Nothing says confidence in your product than having three separate sequels in production at the same time. Hot on the heels of the release of the first teaser for next year's 'The Avengers: Rise of Ultron', Marvel Studios have stepped in to confirm that the third 'Avengers' adventure will be split over two motion pictures, separated by 12 months.
'Avengers: The Infinity War - Part 1' will be released in May 2018 and 'Part 2' coming in May 2019. Marvel have sidestepped which of our heroes will return after the events of 'Ultron', however Marvel mega-producer Kevin Feige has confirmed that "the roster will look different", however it is known that Thanos will be the main villain, portrayed by Josh Brolin.
The next Marvel feature, 'Age of Ultron' will be released on April 23rd 2015 in Australia and New Zealand and on the 1st of May in the USA.
Despite the naysayers and prophecies of doom, Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' was undoubtedly the star of the 2014 summer blockbuster season, grossing $752 million worldwide in its theatrical release. Now, Marvel has moved to lock-in a sequel.
This morning, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige took to the stage to outline the next phase of Marvel features, no doubt to counteract a similar move by DC Comics and Warner Bros from last fortnight.
To be released on May 15th 2017, 3 years from the original, the sequel only known as 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' at this point and is expected to reunite Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista.
It seems that Marvel Studios can do no wrong, churning out hit after hit with a success rate only shared by the likes of Pixar under the leadership of mega-producer Kevin Feige. The studio has a huge slate of features scheduled for the next 6 years that includes an adaptation of the little-known property 'Doctor Strange' for 2016. Now the studio has cast its Doctor, and it seems another casting coup for the young studio.
Bringing the Doctor to life is accomplished English actor Benedict Cumberpatch, who has risen to fame in roles such as 'Star Trek: Into Darkness', 'Sherlock', 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy', 'War Horse' and the upcoming 'The Imitation Game', where he will play famed computer pioneer Alan Turning.
'Doctor Strange' begins shooting in mid 2015 with a release scheduled for July 8, 2016, directed by Scott Derrickson who helmed 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' remake, and this summer's 'Deliver Us from Evil'.
As someone who has watched pretty much all of Netflix's original series, this is news to my ears: three new original shows will be released under Netflix's wings next year. The three new shows are:
Bloodline (2015) - Starring Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, and Sissy Spacek. This series follows four Florida siblings whose "dark secrets" are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home. The teaser of which is above.
F is for Family (2015) - Starring Bill Burr, Justin Long, and Laura Dern. This animated series will follow the Murphy family in the 1970's. It brings us back to a time where you could smack your kid, smoke inside, and bring a weapon to an airport.
Between (2015) - Starring Jennette McCurdy from Nickelodeon's "iCarly" and "Sam & Cat." The series features a town that's under siege from a mysterious disease that has killed everybody - except for those 21 years old and younger.
Danny Boyle is preparing to sit in the directors chair for a new biopic on Steve Jobs, on which we've just heard that Christian Bale from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, and American Hustle, will star as Steve Jobs.
The news comes from Aaron Sorkin, who is writing the script for the movie, in his recent interview with Bloomberg Television. He said: "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale. He didn't have to audition. Well, there was a meeting". Bale wasn't the only one on a list of 'who should play Jobs' with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck (also Batman), Bradley Cooper (also from American Hustle) and Leonardo DiCaprio in the run for the role of Jobs.
The film still doesn't have a title, but will be based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography on the late Jobs, with shooting on the movie to start in the coming months. Sorkin isn't worried about Bale's acting chops, adding: "He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn't a scene or a frame that he's not in. So it's an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it".
Update: One of our readers, Peter, linked us to the Full HD version of the trailer on YouTube - so if you want to check out the trailer to Avengers: Age of Ultron, in 1080p, I would do it right now.
The Avengers was one of the biggest superhero movies of all time, joining a bunch of the biggest superheroes in the Marvel universe in an even bigger movie, made over a billion dollars at the box office. Well, now it's nearly time for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The trailer for Age of Ultron wasn't meant to drop until Tuesday's episode of Agents of SHIELD, but it leaked early and is now doing the rounds: albeit, in 360p. We get to see the new Hulkbuster armor from Stark, Ultron - who is voiced by James Spader, and more. Let's hope the full trailer is released soon, in 1080p and beyond.
Ever since the release of 'Back To The Future: Part 2" in 1988, everyone wanted a hoverboard. Y'know what - they still do. Obviously, there's some pretty huge technical problems to overcome, meaning they won't be here as depicted in 2015 like Robert Zemeckis promised. But one Kickstarter is aiming to bring a limited vision of the future, in time for the date.
The Hendo Hoverboard Kickstarter, which just after a few hours has reached half of its funding goal has already been sampled by the likes of Engadget (still waiting for our invitation, guys!) has been reasonably well received, within the limits of the technology.
Currently, the device can only hover over non-ferrous metals, such as copper and aluminum - but the ramifications of the technology which is already being used in mag-lev trains are undoubtedly great. For $299 USD, the Kickstarter is promising a 'Whitebox Dev kit' which includes a Hendo Hover engine kit, surface and a t-shirt.
Max Landis, son of legendary comedy director John 'Blues Brothers' Landis and an accomplished writer/director in his own right, who helmed 2012's 'Chronicle' has taken the rather offbeat decision to upload his ten year old work for, by his own admission "inferior" script for a film that has never, and will never get made - a 'Super Mario World' movie. Still, you have to admire his sheer chutzpah.
Available now on Landis' website, the script is accompanied by a lengthy preamble which offers his updated thoughts on the work, along with concept art that provides an unique glimpse into what the film would have looked like.
Of course, the franchise has already produced one feature film - the 1993 turkey 'Super Mario Bros' directed by incompetent huband and wife duo Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton, which is coming to Blu-ray in the UK next month. The result of the film is why the conservative Japanese firm Nintendo have been completely unwilling to dip their toes in the feature film world again.
It seems that Hollywood live action adaptations of cult anime classics 'Akira' and 'Ghost In The Shell' have been stuck in development hell for years now.. because they have. Well, at least for the latter, it seems the train is moving forward.
According to reports today, Dreamworks Pictures have offered the title role to Scarlett Johansson, who has proved her action skills in the 'The Avengers', 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'Lucy'. Rupert Sanders, who helmed 2012's 'Snow White and the Huntsman' is on board for directorial duties. Marvel honcho Ari Arad is producing.
'Ghost In The Shell' currently doesn't have a release date, but would be expected to be 2017 at the earliest.
Fans of Friends are going to be happy about this: Netflix will be streaming every single episode of the massively popular series starting on January 1, 2015. Get into it, by watching this clip below.
Unfortunately, Netflix will only be airing the episodes of Friends through its services in the US and Canada, with no word on whether this will change at all. The company will be streaming every single episode from the 10-season run, thanks to a deal struck between Warner Bros. and Netflix. As a fan of the series, I'm hoping that we get some behind-the-scenes looks at the show, and hopefully some commentary or interviews from the stars on the show.