McQuarrie Getting a New ‘Mission’? (Im)Possibly

- 11-14-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

It seems that progress marches on in the development of Mission: Impossible 5, specifically so far as the selection of a new director. And given that Tom Cruise is the star and producer of that franchise, the name being branded about should come as no surprise.

According to Deadline, the frontrunner is Christopher McQuarrie. “I’m told that McQuarrie is the choice to helm the fifth Mission: Impossible film that is in the early stages of being put together by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions,” says the site. “They will hire writers before making it official but he’s the guy that Cruise and J.J. Abrams want.”

The choice of McQuarrie makes sense as he and Cruise already have a good working relationship. McQuarrie wrote the Cruise vehicle Valkerie and directed the actor in the upcoming Jack Reacher film. He also did rewrites on the presently in production All You Need is Kill, and he reportedly did some uncredited re-writes on the last Mission: Impossible movie Ghost Protocol, which grossed a surprising $694.7 at the worldwide box office.

So McQuarrie on an impossible mission: good idea or bad idea, Bastards?

Source: Coming Soon

‘Dark Knight’ News – New Photos and More on That Voice

- 01-12-12Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

As we reported yesterday, this week’s cover boy for Entertainment Weekly is Christian Bale dressed as Batman from The Dark Knight Rises. Following that up today, EW has released five new photos that are included in the new issue, and they say there are plenty more where that came from if you buy the issue when it hits stands tomorrow. In the meantime, wet your whistle with these, which are pretty straightforward.


Top 10 Nerdiest Films of 2011

- 12-29-11Featured, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Silent movies? Sexual addicts? Marilyn Monroe? Yeah right. As well all know, real movies are about intelligent apes, alien monsters, movie making kids, and psycho church groups. At least, that was the stand of Nerd Bastards as we compiled our Top 10 list of the Nerdiest Films of 2011.

Like all Top 10 Best Of… Lists our picks are completely subjective, so if you disagree, feel free to post your comments below. I’d like to say keep it clean, but, you know… “Nerd Bastards” and all.


Comic Movie News – ‘Kavalier & Clay’ Movie and Renner on Being An Avenger

- 12-15-11Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

It seems weird that in the midst of all the comic book adaptations, an award-winning and critically-acclaimed novel about comic book creators can’t find its way on the fast track. But ask Michael Chabon, writer of Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, if that’s the case. Chabon has been waiting for 10 years to get his book adapted, and one of the several people attached to the project is talking about his vision for it.

That man is Stephen Daldry, you may recognize him as the director of The Reader, The Hours, and Billy Elliot, but if he had his way, he’d make Kavalier & Clay an HBO miniseries. “I wanna do Kavalier & Clay on HBO as an eight-parter,” he said in an interview with Collider through SlashFilm. “It’ll be so much better as a series, honestly. If you could put that in the article and ring up HBO and tell them that’s what I wanna do, I’d really appreciate it.”



Want ‘Incredibles 2′ But Can’t Have It? Blame ‘The Avengers’

- 12-14-11Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Remember when The Incredibles came out, and everyone thought it was awesome? Sadly, this awesomeness never translated into a sequel yet, and that’s despite the fact that superhero movies continue to be boffo business at box office.

But in a twist of fate, that’s precisely the reason why there’s yet to be an Incredibles 2, according to director Brad Bird. “What the world needs now is another superhero sequel!” Bird joked to MTV News while promoting his first live-action film, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

But it’s not a lack of ideas that’s keeping the filmmaker from diving into an Incredibles sequel, says Bird.

“I haven’t got it all figured out yet. I’ve got a lot of ideas that I originally intended to be in the first movie, and you have to start throwing things out of the balloon at a certain point to get it up in the air. But a lot of the things you throw out are really cool. … I love those characters and if I could make [a sequel] that was to Incredibles what the Toy Story sequels were to Toy Story I’d do it.”

Clearly, as fans, we need to make our desire known. We’d rather see an Incredibles sequel than The Avengers any day!!!

Uh, wait. What?

Source: Blastr

Pegg Sez “Ain’t No Khan in ‘Trek 2′ Foo!”*

- 12-13-11Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

*Not a genuine Simon Pegg quote.

There’s been a lot of talk about villains and stuff in regards to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel, specifically whether or not one Khan Noonien Singh is the man with the plan to kill Kirk and Co. in the movie. Well if you don’t believe Abrams when he tells you there’s no Khan in Trek 2, maybe you’ll believe Scotty.

While talking to MTV News about Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Simon Pegg talked about that other sequel he’s working on, and even though he doesn’t know exactly who the villain, full name and details are being hidden from the cast, he does know who the villain is not going to be…

“I haven’t heard the name Khan come up. Not to say it won’t come up, but I have heard no mention of him whatsoever. He is a great villain. I don’t want to say too much and then have to eat my words as I often do, but we’ve seen Khan [in a Trek movie before]. To see him again, how much value is there in that? I don’t know.”

Additionally, Trek 2 and M:I – GP producer Bryan Burk, also played fast and loose with avoiding the question of the film’s villain’s identity.

“There are amazing villains all throughout the Star Trek universe as well as new villains. As we did in the last film, there’s a lot of directions you can go with the film. In this case, we chose to do something we thought would be original and unique and different, and I think on paper, we made the right choice. Now we have to go shoot.”

