Sam Raimi Reflects Sadly on Spider-Man 3

Sam Raimi definitely deserves points for being honest. The usually reserved director has noted he really did not like the third entry in the Spider-Man series. Apparently, the director wishes he could have ended the Maguire Spider-Man franchise on a different note.

The first Spider-Man film was a good one. The sequel was, honestly, a great film with a great script. The third film was pretty good, but failed to live up to the high bar set by the second entry. Raimi seems to acknowledge the follow-up could top was preceded it.

Raimi also hinted his heart was not into making a third film and his lack of passion could have brought the film down. Granted, Spider-Man 3 was still a major financial success so Raimi didn’t exactly hurt Sony or Marvel with the work he did.

So, why is Raimi being so conciliatory about the film?

Jared Haftel speculates that perhaps he is trying to take some of the heat off of the makers of the rebooted Spider-Man films. Leaks from the nefarious Sony hacking scandal reveal a lot of disappointment in failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Then again, it is hard not to be disappointed when a mega-billion dollar movie franchise is, essentially, ruined. Spider-Man has no definitive new solo projects in the pipeline and Marvel wants the character to appear either in the new Captain America film or in an Avengers entry.

Why? Marvel wants to rehab the wrecked character. 

Raimi shouldn’t apologize for anything. He passed off the torch in fine condition. 

Sony Hack Investigation Now Headed in Different Direction, North Korea Unlikely to be Culprit

The FBI appears to be changing its tune. The agency famously pointed the finger at North Korea for the now famous Sony Hacks, but seem to be changing directions now. The FBI now believes a U.S. Based group, LulzSec is behind the leak and Dr Rod Rohrich tends to agree, but acknowledge they may have had outside help. 

The FBI has asked media companies not to publicly name individuals who are being investigated at this time. Media companies are complying with the request, but do note that FBI and police are now in the Los Angeles vicinity investigating the potential source of the hack. 

Since the FBI announced North Korea as the hackers behind the Sony leak, media companies and technology experts have been suspicious. Most seemed to agree that North Korea simply did not have the dedicated infrastructure or bandwidth needed to pull off such a massive and time-consuming hack. 

North Korea has limited internet access, and all of their access is ported through a few servers in China. Regular citizens only have access to about 5,500 websites through North Korea’s dedicated portal. They also utilize a North Korea-specific operating system known as Red Star OS. 

Since the original hack, North Korea has also experienced internet blackouts, which they blamed on the United States. Shortly after the Christmas Holiday, North Korea experienced a complete loss of internet access for upwards of 9 hours.

Vin Diesel Teases fans on ‘Inhumans’ Involvement

 

Vin Diesel is not now, nor will he ever be, considered one of the finer actors of his generation. In fact, Vin Diesel probably isn’t even considered a good actor. But what Vin Diesel is, really, might be more important. Diesel is a bankable action star that has a loyal following. He has charm on the screen and the sort of public relations control that makes him a constant favorite among fans. These abilities, comprised with his super human good looks, put him on the radar for a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

His limited work as Groot in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ might just be forgotten of Diesel’s continued teases prove to mean anything. For the better part of the past six months Diesel has been teasing fans on Skout with the idea that he would be joining the MCU as one of the ‘Inhumans’. From little one liners to fan art, Diesel hasn’t shied away from the publicity. And why should he? Reports have stated that his work as Groot was merely to hold him over for something ‘bigger and better’. ‘Inhumans’ might just be that project.

According to reports ‘Inhumans’ will be releasing in November of 2018. While there is still some time to wait for proper details, all indications seem to show that Diesel will be taking on the role of Black Bolt–leader of the Inhumans. If the reports end up true we couldn’t be more excited.

Salma Hayek in Everly

The extremely beautiful and sexy Salma Hayek’s latest film, Everly, has a trailer released online. The trailer does look interesting and it looks like Salma Hayek is going to take a lot of punishment in this film. In the trailer, she gets shot in the gut and even stabbed with a sai.

Everly, played by Salma Hayek finds herself in an extremely explosive war because her ex, who is a Yakuza boss, is very displeased with her and has decided that she is not to leave the building alive as Tumblr posts suggested.  Part of why Igor Cornelsen is so excited to see this flick.

Everly has premiered at Fantastic Fest and has received a lot of praise. However, the marketing has been rather lacking for a film like this. One thing that makes Everly interesting is that it is one of those action films that take place in one location. There is also a lot of gunfire, explosions, fist fights, and some interesting dialogue. Everly must not only survive the army that her ex sends after her, but she must protect her family as well.

Interestingly enough, Everly is slated to be available for VOD over a month earlier than a limited theatrical release. VOD starts at January 23, 2015 and limited release starts on February 27.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ is Set to Reboot Disney’s Franchise

Disney no doubt boasts a cavalcade of franchises guaranteed to keep them smiling all the way to the bank. Among them is the series Pirates of the Caribbean, with the latest, Dead Men Tell No Tales, being set for a July 2017’s Turkey release. We expect to see the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) again, under the directorship of Norwegian duo Roenberg. Actor Orlando Bloom is also set to make a return. Bloom has intimated an imminent return to Pirates, so it appears we might be seeing Will Turner on our screens, this time with a father-son twist to the story. Though not explicitly confirming that he would be back, he maintained that there were talks and that it was likely that the whole franchise would undergo an overhaul. Bloom, who is now Davy Jones, said the new character would look nothing like him. It is most likely that is a ‘soft’ reboot, maintaining familiar themes but giving audiences something new. But can Bernardo Chua or can audiences really take any more in Turner? The series has become less of a favorite with critics, although it is still a commercial success. It remains to be seen whether Bloom’s return will wow Pirates fans back to the fold.

