Lionsgate Distances Itself from Orson Scott Card with LGBT Support

Ender's Game Lionsgate

Lionsgate has released an official statement to distance itself from a growing issue related to the release of the Ender's Game adaptation this year. The sci-fi movie is being distributed by Summit, now owned by Lionsgate, who is responding to the recent rise of an online campaign and "Geeks Out" boycott of the movie because of the anti-gay personal views of author Orson Scott Card, who wrote the novel it's adapted from. It's a bold move to see Lionsgate responding in this way, but they're making the smartest decision possible and distancing themselves from Orson Scott Card's opinion, which really has no connection to this anyway. Their official statement pledges support of the LGBT community including announcing a benefit premiere.

 Posted July 13 in Development, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Sound Off: Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' - What Did You Think?

Pacific Rim Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Today, we are canceling the apocalypse!" Bring on the Kaiju! And the Jaeger! In theaters everywhere is Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, the original sci-fi story about giant monsters and giant robots. Starring Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket, the story follows Jaeger pilots defending humanity against these creatures. He's joined by Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Burn Gorman, Robert Kazinsky and Clifton Collins Jr. So how is it? Awesome or DOA? Are the fights even good? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Pacific Rim.

 Posted July 12 in Discuss, SciFi, Sound Off | Comments

'Kick-Ass 2' Director Attached to Write & Helm 'X-Force' Movie at Fox?

X-Force

Just hours ago, towards the tail end of our story about Hugh Jackman's desire for Wolverine to team-up with The Avengers and Spider-Man, we pointed out that an expanded X-Men universe might be in the cards for Fox. The studio recently registered a domain name that pointed to the possibility of seeing the X-Men spin-off ensemble X-Force turned into a film. Comic reator Rob Leifeld confirmed that a film went into development back in March, but it had yet to be given a greenlight. Now THR has word that Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow will write the adaptation, and he might also be getting lined up to direct. Read on!

 Posted July 12 in Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Johnny Depp to Return as Mad Hatter in 'Alice in Wonderland' Sequel

Johnny Depp

Briefly: At the end of May, we learned that The Muppets director James Bobin (currently working on the sequel Muppets Most Wanted) was going to stick around Disney to be at the helm of the sequel to Tim Burton's successful 2010 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Tentatively titled Into the Looking Glass, the film would continue Alice's adventures with Mia Wasikowskia reprising the title role and Linda Woolverton returning to write the film. Now Deadline has word that Johnny Depp is in final talks to reprise his role as Mad Hatter, and the news comes just as The Lone Ranger tanks at the box office. Though unsurprising, it's not a bad move to try and keep Depp's name from being stuck in the mud for too long.

 Posted July 12 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

Another Cold, Heartless Trailer for Disney's 'Planes' Comes Flying In

Planes

Yes, a whole slew of families are going to hit the theater when this animated spin-off arrives, but no, that doesn't mean it's worth it. Without the help of Pixar Animation, Disney is taking us to the sky with Planes, set in the world of Cars. Other than that, this film has nothing in common with the quality we've come to expect from Pixar, even in their less impressive Cars 2. In this new trailer Dane Cook's voice still seems completely out of place as Dusty, and the rest of the characters just seem like caricatures with nothing but lame jokes. The gorgeous visuals are the only redeeming aspect of this film and that's not enough. Watch?

 Posted July 12 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

More Incredible Martial Arts in Second US Trailer for 'The Grandmaster'

The Grandmaster

Just this past spring, the first US trailer for Wong Kar Wai's martial arts drama The Grandmaster arrived with The Weinstein Company releasing the film late this summer. Now a second trailer has surface showcasing some more impressive fighting sequences with Tony Leung as Ip Man, the legendary martial arts grand master who trained Bruce Lee, and Zhang Ziyi, really showing off her skills. Yuen Woo-Ping, who choreographed the fights in The Matrix, Kill Bill and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has clearly outdone himself. This film looks like it will be a visual treat, and have some mind-blowing action. Watch!

 Posted July 12 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Featurette Dives into the Future of Neill Blomkamp's Elysium'

Elyisum

We've already seen the most recent, extended and impressive trailer for Elysium, the new sci-fi film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. Some early reviews have praised the new film, and it's going to hit IMAX theaters on August 9th around the world. Now a new featurette dives into the world of Elysium, and the dichotomy of a third-world planet with the lush, extravagant space station built for the rich. Matt Damon and Jodie Foster also pop up in the featurette, diving into some brief character details and plot information. This could be another powerful sci-fi film that makes waves like District 9 did. Watch below!

