Sony Pictures Sets ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-Off ‘Silver and Black’ for 2019, Pulls ‘Bad Boys 3’ from Calendar

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Sony Pictures is setting and shuffling a handful of release dates for upcoming movies in 2018 and 2019.

Sony and their Columbia Pictures banner have set a release date for their second Spider-Man spin-off Silver and Black, as well as the sequel to the hit drug trafficking thriller Sicario. Meanwhile,the release dates for Barbie and Bad Boys 3 have been shuffled around along with a few more projects in the coming years. Get the Silver and Black release date and more information below.

First up, Sony Pictures seems to be going on all in this separate Spider-Man universe that will not be tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nor involve the webslinger himself. After setting Venom starring Tom Hardy for an October 2018 debut, the studio has now staked out February 8, 2019 as the release date for Silver & Black.

For those who haven’t kept up with the title, Silver and Black will bring together two characters from Marvel Comics who frequently showed up in Spider-Man story arcs. There’s Silver Sable, a mercenary who hunts down war criminals, and Black Cat, a master thief not unlike Catwoman whose secret identity is Felicia Hardy, a character who became a love interest for Peter Parker in the comics. Beyond the Lights director Gina Prince-Bythewood is slated to direct, but we have no details on the story just yet.

Next, Sony Pictures also brought some bad news for Bad Boys fans eagerly awaiting a reunion of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Though the sequel titled Bad Boys for Life had been set for November 9, 2018, it has now been removed from the calendar entirely with no replacement date named yet. The movie has been pushed back several times now, and it’s starting to feel like a pipe dream rather than a project that will actually happen.

There will still be some action to behold from Sony in 2018 though as the Sicario sequel directed by Stefano Sollima has been slated to arrived on June 29, 2018. The film has been officially called Sicario 2: Soldado, and it brings back Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin from the first movie, but Emily Blunt is sitting this one out.

Meanwhile, a few films have been delayed on Sony’s release calendar. The big screen Barbie movie has been pushed back to August 8, 2018 from a previous June 2018 date. Alethea Jones is still set to direct with Anne Hathaway playing the title doll from Mattel. Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren‘s feature film debut The Nightingale will arrive on January 25, 2019 instead of the previous August 2018 date, and the comedy Holmes and Watson with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as the detective duo (respectively) will now arrive on November 9, 2018 instead of the previously set August 2018 date.

Sony Pictures hasn’t had the best year in 2017, so hopefully their schedule for 2018 will offer up more positive results for them at the box office. Unfortunately, they won’t have an official new Spider-Man movie to help them, but maybe Venom will work out for them instead.

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‘Cars 3’ Character Cruz Ramirez Gives the Sequel a Big Heart, But She Almost Didn’t Exist

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In case you didn’t see, /Film was invited to screen a bunch of footage from Cars 3, which is about half the movie. You can read through our detailed reaction to the footage to see how it holds up against not just the rest of the Cars franchise but also Pixar’s body of work in general. But we wanted to call specific attention to a particular new character in the sequel who elevates the movie to a place that the Cars franchise has never reached before, at least from my perspective.

Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) is a yellow 2017 CRS Sports Coupe who works as a trainer at the new Rust-eze Racing Center where Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is hoping to get the same state of the art technological training that has turned his rival Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) into a finely tuned racing machine who is dominating the track. She’s tech-savvy and upbeat and has no problems telling McQueen how slow and old he is, despite the fact that she’s been a big fan of his for years.

Initially it appears like this character is just a means to an end for Lightning McQueen to win yet another race, but a turn comes when the emotional core of Cars 3 is revealed, and the big beating heart of this sequel is just what the franchise needs. Find out more about Cruz Ramirez in Cars 3 after the jump, but beware of possible spoilers.

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Cruz Ramirez Was Originally Male and a Farmer

When I sat down for an interview with director Brian Fee to talk about Cars 3 (we’ll share the full interview soon), I asked him what some of the huge changes were made between early development and the long road that a Pixar movie has to take before the story is finalized (which still fluctuates even while the film is being animated). It turns out one of the major changes involved the character of Cruz Ramirez. While the character is a female race trainer in the final version of Cars 3 we’ll see this summer; originally the character was a male farmer. Brian Fee explained:

“Cruz was a male character. The story took place in central California. Cruz was a farmer and was completely different. McQueen was just on this journey throughout the central valley of California and he happened upon Cruz. He was kinda handcuffed with Cruz throughout the journey. We always had a mentor story looking at McQueen and Doc’s relationship and then looking at McQueen and Cruz’s relationship. Then the story went through completely different changes where we kept that mentorship, but we moved them across the country to the South, and we were looking at McQueen’s career as a racer a little more.”

