Open Road Films has debuted the teaser trailer for writer/director Andrew Niccol's The Host, opening in theaters on March 29, 2013.
Based on the best-selling novel by "Twilight Saga" author Stephenie Meyer, The Host is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.
The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt and Frances Fisher.
A brand-new still from Paramount Pictures' G.I. Joe: Retaliation is now online, courtesy of the film's Facebook page. This image focuses on Bruce Willis' Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe.
Opening in theaters on June 29, the Jon Chu-directed action adventure also stars Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Elodi Yung, Channing Tatum, RZA, DJ Cotrona, Ray Stevenson, Joseph Mazzello, Walton Goggins and DeRay Davis.
The season finale of The Walking Dead season 2 brought forth the news that actress Danai Gurira would play Michonne, the sword-wielding gal who is a fan favorite among those who read Robert Kirkman's comic book series.
We're going to be seeing a lot of Gurira and Michonne and, recently, THR caught up to the actress to discuss the exciting gig and her forthcoming character.
She told the outlet, "I'm going to develop that with [showrunner] Glen Mazzara and the whole creative team. They have their own take on the source material. I'm going to be meeting with them next week to get an understanding of what their take is and how she grows and develops. I'll find out the answer to that in the coming weeks in terms of exactly how she will map out with what she is in the books vs. what she will be on the screen."
She added, "I was trying to really investigate a character and allow her to have as much dimension as possible and crack it open even more. What you see through the writing and vision of the creator, you add to it by bringing your full humanity and by really delving into the character's background and their motives and fears, all those things can make a multidimensional character come to life. That's how I've been trained from the beginning and how I've created characters in the past on the stage or through my playwriting. I plan to bring all of that to the table to allow Michonne to be as rich and complex as possible. I'm excited to bring her to life as someone who really has a lot of life and a lot of complexity."
Heat Vision is reporting that Friday the 13th and Freddy vs. Jason screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift have set up a new, untitled horror movie at Paramount Pictures. The duo plans to write and direct the film.
The site says that the storyline is being kept under wraps, but it is known to contain a high school setting.
Mary Parent is producing via her Disruption Entertainment banner.
Lionsgate released The Hunger Games in 2,565 theaters at midnight where the big screen adaptation earned an impressive $19.735 million, which is a record for a non-sequel, the seventh-highest midnight gross of all time, and the highest IMAX non-summer, non-holiday, 2D opening of all time.
Based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel, The Hunger Games was directed by Gary Ross and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.
Upper Deck announced today its trading card set for Marvel's The Avengers which will include sketch cards, costume cards, autograph cards and 'Ultimate Panel' cards. Here's the details:
Upper Deck, in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment, LLC, is excited to announce the release of its "The Avengers Assemble" trading cards which chronicle the events that lead up to Marvel's "The Avengers" and also offer fans a first look at the highly anticipated movie prior to its May 4 release. Only Upper Deck can bring fans collectible cards of their favorite Marvel characters such as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and Hulk.
"In anticipation to the film's popularity, we are pulling out all the stops to unsure Upper Deck's 'The Avengers Assemble' release is chock-full of compelling content Marvel fans will covet," said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck's vice president of Marketing and Business Development. "With amazing sketch cards from top Marvel artists, movie-worn memorabilia cards and autograph cards of actors from the film; each pack will be a thrill for fans to open."
Each 7-card pack will have one hobby exclusive insert. On average, every 24-pack box will deliver a hand drawn one-of-a-kind sketch card, one single or dual memorabilia card, and one printing plate or triple or quad memorabilia card. The series also includes autograph cards from the film's cast including Cobie Smolders, Jeremy Renner and Chris Hemsworth, as well as an additional chase card set with the "Ultimate Panel" cards that feature panels cut from an actual Marvel "The Avengers No. 1" comic book. Autograph and "Ultimate Panel" cards will fall two per case on average.
Upper Deck's "The Avengers Assemble" trading cards are available in stores now!
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This past week was a crazy one for fans of the popular comic book, cartoon and movie characters, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, when Michael Bay, producer of the upcoming reboot told press at the Nickelodeon Upfront that they plan on introducing a new element to the characters by making them an "alien race," something that he and others involved with the characters began to backtrack on when the internet exploded in an uproar.
Bay's exact words were:
"When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable."
(And if you missed it, you can read that story here.)
It just so happens ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype was talking to the project's director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) this morning for his upcoming Greek myth epic Wrath of the Titans and we asked him if he had been hearing about any of this backlash and what he thought of it. He was suitably diplomatic.
"I heard about it, and I'm glad there's such a passionate fanbase--I think that was good news for everyone--but literally, I've just been locked in a room with Kevin Eastman. I think what we're developing, the fans will love. I'm a fan, and I love what we're doing. It's a lot of stuff Kevin's been thinking about for a long time and just hasn't done. Anything we expand will tie right into the mythology, so I think fans will go apesh*t when they see it."