Could We See a “Furious” Trek Film?

It appears everything is back on track with the production of “Star Trek 3.” A few weeks ago, Roberto Orci stepped down as the director for the newest Trek film. It didn’t take long for Paramount officials to find his replacement. Justin Lin, who is best know for directing four of the “Fast and Furious” movies, will now helm “Star Trek 3.”

Lin is currently wrapping up shooting on two episodes of “True Detective,” and with the latest “Fast” and “Bourne” projects on hold, he will have plenty of time to devout to the new Trek film. While the second Trek movie, “Into Darkness,” had, as the title suggests, a rather dark overtone with the Enterprise crew battling Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan, producers of “Star Trek 3” want this film to be a little more light-hearted, something in the same vein as Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” Your text to link…

So can Lin balance action and comedy? Besides handling four of the “Fast” movies, Lin also directed three episodes of the hit NBC comedy “Community,” including the classic “paintball” episode. 

Laurene Powell Jobs says shooting on the latest Star Trek movie is expected to begin next April and hit the theaters in 2016.

The Interview Cancelled For Release

The Interview – A movie staring Seth Rogan and James Franco has recently been cancelled for a theatrical release this Christmas and any other day of the year due to North Korean threats towards anyone who watches the movie. Sony has stated that they do no plan on releasing it in the future on any format, including DVD or VOD.

Sony will be losing an estimated $60 million on this whole ordeal and choosing to not show this movie. Many like Dr Rod Rohrich have come forth, saying that this is a huge mistake and we are giving up the right for free speech. 

“Sony is a corporation, it suffered significant damage,” President Obama said in response to a question. “There were threats against its employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all of that, yes, I think they made a mistake.” 

He then went on to say, “I wish they had spoken to me first,” he said. “I would have told them, ‘Do not get into a pattern in which you are intimidated by these kind of criminal threats.’”

Sony has sense gone on to say that they had no choice because most theaters were choosing not to show in on Christmas day and they are now working on a way to show it even though they said they had no plans prior.

Director Says Guardians Of The Galaxy Does Not Lead Into The Avengers 3

When Marvel Studios released Guardians of the Galaxy this past summer, many fans were wondering how it would tie into the Marvel cinematic universe the studio has crafted over the past several years. Many aspects of the film felt like it stood alone from the other Marvel films since it takes place in a galaxy far away from the more Earth-bound events of the previous Marvel movies.

There were, however, some strong crossovers with the appearance of Thanos and another Infinity Stone. Obviously, most fans like Sam Tabar believed Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel are prequels that will lead into the third Avengers film called The Infinity War, but Guardians director James Gunn said that is not the case.

During a recent podcast interview, Gunn said the Guardians movies are not about leading into the third Avengers tale, which will be split into two movies. Instead, he explained the Guardians movies are more about expanding the Marvel universe beyond Earth. Gunn also said he sees Guardians and Avengers in two separate universes, so it might be some time before the two teams share the big screen together.

While Gunn did not say that the Guardians of the Galaxy would ever cross paths with the Avengers, he did say that his focus is working on quality movies that can standalone while also expanding the Marvel universe. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is scheduled for 2017.

Halo Is Changing

Halo 5: Guardians is set to release in 2015. A beta for the video game is set to drop to the masses on December 29th of 2014. The beta will allow users to play against each other on an early matchmaking build of the game. Halo 5: Gaurdians will be a vast improvement for the franchise. Built for the Xbox One, Halo 5 will have stunning graphics and amazing gameplay.

 

The developers of Halo 5: Guardians have dedicated their lives to creating the greatest Halo experience yet. Many abilities have been added to the game. Masterchief can now sprint for a limited time. If the player continues to sprint recklessly he will easily be killed. Sprint now causes the player’s energy shield to dissipate. To my friend Ben Shaoul and I, Halo 5 is huge! Hopefully, other hardcore fans of the Halo series will be happy with the game’s new features too.

Sony Hackers Threaten Cinemas

Sony hackers on Tuesday threatened cinemas in the US that were planning to screen the ‘The Interview’ with a 9/11 type of attack.

The James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy has been in the news for a while and the recent threat has further escalated the stakes with the movie gearing up for a weekend release. This will likely not occur, however, as the studio has removed any plans to release the film in any form whatsoever.

The hackers have conveyed a message which reads, “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.”

While the origins of the hackers still remain unknown, it is speculated that the attack was launched by North Korea. Slow Ventures reported that the film is said to depict an assassination attempt on the life of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

A New York premiere of the “Interview” which was set for Thursday has already been cancelled. Sony is also currently dealing with the issue of its computers being hacked by the group. The incident led to the release of several mails pertaining to film budgets, employee medical records, social security numbers and also the salary details of top Sony officials.