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‘Venom’ Director Ruben Fleischer Promises that the Violence in the Film will be “Pushed to the Hilt”

In a recent interview with the LA Times, the director of Sony’s Venom insists that he didn’t skimp out on any Venom-style mayhem in the film, promising that the violence in the film will be “pushed to the hilt”.

Fleischer went on to explain that his film was made to stand-out from the typical super-hero fare of the day, saying that he felt “…like the casting, the aesthetic and the character himself all combine to make something that just feels different.  Tonally it doesn’t remind you of other movies. It doesn’t feel like we just tried to do what everyone else is doing…. The DC universe is so aggressively dark and the Marvel universe has become so light. It was kind of exciting to craft something that just felt a little bit more real and grounded and in our world.” read more

Sony Moves ‘Slender Man’ Release Date Once Again; Will Now Open on August 10

The trials and tribulations of Sony’s Slender Man have been well-documented by Horror News Network, but just when it looked like the maligned film would disappear from the release schedule entirely, Slender Man has been pushed up two weeks to August 10.

The film will now go head-to-head with another PG-13 horror film debuting on the same date, The Meg.  Screens are at a premium this time of year, so don’t be surprised  if the film gets “limited engagement status” and a minimal screen count. read more

Jared Leto to Portray Vampire Anti-Hero ‘Morbius’ in Spider-Man Spin-Off

Fresh off of his unorthodox portrayal of The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Oscar winner Jared Leto is going back to the comic book well once again.  Leto has signed on to tackle the role of Spider-Man villain/anti-hero Morbius in the upcoming Sony film of the same name.  This film is Sony’s latest attempt to spin-off of Spidey’s popularity with a feature film based on a secondary character.  The studio teamed up with Marvel Comics earlier this year with the release of the Tom Hardy vehicle Venom. read more

Sony Unleashes Teaser Trailer and Poster Art for Tom Hardy’s ‘Venom’

Just 11 days after principal photography has officially wrapped, Marvel monster fans already have a first look at Tom Hardy as Venom in the upcoming Sony movie of the same name! In an aggressive promotional move, the studio published the first teaser poster artwork on its official Twitter feed to announce the arrival of today’s teaser trailer:

Clocking in at one minute and forty-nine seconds, the new video primarily focuses on Hardy as Eddie Brock. In stark contrast to the standard superhero cinema fare of today, Venom appears to be a much more gritty and personal film than Sony’s recent bubblegum-pop presentation of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The trailer’s voiceover provides a further hint at the inner demons which will be on full display in Venom: read more

‘Men in Black’ Returns in 2019; Gray a Choice to Direct

It appears that the Men in Black are……back.  Deadline is reporting that the comedy sci-fi franchise, which enjoyed massive box office success beginning in 1997, is scheduled to hit theaters once again in 2019.  They also report that F. Gary Gray (Friday, Straight Outta Compton) is being sought to direct the film, which is said to be a new film in the Men in Black universe and not necessarily a direct sequel.

Men in Black opened in 1997 to huge crowds and mammoth ticket sales, and enjoyed two sequels along the way.  The last sequel, Men in Black 3, premiered in 2012 and would represent the final cinematic team-up of its two leading men, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.  Sony, which is coming off another huge reboot success with Jumanji, is hoping the same success can follow the MIB franchise into the future.  This opportunity presents a possible clean slate for the story about covert government agents working to keep the presence of Earth’s aliens under wraps.  Neither Smith nor Jones is expected to be back, so Gray will most likely be working with a crew of young up-and-coming actors who can carve out their own niche. read more

Tom Hardy Announces Principal Photography for ‘Venom’ Movie Has Wrapped

Marvel Comics fans are one step closer to seeing their favorite symbiote on the silver screen! After months of speculation and excitement, Tom Hardy took to Instagram to announce that principal photography on the upcoming standalone Venom movie has officially wrapped. Hardy included a picture of himself in the make-up chair, presumably after his final performance in costume concluded:

Wrapped life back Bye ?

