Dec/2017

Sony Pictures Animation Picks Up ‘Medusa’ Project!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 5th, 2014

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It looks like Sony Pictures Animation is getting into the Greek mythology realm by picking up the project ‘Medusa‘ from a pitch from Todd Alcott and Holly Golden. Lauren Faust is set to direct the picture about the woman with snakes for hair who turns anyone to stone when they gaze upon her.

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Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the Worldwide Rights, excluding Latin America, to Jonathan Demme’s film, NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS from Shakey Pictures and Clinica Estetico. Demme and Elliot Rabinowitz produced the film, with Declan Quinn (RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW, JIMMY CARTER MAN FROM PLAINS) who served as director of photography. NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival to a tremendous audience and great critical acclaim.

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Sony has released the first trailer for ‘Only the Brave‘, A film created in cooperation with Columbia Pictures about the real life Granite Mountain Hotshots. The best of the best forest fire crew that battled the wildfires blazing near Prescott, AZ in June 2013 where, sadly, 19 of their ranks were killed.

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Sony Pictures Entertainment gave us a pretty complete look at their projected release dates for films running through 2017. There are a few surprises in here but overall, it’s an exciting look at the next two years, and I’m excited for what’s in store!! Let’s jump right in!

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After much speculation and a worldwide casting search, Marvel and Sony Pictures can announce they have finally found not only their director, but their Peter Parker/Spider-Man for the upcoming Spider-Man film set to release on July 28, 2017.

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Sony Announces Animated Spider-Man Project!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Apr 23rd, 2015

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Sony announced a new animated film for a Marvel superhero coming from directors of ‘The Lego MoviePhil Lord and Chris Miller. Spider-Man is getting a new full-length film that lives in the live-action Spider-Man universe but is entirely independent of the live-action projects in motion. Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman announced at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

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Amy Pascal Leads ‘Little Women’ Reboot For Sony!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Mar 19th, 2015

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Hollywood had a Golden Age that ended in the early 60’s, what we have now is the reboot age. Some of the films have been surprisingly good and I can only hope the next title up for reworking fairs as well. Former Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal is producing the studio’s effort with ‘Little Women‘ the timeless Louisa May Alcott novel that has at least 3 major films that have been based on the literature.

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Robert Rodriguez is gifted with being able to truly mark his programs leaving no doubt as to who put the separate components together, that flair exists in ‘From Dusk Till Dawn‘, ‘Once Upon a Time in Mexico‘ and ‘Desperado‘ are just a few of the pictures that jump off the screen so vividly that we forget we’re looking through a screen.

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Sony to Reboot ‘Zorro’!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Mar 10th, 2014

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 The last swashbuckler to hit the big screen was Captain Jack Sparrow in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘ films, but before him, there was another. Back in 1922 the tales of Zorro gripped the world with his master swordsmanship  and championing the defenseless. Since then Hollywood has made some bank off of the masked man at least a dozen times and with varying success. I’m pleased to announce there is going to be a reboot of the Zorro films. Not so much a reboot of original stories, as a new movie based on a new book about Zorro. If that made sense, I might have a future in writing!

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Paramount is returning to television production and will be co-producing the new CBS series ‘Beverly Hills Cop‘, which will mark the return of Eddie Murphy to the small screen.  This is big news as Paramount might be a heavy hitter in the television game once again. CEO Brad Grey sent out this memo to his employees:

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Sony Pictures is moving Neill Blomkamp’s (‘District 9’) sci-fi epic ‘Elysium’ to the summer film slate of next year, specifically August 9, 2013.  Whereas, the new ‘Robocop’ remake, which was originally slated for that date, has been pushed back to 2014, specifically February 7th.

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MGM and Sony Join Forces to Make Bond 23!!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 17th, 2011

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So we all know the dilemma and turmoil plaguing James Bond with MGM.  Well “GOOD NEWS EVERYONE” (in my best professor Farnsworth voice)!   MGM and Sony have settled down and we will have a new BOND film.  This could have taken years and years, but luckily they had the right people high up and they wanted to make some good films….or make money.

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In time for the holidays, you can get your hands on a Limited Edition Holiday Giftset of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘, which is exclusively available at Wal-Mart. In addition to the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy, you’ll receive two pairs of Spider-Man socks, a Pop! Spider-Man figure, a button, a comic, and collectible packaging. These will make great gifts for the Spider-Man fan in your life, because you get so much. In addition to that, Sony Pictures is putting up an actual Spider-Man suit for auction, which proceeds will go to Toys for Tots. More info below.

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‘Brigsby Bear’ is coming to Blu-ray!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 8th, 2017

Brigsby Bear‘ is coming to Blu-ray and Digital Streaming on November 14th from Sony Pictures. You might have missed ‘Brigsby Bear‘ in the theaters, but it’s one you shouldn’t miss at home. The film is written by Kyle Mooney and directed by Dave McCary, who both still work at ‘SNL‘. The film stars Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, and Matt Walsh  and is a mix of comedy and emotions about a young man, setting out to make a movie. There’s so much more to it than that, but I don’t want to give anything away. Bonus features will include deleted scenes, a commentary track, deleted scenes, and more. More below.

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The creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy return for Insidious: The Last Key. In the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home. In Theaters January 5, 2018

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Baby Driver is Coming to 4K UHD and Blu-ray!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 28th, 2017

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Perhaps the best film of the year BABY DRIVER is coming to 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD, which I couldn’t be more excited for. On September 12th, you’ll be able to watch the film on any digital platform. On October 10th, the 4K UHD and Blu-ray will be available with a ton of bonus features. I’m super excited about this release and I hope it wins an OSCAR. Details below.

