CHICAGO – It’s 3am on Saturday night/Sunday morning on August 20th, and you’re just not ready to quit. How about indulging in the 2016 “Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins” Theater Festival? The three-day theater marathon is in its 28th edition, and will be sponsored for the final time by the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, and hosted by the “Godfather of Storefront Theater,” Rich Cotovsky. It all takes place at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee in Chicago (details below).
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There’s about a month left until this year’s Force Friday unveils a bunch of new details about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on merchandise shelves all over the world. On that day, new action figures, books, shirts and tons more will give us a better look at some of the characters, vehicles, settings and more from the first Star Wars spin-off from Lucasfilm. In the meantime, a new batch of photos has been unleashed online to give us a closer look.
The new Rogue One photos give us a different look at our new Rebel team including Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and Diego Luna as Captain Cassian Andor, but there’s also a cool new shot of Ben Mendelsohn as the villain Director Orson Krennic and more. Check them out below.
Here’s the new Rogue One photos from the latest issue of Empire:
As you can see, we also get new shots of Donnie Yen as the Force sensitive spiritual warrior Chirrut Imwe, Jiang Wen as his trusty, deadly partner Baze Malbus, Riz Ahmed as a pilot named Bodhi Rook (with some new gear), and Alan Tudyk‘s motion-capture created droid K-2SO. Sadly we don’t get any new shots of Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera, and we’ve yet to see any photos of Mads Mikkelsen as Jyn’s father Galen Erso.
Still, these photos do allow us to get a good look at some of the gritty details of these characters. Jyn Erso gets a totally new look with a bunch of different gear on such as a hat, goggles, a poncho and even a breathing apparatus of some kind. Meanwhile, Mendelsohn still looks like he’s going to be quite an intimidating villain in the movie as a couple Deathtroopers escort him through what appears to be the Death Star, but could just as easily be a Star Destroyer.
We don’t get any new revelations about the story in these photos, but some of that will likely come on Force Friday on September 30th. Otherwise, the most recently released trailer offered plenty for us to sink our teeth into, and it will likely be a couple months before we get another one of those. Once November hits though, we’re bound to get a barrage of TV spots that will show off more and more as the release gets closer.
There’s been some concerns over the amount of reshoots that took place earlier this year, but as we pointed out, reshoots aren’t always a bad thing for a blockbuster production. They could end up saving the movie. We’ll find out when Rogue One arrives on December 16.
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The reboot of Ghostbsuters arrived this summer and stirred up plenty of buzz, both good and bad. It doesn’t sound like the movie performed well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel to get made, despite Sony’s confidence immediately after the film opened, but we’ll see how things play out after it hits home video.
However, regardless of how you feel about the franchise reboot, I think that even some of those who didn’t like the movie would commend the Ghostbusters visual effects, especially in the spectre department. The new ghosts in the movie were creepy, colorful and really brought some visual style to the reboot. Now a Ghostbusters visual effects reel from the company Iloura shows how some practical tools combined with digital animation helped bring them to life in the movie.
Here’s the Ghostbusters visual effects reel from Iloura on Vimeo:
It’s cool to see that the color palette created by the ghosts and the proton streams in the movie was something that was done partially on set with practical tools. The swarm of ghostly green rats that come pouring out of the subway had a lightbox as a stand-in on set while the giant winged dragon demon from the rock concert was doubled by a light-covered drone. That’s a cool way to create the lighting effect you want practically so not so much has to be done in post-production.
In addition, some of the actors who played ghosts or interacted with them had some lights put on their body. The horde of ghosts in the middle of New York City had lights all over their wardrobe while Leslie Jones wore something akin to a neckpillow with lights on it for the reflection of the demon ghost to properly reflect on her face.
My favorite part of the video though is seeing Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones all pretending to wield their proton streams at the concert. It’s not something that you think about while watching the movie, but it’s pretty amusing to see them doing their best to act like they’re actually using these tools, staring at absolutely nothing in the middle of the air. It just goes to show you that making movies is just one big expensive game of pretend.
Hopefully we’ll get to see more of the behind the scenes work from Ghostbsuters whenever the film arrives on home video. There’s no release date just yet, but director Paul Feig has said there will be an extended cut of the movie available on Blu-ray. Hopefully it will be one that explains some of the weird narrative gaps in the movie, mostly involving Chris Hemsworth’s character Kevin.
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If you weren’t at San Diego Comic Con 2016 this summer, today is your lucky day.
Marvel Studios really brought the house down with their panel in Hall H at the pop culture convention back in July, but many fans were disappointed that they didn’t release any of the footage shown that day online with the exception of a new Doctor Strange trailer which debuted simultaneously online. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok showed none of what played in Hall H that day to fans. But that changes today.
One of the best parts of the Marvel Studios panel this year was a mockumentary made by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi which showed what the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) was up to while the rest of The Avengers were embroiled in their own conflict in Captain America: Civil War. Now the hilarious Thor mockumentary is officially online for you to watch in its entirety.
Here’s the Thor mockumentary straight from Marvel Studios:
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 28, 2016
So what was Thor doing while The Avengers were fighting? Well, he was merely living down in Australia with a guy named Daryl Jacobsen in a small apartment. And as it turns out, Neither Tony Stark nor Steve Rogers tried to contact Thor to see if he wanted to join their team, even after he wrote each of them a couple of e-mails and talked to Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) about the matter.