So they made the right choice, says Burk, but will fans agree? I guess we’ll find out. Click play on a pair of videos below to hear more of Pegg and Burk’s thoughts on the upcoming next Trek.

Source: Blastr

Get The Lotion Ready: Scarlett Johansson Wants a ‘Black Widow’ Movie

- 12-12-11Comics, Film Posted by NickBungay

You all know it and so do the executives at Marvel Studios… Scarlett Johansson is super sexy as the Black Widow. Even before the Internet leaked those spank bank pics of Scarlett, or news that she would return as Natasha Romanoff for Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers, fans have always wanted Black Widow solo movie to call their own.

Marvel has openly expressed their interest in making multiple films for the big three- Iron Man, Thor and Captain America- and each on their way to sequel or threequel status, but lesser members of the super roster have yet to have their spotlight shine. Well, it looks like Johannson is ready to lace up the spandex once again for her own feature length spinoff:

“I love playing the Widow. I think she’s got a very interesting past, a lot of storylines to explore, and certainly Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios’ president] loves that character … I think that Marvel has a very personal relationship with their fans, and I think if the fans want it, and the audience wants it, nothing’s impossible. I would love to explore that option as well. Like I said, I love the character and it would be nice to see something nice and gritty.”

Sharing screen time with fellow Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth is nice, but a pure spy feature for one of the few Avengers without unlimited funds or the power of a god would be awesome. Maybe even explaining the past relationship between Natasha and fellow S.H.I.E.L.D agent Hawkeye, played by Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol star Jeremy Renner, would sell a script or two in the process. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how The Avengers does in theaters, as if we don’t already know.

Via: Blastr

‘Dark Knight Rises’ News Galore – Prologue, IMAX, and New Viral Campaign

- 12-09-11Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

It’s one week to go until the release of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which, as we all know, is attached to the prologue for The Dark Knight Rises. (Who are we kidding, we all know we’ll be lining up at the IMAX theaters for the former and not the latter.)

To wit, a number of critics were in attendance last night at a special screening of the prologue in LA introduced by Rises director Christopher Nolan. HitFix‘s Drew McWeeny (formally Moriarty of AICN) was among the people in attendance, and had a pretty good, and relatively spoiler-less review of the prologue this morning. “It is a spectacular big screen sequence built around practical stunt work and some amazing camerawork, and my first impression of the whole thing is that I don’t really recognize the Bane that Nolan has created for this film, and I like that,” wrote McWeeny. ” I like that he’s taken this comic character which I’ve always seen as somewhat ridiculous and, in less than ten minutes, turned him into something between a cult leader and a crime lord, a figure of real terror.”

So no complaints? Haha! Yeah right. And guess where in the issue lies. “I will say that the mix on the sequence we saw tonight could use some tweaking,” he added, “because while I believe Nolan’s goal is to make it hard to understand everything Bane says, it really felt like I only picked up about 10% of what he said, including an emphatic ‘The Fire Rises!’ at one point.”

So I guess Tom Hardy went to the Christian Bale school of voice modification for his Bane prep. Either that, or that mask is really cumbersome for conversation.

So we know that the IMAX is amazing, but Nolan had words about how much IMAX footage will make it into the finished film, and by his estimates, according to the SlashFilm, it will be about 50 minutes worth. To put that in context, The Dark Knight had about 26 minutes of IMAX footage, including the opening heist with The Joker, while Ghost Protocol has 23 minutes of IMAX footage.

Finally, there’s been another viral campaign launched in relation to The Dark Knight Rises, and the prize for the game once played is the location to somewhere (hopefully) near you where the Rises prologue will screen early. A viral clock over at The Dark Knight Rises site called Operation Early Bird revealed a map with several glowing points of light on it across Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain. Together with a series of co-ordinates read off by a female voice, you can find out where the prologue will be previewed on December 13, and you can RSVP to the screening closest to you. JoBlo followed the progression of the game.

So are you pumped yet? Keep in mind though, once you see the prologue next week, all you have to look forward to is more rumors and innuendo for seven months until The Dark Knight Rises is released next July.


Warners Plays ‘PSYCH!’ with ‘Dark Knight’ Prologue

- 12-02-11Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

You know how when Warner Bros. announced that like they did with The Dark Knight, they were going to run a prologue of The Dark Knight Rises with a pre-Christmas release, and then we got all excited?


Well fuck you! Because the WB is only running the prologue in front of the IMAX version of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in 33 cities on about 42 screens. So if you want to get a taste of The Dark Knight Rises, I hope that you live within driving distance of one of the following theaters, otherwise, we’ll see on July 20th, 2012.


Tom Cruise Turns Japanese for ‘All You Need Is Kill’

- 12-01-11Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Tom Cruise is lining up a new project, and he’s going where he’s never gone before for material: Japanese fiction. Cruise is in negotiations to star in Doug Liman‘s adaptation of the Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, that features art by Yoshitoshi ABe, called All You Need Is Kill.

So what’s the plot? Read here:

There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?

According to the trade paper Variety, there’s no deal on the table yet, but the script is being re-written to suit Cruise’s age. Yes, Tom Cruise turns 50 next year. Think about that! And he’s still better looking than you. Recognize.

But if the concept of All You Need is Kill has you intrigued at all don’t line-up at the theater yet because Cruise has got to get through Christopher McQuarrie’s crime drama One Shot and Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi flick Oblivion. What you can line-up for is Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which will be released on December 16th in IMAX, and December 21st everywhere.

Source: Coming Soon