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7:19 PM 9/24/2014 by Jeff Giles
We still have about a year and a half standing between us and the next X-Men sequel, 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse, but putting a big-budget superhero movie together takes time, so Fox is starting to get its ducks in a row right now -- starting with locking down director Bryan Singer, who helmed this year's Days of Future Past, to return for another round.
6:18 PM 9/18/2014 by Jeff Giles
What do you do when you own the film rights to a beloved comic book character that you've previously abused as a supporting player in a much-maligned superhero origin story, but people still keep clamoring for him to get his own standalone feature even though you know it'll have to either be rated R or totally lame?
6:06 PM 9/18/2014 by Jeff Giles
The August release schedule has its moments here and there, but generally speaking, that month is an annual cinematic graveyard -- not necessarily the place where you want to stake your claim to a superhero franchise, in other words. That's what Fox apparently intends to do with Fantastic Four, however:
11:59 AM 9/16/2014 by Jeff Giles
Eager for a studio-sanctioned glimpse of what's about to go down when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits the big screen on May 1, 2015? Good news, superhero fans -- Marvel has released the first official synopsis for the Avengers sequel, including a hint of what triggers the fateful conflict between our heroes and the evil AI who tries to send them to their doom.
11:50 AM 9/16/2014 by Jeff Giles
The Jeremy Renner-fronted Bourne Legacy spinoff did all right enough -- in fact, Universal's been planning a sequel -- but all things considered, it's been hard to escape the feeling that the Bourne franchise has been in a bit of a fog since Matt Damon walked away from the character of amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne following the third installment in the series, 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum.
11:37 AM 9/16/2014 by Jeff Giles
No one was quite sure what to think when Legendary announced it was working on a King Kong origin picture before it had much of anyone attached to actually make the movie happen, but Skull Island seems to be coming together quickly: the studio has lined up a director (Jordan Vogt-Roberts, The Kings of Summer), a screenwriter (Godzilla vet Max Borenstein), and now a star for its cast.
11:24 AM 9/16/2014 by Jeff Giles
Because it's been nearly a decade since the last cheapo direct-to-video I Know What You Did Last Summer sequel -- and because America just can't get enough of nubile young things in white tank tops being pursued by homicidal maniacs -- Sony has apparently hit the reboot button on the formerly Jennifer Love Hewitt-led franchise, snaring the creative team behind this year's horror hit Oculus to re-adapt the 1973 Lois Duncan book that started it all.
2:53 PM 9/10/2014 by Jeff Giles
Stephen King's books have inspired their fair share of terrific films, but they've also been adapted into plenty of duds -- and The Stand, King's original doorstop epic of the struggle between good and evil in a post-apocalyptic world, has always seemed like far too much of a good thing for any one filmmaker to handle.
2:33 PM 9/10/2014 by Jeff Giles
Anyone who's been paying even the slightest bit of attention to Family Guy over the last 11 seasons knows that Seth MacFarlane seems to have a fairly incredible knack for getting surprising people to take part in his funny games -- and now we can add Morgan Freeman to that list, because Freeman has apparently just signed on for a role in Ted 2.
4:05 PM 9/8/2014 by Jeff Giles
Marvel started its era of box office domination with the original Iron Man movie, and even though Robert Downey, Jr. might be the only actor who's ever managed to successfully hold the studio over a barrel in terms of movie star-sized salary demands, he's also been worth every penny -- and while Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 failed to recapture the magic of the first installment, they also made gobs and gobs of money, so there's been every reason to expect another sequel.