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“Hellboy” Reboot Gets Daimio & Different Tone

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 4:55pm

“Deadpool” villain and the most recent incarnation of “The Transporter,” actor Ed Skrein, has joined the cast of the “Hellboy” reboot of Lionsgate and Millennium.

David Harbour stars as the occult detective from the Mike Mignola comics along with Ian McShane as his adoptive father Professor Broom and Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen, a medieval sorceress out to destroy humankind.

Skrein will play Major Ben Daimio, a rugged military man who works for the B.P.R.D. and who, due to a supernatural encounter, can turn into a were-jaguar when angered or in pain.

Harbour recently sat down with the Happy Sad Confused podcast to offer some new details about the reboot which will be partly inspired by “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in its approach in that it will not be an origin story as such, you start with a “running and gunning” scene before dialing it back a bit:

“You accept that there’s this half-demon guy running around the world and being a paranormal investigator and solving crimes and also dealing with his own issues at the same time.”

Harbour also spoke about following in the footsteps of Ron Perlman’s performance in the previous films and says he has some new ideas about where to take the character and how it will differ:

“There are things that I’m gonna do that are different. Hellboy is the same character from the comics and from what Ron did, there are certain things that are the same thing, but I do think that – I don’t know, there’s a different approach because I sort of highlight different things, I think, than Ron does.

Ron sort of embraces this machismo in himself and in Hellboy, and I really like it and it’s super fun and it’s a super fun performance, but I think Hellboy has a certain psycho-dynamic where occasionally he has to prove that he’s the lion, has to roar, and I think he struggles with his own masculinity.

But I don’t think he needs that as much as maybe those other movies. I have a bit of a different take on his capability or his slickness. I sort of think that for me he’s a little less skilled at constructing that persona.”

Neil Marshall helms the film which aims to begin shooting in September in the U.K. and Bulgaria. Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin are producing.

Source: Heat Vision

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Game Teaser Trailer: “Shenmue III”

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 4:46pm

It stole the show at Sony’s E3 2015 presentation. Now, after a $6+ million Kickstarter campaign, the long awaited “Shenmue III” has scored its first trailer which PlayStation released during the GamesCom convention in Europe earlier today.

Making his way from Japan to China on a quest to avenge his father, Ryo Hazuki grows from boy to man, encountering new friends, and foes alike, as he completes his Kung-fu training.

Built in Unreal 4 and set to be available on both PC and PlayStation 4, the game is expected to be available in the second half of 2018 according to the official site of Deep Silver who were announced last week as the game’s publisher for both physical and digital copies.

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Pedro Pascal Joins “The Equalizer” Sequel

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 4:44pm

“Game of Thrones” and “Narcos” star Pedro Pascal, soon to be seen in the upcoming “Kingsman” sequel,” has joined the cast of “The Equalizer” follow-up at Sony Pictures.

Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua are returning for the sequel to the 2014 film reimagining of the iconic 1980s TV series. Washington returns as retired black ops government operative Robert McCall.

Specifics of Pascal’s role are unknown. Richard Wenk penned the sequel which is currently targeting a September 14th 2018 release. The first film earned $192.3 million worldwide.

Source: Heat Vision

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New “Punisher” Image & Upgraded Teaser Promo

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 4:43pm

After a rough version hit the Net this weekend, the first full teaser trailer for Marvel and Netflix’s upcoming “The Punisher” is now out in HD along with a new shot of actor Jon Bernthal as the ultra-violent vigilante.

Bernthal reprises the role of Frank Castle which he played in the second season of “Marvel’s Daredevil”. Here he meets up with Billy Russo (Ben Barnes), his best friend from his days in the Special Forces who runs a successful private military corporation called ‘Anvil’.

Russo famously goes on to become the villain Jigsaw. Also onboard are Ebon Moss-Bachrach as former NSA analyst Micro, Daniel Webber as a young veteran with PTSD, Paul Schulze as a high-ranking CIA agent, and Amber Rose Revah as Homeland Security agent Dinah Madani.

A specific date has yet to be announced but the series is expected out around year’s end.

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Seven “Marvel’s Inhumans” Character Posters

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:55am

Marvel Entertainment and ABC have premiered several new character posters for “Marvel’s Inhumans” series based on the comic book series.

The story explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city.

After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where they are greeted with surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them.

The first two episodes will be shown globally in IMAX theatres from September 1st, then ABC will air the entirety of the series throughout this Fall on the network starting September 29th.

