TV & Film

Alex Kurtzman Might Be Ditching Sony’s ‘Venom’ to Direct ‘The Mummy’ Reboot for Universal

Alex Kurtzman has written and produced some pretty huge pictures, from Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness to The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. And technically he is still attached to direct the Spider-Man villain spinoff Venom.

However, we heard last week that Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were tabbed as the architects for the new Universal Monsters Movie Universe reboot, which made us scratch our heads and wonder how he's going to juggle all these massive projects. Then this week, as reported by The Wrap, he was officially announced as the director of the first of the new Universal Monster movies, a remake of The Mummy as made famous by Boris Karloff. So now we really have to wonder: is Kurtzman moving on from Sony's Amazing Spider-Man universe?

It's not a given at all. Sony pushed The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to 2018, then pushed The Sinister Six up to 2016. That means Venom, which was always supposed to come after The Sinister Six, would probably come out some time in 2018 or beyond. And with The Mummy now slated for a 2016 release, that would leave enough time for Kurtzman to squeeze it in.

But will he want to? The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is flagging. If the Sinister Six doesn't revive it, you'd have to wonder if Kurtzman would bail and focus on his monsters.

I guess we'll have to stay tuned.

Jamie Foxx to Play Mike Tyson in What We Can Only Assume Will Be a Ridiculously Entertaining Biopic

If there's one figure in professional sports today whose life story begs to be turned into a biopic, it's Mike Tyson. The guy rose from the streets to become the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, bit the ear off Evander Holyfield, spent six years in prison for rape, and now has become a kind of comedian with a one-man broadway show who plays a caricature of himself in movies.

Don't get me wrong, I am not saying the bad stuff Tyson did was okay. It's not. Rape is bad. Biting ears off is bad. All I am saying is the guy's life would make one hell of an interesting movie. And now, according to Variety, it is going to be a movie—one that stars Jamie Foxx.

The project is still untitled at this point. Foxx's agent, Rick Yorn, is set to produce, while Terrence Winter is set to write the script. But we don't yet know who will direct or what direction the film will take.

Whatever the direction, though, I just hope the film includes Tyson's best stories—like the time he was hanging out with Alfonso Ribero, and Rick James came up and punched Carlton in the face and stole his beer. Or the time he was in prison and some guy explained how to turn "regular" visits into "conjugal" visits.

Yep, this could be good.

‘Sharknado 2′ May Be Over, But It Will Live On Forever In Glorious Animated GIFs

Sharknado 2: The Second One aired last night on the SyFy channel. Was it as "good" as the first one? No. The first one which caught the world by surprise last summer and created an sudden, unprecedented joke-a-thon on Twitter. Those circumstances simply could not be duplicated.

That being said, Sharknado 2 was still pretty awesome. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid both reprised their roles from the first "film," and this time they were joined by Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Judd Hirsch, Kurt Angle, Billy Ray Cyrus, Judah Friedlander, Perez Hilton, Richard Kind, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Kelly Rippa, Michael Strahan and, last but not least, Andy Dick. So yeah, it was a pretty special television event.

If you missed it, however, don't bother going back and watch it now. Half the fun it catching it live and following along on Twitter. Instead, just look at the GIFs, the best of which we have for you here. There's a flight attendant getting her head bit off on a plane...there's flaming sharks falling from the sky...there's the head of the Statue of Liberty rolling down the street...there's Tara Reid getting her hand bitten off...there's Tara Reid slicing a shark in half with the rotary saw that replaced her hand...and of course, there's Ian Ziering impaling a shark on the top of the Empire State Building.


There. Now you've basically seen Sharknado 2. Pretty great, wasn't it?

[via Uproxx]

Test Footage for Marvel’s ‘Deadpool’ Leaks Online, and Man Is It Awesome

Deadpool has been one of Marvel's most popular characters over the last 20 years. Fans love his foul mouth, his fourth-wall-breaking sense of humor and, perhaps most importantly, his full-on homicidal tendencies. Unfortunately, those are also the very qualities that have prevented Deadpool from coming to the big screen. Studios don't want to make big budget superhero flicks that 50% of the superhero target audience—i.e., kids—can't legally go see in the theater.

