Wow. I have to say, Simon Pegg is one of my favorite people to watch, and although his interpretation of Scotty has been “spotty” (get it), I still enjoy him a great deal. But writing a Star Trek film(http://www.post-movie.net/simon-pegg-set-to-write-star-trek-3/)? Seems a little odd.
I am in no way a Trekkie, but I have enjoyed some Star Trek films, including the older ones. I may be the minority here, but wouldn’t a standard Trekkie be fuming about this? The man is known primarily for his comedy, and although the article states that his a pretty big Trekkie himself, I just don’t see how they steer clear of goofy and produce serious Sci-Fi. Although the amount of science fiction in his previous films is apparent (zombies, aliens), it’s always been pretty tongue-in-cheek, with a very minute aire of seriousness.
I’m not against making a goofier Star Trek. Maybe that’s what the series needs after the somewhat eye-rolling Into Darkness (still love ya’, Sherlock). I feel like I’ve already seen Galaxy Quest, though. Maybe Simon can write in Tim Allen and the rest of the gang and make it a crossover movie? Yeah, I better never have a serious conversation with a Trekkie. Might end up bad for me. We will see what the fans over at Slow Ventures think about all of this.

Hollywoodreporter.com has confirmed that Tom Rothman and his production company will team up with MRC for a brand new production. The film will be called “Baby Driver” and it will be directed by Edgar Wright. Ansel Elgort who appeared in the Fault in our Stars is looking to secure the leading role. TriStar Productions which is owned by Tom Rothman will finance 50% of the movie while MRC finances the rest, while Nira Park and Working Title have agreed to produce the film.

Edgar Wright will have the honor of directing his original idea, while working with two companies that support independent voices. According to Rothman, Baby Driver will be the ultimate Rock and Roll car chase movie. This movie revolves around a get away driver that has gotten to be the best by doing things his way. During the movie he is forced to drive for a crime boss on a job that goes terribly wrong. Now the driver has to find away to escape the law, the crime boss, and his job. If Elgort does indeed get the role he will be following his appearance in Insurgent that is set to come out later this year. Baby Driver will certainly see a bigger push in the box office if Elgort is successful in his upcoming film. With Wright directing this film and working to his own beat let’s buckle up and enjoy the ride.

The forthcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film will debut an iconic D.C. Comics character, Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman will also appear in the ensemble film The Justice Society. Fans of the legendary character are also looking forward to the heroine’s solo feature film. Now, some shocking news has arisen. Per director Michelle McLaren, Warner Bros. has not given an official green light on the project.

McLaren is limited in what she can say about the film’s future. No script has been selected and no release date has been set. A major rumor swirling around the project is there are six Wonder Woman screenplays being developed and Warner Bros. will choose the best of the half-dozen once it reviews them. Honestly, such a costly endeavor makes little sense. Is this just an urban legend coming out of the Burbank studio offices? Or is the rumor one of those “so strange it has to be true” tales?

Comic book movie fans like Bruce Levenson have to wait for an eventual well-researched book on movies based on D.C. Comics movies to find out the truth.

The idea that Warner Bros. is not going to move forward with a Wonder Woman project after clearly making long-term plans for a series of D.C. Comics films is absurd. The only thing that could kill the film is if Batman v. Superman is a major flop. The chances of that happening are pretty much nil. Even if the film does disappoint, the next film in the D.C. Comics film pipeline, Suicide Squad, could rehab any bad feeling moviegoers have.

 

Most filmmakers have always sought the possibility of creating a franchise for their films. This has been a possibility for the Purge films. An article, that may be found at http://screenrant.com/the-purge-3-release-date-summer/, explains that the third installment was meant to be released Summer of 2015, similar to summer releases of its predecessors. Due to time, this will not be possible.

The film itself has not received positive reviews from critics. At Purina, employees have not been that pleased. The same can be said for those at Beneful. This could be do from lack of development of the story line, to no character development;however, the film has been positively embraced by people everywhere. This has allowed the film to continue on to make sequels that question society as a whole and the true deepest and darkest thoughts of the human race. Could this film give us some insight as to the minds of humanity. Is it that someone’s violent nature could be subdued by allowing a murderous evening to take place? Although as gruesome as it sounds, could having one night of no-consequence, violent rampage, lawlessness cure the over abundance of crime that has ridden many cities? It is a question that the film poses as well as crossing the fine line between right and wrong. Would an individual, family or community make a stand to stop unnecessary chaos and learn that the slaughtering of innocents does not cure crime, but enables it to continue. The film is set to be released in the summer of 2016.