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“Destiny 2” Gets A Launch Trailer

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:54am

Immediately following its premiere at GamesCom, Bungie and Activision have released the official launch trailer for one of the Fall’s biggest video game titles – “Destiny 2” – which comes to current gen consoles (PS4, XB1) and PC on September 6th.

In the game, the last safe city on Earth has fallen and lays in ruins, occupied by a powerful new enemy and his elite army – the Red Legion. Every player creates their own ‘Guardian’ who must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city’s forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home.

The trailer shows two members of the Vanguard, leaders of the Guardians, inspiring the people of the last city in an impassioned call to arms. The game, which boasts solo, cooperative and competitive play modes, is set within a vast, evolving universe.

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“Aladdin,” “Avengers” Cast Supporting Villains

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:52am

Irish actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (“Love/Hate,” “Peaky Blinders”) has confirmed that he will have a role in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” after being spotted not that long ago on the film’s set in a mo-cap suit.

Speaking with Dublin Live, .Vaughan-Lawlor couldn’t reveal his character’s name due to the whole secrecy of the project:

“It’s like I’m one of those ones where you go into a sentence to say something about it and hope you have a job at the end of the sentence. You sign so many documents and waivers and people ask you about it and you have to give the generic and boring ‘I can’t say too much about it’. But I am doing it and it’s really amazing and an amazing thing to be part of.”

In similar news, Numan Acar (“In the Fade,” “Prison Break”) has been cast in Guy Ritchie’s live-action “Aladdin” remake at Disney Pictures. Acar joins Will Smith as Genie as well as Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, in the roles of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, respectively.

Source: Deadline

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“Cell Block 99” Is “Absolutely Deranged”

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 9:31am

Writer/director S. Craig Zahler exploded onto the scene with 2015’s cannibal western “Bone Tomahawk” which blended skilled filmmaking on a very limited budget, great performances, and a real mean streak that yielded some of the most gruesome onscreen deaths in years.

Zahler returns shortly with “Brawl In Cell Block 99,” the Vince Vaughn and Don Johnson-led prison drama about an auto mechanic turned drug courier who gets caught and thrown in jail where the real battle begins.

Toronto Film Festival Midnight Madness programmer Peter Kuplowsky says Zahler hasn’t toned down anything for his second effort, and the festival is breaking custom to start the movie before midnight for a specific reason. He tells Bloody Disgusting:

“Expect a rare break in tradition: I’ll be starting one Midnight Madness selection before midnight: ‘Brawl in Cellblock 99’. I think the film escalates to an absolutely deranged climax that’s kind of reminiscent of ‘The Story of Riki-Oh’ but for the first hour it is more of a sober crime drama.

In fact, I don’t think it really becomes a true ‘midnight movie’ until the hour and 7 minute mark exactly, so, therefore, I have decided to start my intro at 10:45 PM and the film at 10:53 PM, so that when the clock strikes Midnight, so does the movie!”

Also premiering at Venice, the 132-minute film will be released by RLJE Films on Friday October 6th.

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Whedon Fan Site Closes After Recent Piece

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 9:28am

The long-running Joss Whedon fansite, Whedonesque.com, is shutting down a day after Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole penned a much-talked about column this weekend at The Wrap about the director whom she labels a hypocrite for “preaching feminist ideals”.

In a final posting on the site, the editors say: “15 years is a long time and a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. But now it’s time to say goodbye. No more threads after this one, we’re closing down.”

The site has operated for fifteen years, acting as message boards for fans of Whedon’s work. They’ve also asked for donations to organizations that deal with complex PTSD which Cole was diagnosed with after Whedon revealed multiple affairs during their fifteen-year marriage.

Whedon is currently finishing re-shoots on “Justice League” after taking over for director Zack Snyder after he had to bow out following a family tragedy. He’s also developing a “Batgirl” film at Warner Bros. Pictures.

A day after Joss Whedon was criticized as a hypocrite “preaching feminist ideals” by his ex-wife, architect Kai Cole, a fan site dedicated to the director has decided to say farewell.

Source: Heat Vision

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Sackhoff To Recur On CW’s “The Flash”

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 9:25am

Fomrer “Battlestar Galactica” and “Longmire” alum Katee Sackhoff has joined the cast of the fourth season of “The Flash”. Sackhoff will recur as the villain Amunet Black, aka Blacksmith, a steely boss of an underground black market for supervillains.

