Popcorn News – Feb. 7

NBC’s Community returns to TV tonight with the premiere of its fourth season at 8pm EST/7pm central time.  Here is a promo for the show centering on Ken Jeong’s character, Señor Chang.


Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) are both in talks to join Legendary Pictures’ big budget movie, Godzilla.  The film is currently being rewritten by Frank Darabont and will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters). (Variety)

During his appearance on BBC’s One Show, Bruce Willis was asked if there would be a sixth Die Hard film.  Willis simply responded with, “Yes.” (Bleeding Cool)

New stills from Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim have popped up online.  The July 12th release pits 25-story-tall man-made robots against equally sizable creatures that rise from an inter-dimensional rift in the Pacific Ocean, threatening all of humanity. (USA Today)

Pacific Rim still

J.J. Abrams and Valve co-founder/managing director Gabe Newell announced at the 2013 DICE Summit that they are in talks to join forces in creating creative content.  “There’s an idea we have for a game that we’d like to work with Valve on,” said Abrams. Newell added, “We’re super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie.” (Polygon)

In addition to the plans for the new Star Wars trilogy, Walt Disney is planning on creating some Star Wars spin-off films centering on various characters.  Two of the spin-off projects look to be focusing on a young Han Solo and the bounty hunter Boba Fett.  The Han Solo film would take place before the events of A New Hope and the Boba Fett film would take place somewhere in the timeline of the original trilogy.  Due to the chronology of these films, it would also give an opportunity for Darth Vader, as well as Jabba the Hutt, to return to the big screen should they be written into the films.  Lawrence Kasdan (writer of The Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) are currently at work writing the spin-offs. (EW)

Marvel Studios and director James Gunn have found their actor for the lead role in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Chris Pratt (Zero Dark Thirty, Parks & Recreation) has been cast as Star-Lord, aka Peter Quill, the leader of a group of alien superheroes.  The film will open in theaters on August 1, 2014. (Deadline)

Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore spoke about two characters he hopes to see in a sequel, Tron and Mario.  Moore said there were plans for Tron to cameo in the first film but it just didn’t pan out for reasons he could not recall. (Comingsoon.net)

Matt Smith (the Doctor on BBC’s Doctor Who) has landed his first U.S. motion picture lead role. He is set to star in the Ryan Gosling-directed How to Catch a Monster.  The film, which also stars Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Firefly) and Eva Mendes (The Other Guys), is set against “the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city and centered on a single mother of two being swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.” (Variety)

An animated poster of the Wicked Witch from Oz The Great and Powerful has appeared online. (Comingsoon.net)

Michael Keaton has been cast in the upcoming Need for Speed movie.  He joins the already cast Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Dominic Cooper (Captain America), Imogen Poots (Fright Night) and Kid Cudi in the Scott Waugh-directed film based on the EA video game. (Hollywood Reporter)

A reboot of the live-action film adaptation of the video game Hitman is in the works.  Paul Walker (The Fast and The Furious) is set to star in the film written by Skip Woods (A Good Day to Die Hard) and Michael Finch and directed by Aleksander Bach, who makes his feature film debut.  The film is currently titled Agent 47. (Deadline)

Monty Python members Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam are reteaming for the sci-fi comedy, Absolutely Anything, which is to be directed by Jones.  The film will be a mixture of CGI and live-action, with the Pythons voicing key roles of a group of aliens who endow an earthling with the power to do “absolutely anything” to see what a mess he’ll make of things.  Producers are trying to sign Eric Idle onto the film as well. (Variety)

Sony Pictures Classics has announced platform releases for some anticipated films.  Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight, the follow-up to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, will open in NY and LA on May 24.  Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, which stars Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K. and Peter Sarsgaard, will open on July 26 in NY and LA. (ERC Box Office)

The new full trailer for Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem is now online.  The film opens on April 26. (Ain’t It Cool)


by Ben McBride

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2 Comments on “Popcorn News – Feb. 7”

  1. CrystalSC February 7, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Love the Oz poster. Looking forward to seeing that!

  2. NICK February 7, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    COMMUNITY! (That is the extent of my comment haha)

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