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The N.E.R.D. Entertainment Report for the week of Dec. 7th

Updated on December 7, 2014
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Fantastic Four Reboot News:

Lots of new movie news hit the internet this week and one of the most exciting of these announcements was the first plot hints concerning the reboot of The Fantastic Four movie.

This week, 20th Century Fox finally released a short synopsis of the film which read:

The Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Although this description does leave plenty to be desired, the synopsis gives fans a warm feeling as they get the impression that this reincarnation of the series might follow more closely with the comic that it originated from.

This is the second bit of news that fans have received after info was released earlier about the big baddie, Dr. Doom who will be re-imagined as simply, Doom, an anti-social blogger and programmer. Hopefully he's not blogging about how poorly this film does when it is finally released next August. Although, a sequel is planned for 2017 so only time will tell.

Of course we all remember the last stab at the Fantastic Four universe. In 2005 we got The Fantastic Four followed by Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, both of which starred Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffudd and made profits of over $200 million each.

James Bond News:

James Bond fans also received awesome news this week when huge details about the next 007 film were released. Some of the details released included a synopsis of the film as well as the cast, a poster and even a brand new car!

It was officially announced that the title of the new bond film, the twenty-fourth in the series, will be titled Spectre. Clearly the title leaves a lot to be desired and left fans scratching their heads, wondering what it all meant. Luckily, a few plot details were given that may shed some light.

As far as the plot is concerned, fans were given a little hint of what they can expect in the new Bond adventure. As MGM studios stated, the film follows James Bond after he receives an enigmatic message from his past which launches him on an adventure to uncover an ominous organization. Meanwhile, Agent M is fighting her own battle to keep the secret service alive. An added clue is that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. actually stands for Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, which is actually a terrorist group that James Bond has been as war with since the start of the series.

As far as the cast is concerned, actor Daniel Craig will return in the role of 007, the iconic secret agent while Judi Dench will continue on with her role of M, the leader of MI6. This will be Daniel Craig’s fourth time taking the spot of Bond with his earlier appearances being in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and 2012’s Skyfall. Judy Dench has actually appeared in over five James Bond films. Other Bond regulars set to return include Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, and Ben Whishaw, who also all appeared in Skyfall.

Newcomers to the cast include, Christoph Waltz, David Bautista, and Léa Seydoux, among others. Waltz has been rumored to star in the film for a short while now, with many news outlets predicting that he will play the film’s villain. The actor has created quite a name for himself playing bad guys after his critically acclaimed performance as the primary antagonist in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.

David Bautista, who recently had success as the character Drax, in the comic book film, Guardians of the Galaxy, will reportedly be playing the role of the villain, Mr. Hinx, in the film. Finally, actress Léa Seydoux may be playing the love interest in the film. The actress was most recently seen in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Other cast members confirmed for the film include Monica Belucci of The Matrix Reloaded and Andrew Scott of the television show Sherlock. Sam Mendes will also return to direct.

A new car was also confirmed to be making an appearance in the film as James Bond’s new ride. The car is the Aston Martin DB10, a sleek and stylish vehicle that will no doubt be put through the wringer as Bond fights his battles. Interestingly, the title of the car comes from the fact that only ten of these vehicles will be produced.

More details will be released as the arrival of the film approaches.

Deadpool Movie News:

The Deadpool film that was announced a short while back is quickly coming to fruition as casting rumors amp up around the production.

The Deadline Report confirms that actor Ryan Reynolds is in very serious talks to sign on as the titular comic book character.

This would be the second time that Reynolds has taken on the character, he played a less desirable version of Deadpool in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Fans have a love it or hate it attitude when it comes to this X-Men film and even the newest X-Men film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, seems to ignore that the origin movie even existed.

Still, if done correctly, the Deadpool movie has the potential to be a really kick-ass experience. For anyone looking for an idea of what this movie could look like, check out this test footage that made the internet rounds a couple months back which includes the trademark violence and dark humor that the character is famous for:

Box Office Predictions*:

  1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - $19 Million+
  2. Penguins of Madagascar - $9 Million+
  3. Horrible Bosses 2 - $8 Million+
  4. Big Hero 6 - $7 Million+
  5. Interstellar - $5 Million+

This weekend brings us zero new movies in wide release which means that it will be a battle of the holdovers in the multiplex with the Hunger Games sequel likely to take the lead.

Mockingjay will probably make twice the amount of money in the number one spot that Penguins of Madagascar will likely earn in the second spot. Third, fourth and fifth place will be Horrible Bosses 2, Big Hero 6 and Interstellar, respectfully.

There are two new films in limited release this weekend with the horror movie The Pyramid and Wild, the biopic led by Reese Witherspoon. These two films are not opening wide and thusly will not find a place in the top five.

*Numbers based on Saturday's Numbers


Netflix: New movie and television shows streaming in Dec. 2014

With another new month comes a new crop of great Netflix movies and television series’ ready to stream for fan’s viewing pleasure. This month brings several entertainment options sure to entertain on those rainy days. Whether tastes include raunchy comedies, nail biting dramas or the new season of a favorite television show, there is certainly something for everyone.

Available at the beginning of the month, check out Crossroads. Released in 2002, the movie stars female starlets Britney Spears, Anson Mount and Zoe Saldana, playing friends who take an adventurous road trip in an effort to truly find themselves. The classic drama, Almost Famous, will also be released on this date. Famous follows Stillwater, a rock band consisting of actors Patrick Fugit, Jason Lee and Jimmy Fallon, who go on tour while being reported on by a young journalist.

On Dec. 11, check out the Martin Scorsese classic, The Wolf of Wall Street, which stars an engaging Leonardo DiCaprio as a wealthy stockbroker on the wrong side of the law. Wall Street also stars Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner and Matthew McConaughey in the film which was nominated for many awards, including Best Picture Oscar. Also on this day, enjoy the M. Night Shyamalan mystery, The Village, a twisty tale about a small town and the creepy woods that surround it. The Village was released in 2004 and features the acting talents of Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, and William Hurt while featuring a twist ending that will leave watchers breathless.

Fans of series television will also get their fill of entertainment with a slew of new Netflix series options. Throughout the month, look for season one of the English mystery series Broadchurch, a murder mystery set in a small town. This year, a remake of Broadchurch, called Gracepoint, debuted in America on FOX as a ten-part mini series. Both Broadchurchand Gracepoint star actor David Tennant. Also, be sure to check out the first season of The Sundance Channel’s The Honourable Woman, which follows a woman caught in an international struggle after inheriting her father’s arms business. This series is a political thriller and features an A-list cast including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Philip Arditti, Lubna Azabal, Andrew Buchan and Eve Best. The series has been applauded by critics for its brilliant story and acting.

Also available in December, the James Franco-starring film Good People, the fantasy film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, the film version of Bewitched, the horror film Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and the 2013 drama Labor Day among others. Additional television releases include season three of American Horror Story, season one of Marco Polo, season one of All Hail King Julien and the first season of Turbo Fast, among others.

For those still trying to catch up, November brought subscribers the premier of films such as comedies, Addams Family Values and Airplane! as well as big screen dramas, Braveheart, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Core. Television shows released last month included season three of Bomb Girls, season four of Nikita and season three of Lilyhammer.

Which of these Netflix releases are you excited to watch or re-watch?

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