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Marvel Announces Phase Three Film Slate Up To 2019

Black Panther, Captain Marvel and more on the way...

Shareholders meeting? Schmareholders meeting! Unlike Warner Bros./DC, when Marvel Studios wants to make an announcement about its upcoming slate, it does so with a little panache, taking over the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles to announce the full slate for its Phase Three film schedule, which includes films stretching into 2019.

With Ant-Man (which was only briefly mentioned) wrapping up Phase Two in mid-2015, the focus at Tuesday’s media/fan event was firmly on the third Phase, which kicks off in 2016 with the third Captain America film. Initially teased on the theatre’s big screen with the subtitle Serpent Society, it was quickly revealed to be Civil War, with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans appearing on stage to adopt boxing poses and confirm that the latest Cap outing will indeed pit Steve Rogers against Tony Stark in a moral conflict that spills over into a real clash in the wake of the events of Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The film’s logo carries a May 6, 2016 date, though it may hit the UK earlier.{Marvel Phase Three Films}

Following that, Doctor Strange will make his full debut in the Marvel universe. While there is still no confirmed casting for the lead – Benedict Cumberbatch is the current rumoured front runner, though Marvel president Kevin Feige wouldn’t be drawn on the matter – Sinister director Scott Derrickson is working away ready for November 4, 2016 release date, a little later than originally thought.

“It takes a while to work on these movies before they're ready to come to you in theatres," said Feige. "Doctor Stephen Strange, brilliant neurosurgeon, bit of an arrogant fellow who gets in a car accident and ruins what he thinks are the tools of his trade: his hands. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the supernatural, that involves everything from quantum mechanics to string theory. The idea of this film is to open up a whole new corner of the cinematic universe. We want to enter, through Strange, the world of parallel dimensions."{Marvel Phase Three Announcement}

2017 kicks off the era of three Marvel movies a year, as Phase Three really lives up to its name. First out of the gate will be Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, which writer/director James Gunn announced via video message (he’s in Tokyo at the moment) would arrive a month earlier than anticipated, pencilled in for a May 5, 2017 slot.

That’s to make more room for the next Thor film, subtitled Ragnarok, which, according to Feige, sees the return of both Chris Hemsworth’s hero and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. Because, let’s face it, Asgard just isn’t as fun without the trickster.

Later in 2017, Black Panther finally makes his debut, and Team Marvel had freshly-cast leading man Chadwick Boseman on hand to share the stage with Downey Jr. and Evans. You can read more about the Panther’s solo film here.

Moving on to 2018, another long-awaited (and demanded) character will also get her due: Captain Marvel, in the form of Carol Danvers, is headed to screens for July 6, 2018. There’s no casting yet, but Feige had this to say: “This film has been in the works almost as long as Doctor Strange or Guardians Of The Galaxy, and one of the key things was figuring out what we wanted to do with it. Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm.”

She’ll be joined in November of that year by The Inhumans, a storyline that has been rumoured for a while and got more credibility a couple of months ago. There’s more about them here.

And, finally, the Avengers will be back (with whatever line-up the team has following the fallout of Age Of Ultron and Phase Three’s various cataclysms) for a two-part tale called Avengers: Infinity War, due in May 2018 and May 2019. As the title suggests, it’s what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building to, with Infinity Stones such as the Tesseract (from the first Captain America and Avengers films), the Aether (Thor: The Dark World) and the Orb (Guardians) among the items Thanos (voiced by Josh Brolin in Guardians) is looking to collect to use with the Infinity Gauntlet, which will make him so powerful it’ll need the Avengers and two films to deal with.

The only bad news was for fans hoping for solo films about the Hulk, Hawkeye (some people love him) and Black Widow. “Black Widow couldn’t be more important as an Avenger, but, like Hulk, the Avengers films will be the films where they play a primary role,” said Feige. “Her part in Avengers: Age Of Ultron is very, very big and further develops her character. The plans we have for her through the rest of the Avengers saga are very big and she is a linchpin, in fact, to those films. So instead of taking her out there or doing a prequel which we haven’t done yet, we’re continuing the forward momentum of the continuity of the Cinematic Universe, of which Widow is a key part.”

So that’s it for the Marvel Cinematic Universe for now. What do you make of the announcements? Are you excited? Do you wish other characters had gotten their due? Let us know below and on Twitter.


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New Re-Release Poster Of Guys And Dolls

Sit down, we're rocking the quote

Joseph L. Mankiewicz was a Hollywood chameleon who ranged from thoughtful thrillers (The Quiet American), to acid character dramas (All About Eve) and Renta-ghosty romances (The Ghost And Mrs. Muir) with equal aplomb. Perhaps his most beloved film, though, remains his starry stab at the musical genre, 1955’s Guys And Dolls. It’s been spruced up and will be back on the big screen in time for all your Christmas sing-along needs*, and there's a new poster to help spread the word. {Guys And Dolls Poster} Adapted from Frank Loesser’s Tony-winning musical, Guys And Dolls is the story of New York bad boy Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra), in deep with the gambling community and feeling the cops breathing down his handmade-suited neck. His fiancée (Vivian Blaine) also wants a ring on her finger. So what does he do? He makes a $1000 bet with Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) that he can’t wow Jean Simmons’ straightlaced temperance enthusiast over dinner in Havana.

