Top Movie News for July 26, 2014

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What's Popping: 'Doctor Strange,' Amazing Spider-Man 3,' 'Ant-Man,' 'Shazam,' and 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy were once rumored to be in the running to play the lead role in Marvel's Doctor Strange, but now, all signs seem to be pointing at Joaquin Phoenix. read more

“Edgar Wright Was Right” – Who Will Join The Lone Ant Man Protester At Comic Con? It’s tough being an Ant Man fan, sometimes. He’s a great character with a rich history in the Marvel Universe, done by an array of distinguished creators, seemingly right on the cusp of mainstream movie glory as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, directed by the highly-regarded Edgar Wright. And then… it all seemed to start to go sideways. First came word that Edgar Wright was leaving the project due to creative differences.  Then Adam McKay was on it for like 30 seconds, and then he wasn’t.

SDCC '14: AGENT CARTER Will Feature The Live-Action Debut Of 'Edwin Jarvis' Collider managed to catch up with Agent Carter producers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con to quiz them about how much the series will tie into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. "What’s great is that we have the same bonus with Cap one, that we could do anything we want because we don’t have to tie into anything because we come before everything," McFeely revealed.

Sam Raimi Drops Bombshell At Comic-Con About Possible Evil Dead TV Series According to Empire, during a surprise visit to Comic-Con today to talk about the movie adaptation of The Last Of Us, producer Sam Raimi surprised everyone again by saying he is writing an Evil Dead TV show with his brother Ivan Raimi and Bruce Campbell. No other details were given, but its been an open secret that Raimi and Campbell have been working on a script that would become Evil Dead 4 or Army of Darkness 2… that seems to have no morphed into something for television.   Sam Raimi Drops Bombshell At Comic-Con About Possible Evil Dead TV Series

9 New Cast Members Join 'Game Of Thrones' Season 5; Plus Watch A Newly Released Blooper Reel From Comic-Con The fifth season of “Game Of Thrones” is about to get underway any minute now and the fast-working HBO show is already scheduled for an April 2015 premiere. The show works at a rather break-neck pace, and so while production is set to begin any moment now (and some of the cast was at Comic-Con today), naturally, the new members of the cast have been announced.

Scoot McNairy Talks Working With Zack Snyder On BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE "It’s been great; I’m still in the middle of it actually," Scott McNairy told Issue Magazine of his first blockbuster role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Reports surfaced back in June that the 12 Years a Slave actor was joining the Man of Steel follow-up in a mystery role that even major Hollywood insiders couldn't reveal given they were "sworn to secrecy." Of course, instead of discussing his character, McNairy went on to praise the film's director. "Zack Snyder is awesome. He was one of the director’s on my list.


James Gunn Directing Guardians 2 James Gunn will reportedly return to write and direct the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel for Marvel Studios, though it's unclear whether or not co-writer Nicole Perlman will be joining him. In an interview with TheWrap during Comic-Con, Perlman told the site that Gunn would return, due to the film getting such a positive reaction from press (including IGN's Daniel Krupa). “Of course they would want to make a sequel as long as it does well and people are excited about it, they'll wanna do a sequel. So, it's going to happen," says Perlman. Continue reading…

Daniel Radcliffe Grows Horns at Comic-Con It’s hard to believe that Daniel Radcliffe has never done San Diego Comic-Con before, but he’s finally here this year to talk about his new film Horns. Also on hand for the panel today were director Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Piranha 3D) and Joe Hill, who wrote the 2010 book on which the film is based. Radcliffe stars in the RADiUS/Weinstein Company film as Ig, a guy who wakes up one day to discover that he has creepy powers -- and horns that are starting to grow from his head. Juno Temple plays his dead girlfriend, who he is accused of killing.

Kevin Smith’s Tusk Trailer And Poster “When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Mr. Howe, his best friend and girlfriend team with an ex-cop to look for him.” Starring Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Johnny Depp. Click here to view the embedded video. Kevin Smith’s Tusk Trailer And Poster

The Walking Dead: Season 5 Trailer Ah, jeez… I am totally behind on this so I can’t watch the trailer, but maybe you can.  The Walking Dead Season 5: Click here to view the embedded video. The Walking Dead: Season 5 Trailer

Scarlett Johansson's ‘Lucy’ Teams With Spritz Reading App to Make Everyone Smarter Luc Besson‘s “Lucy” imagines a world in which an ordinary woman (Scarlett Johansson) gains extraordinary powers by simply accessing more parts of her brain, unlocking the potential that was inside her all along, which makes Universal's partnership with reading app Spritz on the film's marketing campaign a natural fit. The app purports to cut down on reading time by flashing 13 characters at a time directly in a person's eyeline instead of requiring the reader to move their eyes from left to right to take in a page of text.

