Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: Cast closing in on deals for a wrap-up movie
August 6, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist is staging a possible comeback. It has been announced, via "Deadline", that a new chapter is in the works as a holiday movie for the streamer Roku. The series’ main cast, led by Jane Levy, is slated to return.
So here is an even bigger treat for fans and why it's important that you all watch this holiday movie. The deal, which is still being finalized, is for a movie but if it's a success, it could potentially lead to another season of the show. The pending pact with Roku is part of an extensive effort by Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist lead studio Lionsgate Television to find a new home for the show after NBC canceled the series back in June after two seasons and a potential move to NBCUniversal streamer Peacock did not pan out.
Lionsgate Television explored any possible avenues to continue the story of Zoey Clarke whether it was a series, miniseries, or a movie. While this was going on, the options on the cast expired at the end of June and were not extended. As Lionsgate Television was negotiating with Roku, they recently reached out to the key actors on the show and are in the process of finalizing deals with them for the movie.
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist followed Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy), a whip-smart computer coder forging her way through San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts, and desires of the people around her, through popular songs. The series also stars Peter Gallagher, Alex Newell, and Skylar Astin.
Between Manifest and this show, you have to respect their tenacity to try and survive. Do YOU think Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist will get to sing another tune?
Stranger Things: New Netflix teaser reveals season 4 debuts in 2022
August 6, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
We FINALLY have word on when we will see new episodes of Stranger Things. Netflix has released what we call the epitome of a teaser, clocking in at a whopping 30-seconds, that confirms season 4 of the popular supernatural series will debut in 2022.
This means that it will be at least two and a half years since the July 2019 release of Season 3. That's quite the gap but perhaps the growing anticipation means that season 4 will be a popular offering from Netflix in 2022. The teaser is mostly numerous clips from the first three seasons of the show but it does conclude with some quick glimpses at the upcoming fourth season. I have a feeling we will be getting an even bigger tease sometime soon.
This isn't the first teaser we have received for the fourth season of Stranger Things. In February of 2020, a teaser was released that hinted at the return of David Harbour's Hopper, and another teaser, released in May, was a more Eleven-focused tease that pointed to the rumored return of Matthew Modine's Dr. Martin Brenner.
The big reason there has been a huge gap between seasons is that Stranger Things had to suspend production a month after they began on season 4 due to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic. All production paused in February 2020 and resumed back in September of last year. Most of the cast and crew have hinted that the delay actually benefitted season 4 as a whole and soon we will get to see the fruits of that labor.
As for where we last left our characters at the end of season 3, "following the explosion, aimed at destroying the Soviet lab to the Upside Down deep under the new Starcourt Mall, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) is seen taking her sons (Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp) and Eleven (Brown) out of the Indiana town to start a new life. There is a jump in geography in the final scene, which takes place in the far Eastern end of the USSR where guards are feeding a prisoner to an imprisoned Demogorgon, but “not the American.”
What do you hope to see in season 4 of Stranger Things?
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The Suicide Squad: Margot Robbie no longer needs a break from Harley Quinn
August 6, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Margot Robbie had Harley Quinn fans a little worried when she previously stated that she didn’t know when she would play the character again because she needed a little break from the role. The actress has appeared as the popular character in Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, and tomorrow’s release of THE SUICIDE SQUAD. Despite her earlier comments about needing a break, it appears that Robbie has had a change of heart.
During a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Robbie was asked about her intended break from playing Harley Quinn, and here is what she had to say about the matter:
“No, I’ve had enough of a break. I’m ready to do her again. I did Birds of Prey and The Suicide Squad back-to-back, so that was a lot of Harley all in a one-year period, but that was a while ago now. I’m always ready for more Harley!”
Margot Robbie’s DCEU future could be an interesting one. The actress has made three movies so far but all of them have very little interaction with each other. The Suicide Squad doesn’t really serve as a sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey, which had a slight connection to the 2016 film, was mostly intended to spin off into its own thing. Robbie is probably one of the more talented and popular actresses of her generation right now so I would assume that they would want to keep her in the DCEU fold as long as they can.
Robbie has been the most vocal about Harley Quinn linking up with Poison Ivy. The actress previously said, “Trust me, I chew their ear off about it all the time. They must be sick of hearing it, but I’m like, ‘Poison Ivy, Poison Ivy. Come on, let’s do it.’ I’m very keen to see a Harley-Poison Ivy relationship on screen. It’d be so fun. So I’ll keep pestering them. Don’t worry.”
Director James Gunn previously teased back in February that he would want to work with Robbie’s Harley Quinn again. A fan asked him on Instagram if he would be working with Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in the future and Gunn replied, “Margot and I discussed this just the other day. We will have to see what happens!” Robbie also recently heaped praise on her The Suicide Squad director by saying, “Even if this movie wasn’t as incredible as it is, it’s still worth going to the theater just because it’s so nice to be able to go to a movie theater again…But it just so happens that this is arguably one of the greatest, if not the greatest comic book film ever made. You don’t want to miss it!”
What do YOU want to see from Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in the future?
Hunger Games prequel movie will start shooting early next year
August 5, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
Lionsgate’s adaption of Susan Collins’ THE HUNGER GAMES series was a big success for the studio and the story of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) came to a close with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, but we haven’t seen the last of the nation of Panem. Susan Collins released a prequel novel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, last year, and Lionsgate wasted little time in adapting the new story for the big screen.
During a recent quarterly earnings call, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group president Joe Drake revealed that the Hunger Games prequel movie is “moving along really, really well” in pre-production and will start shooting in the first half of 2022. This means that The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes could be released in theaters in late 2023 or early 2024. The prequel will focus on a young Coriolanus Snow before he became the tyrannical President of Panem. “Young Coriolanus is handsome and charming,” reads the official synopsis, “and though the Snow family has fallen on hard times, he sees a chance for a change in his fortunes when he is chosen to be a mentor for the Tenth Hunger Games… only to have his elation dashed when he is assigned to mentor the girl tribute from impoverished District 12.” The character was memorably played by Donald Sutherland in The Hunger Games movies, but it’s not yet clear who will be playing the younger version of the character.
Susan Collins will pen the treatment for The Hunger Games prequel movie, with Michael Arndt writing the screenplay. It was announced last year that Francis Lawrence, who directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & Part 2, would be returning to helm The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. I can’t fault Lionsgate for wanting to return to one of their biggest franchises, but they’ll really have to go the extra mile in order to make it work without franchise star Jennifer Lawrence.
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Copshop trailer: Gerard Butler hunts down Frank Grillo
August 5, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
When you throw together Gerard Butler, Frank Grillo, and Joe Carnahan, you can be sure that you’re in for a good time. Open Road Films have released the first trailer for COPSHOP, an action thriller that stars Frank Grillo as Teddy Murretto, a con artist on the run from a lethal assassin played by Gerard Butler. In a desperate attempt to hide out, Teddy gets himself arrested and locked up in a small-town police station, but unfortunately for him, Butler’s assassin has a similar trick up his sleeves. Copshop also stars Alexis Louder as a rookie cop who finds herself in the crosshairs, as well as the great Toby Huss – who damn near steals the trailer – as a competing assassin out to kill Teddy as well.
