Screenwriter John August Shares His Rejected CATWOMAN Movie Pitch and How a Studio Exec Responded To It

John August, the writer behind films such as Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, and Frankenweenie, has shared details on a pitch he made to Warner Bros. for a solo Catwoman film back in 1998. 

After Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman in Batman Returns the popularity of the character exploded. They spent years trying to get the film off the ground until finally in 2004 they made that movie with Halle Berry, which was terrible! 

August's version of the film seemed like it would have been much better! But, the studio had no idea what they wanted from it. His first initial tweet says it all:

Yeah, that's totally sounds like something that a studio executive would say in the 90s. August then proceed to share the following story details for his pitch:

It's a shame that Warner Bros. didn't know a decent story for the character when it was staring them right in the face. Some might argue that not much has changed about the studio over the years in regards to their DC film properties. 

What do you think about the August's pitch for Catwoman?

Thanksgiving Dinner Gets Brutal When Family Starts Talking Politics in Trailer For THE OATH

Some people enjoy getting together with friends and family during Thanksgiving, while others loathe it because of all the family drama that can potentially be unleashed. This upcoming film, The Oath, focuses on the later as things get completely out of control when a family starts discussing a new White House policy at the dinner table. It's a fun dark comedy that is a commentary on the political climate that we currently find ourselves in the middle of. 

The film stars Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish and it comes from the producers of Get Out and BlacKkKlansman. Here's what the film is about:

A controversial White House policy turns family member against family member in The Oath, a savagely funny dark comedy about surviving life and Thanksgiving in the age of political tribalism. When Chris (Ike Barinholtz), a high-strung 24-hour progressive news junkie, and his more levelheaded wife Kai (Tiffany Haddish) learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the President, their reaction is disbelief, followed by idealistic refusal. But as the Thanksgiving deadline to sign approaches, the combination of sparring relatives, Chris’s own agitation and the unexpected arrival of two government agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) sends an already tense holiday dinner gathering completely off the rails.

The Oath hits theaters this fall on October 12, 2018.

Review: PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH Was One Hell of a Sick and Twisted Blood and Gore Party

For those of you who twisted horror fans that enjoy insane amounts of crazy blood and gore in their movies, you're going to love the hell out of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. Look, the Puppet Master film franchise isn't for the normal movie-going audiences. It's kind of a silly franchise, I know, but I can't help but enjoy these films! I love the campiness of them and how crazy brutal they can be in terms of blood, gore, and violence. 

So, when I got invited to an early screening of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich I had to go! I was already excited about the movie because it was written by the writer and director of Bone TomahawkS. Craig Zahler. I had to see what kind of demented story he came up with for the Puppet Master franchise!

Well, the story he came up with is set at a convention where a bunch of people who have been collecting these killer puppets over the years gathers together to auction them off. As you might imagine all hell breaks loose and the puppets come to life and go on a psychotic bloody killing spree of insanity. 

The film centers around a man named Edgar (Thomas Lennon) who returns to his childhood home after being divorced to reassess his life. While he's rummaging through his deceased brother's old bedroom, he discovers a Blade puppet in mint condition. So, to grab some quick cash he sets off on a road trip to the convention in Oregon with his new girlfriend Ashley (Jenny Pellicer) and his comic book nerd friend Markowitz (Nelson Franklin) to sell the puppet. The convention is being put on to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. As you might expect there are a lot of nutty characters.

Once the puppets come to life at the convention, there's no stopping the unbelievably berserk carnage that follows. If you're a fan of this franchise, you're in for a real treat because this might just be the most jacked-up film in the franchise. There are visuals burnt into my brain that cannot be unseen. I'm not going to spoil any these things for you, but they sure did come up with some over-the-top and unique death scenes. Seriously.... wow! There were some shocking scenes that had the audience bursting into laughter and had others left with their jaws dropping to the sticky floor of the theater.

The violence in this movie is relentless and they don't hold back. In fact, they had no problem crossing line with some things. They just went for it and you can tell from the audience that what they went for paid off. This is certainly not a film for anyone that is easily offended. 

If you aren't familiar with the Puppet Master franchise, you need to know before watching this that these films are meant to be campy. This movie knows what it is and they have a shit ton of fun playing around with that. The whole campiness aspect of the film is what makes these kinds of movies so damn fun to watch. If you enjoy watching classic 80s B horror films, you'll probably dig this. But, there's also the chance it just might be too much for you. 

The ridiculous dialogue, the holes in the plot, the choppy editing, and all the things that don't make sense... it's all part of the films deranged charm. I can't wait to see more of the films that Fangoria makes! You can watch the trailer for Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich below.

