First Look at Disney’s Upcoming DuckTales Revival

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Over a year ago word came out that Disney was planning a revival of fan favorite DuckTales. We knew the show would be a few years off from debuting and the plan is still to premiere in 2017. But the first image just got released and from what I can see it will make the wait well worth it.

I previously surmised that the likeliest of routes for the House of Mouse would be to go CGI or some form of computer generated animation to help speed up the process. But The Wrap got an early look and I like what I see:

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So Disney is going traditional 2-D animation for this? I’m on board for that. While we know nothing of voice actors or even overall direction of the story, I’m giving this a thumbs up on the initial look alone. It captures the essence of the early Carl Barks Donald Duck books while still looking modern enough to click with the new generation of viewers.

As was reported before you can expect all your favorites to return. We’ll see Scrooge McDuck, Donald, brothers Huey, Dewey & Luey, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack and all the rest.

No concrete date has been set but Disney said that the show is expected to debut on their Disney X D channel in 2017.

Stop the Presses! J.K. Simmons to Play Commissioner Gordon in Zack Snyder’s Justice League!

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

After spending years screaming after Spider-Man and screwing Peter Parker out a decent wage, J. Jonah Jameson has decided to jump ship.

J.K. Simmons will be trading in his stogie for a badge, as the actor has just been cast as Commissioner James Gordon in Zack Snyder’s upcoming two-part Justice League film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

So far the actor has only been cast in the two League films, but it’s not outside the realm of possibilty that the actor will reprise the role in Ben Affleck’s upcoming solo Batman film as well. Comic fans (and Batman movie fans as well) know that the Dark Knight Detective and the best cop in Gotham City have a unique relationship and mutual respect for one another.

Simmons joins the already cast Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (The Flash), and Ray Fisher (Cyborg). Additionally Amy Adams has been signed to once again play the role of Lois Lane.

Additional reporting from Variety said that Gordon was the last “major” role to be cast before production could begin.

Reports are vague as to the plot but many sources say that the film will see the Super Friends band together to take on a foe that is too much for any one of them alone.

Ever since winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Whiplash last year, J.K. Simmons has been even more in demand than ever. He was a popular choice for films before but he’s been going into pure Beast Mode this last year with roles in upcoming films The Meddler, La La Land and The Accountant which are all due out later this year with a few more films in the pipeline for the near future.

Justice League, Part One will hit theaters November 17, 2017 while Part Two drops into theaters June 14, 2019.

Spider-Man Casts Actress/Singer Zendaya in Mystery Role

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Slowly but surely the cast of Spider-Man is growing. Tom Holland has yet to make his debut as the Friendly Neighborhood crime fighter (that comes in this spring’s Captain America: Civil War) but Tom Holland already has a small supporting cast. The actor chosen to play Peter Parker will be joined by Marisa Tomei as his loving Aunt May. And now another cast mate has been chosen.

Deadline reports that actress/singer Zendaya will join the cast as a character named Michelle. Nothing outside of a name was given at the time, so this character is a total mystery. She could be friend or foe; she might be an original character or a re-worked adaptation of an existing Marvel creation. What is reported is that it is unlikely that she’ll be a love interest for Peter, as the young scientist only has eyes for Mary Jane Watson or Gwen Stacy.

Zendaya cut her teeth onscreen with the Disney channel, starring in such productions as Shake It Up and K.C. Undercover. But seeing as she’s nineteen, despite her youthful look, the actress may want to branch out and start a career outside of the tween universe. A role in major film like Spider-Man could go a long way in helping that career blossom.

This will be the third rebooting of the wall-crawler since he made his major motion picture debut almost fifteen years ago. The first trilogy was directed by Sam Raimi and had Tobey Maguire don the tights. In 2014, seven years after the last installment of the Raimi films, director Marc Webb and actor Andrew Garfield made two films before Sony (and audiences) felt like the franchise was fizzling.

Now using the character in a joint venture with Marvel Studios it looks like Sony is hoping the third time is the charm. The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit tweeted that Sony is looking to go “heavily non-white” with the supporting cast, most likely hoping to appeal to as wide an audience as possible.

The film is said to be channeling the spirit of early John Hughes films. Tackling scripting duties will be John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein while Copcar director Jon Watts will step behind the camera.

Spider-Man is set to debut (again) to a worldwide movie-going audience on July 7, 2017.

IR Film Review: Supernerd is Scared to Find out What’s on ‘The Other Side of the Door’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Regret is a powerful emotion. In horror films, regret is more often than not the catalyst for whatever horrible circumstances befall the main characters. Whether it’s not being there for someone or causing some tragic accident, the grief and pain eventually become too much and that is when the shit tends to hit the fan.