Since they are still developing the movie, he wouldn't really address whether this movie was going to be bigger in scale--something we'd assume from Liebesman's previous two movies and the involvement of Bay--whether it would break away from the family audience leanings of the previous movies or whether the Turtles would be men in costumes or done via performance capture. (Who knows? Maybe they'll get Andy Serkis to play all four Turtles. That would be something, right?)
Incidentally, later on, we attended a press conference for the movie and Liebesman mentioned having walked by posters of his new movie while walking around New York City and what that meant to him. While he was referring to Wrath of the Titans, he may as well have been referring to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, because he's clearly not on board the project to make a movie the fans are going to hate.
"That's why we worked so hard on this. You just don't want to f*ck it up and you don't want to disappoint people who pay money," he said, before paraphrasing something his star Sam Worthington told him about having a chance to do a second movie as being "out of respect for the people who are paying money to see the movie--you feel those people are the reason why we have these jobs."
Look for our full interview with Jonathan Liebesman next week before Wrath of the Titans opens on Friday, March 30.
Melissa Leo has joined Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinksi's (TRON: Legacy) next project, Oblivion. Deadline has the news, saying that she'll appear opposite Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Based on Kosinski's own Radical Publishing comic book series, the film takes place in a future where humanity has fallen to an irradiated Earth. Cruise plays Jak, a maintenance drone working on the planet's surface alongside another worker, Vika (Olga Kurylenko). When a woman, Julia (Andrea Riseborough), is discovered in a crashed ship, Jak's whole world is thrown into question and he finds himself strangely drawn towards Julia.
After winning an Academy Award for her performance in The Fighter, Leo appeared in Kevin Smith's Red State, in Todd Hayne's Mildred Pierce and as a regular on the HBO series, "Treme".
When Justice League #9 hits in May 2012, regular series artist (and DC Comics Co-Publisher) Jim Lee will return. As teased in the solicitation text, he'll be bringing a new villain with him for the new storyline reuniting him with writer Geoff Johns after a two issue hiatus.
Who will this mystery villain be? What are his ties to the League? DC is remaining mum on those details, but they did release this design sketch by Lee today on their blog The Source. Full solicitation text is below.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #9 Written by GEOFF JOHNS Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS Backup story art by GARY FRANK 1:25 Variant cover by CARLOS D’ANDA 1:200 B&W Variant cover by JIM LEE On sale MAY 16 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T Combo pack edition: $4.99 US Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information. • “THE VILLAIN’S JOURNEY” begins here! Part one of a story introducing an all-new major nemesis for the Justice League by GEOFF JOHNS and JIM LEE! • In part three of the SHAZAM! backup story, Billy Batson attempts to get used to his new life, new school and new family as Sivana unleashes an ancient evil imprisoned long ago. This issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.
Warner Bros. has plans to develop a new sci-fi/fantasy series with The Traveler, Deadline reports. The first book in the literary "Fourth Realm" trilogy, The Traveler is written by John Twelve Hawks and is officially described as follows:
In London, Maya, a young woman trained to fight by her powerful father, uses the latest technology to elude detection when walking past the thousands of surveillance cameras that watch the city. In New York, a secret shadow organization uses a victim’s own GPS to hunt him down and kill him. In Los Angeles, Gabriel, a motorcycle messenger with a haunted past, takes pains to live "off the grid" — free of credit cards and government IDs. Welcome to the world of The Traveler — a world frighteningly like our own. In this compelling novel, Maya fights to save Gabriel, the only man who can stand against the forces that attempt to monitor and control society. From the back streets of Prague to the skyscrapers of Manhattan, The Traveler portrays an epic struggle between tyranny and freedom. Not since 1984 have readers witnessed a Big Brother so terrifying in its implications and in a story that so closely reflects our lives.
The Traveler was followed by The Dark River and The Golden City and, depending on the response to the first film, all three books could be brought to the big screen.
Gary Ross' adaptation of Suzanne Collins' popular sci-fi novel The Hunger Games opened at midnight on Thursday night and after raking in $19.7 million in midnight screenings, it grossed another $48.5 million on Friday for an opening day gross of $68.2 million. That is the fifth biggest opening day for a movie domestically as well as the fifth biggest single day gross.
With that one day of box office returns, The Hunger Games is Lionsgate's sixth highest grossing movie of all time, but with Saturday and Sunday, it should end up with somewhere between $138 and 142 million for the weekend, which puts it between the openings of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. This not only makes it the studio's highest grossing movie but also the biggest March opening and biggest opening for a non-sequel, both previously held by Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
Check back tomorrow for the full box office report and the Top 12 estimates for other movies currently in theaters.