CHICAGO – Chris Rock isn’t a huge writer/director, but when he does make a film, it’s an event to consider. For example, he made black president tale “Head of State” long before then-senator Barack Obama was even considered for the real-life role, and whether behind the stand-up mic or in an interview, he’s a voice to be reckoned with.
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Who are the all-new, all-different Avengers? Where did Ben Affleck make some Batman jokes? What place to sidekicks have in modern comic book movies? Which X-Men favorite is currently being cast for X-Men Apocalypse? What’s the latest on the Captain Marvel movie? Who does Robert Downey Jr. think is the most important character in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Has Donald Glover actually achieved his dream of being Spider-Man? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.
Marvel has now fully revealed their New Avengers line up.
Ben Affleck made some Batman jokes while he was in front of Congress. Yes, that Congress.
This Richard Donner Superman print by Orlando Arocena will be on sale at WonderCon.
What place to sidekicks have in modern comic book movies? Asks Superhero Hype.
Here’s a video about the upcoming DC Comics event, Convergence.
Nerdist now reports this week’s Captain Marvel rumor is incorrect. And that was purposely vague.
Check out the Hot Toys The Avengers: 1/6th scale Mark VII (Stealth Mode Version) .
The latest Meet the Movie Press drops mini-scoops that Psylocke is currently being cast for X-Men Apocalypse and the Captain Marvel director will be a woman.Continue Reading Superhero Bits >>
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Starz has a new two-season, 20-episode show called Blunt Talk debuting this summer, with Patrick Stewart starring as a British TV newsman working in America who, well, isn’t the best when it comes to making good decisions. The first Blunt Talk teaser shows off some of his behavior. Because it’s fun to see Stewart play outside of his now well-established zone as a reasonable leader, you’ll probably want to see a lot more.
Blunt Talk will premiere on Starz this summer. The first season runs ten episodes; there are two seasons already commissioned, for a total of twenty episodes. Trailer via Starz.
Set in Los Angeles, the story follows Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news and the fallout from his well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air. Through the platform of his nightly cable news show, Blunt is on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. Besieged by network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, numerous ex-wives and children of all ages, Blunt’s only support is the alcoholic manservant he transplanted from the U.K. to join him in Los Angeles.
The cast is led by Patrick Stewart (X-Men franchise, Ted) in the role of Walter Blunt, Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) as Rosalie, Blunt’s tough and motherly producer-manager and Adrian Scarborough (The King’s Speech) as Harry, Blunt’s manservant. Dolly Wells (“Doll & Em”) who was cast as Celia, Blunt’s senior producer and head writer, with Timm Sharp (“Enlightened”) who was cast as Jim, Blunt’s head writer, round out the cast.
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Vincent D’Onofrio used to be known for playing a good-guy cop on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, but these days he seems to be relishing the bad-guy roles. He’s just signed on to play the villain in Antoine Fuqua‘s The Magnificent Seven.
He’ll be up against a formidable team that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke. Haley Bennett also stars, as a character who sets the entire plot in motion. Get all the details on the Vincent DOnofrio Magnificent Seven casting after the jump.
Variety reports D’Onofrio is currently in talks for The Magnificent Seven. The Sony / MGM project is based on the 1960 Western of the same title directed by John Sturges and Yul Brynner. The “original” was itself a remake, of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film Seven Samurai.
The new Magnificent Seven was scripted by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) with rewrites by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). It’s been development for a few years already but picked up steam last fall when Fuqua was confirmed to direct.
Set shortly after the Civil War, it centers on a small town threatened by a gold mining baron and his thugs. The widow (Bennett) of one of their victims hires a bounty hunter (Washington) to drive out the bad guys. He rounds up six more gunmen to help out.
D’Onofrio is coming off of the Liam Neeson thriller Run All Night. He’ll next be seen in Netflix’s Dardevil, in which he plays classic Marvel supervillain Wilson Fisk (a.k.a. the Kingpin). Then he has another antagonistic role coming up in Jurassic World.
Production on The Magnificent Seven is expected to begin in the next month or so, which means we should be in for several more casting announcements in the coming weeks. The Magnificent Seven does not yet have a release date.
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Movement on Ruairi Robinson‘s proposed sci-fi film The Leviathan happened fast. The director posted a proof of concept trailer just days ago, which led to Neill Blomkamp and Simon Kinberg joining the project as producers. Now Fox has bought the The Leviathan movie pitch and the script for the film, written by Jim Uhls (Fight Club).
Variety reports. We figured that’s how this would go, with Kinberg having a regular home at Fox and Blomkamp newly installed at the studio to make his Alien movie. It’s not quite the kind of movie Fox would have made even a couple years ago, but Kinberg obviously wields some significant influence at Fox now.
