Hitman: Absolution

The less said about that first Hitman movie, the better. Fox International Productions seems to realize this, as it's flipping the reboot switch on the franchise with an all new film set in the Hitman universe, starring Paul Walker. Aleksander Bach, an accomplished commercial director and feature newcomer, has been tapped to direct the reboot, called Agent 47, according to Deadline.

Bach will work off of a script from A Good Day To Die Hard's Skip Woods and Michael Finch. Woods also wrote the 2007 Hitman film, which starred Timothy Olyphant. Nothing has been revealed yet as far as the reboot's story goes, but expect to hear more soon, as production is supposedly set to start in June 2013.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Official Title And Plot Details

The upcoming sequel that fans have been calling The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has officially revealed that it will be called...wait for it...The Amazing Spider-Man 2!

In an official press release by Columbia Pictures confirming the film has begun production in New York, the not-so-creative, but necessarily-straightforward title was announced. Additionally, it drops a brief (albeit vague,) synopsis of the plot. The details, while bare bones, are still the most substantive info that has been released thus far.

"In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough.  Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep.  Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past."

Indeed, it looks like Peter's put himself in an awkward position, seeing as Captain Stacy, in his dying act, managed to c-block him from his daughter, Gwen. Of course, he won't have much time to think about that with the arrival a new electrically-charged villain who wants to tell Spider-Man, "I like the way you die, boy."

Besides the mention of our new villain, Jamie Foxx and the returning cast members, the presence of Shailene Woodley and Paul Giamatti are also confirmed, although it fails to say whether they will play, respectively, Mary Jane Watson and Rhino. (Even though we know they will.) However, perhaps the most intriguing bit of news to come out of this presser is the naming of actor, Colm Feore to the cast. The 54 year-old actor, a regular on The Borgias, has also notably played Frost Giant King Laufey in Thor. While nothing was revealed about his role, it is quite possible that he could be our new incarnation of ominous villain and would-be Green Goblin, Norman Osborn.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 3D will shoot an Electro shock that will make your lips swell like Wanda from In Living Color at theaters on May 2, 2014.


Guardians Of The Galaxy Finds Its Lead In Chris Pratt

Marvel's upcoming cosmic super-team epic, Guardians of the Galaxy has apparently found its lead. Beating out a long list of potential candidates with names far bigger than him, it is being reported that Chris Pratt has landed the role of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord.

Pratt, a regular on Parks and Recreation, has been carving out quite a resume on the side in films like Moneyball and The Five-Year Engagement. However, his recent outing as a buffed-up U.S. Navy SEAL in Zero Dark Thirty has swung momentum his way like never before. The actor now nabs his first big-screen moment in the spotlight and does so in a major way with this Marvel movie tentpole.

With its apparent star, Pratt still far from a household name, Marvel will likely look for star power to serve in a supporting capacity. With Star-Lord only being the first official casting decision, it could be the case that roles for other team members who will be portrayed in a live-action capacity like Drax the Destroyer and Gamora will be filled by more recognizable names. In fact, a recent rumor which has comedy icons, Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler in the running to voice furry fellow, Rocket Raccoon still seems to hold water. -- Plus, rumors point to events in this May's Iron Man 3 leading to Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark showing up in Guardians in some capacity, which is definitely some major supporting star power.

So, who is Star-Lord, anyway? Let's take a quick look below.

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Casts Its Evil Mastermind

It appears that this fall's film follow-up, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For has another formidable finagler to add to its ever-growing ensemble. Actor, Stacy Keach has been tapped to take the role of Wallenquist, aka "The Kraut."

Describing the character, the original comic creator and film's co-director, Frank Miller referred to Wallenquist as "the one man who can't be redeemed in Sin City. He is pure evil." While confirmed details about the film, based on Miller's original graphic novel of the same name were sporadic, it did seem likely to feature the rapacious racketeer, who, while rarely seen, maintains a presence throughout the various Sin City stories. Now, the on-screen representation of this pernicious puppet master behind most of Sin City's major marks of malfeasance will, ironically enough, be portrayed by Keach, an actor famously known for playing a heroic detective on television as Mike Hammer.

