Free Guy posters parody Doom, GTA, Mega Man, Among Us, and more
August 9, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
I think 20th Century Studios needs to cut whoever’s in charge of the marketing campaign for FREE GUY another check because the latest round of posters for the upcoming comedy starring Ryan Reynolds is nothing short of genius. Perhaps to get the attention of gamers, the new posters for Free Guy parody some of the greatest video game franchises ever created, from Street Fighter to Animal Crossing. Each poster features key characters from the upcoming film, though each has been transformed to pay homage to the game the poster is inspired by.
You can check out all of the posters below. Oh, and for the sake of clarity, I’ll list which game the poster is parodying in the order they appear – Super Mario 64, Street Fighter II, Doom, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Minecraft, Among Us, Animal Crossing, New Horizons, and Mega Man.
The Shawn Levy film stars Ryan Reynolds as an unassuming bank teller who discovers that he’s actually a background player in an open-world video game and decides to become the hero of his own story. Free Guy also stars Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery, Taika Waititi, Camille Kostek, and more. Early reactions to Free Guy describe the film as a real crowd-pleaser. This bodes well considering that most video game adaptations are despised by fans of the source material, save for a chosen few like this year’s Mortal Kombat or Detective Pikachu. Granted, Free Guy isn’t based on any particular game, but it certainly gives off a Saint’s Row meets The Truman Show vibe, doesn’t it? I suppose we’ll find out for ourselves when Free Guy arrives exclusively in theaters on August 13, 2021.
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Bad Monkey: Vince Vaughn to star in Apple TV+ drama series
August 9, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
Vince Vaughn and Ted Lasso co-creator Bill Lawrence are joining forces for a drama series titled Bad Monkey. Based on Carl Hiaasen's 2013 novel, the project has been given a 10-episode order by Apple TV+. In addition to his starring role, Vaughn will also executive produce. Lawrence will write the series as well as executive produce.
Here's the official description for Hiassen's novel:
Andrew Yancy -late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff's office – has a human arm in his freezer. There's a logical explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig.
But first -this being Hiaasen country- Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters, including his just-ex lover, a hot-blooded fugitive from Kansas; the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; two avariciously optimistic real-estate speculators; the Bahamian voodoo witch known as the Dragon Queen, whose suitors are blinded unto death by her peculiar charms; Yancy's new true love, a kinky coroner; and the eponymous bad monkey-who just may be one of Carl Hiaasen's greatest characters.
The project is being set up at Warner Bros. Television, where Lawrence's Doozer Productions have planted their flag. Matt Tarses and Jeff Ingold of Doozer will also executive produce. Meanwhile, Liza Katzer will co-executive produce.
Vaughn recently completed his role as Simon Kilmurry for the upcoming comedy Queenpins. Directed by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, Queenpins stars Kristen Bell, Stephen Root, Paul Walter Hauser, Joel McHale, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. The film focuses on two housewives who create a $40 million coupon scam.
Brad Allan, prolific stuntman, has passed away at 48
August 9, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
Bradley James Allan, the legendary Australian stuntman, stunt coordinator, actor, and esteemed member of Jackie Chan’s team, has passed away at 48. His most recent work included being a supervising stunt coordinator and second unit director on Marvel’s SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, a martial arts spectacle that is sure to highlight Allan’s talent for creating unforgettable action. Chan himself announced Allan’s passing on his website by way of a heartfelt address. Details related to Allan’s death remain scarce at this time.
Allan’s iconic work can be seen in many films throughout the action and adventure genre, including movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story and Wonder Woman to The Chronicles of Riddick, Gorgeous, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Rush Hour 2, Ninja Assassin, Avatar, Kick-Ass, Pacific Rim, and more. He also contributed to all three Kingsmen movies, including a supervising stunt coordinator role on The King’s Man.
You can check out one of Allan and Chan’s more iconic fights below:
First I saw him was Gorgeous. pic.twitter.com/eNd8Xlghst
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Allan’s first project involved partnering with Chan for 1997’s Mr. Nice Guy. The two martial arts masters became thick as thieves shortly thereafter. In fact, it wasn’t long before Allan became the first non-Asian member of Chan’s JC Stunt Team. Allan could hold his own too. If you want proof, just listen to some of the stories behind 1999’s Gorgeous. Allan won the first of two fights against Chan for that film. This was a rare sight to see, especially when you consider that Allan was a Westerner.
“Many years ago while I was filming Mr. Nice Guy, he was just a fan and I remember him coming to visit the set,” Chan wrote Saturday. “At that time, he was crazy about Chinese Kung Fu and had practiced it for many years. It was because of his amazing skills and talent, he transformed from being a fan to a stuntman, and eventually joined my JC Stunt Team. He even fought with me in Gorgeous, and I think a lot of people remember this skillful boxer in the movie. He has also contributed to many of my movies.”
Filmmaker Edgar Wright also offered his condolences via Twitter. He and Allan had worked together on 2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
I’m devastated that the great Brad Allan has left us far too young. He was simply one of the best action directors & designers out there. I was lucky enough to work with him twice (on Scott Pilgrim & The World’s End), and call him a friend. I have more to say about this genius…
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 7, 2021
We here at JoBlo would like to extend our most sincere condolences to Mr. Allan’s family, friends, and fans. Allan’s influence will no doubt be felt among the Hollywood action community for generations to come, and we wish him safe passage to the Great Hereafter.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks Mr. Corman in our exclusive interview
August 9, 2021 by: Alex Maidy
Mr. Corman, a new comedy-drama series from AppleTV+ and A24, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a man suffering a crisis nestled somewhere between quarter and mid-life. A middle school teacher with no romantic prospects and a forgotten career as a musician, Josh Corman's life is stuck and he has no way of getting out of it. So, as he copes with his mediocre life, we get to follow along and visualize his mental state in the form of animation, musical numbers, and more. It is a unique production that brings together all of the ideas and creative projects that have come from the mind of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
We got the chance to talk with Gordon-Levitt about his role in Mr. Corman not only as the star but also as the writer, director, and creator of the series. We discussed how it compares to his first feature film, Don Jon, and what the future holds for his creative endeavors. Check out our interview below.
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Shang-Chi: New character posters assemble Marvel’s newest warriors
August 9, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
Marvel Studios has unleashed a new character poster for SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS that features Simu Liu wielding weapons of untold power. If you like character posters with a lot of flash and effects, you’re definitely going to want to check this one out. The new poster arrives not long after Marvel dropped a series of character posters for the upcoming film. Each one features a major player from the upcoming film looking dope as can be and ready to take on anything the MCU can throw their way.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, a skilled martial artist who was trained at a young age to be an assassin by his father Wenwu, only to depart to live a normal life in San Francisco. However, he must confront the past he thought he had left behind when he’s drawn back into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. In addition to Simu Liu, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan. Destin Daniel Cretton directed the film and co-wrote the script with Andrew Lanham and David Callaham. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will hit theaters on September 3, 2021.
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Nine Perfect Strangers TV Review
August 9, 2021 by: Alex Maidy
Plot: Based on The New York Times bestselling book by author Liane Moriarty, “Nine Perfect Strangers” takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this 10-day retreat is the resort's director, Masha, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. However, these nine “perfect” strangers have no idea what is about to hit them.
Review: Nicole Kidman and David E. Kelley have partnered on Big Little Lies and The Undoing, two adaptations of best-selling novels that were critically successful on HBO. Their third collaboration, based on a novel by the author of Big Little Lies, shakes things up a bit with an all-star cast and a mysterious plot that showcases the acting talents of all involved while also improving upon the source material. Nine Perfect Strangers is an intriguing character drama with a pitch-black sense of humor resonating within a narrative peppered with subplots that keep you unraveling the true motivations of all involved.