Amunet uses every means possible to ensure her illicit enterprise thrives. Sackhoff will first appear in the fifth episode of the new season.

Neil Sandilands plays the new season’s main villain, The Thinker, alongside others making their debuts this season including Hartley Swayer as The Elongated Man, Danny Trejo as Breacher, and Kim Engelbrecht as The Mechanic. “The Flash” will return on October 10th.

Source: EW

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Rebecca Thomas Finds “Intelligent Life”

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 9:24am

Filmmaker Rebecca Thomas (“Electrick Children,” “Stranger Things”) has been hired to direct the sci-fi film “Intelligent Life” for Amblin Entertainment.

Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) was originally attached to direct with Lupita Nyong’o to star but both left the project due to other commitments.

The story centers on a United Nations employee who monitors outer space and makes contact with a beautiful woman who may be an alien.

Thomas will do some additional writing on “Jurassic World” scribes Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly’s original script and a subsequent draft by Jay Roach.

Frank Marshall, Peter Saraf and Trevorrow will produce. Thomas recently signed onto helm another sci-fi project, “Malignant,” at 20th Century Fox.

Source: Heat Vision

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First Look: Margot Robbie As Queen Elizabeth I

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 8:27am

Donning a frizzy ginger wig, heavy makeup and serious gown, Australian actress and bombshell Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”) has been photographed on the set of “Mary Queen of Scots” in her role as Queen Elizabeth the First.

Crowned Queen of Scotland in the 16th century, Mary (Saoirse Ronan) was forced to abdicate her throne and soon thereafter was executed at age 18 for her alleged involvement with an assassination attempt on the life of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (Robbie).

Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, and Gemma Chan co-star in the project from “Elizabeth” and “The Tudors” creator Michael Hirst who penned the script while Josie Rourke is directing. Production is now underway.

Margot Robbie on set of "Mary Queen of Scots" (August 20, 2017) #MargotRobbie pic.twitter.com/yxftq15RFV

— I Heart Margot (@iheartmargotcom) August 21, 2017

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Queen Biopic Casts Freddie’s Bandmates

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 8:23am

Gwilym Lee (“Jamestown”) is Brian May, Ben Hardy (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) is Roger Taylor and Joe Mazzello (“The Social Network”) is John Deacon in the upcoming Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

QueenOnline.com broke the casting news, saying the trio will join the already cast Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) as Freddie Mercury in the Bryan Singer-directed film at 20th Century Fox.

Anthony McCarten penned the most recent draft of the screenplay for the film which May, Taylor, Robert De Niro and Graham King will produce. Filming is slated to begin shortly ahead of a Christmas 2018 release.

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Netflix Scores Greengrass’ Norway Terrorist Film

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 8:20am

Paul Greengrass (“United 93,” “The Bourne Supremacy”) is next set to direct a movie he has written about a Norwegian terrorist which Netflix has just won the rights to.

The killer in question was Anders Behring Breivik, a self-described right-wing Christian extremist with a hatred for Muslims and liberalism, who murdered 77 people in 2011 in the country’s deadliest attack since WWII.

Scott Rudin will produce the $20 million budget film with Greg Goodman and Eli Bush. Shooting will take place in Norway starting this Fall.

Source: Deadline

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“Game of Thrones” S7 Finale Trailer

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 6:35am

Following last night’s sixth episode, HBO has premiered the ‘Next Time’ trailer for the seventh and final episode of the seventh season of its big-budget fantasy drama “Game of Thrones”.

The preview promises the meeting that has been teased all season – Queen Cersei to meet with Jon Snow & Daenerys which will take place in the dragon pits of King’s Landing.

Additionally, two making of featurettes have been released about last night’s ice lake battle, Sansa’s discovery, and both Dany and Jon’s blossoming relationship. The season finale airs on Sunday.

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Early “Ant-Man 2,” “Avengers 4” Set Pics

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 6:35am

With production now underway on both “Ant-Man and The Wasp” and the untitled fourth “Avengers” film, photos are now out from the sets of both in Atlanta and Japan respectively.

Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily and Michael Douglas can be seen in the “Ant-Man” photos, whilst the “Avengers” ones are more focused on some redressed locations to make things more colorful. No shots of the actors in that are available as yet.

‘Ant-Man’ is targeting a late 2018 release while the fourth ‘Avengers’ is due May 2019.