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Starsky & Hutch Reboot Happening!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 24th, 2017

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Starsky & Hutch looks to be returning to TV with a reboot that is happening at Sony Pictures TV. The original series aired during the 1970s and centered on two police detectives consisting of David Michael Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser), who was the crazy street-wise detective and Kenneth Richard Hutchison or Hutch for short (David Soul), who was a by-the-book detective who solved crimes in California in a hot rod Ford Gran Torino.

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Director Antoine Fuqua is putting the band back together in the form of a sequel for 2014’s ‘The Equalizer‘). Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman are all returning for said sequel from Sony Pictures.

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Wanna get your Spider-Man on a week before ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘ hits theaters? How about getting a taste of being the web crawler? That’s what Sony Pictures Virtual Reality is offering with a new VR experience for the upcoming Columbia Pictures flick ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘.

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The sequel to the 1996 original ‘Trainspotting‘ film, ‘T2 Trainspotting‘ is being released to 4K UHD, and Blu-ray. The film will debut on digital platforms on June 13th with the actual Blu-ray and 4K UHD discs being released on June 27th. There are some pretty cool extras with audio commentary, deleted scenes, and some behind the scenes bonus features.  I can’t wait for this. Below is the official press release. Enjoy and don’t forget to Pre-order.

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Hooray for Luc Besson! Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing both The Fifth Element and Leon: The Professional on 4K UHD with all new bonus features for the release. I can’t believe The Fifth Element is 20 years old. Below is the official press release for both films. Expect full reviews of the new awesome Dolby Atmos sound and HDR video. Both films will be released on July 11th. I can’t wait.

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The comedy favorite team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have co-starred in some amazing flicks together, the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, consisting of ‘Shaun of the Dead‘, ‘Hot Fuzz‘, and ‘The World’s End‘. They’re not done with the film-making and Thank God for it!! The pair have their own film and TV production company titled Stolen Picture. The first film to break in the banner is ‘Slaughterhouse Rulez‘.

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Grab ‘Life’ By The 4K UHD Blu-ray & DVD In June!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on May 15th, 2017

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Columbia Pictures, SkyDance Media, and Sony Pictures Entertainment presents ‘Life‘ on Digital June 2, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 20. The picture stars Jake Gyllenhaal (‘Brokeback Mountain‘), Rebecca Ferguson (‘Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation‘), Ryan Reynolds (‘Deadpool‘), Hiroyuki Sanada (‘The Wolverine‘), and Ariyon Bakare (‘Rogue One‘). The Sci-Fi Thriller was directed by Daniel Espinosa (‘Safe House‘)

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Sony Pictures announces their planned release of ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter‘. The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD on May 16, 2017.If you just can’t wait though, you can view the pic on digital two weeks early on May 2.

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‘The Comedian’ Coming To DVD in May!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Mar 22nd, 2017

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is readying ‘The Comedian‘ for Blu-ray, DVD and digital release May 2. Robert De Niro (‘Goodfellas‘) stars in this film about an aging comedian. Also featured in the film is a star-packed cast all under the direction of Taylor Hackford (‘Ray‘). DeNiro stars with Leslie Mann (‘Knocked Up‘), Danny DeVito (‘Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘), Edie Falco (‘The Sopranos‘), Charles Grodin (‘Dave‘), Cloris Leachman (‘The Last Picture Show‘), Patti LuPone (‘Penny Dreadful‘), Harvey Keitel (‘Bugsy‘), Lucy Devito (‘Leaves of Grass‘) and Billy Crystal (‘When Harry Met Sally‘).

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Blu-ray Announcement: ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 28th, 2017

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The fifth installment in the blockbuster franchise, the high-octane sci-fi thriller, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS, debuts on digital April 11 and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD April 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Kate Beckinsale (Underworld franchise) returns as iconic Death Dealer Selene, more powerful than ever before. As the war between Vampires and Lycans escalates, Selene must end the battle that has raged for centuries, once and for all. UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS also stars Theo James (The Divergent Series), Lara Pulver (Edge of Tomorrow), Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”), Bradley James (“Damien”), James Faulkner (“Game of Thrones”) and Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”).
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Has it really been 25 years since Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna hit one out of the park with the all-American comedy A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN? On April 18, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the iconic, memorable and relevant comedy favorite when A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN returns to Blu-ray in an all-new special anniversary edition. 
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In what looks like to be the BEST film of the year, ‘The Marine‘ is on its 5th installment, which is headed direct to Blu-ray and DVD on April 25th, but will be available for HD streaming on March 28th. The first ‘Marine‘ film came out eleven years ago in 2006 and starred John Cena as a marine who gives the Attitude Adjustment to terrorists. Solid gold entertainment, Jerry. Solid gold. That first film cost $15 million, but only made $22 million at the box office. I guess that was enough to have WWE Studios create a franchise, which now we are on Part 5 with Mike ‘The Miz‘ as Cena’s replacement.

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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are teaming up again for another project at Sony Pictures. Etan Cohen is directing the pair in ‘Holmes & Watson‘, a comedy that is inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tale. Ferrell will be Holmes and Reilly will appear as Watson.

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Hugh Laurie (‘House‘) and Tom Hiddleston (‘The Avengers‘) star in the mini-series adaptation of John Le Carre’s best-selling spy thriller ‘The Night Manager‘. If you want your night manager original and uncensored, and be honest, don’t we all want Hiddleston that way? It will be available to us at the end of next month, August 30, on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Get Olympic Fever With ‘The Bronze’!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jun 16th, 2016

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The Bronze‘ comes from the witty brain of co-creator and star, ‘Big Bang Theory‘ actress, Melissa Rauch. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment delivers the funny and some mind-bending gymnastics to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on August 2. An excellent way to get pumped up for the Rio Summer Olympics on August 5.

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dwayne-johnsonWhen Dwayne Johnson announces a new project I pay attention, when that project involves one of my favorite writer/directors Shane Black, I give it my undivided attention. The pair have come together for Sony Pictures’Doc Savage‘.

