Oh hello, kids! Let’s see what random things are happening this week.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is expected to pass the 900 million dollar mark this weekend. This will put it over 2 billion dollars worldwide. I suppose that’s hardly news, though, huh?
Looks like Lionsgate is going to be making a reboot of MacGyver. Why not? Everything else that was old is new again, might as well bring back MacGyer, too. Turns out they’re also talking TV series. Furious 7 director James Wan is set to helm the pilot that will focus on a twenty-something MacGyver that gets recuirted into a clandestine organization where he uses his unique way of solving problems to help prevent disasters. So, yeah, basically the same as before.
Zack Snyder was interviewed on the HALL OF JUSTICE Podcast and was pressed about the complaints regarding the end of his film Man of Steel, and how people think he changed Superman’s inherent character. Snyder said, “People are always like ‘You changed Superman.’ If you’re a comic book fan, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you know the true canon, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you’re a fan of the old movies, yeah, I changed him a bit,” Snyder said. He went on to clarify that he, as a comic book fan, defaulted to Superman’s comic origins and not his on-screen incarnation, aiming to have his Superman “set a tone for the world” and “feel consistent for the DC universe.”
Ok then. Ironically, those were never my worries about the Superman character. But I’m still gonna go into Batman v Superman with low expectations. I have concerns. so, we’ll see.
Hey, did anyone know that Anderson Cooper’s mom was Gloria Vanderbuilt? I didn’t. Apparently he’s making a documentary about her. That is certainly all news to me.
Morgan Freeman is going to receive the 43rd annual Chaplin Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The Chaplin award honors actors and filmmakers who have reached the highest level of prominence and artistic achievement. Way to go, Morgan!
Ethan Hawke is starring in a biopic of jazz great, Chet Baker. I’m really looking forward to that this year. I’m a big Chet Baker fan. He’s also starring in, along with a great ensemble cast that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Vincent D’Onofrio, a remake of The Magnificent Seven. The western, currently filming, seems like one of those bad ideas about remaking classic films that don’t need to be re-made. (Hello, Psycho.) Directed by Antoine Fuqua, this remains to be seen, but let’s not hold our breath.
And speaking of jazz, Don Cheadle is playing Miles Davis this Spring in Miles Ahead. That’s cool.
Swiss-born cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema is slated to work with director Chrasotpher Nolan again (Interstellar) on his WWII film, Dunkirk. This is a war thriller that will star Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh, with music by Hans Zimmer. I think we can all agree that this sounds awesome.
Well, it appears Channing Tatum and the one and only Joseph Gordon-Levitt (#JGL!) are going to star in a musical comedy for Universal Pictures. Produced by some of the folks that brought us the Broadway musical Wicked, and that Grease: Live thing on TV, the details of the project have not been divulged. How about a cross between Magic Mike and Nightwing? Anyone? No? Yeah, me neither. Though, I DO imagine both of these actors will handle the musical comedy thing deftly. Apparently this was #JGL’s idea along with Michael Bacall, who wrote the screenplays to the 21 Jump Street movies.
Turns out #JGL is developing Fraggle Rock at New Regency? Wow. I’m learning stuff today.
Hey, Bernie Sanders is going to be on Saturday Night Live this weekend. That ought to be a hoot.
Michael Moore is in the hospital with pneumonia, Rose McGowen is getting divorced, Kate Hudson likes being single, Zac Ephron is working out like crazy and has the biceps to go with it (he’s going to be in the Baywatch movie), and Henry Cavill is still super buff, too, because, well, he’s Superman.
In what could be my “story of least interest”, actress Bella Heathcote is going to play Christian Grey’s former lover in Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey.
Oh, and by the way, the Superbowl is this Sunday. In case you didn’t know.
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, trying to decide what movie to see this weekend.