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Anthony Hopkins lauds 'genius' director Michael Bay

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 9, 2017 11:53 pm

When you think of the genius directors of cinematic history, you'd rightly think of the greats like Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock , Quentin Tarantino or James Cameron. 'Pearl Harbor' director Michael Bay. probably falls somewhere down the list Well, not unless you're Sir Anthony Hopkins.




Speaking to Yahoo! Movies, Anthony Hopkins has lauded 'Transformers' director Michael Bay as a "a genius", going on to say that "He's the same ilk as Oliver Stone and Spielberg and Scorsese. Brilliance. Savants, really, they are. He's a savant." While many will disagree, the 'Westworld' actor stars in the upcoming 'Transformers: The Last Knight', which Bay has promised will be his last. Although, he has said that before.


'Transformers: The Last Knight' is set to hit 2D, 3D and IMAX theatres from June 23, 2017.

Princess Leia will return for 'Star Wars: Episode 9'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 9, 2017 11:26 pm

The death late last year of 'Star Wars' star Carrie Fisher devastated fans around the world, and put a spanner in the works for the finale of the franchise which is due to start filming mid this year, for release in 2019. But according to the late star's brother, an agreement has been reached with Disney which will see Princess Leia reprise her role one last time.




According to the NY Daily News, the late actor's brother Todd Fisher confirmed that

both he and Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd had granted the studio the right to use her likeness for the final 'Star Wars' saga film. "Both of us were like, 'Yes, how do you take her out of it?' And the answer is you don't. She's as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan - when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that's what's happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue." The current plan is to edit in footage shot for the newest 'Star Wars' films and probably also use some light CG to have her as part of the narrative.


Lucasfilm issued a statement late last year confirming they had "no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or General Leia Organa."

Schwarzenegger follows Stallone in exiting 'Expendables'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 6, 2017 1:02 am

Following this week's news that Sylvester Stallone has abandoned the 'Expendables' franchise, Arnold Schwarzenegger has promised that he'll follow Sly out the door.




Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the action veteran says that "there is no Expendables without Sly. I would never do the movie without him, no." But even if Sly stays for the upcoming fourth film, that doesn't necessarily mean that he's back in either. Citing his disdain for the third entry, the Austrian Oak says that they'd also have to give him a much better part to even consider it. "The third one, I thought my part was not written well. It was also not playing well in the movie, as far as I was concerned. Maybe other people believed differently. But I didn't believe that I had any value in the movie. I love the franchise, by the way. I think it's a spectacular franchise, The Expendables. I think that Sly has good ideas, what he wants to do with it, and I think if they write a really good script [in] which my part is very well-developed, I would do it. If not, then I won't do it."


It looks like 'The Expendables' franchise as we know it is over.

007 producers confident in retaining Daniel Craig

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 1:33 am

After reprising his role as Bond for 2015's poorly-received 'Spectre' during which he proclaimed to journalists that he would "rather break this glass and slash my wrists" than return, discussions have apparently continued with producers who are increasingly confident that he'll be back for one last go around.




According to sources who've spoken to gossip rag Page Six, "Daniel's talks with Barbara [Brocolli] are going in the right direction. They have a script - screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writing and they'll go into production as soon as Daniel is ready to commit." Neither Craig, nor Brocooli have spoken on record in recent times, but the quiet is promising.


It's no surprise that producers and the studio would be keen to have Craig continue; his last two appearances in 'Skyfall' and 'Spectre' have grossed $2 billion worldwide combined.

Schwarzenegger promises he'll back as 'The Terminator'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 4, 2017 4:48 am

Contrary to recent reports which suggested Arnie was finished playing the Terminator (which we refused to report because of their dubious sources), the Austrian Oak has weighed in on the matter and says it's all just "fake news".




Speaking to Fandango, Schwarzenegger confirmed that he'll be back to play the iconic role in the near future.


"I don't want to call it, like, fake news, like the president calls it, but I think people just write things - I have no idea why. Just because Paramount doesn't want to pick up the Terminator franchise, you have 15 other studios willing to do it - that doesn't mean the Terminator franchise is finished, right? It just means they are on their way to negotiate with another studio, but I can't give you the details of that. They'll announce that. But, yes, the Terminator franchise is never finished. And remember that after 2018, James Cameron is getting it back, and then it will continue on!"


