Actor/rapper Donald Glover is set to live out his dream and suit up as comic book superhero Spider-Man in animated Disney series Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. The Community star will bring to life the role he inspired, voicing Miles Morales, a teenager of Black Hispanic descent, who takes over the web-slinging alter-ego following the death of original protagonist Peter Parker, played in the show by Drake Bell.
The upcoming episode, which will air in the U.S. later this year (14), will feature Parker travelling to alternate dimensions and meeting other incarnations of Spider-Man.
Comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis came up with the idea of introducing Morales to the Ultimate Spider-Man series in 2011 after being inspired by Glover's Twitter.com efforts to land an audition for the title role for the rebooted film franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man. The coveted part ended up going to Andrew Garfield.
And Glover admits he is flattered to become part of the franchise he adored growing up.
He tells USA Today, "I never liked Superman that much, because I was like, 'Yo, this dude can't die. It's too easy.' Batman is pretty fly. He's a close second, just because he doesn't really have powers. He's just a justice-driven vigilante.
"Spider-Man is the best because you just don't know who he is, and he's funny and he's poor. I understand Spider-Man a lot on that level. He's just trying to make it."
However, Glover reveals he is still hoping to get the call to join the live-action movie series in the future: "I still have hopes to do something like that one day."
With Season 5 of The Walking Dead approaching with the speed of one of those particularly fast World War Z zombies, we find it hard to concentrate on anything else. What is set to befall Rick, Carl, and the remaining prison residents now that their relative safe haven is no more? Although we won't have the answers to this and other questions until Oct. 12, we can devote our walker love to Hollywood.com's The Walking Dead prize pack giveaway, which you can enter now.
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We've been clamoring for a female superhero film for years now. Principal focus in this call to arms has been on Disney and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the purveyors of the best superhero flicks on the lot, and Warner Bros/DC Comics, what with Wonder Woman on their roster. But we've overlooked Sony, the company that lays claim to the Marvel property Spider-Man. As it turns out, per Deadline, the Amazing Spider-Man films might spawn the next female-centric superhero movie... but we're wondering if this will be a project worthy of that superlative.
Back in the early aughts, Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 set the bar high for superhero cinema. After the much maligned third chapter in Sam Raimi's Peter Parker series, fans diverted attention to the Avengers pictures and Christopher Nolan's Batman films, hoping to find all their comic book wishes met within said parameters. Then came Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2... which more or less validated this specified cynicism, turning over middling reviews and no small sum of fan backlash. But Marc Webb's features aren't devoid of charm. The shining light in both movies, in fact, is the sort of character that usually gets shafted, and big time: the "girlfriend."
Emma Stone plays Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker's (Andrew Garfield) friend and young love, with far more moxy and character than are usually attributed to women in superhero films. Although we get venerable players like Natalie Portman and Liv Tyler playing the ladyfriends of Marvel heroes, agency is a palpable absentee; Gwyneth Paltrow, the strongest of the lot as Pepper Potts, only really conjured up some vigor for the third Iron Man movie. And female superhero Scarlett Johansson still hasn't gotten her long overdue starring feature.
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While the DC side of the game is notably lacking in the same kind of pizzazz on the whole, its women can be noted as especially bland. Lois Lane, both versions of Rachel Dawes, and even Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle are particularly dull characters who function primarily as appendages of their respective heroes... even if one of 'em did run down an asthmatic Tom Hardy.
And yet Sony, perpretating movies that are altogether less impressively crafted than those of its competitors, gives us an interesting, courageous, and likable character in Stone's Gwen Stacy. She's funnier, smarter, braver, and more reasonable than her counterpart Peter, a rarity for a genre of film that prefers to use women as damsels in distress and set dressing. Beyond just being a more vivid presence in these films, Stacy actually contributes to both the plot — she is the most important factor in any one of Peter's actions and decisions — as well as the ultimate takedown of the central villain. In the end, she's more of a sidekick, a hero in her own right, than a girlfriend figure.
We don't know what sort of character Sony will put forth with its undisclosed superheroine film, but we're glad that they're the ones taking this step forward. But this isn't a free pass to further put off a Black Widow movie, Kevin Feige. Everyone needs to get in on this action!
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Theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber is set to sue the promoter behind the failed North American revival of Jesus Christ Superstar to recover his costs. Poor ticket sales prompted Michael Cohl to scrap the new production in May (14) as cast members John Lydon, Michelle Williams, Brandon Boyd and J.C. Chasez were in rehearsals for the 51-date tour.