Details beyond that are thin. We’ve got the description of The Leviathan that launched with the proof-of-concept trailer that got all this going in the first place. That trailer played kind of like a space-bound mix between Moby Dick and Dune, but hopefully there’s a lot more to Uhls’ script than that.
By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many worlds. Faster than light travel was made possible by harvesting exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen. Those that take part in the hunt are mostly involuntary labor.
Here’s the trailer once more:
Following the great success of Gone Girl, writer Gillian Flynn is joining forces with another big-name director. Flynn has been set to work with 12 Years a Slave helmer Steve McQueen for an untitled heist thriller, which he will also direct. More on the Gillian Flynn Steve McQueen project after the jump.
Deadline reports Flynn and McQueen will co-write the script. The untitled pic is based on the 2002 British miniseries Widows, created by Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect). The story centered on the wives of a group of armed robbers. After the men are killed during a job gone wrong, the widows team up to finish what their husbands started.
McQueen will produce as well as direct and co-write. Also producing are Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who produced McQueen’s Shame and his upcoming HBO drama Codes of Conduct. They’re also known for producing The King’s Speech. In short, there’s some serious talent already attached to this project.
The deal puts Flynn and McQueen back in collaboration with New Regency. The company backed Gone Girl and 12 Years a Slave and will co-finance the new project with Film 4.
Flynn made her screenwriting debut with Gone Girl, based on her own bestselling 2012 novel. (Adaptations of her other books Sharp Objects and Dark Places are also in the works, but she’s not writing those.) Since Gone Girl, she’s made plans to reunite with director David Fincher for an American adaptation of the British series Utopia, as well as a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train.
McQueen has followed up his Oscar win for 12 Years a Slave with Codes of Conduct. The drama follows a young black man (Devon Terrell) making his way through Manhattan high society. Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rebecca Hall also star. He’s also been developing a Paul Robeson biopic to direct. As of last year McQueen intended to make it as his next movie, but it’s unclear if the new heist thriller changes those plans.
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Marvel is doing it, DC is doing it, Lucasfilm is doing it, the Ghostbusters are doing it and now it looks like Transformers will be doing it too.
Deadline reports that Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning writer of a A Beautiful Mind (and the writer of Batman and Robin, among other films) is in negotiations with Paramount to lead a brain trust of writers with the aim of upping the output of Transformers movies for the studio. Goldsman will join executive producers Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura in the hiring of a collection of writers to create “a potential multi-part Transformers sequel, and come up with potential spinoff films.” Read more about this potential Transformers Cinematic Universe below.
Deadline broke this news and say things are expected to come together quickly. Bay, who has directed the last four uber-successful Transformers films, is currently expected to come back for Transformers 5. (Which is tentatively set to come out in 2016, but 2017 seems more likely.) He’s about to start production on 13 Hours and the hope is, once he’s done with that, a plan and script will be in place for him to work on.
They also report that while Goldsman might be the leader of this group, he isn’t likely to write the movies himself.
With Transformers being such a monster hit for Paramount, this really isn’t a big surprise. It’s how Hollywood is going. Plus, the last few movies have had a very cut and paste feel about them with very little cohesion or logic. If a group of people get hired to keep everything straight, that’s a good sign. In addition, the last film definitely left the franchise in a place where there was a pretty blank slate. All we do know is Mark Wahlberg will likely be back.
So let’s talk spinoffs and crossovers. This could, potentially, leave the door open for the mega G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover fans have drooled over for years. G.I. Joe is not mentioned anywhere in the Deadline article but Paramount and di Bonaventura control it. You have to assume it’s on the table.
The franchise has also been very careful to to only add a few new Transformers into each film besides the essential characters: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, etc. There are dozens of second level characters just begging to be brought into this universe and maybe even get a spinoff. The Dinobots, a series of characters recently introduced, are one. Ultra Magnus, Soundwave, Hot Rod, Unicron and so many others are great too. In fact, last summer I asked di Bonaventura about Hot Rod (a personal favorite of mine) and he said this:
As you know, we always introduce new characters. The tricky part is if you introduce too many, the narrative starts falling apart. But he’s definitely a character we like too is the answer to that. But until we know the story, it’s hard to say what’ll come in and what won’t.
Well that won’t be a problem now if there’s a multi-film story arc and spinoffs too.
What do you think of a potential Transformers Cinematic Universe? Will G.I. Joe factor in? What new characters should be spun-off?
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The way the Internet reacts, you’d think Steven Spielberg was already behind the cameras on Ready Player One. However, the fact is he’s in post-production on October’s Bridge of Spies and pre-production for next year’s The BFG, both of which will be completed before he even thinks about that new sci-fi film.
Casting on The BFG continued this week and another one of the giants in the Roald Dahl film has found its human alter-ego. The human in question is Bill Hader. Read more about The BFG casting below.
