‘Walking Dead’ director to helm break-out ‘Wonder Woman’ movie

Credits: AMC TV
Credits: AMC TV

‘Walking Dead’ director to helm break-out ‘Wonder Woman’ film

Emmy Award-winning director and producer Michelle MacLaren is signed on to direct “Wonder Woman” cites The Hollywood Reporter. A movie that is long-awaited by fans, propagates in 2017 queue out of Warner Bros.’superhero outline and branches actress Gal Gadot’s solo superheroine portrayal after “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League“.

MacLaren will be directing Gal Gadot’s first starring lead in a major film. Gadot (“Fast and Furious 6”) spearheads a cast that has yet to be fully named, but has answered the so far largesse queries Wonder Woman fans have, such as suitability in the costume outlook.

MacLaren is best known for her multi-award noms and wins during her directorial and executive producer tenure on “Breaking Bad”. The two-time Producers Guild of America awards winner for Best Episodic Drama isn’t new to a fantasy based series. She equally holds current recognition for her work on HBO’s phenom spanning program “Game of Thrones”. The Canadian-born director also worked on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and most recently on HBO’s “The Leftovers”.

And Wonder Woman proposes a myth based movie if held to DC Comics source material. Especially in her origin that is rooted to the Mount Olympus pantheon.

“Wonder Woman”, due premiering in 2017, is a coup along the versatile and prolific TV salient portfolio. This will be her genesis into directing a feature film for the Silver Screen.


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Marvel’s ‘Civil War’ enlists Daniel Brühl to play movie’s villain

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Universal Pictures

Marvel’s ‘Civil War’ enlists Daniel Brühlto play movie’s villain

“Captain America: First Avenger” rushed a sense of a spindly recruit’s big bold heart worthy to energize a transformed modern warrior’s physique during the cinematic origins of Steve Rogers. An action-thriller’s rush overwhelmed movie-goers attendant at a theater’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” showing this past summer. 2016-bound, Captain America’s franchise gains a caliber of “Rush” toting multi-awards nominations and actor bearance of Daniel Brühl.

A villain that will implode the binding Avenger ties between Captain America and Iron Man prerequisites its portrayer to embody legendary demeanor just as much as the heroes. Probably the Golden Globe, SAG, Critic’s Choice and BAFTA nominee reasons Marvel Entertainment signed Bruhl of “Inglorious Basterds” and “Rush” fame.

Or as closer to likely Producer Kevin Feige cites on the press release,

“With Daniel’s ability to deliver intense, nuanced performances, we knew we had found yet another great actor to share the screen with some of our biggest heroes.”

Brühl wrestled with the embodiment of a gutsy legend via the “Rush” role for Formula 1 superstar Niki Lauda to critical acclaim in-step with “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth playing Lauda’s acutely keynote rival James Hunt . Now the Spanish-born actor will be cast alongside two more stars in Marvel’s universe, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. in the ambitious take of writer Mark Millar’s comic book miniseries.

Where “Winter Soldier” adapted the comics source material written by Matt Fraction, “Civil War” will follow suit for the Phase 3 installment for Captain America.

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1’ full length trailer has finally arrived

Credit(s): Lionsgate
Credit(s): Lionsgate

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1’ full length trailer has finally arrived

Fans of The Hunger Games thought this moment would never arrive. Just over two months until theatrical release, and Lionsgate has finally unveiled a full-length trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

“I never wanted any of this,” we hear Katniss say, as the trailer begins. “I never wanted to be in the games. I just wanted to save my sister, and keep Peeta alive.”

Then President Snow (Donald Sutherland) replies, “Miss Everdeen, it’s the things we love most that destroy us.”

The trailer features plenty of footage of the growing rebellion, and Katniss taking on her role as the Mockingjay – the symbol of the revolution. But then we see her willingness to cooperate with the rebellion shaken, when she realizes Peeta is still alive and has been brainwashed by the Capitol.

Watch “The Mockingjay Lives” – Full length trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

“You will rescue Peeta at the earliest opportunity,” Katniss tells the rebellion’s leader, Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), “or you will find another Mockingjay.”

