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‘Fantastic Four’ Human Torch Costume Revealed!

Jan 26, 2015 by Brian Gallagher

As we await The Fantastic Four trailer, debuting very soon, we saw what the costumes might look like from an artist’s rendition earlier today. Now Collider has debuted a wide-ranging interview with director Josh Trank and producer Simon Kinberg, where they reveal plenty of new information about this highly-anticipated reboot, along with the first two official set photos featuring the director and star Michael B. Jordan in costume as Johnny Storm. While it doesn’t quite look like the artist’s depiction, the costume does appear to have the “vents” that were mentioned in the report from just hours ago. Asked what sets this movie apart from the rest, Josh Trank revealed that his “hard sci-fi take” on the material is similar to David Cronenberg‘s earlier films:

“I would say that the science fiction of it is a big thing that sets it apart from most of the other superhero genre films. I’m a huge David Cronenberg fan, and I always viewed Fantastic Four and the kind of weirdness that happens to these characters and how they’re transformed to really fall in line more with a Cronenberg-ian science fiction tale of something horrible happening to your body and [it] transforming out of control. And the potential for a hard sci-fi take on that material makes me really excited.”

Producer Simon Kinberg added that he thinks the family dynamic between the main four characters is what has always been unique to him:

“One thing that’s unique to it is that it’s always been about a family. Most comic book superhero movies are about a superhero protagonist or a superhero group,” says Kinberg, who also confirms that the “Ultimate Fantastic Four” comics are serving as the film’s primary influence. “But they’re ever really exploring what it is to be family… That’s something we really spent a long time talking about and putting into the film. I think that will differentiate us as well from all of the different superheroes and superhero groups out there.”

The director and producer also confirmed that Philip Glass is working on the score with Marco Beltrami, and that the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics were what influenced them the most for this reboot. Simon Kinberg added that, when the teaser trailer is released, there will be one Easter Egg that fans will be able to see by freeze-framing a certain scene. Take a look at the first photos below, and check out the full interview at Collider.

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The Fantastic Four comes to theaters August 7th, 2015 and stars Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg E. Cathey. The film is directed by Josh Trank.

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Take a First Look at The Fantastic Four Costume Design!

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Our first official look at the costume design for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four has arrived! Collider debuted the above image (which you can click on for a larger version), showing off star Michael B. Jordan in the outfit he’ll be wearing as Johnny Storm. Although the look may not be the blue unstable molecule jumpsuit that fans are familiar with, director John Trank tells the outlet that that’s because he’s going for “a hard sci-fi take” that will “fall in line more with a Cronenberg-ian science fiction tale of something horrible happening to your body and [it] transforming out of control”.

Set to hit theaters on August 7, The Fantastic Four will offer a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team. The story centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

In addition to offering a heavy science fiction tone, the film will, according to writer and producer Simon Kinberg, explore the idea of a superhero family.

“Most comic book superhero movies are about a superhero protagonist or a superhero group,” says Kinberg, who also confirms that the “Ultimate Fantastic Four” comics are serving as the film’s primary influence. “But they’re never really exploring what it is to be family… That’s something we really spent a long time talking about and putting into the film. I think that will differentiate us as well from all of the different superheroes and superhero groups out there.”

Jordan joins Jamie Bell, Kate Mara and Miles Teller as Marvel’s First Family with Toby Kebbell set to play Dr. Doom alongside Reg E. Cathey as Dr. Franklin Storm and Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder, aka The Mole Man. The first trailer for The Fantastic Four is expected to debut before the studio’s Kingsman: The Secret Service when it hits theaters February 13. 

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Is Hasbro Planning a ‘GoBots’ Movie?

Jan 26, 2015 by B. Alan Orange

Are we about to see an epic sci-fi action adventure movie based on the animated series Challenge of the GoBots? We just might! Hasbro, who now own the rights to the transforming toys, has applied for a new Gobots trademark, which seems to indicate they are planning a revival of the dormant property. But in what form will it take? That is not yet known.

The trademark, which is brand new and not a renewal was applied for under ‘distribution of motion pictures, ongoing television programs’ and ‘toys, games and playthings, namely, toy vehicles and accessories for use therewith’. This could simply mean that they are gearing up to launch a new toy line, but it does hint at the possibility of a live-action movie or possibly a new animated series, which could lead to bigger things in the future. To read the trademark documents filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office: Click Here! and Click Here!

