Perhaps due to the success of the 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' and 'Smurfs' franchises, 'Chip 'n Dale' are going to be brought to the big screen in a similar way as Disney is pursuing a live action/animation hybrid feature film version of their origin story.
Though many of the 2014 OscarNominations seemed inevitable (we're looking at you, 'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave' and 'American Hustle'), there were a number of surprises -- some pleasant, some less so. But perhaps the biggest "Huh?" was the best song nomination for 'Alone Yet Not Alone.' It turns out that the film violated campaigning rules, and has been disqualified.
Recently, we were buzzed that Quentin Tarantino planned to make a new Western called 'The Hateful Eight.' Alas, the project is being set aside as Tarantino is furious that his script has already leaked all over Hollywood.
Though perhaps not thought of as a mega-blockbuster, 'Despicable Me 2' grossed $368 million domestically and $935 million worldwide, and is currently the 25th highest grossing film in America and 24th worldwide. So, no surprise, Universal has dated 'Despicable Me 3' for 2017.
'Batman Vs. Superman' (or as it's officially known, 'The Untitled Zack Snyder Super Hero Film'), is already crowded with superheroes, which makes it feel like Warner Brothers was trying to make the 'Man of Steel' sequel into a 'Justice League' movie. The latest rumor suggests that 'Batman Vs. Superman' won't be a 'Justice League' movie, but will lead directly into one that will co-star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
It's been a while since we've heard any rumblings about 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' likely because the film went/is still going through a page one rewrite, but if the film is going to make its December 18, 2015 release date, we're going to start hearing about who's getting cast shortly. The latest word is that 'Breaking Bad' star Jesse Plemons is being courted for a role.
20th Century Fox is so confident in director Matt Reeves' work on 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' that they've just signed the helmer for a follow-up, with writers already being wrangled to write the third prequel to the beloved original 'Planet of the Apes' series.
Even though the release of 'X-Men: Apocalypse' is over two years away, and we're getting another 'X-Men' movie before it (possibly two), that hasn't stopped producer and co-writer Bryan Singer from dropping hints about what the film will be about.
Could 2014 be the year of the Kevin Costner comeback? The actor, who was in huge hits in the late eighties and early nineties, wore out his welcome with pictures like 'The Postman,' but after appearing in this year's 'Man of Steel,' he's got five starring roles lined up for next year, including 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,' '3 Days to Kill' and now 'Draft Day,' which just released its first trailer and poster.
As we reported a month ago, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is involved with adapting 'Sandman' for the big screen, with David Goyer having written the film's outline. The new news is that Gordon-Levitt may not only star, but produce and direct the film as well.
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