Weekly Ketchup: Fox and Marvel Both Courting Quicksilver for Comic Blockbusters

Plus, new roles for Peter Dinklage, Morgan Freeman, and Zac Efron.

This week's Ketchup covers a slow movie development news week as Hollywood collectively prepared for the long Memorial Day weekend to come. Included in the mix are new roles for two of the stars of Game of Thrones, sequel news for Red 3, and a new role for one of the stars of that franchise, Morgan Freeman. All that and a remake of Timecop.


This Week's Top Story

FOX ENGAGES MARVEL IN THE GREAT QUICKSILVER RUSH OF '13: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST VS THE AVENGERS 2

This week gave us a pretty solid example of why maybe it's not always the best thing for the creatives involved in highly anticipated genre projects to try to give the "fans" all of the hot details about movies that haven't even started filming yet. Those who have been following The Avengers 2 closely will remember that in the last couple of weeks, Joss Whedon first hinted, and then confirmed, that he was planning on using the sibling heroes Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, who are also the mutant children of Magneto. And it's that last point that might have been a reason for Joss Whedon to hold off on revealing his plans until after a certain 20th Century Fox movie finished filming. Because, sure enough, director Bryan Singer revealed this week that a young actor named Evan Peters has been cast as the super speedster Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Almost overnight, Quicksilver has gone from being a Marvel superhero that most non-comic book fans have probably never heard of to being a potential major stumbling block for The Avengers 2. The question for Joss Whedon is whether he just ignores the X-Men use of the character, or does a last minute rewrite to replace Quicksilver with some other character (or maybe just uses Scarlet Witch by herself instead of half a sister-brother team). Speaking of which, when the Scarlet Witch news first broke, there was talk that Marvel Studios was using actress Saoirse Ronan (The Host, The Lovely Bones) as the model for casting (ie, trying to get actresses "like" Saoirse Ronan). Or maybe they could just cast Saoirse Ronan. The question was posed to the actress this week, and her reply was, "Yeah, of course I would. I love Joss and I love those films, and I love his handle on them and how he portrayed these kinds of superheroes.... So yeah, I'd love to be in it." The hex bolt is back in Marvel's corner. X-Men: Days of Future Past is scheduled for July 18, 2014, some ten months before the May 1, 2015 release date for The Avengers 2.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 PETER DINKLAGE AS HOP FROG WILL BE BATTERED AND BRUISED, BUT THE KING WILL BE AMUSED

Somewhere out there there is someone who can get that reference sans Google. Anyway, in what may be a case of casting destiny, Peter Dinklage has signed on to play a court jester (sort of) in the Edgar Allan Poe adaptation Hop Frog. Dinklage will play a puppeteer who poses as a court jester to get his revenge on the knights who murdered his uncle and kidnapped the woman he loves. Hop Frog will be directed by Mark Palansky, whose only RT Tomatometer entry is the 2006 film Penelope, which only scored a mixed rating of 53%. However, this is a movie in which Peter Dinklage (arguably the actor that makes Game of Thrones work) actually gets to star and be awesome for the entirety of a movie, and so, that sort of tips the scale back towards this being a Fresh story. It's a weak week, so it's even the top one.


#2 FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA TO DIRECT ANOTHER 20TH CENTURY ITALIAN AMERICAN FAMILY EPIC

The down side to directing two of the greatest films in American cinematic history when you're 33 and 35 is that there's a very good chance that the rest of your life will be spent never quite living up to that accomplishment. That specific example is Francis Ford Coppola, who directed The Godfather and The Godfather Part II in 1972 and 1974 (which makes him born in 1939, which becomes important in this story very soon). After years spent trying to get an ambitious movie called Megalopolis made, Coppola ended up spending the last decade directing little movies like Youth Without Youth, Tetro, and Twixt. For his next film, Coppola may finally be returning to his roots, as it will be about an Italian American family set across the span from the 1930s to the 1960s. The untitled drama is also said to be a coming-of-age story that focuses on a boy and girl in their late teens. Now, let's go back and consider that Coppola himself was born in 1939, which suggests that the boy in question might be himself (Coppola was in his late teens in the late 1950s). Francis Ford Coppola has set up a production office on the Paramount Pictures lot, but as of right now, the studio behind The Godfather is not directly involved.