When the project was first announced, I read Lianne Moriarty's novel. With shifting perspectives and quick chapters, I breezed through the book and found it a bit underwhelming. From the initial teasers for the Hulu series, I noticed a lot of scenes that I could not align with events from the novel. Having now seen six of the eight-episode mini-series, I understand that is because this is a fundamentally different story than in the novel. While the main set-up and the background stories for the main cast remain consistent with the book, there is a lot more to this adaptation than meets the eye. Starting with Nicole Kidman's character, the enigmatic Masha, and the cryptic messages she receives threatening her life, it becomes clear that David E. Kelley and director Jonathan Levine aimed to craft something closer in line to an Agatha Christie story.
Shifting from Australia to California doesn't alter the plot all that much as we find nine people heading to an exclusive health resort for very different reasons. Frances Welty (Melissa McCarthy) is a romance novelist reeling from a recent encounter with a con artist. The Marconi family, led by Napoleon (Michael Shannon), Heather (Asher Keddie) and daughter Zoe (Grave Van Patten) are dealing with the suicide of their son Zach. Ben (Melvin Gregg) and Jessica Chandler (Samara Weaving) are having marriage challenges while Carmel (Regina Hall) aims to lose weight and gain confidence. Lars Lee (Luke Evans) has ulterior motives while Tony (Bobby Cannavale) hides his own personal demons. All of them, hand-selected by Masha, are forced to deal with their issues while undergoing a unique regimen at Tranquilium House.
Each episode includes brief reveals as to what brought each of these nine people to seek a transformation from Masha. Masha herself, with the aid of Yao (Manny Jacinto) and Delilah (Tiffany Boone), has a past that comes back to haunt her. While things begin with an aspirational perspective, the elements of civilized society begin to break down. Nine Perfect Strangers presents this story with some of the mysterious twists of series like Lost crossed with Lord of the Flies. There is a commentary here on subjects like opioid addiction, teen suicide, body dysmorphia, and even addiction to social media, but all of that feels superficial. The core story here is really focused on why these people are here and is there a darker connection between them all.
Developed by David E. Kelley and Jez Butterworth (Ford v. Ferrari), Nine Perfect Strangers looks beautiful as it takes advantage of the Australian shooting locations that look far more exotic than California. Aside from the fairly prominent profanity and mild nudity, these series could have aired on network television. The benefit to being on a streaming service like Hulu is the higher budget that allowed such a talented cast to be assembled. Nicole Kidman is better than she has been in either The Undoing or Big Little Lies, and that is saying something. For their third collaboration in recent years, Melissa McCarthy and Bobby Cannavale capitalize on their chemistry and both deliver performances that I did not expect. Michael Shannon is far more understated than he usually is while Samara Weaving, Regina Hall, and Luke Evans get to play with their roles and look to be having fun with it.
This series will do very well because Hulu is taking the traditional approach to premiering episodes weekly rather than as a binge-watch. Each episode ends with so many open questions that tuning in for subsequent chapters will have audiences buzzing about just what is going on. I am very pleased that enough has been changed from the novel that even those familiar with the source material will be surprised at how certain plot threads are connected. Nine Perfect Strangers is a rare example of when an adaptation improves upon the source material. It is also, like Rian Johnson's Knives Out, an example of why all-star marquee projects that are assembled properly can showcase star power equal to acting prowess. A fun, mystery thriller with enough laughs and twists to keep you engaged, Nine Perfect Strangers is an enjoyable late summer romp.
Nine Perfect Strangers premieres on August 18th on Hulu.
Excalibur (1981) – Fantasizing About Fantasy Films
August 9, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray
In 1981, John Boorman released his passion project, EXCALIBUR. A bold, very adult, serious take on the Arthurian legend, the film was a modest financial success, grossing $34 million domestically. However, to many, it stands at the definitive story of King Arthur, and indeed Boorman’s film is an ambitious classic.
The film had its genesis in Boorman’s abandoned hope to turn Lord of the Rings into a movie in the late sixties. That project never worked out, so Boorman pivoted to telling the definitive King Arthur story. Easier said than done. At the time, King Arthur and his knights’ story was either done as swashbucklers and family-friendly epics, such as the musical Camelot. This would NOT be family-friendly or be swashbuckling. Taking its cues from Thomas Malory’s 15th century Le Morte d’Arthur, Boorman convinced the then-nascent Orion Pictures to bankroll his epic.
Indeed, it was a risky proposition. The film would have no stars, using a primarily British/Irish cast, headed by Nigel Terry as Arthur, Cherie Lunghi and Guinevere, Nicholas Clay as Lancelot, and Nicol Williamson as Merlin. Of course, many cast members would later become icons, including Helen Mirren, cast as the villainous Morgana, Patrick Stewart, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, and more.
The film, which boasts a fantastic score by Trevor Jones, which integrates the works of Richard Wagner and Carl Orff, is a classic, and the film has never been beaten as far as the tale of Excalibur and the legendary knights of the round table goes. So join us on Fantasizing About Fantasy Films as we dig into Boorman’s classic.
Suicide Squad producer says Ayer Cut tested the same as the Studio Cut
August 9, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Director David Ayer has made it abundantly clear that his original cut of 2016’s SUICIDE SQUAD was not the final product we ended up getting. In fact, he has also stated that his cut was a much better and nuanced film before it went through several edits mandated by the studio. While this could very well be true for David Ayer, a producer on the film has come out and revealed that Ayer’s Cut tested pretty much the same as the version that was released to the masses.
During a chat with “The Hollywood Reporter“, producer Charles Roven revealed that both versions of the film tested virtually the same so that’s why the decision was made to come bine “the best of both versions.” According to Roven, “they tested exactly the same…we all sat in a room and tried to come up with what would be the best of both versions.” You can read Roven’s full statement below:
“We tested both versions. They tested exactly the same. Because they tested exactly the same, David and the studio and ourselves, meaning [Richard Suckle] and I and the heads of DC at that time — Jon Berg and Geoff Johns — we all sat in a room and tried to come up with what would be the best of both versions. Obviously, the movie made a really nice piece of change. Audiences liked it enough for us to want to do a sequel. But it definitely wasn’t the exact vision of David, and it definitely wasn’t the exact vision of the studio … That testing process, or what we call bake-off, that is not an unusual process. That happens, more than you might think. But most of the time, there is a clear winner. And usually, everybody agrees, “Well if we are going to do the bake-off, we should really go with the clear winner. Let the audience decide.” In this case, there wasn’t a clear winner. It literally came to the exact same place. They just liked different parts of the movie. Different audiences commented on different parts of the movie they liked better or not. That doesn’t always work to create the best movie, to be honest, it’s an imprecise process.”
It feels like Roven’s statement kind of puts a nail in the coffin of The Ayer Cut being a significantly better film than The Studio Cut. Test audiences don’t represent everyone that might see the film but it is a decent gauge of what the fanbase and demographic might think of the movie once it’s finally released. I’m having my doubts that Ayer’s version would’ve performed much better than the 26% rotten score it has on Rotten Tomatoes given the fact that test screenings indicated both versions of the film rated virtually the same. David Ayer is very close to Suicide Squad and it’s fair that he has certain feelings about the movie he was trying to make. That being said, maybe he’s too close to the project that he’s not 100% objective about his cut being significantly better. This may end up being one of those big mysteries that will never be solved because Warner Bros. doesn’t seem interested in releasing Ayer’s version and, because of that, we only have his word that his vision was much better than the film we ultimately received.