Deadline broke the news of the Bill Hader BFG casting. He’ll play one of the mean giants; the title role of the “Big Friendly Giant” will be played by Mark Rylance, who also appears in the director’s Bridge of Spies.
Spielberg is directing The BFG, which was adapted from the Roald Dahl film by screenwriter Melissa Mathison, who wrote this other little Spielberg movie you may have heard of, called E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.
As for Hader, this role – which will almost certainly be performance capture – is perfect for him. He’s a physical actor who does great voices (he’s basically in every movie Pixar releases at this point) and also had a dramatic breakout in 2014 with The Skeleton Twins. Playing a giant in a Spielberg movie is a nice way to make use of his skills.
The Roald Dahl website has some wonderful background on the story, which will be turned into a film released on July 1, 2016. Here’s some info
The BFG was written in 1982. The idea for the story had begun several years before, with a sentence scribbled in one of Roald Dahl’s Ideas Books – exercise books he used to write down some of the thoughts that came to him and were sometimes later turned into stories. Just like The BFG.
The idea of a giant who captured dreams and kept them in bottles for children to enjoy while they were asleep was one Roald had been thinking about for some time. In Danny the Champion of the World, he was the character in a bedtime story Danny’s father told him. And Roald had even told the story of The Big Friendly Giant to his own children, climbing up on a ladder outside his daughters’ bedroom and using a bamboo cane to pretend to blow happy dreams in through their window.
In The BFG, the dream-hunting giant takes orphan Sophie – named after Roald’s first grandchild – back to his cave in Giant Country, where he lives surrounded by nine other fearsome giants who spend every night guzzling down humans. Or, as the giants call them, human beans.The BFG speaks in quite a turned-around way, but we always understand him. His language is called gobblefunk. He tells Sophie:
“Words…is oh such a twitch-tickling problem to me all my life. So you must simply try to be patient and stop squibbling. As I am telling you before, I know exactly what words I am wanting to say, but somehow or other they is always getting squiff-squiddled around.”
Roald wrote down a whole list of words The BFG might use, including “whoppsy-whiffling” and “squeakpip”. This list of words and the Ideas Books are now housed in the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Roald’s home town of Great Missenden – and the Museum is also just down the road from a house that inspired the orphanage The BFG snatches Sophie from in the story.
The BFG won the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Award in 1982. In 1989 it was turned into an animated film featuring the voice of David Jason. More than 30 years later, The BFG remains a much-loved character. And of all his stories, Roald Dahl said that The BFG was probably his own favourite.
With his fondness for plaid and flannel, George Lucas projects a pretty laid-back image, but he’s not exactly known for his outrageous sense of humor. If we were going to cast a Daily Show spot making fun of Fox News, Lucas wouldn’t be among the first people chosen for the gig. Maybe that’s why his appearance on exactly such a sketch is pretty funny. That he’s having fun with his own creation (Star Wars, of course, along with American Graffiti) is part of the fun. Watch the George Lucas Daily Show segment below.
Lucas appears about three minutes into this piece, via Comedy Central. I love how the audience doesn’t seem to know what to make of Lucas at first.
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UPDATE: Creator Robert Kirkman has confirmed this show now has a title. it’s called Fear The Walking Dead. Below is a story with the first photo from March 7. There’s more below.
There’s a big gap on The Walking Dead. We never see what happens between Rick’s injury and when he wakes up from his coma. How, specifically, did the world get infested by zombies? That story will be told on a previously announced “companion” series to the show, which just received a two-season commitment from AMC. Set in Los Angeles, this new series will start with six episodes later this summer followed by a second season in 2016.
Below, see the first photo from the Walking Dead spinoff and read more about the show.
Here’s Kirkman’s confirmation of the show’s title. Original article follows:
IT'S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015
Here’s the first photo from the show, featuring stars Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens.
The official press release about the show doesn’t offer any real details on the story, but the Hollywood Reporter writes the following about the characters:
Cliff Curtis (Gang Related) stars as Sean Cabrera, a teacher who shares a son with his ex-wife. Sons of Anarchy‘s Kim Dickens is set to co-star as Nancy, a guidance counselor who works at the school with Sean and is seeing him romantically. Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) co-stars as Nancy’s son Nick, who has battled a drug problem; and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods) is set as Nancy’s ambitious daughter Ashley, who is the polar opposite of Nick and has dreams of leaving L.A. for Berkeley when the apocalypse strikes.
And here’s the full press release on the show, which includes quotes from some of the series’ creators.
AMC today announced that it has placed an initial two-season order for a companion series to “The Walking Dead,” the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for going on three seasons.
The new series (title to be announced) will be set in Los Angeles and focused on new characters and storylines. The show’s first season will consist of six one-hour episodes and premiere on AMC in late summer. The show’s second season will air in 2016.
Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert from “The Walking Dead” are executive producers of the new series, which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (“Marco Polo,” “Sons of Anarchy”), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner. The series will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
“We take incredibly seriously the notion of building a satisfying companion series to the number one show on television. From the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, we’ve been asked questions about what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’ Through this new series, we’re going to find out,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson and their writing team, along with an incomparable set of producers, cast and crew have created something remarkable and clearly distinct. We respectfully follow the request of Monty Python as we bring out (the latest of) our Dead.”
“We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC,” Kirkman said. “I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story. I’m very grateful that we now have the opportunity to tell this amazing story and show the fans that we really haven’t scratched the surface yet when it comes to ‘The Walking Dead.’”
“This vote of confidence from our partners at AMC is gratifying, to say the least,” Erickson said. “We’ve been blessed with amazing writers and a stellar cast – and we can’t wait to build this apocalyptic drama over the next two seasons and hopefully beyond.”
In addition, AMC Global, the international AMC-branded television network, announced it has acquired the international television rights to the series, which it plans to air within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere. AMC Global launched in late 2014 and is available in over 115 countries and territories throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
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Leave it to a Michael Bay-produced movie to give a Victoria’s Secret model her big-screen debut.
Alessandra Ambrosio was recently spotted kissing Will Arnett at a New York Knicks game and the tabloids went nuts. Which Arrested Development Star Was Smooching This Victora’s Secret Stunner? Turns out, the pair were actually filming a scene from Dave Green‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. Ambrosio is playing herself in the film, and it seems Arnett’s character is using the events of the first film to his advantage. Read more Alessandra Ambrosio Ninja Turtles info below.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Ambrosio appears in the movie. You can see the images of the pair together on Us Weekly or any number of other sites. She’s previously been on a few TV shows, but never a film.
Not much is known about the Ninja Turtles sequel. We’ve heard that Bebop and Rocksteady will appear, and that Casey Jones is a possibility. Regardless, it’ll be out in June 2016. Full-on filming is supposed to start next month but when it comes to live sporting events, sometimes productions have to work around their schedules. Remember that Batman v Superman footage that was shot months before full filming began?
The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a critical disaster, but a cultural smash. It grossed almost $200 million in the US and almost $500 million total worldwide. Paramount and Platinum Dunes quickly got to work on a sequel, and that’s where we’re at now.
What we can tell from this casting is that Arnett’s character, Vern, has likely used his perephial connection to the mysterious Turtles for some kind of fame. And it’s working if he’s in the front row of a Knicks game with a Victoria’s Secret model. Whether or not these scenes make the final cut, we’ll have to ask Green, but they’ve got to be pretty important to shoot before the production gets into full swing.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 opens June 3, 2016.
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The first Terminator: Genisys trailer was all about introducing us to the film’s new take on the familiar Terminator story. The Super Bowl spot teased a new threat. Now there’s a new one-minute spot for Genisys, and it smartly puts some focus on the member of the cast who just won an Oscar for his work in Whiplash: J.K. Simmons. And because Simmons seems to play his role with a harried, comic bent as he tries to figure out what the hell is going on with these killer robots, he’s a great audience identification character. Check out the footage below.
We’ve had a lot of Terminator: Genisys set visit coverage this week, including a feature with many details about the production, and interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alan Taylor, and Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney. So check those out after watching this trailer.
Spot originally courtesy of Yahoo.
Terminator: Genisys opens July 1. Alan Taylor directed. Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, and Matt Smith also star.
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…
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In the past few weeks, we’ve seen lots of new footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, only a few seconds of that has featured the latest character additions, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. A new featurette changes that with many scenes from the movie featuring the new heroes, played by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. We see each of them at work, interacting with the Avengers and how they each change the Avengers as a team. It’s a pretty great little sneak at the Joss Whedon film, which will be out in just over a month.
Watch the Quicksilver Scarlet Witch Age of Ultron video here.
Thanks to Marvel UK for this awesome video. Minor spoilers here.Quicksilver Scarlet Witch Age of Ultron video
I love the dynamic of these characters and the Avengers. It creates a whole new mixture that I’m extremely interested in checking out. I bet you are too.
Here’s the official info on Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens April 23 in the UK (as seen above) and May 1 in the US.
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.
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Matthew McConaughey to Star in True Story of the World’s Most Expensive Wine, ‘Billionaire’s Vinegar’
Even the most trivial trinket becomes priceless depending on who owned it. A baseball alone is worth nothing, but if it meets the bat of a specific player at exactly the right moment, in exactly the right place, it can be worth millions. A piece of paper is worthless until the right person puts the right mark on it. A bottle of wine from hundreds of years ago is vinegar, unless you can prove it was owned by someone legendary.
That last scenario is the premise of Billionaire’s Vinegar, a new film set up at Sony Pictures that just gained Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey as the star. It’s about the purchase, and then lawsuit, surrounding a bottle of wine sold at auction that was supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. Read the synopsis and more below.
