‘Captain America: Civil War’ Adds To It’s Colossal Cast

With the Avengers: Age of Ultron recently exploding into cinemas around the world, news on Marvel’s next instalment in the hero universe was sure to closely follow – but with the recently cast list released for Captain America: Civil War, you’d forgiven for thinking it was another Avengers movie and not a solo outing for one of ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’.

Marvel Studios announced yesterday that ‘Civil War’, which will see Captain America and Iron Man go head-to-head, has just added a whole host of big names and characters, including Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, and William Hurt, who is no stranger to the Marvel world.

These seasoned Marvel actors join an already stellar-cast including Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlette Johannson, Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, to name just a few, in what’s sure to be an explosive blockbuster, setting the tone of the big ‘end game’ that is Avengers: Infinity War.

It is likely that ‘Civil War’ will continue straight on from the events witnessed in Avengers: Age of Ultron and will focus on the slow unraveling of the Avengers, as heroes Steve Rogers and Tony Stark battle of a new government bill that could see the ‘enslavement’ of any one exhibiting enhanced powers – of course that would include Captain America himself, as well as Thor, Hulk, Scarlett Witch, Bucky Barnes (aka The Winter Soldier) and the Vision.

Robert Downey Jr, Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans at the Captain America: Civil War launch, 2014.

A gripping storyline indeed, made extra special with the introduction of some new superheroes including Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Pather, who are both releasing a solo movie, starting with this years Ant-Man.

Another special edition to the Captain America franchise is William Hurt’s character of General Ross, who last made an appearance in The Incredibke Hulk back in 2008, which starred Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, later to be succeeded by Mark Ruffalo. This is definitely an interesting addition to the franchise as it could mean a likely appearance by the Hulk outside of an Avengers film – though this has yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studios or Mark Ruffalo.

William Hurt will return to the Marvel universe in Captain America: Civil War.

Captain America: Civil War is currently filming in Atlanta, Georgia and is being spear-headed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, who have also recently confirmed they will be taking over the Avengers franchise from original visionary Joss Whedon, who has stepped down into a producing role for Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2.

Civil War will break out in cinemas worldwide from April 29, 2016.

Sci-Fi Spectacle ‘Passengers’ Adds Another Cast Member

It’s already becoming one of the most publicised films in recent years due to the equal pay despute reverberating around Hollywood – and not surprising considering the upcoming Sci-fi drama Passengers will star arguably the two biggest movie stars on the planet, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.

Now it seems the hotly anticipated film has found its third, and potentially final, cast member in the form of British star Michael Sheen, who it’s understood will lend his voice to the story’s robot.

The film already boasts a gripping storyline that will surely have everyone flocking to see it. Set years in the future, the story takes place on a spaceship destined for a new world that will be colonised by the thousands of inhabitants currently in a cryogenic state aboard the ship.

For reason unknown not everything goes to plan and Chris Pratt’s character inadvertently wakes 90 years too early – unable to return to cryostatus, and starring at a life of solitude aboard the ship, Pratt decides to wake up another passenger, Jennifer Lawrence’s character.

Now much of the story remains unknown, and for good reason, but what we do know is that the story focuses on the two characters and their relationship aboard the ship, knowing that they will die before ever reaching their new world. Michael Sheen’s robot character, and how he factors into the story, is still unknown, but he will surely have a big part to play in how these characters futures play out.

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence will star in Passengers (2016)

The film has been in the headlines a lot over recent months due to the current equal-pay despute do the rounds in Hollywood. The film’s star Jennifer Lawrence has been an instrumental force in fighting for women’s rights to equal pay alongside their make co-stars – something that has seen the young actresses pay for the film jump from $10 million to $20 million. Lawrence, who’s pay increase rightly represents her proven ability to make billions of dollars for movie studios, will now earn $8 million more than her male co-star Pratt. However it seems slightly unfair on Pratt now, considering this is the result of an ‘equal pay’ despute, you can’t help but feel Pratt is now falling victim to ‘equal rights pay’, especially as his last film Jurassic World, became the third highest grossing film of all time.

