CHICAGO – Put in a dash of crazy, add a dash of funny and you are defining “The Asylum,” a catch-all name for a couple of show events in Chicago, playing at The Apollo Theater Studio through February 23rd, 2017. Behind the scenes of these showcases is producer Michael Sanow, a Chicago theater veteran. For “The Asylum” information regarding the “Atypical Musical Comedy Show” (Tuesdays) and “Access Comedy” (Thursdays), click here.
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Cool Stuff is your geekarific holiday shopping guide published all year round. In today’s edition we take a look at Paul Shipper‘s fantastic Star Wars Celebration poster, NECA’s Gremlins Ultimate Gizmo 7-Inch Action Figure, Ian Glaubinger‘s Back to the Future screenprint set, an Alien Xenomorph crochet pattern and the pencil from John Wick: Chapter 2 action figure.
Previously we’ve featured The Forces of Dorkness’ cremated remains of the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story action figure. The Forces have returned to bring you another release: The Pencil from John Wick: Chapter 2. This is not a prop from the movie, but an unofficial toy collectible.
“That fucking nobody is John Wick.” said Viggo Tarasov as he told the story about John killing 3 men in a bar with a pencil in John Wick and *spoiler alert*…in John Wick Chapter 2 you get to see him kill some bad guys with one. (Bad Guy is subjective in this case, who really is the bad guy you may ask yourself, me…I consider anyone trying to kill me the bad guy, and I bet John does too). This is a tribute to an amazing action-movie franchise. It’s a real pencil, coated is resin for durability, and custom painted to look like it has entered someone’s skull and then been retracted. Each one is hand made so there is some variation between each so no two are alike. Call it a toy, call it a collector’s item, call it a weapon, just don’t call John and expect him to say anything on the phone or to use more that 3 words as a response in a conversation.”
The standard sized No. 2 pencil in a custom bloodied bag is being sold for $16.95. The release is limited to 20 pieces.
This isn’t for sale yet, but I’m sure Paul Shipper’s amazing key art poster for Star Wars Celebration 2017 will be on sale at the convention in Orlando and I wanted to show it to you.
NECA is released the Gremlins Ultimate Gizmo 7-Inch Action Figure later this month.
The adorable Gizmo makes its way tot the Ultimate action figure line from NECA! Fans of the Gremlins movies know the rules: keep them out of sunlight, don’t get them wet, and never feed them after midnight. Follow them and you’ll have a cute and friendly little Mogwai, like this deluxe 7-inch scale Gizmo action figure! Gizmo is fully poseable, including ears and eyes. There is a small ball carefully concealed on the back of the head allows you to move the pupils in all directions to create many different expressions. Gizmo comes with four swappable faces so you can customize his expression! This Ultimate edition comes with Santa hat, trumpet, bow, pencil arrow and more. Packaged in a collector-friendly window box with opening flap.
Available for preorder on Amazon for around $35.
Ian Glaubinger released his Back to the Future trilogy screen print at a past convention, but the leftovers will be sold online this Friday, February 24th 2017 at 1:00pm EST. Each movie is presented in a 7-color screenprint on 12 x 36 inch paper. The sets will be in very limited quantity and sold for $150 plus shipping.
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Yesterday, Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts gave us an extensive Metal Gear Solid movie update. Today, I want to share another part of that conversation: I asked Jordan why most video game movies suck. It’s a question that this video game fanatic and film director has thought long and hard about, and he has some thoughts on the matter.
Metal Gear Solid is one of the most promising big franchise video game properties yet to be adapted into a live-action film. Our own Ethan Anderton even listed Metal Gear Solid as one of seven video games that could end the video game movie adaptation curse. Of course, Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft were also on that list, and those didn’t end up breaking the curse.
So that brings us to the question: Why do most video game movies suck? Vogt-Roberts was quick to provide his personal opinion.
First off, he says that the problem might be related to the filmmakers who have been involved thus far.
I think that most filmmakers who have tried to adapt them…you know, much like there was not a good comic book movie for a long time. And then it took directors who had grown up with comic book influences like Sam Raimi [who] legitimately loved Spider-Man. Right? So it took guys who grew up with comic book influences and were good filmmakers to tackle that. I think that like you’ve got guys like [Dan] Trachtenberg and a handful of people like me now who are growing up having our brains rewired by Zelda and Metroid, ’cause there’s a logic to videogames. Right? There’s a language to them. And I don’t think that there’s been a wave of directors who have come up who are filmmakers who were rewired like that.
Of course, there have been some filmmakers who are notable video gamers who were not able to defeat the video game movie curse. Being someone who grew up playing and loving video games doesn’t mean you’ll make a good video game movie, just like someone who grew up watching and loving great movies might not make a great film director…but it helps.
Vogt-Roberts also says that it’s just very hard to adapt the interactive experience into a passive experience:
I think that they fundamentally don’t understand the difference between an active experience and a passive experience and how you translate a active experience into a compelling, passive experience. Because there are things that you can get away with in an active experience in a video game that would not fly in a movie in terms of storytelling, in terms of a lot of different things, in terms of characters. In terms of set pieces. There are things that, when you take [it] out the active experience, suddenly it’s not compelling anymore. Suddenly it doesn’t do anything. And so I think like that core conceit of understanding the difference between an active and a passive experience is one of the core things that people haven’t quite unlocked yet. And, you know, I think that we’re getting close, you know, we’re getting to the point where I think that there’s going to be a great one soon. And to me Metal Gear Solid is not just a great video game. Like I said I think it’s a great story. I think it’s a great story and a work of art. And a great like singular voice on this planet in terms of media. So my goal right now is to sort of work and make sure that we’re having the best version of that. So that fans and everyone can sort of experience the brilliance of [Metal Gear creator Hideo] Kojima’s work.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ new movie Kong: Skull Island hits theaters on March 10th 2017.
