Guillermo Del Toro To Direct Octavia Spencer in Otherworldly Cold War Film

Before Gullermo del Toro tackles Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, he will direct a Cold War-set movie for Fox Searchlight. The film doesn't have a title yet, but it is described as an "otherworldly love story" that "is set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963."

According to Variety, Octavia Spencer is in negotiations to star in the film, which starts shooting this summer. Apparently out of all the projects that del Toro has been looking to direct, this one was his top priority. It's great to see that it's moving forward. 

I wish I knew more information about the movie, but I'm sure it's a supernatural film due to the fact that it deals with "otherworldly" subject matter. 

Spencer's most recent role is in The Divergent Series: Allegiant. She also plays God in a movie called The Shack, which will be released later this year, and recently finished shooting Marc Webb’s Gifted opposite Chris Evans.

Del Toro most recently worked on the gothic thriller Crimson Peak. I'm most excited to see what he does with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which he is currently developing as well. 

BATMAN V SUPERMAN Producer Denies R-Rated Home Video Cut is in Response to DEADPOOL Success

Director Zack Snyder and his producing partner/wife Deborah spoke with THR about the upcoming release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Deborah specifically addressed the idea of the R-rated home video release as a reaction to the box office success of the R-rated Deadpool:

"Online, everyone's like, 'Oh, they're doing an R-rated in reaction to Deadpool,' and you're like (laughing), 'We didn't just shoot it last week, and we also didn't edit it last week.'"

I'm not saying that she's lying, but I do want to point out that there's plenty of time before the final edit needs to be made for home video. I'm sure the decision was made to make the theatrical cut PG-13 a long time ago, and maybe that's what she's getting at here, but I think it's very feasible that the studio saw the reaction to Deadpool and said, "Yeah sure, go ahead with an R-rated cut for Blu-ray."

Zack added:

"The why of that is [the DVD version] is a half-hour longer, and some of that additional material is some of the stuff we took out for the rating. I was like, 'Cool, I can put it back in for the director's cut.' There was nothing by design. This was the material I just put back in, and then when [the MPAA] looked at it again, they were like, 'Oh, now the movie's rated R.' And, by the way, it's not a hard R. There's no nudity. There's a little bit of violence. It just tips the scale."

The director has already said that fans can expect the Blu-ray and DVD R-rated version to include a "giant" Easter egg that has something to do with Justice League, as well as deleted scenes involving Jena Malone's character, who was cut from the theatrical release (here's who she's reportedly playing).

Lastly, I just wanted to point this out because I thought it was strange. Snyder was asked whether he's ever annoyed by the comparisons between DC and Marvel films, and he said [emphasis mine]:

"No. You have these two giant comic book powers, and it would make sense that they would in some ways be compared to each other. It's like comparing Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge. Like Star Wars and Star Trek. Those are things that you could compare, but no one ever does. Those [DC versus Marvel] conversations are fun for the Internet. But in truth, it represents such a small group of people who are actually versed in the difference between DC and Marvel. The average moviegoer doesn’t know. Like my dad would be, 'Is Spider-Man ever going to be in any of your films?'"

I get his larger point — I think a lot of our parents and the average moviegoers are the same way — but saying that Star Wars and Star Trek "are two things you could compare, but no one ever does" is downright insane because it happens all the damn time. Like, I've been a part of probably twenty conversations IRL about it, and written maybe 10 articles about that on GeekTyrant alone. It's one of the biggest geek conversations out there. I have no clue how Snyder could think that no one ever compares those two. It's like saying no one ever compares Apple and Windows — it's an almost hilariously false statement.

You can read more in the full THR interview. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters on March 25th.

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Watch: THE DARK KNIGHT Video Compares Storyboards to Final Film

Christopher Nolan's Batman sequel The Dark Knight is one of the best superhero movies ever made. Even if star Christian Bale feels his performance was lacking and he couldn't raise his game enough to match what Heath Ledger was doing as The Joker (he's kinda right about that last part), it's still an outrageously good movie, and I think a lot of people reading this site would point to it as one of their favorites.

Glass Distortion tracked down some of the film's storyboards for the truck sequence and put together a quick video showing how the final movie matches up to them. It's always cool to get a little peek behind the curtain into the development process, and since storyboards for big blockbusters don't make the rounds on movie blogs as much as VFX breakdowns or other aspects of filmmaking might, this should be nice for the artists out there to see how it all comes together.

