Neil Blomkamp Interested in Alien Franchise

Neil Blomkamp has had some successes in Hollywood. However, he has not always had it easy in the industry. His breakout was District 9. Elysium was another good film that he has done. Recently, he has been working on a next Alien installment. This was inspired by a conversation that he had with Sigourney Weaver who has starred as Ellen Ripley. The heroine of the series who dies at some point and is brought back to life via cloning with a little bit of Alien DNA.

Blomkamp has revealed very little about his project except that he wants Sigourney Weaver to star in the film, which Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG is definitely all for. There is no telling when the movie will take place. It could take place between Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, or it could take place after the events.

The Alien franchise started off with 2 good movies directed by Ridley Scott and James Cameron. David Fincher took over as director for the third film. Alien 3 was met with many problems and studio interference during the production. What resulted was an incoherent third entry to the series. An assembly cut was later released for the DVD which provided a substantial improvement to the story. However, the film was dark and depressing even for an Alien film. Other entries into the Alien universe were Alien vs Predator movies, and Ridley Scott’s return to the universe with Prometheus.

Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine Hopes

Hugh Jackman said this past month he felt that it is inevitable that he will be replaced as Logan, also known as the hero Wolverine, in Marvel’s X-Men franchise. A lot of fans of his work and critics of his like Ricardo Guimarães BMG have noted that he has played Logan for more than 15 years and that many of the actors/actresses who played in previous X-Men franchise films have been replaced with younger talent. In fact, some of those who have successfully played characters in many other comic-based films that come out after X-Men have since been replaced.

After seeing the success of Michael Keaton in The Birdman, Jackman has completely changed his mind. As many fans pointed out when he first said he might retire the Wolverine mantle, there’s an 8-issue comic story line devoted to a much older Wolverine called “Old Man Logan.” Although the comic is not pleasant in many ways since it features themes that might upset or disgust some fans, it does show the mythic “hero’s” journey as Logan faces his past and once again takes up the mantle of a vigilante-style hero.

After seeing The Birdman, Jackman told his wife that he feels he must now find any way to continue playing the role. He recognizes that he will have to give it up one day, but that now isn’t that day.

And the Oscar Goes To . . .

The 2015 Academy Awards were presented last night with a couple of surprises and a few well deserved acknowledgements as my friend Ricardo Guimarães BMG noted. 87th Academy Awards 2015 The audience favorite “Birdman” won Best Film of the year as well as Best director, “Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu” UOL said. There were gasps in the audience when Michael Keaton was not named best actor with the nod instead going to Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of Dr. Steven Hawkins in the “Theory of Everything.” Julianne Moore won her first Oscar for Best Actress for “Still Alice.” J. K. Simmons, who marveled in his role as a driven music instructor in the film “Whiplash,” won Best Supporting Actor.

The acclaimed film “Boyhood”, which was filmed over a 12 year period, one Best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette. Boyhood was thought to be a leading contender for Best Film nod but the choice of films this year were exceptionally of high quality.

The film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” won a number of awards primarily in the artistic categories, including makeup, production and costumes.

The overall presentation of the show was crisp and funny and clicked along. The host for the 87th Awards Show, Neil Patrick Harris, did not overplay his role and kept the pace of the show going at a quick pace. He will forever be remembered for his “tidy whitey” scene when he appeared on stage only in his briefs and shoes and socks.

Kudos for Mann

Police across the nation have been the target of protests and violence in recent months, but Keith Mann, a New York businessman, and his wife, Keely, are attempting to show their appreciation instead. As the New York Police Department (NYPD) has been a recent target of such adversity, the Manns sent lunch to the 54th Street precinct twice already this year. “Our officers deserve to be thanked for their service, not attacked in their attempts to keep people safe,” says Mann. “Police men have families too and are people just like you and me behind those uniforms.”

Mann is especially sensitive to the humanity of officers because his uncle is a detective in Staten Island. He says that citizens should be helping the police rather than standing in the way of their efforts as police are trained to respond to difficult situations that most will never encounter. Others feel the same way, as evidenced by a rally for the NYPD in January in which 150 people came out to show their support and by similar rallies that have been held across the United States.

Supporters believe that it is time for the silent majority who still support the police to speak up and make their voices heard. Mann agrees and hopes that others will use even the simplest of actions to show support of those who put their lives on the line to protect citizens each day. Mann, who is currently the CEO of Dynamics Search Partners (DSP), which assists clients in hiring investment, marketing and internal strategy professionals, hopes that such support for police will be continued by others who put their appreciation into some form of action.

The information for this article was originally reported on CBS 8 and can be found at this link.

Spider-Man to Join the Marvel Film Universe

It has finally happened. Sony has agreed to share their movie rights to Spider-Man with Marvel Studios said Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG. As reported at Screenrant.com, late Monday night Sony finalized the deal with Marvel to allow Spider-Man to appear in Marvel’s films, while still retaining the rights to make solo Spidey movies on their own. This is every comic book nerd’s dream come true. Seeing the direction that Marvel was heading with their films, including the next Captain America movie dealing with the Civil War storyline, as well as the next couple of Avengers movies heading into Infinity Gauntlet territory, Spidey HAD to be involved. Spider-man is an integral part in both storylines in the comics, and to the Avengers in general. The news that Spidey could be set up to lead the Avengers in future films is exciting to say the least. What’s also great about this announcement is the timing. The Marvel films mentioned before, Cap 3 and Avengers 3 and 4 basically, have yet to start principal photography. The scripts could always be revised to include Spidey in any fashion they see fit. Seeing as the last Avengers movie included an after credits scene filmed well after shooting was complete, there’s no reason why there can’t be some inclusion of Spidey in Avengers: Age of Ultron. My biggest hope for this news is to show Fox how successful this joint venture will be, leading to even more deals in the form of X-Men and the Fantastic Four. I never thought I’d live to see the day that all of my comic favorites would come alive on screen in one continuous universe. What a great time to be a geek.

