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Yesterday, there were some reports going around about an alternate cameo that Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee would have had in Guardians of the Galaxy instead of what ended up on the big screen. Rather than being called an old pervert by Rocket Raccoon, the comic creator was almost part of The Collector's expansive collection of aliens, creatures and other goodies. When our heroes arrive in The Collector's lair, they would have encountered Lee in one of the containers, not unlike the Dark Elf or Chitauri soldier we can see in the background (or the end credits cameo), and he would have flipped off Groot. So what happened?
Starting this Friday, September 5th fans of Forrest Gump will have just one week to see the Best Picture-winning film on IMAX for the first time to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary. And as a special treat for fans who go out of their way to see the film (find the nearest IMAX theater playing Forrest Gump right here), they will be rewarded with a beautiful, limited edition print (while supplies last). Unfortunately, the IMAX blog where this print was revealed doesn't give any details about who designed it, but if you're a big enough fan of this iconic film, then you'll probably want to try your best to get ahold of it. Look below!
Back towards the beginning of the summer, we got word that Steven Soderbergh would still be involved with the production of Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the surprise male-stripping hit from 2012. Soderbergh isn't directing this time (Greg Jacobs has that job), but instead will serve as director of photography and editor. And now it sounds like production is beginning, at least for the Second Unit as the filmmaker posted a picture to Twitter over Labor Day weekend showing that he was getting into a helicopter for some standard aerial photography, likely for establishing shots, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Look!
We just got word that Wes Ball's adaptation of the young adult novel The Maze Runner will heading to IMAX theaters the same day it hits standard theaters on September 19th. But the film will also be the first to try out a new projection system that could make the big screen experience even more immersive. THR has word that digital cinema maker Barco and their new Escape projection configuration will debut to the public with a little help from The Maze Runner. The film will be the first feature that has been specifically modified to project extra elements on two other screens to the left and right of the center screen. Read on!
We've already gotten one look at Simon Pegg as an assassin in the forthcoming comedic thriller Kill Me Three Times, and now the film is poised to premiere at TIFF 2014. And to hype up the unveiling of the film at the festival, a special animated poster has been released for the film that also stars Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Bryan Brown, Callan Mulvey and Luke Hemsworth. This is one is just for TIFF because you'll notice that the smoking matchbook (the only animated part of the poster) says TIFF on it, which is actually pretty cool. Apparently the film is a "must-see" according to TIFF programmer Jane Schoettle. We'll see if that's true soon enough when we hit the Canadian festival. Look!
If you watched the trailer for Ridley Scott's latest film Exodus: Gods and Kings and found yourself annoyed by the whitewashed lead cast of the Biblical epic that takes place in Egypt, you're not the only one. There's been quite the outcry against the casting of Australian actor Joel Edgerton as Pharaoh Ramses II and British actor Christian Bale as Moses, and that's only been made worse since it's been revealed that a slew of black actors are playing servants, thieves and lower class civilians. And now, Ridley Scott himself has addressed the controversy, but hasn't really defended against the concerns being raised. Read more below!
After the teaser trailer showed Jennifer Lawrence arriving in the District 13 rebel stronghold, Lionsgate has revealed a look at the warriors who will step up to help fight the revolution against the Capitol in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I. A small batch of new posters have arrived with a completely different aesthetic than the previous District 13 character posters. Liam Hemsworth doesn't look much different than he did suited up in The Expendables 2, but the other posters give us a first look at Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Messalla (Evan Ross), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Castor (Wes Chatham) and Pollux (Elden Henson). They all look pretty bad ass, so check them all out below!
Most of the time, people who are lucky enough to work in Hollywood are so busy with their own projects that they don't have time to keep up with what's happening outside of their own professional bubble. That means actors, writers, directors and more aren't quite as knowledgeable as to what's happening with other films, sometimes not even being aware of one another's work. However, when it comes to a director like Tyler Perry mentioning in an interview with Vulture that he didn't know who David Fincher (director of The Social Network and Se7en) was before signing on for a role in Gone Girl, that seems a little ridiculous.
In a little over three weeks, 20th Century Fox brings their hopeful new young adult sci-fi franchise to the big screen in the form of The Maze Runner, directed by Wes Ball and based on James Dashner's novel of the same name. If all goes well at the box office, the sequel The Scorch Trials will shoot later this year (we already saw some concept art at Comic-Con this summer). And to help boost the box office draw, Fox has just announced that the film will hit IMAX screens on September 19th, right along with the release in standard theaters. And if you're not in the US, it'll hit IMAX screens around the world on September 11th.
"Welcome to Jurassic Park!" With the death of the great Richard Attenborough this week, the industry has been outspoken in their love for the legendary actor/filmmaker. One of the roles he is remembered for the most is Dr. John Hammond from Jurassic Park, the man who loved dinosaurs so much he had to bring them back to life. Steven Spielberg wrote about how Attenborough "was the perfect ringmaster to bring the dinosaurs back", but now the director of the new Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow, has chimed in with his own "In Memoriam": a photo of a John Hammond statue, which we can only assume is from the new movie.
Shortly after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit theaters a few weeks ago, and hitting the box office so hard that they're already guaranteed a sequel coming in 2016, some rejected concept art for the new designs of the turtles surfaced showing that things could have been much worse. The new designs still ended up causing some grief amongst fans, but again, we'd like to show you how terrible some of the other designs were so we can be somewhat grateful for the final character design. Some new rejected concept art has surfaced from Anthony Francisco (who worked on Guardians of the Galaxy) and their designs are just weird, making them look almost like traditional aliens with shells, ready to eat children on pizza. Look!
Right now it's the calm before the storm that is awards season with not too many exciting releases hitting theaters over the next month with the exception of some promising indies like The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. But that means we're going to start seeing some big pushes from the studios trying to get their Oscar contenders some attention and this week it's Bennett Miller's Cannes selected drama Foxcatcher revving up the hype machine. A new poster features a stoic Steve Carell with some pretty hefty praise up at the top. This is bound to get Carell an Oscar nod, and it's one of our most anticipated.
Well, nine years later, the audience who enjoyed Sin City in 2005 just doesn't seem to be very interested in the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, because the film bombed at the box office this past weekend. Personally, I didn't find the film to be terrible, but just more of the same coming far too late. But there are still some cool visuals to be seen (especially Eva Green), and having a movie with pretty much all the environments created in post-production is pretty impressive. And if you want to see what it's like for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller to shoot a film in this manner, essentially without a real set, some B-roll footage has surfaced. It has to be really difficult to act in a film like this with nothing on set. Watch!
It's a pretty slow time at the box office right now until awards season starts to heat things up this weekend. Which means it'll be the perfect time to check out Ghostbusters on the big screen again when it arrives in theaters this weekend for the film's 30th anniversary. We just featured a cool LEGO re-creation of the iconic scene where the team encounters Slimer, and now we're diving back into the past with a vintage featurette from behind the scenes of the original 1984 film. And as a bonus, since it's the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters II, we found a vintage featurette hyping of the making of that film as well. Watch below!