And…. last one is a shot of #MichaelDouglas… smiling. I think. pic.twitter.com/30UXZyRoLV

— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017

Here is #PaulRudd after being sorted into Gryffindor. pic.twitter.com/XnYYtBvYD7

— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017

And… here is more #EvangelineLilly smiling. pic.twitter.com/lmns5h6JW0

— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017

There is a Ferrari… which is kind of a celebrity. pic.twitter.com/mls7yGMYTP

— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017


— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017


— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017

Here is the guy with a beard everyone thinks is Chris Evans and the girl with a smiley face shirt and those are the most famous people here pic.twitter.com/AGCWtfFtM4

— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 18, 2017

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Maz Kanata Rumored For Han Solo Spin-Off

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 6:12am

The currently untitled Han Solo spin-off movie, finishing up production under the eyes of director Ron Howard, is coming to come together and over the weekend a new rumor sprang up about one of its potential characters.

The story began with a Funko representative speaking on the Steele Wars podcast (via Cinema Blend) where he mentioned that he is excited about the upcoming film and listed off a few cast members including Emilia Clarke, Lupita Nyong’o, Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover.

Trouble is, Nyong’o hasn’t been mentioned in connection with the film before. The actress played the lemon-headed Maz Kanata in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (in a smaller role), while it has been established Han has known Maz for many years. Her making an appearance isn’t out of the question.

The Funko Pop expert also says that sometimes Disney sends out orders only 4-5 months in advance of the films at present. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in December with the Han Solo spin-off due May next year.

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UK Trailer: George Clooney’s “Suburbicon”

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 6:01am

Following the U.S. trailer the other week, a new U.K. preview is out for George Clooney’s crime revenge tale “Suburbicon” from Paramount Pictures.

Penned by the Coen brothers, the story is set in the 1950s and deals with a home invasion which leads to cover-ups, betrayal, blackmail, and revenge. Curiously this still plays the film like a comedy, despite Clooney’s on the record objections to that description, but it does seem to capture a tone closer to what the director has described.

Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac star in the film which opens October 27th.

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Eastwood’s Film Joins Oscars 2017 Race?

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 3:41pm

Announced in April of this year, Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris” is looking like it may be ready in time for an awards-qualifying run before the year is out.

Variety reports that the film, about the 2015 Thalys train attack in France and the three childhood American friends who thwarted a gunman from his planned massacre, only went into production back in early July.

Now, here in late August, the project is already nearly wrapped with Eastwood expected to be finished in the editing suite very soon and the film ready to screen in cinemas before the year’s out if they so choose to.

The issue there will be one of attention as Warners is expected to push big on “Dunkirk” and to a lesser extent “Wonder Woman” come awards campaign time. Whether they will want to focus on a third film is uncertain. Warners has no comment about the release plans for the film at this time.

Originally Kyle Gallner, Jeremie Harris, and Alexander Ludwig were going to play the leads but Eastwood, at the last minute, replaced them with the real life trio from the incident – Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone. The three play themselves alongside actors like Judy Greer, Thomas Lennon, Jenna Fischer, Tony Hale, Jaleel White in supporting roles.

Eastwood famously upset the Oscar race in 2004 when “Million Dollar Baby,” filmed that Summer and quickly rushed into cinemas in December, surprised all and took the Best Picture Oscar for the year.

That said he has competition in the form of Steven Spielberg’s “The Papers” and Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” which both are in post-production and set for December releases.

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“Hitman” Tops, “Logan” Drops At Box-Office

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 3:10pm

The Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson-led action comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” topped the weekend box-office this week, overcoming bad reviews to beat expectations with a $21.6 million opening.

Even so, it was super quiet at the box-office this weekend, the lowest of the year to date with $96M in total U.S./Canada ticket sales – even lower than Super Bowl weekend. With Labor Day next weekend and no wide openers, things are only going to get quieter.

Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” wasn’t so lucky, opening on the lowest end of expectations in third place with $8 million despite good reviews. Last week’s topper “Annabelle Creation” dropped by 56%, but even so managed to hold onto second place.

Taylor Sheridan’s “Wind River” went wide this weekend and managed $3 million from several hundred screens along with a tenth place ranking. In limited release, both “Patti Cake$” and “Marjorie Prime” failed to make much impact, while “Good Time” and “Ingrid Goes West” improved well in their second weeks.

Finally, “Wonder Woman” officially became the highest-grossing superhero origin film at the domestic box-office, going past Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” at $403.7 million to a current total of $404 million.

Source: Deadline

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