My, what perfect timing. The same day that Disney is releasing "Oz the Great and Powerful," it's also been revealed that a sequel is in the works.
No, that sequel won't be "The Wizard of Oz." After all, there's a lot of time between the end of "Oz" and the beginning of "Wizard" to see what shenanigans Oscar Diggs and Glinda can get into. Variety writes that "Oz the Great and Powerful" co-screenwriter Mitchell Kapner has been tapped by Disney to write a sequel based on L. Frank Baum's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
And so, the "Star Wars" wheel of confirmation and denial spins on and on.
After Carrie Fisher seemingly decided to say enough is enough with the rumors of returning cast members for the new trilogy and told Palm Beach Illustrated plainly, "Yes," she was returning, we now have a denial from her people.
Once Fisher's rep fired back with a "She was joking," it landed with all the believability of a "jk" at the end of an insulting text. The whole confirmation and then immediate claim of "joking" gives the impression that Fisher was, in fact, telling the truth and didn't care enough to hide it before a big, Disney-approved press release. But that's just our nerd speculation and weariness about all of this.
But now we hear from George Lucas film, who spoke with Bloomberg Business Week for their feature on the Lucasfilm-Disney deal. Read what he had to say after the jump!
How long will it be before we get a piece of "Star Wars: Episode VII" casting news that really sticks and is the definitive confirmation of a returning actor? Mark Hamill has all but said, "I will be back as Luke Skywalker in 'Episode VII,' " and Harrison Ford's for sure/not for sure return has been at the center of several reports.
Now Carrie Fisher has joined the quasi-confirm game, giving the scoop of her return to the "Star Wars" Universe to Palm Beach Illustrated, the renowned entertainment news outlet. Fisher gave the magazine the most succinct of answers, simply saying "yes" to the question of whether she could confirm her return.
Read what else Carrie Fisher had to say after the jump!
Sad news, James Bond fans: Sam Mendes isn't going to direct "Bond 24." Despite early reports to the contrary, Mendes has confirmed that he's passed on the project.
“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael [Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli]’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie," Mendes told Empire magazine. "Directing 'Skyfall' was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' and 'King Lear,' that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond."
Jon Stewart is taking a break from "The Daily Show," but don't be alarmed. The comedian has lined up his directorial debut, and plans to film it over the summer.
The movie will be called "Rosewater," Deadline reports, and is an adaptation of the book "Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival." Needless to say, this doesn't sound like it's going to be a comedy.
The "Resident Evil" movie series has finally caught up with its source material. The video game "Resident Evil 6" was only just released on October 2, 2012, and it's being reported that Sony Pictures is working on a sixth film as well.
Shock Till You Drop learned that Sony has set a release date for the new movie. It will hit theaters on September 12, 2014, and will seemingly conclude the three-movie story arc that director Paul W.S. Anderson started in the fourth "Resident Evil" movie, "Resident Evil: Afterlife."
There has been a ton of speculation about Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird's sci-fi collaboration "Tomorrowland" (named after a Disney theme world), formerly titled "1952." Plot comparisons to Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters" had fans extremely excited, and then a fascinating article from entertainment journalist and Disney expert Jim Hill popped up that took the mysterious project in a slightly different direction.
Hill claimed the film, inspired by a box of Disney World memorabilia circa 1952, would be based on an unproduced television series that the U.S. government approached Walt with. The show would reveal to American audiences that those alien buggers they had been hearing about all over the news were real. A scoop on website HitFix, however, suggests yet another possibility — one that could be even stranger than the "UFOs are real" plotline. A leaked synopsis being used by a Hollywood agency to cast the 2014 film reads as follows:
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has achieved an impressive accomplishment: the movie is the 15th ever to cross the $1 billion mark in the worldwide box office.
March is shaping up to be a great month for the first "The Hobbit" film, as it's also slated to come out in digital release on March 12 and on Blu-ray and DVD on March 19. "An Unexpected Journey" made $301 million in the United States after it was released on December 14, and went on to rake in an additional $700 million worldwide.
Over the weekend at a press conference for "Oz the Great and Powerful," director Sam Raimi spoke about his plans to finally get working on a fourth "Evil Dead" movie, one that would follow "Army of Darkness" instead of the Fede Alvarez's upcoming, super-gory remake.
"I would love to make 'Evil Dead 4,'" he said. "My brother and I plan to work on the script this summer." And geeks from the 80s collectively lost their minds.
After all this time, the Deadites of world would finally know what happens next to Bruce Campbell's Ash Williams. Are there more possessed creatures roaming the modern day world? How is middle age treating Ash? We'd probably get all of those answers, but Raimi took a few steps back the next day when talking to Bleeding Cool.
By Amelia Mularz
It's the end of another week—one dominated by the Oscars, Anne Hathaway fallout, Jen Aniston wedding plans, and yes, boobs. Here's what went down in the last 168 hours: