Anyone who closely follows the news probably noticed the recent coverage of the very controversial bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1994, a tragedy that claimed 85 lives. After the mysterious death of Argentinean Prosecutor Alberto Nisman just one day before he was scheduled to appear before Congress to formally present evidence that would incriminate Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of covering up the perpetrators of that heinous bombing, many Argentinians – especially those in the Jewish community – began to wonder if the case of the 1994 attack would ever be solved.
"God's Slave" ("Esclavo de Dios"), an award-winning film directed by Venezuelan Joel Novoa and featured in this year's Santa Barbara International, Palm Beach, Huelva, Lleida and Sephardi film festivals, was based on true events and provided great insight into the reasons why cases like the AMIA attack are so difficult to solve. It also gave its audience a peek inside the life of an Arab terrorist and the Mossad operative determined to stop him.
Ahmed Al Hassam (the Islamic terrorist and suicide bomber trainee) and David Goldman (the Mossad operative) follow their convictions throughout the movie's reimagined execution of the AMIA bombing and its aftermath. Hassam spent his adult years training to be a suicide bomber to avenge the death of his parents, whom he saw murdered by a masked Israeli operative. Conversely, Goldman, the Israeli secret agent whose brother was killed in a suicide attack, is not willing to let one more person die at the hands of a suicide bomber and begins to track Hassam in the hope of preventing another mass murder. They are both enslaved to their cause. more >>
The "X-Men" cinematic universe is about to get even bigger. If reports are true, 20th Century Fox is working on a new spinoff title called "The New Mutants." The studio is set to expand the franchise by introducing solo films in 2016, with the likes of "Deadpool" and "Gambit" as well as the next "X-Men" film called "X-Men: Apocalypse."
According to a report in Deadline, 20th Century Fox has sealed a deal with up and coming director Josh Boone to co-write and helm "The New Mutants" movie. Boone is known for his box office hit "The Fault in Our Stars," a movie adaptation of a novel by the same title. The report said that Boone will write the screenplay with Knate Gwaltney.
"The New Mutants" is part of the "X-Men" comic series. It introduces a new breed of mutants who were born with special powers and undergo training to become super heroes. Initial reports about the new project only say that it will "explore a new part of the 'X-Men' universe," but one report on Cinema Blend predicts that it will take away some of the storylines from the comic series. The series includes characters such as Cannonball, Karma, Mirage, Sunspot and Wolfsbane. However, the report also noted that the studio may end up not including any or some of the characters at all. more >>
Warner Brothers recently confirmed that it is developing a new installment to the 1993 movie "The Fugitive," the Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones starrer about a surgeon who was running from the law after being falsely accused with his wife's murder. The feature film was one of the studio's biggest hits in the 1990s, grossing $369 million worldwide.
According to an exclusive report in Deadline, they have already identified a writer who will pen the script for the said movie. Christina Hodson, who also wrote "The Eden Project" and "Shut In," was reportedly signed on by the studio to work on the screenplay. Among the producers of the film are Arnold and Anne Kopelson.
It was not yet known whether the upcoming movie will be a sequel to the first movie or whether it will be a reboot with the same set of characters. The movie was an adaptation of a popular TV series by the same title. The TV series followed the story of Dr. Richard Kimble, a surgeon who was falsely accused of his wife's murder. He takes an opportunity to become a fugitive in order to prove his innocence. He is hounded by a team of U.S. Marshals, led by Deputy Samuel Gerard, who becomes his unlikely ally as he discovers who the real killer is. more >>
Eddie Redmayne in currently in talks for the lead role in the "Harry Potter" spinoff movie, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is in negotiations to play Newt Scamander, the author of a textbook used by Harry Potter and his classmates, which will be the subject of a film adaptation for J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
The story, set in New York 70 years prior to the events of Harry Potter, details the adventures of magizoologist Scamander in his quest to discover and classify various magical beasts and mystical creatures that exist in the Harry Potter universe. more >>
Warner Bros. just gave the go-signal for a sequel to the Academy Award-winning 1993 film, "The Fugitive," giving rise to speculations Harrison Ford may return as Dr. Richard Kimble.
The third installment for "The Fugitive" is in the works, after Warner Bros. greenlit the project, highlighting the possibility original star, Harrison Ford may make a comeback to his role.
The first film, revolving around a doctor (Ford) on the run after being wrongly accused of killing his wife, grossed over $350 million in the box office and garnered six Academy Award nominations, with Tommy Lee Jones garnering a Best Supporting Actor Award at the 1994 Oscars. more >>
"Star Wars: Rogue One" would be the first non-episodic live-action film included in Lucas' Star Wars cinematic universe. The film is set to be released after J.J. Abram's upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" which is slated to hit the big screen later this year.
As previously learned during the Star Wars Celebration event, Rogue One's narrative will take place between the events of Episode III and IV which will see the plight of a group of resistance fighters embarking on a "daring mission" to steal the Death Star plans.
Film director Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla") was also quoted as saying during the fandom occasion that around this time, the Jedis are all but nearly extinct, the Old Republic is in chaos, and then there's the threat of the Death Star. more >>