While the original plans for a 'Terminator: Genisys' sequel have been seemingly cancelled, with rights holder David Ellison promising "a bright future" for the series, which will give fans what they "really wanted since T2".

Future 'Spider-Man' sequels to stay in the MCU for now

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 3, 2017 11:54 pm

While Spider-Man made a brief cameo appearance in last year's 'Captain America: Civil War', his solo outing in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming will have the character fully integrated in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sandbox, alongside established characters such as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Hulk. But how long can the Disney/ Sony Pictures team up last? Well, it could go on a while.




Speaking to Collider, 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' producer Eric Carroll speaks of the reverence that having the character back under Marvel control. "It's like your Dad handing you the keys to the Lamborghini. This was the one unspoken rule when you came to work at Marvel, 'Hey, Spider-Man is the crown jewel, but we'll never get him back. We're never getting Spider-Man back, but look at all these other cool characters we have?!' All of a sudden when there's this opportunity to play with Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that's all it was." But as to long it can go on, veteran Sony Pictures producer and ex-CEO Amy Pascal seems bullish. "I think we found the right formula and I think everybody is going to want the right thing to continue. And I think that there's a surprisingly generous and cooperative thing and if it works, then it's going to work for everybody."


'Spider-Man: Homecoming' will sling its way to 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide from July 6.

Stallone quits 'The Expendables' crew

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 3, 2017 5:34 am

It's a successful franchise that he kicked off back in 2010, but it looks as if Sylvester Stallone has parted ways with the crew of 'The Expendables'.




According to a Deadline Hollywood report, Stallone has decided to step back from the fourth instalment in the franchise, after a series of fundamental disagreements with studio head Avi Lerner which apparently revolved the choice of director, the script and even the visual effects house. When asked for comment, Lerner confirmed that discussions with the action star were tense, but he hasn't given up hope, saying "We've got disagreements with Sly, but we've had them for over a year and a half. Right now, each one has an opinion. We agreed on 95% of things, but there are certain things in production we don't agree on. I don't think it's over, but write whatever you want. In my opinion, it's not dead."


'The Expendables' franchise has been a lucrative one for Lionsgate, which has gone on to gross over $800 million at the worldwide box office. The 2012 follow up is the most successful to date, grossing $315 million on a $100 million budget.

'Rick and Morty' makes return as a real April Fools joke

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 3, 2017 1:56 am

Fans of Adult Swim's 'Rick and Morty' have been patiently awaiting the return of the mad-cap adventure series for almost a year and a half, but yesterday the network released the first episode as the best April Fools joke of them all.



Originally planned to hit screens last last year, the premiere episode of the third season of 'Rick and Morty' kicked off on Adult Swim's website yesterday, to the surprise of fans everywhere. While the website no longer hosts the 22 minute episode (and some countries such as Australia were geo-blocked out), it doesn't require much effort to find it. 'The Rickshank Rickdemption' has already been hailed by fans as one of the best 'Rick and Morty' episodes yet.


The remaining thirteen episodes of 'Rick and Morty' season three are scheduled to be released mid this year.

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'The Mummy' awakens in new theatrical trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 3, 2017 12:30 am

After laying dormant for eight years since the release of 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor', Universal Studios has opened up the sarcophagus of the franchise for a new big budget reboot starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella. Today the studio has released the first full theatrical trailer for the film.



The 'Mummy' reboot is being built from the ground up to launch a cinematic universe of the studio's classic horror icons, which will ultimately include The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man and vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing. As the kick-starter for a new multiverse, there's quite a bit of expectation on its shoulders for first time director Alex Kurtzman, but if this footage is anything to go by it could be a fun ride indeed.


'The Mummy' is set to scare cinemagoers in 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide from June 9, 2017.

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Go 'Rogue' for our 'Star Wars' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 2, 2017 11:56 pm

To celebrate this week's release of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' on Blu-ray 3D, 2D DVD and digital, we have five Blu-ray prize packs to give away thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Home Entertainment.




A rebellion built on hope. From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.


To go into the running to win a copy of the film on Blu-ray and a Darth Vader POP! Vinyl, simply correctly answer the following question:

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