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 >>

Exclusive Cast Photo From Suicide Squad Revealed

It appears production on the hotly anticipated DC Comics franchise Suicide Squad is moving along nicely – so nicely in fact that director David Ayer has just released the first in-costume cast photo.

The superhero blockbuster, which stars some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Will Smith, will chart the back story of the Suicide Squad, an infamous group of villains forced to fight some of the ugliest battles on behalf of the U.S. Government.

Despite the key details related to the film’s plot still evading curious minds, it will tell somewhat of a back story to how the covert Government task force was formed – something fans of CW’s hit show Arrow will know, having already seen glimpses of the black-ops group in the latest series.

The first photo of the cast was released yesterday by the films directed David Ayer and shows characters such as Deadshot (Smith), Harley Quinn (Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) – a couple of hours after its release on social media, Will Smith also released an exclusive pic of his character Deadshot in full attire.

There was however one obvious missing member in the form of Jared Leto’s Joker, who unofficially leads this rebellious band of criminals, and who has been one of the most talked about characters since the films announcement last year – not surprising considering the last time we saw the Joker was in Christopher Nolan’s Award-winning Dark Knight Trilogy – you’ll remember the late Heath Ledger giving a performance so chilling and world-class that it earn’t him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Now, until recently it wasn’t known if Suicide Squad would be released as a stand-alone film or a continuation of 2013’s Man of Steel and the upcoming juganaught Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice storyline. Well the question has been answered in the form of a leaked snap of Ben Affleck visiting the Toronto set a couple of weeks back, confirming rumours that his older Batman character would feature in the film in some capacity.

Fans of the comics will already be aware that most of the notorious Suicide Squad conglomerate owe their involuntary membership to the secretive government agency, known as A.R.G.U.S, thanks, mostly in part, to the Caped Crusader’s unwavering desire to clean up the streets of Gotham – so it makes sense that we’d see at least something of Batman in the upcoming release.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Earns $200 million, Furious 7 Remains Top

The Avengers franchise is no stranger to setting records, with the first outing back in 2012 shattering a whole number of box office records during it’s release – it’s Furious 7 however that  seems hellbent on leaving its box office mark.

Avengers: Age of Ultron has seen it’s first weekend open to an astonishing $200 million internationally from a release that covers 44 different territories including the UK – certainly great new for Marvel Studios, who only 10 years ago were on the brink of bankruptcy.

Figures for its domestic (US) release will be calculated when Age of Ultron hits North American theatres this Friday, but it’s looks set to surpass its predosessor’s $207 million opening weekend back in 2012.

Despite the Avengers sequel set to make waves this weekend, it’s Fast and Furious 7 that refuses to bow out of the box office race – the seventh film in the hit series has become only the third film in history to earn over $1 billion outside the U.S. Starring Vin Diesel, Jason Statham and the late Paul Walker, Furious 7 has held the domestic box office top spot for over four weeks now, a truly incredible achievement, though one that is sure to change next week.