Passengers will be directed by the visionary behind the award-winning film The Imitation Game and is slated for release next year (2016).

Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters Cast Relatively Unknown Villain

The all female-led reboot of Ghostbusters seems to definitely be picking up pace now as director Paul Feig announced that he’s cast his villiain in the form of relatively unknown Saturday Night Live cast member Neil Casey.

Casey, who is currently starring in Feig’s original Yahoo TV series Other Space, will hook up with fellow cast members and SNL alumni Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy in the coming weeks – filming of the reboot has already started in Vancouver.

At the moment, Feig is being very coy on releasing details regarding Casey’s character or any plot insights, leaving most of us wondering what kind of story we will see and what kind of villain the Ghostbusters will meet.

Other recent additions to this new undead fighting family is Thor star Chris Hemsworth, who takes on the role of receptionist – a clear sign that Paul Feig wants to introduce a new female fan base to the classic franchise. Andy Garcia (Godfather Part 3) and Michael K. Williams (Robocop) have also been confirmed for roles in the project with Garcia set to play the Mayor of New York.

Marvel and Sony Finally Cast Their New Spider-Man…

The casting process for the Spider-Man reboot has been a saga within itself – firstly for the amount of time hearsay surround the project, and secondly for the fact that there doesn’t need to be a reboot in the first place – as I, like many other, genuinely liked Andrew Garfield in the role.

Nether-the-less, the reboot is happening and what’s more, it’s taking a whole new direction thanks to a recent partnership agreement between Sony Pictures (who own the rights to Spider-Man) and Marvel, who wish to include the web-slinger in its hugely lucrative Avengers franchise.

So who have they decided?… Well for starters every young up-and-coming actor in Hollywood has thrown their names in the ring over the last six months, but Sony and Marvel have finally decided on their hero – and he’s a Brit.

Tom Holland, the young star of The Impossible (2012) and the West-End stage production of Billy Elliot, has reportedly been prepping for the role for the last couple of months, leading us to believe he’s been on the books for quite some time. Not surprising considering where we’ll see Holland’s Spider-Man for the first time.

IMDb recently updated it’s cast list for Captain America: Civil War to include none other than Tom Holland – the news seems to confirm earlier speculation that Spider-Man would become the new ‘unofficial’ leader of ‘Earths Mightiest Heroes’ after the events that will take place in Civil War between Captain America and Iron Man.

Though Holland has yet to be officially confirmed for ‘Infinity Wars’, we can pretty much assume he’ll feature heavily considering his first solo outing is scheduled for release in 2017, shortly before Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 is released.

Though the degree of success awaiting this reboot is anyone’s guess, let’s hope it’s the last reboot for the New York based web-slinger for some time as I don’t think any of us can handle another for a while.

Is Chris Pine Set To Play Green Lantern?

A reboot of DC Comics popular Green Lantern franchise has been on the cards for quite some time – due mostly in part to the 2011 box office catastrophe that gripped Ryan Reynolds big-screen outing as the fighter-pilot-turned-galactic-hero, Hal Jordan.

For the most part superhero movies tend to fair extremely well for studios these days, so with a flop already on their hands, Warner Bros. Studios are taking their time when it comes to casting their new leading man – and one name that’s stayed well and truly in the mix over the last couple of years is Chris Pine.

The Star Trek and Into the Woods star has been heavily linked with the role of Hal Jordan and it seems his chances of taking over as the reboots lead are growing stronger by the day.

Rumours started to pick up momentum when Pine, who’s starts filming the third Star Trek film in the coming weeks, entered talks with Warner Bros. executives about a supporting role in Gal Gadot’s stand-alone Wonder Woman film – though most believe this was just a smoke-screen for talks regarding the Green Lantern reboot.

