Chris Pine Set for Green Lantern Reboot

He appears to be the only thirty-something Chris in Hollywood that hasn’t fronted his own superhero franchise – Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth…they’ve all donned a costume to fight evil.

He’s played Captain Kirk J.J. Abrams Star Trek franchise, but now it seems Chris Pine may get his day in the spotlight as rumours of his involvement in the new Green Lantern reboot have begun to gather momentum.

DC Comics has been looking to reboot the franchise ever since the previous blockbuster, starring Ryan Reynolds, bombed at the box-office, taking only $220 million worldwide despite costing almost $200 million to make.

There of course has been no official word regarding the project, and Warner Bros Studios have yet to confirm whether or not the new reboot will feature Hal Jordan, as portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in 2011, or his pre-desessor John Stewart – the latter of which has already been the subject of debate with Tyrese Gibson and Common expressing their interest in the character, should he be chosen to front the reboot.

A decision on the franchise is likely to be soon though as Green Lantern remains the only character from the upcoming Justice League films not to be cast. Stars including Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa and Gal Gadot have ready signed up for the two-part blockbuster, the first of which is due out in 2017.

Only time will tell who will be chosen, but it looks like Chris Pine is currently the front runner – members of the Justice League can be seen next year when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits cinemas worldwide.

Zoolander 2 Takes on Paris Fashion Week

This has got to be the greatest film unveiling in cinematic history – Zoolander stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson took to the catwalk of Paris Fashion Week to announce the long-awaited sequel to the 2001 cult hit.

It may have been 14 years since the comedy hit cinema screens but both Stiller and Wilson looked as though they hadn’t aged a day.

The two ‘fashion-icons’, who play runway rivals Zoolander and Hansel in the cult hit, strutted their stuff to rapturous applause from the audience, despite never breaking character.

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson will be returning for Zoolander 2.

Vogue Magazine confirmed that filming of Zoolander 2, which is due out next year, will begin filming in Rome in the coming weeks – Stiller will once again take the directors helm as well as fronting the cast which currently includes Will Farrell, Owen Wilson and Penelope Cruz.

View the surprise show below and catch Zoolander 2 in cinemas from February 12, 2016.

 

Channing Tatum Set to Battle Ghosts

He’s a man in demand – what with recent news of his addition to the expanding cast of X-Men: Apocalypse as well as successful films including 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike both bringing sequals with them.

Now it appears Tatum could be set to join the rebooted Ghostbusters franchise – although there seems to be some confusing process to this new universe that has people more than a little purplexed.

Last year, news broke that the popular Ghostbusters would be rebooted with an all-female cast including Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wigg and Melissa McCarthy. This decision was most likely made by original visionaries Ivan Reitman and Dan Akroyd in the wake of the sad passing of fellow Ghostbusters writer and star Harold Ramis.

Back in 2012 there had been rumours circulating of a long overdue Ghostbusters 3 that would star the original cast members including Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver – this however became just a thought and instead it was decided that a reboot would be the way forward.

Fast-forward 3 years and pre-production of the all-female reboot has begun – now however it appears the world of Ghostbusting is about to get a lot bigger. As well as Paul Feig’s bad-ass female franchise, there seems to be plans to make another all-male one starring Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt.

This second franchise could very well prove to be a prequel to the original 80’s films, though unlikely to feature Venkman, Stantz and Egon as main characters – so what the story will eventually be about is anyone’s guess.

It does however appear that Sony Pictures, who own the rights, are ready to pull out all the stops in a bid to claim back the box-office from movie judanaught Marvel – just look at the news surrounding the reboot and cross-studio integration of Spider-Man.

What ever happens though, it looks like the Ghostbuster franchises finly has a bright and exciting future on the big screen. You can catch the all-female Ghostbusters reboot when it released worldwide 2017.

American Sniper Claims 2014 Top Grossing Film

It may have underperformed at this years Oscars but American Sniper can at least hold it’s head high, having just claimed the top spot of 2014’s top grossing film from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

The hard-hitting war-biopic starring Bradley Cooper as US Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle has earned $337 million in the US since it’s release last December, surpassing Hunger Games $336.8 million.

The news comes as little surprise considering Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster shattered all box-office records for January, scoring the legendary actor and director the biggest hit of his career to-date.

Even though American Sniper reigns supreme at the US domestic box-office for 2014, it is some way off the total of $1.1 billion made worldwide by Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction.

 

Freddie Highmore Eyes Spider-Man Role

It appears to be the most wanted role in Hollywood, and now Bates Motel star Freddie Highmore has expressed his interest in taking over the role of Spider-Man from Andrew Garfield.

The British actor told IGN that he would “love to be considered. That would be fantastic. I guess we’ll just see how things go”. Highmore was eager to make his feelings towards the vacant role known, “It would be such a fantastic role,” he admitted. “With Norman Bates, some people would always say, ‘Oh, is it tricky playing Norman knowing he has this history behind him, and with Anthony Perkins’ classic performance that you will always be compared to?’

“I guess similarly with the actor who ends up playing Spider-Man there will always be comparisons made with Tobey Maguire’s great performance and most recently Andrew Garfield.”

