Thursday, June 11, 2015

More ‘Jurassic World’ Casting – Josh Brolin Finally Onboard?

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The return to the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World, is rolling right along and the cast is quickly filling up with faces both familiar and not-so-much familiar. And the latest potential addition appears to be none-other-than Josh Brolin.

So far no details are known other than the fact that Brolin is in talks and that he'd most likely be playing the lead. Considering he's the best known among the already confirmed cast members of Bryce Dallas Howard (The Twilight Saga), Ty Simpkins (Insidious) and Nick Robinson (Melissa & Joey), that would only make sense. Of course, Brolin has been bouncing back and forth on committing to the flick, so we'll have to wait to see where this goes.

Tune in next week for even more casting rumors revolving around giant dinosaur movies. Or just wait until June 12th, 2015 to see the damn movie for yourself.

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

Simon Crane in Driver’s Seat of ‘Hot Wheels’ Flick


Ok, so a film based on (read: bought the rights to the name of) the iconic Hot Wheels line of toys is apparently a thing....Because Battleship clearly demonstrated how good an idea making a movie based on toys with no inherent story line is.

Legendary Pictures has signed former stuntman Simon Crane to direct the film from a script by Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco, Quiz Show) is also on board to rewrite.

No word as yet regarding plot, story line, or casting. However, there's some talent here-and the absurd success of Universal's Fast and Furious franchise, plus the announced DreamWorks adaptation of the Need For Speed video game series seem to imply that this could be a profitable-if not exactly inspired-piece of cinema.

Source: /Film

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

‘Beetlejuice 2’ May See Tim Burton Returning to the Director’s Chair


Some of you might already know and to others it may be news, but Warner Bros. is moving ahead with plans to produce a sequel to Tim Burton's 1988 hit movie Beetlejuice. And while there have been groans of pain from the general populace due to the fact that most of the original cast and crew appear to want nothing to do with the sequel, it looks as if there may be at least a small light at the end of the tunnel. If the rumormill is to be believed, Burton himself will be coming back to direct the second flick.

Burton has already been working in the background, talking to the writers of Beetlejuice 2, but now has expressed his interest in taking the director's chair. As the rumor goes, he was ready to drop out another project - Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - but has since arranged to do both flicks. And while we still have no word on whether Michael Keaton or Winona Ryder will be coming back, Burton's presence may be enough to draw them in.

So there you have it folks, Beetlejuice 2 just might avoid turning into a pile of rehashed crap doing little other than using its iconic name to make Warner Bros. a few more bucks. What do the Nerd Readers think? Do we even need a sequel? Would a Burton/Keaton/Ryder combo actually make it worth watching?

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

Bruce Campbell Says Yes to ‘Army of Darkness 2′, But Should We Remain Skeptical?


Apparently, in real life, the boomstick is his mouth.

Bruce Campbell took to the stage at the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con on Friday, answering a direct fan question about the possibility of an Army of Darkness sequel, prompting the 55 year old big-chinned cult icon to say...

"The last one was 22 years ago. I just haven't been racing to do it. Sam Raimi is just a little bit busy making the biggest movies in Hollywood. I use to be busy. Now I'm not. That's why I'm here.

"Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some deadite to catch his breath. Maybe we could do that, I guess. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. That would be all right. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it... [Seriously] All right, sir, the answer is yes."

So, the answer is yes, but the questions now shift to "when?".

Last month, Bloody Disgusting caught up with Fede Alvarez, the director of the Evil Dead remake, who said:

"The pressure is on them now. Because as far as I know, and heard, Sam [Raimi] is really determined to get Army Of Darkness 2 happening, [...] He is actually writing [it now]."

This all follows comments made back in March by Raimi and producing partner Rob Tapert that indicated that the project was in the works, meaning this may actually be on the front-burner for Raimi, but it's also important to remember the skepticism that Campbell had back then when asked about the future of the franchise by Coming Soon.

"Sam threatens this every six months, [...] I've heard this a thousand times, because in the back of his mind, he never wants to let go, because he loved making these movies. We all loved making them together. They were a nightmare to make, very difficult, but they lasted the test of time, so he's not going to let that go, and I'm never going to say 'no.' It'll be me and a walker fighting some other old guy. But that's what he does and who knows? It may happen."

Obviously, we're not privy to the evolution of Raimi's process from March to September to now, the behind-the-scenes hunger for more Evil Dead following the remake's nearly $100 million worldwide take, or whether Campbell (Raimi's long time collaborator and friend) has seen Raimi's progress for himself. We have no idea why this now seems more likely, but something made Bruce Campbell change a maybe to a yes, and that is pretty groovy.

