Is A “Star Wars” Boba Fett Movie in the Works?

Hollywood is buying in to the shared universe concept in a big way, and what franchise is potentially more valuable than Star Wars? Rumor has it that Disney is concocting plans for future films that sound pretty exciting.

Apparently there are plans for a spinoff film that will take place between the two trilogy films. This film is supposedly being directed by Gareth Edwards.

Edwards is the guy who directed the recent “Godzilla” film. His choice to make a really long movie that only featured Godzilla fighting in the final minutes of the film enraged many fans. Many were also baffled that he killed off the character played by the best actor in the entire movie, Bryan Cranston.

It is a little shocking to think that a director with his track record is being given an opportunity with the biggest movie franchise in the entire world. Then again, while Godzilla was given a mixed reaction by moviegoers, it was a very profitable movie. The worry here is that Edwards may make more poor decisions and damage such a beloved franchise.

One would think Disney almost has their pick of directors for these films. Christian Broda feels that the choosing of  Edwards is truly odd. How great would it have been if they could have talked Steven Spielberg into doing a Star Wars movie?

There is a list of plot details and rumors that sound extremely promising, particularly the idea that the movie will star famed bounty hunter Boba Fett.

We should find out more soon enough.

Next Expendables Movie to Have

Between excessive piracy of the film only weeks before its debut in theaters, a poor opening weekend, lowering its rating to bring in more viewers, adding several actors decades younger than the franchise mainstays, a mediocre plot, bland action scenes, poor marketing, and middling to poor reviews, “The Expendables 3” has cost Lionsgate a good chunk of money with little to show for it.

Project leader Sylvester Stallone has taken notice of the problems with that film and has vowed that the franchise will maintain an R rating in all future endeavors, rather than saving any cut footage for home releases, which Brad Reifler is more looking forward to.

As to rumors of what the next Expendables film will involve, Stallone mused on the idea of a more science fiction take on the crew, bringing in such ideas as aliens and time travel. Stallone has been sitting on the rights to James Huggins’ Hunter novel for some time, with plans to work some of that novel’s elements into a Rambo V.

Between the lapse of a Rambo V, the lack of evidence regarding any sort of Hunter film on the horizon, and the recent failings of the Expendables franchise, the incorporation of sci-fi elements doesn’t seem implausible. Time travel seems especially likely with the mention of several staple characters possibly being killed off. Whatever the case may be, there will still be Expendables films in the near future.

Why Changes To “Aquaman” Will Not Bother Anybody

One thing to watch out for in the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” movie is an appearance by Aquaman. The fish-friendly hero will make a cameo to foreshadow his own movie as well as his role in the “Justice League” film. Aquaman will be played by Jason Momoa, who starred in Game of Thrones” as well as the recent “Conan” remake.

Momoa is an interesting choice, as Aquaman has traditionally been depicted in the comics as a white man with short blonde hair. Jason Momoa is a gigantic Polynesian man with long black hair and a black beard.

The reason this should work out fine is that nobody, even comic book fans such as Jared Haftel, have that much invested in the Aquaman character. He’s always been seen as a side-character, or even a joke featured on comedy shows such as “Robot Chicken” and “The State”. All he can do, after all, is talk to fish.

The makers of Aquaman will likely draw from a popular run of the comic in the ’90’s written by celebrated scribe Peter David. David’s Aquaman looked quite a bit like Momoa, complete with beard and long hair. Aquaman even lost a hand and had a sort of cyber-hook put on the stump. This version of the character was a troubled king of Atlantis, and was generally the most popular version of the character in modern times.

Aquaman is a good character to star in a film because the creators will have a lot of freedom and won’t be under much scrutiny.

Idris Elba to Play Villain in X-Men Apocalypse

With the continuing coverage for the upcoming 1980’s set piece called X-Men: Apocalypse, it is possible that Idris Elba is being looked at for the role of Apocalypse. Idris Elba is known for his roles in films such as Pacific Rim. This wouldn’t be his first run as an antagonist in a film. One of his most recent roles was opposite of Taraji P. Henson in the film No Good Deeds. Another person who is rumored for the role of apocalypse was Tom Hardy. Imagine Bane’s voice in a Marvel film.