There is however no definitive answer, or in fact concrete news, regarding the upcoming project, though Warner Bros. and DC Comics have recently hinted at a possible exciting new direction for the franchise that flopped so badly back in 2011.

If the rumours are to be believed, then we could see not one, but two Green Lantern‘s feature in the next installment, with the second character being that of John Stewart, another Green Lantern who, in the comics, later joined Hal Jordan in fighting evil throughout the universe.

Speculation regarding latest development remains sketchy, but many fans would like to see Transformers and Fast & Furious star, Tyrese Gibson, take on the role.

With an estimated release date of 2020, it could still be some time before we have a definitive answer of the future of this potential money-making franchise – but all signs look promising at least.

There’s No Stopping It Now: Jurassic World Smashes Another Record

There’s literally no stopping it now – Jurassic World, already with numerous records in its pocket, has just smashed the $billion mark worldwide in a record-breaking 13 days of release.

The fourth installment of Stephen Spielberg’s hit franchise has beaten previous record holder, and fellow 2015 release, Fast and Furious 7, to the prized milestone – Furious 7, starring the late Paul Walker, previously held the record at 17 days.

Jurassic World has fast become one of the most talked about blockbusters in recent years, with critics praising the dino-spectacle as a breath of fresh air in a blockbuster market that’s become saturated with big-budget special effects and little story.

This year is already gearing up to be one of the most profitable in decades, with big studio released including Avengers: Age of UltronFast and Furious 7, and Fifty Shades of Grey all proving lucrative investments for Hollywood Studios – and with the long-awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting cinemas worldwide from December, 2015 could very well see one of the biggest box office years in history.

The seventh installment, which sees original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamell and Carrie Fischer return to the franchise, is already being tipped to earn well over $2 billion during its release and could very well surpass James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009) as the highest grossing film of all time.

Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine To Feature In X-Men: Apocalypse

The character of Wolverine has become somewhat instrumental in the big-screen success of the X-Men franchise – so picturing the mutant universe without the steel-clawed anti-hero is something people would rather not do.

So it must have come as somewhat of a relief to fans to learn that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine WILL be featuring in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse in at least some capacity.

Hugh Jackman has been more than a little coy over his involvement in Bryan Singer’s third, and final, installment of the ‘First Class’ franchise, but recent Instagram posts by a custom leather goods company in New York seem to have finally ended speculation over the characters involvement in the blockbuster.

Hugh Jackman recently stated in an interview that his time as the X-Men franchise’s leading man would finally come to an end once he’d finished filming the third installment of the spin-off Wolverine franchise.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) earned over $750 million at the worldwide box-office.

X-Men: Apocalypse, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner and Nicholas Hoult, hits cinemas May 27, 2016.

OFFICIAL: Jurassic World Enters The Record Books

Early forecasts had predicted Jurassic World, the fourth installment of the hit franchise, would do well, but no could have predicted the record breaking opening it received.

Jurassic World has not only dethroned Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 for the best opening weekend in history ($511M) but has also become the fastest film to surpass the $500 million mark (3 days).

No-one could have predicted the films phenomenal success but given the history of the franchise, it was always destined for greatness – it just needed the right elements.

One major factor in the film’s success, that cannot be ignored, is the raw star power of its leading man Chris Pratt – the actor is easily one of Hollywood’s biggest stars at the moment, capable of bringing in large returns for studios.

Chris Pratt stars in Jurassic World (2015)

But the other contributing factor is the fresh new approach in the continuing story. Anyone who’s watched the previous films has always wondered what it would be like if the park actually opened – and Jurassic World gives us a glimpse at just that.

The dino-blockbuster is on course to easily break the billion dollar mark and could very well do it in record time, if it’s opening weekend is anything to go by. The current record belongs to another of this years box office phenomenons Fast and Furious 7, which hit the milestone in just 17 days.

