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‘Batman v Superman’: Aquaman Will Be Powerful & Relevant

Feb 21, 2015 by B. Alan Orange

Interrupting a lot of people’s sleep this past week, director Zack Snyder created quite a lot of Internet buzz by officially revealing Jason Momoa as Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While the entire costume has been picked apart at this point, with the true meaning behind his armor, weapon and tattoos analyzed beyond the breaking point, the movie’s costume designer Michael Wilkinson has come forward to talk about his design and what it means for this iconic character.

Speaking with TooFab, Michael Wilkinson expressed what an honor it was to take on this particular job. The costume designer has previously teamed up with Zack Snyder on Man of Steel, Sucker Punch, Watchmen and 300. About this latest project, he says:

“It has been a thrill and an honor to bring this iconic character to life for a modern audience. Zack Snyder has a brilliant vision for making this character powerful and relevant. I enjoyed designing a costume that reflects this vision and honors the character’s rich legacy.”

Jason Momoa will make his big screen debut as Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though it is rumored that he only has two scenes which amount to nothing more than a glorified cameo. While a solo Aquaman movie is planned for 2018, the character will also appear in 2017′s Justice League Part 1 and 2019′s Justice League Part 2. Now that you’ve had some time to think on it, what are your thoughts on Aquaman’s new surfer look?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

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‘Blue Bloods’ Ratings Hit High, ‘SNL 40? Encore Gives NBC Big Lift, ‘Shark Tank’ Rises As ABC Wins Night In Demo

The last Friday of February sweep was good for the Tom Selleck-led cop family drama, good for Undercover Boss’ Season 6 finale, good for ABC and a very good indication of the staying power of SNL 40.  

While everyone else had originals on last night, NBC filled its entire primetime with an encore of the live February 15 comedy superstar packed special and proceeded to score its best non-sports Friday results among adults 18-49 since the premieres of Grimm and the now cancelled Dracula on October 25, 2013. That 1.5/5 was also a 50% rise from what the network drew overall last week and put NBC in second place among the demo, up from third on February 13 and several weeks previous. Overall, ABC was tops among the key demo for the fourth time this sweep with a 1.6/5 while CBS won total viewership with 10.02 million watching. Stat of the day: that’s the first time ABC has had four Friday February sweep wins since 1995.

While ABC had demo victory, CBS had viewership and that was in no small part thanks to the 11.62 million who watched Blue Bloods (1.5/5) last night. Not only was the drama the most watched show of the night and up from last week’s 11.46 million, but it had a 15% 18-49 rise over last week, which had been even with the week before that. In fact, last night’s demo result was a Season 5 high for the series. The night started off well for CBS with the Season 6 finale of Undercover Boss (1.3/2) not only up 8% from last week but also up 8% from its Season 5 ender of March 14 last year. At 9 PM, it was certainly surf’s up on Hawaii Five-O (1.4/5) as the series rode a 17% lift from last week’s fall.

No such a great ride over on Fox with World’s Funniest Fails (0.8/2) and Glee (0.6/2) both even with their February 13 shows, which in the freshman former’s case means matching a low. It was fall on The CW too with Hart Of Dixie (0.4/2) down 20% from its last original of February 6.

For Friday night demo winner ABC, the big fish of the night was Shark Tank (2.2/7), which was the highest-rated show of the night and up 22% from last week’s dip to tie a season high. Among viewers, the entrepreneur reality show had 8.4 million watching – that’s the second best total audience Shark Tank has had in six seasons. Actually there might be a whale of a sort in the ABC ocean last night too as lead-out 20/20 (1.6/5) leaped 33% from its February 13 show. Starting the night off, comedies Last Man Standing (1.3/5) and Cristela (0.9/3) were even and down 10% from last week respectively.

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‘Mission: Impossible 5′ Resumes Shooting; Photos Revealed

Yesterday, it was widely reported that production had halted on the set of Mission: Impossible 5 so that the big climactic finale could be reworked. It seems that report, which generated at The Hollywood Reporter, was a little late in its arrival. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed today that, while shooting did stop, it was just over the course of this past week, and everything was back up and running last night.

