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John Travolta as a Bond villain? ‘I would love that’

- February 10th, 2014

It’ll be months before we hear news on a title and start date for Bond 24, but John Travolta is throwing his name out there as a possible baddie.

The Pulp Fiction star won’t “close the chapter on playing villains”, he tells the U.K.’s Telegraph, until he gets cast as the villain in a James Bond film.

“I would love that. They’re going a different way with their villain in this next film but I’ve spoken to [producer] Barbara Broccoli about it and she loves the idea, so that would be great.”

Travolta may not seem like a great choice as the bad guy opposite Daniel Craig in the next 007 adventure, but he has played villains in Swordfish, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Punisher, Battlefield Earth and Face/Off. And he was actually pretty good in a few of them, and retched in one. Could be an interesting gamble.

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John Travolta arrives during the G’Day USA Black Tie Gala in Los Angeles, January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

 

Bradley Cooper in talks for Rocket Raccoon in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

- August 22nd, 2013

Marvel wants to get into the Bradley Cooper business.

The studio has entered into talks with the Hangover star to voice Rocket Raccoon in next summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Variety reports.

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Bradley Cooper is seen in this 2011 file photo. Craig Robertson/QMI Agency

 

Earlier this month, Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel strongly hinted he is lined up to voice tree-like superhero Groot in the sci-fi comic book adaptation. Both Groot and Rocket Raccoon will be created digitally.

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Bleeding Cool is also reporting that Elizabeth Olsen is being courted to play Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch in Avengers: The Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon’s sequel to the billion-dollar-grossing team-up film that featured Marvel heroes Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Nick Fury and Black Widow.

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Guardians of the Galaxy, which is currently filming in London with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Benicio del Toro and Glenn Close, is the last entry in Marvel’s Phase 2 series of films. Kick started by Iron Man 3, Phase 2 also includes Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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According to plot descriptions, Galaxy revolves around Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Pratt), “a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.”

James Gunn is directing the film, which will be released Aug. 1, 2014.

So, what do you think? Should Cooper take the role of Rocket Raccoon, or should he hold out for something better like DC’s Flash? (That’s my vote!) Sound off in the comments.

Star Wars rumour: Palpatine will be back in ‘Episode VII’

- August 14th, 2013

A few days back, Star Wars fan site Jedi News reported that Ian McDiarmid will return as Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Now we’re getting confirmation via Latino Review that McDiarmid will return as the evil Emperor in the new film, which is due out in the summer of 2015.

McDiarmid played Emperor Palpatine in the original series and the nefarious Palpatine/Darth Sidious – master of Darth Maul and Count Dooku – in the prequel trilogy.

At the end of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader kills the evil Emperor after Palpatine attacks his son Luke Sykwalker.

In the expanded Star Wars universe, Palpatine was resurrected in the comic books, but according to Latino Review will come back as a “ghost” in the new film, much like Obi-Wan Kenobi did in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

They are also saying that he had another apprentice before he died, which seems to contradict the events at the end of Return of the Jedi in which he tried to convert Luke, and that the Michael Arndt-written script will not be based on any of the expanded-universe books.

Fans were expecting big Star Wars news at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim last weekend, but all the company would say is that Episode VII will be released in the summer of 2015. “I really wish I could tell you more. It will come soon,” studio boss Alan Horn told the booing audience.

So, is this a B.S. rumour or do you think Palpatine will be back? Sound off in the comments.

Robert Redford drops possible ‘Captain America 2′ spoiler

- May 10th, 2013

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Up until now, all we knew about Robert Redford’s role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier was that he was playing Alexander Pierce, a senior agent within S.H.I.E.L.D. Presumably it would be a small supporting role in what Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige said will be a “’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie.”

But if you assumed he was going to be playing one of the good guys, you might be wrong.

During an interview with The Straits Times (via Here Be Geeks), Redford clarified the role and his comments, if true, revealed a huge potential spoiler.

He said: “I like the idea of playing a villain. … I did that just because it’s a different thing for me to do.”

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Currently, Cap is set to battle three villains – Crossbones (Frank Grillo), Batroc the Leaper (Georges St-Pierre) and Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) – with a present-day storyline that finds best friend Bucky turned into a brainwashed assassin. If Redford turns about to be evil, that’s a whole lotta bad guys.

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury will appear alongside Chris Evans’ Star-Spangled Avenger, with Anthony Mackie joining the superhero team as the high-flying Falcon.

If the news about Redford is true, he could be playing Red Skull and his “supporting role” could mean he’s the main bad dude around which all the other bad dudes revolve.

Of course, nothing is confirmed until Marvel says it is. But it’s fun to speculate.

In the meantime, Marvel has released two new pieces of concept art that show the Winter Assassin which look rather cool.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters on April 4, 2014.

Lex Luthor cameo in ‘Man of Steel’?

- April 1st, 2013

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Warning: This blog post contains possible spoilers

Lex Luthor has been Superman’s ultimate foe in both the comics and Christopher Reeve’s original quadrilogy and Bryan Singer’s 2006 reboot. So it seemed a little odd that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was seemingly ignoring the arch villain in favour of Michael Shannon’s General Zod.

Now comes news that Luthor may have an appearance in the film after all.

In an interview with I Am Rogue last week, screenwriter David S. Goyer was pointedly asked why Lex wasn’t included in Man of Steel.

“I don’t think anyone has ever confirmed that we haven’t included him,” was his reply.

Then over the weekend, the folks at Ain’t It Cool confirmed that Luthor will be included in the film and he’s going to be played by Mackenzie Gray, who played a Luthor clone on Smallville.

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And this version of the character won’t be going for yucks. It will be, as Ain’t It Cool puts it, “an ambitious, ego driven and cold version of Luthor.”

The role won’t be a post-credits scene either. Luthor will have a “substantial” part in the film’s third act.

For his part, Gray confirmed in an interview with Maija Preddy that he does have a role in Man of Steel, but he can’t say what it is (skip to the one-minute mark to hear it from the man himself). “I’m allowed to say I’m in the movie. That’s it. But it’s going to be a fantastic movie, I just know it’s going to be really great and for Superman fans.”

Of course, this being a Chris Nolan production, no one is likely to know whether this news, or other rumours (like the one about Man of Steel referencing Justice League) are true until the film drops on June 14th.

Are you intrigued by a possible Lex appearance in Man of Steel? Let us know what you think in the comments.