Eventually, Cruz became female and received the design that you see in the concept art above. But for a brief while, the mentorship part of the story took a backseat to the movie becoming a more typical sports flick with the mentoring element used as more of an undercurrent. But Pixar determined that angle wasn’t working, and they brought that mentor relationship back to the core of the movie. It’s a good thing they did because it gives Cruz a wonderful story arc where it’s not just about her helping McQueen.

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Cruz Ramirez’s Secret

In the footage presentation shown to us, the final sequence that we saw in Pixar’s private theater had Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez getting into an argument. McQueen flat out tells her that she doesn’t understand racing because she’s just a trainer, and he’s sick of wasting his time trying to get her to understand where he needs to be in order to get his career back on track. Suddenly, Cruz loses her chipper personality and gets somber and serious.

Cruz Ramirez tells Lightning that she didn’t have dreams of becoming the trainer who prepares other cars to hit the race track. She wanted to be a racer herself. In this heartfelt scene, she explains how she loved racing growing up and saved all her money to go to the races and studied the sport her whole life. During this story she still refers to Lightning as Mr. McQueen, showing the respect that she still has for her fallen idol, even in this vulnerable time. She’s a car who has racing in her heart, and she wanted to be a racer because of Lightning McQueen.

Even though her family told her to “dream small,” she still persevered and made strides towards become a real racer. But when she entered her first race, she felt out of place. She says the other racers didn’t look anything like her because they were all so big and confident, just the sound of their engines said as much. And she gave up.

This adds such a meaningful layer to her character. Cruz Ramirez isn’t a character who was held back by a glass ceiling or adversity but only her own self-doubt. In comparing herself to the racers around her, she feels inadequate, out of place, and unable to follow through on her dreams. That’s something that anyone can identify with, but there’s a thread here, albeit possibly but doubtfully unintentional, that ties Cruz’s story to that of immigrant families and the difficulty children from these units have in succeeding because they’re intimidated by the status quo. This especially holds significance with a comedian like Cristela Alonzo voicing the character. Producer Kevin Reher even says:

“We were inspired by Cristela’s story. Stand-up comedy is an intimidating industry for a newcomer and Cristela had to find her way despite huge odds. Cruz’s passion for racing is pretty reflective of Cristela’s experience.”

Cruz Ramirez is a character that will resonate with anyone who has ever had self-doubt and lacked confident in themselves. It’s not just a character meant to appeal to female audiences, though that will be a side-effect of her creation, but a character that gives a voice to those who maybe need the right motivation and encouragement to succeed in following their dreams.

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The Future of the Franchise?

Cruz Ramirez is a prominent character in Cars 3, but since we’ve only seen half the movie, we don’t entirely know where she ends up just yet. However, knowing her backstory and the obstacles that she has to overcome, I have a feeling that Cruz will eventually realize her dream to become a racer. In fact, since this movie is about Lightning McQueen, perhaps in the last leg of his career, I think this would be a fine time to pass the torch of the franchise from McQueen to Ramirez. And it seems as if Pixar might be thinking that too.

Right now there is a traveling Cars 3: Road to the Races tour that has life-size versions of Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm for fans to see and take pictures with. What’s interesting is that Cruz Ramirez looks a little different than she does in all the footage that we’ve seen so far. Here’s an image of the real-life Cruz Ramirez:

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Notice anything different from how she looks in the above images? Not only does she have those blue rims, but she also has some noticeable aesthetic changes that indicate she becomes a race car. Not only does she become a race car, but she’s sponsored by the big time fuel company Dinoco, the company that Lightning McQueen was so desperate to land in the first Cars movie.

This isn’t a look that we saw the character have in any of the footage screened at Pixar and there isn’t a single shot of her in the trailer with these modifications. There’s a chance this is just a cosmetic change to make her look a little cooler on display, but more than likely, it’s because, by the end of Cars 3, she finally follows her dream of being a racer. And who better to continue the Cars franchise than a character who had to overcome her own self-doubt in order to reach her goals.

