Oh, hello everybody! Time for more news in film! Some good, some bad, some random!
In this week’s “Oh, I know, I KNOW.” news, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice pretty much sucked! It is, however, still making big money overseas in China. But hey, what do they know?
Zootopia and Star Wars: The Force Awakens have put Disney at over one billion dollars in the International box office for 2016. It’s the earliest in the year that Disney has ever hit that mark. They better not complain about not making enough money. Bastards.
Kevin James is in talks to star as 44 year old athlete i the drama 44, for Alcon Entertainment. James will portray Joey Williams, a father of four who played for the Lambuth University football team in 2003 alongside his 21-year-old son. He had been recruited out of high school to play football at Tennessee Tech but injured his left knee during his senior season. Heaven Is for Real screenwriter Christopher Parker will write the script. Okie dokie.
Ok, you HAVE to see this! (if you haven’t already) Sad Affleck viral video. HI-larious! Sad Affleck
I’m sure you’ve heard, but if not, you better sit down. Actor, comedian, writer, and producer, Garry Shandling passed away this week at the age of 66. A spokesman for the LAPD said they received a 911 call from Shandling’s home on Thursday, saying the comedian suffered from a “medical emergency.” He later died at an L.A. hospital. This really sucks.
The Tribeca Film Festival has included a documentary called Vaxxed, by doctor turned documentarian, Andrew Wakefield. Wakefield is the guy that claimed vaccinations are directly linked to the cause of Autism in children. He was also accused of falsifying information in one of his research papers. Interestingly, on the Festivals webpage, it mentions the research and study, but not that it was discredited.
Robert DeNiro, co-founder of the festival, defended the choice to include the film, even though he doesn’t endorse the content. “Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming. However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening VAXXED. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.” Whew! Ok, fair enough Bobby.
Upcoming vampire thriller, Corbin Nash, from StarTree Productions, is about to begin shooting. And it has one Hell of a genre film cast, too. Malcolm McDowell, Rutger Hauer, Bruce Davison and Cory Feldman have signed on. Dean Jagger plays the title role, a New York City cop who transfers to Los Angeles to hunt for his parents’ killer. Once there, he’s brutally murdered and returns to life as the ultimate killer. Bloodshed ensues. Not a lot of details are known about this film yet, but this one tidbit made me laugh: Corey Feldman will play a vicious, cross-dressing vampire in a role that could serve as a comeback for the Lost Boys and Stand By Me star. That’s so Cory! 🙂
And in this week’s “Oh, what new torturous Hell is this?” story, Paul McCartney (yes, THAT Paul McCartney) has quietly joined the cast of the 5th installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales. They even added a whole new extra big set piece just for him. Somebody please make it stop.
In this week’s “Are we still talking about this?” story, Renee’ Zellweger says all the chatter about her appearance doesn’t bother her. Well, that’s good. Doesn’t bother me either because I forgot all about it. But she’s starring in the next installment of the Bridget Jones films, called Bridget Jones Baby. I guess she figured people would notice her looks now that she’s in a new film?
And in this week’s “Only sort of about film, but it’s about taking a stand on LGBT rights so it’s Ok” story, a bunch of people, and by “people” I mean, Disney, Marvel, The Walking Dead, Netflix, CBS, Sony, and The Weinstein Company, among others, will cease production and pull out of Georgia (no joke intended) if the state decides to pass an anti-gay “religious liberty” bill on May 3. Damn right. Stop being a backwards state, Georgia. You don’t want to lose billions in film/TV production money? Then step into the 21st Century. Jerks.
~ Finally, in this week’s “I kinda made this one up” story, DC Entertainment has a strong presence at WonderCon this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. One of their panels is about how they are working on comics that revive Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Titles include Future Quest, The Flintstones, and – are you ready? – Scooby Apocalypse! And this is where I make stuff up: I keep picturing the Scooby Doo gang if they had starred in the movie This Is The End? THINK ABOUT IT. Can you hear Seth Rogan or Danny McBride screaming “If it weren’t for those meddling kids…!” 😀
~Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, thanking you for checking out this week’s news! Yay!