‘Nightwing’ Movie Added to DCEU Slate; ‘Lego Batman’ Director Chris McKay in Talks

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Dick Grayson will be following his famous mentor right into the DC Extended Universe. Warner Bros. is plotting a Nightwing movie, with Chris McKay in talks to direct. McKay actually has some very recent experience with the character: he last helmed The Lego Batman Movie, which prominently featured Dick Grayson (voiced by Michael Cera) as Batman’s overeager sidekick. 

THR broke news of the live-action Nightwing movie. Bill Dubuque, whose credits include Ben Affleck’s The Accountant and Robert Downey Jr.’s The Judge, has been tapped to write the script. The project is expected to fit within the DCEU, but it’s not clear yet where this movie will fit into the timeline or when it’ll be released in theaters (though Warner Bros. does have several dates earmarked for DC movies between now and 2020).

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The ‘X-Force’ Movie Will be Written by Joe Carnahan

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The last time we heard anything solid about Fox’s X-Force movie, X-Men franchise mainstay Simon Kinberg was working on the screenplay. Then there were rumblings that this team of mutant heroes, darker and a bit more violent than your typical X-Men team, would be introduced in the third Deadpool movie (never mind that Deadpool 2 doesn’t even exist yet). And now, out of the mist, someone new has arrived to steer the X-Force movie toward port: Joe Carnahan.

If you feel like Carnahan has been appearing in a lot of headlines recently, you’d be right. The underrated madman behind The Grey, Smokin’ Aces, and the wildly underrated The A-Team is still attached to direct Bad Boys For Life (the third Bad Boys movie), but he’s also written the most recent version of the Uncharted video game adaptation and is planning to tiptoe on some sacred ground with a remake of The Raid. Of course he was going to get involved in a superhero movie sooner or later.

The story comes our way via Collider and there aren’t many details as of yet. They say that Carnahan is currently attached to write the screenplay, not to direct, but it’s easy to imagine him making it on Fox’s future wish list. His blend of giddy ultra-violence and crass humor is a strong match for X-Force, a team that often counts Deadpool among its line-up. Cable and Domino, two characters who can also be regularly found on the team, will be introduced in Deadpool 2. In other words, the groundwork is being laid…

The X-Men franchise is the godfather of the modern superhero movie and you can sometimes feel its age (especially in the tired X-Men: Apocalypse). However, the combined might of Deadpool, FX’s Legion television series, and the upcoming Logan are giving this motley band of mutants a second wind, which will hopefully carry over to The New Mutants and the still-gestating X-Men: Supernova, both of which are lurking on the horizon. It hasn’t been this exciting to be a movie fan and an X-Men fan since…2003? Maybe?

Anything can happen between now and whenever X-Force gets made (remember when Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow was going to make this movie?), but Carnahan feels like the right choice for a series that has started to find its voice again by taking a few risks and pursuing interesting talent. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I’m starting to feel ready for another 17 years of X-Men movies.

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What should the Han Solo movie be called? Here are the best options.

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This much we can tell you for sure: the still-untitled Han Solo spin-off movie will not be called “Red Cup.” 

That’s the working title, a nod to the fact that George Lucas named Solo’s character for the plastic drinks brand. (True story.) But what about the actual title for the standalone film, which as of Tuesday is scheduled for May 25, 2018? Thus far Lucasfilm has it shut up tighter than a smuggling compartment on a Corellian freighter.   

This much is likely: the movie name will be officially announced at Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm’s lovefest for fans, this April in Orlando. It’s a favored location for the company to dispense delightful secrets.  Read more…

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Next X-Men Movie Eyes Simon Kinberg to Direct

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Simon Kinberg will reportedly tackle the Dark Phoenix Saga for the next X-Men movie

Although Hugh Jackman‘s time as Wolverine appears to be coming to an end with next month’s Logan, 20th Century Fox‘s X-Men movie franchise looks like it may just be getting started. Collider today reports that Simon Kinberg is in talks with the studio to write and direct the next X-Men movie, rumored to be titled X-Men: Supernova. Kinberg has been involved with the X-Men franchise as a writer and producer since 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. If he takes the director’s chair on the next X-Men movie, it will mark his feature film directorial debut.

