Russell Crowe Says There are Whispers of a MASTER AND COMMANDER Sequel

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a favorite film of mine. It’s truly a masterpiece and ever since the first film was released in 2003, I’ve been wanting to see a sequel! 

The film is based on of Patrick O’Brian’s book series that consists of 20 novels that follow the adventures of the Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his crew. The series is set during the Napoleonic Wars and centered on the friendship of Aubrey and the ship’s surgeon, Dr. Stephen Maturin, who was played by Paul Bettany in the film.

There are plenty of wonderful stories here to tell in movie form and according to Russell Crowe, there’s actually a possibility that a sequel could happen! He recently tweeted out the following:

I would love nothing more than to see another Master and Commander film, but unfortunately, the first film didn’t do too well at the box office. The movie only made a little under $94 million dollars domestically off of a budget of $150 million. I thought for sure the ship had sunk, but it’s good to hear that there is still hope and whispers of a second voyage. 

I have no idea if anything will go beyond the point of whispers, but I’ll be hoping that they do. It would be the best news ever if a sequel ended up being officially announced in the near future! If you’ve never seen it, you need to watch it. It was actually nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and is currently streaming on HBO.

Would you be excited to see a sequel to director Peter Weir‘s Master and Commander

Marvel Studios’ Creative Committee Wanted James Gunn To Cut The Awesome Soundtrack in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!

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For years, the filmmaking teams working on the Marvel Studios’ films were getting a lot of input and notes from Marvel’s Creative Committee led by Ike Perlmutter was a thorn in their side, which is why Kevin Feige eventually had Disney cut ties with them. Feige ended up orchestrating a move with Disney and CEO Bob Iger to make Marvel Studios a separate entity which would only report to Disney.

One of the more ridiculous things that the Marvel Creative Committee wanted to do is have James Gunn ditch his amazing soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy! James Gunn told Vanity Fair that the committee was “a group of comic-book writers and toy people” who gave him “haphazard” notes. As you know, the Guardians soundtrack, “Awesome Mix Vol. 1”, ended up going Platinum. 

This committee also consisted of Marvel Comics Publisher Dan Buckley, Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, Marvel Entertainment President Alan Fine and writer Brian Michael Bendis. This Creative Committee is still a part of all the Marvel TV shows, which could explain a few things. 

It doesn’t make sense that they would watch to cut that soundtrack. It was a major component of the film, and I can’t even imagine what the movie would have been like without those classic 60s and 70s tunes. It’s a great thing that Feige and Gunn ended up winning that battle and ultimately filled the movie with that wonderful music! 

Kevin Feige’s Marvel Journey All Started With Fixing Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine Hair in X-MEN

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One of Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige‘s first gig in the entertainment industry was working as an assistant to Richard Donner‘s wife Shuler Donner. Through this job, he made his way into the world of Marvel movies.

Donner was a producer on Bryan Singer‘s 2000 film X-Men, and that’s where he started to interject his fandom into the comic book films that were being made. If it wasn’t for Feige, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine would have never had that epic hairdo that came right out of the comics. Here’s the story of how that all went down from Vanity Fair:

One day on set, Shuler Donner and Avi Arad, then head of Marvel Studios, watched as an exasperated stylist, at Feige’s insistence, sprayed and teased actor Hugh Jackman’s hair higher and higher to create the hairstyle that would become the signature look of the character Wolverine. The stylist “eventually went ‘Fine!’ and did a ridiculous version,” Feige recalls. “If you go back and look at it,” he admits, “he’s got big-ass hair in that first movie. But that’s Wolverine!” The experience stuck with Feige. “I never liked the idea that people weren’t attempting things because of the potential for them to look silly,” he says. “Anything in a comic book has the potential to look silly. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to make it look cool.”

He has obviously taken this love of Marvel characters throughout his career and it’s paid off! All the risks that he’s been taking with the films of Marvel have been gloriously working. The guy is smart about this stuff and he knows exactly what he’s doing. 

After working for Donner, Arad liked what he saw in him with his geeky passion and hired him to work on the Marvel films that he was developing at the various studios. Apparently Arad “sent his new employee to studios that licensed Marvel characters to monitor the company’s intellectual property, offer helpful notes, and generally serve as a Marvel ambassador.” The report goes on to say:

Feige watched directors like Sam Raimi with fascination and others, occasionally, Favreau noted, in “frustration” in the era of films such as Daredevil, Ang Lee’s Hulk, and The Punisher. Feige’s advice was sometimes ignored, and many of those films became notorious flops. “The answers,” Feige still says, explaining why comic-book adaptations go wrong, “are always in the books.”

All of this led to the development of Iron Man and the big gamble they made paid off! Now there are going to be 22 Marvel films in this first overreaching story arc and there are 20 more ready to go into development!