Likely to carry a German accent, Keach's Wallenquist will probably have his tentacles in most, if not all of the stories in this film. It also appears likely that he will be the main antagonist in an original story entitled "The Long Bad Night" in which a cocky gambler named Johnny, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, takes his swindling act a bit too far. According to co-director, Robert Rodriguez in a recent interview with MTV, the hopeless huckster "tries to beat the biggest villain in Sin City at his own game." So, Johnny's life is pretty much going to suck from that point on and it won't just be a dream within a dream.

With the gorgeous Eva Green recently cast as the film's sinister seductress, Ava Lord and now Keach as Wallenquist, it appears that Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will have no shortage of villains who are sure to be memorable for much different reasons when it hits theaters on October 4.


Star Wars To Spinoff With Yoda Solo Film?

According to Aint It Cool News, Yoda, the ancient, wise, and backward-speaking Jedi Master of Star Wars is heading back to the big screen. -- Whoa, hold on a second, NOT for the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII, but rather, for what would prospectively be the first Star Wars stand alone film.

Indeed, fans knew that last fall's acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney would be the catalyst for some changes, but when rumors started to swirl about the possibility of spinoff films set in the Star Wars Universe, it was clear that we could be looking at a radical change in approach to how this movie canon manifested. Once previously held onto tightly by George Lucas, the proverbial Pandora's Box has been opened.

At this point, no details are available on exactly when in Yoda's long, long life the film is set to take place. There are numerous possibilities ranging from the story of a young Yoda getting his first lessons in the Jedi arts, to a bittersweet tale of how Yoda's apprentice, Count Dooku descended to the Dark Side, or even a post-Jedi Purge story documenting events taking place in Yoda's early days exiled on the "slimy mudhole" of Dagobah. There may even be some strategy to make the film more relevant to the new material by basing it on a storyline that will ultimately connect with the Abrams-christened sequel films.

Should the report prove true, it sets things up for other popular characters to get their own solo outings on the big screen like Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Jabba The Hutt...or maybe even the Rebellion's portly pilot, Jek Porkins. (jk) -- It's a Star Wars universe, we're just pretending to live in it.



Marvel's Phase Three: Where Does Hulk End Up?

According to a report from Latino Review, it appears that The Avengers' irascible, irradiated emerald brute could find himself the center of some major activity by the time Marvel's Movie Universe reaches its "Phase Three" era.

While Marvel has tried its hand multiple times in the last decade to get the box-office ball rolling for The Hulk to varying degrees of success, it took an ensemble performance in last year's The Avengers cast with Mark Ruffalo mixing solid rage action with plenty of comic relief to finally make things click for the gamma giant. Indeed, it appears that having finally bottled the right chemistry, Marvel Studios intends to target it effectively sometime late in the upcoming "Phase Two" era of the films, which officially kicks off with this May's Iron Man 3.

Once seemingly the odd man out with an impending cosmic crucible on deck against the powerful Titan, Thanos and the rise of the Guardians of the Galaxy next year, Hulk could be poised to steal the show to an even larger extent than he did in The Avengers. According to LR's report, this will manifest in the buildup to what will be a new solo film franchise for the scientist-turned-towering-troglodyte, who is "always angry."

Think you've seen that movie before? Well think again. Keep going below for what may be some spoileriffic details regarding the Phase Three fate of The Hulk.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Lands Its Leading Lady

It looks like next year's sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier won't have our hero going stag for long. Kicking off the weekend with a bit of news, it is being reported that Revenge star, Emily VanCamp is in talks to land the role of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Sharon Carter.

Beating out an array of some of the hottest up and coming starlets in the business, VanCamp will be playing a critical part of the new life of Chris Evans' unfrozen 1940's super soldier, Steve Rogers. However, with familial connection to his old love interest, Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell in Captain America: The First Avenger), things could get awkward.