What are YOUR thoughts about both versions of Suicide Squad testing the same?
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Escape From L.A.: Bruce Campbell says Kurt Russell was an Evil Dead 2 fan
August 9, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray
“Hey Bruce, say ”workshed”.”
That’s how Kurt Russell introduced himself to Bruce Campbell on the set of 1996’s Escape from L.A. In a new THR retrospective on the much-maligned John Carpenter sequel, which turns 25 today, Campbell, who memorably cameoed as the “Surgeon General of Beverly Hills,” remembers meeting Kurt Russell and being surprised by the introduction, which is an in-joke among Evil Dead 2 fans. In that film Campbell, as Ash says, “workshed” awkwardly due to a strange edit, and fans have been picking up on it for years. It turns out, a young Wyatt Russell was one such fan, with Kurt explaining to Campbell, “say workshed, it’s from Evil Dead 2. My son Wyatt saw Evil Dead 2, and he couldn’t get enough of that!”
I love stories like this, and certainly one can tell that Wyatt Russell must have grown up with a soft spot for genre fare, having been cast so effectively in movies like Overlord and Cold in July. Fun story – I was at the world premiere of Cold in July at Sundance, and both Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn were there to support their son in his scene-stealing turn as the movie’s sadistic villain. They always struck me as really cool parents.
The Campbell retrospective on THR is full of little gems, with the cult star saying he had a blast and that Russell was an incredibly chill star throughout who never gave anyone a hard time and seemed to be having fun working with long-time pal John Carpenter. Campbell also reveals the real-life model for his character – none other than Michael Jackson!
As for the film itself, well, it was a bit of a flop, only making back about half of its $50 million budget, seemingly ending the Snake Plissken franchise forever. That’s a shame as the movie is fun, and you could probably do a third Escape movie for a fraction of the budget now as technology has come so far. Man, I wish Carpenter and Russell would team up just one more time! One can dream.
Samaritan: Sylvester Stallone superhero pic sets August 2022 date
August 9, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray
It looks like we’ll all have to wait a little longer to finally see Sylvester Stallone’s live-action superhero flick, SAMARITAN, with Box Office Mojo reporting that the film will now open on August 26th, 2022. The film had initially been slated to open this summer. Still, after the original June 2021 date came and went, the studio behind it, United Artists, held off announcing a new date, likely due to Covid-19 concerns. So, in the end, it’s been moved to next summer when things have calmed down a bit, and this can get a legit theatrical run without any asterisks next to it.
Samaritan stars Stallone as a famed superhero missing for twenty years but is discovered by a young boy (Javon Walton). The film is directed by Overlord’s Julius Avery and marks a rare superhero film for Stallone, given his mixed history in the genre. His 1995 Judge Dredd adaptation was a notable flop. Still, since then, Stallone’s dipped his toe into the genre thanks to his relationship with writer-director James Gunn, who enticed him to do a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and to voice King Shark in this week’s The Suicide Squad.
Stallone’s been all-in on promoting this film via his Instagram, and it looks like a gritty, grounded take on the genre that might give him another iconic role. I’ve been looking forward to seeing this one for a while, and part of me is happy United Artists is delaying it rather than sending it to streaming. If Expendables 4 also happens this fall as promised, 2022 might be a hardcore year for all of us Stallone superfans.
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THE SUICIDE SQUAD shoots into first!
The second mission for DC Comics’ supervillain team battled to the top of the box office this weekend as THE SUICIDE SQUAD opened with an estimated $26.5 million!
The R-rated slaughter from director James Gunn (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, SLITHER) had the best opening for an R-rated movie to hit theaters during the pandemic. The Warner Bros. release had a stronger domestic opening than the other R-rated movies that also simultaneously debuted on their HBO Max streaming service in 2021, topping the $23.3 million of MORTAL KOMBAT and the $24.1 million start for THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT.
THE SUICIDE SQUAD also opened bigger than the $16.4 million of fellow DC Comics adaptation WONDER WOMAN 1984 (the studio’s first simultaneous HBO Max premiere), although that movie only arrived on half the number of screens last December as theaters were still struggling to reopen their doors.
Unfortunately those are about the only bragging points that can be claimed by THE SUICIDE SQUAD, which the studio expected would earn $30 million or more on its opening. The R-rated Harley Quinn headliner BIRDS OF PREY started with $33 million in Februrary 2020 before stalling with $82 million domestic and $201 million worldwide just before the global shutdown began. (The R-rated but non-DCEU movie JOKER opened with $96.2 million and finished with $335 million domestic and $1.07 billion worldwide in late 2019.)
The first attempt with the comic property, David Ayer’s troubled SUICIDE SQUAD, was a surprise smash in August 2016 with a record-breaking $133 million domestic opening. That PG-13 release, with Will Smith as the big name among the expendable antiheroes, ended up with $325 million domestic and $746 million worldwide (a higher gross than DC’s MAN OF STEEL and JUSTICE LEAGUE).
Not strictly a direct sequel or reboot, the new costumed carnage brings back the 2016 movie’s Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney, and adds familiar faces like Idris Elba, John Cena, David Dastmalchian, and a whole bunch of others who may or may not survive to the end (most likely not).
The irreverent bloodbath has also collected $45.7 million from international territories for a worldwide total of $72.2 million, on a cost reportedly as high as $185 million.
Drifting down to second place was the Dwayne Johnson/Emily Blunt adventure JUNGLE CRUISE with $15.6 million, losing 55% of business from its opening on top last weekend.
The PG-13 movie based on the Disney theme park attraction has a ten-day domestic total of $65.3 million and $121.8 million worldwide, on a reported cost of $200 million. (The movie can also be viewed on the Disney+ streaming platform for an extra $30 fee.)
Hanging on to third place was the PG-13 horror-thriller OLD with $4.14 million over its third weekend. The $18 million Universal movie by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has a domestic total of $38.5 million and $65.1 million worldwide.
In fourth place was Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW with $4 million on its fifth weekend. The PG-13 superhero action movie (which prompted contract disputes against Disney for its availability on the Disney+ service) has a domestic total of $174.3 million and $359.7 million worldwide, on a reported $200 million cost.
The R-rated Matt Damon thriller STILLWATER stayed in fifth place with $2.86 million, down by 45% from its opening last weekend. The $20 million drama from Universal’s Focus Features has a ten-day domestic total of $10 million.
In sixth place was the R-rated period fantasy THE GREEN KNIGHT with $2.59 million, a cut of 62% from last week’s opening. The twist on the King Arthur legend has a ten-day domestic total of $12.1 million, on a reported cost of $15 million.
The PG-rated animated/live-action sequel SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY was in seventh place with $2.47 million. After four weekends on screens (and HBO Max), the $150 million Warner Bros. release has a domestic total of $65.7 million and $135.4 million worldwide.
In eighth place was the PG-13 action movie SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS with $1.62 million, giving Paramount’s prequel a domestic total of $26 million after three weekends.
At the bottom of the list were sequels ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS with $1.25 million and F9: THE FAST SAGA with $1.23 million, while animated sequel THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS tumbled off the chart.
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Trevor Moore dies at 41 after tragic accident
August 8, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
The comedy world lost a great one as Trevor Moore, co-founder of the sketch comedy group The Whitest Kids U Know, died in an unspecified accident on Friday at the age of 41.
Moore's death was confirmed in a statement issued by his manager on behalf of his wife and family. The statement read, "We are devastated by the loss of my husband, best friend, and the father of our son. He was known as a writer and comedian to millions, and yet to us he was simply the center of our whole world. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you please respect our privacy during this time of grieving."