Here’s hoping Cruz Ramirez actually becomes a racer and carries on the franchise. If you want to see Cruz in person, see where the tour is stopping through the spring and early summer over here. Otherwise, we’ll see what happens when Cars 3 arrives on June 12.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ Will be ‘The End’ For This Team

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but director James Gunn is already looking ahead to the next volume in his space romp saga.

Gunn recently confirmed that he’ll be returning to direct the third installment of his wildly popular superhero movie, and thus help shepherd in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the the next decade of the MCU may shake up the galaxy as we know it, with Gunn hinting that the current “iteration” of the Guardians team won’t make it through the next film.

Gunn won’t be taking much of a break after the flurry of activities that came with producting, directing and promoting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, telling Screen Rant that he will begin work on the third Guardians soon. But with that new chapter in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, Gunn will be shaking up the status quo, revealing that the current lineup of the beloved team will end.

Screen Rant: I know you stated that you’ll be back for Guardians 3 obviously, and you said that’s the end. Does that mean that’s the end of the team past phase 4 or is it your end of the team?

James Gunn: It means it’s the end of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Yeah.

The current Guardians team consists of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), with Mantis (series newcomer Pom Klementieff), Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) joining the team in the latest film.

It won’t be the first time a cherished team dynamic has been broken up or disassembled for the sake of story. The Avengers saw their lineup changed as quickly as the end of their second cinematic outing as a team in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thor and the Hulk left the team to deal with their own adventures, while Black Widow, Falcon and War Machine were added to the roster — all three later playing a big part in Captain America: Civil War. Civil War, of course, was most famous for breaking up the team in a dramatic and tragic fashion, sending Team Captain America into hiding as outlaws while Team Iron Man continued on in a diminished, broken Avengers team.

Indeed, Marvel Comics are famous for rotating their team line-ups every few years, or even every few issues.

We don’t know yet whether Gunn will opt for a friendly roster rotation like the one we saw at the end of Age of Ultron, or whether it will be an upsetting team break-up like Civil War. Considering some of the tension we saw in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer — Nebula accuses the bickering team of strife, saying, “You’re not friends” — the more dramatic option is a possibility.

The Guardians of the Galaxy team will also be joining the fray in Avengers: Infinity War, which is sure to have universe-wide repercussions. So it’s to be seen what their dynamic and rapport will be like after that sure-to-be-traumatic event.

Gunn told ScreenRant that he’ll be working on Guardians of the Galaxy 3 soon, and will be taking into account the events of Infinity War.

“I have a little work to do on Infinity War, but I’ll be going straight into it. For a while, it becomes more like a regular job, which is really good. You know, for the past year or so, or more, it’s been seven days a week, all the time working on this movie, and so for a little while I’ll be able to have some downtime, and do a couple trips and see, you know, see the world a little bit, but also work.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.

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‘Despicable Me 3’ Trailer: Gru Has a Flamboyant, Villainous Twin Brother Named Drew

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While summer is reserved for big blockbuster action, there will be a few family friendly endeavors trying to snag the attention of all the kids who will be out of school for the season. There’s The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, franchise starters like Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie and The Emoji Movie, and threequels such as Pixar’s Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3. And the latter has just showed more of the silliness in store this summer.

Despicable Me 3 brings back Steve Carell as the charmingly (formerly) evil mastermind Gru, but this time The Office star will be pulling double duty as he is also voicing Drew, a long-lost identical twin brother who creates some sibling rivalry. You can see just what Drew is like in the new Despicable Me 3 trailer after the jump.

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It seems like Drew is just a more flamboyant version of Gru, complete with blonde hair and an all-white wardrobe, but with some obvious differences in perspective now that Gru is more of a good guy. Since Steve Carell is easily one of the most entertaining parts of this franchise, I guess it only makes sense to figure out a way to double the Gru and double the fun. We’re not sure how Drew fits into the overall scheme of things, but I’m willing to bet that after some sibling bickering, he and Gru have to team up to take down another new character.

As we saw in the previous trailer, South Park creator Trey Parker is bringing his voice talents to the family film arena by playing the character Balthazar Bratt, a new villain who is described as Gru’s most formidable opponent yet. Balthazar is a former 80s child star who remains obsessed with the character he played as a kid before the show got canceled. Every since he hit puberty, he’s been angry at the world, and that pushes his attempts to take over the world, so no one will make fun of him anymore.