My favorite part is seeing Thor make an appearance in an elementary school class, testing them on their knowledge of The Avengers and calling Vision a “purple weirdo.” A close second is the elaborate chart that Thor has in his bedroom (where he has a tiny bed for Mjolnir) showing that he’s trying to figure out as much as he can about Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet.
This is the mockumentary we recapped on our coverage of the Thor: Ragnarok presentation from the Marvel Studios panel, but sadly it doesn’t include the quick sizzle reel which showed behind the scenes footage and concept art from Thor: Ragnarok (find out more about that in our panel recap), but it’s still brilliant. This makes me want to see a series of funny documentaries like this following Earth’s mightiest heroes when they’re not saving the planet. It would be a great replacement for the now absent Marvel One Shots.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters next year on November 3, 2017.
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About a week ago, director James Gunn pointed our attention to a piece of new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 concept art which showed the ragtag team of space criminals turned heroes for hire. Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon and the infant-sized Groot could be seen jumping through the air facing off against a terrifying, tentacled creature.
Now a new detail about the creature in question hints at the possibility of some kind of interdimensional connection with this fall’s release of Doctor Strange. Find out what James Gunn said about the creature known as an abelisk after the jump and how it might connect to the Sorcerer Supreme after the jump, but beware of some potential spoilers.
The hint of a Doctor Strange Guardians of the Galaxy 2 connection comes from the fact that James Gunn explained in a recent Facebook Q&A that the abelisk is “a multidimensional being” and as evidenced by the photo, “The Guardians have been hired to fight him.” However, could there be a chance that the Guardians of the Galaxy aren’t the only Marvel heroes this creature has encountered?
A little while back, the first Doctor Strange LEGO set was revealed to be the Sorcerer Supreme’s Sanctum Sanctorum. In addition to the minifigures of Doctor Strange, Baron Mordo and The Ancient One, there’s a tentacled creature coming through a portal. Check it out:
The LEGO set box merely describes the creature as “a portal beast with rotating teeth, moving eyes and tentacles.” When you compare the LEGO version of the beast to the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 concept art, there are some clear differences, though they both have a bunch of teeth and tentacles. There could be a chance the design of the creature changed between production of the LEGO set and the movie, but we like ComingSoon‘s idea of this creature possibly being one in the same.
Keep in mind that not everything that we see in LEGO sets inspired by Marvel movies ends up in the movie though. But since things such as Giant-Man appearing in the airport brawl in Captain America: Civil War were first noticed in LEGO sets for the movie, it’s possible for at least some kind of creature to be in the final cut of Doctor Strange.
Even if the abelisk isn’t the same portal beast featured in the Doctor Strange LEGO set, the fact that it’s described as a multidimensional being still allows for the possibility for it to be part of both Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. As we know, Doctor Strange deals with the exploration of other dimensions, so the creature could easily make an appearance at some point. In fact, this creature could even pop up in Thor: Ragnarok since a lot of that film takes place in outer space as well.
This is all just guesswork and speculation, but the interconnection of the Marvel cinematic universe makes it easily possible. We’ll find out if the abelisk has multiple appearances in Marvel movies over the next year and a half or so. Doctor Strange arrives on November 4 while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017 and Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017.
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A United Kingdom is like a trifecta of talents who seem like they should be much bigger than they are. In the lead roles it has Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, who gave two of the best performances of 2014, and behind the camera it’s got Amma Asante, who delivered the smart period drama Belle that same year. While none of them are at household name status quite yet, all three are worth keeping an eye on. So when they all converge for one project, you can bet we’ll be paying attention.
Based on a true story, A United Kingdom chronicles the eventful romance of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams. The two meet and fall in love in 1940s London, which is tough enough given they’re an interracial couple — but their relationship is further complicated by the fact that he is the prince of Bechuanaland (present-day Botswana). The film is slated to debut at TIFF next month, but before we get there you can check out the first A United Kingdom trailer below.
The A United Kingdom trailer lays it on a bit thick with the inspirational quotes and epic music, but that’s not atypical for a sweeping drama. Asante did a fine job combining personal drama and historical relevance in Belle, another story about a character caught between worlds, so hopefully she can work the same magic again here. It helps that Pike and Oyelowo make for a powerhouse acting team, and seem to share some winning chemistry to boot.
A United Kingdom doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet, but look for more updates after its TIFF debut. The film also stars Laura Carmichael, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport, Charlotte Hope, and Jack Lowden.
Starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl); and directed by Amma Asante (Belle), A UNITED KINGDOM tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, apartheid and empire – their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.
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The folks behind 24: Legacy have made one thing clear about the series: it’s not a reboot, it’s an expansion. The consensus after 24: Live Another Day was that Jack Bauer’s story was, at least for now, over, and it was time to move on and find a new hero. That new hero is Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins), an ex-Army Ranger whose past comes back to haunt him. We did hear it was a possibility to see more of Jack Bauer, although the actor wasn’t confident about that, but will fans ever see Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) return? There’s a good chance they might, according to 24: Legacy executive producer Evan Katz.
Below, read what Katz had to say about having Chloe in 24 Legacy.
Spoilers for 24: Live Another Day, but it ends with Jack sacrificing himself for Chloe, trading himself over to the Russians for his best friend. Chloe could try to help him, but you shouldn’t expect that storyline in 24: Legacy because there’s far too much to setup for the new series that doesn’t involve past characters.
In an interview with TV Line, however, Evan Katz did tell them they have “plans” for Chloe:
We have plans [for Chloe] … Right now, our clear priority is [establishing] these new characters, and have the audience build a relationship with them. But we have some surprises planned.
