Oscar-winner Tom Hanks is set to star in a Cold War-era film that, according to The Wrap, Steven Spielberg might direct.
An "individual familiar with the project" told The Wrap that this film is one of several that Spielberg is currently developing for his next directing gig, and that Hanks' involvement may push it to the head of the line as the two of them have notably collaborated together on many films and projects such as Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and (as co-executive producers on) Band of Brothers and The Pacific.
Hanks' role in the untitled movie is that of James Donovan - "a prominent American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to slip behind the Iron Curtain and negotiate the release of Gary Powers, a pilot captured when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia."
For a character who began life as a hyper-violent riff on Superman, Supreme has enjoyed a surprisingly long, successful stint in comics. This is thanks in no small part to creator Rob Liefeld's decision to turn the series over to Alan Moore in the late '90s. Moore revamped Supreme into an homage to Silver Age Superman, deconstructing superhero tropes, examining the nature of fiction, and winning an Eisner award along the way.
And in the wake of recent revamps of series like Prophet and Glory, it seems Liefeld is looking to another popular writer to reboot Supreme for a new generation. This time, the task has fallen to Warren Ellis. Ellis will team with artist Tula Lotay (Elephantmen) to deliver a new take on Supreme. Their collaboration will begin in July's Supreme: Blue Rose #1.
The PlayStation 4 era is still very young, but in support of the new console, Sony hasn't been shy in releasing (and showing off) new IP. The console launched with a new franchise in the form of Knack, Driveclub is on the horizon, and The Order: 1886 is slated to come out this year.
And if two new trademark filings are any indication, two more, all-new franchises are in the works. Whether they're for PlayStation 4 or PlayStation Vita, of course, remains to be seen.
A sleuth at NeoGAF uncovered two new trademark filings from the database of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, both tied to Sony Computer Entertainment America, that were filed in mid-April of this year.
Speaking with IGN about the Deus Ex movie, director Scott Derrickson said, “It’s still alive and I’m still involved as director.” However, he has “no idea” when the film will enter pre-production.
The Deus Ex film is “going through some more rewrites right now,” Derrickson continued, as “it’s a tricky script to get just right.”
When asked if the film is related to Eidos Montreal’s next game, Deus Ex Universe, Derrickson said “No, the script that we wrote was clearly based on the Human Revolution game,” but noted “the upcoming games, the progression of games, there’s a little bit that filtered into the script, but not a lot.”
UPDATE: Nike spokespeople speaking to Recode have denied CNET's claims that it would discontinue the FuelBand hardware line, but confirmed that it has laid off a portion of its staff. In the very same report, however, the site's sources say the future of the line is still uncertain, with the company potentially clearing out FuelBand inventory before determining how to proceed with wearable tech.
Nike is reportedly discontinuing its FuelBand line of wearable hardware, with up to 55 people laid off in the process, according to a confidential source.
We chatted with Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and supermodel Kate Upton last week about their new romantic comedy The Other Woman, which also stars Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz. The Nick Cassavetes-directed movie follows three very different women -- Diaz, Mann and Upton -- who all discover they're involved with the name man (Coster-Waldau). The trio, who should be enemies, instead join forces to make sure this philanderer gets his comeuppance.
Coster-Waldau plays the white collar philanderer Nick, while Upton makes her feature film acting debut as Amber, the youngest, hottest and most innocent of the three women. Here's what the actors had to say to IGN about their characters and making the movie during two separate one-on-one chats last week in Los Angeles.
Naughty Dog art director Nate Wells has left the company for The Unfinished Swan studio Giant Sparrow.
Wells, who worked on The Last of Us, announced his career change on Twitter. "Hmmm ... seem to be some threads here," Wells wrote. "Yes, I joined the wild, wacky, and ultimately brilliant folks at #GiantSparrow on April 3rd."
Giant Sparrow is a small video game company, based in Santa Monica, Calif., best known for making The Unfinished Swan. According to the studio's website, the small team is working on a new project, reportedly called Edith Finch. "It's not a sequel to The Unfinished Swan, but it's not a million miles away either. If you like surreal experiences and games that aren't much like anything you've ever played before, then you'll probably like it."
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The back half of this season of Once Upon a Time isn't kidding around. In last night's episode we learned about Zelena's plan and why Cora gave her up. Since we're rapidly approaching the end of the season, it is kind of necessary but getting information so quickly hasn't always happened on this series. I could get used to it.
Visiting Zelena's past meant another encounter with young Cora. Rose McGowan is rather wonderful as the wily girl who wants power, and it's nice to see her again. Her ghost coming back as her younger self instead of the older Cora that Snow killed was an odd choice – it would have been cool to see Cora at both ages in the same episode.
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What are they doing with Peggy here? The Season 6 finale of Mad Men found Peggy in a bad place, to be sure, with Ted at the center of it – and it was easy to sympathize with her after the way Ted strung her along. And while it was clear she was still not recovered from that in the premiere, this week’s episode had her acting like a horrible, bratty child in a way that just felt really frustrating and like it was weakening her as a character. Obviously, Mad Men is not afraid to portray the bad sides of these people, and those imperfections can make for great stories, but Peggy getting this ridiculously spiteful and blind to what’s happening around her just feels out of character when its taken this far.
This year's WonderCon has come and gone, and we came back with a load of interviews from some of DC Comics' top talent. Check out what Gail Simone, Robert Venditti, Kyle Higgins, and Tony Daniel had to say on their current DC projects!