#3 BANDERAS, SHEEN, AND PAULO FROM LOST HEADLINE THE CHILEAN MINERS DRAMA THE 33

Most of the big announcements at Cannes happened last week, but there's a few stragglers. One of them concerns The 33, the previously announced drama about the Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days back in 2010. We now know who three of the stars of that movie will be. The headliner will be Antonio Banderas, who will play the charismatic miner Mario Sepulveda, known to his coworkers as "Super Mario" (no word yet as to whether he wears red overalls). The cast will be an ensemble, and two of those actors will be Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro, who played Xerxes in 300, but is more recognizable to LOST fans as Paulo from Season 3. The 33 will be directed by Mexican director Patricia Riggen.



#4 THIS WEEK IN SPY MOVIE NEWS: RED 3 AND TOM CRUISE DISOWNS HIS U.N.C.L.E.

The sequel Red 2 doesn't open in theaters for another two months yet on July 19, but Summit Entertainment is already starting development on Red 3. The Lionsgate subsidiary is doing that by hiring screenwriters Jon and Erich Hoeber, who also worked on the first two movies. There's no announced deals yet with any of the various franchise stars, such as Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, or Catherine Zeta-Jones. However, what is known is that Red 3 will involve the retired "black ops" agents teaming up to track down a loose portable nuclear device. Another (would be) spy franchise that hit a major obstacle this week is Warner Bros' adaptation of the 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Tom Cruise was to have starred as the American spy Napoleon Solo (opposite Armie Hammer as his Russian counterpart), but this week, Tom Cruise dropped out completely to focus instead on Mission: Impossible 5. Warner Bros still hopes to start filming in the fall, but the hunt is back on because Tom is back on as (Ethan) Hunt.


#5 EMILIA CLARKE FROM GAME OF THRONES PLAYS SHAKESPEARE'S JULIET IN ROSALINE

This was a good week for fans of the stars of Game of Thrones, as Emilia Clarke (who plays Daenerys Targaryen) has been cast as Shakespeare's Juliet in Rosaline. The title character will be played by Allison Williams (from HBO's Girls), and will be the first girlfriend of Romeo (played by Dave Franco from 21 Jump Street), in a bit of revisionist storytelling that changes the focus in a style that's being compared to the Broadway musical Wicked. Universal Pictures has picked up Rosaline from Fox 2000 out of turnaround. The script was written by the team of Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who also worked on the Sundance hits (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now.



#6 MORGAN FREEMAN AND DIANE KEATON STAR IN COMEDY LIFE ITSELF

Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton are signed to star in the "heartwarming comedy" Life Itself for director Richard Loncraine (Wimbledon, Richard III, The Special Relationship). Freeman and Keaton will play a long-married New York couple whose lives are disrupted when they become engaged in a bidding war for the sale of their apartment. Unfortunately, Life Itself will probably be released in an "off month" like February, April, or September, and three months later, most people will have forgotten the movie ever existed.




Rotten Ideas of the Week

#3 LIAM HEMSWORTH TO TEST OUT AURORA RISING

Liam Hemsworth (from The Hunger Games and also Thor's non-Loki brother) has been cast in the action movie Aurora Rising. Hemsworth will play a California surfer who becomes a military fighter pilot who is eventually recruited to be a test pilot for a new generation of aircraft just before a new international conflict begins. The script was written by screenwriter Christian Gudegast, cowriter of A Man Apart, and it's that movie's very low RT Tomatometer score that mostly justified this being one of the Rotten Ideas of the Week.





#2 ZAC EFRON IN NARC: NEITHER A RAY LIOTTA REMAKE OR AN ADAPTATION OF THE 1980S ARCADE GAME

20th Century Fox has acquired the life rights behind a true crime project called Narc, with Zac Efron attached to star. Narc will tell the true story of a college student who used his status as a fraternity president and la crosse team captain to become an informant for the local police narcotics team. Narc is one of the week's Rotten Ideas mostly because of Zac Efron's RT Tomatometer scores. However, as the story title alluded, it's also because Narc was already the title of a pretty great Ray Liotta/Jason Patric movie. Go rent that one instead.




#1 REBOOTS ARE STILL A "THING"... NEXT UP: TIMECOP?

