1
Aug
2015

Channing Tatum

Despite numerous rumors to the contrary, Channing Tatum has finalized his deal for the Gambit movie.

Tatum has been circling a Gambit solo movie for what feels like forever, but rumors popped up over the past week that he had exited the project due to unrest over at Fox which currently holds the film rights. Well, whatever the issue was seems to have been resolved now as The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Tatum has finalized his deal.

Apparently one of the sticking points was just how much Tatum would be involved in future X-Men projects. As we all know, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine shows up seemingly everywhere, and he has now been playing the character since 2000. Jackman is doing one more solo film and then hanging up his claws, and it’s doubtful someone such as Tatum would want to agree to be around for a decade or more playing the cajun mutant.

Shooting is rumored to start in October of this year for an Oct. 7, 2016 release date.

[ Source The Hollywood Reporter ]

31
Jul
2015

jena malone red hair

We’ve known for some time Jena Malone would be appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and now we may finally know in what role.

When Jena Malone first was attached to the upcoming DC film, and she appeared with red hair, rumors started pointing to her playing the only known female Robin, Carrie Kelley. Zack Snyder has clearly taken influence from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns story, and that was where Kelley made her debut.

Now Latino Review is saying that Malone is actually playing another well-known redhead in the Batman world, Barbara Gordon. For those not in the know, Barbara is the daughter of Commissioner Gordon and has had a career as Batgirl, and then as Oracle after the Joker paralyzed her from the waist down in The Killing Joke.

Malone playing Barbara actually makes a bit more sense due to her age (not that she is old at 30, mind you, Kelley was just supposed to be in her mid-teens), and it would be nice to see the character get some celluloid love.

This is still a rumor, but it is one that makes more sense to me.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016.

[ Source Latino Review ]

30
Jul
2015

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While it shouldn’t come as a surprise, apparently there is a plan for all of these upcoming DC movies.

Speaking with Empire magazine about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder explained what the plan is for the overall DC film universe.

What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story. The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes. I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe. I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like-minded conceptual jumping on points.

Snyder also addressed the long winded title of his upcoming film.

That is why ‘Dawn of Justice’ is the full title. What it does is allow us to start this conversation.

I have to be honest folks… this whole DC film universe thing is leaving me very jaded. Lets just be blunt, Warner Bros. saw what Marvel was doing with its films, went “We want some of that money!” and thought they could just launch its own film series. The problem is they’re building everything off the back of Snyder who has a spotty track record at best with his films, and Man of Steel – which I did not love – was the launching point for all of this. I already feel like I’m in tilting boat taking on water. Things just don’t fee stable with this plan and I think Warner Bros. is just rushing things to play catch up. We’re all going to end up suffering in the end I feel.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016

29
Jul
2015

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If you’ve been wondering just how long you may have to wait for some more Marvel goodness on Netflix, it doesn’t appear you will ever have to wait too long.

Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos spoke about a wide range of subjects at the Television Critics Association sessions on Tuesday, but of course the topic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Shows came up. While we’ve already seen the first season of Daredevil, and we know Jessica Jones is filming, we don’t know anything about when the shows will air. Sarandos cleared that up.

I think ideally there will be a rhythm of about every six months you’ll get a new season or a new series from the Defenders group. And then they’ll crossover into a combined [Defenders] season once we’ve launched the first season of each of the four characters. Some will selectively have multiple seasons as they come out of the gate. So they’ll probably be two launches a year.

Will it just be the four announced series and The Defenders? Well… maybe not. Sarandos basically said anything is possible.

It is possible for sure. That’s the beauty of the Marvel universe. Any of them could spin out into films too.

As much as I enjoyed Daredevil, here’s hoping they’re all just as good in their own ways.

[ Source IGN ]

28
Jul
2015

Batman: The Animated Series Joker

If the new information is to believed, Mark Hamill is coming out of his self-imposed Joker retirement one last time.