Deadline broke the news of McConaughey joining Billionaire’s Vinegar, a project that has been in development for sometime. Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, the writers of 2 Fast 2 Furious, 3:10 to Yuma and Wanted. They also created Chicago Fire on NBC.
Here’s a more detailed description of the original book via Amazon:
The titular bottle, from a cache of allegedly fine, allegedly French wine, allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson in the 1780s, set a record price when auctioned in 1985. The subsequent brouhaha over the cache’s authenticity takes wine journalist Wallace on a piquant journey into the mirage-like world of rare wines. At its center are Hardy Rodenstock, an enigmatic German collector with a suspicious knack for unearthing implausibly old and drinkable wines, and Michael Broadbent, a Christie’s wine expert, who auctioned Rodenstock’s lucrative finds. The argument over the Jefferson bottles and other rarities aged for decades, flummoxed a wine establishment desperate to keep the cork in a controversy that might deflate the market for antique vintages. (In the author’s telling, a 2006 lawsuit almost settles the issue.) Wallace sips the story slowly, taking leisurely digressions into techniques for faking wine and detecting same with everything from Monticello scholarship to nuclear physics. He paints a colorful backdrop of eccentric oenophiles, decadent tastings and overripe flavor rhetoric (Broadbent describes one wine as redolent of chocolate and schoolgirls’ uniforms). Investigating wines so old and rare they could taste like anything, he playfully questions the very foundations of connoisseurship.
Sounds like a really great idea and, of course, McConaughey is great at everything. Have you read the Billionaire’s Vinegar?
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OK, Ryan Reynolds, you got me. The actor shared the first official image of his Deadpool costume today, and it’s a shot that Burt Reynolds would really approve of. So naturally we love it, too. The shot really lets you see the details of the Deadpool movie costume, and also the attitude of Reynolds’ so-called “Merc With a Mouth.” It’s pretty much the perfect single-image intro to the character.
Here’s the tweet from Reynolds.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 27, 2015
Here’s a larger version.Along with that shot we’ve got the first synopsis of the film, which is now shooting. There’s not much here we don’t really know — it basically says “this is a Deadpool” movie — but it’s more than nothing. Everything so far seems to be designed to communicate that all involved know the X-Men Origins: Wolverine version of the character was terrible, and that they need to fix that in a big way. And they’re on the right track so far. Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Deadpool opens on February 12, 2016. Tim Miller directs from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The cast also features Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, and Gina Carano.
Earlier this month we reported the official Star Wars canon would get its first LGBT character in the form of Moff Mors. She makes her debut in Paul S. Kemp‘s upcoming novel Star Wars: Lords of the Sith next month — but it seems her presence might ultimately stretch beyond the books.
According to a new rumor, Moff Mors will make the leap to the big screen in one of the spinoffs, and might even appear in a live-action series. More on the LGBT Star Wars character’s possible screen debut after the jump.
The report comes from Cinelinx. They’re the same source that, earlier this week, originated the rumor of a live-action TV show. As with that story, we’d caution you to take this one with a grain of salt.
To refresh your memory, the character of Moff Mors was previously described as follows:
Moff Mors is an Imperial who has made some very serious mistakes but she is an incredibly capable leader and spends much of the book working hard to prevent absolute failure. She also happens to be a lesbian.
Cinelinx‘s earlier report indicated the series could feature a character from the books, and now they’re saying it’s probably Moff Mors. That’s not to say she’ll be the lead, mind you, just that she could appear in some capacity. That is, assuming the show actually happens. Disney has confirmed no such thing at this point.
The more interesting, and probably more plausible, part of the new rumor is that Lucasfilm wants to put Moff Mors in a spinoff movie — likely Star Wars: Rogue One.
We’ve heard before that Star Wars: Rogue One would take place shortly before A New Hope, following a group of bounty hunters who try to steal plans for the first Death Star. Kemp’s Lords of the Sith takes place shortly after the events of Revenge of the Sith, so Moff Mors could very well still be active during what we believe to be the Rogue One timeline.
Again, none of this has been verified by Disney. But it clearly makes sense for Disney to strengthen the connection between their various Star Wars projects, whether through Moff Mors or a different character. Thanks to her sexuality, Moff Mors is the book character that’s received the most mainstream attention so far. Therefore, she’s a natural choice.
Including Moff Mors in the TV show and/or movie would also likely bring Disney a lot of positive buzz, since she’d be one of the first (or very possibly even the first) LGBT Star Wars character to appear onscreen. And Disney seems to be encouraging diversity in the Star Wars universe — just look at the Force Awakens trailer.
Learn more about Moff Mors when Kemp’s Star Wars: Lords of the Sith hits shelves April 28. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due out December 18, 2015, and Star Wars: Rogue One opens December 16, 2016.
