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Hitman: Agent 47 Movie Pushed To August 2015

Originally meant to release in February, Fox's new Hitman film adaptation has been pushed back six months.

According to Hollywood Reporter, the push is related to extra time needed to complete special effect shots for the film. This isn't the first hurdle the film has had to clear. Paul Walker was originally cast as Agent 47, but the role was awarded to Rupert Friend after Walker's unexpected death.

You can find out more about the film by heading here.

[Source: Hollywood Reporter, via CVG]

 

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A Hitman movie certainly has potential to offer a worthwhile actions experience. The 2007 film with Timothy Olyphant in the lead role didn't impress man, but it also wasn't as reviled as many video game adaptations. Maybe this new film will be something worth getting excited about.

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Report: Minecraft movie finds its builder

Deadline reports that Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy is in talks with Warner Bros. to help develop the feature film based on Mojang’s $ 2.5 billion giant, Minecraft.

With production helmed by the same producer behind the popular LEGO Movie,…
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Report: The Lego Movie’s Batman Getting His Own Spinoff Movie

One of The Lego Movie’s most amusing characters is getting his own spinoff. Will Arnett will be reprising his role as the caped crusader for a Lego Batman film likely due in 2017.

Hollywood Reporter indicates that Chris McKay, who was the animation director on The Lego Movie, is handling Lego Batman. Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is writing the screenplay.

The plot and whether this will be an extension of the Batman character seen in The Lego Movie have yet to be discussed. For more on The Lego Movie, check out our review of the game. A third Lego Batman game subtitled Beyond Gotham is due out on November 11 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, and PC.

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Casting Call – The Tetris Movie

From time to time, we put together casting calls for actors we would like to see playing characters in film adaptations of video games. Recently, a movie based on the Tetris license was announced, and since we already obviously know who the characters will be (the Tetrominos) we are outlining who we want to see play the iconic pieces in the film.

I (Straight Polyomino)Tom Hanks
Always reliable and never disappointing, this role belongs to Tom Hanks. He was born to play the Tetris piece you're always happy to see. As a bonus, Hanks played the character Viktor Navorski from the fictional country Krakozhia in The Terminal. It may be fictional, but it is heavily implied that Krakozhia is based in Russia, the homeland of Tetris.

O (Square Polyomino)Kevin Hart
As the shortest of the Tetrominos, it’s important that the Square Polyomino be played by a short actor. At 5’4”, Hart is the perfect height, but he is also good at playing the person you need the most when you’re in a tight spot and just need to clear a few lines to get back on your feet. Plus, he's in everything lately, so I think people would be confused if he weren't in the movie.

T (T-Polyomino) Gary Oldman
As the most versatile of the Tetrominos (it can be a stand in for a J, L, S, or Z Tetromino), the actor playing the T-Polyomino must themselves be incredibly versatile. With the ability to inhabit radically different roles in many different films, Oldman is the man for the job.

J and L (L-Polyominos)Aubrey Plaza
Always slightly awkward, but always welcome in a scene, Plaza is perfect to play the Tetris piece that you don’t think will fit, but ends up being the one you needed all along. In Parks and Recreation, you would never think her character’s relationship with Chris Pratt’s would work, but it absolutely does.

S and Z (Skew Polyominos)Charlie Day
In It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, his character has been called an unpredictable wild card, and with his tendency to yell and scream in his roles, you might not always want him around. When he fits properly though, he is an absolutely welcome addition.

For more casting calls, head here for The Last of Us, Assassin's Creed, Half-Life, Mass Effect, Call of Duty, Gears of War, Grand Theft Auto, and Red Dead Redemption.

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Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, And More Confirmed For Angry Birds Movie

Rovio revealed today a cast list for its upcoming Angry Birds movie and it includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Maya Rudolph among others.

The full list includes an impressive collection of very funny people. Jason Sudeikis stars as Red (a bird with anger management issues), Josh Gad plays the fast bird Chuck, Danny McBride plays Bomb, Bill Hader plays the villain, Maya Rudolph plays a character named Matilda, and Peter Dinklage plays the Mighty Eagle.

Supporting roles will be played by Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Cristela Alonzo, Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), musician Romeo Santos, and Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla of the Smosh YouTube channel fame.

Planned for release on July 1, 2016, Angry Birds is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, neither of whom have directing credits, but have worked on films like Wreck-it Ralph, The Iron Giant, Frozen, Tangled, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs among many other animated films.

For more on the movie, head here.

[Source: Rovio, via Joystiq]

 

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My interest in this movie has risen quite a bit after the announcement of the cast. I am especially excited to see Hannibal Buress as part of the cast. He is probably my favorite stand-up comedian right now. You can check out one of my favorite bits of his by heading here.

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There is a Tetris sci-fi movie in the works

With all the movie adaptations of video games that have popped up over the years, it was only a matter of time before someone tried to turn Tetris into a movie. …


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Sony’s Shadow Of The Colossus Movie Has A New Director

Sony has been mulling a movie based on Team ICO’s Shadow of the Colossus for five years now, and the project might be about to get some traction. A director has been named for the film.

According to Hollywood Reporter, Andres Muschietti (Mama) will be handling directorial responsibilities, replacing Chronicle director Josh Trank. Seth Lochhead (co-writer of Hanna) will be preparing the script.

Shadow of the Colossus was released on PlayStation 2 in 2005 to critical acclaim and awards for design, visuals, and game of the year. A PlayStation 3 HD remake was released bundled with ICO in 2011.

[Source: Hollywood Reporter]

 

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Report: Dead Rising movie digs up a director

Zach Lipovsky has been tapped to direct the straight-to-Crackle Dead Rising movie adaptation we mentioned a few months back, according to The Wrap.

If the name doesn’t ring any bells for you, don’t worry, it shouldn’t. Lipovsky began his Hollywood…
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Fassbender: Assassin’s Creed Movie Will Respect The Source Material

Finding a quality movie based on a video game is normally an arduous task (a scientific fact we call the "Uwe Boll Principle"), but the talent behind the Assassin's Creed adaptation hopes to avoid a similar fate to duds like Far Cry, Doom, and Max Payne.

Actor Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus) is currently attached to the film and discussed the production team's intent with IGN. "You know, we absolutely want to respect the game," he said. "There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game."

It should also help that Ubisoft is co-producing the film alongside New Regency. Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) is currently attached to direct. The movie is tentatively slated for a late summer 2015 release.

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It seems that whether or not it has good source material to work with, Hollywood finds a way to blow most movies based on video games. I'm entrenched firmly in wait and see mode, but given my affections for Assassin's Creed I hope Fassbender and co. find the path to success.

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Arya Stark has met with The Last of Us movie producers

Maisie Williams – or as fans of HBO show Game of Thrones might know her, Arya Stark – has met with Neil Druckmann (of Naughty Dog) and Sam Raimi (of Sam Raimi) regarding the in-development film adaptation of The Last of Us, /Film reports. The…
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