Second STAR WARS REBEL Clip Features Ezra & Zeb The Jedi have been wiped out and the Empire spreads tyranny through the galaxy. Hope runs thin. But on the small planet of Lothal a big change is looming. A group of rebels meet a 14-year-old con artist named Ezra and soon it's clear their destinies are linked. Aboard their ship, the Ghost, Ezra and the rebels embark on an adventure to ignite a rebellion and strike back against the Empire. Voice Cast: Freddie Prinze Jr., Taylor Gray, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, Vanessa Marshall, Jason Isaacs, David Oyelowo and Billy Dee Williams.

'Justice League' Eyes a Screenwriter Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder must really love what they've seen in Chris Terrio's script for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, because he's reportedly in talks to report for duty again with the studio's upcoming mega-superhero movie, Justice League. read more

Hayley Atwell Not Playing "Old Peggy" In AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON MTV's Kevin P. Sullivan was in the Comic-Con press room and did a quick interview with Hayley Atwell. There, he asked her about her Avengers: Age of Ultron role which she recently announced. She told Kevin that she will not be seen as the present day "Old Peggy" in Avengers 2 - as she was in Captain Ameria: The Winter Soldier. The safe bet, 'Peggy Carter' will be used in a flashback sequence. Last we saw of 'Peggy' she was in a retirement home suffering with alzheimers.

Is DC Trying To Get Arrow Fans Talking With Huge Tease? This could be a total tease or a hint at something else.   One of the Season Three episodes will focus in Felicity’s backstory. Episode Title? “Oracle.” #arrow #wbsdcc #dcsdcc — DC Comics (@DCComics) July 26, 2014   So they are tying the word or name Oracle to Felicity. In a way, that has been her role in Oliver’s life. Just as Detective Lance is becoming Commissioner Gordon and Diggle is the more modern version of Alfred.

‘The Last Of Us’ Movie Eyes Maisie Williams For Ellie Role If you’re a sucker for survival horror titles, post-apocalypse scenarios, and self-inflicted heartbreak, then you’ve probably played through The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s acclaimed 2013 PS3 release.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ First Reveal at Comic-Con: Philip Seymour Hoffman Introduces the Rebellion The voice of Philip Seymour Hoffman is the first sound you hear in the latest trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” the third installment in the popular movie franchise. Hoffman died before production on the movies concluded, but he plays a central role in the upcoming films. Lionsgate will release the trailer to the world on Monday, but it is giving fans at Comic-Con a sneak peek at the video this weekend.

Not a bad way to settle down after that exciting Mockingbird news, eh? (you can find some more details on that by clicking here) Regardless of whether or not you're a fan of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it's a fun video, and just one of the many extras on the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release. 

While a sequel to the YA novel adaptation hasn't been green lit by Fox, The Maze Runner director Wes Ball seems pretty confident that he'll be retuning to this universe soon, and even showed off some concept art from The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials while speaking at his Hall H presentation for the upcoming movie. Based on the second book in the series, The Scorch Trials picks up right where The Maze Runner left off.

Following the success of Kick-Ass, director Matthew Vaughn and writer Mark Millar are preparing to release their next collaboration - Kingsman: The Secret Service. The film follows Harry Hart (Colin Firth) – who helps turn delinquent teenager Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) into a new spy recruit and bring him into the world of espionage.

Anyone who loves Superman knows that director Tim Burton almost followed up his successful adaptation of Batman by bringing The Big Blue Boy Scout to the big screen as well. Nicolas Cage was once meant to play the superhero with a script from fanboy favorite filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was a weird production with the likes of Chris Rock playing Jimmy Olsen and Kevin Spacey once on board as Lex Luthor, way before Superman Returns came knocking at his door for the same role. Now the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

Get ready for the debate over piracy to once again rear its head. Back in 2009, a work print (that turned out to be not all that different than the released version) of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" leaked online almost a month ahead of its release, and whether or not it damaged the box office is still up for debate.

By Nas Hoosen When most people point to their favorite Marvel Studios picture, it’s usually to Joss Whedon’s Avengers. After all, that was the one that delivered on the promise of that first post-credits tease at the end of Iron Man, which offered superhero comics fans their first taste of the one thing we love so much about comics that hadn’t yet been effectively translated to cinema: the universe.

Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions has acquired the worldwide rights and given the go ahead to Money Monster, a fast-paced, character-driven thriller written by Jamie Linden. Daniel Dubiecki, who worked with Clooney on Up in the Air, and Lara Alameddine developed the script along with Jodie Foster, who will direct the film. Dubiecki and Alameddine's The Allegiance Theater will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Alan DiFore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script. Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.

I am a block away from where Starz is screening the first episode of their new series Outlander and the line is pretty good. I helped a lady find the place as the bus lines are pretty confusing if you don’t know specifically where you are going. Then I find that Starz has just put out a new tailer for the show that I can share with you guys now.  The premiere episode will also be sampled on TV and online beginning August 2nd. The new trailer was presented exclusively to over 1,000 zealous Outlanders during the Starz panel, which featured the series’ executive producer Ronald D.


Chris Thompson writes, With just hours to go before last night’s debut performance/screening of Back To The Future, Secret Cinema cancelled their long-anticipated event without any warning or explanation.

Here’s a nice little teaser for the upcoming CW series The Flash starring Grant Gustin. The series premiers October 7, 2014. Click here to view the embedded video. The Flash Comicon Exclusive Promo

We don't officially have a category for "swag", but this falls into that classification. As a big space nerd and sci-fi lover, I can't help but share this nifty bit of swag from Comic-Con that I picked up today. During the Paramount panel yesterday, where they surprised fans in Hall H by bringing out Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey (read our full recap of that panel), the studio handed out tickets to be redeemed for a "prize". That prize? The mission patch from Interstellar, for the "Endurance" Space Exploration mission.

San Diego Comic-Con Review: Found Footage Time Travel Movie 'Project Almanac' Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey's appearance in Hall H wasn't the only surprise aspect of Paramount's lengthy San Diego Comic-Con panel yesterday. It was also announced, after a brief clip was shown, that "Project Almanac," the Michael Bay-produced found footage time travel movie, would also be screened for select attendees. We were able to attend the screening and, while it doesn't exactly blaze a new trail, the movie is smart and knowingly acknowledges both its place in the time travel subgenre and its formal limitations as a found footage movie.

"The Giver" stars Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush talk about working with acting legends Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep on the upcoming YA adaptation.

At 4:20 p.m. Pacific Time, 20th Century Fox will take the stage in Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con to present its upcoming line-up, including such films as The Book of Life, Hitman: Agent 47, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Let's Be Cops and The Maze Runner. Will there be any other surprises? Follow along below!

While we patiently await the August 2015 release of Assassin's Creed, a big screen adaptation of the popular video game starring Michael Fassbender, we have something else to tide us over. Musician and horror director Rob Zombie has created a new animated short for the upcoming release of Assassin's Creed: Unity, which helps set up the storyline of this latest entry in the video game series. The Walking Dead artist Tony Moore is responsible for the animation.

Director Ben Ketai has two reasons to celebrate on Friday.

After 10 years at Universal, executive VP of production Scott Bernstein is leaving the studio to launch a new career as an independent producer, TheWrap has learned. Bernstein recently approached Universal's co-presidents Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum about taking his career in a different direction and exploring other opportunities. Bernstein will serve as an executive producer on Universal's “Straight Outta Compton” and its sequels “Mama 2” and “Ride Along 2.” Also read: How Kevin Hart's ‘Ride Along’ and ‘About Last Ni

WWE Studios One of the smaller reveals at Comic-Con was yesterday’s look at Leprechaun: Origins, the new WWE-branded reboot of those terrible films where Warwick Davis would put on a hokey green Halloween costume and murder teens, Irish folklore, and good taste. For the eighth film in a franchise taken seriously by no one, ever, Leprechaun‘s offering of a trailer and poster weren’t gonna cut it; not when Christopher Nolan could descend at any moment and whisper, “Spaaaaaaace,” inciting mass panic in the streets.


Agent 47 Lives

IGN Movies - Fri, 2014-07-25 19:56

Twentieth Century Fox hit San Diego Comic-Con today, with the studio using their Hall H panel to show off a bunch of upcoming projects. That included Agent 47, the sequel/reboot to their 2007 video game adaptation, Guillermo del Toro’s animated film The Book of Life (read more about that here), the Dylan O'Brien-starring young-adult adaptation The Maze Runner, Damon Wayans Jr.’s Let’s Be Cops, and Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service. Let’s talk Agent 47 here.

