Bradley Cooper has been cast in a new World War II film called Atlantic Wall. The movie is being directed by Gavin O'Connor, who most recently directed the awesome action thriller The Accountant.
According to the report, Atlantic Wall follows "a lone American paratrooper stranded behind enemy lines just days before D-Day, tasked with delivering intelligence critical to the outcome of the war and compelled to fulfill a promise to protect the young son of a murdered ally."
Sounds like an intense story that will make for a great movie. So far the film has a solid team of talent attached to bring this story to life. I love watching films that deal with World War II history, and I'm interested in learning more about this story.
Cooper last appeared in the film War Dogs and is currently prepping to direct and star in the Warner Bros. remake of A Star Is Born.
The U.K. based Advertising Standards Association has completed their investigation of Hello Games and has concluded that they did not falsely advertise No Man's Sky to consumers...read more on Gametyrant
A Harry Potter fan named Tim Stiefler took on the challenge of taking all eight Harry Potter films and editing them down into a single 80 minute magical epic. He did a pretty good job doing it. He calls his creation Wizardhood, and it focuses on the most important moments from the films and completely centers around Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s years at Hogwarts. Yeah, it doesn't really have the smoothest of transitions, but what do you expect when you edit down 9 hours and 39 minutes of footage into 80 minutes. The creator still did a solid job regardless.
Jason Bourne wasn't my favorite film in the Bourne franchise. In fact, I thought it was the worst one out of the three previous movies. It made a solid amount of money at the box office, though, as it pulled in over $415 million worldwide. With that kind of money and the way that the movie ended, I wouldn't be surprised if we got another sequel.
Regardless of what audiences thought of the film, it turns out everyone involved with making it, including Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon, was happy with how Jason Bourne turned out, and in an interview with Yahoo, producer Frank Marshall said that they are looking to dive back in and develop another sequel. He said:
"I have spoken to them both. Obviously they’re very pleased with how the movie turned out. It’s really about the story, just like on this one, everyone said ‘if you come to us with a good story, we’ll think about it.’
"So right now, we’re taking a pause and then we’re going to dive back in and try to find a story. We did leave it wide open at the end of the movie to continue on in Bourne’s world so we’ll see what we can come up with."
We heard this whole "waiting for the right story" thing for years with Greengrass and Damon before they made Jason Bourne, which is weird because the story wasn't really all that interesting. If they did another film it'd be hard to do any worse than that in my opinion.
As far asJeremy Renner's Bourne Legacy spinoff goes, that sounds less likely to get a sequel. When asked about the possibility of seeing the Aaron Cross character come back, he said:
“Probably not. I don’t know. That story is still out there as well but it’s not… we’re not talking about it.”
So you can definitely count that sequel out. As much as I didn't like Jason Bourne, I'm still a fan of the franchise, and if they made another one, I'd be there to see it.
If you enjoyed Marvel's Doctor Strange, you've gotta check out this collection of concept art from the film that has surfaced online. The first set of art features the big bad villain that Doctor Strange took on at the end of the movie, Dormammu. These are some crazy alternate designs for the character.
Then we have a series of pre-production art created by artist Oliver Pron, and they show us what they were envisioning early on in the action sequences involving the Mirror Dimension of the villainous Kaecilius and his Zealots.
So far Doctor Strange has made over $600 million dollars worldwide, making it the highest grossing solo character debut film from Marvel and beating out the first Iron Man movie. Doctor Strange is a great character and director Scott Derrickson made an incredible film, so it makes sense that the movie is making tons of money.
Lionsgate has brought in Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda to produce and help develop the feature film and TV adaptation of the fantasy book series The Kingkiller Chronicle. Miranda is also expected to compose the original music and write the songs for the adaptation, which may also get a stage production. Lionsgate is obviously looking to go all out on this franchise.
According to Deadline, the plan is for Lionsgate to "simultaneously develop and produce the feature film franchise based on the trilogy, the first movie of which to be written by Lindsey Beer (Transformers 5), and a TV drama series that expands on the world outside the books." The series will explore new characters and storylines.
The first film will be based on the story told in the first book, which is called The Name of the Wind. Here is the story description for the book:
Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
With everything that they plan on doing with this property, Lionsgate feels they have a successful new franchise on their hands. Miranda is a talented individual, and it will be interesting to see what he ends up contributing to this project.
Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts recently posted a video of star Tom Holland doing a bit of facial capture for his role of Spider-Man. It looks like a really awkward situation to be in, but it's kinda fun to watch.
The footage features a computer monitor that has a number of video feeds showing different angles of Holland’s face. The actor is in the background surrounded by a bunch of cameras to catch every angle they need that will be used in the some of the VFX work that will be created for the film.
You'll see him make some silly sounds and facial expressions. The things actors will do to bring us fans joy and happiness. Oh man! I can't wait to see how this movie turns out! We'll get to see the first trailer for the film next month, so stay tuned for that! Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to be released in theaters on July 7, 2017.
The sci-fi film Arrival ended up being surprisingly incredible. I thought it was a great film with a powerful story full of all kind of unexpected twists and turns. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker all gave fantastic performances as well. If you haven't seen it yet, make sure to check it out while it's still in theaters.
The movie features a couple of alien characters who make contact with humans to help teach them their language. When I initially saw the aliens in the film, I immediately thought of Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons. They were very elegant designs that worked for the film and the story it told.
We now have some additional concept art for the film created by Peter Konig, giving us some alternate alien designs that are kinda cool. When talking to Cinemablend about working on the film, Konig said:
"For the creatures, when they brought me on, they were in a stage where (Denis) Villeneuve just wanted ideas, lots of ideas. He didn’t want to stick to the short story or the script in terms of what they should look like. He wanted variety, and to just try stuff. He sent me photo (references) of stuff he liked, real things he thought had elements that he thought were important – pictures of cuttle fish, squids, microscopic organisms, stuff like that. He also like horses eyes for their very soft and thoughtful qualities and because although they looked familiar they had this other quality of being slightly “other” and alien. They had a sympathetic look, but were a little spooky. He also wanted to try designs that had no back and no front, confusing to look at, yet still with an intelligent feel. I started with quick pencil sketches, which didn’t go anywhere. When I started kitbashing in Zbrush, I hit upon that purplish one with the tentacles and he really responded to that one and seemed really excited about it. I kinda thought that that was the one that would end up in the movie, but a lot of time went by and things changed."
You can check out even more of his concept art for the film below. Let us know what you think about some of the alternate designs.
Nintendo and Universal Studios will be bringing gaming themed attractions to their parks in Orlando and Hollywood. No real details have been outlined, but it's exciting to watch the video and just hear Miyamoto and Universal talk about how awesome they think it's going to be...read more on Gametyrant
To compete with the rising amount of streaming services (aka the future of TV), AT&T in March announced DirecTV Now, an on-demand and live broadcast streaming service comparable to PlayStation Vue, which we wrote about recently, and Sling TV.
To kick off the service, AT&T will be offering its $60 a month "Go Big" package (100+ channels) at $35, with the huge benefit that you will be locked in at that price for as long as you use the service. Sweetening the deal even more, if you prepay for three months of the "Go Big" package in advance you get an Apple TV for Free. (Insert joke about my name here.)
DirecTV Now will be available on Chrome Cast, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Stick, and obviously Apple TV. The service doesn't launch until November 30th, but you can go to their website to be notified the instant they launch.
The options for cable cutting keep getting better. With so many companies that can now compete across the United States and the world, we have a higher chance for some kind of competitive price war. The reason so many people switch to streaming only is because in some markets they have only one company to work with that until recently had zero incentive to drop their prices.