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Blumhouse is one of my favorite names when it comes to awesome scary movies and that name just popped up on the radar with another film sure to scare even the most stalwart film-goer. This company doesn’t just produce one-off horror flicks, they develop franchises and give us sequels that are every bit as awesome as the originals, some of these are ‘The Purge‘, ‘Ouija‘, ‘Paranormal Activity‘ and the ‘Insidious‘ powerhouse. The latter among these has got another installment headed our way with ‘Insidious: Chapter 4‘.

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“I ain’t afraid of no ghost!” OK, so I AM afraid of a ghost, lucky for me I know who to call to take care of my problems and, on DVD, they deliver. If you didn’t come up with ‘Ghostbusters‘ after that sentence, you need to reboot your life to a time where it’s acceptable for you to pop your Ghostbusting cherry and get on it and may Harold Ramis have mercy on your soul. For the rest of you that totally got GB, you win all the points, you can’t use them for anything but you’re a winner today, dammit.

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Amazon’s ‘The Tick’ Has Found Their Lead!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Mar 23rd, 2016

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Peter Serafinowicz, British comedian, has been tapped to wear the blue in Amazon’s new pilot, a remake of ‘The Tick‘. We first talked about the reboot here when we discovered that Griffin Newman and Valorie Curry were already attached to the project as the Tick’s sidekick Arthur and Arthur’s sister, Dot, respectively.

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Masters Of The Universe May Have a Director!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jan 22nd, 2016

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The idea of a ‘Masters Of The Universe‘ live-action movie has been floating around for years, for me, I’ve been hoping for a reboot since 1987 when Dolph Lundgren killed my love of the cartoon series. Where before there were only little bits of chatter, we’ve got some serious movement now, a director is circling the project.

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And the 2016 Golden Globe Nominees Are….

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 10th, 2015

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The awards show is January 10 on NBC hosted by Ricky Gervais. First off, let’s look at something AWESOME here. ‘MAD MAX: FURY ROAD‘ is nominated for BEST PICTURE. It needs to win. It should win. And if does win, we all go streaking. That being said…I can’t believe that ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl‘ was not nominated for anything. Come on. It’s one of the BEST films of the year. It’s also interesting to see no love for the final season of ‘Mad Men’ her either. Oh well.

Here is the list of nominees:

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King’s ‘The Dark Tower’ Casts It’s Lead!!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Dec 9th, 2015

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Alright, alright, alright kids Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital are making some big movement in the dark world of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower‘ and these are the moves we want! First off, nothing is set in stone or contracted, yet, but there’s a good likelihood this will come to happen.

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The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The Academy announced the 16 animated features that have been submitted for the 2015 Oscar race. The 88th annual Academy Awards could have a five-nomination slate on its hands once all the films complete the pre-required qualifying Los Angeles runs, not to mention the other qualifying rules before they are eligible to compete in the voting process.

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"This Is The End" At The 5th Annual Summer Of Sony

Sometimes an idea begins as a movie but seems better suited to a series order after working up the project for a bit, such is the case with ‘Future Man‘, a comedy from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, slated as a half-hour comedy picked up by Hulu. The pitch from Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir had a bit of a bidding war between networks of all shape and size was ultimately won over by Sony Pictures TV. Point Grey Pictures, Matt Tolmach Productions will be producing with Sony.

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Christopher Yost is a big name in the superhero world, he masterminded the script for ‘Thor:The Dark World‘ and the upcoming ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘, besides that, he shaped the world for some of the biggest names in comic-book animation like ‘X-Men: Evolution‘, ‘Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes‘, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ and ‘The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Warriors‘, so it makes perfect sense that Sony Pictures and Escape Artists have brought in the master of the effervescent to take a whack at the rewrite of a script for the reboot of ‘Masters of the Universe‘.

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The Trailer For ‘Goosebumps’ Looks Fantastic!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jul 8th, 2015

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If you were a child of the 90’s you read ‘Goosebumps‘ books and slept with a flashlight at night. A desire for R.L. Stine’s novellas was the pre-cursor to an adult love affair with Stephen King and all manner of things that go bump in the night. They were a quick read with a few pulse-quickening moments but no real scares to the older teen demographic. If you were in the right age group, though, the books were traded with friends like ‘Sweet Valley High‘ books were in the 80’s. Plots were kept strictly silent so the next friend to read got a full dose of fright. .

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Fans of the brilliant writer Stephen King get excited when we see a new film being made based on one of his brilliant tomes. We got creeped out by our dead pets in ‘Pet Sematary‘, our healthy fear of  clowns graduated into a full on psychosis after seeing Pennywise as ‘It‘, groaned in pain when we saw ‘Misery‘ on the big screen, in short, we laughed, we cried, we cringed and we loved every minute of it. One novel that has had trouble making it’s way to the silver screen is King’s western epic better known as the collective work of ‘The Gunslinger‘.

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Hulu Picks Up Seinfeld and The Walking Dead Spinoff!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Apr 29th, 2015

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Hulu has worked a deal with AMC that puts the streaming service in a good spot with at least one brand new series. The output deal includes of all episodes of the upcoming series that are derived from the network’s top-rated ‘The Walking Dead‘ titled ‘Fear the Walking Dead‘.

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Could ‘The Dark Tower’ Go To Film This Time?!?!

by Red Zeppelbon on Apr 10th, 2015

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When Stephen King began Roland Deschains’ journey, I would wager he hadn’t comprehended the the size that the finished work would ultimately be, it’s an 8 book series, and it’s King’s magnum opus, and as such the author has crossed over the gunslinger’s world with several of his novels. The dream and hope that we can one day see this adapted to either big screen or mini-series swells and washes out. Is it time to start hoping again, though?