In the original comic storyline which had Cap revived in the early 1960's, Sharon Carter was the younger sister of Peggy Carter. Growing up inspired by Peggy's stories of Cap's heroic exploits, Sharon eventually joined S.H.I.E.L.D. under the code name, "Agent 13." Of course, with comic book canons enduring far longer than what's believable, that relationship over the years has been retconned, turning Sharon into Peggy's niece. However, for the film, Sharon will need to be a few generations removed from Peggy who, in a deleted scene in The Avengers, was confirmed to still be alive. Therefore, in all likelihood, VanCamp's Sharon Carter could very well be the granddaughter of Peggy.

Now with a potential romance with a fetching blonde femme fatale (albeit one whose ancestor is his old girlfriend,) Captain America will also ready himself for a bittersweet reunion with a friend he once thought was deceased in James "Bucky" Barnes (Sebastian Stan), now also unfrozen and brainwashed by sinister forces as the titular Winter Soldier.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier looks to make a cross-generational score at theaters on April 4, 2014.


X-Men: Days Of Future Past: Sentinels And Other Plot Details

In a tidbit that will probably come as no huge surprise to those who familiar with the X-Men canon, 20th Century Fox creative consultant, Mark Millar has confirmed that next year's time-bending bonanza of badassery, X-Men: Days of Future Past will be riddled with the team's signature antagonists in the giant robotic ravagers of all things mutant, The Sentinels.

While the comic book creative guru, Millar has been known to drop the occasional big fish story to the fans, this one certainly has a ring of truth. Yet, in an interview with SFX, Millar's revelations, seemingly confirming the obvious, consequently may have also shed light on some previously-unknown things about the film's plot. (Which was recently revealed to center in 1973; ten whole years after X-Men: First Class.)

Regarding the Sentinels, who will prospectively arrive on the big screen not too long in the wake of another "Big Robot" movie in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, Millar comments:

“I hadn't actually thought about that [laughs]. Yeah, that is true isn't it? You will have a couple of big movies with giant robots in them. I don't really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers. We've all been waiting for this ever since X-Men: The Last Stand showed us one of their heads. Now it is finally coming, and we only have to pay ten quid to see it in the cinema whereas they're having to pay $100 million to deliver it. So I'm delighted [laughs].”

It certainly wouldn't be Days of Future Past without time travel and Sentinels, so Millar may not have dropped any bombshells on that one. Yet, it is noteworthy that we're talking about the X-Men films, specifically, Fox's X-Men films, so a confirmation of an aspect as basic as this is probably worth a victory of some sort for the fan community.

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The Wolverine: New Image Shows Logan Looking Sharp

This summer's big screen return of Hugh Jackman as Marvel's beserker-rage-racked wrecking ball in The Wolverine has officially released a new image showing a more suave side of the stoic claw-swinger.

Exclusive to Empire, the image shows our hero, Logan carrying is usual intense demeanor while decked out in a smooth black suit; a look that will certainly be vogue in downtown Tokyo, Japan with the criminal elements with whom he'll be dealing. Of course, Logan's apparent stop at the Men's Warehouse was not without special purpose, seeing as he was summoned to the Land of the Rising Sun on behalf of an old flame named Mariko (Tao Okamoto) who has been bartered for marriage by her corrupt father like livestock.

Interestingly enough, the Empire article provides some new insight into the film's plot regarding the reasons for Wolverine's abrupt plane ticket purchase. Upon arriving in Japan, Logan will apparently reconnect with an old friend; an unnamed character who owes a great debt to him, wishing to repay it before he passes away.

"What you'll come to find is that this is someone he spent prison-time with in Nagasaki. And the legacy of that experience - effectively Logan saved him - is that this man is on his deathbed, and is looking to give him a gift, to thank him for the life he's had.

"But this gift draws Logan into a very complex and very unexpected world within both contemporary Japan and, to some extent, the feudal history of Japan. He's so in isolation, so out of his element. It's a much more powerful distillation of his character than you've seen before."