Meanwhile, Despicable Me 3 also features the return of Kristen Wiig as Gru’s newfound love interest Lucy, as well as his adorable little girls Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), Agnes (Nev Scharrel). Plus, let’s not forget that Gru’s silly but reliable minions will be back on the scene to offer your kids endless giggles.

Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, Despicable Me 3 will be released in theaters next summer on June 30.

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Whatcha Gonna Do When ‘Bad Boys 3’ Loses Director Joe Carnahan

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We should have known something was up when director Joe Carnahan announced that he was working on an American remake of the Indonesian action classic The Raid. Wasn’t he supposed to be directing the third Bad Boys movie, otherwise known as Bad Boys For Life? Was he going to make them back-to-back? Well, now we know: Carnahan has officially dropped out of Bad Boys For Life and the exact reasons aren’t exactly clear.

The news comes our way from The Hollywood Reporter, with the trade citing different reasons for the departure supplied by different sources. Some say Carnahan left the project over scheduling issues, which could make sense since the project has been twirling its thumbs for years, waiting for the exact right moment when series star Will Smith would be available again. However, THR also says “creative differences” may be involved, which is the multi-faceted phrase that could mean everything from “a courteous and respectful parting of ways” to “someone pissed someone else off real bad.”

To be fair, Carnahan himself is about as busy as Smith. In addition to directing the new version of The Raid starring Frank Grillo, he wrote the latest draft of the Uncharted movie and was hired to pen the X-Force movie for Fox. In any case, Bad Boys For Life is now wide open at Sony, with a November 8, 2018 release date still set on the calendar. With the stars otherwise aligned, the studio simply needs to find someone to slot into the director’s seat.

But who?

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Let’s Toss Out a Few Names

The biggest hurdle for hiring a new Bad Boys 3 director is that they need to find someone capable of living up to the gonzo insanity of Michael Bay’s original movies. Those two films, especially the 2003 sequel, represent pure, undistilled Bay – it’s not my cup of cocaine-infused tea, but I admire their audacity and world-demolishing spirit. I’m truly in awe of their vile, fascinating existence. Carnahan, no stranger to insane action and cinematic debauchery, was an inspired choice to take over.

So if we’re going to plan an imaginary hire, Sony should consider some potential poetic justice and hire Gareth Evans, the director of The Raid and The Raid 2. After all, this demented action genius is begging for a Hollywood budget and the Bad Boys movies are a crazy-enough canvas to accommodate whatever absurd, bone-crunching ideas he wants to bring to the table. Someone has to give the keys to a major blockbuster to Evans at some point, right?

If not Evans, I’d be absolutely ticked to see someone offer Ben Wheatley a movie like this, especially since the upcoming Free Fire showcases the Kill List director’s action chops. I can’t imagine him actually accepting this gig (or Sony offering it), but he’s demented and twisted enough to come up with something truly memorable. Giving Wheatley $ 150 million sounds downright irresponsible…and also amazing.

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Kevin Smith Will Still Release ‘Clerks 3’ and ‘Mallrats 2’ in Some Form

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Just over a week ago, we learned from Kevin Smith that he was working on a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back that would take aim at Hollywood’s nostalgia obsession by getting nostalgic himself with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. While that was good news for his most loyal fans, it also came with some bad news about two other projects that took the director back into his own View Askewniverse.

Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2 have been in the works for awhile now, but a couple problems have held them back from being made as feature film. But since Kevin Smith loves his fans, he’s going to make sure that he gets them out to the public in some form. Find out more below.

ComicBook.com listened to the most recent episode of Kevin’s Smith’s Smodcast podcast, and there he offered this promise to his fans who want to know what Mallrats 2 and Clerks 3would have offered up:

“Sooner or later, I will put the scripts out there for Clerks 3. A comic book or something like that, so people can see it. And the same thing for Mallrats. Probably Mallrats 2, the movie script, we’ll do as a comic book or something like that.”

Smith seems more sure about the Mallrats comic than the Clerks one, and that’s likely because he has much more material for the Mallrats sequel since it started as a movie but turned into a TV series called Mallbrats instead. The episodes he wrote for that show would likely make for a good limited comic book run.

