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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

Carnage to be Featured Villain in Upcoming ‘Venom’ Movie

Marvel and Sony are currently hyping the impending release of Spider-Man: Homecoming to the multiplex. According to the early buzz, it’s “oh so fun” and better than the disasters known as Spider-Man 3The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In the midst of the carefully controlled corporate message about the great pleasure Sony took in handing over all creative control to Kevin Feige, the troubled studio revealed who the villain will be in it’s upcoming Venom movie (a film they’ve got to make on their own), starring Tom Hardy. According to THR, the bad guy duties will go to the other symbiote-enhanced maniac of the Spider-Man universe… Carnage! read more

Tom Hardy to Star as Venom in Spider-Man Spinoff, Ruben Fleishner to Direct

Sony has announced big news today for Spider-Man fans who still can’t wash the taste of Topher Grace as Venom out of their mouths: the symbiotic menace will be played by Tom Hardy in the upcoming spinoff film!

Viewers know the always-intense, always-charismatic Tom Hardy for his memorable roles as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road, James Keziah Delaney in Taboo, and Charles Bronson in Bronson. The intensity he brings to his characters is legendary, and it should translate well to the notorious supervillain. read more

Sony Announces Venom Movie, Pushes Back The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Sony Considering Sale of Film and TV Businesses After Difficult Year

The New York Post has reported that Tokyo’s Sony Corporation is “listening to bank pitches about a potential sale of its film and TV operations.”

Several sources told The Post that numerous banks have been visiting Sony offices with pitches. The article speculates that because Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has not filled outgoing Sony Entertainment boss Michael Lynton’s position despite the ample notice of Lynton’s departure, there may not be a position to fill.

This news is not entirely surprising. According to Box Office Mojo, Sony/Columbia was the fifth highest earning major studio in 2016, with a market share of just 8% when accounting for all 22 films they released during the year. To put that into perspective, 20th Century Fox and Universal each released 17 films in 2016, and each studio had a market share of 12.9% and 12.4%, respectively. Buena Vista released just 13 movies in 2016, but it held an impressive 26.3% of the market share. read more

Don’t Breathe Director, Fede Alvarez, May Direct Sony’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Followup

Variety has reported that Sony Pictures may be close to selecting Fede Alvarez, director of the Evil Dead remake and Don’t Breathe, to direct its followup to 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The film will reportedly be based on the novel, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Based on the tremendous critical and financial success of the grisly Don’t Breathe, it isn’t surprising that Alvarez would be a top contender for taking a crack at this notoriously dark and intense series. read more