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Ed Harris Learned Real Fire And Rescue Lingo For Planes Sequel

6:23 PM 6/24/2014 by Fred Topel
Planes: Fire and Rescue
With a career as legendary as Ed Harris's, it's a little surprising he hasn't leant his voice to an animated character before. He played Mission Control in Gravity and did the Call of Duty: Black Ops video game, but Planes: Fire & Rescue is his first animated character. In the sequel to Planes, Dusty becomes a firefighter and Harris plays the helicopter named Blade.

Jerry Bruckheimer Tells Us Maverick's Edge Over Drones in Top Gun 2

6:14 PM 6/24/2014 by Fred Topel
Top Gun
Jerry Bruckheimer has said that the long-awaited sequel to Top Gun would involve drones. In 1986, Maverick (Tom Cruise) was the hottest top gun in the skies, so now we have to wonder if Maverick is still the top gun against drones. Jerry Bruckheimer settled the debate for me even before the movie has started production. "Well, I think he can think on his feet where the drones can't," Bruckheimer said.

New Movie Promises 21st Century Houdini

8:44 PM 5/18/2014 by Fred Topel
Harry Houdini was the great escape artist who died in 1926. His exploits thrilled live viewers like few movies even do today. A new movie in development would posit a modern day Houdini, if it makes it through development. Mark Waters is attached to The Houdini Inheritance, and during an interview about the DVD and Blu-ray release of Vampire Academy, I asked him for an update.

Console Wars May Be First Video Game Movie That Doesn't Suck!

8:28 PM 5/18/2014 by Fred Topel
Console Wars by Blake. J. Harris
Even the best video game movie comes with the qualifier that it’s good “for a video game movie.” Adapting video games into movies has confounded Hollywood for some two decades. Perhaps the solution isn’t to adapt the game itself, but to tell the story of video games themselves. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have optioned the rights to Blake J.

WonderCon 2014: Godzilla is Two Movies In One

12:19 AM 4/21/2014 by Fred Topel
Warner Bros.' new Godzilla film is only weeks away, and director Gareth Edwards and screenwriter Max Borenstein were at WonderCon in Anaheim to tell us about their new take on the classic monster. Godzilla ends up being two different films in one because of the influence of classic monster films.

WonderCon 2014: Into the Storm Wind Tunnels and 747 Twisters

12:13 AM 4/21/2014 by Fred Topel
Into the Storm
In 1996, Warner Brothers opened the Summer movie season with Twister, then the landmark disaster movie with groundbreaking visual effects. This summer, WB brings us Into the Storm, a new level of tornado storm chases in August. The stars and filmmakers were at WonderCon in Annaheim to tell us about the new storms coming our way.

WonderCon 2014: How to Train Your Dragon 2 Plot Revealed

11:50 PM 4/20/2014 by Fred Topel
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The highly anticipated Dreamworks animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 came to WonderCon in Anaheim with director Dean DeBlois and voice actor Jay Baruchel. While Baruchel spoke about his character, Hiccup, DeBlois shared some pretty in depth details about the new film's story in a press conference with the media before their panel.

WonderCon 2014: The Maze Runner's Thomas Vs. Katniss and The Grievers

11:17 PM 4/20/2014 by Fred Topel
The Maze Runner
One of the most highly anticipated young adult novel adaptations is The Maze Runner. Fans got their first peak of the movie adaptation of James Dashner's book when 20th Century Fox showed footage at WonderCon in Annaheim. Dashner, director Wes Ball and stars Dylan O'Brien and Will Poulter gave a press conference before the panel and answered some questions the fans have.

WonderCon 2014: Matt Reeves Brought Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Back from the Future

11:09 PM 4/20/2014 by Fred Topel
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opening this summer, 20th Century Fox brought the cast and filmmakers to WonderCon in Anaheim. They gave a press conference for media before their panel to fans, and director Matt Reeves revealed that the original concept took place even further along in the ape takeover of Earth.

WonderCon 2014: President Nixon and More X-Men: Days of Future Past News

10:37 PM 4/20/2014 by Fred Topel
X-Men: Days of Future Past
With X-Men: Days of Future Past coming out next month, 20th Century Fox showed fans at WonderCon in Annaheim an extended scene from the film this weekend. Screenwriter Simon Kinberg spoke about the film and revealed some '70s tidbits from the time travel film. For one, President Nixon himself will appear in the film.
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