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Here’s some trivia for you: while appearing as a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Uma Thurman revealed that she was offered a key role in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and regrets turning it down.
While Thurman was technically on the show to promote her new Bravo series, Imposters, Colbert led with a piece of trivia that will get any geek to take notice – the Pulp Fiction star was offered the role of Eowyn, but she declined the offer. Here’s her explanation:
Yes. It was a very long time ago, and I do consider it one of the worst decisions ever made. But I had just had my first child, and I just…I don’t know, I was a little housebound. […] It’s really definitely a regret.
To be fair, dragging a new mother and her child down to New Zealand for a long film shoot on a project that was far from a sure thing is not ideal. Can you blame her? No one knew that the Lord of the Rings movies were actually going to work until the first one was in theaters, somehow working. Besides, the alternate universe where Thurman said yes to this role is the alternate universe where filming overlapped with Kill Bill, keeping her from taking on her greatest role.
Plus, it’s hard to argue against Miranda Otto’s performance as Eowyn, who brought the perfect blend of ferocity and tenderness to the role. Plus-plus, Thurman was probably a little too recognizable for the part, especially since the Lord of the Rings trilogy benefitted from actors capable of completely vanishing inside their characters.
Now we can toss this Uma Thurman tidbit on the pile of Lord of the Rings trivia for future generations to enjoy. It now sits alongside the story of how Sean Connery and Patrick Stewart reportedly turned down Gandalf the Grey. It’s shelved next to Jake Gyllenhaal’s Frodo audition. It resides with the many, many actors who were apparently connected to Aragorn at some point, including Daniel Day-Lewis (!), Nicolas Cage (!!), Russell Crowe (!!!) and Vin Diesel (!!!!). Someone needs to invent dimension-hopping technology so we can visit the world where some combination of those names headlined the film.
You can watch Colbert’s complete interview with Thurman below.
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If you were watching Legion this evening (and you really should be watching Legion!), you were offered a brief preview of looks like an extended clip from Alien: Covenant. The full scene has arrived online and it introduces us to the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which is venturing deep into space on a mission to establish human outposts on other planets. But it’s not actually a scene from the movie – it’s a short film called Prologue: Last Supper and it’s directed by Luke Scott, the son of director Ridley Scott.
While it probably doesn’t feature any footage from the actual movie, the short does offer something the final film probably will not: this group of people actually having a good time, with no running or screaming or eviscerations. Let’s see what we can gleam from it.
Here’s the description of the short, which helps set the table for what we’re about to see:
The Prologue: Last Supper short introduces the crew of the mission. Set aboard the Covenant, a colonization ship on its way to a remote planet to form a new human settlement, the main crew (all couples) and their android, Walter, enjoy one last meal together before cryosleep.
And here’s the short itself. Let’s talk about it after everyone has had a chance to watch it.
Okay, let’s run down what we can gather from this short.
James Franco is playing the captain of the Covenant and he seems like a pretty buttoned-down and serious fellow, a big change of pace from the sleazeballs and weirdos he plays so often. He doesn’t seem to be feeling well, which isn’t a good look for anyone in the Alien series. However, his ailment is probably not related to any Xenomorphs – no one in the crew has even entered cryosleep yet, which means they’re not deep enough in space for things to have gone horribly wrong.
Danny McBride is playing Tennessee and based on his position at the front of the ship, he appears to be the Covenant‘s pilot. From what we can see in this footage, this guy is a less obnoxious, more personable version of the typical McBride character: loud, fun-loving, and prone to being more than a little brash. His reaction to two male crew members kissing is also typical of McBride – any potential discomfort is disarmed by a self-deprecating joke about his own sexuality. His wife is played by Upstream Color star Amy Seimetz, which is an actor combination I never thought we’d ever see.
Let’s talk about two gay crew members (one of whom is played by Demián Bichir) and how they represent the Covenant‘s somewhat progressive set-up. While the colony ship is made up entirely of couples (for the purposes of repopulation, you see), same-sex couples are not excluded. Welcome to the future, where your sexuality does not prevent you from going on terrifying space voyages!
The only people who don’t seem totally chill with Bichir and Kleut’s characters are the couple played by Billy Crudup and Carmen Ejogo. But they also seem totally uncool with Tennessee’s drinking and gambling and general loudness, so they may just be a bunch of prudes.
Next up is Michael Fassbender‘s Walter, an android based on the same design as David, the more menacing artificial person introduced in Prometheus. We know from recent interviews with Fassbender that Walter is a little more advanced than David and a whole lot less threatening. While David looked like he was modeled after David Bowie, Walter looks far more blue collar and approachable, with a gruff, American accent instead of a posh English one. That voice, along with his very direct way of dealing with a choking crew member, seem to deliberately recall Lance Henriksen’s Bishop from Aliens.
And finally, the clip ends with Katherine Waterston‘s Daniels speaking to the crew and…we don’t know much about her…except that the captain seems to trust her.