Moore is best known for being the co-founder of The Whitest Kids U Know alongside Zach Cregger, Sam Brown, Timmy Williams, and Darren Trumeter. The New York-based troupe gained national attention after winning an HBO US Comedy Arts Festival award in 2006 and produced a self-titled series that ran for five seasons on IFC and has sustained its popularity on YouTube.
Moore also wrote and directed the Disney XD series, Walk the Prank and was the creator and host of The Trevor Moore Show on Comedy Central. After news of his passing broke, Comedy Central released a statement that read, "Trevor Moore was an incredible talent and a vital member of the Comedy Central family. We will miss him dearly."
Moore got his start in the entertainment industry at age 12, when he became the world’s youngest published cartoonist in a 1995 feature in The Virginian-Pilot. When he was 16, Moore began writing weekly cartoons for newspapers in Virginia and then started producing a weekly sketch comedy program for his local TV station. In 1999, Moore interned for Saturday Night Live Executive Producer Lorne Michaels and then became an NBC page, where he met his wife Aimee.
The accident that caused his death is still unknown and hasn't been released by his family. As the statement from his wife read, it's just best that we all respect their privacy and give them time to mourn the loss of their loved one as this clearly was sudden and unexpected. Our thoughts are with Moore's family, friends, and fans during this time. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to NEXT for Autism.
Moore is survived by his wife Aimee Carlson, an SVP at Fuzzy Door, his son August, and a host of extended family and friends.
Jason Momoa defends comic book films from Martin Scorsese’s early criticisms
August 8, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Martin Scorsese’s previous criticisms of franchise and comic book films have come under fire once again with James Gunn commenting on the matter in a recent interview and now Aquaman star, Jason Momoa, is giving his two cents on the matter as well.
While speaking with “The New York Times“, Momoa shined a much different light on the genre when compared to some of Scorsese’s more pointed criticisms. Momoa said, “It’s like how people say that music is poppy and this music cool. But you know how hard it is just to get your music out there for people to hear? It’s all subjective. I try not to pick on anything. So, yeah, superhero movies are bubble gum, but they’re like Greek mythology: They have good and evil and heartbreaking moments. And, gosh, you’re taking away other art forms if you stop making them. You’re taking away visual effects, you’re taking away what you can do with makeup.”
Momoa’s comments actually make a lot of sense, especially when he says a lot of this stuff is all subjective. Comic book films aren’t trying to be Taxi Driver and they are mostly popcorn entertainment but they do have big sweeping moments that elevate them to a more epic scale. The whole concept of good vs. evil, which has been central in so much of our storytelling, can be done very well in comic book films if they are handled correctly. Momoa goes on to say that that genre has afforded him the ability to tell stories that he wants to tell:
“I’m not someone who gets hired to play in a lot of cinema, but by being able to do a superhero movie, I can make a movie about something I really care about. I have a vision for the whole totality of Aquaman. There are environmental issues that I get to put into it. So while you’re going, ‘Oh yeah, it’s just this popcorn movie,’ I’m like, ‘Well, I get to open people’s eyes to things that are important to me.”
Martin Scorsese, who is considered by many to be one of the best filmmakers of all time, made comments that went viral back in 2019 that seemed to demean comic book films as a whole. Many people took his one comment about them not being cinema and ran with it as if he was saying that were of lesser quality compared to other films and genres. Scorsese walked back a bit on some of his criticisms after his initial comments by saying comic book films, Marvel films, in particular, had elements in them that defined cinema but said there was no “revelation, mystery or genuine emotional danger.”
You’ll find many people that defend the comic book genre and others that firmly agree with what Scorsese has said in the past. I think these factions have split equally because defenders of both aren’t wrong. There are some comic book films that lack some of the qualities that Scorsese speaks of while others definitely hit that mark. Some are made for popcorn entertainment while others are made to explore bigger ideas. The great thing about loving movies is that there is room for both and we can all be equally entertained and moved by any we choose to watch.
What are YOUR thoughts on Jason Momoa’s comments?
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Markie Post: Night Court star passes away at 70
August 8, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray
Another Night Court alum has passed away, with Deadline reporting that the great Markie Post has passed away at age seventy after a long battle with cancer. Post famously played public defender Christine Sullivan, who was the romantic foil of court judge Harry Stone (the late Harry Anderson), while also lusted over by the lovably lecherous Dan Fielding (the great John Larroquette – who’s currently working on a Night Court sequel series with Melissa Rauch).
It’s been a rough couple of years for Night Court fans, with Anderson passing away in 2018 and Charles Robinson (who played court clerk Mac) dying just under a month ago, also due to cancer.
Post was a third-season addition to the show, with many noting that the cast only really gelled once she was added, as she was the perfect foil to both Stone and Fielding while also possessing some tremendous comic chops of her own. As a kid, I vividly remember watching this show in reruns, and all of the classic episodes come from Post’s run, which continued until the show had its finale in 1992.
In addition to Night Court, Post also had a long run on the Lee Majors series The Fall Guy and co-starred with the late John Ritter on another childhood favorite of mine, Hearts Afire. She also had a memorable role as Cameron Diaz’s mother in There’s Something About Mary and memorably participated in a Night Court reunion episode of 30 Rock with Anderson and Robinson.
Post had been battling cancer for close to four years while still maintaining a pretty busy acting career. I imagine she likely would have reprised her role on the new Night Court as she and Larroquette always had such great chemistry. Unfortunately, the deaths of so many of the show’s beloved alum certainly cast a tragic shadow over the new series, with only Larroquette, Richard Moll, and Marsha Warfield remaining of the core cast.
Post’s death is yet another tragic loss, and I strongly urge anyone who might have never seen Night Court to check out a few episodes from the Post-era, as it's a show that holds up well.
Corey Feldman might be done with acting
August 7, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Corey Feldman is suggesting that he may be done with his acting career for good. The actor, who rose to fame in the ’80s in such films as Stand By Me, The Goonies, and THE LOST BOYS, recently celebrated his 50th birthday and it had him thinking about he wants to spend his next half and it may not be in front of the camera.
During an interview with MovieWeb, Feldman expressed that great things have been happening with his music career and that he has even better things to look forward to on the horizon. What he hasn’t been too excited about is his acting career and it makes him wonder if he even wants to do it again:
“As far as the film front, yes, I’ve got a couple cameos. There’s a couple cameos on the way out, but they’re very brief, and that’s it. I have no films slated. I have not decided if I even want to make another film. I have literally taken this as a giant reset. And that’s what this is all about. The 50 year mark for me is saying half of my life is now over, how do I want to spend the second half of it? And that’s going to unfold as the days present themselves, and I can’t tell you what the future holds.”
Feldman attributes his decision to possibly quit acting to his constant frustration of consistently being overlooked by the industry. The actor feels he has given so much of his life to Hollywood and can’t help but feel slighted by today’s producers that are running the business:
“I can’t tell you that I’ll ever star in another movie. I haven’t decided if I want to yet or not, because I feel like I’ve dedicated a lot of my life and a lot of my career to filmmaking, and I feel that I’ve been a bit overlooked. I think if you watch the movie The Birthday, you would understand why I feel this way. I don’t know that I want to dedicate any more of my life to something where I’m not being appreciated… I know that there’s appreciation for my past acting work, I’m not saying that there’s not, I’m just don’t really see myself begging for work.”
Despite feeling this way about the movie industry, he’s also aware that he has naysayers in the music world too. What keeps him going in that arena are his fans and the “instant reaction” he gets from their support of his music. MovieWeb made it a point to say it’s about time that someone like Quentin Tarantino put him in one of his movies, Feldman didn’t sound too optimistic about the prospect:
“You should probably write him and tell him that. You know what, I’ve run into Quentin many times, we’ve always been friendly with each other, and he’s promised he wanted to work with me over and over and over. At this point, I’ve never seen an offer. So, like I said, a lot of people have overlooked my work through the years. I feel pretty scorned about that, and I don’t know that I really want to go back in and ask anybody to help. The only person that ever really wanted to help was Dick Donner, and now sadly he’s gone, and without Dick being there to encourage me back into the scene, I don’t know, it would take a lot. To be very honest with you, it would take something very special to motivate me to want to get back in front of the camera and act.”
I’ve never been a Corey Feldman hater. In addition to his aforementioned films at the top of this story, I grew up with most movies and enjoy a good selection of them. By industry standards, he’s probably well beyond his prime but I also know that many would love to have a filmography that includes some of the films that made him a star. His best time may be behind him but his name is still solidly a part of pop culture.
Do YOU think Corey Feldman should quit acting?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives perfect response about if he’d return to the DCEU
August 7, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Joseph Gordon-Levitt proved in 2012’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES that you can bring in a new character during a film’s final chapter that actually resonates. Levitt played a Gotham City beat cop named John Blake, a character imbued with honesty and integrity that seemed to be one of the last few people in Gotham that believed in doing what’s right. During the film’s final moments, the character was set up for a much larger role when his legal name was revealed to be Robin and he is gifted the necessary tools to take over the Batman mantle for Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne.
Blake’s storyline ended with that film because The Dark Knight Rises was the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and from there Warner Bros. moved by creating a shared DC Universe that is a part of a different continuity from The Dark Knight Trilogy. The DCEU began with Man of Steel and Ben Affleck was later cast as Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We all know where things went from there as the DCEU became very muddled, slightly mediocre, and sometimes pretty bad but Zack Snyder tried to right the ship with his Snyder Cut of Justice League, which was well-received. This led to the director giving various interviews during the promotion of the film and during one interview Snyder revealed that he considered bringing Gordon-Levitt back as Batman instead of Ben Affleck. Considering this news is out there, the actor was asked about this scenario, and he gave a pretty funny response about whether he would ever come back to the DCEU.
Gordon-Levitt was doing an interview with Jake’s Takes to promote his new Apple TV+ series Mr.Corman and he was asked if he would be interested in playing Robin or Nightwing alongside Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton’s version of Bruce Wayne in the upcoming multiverse film, The Flash. In true Joseph Gordon-Levitt fashion, the actor responded by saying “To be perfectly honest, [I’m] completely out of touch with everything you just said.” Straight and to the point, thus proving that the actor has not been aware of the goings-on with DC since he appeared in The Dark Knight Rises. You can check out the original post below about Gordon-Levitt’s comment:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was asked if he’d play Nightwing alongside Batfleck & Michael Keaton’s Batman in a multiverse movie
‘To be perfectly honest, [I’m] completely out of touch with everything you just said’ ????
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) August 5, 2021
I’ve always liked how The Dark Knight Rises ended. Even though it sets up this new chapter with Blake, it was a proper end to a trilogy that respected Batman’s legacy while also signaling that his persona can live on through someone new. It would’ve been interesting to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt take on a role like that but I’m happy with letting my mind do the work on what may have happened next.
Would YOU like to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt back in the DCEU?
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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Chris Koehler
August 7, 2021 by: Theodore Bond
For years, Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net has been about two things only – awesome art and the artists that create it. With that in mind, we thought why not take the first week of the month to showcase these awesome artists even more? Welcome to “Awesome Artist We’ve Found Around The Net." In this column, we are focusing on one artist and the awesome art that they create, whether they be amateur, up and coming, or well established. The goal is to uncover these artists so even more people become familiar with them. We ask these artists a few questions to see their origins, influences, and more. If you are an awesome artist or know someone that should be featured, feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected].This month we are very pleased to bring you the awesome art of…
Chris Koehler is an award-winning artist and illustrator working from San Francisco, California.
He has illustrated for Marvel Studios, Business Insider, Penguin Random House, Tor, The Atlantic, and Popular Science and he is a regular contributor to the New York Times. His work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Spectrum, and 3×3.
In addition to being a freelance brush for hire, Chris is the artist behind the Z2 published comic "Legend." He has taught in the Illustration and MFA in Comics Programs at California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley and co-owned Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco. He can often be found hunched over a sketchbook in a coffee shop.
JoBlo: What got you started as an artist?
Koehler: My dad is an artist and an art collector, so our whole family grew up loving art and failing miserably at sports. There was a culture of art appreciation in the house. My older brother is an incredible artist (he worked for Lucasfilm and ILM), I always followed in his footsteps. He’s probably the main reason I pursued art as a career. Also, for a short, husky kid with no game, doing art made me stand out, so it eventually became the biggest part of my identity.
Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?
I came of age during the McFarlane, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld era, it was an amazing time to be into comics. My favorite comics artists of the time were Eric Larsen, Jae Lee, and Liefeld (and damn it, I’ll defend Liefeld to my last breath). But the comic artist that influenced me the most was Frank Miller, and later in life Charles Burns. Their aesthetic DNA is in every piece I do. Chris Van Allsburg and Donna Diamond (namely her work in Bridge to Terebithia) are also indelible parts of my origin story. My family used to go to the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco a lot growing up, and I was obsessed with the John Singer Sargent and William Harnett paintings. Something about that level of control seemed impossible to me then and still does now. I was also a weeb before there was a word for it, I was lucky enough to see movies like Akira and Ghost in the Shell in the theater growing up. Also, a huge shout out to How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, that did more for my education than four years of art college.
Who do you really dig these days, follow on Instagram?
I try to limit my social media usage these days, going on IG was becoming a problem. It’s so intimidating and overwhelming to see a never-ending flood of incredible work, I always end up feeling way more unaccomplished and demoralized than inspired. But there are thousands of artists I look up to and admire. Some of my favorite working poster artists:
- Jes Seamans – I love the way she draws. She’s not trying to trace a bunch of production stills and screencaps, she has a unique vision for each piece and sees the world through her own lens. She’s highly rated and still completely underrated. I probably own more prints by her than any other artist.
- Marc Aspinall – Marc has one of the bravest and keenest senses of composition in the poster world. He grounds his work in a strong golden age aesthetic, so I don’t think he gets enough credit for how risky his work really is.
- Laurent Duriuex – Clear contender for the alternative movie poster GOAT, he’s just mastered the medium to a degree no one else has.
- Jay Shaw – Jay Shaw is the post-punk of posters. He melds a grindhouse, underground vibe with incredible design and the best typography in the game. And he makes posters for all the weird movies I like.
- Tula Lotay – Every piece by Tula Lotay feels like stepping into a lucid dream.
- Daniel Danger – I like art that communicates on an emotional level, and there is no other poster artist that makes me feel specific moods better than Daniel Danger. I always have a piece of his in rotation on my studio walls.
- Marko Manev – I don’t think people realize how versatile Marko is. He could’ve hung his hat on being THE silhouette artist, but he keeps pushing his work in new directions while never losing his unique voice. Perhaps one of the best non-Greek Macedonian movie posters artists.
- Kilian Eng – A single square inch of a Kilian Eng piece has more drawing in it than most of my full posters. Absurdly good.
- Benedict Woodhead – Benedict makes pieces that I wish I thought of, but I’m not that smart.
- David Henry Lantz – David has a perfect batting average with his poster work, brilliant color sense, and feel for mood.
- Craig Drake – I probably wouldn’t be doing this without Craig’s help and support, he’s one of the coolest people in the game and his design and line work is second to none.
- Melvin Mago – Criminally underrated and super hard working. He’s released some of my favorite pieces of the last few years.
- Little Troublemaker (Martina Esposito) – I love her portrait work, so rich with humanity.
- Matt Ryan Tobin – What’s left to say? Matty has been on the hottest streak in recent memory, just one killer piece after another. He’s also one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
- Vance Kelly – Vance is an absolute beast. He’s Mr. Rogers of the poster world — universally beloved and with good reason.
- Oliver Barrett – I love Oliver’s use of space and framing, his mark-making, and the careful balance of elements. Every piece he does is a knockout.
More artist that inspire me: Matthew Woodson, Housebear, Barret Chapman, Duke Duel, Daniel Castro Maia, Kimberly Cho, Camille Joblin, Owen Freeman, Raf Banzuela, JC Richard, Tegan Bellitta, Rich Davies, Ryan James Shumate, Matt Taylor, Dakota Randall, Paolo Rivera, Sara Deck, Phantom City Creative, Nico Delort, Gabz, Scott C, and of course Aaron Horkey… and these are just artists in the poster world.
Needless to say, this list could easily be twenty times this long (and I’m sorry to anyone I left out!), but I need to cut myself off before I use up the rest of the internet…
What advice would you have for budding artists today?
A few caveats first – I’m just one opinionated person, I still consider myself a budding artist, and these are mainly points I try to keep in mind for my own work. Every artist has their own unique journey, so hopefully, this can help a little.
- Start on paper. Sketch, draw, make thumbs! Drawing and sketching are fundamental to creative thinking. With technology being so accessible, it’s tempting to just take a bunch of screen caps and move them around until they are relatively well composed and work right over that, but I think that misses the opportunity to make inspired work. I always do my thumbs with no reference and let myself ideate without the limitations of what’s available through screenshots or production stills. If I have an idea worth exploring, then I figure out how to make it happen. This usually involves a rum punch of screenshots, 3D modeling, my own reference photos, and good old-fashioned imagination. But it always starts in a tiny box on paper.
- Widen your art diet. Most aspiring movie poster artists are fans of movie posters. But it’s important to have a huge diet of art and inspiration so you’re not just pulling the standard moves in poster art. The best artists are the ones who bring something new to the medium, and that won’t happen if your only inspiration comes from within the poster world. Read comics, look at classical art, pay attention to cinematography, look at what artists are doing in Africa, South America, South Asia, anywhere that goes beyond the art world you’re familiar with. Study typography, calligraphy, graffiti, graphic design, photography, sculpture. Become obsessed with everything. Ironically, the more sources of inspiration you have, the more unique your art will be.
- This is one I have to constantly remind myself: Have something you want to communicate to the viewer. This can be a mood, a concept, a narrative, an opinion, anything! But you have to communicate something. It’s not enough to just show a group shot of everyone involved in the movie in descending scale. How did the movie make you feel? What is it really about? Is there a moment or sequence that really hit you? How do you show these things using space, color, design, and concept? Show something new, make the viewer feel something.
- The only right way to do this is your own way. Just do your thing, don’t worry about what’s hot, don’t worry about what properties people like, don’t worry about standard compositions. All my favorite posters I’ve done have been for movies that few people care about besides me. If you work from a place of passion and inspiration, you’ll do your best work. Be brave, be weird, take big risks.
What should we be looking out for from you in the future?
I have a lot of pieces in various states of approvals right now, I can’t wait for some of them to see the light of day. I have a piece for Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult show dropping this week, a Mandalorian poster for Acme Archives hopefully dropping soon, a big series in the works for Universal, a sci-fi poster for an upcoming Hero Complex Show, and a Naked Lunch poster for the AMP 30×30 show. Beyond that, my horror villain ink series is always in the works as well as a constant stream of editorial illustration and packaging design…
What are some of your favorite movies/TV shows of all time?
Growing up, my shows were Twilight Zone, and X-Files and more recently, I really loved Channel Zero. For movies, my all-time favorites are The Night of the Hunter, The Fountain, The VVitch, Aliens, and Hara Kiri. I’ll watch anything from trashy exploitation to Criterion deep cuts, but sci-fi and horror get the most play.
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Back To The Future
Beyond The Black Rainbow
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
Lord Of The Flies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The People Under The Stairs
Deadpool 3: Shawn Levy teases the possibility of directing the sequel
August 6, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
With a 70% chance that Deadpool 3 will start shooting next year – according to Ryan Reynolds – it will only be a matter of time before the much-anticipated sequel names a director. The first film was directed by Tim Miller with David Leitch taking over for the sequel, but it's not clear just who will take the helm of the third film, which will be the first produced under the Disney banner.
Ryan Reynolds will soon be seen in Free Guy, an action-comedy directed by Shawn Levy, and it's possible that Levy might just be taking over the ol' merc with a mouth as well. There have been rumours that Levy could turn out to be the director of Deadpool 3, and Inverse asked him whether there was any truth to it and if he was interested in working with Marvel.
I'm going to mostly skirt that question, which might be an answer. But I'll answer the last part of it, which is: I'm a fan. I'm a fan of Deadpool, like a massive fan. And I'm a fan of the Marvel Universe and the way in which increasingly, individual filmmakers of real note can make and express with their own voice and vision through that franchise behemoth, whether it's what Taika did with Ragnarok, what Eternals is going to be, what James Gunn did with Guardians. These are real films that also happen to be Marvel movies. So for the right title — because I only raised my hand on stuff where I know what to do with that, and there's a few where I feel I know what to do with that. So we'll see.
I certainly wouldn't be opposed to Shawn Levy taking on Deadpool 3, especially as he seems to enjoy a very good working relationship with Ryan Reynolds. In addition to Free Guy, Levy teamed up with Reynolds once again for The Adam Project, a sci-fi film dropping on Netflix next year that finds Reynolds starring as a man who travels back in time to get help from his younger self to confront their late father. Free Guy will debut in theaters on August 13th, so be sure to check out a review from our own Chris Bumbray right here.
Dopesick: Michael Keaton takes on the opioid epidemic in Hulu drama teaser
August 6, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
Michael Keaton is always a joy to watch and the actor's latest project will see him leading Hulu's adaptation of Beth Macy's best-selling non-fiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America. The limited series focuses on "the epicenter of America's struggle with Opioid addiction" across the U.S and examines how "one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history." You can check out the first trailer for the series above.
Micheal Keaton stars as Samuel Finnix, "a doctor in a small Virginia mining town who unwittingly prescribes OxyContin to his trusting patients without realizing the addictive and destructive effect the drug would ultimately have on his community, and the country as a whole." In addition to Keaton, Dopesick also stars Kaitlyn Dever, Peter Sarsgaard, Will Poulter, Rosario Dawson, and Michael Stuhlbarg. It's no secret that the opioid crisis hasn't been pretty and I'm sure everyone knows at least one person affected by it, and it looks as though Hulu's series will go a long way towards diving into putting a human face on the drug epidemic.
Dopesick will debut on Hulu on October 13, 2021.
The Suicide Squad dominates Thursday box office with $4.1M earned
August 6, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
THE SUICIDE SQUAD is officially out in theaters and on HBO Max, and already James Gunn’s antihero bloodbath is blowing up the box office.
