Thursday, September 4, 2014

News Grab Bag: Caped Cumberbatch and a Stark On A Milk Carton!

Time for a smattering of news, rumors and goodness! It's News Grab Bag!

Looks like we got some movie news right MEOW!

Game Of Thrones
I have to say, I think this is the suavest Game of Thrones cover yet. Not that there haven't been some great and insanely geeky ones. Today's alternate theme and title sequence are set in a '60s-era Saul Bass style. If you're not familar, Bass created some legendary title sequences, posters and so on for the likes of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, the original Ocean's Eleven (yes, there was an original), and so on. It's the same sort of style you'll find emulated in things today like Mad Men, X-Men: First Class, and Catch Me If You Can.

Speaking of our favorite dragons-and-death show, Kristian Nairn, who we know and love as Hodor confirmed in a recent interview that Bran and Hodor would not be seen in the upcoming Season 5.

No official word yet from HBO, but Nairn speculated the hiatus was due to the duo's storyline having caught up with the books so far.

My vote says Bran shows up at the final battle with the power to control dragons. Game over, man. Game over.

Super Troopers 2
On last week's episode of Pete Holmes' You Made It Weird podcast, Jay Chandrasekhar announced that a Super Troopers sequel was still in the works.

Chandrasekhar, who directed and starred alongside the rest of the Broken Lizard gang in the original, said "We're close to signing... The mustaches are going to be a little bigger, but basically, it's going to be a really similar style movie."

Some might call it blasphemy, but I was more of a Beerfest fan. Still, always up for more from these guys!

Ghost In The Shell
We dodged the American Akira bullet, but Hollywood is still pushing for a live-action Ghost In The Shell movie. Deadline reported yesterday that The Wolf Of Wall Street's Margot Robbie is in talks to star in the upcoming Rupert Sanders-directed adaptation for DreamWorks.

Hmm, Robbie was great in Wall Street, but Rupert Sanders? I don't know. Snow White and the Huntsman was a very pretty movie, but I found it was missing something. Not sure if that was due to direction or script, but I just didn't feel invested at all in the characters or their story. Charlize Theron rocked it as an absolutely demented evil queen, but otherwise, meh. And when you're taking on something like one of the most iconic manga/anime franchises of all time, you gotta bring your A-game on all fronts. Here's hoping they do...

Hell, Star Trek (2009) made me cry in the first ten minutes. That's bringing your A-game.

Justice League
Another day, another Justice League rumor. Benedict Cumberbatch is now rumored to either be playing Martian Manhunter in DC and Warner Bros' upcoming Justice League film, OR an unnamed major villain in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Possible? Sure. But until things are confirmed, be sure to take your daily dose of Justice League and Star Wars Episode VII rumors with heaping grains of salt...

It's been awhile since a good World War II film. Granted, I still need to see The Monuments Men, but reviews were quite mixed. In the meantime, David Ayer's Fury has a new meet-the-crew featurette below.

This is looking good. Fury is chock-full of actors I enjoy: Brad Pitt, Jason Isaacs, Michael Peña, even Shia LaBeouf. Yes, he's had his issues and I probably wouldn't want to hang with the guy socially, but he still delivers solid performances. I personally hope he continues spending more time getting quality work and less time with the public-displays-showcasing-that-I-don't-want-to-be-a-public-display-anymore shenanigry.

Writer/Director David Ayer (Training Day, End Of Watch) and the rest of the tank crew roll into theaters October 17th.

Neil Gaiman's Hansel and Gretel
We're at the point now where Neil Gaiman's books are so good they get film deals before the book even comes out. I'm totally ok with this.

The rights to Gaiman's Hansel and Gretel graphic novel, which hits shelves October 28th, have been purchased by producer Juliet Blake, whose Helen Mirren-starring The Hundred-Foot Journey released early last month. The graphic novel was written by Gaiman, illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti, and as far as I know has nothing to do with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters...

Oh, Hawkeye...

Someone has faith in Gotham. Netflix has already purchased streaming rights for the upcoming Lil' Bruce Wayne series for reportedly up to $1.75 million per episode. The show premieres September 22nd, and Netflix will begin streaming after the season wraps up next year. That escalated quickly. Then again, Netflix probably understands that it's a show about Batman. Whether it turns out great or terrible, people will watch it like crazy.

Bleeding Cool reports that DC Entertainment is actively pitching to get a Supergirl TV series off the ground with writer/producer Michael Green attached. Green is already a veteran in the DC Universe. He's currently producing Gotham, produced and wrote for Smallville, and also worked with co-writer Mike Johnson on the New 52 Supergirl comics.

DC and Marvel fans have been clamoring for superheroines to get their spotlight on screen. Here's hoping they make Kara Zor-El soar.

That's all for now. We've got more movie and TV news coming in the podcast later today! Anything you're personally excited for? Got any news or rumors we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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