Harry Knowles

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In 1982, three 11-year-old boys became completely obsessed with Raiders of the Lost Ark. The only way they could find to cope with their new all-consuming obsession was to make a doggedly faithful shot-for-shot remake of the film. Over the next seven years, they completed every single scene from the movie, except for one; the intimidating airplane set piece. After years of infighting and struggle and success, the trio walked away from the unfinished project after being at odds over a girl. Their real-life story is like something Steven Spielberg would have directed in the 80s. Naturally, somebody made a documentary about it and that documentary now has a distributor. (more…)

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Now that we are in the thick of San Diego Comic Con the comic book movie news is so thick you can’t cut it with adamantium claws, but it also means we have to keep a Galactus sized grain of salt handy for the non-official news (sorry, that analogy kinda got away from me there.)

The (in)famous Harry Knowles of Ain’t Cool News fame is claiming to have seen a secret ‘corporate document’ from an undisclosed company closely involved with various studios revealing some future releases for 2015. Namely a new Batman movie and the long rumored Justice League film (this mystery document also mentions Ant-Man and a Trolls movie, but we knew about one and don’t care about the other.)

How does that gargantuan grain of salt taste?

Tomorrow (Saturday) Warner Bros. will have their massive two hour panel at SDCC that, according to rumors, should detail the near future of DC Comics on film. Coupling this with the rumor that a sequel to this year’s Man of Steel  being released as early as 2014, is this even a possibility? Are we on the eve of a huge announcement involving a deluge of DC Comics characters on the big screen?  Also, is it necessary to consume salt when faced with rumors? This weekend is going to be killer on my blood pressure.

Source: AICN

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The rumor du jour is that Sony is looking to move some assets off their film division’s plate in an effort to save some cash and focus on the more lucrative video game side of the business. At least that’s what Comic Book Therapy tried to sell us today.

According to the story, Sony is considering an offer by investor Daniel Loeb and his hedge fund company Third Point to buy some key properties currently part of Sony’s roster like Resident Evil and…. Spider-Man. Seems kind of crazy, right? After all, Resident Evil was spawned five very profitable movies, and right now they’re pouring money into a biggie-sized Amazing Spider-Man 2.

If true, that would be huge: Sony studios selling a bunch of its biggest bread winners to a third party. Is there any evidence to back this up? Well, Comic Book Therapy did have the following quote from Sony Chief executive Kazuo Hirai  that he reportedly gave to investors on the issues:

“Third Point’s proposal involves the way we manage a core business of the Sony group and the direction of our management. So the Sony board will give it thorough consideration before replying to Mr Loeb.”

Still unconvinced? The Register had a follow-up that seemed to confirm saying, “Sony has said that it will consider a proposal from activist investor Daniel Loeb that the group should sell off parts of its music and movies business, which includes popular franchises Spider-Man and Resident Evil and the weepy ballads of Brit crooner Adele.”

Considering that Adele is currently one of the best selling talents in an otherwise desolate music industry it makes this news even more suspect, but some are letting their imaginations running wild right now. Comic Book Movie has speculated that perhaps this could mean that someway, somehow, Spider-Man might now find his way home to Marvel and Disney, thus making him eligible for Avengers membership.

But not so fast….

This afternoon, Ain’t It Cool founder Harry Knowles reached out to Sony boss Amy Pascal and asked her about the rumor. Here’s what Knowles posted:

Well, about 15 minutes later, Amy Pascall [sp] was on the phone and the word denial isn’t strong enough.   Amy said that she would “Never ever ever” let go of SPIDER-MAN.   She feels the property is directly tied to her legacy and time at SONY.  Not just that, she is really thrilled by the work on the new film.

And that, as they say, is that. But who knows, apparently Sony and Disney were close to a deal to include the Oscorp building in the New York skyline in Avengers before time ran out to finish the effects bu the deadline for the film’s release. So maybe the crossover hope is still alive sometime in the future. File this under the sad but untrue category.

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It’s been long confirmed that Supes will be facing off against General Zod (or at least a baddie more or less based off Zod) in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man Of Steel, but now we’re hearing chatter from Ain’t It Cool News that the Last Son of Krypton will also be introduced to his long time nemesis, Lex Luthor.

The assumption seems to be that Luthor will appear in a small, secondary role–establishing himself as a Superman foe to be further explored in Man Of Steel’s most likely inevitable sequel.

Screenwriter David S. Goyer was quoted at /Film saying:

“I don’t think anyone has ever confirmed that we haven’t included him.”

Goyer has also hinted that a second classic Superman villain WILL make an appearance in the film, and since then the rumor mill has been running overtime.

According to the AICN report, relative unknown Mackenzie Gray, who appeared as a Luthor clone on Smallville, will be playing an “ambitious, ego driven and cold version of Luthor”, and he will feature prominently in the film’s finale.

Gray even discusses acting in Man Of Steel in the clip below, starting at approximately 1:10

Obviously, Gray is undisputably IN Man Of Steel, but the precise nature of his role has yet to be determined…and some suspect that this rumor is little more than a calculated piece of self-promotion on Harry Knowles’ part, as he was recently the subject of a THR piece, and apparently is hurting – both in finances and relevance.

As always, time will tell, and we’ll continue to bring you updates as new information becomes available.

Man Of Steel is due to open nationwide on June 14th, 2013.

Source: /Film

 

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Ever since the news of more Star Wars films broke we’ve all wondered about the possibility of stand alone, or spinoff features. A Han Solo flick , for instance, has been an especially popular one. But today, Ain’t It Cool News has the exclusive scoop it’s Yoda starring in the first spinoff, non-saga, Star Wars film. Harry Knowles reports,

To start with they’re going to focus on established characters and do solo films, no, not necessarily Han Solo films, but well, fuck it…   The first Stand Alone film is going to center upon Yoda… I’m wildly curious for more details on the YODA film – would this be a young or old YODA tale?

A film centering on Yoda opens plenty of opportunity. We could see his beginning, the early years on wherever the hell he’s from. Or, his years as a young Jedi, maybe his first padawan. Something other than his years spent on Dagobah.

Bleeding Cool adds they had learned of a list of possible characters for stand alone films, and Yoda was on it. So were Jabba, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, and Darth Maul, and if you’ll notice, each of these characters can easily avoid featuring the original actor. Which kind of has me worried about the odds we’ll see Frank Oz’s involvement in a Yoda feature. And I’m sure we can definitely count out a return to puppet-Yoda, it’ll of course be CGI-Yoda. Though I’m curious is there’s a possibility we’ll see them utilize some version of motion capture technology.

Are you surprised they’d choose to explore a Yoda story before anyone else? What’s the likely hood this film would be a theatrical release? Think we’ll see this before or after Episode VII?

 

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Did you think a little fire pissing, bullet spitting and frantic action was gonna make Ghost Rider 2 better than the first? Yeah… even I’ll admit the trailer for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was unexpectedly epic. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the filmmaking team best known for Crank and Crank 2 know how to deliver some crazy shit. And honestly, I don’t see how they could make a worse film than the first, but apparently they have.  Several attendees of Harry Knowles’ annual”Butt-Numb-A-Thon” have Tweeted their reaction after seeing the movie. Lets just say our hopes for a bigger, better and proper adaptation of Ghost Rider got deflated real fucking quick.

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