During the film’s Thursday night preview, DC’s ensemble romp earned $4.1 million from showtimes that began at 7 p.m. Not too shabby, eh? What if I told you this is also the biggest earning for an R-rated movie during the Covid pandemic? Okay, so maybe there haven’t been too many R-rated movies released in theaters since the Covid era began, but I remain impressed. In fact, if we place The Suicide Squad alongside notable R-rated earners, you’ll find that Funimation’s Demonslayer banked $3.8M, with The Forever Purge snagging $1.3M. The Suicide Squad even had a better Thursday opening than DC’s Birds of Prey, which took flight with its pre-pandemic preview with $4M earned.
Analysts predict that The Suicide Squad will make at least $30 million during its domestic opening weekend. That’s a lot of scratch to help pay for a gang of ne’er do wells to sign up for a sequel once the smoke clears.
Directed and written by James Gunn (Slither, Guardians of the Galaxy), The Suicide Squad shows what happens when supervillains Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. As their mission unfolds, the group finds themselves on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Their targets may be packing a lot of heat, but Task Force X has King Shark, so, yeah.
If I had to venture a guess, I would say that The Suicide Squad will earn upward of $40 million before the weekend is through. When you add HBO Max subscription fees to that total, I would not be surprised if Gunn is contracted for a sequel before long. Now if only I can get Marvel to give him the reins for a Nextwave movie.
Will The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 be the last?
August 6, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
The fourth season of The Handmaid's Tale concluded earlier this year, but as Hulu had already renewed the dystopian series for a fifth season, we knew that the story of June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) wasn't over. Given the way the story of The Handmaid's Tale has progressed, some fans feel that the upcoming fifth season will be a natural endpoint, but the creative team is apparently still in the process of deciding whether it really will be the end.
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Jordan Helman, Head of Scripted Originals for Hulu, told Deadline that while "the success of The Handmaid's Tale remains paramount for us," they also want to "close out that show in creative fashion that feels organic, so we are in constant communication, literally right now, talking with Bruce [Miller], Lizzie [Moss] and Warren [Littlefield], about what the best way to end The Handmaid's Tale is. We haven't landed on an answer… I imagine we're going to be able to answer that question in the coming months." The fifth season is in the process of being broken right now, so once the creative team knows where they want to take the story, we'll likely hear something more official about the ending. Even when The Handmaid's Tale does come to an end, it won't be the last we see of that world. Hulu acquired the rights to Margaret Atwood's sequel novel The Testaments in 2019, and Helman said that they're in the process of figuring out the best way to use that story, be it in the main series or in a spin-off.
The conversation around The Testaments is tied to conversations around The Handmaid’s Tale. Margaret Atwood’s work has become an incredibly important brand signifier for us at Hulu and so what we want to do is to ensure that we introduce the world of The Testaments in a way that feels organic to the work that has already been done on the platform. The two questions are tied. The birth of The Testaments on Hulu and the eventual end of The Handmaid’s Tale are related, we’re figuring out that as we speak.
The Testaments takes place years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, but isn't told from the perspective of June, but rather those of "three other women connected to Gilead: a young woman raised in the oppressive society; a Canadian teen who learns she was actually born there; and Aunt Lydia, a major villain in both the original novel and the show." Given how successful The Handmaid's Tale has become for Hulu, it's only natural that they should want to continue the series, but Jordan Helman has the "utmost confidence" that the creative team will know when the time comes to bring it to a close, "whether that's one season, two seasons or more."
James Gunn confirms he has more DC projects in the works
August 6, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
Following James Gunn’s temporary firing from Disney, Warner Bros. wasted little time in scooping the filmmaker up and handing him the keys to THE SUICIDE SQUAD. Although Gunn will soon be returning to Marvel to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, that doesn’t mean he’s done with Warner Bros.’ DC universe. DC Films president Walter Hamada got fans talking several days ago when he teased that Gunn has more DC projects planned with the studio. “Gunn is always welcome back, whatever he wants to do,” Hamada said. “He really has a vision and he’s a great partner with us. Whenever he wants to come back, we’re ready for him,” said Hamada, who added, “He’ll be back. We have more stuff planned.”
While speaking with THR, James Gunn confirmed that he does indeed have more DC projects in the works with Warner Bros., but naturally wouldn’t elaborate on what they were.
Yes, but remember, we’re dealing with a lot of different things. There are a lot of different things happening at the same time. (Laughs.) You’ve got the Peacemaker show, obviously, and then there are other projects. So we’ll see what happens. We’re always talking about different things, too, so there’s a lot of dreaming going on and dreaming is one of the most fun parts of moviemaking. We’re dreaming about the different possibilities, and we’re trying to find the right dream that can actually weave itself into reality in the proper way.
As James Gunn mentioned, he has the Peacemaker TV series on the way, but as for what these other projects could be, I couldn’t say. Given how successful The Suicide Squad has become already, it’s not hard to imagine that Warner Bros. is already discussing a sequel. For his part, Gunn would love to write for Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) once again. “I’ve taken a lot of characters from the comic books who either have slightly different personalities or not as clearly defined personalities,” Gunn said. “I’ve really shied away from the really popular characters because I like creating characters. I don’t generally like interpreting characters that are already fully actualized, but with Harley, that was a different thing. I really do love Paul Dini’s original vision, and I felt like I was able to become Harley while I was writing. And it’s a terrible, wonderful place to be.”
The official synopsis for The Suicide Squad:
Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.
The Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters and streaming on HBO Max and you can check out a review from our own JimmyO right here.
Wednesday: Luis Guzmán cast as Gomez Addams in Netflix series
August 6, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
If you want to know why Luis Guzmán is dancing the Mamushka, it’s because he’s been cast as Gomez Addams in the Wednesday series on Netflix.
The creepy and kooky live-action series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore. Jenna Ortega (The Babysitter: Killer Queen, Scream, Yes Day) will star as the raven-haired brother torturer, Wednesday Addams.
The comedic coming-of-age tale was given an 8-episode order back in February with Tim Burton attached to direct and executive produce. Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville, Into the Badlands) will serve as showrunners, with Steve Stark (Medium, The Event), Andrew Mittman for 1.21 (The Addams Family, Alphas), Kevin Miserocchi (Tee and Charles Addams Foundation), Kayla Alpert (Code Black, Up All Night), Jonathan Glickman for Glickmania (RESPECT, Addams Family 2), and Gail Berman (The Addams Family, Alphas) executive producing as well.
Guzmán will appear in a guest-starring role as Gomez, Wednesday’s father and patriarch of the Addams clan. Other actors that have played Gomez throughout the years include Raul Julia, John Astin, and Tim Curry, as well as others. In more recent times, Oscar Isaac voiced the character in 2019’s Addams Family.
Guzmán has more than 150 acting credits to his name and has appeared in such films as Traffic, Boogie Nights, Punch-Drunk Love, and more. I personally never would have pegged Guzmán as the Gomez Addams type, but you know what? I’m here for it. I’d love to see him get weird and really embrace the role.
Exclusive: Shawn Levy on the status of Real Steel 2
August 6, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
Get ready to oil your joints, tighten your bolts, and put up your dukes because we’ve got an update on the possibility of a sequel to 2011’s rock em sock em robot drama REAL STEEL. Recently while engaging in a chinwag with Real Steel director Shawn Levy during a press junket for 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy, our own JimmyO learned that ideas for a Real Steel sequel are still dancing around the squared circle.
When asked about the possibility of a sequel to the family-friendly robot action movie, Levy said the following:
You know, it’s amazing and so awesome to Hugh and me. We literally spoke about this yesterday. We’re coming up on ten years on Real Steel, and still not a week goes by where I get asked at least once – and usually more than once – in real life, or an interview, or on social media, “sequel? sequel?” I’ve gotten so used to answering that question that now I find myself with Hugh saying, “Well, should we just do it?” We love that movie as much as our fans love that movie. So we’ll see about that.