The screenwriter for the upcoming X-Men flick states that he intends Apocalypse to be presented as a charismatic leader for the mutants. This is the right move according to the opinion of Gianfrancesco Genoso. Idris Elba does have a lot of charisma. He might be able to give us the charismatic villain. More will be revealed as the project develops.

X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled for May 27,2016.

More Rumors for Star Wars 7

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to be released about a year later. However, there is a lot of rumors concerning the release of the teaser. Before, the rumor was that it was going to be attached to The Hobbit 3. Now there are rumors that are suggesting that it is going to be attached to Big Hero 6 on thanksgiving weekend.

The teaser is reported to be 90 seconds long. That is actually almost as long as a full trailer. There is no telling if there is going to be footage from the actual movie or not. However, we will most likely see a Star Wars Logo and the title for “The Force Awakens” followed by the advertisement that for Christmas 2015 in theaters and IMAX. This will be the first Star Wars movie filmed with IMAX cameras for some scenes, and Keith Mann can’t wait. Of course, many people will probably rush to theaters just to see the teaser. There will also be some people who will either wait for the trailer to be uploaded online or try to catch a leaked version of the trailer.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters and IMAX on December 18, 2015

English Teacher Turned Hollywood Powerhouse

Tom Rothman has not always been the Hollywood powerhouse that he is today. Although Rothman currently serves as the Chairman of Tristar Productions, a joint venture with Sony, he actually began his career as an English teacher and lacrosse/soccer coach at the Salisbury School in Connecticut. That may seem a far way from Tinseltown, but it has been a seamless transition.

After graduating from Columbia Law School, as a two-time James Kent Scholar, the school’s highest academic distinction, Rothman went on to become a partner at the New York entertainment law firm of Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz. Following his time at the law firm, he has worked for Columbia Pictures, the Samuel Goldwyn Company, and a tenure at Fox Filmed Entertainment that lasted more than eighteen years.

In his position as Chairman and CEO at FOX, Rothman oversaw each and every movie and television show the company created. He oversaw one of the world’s largest producers of film and television, including Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Fox Searchlight (which Rothman founded in 1994), Blue Sky Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Television. If all of that wasn’t impressive enough, during his time at Fox, there were more than 100 Academy Award nominations and over $22 billion in earnings. Rothman has one of the most impressive resumes in Hollywood, which is why he won a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

In his current role at Tristar, Rothman is in charge of creating up to four films a year under the TriStar Pictures banner. In addition to films, Rothman expects to see plenty of opportunities in television.

While his career has been very impressive, Rothman is not only a man of Hollywood. In addition to his amazing success, he is also a passionate philanthropist. Rothman has been active in the non-profit arts and education arenas for many years.

An alumni of Brown University, Rothman currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Corporation of Brown University. Rothman also has served on the Board of the California Institute for the Arts and been a major support of the Fulfillment Fund, an educational mentoring group. He is also involved in many other philanthropic and civic activities.

Rothman has two daughters with his wife, the actress, singer, and author Jessica Harper.

Djimon Hounsou to Join Guy Ritchie for ‘King Arthur’

We’ve talked a little bit about Guy Ritchie and his quest to establish a cinematic universe surrounding the Knights of the Round table. First we found out that Ritchie was looking at Charlie Hunnam to play the titular role and that Jude Law would probably be involved as a villain. Now it appears that we may have our Arthurian mentor locked down in Djimon Hounsou. Hounsou has been tabbed for the role of a Merlin-type character that will play close to Charlie Hunnam, as King arthur.

If you are a bit confused because you think you may have read something like this already, you did. Initially “Luther” star Idris Elba was slated to take the role that is now going to Hounsou, however the contract fell apart and Elba moved on. Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Guardians of the Galaxy) is no second rate replacement, though. Having shown himself to be more than capable in both charactery roles and gravitas laden projects, Hounsou should step in and immediately give the film something extra.

