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Donald Glover says cancel culture has made movies and TV boring

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Donald Glover says cancel culture has made movies and TV boring
May 12, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Nowadays, despite some people's best efforts, it can often feel like the world is more divided than ever. Whether it's social media platforms regurgitating the same criticisms time and again, film studios opting for sequels and reboots in favor of original content, or networks reviving once-beloved properties to secure that nostalgia-driven dollar, one has to wonder if the entertainment industry is afraid of taking risks.

One celebrity who thinks creators have lost the plot is Donald Glover, whose hit drama series Atlanta is often considered to be just as unconventional as Glover himself. Recently on Twitter, Glover said that he saw people discussing how tired audiences are of reviewing boring stuff, concerning film and television.

saw people on here havin a discussion about how tired they were of reviewing boring stuff (tv & film).

— donald (@donaldglover) May 11, 2021

Glover then elaborated on his claim, which had quickly become a hot topic of debate on the social media platform.

we're getting boring stuff and not even experimental mistakes(?) because people are afraid of getting cancelled

— donald (@donaldglover) May 11, 2021

so they feel like they can only experiment w/ aesthetic.

(also because some of em know theyre not that good)

— donald (@donaldglover) May 11, 2021

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Do you agree with Glover that film and television creators are failing to take risks as the world continues to change? Have we become so afraid of "cancellation" that we're no longer creating thought-provoking stories and characters? When is the last time a movie or television show really knocked you on your ass with something profound and original? Let us know in the comments section below.

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AV Club

WTF Happened to Christian Slater?

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WTF Happened to Christian Slater?
May 7, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

WTF Happened To This Celebrity? – The JoBlo series that examines the careers of stars and filmmakers who may have fallen out of the spotlight, and tells where they are now!

In the 1990s, Christian Slater was at the height of his fame thanks to memorable movies like Heathers, TRUE ROMANCE and Broken Arrow, but he also gained notoriety after some trouble with the law. The next couple of decades became filled with failed TV series and direct-to-video movies, before a recent resurgence with the hit show Mr. Robot. Arch your eyebrows and do your best Jack impersonation as we find out “WTF Happened to Christian Slater!”

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Is Disney removing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Marvel canon?

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Is Disney removing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Marvel canon?
May 6, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began life firmly connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with guest-stars such as Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury and Jamie Alexander's Lady Sif putting in appearances, and there were frequent direct references to events of the films. But as time went on, it became clear that the big-screen and TV side of the Marvel franchise were at odds, and at a certain point, it felt as though Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just decided to go its own way.

With WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we've seen what a TV show truly connected to the MCU looks like, and while fans have long debated Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's place in MCU canon, Disney may be quietly removing the series from canon themselves. Take this with a grain of salt, but a recent Reddit post shows that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (as well as Inhumans, Runaways, and Agent Carter) has been added to the Marvel Legacy Movies and Series section on Disney+ in a handful of international regions including Brazil. This could indicate that Disney is looking to distance Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially now that their own Marvel shows are doing so well, or, you know…if could mean nothing. I've checked Disney+ myself, and at least where I am (Canada), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. remains alongside WandaVision and the rest of the MCU.

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There have been rumblings that Marvel is looking to include small-screen characters from the Netflix-era of shows in future movies, such as Charlie Cox's Daredevil returning for Spider-Man: No Way Home, but nothing official has been revealed. As Marvel is looking to explore the multiverse in its upcoming movies, I'd say that there's room for all incarnations of Marvel projects under one (giant) roof. What do you folks think; should Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be removed from Marvel canon or does it still deserve a place at the table?

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Sam Mayle

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Sam Mayle
May 1, 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… 

Sam Mayle

Sam Mayle is an illustrator and graphic designer based in the London and Essex area of the United Kingdom. Currently represented by Strange Brew Agency.

Sam graduated from Colchester Institute in 2015, studying graphic design. However, Sam sees himself being self-taught in illustration, by drawing and doodling every chance he got, ever since he was very young. His influences range from sci-fi, fantasy, and everyday life, from all forms of media. Sam's imagination is fuelled by film/t.v, video games, and literature, any good story told by a particular medium can instantly captivate him.

Sam is always on the lookout for his next big project that can challenge and express his creative ability, while also working on his own personal projects. Sam's best work comes from when he is being challenged, and his creative ability is pushed. This comes from Sam's desire to always push and better himself, in order to be the best artist he can – through constant research and practice.

Sam has a steady growing online fanbase, which he never takes for granted. With his followers online always providing the extra motivation he needs to work harder, and produce better work.

JoBlo: What got you started as an artist?
Mayle: I have always been creative since a young age, always drawing characters from various tv shows and films that inspired me. Not knowing what I truly wanted to do career-wise, being a graphic designer seemed like a sensible option. Not just financially but it seems like it would be a pretty safe and creative job to have. So I studied graphic design through college and university. Graduating in 2015 I jumped straight into a graphic design job, but after a year I realized it was for me and I wasn’t being satirized creatively. Then I started to discover some incredible illustrators and poster artists on Instagram and it suddenly clicked…this is what I want to be doing, creating movie posters! It ties in with my love for drawing, and my love for film, it just made sense. So in 2016 I decided to jump straight into freelancing as both a graphic designer and illustrator. Taking on various commissions from book covers, album covers, and t-shirts, to help build up my portfolio. Until I eventually started creating movie posters for independent films. I then began taking part in PosterSpy’s creative brief as that was a great way to hone my skills as a poster artist and be part of a great supportive community of other artists.

Eventually, I began working on official work for Universal and Netflix, as well as taking part in exhibitions with Hero Complex Gallery and Gallery 1988.

Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?

I guess I was never truly inspired by any particular artist when I was growing up, I pretty much just stuck to trying to do my own thing and was mainly inspired by cartoons such as Dragon Ball Z, and over stylized, visual films such as 300 and Sin City. But video games were also a huge influence on me as well, as I loved looking at the concept art for video games and seeing the artistic talent behind them and all the work that went into particular scenes and characters.

Who do you really dig these days, follow on Instagram?

Nothing has truly changed from when I was younger, I am very much influenced by films and video games. However, I’m much more aware of what and why a particular design and colour scheme work within a film or video game, and how I can take that and be inspired for a future project. For any particular scene, I’ll pick it apart and see what works visually and how this adds to the emotion of the scene: Rain for example might make a scene more intense, while a red sunset might help emphasize a more embracing feeling for the characters.

In terms of artists, there’s are too many to name! But to name a few would be Christopher Lovell, Dan Mumford, Colin Estrada, and Ken Taylor.

What advice would you have for budding artists today?

As cliche as it sounds, it would be never to give up. I’ve wanted to give up so many times during my career because I’ve never felt good enough compared to other artists, and that I would never ‘make it as a successful artist. Looking back to where I was a year ago, 2 years, or even 5 years, I can see how much I've improved and the clients I’m working with now. Your career as an artist can only get better as you improve, and make sure you work smarter and make time for your friends and family outside of your work life. Working as a freelance artist can feel like a 24/7 job (and it is most of the time), but make time to enjoy life outside of work.

What should we be looking out for from you in the future?

At the moment I have a dozen shows lined up with Hero Complex Gallery, scheduled to be released throughout 2021 depending on one the situation of the pandemic. I’m also working with a big TVshow here in the UK on a lot of illustrations so that will hopefully be aired this year. But I’m mostly working with various clients, whether it's album covers, t-shirts, or movie posters. While also working on my own personal work, as it's been a while since I've created work just for myself so that’s been nice to focus on this year.

Being a fansite, we have to ask you… What are some of your favorite movies/TV shows of all time?

Whenever I’m asked this question I always say Dragon Ball Z growing up, as it was such a huge influence on my young mind, with all the action and explosions of colour. I was always drawing characters and scenes from the show. I’m also a huge fan of superhero films and picking a favourite seems impossible! However, the 300 film does remain one of my all-time favourite films as well, as I was instantly captivated by the unique style of the film back then. On the other hand, The Notebook is equally one of my favourites as well (soppy I know). And to list a few other films: Christmas Vacation, Peanut Butter Falcon, Tenacious D, Crazy Stupid Love, Drive, Star Wars, and Lord Of The Rings. So it's pretty varied.

In terms of TV shows: The Office, How I met Your Mother, South Park, You, Peaky Blinders, It’s Always Sunny, The Witcher.

Scroll down to check out some of our favorite art pieces from Josh as we continue to follow his journey across his Website and social media hubs: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / StoreYouTube   

Blade Runner

Bloodsport

Dragon Ball Z

The Evil Dead

Hellboy

I Am Mother

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

IT

John Wick 2

The Joker

The Omen

Predator 2

Shadow of the Colossus

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Stranger Things

Tenacious D

300

Venom

The Walking Dead

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Sam Mayle

Doom, Mortal Kombat, Terminator 2

Mulan, Nomadland, The Raid, Star Fox

Akira, Drive, Hellraiser, Shazam

Stephen Sampson

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The Continental: John Wick spinoff TV series details emerge

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The Continental: John Wick spinoff TV series details emerge
April 23, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

The world might not agree on most things, but one thing is absolute: We could always use more John Wick in our lives.

Recently while speaking with Deadline about the future of Liongate TV, the indie studio’s expansion chairman, Kevin Beggs, revealed new details regarding the John Wick TV offshoot The Continental at Starz.

“It’s such a successful franchise, it’s on its way to its fourth and fifth installments as a movie,” he said. “It’s got such great mythology and such interesting style, and the gun-fu approach of these incredibly poetic stunt esthetics is just out of this world, which is why the movie with Keanu Reeves — who is so amazing in everything he does but particularly compelling as John Wick in our mind — it just cries out to be something in TV. Just like the Marvel Universe and the DC Universe from a TV perspective are incredible opportunities, and that is our superhero franchise in the family.”

Beggs then went on to say that the studio is working closely with several top-level creatives to bring the twisted and dangerous world of John Wick to the small screen. Among the chosen to get the job done right are Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake, president Nathan Kahane, president of production Erin Westerman and president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine, as well as the films’ producers Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee at Thunder Road and Chad Stahelski and Reeves. Understandably, The Continental doesn’t want to tread on any potential ideas already reserved for the film series, and so the aforementioned group worked together to “find a way in that was additive, didn’t cancel out any other plans that they might have down the road for” additional films.

