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9/16/2014

DC Comics to Bring 'Lucifer' TV Series to Fox


Yet another DC Comics series is coming to the small screen, and it's one that got a start in the pages of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, which is already being made into a movie. Deadline reports that Tom Kapinos (Californication) will write and exec-produce a pilot for Lucifer, based on Mike Carey's comics series.

Lucifer was largely based on the Paradise Lost version of the fallen angel, with some very obvious changes. The character Lucifer Morningstar first appeared in the pages of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen back in 1962, but the modern version of him debuted in Gaiman's Sandman more than twenty years later. Carey spun the character off into a series that ran for more than six years, chronicling Lucifer's story as he abandons Hell to experience more earthly adventures. The TV show will be based on the comic and follow Lucifer as he opens a piano bar in Los Angeles with the aid of his female consort.

So add one more to Warner Bros. and DC's growing stable of shows that includes Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Gotham, and potential series featuring Supergirl and Nightwing. Lucifer was designed to resemble David Bowie

Director's Cut of Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Hits October 2nd


By now those who had any interest in Lars von Trier's...uhhh, let's call it "polarizing" sexual dramedy Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 & 2 probably caught them already. Both editions hit theaters and VOD earlier this year in edited form, while fuller versions played at Venice. But those who decided to wait for the real deal, the full unedited director's cut won't have to wait much longer as it arrives next month.

The 5 1/2 hour extended cut of Nymphomaniac will get a multiplatform international release on October 2nd. The erotic epic will hit U.S., Canada, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, and of course von Trier's native Denmark, and I'm sure they couldn't be prouder. More territories will follow in the coming weeks but you'll have to go to Denmark to see it in theaters, or hit up Fantastic Fest where it will debut later this week.

Nymphomaniac stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, and Stacy Martin, and follows a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac as she recounts her sexual history to a complete stranger.

Sean Maher Boards 'ISRA-88'; Ciaran Hinds will 'Bleed for This'; Margaret Qualley Joins 'The Nice Guys'



 Joss Whedon fave Sean Maher (Firefly, Much Ado About Nothing) will star in the indie sci-fi thriller ISRA-88, from director Thomas Zellen. He'll play Dr. Abe Anderson, a scientist part of the titular starship's two-man crew who begins to lose his mind during the years long mission to find the end of the universe. Sounds intriguing.

Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones, Munich) has joined the Vinny Pazienza biopic, Bleed for This, which stars Miles Teller as the famous boxing champion. Hinds will play Paz's father, Angelo, with Aaron Eckhart as the fighter's trainer, Kevin Rooney. Pazienza (now legally known as Vinny Paz) was middleweight champion until he suffered a terrible auto accident and was left with a broken neck. Doctors told him he'd never fight again but Paz fought his way back into the ring. Hinds can be seen in theaters now in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

Margaret Qualley, who is great on HBO's The Leftovers (don't spoil the finale, I haven't watched it yet!!), has joined Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys. Directed and co-written by Shane Black (Iron Man 3) with his writing partner Anthony Bagarozzi, the 1970s noir follows an ex-alcoholic and a current alcoholic private detective as they try to solve the suspicious death of a porn star.

Cara Delevingne Joins 'Paper Towns'; Ben Kingsley and Brie Larson Cross 'Brooklyn Bridge'



Now that John Green's book The Fault in Our Stars has mopped up $299M worth of audience tears (only a $12M budget, by the way), the author is a hot commodity in Hollywood. Already a couple of adaptations are on the way, but the next one is Paper Towns which has long had Nat Wolff (he played Isaac in The Fault in Our Stars) set for the lead role. Now British model and actress Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina) will join him, taking on the role of Margo Spiegelman, the mysterious girl next door who goes missing, prompting her neighbor and crush Quentin (Wolff) to find her using clues he thinks she left behind. Directed by Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank), Paper Towns opens July 31st 2015. [TheWrap]

Earlier this year Daniel Radcliffe joined the period drama Brooklyn Bridge, playing engineer Washington Roebling, the man who oversaw the bridge's construction after his father suddenly died. Now he'll be accompanied by Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley, coming aboard the film written and directed by Doug McGrath. Koebling became obsessed with finishing his father's designs for the bridge, even at the cost of his own health and family. Kingsley's role remains unclear but Larson will play one of Robel's unexpected allies.

'True Detective' Season 2 Rumor Includes Rosario Dawson, Brit Marling, Jessica Biel, and More



 Like the mysteries of HBO's True Detective, the role of the female lead in season two has been a bit murky. Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams were the most recent actresses said to be vying for the part, but now a whole new list of names have emerged, some who have done darker roles before and some who would be traveling that road for the first time.

According to The Wrap, Rosario Dawson, Brit Marling, Jessica Biel, Oona Chaplin, Kelly Reilly, Jessica, Malin Akerman, and Jaimie Alexander are in contention, with Moss and McAdams possibly still in the mix. It seems like a natural fit for Marling, whose films The East and Sound of My Voice share a similar moody tone and sense of mystery. The site, in their awful video hosted by Jeff Sneider, suggest that Dawson is the frontrunner but she's also got Marvel's Daredevil so who knows how that would work out. Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter) is best known for her stint as Talisa on HBO's Game of Thrones, making her familiar to the network. All of these actresses would make interesting options but Marling seems like the closest fit to play "Ani Bezzerides, a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol". Outside of her, Reilly could be a sleeper pick. She's been great in everything from Flight to Calvary, and she's free for a new series after ABC cancelled Black Box last month.

 Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Vince Vaughn, and director Justin Lin seem to be locked in for True Detective, which is expected to go into production soon.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Direct Tom Hiddleston in King Kong Prequel, 'Skull Island'


This past Comic-Con was mostly devoid of true surprises, but one certainly did come at the end of Legendary's panel. It was then that the studio behind Godzilla and Pacific Rim announced their latest gigantic project with gigantic creatures, a King Kong prequel titled Skull Island. And now as the film moves forward it has just landed a major, fan-favorite lead in Tom Hiddleston, and red-hot director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Legendary and Universal have announced Hiddleston as the star of Skull Island, although it should be noted the press release doesn't mention that title which means they could be changing it. Whatever it's called, the film is expected to explore King Kong's origins on the monster-filled island, and presumably his first encounters with humans. While Hiddleston is the name most people will be familiar with because of The Avengers, it's Vogt-Roberts who is the more intriguing get. He won a lot of people over with his amazing debut, The Kings of Summer, and now he's making a similar transition to blockbusters as Gareth Edwards made on Godzilla.Vogt-Roberts is also set to direct Metal Gear Solid at some point, and Skull Island will be a good opportunity to get acclimated to the studio system.

No word on when filming begins but Skull Island is set to open on November 4th 2016, and hopefully it's just a step towards the King Kong vs. Godzilla vs. Pacific Rim battle we all want to see.


Matthew McConaughey Explores Space in New 'Interstellar' Poster



Is Christopher Nolan's Interstellar going to be part of the Best Picture race? With so many potential awards movies having recently premiered on the festival circuit, Interstellar won't be seen until it opens in two months, which theoretically should make it a contender. Normally sci-fi has had a tough time breaking in but last year's Gravity may opened the doors for the genre to be a factor in more than just technical categories. We'll find out soon enough but for now Paramount Pictures has revealed a new poster which puts Matthew McConaughey front, center, and in a space suit.

"The end of the Earth will not be the end of us."  Interstellar follows a group of explorers who head into space to find a new home planet when the Earth becomes inhabitable.  They'll travel through some kind of wormhole to “surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage”.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, and Topher Grace, Interstellar opens November 7th.

Marvel Reveals the Official 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Synopsis


How powerful has Marvel been this year? They've got the two highest-grossing movies of 2014 in Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and chances are they'll do it again in 2015 with Avengers: Age of Ultron. The superhero team-up will kick off the summer in explosive style, and now Marvel is giving us just a tiny look at what to expect with the official plot synopsis. Check it out below:

“Marvel Studios presents ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

“Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.”


This basically confirms what we already knew, which is that Tony Stark will be the catalyst for this story when his peace-keeping program gains sentience and becomes Ultron. But what we don't know about are these "uneasy alliances" the team must form to defeat him. Is that a reference to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver? Or possibly the Vision, who it's hinted at is created from Stark's old A.I. system, JARVIS. 

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1st 2015. 

9/15/2014

Jason Schwartzman is a Total Jerk in Trailer for 'Listen Up Philip'



With the end of the year rapidly approaching, the last few major Sundance films are starting to trickle out into theaters. The latest is Alex Ross Perry's acidic dramedy, Listen Up Philip, which received some of the best reviews of the festival for both director and star Jason Schwartzman. Much like the recent Park City favorite, Frank, the film explores the occasionally twisted, selfish nature of the creatively gifted. Schwartzman plays a successful, arrogant jerk of an author who is dealing with the promotion of his second novel, a crumbling relationship with his photographer girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss), and the presence of his mentor (Jonathan Pryce) who isn't all he's cracked up to be.

Perry seems to be going for a Woody Allen vibe here, and Schwartzman is usually at his best in just this kind of role.  Listen Up Philip opens on October 17th.

Fifth 'Bourne' Film to Reunite Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass!


Ever since Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass exited the Jason Bourne franchise after The Bourne Ultimatum, they've been fielding questions about a comeback. The constant speculation about it didn't leave a lot of room for Jeremy Renner's debut in The Bourne Legacy to get established, and while the film did okay it was one of the franchise's weakest. Meanwhile Damon has mostly stuck to saying he would only return if Paul Greengrass was with him, that is finally happening.

Deadline reports that Damon and Greengrass are coming back for a fifth Bourne film, and after so many denials by them and producer Frank Marshall this comes as a huge shock. The plan being put together by Universal would have Damon and Greengrass' move into the July 15th 2016 spot that was occupied by Renner and Justin Lin's film. So what is going to happen with that one? It's still in the works but will be pushed back until the original crew's is finished. Not sure how Lin and Renner are going to take being bumped aside as if they're the JV League, but let's be honest that nothing they were going to do would top what Damon and Greengrass have already accomplished.

This is still pretty fresh and additional details are bound to spill out soon.