Much like the far more popular Transformers, which has been turned into a lucrative movie franchise, GoBots features vehicles that can transform into robots. They were produced by Tonka from 1983 to 1987, and was always seen as a competing franchise to Transformers. That was until Tonka’s Gobots became the intellectual property of Hasbro after their buyout of Tonka in 1991. The Challenge of the GoBots animated TV series debuted as a 5-part miniseries in 1984, and then became a regular series in 1985. It in turned spawned the 1986 animated feature film GoBots: War of the Rock Lords.

Hasbro only owns the fictional side of the GoBots franchise, which includes character names, robot bios and story lines. They do not, however, own the toy likenesses, which were only licensed from Bandai in the 80s, and not part of the Tonka acquisition. If Hasbro moves forward with GoBots in any iteration, the look of the toys and characters will be completely different than what fans remember. If a movie happens, it will, in fact, be a complete reboot, at least visually speaking. What do you think? Do you want to see GoBots resurrected as a new big screen property?

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‘Turbo Kid’ Trailer: A Post-Apocalyptic BMX Adventure

Jan 26, 2015 by Brian Gallagher

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival is currently in full swing, with tonight marking the world premiere of the futuristic coming-of-age thriller Turbo Kid. If you aren’t in Park City, Utah to check it out, Epic Pictures has just released the first trailer for the feature film debut of directors Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell. The movie first began as a short film, as a contest entry for the horror anthology The ABCs of Death. While it eventually lost out to Lee Hardcastle‘s T is for Toilet, producer Ant Timpson asked the filmmakers if they would consider turning their story into a full-length feature.

The story is set in the ruined post-apocalyptic world of 1997, and follows an orphan known as The Kid (Munro Chambers), who survives on his own through a drought-ridden nuclear winter, traversing the Wasteland on his BMX, scavenging for scraps to trade for a scant supply of water. When his perpetually chipper, pink-haired new best friend Apple (Laurence Leboeuf) is kidnapped by a minion of evil overlord Zeus (Michael Ironside), the Kid summons the courage of his comic book hero and prepares to deliver turbocharged justice to Zeus, his buzzsaw-handed sidekick Skeletron, and their vicious masked army.

Bolstered by a pitch-perfect synth score, and clever and cheeky period details, co-directors Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell create a raucous retro-futuristic action comedy that pays homage to ’80s movies great and small, while adding their own flair with inventive and exuberant violence and gore (prepare for disemboweling by exercycle). Sci-fi legend Michael Ironside delivers with malevolence and glee as the larger-than-life Zeus, a despicable villain with joie de vivre. We’ll keep you posted if Turbo Kid gets picked up for distribution at the Sundance Film Festival this week, but in the meantime, take a look at the first trailer.

Turbo Kid comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Munro Chambers, Michael Ironside, Laurence Leboeuf, Marcello Bezina, Patrick Kerton, Evan Manoukian, Romano Orzari, Edwin Wright.

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‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Gets ‘Cinderella’ Writer Chris Weitz

Jan 26, 2015 by Brian Gallagher

Less than a month after the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off parted ways with screenwriter Gary Whitta, the project has found a new writer with Chris Weitz signing on to take over writing duties. Gary Whitta completed a first draft on the project, although no story details have been confirmed, and it isn’t known if Chris Weitz will start over completely from scratch, or if he will use elements of Gary Whitta’s first draft. We reported last week that the spinoff may feature both Boba Fett and Han Solo, which will be reportedly shot in Mexico.

While nothing official has been released about the plot, a rumor surfaced last month that claimed the story centers on space pirates trying to steal the plans to the original Death Star. Of course, even if those details were true, the script could change drastically with this new writer on board. Casting is currently under way, with a number of actresses already testing for the female lead role, including Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones, Tatiana Maslany and Kate Mara. No details have been revealed about the character they are all reading for.

Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is directing, although it isn’t known when exactly shooting may begin. Chris Weitz’s writing credits include the DreamWorks Animation hit Antz, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, About a Boy, which landed him an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, The Golden Compass and the upcoming Cinderella, which hits theaters March 13. He also directed About a Boy, The Golden Compass, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and A Better Life. Chris Weitz is also writing a young adult novel trilogy, with the first book, The Young World, debuting last summer.

Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off comes to theaters December 16th, 2016. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards.

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Chris Weitz Boards Gareth Edwards’ Standalone Star Wars Film

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Following the departure of formerly-attached screenwriter Gary Whitta earlier this month, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have, according to a story today at The Hollywood Reporter, set Academy Award nominee Chris Weitz to work on the screenplay for the first standalone Star Wars film. Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards remains attached to direct the project, which is scheduled for a December 16, 2016 release.