RELATED: John Wick sequels reportedly won’t be shooting back-to-back

Beggs also took some time to discuss the pitch that sold them on the idea of The Continental:

“We took a lot of pitches, and then the creative team from this obscure little show called Wayne that was on YouTube came to us with their take,” Beggs said. “We were really blown away because it solved a bunch of problems and was super exciting, about a crumbling New York in the 1970s with a garbage strike that has piled up bags of garbage to the third floor of most brownstones, the mafia muscling in on that business which is why in The Sopranos he’s in the sanitation business, and other things that are really real as an interesting backdrop to explore the origins of The Continental which is famously within the movie franchise the assassin’s hotel in which you cannot kill anyone on the hotel grounds, but of course if you step one foot off you’re fair game, and that’s employed to great effect in many of the plots in the movies. Running all of that is Winston, who is played by Ian McShane (in the movies).”

While Shane is not expected to make an appearance in The Continental there’s a chance he could do voice-over work. I could see him narrating the series, or perhaps being a part of some ground rules speech for newcomers to the fabled hotel.

“What we’re exploring in The Continental is the young Winston and how it came to be that he and his team of confederates found their way into this hotel which we have met for the first time in the movie franchise 40 years later,” Beggs said. “That’s the arena. I won’t give away more than that, but Starz really leaned into this take also, and they have been great collaborators. And how we’ve approached this first season is as three essentially 90-minute events which you could construe as a limited series or a limited event series.”

For now, there’s no telling if Keanu Reeve’s John Wick will appear in the series. That said, there’s a good chance that Reeves will executive produce.

“Keanu is likely executive producing,” Beggs said. “Because we’re way back in time, way back pre-John Wick and even pre-young John Wick, that character is not finding his way into the universe. We are in the John Wick universe, but it’s way back in time. Think about the Game of Thrones prequels before you know any of the players, but you do know the world. But Keanu and Chad have read every draft and been enthusiastic supporters of expanding this universe in a meaningful way. So, I never rule out anything, but at this point he’s pretty busy making his movies which are very important to us.”

For more exciting details about what Lionsgate TV has planned for the future be sure to check out Deadline’s full report.

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Deadline

Saw TV series rumored to be in the works

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Saw TV series rumored to be in the works
April 23, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Would you like to play a game? No, I’m not talking about Chess, Checkers, or Monopoly. I’m talking about the game of Saw. You know, the kind where your death is inevitable unless you can solve an almost impossible riddle to survive an elaborate deathtrap? Sounds like fun, right? Well, you might soon get your chance. A new rumor coming out of Deadline suggests that Lionsgate TV is in early talks on a TV series adaptation of the book of Saw.

Whispers of there being a Saw TV series in the works comes from an interview with Lionsgate TV’s Kevin Beggs, in which he talks about the indie studio’s expansion. The studio has been strategizing about its journey into broadcast entertainment for quite some time. After all, if you’ve got several projects that would be better served as TV presentations, why not take the leap?

During the interview, Beggs talks about him approaching Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer about a 360 strategy for the company. The concept revolves around establishing a group that is comprised of motion picture, television, and location-based entertainment, which includes Broadway, podcasting, all of those extensions, and Starz.

“And it’s only creative people because creative people are always leaning in to figure out how to say yes,” Beggs told Deadline. “There will be business obstacles, I’m sure, later, but in that room it’s just green fields and blue skies and what if. That has led to a lot of really great collaborations. We’ve just wrapped up Dear White People which was a really good experience, Blindspotting is coming up, American Psycho is in development. We’re always exploring what we can do in television with something like the Saw franchise, so that’s a conversation.”

While Beggs didn’t go into much detail about ideas for a Saw TV series, it’s believed that one is coming from Mark Burg and Oren Koules’ Twisted Television. The show would explore one of the longest-running horror franchises in history and introduce new characters to the lore.

This is just a rumor for now, but it sounds like one that could come to pass if Lionsgate has its way. Would you be game for a Saw television series? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Deadline

Disney Plus: Spider-Man finally swinging to the streamer via Sony deal

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Disney Plus: Spider-Man movies finally swing to streamer via Sony deal
April 21, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

If you're a Disney+ subscriber, you can stream just about every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there are several very notable exceptions, such as Tom Holland's Spider-Man films. That's all set to change as Disney has inked a major multi-year deal with Sony Pictures that will allow Sony's Spider-Man films such as Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home to stream on Disney+ for the first time, in addition to other major Sony franchises such as Jumanji and Hotel Transylvania.

This deal will give Disney U.S. streaming and TV rights to Sony Pictures' new theatrical releases across Disney's various platforms, including Disney+ and Hulu, as well as ABC, Disney Channels, Freeform, FX, and National Geographic. It will cover all of Sony's movies release from 2022-2026 and begin following each film's Pay 1 TV window. "This landmark multi-year, platform agnostic agreement guarantees the team at Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution a tremendous amount of flexibility and breadth of programming possibilities to leverage Sony’s rich slate of award-winning action and family films across our direct-to-consumer services and linear channels," said Chuck Saftler, head of Business Operations for ABC, Freeform, FX Networks, and Acquisitions in DMED’s Networks division. "This is a win for fans, who will benefit from the ability to access the very best content from two of Hollywood’s most prolific studios across a multitude of viewing platforms and experiences." The official announcement said that the deal will give "Disney enormous programming potential across its platforms and makes them key destinations for a robust collection of Spider-Man films," and also mentioned that Hulu will receive a "significant number" of library titles beginning as early as June.

More to come…

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Disney

Netflix’s Army of the Dead set visit: Dave Bautista speaks!

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Netflix’s Army of the Dead set visit: Dave Bautista speaks!
April 20, 2021 by: Paul Shirey

While the biggest draw to ARMY OF THE DEAD may be its director, Zack Snyder, the international cast is also something that will no doubt appeal to a diverse amount of viewers, including such names as Hiroyuki Sanada, Ana de la Reguera, Samantha Win, Ella Purnell, Garret Dillahunt, Theo Rossi, Nora Arnezeder, Omari Hardwick, Matthias Schweighofer, Raul Castillo, Tig Notaro and, of course, Dave Bautista, who leads this pack of “Los Vengeance” into the zombie fray. Bautista has certainly achieved household recognition, be it as a professional wrestler or the lurking goofball that is Drax The Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, but his ambitions seem to go much deeper than just being the big badass that he is.

While on the set of Army of the Dead, Bautista seemed relaxed, yet still eminating an air of intensity. Soft spoken, but with a deep voice that sometimes feels like a whisper, Bautista, decked out and kitted up for action (shooting the wire-work scenes that day as he jumps from table to table firing at zombie attackers), the actor talked in-depth about his career, his ambitions to direct (and steal some tips for Snyder himself), the material he most wants to do (indie films and a TV series), his representation of the Filipino community (he’s half Filipino on his father’s side), why it’s hard to find dramatic work (take a guess), why he would’ve turned down the role had Snyder not been directing (understandable), the rehiring of James Gunn for Guardians 3 and, finally, how he felt about Drax not getting to kill Thanos (I mean, he DID kill Drax’s family).

It’s an interesting peek behind Bautista’s hardened shell and he comes off genuine, hungry and maybe even a little misunderstood in terms of how he’s being best utilized. One thing is for sure, though, and that’s that Bautista is excited to be where he is and working with a director that could potentially make him shine in a way he hasn’t before.

Q: Well, what’s the experience been like doing that as Zack Snyder zombie film.

Dave Bautista: It’s been, let’s just shorten that and say Zack Snyder film, because that was why I signed on, was to work with Zack. Because originally Zack and I had been working on another project we were trying to get done for like the last three years, which for one reason or another never materialized. And so Zack called me up one day and he said-cause I knew this film was happening. And I talked to him, we’re both at GA. So I’d been thrown my way a few times and I-sounded cool, but this wasn’t what I thought I was going to be working with Zack on. Anyway, he called me and said he had written another part that he wanted me to do, actually it was the Vanderohe part. And he said, when he came down to casting, I’m trying to think of who Scott was. And he said Dave’s not Van, Dave’s Scott. So he called me up. I guess he had talked to them, Netflix already made sure that he approved and then call me up and offered me the part. And I took it, but that was why, because I wanted to work with Zack. I wanted to work with him for years and it’s really just so I can, um, so I can steal all his shit. I want to steal his stuff. I want to watch him work, cause he’s great. Like visually he’s, he’s a visual master and I wanted to, uh, get in and learn from him and steal his stuff. So I could go on and direct my films and take credit for his work. I’ll steal all his stuff and my films will look like his films.

Q: What were some of the things that you ended up learning then from him that you’ll take with you?

Dave Bautista: Just kind of camera tricks. And I also liked that he’s very much-Um, and I only know this because watching this documentary about Spielberg was one of those guys who visually was looking around and see something and runs and grabs the camera. He goes, let’s shoot it. Let’s shoot. And Zack is very much that way. Cause we’re shooting all this with, you know, a lot of natural light, mostly natural lighting. So they’ve only stuck like a little, a couple of light tubes in here and there, like very sparingly, but most of it’s all natural light. And so a lot of times he’s just catching things on the fly, which is it’s weird. It’s because it’s one of those things where our schedule is constantly changing because of that. But as well, you want to be flexible because you want to be a part of that at the same time. Sometimes it can get a little frustrating for schedules. It’s nice knowing what you’re doing when you’re doing it. You kind of prepare a little better. So it’s one of those things where we’re just on a lot of things on the fly. And sometimes, especially when we’re in the desert, the weather was changing, lights were changing or go on to something else or come back to the next day. It gets a little frustrating sometimes. And also the way a lot of his focus tricks are really, really unusual. Really unusual, but lead for a really interesting, interesting look on the characters, but also a really interesting look on the background. So, a lot of times because of the way he’s shooting, the background will almost become one of the characters. I mean, feels like it’s another person that it feels like it’s alive. So, I learned a little tricks here and there. It’s an interesting-it’s an artistic way to look at a zombie film. It’s different.

Q: Is that stuff that he keeps everyone clued in on or are you specifically looking over his shoulder?

