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After the abrupt departure of the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were ousted after four and a half months of shooting by Lucasfilm over creative and tonal differences on set for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ron Howard was high on everyone’s list of replacements. Word around the Internet is that Howard will be confirmed as director today. (more…)

Of the many big budget movies that Hollywood studios have hoped to turn into major franchises, it’s hard to think of one with a more difficult birthing process than World War Z. Despite being based on a hugely popular book, having a star and producer in the form of Brad Pitt, and a general love affair with zombies in the movie-going public, the movie had such a long, hard struggle to the big screen it almost seemed damned. That’s why rumours of David Fincher‘s possible participation in a sequel was so intriguing, but now it seems that Fincher’s status on the film has been promoted from speculation to fact.  (more…)

As we get closer to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, it seems that Sony‘s desire to develop its own Spider-verse of films only grows stronger. Making the news today is further developments on the matter of Sony’s proposed shared universe within a shared universe, a plan that begins next fall with a movie featuring the antihero Venom and will be followed by the team-up of Silver Sable and Black Cat in Silver and Black. Now into the comic book movie news inbox is the not-so-uprising revelation of whom Venom will fight first, and what other Spidey foes are about to get their own movies. (more…)

Is there a message in this second Game Of Thrones season seven trailer… a dire prediction? Of course there is! There are at least three huge armies roaming the seven kingdoms as the White Walkers look south and Winter settles in across the land. Can those factions unite to face the true enemy or will the undead claim the field after defeating the last army standing? July 16th can’t get here fast enough! (more…)

With last night‘s shocking news about the abrupt exit of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story still reverberating, Lucasfilm is obviously moving quickly to get the film back on track. It’s pretty unusual for directors on a big studio film to back up and leave this far into the production process, especially over “creative differences”, because there’s already a version of the film under those filmmakers that is coming to fruition. So who might step in to fill the void? How about some trusted names from Lucasfilm’s past? (more…)

Spanning science fiction, fantasy, horror, suspense and thriller, the original anthology series The Twilight Zone tapped into a part of the human consciousness that simultaneously sent shivers along spines and kept people coming back for more week after week. The show remains one of television’s most popular series and has had a wealth of spin-offs including revival series, comic books and movies. The stories the show told still make contemporary audiences shudder and even the earliest episodes first broadcast in the late 1950s are a must watch for anyone interested in the myserious and macabre. (more…)

Michael Bay (Armageddon, The Rock, Bad Boys) has spent the last decade spending somewhere in the neighborhood of $1b to bring Hasbro’s toy line to CGI life. Worldwide, moviegoers have embraced Bay’s emphasis on slo-mo, explosives-heavy action, robot-on-robot action, and crude, low-grade humor. Of course, those same moviegoers have proven time and time again that story, character, and dialogue mean next to nothing to them. Here’s the thing: They have a point. Mute the dialogue in Bay’s latest contribution to another “Summer of Sequels, Prequels, and Reboots,” Transformers: The Last Knight, and it’s almost a tolerable experience. Bay’s special set of skills put him in unique company. He can deliver massive, massively scaled controlled chaos like few other directors can. But he’s also a limited moviemaker, incapable of finding or developing scripts with recognizably human characters, believable dialogue, or humor above the second- or third-grade level.

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Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen comic is a timeless classic. The limited series graphic novel has a rich history as being one of the greatest graphic novels ever created. The alternative history murder mystery surrounding former superheroes employed by the government was a deconstruction of the idea of the superhero and was infused with politics as well as the idea of a “dark side” to heroes and has always been heralded as a perfect story. For a long time, the series was deemed “unfilmable” by its creators. Zack Snyder did a fairly accurate film adaptation of the comic back in 2009 that was met with mixed results. Some thought it was too much like the comic and others thought that the ending didn’t ring true to the original (changing the surprise at the end). The Director’s Cut of the film helped flesh it out even more than the theatrical cut. Either way, it was a worthy effort. Recently there have been talks about a reboot for the comic and it looks like we might get a TV adaptation.

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