Month: May 2014

The Screen Watchers Guild Podcast #91: X-Men: Days of Future Past Spoiler Episode


SPOILER ALERT! We will be discussing major plot points including the ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past in this episode. We are joined once again by Ikaika Shiveley. The summer of Ikaika is in full swing.

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Josh Brolin is Thanos


While it’s not technically official at this point, it is already being reported that Josh Brolin will play Thanos in The Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers 3. Brolin will take on the role of the “Mad Titan”, much like he did in the film W. Kidding!  More after the jump.


The Screen Watchers Guild Podcast #90: X-Men: Days of Future Past


Bryan Singer returns to the X-Men franchise in the star-studded X-Men: Days of Future Past. The cast of First Class meets the originals, all bridged together by Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. We are joined by Ikaika Shiveley to discuss one of the more surprising movies of the year so far.

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Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Shall Be Made


After the script for The Hateful Eight was leaked, Tarantino took his script and went home. Well, he went to a theater and had a live reading, technically. But either way, he definitely did not want the film made. He apparently has changed his mind, and production will begin in November of this year. More info, including the wonderful cast, after the jump.


Charlie Cox is Daredevil


Marvel’s Netflix version of Daredevil has a leading man. Charlie Cox, known for Stardust and Boardwalk Empire, will play Matt Murdock/Daredevil. Ben Affleck was busy. The first season will have 13 episodes and is the first to be produced in a line of Marvel series for the Netflix streaming service. More info after the jump.


Steven S. DeKnight Replaces Drew Goddard on ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’


Yet another creative change in the Marvel department, this time involving Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series, Daredevil. Drew Goddard has exited as show-runner, and is being replaced by Steven S. DeKnight, producer/writer of various shows,  including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, AngelSmallville, Dollhouse, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, & Spartacus: War of the Damned. With a pedigree like that, I can’t help but think that this is actually a good move on Marvel’s part. While Goddard would have been a good choice, this one seems more in tune with the Marvel franchise. Having someone who’s worked closely with Joss Whedon can’t hurt either as far as the Marvel universe goes.

Spartacus was a show that I hated in the beginning. The first episode is so ridiculous, it turned me off completely. I heard it had gotten better, so I gave it another try. The next two seasons (the ones produced by DeKnight) were great. It was ridiculous when it needed to be, and was always thrilling. They managed to turn a highly stylized world into some compelling television by the end, and I look forward to what he does with the character Daredevil. Marvel’s official press release after the jump. (more…)

X-Men: Days of Future Past Review


      With Comic movies being released at an all-time high, does the next installment fall to the same fate as X-Men 3 or have we been gifted with the best X-Men film yet? Hit the Jump to find out.

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Edgar Wright has left ‘Ant-Man’


It what  can only be described as extremely disappointing news, Edgar Wright has left Ant-Man due to ‘creative differences.’  I trust Marvel (most of the time), and I forgave Iron Man 2, but as far as I’m concerned, the man responsible for Shaun of the DeadHot FuzzScott Pilgrim vs. the World, and The World’s End is one that should be trusted in regards to creativity. I’m bummed. That’s the only way to put it. Wright was actually passionate about the character, and that can make for a much more meaningful film, but alas, it won’t happen.

Here’s what Marvel had to say:

“Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”

A couple of months ago it was announced that filming would be pushed back from May to mid-July. There were speculations as to why they would delay, and it seems as though this is the reason.

The Screen Watchers Guild Podcast #89: Godzilla Spoiler Episode


SPOILER ALERT: The purpose of this review is to discuss major plot points and the ending. If you have not seen this movie, stay away… unless you don’t care about Spoilers… Maybe you’re dead inside. Who knows? All we know is, Godzilla round 2… time for some spoilerific discussion.

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Gareth Edwards to Direct a ‘Star Wars’ Stand-Alone Film


Fairy tale stories don’t just happen in the world of film. For Gareth Edwards, his dreams and aspirations literally just came to fruition after being offered to direct one of the stand-alone Star Wars films. Rumor is it will be the Boba Fett feature. Edwards said the original Star Wars was the reason he became a filmmaker:

Star Wars is definitely the reason that I wanted to become a film-maker. Actually, Star Wars made me want to go and blow up the Death Star and join the rebel alliance, but when I gradually learned that there was no such thing and that it was all one big lie called A Film, I thought: well, if I can’t go and do those things, then the second best option is that I’ll become a liar and I’ll make films too and tell those lies to kids, and they can hate me like I hated George Lucas. So that’s what I ended up doing.

Gareth Edwards was a visual effects artist who went on to make the independent hit, Monsters, in which he did created the visual effects, wrote, and directed. From there he was offered the highly anticipated reboot of Godzilla, which was a commercial and critical success. Now after only two full feature films, he will have the chance to direct a film that takes place in the universe where his journey began.