Independence Day sequel

Execs over at Fox are finally pulling the trigger on that long-rumored Independence Day sequel. The studio has given producers a green light for the film, which will now get into motion with the goal of shooting in May 2015. And while there’s no formal announcement yet, it seems like this will be one film, rather than a two-movie split as previously rumored. And it sounds like Will Smith won’t be back for the new chapter. Read More »

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Exodus whitewashing

Ridley Scott is one of the most powerful directors working in Hollywood. (If he can get The Counselor made, he can do anything.) Following The Counselor, Scott turned to the story of Exodus, and cast a predominantly white cast for the film Exodus: Gods and Kings. Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II is played by Joel Egerton, who among the least-Egyptian actor working right now. An outcry resulted in part because the “gods and kings” of the title are all white, while the slaves in the film are black. We’re evidently not quite to the point where this won’t happen, but we’re definitely in a place where more audiences realize that the Exodus whitewashing is ridiculous.

Ridley Scott and the film’s stars have mostly avoided or been sheltered from questions about the whitewashed casting. But now Scott has addressed the topic in a brusque manner that doesn’t do anything to help the situation. Read More »

fantastic four movie cast killed

Marvel Comics is having a little fun at the expense of the cast and crew of the new Fantastic Four movie. In the new issue of the current Punisher series, #12, there are frames of three Hollywood actors discussing a new movie by a director with the last name “Trang.” They look incredibly similar to Miles Teller, Jamie Bell and Kate Mara. Apparently their friend Michael, who plays a character named Johnny, is running late. And then their building explodes.

Yes, Marvel Comics has killed the cast of Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four movie. Check out the panels below. Read More »

Now You See Me 2 Title Revealed

Now You See Me 2 cast

Mark Ruffalo has tweeted a photo from the Now You See Me 2 table read, revealing for the first time the Now You See Me 2 title. Find out the name of the sequel, after the jump.

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James Cameron has never been one to set the bar low. When his last two films were released, each was most expensive movies ever made and became the highest grossing films ever. Avatar remains on the top of the list by a wide margin, followed up by the other recent Cameron film, Titanic. But that’s not all. Cameron has reached similar heights making the first $100 million film in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, groundbreaking effects in The Abyss, and of course the technical advancements in Avatar which set the stage for much of what’s happening in special effects today.

For his next trick, Cameron is going to film the three sequels to Avatar, set for release in December 2016-2018, simultaneously. It’s a huge task but, if you are to believe Cameron, he thinks they’re going to be pretty great. In fact, he thinks they may induce bodily fluids. Read his exact quote, along with the final answer on the discussion of frame rate, below. Read More »

Game of Thrones Season 5 Teaser

We’ve got months to go before Game of Thrones returns for its fifth season, but HBO is getting the promo started early. A new video has dropped that uses mostly (and possibly entirely) old footage. But it links Arya to the three-eyed raven, and ends with a shot that seems to promise something more. Watch the early Game of Thrones season 5 teaser below.

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Cool events for The Force Awakens, Episode VIII news and much more in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Oscar-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs has been tapped for Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII.
  • Actress Jessica Henwick may appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Read about two awesome Force Awakens trailer events in Los Angeles and Austin.
  • Star Wars Rebels will marathon on Disney and Disney XD in December.
  • See a tease of what’s to come on Star Wars Rebels.
  • A full novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in the works.
  • Revenge of the Sith 3D may still be released after The Force Awakens.
  • Is it possible there’s more than one trailer for The Force Awakens?
  • Check out the pencils for Alex Ross‘s Star Wars Marvel cover.
  • What is the biggest challenge for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
  • How does a new character in The Force Awakens move?

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Sherlock special

New episodes of Sherlock probably won’t hit the air, at least in America, until 2016. If we’re lucky, maybe late 2015, but nothing is set in stone. Well, that’s not entirely true. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who’ll both be seen in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, will soon shoot a special episode of the show that will air during 2015.

We don’t know exactly what will happen in the episode as the finale of the third season offered quite the cliffhanger, but we have the first image that hints at the story. Maybe this episode won’t actually be in sequential order with the rest of the show. Check out the Sherlock special image and see for yourself. Read More »

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