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Jurassic Park 4 Is “Jurassic World”; Release Date Announced

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Update: Article has been corrected to reflect the new title is “Jurassic World” (not Jurassic Park World).

 

Universal has announced the release date for “Jurassic Park 4” and changed the title officially to Jurassic World.

Variety has the news that the release date for Jurassic World will be June 12, 2015.

Colin Trevorrow will direct with a screenplay he co-wrote with his Safety Not Guaranteed writer Derek Connolly.

No plot details about Jurrasic World are known at this time.

2015 looks to be a banner year for the movie industry and one quite competitive as lots of blockbusters make up the schedule including The Avengers 2, Fantastic Four, Termintator reboot, Batman Vs. Superman, and the Ant-Man movie.

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Charlie Hunnam Cast As Christian Grey For Fifty Shades Of Grey Movie; Dakota Johnson As Anastasia Steele

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Charlie Hunnam has been cast as the lead role in the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie as Christian Grey.

Hunnam comes off Pacific Rim, which has made over $400 million at the box office as well as starring in the popular TV series Sons of Anarchy.

Universal also officially announced Dakota Johnson (The Social Network, 21 Jump Street) as Anastasia Steele. 

Full details below.

 

Press Release

Charlie Hunnam will star as Christian Grey, the lead male character in Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” it was announced today. He joins Dakota Johnson, who will star opposite him as Anastasia Steele. The film, which will be released by Focus Features on August 1, 2014 in North America, is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the author of the #1 bestselling book on which the film is based. The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel. The announcement about Mr. Hunnam’s casting in Fifty Shades of Grey was made today by Ms. James.

Mr. Hunnam currently stars as a regular on the critically acclaimed FX series Sons of Anarchy. His feature film credits include Pacific Rim, Children of Men, Cold Mountain, and Nicholas Nickleby.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.

Universal and Focus acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” explore the couple’s deepening relationship.

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Sorry: No Namor For Marvel Studios Says Kevin Feige; How About From Thomas Tull and Legendary?

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Well, there goes my pick for Vin Diesel, as Kevin Feige has let it be known that Marvel Studios does not own the rights to Namor.

While I was unsure of who owned the character, thinking Fox actually may have owned the rights to Namor as the Submariner is known as “the first mutant,” or that Marvel Studios did as there was speculation of a possible Namor appearance in The Avengers when it first became known a “Leviathan” creature was to be featured; it turns out both are not the case.

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, when asked about Namor, Feige replied, “That’s at Universal.”

So now we know that Namor will not be popping up in any of the Marvel Studios movies.

However, obviously that doesn’t rule out Universal launching their own Namor movie, and what’s interesting, is that big time comic book fan Thomas Tull recently took his Legendary Entertainment to Universal having moved on from Warner Bros.

Tull produced and co-financed Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Triology as well as Man of Steel. Perhaps Tull and Legendary might give Namor a try on the big screen? And will they be able to do it before WB launches Aquaman?

I would also be curious to know what other Marvel properties (if any) go along with Namor as a lot of the character’s villains and such seem to be shared amongst the other Marvel characters.

Tiger Shark, maybe?

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Universal Adapting BOOM! Studios Day Men Following 2 Guns Success

Following the success of the BOOM! Studios comic book movie adaptation of 2 Guns, which starred Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, Universal Pictures has optioned Day Men.

2 Guns debuted #1 at the box office earlier this month, and now it looks as if Universal is going to attempt something similar with Day Men.

Day Men, from writers Matt Gagnon and Michael Alan Nelson, with art by Brian Stelfreeze, is an ongoing comic book series from BOOM! Studios that sees a secret network of vampire covens engaged in a timeless struggle for power.

Here is the series synopsis:

For thousands of years, the world has been controlled by the “50 Families” — a secret network of vampire covens engaged in a timeless struggle for power. But when the sun rises, the vampires are forced to employ the services of a human who acts as their daytime fixer and protector…Trained for centuries to be the mortal soldiers of their vampire employers, the Day Men go forth at sunrise, alone into the world, to do the bidding of their sleeping benefactors. Written by Matt Gagnon (FREELANCERS) & Michael Alan Nelson (DC’s SUPERGIRL, HEXED) and drawn by industry legend Brian Stelfreeze. DAY MEN is a sexy, action-packed epic that brings modern master Brian Stelfreeze back to drawing monthly comics for the first time since 2005!

Deadline reports that BOOM! Studios CEO Ross Ritchie and VP of Development Steven Christy will be on board as producers, with Day Men having the potential to be another horror franchise for Universal, similar to Blade or Resident Evil.

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Cosmic Book News 2 Guns Giveaway Starring Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg

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Cosmic Book News is pleased to offer our readers, in conjunction with Universal Pictures, a 2 Guns prize package giveaway.

