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News Shotgun 4/1

  • Fate of the Furious DLC coming to Rocket League: Next week, on April 4th, you can grab Dom’s souped up Dodge Charger for use in Rocket League for $1.99 and it will come with special wheels and decals as well.
  • Darren Aronofsky’s latest is a horror movie: Coming off 2014’s Noah, Darren Arnofosky is going horror for his next movie “Mother!”, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domnhall Gleeson, Ed Harris and Kristen Wiig and it’s plot is, “A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence”.  It’s going to be out in October this year.
  • Stallone leaves The Expendables: Stallone has left the upcoming fourth Expendables movie, which was supposed to close out the franchise, due to differences between himself and Nu Image/Millenium head Avi Lerner about the script, director, basically everything.  Stallone was going to get the biggest payday of his career with $20 million and it’s not clear if the movie is dead or if they will move on with the rest of the Expendables team.
  • Liam Neeson starring as Phillip Marlowe in new movie: Raymond Chandler’s famous detective Phillip Marlowe will return as Liam Neeson steps into his shoes for a new upcoming movie that is based on the book “The Black Eyed Blonde” that was one of the novels that continued the adventures of Marlowe after Chandler’s death and it sounds like a typical noir setup where a beautiful blonde client shows up asking Marlowe to find her ex-lover but things quickly get more complicated as Marlowe investigates.
  • Rainn Wilson joins Star Trek: Discovery: Wilson will appear in the new upcoming Star Trek show as classic TOS character Henry Mudd, who was an intergalactic conman who had multiple encounters with Kirk and the Enterprise crew and will now be up against the Discovery crew. Discovery has had multiple delays but it’s supposed to be out in late summer or early fall this year.
  • Empire Pictures massive box set coming: What might be one of the greatest Blu-Ray box sets ever curated, Full Moon, who has the rights to the old Empire Pictures catalog, is putting out a limited edition collector’s set that includes Blu-Rays of movies like Robot Jox, Troll, Ghoulies 1 + 2, Arena, Metalstorm, From Beyond, Terrorvision and more along with a collector book.  There will only be 600 available for $250 and you can pre-order on April 28th.
  • Joss Whedon directing a Batgirl movie: After being the driving force of the early MCU, Joss Whedon is defecting to the DCEU for a solo Batgirl movie sometime in the near future.  The movie will focus on Barbara Gordon and is inspired by her New 52 version and Whedon will be directing, writing and producing the movie.
  • Jeremy Renner will not be back for MI 6: Due to Marvel commitments, Renner will not return to back up Ethan Hunt in the next Mission Impossible movie, although Sean Harris, the villain of the last film, and Alec Baldwin will be back along with new additions Henry Cavill and Vanessa Kirby and Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames as the main IMF team again.
  • First Look at Black Lightning:

