Judi Dench Joins The All-Star Cast of The Film Adaptation of CATS

This feature film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Cats has sure put together an impressive all star cast. Now we’ve learned that Judi Dench (James Bond) has also joined the Tom Hooper-directed production!

Deadline points out that Dench was originally set to play the character Grizabella in the original West End production back in 1981, but she ended up snapping her Achilles’ tendon shortly before previews began and had to drop out of the show.

All these years later she’ll finally get to be in it! Dench joins the previously cast Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Laurie Davidson and Mette Towley. I know a lot of you aren’t really into musicals, but with a cast like this, is your interested peaked in seeing the movie?

Dench will take on the role of Deuteronomy, “a patriarch who by the end of the night will select a cat to be reborn into a new life on the Heaviside Layer, an annual feline tradition. Deuteronomy is a large old cat who has lived many lives and buried “nine wives,” though that line will have to change in the film.” This is an interesting casting choice because the role has traditionally been played onstage by a man.

The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. The plot is actually pretty insane.

The screenplay for the film is being written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and I’m kinda looking forward to it. My dad did a lot of musical theater when I was growing up so I’m very familiar with these Broadway musicals and Cats may be a weird one, but it is filled with some wonderful music.

Cats opens in theaters December 20, 2019.

Ray Fisher Says Zack Snyder Shot Enough JUSTICE LEAGUE Footage For Two Movies

At this point we’ll probably never know what Zack Snyder’s Justice League movie would have been like. There are a lot of fans that would love to see a Snyder cut of the film and then there’s a lot of people that just don’t care at this point. Either way, Warner Bros. has no plans to release any kind of alternate Snyder cut.

Justice League is just a film that the studio would like to put behind them and forget about. But, the actors that worked on the film and the fans, won’t let them forget!

According to Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in the movie, Snyder shot a so much footage for the film, that the filmmaker could have made two films out of it. Right now that footage is just sitting around collecting dust.

During the recent Heroes and Villains Fan Fest in New Jersey, Fisher was asked about his character and who he evolved over the course of Justice League's production. Fisher said that Snyder actually had big plans for Cyborg:

“We’re not finished just yet, so I don’t know how specific the ‘end result’ is. But what I will say is Zack had very specific plans for Cyborg, and for his trajectory. And Zack probably shot enough footage in the first film to make like two movies out of. He definitely had a whole, I believe, a trilogy in mind, with respect to Justice League. And if his vision had sort of come to fruition, Cyborg would have probably been one of, if not the most powerful, metahuman in the entire canon, in the film universe. And that’s just one of the crazy things about Zack, is that he can take someone who’s such a newcomer and evolve their powers to the point where, you know, Cyborg is like 'S tier.'"

It would have been interesting to see what Snyder’s full vision of Justice League would have been like. Unfortunately, he had a terrible family tragedy and ended up stepping away from the franchise. At this point, I doubt we’ll see Snyder come back for another DC movie.

The DC films are now headed in a completely different direction and whatever plans that Snyder had for the DC franchise are no longer in play. Especially, with WB not wanting to move forward with Ben Affleck or Henry Cavill as Batman and Superman.

That’s a shame because they were both great in their roles! If that’s the case, I wonder if this Cyborg movie will ever happen. Do you think it will?

Via: CB

New Trailer For Park Chan-wook’s Spy Thriller Series THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL

AMC and BBC has released a new trailer for the fantastic looking spy thriller series called The Little Drummer Girl. The show comes from the twisted mind of Park Chan-wook (Stoker, Oldboy) and I can’t wait to see it!

The series also has a great cast that includes Florence PughAlexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon. I’m really curious to see how this story plays out, but its definitely a dark tale that sends a young woman into deep into the criminal underworld.

