Fan Bingbing scandal

Normally, we probably wouldn’t have paid much attention to Air Strike, a small World War II thriller starring Bruce Willis. But the film was supposed to receive a theatrical release in China next week, and that has now been scrapped in the wake of the recent Fan Bingbing scandal, which we haven’t really covered yet on the site. Read on to learn about what’s been going on with one of China’s most popular actresses, and how the fallout has affected this movie.
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mortal engines scar

One of the reasons the Mortal Engines books stand out from the rest of their YA cohorts is because of its heroine’s grotesque facial disfigurement. For every Twilight or Hunger Games whose beautiful brunette saved the world while being at the center of an agonizing love triangle, there was Hester Shaw, who was described as “portrait that had been furiously crossed out,” with her stump of a nose and missing eye.

So how did all that turn into a dainty facial scar? Because it’s gross, director Christian Rivers essentially says in a defense against fan pushback over Hester’s Mortal Engines scar. Well, he doesn’t say exactly that, but his excuse is just as weak.

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Chuck Wendig fired

Chuck Wendig, the best-selling author of the Aftermath trilogy of Star Wars novels and multiple Star Wars-related comics, has been fired by Marvel Entertainment. Wendig took to Twitter to share the reasons for his termination, and it basically boils down to the fact that the company didn’t like his tweets about politics. Read on for much more about this situation. Read More »

Eve director

I’m not sure if anyone expected Jessica Chastain to become a full-fledged action movie star, but the actress is starting to take big strides in that direction. She has a female-centric action project called 355 in the works, she’s about to appear in the presumably action-heavy superhero movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and she’s gearing up to star in and produce a new action film called Eve.

Matthew Newton, the original director of Eve, ended up stepping down from the project after a fan outcry regarding domestic violence allegations against him. Now, Chastain will be reunited with The Help filmmaker Tate Taylor, who has swooped in to become the new Eve director. Read More »

Woody Allen is taking a break

Woody Allen is one of the most prolific filmmakers of all time. The 82-year-old writer/director has released a movie per year since 1981 – sometimes even several movies, or in the case of 2016, a movie and six episodes of a TV series – but his streak seems to be coming to an end. A new report claims that Allen, who has again come under fire for abuse allegations, is taking a break from directing for the first time in over thirty-five years. Read More »

City of Lies

I’m not a statistician, but I’m guessing there are at least a few of you who were excited to see City of Lies, a film that stars Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker as they try to crack the case of who murdered iconic rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) in a 1997 drive-by shooting. But you’ll have to temper that excitement, because even though the movie was slated to come out exactly one month from today, it has now been yanked from release altogether. Read More »

moviepass dying

MoviePass had a near-death experience when they ran out of money last week. But after getting a quick $5 million loan to stay up and running, things somehow seem to have gotten far worse. Are we watching the death of the company play out before us in real time? Find out about the company’s latest problems below, including the fact that major upcoming releases won’t be appearing on its app.
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guardians of the galaxy in infinity war

10 days ago, writer/director James Gunn was abruptly fired by The Walt Disney Company after an alt-right political group created a bad faith “controversy” about a bunch of Gunn’s old tweets from nearly a decade ago, many of which contained bad jokes about pedophilia.

Gunn is no longer at the helm of the Guardians of the Galaxy film franchise, but his high-profile cast members – many of whom have already issued individual statements supporting Gunn over the past few days – have now joined forces to publish an open letter supporting their director and friend. Read the full Guardians of the Galaxy letter below. Read More »

Snowpiercer TV series

The director of TNT’s Snowpiercer TV series pilot has stepped off the train.

Doctor Strange and Sinister director Scott Derrickson was hired over a year ago to helm the cable adaptation of the French graphic novel that was famously brought to the big screen by Bong Joon-ho back in 2013. A new showrunner has since come aboard and wants “extreme reshoots” on the pilot, but Derrickson recently took to Twitter to explain that he won’t be the one to oversee them.
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When The Happytime Murders, a comedy about foul-mouthed and sex-crazed puppets who look an awful lot like the ones created by Jim Henson, used the tagline “All Sesame. No Street.” in its marketing campaign, the creators of Sesame Street weren’t thrilled. They planned to sue the film for unauthorized use of the Sesame Street brand, and now distributor STX Entertainment has filed a response – through a puppet lawyer named Fred, Esq. Read More »