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Following the trend of Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games, we already know that The Divergent Series: Allegiant will be split into two films. Allegiant - Part 1 will arrive on March 18th, 2016 and Allegiant - Part 2 will arrive on March 24th, 2017. That meas the entire franchise will have been release in just four years. That would be more impressive if the films had a little more substance (they're not terrible, just underwhelming), but young adult sci-fi is all the rage right now. Anyway, the finale might up the ante as THR reports Dumb & Dumber and "The Newsroom" star Jeff Daniels has joined.
After bringing comedy to the White House Correspondents' Dinner last week, "Saturday Night Live" cast member Cecily Strong is getting ready to start a feature film career as well. The comedienne has a role in the indie comedy The Bronze, but now she's lined up her first studio feature film comedy as Deadline reports Strong is taking a role in Michelle Darnell, the next comedy led by The Heat and Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy. As of now there's no indication as to what role Strong has in the film, but her presence is enough to have some hope that this comedy actually turns out better than McCarthy's Tammy.
There seems to be an influx of solid films coming from Australia lately, and one more will be arriving this summer. Strangerland marks the directorial debut of Kim Farrant, and features an impressive cast led by Aussie native Nicole Kidman, joined by Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. The film follows a couple who become frantic and panicked after their teenage son and daughter disappear in the Australian desert. It sounds like standard thriller fare, but the setting down under certainly makes for a nice change of pace, and looking at this domestic trailer, you can tell the film has some gorgeous cinematography. Watch!
Last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past did a spectacular job of essentially rebooting the X-Men franchise, while still meshing the casts of the original trilogy from director Bryan Singer, and the new cast from X-Men: First Class. However, now that there's a new past timeline intact, it sounds like the old one might be coming to an end for good this time. El Mayimbe, the scoopmaster formerly of Latino Review, posted a juicy rumor to Instagram saying that X-Men: Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 will be the final films to have ties to Bryan Singer's X-Men universe, and everything from now on will concern the X-Men: First Class team.
Sony Pictures seems to have a lot of big plans in the works for the future of their franchises. There's a big plan in the works for a whole cinematic universe to follow the all-female Ghostbusters reboot from Paul Feig, with another film having Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt strapping on proton packs. And there's also been chatter about the 21 Jump Street franchise meshing with the world of Men in Black. Now another rumor has surfaced revealing hopes to expand the 21 Jump Street brand even further, and it's not unlike Sony's plan for more Ghostbusters, because there may be a female centric spin-off in the works now.
Even though Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has been confirmed to bring back Megan Fox as April O'Neil, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick and William Fichtner as Eric Saks, it looks like one part of the original cast won't be back. Variety has learned that Paramount is hiring The Wolverine star Brian Tee to play the villain Shredder instead of bringing back Tohoru Masamune, who played the villain in the first film. Considering Shredder was more of an action presence than a defined character in the first film, it makes sense that producers would get someone who has some more experience with acting and action this time.
"My world is reduced to a single instinct: survive." This week brings the arrival of The Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters, officially kicking off blockbuster summer with a bang. But we still have a little over two weeks before Mad Max: Fury Road brings its own brand of crazy action to the big screen, and Warner Bros. is making one last effort to convince you to see the film, just in case none of the previous insane footage did the trick for you. This time we get much more of Charlize Theron being a bad ass, and again it seems like she's just as much of a hero in this film as Tom Hardy has been made out to be. Watch now!
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.
After being pursued by a terrifying entity in this year's indie horror hit It Follows, actress Maika Monroe will have to deal with aliens this time. Director Roland Emmerich again took to Twitter today to announce that the actress has landed a role in Independence Day 2. Monroe is one among a few new additions to the sequel who were not part of the original 1996 sci-fi blockbuster. Other new cast members include Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Jessie Usher, Charlote Gainsbourg, Travis Tope and Joey King. However, at this time, we really don't know what roles these new actors will be playing in the sequel.
Sadly, audiences didn't head to theaters in greater numbers to see Edge of Tomorrow (or Live Die Repeat as it's now known on home video). It's a shame, because the Tom Cruise vehicle proved to be far more entertaining the even the trailers led on, and it's a fantastic and fun sci-fi action adventure. And if you're just now stumbling upon the greatness that is Edge of Tomorrow, perhaps you'd like to know more about the visual effects. Thankfully, Academy Originals just released a new installment that looks at how the final sequence in Paris was created, mostly with visual effects, and it's an impressive look behind the scenes.
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!