By this point, there's almost no titles from the 1980s that haven't either been remade/rebooted, or are lingering in development. And so, the next hot decade for this trend is the 1990s. And a movie that came out in 1994 was Timecop, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as a cop of time. Universal Pictures has started development on a remake of Timecop, and the funniest thing about this story might be how every story about it stresses that Jean-Claude Van Damme will not be involved in any capacity. Timecop also has the distinction of being one of those movies (like say, The Mask or Men in Black) that was technically based upon a comic book, but almost no one knew that at the time. Anyway, Timecop is pretty much exactly what you would expect it to be: it's the distant future of 2004 where cops regulate the use of time travel, and there's a bad guy who uses time travel for his nefarious deeds, and then JCVD kicks time traveling bad guys... IN THE FACE. And now it's going to happen all over again.

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Comments

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

Quicksilver is Magneto's son so I guess he works better in an X-Men movie. Either way, this was a dick move by Fox. They shoehorned the character in the movie just right after Joss Whedon confirmed him for The Avengers 2. Hell, they added the character while the film is still in principal photography. I bet Quicksilver wasn't even in the original script! I would have liked to see a Mutant in The Avengers 2. If we don't get to see him in Avengers 2, I wouldn't mind. Man, Fox can be such jerks when it comes to Marvel properties. I wish Marvel can just get the rights back. I hope Fox and Disney/Marvel can work something out. Despite this, I'm looking forward to X-Men: Days of Future Past. I'm a little worried about the amount of characters in this movie.

May 24 - 03:02 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

I would be in favour of using two different Quicksilvers... if that is possible. (I don't know much about the character)

May 24 - 03:32 PM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Well, Marvel has been talking about doing "The Inhumans" as a movie at some point (actually the slot that went to Guardians of the Galaxy almost went to The Inhumans). And Quicksilver eventually marries Crystal of the Inhumans. So, it's possible that he was being introduced in The Avengers 2 to set up a future Inhumans movie. Other than that... it's his sister Scarlet Witch that is the more important Avengers member. But as to whether Quicksilver is more of a mutant, or more of an Avenger... despite who his father was, he was definitely more of an Avenger. He, Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye (who all joined at the same time) were Avengers #7, #8, and #9 (after Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp, and Captain America).

May 24 - 05:50 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Quicksilver in the Avengers 2? Why are they even making Avengers 2? Iron Man 3 practically killed off Iron Man.

May 25 - 06:48 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Obvious troll is obvious

May 25 - 10:50 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Not trolling dumbass. Iron Man is what made The Avengers and since RDJ is gonna quit in 1-2 years, he's not gonna be in an Iron Man suit.

May 26 - 08:31 AM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Obvious troll is obviously defensive.

May 26 - 05:01 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Yes, why would they make two movie's whose predecessor's made 3 Billion dollars between them and were all positively critically reviewed. Obvious troll is obviously stupid except he's obviously just trolling like always

May 26 - 05:04 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Why make a movie without Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man? He's the mula-maker. What will they do? Kill Iron Man? Make it a dark film? RDJ confirmed he is done with Iron Man when he turns 50. How old is he? 49. Plus, many people hated Avengers, just ask a non fanboy.

May 26 - 11:53 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Obvious troll is now trying to justify his obvious trollishness. Downey has not said he is quitting Iron Man or Avengers. He's said he's in negotiations for further deals which means he's not in or out, but if you'd like to place bets on whether an actor is going to turn down a surefire 50 million dollar payday I'll be more than happy to cover that action every time. Plus only 8% of critics disliked Avengers, it was the 3rd highest grossing film of all time and a whopping 4% of it's audience said they disliked it. Those numbers just scream wildly unpopular and not worth a sequel, just ask a non-trollboy.

May 27 - 01:59 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I'm talking about people. Not everyone knows what RT is, you know.

May 27 - 12:52 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

What exactly do you think those numbers represent Troll-meister? Critics are people, people who visit RT are people or do you think an army of ATM's just walked up to their local AMC theater and donated 1.5 billion dollars to The Avengers. Because I don't think anyone is that stupid, I call you obvious troll.

May 27 - 05:28 PM

Brian Tipton

Brian Tipton

Could you be any stupider?