In fact, a number of photos have come in from the set, as Tom Cruise filmed a late night action sequence as Ethan Hunt, running through the streets of London. Entertainment Weekly reports that the ending of the film only needed to be slightly tweaked, and what we see in these images is the revised finale as it comes together. The initial THR report claims that director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise were working with a third unidentified writer to improve the movie’s third act. Christopher McQuarrie sent out a Tweet last night in response to that, which you can see below. He is clearly poking fun at the trade publication.

Mission: Impossible 5 was moved from it’s December debut date to get away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It will now open on July 31, with this production halt not expected to change that. The short hiatus will not impact the rest of the film’s production schedule. There are no plot details at the moment. But maybe you can figure out what is going on in these latest images:

Live, from the set of the #MI5 finale, the “unknown writer” sends his regards to @thr before cashing his paycheck. pic.twitter.com/OEk2pWvT46

— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) February 21, 2015

[email protected] films Mission: Impossible 5 scenes in the middle of a busy #London road http://t.co/aDugoAAhI1#MI5Diarypic.twitter.com/MZvNsfwUwt

— Tom Cruise Blog (@tomcruiseblog) February 21, 2015

Mission: Impossible…@TomCruise dashes in front of oncoming traffic for movie scene http://t.co/ZKBTi5UANu#MI5Diarypic.twitter.com/r6xGpHREgu

— Tom Cruise Blog (@tomcruiseblog) February 21, 2015

Tom Cruise’s #MissionImpossible5 has resumed shooting after it was halted for a week: http://t.co/mfie7GHZtBpic.twitter.com/K5BVn9U2L3

— JustJared.com (@JustJared) February 21, 2015

New photos from the London set of Mission: Impossible V have arrived online. http://t.co/e5fx1b5XHYpic.twitter.com/5geCTlYuck

— Movienewz.com (@movienewz) February 21, 2015

Tom Cruise. Either running for a night bus or filming Mission: Impossible 5. One of the two. http://t.co/Ey8zxdyHK1pic.twitter.com/ZJB6w0qclF

— The Sun Showbiz (@TheSunShowbiz) February 21, 2015

Some Mission Impossible 5 set photos have been released. Hit the link for more. (http://t.co/HOaT7MvDky) pic.twitter.com/cPRJ5jj7SS

— Cinema Attack (@CinemaAttack) February 21, 2015

Wow – things got a bit hairy for Tom Cruise while filming Mission Impossible

http://t.co/Rs2lkillVppic.twitter.com/S12YYZuSAO

— Mirror Celeb (@MirrorCeleb) February 21, 2015

Mission: Impossible 5 comes to theaters July 31st, 2015 and stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, America Olivo. The film is directed by Christopher McQuarrie.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Begins Shooting in Fall 2015

Feb 21, 2015 by B. Alan Orange

Yesterday, it was announced that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Gal Gadot has taken on a key role in the new comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses. With that news came the announcement that her standalone Wonder Woman movie will begin shooting this coming fall. There is no further information about the project, or an exact start date. The movie will be released summer 2017.

Gal Gadot will first appear as Wonder Woman in next March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is set to pave the way for Justice League Part 1, which also opens in 2017. Gal Gadot has already wrapped her role as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Zack Snyder revealing her in costume at last year’s Comic-Con.

Michelle Maxwell MacLaren, known for directing some of the most important episodes of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, will helm Diana Prince’s first ever big screen adventure. Jason Fuchs, who recently penned Pan for Warner Bros., is taking on the script for Wonder Woman. No story details have been revealed at this time, but it’s believed the movie will begin in the 1920s, and may skip through various time periods to show that Diana Prince doesn’t age. This solo outing is rumored to take place before the events seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

More recent rumors suggest that Warner Bros. is planning a trilogy for Wonder Woman. We will reportedly see her first encounter with the world outside of Themyscira. And if Diana is indeed living life in the USA in the early part of the last century, she will discover that not all people are treated equal, as she leads the fight for equal rights.

Wonder Woman comes to theaters June 23rd, 2017 and stars Gal Gadot.

