Paul Giamatti is in talks to play the villain known as The Rhino in the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. Felicity Jones is also said to be negotiating for an unspecified role.
In the comics, The Rhino was a thug from a Soviet Bloc country who wore a superhuman suit that made him invulnerable while giving him superstrength and superspeed. More recently has become a sympathetic figure who allied himself with Spider-Man.
The pair would join a cast that includes Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone reprising the roles of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, along with Jamie Foxx as the main villain Electro, Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborne.
With all the speculation and rumours floating about, we wanted to wait until we got the official word. Well word has finally come. Disney sent off this official press release today:
J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.
“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”
George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”
J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.
Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Commercials director Nic Mathieu has been tapped to direct the big-budget adaptation of the 1980s anime franchise “Robotech” for Warner Bros. Pictures.
A sprawling sci-fi epic, “Robotech” takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off three successive waves of alien invasions.
The first invasion concerns a battle with a race of giant warriors who seek to retrieve their flagship’s energy source known as “protoculture,” and the planet’s survival ends up in the hands of two young pilots.
The original “Robotech” was a re-edited and re-dialogued to combine three Japanese anime series to give the producers enough episodes to air as a daily syndicated series.
The project has been in development since 2007 with numerous writers attached, this is the first announcement of a potential director.Akiva Goldsman, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell are producing.
Personally, I think we can all thank Pacific Rim for this. I am guessing that thanks to the technology and excitedness that film studios have seen in the fans have caused them to push forward with the project.
In our second episode, AJ and Martin meet with the rest of the maniacs at the Krikorian theater in Redlands, CA to review Hansel and Gretel.
Tune in to hear what they had to say about the film.
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In this episode AJ and Martin retract their opinion of Superior Spiderman #1.
Also, AJ sit’s down with Mike Schiffbauer of Dragonfyre Designs to discuss some of his amazing costume designs.
And finally, AJ sits down with Vanessa Munoz of Blackbird Bows to allow her the chance to talk about her fantastic designs and what goes into creating them.
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Although ABC passed on AKA Jessica Jones, the pilot based on Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, the project’s producer insists the Marvel drama still has life in it.
“Marvel is trying to set it up somewhere else,” Melissa Rosenberg told IGN at the Television Critics Association’s winter tour. “They’re looking at a lot of different possibilities.”
Announced in December 2010, AKA Jessica Jones centered an embittered former superheroine who, after a traumatic experience, gives up her costumed identity and opens a detective agency. However, once she settles in, she discovers her services are sought by clients with superhero connections. Melissa Rosenberg, best known for her work on the Twilight franchise and Showtime’s Dexter, had said her pilot script included Luke Cage and Carol Danvers in prominent supporting roles.
While she acknowledged the possibility the drama could end up back at ABC, Marvel’s corporate sibling, Rosenberg told IGN it may be better suited for cable television. “I don’t know if it’s an ABC show,” she said. “It might be a cable show, really. The graphic novel is the first one that Marvel did that was meant to serve an adult audience. I toned it down a little bit for network, but it’s very, very easy to translate that into cable. Very easy. God I love that project […] it’s one of my favorite things that I’ve ever written.”
ABC is fast-tracking Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D., which centers on the Marvel Universe’s global espionage and law-enforcement agency, with the pilot set to begin filming Jan. 22. However, the planned revival of The Incredible Hulk, the first live-action Marvel television project announced following its purchase by Disney, appears to be in limbo, with co-producer Guillermo del Toro revealing recently that, “I haven’t heard anything in months about the show.”
Of the three other announced Marvel projects, Punisher was rejected by Fox, while Cloak & Dagger and Mockingbird have yet to materialize on ABC Family.
Marvel will follow the release of Iron Man: Rise of Technovore with an animated direct-to-DVD movie featuring the Punisher and Black Widow.
The news comes courtesy of the “Word Balloon” podcast, where Jeph Loeb, Marvel Entertainment’s executive vice president and head of television, revealed the company has 15 animated projects in various stages of development, most of which haven’t been announced.
Although Loeb mentioned the Punisher/Black Widow movie in the same breath as the Madhouse-produced Iron Man: Rise of Technovore — both characters appear alongside the likes of Hawkeye, Nick Fury and War Machine — it’s unclear whether he meant the project will be part of the Marvel Anime line.
The Punisher most recently appeared in animated form on an episode of The Super Hero Squad Show, where he was voiced by Ray Stevenson. Black Widow, meanwhile, has been seen on most of Marvel’s recent animated shows, from The Super Hero Squad Show to Iron Man: Armored Adventures, and will play a prominent role on Avengers Assemble.
Frank Darabont ran the series for the first season-and-a-half, Glen Mazzara took over for the next season-and-a-half.
Now, executive producer Scott Gimple has been promoted to showrunner on “The Walking Dead” for its fourth season.
Gimple joined the show at the start of its second season as producer. He’s also penned five episodes for the show along with the film “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.”
Gimple will take over from Mazzara once work on the remainder of the third season has finished. The second half of the the third season returns on February 10th.
Around a week ago, Marvel Comics released an XX teaser for a new series from writer Brian Wood and artist Olivier Coipel. Comicbook.com speculated at the time that it was likely a teaser for an all female X-men team book, and it turns out that we were correct.
In an article on USA Today, the cover for X-Men #1 has been revealed, and it features Storm, Rogue, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Psylocke, and Rachel Grey. While the series includes six female X-Men, Jubilee will be featured as the main star of the series. The initial storyline will revolve around the villain Sublime and Jubilee bringing home an orphaned baby, who might play into mankind’s survival. Sublime will have to go to the X-Men for help from a threat that he is facing.
Even though the series is a change from previous X-Men teams since it features an all-female cast, writer Brian Wood plans to take classic X-Men approach to the comic. Wood said, “Marvel takes a look at its spectrum of X-Men books and fills needs. This is the book that is like a traditional X-Men book.”
X-Men #1 is set to arrive in comic book stores in April. It will be the third X-Men title to be launched under the Marvel NOW banner.