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This’ll be short and sweet. Several members of the 2015 New York Yankees took time out of Spring Training for some play acting. They reenacted one of the most famous scenes from my favorite sports movie of all time, The Sandlot, and their version of the scene is created with eerie precision. Even as a lifelong Mets fan, this video makes me like the Yankees a little bit more. But just a little. Check out the Yankees Sandlot reenactment below.
Here’s the video from MLB:New York Yankees Sandlot Reenactment
And thanks to The I Bang for this comparison editing the two side by side. It shows just how well the Yankee players got the cadence down.
In July I visited the set of Terminator: Genisys, you can hear what I learned while on set here. While on set, we talked to the cast and crew of the new film. Over the next few days we’ll be running transcripts of these on set interviews. Wednesday we posted our interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger who again plays a T-800 in the new film. On Thursday we brought you our interview with Jason Clarke, who plays John Connor and director Alan Taylor. our final interview from the set visit, a talk with Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney who play Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese in the newest installment of the Terminator franchise. Read the full Emilia Clarke Jai Courtney Terminator Genisys interview after the jump.Emilia Clarke Jai Courtney Terminator Genisys interview
Note: The following interview was conducted on the set of Terminator: Genisys on July 11th 2014 in a roundtable with other journalists. The full interview transcript follows.
Was it intimidating taking on these iconic roles?
Emilia: Exciting more than intimidating, I’d say.
Jai: I’d agree. I don’t think it’s intimidating. I think you always have a bit of material there to work with, but the idea isn’t to try to recreate the performance of someone else. It’s the same character in the story, but with freedom to bring your own stuff to it. I didn’t feel intimidated by it.
Emilia: No. Yeah, we’re taking on something that is legendary and beautiful in itself. What we are doing do it is incredibly exciting, and different, and kind of embracing what has already happened but getting the opportunity to create something new, which is always fun.
You guys have both taken on projects that have incredibly fan bases. Obviously Game of Thrones…you stepped in for Die Hard. Have you guys learned how to just deal with it and just kinda focus on what it is you are going to bring to your performances?
Emilia: Yeah. I think so.
Jai: The fan base thing, I don’t know. That’s something I don’t concern myself with too much. I mean you probably deal with crazy shit with Thrones…
Jai: That doesn’t really play into the performance aspect so much. I don’t know. Yeah, it’s weird. I’ve worked on a few things where there’s either been an inbuilt fan base or, you know, like novel adaptations. That’s another thing where there’s an awareness about what fans of the story…what their opinion will be. It’s not constructive to approach it with that in mind. You can’t.
Emilia: I think that’s where you look to the makers of the project that you are in. you trust that they made a good choice and the thing that you have naturally as actors that you are going to bring to the role is the right element for the project you are in. You’re lucky getting to do a novel, because, kind of like a cheat sheet, you have all the answers written in the book and you are just kinda dealing with other people’s imaginations. Whereas with Terminator, we’re taking on something that already lives on screen. But that’s where the brilliant writing and everything that we’ve kind of built takes over. And you just get to slide into place and hope that you are doing the right thing.
Did you look at previous iterations of your characters when you were characterizing….
Jai: I didn’t spend a great time…I think just for context that was there. I watched the films again. But it’s like every incarnation. I don’t know that there needs to be emphasis on trying to do what Michael Biehn did with it in 1984. What’s the point of that? I’m a different actor, so the performance is going to be different. The character is the same. You’ve still got the same kind of setup. We’ve introduced new things that we learn more about the character than we did in previous editions.
Emilia: Sort of taking the fundamentals of what the characters originally were and putting them in such a wildly different context that you are changing the course of their lives, so thereby changing their characteristics. So you kind of, as an actor, get to explore that.
In the first movie we’re dealing with this interesting dynamic of how he’s just this hardened character coming back to a world that’s very soft. She’s not really the Sarah Connor yet that we know now. She’s still a bit soft herself. Are we going to see that in this one or are we looking at totally different versions of these characters?
Jai: I wouldn’t say we’re looking at totally different versions, but I think…
Publicist: I think it’s fair to say that you are the same people shaped by different circumstances.
Jai: That’s a pretty good way of framing it.
Emilia: Nice! What he said. That’s exactly right.
When we talked Jason, he was talking about kind of relating this to Apes in the sense that they are both these big blockbuster films that, to him, have great story. He was instantly wrapped in it. It had an authenticity. Can you guys talk about what hooked you into this from the script?
Jai: I think it’s rooted in the relationships. There’s a great dynamic between Kyle and Sarah. How Sarah and … I think it’s really interesting how all the characters in this feel a different way about one another. There’s kind of four characters at the center of it. I don’t think…not one of us has the same opinion about the other, the exchange with another character. So that dynamic, that setup is really interesting to me.