Such is the case in The Other Side of the Door, the newest film from British horror director Johannes Roberts. In this film, a mother’s pain over the death of her son makes her throw caution to the wind just for one final chance to speak to him…and has grave consequences.

Maria (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Michael (Jeremy Sisto) are an American couple living in India where Michael runs a successful antique business. The couple has two children, which by the time this starts is whittled down to one. Lucy, their daughter, is alive and well but their son Oliver has tragically perished recently.

The couple’s housekeeper, Piki, sees how much pain Maria is in at the loss of her son. Piki tells Maria of an abandoned temple in the village where she grew up. Here it is said that the line between the world of the dead and the world of the living is very thin. If Maria wants to she can converse with her son through the temple door one last time, to gain some closure. However no matter how much her child begs and pleads she cannot open the door.

Of course Maria opens the door (what kind of movie would it be if she didn’t?) and soon strange things happen. Plants and animals die. Objects move on their own. And Lucy says that she sees Oliver around their house. But this isn’t the loving boy that Maria once knew. This Oliver is a putrid and decaying shade of what her son once was…and he doesn’t want to go back to the land of the dead.

This was a very typical horror film but I did give it some bonus points for a couple of unique twists. The setting of India isn’t one that American audiences are used to in horror films so it was a nice touch. It definitely gave a real “fish out of water” feel to what Maria was attempting in trying to contact her son. And without giving away too much, Oliver isn’t the only ghost haunting the house. It was a nice set-up for an ending that really came out of left field (but in a good way).

Sarah Wayne Callies plays the grieving mother perfectly. She hits the mark every chance she gets, whether it’s crumbling in grief on the floor of her foyer or showing both love and fear while reading to her “son” who locks her in his room with him. This ties in perfectly when we finally see how her son died, which seems like a parent’s worst nightmare. On the flip side of the coin Jeremy Sisto is just there, but the script didn’t really give him much to work with. He does finally show us something around the last half of the third act but it’s a case of too little, too late.

Roberts, who also co-wrote the film with Ernest Riera, does an admirable job. This isn’t the director’s first foray into horror, but seeing as the majority of his stuff is from across the pond this may be the first chance American audiences are getting to view his work.

Mixing the tried-and-true “cat-on-the-piano” jump scares with a few good pieces of psychological mind games, The Other Side of the Door is a unique film worth checking out at least once.

GRADE: B-

Sandman Gains Screenwriter and Loses Star/Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Sandman, the comic book from DC’s Vertigo imprint (for the more mature and out there concepts) has been a labor of love getting to the big screen. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David Goyer have been crafting a story that would do the source material justice for some time now and it looked hopeful that we’d see something soon, especially with JGL signed on to direct.

But the project seems to have taken a “one step forward, two steps back” kind of turn in the last few days.

The one step forward being new screenwriter, Eric Heisserer announced on Friday. You might know Heisserer, for his work on the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and the prequel to The Thing, has been tapped to pen this adaptation. At the time it was announced it was assumed that Heisserer would be doing some polish work on the story that Levitt and Goyer had been working on.

Now for the two steps back. Heisserer might be starting from scratch, as it looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt has dropped out of helming the comic book adaptation. The actor posted the following message to his Facebook page a short while after the news of the new screenwriter hit the internet:

So, as you might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, a while back, David Goyer and I made a producing deal with Warner Brothers to develop a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN. Neil himself came on as an executive producer, we hired the excellent screenwriter, Jack Thorne, and we started in on the ambitious task of adapting one of the most beloved and boundary-pushing titles in the world of comics.  I was pleased with the progress we were making, even though we still had quite a ways to go.

Recently, as you also might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, the sorta “ownership” (for lack of a better term) of the Sandman material changed hands when Warner Brothers shifted the entire catalogue of Vertigo comics (an imprint of DC) to their subsidiary, New Line.  And a few months ago, I came to realize that the folks at New Line and I just don’t see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special, and what a film adaptation could/should be.  So unfortunately, I decided to remove myself from the project. I wish nothing but the best for the team moving forward.

I’d like to thank all the great people I’ve had the opportunity to work with on this one.  I’ve had a blast with and learned a ton from David and Jack.  Niija Kuykendall, Greg Silverman, and everyone at Warner Brothers have been

fantastic, as have Geoff Johns and everyone at DC.  And it’s been a particular privilege as well as a rocking good time getting to know Mr. Gaiman, whose generous insights and masterful work have certainly convinced me that the Lord of Dreams and the Prince of Stories are one and the same Endless pattern.

So that’s where it stands folks. It might be even longer now before we get to see Morpheus and the rest of the Endless on the silver screen…unless Warner Bros and New Line already have someone else in mind. Keep checking back here as we’ll update with any news as soon as we hear about it.