New ‘Aquaman’ movie in the works with two competing scripts


So it was a running gag on “Entourage” a few years back … but Warners is working on an ‘Aquaman’ movie and there are two, competing scripts in the works.

From The Wrap:

“Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad are writing separate takes on the water-loving superhero

A standalone “Aquaman” movie is swimming its way towards the big screen, as Warner Bros. has hired Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad to write separate screenplays in an effort to speed up the development process, an individual familiar with the studio’s plan has told TheWrap.

Jason Momoa will play Aquaman in Zack Snyder‘s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and its follow-up, “Justice League,” though Warners has yet to confirm Momoa’s role.

Aquaman is expected to play a minor role in “Batman v Superman” before becoming a more central character in “Justice League.”

Johnstad has worked with Snyder before on “300,” while Beall has worked with Warner Bros. before on “Gangster Squad.”

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‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Blu-Ray cover art and special features revealed


Director Doug Liman’s sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow was a big hit with critics when it hit theaters earlier this year. Now, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that you can now Live, Die, Repeat from the comfort of your living room when the film lands on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD October 7.

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‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’ Trailer


This is why I avoid “historical” movies.  First off, however Moses and Ramses looked, they weren’t white.  This is because white people (as in:  people that look like Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton) aren’t native to that region.

Now there were conquests made by Europeans, primarily Alexander the Great, but that was significantly after Moses would had been on the scene.

For instance, Egypt geographically neighbors Nubia.  The two countries were often in conflict–which is why some hieroglyphs contain figures that are darker-pigmented than others.

There was a period though, when Nubia conquered Egypt, and the Nubian rulers adopted the mores of Egypt, ruling that country for a period of time.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Watch the Dancing Baby Groot scene officially online!

Still need to see this movie.


Marvel Studios in their infinite wisdom have seen how one sequence from Guardians of the Galaxy in particular has taken the internet by storm, and we’re referring to of course none other than tiny Groot in a plant dancing to The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” Now that it’s become so popular, Marvel Studios (via Yahoo!) have decided to put the scene online officially.

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‘Interstellar’ reveals two news stills featuring McConaughey and Hathaway


The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly hit stands today and it features two new images from Christopher Nolan’s upcoming science fiction tale, Interstellar.  Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

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Brett Ratner’s “Hercules” – Review and Trailer

Who knew that a 4,000-year-old man had such staying power.

g2lgi4suozw8dmtakrnofour-stars4I can’t believe two Hercules movies were released in 2014 in the span of seven months. I can’t believe that I paid money to watch both of them.

Two things before we begin: again, Hercules movies are never remembered for the plot, and while he may be Hollywood’s current franchise Viagra, Dwayne Johnson hasn’t made many quality standalone films. Therefore, who would’ve guessed in a million years that another freakin’ Hercules story— this one directed by Brett Ratner and adapted from the 2008 graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars by Steve Moore (who died only four months prior to the film‘s release)— would give us life? Among the obligatory close-ups of The Rock’s rock-hard bod is a picture that succeeds in finally lending some big-screen dignity to the character. Hey, it only took 57 years.

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Music In The Movies

And, ironically, Simple Minds didn’t even write the title track — ubiquitous 1980s producer Keith Forsey, who also worked with Psychedelic Furs, among others, did.

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The other day, I heard a couple of notes of Simple Minds‘ Don’t You (Forget About Me).  Of course, I immediately remembered the final scene in The Breakfast Club, when Judd Nelson walks away from the school.  It was such a perfect match of film and song.   It got me thinking, what are some of the best and worst uses of popular music in the movies?  I say popular music to distinguish it from a musical score commissioned for a specific film (e.g., John Williams’ Star Wars or Superman themes, or  Lionel Bart‘s songs for Oliver!).

In addition to the song above, I must add Tears For Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule The World played in the final popcorn scene in Real Genius.

There is more (hint: Kubrick) after the jump.

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Three Films You Should Be Excited For (Even If You’re Not)

OK. Looking forward to “The Great Gatsby.” Even if I am profoundly nervous.


It’s Summer Blockbuster season, a time when it’s easy (and perfectly understandable) to get completely mesmerized  and distracted by the over-VFX‘d, over-hyped, and over-budgeted tentpole franchise films.

Don’t get me wrong, I lie awake at night in anticipation of The Dark Night Rises, Amazing Spider-Man, and Skyfall (not out until November), but there are a few other flicks flying under the radar amid the ridiculousness of the 3D trailers in theatres now that I’m loosing just as much (if not more) sleep waiting for.

So in case you get all your movie salivation from Tribute Magazine or the $6 tie-in Coca-Cola cup at your neighbourhood Googleplex, here are a few lesser-hyped flicks that you should get pumped about, even if they’re not based on a comic book franchise.

The Great Gatsby

Say what you want about Baz Lurhmann‘s absolutely flamboyant filmmaking style, I’d argue that both Romeo + Juliet…

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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

An absolute classic.

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John Huston’s adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel The Maltese Falcon is one of those Hollywood warhorses about which it is just about impossible to say anything original. So I’ll start with something someone else has said about it which is still of interest. In a retrospective look at the film in 1960, Dwight Macdonald wrote “I think John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon is the best crime picture ever made in Hollywood…because [it] shows movie types behaving realistically instead of in the usual terms of romantic cliché.” [1]

Realism is probably not the first word that comes to mind today when people think about Falcon. Quite the opposite, people are likely to think of the stylized characters, the obviously contrived and synthetic story, the “hard boiled” dialog and of course, the panoply of fedoras, shoulder-pads, shiny over-sized cars and non-stop smoking that seems (rightly or wrongly) “so ’40s.” There is…

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James Cameron to direct three “Avatar” movies at the same time.

This is, of course, putting aside the question of whether the world even needs one sequel (let alone three) to the absolutely dreadful and inexplicably popular sci-fi blockbuster that was little more than “Dances with Wolves” in outer space. But it looks like we’re getting sequels whether we want them or not:

ComingSoon reports:

“Back in May, James Cameron was first quoted as saying that there might be four “Avatar” movies in total. With the first one having earned a record $2.782 billion at theaters worldwide, star Sigourney Weaver is now saying the next three will be filmed at the same time. Here are several quotes from an interview with Showbiz 411:

When “Political Animals” finishes shooting, see if you can follow Weaver’s schedule: she goes right into a new Christopher Durang play for a short run at Lincoln Center. Then she films “Avatar” 2, 3, and 4 with James Cameron. That’s right: they’re making three sequels to the blue 3D phenom all at the same time. Weaver says she has no idea how long it will take, or how it’s going to work. “I just show up,” she said.”

Read the full story here.

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