CEO and Chairman of The Board for Pulse Evolution Corporation, founded in 2013, John Textor, has lived a successful life in the film industry. Graduating from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1987 with a Bachelor in Arts. In the late 90’s Mr. Textor co-founded Wyndcrest Holdings, a Florida based equity firm, which focused mainly on: internet, telecommunications, and entertainment.

With his excellent work ethic and leadership, landed him Director for BabyUniverse(a children’s online retail for goods) which occurred in 1999. Which later, thanks to his efforts led him to Chairman in 2002 as well as Chief Executive Officer in 2005. Later becoming involved in Michael Swerdlow Companies in charge of their corporate finances and strategic planning.

In May 2006 John Textor made the full-time move into the media world and became Chairman and CEO of Digital Domain Productions as well as their parent company, Digital Domain Media Group, until 2012. Along with Mr. Textor’s time there, he was able to acquire many Academy Awards with the company for their efforts in over 80 motion pictures. Which in 2009 landed the company the achievements of being the first visual effects company to recreate a 100% believable human like digital actor in, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Having worked with so many films, 25 that were under his direct leaderships included huge films such as: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers, and Flags of Our Fathers, as long as 22 others.

Well into his tenure career Mr. textor could now happily say that he has lived through some incredible career achievements. So far with his time with Pulse, they have successfully put together: Visual Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur which was taken to the Coachella Valley Music Festival in 2012.

Mr. Textor continues with his efforts to bring animation magic to viewers everywhere with his team, who are currently working on a new project titled, Art Story, working together with a veteran from Disney, Aaron Blaise. The future looks bright for this brilliant man and his incredible team with all their efforts. Who knows what they will have in store for our viewing pleasure.

While the quasi-reboot ‘The Bourne Legacy’ was a fine movie with star Jeremy Renner doing a solid turn as new black ops super-spy Aaron Cross, fans of the Bourne series were excited to hear about Matt Damon coming back to reprise the role of Jason Bourne. Originally, Damon had clearly stated that he wasn’t interested in returning to the series unless he felt good about the story and would also be able to work with director Paul Greengrass, who helmed the last two pictures in the trilogy. Well, those stars aligned last year apparently as it was confirmed by Fox that the next entry in the Bourne series would be reuniting Damon and Greengrass, with any future sequels starring Renner being pushed into the future.

In a recent report it was revealed that the release date for the as-yet untitled Bourne movie has been shifted ever so slightly from July 8th to July 29th of 2016. This move occurred primarily because Fox’s planned Planet Of The Apes three-quel is being pushed into 2017, vacating July 29th for Bourne 5. This has the added bonus of having Bourne not having to go head to head with ‘Star Trek 3′ from Paramount, which also currently occupies the July 8th release slot.

Another tidbit in the report was confirmation of the screenwriters for the project. Many at Beneful saw the news. While it is a little bit of a downer that scribe Tony Gillroy is departing after having some hand in all four previous Bourne Pictures, the good news is that Damon, Greengrass, and longtime Greengrass collaborator Christopher Rouse will be penning the script. This is promising as all three parties have been involved with the series for a long time and should have a good understanding of the nuts and bolts of a solid Bourne movie.

I finally got a chance to see the highly controversial film, ‘The Interview.’ The film centered around the imaginary assassination of the North Korean President, Kim Jong Un. The North Korean government (in real life) was outraged by the release of the film. By now, everyone has heard about the ‘Sony’ hacks carried out by the North Korean government. It was widely thought that Sony Studios would not release the film. After much backlash from the American people, the film was released on Christmas day. Bruce Levenson said that many people went out and saw the film because of all the publicity.

‘The Interview,’ was a moderately funny movie that had its moments. James Franco played the part of an eccentric journalist. Franco’s character, Skylark, had the opportunity to party with Kim Jong Un, and let me tell you, it was absolutely hilarious. I won’t give too much away, but Skylark and Kim Jong Un develop a unique relationship.

