CHICAGO – It is the simple, timeless stories that work best when they are mounted again on Broadway, and the musical “Pippin” stays true to that assertion. Taking the concepts and the songs from a play that debuted in 1972, and featuring one of those original cast members in a key role, the National Touring revival of “Pippin” is being performed in Chicago at the Cadillac Theatre until August 9th, 2015.
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In Paul Feig‘s comedy Spy, Rose Byrne played the mostly villainous character Rayna, but even a character with a cold soul cracks up when she’s in the same room with a bunch of accomplished comedians. And so we’ve got this clip from a Spy gag reel drawn from the film’s home video release, which is available from digital HD outlets today.
Here Rose Byrne, herself a very accomplished comedian, loses it more than a few times while shooting various scenes in the film. Check out part of the reel — one of two on the home release — below.
It’s this sort of reel, I think, that gives rise to the impression that working on set can be all fun and laughs. That’s not the case, but when performers like these are together we want to see some moments of unsanctioned levity.
Spy, written and directed by Paul Feig, features Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and Miranda Hart.
Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.
Here are the special feature specs for the Blu-ray and DVD release. The discs arrive on September 29, while the digital version is available today. The DVD features the theatrical cut; the blu-ray features both theatrical and unrated cuts.
SPY UNRATED BLU–RAY™ SPECIAL FEATURES
- Unrated Cut
- 3 Redacted Scenes
- 15 Classified Alternate Scenes
- Top Secret Gag Reel
- Extra Top Secret Behind-the-Scenes Gag Reel
- Director of Intelligence Feig Makes the Cast Do His Bidding
- Susan and Her Men
- Super Villain Rayna Can’t Keep it Together
- Super Vermin
- The Many Deaths of Anton
- The Trouble With Covers
- The Great Rick Ford
- For Your Eyes Only: Jokes-A-Plenty
- The Handsy World of Spies
- Speaking is an Art Form
- Super Villains of the Animal World
- How Spy Was Made – 8 Behind the Scenes Featurettes
- The Filmmakers Tell You How Spy Was Made While You Watch The Movie! aka The Commentary Track (Jessie Henderson, John Vecchio, Paul Feig, Robert Yeoman, Walter Garcia)
SPY DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Top Secret Gag Reel
- Extra Top Secret Behind-the-Scenes Gag Reel
- Susan and Her Men
- The Great Rick Ford
- The Filmmakers Tell You How Spy Was Made While You Watch The Movie! aka The Commentary Track (Jessie Henderson, John Vecchio, Paul Feig, Robert Yeoman, Walter Garcia)
One of the best things about a new Star Wars movie coming this winter is that we’re also getting an entirely new feature length score from legendary composer John Williams. However, for fans who were hoping to hear the music he wrote far in advance of the movie’s release, we have some potentially bad news.
A press release from Walt Disney Records went out today announcing that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens score won’t be available for purchase until the movie is in theaters this holiday season.
That’s right, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens score is not available for purchase on iTunes, in stores or anywhere until December 18th. And that’s actually quite a departure from the usual plan for Star Wars soundtrack releases
In fact, for all the prequels, the score for each movie was available a couple weeks before the movies hit theaters. However, when you consider the fact that the soundtrack for the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace spoiled the death of Qui-Gon Jinn with a track called “Qui-Gon’s Funeral,” we’re not surprised that Disney and Lucasfilm (or more likely J.J. Abrams and his mystery box) want to hold the soundtrack back until the movie has been seen on the big screen.
As of now, we haven’t really heard much of anything from The Force Awakens score with the exception of the music in the second teaser trailer and a much smaller tidbit in the Instagram footage tease with Finn igniting Anakin Skywalker/Luke Skywalker’s old lightsaber.
Along with the release date announcement, Disney has made the soundtrack available now for pre-order right here. However, you’d probably be better off waiting until it’s available on Amazon so it arrives at your house on the release date (at least if you want a physical copy). Otherwise, you should be able to download it from various digital music services immediately on December 18th.
And considering most of the earliest screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will likely be in the late evening December 17th, or midnight December 18th, there’s a good chance that the most rabid Star Wars fans won’t have the score in their possession until they see the movie. For someone who doesn’t like listening to soundtracks before the movie comes out, even by my favorite composers, that’s just fine with me.
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There are plenty of reasons to be intrigued by Black Mass — its fascinating real-life inspiration, that absolutely stellar cast, director Scott Cooper — but the main question on everyone’s minds seems to be what it means for Johnny Depp‘s career.
While Depp has been on a losing streak since sometime around Dark Shadows, the first trailer for Black Mass suggested a possible return to form. And now the results are in, following the film’s Venice Film Festival premiere. Get the Black Mass early buzz after the jump.
Black Mass centers on real-life gangster Whitey Bulger, who rose to power in the 1970s and 1980s by teaming up with an FBI agent (Joel Edgerton) to cut down the competition. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Whitey’s brother, a successful politician, and Dakota Johnson is Whitey’s wife. Julianne Nicholson, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, and Corey Stoll are among the many, many other high-profile actors who appear.
So far, Black Mass has received mostly good reviews, some more measured than others. The good news for Depp fans is that Whitey Bulger does seem to be a step up for him. Though he’s still buried under a veritable mountain of makeup and prosthetics, it sounds like there’s some actual, y’know, acting going on. Here are a few select reactions.
