Need more proof Marvel controls the world? This week the movie studio even made Google (GOOGLE! of all companies) do their bidding when Marvel issued a subpoena to investigate the identity of a Google user named “John Gazelle” who may have been responsible for the low-quality leak of Marvel’s trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The subpoena alleges that “John Gazelle” may have uploaded the file to a Google Drive account, and they have now “commanded” Google to “produce at the time, date, and place set forth below the following documents, electronically stored information, or objects, and to permit inspection, copying, testing, or sampling of the material.”
Both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter have copies of the court document. In it it’s clear that while the first request to produce documents was granted by the courts, Marvel was not granted the right to “permit entry onto the designated premises, land, or other property possessed or controlled by you at the time, date, and location set forth.”
Though it’s not on par with the makers of Gone Girl releasing an Amy Elliott Dunne Pinterest account or Amazing Amy novels on iTunes, Birdman is getting into the viral supporting content game with a fake trailer for the 1992 Birdman Returns. The trailer includes momentary clips from the real Birdman film alongside some doom and gloom looking B-roll. Check it out above.
In a town hall Q&A hosted by Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg opened up about David Fincher’s The Social Network, the movie that unabashedly made him look like an asshole. “They just kind of made up a bunch of stuff that I found kind of hurtful,” he said, claiming that by the time he was
stealing the idea from the Winklevii inventing the site he was already dating his wife. The Hollywood Reporter went on to quote him as saying, “The reality is that writing code and building a product and then building a company actually is not a glamorous enough thing to make a movie about. … If they were really making a movie [of my life], it would have been of me sitting at a computer, coding for two hours straight, which probably would have not been that good of a movie.”
On December 21, 1971, Elvis met with President Richard Nixon to request an opportunity to be sworn in as a secret Federal Agent at Large in the nation’s war on drugs. While that bizarre, one-day story was told in the 1997 documentary Elvis Meets Nixon, a live-action retelling has been in production since 2011. Variety reports that the film has now been revived with Kevin Spacey playing the President and, get this unbelievable, insane casting, Michael Shannon playing The King. Liza Johnson (Hateship Loveship) will direct Elvis & Nixon from a screenplay by Cary Elwes. The Dissolve has additional details of what led Elvis to leave abruptly leave his home and wife and ultimately to his presidential meeting.
In other news:
- Jared Leto is rumored to be playing The Joker in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad film for DC.
- Michael Fassbender is now in talks to play Steve Jobs in the role that Christian Bale just dropped out of.
- Matt Damon will star in Alexander Payne’s next film, Downsizing, a social satire in which a man decides to shrink himself. Payne is working with his screenwriting partner from Sideways, Jim Taylor.
- Miles Teller and Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) are teaming up for Webb’s indie drama The Only Living Boy in New York.
- Harmony Korine is moving up in the world, casting his first Oscar winner, Jamie Foxx, in the role of a gangster in his new drama The Trap.
- IFC has picked up the American distribution rights to Hungry Hearts, the oddball, Venice Film Festival winner starring Adam Driver.