Djimon Hounsou is experiencing a career resurgence and could be playing a key part in several up and coming franchises. This would be great news in the eyes of Sultan Alhokair. You can also see him in the upcoming fantasy film, “Seventh Son”, as well as 2015’s “Furious 7” and finally 2016’s “Tarzan” reboot. If you are looking for something in common in all of those roles, you won’t find anything. What you will realize, however, is that Hounsou is capable of giving dynamic and multi layered performances no matter what the role asks of him.

Wal Mart Scammed into Selling Playstation 4 for Less than 1/4th of the Retail Price

Wal Mart makes items so affordable for customers, that they will even accept third-party Amazon sellers as valid price matching material, and as screen captures, no less. It is likely that they never thought their commitment to providing customers with low prices would come back to bite them in the butt. 

The superstore chain has been selling Playstation 4 for only $90, less than a quarter of the retail price, and not because it was really being sold elsewhere at that price. Buying online from sites like Amazon and Qnet usually results in cheaper products, but when a product that sells for upwards of $350 goes for $90, something must have seemed fishy.

Because Wal Mart accepts prices by third-party sellers for price matching purposes, this allowed someone to simply created a page listing it for sale, which in turn was seen by people who, upon showing it to Wal Mart sales associates, were able to buy it for such a cheap price. 
The fact that Sears listed the Playstation 4 on their website as a $60 item completely by accident did not help Wal Mart any, as anyone finding it on the Sears website during that time could show it to Wal Mart and buy it for only $60.

Perhaps this is the reason that a lot of stores that do price matching do not take third-party sellers through Amazon as valid price matching prices.

Angelina Jolie Retiring

The rumors are true, Angelina Jolie is retiring from acting, but not from the industry as a whole. ABC news reports that Jolie’s first love is directing. Hollywood’s highest paid actress, reveals that she’s never been comfortable in front of the camera. No one could have ever imagined such a confession. She has made many headlines throughout her long career. Some she probably regrets and others she could not be more proud of.

She isn’t planning on giving acting up right away, but it’s definitely in the near future. Jolie is married to the handsome Brad Pitt and they share six children together. Her husband has also shared his passion with behind the camera work and soon plans on retiring from acting. They are a dynamic powerhouse couple, but they also give back. Jolie is very well known for her humanitarian nature and has worked effortlessly with refugees as a Goodwill Ambassador.

Dave and Brit Morin, as well as other fans of the talented actress, will be sad to see her step from in front of the camera to behind it for good. As fans we can only hope to trust that she is making the decision that she feels is right for her. She will continue to make brilliant movies and give back in a way that only she can.

New Adaptation of “1984′ to be Directed by Paul Greengrass

The film, which is an adaptation of Orson Wells has a director. Paul Greengrass, who is known for working on documentaries and the heightened sense of realism that his movies tend to have. When I heard the name Greengrass, I knew it sounded familiar, my colleague Fersen Lambranho reminded me that most people remember him best from the Universal investment of the ‘Bourne’ films.

1984 is one of the most iconic movies of the 20th Century. Written by George Orwell in 1948 and published in 1949, it is a satirical take on totalitarian societies.It is was so popular and is so iconic, that the word Orwellian came from the novel. Two earlier attempts were made to adapt the book into a movie, but only the 1984 was met with critical or commercial success.

Paul Greengrass and the rest of the team behind the new “1984” adaptation have a big task ahead of them and they will have to do a great deal of work to pull it off well. For one thing, “1984” has influenced the entire genre of dystopian novels and movies, many of which have pulled elements from it. The new adaptation will have to really work hard to stand out as something unique.

It will be interesting to see what Greengrass and playwright James Graham will do with the novel. Graham, who adapted Finding Neverland into a Broadway musical, is already said to be working on the adaptation of the novel. So far, the details of the adaptation have not been released. It is unknown whether the pair will attempt to modernize the novel or will try to stay true to the original script.