[I]t almost is the comeback performance we’ve all wanted so much — it’s certainly the most interesting thing he’s done in ages, and he never feels less than committed — and no doubt there will be those who’ll champion it as such. But amid a cast of ringers, beautifully costumed and caressingly photographed who get to act with their real faces, Depp is encased in a helmet of makeup and prosthetics that make him look ghostly, corpse-like, lizard-y and sometimes like a literal incarnation of the devil. […] This feels like a rare case where a live action performance falls into what animators call the “uncanny valley” — the narrow but unbridgeable gap that exists between something realistic and something real.
Expectations of Depp are high on this one, now that audiences seem to have finally tired of his infamous cartoonish performances. The role of Jimmy presents a nice opportunity for some middle ground between those and his more ‘serious’ turns – this time he plays a gangster (like in Donnie Brasco, Blow, Public Enemies) and he can do his thing behind a mask. Pale, blue-eyed and bald – if not for the white tufts of hair seemingly about to take off from the sides of his head – he looks like Goodfellas’ Ray Liotta in an advanced stage of transformation into Gary Oldman’s Dracula. Depp’s magnetism serves the character well, even buried underneath the glacial menace of a man whose mission in life seems to be the manipulation of others.
Black Mass is a triumph of sorts for Depp. It shows him tapping a malevolence and cruelty that many fans would never have guessed was in him. As a gangster movie, though, it is a frustrating and strangely dour affair. Bulger’s success lay in the fact that he was smart, ruthless and never showed emotion. He is simply too inscrutable and aloof a figure to make a satisfactory anti-hero. Movie villains don’t come any less loveable than this.
Cooper and his screenwriters Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth have something substantial to add to the genre: making the point that gangsters do not arise from nowhere like comic-strip supervillains. They are the symptoms of political corruption, parasites created by agencies of the state, and by weak, credulous law enforcement officials who are content to sub-contract policing to the bad guys.
[I]f Johnny Depp’s mesmerizing performance — a bracing return to form for the star after a series of critical and commercial misfires — is the chief selling point of “Black Mass,” there is much else to recommend this sober, sprawling, deeply engrossing evocation of Bulger’s South Boston fiefdom and his complex relationship with the FBI agent John Connolly, played with equally impressive skill by Joel Edgerton.
Depp […] takes control of the proceedings from the outset and never yields it, except for when he disappears for a while in the second half. He’s as charismatic as his character must be, fully convincing and frightening as his Bulger toys with friends and enemies alike to keep them guessing, hides his true intentions and dishes out punishment at an alarming rate. Depp’s instinct for observing, underlaying and keeping things in, then letting it all out when required, pays big dividends here in a performance far more convincing than his previous big gangster role, John Dillinger in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies.; it’s unexpected, very welcome at this point in his career, and one of his best.
While “Black Mass” is frequently engrossing, it has occasional pacing issues; some characters (like Dakota Johnson, playing the mother of Bulger’s child) disappear sooner than you’d imagine, while the film’s last act could stand to lose 15 or 20 minutes. (If the movie starts with hoods turning state’s evidence, thus guaranteeing the plot’s outcome, we shouldn’t notice how long it’s taking to get to the finish line.)
Black Mass lands in theaters September 18, 2015.
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There’s a good chance no one has ever thought that they’d like to see a movie that intersects the worlds of films such as Star Wars, Scarface, John Wick, Collateral, Terminator, Trainspotting, Saturday Night Fever and more. But that’s exactly what Antonio Maria Da Silva has done with a wholly strange, mesmerizing and fantastic cleverly edited short compiled by using clips from all these movies.
We’ve featured supercuts and trailer remixes before, but this Hell’s Club mash-up is something completely different. We don’t want to give anything away, but Da Silva sets up the video by saying, “There is a place or fictional characters meet. Outside of time, outside of all logic, this place is known as Hell’s Club. Just watch it and be mesmerized.
Here’s Hell’s Club from AMDS Films on YouTube:
Seriously, how fantastic is the editing in this video? With some clever cuts and color correction, Da Silva has made all these movie characters meet at a single night club. There’s some choppy special effects to combine certain clips here and there, but the confrontations and stares these characters give to each other just work so magnificently.
As soon as Ewan McGregor from Trainspotting was making eyes at Ewan McGregor in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, I knew this was going to get weird. And the look of recognition between Tom Cruise from Collateral after seeing Tom Cruise in Cocktail was just great.
But the video really shows off when the gunfights break out between the likes of The Terminator, Vincent the Assassin and John Wick. It’s such a surreal sight to see, and it makes you wish that an entire fictional world of all our movies existed somewhere for us to visit. Though hopefully it would be a little safer than Hell’s Club.
Have fun trying to catch all the movies referenced in the video!
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Netflix’s first foray into prestige drama seems to be off to a good start. Beasts of No Nation premiered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this week, immediately attracting high praise for leads Idris Elba and Abraham Attah and director Cary Fukunaga.
Unfortunately, those of us not currently hobnobbing with movie stars on the Lido still have several weeks to go until we’ll get to see it. But in the meantime, Netflix has unleashed the first full-length Beasts of No Nation trailer to whet our appetites. Watch it after the jump.
