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‘Fast and Furious 7′ now called ‘Furious 7′

- October 27th, 2014

It looks like Fast & Furious 7 is getting a title change. Newly released posters on the film’s Facebook page have rechristened next year’s sequel, Furious 7.

The first trailer for the James Wan-directed folowup will drop Saturday, Nov. 1, at noon PST.

Furious 7 was originally slated to hit theatres last summer, but was moved following the tragic death of Walker on Nov. 30, 2013, outside of Los Angeles. At the time, the latest film, which integrates Lucas Black from Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift into the storyline, was supposed to be the first of possibly three new sequels. New additions Kurt Russell, Jason Statham (as the villain), Djimon Hounsou and director James Wan were tapped to join returning stars Walker, Vin Diesel, Tyrese, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster.

Walker’s Brian O’Connor character will be “retired” from the series, but Fast VIII, IX and X are up in the air.

Walker reflected on the popularity of the franchise in one of his final interviews with Collider last November.

“Well, the studio supposedly wants 8, 9 and 10. I’ll be 50. Even if 7 were to [tank], there’s at least an 8. That’s a guarantee. The thing that’s pretty crazy is that neither Vin nor I were going back to do the third one. They were going to do a direct-to-video 4. They were going to dispose it and be done with it. But then, Vin was like, ‘No, I’ll come in for a cameo,’ because it wasn’t testing well. He wanted to set up the fourth one and the studio went for it, and we got a second life. It was supposed to be done already.”

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Furious 7 opens April 3, 2015.

Watch: First trailer for ‘Tomorrowland’ with George Clooney drops

- October 9th, 2014

Disney has just dropped the first teaser trailer for next summer’s Tomorrowland. The highly-secretive film pairs George Clooney with director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) in a story from Damon Lindelof (LOST).

In the spot we see Britt Robertson being released from a detention centre. As she’s handed back her belongings, she is given a pin with the letter ‘T’ on it. It’s not hers she says, but when she touches it she’s immediately transported to a field that’s nestled beside a futuristic-looking city.

“What if there was a place?” George Clooney teases in a voiceover. “A secret place, where nothing was impossible. A miraculous place where you could actually change the world.”

The clip fades to black, and then we get a glimpse of Cloony’s Frank Walker. “You wanna go?” he asks. The title card comes up before a split second bit of action.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lindelof hinted that film’s sci-fi leanings. “What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science: They are both easy to find if you are a wizard and very difficult to find if you’re a Muggle,” Lindelof tells the magazine. “Walt Disney is not a character in our movie, but he is referenced as having some involvement in this mysterious place called Tomorrowland, as a huge futurist and aficionado of space travel, rocketry, cities of the future, and space travel.”

Tomorrowland opens May 22, 2015.

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Robert Downey Jr. backtracks on ‘Iron Man 4′ comments

- October 7th, 2014

UPDATED: After confirming Iron Man 4 in an appearance on Ellen earlier in the day, Robert Downey Jr. backpeddled on his comments during an appearance last night on David Letterman.

When the late night host quizzed the actor about appearing in a fourth instalment, he indicated Marvel has a plan for the character — and let’s be clear, he said Iron Man 4 was happening, not that he was necessarily going to be in it.

“They do have a plan… they’re very secretive about it,” he told Letterman.

When Letterman pressed for an answer, he added: “Just between us, no — but I’m going to do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”

So, could it be that we’ll see War Machine suit up for Iron Man 4? Speculate in the comments.

My original post follows below.


After teasing last week that he’ll do Iron Man 4 if Mel Gibson agrees to direct, and then teasing some more during a reddit AMA in which he said, “soon the Marvel Roster will be made public and all questions will be answered,” Robert Downey Jr. has confirmed that there will be a fourth instalment in the popular franchise.

RDJ broke the news on the Ellen earlier today after the host asked him point blank about the film. In the clip, which you can see below, Downey talks about Marvel’s plans for several upcoming movies. “We’re in the middle of a negotiation,” he adds. “So yes?” she asks. “Okay, yes,” he replies.

