2022 May 01

‘The Gray Man’ gets a Release Date

‘The Gray Man’ gets a Release Date

As Netflix continues its push into potential franchise fare, we’re getting our first look at the Russo Brothers’ big-budget espionage thriller The Gray Man, starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas. The film based on Mark Greaney’s 10-book series will hit theaters on July 15 and start streaming on Netflix a week later.

A 007-type actioner that cost costing upward of $200 million — Netflix’s biggest-budget film ever — it stars Gosling as Court Gentry, aka the Gray Man, a freelance assassin and former CIA operative who is hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former cohort at the CIA.

Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Dhanush, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard, Regé-Jean Page, Julia Butters, Eme Ikwuakor and Scott Haze also star in the pic written by Avengers: Endgame‘s Joe and Anthony Russo, who also direct along with Stephen McFeely.

Joe Roth, Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Mike Larocca and Chris Castaldi produced The Gray Man, with Patrick Newall, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Jake Aust, Angela Russo-Otstot, Geoff Haley, Zack Roth, and Palak Patel serving as exec producers.

The pic scored California production tax credits in August 2020 but had to delay production four months later amid a Covid surge. But now it’s ready for action.

2022 Apr 24

Brand New Look!

It’s been quite some time that we have had a brand new look for the site. I personally have been dying to add this header onto the site but couldn’t decide what theme to attach it with until now! Both the header and category icons (in the gallery) are made by the amazing Megan. If you ever need any type of design for your site, I highly recommend her! I can’t thank her enough for the amazing beautiful header that she has created. Please go ahead and compliment the new look if you see fit!

2022 Apr 24

Lightyear Producer Explains Why Chris Evans Replaced Tim Allen As Buzz

Lightyear Producer Explains Why Chris Evans Replaced Tim Allen As Buzz

Producer Gayln Susman reveals why Chris Evans was cast as the iconic Buzz instead of Tim Allen in Pixar’s highly-anticipated Lightyear film. Susman also admits that perhaps the reason Chris Evans is so committed to his Buzz Lightyear movie role might be because he knows he has some pretty big shoes to fill, with lots of pressure being directed his way as well.

Lightyear is the latest installment in the Toy Story franchise. It also serves as both a prequel and spinoff to the beloved Pixar movies. The film is set to explore the origin story of Buzz Lightyear, which will serve as the inspiration for Allen’s famous version in the Toy Story universe. Throughout Lightyear, Buzz and a large group of Star Command workers ended up landing on an alien planet. The clan struggles to escape, due to the fact that their hyperspace fuel has been depleted and all their efforts to restore its energy remain futile. Evans stars as the main lead in the upcoming film, alongside Dale Soules, Taika Waititi, Peter Sohn, Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr. Although the film was announced in late 2020, Lightyear has actually been in development for roughly 6 years now. The Toy Story prequel first got its wings after the release of 2016’s Finding Dory, when the sequel’s co-director, Angus MacLane ended up pitching his concept to Pixar.

MacLane had big dreams of Lightyear being his first solo feature film and marking his directorial debut. Lucky for MacLane, some dreams do come true and Pixar immediately adored his vision. As the film’s release date inches closer and closer, Screen Rant had the opportunity to attend the first-look presentation for Lightyear, which takes a deep dive into the Toy Story spin-off. While discussing the outstanding cast for the film, producer Susman shared just how dedicated and hard-working Evans was in order to make sure he held up to the high standard of the hero he is portraying. She also revealed the reasons the creative team behind the film ultimately felt as though they needed a fresh, new actor to play young Buzz, and why Evans was definitely the man for the job.

“We needed a new voice for Buzz. He needed to have a nice, rich sound, able to be both dramatic and comedic – and most importantly, he needed to be heroic without coming off as arrogant or dense. That’s a tall order, and we immediately knew we had to ask Chris,” Susman stated. “What we didn’t know is that he is a huge animation fan, and would bring the love and passion into the project as well as his myriad acting talents. He even appeared in animation dailies and gave the team a pep talk. It’s really been a wonderful collaboration, and we couldn’t be happier.”