May 26 - 01:14 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

No Iron Suit, No RDJ. We don't watch these movies to see them talk. I predict a 65% RT for Avengers 2 due to the fact of how shitty sequels, except for Spiderman and Batman, are.

May 26 - 01:42 PM

Bao Nguyen

Bao Nguyen

You do realize RDJ is doing Avengers 2 and Avengers 2 is filiming in several months right? They'll be done filming a year before release.

May 26 - 01:26 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

What about Avengers 3?

May 26 - 01:40 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

What about Avengers 36 when all the current actors are dead from old age, what will we do then? OMG!!!!

May 26 - 05:11 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

They're probably working on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy right now, so Avengers 2 is gonna come a little later.

May 26 - 05:21 PM

Fred Brooks

Fred Brooks

Come on now man, why make "Avengers 2", that's the stupidest thing I've heard. You really don't think 'Stark' has more suits at his disposal, plus he's a genius who can make more suits at will. And what about "Avengers 3", I would think it would be released in May 2018 if I we're to guess.

May 27 - 12:12 AM

Rafael Furtado

Rafael Furtado

They could use Speed and Wiccan.

May 27 - 12:51 AM

Julia Turner

Julia Turner

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May 29 - 02:15 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Hop Frog" is one of my very favorite Poe stories, and Dinklage is perfect for it, but I was wholly unimpressed with "Penelope". Where's Burton when you need him?

The Coppola news is really, truly the top story of the week. (And, btw, he did top those earlier accomplishments, when he was 40 - do the math). I'm a longtime fan of Don Cop, and I enjoy even his disappointments like "One From the Heart". (Don't bring up "Jack"; that was a contractual obligation) One of our finest filmmakers back at work.

Thank god we're finally cleaning up the drug addicts out of our nation's fraternities and la crosse teams. 'Cause Efron totally doesn't look like a useless douche tool at all. I'm sure he'll opt for some locker room fan service though. I'd pay 15 bucks to see Ray Liotta work him over in 3D. Just saying, Hollywood.

May 24 - 03:28 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

I would be in favour of using two different Quicksilvers... if that is possible. (I don't know much about the character)

May 24 - 03:32 PM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Well, Marvel has been talking about doing "The Inhumans" as a movie at some point (actually the slot that went to Guardians of the Galaxy almost went to The Inhumans). And Quicksilver eventually marries Crystal of the Inhumans. So, it's possible that he was being introduced in The Avengers 2 to set up a future Inhumans movie. Other than that... it's his sister Scarlet Witch that is the more important Avengers member. But as to whether Quicksilver is more of a mutant, or more of an Avenger... despite who his father was, he was definitely more of an Avenger. He, Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye (who all joined at the same time) were Avengers #7, #8, and #9 (after Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp, and Captain America).

May 24 - 05:50 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry


Coppola . . . its a mixed bag; he does Godfather later he does The Conversation and then Apocalypse Now!
he does Outsiders then he does Rumble Fish
He does The Cotton Club then he does Godfather III then he does Dracula

The films range from great to confusing to mediocre
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The study tracked review activity by top Rotten Tomatoes critics this spring and found that top male critics wrote 82% of film reviews featured on the aggregator site during a two-month period, with top female critics accounting for less than 20%. By comparison, men wrote 70% of reviews for the top 100 U.S. daily newspapers in 2007.
?Film critics appear to have become less, not more gender diverse over the last six years,? Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, wrote in a report accompanying the findings.
And that, she added, means that films with male directors and writers get greater exposure to their work.
The ratio improved but only barely when considering the actual number of men and women writing reviews today. The center, based at San Diego State U., found that 78% of the top critics this spring were male and 22% female.
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The center decided to examine the relationship between gender, film critics and movie reviews after veteran critic Rex Reed attacked [6] Melissa McCarthy's appearance in "Identity Thief," and an upstate New York newspaper editor ordered a critic to avoid reviewing films with strong female characters.
There were 145 writers designated as top critics on Rotten Tomatoes during the study period. The site designates writers as top critics based on the size of their outlet and length of time practicing their craft; Reed, who writes for the New York Observer, qualifies as a top critic on Rotten Tomatoes, as does chief Wrap critic Alonso Duralde.
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The center also analyzed the more than 2,000 reviews to determine whether film critics tend to gravitate toward movies written or directed by their sex and if their reviews are biased in favor of those sharing their gender.
It found that there is some truth to the perception that female critics gravitate toward movies written or directed by women and vice versa.
But it did not find evidence of gender bias toward filmmakers in the reviews themselves.
According to the report, ?neither male nor female critics award substantially higher ratings to films directed and/or written by those of their same sex.?
The bottom line? ?Popular film criticism remains a predominantly male activity,? Lauzen writes.
The study was to be released on Friday.

