Christoph Waltz Alita Battle Angel

After several years of on-again, off-again development, Alita: Battle Angel got a much-needed shot in the arm last year when Robert Rodriguez signed on to direct. Not long after, Rosa Salazar was cast in the lead role. And now the film may have its second star. Christoph Waltz is reportedly circling the James Cameron-produced adaptation of the popular manga series. And in a shocking twist, he might actually get to play a good guy for once.  Read More »

battle angel alita rosa salazar

Movie fans with long memories may recall that Alita: Battle Angel was once known as Battle Angel Alita and that it was supposed to be James Cameron‘s next film after Avatar. Then Cameron decided to make Avatar movies until the day he dies and the Hollywood adaptation of the popular manga was handed over to director Robert Rodriguez last year. Now, after years of existing primarily as the second-to-last question in James Cameron interviews, this project is finally starting to take shape. If the latest report is to be believed, we’ll see Rosa Salazar in Alita Battle Angel. Read More »

alita battle angel casting

James Cameron has been talking about a film adaptation of the manga Battle Angel Alita for a long, long time, with the science fiction action film at one point competing with Avatar to be his next project. Alas, Avatar got made first and Mr. Cameron decided to spend the rest of his life exploring every last nook and cranny on Pandora, which freed up the project for another filmmaker. Enter Robert Rodriguez, who signed on to make the film last year, with Cameron remaining on board as a producer.

Now that a less-preoccupied director is at the helm, Alita: Battle Angel (the new title for the film) actually looks like it could cease being a thing that Cameron occasionally mentions in-between Avatar updates and start being a thing that actually exists. They’re looking at lead actresses and everything!

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Kristen Bell joins CHiPs

Over a year ago we learned that comedian and Punk’d prankster turned actor Dax Shepard was taking on quite the responsibility by writing, directing and starring in a big screen adaptation of the popular NBC television series CHiPs.

The series has been filling out the supporting cast in recent months, and now one more unsurprising addition has just been revealed as Kristen Bell, who is the real-life wife of Dax Shepard, will have a role in the movie. Read More »

Maze Runner Scorch Trials 1

The only thing weirder than the big mansion in the middle of downtown Albuquerque is the post-apocalyptic party going on inside. It’s December 16, 2014, and the Gertrude and Zachary Mansion at 2nd and Lead has been transformed to a very important location in The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Wes Ball’s follow-up to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner.

From top to bottom, the interior of the mansion has been transformed to the spot where Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is separated from his fellow Gladers on their epic quest across the scorched Earth they discovered at the end of the last film. Here he’ll be drugged, endure (or enjoy) hallucinations, kiss a girl, and eventually be reunited with the group before meeting some incredibly important new characters.

On this day, number 36 of 55 shooting days, the temperature on The Scorch Trials set is near-freezing even as the location doubles for a super-hot environment in the film. Despite that, the camaraderie of all the cast members is particularly noticeable. Each seems incredibly excited to be continuing the story of James Dashner’s novels, and especially to be doing it together.

Below, read our full Maze Runner: Scorch Trials set visit report. Read More »

10 Women Who Should Play Captain Marvel

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When we offered you our Captain Marvel primer, we left out one important and obvious question: Who should play Captain Marvel? It’s something we’ll be asking ourselves until Marvel officially confirms a lead. Considering Captain Marvel doesn’t arrive until 2018, that may not be for some time yet. In the meantime, here’s who we’d choose if we had our say. Hit the jump for our Captain Marvel casting picks.

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Rosa Salazar in Jamesy Boy

The first Maze Runner was almost a total sausagefest, with Kaya Scodelario‘s Teresa as the one and only major female character. But the sequel will see the Gladers making at least one more lady friend.

Rosa Salazar has just joined The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials as Brenda, the second female lead. It’s one of two dystopian YA sequel roles Salazar has coming up next year. She also recently wrapped a part in the Divergent sequel Insurgent. Hit the jump for more on the Rosa Salazar Maze Runner casting.

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The SpongeBob Movie Sponge Out of Water poster (header)

Today’s Sequel Bits involves the sea floor-dwelling creatures of Bikini Bottom, the high-flying dragon riders of Berk, and everyone in between. After the jump:

  • Is China getting sick of effects-heavy Hollywood sequels?
  • Rumor has it Jurassic World will feature pterodactyl riders
  • Insurgent casts a couple more Dauntless characters
  • Paul Walker‘s brother may be in future Fast movies
  • Ernie Hudson says Ghostbusters 3 will shoot soon
  • Brittany Snow tweets from the set of Pitch Perfect 2
  • Get ready for lots and lots of Sharknado tie-in merchandise
  • SpongeBob has a Coppertone moment in a new poster
  • Watch the trailer for the video game Alien: Isolation
  • See a How to Train Your Dragon 2 featurette about the score

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