Let’s end this with a look at the Covenant itself, which appears to be absolutely massive. Alien: Covenant opens on May 19, 2017. This is the last time we will probably see these characters smile and laugh, so don’t get used to it.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
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Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest movie stars in the world right now, and he’s all about using his fame to help other people. One of his new endeavors allowed him to not only help convicts who need a second chance at life, but also make a new film to show people that some prisoners just need a push in the right direction in order to get back on track.
HBO’s new documentary Rock and a Hard Place (which is not only a pun but also a Rolling Stones reference) follows Dwayne Johnson as he assists with the famous Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp, which has one of the highest success rates with their graduates. But their second chance at life doesn’t come easy, because it’s as much of a punishment as it is rehabilitation.
Watch the Rock and a Hard Place trailer after the jump.
The HBO documentary focuses on 38 convicts over four months (though the official synopsis says the program is six months) as drill sergeants do exactly what you expect them to do. It seems Johnson is brought in only briefly for a pep talk, but he’s also the executive producer of the documentary which is directed and produced by Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill.
It’s easy for some average citizens to write off criminals who are convicted for crimes, which is why the revolving door of the justice system exists today, creating career criminals who don’t know any better. But plenty of them are merely a product of a tragic environment. All some of these people need is someone like Dwayne Johnson to believe in them and the drill sergeants of the Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp to work them into submission.
The HBO Documentary film Rock and Hard Place looks at incarcerated young people who are granted a second chance: the opportunity to trade an extensive prison sentence for a fresh start by completing the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp.
In this one-of-a-kind, six-month program, drill sergeants push inmates to their limit, encouraging them to learn from past mistakes and become constructive members of society who are substantially less likely to return to prison.
Dwayne Johnson, whose own experiences with the law as a youth inspired the special, appears in the documentary. Johnson serves as an executive producer of the documentary alongside his Seven Bucks Productions co-founder, Dany Garcia and Rasha Drachkovitch, co-founder and CEO of 44 Blue Productions. Directed and produced by Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill.
Rock and a Hard Place hits HBO on Monday, March 27 at 10pm ET/PT.
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Late last summer, we featured a video that took a look at some of the visual influences and references of filmmaker Wes Anderson. The director of The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox and more has a unique visual style that is unmistakable. But just like most great filmmakers, he steals from the greats that came before him.
In the same way that Quentin Tarantino remixes and reuses pieces from classic movies in his own modern movies, Wes Anderson takes inspiration and cues from the movies he grew up loving. A new video compares footage from Wes Anderson’s movies over the years and shows us various works that inspired them, not just films by Jacques Tati, Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick, but also paintings and illustrations as well.
Watch the video breakdown of Wes Anderson visual influences after the jump.
It seems like cheating a bit to include illustrations from something like Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, because of course those drawings for the book are going to influence the movie. Still, it’s fascinating to see shots compared to one another. And these aren’t just guesses or assumptions by the video’s creator, Candice Drouet and her Really Dim Vimeo channel, as they have all been mentioned by Wes Anderson himself in interviews, featurettes and more.
If anything, this might inspire you to seek out the work of some artists, whether they’re filmmakers, illustrators or painters, and find new work to love just as much as Wes Anderson’s films.
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Even though there are plenty of droids in the Star Wars universe who can talk, apparently it’s more efficient for astromech models like R2-D2 to speak by way of a series of bleeps and bloops. Thankfully, whenever C-3PO gets pissy with his counterpart, he reacts in such a way that we know what the feisty little droid says. Even human characters can understand his unique droid language. And now we, the audience, can too.
Auralnauts, the creators behind the hilarious video of Kylo Ren reacting to the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer, have put together a reel of every single scene where R2-D2 speaks in Star Wars: A New Hope and dubbed over his lines with dialogue. It adds a whole new perspective to the droids personality and his interaction with various characters.
Watch the video of R2-D2 lines dubbed in Star Wars after the jump.
The video doesn’t do anything completely unexpected, and it’s actually kind of refreshing that the dubbed dialogue didn’t go over the top by making R2-D2 extremely profane or anything like that. It’s rather dry, but that’s what makes it funny, especially when referencing things like the fact that his rocket boosters don’t work anymore, or being unable to believe that Obi-Wan Kenobi doesn’t remember him at all (around the 9-minute mark) after the various times he saved his life across the span of four movies. Since no one seems to give the little guy credit where credit’s due, it’s no wonder R2 is a little surly in his later years.
For a similar gag, check out some scenes of R2-D2 with subtitles over here.
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The last time we heard anything solid about Fox’s X-Force movie, X-Men franchise mainstay Simon Kinberg was working on the screenplay. Then there were rumblings that this team of mutant heroes, darker and a bit more violent than your typical X-Men team, would be introduced in the third Deadpool movie (never mind that Deadpool 2 doesn’t even exist yet). And now, out of the mist, someone new has arrived to steer the X-Force movie toward port: Joe Carnahan.
If you feel like Carnahan has been appearing in a lot of headlines recently, you’d be right. The underrated madman behind The Grey, Smokin’ Aces, and the wildly underrated The A-Team is still attached to direct Bad Boys For Life (the third Bad Boys movie), but he’s also written the most recent version of the Uncharted video game adaptation and is planning to tiptoe on some sacred ground with a remake of The Raid. Of course he was going to get involved in a superhero movie sooner or later.
