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Comic-Con: Quentin Tarantino Confirms 'Hateful Eight' Is Moving Forward

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Last week, we reported that filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was heading to Comic-Con 2014 to present his Dynamite comic book series that combines characters from his hit 2012 Western Django Unchained with the iconic Zorro character. During the panel, the filmmaker confirmed that he is moving forward with his new Western The Hateful Eight.

Deadline reported just before the panel began that the filmmaker is eyeing an early 2015 start date, which lines up with a report from earlier this month where Kurt Russell revealed shooting will begin early next year. The director wouldn't divulge any more details about the project at the Comic-Con panel.

As you may know, The Hateful Eight almost never made it off the ground after the script was first completed. We reported in January that the first draft of his script was leaked, which lead to the lawsuit he filed against Gawker Media. After initially talking about shelving the project indefinitely, he hed a live reading of his script, which was well-received. The filmmaker then stated in April that he is working on a a third draft of the script, with a completely different ending from the live reading.

Upon arriving at the panel in Room 6BCF this afternoon, Quentin Tarantino reportedly received the second-loudest standing ovation of the Con, behind the Avengers: Age of Ultron clip that debuted in Hall H. It was revealed at the panel that the Django Unchained comic book was conceived by Reginald Hudlin, who served as a producer on Django Unchained. When asked about why he wanted to continue this Western story, Quentin Tarantino had this to say.

"I loved this idea, not only because I like western comics in general, but I also loved Zorro in all his iterations whether it was the Disney series or the William Witney films. I thought it was a great idea of taking the most famous, fictional Mexican western hero and putting him together with the newer, famous black western hero. I don't want to make a ton of Django movies so this offered me a chance to keep control of the mythology, but to tell different stories."

The director is co-writing the comic book series with Matt Wagner doing final dialogue and Esteve Polls (The Lone Ranger) illustrating. The comic is set to debut in November. It was also noted that since Django Unchained is set before the Civil War, and Zorro's era is closer to 1915, they brought Zorro to the past, making Zorro a much older man. The director also added that he wanted the relationship between Django and Zorro to be similar to Luke and Obi Wan Kenobi from Star Wars.

When Quentin Tarantino mentioned the comic book to Django Unchained star Jamie Foxx, the actor reportedly exclaimed, "Can we make this movie? Let's get Antonio Banderas and make this movie!" Here's how Quentin Tarantino responded to that.

"God knows Banderas will be old enough if we make the movie!"

The director added that Christoph Waltz's Django Unchained character King Schultz will appear in a flashback in the comic, which is based on a deleted scene from the movie that explains his intentions.

Are you excited for The Hateful Eight and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained comic book? Chime in with your thoughts below.

The Hateful Eight is in development and stars Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Zoe Bell, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins. The film is directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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Comic-Con: 'Spider-Man Unlimited' Mobile Game Trailer

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 9 hours 6 min ago

Just months after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hit theaters, Gameloft is giving fans a whole new Spider-Man adventure with the upcoming mobile game Spider-Man Unlimited. Fans can play as Spider-Man to battle the nefarious Sinister Six in New York City with this mission-based story.

Take a look at the first footage to get ready for this new mobile game, which will be available to download for free on the App Store, Google Play and Windows this September.

Get an inside look into Spider-Man Unlimited at San Diego Comic Con Marvel panels with the SDCC Trailer!

Jump into a hand-drawn comic-verse in a brand new mobile episodic adventure. Go beyond a runner with new gameplay mechanics, boss battles, Spider-Man collection, and of course, a mission-based story.

The game will be free to download on the App Store, Google Play, and Windows! Coming this September!

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Comic-Con: Mad Max: Fury Road Footage Online

And some new images

If you’ve been reading our coverage of the various events from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, you’ll probably recall our positive reaction to the footage that director George Miller brought from Mad Max: Fury Road. And if you asked yourself, “I wish there was a way to see that without inventing a time/space machine and travelling to Hall H on Saturday,” help is at hand as Warner Bros. has smartly put the footage online along with a crop of the posters unveiled during the event. 

