Best Stories Of The Week: Terminator, Heroes Reborn, Spider-Man, Independence Day And More

It's time to catch up on the big news from this last full week in June with the Best Stories of the Week.

Below we recap the biggest stories from the past seven days including our set visit from Ant-Man, new information about Independence Day 2, the cancellation of Hannibal on NBC, our new Spider-Man revealed, rumors swirling about Green Lantern and Ben Affleck's Batman and more. We've also got trailers for Heroes Reborn, the final Paranormal Activity sequel, Sleeping with Other People starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie and Legend with Tom Hardy. And for those wondering if Terminator: Genisys is any good, we have a reaction to the sequel/reboot as well.

Check out the Best Stories of the Week after the jump!

#38. Park Chan-wook Tackling Fingersmith


After tackling Stoker for his English-language debut, director Park Chan-wook is heading back to Korean films with a new lesbian drama called Fingersmith. Production is already underway in Japan with an eye towards releasing the film in 2016. If you want to know more about the story, check out our original report right here.

#37. Marc Forster Directing Former Stanley Kubrick Project Downslope

marcforster-cameraStanley Kubrick might be the only filmmaker to have so many new projects made with his name attached despite having been dead for 16 years. Now we can add one more to the pile as World War Z director Marc Forster is set to direct the first film in a hopeful trilogy based on Stanley Kubrick's screenplay The Downslope. The film is an anti-war drama about a series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley, and you can find out more about it over here.

#36. Michael Keaton Bringing Imagine Agents Comic to the Big Screen

Michael KeatonMichael Keaton hasn't touched comic book movies since his time spent as Batman, but now he's slated to produce one. However, it is perhaps not a title you're familiar with. Keaton will produce and star in Imagine Agents, a story that takes place at a Men in Black-like agency that keeps track of the imaginary friends that kids have, which sounds pretty cool. To find out who Keaton would play in the film, check out the full story.

#35. Interview: Skydance's David Ellison & Dana Goldberg on Terminator and More

Skydance Productions

Our own Peter Sciretta sat down with Skydance Productions heads David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and talked about all their franchises, from Mission: Impossible to Terminator to Star Trek and also Top Gun 2. This all happened during the Terminator: Genisys premiere in Berlin, which means we also got some interesting details about whether or not James Cameron was paid to endorse the reboot/sequel and also why a trilogy was planned before the first movie even came out. Check out the full interview right here.

#34. David Fincher and Rooney Mara to Reunite for Utopia Series

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After collaborating on the American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, director David Fincher and actress Rooney Mara may reunite for HBO's remake of the British drama series Utopia. The series will be scripted by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, but if you want to know what the show is about (and it's pretty cool), then check out our original story.

#33. Arnold Schwarzenegger Gets Revenge (Again) inĀ 478

Arnold Schwarzenegger in MaggieArnold Schwarznegger has gotten revenge on plenty of people who has put his life in danger, and he's about to do it again. The Terminator franchise star will star in 478, the story of a man whose wife and child are killed in a plane crash. Sounds pretty typical, but they weren't killed by a criminal or murderer. Get the details in our full story right here.

#32. Disney Announces Pixar Panels and More for D23

D23 Expo 2015 Schedule

Disney fans can get keep getting excited for the House of Mouse's D23 convention coming in August. The studio has just announced the panels and floor booth for Pixar Animation, not to mention a unique exhibit featuring John Lasseter's signature Hawaiian shirt. Find out more about D23 in our original post.

#31. Set Visit: American Ultra with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart

American Ultra

Before he left, Germain Lussier delivered his report from the set of the stoner action comedy American Ultra. Find out what he saw on the set right here, and then check out our interview with stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart right here.

#30. Retro Trailer Debuts for Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer Series

The series hits Netflix on July 31st.

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#29. Lexus Teases the Arrival of a Functional Hoverboard

Since it's 2015, everyone is trying to cash in on the hype around the fact that this is the year Doc Brown and Marty McFly travel to in Back to the Future Part II. Our technology has advanced quite a bit since the film was made, but we still don't have hoverboards. But Lexus claims to have created their own functional hoverboard. Find out more about the project right here.

