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6/26/2019

Noah Hawley Met With Marvel's Kevin Feige, Possibly About His 'Doctor Doom' Movie


In the wake of Fox's acquisition by Disney, most of the X-Men projects still in development were put on ice. Sorry, Gambit fans.  One of those that sounded a lot more promising was a Doctor Doom movie from Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley. While he's currently wrapping up the final season of Legion and preparing for the awards season release of his Natalie Portman drama Lucy in the Sky, Hawley still found time to meet with Marvel and has some hope for Doctor Doom yet.

Speaking with THR, Hawley reveals he has met with Marvel Studios' lead guru Kevin Feige to discuss the superhero genre, and of course Doctor Doom had to have come up in the conversation...

"I did sit down with [Marvel Studios' president] Kevin Feige recently and I said that I look at myself as sort of the Marvel R&D department. I know the genre can do all of these amazing things that [the Marvel Cinematic Universe] is doing, but my feeling is, what else can we do with it? Can we make it surreal? Can we make it musical? Not as a gimmick, but all of these techniques are about putting you into the subjective experience of these characters."

He continued, " I wrote a script about Doctor Doom, an antihero story I really like, and we're still talking about making it. I'm trying to get out from under this movie I made and this last season of Legion, and Fargo is coming back up… but for better or worse, these are the stories we want to hear right now. I think you can bury your head in the sand and say, 'That's unfortunate for our culture because they're simplistic.' Some people say that. I don't look at it that way. I think they are morality tales on a larger scale, and it's better to be part of the conversation than pretend the conversation isn't happening."

Earlier this year Hawley didn't seem so sure his vision for Doctor Doom fit with the Marvel plan, but perhaps that's what he and Feige were discussing.

6/25/2019

Kevin Feige On 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' As An Epilogue To 'Avengers: Endgame'


While the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe post-Endgame is only just coming into shape, we aren't quite done with Phase 3 just yet. While the Avengers films may look like natural endpoints for each Phase, rarely does that actually turns out to be the case, and that continues now as the actual conclusion will be next month's Spider-Man: Far from Home.

We've been hearing for months that it serves as more of an epilogue to Avengers: Endgame than the beginning of a new story, and now Marvel's Kevin Feige explains to Comicbook.com why that is...

“We’ve been working for many years on Infinity War and Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Those were the films that were culminating the entire Infinity Saga of the MCU. And as we were working on Endgamewe realized that the true end of the entire Infinity Saga, the final film of Phase 3, had to be Spider-Man: Far From Home, because—spoiler—we lose Tony Stark at the end of Endgame… The relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark is so special…”

So Far from Home is where we are really going to feel the impact of Tony Stark's sacrifice, not only on the world but on Peter Parker. Stark became his mentor and friend, bringing Parker into the Avengers and teaching him what it takes to be a hero. Their relationship was indeed special, and while Robert Downey Jr. won't be in the movie, his presence is seen everywhere in the promos Marvel has been dropping.

Spider-Man: Far from Home opens July 2nd.

Susan Johnson To Direct Olivia Cooke & Lakeith Stanfield In A Fairy Tale For Disney+


There were some upset folks when Susan Johnson didn't return to direct Netflix's sequel to her breakout rom-com To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and the reasons are valid. There are only so many great franchise gigs for female directors, and Johnson reducing her presence on that film to a producer felt like a step backwards. So what's a good way to make up for it? How about developing a new original fairy tale for Disney+ that stars Olivia Cooke and Lakeith Stanfield?

Deadline reports Johnson will direct Cooke and Stanfield in an untitled fairy tale primed for Disney+. Damn. While details are scarce, the script is by Cat Vasko, who some may recall was a member of Legendary's Godzilla vs. Kong writer's room. She also wrote the script for Queen of the Air, Margot Robbie's biopic on legendary trapeze artist Lillian Leitzel.


Assuming Cooke and Stanfield are the lead pair, this is already shaping up to be a different kind of fairy tale. Cooke is probably best known for her roles in Ready Player One, the series Bates Motel, and indie Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Stanfield's short but prolific career includes a stellar 2018 in which he appeared in Sorry to Bother You, Get Out, and The Girl in the Spider's Web, not to mention his regular role on FX series Atlanta.

Two of my favorite actors in a fairy tale for Disney? Yes, please. I'm curious to see how this works out, and if Stanfield is maybe becoming Disney's next Prince Charming with Cooke as his Princess? Disney+ launches this November and will be jam packed with too many shows and movies to list here.


