HBO is backing a new documentary about Scientology, and they’ve hired a massive legal team in the process. HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins told The Hollywood Reporter, “We have probably 160 lawyers [looking at the film]." The Church of Scientology is infamously litigious and protective of its image. The movie, which is being directed by Alex Gibney (who won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side) is based on the book Going Clear, which made waves when revealed the dark side of the church’s reputation, particularly when it comes to accusations of abuse.
The group has vehemently denied many of accusations. According to THR, the film “is expected to feature new revelations about the controversial religion and its famous followers Tom Cruise and John Travolta” and is expected to be submitted Sundance Film Festival this January ... Discuss
Yesterday, the Internet was pretty much set on fire while watching shark-eating dino-hybrids, Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle with velociraptors and the star express foreboding thoughts about how much of a bad idea it is to clone ancient monsters in the new Jurassic World trailer. But as Uproxx reminds us, it wasn’t that long ago that the idea of the funny guy from Parks and Rec anchoring a massive franchise reboot was so far-fetched, that even Pratt made a joke about it. Here’s a clip from the season two DVD set, where Andy Dwyer actually sort of predicted his future Hollywood A-list status. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy ... Discuss
Earlier this week we got our first look at Hugh Jackman as the legendary pirate Blackbeard, now we’ve got our first full trailer for the upcoming Captain Hook origins story Pan. The film is a bit of a darker twist on the classic story of Peter Pan, before Captain Hook is a villainous hook-handed pirate, when Neverland is a place where children abducted by Blackbeard are forced to work in a mine. Still, the trailer seems to show that the movie will still feature some of the magic of the classic story. Pan hits theaters in July ... Discuss
Casting for the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s 1,200-page post-apocalyptic bestseller The Stand is underway, and the franchise has just found its villain. Matthew McConaughey has signed on to star as the creepy cowboy Randall Flagg, who comes to power in Las Vegas after a military-created virus kills most of humanity. Warner Bros. appears to be going all-in on series. The Stand will be released as four separate movies, all telling a different part of the epic story. Josh Boone, who rose to prominence with the Hollywood adaptation of the novel The Fault in Our Stars, has been tapped to direct ... Discuss
Director Joe Wright (Atonement) is hard at work on a new origin story-ish movie for Captain James Hook, one that aims to do for the good Captain what Wicked did for Oz's witch. In this iteration, Hugh Jackman will play the famed Blackbeard, who kidnaps children from their homes and whisks them away on his flying ship. He takes a rather suspiciously named "Peter" (played by Levi Miller) and we'll see where things go from there. As for James Hook himself, he's neither captain nor hooked in this movie, but is played by Garrett Hedlund as what Entertainment Weekly calls a "dashing Indiana Jones-like figure."
If that sounds up your alley, you'll be able to see it next July. If you're in the mood for something more traditional, there's another Peter Pan story you might want to tune into ... Discuss