And at this year’s Comic-Con, executive producer Manny Coto hinted characters from 24 might cross paths with Eric Carter, suggesting, like Katz, Chloe coming back is likely (via Entertainment Weekly):
It’s more of an expansion of the 24 universe. It’s not a reboot. Jack Bauer and Chloe [Mary Lynn Rajskub] are still out there. This is a new window into the 24 universe with a new perspective and a new character. You never know when those worlds may intersect.
Katz and Coto have said Chloe and Jack are still alive but, in the case of Jack, probably not very well. The character is most likely rotting in a Russian prison. It’s a story the executive producers would one day like to continue, but for now, they’re focusing on Eric Carter and the new cast of characters, even if Chloe coming back kind of sounds like a done deal.
Here’s the official synopsis for 24: Legacy:
24: Legacy follows a military hero’s return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back — compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil. Told in real time with split screens, each episode will represent one hour of an eventful day.
24: Legacy premieres on Fox after Super Bowl 51 on February 5th, 2017.
This Week In Trailers – Kate Plays Christine, Audrie & Daisy, Metallica: The Early Years, The Choice 2016, After Love, Fire at Sea
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we start off positive by looking at an on-air suicide, witness the real effects of online lynch mob, witness the birth of Metallica, understand the migrant crisis a little more viscerally, shatter the existence of an entire family and get even more bummed out by the upcoming election. You’re welcome.
Kate Plays Christine Trailer
In awe, actually.
I’m a fan of director Robert Greene. He made a dizzyingly wonderful documentary in 2011 on independent pro wrestlers called Fake It So Real and then 2014’s Actress, a movie that was labeled as part “melodrama and cinema verité”, which was all kinds of great. What we have here, though, is something entirely different but equally as sumptuous. It feels, like Actress, is a mix of disparate elements but it works. When we enter this movie’s orbit and understand where it’s going the trailer helps us along to understand why we’re here and why it’s this moment we’re going to spend time dissecting. It’s haunting that the movie is hunting down someone’s past but the way in which things are framed to us it makes perfect sense. I’m not sure how we’re going to come out on the other side but I’m down for the cause.
Metallica: The Early Years Trailer
Never owned a single record from these guys.
So, Spotify is getting in on the original content bandwagon like their iTunes counterparts have with their own documentary efforts as they chronicle the band’s efforts in 1981 through the release of 1984’s “Ride the Lightning”. Now, even though I’ve never felt one way or the other about these guys I am in love with how this trailer captures that sense of a moment in time. Instead of the sweeping documentary that has to hit every year’s milestones like it was an MTV Behind the Music rock-umentary this just sits comfortably focused on these tight 3 years. We get modern Metallica, and what would something like this be without a conveniently timed new release for the masses (never ones to miss a marketing opportunity), but we also get a pastiche of the past and the present that makes sense. I’m all in to see what really brought this band together and what propelled it forward with such force that the world would have no other choice but submit.
Audrie & Daisy Trailer
Just burn everything down and let’s start fresh.
What documentary filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk do here is effectively take a story, hold back the end, and just try and contextualize what you’re about to watch. Unless you’re a savage with a moral compass pointed at the ground there’s just no way to start seeing how some teenagers get caught up in something sinister. A digital lynch mob with no real dog in a fight that should have been battled differently. I’ve been somewhat burnt out on the old and busted trick of using a song like “Creep” by The Scala Choir a la The Social Network trailer in order to bring things down but here, as we get a slow piano version of the Pixies’ “Where is my Mind?” things become wickedly morose and sad right quick. It’s heartbreaking to listen to the rest of narrative but it’s damn effective and it works.
After Love Trailer
Director Joachim Lafosse isn’t doing anything novel here. The context surrounding this story being one about a separation has been done so many times before you wonder why this was even made. But then, it happens. It mixes kids and mixed emotions. Already it tugs on that part of your heart where it aches to even see a dramatization of a family splintering apart and that’s just in the first 15 seconds. The rest is just a slow and sad fall to the ground where everyone is going to be hit on the way down. The kids, the husband, the wife, the story is as old as time but somehow this makes it feel original. There’s some modern commentary on the current state of how relationships work in this era while also balancing how complicated these kinds of things can get. The pacing gets a little squirreley near the end but it doesn’t take away at how effective this trailer is.
Fire at Sea Trailer
Sicario may have put a gorgeous cinematic lens on drug trafficking but director Gianfranco Rosi’s El Sicario, Room 164 was about as serious as you could get about the drug cartels in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
It would stand to reason, then, that his documentary follow up, 2013’s Sacro GRA, would make good use of being in the moment with our subjects to understand the situational context. It worked. Thus, his latest, this time focusing on the migrant crisis which has affected many countries all across Europe. The trailer doesn’t utter a word, doesn’t contextualize, doesn’t narrate, but even not knowing what this is about should leave the viewer feeling ill at ease. The moments that we’re given are stark in their action. Life on a small island being lived, normal life progressing as it has, ostensibly, for decades, but then, at the minute mark, there it is. We’re left trying to piece together what’s happening but by the time we get any kind of satisfying resolution it’s all over. We’re left hanging. Done.
The Choice 2016 Trailer
This could be the year I just not vote at all. Director Michael Kirk knows how to organize narratives and make them understandable while cutting through the heavy smells of BS that surround every power broker looking to give their own hot take on a situation. Words don’t come close enough in explaining how giddy I am at the new season of Frontline.
