mr-hinx-spectre

James Bond movies always have big action setpieces, but because they take so long to put together, any given Bond film also often feels as if it is chasing trends in action filmmaking. Hopefully, Bond just has the resources to do it bigger and better than anyone else.

Car chases are nothing new when it comes to Bond films, but when looking at footage of two supercars in a duel on nighttime Paris streets, some will inevitably see the influence of the Fast and Furious movies at play. But in Spectre, one of those cars is driven by the henchman Mr. Hinx, played by Dave Bautista, and he’s got a great way of looking at their duel. Check out a Spectre video blog showing off the film’s cars, the Aston Martin DB10 and the Jaguar C-X75. Read More »

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James Wan Robotech

James Wan has been an in-demand director for the past couple years, but the billion-dollar success of Furious 7 pushed him into a new bracket as far as studios are concerned. We know that Warner Bros. wants to keep him around, and that he’s been in talks to make Aquaman. But if current reports are correct WB doesn’t quite know what it is doing with Aquaman yet, which may be part of what leads to this new deal.

Now James Wan is in early talks to direct the Robotech movie at Sony, as the studio makes a play to grab the hottest guy in town. Read More »

21 Jump Street

Update: TheWrap confirms Sony is moving forward with two new 21 Jump Street projects: a female-driven spinoff, and a Men in Black crossover. Original story follows.

First Sony announced an all-female Ghostbusters reboot, and then word came out of a male-led one. Now the studio may be going the other way with 21 Jump Street. According to a new rumor, a female 21 Jump Street spinoff is in the works, from Broad City scribes Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. Read all about it after the jump. Read More »

new spiderman actor

Wednesday afternoon, a rumor began swirling that Sony and Marvel had narrowed down their choices to play the new Spider-Man to five actors. Now, thanks to The Wrap, we know who those actors are. They are Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Timothee Chalamet and Liam James. Read more about the potential new Spider-Man actors below.

Update: In the days since this shortlist emerged, a new report says that Asa Butterfield is Marvel’s top choice for the role. Since Captain America: Civil War is shooting now and will feature the new Spidey, the actor has to be locked down soon. More details follow our original story.

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Pixels movie - Chris Columbus interview

While in Las Vegas for CinemaCon 2015 last week, I got the opportunity to sit down with Chris Columbus, a screenwriter and director who had a dramatic effect on the cinema of my childhood, and yours. Lets do a list: Gremlins, Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes, Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, and the first installments of the Harry Potter franchise. His latest film Pixels seems to be a return to the roots of his earlier days, and I’m personally excited to see it.

In my interview with Chris Columbus (who turns out to be a daily /Film reader) I ask him if he will ever return to writing original screenplays again like he did with Gremlins and Goonies. He explains how he got involved with Pixels, initially having not seen the viral short film which inspired the movie. He talks a bit about how the licensed video game characters became involved with the project and also talks about Pac Man creator Toru Iwatani‘s appearance in the film, not as himself (as seen in the trailer) but in a cameo role.

We learn whether or not there was any pressure to differentiate the movie from Ghostbusters, and Columbus talks about a return to the Amblin era of films, whether he’d ever direct one of John Hughes‘ unproduced screenplays, and he even gives us an update on the Gremlins reboot. Hit the jump to read my full Chris Columbus interview from CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas.

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new Spider-Man movie title

In the comics, he’s been “Amazing,” “Spectacular,” “Ultimate” and more. Now, rumor has it for his next big screen incarnation, Spider-Man will be an Avenger.

A new rumor from former Latino Review scooper El Mayimbe says Sony and Marvel are currently toying with Spider-Man: The New Avenger as the title for the July 28, 2017 film, likely to be directed by Drew Goddard. The title – if true – makes a lot of sense. It echoes Marvel’s Captain America series, which started with “The First Avenger,” strongly positions the film as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to audiences, and differentiates itself from the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb movies. Read more about the possible new Spider-Man movie title below. Read More »

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Ang Lee 120 frames

Twenty-four frames per second has served us just fine for almost a hundred years. Modern technology, however, always strives for more, and filmmakers recently began to experiment with a higher frame rate. Shooting at higher frame rates would, in theory, make a moving image more realistic (because more info is being fed to us) and make it much more open to manipulation.

James Cameron is considering making the Avatar sequels in a higher frame rate and we all know Peter Jackson shot The Hobbit trilogy in 48 frames per second. That experiment is considered a failure because of the public outcry against the result, but I’m sure Jackson himself is happy with the raw results, even if audiences never saw it the way he intended.

Now, another filmmaker who has been flirting with high frame rate is taking a dive into that world. Sony executives confirmed that Ang Lee will shoot his next project, the Iraq war film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, at 120 frames per second. Read the Ang Lee 120 frames news below. Read More »

Sony CinemaCon 2015 Video Blog Reaction

Sony CinemaCon

I’m in Las Vegas for the CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest), which is the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors each year. The convention is packed with talks about subjects such as how to maximize profits, and features a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond. Companies even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.

Wednesday afternoon we saw a presentation from Sony Pictures showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Perfect Guy, Concussion, 5th Wave, X-Mas, Spectre, Goosebumps, Pixels, Aloha, Ricky and The Flash, The Walk and Money Monster and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free Sony CinemaCon reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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Denzel Washington in The Equalizer

Sony got the wheels turning on a second The Equalizer before the first The Equalizer even hit theaters, and now they’re finally ready to make it official. The studio has announced a sequel to the thriller, with Denzel Washington expected to return as vigilante Robert McCall. More details on the Equalizer sequel after the jump.  Read More »