‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ Ready To Disembark In 2017

- 07-23-14Cool Stuff, Film Posted by James Daniels

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In just about 3 years, another film in the POTC franchise will take what it can–which, based on history, could be as much as a billion dollars worldwide–and give nothing back, except a reasonably entertaining two hours or so.

Perhaps solely to remind us that they STILL do things other than Star Wars and superheroes, Disney has decided to continue the lucrative franchise with a fifth installment tentatively subtitled “Dead Men Tell No Tales”.

As for who will make up this outing’s cast, we have no information as of yet–though all 4 installments have thus far starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, so the return of one or both of them is more or less assured…..and frankly, I don’t see how you could even consider making a POTC film without Depp–but then, I didn’t think they could (or should) make one without Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley….More after the jump: (more…)

Will RDJ Return For ‘Iron Man 4′? How Much is it Worth to Marvel/Disney?

- 07-23-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Film, Nerd Culture Posted by James Daniels

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For a while it had seemed doubtful that Robert Downey Jr. would don Tony Stark’s “high-tech prosthesis” after the completion of Avengers 3, and he has made it clear that he knows Iron Man will go on long after he retires to the private island he will likely buy with the piles of money he made playing the character.

So what’s changed? Well, mostly it seems to be the fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has established that a certain character who was used as a cover for a certain Aldrich Killian is most CERTAINLY real. I refer, of course, to The Mandarin. The REAL Mandarin, not the masquerade performed by Trevor Slattery. Apparently, ever since Marvel’s short film All Hail The King hinted at the possibility of The Mandarin’s existence, there has been serious interest in a fourth installment in the Iron Man franchise.

The only real question has been whether or not RDJ will reprise the title role. And it seems THAT depends upon the depth of Disney’s pockets. More after the ever-popular jump: (more…)

Is John Boyega Going to Wakanda After Tatooine?

- 07-23-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It starts now! Well, not now exactly. But later! San Diego Comic Con launches with preview night tonight, which means the next four days will be non-stop nerd news. Getting an early start on things is British actor John Boyega, whose already won the proverbial acting lottery by getting the lead role in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. That’s good enough, but is Boyega now preparing to make a lateral move to another Disney-owned property? Perhaps something with “Black” and “Panther” in the title? (more…)

Gwendoline Christie’s Role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Revealed (Maybe)

- 07-22-14Cool Stuff, Film, Nerd Culture Posted by James Daniels

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Just two days ago we reported that Devin Faraci of Badass Digest was privy to some tantalizing plot and character details regarding the most anticipated film in the history of the medium (seriously, the last time a movie had this big of an impact on western civilization, it was about a man sneezing).

Today, Faraci throws us more such tidbits–particularly a big hint at the role Gwendoline Christie of Game of Thrones fame appears to be playing.

So far we’ve been lead to believe that John Boyega will be playing the role of an ex-Stormtrooper who joins Daisy Ridley‘s character in a quest to locate Luke Skywalker. Read on to find out who Faraci claims Christie will be portraying: (more…)

‘Star Wars: Rebels’ Casts Familiar Voice For Series Villain – The Inquisitor

- 07-18-14TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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The Star Wars animated series have been some of the best Star Wars material fans have enjoyed in years. Yeah, I’m looking at you Phantom Menace. This Fall fans will be introduced to Star Wars: Rebels, the latest Star Wars animation incarnation. One critical factor in the success of the Star Wars mythos is a good villain. Star Wars: Rebels brings us a new Star Wars villain: The Inquisitor. Who’s voicing the role?  (more…)

Will New Writers Cast a “Going into Production” Spell on ‘Enchanted 2′?

- 07-02-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Perhaps rekindled by the good box office fortunes of Disney’s other revisionist fairy tale Maleficent, studio executives seem to be once again hot for a sequel to their 2007 hit Enchanted. Disney’s never met an idea that they couldn’t franchise, and it does seem odd that almost sever years later we have to receive an Enchanted 2. The adventure of princess-out-of-water Giselle (Amy Adams), who is lured away from her storybook homeland and exiled to the utterly un-magical world of modern Manhattan, practically demands a follow-up. Perhaps all they lacked was a decent script. Well then, problem solved, because Disney just hired a new pair of script doctors to bring this sequel to life. Maybe. (more…)

We’re Rebooting ‘Hocus Pocus’ Now (Updated)

- 07-02-14Film Posted by Jason Tabrys

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The 90s nostalgia craze is starting to perturb me a little — and that’s a thing that is unfortunate since we’re likely just getting started. You see, I was raised on the center rail between 80s and 90s culture in that I was born in 1982 (I’m like the Blade of eras, I can walk in the light and the dark.), so while I have a soft spot for some of the reboots of these inherently 1993ish things, others make me flip up my Dwayne Wayne sunglasses because of all the shade that I’m throwing… and I’m looking right the hell at you, Girl Meets World.

Hocus Pocus is another shade-worthy item for me, though to be fair, it’s not entirely the fault of this live-action family-horror-comedy from Disney about a trio of witches (Otto Titsling historian Bette Midler, a post Square Pegs/pre-Miami Rhapsody Sarah Jessica Parker and a Mo Gaffney-free Kathy Najimy) that are brought back from the dead to wreak havoc on a Massachusetts town. No, the fault lies with an impervious VHS copy of Hocus Pocus and my little sister, who at the age of 8 qualified as one of the youngest practitioners of the Ludovico technique. Poor 12 year old me. I vomit anytime I see a schmaltzy Disney film now.

By the way, Tina Fey is producing a sequel to the film.  (more…)

Ruffalo Getting His Shot at a Solo ‘Hulk’ Flick?

- 06-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Ever since Mark Ruffalo first took on the role of the giant green menace known as The Hulk, people have been hoping that maybe, just maybe, Disney/Marvel would decide that our favorite raging monster would get a chance at his own solo flick. The last two tries at this proved to be less-than-adequate, so it would be nice to see a new incarnation, especially with Ruffalo in the starring role. So far there have been mixed responses to the possibility of this happening, although now it seems as if a solo Hulk film may indeed be on the table. Read on to hear what Ruffalo had to say about the project. (more…)

Take a Look at the Disney Villains’ Kids in ‘Descendants’ Cast Pic

- 06-16-14TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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It’s pretty standard fare in every Disney flick that the heroes defeat the bad guys and live happily ever after. But, as Disney is a company designing kids’ flicks, the villains don’t usually meet a horrific and final end. So what happens to all the baddies once they’ve lost their fight? As it turns out, they run off and have kids. In an upcoming Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants, the mouse crew is taking a look at what happens to the kids of the evil bad guys. Scroll on for a first look at the cast of the movie. (more…)

Could Lawrence Kasdan Be Writing the Boba Fett ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Film?

- 06-12-14Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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I don’t know about you, but I always get nervous when geek sites start running conjecture based on unnamed “sources”. We’re not exactly dealing with regular Bob Woodward types here, so the “Deep Throat” veils of secrecy always strike me as mere excuses for nerdboy fantasy.

According to Schmoes Know, Lawrence Kasdan is 100% confirmed by their “trusted source” to be writing the 2016 Boba Fett film. This comes hot on the heels of Disney’s announcement that both Gareth Edwards (Godzilla ’14) and Josh Trank (Chronicle) are directing two of the three Star Wars spin-off movies planned to be dropping in-between the still untitled Episodes VII – IX. (more…)