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Latin America Film Festival

The Latin America Film Festival is back again for 16th times in Malaysia. This year’s selection will include a wide range of genres, topics and styles such as romance, comedy, drama, animation, documentary and horror, giving the general public and movie goes a chance to immerse themselves into language – Spanish and Portuguese – as well as the cultural and social aspects of Latin American countries.

The Festival will be held from November 1st to November 8th and it’s organised by the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) comprised of Embassies from Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela in Malaysia. Joining this festival as well is Costa Rica while South Africa is the Guest Country giving an extra culture to festival.

The Festival will be held exclusively at GSC Pavilion KL from the 1st November till the 8th November 2017 and it’s FREE OF CHARGE. Each film will be shown with English subtitles every day from Wednesday the 1st till Wednesday the 8th at 9pm, with the exception of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November where the films will be shown on those days at 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm.

Below are list of film together with its date and timing.

Date Time Film
1st November 9pm *Margarita, the sweet chaos
2nd November 9pm Gente de Bien
3rd November 9pm Modern Nature
4th November 3pm
Anina – A fantastical journey into the world of a ten-year-old girl
*The House at the End of Time
U-Carmen eKhayelitsha
5th November 3pm
Cuba Libre
*The man from the future
6th November 9pm A ojos cerrados
7th November 9pm *Ilusiones S.A
8th November 9pm Inseparables

* Editor’s favorite.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

The next installment of the X-Men franchise seems to be just around the corner with the formalizing by FOX. Expected to direct this movie would be long rumored Simon Kinberg. He is the same director behind X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. The release date is set for November 2nd, 2018.

Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee are all expected to return to their role in addition of Jessica Chastain, who is currently in talk to join the cast as Shi’ar Empress Lilandra.

Daily Bites (8/5/17) – Seagal Banned

Steven Seagal has been banned from entering Ukraine

American action star Steven Seagal has been banned from entering Ukraine after accepting Russian citizenship last year and voicing his support for Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea, The Guardian reported. The five-year banishment of the “Under Siege” star was confirmed by Ukraine’s security service in a letter to the local news site Apostrophe that said the actor had “committed socially dangerous actions … that contradict the interests of maintaining Ukraine’s security.” In recent years, Ukraine has also barred outspoken French actor Gerard Depardieu and many Russian artists for similar reasons, the Guardian reported.

Source: IMDB

Daily Bites (31/03/17) – Spider-Potter

John Boyega Shooting for Pacific Rim 2 Completed

With Steven S. DeKnight replacing Guillermo del Toro as the director of Pacific Rim: Uprising ala Pacific Rim 2, the movie is well into the production phase. John Boyega, star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, recently tweeted a photo of himself with the caption: “It’s been an amazing six months! That’s a wrap on #PacificRimUprising.” 

Taking on a new starring role in Pacific Rim: Uprising, Boyega will portray Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s Pacific Rim character Stacker Pentecost.

Source: Twitter


Joss Whedon wanted to write, produce and direct Batgirl movie

The news may come as a shock given the fact that Joss Whedon seemed well and truly done with the superhero genre after writing and directing Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron for Disney and Marvel, yet Variety broke the news earlier on Thursday that the new management behind Warner Bros.’ DC Comics film adaptations are highly interested  in Whedon and that he is nearing a deal to write, direct, and produce an untitled Batgirl pic for Warner Bros. as part of its DC Extended Universe.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Whedon is gong to be drawing inspiration for his DCEU Batgirl movie from DC’s New 52 comic book continuity. The implication is that the proposed film will draw specifically from the 2011 reboot of the character by writer Gail Simone, which launched as part of DC’s controversial “New 52” initiative – a reintroduction drawn from some of the darker corners of DC Comics history that has since been reconfigured, via the DC Comics Rebirth.

Source: Entertainment Weekly


Spider-Man movies may follow in Harry Potter’s footsteps

With Spider-Man: Homecoming releasing in a couple of months, we’ve yet to truly know if fans would accept Tom Holland as the latest actor to take up the Spider-Man mantle but given the plans laid out by Marvel for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we can expect to see plenty of him. The question now is how does one make a superhero movie into something more than just another superhero movie? We’ve had the rogue-comedic aspect of Guardians of the Galaxy, the more serious detective-styled Captain America: Winter Soldier as well as Black Panther that’s touted to be a political-esque/ Game of Thrones.

