Jeremy Renner Officially Cast as Twitch in Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN

Last week it was rumored that Jeremy Renner was up for the lead role of Detective 'Twitch' Williams in Todd McFarlane's Spawn. Well, Deadline is now reporting that the rumor is true. Renner has officially been cast in the movie and joins Jamie Foxx, who was previously cast as Spawn.

McFarlane had this to say in a statement regarding the casting and why he ended up bringing Renner to the role:

"As a first time director, I wanted to surround myself with the most talent and the most skilled people I can on all fronts. I was lucky enough to land Jason Blum and then Jamie Foxx, and I knew the person on screen the most is this police officer, Twitch Williams. We needed as strong a person as possible because he will be the face of the film. I took my naïve Hollywood approach again, and said let’s start at the top and work down. Jeremy was at the top. I’m a huge fan of his. The character doesn’t need to be a bodybuilder or GQ handsome. I was looking for somebody who’s a person you’ve met before; I needed someone who can pull off the grief of an average human being. I’ve seen Jeremy do that in more than a few of his movies. He was at the top of my list, just like Jamie.”

It's pretty awesome that McFarlane is landing the actors at the top of his list for this film. I've said before that it's hard to imagine Renner as Twitch but he's a great actor that will be able to pull off McFarlane's feature film vision for the character. McFarlane went on to say:

"Spawn is King Arthur and Twitch is Sir Lancelot, and this isn’t about physicality, or jumping over buildings. This is more a brawn and brain combination, and the first film I think of with him is The Hurt Locker, the army grunt doing the job, and that spilled out into all these roles leading up to Wind River. There was a sense of melancholy to that character that is important and that was a movie also made by a first time director, but one who wrote the thing and so wasn’t nervous about trying to get what you want. Jeremy had the experience of working with the first timer and saw that if you put a good crew together, the whole is way better than the parts and you don’t have to worry."

Producer Jason Blum added his two cents about the casting of Renner:

"Jeremy is the ideal choice for Twitch Williams. He radiates honesty, intelligence and a hard-working, everyman charisma, the same qualities that make Twitch such a compelling character."

McFarlane says the next step will be to lock down a distributor for the film which will have a 10 to 12 million dollar budget:

"Jason and I feel we have a strong package here. Academy Award nominated and Academy Award nominated actor. As a first time director, I guess I’m the weak link, but I think my brand is strong. Hopefully when we go to studios, fairly soon, we’ll get the interest of more than one and we can pick what place will do this project justice, marketing and distributing it. We’re going to go for as close to a green light as we can get, since the development process has already been done. We’re looking for someone to say, ‘yeah cool, we’ll take it.’ It’s a reasonable budget, we’re not asking anyone to stretch. The goal here is a quality project at reasonable price."

With the talent that Mcfarlane has brought in to develop this new Spawn film, I don't think he's going to have an issue landing a studio to distribute the film, especially with the extremely low budget that it has. I think this movie is going to be a big hit. 

Are you happy to hear that Renner will be taking on the role of Twitch?

CANNON BUSTERS Anime Series Coming to Netflix April 2019

Netflix is really doing its best to get into the anime market. The Cannon Busters anime that was announced almost a year ago finally has a release date. If you’re a fan, you’ll just have to wait until April 1, 2019, for the LeSean Thomas created anime to hit the service. That’s only 9 months away…Thomas’ Cannon Busters comic was released back in 2005 and it sounds pretty awesome. Here’s a description of the 12-episode series from Netflix:

The show follows the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end friendship droid who’s joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M’s best friend, the heir to a kingdom under siege.

Netflix’s First Original Indian Horror Series GHOUL Is Coming In August

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Netflix just announced its first original Indian Horror series for the platform, and it sounds pretty spooky. Ghoul takes its viewers inside an interrogation prison where the prisoners interrogated aren't always of this world. That sounds creepy as hell and with only three episodes to its name, it doesn't sound like a premise that will wear anyone out before they finish watching. Check out the official synopsis and the poster below, and get ready to stream this one on August 24: 

Ghoul is a chilling series about a prisoner who arrives at a remote military interrogation centre and turns the tables on his interrogators, exposing their most shameful secrets. You can fight the demons of this world but what about the ones that aren't?

