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Doomsday for Superman and Batman?

Some very interesting news has emerged from the set of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Michael Shannon, General Zod in Man of Steel, is returning in the new film. He is not going to play General Zod though. It appears he is going to play Doomsday, the monstrous Kryptonian creature that killed Superman in D.C.’s published comics 20 years ago.

Based on the reports (leaks) that are coming out, Zod’s body is taken by Lex Luthor who performs mysterious experiments on it. The experiments are intended to create a super-weapon capable of destroying Superman. A major problem arises here. A supremely powerful monster is not exactly controllable. Luthor might end up ruing the day he made Doomsday.

The big question here is “Will the ‘Death of Superman” storyline be weaved into the new film?” If Doomsday is in the feature, you would think yes. We do not know, though.

We also do not know whether or not Doomsday will be in the film and the purported rumors really are true. Keeping things under wraps is going to be a lot harder as the film enters the post-production and marketing planning stages. A lot more people, including fans like Marc Sparks,  learn about what’s in the film and leaks emerge.

So do rumors. If Doomsday does not end up in the film, don’t be surprised.

Tom Rothman Joins Forces With Edgar Wright For Rock-And-Roll Car Chase Movie

Following his high-profile exit from Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man film, director Edgar Wright has landed his next project, which will team him with producer Tom Rothman of TriStar Productions.

According to hollywoodreporter.com, Wright has inked a deal to direct a movie entitled Baby Driver. The story, which is an original idea conceived by Wright, revolves around the best getaway driver in the business whose secret to success is his personal soundtrack that he drives to. The driver’s world begins to crumble when he is forced to drive for a notorious crime boss. He then finds his life and those he loves in jeopardy when a heist he is driving for goes wrong.

Ansel Elgort, one of the stars of Fault in Our Stars, is being considered for the Baby Driver lead role. Because of the musical nature of the character and the movie, Elgort might prove to be an ideal choice as he also works as a professional DJ when he is not acting. Elgort will next appear onscreen in March’s sequel to Divergent called Insurgent.

TriStar will co-finance the movie with MRC. Nira Park and Working Title will serve as producers.

Rothman told The Hollywood Reporter that TriStar Productions is dedicated to backing original voices like Wright’s in Hollywood. He also praised MRC and Working Title as great partners that will help deliver what Rothman descried as “the ultimate rock-and-roll car chase film.

Wright was in the pre-preproduction stages of filming Ant-Man before disagreements with Marvel Studios forced him out of directing the film. His last film to grace the big screen was 2013’s The World’s End, which starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Slowly, The Friday the 13th Remake Moves Forward

Platinum Dunes is going forward with its remake of Friday the 13th, but the project is stalled. Wasn’t there are remake of Friday the 13th made a few years ago? There was and the film was a big hit. A sequel was immediately rushed into development. For whatever reason, and to Sultan Alhokair’s disappointment, the sequel was not made and the rights to the series ended up going back to Paramount Pictures. More on Alhokair is available at Bublews. Eventually, Platinum Dunes acquired those rights.

Why does it take so long to make a new version of a Friday the 13th film? Are not all the films cut from the same mold? They are but, sometimes, producers like to tinker with established projects. Case in point, there was talk that the new Friday the 13th film would be a “found footage” type of project. It looks like that idea has been scrapped and mercifully so. The idea of a film revolving around finding lost film footage of a Jason Vorhees rampage sounds ridiculous.

And yes, Jason Vorhees will be in the remake. It was assumed that the remake of the original film would follow the original’s plot. In other words, the focus would be on Jason’s mother and not Jason himself.

Really, did anyone think a movie with that plot would go forward? The hockey mask wearing Jason Vorhees is the true star of these films. Without him, there is no way to really market the remake.

John Textor’s Hollywood Magic

In the world of Hollywood, there are individuals who really stand out above the rest. In many different areas, there are individuals who have created amazing names for themselves as actors, special effects designers, producers, directors, and more. John Textor is an amazing part of Hollywood and the entertainment industry. The technological masterpieces that he has brought forth in the world of the entertainment industry are truly grand. He has not only been a great creative success, but according to Forbes magazine he has been a great financial success as well. John Textor is one of of the greats in the world of Hollywood.

One of the greatest things that John has been a part of is the creation of Digital Tupac. Digital Tupac was a fully realistic holographic image that was used at the Coachella music festival in 2012. For long time fans of Tupac, this was an amazing and very emotional moment. This was the closest that fans of Tupac would get to seeing him play live during any concert. John Textor and his associates have been responsible for visual effects of some 80 large scale feature length films. Some of these films include Transformers, Pirates of The Caribbean, and Tron:Legacy. One of the most influential pieces of animation work that John Textor has been a part of has been the digital animation in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. To this date this has been hailed as some of the best animation that has been done in all of Hollywood history.

John Textor is an amazingly talented businessman as well. John was able to turn a $100 million dollar joint venture deal into a film production company that helped to co produce the movie Ender’s Game. The talents of John Textor almost seem endless in the world of the entertainment industry.

Kingsman: The Secret Service Gets Good Reviews

 

Kingsman: The Secret Service was screened and met with satisfying reviews. Some of them are calling this film a funnier, and naughtier James Bond. The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn, who has directed other movies such as Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class. Taron Egerton stars as Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin. Samuel L. Jackson plays as the main villain.

