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Just last week, a report detailing some trouble behind the scenes of Furious 8 revealed that Universal Pictures was having trouble locking down a director, and there was even some chatter about producer and franchise star Vin Diesel being difficult to work with on set in the recent sequels, being heavily involved in the writing process, almost to a frustrating level.

However, Diesel himself has taken to Facebook, seemingly in an attempt to clear up some of the gossip about the production of the next sequel in the franchise, to explain what the hold up is in development. In addition, he’s confirmed that Universal is planning Furious 9 and Furious 10 for one final Fast and Furious trilogy that will begin with Furious 8. Read More »

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Will Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman costume nod to the comics? How is Suicide Squad‘s Cara Delevingne showing her love for Superman? Who else is coming to Legends of Tomorrow? What can screenwriter Jason Fuchs say about Wonder Woman? How is Mondo celebrating Batman Day? Does Tom Hiddleston think fans want him back as Loki? What would a Batman ’66 version of Bane look like? How feminist is Agent Carter? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Paul Feig Fires Back at ‘Ghostbusters’ Haters

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A new Ghostbusters movie was bound to inspire some grumbling no matter what, but Paul Feig‘s decision to go with a primarily female cast has attracted some extra ire. For the most part, he’s taken the complaints in stride. However, even a patient man like Feig has his limits, and recently he took to Twitter to fire back at some of the haters who’ve been dogging him for months.

Read the Paul Feig Ghostbusters haters reaction after the jump.  Read More »

2002, JAMES BOND: DIE ANOTHER DAY

Even as our current James Bond suits up for his next adventure, fans have started talking about about who could, or should, replace Daniel Craig. In particular, there’s been much speculation about whether the next Bond could be played by a non-white actor for the first time in franchise history.

For his part, former Bond Pierce Brosnan says he sees “no reason” why we couldn’t have a black Bond. Meanwhile, Chiwetel Ejiofor (himself a popular fan pick for the role) suggests Michael Peña should be the next one to pick up 007’s signature Walther PPK. Read the Pierce Brosnan black James Bond comments after the jump.  Read More »

One Million Moms boycotting The Muppets

You know that grunt-like scream that Miss Piggy makes when she’s really made and frustrated? That’s pretty much what the American Family Association offshoot One Million Moms is doing right now as they boycott ABC’s The Muppets TV show premiering this Tuesday at 8pm Eastern.

The organization touts a mission statement saying that they are trying to “stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media” and “stand against the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children.” Or more succinctly put, “We want our children to have the best chance possible of living in a moral society.”

So it might come as no surprise that The Muppets TV series, which has been described as having a more adult-skewed tone than previous Muppet stories, has the organization in uproar because the show apparently makes nonchalant jokes about sex and drugs. Find out more about One Million Moms boycotting The Muppets below. Read More »

Concussion NFL controversy

Last week brought the first trailer for the professional football set drama Concussion starring Will Smith. The movie doesn’t arrive until Christmas Day when we’re well into the next season of football, but there’s already controversy surrounding the film due to some cuts that Sony Pictures reportedly made to the film in order to avoid clashing with the NFL.

For those who don’t know, Concussion follows Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who discovers the first case of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative disease) in a pro football player. The doctor tries to alert the public to his findings, but the NFL denies his conclusions and has stopped his efforts to get the organization to address these problems at every turn.

The controversy that has surfaced comes from e-mails between Sony Pictures Entertainment, director Peter Landesman and Will Smith’s representatives where they discuss how to make the movie without antagonizing the NFL or “kicking the hornet’s nest” as one e-mail puts it. Find out more about the Concussion movie NFL controversy below! Read More »

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Update: Colin Trevorrow wrote a response to this column, you can read it at the bottom of the second page of this post.

It’s an unassailable fact that there are far, far fewer women directing big-budget studio blockbusters right now than there are men. Where people seem to disagree is on whether that’s a problem (my vote is yes, but you knew that already), and if so, why the problem exists to begin with.

Recently, the director of one of those big-budget studio blockbusters — two, if you count his upcoming Star Wars film — ventured into the debate. Jurassic World and Episode IX‘s Colin Trevorrow sparked some debate by offering his thoughts on why there aren’t more women making nine-figure spectacles, and whether that might change. Read the Colin Trevorrow female filmmakers comments after the jump.  Read More »

Game of Thrones Season 5

In terms of viewership, Season 5 was Game of Thrones‘ best yet. In terms of narrative quality, however, the jury’s still out. Even as the season was showered with praise for highs like “Hardhome,” it caught a lot of flack for its uneven pacing and nasty twists. What Game of Thrones could really use right now is a valiant champion to fight for it in the court of public opinion.

Luckily, it seems to have found just that in Damon Lindelof. The Lost creator — who knows a thing or two about angry fans — has unleashed a long rant defending the show, and taking the “haters” and “clickbait-y media culture” to task. Read the Damon Lindelof Game of Thrones comments after the jump.  Read More »

Crash movie

The Academy’s choice of Best Picture inspires some grumbling every year, but one of the most controversial upsets in recent memory occurred in 2006, when Crash won over Brokeback Mountain. Ten years later, even director Paul Haggis is willing to concede his film didn’t deserve the top prize. “Was it the best film of the year? I don’t think so,” he said. Read Haggis’ Crash Best Picture comments after the jump. Read More »