May 24 - 03:35 PM

Matt Ritchey

Matt Ritchey

I would love it if Timecop was retro and had it still take place in the "distant future of 2004."

May 24 - 04:59 PM

Cooper Jones

Cooper Jones

Far cry 3: Blood Dragon?

May 24 - 07:50 PM

Rafael Furtado

Rafael Furtado

I loved the design of BD. It is a cool idea

May 27 - 12:47 AM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Sooooo, I'm as big a Peter Dinklage fan as anyone, but I have a tough time figuring out how his inclusion alone trumps Francis Ford Coppola, or a Diane Keaton/Morgan Freeman collaboration.

May 24 - 05:49 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

I agree. I would think Coppola becoming relevant again would make top headlines.

May 24 - 11:43 PM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

It's a new Coppola movie. We don't know it will make him relevant again. Note that Paramount is not (yet) backing the movie.

May 25 - 12:47 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

I must have missed that part at the end.

May 25 - 02:19 PM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Well, Marvel has been talking about doing "The Inhumans" as a movie at some point (actually the slot that went to Guardians of the Galaxy almost went to The Inhumans). And Quicksilver eventually marries Crystal of the Inhumans. So, it's possible that he was being introduced in The Avengers 2 to set up a future Inhumans movie. Other than that... it's his sister Scarlet Witch that is the more important Avengers member. But as to whether Quicksilver is more of a mutant, or more of an Avenger... despite who his father was, he was definitely more of an Avenger. He, Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye (who all joined at the same time) were Avengers #7, #8, and #9 (after Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp, and Captain America).

May 24 - 05:50 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

While I like where the X Men series is going, I think that including Quicksilver was a mistake. It sounds like Fox was panicked over losing the character to the Marvel Universe and just decided to stick him in Days of Future Past. I'll bet that he only appears in like 2 minutes of the movie.

May 24 - 07:17 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

As I understand it they both have legal claim to him that won't be effected by his inclusion in either movie.

May 24 - 08:51 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Yeah, but the public perception of him would get confused. If he showed up in X Men and then Avengers, with completely different actors and backgrounds, I'm sure it would confuse some of the audience.

May 25 - 08:22 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Could be beneficial though at least for The Avengers, they wouldn't have to explain his origin story which as a mutant isn't the best anyway. That could be valuable screen time put to better use in a crowded ensemble piece.

May 25 - 09:01 PM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Here's a link I would have included (if it had happened before Friday afternoon): http://movies.cosmicbooknews.com/content/dear-bryan-singer-quicksilver-avenger-not-x-men-sincerely-joss-whedon-video

May 25 - 11:17 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Can someone please hire more RT staff to search for news that doesn't send me directly to Yawnville? 3 or 4 weeks of crap Ketchup in a row. Must be a new RT record.

May 24 - 07:47 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

Not a Coppola fan, huh?

May 24 - 11:41 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Nope; regardless of his great films.

May 25 - 12:28 AM

Brian Tipton

Brian Tipton

It's hard to call myself a fan of anyone's work that I detest 90% of. Godfathers notwithstanding.

May 26 - 01:16 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Apocalypse Now? Dracula? The Rainmaker? The Outsiders? I even have a soft spot for Tucker and Peggy Sue. Point I'm making I guess is Coppola is so much more than just The Godfather movies.

May 28 - 02:02 AM

Cooper Jones

Cooper Jones

Far cry 3: Blood Dragon?

May 24 - 07:50 PM

Rafael Furtado

Rafael Furtado

I loved the design of BD. It is a cool idea

May 27 - 12:47 AM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

As I understand it they both have legal claim to him that won't be effected by his inclusion in either movie.

May 24 - 08:51 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Yeah, but the public perception of him would get confused. If he showed up in X Men and then Avengers, with completely different actors and backgrounds, I'm sure it would confuse some of the audience.

