Milla Jovovich To Co-Star With James Franco in Franco’s Sci-Fi Movie FUTURE WORLD

The last thing we heard from James Franco was the embarrassingly brief announcement that he would direct a film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, only to discover later that same day that Franco didn't actually have the rights to the book, so that project is now scrapped.

But as you might expect from someone so prolific (if you only know him as an actor, you're missing out on a ton of work he's been doing over the past few years), Franco is already on to the next project, a sci-fi movie he came up with called Future World. Deadline reports that The Fifth Element and Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich will co-star with Franco in the movie, which is set "in a post-apocalyptic world that is plagued with heat, ravaged by disease and crippled by chronic war." Franco is co-directing alongside his frequent collaborator Bruce Thierry Cheung. Here's the breakdown of the story:

The project, written by Cheung, Jay Davis and Jeremy Cheung, follows a young boy of noble birth who embarks on a journey through the wasteland of this future world in order to find medicine for his dying mother. Armed with his faithful bodyguard and only a slim hope that this medicine actually exists, he must forge courageously on, facing danger and ultimately the Warlord of this world who has plans of his own as he takes control of a beautiful, life-like robot assassin.

Jovovich is playing a drug lord, but it's unclear if she's the "Warlord" in that description or a character who's a little further down the ladder. I haven't seen any of Franco's directorial efforts (seriously, he's released a staggering output since 2010 or so), but this one might be enough to get me to check it out.

Video Showcases The Innovative Directorial Methods of EVANGELION

Most critics of anime regard Evangelion as among the best of the best when it comes to the genre. This is due to its engaging story, great themes, and stunning visuals. Until now, I never heard much about the use of direction in animating the series. Digibro adequately breaks down why that element is just as important when regarding the strengths of this series as a whole! Watching this really gives you an appreciation for the work that goes into animation.

Cary Fukunaga May Direct Stanley Kubrick’s NAPOLEON Passion Project For HBO

Stanley Kubrick was a one-of-a-kind talent that will never be duplicated. However, the man died before he made all the films he wanted to make — specifically his dream project Napoleon, which he said was not only going to be his best work, but the best movie ever. This would be a rather bold statement for some, but it was a solid promise from a guy who had the skills and talent to fulfill on that.

Since 2013, Steven Spielberg has been trying to bring Kubrick’s story of Napoleon Bonaparte to HBO in the form of a mini-series. Director Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby) was interested in the project, but nothing came of that. Now we are hearing that someone else might be taking on the series. That someone is Cary Fukunaga, the same talent who brought us the first season of HBO's True Detective

The news came from a Stanley Kubrick retrospective which was held at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. Kubrick’s brother-in-law and executive producer, Jan Harland (The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut), was in attendance and Harland revealed that Fukunaga would direct the entire six-hour miniseries. Stanley Kubrick and Me author Filippo Ulivieri was there and he's the one that posted the story on his Tumblr page. He also revealed that David Leland (Mona Lisa) wrote the most recent draft of the script

Fukunaga has been an extremely sought-after director since he directed the entire first season of True Detective. Fukunaga has a very unique eye and is often able to tell more of a story through his shots than the actors are in them. I think that the team of Spielberg and Fukunaga could be legendary. We will keep you informed on any developments of this project as they come out.

Cool Tour of MAD Magazine Given By Its Idiot-in-Chief

I'm not entirely sure if MAD Magazine is synonymous with geek culture, but I do know a lot of geeks (myself included) grew up reading it. In a way, I feel like their parodies helped shaped my interest in movies and made me aware of things I would've been completely oblivious to at my age. The Gothamist helped me pseudo-complete a bucket list goal of mine by hosting a virtual tour of the offices with Idiot-in-Chief John Ficarra. I haven't read an issue in a long time, but watching this made me want to go out and visit a newsstand for one!

