The Human Torch is a young, cocky, and charismatic superhero who can turn his whole body into flames. Actor Michael B. Jordan is young and can play cocky and charismatic with the best of them. So why are some people so mad director Josh Trank cast him in the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four? Simply put, in the comics the Human Torch is white and Michael B. Jordan is black. Some fans don’t want a black Human Torch.
Since the rumors of Jordan’s casting began, his race has been a major topic of discussion. While the actor has commented briefly in the past, that was before he’d officially been announced for the role. That announcement has now taken place and, below, you can watch and listen to him talking about the controversy. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s not really surprising that suave, handsome Englishman Jude Law would book a role in a James Bond-esque spy flick. But it’s something of an unexpected delight to hear that he’s been cast in this particular James Bond-esque spy flick.
Law is joining Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham in Susan Cooper, the next comedy from Bridesmaids and The Heat helmer Paul Feig. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
After securing an Oscar nomination for his work on Captain Phillips, writer Billy Ray has booked himself another fact-based drama. Ray is teaming with fellow 2014 Academy Award nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill for The Ballad of Richard Jewell, about the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. Get all the latest details after the jump.
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A West Side Story remake? It’s possible and it might be made by Steven Spielberg. The legendary director has yet to settle on his next project, and while there are several possibilities, he’s just come up with a new one. Spielberg has reportedly expressed interest in remaking the Best Picture-winning 1961 musical, so 20th Century Fox has made those rights available to him if he wants to take up the task. Read More »
These X-Men Days of Future Past posters highlight one thing: the film is one of the biggest and most varied wild cards of the upcoming summer movie season. Normally, any X-Men movie would be a home run, but director Bryan Singer has really swung for the fences this time, attempting to link the new “First Class” continuity with the original storyline in a massive multiple-timeline action film featuring several dozen mutants, some at two different ages.
It’s a gamble. As we get closer to the May 23 release, you’ll read much more about the film. Russ was on set, I recently saw footage in Singer’s edit bay, and we’ll start to see more footage. But one thing is for certain – the film offers a myriad of options for artistic exploration. All those mutants; all those timelines; all those actors; it’s a cornucopia of comic book inspiration.
Which brings us back to these X-Men Days of Future Past posters. One site has been recruiting talented artists and fans to make posters for the film. Below, you can see a selection of our favorites. Read More »
Travis McGee is one of the many crime fiction heroes that stars in his own series of books. McGee’s basic approach to life is simple: he works only when he needs money, and then he takes jobs helping people recover stuff that has been taken from them. His fee is simple, too: he keeps half.
McGee is at the center of twenty-one books by John D. MacDonald, starting with the 1964 novel The Deep Blue Good-By and going through The Lonely Silver Rain in 1984. There have been a couple film and TV versions of the character in the past, and several efforts to film McGee’s novels have come and gone without coming to fruition.
Among them, a Deep Blue Good-By movie has been in development for years. Now James Mangold has come on board to push those efforts forward. Mangold will direct The Deep Blue Good-By, with an actor yet to be cast in the lead role. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
Of all the actors who’ve made their name playing comic book superheroes, Hugh Jackman has stuck with his role the longest. During his now fourteen-year tenure as Wolverine, we’ve gone through two Spider-Men, two Supermen, and two entirely different sets of (non-Wolverine) X-Men.
However, there’s only so long a mortal man can play an ageless mutant, and Jackman is well aware of that fact. In a recent interview, the actor said that although he hadn’t tired of the character yet, it was “inevitable” that Wolverine would be recast someday. Hit the jump to get his thoughts.
Most of Jackman’s co-stars from the original X-Men trilogy were replaced in X-Men: First Class by younger actors. Jackman, as the ageless Wolverine, was the exception. But that doesn’t mean recasting was never a possibility, he cautions.
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Briefly: The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb is something of a golden boy at Sony right now, as he’s set to continue with the Spidey franchise through at least the series’ third installment. But he’s casting his eye beyond that, and naturally looking for projects outside the superhero realm.
So Marc Webb is now attached to the movie adaptation of the upcoming spy thriller book Cold Comfort at Fox. The movie rights for the book were just sold to the studio. Cold Comfort, aka How to Catch a Russian Spy, is a memoir by an unnamed former spy, being co-written by Ellis Henican. The book is about “an American civilian turned self-taught spy, who worked with the FBI to bring down a Russian intelligence agent on American soil.” [Deadline]