Chadwick Boseman Boards Action-Thriller “17 Bridges”

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Fresh off the massive success of this year’s “Black Panther,” all eyes are on it’s star Chadwick Boseman and what his next film will be. And now that question is finally answered.

STX films has announced today that the actor is set to star in the studio’s upcoming action-thriller “17 Bridges”. The film will feature Boseman as a disgraced NYPD detective who, after being thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer, is given a shot at redemption.

Boseman will also produce the film with his writing and producing partner, Logan Coles along with “Avengers: Infinity War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo under their recently launched Agbo banner. Mike Larocca of Agbo will executive produce. Brian Kirk (The Tudors, Game of Thrones) is directing from a script by Adam Mervis.

“STX has assembled a dream team of collaborators on 17 BRIDGES, bringing together the global talents behind two of the biggest action films ever made to give audiences a thrilling new take on the race against the clock crime-drama,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms. “Chadwick Boseman’s razor-sharp instincts and undeniable charisma captivated millions of people around the world in Black Panther, and Joe and Anthony Russo have breathed a new energy into the action genre with films like Avengers: Infinity War. Their unique and intelligent approach to filmmaking is anything but formulaic, and with Brian Kirk at the helm directing, this film promises to go beyond the typical popcorn fare.”

Black Panther was released earlier this year and has so far grossed more than $1.3 billion at the global box office, almost $700 million of which it made domestically, where it is now the third highest grossing film of all time.

Hulu Drops Creepy Full Trailer For “Castle Rock”

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“You have no idea what’s happening here, do you?”

There is certainly no shortage of Stephen King film and tv series adaptation especially after the success of last year’s “It” as a new psychological-horror drama series “Castle Rock” gets a creepy new trailer today.

Set in the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock, the latest trailer features plenty of King references, including Cujo and IT among others.

It doesn’t hurt that the series features Bill Skarsgård, who had a big year in 2017 as Pennywise from the blockbuster phenomenon “IT”, this time playing “The Kid”, a mysterious, feral inmate discovered in a cage deep beneath Shawshank State Penitentiary.

From mega producer J. J. Abrams, in the series also stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek and Jane Levy.

Here is the show’s synopsis:

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

Hulu has slotted the premiere of “Castle Rock” to July 25.

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Gundam Live-Action Film In The Works

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Get ready, Mobile Suit Gundam is about to get a live-action feature film treatment, as Legendary and Sunrise are teaming up for the production, Variety is reporting.

The collaboration to produce the first ever live-action film of the popular mecha anime was announced at Anime Expo 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The multibillion-dollar Gundam franchise is massively successful, having grossed over $5 billion in retail sale, animated films, models and books among others.

The original Mobile Suit Gundam debuted in 1979 and was set in a fictional universe Universal Century wherein human space colonies wage war against earth for their independence. It is here where we saw mobile suites, a new type of humanoid weapons.

Recently, one of the more popular Gundam mecha made a special appearance in Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg’s science fiction adventure film which references various pop-culture characters. It was a crowd pleasing cameo which sees the character battle against Mechagodzilla and possibly aided the film’s box-office success.

The film’s plot has not yet been revealed, and no actors or director is currently attached.

Legendary has a new film set for release this month in the form of Skyscraper, Dwayne Johnson’s latest action-thriller.

Teens Hunt A Serial Killer In “Summer of 84” Trailer

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Gunpowder & Sky

Its the 80s and there’s a serial killer in the neighborhood. Four teenage kids are out to investigate it. No, we’re not talking about supernatural creatures as in “Stranger Things” and or “It” remake this time, but it does ring a bell.

Gunpowder & Sky has released a new trailer for “Summer of 84” and its full of nostalgic thrills and and chills, complete with an 80s tunes of synth music soundtrack, giving viewers an idea of what the film has in store.

Its a great time for nostalgic horror fans right, and “Summer of 84” seem aimed at an audience that has made similarly theme horror films that’s come out lately.

Co-directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell from a screenplay by Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith, the film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The fil stars Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Tiera Skovbye, and Rich Sommer.

Gunpowder & Sky is set to release “Summer of 84” on August 3, 2018.

Here is the film’s official synopsis:
Summer, 1984: The perfect time to be 15 years old and care free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston Reunite for Netflix’s ‘Murder Mystery’

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The Netflix comedy production also co-stars Luke Evans and a global ensemble cast.

‘Murder Mystery’ is set be directed by Kyle Newacheck, best known as one of the creators of the Comedy Central show Workaholics, wherein he also co-stars. James Vanderbilt is writing the script.

Sandler is definitely getting comfortable working with Netflix as ‘Murder Mystery’ marks his sixth with the streaming giant.

Sandler and Aniston previously appeared together in a 2011 comedy “Just Go With It,” which was a box-office success, grossing $214 million at the global box-office.

Joining the two this time is a diverse ensemble cast which includes Gemma Arterton, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Shioli Kutsuna, David Walliams, Adeel Akhtar, John Kani, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Dany Boon, and Academy Award nominee Terence Stamp.