Netflix shared the Beasts of No Nation trailer on YouTube.
Based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation unfolds in an unnamed West African country ripped apart by civil war. Attah plays Agu, a young boy who is torn from his family and forced to join a guerrilla fighter unit. Elba is the Commandant, a ruthless but charismatic warlord who takes Agu under his wing and molds him into a soldier.
You get some of what Thompson on Hollywood has called “Idris Elba’s best performance on film” in the trailer, but it never loses sight of Attah and Agu’s journey, either. It also offers a taste of the twisted relationship between Agu and the Commandant. With Agu’s father killed by invading soldiers, the Commandant is all too happy to step in as the new father figure in Agu’s life.
The first teaser zeroed in on a horrifying episode for Agu, as the Commandant convinces Agu to kill a man. Agu seems to be further along in his transformation in the new trailer, but hasn’t completely lost his childlike qualities. The scenes of the boys playing are some of the most heartbreaking in the promo.
Beasts of No Nation arrives in theaters and on Netflix October 16. The day-and-date release makes Beasts of No Nation eligible for Oscar.
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With Force Friday in the United States just hours away, Star Wars fans will soon be getting their hands on a slew of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys. And while there’s a currently airing unboxing live stream of all the new Star Wars merchandise hitting shelves tonight, we’re still learning of new characters that have gone under the radar so far.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys are already being sold in the Philippines, and a photo of a previously unseen action figure has revealed a new character known as a Guavian Enforcer. Check out a photo of the action figure, and learn a little bit about this The Force Awakens Guavian Enforcer after the jump!
First of all, here’s the images from the Instagram of Star Wars fan Chris Cantada:
Now this dude was a real surprise for me. We haven't seen anything about him yet… Well I haven't. But with his cool looking suit and helmet, couldn't resist picking this up. Looks like Deadpool mixed with the villain from Hellboy! And he was the only one left among the sea of Finns and Reys. That's pretty much a good sign to get it. Haha! Can't wait to see what this guy looks like on screen! #GuavianEnforcer #starwars #ForceFridayPH #forcefriday #theforceawakens
A photo posted by Chris Cantada (@tk2342) on Sep 3, 2015 at 10:40am PDT
A photo posted by Chris Cantada (@tk2342) on Sep 3, 2015 at 12:16pm PDT
My first impression of this figure is that this is the Star Wars version of Deadpool. Honestly, if it wasn’t so close to Force Friday and the box wasn’t so official, I would have thought this was some kind of fake custom figure. But unless it’s a very well-done, elaborate hoax, it appears to be the real thing.
If you’re having trouble reading the back of the box, here’s how the Guavian Enforcer is described:
The security soldiers of the Guavian Gang wear high impact armor that makes them stand out from other deadly criminals.
That’s not much to go on with regards to their involvement in the story of The Force Awakens, but this is now the second gang we’ve heard about by way of Star Wars toys. The first was the Kanjiklub gang, and we learned about that because a member of the gang comes as a LEGO minifigure in the new Millennium Falcon LEGO set.
How do these gangs come into play? It’s hard to tell, but I’m pretty sure that we have already seen the Guavian gang in action thanks to a quick bit of footage being shot in the behind the scenes sizzle reel that debuted at Comic-Con earlier this summer. Here’s a few snapshots of a monitor showing them running down a hallway (they come in around the 2:20 mark if you want to see them yourself):
What are they doing in that scene? Are they chasing somebody? Where are they? Do they like tacos? We’ll see.
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In honor of Loop Day, 20th Century Fox has revealed the first teaser for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the next film by Tim Burton. What is Loop Day? Hit the jump to watch the Miss Peregrines Loop Day teaser and find out.
Fox shared the Miss Peregrines Loop Day teaser on YouTube. In the story, Miss Peregrine’s home is located in a September 3, 1940 time loop. Every day, the clocks reset just before her island home is bombed by German forces. Yesterday was September 3, hence the Loop Day-themed teaser. (That Loop Day also gives Fox the chance to start marketing its movie six months before release is just a happy coincidence.)
Asa Butterfield — who couldn’t look more like a Tim Burton character come to life if Tim Burton had actually designed him in utero — leads Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children as Jacob. After his grandfather dies, Jacob stumbles upon a mystery that leads him to Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) and the supernaturally gifted orphans in her charge. He soon discovers that these children are in danger, and that he might be the only one who can save them.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children arrives in theaters March 4, 2016. Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Rupert Everett, Kim Dickens, Judi Dench, and Samuel L. Jackson also star. Jane Goldman wrote the script based on the bestselling novel by Ransom Riggs.
From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers… and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends.
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We’ll lead off this edition of Sequel Bits with a clip from a Mad Max: Fury Road special feature that focuses on the creation of one of the most attention-getting aspects of the film: the Doof Wagon and its accompanying rider/musician/standard bearer, Coma the Doof Warrior.
In addition to that footage, we’ve got the following:
- There’s a new clip from Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,
- And one from Hotel Transylvania 2,
- New reports arrive of a Wreck-It-Ralph sequel,
- Talk about the next James Bond is heating up,
- Sabertooth is probably not in Wolverine 3,
- Sony may already be developing a Goosebumps sequel.
Here’s the Mad Max: Fury Road clip. The film is on blu-ray now, and will be back in IMAX theaters for a wide release one week starting on September 11.