Directed by Levy and released in 2011, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, and Hope Davis. Set in the near future when robot boxing is a top sport, Real Steel revolves around a struggling ex-boxer who thinks he’s found a champion in a discarded robot. Standing in the man’s corner is his son, who believes that together, the trio can overcome overwhelming odds to become the people’s champion.
Real Steel punched its way toward a near $300 million worldwide box office at the time of its release. Since then, the film has become something of a cult family favorite, if such a thing exists. If a sequel is indeed happening, I can’t wait to see what the robots and fight effects end up looking like. Effects wizards have discovered all sorts of amazing tricks since Real Steel’s release. I think this concept is overdue for an upgrade, don’t you?
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Standing By: Dan Levy to co-write & star in Hulu animated series
August 6, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
Schitt’s Creek co-creator, executive producer, and star, Dan Levy, is entering the animated arena for his next big project. According to the heavens on high, Hulu has ordered a presentation for Standing By, an animated comedy revolving around aggrieved angels. The concept hails from Levy, writer-director Ally Pankiw, and 20th Television Animation. In addition to co-writing and executive producing, Levy will also voice Carey, the newly deceased, cynical spotter to the group who had a lonely, isolated life in New York City.
According to Deadline, Standing By is a satirical look into the lives of a group of eternally-bound, disgruntled guardian angels and the lessons they’ll eventually learn from not only the dysfunctional humans they’re in charge of protecting but also each other.
Standing By represents an aspect of Hulu's push for more adult animation on the streaming platform. The company has experienced a great deal of success with Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan's Solar Opposites. However, if you want to remain a threat in the ongoing streaming wars, you need new ideas from top talent. This is where Dan Levy and his talented team come in. Levy has a lot of eyes on him after Schitt's Creek earned a significant amount of awards. In other words, Hulu sure does know how to pick their players. I'm excited to see what Standing By looks like once Levy and his people have something to share.
The Suicide Squad Interviews: John Cena, Joel Kinnaman & more
August 6, 2021 by: JimmyO
I loved THE SUICIDE SQUAD. James Gunn’s exceptional feature offers incredible on-screen talent, brilliantly selected tunes for the soundtrack, an excellent script, and gorgeous effects work. And so much more. The cast is perfection, and it’s always amazing to see Margot Robbie completely embody everything that is Harley Quinn so perfectly. Seriously, this flick features one of the best ensembles gathered together in a movie such as this. We’re talking about Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Michael Rooker, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Mayling Ng, Nathan Fillion, Flula Borg, Pete Davidson, Daniela Melchoir, Sylvester Stallone, and so many more! I honestly cannot recommend this enough. If you are a James Gunn fan, this will be one hell of a cinematic treat.
In addition to talking with Mr. Gunn, we had the opportunity to chat with John Cena and Joel Kinnaman. The two are fantastic in the new film, and they opened about their involvement in this massive new feature. It was terrific hearing Mr. Cena offer a little love to Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer for giving him the chance to play such a comedic character in Trainwreck. And yes, he’s fantastic in this. Joel opened up about being one of the few actors to star in both this and the 2016 feature. He’s one of the most down-to-earth and genuine actors around, and he is excellent in this. Frankly, I enjoyed him in the 2016 film, but the expansion of the role is utterly satisfying.
Sitting on my Mac, speaking to Nathan Fillion, Jai Courtney, and Flula Borg is an awesome experience. While I did ask the three of them how they brought such life to their characters, Courtney quickly added that this wasn’t his first time, of course. However, he gave one of the most fun and original answers he could. It’s always terrific to speak to Mr. Courtney. At one point, Mr. Fillion added a question about how both Jai and Flula found working with James Gunn. To this, I asked Nathan about how this incredible filmmaker has changed throughout the years. It was the answer I was hoping to hear. It’s a beautiful thing to see someone that talented allowed to explore their vision. He had that chance here with astounding success.
I’ve watched The Suicide Squad twice thus far, and I’m going again. Rarely do I say this, but pretty much all of you are going to love this flick! Check it out in theatres – because it’s gorgeous on a massive screen – or HBO Max on August 6. Or do what I’m planning on doing and do both, repeatedly. You won’t be disappointed!
Ryan Reynolds admits Blake Lively wrote some of his Deadpool jokes
August 6, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are probably some of the most likable celebrity married couples out there and the actor has just given us a reason to love them more. Reynolds has admitted that the actress has written some of his DEADPOOL jokes but hasn’t received proper credit.
During an interview on Sirius XM’s Town Hall, via “Entertainment Weekly“, Reynolds discussed writing his movies. The actor mentioned that he does write a lot of his films and that Blake Lively has directly written some great things for him, including jokes used in Deadpool. Reynolds points to Hollywood sexism regarding the issue because, despite explicitly saying that she wrote something, she was never given credit:
“I write on a lot of my movies. It’s been a survival mechanism for me for a long time. Sometimes I’m credited, sometimes I’m not… There’s a lot of A++ writing that I’ve done that was actually Blake — that Blake would jump in, grab the keyboard, and ‘What about this?’ And I’d be like, ‘That’s incredible.’ And you know, it’s funny. I don’t know. Maybe it’s ’cause there’s inherent sexism in the business — I will say that a lot of times, ‘She wrote that — Blake like, wrote that not me. That was was her.’ And it’s like, they still, later on, repeat the story as I wrote it. So she’s a really talented, multihyphenate kind of person in this, you know, weird burgoo [editor’s note: stew] of an entertainment industry that we work in, and she’s helped me so much — in Deadpool, all kinds of movies that have been big successes. She’s always got a lot of bricks in that wall.”
It really comes as no surprise to me that Lively has contributed some funny stuff for Ryan Reynolds to use. They constantly poke fun at each other on social media and interviews which shows that humor is a driving force as to why the relationship really works. I think it’s great that Reynolds is pointing out that she’s bringing the jokes as much as he is but I’d also be curious to know what Deadpool jokes she actually wrote. This also isn’t the first time I’ve heard that Lively has contributed a joke to a project or a funny improv. In A Simple Favor, the “Brother F*cker” line that she throws out towards Anna Kendrick’s character was ad-libbed by her because Reynolds had recently worked with Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitman’s Bodyguard and she wanted a line that sounded like something he would say. This little tidbit of info comes courtesy of being nerdy enough to actually listen to the audio commentary on the A Simple Favor Blu-ray.
What jokes do YOU think Blake Lively contributed to Deadpool?
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WTF Happened to Suicide Squad (2016)?
August 6, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray
WTF Happened To This Movie? – The JoBlo series that looks at troubled productions, curious creative decisions, box-office failures, surprising successes, and cult favorites!
As the DC Extended Universe was just starting to try and reproduce Marvel’s monumental box office success, SUICIDE SQUAD (2016) was chosen to immediately follow the world-building of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch) would put this ragtag team of DC Comics supervillains into action, but the studio’s disappointment in Batman v Superman and competing creative priorities ultimately made a mess of the end result.
With the release of Zack Snyder’s radically different, expanded cut of Justice League, many DC fans have been clamoring for the release of Ayer’s original, much darker cut of the film, with #ReleaseTheAyerCut gaining momentum on Twitter, with stars of both the original film and James Gunn’s well-received sequel, The Suicide Squad, joining the chorus. But what would the new cut be like? Spend some time with the bad guys and find out that and more on “WTF Happened to SUICIDE SQUAD!”
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