Plot, schmot, though. It’s all about the songs as Sinatra’s pipes get a thorough workout with a winning version of ‘Sue Me’ and Brando takes on ‘Luck Be A Lady’ and pulls off a creditable draw. Best of all, arguably, is Stubby Kaye’s effort.

Park Circus, the fine people who brought you spiffing re-release posters for classics like Night Of The Hunter and Some Like It Hot, are behind this one. Guys And Dolls is back in UK cinemas in its restored form on December 19.

* check your local cinema for sing-along regulations

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Jason Wood leaves Curzon for HOME

Film Industry News - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 13:35
After five years as Curzon’s director of programming, Jason Wood takes newly-created role of artistic director for Manchester venue.
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Box Office: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Could Top $150M in U.S. Debut

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 13:33

Jennifer Lawrence returns to the big screen as Katniss Everdeen on Nov. 21

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Chris Columbus Hears Melody

A CG film to kick off a new animation studiio

It can be tough to launch an independent animation studio at a time when Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, Blue Sky/Fox, Illumination and Sony Pictures Animation are all churning out content and enjoying big box office successes. But Power Rangers producer Haim Saban thinks he can muscle into the marketplace, partnering up with video maven Jeremy Zag and director/producer Chris Columbus for a new animation company called Zag Animation Studios.

The company initially plans to kick off producing family fare in 2017, looking to put out one CG animated film and one blend of live-action and CG a year. Columbus, a man with no little history of launching big franchises, is set to start things rolling with CG ‘toon Melody. There are two other films in development, fellow ‘toon Abominable and live-action effort Ghostforce.

"After all of these years, it's fantastic to start a new venture that brings together talented artists from around the world under Jeremy's excellent leadership and Haim's brilliant international business experience," said Columbus in a statement picked up by Variety.

Like people such as Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter or Phil Lord and Chris Miller over at Warner Bros.’ ever-expanding animation department, Columbus will act as overseer on the films he doesn’t direct. Can this new company succeed where other start-ups have faltered? There does seem to be more room for smaller companies such as Toonbox, which had a hit this year with The Nut Job, but we’ll find out for sure in a couple of years…

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Michael Bay Clocks 13 Hours

The director plans a Benghazi drama

He was back in battle with the Transformers this year, but Michael Bay has his eye on a much more real-life conflict for a potential future film. He’s in negotiations to tackle 13 Hours, which will be set during the fateful attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

Chuck Hogan, who co-wrote The Strain trilogy with Guillermo del Toro and worked on the TV adaptation, is responsible for the script, which is sourced from Mitchell Zuckoff’s book. The focus will be on six members of a security team who fought to defend the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound when terrorists attacked the place. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and one of the compound’s workers died in the initial assault and two contractors were killed during another attack on a nearby CIA facility.

The attack and the US administration’s response has since become a political talking point, and any film about the incident is sure to be controversial. Still, this appears to be Bay sticking to his mandate to make more nuanced films between his bombastic blockbusters, albeith with subject matter that still offers him a chance to film combat. Paramount is backing the film, which would presumably kick off shooting next year.

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AFM: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon Board 'Three Generations' (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 13:00

Big Beach ('Our Idiot Brother,' 'Little Miss Sunshine') is producing

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Ready For American Gigolo: The TV Series?

Jerry Bruckheimer's backing a small screen version

Jerry Bruckheimer has been combing through the Paramount libraries again to dig up one of his movies for a new adaptation. In this case, he’s turning 1980 thriller American Gigolo into a TV drama.

The Paul Schrader film starred Richard Gere as Julian, a smooth male escort who makes a good living entertaining rich older ladies in Los Angeles. But around the same time he starts romancing – for real, not money – politician’s wife Michelle (Lauren Hutton), one of Julian’s clients is murdered.

Soon Julian is the prime suspect, and police detective Sunday (Hector Elizondo) starts badgering him for information about his clients. Is Julian being framed? And can he keep the relationship with Michelle going even as his life becomes more chaotic?

What form the show will take has yet to be decided, but Bruckheimer will be an executive producer and Schrader is aboard as a consultant.

“With its signature noir aesthetic, American Gigolo has remained a deeply entertaining, psychological thriller and I’m thrilled to partner with Paramount's Brad Grey and Amy Powell on remaking it into a television series,” Bruckheimer tells Variety. Expect hot young actors with great taste in clothes to be lining up in the hopes of landing the lead in this one.

Now we're just worried this will all lead to a Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo TV series...

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First Terminator: Genisys Imagery Marches In

And there's some surprising new plot info

We’ve heard a lot of talk that Terminator: Genisys will play with the timeline originally established by James Cameron in the first two films. Now, with Entertainment Weekly publishing the first proper looks at the new movie via its latest covers, there are also some intriguing story details to relate. {Terminator: Genisys EW Covers}

Naturally, we would caution that if you read ahead, you’re wandering into SPOILER TERRITORY, so be suitably advised. Genisys reportedly starts in 2029, with the war between the human rebels and Skynet’s malicious machines is in full swing. Present and correct – though played now by different actors – are John Connor (Jason Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) who are taking advantage of pushing back against the antagonistic artificial intelligence to send Reese to 1984 on his mission to save Sarah Connor from termination at the hands of a killer cyborg.