Here’s a new clip from Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, in which Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) has races back to the Gladers with knowledge about an organization called WCKD, while Aiden Gillen’s character Janson leads soldiers to the Gladers’ location.
In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will be released on September 18, 2015. The film stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, and Patricia Clarkson.
Here’s a Hotel Transylvania 2 clip, with… bike stunts? OK, sure, why not.
In the sequel to Sony Pictures Animation’s 2012 hit, Dracula (Adam Sandler) and the gang work feverishly to teach his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson to be a monster before Mavis and Jonathan (Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg) decide to pull up stakes and move the little tyke somewhere safer than Hotel Transylvania.
Opening September 25, Hotel Transylvania 2 also stars Mel Brooks, David Spade, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Fran Drescher, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.
Stitch Kingdom reports that a trade blog representing the union handling animators (IATSE Local 839) has info on developments for a few projects over at Disney Animation. Nestled amongst listings for Disney Animation projects we knew about (like Moana and Gigantic) is a listing for Wreck-It Ralph 2. John C. Reilly had said just before D23 that he is attached to the sequel, and this report suggests it is moving forward. We have no other details at this time.Continue Reading Page 2 >>
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Agent Carter Season 1 was a wild ride for Peggy and the Strategic Scientific Reserve, and now it looks like there are some big changes in advance of Season 2. For one thing, it appears Peggy’s going to have a new boss, as teased in this Agent Carter Season 2 first look. Find out who it is after the jump.
Marvel Entertainment shared the Agent Carter Season 2 first look on Twitter.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) September 3, 2015
You’ll recall that at the end of Season 1, SSR Chief Roger Dooley (Shea Whigham) perished after he jumped out the window wearing an explosive vest. Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) was made acting chief of the SSR following Dooley’s death. Exec producer Michele Fazekas previously confirmed Thompson remains in that position, but only in New York. “[H]e’s also not the head of the whole agency,” she teased.
So if Thompson is heading up SSR’s New York branch, the photo above seems to suggest Peggy’s good friend Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) has taken over a different branch — presumably in Los Angeles, as that’s the setting of Agent Carter Season 2. That should be a nice change for Peggy after Dooley’s condescending attitude. Though let’s be real, we all know she should be running this joint herself.
Agent Carter Season 2 will premiere on ABC in early 2016.
“MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER” (Season 2) “Marvel’s Agent Carter” returns for a second season of adventure and intrigue, starring Hayley Atwell in the titular role of the unstoppable secret agent for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve). Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new love — she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.
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Casting for Luke Cage, from Marvel and Netflix, has really exploded over the last few days. We already knew Mike Coulter would play the title character — he also appears in the series Jessica Jones, which has finished shooting — and that Alfre Woodard would play a major character. Then Theo Rossi was cast as Shades, Rosario Dawson‘s character Claire Temple was added to the roster, and Simone Missick was added as Misty Knight.
Now Mahershala Ali, of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, will play Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes. And Luke Cage‘s companion series Daredevil has a new player for its second season, too, as Stephen Rider (The Butler) will have a new regular role.
Variety has the story about Luke Cage. Cottonmouth is “a Harlem nightclub owner” who “will become an unexpected foe in the life of Luke Cage (Mike Colter) when Stokes’ criminal activities threaten Luke’s world.” In comics, the heroin that helps frame Luke Cage comes from Cottonmouth, and the two characters have a lot of back and forth conflict. So we could see the character be a pretty big part of the series.
And Deadline reports that Stephen Rider will be a new regular for Daredevil season two. The site says he’s likely to be Blake Tower, “a District Attorney for New York City who helps Charlie Cox’s Daredevil… with information to help track down and capture criminals.”
In other words, he could basically be the replacement for a character who was killed in the show’s first season. The character, incidentally, is a blonde white guy in his original comics incarnation — one who worked with Jennifer Walters, aka the She-Hulk, for quite some time. We probably won’t see She-Hulk in the TV series, however. (How rad if we did!)
Cheo Hodari Coker (Ray Donovan, Southland) serves as showrunner and executive producer of Luke Cage, which shoots soon. The series will premiere in 2016.
Daredevil season two is shooting now, with Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez as new showrunners, and Jon Bernthal and Elodie Yung being the biggest additions to the cast as the Punisher and Elektra, respectively.
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Be honest: If you had to come up with an identity-concealing costume, your first try (or ten) might not be so hot. So let’s cut John Diggle some slack.
The popular Arrow character was theorized by some at one point to be a possible Green Lantern, but the guy finally got himself a superhero costume for adventures on the show’s fourth season and, well, there’s nothing green about it. In fact, it looks like the businesslike guy turned to some old Marvel comics that were lying around when he needed some inspiration. Figure out what the hell Diggle was thinking when you see the image below.
Kinda looks like the First Class-era Magneto got jealous of his kid Quicksilver’s outfit and revamped his look.
EW has that image of the Diggle costume that will appear on Arrow season 4, and also this comment from exec producer Marc Guggenheim about the character’s approach to the new duds.
I don’t think Diggle looks at it as a costume per se. Oliver [Stephen Amell], in the last season, gave him advice in terms of concealing his identity, and so Diggle approaches it from a very practical standpoint. He followed Oliver’s advice and he’s got a means of concealing his identity, but I think Diggle would probably react to anyone calling it a costume.