  • WB possibly looking at Jordan Peele for Akira remake: After the massive success of Get Out, Jordan Peele may be in talks to direct the long in development live action remake of Akira, as WB is “aggressively moving to lock in” Peele as the director.  He might also be one of their choices as the new director of The Flash movie.
  • ABC cancels Time after Time: ABC’s time travel drama Time after Time has been cancelled after only five episodes.  It brought in only 2.2 million viewers a week and it will be replaced by the Alec Baldwin hosted Match Game for the next three weeks and then a new replacement after that.
  • Reboot getting a Reboot: The classic 90’s CG cartoon about the world inside your computer will return in a new show that follows four teenagers who play an online game called Cyber Guardians and they are recruited because of their skills to enter cyberspace and defend it from various threats, which is nothing like the original show and more like something like a Saban show, as the kids will have live action segments and then enter Unreal engine powered CG for the cyberspace adventures.
  • Santa Clarita Diet renewed: Netflix’s zombie comedy has been renewed for another season that will probably be back the same time next year.
  • Venom will be R rated: Based on the success of Logan and Deadpool, Sony announced that their upcoming Venom solo movie will be R rated, with elements of sci-fi, horror and action.  The movie will start shooting this fall.
  • True Detective may be back: After the pretty disastrous second season, it didn’t seem like True Detective would be back but it might actually return with Deadwood creator David Milch possibly being brought on board to co-run the show with Nic Pizzolatto, who had full control of both prior seasons.  Pizzolatto apparently has potential scripts for the first 2 episodes of a third season.  Nothing has been officially greenlit by HBO yet.
  • Miles Teller starring in Nicholas Winding Refn’s Amazon show: Nicholas Winding Refn has a new crime thriller show coming to Amazon streaming called Too Old To Die Young that he will be directing every episode for and he co-wrote with Ed Brubaker and now we now Miles Teller will star as, “a grieving police officer who, along with the man who shot his partner, finds himself in an underworld filled with working class hit men, Yakuza soldiers, cartel assassins sent up from Mexico, Russia mafia captains and gangs of teen killers”
  • Katie Cassidy returning full time to Arrow: In what seems like possible spoilers for one of the developments in this season’s Arrow endgame, Katie Cassidy will return to full series regular status for season 6 as Black Siren, the Earth-2 version of Laurel Lance with metahuman sonic powers.  Black Siren’s current whereabouts in season 5 are in an ARGUS detention facility.
  • Paul Greengrass directing an Elliot Ness movie: The Bourne director is in talks to direct a movie based on the graphic novel “Torso” by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko that has Ness and his Untouchables trying to track down a serial killer. Oscar winning writer Brian Helgeland is writing the screenplay.
  • Baby Driver moves up it’s release date: Edgar Wright’s latest has gotten an earlier release date, going up to June 28th from it’s original August slot.  It will be up against Transformers: The Last Knight, Despicable Me 3, The House and Amityville: The Awakening.
  • Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg teaming up again for Mile 22: After a trilogy of “based on true events” dramas, Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg are teaming up for just a straight action thriller with Mile 22.  Wahlberg will play a CIA agent in Indonesia who has to get an informant out of the city and to an airport 22 miles away with corrupt cops, crime lords and local militia standing in their way, so think 16 Blocks or The Gauntlet.  Ronda Rousey and The Raid’s Iko Uwais are set to co-star and Berg/Wahlberg think they might have a potential trilogy of movies on their hands.
  • Netflix will distribute Gareth Evan’s next movie: Netflix continues to grab huge original content, as they will distribute the next film from Gareth Evans, director of both Raid films. The new movie is Apostle and stars Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen and is a period piece where a man tries to rescue his kidnapped sister from a cult on a remote island.
  • Robert Rodriguez directing an Ugly Dolls movie: Along with potentially directing a new Escape From New York, Robert Rodriguez will also direct an animated movie based on the popular Ugly Dolls line of stuffed animals.
  • Grant Gustin starring in Vietnam era political drama: The Flash will star as real life hero Airman First Class William H. Pitsenbarger in the upcoming political drama The Last Full Measure, where a group of lawyers and soldiers have to fight to get Pitsenbarger a posthumous Medal of Honor for his actions during the war (because of that, we’re assuming Gustin will appear in flashbacks).  Sebastian Stan will co-star along with Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Whitford, Michael Imperioli, and Linus Roache.
  • Wreck it Ralph 2 gets official title and release date: Big hearted video game Bad Guy Wreck It Ralph will return in 2018 in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, where he and Vanellope (and possibly Felix and Sgt. Calhoun) will head out into the World Wide Web for a new adventure.  The entire cast is back and the movie will arrive on March 9th next year.
  • Spider-Man may only be in the MCU for a limited time: It seems like Spidey’s time in MCU might be limited as former Sony head Amy Pascal said that after the second Spider-Man solo movie, Sony would regain the full rights to the character in film projects and, with the recently announced Venom and Silver Sable/Black Cat movies, it seems like maybe they are looking to make their own cinematic universe for Spidey once they regain control.  Of course, Homecoming is probably going to make a billion dollars this summer, so hopefully it’s too lucrative to not keep Peter in the MCU.


Netflix Goes to World War II with Five Came Back (Trailer)

Netflix has been one of the best sources for documentaries on the internet and they are bringing an original World War II documentary to their streaming service on March 31st with Five Came Back.  Telling the story of Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens and William Wyler, the men who would become some of the most legendary directors ever,  they enlisted at the start of World War II and documented the horrors and triumphs for the audiences back home.  Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo Del Toro, Paul Greengrass and Lawrence Kasdan tell their stories along with narration by Meryl Streep and it seems like an interesting story that hasn’t really been told this widely before.  Check out the trailer below.

Action Hero of the Week: Roy Miller

Name: Roy Miller

Occupation: US Army Chief Warrant Officer

Family: N/A

Allies: Martin Brown, Lawrie Dayne, Freddy, Major Briggs, Sgt. Conway, Col. Bethel, Col. Lyons

Enemies: Clark Poundstone, General Mohammed Al Rawi, Seyyed Hamza

Weapon(s) of Choice: Beretta 92FS, Type-56 AK, M4A1 Carbine

Body Count: N/A

Memorable Quote: “When you peddled that shit in DC, did they know it was a lie? Or did they just never bother to ask?”

See Miller in Action:

Admit One 7/29

Jason Bourne

Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Plot: Jason Bourne learns that his father may have been involved in what happened to him in the CIA and comes out of hiding for answers.

Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 55%

Critic Consensus: “Jason Bourne delivers fans of the franchise more of what they’ve come to expect — which is this sequel’s biggest selling point as well as its greatest flaw”

Bad Moms

Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith, Christina Applegate

Directed by: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Plot: When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.

RT Freshness: 60%

Critic Consensus: “Bad Moms boasts a terrific cast and a welcome twist on domestic comedy — and they’re often enough to compensate for the movie’s unfortunate inability to take full advantage of its assets”


Starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Kimiko Glenn

Directed by: Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost

Plot: A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”

RT Freshness: 59%

Critic Consensus: “Nerve‘s fast pace and charming leads help overcome a number of fundamental flaws, adding up to a teen-friendly thriller with enough energy to occasionally offset its muddled execution”

Matt Damon is Back as Jason Bourne This Summer (Trailer)

After getting a brief glimpse during the Super Bowl, the first trailer for Jason Bourne has arrived and it looks like Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass haven’t lost a step since The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007.  Bourne is brought back into the world of espionage by Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), who it seems have conducted an Edward Snowdenesque level hack and revealed new information about Treadstone and the other black ops programs the CIA was operating.  A new assassin (Vincent Cassel) is targeting Nicky and Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander are the new operatives at the CIA keep track of Bourne’s movements.  Greece and Las Vegas are two of the locations Bourne is heading to for this new movie and the chase on the strip looks particularly great and it also seems like Greengrass has toned down his handheld shaky cam style that got kind of out of control at points in Supremacy and Ultimatum.  The movie is out on July 29th and you can check out the trailer below.

