Another week, another bunch of news and events in film! Funny how that happens.
Holy crap, the new teaser tailer for The Last Jedi is online! It’s awesome!
In this week’s “Who’s the Cable guy?” story, Deadpool 2 has found its’ Cable, and he’ll be played by actor Josh Brolin. I’d say it’s an excellent choice. And if that wasn’t swell enough news, Brolin has signed a sweet, sweet four-picture deal to appear as Cable in future films.
For those not keeping up, in the Marvel comics, “Cable” is the alter ego of Nathan Summers, son of X-Men mainstay Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops. The character traveled to the present day from a possible future timeline.
Created by artist Rob Liefeld and writer Louise Simonson, Cable first appeared in a tease at the end of “The New Mutants” issue #86 in February of 1990. The scarred, ravaged character has a bionic left arm, a cybernetic eye, and embedded technology that allows him to hack into computer systems. Spiffy.
In this week’s “Cool casting” story, Actor Jude Law has been cast as the young version of Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. Obviously Law will play Dumbledore long before he became the Headmaster of Hogwarts, when he was still serving as the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor. Principal photography is set to begin this summer on the sequel directed by David Yates, who previously helmed the final four
“Harry Potter” movies as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram produce.
In this week’s “I’m gonna ‘squee’, story, Guilermo del Toro is known for keeping the lid on his ideas for film he’d like to make, but in a recent interview with Collider the filmmaker revealed he has already shared his ideas
for a Star Wars movie with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and John Knoll, Chief Creative Officer of Industrial Light & Magic.
WHAT. Can you imagine del Toro making a Star Wars movie? SQUEE! (there it is!)
Del Toro says he has to be careful about talking about projects he wants to do because people get wind of it and suddenly they turn up in iMDb as part of his upcoming schedule – even when they aren’t.
In an interview with Yahoo Movies back in 2015, Del Toro revealed what he had in mind for a “Star Wars” anthology movie. “I would do the sort of Godfather saga that Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control,” he said. “One, because it’s the character that looks the most like me, and I like him. I love the idea of a Hutt type of mafia, a very complex coup. I just love the character.”
Sounds like a cool idea, but it’s just talk, people. Don’t go telling anyone that it’s happening.
In this week’s “Pulling out the stinger” story, don’t bother sticking around to see the stinger – the scene at the end of the credits – for The Fate of the Furious out today. There isn’t one. And that’s because Vin Diesel told the studio to cut it. apparently NBC Universal is thinking about a spin-off film focusing on Dwayne Johnson’s and Jason Statham’s characters, seeing as they are so strong in this. Well, apparently Vin Diesel became “enraged” when he found out the studio had shot a stinger without his knowledge. He wasn’t having any of that. So, the studio went and pulled all of their copies of Fate of the Furious and had the scene cut.
Wow. Ok, well that might bolster some of the reports that Dwayne Johnson made some comments about Diesel, but who knows. Still, it’s like, tantrum much?
In this week’s “Rumours” story, word has it that Warner Bros. Animation is planning an R-rated Watchmen animated remake. With the success of stuff like The Killing Joke and some of their other DC animated films, they figure it’s a good choice. But of course, it’s still just talk. Nothing official as of yet.
In this week’s “The Bride returns” story, director Bill Condon, who just directed the Beauty and the Beast live action remake for Disney, is in talks to remake The Bride of Frankenstein for Universal. Apparently it’s one of Condon’s favorite classic horror films.
Condon won Best Adapted screenplay for the film Gods and Monsters, which was about Bride of Frankenstein’s director, James Whale, so that certainly gives me hope that he’ll handle the material positively. I hope he signs on to do it.
In this week’s “Coming back to America?” story, Paramount has hired the original writers of the Eddie Murphy film Coming To America to write the long awaited sequel.
The studio has hired Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who penned the 1988 original, to write the potential sequel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. However, there is no word on whether Murphy will return to star in this sequel.
In the John Landis-directed original, Murphy played Prince Akeem, who traveled from his wealthy African country to Queens, New York, to escape an arranged marriage and find a wife who will love him in spite of his title.
Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones also starred in the comedy, along with Shari Headley and John Amos.
In this week’s “Who says L.A. sucks?” story, people who say L.A. is bereft of culture and full of fake and flighty weirdos should listen to legendary film maker Werner Herzog. He says L.A. has substance. No, really.
Herzog, who moved to LA with his wife twenty years ago after a brief stint in San Francisco, is unambiguously bullish on the place. “We said we want to move to the city with the most substance,” he tells the LA Times, “and it was immediately clear that Los Angeles, that’s the place.”
“The collective dreams of the world in cinema and acceptance of gays and lesbians as an integral part of a dignified civilization, and many, many other things that are just wonderful. You see the influx of the Mexicans, which I find very invigorating…. If you can imagine California or Los Angeles without the Mexican population, it would be the instant end of California.”
He also dismisses the complaint about the celebrity culture here: “The glitz and glamour of Hollywood,” Herzog tells The LA Times, “is a very thin crust. Behind it is an enormous intensity of culture and creative energy and things that ultimately decide the big things, the big internal movements of the planet. Things get done here.”
Though, sometimes those things ARE weird. Herzog does note that L.A. helped create certain “cultural stupidities”. The the LA Times identifies one of those as hippies, about whom Herzog said “the worldview was just not adequate to the real problems of the time,” as well as oddities of the city’s wealthier residents like children’s yoga. I think we can all agree that that is indeed weird.
So, yeah, L.A. ain’t so bad – you go, Werner!
In this week’s “Punisher joins Aquaman” story, actor Dolph Lundgren has joined the cast of Warner Bros. stand alone Aquaman film, according to confirmed sources at Variety.