Arrow returns to The CW on Wednesday, October 7 at 8 p.m. ET.
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. He returned home to Starling City, welcomed by his devoted mother Moira (Susanna Thompson), beloved sister Thea (Willa Holland) and former flame Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). With the aid of his trusted chauffeur/bodyguard John Diggle (David Ramsey), the computer-hacking skills of Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) and the occasional, reluctant assistance of former police detective, now beat cop, Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), Oliver has been waging a one-man war on crime.
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We’re hitting peak Star Wars with “Force Friday”, and I’m sure if you’re not excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens you’re probably getting a bit annoyed of this site and the internet this week. So I apologize in advance, but we have another Star Wars story coming out of “Force Friday.” A new Star Wars: the Force Awakens toy gives us our first listen at what Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma sound like in the new film. Not only that, but the Force Awakens dialogue used in the toys presents some juicy questions.
Warning, if you are worried about possible spoilers, don’t continue reading this post as the dialogue in the toys presents some interesting questions. There are a few genetic phrases but some of the quotes give us some fun clues about moments from the movie. We believe the dialogue is from the movie, but with JJ Abrams’ mystery box, you never know — toys have strayed from the movie equivalents from time to time.
David Popineau tweeted the following videos of the Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma masks which come out on “Force Friday” (found via MSW):
— David Popineau (@davidpopineau) September 3, 2015
The following lines are spoken by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), followed by my added commentary:
- “I feel it too.”: Is he talking about The Force?
- “You know what I’ve come for.”: Probably Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber?
- “Together we will destroy the Resistance and the last Jedi.”: Who is he talking to? Captain Phasma? Snoke? Interesting that it seems that Luke Skywalker has not trained another Jedi Knight in the 30 years following Return of the Jedi.
- “Don’t fight it.”: It appears that Ren is trying to convince someone to join the dark side? Could it be Finn or Rey?
- “You know you can’t, I am immune to the light.”: I assume he is talking metaphorically about being able to resist the reaches of the force.
- “We will send it away”: No idea
- “I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.”: His first meeting with Luke Skywalker?
- “Is it true, you’re just a scavenger.” Renn seems disappointed of what Rey has made out of her life.
- “Don’t be afraid, I feel it too.”
- “That weapon is mine.”: Possibly Anakin’s lightsaber or maybe a bigger weapon?
This also confirms that Driver’s voice is distorted in the same way Darth Vader’s voice was in the original trilogy.
— David Popineau (@davidpopineau) September 3, 2015
The following lines are spoken by Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), followed by my added commentary:
- “Move to your ships, now.”: Very commanding.
- “On my command…”: as I said.
- “Fire FN2187.” The number is a fun homage to detention cell 2187 located in Detention Block AA-23 aboard the first Death Star which was used for the interrogation and detainment of Princess Leia Organa.
- “Submit your blaster for inspection.”: Talking to a Force Order Stormtrooper no doubt.
The following lines are spoken by Finn (John Boyega) from an IGN video, followed by my added commentary:
- “My names Finn, and I’m in charge now!”
- “We go back to Jakku and we die.” Why would they want to return to Jakku?
- “Stay low and put up the shields.”
- “We need cover, quick!”
- “FN2187, I don’t, know what, to do!” Interesting that the same FN2187 designation is used by both Phasma and Finn. Phasma tells FN2187 to fire, and Finn either tells FN2187 that he doesn’t know what to do or is maybe responding with his First Order Stormtrooper call number over the radio. So is Finn FN2187? If so maybe Finn’s last name starts with the letter N?
- “I never should have rescued you.” This is referencing either Rey or Poe Dameron.
- “I’ve had a pretty messed up day”
Worth noting that Boyega is speaking in an American accent
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Superhero Bits: Wonder Woman, Punisher, JLA, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool, Captain America
How heavily armed is Jon Bernthal‘s Punisher? Where can you see the new Batmobile in person? Is a new JLA animated series in the works? What does Chris Evans think of Captain America‘s love life? How did Avengers: Age of Ultron shoot that Seoul car chase? How cute is Tom Holland‘s childhood Spidey suit? What’s Heroes Reborn‘s HRG been up to? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.
Go behind the scenes of that Seoul car chase scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Rumor has it Cartoon Network is working on a JLA series.
See the first action-packed clip from Disney XD’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series.
Newcomer Lincoln, aka Sparkplug, saw a lot of action on Marvel’s #AgentsofSHIELD. What exactly are his powers? We’ve got the answer right here:
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Lincoln gets a codename in the new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 promo.
Stan Lee hints at why his X-Men: Apocalypse cameo is “different” from his others.
HRG gets the spotlight in the latest Heroes Reborn video.
Emma Thompson is so tired of the Spidey reboots: “If I see yet another Spider-Man, I’m going to have to actually hang myself.”Continue Reading Superhero Bits >>
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Even though Marvel fans are mostly pleased with the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Sorcerer Supreme in the forthcoming Phase Three film Doctor Strange, there was almost another actor in the role who might have been a somewhat more interesting addition to the Marvel cinematic universe.
We know that Joaquin Phoenix was not just courted for the lead role in Doctor Strange, but he was even said to be in final talks for the Marvel Studios production. But sadly, he ended up falling away from the project. The question is why? We finally have an answer as to why Joaquin Phoenix passed on Doctor Strange, and it’s not entirely surprising.