News Shotgun 11/22

  • Howard the Duck returning to Marvel Comics: Based on the success of his after credits cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy and the fact that weird legal issues around Howard are resolved, Howard will return in a new comic in March, written by Chip Zdarsky of Sex Criminals and drawn by Joe Quinones.
  • Fox orders a show based on Global Frequency: The show is based on a DC comic by Warren Ellis where a global task force of various experts work together to stop paranormal, extraterrestrial or man made threats.
  • The Stand now planned for four movies Josh Boone, who directed this past summer’s The Fault in Our Stars, is working on a new film adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic epic, The Stand, but now it seems like WB is going to turn it into 4 movies, which allow more room for set pieces than Boone’s original vision for the film.
  • Robert Downey Jr. may star in Yucatan: The movie is based on a treatment created by Steve McQueen back in the 60’s that follows a salvage expert searching for treasure in the Yucatan Peninsula.  A screenwriter from Pirates of the Caribbean is adapting McQueen’s 1700 page document into a script.
  • Brenton Thwaites joins Pirates 5: Thwaites, most recently off The Giver, has joined Johnny Depp in the upcoming fifth Pirates movie as a “key British soldier”
  • AMC announces premiere date for Better Call Saul: The show will have AMC’s first two night premiere, on February 8th and 9th and then the show will be in on Mondays for it’s regular time slot.
  • Paul Greengrass directing new version of 1984: Greengrass will adapt Orwell’s classic for Sony.  His Captain Phillips screenwriter, James Graham, is writing the script.
  • Keanu Reeves starring in next Tarsem movie: Reeves will star in The Panopticon for Tarsem Singh, the director of Immortals and The Fall.  Reeves will play a man who receives a mysterious audio recording that claims to be from his future self and says he’s the only who can stop the world from ending.
  • Sony drops Steve Jobs biopic: After all the recent casting talk over the last few weeks, it was surprising that Sony announced this week that they were dropping Danny Boyle’s new biopic of Steve Jobs.  The movie will most likely be picked up by Universal and currently has Michael Fassbender in talks to play Jobs and Seth Rogen in talks to play Steve Wozniak.
  • Ridley Scott promises a new form of Alien in Prometheus 2: Scott, doing press for the upcoming Exodus, said that he wanted to introduce a “fresher form” of the xenomorphs in the third act of the upcoming Prometheus 2.  A “protoalien” was featured in the final scene of Prometheus.
  • Fox orders an American version of Luther: Fox has ordered a pilot for an American version of the BBC’s crime drama Luther.  Idris Elba starred as detective John Luther, who intensely tracked down the worst psychopaths in London.  Series creator Neil Cross and Idris Elba will executive produce the American show, but Elba will most likely not star.  Elba will star in a two part special of the original Luther on the BBC and BBC America.
  • Short list for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage Netflix shows: Mike Colter, who will be seen Halo: Nightfall as Jameson Locke, and Lance Gross, most recently seen on NBC’s Crisis, are apparently the front runners for Luke Cage while Krysten Ritter, Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer and Jessica De Gouww are apparently the front runners to play Jessica Jones.
  • Chris Pratt starring in Cowboy Ninja Viking: Pratt will star in the comic book adaptation, that follows a secret organization that trains people with multiple personality disorder, dubbed Triplets, to become lethal assassins.  Pratt is playing Duncan, who has the titular warriors as his various personalities.
  • Dreamworks Animation delays BOO: Originally supposed to come out next Summer, Dreamworks as delayed BOO or Bureau of Otherwordly Operations without a new release date. Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy star as ghostly agents of the titular agency.
  • From Hell TV series coming to FX: FX is getting another comic adaptation as they ordered a show based on Alan Moore’s From Hell, previously adapted into a film starring Johnny Depp.  The comic was set in London at the height of the Ripper murders.
  • Arnold hints at a Running Man sequel: During a Q&A in England, Arnold was mentioning some of his potential upcoming projects and he said he got the first draft for the Twins sequel, Triplets, but he also mentioned that there are “rumblings” of a Running Man sequel.
  • Lego Batman movie to spoof every era of Batman: The upcoming spin-off from the Lego Movie featuring Batman will apparently pay tribute, and mostly make fun, every era of Batman film making from the wackiness of the Adam West show to the self seriousness of Nolan films.
  • Possible casting for Jean Grey and Cyclops for X-Men: Apocalypse: Apocalypse is set to bring in younger versions of the characters from the original X-Men trilogy and there’s apparently some short lists for Jean Grey and Cyclops.  For Jean, Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning and Hailee Steinfeld are apparently director Bryan Singer’s top choices while Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe and Timothee Chalamet are the actors being eyed for Cyclops.
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie gets a new screenwriter: John August, writer of movies like Go, Charlie’s Angels and Big Fish, will be writing a new screenplay for the adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s classic collections of folktales and scary stories.  It’s still not clear if the movie will be an anthology or be based on one particular story.
  • AMC is offering “unlimited” tickets to Interstellar: If you are a member of AMC’s Stubs program, you have the opportunity to buy an “unlimited” ticket to Interstellar, that will allow you to see the movie as many times as you want while it’s playing in AMC theaters.  Price will vary depending on the theater but it could be anywhere between $14.99 and $34.99 and it’s useable at any AMC theater.
  • Scream: The Series getting a new mask: Because of legal issues, the new MTV show based on Scream will not feature the iconic Ghostface mask but MTV executive Mina Lefevre said that the new mask is “organic looking and much darker”.
  • Disney opening a Toy Story hotel in Shanghai Disneyland: Shanghai Disneyland, which is set to upon in 2016, will feature a massive hotel based on Toy Story.  There’s no specifics about what you could expect from the rooms or activities at the hotel.
  • HBO orders a full season of Westworld: HBO has given a full season order to their new take on Michael Crichton’s film Westworld, which follows a high tech theme park where people go and immerse themselves in different time periods that are full of robots guests can interact with.  Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden are set to star.
  • Tom Cruise rumored to be producer’s choice to star in new Highlander: The producers of the new Highlander, a remake of the 80’s classic, apparently are trying to get Tom Cruise interested in co-starring in the role originally filled by Sean Connery, a fellow Highlander who trains Connor McLeod in sword fighting.  There’s apparently no actual talks or negotiating as of yet.



