Doctor Strange writer Jon Spaihts

Ant-Man? Who’s that? The latest newsmaker for Marvel is strange. Dr. Stephen Strange, to be exact. Marvel recently announced Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) as director of Doctor Strange (or Dr. Strange; we’re not certain which title will be used) and now one more piece of the movie’s puzzle has been revealed. Jon Spaihts, best known for writing the first draft of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and also for the sci-fi / romance / thriller Passengers, has been hired to script.

After the break, we’ve got a few more details on that hire, and also Derrickson’s own comments about the project.  Read More »

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A ‘True Blood’ Musical Is In the Works

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HBO’s True Blood will end its run after the upcoming seventh season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve seen the last of Bon Temps. Like the bloodsuckers it portrays, True Blood could just come back in an altered form.

Composer Nathan Barr has revealed that there’s a True Blood musical in the works. While he cautions that “there’s no guarantees” about the project at this point, he has already gotten as far as pitching the show. Hit the jump for more details.

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Tim Burton Hansel and Gretel

Way back in 2007, in the early days of /Film, Peter wrote about one of Tim Burton‘s most obscure works. The piece in question was Hansel and Gretel, a half-hour version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, produced as one of Burton’s collaborations with Disney. This was before Frankenweenie turned everything sour, and well before Burton became a star director.

Shot in 1982 and aired once on the then-new Disney Channel on Halloween night in 1983, the short quickly disappeared. While it eventually surfaced in art exhibits at institutions such as the the Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hansel and Gretel has remained relatively un-seen.

Now Burton’s odd early short is online. Watch below. Read More »

Descendants

The upcoming Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants, has a fantastic idea. We know all the heroes of Disney movies live happily ever after, but the villains don’t die. So what happens to them? In Descendants, we learn all the villains have been exiled to the Isle of the Lost. When the new King of the Kingdom, the son of Belle and the Beast, takes the throne, he offers the kids of the villains a chance to redeem themselves. So the teenaged kids of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, the Evil Queen from Snow White, Jafar from Aladdin and Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians leave the Isle and join prep school alongside the kids of Disney heroes.

Casting is complete and now Disney has released the first image of the four stars of the film. Below see Mal, the daughter of Maleficent, played by Dove Cameron; Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen, played by Sofia Carson; Jay, son of Jafar, played by Booboo Stewart; and Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil, played by Cameron Boyce. Read More »

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We here at /Film love How To Train Your Dragon. In fact, our own David Chen saw it in theaters seven times. Seven. Times. So it’s been a long four years as we waited for director Dean DeBlois to show us the second chapter in his family fantasy story, based on the books by Cressida Cowell.

That day is finally here. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is now in theaters bringing us the return of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), Astrid (America Ferrara), Stoick (Gerald Butler) and, of course, Toothless. A few years have passed since the end of the first film and a lot of changed in Berk. Things will get especially different with the gang runs into a group of dragon trappers who open the doors to a wild, expansive story that’s bigger and more emotional than the first one in every way.

Below, we encourage you to talk about How to Train Your Dragon 2. What did you think? Is it better than the first one? What was the biggest surprise? Did the trailer “spoiler” ruin anything for you? Talk all about How to Train your Dragon 2 below. Read More »

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Fresh off the announcement Disney is moving forward with their own live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, a competing project has lost its captain. A new report says Guillermo del Toro won’t direct Beauty, a Warner Bros. project that has Emma Watson attached as the lead. He’s still producing, however, and wrote the current version of the script. Read More »

Magic The Gathering

When playing any kind of fantasy role playing game — even a card-based game — the story can be everything. 20th Century Fox agrees. Six months after announcing development of a movie based on the popular card game Magic the Gathering, the project has picked up a writer. He’s Bryan Cogman, and while you might not know the name, you know his work. He’s a producer, story editor and writer on a little show called Game of Thrones. Read More »

Paddington Still 2

A live-action adaptation of the popular book series Paddington is one of this year’s big Christmas films. The Weinstein Company released a teaser trailer a few months back but it offered only a glimpse at the talking bear. Now, the first images from the film – which features Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent – have been released. That, in itself, isn’t particularly exciting. What the photos spawned is.

In the photo (seen above) Paddington looks rather ominous, which inspired an online meme called “#CreepyPaddington.” There, people have been photoshopping the bear into various horror movies and the results are pretty hilarious. Check out a bunch of Creepy Paddington images below. Read More »

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