May 25 - 08:22 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Could be beneficial though at least for The Avengers, they wouldn't have to explain his origin story which as a mutant isn't the best anyway. That could be valuable screen time put to better use in a crowded ensemble piece.

May 25 - 09:01 PM

are doubleyou

Ken S

T: Considering that comic films are rebooting within a decade, Chris Evans plays both the Human Torch and Captain America and Hollywood seems to like making two of everything these days, I see no reason for Whedon to change his plans unless legal departments butt heads. Unless he pusses out of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch's incestuous relationship. I want more Game of Thrones in my blockbusters.

1: Speaking of which... Poe + Dinklage? That should be awfully hard to screw up badly enough that I won't want to see it.

Side note: Weak week? Seriously? Richard Linklater just announced a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused and you think this week was "weak"? I can't imagine how that fell of your radar. Dazed and Confused is a great movie and that is some of the best news I could imagine.

2: Eerie, I just finished watching The Conversation for the first time. Great film, but he hasn't made a film I love in over 30 years. I'm not optimistic that "returning to his roots" will bring his game back.

3: A great true story, but wikipedia says that the Patricia Riggen directed a Disney Channel original movie called "Lemonade Mouth" and her only feature has 27% here.

4: I haven't seen Red, but am tired of sequels in general. As for UNCLE, I'm not familiar with the source material, but thought of not seeing Tom Cruise's smug mug in yet another spy movie is a happy one.

5: At least it isn't the millionth straight adaptation of R&J. It's also always great to see Game of Thrones actors getting more work.

6: Even Morgan Freeman cannot stop the words "heartwarming comedy" from turning my veins to ice.

3: It sounds like the screenwriters watched Point Break and Top Gun in an afternoon. Ugh...

2: Is Efron attempting to play the most hated college student since Greg Marmalard? Modern college kids live on beer, weed and adderall. Nobody likes a narc in college.

1: They are going to need to call in Tony Jaa for anyone to want this without Jean-Claude.

May 24 - 09:54 PM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Linklater has been talking about that D&C sort-of-sequel for a few years... here's a link from 2010: http://theplaylist.blogspot.com/2010/06/richard-linklater-says-dazed-confused.html

May 24 - 10:50 PM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Linklater has been talking about that D&C sort-of-sequel for a few years... here's a link from 2010: http://theplaylist.blogspot.com/2010/06/richard-linklater-says-dazed-confused.html

May 24 - 10:50 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

Not a Coppola fan, huh?

May 24 - 11:41 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Nope; regardless of his great films.

May 25 - 12:28 AM

Brian Tipton

Brian Tipton

It's hard to call myself a fan of anyone's work that I detest 90% of. Godfathers notwithstanding.

May 26 - 01:16 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Apocalypse Now? Dracula? The Rainmaker? The Outsiders? I even have a soft spot for Tucker and Peggy Sue. Point I'm making I guess is Coppola is so much more than just The Godfather movies.

May 28 - 02:02 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

I agree. I would think Coppola becoming relevant again would make top headlines.

May 24 - 11:43 PM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

It's a new Coppola movie. We don't know it will make him relevant again. Note that Paramount is not (yet) backing the movie.

May 25 - 12:47 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

I must have missed that part at the end.

May 25 - 02:19 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

I was wondering when the Mexican miner movie would come out. Could be a good movie. I like movies that take place in one location(Rope, Buried, Rear Window), if it does all take place in the mine.

Coppola returning to Hollywood to make a new epic? Count me in! This is the best news I've read in a while. I can only hope it's good. But I'm not expecting a new Godfather or Apocalypse Now.

May 24 - 11:50 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Nope; regardless of his great films.

May 25 - 12:28 AM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

It's a new Coppola movie. We don't know it will make him relevant again. Note that Paramount is not (yet) backing the movie.

May 25 - 12:47 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

I must have missed that part at the end.

May 25 - 02:19 PM

The Movie King

Jacob Martin

I've never heard of Quicksilver, but I'm still excited for Avengers 2.

May 25 - 05:09 AM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Here's a link I would have included (if it had happened before Friday afternoon): http://movies.cosmicbooknews.com/content/dear-bryan-singer-quicksilver-avenger-not-x-men-sincerely-joss-whedon-video

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