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On one end of the comic book movie spectrum, you've got Marvel Studios. They are in post-production on Thor, pre-production on Captain America and The Avengers and are still counting receipts for last months Iron Man 2. On the other end, there's Warner Bros. DC Entertainment, the newly forged entity that will develop and produce all properties from DC Comics' stable of superheroes across all media platforms, with Green Lantern currently filming in New Orleans and a third Batman and new Superman film in development, but that's not all.
According to Heat Vision, the studio with the best box-office track record on the planet isn't wasting any time moving forward with their plans for superhero domination on the silver screen, as Green Lantern writers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green have been re-hired to suss out a sequel to the forthcoming pic and forge a cinematic origin story for DC's Scarlett Speedster, The Flash.
Development on a Flash feature has had its share of ups and downs throughout the last decade, with Atlas Entertainment's Chuck Roven, Shawn Levy, David Goyer and many others taking stabs at the project before jumping ship. Today's news actually represents the most promising plans for the long-delayed film. Additionally, the trade notes that development on a second installment this far out from a movie’s release date (Green Lantern will hit theaters on June 17th, 2011) is rare, signaling the studio’s confidence in what it sees so far from director Martin Campbell.
Kudos to Warner's for thinking long term. It's biggest franchise, Harry Potter, will be concluding next summer just a month after the Green Lantern bows and they've long stated that the DC properties will be central to its strategy moving forward. Today's report confirms those claims and helps entertainment journalists like myself see how the studio has its eye on the big picture. Next up should be a development on a Wonder Woman feature - that film would be the final piece in a puzzle that, when fully assembled, will lead into a super-sized Justice League of America feature that will send geek's like myself and mainstream moviegoers alike into a frenzy.
Source: Heat Vision
Stephen Colbert Talks Failed Bullfighters: Late Last Night
Someone needs to tell Fallon, Leno, Letterman and Kimmel that Memorial Day was a good three days ago. It’s time for them to get back to work, because as of now, all the late night jokes are coming from J. Stew and Colbert…which is fine for us, because those two are more than capable of taking care of business, but it’s just not very fair. Everyone has to pull they’re own weight, you know? Second grade life lessons, y’all.
Stephen Colbert spoke about a pressing issue that isn’t getting much attention lately, due to the catastrophic oil spill in the gulf: bull fighters who’re not very good at bull fighting. In fact, bull fighters who are so bad at bull fighting, bulls’ horns go into their necks and come out their mouths.
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And in last night’s “tip of the hat, wag of the finger,” a Chinese factory now makes their employees promise not to kill themselves by signing “I pledge allegiance to my life” contracts after 10 workers jumped to their death. Of course this is tragic, but not as tragic as being made to sign your name at the bottom of a document that says you can’t kill yourself.
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J. Stew touched upon some international conflict in “Clusterf#&k to the War House.” (That is a nightmare to type.) He talked about the war from the 50s, about which Korea controls the Korean Peninsula and North Korea’s recent sinking of a South Korean battleship. Then he talked about how Israeli soldiers raided a flotilla of ships carrying aid to Palestinians in the Gaza strip. I’ll admit I know conflict is terrible, but it all just makes me wish I paid way more attention in history class, instead of staring into my teacher’s blue eyes.
The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cClusterf#&k to the War House - Korean Peninsula & Middle Eastwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea PartyAnd J. Stew interviewed Morgan Freeman, who as far as I’m concerned, should be paid to read the phonebook out loud because his voice is so bloody fantastic. But oh, wait! He’s narrating a documentary for the Science Channel, about how our earth was formed way back when dinosaurs thought they owned the place. So I guess we’ll just have to settle for that right now.
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Cox met her husband David Arquette on the set of the 1996 original and the pair has been a regular item in the Wes Craven horror films ever since.
They have both signed on to return for a fourth installment of the franchise, which begins shooting later this year (10) - and Cox has persuaded Aniston to join in the fun.
A source tells Star magazine, "Scream has always been an important part of Courteney's life, and she wanted Jennifer to be a part of the production."
But Aniston's Scream appearance will be a short one - she will be the masked killer's first victim when her character is murdered in the opening sequence.
Neve Campbell, the lead in the 1996 movie, has also agreed to reprise her role as Sidney Prescott for a fourth outing. Julia Roberts' niece Emma Roberts has also joined the cast.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that up-and-coming actress and Julia Roberts niece Emma Roberts has been cast in Scream 4, replacing Twilight actress Ashley Greene as one of the film's female leads. Roberts joins an ensemble cast that includes Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell, who return as Gale Weathers and Sidney Prescott, and David Arquette as Sheriff Dewey Riley. The fourth iteration of the slasher franchise is once again set to be directed by veteran horror auteur Wes Craven, who shares writing credits with Kevin Williamson, writer of the original Scream.
Roberts, who recently played the lead in Nancy Drew and has earned praise for her turn as Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous, is rumored to be cast as 'Jill,' a character similar to the one played by Campbell in the original Scream. “I’m so excited to be part of this ground-breaking franchise,” Roberts said. “It’s the perfect opportunity for me to do something completely different than I’ve ever done before.”