Despite being filled with dramatic music and new looks at the film, the trailer clocks in at only one-minute and 47-seconds — considerably shorter than the two-and-a-half minutes or more fans had been hoping for.

The wait has been a long one for fans, who began expecting teasers months ago when filming on the two-part finale wrapped up. Instead, Lionsgate teased fans with propaganda images featuring models; then two short propaganda video clips which featured no actual footage from the movie. Then more posters and more posters, and not a single one of them featuring Katniss until just last week. Even the teaser video released over the summer showed very little footage from the films, and barely featured Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.

To say fans have been frustrated by this marketing decision would be an understatement.

Still, the trailer has — at long last — finally arrived. Given how close it is to the film’s November 21st release date, it’s unlikely there will be another full-length trailer. And considering the bare-minimum marketing we’ve seen from Lionsgate, fans question whether there will even be a lot of new footage to see in TV spots for the movie.

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‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates signs on for spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts’

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Credits: Wikipedia

‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates signs on for spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Harry Potter director David Yates is returning to the wizarding world for the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spin-off.

Variety reports that Yates has accepted an offer to direct the first Fantastic Beasts film, which is being written by Potter author J.K. Rowling. The Fantastic Beasts story takes place in the same world as Harry Potter, but decades prior to the events of the renowned book series.

Rowling has called the series “neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”

Warner Brothers appears to be planning on three films in the Fantastic Beasts movies, which will center on the author of the Fantastic Beasts textbook (which Harry and his friends used during their time at Hogwarts), Newt Scamander, and will take place in the early 20th century in New York.

Yates is no stranger to the world of Harry Potter, having directed the final four films in the series (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and both Deathly Hallows films). Fantastic Beasts is expected to be filmed at Leavesden Studios in London, where most of all eight Harry Potter films were made — and where Yates is currently working on his reboot of Tarzan.

Previously, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron was approached about directing Fantastic Beasts, but that did not pan out.

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Channing Tatum’s 2013 bid is a Gambit payoff

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Credits: Marvel Comics

Channing Tatum’s 2013 bid is a Gambit payoff

 When Cajun rogue, charmer and mutant Gambit charges up his ballistic-of-choice deck of playing cards the explosive shufflle results has even rocked the likes of Sabretooth on nemesis heels.

A dealt hand is exactly what has Channing Tatum being signed to knock us back in our seats portraying the staff-wielding Louisianian. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed the signing during an interview with Total Film. The event was the X-Men X-Perience Global Tour (THR) and the UK’s blue carpet news accompanies some reasons for the casting choice.

Well you know he’s a rogue. Channing. He’s a rascal just like Remy LeBeau. So — and [Tatum] can handle the action, we all know that.

Action-hero status hasn’t been absent from Tatum’s busy acting career. Though his run in the comedy film range enumerates some critically praised movies, “The Eagle”, “Fighting” and a duo of G.I. Joe movies reaffirm Silver Screen cred for physical portrayals.

Right back in Sept. it was Tatum’s espousal to Total Film that brought his bid for playing the mutant to industry light. At this time Fox had already begun filming on the 5th installment “X-Men: Days of Future Past” with director Bryan Singer.

Gambit was a licensed character previously shown in Fox’s produced spinoff “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. In Marvel Comics, the twenty-four years premised superhero began at Uncanny X-Men in 1990, created by Chris Claremont, renowned in X-Men for co-writing seminal story arcs, and Jim Lee, now Co-Publisher at DC Comics.

(Total Film)

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First look at ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ includes new images

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Credits: Lionsgate

First look at ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ includes new images

It’s not the first trailer or teaser-trailer fans have been waiting for, but Lionsgate has thrown a small bone at fans of The Hunger Games franchise with a first look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

The so-called “first look” can be found via a new website, and features the first official images of Julianne Moore as President Coin, as well as a short animated GIF of Moore in character, and a few other still images from the film. Fans can also read a Q&A with Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson, and screenwriter Peter Craig, plus watch a video interview with Moore.