Evans’ casting originally did spark some controversy and criticism amongst long-term fans who believed that Pixar seemingly was writing original star, Allen, completely off. Yet, this is a younger version of Buzz Lightyear that has never been seen before, and therefore the logical rationale to cast someone new who can achieve and bring that new spark to the forefront is valid. Plus, it seems as though Susman has nothing but faith and confidence that Evans was meant to play this role and will do it justice.

Lightyear is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 17, 2022.

2022 Apr 01

‘Avengers’ Co-Stars Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans Set To Lead Red-Hot Package ‘Project Artemis’; Apple Makes Massive Deal For Jason Bateman-Directed Pic

‘Avengers’ Co-Stars Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans Set To Lead Red-Hot Package ‘Project Artemis’; Apple Makes Massive Deal For Jason Bateman-Directed Pic

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a hot one. Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Chris Evans (Captain America) are set to star in buzzy new movie package Project Artemis, we can reveal, with Ozark star, director and exec-producer Jason Bateman aboard to direct.

That’s not all. Fresh off its Best Picture Oscar win for Coda, Apple has swooped in on the in-demand package in a $100M+ deal. CAA cut the deal on behalf of the producers. This marks another massive purchase for the studio following a year that saw them pay more than $200M for both the Matthew Vaughn package Argyle and the untitled F1 racing pic starring Brad Pitt.

Two-time Oscar nominee Johansson will produce with Jonathan Lia and Keenan Flynn through their These Pictures production company, which commissioned and developed the script. Bateman will produce via his Aggregate Films banner.

Evans has since confirmed Deadline’s scoop on social media.

Evans and Johansson have been looking for projects to team up on following the end of their Avengers days and came close on Ghosted, another hot package that Apple scooped up. Johansson fell off after scheduling conflicts with Ana de Armas stepping in. That film is currently filming but everything works out in the end as the two A-listers and old friends get a second chance at teaming up again.

Apple and Johansson are also teaming up on Bride, which the actress is starring in and producing for Oscar-winning director Sebastián Lelio. That project is currently in development.

Apple, which on Sunday became the first streamer to win Best Picture, is on a roll. Potentially releasing this year are Martin Scorsese’s Killer’s Of The Flower Moon and Taron Egerton starrer Tetris. The company made waves a couple of years ago with the massive deal for Antoine Fuqua package Emancipation, which could also debut in 2022 (though the Will Smith Oscar drama may delay things).

Avengers, Marriage Story and Lost In Translation star Johansson is in post on Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City. Captain America, Avengers and Knives Out star Evans is in post on Pixar’s Lightyear and the Russo’s The Gray Man.

Led by Bateman and Michael Costigan, Aggregate’s slate includes FX’s A Teacher; plus the upcoming FX limited series Under The Banner Of Heaven; Florida Man for Netflix; Lessons In Chemistry for Apple; and the Netflix feature Your Place Or Mine. Ozark launches its final seven episodes this April.

2021 Dec 04

Ana De Armas In, Scarlett Johansson Exits Apple’s Chris Evans-Starrer ‘Ghosted’ With Dexter Fletcher Directing, Skydance Producing

Ana De Armas In, Scarlett Johansson Exits Apple’s Chris Evans-Starrer ‘Ghosted’ With Dexter Fletcher Directing, Skydance Producing

A different kind of reteam is in store for Ghosted, the Apple Original Films romantic action adventure film to be helmed by Dexter Fletcher. Ana de Armas will reteam with her Knives Out co-star Chris Evans in the film. Scarlett Johansson, Evans’ oft-collaborator in the Marvel movies, has amicably exited the picture in what sources describe as a scheduling conflict.

Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing, along with Jules Daly. Evans will serve as producer and de Armas as an executive producer. The film’s writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland), will also be producers. They developed the project based on an original idea of theirs and preemptively sold it to Skydance.

Apple acquired the high-profile project over the summer. It is described as a high concept romantic action adventure film. The change comes because the intent is to get the picture into production by February, and the timing didn’t work out for Johansson. Ellison led the charge to bring in de Armas, who’s about as hot an actress out there right now after Knives Out and No Time to Die, and Blonde. She most recently starred with Evans and Ryan Gosling in the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed The Gray Man for Netflix. She has also been in talks to play the lead in the John Wick spinoff Ballerina.