The official synopsis for Copshop:
Screaming through the Nevada desert in a bullet-ridden Crown Vic, wily con artist Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo) hatches a desperate plan to hide out from lethal hitman Bob Viddick (Gerard Butler): He sucker-punches rookie officer Valerie Young (Alexis Louder) to get himself arrested and locked up in a small-town police station. But jail can’t protect Murretto for long. Viddick schemes his own way into detention, biding his time in a nearby cell until he can complete his mission. When the arrival of a competing assassin (Toby Huss) ignites all-out mayhem, mounting threats force Viddick to get creative if he wants to finish the job and escape the explosive situation.
Copshop is slated for a September 17, 2021 release.
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James Gunn wants to make a Ravagers TV series for Disney+
August 5, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
When James Gunn introduced the world to the Guardians of the Galaxy, we were still years away from Marvel TV shows such as WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki. Those series have demonstrated just what Marvel can do on the small screen, which has fans excited for the future. The possibilities are pretty much endless, but one series that James Gunn has always wanted to see would revolve around The Ravagers, the interstellar crime syndicate full of thieves, smugglers, bounty hunters, and pirates.
While speaking on Josh Horowitz's Happy Sad Confused podcast, James Gunn said that he'd love to see The Ravagers get their own Disney+ series.
I always thought The Ravagers would be a great show. Whether that was with Sly Stallone's Ravagers or even more in-depth with just the pirates and what they were doing. I told Kevin Feige that when he first visited the set when we were on the Ravagers ship for Guardians 1, I said we should make a Ravagers show. He said if this movie's a hit you can do whatever you want. Still, no Ravagers show, so I don't know what happened.
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With all the shows Marvel Studios has in development for Disney+, I can't see any reason why The Ravagers can't be among them. It may be some time before such a series becomes a reality as James Gunn is quite busy with other projects, including the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but he also mentioned that he really wants "to do Peacemaker season two" and that's "the only thing I'm committed to if it happens right now." James Gunn's The Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters and will be available to stream on HBO Max tomorrow, and the first season of Peacemaker is set to debut in January 2022. As for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the sequel will start shooting later this year for a May 5, 2023 release.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch renewed for a second season
August 5, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
Star Wars: The Bad Batch follows the elite and experimental clones of The Bad Batch as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. The first part of the two-part season finale is set to stream on Disney+ at midnight, but we've got more clone adventures to look forward to as Disney has announced that they have renewed the series for a second season which will launch in 2022.
"Fans have enthusiastically embraced the action and drama of Star Wars: The Bad Batch and we are excited to see the Star Wars animated universe continue to expand on Disney+," said Michael Paull, President of Disney+ and ESPN+. "As the dedicated streaming home for the Star Wars franchise, we can’t wait for the second season of this fan-favorite animated series." The Bad Batch creator and executive producer Dave Filoni added, "The entire Lucasfilm Animation team and I would like to thank Disney+ and our fans for the opportunity to continue telling the story of the Bad Batch." I'm not completely up to date on the first season, but I have enjoyed what The Bad Batch has had to offer so far and I'm excited to see what their future brings.
"During the creation of the clone army, the Kaminoans made genetic experiments in an attempt to create super soldiers," reads the official StarWars.com description of the Bad Batch. "While the plan never quite worked, four of those experiments came to form Clone Force 99, or, as they called themselves, the Bad Batch. The Bad Batch were indeed an elite group, though their methods were somewhat unorthodox. The team’s clones were wildly different from each other, with unique personalities and body types: Hunter, the stoic and strong leader; Wrecker, the hot-headed brute; Tech, the intellectual and strategist; and Crosshair, the fast, deadly master of close-quarters combat."
You can check out a review of Star Wars: The Bad Batch from our own Alex Maidy right here.
Chronicle 2: Producer confirms sequel to Josh Trank film in development
August 5, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
While Josh Trank’s career since CHRONICLE has seen better days, his first big-screen production remains a fan favorite as well as a viable franchise starter. Rumors of a sequel have bandied about for years, but now it looks like a follow-up to the 2012 superhero found-footage flick may be closer to reality.
Recently while talking about the success of Disney’s Jungle Cruise, producer John Davis revealed that plans are in motion for a Chronicle sequel. The project is apparently set up at 20th Century Studios and will revolve around a cast of female characters. The plot picks up 10 years after the events of the original film and will touch on the subject of fake news, real news, and cover-ups. The characters will be fresh out of college when they discover their powers, and not all of them are as altruistic as someone like Spider-Man or Ms. Marvel.
Here’s what Davis had to say to Forbes when asked about the secret of his success with the one-hit-wonder superhero film:
Chronicle was literally the best return on investment, any of my movies ever made. Chronicle we did for $12 million, and it grossed $126.64 million worldwide. Then it had a huge afterlife in syndication. It’s one of the most financially successful movies in my stable. We’re working on Chronicle 2 right now, and I think it’s going to be great. We’re working on it at Fox (20th Century Studios). It’s going to give us a chance to tell the story in a different way. We’re going to tell it from the female point of view. It will have been ten years since the event happened in Seattle, and a lot of it’s going to deal with fake news and real news and cover-ups. More interestingly, it’s the next generation getting these powers that are corruptive. These are young women just finishing college, they are empowered, and this is their journey. I mean, what a new and interesting story you can tell there.
Well, how do you like that? Did you ever think that we’d be going back to the well that is Josh Trank’s Chronicle? Personally, I thought that ship had sailed a long time ago, but I welcome the opportunity to be proven wrong.
Directed by Josh Trank and written by Max Landis, Chronicle starred Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, and Michael B. Jordan as three high school friends who gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
As you can see from Davis’s recounting of Chronicle’s success, it was a major hit at the box office and beyond. During an age when superhero movies reign supreme at the box office, it’s no wonder why a sequel is being developed. Are you down to jump back into Chronicle? Do you think Trank will return to direct the sequel? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Y: The Last Man: TV series trailer has women ruling the apocalypse
August 5, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
At long last, FX has finally unveiled the first full trailer for its Y: The Last Man TV series. Y: The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic comic-book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra that follows Yorick Brown and his pet Capuchin monkey Ampersand, the only males who survived a global pandemic that killed every living mammal with a Y chromosome. The adaptation has been in various stages of development for over a decade, and now, we have an action-packed trailer for what I hope becomes a major television event.
Y: The Last Man stars Ben Schnetzer as Yorick Brown, Diane Lane as Congresswoman Jennifer Brown, Amber Tamblyn as Kimberly Cunningham, Marin Ireland as Nora Brady, Diana Bang as Dr. Allison Mann, Elliot Fletcher as Sam Jordan, and Juliana Canfield as Beth Deville. Ashley Romans plays Agent 355 and Olivia Thirlby playing Hero Brown, replacing originally cast Lashana Lynch and Imogen Poots, respectively. The series will follow the survivors in this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better.
Vaughan and Guerra's epic tale of survival is considered by many to be one of the best apocalypse stories ever told. It feels a little on the nose for this series to be released during a real-life global crisis, but hey, maybe that's just art imitating life, right? Personally, I'm a big fan of the comic book series and hope that the show touches on many of the weighty themes the original story presents.
Every episode of Y: The Last Man was directed by a woman, with Eliza Clark serving as showrunner. How does the world work once all the men have been killed off? We'll find out when Y: The Last Man premieres on FX and Hulu on September 13th.
Deadpool, Bambi crossover pitched to Disney by Reynolds
August 5, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
Before Ryan Reynolds joined forces with Taika Waititi to film a hilarious Deadpool and Korg promo for FREE GUY, the actor pitched a disturbing short film to Disney that had the Merc With a Mouth interrogating the hunter from Bambi. At first, it sounds like Deadpool would confront the hunter and give him the gift of a few more holes in his head, but it’s not like that at all. In a recent interview with IGN, Reynolds revealed that the plot would find Deadpool admiring the hunter’s dark work.
