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THE CROW Remake Loses its Star and Director...Again

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Another movie based on The Crow has been in development off-and-on for the past decade. This reimagining of the James O'Barr graphic novel has struggled to lock down a cast and director, with actors like Bradley Cooper and Luke Evans being attached and suddenly exiting.

Most recently, Sony picked up the film, titled The Crow Reborn, with an October 2019 date set. Jason Momoa was cast as Eric Draven, with Corin Hardy hired to direct. However, they have now dropped out too.

According to Deadline, Jason Momoa and Corin Hardy have formally exited The Crow Reborn. The site says this was the result of creative and financial differences with Samuel Hadida, whose Davis Films is a financier. The movie was deep into pre-production, with filming scheduled to begin in five weeks.

Momoa confirmed the news on Instagram today. While the Aquaman star says that Eric Draven is his dream role, he won't do it unless it's done right. He also shared a glimpse of concept art and makeup from the…

Movie News Bits: SILVER & BLACK, AVENGERS 4, DAREDEVIL, STAR WARS EPISODE IX, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

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Welcome to the latest installment of Movie News Bits. In this installment, we have an update on Sony's Silver & Black, confirmation of a character's return in Avengers 4, Charlie Cox's thoughts on Ben Affleck's Daredevil, Colin Trevorrow's first comments on leaving Star Wars Episode IX, and word on when we'll see the next Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Sony has been developing Silver & Black as the second installment of its own Marvel Universe, following Venom. However, earlier this year, the movie had a delay in production, and we haven't heard any casting news, despite being scheduled to release February of next year. Why is that?

Speaking with Screen Rant, writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood says that the current focus for the Silver Sable-Black Cat teamup is to perfect the script. "The update is just really pounding out the script. It all starts with the script. You gotta have a great script so we want to make sure that's right b…

What's Next For Star Wars After "Solo" Underwhelms?

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Solo: A Star Wars Story, the second "Star Wars Story" since the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012 came out this past weekend to a an underwhelming $84.8 Million, marking this as the least successful installment of the franchise in the Disney era. By all accounts, it is safe to say this is the worst received critical installment of the Disney era as well, and cost over $250 million dollars to make. This number would not seem so high had Solo done even half as well as Rogue One, which literally made over $1 Billion dollars at the global box office. Granted this number came a month after the release, and the movie heavily marketed Darth Vader and included that scene. Solo does not look to reach anywhere close to those heights, and many have theorized why this happened. 

No one (except for maybe George Lucas) was screaming to the heavens for a Han Solo movie in the first place; but considering it was written by the Lawrence freaking Kasdan and his son, Jonathan, was Lucas'…

LEGO DC SUPER-VILLAINS Video Game Announced

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It was previously reported that a LEGO video game starring DC villains is in the works. And now, it has been announced.

TT Games and LEGO have formally announced their latest collaboration, LEGO DC Super-Villains. The open-world game puts the spotlight on the DC Universe's greatest villains, from Joker and Lex Luthor to Reverse-Flash and Deathstroke. In this story, the Justice League has disappeared, leaving Earth in the hands of the mysterious Justice Syndicate. It's up to the villains to "save the day."

LEGO DC Super-Villains will hit stores on October 16th. The game will be available for Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Check out the announcement trailer below, and to learn more about the game, click HERE.

Andrew Lincoln Leaving THE WALKING DEAD in Season 9

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AMC's The Walking Dead has become notorious for killing off many of its primary characters over its eight-season (and counting) run. So much so, that fans have wondered if Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes, the show's protagonist, would eventually die. Comic creator Robert Kirkman shed doubt on the idea earlier this year, despite a scene on the show hinting otherwise. However, it looks like Rick will be leaving us sooner than later.

According to Collider, Andrew Lincoln is set to leave The Walking Dead during its ninth season, which premieres this fall. In fact, he's only signed on to appear in half a dozen episodes. Collider won't say how Rick will be written out, but it wouldn't be too surprising if he dies.

With Rick being the face of the show, who will take over as the protagonist? Well, Collider says that AMC is offering "substantial" compensation to Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, to take over as the series lead.

We'll see exactly how this…

Jamie Foxx Set to Star in New SPAWN Movie

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Since 2015, Todd McFarlane has been planning a new movie adaptation of his comic book creation, Spawn. The film will mark McFarlane's directorial debut, and it is set up at Blumhouse. Actor Jamie Foxx has been rumored off and on to take on the titular role; a few weeks ago, That Hashtag Show said he was formally offered the part. Now, it's official.

Deadline confirms that Jamie Foxx is set to star in Spawn. He will play Al Simmons, a member of a CIA black ops team who is betrayed and murdered. In hell, Simmons' soul agrees to become a Hellspawn in exchange to see his wife again. Unfortunately, his wife has moved on to his best friend. Now, Simmons is an antihero who fights crime as Spawn.

Foxx is the second actor to play Spawn in live action. Michael Jai White portrayed the character in the 1997 Spawn film. There was also an HBO animated series, where Spawn was voiced by Keith David.

Todd McFarlane tells Deadline that the new Spawn will be a dark R-rated story, and its bud…

FEATURE: Five More Directors Who Should Join the STAR WARS Saga

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The Star Wars saga has recruited many talented filmmakers over the years to leave their stamp on the universe. Specifically in the Disney era, we've had J.J. Abrams, Gareth Edwards, Rian Johnson, and Ron Howard contribute to the franchise. For the future, Abrams is returning for Episode IX, Johnson is helming the first installment of his original trilogy, James Mangold is directing Boba Fett, and Stephen Daldry may tackle Obi-Wan Kenobi.

