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Warner Bros. has confirmed today that their next film to be shot for the DC Extended Universe will be none other than Shazam! Let’s not forget that Justice League is currently wrapping up its post-production while Aquaman is still filming so we won’t be seeing an adaptation of Shazam! on the screen just yet. The film is currently scheduled for a release in 2019.

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New Line Cinema to Release J R R Tolkein Biopic

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Founding member of the Inklings, the youngest professor to teach at the University of Leeds and a legend of high fantasy whose legacy has forged the genre, J R R Tolkein had one of the most incredible minds that England has ever produced. His fascination with language and linguistics has resulted in such a resounding impact on literature that his influence can be traced in almost every fantasy story created today. Even though he died more than forty years ago, his novels are still consistent best sellers and their movie adaptations have always been enormous box office smash hits, even before the era of epic CGI. (more…)

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After Warner Bros. announced that New Line Cinema would be handling all the DC Comics Vertigo titles development back in June, many have wondered which titles would get the big screen treatment. At the time of that announcement, Warner passed New Line the already in production Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Sandman film. Now you can add 100 Bullets, created by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, to the budding list of Vertigo movie titles. Word is making the Internet rounds that Tom Hardy ( Mad Max: Fury Road, Warrior) has joined the 100 Bullets team as a producer and is in talks to take a starring role. (more…)

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Get ready for Freddy. Again. A Nightmare on Elm Street is so often credited with building New Line Cinema into a studio brand name, that it should be no surprise that they’d want to play up that legacy again with a remake. Of course, the fact that the nine films in the series have a total worldwide box office take of over $450 million also sweetens the deal. Yes, unsurprisingly, and despite the lukewarm reception for the 2010 remake, we’re going back to the drawing board – and the dank, dark, foreboding cellar where young people are lured to their doom – for the fourth version of A Nightmare on Elm Street. (more…)

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Word hit late yesterday that New Line Cinema‘s feature film re-imagining of Stephen King‘s It is back on track. The production lost Cary Fukunaga (True Detectives), the man who wrote the script for the two-part film and was set to direct until he dropped out after some infighting over budget restraints that wouldn’t allow for all the bells and whistles he wanted for the movies. Who’s taking over the director’s chair?

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It was the heart-warming story of the year. When the Make-A-Wish Foundation sought to give a young boy an adventure to remember dressed up as his favorite superhero, the City of San Francisco responded in incredible fashion, creating one those truth is stranger than fiction occasions as thousands of people, from the San Francisco Mayor’s office to the newsroom of the San Francisco Chronicle to the cast of Arrow all lent their support to the endeavor. All the Batkid action as captured by filmmaker Dana Nachman, who turned her footage into a documentary called Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World. It premiered at Slamdance a couple of months ago, but a new distribution deal seems to indicate that audiences across the country will get a chance to see it for themselves on the big screen. (more…)

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Welcome back to our newly revamped “Retro Reviews” column, where we explore both the movies you know and love, as well as the oft overlooked gems you should be spending more time with. Our eighth entry is John Carpenter’s final masterwork, In the Mouth of Madness (1994)…

“Do you read Sutter Cane?” 

The 90s were a woeful decade for many a 70s horror filmmaker. Wes Craven may have changed the slasher game forever with his self-reflexive Scream series, but hasn’t made a picture worthy of his (truthfully already spotty) legacy since (unless you count the aughts’ My Soul to Keep — a film so inept it almost feels like an avant garde experiment). Dario Argento’s 90s output ranges from decent (TraumaThe Stendhal Syndrome) to unwatchable (The Phantom of the Opera). Meanwhile, George A. Romero’s sole solo directorial credit (The Dark Half) is definitely one of the more entertaining Stephen King adaptations, but that’s using both dreck like The Tommyknockers and Golden Years as well as Kubrick’s The Shining or Rob Reiner’s Misery as ends of the qualitative spectrum (meaning Romero’s movie is still hanging somewhere around Pet Sematary). Outside of Joe Dante*, whose feature track record went completely unblemished with Gremlins 2Matinee and Small Soldiers, the decade was somewhat of a nightmare for those who found their start in the gritty 70s, resulting in many horror fans closing the book on what’s viewed by some as the genre’s most auteur-driven period.

