• If you grew up wearing (or still wear) Yoda footie pajamas, there’s a date more important than Christmas in December of 2015. For the first time in the history of ever, a Star Wars film will open in a season other than summer, as Disney announced that Episode VII will open on December 18, 2015. Here’s hoping that date is remembered years from now as the day on which the once great franchise rose like a phoenix from the ashes and not a second day in December marked for infamy.
  • Not content with releasing two blockbuster movies annually and having a highly rated show on network television, Marvel Studios wants more of the global entertainment pie. So now they are all up in your interwebs: Netflix will have four different 13-episode superhero series that will culminate in an epic miniseries…basically, it’s the streaming video version of The Avengers. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will all get solo series before the quartet unites as “The Defenders.” Lost in all of these announcements is this: Marvel will have a live-action property with a female lead and a separate one with a black male lead while DC Comics is busy trying to figure out how to shoehorn Wonder Woman as a supporting character in the brotastic and uber-white Batman vs Superman. Gee, seems like Marvel is ahead of DC in more ways than just revenue.
  • It’s early, but I feel safe in saying SEAL Team 666 is going to be the pinnacle of humanity’s artistic endeavors. The Rock will star as a part of an elite military unit that fights supernatural demons and stuff. So, it will now go (from worst to first) Sistine Chapel, Mona Lisa, Shakespeare’s words and SEAL Team 666.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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