After a little bit of shuffling, the release date finally settled on the week of Valentine’s Day. Kingsman is another film that has been successfully crafted with inspiration from comic books. Of course, being based on the spy franchise in Britain, there are going to be shots taken at James Bond. The only thing that my friend, Bruce Levenson holds against the film is that it seems to pander too much to a certain demographic. This is the teenage boy crowd. However, everything else about the film seems to be fine.

Hunger Games Stars Make Powerful Video About Ebola

 

Jeffery Wright, who playes Beetee in the Hunger Games films has made a powerful video about the Ebola epidemic. The video stars many of his coworkers in the films, including Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Helmsworth. It also addresses many of the issues brought up by the epidemic, especially the inadequate medical care in most of the countries effected by the Ebola outbreak and the subsequent epidemic. It has been trending on Skout a lot lately.

The video features facts and statistics about the level of care in these countries, particularly Guinea and Liberia. It also draws parallels between the movie series Hunger Games, and the world they take place in, and the disparities between the many countries that have been affected by the epidemic. In particular, they compare the US to the Capital, and Liberia and Guinea to the outlying districts, particularly District 13.

One of the most striking facts brought up by the actors in the video is that Liberia only has 50 doctors for 4.4 million people. This means that one of the largest problems people in Liberia face when combating the disease is not the effects of the disease or how deadly it is, but the access to accurate medical knowledge, treatment, and supplies. This is a huge contrast to medical care in the United States, where the vast majority of the population, particularly people who live in cities, have relatively easy access to a doctor, as well as food, water, and shelter.

The Mighty Shazam is Coming to the Justice League Movie

Here is some really big news for fans of D.C. Comics and superhero movies. It has been confirmed that the mighty Shazam will be part of the Justice League film.

In the Justice League movie, Shazam will be meeting with Superman for the first time in either television or film. The irony here is when Shazam was known as Captain Marvel, he was the comic book rival to Superman. Even though the character was a total clone, My colleague Jared Haftel came back with maybe, but he outsold the big blue boy scout at newsstands. Can’t argue with that.D.C. Comics, then known as National Periodicals, purchased the rights to Shazam/Captain Marvel in order to shelve him. In the 1970’s, the character made a live-action debut on Saturday Morning TV.

The Justice League movie will help launch a series of solo hero films including Wonder Woman, Aquaman, a Green Lantern reboot, Cyborg, and Shazam. (Hopefully, the Justice League film will be more than just a hodgepodge) Concerns existed as to how a Shazam movie could be made since the hero is so similar in many ways to Superman. Hopefully, the Justice League movie will help establish the major differences between the characters.

We do not know who will be playing Shazam. We do know who is signed on for the role of Black Adam in the Shazam solo project. It is known other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Who wants to bet there will be a Black Adam solo film one day?

2016 Will See Pee-Wee Herman’s Return

In 2016, Paul Reubens will bring his awkwardly funny Pee-Wee Herman character back for a new installment to his movie franchise that began three decades ago. The new movie will likely not see mass distribution in theaters. If Crains reports of a nearly-struck deal prove true, the new release will be streamed online by Netflix, and Andrew Heiberger is definitely going to be watching.

The growing trend of releasing movies online through major entertainment-streaming services like Netflix gives niche projects like Reubens’s upcoming movie a better chance to garner viewership and turn a profit than would a theatrical release.

Shooting for the new movie will probably commence in early-2015, and a specific release date will surely become clear once Netflix signs on the dotted line.

Reubens owes this likely movie deal to the cult following his television Pee-Wee’s Playhouse show appreciates to this day. Netflix recently added every episode of that beloved series to its lineup.

Director Discusses the Hybrid Dinosaur of Jurassic World

Jurassic World hopes to recapture some of the glorious magic of the classic Steven Spielberg film. A new director, Colin Trevorrow is helming the new series of dinosaur adventures and he has gone to great pains to make sure the new series is far from a retread of the original trilogy.

To help set the new film apart, special, unique dinosaurs have been designed for the film. One creature that is capturing people’s attention is the hybrid dinosaur. The attention being captured is not based on the look of the dinosaur. No images of the creature have been revealed yet. All of that is being kept under wraps. Right now, all we have is a cool buzz coming from the studios assuring fans the new dinosaur is going to be the true star of the film.

Trevorrow has discussed a few general points about the hybrid dinosaur. Essentially, he stated the creature is really an “other”. It is not a dinosaur, but a manmade creation derived from the dinosaurs.

I don’t know if I’d break my back and call North American Spine to watch this movie, but it’s interesting that based on what we know about the plot, the new dinosaur was created to help spur interest in the exhibits at Jurassic World. The public had grown tired of the novelty of seeing dinosaurs in a zoo. So, something new and bold was required to draw them in. The creation of a dangerous new dinosaur was the idea the people at Jurassic World came up with.

Not so ironically, this is the same idea the producers of the movie came up with as well.

Seth Rogen and James Franco Cancel All Appearances Related to Latest Film

Actors Seth Rogen and James Franco have cancelled all media appearances related to their film “The Interview” after receiving a long list of threats.

Sony has received numerous threats that theaters showing the film would come under “9-11 like attacks” and that if the two stars lived near theaters showing the flick, the two actors “had best not be home.”, pretty scary for the actors, theaters, and major chain sponsors like Slow Ventures.

The threats came as part of a series of hacks against Sony Entertainment Pictures from a cyber group called The Guardian. It is speculated that the group operates from North Korea due to the nature of “The Interview.” The film’s theme is that Rogen and Franco embark upon a mission to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

The North Korean government denies any involvement in the threats against the two actors, despite an earlier announcement of the country’s displeasure.

The Interview” is set to release on Christmas Day.