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Briefly: Here’s the best way for Michael B. Jordan to confirm, finally, that he is taking the role of Johnny Storm in The Fantastic Four: a message that just says “Flame On!” complete with a close-up of the classic ’4′ chest emblem.

Casting Jordan is just a great idea. He’s an excellent actor, and has the chops to stand up to the equally talented Miles Teller, who is nearly set to appear as Reed Richards. Director Josh Trank, screenwriters Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg, and the producers behind the film seem to be ready to take chances and do the unexpected as they leap off from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics line (which features a very different story from the classic ’60s origin), and I’m excited to see what they come up with. Read More »

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The reports of casting for Fox’s new Fantastic Four film, to be directed by Josh Trank, have been plagued by more rumor and speculation than most movies of this type, and to date we don’t have any official confirmation of casting choices. So far, Miles Teller is said to be the choice to play Reed Richards, aka the body-stretching Mr. Fantastic, while Michael B. Jordan has long been linked to play Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch.

Now those casting choices are confirmed, and new reports say that Jamie Bell will play Reed’s buddy and eventual teammate Ben Grimm, who becomes the rock-like Thing. And Kate Mara is now firmly linked to the role of Sue Storm, who acquires powers of invisibility and is, consequently, called the Invisible Woman.

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Teller Jordan

Briefly: They may still appear together in Fantastic Four but, until then, That Awkward Moment co-stars Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan have just signed onto something else. The pair will co-star in a Macau, China-set heist movie in the vein of Oceans Eleven. Attached to helm is their That Awkward Moment director Tom Gormican. Warner Bros. will produce and distribute.

As for 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four, Teller and Jordan are leading candidates for the June 2015 release. Casting has not yet been announced but filming stars soon. That means, if they are cast, this movie would happen after that. [The Wrap]

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When is Lady Sif showing up on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? What does the birth of comic book fandom look like? How long is the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy? What’s the direct relationship between The Dark Knight Returns and Batman vs. Superman? Where does the first 10 minutes of Avengers: Age of Ultron take place? Want to watch Michael B. Jordan talk about Fantastic Four? Is Taylor Kitsch cool with the idea of Channing Tatum playing Gambit? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

LABOR DAY

Briefly: John Hillcoat (Lawless, The Proposition) can dredge whatever material he wants up out of the depths of his mind and it probably won’t generate the ridiculous controversy set in motion by his thoroughly non-controversial Super Bowl Coke ad. So the film Triple Nine, about “a group of crooked cops who plan to kill one of their own so they can cover up a major heist,” probably won’t move the needle in a way even vaguely like the Coke ad did.

But it will have a great cast: Kate Winslet has signed on for the long-gestating picture. She joins a cast that still includes Casey Affleck and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who have been attached to the film for a while. Matt Cook scripted, and as far as we know his draft remains the basis for the film. [Variety]

Update: Michael B. Jordan, who had been linked to the film last year, has also been confirmed as being in talks, and Deadline reports that Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Gal Gadot, and Michael Pena are also in talks to join.

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There’s been lots of talk this week about the behind the scenes happenings with Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four. What’s the movie about? Who is starring? It seems we might find out sooner rather than later.

A new report says Michael B. Jordan is officially attached as Johnny Storm but actors are still testing for the other three lead roles. Emmy Rossum and Kara Mara are screen testing this week for the role of Sue Storm and Miles Teller is still testing for Reed Richards. As for Ben Grimm, Josh Gad isn’t mentioned but Christian Cook (Cemetery Junction, Magic City) has tested. Read More »

POTD: Vanity Fair’s 2014 Hollywood Issue Cover

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It may not be a tradition as entrenched as the Golden Globes drunkenness or office Oscar pools, but for the past twenty years the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue has been a fun fixture of awards season. The magazine gathers up the brightest stars of the year, pretties them up and poses them just so, and snaps a photo that simultaneously celebrates the year that was and looks ahead at the years to come.

This year’s choices are a nice mix of established A-listers (George Clooney, Julia Roberts), rising veterans (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba), and exciting fresh faces (Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie). Hit the jump to see the full spread.

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In the end credits of That Awkward Moment, we’re treated to a blooper reel. The footage is typically goofy stuff — stars flubbing lines, knocking over props, cracking dirty jokes, and generally getting silly — but it’s a pleasure to watch because the actors are so damn fun. Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan come across as warm and funny people, and the rapport between them is inviting. I can only imagine that the set must have been a blast.

The film itself, however, is not. Although the premise should, in theory, provide plenty of opportunities for sparks to fly and for the cast’s magnetic personalities to shine through, as they do in the blooper reel, writer/director Tom Gormican seems more interested in shoving the characters along predictable plotlines. The result is a tedious romantic comedy that can’t sell the romance, the comedy, or even the bromance.

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