Speaking with Time Out London, Phoenix was asked why he’s not all that interested in starring in blockbusters in general, whether it’s Doctor Strange or something else entirely:
“When I was younger I was probably a bit of a snob about [taking on blockbuster roles]. But they’ve gotten better. I’ve flirted with several of those films, having meetings and getting close, but ultimately it never felt like they’d really be fulfilling. There were too many requirements that went against my instincts for character. I’ve been spoiled. I’ve never had to make those compromises. I’ve not met a director yet with one of those films where we go through the script, they say: ‘You know what, fuck this set-piece, let’s focus on the character!’ I understand, but it’s best I don’t do it.”
Considering the kind of movies that Phoenix has starred in and the characters he’s played, it’s not surprising that he doesn’t wanted to be molded into what a hands-on studio like Marvel wants to do with the character. As an actor, Phoenix merely wants the freedom to develop the character as his own and not have any interference from executives trying to fit the character into a larger overall plan. Therefore we’re not likely to see Phoenix take on a blockbuster role anytime soon.
However, as Phoenix says, he’s not as snobbish as he once was about blockbusters. At the very least, he still likes watching them and he even calls out one movie and actor in particular for being good:
“I enjoy watching those movies. Did you see the rebooted ‘Star Trek’? That kid Chris Pine who plays Kirk is fucking genius. I just don’t know if I want to have the experience of being in them. I’ve read some of those scripts and 75 percent is a description of some asteroid going through space.”
Even when praising blockbusters, Phoenix can’t get away from the fact that there’s so much more focus on events and action than the characters. The best of the Marvel movies have a good balance of the two, but for an actor like Phoenix, that just doesn’t seem to be enough. Here’s hoping that some day the right script and the right director will get Phoenix on board a blockbuster, just to see if he can bring some gravitas to the studio scene.
Would you have liked to see Joaquin Phoenix in Doctor Strange?
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While Avengers: Age of Ultron isn’t completely devoid of humor, there’s not a whole lot of time for jokes when everyone’s too busy trying to save the world. The making of Avengers: Age of Ultron, on the other hand, looks like a much more lighthearted affair, full of jokes, screw-ups, and general silliness. Watch the Avengers: Age of Ultron gag reel after the jump.
Yahoo posted the Avengers: Age of Ultron gag reel. Well, part of the Avengers: Age of Ultron gag reel. To watch the whole thing, you’ll actually have to wait for the home video release.
Among other things, it reveals how the last line of the movie ends: not with a dramatic, rousing speech, but with cute “gotcha!” smile from Cap and a jokey command to “assemble!” from Black Widow. It also demonstrates that Mark Ruffalo‘s command of scientific jargon is considerably less impressive than Bruce Banner’s, that Erik Selvig might be kind of a skeeze, and that not even a “KICK ME” sign printed in Comic Sans can make the Hulkbuster look less intimidating.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron gag reel will be included as a bonus feature on the DVD / Blu-ray, out October 2. Get more details on the Avengers: Age of Ultron home video release here.
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.
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‘Beasts of No Nation’ Early Buzz: Idris Elba Gives a Powerhouse Performance in Cary Fukunaga’s War Drama
Netflix’s first real Oscar campaign begins this week with the world premiere of Beasts of No Nation at the Venice Film Festival. On paper, it sounds strong: Directed by Cary Fukunaga and based on the book by Uzodinma Iweala, the harrowing drama follows the making of an African child soldier (played by newcomer Abraham Attah) in the hands of a charismatic yet monstrous warlord (played by Idris Elba). So how does it play out in practice? Get the Beasts of No Nation early buzz after the jump.
Overall, the reaction to Beasts of No Nation has been strong. Elba in particular is getting showered with praise. His Commandant already looks poised to go down as one of his career-best performances along with Nelson Mandela and John Luther. Elba’s young co-star Attah is earning a lot of buzz as well, which is especially impressive given how much of the film rests on his inexperienced shoulders. Not surprisingly, the film is described as a brutal watch, but for the most part critics seem to agree it’s one worth the effort. Read some select comments below.
The fact that the experience of the boy on screen is currently being replicated a quarter of a million times worldwide, at a conservative estimate, gives the story a terrible currency. But it’s Fukunaga’s storytelling chops, aided by what is arguably Idris Elba’s best performance on film – better than his Mandela – that lend this message movie its indispensable aura.
Surely one of the most beautiful films about ultimate ugliness ever, Cary Joji Fukunaga’s immersive and profoundly moving “Beasts of No Nation” is a hollowing experience — it reaches in and scoops you out, piece by piece, until all that’s left is a cavernous shame at being a person who lives in a world where this story can happen.
For all the film’s unyielding focus on Agu’s journey and its reams of voiceover narration, something essential seems to have been lost in the transition from page to screen; this is a drama that’s ultimately more persuasive on a pictorial level than it is compelling on a psychological one. And although the movie’s worthy, humanist themes are all but inscribed on every frame, the manner in which they coalesce somehow feels naggingly unspecific; the film’s end-credits imperative (“Tell the world that children are not soldiers”) feels at once thoroughly laudable and somehow insufficient to the dramatic task at hand.