The story comes our way via Collider and there aren’t many details as of yet. They say that Carnahan is currently attached to write the screenplay, not to direct, but it’s easy to imagine him making it on Fox’s future wish list. His blend of giddy ultra-violence and crass humor is a strong match for X-Force, a team that often counts Deadpool among its line-up. Cable and Domino, two characters who can also be regularly found on the team, will be introduced in Deadpool 2. In other words, the groundwork is being laid…
The X-Men franchise is the godfather of the modern superhero movie and you can sometimes feel its age (especially in the tired X-Men: Apocalypse). However, the combined might of Deadpool, FX’s Legion television series, and the upcoming Logan are giving this motley band of mutants a second wind, which will hopefully carry over to The New Mutants and the still-gestating X-Men: Supernova, both of which are lurking on the horizon. It hasn’t been this exciting to be a movie fan and an X-Men fan since…2003? Maybe?
Anything can happen between now and whenever X-Force gets made (remember when Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow was going to make this movie?), but Carnahan feels like the right choice for a series that has started to find its voice again by taking a few risks and pursuing interesting talent. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I’m starting to feel ready for another 17 years of X-Men movies.
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Superhero Bits: Possible Deadpool Promo for Logan, Infinity Stone Side Effects, Logan Posters & More
Does touching the Infinity Stone have a longer term effect on Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Where can you get exclusive Logan posters when you see the movie next week? Could Hidden Figures director Theodore Melfi end up directing a future Marvel movie? Will new Deadpool footage be used to promote Logan? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow head into the Land of the Lost when the show returns to The CW on March 7.
Justice League cinematographer Fabian Wagner was inspired by Larry Fong‘s work in Batman v Superman.
Zack Snyder posted this wonderful photo of him posing with The LEGO Batman Movie standee at a movie theater.
Chris Pratt talks about how the Infinity Stone he touched has affected him in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Gorilla Grodd still proves to be a problem in the next episode of The Flash, coming to The CW on Tuesday next week.
Doctor Strange is officially out of theaters, so director Scott Derrickson thanked everyone who supported the movie.
— 20th Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) February 17, 2017
Logan will get six limited edition posters by six different artists at certain locations around the United States.
Jimmy Kimmel hoped Deadpool would get an Oscar nomination since movies like that normally don’t get awards.Continue Reading Superhero Bits>>
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Filming just wrapped on director Robert Rodriguez and screenwriter James Cameron‘s Alita: Battle Angel, but another cast member has just been announced. Michelle Rodriguez, who’s worked with both Rodriguez and Cameron, is a part of the adaptation of Yukito Kishiro‘s Japanese manga. The news comes only a few short weeks after we learned Jennifer Connelly has a role in the 3D sci-fi action movie.
Below, learn more about the Michelle Rodriguez Battle Angel casting news.
Entertainment Weekly reports the actress is playing Gelda, a cyborg whom Alita at one point considers her master. She’s a key figure from Alita’s past. Rodriguez’s character is known for her compassion, fighting skills, and the eye black she applies to her face before battle. Rodriguez joins a cast that already includes Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Oscar nominee Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children), Ed Skrein (Deadpool), and, the actor playing the titular character, Rosa Salazar.
Writer and artist Yukito Kishiro created Battle Angel Alita in the 1990s. Kishiro’s story is set in the distant future and follows a young female cyborg. A kind doctor played by Waltz discovers Alita in a junkyard. With no memories of her past life, she searches for the truth.
Initially, Cameron wanted to take a shot at Kishiro’s manga after making Titanic. The visionary filmmaker acquired the rights in 1999 and spent many years developing his adaptation. Once he took a trip to Pandora, though, he left the director’s chair of Alita: Battle Angel and handed the job off to Rodriguez. While Cameron is busy with his four Avatar sequels, he’s still involved in Rodriguez’s movie. Cameron is producing the 3D movie alongside Jon Landau.
Rodriguez co-starred in Rodriguez’s Machete and Machete Kills as Luz. With Cameron, of course, she collaborated on one of the biggest movies of all time, Avatar. A couple of years after those movies came out the actress rejoined the Resident Evil and Fast and Furious franchises. Rodriguez, who had an unforgettable breakout role in Girlfight, has been lining up some solid jobs lately, including Alita: Battle Angel. She stars in director Walter Hill’s (The Warriors) upcoming revenge thriller, The Assignment. That movie looks potentially polarizing, but she still got to work with one of the greats. Speaking of one of the greats, Rodriguez most recently signed up for Steve McQueen’s follow-up to 12 Years a Slave, Widows, a Gillian Flynn-scripted heist movie we can’t wait to see.
Alita: Battle Angel opens in theaters July 20th, 2018.
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Seth Meyers may not be an Academy Awards contender this year, but he knows exactly what it takes to become one. The Late Night host has unveiled the (parody) trailer for his new (non-existent) movie, simply called Oscar Bait and billed as “the most blatant attempt to win an Oscar since The King’s Speech.” Honestly, it’s refreshing to see a movie be so willing to just admit what it is.
As the title suggests, it’s “a film that’s not afraid to pander to your emotions.” Mostly by hitting on all the stereotypical hallmarks of the Academy’s favorite films, like racial tension, latent homosexuality, “a man staring at trains,” a rare disease, a Carol reference, and lots of crying. So much crying. Like full-on, snot-nosed ugly-crying. Watch the Seth Meyers Oscar bait video below.