 Posted July 12 in Featurette, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Hugh Jackman Wants to Fight Alongside The Avengers & Spider-Man

Avengers / Wolverine / Spider-Man

The assembly of The Avengers was one of the most exciting cinematic events ever. And Marvel's unprecedented lead-up to the superhero ensemble and the creation of an interconnected universe on the big screen has taken Hollywood by storm. There's rumors of an expanded X-Men universe at Fox (more on that below), and Warner Bros. is trying their best to figure out how to approach Justice League after the success of Man of Steel. And if one Marvel star has their way, there should be more. In a recent interview, The Wolverine star Hugh Jackman expressed his interest to fight alongside The Avengers and Spider-Man.

 Posted July 12 in Hype, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Martin Freeman Completes Filming on Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'

The Hobbit

Sir Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom were given a nice send-off by director Peter Jackson following their completion of filming on The Hobbit trilogy. Now the hero of our films has also finished in New Zealand and Jackson has posted a photo showing Martin Freeman after wrapping production on the film. Jackson says, "Tonight Martin Freeman finished his last shot as Bilbo Baggins. The end of an incredible two and a half years. I cannot imagine anyone else in this role - a character that Martin has nurtured and crafted with love and great skill." We're excited to see Freeman in action again later on this year in The Desolation of Smaug.

 Posted July 12 in Cool Stuff, Hobbit, Photos | Comments

TGB Episode 163: The Master Craft of Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro

The Golden Briefcase - Guillermo del Toro

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim Buel and Jeremy Kirk go through their latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for for Schwarzenegger & Stallone's Escape Plan, Spike Lee's Oldboy remake, The Curse of Chucky and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on Mexican filmmaker extraordinaire Guillermo del Toro (of Cronos, Mimic, The Devil's Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) in honor of his new film Pacific Rim hitting theaters. The guys go over del Toro's entire filmography, his overall aesthetic and the geekdom he surrounds himself with.

 Posted July 12 in Golden Briefcase, Podcasts | Comments

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Cannes Favorite 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

Jodorowsky's Dune Doc

Briefly: Happy to report that one of my favorite films out of this year's Cannes Film Festival this year has distribution and will be getting released soon (hopefully later this year). Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to Jodorowsky's Dune doc, directed by Frank Pavich, telling the story of Chilean auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky's adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune that was almost made in the 70s. No release date is set yet, but it's great to hear that it has been acquired and will be getting a release from the always reputable Sony Classics. The tale of Jodorowsky and his Dune is a fascinating trip through creativity and imagination, a story about the relentless pursuit of a dream, and the necessity of art. An excellent doc.

 Posted July 12 in Docs, Indies, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Paul Reiser Joining Aubrey Plaza & Dane DeHaan in 'Life After Beth'

Paul Reiser

With the exception of his shortlived sitcom "The Paul Reiser Show" in 2011, comedy actor Paul Reiser has laid pretty low. Only just recently did he get back in front of the camera with a supporting role in Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra, and now he's getting back into big screen comedy as well. THR has word that Reiser has joined the indie horror comedy Life After Beth, directed by Jeff Baena (co-writer of I Heart Huckabees). The film stars Dane DeHaan as a young man who attempts to continue dating his girlfriend Beth after she comes back from the dead. Reiser has joined the cast as DeHaan's father. Read on!

 Posted July 12 in Casting, Movie News | Comments Closed

Must Watch: Outstanding Trailer for Indie Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short 'Dust'

Dust Sci-Fi Short Film

"We need to find what did this." Damn this looks good, really good. We've been tipped to check out a new trailer for a sci-fi/fantasy short film called Dust, directed by Mike Grier and filmed in Japan in 11 days. The guerrilla-style production took their cast and crew to abandoned rural areas and remote sites in the southern island of Shikoku. The project was funded on Kickstarter last year and now has a trailer ready teasing an eventual full release. This footage with finished VFX looks incredible, better than I was expecting, and the story seems intriguing as well. Cool fantasy creatures, maybe a dragon? I'm looking forward to this.

 Posted July 12 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Lightning Strikes Flashy New 'Thor: The Dark World' Concept Poster

Thor: The Dark World

Yesterday brought some new concept art for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, leading up to the panel that will show off some footage at Comic-Con. Now Marvel's late 2013 release of Thor: The Dark World gets the same treatment with Chris Hemsworth soaring on concept poster featuring some killer artwork and our first look at the secondary villain Algrim the Strong, not to mention returning cast members like Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston. There's a chance this could become an official poster down the road, but Marvel might also just hand out this artwork to fans at Comic-Con as well.

 Posted July 12 in Artwork, Hype, Marvel, Posters | Comments

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