Lundgren will play King Nereus of the aquatic kingdom of Xebel, who claims Aquaman’s wife Mera (Amber Heard) as his own and wants to kill him. The cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta.
James Wan is directing the superhero film with Peter Safran producing. Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, and Rob Cowan are executive producing.
In this week’s “One Hell of a cast” story, legend Robert Duvall has joined the cast of director Steve McQueen’s new film. a heist thriller called Widows.
The cast already includes Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Debicki and Daniel Kaluuya.
Written by McQueen and Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn and based on the British miniseries, Widows begins when four armed robbers are killed during a robbery and their surviving spouses come together to try to finish the failed job.
See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman are producing the project with New Regency, 20th Century Fox and Film4 co-financing. Fox will also distribute the film.
In this week’s “moment of silence” stories, guitarist and band member, J. Geils, of the J. Geils Band, died this week at the age of 71. So did actor and comedian Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie Murphy. He was 57.
Adding to this sad list is Dorothy Mengerin, David Letterman’s mother. She was 95.
Also, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, 81, passed away. He worked on films with Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The German director of photography earned three Academy Award nominations throughout his career, which spanned more than half a century. Last year he was recognized with a Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the Berlin Film Festival. He was best known for films such as The Departed, Broadcast News, The Marriage of Maria Braun, Goodfellas, After Hours, The Last Temptation of Christ, and The Age of Innocence. He also worked with Mike Nichols, Robert Redford, and Barry Levinson. This guy was a legend.
In this week’s “Besties or what?” story, Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t star in Expendables 4 with out Sylvester Stallone. The actor told EW that he will not star in the action film without Sylvester Stallone, who is reportedly leaving the franchise.
“There is no Expendables without Sly,” the former governor said. “I would never do the movie without him, no.”
Aaaw, that’s cute. And speak of the devil:
In this week’s “Shouldn’t we be suing him?” story, Sylvester Stallone is suing Warner Bros. over the handling of the profits of his 1993 film Demolition Man. He filed a contract and fraud claim against the film studio.
The actor filed the complaint through the Los Angeles Superior Court and he claims that the participation statement forgot to include some key things. Stallone is looking for a bigger accounting statement on the film which made $58 million.
For Stallone, this suit is a family affair. The studio was the one behind the pseudo-Rocky reboot, Creed, which helped the actor score an Oscar nomination.
“The motion picture studios are notoriously greedy,” Stallone says in his filing.
He continues: “This one involves outright and obviously intentional dishonesty perpetrated against an international iconic talent. Here, WB decided it just wasn’t going to account to Rogue Marble on the Film. WB just sat on the money owed to Rogue Marble for years and told itself, without any justification, that Rogue Marble was not owed any profits. When a representative of Rogue Marble asked for an accounting, WB balked and then sent a bogus letter asserting the Film was $66,926,628 unrecouped. When challenged about this false accounting, it made a double-talk excuse, then prepared an actual profit participation statement for the same reporting period, and sent a check for $2,820,000 because the Film had in fact recouped its deficit,” the statement reads.
Stallone alleges that he was to receive 15 per cent of the film’s box office gross when the movie earned $125 million. Demolition Man earned $125 million according to the complaint and Stallone is looking for his 15 per cent.
In addition to the money he is looking for, Stallone also wants an injunctive relief (an injunction). That means, rather than offering money as payment for a wrong in a civil action, injunctive relief is a court order for the defendant to stop a specified act or behavior.
Warner Bros. has yet to respond. Surprise, surprise.
In this week’s “Shia’s at it again” story, Shia LaBeouf has a new performance art project. Entitled #ALONETOGETHER, the project has LaBeouf living alone in an isolated cabin in Finland’s Lapland region. hi sonly communication with the outside workd will be via texts from visitors of an exhibit in the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki.
#ALONETOGETHER also features the other two members of the actor’s art collective, Nastja Rönkkö and Luke Turner, who will spend time isolated in separate cabins in Lapland beginning on 12 April.
The launch of the project comes just days after hackers posted antisemitic slogans on the website for He Will Not Divide Us, LaBeouf’s anti-Trump art installation. He Will Not Divide Us has been subject to “alt-right” attacks since its launch in January, with installations in New York, New Mexico and Liverpool shut down due to disruption.
Have to wonder if that was his desired effect with a performance piece entitled “He WIll NOt Devide Us”. because, you know, he totally devided us.
LaBeouf’s new installation has already attracted similar attention, with two museum-goers wearing red hats emblazoned with Make America Great Again appearing on the livestream for the project.
You know, like him of not, LaBeouf certainly is thought-provoking. I don’t know what I mean to imply with that statement, but…whatever.
In this week’s “I’d call bullshit but I saw the video online” story, at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, actor Hayden Christiensen got a standing ovation when he walked out on stage. That seems unlikely, but alas, it’s true. Di those people see the same performance I did? Yikes.
In this week’s “Why is this news?” story, model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne is the latest celebrity to…shave off their hair! The horror! And E!News actually said she “shaved her head”. Uh, no, she just cut a bunch of it off. She isn’t going bald. She cut it for a new film. And who the Hell cares if she DOES shave her head bald? But whatever. Why do we live in a place where a woman cuts her hair short and people have a fit? Don’t we have more important things to worry about right now?
In this week’s “More important things to worry about” story, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have finally officially filed for divorce. Wait, didn’t they separate two years ago? Yes. Yes they did. Now THAT’S news! But not really.
~ This is Neil T. Weakley, your average movie-goer, thanking you for tuning in for another week of occasionally relevant information!