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Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is Happening After All

When an early draft of the script for Quentin Tarantino's ensemble western The Hateful Eight leaked earlier this year, a "very, very depressed" Tarantino declared that he was not planning to continue with the project. But at a live script reading in April, the director announced that he was working on a second draft of the screenplay, stirring hopes that the post-Civil War stagecoach drama might not be doomed after all. Now those suspicions have been confirmed: At a Comic-Con panel promoting his Django Unchained-Zorro crossover comic book Sunday night, Tarantino was asked by an audience member whether The Hateful Eight would be his next feature, to which he responded, after a pause: “Yeah — We’re going to be doing The Hateful Eight at the beginning of the year." It's not clear yet exactly which actors will make up the cast — most of the participants from the live read are expected to reprise their roles — but whoever it is had better keep those new scripts locked up tight. We've got our eyes on you, Bruce Dern.

See Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in the Pretty Incredible Mad Max Trailer

On Saturday, Vulture, on the ground at Comic-Con, attended the Mad Max panel, where director George Miller described his upcoming prequel, Fury Road, as "practically a feature-length chase scene." The trailer, first shown at yesterday's panel, is now available online. Tom Hardy plays a young Max in a rough-and-tumble chase as a band of marauders try to capture Charlize Theron, who sports a shaved head and gritty eye makeup and her band of dewy women. As you might expect, there are lots of spikes, explosions, and desert sand.

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Marvel Green-lights Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Marvel recently planted flags on a whole lot of release dates over the next few years, and today at Comic-Con, they were expected to announce several of those mystery projects. Rumors flew that the studio might reveal Black Panther or Ms. Marvel; they did not. They didn't even mention Dr. Strange, likely because Joaquin Phoenix hasn't finished negotiations. Instead, in a video message from Chris Pratt and James Gunn, the studio confirmed what almost everyone had suspected: Guardians of the Galaxy is getting a sequel, and it's coming July 28, 2017. That's how bullish Marvel is on the Gunn-directed, Pratt-starring franchise, especially with the first installment (out August 1) tracking strongly and earning stellar reviews. May Vin Diesel's continued employment as a tree continue!

Comic-Con: Did Joss Whedon Just Kill All the Avengers?

Long before shows like Game of Thrones and Lost taught us that anyone was expendable, Joss Whedon was the undisputed master at killing off your favorite characters. Whedon's tenure at the helm of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel left behind a body count of the beloved, but you might have thought that Whedon's foray into directing superhero movies would curb his murderous tendencies: Yes, he snuck one surprise death into The Avengers, but the superhero-stuffed sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron wouldn't seem to have as many expendables. Who among these franchise-sporting superheroes could he kill, really?

The answer, it seems, is every goddamn last one of them. »

Guillermo del Toro Tells Shocked Comic-Con Crowd That Tom Hiddleston Is Great

Yes, the Comic-Con crowd was excited to see Benedict Cumberbatch this week. Yes, they were happy that Daniel Radcliffe made his first trek to San Diego. But for the fans huddled here in Hall H, there is one high truth far holier than any other: Thou shalt take no gods before Tom Hiddleston. The British actor has flitted through many a Marvel movie as the trickster villain Loki, and he brought the house down last year when performing in character at Comic-Con. Though Hiddleston wasn't present today, director Guillermo del Toro still had something to say about the actor, whom he cast in his new gothic thriller Crimson Peak.

"I must tell you girls, Tom Hiddleston is the nicest f**king guy on Earth." »

Comic-Con: They’re Making Another King Kong Movie

Here's something unexpected! At the end of today's Legendary Pictures panel at Comic-Con, producer Thomas Tull introduced a trailer for a brand-new mystery project ... that turned out to be a sequel of sorts to King Kong. Not that any of us knew that as the trailer began: All we saw was a stormy, primeval-looking island, accompanied by some ominous narration, and since director Guillermo del Toro had left the stage, many people in the audience figured we were watching some sort of announcement teaser for del Toro's long-in-development passion project At the Mountains of Madness. (Still others around me guessed Jurassic World.) Then, as we pressed in on the island, we saw a giant monster roaring — and hey, is that King Kong? Smash cut to the title: Skull Island, the place King Kong calls home. The panel ended right after that with nary a lick of information, and the audience was ... well, confused. There's no director attached to this project yet (although Legendary has dated it for November 4, 2016), but hey, why not make the trailer first, right?