The spy thriller is set in the 1970s and the story follows Charlie (Pugh), “a fiery actress and idealist whose resolve is tested after she meets the mysterious Becker (Skarsgård) while on holiday in Greece. It quickly becomes apparent that his intentions are not what they seem, and her encounter with him entangles her in a complex plot devised by the spy mastermind Kurtz (Shannon). Charlie takes on the role of a lifetime as a double agent while remaining uncertain of her own loyalties.”

Co-showunner Stephen Cornwell had this to say in a previous statement:

“When you actually look at Director Park’s work. There’s a lot in it that speaks to the same themes as Little Drummer Girl in terms of conflicted loyalty, conflicted love, the kind of fusion of a love story in a thriller context and sort of divided identity and divided loyalty all seem to run deep through. And also female empowerment… He’s really built fascinating female characters in his narratives.”

The Little Drummer Girl is a six part series and the AMC will air all episodes in two-hour blocks over the course of three nights, starting on November 19, 2018. The spy drama will premiere on The BBC on October 28th.

Vin Diesel Says Sony Pictures is “Going To Lead The Charge in the Superhero Movies of the Future”

Vin Diesel is currently shooting the comic book adaptation of Bloodshot for Sony Pictures. The studio is said to be developing it as an R-rated film that is being likened to Robocop, Terminator, and Total Recall. They want it to have that classic 1980s action movie tone. 

Diesel will be playing a super-soldier created by the secret government organization called Project Rising Spirit. When he is brought back from the dead through the use of nanotechnology and suffering total memory loss, he struggles to reconnect with who he was while also learning what sort of weapon he has become, with the help of a group of other augmented combatants called Chainsaw. Bloodshot also has powers of regeneration, technomancy and meta-morphing, which was made possible through nanites that were injected into his blood. 

This could be a great film, but Sony has a track-record for making mediocre comic book movies, so who know how it will turn out. Diesel seems to think that Sony is leading the charge of superhero movies of the future, though! He explains why here:

“You're watching something and you're going...I guess I expected that we would finally get here in the superhero universe, but I can't believe we're here. Dave Wilson, who's directing it. Guy Pierce, who's in it is insane. We just have a great cast. Sony, you know that Sony is finally going to lead the charge in the superhero movies of the future because they're incorporating a part of reality and incorporating issues that exist in society and embedding them into a quote-unquote superhero movie. It's just awesome."

Isn’t that what Marvel has been doing? Maybe I missed something, but it’s hard to see Sony Pictures leading the charge in superhero movies because of what Marvel has accomplished. No one has been able to match what they’ve done. Hell, Diesel works with Marvel, he should know this!

But, I guess right now since he’s working on Bloodshot, he’s on the Sony Pictures hype train. Now, I’m not saying a studio won’t come along and give Marvel a run for their money, but I’m still not convinced that it’s Sony. Although, a lot of people did like Venom, and I love what I’ve seeing from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, so maybe some fans have a different opinion.

What do you all think about Diesel’s comments?

Bloodshot is being directed by Dave Wilson, who is Deadpool director Tim Miller's partner at Blur Studios. The film is being written by Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and it also stars Guy Pirece, Michael SheenEiza GonzálezTalulah RileyAlex Hernandez, Toby Kebbell, and “Outlander’s” Sam Heughan

Via: CB

This Delightful Music Video For SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is Loaded with New Footage!

Hey web heads! Sony Pictures has released a new music video for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It features a song called “Sunflower” from Post Malone who collaborated on it with Swae Lee.

Not only is the song itself pretty good and kinda chill, but the music video is packed to the brim with super rad new footage from the movie! The video also features the lyrics of the song and they are smoothly integrated into the visuals of the film in comic book-style text panels, and other various surfaces in the video.

The video also reveals a few new story details about the film like how Gwen Stacy will be going to school with Miles Morales. We get to see more footage of the various Spider-heroes in action as well as Miles fighting a villain in the streets of New York.

Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

We also now know three of the villains that Spider-Man will face off against in the movie. Those villains are three awesomely stylized versions of the Ultimate version of Green Goblin, The Kingpin and The Prowler, who, in the comics, is Miles Morales' uncle. 

