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Edgar Wright Will Direct 'Grasshopper Jungle'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 8 hours 9 min ago

Director Edgar Wright isn't wasting anytime after leaving Marvel's Ant-Man. Not only has he signed on for his next movie, an action crime comedy that he is writing himself called Baby Driver, he is also going to helm Grasshopper Jungle for Sony.

Based on the acclaimed YA novel by Andrew Smith Dutton, Girls's Scott Rosenberg will write the screenplay and produce alongside The Amazing Spider-Man's Matthew Tolmach, as well as Nira Park, who has been with all of Edgar Wright's past films.

Grasshopper Jungle is a coming-of-age story about an Iowa teen trying to wrangle in his hormones and sexual desires, when he and his friends cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an invasion of 6-foot-tall praying mantises. The bugs live a life the boys could only dream of, acting out on their insatiable appetites for food, fighting and fornicating.

Matthew Tolmach was a big fan of Edgar Wright, befriending him on Facebook. The producer sent the director the book, which lead to a deal. Edgar Wright is also gearing up to take on a big screen version of The Night Stalker, based on the short lived ABC series. His next project will be Baby Driver, followed by Grasshopper Jungle.

Grasshopper Jungle comes to theaters in 2016. The film is directed by Edgar Wright.

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Comic-Con: 'Horns' Trailer Starring Daniel Radcliffe

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 8 hours 35 min ago

The full-length Horns trailer made its debut today at Comic-Con 2014. Directed by Alexandre Aja, this thriller stars Daniel Radcliffe as Ig Parish, a man accused of killing his girlfriend. He awakens to find a set of horns growing out of his head, which give him the power to make people tell the truth. Using this new found insight, he sets off to find the real culprit behind his beloved's awful demise. Watch the latest footage as Daniel Radcliffe makes his first ever Comic-Con appearance today!

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Ignatius William Perrish wakes up bleary and confused after a night of drinking and "doing terrible things" to find he has grown horns. In addition to being horribly unsightly, these inflamed protuberances give Ig an equally ugly power-if he thinks hard enough, he can make people admit things (intimate, embarrassing, I-can't-believe-you-just-said-that details). This bizarre affliction is of particular use to Ig, who is still grieving over the murder of his childhood sweetheart (a grisly act the entire town, including his family, believes he committed).

Horns: Comic-Con 2014

Horns comes to theaters October 31st, 2014 and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Heather Graham, Max Minghella, James Remar, David Morse, Kelli Garner, Kathleen Quinlan. The film is directed by Alexandre Aja.

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Comic-Con: 'Street Fighter' Sequel Announced

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 8 hours 43 min ago

Joey Ansah, the director and writer of "Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist," will helm the video game adaptation sequel.

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Comic-Con: Maze Runner Sequel In Development

The Scorch Trials should be on the way

As part of the 20th Century Fox presentation on Friday, director Wes Ball and some of his cast showed up at Hall H to show off a new trailer and scenes from The Maze Runner. And as the panel wrapped up, Ball announced that he and his team were already at work developing writer James Dashner’s sequel novel, The Scorch Trials.

The first film, which arrives in October, finds Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, who wakes up in a mysterious elevator transporting him into a massive maze filled with other boys. With no memory of exactly who he is, and plagued by strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as WICKD, he soon discovers that he’s in a very dangerous place.

Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a means of escape. But with the obstacles ever changing and a surprise twist in the arrival of a young woman (Kaya Scodelario), it won’t be an easy task. The Scorch Trials continues the story, though obviously we won't dip into that for fear of spoilers.

Speaking of, Maze Runner’s panel was a fun, friendly one, which even managed to survive O’Brien appearing to give away a massive moment of the plot. The film itself will be out on October 24 and also stars Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.








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Comic-Con: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Capitol Gallery with Over 80 Photos

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 8 hours 58 min ago

Last week, we reported that Lionsgate will debut the new trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 at Comic-Con today on the new Samsung Galaxy Tab device, although the new footage has not been officially released to the public quite yet. While we wait for the trailer to arrive, Lionsgate has released a slew of official images from The Capitol Gallery that has been set up at the Hard Rock Hotel in the San Diego Gaslamp District.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 cast members Natalie Dormer (Cressida), Evan Ross (Messalla), Elden Henson (Pollux), Mahershala Ali (Boggs) and Wes Chatham (Castor) were on hand to debut the trailer and open The Capitol Gallery, which fans can visit throughout the Con. Take a look at the photos below, then read on for a description of the new trailer.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: Comic-Con 2014

Collider was on hand to watch the first trailer, which runs just over a minute long. The footage begins with a hovercraft touching down in District 13, with Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) discussing the importance of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to the rebellion. Plutarch begins by saying, "Listen to me. No one else can do this, but her." However, Alma has another opinion, stating, "She won't be able to handle it. The Games destroyed her."