The site is a bit confusing to navigate, but if fans dig deep enough, they can find a few new still images from Mockingjay (including some behind-the-scenes photos), and a chance to read part of the screenplay.

You can find all the images a bit more easily by checking out the slideshow attached to this article (above)!

Of course, Lionsgate still hasn’t said when a teaser or trailer for Mockingjay will debut – and that’s really what fans are clamouring right now. By this time last year, a trailer for Catching Fire had already been released. Granted, Mockingjay is still filming (and is expected to wrap-up later this month) — but most of the filming going on right now is for Part 2 of the film, which doesn’t come out until next year.

Fans just want a peek at Part 1, due in theaters this November.

What do you think of this initial sneak peek? What do you hope to see in a trailer?

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Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer joins the cast of ‘Divergent’ sequel ‘Insurgent’

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Credits: Summit Entertainment

Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer joins the cast of  ‘Divergent’ sequel ‘Insurgent’

Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have announced the first new cast member to join the Divergent sequel, Insurgent – and it’s none other than Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer.

Spencer, who won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her 2011 performance in The Help, will play Amity leader Johanna — a character who features prominently in both the second and third books of Veronica Roth’s best-selling trilogy.

Production on Insurgent is expected to begin sometime this month, with theatrical release set for March 2015. Divergent stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet are all expected to reprise their roles in the new movie.

Meanwhile, the third and final book in the series, Allegiant, will actually be split into two films — a controversial move that many fans think is unnecessary, and greedy on the studio’s part.

Earlier today, Lionsgate executives finally spoke out about the decision to split Allegiant, saying they believe there is “more than enough material there to make two substantial, satisfying films.”

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‘Neighbors’ a box office Rhino knocking down ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’

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Credits: Universal Pictures

‘Neighbors’ a box office Rhino knocking down ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’

 Anybody else believe Seth Rogen had the stuff to take on comic book movies? Not after “Green Hornet” more than likely but one thing comedy’s dominant A-Lister does well is make a move in box office residence worthwhile watching, not a bad thing for the new “Neighbors”. It totals $49. million by Box Office Mojo estimates.

One of the hardest working comedian-cum-actors teams with star Zac Effron for a movie close to a “Freaky Friday” remake as far as casting goes. Effron switches his usual serious straight-faced role for one portraying a hard-partying frat boy. That epithet has belonged to Rogen since before 2007s mega-hit “Superbad”, and even afer last year’s “This is the End” did little to slant that designation. In his latest comedy film Rogen casts himself a suburban-settling father chagrined at the collegiate cavorting disturbing his adulthood lifestyle.

Rogen’s Spring timed release with Universal paid off over May 9 to May 11. “Neighbors” yanked aside “Amazing Spider-Man 2” while almost moving “The Other Woman” out the Top 3s block.

Twentieth Century Fox’s comedy-drama featuring Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton took in $9.6 million. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” web-spun up $35.5 mil entailing a 1st place drop on its second weekend.

For Rogen this three-day opener is one live action flick that outpace all his others. “Shrek the Third”, “Kung-Fu Panda” and “Monsters vs. Aliens” are all animated, and all respectively the top trio deeming the Canadian actor’s debut-categorizing ticket sales.

Sans a superhero claiming number one at the box office, two Marvel proprieties have ranks within the most recent weeks’ Top 5. Sony’s Spider-Man sequel and Marvel Cinematic’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” which placed at 5th over the weekend to the super-soldier intake of $5.7 million. However both superhero movies are 2014s triple-threat in theaters worldwide. Both being comic book movies, action-drama trenders and directorial reprisers they are the movie pack frontrunners for this year so far: first place for the Steve Roger’s Phase 2 and second held by Mark Webb’s radioactive spider originator’s continuance.

Upon the upcoming May 16 to May 18, though, the newest “Godzilla” could flatten “Neighbors” under it’s theatrical heel.



