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Has Serkis' character in Age of Ultron been confirmed?

Posted by jargononline on January 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

After months of scratching heads and suffering from uncontrollable wobbly-knee syndrome, the moustache-less, bearded face dawned by Andy Serkis in the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer has reportedly been confirmed as Ulysses Klaw.

No comment yet by Serkis’ people yet, but the uncanny resemblance to the character in the comic books and the attachment to said character to the Black Panther (his own movie due 2017) make this rumor seem pretty sound. Plus, why wouldn’t you want Serkis in your movie?

The news comes from Schmoes Know who claims it comes from a reliable source at Marvel. Many a nerd have been speculating on this rumor since the trailer’s drop in November, and Serkis being Klaw has always been the go-to answer. That being the case there doesn’t seem to be a reason to lie, seeing as how that would just be late speculation to a long-running party.

If the rumor is false Marvel will most likely jump on it pretty quick, hopefully providing the right answer. The movie comes out in about four months so there’s little reason to keep hiding details. Just give up the goods, Marvel!



Writer-director Steven Knight promises fresh take on "World War Z" sequel

Posted by jargononline on January 20, 2015 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

After an impressive indie venture with “Locke” and a Netflix hit in “Peaky Blinders” someone is finally giving writer-director Steven Knight a shot at the big time in the form of the “World War Z” sequel. The trend makes sense: Hardy, Irish gangsters and then zombies. Hey, everyone has to do it.

However, the great news is not that Knight will be helming the sequel to smash-hit, but how he is going to do it. In an interview with the great Anne Thompson at Indiewire, Knight mentioned how he will wipe the slate clean and start fresh, most likely with a whole new story.

Here is what he said:

"I thought, 'why not? What fun.' It’s not quite like the other, we're starting with clean slate. When they've signed off we're on."

It’s not a whole lot to go on, especially how the script probably isn’t even written yet, but it’s an exciting tidbit. Knight is a truly great writer and I’m sure what he has planned will be stupendous. “Locke” was one of the unsung greats of last year and what I’ve heard about “Blinders” is nothing short of excellent.

No telling if Brad Pitt will still be acting in film, but his Plan B productions will still be producing. I’m still cool with this as his producing credits are almost as good as his acting ones, and this includes the Best Picture-winning “12 Years A Slave”.

The rest of the interview covers his show, “Locke” and his writing schedule. Not a tremendous amount on the zombie sequel, but a fine article nonetheless. Click the hyperlink above to read it all. Or just trust everything I’ve said on your own. I’m cool with either.



Spidey rumored to swing into The Avengers

Posted by jargononline on January 15, 2015 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

*UPDATE* Cinema Blend also reports that Sony has released a statement saying that these are "old rumors" and that no such negotiations are taking place. They lie!

Looks like the Avengers could be wrapped in a spiders webs—Spider-Man’s webs to be exact. This is at least according to the latest rumors swirling around the geeksvere.

According to Cinema Blend (who heard it from Latino Review who heard it from Becky down the street) negotiations are still on the table between Sony and Marvel regarding the film rights to Spider-Man. The most notable piece of information claims that Spider-Man will now exist in the same cinematic universe as Marvel’s current roster. This supports reports made late last year that claimed that Sony was considering handing back the rights to the character to Marvel and that he would be featured in the upcoming Captain America sequel, "Civil War".

However, Blend also mentions how Spider-Man will most likely not appear in Civil War but instead in "The Avengers: Infinity Wars" parts 1 & 2. Not only does this compliment statements that say by that film the roster of the team will be completely different, but it’s also really friggin awesome.

Now this is all speculation, as is most news, but it’s exciting nonetheless. Sure, there is a great chance Sony will never give up its golden goose to the competition, especially given the big plans for Spidey sequels on the works. But I can see some sort of inter-studio cooperation taking place.

For instance, before Disney owned Marvel Studios all rights belonged to Paramount. As a stipulation of the buyout Paramount said that its logo must remain on all Blu-Ray releases of future films. You can see it if you own any of them (at least as recent as "Iron Man 3"). It isn’t much, but I can imagine Sony asking for a similar deal. Marvel can use character, as long as they remain branding rights or something like that. Everyone gets paid, and Spidey gets the proper cinematic treatment.

Until there is a confirmation there is no telling what is going on with this issue. Everyone and their mothers want the Wall-Crawler to go back to Marvel so he can get the right movie going. It doesn’t seem like Sony will ever give full control to Marvel, so this may be the closest we get—which is fine with me. Anything to see Spider-Man and Doctor Strange occupying the same space.


Henry Cavill confirms "Dawn of Justice" one film

Posted by jargononline on January 12, 2015 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Time to pop the bubbly! After much crying, worrying, pacing and more crying it turns out that the internet rumor about “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” being spilt into two films has been proven false—and by the Man of Steel himself.

Henry Cavill, known the world round as Superman, told Variety that the upcoming DC film will remain one whole movie. Everyone take a moment to take a deep breath and thank whatever god you believe.