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‘Spider-Man’: Donald Glover Ends Miles Morales Campaign

Way back in 2010, when Sony Pictures was rebooting their Spider-Man franchise, a grassroots fan campaign sprung up for Community star Donald Glover to play the Miles Morales version of the web slinger, which the actor himself embraced. Despite a strong campaign, the studio eventually went with Andrew Garfield, who starred in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now, of course, Sony is rebooting the character once more, and, while promoting his new thriller The Lazarus Effect, in theaters February 27, Donald Glover was asked if he planned on campaigning for the role once again. Unfortunately for Donald Glover fans, the actor said he would still be honored to play Spider-Man, but it isn’t something he will actively pursue.

“Of course, I would always be honored to play Spider-Man. It’s Spider-Man. But I just want the Spider-Man movie to be dope, that’s all I want. I’m leaving it to them. Campaigning’s part of life, but for me, I’ve got a lot of stuff that I’m really excited about, and dropping it all. Of course it’d be an honor. But it’s fine, if it comes, if not.”

The actor will be voicing Miles Morales, who, in the comic books eventually took over the Spider-Man mantle, in the animated TV series Ultimate Spider-Man. When asked if that could be a “stepping stone” to playing the character in a live-action movie, the actor had this to say.

“It was definitely fun doing it, but I’m playing a kid. The guy who is actually doing the actual Spider-Man (in the show) is younger than me, so it’s a different kind of feel. I couldn’t do that in the movie, definitely, but it’s fun to see Spider-Man like that.”

When asked, if he were to play Spider-Man, how he would make the role different, the actor had this to say.

“The thing I liked about Spider-Man the most is he felt misunderstood. That’s what always drew me to Spider-Man, that I always dealt with.”

Do you think Donald Glover should play the new Spider-Man? The character will be first introduced in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War next year, before getting his own Spider-Man adventure, which hits theaters in November 2017. Chime in with your thoughts, and take a look at Donald Glover’s video interview below.

Spider-Man comes to theaters July 28th, 2017. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

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Ryan Reynolds Thanks Fans for Getting ‘Deadpool’ Made

Earlier this month, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds revealed that the test footage which leaked last year was “100% responsible” for this long-awaited comic book adaptation getting the green light, with production beginning in the actor’s hometown of Vancouver next month. Of course, it wasn’t just the footage being leaked that lead to the green light, but also the fans’ overwhelmingly positive response to the video, which the actor acknowledged in a tweet to his 89,000 followers earlier today.

In another tweet from earlier this week, the actor acknowledges new cast members Gina Carano, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein and Morena Baccarin, stating that he, “can’t wait for us all to snap our fingers menacingly to the Cats Soundtrack.” Does this mean that there will be some sort of musical number featured in Deadpool? We can’t say for sure, but Ryan Reynolds did say last month that they will get “to make the movie we want to make.” There are still a number of characters left to be cast, including “Ridge,” “Lindsay,” “Simon,” “Shirlie,” “Kathy,” “Keren,” and “Albert,” according to a recent casting call, but hopefully the cast will be rounded out very soon.

Tim Miller is directing from a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, with 20th Century Fox setting a February 12, 2016 release date. The studio hasn’t released any official story details yet, but with production set to begin in just a few weeks, hopefully we’ll learn much more about Deadpool before shooting begins. Take a look at Ryan Reynolds’ tweets, and chime in with your thoughts below. Hopefully the actor will use his Twitter account to share photos from the set, but we’ll have to wait and see.

People keep thanking me for getting Deadpool made. I didn’t get it made. YOU did. The internet put Fox in a hammerlock death-grip. #sayuncle

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 20, 2015

Can’t wait for us all to snap our fingers menacingly to the Cats Soundtrack. @[email protected]@[email protected]#deadpool

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 19, 2015

Deadpool comes to theaters February 12th, 2016 and stars Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Opening Scene Revealed?

Feb 20, 2015 by Brian Gallagher

With just under 10 months until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, Disney and LucasFilm still haven’t given fans any official plot description, and all we have to go on is the first teaser trailer that debuted in late November. While we wait for the first full-length trailer and confirmed plot details, yet another unconfirmed rumor has surfaced from Making Star Wars, which reveals the opening sequences of director J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi adventure. There will be potential SPOILERS from here on out, so read on at your own risk.

