50 Shades sequel script

Fifty Shades of Grey made crazy money at home and internationally, but that doesn’t mean the creation of a sequel is an easy task. There’s already source material, in the form of the novel Fifty Shades Darker, by E.L. James. But the first film’s screenwriter and director, Kelly Marcel and Sam Taylor-Johnson, will not return for the second movie. Reportedly, that is in part due to clashes with James. Furthermore, there have been reports that James was lobbying to script the sequel herself.

Now the producers and Universal have a new solution to the 50 Shades sequel script problem. It will be written by Niall Leonard, an author with TV and film experience. He even contributed to the Fifty Shades of Grey script. And he happens to be E.L. James’ husband. Read More »

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Ant-Man

Two new clips have arrived for Marvel’s summer movies, and each one has a revelation of sorts. One, from Avengers: Age of Ultron, shows the arrival of Vision, the new character played by Paul Bettany. As a bonus, it has narration of sorts from the actor, as he presented the clip during a TV interview appearance. The other, from Ant-Man, shows Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) breaking into a safe that contains a surprising set of objects.

Check out the Ant-Man clip and Age of Ultron footage below.  Read More »

Matt Ferguson - Avengers Age of Ultron art show

Disney and Marvel have long embraced the pop culture art scene. They’ve worked with Gallery 1988, Mondo and more to make cool collectibles for their fans based on all their movies. That trend isn’t changing with Avengers: Age of Ultron. This time they’ve teamed up with the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles for an exhibit celebrating the release of the film. Almost 100 different artists are participating in the Age of Ultron art show, which opens April 24, and /Film is happy to exclusively debut 5 of the pieces, as well as feature several more. Check them out below. Read More »

John Boyega Star Wars Force Awakens Jakku

We’ve got more Star Wars Celebration round-up items, as well as some cool Force Awakens info, in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read the following:

  • Force Awakens star John Boyega is back on Twitter, and walked around Celebration in disguise.
  • Disney is recreating the Millennium Falcon cockpit on their cruise ship.
  • George Lucas says Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a “different” kind of story.
  • Marvel announced two new Star Wars comic books.
  • A new Del Ray book has been revealed: Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company.
  • Author Alan Dean Foster will write The Force Awakens novelization.
  • Watch a Lego version of the Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One trailer.
  • Listen to Peter on a podcast about Star Wars Celebration.
  • See where the X-Wing sequences in the Force Awakens trailer were filmed.
  • Ben Mendelsohn tiptoes around his potential Rogue One casting.
  • Want to see a Gonk Droid in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
  • J.J. Abrams takes the Twizzler Challenge.
  • Star Wars Celebration 2016 will be in London from July 15-17, 2016.

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Fred Armisen Joins ‘Zoolander 2′

Fred Armisen in Portlandia

Zoolander 2 continues to load up on the funny folks. Portlandia star and SNL alum Fred Armisen has just signed on for the long-gestating comedy sequel, joining Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Justin Theroux is directing. Watch the Zoolander 2 Fred Armisen announcement after the jump.

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Star Trek Cast

The crew of the starship Enterprise always hopes to go where no one has gone before. For the third movie, that might be “Beyond.”

The third film in the recently rebooted Star Trek series now has a likely title. After Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek 3 is likely to be called Star Trek Beyond. Read more about the Star Trek 3 title below.

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Batman v Superman costumes

Last week was a weird one for Zack Snyder and his film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film’s first trailer was briefly teased on Instagram, then released online in low-quality bootleg form, forcing Warner Bros. to officially release the trailer days in advance of its planned theatrical IMAX debut. (That’s still happening tonight.) But that’s all out there now, so we’ll just move forward. Now you can get a look at the primary Batman v Superman costumes thanks to a video featuring NBA star DeAndre Jordan checking out a Warner Bros. exhibit of the suits and new Batmobile.

UPDATE: B-Roll footage has now been put online with a much more detailed look at the costumes. Read More »

Avengers Age of Ultron Full

For ten movies we’ve been waiting to see an entire movie of the Avengers being “The Avengers.” Sure, we’ve seen some crossovers. We’ve seen what the team could do when aliens invaded. We’ve even seen an alien pseudo-Avengers assemble in Guardians of the Galaxy. But up until Avengers: Age of Ultron, we haven’t seen what would happen if six amazing superheroes spent an entire movie together, working together.

For that reason alone, Joss Whedon‘s Avengers Age of Ultron is satisfying. Beyond that, it a falls a little bit short of its amazing predecessor. When compared to the first film, Age of Ultron is more even, constantly exciting and surprising. There are huge laughs, there’s drama, some real character development, and some absolutely crazy action. That consistency almost makes up for the fact the film lacks the “Wow” moments of the first movie and that brand new feeling we got the first time.

Nevertheless, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a blast. Read the rest of our Avengers Age of Ultron review below. Read More »

Paramount Cinemacon reaction

I’m in Las Vegas for the yearly CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest) which is the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors. The convention is filled with talks about how to maximize profits and a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of their upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond, and some even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.

This morning we saw a presentation from Paramount Pictures showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Terminator Genisys, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Star Trek 3, Zoolander 2 and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free CinemaCon Paramount reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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