With the franchise sure to continue for the foreseeable future, Disney and Lucasfilm will absolutely approach more filmmakers to join in. Below, we list five directors that we'd love to see tackle Star Wars, whether it's an anthology film or part of the main saga.

Ryan Coogler
Following back-to-back critical acclaim with Fruitvale Station and Creed, Ryan Coogler joined the blockbuster game with a tiny movie called Black Panther. Considering that movie's massive success, Coogler will surely be in demand from other studios. While he is c…

FLASH SPOILER Review: Episode 4x23- "We Are the Flash"

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The Flash (4x23)- "We Are the Flash " Written by:Todd Helbing & Eric Wallace Directed by:David McWhirter "Once more unto the breach, dear friends…" -William Shakespeare, Henry the V, Act III Another season comes to a close. Another climatic battle for the souls of men and the cause of freedom; this time quite literally as the Thinker intended to use his powers and the combined intellect of himself and the Speed Force through Barry to reeducate mankind without that pesky free will.After three seasons of villains trying to destroy time and space, it's kind of refreshing for the villain to only want to rule us with an iron fist. Most of that big battle took place within the Thinker's mind and allowed us to bring Ralph back from the dead.Not terribly surprising since they'd later go on to paraphrase Wrath of Khan and Star Trek practically invented the end of episode/season reset button to get out of a character death, also since I'd grown to like Ralph I&…

REVIEW: DC Meets Looney Tunes

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When you think crossovers, you don't generally think "Batman and Elmer Fudd duking it out." But sometimes the unexpected arrives, and this time it truly delivered.

"DC Meets Looney Tunes" (published February 14, 2018, 248 pages) is an anthology book containing the original crossover run from 2017, collecting Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special #1, Martian Manhunter/Marvin The Martian Special #1, Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil Special #1, Lobo/Road Runner Special #1, Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam Special #1, and Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1.

Each crossover story updates the Looney Tunes characters and injects them into the DC Universe. The Tasmanian Devil becomes a monster lurking inside the Greek Labyrinth. Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn are thrust into the grit and grime of the old west. Wmer Fudd becomes a hitman, wandewing the wain soaked stweets of Gotham. In each tale, writers Tom King & co. make the transition feel as seamless as it does brilliant.

In…

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Underperforms with Estimated $84.8 Million 3-Day Weekend

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This weekend sees the release of Lucasfilm's second Star Wars spinoff, Solo. The film has faced a lot of negative buzz in the past year, primarily due to switching directors during production. It has also had a smaller marketing campaign, while it arrives just a few weeks after Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. Unfortunately, these factors and more have led to an underwhelming opening.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Solo is grossing an estimated $84.8 million over the three-day weekend, and it is expected to hit $103 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. This is easily the smallest opening for any of Disney's Star Wars movies, and it is a huge step down from the initial $130 million+ projections. While initial audience reactions have been positive, critics have been more lukewarm on it.

Overseas, it's even more bad news. Solo opened with just $65 million, and it is bombing in critical nations like China. And it's out in every international market except Ja…

VENOM Actor Woody Harrelson Teases Larger Role in Potential Sequel

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A while back, we heard that Woody Harrelson had joined the cast of Sony's Venom movie. His exact character has been kept under wraps, which led to a lot of rumors/speculation that he's playing Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage. Now, the actor has given a new hint at his role.

Speaking with Collider, Harrelson shares his excitement for Venom, saying he was excited to re-team with director Ruben Fleischer and work with Tom Hardy. He also praises the "really wonderful" script. But most interestingly, Harrelson reveals that he doesn't have a huge role in this one, but he'll be back for a possible sequel. "Roll of the dice, because I’m just… I’m in a little fraction of this movie, but I’ll be in the next one, you know? So I haven’t read that script, but anyways, just rolled the dice." Finally, he is still keeping his character under wraps.

We've heard off and on for the past year that Carnage was in Venom. The most recent rumor says that Kasady has a small …

Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Directed By: Ron Howard Produced By: Kathleen Kennedy Allison Shearmur Simon Emanuel Written By: Lawrence Kasdan Jonathan Kasdan
Chronologically 9-4 years before A New Hope 9-4 years BBY
This movie review is part of our 7 Days of Solo: A Star Wars Story series. Click here for more WOBAM awesomeness. Well. Here we are! The second of the anthology movies, Solo: A Star Wars Story is out! Solo is a fun, good movie, with lots of laughs, a ton of heart, a great cast and a western heist all thrown into one. Emilia Clarke, while her role is secondary, far outshines the rest of the cast, and Donald Glover as Lando is just pure perfection. Paul Bettany was eh, Woody Harrelson is just awesome, Joonas Suotamo really presents a perfect Chewbacca. And Alden, well Alden; I gotta give him credit here. I didn't see him making it very far, I didn't think he could pull it off. But at the end of the movie, you can almost see a bit of the cocky-eyed nerfherder we grew up with in the original tril…

Book Review: Star Wars: Last Shot

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By: Daniel Jose Older
This book review is part of our 7 Days of Solo: A Star Wars Story series. Click here for more WOBAM awesomeness. Publisher's Summary THEN:
It's one of the galaxy's most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren't your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize—first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca. But the device's creator, the volatile criminal Fyzen Gor, isn't interested in sharing. And Gor knows how to hold a grudge....
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It's been ten years since the rebel hero Han Solo last encountered Fyzen Gor. After mounting a successful rebellion against the Empire and starting a family with an Alderaanian…