Dave Bautista: No I don’t. I think he’s very open about it if you talk to him about it. But um, I think sometimes he’s just making it up as he goes to. It’s an artistic thing I think. And that’s, what’s good about it. I like that he’s picking up the camera and being an artist. Sometimes I think he even loses sight of the performance because he’s so concerned visually the way he’s creating things visually. Um, so it’s, it’s really, it’s an interesting process because we feel the actors that we’ve really kind of relied on each other every once in a while, as far as cause I think, Zack sometimes gets so focused on what he’s shooting and we’re, you know, as performers we’re concerned about our performances. We’re not, we don’t, we’re not looking through the camera. We’re not seeing the big picture. We’re just seeing our performances. Sometimes, I think Zack is so focused on everything else, every once in a while we’ve relied on each other for our performance. Does that make sense?

Q: With Scott [Ward], as a father, which is, I guess a little unusual, for a big crazy Zombie film. How is that being-?

DB: It’s weird. There’s so many different things in this film. There’s so many layers to this film. There’s a lot of relationship. There’s a lot of heartbreak in the storm, but there’s also-this. film is a lot more political than people realize. I think that’s being laid out right now politically. It’s very political. And it makes sense, it’s an element-but I think most people would just see as a zombie heist film, that’s what it is, but some people will pick it apart and. see the political.

Q: From your perspective, has there been more freedom to explore that angle with this being a Netfix movie as opposed to a big studio project?

Dave Bautista: Um, no. It feels like a big studio project to me. There’s, I think there’s been a lot of flexibility as far as performance, but I think, um, you know, I’ve sat down with Zack a few times where I kind of disagreed with what was in the script. and he’s explained to me why he felt strongly that it should be certain ways and at the end of the day he’s the director and I have to agree with him. But there’s been a few things where I thought, to me, they could’ve gone different routes. But, I think he’s got a vision in his head, he’s got a message in his head and at the end of the day he’s the boss.

Q: I remember there’s a long time ago when I was watching you on TV. And Eddie Guerrero called you “Bautista”. And that meant a lot to me. I think it meant a lot to Filipinos across the country. Now you’re Dave Bautista all the time and starring in the biggest movies on the planet. What does that mean to you to kind of be our guy on this side?

Dave Bautista: It’s weird. It’s so funny that you said that because I’m getting ready- my agent’s probably gonna have a cow- but I’m getting ready to get the stars front and center really big on my chest. [laughter]. That just speaks to where my pride is as far as being a Filipino and I’m, you know, I’m half Filipino, but I have basically, I grew up with my father’s side of the family. That’s what I know. And also I’ve never been embraced like I was when I went to the Philippines. So Filipinos embraced me and It means a lot to me, cause I want to be embraced, I want to represent something, I want to inspire people. So, it means a lot to me.

Q: Have you been lucky to work with some great directors filmmakers? Is that what’s driving your decisions most of the time?

Dave Bautista: Um, I don’t know if it’s driving my decisions, but I think it’s definitely, it’s. definitely my ambition-by choice. Zoe Saldana, um, early in my career said that that would be, that I should be careful directors that I work with. Be very picky and choosy about the directors. And that’s always in the back of my head. It’s always top of my list, I have kind of a list of directors that I want to work with and some that aren’t on my list, they come my way. First thing I do is I want to. be-I want to know what they’ve done, see what they’ve done, I’ll go back and I’ll watch it and see how they direct performances, how the performances are Performances are a huge deal to me. And also, you know, if they’re good storytellers, that means everything to me cause I think sometimes, if you have a film, performances could be great, I mean, there’s a lot of films, a lot of big superhero films where performances are great, but somewhere along the line, they lost track of the story and just made the movie shit. So I always keep that in the back of my mind. But definitely, yeah, directors are, I want to work with the best directors in the world, cause I want to be a director so I want to learn as a student of this.

Q: We were talking about Zack sort of giving feedback as you go and kind of letting performances go versus I know you worked with James Gunn who is also very interactive with you guys on set, how did the two of them compare as directors on set?

Dave Bautista: I think James would be much more, I feel like he’s much more involved with performance. I think. um, I have a lot more flexibility with Zack. Um, James is a control freak. Have you guys all met with him? He’s very much a control freak, um, Zack seems to-which I don’t mind, because he’s a great director. Like he’s a brilliant director and he’s a brilliant storyteller. So I’m okay to give myself to guys like that and I trust them. Zack just seems to be willing to give you much more freedom and flexibility. And you know, when he’s happy with something, because he’ll say cut a certain way, um, you can see him, he doesn’t, um, he doesn’t give you a whole lot of emotion, but he’ll look at you and he’ll like, shake his head and you can tell when he’s really happy with something. And every once in a while, I’ll feel like self-conscious or insecure. about my performance and I’ll go and I’ll ask him, ‘what do you think? do we need adjustments or anything?’ And he’s like, “No, it’s perfect.”.

So it’s like sometimes if you, like, with opposite guys like James Gunn, like I was giving this performance once and he was really upset, not because of the way I was performing. He was upset because where my eyes were looking. So he told me to pick a spot. I swear to God, pick a spot, focus on it and don’t move my eyes. And also like directors, like Denis [Villeneueve] very much, he has a vision and he doesn’t want you to sway from that vision. Um, which is really helpful for me, cause he’s brought out some really, I think, really strong performances in me that I didn’t think that I was capable of because he was directing me to go a certain way. Just, my small role in Blade Runner [2049] guys showed up to do that role a certain way. When I got there, I realized that it was all wrong. Cause he had me do everything differently, down to the way I walked. And then I got so much love for that small role and I have to give credit to him cause of the way he directed me to perform. With all these guys they’re just really great at one thing-well, not one thing, because really, I think passionate about like certain things, we just kind of draw from them and learn from. them.

Q: As far as the next few years, what are you looking to do?

Dave Bautista: Television. Yeah. I want to do a television series. I’m dying to check that box. I really want to do-there’s something, a project I was pursuing for a long time and we just had this struggle to get it done. So, I’m looking at other projects right now. I do want to do a television project and then I have, uh, I think I have my bigger projects lined up, but I have my bigger projects lined up, but I wanted to just fill in those smaller things. I also still want to step back and do more independent stuff, which is also a struggle for me because I look like an action hero. A lot of times the deep, dramatic indie films don’t want to cast me. And I get it, my look is distracting, but at the same time those are the performances that I prefer. So, hopefully more indies; dramatic indies. And then a Television series.

Q: Why TV?

Dave Bautista: Well, there’s a few different reasons. I think TV is really a great way to learn because of the pace that they work at. I also think that I’ve always had this way that I thought to build myself as, as an actor goes for my career. And I think TV, when you’re face is up there every week, every week just builds your career. It makes you a valuable name. But I also want the challenge of just moving like that, just moving like that constantly, what you give them. Cause you got like a few chances to get these takes in and what you give them is what you’re stuck with. That’s your performance. And that was kind of something-that was the reason I took, um, I did a film called Pusher. It was a small film, but there were long, long takes. And it was really a challenge for me at the time, because the performance I gave on that take was the performance I was stuck with. And, I wanted that challenge, because I want to be a better actor. So, that’s it, I want the challenge and I also want to get my face out there and build my career.

Q: Got to find a showrunner you can trust.

Dave Bautista: Absolutely. We’re talking about one now. One that I’m very interested in. But, I want to make sure it makes sense, because it’s a 6-month commitment and I’ll be 51 when I do it, so I’m not getting any younger. So, giving up six months, it’s gotta make sense- Q: You look 30 DB: Thank you. [laughter] I have so much make-up on!

Q: Is there a specific genre you’d want to do for directing?

Dave Bautista: I just always lean toward drama. I just like drama. I have a couple of ideas of my own that I’d like to get done, but again that all goes back to being valuable. If you’re a valuable name you can get-people listen. If you walk into a room, people listen. So, I’m trying to build myself as an actor so people pay attention. Studios will listen. Producers will listen. If you can make them money, they’ll be willing to listen.

Q: If you do directing would you also do writing?

Dave Bautista: I would definitely collaborate. I’m not that person. I can give you an outline of a story, but to sit down and write out a whole conversation would take a long time. It would take forever and I’d overanalyze everything and it’d never be right. So, yeah, I’d rather give someone a storyline and say this is the first act, second act, third act, I know what I want this to be, I know what the end of this is, now let’s write this. I’d rather sit down with a qualified writer, somebody who’s educated in doing this, somebody who’s already proven, that would be my preference.

Q: You mentioned that you look like an action hero, which you do, so for a movie like this, is this like you just show up, put on the gear and you’re good to go or do you actually have to go through some training-?

Dave Bautista: No, I just show up without the gear and I was good to go.

Q: I mean, you look action-ready, so that’s what I mean-

Dave Bautista: And that’s what I mean. If Zack wasn’t directing this film, to be honest with you, I probably wouldn’t have taken it. I probably would’ve passed. I’ve passed on a hundred movies along this vein. I probably would’ve said ‘nah, it’s another action guy’, I could care less. But, because Zack is directing, I said ‘hell yes, sign me up.’ But yeah, I showed up and I was ready. [laughter]

Q: You kind of showed up to this industry very used to telling a story with your body. Has that been an asset to you?

Dave Bautista: No, because I’ve tried to go the other route. Like, The Rock is a perfect example of someone who uses that strength, so I wanted to go against that grain and make everything much smaller, very subtle. I make a living off of subtlety. I want that to be my strength. I want that to be what separates us. I don’t want to be that guy who walks in that room, I never wanted to be that guy.

Q: Specifically, you and The Rock?

Dave Bautista: No, I don’t mean that as a dig on him, but you know how he is as a character. He feels very professional wrestling to me. I don’t want to be that guy. I want to be an actor. I want to act, I want people to judge me for my acting, my subtlety. I want to take roles that require that. I don’t want to be a big action guy who just says cool shit and kills a lot of people and gets the girl. I don’t want to be that guy. I want to guy that makes people cry, who makes people think, who inspires people. I want to be a dramatic actor. I just love it. I love acting.

Q: Theo [Rossi] was raving about your performance and said it was very unexpected, did you guys get to flex that?

Dave Bautista: I think so. There’s some pretty emotional beats that I’ve gotten to flex a little bit. And then there’s some cool action shit, too, where I just kill zombies. Which is also cool for me to, again, it goes back to me being the guy they expect me to be, but also being the guy they’ve never really seen me be. I haven’t done a whole lot of action stuff if you think about it. Even with my Marvel stuff, I’m not really known for my action in Marvel, I’m known for saying dumb shit [laughter]. So yeah, I think it’s kinda cool.