THE MARTIAN’s Andy Weir, Simon Kinberg, and Ridley Scott Reunite For New Movie

20th Century Fox scored big with last year's The Martian, Ridley Scott's hit sci-fi film that earned a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. The studio is apparently looking to recapture lightning in a bottle, because Deadline reports that they've acquired an untitled pitch from author Andy Weir (who wrote the ebook on which The Martian was based) and they've hired Scott and producer Simon Kinberg to produce. Drew Goddard wrote the screenplay for The Martian, but Weir himself will handle those duties this time around. It's unclear whether Scott also plans to direct this movie in addition to producing, and I suspect it'll come down to what his schedule looks like when this project gets to the stage where it's ready to begin filming.

There aren't any official details about what this new film's story will entail, but I think it's fair to assume it'll be based on Weir's next book, which will have a female lead. He loosely described the plot to Smithsonian recently:

The book is another scientifically accurate story. The main character is a low-level criminal in a city on the moon. Her challenges are a mix of technical/scientific problems, as well as juggling personal interactions—staying a step ahead of the local police, working with shady and dangerous people to do illegal things.

Sounds pretty cool to me. Scott, Kinberg, and Goddard are reuniting for a western thriller called Wraiths of the Broken Land (which I'm very excited about; you can read about that project here), so it seems like all of these guys are pleased with their working relationship. Let's hope this new story is deserving of their combined talents.

Japanese Horror Short Takes A Bizarre Twist

How many times have you left a horror film thinking "Wow, what a positive message"? Probably never, right? That's about to change after you watch The Showing! I can't go into much detail without revealing the story's twists and turns, but it's not an anti-drug ad in case you're wondering. It is a lesson we should all take to heart though, so check it out!

Hayley Atwell Snorts Cocaine in Trailer For New ABC Show CONVICTION

ABC had a deal in place with actress Hayley Atwell to star in a new show called Conviction before the network recently decided to cancel Agent Carter. So one can assume that some executive in charge of making major decisions at the company saw footage from the new show and liked it so much that they decided to officially kick Agent Carter to the curb. Now Conviction has its first trailer and we can decide for ourselves whether that seems like a fair trade.

Yikes. Looks like your typical generic case-of-the-week drama, and is it just me, or is anyone else getting a Serial (season 1) vibe from the story of the guy who supposedly killed his girlfriend? That podcast was far from the first time a situation like that came up, but I can't help but wonder if its popularity might have had some influence on that storyline. This isn't a show I would ever watch, but that probably means it'll end up being one of the most-watched shows on network television or something crazy like that. I obviously wish Atwell all the best, but it's a bummer that Agent Carter fans won't get to see her continue to kick ass in a beloved role she owned so well.

IR Film Review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Has Supernerd Running for Cover

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

The X-Men franchise was one that was on the brink of extinction back in 2006. Despite it being said that the first three films were a trilogy and that it was done FOX knew it had a license to print money with Marvel’s mutants. Flash forward eight years and the world got X-Men: First Class, setting up a new timeline that cherry-picked what it liked from the previous films and ignoring what didn’t work (mainly X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

After wowing crowds with First Class and pleasing comic book fans and casual moviegoers alike with the epic time travel story Days Of Future Past, FOX and Marvel have decided to bring us the annihilation of the mutants -and pretty much the whole world – in the popcorn action flick X-Men: Apocalypse.

Starting all the way back in ancient Egypt we get our first look at En Sabah Nur (or as we know him, Apocalypse). Considered to be the world’s first mutant before there was a word for them, Nur is growing old and his body is failing him. His Four Horsemen find him a new host (Oscar Isaac) with the power of regeneration. The god-like mutant is paraded into his temple while his followers worship him for miles around.

Swapping bodies (and transferring all the mutant powers he has acquired from doing this process numerous times before) leaves Apocalypse vulnerable, which is when a rebel faction chooses to attack and end his reign of terror. The hench-mutants try and protect their master but are eventually killed and Apocalypse is left to slumber in a comatose state under miles of rubble.