Nota bene: If you have any suggestions of trailers to possibly be included in this column, even have a trailer of your own to pitch, please let me know by sending me a note at Christopher_Stipp@yahoo.com or look me up via Twitter at @Stipp
In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:
- Voyage of Time Trailer – Deep.
- Hands of Stone Trailer – What did I just watch? Not really sure.
- Kidnap Trailer – My disbelief cannot suspend that much.
- Max Steel Trailer – If this makes a quarter, that would be twenty-four more cents than it deserves.
- You’re the Worst Season 3 Trailer – Never seen an episode but I want to change that immediately.
- La La Land Trailer – It may be Oscar bait but it’s hard to resist such charm.
- Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Trailer – Don’t really know the point of this one is.
- Narcos Season 2 Trailer – Bombastic.
- Rings Trailer – Is there anything left to show?
- Manchester by the Sea Trailer – Absolutely.
- The Disappointments Room Trailer – Next.
- First Girl I’ve Loved Trailer – Feels sincere.
- Planetarium Trailer – I’m intrigued.
- Guardians Trailer – The truest form of glasnost. I’m in.
- Blair Witch Trailer – Didn’t watch it. Genuinely want to see this one cold.
- Lion Trailer – Interesting, if a little melodramatic.
- My Blind Brother Trailer – Wildly high concept but I’m down.
- A Dog’s Purpose Trailer – Whaaa?
What kind of Superman can we expect on the second season of Supergirl? Could Music Meister be coming to the Supergirl/The Flash musical crossover episode? Is there another villain in Doctor Strange we haven’t heard about yet? What does Makenzie Davis have to say about rumors of her casting in Deadpool 2? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
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— Doctor Strange (@DrStrange) August 25, 2016
Marvel has started to release some trippy, kaleidoscopic teasers for Doctor Strange on Twitter.
Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says the new season of the show will be more like the comics.
Is there a chance Music Meister could make the forthcoming The Flash/Supergirl musical crossover make sense?
Director David Ayer thanked fans on Twitter for pushing Suicide Squad over $600 million worldwide at the box office.
— Marvel Singapore (@MarvelSG) August 24, 2016
If you can’t wait for the home video release, watch some of the Captain America: Civil War airport brawl here.
The Superman we’ll see in Supergirl will be a seasoned superhero with plenty of experience under his belt.
Some artists have mashed up video games and comic book characters over at Comic Book Resources.
Fandango ran a poll of what the most anticipated movies of the fall are, and Doctor Strange came in at #3.Continue Reading Superhero Bits>>
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Superheroes are all over television right now, from the gritty MCU dramas on Netflix to the full-fledged Arrowverse on The CW. But not everyone is convinced they belong there. Speaking at the Edinburgh Television Festival this week, writer/director Bruno Heller has said he “[doesn’t] think superheroes work very well on TV.” Which might not be all that notable, except that Heller is himself the showrunner of a superhero TV series, Fox’s Gotham.
The Hollywood Reporter captured Heller’s comments. “I don’t think superheroes work very well on TV,” said Heller. “Probably because of the costume thing.”
Heller added that that was why he’d chosen a regular human like James Gordon to lead his Batman prequel Gotham. “TV is about real people and faces, and not so much about magic and the supernatural things,” he said. He went on to describe his own show as “both a crime procedural and a mythic, epic, grand comic book saga,” adding, “It’s a tricky combination, because you have to keep it real and unreal at the same time.”
It’s an odd thing to say at a time when superhero shows are dominating the TV landscape. The successes of The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Daredevil, etc. are proof that some shows can make superheroes work, even costumed ones. And outside of the superhero genre, there are plenty of series involving “magic and the supernatural things” that have done well, up to and including Game of Thrones. On the other hand, Heller’s whole show is about not putting Batman in the Batsuit — he’s said before that the show ends when Bruce Wayne puts on the cape and cowl — so in that light, maybe his comments make perfect sense.
Heller explained that Gotham is designed for both hardcore Batman fans and more casual viewers:
The comic book constituency has become so large and visible with the whole Comic-Con thing that it is very easy to assume that the audience is purely comic book enthusiasts. But I operate the show on the basis that it is a mistake to just go there. What we are trying to do is always give little Easter eggs, little gifts every episode to the real cognoscenti, but you don’t need to know more than the basic Batman myth.
Admittedly, I haven’t followed Gotham since season one. But as I recall, the Easter eggs weren’t really that little, which was why the show often felt like it was living under the shadow of its own future. It’s perfectly fine to eschew fanciful costumes and supernatural elements, even in a superhero show. Heck, just look at what Netflix did with a more grounded approach in Jessica Jones. But when the series itself keeps wink-wink-nudge-nudging viewers about the inevitable fates of its characters, the lack of costumes doesn’t feel “real,” it just feels distracting.
Heller’s comments aren’t really that offensive or outrageous (plenty of people don’t care for superhero shows) but they are baffling coming from a man who’s chosen to spend years of his life writing and producing what is essentially a superhero show, even if no one is currently sporting bat ears. Or does Heller’s perspective explain why Gotham is the way it is? What do you think of the Gotham showrunner superhero show comments?
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After directing a reboot (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), a remake (The Gambler), and the pilot for another remake (The Exoricist), director Rupert Wyatt is now developing an original project. After The Gambler, Wyatt wanted to start directing his own material again, as he did with his feature debut, The Escapist (co-written by Daniel Hardy). The filmmaker is sticking to his plan because he may next direct an original science-fiction film titled Captive State.
