TV & Film

Fox Finally Commits to Long Anticipated ‘Deadpool’ Movie, Sets 2016 Release Date

Comic book fans have wanted to see Marvel's Deadpool on the big screen for a long time. However, everyone knew that, to do it right, a Deadpool movie would have to be extremely violent, and that made Fox hesitant to move forward with the proposed project. After all, an R rating would bar a good chunk of their target demographic—i.e., boys under the age of 18—from seeing the film in theaters. And so for a while it seemed like Deadpool would never escape development limo.

However, that all changed back in July when some test footage shot by would-be director Tim Miller leaked online. The reaction from fans was overwhelmingly positive, and the buzz got the development ball rolling again.

Now Fox has made it official. Deadpool is really happening. And not only that, it actually has a release date: February 12, 2016.

So far we only know that Tim Miller will direct, but it won't be long before Fox announces that Ryan Reynolds will star. Reynolds played the loquacious anti-hero in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and—along with Miller, writer Rhett Reese, and creator Robert Liefield—has been lobbying for a standalone Deadpool movie ever since. Plus you know he'd love to pull a Ben Affleck and get a superhero do-over. (Remember 2011's Green Lantern? No? Exactly.)

Of course, Miller and company are going to have to move fast to get this movie done on time. So expect a lot of casting announcements over the next few weeks.

[via Variety]

Darrell Hammond Returns to SNL Take Over Announcing Duties from the Late Don Pardo

Most Saturday Night Live stars leave the show in their comedic prime because they want to become movie stars, and a great many of them find success. Darrell Hammond never did, though. He was on the show forever, and after a while it just didn't seem like he was ever going to leave.

Of course, the master of impressions did finally leave back in 2009, wrapping up a record-breaking 14-year run. But now, five years later, Hammond is coming back studio 8H. Only it won't be as a cast member.

Today NBC officially announced that Darrell Hammond will be taking over announcing duties for the legendary Don Pardo, who passed away in August at the ripe old age of 96.

Hammond will begin his new SNL gig when the 40th season premiers on September 27th with host Chris Pratt. However, that won't actually be the first time he's performed the job. As he explained to USA Todayhe actually filled in for Pardo several times over the years when Pardo had laryngitis.

But back then Hammond just imitated Pardo. Going forward, producer Lorne Michaels says Hammond will come up with a voice that pays tribute to Pardo's legacy without trying to replicate him. And that's probably a good thing, because it would be really weird if Hammond just kept doing the voice of a dead guy.

Matt Damon Reportedly in Talks to Star in New ‘Bourne’ Film

After The Bourne Ultimatum came out in 2007, Matt Damon famously said that if he did another Bourne movie they'd have to call it The Bourne Redundancy.

Let's hope nobody at Universal holds him to that now that he and director Paul Greengrass are plotting their return to the spy thriller franchise.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, talks between Universal, Damon, and Greengrass are in the very early stages. However, the idea is that Greengrass, who directed the second and third instalments of what was a triology, will write and direct this time around. Meanwhile, Damon will handle the shooting, stabbing, and hand-to-hand combat.

If everything pans out, it's believed the sequel to the Jeremy Renner spinoff, Bourne Legacy, would get bumped from its supposed July 2016 release date in favor of Damon and company. Right now it's not know whether that would be a temporary bump or a permanent bump. But my guess is that, if the new Damon-led Bourne flick performs well at the box office—and it will—the bump could be permanent.

It's a good thing Renner has that little Avengers franchise to fall back on.

Thor’s Brother Loki to Star in ‘King Kong’ Spinoff Called ‘Skull Island’

Right now Tom Hiddleston is getting ready to play legendary country crooner Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic called I Saw the Light. However, after that—or possibly after playing Loki again in another Marvel picture, because seriously, we all know it's gonna happen—he'll star in Skull Island for Legendary Pictures. And if Skull Island sounds like a King Kong spinoff, that's because it is a King Kong spinoff.

Legendary announced Skull Island at Comic-Con back in July, but back then there no director and no star. Now, in addition to the Hiddleston announcement, we know Jordan Vogt-Rogerts (The Kings of Summer) will direct, while Max Borenstein (Godzilla) while pen the script.

Of course, King Kong, as you may know, is a Universal property. However, last year Legendary signed a five-year deal with Universal to market, co-finance, and distribute their movies. So that's how legendary got their hands on this one, which will take an in-depth look at mysterious island that was home to King Kong and a bunch of dinosaurs.

[via EW]



The First Official Trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ Is Finally Here, So Watch It Already

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I'm not going to try to explain everything that is going on in the first official trailer for Mockingjay – Part 1. For starters, it's just too hard explain this dystopian future in the limited space I have here. And more importantly, I don't want to ruin anything for people who have not seen (or read) the previous two instalments in the Hunger Games franchise, because I have a hunch that, after they've seen this trailer, they will want to watch the first two movies.

What I will say is that, given how Catching Fire raked in a whopping $864.6 million worldwide with just a $140 million budget, I'm surprised Lionsgate is only splitting the third and final book of the original trilogy into two parts. It's so unambitious. If it were me, I'd put Zeno's dichotomy paradox to the test and keep dividing the last instalment in half, stretching it out forever.

Then again, maybe Lionsgate is just hoping Suzanne Collins will eventually add to the Hunger Games universe. Everybody loves a good prequel, right?

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits theaters November 21, 2014.

Andrew Garfield Says It Is Sony’s Fault ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Sucked

Regular, everyday movie goers liked The Amazing Spider-Man 2 well enough. It's got a solid 7/10 on IMDB and 4½ stars on Fandango. More importantly, it raked in $203 million at the domestic box office and $708 million worldwide, while costing "just" $200 million to make. However, critics were unimpressed with the film, citing a choppy storyline that tried to do too much. So The Amazing Spider-Man 2 got just a 53% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 53 on Metacritic.

But why do I bring all this up now, when the movie came out four months ago? Because in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Andrew Garfield basically said, yeah, the movie kinda sucked, and it's all the studio's fault:

It’s interesting. I read a lot of the reactions from people and I had to stop because I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it. For me, I read the script that Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote, and I genuinely loved it. There was this thread running through it. I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it—because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related. Once you start removing things and saying, “No, that doesn’t work,” then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.

In other news, if anyone's looking for Sony Pictures, they'll be hanging out under a bus.


Behold the New Batmobile from ‘Batman v Superman’

Back in May, when Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder tweeted a mere glimpse of the Batmobile, the internet went into minor frenzy. And it wasn't just because that was the very first image released from the set of the highly anticipated superhero flick. It was also because comic books geeks have always fetishized Batman's many vehicles, gadgets, and gizmos, and chief among them is the Batmobile.

That being the case, I imagine a few hundred geeks died of heart attacks last night when the first full, detailed images of the new Batmobile hit the web.

The pics in question were snapped by somebody on the set of Batman v Superman during a recent night shoot at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit:

With the cat out of the bag, Snyder tweeted out what he called a "real" pic of the new Batmobile a few hours later:

Not sure why the Batmobile is brown in the set photos and black in the publicity still, but it looks to me like their goal was to keep some of the tank aesthetic from the Dark Knight trilogy's Tumbler while making it a bit more sporty.

Grade: A+