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After bringing some flare to indie thrillers and horror with The Guest and You're Next, director Adam Wingard has just been lined up to take on a studio project. THR reports the filmmaker has just signed on to direct an adaptation of the Japanese horror manga Death Note. Previously, directors like Shane Black and Gus Van Sant were linked to the project, but neither of them stuck with the adaptation. With Wingard signed, it sounds like he might finally be the one to make it happen along with producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie), as well as Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow) and "Heroes" series star Masi Oka.
Welcome to Another Year at the Movies with Jordan Jeffries. Just a few weeks ago I stopped by the 2015 MoCCA Arts Festival (hosted by the Society of Illustrators) in New York City, sort of like Artists' Alley at Comic-Con minus the rest of Comic-Con and only the artists. There I stumbled across and discovered one amazing, unforgettable comic book dedicated to a love of movies, titled Matinee Junkie. It was written and illustrated by cinephile Jordan Jeffries from New Jersey. I bought a copy of year one and the sequel, Matinee Junkie 2 (for 2014), which recaps each a year of his life as connected to the films he saw - including a full-size scan of the ticket stub. This is a must read comic book for any/every last movie lover out there.
Earlier this month, Zac Efron and Adam DeVine landed quite the spectacular companion for their forthcoming comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates set up at 20th Century Fox. Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick took the role of one of the wedding dates that the titular dudes find after placing an ad online. But since there's two hard-partying, immature brothers in the title, they need two dates. And today, Variety brings word on that second date with "Parks & Recreation" star Aubrey Plaza playing one of the two women who Mike and Dave surprisingly find out might get wilder and crazier than they do. Read on!
Back in 2008, there was a live-action feature film adaptation of Will Eisner's celebrated comic The Spirit. Graphic novel writer Frank Miller directed the film in the same style as the big screen adaptation of Sin City, but the film was an absolute mess, and it has been panned by critics and fans alike. But did you know that we almost got a completely different adaptation of The Spirit in the 1980s? Space Jam animation producer Steven Paul Leiva just posted a pencil test trailer for what would have been an animated adaptation of The Spirit from director Brad Bird and Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz, and it looks awesome. Watch!
Earlier this year, during the heart of awards season, "Sesame Street" had some fun by parodying Birdman with the help of Big Bird. Now that it's blockbuster season, the children's television workshop is back with another Crumby Pictures production that has a new spin on The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Instead of an assembly of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the usual heroes, this team is powered by vegetables to make The Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon. The citizens of the city are having their vegetables ruined by sweets, and only The Aveggies, composed of Onion Man and Captain Americauliflower can stop the chaos.
Sometimes films that make the rounds on the film festival circuit just don't make it to theaters for one reason or another. There may not be appeal to a distributor to bring it to theaters, or maybe it just doesn't drum up enough buzz. In the case of Cub, we're not sure what the issue is, but the Belgian horror film from Jonas Govaerts played TIFF last year, and has already hit theaters in plenty of overseas markets. The film follows a group of young campers who end up terrorized in the woods. Sadly, it will only be hitting Blu-Ray and DVD here in the United States, but we still wanted to call your attention to the US trailer for the film that our own Jeremy Kirk has called an "envelope-pushing horror fan's dream" from Fantastic Fest. Watch!
If you're one of those action fans who has been waiting for a sequel to Face/Off or another installment in the Rush Hour franchise, what if we told you that it was possible to kill those two birds with one stone? Sean Combs (aka Diddy, P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Honey Combs) and Byung-Hun Lee (RED 2, Terminator: Genisys) have teamed up for the ultimate blockbuster sequel: Rush Hour 4: Face/Off 2. If you've been in Los Angeles, you might have seen a billboard for this project around town, and now it's finally arrived. This is such a weird idea, and I honestly can't believe it even exists. Hollywood is desperate.
"It would be a sweet ass fucking baby." There's always plenty of blockbuster action during the summer, but there's also a few big comedies bringing the laughs as well. One of the bigger attempts to get your chuckles will be Ted 2, the sequel to Seth MacFarlane's feature comedy debut as director and the voice of a foul-mouthed, weed-smoking teddy bear. This time, Mark Wahlberg is helping his buddy have kids by being a sperm donor, but the legal system will be a big obstacle before it's allowed to happen legally. If you didn't like the first film, I can't imagine you'll want to see the sequel, which looks pretty amusing. Watch!
If you were looking forward to seeing Christian Bale leading the adaptation of John D. MacDonald's mystery adventure novel The Deep Blue Goodbye, then we have some bad news. According to THR, Bale recently tore his ACL, which will prevent him from filming the adaptation due to how much physical exertion would have been required for the film, including an action sequence that would've taken place on boats. So for now, 20th Century Fox has put the project on hold, with some sources saying it could be postponed instead of scrapped completely, but the future fate of the film isn't clear at this time. Read on!
We're bound to be getting plenty of Marvel updates this week with the arrival of The Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting theaters beginning at 7pm on Thursday, April 30th. And today, we already have one update about the next film from Marvel Studios slated to go into production in May. Captain America: Civil War will have Iron Man (Tony Stark) and Captain America (Chris Evans) coming to blows, but there will still be a villain in play. We've known for awhile that Daniel Bruhl will play that villain, but there's been some confusion as to who he will actually play. Now we have confirmation from the actor himself. Read on!
Back in February was when we heard from director Bryan Singer that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Kodi Smit-McPhee would be playing a younger version of the teleporting mutant Nightcrawler, originally played by Alan Cumming in X2: X-Men United. And now, just a couple months later, we have our first look at Smit-McPhee teleporting in a quick little video that Singer posted to Twitter. Though the tweet making the reveal has since been removed, the video is still available online. We don't know anything about how Nightcrawler will be introduced this time, but Smit-McPhee looks good in the blue make-up. Look now!
Much in the same way that director Michael Bay teased a bunch of the new vehicles we would be seeing in Transformers: Age of Extinction, the director has just given us a first look at the new ride our heroes in a half-shell will be driving around in for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. It's completely different from the turtle van we saw in the first film, and this time Donatello, Michelangelo, Rapheael and Leonardo have a garbage truck to ride around in. Notice that the name on the side of the truck says 'Tartaruga" brothers, which is not only the name of the former owners of this truck, but also the Italian word for turtle. Look!