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‘Ghostbusters’ Just Became A Whole Lot Bigger!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 9th, 2015

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Sony Pictures is basically putting everything behind their revived ‘Ghostbusters‘ project. We all know that Paul Feig (‘Freaks and Geeks‘, ‘Bridesmaids‘) is making ‘Ghostbusters III‘ with an all female cast including Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. But now it seems that Sony has much bigger plans for ‘Ghostbusters‘.

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Spider-Man Joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Feb 11th, 2015

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After a lot of speculation, Marvel and Sony have agreed on a situation that allows Spider-Man to live in the much larger world that the Marvel Universe has to offer.

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Here are the Winners of the 2015 Golden Globes!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 12th, 2015

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The Golden Globes last night was quite the event. There were some surprise wins, some big snubs, and a lot of Bill Cosby jokes. We had a great time doing our Live Commentary on the Golden Globes this year, as there were tons of laughs. Below is the full winner list by category. Enjoy and let us know who you think got snubbed this year.

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And the 2014 Golden Globes Nominations Are….

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 11th, 2014

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It is time for the 2014 Golden Globe nominations. The 72nd Golden Globes will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11 and broadcast live at 5 PM PST, 8 PM EST on NBC. It looks like there were quite a few films that were overlooked. What do you think?

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AMC Orders Pilot Episode of ‘Preacher’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 3rd, 2014

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Here is another step in the right direction to finally get one of the best comic books ever put on television. The 1990’s comic book ‘Preacher‘ by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon was picked up by the popular network AMC (‘Breaking Bad‘, ‘Walking Dead‘, ‘Mad Men‘). We have also reported that Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg were attached to produce and write the script for this new television series. Well, good news has come. AMC has greenlit and ordered a pilot episode of ‘Preacher‘.

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Is ‘Zombieland 2’ Dragging Into Theaters?!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Oct 1st, 2014

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I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is if you were hoping for a ‘Zombieland‘ sequel, I can make you very happy today! Bad news – if you want a lot of detail about the continuation of life, love and happiness in an undead world, you’re not going to be as happy.

 

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Dan Brown’s novels, beginning with ‘The Da Vinci Code’, have made excellent fodder for some seriously successful films. The old adage is true, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This seems to be the way Sony is viewing their franchise based on Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon.  Tom Hanks, director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have all signed on to the third installment in the series which follows ‘The Da Vinci Code‘ and ‘Angels and Demons‘, ‘Inferno‘.

 

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2014 Emmy Award Winners!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 26th, 2014

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The 2014 Emmy Awards were last night and it seems like some of our favorite shows won. ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Fargo‘, ‘True Detective‘, ‘Veep‘, ‘Sherlock‘, and Sarah Silverman all received awards. Congratulations to all of the winners and for your enjoyment, the entire list of winners are below.

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Community‘. Yup, I’m going to throw in my two cents with the announcement that Yahoo has decided to prolong the show’s inevitable demise by giving it a location transplant. If network TV chooses to axe a program, there is still the chance that an online company can jump in with CPR and revive it. Yahoo has been wanting to share the success that Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have all enjoyed. Yahoo and Sony Pictures Television will stream a 13-episode sixth season of the ensemble comedy. Dan Harmon is carrying the flag as showrunner, once again. “I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” Harmon said in a release announcing the deal. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!” 

 

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Sony Pictures Entertainment has teamed up with SEGA Sammy Group division Marza Animation Planet to develop a hybrid/live action and CG-animated feature film based on the ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘ video game series. The film is to be scripted by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux. The pair worked together on ‘What’s Going On? With Mike Mitchell‘. Neal H. Moritz (‘21 Jump Street, ‘S.W.A.T.‘)is going to produce through his Original Film banner that is responsible for some big hits in Hollywood.

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There are a few names in Hollywood that can cherry-pick working conditions. Meryl Streep is among the very top of that list. Beginning her career in 1975 with a total of 74 projects in her resume, she has played every kind of character you can imagine. Her performances are moving, funny, realistic or greatly fantastical. No matter what film she’s in, she’s the top of my list of favorite actresses. I’m in high anticipation of what will surely be, another excellent musical performance in the film version of ‘Into The Woods‘.

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Some people are riding a wave behind their parents’ fame having little to no reason to be known on their own. There are some people, like Joe Hill that use a different name so they are judged solely on their own work and not that of a well-known parent, in this case, Stephen King. There is another kind that does not change their name, but doesn’t go around waving their parents’ names around that seek success on their own. Max Brooks is in that category. Most people hear his name and immediately think ‘World War Z‘ or the book ‘Zombie Survival Guide‘. The fact that he’s the son of the fantastic and hilarious actors and filmmaker Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft is not used to elevate his success.

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“Did we just become best friends again? Yep! That’s right. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have just signed on with director Adam McKay for the film ‘Border Guards‘ for Sony Pictures. Jesse Armstrong  will write the screenplay, as he created and wrote the tv series ‘Peep Show‘. Ferrell, McKay, and Kevin Messick are producing through Gary Sanchez Productions. Michael De Luca and Jonathan Kadin will oversee the project for Sony.

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Mitch Albom is a name that avid readers will recognize. His breakthrough novel, ‘Tuesdays With Morrie‘, was adapted by Oprah Winfrey became the most watched TV movie in 1999 earning four Emmy Awards and spawning an Off-Broadway play. Albom’s written work is once again being adapted, this time, for a feature film.

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Console Wars

Blake Harris has a new novel dropping in May of this coming year entitled ‘Console War‘. Sony Pictures has already snapped up the feature rights from Atlantic Books. The behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry. Culminating in a David and Goliath face-off. The battle was vicious, relentless, and highly profitable, eventually sparking a global corporate war that would be fought on several fronts: from living rooms and schoolyards to boardrooms and Congress. It was a once-in-a-lifetime, no-holds-barred conflict that pitted brother against brother, kid against adult, Sonic against Mario, and the US against Japan.Atlantic will publish ‘Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation’ in August.