I'm really curious to see what people think about this movie, especially hardcore horror movie fans.

Damon Lindelof’s WATCHMEN Officially Ordered to Series By HBO

HBO has officially ordered Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen to series and I'm pretty excited about that. The series is based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons DC graphic novel, but the series will not be an adaptation of that. It will be set in the same alternate history universe where superheroes are treated as outlaws, but the story will focus on a whole new present day setting and characters.

This series will expand on that universe and Lindelof has stressed that he would not be messing with the original story, which is the best way to handle the material without pissing off the fans. The official description released is as follows:

"Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own."

When talking about the new characters that will fill the story, Lindelof said:

"Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them. We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising yet familiar set of eyes…and it is here we will be taking our greatest risks."

The cast for the series includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.

Lindelof will write and executive produce the series and Nicole Kassell will direct and executive produce. 

Source: Variety

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE Gets 3 New Unsettling Promo Spots and an Image

We've got three new eerie promo spots to share with you for FX's upcoming American Horror Story: Apocalypse. Those promos are titled "Radio Active Mist", "Fig", and "Hand Out". As you'd imagine, they're all full of unsettling imagery. I also included a new promo image that was released.

Not much is known about the plot of Apocalypse but it's set in the not-too-distant future and creator Ryan Murphy previously revealed that it would be a crossover with Murder House (Season 1) and Coven (Season 3). He also said, "It’s a season unlike anything we’ve done because there’s a big hook to it. There’s a huge thing that happens in episode 5.” Judging by the promo there's also an apocalyptic theme.

The cast also includes Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd and Adina PorterJoan Collins has also been cast and will play the grandmother of Evan Peters’ character. Peters is said to play a "comedic hairdresser." Cody Fern will play Michael Langdon a.k.a. The Anti-Christ, and Jessica Lang has also joined the series to reprise her role from the first season! UnReal star Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Kyle Allen of The Path have also joined the horror anthology as guest stars. 

American Horror Story: Apocalypse will premiere on FX on September 12th.

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The Cast and Director of WONDER WOMAN 1984 Pose For a BREAKFAST CLUB-Style Photo

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Here's a great photo featuring director Patty Jenkins and the cast of Wonder Woman 1984 recreating the iconic image from John Hughes' classic 1985 film The Breakfast Club. The photo features Gal Gadot as Molly Ringwald's Claire Standish; Pedro Pascal as Emilio Estevez's Andrew Clark; Chris Pine as Anthony Michael Hall's Brian Johnson; Kristen Wiig as Ally Sheedy's Allison Reynolds; and Patty Jenkins as Judd Nelson's John Bender.

The photo was originally posted by Pascal on his Instagram account but has since been deleted for some reason. But, because this is the Internet, the photo lives on and you can see in full below. It's a fun tribute to the 80s. 

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When previously talking about the film during Comic-Con, Gal Gadot said, “[Wonder Woman 1984 is] not a sequel, it’s a different chapter, it’s a whole new movie.” Director Patty Jenkins added, “I want to make great movies. I realized I have these characters that I love, this world that I love, and we can make this whole new movie about something pure and strong and unique as the first one, of course, I want to do that." When addressing why the movie was set in the 80s, Jenkins said that it was because the '80s "was mankind at their best and worst."

The story is set in 1984 and is said to follow Diana Prince as she reunites with Steve Trevor to fight evil. The movie also stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Kristen Wiig as Cheetah. 

The screenplay was written by director Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns, and Dave Callaham. The film will be released on November 1, 2019.

Via: Screen Rant

Take To The Skies in This First Fun Trailer For STAR WARS RESISTANCE!

The first trailer for Lucasfilm's new animated series Star Wars Resistance has arrived giving us our first real look at what we can expect from the new Star Wars show. It looks like it could be a lot of fun! It definitely has a different style and vibe than the previous animated series. Regardless of the style, though, as long as it tells a good compelling story, I'll be happy. Speaking of which we have some new details on the story!

When the show was first announced, we learned that it would revolve around a character named Kazuda Xiono, who is described as "a young pilot recruited by the Resistance whose mission is to spy on the growing threat of the First Order." We also knew that Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) would be a part of this new Star Wars adventure. The press release goes on to reveal: 

“While undercover, Kaz works as a mechanic and lives with Poe’s old friend Yeager, a veteran pilot who operates a starship repair shop run by his crew: Tam, Neeku and their old battered astromech droid, Bucket. Kaz soon finds himself in over his head with his newfound friend BB-8 as he’ll have to compete in dangerous sky races, keep his mission a secret from his newfound family, and avoid the danger of the First Order.”