On how Batgirl has changed since the start of the New 52: “We’ve gone from her trying to work through her
issues and becoming more confident and becoming more sure of herself in terms of what she went through. . . And then the more experience she gains, the more we see her work through her problem, the more her character changes little by little. Her character is all about overcoming any obstacle that other people in particular might think are in the way of her doing what she wants to do, which is help people, save lives, make Gotham a little bit better place to live.”
After a brief tease last week, Darwyn Cooke's animated Batman Beyond short has now been fully unveiled!
Will Friedle and Kevin Conroy reprise their roles from Batman Beyond as Terry McGinnis and Bruce Wayne, respectively. The full short is embedded below:
Not only is it an an ode to both Batman Beyond and Batman: The Animated series, the short (SPOILER ALERT) features several nods to various incarnations of Batman -- Adam West, The Brave And The Bold, Bob Kane, and more!
Remember that Farscape movie rumor from earlier this year? Well, now that rumor is inching closer to reality.
Rockne O'Bannon, the creator and showrunner of the original Farscape series, confirmed at WonderCon that the film adaptation is in development, though it's still in the very early stages.
"Yeah, yeah, it’s the worst kept secret," O'Bannon said. "We’re far from production, but yeah, the first step is Justin
working on a script for us. We’ll keep our fingers crossed."
Monjo was a writer and producer for the TV show.
You can find the full interview with NerdacyTV below. The topic of Farscape comes up around the 2:21 mark.
Full spoilers for the episode to follow.
Three episodes in, Silicon Valley hits its stride with its best episode to date. “Articles of Incorporation” finds the show firing off jokes left and ride of all varieties – in-jokes, raunchy jokes, subtle jokes, and even existential jokes – and the result is a well-rounded half-hour of comedy that feels like its fulfilling its potential.
With Gavin Belson hyping Nucleus, the compression platform he ripped off from Pied Piper, Richard begins to feel the pressure of delivering a quality product, while dealing with having to change the name of the company because of an existing trademark. Meanwhile, a distracted Peter Gregory strings along one of his companies looking for money and shows off his quirks.
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Turn turned a corner this week, at the expense of historical accuracy, but I think that's for the best. While this show is based on real people and real events, it has to take liberties if it's to become good drama rather than good dramatization. "Of Cabbage and Kings" galvanized the three childhood friends, Abe, Anna and Caleb, into a true spy unit, it raised the stakes for beleaguered Ben Tallmadge, and it fleshed out the Woodhull family in surprising and interesting ways. The fact that many of the war details seem to have occurred much earlier than the episode is set is only problematic if you're using the show to study for your American History final, though it may annoy some of the show's core history buff audience.
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"Breaker of Chains" dealt with the direct aftermath of King Joffrey's violent demise, though it also felt like the most bereft of the first three episodes (I'm treating them like a package deal since I received the three of them together as advance press screeners). It ended with a big, grandiose Daenerys moment - though if one were to compare her launching canisters filled with broken shackles over the walls of Meereen to last year's flambéing of Astapor and stealing off with an entire army (which came at the end of episode 4), this moment lacked "oomph."
However, the tactic did show us that Dany's smart enough not to treat every battle the same, and that she seems, given the fortress-like appearance of Meereen, to now be relying on the slaves themselves to do a lot of the sacking for her.
While we here in the States still have to wait until May 2nd to see Amazing Spider-Man 2, it's already cleaning up at the box office overseas.
THR is reporting that the movie has already grossed a whopping $47 million internationally as it opened in 14 markets over the weekend - "scoring the biggest openings of the year in those countries and topping the foreign box-office chart."
It's also tracking more than 30% ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which has earned $385 million overseas to date. Breaking it down, Amazing Spider-Man 2 earned $15 million in the U.K. and Ireland, $11.1 million in Mexico, $6.2 million in Germany, $5.2 million in Australia, and $3.9 million in Spain.
When Scarlett Johansson spreads her legs, people die.
That's precisely what happens in one action-packed sequence from director Luc Besson's Lucy that were screened at WonderCon on Saturday. Besson himself introduced the footage which sees Johansson's title character, who has been exposed to some sort of super-drug, slowly gaining more use of her brain power than the 10% humans usually use. This endows her with mental and physical abilities far beyond that of mere mortals -- and she goes on a bloody quest for retribution and answers from the bad guys who did this to her.
The first sequence sees a captive Lucy, whose mind has now been affected by the mystery drug leaking inside her stomach, make come hither gestures to the henchman guarding her. She opens her thighs, gives him a sexy look, and he approaches thinking he's in for a good time. Bad move, pal, because Lucy proceeds to kill him, take his gun and escape from her cell.
Given that today is Easter, that holiday where kids get free candy (well, besides Halloween and Christmas), we thought we'd give a shout out to some of the most famous rabbits in movies, starting appropriately enough with ...
The most famous rabbit of them all this side of Bugs has been brought to the screen a few times, but never as uniquely as he was in Rise of the Guardians where he was voiced by Hugh Jackman.
Sure, he's wacky and grating, but he's also the title character in one of the best animation/live-action hybrids ever produced. And he was playing more than pattycake with Jessica, for which he earns mucho cred.
He may have been an imaginary friend, but when you are James Stewart's imaginary friend that's OK by us.
Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier remained the No. 1 movie for the third weekend in a row with an estimated haul of $26.6 million. The film's now crossed the $200 million mark domestically and has a current global tally of $586.6 million.
Following Dark Shadows and The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp suffered another flop as his new sci-fi thriller Transcendence opened in fourth place with an estimated $11.2 million. The project carried a production budget of $100 million (and that's not including marketing costs).
Rio 2 held in second place with an estimated $22.5 million, while newcomer Heaven is For Real enjoyed the strongest bow of any of the new releases with a third place opening of $21.5 million.