And of course, yeah, the kind of epic action pieces which, for me, really come alive later on. I find it sometimes quite hard to lift that off the page. I mean you can see the potential of where you are going, but it’s not till you’ve read it a bunch or perhaps even heard it out loud. I remember the table read was when I really got a sense of how some of those kind of action sequences would come to life. And then your mind is blow again when you step on a set like this. It’s like, “Holy Shit…” I know there’s going to be a green screen…
Emilia: It’s a lot of green…
Jai: But there’s also an incredible amount of creation that’s got into building these sets. It’s epic.
Is there still room to fall in love with all the stuff that’s going on for your characters? Is that still a really integral part of you guy’s growth in this?
Emilia: Yeah. The thing that hooked me was that the new circumstances that these characters that you know and love have been thrown into and the way that they respond to it, and the kind of truths that still remain are beautiful, definitely based in a “he’s alright” kind of way.
What was it like working with Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Jai: It’s good. It’s great. It was pretty surreal at the table read when he was sitting next to us and he said certain lines, which may or may not be in the script. That was pretty funny. I mean it was just like, “Holy Shit, totally. “We’re making Terminator. There it is.” But no, it’s cool. The cast is great. We all get along really well. Whole lot of fun.
Did you have a “Holy shit! I’m making Terminator moment yet?
Emilia: Yes. Kind of daily at the moment. Every day you’re like, “OK. It can’t get any more insane, or big, or epic, or exciting” and it just does. It just keeps getting more…As we’re kind of building up to filming the end of the movie, as well, it’s getting more exciting.
What is the relationship between your character and Jason’s? You are his left-hand guy, but you are also now his father.
Jai: It’s exactly that.
How does that change things from before you got sent back to…
Jai: I don’t know what to drop into with that…
I think it is what it is. It’s a topic that you’ll see dealt with head on for the first time in this movie compared to anything you’ve seen before. Do you guys get a lot of great banter around that subject, you and Jason?
Publicist: The script is not going to dance around the relationship or the fact of it. It’s not going to be like, “Oh, for through circumstances they never actually find out or talk about it.” It will come up and be addressed. It would be a copout to do anything else.
Could we talk about their growing up with the movies and loving the movies? I wonder if you guys, before signing onto the movie, came at it from a huge fan perspective.
Jai: I don’t know if it was a huge fan perspective. Terminator 2 I watched…I think we had it on VHS. It was like just one of those, you know, as a kind you can watch certain films over, and over, and over, and over again. I know that film very, very well. I wouldn’t say I was kind of a devout follower of the series, per se, but definitely familiar with…It always makes a good story to say you are finally involved with something that was like a dream. I don’t know if that’s necessarily the case. But it’s very cool.
Emilia: I had an older brother and he made me watch it from a young age. So I fell in love with it then, and now I have massive brother cred, which never gets old.
So this has been a life changing experience for your brother.
Emilia: Yeah! He’s like over the moon. I loved it. He forced me to watch it.
You also have a Game of Thrones co-star who starred as Sarah Connor in the TV show.
Emilia: I do! Yeah! She’s going to win an Emmy, I hear.
Have you had a chance to talk to her about it?
Emilia: Yeah, yeah. Dave and Dan, the writers of the show, keep wanting us to fight. So maybe that will happen. I don’t know, take each other on. Yes. We’ve had a bit of banter about it.
Linda Hamilton, especially in Terminator 2, was so iconic, especially because of these arms. When you got this part, were you testing your arms or did that ever come up on your radar as a worry or concern?
Emilia: Yeah. Yeah and no.
Publicist: Neither one of them is in a position to brag about this themselves, so I’ll say it for them. It’s kind of a wonder that they’ve had time to shoot, because they also work out like 22 hours a day, 6 days a week. Just the few months leading up to production, the physical transformation for both of you was intimidating.
Emilia: Yeah. And getting to play with real guns as well as the ones growing in your arms.
What was it like being in front of the Nikes and the duster?
Jai: The Nikes are perhaps the best part about this movie…
Jai: And possibly the only reason I’m here. I’m hoping to steal a pair.
Publicist: Better hurry. They are almost all gone.
Jai: Yeah. No, very cool. I’ve definitely got dibs on some. I have a particular friend who is a real sneaker head and he’s rather jealous.
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James Bond is a man who demands the very finest in life, so obviously he won’t settle for just a regular-sized theatrical run. No, he’ll be coming at us on the biggest screens in the world this fall, as Spectre gets an IMAX release. Get the details on the Spectre IMAX rollout after the jump.
IMAX, EON Productions, Sony, and MGM got together to announce the news. “After the record breaking global success of Skyfall, we’re thrilled to bring the next chapter in this legendary franchise to fans in 2015,” said IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster.