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Houdini Receives The Big Screen Treatment!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jan 15th, 2014

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The life of celebrated escape artist and magician Harry Houdini is fertile entertainment ground. Producer Jimmy Miller and Sony Pictures,  is bringing the life of ‘Houdini‘ to the big screen with a HP Lovecraft twist. Max Landis, writer of 2012’s ‘Chronicle‘, the upcoming ‘Me Him Her‘, and highly anticipated 2015’s ‘Frankenstein‘ starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, will re-write the screenplay that was originally put in place by scribe Scott Frank.

 

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Neil Young: Journeys Blu-Ray (REVIEW)

by NapkinArt on Jan 5th, 2013

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I have just one question: Who the f*ck doesn’t love Neil Young?

The ‘Grandaddy of Grunge’ has been on quite a roll over the last few years, musically and artistically, releasing several critically acclaimed albums, an autobiography (finally), not to mention releasing the long, long-awaited “Neil Young Archives: Volume 1” to the masses, proving again and again that ‘rust never sleeps.’ After all, Young is pretty old for a rock and roll star. However, his love for making music and shredding guitars on stage never ceases to wane, as is evident in his latest concert documentary film, “Journeys,” from Shakey Pictures and Sony Pictures Classics. Read the rest of this entry »

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I seriously cannot wait for this film.  It looks amazing.  Here is the final trialer for the film, which shows tons of action and new material we haven’t seen in the other trailers.  ‘Django Unchained’ will open this Christmas.  Add to that, the soundtrack listing has been announced and as we have come to know over the years, Mr. Tarantino knows his music, and by the looks of this soundtrack, it’s going to be incredible. Can’t wait to get my hands on the vinyl.  Press release below with trailer and Soundtrack info.

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‘Insidious 2’ Is Happening!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 20th, 2012

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FilmDistrict, Alliance Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions announced today that they will bring INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2, the sequel to last year’s hit film INSIDIOUS which captivated horror movie fans worldwide, to U.S. theatres on August 30, 2013 via FilmDistrict.  Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and Ty Simpkins will reprise their roles in the film which James Wan, who directed INSIDIOUS, will direct from a script written by Leigh Whannell who also wrote the first film.  Jason Blum, who produced INSIDIOUS, is producing the low-budget sequel through his Blumhouse Productions.  Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Oren Peli , Steven Schneider, and Charles Layton are executive producing.  Production on the sequel is set to begin on January 15, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise on the anniversary of Dr. No, which enjoyed its world film premiere in London on October 5, 1962, and in anticipation of the worldwide release of the 23rd James Bond adventure SKYFALL™, Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that October 5, 2012 will be Global James Bond Day, a day-long series of events for Bond fans around the world.

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Neil Young “Journeys” (Review)

by NapkinArt on Jul 19th, 2012

 The ‘Grandaddy of Grunge’, Neil Young, has been on quite a roll over the last few years,  musically and artistically, releasing several critically acclaimed albums, not to mention finally  releasing the long, long-awaited “Neil Young Archives: Volume 1” to the masses, proving  again and again that ‘rust never sleeps.’ After all, Young is pretty old for a rock and roll star.    However, his love for making music and shredding guitars on stage never ceases to wane, as is  evident in his latest concert documentary film, “Journeys.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Sony has announced the 50th Anniversary of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on Bluray.  And by the looks of it, this bluray is going to be the ULTIMATE edition.  This will release November 13th, 2012. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won seven: Best Original Score (Maurice Jarre), Best Film Editing (Anne V. Coates), Best Sound (John Cox), Best Cinematography (Frederick A. Young), Best Art Direction (John Box, John Stoll, and Dario Simoni), Best Director (David Lean) and Best Picture.

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Ashton Kutcher Set to Play Steve Jobs In Biopic Film!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 2nd, 2012

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That was fast.  Ashton Kutcher is set to play Steve Jobs in an independent film titled ‘Jobs’.  Joshua Michael Stern will direct from a screenplay by Matt Whiteley according to Variety.  Stern is mostly known for directing the Kevin Costner vehicle ‘Swing Vote’ while I can’t find anything Whiteley has done.  This might be his first big project.

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Directors Guild Awards Nominations Are In!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 9th, 2012

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Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2011.  “The directors nominated this year for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award have each demonstrated an inspired command of the medium. The fact that their prodigious talents have been recognized by their peers is the highest honor a director can achieve,” said Hackford. “I offer my most sincere congratulations to each of the nominees.”  The winner will be named at the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

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The Writers Guild Awards Nominations Are In!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 5th, 2012

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The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2011. Winners will be honored at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 19, 2012, during simultaneous ceremonies in Hollywood and New York.

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‘Zombieland’ wandered into our hearts two years ago and has proven after each viewing that ‘Zombieland’ is one of the top zombie films ever.  There has been much talk of a sequel at some point down the road, but nothing has been finalized or set in stone, however all the actors want to come back and do a sequel.  Now rumors are circulation that a movie sequel won’t happen. but rather a half hour series of ‘Zombieland’.  Primetime networks should take notice on how well ‘Walking Dead’ is doing over on AMC.

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“X-Men” Series Premiere Comes on the Heels of Hit Marvel Original Anime Series “Iron Man” and “Wolverine” on G4

LOS ANGELES – September 14, 2011 – This summer, G4 and Marvel teamed up to bring legions of fans their favorite Super Heroes with the original Marvel anime series, “Iron Man” and “Wolverine.” Next up, Marvel’s most popular team of mutants will tear up the small screen when G4 premieres 12 half-hour weekly episodes of the new original anime series “X-Men” this fall, bringing even more action, drama, and high energy anime heroics. Featuring the voice of actor Scott Porter (“The Good Wife,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Caprica”) as Cyclops, “X-Men” premieres Friday October 21st at 11pm ET/PT. The fourth anime series as part of G4 and Marvel’s exclusive partnership, “Blade,” will premiere this winter.