'Fantastic Four,' the rebooted film franchise coming from 'Chronicle' director Josh Trank, is busy filming with stars Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell. The team is so busy, in fact, that they couldn't even make it to Comic-Con 2014 as no footage or images were officially ready to display. However, we might have just got our first look at 'Fantastic Four' anyway. Continue reading…

“X-Men” director Bryan Singer has scored a legal victory in the sex-abuse allegations leveled against him, winning a dismissal in the lawsuit filed by an anonymous British actor who claimed that Singer had abused him. The director's attorney, Marty Singer, announced the dismissal on Friday saying, “We are pleased the case was dismissed.” Also read: Bryan Singer Files Motion to Dismiss Sex Abuse Case The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice, according to court papers filed in U.S.

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, 571113 If there’s one thing that little old ladies with way too much money and time on their hands are good for, it’s eccentricity. Such is the case with a one Mrs. Sarah Winchester, the widow of Mr. William Wirt Winchester. She was heiress to the massive Winchester Repeating Arms Company and the creator of the legendary Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California.

Docurama Oh hey, it’s that time of year again where we get another Woody Allen movie. What better way to celebrate than to tell people not to watch it and recommend a documentary to watch instead? Even for one of the director’s latter-day films, Magic in the Moonlight is especially airy and forgettable. It involves many of the philosophical ideas with which Allen is so enamored, such as the search for meaning in a godless universe, but makes none of them stick.

Oh yeah, they actually made a sequel which looks roughly ten times dumber than the first one, and I liked the first one. Yet somehow I bet I’ll end up watching Hot Tub Time Machine 2, too. So maybe you noticed, no John Cusack this time, must have pissed the wrong producer or something (or […] Read Lou Needs More Time in Hot Tub Time Machine 2 on Filmonic.

Vivica A. Fox tells HitFix how her six months of training for Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" paid off when it came to filming "Sharknado 2: The Second One." Meanwhile, Judah Friedlander reiterates that the sequel is the "most important film ever made about climate change."

Back in May we showed you a very intense clip from WHIPLASH featuring J.K. Simmons throwing a chair at Miles Teller. Now take that scene and turn it up to 11 because holy hell this fill trailer might make your stomach turn. Writer/director Damien Chazelle’s Sundance award-winning drama is on the top of my must-see movies this year and if our own Chris Bumbray’s review is any indication,... Read More...

Salma Hayek and director Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom) hit Comic-Con today to show off footage from their upcoming film Everly, the tale of a woman who must fend off assassins sent after her by her ex, who happens to be a crime boss. The RADiUS/Weinstein Company film -- these are the guys who just recently brought us the great Snowpiercer -- features a ton of gun play and gore, if the sizzle reel that was shown is any indication.

The excitement just keeps growing for whatever Marvel has in store for their panel tomorrow evening here at Comic-Con in San Diego, and while we're sure that we'll be getting footage from The Avengers: Age of Ultron, there's no guarantee of what else to expect. Will Joaquin Phoenix be on hand to be officially named Doctor Strange or will someone else take the role? What are all of Marvel's future mystery projects set through 2019 or their recent 2018 date? What we do know is a couple of goodies have appeared at the Marvel booth.

The BBC has a terrific video interview with Mark Hamill from last night’s London premier of Guardians of the Galaxy.

For those of you who weren't able to attend Sony Pictures' panel on Thursday (read our live blog here), the studio has now brought online the greeting they played by Pixels director Chris Columbus. In the greeting, Columbus invites Comic-Con fans to try to win a walk-on role in film.

Joining Pinewood Studios and Abu Dhabi, the tiny Irish island of Skelling Michael marks the third shooting location for Star Wars: Episode VII. According to local newspaper Kerry's Eye, shooting will take place at the end of August, and the island will be closed off from the public for three days. Skelling Michael is a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Atlantic Ocean, 7.2 miles of the coast of County Kerry. Fans speculate that the island's monastery would make for a perfect Jedi academy, run by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Speaking of Luke, actor Mark Hamill appeared at the Guardians of the

Comic-Con 2014: Go Inside With Our Massive Photo Gallery If you're jonesing for some Comic-Con action, but can't make it down to San Diego for the festivities, we've got just the ticket: a massive photo gallery that includes looks at what's happening on the floor, out in the crowd, even on the streets of SD. Comic-Con isn't just panels and trailers (and, yes, lots of waiting in line), it's a full experience that that has to be seen to be believed. If you can't really see it, this should suffice quite nicely. Continue reading…

Dark Horse and Mattel are teaming up to deliver The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!  In 1982, the world was introduced to He-Man and Masters of the Universe. It went from toys, to television, to film and became a pop-culture icon. The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe includes rarely seen images of concept sketches, prototypes, and more from Mattel’s archives.

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