LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - After making it clear he will not be directing the next "Transformers" pic, Michael Bay may have found his first project that doesn't involve large-than-life robots.
Sources tell Variety Bay is in early talks to direct Paramount's "13 Hours in Benghazi" which is based on the true story recounting the attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11.
Chuck Hogan penned the script with Erwin Stoff producing through 3 Arts Entertainment's production shingle. The story is based on the book "Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi" by Mitchell Zuckoff which Paramount acquired the rights to back in February prior to the books publication.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Google Glass and other wearable devices are now officially off-limits in the cinema.
On Wednesday, the MPAA and the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) announced an update to their joint policy to prevent film theft in theaters, prohibiting recording by users equipped with Google Glass or other wearables in theaters.
The update "was made to fully integrate wearable tech into the rules following a joint meeting of NATO and MPAA theatrical anti-piracy teams," the lobbying orgs said. The announcement was made at ShowEast 2014, NATO's annual industry confab in Hollywood, Fla.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - After breaking out as Jackie Robinson and James Brown in "42" and "Get On Up," Chadwick Boseman has a new high-profile role to play: T'Challa, otherwise known as the superhero Black Panther.
Created by Stan Lee with Jack Kirby, the character is notable for being the first black superhero in mainstream American comicbooks.
The king of the fictional nation of Wakanda, T'Challa joined the Avengers in 1968. He will be prominently featured in costume for the first time in "Captain America: Civil War," May 6, 2016, before being spun off into his own film on Nov. 3, 2017.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Marvel ended a huge day of announcements on Tuesday by releasing a new clip of the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron" during "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
The clip shows the Avengers relaxed, enjoying each other's company as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) attempts to lift Thor's hammer. More of the superheros attempt the feat, but, in the words of Chris Hemsworth's Thor, they're all unworthy.
That's when Ultron, the film's center villain voiced by James Spader, arrives. "How could you be worthy?" he asks. "You're all puppets, tangled in strings."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Marvel Studios has announced its new phase of superhero movies, including pics for the Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, The Inhumans, at a major fan event in Hollywood on Tuesday.
The superhero powerhouse also revealed that "The Avengers 3" will be broken up into two films, called "Avengers: Infinity War," set for May 4, 2018 and 2019.
Chadwick Boseman ("42") will play the Black Panther and appeared onstage alongside "Captain America 3: Civil War" stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The stars aligned for the Hollywood premiere of "Interstellar" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 26. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and others joined Christopher Nolan to unveil Paramount's highly anticipated (and closely guarded) sci-fi film, opening Nov. 5 in select theaters and nationwide on November 7.
Famously press-shy, director/producer/co-writer Nolan took photos and gave a few quotes on the red carpet before ducking into the theater with his wife Emma Thomas, also a producer on the film, letting his cast and collaborators do most of the talking.
Hathaway said people should expect to "have their minds bent and their hearts opened."
By Marc Graser, Variety.com
Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to play the doctor-turned-sorcerer-supreme in the newest superhero film from Marvel that Scott Derrickson will direct, sources tell Variety.
The film has not yet been officially dated, but Marvel is said to be eyeing a 2016 release. Cumberbatch's role could be made official at a Marvel Studios presentation to media and fans at Disney's El Capitan Theater.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - DreamWorks Studios has cast Mark Rylance as the benevolent giant who is title character in "The BFG."
Steven Spielberg will direct the adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's novel. Published in 1982, "The BFG" tells the tale of a young girl, the Queen of England and the BFG, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.
Spielberg will begin shooting "The BFG" in early 2015 and it will open in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016.