One of the early Star Wars rumors revealed that the movie opened with a severed hand and a lightsaber falling through space before landing in a desert, where the hand and lightsaber are found by Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). Subsequent reports claim that the severed hand is not a part of this scene, which is backed up by this new report that reveals the movie does open with a lightsaber falling through space, landing in a “savannah environment” during the day. The weapon is found by a farmer named Naka, who ignites it and accidentally starts a fire. Naka takes the weapon to a character known as The Vicar, who is presumably the character played by Max von Sydow.

The Vicar contacts the Rebels, which brings the X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) to the planet, although he is ultimately followed by the Empire. After seeing a wave of Stormtroopers, Poe puts the lightsaber in the ball droid BB-8, and sends him on his way as he fights off the Stormtroopers. At the same time, Stormtrooper Finn just watched his best friend die in battle, and also let a few innocent villagers escape unharmed. This causes Kylo Ren to throw Finn in the brig, where he meets Poe Dameron. There have been previous reports that Finn and Dameron team up to escape the brig and steal a TIE Fighter, which appear to be true, according to this report. What do you think about these new details? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more information on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Mother Jones Concerned For Bureau Chief’s Safety After Bill O’Reilly Calls For Him To Be In “Kill Zone”

The editors in chief at Mother Jones this morning sent this email/letter to Fox News EVP of Programming Bill Shine and one of the network’s communications execs, saying it is concerned for its Washington bureau chief’s safety after O’Reilly called for him to be “in the kill zone.”

Mother Jones writer David Corn yesterday responded to Bill O’Reilly’s comments on the magazine’s piece about O’Reilly’s claims regarding his work for CBS News covering the Falklands war, saying “A discerning reader of Deadline can easily see that Bill O’Reilly is hiding behind name-calling, rather than dealing with the substance of the matter,” and that Mother Jones sent O’Reilly a long list of detailed questions about his comments regarding his experience as a war reporter. ” He and Fox News declined to respond. Instead, O’Reilly hurls invective, seemingly to distract,” Corn told Deadline.

“It’s a total hit piece,” Bill O’Reilly told Deadline about the report Corn wrote in Mother Jones about O’Reilly’s claims in re his coverage of Falklands war. In the post, Corn said some of O’Reilly’s stories “don’t withstand scrutiny — even claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never set foot in.”

O’Reilly blasted the piece to other news outlets as well, and is continuing to do so today — during which he has been quoted by at least one outlet, TV Newser, as saying he expected those reporters with whom he spoke to “verify what I’m saying, because it’s easily verifiable, then I expect David Corn to be in the kill zone.”

Mother Jones’ EIC’s fired off this letter this morning to the Fox News execs (we have reached out to FNC for comment):

We are writing with alarm about Bill O’Reilly’s response to our report investigating his characterizations of his reporting in “war zones.” We welcome criticism, but calling for our reporter “to be in the kill zone” crosses a line.  Like everyone in media today, we are concerned about the safety of our staff. We’d have hoped that statements with this kind of violent tone would not come from a fellow media professional.

For a full day before publishing the story, starting at  8:30 a.m., Mother Jones sought comment or clarification from Fox News.  This included sending emails with a detailed list of questions. After multiple calls and emails to you both went unanswered, we published the story at  5:26 p.m.

After the article was posted, Mr. O’Reilly spoke to multiple reporters for other outlets. He did not address the substance of the article. Instead, he called David Corn “a liar,” “a guttersnipe,” “a disgusting piece of garbage,” and “a left-wing  assassin.” He suggested that Corn deserved to be “in the kill zone.”

Mr ‘Reilly has indicated that he plans to address the Mother Jones story on his show tonight. He should use that occasion to renounce his “kill zone” remark and apologize. If he does not, he should issue a separate statement renouncing the remark and apologizing.

We would appreciate a response. And of course, we remain very interested in any comments responding to the article itself.

Sincerely,
Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery
Co-Editors
Mother Jones