'The Current War' Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch & Michael Shannon Energize The World


Originally pegged as a sure-fire Oscar contender, The Current War instead shorted out in its debut at TIFF in 2017. Met with a lukewarm response, the Benedict Cumberbatch/Michael Shannon drama about pioneering inventor Thomas Edison and entrepreneur George Westinghouse was given a fresh coat of paint by director  Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who had complained the version shown was not his, only to have the film swept up in the Weinstein scandal.

Back in April it was saved from limbo by 101 Studios, and now The Current War is ready to shine. The story stars Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, Shannon as George Westinghouse, and Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla, titans of the electric industry warring to see who will be the one to light up the future.

Originally pegged for a November 2017 release, the collapse of Weinstein put the kibosh on that pretty quick. Another studio stepped in to buy the rights, only to have 101 Studios save the day. The long delay has been good, though, as Gomez-Rejon's version is what we're getting and not the one favored by the notoriously meddlesome Harvey Weinstein.

Gomez-Rejon, best known for the charming indie Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, told EW...

“It’s been hard to move on because you’ve had this unfinished work that you care about and you’ve struggled to wrestle into shape, and finally you have this opportunity to get this out into the world,” he says. “I’m ready for an epilogue to this story that’s actually a happy ending after a few years of it being a bit of a struggle for so many involved...“The cut at TIFF was a work in progress — it was a very fluid post-production — so it was a work in progress that wasn’t fully realized, and far from what I intended the film to be by the time it screened."

Also starring Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tuppence Middleton, The Current War hits limited release on October 4th with an expansion one week later.






Danny Boyle Talks Plans For A "Properly Good" Sequel To '28 Days Later'


If you've grown sick and tired of zombies on the big screen and Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die didn't help any, you have Danny Boyle and Alex Garland to thank for it. The resurgence of zombie flicks really kicked off in 2002 with 28 Days Later, a new style for the genre that audiences responded to with a sizable box office and critical acclaim. A sequel, 28 Weeks Later, opened a few years later and wasn't as well-received, but it was good enough to that talks began for another film, possibly titled 28 Months Later, although it never happened.

Boyle is out doing press for his Beatles-inspired musical comedy Yesterday, and the conversation turned to 28 Days Later. The director says he and Garland haven't forgotten about the hit zombie franchise, and have a plan to return to it in the proper way...

“Alex Garland and I have a wonderful idea for the third part,” Boyle told The Independent. “It’s properly good.”

He added, “The original film led to a bit of a resurgence in the zombie drama and it doesn’t reference any of that. It doesn’t feel stale at all. He’s concentrating on directing his own work at the moment, so it’s stood in abeyance really, but it’s a you-never-know.”

It's unclear if he's talking about 28 Months Later and if this is the same idea he's been praising since way back in 2008. As late as 2015 Boyle and Garland were having serious conversations about a return, but nothing has come of it due to what the latter calls "complicated" reasons. It's also unclear who would get behind the camera. Boyle directed 28 Days Later from Garland's script, a working dynamic that proved very successful for both of them on numerous films. However, 28 Days Later saw new writers brought in while Juan Carlos Fresnadillo took over from Boyle.  That didn't turn out so well, and we should see Boyle and Garland take over once more. Garland has since become a top director in his own right with Ex Machina and Annihilation.

I was just talking about 28 Days Later with a friend last night, saying that it's arguably my favorite of Boyle's films right up there with Sunshine. Its premise is one that very closely resembles The Walking Dead. Cillian Murphy plays a man who wakes up from a coma only to discover the world has been overrun by zombie-like people infected with a strange virus. Along with a few others he must learn to survive in this new, increasingly dangerous and militarized world.

My gut tells me this movie never happens, though. Boyle has literally been saying the exact same thing for more than a decade, and with so much time passed is there really a desire for another?

'Bond 25' Offers Behind-The-Senes Look To Quiet Negative Buzz


Apparently, all is right in the world of Bond 25. That I have to type that out should tell you something has been very wrong with the production, or at least that is the bad buzz coming out about it. Reports of massive script problems, with rewrites happening on a daily basis, not to mention star Daniel Craig's injuries and a Peeping Tom planting cameras in bathrooms (Oh yeah, not heard of that one?), have some thinking Cary Fukunaga has lost control.

Whether there are any actual problems...who can really say? But clearly, producers feel the need to change public perception in a big way. The James Bond Youtube site has dropped a behind-the-scenes featurette that makes everything look A-O-fucking-K.

The minute-long video gives us a look at Fukunaga and Craig, along with Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter and Captain Marvel's Lashana Lynch as the mysterious Naomi. It gives the impression there are no issues at all, and maybe that's true. The timing in this case is transparent, though, and hopefully they realize that. Too bad they couldn't end the video by giving the movie a damn title.