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“The start-up movie-streaming service Flickme is up and running in beta mode beginning today, kicking off with licenses from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Warner Bros Digital Distribution. Mitch Galbraith, the former COO of Funny Or Die, is CEO of the venture, which enables users to watch Hollywood films in a social-media environment.

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‘Smurfs’ Get A Smurfing Sequel!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 9th, 2011

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Sony Pictures has just set August 2, 2013 as the date to release the sequel to their hit ‘The Smurfs’.  This was of course going to happen since ‘Smurfs’ has been doing so well at the box office.  It was neck and neck with ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ and has so far made over $130 million dollars worldwide.  I really did enjoy the first film.  Hank Azaria was amazing as Gargamel.  Glad this is getting a sequel.  Hopefully they keep the same flow and tone as they did with the first film.

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Adam Sandler to Play Dracula?!?!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 5th, 2011

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Sony Animation has hired Adam Sandler to lead a voice cast for their new animated project ‘Hotel Transylvania’ in which Sandler will play the famous Dracula.  Kevin James, Fran Drescher, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, Cee Lo Green and Andy Samberg also have been cast.  I hope for the best for this film, but I just can’t see this being good.

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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE 2ND WEEK OF JUNE!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 15th, 2011

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It’s a fairly good week for releases which includes Hall Pass, Unknown, Jackass 3.5, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

Enjoy and Here We Go!!

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At least Bay won’t be directing the film.  But this is as cool of news as you will ever get.  The comic book, “Zombies VS Robots” has been picked up by Michael Bay’s company, Platinum Dines and Sony Pictures to adapt into a feature film according to Deadline.  Buy the comics HERE.

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Take a look at the Trailer for “Battle: Los Angeles”!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 12th, 2010

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If you have not heard of the upcoming film, “Battle: Los Angeles”, then you are in for a treat,  this trailer looks Amazing and it definitely makes me want to see this as soon as possible.

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**UPDATE**Rhys Ifans Cast as “Spider-Man” Villain

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 11th, 2010

Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, Formula 51) has been cast as the villain in the next Spider-Man 3-D reboot.  Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire will not be returning.  No word yet on which villain Rhys will play, but comment with you guesses.


Official Press Release below:


RHYS IFANS JOINS CAST OF NEXT “SPIDER-MAN”

CULVER CITY, Calif., October 11, 2010 – Rhys Ifans will play the villain, opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, in the next installment of Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theatres nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.

Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, “We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans. After seeing his performance in our upcoming film Anonymous, we’re in awe of his talent and think he’s the perfect choice to take on this role.”

The filmmakers prefer to not reveal which character Ifans will be playing in the forthcoming film.

Webb added, “What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of their relationships with Peter Parker. Rhys’ incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character.”

Spider-Man is being overseen at the studio by Tolmach and Rachel O’Connor. Ifans is represented by United Talent Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Independent Talent Group.

**UPDATE**

Jeffrey Sneider from The Wrap is reporting that Rhys Ifans is set to play villain Dr. Curt Connors (The Lizard) in the upcoming Spider-Man flick.  I’m curious how this will play out.  Which story line and angle they will go with.  Rhys is a hell of an actor and I’m sure he will be killer in this role.

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PS3 Game “Uncharted” Being Made Into Movie

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 9th, 2010

Sony Pictures has confirmed that Director David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees) has signed on to write and direct the movie adaptation to the PS3 game “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune”.


Russ Fischer wrote:


Development of Uncharted isn’t a surprise, as it was explicitly designed in the first place to have the quality of a summer adventure film. The story features Nate Drake, a descendant of Sir Francis Drake. Nate is being shadowed by journalist Elena Fisher as he searches for the coffin of his forefather. When found, the object contains a diary that seems to point to El Dorado, and Nate and Elena are soon involved in a run and gun tale featuring pirates, lost gold and mutant humans.



The Official Sony Press Release:


CULVER CITY, Calif., October 8, 2010 – David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) has been set to write and direct Columbia Pictures’ Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, an action-adventure based upon the bestselling PS3 game, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures.  The film will be produced by Avi Arad, Charles Roven, Ari Arad, and Alex Gartner.

The story follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake.

Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, “David is a tremendous choice to take on this film.  He’s equally adept at combining all the classic elements involved in this property: great character development, strong comedy, and amazing action sequences. He has a brilliant vision for this material and we know he will bring his original, unique voice to this adaptation.”

The game, developed by the acclaimed team at Naughty Dog, was one of Sony Computer Entertainment’s best-selling and most critically acclaimed games for the PS3.  Named IGN’s Best Action Game and Best PS3 Game, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune sold one million copies in the first 10 weeks of its release at the end of 2007 on its way to moving more than 2.6 (confirm) million copies and spawning a sequel.  That sequel, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, was a major commercial and critical success, winning Game of the Year honors from several influential critics, being named the most critically acclaimed game of the year by Metacritic, and selling more than 3.8 million copies worldwide.  Both games are among the all-time best-selling games for the platform.

The project will be overseen at Columbia Pictures by Tolmach and Jonathan Kadin.


Now I have never played Uncharted before but friends tell me it is one hell of a game.

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A War is Brewing in the Film Industry

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 26th, 2010

We go to the movie theater for the same reason we go to a ball game. It’s not just to see the main event. We do it to smell the smells, devour greasy food, relax with friends and family, escape the everyday, and experience camaraderie with perfect strangers. The laughter, fear, anger, sadness, and joy expressed by the collective magically heighten the experience of the individual.

