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Michael Keaton is riding on a wave of strong awards-season buzz for his turn in Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu’s Birdman; where he pulls off an amazing performance portraying a washed-up actor who is perpetually tormented by his alter ego/nemesis. It’s great to see Keaton having somewhat of an acting renaissance, finally gaining recognition for his acting prowess with appearances in Robocop and Need for Speed in 2014, and upcoming roles in Illumination Entertainment’s animated Minions and a starring role in Thomas McCarthy’s Catholic Church child-abuse drama Spotlight. Now it appears that Keaton might be heading off to Skull Island to join Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor, Only Lovers Left Alive), and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash), in Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island. (more…)

Marvel and Kirby Family Settle Long-Time Legal Dispute


Marvel Comics, after making billions and billions of dollars based on the works of Jack Kirby, appears to have become magnanimous to the Kirby family, who have now achieved at least a small victory in its intense legal fight with Marvel and their owners at the Walt Disney Company. Just as the case looked to be heading to one final trial at the Supreme Court of the United States, both sides have come out today to say that their differences have been settled and all systems are go for comics, movies and other media to me made about the characters co-created by Kirby at Marvel during his legendary Silver Age run at the publisher. (more…)


Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, and pals are set to be rebooted by their original creators: Universal Pictures. Plans are in set to make cinema’s most famous fiends into an interconnected series of new films–much like Marvel has done with its superhero characters, and Warner Bros is doing with the denizens of DC comics.

But before you scorn Universal for besmirching the legacy of some of the greatest characters in filmdom with a modern-day gimmick, it’s important to remember that these characters BEGAN as part of an interconnected universe. Standalone films like Dracula and Frankenstein eventually evolved into multi-monster pictures like Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, House of Dracula, and House of Frankenstein.

And now, under the creative authority of Alex Kurtzman–who worked on the Transformers and Star Trek films with former partner Roberto Orci–and Fast and Furious franchise scribe Chris Morgan, the Universal Monsters are getting a long overdue silver-screen “reunion”. (more…)


So that might be an exaggeration (as I’m sure your Black Widow fan films are PER-VER-TED!), but I’ve got to hook you somehow, right?

Luc Besson is the king of creating badass, female action leads, and his latest, Lucy, seems to be no different, pitting Scarlett Johansson as a “merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic” (the press release’s words, not mine) against what seems to be the entirety of China’s organized crime syndicate. There’s a rocket launcher wielded against her at one point, so I’m probably going to watch it.


Arnold-as-King-ConanI’ve got to start this post with a quick prayer:

Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if this choice of script writer is good or bad. Why she was chosen, or why our fandom died a little inside. All that matters is that fans stood against the Hollywood Many. That’s what’s important! Valor pleases you, Crom . . . so grant me one request. Grant me the words to make people listen to my rant, and if they don’t listen, then to HELL with you!

Why the prayer? Word around the Internet water cooler is that Universal Pictures has hired Andrea Berloff to write the script for what we hoped would be the triumphant return of Arnold Schwazenegger as Conan in, The Legend of Conan. Why am I concerned about this bit of news? Look at Berloff’s past work and tell me where she has shown any capability to handle bringing a sword swinging barbarian to the big screen.

World Trade Center is her best known work to date and I just can’t see how she’s going to make the transition from WTC to the land of Hyboria. I want some “R” rated barbarian king action that embodies Conan’s theory on what is best in life.

To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

I fear The Legend of Conan is going to turn into some watered down PG-13 Care Bear fest. It’s Conan the Adventurer all over again. I was excited when I heard that the producers planned to ignore everything that happened after the first movie. No Conan the Destroyer or Momoa Conan reboot to explain, those were only Black Lotus dreams we all had while enjoying the pleasure domes of Kubla Khan.

Marvel Comic’s King Conan series was one of my favorites, I’ve still got the complete run, backed and mylar bagged in my comic collection. Right next to The Savage Sword of Conan set I’m working to complete. When Arnold announced he was finally going to play King Conan, I’ll admit I let out my most manly schoolgirl squee. Now, I’m having some serious issues with where the whole project is going.

What do you think? Of course I am over-reacting, but am I over-over-reacting?

’12 Monkeys’ is Coming to the Small Screen


It looks like Hollywood is looking towards the past for the future of television by pillaging movies of the 90s’. A few weeks ago we told you that From Dusk till Dawn would be shooting as a television series in October and now another movie has just been green lighted for a pilot.

In an announcement made earlier today by Syfy, a 60-minute pilot will be shot based on Universal Pictures12 Monkeys. Originally based off of the 1962 short “La Jetée” by Chris Marker, this adaptation from director Terry Gilliam saw Bruce Willis, as convicted criminal James Cole, sent back in time to earn a pardon by collecting a pure sample of a virus that wipes out human life on the surface of the planet. The film grossed $168 million on a budget of $29.5 million and earned co-star Brad Pitt a Golden Globe award and nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards.

Shooting is set to begin in November, but is it currently listed as “Cast Contingent” meaning that until the roles played by Bruce and Brad are cast there will be no pilot. The series will be produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment – producer of the original film – and will be scripted by Terra Nova writers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett.

So what do you think? Will this pilot take off next year or is it just another waste of time? Which of Hollywood’s TV “A-list” do you think should be cast in the leads?

Source: Coming Soon

‘Seventh Son’ Release Date All Over the Place


I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m actually looking forward to seeing the upcoming fantasy flick Seventh Son. Adapted from The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney, the trailer makes it look interesting enough that there could be the potential for something great lurking within. That is, of course, if audiences get a chance to see the damn thing.

The recent break-up of the relationship between Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures has been causing havoc with all sorts of properties, in particular Seventh Son.  At first they were planning on dropping the film in October.  Then it got moved to the movie-killing month of January.  And now that Legendary has switched over to working with Universal, it could change yet again.

Being as how Legendary provided all the financing of the film, Warner Bros. no longer has anything to do with it.  This could be good news for the movie’s release date, depending on what the folks at Universal have to say about what they want.  Either way, we’ll see the thing eventually, but the likelihood of sequels could be greatly affected by the constant switch-ups.


Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.

Kick-Ass_viral promotion

Admit it, at some time or another you’ve all wanted to be a hero. Now you can put all those years of aspirations and training in your bedroom to good use, because, Kick-Ass and Justice Forever need your help! Sort of.

Now that Jim Carrey has stepped back from the promotion of Kick-Ass 2, Universal Pictures needs another way to help promote their comic book adapted movie. And the solution is simple: a viral video of campaign (probably made before Carrey stepped back) featuring Kick-Ass 2 star Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass recruiting you into the super group Justice Forever. Check it out it the video below.

That’s it? 19 seconds of Kick-Ass  trying to convince you to become a hero? Well, just tell me where to send the non-existent self-addressed envelope with my parents money jammed inside and sign me up! In all seriousness, though, it’s a funny little video and a nice way to promote Kick-Ass 2 even without the support of one of the films biggest stars. Although, if they’re doing one for Justice Forever, how long until we’re seeing Christopher Mintz-Plasse in his Mother Fucker persona promoting the Toxic Mega-Cunts? Maybe very soon.

Kick-Ass 2 is in theaters everywhere August 16th.

Source: Geek Tyrant