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Project Almanac Is An Emotional Time Travel War

10:02 AM 7/25/2014 by Fred Topel
Project Almanac
Day one of Comic-Con focused mostly on movies coming out later this year, or even this summer in the case of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. One of the first looks at a 2015 movie was Project Almanac, the found footage time travel movie that is Dean Israelite’s first feature film.

In WarGames Remake We Are All Matthew Broderick

9:58 AM 7/25/2014 by Fred Topel
In 1983's WarGames, Matthew Broderick played a teenage hacker who hacked into the military computer system and accidentally started World War III. In the early days of personal computing, it was only a special expert hacker who could be the focus of the story. When Dean Israelite makes the new WarGames, it will be in a world where everyone has access to computers and internet.

Karen Gillan's Shaved Guardians of the Galaxy Hair Is Her Selfie Wig

12:37 PM 7/15/2014 by Fred Topel
Karen Gillan
When you see Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan in Guardians of the Galaxy, you might not recognize her with a shaved head and blue body. She looks like her old self again in her upcoming ABC comedy Selfie, and the reason is because Marvel saved her hair for her.

John Lasseter Checks In With Frozen On Once Upon a Time

11:18 AM 7/15/2014 by Fred Topel
John Lasseter
ABC’s Once Upon a Time continues to build its fairy tale universe by adding characters from Disney’s Frozen to its fourth season. The hit Disney animated movie was based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, but it was the movie that put it on the forefront of fairy tales.

ABC President Talks Marvel TV And Movie Crossovers

11:08 AM 7/15/2014 by Fred Topel
Today is ABC’s session for the Television Critics Association, and ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee spoke in an executive session. I asked him if there are more plans to tie Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Agent Carter TV series into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, Marvel won’t let him say too much.

Joel Silver Still Developing Lethal Weapon Reboot, Matrix 4

11:09 PM 7/14/2014 by Fred Topel
Joel Silver
Joel Silver is producing a new TV show for Esquire Network called “My Friends Call My Johnny,” featuring businessman Jean Pigozzi interviewing the celebrity friends he’s made around the world. Silver and Pigozzi were on a panel for the Television Critics Association this week, and after the panel Silver spoke briefly about some of his gestating film franchises.

Jason Blum Talks Insidious/Sinister Director Shakeups, More Purges

10:54 PM 7/14/2014 by Fred Topel
Jason Blum
While Jason Blum has a virtual monopoly on the most successful horror movies, some of his staple directors are moving on. After directing The Fast and the Furious 7, James Wan left the Insidious franchise in the hands of screenwriter Leigh Whannell. Blum still expects he can convince Wan to make another horror movie for him, joking that it could be as soon as Insidious 4.

Jem and the Holograms Movie Has All Original Songs, But What About The Classics?

10:46 PM 7/14/2014 by Fred Topel
Jem and the Holograms
Jason Blum has become the most prolific mogul of modern Holllywood, and now he’s branching into television. He was on a panel for his upcoming Syfy show Ascension for the Television Critics Association this week, and after his panel he spoke with reporters about his movie projects. Perhaps the most highly anticipated among ‘80s kids is the live-action Jem and the Holograms movie.

Joe Carnahan Will Revise Death Wish Remake Script, Still Wants Frank Grillo

12:59 PM 7/13/2014 by Fred Topel
Joe Carnahan
Joe Carnahan is still working on a remake of the Charles Bronson film Death Wish, which became a lucrative franchise for Bronson. It would require a rewrite, since MGM passed on Carnahan’s first script. Carnahan spoke with the Television Critics Association today for his upcoming NBC show State of Affairs and we asked him if he would still cast his The Grey star Frank Grillo as Paul Kersey, the vigilante of Death Wish.

Next Star Trek Movie May Begin the Five Year Mission

4:39 PM 7/11/2014 by Fred Topel
Star Trek
Star Trek: The Original Series was a chronicle of the five year mission of the Starship Enterprise “to explore new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” The original crew of the Enterprise lasted much more than five years, and while we’ve gotten used to Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and co.

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