Spectre will open in IMAX theaters globally on November 6, 2015. As far as we know, the film isn’t being shot with IMAX cameras. Rather, Spectre will be digitally remastered to bring it in line with IMAX’s image and sound quality standards.
But that was true of Skyfall, too, and the IMAX version still managed to offer something extra. The entire film was shown in a larger aspect ratio, which “allow[ed] audiences to see up to 26% more of the originally captured image than the conventional release.” We’ll have to wait and see if the studio has any similar plans for Spectre.
Skyfall director Sam Mendes returns to helm Spectre, which once again features Daniel Craig as James Bond. Also back are Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, and Ben Whishaw as Q. New cast members include Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, and Andrew Scott.
John Logan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade wrote the script. EON’s Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producing, as usual. Hoyte Van Hoytema (Interstellar) serves as cinematographer.
In addition to its IMAX release, Spectre also gets a normal theatrical release in the U.S. starting November 6. (U.K. and Ireland get it a bit earlier on October 23.) The first trailer is scheduled to hit today, so watch this space.
Jake Gyllenhaal has had a really excellent run over these past few years, culminating in a career-best performance with Nightcrawler. But it’s not over. He seems poised to continue his winning streak with Southpaw, if the first trailer is any indication.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter, Southpaw stars Gyllenhaal as a boxer who’s lost everything — up to and including his daughter, who’s been taken away by Child Services. He begins the painful process of putting his life back together the only way he knows how, by re-entering the ring.
Rachel McAdams plays his beautiful wife, Forest Whitaker his strict coach, and Oona Laurence his cute kid. Check out the Southpaw trailer after the jump.
The first Southpaw trailer debuted on Eminem’s YouTube page. Interestingly, the rapper was eyed to lead this film once upon a time. It didn’t work out, but it seems he still got to contribute in the form of a song.
Gyllenhaal is pulling the full Christian Bale here. His beefed-up body is a massive turnaround from the perpetually hungry, rail-thin look he had in Nightcrawler. But his performance goes beyond mere physical transformation. Gyllenhaal has established himself as one of the finest actors of his generation, and we can’t wait to see him sink his teeth into the meaty drama in Southpaw.
Southpaw opens July 31.
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and starring Academy Award® nominated Jake Gyllenhaal (NIGHTCRAWLER, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) comes a story of tragedy, loss and the painful road to redemption… Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called “Southpaw,” consists of an ineloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting… one fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame. With a beautiful family, home and financial security, Billy is on top both in and out of the ring until a tragic accident leaves his wife dead and sends him into a downward spiral. His days now an endless haze of alcohol and prescription drugs, his daughter taken by Child Services and his home repossessed by the bank, Billy’s fate is all but sealed until a washed up former boxer named Tick agrees to take the bereaved pugilist under his wing so long as he agrees to his strict ethos. Relentless and utterly committed to a fighter that thinks as much as he throws punches, Tick rebuilds Billy into a new man: one that is agile, fearsome and uncompromising in the ring while thoughtful, loving and disciplined outside of it. Now, as he works to regain custody of his daughter and mounts a professional comeback, Billy must face his demons head-on as he learns that, sometimes, your greatest opponent can be yourself.
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J.K. Rowling is coming to HBO. The network has debuted the new trailer for The Casual Vacancy, a three-part miniseries based on Rowling’s first post-Harry Potter novel.
Rory Kinnear plays Barry Fairbrother, a parish councillor in the English suburb of Pagford. His unexpected death throws the seemingly idyllic town into turmoil, as various factions compete to replace him in the government. Michael Gambon plays council leader Howard Mollison. Watch The Casual Vacancy trailer after the jump.
HBO debuted The Casual Vacancy trailer on YouTube.
The Casual Vacancy debuted in February in the U.K., to mostly positive reviews. Some critics even suggested the TV adaptation was an improvement on Rowling’s original novel. Sticklers might want to steer clear, though — it seems the show isn’t entirely faithful to the source material, as it has a different ending.
HBO will air Parts 1 and 2 of The Casual Vacancy on Wednesday, April 29 at 8 PM, followed by Part 3 on Thursday, April 30 at 8 PM. Jonny Campbell directed from a script by Sarah Phelps.
The Casual Vacancy centres on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty façade however, is a town at war: rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. Pagford is not what it first seems.
At the Parish Council meeting the subject of Sweetlove House and its legacy arises. Howard Mollison, the Chairman, heads up the faction who want to see an end to the legacy; the thorn in his side is Barry Fairbrother, who makes an impassioned speech outlining the importance of the legacy, and the services it provides. For now, Barry has won the argument.
When Barry dies suddenly, Pagford is left in shock, and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the village has yet seen. Three candidates are soon lined up: Miles Mollison, Howard’s son; Colin Wall, Barry’s friend; and Simon Price, Barry’s half-brother.
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