Bond 25 opens in April 2020.

Details On Marvel's 'Avengers: Endgame' Re-Release Plans; Deleted Scenes, Posters, And More


What's it going to take for Marvel's Avengers: Endgame to get that final $38M and surpass Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all-time? Well, what's it going to take for you to buy another ticket? Or two? Marvel is hoping that a few added features to the movie's conclusion will help push the numbers upward, and now we're learning what you'll be paying for.

As you know, a re-release of Avengers: Endgame is planned for this weekend with some bonus stuff tacked on. Currently, the film sits at $2.75B and the weekly earnings are slipping fast, and Marvel sees this as a way of luring audiences back for another helping. So what do you get for the price of your ticket? There's an exclusive poster of the Infinity Gauntlet that ticket buyers will be able to get at participating theaters while supplies last. You'll also be treated to a special intro from directors Joe and Anthony Russo, plus a tribute to Stan Lee. There will also be a deleted scene that I'll get into a bit later, plus a look at Spider-Man: Far from Home that you can only get in theaters.

Some may consider this next bit a spoiler, but really it's just a rumor going around so decide for yourself. It's possible the unfinished deleted scene involves Mark Ruffalo as the smart version of Hulk. What that means, nobody knows. Is it a look at smart Hulk after the damage he took using the Gauntlet? Or is it, maybe, just a goofy scene between him and his fans?

I'm not sure any of this is enough to move the needle. You can probably just wait a few months and get this stuff as special features on the home release. What do you think? Is this enough to make you pay for Avengers: Endgame one more time?

Exam-labs Presents: Top 5 Project Management Certifications to Improve Your CV


Exam-labs Presents: Top 5 Project Management Certifications to Improve Your CV

For any organization to succeed, it is crucial to have the employers within-depth knowledge and skills in project management. For better project outcomes, the companies must focus on a recruiting qualified talent. The nature of talent in an enterprise determines project results. One of the things that lead to project success is having the right abilities within a given project team. What does this mean to you as a project manager or an aspiring project manager? It means that gaining experience cannot be ignored. It’s a requirement and a priority.

Earning a certification in project management is a brilliant way to leverage your skills. There are the PM credentials for all levels of knowledge and experience. If you’re already a manager or have just begun, you can find that one certificate that fits your needs. They are available from an entry level to more advanced levels. You’ll also find credentials focusing on specific vendors or techniques. Which are the best project management certifications to earn with the help of Exam-labs?

Here are 5 best project management certifications to boost your CV:

1.      Project Management Professional (PMP)
As a global industry standard for project managers, the PMP certification has been the most preferred credential forthe project managers and employers around the world. With this certificate, you won’t be limited on where you can work. You can perform in any industry while using any methodology.
Prerequisites:
·   A secondary degree, 7500 hours of managing projects, and 35 hours of training in project management
·       A four-year degree, 4500 hours of running projects, and 35 hours of training in project management
PMP Certification Renewal: You must maintain your PMP certification every three years. You have to earn 60 PDUs (Professional Development Units) to do this.
PMP Exam Cost: The cost is $405 for the PMI members and $555 for those who are non-members.

2.      CompTIA Project+
If you’re an entry-level project manager or are involved in managing smaller projects, then the CompTIA Project+ certification is great for you. This credential covers key project management requirements and concepts and goes beyond just one framework or methodology. It covers areas, such as managing a project, how to ensure appropriate communication, managing resources and stakeholders, as well as maintaining project documentation.
Prerequisites: To earn this credential, you’re required to have experience of 12 months in project management. You’ll be also qualified if you have equivalent education.
CompTIA Project+ Certification Renewal: The certificate is always valid. You won’t be required to renew.
CompTIA Project+ Exam Cost: The cost of this CompTIA certification test is $319.

3.      Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
This is another certification from PMI that can boost your CV and enhance your project management career in a big way. The CAPM certification validates your skills in managing large projects and your mastery of project management terminology and methods. With this PMI certificate, you’re going to stand out in the job market. With enhanced credibility and efficiency in handling projects, you’re going to be a dependable and trusted project manager.
Prerequisites: A secondary degree and 1500 hours of executing projects or 23 hours of training in project management.
CAPM Certification Renewal: You have to renew your CAPM certificate by retaking the exam every 5 years.
CAPM Exam Cost: The PMI members pay $225, while the non-members are required to pay $300.

