HOUSE OF CARDS and WONDER WOMAN Star Robin Wright Joins BLADE RUNNER 2

The headline pretty much sums up all the info we have about this right now: Robin Wright (The Princess Bride) has joined Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling in the cast of Blade Runner 2. Wright has been absolutely killing it on the Netflix original series House of Cards over the past few years, and not long ago we saw our first look of her in costume for the upcoming Wonder Woman solo film. There's no word yet about whether or not she'll play a Replicant, but she's proven herself a versatile enough actress to essentially be able to pull off just about anything. Plot details are being kept under wraps, though we think we know what the opening scene will be.

Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) is taking over for Ridley Scott in the director's chair this time around, and Roger Deakins will serve as the movie's cinematographer. Shooting starts in July, and it's set to be released on January 12, 2018, which is strange because typically January is the time of year in which studios dump terrible films. Looks like Warner Bros. is looking to give movie fans something worthwhile in the early days of 2018. Read the full press release below (via /Film):

LOS ANGELES, CA, MARCH 31, 2016 – Golden Globe winner Robin Wright is in final negotiations to join Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece BLADE RUNNER, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) is directing. Principal photography is scheduled to begin July 2016 and the film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America, Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories in all media.
The film is set several decades after the 1982 original, with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Rick Deckard. The film is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Story details, as well as Wright’s character, are not being revealed.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to BLADE RUNNER in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit.
Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott will also executive produce.
Wright’s upcoming projects include Wonder Woman from director Patty Jenkins (Monster) where she will star alongside Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious franchise). She can currently be seen on season 4 of House of Cards where she reprises her Golden Globe winning role as Claire Underwood.

We Now Live in a World in Which Thermite Launchers Are Real

Colin Furze, aka the evil genius of the internet, has done it again. You thought Wolverine claws would be his legacy? Nah. Thanks to Colin we now have Thermite Launchers, which I don't suggest you try to build on your own because you will likely die using them. For those trying to remember where they've heard the word "Thermite," it's the stuff they use in movies to melt locks and bank safes. Watch Colin do all sorts of unsafe stuff below.

Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart Co-Starring in Remake of THE INTOUCHABLES

I haven't seen the original French version of The Intouchables, but I thought I knew enough about it to sort of scoff at the news that Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart are in talks to star in an American remake. The film is about an injured aristocrat who hires a guy from the projects to be his caretaker, and my gut reaction was that Cranston could play this role in his sleep, but Hart seemed like a strange fit for the role originally played by Omar Sy. Then I watched the trailer again:

I can totally see the pint-sized, motor-mouthed actor fitting into that role perfectly. Sure, he'll be more shrill than Sy ever was because that's his shtick, and I think the jokes might be a little dumbed down to fit with his style and try to attract a larger audience, but I think this could actually work. The original French version was a huge hit, pulling in over $425 million worldwide when it was released back in 2012.

Colin Firth and Chris Tucker were eyed to star in this remake a few years ago, but that version stalled. It seems to have new life now, and filming is supposed to begin sometime this summer under the direction of Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn), who's working from a script by Paul Feig (Ghostbusters, Spy, Bridesmaids). Have you seen the original? Think these two actors are good replacements?

Here’s Some Much-Needed Good News About The Future of The DCEU Movies

It's an understatement to call Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a divisive film. It's one of those "draw a line in the sand" movies where a lot of people feel the need to scream their opinions instead of having a calm conversation about the movie. While a segment of the population loves it, there are others — like myself — who did not like the film for a myriad of reasons, many of which you can read about here. One of the many things I didn't like was the dour tone of the movie; I understand (and agree) that not every superhero movie should have a light and breezy Guardians of the Galaxy-style tone, but there was no joy whatsoever in BVS, and precious few moments that lightened the otherwise constantly dark mood.

Many assumed Suicide Squad would change that, and BirthMoviesDeath has an interesting report about what's happening with that film. One of their sources told them that all of the film's jokes were in the most recent trailer, and that the actual film itself is a bit darker than the trailer might indicate. But Warner Bros. and DC heard the fan reaction to the humor and presumed lighter tone, so they've given the production tens of millions of dollars to do reshoots that are "adding humor and lightness into the film."

Hearing that WB is aware that they need to inject some fun into these movies - and that's what I'm hearing is happening here, not that they're inserting jokes left and right but that they're beefing up fun character moments and interactions - can only mean good things for the future of the DC Movieverse after the deadly serious, zero fun Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

That's definitely good news. Like I said before, I'm totally OK with these DC films having dark tones, but providing some levity here and there certainly won't kill those vibes and it should do wonders to keep the movies from feeling oppressively bleak.