#28. Interview: Inside Out and Twin Peaks Star Kyle MacLachlan

kyle-maclachlan-agents-of-shield-abcKyle MacLachlan is all over the place right now, and Russ Fischer chatted with the actor to talk about his voice role in Pixar's Inside Out, his return to Twin Peaks, and his work on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Check out the full interview over here.

#27. Uncharted Video Game Adaptation Loses Director Seth Gordon

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The video game adaptation Uncharted just can't seem to hold on to a filmmaker. This time it's King of Kong and Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon who has departed the action adventure production. Find out what happened in our original story.

#26. New International Trailer for Amy Schumer's Trainwreck

The film arrives on July 17th.

#25. Andy Samberg vs. Kit Harington in Full 7 Days in Hell Trailer

The mockumentary premieres on HBO on July 11th.

#24. Warrior Director Working on Movie About FIFA Scandal

FIFA scandal movie

You might have heard about the scandal surrounding FIFA over the past few weeks. But if you haven't picked up on the details of the headline-making story, a movie will soon help explain. Warrior director Gavin O'Connor will be at the helm of the movie with Ben Affleck producing. To find out more about the project, check out our original report.

#23. Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie Are Sleeping with Other People

The indie romantic comedy arrives on August 21st.

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#22. Ezra Miller Circling Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter Prequel Play Coming

Ezra Miller is already playing The Flash for Warner Bros. and now the studio has their sights on The Perks of Being a Wallflower star for a role in the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Other names in the mix also include Michael Cera and Josh Gad, but to find out more, you'll have to read our original story.

And if you need even more Harry Potter in your life, there's also a prequel to the series coming in the form of a stage play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and it actually has the seal of approval from J.K. Rowling, who also collaborated on the project. Find out more about that over here.

#21. Kevin Feige Teases Directors for Captain Marvel and Black Panther

Kevin Feige Interview

Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige says we'll know the directors of Captain Marvel and Black Panther before the end of the summer, and he even confirmed one of the rumored names in contention for one of the jobs. Get the full story right here.

#20. Star Trek 3 Begins Filming, Star Trek 4 Already in the Works

Star Trek Cast

Production on Star Trek 3 has officially begun, and more evidence has surfaced that the film will be titled Star Trek Beyond. Check out photos of Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana preparing to shoot, and find out what we know about the sequel so far right here.

In addition, it sounds like Paramount is already preparing for Star Trek 4 with Chris Pine and Quinto signed for a fourth installment of the rebooted sci-fi franchise. Learn more about that in the full story.

#19. Oscar-Winning Composer James Horner Dies in Plane Crash

James Horner

Hollywood lost a gifted composer to tragedy as Oscar-winner James Horner, responsible for scoring films such as Titanic, Braveheart, Avatar and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, died in a plane crash. Read our obituary on Horner over here, and also check out a tribute from director James Cameron over here.

#18. Dwayne Johnson Going on a Rampage for Video Game Movie

Big Trouble in Little China remake

The classic arcade game Rampage is getting the big screen treatment, and Dwayne Johnson is slated to star. The movie's plot us unknown, but the original game followed a middle-aged man, a young woman, and an old man who mutate into a gorilla, a lizard, and a werewolf, all massive in size, and let loose on the world to destroy major cities. Get the full scoop over here.

#17. Tom Hardy Doubles Up on Crime in New Legend Trailer

The film arrives on October 2nd.

#16. Interview: Inside Out Director Pete Docter and Producer Jose Rivera

Pete DocterGermain Lussier had a chat with Inside Out director Pete Docter and producer Jose Rivera about the challenge of giving feelings to feelings. Read our full interview right here.

#15. Universal Not Holding Up Marvel's Plans for Hulk After All

Universal Hulk rights

Even though Mark Ruffalo previously said that Universal held the rights to any future solo films for The Incredible Hulk, it turns out that wasn't entirely accurate. Universal has distribution rights, but they can't stop Marvel from making a new Hulk film. Find out why a new Hulk film hasn't been put into development in our full story.

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#14. Independence Day 2 Unveils Title and Details in Press Conference

On Monday, 20th Century Fox revealed that the sequel to Roland Emmerich's Independence Day will officially be titled Independence Day: Resurgence. The film is both a reboot and a sequel, and you can get a bunch more details by watching the live press conference from this week right here.

