Michael Keaton Spider-Man

UPDATED: Alas, Michael Keaton will not star in Spider-Man: Homecoming after all, reports The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit. Original story from April 13, 2016 follows.

The former Batman and Birdman could be suiting up for another comic book movie role. Michael Keaton is reportedly in early talks to join Spider-Man: Homecoming opposite Tom Holland as the new webslinger. But whereas he’s played costumed heroes in the past, this time he’ll be crossing over to play the bad guy.  Read More »

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Yesterday brought us our first look at Antoine Fuqua‘s The Magnificent Seven in the form of some photos, and today the very first trailer has ridden into town. Denzel Washington leads the Western as Sam Chisholm, a gunslinger hired to protect a small town from a ruthless industrialist (Peter Sarsgaard). He rounds up a group of six other outlaws, played by Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier.

The Magnificent Seven is, of course, a remake of John Sturges’ 1960 classic, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. So how do the likes of Washington, Pratt, and Hawke stack up against the original all-star cast that included Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson? Watch the Magnificent Seven trailer after the jump.

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magnificent seven first look

Sony has yet to release a frame of footage from The Magnificent Seven outside of this year’s CinemaCon, but the first official stills from the upcoming western reveal that director Antoine Fuqua has nailed at least one vital aspect of this film already. If you must remake an iconic film staring the likes of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach, and James Coburn, you need to make sure your line-up of movie stars and character actors can stand next to that ensemble and not look completely embarrassing.

And on that level alone, The Magnificent Seven is off to a strong start. It’s not every day that you get to see a western starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Byung-hun Lee. That’s certainly enough to grab my attention by the reins.

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Angry Birds Movie Trailer

This is a year of superhero clashing with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice behind us and Captain America: Civil War just under a few weeks away. But May will also bring the epic clash of fowls and swine in The Angry Birds Movie.

The animated film from Sony Pictures Animation brings the popular mobile game from Rovio Entertainment to the big screen, finally giving us a reason as to why the birds are so angry. But anyone with a brain already knew that it was because the green pigs stole all their eggs. Now we get to see the fight to get them back play out in a whole new way. Watch the new Angry Birds Movie trailer after the jump. Read More »

Spider-Man Homecoming Cast

Just this past week, Michael Keaton was said to be in early talks to potentially play the villain of the forthcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. The film will be yet another reboot of the comic book franchise, but this time the new version of the webslinger is one who will be part of the Marvel cinematic universe. Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea) is playing Spider-Man, who we’ll see in Captain America: Civil War next month, and now he’s been given a couple more co-stars to join him in high school. Find out the new additions to the Spider-Man Homecoming cast after the jump. Read More »

live-action pokemon movie

I don’t think younger Pokémon fans who have grown up with this series all of their lives can comprehend what it was like when the first games hit shelves in the late ’90s. It was a like a freight train had collided with popular culture. Everyone knew about Pokémon and everyone who played video games owned copy of Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue. You saw Gameboys everywhere you went, each of them wielded by children and adults trying to catch ’em all and whatnot. For those with no interest in the series and its later incarnations in other media, it was a profoundly annoying couple of years. This was the rare game to achieve total cultural saturation.

In other words, a well-made live-action Pokémon movie feels like a license to print money, a fact that is certainly not lost on the three studios currently vying for the rights to produce such a thing. This is no ordinary bidding war, though. There are actually a few cultural roadblocks that have made this one a little more interesting.

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dark tower movie filming

After years of false stars and ambitious franchise plans that never came to fruition and a revolving door of talent that saw the likes of Ron Howard and Javier Bardem board the project and exit, the film adaptation of The Dark Tower has finally begun filming under director Nikolaj Arcel. As a fan of Stephen King‘s magnum opus book series, a wild combination of science fiction, horror, and fantasy that unites all of his work in one universe, I will be watching this production closely, eyebrow ready to rise at a moment’s notice. To paraphrase Roland the Gunslinger: I do not prematurely criticize with my laptop; he who prematurely criticizes with his laptop has forgotten the face of his father. I prematurely criticize with my heart.

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Spider-Man Vulture

As hungry as we are for any crumb of information about the new Spider-Man standalone movie, Marvel and Sony have been very careful about doling out details. We only just learned at CinemaCon that the movie would be called Spider-Man: Homecoming. And although we know a few of the actors who’ll star — Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya — we haven’t much clue about what their characters are actually doing in the movie.

So until we do, the rumor mill is here to churn out speculation about the stuff we don’t know. The latest salt-worthy report claims that the Vulture is going to be in Spider-Man: Homecoming, although not necessarily as the big bad.  Read More »

Emoji movie

When Sony announced they had won a bidding war against two other studios to make The Emoji Movie, an animated feature based on emojis, we were like [insert WTF face emoji here]. Now we know what the pitch from Eric Siegel (producer on the TBS series Men at Work) and Anthony Leondis (director of the animated series Kung Fu Panda: Series of the Masters and the delayed DreamWorks Animation project B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations) entailed. Learn more after the jump.

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