Next week on July 21-24, the 47th Annual Comic Con International will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. This year will play host to an impressive line-up of films, both new and old. The festival features a series of discussions, forums, and film showings. This year’s special guests include Stan Lee, Christopher James Priest, J. Michael Straczynski, G. Willow Wilson, Jason Aaron, Michael Barrier, and Allen Bellman. Some of this year’s movie highlights include Labyrinth (1986), Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), Battlestar Galactica (1978), Highlander (1986), Flash Gordon (1980), Batman the Movie (1966), Top Gun (1986), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Deadpool (2016), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Click here to see the full schedule at the Comic Con 2016 website.
Fans of Marvel films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant Man have been waiting with high anticipation for the release of Deadpool since last year’s Comic-Con celebration in San Diego. This week their waiting is over as Deadpool will be opening in theaters nationwide this Friday. The new film stars Ryan Reynolds (Safe House, Self/Less) as former Special Forces operative Wade Wilson, who, after being subjected to a rogue military experiment, turns mercenary as he discovers he has accelerated healing abilities. Also starring in the film are actors Morena Baccarin (Heartland, Spy), TJ Miller (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Silicon Valley), and Stefan Kapicic (Tears for Sale, Big Miracle) as the voice of Colossus. The film is directed by visual effects producer Tim Miller from a script by co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (GI Joe: Retaliation, Zombieland). The trailer for the movie is here on MADE. If you’ve been waiting for this one be sure to see it on the big screen this Valentine’s weekend. Enjoy!
It seems like we’ve gone a long time without seeing a scary movie from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) open on the big screens, but a new thriller from the iconic writer/director is opening in theaters across the country today. This will be his first feature film since 2013’s After Earth; he most recently served as executive producer for the television series Wayward Pines, after writing a couple of episodes for After Hours. He also has an undisclosed project that is still in the early production stages. The new release is titled The Visit and follows two siblings on a visit to see their grandparents, but things turn very strange and the trip proves to be everything but an ordinary trip to grandma’s house. Leading the cast as the two kids are Olivia DeJonge (The Sisterhood of Night, Polarized) and Ed Oxenbould (Paper Planes, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day), with actors Deanna Dunagan (Running Scared, Dimension), Peter McRobbie (Spider-Man 2, Lincoln), and Kathryn Hahn (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers) making up the supporting cast. Shyamalan screened the movie at ComicCon in San Diego and received positive reviews from audiences there, who report a really crazy twist in pure M. Night Shyamalan style. I’ll just say it’s about time. The trailer is featured above. Enjoy the weekend!
Yesterday writer/director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained) released the first trailer for his upcoming western The Hateful Eight. The film is credited as Tarantino’s eighth film and as many of you know has already undergone its fair share of controversy. The initial screenplay was leaked to the public on Gawker earlier this year and Tarantino’s filing a lawsuit against them was highly publicized in the press (to his own dismay). But since then the director has completed his final written script and with filming complete, he appeared at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego to showcase the movie with a whole 7-minute clip and a discussion about shooting on 70mm film instead of conforming to the film industry’s shift to digital filmmaking, which he has stated may drive him to leave filmmaking altogether (but nothing is yet set in stone). As for the new movie, it will stand as Tarantino’s second venture into the Western genre and this time will even feature a score (the first of his films to do so) by composer Ennio Morricone, who first achieved fame as a composer for westerns on legendary director Sergio Leone‘s A Fistful of Dollars and The Good The Bad and The Ugly. Making up the cast for Hateful Eight include Tarantino regulars Samuel L. Jackson (Jackie Brown, Django Unchained), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), and Michael Madsen (Kill Bill Vol. 1-2), plus actors Kurt Russell (Escape From New York, Death Proof), Walton Goggins (Miracle at St. Anna’s, Sons of Anarchy), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Road to Perdition, The Machinist), Zoe Bell (Grindhouse, Inglorious Basterds), and Oscar-nominee Bruce Dern (Monster, Nebraska). You can see the new trailer here on MADE. The Hateful Eight will be opening on big screens nationwide January 8, 2016, with a limited release happening this Christmas Day. Stay tuned!
Ryan Reynolds in full costume as Wade Wilson/Deadpool.