Below, learn more about the Rupert Wyatt sci-fi movie.
Variety doesn’t have too much information about Captive State, but they’re reporting it’s in the midst of a competitive auction. Studios and financiers are very interested in the project, and a deal is expected to be reached before Labor Day weekend. The story is under wraps, but Wyatt co-wrote the script with his wife, Erica Beeney. She wrote 2003’s The Battle of Shaker Heights, the Project Greenlight project that starred Shia LaBeouf and Amy Smart.
The plan is to go into production next year. Wyatt may have been co-writing Captive State around the time of The Gambler‘s release because he told Den of Geek about a “grounded and relatable” sci-fi film he was working on:
Could talk a little bit about what you’re doing next?
I’m working on a couple of things. I’m working on a science fiction film, and also a science fiction TV show [Echo Chamber]. Basically science fiction!
I’ve read that you’re a fan of Philip K Dick, so can we expect anything along those lines?
It is, in the sense that it’s very grounded and relatable to our world. It’s not space opera or anything like that. The TV show is a ten-part series that has a science fiction trope, but is actually more in keeping with a film like The Battle Of Algiers or something, but told in a science fiction context.
Maybe that science-fiction project he’s referring to isn’t Captive State, but if it is, then we know not to expect some huge sci-fi film but instead a story with ties to reality, maybe something more along the lines of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Wyatt didn’t direct that film’s sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but he’s been attracting some high-profile gigs since that 2011 reboot. For a brief period of time, he was going to direct Gambit, but then he exited the comic book movie, due to some creative differences. The other science-fiction project he’s been working on is Echo Chamber, a 10-episode series he intends on directing all by himself.
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Warner Bros.’ The Flash is assembling quite a team of good guys, including Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (a.k.a. Cyborg). But a superhero movie is nothing without a supervillain. So who’ll be the one to threaten the Scarlet Speedster in his solo movie? As it turns out, the answer may be no one baddie in particular — because, rumor has it, he’ll be facing off against an entire team of supervillains known as the Rogues.
Heroic Hollywood got The Flash villain rumor. As with all unofficial reports, this one should be taken with a grain of salt.
Created during the Silver Age, the Rogues are a collection of criminals who band together to stop the Flash. As with any team in superhero comics, the lineup has changed over the years and could change again for the movie. But the current iteration is led by Captain Cold, whom Heroic Hollywood (via Movie Pilot) says will be included in the film. Other members of the Rogues have included Heat Wave, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, the Trickster, the Top, and Captain Boomerang.
You’ll recall the last of those was already introduced in this summer’s Suicide Squad, played by Jai Courtney. If this rumor is indeed true, it’s probably reasonable to assume Courtney will reprise his role for the Flash movie. Miller even cameoed in a Suicide Squad flashback featuring Courtney’s Boomerang, so the two already have a history in this continuity. No other notable Rogues members have appeared in the current DC cinematic universe to date.
Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) is directing The Flash, having replaced original helmer Seth Grahame-Smith. The film is scheduled for release on March 16, 2018. But before we get there, Miller will reprise his role as the Fastest Man Alive in next year’s Justice League, appearing alongside Fisher as Cyborg, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, and Jason Momoa as Aquaman.
One of the greatest pleasures of my career so far arrived last year, when I was able to interview the great Kurt Russell following the premiere of the fantastic horror western Bone Tomahawk. Russell is one of the greats, a massive screen presence who’s willing to take chances on strange movies, a “man’s man” who isn’t afraid to play weak or buffoonish, an actor who can embody cowboys and criminals and psychopaths and moody helicopter pilots stranded in the ass-end of Antarctica. There has never been a movie that wasn’t made better by his presence. He’s an icon. He looms as large as the larger-than-life characters he so often plays.
So, if there was any living actor who deserves to have an entire art show dedicated to him, it’s Kurt freakin’ Russell. And yes, there is a new Kurt Russell art show right around the corner, featuring pieces that pay tribute to movies like The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, The Hateful Eight, and Death Proof.
This show is titled “Kurt Russell: Deep Cuts” and it’s set to open at the Public Works SF in San Francisco tomorrow, August 27, 2016. If you’re in the Bay Area, you know what to do. If not, you can always peruse the art that has already been shared online (a tip of the hat to the good folks at io9 for bringing this to our attention).
Despite the title of the show, it looks like this gallery will be focusing on Russell’s most beloved movies and most iconic characters, but that’s okay. What, are you going to tell an artist they can’t draw or paint Jack Burton or Snake Plissken or Stuntman Mike? Are you really going to say “Nah, we really don’t need any more art featuring imagery from The Thing?” Please.
Although I like all of the art revealed so far (and you can check it out in the gallery below), I’m especially fond of Chris Voy‘s piece, which depicts the various hairstyles Russell has rocked over the years. After all, you can probably pick out many of his characters from their facial hair alone.
The show’s Facebook page lists the full artist line-up as Paul Shipper, Luke Harrington, Craig Drake, Robert Bruno, Jeany Ngo, Kevin Wilson, Marko Manev, Nathan Anderson, Amy Beth Christensen, Eli Maffei, Andre Kirk, Chris Voy, Chris Koehler, Dawn Carlos, Tegan Bellitta, and Malisa Suchanya. For additional information, you should follow that link. This could be your big chance if you missed out on recent posters for Big Trouble in Little China and Escape From New York.