To think… it all started with Kevin Feige making sure Wolverine’s hair looked like it did in the comics. 

Images of Henry Cavill’s Unused MAN OF STEEL Superman Suit Surface Online

A couple images have surfaced of Henry Cavill wearing an unused Superman suit for Man of Steel. This is a test suit that was used and as you can see it doesn’t feature the yellow coloring around the classic Superman emblem. In all reality, it’s really not that different from the suit that has been used, but I thought some of you might be interested in seeing what the suit could’ve looked like.

I kinda like the look without the yellow coloring as it has more of a Kingdom Come kinda vibe. But I understand that they wanted to keep the classic colors incorporated into the suit design. This suit in the photos below What do you think about the early test version of the suit?

Some neat photos I came across of @henrycavill in a test suit for Man of Steel. The suit itself can be seen on a mannequin in the special features of the movie 🔥 #superman #manofsteel #henrycavill #supermancosplay #supermancostume

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JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE is Surprisingly Getting a Lot of Great and Positive Buzz!

When I first heard that we were getting a Jumanji sequel with Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, I was expecting a disaster. Then when the trailers were released I was pleasantly surprised by how fun it looked! But, as you know, trailers can be deceiving. 

A bunch of critics recently started sharing their reactions to the film on Twitter and it turns out Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is actually a surprisingly great and entertaining flick! I was really hoping this would be the case, and now I’m even more excited about seeing the movie! 

Read the reactions below and let us know if you’re looking forward to checking this Jumanji sequel out!

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is set to be released in theaters on December 20, 2017.

James Franco Confirms That He’s Developing a New X-MEN Film

Last week, it was reported that James Franco would star in and be involved with the development of a new X-Men film called Multiple Man. Franco has now officially confirmed that he is involved with a superhero project. He recently told THR:

“I do have a superhero that I am developing. I don’t know how much I can say. But I will say I am producing and performing in it. Or will perform in it. It’s early stages. I think probably what I can say is, like anything, there’s a need to develop more. I have a company with my brother now called Ramona Films. We’re developing all kinds of movies. Our bottom line MO is, how can we push this into new ground? A little bit, but still make it entertaining? So that separates it from what I was doing alone, me making a Cormac McCarthy film, pushing into the new frontier of necrophiliacs.”

He goes on to discuss what he loves about what X-Men franchise producer Simon Kinberg and FOX is doing with the X-Men franchise. 

“What I love about what Simon Kinberg and Fox and the X-Men people have done with Deadpool and Logan — it took a while to get there, maybe 10 years, but they are going to go hard R. And we’re going to take, you know, this superhero thing and really just push it into a new genre. Deadpool‘s almost like an action romantic comedy. And Logan‘s like a western, you know? So we’re working with Simon Kinberg on an X-Men property…It’s in the X-Men universe.”

It’s always exciting to hear when filmmakers come out and say they want to do something different within a certain genre and change the game. I’m really curious to see what Franco, Kinberg, and their creative team will come up with for Multiple Man. He’s such an interesting Marvel character to play with.

Multiple Man is Jamie Madrox, who, in the comics, conveyed his cloning powers at birth, when a second, identical version of him appeared after the doctor slapped the infant to get him to breathe. His father, a worker at the Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center, moved his family to a remote farm where his son — fitted with a special suit to control his powers designed by X-Men patriarch Professor Xavier — lived quietly until the suit malfunctioned and he began to go crazy. His cloning abilities drove Madrox to have various collisions and collaborations with both the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Jeremy Kramer will oversee it for Fox and the deals are being made now.

After reading what Franco had to say, are you excited to see his take of Multiple Man?

STAR WARS Star Daisy Ridley Gives a Charming Interview While Building a LEGO Millennium Falcon

Elle has released a wonderfully charming video interview with Daisy Ridley that features the actress talking about being a part of the Star Wars franchise while building a LEGO Millennium Falcon. It’s a pretty fun idea and she is able to finish building the entire Millennium Falcon in five minutes! Ok, not really, but it’s still a great interview worth watching. 

Daisy Ridley reprises her role as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and fans are eagerly waiting to see where this next chapter takes her! Judging from the cleverly cut trailers, it looks like she could turn to the Dark Side. I personally think that’s all misdirection, though. Rey can’t turn to the Dark Side! Or, can she? We’ll just have to wait and see!

James Cameron Talks About His AVATAR Sequels and “Building a Greater Kind of Meta Narrative”

After years of preparation, James Cameron is finally shooting his Avatar sequels. The first of these sequels is set to hit theaters eleven years after the original and fans are wondering if these sequels are going to be just as successful.

We don’t know much about the story, but we do know that a lot of this first sequel is going to take place underwater and we are going to be introduced to a lot of new characters. Most notably the kids of Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri’s (Zoe Saldana), who will play a large role over the course of the sequels. 