During Batman: The Animated Series Mark Hamill defined the gold standard for playing the Joker. Now, whenever I read a comic with the Clown Prince of Crime in it, it’s his voice I hear in my head. Well, a few years back Hamill “retired” from the role to work on other projects, but apparently when the perfect Joker story is being animated, it’s hard to say no to it.

Sources speaking to Collider say that Hamill has not only agreed to voice the Joker in the upcoming The Killing Joke, but he has already recorded his lines.

This information follows up on some rumors that popped up over the weekend that even Hamill commented on.

If the new sources are to believed, Hamill’s response isn’t that surprising. You might as well keep a bit of a surprise for the release.

Now… is Kevin Conroy voicing Batman? If there is any justice in the universe he will be. His work on the animated series also defined that characters voice for years to come.

[ Source Collider ]

27
Jul
2015

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Marvel may be discovering that not all of its characters are created equal.

Ant-Man came in first this week, but it’s the weakest Marvel movie in some time. It took in $24.76 million for a new domestic total of $106 million, and globally it sits at $226.47 million off of its $130 million dollar budget. It’s still going to make a profit, but it’s clear that Marvel isn’t just going to keep pumping out gigantic successes.

Adam Sandler’s Pixels came in second with $24 million off of its $88 million dollar budget. The fact this movie took in anything amazes me.

Third place went to Minions with $22.1 million and a domestic total of $261.62 million off of a $74 million dollar budget. Globally it sits at $759.42 million. Universal can’t seem do any wrong this year.

Trainwreck had a strong second weekend with a drop of only 42.5 percent to take in $17.3 million and a new domestic total of $61.54 million off of a $35 million dollar budget.

Rounding out the top five was a bit of a surprise with Southpaw taking in $16.5 million. With a $30 million dollar budget estimates had it coming in lower, but now we need to see where it goes.

The next big releases are Vacation and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2015 – 3rd Quarter report.

26
Jul
2015

WSMS — Green Lantern

Where and how did the Green Lantern movie go so horribly wrong?

When the Green Lantern movie came out, it was ravaged by the critics. I figured it had to be at least somewhat of a backlash on it being yet another comic book movie, but now that I have recently gone back and watched it again for myself … the critics weren’t harsh enough.

Moving away from “they changed such and such from the comic,” I am going to focus solely on the basics of storytelling and say that this film was flawed on so many levels that is almost impossible to know where to start. However, after a lot of thinking I narrowed it down to three things: Hector Hammond, Sinestro and effects.

Hector Hammond

Hector Hammond

Many comic book movie sequels tend to go with too many villains, and it leads to a confused audience. This film series, however, decided to do it from the get go.

Lets start with Hector Hammond. There was absolutely no reason for him to be involved in this story. Parallax infected him and then he … did nothing of merit.

You see, Hammond had to have a reason to be involved, so lets bring in his father, the senator. This necessitated bringing in another character the script didn’t need. And, lets see, to get him infected we need to bring in another character to assign him the job of the autopsy, so lets bring in Amanda Waller so she can take up some screen time. Oh, and as long as she’s here, lets have Hector use a power he never uses again to show us her past so we can understand her for the three or so scenes she’s in.

The whole involvement of Hector Hammond as a villain in this film necessitated bringing in even more characters that were underserved and did nothing but take up screen time and real estate.

If the screenwriters really felt like they needed Parallax to have an agent on Earth they could have still used Hammond and just had it be someone he selected. There was no need for the inclusion of the father. No need for Waller to be running experiments on the body of Abin Sur and so on. Instead they just built up the story more and more making it that much more difficult to care.

Hammond is just a pure waste of space in this film. This is no reflection on Peter Sarsgaard in the role, it is just the reality of the script. He wasn’t needed.

Sinestro

Sinestro

Sinestro isn’t truly a villain in this film until a post credits scene. Up until that point we saw him being the leader of the Green Lantern Corps. So, while Sinestro actually isn’t a villain yet in this film, the build up is there for him to apparently become so in a second film — which is not happening at this point — for no good reason.