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Michael Bay was the first Hollywood filmmaker to film on the Egyptian Pyramids for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The director was given never-before-seen access to the US military to film large scale war sequences for Pearl Harbor. And Bay was the first to use IMAX’s first digital camera for Transformers: Age of Extinction. He gets access to things and places that no other filmmaker in the world, before anyone else in the world. The latest of which is a custom RED 8K camera created for the filmmaker for Transformers: The Last Knight. Get a tour of the new “Bayhem” camera from Michael Bay himself, after the jump.Michael Bay’s Custom RED Camera Tour
RED – made me a custom camera. It incorporated some of my thoughts into making the most advanced, best hand held motion picture camera in the business. We first worked with it at the Paris Opera House on my latest Victoria Secrets Campaign. @redcamerausers
A video posted by Michael Bay (@michaelbay) on Aug 26, 2016 at 12:40am PDT
RED created the custom camera for director Michael Bay for his latest film Transformers: The Last Knight, although as Bay notes: he tested it first on a Victoria’s Secret commercial.
Back in May, RED presented David Fincher with his own custom RED camera called “The Xenomorph” but that camera was just a Dragon camera is a custom body housing. Bay’s Bayhem camera features custom RED features an 8K Super 35mm 3.65 micron sensor known by the moniker “Helium.” It’s smaller than the 8K VistaVision, able to squeeze 8K into a smaller Super 35mm chip which necessitates new smaller, denser, pixels. This is one of the cameras that Michael Bay is using to shoot Transformers: the Last Knight. While Bay was initially resistant to go from film to digital (he still in fact films shots using a 70mm film camera), the filmmaker has been known to push hard against the cutting edge of cinema technology in his movies.
Here are some close-up photos of the camera from RED Digital Cinema’s CEO, Jarred Land and Chief Design Officer, Matthew Tremblay:
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As the international box office and especially the Chinese box office becomes ever more important to Hollywood’s bottom line, studios and filmmakers have been bending over backward to find ways to pump more money out of overseas audiences. That could mean moving a shoot’s location or teaming with homegrown talents or companies; other times it might take the form of region-specific Easter eggs or additional scenes. And sometimes it’s a matter of charging more for admission by cranking out a 3D conversion.
But that latter strategy can backfire, as Universal Pictures has now learned. Earlier this week the studio released Jason Bourne in 3D in China, and while initial figures were good, audiences are apparently none too pleased with the film. If you guessed that it’s because 3D and shakycam make for a literally nauseating combination, congratulations, you’re already one step ahead of the studio.
Jason Bourne was shot entirely in 2D, and here in the U.S., it was only released in 2D. But Universal put together a special 3D version for select Asian markets including China, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam. At first, all seemed well — Jason Bourne opened in China on Tuesday to a respectable $11.8 million. But public opinion soured on the 3D version of the film pretty quickly. According to Deadline, two film critics wrote that Jason Bourne in 3D made them dizzy.
General audiences aren’t staying quiet about their displeasure either. China’s state-run Global Times reports 30 people staged a protest in Beijing, demanding refunds for their tickets. “The 3D version is a rip-off. It’s been happening many times in China and must be stopped,” said organizer Zhou Yuchen.
For Chinese fans, what’s especially irksome about the Jason Bourne 3D conversion is that it’s difficult to find 2D screenings of the movie. In Beijing, 8 out of 149 theaters have the 2D version by The Beijing Times’ count. And Global Times writes that just 9 of 174 theaters in Shanghai had 2D screenings, and that most of those were in inconvenient locations or scheduled for inconvenient times. One critic revealed to the paper that theaters capable of playing the 3D version were not given the option by distributors of playing the 2D version.
Most of the time, movies screened in 3D abroad also play in 3D in the U.S. But in a few instances, studios or distributors offer a 3D conversion to goose international ticket sales. Other films that got 2D releases in the States but 3D releases in select international territories include RoboCop, Noah, Transcendence, Lucy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (both parts), Taken 3, Furious 7, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, and The Huntsman: Winter’s War (source: Wikipedia).
Avatar sparked a 3D craze in China, as it did in much of the rest of the world, and the film industry has been happy to oblige the demand for more 3D movies. Not only do 3D screenings let theaters charge more, thus driving up the gross, they’re harder to pirate. But not every picture benefits from 3D, and Chinese audiences are understandably getting fed up with paying a premium for a poorer experience. Fortunately, the distributor is responding, at least in this case. Universal Pictures’ China branch has since stated that they working to add more showings of Jason Bourne in 2D.
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One of the biggest blockbuster disasters of 2015 was undoubtedly Fantastic Four. The Marvel comic adaptation from 20th Century Fox pulled in nearly $168 million on a budget of $120 million, and it was absolutely slaughtered by critics and fans alike. Despite Josh Trank‘s best efforts, it appears some tampering from the studio to change the original vision for the movie resulted in a huge mess of a movie. But despite that, producer and writer Simon Kinberg still believes a sequel is possible, and at least two of the film’s co-stars are game to return to their roles.
Miles Teller and Kate Mara, who play the would-be couple Reed Richards and Sue Storm, have both expressed that they’d be happy to come back for Fantastic Four 2. But the question is whether or not anyone actually wants to see what happen.
First up, while promoting Morgan, actress Kate Mara spoke with IGN where she was asked whether or not she’d be up for returning for Fantastic Four 2. Predictably, Mara said she would return, because who doesn’t like a paycheck? Here’s the segment from the interview:
She doesn’t sound particularly excited, and obviously she’s just as uncertain as the rest of us that a sequel would actually happen. But she clearly doesn’t feel the need to speak ill of the movie or burn any bridges that might preclude her from reprising her role as Sue Storm.
