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Rumor: Warner Bros. Pushing Hard Against Humor in DC Comics Films

Why So Serious?

There have been some commenters saying that we don't talk about DC Comics films enough, so here's a provocative rumor that should get the masses talking. HitFix has heard from several different sources that Warner Bros. is making a big push to keep humor out of their forthcoming DC Comics adaptations that have been scheduled to hit theaters through 2020. Drew McWeeney (who isn't prone to just posting any ole rumor) says he keeps hearing a "no jokes" kind of mandate for these films in the DC Comics cinematic universe, and Badass Digest has also echoed those sentiments. But that seems more than a little extreme.

 Posted August 27 in DC, Development, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

Chloe Moretz Says Piracy Means 'Kick-Ass 3' Probably Won't Happen

Chloe Moretz

Gifted young actress Chloe Grace Moretz has been making the publicity rounds for her latest tearjerking drama If I Stay, and that means she's been fielding questions about projects other than the current one she's promoting. And considering most of the general population knows he as the foul-mouthed, ass-kicking Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass and last year's underwhelming sequel, she was inevitably asked about Kick-Ass 3. However, rather than being hopeful about the possibility of another film in the R-rated comic book franchise, she pretty much shot down any hopes fans might have of seeing her suit up again. More below!

 Posted August 27 in Development, Movie News | Comments

'A Good Day to Die Hard' Director to Helm 'I.T.' with Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan

Audiences will see Pierce Brosnan get back into action mode this weekend with The November Man (and there's already a sequel on the way), but that's not the only action he'll be seeing on the big screen. The former James Bond is set to star in I.T., another thriller set up at Voltage Films with A Good Day to Die Hard helmer John Moore attached to direct. But it sounds like there won't quite be as much action as either of their recent projects since the story follows Brosnan as a publisher whose relationship with a young I.T. consultant sours, causing the young man to use technology to threaten his family, business and life.

 Posted August 26 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ron Howard & Tom Hanks Finally Making Dan Brown's 'Inferno' Next

Tom Hanks & Ron Howard / Inferno

Over a year ago, news surfaced that Sony Pictures was going to round up director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks to adapt Dan Brown's novel Inferno, the latest book in the series featuring symbologist Robert Langdon. Hanks played the character who gets caught up in action and adventure, like an upscale Indiana Jones, in both The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, and while there's a third book that hasn't been turned into a film, The Lost Symbol, the studio is just marching onward with Inferno, a story which finds our hero suddenly waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. Did you see Fonzie jump that shark?

 Posted August 26 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ridley Scott Updates 'Blade Runner' & 'Prometheus' Sequels' Status

Ridley Scott

This December, we'll see if Ridley Scott can finally deliver another great film by returning to the sword and sandal tale of Exodus: Gods and Kings (the trailer had impressive visuals, but felt a bit artificial otherwise). But he's got plenty of other projects on his future slate to keep him busy. The director's next film has been confirmed to be the sci-fi drama The Martian starring Matt Damon, but many are wondering when he'll get around to directing the developing sequels to his classic Blade Runner and the Alien prequel Prometheus. Well, Scott gave a brief update on the status of both sequels, giving us a vague timetable.

 Posted August 26 in Development, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Chris Hemsworth & Charlie Day Taking a 'Vacation' with Ed Helms

Chris Hemsworth

After being delayed back in the spring of 2013 due to creative differences, it sounds like New Line's reboot of Vacation, the classic comedy starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, is finally back on track. Ed Helms is still leading the film with a script from Horrible Bosses writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, and the two are also making their directorial debut on the film as well. And now THR has news of two more cast members joining, one of them surprising and the other not. Horrible Bosses co-star Charlie Day is taking a role, but so is Marvel's Thor franchise star Chris Hemsworth. Read on!

 Posted August 25 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ellen Burstyn Still Going Strong, Now Set to Direct & Lead 'Bathing Flo'

Ellen Burstyn

Since beginning a career in on-screen entertainment in 1958, Ellen Burstyn has earned herself an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony, and already has a legacy that speaks for itself. But she's not content with retirement just yet as Deadline reports she has just signed on to make her feature directorial debut in a film that she will also star in called Bathing Flo, a character piece inspired by events in the actual life of Thruline Entertainment manager/producer Danny Sherman. The story is set in New York, following a man looking for a place to live, who ends up house-sitting for a man in a home occupied by the resident's mother, Flo.

