THR learned "Flash Gordon" is coming back to the big screen. 20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to the comic hero, and John Davis ("Chronicle") will produce. "Star Trek 3" writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have already been hired to hammer out a script. The titular lead is a handsome Yale grad and polo player who, along with his lady friend Dale Arden and mad scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov, rocket off into outer space after Earth is attacked by meteors. They trace the meteors back to the planet Mongo, and battle its evil ruler Ming the Merciless. Thanks to the recent comedy "Ted" the brand has seen renewed interest, so it makes sense that a studio would finally nail down the rights to bring it back.According to /Film, Warner Bros. is so happy with how the upcoming "Edge of Tomorrow" looks that they've set director Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity") to adapt "Railhead." A young adult sci-fi tale from Philip Reeve, which hasn't been released yet, the story involves a large cast of humans and aliens scattered across stretches of space. The book is set in a futuristic world where trains run through space via portals. The main character is a petty thief hired to steal an object that happens to be more important than he was led to believe, setting off an adventure that could change the course of the galaxy. With the opportunity for some great action scenes this could be right up the action director's alley, and hopefully will not be another "Jumper."
With franchise reboot sequel “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” poised to hit theatres in a few weeks, we can look back with nostalgia at a film that’s making me feel old when I think about how it came out a decade ago: “Spider-Man 2.” As the title suggests, this is the second entry in director Sam Raimi’s trilogy from the aughts, and it is the best.
At this point, we know that Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is a hero to New York City as Spider-Man, and he still crushes on Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Peter’s best friend Harry Osbourne (James Franco) wants Spider-Man dead to avenge the death of his father in the first film. He also hires a brilliant scientist named Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), and in an experiment that goes wrong, Dr. Octavius becomes the villain Dr. Octopus—or Doc Ock for short.
According to BoxOfficeMojo, "Transcendence" didn't do so hot at the box office. Coming in first this weekend was "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" with another $25.6 million. The film has grossed over $500 million worldwide, and could become one of Marvel's highest grossing films. On Easter weekend “Heaven is for Real" took second with $22.5 million, and on a very small budget it has shown that the faith-based genre is a market we should soon see Hollywood feeding into. In third was "Rio 2" with $22.2 million, and a domestic gross of about $75.05 million. Settling for fourth was "Transcendence" with $10.9 million, on a budget of around $100 million. After “”The Lone Ranger” and “Dark Shadows,” Depp desperately needs a hit. “A Haunted House 2" justly earned fifth place with $8.8 million...less than half of the terrible first movie's debut.
Is it worth $10? No
Bruce Garrett caught the Latin fever as a young boy, and he could Salsa! The amateur boy wonder was on top of the Junior Salsa world...until it was the evening of the National Championships. Bruce was on his way but he was stopped by a group of bullies and *gasp!* they beat him to a pulp because of his sparkly sequins (“They made me eat it! They ripped off every piece of sequins, from my shirt, and made me eat it!”), and Bruce swore he would never dance again. That is, until Julia Matthews reignites the fire in his heels.
Bruce (played adorkably by Nick Frost), 22 years after he hung up his dancing shoes, now finds himself an overweight, self-loathing doormat for his best frenemy, Drew, (Chris O’Dowd) to berate on the daily. However, with the entrance of the new boss, Julia (Rashida Jones), suddenly Bruce can’t shake the fierce Latin within, and he must bring out the satin shirts, and rubber soles, to get the girl!
Is it worth $10? Yes
“Transcendence” is timely and prescient, a thoughtful meditation on the dangers of technology and the megalomania of humanity. With talk of artificial intelligence, neuroengineering and regenerative cell mutations, clearly the filmmakers did their research in crafting a feasible sci-fi thriller. They’re also a bunch of fools to intentionally give away the ending in the opening moments, then still try to have dramatic tension leading back to the ending we already know.It will come as no surprise that Johnny Depp’s character is disheveled, savvy, a mumbler, and never clean cut. Depp hasn’t played a “normal” guy since, well, ever, and there’s no need to start now. His Will is a world-renowned scientist on the verge of a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. Will’s wife/fellow scientist Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), colleague Max (Paul Bettany) and former professor (Morgan Freeman) all support his efforts to create a computer that has emotions and can evolve (in other words, he’s creating Scarlett Johansson’s Samantha in “Her”).
Is it worth $10? Yes
Director Hilla Medalia's ("To Die In Jurasalem") documentary, featuring the international Dancing Classrooms program and its director Pierre Dulaine, is undoubtedly conceptually grand. Medalia strives to tell the story of Dulaine's mission: Bringing together the children of warring factions in religiously mixed Israel through the shared experience of ballroom-style dance.
Stiff and overly explanatory at the beginning, the film gets bogged down before gaining any real momentum. It's as if the filmmakers, knowing what comes later, don't mind a start that feels slow and clunky.
Is it worth $10? Yes
In the opening scene of "Gabrielle," the title character (played by rookie actress Gabrielle Marion-Rivard) treads water in a pool, fascinated by the tension on the water's surface and the echoes of a friend's voice in the cavernous natatorium. It's a subtly lovely way for director/co-writer Louise Archambault ("Familia" ) to show that the signals Gabrielle receives and sends are just a bit different from the ordinary (both the character and the actress have Williams syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder).Williams syndrome is a wondrous topic and this film is a perfect introduction to it. Along with some distinctive physical characteristics, people with this disorder, according to the "Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry," exhibit an "unusually cheerful demeanor, an ease with strangers, and developmental delay coupled with strong language skills."
/Film has picked up quite the scoop with regard to an upcoming Kevin Smith ("Clerks") film, "Tusk." The film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, centers around an older man (Michael Parks) who’s unhealthily obsessed with walruses. Justin Long ("Jeepers Creepers") plays a journalist who approaches him for a story, and Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment play Long’s friends. Justin Long revealed to a news agency with regards to the movie that, "Johnny Depp is in that one." If he is he would likely be playing Guy Lapointe, a French-Canadian investigator that would only require two days of filming. Kevin Smith previously mentioned that he had found a major star to play Lapointe, and called the casting, "The highlight of my career." Since the two of them are friends, their daughters attended school together, it's unsurprising that he was able to land the mega-star for a minor role in what is meant to be one of his last films. Depp loves creepy/quirky/weird roles/films so this is definitely right up his alley.Deadline has learned that Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan") is reducing himself to starring in a flick with the useless Jaden Smith ("The Karate Kid"). The two will lead an adaptation of "The Good Lord Bird," based on a book my James McBride ("Red Hook Summer"). The flick will be about Henry “Onion” Shackleford (Smith), a young slave who links up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) in 1856 Kansas and travels the nation with Brown’s motley crew of freedom fighters. The story is told with a satirical bent through the eyes of Onion, who wears a dress and is at first mistaken for a girl, as he bears witness to Brown’s historic campaign and encounters the likes of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman en route to the bloody Harper’s Ferry raid that helped spark the Civil War. If ever there was a chance for Smith to prove himself, this would be it. I like the story, and I think Schreiber is perfect for that role, but Smith can really make or break this movie.