It’s been a few years since we’ve heard anything about the Tomb Raider reboot, which was first announced back in 2009. As of the last update, the project was over at MGM and a script was in the works. Now, the Tomb Raider reboot has made yet another move, as Warner Bros. has picked up the project with a brand new writer in tow, and they’re putting the movie on the “fast track.”
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Just a couple of months after he released some fascinating concept art for a new Alien movie, it’s been confirmed that District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp is indeed working on that new Alien movie for Fox. His artwork was clearly inspired by original Alien franchise star Sigourney Weaver, whom we all assumed would definitely star in Blomkamp’s new project. And hey, guess what? She totally is.
ScreenCrush wraps up the latest in movies and TV you might have missed. Today, preview the ultimate hotel for the monster lover in your life, see what’s up next for Henry Cavill, and get a tiny glimpse of a new James Bond car chase.
The last Rocky movie, 2006’s Rocky Balboa, turned out about as well as humanly possible for a story about a former heavyweight champ getting back into the ring at the age of 60. That Rocky Balboa was watchable at all was a credit to Sylvester Stallone’s skills as a director, writer, and star, and to the enduring appeal of the Rocky character. It was a triumph of strong execution over a weak premise.
Just in case yesterday's Avengers 2 poster reveal wasn't enough superhero action for you, we've got even more for you today. While it seemed like every superhero was crammed onto the previous poster, everyone is getting some space now with some character posters. Up first? Iron Man.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent (which the real, actual title of this film) has been bombarding us with trailers for so long that it feels like the movie should have come out by now. But alas, the next chapter in this young adult dystopian romantic action series is still a month away and Summit has released the final Insurgent trailer. To their credit, this is easily the most effective preview they’ve cut so far, even if it seems like it’s in an alien language to the people who skipped Divergent.
If the prospect of a new live-action version of Cinderella wasn’t enticing enough, the new Disney film is opening with a special added attraction: “Frozen Fever,” a short sequel to Frozen, the most popular movie (and most dastardly earworm) of 2013. And here I thought “Frozen fever” was a mental illness that made kids sing “Let It Go” over and over again until their parents begged for the sweet release of death. My mistake.
It’s been a decade since Will Smith was “Will Smith” onscreen. Sure, he’s made movies in the last ten years; science-fiction pictures, dramas, comedies. He even played Satan, once. But none of them riffed on that classic Will Smith persona that everyone loves; the infectious charm, the seductive smile, the cocky but casual swagger. (What’s that? Men in Black 3? No, they never made a third Men in Black. You must be confused.)
The cast of X-Men Apocalypse has certainly been shaping up—the upcoming sequel to Days of Future Past will primarily focus on the First Class cast in the ‘80s as they face their most Earth-shattering foe yet. We’re all well-acquainted the big names attached to Bryan Singer’s next installment, but you might not be too familiar with the latest star to join the franchise. Ben Hardy, known best for his role on EastEnders, has signed on for X-Men: Apocalypse, and while you might not know that name just yet, he’s apparently landed a “significant” role.
When Precious and The Butler director Lee Daniels revealed that he was making a Richard Pryor biopic, he found himself looking to cast a role that many actors would fight tooth and nail for. The legendary comic, who passed away in 2005, was an inspiration to countless performers and belongs on any shortlist of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time. The fact that his life was also deeply tragic makes him an even more fascinating figure. This was a chance for an actor to honor a legend and get the dramatic role of a lifetime. The part ultimately went to Mike Epps, but long before Daniels was attached to direct, Marlon Wayans auditioned for the role. That audition tape has now surfaced.