Britt Hayes is a writer, movie lover, and sensible sweater enthusiast living in Austin, Texas. She watches too much TV and never eats her vegetables. Her mom is worried about her.
Britt Hayes Biography
We seem to have officially hit our lull in this season of 'American Horror Story' -- every year there comes a point when the melodrama takes over for an episode or two, when the horror takes a backseat to the scenery chewing. This week Jessica Lange goes full-on Joan Crawford in her role of Elsa Mars, and that's not really a bad thing (hello 'Mommie Dearest'!), but the familial dynamics overtake the macabre wackiness and the end result is a bit tedious.
In what is probably the best rumor of the week already, WB has apparently got their collective studio eyes on Michelle MacLaren to direct their upcoming 'Wonder Woman' movie. MacLaren is best known for her work on television, where she's directed some of the most riveting episodes of 'Breaking Bad' and 'Game of Thrones,' so she knows a thing or two about action and what makes for a compelling, complex character.
The 'Suicide Squad' has been lining up its cast pretty quickly this past week, with Margot Robbie taking the role of Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto rumored to be in talks to play The Joker. And now it looks like DC and WB's villainous lineup will be adding another to its ranks, as 'Terminator: Genisys' star Jai Courtney is in talks to tackle the role of Deadshot.
It's just not a movie featuring Bruce Wayne/Batman unless you have the death of Bruce Wayne's parents, thus explaining his mopey origins, is it? Zack Snyder would agree, and so would some new set photos from 'Batman vs. Superman,' which confirm that we will see Thomas and Martha Wayne shot to death yet again, just in case you're not sick of seeing that happen. Seriously? Again? Again-again-again?
Sony has been putting in some serious effort to ensure that their big screen adaptation of the 'Uncharted' video game is actually good. Over the years the project has attracted names like David O. Russell, Joshua Oppenheimer, and David Guggenheim, and Mark Wahlberg was attached to star at one point. The latest name to board the project is screenwriter Mark Boal, writer of 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'The Hurt Locker,' and as a bonus, Boal is a fan of the video game on which the film is based.
Now that James Wan is free to return to direct 'The Conjuring 2,' and after a little release date shuffling, New Line has decided to move the upcoming sequel onto some prime movie real estate: 'The Conjuring 2' will hit theaters in the summer of 2016, as New Line looks to duplicate the success of the first film, which hit theaters in the summer of 2013.
You don't need us to tell you what a huge, whopping success 'The LEGO Movie' was: you love it, we love it -- even your grandma was probably humming "Everything Is Awesome" there for a few weeks while she made her soups. The film has led to a planned spinoff for the LEGO Batman character, there's a sequel in the works, and it's helped to perpetuate studio plans for even more films based on toys and board games. Not to be left out, the Playmobil toys are also getting their own movie adaptation.
'Wonder Woman' will be the first solo female superhero film to grace the big screen since 2005's best-forgotten 'Elektra,' and with fans clamoring for a female superhero movie, it has the distinct pleasure of having a metric ton of expectations placed on its figurative shoulders. WB has made the right call in deciding to hire a female director, and one of the names that's been tossed round online is Lexi Alexander, who previously directed 'Punisher: War Zone' -- but you can go ahead and cross her name off the list because according to her, she's definitely not interested in the job.
Pretty soon you'll be able to take one of this year's most epic and exciting films home to revisit whenever you like, as 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is hitting Blu-ray and DVD on December 9. And today director James Gunn gave fans a special sneak peek of one of the bonus features from the Blu-ray edition, with an opening that features a vintage arcade-style throwback version of Star-Lord on a very special mission.
There comes a time when every talented individual must hang up their proverbial hat and retire -- some, like Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, seem like they'll be working until someone forces them into retirement. But Quentin Tarantino has a different plan in mind: he wants to retire after he makes 10 films. 'The Hateful Eight' will, appropriately enough, be his eighth feature, and whether he sticks to his guns or not (no pun intended -- okay, pun totally intended) remains to be seen. After all, visionaries like him don't just walk away from doing what they love that easily, do they?