C’mon, Academy voters. How are you going to resist a film that features long unbroken takes, “pretentiously artistic shots of a man’s hand grazing wheat,” “the grabbing of a bedsheet to indicate an orgasm,” and “that weird Spike Lee thing where the character is gliding toward the camera and it’s like, is he walking? Is he floating? What the hell is that thing?” Especially when it also boasts “vague dialogue that sounds sort of profound” and a parked car freakout scene?
Oscar Bait‘s only major misstep is that, despite the voiceover’s claim to the contrary, it is not “shamelessly timed for awards season.” It’s missed the deadline for the 89th Academy Awards, and it’s far too early to be a serious contender for the 90th Academy Awards. Still, if this looks like your cup of tea, keep an eye out for Oscar Bait when it opens soon at “that weird independent movie theater one town over that’s always about to go out of business.”
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Right now you’ll find a slew of stand-up comedy specials that are available exclusively on Netflix. The streaming service has become a stellar home for new stand-up specials from the best comedians working today. Over the past few months, they’ve only solidified their dedication to the craft by doling out new deals for Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld.
Today, we have two more reasons to be excited about Netflix’s championing of stand-up comedy. First, Sleepwalk with Me and Don’t Think Twice writer and director Mike Birbiglia has an all-new stand-up special called Thank God for Jokes coming to the streaming service next week, and the first trailer has just been unleashed. Second, Louis C.K. has been added to the roster of comedians with deals for exclusive stand-up specials on Netflix.
First up, here’s the trailer for Thank God for Jokes straight from Netflix:Thank God for Jokes, Thank Mike Birbiglia for Writing Them
Mike Birbiglia is one of the cleverest and most talented stand-up comedians working today. In addition to his more-than-promising feature film directing career, he’s a bestselling author, bringing much of his personal life into every facet of his career. For those who don’t know, Sleepwalk with Me was based on Birbiglia’s own struggles with sleepwalking, inspired by an appearance he made on This American Life, and that’s the kind of genuine perspective Birbiglia brings to his stand-up.
It’s not easy to define what Birbiglia brings to the stand-up stage, but his greatest asset is authenticity. He dabbles in everything from relationships to family to pop culture to politics, but never hits too strongly on one or the other. Birbiglia just has a dry, calm delivery that makes even the most mundane stories hilarious.
This trailer for Thank God for Jokes only gives us a taste of what his new special has in store, but if it’s anything like his specials What I Should Have Said Was Nothing and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, then it should be fantastic. Plus, if you haven’t seen Sleepwalk with Me yet, that’s available to watch on Netflix right now too.
The number of hats Louis C.K. has worn over the past few years has been insane. In addition to being a stand-up comedian, he’s been an actor, writer, producer, director and editor, with most of that work being done on his outstanding Emmy-winning series Louie. Despite his popularity among critics and audiences (which includes millions of tickets sold and over 30 Emmy nominations and a couple wins), the comedian hasn’t lost his touch.
When a comedian rises in popularity, they don’t always churn out the same kind of content. What they became loved for changes over the years. And while Louis C.K. has certainly evolved as a comic in his career that spans further back than you think, he’s always had biting wit and satire. Louis C.K. is truly unafraid of saying the things that many people would never think to say in public. He’s bold, observant and insightful. So it’s good to hear that Netflix is bringing him into their club.
Louis C.K. already has four stand-up specials available to watch on Netflix right now. But he’s about to add two that will be exclusively available in the streaming service, with the first of the Louis CK Netflix specials available later this year. Simply called 2017, the stand-up special filmed in Washington DC will hit Netflix on April 4. As for the second special, it has yet to be recorded or set for release yet.
Plus, even though he’s on an extended hiatus from the aforementioned FX series Louie, the network will allow him to come back to do new episodes whenever he’s ready, and we’ll be waiting.
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When Shane Black revealed the cast of The Predator in a photo on Monday, one thing became abundantly clear: there was only one woman in that line-up of well-dressed and generally handsome gentlemen. But now, we know that Olivia Munn won’t be the only woman on the alien hunter’s to-kill list. She’s getting some company in the form of Yvonne Strahovski.
The news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter, who say that Strahovski will play the mother of Jacob Tremblay’s character, a “troubled boy who is accidentally drawn into the conflict with the fierce alien creatures by her ex-husband.” That ex-husband will be played by Logan and Narcos star Boyd Holbrook.
Additional story details remain scarce, especially since Black has denied the early rumors that the film is set in the suburbs. However, it should be noted that THR uses “creatures” and not “creature,” which raises a pretty good question: how many Predators are going to be menacing the cast in this movie? Because one was more than enough to turn most of the 1987 original’s ensemble into human trophies. I’m tickled at the thought of actors from Don’t Think Twice and Moonlight doing what Arnold Schwarzenegger could not and actually standing a chance against an entire team of Predators.
Anyway, Strahovski is best known for playing Sarah Walker on 91 episodes of Chuck, but she’s been a regular presence on television since then, going on to appear in Dexter, 24: Live Another Day, and The Astronaut’s Wives Club. She can be seen next in Hulu’s upcoming series adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. Her film roles include I, Frankenstein, All I See is You, Manhattan Night, and The Guilt Trip.
Since she has plenty of experience playing tough women perfectly capable of fending for themselves, thank you very much, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that The Predator isn’t just sticking her in a “worried mother” role. Although Black has specialized in making (usually pretty great) movies about tough men being tough men, last year’s The Nice Guys saw him creating one of the more memorable female characters of 2016 in Angourie Rice’s Holly March. Here’s hoping the trend continues.
