Briefly: We don’t know who he’ll play (Doomsday might be a safe bet) but Jason Momoa (Conan, Game of Thrones) is in talks to join the cast of Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman. He joins Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and the most recent addition Gal Godot as Wonder Woman.
With that roster of three heroes, and the supposed involvement of the Flash, speculation is rampant that this is really turning into a Justice League movie. That leads to further speculation that Momoa might play another hero, with Martian Manhunter’s name cropping up. We’ll update with more details as soon as we get them. [THR]
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The last film from Andy and Lana Wachowski, Cloud Atlas, ranged through time from centuries in our civilization’s past to thousands of years in the future. So, by comparison, the scope of their new film Jupiter Ascending, which merely flies from Chicago into deep space, seems almost restrained.
But nothing else looks restrained in the new film, which sees Channing Tatum as a sort of hybrid animal-human hunter tracking down a woman on earth (Mila Kunis) who holds the key to galactic intrigue.
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There will almost certainly be a Jack Reacher sequel — the questions are “when,” and “by whom”? Notice that we don’t have to ask which of the many Lee Child novels the film will be based on, because Tom Cruise, Skydance Productions, and Paramount are now developing the most recent book, Never Go Back, as the sequel. (It’ll probably be titled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, in the parlance of our times.)
Those who read all of Child’s novels will know that Never Go Back isn’t quite a standalone story; it is motivated by a phone call Jack Reacher had with the current commanding officer of his old military unit, and he’s spent a couple books trying to get to a base in Virginia to follow up on the call.
There’s something a lot more important in this book, however: a smart, super-precocious teen girl. She could easily end up taking a bigger role in the film than she does in the book, and in so doing make the movie attractive to audiences that didn’t even glance in Jack Reacher‘s direction. Read More »
Can series creator Dan Harmon put the shine back on Community? Ousted for the show’s fourth season, he’s back for the fifth, which premieres on January 2. This teaser suggests that Harmon has done a lot of course correcting — while I couldn’t get through much of the fourth season, this teaser has me ready to check out the fifth. In fact, I’m now eager to see this season, and I would never have guessed I’d feel that way after struggling through the first third of season four before giving up.
In fact, interviews see star Joel McHale saying that Harmon is “basically calling it a re-pilot of the show, where he’s re-establishing all the characters and grounding (them).” And there’s a lot of work to do: Chevy Chase left the cast, Donald Glover is leaving partway through season five, and John Oliver is returning.
But this little bit of footage suggests that Harmon might have been able to (re)ground the characters without losing the zany, unpredictable aspects of the show. Check it out below. Read More »
Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with the comedy Bad Words, about a guy (played by Bateman) who hijacks a national spelling bee. How does that happen, exactly? The red-band trailer below will show you a bit, just as it’ll let you know how the supporting cast such as Rohan Chand (Homeland), Kathryn Hahn (We’re the Millers), Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids), Philip Baker Hall (Argo), and Allison Janney (The Help) factor in.
The language in this one really isn’t for work; this teaser makes the Bad Grandpa red-band stuff sound positively tame.
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Celebration of 2013 as a year of movies is already in full swing, with critics groups handing out their awards, top-something lists starting to appear, and many a montage of 2013 footage competing for your time. The latest supercut ready to remind us of how some movies looked really good before we actually got to see them is Final Cut 2013, an 8-minute assembly of trailer moments, beauty shots, and trailer gags.
Get on the ride, below, and stick around for the argument that supercuts such as this one reflect the movie industry in ways that might not be exactly what was intended. Read More »
Approaching the Sundance competition lineup each year can be like pulling close to a great frontier: there are many new discoveries to be made, along with surprises and disappointments in equal measure.
The Premiere and out of competition Documentary Premiere slates are just as promising, but in a different way — these tend to be films we’ve heard something about, and which have bigger backing, or a parade of recognizable talent. And so, for 2014, there’s the debut of The Raid 2, and the strange musician comedy Frank, starring Michael Fassbender. There’s Anton Corbijn‘s A Most Wanted Man, and David Wain‘s They Came Together, and Michael Winterbottom‘s follow up to The Trip, titled The Trip to Italy.
Oh, and this doc slate includes movies about subjects such as Roger Ebert, Whitey Bulger, and Fela Kuti. (And bridging the gap is the “live on stage” film starring Nick Offerman, directed by Kings of Summer filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts.) Check out the full list below. Read More »
Briefly: The title of the Terminator reboot is, reportedly Terminator: Genesis. That’s one of those wildly uninspiring subtitles that can join words such as “retribution,” “origins,” and “retaliation” in the set of outlawed terms that offer some vague idea of the tone of a film without really saying much at all. Since this is the first film in a planned trilogy, maybe we can look forward to two more well-worn biblical subtitles.
Production Weekly reports the title, and it could be a placeholder production name.
Beyond that, we don’t have much hard and fast info on the project. Megan Ellison of Annapurna Productions and her brother David Ellison of Skydance Productions are behind the project, and Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are writing, and there will be a TV series that is connected to the new film in some way. Arnold Schwarzenegger will reportedly return, but we don’t know in exactly what capacity, and there’s no other cast. Even Alan Taylor, who is reported as the director, will only call it a rumor (due probably to unfinished contracts).
Regardless, Terminator: Genesis is set to open on July 2, 2015.
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