Popcorn News – Aug. 16

Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor revealed that they are doing some last minute reshoots to include Tom Hiddleston’s Loki character more in the movie. Taylor said, “We’re doing full scenes… scenes that were not in the movie before. We’re adding scenes, creating scenes, writing scenes for the first time. It was just we realised how well Loki was working in the movie, and we wanted to do more with him.” The sequel opens in theaters on Nov. 8. (Collider)

Paramount announced that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has been pushed back from June 6 to August 8, 2014. No reason was given for the date change for the Jonathan Liebesman directed film. (Ain’t It Cool)

A new still from the upcoming season of The Walking Dead has been released showing samurai sword-swinging Michonne riding her new horse named Flame. The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Oct. 13. (EW)


Vin Diesel is attached to star in Soldiers of the Sun, an original sci-fi action movie. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic future and focuses on a squad of soldiers that searches for a fabled city of gold while on a tour of duty in Mexico, liberating it from an alien race known as Orcs. (Hollywood Reporter)

WGN America has greenlit its first original scripted TV series, Salem. The project, from Brannon Braga (Star Trek: Enterprise, 24), Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut) and Fox21, has received a straight to series 13-episode order and will premiere in the fall of 2014. Salem is set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts and explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. The show, which centers on an epic romance, is said to deliver a new vision of witches who are real though they are not who or what they seem. (Deadline)

Bret McKenzie, one half of the Flight of the Choncords duo, is developing a fairy tale comedy musical in the vein of Labyrinth. McKenzie said, “I’m in the middle of the script for a kind of – it hasn’t got a name yet but it’s a fairy tale comedy musical, sort of akin to Labyrinth or something like that. I’m developing and that script’s halfway through. James Bobin’s helping me. I’m the official writer but we’re developing it. I want to make a comedy musical with singing dragons and monsters and stuff. [It’s] live action, so it would be a mixture of The Muppets and The Princess Bride.” (Collider)

Kathleen Robertson (Boss) is set to join season two of A&E’s Bates Motel.  Robertson would play Jodi, a smart and sexy businesswoman and artist who is as hard-charging as she is successful. (TV Line)

The Blu-ray art for Scream Factory’s upcoming release of Darkman has been revealed. The Collector’s Edition features artwork from genre artist Ghoulish Gary Pullin and will be released sometime in December. (Scream Factory)

Darkman from Scream Factory bluray

Sony has made a deal with Media Rights Capital to co-produce and distribute Elysium director Neill Blomkamp’s next film, Chappie.  The story is about a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) will voice the robot with Die Antwoord duo Ninja and Yolandi Visser playing the gangsters. (Deadline)

Director Darren Aronofsky is in early talks to direct an adaptation of Jason Matthews espionage novel Red Sparrow. Set in contemporary Russia, the film would be about two young intelligence officers that collide in a charged atmosphere of trade craft, deception, and inevitably, a sexual attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America’s valuable mole in Moscow. (Deadline)

Leslie Hope (24) is joining the pilot episode of FX’s potential series The Strain, based on the book by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. She joins Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro, Richard Sammel, Sean Astin and John Hurt in the series that focuses on a CDC team in New York tasked with containing a vampiric virus. (TV Line)

The trailer for Fading Gigolo, a comedy starring John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Liev Schreiber is now online. Turturro plays a slightly over-the-hill New Yorker who gets approached out of the blue by his book store owner friend to become a professional male escort. Allen plays the book store owner turned pimp.

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on Twitter @monsterpopcorn


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