In addition to Strahovski, Holbrook, Tremblay and Munn, the cast of The Predator also includes Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, and Alfie Allen. Cameras began rolling in Vancouver on Monday and the film is set for February 9, 2018 release date.
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Fargo returns in less than two months. The next chapter of showrunner Noah Hawley‘s (Legion) drama premieres on Wednesday, April 19th at 10:00 pm. During the TCA’s last month, it was said the show would likely come back in April or May, but thankfully FX settled on the closer month.
Below, learn more about Fargo season 3 premiere date.
Fargo season three stars Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and, in dual roles, Ewan McGregor, playing Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, and his begrudgingly less successful brother, Ray. The dissatisfied brother’s jealousy explodes into a story involving murder, the mob, and, of course, “cut-throat competitive bridge,” according to the official synopsis for chapter three of Fargo:
Set in 2010, the third installment of Fargo centers on “Emmit” and his slightly younger brother “Ray Stussy” (Ewan McGregor). Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, sees himself as an American success story, whereas Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Forever living in his more successful brother’s shadow, Ray is a balding and pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother. Their sibling rivalry follows a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cut-throat competitive bridge.
Carrie Coon stars as “Gloria Burgle,” the steady chief of the local police department. A newly divorced mother, Gloria is trying to understand the new world around her, where people connect more intimately with their phones than with the people around them. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Ray’s girlfriend, “Nikki Swango,” a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge. David Thewlis stars as “V.M. Vargas,” a mysterious loner and true capitalist whose bosses plan to partner with Emmit, whether “The Parking Lot King” likes it or not.
What FX’s plot summary doesn’t include is the long list of supporting players. Again, the cast for this series is top-notch. Season three co-stars Jim Gaffigan (Gloria’s deputy), Scoot McNairy (a pothead who lives a life of crime), Shea Whigham (Meeker County’s Chief of Police, Moe Dammick), Michael Stuhlbarg (Emmit’s trusted advisor), and Thomas Mann (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), who plays an acclaimed science-fiction writer.
There’s a great, eclectic mix of characters, ranging from a writer to a parking lot king to a sharp parolee with a knack for playing bridge. Being that this is Fargo, where coincidences and fate are often the characters’ worst enemy, we should assume they’ll cross paths in some funny, surreal, and violent ways.
Fargo season three begins airing on FX starting April 19th.
The first trailer for The Discovery, which arrived shortly before the film’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month, was all about unnerving imagery and unsettling questions without answers. The new trailer slows down just enough to explain what the movie is actually about…which only means more unnerving imagery and even more unsettling questions. The film has a great hook: what if scientists discovered that the afterlife is real, leading millions of people to commit suicide to get there faster? What would the world look like? This new preview offers a few hints.
The Discovery is the latest film from director Charlie McDowell, who scored big with another small scale, high concept science fiction film, The One I Love, back in 2014. This one stars the great Robert Redford as the scientist who discovers a “new plane of existence” beyond our world, essentially throwing the entire population of Earth into an existential crisis. Jason Segel plays Redford’s son and Rooney Mara plays the woman he meets after returning to his hometown for some serious self-reflection.
And it sounds like the film itself lives up to this compelling trailer, because it made our team’s list of the best films they saw at Sundance this year.
Our own Ethan Anderton was a big fan of The Discovery, comparing it to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Flatliners:
The Discovery has shades of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, both in its economical, practical production design, but also in its surprisingly simplistic approach to a high concept that is driven by carefully crafted characters. In addition, the path to the shocking, moving climax has plenty of influence from Flatliners, and a bit from the indie favorite Primer. Despite all these influences, the movie never feels like it’s overtly borrowing from them, but merely emulating certain thematic elements.
The Discovery arrives on Netflix on March 31, 2017.
What would you do if there was proof of an afterlife? The answer to this question is rivetingly explored in The Discovery, where world-renowned physicist Doctor Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) is able to scientifically prove the existence of an afterlife—but with dire consequences. His estranged son, Will (Jason Segel), tries to confront the situation by returning to the New England–esque island where he grew up. He crosses paths with Isla (Rooney Mara), who’s returning to the island for mysterious reasons of her own. The tale unfolds over the ensuing days as the regret of past choices forces these lost characters to reflect on how they’ve gotten to where they are.
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Loki hasn’t been seen in a hot minute, but he’ll be back with glorious purpose later this year in Thor: Ragnarok. So what’s everyone’s favorite trickster god been up to? What does he think of the latest developments and additions to the MCU? What’ll he do once he’s reunited with his big brother? As you’ve probably assumed, Tom Hiddleston isn’t ready to say too much just yet. But he’s not above dropping some hints.
Click through to see what Hiddleston had to say about the future of Loki, his thoughts on Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Hela (Cate Blanchett), and of course his relationship with Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
The Doctor Strange credits scene revealed that Strange is aware of Loki and none too thrilled that he’s landed in New York. Strange is so eager to get rid of Loki, in fact, that he promises to help track down Loki so the brothers can return to Asgard. But what does Loki think of Strange? Hiddleston offered his thoughts to IGN. “I think he probably dismisses Strange,” he said. “Yes, his sorcery is very impressive, but Loki has been doing that for centuries, so who cares?”
