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During Comic-Con, director Zack Snyder had a little bit of fun by posting a picture of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice star Henry Cavill in his Superman suit, but most of it was obscured by a robe. But what made the photo truly interesting was the addition of a red lightsaber from Star Wars for the British actor to hold. Snyder used the hashtag #SuperJedi, but he really looked more like a Sith. Well, over the weekend, Snyder decided to have a little more franchise mash-up fun, and he posted a new photo of what appeared to be Ben Affleck as Batman in the desert alongside R2-D2. However, this fun little picture was a little more tricky photographically than anyone initially anticipated. Is Snyder trolling? Look below!
If Richard Linklater's latest film Boyhood is playing at a theater near you, don't wait any longer to see this touching, coming-of-age masterpiece. It's a brilliant portrayal of adolescence into the beginning of adulthood, marking a grand achievement in storytelling as it uses the same stars, including aging child actor Ellar Coltrane as Mason, over 12 years of shooting. Some have compared it to the narrative version of Michael Apted's Up documentary series as he revisits the same people very seven years. And that's prompted one reporter to ask Linklater if there's any potential for a sequel to follow the next stage of life for. At first, Linklater seemed daunted by the prospect of a sequel, but then he had a brilliant idea. Read on!
It's no secret that Guardians of the Galaxy is a box office hit, and another in a long line of successes for Marvel Studios. The sequel was greenlit and announced at Comic-Con just a week before the first film hit theaters, and fans and new audiences alike are fully embracing this ragtag team of space misfits. And while writer and director James Gunn deserves to be celebrating and lining up some other big jobs outside Marvel, he actually spent the weekend working on the script for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and took the time to write a heartfelt thank you to his cast and crew who helped him make this sci-fi hit possible.
While the scenes that played after the end credits of Phase One of Marvel's cinematic universe all teased the next film up to bat whether it was Thor or Captain America: The First Avenger or even just The Avengers themselves. However, the teases in the end credits of the films in Phase Two haven't always been as forthcoming about hinting at what's to come in future films. Iron Man 3 was just an amusing little scene between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, but Captain America: The Winter Soldier upped the ante with a big tease of what's to come in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and even Captain America 3. As for Guardians of the Galaxy though, the tease was surprising to say the least, and also pretty cool when you think about it.
Many were disappointed at Comic-Con a week ago when the 20th Century Fox panel didn't bring any surprises for their forthcoming comic book reboot Fantastic Four. All we wanted was a teaser poster, or an image of the whole gang together, anything would have satisfied the fans' hunger. Well, one week later, we get just a taste of the production from director Josh Trank. Apparently production just wrapped, and star Kate Mara took to Twitter along with her co-stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell to post a photo from the set. It doesn't reveal anything, but it's nice to see them all together. Look now!
Those of us who were online at the right time earlier this week were lucky enough to see the leaked footage of the test reel for a potential Deadpool movie that director Tim Miller and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick put together with Ryan Renyolds. The footage has been around for awhile, and it's even leaked in better quality, but the timing after Comic-Con was perfect, and hopefully it showed 20th Century Fox just how keen people are to see the smart ass character hit the big screen without having his reputation sullied and his mouth sewn shut. Now we get a different look at the rest reel with a behind the scenes photo.
The most recent posters for Gone Girl boldly didn't include the names of their stars, and the first teaser poster didn't even have the film's title. Now a couple more traditional posters for the film finally show star Ben Affleck and the faded face of his dead wife played by Rosamund Pike. The most recent trailer for the film from The Social Network, Fight Club and Zodiac director David Fincher was incredible, and this looks to be a big Oscar contender. The two posters are pretty much the same, but one comes from overseas while the other is a theatrical trailer for the United States. Both just feature Affleck in different poses. Look!
Following the surprising but also confusing Skull Island announcement by Legendary Pictures at Comic-Con last week, news surfaced that Attack the Block director Joe Cornish has an offer to be at the helm of the next monster film from Universal Pictures, telling a new origin of King Kong. While there's no indication of whether Cornish will take the gig (he already turned down Star Trek 3), director Peter Jackson, who brought the giant gorilla to life in his 2005 remake of the 1930s classic, thinks that Guillermo del Toro should be the one bringing Kong back to the big screen. But that's just one opinion.
This weekend Marvel's bold attempt to make a lesser known comic book into a box office giant arrives in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy. Thankfully, the cosmic adventure will have the Marvel bump that has come from their superhero franchises leading to the big assemble of The Avengers, and that train just keeps chugging along. And with a look back at all that Marvel has done for their fans so far, the folks at MTV have pulled out all the stops, and decided to point out every single easter egg reference for comic book fans that has happened in the Marvel cinematic universe up to this point. It's pretty damn extensive. Watch it!
From slave drivers to stagecoaches next. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino continues his exploration into westerns with another project called The Hateful Eight, which already had a live read event in April and will be going into production later this year, aiming for release in late 2015. While some early artwork was released along with the script and live read, another promo poster has arrived courtesy of Empire - showing a stagecoach leaving a bloody trail. The cast includes Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell. It will be filmed in "Super Cinemascope".
After seeing the film at Sundance earlier this year, we hosted our own screening of Mike Cahill's sci-fi drama I Origins starring Michael Pitt, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey & Brit Marling, and the film is now playing in theaters for you to see immediately. The film tells the stirring tale of a scientist (Pitt) who finds love by following a pair of stunning eyes belonging to a spiritual woman (Bergès-Frisbey). And their love eventually helps him unearth a scientific discovery that could change the way we view the evolution of our species and the world around us. Now we have our own exclusive featurette looking at the proposed connectedness of our lives, more specifically through our eyes, and what that might mean. Watch below!
This week, Guardians of the Galaxy his the big screen, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more stellar sci-fi film that will truly make you feel like a kid again, while still packing some adult-sized action and adventure. And to celebrate the release of the Marvel film, Mondo has released a cool batch of posters. However, the bad news is that these posters were sold at Comic-Con in San Diego, and they're all pretty much sold out. Of course, they're still cool to look at, and might even make a cool background on your computer or phone. Plus, one of them is the cutest picture of Rocket Raccoon and Groot you'll ever see.
One last recap of another Hall H presentation at Comic-Con - this time for Warner Bros, who brought quite a show with big screens and big footage. Not only did they kick things off with a very special, short, but exciting tease for Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman, they continued with a very nostalgic discussion about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies moderated by Stephen Colbert, and a look at Jupiter Ascending and the big breakout of Comic-Con 2014: George Miller's long-awaited returned Mad Max: Fury Road. Everything about this Comic-Con panel was impressive and compelling, and we had to take a moment to talk about everything on Saturday night after emerging from Hall H. Check it out below.
For anyone who saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine, you were probably disappointed by the bastardized version of the cocky, hilarious and deadly Marvel character Deadpool. The film took away the best asset of the Merc with a Mouth, and we've yet to see any real progress on a feature film version that would have featured Ryan Reynolds in the role, but in the proper fashion. We've even heard of a test reel that was done by VFX wizard and director Tim Miller for Fox. And now if you're quick, you can get a vibe for what a Deadpool movie might have looked like (or hopefully will look like) with a leaked video showing some of the footage.