“I wanted to do a short film of Deadpool interrogating the hunter who killed Bambi’s mom,” Reynolds explained to IGN. “But the whole gist of it is that Deadpool is actually just a huge fan. He’s not interrogating — he just wants to know how he could be the most loathed Disney character in the history of Disney… and of course, Disney was like, ‘well, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.'”
After Reynolds’s idea for the short film was rejected, he pitched the Deadpool and Korg crossover to them instead. Obviously, Disney was keen on the idea and gave Reynolds their blessing to make it happen. Technically, the superhero-heavy Free Guy promo is Deadpool’s first MCU crossover, which is pretty cool in and of itself.
“Then we came back to them — we wrote the Deadpool-Korg piece… and we sent it to them, and they said, ‘yes!’,” said Reynolds. “So, my next call was to Taika and Taika was in. He’s also in Free Guy so it wasn’t that hard… Taika’s an actual genius so I was thrilled to collaborate with him as this kind of character.”
Free Guy, starring both Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi, opens in theaters on August 13, 2021. Reviews for the film are currently making the rounds, with several critics calling it one of the best action films of the year so far. Be sure to check out Chris Bumbray’s review here, in which he describes the film as familiar but also plenty of fun.
Cry Macho: Clint Eastwood channels his cowboy roots in first-look images
August 5, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
Clint Eastwood has embraced plenty of looks throughout the years, but there’s nothing quite like when he goes full-cowboy. If you like your Eastwood rugged, leathery, and always in the mood for some campfire cuisine, you’re going to want to check out today’s first-look images for CRY MACHO.
Directed by and starring Eastwood, the Western thriller revolves around a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who takes a job to bring a man’s young son home and away from his alcoholic mom. On their journey, the horseman finds redemption by teaching the boy what it means to be a good man.
“It’s about a man who has been through some hard times in his life and then unexpectedly another challenge is brought to the foreground,” Eastwood tells Entertainment Weekly. “He would normally never do it but he is a man of his word. He follows through. And it starts his life over again.”
EW debuted two first-look images today, each centering on the 91-year-old actor who’s still making the most of his filmmaking career. The first photo depicts Eastwood looking whistful while wearing a sharp jacket and hat. Maybe it’s a Stetson? The second photo is a bit more interesting, as it pairs Eastwood’s character, Miko, with a friendly rooster. I hope the rooster joins Miko on his journey and doesn’t end up becoming a hearty meal for the long road ahead.
Cry Macho is based on author N. Richard Nash’s 1975 novel of the same name. Believe it or not, Nash has been trying to adapt the film to screen for almost that long. In fact, names like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pierce Brosnan, and Burt Lancaster were once attached to star in the project. Even Eastwood’s name was tossed into the ring during conversations that took place in 1988. It’s wild to think that Cry Macho has traveled such a weathered road to the silver screen, and now it’s set to premiere in theaters and on HBO Max on September 17th.
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Free Guy Review
August 5, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray
PLOT: A mild-mannered bank teller named Guy (Ryan Reynolds) discovers he’s a background character in a popular, ultra-violent open world video game called Free City.
REVIEW: It’s been a hot minute, but Ryan Reynolds’ highly anticipated FREE GUY is finally hitting theatres after more than a year of delays. Think about it – the first trailer dropped way back in December of 2019. That’s a long time to wait for a movie, but clearly, 20th Century Studios and Disney are hyped on the franchise potential for this one, with Reynolds himself saying he hasn’t been so fully immersed in a film since Deadpool. You can tell because he’s cast to perfection here as a non-playable character in a widely popular shoot-em-up video game called Free City who suddenly becomes self-aware. His character, Guy, is initially happy enough with his life, which includes getting robbed every day by gun-wielding users at the bank he works at. Things change when Jodie Comer’s “Molotov Girl,” a skillful Free City player, comes waltzing into his life. It’s love at first sight for this smitten player, with him becoming a virtual hero in his AI world, something that catches the attention of players worldwide, along with the game’s infamous developer – Taika Waititi’s Antoine.
Overall, this is a fun if slightly familiar movie. Gaming has certainly become a part of our pop culture at this point – and in fact, I’d wager for some it’s the dominant entertainment – especially in the wake of Covid-19. When we were locked indoors for a year, how many of us took solace online with games like Fortnite, Animal Crossing, and more. Free Guy’s premise, in some ways, isn’t unlike Ready Player One, but it has a killer twist – that the lead is a character within the videogame. With his good looks, square jaw, and vitality, Reynolds certainly feels like a video game character come to life, and I don’t know if there’s anyone out there that could have played the part as well. He has the comic chops needed but also looks good doing action, which is important. Despite the relatively low-key stakes, the film is loaded with wall-to-wall action, albeit the cartoonish kind that makes this solid family entertainment.
Where the film starts to feel more familiar is in the supporting parts. Jodie Comer’s gamer feels lifted right out of Ready Player One, as does Waititi’s villain, but for the sake of spoilers, I won’t get too into their parts here. Comer’s acting is spot-on through, with her playing the cool, confident action heroine within the game, sporting her seductive English accent, while outside the game, she’s more mousy and innocent – it’s a perfect dual role. I was also impressed by Stranger Things star Joe Keery in a bigger part than you’d think, as a coder working for Waititi who is connected to both Comer and Free World. I always think of him as a teen, thanks to Stranger Things, but the fact is Keery is pushing thirty, and it’s cool to see him playing someone his age. Director Shawn Levy, who’s the executive producer of Stranger Things, certainly helped allow Kerry to stretch his wings a bit, and he seems like a star on the rise. Waititi seems to be having a ball as the intentionally non-threatening villain, riffing with his co-stars in a part that I’m sure was written for him. I should mention that the movie is peppered with wall-to-wall cameos from Reynolds and Levy’s famous friends. The two are known to be two of the most beloved guys in showbiz, so it’s no surprise an army of their former co-stars shows up to play here, including a surprisingly lengthy part for a leading man who’s been off the screen for years. Yeah – I’m not going to spoil who it is here.
Free Guy is one of Levy’s best films as a director, with it comparing favorably to his underrated Reel Steel. He brings a real sense of wonder and imagination to the film, and 20th Century Studios being a part of Disney means the film is full of wall-to-wall easter eggs that will blow away fans of their most popular franchises.
The film also benefits from a terrific sense of pace, being one of the few recent action films that’s not a bloated two hours plus. With credits, Levy keeps the movie cranking along at under two hours, and it’s refreshing. There’s no bloat here – just a lot of energy. The look of the film is great, with DP George Richmond bringing the same vivid look to the film as he did on the Kingsman films. The soundtrack is peppered with tons of nineties hits, including Mariah Carey’s well-loved Fantasy and many other fun needle drops.
Free Guy feels slightly familiar at times, with the genre having been done to great effect in everything from Tron to Wreck-It Ralph, but Levy and Reynolds have a good take on the material and have cranked out a film I’m sure would have been a smash hit outside of Covid times. I notice Disney is making this an exclusive theatrical release, so clearly, they have a ton of faith in it. I’m not surprised – Free Guy is a blast.