This could be a break-out role for Roberts, who is also a singer-songwriter; a memorable performance in the upcoming Scream 4 could mean a turning point in her career and help refresh the series, which has already made close to $300 million domestically. Director Wes Craven agrees. “Emma’s talent, beauty, and range will add immensely to the sophistication, intensity, and fun of the Scream franchise as it returns to the screen once more.”
Weinstein's Dimension Films is pushing to begin production of Scream 4 (alternatively titled Scre4m) near Ann Arbor, Michigan late this June.
The 19 year old will join Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell in the sequel.
Roberts says, "I’m so excited to be part of this ground-breaking franchise. It’s the perfect opportunity for me to do something completely different than I’ve ever done before."
The new horror movie will start shooting in Michigan next month (Jun10).
The 1997 horror movie, starring Neve Campbell and David Arquette, was a box office smash, raking in $172 million (£115 million) - but director/producer Craven admits the story wasn't as he'd originally planned.
He and writer Kevin Williamson had to frantically rewrite the script after it mysteriously appeared on the internet.
And Craven is going to great lengths to ensure the top-secret storyline for Scream 4 - which is set to hit movie theatres next April (11) - isn't leaked.
He tells Entertainment Weekly, "We have been playing CIA with trying to keep everything secret, and we haven't put any pages out from the current version of the script, except for things we've already discarded.
"Our first experience with casting this time around, the sides (portions of the script used for auditions) that we used were put on the Internet the same afternoon. It was bad back when we made the other movies, too.
"On Scream 2, we had the first 40 pages of the script show up on the Internet the night they arrived from Kevin, and we had to do backflips to rewrite the opening."
Variety reports that Academy Award nominated actress Angela Bassett has joined the cast of Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's Green Lantern. The film, which is currently shooting in New Orleans under the direction of Martin Campbell, focuses on a test pilot who is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.
She will play Dr. Amanda Waller, a DC Universe staple who's arc may cross over into future productions, including the proposed Suicide Squad film. Bassett joins an all-star cast that includes Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins and Mark Strong.
Green Lantern will be released on June 17th 2011.
Movie executives at Dimension Films have given the green light to SCREAM 4 - the latest horror sequel, directed by WES CRAVEN. The fourth installment will star members of the original cast including NEVE CAMPBELL, DAVID ARQUETTE and COURTENEY COX and will hit U.S. cinemas in April 2011.
Green Zone is a story we’ve already heard shot in a manner we’ve already seen and starring Matt Damon in a role he’s already played. Remember those WMDs that were never found in Iraq and later exposed to be the invention of a dubious and poorly-vetted informant? Remember the misguided and hideously botched attempt at establishing democracy after the fall of Saddam and the violent prolonged insurgency that ensued? If you’ve been away from the television for the past hour and somehow managed to forget any of these details Green Zone is here to remind you.
Damon plays Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller an Army weapons inspector whose frustration over repeatedly coming up empty in his search for Iraqi WMDs leads him on a quest to track down and expose the people responsible for leading him (and us) down that infamously bogus path. Though his hand-to-hand skills are a notch below Jason Bourne’s Miller’s single-mindedness moral certainty and permanent expression of square-jawed defiance — always threatening another “How do you like them apples?” rebuke — in the face of an insidious multi-level government conspiracy are essentially equivalent to those of Damon’s Bourne trilogy soulmate.
And like Bourne his most dangerous adversary isn’t found on the battlefront but rather within the government he once served so proudly. As Miller delves ever deeper into the Case of the Faulty WMD Intelligence Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear) the duplicitous arrogant Defense Department bureaucrat in charge of U.S. operations in Iraq summarily relieves him of his post. (Hint: the better dressed a Green Zone character is the more sinister his ambitions.) But Miller remains undeterred and he goes rogue to locate the CIA informant “Magellan ” a formerly high-ranking Iraqi official whose supposed confirmation of Saddam’s nuclear ambitions served as the basis for U.S. invasion.
We know how the story ends. Green Zone’s pervasive overarching sense of deja vu is accentuated by director — and veteran Bourne helmer — Paul Greengrass who employs the trademark hand-held super-shakycam style which was so fresh and inventive in 2004 but now feels stale and predictable. (Admittedly my aversion to Greengrass’ approach was no doubt heightened by a previous night’s viewing of Roman Polanski’s excellent The Ghost Writer a political thriller as subtle and precise and finely tuned as Green Zone is ham-fisted and haphazard — and which also uses the phantom WMD controversy to far greater narrative effect.)
Green Zone culminates in essentially a violent footrace between Miller and the Army Special Forces as they scour a heavily-armed insurgent stronghold to find Magellan with Miller hoping to secure his potentially damning testimony before the Army can silence him for good. The climactic sequence for all I could tell was either shot in Damon’s backyard culled from Bourne trilogy deleted scenes or assembled from scattered YouTube clips. This punishingly chaotic often incoherent and ultimately exhausting approach to storytelling isn’t cinema verite; it’s dementia pugilistica.
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.