Weitz launched his screenwriting career with the 1998 animated comedy Antz. He’s best known, however, for his Oscar-nominated work adapting Nick Hornby’s About a Boy in 2002, a film that he also directed. Other directorial credits include The Golden Compass in 2007 and The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009. As a screenwriter, Weitz’s work can next be seen in Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action take on Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and slated for a March 13 release.

Although the mysterious Star Wars film has been rumored to follow a heist involving the theft of the Death Star plans, few official details regarding Edwards’ film have been made available. The project appears to be close to the casting stage, however, with a report from last week suggesting that actresses like Tatiana Maslany, Felicity Jones and Kate and Rooney Mara have all read for a potential role.

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‘Man with the Iron Fists 2′ Trailer Starring RZA

Jan 26, 2015 by Brian Gallagher

A mysterious stranger leads a rebellion to liberate a Chinese village from its oppressive overlord in The Man with the Iron Fists 2, available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD as well as On Demand on April 14, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Global hip-hop superstar, actor and filmmaker RZA reprises his role as the enigmatic blacksmith Thaddeus in this explosive sequel to the 2012 action-adventure The Man with the Iron Fists. Inspired by classic kung-fu films, The Man with the Iron Fists 2 Blu-ray and DVD are packed with exciting bonus material including a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and commentary by director Roel Reiné and executive producer and star RZA.

RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists, co-founder of the Wu Tang Clan), who co-wrote the film with screenwriter John Jarrell (Romeo Must Die), stars alongside a stellar international cast including Dustin Nguyen (22 Jump Street), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (47 Ronin), Eugenia Yuan (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend), Pim Bubear (Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear), Carl Ng (New Police Story), Simon Yin (Ip Man), Ocean Hou (Man of Tai Chi), Grace Huang (The Man with the Iron Fists) and Andrew Lin (The Man with the Iron Fists). The film is directed by Roel Reiné (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, Death Race 2).

When Thaddeus (RZA) is found badly wounded near a 19th-century Chinese town, miner Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) and his wife Ah Ni (Eugenia Yuan) offer him refuge. As he heals, he becomes entrenched in a conflict that pits the townsfolk against the evil Master Ho (Carl Ng), his nefarious Beetle Clan and the terrifying Lord Pi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). With Thaddeus at his side, the mild-mannered Kung transforms into a deadly warrior in this martial arts epic.

The Man With the Iron Fists 2 Blu-ray

The Man with the Iron Fists 2 comes to theaters in 2015 and stars RZA, Dustin Nguyen, Eugenia Yuan, Carl Ng, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Simon Yin, Ocean Hou, Grace Huang. The film is directed by Roel Reiné.

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The Trailer for The Man with the Iron Fists 2, Starring RZA

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has today announced an April 14 release for The Man with the Iron Fists 2, debuting on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD as well as On Demand. Global hip-hop superstar, actor and filmmaker RZA reprises his role as the enigmatic blacksmith Thaddeus for the sequel, which follows a mysterious stranger as he leads a rebellion to liberate a Chinese village from its oppressive overlord. Check out both the trailer for the film and the cover art for the Blu-ray below.

RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists, Coffee and Cigarettes), who co-wrote the film with screenwriter John Jarrell (Romeo Must Die), joins an international cast that also includes Dustin Nguyen (22 Jump Street), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (47 Ronin), Eugenia Yuan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend), Pim Bubear (Ninja: Shadow of a Tear), Carl Ng (New Police Story), Simon Yin (Ip Man), Ocean Hou (Man of Tai Chi), Grace Huang (The Man with the Iron Fists) and Andrew Lin (The Man with the Iron Fists). The film is directed by Roel Reiné (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, Death Race 2).

When Thaddeus is found badly wounded near a 19th-century Chinese town, miner Li Kung (Nguyen) and his wife Ah Ni (Yuan) offer him refuge. As he heals, he becomes entrenched in a conflict that pits the townsfolk against the evil Master Ho (Ng), his nefarious Beetle Clan and the terrifying Lord Pi (Tagawa). With Thaddeus at his side, the mild-mannered Kung transforms into a deadly warrior in this martial arts epic.

Special features include a selection of deleted scenes, audio commentary with RZA and Reiné, as well as the featurette “Chi Warriors: The Making of ‘The Man With the Iron Fists 2?”.