Skydance is coming off the Chris Pratt-starrer The Tomorrow War, the Michael B. Jordan-starrer Without Remorse, and has set Victoria Mahoney to direct Old Guard 2. Fletcher directed Rocketman and completed Bohemian Rhapsody.

Apple has several buzzworthy awards season titles including CODA, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Swan Song and Finch, with other big films coming in the Martin Scorsese-directed Killers of the Flower Moon, the Will Smith-Antoine Fuqua film Emancipation, and the Ridley Scott-directed Kitbag with Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon Bonaparte and Jodie Comer as his wife Josephine.

De Armas is repped by CAA and Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks.

2021 Oct 29

‘Lightyear’ Teaser Trailer Release

2021 Aug 30

Evans & Scarlett Johansson Reunite for Apple Romantic Action Thriller Ghosted

After their apparent exit from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers co-stars Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson will reunite in an interesting way for an upcoming movie at Apple TV+. Called Ghosted, the movie is described as a “romantic action adventure” story that features Evans and Johansson starring in the lead roles. The movie comes from Apple Studios and Skydance with Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman) on board to direct.

Perhaps Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson will have some excellent on-screen chemistry in Ghosted, as they’ve been working together for years. Marvel fans will know that the two have both appeared in their respective roles as Captain America and Black Widow in Marvel’s popular Avengers movies. They also co-starred alongside one another in 2004’s The Perfect Score and 2007’s The Nanny Diaries.

This reunion is also coming at an interesting time as it seems that both actors are finished with the MCU at this time. Evans had his Steve Rogers character written out of the story in a way that would seem difficult for him to continue in Avengers: Endgame. The same could be said for Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, albeit her end was more definitive. She returned to the role for this year’s Black Widow, although that was a prequel and there are no plans to continue on with the character at Marvel Studios.

Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney would also seemingly make her Marvel return all the more unlikely. In July, Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney over the way Black Widow was released both in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Because her salary is tied to the box office performance of the movie, the actress alleges that the dual release was a breach of contract. Disney has responded by saying the lawsuit shows a “callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

While it would appear that Johansson won’t be doing any Disney movies in the near future, she’s already back to work filming her next movie. The former Avengers star was recently cast in an untitled Wes Anderson movie that’s now shooting in Spain. Along with Johansson, the cast features an impressive ensemble thas also includes Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Margot Robbie, Adrien Brody, Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston, and Jeffrey Wright.

2021 Mar 30

Evans Has Yet to seen ‘Wandavision’ Yet

Evans Has Yet to seen ‘Wandavision’ Yet

Captain America is too busy saving the world to be watching Disney+. During a recent stop at a virtual ACE Comic Con, Chris Evans made the substantial reveal he has yet to see a single episode of WandaVision. Appearing in a Zoom call alongside his brother Scott, Evans mentioned he’s simply hasn’t had a chance to sit down and binge through the Jac Schaeffer and Matt Shakman-led series.

“Marvel’s really moving into the streaming world pretty seamlessly and pretty dominantly,” the Captain America star said. “I’ve yet to see any WandaVision episodes, but every single day it’s trending, you know what I mean? People are loving it and Kevin Feige is king.”

Even though Evans himself was supposed to hang the shield up after his character’s arc wrapped up in Avengers: Endgame, the actor has been in the news again after reportedly inking a deal to come back as Steve Rogers. Evans has since denied any claims of a potential return.

A potential Captain America return gained so much steam on social media, Feige himself opted to shut the rumors down. “I rarely answer no to anything anymore because things are always surprising me with what happens, but that rumor, I think, was dispelled rather quickly by the man himself,” the producer said to Entertainment Weekly earlier this year.

In the present MCU timeline, there’s technically a new Captain America. Though Wyatt Russell is playing John Walker — a character often known as US Agent in the source material — he’s being called Captain America in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

“What I thought was interesting about John is that Steve was a soldier from a different era. They’re both soldiers from different eras, and the era of John is very different than the era of Steve,” Russell told EW about his controversial new character. “The type of military men who are going to Iraq and Afghanistan was different because the time was different, and the grey area now, you see everything. Everything’s filmed. There’s a much different way of fighting now. You go in guns blazing first and ask questions later.”

WandaVision is now streaming in its entirety on Disney+.