Movie News Wrap-Up: ‘Fury,’ ‘Scooby-Doo,’ James Brown Biopic & More

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This Week: Scott Eastwood joins Fury; Chadwick Boseman signs on to play James Brown; an animated Scooby-Doo film is on the way; and Disney will distribute Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises.

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Clint Eastwood’s son Scott has joined the cast of Fury, the WWII tank battle picture that already features Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Michael Pena among others. Scott Eastwood Cast Fury Movie News Wrap Up: Fury, Scooby Doo, James Brown Biopic & More Fury is the latest film from director David Ayer, who found critical and commercial success with End of Watch last year. He’s also in post-production on the film Sabotage, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. Some might recognize Scott Eastwood for his brief cameos in his father’s films Gran Torino and Invictus. He was also in Texas Chainsaw 3D earlier this year. As far as Fury‘s plot, the film follows a Sherman Tank crew in the final weeks of World War II. With the finish line in sight, the troop must take on a war-weary German army and hopefully all make it back home safely. Source: Deadline

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Actor Chadwick Boseman is trading the baseball bat for the microphone stand as he prepares to play the “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown. Chadwick Boseman Cast James Brown Biopic Movie News Wrap Up: Fury, Scooby Doo, James Brown Biopic & More Boseman’s star has certainly been on the rise since starring in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, and apparently studios are taking note. Universal has reportedly pegged Boseman to play Brown in the forthcoming biopic that follows the iconic R&B singer’s rise to fame. With Boseman now on board, Universal is ready to move forward with the film, and have hired Tate Taylor (The Help) to direct. In addition to Boseman’s casting, we have also learned that Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are being sought for roles in the film. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as both received Oscar nominations (with Spencer actually winning) for their roles in The Help. Presumably they’d want to keep working with a director who helped them nab awards show recognition. Source: The Wrap

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Warner Bros. has announced plans to bring Scooby-Doo back to the big screen in an all-new animated feature. New Scooby Doo Movie Movie News Wrap Up: Fury, Scooby Doo, James Brown Biopic & More While the first two Scooby-Doo features were a combination of live-action and a CGI Scooby, this film will apparently be completely animated. Speaking of those first two films: Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed combined for over $450 million worldwide. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why the studio wants to bring the crime-solving dog back. Warner has hired Matt Lieberman, whose only screenwriting credit is a straight-to-DVD Doctor Dolittle sequel, to write the Scooby-Doo script. Source: Variety

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Disney has inked a deal to distribute prolific director Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film, The Wind Rises. Hayao Mayazakis The Wind Rises Studio Ghibli banner Movie News Wrap Up: Fury, Scooby Doo, James Brown Biopic & More Part biography and part fiction, The Wind Rises tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the inventor of the Zero fighter plane that the Japanese used in WWII. The film just recently screened at the Telluride Film Festival to mostly positive reviews. It’s also important to point out that The Wind Rises will be Miyazaki’s last film, as the prolific director of such animated films as Ponyo and Princess Mononoke announced he will retire. Miyazaki made the announcement at the Venice Film Festival, where The Wind Rises is also screening. Source: /Film

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  1. alright a new scooby doo movie yessssssss

  2. Love Scooby Doo! I’m one of the 6 people on earth who actually enjoyed the first live action Scooby Doo movie :P That said, the original, animated format was always better.

    I hope the movie will have traditional animation though, and not CGI-animation that’s used in every single kids-movie for the past 10 years.
    Seriously, as much as I love Toy Story, The Incredibles, etc. not every animated feature needs to use that style of animation.

    • Have you checked out Cartoon Network’s Scooby Doo Mystery incorporated series? Interesting take with references to the old series and an almost back to basics approach.

      ** Spoiler **

      I’m still mad they made Scrappy Doo the villain in the movie. That was like Mission Impossible and Jim Phelps. :)

      • I think I’ve seen one or two episodes, but I can’t be sure. Next time I’m channel surfing I’ll be sure to see if it’s on.

      • Scrappy made sense though, I was wondering why there was no mention of him throughout the whole movie.

        I will say the one thing I loved about the 2nd one, “Monsters Unleashed”, was the fact that they brought back a LOT of classic Scooby Doo villains.

      • @BigNerd.

        NO ONE LIKED SCRAPPY DOO!

        He was, utterly annoying.

    • Matthew Lillard is scarily accurate in his portrayal of Shaggy Rogers

    • Im part of those 6 people. Scooby doo is my favorite cartoon of all time

  3. Animated scooby doo movie?!! Absolutly

  4. Nice to see some big screen Scooby Doo.

    I did enjoy the recent puppet movie, was very nifty. Warner also releases animated Scooby Doo movies every 6-8 months for years now.

  5. Miyazaki retiring? He’s only 72. I remember when Clint Eastwood won the Oscar for directing Million Dollar Baby at age 74, and he said “I’m just a kid.” Saying that he had many more great movies to still make.

    And now he’s 83, and still making great movies. So I don’t understand why Miyazaki has to retire. He’s from Japan, and maybe people in the Japanese film industry just retire. It’s sad bc I have enjoyed his movies.

    • Eastwood is still good, but I don’t think he’s as good as he was 10 years ago.

      He makes movies because he enjoys it, which is good. Other directors may not have that drive as Clint does. “Gran Torino”, great movie, really surprised me. “J. Edgar”, really interesting, also surprised me. “Trouble with the Curve”, okay film, isn’t really something for a general audience member to jump into.

      Then again, I guess “J. Edgar” is like that too, but that’s justly opinion.

      • Trouble with the curve isnt an eastwood directed film. Tho your thoughts are spot on about him

        • Yeah Eastwood only acted in TWTC. But I wasnt talking about Eastwood. I was talking about Miyazaki. I just used Eastwood as an example. I don’t particularly like Eastwood. The guy is off his rocker. Talking to empty chairs.

  6. Boseman playing James Brown has me interested, from playing one legendary star to another one. This brother is definitely on the rise and his star is starting to shine more. I’m sorry to hear “The Wind Rises” will be Miyazaki’s last film, he’s made some amazing films in his illustrious career. “Princess Mononoke” & “Spirtited Away” are my two favorite films from him, but I also love “Howl’s Moving Castle”, “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, “Castle In The Sky” among many other of his great films.

  7. Glad we won’t be seeing Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze as Daphne and Fred.I couldn’t stand them in the parts.I thought Shaggy and Velma were perfect though.

    • The roles of Shaggy and Velma we’re definitely far better portrayed than the roles of Fred and Daphne, but I always thought Shaggy and Velma we’re more interesting characters in the cartoons anyway.

  8. They should hire the producers from SD! Mystery Inc for the upcoming movie!
    SD! Mystery Inc and Scooby-Doo, Where are You! (it’s the first) are best series from the entire franchise !

    • i hate how scrappy the monster of it all they need to do 1 were scoobydoo is the is the villen

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