The footage is an impressive blend of brutal physical stunt car action, panoramic desert visuals and savage new looks for the likes of Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. {Mad Max: Fury Road}

The new Max – which finds Hardy taking over the iconic role from Mel Gibson for a new interpretation – promises a return to the stark, desert wasteland where society has long since broken down and lawlessness rules.
But in this world of blood, fire and death there are two rebels who might just be able to restore order. Max is still seeking peace of mind after the deaths of his wife and child, and now battles bad guys wherever he finds them. Then there is Imperator Furiosa (Theron), a shaven-headed woman of action who is trying to survive a long, gruelling trip across the desert to reach her homeland. Along the way, we’ll be treated to what Miller has described as one long chase scene, full of action and madness. And from the looks of this, he’s not wrong. {Mad Max: Fury Road Posters}

Featuring the likes of Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones and Abbey Lee Kershaw in the cast, Mad Max: Fury Road is out on May 15 next year.

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Lucy Defeats Hercules At The US Box Office

Scarlett Johansson triumphs over Dwayne Johnson

This weekend at the US box office, it was quite literally a battle between brains and brawn as Lucy – in which Scarlett Johansson stars as a young woman whose intelligence is exponentially boosted by an accidental drug exposure – faced off against Hercules, featuring Dwayne Johnson and his famous musculature. In the end, it was brainy beauty that slew the bonce-thumping beast as the Luc Besson thriller bested the Brett Ratner fantasy adventure to take the top spot in the charts with $44 million dollars.

Marking Johansson’s most profitable lead opener (we’re not counting a certain Marvel film), Lucy has become something of a sleeper hit, one that was not expect to beat Johnson’s latest tough guy role. But from the sound of it, the man they call “Franchise Viagra” could use a little in his own box office performance this time, as Hercules opened to a disappointing $29 million. To compare thusly: Lucy has already earned back its production budget in three days in the US alone, while Hercules will have to sweat and bludgeon overseas audiences to make good on its $100 million plus outlay.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes conceded the top two spots to the new arrivals, dropping to third with $16.4 million. It has now made more than $172 million in the US and has passed $353.9 million globally. Expect it to nudge past Rise in the domestic all-time charts within a week or so. The Purge: Anarchy fell from second to fourth, taking in $9.8 million, with Planes: Fire & Rescue sinking to fifth with $9.3 million.

Sex Tape continues to underperform, slipping two places from fourth to sixth and making $5.9 million this weekend, pushing its US total to $26.8 million, Transformers: Age Of Extinction was seventh with $4.6 million. In eighth, Rob Reiner’s latest, the Michael Douglas/Diane Keaton comedy romantic drama And So It Goes became yet another poor performer for the director, launching with $4.5 million despite opening on 1,762 screens. At ninth we find Tammy with $3.4 million and Anton Corbijin’s A Most Wanted man impressed in limited release (361 screens), opening at 10th with $2.7 million.

To see a young woman take down a hulking warrior in the full chart listings, head to Box Office Mojo.

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Comic-Con: 'Avengers 2' Props Reveal Ultron Mark 1 and Cap's Cracked Shield

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 22:23

Today is the last day of the Con! And even though Marvel owned the later half of yesterday with their big Saturday evening panel in Hall H, they aren't quite through giving fans a proper tease of Avengers: Age of Ultron. They have debuted two more props on the convention center showroom floor, offering a peek at Captain America's cracked shield, and what appears to be Ultron Mark 1. Both of these were spotted in the footage that wowed audiences yesterday. Check it out, and then read on for more information about how Cap's shield gets destroyed, and why Ultron's first body looks like it was pulled from Tony Stark's dumpster.

Unveiled at #MarvelSDCC booth & in #HallH last night, #CaptainAmerica's shattered shield from @Avengers#AgeOfUltron!

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 27, 2014

The Avengers: Age of Ultron scenes shown take place at a party, with all of the Avengers in their civilian clothes, as each of them take turns trying to lift Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) enchanted hammer, Mjolnir. Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) tries and fails, and he even can't make the hammer budge with his Iron Man hand and War Machine. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) fails to move the hammer, although Captain America (Chris Evans) does get it to budge ever so slightly. Just then, a loud noise distracts them as Ultron crashes the party, offering the following ultimatum.

"There's only one path to peace. Your extinction!"

From there, the footage moves into a montage of shots including Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in her new suit, what appears to be Bruce in a straightjacket, and tanks fighting in the snow. Tony Stark says, "It's the end. The end of the path I've started us on," when Black Widow replies, "Nothing lasts forever." Fans also got to see the Hulkbuster armor in action, squaring off against Banner in full Hulk mode, while Ultron appears again, seemingly in his ultimate form, saying, "Look, no string on me." The montage ends with a shot of Tony in a desolate wasteland, standing over all of the other Avengers who lay battered and bloodied around him.