Jurassic World May Feature Lots of Hybrids

 

Jurassic World Could Have Multiple Hybrid Dinosaurs

The Jurassic Park series is set to make its big return this summer, in the form of Jurassic World and man Zeca Oliveira can’t hardly wait! Only this time, there will be more to deal with than just the normal dinosaurs shown on the big screen.

As far as the main plot goes, Jurassic World is what the Jurassic Park was going to be, a fully-functioning amusement park on a tropical island filled with dinosaurs. The main feature in the newest movie in the franchise features park scientists genetically engineering some dinosaurs and making at least one new hybrid dinosaur, the main one being named Indominus Rex.

However, while the Indominus Rex is the major hybrid dinosaur that is supposed to be “the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World,” it is very possible that other potential hybrid dinosaurs are also lurking behind the scenes of the movie. One potential creation would be a “Stegoceratops,” which actually started from a toy collection on the market for advertising the movie earlier.

The chances are that the “Stegoceratops” won’t be featured heavily in the movie, if at all, but considering that the Indominus is the very first genetically created hybrid dinosaur in the entire series, there’s no saying that there will not be other ones to follow right behind it, in order to fully show it off for the movie.

Ladies Are The Ghostbusters- Don’t Like it? They Don’t Care.

 

1980’s classic movie Ghostbusters is being remade in an entirely new way. An all female cast has just been signed with production set to begin summer 2015. Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones will be gracing the screen and fighting to make their version up to par with the original. The four leading ladies are no strangers to comedy. Throw them all together with some modern gadgets, funny situations, and a well written script and they are sure to have a hit on their hands. Slow Ventures stated that there are men who do not believe that the primarily female cast can fill such big shoes as Bill Murray and his crew. Director Paul Feig disagrees and is letting the negative comments roll off of him like water on a duck. One thing is certain whenever the new Ghostbusters film is released there will be no shortage of tickets sold regardless of the cast changes. Heck there might be even more interest with the younger generations just because of famous names like McCarthy and Wiig!

A New Animated Series Is Spawned

 

A new Spawn animated series is in the works although everyone is very hush-hush over it. Honestly, why would anyone feel any level of surprise that a Spawn series is being developed. With superhero films so hot these days, virtually any property that made money at one point is going to be tapped for a reboot.

Spawn was made into a feature film in 1997. It was a good film and achieved a cult following. Plans are (not surprisingly) being made for a new Spawn project. Interestingly, the old HBO animated series is also going to get a reboot. What Flavio Maluf and I want to know is why there is so much secrecy over the animated series is, well, mysterious.

The first animated series was, like the film, good but not great.

The previous Spawn animated series produced by HBO was nearly 20 years ago, a lifetime in terms of how quickly the wheels of pop culture turn. The new series is going to update Spawn for the current pop culture landscape while also offering a nod to the original, trailblazing series.

While no channel has yet agreed to air the series, a lot of work on the cartoons has already been completed. So, you have a program with episodes either fully or partially completed and no portal for distribution. Perhaps this is why so much be being kept under wraps. Any unauthorized leaks about the series could potentially hurt the ability to get a solid television deal.

New Star Wars Trailer May Not Feature Original Characters

Star Wars fans hoping to gain even the slightest glimpse of their returning heroes from the original trilogy in the nextThe Force Awakens trailer may be disappointed.

According to Germain Lussier at /Film, fans may have to wait until the movie releases in December to see Luke Skywalker, Han Solo or Princess Leia. Lussier said Disney has decided to not use the original characters in their marketing efforts in order to focus more on the new characters, which will become the future of the trilogy and franchise.

This contradicts earlier reports that the next trailer would indeed feature the classic heroes from the original trilogy. Fans such as Bernardo Chua were buzzing about the opportunity to see their favorites back on the big screen when the new trailer arrives before Avengers: Age of Ultron in May.

If Disney does indeed intend to make fans wait until December to see their favorite Star Wars characters on the big screen, it could prove a successful strategy. Fans dying to see Luke and friends again will line up in droves when the movie releases later this year. Furthermore, since the future of the series will center on the newcomers, it makes perfect sense for Disney to build excitement for the future direction of the series.

Amazon To Produce And Distribute Original Movies

 

Amazon is moving ahead with their plans to become a dominant producer of television shows and movies. The online retailer said this week they intend to expand their large library of online movies and television shows by producing and acquiring their own original movies that will also be released in theaters.

Amazon’s plan is to produce original movies under their Amazon Studios division, which has been developing original television shows for a couple of years now. Amazon also plans to become a major distributor, as it will purchase films for distribution. They intend to release these movies in theaters and then make them available on their Amazon Prime Instant video service just four to eight weeks later.

According to Roy Price, vice president of Amazon Studios, the company plans to produce on average 12 movies each year. He said the first movie should go into production later this year. In describing the type of movies Amazon would produce, Price said the films would feature fresh and daring stories. He added that he intends for Amazon Original Movies to excite, amaze and move fans of movies.

After a slow start, Amazon Studios’ original television shows are beginning to gain traction. It’s first show, Alpha House, recently debuted a second season, while Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor recently won two Golden Globes Awards. If these shows are anything to preview whats to come in Amazon movies, I am excited. I recently finished watching Transparent with Dr. Rod Rohrich, and it was divine. I think this is definitely the future of movies.