Downey will reprise his role as Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron and he is slated to appear in Avengers 3 (which doesn’t have a release date yet). Speaking of Avengers 3, according to a report on Badass Digest, there is speculation that characters like Captain America and Thor may not appear in the film – or it might be split in two with the first half anchored by Iron Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

“Imagine an Avengers 3 without Thor or Captain America, maybe without Black Widow. It’s a movie where the secondary characters from the MCU get to stand up and prove their worth, possibly even setting up their own spin-offs. With Guardians Marvel has shown that their brand is the star, and by the time we get to A3 clearly people will be on board with the entire universe. Keep Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr’s renegotiated contract seems to specify Avengers 3 as his next film – and you have a new launching pad for characters to take over from the current big guns.”

Again it’s total speculation, but it has some weight given that Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth each have two movies left on their contracts.

In case you want to keep track, here are all the dates for what Marvel has coming in the next five years:

Avengers: Age of Ultron: May 1, 2015
Ant-Man: July 17, 2015
Captain America 3: May 6, 2016
Untitled on July 8, 2016 (most likely Doctor Strange, preferably with Jared Leto or Ethan Hawke)
Untitled on May 5, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy 2: July 28, 2017
Untitled on November 3, 2017
Untitled on July 6, 2018
Untitled on November 2, 2018 (my guess is that this is Avengers 3)
Untitled on May 3, 2019

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Watch: Bill Murray covers Bob Dylan’s ‘Shelter From the Storm’

- October 6th, 2014

Bill Murray is a man of many talents, so is it’s no surprise that he can channel Bob Dylan. A clip from Murray’s upcoming film St Vincent, shows the camo shorts-wearing actor chiming along with Dylan’s Shelter From the Storm while puffing on a cigarette and listening to a retro Walkman.

It’s a classic look, really.

This isn’t the first time Murray has sang onscreen, he did a version of Roxy Music’s More Than This in 2001′s Lost in Translation.

In St. Vincent, which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, Murray plays a curmudgeon who becomes a babysitter of sorts to a young boy after he falls on hard times. The film also stars Melissa Mccarthy and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.

St Vincent opens in Toronto on Oct. 17, before expanding across the country Oct. 24.

Robert Downey Jr. will do ‘Iron Man 4′ with Mel Gibson

- October 3rd, 2014

Robert Downey Jr. knows something about redemption and forgiveness and helping his pals.

The highest-paid actor in the world – thanks to his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man – is currently on the promotional circuit for next week’s drama The Judge. (“Please help me prove that films about people can do business,” he pleaded on Facebook.)

Of course, interview after interview leads to inevitable questions about his future as Iron Man. Downey will appear in next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and is inked for a third Avengers film. He hasn’t committed to Iron Man 4.

But in a recent interview with Deadline, Downey did say that he would do another instalment in the bazillion-dollar franchise if – big if – his pal Mel Gibson directs.
For those of you who don’t remember, Mad Mel gave Downey a second shot at stardom in 2003 with The Singing Detective. Mel has been in movie purgatory (not even a scene-stealing turn in The Expendables 3 could resuscitate him) after his personal demons took over – you know what those are so we won’t go over the details again.

Downey mounted a rousing defence for his friend (they worked together on Air America) telling Mike Fleming Jr., “Sometimes with these things, it becomes a matter of time, and it seems like it’s getting a little bit old to hold a grudge.”

And when he was pointedly asked about Iron Man 4 with Mel in the director’s chair he replied, “Why not? That movie would be bananas.”

And in case you are wondering, Downey has pulled this move before. Shane Black – who hired Downey to star in 2005′s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – was given the directing gig on Iron Man 3. So it helps to have a friend like RDJ.

So the question becomes, Iron Man 4 – Downey and Gibson – should it happen? Can it happen? Sound off in the comments below.