Robert Downey Jr in The Avengers

“Make Mine Marvel” is becoming Hollywood’s mantra. Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth, the stars of 2013′s two Marvel Studios releases, find themselves in the top five highest earning actors of the past year, according to Forbes Magazine. Downey Jr. is #1, earning a mind-boggling $75 million last year and Hemsworth is #5, earning $37 million. Who rounds out the rest of the top ten? Check out the list below. Read More »

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Drew Pearce long run

Drew Pearce had a pretty amazing 2013. He co-wrote the biggest film of the year, Iron Man 3, directed the Marvel One Shot All Hail The King, and signed on to write Mission: Impossible 5. That’s a pretty great set of resume items. Pearce’s reward? He’s getting to direct his own spec script. It’s called The Long Run and while the plot is being kept under wraps, it’s described as an “original crime action comedy.”  Read More »

The Ring 3

The second Ring film, a sequel to the remake of the Japanese movie Ringu, opened in 2005. That’s nearly a decade ago, which in Hollywood terms means we’re long overdue for another sequel. Now a third Ring film, which we’ll unofficially call The Ring 3, has been announced. It’ll be directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez, a Spanish filmmaker who has long been attached to direct The Crow remake. His only previous film, Before The Fall, opened in 2008 to some critical acclaim. Read More »

universal-monsters

It worked for Marvel and now Universal is hoping it works for their monsters. A new report says Universal Studios is in the early stages of creating “a substantial new production endeavor” which will “expand and unify” the Universal Monsters properties, including characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. The initial architects of this endeavor are Alex Kurtzman, of Transformers, Star Trek and Amazing Spider-Man 2 fame, and Chris Morgan, who wrote the bulk of the Fast and Furious movies. Potentially, this means all of the above characters would get their own movies before teaming up for an Avengers-type finale. Read more about this possible Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe below. Read More »

Ron Howard to Direct Official Beatles Documentary

The Beatles A Hard Days Night

Like most of America at the time, director Ron Howard was first exposed to The Beatles when he saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. After seeing that appearance, he told his parents he wanted a Beatles wig. Fast-forward a few decades, and Howard is relaying that story to a producer on the set of Rush. Turns out the producer knew about a Beatles documentary in development and Howard immediately became interested in working on it. Now, Howard is set to direct an official documentary on the Beatles.

The film is being made with the full support and cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. It will explore the Beatles’ rise to fame, and what that meant for the culture. The film will feature between 12 and 20 songs, live performance footage sent in from fans, original recordings and more. While still untitled, the hope is to have it completed and in theaters sometime in 2015. Read More »

Jungle Book

Director Jon Favreau has put together an insanely impressive cast for his live action Disney film, The Jungle Book. The cast includes Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlet Johansson to name a few. But those actors won’t be seen on screen. They’ll just be providing their voices. Only one human will appear for the majority of the movie. His name is Neel Sethi. The 10-year-old New Yorker has been cast as Mowgli in the film, which is scheduled for release October 6, 2015. See his photo and read the full release below. Read More »

CHILD 44

Briefly: Monday, Martin Scorsese’s latest was  slotted on the release schedule. Tuesday, three other movies join the calendar. First up is Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant, which will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. It’s aiming at a prime December 25, 2015 release date from 20th Century Fox. Next up is the Ridley Scott produced Child 44, directed by Daniel Espinosa. Tom Hardy also stars in that one and it’ll open April 17, 2015 from Summit. Finally, Mark Neveldine announced his exorcism movie The Vatican Tapes opens February 25, 2015. It stars Michael Pena and Djimon Hounsou. Read more about each film at the above links.[Box Office Mojo, Twitter]

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This was supposed to be the year, the San Diego Comic-Con that blew away all others. A quick look at the movie release schedule shows an epic spread of massive films that will be released in the next year, before the 2015 incarnation of the Con. That list includes Avengers: Age of Ultron, Interstellar, Jurassic World, The Fantastic Four, Terminator, Mad Max: Fury Road, Fast and Furious 7, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Tomorrowland, Big Hero 6, Pitch Perfect 2 and Dumb and Dumber To. Not to mention the two big films now in production that were rumored to come out before next year’s event, then moved: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars Episode VII.

The full schedule is now out and – barring any surprises or additions – only two of the above films are confirmed to appear: Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max. Others (like Fantastic Four, Interstellar, Terminator, Jurassic World) could still appear because their studios have panels, but are unconfirmed. Most surprisingly though, is that studios which have regularly been at the event, such as Disney, Universal and Lionsgate, don’t even have panels. Comic Con 2014 went from one with the highest expectations to the opposite.

Below we’ll break down which of these massive films are confirmed, and which aren’t confirmed, could appear, won’t appear, and why it’s all happening this way. Read More »

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