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Neil Armstrong Biopic First Man Whips Up A Director

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neil armstrongIt’s been just over two years since Neil Armstrong left this planet for the afterlife, and eleven years since discussions first began for the legendary astronaut to get his own biopic. Thankfully, there has been some positive movement, as production company Temple Hill is in talks with festival-friendly director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) to helm First Man.

First Man is based on James Hansen’s 2005 biography First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong, and will presumably cover Armstrong’s military career going into his work at NASA, where he did that whole “first man to walk on the moon” business. Armstrong was an accomplished Navy bomber, taking over 70 missions during the Korean War, all before he was 23 years old. He went on to do test piloting for the Air Force for a while before being brought in to NASA for the Gemini and Apollo programs. And it was on the Apollo 11 mission, with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, that Armstrong first set foot on the moon, uttering those now-unforgettable words.

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Real Genius Sitcom In The Works From NBC And Adam Sandler

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real geniusRemember the 1980s, when Val Kilmer was a fresh faced young actor with star-making roles in Top Gun and Willow ahead of him? Ah, those were the days. And if you have a fondness for that particular decade in popular culture, it’s very likely that Real Genius, only Kilmer’s third credited role (his first was the underappreciated gem Top Secret! and his second was an ABC After School Special), has an important place in your heart. Well get ready to revisit the campus of Pacific Tech, because Real Genius is getting a sitcom remake courtesy of NBC and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company.

As unnecessary as the whole thing seems to me, I was still moderately on board until that last part, and until learned the rest of the details. It’s not even the Sandler part that worries me. As many bad movies as he’s made recently (why does Al Pacino rap in Jack and Jill?), movies like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and Punch Drunk Love are still good. Happy Madison, however, is responsible for some of the most god awful, unwatchable crap that has ever been produced. I’ll give them Joe Dirt and Don’t Mess With the Zohan are both incredible works of genius, but Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star, the Deuce Bigelow movies, The Hot Chick, the list of atrocities could go on for days.

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Predestination Puts Out Another Spooky Trailer To Go With Awful New Release Date

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If you’re going to make a time travel movie, you’d better have all your ducks in a row, especially if that movie is based on a short story from legendary author Robert A. Heinlein. With their upcoming thriller Predestination, Daybreakers filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig seem to have created an extremely intriguing tale of mayhem, not tethered by time and space. The film’s new trailer, seen above, is even more exciting than the previous version. So why, oh why, would Sony Pictures offshoot Stage 6 Films decide to release this flick in the middle of the cinema’s darkest days of the year?

Stage 6 announced Predestination will hit theaters on January 9, 2015. (I’m still writing “2014” on paperwork at that point.) While we’ve seen a rise in quality of movies released during February over the past couple of years, January is still just a dismal abyss of features that haven’t earned the proper amount of studio confidence. At this point, Predestination will go up against Robbie Pickering’s genre-mashing Kitchen Sink and Liam Neeson’s third Taken film. (Which is, by the by, now goes by the hideous new moniker Tak3n.) The latter film will probably bring in a decent audience, and they’ll hopefully see Hawke’s face on a Predestination poster and give it a shot.

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Interstellar Is Christopher Nolan’s Longest Movie To Date, And Six New Photos

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interstellarAre you ready for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar? You may think you are, but this is a more serious question than you may realize. As good as it looks, as excited as we all are to finally set eyes on it, this is not an undertaking you should go into lightly. This is going to be a marathon. Nolan is not exactly known for making short, quick hit movies, but Interstellar is going to be his longest yet. And because we seemingly can’t go a single day anymore without something new from the film, another collection of photos from the film and set dropped today.

We knew Interstellar was going to be a rather lengthy affair. After all, there are a number of big themes in play, and the plot is also fairly expansive. In the near future, global climate change has gotten so bad that Earth won’t be able to sustain life much longer. Basically, it’s time to find a new home, and a group of explorers, including Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, blasts off through a newly discovered wormhole to find a fresh new planet to call home.

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Comic(s) Relief: Rocket And Groot Conquer Marvel (Covers) This November

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IronManIf we’ve learned anything this summer, it’s that Rocket Raccoon and Groot make damn near everything better. Whether it’s a band of criminal misfits or a drowsy summer box office, a concentrated dose of gun-loving space raccoon and monosyllabic anthropomorphic tree creature is just what the doctor ordered, even if that doctor seemed sort of shifty and was operating out of the back of a van with the engine idling. Well, clearly Marvel has learned this lesson well — the $633 million worldwide take thus far may have helped hammer it home — because they’re letting Rocket and Groot conquer their comic-book universe this November. Well, the covers at least.

Cashing in on the ridiculous success of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Marvel has already launched several Guardians spin-off comics, including series focused on Star-Lord and Rocket. Now Marvel has announced that Rocket and Groot will be featured on variant covers for 20 select comics from the self-proclaimed “House of Ideas” this November. Even cooler, the covers will be paying homage to iconic Marvel covers such as that of Iron Man #128, which featured the unforgettable “Demon in a Bottle” storyline. The new version on the left is by Tom Fowler, and will be showcased as the cover of Superior Iron Man #1. Check out more of the variant covers after the jump, as well as a breakdown of this week’s new sci-fi comics!

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Divergent Made Miles Teller Feel Dead Inside

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Miles TellerIn the current landscape where damn near every movie is a franchise, or wants to be, and actors sign on for multiple movies at a time, you can’t just turn around and badmouth your productions because you’re going to have to work with all of these same people and institutions again before long. That shit will come back to haunt you. Miles Teller, however, is throwing caution to the wind, and recently told the world how he felt about working on Neil Burger’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s young adult novel Divergent. Here’s a hint, it wasn’t good.

Divergent may have delighted fans of Roth’s best-selling novels (we were not particularly taken with the film) and earned $288 million dollars, which is far from Hunger Games money, but it’s nothing to shake a stick at. The film has many supporters, but Teller, an emerging star with a number of significant roles (both prestige and profile wise) on the horizon, is apparently not one of them.