After a successful panel at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, we now have a full-length trailer for the upcoming comic-action movie Deadpool, which unlike many of the comic films these days, will be rated R. The film stars Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern, Self/less) in the title role of Wade Wilson/Deadpool, a former Special Forces operative who undergoes an unconventional experiment that provides him with accelerated tissue regeneration (like a Frankenstein version of Wolverine) and vows to seek out those who nearly took his life. Director Tim Miller (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Mass Effect 2) helmed the project from a script by writing-team Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, The Joe Schmo Show). Starring alongside Reynolds are actors T.J. Miller (Big Hero 6, Silicon Valley), Gina Carano (Haywire, Fast & Furious 6), Brianna Hildebrand (Prism, First Girl I Loved), Morena Baccarin (Homeland, Spy), and Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones, The Transporter Refueled). The movie is expected to open in theaters in February 2016. Check out the new trailer at the link below, which aired on Conan this week, and stay tuned for more forthcoming news!
The annual Comic-Con festival is happening at the San Diego Convention Center this July 9th-12th. This year’s sponsors include Fox, HBO, AMC, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Showtime, among others. Some of the more anticipated events include director JJ Abrams hosting a panel for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is expected to be one of the biggest events (although it was just announced that no trailer will be presented), and director Quentin Tarantino hosting a panel for his upcoming film The Hateful Eight (it has not been announced which cast members will be joining him although rumors of Tim Roth and Michael Madsen have been going around the Comic-Con news circuit). AMC will also be revealing a new trailer for their upcoming Walking Dead spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead, which will be only 6-episodes long and follow a young couple who try to stay together when the shit hits the fan back at the beginning of the original series. New footage on director Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie will also be displayed, and the panel will include actor Jesse Eisenberg (who will portray Lex Luther). For further guests and information you can check out Comic-Con’s website at the link below. Enjoy!
Ever since the 2013 Comic Con announcement in San Diego that Zack Snyder would be working on a Batman vs Superman movie for the Man of Steel sequel, nonstop gossip has hit Hollywood about who should play Batman? Will Christian Bale come back for the role? Should a young actor who can continue the role in a Justice League movie should be chosen? Now reports have indicated that the studios are looking to cast a more middle-aged actor to play the part; someone who can portray a veteran hero who has already been to hell and back again and isn’t going to fuck around with any bullshit. Names such as Josh Brolin and Gerard Butler are being tossed around, but no official announcement has been made.
At this point Matt Damon would even be a good contender. Damon has recently said that he would not be returning to the upcoming fifth Bourne movie from Universal unless director Paul Greengrass was coming back. The Bourne Legacy, which was released 2012, brought in an impressive $276 million, but was not focused on the Bourne character that Damon portrayed. Instead Jeremy Renner played a new character, Aaron Cross, who was also an agent in the same program Bourne had been in.
In other news, 2 Guns, which opened Thursday night to $1.3 million, has so far brought in a total of $10 million with Friday night showings, pretty impressive for an action/comedy these days!
The annual Comic-Con International took place in San Diego this weekend. Several A-listers were in attendance, including actors Bryan Cranston (who fooled fans by wearing a mask of himself and then revealing that it really was him), Henry Lennix, and Harrison Ford, as well as Avengers writer Joss Whedon. Along with some interesting comic book announcements, which admittedly is not my forte, there were several that definitely interested the movie business. Godzilla was highlighted with a whole warehouse decorated to replicate downtown Tokyo that fans could walk through and find clips of the upcoming flick at the end.
The biggest announcements, however, revolved around the Avengers sequel and a Batman-Superman movie. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to hit theaters in 2015, but as of now the filmmakers have only released a short teaser trailer. News of a sequel to Man of Steel also gained momentum with the announcement that Batman and Superman may be fighting each other rather than teaming up. Director Zack Snyder is set to direct the film, which may or may not be based on graphic novelist Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Producer Christopher Nolan and screenwriter David Goyer are also set to return for the sequel along with the majority of the original cast, but there has been no word from Christian Bale or any of the other filmmakers about who will take on the roll of Batman. With an X-Men movie reuniting the original cast, as well as an Amazing Spiderman sequel set to be released in the same month, comic fans definitely have a lot to look forward to in the next few years!