During a chat with director Doug Liman today about his new VR series Invisible (look for more on that soon), we asked the Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow filmmaker about his involvement with Dark Universe, the long-planned feature film adaptation of DC Comics' Justice League Dark.
Here's what Liman had to say to us about that supernatural superhero flick and the proposed Edge of Tomorrow 2:
IGN: Justice League Dark/Dark Universe -- are you excited about working on that?
Doug Liman: Yeah, I mean first of all, I love those characters, and I love Warner Bros., and I love
Scott Rudin, and it’s -- and you know, I get asked to come in and do things that are “unconventional.” If people want conventional, they don’t come to me. It’s why doing Invisible was like right up my alley -- because how can you be conventional when there aren’t even conventions that exist? And so you know when Warner Bros. wants to sort of turn the comic book genre on its head, they call me.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
Legends of Tomorrow really hit the ground running this season, with the first two episodes making a strong case for the idea that Legends has become the best of The CW’s DC lineup. But that claim might be a little premature. “Shogun” served as a perfectly enjoyable new installment, but it didn’t do much to continue the momentum of the previous two weeks.
Last season’s “The Magnificent Eight” delivered an enjoyable homage to Westerns in general and The Magnificent Seven in particular. But as The Magnificent Seven is just a Wild West-themed remake of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, perhaps it’s only proper that Legends go back to the original source material. “Shogun” was very much in line with “The Magnificent Eight,” focusing equally on the Legends as they adjusted to life in Feudal Japan and culminated with them defending a village from an attack by ruthless samurai.
Night of the Living Dead filmmaker George Romero has come forward to discuss his struggles in getting financing for a new zombie film, saying he can no longer make one of "substance," thanks in large part to AMC's hit series The Walking Dead.
In an interview with IndieWire, Romero noted that Land of the Dead, which is the biggest zombie movie he's ever made, didn't need such a large budget.
"That money went largely to the cast. They were great, but I don’t think that money needed to be spent," he said, adding that "Dennis Hopper’s cigar budget cost more than the entire production of Night of the Living Dead."
Nintendo has a new game coming out in Japan this holiday called Miitopia, and the Japanese video game maker hasn’t spilled many details explaining what this new game is.
Miitopia was first announced at the close of a Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation back in September. And the message was simple: Miitopia is a new holiday game coming to Nintendo 3DS. It will be sold as a retail game and as a digital download on the 3DS eShop. No other specifics were offered at the time.
Over 55 days later, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima reminded investors the game was coming during a financial results meeting in Japan yesterday. “Miitopia, for which we have only announced the title, will be released by the end of this year,” Kimishima told a room of investors, “and we will provide more information about this exciting title at a later date.”
Filming has officially wrapped for Thor: Ragnarok.
Marvel Studios streamed the film's completion live in a video posted on Facebook. Check out the clip below to see director Taika Watiti, joined by Thor actor Chris Hemsworth and Valkyrie star Tessa Thompson, as they wrap filming on the set of Ragnarok.
In addition to Hemsworth and Thompson, Ragnarok stars Jeff Goldlbum as The Grandmaster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Karl Urban as Skurge, and Jurassic Park's Sam Neill, whose role has yet to be revealed.
The upcoming Harry Potter spinoff prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, is on track to have the lowest opening weekend of the Harry Potter film franchise.
Variety reports that Fantastic Beasts will take in $75 million in its first weekend next month. That number pales in comparison to what the most recent entries in the franchise made on their respective opening weekends. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 had a $169.2 million opening, while the Deathly Hallows Part 1’s first weekend box office was a little over $125 million (unadjusted for inflation).
Warner Bros. has reportedly added a number of acclaimed scribes to its Sherlock Holmes 3 writers' room, including writers from Guardians of the Galaxy and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
As Variety reports, the next installment in the Robert Downey Jr.-led series will be tackled by five writers: Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel), Gary Whitta (Rogue One), Justin Malen (Baywatch), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider), and Kieran Fitzgerald (Snowden).