Cobra Kai season 4 teaser reveals December return for series
August 5, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Cobra Kai is set to make its season 4 return and a new teaser reveals that Daniel LaRusso, Johnny Lawrence, and the rest of the Cobra Kai will be streaming from our homes this December.
According to a Netflix press release, season 4 of Cobra Kai declares “it’s not just a tournament, it’s a battle for the soul of the valley.” Per the official synopsis, “Season 4 finds the Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang dojos joining forces to take down Cobra Kai at the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament… and whoever loses must hang up their gi. As Samantha and Miguel try to maintain the dojo alliance and Robby goes all in at Cobra Kai, the fate of the Valley has never been more precarious. What tricks does Kreese have up his sleeve? Can Daniel and Johnny bury their decades-long hatchet to defeat Kreese? Or will Cobra Kai become the face of karate in the valley?”
This is the biggest Cobra Kai news we have gotten since it was revealed that the who will continue its nostalgia-inducing supremacy by going back to one of the Karate Kid sequels to bring back a fan favorite. Thomas Ian Griffith, who played Terry Silver in THE KARATE KID PART III, will be appearing in the upcoming fourth season of the popular Netflix series. This is bound to add even more layers to series that has really proven to be a solid reexamination of the Karate Kid franchise.
Cobra Kai takes place over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, continuing the inescapable conflict between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). The third season finds everyone reeling in the aftermath of the violent high school brawl between their dojos, which has left Miguel in a precarious condition. While Daniel searches for answers in his past and Johnny seeks redemption, Kreese further manipulates his vulnerable students with his own vision of dominance. The soul of the Valley is at stake, and the fate of every student and sensei hangs in the balance. The series also stars Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni Decenzo, Vanessa Rubio, Peyton List, and Martin Kove.
Are YOU ready to return to the All Valley Karate Tournament in season 4 of Cobra Kai?
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Fresh Prince reboot gets new showrunners & shifts release to 2022
August 5, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
We're going to have to wait a bit longer for the darker-toned reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It has been announced that the series will release in 2022 rather than this year as the series changes showrunners behind the scenes.
According to "The Hollywood Reporter", Bel-Air was meant to get started this year on NBC's streaming service Peacock but those plans have now changed as the show has parted ways with showrunner Chris Collins. This move was actually made back in December as the series wants to go in a slightly different creative direction but it has been made public now. Collins was actually replaced earlier this year by Diane Houston but she has also departed the series. Taking over showrunning duties is writing duo, T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson. They were actually brought in under Houston and Bel-Air is the first showrunning job for both. It's a little concerning that there are so many behind-the-scenes changes already but it appears the differences came down to what the streaming service wants and what the original showrunner had in mind.
Peacock was looking for a more broad-skewing network-style show while Collins wanted the show to be a more edgy, premium series. Houston's vision for the show wasn't revealed after her departure but "The Hollywood Reporter" states that the series has already undergone a series of rewrites. Collins had been quietly prepping the show for more than a year before news of its two-season order at Peacock went public. The streamer was reportedly happy with what Collins delivered but it just wasn't what they had in mind for the long run of the show so he will no longer be involved with the series moving forward.
Bel-Air's journey to Peacock has certainly been an interesting one. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air superfan, Morgan Cooper, reimagined the Fresh Prince concept by creating a viral trailer for the show that gave the series a more serious edge than its sitcom roots. The video caught the attention of the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, and he became a driving force to getting this new take on the show made. Smith serves as a producer on the series along with Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and original show creators Andy and Susan Borowitz. Cooper, the creator of the original viral video, is also a part of the team as a writer, director, and co-executive producer.
The original Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ran on NBC from 1990-1996 and starred Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana M. Ali, Joseph Marcell, and Janet Hubert-Whitten/Daphne Maxwell Reid. The cast last got together for a reunion special on HBO Max, where all six seasons of the popular sitcom are available to stream.
Are YOU looking forward to the Bel-Air reboot?
South Park renewed into 2027 as Paramount+ orders 14 films based on the IP
August 5, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
South Park isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, the popular adult animated series is here to stay in a big way. “Variety” reports that Comedy Central has renewed the show through season 30, which will take it to air into 2027, and creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have set up a new expansive deal with ViacomCBS’ MTV Entertainment Studios that calls for the duo to produce 14 movies based on the South Park brand for Paramount+.
The deal is very much reflective of having content deals with notable producers that have thriving properties that are still relevant. South Park has essentially been the face of Comedy Central since its debut in 1997 and, back in 2019, ViacomCBS licensed older seasons of the show to HBO Max in a staggering deal that was valued at $500 million. Chris McCarthy, president-CEO of MTV Entertainment and chief content officer of adult animation for Paramount+, had this to say about the renewal and new movie deal:
“Matt and Trey are world-class creatives who brilliantly use their outrageous humor to skewer the absurdities of our culture and we are excited to expand and deepen our long relationship with them to help fuel Paramount+ and Comedy Central. Franchising marquee content like South Park and developing new IP with tremendous talent like Matt and Trey, is at the heart of our strategy to continue growing Paramount Plus.”
Also very happy about the deal are Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The duo has worked tirelessly over the years to keep South Park culturally relevant and the series continues to be a viable part of pop culture. Speaking of the new deal the duo said, “Comedy Central has been our home for 25 years and we’re really happy that they’ve made a commitment to us for the next 75 years. When we came to ViacomCBS with a different way to produce the show during the pandemic, Chris (McCarthy), Nina (Diaz), Keyes (Hill-Edgar), and Tanya (Giles) were immediately supportive and enabled us to try something new that turned out to be really well received. We can’t wait to get back to doing traditional South Park episodes but now we can also try out new formats. It’s great to have partners who will always take a chance with us.”
As of this writing, 309 episodes of South Park have been broadcast and it remains one of Comedy Central’s highest-rated programs. Over the years, the show has received numerous accolades, including five Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and numerous inclusions in various publications’ lists of the greatest television shows. A theatrical film based on the show, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, was released in 1999 and found great critical and financial success. The film is 80% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and, on a budget of $21 million, the movie went on to gross $83.1 million worldwide.
Are YOU excited that we’re getting A LOT more South Park?
James Gunn says Martin Scorsese bashed Marvel movies to get press
August 5, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Martin Scorsese’s comments about Marvel movies are back in the spotlight courtesy of THE SUICIDE SQUAD director, James Gunn. The filmmaker was a guest on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast and he gave his rather blunt answer as to why the prolific director came after Marvel.
During his appearance, Gunn says he believes that Scorsese kept slamming Marvel movies in 2019 in order to get press for his own movie. At the time, the Netflix gangster drama The Irishman was Scorsese’s latest effort and Gunn believes it was all about drawing attention to his new film:
“It just seems awfully cynical that he kept coming out against Marvel, and that’s the only thing that would get him press for his movie, so then he just kept coming out against Marvel so that he could get press for his movie. He’s creating his movie in the shadow of the Marvel film, and so he uses that to get attention for something he wasn’t getting as much attention as he wanted for it.”
Despite Gunn’s pointed comment on the matter, it’s very clear that he respects Scorsese as a filmmaker and he went as far as to say that Scorsese is “one of the greatest filmmakers who’s ever existed.” Gunn also said that a lot of what the director had to say about franchise films, he actually agreed with:
“There are a lot of things that are true about what he said. There are a lot of heartless, soulless spectacle films out there that don’t reflect what should be happening. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve talked to film directors before they went and made a big movie, and said, ‘Hey, we’re in this together, let’s do something different with these big movies. Let’s make them something different than everything that has come before them.’ And then see them cater to every single studio whim and be grossed out, frankly.”
