Saturday, June 14, 2014

Negromancer New Bits and Bites: June 8 to June 14, 2014 Update #6


From the New York Times and Variety:  The Academy Award-nominated actress Ruby Dee died on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  She earned her lone Oscar nomination in 2008 for her turn as the feisty mother in American Gangster.  She won an Emmy Award in 1991 for her role in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" television movie, Decoration Day.

Dee is also best known her role as "Ruth Younger" in A Raisin in the Sun, both onstage, beginning in 1959, and in the 1961 film adaptation.  Dee often worked with her late husband, Ossie Davis, who died in 2005.  My heart is breaking, but I know Davis and Dee are together again.  Negromancer sends condolences to her family and friends.



From Hitfix Jason Momao, of the 2011 Conan the Barbarian remake and of "Game of Thrones" will apparently be playing Aquaman in "Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice."


From The Hollywood Reporter:  The Millennium Falcon apparently broke Han Solo.


From Shadow and Act: A talk with Supremacy director, Deon Taylor.


From Entertainment WeeklyVincent D'Onofrio will play the villain "Wilson Fisk" in Marvel TV's 13-episode series, "Daredevil," that it is producing for Netflix.  Daredevil is one of four series that Marvel is producing for Netflix.  It is also producing a spinoff of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD," entitled, Agent Carter, which will appear on ABC.


From Shadow and Act:  Wanna be an extra in Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic?


From Variety: Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua are in early talks to team up for MGM's planned remake of The Magnificent Seven (which starred Steve McQueen and Yul Brenner).  Washington and Fuqua first teamed on 2001's Training Day, for which Washington won a best actor Oscar.  Their current team-up, The Equalizer (a remake of the 1980s TV series) is due this September.


From Moviehole: Guillermo del Toro is working on a script for a sequel to Pacific Rim with Zak Penn.


From BuzzFeed: Hugh Jackman has shaved his head to play Blackbeard in Pan. The photo is on Jackman's Instagram account.


Care about the 2014 / 68th annual Tony AwardsPlaybill has this article with a list of the winners, which also includes the nominees.


"Tracy Morgan Crash" driver turned himself in and posted bail .  Walmart is profoundly sorry.


The Fault in Our Stars has the edge over Tom Cruise at the June 6-8, 2014 box office.


Marvel officially announced that Peyton Reed (Bring It On, The Break-Up, Yes Man) will direct 2015's Ant-Man movie.  Edgar Wright had been attached to the project since 2006, but recently walked away apparently due to creative differences with Marvel.  Marvel's statement from its website:

When Marvel's "Ant-Man" hits theaters July 17, 2015, director Peyton Reed will help shepherd the hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a cast led by Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with writer Adam McKay contributing to the film's script.

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

The Hollywood Reporter has more on the announcement, including news that Adam McKay (the Anchorman movies) will polish the script.


How Seth Rogen makes movies from The Wrap.



From Newsarama:  Frank Miller, the man who created and worked on such highly influential and/or memorable comic books as Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil, and Sin City (to name a few), would like to work on Captain America.  Please, make it happen Marvel.


From HuffPost Science:  Girth matters... apparently more than size/length.


Apparently Dwayne Johnson wants you to follow the diet and fitness routine he used to become buff for the upcoming Hercules.

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