Check Out This Great ROGUE TROOPER Fan Film Called THE QUARTZ MASSACRE

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A group of fans got together to create a fan film based on the classic 80s comic book series Rogue Trooper which was created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons. For those of you not familiar with the comic, here's a summary:

It follows the adventures of Rogue, a "Genetic Infantryman", a genetically created, blue-skinned, manufactured super soldier and his three comrades' search for the Traitor General. His comrades are in the form of biochips – onto which a G.I.'s entire personality is downloaded at the time of death for later retrieval – and are named Gunnar (mounted on Rogue's rifle), Bagman (on his backpack) and Helm (on his helmet). He is genetically engineered to be immune to almost all known toxins, can submerge in strong acid unaffected, and is able to withstand a vacuum in his bare skin.

The short film is called Rogue Trooper: The Quartz Massacre and this is the synopsis:

Souther and Nordland forces have been locked in war for decades on Nu-Earth. The war has turned this planet toxic. Genetic Infantrymen designed to survive the poisonous atmosphere are deployed in a surprise offensive. The plan is leaked. The Nort Kashan Legion are prepared and waiting for the attack. The GI's don't stand a chance. They are ambushed in the Quartz Zone and are massacred.

The short was directed by Adam Kirley and it actually turned out really good for a fan film. There's a lot of passion behind the development of this project, which was self-funded, and I think fans of the comic series will enjoy it. Director Duncan Jones has said that he would be interested in making a film based on 2000 AD property.

Trailer For ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Season 6 Introduces The Whole New World of Maximum Security Prison

Netflix has released the full trailer for Orange is the New Black Season 6 and the women of the Litchfield Penitentiary have found themselves in a whole new world. They have been thrust into maximum security prison and the transition for them isn't going to be easy. The trailer offers us a little glimpse at what's in store for these characters next season as they are going to be pressured to give each other up and turn on each other.

Here is the official synopsis:

Picking up one week after the emergency response team stormed Litchfield Penitentiary, the ladies of Litch have been torn apart, literally and figuratively, as they enter a new facility in the sixth season of Orange Is The New Black. Now newbies they must navigate new rules and power dynamics, starting at the bottom, and getting hazed by inmates and tortured by guards. Friendships will be tested and new allegiances formed — some by choice and others by circumstance — as the women face a slew of charges from the riot. Will they take plea deals and turn on each other or band together and keep their bonds intact?

The series returns for its sixth season on Netflix on July 27, 2018.

GODZILLA Anime Sequel Gets Release Date for Later this Month on Netflix

I’ve heard quite a bit of praise for Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters. It’s an anime movie for Godzilla and pals that’s on Netflix, and the sequel, Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle, will be released on July 18, 2018. In the sequel, Godzilla will have to face off against Mechagodzilla! The third film, Godzilla: Stareater, is reported to be even bigger with King Ghidorah getting involved. City on the Edge of Battle is directed by Hiroyuki Seshita and Kobun Shizuno with Polygon Pictures and Toho Co. producing it. 

Following up after the events of Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, Haruo Sakaki is rescued by Miana, a girl belonging to an indigenous tribe called the “Houtua”, descendants of the humans left behind. The Houtua tell Haruo that their god was destroyed by Godzilla and left behind eggs. Meanwhile Galu Gu, the leader of the Bilusaludo, discovers that the Houtua’s spears are sourced from the “nanometal” used to build Mechagodzilla, long thought to have been destroyed at the foot of Mount Fuji in the 21st Century.

Are you excited for this sequel? Did you love the first one?

J.B Smoove Joins SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME in a Lead Role

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Marvel Studio and Sony Pictures have cast J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) in Spider-Man: Far From Home. There are no details on who he will be playing, but according to Deadline, it's a lead role. 

Smoove will join Tom Holland, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Michael Keaton, and Jake Gyllenhaal, who is expected to be playing Mysterio. It'll be interesting to see who Smoove will end up playing. 

We don't know much about the sequel but we do know that Peter Parker will be on summer vacation with his friends in Europe and that at some point he will be facing off with the villain Mysterio. You can read up on some additional rumored information regarding Far From Home here.

Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters July 5, 2019. 

Nicolas Winding Refn Is Creating A Free Streaming Service

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Director Nicolas Winding Refn is creating his own streaming service (via Slashfilm), and it sounds like something a hardcore film buff would be interested in. Refn, who has brought the world features like Drive, The Neon Demon, and Bronson, is creating an absolutely free streaming service that will give access to several obscure cult films from around the world. Have you ever heard of the films Night TideThe Nest of the Cuckoo Birds, The Burning Hell, or Hot Thrills and Warm Chills? Most of you haven't but for the low cost of nothing, you can experience these films and others, some of which have been remastered by Refn. 

Sign up for the streaming service by visiting his website here, and take a look at a clip from one of the upcoming films offered below:

CAPTAIN MARVEL Has Finished Shooting and Brie Larson Shares a Photo Marking The Occasion

Captain Marvel has completed principal photography and the film's star Brie Larson has shared a photo on Twitter to mark the occasion. Over the past few months, we've seen some photos from the set featuring Larson in costume as Captain Marvel and a young Nick Fury, but there's still a lot that we don't know about the film. 

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, 'Captain Marvel' is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

This is the next film that Marvel will release and not long after that, Avengers 4 will hit theaters. I'm pretty excited about Captain Marvel and it's going to be so cool to see this character, who is said to be the most powerful character in the MCU, make her big screen debut! 

The movie will also feature the return of Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou as the Kree villain Ronan the Accuser and his henchman Korath the Pursuer from Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie also stars Clark Gregg, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Gemma Chan and Lashana Lynch. Other new cast members include Algenis Perez Soto (Sugar), Rune Temte (Eddie the Eagle), and McKenna Grace (I, Tonya). 

Captain Marvel is being directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose credits include Mississippi Grind and Half Nelson.

Captain Marvel is set to be released on March 8th, 2019. 

Hot Toys Reveals Marvel’s Captain America Concept Art Action Figure

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Hot Toys has taken a piece of early Captain America concept art that was created for Captain America: Civil War and brought it to life in action figure form. This was an unused design, but it sure does make for an awesome action figure! It's pretty cool to see this unused design for the film brought to life like this. I hope that they do this with more of the cool unused concept art for the Marvel films! 

I've collected a lot of the Captain America Hot Toys figures so it looks like I'll be dropping some more cash on more toys soon.

For over a decade Hot Toys had created almost 200 astonishing collectibles based on Marvel Cinematic Universe! It’s an amazing journey for Hot Toys to be part of Marvel Studios’ first ten years, and Hot Toys’ dedicated team will continue to create the highly movie accurate and fine detailed collectibles based on fans favorite movie titles!
Today, Hot Toys is excited to unveil its first Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years 1/6th scale collectible figure, based on Marvel Studios’ Head of Visual Development, Ryan Meinderding’s concept art of Captain America from Captain America: Civil War.
Ryan Meinerding, who has been with Marvel Studios since the early days of Iron Man, helps to design the look and feel of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was the visual development supervisor and the suit developer in Captain America: The First Avenger and has done the concept design for all of Captain America's suits.
Hot Toys has specially recreated one of Ryan’s incredible variant cover for Captain America cinematic visual design work from Captain America: Civil War, to a highly-accurate collectible figure. With a captivating monochromatic suit that brings out the hidden details, textures, and shapes, the latest 1/6th scale Captain America (Concept Art Version) collectible figure in tribute to the amazing artist Ryan Meinerding is a Toy Fair Exclusive item only available in selected markets!
The 1/6th scale Captain America Collectible Figure is crafted based on the appearance of Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers in the concept art of Captain America: Civil War with meticulous craftsmanship. It features a newly painted helmeted head sculpt with two interchangeable lower faces capturing Chris Evan’s facial expressions, a newly developed body which naturally portray Captain America’s muscularly toned body, a brand new Captain America battle suit in black with scale pattern and silver Avengers’ logo on the chest, Cap’s ironic circular shield, a black and white heater shield, and a specially designed Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years themed figure stand!
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