Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
In Theaters – May 27, 2016
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, Ben Hardy
Michael Mann is a terrific director, which is why a blip on the radar like Blackhat can be forgiven considering all of the good he’s given us. And it looks like he’s working his way back into form with his next project – a prequel to his 1995 crime masterpiece Heat.
The news came from Deadline, which also got word of the filmmaker starting his own book house, Michael Mann Books. The prequel will come out as a novel first before being adapted for the big screen.
It’s being said that Mann will work with a stable of writers and that all of the work that comes out under the imprint will also be adapted for television and/or cinematic release. The director will most likely share credit on a number of the books being published, which will cover both fiction and non-fiction.
The Heat prequel will focus on the early years of characters like Al PAcino’s Lt. Vincent Hanna and Robert DeNiro’s criminal Neil McCauley amongst others.
Mann worked on Heat for a decade before finally getting to see it realized. He did extensive research and based the relationship between Hanna and McCauley on their real-life counterparts Det. Chuck Adamson and an ex-Alcatraz inmate named Neil McCauley. He probably has enough stories and material to make a few films at this point…but I’m happy just getting one right now.
The prequel is apparently a major priority for Mann at the moment, so while no release dates have been talked about yet I’d expect to see movement on it sooner rather than later.
The legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli has created a magnificent short film that you've got to see. They beautifully adapt an ancient 12th Century picture scroll. The story is called Choju Jinbutsu Giga, and according to Mashable, it’s considered as being “the earliest records of Japanese manga.” I included a couple images from the original scroll below the video. It’s pretty damn cool seeing it brought to life like this.
The short was commissioned by Japanese energy company Marubeni Shin Denryoku as a commercial, and the purpose was to highlight the ecological issues that the modern world is quick to forget about.
This should tide you over until we see anything from the film project that they’re currently working on called The Red Turtle.
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's feature film adaptation of the comic book Lobo is back in development! There hasn't been much news on the project since Dwayne Johnsonconfirmed he might play the title character back in 2012.
According to TheWrap, the studio has hired Wonder Woman screenwriter Jason Fuchs to write the script for the movie. They must have liked what he did with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine's upcoming film.
According to the report, Fuchs is going to start from scratch on the script with his own take on Lobo. Just in case you need a reminder, Lobo is a comic book character from the '90s and is an alien who works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter.
The site says that Brad Peyton (San Andreas) is signed on to direct the movie, which he's been attached to since 2012. Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman are also still producing. The report doesn't mention anything about Johnson still being involved, but with Peyton still on board, I guess there's still a chance.
I thought Margot Robbie was fantastic in the role of Naomi Lapaglia in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. That role could have gone to another great actress, though, if she hadn’t been too old for the part. That actress is Tron: Legacy’s Olivia Wilde, and in an interview with the Howard Stern Show, she talked about her experience with finding out this news, saying:
“I had heard for a part that I was too sophisticated. I was like, oh, that sounds nice … and then I found out later that they actually said ‘old.’ ‘Sophisticated’ might be a code word in Hollywood — for ‘old.’”
Wilde was 28 years old at the time, and I don’t know about you, but I think she looks great! I can totally imagine her in the role as well. 28 is also actually closer to the age of the real life of Naomi Lapaglia, whose real name is Nadine Caridi. She was 29 years old when she married Jordan Belfort in 1991.
Robbie was 22 years old when she shot the film, and she was 16 years younger than Leonardo DiCaprio. I’m a big fan of Robbie, but at the same time, I think it’s crazy how Hollywood thinks that a beautiful 28-years-old actress like Wilde was deemed too old for this part.
There is a happy ending to Wilde’s story, though! That audition for The Wolf of Wall Street helped her land her a dream job on the HBO series Vinyl. She also loved what Robbie did in the role. After the interview she tweeted out the following:
My point about not being cast in "Wolf o W-Street" was that we have to trust the process because I ended up with my dream job on "Vinyl". ?
I'm happy to report that Fox has decided to renew their Batman origin story Gotham for a third season! I love what they are doing with this show, and it's great to know that the story of these characters will continue.
The show is doing well and is currently averaging 9 million viewers. The series ranks among this season’s top ten entertainment programs among men 18-49 and is in the season’s top five broadcast dramas among men 18-49 and men 18-34, according to Fox and Nielsen. David Madden, Fox’s President said this in a statement:
“It takes a very special team to tell the tales of Gotham. For the past two seasons, Bruno, Danny and John have masterfully honored the mythology of Gotham and brought it to life with depth, emotion and memorable high drama."
Gotham follows Jim Gordon's rise through "a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time."
This is one of those shows that I don't want to end prematurely. Bruno Heller set out to tell the story of these characters and show the long road of Bruce Wayne and his slow transformation into Batman as well as the villains he'll be taking on in the future. I just want to get to see Heller's vision for this series fully realized. The fact that we are getting a third season is a good sign.
Nike has unveiled a new look at the company's brand new power lacing shoes. These aren't the Nike Air Mags from Back to the Future Part 2, they're an entirely new line called the HyperAdapt 1.0. Take a quick look at the video, then continue on for some more info:
On this model, you'll be able to step into the shoes, hit a sensor in the heel, and the shoes will automatically tighten. There are buttons on the sides that allow for customization so you can manually tighten and loosen them with a few quick pushes.
Tinker Hatfield, one of Nike's designers and the company's VP for Design and Special Projects, had this to say in a statement on Nike's website:
The potential of adaptive lacing for the athlete is huge, Hatfield adds, as it would provide tailored-to-the-moment custom fit. “It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance.”
He concludes, “Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick maneuver? That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive.”
The shoes will be available during this year's holiday season only for Nike+ members, and they'll be in three colors.
While Marvel Studios and Marvel TV have created movies and shows that occupy the same cinematic universe, which allows characters to freely jump back and forth between the two mediums, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have used a different tactic enacting their grand plan. Unless one of their films introduces the concept of parallel universes, it seems unlikely that actors from shows like Arrow and The Flash will pop up in the live action features, especially since the studio has already cast Ezra Miller as Barry Allen for a planned solo film and left actor Grant Gustin hanging on the small screen.
But it looks like A) either the cast of The Flash doesn't have any hard feelings about getting shafted, or B) they're contractually obligated to talk about other DC-related projects, because The CW has released a video of a few members of the cast talking about who they think will win in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That film arrives in theaters next Friday, and both Arrow and The Flash return to TV next week. Check out the video, along with a couple of quick promos for the new TV episodes below.
Last year, we saw the end of The Hunger Games franchise. Unfortunately, for some people it didn’t really bring a satisfying conclusion. But I have to admit the finale left me with huge expectations — not for another movie, but for something else. Ever since the opening, I’ve been so looking forward to watching Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, and finally I had my 5 minutes of genuine laughs delivered like hot pizza in a box!
Screen Junkies have neither mercy nor pity for the second part of this finale. Staring “Katniss Everdone With These Movies," "A Waste of a Perfectly Good Tucci," and many more, the Honest Trailer once again stripped off every single delusion about the movie, leaving it with nothing else but its true boring nature and storyline. Enjoy!
We're still a ways out from our official review of Hitman, but let's just say so far things are looking incredibly good! First off let me say that far and away this has been the most impressive Hitman title to date for me personally...read more on Gametyrant