rampage movie

Adapting a video game with no story must be simultaneously freeing and terrifying, a chance to use a few basic building blocks to tell the story you want to tell while also having no established foundation to build upon. Maybe that’s why it has taken five years for a movie based on the 1986 arcade semi-classic Rampage to come together – giant monsters destroying cities is an inherently cinematic concept, but there is literally no story present here beyond “giant beasts punch skyscrapers into dust.”

But Rampage is happening now and the ever-busy Dwayne Johnson is set to star, reuniting with his San Andreas director Brad Peyton. While production on the video game adaptation isn’t set to begin until next year, Peyton is already answering questions about film. Specifically, how is this going to be a film at all?

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Jodie Foster directing Money Monster

Elysium was the last movie we saw actress Jodie Foster in. In the three years since Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi action film hit theaters, Foster has directed a few episodes of Orange is the New Black and House of Cards and recently helmed Money Monster. She’s now getting back in front of the camera with screenwriter Drew Pearce (co-writer of Iron Man 3) for his feature directorial debut, Hotel Artemis.

Below, get more details on the Jodie Foster Hotel Artemis casting news.

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Power Rangers - Rita Repulsa Photos

Way back in the spring of this year, we got our first look at Elizabeth Banks as the villain Rita Repulsa in the latest big screen adaptation of Power Rangers. She looks drastically different than she did in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, looking less like a medieval witch and more like an alien vixen from the Species franchise.

Now some new photos of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa provides another glimpse at the character, this time showing us one trait that took influence from her look in the 1990s TV series. In addition, Rita Repulsa took over the official Power Rangers Twitter yesterday during Cyber Monday to make some truly weird product endorsements.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Kingkiller Chronicle

Lin-Manuel Miranda sure does write like he’s running out of time. The Hamilton superstar has added yet another project to his to-do list, and in a break with his recent streak, it’s got nothing to do with Disney. Miranda will produce and write music for The Kingkiller Chronicle, Lionsgate’s adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss‘ fantasy trilogy. In addition, he could be involved in a stage adaptation somewhere down the line.  Read More »

chinese mad max rip-off

Foreign filmmakers blatantly ripping off Hollywood movies is a tradition with a rich and storied history. Name an American film that had a sizable cultural impact over the past fifty years and you are guaranteed to find an unofficial Turkish or Italian remake lurking somewhere on the fringes of the industry. While modern copyright laws have forced these low-budget rip-offs to get a little more creative in how they steal from larger movies, they still exist, offering a fascinating look at how other cultures absorb and interpret American cinema.

Now, China is adding to this glorious tradition with Mad Shelia, a Mad Max: Fury Road rip-off so shameless that it steals the original’s poster as well as its aesthetic and title.

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rogue one pao

We’ve already begun to learn about the success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Fandango sold hundreds of thousands of tickets in the first few minutes, and last week box office tracking services estimated the opening weekend box office could hit the high $120 million range to the near $150 million range. But no matter how successful this movie is, don’t expect a Rogue One sequel.

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assassin's creed clip

We’re less than a month away from the release of Assassin’s Creed and I can’t help but wonder if anyone outside of the faithful are prepared to lay down money to watch Michael Fassbender kind-of sort-of time travel into the distant past so he can stab people in the face. While these video games have a strong following (and a few of them have been genuinely great), I’ve yet to encounter any non-gamers who have greeted the trailers with anything more than a shrug. In a month where it has to battle the likes of Rogue One, Passengers, and Sing, Assassin’s Creed is far from a sure thing, even if it’s a good movie.

The first clip from the film has arrived and it shows off Fassbender and Marion Cotillard looking very intense in order to sell a potentially silly situation. Is this the kind of clip that 20th Century Fox’s marketing team thinks will get butts in seats? I have no idea. I just sit stand at the sidelines and shout at movie news all day.

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Jurassic World 2 BD Wong

When Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt return for Jurassic World 2, they may find themselves joined by another familiar face. Producer Frank Marshall has hinted that B.D. Wong will be back as Dr. Henry Wu in the J.A. Bayona-directed sequel, which recently added new stars Toby Jones and Rafe SpallRead More »

Tom Holland Chaos Walking

Actor Tom Holland might live in a world populated entirely by men for director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). The Spider-Man: Homecoming star is currently in talks to act alongside Daisy Ridley in the post-apocalyptic YA movie Chaos Walking, based on part one of author Patrick Ness‘ trilogy. Lionsgate is eyeing a 2017 production start date for the film.

Below, learn more about the Tom Holland Chaos Walking casting news.

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Jared Harris

Now that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has introduced Young Grindelwald, the race is on to guess who’ll fill the role of Young Dumbledore in the sequel. And one name that’s come up again and again in that conversation is Jared Harris, in part because he’s about as close as you can get to a younger clone of the existing Dumbledore — he’s the son of Richard Harris, who played Old Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies.

Well, it turns out Harris has heard about all that speculation too. In a recent interview, he addressed the Dumbledore Jared Harris fantasy casting talk, warning that the decision is not his to make.  Read More »