Comic-Con: Godzilla 2 Teases Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah

After this summer's reboot of Godzilla scared up an impressive $491 million worldwide, a sequel seemed assured … until Star Wars came calling. "Unfortunately, our director Gareth Edwards is locked up in a galaxy far, far away," said Legendary Pictures chief Thomas Tull today at Comic-Con. Indeed, after Edwards was selected to helm one of the coming Star Wars spinoffs, Hollywood wondered whether Legendary would press on with a new Godzilla film without him … but in a special video message from Edwards that just played at Hall H, the director thanked fans for their support and revealed, "It means we get to make another one. I'll be back to do Godzilla 2."

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The Trailer for Kevin Smith’s Tusk Is Kind of Terrifying

Kevin Smith has pulled himself out of the doldrums not just to make Clerks 3, but also Tusk, a horror film about a mad scientist who wants to answer the question, "Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?!" Originally conceived of as a podcast, Smith wrote the whole thing in 20 days. In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Smith said that the movie got his creative juices flowing again: "As stoned as I always am, this walrus picture was starting to sound like a worthy endeavor — or at the very least, a movie I'd like to see." (The piece was taken down because it had too many spoilers, but was cached here. Thanks, internet!) Justin Long plays an intrepid podcaster whose interest in weird adventure tales takes him to the backwoods of Canada and to the home of Howard Howe (played by Michael Parks), the man who tells tall tales. It's Misery meets a Hammer Horror film.

Comic-Con: Yes, Mel Gibson Came Up During the Mad Max Panel

Warner Bros. showed off a whole lot of footage from its long-gestating Mad Max reboot today at Comic-Con, and the thing looked relentless. We first meet Tom Hardy's young Max, bearded and dirty, as he's stomping and chewing a lizard; it's not long, though, before he's the one who's being kicked and tortured by a roving gang of marauders that shave his scruff and tattoo his back. He's then masked and placed on the front of their car like a very unusual hood ornament, but as the villains pursue Charlize Theron (who's spiriting away three young women including Zoe Kravitz and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) across a desert landscape and through lightning-laden dust storms, Hardy eventually frees himself and allies with Theron.

"Who knew that Mel Gibson would literally turn into Mad Max at some point?" »

Here’s Your First Look at Gal Gadot As Wonder Woman

Just now at Comic-Con, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder showed a teaser from his 2016 movie, featuring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman ... but what of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman? Eagle-eyed Comic-Con attendees briefly glimpsed a poster of Gadot in costume on one of Hall H's side screens, and now Snyder's taken the liberty of uploading that picture to Twitter. What do you think of the costume? Are you psyched to see Wonder Woman wielding a sword? Sound off!

Comic-Con: We Just Saw Ben Affleck As Batman

After a sleepy two days at Comic-Con, Warner Bros. just opened its Hall H panel by playing its biggest hit right off the bat: The studio screened the very first footage from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. "We were shooting last night, [we] jumped on a plane and came here this morning," said director Zack Snyder, who brought stars Ben Affleck (leather-jacketed and uncomfortable-looking), Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot. "I'm not giving them a microphone because I'm afraid you guys are gonna ask them some questions," said Snyder.

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Comic-Con: Channing Tatum Is More Than Just His Looks

The actresses at Comic-Con are used to being treated as mere eye candy, but today, turnabout was fair play at the Fox panel for Book of Life. The Day of the Dead–inspired animated film has a heavily Latino cast that's toplined by Diego Luna and Zoe Saldana, but Channing Tatum also has a significant role as Luna's romantic rival, and when the actor took the stage in Hall H for Book of Life's Q&A, one fan asked Tatum why he'd make any movie that didn't rely on his handsome mug or chiseled torso.

"Um." »

  • Posted 7/25/14 at 5:15 PM

Best of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Streaming: Ass-Kicking Women

This weekend, as you search for a movie to watch, you can either see Lucy or pick one of approximately 14 billion options available on streaming over a variety of services, be it Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, On Demand, or other sites. Every Friday, Vulture tries to make life easier by narrowing it down to a handful of heartily recommended options. This week, a quartet of films about strong female protagonists.