So far, so story as usual for the franchise. But when Reese makes it into the past, things are very different. Sarah Connor is not the same woman we met in The Terminator, played by Linda Hamilton. In an altered timeline, she’s portrayed by Emilia Clarke and is an antisocial recluse who has killer sniper skills, but little ability to interact with her fellow humans. And that’s because – twist alert! – she was orphaned at nine by a Terminator attack and has been living with an aging T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) as protector since then.

“Since she was nine, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen,” producer Megan Ellison tells the magazine. “But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, ‘That’s not what I want to do.’ It’s her decision that drives the story in a very different direction.”

According to co-star Matt Smith, who plays a still-unnamed comrade to Connor, the plan was to honour the franchise while bringing something fresh. “It’s like going on tour again if you’re Pink Floyd – the audience always wants to hear some of the old songs. There are enough nods to the past that people will feel satisfied.” For more about the movie, head to EW’s site.

Thor: The Dark World’s Alan Taylor directed the film, and it’ll be demanding your movie-going money on July 3 next year. Apparently one of the flesh-free Terminators appearing in the film is very happy to be in the thing – check out that grin…


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Final Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Trailer

Burn, baby, burn

There is less than a month to go now until Katniss Everdeen and co. take the cinematic stage for the beginning of the end, or The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, as it prefers to be known. That means it must be time for what is being described as the final trailer for the movie, available for your viewing needs below.

As the story continues, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has been recruited to lead the rebel forces against those of President Snow (Donald Sutherland), working alongside the likes of Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in what will be one of his final performances) and President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore). Katniss has now been brought to District 13, long thought destroyed and written out of Panem history but, it emerges, a power to be reckoned with.

But even as the Districts start to make progress against the Capitol’s armies, Snow delivers a nasty propaganda surprise: Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is alive and apparently aligned with the Capitol in asking the rebels to stop fighting. Naturally, Katniss wants to rescue her friend – but at what cost? 

{New The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Stills}

The trailer recycles some of the footage from the most recent TV spot, but has our heroine delivering a tough message to President Snow: “If we burn, you burn with us…” Sick burn!

With Francis Lawrence directing, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is out on November 21. And Katniss is gracing the cover of the latest Empire, out Thursday and featuring much, much more about the movie. 

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Insurgent Character Posters Land

As the film heads to screens in 3D next year

You may already have heard that the Divergent sequel, now labouring until the slightly unwieldy full title of The Divergent Series: Insurgent, will be arriving in cinemas in 3D. Today heralds the arrival of eight new character posters for the film, featuring Shailene Woodley’s Tris and friends (or, in some cases, enemies). {Divergent: Insurgent Character Posters}

The images are a little odd, but then they were designed to be seen in 3D (you can watch them in action at the film’s official site), and make the characters look like they’re running through rubble or have just stepped out of the shower.

Insurgent (we’ll spare you the full name again) finds Tris on the run in future Chicago as she and Four (Theo James) evade the power-hungry Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet). They’ll have to track down what Tris’ family gave their lives to protect, and Tris must face up to her choices as she unlocks the truth about the past and the future of their world. So, you know, just an average day for her since she embraced her Divergent destiny.

With Robert Schwentke directing this time out, and Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer and Naomi Watts all aboard, The Divergent Series: Insurgent lands on March 20 next year.

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iFeatures' Spaceship begins production

Film Industry News - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 12:43
EXCLUSIVE: Principal production begins in Surrey on iFeatures’ latest venture.
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Dubai Film Festival Scraps Major Industry Section, Focuses on Distribution

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 12:36

The Dubai Film Connection co-production platform will not feature in the upcoming 11th edition

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Daniel Boulanger, French New Wave Actor and Writer, Dies at 92

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 12:35

The Oscar-nominated writer became famous during the French New Wave movement

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Celluloid launches new Audiard

Film Industry News - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 12:31
EXCLUSIVE: Company to co-sell the title with Wild Bunch in Santa Monica. 
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Relativity Media's 'The Best of Me' to Get Bollywood Remake (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 12:29

“There is a lot of content we make that is very appropriate for Bollywood," says Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh

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Nicole Kidman Talks Father's Death, Keith Urban's Support: "I Was So Devastated"

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 12:27

The actress said of grieving, "I've realized we don't talk about it enough in terms of our society"

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'Ghost Train' on Track as American Remake of Japanese Horror Movie (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 12:00

The movie will be the third Japanese remake produced by an American-Japanese partnership

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AFM: Dev Patel Attached to Star in Weinstein Company's 'Lion' (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 11:23

Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman are also on board the drama, based on a Vanity Fair article, which follows an Indian street kid adopted by Australian parents

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Garbus to direct Niederhoffer comedy

Film Industry News - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 11:18
EXCLUSIVE: Goldcrest to bring comedy Taxonomy to AFM.
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