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- It’s the mashup you never knew you ever wanted, but which you should be really happy is here anyway! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Fifty Shades of Gandalf the Grey!
- When it comes to the upcoming Minority Report TV adaptation, I guess you could say that things are looking good. And that’s because Think Like A Man actress Megan Good (I’m sorry) has landed the lead role in the planned series, which is being described as “a sequel to the Steven Spielberg-directed movie set 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. One of the three Precogs, Dash, struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions of the future, when he meets a detective, Lara Vega (Good), who’s not afraid to break a few rules. Haunted by her past, Vega just might help him find a purpose to his gift.”
Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein is penning the TV series’ pilot while Ali G‘s Mark Mylod directs.
- With the current superhero boom, everybody wants superpowers, and thanks to the likes of the Flash and Quicksilver, most people will probably consider super-speed as their power of choice. Except, super-speed is a really, really bad idea, according to the guys at GeekTyrant.
- Poster of the day: Birdman
- While seeing fantastical elements brought to life on-screen through incredible CG is always impressive, what really gets me is where the CG is used to create completely life-like scenes that you didn’t even know was CG. Like the fake tennis court in Wolf of Wall Street or how a sex scene in Supernova between James Spader and Angela Basset featured totally different actors who didn’t even have the same skin tone! Both of those are just some of the many examples on Cracked’s list of 31 Mind Blowing Ordinary Scenes You Won’t Believe Are CGI.
- Bruce Willis has officially entered the Nicolas Cage stage of his career, pretty much just saying yes to any ratty script that hits his desk, the result of which has been a string of straight to DVD titles that should have been straight to the garbage. Luckily, he will have one less project to assault us with now (and pay off whatever massive debt he has that is clearly forcing him to take all these gigs – that’s the only logical explanation), as action-thriller Wake, which Willis had been busy shooting in Cleveland, has been shut down due to financial problems.
- I hope you have some tissues handy, as you’re about to need them when you read this letter that Benedict Cumberbatch wrote to the family of Eve Shepherd, a 14-year old Sherlock fan who recently passed away after suffering with complications from her birth that resulted in her needing over 200 surgeries in her short life. Cumberbatch’s letter was read out at young Eve’s funeral, which took place this past Monday.
- Following on from Robert Downey Jr’s reveal of a new Iron Man character poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron yesterday, Mark Ruffalo has now got in on the action debuting a Hulk character poster. I’m guess that we should expect this from all the main cast of the next few days.
HULK NOT SHAVE ARMPITS!
- Oh and in case you were wondering, Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to have one crazy big finale, all because people don’t know how to deny writer-director Joss Whedon.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron got larger than the first film. I didn’t mean for it to get larger, but the climax that I pitched was completely unhinged and nobody said no, so that’s that.”
- After the gigantic success of District 9, the bar was always going to be high for Neill Blomkamp’s next film. But even with those lofty standards, it’s hard to deny that with Elysium‘s clumsy politics and shaky scripting it fell a tad bit short of the mark, despite boasting some jaw-dropping production design and some really cool sci-fi concepts (also possibly the first Afrikaans cyborg ninja hobo ever put on-screen). And the first person to recognize that is Blomkamp himself, who admits – in a refreshing moment of candor from a big Hollywood director – that none of the blame can be laid at the studio, but rather it’s all on him.
“No, any frustration I feel with Elysium is with myself. I think I’m lucky, at least for this phase of my career, I’m lucky in the sense that I don’t feel a lot of pressures I think other directors feel. I don’t have District 9 be successful and then have Elysium be not successful and then beat myself up over it because of how the audience perceives them. I don’t have that. It definitely doesn’t bother me. The thing that bothers me is if I feel like I f*cked it up. I feel like, ultimately, the story is not the right story. I still think the satirical idea of a ring, filled with rich people, hovering above the impoverished Earth, is an awesome idea. I love it so much, I almost want to go back and do it correctly. But I just think the script wasn’t… I just didn’t make a good enough film is ultimately what it is.”
- Hey, this is a movie site! And this is a feature called Extras! So what better way to end off today than with a clip of the best worst movie extras of all time! And no, I’m not referring to any bad puns I may have made over the last few years.
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Last Updated: February 27, 2015