As someone who spent their teenage years enjoying Kevin Smith’s older movies, I wouldn’t mind reading the Clerks 3 script, but I probably wouldn’t be quite as interested in a Mallrats 2 comic book, but Smith has plenty of fans who would flip through those pages to find out what happened to Randall & Dante and Brodie & T.S., not to mention the supporting characters from those movies.

There is a downside to this though, and that’s Kevin Smith’s predilection towards not following through completely on comic book projects. Bleeding Cool notes:

“Smith hasn’t exactly had the best track record of follow-through with his comic books. In 2002, he launched two six issue minis at Marvel, Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do and Daredevil/Bullseye: Target. The former was delayed by three years before being completed, and the latter only ever managed to see one issue published. Smith’s 2010 Batman mini-series, The Widening Gyre, was meant to be 12 issues, but ended at six when it became clear Smith wouldn’t be able to complete it. The remaining issues were supposed to be published in 2014 as a new mini, Batman: Bellicosity, but that never happened either.”

That doesn’t inspired much confidence, and those were comic books where Kevin Smith was just as passionate about the characters as he probably is about his own material. But maybe Smith has a creative fire lit under his ass, and he’ll make it happen. If the comic books take too long to come to fruition, well, it just takes a few clicks to toss those Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2 scripts on the web.

 

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ filming at Georgia Aquarium; Extras needed

The cast and crew of Pitch Perfect 3 is still busy filming in Atlanta and, according to a new casting call, the shoot will bring them to the Georgia Aquarium on Thursday, Feb. 17 and Friday, Feb. 18. Rebel Wilson, Ester Dean, Kelley Jakle, Hana Mae Lee, Anna Kendrick, Chrissie Fit, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Shelley Regner are all together again for the third film, though this is the first movie in the franchise to be shot in Atlanta, the previous 2 Pitch movies filmed in New Orleans. Below is the latest extra casting call with more details about the aquarium scene: BACKGROUND ARTISTS for the feature film “Pitch Perfect 3”. We are not casting Principal roles, so please do not send us inquiries! These roles shoot in and around Atlanta, GA. We do not pay travel or lodging for these roles. You must be a local to GA or work as a local! ONE DAY FRENCH MARKET Seeking those to help make ATL look like France We will be shooting a beautiful flower market we are creating. Seeking Men and Women / 18 and over Seeking HUGE Range of Ethnicities Rate: 64/8 Date: Feb 15th Location: East Atlanta..

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John Lithgow Bringing Some Gravitas to ‘Pitch Perfect 3’

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The cast of the first Pitch Perfect already had quite the ensemble with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittan Snow and Anna Camp leading the Bellas, with Adam DeVine, Skylar Astin and Ben Platt playing Treblemakers, not to mention Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins as the dedicated a capella commentators. Pitch Perfect 2 beefed up things ever so slightly with Hailee Steinfeld and Chrissie Fit joining the ranks of the Bellas. And now another fantastic addition is coming to Pitch Perfect 3.

John Litghow has a decorated career includes Footloose, Harry and the Hendersons, The World According to Garp, Terms of Endearment,The Pelican Brief, the NBC series 3rd Rock from the Sun, Shrek, the underrated Orange County, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the Showtime series Dexter, This Is 40 and more recently a Golden Globe nominated turn as Winston Churchill in The Crown. Now he’s taking a role in Pitch Perfect 3.

The Hollywood Reporter announced John Lithgow in Pitch Perfect 3 (just after we heard he may be joining Daddy’s Home 2), but the bad news is that we have no idea who he’ll be playing. It could be a rival a capella coach, one of the Bellas parents, or maybe even a reprisal of his role as George Henderson. We don’t know because his character is being kept under wraps for now.

Actually, pretty much everything about Pitch Perfect 3 is being kept under wraps right now. Though the cast has been getting together for rehearsals and production begins soon, we know noting about the story that franchise writer Kay Cannon has come up with this time. Though we do know that School of Rock writer Mike White wrote the most recent draft.

Directing this time will be Trish Sie, who has some solid experience directing Step Up: All In, not to mention the instantly viral music videos for the songs “Here It Goes Again” and “Upside Down & Inside Out” by the band OK Go. Hopefully this means the a capella performance side of the Bellas will offer more than the lackluster stage presence they had in Pitch Perfect 2, when they were showed up by everything Das Sound Machine had to offer.