How a child actor could be coached to reveal and project the enormous range of reactions and emotions required for the role of Agu is practically unimaginable, but Attah is persuasive and true and constantly interesting to watch as a boy forced to endure extremes of experience to be wished on no one. The film would not have been worth making without a capable kid at its center, and the director found him.
Anyone familiar with Fukunaga’s directorial work on the first season of True Detective or his debut film, the Mexico-set gangster thriller Sin Nombre, will recognise the visceral swing and swoop of the action scenes here: the mood is one of spiralling panic, but the editing has a methodical chop-chop-chop that makes a crisp narrative sense of the chaos.
Full of committed performances, particularly from Elba and the impressive young actor Abraham Attah, Beasts Of No Nation is a project of considerable integrity which makes for a consistently-engrossing, if over-long, viewing experience. It is grim, often harsh and occasionally trips over to nightmarish, Heart of Darkness territory. Like the central character of the Commandant, played so effectively by Elba, it also struggles to hold onto its power throughout.
This is a very powerful and confidently made movie, a film that really puts its audience through the wringer, which finally refuses any palliative gestures, with towering performances from Elba and Attah. The awards season really has begun.
Beasts of No Nation arrives in theaters and on Netflix October 16.
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Just this week we learned that DreamWorks would not be renewing their deal with Disney when it expires in 2016. And in anticipation of the contract expiring, Steven Spielberg has been in talks with Universal to become the new home to the filmmaker’s production company.
Since this deal was revealed, there’s been a lot of chatter about Universal wanting to reboot Spielberg’s original blockbuster Jaws and the time traveling franchise that he produced, Back to the Future. But these assumptions are being blown out of proportion, and as of now, there’s no real indication that either the studio or Spielberg have any plans to touch those properties.
Find out what we won’t be seeing a Back to the Future or Jaws reboot anytime soon below!
First of all, let’s see the source of all this reboot hoopla. When THR reported on the new DreamWorks deal forming at Universal, this throwaway line got some people in a tizzy:
“[Spielberg] also is key on potential reboots of other Universal franchises such as ‘Jaws’ and ‘Back to the Future.’”
By no means does that indicate that there’s been any substantial discussion about rebooting either of those classics. But some have already ran with the possibility of them getting rebooted and people are getting worked up for no reason.
First of all, you might recall that earlier this year that director Robert Zemeckis was asked whether he would consider allowing a Back to the Future remake to happen, and his response was:
“Oh, God no. That can’t happen until both Bob and I are dead. And then I’m sure they’ll do it, unless there’s a way our estates can stop it.
I mean, to me, that’s outrageous. Especially since it’s a good movie. It’s like saying ‘Let’s remake Citizen Kane. Who are we going to get to play Kane?’ What folly, what insanity is that? Why would anyone do that?”
So we can scratch that off the list, at least until the director and writer of the franchise are dead and buried. Their passing is sad enough on its own, but knowing that their death will allow for a Back to the Future remake makes it that much more tragic.
But what about Jaws? Well, let’s not forget that Universal already put together three sequels (Jaws 2, Jaws 3D and Jaws: The Revenge) to follow Spielberg’s original thriller, and the director wanted nothing to do with them. Therefore, unless some kind of mind-blowing script comes along, it would stand to reason that Spielberg has no interest in touching the film that skyrocketed his career back in 1975.
Honestly, Zemeckis’ analogy about remaking Citizen Kane applies to the idea of remaking/rebooting Jaws too. The film just celebrated its 40th anniversary, and after experiencing the movie in theaters again, it just solidified its reputation in my mind as a perfect film. So if Spielberg, Universal or anyone ever decides to remake Jaws, it will be a fool’s errand to say the least.
Plus, let’s not forget that Warner Bros. Pictures is already working on another killer shark movie called Meg, with Eli Roth at the helm. And Sony also has their aquatic thriller In the Deep with Louis Leterrier in the works as well. Surely Universal throwing a Jaws remake into the mix would be too. But at the same time, the studio would already have a leg up with a recognizable title and plenty of curiosity to boost it. We just hope they do the right thing and don’t craft any plans to go back in the water.
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A couple week ago it was revealed that Dwayne Johnson would be starring in Jungle Cruise, based on Disneyland’s classic boat ride. The Rock has now revealed that the movie will be a period piece taking place during the 1920’s.
The Rock took to his Instagram page to commemorate his first meeting with the film’s screenwriters, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (the writing duo behind Bad Santa, Bad News Bears and most recently Focus).
Pumped to kick off the writing for our Disney's JUNGLE CRUISE. Great meeting w/ our writers Requa & Ficarra who last wrote and directed FOCUS w/ Will Smith and BAD SANTA w/ Billy Bob Thornton. Our goal is to push the envelope in a smart, edgy, epically fun way. Johnny Depp raised the bar with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.. now it's our turn at bat to take an iconic Disney attraction and hopefully turn it into something dope and cool. I'll keep y'all posted along the way. Here we go… #BigAdventureAwaits #ItsAPeriodMovie #DamnRightIWillStillBeHandsomeInThe1920s #JungleCruise
A photo posted by therock (@therock) on Sep 1, 2015 at 4:27pm PDT
The photo is accompanied by the following message from Johnson:
Pumped to kick off the writing for our Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE. Great meeting w/ our writers Requa & Ficarra who last wrote and directed FOCUS w/ Will Smith and BAD SANTA w/ Billy Bob Thornton. Our goal is to push the envelope in a smart, edgy, epically fun way. Johnny Depp raised the bar with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.. now it’s our turn at bat to take an iconic Disney attraction and hopefully turn it into something dope and cool. I’ll keep y’all posted along the way. Here we go… #BigAdventureAwaits #ItsAPeriodMovie #DamnRightIWillStillBeHandsomeInThe1920s #JungleCruise
There are a few take aways here:
- Jungle Cruise will attempt to “push the envelope in a smart, edgy, epically fun way.”