Also worth noting from BMD's report is that they're hearing WB is going to be "much more involved" on Justice League than they were on BVS. To me, that could be both a good and bad thing. I'll give Zack Snyder the benefit of the doubt and assume he didn't love the idea of stopping his movie in its tracks to introduce members of the Justice League in video snippets, so the studio's involvement might lead to more of those clunky, presumably-mandated moments to continue to set up future films. Then again, there might be a voice of reason at the studio that could keep the new movie from adopting the same tone and disrespect of the characters that caused fans to start an ill-fated petition to remove Snyder from directing Justice League altogether. We'll have to wait and see how it turns out, but it sounds like at least someone at the studio is aware of fan complaints about the gloominess of BVS and is working to lighten future movies up just a little bit.

Bradley Cooper to Star in Max Landis’ Thriller DEEPER

Max Landis (Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein, American Ultra) recently sold his script for the Will Smith/Joel Edgerton starrer Bright to Netflix for a reported $3 million, and it sounds like he already has another project heating up in Hollywood. The Wrap reports that Bradley Cooper is attached to star and White God director Kornel Mundruczo is lined up to direct Deeper, a new thriller that multiple studios are currently bidding on.

“Deeper” is a drama about a disgraced astronaut who embarks on a mission to reach the bottom of a newly-discovered oceanic trench, which some speculate may be the lowest point on Earth. Facing great danger, he quickly finds himself in a physical and psychological fight against mysterious forces.

Landis told The Playlist that Deeper is "the best thing [he's] ever written," and he also told them about a new "spiritual sequel" to that project that he's already writing, which is called Higher:

"[It's] like a two-person play — it all takes place in a barn and it's about a woman. The whole script is 75 pages of one scene and then 25 pages of going up into outer space. But for the whole script, it's just a lawyer talking to a woman who's shirtless and covered in writing and equations and who's building what appears to be a spaceship. At first it seems like the guy’s just a mean lawyer or a government agent who's been sent to shut down what she's doing. And then the scene I'm writing right now, page 25 — I'm so excited— shows her going back and forth with this lawyer, and less and less of the things she's saying are making sense," he said.
"It's clear that she's made a tiny nuclear reactor — she's a genius and it's clear she wants to go into orbit for reasons we don't fully understand," Landis continued. "But she's also saying weird things about the stars going out, and she says her daughter is 16 while he says her daughter is 9. She goes into this very long rant, and it ends with him going, 'Are you sure what you remember is accurate to reality?' And she says, 'Yes. Yes, stop bullying me.' And he goes, 'Who am I?' And she goes, 'I don't know.' He goes, 'Who am I? Look at me.' And she realizes it's her fucking husband. She's having a schizophrenic break. So that's the end of the first act."

The writer is on a tear right now, with his directorial debut Me Him Her currently in theaters and the Sam Rockwell/Anna Kendrick film Mr. Right coming out on April 8th. What do you think about Deeper?

PHOTOS: Sneak Peak at Upcoming GOTHAM Episode “Into The Woods”

The first set of new photos for the upcoming seventeenth episode of Gotham's second season has been published by FOX. Entitled “Into The Woods” (I wonder why because I didn’t see any trees in any of the images), the episode is officially summed up as follows:

“In an attempt to clear his name, Gordon steals his case file and approaches Nygma for help. Meanwhile, Penguin discovers his step-family’s role in his father’s death, and awakens from his conditioning.”

Gotham features Ben McKenzie (Detective James Gordon), Donal Logue (Harvey Bullock), Michael Chiklis (Detective Nathaniel Barnes), Sean Pertwee (Alfred), David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne), Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot), Erin Richards (Barbara Kean), Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle), Cory Michael Smith (Edward Nygma), James Frain (Theo Galavan), Jessica Lucas (Tabitha Galavan), Chris Chalk (Lucius Fox), Zabryna Guevara (Captain Sarah Essen), and Nicholas D’Agosto (Harvey Dent).

You can watch “Into the Woods” on Monday, April 11 on FOX. 

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Video: Ewan McGregor Shares His Thoughts on an Obi-Wan Trilogy

He doesn't know how, when, where, or why, but Ewan McGregor wants in on the Star Wars series! In a video interview with Collider, the actor expresses his interest in portraying Obi-Wan again in a standalone film (or trilogy as he suggests)! He also talks about watching The Force Awakens, and whether or not he's spoken with producer Kathleen Kennedy. Basically, everything we've wanted to know, he lays it out!

Also, how the hell does he look younger?!

Sneaky Zebra’s WonderCon 2016 Cosplay Music Video

Our pals Nick and Gary of Sneaky Zebra were over at WonderCon making another one of their CMV's (cosplay music videos). Featuring an upbeat, catchy tune and showcasing some amazing cosplayers, including the familiar face of a certain mad Titan that we featured in an article here. There were so many amazing costumes that it required a rewatch — or three — in order to appreciate all the work some of these diehard geeks put into their cosplay. Who knows, maybe you'll see yourself in one of their videos someday, but be careful, I hear they can sneak up on ya.