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Matthew McConaughey Is Out of 'Magic Mike XXL,' but These Ladies Are In
The Matthew McConaughey train is leaving the station at a bazillion miles per hour. Directors and other creatives better jump on it quick if they want a chance to work with the True Detective actor. Magic Mike fans have been holding hope that there would be another McConaughey striptease in the film’s upcoming sequel, titled Magic Mike XXL (we’re just a little bit concerned about that part). But once again, it’s been confirmed, via Magic Mike XXL director Greg Jacobs (a regular Steven Soderbergh collaborator/producer, including the new Clive Owen-licious series The Knick), there will be no McConaughey in the drama about male dancers.
But we do know that MMXXL will be “very different” according to the filmmaker. “What am I allowed to say... Read More
Watch: Wow, This Test Footage for a CG 'Popeye' Movie Looks Amazing
Animator-turned-director Genndy Tartakovsky scored a big hit for Sony Pictures with 2012’s Hotel Transylvania. The studio was so pleased with his work that he was brought back for the sequel Hotel Transylvania 2, but there’s another project that has the Russian-born filmmaker all fired up: a CG updating of Max Fleischer’s Popeye cartoons. And we’ve got the first test footage to show you what such a feature would look like.
Tartakovsky stresses the new footage isn’t a trailer or even a clip, as this new Popeye hasn’t been officially green-lit, nor does it have a script. It’s more of a proof-of-concept piece, something to get fans excited about what’s possible for Popeye and Olive Oyl in a modern CG world. We have to say, we’re... Read More
Movie News: Deadpool Movie Is Finally on Its Way; Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' Gets a Trailer
Deadpool: Five years after making his movie debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the merc with a mouth has finally had a solo spin-off green-lit at Fox. Deadpool will be released just in time for Valentine's Day on February 12, 2016. It's expected that Ryan Reynolds will reprise the role, even though the character nearly always wears a mask in the comics and even though the last incarnation of alter ego Wade Wilson in the Wolverine movie was portrayed by Scott Adkins. Tim Miller, an Oscar nominee for producing the 2004 short Gopher Broke, is making his feature directorial debut with the spin-off. [THR]
Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur: Charlie Hunnam now has his queen in the next movie set in Camelot, which Guy Ritchie is directing... Read More
Comics on Film: Did the Punisher Appear in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'?
When it comes to his own movies, Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, can't seem to catch much of a break. In 1989, Dolph Lundgren became the first actor to embody the ruthless vigilante, and that was largely seen as a mediocre missed opportunity at best. In 2004, the character enjoyed his biggest success to date, but the Thomas Jane-starring action vehicle still lumbered in a lukewarm reception that not even a villainous John Travolta could shake him out of.
Then, six years ago, Punisher fans were given what they had said they had always wanted, with a no-holds-barred action gorefest that saw Castle rocket parkour free-runners out of the sky, literally punch a dude's face off, and decapitate an old crime boss. But again, the beloved comic book antihero was... Read More
The YA Countdown: Everything You Need to Know About 'The Maze Runner'
Welcome to the YA Movie Countdown, our resident expert’s biweekly guide to young-adult book-to-film adaptations.
If you’ve been keeping up with the young-adult book-to-film adaptations, you’ve probably noticed that they’ve got a lot of world building going on, and The Maze Runner is no different. Director Wes Ball and the screenwriters do manage to squeeze a lot of information into the film’s 113-minute running time, but if you’d like a head start, here are all the basics via James Dashner’s book:
Where It All Starts
The Maze Runner kicks off in a metal box. The boy inside manages to figure out that it’s an elevator and that his name is Thomas, but that’s it. He can picture snow on trees and eating a hamburger, but... Read More
The Last Horror Blog: Get Ready for 'Halloween': The Complete Collection by Watching Michael Myers' Greatest Kills
Fall is finally upon us, and that means Halloween is right around the corner. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, where we celebrate the heinous misdeeds of the patron saint of Samhain, one Michael Myers. The folks over at Scream Factory will make this year’s celebration extra special by releasing Halloween: The Complete Collection, a massive box set featuring every single Halloween movie ever made – from Carpenter’s classic original film through to Rob Zombie’s divisive remakes. We’re super stoked about the package, not only because we’ll finally have all the movies (including the previously unavailable producer’s cut of Halloween 6) in one box, but because the set is jam-packed with extras, including some commissioned just for... Read More
Watch: Here's How You Get the Job Writing 'Sharknado'
Before screenwriter Thunder Levin wrote about Tara Reid and Ian Ziering battling killer sharks during a freak hurricane in Los Angeles in Sharknado, he was scribbling Mutant Vampire Zombies from the Hood (starring C. Thomas Howell, natch) and penning other low-budget indies. The writer talks about his career trajectory in this video we spotted on Filmmaker IQ.
As he explains, Levin is known for his mockbusters, but he continues to take on “incrementally bigger and better” projects. It’s really no different than the path we’ve seen other directors and writers take—although we disagree that science fiction and horror cinema are “ghetto” genres that don’t deserve to be taken seriously. But yes, big names like Peter Jackson (Bad... Read More
DVD Obscura: The New Indie and International Movies You Need to Watch
I’ll be stunned if I see a better lead male performance this year than Tom Hardy’s in Locke (Lionsgate Home Entertainment). This tour-de-force places Hardy inside of a moving vehicle at the beginning of the film and keeps him there throughout, following his character in real time over the course of a drive that will see this man lose everything in his life in order to maintain his principles.
Writer-director Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, The Hundred-Foot Journey) can’t help but create tension and claustrophobia, given the circumstances, but that he is also able to generate suspense and drama and a rich characterization (with Hardy’s assistance) makes this film a wild gamble that nonetheless pays off. You’ll want a physical copy not... Read More
Watch: The Only Thing Crazier Than 'Tusk' Is the Bizarre Story of How It Came to Be
Kevin Smith is best known for making quirky comedies with crazy dialogue and unforgettable characters. However, the filmmaker has recently taken an interest in horror cinema, and his second fright flick, Tusk, is already garnering positive buzz from horror fans and critics alike. One of the recurring questions surrounding the film is just how did Smith come up with this crazy idea about a man looking to make his houseguest into a human-walrus hybrid? The answer may not surprise you if you really know Kevin Smith.
The filmmaker explains the backstory of Tusk in this new four-minute video. An avid podcaster, Smith actually got the first glimmer of an idea after reading a strange personal ad for a roommate on one of his broadcasts alongside producer pal Scott Mosier. The catch... Read More