Not that I’m opposed to splitting up movies. I think we have seen some done right, like “Harry Potter”, and others done horribly wrong, like “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games”. Then there is “The Hobbit” which didn’t exactly blow minds as three movies but maybe could’ve been better as two. Who knows about that black sheep, though.

However, when I heard this rumor I couldn’t help but faint like a Georgia peach in the summer. This had to be bad news after all the confirmations about new characters and a massive plot that seemed to come out of nowhere. Splitting the movie into two parts probably meant the studio had little faith the movie would work as one movie and maybe splitting the two would space it out and make it all easier to swallow. In short, I meant the movie was shaping up to be a big dud as a single film.

Though after a few days locked in my room, curled up in a ball, I am happy to hear that this is not the case. Even though Cavill isn’t exactly calling the shots I trust it when he says it will stay one movie. I mean, why do I have reason to doubt Superman? That’s just foolish.

Here’s the image that started it all, the one showing an image from the upcoming teaser where it shows the titles for the separate movies: “Enter the Knight” and “Dawn of Justice”.



Empire releases its Brit-tastic Top 50 of 2014

Posted by jargononline on January 9, 2015 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Oh those crazy Brits. What with their teas, driving on the wrong side of the road, sunless skies, fancy names for gross things and the like. But one thing they do know is film and being home to the world’s biggest movie magazine, Empire, is one of the reasons I love them so. Now said magazine has published their Top 50 of the Year list (because ten is for cowards and the elderly) and it does not disappoint.

Now because their list does feature so many I will not post the entire list here, but mostly because I just don’t want to. So here are the top, which I’m sure everyone will agree with.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

4. Inside Llewyn Davis

3. The Wolf of Wall Street

2. Nightcrawler

1. Boyhood

I understand what you’re thinking: “Numbers 4 and 3 are from 2013, right?” Yes you are technically correct, but considering how this is the UK they get movies a little later. So seeing as how those both came out relatively late in 2013 they didn’t get them until 2014. So in terms of general release dates they were 2014 films. Confusing I know, but at least the other three are consistent with the 2014.

Boyhood being so #1 is no surprise. Critics Top 10 currently has it ranked first on the amount of top ten lists it has ranked, making more lists than any movies of the 21st century. “Nightcrawler” and “Guardians” are also high on that list, but the latter is far more surprising.

It scored critics but this amount of attention is staggering. Sure, it won’t make any waves at the Oscars given its genre, but the fact so many people are accepting it and that’s lingered this far to the end of the year is testament to its cultural standing.

Do these movies make your list? If so keep it to yourself. Don’t be cluttering my comment section.


Keaton, Witherspoon continue their hot streak with new casting news

Posted by jargononline on January 8, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s a big day for Batman and June Carter. Well, for the actors who played them at least, seeing as how one is dead and the other only exists when night befalls a large city. Word around inter-web is that “Birdman” actor Michael Keaton and “Wild” star Reese Witherspoon have been cast in “Kong: Skull Island” and “Downsizing” respectively.

Latino-Review reports that Keaton (currently leading the Best Actor race) is nearing a deal to star in the film alongside already cast actors Tom Hiddleston and J.K. Simmons (also a lead for an Oscar this year for “Whiplash”). The film from “Kings of Summer” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will focus on a group of explorers discovering Skull Island for the first time, and all the secrets it has to hold.

Keaton is the current frontrunner for Best Actor this year at the Academy Awards, and is long overdue for a role in a blockbuster event film. Sans the hit comedy “The Other Guys” Keaton hasn’t done much high profile work in the last few years and it’s exciting to see his resurgence.

As for Witherspoon, Deadline has confirmed that she will reteam with “Election” director Alexander Payne for the upcoming dramedy “Downsizing” with costar Matt Damon. Witherspoon is currently raking in the Oscar buzz for her role in “Wild” and this is attention she hasn’t received since her Oscar-winning role in “Walk the Line” almost ten years ago. She broke into the scene thanks to Payne and “Election” so it’s great to know they will be back at it again. I doubt her role will be as unique as her role as Tracey Flick, but still Payne never fails.

Both of these actors can expect to hear their names called on Oscar morning this week, which just goes to show that if you want the good roles you gotta bring in the gold.



Marvel's full Phase 3 has been unveiled

Posted by jargononline on October 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

By Matt Rooney


Call Marvel Santa Clause because Christmas has truly come early. Marvel head Kevin Feige, with the help of Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans announced all the titles for their Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3. I’ll let that sink in a moment… good? Good. Now check out the full line-up below.

Captain America: Civil War— May 6, 2016

Doctor Strange— November 4, 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy 2— May 5, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok— July 28, 2017

Black Panther— November 3, 2017

The Avengers: Infinity Wars Part 1—May 4, 2018

Captain Marvel— July 6, 2018

Inhumans— November 2, 2018

The Avengers: Infinity Wars Part 2— May 3, 2019

The most surprising news, as you’ve guessed, is that next Avengers film after “Age of Ultron” will be a two-parter. The epicness will begin on May 4, 2018 and will conclude on May 3 the following year.

As for the much rumored Black Panther movie we now have a confirmed date and actor in Chadwick Boseman (“42”, “Get on Up”) who was also on stage with Downey and Evans. On top of that there was some concept art for the character below! So mysterious!

As for Doctor Strange Feige made no confirmation on the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch saying that everything not mentioned at that moment was either “not confirmed or false rumor”.

There is also no casting or directing news regarding Captain Marvel but Feige said nan announcement would be “coming soon” regarding the later.

There is very little known about all these movies aside from some confirmed actors and directors, but this all exciting nonetheless. We have four and a half years’ worth of upcoming goodies, and about half of them feature new heroes we’ve never seen. We won’t see the beginning of this glorious series for about a year and a half, so the closest you’ll get is the title art below. Enjoy. 


Marvel casts Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange

Posted by jargononline on October 28, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

By Matt Rooney


*Disclaimer: Nothing has been confirmed officially by either Marvel of Team Cumberbatch, so though the primary source is confident in the legitamacy of the news, we must treat it as an almost-but-not-totally-100 percent rumor.*

After what seemed to be a lifetime of speculation and Christmas-morning level anticipation, Deadline has gotten word that Marvel is approaching negotiations with the actor set to play Doctor Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch. Let the bells chime, the balloons lose and will someone get me a cauldron to sip Tequila out of?

This is exciting news for a number of reasons. 1) This will finally let movie nerds everywhere sleep soundly knowing the Sorcerer Supreme is in good hands; 2) A native Brit has now entered the Marvel canon, giving it a more distinguished bit o’ class and; 3) A tremendous actor is finally getting his shot to lead a huge motion picture event. Drinks all around!

Deadline got the exclusive earlier today and already it is blowing minds. Not only is Cumberbatch a terrific actor (he is currently hot on the Oscar radar for his role as Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game”;) but he has also established himself in a few major fields of nerdom (“Sherlock” and “The Hobbit”;). He or his reps have yet to comment on the news but they can rest assured everyone is happy with the news.

The role of Strange will require Cumberbatch to be around a lot of large sets and green screen, as his powers let him use magic and awesomeness to fight the forces of evil. Cumberbatch is no stranger (tee-hee) to big summer movies (look to his work in “Star Trek: Into Darkness”;), and I’m sure he will have no trouble jumping into the world of special effects and long-running franchises. Here’s to a role well cast!


Source: Deadline



Netflix sparks talk at Produced By: New York

Posted by jargononline on October 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

By Matt Rooney


The talk of the “Produced By: New York” convention was streaming giant Netflix and whether the future of movies is jeopardized by its deals with the likes of Adam Sandler and the Weinstein Company, Variety reports.

Now of course the notion movies will strictly be relegated to at-home streaming is plain silly. However actor Jake Gyllenhaal and producer William Horberg (both of whom spoke at the conference) made some good points as to why the two can co-exist.


“I still think there’s a premium in comedy and in horror in having a kind of collective experience of a film,” he said. “There’s a platform of agnosticism as well.”

“I don’t think everything needs to be theatrical,” he added.

Gyllenhaal, whose movie “Enemy” was released on Itunes and On Demand the same day as in theaters:

“Sometimes going day-and-date on a particular project is an economic necessity,” he said. “It’s specific based on the material and based on the release strategy.”

Variety reports that Gyllenhaal also mentioned how more mainstream films actually benefit from spaced out theatrical and video releases.

“We live in a culture of convenience … patience is an amazing thing,” he said.

Discussions on the subject hit new heights when Netflix announced it would be teaming with the Weinstein Company and IMAX to make a sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” which would be released on its streaming service the same day as theaters. Shortly after Netflix made another announcement it would be working with Adam Sandler on an exclusive four-picture deal.

Questions spread on whether this signified the future end of movie theaters, allowing for audiences to get the movie same-day on their tablet or smart phone.

News like this is surprising, as it indicates a mass flux in the direction movie distribution mat take. But it’s all irrational fear that drives the concern.

Like with the music industry, ITunes, Spotify, Pandora and even illegally downloading music have hurt the overall purchase of CD’s, but people still flock in droves to see their favorites acts in concert.

Referring back to what Mr. Horberg said there will always be a benefit in offering a collective experience. Watching any movie on a tablet, phone, or computer will never trump going to see it in theaters.

The only positive aspect to come out of these talks is just what Gyllenhaal and Horberg have brought up at the conference: The choice is where the future lies. Just because both sides of the coin exists doesn’t mean that one will cause the other’s extinction. Or something like that.

Source: Variety



First images of "Age of Ultron" leaked

Posted by jargononline on October 22, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

By Matt Rooney

UPDATE:  Shortly after these images leaked so did the official trailer that was supposed to be shown during Tuesday's episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.". Bask in it's awesome sight below!

Can’t wait until Tuesday to see the first trailer for “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”? Neither can I! So if you’re just like me—which we’ve already established you are— then you will get a kick out of these leaked images for the movie. The first is of the epic Hulk-busting Hulkbuster armor Tony Stark/Iron Man will wear (presumably while busting The Hulk), and the second is of the villain Ultron in what is assumed to be his “final” form. The images are low res, but according to source Comic Book Movie News they are 100% legit, so bask in their legit glory!

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Source: Comic Book Movie News, Joblo