While Loki may be underwhelmed by Strange, he’s apparently more impressed by Hela. Which makes sense, considering that she’s a supervillain death goddess played by Cate Motherf***in’ Blanchett. Teased Hiddleston, “Hela is a different beast, and full of surprises, and actually might have been someone with whom at one time he could have gotten along, but the circumstances have changed.”
But Loki and Hela don’t seem to be getting along at all these days, at least if the Thor: Ragnarok concept art is any indication. As you can see above, one of the pieces shows Loki and Thor joining forces against her. But aren’t those two still at odds? Hiddleston filled in some of the blanks about Thor and Loki’s relationship:
At the beginning of Ragnarok, Thor has a lot of questions, and Loki, true to form, is not forthcoming with that many answers. But hammers are involved and the stakes are raised. Cate Blanchett, it’s no secret, is playing the goddess of death, who brings destruction in her wake and it is the kind of destruction that both Thor and Loki have never seen, on a scale of terror that they have never ever seen before. So they fall back on their brotherhood, fractured though it is, to see what they can do to stop her.
The MCU has a (well-deserved) reputation for crummy supervillains, but Loki’s always been one of the more interesting ones. He and Thor have a uniquely complicated, ambivalent, back-and-forth relationship — they’re as likely to try and kill each other as they are to reluctantly team up together. Which, come to think of it, is probably how a lot of people feel about their real-life siblings.
Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters November 3. Taika Waititi directs, and Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, and Karl Urban star alongside Hemsworth and Hiddleston. Here’s the synopsis:
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok — the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization — at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger — the Incredible Hulk!
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Last week it was revealed that Joe Carnahan would be directing a “re-imagining” of The Raid starring Frank Grillo. Now Carnahan has begun doing press, revealing more about his Raid film.
Here is what we knew previously about The Raid remake: While the original film was set in Indonesia, Carnahan’s film will be set in Caracas, Venezuela. Carnahan in the announcement video hinted that there would be fewer antagonists and that the fighting would have to be “something no one’s ever seen.” Carnahan later clarified on Twitter that he would be also producing the film alongside original director Gareth Evans, and that his film would be a “reimagining of the same scenario” but closer in tone and feel to his films The Grey & Narc.
You can watch the entire interview with Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo above. Here is everything we learned from the Collider interview:
- Grillo insists they aren’t doing the Hollywood version of The Raid. Carnahan says the reason to remake The Raid is that most people beyond cinephiles have not seen the original movie. They are writing the screenplay on spec with no studio funding, although they are envisioning the film to have a budget of under $20 million. Carnahan and Grillo are taking no money upfront to make this project, betting everything on the backend (meaning they’ll be paid if the movie is a success). There is no planned start date as they are still in the script phase, but Carnahan wants to make the movie “as soon as possible.”
- The Raid remake will not be a highly choreographed and stylized action film like Evans’ original movie or, for example, John Wick. The film’s action will uncomfortable in its level of brutality and violence. Carnahan says he wants the entire movie to feel like the “knife fight between Adam Goldberg and the German in Saving Private Ryan.”
- The plan is to deepen the story of the two brothers at the center of this movie. The brothers become divided over their father, who “built these things that are superior and that are real soldiers, but he’s not that.” One brother believes in the father, the other doesn’t.
- The story will focus on physically damaged special forces operation guys: “So this idea, you’re catching a guy who is compelled to go after his brother after he just got his ass kicked in a completely different operation. You’re getting a guy who’s like the walking wounded.”
- The reason it is set in Caracas, Venezuela is because “Caracas is a madhouse,” and such a dangerous place that nobody wants to go there.
- The Raid star Iko Uwais could appear in this reboot. Grillo, who just worked with Uwais on a film, claims Uwais reached out after the news was announced and asked if there was a role in the film for him: “Joe said maybe there’s a world where he’s one of the other guys. Who knows.”
I am not 100% sure I agree with the idea that only cinephiles have seen The Raid, and that the fact that the general public seems unwilling to watch a subtitled movie is a reason to remake it for American audiences. But I am a huge fan of Joe Carnahan’s work and believe he won’t make “The Hollywood version” of The Raid. I am sure his version of the film will have original elements, and be just as gritty and violent as the original.
Carnahan’s pitch to deepen the relationship between the brothers at the core of this story and to center this on the idea of damaged special forces operation guys is interesting. Honestly, I’m more interested to find out how this will be different than Evans’ original film beyond what is being relayed in this interview.
If the worldwide box office is any indication, just about everyone reading this sentence has already seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Heck, many of you have probably seen it several times. And pretty soon, you’ll be able to watch it until your heart’s content, because Disney has officially announced the home video release date for the first Star Wars spin-off and it’s arriving soon.
Rogue One will become available on digital HD on March 24, 2017, with physical Blu-ray and DVD copies arriving on April 4, 2017. This aligns with all of the early rumors suggesting a late March or early April arrival date – they’re just splitting the difference.
The initial announcement arrived on the latest episode of The Star Wars Show and you can skip ahead to the 1:50 mark in the video below for details. They also list off some of the special features that will be on the disc – featurettes include “A Rogue Idea,” which takes a look at John Knoll’s original pitch, “Visions of Hope,” about the design choices seen in the film, and “The Princess and Governor,” which will examine the digital recreations of certain iconic Star Wars actors.