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Is This What the ‘Fantastic Four’ Costumes Look Like?

20th Century Fox is set to debut the first trailer for The Fantastic Four reboot in theaters on February 13, attached to prints of Kingsman: The Secret Service, but it isn’t known if the studio will release the trailer online before then. While we wait for this first footage to debut, many are hoping that the studio will also release the first photos of the cast, since we haven’t seen any official images from the reboot thus far. Today, Nerdist’s sources offered new details about the costumes, which they gave to their own artists who come up with unofficial renderings of what the costumes may look like. These images are not of official artwork from 20th Century Fox, but these artistic renderings are all we have to go on until the first trailer is released. Here’s what Nerdist’s Jessica Chobot had to say about Miles Teller‘s Mr. Fantastic suit.

“His suit has springs built into the fabric, to make sure that when his arms and legs stretch out uncontrollably, his limbs will snap back into place without anyone noticing. This version of The Fantastic Four is already more practical and grounded than anything we’ve seen in the past. Boy genius Reed Richards has designed these suits not for crime-fighting, but so their team can live their normal lives without their powers being revealed. These are like Act II suits, the look the team will sport for a majority of the movie, before getting into their final, more classical superhero costumes.”

She also describes Michael B. Jordan‘s Johnny Storm costume, which has been “ventilated.”

“To make sure he doesn’t explode the gas station when he stops to fill up, Reed has designed a ventilated suit for Johnny, to allow him to blow off some steam. Word has it that the hot-blooded hero actually winds up with his own TV show about his superpower in the film, so it seems this costume isn’t the most effective at hiding his abilities. Our source only got a quick glimpse at this one, so it’s probably the least accurate, but there are vents.”

Here’s what Jessica Chobot had to say about Jamie Bell‘s Ben Grimm costume, although their source did not get a sneak peek at Kate Mara‘s Sue Storm costume.

“Ben Grimm is played by skinny boy Jamie Bell, so you can expect him to look a lot slimmer than human tank Michael Chiklis did in the last Fantastic Four movie, and more angular than that faked leaked photo from a few months back. That said, he’s no less durable. Rumor is that this version of The Thing is pretty much indestructible, a quality the U.S. government would really like to replicate in their soldiers.”

Take a look at the artistic renditions of The Fantastic Four reboot costumes below. Hopefully we’ll get to see an official photo of the cast in costume before the first trailer debuts, so stay tuned for that. What do you think of Mr. Fantastic’s spring-loaded costume and Human Torch’s ventilated suit? Are you more or less excited to see how these will look on the big screen now?

‘FANTASTIC FOUR’ reboot costume art based on new costume descriptions! pic.twitter.com/35QY28Sa2h

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The Fantastic Four comes to theaters August 7th, 2015 and stars Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg E. Cathey. The film is directed by Josh Trank.

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‘Captain America 3′: Is Daniel Bruhl Playing Baron Zemo?

Jan 26, 2015 by Brian Gallagher

MovieCastingCall.org has put out a new casting call for Marvel’s highly-anticipated Phase Three sequel Captain America: Civil War, which not only reveals that production will begin this April in Atlanta, Georgia, but seemingly confirms the villainous identity of Daniel Brühl’s character, after he signed on to star in November. While it has always been suspected that Daniel Brühl is playing the villain, this casting call claims to reveal that the actor is playing Baron Zemo, a nefarious Hydra villain from the Civil War comics. In addition, the casting notice also has the first synopsis for Captain America: Civil War, which reads as follows.

“In Captain America: Civil War, billionaire Tony Stark is pitted against Captain America aka Steve Rogers in an ethical face-off over the U.S government’s Superhuman Registration Act, which requires all super powered individuals to register their powers and report to S.H.I.E.L.D.”

What’s interesting is that, at the end of last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. organization was disbanded, so its possible that either Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man or the TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may feature the agency being rebuilt in some manner, before Captain America: Civil War hits theaters in May 2016. Chris Evans will return as Captain America, alongside Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Frank Grillo as Crossbones and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. The casting call also seemingly confirms that Scarlett Johansson and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles as Black Widow and The Winter Soldier, respectively.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are returning to the helm for Captain America: Civil War, working from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Production will take place from April 4, 2015 to August 8, 2015. What do you think about the inclusion of Baron Zemo in this story?

Captain America: Civil War comes to theaters May 6th, 2016 and stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Frank Grillo, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Brühl. The film is directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.

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