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Nearly a year ago, word came that Warner Bros. was reviving their efforts to turn the iconic Japanese anime Akira into a live-action film again. The studio was working on bringing Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra back into the fray to direct the film with an eye towards beginning production in early 2014. But that time frame has come and gone, and here we are in the middle of summer with no update. That is until a small blurb in Deadline (via The Playlist) popped up recently which says Dante Harper, who wrote the initial script for Edge of Tomorrow (also originally a Japanese property) has been working on the script.
There might not be a Pixar film in theaters this year, but that doesn't mean the animation studio doesn't have something in store for fans. This Christmas, a new TV special is coming around Christmastime called Toy Story That Time Forgot. There will be a sneak preview of the ABC TV special at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 24th, and that's where you can get ahold of a cool poster designed by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. That might seem like a weird match-up, but when you see the poster with a dinosaur warrior that has a mace in his hand, it'll all make sense. The Halloween short was fun, and this seems cool too. Look!
The low key release of Snowpiercer is finding a pretty decent size audience after getting a release in limited theaters two weeks later, followed by a wide release and availability on nearly all VOD platforms last weekend. It's turned out to be a pretty big hit with Thompson on Hollywood learning from Harvey Weinstein, who battled with Bong Joon-ho over the final cut, that the film has pulled in $2 million in just one week from VOD releases. That's the kind of stuff that keeps changing the face of distribution. Now to explore the film and see what everyone is talking about, here's a video essay analyzing the film very well.
Back towards the beginning of the year, we learned that Guy Ritchie and Warner Bros. were hoping to create a six film franchise following the exploits of King Arthur and his Knights at the Roundtable. We're not sure if the studio is still hellbent on that plan, and they'll likely wait for box office receipts before making solid plans, but the first film, simply called King Arthur, seems to be progressing with a July 22nd, 2016 release date set. And now Variety reports Idris Elba is coming on board the film as a Merlin-eseque character who trains and mentors Arthur, a role that will be testing actors for the part in August. Read on!
Fresh off an Oscar win for his role in Dallas Buyers Club and an Emmy nomination on the acclaimed HBO series "True Detective," it looks like Matthew McConaughey is finally trying to lock down his next project. Deadline has word that McConaughey is attached to star in The Company Man, a script by Andrew Cypiot that made The Black List known as the Untitled Ed Wilson Project. McConaughey is reportedly involved in helping find a director for the true story about CIA agent Edwin Wilson who went behind enemy lines to secure a weapons contract and report info back to the CIA shortly after the Cold War.
"My name's Bob, and back in the day, this is where I totally fucking died." Back at the beginning of the month, some first look photos from the quickly progressing sequel Punk's Dead: SLC Punk! 2 surfaced, showing off Heroin Bob (Michael A. Goorjan) and his grave along with some old and new faces. Now director James Merendino has released a teaser trailer, and the old gang is back, including Devon Sawa, Adam Pascal and James Duval. Don't worry, Heroin Bob isn't back from the dead, but he seems to be narrating this film from the grave while his son Ross (Ben Schnetzer) is coming-of-age in Salt Lake City.
By the time the next film from Steven Spielberg hits theaters, it will have been nearly three years since Lincoln hit theaters. That just goes to show you how hard it is to find the right project or even get one made, regardless of whether you're an iconic filmmaker or not. But Spielberg is hard at work on getting an untitled Cold War thriller off the ground, aiming to begin shooting this fall, with Tom Hanks reuniting with the director for a fourth time. And now Deadline has a line on some supporting cast members with Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Win Win) and veteran actor Alan Alda both taking roles. But that's not all. More below!
We just featured a cool collection of custom Back to the Future LEGO Ideas sets that the creator hopes will be turned into real sets for LEGO enthusiasts to add to their collection. But now we're going to focus on a set that customers will be able to buy much sooner. The Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy will be getting the LEGO treatment by way of the brand's Ultimate Collector line. With 1,869 pieces, this is awesome for any Batman fan, or for anyone who just likes awesome LEGO sets. Plus, it comes with LEGO versions of Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger's version of The Joker. Look now!
Briefly: Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises have decided to delay Cameron Crowe's Untitled Hawaii Project to next summer on May 29th, 2015. The film follows a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him. In play is a complex satellite system being launched by an enigmatic billionaire with suspicious intentions (Bill Murray). More below!
Right now you can check out Boyhood in limited theaters, and it's slowly expanding to more around the country in the coming months. But for those who have already seen the Richard Linklater directed coming-of-age masterpiece, we have a very cool musical treat. In the film, Ethan Hawke gives his son (Ellar Coltrane) a gift he's called "The Black Album," which is a collection of what his character deems the greatest tracks from all of the solo albums by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr outside of their work as The Beatles. After the film premiered at Sundance, many wondered what was on the tracklist, and Buzzfeed has gotten the whole thing, hand-picked by Hawke and Linklater. Read on!
For whatever reason, those who are nostalgic about the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies have a soft spot in their heart for the overwhelmingly 90s rap track "Ninja Rap (Go Ninja Go!)" by Vanilla Ice. The song was prominently featured in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and there are few children of the 90s who don't recall this hit single. And now, keeping in the tradition of the films, and mostly just keeping up with today's crazy music trends, Wiz Khalifa is the hip-hop mastermind behind "Shell Shocked," a track from the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arriving next month. Now it's up to you to decide which one is better (or rather worse) after checking out the new single below. Listen!
The roll call teaser trailer for The Expendables 3 is an exercise in patience as every cast member of the huge action ensemble is mentioned by name. And with such a huge cast that includes veterans like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger to younger faces like Ronda Rousey and Kellan Lutz, the film is ripe for a whole slew of character poster. The first batch of character posters looked like cheesy yearbook portraits that were done at Sears on a Sunday after family brunch. This new batch is kinda fun as all the characters get a colorful pop art treatment, though Andy Warhol probably wouldn't approve.
After a first look photo from the video game family adventure film Pixels arrived last week, we've got more news about the Columbia Pictures film from director Chris Columbus coming in 2015. As you know, the project starring Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan is based on a short film of the same name that follows an invasion of New York City by aliens in the form of 80s video game characters. However, due to the tricky licensing agreements, we weren't sure which video game characters were going to pop up in the film. Now the studio has revealed the video game invaders.
The hype for Comic-Con continues with just two days before the pop culture convention launches in San Diego. And while there may not be a full panel for Colin Trevorrow's forthcoming sequel/reboot Jurassic World, that doesn't mean Universal won't have a presence for the film produced by Steven Spielberg. In fact, the director just revealed an exclusive poster that fans will be able to get their hands on at Comic-Con. It features a velociraptor perched on the remains of one of the old Jurassic Park vehicles as the scene behind shows construction of the operational park we'll see in Jurassic World. The piece comes from artist Mark Englert, who recently did some Disney artwork and had a piece in the Ghostbusters art show. Look!