Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell Join Nicole Kidman in Crime Thriller DESTROYER

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The crime thriller Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman is getting three new cast members. Variety reports that Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, and Scoot McNairy have joined Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller which stars Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and Sebastian Stan.

Destroyer follows the moral journey of LAPD detective Erin Bell, who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

Whitford recently starred in Jordan Peele’s Get Out and just finished filming on Godzilla: King of Monsters for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.

Kebbell was most recently seen reprising his role as Koba in War for the Planet of the Apes for Fox and played King Kong in Kong: Skull Island for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.

The script is written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi and begins shooting in Los Angeles next week. 

 

HBO is Not “Actively” Working On Controversial CONFEDERATE Series

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Earlier this fall HBO faced a PR nightmare when they announced that the cable network was working with Game Of Thrones duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on a new series called Confederate.

Similar to the premise of Amazon’s Man in White Castle, the series takes place in a world where the outcome of the Civil War was much different. The idea drew plenty of criticism, taking place in an alternate Civil War timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. It’s clear that the show would have be controversial, and it didn’t help that the announcement was in such a hostile cultural climate.

Now it seems things have really slowed down. The Washington Post reports “the show is still in development, [but] the creators are not actively working on it.” One factor could be that Benioff and Weiss are focused on the final season of Game Of Thrones, or they are trying to figure out exactly what they are trying to do with their premise.

It is nothing new that often times shows go into development, but few come out landing a series order, and even fewer become gigantic hits like Game Of Thrones. So we’ll see what ends up happening with Confederate, but it’s clear that HBO doesn’t want to put this show in the spotlight anytime soon.

Did Joss Whedon Take a Secret Jab at JUSTICE LEAGUE in the Opening Credits?

While Joss Whedon took over for Zack Snyder on Justice League, he didn’t get a credit as co-director, but he was named as a writer alongside Chris Terrio, for his part in re-writing those reshoots (as well as directing them).

It does seem a little strange that even though he was so involved with the film, Whedon never shared so much as a Tweet in support of the movie or offered a single interview about his part in the production. Whedon did, however, “like” a series of Tweets that bashed the movie, specifically the villains Steppenwolf, which is something that upset a lot of fans.

Now there is a theory making the rounds on the internet that Whedon is even trolling Justice League on the screen of the movie itself. The speculation claims that during Justice League‘s opening credits, when Terrio and Whedon’s names come up you can see a homeless man on the street and the scene immediately following features a sign he’s holding that reads, “I tried.” Some fans believe this was a message of sorts from Whedon suggesting he tried (and failed) to save the movie.

It is also possible that this doesn’t mean anything and is merely a coincidence. what do you think?

Via: CBM

X-MEN Producer Wants The Team To Be A Part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

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Since the addition of Spider-Man to the MCU, it goes without saying that it’s not impossible for other Marvel characters that call different studios home to become a part of it. For example, there is one major team that has yet to join the franchise. Film rights have kept the X-Men from joining the MCU as of yet, but one X-Men producer would really like to see the crossover happen.

Recently, Vanity Fair spoke to X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner who enthusiastically threw in her support to have the mutant icons team up with the Avengers in theaters.

“Well, I wish. I would love it. I would love it. But it’s not for me to say.”

Feige also chimed in but the Marvel Studios president refused to give fans hope where there is none.

“Well, the problem is whenever I say anything about it, it becomes 15 headlines. So would we like to? Yeah, of course,” Feige said, signaling his continued desire to get the X-Men back.

“Is there any movement toward it at all? No. Same thing. Same status.”

According to recent reports, Disney was in talks with Fox at one time to buy most of the company’s assets save its news and sports IPs. As you say rumors about the X-Men opening up to the MCU ran wild. But as of now, it seems like those talks have died down, but there is a chance Disney could put enough cash down to tempt Fox into letting the X-Men go.

But Fox might be hesitant to let such a franchise go. The X-Men film franchise is doing well right now as well as hits like Logan and Deadpool. The series will grow even more in 2018 when The New Mutants and Deadpool 2 are released before X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Gambit’s solo film come to theaters.

