Ahoy-hoy, folks! Another week – a big week – another selection of informative and amusing tid-bits of news for you!
Oh, boy – for starters, in this weeks “Maybe you’re not a crazy as we thought” story, turns out turns out actor/boxer Mickey Rourke is none to fond of Donald Trump. According to Rolling Stone, back in July of 2015, Rourke said “I’d rather stick a .38 up my ass and pull the trigger than vote for Donald Trump.” A few months later, he called Trump a “big mouthed bitch bully” and expressed his desire to have 30 seconds in a room “with the little bitch” to give him a piece of his mind.
Then this past Wednesday night Rourke ranted again about The Donald and his wife, Melania, spouting expletives and slurs of various sorts. “The biggest scumbag on the planet is that maggot with an ‘F’ in the front of it, Donald Trump,” Rourke said. “Fuck him. Fuck the horse he rode in on…”
Oh, he wasn’t done: “Donald Trump can go fuck himself,” he said. “He’s not a tough guy. He’s a bully and he’s a bitch, and he can suck my fucking dick. I’ll meet him in the hotel room any motherfucking day of the week and give him a Louisville Slugger. Kiss my motherfucking ass, you bitch, punk, cocksucker.”
Hahaha – Ok, Mickey, ok. Now tell us how you REALLY feel. 😀
And to keep this story in a film news context, Mickey Rourke IS actually still working. Quite a lot, it turns out. Since 2014’s Sin City sequel, he’s been in four films in 2015, with two slated for 2016 so far. You’ve just never heard of any of them.
Hey, unless you’ve been living under a rock this week (or if you are a recent Mickey Rourke film), you know about and have seen the teaser trailer for the next Star Wars film, Rogue One. If you HAVE been living under a rock, then go look at it online!
And in this week’s “Well, DUH” story, Ryan Reynolds has officially signed on for Deadpool 2. Really, the big question is just how much of a pay increase will he get for this one? He reportedly only got about 2 million for Deadpool and it is the highest grossing R rated film ever.
In this week’s “Let’s make a big franchise even bigger” story, guess who’s joining the cast of Fast and Furious 8? None other than the amazing Charlize Theron. She’ll be playing a new character in the series. F. Gary Gray will direct from a script by Chris Morgan.
Yay! Lake Bell is directing/writing a new film! Mary Steenburgen and Paul Reiser have joined the cast of the comedy, called What’s The Point? Also on board are Amber Heard, Ed Helms, and Lake herself. The film looks at the concept that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew. If you didn’t see Bell’s first effort at writing/directing, you should- In A World… is the name of the film and it’s wonderful. I look forward to this one!
And in this week’s “Oh, who the Hell cares” story, actor Hugh Dancy (Hannibal) has joined the cast of Fifty Shades Darker, the vestigial sequel to the equally pointless Fifty Shades of Gray film. Also involved are Eric Johnson, Bella Heathcote, and …Kim Basinger?! Whatever. WE’re going to have to deal with a third film anyway, as this is a trilogy. Ugh.
In this week’s “Ok, it’s not funny anymore” story, original Baywatch star Gena Lee Nolin has joined the cast of Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens. Oh, and there’s going to be a Sharknado 4. Ack.
Now that Marvel has partnered with Sony on the Spiderman stuff, it turns out that we will be seeing some other Marvel characters in the Spiderman reboot film that arrives July 2017. The question is which one(s)? Who cares?! Fun!
Entertainment One and BBC Films are releasing a new film spin-off of the original show, The Office. Entitled David Brent: Life On The Road, we follow Ricky Gervais’ character 12 years later as he has become a singer and traveling salesman. David’s awkwardness abounds. The film releases in the U.K. August 19 this summer.
It looks like Batman V Superman and The Boss will battle for first place in the box office this weekend. Both are projected to make around 23 million. Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss made $ 985, 000 on it’s Thursday night preview. Turns out, both films are not favorites of the critics. I say, go see Born To Be Blue or Midnight Special instead.
In this weeks “Would you please get the tone right” story, Gal Gadot, the actress playing Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman, and of course in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, says that film won’t be much lighter than BvS. “In Batman v Superman, you get a glimpse of who she is but not where she comes from,” she told Digital Spy. “In Wonder Woman, this would be the first time we ever tell the coming-of-age story of how Diana becomes Wonder Woman. It’s very interesting. It has moments of humor, but it’s pretty dark.”
Great. It’s just nothing but soul-crushing gloom for the whole DC Universe. They don’t ALL have to be like Batman, dammit! Nor should they! But, hey, DC, if you want to let Zack Snyder control every movie made in your comic universe, that’s your business. Just don’t be surprised when people keep bitching about them.