Jurassic World Shatters US Box-office Records During Opening Weekend

The park is well and truly open for business – Jurassic world, the much anticipated continuation of the lucrative franchise, took in an astonishing $82.8 million on Friday, making it the third best opening day of all time, just behind Avengers: Age of Ultron and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World outperformed all forecasts and, if it continues to pull in the masses, could see the blockbuster gross as much as $200 million in its opening weekend in the US – enevitably knocking Age of Ultron ($191.2M) from the second spot.

Jurassic World, which sees John Hammond’s (Sir Richard Attenborough) vision of a dinosaur theme park finally come to life, is likely to smash international box-office records when the weekends final numbers come in.

 

Ghostbusters Hire Chris Hemsworth As Receptionist

The all female Ghostbusters remake is moving along nicely it appears, with stars Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy set to take on a new employee in the form of Avenger Chris Hemsworth.

The Aussie, who puts most of us men to shame with his looks, is set to join the new crew of Ghostbusters as their receptionist – originally portrayed by actress Annie Potts.

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, who is directing the remake, tweeted a picture of Hemsworth along with the caption “Our receptionist” – something that will surely please all the female fans out there.

The future of the franchise has been a turbulent one over the years, with several scripts and variations of a sequel being stuck in pre-production – firstly due to original star Bill Murray’s refusal to commit to the project, then again after the sad passing of Ghostbusters co-creator Harold Ramis.

Bridesmaids stars Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy lead the all-female Ghostbusters cast

Though the plot for the upcoming reboot remains tight-lipped, the film, starring Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon is slated for release on July 22, 2016.

Disney Set to Lose Colossal Amount of Money on Tomorrowland

Uh oh! – It seems the recently released Tomorrowland is set to follow in the dreaded footsteps of The Lone Ranger and John Carter in becoming yet another massive flop for Disney.

Though it’s run at the box office is yet to conclude, reports are flooding in that the film is set to lose Disney between $120 million and $150 million in revenue – a colossal amount of money considering the film has only taken $80 million, despite costing the studio giant almost $200 million to produce with a further $150 million to market.

It’s certainly only a small drop in the ocean for Disney, who own the likes of Marvel, LucasFilm and Pixar – still it’s publicity the studio could surely do without, and one that could have disastrous repercussions for star George Clooney, who just returned to the blockbuster market after the horrific flop of Batman & Robin back in 1997.

As with any big-budget blockbuster, there is always going to be a hint of risk involved, especially unknown story concepts – for example, this years other flops Seventh Son and Jupitor Ascendingboth lost considerable amounts of money, despite boasting A-list casts and world-class special effects.

George Clooney will next be seen in Money Monster, alongside Julia Roberts, and Hail, Caesar!starring Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Ralph Fiennes.

‘Godfather’ Visionary To Re-awaken ‘Jeepers Creepers’ Franchise

News has recently come in regarding a re-awakening of the horror franchise Jeepers Creepers, almost 13 years after the second installment just managed to break even at the box office.

Legendary ‘Godfather’ of film, Francis Ford Coppola, recently confirmed a third project is in the early stages of pre-production, with original writer/director Victor Salva attached to complete his trilogy, when production begins early next year in Vancouver.

Jeepers Creepers first made it’s debut on the horror scene back in 2001, with Dodgeball star Justin Long starring in the low-budget horror that centred around an ancient demonic monster that stalked unsuspecting drivers in a remote part of the US. Every 23rd spring the creature known as ‘The Creeper’ would hunt for body parts to replenish its own body, but could only hunt to 23 days.

As one of the more inventive horror premises, the first installment is a seen by many as a horror classic, though sadly the sequel did little to build upon this great story, bombing with critics and audiences when released back in 2003.

The first Jeepers Creepers hit cinemas back in 2001

Hopefully the third installment in the franchise, due out potentially in 2017, can breath some new life into a story that’s barely scratched the surface.