Here’s the official synopsis for ‘Murder Mystery’:

When a NYC cop (Adam Sandler) finally takes his wife (Jennifer Aniston) on a long promised European trip, a chance meeting on the flight with a mysterious man (Luke Evans) gets them invited to an intimate family gathering on the Super Yacht of elderly billionaire Malcolm Quince. When Quince is murdered, they become the prime suspects in a modern day whodunit.

AMC Launches Own Subscription Service

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America’s largest movie chain is set to join Moviepass in the subscription service business with the announcement of AMC Stubs A-List, a program that will allow its loyalty program AMC Stubs members to see three films a week for $19.95 a month. The service goes into effect on June 26.

Last year, MoviePass made a big offering to moviegoers with one movie a day for $9.95 per month, a proposition many thought was too-good-to-be-true. By December, the service has reached a million subscribers. Though the service went through multiple pricing re-structures, its impact to movie industry remained.

AMC’s offering, might be more expensive than its MoviePass counterpart (almost double the cost of MoviePass) and for only up to three movies a week, the service has the advantage of premium formats such as 3-D and IMAX options which is missing on MoviePass subscription.

“We believe that our current and future loyal guests will be interested in this type of program, as AMC Stubs A-List rewards guests with something that no one else offers: the very best of AMC, including IMAX, Dolby Cinema and RealD 3D up to 3 times per week, for one simple, sustainable price,” said Adam Aron, CEO and President, AMC Theatres in a press release.

With competing services now being offered to moviegoers, we are sure this won’t be the last, while its longer term impact to the cinema industry as a whole remains to be seen.

“The Shining” Sequel In The Works With Ewan McGregor

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Here’s Danny!

It looks like Warner Bros. has found its Danny Torrance, the lead in “Doctor Sleep” in the form of Ewan McGregor, as reported by Hollywood Reporter.

“Doctor Sleep” is based on the 2013 novel of the same name from author of horror Stephen King, and is the sequel to “Shining.” That film was of course adapted in the 1980 film which was directed by Stanley Kubrick, with Jack Nicholson playing the iconic character Jack Torrance.

Fans will remember that the young Danny Torrance in the landmark classic, (played by Danny Lloyd who retired from acting a few years after the film’s release) was Jack’s son with “the shining” or psychic abilities who both endangered but later saved himself and his mother Wendy, played by Shelly Duvall.

In the book, Danny who is now in his 40s, is still haunted by events at the Overlook Hotel while his psychic abilities begins to resurface.

Mike Flanagan is said to be helming the sequel, an apt selection given his recent involvement in another King novella adaptation “Gerald’s Game,” a Netflix psychological horror which he directed and wrote with Jeff Howard. Flanagan has also written and director horror films Oculus, Before I Wake and Ouija: Origin of Evil.

The director recently posted on Twitter that the movie will be in theaters in 2020.

Ewan McGregor will be seen next in “Christopher Robin,” an adaptation of Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” scheduled for release in this summer.

Zack Snyder To Tackle “The Fountainhead” Novel

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Back in 2016, director Znyder revealed that he’s working on the script of “The Fountainhead”, an adaptation of the 1943 novel by author Ayn Rand, and now it looks like that will become a reality.

The project was revealed by Snyder himself via the social media site Vero, where Snyder frequently interact with fans, when asked about his next project.

The original philosophical fiction novel was Rand’s first major literary success, albeit somewhat controversial and polarized readers and critics. Its story follows Howard Roark, an unconventional architect who battles an architectural establishment against compromising his work and values, a character which reflect the author’s belief of individualism over conformity and collectivism.

The book was previously adapted into the 1949 eponymous film from Warner Bros. by director King Vidor with Rand writing the script, and Gary Cooper playing individualistic architect Howard Roark.

Snyder has been attached to direct “The Last Photograph”, a drama about two men inspired to journey to Afghanistan because of a photograph. That project has lingered around Hollywood for many years and at one point was supposedly Snyder’s next film once he wrapped up “Man Of Steel”.

But with Snyder’s recent announcement, “The Last Photograph” seem to be going back again to the back-burner. Snyder recently directed “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League.”

Sports Business Awards: “Ticketmaster Presence” Wins Best In Sports Technology

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“Ticketmaster Presence,” the ticket sales and distribution company’s next generation venue access control and fan engagement platform that replaces paper tickets with digital passes is Sports Business Awards’ “Best In Sports Technology” winner.

Winners are selected by industry editors, writers, and researchers and winners were announced on Wednesday night’s Sports Business Awards 2018, now on it’s 11th year.

The event was held at New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square in New York City.

“We’re honored to be named ‘Best in Sports Technology’ at this year’s Sports Business Awards. Ticketmaster Presence and digital tickets are primed to change the way fans experience live events. And it’s all happening in the palm of your hand with your mobile device. It’s the kind of technology that venues, teams, artists and fans have been waiting for,” said Justin Burleigh, Chief Product Officer, Ticketmaster North America.

Ticketmaster Presence’s digital passes essentially replaces paper tickets that has been in use for generations to check people into venues. With paper tickets being somewhat anonymous, digital tickets are personalized and has all the entry and event information.

Presence’s ticketing system has been a boon to reducing event patron’s waiting time and improving overall experience. Its already in use in 100 venues and have been used by 13 millions to check into events.

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