Which brings us to John Carpenter, a filmmaker whose ten year run (from 1978’s Halloween all the way up to They Live in 1988) could be considered one of the most impressive in the history of ALL cinema. Carpenter fizzled out in 1992, with the Chevy Chase-starring Memoirs of an Invisible Man marking the end of his marvelous winning streak. His anthology picture, Body Bags, was originally supposed to be a full series on Showtime (comprable to HBO’s Tales From the Crypt), until network executives suffered from cold feet and turned it into a one-off (admittedly mediocre) cable TV movie. It wouldn’t be until 1994 that Carpenter finally brushed the dust off his shoulder and produced what seemed to be, at the time, a comeback of sorts with In the Mouth of Madness, a film that could be viewed as the last true Carpenter masterpiece, as well as the beginning of the widescreen artist’s oft-decried “late period”. (more…)

If you’ve spent any time on the net, I’m sure you’ve come across the artwork (above) featuring a brave little teddy defending a sleeping child from a monster. Created be deviantArtist begemott, the piece titled “Teddy Bears: Protecting Innocent Children from Monsters Under the Bed Since 1902.” is a perfect visual allegory of how we all felt about our furry night time companions.

So, naturally, Hollywood wants to make a movie out of it…

According to THR New Line Cinema is backing a  “a big four-quadrant franchise” based on the illustration. And, here’s the kicker, Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) is poised to produce and possibly star.

This news is…(wait for it)… unbearable!

The Game PlanThe Tooth Fairy, Escape from Witch Mountain. And now, you’re making a movie about a teddy bear? Talk about not backing your meat-head/macho status.

Regardless, I think the bigger story here is: a Deviant Art piece, done for the heck of it, turned into a meme, has been optioned for a big-budget movie. This gives hope to the rest of us.

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The comic book movie is dominated by big name franchises like The Avengers and The Dark Knight – even Man of Steel is netting a ton of attention and it isn’t even out yet – but one comic book adaptation has been on the rise since 2007. According to Deadline, commercial director Dan Trachtenberg has been called upon to direct the long awaited Y: The Last Man film adaptation for New Line Cinema.

When a mysterious plague strikes, it kills every male mammal on Earth.  It seems that the only exception is Yorick Brown, an amateur escape artist in New York, and his male Capuchin monkey, Ampersand. The only two known males left on the planet to survive, the pair, under the order of the new President of the United States and protection of Agent 355, must travel in search of a brilliant geneticist and cloning expert in search of answers. All the while they must survive the dangers of the new world and those that would use Yorick’s survival to their own means.

It sounds like an awesome tale – and it is, as evidenced with a five Eisner Awards for Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.  Y: The Last Man is long overdue for the adaptation it deserves. I Am Number Four director D. J. Caruso was at one time attached to the script, but ultimately walked away from the project back in 2010 saying in an interview with MovieWeb:

“I didn’t think that you could take Yorick’s story and put it in to a two-hour movie and do it justice. That was sort of the difference. I think that New Line, working with Warner Bros. in their new relationship, just felt reluctant thinking that we can’t leave this thing open. If you are familiar with the comic book you know it’s just mind-boggling.”

This was based on Caruso’s hope to see the Vertigo series become a film trilogy and that could still happen with Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia‘s new draft of the script.

As for Trachtenberg, the studio is pretty confident that he’s the right man for the job – if you’ve seen the Portal: No Escape short film, you’d agree as well. If you can turn a seven minute film into over eleven million views (at this point in time), you reserve the right to stick your foot in the doorway of Hollywood at least once.

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In the short time that Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been in theaters, it has managed to break past $500 million at the worldwide box office.  The bigwigs at New Line Cinema and Warner Bros made the official announcement today that the film has brought in $523.7 million to date.  It brought in $179.7 million domestically with another $344 million coming in internationally.  And I’mma let you finish, but you gotta know that its release in Australia was the biggest Boxing Day opening of ALL TIME.  (Yes, I did just pull a Kanye.  And yes, it was intentional.  And yes, I do think it was funny.)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first installment of a three-part epic based on Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Have y’all seen it yet?  What did you think?

Source: New Line Cinema via Coming Soon