of a pen.

The manga has previously been adapted into a popular anime, a video game, and a trio of live-action Japanese films.  The American version has a script written most recently by Jeremy Slater, a writer on the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.  Wingard will begin production on Death Note after he finished up his next horror project, The Woods.

4/27/2015

Failed New Coke Launch Becoming a Movie from 'Zombieland' and 'Deadpool' Writers


Still mocked some thirty years after its launch, New Coke remains one of the greatest product debacles of all-time. Nothing comes close in the modern era, and companies probably use it as a cautionary tale for market leaders that dare to rock the boat too much. It was when Coca-Cola, who were already number one in the soft drink market, flipped the switch on a new formula they hoped would put Pepsi on the shelf for good. Boy were they wrong, and the story of their failure is now about to become a movie.

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, writers behind Zombieland and Deadpool, have acquired the rights to Thomas Oliver's 1987 book, The Real Coke, The Real Story, with plans to turn it into a feature film. Oliver accounts Coke's terrible marketing bust, a failed attempt to lure in the younger demographic who were turning to the much hipper Pepsi brand. 

Pepsi's clever "Pepsi Challenge" campaign, which saw ads with people choosing Pepsi in blind taste tests, led to Coke perceiving Pepsi as a genuine threat....which they weren't. Coke drinkers didn't just reject the new formula, they took to the streets in protest. Could you imagine something like that happening today over a new soft drink? Sure, there would be online petitions and somebody would probably blog about it, but actual protests? So this is a pretty interesting story, and let's hope this gets moving before everything goes flat. 

"Drift King" Brian Tee is the New Shredder in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2'


So it's been nine years since Brian Tee played the "Drift King" in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, it remains the role he'll always be remembered for. At least by me. Tee, who recently had a role in The Wolverine and will appear in this summer's Jurassic World, has now taken over the role of Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.

Tee replaces Tohoru Masamune who played the Turtle villain in the prior film. He joins Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell, and Tyler Perry in the sequel to the $485M-grossing blockbuster, which will be directed by David Green (Earth to Echo) and produced by Michael Bay. Shredder is a martial arts master and leader of the evil Foot Clan. He's expected to get some help this time around from Bebop and Rocksteady, although the presence of the extraterrestrial creature known as Krang hasn't been confirmed.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 opens June 3rd 2016. [Variety]

'Independence Day 2' Adds 'It Follows' Star Maika Monroe


Only a few months into 2015 and already we know one of the year's breakout stars, and it's It Follows' Maika Monroe. The 21-year-old actress made her first real splash in Ramin Bahrani's drama, At Any Price, and had a role in Jason Reitman's Labor Day, but now she's signed on for her first blockbuster in Roland Emerich's Independence Day sequel.

Monroe has taken an unspecified role in Independence Day 2, which opens June 24th 2016, twenty years after he original. She joins Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Travis Tope, Joey King, and returnees Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Judd Hirsch, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum.  While plot details remain under wraps, the film is no longer being split into two parts as Emmerich had originally planned. Carter Blanchard wrote the most recent version of the screenplay.

The next chance to check out Monroe will be next January in the YA adaptation The 5th Wave starring Chloe Grace Moretz.