When Sinestro first goes to the Guardians and suggests they forge the Yellow Ring, it isn’t out of a desire to do evil, he is actually doing it as what he sees is the only way to fight Parallax. In other words, he is doing it for apparently noble reasons. And I do feel he is still on the side of good at this point because otherwise he has no reason to go rescue Hal at the end of the movie from falling into the sun.

So at the end of the movie, for some completely unknown reason Sinestro decides to put on the Yellow Ring despite the fact the threat of Parallax is over. Is it just out of curiosity? Is it that he has had evil plans all along? We have no idea, and that’s where the whole Sinestro storyline falls apart.

There was no emotional impact to his turning evil. He has been in only a handful of scenes and we know next to nothing about him or his motivations. He is a hard core member of the Corps, and yet he will suddenly decide, “Hey, putting on this Yellow Ring powered by fear, the power that created Parallax, seems like an awesome idea!”

This was clearly something that should have been saved for a second film. Go ahead and have the ring created. Maybe show Sinestro lingering a bit too long while locking it in a vault, and then cut to the second film. Hal has become more established in the Corps, Sinestro now works with him and respects him, a friendship has formed (easily established in the first 10 or so minutes of a film), and then something occurs that makes him think the Yellow Ring is the only answer. Then it carries some emotional impact and makes sense.

The way it happened? Complete throwaway nonsense.

Effects

Green Lantern mask

For a film with a $200 million dollar budget, how did they get the effects so wrong?

Mark Strong wore makeup for his role as Sinestro, and it looked good. Maybe a bit too “lifeless” in a couple scenes in the forehead region, but all in all it was acceptable. But some idiot along the way decided that not only should Ryan Reynolds entire costume be CGI, but that even his mask should be.

Whomever made this call is hopefully now asking if you would like fries with your order and is as far as possible from film production.

The Green Lantern mask on Reynolds is laughable. Forget the costume looking fake half the time, the mask was distracting in every single scene. Was it really that much less work to draw the mask on him in every shot then to just make a convincing practical effect?

The mask wasn’t the only issue, though. Let us not forget the design decision for Parallax looking like a giant poo cloud.

Parallax

Yeah, that wasn’t distracting at all.

So Much Suck

Green Lantern had a lot of promise, and yet it felt like everything that could go wrong did.

It is, however, a perfect example of how if you start off with a bad foundation, in this case the script, there is just no recovering. I know a lot of hate was heaped on Reynolds, but he didn’t do a horrible job, it was everything going on around him that was the problem. From poor design choices to an overly bloated story, it was just one thing piled on top of another that added up to a real disaster of a film.

Why Sucky Movies Suck is an ongoing series of film analysis articles that takes a look at films that went wrong no matter how old they may be.

25
Jul
2015

Tyrese Gibson

It looks like there may be more to the Tyrese Gibson rumors than the actor just wishing for it.

Speaking with Collider, Tyrese Gibson confirmed all of the rumors about him being up for a role in the Green Lantern movie. First he explained how everything came about.

Well I was innocent from the beginning. I was at home eating a bowl of Lucky Charms in my drawers, my ugly feet were out, and I got about six direct messages on Instagram with photos of me as the Green Lantern. This particular fan who did this fan art said that there was a community of people that had been talking for like a month and a half about who they think would be the best Green Lantern and they all picked me. I said to them, ‘I took the oath, and I am going to commit myself to this process of seeing what’s possible.

Apparently all of this has led somewhere, however.

I’ve already had a couple of meetings at Warner Bros., so we’ll see what happens. I do believe that there needs to be more black superheroes out there, but that’s not even my motivation. I think I would be the best Green Lantern and based on my fans and supporters that spent around $6 billion in box office receipts, I feel like there’s a fanbase of fans out there waiting to see me put on this green suit and do my thing. So I would love to confirm something today but I can’t. We’ll just keep following up.

With the recent announcement that the upcoming film will actually be named Green Lantern Corps, it definitely seems possible for there to be more of a focus on multiple Lanterns. Will John Stewart be one of them? And will it be Gibson slinging his ring? I guess we’ll just have to wait to find out.