RELATED: Sophie Turner Confirms New X-Men Movie Begins Shooting This Year

Word of Kinberg’s potential involvement as director arrives on the heels of a report last week wherein X-Men: Apocalypse star Sophie Turner confirmed that she has plans to film the next X-Men movie later this year. Kinberg previously confirmed that the next X-Men movie would jump ahead ten years from Apocalypse, offering a 1990s setting. The X-Men comics saw a commercial boom during the 90s, following character redesigns by Jim Lee, which went on to be the basis for the fan-favorite animated series.

Collider’s report reiterates the rumor that Supernova will take on the comics’ iconic “Dark Phoenix Saga” wherein Jean Grey, following exposure to radiation, begins to manifest immense cosmic power, ultimately transforming her into a powerful foe. An abbreviated take on the Dark Phoenix was depicted on the big screen in The Last Stand.

This next X-Men movie is being developed in addition to big screen X-Universe projects like Josh Boone‘s New Mutants and Deadpool 2 and 3. The potential for franchise crossover, however, exists between all the films.

What do you think of Simon Kinberg writing and directing the next X-Men movie? What do you want to see happen in it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Van Helsing Movie Sets Dan Mazeau to Script

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Wrath of the Titans’ Dan Mazeau is scripting the Universal Monsterverse Van Helsing movie

The new Universal Monsterverse is officially set to launch with this summer’s The Mummy and work is already well underway on several additional big screen projects that will tie into the same continuity. The Tracking Board today offers an update on one of those films, a Van Helsing movie that, according to the outlet, sees Wrath of the Titans scribe Dan Mazeau taking over scripting duties. Mazeau was part of Universal Pictures‘ Monsterverse writers room and takes over the Van Helsing movie from Arrival‘s Eric Heisserer and Doctor Strange‘s Jon Spaihts.

RELATED: The Mummy’s Alex Kurtzman Reveals the Universal Monsterverse

Abraham Van Helsing was created in 1897 by Bram Stoker for his novel Dracula. The arch enemy of the undead count, Van Helsing was both a fount of occult knowledge and a fearless vampire slayer. Over the past century, the Van Helsing character has been reimagined time and again. As was the case with the 2004 film, Van Helsing is often depicted battling all manner of monsters.

“We all came in without putting a flag down on any of those certain monsters or films, just talking about how we saw the world working and what we wanted to explore,” Heisserer tells Collider of his experience in the writers room. “Sometimes we’d talk about themes, and Jon and I just found ourselves kind of on the same page in terms of what we wanted to see Van Helsing explore. It was a natural team-up, I think.”

Although plans for the Van Helsing movie may change now that Mazeau is taking the lead, Heisserer stresses that he very much wanted to avoid a superhuman version of the monster hunter.

“[I’ve been] frustrated by the number of films where we find an extraordinary character with superhuman abilities that becomes a hero to solve a problem that a normal person cannot solve,” he explains “And I was eager to try and buck that trend and showcase someone who had no extraordinary powers, just resourcefulness and will and kind of a stubbornness who’s able to tackle some of these bigger problems. Because I don’t like the idea that we’re infusing our public and our pop culture with the idea that only super people can solve the world’s problems. I like the idea of the everyday hero stepping up to the plate and getting things fixed.”

What do you want to see from a Van Helsing movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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First Look at Woody Allen’s Next Movie ‘Wonder Wheel’

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Another period piece is coming our way from writer-director Woody Allen. We know little about his latest movie, titled Wonder Wheel, which is typical of Allen’s movies. Rarely are character and plot details shared early on. But we do know his latest film stars Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet, and Juno Temple and it takes place in the 1950s.

Below, check out the first photo from Woody Allen’s next movie.

Wonder Wheel is the famous Ferris wheel found in Coney Island. Allen spent three weeks there shooting last summer, making it his first time shooting there since Annie Hall. The Wonder Wheel does appear in that film. Allen’s story follows characters working on and around the boardwalk.

Allen’s latest co-stars Jim Belushi (According to Jim), Max Casella (Blue Valentine), and Steve Schirripa (The Sopranos). According to The Coney Island blog, Winslet plays a character “targeted by” by Tony Sirico‘s (The Sopranos) character. She ends up falling for Timberlake’s lifeguard.