- And more notably, Jungle Cruise will be a period movie set in the 1920’s.
The Jungle Cruise ride was set in 1930’s. The attraction, which once featured Disney Animation head John Lasseter as a skipper, takes gusts on a “tramp-steamer tour in the untamed waters of the Mekong, the Amazon and the rivers of Africa.” The 9-minute boat ride takes park visitors past many exotic Audio-Animatronic animals including the Bengal tiger, king cobras, elephants, lions and hyenas in their native habitats as your skipper tells humorous corny jokes about the surroundings.
The film, based on a ride that was in place when Disneyland first opened its doors in 1955, has been in development for a few years now. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were going to star in a version back in 2011 produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (The Fighter) with a screenplay by Roger S.H. Schulman.
The old incarnation of the movie was to be set in the modern day, so this version is likely very different. And I’m happy that the new version is returning to a period setting as I don’t think a a film about a modern day jungle boat trip would capture the magic of the classic ride.
John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) are producing this latest take which will star Johnson. No director has been announced at this point, but I wouldn’t be surprised if screenwriters Requa & Ficarra get the gig. If you’ve never been on the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland or another Disney theme park, here is a video ride through:
Cary Fukunaga was going to direct a two-film adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel It, and that was exciting. But, as often happens, there were differences of opinion between Fukunaga and the execs at New Line, and the parties went their separate ways. The It project is still probably going to be made, just with new scripts and new director Andy Muschietti.
Now Fukunaga has opened up about how he wrote the two halves of It to be an “unconventional horror movie,” and the new things he brought to the story in order to give his version its own life.
Speaking to Variety, Fukunaga detailed his approach to crafting the project, into which he says he and co-writer Chase Palmer “put our childhood[s]” in order to give it life. He describes an attempt to create a story “with actual characters,” but that’s not what New Line wanted.
They wanted archetypes and scares. I wrote the script. They wanted me to make a much more inoffensive, conventional script. But I don’t think you can do proper Stephen King and make it inoffensive.
There was a point when I wondered if It being house at New Line rather than Warner Bros. proper might be a good thing, given the smaller studio’s interest in genre. In this case, that clearly doesn’t seem to have been the case.
But part of their approach was figuring out what to do with Pennywise the clown, who acts as an incarnation of the force that haunts the town of Derry, Maine. Will Poulter had reportedly been cast as Pennywise, a decision which instantly made the project somewhat unique from the previous television version, featuring Tim Curry as the demon.
The main difference was making Pennywise more than just the clown. After 30 years of villains that could read the emotional minds of characters and scare them, trying to find really sadistic and intelligent ways he scares children, and also the children had real lives prior to being scared. And all that character work takes time. It’s a slow build, but it’s worth it, especially by the second film. But definitely even in the first film, it pays off.
Ultimately, it sounds like there was a battle over every detail. “Every little thing was being rejected and asked for changes,” Fukunaga says. “Our conversations weren’t dramatic. It was just quietly acrimonious.”
Those scripts have been tossed out as New Line finds a new direction for the adaptation, and that’s OK with Fukunaga. “Our biggest fear,” he says, “was they were going to take our script and bastardize it. So I’m actually thankful that they are going to rewrite the script. I wouldn’t want them to stealing our childhood memories and using that.”
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As the Internet argues over which actors are “suave” enough to be the next James Bond, Sony has put out a new Spectre poster reminding you that the current James Bond is pretty damn suave himself. While the last poster had Daniel Craig in a relatively casual tactleneck, this one has him in a crisp white tuxedo jacket. Check out the Spectre poster after the jump.
Sony unveiled the brand-new Spectre poster on Twitter.
— James Bond (@007) September 3, 2015
Okay, so he still kind of looks like something out of Archer. (And yes, I know Archer is a send-up of Bond, but it is possible to make Bond posters that look less Archer-y.) But at least Bond gets to stand in front of a more interesting background this time. That jaunty-hatted fellow is presumably a nod to the film’s opening sequence, set at a Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico.
Spectre reunites Craig with director Sam Mendes, after 2012’s Skyfall became the highest-grossing (and one of the best reviewed) Bond film in history. However, it may well be their last time making a 007 movie together. Mendes has said Spectre will likely be his last Bond film, and Craig has suggested he might be on his way out as well.
In addition to Craig, Spectre brings back Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny. Christoph Waltz is the villain, Franz Oberhauser, Dave Bautista is Mr. Hinx, Léa Seydoux is Dr. Madeleine Swann, and Monica Bellucci is widow Lucia Sciarra. Andrew Scott and Stephanie Sigman also star.
Spectre arrives in theaters November 6, 2015.
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
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