The footage continues with shots featuring Natalie Dormer's Cressida and Liam Hemsworth's Gale, as Plutarch says, "We need to unite these people out there. She's the face of the rebellion." When he adds, "They'll follow her," we see Katniss for the first time, walking through District 13 as a crowd forms around her. The trailer continues with a rapid-fire montage of footage, including a massive Mockingjay symbol being mowed into a field, which President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is not pleased with, as he outlaws the Mockingjay symbol entirely, and a group of rebels being chased by Peacekeepers through the woods.

The trailer ends when a District 13 citizen ask Katniss, "Are you fighting, Katniss? Are you here to fight with us?" Katniss replies, "I am. I will."

What do you think of the footage description? We'll have the full trailer as soon as it's available, so stay tuned.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 comes to theaters November 21st, 2014 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Evan Ross. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence.

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Universal Exec Scott Bernstein Exits to Become a Producer (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 9 hours 19 min ago

He will now serve in a producer capacity on "Straight Outta Compton," "Ride Along 2," and "Mama 2."

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Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Talks The Last Of Us Movie

And reveals Maisie Williams in talks

Sam Raimi showed up at Comic-Con today to talk about his forthcoming adaptation of groundbreaking videogame, The Last Of Us, on which he’ll serve as producer - and dropped a little tidbit that Game Of Thrones star, Maisie Williams, is in early talks to star.

Raimi and Naughty Dog’s creative director Neil Druckmann, who wrote the post-apocalyptic horror game and who will also write the script for the movie, took to the Hall H stage in a surprise appearance - and the fans in the cavernous Con hub liked what they had to say.

“I think it’s going to be a great character journey and a great love story and a really great horror picture,” said Raimi, who confirmed that he wouldn’t be directing the movie, which doesn’t yet have a release date. Instead, he’ll be sticking to producing duties, with his mission to “protect” the game as it makes its way to the big screen.

And part of that, obviously, involves casting. Raimi said he’d love to find cameos for Bruce Campbell and his brother, Ted, but the big news revolved around the main roles of Joel and Ellie, the protagonists of the game whose relationship provides an emotional kick so often lacking in games. Joel, a grizzled older man who’s recovering from a major loss after the world is devastated by a deadly outbreak, is still wrapped in a shroud of speculation, but Raimi and Druckmann said that they had held early talks about the role of Ellie, the young girl with whom Joel bonds.

“We met with someone the other day. Nothing’s been signed,” said Druckmann. “We had a meeting with Maisie Williams.”

Williams, who plays Arya Stark on Game Of Thrones, would seem to be pretty much perfect casting for the movie, but as Druckmann and Raimi were keen to emphasise, it’s early days yet, with no director in place. But the duo are very aware of the potential for The Last Of Us - widely hailed as a masterpiece of gaming - to break out and become the first truly excellent videogame movie.

“There’s never been a great video game adaptation for film,” said Druckmann. “We’re going to work our asses off to make this thing great. Why wait? We have a great opportunity here. Go for it.”  


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Edgar Wright Heads For Grasshopper Jungle

He's attached to the YA adaptation

Though he left Marvel's Ant-Man, it appears Edgar Wright hasn’t got the idea of insects completely out of his system. Sony has now secured his services for the adaptation of Andrew Smith Dutton’s novel Grasshopper Jungle.

It’s an intriguing project for Wright, and very different from anything he’s done before despite Scott Pilgrim’s blend of youthful issues and fantasy. Beautiful Girls writer Scott Rosenberg is adapting the story, which finds an Iowa teenager in the grip of hormonal madness who, along with his friends, somehow unleashes a genetically engineered plague that causes six-foot-tall praying mantises upon their community and beyond who end up getting up to everything the teens wish they could – having sex, eating and fighting. Teenagers today, huh? Bloomin’ typical: if they’re not playing with their X-stations or their digital watches, they’re playing God.

This will not be Wright’s next film – he most recently re-committed to developing Baby Driver, one of his long-gestating projects. And also lurking around his development chamber is the movie version of The Night Stalker he’s been working on for Disney and Johnny Depp.








