The Joker Origin Story On Deck: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Martin Scorsese Aboard WB/DC Film
Exclusive: Warner Bros and DC are in the early stages of another Batman Universe spinoff movie, this one telling the origin story of the signature villain The Joker. The studio has set The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips to co-write a script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips. This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and… »
‘Han Solo’ Cuts Michael K Williams’ Role
The actor told Deadline that the Han Solo film’s production schedule was conflicting with his commitment to “The Red Sea Diving Resort,” which is now shooting in South Africa with Ben Kingsley and Chris Evans.
New director Ron Howard, who took over the film from fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller in June, is handling the reshoots. “When Ron Howard got hired to finish out the film, there were some reshoot issues »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees
The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.
Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz. »
- Rebecca Rubin
Why The Gambit Movie Is Being Changed, According To Channing Tatum
An X-Men spinoff starring Channing Tatum as Gambit has been in the works for some time. Now, Tatum explains how the delays are affecting his plans and how a very different Gambit movie is now being developed. »
5 Joker Stories to Tell Instead of an Origin Film
As one of the most infamous names in all of comic book history, the Joker has bedeviled Batman across platforms including movies, video games, and television — so it’s only natural that he might get his own movie. News broke on Tuesday that a Joker origin film is in the works with “The Hangover” filmmaker Todd Phillips in talks to co-write and direct, and Martin Scorsese possibly involved in an unspecified role.
But fans are questioning if an origin story is really the best way to go. The Clown Prince of Crime’s true identity and past are notoriously hazy in most continuities. Even in “The Killing Joke,” which many fans regard as the closest thing to a definitive origin, the character says, “If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice.”
“The Killing Joke” has already been adapted into an animated film, and was met with many negative reviews. So »
- Matt Fernandez
‘The War With Grandpa’ Pushed To Winter; Third Release Date For Dimension’s Robert De Niro Comedy
TWC/Dimension Films have moved the released date to their comedy The War With Grandpa for a third time. The movie starring Robert De Niro and Oakes Fegley has shifted the opening date to February 23, 2018. It was previously slated for an October 20, 2017 debut and before that it was slated for an April 23 bow. Filmed over six weeks in Atlanta, The War with Grandpa is shifting release dates due to a late start in production. Based on the bestselling book by Robert Kimmel… »
The Biggest Winners And Losers Of The 2017 Summer Movie Season
With summer 2017 drawing to a close, here are the winners and losers of the last few months. »
Robert De Niro’s Comedy ‘War With Grandpa’ Gets February Release
Tim Hill directed the movie, which also stars Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Oakes Fegley, Jane Seymour, and Faizon Love. The film was written by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, and Dave Johnson and produced by Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart, and Rosa Morris Peart of Marro Films.
The film was shot over six weeks in Atlanta. It was originally slated to be shot in Toronto for an Oct. 20 release date.
Fegley portrays the grandson of De Niro’s recently widowed character, who moves into the house and takes over the grandson’s bedroom. The grandson schemes with friends to devise a series of pranks to drive him out, but finds that his grandfather isn’t going to give up easily — leading to an all-out war.
- Dave McNary
A Cast of Kings S7E06 – Beyond the Wall
Joanna and David discuss the sixth episode of the seventh season of Game of Thrones, “North of the Wall.” Be sure to read Joanna’s recap of the episode, Alison Herman’s recap of the episode, and Jacob Hall’s recap of the episode. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Listen to the episode below.
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- David Chen
Why Kingsman: The Golden Circle Brought Back Colin Firth
Despite the character's apparent demise in the original Kingsman, Colin Firth and Taron Egerton have explained why his Harry Hart was brought back for the upcoming sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. »
SAG-aftra Election Ending Bitterly With 2000 Strike Still in Dispute
Voting is ending for a particularly acrimonious SAG-aftra presidential election with results due to be announced as early as Thursday afternoon.
The counting of the ballots, with about a quarter of the 144,000 dues-current members expected to vote, will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.
The contest has featured accusations of election fraud and bungling the recent contract negotiations (made by Esai Morales and Membership First); negligence on safety issues and allowing massive staff salaries (made by independent stuntman Pete Antico); and Membership First’s alleged incompetence in the 2008 negotiations and its long opposition to the SAG-aftra merger (made by the Unite for Strength faction headed by current president Gabrielle Carteris).
The divisions within SAG-aftra run deep and have existed for the past two decades. Remarkably, the two main factions — the moderate-leaning Unite for Strength and the self-styled progressives of Membership First — have managed to revive the debate over the six-month commercials strike in 2000. Supporters of the »
- Dave McNary
Martin Scorsese to produce 'gritty and grounded' Joker origin story – reports
Directed by Todd Phillips, with a lead that’s yet to be cast, the ‘hard-boiled crime film’ will pay stylistic homage to Scorsese’s films of early-80s
The Batman universe is set to expand once more with a new film from Warner Bros and DC with Martin Scorsese on board to produce, according to a report in the Hollywood online news site, Deadline.
The film – an origin story of the character, which won’t be attached to any other iteration – will be directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips, who will co-write the film with Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter).
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- Steph Harmon
Superhero Bits: Hulk Popcorn Bucket, The Punisher Gets War Machine’s Armor, The Tick Clip & More
How does Yondu‘s death in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 impact Sean Gunn‘s character Kraglin? Will we see the members of The Defenders cross over into each others’ shows more often now? How would you like to eat a bucket of popcorn out of Hulk‘s fist? Want to see a bunch of Marvel movies […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Common Will Headline Starz’s ‘Black Samurai’ Reboot
Starz isn’t on the same level as a powerhouse premium service like HBO, but they’re still one of the big players in that space, and they’ve recently made waves by catering to underserved audiences with shows like Power and Outlander (not to mention the splash they made this year with their adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods). […]
- Ben Pearson
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