Q: In the concept art, we see you in your military gear, but also in a white cap and apron. Can you talk about that?

Dave Bautista: Well, so my dream-I’ve lost my American Dream. I had a food truck. And that was my dream. I just wanted to be my own boss and have a family. And when the zombie breakout happened it just all went to hell. So, after we contained the zombie breakout, I lost everything, including my family. And, I was working as a short-order cook in a crappy little purgatory.

Q: So, that taco truck was your taco truck?

Dave Bautista: It’s my taco truck. It once was. That was my American Dream. My dream now is, like, to have another truck, another restaurant, just go back to the way life was.

Q: You mentioned wanting to be a director and you were very vocal when James Gunn was taken off Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3. Now that he’s back, what’s your reaction to that?

Dave Bautista: Obviously, I’m happy. Ecstatic. But, also I think it’s a big statement for Disney to go back on a decision like that. Like, I think that’s a huge statement, a very political statement. It’s not something they needed to do, not at that point, but they basically stepped back and did the right thing and I think that’s a huge statement. So, not to sound condescending, but I’m very proud of Disney. I’m sure that wasn’t easy for them, because they’re basically admitting to the world they made a mistake, they’re wrong. But, also, what that statement says goes a long way. So, hopefully that’ll stop-I don’t know if it’ll stop, but maybe it’ll deter people from making rash decisions like that from the past and people will see political attacks like that for what they are, cause that’s all it was really. It was a political attack and it was a rash decision, it was a bad decision. It empowered really horrible people. So, I think for them to go back when they didn’t have to at that point was a huge step. I’m very proud of them.

Q: Also, to scratch that TV itch, in the Marvel world they’re doing a lot of Disney+ streaming-

Dave Bautista: Yeah, I was shocked. I got on my Twitter for a second and started to bash them for not making-like, not one Guardians [of the Galaxy] character got a TV show. Like, how does that happen? There’s so many interesting characters in that world. I just don’t get it. But, then I thought, I don’t know what they have in mind and I don’t know what they have planned, I get that they take all their marquee characters and they gave them shows, so I don’t want to take away from that just ‘cause I’m bitter that nobody from our series-honestly, if they offered me a series, I wouldn’t do it. Not a chance in hell would I do a TV series playing Drax. That is a make-up nightmare. I would be miserable. Yeah, that make-up isn’t fun. It’s awful, so I’m not gonna sign up to do a series where I’m in that make-up every day.

Q: Were you disappointed that Drax didn’t get to take his vengeance on Thanos personally [in Avengers: Endgame]

Dave Bautista: Yeah, I think everybody was. I said in interviews somewhere where that I wish Drax would’ve killed Thanos and I got all these people saying, ‘That doesn’t even make sense! How could you say that? Drax doesn’t deserve to get to kill Thanos!’ And I said it because there’s not a character in the Marvel Universe that doesn’t want to kill Thanos. Of course Drax wanted to kill Thanos. Everybody wanted to kill Thanos. So yeah, a little disappointed, cause I kinda take that whole storyline very personal. But, I think every character wanted to get their hands on Thanos. I have to say on the record that I love Josh Brolin [Thanos] to death. He’s actually one of my favorite people and by far one of my favorite actors. I love him. He’s such a brilliant actor. He’s overlooked way too much.

Army of the Dead blasts onto Netflix on May 21st, 2021.

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Arlington Road: TV series based on the film set at Paramount+

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Arlington Road: TV series based on the film set at Paramount+
April 14, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

ARLINGTON ROAD, the 1999 neo-noir thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, and Hope Davis, is prepping a possible return as a TV series. It has been announced that Paramount+ is in the beginning stages of developing the project from the film’s director Mark Pellington.

Seth Fisher, the co-executive producer of The Alienist, will be writing the TV series adaptation while Pellington, who is also set to direct the potential series, will executive produce alongside Fisher. In the film, a widowed George Washington University professor suspects his new neighbors are involved in terrorism and he becomes obsessed with foiling their terrorist plot. Written by Ehren Kruger, the movie was heavily inspired by the paranoid culture of the 1990s, and Pellington explains how the world envisioned in that film will be depicted in this modern TV update:

“Arlington Road the series manifests the thematic essence of the film and integrates it with a modern perspective. The world envisioned by the film has become a scary, paranoid place and the suspenseful series will depict that with the character-driven script and tonal integrity of the original film.”

Arlington Road received decent reviews from critics upon its release, securing a 63% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Sony Pictures paid $6 million to acquire the film’s United States distribution rights and it went on to become the second title to be released by Screen Gems (and its first wide theatrical release). Carrying a $31 million budget, the film went on to gross $24.7 million domestically and $41 million worldwide.

I could see this being adapted into a pretty compelling TV show. I haven’t watched the film in a few years but I do remember it being well-acted and it offered up some intriguing ideas in regards to the paranoid culture of the era. One could argue that this concept has only become more relevant in today’s world so it will be interesting to see how a TV show tackles the subject matter.

Would YOU watch the Arlington Road TV show?

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WTF Happened to Christina Ricci?

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WTF Happened to Christina Ricci?
April 9, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

WTF Happened To This Celebrity? – The JoBlo series that examines the careers of our favourite stars and filmmakers who may have temporarily fallen out of the spotlight, and reveals where they are now and what they’re up to!

After making a wonderfully morose mark on cinema as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, Christina Ricci went on to become an indie darling (Buffalo 66, The Opposite of Sex) while also appearing in acclaimed dramas (Monster, The Ice Storm) and big-budget spectacle (Sleepy Hollow, SPEED RACER). But more recent years have found her in TV work and lower-profile movies, although she seems primed for a major comeback. Let’s catch up with “WTF Happened to Christina Ricci!”

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Stephen Sampson

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Stephen Sampson
April 3, 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… 

Stephen Sampson, The Dark Inker

Stephen Sampson, AKA The Dark Inker, lives and works on the South Coast of the UK with his lovable sidekick, Ico the cat!  Stephen has been drawing stuff since he was old enough to hold a pencil. The early days were inspired by comics from the adventures Asterisk and Tin Tin to the many stories of superheroes and strange worlds from Europe, America, and Asia.

His first big break came in the comics industry where he was lucky enough to illustrate the adventures of Judge Anderson in 2000 AD for a number of years. Later he moved into the Games and Movies industries. In 2014 he was thrilled to be invited to become a member of The Poster Posse and has worked on a number of exciting projects, such as Star Wars, Big Hero 6, Aliens, Cars 3 to name a few.

As a freelance illustrator, he has also been lucky enough to work with clients such as NASA, netFlicks, Titan Books, Spectrum Films, Printed in Blood. Still inspired by Comics as well as Books, Movies, Music, and the World around us and not to forget the space beyond. His passion for creating art continues to grow stronger with every exciting project he is lucky enough to be asked to contribute to!

JoBlo: What got you started as an artist?
Sampson: I'm sure this is a very common answer but books and comics at an early age were my first real inspirations to attempt to draw something. Once the bug for drawing had hold of me it's something I can't imagine being without. After studying art at school and for a year at college I got sidetracked for a few years and worked as a sheet metal worker. But even then all my spare time was spent drawing and once I was made redundant as a metalworker I started as a freelance illustrator, picking up small jobs here and there until I got the incredible chance to work for 2000 AD the home of Judge Dredd.

Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?
So many influences over the years! Early "art world" heroes were Gustav Klimt, Alphonse Mucha and Leonardo da Vinci. Other big influences are my wonderful art teacher Mr O'sullivan, Albert Uderzo, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta, Moebius, The Designers Republic, Katsuhiro Otomo, Syd Mead, David Bowie, Ridley Scott, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert E. Howard, Lewis Carroll, Frank Herbert, Fiona Staples and Loish. I really could just go on and on and I'm sure I'll kick myself for not mentioning someone or another!

Who do you really dig these days, follow on Instagram?
Wow! man that's such a hard one, the list would be endless, I guess check my social feeds to see who I follow and in truth, it grows day by day. So many incredible artists out there working in all kinds of industries but maybe as you ask this question when it's women's history month I'll name a few females off the top of my head and apologies if I forget someone! To start with all the female Poster Posse members, epic artists one and all Ziqqix, SG Posters, Courtney Autumn Martin, Cryssy Cheung, Freya Betts, Erin Gallagher, Bella Grace, AJ Frena, Nicky Barkla, Chelsea Lowe, Aracely Munoz, Tracie Chinq and a few others Loish, Fiona Staples, Vanessa Mckee, Nan Lawson, Charlie Bowater, Becky Cloonan.

What advice would you have for budding artists today?
Work hard, never miss a deadline! If art is your passion, use every minute you can to create. Learn from your mistakes, we all make them! And always do your best to be kind and thoughtful to others, you never know what people are going through at any given moment in their life.

What should we be looking out for from you in the future?
The Art of FireFly Book has just been released by Titan Books and Printed in Blood and I was very lucky to have my image chosen for the cover! I've also done an image for the Printed in Blood artbook for Halloween the movie, which has already been posted as a promotion for the book. And I'm working on an image for their recently announced Art Book for Hannibal the TV series, having a lot of fun with this one! Also over the first lockdown period in the UK, I started work on some personal images, kind of fantasy, sci-fi worlds, inspired by the everyday world around us.
Titled Lockdown Worlds should be posting them soon. Also during the lockdown, I got into Star Wars The Clone Wars and started to do some character portraits, which again I will post soon. And as a Games artist, I've been working on an exciting project that hopefully will be out sometime later this year! 

Being a fansite, we have to ask you… What are some of your favorite movies/TV shows of all time?
Mate! These questions are not easy! Again this could be the list to end all list's but I'll try to keep to whatever comes quickly to mind! And in no particular order! The Banana Splits, Marine Boy, Captain Scarlet, Jason and the Argonauts, Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Seven, Silence of the Lambs,  Crimson Peak, Pan's Labyrinth, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Tekkonkinkree, The Iron Giant, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Laputa Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Ringu, Alita Battle Angel, Train to Busan, A Quiet Place, Game of Thrones, Hannibal, Stranger Things, Taboo, FireFly, and on it goes! But just to add I'm so looking forward to Denis Villeneuve's Dune, one of my favorite books! And I'm currently watching the TV series The Terror, which I think is brilliant!!