Scorsese first criticized Marvel movies back in October of 2019 which was about a month before Netflix began its release for The Irishman. The director did an interview with “Empire Magazine” and instantly went viral when he said “I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well-made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.” The director elaborated on his stance in a November 2019 essay for “The New York Times” when he said he was critical of Marvel and other franchise films for creating only one kind of blockbuster that the exhibition prefers. He believes that these films drown out smaller independent movies and that he wasn’t trying to be critical of the movies themselves. Scorsese said, “Many franchise films are made by people of considerable talent and artistry. You can see it on the screen. The fact that the films themselves don’t interest me is a matter of personal taste and temperament.”
Maybe realizing that his comments on the podcast were about to reignite the Scorsese vs. Marvel feud of film Twitter, James Gunn took to his page to point out, even more, that he respects Scorsese as a filmmaker and he meant no ill-will with his comments. You can check out his tweet below!
Also for the record, Martin Scorsese is probably the world’s greatest living American filmmaker. I love & study his films & will continue to love & study his films. I disagree with him solely on one point: That films based on comic books are innately not cinema, that’s all. ???? https://t.co/By9IBe8HAm
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 4, 2021
Do YOU agree with James Gunn’s latest comments?
New Jeopardy host may be executive producer Mike Richards
August 4, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
After the death of Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek last year, the long-running game show kept going with a series of guest-hosts stepping into the role. Those who had a shot at hosting the series included Ken Jennings, Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, Mayim Bialik, LeVar Burton, and more, but according to Variety, Jeopardy! may soon have a permanent host.
Variety has reported that Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards is in advanced negotiations to become the new permanent host of the series. Richards joined Jeopardy! as an executive producer just last year, but quickly bonded with Alex Trebek. "He was everything you could hope for and more," Richards said after Trebek's passing. "He was an idol of mine, and I will work every day to try to live up to the example he set." Richards guest-hosted Jeopardy! earlier this year and was said to have "impressed Sony Pictures brass with his command of the fast-paced game and easy on-air manner." Nothing has been decided yet and Variety's sources have said that other candidates are still in the mix, but you may just be looking at the new face of Jeopardy!. Mike Richards is no strange to hosting, as he's previously hosted Beauty and the Geek, The Pyramid, and Divided, and was a potential candidate to replace Bob Barker on The Price is Right before Drew Carey was chosen. In addition to Jeopardy!, Richards has also produced game shows such as Weakest Link, The Price is Right, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, and Wheel of Fortune.
As I said, nothing has been decided yet, but how would you feel about Mike Richards becoming the new host of Jeopardy? If not, which one of the guest-hosts we've seen so far would you prefer?
Yellowstone prequel series to star Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
August 4, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
Paramount Network's neo-western Yellowstone has proven to be a big hit for the network, and it was announced earlier this year that series co-creator Taylor Sheridan was developing a prequel. It was reported today that Paramount+ and MTV Entertainment Studios have tapped Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill to star in 1883, the Yellowstone prequel.
1883 will follow the Dutton family as "they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America's promised land – Montana." Sam Elliott will play Shea Brennan, "a tough as nails, handsome cowboy with immense sadness in his past. He has the herculean task of guiding a group from Texas to Montana, and he does not suffer fools." Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will play James and Margaret Dutton, the patriarch and matriarch of the Dutton family.
"It all starts with the writing, and Taylor Sheridan is a brilliant writer,” said Sam Elliott in a statement. "I think the western genre speaks clearly to both of us. The classic struggles of man against man, man against nature, and man against himself. It’s all there, in 1883, and I’m honored to be a part of it." Tim McGraw added, "This is truly a dream job. Taylor has found a way of storytelling that brilliantly creates these epic dramas and family sagas with so much depth and creativity. The Duttons are tremendous characters and it’s so thrilling to be able to bring them to life. As a kid growing up riding horses, you think about dream jobs like this and I am just so excited to work with this amazing cast and crew." Faith Hill went on to say that starring in 1883 is "the opportunity of a lifetime. The Duttons are a formidable family and it is an absolute dream to bring such a strong female character like Margaret Dutton to life. I am humbled and honored to work with Taylor and his entire team." The fourth season of Yellowstone has been delayed due to COVID-19, but the network is said to be looking at a November premiere.
New Star Trek series focusing on Starfleet Academy in development
August 4, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
After laying dormant since the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise, Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi franchise made its triumphant return to television with Star Trek: Discovery in 2017, and since then, we've seen the launch of a handful of new Star Trek shows, with plenty more on the way.
In addition to Star Trek: Discovery, Paramount has also released Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Lower Decks, with Star Trek: Prodigy and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds just over the horizon as well. There's also a Section 31 series starring Michelle Yeoh in the works, and during a New York Times interview with Star Trek franchise producer Alex Kurtzman, it was also mentioned that a Starfleet Academy TV series is also in development. Much like Star Trek: Prodigy, it's said that this series will be aimed at a younger audience. That all adds to up quite a lot of Star Trek, but Alex Kurtzman said, "I think we’re just getting started. There’s just so much more to be had." This isn't the first time we've heard mention of a Starfleet Academy TV series, as such a show was mentioned over three years ago when Kurtzman set a five-year deal to oversee the Star Trek franchise. At the time, it was said that Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, creators of The CW's Gossip Girl, were developing the series, but we haven't heard all that much since then.
Star Trek will be returning to our screens next week with the second season of Star Trek: Lower Decks on August 12th, followed by the fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Prodigy later this year. The second season of Star Trek: Picard will launch next year, as will Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which will follow the adventures of Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Mr. Spock (Ethan Peck), and Number One (Rebecca Romijn).
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New Exorcist trilogy will launch in 2023
August 4, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
Although we had heard rumours that Morgan Creek Entertainment was planning on bringing THE EXORCIST back, I was still surprised when it was announced last week that they would be joining forces with Universal Pictures, NBCU’s Peacock streaming service, and Blumhouse Productions for a brand-new trilogy that will serve as a direct sequel to the original. Halloween director David Gordon Green will be helming the new Exorcist trilogy, which will also find Ellen Burstyn reprising her Academy-nominated role of Chris MacNeil.
It was announced today that the first installment of this new Exorcist trilogy will be released on October 13, 2023. The new movies will star Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) as the father of a possessed child who seeks out the aid of Chris MacNeil (Burstyn), who certainly knows a thing or two about dealing with levitating, pea-soup vomiting, and expletive hurling children. Speaking of possessed children, it doesn’t appear as though Linda Blair will be reprising her role of Regan MacNeil, at least not at the moment. Shortly after the announcement, Blair said that although she hasn’t had any discussions about returning for the new Exorcist trilogy, she was aware of the project as the producers had reached out before the announcement to let her know.
They were polite enough to call. We spoke about how amazing Ellen Burstyn is and that was as far as the conversation went. I have no idea what the project is about and I have not been engaged in a conversation of participation. It was just letting me know they were going to do the film.
It’s going to be exceptionally difficult to follow in the footsteps of the original film, but I said that same thing about Halloween, and David Gordon Green managed to surpass my expectations. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. The next installment of Green’s Halloween trilogy — Halloween Kills — will debut at the Venice International Film Festival on September 8, 2021, before hitting theaters on October 15, 2021.