Peter Parker is voiced by New Girl star Jake JohnsonShameik Moore (Dope, The Get Down) is playing Miles Morales; Nicolas Cage’s Spider-Man Noir, Liev Schreiber is playing the larger-than-life crime lord Kingpin; Hailee Steinfeld will play spunky, free-spirited Spider-Gwen; Mahershala Ali will provide the voice for Miles’ uncle Aaron; Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry will voice Miles’ father Jefferson. Rounding out the cast is Luna Lauren Velez as Miles’ mother Rio, and Lily Tomlin will be Aunt May.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse arrives in theaters on December 14th, 2018.

Patrick Dempsey Offers an Optimistic Update on Disney’s ENCHANTED 2

For those of you still hoping to see that Enchanted sequel happen, Patrick Dempsey has some encouraging words regarding that for you.

Disney’s Disenchanted has been in development for years and a lot of people are wondering if it will ever actually happen. All of the actors want to do it, but it’s been eleven years since the first movie was released.

The last things we heard about the movie was that the script was completed, and that was nine months ago. We also know that Adam Shankman (Hairspray) has been set to direct it.

During a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dempsey confirmed that Shankman and the film's creative team are "in the process of working on the book, the lyrics and the musical aspects." He went on to add:

"We'll see what happens. I think it's such a beloved movie we need to make sure it's right before we move forward. And certainly, Amy was remarkable in that film and she's an incredible actress and James Marsden as well. We'll see, I hope it can live up to what we did originally, that's the important thing. If it happens, then we do it."

So, the sequel is most definitely still in the works. The actor went on to explain that the most challenging part of making sequel to Enchanted is making sure that the quality is as high as the original. Dempsey still has yet to sign on for the film, but he’s interested in returning:

"… we've been talking about it and I'm just waiting for them to go through the process. It's a tough one to redo so well see… A lot of people come up to me [asking about Enchanted] and they always ask for the chipmunk."

When previously talking about the film, the director said that it would follow Giselle 10 years later going, “What is happily ever after?” He also explained that there will be more songs than the first movie. As for Dempsey’s character Robert, the actor explains where we might find him in the sequel:

"He probably 10 years older and [Giselle and Robert] are still together. They have a child together and I think they are battling what it means to be getting older and I think she wants to go back to Andalasia so she doesn't have to age. I think that's what it is, I don't know but we will see."

I actually enjoyed Enchanted and it would be fun to see a sequel, if it actually ever happens. What are your thoughts on Disenchanted?

Sean Bean Joins HITMAN 2 Where Players Will Hunt Him Down To Kill Him – Here’s a Live-Action Trailer

Sean Bean has played a lot of roles in movies and TV shows where he is killed off. We’ll now he’s set to star in the video game Hitman 2, where player ill hunt him down to kill him. So, now Bean will die in video game form.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive announced that Bean will be taking on the role of a character name Mark Faba, who’s an Elusive Target. Faba is a former MI5 agent who left the organization to become freelance assassin, and along the way on his missions he managed to get the nickname of "The Undying."

You see, Faba is known within the world of assassins as a master of faking his death and taking out his targets with precision. He’s so good at what he does that he’s an assassin that is hired to take out other assassins.

Agent 47’s mission is to track down and eliminate the very elusive Mark Faba, and attempt to put an end to his assassination gimmicks once and for all.

The announcement came with a live-action trailer featuring Sean Bean as Mark Faba speaking with his therapist and it’s pretty great! You really get a sense of how dark and chilling this character is. It also make me want to see a movie based on this character alone!


Watch a Cool Video That Details The VFX Work in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Including Marvel’s De-Aging Technique

I’ve got a great Ant-Man and The Wasp featurette for you to watch today that takes you behind-the-scenes of the VFX work that went into creating the film.

It features Danielle Costa, vice president of visual effects for Marvel Studios, explaining “all the amazing ways that CGI experts made characters bug-sized, enormous, and microscopic.” It also shows off the process of how the VFX artists de-aged Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer for the flashback scenes.