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

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'Batkid Begins' Trailer Is Here!

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 21:36

Batkid became a viral sensation last November, when 5-year-old Miles Scott had his wish fulfilled to become a superhero and save all of San Francisco from a cadre of evil villains. His story is retold in the upcoming documentary Batkid Begins, which brings this heartwarming tale to life on the big screen. Check out the first footage, which debuted today at Comic-Con as the San Diego festivities begin to wind down. Batkid lives!

One child. One wish. Millions moved. Batkid Begins takes SF & the world on his quest to conquer evil.&#8232&#8232'Batkid Begins' follows the events leading up to the day Batkid saved San Francisco and what happens when an event goes unintentionally viral. The goal that day was to get a couple hundred people to show up to support Miles Scott and his wish to become Batkid, after battling leukemia for more than half his short life.

The thought was a crowd of 200 would seem huge to a five-year-old boy, but what happened next blew everyone's minds. Support for the idea of granting Miles's wish kept pouring in and soon it was clear that the crowd would be much bigger than the modest expectations.&#8232&#8232

Instead of a few hundred, 25,000 people lined the streets to cheer Miles on as he saved Gotham. The superhero spirit spilled onto the Internet as news of Batkid's heroics reached over 2 billion people, touching hearts around the world. Batkid was impossible to miss that day as we were glued to our computers, phones, and in San Francisco, our office windows trying to be a part of the celebration.

Batkid Begins comes to theaters November 15th, 2015.

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'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' Trailer Preview!

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 21:28

Yesterday, Warner Bros. debuted the first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies during their Hall H presentation at Comic-Con 2014. Today, the studio released a brief trailer preview before the teaser debuts tomorrow, Monday, July 28 at 12 PM PT/3 PM ET.

While this preview doesn't show much, it offers our first look at Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) in action. Take a look at the video for yourself, then read on for more information.

The new teaser trailer for #TheHobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be unveiled tomorrow at 12pm PT / 3pm ET!

— The Hobbit (@TheHobbitMovie) July 27, 2014

Earlier this month, The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies director Peter Jackson revealed that the first teaser is "coming soon," although the full trailer won't be ready until October, since most of the visual effects shots still have not been completed yet.

You can clickHere to check out our description of the teaser shown in Hall H yesterday, along with more details that were revealed during the panel.

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies: Comic-Con 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide - unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies comes to theaters December 17th, 2014 and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Martin Freeman, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

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Comic-Con: 'Ant-Man' Cast Interviews and Panel Video

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 21:10

Ant-Man director Peyton Reed and cast members Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) and Paul Rudd (Scott Lang), along with Corey Stoll and Evangeline Lilly descended upon Comic-Con Saturday evening to discuss their upcoming Marvel Phase Two adventure and to show off test footage. We also got confirmation that Corey Stoll will be playing bad guy Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket. While Evangeline Lilly is the leading lady of the movie, Hope Van Dyne. We have panel video and interviews from this epic event, which you can watch here.

In regards to the test footage that was shown, The Ant-Man footage begins with a shot through a laboratory, where we see numerous beakers filled with different colored liquids, along with a glass cage with an anthill inside. The footage cuts to a rooftop where we see Ant-Man there in his shrunken state, but it seems he is being pursued by full-sized humans. Lang is petrified, which leads Pym to say, "Geez Lang. You'd think someone only shrunk your balls." An ant lands and Scott Lang climbs on his back, petrified, as we can hear Pym talking to Lang through the helmet. It appears that Lang may be inside a computer, as we hear Pym telling Lang to jump off a huge ledge, as Lang tries to talk to the ant. When he jumps off the ledge, the flying ant comes up to catch him, as the film's logo comes up.

What do you guys think?

Ant-Man: Comic-Con 2014

Ant-Man comes to theaters July 17th, 2015 and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, David Dastmalchian. The film is directed by Peyton Reed.

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Comic-Con: 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Full Panel Video

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 21:09

Director Zack Snyder surprised the world when he brought a teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to Hall H this past Saturday. He also showed off the first image of Wonder Woman, and introduced the 'Trinity", bringing Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot on stage for a few short minutes. While they don't say much, it was one of the most electrifying panels of the con, and now we have that footage for you to watch here:

In case you missed it last night, the footage shown exclusively inside the San Diego convention center also leaked out onto the Internet last night. We have the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer footage for you to watch again, so you know what all the fuss is about come Monday morning. Just clickHere

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters May 6th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

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Box Office: Weekend Global Top 10

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 20:37

Sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" tops the worldwide chart for the second weekend in a row; Dwayne Johnson wows in Russia with "Hercules."