Scroll down to check out some of our favorite art pieces from Josh as we continue to follow his journey across his Website and social media hubs: Instagram / Twitter / FacebookArtstation / Linkedin / YouTube / Prints / Firefly Book  

Aliens

Ashoka

Black Widow

Cars 3

Dune

Edge of Tomorrow

Firefly

Ghost In The Shell 

Halloween

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

IT

John Wick

Kylo Ren

The Legend of Zelda

The Mandalorian

Stranger Things

Tomb Raider

Toy Story 4

True Detective

 

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Stephen Sampson

Batman, Godzlla, King Kong, Star Wars

Hook, Justice League, Predator, Tenet

Hereditary, Parasite, Raging Bull

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Neill Blomkamp’s Demonic: release date and distributor set

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Neill Blomkamp’s Demonic: release date and distributor set
March 31, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

It's been far too long since we've gotten a Neill Blomkamp movie. In the six years since Chappie came out, the District 9 director been associated with a lot of near-miss projects, such as his proposed Aliens and Robocop sequels, only for none to come to fruition. However, all that is set to change as Blomkamp secretly shot a horror movie called Demonic amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and now IFC Midnight has set it for an August 20th release! 

According to IFC Midnight's press release, "the film stars up-and-comers Carly Pope (Elysium), Chris William Martin (The Age of Adaline, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, TV’s The Vampire Diaries), and Michael Rogers (TV’s Siren, TV’s The Blacklist, TV’s Supernatural). 

In Demonic, a young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed in this horror-thriller from director Neill Blomkamp.

Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films said, “Neil Blomkamp exploded onto the filmmaking scene with DISTRICT 9 and has made his mark by creating films that challenge and subvert the genre. It’s exciting to work together on this highly anticipated new vision, and be immersed in yet another world terrifyingly similar to our own.”

Said AGC Chairman and CEO Ford, “IFC Midnight is an ideal brand for Neill’s first foray into supernatural terror to be released theatrically and in other media and we’re very confident in the job that Arianna and her team are going to do.”

 

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Oz actor Craig “muMs” Grant passes away at 52

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Oz actor Craig “muMs” Grant passes away at 52
March 25, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

HBO's very first one-hour dramatic series was Oz, which featured a sprawling ensemble pf actors who played the inmates and staff of the Oswald State Penitentiary. To this day, Oz remains one of my favourite TV shows, and one of my favourite characters on the series was Arnold "Poet" Jackson, an inmate who recited poems relating to social problems and life in the prison, so I'm incredibly sad to report that Poet actor Craig Grant, aka muMs da Schemer, passed away yesterday at the age of 52. No cause of death has been reported at this time.

Much like the character he played on Oz, Craig Grant was an accomplished poet and performer, and was featured in SlamNation, a documentary which followed the members of the Nuyorican Poetry Slam team as they competed at the 1996 National Poetry Slam in Portland, Oregon. Following his stint on Oz, Craig Grant went on to appear in TV shows such as Chappelle's Show, The Jury, The Sopranos, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Boston Legal, Law & Order, Cold Case, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Knick, Nurse Jackie, Luke Cage, She's Gotta Have It, City on a Hill, The Last O.G., and Hightown, as well as movies like Dark Water, The Good Heart, Side Effects, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Good Time, BlacKkKlansman, and Steven Soderbergh's upcoming No Sudden Move. "We are heartbroken over the loss of one of the most genuine, caring, loving souls we have ever had the pleasure of representing," Craig's agency said in a statement. "Craig was more than our client, he was our dear friend. We all just lost a phenomenal man." You will be greatly missed, Mr. Grant.

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Chucky: Fiona Dourif returning for Child’s Play TV series

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Chucky: Fiona Dourif returning for Child’s Play TV series
March 25, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

A fan favorite is returning to the world of Child’s Play. Fiona Dourif will be reprising her role as Nica Pierce on the upcoming USA/Syfy series, Chucky. Dourif will once again join her real-life father, Brad Dourif, who will be providing the voice for everyone’s favorite killer doll.

Dourif first appeared as Nica Pierce in 2013’s CURSE OF CHUCKY before reprising the role again in 2017’s Cult of Chucky. Dourif’s character was ultimately sent to a mental asylum for the criminally insane after her first tussle with Chucky in the 2013 film. Things took a turn for the worst in Cult of Chucky when Nica ultimately became a host for Charles Lee Ray’s evil spirit. SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THIS FILM…YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!! By that film’s end, Nica/Chucky reunited with Tiffany, Chucky’s killer girlfriend, and they drove off to another round of carnage and terror.

Dourif joins Devon Sawa, Zackary Arthur, Teo Briones, Bjorgvin Arnarson, and Alyvia Alyn Lind in the cast that, of course, also includes Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky and Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany. Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky are definite fan favorites and Fiona Dourif has been a highlight across both of those films. Her casting on the TV series should ensure that Child’s Play fans will definitely give this show a shot.

Chucky will pick up after a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a yard sale. The idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of murders begin to expose the town’s secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies, and allies, from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the doll’s untold origins as a seemingly ordinary child who became a notorious monster. 

Chucky creator Don Mancini has hinted recently that the show will go back to the straightforward frights of the original. Mancini stated “With this TV show, our mission has been to preserve the straightforward scariness of the original film or the first couple of films. But at the same time, continue on with this ever-expanding tapestry of consistent story that we’ve spun over the course of seven movies and 30-some years. I think fans are really gonna love to see the new characters that we introduce into this realm and just to see how they came off of our classic characters. Not just Chucky, but some of the others that you may be hoping to see. There’s a good chance they may turn up.”

This Chucky series is sounding more and more like a love letter to the fans and I personally can’t wait to see it. The addition of Fiona Dourif only shows that Don Mancini and his team are really looking to expand the Child’s Play universe while also honoring its past and the fans that have made the franchise a hit over the years.

Are YOU excited about Fiona Dourif’s return?

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Bewitched movie based on the classic TV series in development

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Bewitched movie based on the classic TV series in development
March 24, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Deadline has reported that Sony Pictures is developing a movie based on BEWITCHED, the classic TV series that starred Elizabeth Montgomery, because THAT WORKED SO WELL THE FIRST TIME AROUND!

Terry Matalas (MacGyver) and Travis Fickett (12 Monkeys) have been tapped to write the script for the Bewitched movie, which is said to be different from the 2005 romantic comedy version that starred Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Well, thank goodness for that. Deadline has been told that the new movie will use the original series as its jumping-off point, “in which a witch marries an advertising exec and then tries to hide her powers and her crazy relatives who drop in often.” If you don’t remember, the Betwitched movie gave things a meta-spin as Ferrell was an actor who was starring as Darrin Stephens in a remake of Bewitched while Kidman played an actual witch who just so happened to be playing Samantha Stephens. The film was a major critical disappointment, and if you couldn’t tell, I’m still a little sore about it. Here’s hoping that the new remake fares a little better.

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True Lies TV reboot moved off cycle at CBS

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True Lies TV reboot moved off cycle at CBS
March 22, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

CBS is still fully behind their TV reboot of the 1994 action film TRUE LIES but it’s being delayed to give the behind the scenes team time to flesh out the story.

According to “The Hollywood Reporter“, CBS has decided to push the project off of this pilot cycle in order to give producers — including James Cameron, who wrote and directed the 1994 movie on which it’s based, more time to work on it. The network is hopeful that they will be able to film the pilot this summer. As of this writing, no one has been cast in the pilot and despite being moved off cycle, the network is still excited to have the property and still want to see the series become a reality.

The pilot was written by Matt Nix and will be directed by McG, best known for his highly kinetic Charlie’s Angels films. In the pilot, shocked to discover that her bland and unremarkable computer consultant husband is a skilled international spy, an unfulfilled suburban housewife is propelled into a life of danger and adventure when she’s recruited to work alongside him to save the world as they try to revitalize their passionless marriage.

Apparently bringing True Lies to television has been a passion project for McG. The director began pursuing the idea in 2016 after he signed an overall deal with 20th TV. In 2017, a TV reboot from writer Marc Guggenheim sold to Fox with a put pilot commitment but the project didn’t move beyond the script stage. McG soldiered on and continued to try to make the reboot happen which led to the director helming and executive producing 20th TV’s series reboot of Turner & Hooch for Disney+ with Nix. The duo hit it off and teamed up on True Lies and that pitch eventually landed at CBS.

1994’s True Lies was directed by James Cameron and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Art Malik, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere, and Eliza Dushku. The film was a loose remake of the French comedy film La Totale and followed a U.S. government agent named Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger), who balances his life as a spy and a loving husband and father. The film was well-received at the time of release, securing a 71% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and grossing $146.2 million domestically. Worldwide totals brought its gross to $378.8 million on a $100 million budget while Jamie Lee Curtis went on to win the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her scene-stealing turn as Harry’s wife, Helen Tasker.

Do YOU still want to see the True Lies TV reboot happen?

Source:
The Hollywood Reporter

City of Lies Review

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City of Lies Review
City of Lies Review

March 19, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

7
10

PLOT: LAPD Detective Russell Poole (Johnny Depp) investigates the murder of the Notorious B.I.G on the eve of the Ramparts scandal.

REVIEW: The killings of The Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur have long captivated the public imagination. Indicative of both the furiously violent East vs West Coast hip-hop rivalry of the nineties and widespread corruption within the LAPD in the wake of Rodney King and O.J. Simpson, this story has been fodder for a huge number of documentaries, books, and TV series. CITY OF LIES actually isn’t the most recent example, with it predating the similarly themed TV series Unsolved as well as the brand-new Netflix doc Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell. You see, City of Lies was shot way back in 2016-2017, with it originally slated for a wide theatrical release in the fall of 2018, only to be pulled at the eleventh hour reportedly due to the scandal surrounding Johnny Depp’s legal battles. Some involved with the film believe the reason it was scrapped had more to do with the way the LAPD was portrayed, as explained in this intriguing Daily Beast write-up.

Whatever the case, three years later, City of Lies is getting a quick, low-key release via Saban (the trailer only dropped recently) on VOD, which is a shame as it’s not a bad movie at all. Very much in line with director Brad Furman’s previous The Infiltrator (and underrated Bryan Cranston thriller), City of Lies takes an interesting deep-dive into the circumstances surrounding Biggie’s murder, with them fingering an LAPD cover-up and a relationship with Suge Knight’s Death Row Records as the likely culprits.