Argylle: Matthew Vaughn spy thriller lands at Apple
August 4, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
Apple is ready to open its wallet nice and wide as it prepares to purchase Matthew Vaughn's spy thriller Argylle. The deal will set Apple up with the worldwide rights to the film, which Vaughn will direct and produce through his MARV production studio. According to Deadline, the arrangement will cost Apple $200 million.
Vaughn already has an A-list cast lined up, with Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O'Hara, John Cena, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dua Lipa set to star. In addition to making her acting debut in the film, Dua Lipa will also provide music for the title track and score.
The concept is based on the upcoming spy novel Argylle by author Ellie Conway. It follows “the world’s greatest spy,” Argylle, as he is caught up in a globe-trotting adventure. Argylle will be the first in at least three films, with the adventure taking place in America, London, and other parts of the world.
Vaughn, who introduced spy thriller fans to his Kingsman film franchise, will direct from a script by Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman). Adam Bohling and David Reid, who've already collaborated with Vaughn on several film projects, will produce alongside Fuchs. Additionally, Carlos Peres, Claudia Vaughn, and Adam Fishbach will serve as executive producers.
“When I read this early draft manuscript I felt it was the most incredible and original spy franchise since Ian Fleming’s books of the 50s. This is going to reinvent the spy genre,” Matthew Vaughn said in a bold statement.
While $200 million might seem like a steep price tag, I'll remind you just how cutthroat the streaming wars have become in recent times. Everyone wants a slice of the next big thing, and if Apple didn't open its coffers as wide as they did, someone else would have snatched Argylle up lickety-split. It's the price of doing business for a project that is ready to hit the ground running and a star-studded one at that. Pony up, Apple!
Overlook: HBO Max passes on The Shining spin-off
August 4, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
HBO Max will not be opening its doors for Overlook, the offshoot series based on Stephen King’s THE SHINING. The project, which hails from J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions, is currently being shopped by Warner Bros. Television, with Netflix being a likely suitor.
Written by Dustin Thomason and Scott Brown, Overlook features iconic characters from The Shining and will explore the untold, terrifying stories of the most famous haunted hotel in American fiction. Word has it that execs from HBO Max were hip to the idea but felt it wasn’t the right fit for them at this time. Overlook was announced as a series order, though it’s not the only project coming to HBO Max from Bad Robot. The studio is currently developing Demimonde on HBO and Duster and Subject to Change at HBO Max. Bad Robot also sold Fledgling to HBO in a recent deal.
Bad Robot is also developing shows revolving around DC’s Justice League Dark, including Madame X and Constantine. Neither has been officially announced, but sources say that both are in development.
Where do you think Overlook will end up finding a home? Is Netflix really the right venue for this intriguing spin-off? How many tales of terror do the ghosts that reside in the Overlook Hotel have to tell? We’ll find out once the show lands at another streamer and cameras begin to roll.
Our Flag Means Death: Leslie Jones joins Taika Waititi’s pirate comedy
August 4, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
Avast, me hearties! Our Flag Means Death, the upcoming pirate comedy from the twisted mind of Taika Waititi, just gained two new crew members in Leslie Jones (Coming 2 America, Ghostbusters) and Nat Faxon (Father of the Year, Friends From College). Both will set sail in the series as recurring guest stars.
They join Rhys Darby and Waititi, who star alongside an ensemble cast that includes Kristian Nairn, Nathan Foad, Samson Kayo, Rory Kinnear, Con O’Neill, Vico Ortiz, Ewen Bremner, David Fane, Joel Fry, Guz Khan, and Matt Maher.
Darby plays Stede Bonnet, a pampered aristocrat who abandoned his life of privilege to become a pirate, while Waititi will play Blackbeard, history’s most feared and revered pirate.
Waititi co-created the series alongside David Jenkins, who also serves as showrunner. Little is known about the plot so far other than the fact that the series stars some of the funniest people currently working in Hollywood. If I had to venture a guess, Our Flag Means Death will find Darby's Bonnet adjusting to life as a pirate and stumbling along the way. Will Blackbeard make him walk the plank? Will he be placed inside a Boo Box? There's no telling what manner of hilarity awaits on the high seas when Our Flag Means Death eventually sets sail for HBO Max.
Don’t Breathe 2: Stephen Lang takes no prisoners in new red band trailer
August 4, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
If you thought Thor Odinson was crafty with a hammer, wait until you see what Stephen Lang’s Norman Nordstrom can do in the new red band trailer for Don’t Breathe 2.
Picking up eight years after the events of 2016’s Don’t Breathe, the sequel finds Norman in a mentor/protector role to 11-year-old Phoenix (Madelyn Grace), who is more or less the daughter he’s always wanted. While hiding his sinister past from Phoenix, he teaches the young girl how to survive in a harsh world. When a new threat descends on Norman and Phoenix’s home, the duo uses every trick in the book to dispense of their unwanted guests. It’s a predicament that will expose Norman’s brutal nature, something Phoenix has never known until now.
Directed and co-written by Rodo Sayagues with Fede Alvarez, Don’t Breathe 2 also stars Brendan Sexton III, Rocci Williams, Stephanie Arcilla, Bobby Schofield, Adam young, Christian Zagia, and Diaana Babnicova, amongst others.
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a series of upcoming interviews we have coming up with members of the cast and crew, including Stephen Lang, Fede Alvarez, and Rodo Sayagues.
Don’t Breathe 2 will take your breath away in theaters beginning on August 13, 2021.
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Lucifer Season 6 promo art rises from the flames
August 4, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
It'll be a cold day in Hell when Lucifer fans are ready to say goodbye to Netflix's supernatural crime series, but here we are. Netflix recently announced that the sixth and final season of Lucifer will premiere on September 10, 2021. As you can see, the premiere date is included in a wicked new promo featuring the main players of the show. Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) and Chloe Decker (Lauren German) are at the center of the group, with Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) and Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro) to their right, and Dr. Linda Martin (Rachel Harris), Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), and Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia) to their left. They all look positively gorgeous, of course, and ready to raise hell.
Get ready to say goodbye. The final season of Lucifer premieres on Netflix September 10th. pic.twitter.com/sUUiAPqGEC
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) August 4, 2021
WARNING: The following synopsis contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Season 6
Per Netflix, here is the official synopsis for the sixth and final season of Lucifer:
This is it, the final season of Lucifer. For real this time. The devil himself has become God… almost. Why is he hesitating? And as the world starts to unravel without a God, what will he do in response? Join us as we say a bittersweet goodbye to Lucifer, Chloe, Amenadiel, Maze, Linda, Ella, and Dan. Bring tissues.
How do you think the final season of Lucifer will end? Will Lucifer come and go from heaven to the mortal realm at his leisure? Will Chloe join him as an overseer of the Great Hereafter? I have so many questions. Thankfully, we won't have to wait too long for answers.
The Suicide Squad Interview: James Gunn on the Ayer film, King Shark & more
August 4, 2021 by: JimmyO
James Gunn has always been a risk-taker. This has been true from his early work with Troma to the grotesque brilliance of Slither – and don’t forget PG Porn. Then came Guardians of the Galaxy. It is one of the best and most inspired flicks in the MCU. As well, it was another opportunity for the filmmaker to go for the weird and wonderful. And now, he has done something else that is truly spectacular. Gunn’s take on THE SUICIDE SQUAD is a bombastic, bloody, brilliant work, one filled with surprises, humor, and a massive heart. There is much to admire here, and it’s incredibly satisfying to see a superhero feature that comes from a singular – and immensely creative – voice such as Mr. Gunn.