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Marc Webb’s second Spider-Man flick spins a first placer debut

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Credits: Sony Pictures

Marc Webb’s second Spider-Man flick spins a first placer debut

Web-slinging over a continental span of theaters, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone join their latest major feature at the box office top. The scaling in “Amazing Spider-Man 2” had the New York skyline hued around $92. million in a domestic aggregate over its debut three-day. The first three-day in May for 2014. Sony Pictures’ sequel in this particular superhero franchise found its way to be remarkable and near remarkability in its first first-place.

Marc Webb resumes his directorial helming. Within an interview with the Huffington Post Webb informs how this sophomore sequel was a brighter direction from “Amazing Spider-Man”.

Yeah, because I was more aware of the impact and the eventualities of certain decisions. It was like, “Oh, this will look cool at night.” But the comic books very rarely take place at night. That vibrant daytime visual component of the film, I didn’t realize how important that was. Especially to kids. It makes the 3D look a lot better too.

There are more bright spots.

As for May, out of two-hundred movies that opened in May down the industry years it’s the fourteenth spot that ranks “Amazing Spider-Man 2”. The list is a many faceted assortment of franchise either live action or animated (two of the top ten spots are the ogrish claims from “Shrek 2” and “Shrek 3”). The brand naming the Marvel sort colludes the May ranking as much as its movies speckle what a New York rife of costumed heroes presents.

Of its own differential franchise studios, “Amazing Spider-Man 2” hits third at all-time.

And for Marvel repletes, its latest superhero adaptations from seperate propriety studios were released within a month’s time of the other. Both hold top spots in Marvel licensed filmmaking. Out of Marvel Comics based superhero genre films, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” holds 8th while “Amazing Spider-Man 2” has the 9th within the overall openings.

Speaking of one of the Millenium’s premiere action stars, Chris Evans reprisal in red-white-blue costuming is at its fifth-week’s showing. Over May 2 to May 4, it has the number 4 ranking while the wall-crawler took Cap’s former lead seat across three weekends. The Steve Rogers’ follow-up took in $7.7 mil, its lowest since hitting theater’s nationwide.

Over a box office-borne star-spangled shield staunches “The Other Woman”. With Cameron Diaz a lead amongst an celeb star ensemble Twentieth Century Fox’s romedy twist was replaced from last three-day’s first ranking but recedes no further than a $14.2 million second-placing. At third sits TriStar’s “Heaven is for Real” with $8.7 million.

All in all, “Amazing Spider-Man 2” has to swing its winning debut towards a next three-day’s face-off against May 16 to May 18 openings from Warner Bros. and Legendary’s sci-fi reboot “Godzilla”. The upcoming comics flick contender arrives May 23 to May 25 with latest mutant hero installment “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. The monster fare and X-Men anticipation will have to fare versus a current fan-favorite that at its worldwide first week perches at a 4th placement on the international match-ups. Above Sony’s swall-crawling $369. million is $393.3 mil that “Rio 2” trenches worldwide. “The LEGO Movie” by Warner Bros. is 2nd at $452.9 million. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” leads the way at $679.8 million.


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‘Mockingjay’ is almost done filming, but Lionsgate just cast a new role

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Credits: Lionsgate

Mockingjay’ is almost done filming, but Lionsgate just cast a new role

Filming on the two-part The Hunger Games: Mockingjay movies has almost finished, but Lionsgate just today announced another cast member.

Lionsgate revealed today that “Chicago Fire” actress Michelle Forbes will play the role of Lt. Jackson in the Mockingjay movies, which are scheduled to wrap filming later this month. Lt. Jackson is a soldier from District 13, who ventures into the Capitol with Katniss towards the end of the last book.

Besides her recurring role on “Chicago Fire,” Forbes has also appeared in “True Blood,” “The Killing,” “Prison Break,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and will appear in the current new season of the BBC America hit drama, “Orphan Black.”

The two Mockingjay movies have been filming simultaneously since September. The first movie is set for release in November, with the second movie following a year later.

Fans are anxiously awaiting a first look at the new Mockingjay movie, but so-far there has been no confirmation of when a trailer will finally appear. (Recent rumors that it would debut at the Cannes Film Festival this year have not been confirmed.)

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