Han Solo in Carbonite Door Decal

han-solo-in-carbonite-door-decal.jpgHave you always wanted your very own Han Solo trapped in carbonite? Well, now you can get yourself one in the form of a high quality, life-size door decal, and it costs $140! It’s pretty amazing to think that after all of these years (36 of them to be exact), people are still buying new and old Star Wars novelty items. With the new Star Wars movies coming out, it’s just going to get even bigger and crazier! If you want one for yourself, click here. Thanks to Ohgizmo!

Peter Segal Charts a Course for Jonny Quest!

Originally linked to the project back in 2008, Grudge Match helmer Peter Segal today tells ComingSoon.net that progress is still being made on a live action Jonny Quest feature film, which he’s attached to direct.

“I would love to make that my next movie,” Segal says. “…We just hired a writer to do another pass. We already have a very good script. Then we go through budgeting hell and trying to get it into shape.”

The original animated series ran from 1964 – 65, lasting a mere 26 episodes. The blond and brainy Jonny (voiced by Tim Matheson) was the 11-year-old son of scientist Dr. Benton Quest. Along for the adventure was Hadji Singh, the gifted 11-year-old Calcutta orphan who was adopted by Dr. Quest, and Quest’s tough and charistmatic bodyguard, Race Bannon.

A feature film version of the classic Hanna-Barbera action adventure series has come close to production in the past few years with a script by Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans). Zac Efron was even linked to the title role back in 2009 and Dwayne Johnson rumored for the Bannon role.

Check back soon for our full interview with Segal and catch Grudge Match in theaters December 25.

 

Vin Diesel is Officially Voicing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy

Although it’s still unconfirmed by the studio, it’s looking more and more likely today that Vin Diesel will be be playing the motion-captured Groot in next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The star just posted the below image to his official Facebook page, depicting himself posing with a detailed bust of the character (our most detailed look yet). Check it out below!

Director James Gunn, meanwhile, Tweeted the same image image along with, “Vin Diesel is a super awesome dude. I can’t tell you how much I like this guy.”

So, while it’s still not “official,” it’s a good bet that Diesel will be joining Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Gregg Henry and Bradley Cooper for the ensemble sci-fi comedy actioner, which hits theaters August 1, 2014.

UPDATE #1: Marvel Studios has now made it official! Here’s the press release:

Vin Diesel is Groot!

The star of the Fast and the Furious and Riddick franchises will lend his voice to Groot in Marvel’s live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy,” rounding out the team that includes Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista).

Featured in four of the six movies in the fan-favorite “Fast & Furious” franchise, Diesel has helped the series gross over $2 billion at the box office; and will reprise his role in “Fast & Furious 7.” Diesel’s most recent film, “Riddick,” the third film in the franchise that has so far earned a cumulative $267.3 million across the globe, debuted this year at the top of the box office. In addition to lending his voice to several video games, Diesel’s received great acclaim for his voice work in the celebrated animated film “The Iron Giant,” directed by Brad Bird.

In the far reaches of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an unlikely cast of characters including Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon must join forces to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. Directed by James Gunn, the live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy” will take fans to new corners of the Marvel Universe when it hits theaters August 1, 2014.

In addition to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on July 31, 2015.

UPDATE #2: Director James Gunn posted the following on his official Facebook page, indeed confirming that Diesel will say just the “I Am Groot” line, but in different ways:

“Yep it is completely official. AND he’s amazing. I never knew someone could say I AM GROOT so many different ways and with such feeling (and that sounds like I’m kidding but I’m not!)”

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Photos of Bishop and Mystique and More

A couple new photos have surfaced from X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring the characters Bishop and Mystique. The characters are played by Omar Sy and Jennifer Lawrence. These are both great characters, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Bishop will actually be utilized in the Bryan Singer directed film. I’ve also included a few other photos from the film featuring various other characters that we’ve already seen.

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.

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Must Watch PUNISHER Animated Fan-Film

You’ve got to check out this incredibly awesome animated fan-made short film for Marvel’s The Punisher! The short is called Do Not Fall In New York City, and it was created by animator Luis Pelayo Junquera. I’m confident that fans of The Punisher will love this because it perfectly captures the character, which is something Hollywood has failed to do everytime they attempt to make one.

This story is based on a powerful and complex one-issue Punisher story created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. It follows Frank Castle who goes up against a troubled soldier he knew from the Vietnam War who ended up killing his family. The short is violent, and the animation is a little crude, but the tone is spot on. Check it out!

X-Men: Days of Future Past Loses Anna Paquin’s Rogue


There’s some bad news today for fans of the X-Men’s energy-absorbing southern belle. EW has word that, even though Anna Paquin shot a scene for Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequence has wound up the cutting room floor.

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” Singer tells the outlet. “It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”

The scene in question is said to feature a rescue involving Rogue, Magneto, Xavier and Iceman. As was the case with the original Wolverine costume ending from this year’s The Wolverine, let’s hope that the deleted segment will wind up on the film’s home video release as Singer mentions above. As to whether or not Paquin might be back for X-Men: Apocalypse remains to be seen, but check back for details as soon as they become available.

Hitting theaters on May 23, 2014, the anticipated film stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halley Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman and Lucas Till.

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

UPDATE: Podcast Unlimited

Quick note – We just finished recording the first episode of Podcast Unlimited. We need to do some minor editing. (It was much longer than I thought.) Even after we remove most of the “umms” and “uhhs”, our debut will probably still run north of an hour.

Podcast Unlimited will be a discussion of pop culture. We will discuss some of the major weekly headlines, comment on what was released on DVD and Blu-ray; estimate the weekly box office grosses (US only), and give an in-depth review of a current movie.

Episode 1′s highlight is a review of the Disney animated feature, Frozen.

The podcast site is still under construction. But I will post links to the episodes, as well as provide footnotes that explain most of our cultural references and inside jokes, once it is up and running.

I am so psyched that we finally got this done after talking about doing a podcast for months. The bad part is listening to myself. I just cringe every time I hear me hum and haw every other sentence.

Feedback and constructive criticism will be greatly appreciated. Especially since neither one of us knows what we are doing.

Joaquin Phoenix Wanted for BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Villain

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It looks like Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder are looking to cast Joaquin Phoenix in their upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film!

According to Variety, they are very early in the process of trying to get the actor on board. Even if the studio does offer Phoenix a role though, would he even take it? It’s not confirmed yet, but the part he’s up for is believed to be Lex Luthor.

Phoenix is an amazing actor, and there’s no doubt he would be incredible in the movie. But, he’s been steering clear of big budget movies like this. He seems like the kind of actor now that wants to make deeper, more meaningful films. I’d be really surprised if he ended up joining this sequel.

The report goes on to say that the actor is also looking at an offer to join the Gus Van Sant directed film Sea of Trees, which seems more like something he would want to be a part of.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. What would you think of Phoenix playing Lex Luthor?

Paul Rudd is Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man!

Rumored for the role since earlier this year, Paul Rudd is Marvel Studios’ choice to headline Ant-Man! The Wrap reports that the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues star will play Hank Pym in the July 31, 2015 release.

Set to begin production early next year in Georgia, Ant-Man will be directed by Edgar Wright, who co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).

Although there’s no assurance yet that it remains the case, Wright’s original plans for the film called for both Pym and the later Ant-Man of the comics, Scott Lang, to appear in the feature.

“The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both… Henry Pym and Scott Lang,” Wright told SuperHeroHype some years ago. “So you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60’s, in sort of ‘Tales to Astonish’ mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him.”

The film, which is supposed to launch “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will follow Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s May 1, 2015 release.

Paul Rudd is Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man!