pacific rim 2 returning characters

Guillermo del Toro is pulling together the script for Pacific Rim 2, and it sounds like Charlie Day and Burn Gorman will be back for the sequel. Their characters are being written into the script, at least. We know that some of the characters from the original film won’t be back in a big way for the sequel, though they may show up in a proposed third movie. So the inclusion of those two guys is one of the first real bits of info we have about the second chapter of the big robots vs. monsters series that was given a shot in the arm with the formal announcement of the big-screen sequel. Read More »

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Scott won't direct Blade Runner 2

What would a director change do to your interest in more Blade Runner? The prospect of Ridley Scott coming back as director for Blade Runner 2 seemed like one of the only points that stood in the film’s favor. Then came Prometheus, and even the idea of Scott directing started to seem not so great. The director has continued to develop Blade Runner 2 alongside a sequel to Prometheus. He has made the films The Counselor (released last year) and Exodus: Gods and Kings, which hits soon, and will shoot The Martian next. So how will he make the sequel in question? Simple: Ridley Scott won’t direct Blade Runner 2.

A new director will make Blade Runner 2, and the film is planned to shoot in 2015. As to the question of whether or not Harrison Ford might still show up in the sequel, Scott says to expect the actor, but only for the film’s third act, as the movie is about “finding [Deckard].” Read More »

Original star wars opening crawl

The opening crawl from Star Wars is familiar to most of our readers by now — even the people who don’t know it by heart would recognize the text immediately. But that crawl, like any other part of a film, took some editing and whittling to knock into final shape. Brian De Palma helped George Lucas trim down the opening crawl after seeing a rough cut of the original film. Now the text of the first draft crawl has been revealed, thanks to a draft of the script from the film’s script supervisor Anne Skinner. Read More »

Pan trailer

Perhaps the first images from Pan weren’t quite what you expected, but we’re trusting in the guy who created a successful new fairy tale in Hanna to warp the Peter Pan story into a new shape that makes sense in the end. This Pan trailer shows a big, bright, and possibly strange take on the J.M. Barrie stories, seemingly with a story structure that doesn’t bother with a “Peter Pan in the real world” setup, but just goes straight for a fantasy tale. There’s a lot of light, pretty stuff here that positions this as a fluffy fantasy, but then there’s a shot of Hugh Jackman towards the end of the trailer that makes us wonder if this has something more dark in mind, too.

Joe Wright directs Levi Miller as Peter, and Jackman not as Hook, but as Blackbeard. Garrett Hedlund steps in as a young, romantically appealing version of Hook, with Rooney Mara playing Tiger Lily. Check out the Pan trailer below. (We’ve also got four Pan character posters, with Blackbeard’s showing that yes, that’s definitely meant to be a bad wig worn by the pirate.)

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steve jobs movie universal

Last week Sony dumped Steve Jobs, but now Universal, as expected, is picking up the project. The Aaron Sorkin-scripted film seems to be mostly in the same condition it was when Amy Pascal and Sony decided the partnership was no longer right. And Universal has reportedly paid as much as $30m for the project. Read More »

Interview Final trailer

We know the basic story of The Interview: a buffoonish TV personality (James Franco) and his producer (Seth Rogen) are given the chance to interview North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but are recruited by US intelligence agencies to assassinate the dictator. Things aren’t as easy as all that, of course. One problem may be that Franco’s character and the reclusive North Korean leader get along better than anyone thought they would. This new trailer shows how something as minor as a Katy Perry song can be a big between cultures — and who knows what effect that might have on the nefarious mission these guys have accepted?

Check out the final The Interview trailer below. Read More »

Rumor: Christoph Waltz Is Blofeld in ‘Bond 24′

Christoph Waltz Blofeld

When Christoph Waltz was said to be set for a role in Bond 24, one character name likely leapt to mind for long-time James Bond fans: Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The character was vaguely introduced in From Russia With Love (1963) but we didn’t see his face until Donald Pleasence played him in You Only Live Twice in 1967. Blofeld has not appeared in an official Bond film since 1981 due to a rights dispute. But that conflict, with the estate of the late producer Kevin McClory, was resolved months ago, putting Blofeld and his organization SPECTRE back into the realm of possibility for a Bond film.  Read More »

new Terminator Genisys Photo

The most recent batch of Terminator: Genisys pics (really, the first official shots representing the movie) were not well received. Neither was the plot description that went with them. There’s a sense that all parties involved have some real damage control to do. Which is why it is odd that a pretty good image of Arnold Schwarzenegger in makeup as the aged T-800 has been half-hidden on the lot at Paramount. Studio lots often have such hidden early images and promotional gems, but most aren’t as useful to their productions as this one could be. Read More »

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