The announcement also comes with a new trailer, which provides the release dates and teases a few special features. The most amusing thing about this video is how it utilizes extensive footage from scenes that were kept out of the original trailers at all costs, including shots from a major character’s death scene. The marketing is very aware that you’ve already seen this movie and it’s gently nudging you, saying “Remember that part? That was cool and dramatic, right? You want to see that again, right? You want to have that on your shelf, right?”
And not to brag, but the trailer also features a quote from our own Peter Sciretta, where he describes the film as “edge-of-your-seat thrilling” (you can read his full review here, if you desire).
Because this is such a beautifully made movie, this disc feels like a must-own just so I can give my television and speakers a workout. Hopefully, the special features will offer something worthy of exploration, especially since the initial home video release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a bit of a dud in that department. Here is the complete list of features (via StarWars.com) that will be included on the Rogue One home video release:
- A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
- Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
- Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
- K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
- Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
- Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
- The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
- Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
- The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of Star Wars: A New Hope – as well as one of her most memorable foes – back to the screen.
- Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
- Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect Rogue One to the Star Wars universe.
StarWars.com also provided details about retailer exclusives, letting you strategize about exactly where you want to buy your copy:
- Target Exclusive: 5-disc set includes collectible packaging with interchangeable character covers and exclusive bonus content (Blu-ray 3D + two Blu-ray + DVD + DVD exclusive content – 2 additional bonus features + Digital HD + collectible packaging)
- Best Buy Exclusive: 4-disc set with exclusive SteelBook packaging (Blu-ray 3D + two Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD + SteelBook packaging)
- Walmart Exclusive: 3-disc set with exclusive K-2SO packaging and two Galactic Connexions trading discs (two Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD + K-2SO packaging + two Galactic Connexions trading discs)
And here is what the box art will look like in its many incarnations:
This news follows hot on the heels of the second Star Wars spin-off movie, the untitled young Han Solo adventure, officially starting production. It’s due in theaters on May 25, 2018. The next core movie in the saga, Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is set for a December 15, 2017 release date. In other words, there’s a chance we’ll be reading The Last Jedi Blu-ray and DVD news right around the time Han Solo swoops into theaters.
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The LEGO Batman Movie is in theaters right now, and if you haven’t taken the time to experience the exquisite joy that comes from watching this great piece of Dark Knight cinema, you should fix that immediately. As our own Jacob Hall pointed out, the movie is basically a road map for being a better fan, not just of Batman, but of anything. Furthermore, it’s a movie that has a lot of fun, including plenty of references and jokes made at the expense of the rest of the Batman movies and TV shows.
Along with referencing all the Batman that came before it, The LEGO Batman Movie also lets Batman do something that he’s never really done on the big screen before. In the end credits sequence of the movie, LEGO Batman and his crew of new friends and familiar villains participate in what is basically a big poppy music video, complete with Will Arnett delivering a Batman rap. Warner Bros. has officially released the LEGO Batman Movie end credits scene online for you and your kids to watch over and over again until you get sick of that song.
While “Friends Are Family” isn’t anywhere near as catchy or funny as “Everything Is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie, it’s undoubtedly a catchy song that kids who see the movie will love. Plus, it has a lovely little message at the core of it. The real appeal is knowing that you can’t see Batman’s Rogues Gallery dancing in unison together anywhere else. In fact, it’s really kind of miraculous that it even happened for this movie.
On the other hand, if you weren’t as big of a fan of the end credits as you were the opening sequence, featuring Batman battling all his signature villains to his own self-referencing theme song, you could also take the time to just watch a big chunk of that sequence, which has also been made available online:
The LEGO Batman Movie is in theaters everywhere right now, so go see it.
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble—LEGO Batman—stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
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The good folks at Mondo have unveiled their latest poster: a Captain America: Civil War print created by Tyler Stout, one of the more popular poster artists working at the moment. And yes, it’ll go on sale tomorrow, so feel free to start preparing now if you want to snag one.
The poster debuted over at Birth Movies Death and…well, it’s a Tyler Stout print in every sense, capturing what so many poster enthusiasts love about him. It’s colorful and chaotic and he really does have a knack for capturing the likenesses of actors and characters. While I’ve met a handful of collectors who don’t care for his work, he remains very much in-demand and one of the biggest draws in Mondo’s regular line-up. I’m a fan.
So let’s take a look at this poster, which finds Team Captain America and Team Iron Man divided on both sides of the print, with each side dominated by their leader’s color scheme. This regular edition comes in an edition of 750 and will cost you $65. It measures 24″ x 36″.
Naturally, there is also a variant available as well. There are only 325 of these and they’ll cost you $110. I personally prefer the brighter colors of the regular print, but serious collectors may want to take note.
And if you’re a Serious Collector with some Disposable Income, there are 80 versions of the poster being printed on metal, but they will cost you $350. That’s a steep price, but if you’ve seen a Mondo poster printed on metal in the real world, you’ll know that these things are beautiful.
As usual, you’ll need just a little bit of luck to get your hands on one of these posters. Mondo veterans know the drill: the posters will go on sale at a random time tomorrow, with the start of the sale announced on their Twitter feed. Then you’ll have to hightail it over to Mondo’s site and order as quickly as possible. Everyone has their own personal set of tips and tricks, but I recommend having all of your personal information necessary for the transaction ready to go and watching Mondo’s site and Twitter feed like a hawk.
If you like what you see here, know that Stout has done a number of Marvel movie posters for Mondo, including prints for Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Guardians of the Galaxy. You can check those out in the gallery below.
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