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’90s Boy Bands Battle Zombies in Trailer For SyFy Western DEAD 7

Hear me out for a second: I think a big part of the reason Donald Drumpf (I don't even want to write his real name) is in the position he's in right now is because media outlets are constantly writing about him. For the past few months, I've scrolled past twenty or thirty articles per day about him in my Twitter feed thinking to myself, "If none of you want him to succeed, why don't you just stop talking about him? Don't give him the attention that he wants."

I'm not saying that SyFy's new western movie Dead 7 is going to be as bad as Drumpf, but I sort of have the same mentality about it: if I don't want it to succeed, why would I write about it at all? Well, it's a SyFy movie for one thing, so it's not necessarily taking eyes away from other films that are playing theatrically that I think are actually worthwhile. And it also looks pretty bad, so I doubt many of you will actually sit through this whole movie, but I figure a handful of you will watch the trailer, get a kick out of it (either genuinely or ironically), and be able to have something to talk about with your friends at the bar tonight during your St. Paddy's Day celebrations. So feast your eyes on the trailer for a western that stars members of '90s boy bands fighting zombies. Dead 7 comes to SyFy on April 1st at 8pm.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT: Cool Side-By-Side Video Shows Off Some of Tarantino’s Film References

Everyone knows that writer/director Quentin Tarantino is a voracious consumer of movies. Love him or hate him, he may be one of the most knowledgable people in the world about the topic, so you can be damn sure that he's going to include references and homages to classic films in the movies he makes. His latest film, The Hateful Eight, is chock full of them, and editor Ollie Paxton put together a cool side-by-side video compilation that shows just how closely he came to capturing some of these shots and repurposing them in his own story. (That Lawrence of Arabia one might be my favorite, just because of how it takes its time to get there.)

Via: /Film

Daredevil, Elektra, and The Punisher Unite in One Last Promo Before Season 2 Debuts

Marvel TV and Netflix have just released one final promo just in time for the debut of the second season of Daredevil. The title hero and his once-and-future lover Elektra, a badass in her own right, do hand-to-hand battle the gang known as the Hand, and The Punisher rolls in with his minigun, ready to blow everyone away.

We'll see how these characters interact when season 2 of Daredevil hits Netflix on Friday morning, March 18th, at 12:01am.

Watch: Henry Cavill Rocks Superman Shirt But Isn’t Recognized in Times Square

You might think that if people saw one of the stars of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on the sidewalk in one of the world's biggest cities, people would go nuts trying to get a selfie or an autograph with that star. With as addicted as our culture is to celebrity gossip and the borderline-unhealthy way many people worship actors, it's not an unreasonable assumption to make. But as this new video from Henry Cavill's Instagram reveals, that's not what happened when the actor wandered through New York City's Times Square yesterday.

EW points us to this clip below, which features Cavill donning a Superman shirt, surrounded by billboards and massive advertisements of himself promoting Batman v Superman, and not being noticed by a single person.

The obvious must be pointed out here: this is a heavily-edited piece of video, so it's possible that Cavill was actually recognized but he just left those parts out in order to make his joke about the glasses being a good enough disguise. (Besides, it'd be weird for a celebrity to post a video of themselves being hounded by fans.) But even if it did go down this way, it's not too surprising. Cavill certainly isn't a household name, and Times Square is the most touristy section of New York City — who knows how many of the people walking around that area at that time would have even recognized Tom Cruise or Will Smith standing on the street?

With so much riding on this movie, you have to think that WB would have much rather seen Cavill being swamped by fans instead of completely ignored here.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters next Friday, March 25th.

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Common Reveals The Name of His Mysterious SUICIDE SQUAD Character

About ten months ago, actor/rapper Common was cast in David Ayer's upcoming supervillain movie Suicide Squad. But while we had a pretty good idea of which characters all of his co-stars would be playing, Common's role was a mystery to the blogosphere. Some fans speculated that he might be portraying Green Lantern, since he was cast as John Stewart in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal years ago before that project fell apart, but others thought he might be playing a villain called the Tattooed Man after he was spotted with tattoos covering his body on the set of the film.

Now, thanks to a new interview with Complex (at the 2:48 mark), we know the name of his character, but it's not one that's going to ring a bell for fans of DC Comics:

"My role is basically a character who's in business with The Joker. His name was Monster T."

"Monster T" doesn't pop up in a search of the wiki for DC Comics characters, so I guess we'll have to wait until Suicide Squad hits theaters to find out the extent of his character, whether or not Monster T is a code name for a better-known character, and how his interactions with Jared Leto's Joker will play into the story.

Suicide Squad arrives on August 5th.

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