new spider-man actor

Minutes ago, we published our list of 15 actors who should play the new Spider-Man. It’s not an easy list to make because few know exactly how old Sony wants the character to be or whether or not he’ll be Peter Parker.

Well, scratch that. We do sort of know. Various news stories have come out saying Sony wants Spider-Man to be in high school, which pretty much crosses off any actor over 25. Now, another report says the first two names to emerge as contenders are names we mentioned on our list: Dylan O’Brien and Logan Lerman, both 23 and white. That pretty much cements the fact it’ll be Peter Parker.

Below, read more about the new Spider-Man actors, as well as news that Andrew Garfield may have been contacted about possible continuing the role. Read More »

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Hitman Agent 47

The last attempt to launch a movie franchise based on the Hitman games stalled after just one 2007 installment starring Timothy Olyphant. But Fox seems determined to make it work, so today we have the first trailer for the relaunch, titled Hitman: Agent 47.

Rupert Friend leads this time around as 47, a specially engineered assassin who sets out to stop a corporation from unleashing an army of even more specially engineered assassins. Hannah Ware and Zachary Quinto also star, and Aleksander Bach directed. Check out the Hitman Agent 47 trailer after the jump.

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CINDERELLA trailer

Say what you will about Maleficent and Oz the Great and Powerful, but at least they were trying to put a fresh spin on familiar tales. That’s not the case with Cinderella, Disney’s new live-action fairy tale directed by Kenneth Branagh. The new Cinderella trailer does try to make a case for itself by giving its heroine (Lily James) a bit more backbone, but for the most part it’s the same story we already know.

At least it gives us an excuse to watch Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter swan around in pretty costumes. And maybe Game of Thrones fans will be happy to see Richard Madden and Nonso Anozie looking happy and healthy. Watch the Cinderella trailer after the jump.

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“They’re heeeeeeere.” Those pesky ghosts who speak to a little girl through a TV are back in the first trailer for Gil Kenan‘s Poltergeist. Based on the classic 1982 horror film by Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg, this time the Monster House director has teamed up with producer Sam Raimi to scare a whole new generation in 3D.

Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt are the unsuspecting parents of a family newly settled in the haunted house that takes their kid. They ask for help from a famous ghost hunter, played by Jared Harris in this version. The film hits theaters July 24. You can watch the first, frightening Poltergeist trailer here.

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Poltergeist (1)

Any time a classic gets remade, fans of the original tense up in fear that the new version will somehow “ruin” the original. Well, the jury’s still out on Gil Kenan and Sam Raimi‘s re-do of Poltergeist, but the first images, at least, look plenty creepy. Get your Poltergeist first look after the jump, plus details on the trailer release. Read More »

‘Stargate’ Reboot Gets New Writing Team

Stargate Reboot Writers

Briefly: Roland Emmerich is rebooting the film Stargate, and his version of the story has a new set of writers. And, no, that’s not a typo — Roland Emmerich did direct the original 1994 film starring Kurt Russell and he is also going to direct this new reboot. Emmerich’s partner Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the original film, is producing this time out.

THR reports the hire. Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are the Stargate reboot writers, and if those names sound familiar you might have heard them connected to another Emmerich news thread, concerning the upcoming Independence Day sequel. Woods and Wright have also been working on that sequel, after they came to Emmerich’s attention with an action thriller spec.

This new Stargate film is meant as the first chapter of a new trilogy. There’s no publicly available release date, cast or plotline at this point. The original press release said the upcoming film(s) will be “a new feature film trilogy that reimagines the 1994 film Stargate.”

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Creed release date rocky

Briefly: Warner Bros. is beefing up its holiday film presence this week. The studio just dated and/or moved two of their heavy hitters. First up, the Ericson Core remake of Point Break has been pushed from summer to Christmas Day. More interestingly, though, the Ryan Coogler-directed Rocky spin-off Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, will be out even quicker. It’s currently filming but is now slated for release on November 25, 2015. [Box Office Mojo]

Routh Cavill Superman flyby auditions

Superman‘s on-screen history is fascinating. There was the early TV show, the Christopher Reeve films, the rumored curse around the role, several failed reboots, including one that made it to the big screen, and now a successful reboot that’s playing into a bigger DC universe.

Adding even more myth to the role, the last two cinematic iterations of the character, Brandon Routh in Superman Returns and Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, each almost put on the “S” several years before. Both actors auditioned for one of the failed reboots, Superman Flyby, which was to be directed by McG from a script by J.J. Abrams. It’s a pretty fascinating coincidence and you can link to photos of their Superman Flyby auditions, including a very different Superman costume, below.

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Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained

The Sleepless Night remake just got a jolt of much-needed energy. Open Road has just picked up the action-thriller and attached Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan to star. Baran bo Odar will direct from a script by Andrea Berloff.

The original French film by Frédéric Jardin was a big hit with critics, if not the box office. To give you general sense of the tone, it’s been described as “a sort of Die Hard (in a nightclub) crossed with Taken.” More on the Sleepless Night remake after the jump.  Read More »

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