The film will ravage its way to theaters on July 26. Check out the poster below to see a handsomely-hair-trigger mutant who seems to clean up well when he's not busy disemboweling the diabolical.

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Iron Man 3 Reveals Super Bowl Spot And New Poster

It appears that Iron Man 3 will not go unnoticed during this Sunday's big game. A new teaser spot has made its debut which will air during the broadcast and a new poster has been unveiled showing Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark in a rather gravity-centric predicament.

Seeing as Super Bowl ads are now running at about $4 million, this spot clocks in at a hot 13 seconds. Consequently, the teaser spot is not be a marathon of new material, but it does contain a few sporadic tidbits of new images; specifically, a good look at Jon Favreau returning a Happy Hogan, Guy Pierce as Extremis nanovirus developer, Aldrich Killian, and another quick glimpse of the gorgeous Rebecca Hall as scientist, Maya Hansen, who seemed to pick the WORST possible time to visit Tony and Pepper at their home.

However, the most substantive revelation may come from the new poster which accompanies the spot. We've known for a while that at some point in the film, Tony gets his ass handed to him by something, leaving his armor in shambles. Yet, this poster seems to imply that Tony will once again learn the hard way that reentry is a bitch.

Check below to see the new teaser spot, as well as a poster showing what happens when cutbacks force Tony to use Chinese-made replacement parts for his armors. (Well, that's one theory, anyway.)

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Legendary Pictures' World of Warcraft movie finally has a director (again): Duncan Jones. The Brit filmmaker, who also happens to be David Bowie's son, burst onto the scene several years ago with Sam Rockwell's one-man show in Moon. Jones followed up his successful debut with the sci-fi thriller Source Code, and now The Hollywood Reporter confirms that he's been tapped for the WoW adaptation.

This is the same project that Legendary tried to jumpstart some years back with Sam Raimi at the helm. The Evil Dead creator eventually bowed out to tackle Oz, The Great and Powerful, but Legendary will hang onto the Warcraft script developed by Charles Leavitt when Raimi was still on board. It's looking like this is a done deal now, with THR noting that production should begin in fall 2013, ahead of a planned 2015 release.

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Doctor Who Themed TV Movie Gets Harry Potter Star

An upcoming TV movie chronicling the behind-the-scenes beginnings of the BBC's seminal sci-fi drama, Doctor Who has found its star in a former ornery detention-dealing groundskeeper of Hogwarts, David Bradley.

Set to be titled, An Adventure in Space and Time, the biographical movie will see the veteran actor, now best known for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, leave the Wizarding World behind to step into the role of William Hartnell, the actor who portrayed The First Doctor on the series from 1963-1966. Joining him will be Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Braveheart) as BBC head of drama, Sydney Newman and Jessica Raine (The Woman in Black, Robin Hood) as Doctor Who producer, Verity Lambert.

This shout-out to the time-traveling phenomenon that captured the imaginations of Whovians everywhere will not only chronicle the show's genesis, but sets it into the larger context of the cultural shifts happening in Britain in the early 1960's. However, it will not go unchristened by the current guard since it will also be watched over by current Doctor Who exec producers, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner. According to Skinner:

“It’s a lovely story about very fascinating characters. There are lots of witty and entertaining stories about the genesis of Doctor Who which say quite a lot about what the early ‘60s in Britain was like. But it’s also a very personal story about William Hartnell and Verity Lambert and their relationship being forged in the making of what turned out to be a sensational hit show that we’re still watching today.”

Since its revival in 2005, the show is more popular than ever today. On this 50th anniversary of the series debut, the BBC is now more reflective of its long history than ever before, which makes this upcoming movie the perfect companion. (No pun intended.)

An Adventure in Space and Time will make its US debut at a still-unspecified time later this year.


Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Casts Eva Green For Lead

Upcoming follow-up, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has finally found the titular "dame" in question: Eva Green has been brought on board to play the sexy, sinister Ava Lord.

