The doll Annabelle seen in The Conjuring had a life — or an existence, at least — before the events of that film. Now the doll gets her own on-screen origin story in Annabelle. The film version of the doll is based on a case investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren in which a college student was beset by a demon that was manipulating the doll. We don’t know if that’s really the story in this film, but the first Annabelle trailer gives the doll its own condensed “birth” as an object of evil. Read More »
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Deborah Ann Woll of True Blood has been cast in the Marvel Studios show as Karen Page, the woman who works for lawyer Matt Murdock and eventually has a romantic relationship with him. Matt Murdock is played by Charlie Cox, and Vincent D’Onofrio, Rosario Dawson, Elden Henson and Peter Shinkoda also have regular roles in the 13-episode show that is shooting now in New York. Read More »
Bryan Cranston won a Tony playing President Lyndon Baines Johnson in the play All the Way, and now he’s taking the role to television. Cranston will reprise his take on LBJ for an HBO Films version of All the Way, which will be scripted by playwright Robert Schenkkan. Read More »
Say thanks to Gary Whitta. A couple days ago, The Book of Eli and Star Wars screenwriter mused about Columbo on Twitter. He soon made the same declaration that others have made in the years since Zodiac: that Mark Ruffalo would be perfect to take up the mantle of the disheveled, persistent LAPD detective originally played by the late (and unimpeachably great) Peter Falk.
Whitta pushed the idea of Ruffalo as Columbo… and then the actor responded, revealing that he’s actually talked about a Columbo project with Now You See Me screenwriter Ed Solomon. The conversation that resulted was terrific. Read More »
Earlier this week at the Syfy TCA panel, co-exec producer Terry Matalas said that the channel’s new series adaptation of 12 Monkeys is a “complete reimagining” of the original film. “We didn’t want to redo the movie and so we changed everything from the top down.” The movie in question, of course, is Terry Gilliam’s 1995 time-travel thriller in which a convict (Bruce Willis) is sent into the past in an attempt to find information about a virus that later wipes out most of humanity. Now there’s a 12 Monkeys TV trailer, and Syfy’s version sure looks a lot like a remake.
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Boba Fett lives. I mean, you knew that. Despite falling into the Sarlacc pit during Return of the Jedi he managed to escape, and later showed up all over the place in the Star Wars expanded universe. He even fell into the Sarlacc again, and after getting out was best man at the wedding of the bounty hunter Dengar. Seriously.
But nothing in Star Wars is canon until it ends up in a movie, The Clone Wars (or Rebels) TV show, or comes out of the mouth of George Lucas. Today, during a Reddit AMA, Star Wars historian J.W. Rinzler said he’s had conversations with Lucas where the Star Wars creator confirmed that Fett is alive. Get that quote, and some other highlights from Rinzler’s talk below. Read More »
We were just talking about board games being made into movies, and now here’s the trailer for Ouija. The horror film is based on Hasbro’s “spirit board” game, which allows people to interact with spirits via a board marked with letters, numbers, and words like “yes” and “no,” and a small planchette which is “guided” by spirits to spell out statements on the board. And while you may be surprised by this story concept, when someone in the film uses a Ouija board, they get in touch with something that turns out to be dangerous. Watch the Ouija trailer below. Read More »
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Still trying to figure out just who all the main characters are in Guardians of the Galaxy? The one-minute TV spot that ran this evening during the MLB All-Star Game has you covered, at least with respect to a couple of the more unusual ones. The spot lines up character info for Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista), and throws out some new footage. There are a couple of good jokes, too. Watch the new Guardians of the Galaxy TV spot below, and for anyone who wondered how Dave Bautista was going to fare in the film, this could be the spot that really sells the concept of him as Drax. Read More »