James Coyne was brought on to rewrite the script back in April. However, this most recent report makes no mention of Coyne.
There is zero subtlety at play here but if you don’t get at least some enjoyment out of Trolls then you’re probably dead inside. Admittedly, at times it feels like it has glitter running through its veins and is so sweet that it’s amazing the audience don’t get diabetes. However, if you let the cynicism and cine-snobbery go, there is a hell of a lot to enjoy.
Trolls comes from the creators of Shrek. Both movies have their heart in a similar place and have similar themes of friendship, family, love and positive self-image but Shrek is a more nuanced family film that felt less like it was making a bee line for your merchandise dollars. The issue here is that Trolls also gives off a needy vibe that it not only desperately wants to be your kid's new favorite film but also a franchise. That said, you can forgive that because it is impossible not to lap up every gleeful, peppy and twee second.
A real-life school of Witchcraft and Wizardry is opening next year at the Château de Jolibert in Bourgougnague, France.
According to a report by The Huffington Post, the school will be run by Harry Potter fan group Mimbulus Mimbletonia Association and feature an educational experience that spans a total four days. The event will take place from May 25 to May 28, providing classes, meals and three nights of housing for 100 participants who must be at least 16 years old.
John Wikstrom seems to have a strong future developing fun shorts around video games he loved growing up, or retelling touching stories about gamers from around the net. His first short "Player Two" hit those notes perfectly showcasing emotion and memory to prove that games can be a spiritual experience.
This time he's put his sights on Pokemon and because of those childhood memories we've all been given a treat in the form of his Pokemon: Evolutions short. You can watch it below.
While it does look like it's almost an official Nintendo trailer for the game it was actually produced by fan Wikstrom and his cast of almost 20 supporters to make the short possible. When sending us the short, John said "Instead of showing what's new, I focused on what it was like to grow up with the franchise, and what it felt like when you first played." I don't know about what you guys think, but I think he captured it beautifully.
If you live in Sydney and you like both Skyrim and the idea of eating food from a video game made real, you're in tremendous luck.
Bethesda has partnered with Sydney's Bourke Street Bakery to offer delicious, free sweet rolls to anyone who completes a very specific quest line. The quest? Find one of Bourke Street Bakery's 11 locations, go inside, and ask for one.
It's not a very hard quest, especially if you already live in Sydney.
From 10 am AET on October 29 and 30, you can get your free sweet roll once per day, with a limit of one per customer. The box in the promotional material gives the sweet rolls's stats, and claim each sweet roll replenishes +5 health, but that claim hasn't been officially tested so it should probably be taken with a grain of salt - keep an eye out for a taste test soon!
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Sony has officially announced that MLB The Show 17 will release March 28, 2017 on PlayStation 4.
Unveiled on the PlayStation Blog, Ken Griffey Jr., a Hall of Fame outfielder, will serve as the cover athlete for this year's edition of the baseball game. It's the first time he's appeared on the box for MLB The Show, though he starred in a few Nintendo games back in the 1990s.
Sony San Diego Studio also revealed that Griffey will be a playable legend in MLB The Show 17.
There will be four editions of MLB The Show 17 available on launch day: Hall of Fame ($100), Digital Deluxe ($100), MVP ($70) and standard ($60). You can check out the differences with each version in the slideshow below.
The Walking Dead's harrowing Season 7 premiere was a dark start to the new year, finally revealing Negan's victim and putting Rick in a situation where he knows the leader of the Saviors isn't a person he can defeat easily.
It's an episode that was divisive among fans and critics, but now that the band-aid has been ripped off, it's time to look forward at what comes after Negan's big kill. Fortunately, the future is a lot brighter for the show in many ways.
As executive producer Greg Nicotero explained during a recent conference call with reporters, opening the season with Negan was how The Walking Dead would launch its characters into realizing there's a much bigger world out there. "We thought that it was important to launch us into this season by showing the extent of what Negan is capable is doing, because that drives so much of where the series is going from here on in, with the opportunity to start introducing new worlds and new characters and intertwining all that," he said.