4.      Program Management Professional (PgMP)
This PgMP credential for the project managers promises to ensure that you have the skills needed to successfully execute demanding projects. The PMI certificate is intended for those who take part in multiple and complex projects. If you want a unique advantage when it comes to being employed or getting a promotion, then this is the right credential for you.
Prerequisites:
·    A secondary degree, 6,000 hours managing projects, and 10,500 hours in program management, or
·    A four-year degree, 6,000 hours in managing projects, and 6,000 hours in program management
PgMP Certification Renewal: Renew your PgMP certification every three years by earning 60 PDUs (Professional Development Units).
PgMP Exam Cost: The cost for the PMI members is $800, while the price for the non-members is $1,000.

5.      Professional in Project Management (PPM)
Improve your CV with this Professional in Project Management (PPM) certification by the Global Association for Quality Management (GAQM). This credential is premised on the fact that both the public and private sectors require the skilled project managers who ensure success in meeting their project goals. As you prepare to earn your PPM certificate, you’ll learn how to achieve the project scope, cost and schedule. It goes beyond project management best practices by recognizing the complexities and demands that come with executing a project.
Prerequisites: You must successfully complete a mandatory E-course before taking your exam.
PPM Certification Renewal: Your PPM credential will be valid for five years. To renew it, you can retake the exam, or complete the PPM E-course to help you accumulate the required Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
PPM Exam Cost: There are two price packages for this certification exam. The first one is the Premium Package that costs $340 and includes the course and exam fees, and the Standard Package that costs $100 and covers the course fee only. A separate exam voucher costs $210.

How to Prepare for Your Project Management Exams?
To perform well in your certification test, you must incorporate the correct study tips with the right study tools. Training courses, video lectures, practice tests can only be helpful if you use them the right way. The other winning tip is of course to start your exam preparation early enough. These study resources, such as training courses, study guides, and practice tests from Exam-labs are available online. The practice tests have been uploaded online to enable you get easy access to the best online project management revision resources.

Summary
Any of these leading PM credentials will provide you with the best platform to enhance your career. These certificates are in high demand and earning any of them will distinguish you from your counterparts who are not certified. Reaching your next level in your career demands that you earn a certification by passing the required exam. Make sure you are well prepared to pass your test by taking the relevant course and by studying with eBooks for project management.Don’t forget to practice for your exam with preparation tools from the Exam-labs website. Find out how ready you are by practicing with the Exam-labs past questions and answers.

Warner Bros. Once Thought Steven Seagal Would Make A Good Batman


To look at Steven Seagal now you'd be hard pressed to believe he was ever the premiere badass on the big screen. But in the '80s and early '90s that's exactly what he was with a string of hit films including Marked for Death (my personal favorite), Hard to Kill, and Under Siege. Execs over at Warner Bros. must've been a fan, because they saw something in Seagal that I don't think any of us did at the time, and that's someone who could've suited up as Batman.

If you were on social media you may have noticed the #Batman89 hashtags going around. That was to honor the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton's Batman. To help celebrate, screenwriter Sam Hamm revealed to Syfy Wire that the initial plan was to cast an action star to play Batman, rather than look for an actor to play Bruce Wayne. That led to Seagal's name being floated as a potential star. Oi vei.

“There were a lot of people at Warner Brother who wanted to cast it with an action star. They wanted to cast the part as Batman, as opposed to casting it as Bruce Wayne. You have to make Bruce Wayne work, because Batman is, for the most part, going to be a stunt guy, or it’s going to be somebody running around in a costume in long shot. You don’t need the martial arts expertise of, say, Steven Seagal or somebody like that because you can fake all of that kind of stuff. Seagal was one of the people that was suggested to us.”

It doesn't seem as if Seagal got anywhere close to the job, which is fortune. He would've been dreadful. Not only could he not act, but his skillset as an action star was extremely limited. Of course, we know the job went to Michael Keaton who, at least to me, remains the best Batman ever.

George Clooney Teams With Netflix For Sci-Fi Adaptation 'Good Morning, Midnight'


We should be past the point of surprise when Netflix lands another high-profile filmmaker or star. The streaming service has quickly established itself as a powerful force throughout Hollywood, and there is no shortage of those eager to work with them. The latest is George Clooney, who will make Netflix the home for his next directing gig, an adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton's book Good Morning, Midnight.

Deadline reports Clooney will direct, star, and produce Good Morning, Midnight based on a script by The Revenant writer Mark L. Smith. The story follows an aging astronomer in the Arctic who discovers a mysterious child shortly after a catastrophic event threatens the planet. The astronomer's story intertwines with the plight of astronauts making an uncertain return from Jupiter.

This will be Clooney's first directing gig since the underwhelming Suburbicon, but his track record has been solid overall.  He's previously directed such acclaimed films as The Ides of March, Good Night and Good Luck, and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. He can currently be seen in Hulu's adaptation of Catch-22.