Going forward to 1983-ten years after the events depicted in Days Of Future Past – we find our familiar faces living their “normal” lives. Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Professor X (James McAvoy) are running the school for gifted youngsters (which amongst the residents is the powerful telepath Jean Grey), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is living in seclusion with a new family and indentity, Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is saving mutants all over the world (including Nightcrawler) and Havoc (Lucas Till) is helping his little brother (the young man soon to be known as Cyclops) come to terms with his newfound mutant abilities.

But danger lurks in the air. On the hunt for a sect of people known to worship En Sabah Nur, CIA operative Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) accidentally awakens the being known as Apocalypse. Now alive and unleashed in a world that is strange and new to him, the self-professed god has one mission: reform his Four Horsemen and have them bring the world to it’s knees in front of him.

Director Bryan Singer returns to the world he helped create to once again helm the exploits of the X-Men in another balls-to-the-wall action flick. The film tends to juggle numerous storylines and although Singer has proven himself a master juggler this one seems to get away from him every once in awhile.

At least he and his fellow writers – producer Simon Kinberg and screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris (of X2 fame) – plot a story that looks to build to it’s inevitable conclusion and move the universe forward in a natural way. I just found myself wishing the “world-ending threat” didn’t feel so dry and bland. Apocalypse, while a fan favorite and a powerhouse in the comics, never really felt like a real threat – more like the devil on the shoulder of those who can do the real damage.

X-Men films are always going to be a huge smorgasbord of characters and this one is no different. Bringing back favorites like Professor X, Beast and Magneto while introducing the next wave of mutants like Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Angel (Ben Hardy) and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) make this film feel a bit overstuffed – like a calzone fresh from the oven that’s been packed full of your favorite toppings. Sometimes you taste one flavor more than others and the same can be said here. Everyone has their favorite character and almost everyone will feel like theirs didn’t get enough screentime. The only consolation is that we all know FOX will continue to pump these films out as long as they make money so there’s always the next film to look out for an “underutilized” character.

And who knew the mutant gene was like the fountain of youth? I get why Mystique still looks youngish (her condition was explained in First Class) but why hasn’t anyone else aged. Professor X and Magneto should be in their 50s by now yet they look like they could pass for early 30s. I’m not saying swap out McAvoy and Fassbender for Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan quite yet but at least get some makeup on these actors to age the up a bit. Even Moira looked too young to be true.

Speaking of never-aging mutants, let’s talk about the adamantium laced elephant in the room – the unneeded Wolverine cameo (which was spoiled by the trailer and TV ads). I know that he’s one of the most popular X-Men and that it was fan service to see Hugh Jackman one last time (especially in the way that we saw him) but it felt very forced and didn’t do anything to further the plot, especially if the last Wolverine film we get is the Old Man Logan storyline that has been rumored. This was a wasted sequence.

What this film does do right is stack the building blocks for future films. Astute comic book fans will notice that the seeds have been planted for quite a few classic storylines from the four-color world. I just hope Singer stays around long enough to do them justice.

While not a complete cluster like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, X-Men: Apocalypse does have the unenviable task of a release so closely to what has to be one of the best comic book movies of all time in Captain America: Civil War. Still, it manages to be a decent addition to the new timeline created a few years ago and will definitely have the mutant power of making a pile of cash at the box office.

GRADE: B+


New Trailer and Poster For POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING

Comedy trio The Lonely Island is back with Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, their film follow-up to Hot Rod (not a sequel, just their second directorial effort as a group). Andy Samberg stars as Connor4Real, a singer/rapper who has to grapple with what to do after his sophomore album flops. I've heard from some people who have seen super early screenings that the movie is hilarious, so I have high hopes for it.

Check out the new poster (above) and some newly-released images (below), as well as the brand new trailer. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping hits theaters on June 3, 2016.

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Space Ghost Getting His Own Funko Pop!

Space Ghost is getting his own Funko Pop this summer! There's no exact release date other than sometime this coming season, but I'm for sure picking this one up. I was never too big a fan of the original show, but I do love me some Space Ghost Coast To Coast! Ideally, if they did an exclusive one where Space Ghost was holding a coffee mug, I would prefer that more! Can we get a Brak, Zorak, and Moltar as well?