Whether or not any of this is true, City of Lies is still a slick procedural, and while his recent troubles have resulted in a long screen absence, Johnny Depp is surprisingly low-key and effective as the dogged Russell Poole. My issue with Depp has always been that he has a tendency towards gimmicks and hamminess, with movies that he’s not hiding behind obnoxious make-up and accents few and far between. Other than an off-putting blonde mustache that doesn’t match his hair, Depp plays Poole in a straight-forward way that’s a refreshing change of pace and would have likely been appreciated by fans had the film been widely seen.

Poole, who remains a controversial figure, is portrayed as a heroic cop eager to deliver some measure of justice for Biggie’s mother (with Violetta Wallace playing herself). The story indeed seems stranger than fiction, with it tying into the crazy Rampart scandal that involved dirty officers that influenced cop movies for at least a decade, with Training Day and The Shield apparently both directly influenced by those events. Fans of Biggie and Tupac may be disappointed to learn that both men are relatively minor figures here, with this more about police corruption than the rappers themselves. Even Suge Knight is ultimately portrayed as a minor character.

Nonetheless, City of Lies has a juicy supporting cast, with the perennially underrated Toby Huss as Depp’s partner, while Michael Pare shows up in a small role as a Vegas cop investigating the Tupac killing. Shea Whigham has a juicy role as real-life cop Frank Lyga, who inadvertently kicks things off through a road rage shoot-out with someone who turns out to be another cop with deep ties to Death Row. Forest Whitaker is second-billed as a journalist who teams with the older Poole, but it feels like a waste of his talents as his only role here is to interview Poole, although he does have a juicy scene opposite legendary heavy Peter Greene, cast against type as a cop.

While City of Lies isn’t an exceptional film by any means and likely would have only caused a minor stir in theaters, it’s still a rock-solid procedural thriller that’s worth watching for anyone with an interest in the case. Depp fans will also appreciate one of his subtlest performances in years, and hopefully, this is a venue he continues to explore, as no matter what his legal troubles may be, he remains a talented actor with loads of fans.

Source:
JoBlo.com

Jordan Davis – Need To Not Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I know my way to your place
Like the back of my hand
There's a key on this chain
That'll spin your lock and let me in
And I'm thinkin' 'bout us again
I'm thinkin' 'bout cavin' in when

[Chorus]
I shouldn't stop right now and go back home
Turn on that TV, stare at the wall and just sleep alone
Never turn down your block
I know I need to not
Get too close 'cause you know that I'll cross that line
You say you miss me, your kiss hits me one more time
Don't wanna give us one more shot
I know I need to not
I need to not, I need to not

[Verse 2]
These lights flashing
Red light means I'm two turns from your street
The one goin' off in my head
Ain't slowin' down anything

[Pre-Chorus]
'Cause I'm thinkin' 'bout seein' you
I'm thinkin' about what I'll do when
[Chorus]
I shouldn't stop right now and go back home

Turn on that TV, stare at the wall and just sleep alone
Never turn down your block
I know I need to not
Get too close 'cause you know that I'll cross that line
You say you miss me, your kiss hits me one more time
Don't wanna give us one more shot
I know I need to not
Oh, and I need to not, I need to not

[Post-Chorus]
Oh
Yeah, I need to not

[Bridge]
I need to not touch you
I need to not look in your eyes
Need to come to my senses
And get the hell out of your driveway

[Chorus]
I shouldn't stop right now and go back home
Turn on that TV, stare at the wall and just sleep alone
Never turn down your block
I know I need to not
Get too close 'cause you know that I'll cross that line
You say you miss me, your kiss hits me one more time
Don't wanna give us one more shot
I know I need to not
I need to not, I need to not
I need to not, I need to not

Illenium & Iann Dior – First Time Lyrics

[Chorus]
I know that we haven't met, but I know your vibe
Are we skipping a step? 'Cause I really don't mind
It's like you've been in my bed a couple thousand times
Now we're at it again, we're at it again for the very first time

[Verse 1]
Hello stranger
I don't know your name but I recognize your energy
A breath taker
You give me dejá vú, this is feeling like a memory
Yeah, your lips look so familiar
And I don't know if this is real or just the liquor
But this feeling is major
It might sound a little strange 'cause

[Chorus]
I know that we haven't met, but I know your vibe
Are we skipping a step? 'Cause I really don't mind
It's like you've been in my bed a couple thousand times
Now we're at it again, we're at it again
I know that we haven't met, but I know your vibe
Are we skipping a step? 'Cause I really don't mind
It's like you've been in my bed a couple thousand times
Now we're at it again, we're at it again for the very first time
[Drop]
For the very first time
For the very first time

[Verse 2]
Am I being cliché
Saying that you're probably from a dream I had
I will put you on replay
Yeah, the TV show and marathon on all damn weekend
Babe I can't lie, it kinda creeps me out
How you say what's on my mind, before it leaves my mouth
Yeah, it's hard for me to explain
I know it probably sounds strange

[Chorus]
I know that we haven't met, but I know your vibe
Are we skipping a step? 'Cause I really don't mind
It's like you've been in my bed a couple thousand times
Now we're at it again, we're at it again
I know that we haven't met, but I know your vibe
Are we skipping a step? 'Cause I really don't mind
It's like you've been in my bed a couple thousand times
Now we're at it again, we're at it again for the very first time

[Drop]
For the very first time
For the very first time
[Outro]
We're at it again, we're at it again
We're at it again, again for the very first time
We're at it again, we're at it again
We're at it again, again

Let the Right One In: Demian Bichir to star in TV adaptation for Showtime

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Let the Right One In: Demian Bichir to star in TV adaptation for Showtime
March 15, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Based upon the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN stands as one of my all-time favourite vampire movies, and the story is slated to make the leap to the small-screen as Showtime has given a pilot order to a TV series based on the novel.

RELATED: A&E to remake vampire film Let The Right One In as a television series

Let the Right One In will center on a “father and his 12-year-old daughter whose lives were changed forever 10 years earlier when she was turned into a vampire. Locked in at age 12, perhaps forever, Eleanor lives a closed-in life, able to go out only at night, while her father does his best to provide her with the minimal amount of human blood she needs to stay alive.” Demian Birchir (Godzilla vs. Kong) has signed on to star as the father as well as produce the series. Andrew Hinderaker (Penny Dreadful) will pen the script and serve as showrunner, with Seith Mann (Blindspotting) directing the pilot. In a statement, Showtime’s Executive Vice President of Scripted Programming Amy Israel said:

Let the Right One In quickly establishes itself as a thrilling, high-stakes drama that asks the question: How far would you go to save your child from the monsters out there — would you risk becoming a monster yourself? Demián Bichir is one of the world’s most dynamic and engrossing actors, and his charisma and vulnerability will surely bring Andrew Hinderaker’s exquisite script to life, guided by Seith Mann’s deft direction. We couldn’t be more excited about the potential of this show.

Andrew Hinderaker added, “The series is both a love letter to the original film, and a story entirely our own. And casting a true artist like Demián epitomizes our bold aspiration to be one of the most terrifying shows on TV, and one of the most moving.” In the original novel, Eleanor/Eli has been a vampire for centuries rather than just ten years, and her “father” is actually a pedophile who is obsessed with her. Yea, I can see why they might not want to build a series around that. Following the American remake (Let Me In) in 2010, the TV adaptation of Let the Right One In was being originally developed for A&E in 2015, but the project later moved over to TNT where a pilot was ordered and cast, but ultimately didn’t move forward. Here’s hoping they have better luck this time around.

Source:
Deadline

Cruella TV spot showcases the Disney villain’s killer style

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Cruella TV spot showcases the Disney villain’s killer style
March 15, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

If you were watching the Grammys last night, you were greeted with a little treat from Disney. A new extended TV spot for the upcoming CRUELLA starring Emma Stone was released and it gives us a bit more insight into the origins of the popular Disney villain.

In the fresh look, Stone can be seen exchanging words with Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson) who insists that Estrella, who will later become Cruella, has to have a killer instinct if she wants to make it in the fashion industry. As the TV spot concludes, it appears that Cruella does find her killer instinct and her killer style.

Cruella is set in 1970s London and finds young fashion designer Estella de Vil (Emma Stone) becoming obsessed with dogs’ skins, especially Dalmations until she eventually becomes a ruthless and terrifying legend known as Cruella. Directed by Craig Gillespie, the film also stars Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, and Mark Strong. Glenn Close, who played the titular character in the 1996 live-action remake and its sequel, is on board as an executive producer.

Did YOU like the new TV spot? Cruella hits screens on May 28, 2021.

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JoBlo Movie Trailers

Nick Jonas – 2Drunk Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Turn the TV off, make the bed
Oh my God, it’s five, once again
Pour another drink
Pour another drink and take it down
All my friends are home, so am I
So I drink alone, justified
Nobody around
Nobody around, keeping count

[Pre-Chorus]
Now I’m dancing in the kitchen, breaking all the dishes
Breaking all the rules that I set myself
I swore I wouldn’t lose my mind again
Yeah, what would Mama say? She’d say

[Chorus]
“Oh, you never know when to stop”
Like everyday’s Friday night
Too drunk and I’m all in my feelings
Oh, well, now I’m high as the ceiling
And, oh, I think I just hit my stride
Till I wake up and hate my life

[Post-Chorus]
I’m too drunk and I’m all in my feelings
Oh well, now I’m high as thе ceiling, oh (High as the ceiling)

[Verse 2]
Should I sеnd that text? Maybe not
But I miss that sex, quite a lot
It’s 5:00 somewhere
Maybe you’re somewhere thinkin’ ’bout me

[Pre-Chorus]
Now I’m dancing in the kitchen, breaking all the dishes
Breaking all the rules that I set myself
I swore I wouldn’t lose my mind again
Yeah, what would Mama say? She’d say

[Chorus]
“Oh, you never know when to stop”
Like everyday’s Friday night
Too drunk and I’m all in my feelings
Oh, well, now I’m high as the ceiling
And, oh, I think I just hit my stride
Till I wake up and hate my life

[Post-Chorus]
I’m too drunk and I’m all in my feelings
Oh well, now I’m high as the ceiling, oh (High as the ceiling)

[Bridge]
Nothing good happens at 4:00 in the morning
But it’s another day, guess I’m keeping it going
Did some crazy things, but that was yesterday
What would Mama say? She’d say

[Chorus]
“Oh, you never know when to stop”
Like everyday’s Friday night
Too drunk and I’m all in my feelings
Oh, well, now I’m high as the ceiling
And, oh, I think I just hit my stride
Till I wake up and hate my life

[Post-Chorus]
I’m too drunk and I’m all in my feelings
Oh well, now I’m high as the ceiling, oh (High as the ceiling)
I’m too drunk and I’m all in my feelings
Oh well, now I’m high as the ceiling, oh (High as the ceiling)

Study shows industry loses $10B a year undervaluing Black-led projects

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Study shows industry loses $10B a year undervaluing Black-led projects
March 12, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

An interesting new study from McKinsey & Company shows that Hollywood loses out on $10 billion in profit a year by choosing to undervalue Black-led projects across film and TV. More and more members of the entertainment industry have consistently rallied for greater inclusivity in Hollywood and the narrative from most studios and networks is that Black-led projects are completely financially viable in the long run. This study seems to indicate otherwise.