News Shotgun 11/15

  • Shawn Levy directing new take on Ali Baba: The Night at the Museum director is in talks to direct a new take on the Arabian Nights story Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.  Dan Stevens, Liam Hemsworth and Evan Peters are apparently in talks to play the Ali Baba equivalent, Allen, and the movie will most likely be a modern twist on the story.
  • Daniel Bruhl Captain America: Civil War villain: The Inglourious Basterds co-star will be joining the cast of Civil War as a “villain” but there’s no word on what character he will be playing.
  • New Universal Monsters will be action/adventure movies, not horrorAs the 10 of us who saw Dracula Untold can attest, there is nothing horrific at all about that movie, which is more a generic fantasy action movie, and that will apparently be par for the course in the upcoming reboots, the next of which was announced this week to be a new Wolf Man.
  • Jude Law is the villain of King Arthur: Law is reuniting with Guy Ritchie for the upcoming reboot of King Arthur, starring Charlie Hunnam, as the villain.  Idris Elba has also apparently dropped out of the movie.
  • Chan Wook-Park directing thriller Second Born: The Oldboy director will be directing his second English movie with Second Born, a sci fi thriller that is set in a future where human consciousness can be downloaded to neural implants, but this leads to lots of black market body swapping and the movie follows a special agent who is killed but returns in a new body to get revenge.
  • Christoph Waltz joins Bond 24: Waltz will be joining Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista in Sam Mendes’ follow up to Skyfall and will most likely play the main villian, which was originally going to go to Chiwetel Ejiofor.
  • Guardians animated series not related to movies: The upcoming Disney XD Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon will not be tied into the movie universe, although looking at designs it will probably be highly influenced by it.  There is also a comic book that will be tied into the show, in the vein of the Avengers Assemble comic that ties into that show and appeals more toward kids.
  • Frequency becoming a TV series: The latest movie turning into a TV series is Frequency, originally starring Jim Caviezel and Dennis Quaid and followed a man who was able to communicate with his dead father through a radio and that led him into tracking down a serial killer.
  • Uncharted movie gets new screenwriter: Mark Boal, who wrote The Hurt Locker, will be writing a new script for the upcoming video game adaptation that is now being directed by Seth Gordon.  Boal is apparently a huge fan of the games and will bring it back to it’s action adventure origins after David O. Russell, the original director, was trying to go in a weird family drama direction with it.
  • Suicide Squad casting rumors: Jai Courtney is apparently in talks to play Deadshot, Margot Robbie is rumored to be up for Harley Quinn and Jared Leto is rumored to be in talks to play The Joker, who probably would not be on the team but maybe be their adversary or just on the periphery.
  • Gravity getting a “Silent Space” edition: If you haven’t bought Gravity yet on Blu Ray, you may want to hold off for the new version coming soon, as it will feature a special “Silent Space” edition that will remove the score and make the audio even more like how it would be like in space.
  • Kevin Hart and The Rock teaming up for action/comedy “Central Intelligence”: The movie follows Hart as a formerly cool high school athlete turned accountant who reunites with a classmate who was kind of nerdy at a reunion, who has now turned into a CIA assassin, played by The Rock, who recruits Hart to help him stop a plot to sell military secrets.
  • James Wolk starring in CBS’ 2015 Summer series “Zoo”Wolk aka Bob Benson on Mad Men will be the lead of Zoo, CBS’ big new drama for next summer.  Wolk plays a zoologist who tries to figure out why seemingly every animal on Earth has seemingly started to attack humans.
  • Creed casts two actual boxers: The upcoming Rocky spin-off has cast two actual champion boxers, Andre Ward and Tony Bellew, in the film.  They will most likely be opponents of Michael B. Jordan, who is Apollo Creed’s son who wants to follow in his footsteps and recruits Rocky Balboa to train him.
  • Evil Dead: The Series coming to Starz: Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell are bringing Ash to Starz with a ten episode first season of a follow up to Army of Darkness.  Set in real time, the movie picks up 30 years after AoD with Ash still working as a stock boy but having to pick up his boomstick and chainsaw when the Deadites return.
  • Skyline sequel coming with Frank Grillo starring: The weird, low budget sci fi movie Skyline is somehow getting a sequel with The Brothers Strausse back directing.  Seemingly going beyond their friend’s condo, the movie has cast Frank Grillo as a detective who must try to rescue his sons from an alien warship while Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian of The Raid films have also been cast as members of a resistance group against the alien invaders.  It’s going to be a spin-off and not directly related to the first film.
  • Saban distributing next Nicolas Cage movie: The house that Power Rangers built will be distributing the next Nicolas Cage thriller, called The Trust.  The movie follows two crooked cops who discover a massive safe and then backstab and plot against each other while trying to get inside to the riches within.
  • Matt Damon confirmed he will be back as Jason Bourne: Damon and Paul Greengrass are returning to deliver a fourth film featuring amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne.  The movie is set for 2016 and has seemingly bumped the Justin Lin/Jeremy Renner sequel to Bourne Legacy.
  • Mechanic 2 adds to it’s cast: Jason Statham is coming back for a sequel to The Mechanic and the new movie has added Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh, The movie follows Statham’s Arthur Bishop as he’s forced by someone from his past to conduct a series of seemingly impossible assassinations around the world.
  • Hell on Wheels renewed for fifth and final season: AMC’s western will return for a fifth and final season in 2015.  The show is wrapping up it’s fourth season right now.

Captain Phillips Trailer

Based on the true story from 2009 about Captain Richard Phillips and his crew aboard the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by Somali pirates and a tense hostage situation played out until a dramatic rescue by Navy SEAL snipers resolved the situation.  Tom Hanks stars in the title role and Paul Greengrass, of The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum and the controversial United 93, and it looks like both sides of his resume may come into play with real life drama with Phillips and the pirates and action as the Navy launches and carries out their rescue mission.  The movie is out in October and you can check out the trailer below.