During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Cameron talked about the sequels and also working with his Titanic star Kate Winslet after all these years:

“She’s very excited about it. She blazed through for a couple of days of rehearsals and saw the world that we had created, and how we do the work, and she’s very excited. She plays a character who’s part of the Sea People, the reef people. The one thing she did do is demand that she do all her own water work. I said, ‘All right, that’s fine, we’ll have to teach you how to free dive.’”

Since a lot of the movie takes place underwater, all of the actors have had to take some free-diving lessons. To shoot some of these scenes the actors need to hold their breath several minutes at a time. Cameron reveals: 

“The other actors are up to three- and four-minute breath holds. We’ve already been doing underwater capture. We did a scene last week with six teenagers, well, actually five teenagers and one 7-year-old underwater holding their breath for a couple minutes and acting, actually doing a dialogue scene under water because they speak kind of a sign language.”

That’s so cool! Cameron is obviously looking to get the underwater look as authentic as possible. It’s going to be really interesting to see how these underwater scenes turned out. Cameron previously talked about the challenges of doing motion capture work under water.

The director went on to discuss all of the delays that the film had gone through over the years saying:

“I wouldn’t call them delays. It was highly optimistic that we could start quickly until scripts are written. If there’s no scripts, there’s nothing, right? The scripts took four years… We’re doing very well because of all the time that we had to develop the system and the pipeline and all that. We weren’t wasting time, we were putting it into tech development and design. So when all the scripts were approved, everything was designed. Every character, every creature, every setting.”

I’m glad that Cameron got his scripts for the films complete before they started shooting. Hollywood is known for starting film productions with unfinished scripts and a lot of the time, those movies end up being crap. The director went on to talk about how the future of the franchise depends on if audiences actually show up to watch the first couple of sequels. 

“Let’s face it, if Avatar 2 and 3 don’t make enough money, there’s not going to be a 4 and 5. They’re fully encapsulated stories in and of themselves. It builds across the five films to a greater kind of meta narrative, but they’re fully formed films in their own right, unlike, say, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, where you really just had to sort of go, ‘Oh, sh*t, all right, well I guess I better come back next year.’ Even though that all worked and everybody did.”

I really do hope that these new Avatar films end up being a success because I do want to see Cameron’s full vision of these films realized. 

The Avatar sequels will see the return of Joel David Moore, Matt GeraldSigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, and Stephen Lang, who will be back as the main villain. Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin are also in the sequels.

The Avatar sequels are currently shooting and with a budget of $1 billion dollars. Fox is releasing Avatar 2 on December 18, 2020, Avatar 3 on December 17, 2021, Avatar 4 on December 20, 2024, and Avatar 5 on December 19, 2025.

WB Offered To Give Henry Cavill a CGI Moustache in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6 But Paramount Said No

Warner Bros. apparently really tried to work out a deal with Paramount Pictures to allow Henry Cavill to shave his mustache off for Justice League. Unfortunately, Paramount said no, and that’s after WB sent them some samples of what they could do with adding a stash to Cavill’s face for Mission: Impossible 6

A VFX artist who worked on Justice League recently took part in an AMA on Reddit, and when asked what his reaction was when he found out he had to remove the mustache via CGI, he said:

“A mix – to some people it’s a cool little project to get stuck in to and another problem to solve, which is what a lot of VFX is about. Challenging. To me, as a fan, I was annoyed haha Paramount should’ve shaved him and stuck a fake one on for MI6. Ridiculously petty of them. We did tests on already shot footage of Superman to add a beard as well to show the MI6 team at Paramount it was loads easier, and Warner Bros offered to pay for all the beard adding shots in MI6. They said no.”

It kinda sucks that Paramount wouldn’t work with them on this issue because it would have been a hell of a lot easier for them to add hair than remove it. 

For me, the CGI upper lip of Superman was one of my biggest issues with the film because it kept pulling me out. It’s like a stain on a movie that you’ll never be able to get out. Regardless of that, I still enjoyed it.

What do you think about Paramount Pictures not willing to work with WB on letting Cavill shave his stash? 

New Photo From STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Features an Army of Snowtroopers

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A cool new photo from Star Wars: The Last Jedi has surfaced on Empire featuring an army of menacing-looking Snowtroopers. There’s not really any information on what is going on in this image but the report says the First Order Snowtroopers are “storming into the breach.” 

Evoking echoes of The Empire Strikes Back‘s Hoth troopers, the snowtroopers boast personal environment suits with insulated armour and glare-reducing slit visors, perfectly suiting them for cold weather offensives.

This is one of many new photos from the film that Empire will release throughout the week, so stay tuned for more. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to be released on December 15th!