Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Whether you want to read Keanu Reeves‘ regrets about the (non-existent) Constantine sequel, Robert Englund‘s hopes for a (theoretical) Elm Street prequel, or Alfonso Cuaron‘s thoughts on the Harry Potter spinoff, there’s a little something for everyone here. Also after the jump:
- Gareth Evans breaks down the trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal
- Michael Bay hints at a big theme from Transformers 4
- Steven Spielberg gets a bit political while in Hawaii for Jurassic World
- See more pics of Vin Diesel on the set of Fast & Furious 7
- The 300: Rise of an Empire site offers new pics and footage
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There’s a vast difference between simply making a movie and taking the time to develop a new idea to make a movie about. It’s the difference between franchises releasing a new sequel every year, and the work of Spike Jonze, a filmmaker who up to this point has only made three movies in 15 years. His fourth film, Her, is the director’s first original screenplay. It’s everything you’d hope for from the mad genius who brought to life Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Where the Wild Things Are.
Her is a dramatic sci-fi romance about a man named Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his artificially intelligent computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). It’s a simple, yet brilliant conceit realized with depth and emotion, two rare traits in mainstream cinema. The depth comes from Jonze’s ideas about technological dependence and loneliness, and the emotion is conveyed as the film raises questions about what it means to love and our capacity to do so. It’s a film that’ll both spark intelligent debate and plenty of tears.
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Air New Zealand has long embraced it’s home nation’s relationship with Peter Jackson and his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. With the release of the next film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, mere weeks away they’ve created a new commercial promoting the country’s tourism with the help of some very familiar iconography. Check it out below. Read More »
Ben Affleck isn’t only bringing Batman to the big screen over at Warner Bros., he’s teaming up with his old pal to produce a lesser known DC Comic, too. Affleck and Matt Damon will produce an adaptation of the Ed Brubaker Vertigo comic Sleeper for the studio. Sleeper follows a man with the ability to absorb and pass along pain as he goes undercover in the world of organized crime.
Tom Cruise and Sam Raimi were circling the project back in 2008 but this current iteration will be adapted by writers Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and David Wiener (Last Resort). Read More »
Warner Bros. has yet to formally announce a title to the Man of Steel sequel, set for release in July 2015, which will feature Batman. Rumors swirled it would be called Batman vs. Superman, and a member of the crew even called the film that during some early filming in Los Angeles. Apparently, though, the studio has yet to make a final decision and has registered multiple domains for multiple different titles to the film, all of which focus on calling the film “Man of Steel” in some way. Read the full list below. Read More »
Briefly: While most Star Wars fans have been focused on the ways in which the creation of George Lucas will return to the big screen via Star Wars Episode VII and the small screen via Star Wars Rebels, someone else has already embedded Star Wars characters in another movie.
The LEGO Movie, coming on February 7, 20104,, already features Warner Bros. superhero characters such as Batman and Wonder Woman. But perhaps thanks in part to the Star Wars license enjoyed by LEGO, representatives of the Rebel and Empire forces will be in the movie, too.
The Wall Street Journal reports the inclusion, but doesn’t have any detail about which characters will show up. There will reportedly be a reveal of the characters in the coming weeks.
There’s a new issue of Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman on stands now. It launches a short ongoing story called The Sandman: Overture, acting as an explanation of events that preceded the first issue of the seminal comic series. It’s the first new Sandman story since 2003, and the first series of multiple issues since the series originally ended in 1996. (And, in keeping with some periods of the original publication, Overture is already experiencing delays.)
All of which is a long way of saying that a lot of people are thinking and talking about Sandman again, and that seems to have re-ignited the interest in making a movie at Warner Bros. The latest word is that David Goyer has pitched a take that WB likes, and that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the ideal candidate to play the lynchpin character Morpheus. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits contains news about spies, martial artists, giant alien robots, tortured mutants, and so much more. After the jump:
- Transformers 5 and 6 depend on Transformers 4
- James Mangold offers a minor Wolverine 2 update
- Winona Ryder is “sworn to secrecy” about Beetlejuice 2
- Simon Pegg says he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 5
- Ong-back star Tony Jaa joins Wu Jing in SPL 2
- Dwayne Johnson shares a fiery Fast & Furious 7 pic
- Somehow The Hobbit is not done putting out new posters
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