What hath Marvel wrought?
As Disney ramps up its Star Wars cinematic universe, Universal brews up a shared world for its classic monsters, Fox triples down on X-movies, and James Cameron preps three Avatar sequels all at once, Paramount and Hasbro are looking to transform Transformers from one overblown, incoherent, but oh-so profitable franchise into a whole constellation of overblown, incoherent, but oh-so profitable franchises.
Synopsis: Set in Iran, this powerful and unbelievable true story follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian. During the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin and some friends risk their lives and form an underground dance company. Through banned online videos, they learn from timeless legends who cross all cultural divides, such as Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Afshin and Elaheh also learn much from each other, most importantly how to embrace their passion for dance and for one another.
Synopsis: A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
Synopsis: A mercurial assassin discovers he isn't the only person trying to kill the siren of a sun-drenched surfing town. In this darkly comedic thriller, the hitman finds himself unraveling three tales of mayhem, murder, blackmail and revenge.
Synopsis: A story of friendship and loyalty set against the backdrop of a modern-day Salem witch trial.
Synopsis: At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.
Synopsis: Centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.
Synopsis: Caught in the middle of a brutal civil war, six Liberian missionaries in Monrovia flee the widespread violence in their native country. Their destination: Freetown, Sierra Leone. With the help of local church member Phillip Abubakar, the missionaries make the difficult journey, only to have their troubles compounded by a rebel fighter bent on killing one of their own.
Unlike Anastasia Steele, Sam Taylor-Johnson has managed to free herself from an abusive, controlling relationship: the Fifty Shades of Grey director has formally announced that she won't return to direct Fifty Shades Darker or Fifty Shades Freed.
Captain America: Civil War kicks off production in a matter of days, so Marvel needs to find a new Spider-Man lickety-split.
The wallcrawler is poised to make his MCU debut in next summer's superhero slugfest. Even if his appearance is just as a cameo, which we suspect is the case, it's still the introduction of an all-new Peter Parker, and the actor playing Spidey is likely to wear the webs for years and years to come.
We already heard that Marvel and Sony's latest Spider-Man will be young, still very much in high school, but what's surprising is that they're looking at actual teenagers to play him.
Rather than the usual practice of hiring a 25 year-old to play a high school student, Marvel is auditioning real youngsters like 16 year-old Mateus Ward.