Jack Reynor in Transformers Age of Extinction

The list of confirmed Star Wars Episode VII actors still hovers around zero, but the list of rumored stars seems to grow longer every week. The latest subject of speculation and gossip is Jack Reynor, who’s probably best known for a role that hasn’t even hit theaters yet — he’s the star of upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction. More on this story after the jump.

Update: The Irish Independent prints a statement from Reynor’s reps saying “There is no truth in that — Jack is not taking on a role in the latest Star Wars film… He has not been approached about a role and there has been no discussion… The rumours started online, but there is no foundation to them.”

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Briefly: Martin Scorsese‘s 1990 film Goodfellas has become such an integral part of popular culture, it’s easy to forget it’s based on a true story. Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, was a real figure, and the crimes the film depicts did happen. His biggest caper, both in real life and in the film, is the 1978 Luftansha heist, in which a group of men stole $6 million from John F. Kennedy International Airport. No arrests were ever made, mostly because the man believed to be the mastermind died in jail and, as seen in the movie, others disappeared.

Earlier this week, however, five men were indicted and arrested for their involvement in the robbery, marking the first time that’s happened in the near 40 year investigation. The New York Times wrote about the arrests, which were lead by 78-year-old Vincent Asaro. The narrative is too intricate to summarize in brief, but you can read much more at that link.

Out of the Furnace

Scott Cooper‘s star-studded drama Out of the Furnace has, so far, been a box office disappointment. Despite the Oscar-caliber cast and crew, the film has grossed only $10 million since its December 4 release. Now, to rub even more salt in the wound, the filmmakers are being sued by seventeen Ramapough Indians who “feel embarrassed and humiliated because of false representations” the film makes about people who live in Ramapo Mountains of northern New Jersey.  Read More »

Ghost Rider Rights Dispute Headed Back to Court

Ghost Rider

The Ghost Rider movie franchise is laying dormant for now, but the battle over the original comic book character is rearing its ugly head once more.

A federal appeals court has just overturned a 2011 ruling which stated Marvel Comics, not author Gary Friedrich, owns the character. After reviewing the copyright case, Judge Danny Chin determined that Friedrich’s original contract with the publisher was “ambiguous” and therefore required further investigation. More on what this means for Ghost Rider and other comic book properties after the jump.

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Who exactly is G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s Cobra Commander? Find out after the jump. Also:

  • Expect the cast to return for Oz The Great and Powerful 2
  • Josh Duhamel will make a cameo in Transformers 4
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • Don’t hold your breath for a Simpsons Movie sequel
  • A Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance stuntman is suing Sony
  • V/H/S 2 gets a release date and some new images
  • See images and video from the Star Trek scoring studio
  • Just what is in that new Star Trek Into Darkness teaser?

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When people talk about 3D movies, the debate is typically oriented around the divide between native 3D and 3D post-conversion. Native 3D is believed to be better, but conversion gives the filmmakers more options on set. The problem is that conversion can be a more complicated, time consuming process. If done poorly, it can really be distracting and awful.

As if that wasn’t complicated enough, Disney is leading the charge against a new legal action which could leave them open to lawsuits for future 3D conversions. The patent for 3D conversion was secured by a company named In-Three, which was then bought by Digital Domain, a company founded by James Cameron in 1993. Digital Domain declared bankruptcy last year, and many of its assets were sold to Galloping Horse America and Reliance MediaWorks.

That sale didn’t cover all of Digital Domain’s debts, however, and Digital Domain now hopes to sell that 3D conversion tech, which remains among its most valuable assets. So the keys to that 3D conversion tech could now land in new hands.

Disney believes, if certain measures aren’t taken, the new owners could sue them any time they attempt to do a 3D conversion, which might mean that some 3D conversions would have to stop — 3D conversions such as ones that are in the works on movies like Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and potentially many others. Read some more details below. Read More »

The day a movie turns a profit, the vultures come out to pick. More often than not when a movie becomes a hit, people accuse the filmmakers of stealing their ideas and sue them for a taste of the profits. A recent example is the highest grossing movie of all time, Avatar. Writer director James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment are reportedly fighting multiple lawsuits concerning the film, one in particular from a man named Gerald Morawski who accuses Cameron of stealing his pitch about a war between a native tribe and a mining company.

To combat this lawsuit, the filmmaker wrote a 45-page text for the court, nearly a small autobiography, detailing all the points in his life where Avatar began to blossom into an idea. They date back to his childhood. One of the biggest examples, though, is a short film he created in 1978 called Xenogenesis, which Cameron says in the document, contains material that “may be used in the Avatar sequels.” What could that mean? Watch the film yourself and discuss below. Read More »

In the latest chapter of “Disney Owns Everything,” rumor has it the company is in talks to acquire Hasbro, the world’s largest toy and game company. Hasbro brings with it a significant amount of licences in addition to the lucrative merchandising, such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, Monopoly, Magic The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, Tonka, Nerf, Clue, Candyland, My Little Pony and almost everything you can imagine.

According to MTV, who first reported the news, “serious discussions are happening at the highest levels” between the two companies. Not to mention, Hasbro already has a relationship with Disney, developing toys and games based on several of their properties (Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel etc.) and has a long standing, albeit it rocky, relationship with Hollywood (Transformers, Battleship, etc.). Read more after the jump.

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