Still, people have tried to get a Deadpool movie made. Director Tim Miller even shot test footage with a CGI Deadpool and voicework by Ryan Reynolds, who played the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But apparently the footage wasn't enough to get the bigshots over at Fox to greenlight the project.

Now, however, that footage has found its way online. And chances are, after you watch it, you're going to be pissed this movie hasn't been made yet. Because it is awesome.

DEADPOOL - Official Test Footage [HD] Ryan... by movietrailerz

Reynolds has said he's totally down for doing this movie, and apparently Miller only pitched a $50 million budget so the fact that this would obviously be Rated-R wouldn't hurt the studio's bottom line. But still no takers.

Let's hope this will change now that this footage has seen the light of day.

[via Screen Rant]

Paramount Australia Promotes TMNT Release with Failtastic 9/11-Themed Poster

Oh Paramount Australia, you silly, silly movie studio. How did you not catch this one?

The new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay comes out on August 8 here in North America, but down in Australia it doesn't come out until September 11. That's obviously an unfortunate release date anywhere in the English-speaking world, on account of that whole tragic terrorist attack thing that happened on that date in 2001. But hey, life must go one, and movies must be released. It didn't need to be a big deal.

However, Paramount Australia made it a big deal with they tweeted the official poster of the upcoming release on Tuesday, which was this:

That, friends, is an image of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael jumping off a New York skyscraper...that just so happens to be exploding...and just so happens to have "September 11" written in bold right at the bottom.

Of course, Aussie Paramount quickly deleted the post from their Twitter page once the internet pointed the unfortunate coincidence out to them. Then the head of publicity issued the obligatory apology:

We are deeply sorry to have used that artwork for the marketing materials promoting the September 11 opening in Australia. Combining that image and date was a mistake. We intended no offense and have taken immediate action to discontinue its use.

Don't worry guys. We all have brain cramps some days.

[via BuzzFeed]

It Took Five Days for the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Trailer to Become the Most-Watched of 2014

If you make it, they will come.

By "it" I mean a softcore porn movie about BDSM. By "they" I mean soccer moms. And by "come" I mean watch the trailer.

(See what I did there? I used a Field of Dreams quote to make a sex pun. Somebody give this guy a raise!)

Anyway, as you probably learned from the headline, the first trailer for the hotly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey is already the most-watched trailer of 2014. Released just five days ago, it's got a whopping 36.4 million views on YouTube, according to THR. That easily beats the 31 million views racked up by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer since March, as well as the 26.3 million racked up by Godzilla and Transformers and the 23.5 million racked up by Dumb and Dumber Too.

Does this mean Fifty Shades of Grey will beat all those other films at the box office? Yeah right. Soccer mom jokes aside, you know at least half of this trailer's came from horny young men who were just hoping to see some partial nudity. But I'm sure it still be a box office success.

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan and hits theaters February 14, 2015.

Tease Yourself with New ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Teaser Trailer

Check out this angry war goblin, y'all...

It seems like only yesterday we were wondering if a Hobbit trilogy would ever get made. Initial development started as far back as 2006, and in 2008 Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens brought in Guillermo del Toro to help write the script and direct. However, only two years after that del Toro was out because he didn't want to put his entire career on hold while waiting for a financially hobbled MGM to officially greenlight the project, which was then supposed to be just two films.

Of course, not long after del Toro backed out, Jackson step in and agreed to direct. And what do you know? Warner Bros. signed on to distribute the picture and the project was greenlit. Now it's 2014, production is all wrapped up, the final instalment of the now-trilogy is in the can, and the first teaser trailer has been released to the masses (after premiering at Comic-Con, of course).

As far as teaser trailers go, this one is pretty good, too. The whole thing is set to "The Edge of Night," a.k.a. the song that one hobbit sings all eerie-like in The Return of the King, and basically the gist is that a big ass war is coming.

Oh, and there's a glimpse of the Eye of Sauron. But I'm not going to tell you where, because I want you to watch the whole thing and be surprised.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters December 17, 2014.