Now, co-directors, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's violent, scuzzy, neo-noir pulp film has a gorgeous face to put on its posters. In this instance, that face will be Eva as Ava. Perhaps the most important character in the film, she will be introduced as a doting damsel in distress who reaches out to her ex, Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) seemingly fearing for her life from her abusive gangster of a husband. However, we soon find out that the only things in distress are the hapless helping of men enchanted by her beauty who she uses, abuses, and kicks to the curb. After getting his heart broken by Ava years earlier, Dwight, despite his better judgment, is about to  prove that no good deed goes unpunished as he is thrust into a web of sex, lies, and murder. -- Although, the sex might make it worthwhile.

According to Miller and Rodriguez in a joint statement:

"We've been wanting to tell this story for a very long time. Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City." From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green. We are ecstatic that Eva is joining us."

For Green, the role is a perfect fit as the raven-haired beauty with sharp blue eyes has played strong, manipulative women in the past with her career-making role as Bond Girl, Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, as woeful witch, Angelique in last year's Dark Shadows, and as Persian general, Artemisia in this summer's 300: Rise of an Empire. This role, however, may end up being both her sexiest and most wicked, yet.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For goes homicidal for love at theaters..in 3D on October 4.


The Amazing Spider-Man Sequel Gets Paul Giamatti As Rhino?

It appears that the upcoming sequel to last year's The Amazing Spider-Man could have another iconic antagonist to add to its rogues gallery. According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor, Paul Giamatti has been in talks to play the immense, unstoppable, super-powered assassin, Rhino.

If the news indeed pans out, the Sideways and John Adams star, Giamatti will be the second belligerent baddie set for film, presumably joining Jaime Foxx as spark-shooting sinner, "Electro." Additionally, the report indicates that actress, Felicity Jones has joined the cast for a role that has yet to be specified. Although, given her age, look, and resume, the role could very well be for "Betty Brant," the beleaguered secretary of the Spider-Man-hating Daily Bugle boss, J. Jonah Jameson. (Played by Elizabeth Banks in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.) If it is the case that Jones plays Betty, it would create an opening for Jameson, which would also be a critical new casting decision.

It will certainly be interesting to see where Rhino fits into the puzzle of this film. In the comics, the character was previously a low-level thug in the Russian Mob named Aleksei Sytsevich who, looking to line his pockets, gets the opportunity to be a guinea pig in an experiment to create a sinister super-soldier on the behalf of some shady benefactors. Exposed to extensive radiation and chemicals (the true hallmark of super-power origins,) Aleksei's body becomes bonded with a crafted super-durable armor made to look like a rhinoceros. 

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2013 Movie Preview: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Release Date: December 13
Director: Peter Jackson
Rating: Not Yet Rated

Our adventurers continue towards The Lonely Mountain, taking them on a path through giant-spider-filled forests, the sylvan kingdom of the Wood Elves, to a human-inhabited city on the border of their destination besieged by a gold-hoarding giant fire-spewing dragon.

What We Know:

After being safely delivered away from an Orc ambush, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), and the company of 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) can now see their destination of The Lonely Mountain in their sights, but the adventure has only just begun. Thankfully, they come across a powerful new ally in a giant axe-wielding warrior named Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt). Hailing from an ancient race of shape-shifters, he uses that ability to transform into a vicious black bear. He's friendly, though, and provides them a much needed break, which they'll need for the next deadly leg of their journey.

However, as they continue on, Gandalf throws everyone a bit of a curveball when he abruptly ditches the group to tend to that whole "Necromancer" business down in the dark stronghold of Dol Guldur; a pressing matter after evidence has lead him to believe that a powerful force of evil has returned to Middle Earth. After dealing out some advice, he sends the group on their way.

Now without Gandalf's wisdom and guidance, Bilbo, Thorin, and the group must rely on their own instincts through the dark forests of Mirkwood, as they are chased by hordes of gorging giant spiders, only to be captured by the company of the Wood Elves under the rule of King Thranduil (Lee Pace), the elven sovereign father of Legolas (Orlando Bloom, reprising his role). The hospitality there, despite their almost angelic aesthetic, is equivalent to a shotgun-toting redneck who found whippersnappers on his property.

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