GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Fans of "Parks and Recreation," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Moneyball" will likely be pleased to hear Chris Pratt is rumored to have been cast as Star-Lord in James Gunn's upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy" film. Should the rumor prove to be true, Pratt will be the first announced cast member of Gunn's Phase Two film.
Opens August 1, 2014
CNBC spoke with Disney head Bob Iger, who confirmed Disney's plans to release standalone "Star Wars"-themed films during the release window for the upcoming trilogy. (Thanks to Comic Book Movie for the transcript.)
"There has been speculation about some stand alone films and I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few stand alone films," Iger told CNBC. "Larry Kasden and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters. That are not part of the over all saga, so we still plan to make Star Wars VII, VII, and IX roughly over a six year period starting in 2015. But there are going to be a couple of there films released in that time too. I guess it is big news there has be a fair amount of speculation out there and we thought we would take the time out to day to confirm it."
"The implication for 'Star Wars' fans will be great," he continued. "Because there will be more 'Star Wars' release in the atmosphere so to speak, and that's new and fresh. I'm going to leave it to Kathy(Kennedy) and the Lucas team to provide all the details when they're ready. But I mentioned the two creators that are involved in Larry Kasden and Simon Kinberg. By the way they are both working with J.J.(Abrams) as consultants on 'Star Wars VII,' and of course in Larry's case he wrote 'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return Of The Jedi,' and has great pedigree with Lucas and Star Wars. So we are thrilled about that."
The CW has released a new video featuring "Arrow" executive producer Marc Guggenheim discussing what Laurel in danger means for Oliver Queen.
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
According to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" Facebook Page, production has officially begun in New York on Marc Webb's sequel. The press release also contained a brief synopsis of what to expect from the film.
In "The Amazing Spider-Man" 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away -- but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.
Oddly, there's no mention of Paul Giamatti as the Rhino.
Marc Webb also took to Twitter, posting this photograph teasing the return of Oscorp.
Opens May 2, 2014
While it's not official news about the "Justice League" film, Fox's Marvel Consultant Mark Millar spoke with SciFi Now, calling the upcoming Warner Bros. film "an excellent way of losing $200 million."
"You can get away with stuff in comics that in live action’s just a bit sucky -- the best one is definitely Aquaman," Millar told SciFi Now. "Aquaman can’t even talk under water. If you think about it in comics it’s fine, you just have a speech balloon, but how do you have Atlantis and people talking under water? Are they gonna talking telepathically? Is it going to be body forms? The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200 million."
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
Returning "Sin City" cast member Jessica Alba spoke with IAmRogue about her role as Nancy Callahan in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" and her experience coming back to reprise the role.
"In 'Sin City 2,' that one is probably the best experience of my career so far," Alba told IAmRogue. "Working with Robert and Frank again was inspiring to watch them. They were already so seasoned before they came together for the first 'Sin City' and just to see how they both have grown as artists. Then to see them come together again and how well they work together, its profound what they come up with and what they have done. All their dreams have become fully realized I feel like. When the process is this fun and exciting you know the product is going to be so cool."
Opens October 4
According to Deadline, Lakeshore Entertainment has picked up the rights to the Luna Brothers' four-volume Image Comics series "The Sword." Lakeshore is best known for its development of the "Underworld" film series and Deadline states the company hopes to develop "The Sword" into a similar franchise.