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Want to see a bunch of awesome key frame art from Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight? How about the first trailer for the Man of Steel Blu-ray? What’s the latest comic and idea from Mark Millar? Where can you see some new footage from Thor: The Dark World on TV? Has Joe Carnahan finished his Nemesis script? How is Joseph Gordon-Levitt feeling with the announcement of Batman vs. Superman? Did CinemaSins tackle Ben Affleck in Daredevil? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Following a solid box office performance by The Purge, Universal is getting back into business with Blumhouse Productions for another microbudget genre pic. Only this one falls a bit outside Jason Blum‘s usual horror wheelhouse.

The studio is set to distribute the Blum-produced, Joe Carnahan-directed Stretch, an action comedy starring Patrick Wilson. Ed Helms and Chris Pine have also signed on in recent weeks, and now Brooklyn Decker has come aboard as well. Get details on her character and the new release date after the jump.

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UPDATE: A few minor tweaks have been made to this story since it was first published.

Preliminary details on Joe Carnahan‘s latest film, a small budget thriller produced by horror guru Jason Blum, have now been revealed. We already knew it was called Stretch and that Patrick Wilson (Insidious, Watchmen) would be the star. Now Ed Helms, whose summer scheduled freed up when Vacation was put on hold, has been cast. According to reports, Wilson plays a down on his luck chauffeur who takes a risky job driving around a mysterious billionaire to settle some debts. Helms plays a colleague, of sorts, to Wilson and Chris Pine also stars. Read More »

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After Joe Carnahan‘s The Grey turned into a hit with critics and audiences, the director has worked on a couple projects that ended up going nowhere (Daredevil) or in directions that weren’t amenable to him (Death Wish). That’s an all-too-familiar situation for the director, who has worked for years to make films such as Killing Pablo and White Jazz. But credit Carnahan with persistence and stamina, as he doesn’t give up.

Now the director has a new potential directing gig, as he’s in talks to make Sugar Bandits, which would be an adaptation of the novel Devils in Exile, by Chuck Hogan. Read More »

Joe Carnahan has been adding projects to his slate left and right since 2011′s The Grey, but he’s now dropped one of them from his schedule. The filmmaker has abruptly exited Death Wish, Paramount / MGM’s remake of the 1974 thriller starring Charles Bronson.

That doesn’t mean his slate is getting any less crowded, though. Carnahan is now reportedly circling Narco Sub, the drug smuggling thriller that Tony Scott was set to helm before he passed away. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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After a day of Zack Snyder Samurai Star Wars talk, it’s back to your regularly scheduled bits. After the jump, read about the following interesting goings on in the Star Wars Universe:

  • Joe Carnahan pitches two fan filmmakers as directors for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Looper director Rian Johnson comments on directing the film.
  • After the White House denied us a Death Star, the Galactic Empire responds.
  • Princess Leia can now fly an X-Wing Fighter.
  • The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force is now an eBook.

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Welcome to the first Superhero Bits of 2013! Want to read a possible roster for Justice League? How is Joe Carnanan‘s Nemesis coming along? Does Marc Webb have some Amazing Spider-Man regrets? Is Alan Taylor doing something different with Thor: The Dark World? Where can you see dozens and dozens of Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight Rises storyboards? Why is a Pixar animator creating a new superhero every single day? Was that Superman flying along the California coast? Does Arnold Schwarzenegger regret doing Batman and Robin? What are the best graphic novels of 2012? Read about all of this and more in the new year return of Superhero Bits! Read More »

With the arrival of December, awards season is in full swing, and usually that just means limited releases of some big new films, to establish them as Oscar contenders. And so a film like Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty will open in New York and LA on December 21, but won’t go wide until January 11.

But we also see the occasional re-release, meant to remind Academy voters that films are worth considering for awards. And so December 7 sees two films re-opening, the better to angle for Oscar. Open Road is doing a nationwide re-release of David Ayer‘s End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as LA cops. And as the following tweet shows, Joe Carnahan‘s The Grey is getting a two-week run at two LA-area theaters:

Granted, Carnahan’s film, starring Liam Neeson as one of a team of roughnecks stranded in the Alaskan wilderness, has been on DVD for months; you can even stream it on Netflix right now. But it’s a solid film, and I’m happy to see it get a small shot at awards recognition.

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