In an interview with MTV, Holland lays out his ideal formula for the trilogy:

“I think the Harry Potter movies are a perfect example, they worked so well. I’m such a huge fan, as are billions of people, so why not follow that perfect formula? And I think we can do something really exciting with that.”

Source: MTV

Daily Bites (24/03/17) – Disney Universe, Disney Marvel, Disney Everything.

“Disney Cinematic Universe” anyone?

Considering the “Shared Universe” concept that is gaining lots of popularity in the film industry such as the DC’s DC Extended Universe (DCEU), Marvel’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse and Universal Studios’ Universal Monsters, there is now speculation that Disney might be taking that route as well.

Sean Bailey, President of Motion Picture Production at Walt Disney Pictures aka “the man in charge of Disney’s live-action films”—told Deadline that none of the remakes will get direct sequels, but spinoffs and prequels may be on the table. While he didn’t confirm anything, he did make this comment,

“Marvel has Iron Man, Captain America and Thor; we have Cinderella, Snow White, and Belle. Pairing those characters with great live-action talent and technology, something that Walt always aspired to, with technology that has moved so far forward, just seemed a smart way to go.”

While that isn’t much to go on, one can’t help but wonder if what he was hinting at was the possibility of a shared Disney Universe. Perhaps the adventures of Timon & Pumbaa? Alladin’s Genie getting his own origin story perhaps? or maybe even the adventures of Gaston and Le Fou before Beauty and The Beast… wait, nevermind *cough*; BUT TIMON AND PUMBA SOUNDS GOOD, RIGHT?!

Source: Deadline


The Future of Chris Evans as Captain America


While we’d still have to wait for quite a bit until Avengers: Infinity Wars hits the theaters, rumors in regards to 2019’s Avengers 4 has already begun. Partly because both films are shooting back to back. One of these rumors is that Chris Evans (Captain America) may leave the franchise once his contract is up, which is due to end once Avengers 4 is completed.

In light of this speculation, Collider recently asked Evans whether he’d be sticking around in 2020 and beyond. And while he expressed his love of Marvel, their films, and his character, he made it clear that the decision’s not entirely up to him.

“It’s really not up to me. My contract is up. I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘No more.’ I think Hugh Jackman has made 47 Wolverine movies, and they somehow keep getting better. It’s a character I love, and it’s a factory that really knows what they’re doing. The system is sound, over there. They make great movies. If they weren’t kicking out quality, I’d have a different opinion. But, everything Marvel does seems to be cinema gold. And like I said, I love the character. The only reason it would end is ‘cause my contract is up. After Avengers 4, my contract is done. Talk to Marvel. If we engage further, I’d be open to it. I love the character. It’s almost like high school. You certainly always look to senior year, and then, all of a sudden, senior year happens and you’re like, ‘I don’t know if I’m ready to go.’ It’s tough thinking about not playing the guy.”

Source: Collider


Guardians of the Galaxy 2 IMAX+ Character Posters

Just yesterday, the neon detailed IMAX poster for the film was released (image above). It came with director James Gunn’s insistence that the format was the best way to see the upcoming film. Here’s how Gunn described the process of tailoring Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to IMAX:

“I personally oversee the 3D, crafting every shot, and only in IMAX do we shift aspect ratios during big scenes so that you get nearly 30 percent more screen size than anywhere else. Unlike many other films today where screen size shifts and 3D are afterthoughts, we plan our aspect ratios during the script stage, and every single shot is tailored for 3D as we shoot it.”

Besides the IMAX poster, James Gunn and the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have released these brand new character posters on social media,

Sources: Various

Daily Bites (21/03/17) – Hasta La Vista Terminator, Ego The Planet to be the Greatest Visual Effect of All Time

The End of the Terminator franchise

According to the New York Daily News, its source has revealed to them that not only is Terminator 6 not moving forward, but Schwarzenegger has no plans of continuing with the franchise:

“It is over for ‘The Terminator’ and Arnold. The studio has taken the sequel off the production slate completely, meaning there is no preproduction or any plans for another sequel. The talent had been offered long term deals, but this is not happening.”

