Exorcism Diaries

Summit has been developing a film called Exorcism Diaries for a couple years, originally recruiting Barbara Marshall to write back in 2013, with other writers tackling it in the meantime. The film was originally said to be based on a book that purports to chronicle the true stories behind the film The Exorcist, and while that may be just a good marketing angle from Summit, we’ll always take a good exorcism movie.

Now Exorcism Diaries has an even better chance to be good, as the two people who made Starry Eyes, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, have been brought on to rewrite and direct. Read More »

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d23 marvel panel

The big D23 Expo from Disney came and went over the weekend, leaving onlookers dizzy with details about more than a dozen upcoming projects from various outfits that are part of the Disney corporate structure. While D23 hosted thousands of visitors, most of our readers were unable to attend. But there’s good news: most of the big panels from D23 are online in video form.

As is the case with similar recordings of Comic Con panels, there is no film footage included here. But if you want to see highlights from the D23 Marvel panel, including talk about Doctor Strange and Captain America: Civil War, you can watch below. And while the Civil War film footage isn’t here, you can see (most of) Benedict Cumberbatch‘s video greeting and enjoy the on-stage charisma of Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie. Read More »

disney film slate d23 expo 2015

This past weekend was the latest massive Disney update: the D23 Expo 2015, with presentations for Disney’s live-action films, Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm, not to mention the Disney Parks. We covered Star Wars extensively, from the announcement of Colin Trevorrow as Star Wars Episode IX director to the new cast announcements for Rogue One, and other details. We’ve got concept art and information for new animated projects, and the latest on Disney theme park expansions.

Below, you’ll find a list of links to all our coverage of D23 from the past weekend. Read More »

predator sequel

Shane Black, who appeared in the original Predator as Hawkins, is writing a new Predator sequel with his writing partner Fred Dekker, and Black is attached to direct as well. It’s been a year since we learned of the deal, and in the meantime Black has directed his next film, The Nice Guys. But his Predator movie is still moving along, and the film’s producer has offered an update that keeps us curious about what the screenwriters are cooking up. Read More »

Riley's First Date

Pixar’s film Inside Out is all about (spoiler) reconciling the seeming conflict between Joy and Sadness. So, for the first short film starring the Inside Out characters, it makes sense to focus on the early dating life of the now 12-year old Riley, because Joy and Sadness will really get a workout as she starts to date. Disgust, Fear, and Anger will likely all get their due time in control, too, but hopefully that can wait a few years.

Anyway, Riley’s First Date? (note: the question mark is part of the title!) is the first spin-off short from Inside Out, and we have the first info on it below.

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Star Wars Episode VIII villain

Now that we know not only the major cast members for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but also their character names and some of the ways they fit into the story, it’s time to actually see that film, right? Well, yes, but because LucasFilm is already moving forward with not only the first Star Wars Anthology film, but the next proper episode in the series, we also have Episode VIII news to contend with.

The first new bit of information about that movie is that Benicio del Toro has been offered the Star Wars Episode VIII villain role. Whether he’ll take it or not remains to be seen, and precisely how he fits into the story’s overall span remains unknown.

Update: Benicio del Toro has confirmed talks for Star Wars: Episode VIII to Entertainment Tonight, saying “I think that it might happen. It looks like it’s gonna happen, so I’m very excited.” Original story follows.

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If you didn’t think Cobie Smulders had enough to do in Avengers: Age of Ultron, then keep an eye out for Jack Reacher 2. Smulders is reportedly close to signing a deal to join the cast as the co-lead opposite Tom Cruise. If the film follows the reported source novel to even a vague degree, she’ll have a great role that will put her right in the action with Cruise. Read More »

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Han Solo is coming back to movie screens, and it won’t just be through the return of Harrison Ford to the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lucasfilm is also developing a Star Wars Anthology movie focused on a younger Han Solo. And, given that the Star Wars prequels featured a very young, perhaps too-young Anakin Skywalker, we’ve wondered what the story will be for the Han Solo film, and how old he’ll be.

While we still don’t know the story for the film that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street) will direct for a 2018 release, we do know that Han will likely be in his late teens or early ’20s in that film. Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm has a lot to say about the spin-off, even at this early stage, and we’ve got her comments, along with talk from co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, below.  Read More »

Training Day TV show

Antoine Fuqua‘s film Training Day is still his most significant movie, and it helped propel the career of Suicide Squad writer/director David Ayer. That Best Actor Oscar for star Denzel Washington didn’t hurt the film, either. Now there’s a Training Day TV show brewing, because of course there is.

The show was Fuqua’s idea, and he and original producer Jerry Bruckheimer are putting together a package with Warner Bros. TV. The show pitch is going out to the four major networks, and given the recognizance of the title we could see something come together relatively fast, with Fuqua directing the pilot.

Update: On August 13, CBS won a bidding war amongst the four major networks for the Training Day TV series. And, yeah, that seems a little weird, as CBS seems like pretty much the last place Training Day would be at home. The network goes as far as Criminal Minds when it comes to “gritty,” but perhaps things are changing, or perhaps this series will be less hardcore than the film. Deadline says the show has a pilot production commitment, so there’s a way to go before full series.

Original story with more details follows.
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