Marvel’s Feige On Mandarin, Red Skull Returns


Still more comments keep dripping out from masters of milking it IGN UK and their interview with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige about upcoming projects.

Today, the topic turned towards iconic villains - specifically the potential return of Red Skull from "Captain America: The First Avenger" and the return/re-interpretation of The Mandarin from "Iron Man 3".

While Hugo Weaving has indicated he has no real interest in returning as Red Skull, the character's seeming demise at the end of that film was handled in a way it appeared as if he was thrown somewhere across the galaxy. Feige says that was deliberate to keep the option open, but there are no immediate plans as yet for his return:

"Well, the way we showed his 'demise' in The First Avenger was to showcase to people that he could perhaps pop up again sometime... I honestly don't know when or where that would be."

As for The Mandarin and his controversial reveal in "Iron Man 3," Feige also says they're quite open to a 'real' version of the character popping up:

"There have been [talks]. That's one of the reasons we wanted to do the fun short that Drew Pearce wrote and directed. That was to clarify, 'Hey, just because we did this thing doesn't mean this other thing doesn't exist.' And as we were making Iron Man 3 -- and I think Drew's spoken about this -- that was always our intention, was that Aldrich Killian was perverting the notion of these things he's heard."

Feige goes on to say "Iron Man 3" suggests this in one key scene already:

"There's a little bit of that when he's doing his detective work in his lab after Happy's been injured outside the Chinese Theater. He's talking about, 'Okay, the Mandarin is taken from various iconographies and mythologies from across the world.' The idea was always there was somebody like this. There had been rumors of somebody like this, and Aldrich Killian just built on that, to make his version."

El Mayimbe To Helm Digital Series "Breakneck"


Umberto Gonzalez better known as famed online film writer El Mayimbe from Latino Review, is (full disclosure) a delightful guy I've known for years and one I consider a friend.

Today I'm very happy to report that he is set to make his directorial debut on the micro-budget, episodic, digital action-thriller series "Breakneck" for Vetted Media.

Gonzalez penned the script which follows a New York City bodega clerk who must go on the run from a corrupt private militarized company after discovering incriminating information and being framed for murder.

Daniel Alter and Jeff Forsyth will produce. Filming aims to begin before the end of the year. Once complete, all episodes will be released simultaneously on Vetted's YouTube channel while a feature length cut will be made available on SVOD platforms.

Alter and Gonzalez have worked together before with their popular Kings of Con party at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday night one of the hottest tickets of the convention.

New "Mad Max," "Hobbit," "Goosebumps" Photos


With the San Diego Comic-Con about to get underway, Warner Bros. Pictures has released new stills from both the upcoming "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" and "Mad Max: Fury Road". At the same time 20th Century Fox has posted some shots from the upcoming "Goosebumps" movie. Whilst some of these shots have been online before, they've only been available as magazine scans as opposed to the high-resolution versions below.

Producer On "Arrow" S3 Villain, Flash Crossover


Following the TCA presentation the other day, "Arrow"executive producer Andrew Kreisberg has spoken with EW about the upcoming third season of the series. In the process, he teased this year's main villain and how he differs from last year's central antagonist Slade Wilson:

"Slade had a very specific agenda - he was out for revenge and had set up this elaborate five-year plot. What's interesting about the villain in season three is that he doesn't necessarily disagree with [Oliver]. He doesn't have any personal animus towards the Arrow, and he actually in some ways has a very similar worldview. [But] the Arrow is thinking too small."

Kreisberg also spoke about the previously announced "The Flash" crossover episodes which will air this Fall:

"It's really going to be an adventure with the Arrow and Flash on both episodes. Watching the two teams come together and fight alongside each other, it's one of the most fun parts. We just don't believe in waiting. We really believe in accelerated storytelling and especially for those first nine episodes of the season--for both shows--hopefully we’ve designed it so that none of these [make you say], ‘Well, I missed that one, it's fine.'"

"The Flash" pilot makes its debut on October 7th, the third season of "Arrow" premieres the following day.

"Insidious: Chapter 3" Begins Production


Focus Features, Entertainment One (eOne), Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), and Blumhouse Productions announced today that Insidious: Chapter 3 has begun production in Los Angeles. Leigh Whannell, co-creator of the terrifying horror franchise, is writing and directing the new movie.

To commemorate the start of production of the series’ newest chapter, Focus is launching a sweepstakes on the official Insidious Facebook and Twitter pages. Insidious buffs and fans will have the chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to visit the set of Insidious: Chapter 3. The contest begins on Tuesday, July 22nd, and ends on Friday, July 25th. The contest’s complete official rules can be accessed at Focus Features.

Insidious: Chapter 3 stars Dermot Mulroney (of August: Osage County) and Stefanie Scott (of Blumhouse’s upcoming Jem and the Holograms) alongside Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Mr. Whannell, with the latter trio reprising their roles from the first two movies in the franchise.

In Insidious: Chapter 3, a twisted new tale of terror begins for a teenage girl and her family, predating the haunting of the Lambert family in the earlier movies and revealing more mysteries of the otherworldly realm The Further.

Focus Features will release Insidious: Chapter 3 domestically nationwide on Friday, May 29th, 2015. eOne will distribute the picture in Canada, U.K., and Spain; and Sony will distribute the picture in the rest of the world. Jason Blum of Blumhouse, who produced both previous movies in the series, is producing the next installment with returning producer Oren Peli and franchise co-creator James Wan, who directed the two earlier films written by Mr. Whannell with story by Mr. Wan and Mr. Whannell. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Steven Schneider, Charles Layton, and Xavier Marchand are executive-producing Insidious: Chapter 3.

Insidious, released in 2011, and Insidious: Chapter 2, released in 2013, grossed a combined $257 million worldwide.

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