2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, gets released in theaters this Friday, August 2, 2013.

One (1) winner* will receive:
· $100 Visa Gift Card to see the film
· T-Shirt
· Hat

To enter, become a fan of the Cosmic Book News Facebook Page.

Visit 2 Guns on the web – #2GUNS

· Visit the official website

· Like 2 Guns on Facebook

· Watch the trailer on YouTube

· Follow 2 Guns on Google+

2 Guns Synopsis:

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Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns, an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together.  But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.   

For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip.  Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down.

When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors.  Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other.  Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way.

Genre: Action

Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos

Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur

Screenplay by: Blake Masters

Based on the Boom! Studios  Graphic Novels by:  Steven Grant

Produced by: Marc Platt, Randall Emmett, Norton Herrick, Adam Siegel, George Furla, Andrew Cosby, Ross Richie

Executive Producers: Mark Damon, Brandt Anderson, Motaz M. Nabulsi, Joshua Skurla 

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Universal Caves To Jim Carrey: Removes Kick-Ass 2 Assault Rifles From Chloe Moretz Pic

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It’s lucky the British didn’t have Jim Carrey on their side or else we might be still saying, “God save King George!

To bring you up to speed, for some odd reason 6 months or so after the Sandy Hook school shooting that took place as a result of some disturbed individual, Jim Carrey, who plays Colonel Stars in Kick-Ass 2, stated he can’t support the movie and won’t be participating in any of the PR for it.

Well, typical of a Hollywood liberal to do, we didn’t hear word that Jim Carrey is donating his proceeds for Kick-Ass 2 to charity – or giving it back – but now we see that Universal has caved to the pressure and edited a promo image of Chloe Moretz.

Below you can check out the original image which has assault rifles in the background, and the fixed image without them.

The Hollywood Reporter spotted the pic, with mention that Universal hasn’t made a comment.

Well, Mark Millar, creator behind the graphic novel and Fox Studios Marvel consultant, did previously comment offering that what is depicted in Kick-Ass 2 is nothing new and Carrey knew 6 months ago what he was getting himself into.

Our guess is a new car.

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Kick-Ass 2 has a August 16th 2013 release date also starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Jim Carrey.

Synopsis:

Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.

Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all

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Legendary Officially Signs With Universal

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As previously thought, Thomas Tull and his Legendary Entertainment have signed with Universal.

Legendary and Warner Bros. recently parted ways as there have been a number of recent changes within WB films including the departure of Jeff Robinov.

Legendary and Tull were responsible for bringing on board Zack Snyder to 300 as well as financing the Christopher Nolan Batman movies and the Man of Steel.

It’s been said that WB wants to retain more control over their movies, with specific mention of the DC superhero films.

Universal makes a good pairing for Legendary as Thomas Tull will have access to not only movies, but NBC, Comcast and more media outlets, which includes theme parks.

See the official announcement below for more.

 

Press Release

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, July 10, 2013 — Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment will enter into a multi-year film partnership in which the two companies will produce and co-finance Legendary and Universal films with Universal distributing Legendary films worldwide. Making Universal its new home enables Legendary to not only leverage the power and success of Universal’s film business and theme parks, but also the cross promotional support from NBCUniversal and Comcast assets through the company’s “Symphony” program. The announcement was made today by Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley and Legendary Entertainment Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull.

“Comcast and NBCUniversal’s global assets in film, television and theme parks offer Legendary unmatched breadth and opportunity to grow our business. We are delighted to be in business with this exceptional team and look forward to a successful partnership,” said Tull.

Universal and Legendary’s film partnership is a complementary arrangement for both companies. Legendary, which is known for producing and financing successful large scale films, will continue to create and finance tent pole films based on intellectual property that is uniquely appealing to the coveted fanboy audience. And Universal, which has a proven track record of turning films of all shapes and sizes into hits with special skills in growing and nourishing original franchises, will market, co-finance and distribute Legendary films for five years beginning in 2014.

“Legendary has demonstrated a keen ability to identify and acquire powerful fresh intellectual property based ideas, match them with strong filmmakers and turn them into blockbuster hits,” said Fogelson and Langley. “The Universal team is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Legendary in turning those ideas into the best and most successful versions of themselves around the world.”

Under the terms of the deal Universal and Legendary will jointly identify opportunities to expand Legendary’s franchises and intellectual property into Universal’s theme parks, and Universal will have an opportunity to collaborate with Legendary on projects in China following Legendary’s historic deal with China Film Group.

“Legendary continues to prove that big ideas are relevant and profitable with our global movie-going audience. We couldn’t be more thrilled to embrace the challenges and changing marketplace with Thomas and his team and we are also excited about what opportunities this will bring to our Theme Parks around the world,” said Ron Meyer, President and COO, Universal Studios.

“We are very excited to be in business with Thomas and Legendary,” said Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal. “The partnership is a perfect fit for both companies and I am confident that together we will be in an even better position to deliver compelling, profitable entertainment content to a global audience for years to come.”

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WB & Legendary Part Ways; Robinov’s Successors Named

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As expected, Thomas Tull, and his Legendary Entertainment, have parted ways with Warner Bros. and is currently in talks with Sony, Fox Studios and Universal for a new distribution and co-financing deal.

The news isn’t that surprising as there has been mention of a rocky relationship between the two for the past few months, as well as the fact that Tull hired former Warner Bros. Television chief Bruce Rosenblum, who joined Legendary as president of TV and digital media.

Current WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara is said to be responsible for Rosenblum’s departure.

Variety cites the reason for Legendary leaving is DC Entertainment, specifically the movies, as Warner Bros. wants to retain control of the future DC movies.

Tull’s Legendary Entertainment shared in the success of Nolan’s Batman franchise as well as the Man of Steel, as Tull co-financed the productions.

It’s said WB wants to retain the profits, something similar it has done with other tentpoles like Harry Potter.

Regarding the future of Legendary Entertainment, it’s being reported that Universal looks to be the best option as Universal has more of what Tull wants, which is a studio that has access to more than just films, with TV shows, digital content and comic books as well.

A deal with Universal could give Tull and his future productions access to the likes of Universal Studios Theme Parks as well as NBC.

While it hasn’t been stated that outgoing WB film president Jeff Robinov’s departure was a part of the reason, Robinov backed projects that Legendary co-financed with WB including the Nolan films as well as The Hangover. Nolan’s latest big-budget film, Interstellar, is now at Paramount, with WB only partially involved.

Warners recently announced Robinov’s replacement, which is a “new leadership team” that will directly report to Tsujihara; see below for more.

 

 

Press Release

Warner Bros. Entertainment Announces New Leadership for Warner Bros. Pictures Group

 

(June 24, 2013 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced a new leadership team to run Warner Bros. Pictures Group, capitalizing on the proven strengths of a number of longtime Studio executives. Sue Kroll will now serve as President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures; Greg Silverman will now serve as President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures; and Toby Emmerich will continue as President and COO, New Line Cinema, while adding responsibility for Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. The announcement was made today by Kevin Tsujihara, CEO, Warner Bros., to whom all three executives will report.

Working closely with the management team, Dan Fellman, whose contract has been extended, will continue in his role as President, Domestic Distribution, reporting directly to Tsujihara. Veronika Kwan Vandenberg will continue as President, International Distribution, and ultimately assume responsibility for worldwide distribution, taking on the domestic distribution function upon the planned retirement of Fellman. Kwan Vandenberg will report to Kroll who, in addition to her marketing and distribution responsibilities, will continue to be involved in all aspects of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and New Line Cinema’s releases.

“Warner Bros. is the world’s preeminent motion picture studio with one of the most talented executive benches in the industry,” said Tsujihara. “Collectively, this team has more than 100 years at the company and broad experience across the film business, which will ensure that Warner Bros. Pictures continues as a respected leader in production, marketing and global distribution. I have every confidence that we will continue to deliver the industry’s most compelling, popular and successful movies.”

“This marks an exciting new chapter in the storied history of Warner Bros. Pictures,” said Barry Meyer, Chairman, Warner Bros. “We are in the midst of another terrific year, and our film division will continue to thrive well into the future under this realigned organization.”

Kroll was named President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures in January 2008 and has led enormously successful campaigns for a broad range of motion pictures, including most recently “Man of Steel,” “The Great Gatsby” and last year’s Academy Award Best Picture winner, “Argo.” Other prominent campaigns include the billion-dollar blockbusters “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” as well as “Inception” and the final installments of the Harry Potter series.

Silverman has been President, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures since April 2011 and played a key role in recent box-office successes, including “The Great Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann, “Argo” from director Ben Affleck and “The Dark Knight Rises,” directed by Christopher Nolan. As a creative executive, Silverman also shepherded the commercially successful and critically acclaimed “300,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Hangover” and the global phenomenon “Inception,” among other films.

As President and COO of New Line Cinema since March 2008, and President of Production for seven years prior to that, Emmerich has overseen such diverse features as the Academy Award-winning blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and 2005’s highest-grossing comedy, “Wedding Crashers,” as well as “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “Horrible Bosses,” the “Journey” franchise and the “Final Destination” films.

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The Wayback Machine: Battlestar Galactica (1978)

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It’s gonna be dynamite!

Or at least it’s gonna be published by Dynamite in 2013. Dynamite Entertainment.

