TV Star Jessie Usher to Play Will Smith's Son in 'Independence Day 2'

Jessie Usher

Even though Will Smith may not be showing up for Independence Day 2, that doesn't mean there won't be ties to his character in the developing sequel at 20th Century Fox. After Michael B. Jordan was previously rumored to play the son of Smith's character (or step-son if it's the same character from the first film), THR reports it will be Jessie Usher taking the role. You might not know Usher by name, but he's the star of the Starz series "Survivor's Remorse," so this promises to be quite a breakthrough role for the actor, not unlike what Independence Day did for Smith's feature film career as his first blockbuster nearly 20 years ago.

 Posted 6 hours ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Bryan Singer Set to Direct Heinlein's 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress'

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress / Bryan Singer

Several of Robert A. Heinlein's works have been turned into movies and TV shows and now one more is on the docket. THR reports X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer is set to be at the helm of an adaptation of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. The film version will simply be called Uprising with "Arrow" executive producer Marc Guggenheim adapting the book for the screen. Heinlein's 1966 sci-fi novel follows a lunar colony as they begin to revolt against their rulers back on Earth, almost like a Revolutionary War tale in space. It sounds like this could be Singer's next project after X-Men: Apocalypse.

 Posted 6 hours ago in Development, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Could Anthony & Joe Russo Have Hands in 'Spider-Man' at Sony?

Anthony & Joe Russo

Just yesterday we reported the rumor that Cabin in the Woods writer and director Drew Goddard was being lined up to write and direct the first film in Sony Pictures' new Spider-Man franchise. As of now it's just a rumor, so perhaps there's a chance that someone else could take the gig. The Wrap reports that Anthony & Joe Russo, the directing duo behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the forthcoming sequel Captain America: Civil War, have just struck a new first-look deal at Sony Pictures that will begin in April and last for three years. Sounds like it could be the perfect gateway for them to direct the new Spider-Man.

 Posted 7 hours ago in Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

John Williams to Score Spielberg's Cold War Drama 'Bridge of Spies'

Steven Spielberg / John Williams

Up until now, the latest project reuniting director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks has just been called a Cold War thriller, with St. James Place being tossed around as a working title. But now word comes from an interview with producer arc Platt by way of The Daily Pennsylvanian (via SlashFilm) that the film is called Bridge of Spies. If anyone would know the title, it would be the film's producer, so there you have it. The title is said to refer to a real bridge linking outer West Berlin to Potsdam. It was given that name in the 1960s as American and Soviet intelligence organizations performed prisoner exchanges on its expanse.

 Posted 7 hours ago in Development, Movie News | Comments

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Playroom Gets Renovated in Cut 'SNL' Sketch

SNL's Fifty Shades of Grey

The sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey is currently being held up by negotiations with the source material's author E.L. James, who wants to write the screenplay to Fifty Shades Darker herself. However, that didn't stop "Saturday Night Live" from hypothesizing what might happen with Christian Grey's playroom in the sequel. The film's star Dakota Johnson hosted the late night sketch show over the weekend, but this sketch ended up getting cut for time. But thankfully, it's been posted online for us to enjoy. It's actually better than most of the sketches that aired for that episode, so I'm wondering why it ended up cut. Watch!

 Posted 11 hours ago in Humor, To Watch | Comments

Phones from Phoenix Biogenic Being Sent Out for New Viral Promo

Phoenix Biogenic

We have a delivery. Arriving at the offices of a number of prominent movie bloggers all over the country are LG cell phones with a personalized introduction and instructions to wait for more information tomorrow (Wednesday, March 4th). Mysterious… We also received a phone here. No other info was included, aside from a memo from "Phoenix Biogenic", the same name on the box the phone came in. The note talks about feeling immortal and the chance to get a new body, which connects with the plot in the new Tarsem psychological sci-fi film Self/less. From here, we have to wait until we all get an update tomorrow morning. But in the meantime, this is our first viral look at the new Self/less movie. They definitely have my attention.

 Posted 12 hours ago in Movie News, SciFi, Viral | Comments

Robert Rodriguez's New 'Director's Chair' Discussion with Coppola

Director's Chair Francis Ford Coppola

Director Robert Rodriguez has possibly come up with the coolest idea for a TV interview show, especially for fans of cinema. "The Director's Chair," airing on Rodriguez's El Rey Network, shows the Desperado filmmaker sitting down for a casual chat with some of the best filmmakers alive. Previous episodes already showed discussions with John Carpenter, Guillermo del Toro, and a Quentin Tarantino two-parter. For his fifth and latest installment, premiering this week, Rodriguez talks with director Francis Ford Coppola, one of the greatest maverick filmmakers who gave us some of the very best the art form has to offer.