Source: Coming Soon, Bloody Disgusting, Comic Book

Monday, May 25, 2015

RECAP/REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ – S04E02 – ‘Infected’


The prison awakens to the fallout of Patrick's zombification in what is one of the most gruesome episodes of The Walking Dead we've seen in quite some time. 'Infected,' written by Angela Kang, shows that this season will live up to the high standard set by the premiere episode. In fact, season 4 might be better and more terrifying than season 3. (Spoilers ahead)

(I repeat here there be SPOILERS.)

Guys. Guys. We need to talk about the opening of this episode because, dear Cthulhu, was it masterful.

'Infected' opened with the perfect homage to traditional horror movies.

Karen leaves Tyrese's cell, after declining to have sex with him, and heads back to her own room. She wandering in the dark with only a flashlight when she hears a noise. The audience know it's Zombie!Patrick (Vincent Martella) and we're yelling at our TVs "Don't go that way, Karen! Run Karen!" as she searches through a dark and creepy prison bathroom to find the source of the noise.

She doesn't find anything though and goes to her room. Zombie!Patrick is awake now and hungry for brains. We think this is the moment Karen bites it (or gets bitten), but that doesn't happen for one very specific reason. Karen and Tyrese didn't have sex, so of course she can't die now. She's still "pure!"

I loved this opening. It was clever and gave the audience a little bit of levity before the horror that was to come.


And what horror it was. We get lingering close-ups of Patrick chowing down on intestines and in a terrifying chain reaction one zombie rises after the other. The attack was frenetic and intense. You couldn't tell what was going on, who was alive, who was dead.

This was the kind of episode where you hold your breath the entire time and even when it's done, you still aren't sure if it's safe to breathe.

Even the quieter moments of this episode are rife with tension.

Carol (Melissa McBride) tends to the wounds of Ryan, who was bitten on the arm. As she prepares to amputate, she discovers that he was also bitten on the neck. Her interaction with a dying Ryan is so moving. Her compassion mixed with his fear makes the tragedy palpable.

Sometimes with this show the situations are so over the top that you lose the human element. This scene was quiet. This scene let you feel their reality. It got even more emotional when Carol brings his children in to say goodbye. One of his daughters offers to be the one to kill her father. She panics at the last minute and falls apart and Carol follows through.

This scene affected me more than Carl killing Lori. Perhaps because it was a quieter and simpler scene. As with Carl, the death of a parent sets these children up for a new path in life. They are no longer children. Later in the episode, these girls embrace Carol's teachings and take ownership of their roles as zombie slayers.


The true horror of this episode isn't in who died, it's in the cause of the infection. The zombie virus hasn't gone airborne. It's something else. It's a flu-like virus that spreads and kills fast.

Nearly everyone has been exposed.

To contain the virus, the council quarantines everyone who might be infected. This separates Carl and Rick from Judith. The show doesn't focus much on Judith, because Little Ass Kicker's still too small to slay zombies, but she's not too small to bring more layers to Michonne's character.

When Big Ass Kicker meets Little Ass Kicker it doesn't go so well at first. Michonne appears disgusted by the baby. She refuses to hold her or even to look at her. Beth, as a member of the ever intuitive Greene family, knows that Michonne needs to let go of whatever emotional weight she is carrying. She thrusts Judith into Michonne's arms and walks out of the room. It takes a moment, but Michonne puts down her guard, nuzzles the child and begins to weep. Judith, who was in the midst of a tantrum, stops crying in Michonne's arms.

We know that "guarded" is Michonne's (Danai Gurira) middle name, but she has softened throughout the show. She has a warm relationship with Rick and Carl, so why was she so resistant to Judith? Will we be subjected the trope of "the emotionally guarded woman who lost a child" or is the story more complex?

I'm hoping for the more complex answer.

Speaking of complex, let's talk about Rick. Sheriff Rick became Farmer Rick after the events of last season. Farmer Rick has hope. Farmer Rick isn't a dick. Farmer Rick loves pigs, cucumbers and protecting his son. He walls himself off from tragedy (aka reality).


The walls literally come crashing down on Farmer Rick when the zombies attack the fence. The attack is so forceful that the fence nearly collapses. Much like the outbreak scene in the beginning of this episode, this one is chaotic.