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Daniel Radcliffe talks Horns at Comic-Con

Film Industry News - 9 hours 46 min ago
If there is a theme emerging at this year’s Comic-Con it is British talent making splashy show debuts and Daniel Radcliffe did not disappoint as he charmed Hall H on Friday (25) to promote Horns.
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Comic-Con: Rob Zombie Debuts 'Assassin's Creed: Unity' Animated Short

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 9 hours 54 min ago

While we patiently await the August 2015 release of Assassin's Creed, a big screen adaptation of the popular video game starring Michael Fassbender, we have something else to tide us over. Musician and horror director Rob Zombie has created a new animated short for the upcoming release of Assassin's Creed: Unity, which helps set up the storyline of this latest entry in the video game series. The Walking Dead artist Tony Moore is responsible for the animation. You can watch the full short, as well as a behind-the-scenes video with Rob Zombie.

In the game, set amidst the chaos of 18th Century Paris, Arno, a young Master Assassin, will embark on an extraordinary journey to expose the true powers behind the French Revolution. His pursuit will throw him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation and ultimately carve a new destiny for the people of France.

Assassin's Creed Unity will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 28.

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Patrick Wilson Departs Ant-Man

Matt Gerard and Kevin Weisman are also leaving the film

The Ant-Man production has already lost a director in Edgar Wright. Now it’ll be doing without three actors, as Patrick Wilson, Kevin Weisman and Matt Gerard are also leaving the film.

Before you start ascribing predictions of doom or conspiracy theories, all three appear to simply be caused by production changes. According to Deadline, Weisman and Gerard’s characters were a victim of script re-writes completed by current scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. As for Wilson, he had to drop out because the schedules shifted due to the delay and he has a conflict.

Peyton Reed is currently gearing up to direct the film, which still features Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lily in the lead roles. We’d except to hear who might be replacing Wilson in the film soon enough. And there may well be more about the film announced when Marvel puts on its panel at the San-Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.


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Way To Blue: Cumberbatch rules Con Day 1

Film Industry News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 22:57
Benedict Cumberbatch — who else? — ruled Comic-Con on opening day Thursday with 22,254 mentions on social media, according to research compiled by Way To Blue.
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Sam Raimi Talks The Last Of Us Movie

Comic-Con: And reveals Maisie Williams in talks

Sam Raimi showed up at Comic-Con today to talk about his forthcoming adaptation of groundbreaking videogame, The Last Of Us, on which he’ll serve as producer - and dropped a little tidbit that Game Of Thrones star, Maisie Williams, is in early talks to star.

Raimi and Naughty Dog’s creative director Neil Druckmann, who wrote the post-apocalyptic horror game and who will also write the script for the movie, took to the Hall H stage in a surprise appearance - and the fans in the cavernous Con hub liked what they had to say.

“I think it’s going to be a great character journey and a great love story and a really great horror picture,” said Raimi, who confirmed that he wouldn’t be directing the movie, which doesn’t yet have a release date. Instead, he’ll be sticking to producing duties, with his mission to “protect” the game as it makes its way to the big screen.

And part of that, obviously, involves casting. Raimi said he’d love to find cameos for Bruce Campbell and his brother, Ted, but the big news revolved around the main roles of Joel and Ellie, the protagonists of the game whose relationship provides an emotional kick so often lacking in games. Joel, a grizzled older man who’s recovering from a major loss after the world is devastated by a deadly outbreak, is still wrapped in a shroud of speculation, but Raimi and Druckmann said that they had held early talks about the role of Ellie, the young girl with whom Joel bonds.

“We met with someone the other day. Nothing’s been signed,” said Druckmann. “We had a meeting with Maisie Williams.”

Williams, who plays Arya Stark on Game Of Thrones, would seem to be pretty much perfect casting for the movie, but as Druckmann and Raimi were keen to emphasise, it’s early days yet, with no director in place. But the duo are very aware of the potential for The Last Of Us - widely hailed as a masterpiece of gaming - to break out and become the first truly excellent videogame movie.

“There’s never been a great video game adaptation for film,” said Druckmann. “We’re going to work our asses off to make this thing great. Why wait? We have a great opportunity here. Go for it.”  








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Comic-Con: Jonathan Pryce & More Join Game Of Thrones

Alexander Siddig, Keisha Castle-Hughes and more set for Season 5

It has become something of a tradition for the Game Of Thrones team to make some big announcements at Comic-Con, and this year is no different. For Season Five, the cast will swell to include Jonathan Pryce, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Toby Sebastian, DeObia Oparei and Enzo Cilenti.