What do you think?  Would you like to see the Mutants join forces with the Avengers? Or is it better to have their worlds separated?

HOUSE OF CARDS Looking to Resume Production of Final Season Without Kevin Spacey

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Netflix’s highly popular drama House of Cards has been shut down since the investigation into on-set sexual misconduct allegations made against Kevin Spacey, but now producer Media Rights Capital is looking to start up production on the sixth and final season.

In a letter obtained by TVLine, an executive indicates to the cast and crew that talks with Netflix remain ongoing, with an eye on resuming production sometime after Dec. 8.

Dear Cast and Crew,

As we move into the holidays, we want to express our appreciation for all of the meaningful messages of support we have received from you and want to update all of our loyal cast and crew on our progress and where things currently stand.

We continue to work with Netflix with the hope of resuming production soon. As we continue these discussions, we have determined together that the crew will be paid for an additional two week hiatus – beginning on November 27th and continuing through December 8th.

In addition to the writers, there will be a small contingency of office/accounting staff who will remain in the production office on a continuous basis. Our hope is that the entire crew will be able to reconvene when production resumes, but we want you to know that we will certainly understand if crew members need to find other work in the interim, which will prevent them from re-joining us. We sincerely appreciate all you have done.

Cast and other union members who are not actively working will be paid in accordance with applicable union guidelines through this period and we will be reaching out directly to your representatives to work through the details; we will get to everyone as quickly as possible and appreciate all of your patience here.

These last two months have tested and tried all of us in ways none of us could have foreseen. The one thing we have learned throughout this process is that this production is bigger than just one person and we could not be more proud to be associated with one of the most loyal and talented production cast and crews in this business.

We will provide an additional update by 12/8/17.

Last month, Netflix ended production of House of Cards‘ sixth season and concluded its relationship with Spacey after several people accused the Oscar winner of sexual misconduct. 

With production moving forward its still not clear how Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, will be written out of the series, possibly an off-screen death or arrest. The first two episodes of Season 6 were shot before production was forced to shut down.

ALIEN 3 Director David Fincher Wanted the Xenomorph To Resemble Michelle Pfeiffer

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For most fans of the Alien franchise Alien 3 is considered to be the weakest of the original trilogy, despite having been directed by iconic filmmaker David Fincher. Despite being plagued with problems throughout production, the film turned out to be a solid addition to the franchise. One of the biggest reasons these movies are so popular has to do with the genius design of the xenomorph alien. It is easily one of the most exquisitely designed creatures in all of cinema thanks to the conceptual designs by H.R. Giger. Thanks to Monster Legacy we’ve learned the detailed development process the creature went through in the thrid installment and director Fincher’s desires for the new monster to resemble Michelle Pfeiffer….you read that right, Michelle freakin’ Pfieffer.

One of the big issues that the production of Alien 3 faced was that both Giger and the team of Amalgamated Dynamics were designing the creature for the movie on their own, getting conflicting instructions from various members of the crew:

“Fincher specifically wanted the alien to have lips based on Michelle Pfeiffer’s — more voluptuous and feminine. The director recalled: ‘We did give it Michelle Pfeiffer’s lips. That’s what they’re based on. It always had these little thin lips, and I said to Giger, ‘let’s make it a woman when it comes right up to Ripley.’ So it has these big, luscious collagen lips.’”

Giger is known for his erotically horrifying art in addition to his xenomorph design, a design he would tweak and adjust for Alien 3 potentially would have continued.

“The lips and chin on my new model are better proportioned and give the creature a more erotic appearance,” Giger shared. “When the mouth is closed it looks very voluptuous, beautiful.”

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Thankfully (or disappointingly, depending on your preferences) the final version of the creature didn’t end up with this degree of pronounced lips. Giger admitted:

“David Fincher neglected to inform me that Woodruff and Gillis were also contracted to take care of the redesign of the alien. I found out much later. I thought I had the job and that Woodruff and Gillis would work from my plans. On their side, they were convinced that it was their job and accepted my ‘suggestions’ with pleasure. They believed that all my effort was based on a huge love for the matter because I worked hard even after my contract was over. Today, I am convinced that it was a game by Fincher to keep both sides happy and obtain the maximum for his movie.”