The study is the first of the company’s to offer an integrated look into the film and TV industry and what they discovered, according to “Deadline”, is that Hollywood could earn an extra $10 billion annually by addressing and dismantling the structural racism that pervades its overall environment. The company gathered its data by analyzing more than 2,000 films, as well as from interviewing professional writers, actors, directors, and producers. For the purpose of the study, the company also partnered with the BlackLight Collective which is a coalition of Black artists and executives in the media business. The research showed that Black-led projects receive much less funding than their white counterparts despite the fact that evidence proves that they tend to outperform other projects in terms of recouping their original investments.

In terms of positions of creative control, the study revealed that less than 6% of writers, directors, and producers of Hollywood films are Black and that 87% of television executives and 92% of film executives are white. The study also referenced a term called the “Black tax” in regards to finances and that refers to ways in which Black talent must pay out of pocket to ensure their projects see the light of day. Additionally, rising Black actors and actresses receive fewer opportunities when it comes to leading roles. On average, Black performers land about six starring roles while their white colleagues obtain nine.

I remember when former Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed in his book, “The Ride of a Lifetime”, that a Marvel executive was against making BLACK PANTHER because they thought movies led by Black actors didn’t perform well internationally. Iger wrote, “We had a chance to make a great movie and to showcase an underappreciated segment of America, and those goals were not mutually exclusive.” Iger and Marvel producer Kevin Feige fought to get Black Panther made and Iger personally called Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter and told him to tell his team to stop putting up roadblocks to prevent the film from happening. The end result was a film that grossed $1.3 billion while also becoming a bit of a cultural movement because it truly was something that was unprecedented. That being said, even with a movie like Black Panther earning that much money, there is still some pushback from studios and networks in terms of back Black-led projects.

This isn’t a problem that just ends with a project like Black Panther. Hollywood executives still fall back on the excuses of their bottom line despite the fact that audiences show time and time again, not only with their words but with their wallets, that inclusive storytelling is something that they really want. That’s not to say that every film or TV project needs to be Black-led. Often is the case that some say Hollywood is just throwing Black-led projects a bone just to appease the masses and that’s not the solution either. There needs to be a more organic way that these projects are developed. There needs to be more diversity at the top and more inclusivity within the talent. That’s where more change can happen and I know that this is only one study but I think it has been proven on several occasions that Black-led projects can turn a profit that the studio is looking for. It’s time to stop looking at this success as a pleasant surprise and more like an expected result.

Source:
Deadline

Netflix testing security to limit password sharing

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Netflix testing security to limit password sharing
March 11, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Ye be warned those who share their Netflix password with family and friends.

In the past week, Netflix has launched a new test that displays a warning to some users that says, “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.” In other words, it may soon be time to have an awkward conversation with your parents, close friends, or your ex about continuing to share your Netflix log-in information. According to Netflix's terms of service, access to your sweet account “may not be shared with individuals beyond your household.”

While these warnings are typically easy to ignore, Netflix is testing their ability to get in your face about sharing your account with others by instituting a prompt that provides users with three options: Receive an email or text verification code to authenticate the account, or click on a button that says “Verify Later.”

“This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so,” a Netflix rep said in a statement.

The test is being rolled out in multiple countries but only on TV devices so far. For the moment, it's unclear as to what prompts the test, be it specific account activity or otherwise. Netflix maintains that the purpose of the test is to keep customer credentials from being stolen, though I'm sure that isn't the only reason. Nearly 40% of Americans say they use a streaming login and password that doesn’t belong to them – and roughly a third do so without the permission of the registered user. Meanwhile, 51% admit to letting others use their account, with 72% of that amount being linked to Netflix users. This is all according to a new LendingTree survey of 1,500 consumers. So, yeah, there's a whole lot of sharing going on.

If you're one of the many customers that are willing to share their Netflix log-in information with others, you might want to think twice about continuing that practice. I say this because this test may only be the tip of the iceberg. Ye have been warned, Netflix subscribers. Maybe think twice before you let your niece or nephew watch their favorite show on your account. They're crackin' down, man!

Source:
Netflix

Quinn XCII – Mexico City Lyrics

Play this song

[Verse 1]
One day he was standing on the 105
Stickin’ out his thumb because he needs a ride
A girl pulled over and picked him up
She asked him if the President should get impeached
She grew up democratic on Laguna Beach
He said, “I’m just a stranger, love, but I think we’re gonna be

[Pre-Chorus]
Good friends”
Save up our pay checks, buy a new Benz
Try all the boujee little food trends
No one will yell whenever we spend our money

[Chorus]
She said, “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go
Go down to Mexico City
Fuck around and get drunk”
And he said, “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, and we’ll never leave
Down here in Mexico City
Living out of your trunk”

[Verse 2]
She says, “Do we wanna stay?” and he goes, “Yes, we do”
Order takeout every Sunday and watch SVU
Their lives can’t get much better, they both thought
By the TV, they talked college and their tough finals
They’re in heaven, they don’t even mind the subtitles
Their lives can’t get much better, then they left and bought

[Pre-Chorus]
All of the new clothes
Use up their minutes on their new phones
Never have chores ‘cause they don’t do those
Hit up the bank, ask for a new loan
For more money

[Chorus]
She said, “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go
Go down to Mexico City
Fuck around and get drunk”
And he said, “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, and we’ll never leave
Down here in Mexico City
Living out of your trunk”

[Bridge]
Satellites in the sky, yeah, they think it’s a sign
They should probably get back home
Out of sight, out of mind, that’s like most of the time
They don’t wanna go home
Satellites in the sky, yeah, they think it’s a sign
They should probably get back home
Out of sight, out of mind, that’s like most of the time
They don’t wanna go home

[Chorus]
She said, “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go
Go down to Mexico City
Fuck around and get drunk”
And he said, “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, and we’ll never leave
Down here in Mexico City
Living out of your trunk”

Tory Lanez – And This Is Just the Intro Lyrics

Play this song

[Verse 1]
I hope you find somebody more toxic
And y’all go through way more arguments than we did
Y’all go through way more arguments than needed
You better give him the same fucking treatment
I know it’s just the intro and this shit get deep, but
I’ve got my reasons
I put my work in it, wasn’t worth it
My stresses turned you to the person for somebody else
I made you worth it for somebody else
I endured all of your flaws ’til I broke through all the walls of your guard
Now you’re perfect for somebody else
I’m ‘bout to call her, bruh
I know she’s somewhere with a good guy, no
She’s out with a guy who push a pretty penny
Her friend just let me know she say he gets more paper than me, yeah (Damn)
There goes my ego
This shit is weak though
My heart is cold as shit, it’s bricked
My shit is Shaq at the free-throw
Tryna get you back with all these cheap hoes
And you don’t even peep though
I let you take ’til there was nothing left of me
Seen it all ’til there was nothing left to see
I know she would leave me, what you telling me?
‘Cause when it’s said and done, all I got is these melodies
You wasn’t there when I was selling CDs
Juggin’ at the TD, I was making CCs
Money comin’ out, I’m watchin’ it in 3D
You told me I’d be nothing, now I’m on the TV
Fast forward, couple years later, see me, yeah
Come and see me, yeah
Come and see me, bitch
Car futuristic, should’ve come with three seats
Took the last feedback, it don’t come with TVs
I stopped wearin’ Chrome Hearts and AMIRI jeans
Gettin’ too much money and it’s bustin’ out the seams
Shawty, don’t act like I don’t meet you on the scene
I only slept on you ‘cause you started sellin’ dreams
Oh my God, I don’t even know, I’m so ashamed right now

[Verse 2]
She be fuckin’ rich niggas since nineteen (Nineteen)
No money inside her bags, just drugs and Maybelline
Seems like money’s got you doing anything
Anything, anything
Servin’ looks, you deaded me all for the finer things
Fuck me good and then you telling me all kinda things
It’s like money’s got you doing different type of things
Honestly, like I don’t know why I did that, but I did, yeah
Girl, I heard you fucked that nigga in some shit I bought you
It hurts to know that that’s some different shit I taught you, oh
You left me for someone that was icy
With all that ice, don’t you forget

[Chorus]
You gotta come and see me, come and see me, yeah
Come and see me, come and see me, yeah
If it’s on the ‘Gram, on the TV, yeah
Gonna see me, gonna see me, yeah
Come and see me, come and see me, yeah
Come and see me, come and see me, yeah
If it’s on the ‘Gram, on the TV, yeah
Gonna see me, gonna see me, yeah

[Verse 3]
What’s it in for? I’m toxic, you know it (You know it)
Whatever your friends say, I’m not shit, and you know it (You know it)
She hopped in my double-R, she’d rather cry tears in the stars
And she knows them other guys in the double-R, ain’t like ours
Ain’t doing it like us
Movie is playin’ and they ain’t doing it like us
Maybe I’m toxic, maybe I’m not shit
You wanna fuss and fight for some other option
Liquor, I’m gone
Sip, sippin’ ’til I get depressed in this bitch
Then I’ma call you right up on the flip
Fifty reasons why your nigga ain’t shit
Fuck them niggas if I’m not at the top
I go crazy, I’ma make this shit hot
DM your nigga, he blow up your spot
Fuck up the relationship that you got
Fucked it up and now I’m calling you mine
There’s no real intention of making you mine
I just don’t wanna see you with no one else
Like I’m the only one allowed to move on
(I told you)
I’m a fuck boy for sayin’ that shit, girl, I know it
I don’t deserve you for playin’ that like that, I know it
But through these toxic eyes, I see potential
Took advantage of the fact

[Chorus]
You gotta come and see me, come and see me, yeah
Come and see me, come and see me, yeah
If it’s on the ‘Gram, on the TV, yeah
Gonna see me, gonna see me, yeah
Come and see me, come and see me, yeah
Come and see me, come and see me, yeah
If it’s on the ‘Gram, on the TV, yeah
Gonna see me, gonna see me

[Outro]
Want me call, don’t you? Don’t you?
Every time that I see you, every time that I see you
You, you
Every time that I see you, every time that I see you
Why don’t you return my calls?
You trip out, where I be
Should know, karma see me
Now you don’t got me, see me

Steven Spielberg & the Duffer Bros. developing Stephen King’s The Talisman

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Steven Spielberg & the Duffer Bros. developing Stephen King’s The Talisman
March 5, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Another day, another adaptation of a Stephen King novel. THR has reported that Steven Spielberg and the Duffer Brothers are developing an adaptation of The Talisman, a novel which King co-wrote with Peter Straub. Spielberg has actually had the screen rights for The Talisman for close to forty years, and has been trying to get a feature-film version of the story off the ground all that time, but this time around, The Talisman will be a TV series for Netflix.