Along with Kate Mara, just a couple weeks ago Miles Teller expressed that he wouldn’t mind returning for Fantastic Four 2,. But he knows they have to a lot to improve upon:
If we do, I hope it comes together in a way that satisfies people. You want to make the fans happy, but you can’t please everyone. In our case, we pleased very few.
In a recent interview with Playboy, Teller acknowledges even more candidly just how much Fantastic Four didn’t live up to expectations and how difficult that was. The actor said, “I wouldn’t wish what happened to us on another movie. It’s tough, because there are such high expectations. Comic books mean so much to a lot of people.”
There does seem to be a lot more pressure on comic book movies than there are on other blockbusters, even original movies that have an equally high budget. A lot of that stems from the long history that comics have, playing a big part in the childhoods of countless people. So comic book movies like Fantastic Four are always going to be under more scrutiny, but that doesn’t make it impossible to live up to expectations.
Honestly, I’m not sure there’s anyone out there who really wants to see a Fantastic Four sequel come together featuring the last iteration of the characters. There’s a way to proceed and improve upon the shortcomings of the first film, but it would be an uphill battle to get audiences interested in a follow-up.
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‘Death Wish’ Adds Vincent D’Onofrio and Dean Norris, Corners the “Awesome Stocky Character Actor” Market
I’m still not sure if Bruce Willis is the right man to star in a remake of Death Wish. Hell, I’m still not sure if Death Wish is a movie that needs to be remade at all. And yet, I’m interested what a director like Eli Roth, a filmmaker with a penchant for getting really ugly, does with material this inherently dark and toxic. I’m especially interested now that he’s started filling out his supporting cast with character actors I would happily watch read the phone book. Vincent D’Onofrio and Dean Norris have joined the cast of Death Wish, which means the production has officially met its quota for stocky men who make that bald thing look really good.
Deadline first reported the news of their casting. D’Onofrio will play the brother of Willis’ Paul Kersey, an ordinary family man who turns into a bloodthirsty vigilante after a brutal attack on his family. Norris will play a character named Detective Rains. Neither of these characters existed in the 1974 original, so it’s not clear what kind of role they’ll play in the remake. However, we can safely assume that D’Onofrio will probably not approve of his brother buying a gun and baiting criminals into attacking him so he can gun them down. We can also safely assume that Norris will play the cop who’s tracking down a mystery man who has declared war on the local criminal element.
While I don’t think Bruce Willis (an alpha male and action hero who looks perfectly at home wielding a pistol) is an exciting choice to play an ordinary man driven to violence and despair, I wouldn’t say no to watching him interact with D’Onofrio, who has grown into one of our strangest and most entertaining character actors. He’s fantastic on Netflix’s Daredevil, where he plays the world’s most terrifying overgrown baby, and he’s even boosted bad movies like Jurassic World through sheer audacious weirdness. He has a big crazy beard in the upcoming The Magnificent Seven, which feels like a promise for some really great D’Onofrio wackiness.
And of course Dean Norris is playing a cop. The man has been playing cops for his entire career and he’s pretty damn good at it. His work on Breaking Bad may have put him under a big spotlight, but some actors are just built to look tough and yell and solve crimes.
Death Wish is set to begin filming later next month.
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Ocean’s Ocho continues to add to its all-star lineup. Along with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson is now in talks to join the Ocean’s Eleven spinoff. Gary Ross is set to direct from a script he wrote with Olivia Milch, while Steven Soderbergh (who directed the 2001 Ocean’s Eleven) will produce.
As previously reported, Ocean’s Ocho stars Bullock as the sister of Danny Ocean, George Clooney’s character from Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven. Irresistible charisma and a knack for stealing run in the family, apparently, and she rounds up a team to stage a heist at the Met Gala. Blanchett reportedly plays her right-hand woman (the Brad Pitt role, basically). The other roles have not been revealed. Whoever these actresses end up playing, that’s one hell of a cast. Sure, they make for a pretty random combination of names, but that’s part of the fun.
Soderbergh, Clooney, and Ocean’s Eleven producer Jerry Weintraub had been developing the spinoff for years, but the project stalled when Weintraub passed away. Fortunately, they were able to get it back on track with Ross. Soderbergh remains “deeply” involved with Ocean’s Ocho and may even end up in another position behind the scenes — not unlike the way he served as director of photography on Magic Mike XXL, another extension of a film Soderbergh originally directed. Susan Ekins serves as executive producer. Shooting is expected to get underway this fall in New York. No release date has been announced.
Paulson is coming off of an acclaimed performance as Marcia Clark in FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and has been a staple on the network’s American Horror Story. She’ll next re-team with Crime and Horror executive producer Ryan Murphy for another FX series, Feud. On the film side, her credits include 12 Years a Slave, Carol, and the upcoming J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye.
You probably had no idea today was National Dog Day until you signed on to Twitter or Facebook this morning, but no matter — it’s as good an excuse as any for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment to drop the first A Dog’s Purpose trailer. Josh Gad voices a dog who keeps getting reincarnated and, over the course of his many lives, finds meaning in his relationships with various humans played by Dennis Quaid, K.J. Apa, John Ortiz, and more. Is that cute or creepy? Judge for yourself with the A Dog’s Purpose trailer below.