Like many of you, I enjoy watching these behind-the-scene VFX videos. It’s so cool to see the work that goes into bringing these incredibly fun movies to life. This one is particularly enjoyable because it goes into a lot of detail and shows off some pretty rad stuff.

The VFX team did an incredible job with this film and when you see what they had to go through when creating this film, you might have a new-found respect for the work they do for these films that we enjoy so much.

NASA Has Given Godzilla an Official Gamma-Ray Constellation

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NASA once again proves their geeky awesomeness by giving the legendary Japanese Kaiju monster Godzilla its very own constellation! And not just any constellation, it’s a gamma-ray constellation!

Some of the more recent constellations Godzilla joins include the Little Prince, the TARDIS from Doctor Who, the U.S.S. Enterprise, and even the Hulk. You can see all of these fun gamma-ray constellations here.

I also have some detailed information on the Godzilla constellation and what it is that makes it so special. I actually found this to be pretty fascinating. Check it out:

“Godzilla's trademark weapon is its "heat ray," a fiery jet. This bears at least a passing resemblance to gamma-ray jets associated with black holes and neutron stars.

“When matter falls toward a black hole, vast amounts of energy are released. Gas falling toward the black hole is compressed and heated to millions of degrees and glows brightly near the black hole. Strong magnetic fields, combined with the black hole's rotation, can accelerate some of these charged particles to velocities approaching the speed of light. Particles accelerated near the black hole's event horizon, the point of no return, can escape along the black hole's spin axis, forming a jet that rushes outward at nearly the speed of light.

“The fast-moving particles in these jets can interact with lower-energy light to produce gamma rays. Fermi sees evidence of gamma-ray jets in many types of so-called active galaxies, which emit far more light than normal and may flare up unpredictably. Astronomers say such galaxies possess active galactic nuclei, or AGN for short, and that the enhanced activity results from the rapid ingestion of matter by a central supermassive black hole.

“Most of the gamma-ray sources visible in the Godzilla constellation are actually AGN, as are more than half the gamma-ray "stars" Fermi has cataloged to date.

“Gamma-ray jets also occur in other types of astrophysical systems. When a massive star runs out of fuel and collapses under its own weight, or when two orbiting neutron stars spiral together and merge, a new black hole — and high-speed jets — may form. The result is a gamma-ray burst, the most powerful explosion in the cosmos. These monstrous blasts, which occur somewhere in the distant universe every day or so according to observations by Fermi's Gamma-ray Burst Monitor, would make even Godzilla envious.”

This is so cool! I honestly had no idea that there were so many geeky gamma-ray constellations! What do you think about Godzilla getting his own?

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Marvel Fans Think This AVENGERS 4 Set Photo Shows Iron Man’s Proton Cannon

We’ve got a photo here from the set of Marvel’s Avengers 4 that has a lot of fans excited. Why? Because they think it’s Iron Man’s proton cannon.

This all started with an image from the set shared by the Russo Bros. a few weeks ago and there was a strange looking big device in the background. Then this photo surfaced giving us a closer look at the device.

You can check out the images in the embed below and then we’ll talk about it a little more.

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Fans are pointing out that this resembles the proton cannon which was wielded by Iron Man in the Marvel vs. Capcom series of video games. I think that’s just wishful thinking, though.

Personally, I don’t think that this is any kind of proton cannon. This looks more like a rocket booster engine to me. It would also make sense that Tony Stark would have a rocket engine laying around because there’s a good chance that there will be space travel in Avengers 4.

We really have no idea what to expect from Avengers 4. There’s a lot of speculation about what might happen, but Marvel could very well surprise us and give us a story that no one saw coming. I hope that’s the case!

Elizabeth Olson recently teased that things were only going to get worse and I imagine that things will conclude with a bitter sweet ending.

We’ll find out when the movie is released on May 3rd!