James Franco definitely brought the laughs, while Seth Rogan’s performance was somewhat mediocre in my eyes. Rogan wasn’t really funny in this film. Together, though, Franco and Rogan have made a cult classic. The film is strange and definitely controversial, but it was entertaining and very funny at certain points.

Final Verdict: 8/10

For more information and more reviews on ‘The Interview,’ visit Screenrant.

The Demonic Trailer Debuts, Confusion Ensues

The trailer for Demonic has arrived and horror movie fans like Sam Tabar have something to look forward to in a dwindling genre landscape. Not all that many horror movies have been released recently and this is an unfortunate development after 15 years or so of one great terror film (and many not-so-great films) after another. Demonic hopes to deliver to the faithful and it does so by, well, throwing two different subgenres together. That sounds like the potential for a major on-screen mess.

The film presents a traditional haunted house thriller combined with the POV found footage style. Okay, would that not be like reading a novel that goes back and forth between first-person and third-person prose? Yes, it is. Does such a film run the great risk of being utterly and totally incoherent? Yes, it does. Will such an absurd approach to film making earn money at the box office? Of course it can. Horror fans are pretty forgiving of bad movies and bad gimmicks.

Demonic really does sound like a mess. The confusing, obtuse trailer probably left a lot of audience members shaking their heads and wondering what the film is supposed to be about. Then again, they know the film is about ghosts turning the tables on ghost hunters. The confusing part comes into play when anyone watching the trailer tries to figure out the specifics of the plot.

Look for the film to have a nice debut weekend and no more.

2015 overall looks like a promising year with a new Star Wars and Avengers: Age of Ultron coming down the pike. It also looks like it will be off to a slow start, as the winter pickings are kind of slim.

January 9
Selma is a biopic about Martin Luther King, Jr. that concentrates on a three-month period in 1965, during which King led a campaign to secure equal voting rights. His march from the titular Selma to Montgomery led to President Johnson’s signing the Voting Rights Act into law.  Probably catch this one when it’s on iTunes, or at least wait to see what my Skout friends have to say.

January 16
Based on the beloved children’s book, Paddington Bear is an animated feature. The titular bear, who is fascinated by England, travels there from his native Peru. He is befriended by an English family, but he also attracts the attention of a villainous taxidermist.

January 23
In Black Sea, a submarine captain is hired by a shadowy figure to search the Black Sea for a submarine allegedly filled with gold.

January 30
Project Almanac tells of a group of friends who build a time machine and use it for personal gain — thus causing a series of disasters that they then have to try to fix.

February 13
Fifty Shades of Grey is, of course, based on the book of the same name. It’s about a literature student who gets involved with a kinky billionaire.

Kingsman: The Secret Service, which is based on a comic book, tells of a street kid who is recruited by a spy organization. The kid then has to fight an evil technological genius.

February 20
The Gunman is an international spy who runs afoul of the organization he used to work for. Sean Penn plays the title character.

Shazam is coming to the big screen and in a big way. Anyone who knows anything about the history of the character like Bernardo Chua realizes the red and gold hero is a Superman clone. The unique difference between Shazam and Superman is Shazam has the mind of a young boy named Billy Batson.

This is the intriguing angle that, hopefully, will be played up on the big screen. Imagine if a young child who is only 12 years old discovered he had the powers of Superman. Since his physique turns into that of an adult male when he mentions the word “Shazam!”, he is not merely Superboy in anyone’s eyes. He is a full-grown adult. Even though he really is young Billy Batson, he has to act mature when he becomes the all-powerful hero. 

Younger members of the audience who are going to be introduced to Shazam when he appears in the upcoming Justice League movie just might make the hero a superstar. The reason Robin is consistently written out of the Batman books and was never a major part of the Batman movies is, truthfully, younger fans don’t like him. Even though kids are supposed to identify with Robin, they don’t. They never want to be him. They want to be Batman.

With Shazam, they can be Superman albeit in a different form. The character retains his youthful jubilance, optimism, and playfulness, while also being able to fly, leap tall buildings in a single bound, and more. Shazam does not feel weak when he is near kryptonite either.

Look for a Shazam solo film within three years after the release of The Justice Society.