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Luc Besson Says Lucy 2 Is Unlikely

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LucyIf the major studios had their druthers, they’d just crank out movie after profitable movie from the same franchise. That would be super easy. Hell, looking back at the summer blockbuster season, there was already quite a bit of that going on. And when an original movie is successful, you can be damn sure that the money people behind it are looking for any possible avenue the can open up to crank out at least one sequel, if not many more. Luc Besson’s wingnut sci-fi actioner Lucy was a surprise minor hit at the box office last month, but if you’re holding your breath to see more of Scarlett Johansson expanding her mind, you should start breathing now, because Lucy 2 does not appear likely to happen any time soon.

Speaking to media last week in Taiwan, the French action auteur downplayed any talk of a follow up, saying it’s probably not going to happen. In an interview with the local press, he said, “I don’t see how we can do one. It’s not made for that. If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now I don’t even think about it.”

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The Stand Wants To Cast Matthew McConaughey As Randal Flagg

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True DetectiveWith an Academy Award under his belt for last year’s Dallas Buyers Club, as well as tons of critical acclaim for HBO’s True Detective, and Christopher Nolan’s space adventure Interstellar on the way, Matthew McConaughey is going through an epic career renaissance (and we didn’t even bring up Magic Mike or Wolf of Wall Street). At this point he can do just about whatever the hell he wants, and he’s also at the top of every casting agency’s wish list, and one of those lists is for the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has a covetous eye on McConaughey, targeting him for the villainous character of Randal Flagg in their long-gestating adaptation of King’s massive post-apocalyptic tome. Played by Jamie Sheridan in the made-for-TV miniseries in the mid-1990s, Flagg is an evil figure who may or may not be a demonic presence. After a plague sweeps across the planet, decimating the human race, he and his followers wreak havoc in the aftermath. King has also used Flagg in works outside of The Stand. He became the primary antagonist in The Dark Tower, and has appeared in a series of Marvel comics based on King’s work.

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Star Wars Rebels Drops Three New TV Spots And A Zeb Character Short

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In reality, we’re not all that far away from seeing a new addition to the Star Wars universe. It’s not J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, which is what we’re most excited about, but the animated series Star Wars Rebels is set to premiere this October, and from what we’ve seen, it’s looking better and better all the time. We know that the show is going to have a huge impact on larger expanded universe, and to give you a taste of that, Disney and Lucasfilm have released three new TV spots and another new character short.

This first video gives you the basic set up for the series. Set in the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rebels shows the Galactic Empire tightening its grip over the various worlds of the galaxy. When the Empire comes to the planet Lothal, crushing the spirit of the locals, some dare to fight back, and the seeds of what will eventually become the Rebel Alliance are sown.

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Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, And Chris Pratt Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is absolutely everywhere right now. There are segments about it on the evening news, people I barely knew in high school are posting videos on their Facebook pages and calling out their friends, and, of course, loads of celebrities are getting in on the act. We’ve reached the point where there has become a backlash, and that backlash has even gotten big enough that there’s a backlash against the backlash. How quickly the whole phenomenon has grown and spread, and the way it’s evolved, is fascinating. So we have to write about this at least once, and who better to get us to do that than Star Trek: The Next Generation lead, and Professor X himself, Patrick Stewart, who has one of the best videos yet. But he’s not the only member of team sci-fi doing this.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is not the only celebrity to try to get out of dousing himself with cold, cold water, though it looks like he’s going to make a sizeable donation. At least we hope that’s why he’s got his checkbook out, otherwise he’s just kind of a dick, and he’s never come across as one before, so why start now?

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Jurassic World: Star Vincent D’Onofrio Says No One Really Has It Right Yet

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Vincent D'OnofrioJurassic World, the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, has had a problem with security on set almost since day one. We’re not talking about the safety of the cast and crew, but when it comes leaks coming from somewhere within the production, they could stand to clamp down on things a bit. Maybe they should implement a “loose lips sink ships,” “loose talk is noose talk,” “snitches get stitches” kind of policy. But despite massive leaks that revealed apparently key components of the plot, one cast member says we ain’t heard nothin’ yet.

Vincent D’Onofrio, who stars as the main villain in the Colin Trevorrow-directed film, recently sat down and talked to Screen Crush about the film. Though he’s probably most known for his role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, D’Onofrio has long been a fantastic character actor, and I’m personally pretty stoked to see him play Carlton Fisk, aka The Kingpin, in Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series.

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Book Review: The Art Of John Alvin

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John AlvinJohn Alvin may not be as well known as the likes of Saul Bass, or others among his contemporaries in the movie poster making business, but his body of work is no less impressive, and the images no less important and iconic. He passed away in 2008, but his wife Andrea Alvin has compiled an incredible book of his work, both the finished product as well as in-process pieces and alternates to the famous ones that you know and have framed on your wall.

Even if you don’t know his name, you know Alvin’s work. His first foray into movie art was for Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles in 1974, which right off the bat should indicate that he’s going to have an interesting career. The big ones you’re familiar with are the likes of Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, Blade Runner, and a ton of Steven Spielberg movies, like E.T. and Jurassic Park. But he also worked on art for Willow, Spaceballs, and the resurgent Disney animation titles like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. And then there’s the weird shit, like Brian De Palma’s The Phantom of the Paradise and the Eddie Murphy vehicle The Golden Child. Told you Alvin had an interesting career.