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Warners rule social media on Con Day 4

Film Industry News - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 19:14
Hollywood rolled out the big guns at Comic-Con on Saturday (26) as Zach Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice promotion topped the chart of social mentions with 112,108 according to Way To Blue.
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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: 'Lucy' Beats 'Hercules' with $44 Million

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'El Mariachi' Actor Peter Marquardt Dies at 50

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 18:05

He got the part of the drug lord Moco in the 1992 film thanks to a chance meeting with writer-director Robert Rodriguez when they were bunkmates at a medical research facility.

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Comic-Con: George Miller's 'Mad Max' Prequel 'Fury Road' Trailer Debuts (Video)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 17:59

Destruction, death and dust are ever-present in the new clip from the forthcoming sci-fi title.

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Kyra Sedgwick on Her Stage Return, Toronto-Bound Films and Producing Gig at TNT (Q&A)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 17:58

The busy Closer star is currently in "The Danish Widow" at New York Stage and Film, preparing for "Time Out of Mind" and "The Humbling" to bow at Toronto Film Festival, and producing TNT's "Proof."

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Comic-Con: 'Air' Trailer from the Creator of 'The Walking Dead'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 17:35

The first trailer for Air has debuted at Comic-Con 2014. This thriller comes from comics publishing imprint Skybound Entertainment, founded by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus is joined by Djimon Hounsou as two caretakers struggling to survive in an underground cryogenic facility which houses the frozen personnel who will re-establish society. Watch the first footage from this edge-of-your-seat ride and check out the first poster.

Air is set in an underground cryogenic facility after a nuclear fallout renders the atmosphere unbreathable. Air centers on its two custodial workers, who take care of the cryogenically sleeping personnel that are to re-establish society, but they struggle to preserve their own sanity and lives while maintaining the extremely fragile environment of the last livable place on earth.

Air comes to theaters March 2015 and stars Norman Reedus, Djimon Hounsou.

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Trailer Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron!

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 17:25

After wowing fans at Comic-Con with his Hall H presentation, director George Miller has brought the footage online for everyone to see. Here, we have your official first look at Mad Max: Fury Road. Watch as Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), Furiosa (Charlize Theron), Nux (Nicholas Hoult) and the villainous Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) fight to the death in the desert.

The fourth film of George Miller's Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order... There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.

And... Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Comic-Con 2014

Mad Max: Fury Road comes to theaters May 15th, 2015 and stars Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones. The film is directed by George Miller.

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Comic-Con: Bruce Campbell Will Star in 'Evil Dead' TV Series!

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 17:21

On, Friday, one of the bigger surprises to come out of the convention center during Comic-Con 2014 was the fact that Sam Raimi and Ted Raimi are developing an Evil Dead TV series. Sam Raimi broke the news during the secret The Last of Us panel, and at the time claimed that original star and producer Bruce Campbell was also involved. But it was not stated in what capacity.

Answering a fan on his personal Twitter account, Bruce Campbell confirmed that he is going to headline the series, and even hints at his return as the iconic Ash with a piece of promo art.

@DeaditeBill: Only if @GroovyBruce is the STAR of this new tv series will I accept. That's the plan.

— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 27, 2014

When the Evil Dead remake was released in 2013, producer Sam Raimi claimed he was returning to direct Army of Darkness 2 with Bruce Campbell. Its possible that this sequel is dead, or has transmutated into what will be the Evil Dead TV series. Its also possible that this is an anthology series, with Bruce Campbell's Ash starring as a Cryptkeeper sort of character.

Hopefully we'll know more soon.

Evil Dead was released April 5th, 2013 and stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore, Phoenix Connolly, Jim McLarty, Sian Davis. The film is directed by Fede Alvarez.

Army of Darkness 2 comes to theaters in 2016 and stars Bruce Campbell. The film is directed by Sam Raimi.

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Box Office Milestone: 'Transformers 4' First Film to Cross $300M in China

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 17:00

Through Sunday, Paramount puts the official tally in China at $301 million as the Michael Bay film races toward the $1 billion mark in global ticket sales.

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