[ Source Collider ]

24
Jul
2015

Jurassic World

The only thing surprising about the announcement of Jurassic World 2 was that it took so long.

Jurassic World became the third highest grossing film of all time this week and now stands $1.522 billion globally. Considering this crazy success,there is absolutely no surprise that a sequel is on the way. As I said, the only surprise was how long it took to be announced, but I have a feeling that may have been caused by ironing out some of the finer details.

Both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will reprise their roles in the follow-up film, as well as director Colin Trevorrow will once again take up the seat behind the camera. We also know it will hit theaters on June 22, 2018. Because, you know, even though it doesn’t have a script yet, why not go ahead and set a date everyone has to work around?

The success of the current film took pretty much everyone by surprise, so now you just have to wonder if Universal will be able to capture lightning in a bottle one more time.

23
Jul
2015

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James Bond is back in Spectre, and it looks like he’s in for a rough ride.

This trailer has me excited and filled with dread all at once. Spectre has a gigantic shadow hanging over it from Skyfall. When you’re the follow up to the highest grossing film in a 50+ year old series, and also the best received critically, there is pressure. Add in that a leaked version of the script – which I avoided – had people saying the third act has issues, and… well… I’m scared.

Skyfall, to me, is the best Bond film ever. I love where they have taken these Daniel Craig films with all of them being personal to Bond on some level. They tie into some huge plot, but there has been something that connects Bond deeply to all of them. Falling in love (Casino Royale), revenge (Quantum of Solace), your past haunting you (Skyfall), there is just something very different about this set of films.

I have a lot of hope for Spectre. Don’t let me down, Bond.

Spectre will hit theaters on Oct. 26 in the United Kingdom and Nov. 6 in the United States.

22
Jul
2015

Fargo Seweing Logo

Fargo returns to FX in October, and it’s taking us back in time to 1979.

Through out the first season of Fargo there were references to a similar event happening in the late 70s. While they weren’t overly distracting, it was pretty obvious they were setting up a back story for us to follow should the series be renewed. So that leaves us knowing that Lou Solverson (Keith Carradine) told his deputy daughter Molly (Allison Tolman) about a case he had worked in the past similar to the one she was dealing with. Now it looks like we’ll learn all of the details.

I will admit I was not excited about the idea of a show based on one of my favorite movies, but when I saw it was merely a story set in the same universe I wanted to at least try it… and I loved it way more than I expected. The first season didn’t detract from the film in any way, and the device they found to dovetail the two stories together not only worked perfectly, but it also answered a question I had always had after the movie. (What happened to the buried briefcase of money?)

With season 2 filling in back story to season 1 it’s highly doubtful we’ll have any further ties to the film, and I’m fine with that. Now just live up to how good the first season was and I’ll be happy.

21
Jul
2015

Xena

Reboot insanity continues to ravage Hollywood as NBC is reportedly now working on bringing Xena back to life.

Xena: Warrior Princess was a hit syndicated series from 1995 to 2001 that ended up becoming a global pop culture smash. It also turned Lucy Lawless into a household name as she was the titular warrior.

News hit Monday via The Hollywood Reporter that NBC is in talks with Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi – the original producers of the series – to reboot the series for next year. Currently it does not look as though Lawless would once again play the warrior despite still being in great shape at 47-years-old as well as being married to Tapert. She has expressed interest in returning to the world of Xena, however, so it wouldn’t be too surprising to see her show up in some way.

There is no question that Xena still has a loyal fanbase, but it will be hard for anyone to ever imagine anyone else in that role. By the time this hits it the airwaves (if it ever does) it will have been 15 years since it finished. For a property such as this I have to say… I don’t hate the idea. Xena appealed to a younger demographic which was predominately female. There isn’t much on the air for them now, so why not bring it back for a new generation.

As much as I’m usually against reboots and remakes, I’m oddly okay with this one… although Lawless better play a part in some way.

[ Source The Hollywood Reporter ]