Here’s a photo from Wonder Wheel (via Woody Allen Pages):

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Allen spent a good amount of time shooting the boardwalk and the city last summer. He joked with Page Six a little about recreating the period and locations:

This movie’s set in the ’50s, and we’re re-creating the Parachute Jump. Even sunny beaches. It’s no longer my job to have to run around and find that anymore. Today we live in the future. While I’m home, some nerd wearing glasses in an office with a computer turns dials and creates sunny beaches. Justin Timberlake, Jim Belushi, Juno Temple are in this. We’re filming in The Bronx and all over the city.

Allen’s 47th film is expected to come out this year. Over the past couple of years, his movies are often released during the summertime. Amazon released his last picture, the disappointing Cafe Society, last July. The distributor has a good relationship with Allen, after releasing his last Hollywood-set comedy and making his seriesCrisis in Six Scenes. According to THR, they spent $ 25 million to finance Wonder Wheel. Allen’s movies had a home at Sony Pictures Classics the last few years, but he apparently has struck up a fruitful partnership with Amazon.

While Allen’s movies have been more hit or miss the past decade or so, when he makes a hit, it’s usually quite special. When he misses, at least there’s still a few laughs. Let’s hope Wonder Wheel is another hit from the filmmaker.

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Berlinale 2017: Exploring Berlin’s Many Movie Palaces Around the City

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I love movie theaters. Every time I walk into one, I get the feeling I’m at home again. They are my places of worship, they are my cathedrals, they are my palaces. Every last city in the world has their own unique set of movie theaters, usually with an extensive and interesting history behind each one. Over the last 10 days of the 2017 Berlin Film Festival (aka “Berlinale“) I was able to explore a number of different venues for screenings all over the city. I really love Berlin, and it’s now my home where I live, but I’m still exploring and still going to places I’ve never been before. Looking back over this year’s festival, I wanted to highlight a few of the gorgeous movie palaces I visited and share some photos of these places, since they’re all so lovely. ›››

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Get Out Movie Art Gallery: Work Inspired By Jordan Peele’s Directorial Debut

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Take a tour of Jordan Peele’s Get Out movie with six pieces of film-inspired artwork

Blumhouse Productions and QC Entertainment have today revealed an art series inspired by the upcoming Get Out movie. The upcoming horror thriller is written and directed by Jordan Peele (Key and Peele, Keanu) and, in the gallery viewer below, you can check out art by Corey Barksdale, Frank Morrison, Sindisio Nyoni, Jermaine Rogers, Sharlene Artsy and Taj Tenfold. You can also click here to get tickets to a free Get Out movie preview. Act fast, though, as the seats are first come, first serve!

RELATED: Watch the Trailer for Jordan Peele’s Get Out!

“People know me for my work in comedy, but now I’ll get to focus on my passion for writing and directing horror films,” said Peele earlier this year. “Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way. ‘Get Out’ takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really been done within the genre since ‘Night of the Living Dead’ 47 years ago. It’s long overdue.”

The Get Out movie begins as Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating. She invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford).

At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary, Get Out is written and directed by Peele and produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, as well as Sean McKittrick (Donnie Darko, The Box), Peele and Edward H. Hamm Jr. (The Box, Bad Words). Blumhouse’’s Couper Samuelson is executive producing alongside QC’s Ray Mansfield and Shaun Redick.

Get Out also stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men series), Milton “Lil Rel” Howery (The Carmichael Show), Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year), Marcus Henderson (Pete’s Dragon) and Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton).

Which of these Get Out movie pieces is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Another New Trailer for ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Gives Us More of Rita

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“Five little Rangers – how cute.” Lionsgate has unveiled another brand new 60-second trailer for the Power Rangers movie, directed by Dean Israelite, in theaters in March – about a month from now. The full trailer hit just last month, but this new trailer has even more footage – including a few scenes with Rita Repulsa gearing up to take on the cute little Power Rangers. The cast is lead by: Naomi Scott as The Pink Ranger, Becky G. as The Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin as The Black Ranger, RJ Cyler as The Blue Ranger, and Dacre Montgomery as The Red Ranger. Also starring Bryan Cranston as Zordon, Bill Hader as the voice of Alpha 5, Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, as well as David Denman, Sarah Grey, Emily Maddison, and Caroline Cave. I’m not sure if this will be any good in the end, but it does look like it’ll be fun to see. ›››

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