And in this week’s “As if it wasn’t dark enough” story, it turns out Zack Snyder actually CUT a scene from BvS because he thought it was too dark. Why he didn’t think most of the rest of the film was a problem just tells us how far off he is in general.
The director spoke about the scene in a conversation with IGN and he’s right – the whole thing sounds dark and horrible and completely out of character for a superhero movie. Which technically means it probably would have fit right in with the rest of Batman v Superman. Anyway, the scene deals with why Superman couldn’t hear Lex Luthor’s minions abducting his mother despite having super-hearing:
“We had a scene that we cut from the movie where he tries to look for her when he finds out that Lex has got her. It was a slightly dark scene that we cut out because it sort of represented this dark side. Because when he was looking for his mom he heard all the cries of all the potential crimes going on in the city, you know when you look.”
And yet, he did this when Lois was in trouble and flew across the globe to rescue her. Hmmm…He continues:
“I kind of like the idea that he’s taught himself not to look because if he looks it’s just neverending, right? You have to know when, as Superman, when to intervene and when not to. Or not when not to, you can’t be everywhere at once, literally you can’t be everywhere at once, so he has to be really selective in a weird way about where he chooses to interfere.”
Ok, in a way, this is insightful about how Superman has to operate. One of the few times it seems like Snyder has some idea of this material. But, knowing that Superman has to willfully ignore tons of crimes every single day because he simply can’t be everywhere at once, is indeed yet another shadow cast on this tone of this character.
In this weeks “Oh, this could be a bad sign” story, Warner Bros. is doing some pretty major re-shoots for their highly anticipated Suicide Squad movie. Early talk has been that they wanted to add some humor to the film to make it a bit less dark and dour. However, actor Jai Courtney who plays Boomerang in the film, says that isn’t really true. ““I wouldn’t say we’re going back to make it funnier,” he says of the newly shot sequences. “There’s some additional action stuff that we’ve been doing, which is pretty dope. Yeah, really, we’re just kind of adding in that sense.”
Ok, Jai, whatever you say. But if your word is anything like your acting, don’t expect me to put a ton of faith in it.
Actor Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) has been cast as the villain in Wolverine 3. He will star along with Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart. Holbrook will play a relentless, calculating and intense head of security for a global enterprise who is set against Jackman’s clawed Wolverine/Logan hero. The CAA-repped actor’s deal was just completed on the film, which is gearing up for a May production start.
Keep in mind, people, Hugh Jackman has made it clear that this will be his last appearance as the mutant Wolverine. Let’s all take a moment to mourn that.
Warner Bros. is moving forward with it’s sequel to the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow. Race writers Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse will write the script while Christopher McQuarrie is set to direct. And yes, both Cruise and Blunt will reprise their roles.
In this week’s “The Mummy vs Scientology” story, Tom Cruise has officially signed on to star in Universal’s reboot (another reboot?!) of The Mummy. The release date is June 9, 2017, and will signify the beginning of Universal’s plan to update all of their classic monster films and even have each of the classic monsters appear in each other’s films so they can culminate in an Avengers style tie-in film. Eegads, what a dubious notion.
The Mummy will be directed by Alex Kurtzman, with a script by Jon Spaihts. Sofia Boutella in slate to star as the classic monster. So many reason to SMH (“Shake My Head”, for those not up on current internet jargon). 🙂
And finally, in this week’s “mixed nuts” story, actor Nicolas Cage and Motley Crue’s Vince Neil got into an altercation in Las Vegas on Thursday at the Aria hotel. Police told People Magazine the scuffle took place around 5 pm after another incident inside the hotel, in which Vince Neil allegedly yanked a woman to the ground by her hair after she asked Cage for an autograph. Neil can be seen moving towards Cage outside the hotel. The actor then grabs Neil around the neck and restrains him before yelling, “Stop this s— now!”
You should look at this weird video of the incident. It’s from TMZ, of course:
Neil was sited for battery for the alleged incident involving the female fan but was not taken to the police station (how typical). He, or someone on his behalf, will have to appear in Las Vegas court at a later date, unless the alleged victim chooses to settle the dispute privately, according to authorities.
Vince Neil looks drunk – maybe they both are – and if he did throw some woman to the ground for asking for Cage’s autograph, it seems like Neil is weirdly protective of NIc Cage. Just two crazy celebrities being crazy. “Hello, Crazy McGee, I’d like to introduce you to Wacky McNutjob. Maybe you’d like to get together in Vegas and embarrass yourselves?” Great! Well done!
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, always guaranteeing that The Weakley Film News will be anything but average! See ya next time!