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Cast This: Squirrel Girl

In this edition of Cast This we will be looking at casting Marvel’s Squirrel Girl ; the comic book series star has been making headlines as of late thanks to actress Anna Kendrick eyeing the role that hasn’t officially been called for yet. Doreen Green, known as Squirrel Girl, is a human superhero with the proportional strength and speed of a squirrel, as well as...
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Lionsgate developing Emperor, the first of a potential Julius Caesar trilogy

Films dealing with ancient Rome/Greece typically aren't franchise fodder, but they sure seem to be heading that way. Lionsgate already has a potential franchise based around "The Odyssey," and now they're turning their sights on Julius Caesar. Deadline reports that Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment is developing EMPEROR, the first in what could be a trilogy of...
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Franchise Viagra Dwayne Johnson set to lead the Baywatch movie

Dwayne Johnson has his sights set on revitalizing yet another series much like he did with THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS , G.I. JOE , and JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH if we want to get real here. He is a born entertainer and watching him transition from the ring to the big screen has been a pleasure for everyone. So why not get him to jump start that BAYWATCH movie that has...
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Disney lands possible new franchise with wacky hotel series Floors

Disney loves a good franchise and has a pretty good sense when it comes to finding the next one to work. They might have found it with Patrick Carman‘s children’s book series, “Floors”. I don’t know how it will stand next to Marvel Studios, PIRATE OF THE CARIBBEAN and FROZEN but it sounds pretty fun to me. Jason Filardi ( 17 AGAIN , BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE ) pitched the series to...
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Todd Phillips may direct Bradley Cooper as Mack Bolan, The Executioner

Not even a week ago , we brought you the news that AVATAR 4 screenwriter Shane Salerno was developing a big budget action franchise based on the 600+ volume pulp novel series THE EXECUTIONER. Well, now we have a studio, a star, and a potential director linked to the adventures of Mack Bolan. According to Deadline , Warner Bros has picked up the film which will be produced by Bradley...
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Avatar writer Shane Salerno to script film based on The Executioner novels

What do Steve McQueen , Sly Stallone, Clint Eastwood and Vin Diesel have in common? Mack Bolan. You may not have heard of that name, but he is the fictional protagonist of one of the longest running fiction franchises of all time. Bolan is the central character in THE EXECUTIONER series of pulp novels created by Don Pendleton in 1969. The books are released monthly and continue...
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C'mon Hollywood: The Paranormal Activity franchise needs to be put to rest!

Without sounding like a hater, I love PARANORMAL ACTIVITY . I don't think I've ever been more afraid in a movie theater and even several nights later, I was still affected by that final image of Katie Featherstone. While the second and third entries were also really good, that fourth one was, well, really bad. While I wouldn't say PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 was the worst horror film I've...
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The World of Warcraft movie is "not quite there yet"

The most recent news regarding the WORLD OF WARCRAFT movie was that the new director of the film would be Duncan Jones . That was back in January and since then, nothing. After Sam Raimi toiled for years to make a movie based on the video game/novel/CCG series, he finally let it move on where it has been sitting ever since. Rumors had the film starting production in early 2014...
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Tom Cruise drops out of Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Recasting now underway

Tom Cruise seemed to be lining up a new franchise oddly similar to his MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE films when he signed to star in THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. opposite Armie Hammer for director Guy Ritchie . So, when it was announced that MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 was a go, Cruise had to make a choise and has now bid farewell to U.N.C.L.E.. The problem is that Ritchie was getting ready to shoot...
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Which studios control which movie franchises? This handy chart breaks it down for you

Movie studios are all about consistent profit. There does not seem to be any benefit for a studio to invest in a movie these days unless it bears the hallmarks of a franchise. Movies like CLOUD ATLAS are usually the exception to what we see released with a big budget and that was financed independently of the studio system. If you look at the slew of films with delay issues (47 RONIN,...
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