But something wicked this way comes.

Movie studios want to reduce the time that movies will be shown in

theaters. Instead, they want to be able to provide video-on-demand

service so you can watch new movies from the comfort of your home just

five weeks after theater release. It will only cost you $24.99 per

movie. Also the FCC (which I think should NOT exist) are going to

allow movie studios to activate technology to prevent films sold

through video-on-demand systems from being copied.

This is outrageous. First, if you implement software technology to

prevent movies from being copied, within a couple of weeks, people

will develop ways to get around your technology. You will never be

able to completely prevent pirating. EVER. Don’t fight it, find a way

to work with it. The home video industry still makes tons of money

even while pirated copies are being made.

Movie studios are justifying the quick release of movies on-demand

because the numbers show that 90% of a movie’s gross revenue is made

within the first 30 days of release. These numbers, however, fail to

factor in DVD sales. Last year, home video sales revenue equaled about

10 billion dollars. Early on-demand release will actually reduce DVD

sales. DVD retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart are well

aware of this risk. In an effort to protect their economic interests,

they have threatened litigation against the movie studios.

Since there is a market for physical copies of DVDs and blurays, I

don’t think they should change the model.  A physical copy of anything

is much, much better than a movie streaming online (although

admittedly I am biased since I am a professional collector). But most

importantly, I don’t want to see the death of the movie theater. It is

an important part of our culture – an experience that we should

preserve.


Brooke Barnes from the New York Times wrote this article about the upcoming movie industry war.


SOMETIME in the next few months, there is likely to be an explosion in the movie business. The question is which studio will detonate the bomb.

Tension between studios and theater owners has been simmeringa long time, but it intensified in May, when the Federal Communications Commission issued what appeared on the surface to be an arcane ruling. After two years of prodding from Hollywood, the F.C.C. agreed to let movie studios activate technology to prevent films sold through video-on-demand systems from being copied.

Ho-hum? Hardly. The ruling gave studios the ability to pursue a new business — so-called premium V.O.D. — that may be the industry’s best hope of restoring itself to health, now that the bottom has fallen out of the DVD market.

Right now, theaters get an exclusive period — 120 days, on average — to serve up new movies. Then the releases appear on television video-on-demand services at a price of about $4.99. Armed with the new copy-blocking technology, studios want to offer new movies on video-on-demand services about 45 days after they arrive in theaters, for a premium price of $24.99.

The business opportunity is multifold. With as much as 80 percent of that early V.O.D. revenue going to the studio, movie executives see a new engine to compensate for the sputtering DVD. And for the studios, the need is urgent: DVD sales for the year are expected to total about $9.9 billion, down 30 percent from their peak in 2004, according to Adams Media Research.

Studios also want to cut marketing costs by interweaving advertising for theatrical, DVD and video-on-demand releases; reducing the exclusive “window” given to theaters would make it easier to combine those campaigns. Premium V.O.D. would also bring greater consumer awareness to regular video on demand, which has not caught on as much as other rental options like Netflix, according to a research report by Anthony DiClemente, an analyst at Barclays Capital.

Last but not least, studios are aware that consumers are growing impatient about being unable to access all movies whenever and wherever they want. Layering in an early video-on-demand option might prevent some of those frustrated customers from turning to pirated copies.

“There are people who we believe would like to see movies sooner than later and would pay a premium price to do that,” Robert A. Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, told analysts on a conference call last month. “We are going to become aggressive.”

Cable and satellite television providers like Time Warner Cable (which is no longer connected to Warner Brothers) and DirecTV are ready to push the button on premium V.O.D. as soon as they reach a deal with studios. After all, the service would represent another revenue stream for these providers and another way to differentiate themselves with customers. The promise of the new business is one reason that Comcast is so eager for government regulators to clear its deal to take control of NBC Universal, analysts say.

SO what’s the problem? DVD retailers, for a start. The likes of Best Buy and Wal-Mart“have told studios they will retaliate against anyone who tries early-release V.O.D. because of the threat it poses to DVD sales,” Richard Greenfield, an analyst at the financial services company BTIG, wrote in a research note last Monday.

But the real wrath will come from theater owners, who have made it clear that releasing a movie early on video-on-demand services — thus cutting into their window — would be the equivalent of declaring war. Over the summer, the National Association of Theater Owners took out full-page ads in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter making its opposition clear.

The worry for theaters, of course, is that people will be more reluctant to buy movie tickets, at an average cost of almost $8, if they know they can catch the same film just a few weeks later in their living rooms, and for less money than it costs to haul the whole family to the multiplex. Considering that the average moviegoer spends more than $3 on popcorn and soda and the like, the cost of Friday night at the movies for a family of four can easily reach $45 — or much more in cities like New York — even before premium-priced 3-D screenings or possible parking fees are factored in.

“While exhibitors understand the new pressures that a weakened DVD market creates for their studio partners,” the ads read in part, “four decades of box-office growth and three straight years of record-breaking box office argue for caution in tampering with a business model that clearly works.”

The Big Three theater chains — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment and Cinemark — declined to comment, but smaller theater companies have been more vocal.

“Be careful before you cook us all, yourselves included,” wrote Gregory S. Marcus, the chief executive of the Marcus Corporation — the parent of Marcus Theatres, a Midwest exhibitor — in a July opinion article in The Hollywood Reporter.

Exhibitors are also arguing that the copy-blocking technology approved by the F.C.C. won’t work. “If past is prologue, technological locks will be overcome with technological crowbars,” the ads from the National Association of Theater Owners stated.

Adding to this argument was news last week that hackers were able to crack Intel technology used to securely transmit high-definition content between televisions and set-top boxes. (Intel played down the threat, saying that a special device would need to be built to exploit the information.)