 Posted 12 hours ago in Artwork, Cool Stuff, Movie News | Comments

Captain America Looks Heroic on 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Poster

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

After finding out this morning that the next trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be arriving on Thursday, March 5th (that's the big announcement that Robert Downey Jr. teased last week), the posters for the Marvel sequel are still being churned out. Yesterday, Jeremy Renner got his own poster as Hawkeye and today it's Chris Evans as Captain America standing heroically. We're betting Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson will get their own posters (or maybe they'll both be on one) before the new trailer arrives, and then that'll be the whole team (Vision probably won't get his own poster yet). Stay tuned for more.

 Posted 12 hours ago in Hype, Marvel, Posters | Comments

Check Out Jason Edmiston's Mondo Art Series 'Eyes Without a Face'

Eyes Without a Face

Another week, another cool collection of magnificent artwork from the collectible arthouse Mondo. This time it's artist Jason Edmiston with his exhibition called "Eyes Without a Face," with about 150 paintings focusing only on the eyes of some famous figures of pop culture. They're all 3:1 aspect ratio inspired by the field of vision of a standard rearview mirror of a car, but the sizes of the paintings themselves vary in size as Edmiston told BuzzFeed, "I’ve got tiny characters that are a half-inch wide all the way up to a seven-and-a-half foot wide painting. It’s quite a range." These are pretty fantastic pieces. Look!

 Posted 13 hours ago in Artwork, Cool Stuff | Comments

Watch: Meet Eva in Second US Trailer for Alex Garland's 'Ex Machina'

Ex Machina

"You are dead center of the greatest scientific event in the history of man." After writing sci-fi favorites such as Sunshine and 28 Days Later, Alex Garland is behind the camera this time as the director of Ex Machina. The sci-fi thriller stars Oscar Isaac as a reclusive technology CEO who invites Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) to his massive estate and hidden research facility to test out a new artificially intelligent android named Eva (Alicia Vikander). But soon Caleb doesn't know whether he trusts the creator or the creation as he's manipulated by both. It seems a bit derivative, but pretty intense with solid performances. Watch?

 Posted 13 hours ago in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Netflix Lands Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts of No Nation' for Distribution

Beasts of No Nation

It looks like Netflix isn't showing any signs of backing down from releasing original films on their streaming service to shake up the film distribution game. In addition to landing rights to numerous documentaries, Netflix also has a deal with IMAX to exclusively release the sequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon this year, a four film deal with the Duplass brothers, a film deal with Adam Sandler beginning with The Ridiculous Six and they're starting production Judd Apatow's gestating Pee-Wee Herman movie next month. Now Deadline reports the streaming service has just picked up the worldwide rights to Cary Fukunaga's lateast film Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, "Luther").

 Posted 14 hours ago in Movie News | Comments

See Tim Buel's Kickstarter-Funded Film 'In Residence' Online for Free

In Residence

They'll never leave… Our good friend and producer/co-host of The Golden Briefcase podcast Tim Buel has completed his first feature film, titled In Residence, and it's now available to watch online for free. Early last year we supporter his Kickstarter for the project, which billed the film as a "shoestring horror flick" that they would shoot on their own for $5000. They got all the funding, and now little more than a year later, they've completed work. And to show it off they've released the entire horror film online for free for your viewing pleasure. Just don't forget to support the guys who made this - Tim and Cody Rhyse, since they put everything into this. And it's truly an independent, shoe-string budget film made by passionate filmmakers.

 Posted 15 hours ago in Feat, Horror, To Watch | Comments

New 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer Arrives on Thursday, March 5th

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Following a tease last week from Robert Downey Jr. about a big announcement coming eight days from last Wednesday, it sounds like we finally know what Marvel Studios has in store. A tease on television has revealed that a new trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron will arrive on Thursday, March 5th during the series premiere of ABC's new drama series "American Crime." Since ABC is owned by Disney, it's not surprising to see synergy at work here to get as many eyes as possible on one of their promising new midseason series. The question is just what kind of new footage we'll see in this new trailer. Maybe Vision?

 Posted 15 hours ago in Hype, Marvel | Comments

First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Drama

Snowden

Production on Oliver Stone's drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is already in production with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role. The film is simply called Snowden and is already set for release on Christmas Day, so Open Road Films decided to tease the film early on with our first look at Gordon-Levitt as Snowden during his time in the U.S. Army in 2004, an element of his life that many people might not know about. With Stone behind the camera, we're not sure what to expect from this real-life since he's delivered presidential films like Nixon and W. on different ends of the spectrum, so stay tuned. Look!

 Posted 15 hours ago in First Look, Photos | Comments

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