 Posted August 25 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Jeremy Renner Maybe Popping Up as Hawkeye in 'Captain America 3'

Jeremy Renner

Since Scarlett Johansson had a pretty meaty part in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as her S.H.I.E.L.D. agent character Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Wid0w), is there a chance that Jeremy Renner will get the chance to do the same with his character Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) in Captain America 3? Well, it certainly sounds like Marvel has some kind of plan for the bow and arrow expert to pop up in the sequel. Speaking with Collider, Renner said, "There are rumblings of Captain America 3. I don't know what's going to happen there. I've got to find the time, man. I'm trying to stay home and I can't." Read on!

 Posted August 25 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Matthew McConaughey Up for Stephen King's 'The Stand' and 'Gold'

Matthew McConaughey

Following a stellar Oscar-winning performance last year in Dallas Buyers Club and a turn on television in "True Detective" that could end up with him taking home a trophy at the Emmy awards tonight on NBC, Matthew McConaughey is wanted and desired for a couple developing projects. First up, Deadline reports Warner Bros. is very interested in landing the actor for a pivotal role in Josh Boone's adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. It would be a particularly juicy role as Randall Flagg, the film's villain described as the personification of evil, a demonic figure wreaking havoc after a plague has killed most of humanity.

 Posted August 25 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Steve Martin & Disney Up to New Tricks with 'Magic Camp' Comedy

Steve Martin

Fans of Steven Martin may recall that the comedian and actor has a history with Disney in more ways than one. Martin has starred in Shopgirl (which he also wrote), Bringing Down the House and two Father of the Bride films (a third has been rumored but debunked by the actor himself), all from Touchstone Pictures, which can be found under the Disney banner. But decades ago, before he got famous, Martin actually worked at the Magic Shop at Disneyland, and even performed magic in his early comedy career. And now he'll get his magical groove back as THR reports he will lead the family comedy Magic Camp.

 Posted August 23 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Andrew Dominik Writing 'Shaolin Temple' 3D Remake for Justin Lin

Shaolin Tample

In an interesting mix of filmmaking talent on the page and behind the camera, Andrew Dominik (writer and director of Killing Them Softly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is teaming up with Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) for a 3D remake of the 1982 Chinese action flick Shaolin Temple. The original film marked the feature debut of martial arts star Jet Li with a story loosely based on Shaolin folklore and set during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty. Sounds like completely different film territory for Dominik in more ways than one. More below!

 Posted August 22 in 3D, Development, Movie News | Comments

Jeremy Lovering, Not Nicolas Winding Refn, to Direct 'The Bringing'

Jeremy Lovering

Earlier this summer, a report surfaced saying Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn was in early talks to direct The Bringing, a spec script by Brandon & Phillip Murphy. The film was inspired by the mysterious tale of a young woman named Elisa Lam, who can be seen in a security video on an elevator in the Cecil Hotel in LA acting strangely before she disappeared and was found dead in one of the roof's water tanks two weeks later. However, when Refn revealed a month later that his next film would be his own I Walk with the Dead, we were skeptical he closed a deal for The Bringing. Now a new director has been chosen. Read on!

 Posted August 22 in Development, Horror, Movie News | Comments

Jennifer Lawrence Maybe Taking a Role in Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'

Jennifer Lawrence

While we've heard that the cast of Quentin Tarantino's new western The Hateful Eight would be utilizing the cast that came together for the live reading of the script earlier this year, it sounds like there might be an addition to the cast no one expected. As of now, the return of Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins and Zoe Bell have mostly been assumed with no official confirmation. Kurt Russell seems to be the only one definitely returning since he knew that production was going to begin soon. Now Collider is hearing that Jennifer Lawrence is in talks for a role.

 Posted August 21 in Casting, Development, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

Sandra Bullock & David Gordon Green Team for 'Our Brand is Crisis'

Sandra Bullock

Following big success with Gravity last year, plans for Sandra Bullock to return to Warner Bros. are solidifying as the studio has just given a greenlight the political dramedy Our Brand is Crisis. The project has been in development for years at George Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures, and Bullock began circling the project late last year during awards season. Now it seems to be coming together as Variety has learned Pineapple Express and Prince Avalanche director David Gordon Green is set to direct the film based on Rachel Boynton's 2005 documentary of the same name about American political strategies used in Bolivia.

 Posted August 21 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

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