As someone who adored the first Pitch Perfect and came away supremely disappointed in Pitch Perfect 2, I’m really hoping that whatever Kay Cannon and Trish Sie came up with for this sequel gets the franchise back on track. We know all the Bellas will be back (though we haven’t heard anything about the Treblemakers yet), and this time Ruby Rose and rapper Trinidad James will be joining the cast too. We don’t have to wait long to see what they bring to the table since Pitch Perfect 3 is slated to arrive on December 22 this year.

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ filming updates

After a few weeks of rehearsal, Pitch Perfect 3 has finally started filming in Atalanta! So far, there haven’t been many details revealed about the plot of the movie, but we do know Rebel Wilson, Ester Dean, Kelley Jakle, Hana Mae Lee, Anna Kendrick, Chrissie Fit, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Shelley Regner are all together again on the set in Georgia. This is the first film in the franchise to be shot in Atlanta, the previous 2 Pitch movies filmed in the New Orleans area. Today, filming is taking place around 15 Peachtree and 100 Peachtree in downtown Atlanta. The movie is also looking for extras in the Atlanta area. Here are the latest casting calls: Producers are seeking to fill the following roles. If you are interested, send an email to extras@RoseLockeCasting.com. Include three photographs (head, body and profile), age, height, weight and all contact information. Put the name of the role in the email’s subject line. French restaurant patrons. Casting men and women of any ethnicity. Ages 18-60. Those with European features are encouraged to apply. Rate: $ 64/8 hours. Date: February 6. Location: Downtown Atlanta. Subject line: FRENCH GUESTS Chefs. Seeking experienced chefs. Men and women. Any..

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Sequel Bits: ‘Jurassic World 2,’ ‘Deadpool 2,’ ‘Logan,’ ‘Cars 3,’ ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • J.A. Bayona suggests that Jurassic World 2 will begin filming very soon.
  • Deadpool 2 will ignore (and maybe mock) X-Men movie continuity.
  • Hugh Jackman reveals a new poster for Logan.
  • A Cars 3 video game is on the way.
  • Saw: Legacy reveals two new cast members…after it has finished filming.
  • Santiago Cabrera talks about joining Transformers: The Last Knight.
  • Cameras have begun to roll on the new Tomb Raider.

It’s been rumored that the sequel to Jurassic World would begin filming in February and a new tweet from director J.A. Bayona lends some credence to this. As you can see above, he shared a picture of some props, helmets with a very familiar logo, and noted “Getting ready for the journey.” If filming does start soon, does that mean we’ll be hearing the actual title before long? Because I’m getting tired of writing Jurassic World 2.

Deadpool 2 Creative Differences

The X-Men movie continuity has gotten so sloppy and confusing that the upcoming Logan has seemingly chosen to take place in its own alternate universe rather than deal with it. Deadpool 2 will take a similar approach, seeing the convoluted timeline as something that should be mocked. As screenwriter Paul Wernick, who wrote the first film alongside Rhett Reese, told The Hollywood Reporter:

What’s nice is Deadpool exists in his own universe. He’s part of the larger X-Men universe, but in a way he isn’t. He interacts with that world but he is in the present. We don’t deal with the ’60s or the ’70s or the future. It’s here and now. More than anything, I think he’s going to have his fun with what they do in the other franchise. But fortunately, we don’t have to play by those same rules. Deadpool is a movie that did break all the rules. And I think we’re going to continue to break those rules. That involves knowing that he’s in a movie, talking to the audience, breaking that fourth wall, a characteristic that they established so brilliantly in the comics way back when. So yeah, I do think that timelines are something that we can make fun of and don’t have to be slave to.

You can read the whole interview at the link above.

Speaking of new X-Men movies, here’s the newest poster for Logan, which invites you to get lost in every scar and crag of the aged Wolverine’s face.

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Is it news that Laura Vandervoort and Hannah Anderson have joined the cast of Saw: Legacy? Yeah, of course it is. However, the bigger news may be that Saw: Legacy was already quickly filmed in November and they’re just now getting around to announcing members of the cast. That’s the Saw way. After all, they used to pump these things out once a year or so. While some Saw movies have been pretty good and others have been awful, I’m very curious to see what the eighth film in the series feels like since they have some new blood at the helm: Daybreakers and Predestination directors Peter and Michael Spierig. Saw Legacy is due out on October 27, 2017.

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