Now Webber and his partners at the Really Useful Group have announced plans to launch a lawsuit against Cohl in a bid to recover the production costs for the project, which was due to hit the stage two weeks after the abrupt cancellation.
Lloyd Webber's spokesperson says, "(RUG) is taking legal action against Michael Cohl’s Options Clause Entertainment following his cancellation of the 2014 North American Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
"The Really Useful Group (RUG) has no option but to proceed with legal action to recover its costs associated with the project and, in turn, satisfy outstanding payments to suppliers and contractors."
Cohl has yet to respond to the lawsuit news.
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Quentin Tarantino has confirmed he will direct The Hateful Eight despite planning to scrap the project when an early draft of the screenplay was leaked.
The Pulp Fiction filmmaker filed a $1 million (£588,235) copyright infringement lawsuit against editors at Gawker.com, accusing them of facilitating the leak after publishing a report about the script drama, but he withdrew the legal papers in May (14).
With the court battle behind him, Tarantino used an appearance at San Diego's 2014 Comic-Con on Sunday (27Jul14) to tell fans the film is moving forward.
During a panel for the comic book Django Meets Zorro, a fan asked Tarantino if The Hateful Eight will be his next feature, and he replied, "Yeah - we're going to be doing The Hateful Eight."
Earlier this year (Apr14), Tarantino spearheaded a live reading of the script at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, featuring a cast of stars including Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern.
Michael Keaton, Al Pacino and Ethan Hawke are among the stars whose films will be competing for the coveted Golden Lion award at this year's (14) Venice Film Festival in Italy.
The Batman star's new comedy Birdman, about a washed-up actor who once played a superhero, will open the event on 27 August (14), and will compete for the festival's top prize along with Pacino's drama Manglehorn.
Other films in contention for the Golden Lion include Good Kill, which stars Hawke as a military drone pilot, Willem Dafoe's Pier Paolo Pasolini biopic Pasolini, and 99 Homes featuring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon.
The festival will also include non-competition screenings of James Franco-directed film The Sound and the Fury, starring Seth Rogen and Jon Hamm, and Jennifer Aniston's latest comedy She's Funny That Way.
The Venice Film Festival runs from 27 August (14) until 6 September (14).
Veteran rocker Ginger Baker caused an upset during an appearance on a U.K. political talk show by branding Members of Parliament (MPs) "crooks" and refusing to speak to his fellow panellists. The former Cream star was a guest on BBC current affairs series This Week to discuss his career with host Andrew Neil.
Baker was talking about his decision not to quit music when Neil made a reference to the other two panellists, MP Alan Johnson and former politician Michael Portillo, and the rocker refused to acknowledge the pair.
The drummer told Neil, "He's an MP... I don't speak to them, they're all b**ody crooks," prompting the host to quickly change the subject.
After being on hiatus for a couple of months, most network TV shows are back in production this week. Here's where you can find three fan-favorite series filming today:
Right now, The Vampire Diaries is filming scenes in the Covington, GA Town Square, which fans will recognize as Mystic Falls on the show. Convington has embraced its place in television history and welcomes "vampire stalkers" from around the world to tour the show's filming locations or have a bite to eat at the real Mystic Grill.
Castle's passionate fan base will be happy to know the show began production on its seventh season this morning. The show will be filming scenes for the season premiere in Calabasas, CA all day. It was also recently announced that Castle will return "with a bang" on Monday, September 29, this according to ex-showrunner Andrew W. Marlowe.
The FOX series Gotham hasn't aired yet but the Batman origin story already has fans anxiously awaiting its debut. Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon and follows his rise from rookie detective to the Police Commissioner we all know. Gotham is currently filming near the intersection of Park Ave and Grand Ave in Brooklyn, NY.
Want to find out where more of your favorite TV shows are filming? Check out my Daily Filming Locations at OnLocationVacations.com!
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Production on Quentin Tarantino's new western The Hateful Eight has been pushed back until early 2015.
The Pulp Fiction filmmaker had been scheduled to begin shooting the post-Civil War project in November (14), but actor Kurt Russell reveals the shoot has been delayed.
He tells MyFoxPhilly.com, "I've got a Tarantino project called The Hateful Eight that looks like it may go somewhere around the beginning of the year."
Tarantino initially scrapped plans to make The Hateful Eight after an early draft of the screenplay appeared online earlier this year (14). He filed a $1 million (£588,235) copyright infringement lawsuit against editors at Gawker.com, accusing them of facilitating the leak after publishing a report about the script drama, but he withdrew the legal papers in May (14).
Russell is reportedly set to join a cast which includes Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern, all of whom took part in a live reading of the script at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in April (14).
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might have usurped Transformers: Age of Extinction from the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend, but the fourth installment in Michael Bay's rock'em, sock'em robot franchise did hit a very significant milestone. With a hefty $752 million intake, Age of Extinction is now the top grossing film of the year, and just after just three short weeks. That could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on where your opinion lies on Bay's controversial franchise, but 2014 is far from over. There's still a ton of strong summer and fall films looking to contend for the top spot at the box-office. We've taken the remainder of the big films releasing in 2014 and assessed their chances of outgrossing Transformers: Age of Extinction.
HerculesCan it beat Transformers?: Over the last couple of years, the Rock has blossomed into a full-fledged movie star. The last Fast and Furious movie grossed $789 Million, but this latest Hercules film doesn't have the fast cars or the built-in fan base of the aforementioned franchise. We think Hercules will do well at the box office (if the Rock flexes it, they will come) but there's no possible way the Rock's latest venture will come close to making Transformers money... even though we're pretty sure the Rock could take Optimus Prime in a fist fight.
Guardians of the GalaxyCan it beat Transformers?: Marvel has a lot riding on Guardians of the Galaxy. The studio's galaxy-spanning adventure doesn't have any recognizable heroes in its ranks, and might not have the same box office muscle as something like Iron Man 3 or The Avengers. But even Marvel's safest bets would have trouble toppling the Transformers in 2014. This year's Captian America: The Winter Soldier only took in $712 million at the box-office, falling short of what Transformers made in just a few weeks. But who knows? Maybe the buzz, hype, and the novelty of Marvel's space opera gamble might bring in a huge enough audience... but we wouldn't bet much on it. Like we said, it is a gamble.
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesCan it beat Transformers?: The Michael Bay produced Turtles reboot will likely do big business just by virtue of having Bay's name on the marquee. It also helps that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are enjoying a huge upswing in popularity thanks to the current animated series running on Nickelodeon. But even with so much going for it, the upcoming Turtles flick still lacks the same media saturation that the Transformers series has. Also, the last Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film floundered at the box office. This one will likely do better than its predecessor, but no that much better.
The Expendables 3Can it beat Transformers?: Has Sly Stallone sold out? It's hard not to feel that way. The upcoming entry in the heavy hitting Expendables series, which originally promised to bring back the R-rated sensibilities of '80s action movies, has earned a soft ball PG-13. So while The Expendables 3 might lack some of the gory oomph of the earlier films, the toned-down adventure will likely get more teens and tweens into the theater. Will it be enough to beat Transformers? Definitely not, but we wouldn't be surprised if it became the top grossing Expendables film to date.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1Can it beat Transformers?: The Hunger Games series is basically a summer blockbuster releasing in November, and the lack of competition plus the huge buzz surrounding the series might be the right cocktail to take out the current box office leader. The last Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, made $158 million on its opening weekend, easily besting the opening for Transformers 4, but the Hunger Games series doesn't quite have the same earning power overseas. Catching Fire made $864 million over its box office lifetime, while Transformes has hit almost $800 million in just a few weeks, thanks to heavy business in China and other places abroad. Mockingjay has a chance, but a slight one.
InterstellarCan it beat Transformers?: Christopher Nolan is perhaps the only director besides Michael Bay that can still attract big box office business based on name alone. The mysterious Interstellar will no doubt attract some deep box office sums, but we're also doubtful that Interstellar's intriguing premise will be enough to beat the known quantity that is Transformers. Nolan's last film, The Dark Knight Rises, made $1.1 billion in theaters, so it's certainly not beyond reason, but that was the capper of a huge franchise about a recognizable comic book hero. We don't think a story about a rural astronaut can outmatch Optimus Prime.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesCan it beat Transformers?: While the domestic earnings for the second Hobbit films left a little to be desired, Peter Jackson's fantasy series does huge business overseas. And those foreign box office receipts boosted Desolation of Smaug to a $958 million gross. Since this will be the last entry in the franchise, we're thinking this might have the best chance of the lot.