So, we’re sure you’re asking yourself, whom are they playing? Let’s run the list, shall we? Pryce will be the High Sparrow, described as a pious type who has gathered an army of those looking to denounce the corrupt. Siddig is Doran Martell, the older brother of the late Oberyn. Naturally, he will not be a happy man. Also from Oberyn’s clan is Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand, one of his illegitimate daughters.

Jessica Henwick is Nym Sand, Oberyn’s second daughter, while Rosabell Laurenti Sellers is Tyrene Sand, his third daughter. The Oberyn clan will represent in force this year, with Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell, Prince Doran’s son and the heir to Dorne.

In non-Martell news, Nell Tiger Free is the new actress playing Myrcella Baratheon, Cersei’s oldest daughter, who was sent to live in Dorne and is betrothed to Doran’s son. Her position has changed somewhat thanks to Oberyn’s death. DeObia Oparei will be Areo Hotah, the captain of Doran’s palace guard, while Enzo Cilenti will be Yezzan, a wealthy slave trader who isn’t too thrilled with Daenerys Targaryen’s outlawing of the trade.

The show will return next April.


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Comic-Con: 'Captain America' Directors Take on 'Marvel's Agent Carter'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 22:51

Marvel is currently holding down their TV panel at Comic-Con right this very second, and just dropped two big announcements about ABC's mid-season adventure series Marvel's Agent Carter. It seems the hour long drama will be getting three directorial alumni from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With Marvel's Agent Carter a spin-off of Captain America: The First Avenger, it makes sense that the director of that movie would come back. Joe Johnston is set to direct the fourth episode.

Maybe even more surprising is that the two directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, brothers Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, are returning to the Marvel Cinematic universe to direct not one, but two episodes of Marvel's Agent Carter. They will help set the tone for the series, taking on the second and third episode.

It was also asked if Dominic Cooper was returning to play Tony Stark's father Howard Stark, which he played in Captain America: The First Avenger. Executive producer Louis D'Esposito played it coy, stating

"It would be wonderful if that could happen."

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IM Global hires general counsel

Film Industry News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 22:38
Deborah Zipser has joined IM Global and will head business and legal affairs.
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Money Monster lands at Tristar

Film Industry News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 22:32
Tom Rothman’s Tristar Productions has taken a major project off the independent table and acquired worldwide rights to the thriller in which Jodie Foster will direct George Clooney.
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Patrick Wilson Exits Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 22:23

With production set to begin in just a few short weeks, Marvel's Ant-Man has hit another snag, as actor Patrick Wilson pulls out of the project.

Deadline reports that the actor had a scheduling conflict after production on the movie was delayed, following the departure of director Edgar Wright in May. The actor joined the cast back in February, but it was never confirmed what character he was set to portray.

Two more actors, Matt Gerald and Kevin Weisman, are also parting ways with Ant-Man, but for much different reasons. Their characters were initially a part of Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish's original draft, but they were discarded when the script was rewritten by Adam McKay and the writing team of Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer.

It remains to be seen if the search to find replacements for these actors will cause yet another production delay, since shooting is scheduled to begin on August 18. Perhaps we'll find out more when Marvel Studios holds hits annual Hall H panel at Comic-Con 2014 tomorrow.

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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Edgar Wright to Direct YA Adaptation 'Grasshopper Jungle'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 22:18

The director exited Marvel's "Ant-Man" in May over creative differences.

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Comic-Con: 'Batman v Superman' Writer Wanted for 'Justice League'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 22:07

With production already under way on Warner Bros. highly-anticipated superhero adventure Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the studio is looking to move forward with the long-awaited Justice League movie. Deadline is reporting that the studio is courting screenwriter Chris Terrio to take on the screenplay, following his work rewriting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

It isn't known if a formal offer has been made at this time, but Deadline reports that after Chris Terrio "absolutely crushed it" with his work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the studio wants to stay in business with the up and coming writer.

Chris Terrio won an Oscar for writing 2012 Best Picture winner Argo for director Ben Affleck, and he also has a number of other projects in various stages of development, such as Bunker Hill with Ben Affleck and The Foreigner with Matt Damon.

While it hasn't been confirmed by the studio yet, it's been rumored that Warner Bros. wants to shoot Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League back to back, but if they're bringing on a new writer, it doesn't seem like that will happen.

Are you excited that Justice League is finally moving forward? Chime in with your thoughts below.

Justice League comes to theaters in 2018 and stars Gal Gadot.

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