Theater owners mean business. When Sony Pictures Entertainment tried a test with“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” last year — owners of Internet-connected Bravia televisions could rent that movie before it was available on DVD, for $25 for a month — some theaters yanked the film.

In a similar showdown, Disney’s decision last spring to release “Alice in Wonderland” early on DVD was greeted by boycott calls from theater owners, most forcefully in Britain.

Studio executives say they are going to risk premium V.O.D. anyway, contending that they have little choice, given the DVD downturn. Besides, analysts estimate that 90 percent of a film’s admissions revenue is now generated within 30 days of its release.

(The rebuttal from theater owners is that the data doesn’t take into account second-run and discount theaters, and that there are big exceptions: “Inception,” for instance, was still raking in millions in theaters 10 weeks after its release.)

Protecting the box office is crucial for studios, and for reasons beyond the importance of their ticket-revenue share. For a start, under long-term contracts, premium television networks like HBO and Showtime typically pay for movies using formulas based on domestic box-office revenue. So shrinking ticket sales would also mean shrinking television revenue.

Studios also rely on big theatrical runs to catapult titles into the public consciousness. Without all of the hoopla surrounding a hit at the multiplex — the lines, the marquees, the buzz in the corridors afterward — movies start to feel an awful lot like their more commodified cousin, television.

SO which studio is going to go first, and when? All six of the major studios declined to comment for this article. But multiple movie executives with deep knowledge of the landscape say the first quarter of next year is the target, in part because big Christmas releases like “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and “Tron: Legacy” give studios extra leverage.

The studios that seem most likely to make a move are Disney, 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers. In part because its size gives it more muscle than other studios, Warner has historically shown a willingness to rewrite the blueprints for the home entertainment business. It was Warner, for instance, that aggressively pushed to release movies on traditional V.O.D. at the same time the DVDs arrived in stores.

One thing is certain, said a top motion picture agent who requested anonymity so as not to anger his contacts in the industry: “Studios have made it clear they are not interested in testing the waters on premium V.O.D. Once they start, they’re going to do it.”

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‘Star Wars’ Announces New Cast-Members!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jul 8th, 2014

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Little-by-little some details and pictures have been leaking from the highly anticipated ‘Star Wars‘ production. There is a two-week break worked in for august and two new cast members. That’s the big news today, the actors were found in an open casting call from across 11 U.S. and U.K. cities that resulted in well over 70,000 applicants. The Lucasfilm/Disney production of ‘Star Wars Episode VII‘ will break in August for a two-week hiatus and was called as a result of schedule adjustments after Han Solo, I mean Harrison Ford broke his ankle last month. We’ve heard that Ford, who is undergoing physical therapy for the next few weeks, has been recovering well and is expecting to return to the set soon.

 

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Ron Howard To Film Biopic on Barry Seal!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Feb 10th, 2014

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Universal Pictures was caught up in a bidding auction against Sony. The prize? A hot script by Gary Spinelli (Stash House) that has yet to be written for the rock bottom price of $1 million! Ron Howard is already attached to direct. I’m sure Universal is banking on Howard’s vision to garner the film a big box office viewing, after all he is a proven success with films like ‘Apollo 13‘, ‘A Beautiful Mind‘, ‘Cinderella Man‘ and ‘The Davinci Code‘ that have ruled their box office runs. Doug Davison, Brian Grazer and Kim Roth are all attached to produce or executive produce. Grazer is a success on his own steam and is often paired with Ron Howard for cinematic success.

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Actors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen

Sausage Party’. Just let that sink in a minute. What are you thinking about? You filthy person! You’re wrong, though. (I was too!) This is an R-Rated animated film written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. Sony and Annapurna pictures are co-financing and producing the project. Rogen and Goldberg wrote This Is The End, the hilarious end of the world comedy that just passed $100 million in domestic box office sales.

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Hi, Bryan Here…..

Well it’s here everyone. Boomstick’s annual ultimate Geek Holiday Gift Guide for the holidays. So many great deals and uber cool and geeky stuff to get your loved ones and yourself this 2012 holiday season. As usual, you will be able to click on the link or picture that will take you to purchase the items. So enjoy and eat some good food and be safe out there this holiday shopping season.

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Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman jus signed an exclusive two year deal with Universal where they are set to produce a few films for the studio.  Orci and Kurtzman were the screenwriters for J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ reboot back in 2009.  According to a press release that came out today, Orci and Kurtzman are rebooting ‘The Mummy’ franchise (as we previously reported), and a Van Helsing reboot starring Tom Cruise.  Press release below.

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A New Godzilla Movie is in the Works

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 21st, 2010

After reading the news on the a potential new Godzilla movie, I bursted out saying “MAN IN SUIT! MAN IN SUIT!”  Because what I read, is nothing short of spectacular and I realized that finally someone is going to take this franchise to the next level and make it AWESOME once again.

Now we all remember that turd of a film from the late 90’s with Ferris Bueller called Godzilla.  And we remember how bad that film was.  So bad that Cowdefender thought Sarah Jessica Parker was in the film.  It was just a hard film to watch because it made no sense whatsoever and it should have NOT been called GODZILLA.  It should have been called Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 2: Giant Lizards Defend Themselves or something to that tune.

As of now Legendary Pictures is working on a new Godzilla film with Brian Rogers producing.

Rogers said:

“They’re taking more of a BATMAN BEGINS/DARK KNIGHT approach to re-developing the GODZILLA lore (by implication – much of GODZILLA’s concept will remain essentially what we saw in the “classic” mythos, but with some tweaking and nudging to get it to a loftier place . This is quite unlike the approach taken when Sony Americanized Godzilla back in the 90s).”

“Current plans are for Godzilla to fight one, or more, monster opponents in the new movie.”

Check out the full interview below.

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