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The Talisman tells of a "12-year old boy named Jack Sawyer who sets off on an epic road-trip quest in order to save his dying mother’s life. He is in search of the Talisman, a powerful relic that can not only heal his mother but, as he learns, save the world. Sawyer’s journey criss-crosses two realities: the America we know and its dangerous, fantasy-world twin, The Territories." Matt and Ross Duffer will executive produce through their Monkey Massacre Productions banner while Steven Spielberg will executive produce via Amblin Television. The Talisman will be written by Curtis Gwinn, who serves as a writer and executive producer on the Duffer Bros.' Stranger Things, and Gwinn will also serve as showrunner on the series.

A synopsis of The Talisman via Amazon:

Why had twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer’s mother frantically moved the two of them from Rodeo Drive to a New York City apartment to the Alhambra, a fading ocean resort and shuttered amusement park in New Hampshire? Who or what is she running from? She is dying . . . and even young Jack knows she can’t outrun death. But only he can save her—for he has been chosen to search for a prize across an epic landscape of dangers and lies, a realm of innocents and monsters, where everything Jack loves is on the line.

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Given the sprawling nature of the novel, a TV series adaptation of The Talisman is probably the best way to go, and when you combine the talents of Steven Spielberg and the Duffer Bros., not to mention Netflix's seemingly unlimited bank account, we might have something very special in store.

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We Own This City: The Wire creators reunite for HBO limited series

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We Own This City: The Wire creators reunite for HBO limited series
March 5, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Ask any TV fan what the best shows are, The Wire inevitably ranks near the top of the list. Whether you ask about dramas, thrillers, cop shows, or just all-around solid acting, The Wire has it all. While it was announced that two of the creative powerhouses behind that HBO series, George Pelacanos and David Simon, would be reuniting for a new series set in Baltimore, it has taken some time before the official word was released about the new project.

According to Deadline, Simon and Pelecanos will be adapting the non-fiction book We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops and Corruption by investigative journalist Justin Fenton as a limited series for HBO. While the drama is set in Baltimore, it will not be connected to The Wire. Still, we can anticipate that there may be some connective tissue between that series and the pair's recent HBO project, The Deuce, in the form of writing and directing talent with the potential for stars from the ensembles of both shows to join the cast of this new series.

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Per Deadline, We Own the City is set in Baltimore 2015. Riots are erupting across the city as citizens demand justice for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man who has died under suspicious circumstances while in police custody. Drug and violent crime are surging, and the city is reaching its highest murder count in more than two decades: 342 homicides in a single year, in a city of just 600,000 people. Facing pressure from the mayor’s office—as well as a federal investigation of the department over Gray’s death—Baltimore police commanders turn to a rank-and-file hero, Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, and his elite plainclothes unit, the Gun Trace Task Force, to help get guns and drugs off the street.

However, behind these new efforts, a criminal conspiracy of an unprecedented scale was unfolding within the police department. Entrusted with fixing the city’s drug and gun crisis, Jenkins chose to exploit it instead. With other members of the empowered Gun Trace Task Force, Jenkins stole from Baltimore’s citizens—skimming from drug busts, pocketing thousands in cash found in private homes, and planting fake evidence to throw Internal Affairs off their scent. Their brazen crime spree would go unchecked for years. The result was countless wrongful convictions, the death of an innocent civilian, and the mysterious death of one cop who was shot in the head, killed just a day before he was scheduled to testify against the unit.

Considering how The Wire is often hailed as one of the best television series of all time, We Own This City is bound to have people flocking to HBO to see what it's all about. If I could take this moment to make a confession… I've never seen The Wire. I know. I'm disappointed in myself as well. To make matters worse, I've owned the complete Blu-ray box set for years and have yet to crack it open. As I said, I know. I'm the worst. It's not my fault that there's so much great stuff on TV nowadays. How's this? I promise to watch it before the end of 2021. Cool?

Now that we have an accord. Let us know if you're interested to see what We Own This City is all about.

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Duke Deuce – Spin Lyrics (feat. Foogiano)

[Intro: Foogiano]
(Young Swagg)
The f*ck you talkin’ ’bout (Ho)
And we gon’ spin
If they don’t die, then we gon’ spin again and again
QC, nigga, 1017 (Huh)
Ho (HitKidd, what it do, man?)

[Chorus: Foogiano]
Bitch, we gon’ spin (Spin)
If they don’t die, then we gon’ spin again and again (Ho, what?)
Me and Duke bang the same thing, boy, we like twins (Gang, woah)
Take a nigga bitch, have a nigga drunker then a gin (Foo, yeah)
And I’m an independent baby, nigga, I was born to win (Ho, ho)
Jump right in the water, I’m a shark, you can see my fin (Ho)
Don’t step to me, I ain’t ya partner, nigga, I ain’t ya kin (Foo, ho)
[?] in the gutter, baby, I’ma sin (Mob, mob)
He a fake nigga, I can see through him like the lenses (Ho)

[Verse 1: Foogiano]
Trappin’ and rappin’, I was pistol packin’, made it happen
I had them gutter, babies in your attic
Nigga, they gon’ bring me back the packets (Ho)
All of this ice (Ice), yeah, know I gotta keep a pipe
Know on my mama, nigga, I ain’t gonna fight (Naw)
Nigga, try me, I’ma take your life (Boom)
I lived in the trap, if its my play I’ll still call the cap
Nigga, you broke as hell, your pockets flat
Finesser, I’m the greatest, thats’ a fact (Finesse)
In love with the mob, I got Duece, he ridin’ in the back (Huh)
He try to run, hit him in the back, boom
Now that nigga layin’ flat, ho (Boom, boom, boom)
I told her don’t test me (Ho)
[?]
I’m won in first, I’m never goin’ second (Naw)
And bitch we gon’ spin if you ’bout that [?] (Ho, spin)
And nigga you’re broke, yeah
I spent a hundred at the dentist (Ice, ice, ice, ice)
p*ssy nigga, ain’t no competition (No)
If that nigga start it, I’ma finish

[Chorus: Foogiano & Duke Deuce]
Bitch, we gon’ spin (Spin, woo)
If they don’t die, then we gon’ spin again and again (Ho, thraah, what?)
Me and Duke bang the same thing, boy, we like twins (Gang, on GD woah)

Take a nigga bitch, have a nigga drunker then a gin (Foo, yeah)
And I’m an independent baby, nigga, I was born to win (Ayy-ayy, ho, ho)
Jump right in the water, I’m a shark, you can see my fin (Ho, splash)
Don’t step to me, I ain’t ya partner, nigga, I ain’t ya kin (Yeah-yeah foo, ho)
[?] in the gutter, baby, I’ma sin (Mob, mob)
He a fake nigga, I can see through him like the lenses (Ayy-ayy, ho), uh

[Verse 2: Duke Deuce]
Me and Foogiano rep the same thing, we folks
Playin’ with my bread, nigga, f*ck around and get toast (Hrrt, hrrt)
That bitch in a Hummer, finna drop pounds in that ho (Stuff that bitch)
No hashtag, but I’m straight poundin’ your ho (f*ck that bitch)
With the mob, get plugged in
In the mob, we thuggin’
She gon’ slob in your den
Then she gon’ say I’m her friend (Friend)
I’m on your TV, but I see 3D up in these lenses (Woo)
Pick up your freak-freak, hear a “Beep-beep,” Duke outside again
[?], but the streets in a drought (Drought)
Watch out ‘fore you get your shit tapped (Tapped)
f*ck rap, gotta get to the trap (Trap)
Yap-yap, get hit in your lap (Baa)
Taught my daughter that this world is cold
Call of Duty how we gettin’ the loads
[?] got my time froze (What the f*ck?)
We spin again, leave trap full of holes

[Chorus: Foogiano & Duke Deuce]
Spin (Spin)
If they don’t die, then we gon’ spin again and again (Ho, ayy-ayy, what?)
Me and Duke bang the same thing, boy, we like twins (Gang, GD, woah)
Take a nigga bitch, have a nigga drunker then a gin (Foo, Woo-hoo, yeah)
And I’m an independent baby, nigga, I was born to win (Woo-hoo, ho, ho)
Jump right in the water, I’m a shark, you can see my fin (Ho, gang, gang)
Don’t step to me, I ain’t ya partner, nigga, I ain’t ya kin (Foo, woo, ho)
[?] in the gutter, baby, I’ma sin (Mob, woo, mob)
He a fake nigga, I can see through him like the lenses (Gang, gang, gang)

WTF Happened to Gary Busey?

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WTF Happened to Gary Busey?
February 26, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

WTF Happened To This Celebrity? – The JoBlo series that examines the careers of stars and filmmakers who may have fallen out of the spotlight, and tells where they are now! Gary Busey is now perhaps better known for his larger-than-life public persona than his actual filmography.

In the years since his Oscar-winning portrayal of Buddy Holly, the actor has survived a motorcycle accident and cancer, brought his manic style to hit features like Under Siege, Silver Bullet (1985), and who could forgot Gary Busey in Point Break! But then, he ended up in countless D-list movies, before bringing his unpredictable nature to reality TV. Hang on to something while we explore “WTF Happened to GARY BUSEY!”

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