The xenomorph was last seen in this year’s Alien: Covenant, but filmmaker Ridley Scott promises that future films will feature the creature very little if not at all.

What do you think of those lips? Glad they were cut, or would that design have made for a more terrifying?

Mark Hamill Says Luke Just Meant To Scare The Wampa in EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Not Dismember It

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Its one of the most iconic sequences from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke hanging from the ceiling of an ice cave on the surface of Hoth, about to become the meal of the ferocious Wampa. Luckily, the young Jedi trainee was able to use the force to grab his lightsaber and slice and dice his way out of the chilly death hole. But according to actor Mark Hamill, he never thought his character was going to dismember the wild creature.

Hamill revealed this bit of information as he responded to a tweet about a cake shaped like a severed wampa’s arm. He explained that while filming The Empire Strikes Back, he was told that Luke would just singe the wampa’s fur in and scare it off. But it wasn’t until later that he learned how Luke actually ended up chopping the poor animal’s arm off.

If you actually go back and watch the infamous scene it makes perfect sense, Luke merely flicks his lightsaber at the Wampa, a movement that would imply a less devastating blow. But then the scene jumps to another shot of the severed arm dropping to the ground. We never actually, you know, see it being properly cut off.  Here is the scene:

Are These Images Our First Look at Netflix’s New Sci-Fi Series ALTERED CARBON?

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We know that Netflix is working on one of its most expensive projects in the streaming company’s history. It’s a sci-fi series called Altered Carbon, a 10-episode series based on the bestselling novel by Richard K. Morgan. Up until now, we have not seen any teasers or stills from the production but i09 pointed out recently, that several gifs have been making the rounds on Reddit that look like they’re for the upcoming television adaptation. The images have not been confirmed by Netflix but show various businesses in Bay City circa 2384, matching the location and date that the novel takes place. 

Altered Carbon takes place in a distant future where people can transfer their consciousness from body to body, making immortality a reality. Society is divided between people who can afford to live forever and those who can’t, creating modern gods who keep themselves above and apart from everyone else. The story follows a soldier (played by Joel Kinnaman) who is “resleeved,” or transferred, into a police officer’s body in order to investigate a conspiracy.

The series is written and produced by Avatar co-writer Laeta Kalogridis, is rumored to be Netflix’s most expensive genre show to date, at $6 to $7 million per episode. Altered Carbon comes out sometime in 2018.

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Alexander Skarsgard Joins The Cast of Park Chan-wook’s THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL

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Emmy Award winner Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies, Tarzan) is joining Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), in Park Chan-wook’s (Old Boy, The Handmaiden, Stoker) television debut The Little Drummer Girl. The series based on the best-selling novel by John le Carré. Comingsoon.net reports that production on the six-part mini-series is expected to begin early next year.

In The Little Drummer Girl, young actress Charlie strikes up an friendship with an interesting stranger while vacationing in Greece, but it quickly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic. The man is Becker, an Israeli intelligence officer, who drags her into a complex and high stakes plot which unfolds as she is forced to take on the role of a lifetime in the scheme. The story is set in the late 1970s, The Little Drummer Girl weaves a dynamic and exciting story of espionage and international intrigue; of love and betrayal.

Skarsgård will next be seen in Duncan Jones’ Mute co-starring with Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux. Skarsgård was most recently in Jean-Marc Vallée’s award-winning HBO series Big Little Lies, for which he won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a limited series.
 

Cool Video Compares Shots From STRANGER THINGS Season 2 To The Movie Scenes That Inspired Them

We already know that Netflix’s massive hit Stranger Things is greatly inspired by many classic films from the 1980’s. Even though the writing and characters are great a lot of the show’s popularity is built on the foundation of familiarity. Season 2 follows a lot of the same patterns. IMDB has put together a pretty amazing video that compares shots from the series and the cinematic shots that inspired them.  To name a few of the films, Ghostbusters, Aliens, E.T., Poltergeist, and Gremlins among others.

Here’s the video: