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It's been a couple months since Sony Pictures struck a deal with Marvel Studios to share the iconic superhero Spider-Man, allowing him to enter the Marvel cinematic universe while Sony creates yet another franchise featuring a new version of Peter Parker. The last substantial update on the Spider-Man front pegged Drew Goddard to write and direct what will be the first film in a new franchise, beginning on the big screen July 28th, 2017. Since then, we've learned that Spider-Man will definitely be Peter Parker (not Miles Morales), but we've had no indication as to who may play the webcrawler. That changed today.
Fans of Spider-Man already had their dreams come true when Sony Pictures struck a deal to have Marvel Studios share the wallcrawling superhero so the character can exist in the Marvel cinematic universe and share the screen with The Avengers. But now it looks like they're going to get even more webslinging fun for the big screen as Sony officially announced today that The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller are working on the first animated big screen Spider-Man movie. Tom Rothman, the new chairman of Sony Pictures, made the major announcement at CinemaCon today with some details.
There's always tons of easter eggs for comic book fans in each and every Marvel Studios film. However, now that Disney owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm, can we anticipate any easter eggs for Star Wars in the Marvel cinematic universe? Well, yes and no. While there's likely not any easter eggs referencing characters or mythology in Star Wars within the world of The Avengers, the comic book film studio's head honcho Kevin Feige revealed that there's actually a major easter egg that is detailed in every single Phase Two film thus far, and the trend has been confirmed to continue in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.
In case you hadn't heard, Valiant Entertainment is gearing up to begin their own cinematic universe, and they're beginning with a five picture deal at Sony Pictures that will kick off with adaptations of their Bloodshot and Harbinger comics. The former will be the first to arrive, with an eye towards being released sometime in 2017, and THR reveals John Wick directing duo David Leitch & Chad Stahelski will be at the helm with a script from Kick-Ass 2 scribe Jeff Wadlow and The Thing remake writer Eric Heisserer. Even if you're not interested in Valiant comics, it's Leitch and Stahelski directing is great.
For those who don't like their movie posters overly Photoshopped, the print marketing for The Avengers: Age of Ultron has been pretty lackluster (though not as bad as that Entertainment Weekly banner). The only saving grace has been the posters that fans can vote to receive when the film debuts on IMAX screens next week. But thankfully, some much more impressive and fun artwork has surfaced thanks to Marvel's partnering with Hero Complex for a new gallery show that will have over 100 pieces of original work inspired by the comic book sequel. They range from being awesome to just being downright adorable. Look!
The sci-fi thriller Ex Machina has been in limited release for a couple weeks now, but this weekend the film featuring future Star Wars actors Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac expands nationwide to theaters everywhere. And with that comes one final trailer to convince audiences to see this worthwhile flick. There's not much new footage, but the trailer uses quotes from respected scientific experts such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking about how much of a gamechanger true artificial intelligence would be, though not necessarily for the better. It's something that's on the verge of not being science fiction. Watch!
Over the years, we've seen Johnny Depp in a wide variety of make-up and wigs, but rarely have we seen him like this. The first photo from the forthcoming crime drama Black Mass has surfaced, and it shows a balding Depp as real-life, infamous crime boss Whitey Bulger in the story about how this brother of a state senator (Benedict Cumberbatch), became the most feared gangster in Boston while also serving as an FBI informant to take down the Italian Mafia. On set, director Scott Cooper says of Depp's look, "A lot of people on set knew Whitey intimately. They got chills at the resemblance. Some of them couldn’t even look at him.”
Ever since production began on Zoolander 2, there's always been some kind of cool update on the film, whether it's a new cast member, or a glimpse behind the scenes. Billy Zane was recently revealed to pop up again after having a cameo in the original flick, but this time we have word of a new cast member joining the mix. "Portlandia" creator and star Fred Armisen recently posted a video to Instagram revealing that he's heading to Europe, and Ben Stiller confirmed it was for a role in the comedy sequel when he reposted the video. Armisden was even nice enough to pack some iced coffee for Stiller and the crew. The comedian joins his former "Saturday Night Live" colleague Kristen Wiig as another unknown new character in fashion.
As is customary with development of feature films in Hollywood, it's been a slow road for the real-life inspired showbiz tale of Russ & Roger Go Beyond. The project first surfaced in the fall of 2013, with Sobini Films, Permut Presentations and Chautauqua Entertainment announcing the acquisition of the screenplay from Christopher Cluess (a writer on "Saturday Night Live" and "The Simpsons") which follows the friendship between filmmaker Russ Meyer and Roger Ebert while working on the film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls for Fox in the late 1960s. And now, a year and a half later, the film just may have a director.
The remake nobody asked for is coming this Christmas with Point Break, a new approach to the 1991 action thriller of the same name that was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starred Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. The film has become an action classic, but that's not stopping Hollywood from trying to cash in on its legacy with a new version starring Edgar Ramirez (Deliver Us from Evil) and Luke Bracey (The November Man). Now the first photos have been unveiled after some footage was shown at CinemaCon in Las Vegas yesterday, and at least now we know that Ramirez surfs and Bracey runs. That's exciting, right?
If you happened to catch Unfriended in theaters this past weekend, then you may have been treated to a bit of a surprise, which is rare these days. Universal Pictures decided to release the teaser trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's horror film The Visit in theaters exclusively this weekend without any pomp or circumstance. It will be available online this Thursday, and in the meantime, a cool, knitted teaser poster has arrived for the film that marks The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable director's return to horror, hopefully with a good film this time. The trailer is creepy, but you'll have to wait a couple days before you see it. Look!
Last winter, we featured an international teaser trailer for the animated adaptation of the classic 1943 tale The Little Prince. The film hails from France as the most expensive animated feature every produced in the country ($80 million), and the combination of wonderful 3D computer animation and beautiful stop-motion animation makes for quite the magical pairing for this story of a curious, magical prince and his interplanetary adventures. In this version (dubbed with English), the story is framed by an aviator narrator (Jeff Bridges) telling the prince's tale to his neighbor's busy little girl (Mackenzie Foy). Watch!
There has been a pause in production for a little while after Johnny Depp sustained a hand injury, but Disney still has Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on track for release a couple summers from now on July 7th, 2017. And even though Depp has been out of commission for a little but, enough was shot for Disney to begin teasing the film pretty early out with the first photo from the fifth installment of the high seas adventure series. Depp is the only recognizable actor in the picture, and he's wearing one of his signature goofy looks as Captain Jack Sparrow, who has found himself in some trouble.
Not too long ago, Ian McKellen was secured to play the butler turned clock named Cogsworth in Disney's forthcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title romantic roles. Now Cogsworth's suave counterpart Lumiere has been cast as well with THR reporting Moulin Rouge and Star Wars prequel trilogy star Ewan McGregor has landed the role of the maitre d' who is turned into a candelabra due to the curse put upon the prince and his castle. Fans will know Lumiere well since he leads the iconic musical number "Be Our Guest," featuring a cavalcade of dancing dishes.