We do learn one key piece of information during the chaos. Someone is feeding the zombies rats.

There is no holding back the zombies at this point. The only thing left is to distract them. Rick must sacrifice something he loves - his hope for a new beginning - his pig farm.

On paper, I imagine a scene where a farmer feeds his pigs to zombies wouldn't read as emotional, but on screen, it was a punch to the gut. The anguish on Andrew Lincoln's face was so visceral. His sacrifice pays off and the zombies move away from the fence long enough for them to repair it. The fix is temporary, of course. The zombies are back at the fence at the end of the episode.

The prison dwellers have three things to worry about now: An impending zombie invasion, a spreading infection and a traitor in their midst. The episode ends with the double murder of Karen and another of the group. They were both burned alive, but by whom? Had they succumbed to the virus before they were killed? Was it a mercy killing or is someone tormenting our band of survivors?

I'm more inclined to believe it's the latter. But is it one person or a group of people?

With all of these variables out there, one thing is clear - there is no saving the prison. It's doomed.

Here's another thing to think about before next week: Farmer Rick dies in this episode and the ghost of Sheriff Rick is also put to rest. So which incarnation of Rick will we get next week? He will undoubtedly be back to a leadership role, but to what extent? How different will it be from past seasons?

So many questions. How do you think they will be answered?

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 on AMC.

Rumor du Jour: Idris Elba Coming to ‘Jurassic World’?


When you cast Idris Elba in your blockbuster, the badass quotient goes by by at least 25 per cent (just look at this past summer's Pacific Rim). So keeping that in mind, do you think it's a good idea to have an Elba-inflated Jurassic World cast? Well, if you do, that's the rumor of the day, but before you get too excited, some closer scrutiny might indicate that this news will remain firmly in the realm of the rumor.

News that Elba is circling Jurassic World comes courtesy of two sites: Jurassic Park IV and Jurassic World Movie News, as well as an independent website called Acting Auditions. Jurassic World Movie News says they have a source that is "fairly close to Jurassic World's development [in] terms of the casting updates," hence their veracity in having the straight scoop. Acting Auditions, meanwhile, looks to be recruiting extras for the shoots to take place in Hawaii and Louisiana, and lists not only confirmed (0r sort of conformed) actors like Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson, but rumored additions to the cast like Josh Brolin, Bryce Dallas Howard, and, yes, Idris Elba.

However, and this is where things might get sticky, it's entirely possible that the scheduling math may preclude any possible involvement by Elba. According to Screen Rant's analysis, Elba currently has plans to star in and produce the film Beasts of No Nation for director Cary Fukunaga. Shooting on Beasts is currently set for March 2014, which will surely conflict in some way with Jurassic World, as it will likely begin shooting sometime in early 2014 as well. Screen Rant further points out that the synopsis that Acting Auditions is using is an old one that hasn't been updated to reflect the new script developed and co-written by director Colin Trevorrow.

So this means, what? Well, if you were all excited by the headline, and seeing Idris Elba wrestle a dinosaur or whatever, maybe just cool your jets a little and wait for the official studio confirmation, which, if true, will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks. But seriously, it's not like you weren't going to see Jurassic World anyway, right nerds?

Jurassic World will be in theaters everywhere June 12, 2015.

Source: Screen Rant

Sunday, May 24, 2015

17 Minutes of Gameplay from ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’


Batman: Arkham Origins releases in just four days, and to get you warmed up for its release, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released an extensive gameplay clip. The video- which showcases The Dark Knight gliding around Gotham City, beating up thugs, using some of his classic gadgets, and even traversing the Bat Cave- should set the minds of any doubters still left at ease.

Clearly, Warner Bros. Interactive was able to build on what Rocksteady perfected, and you can see that for yourself in the video below.

Perhaps the most exciting new aspect shown in this gameplay trailer is the Bat Cave, which will allow you to upgrade your gear throughout the game, and serve as the in-game hub for challenge maps, among other things. What I'm most looking forward to, though, is what is being teased at the end of the video; we see a young Barbara defending Batman to her father, who, along with the rest of the police force, isn't quite ready to trust Bats just yet. We all know how this ends up, but it should be a treat to see this play out. The only issue I noticed in this video was Batman's cape, which, while usually incredibly realistic, was sort of phasing right through him and things around him.

Be sure to put in your pre-orders so that you can get the Black Mask Challenge Maps, and, if you have an iOS device, you can check out the Batman: Arkham Origins mobile game to unlock exclusive content for the console version.