I’ve had the great privilege of speaking with James Gunn, not once but twice in the past month. During our chat for the press day for the new film, I was thrilled to send a little f-bomb filled praise his way. And yes, I f*cking loved everything about The Suicide Squad. James discussed taking on such a massive project. As well, he spoke about giving himself this freedom to make something unique. And thankfully, we aren’t done with the charming fun of Guardians of the Galaxy. I asked him about creating a balance between the two worlds. Mr. Gunn is incredibly creative. And here, per usual, he offers a wealth of talent as a filmmaker. And it’s on full display with the marvelous The Suicide Squad.
In addition to the on-camera chat (which you can watch above), we recently spoke to James about some of the highlights from the new film, including one of the most entertaining cinematic creations of the year with King Shark. Here is what he had to say about the creature creation:
“King Shark was really the toughest thing [to create]. I mean, Starro was tough too. They were both really tough, but I will say that King Shark was the toughest character I’ve ever had to design for numerous reasons. Number one, shark skin is much harder to get right than raccoon fur or wood. And the other thing is, you know, Rocket, for instance, is still a mammal. So transforming him a little bit into a more human character isn’t that completely unnatural, but transforming a shark who’s made to swim flat into something that walks around and has a head bent forward, took a, a lot, a lot of design work. And in fact, we kept designing for a long time. We did the original design. We finally caught the ‘dad bod’ that I wanted, and I didn’t think he would have a six-pack because he’s not a mammal. So he doesn’t have the same muscular structure as we do.
And finally, we started designing and Framestore did a lot of the work for that. That was the VFX company that did that. And we started almost finishing shots when I was like, oh he still doesn’t look totally right. Like his belly was a little too white. His pecs were a little too pec-like, and it looked strange on his body. And I said to Framestore, I’m sorry, but we have to go redesign. And we did it in the middle of post. So it was really a difficult process to get a shark that could walk around in the right way. And I’m really happy with where we landed with.
With Starro, it was hard because I really liked the movie, The Host, and I like how the sea monster flaps around like a giant puppy even though he’s kind of scary. And so I wanted the same sort of like unwieldily feeling of a walking starfish who isn’t made to walk, he floats around in space. So getting him to walk and getting it in the way that it both at least somewhat put people in peril, but was also the goofy way a starfish would walk was difficult. And really still to this day, I go, you know, I love the pink and cerulean like totally bright colors that look completely different from the sort of really gritty, grimy streets of Colon, Panama that he’s walking around. And I mean, I liked that contrast a lot, but I knew it was risky to do something that pink. But we swung for the fence.”
On Ratcatcher, and just how important she is to this tale.
“She’s really the one character that I think comes into the movie damaged, but less damaged than the other characters. I think she’s the only character that has any access to her heart whatsoever. So I think that as much as I relate to the outsider qualities or the goofiness of Polka-Dot Man, I also relate to the more human elements of Ratcatcher too. And she’s thrust into this world where she’s around really nasty people and she becomes the heart of the movie in that respect. And so yeah, I think she’s the heart of the movie.
One of the things it’s hard to answer questions about this movie is that everything is a surprise. So you don’t really know, but really, her [relationship] with Bloodsport is incredibly important to the movie. It’s probably the primary relationship in the movie. And it’s very important to me that it wasn’t a romantic relationship. You know, it is him learning and seeing her sort of messed up, but a pure human being. And that helps him to connect to her, but also connects to his daughter who has been treated like shit the whole time he’s known her. He treats her like total shit in the beginning of the movie. And being able to have a character who we could put ourselves in a little bit – because I think a lot of us are not at ease with, you know, tearing people apart – but also who sees the good in everybody. Even King Shark, is he good? He’s kind of a fish, but she sees the good in him. She’s like his eyes are so innocent and beautiful, you know, but they’re fish eyes. There’s nothing going on. So I think that it’s really wonderful to see the world through her eyes. And I think she’s obviously important to the movie in a lot of ways. So I thought, you know, in some ways, she’s my favorite character.”
When it came to not being beholden to David Ayer’s film and whether or not that would confuse people by bringing back a few characters from the 2016 vision.
“That I definitely was worried about the whole thing, confusing people. But when I first talked to the guys about making the movie, I said, what am I beholden to from the other movie? And exactly what they said was, listen, we love Margot. We would love it if she was back in the movie, but as long as you’re doing what you want to do and you’re bringing your full self to it, we don’t really care. You can make a whole new team, you can use the exact same team. You can do whatever you want. And I just happened to love those characters from the comics and I love those actors.
We can’t of course forget Viola Davis, because to me, the Suicide Squad is about Amanda Waller. And she’s the actual antagonist in this film, you know, at the end of the day, she’s the bad guy. Right. This is sad for me because I’m probably most like her, cause I’m the one that’s killing everyone.
Margot Robbie has a fantastic Harley Quinn. I love the character. I know the character very well. I think the way she was originally written by Paul Dini and the old animated series was truly who she still is today. I don’t think I’ve deviated much from that. We get to see other sides of her, but it’s still fully that same character that Paul created and being able to bring out the full chaotic trickster of that character who still is growing though… I mean, she’s growing, she’s making choices which for her are healthy, probably wouldn’t be considered healthy for others, but for her they are healthy. So seeing that scene dealing with her in that way, I love dealing with Margot. She was one of my favorite people I’ve ever worked with. I was excited to work with her. I’ve heard good things about her. So I was excited about that.
Joel, I’m a big fan of, as an actor, I thought that we could change up his character a little bit. I thought we could bring a little bit more humor to his character. I think a little bit more of the tortured quality to his character. His ideals getting squashed right in front of his eyes was dramatic to me. And so I really wanted that guy for a long time. So I brought those characters back because David did an amazing job casting his movie and he did an amazing job prepping those characters.
I’m not one to have an ego about any of that kind of thing. If there’s something that’s good, why fix it? You know, why change it? And I didn’t want to be reacting to the first movie in terms of being a shadow of the movie, either just copying it or being like, hey, I’m going to be totally different from the first movie because so-and-so didn’t like it. Right. So it was about really just taking everything I had at my disposal and making the best movie I possibly could.”
Blonde: Ana de Armas Marilyn Monroe film delayed to 2022
August 4, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Days ago news surfaced that Blonde, Netflix's fictionalized depiction of Marilyn Monroe's life starring Ana de Armas, had been delayed until 2022. Not much of a reason was given for the film's delay and some insiders were surprised because they believed that Netflix was potentially gearing the film up for a bit of an Oscar push. While official news hasn't been revealed for the film's delay, rumors are surfacing online that a major reason behind the shift is Netflix isn't too happy with director Andrew Dominik's first cut of the film.
If this is true, Netflix should've really known with they were getting into with director Andrew Dominik. His sensibilities are of the arthouse variety and anyone that knows his work knows he's not making anything we'd really expect. This is the man behind The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly. He's definitely a director of a particular taste but he really connects with cinephiles that respect his work because he's unique and a bit offbeat. I mean, the director described Blonde as "a really sprawling, emotional nightmare fairy-tale type movie." I think you can tell from that statement alone this isn't going to be your traditional biopic.
The film is also based on a fictionalized book about Marilyn Monroe by writer Joyce Carol Oates. Last year, Oates spoke of seeing a rough cut of the film and her comments even make it seem this is not a film that is going for popular appeal but she loved what she saw:
"I have seen the rough cut of Andrew Dominik's brilliant adaptation and it is startling, brilliant, very disturbing, and [perhaps most surprisingly] an utterly feminist interpretation…not sure that any male director has ever achieved anything (like) this."