Among a handful of announcements by Dynamite as the NYCC arrives today came the news that CBNfan favorite cosmic scribes Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (DnA) will be chronicling the adventures of those heroes from our youth: the frontier fighters of Battlestar Galactica!

That’s right, the same duo that invented the exciting Hypernaturals for BOOM, guided the Guardians of the Galaxy and more in Marvel Cosmic, and reignited the fire of Legion of Super-Heroes for DC will next year be recording the doings of Starbuck, Adama and your other favorites as they battle Cylons and unknown alien threats.

Knowing DnA, there will be more excitement than you can fly a Viper at!

In that vain, let’s fire up the ol’ Wayback Machine and venture to the year 1978 as I await my senior year in college and a mixture of Star Wars and other grand movies is about to explode on the small screen in my dorm: the premiere episode of Battlestar Galactica!

The series was created by Glen A. Larson and followed, after a first season (!) cancellation by a simply abominable sequel in 1980 that I would like to forget. A remake of Battlestar Galactica aired in December 2003, beginning with a two-part, three-hour mini-series developed by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. This led to a weekly TV series which ran for four seasons between 2004 and 2009. A two-hour pilot for a second spin-off series, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Crome, was filmed, with plans of continuing it into a regular series. But the series was eventually scrapped.

But, if I understand right, it is the memorable if not successful 1978 series DnA will be concentrating on, with Starbuck still having keyjones!

Battlestar Galactica productions all share the premise that in a distant part of our galaxy, a human civilization lives on a group of planets known as the Twelve Colonies, to which they have migrated from their ancestral homeworld of Kobol. The Twelve Colonies have warred for decades with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons, whose goal is the extermination of the human race. The Cylons offer peace to the humans, which proves to be a ruse. With the aid of a human named Baltar (an inadvertent aid in the 2003 version), the Cylons carry out a massive attack on the Twelve Colonies and on the Colonial Fleet of starships that protect them. These attacks devastate the Colonial Fleet, lay waste to the Colonies, and virtually destroy their populations.

Scattered survivors flee into space aboard available crafts. Of the entire Colonial battle fleet, only the Battlestar Galactica, a gigantic battleship and spacecraft carrier (analogous to an aircraft carrier) appears to have survived the Cylon conflagration. Under the leadership of Commander Adama (Lorne Greene of Bonanza), the Galactica and the pilots of “Viper” fighters lead a fugitive fleet of survivors in search of the fabled 13th Colony known as – Earth!

Cool, eh? So why the failure?

Just a year after our eyes had first beheld Star Wars on the big screen, ABC was giving us sci-fi nuts Battlestar Galactica on the small one. Seemed to good to be true, and it was.

When ABC decided to make Battlestar Galactica a weekly series, it was at a then-record cost of a million dollars per episode, normal for such a series today. Battlestar Galactica received more publicity then any other television show before it, and debuted on Sept. 17, 1978to stellar ratings (65 million viewers). It was an instant sensation (key word being “instant”).

By the end of the season, Battlestar Galactica finished at No. 24 in the ratings. One week before the last episode aired, ABC announced its cancellation. Galactica fans were outraged. Protests were held outside ABC studios. A 15-year-old boy jumped off of a bridge, committing suicide because of the cancellation.

Why was Galactica cancelled? The truth is that no one knows for sure. It was probably due to a number of reasons. ABC gambled Galactica would be the No. 1 show on television. It wasn’t. To finish the season at No. 24 must have seemed to them as failure. The show lost money due to its one million-per-episode price tag, but the writing certainly would have gotten better had the show gone a second season, as science fiction author Isaac Asimov was going to be brought in. As a result, the ratings surely would have gone up.

There was also a constant battle between the producers and ABC, as ABC’s Standards and Practices Guidelines made it difficult to have a level of violence acceptable for good drama. The Cylons quickly became a joke as the space battles were ludicrously one-sided. The ending of “Fire In Space” was ruined due to the meddling of the censors, and their interference only made things more difficult for the writers.

Finally, some said that Universal put pressure on ABC to cancel the show. Others have speculated that ABC was jealous that Universal was receiving all of the profits on the vast amount of Galactica merchandise being sold. Certainly, the lawsuit from Twentieth Century Fox didn’t help. Fox sued Universal, claiming that Galactica infringed on the copyrights of Star Wars. This was a ludicrous claim. While Galactica was certainly inspired by Star Wars, Star Wars was inspired by numerous science fiction stories before it. Just as the lawsuit was about to be thrown out, Universal countersued Fox, claiming that Star Wars infringed on Universal’s 1972 science fiction film Silent Running. This claim was even more ridiculous than Fox’s, and it only served to prolong the lawsuit until August 22, 1980, when the courts finally declared that Galactica was not an infringement on Star Wars.

And we think the situation with Marvel Cosmic is crazy today! Lol

Back to the future!

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