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Horror News Network reported back in May of 2017 that Tom Hardy would star as Eddie Brock/Venom in the upcoming Sony Pictures production. Since then, Sony Pictures clarified that the film will not feature Spider-Man, and would not be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Shooting began on Venom in Atlanta and New York City in October of 2017. In December, Hardy told fans at Sony’s presentation at Comic Con Experience 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil that the film will be based on the Venom: Lethal Protector comic book miniseries, which first hit newsstands in 1993. The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), and it will also star Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate. read more

‘Deadpool 2’ Chases ‘Slender Man’ into August

Have you ever wondered what scares Slender Man?  Turns out that Deadpool does!

In a move that surprised no one, Sony Pictures has decided to move their upcoming horror film Slender Man from its original release date in May to August 24.

This move may actually benefit the film, as late August has provided a fertile ground for horror films in the last few years (Don’t Breathe, Annabelle: Creation).  It was essential that Sony moved this film from mid-May as it would have debuted on the very same weekend as Deadpool 2 in an already over saturated marketplace for blockbusters, with Avengers Infinity War and the young Han Solo film both being released in May.  Deadpool 2 moved into the May 18 slot two weeks ago (after Fox shook up their X-Men universe titles, shipping New Mutants from an April 2018 release to February of 2019). read more

An ‘Underworld’ TV Series Is In The Works

Rejoice, Underworld fans: the franchise is leaping from the big screen to the small screen very soon.  According to Deadline, director/producer Len Wiseman and his company Sketch Films are close to a deal that will bring the popular movie series to television.  Seen as a big departure from the films in terms of tone and appeal, the relaxed standards of premium cable and/or streaming services is being looked at as a potential home for the series.

The Underworld franchise, which consists of five films and Kate Beckinsale as heroine Selene, has grossed over $220 million in domestic theaters and close to $500 million worldwide since debuting in 2003.  The movies tell the tale of vampire Selene, who is also a Death Dealer.  The revenge epic has been a huge hit with both vampire fans as well as the casual horror crowd.  Wiseman, who has also been tabbed to direct the next entry in the Die Hard franchise, has been involved in all of the Underworld films thus far.  He directed (and co-wrote) both Underworld (2003)and Underworld: Evolution (2006), and was credited as a producer on the other three.  For the TV series adaptation, he will once again serve as Executive Producer. read more

Sony Launches ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ Teaser and Website to Promote Re-Release

Big Close Encounters of the Third Kind news manifested over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Sony has announced that they will re-release Steven Spielberg’s classic film to theaters for one week only, starting on September 1st, 2017. The re-release will launch in advance of the official 40th anniversary of the film, which will be on November 16th, 2017.

To make things more interesting, the announcement of the re-release was joined by two separate unconventional media campaigns. First came the website: https://www.wearestillnotalone.com/ read more

‘Venom’ Movie Will Exist Separately from Marvel Cinematic Universe

Bad news just broke for anyone hoping to see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the upcoming Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy: at this time the two franchises will exist in totally separate universes! While the news isn’t exactly shocking to fans who are familiar with the conditions of Marvel movie deals, it’s still disappointing to know that there’s little hope of Spider-Man existing within the world of Venom.

This confusing development is directly connected to the fact that Marvel doesn’t own the cinematic rights to all of their characters. Due to Marvel’s financial uncertainty and related dealings in the late 90’s / early 2000’s, there’s a big difference between movies which exist in the Marvel Universe and movies which exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Up until the anomaly known as this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, studios who own the cinematic rights to Spidey, the X-Men, and others, have been solely responsible for producing their respective movies. The disaster that was 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 created an unusual opportunity for Sony and Marvel Studios to forget that version of the franchise and create a new one in the image of the official Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a result, Tom Holland got to appear as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and Marvel Studios handled development and called all of the creative shots for Sony’s Homecoming. read more