While this news may not seem too shocking given the weak response Terminator: Genisys received, word did break early this year that James Cameron (Director of Terminator, Terminator 2, Avatar) is returning to the Terminator franchise for a reboot. Long before the Cameron news, however, Paramount had already removed a Genisys sequel from its schedule. Then came the news where Terminator: Genisys lead actress, Emilie Clarke stated she was done playing Sarah Conner, and any possible sequel went dark. Despite the Cameron project appearing to be a new film, it looks as if the failure of Genisys was too much for the franchise to overcome.

Source: New York Daily News

Guardians of the Galaxy’s Ego the Planet will be the Biggest Visual Effects of All Time

Taking place months after the events of the first Guardians, writer/director James Gunn and those involved have teased Guardians 2 as being simultaneously bigger and smaller than its predecessor, telling a more intimate story set against a possibly larger scale. One such character who would fit the “simultaneously large yet small” description would be Kurt Russell’s Ego the Living Planet, a character who is revealed to be the father of Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) in the film.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Gunn revealed that Ego’s planetary form wound up being the most difficult visual effect to pull off in the film. Taking inspiration from the fractal art of Hal Tenny, Gunn also said Ego is, actually, the biggest visual effect in the history of film:

“We have over a trillion polygons on Ego’s planet. It’s the biggest visual effect of all time. There’s nothing even close to it. Which is cool.”

Source: Empire


Daily Bites (20/03/17) – More Live-Action Disney Movies, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower and Matrix Prequel

Not much has come up today so we’ll be talking more about Disney’s push towards Live-Action remakes of classic Disney animations, the latest release of The Dark Tower poster, what’s going on with the Matrix reboot rumours and when Kingsman 2 will finally be released!

Disney is going Live-Action

In recent years, Walt Disney Studios has taken to adapting its library of animated classics to live-action. Some are new takes on well-known stories, like Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland, while others have been more strict adaptations, such as Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and the recently released Beauty and the Beast. Thanks to the success of many of these films, both with critics and fans as well as at the box office, Disney has a whole host of other live-action re-imaginings in the works, including Niki Caro’s Mulan, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin.

“Guy became interested in doing a Disney movie and we talked a lot about it. When we talked about Aladdin, he said, ‘My stories are really about street hustlers. That’s what I know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good.’ Guy’s got his own version of that story in his life. But he wanted to honor and respect the Disney of it all. We never want to feel like we have a playbook to these things because we worry it’ll make us creatively complacent. The idea of a highly energized Guy Ritchie Disney musical felt like, Oh, we haven’t done that before.”
– Sean Bailey, President of Motion Picture Production at Walt Disney Studios (Interview with Vulture)

“Mulan is clearly an empowered-female story but we can also do something new in this reimagining, make it a little more muscular, stronger, with touch of Ridley Scott.”
– Sean Bailey, President of Motion Picture Production at Walt Disney Studios (Interview with Vulture)

News of the start of production of The Lion King is the latest in the exciting slate of news coming out about the production. Perhaps the biggest announcement to date is the casting of James Earl Jones, who will reprise his role as the voice of Mufasa. The Darth Vader voice actor will be accompanied by one of the latest additions to the Star Wars family – Donald Glover – who will provide the voice of the adult Simba. Glover is currently in production on the untitled young Han Solo anthology Star Wars film, playing the young Lando Calrissian to fellow scoundrel Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). Disney has also hired screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) to pen The Lion King script.

Source: Vulture

Stephen King reveals the leaked Dark Tower movie poster is, in fact, the official movie poster

King revealed the poster on Twitter, which was accompanied by the message: “Pilgrim, there are other worlds than these. Come with us on the adventure.”

Nikolaj Arcel is directing The Dark Tower, which won’t be a straight adaptation of King’s beloved series of books. The film, which stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick, will instead serve as more a sequel than a retelling of the author’s original work.

The Dark Tower opens in theaters on July 28, 2017.

Source: Stephen King

Matrix 4 will be a prequel which focuses on a young Morpheus

It is known that Fantastic Four, Creed and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan is wanted for the movie. Now it’s being reported that he is specifically wanted as Young Morpheus.

Zak Penn, who helped write the first Avengers movie, is penning the initial script for The Matrix 4, whatever it turns out to be. He was the first from the team to step forward and talk about the reboot of the franchise. Or rather, it’s a continuation of what is already in place. He had this to say about why they’re not messing around with the original classic, with Neo still existing inside this world.