When previously talking about the series, creator and executive producer Dave Filoni talked about the inspiration behind it:

"The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots. My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that's been a big influence on me. There's a long history of high-speed racing in Star Wars, and I think we've captured that sense of excitement in an anime-inspired style, which is something the entire team has been wanting to do for a long time."

The rest of the voice cast includes Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives), Suzie McGrath (East Enders), Scott Lawrence(Legion), Myrna Velasco (Elena of Avalor), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Donald Faison(Scrubs), Bobby Moynihan (DuckTales), Jim Rash (Community) and Rachel Butera(Tammy's Tiny Tea Time). Here's the synopsis:

Resistance fighter Poe Dameron tasks young pilot Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono with spying on the First Order. At the time, little was known about the secretive organization and its strength.

In order to fulfill his mission, Kaz travels to the space station Colossus, which is being used by many ships as a port to refuel and do repairs. However, there are also dangerous races taking place there. After Kaz bragged with his piloting skills at his arrival there, he is soon drawn into one of the races…

The first season of Star Wars Resistance will run for 22 episodes, and the first episode will be titled "The Recruit." The show will make its debut in October on Disney XD. Watch the trailer and tell us what you think!

Liam Neeson’s Snowplow Action Thriller HARD POWDER Has a Release Date

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Liam Neeson is making another revenge action thriller called Hard Powder. In this one, the actor plays a badass snowplow operator in Colorado whose life is turned upside down when his son is murdered by the powerful local drug kingpin. So, Neeson sets out on a vengeful crusade and in the process sparks a turf war between a Viking gangster and a Native American mafia boss.

Ya gotta love the action films that Neeson takes on. Summit Entertainment has announced that Hard Powder (I love that title, by the way) will be released on February 8th, 2019 and the movie also stars Emmy Rossum (Shameless), and Laura Dern (Wild). They also released an official synopsis:

Hard Powder follows Nels Coxman (Neeson), a local snowplow operator recently named Citizen of the Year of his small Colorado ski town for keeping the roads open through the winter. Nels’ quiet life with his wife (Dern) abruptly spins out of control when their son is unjustly murdered by a local drug cartel. Taking the law into his own hands with only the tools of an outdoorsman and snowplow driver, Nels sets out to find those responsible but inadvertently ignites a gang war that threatens to engulf the town — unless he ends it first.

The film is based on the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance and it was directed by Hans Petter Moland, the Norwegian filmmaker who also directed the original film. 

Are you looking forward to seeing Liam Neeson kick ass as a snowplow driver!?

Check Out This Screwball Trailer For Aubrey Plaza’s New Film AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN

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Want to see a weird, wild and wacky movie trailer? Well, below you'll find the trailer for a little film called An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn. The movie has a great cast that includes Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, and Jemaine Clement and it was directed by Jim Hosking, who previously directed The Greasy Strangler. This new movie looks a lot more fun than The Greasy Strangler. It definitely looks like a fun screwball movie and you get a taste of that in the synopsis and trailer below:

After getting fired by her scheming husband Shane Danger (Emile Hirsch) from his cappuccino shop, dissatisfied Lulu Danger (Aubrey Plaza) is stunned when a TV commercial for “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn For One Magical Night Only” reveals a mysterious man from her past (Craig Robinson). When Shane and his bumbling cohorts steal the cashbox from Lulu’s adopted vegan brother Adjay (Sam Dissanayake), specialist Colin (Jemaine Clement) enters the fray to retrieve the stolen funds. But Lulu seizes the opportunity to run off in search of her mystery man—and events only become stranger from there. This is a story of love, theft, athletic swimming, and a magical magical event.

The movie will be released on October 19th. Does it look like something you'd want to see?

The BOURNE Franchise Spinoff Series TREADSTONE Picked Up By USA Network

A few months ago it was reported that Heroes creator Tim Kring was developing a Bourne spinoff series called Treadstone. Now it's being reported that USA Network has officially given it a straight to-series order.

Treadstone explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Operation Treadstone — a covert program that uses behavior-modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins. The first season follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions.

There was originally supposed to be a pilot episode made before they ordered the series, but apparently, the network likes the direction the project is going so much, they just decided to skip that phase and give it a full season order. It probably didn't hurt that there's an international distribution deal being negotiated with Amazon as well.

According to Deadline, Amazon Studios president Jennifer Salke was "instrumental in starting the conversations on Treadstone as she had known the project since its inception and was in on the original pitch in her previous role as president of NBC Entertainment."

I'm a fan of the Bourne franchise and I really think a series like this could work. I'm interested in seeing how exactly Kring brings this Treadstone show to life.