#13. It All Ends in Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Trailer

The sequel arrives on October 23rd.

#12. We Countdown Pixar's 15 Best Female Characters

Dory (Finding Nemo)

In honor of Inside Out, which has some very strong female characters, we countdown the Pixar's 15 Best Female Characters. Where did your favorite end up? Check out the full list right here.

#11. New International Trailer for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

The sequel arrives on July 31st.

#10. Ghostbusters Spin-Off with Channing Tatum May Be Dead

Channing Tatum in Jupiter Ascending

If you were excited to see a Ghostbusters spin-off starring Channing Tatum after the all-female reboot arrives next year, then we have bad news. While doing press rounds for Magic Mike XXL, Tatum's producing partner Reid Carolin said the Ghostbusters project is not on their plate anymore. Check out our full story for all the details.

#9. NBC Cancels Hannibal

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Dinner has been canceled after NBC gave the horror thriller series Hannibal the axe. But can the series be saved by Netflix or Hulu? Find out more about the cancellation of the show right here.

#8. Green Lantern Rumored to Follow Chris Pine and Multiple Lanterns

Green Lantern Rebirth coverChris Pine was previously linked to a role in Wonder Woman, but a new rumor pegs the Star Trek actor as being in the running to play Green Lantern. However, the twist is that the reboot of the DC Comics property might actually end up following multiple Green Lanterns this time. Get the full story right here.Daredevil - Punisher

#7. Daredevil Season Two Will Be All About Fighting The Punisher

If you got excited when it was revealed that The Punisher was coming to the second season of Daredevil, then you'll be happy to hear that the conflict Frank Castle will pretty much take up the entire next season of Marvel and Netflix's series. To find out just how much of a force to be reckoned with Jon Bernthal will be in Daredevil, check out the full story.

#6. The Extraordinary Are Among Us in Heroes Reborn Trailer

The series premieres on September 24th on NBC.

#5. Ant-Man Set Visit, International Trailer and Early Buzz

Ant-Man fightGermain Lussier visited the set of Marvel's latest superhero flick Ant-Man last year, and he found out a whole lot about the tiny little thief and future Avenger. Check out our full report from the set right here. Oh, and be sure to check out the recent international trailer with tons of new footage, and find out what the early buzz is on the tiny superhero as well.

#4. Is an X-Men and Fantastic Four Crossover Coming in 2018?


It's been rumored for awhile, but there's some more rumblings that a crossover between Fantastic Four and X-Men could be brewing. However, the studio is waiting to see how the new Fantastic Four fares at the box office in August, not to mention seeing how the new team of X-Men works in X-Men: Apocalypse. We're not sure how this would work as far as the timeline for each of the superhero teams goes, but check out our full story right here.

#3. Terminator: Genisys Spoiler-Free Reaction from the Premiere in Berlin

Terminator Genisys review

Our own Peter Sciretta attended the premiere of Terminator: Genisys in Berlin, and he's delivered his reaction to the movie right here. He says it's the best Terminator since Judgment Day, and while that wouldn't be hard to accomplish, you can read more of his thoughts on the sequel/reboot in his full reaction.

#2. Ben Affleck Rumored to Direct Solo Batman Movie for 2018

Ben Affleck directing Batman

It may just be a rumor, but having Ben Affleck direct a solo Batman movie for Warner Bros. in 2018 would be a pretty big deal, especially since the last time Affleck directed a movie, it ended up winning Best Picture. Get the full story right here.

#1. Tom Holland is Your New Spider-Man


Marvel officially announced that The Impossible star Tom Holland would be the new Spider-Man. In addition, the studio also revealed that Cop Car director Jon Watts would be at the helm of the first solo outing for the webslinger coming in 2017. Spider-Man will first appear in Captain America: Civil War. Plus, Kevin Feige says other Marvel characters could be popping up in the Spider-Man movie as well.

Get more about the new Spider-Man in our original story, and even see Holland doing his own flip work in some Instagram videos the actor posted online.

That's it for the Best Stories of the Week. Stay tuned to see what happens next week.