Michael Keaton Spider-Man

UPDATE #2: On April 13th, 2016 it was reported that Michael Keaton was in early talks to join Spider-Man: Homecoming. A week later we learned that the talks had fallen through. Well, it’s a month later and things have changed once again.

According to THRMichael Keaton is now in final negotiations to join Spider-Man: Homecoming as a villain. Apparently Marvel’s “initial overtures towards Keaton didn’t get past the offer stage” and the company “moved on to other actors before returning to Keaton.” It’s unclear which villain Keaton will play in the new film although BDM had previously reported that the Vulture will be one of the film’s bad guys and that doesn’t seem like a stretch for the former Birdman/Batman star.

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Frequency TV Series Trailer

You should know by now that  I love time-travel stories, so it should come as no surprise that I like the 2000 film Frequency which starred Jim Caviezel as a guy whose radio allowed him to speak with his dead father (played by Dennis Quaid), “with their communication being the portal into a thriller plot involving a serial killer.” Warner Bros Television has produced a new series based on this premise with Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver.

While the show won’t premiere on The CW until this fall, the network has released a first look trailer. Hit the jump and watch it now.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Everything is a Remix Video Essay

In 2010, Kirby Ferguson created a video essay called Everything is a Remix, about how it’s not just Quentin Tarantino, but every single artist (authors, musicians or filmmakers) who borrows something old to make something new. The video essay spawned a series of essays, which was later combined into an almost 40 minute long documentary (which you can watch here).

Ferguson has returned once again with a new Everything is a Remix video essay, this time focusing not just on Star Wars: The Force Awakens but also the overall storytelling career of JJ Abrams. The video isn’t just a visualization of all the complaints we’ve heard about Force Awakens being a rehash of A New Hope (we’ve already seen that before), but a serious look into the screenwriter, director and producer’s filmography, as well as an examination of how Abrams copies, transforms and combines his stories to create his art. But it also asks: is the remix method growing stale and have we hit the limits of remixing?

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Star Wars Episode 8 title

Stop right here if you think this post has any leaked information or rumors from sources, because it does not. The following post is just my humble speculation about what the title of Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII could possibly be and when we might expect an announcement. Its all obsessive nerdery, so leave now if that doesn’t sound worth reading.

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Wreck-It Ralph honest trailer
Screen Junkies has returned with an Honest Trailer for one of the best video game movies of all time, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck It Ralph. This is timely especially with all the talk of a possible sequel being in the works. Hit the jump to watch a four minute trailer lampooning Rich Moore‘s beloved computer animated film.
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The Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood

In March, Universal Studios announced that The Walking Dead Attraction would be coming to Universal Studios Hollywood this summer. The new walk-through haunted house attraction will “create a no-holds-barred experience that significantly intensifies any other iteration previously developed within the theme park.”

And now today Universal has released a video showing how The Walking Dead executive producer and director Greg Nicotero and his special effects company, KNB EFX are contributing to the new attraction, constructing prosthetics and animatronics that even utilize original molds from the actual show. Previously Universal told us that the new experience could include “authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, delivering an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.” Hit the jump to watch the video and see how Nicotero is contributing to this new Universal Studios Hollywood experience.
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DC Entertainment has announced “a new identity and logo for its iconic DC brand.” The new DC logo, like most everything these days, is simple and streamlined. For me, it’s almost seems too simple. The logo was designed by Pentagram, who have developed identities for Sam Labs, Citibank, United Airlines and the new Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as worked on movie and television branding from Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them to the 40th Season of Saturday Night Live.

The logo will debut on the cover of the DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH SPECIAL #1 comic book written by Geoff Johns, which will represent “the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the DC Universe, mixing traditional values and a modern aesthetic.” See the full logo and learn more after the jump.

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