The movies were desperate for Pam Grier. »

Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Become Marvel’s Next Hero

Earlier in the week, we said one of the biggest questions going into Comic-Con this weekend was who was going to play Doctor Strange, and it appears we might have an answer before Marvel even has their panel. The Wrap reports Joaquin Phoenix is in conversations for the role, with The Hollywood Reporter saying negotiations are under way. (For more information on Doctor Strange, may we direct you to our explainer?) Still, a deal is not done, so he could definitely back out. Stranger things have happened, like, for example, I'm Still Here.

How Baby Boom Set the Template for Future Movies About Working Mothers

Baby Boom, produced by Nancy Meyers and released in 1987, was a Zeitgeist-y look at the working woman’s quest to have it all. But in many ways, the movie still feels fresh. Diane Keaton plays J.C. Wiatt, a.k.a. the Tiger Lady, a management consultant with an unflappable exterior whose career ambitions are severely disrupted when she inherits a baby from a distant relative. (Yes, you can inherit a baby.) She's not expecting the baby, and thus: High jinks ensue. But it's not all fun and games: The now-single mother has to make tough decisions on how she wants to live her life, making Baby Boom a groundbreaking film about modern-day female lives. While the topic is now a part of the cultural conversation, it’s easy to forget that this was still a provocative subject 27 years ago! And it's no surprise that Keaton was involved in helping bring it to the mainstream. Here's how:

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Disney’s Hercules Is an Underrated Masterpiece

Removing the sentimental nostalgia connected with the classics (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King; pick your poison) is nearly impossible, and when you do manage to watch these movies objectively, the results can be disappointing. But on the occasion of the latest muscle-driven, super-veiny adaptation of Hercules, I am supremely, objectively confident that I'd rather be watching a sequel to the 1997 Disney film — the Hercules with the tiny head atop a giant neck, the maybe-mullet, and the pronounced chin that could only be drawn by a team of animators. Despite all the adaptations and all the hunky Greek heroes we’ve amassed over the years (yes, I’m aware that Ryan Gosling once played Young Hercules), there will only ever be one man I think of as Hercules. That man is ... Tate Donovan. (Well, his voice, anyway.) The animated version not only happens to be my favorite Hercules adaptation, but also my favorite — and perhaps the most underrated — Disney movie of all. Here's why.

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Very Good Girls Is a Smart Movie With a Dumb Love Triangle

Very Good Girls is either a smart movie about families or a dumb movie about teenagers. Or maybe it’s a little of both. It’s allegedly about two Brooklyn teens (played by Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen) trying to lose their virginity one summer, but it’s really about the bonds of family and friendship. I know, I know — that sounds like a load of hooey, but Naomi Foner’s film really does wear its subtext on its sleeve. It’s well acted and psychologically acute, even if what’s actually happening onscreen often feels a lot less interesting than what’s clearly boiling beneath the film’s surface.

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Comic-Con: What You Won’t See in the New Hunger Games Trailer

Are you completely obsessed with those effective teasers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 that feature a brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone), dressed all in white with distressingly blank looks on their faces? Then you'd better get your fill of both those characters while you can, because the brand-new trailer for Mockingjay that just debuted at Comic-Con doesn't feature Peeta or Johanna. In fact, it barely shows our heroine, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence).

Here's what you will see. »

Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight: A Dead Rabbit Pulled Out of a Hat

The year’s inevitable Woody Allen film, Magic in the Moonlight, has a clever premise, an agreeable cast, delectable ‘20s period recreations of faux “Oriental” magic shows and Côte d’Azur garden parties, and an ever-slackening pulse. It starts off with a flourish and winds up limp, like a rabbit pulled out of a hat that turns out to be dead.

Colin Firth is a British magician named Stanley who performs in a bald cap and Fu Manchu mustache. »

Where the Nicolas Cage–Tim Burton Superman Movie Went Wrong

During the '90s, years before Superman Returns, Warner Bros. tried to make a Superman movie with Kevin Smith attached to write the script, Tim Burton attached to direct, and Nicolas Cage attached to play Superman. Obviously, this movie never happened. But from the ashes arose a documentary. The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? tells the story of the film's ups and downs and downs and features interviews with many people involved in the picture, including Burton and Smith. However, its original round of crowdsourced funding fell a bit short of what it actually needed, so director Jon Schnepp is asking for another $85,000 on FanBacked.com. To entice people, he released a full trailer. Watch below, and then spend your weekend just thinking about Nic Cage flying around without a care in the world.