“All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT The Matrix. People who know ‘Animatrix’ and the comics understand. Can’t comment yet except to say that the words reboot and remake were from an article. Let’s stop responding to inaccurate news. Do I want to see more stories set in the universe of The Matrix? Yes. Because it’s a brilliant idea that generates great stories. Look at what people are doing with Xmen universe. Between Logan and Legion and Deadpool, does anyone want them to stop? Not me.”

BMD’s sources say this is true. The Matrix reboot will follow its own path. And the studio is indeed setting up a Matrix writers’ room that will be used to create not just one but a whole lot of sci-fi adventures centered within the realm of what has already been created. While the Young Morpheus movie is not confirmed as the first movie to roll out of this new franchise factory, it is said to be a concept favored by Warner Bros.

Source: BirthMoviesDeath

Kingsman 2 Release Date Is Pushed Forward

Due to Kingsman being a surprise hit of 2015, most movie fans were extremely excited when they heard director, Matthew Vaughan announce that he would be releasing the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle in June 2017. Becoming one of 2017’s highly anticipated movies, fans were distraught when they heard that the film was pushed back from its original June release to early October, but now that date has been changed once more.

According to Exhibitor Relations, the second Kingsman movie has moved up one week from its October 6th date to now come out on September 29, 2017. With the change being so small, it should not make any difference on the post-production period. Leading to the understanding that this date change was done to avoid competing with another highly anticipated movie, Denis Villenueve’s Blade Runner 2049.

Source: Exhibitor Relations

Daily Bites (17/03/17) – Aquaman Delayed, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and Venom Solo Movie.

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Aquaman release POSTPONED to December 2018

Have a seat, this will take a while.

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that Aquaman will now be hitting theaters on December 21, 2018. The solo DCEU film headlined by Jason Momoa will mark the actor’s third time playing Arthur Curry/Aquaman after a cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and his upcoming appearance in Justice League. It is understood that location scouting for Aquaman is already well-underway and filming is still expected to begin as previously-scheduled. Director James Wan will now have a couple of extra months to perfect the aquatic superhero’s solo film.

As a result of Aquaman having its release date pushed back to December, most of 2018 is open and it has been rumoured (Source: Justin Kroll, Variety Magazine) that Warner Bros. are looking to fill up that space with another superhero movie, though plans would need to be quickly confirmed as a release in 2018 would require scripts, casting and shooting to be completed by the 3rd quarter of 2017 to have enough time for post-production.

Wonder Woman release date: Jun 2, 2017
Justice League release date: Nov 17, 2017
Aquaman release date: Dec 21, 2018
Shazam! release date: Apr 5, 2019
Cyborg release date: Apr 3, 2020
Green Lantern Corps. release date: Jul 24, 2020

Source: Variety

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 CONFIRMED but may not involve director James Gunn

Director James Gunn aka The Godfather of Marvel Cosmos

Director James Gunn is in the final stages of post-production on the sequel that sees the entire main cast from the first return, and early screenings have already netted a perfect audience score. There has previously been little doubt that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would happen, but now Gunn has confirmed it is coming and he’s working on figuring out his role.

“There will be a Guardians 3, that’s for sure. We’re trying to figure it out. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do really, that’s all it is. I got to figure out where I want to be, what I want to spend the next three years of my life doing. You know, I’m going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I’m just going to figure it out over the next couple of weeks.”
– James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy 3

With or without Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now not only just a concept, but it appears there are real plans taking shape in the Marvel offices for the third film.

Source: Complex

Venom is reportedly set for his SOLO movie in 2018

Please be good, please be good, please be good.

Throughout the process of Spider-Man joining his fellow Marvel heroes, however, reports surfaced that Sony had a number of potential ideas for other Spider-Man-related properties to make their way to the big screen, one of them being a Venom solo movie. Though Sony’s the partnership with Marvel Studios made many presume such a spinoff was off the table, it appears the studio is moving forward with the film after all.

A 2018 premiere date will mean three consecutive years of Spider-Man-related movies in theaters – which doesn’t include his appearance in Civil War. 2017 has Homecoming and the sequel has already been dated for 2019. Additionally, the animated Spider-Man movie starring Miles Morales also comes out in December of 2018, which means Sony would have an opportunity to wedge its Venom film in while the character is presumably hot — provided his upcoming solo film performs as well as expected.

Source: Exhibitor Relations