This trailer fills me with existential dread. The dogs themselves are extremely likable, don’t get me wrong. (I’m especially enamored of the one who becomes a K-9. Look at those giant ears!) However, there’s something rather depressing about the notion of a dog who keeps getting brought back to life so he can spend an eternity in servitude to humans. This dog never seems to want anything for himself; apparently, his only purpose lies in selflessly helping people and occasionally getting a bit of bacon as a reward. Let this poor soul self-actualize so he can rest already.
But hey, I’ll be the first to admit I’m more of a cat person anyway. Dog people: is this trailer more cute or creepy?
Directed by Lasse Hallström, A Dog’s Purpose arrives in theaters January 27.
Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall.
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The Toy Box is a recurring feature at /Film that rounds up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
This edition of The Toy Box features a Harry Potter edition of a classic board game, some beautiful new Christmas tree ornaments featuring characters from Pixar Animation, and the best Deadpool figure you’ll ever find.
Check out everything in The Toy Box after the jump.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Aliens, 20th Century Fox is re-releasing the sequel in a limited edition Blu-ray release that has both the theatrical cut and the special edition version of the film, as well as a Digital HD copy of the movie.
Here’s a list of the special features you’ll find out this release:
- NEW – The Inspiration and Design of Aliens featurette
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Superior Firepower: Making Aliens
- Superior Firepower: Making Aliens Enhancement
- Pre-Production Galleries
- The Art of Aliens
- Gateway Station and Colony
- Vehicles and Weapons
- Cast Portrait Gallery
- The Art of Aliens
- Deleted Scene Montage
As you can see, the set comes with some cool concept art to accompany the movie as well. And the good news is the Aliens 30th anniversary set only costs $9.96 at Amazon at the time of this writing.Pixar Animation Disney Sketchbook Ornaments
Even though Christmas is still a few months away, Disney always gets a head start on the latest additions to their Disney Sketchbook Ornaments line and this year there are some fantastic new ones featuring the characters from Pixar Animation.
There’s a glass globe ornament from Finding Dory featuring Hank, Dory and Nemo, or there’s the far better one featuring Marlin, Dory and Nemo inside the glass coffee pot (though it would be better if Hank was holding it). In addition, Buzz, Woody and RC get their own ornament from the first Toy Story, and Edna from The Incredibles will judge your Christmas tree decorating skills. But easily the best ornament of the bunch is the house from Up with the balloons attached to it.
Each of these ornaments can be personalized with a 1-inch metal tag to make this a more personal Christmas present. Each of the ornaments is $16.95 at their respective links at the Disney Store online.
If you live long enough, you see every Star Wars character get their own collectible. Now it’s Maz Kanata’s turn to get her own mini bust from Gentle Giant. The pirate queen is immortalized with this collectible, complete with her unique goggles, to sit on your shelf and recognize all the eyes that pass by.
Maz Kanata has been digitally sculpted using top of the line 3D software and prototyped using 3D Systems industrial 3D printers. The final product is hand cast in polystone, and painstakingly hand painted. The bust is available for pre-order right now over at Gentle Giant for $120.Harry Potter Clue
For the Harry Potter fan out there who needs all their board games to be based in the wizarding world, there’s a Harry Potter version of Clue that you can pick up today. The original game gets some twists with a board game that always changes with hidden passageways and a special die that spices things up.
You can play as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna, or Neville as you look to accuse Draco Malfoy, Dolores Umbridge, Peter Pettigrew, Crabbe & Goyle, Bellatrix Lestrange, and Lucius Malfoy of the crime at hand. Somehow Voldemort isn’t the prime suspect, but he’s probably pulling the strings of all those characters anyway.
Harry Potter Clue is $39.99 over at ThinkGeek right now.Deadpool: Hot Toys Sixth Scale Figure
The Merc with a Mouth is coming to your shelf this fall, and you can have him to pose in all the naughty positions you want with Hot Toys new sixth scale Deadpool figure.
The figure has over 30 points of articulation, interchangeable eye sockets for multiple expressions, and a slew of weapons for Deadpool to slice, dice, shoot and more. The figure is available for pre-order for $234.99 over at Hot Toys right now.
***Read the previous edition of The Toy Box right here.
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Captain America: Civil War was a somber affair, and understandably so — the film rocked the very notion of the Avengers to its very core by pitting hero against hero and friend against friend. It was downright heartbreaking to see Steve and Tony come to blows despite their own best efforts to reach a common ground, and then to see the rest of the Avengers forced to pick sides.
But behind the scenes, it was a whole other story. With the film’s home video release just around the corner, Marvel Studios has released the Civil War blooper reel, and it’s silly, endearing stuff. Captain America may be going through some heavy stuff, but Chris Evans is enjoying the hell out of himself, and Sebastian Stan smiles more in these few minutes than Bucky probably has in the past 70 years. Scarlett Johansson‘s tough action hero schtick gets undermined by faulty equipment, and Robert Downey Jr. just can’t help getting in a snarky remark or two. Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, and Martin Freeman all make appearances as well.Captain America: Civil War Bloopers
Marvel is second to none when it comes to casting. I won’t claim to know what any of these stars are like personally, but they all project charisma. This just looks like a fun group to hang out with, and after so many years of working together these actors look like old friends. It’s especially funny to see Falcon and Winter Soldier giggling together after Civil War made it crystal clear that they don’t much care for each other. If watching your favorite heroes fight each other in Civil War bums you out, just remember what this movie really looked like behind the scenes.
Captain America: Civil War will be available on Digital HD starting September 2, and is out on DVD and Blu-ray September 13,.
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