The 23 year-old could certainly be a major contender for the role, having proven his popularity in Hollywood, thanks to the success of the A&E series Bates Motel. The primetimes series charts the early years of Norman and Norma Bates, the murderous mother and son duo created by acclaimed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, and also stars Vera Farmiga.

With Sony recently announcing that they were rebooting the famous web-slinger, with the potential for Spider-Man to make an appearance alongside The Avengers, Highmore will have some tough competition for the role.

Vince Vaughn Hits a Career Low

It was bound to happen sooner or later – Wedding Crashers star Vince Vaughn has seen his new film Unfinished Business bomb spectacularly in its opening weekend at the box-office.

The comedy, which also stars Dave Franco and atom Wilkinson, is expected to walk away with just $5 million this weekend from 2,200 cinemas, marking the worst performance of any film in his career, to date.

Known for his same character performance in every film, Vaughn often sees his solo project tank, like last years box-office flop, Delivery Man, which took only $7 million in its first weekend of release. The film itself was actually an intriguing watch, I mean how can a story about a bloke that advertantly fathers 513 children after a mix up at a sperm clinic not be interesting to watch – it also probably helped that Hollywood golden-boy Chris Pratt delivered yet another awesome performance.

However Unfinished Business, which follows a group of down-and-put businessmen who travel to Germany to try and save their floundering company, looks set to be as bad as the trailer makes out.

Perhaps it’s time for Vince Vaughn to step out of his cemented comfort zone and explore the kind of characters he portrayed early on his career – such as his character Rick Barnes in the 2001 thriller Domestic Disturbance.

10 Minutes on the Set of Avengers: Age of Ultron

The biggest film of the decade is just around the corner, so it’s not surprising that exclusives from the worlds biggest movie studio, Marvel, would start flodding in – as if our excitement for this film couldn’t be any bigger than it already is.

Entertainment Tonight has recently posted new footage from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron – exclusive interviews with cast members Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth, tour of the top secret sets and insights into key plot points.

Check out the exclusive videos below. Avengers: Age of Ultron hits cinemas worldwide from May 1, 2015.

 

Iron Man set for Spider-Man reboot

No-one can deny the overwhelming popularity of the superhero blockbusters – especially when reboots such as the recent Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel and The Amazing Spider-Man proved to be untapped goldmines for studios.

It is however baffling that only 3 years after a new reboot of the popular web-slinging Spider-Man hit cinema screens around the world with Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) in the title role, Sony Pictures are now looking to once again re-launch the brand from the beginning.

Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield have both worn the Spider-Man suit in successful franchises.

The Amazing Spider-Man proved to be a shrewd move for Sony back in 2012, with the film raking in over $700 million worldwide during it’s release and gathering incredible reviews from audiences and critics alike. For all-intense purposes at the time, The Amazing Spider-Man trilogy looked set to be far more successful than it’s predecessor back in the early 00’s that starred Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

Alas, it appears nothing is safe in this day-an-age as Andrew Garfield’s rain as Peter Parker is at an unexpectedly abrupt end, and a new, younger version is on the horizon.

So what next then?… well for starters Sony Execs have reportedly acquired the talents of Daredevil (TV, 2015) creator and former Joss Whedon (The Avengers) prodigy Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, World War Z) to pen the script and take over the directors helm of this upcoming re-boot, which is currently entitled ‘Spectacular Spider-Man’ – here’s hoping they change it.

Denzel Washington teams up with Training Day co-star

It was one of the most explosive on-screen partnerships in film history, and earned Denzel Washington his second Academy Award for his unforgettable performance as a dangerously corrupt cop.

Now pioneering action director Antoine Fuqua is about to re-team his Training Day stars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in his up-coming remake of the classic Western, The Magnificent Seven.

Chris Pratt will star alongside Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in The Magnificent Seven remake.

This remake of the classic western, which already has Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt signed up, was originally made famous by Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen back in 1960 and followed the story of seven strangers who band together to protect a small Mexican village from the wrath of a notorious bandit and his henchmen.

With writers John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr Banks) and Nic Pizzolatto (one of the award-winning writer behind the critically-acclaimed TV series True Detective) penning the script, this remake looks set to be a hit when it’s released next year.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Hits Big But Can’t Beat Older Brother

Any time you put a mammoth all-star cast in a superhero blockbuster it’s certain to make a lot of cash, especially if it’s Marvel – and the latest installment of the multi-billion dollar franchise proved just that.

Despite recording a massive $188 million opening weekend in the States, an insane amount of money in its own right, the sequel to Avengers: Assemble (2012) couldn’t out perform its big brother’s $208 million haul and take the number one spot of biggest opening weekend in history.

There is a silver-lining for Marvel Studios though, as the Hollywood giant can now stake claim to both the first and second spot in this highly sought after record.

The slightly lower than expected performance by ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ could be attributed to the colossal weekend of sport in the US that saw not only the Kentucky Derby take place but also the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight at the MGM Grand, billed as the ‘Fight of the Century’ – these key factors could have attributed to fewer turnouts than that of Avengers: Assemble.

Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Co. return for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Regardless of it’s ‘second best’ opening weekend, Avengers: Age of Ultron will almost certainly be on track to break the billion dollar mark worldwide during it’s release.

Check out the review of Avengers: Age of Ultron here >>