Blonde had been in development since 2010 and actresses like Jessica Chastain and Naomi Watts were in consideration for the project before Ana de Armas landed the role. In perhaps another telling moment, Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux stated in an interview with "Deadline" that he had invited Blonde to screen out-of-competition at this year's festival but Netflix passed. Did they pass because the cut they saw isn't to their liking? This could very well be the case. This is all speculation at the moment but the timing of the delay mixed with these latest murmurs does make it seem like something is going on behind the scenes.
What are YOUR thoughts regarding the rumors around Blonde?
The Crow: Reboot director thinks remake will still happen
August 4, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
A reboot of THE CROW has long been in the works but it has hit a series of roadblocks that seem to indicate the universe just doesn’t want it to happen. Filmmaker Corin Hardy has been working on developing a fresh take on the property for years and even had Jason Momoa attached to lead the film. Things would ultimately fall apart again but Hardy believes that the reboot will happen someday.
During a chat with Comicbook.com, Hardy still seems optimistic about the prospects for the remake despite the project constantly getting stalled. Here is what Hardy had to say about the matter:
“It’s a story that I’m just in love with and wedded towards and I put three and a half, four years of life into and love and blood and sweat and tears, and I have a ton of materials, so I don’t know whether one day … I suppose I’m not really wanting to show them because I still believe there will be a Crow sometime, but we’ll see. I do think both James O’Barr’s original Crow graphic novel and the subsequent other iterations of that character in the comic books, there’s no reason not to do a lot more with that character, the concept of The Crow, the mythology of The Crow, and the tone and what that represents is still unique within the world we’re in at the moment.”
The fact that Hardy is still in possession of the work he completed during all his years trying to develop the reboot is a great indication of his optimism that this project could happen one day. Hardy wouldn’t be the first person to struggle to bring The Crow to the big screen. In fact, despite the first film being highly regarded, along with it comes the inherent tragedy that befell its leading man.
Created by James O’Barr, “The Crow” is a gothic superhero comic book series that follows a man named Eric, who is forced to watch his fiancee, Shelly, be murdered by a gang of thugs after their car breaks down. Eric is shot in the head following the incident and later dies in the hospital. Soon, he is resurrected by a crow and seeks vengeance on the murderers while also dealing with the loss of Shelly.
In 1994, The Crow was adapted into a live-action film starring Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee. Directed by Alex Proyas, the film follows a similar trajectory as the comic book with Lee playing Eric Draven, a musician who is resurrected to avenge the deaths of himself and his fiancee. Sadly, Brandon Lee was fatally wounded during filming after a mishap that involved dummy cartridges being exchanged for blank rounds, which featured a live power charge and primer, but no bullet. The scene called for Brandon to be shot confronting the thugs in the film who were killing his fiancee. The barrel was not properly checked for obstructions when it came time to load it with the blank rounds and since the bullet from the dummy round was already trapped in the barrel, this caused the .44 Magnum bullet to be fired out of the barrel with virtually the same force as if the gun had been loaded with a live round. Brandon Lee was pronounced dead at 1:03 PM EST on March 31, 1993. He was only 28 years old and the shooting was ultimately ruled a tragic accident.
Despite the tragedy of losing Brandon Lee, the actor had finished most of his scenes before his death and once all those involved dealt with their grief, it was decided to soldier on. The film was completed through script rewrites, a stunt double, and digital effects. The Crow was eventually released to good reviews, particularly for the film’s tone and Brandon Lee’s performance, and solid box office, grossing $94 million globally on a $23 million budget.
The franchise has spawned several sequels, including The Crow: City of Angels in 1996, The Crow: Salvation in 2000, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer in 2005. The sequels represent another example that bad luck seems to loom over the brand because each installment has been of diminishing quality and none of them come close to capturing the magic of the 1994 film. From there, the reboot has been trying to get off the ground for years but it has yet to be resurrected, and despite Corin Hardy’s best efforts, it’s a project that seems doomed to stay dormant. I don’t think a reboot of The Crow is at all necessary. The 1994 film still holds up today but I do understand there is something intriguing about the lore that makes it one of the more interesting concepts to adapt.
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Cyborg (1989) – Jean-Claude Van Damme (Reel Action)
August 4, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray
In 1989, Jean-Claude Van Damme was riding high off the unexpected success of Bloodsport. At the same time, The Cannon Group saw their fortunes declining fast after losing a ton of money on would-be blockbusters Lifeforce, Masters of the Universe, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Enter director Albert Pyun, who Cannon Films hired to direct both the hoped-for Spider-Man movie and a low-budget Masters of the Universe 2, which would have starred surfer Laird Hamilton. Eventually, Cannon decided to ditch both projects, opting to take the 2 million dollars worth of sets for Masters of the Universe 2 and return to their tried-and-true low-budget action movie formula, making a post-apocalyptic action flick.
Originally Chuck Norris was meant to star in Cyborg, but given how big Bloodsport was, the decision was made to hire the now red-hot JCVD in what would turn out to be his last film for the company. It turned out to be a fraught production, with the MPAA threatening the film with an X-rating for violence. JCVD himself apparently re-edited the film to get in an R-rating, although Pyun’s original, darker version of the film, Slinger, has since turned up in work print form via Pyun’s own official website. Whatever the case, Cyborg became a VHS favorite, especially once Van Damme’s fame skyrocketed in the early nineties. The result is one of Cannon’s last action flicks and one that still has a cult following to this day – Cyborg – and we dig into it on this latest instalment of REEL ACTION!
Kate: Mary Elizabeth Winstead has no time for mercy in film’s first trailer
August 4, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Netflix has unveiled the first trailer from their Japan-set-action thriller KATE, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead looks like she’s ready to kick some butt as an assassin who has no time for mercy.
Per the official synopsis from Netflix, “Meticulous and preternaturally skilled, Kate is the perfect specimen of a finely tuned assassin at the height of her game. But when she uncharacteristically blows an assignment targeting a member of the yakuza in Tokyo, she quickly discovers she’s been poisoned, a brutally slow execution that gives her less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her killers. As her body swiftly deteriorates, Kate forms an unlikely bond with the teenage daughter of one of her past victims. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Woody Harrelson, and directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Kate follows a burned assassin’s furious pursuit of one last self-appointed job.” The film also stars Tadanobu Asano, Miyavi, Michiel Huisman, Miku Martineau, and Jun Kunimura
When the film’s first images were released courtesy of “Entertainment Weekly”, Winstead spoke of her character by saying “Kate is a ruthless assassin who is on a job in Tokyo, and she gets poisoned. She finds out she has 24 hours to live before the poison kills her, she sets out on a mission to find out who poisoned her and kill them before she dies. Along the way, she forges this bond with this teenage girl named Ani (Miku Martineau), and they end up taking on this mission together. It’s a heartfelt, brutal, assassin story!”
Director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan also spoke of casting Woody Harrelson as Kate’s handler and said the actor was perfect because “Woody is Woody. He’s an adventure in itself, for sure. But he’s very committed and he is super easy to work with. He gives that swagger to that character. He wasn’t on the set for very long but we made it count.”
Did YOU like the trailer? Kate opens in select theaters and hits Netflix on September 10, 2021. You can check out the film’s official key art below!
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