A whole new week of film news! And if you’re nice, maybe even one or two nerd relevant TV stories, too! Now, mush!
In this week’s “Funny people in funny costumes” story, Christopher Guest has a new mockumentary coming – not to theaters – but to Netflix! The comedy, Mascots, will be available on October 13, and is about sports team mascots and follows about 20 of them as they compete for the coveted and prestigious Golden Fluffy Award.
Mascots stars many of Guest regulars, such as himself, Jennifer Coolidge, Fred Willard, as well as Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, Chris O’Dowd, and Jane Lynch. You can watch the trailer now online! Looks like it’s chock full o’funny, as you might expect.
In this week’s “In Memorium” story, two films are coming back to the theaters this weekend. In honor of the passing of beloved Gene Wilder, both Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles will be in select theaters across the country.
Willy Wonka will play in 200 theaters and Blazing Saddles will play in 55 of AMC theaters in the U.S. this weekend. Tickets will be a steal at $ 5 each.
In this week’s “Creepy thriller full of secrets” story, the new film by director Tom Ford sounds like a good one. Nocturnal Animals stars Amy Admas and Jake Gyllenhaal. Adams at one point tells a coworker about her possibly scary ex-husband (Gyllenhaal) who has recently come back into her life via a book he has written, titled or course, Nocturnal Animals.
This is a film I’m looking forward to.
In this week’s “One more comic book show” story, busy comic show guy Greg Berlanti, is now working on an adaptation of Black Lightning. Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil are writing the project. The story will focus on a retired superhero who is forced back into action by his vengeance-seeking daughter and the actions of a local gang who have their eyes on a star student.
“Black Lightning is a super-hero with the ability to generate and control lightning. Originally he was a high school principal and Olympic-level athlete who became a vigilante to take down organized crime in Metropolis’ Suicide Slum.” he would eventually become part of Batman’s team of Outsiders, and has also been a member of the Justice League. His daughters operate as the superheroes Thunder and Lightning.
The show will be shopped around, but it certainly seems likely that a slot at the CW is likely seeing as all to Berlanti’s other super hero shows are there; or possibly Netflix if the CW thinks their schedule is too comic book-heavy. As if THAT were possible. 😉
In this week’s “No Emperor for you!” story, there will be no appearance of the Emperor in Star Wars: Rogue One, however, there WILL be a new droid! This droid looks like R2-D2 but in black. You know, kinda like R2-D2’s evil twin. His name is C2-B5, an Imperial Astromech droid. There are pics of him on the internet now, so go have at it!
In this week’s “What ever happened to…?” story, actress Isabella Huppert is starring in a new psychological thriller called Elle, directed by none other than…Paul Verhoeven. I certainly haven’t kept track of Verhoeven’s activities in years. After the film Hollow Man in 2000, he seemed to walk away form making U.S. based films and went back to the Netherlands to make Dutch films. And since 2000, he has only made three films, this one, Elle, is the third.
Based on Philippe Djian’s novel “Oh…” and adapted by David Birke, the film generated buzz for its gripping and twisted tale about Michèle (Huppert), a high-powered videogame company CEO who suffers a vicious sexual assault. She goes in search of the man who committed the crime, developing a strange relationship with her abuser.
This is being called Verhoeven’s best film in years, and could be a potential contender for Best Foreign Language Film. Wow. That would be quite a comeback from the likes of Starship Troopers and Hollow Man.
In this week’s “We don’t need your stinking Marvel feelms!” story, Scottish director David MacKenzie has made a great indie film in Hell Or High Water. So much so that people are taking notice, certainly in the theaters, and likely in the production companies as well. He’ll surely be getting some phone calls, but he isn’t interested in any calls from the likes of Marvel, as he’s not too keen on that stuff.
“I can’t fucking bear superheroes, so I won’t be doing one of those.” Fortunately, Hollywood is a big place, and Marvel is not the only game in town. “I look forward to the day when the general public get tired of these things – I’ve been tired of them for a long time.”
Ok, MacKenzie, take it easy. I get it, not everyone is on board with the comic book movies, but let’s face it, as long as they’re making money, they’re not going anywhere. So you, sir, can focus on giving us brilliant counter-progamming to that. And that’s worth a LOT, for sure.
In this week’s “How many are we gonna lose?” story, great character actor Jon Polito, a favorite of the Coen Brothers, has died. He played a lot of mobster type roles, with his mustache and raspy voice, with humor and indeed a certain amount of pathos. He’s one of those actors that you know when you see them, even if you don’t immediately recognize the name.
Polito was diagnosed with incurable blood cancer in 2010. He was 65. RIP.
In this week’s “Not gonna happen” story, Warner Bros. had a specific comment about the rumour of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child becoming a trilogy of films. They released the folowing statement: “’Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is a stage play, with no plans for there to be a film.”
And yet, Warner Bros. has gone to the trouble to secure film rights to the material anyway, which seems odd. And yet again, Warner Bros. has no rights to the stage play that is taking place in the U.K., soooo… yeah. Interesting, yes? Of course further rumours state that Warner Bros. would indeed like to make a trilogy of films about this for release as soon as 2020, and most certainly want Daniel Radcliffe to reprise his role as Harry.
Radcliffe, however, has made it pretty clear that he’d like to stay away from the idea for the foreseeable future.
But it’s not COMPLETELY out of the question. Radcliffe has stated in response: “It would depend on the script. The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there! So I am saying ‘no’ for now, but leaving room to backtrack in the future.”
Gotta keep your options open, right, man?
In this week’s “Ferris Bueller’s Reminder” story, this month marks the long awaited release of the Original Soundtrack to the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It comes out on September 13, but there will only be 5000 copies made. Better be quick about it if you want it.
In this week’s “Hey, I like her and all, but…” story, the Deauville American Film Festival opens this year with.. a tribute to actress Chloe Grace Moretz. Moretz was awarded the Young Hollywood Award.
Wearing a long, yet revealing flowery dress, the 19-year-old actress took the stage to thank the festival and said she was inspired by previous Deauville honorees who are “humble” and “responsible” actors, citing Juliette Binoche, Julianne Moore, Denzel Washington, Keira Knightley, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Stewart and most recently Seth Rogen. “These are people who shaped me and who I am,” said Moretz.
The young girl that was Hit Girl is now a lovely and promising actress of 19 years, but let’s face it, she hasn’t really done much yet that makes me think she’s award material already. Whatever, that’s just me.
In this week’s “Bayhem camera callback” story, Michael Bay’s new fancy RED 8K camera, the Bayhem, is being promoted with something you’d probably expect form Bay: panties. Bay is using the camera on a new Victoria’s Secret campaign.
He says: “You know what this is? This camera? It’s called a Bayhem. It’s the only one in the world. RED made it for me. They asked me what color should I paint it, black, red, whatever — I said listen guys, you’re doing it for advertising purposes? Why don’t we just paint it f*ck you green. So this is Nike green. The reason why it’s Nike green is because it’s a very nimble 8K, perfectly ergonomically balanced, the way I like this with the handles. Alright?”
Great. Just great. Why must Michael Bay promote great new technology with ladies underwear? I mean, I’m the LAST person to be called a prude, but come on, man. Must EVERYTHING he do have to be on the must see short list for 14 year old boys? Well, yes, of course.
Ok, thanks for tuning in for this week’s selection of Celluloid updates!
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, reminding you that Stranger Things, season 2 will be on Netflix around the middle of 2017! Yay!