Welcome to a new week of things going on in the world of film.Maybe there will be some cool, informative news, but hopefully there will be some all-out bat-shit crazy news, too. Prepare to be astounded!
Right off the bat, Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison production company are teaming with STX to develop a family-friendly animated feature. Sandler will write, star and produce the untitiled project. And it will likely be nigh unwatchable.
In this week’s “Mediocre 3D experience” story, word is that the 3D in this week’s Alice Through The Looking Glass is average at best. But then, so does the movie in general, so whatever.
In this week’s “Battle of the Big Summer Blockbusters” story, X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through The Looking Glass will be vying for top ticket sales this weekend, even though it’s pretty obvious that X-Men will win. I mean, really, when you look at those trailers, it’s X-men all the way. UPDATE: That prediction has proved correct. X-Men is beating Alice’s ass.
In this week’s “Following It Follows” story, Canadian distributor, D Films, has snagged David Robert Mitchell’s follow-up to It Follows, titled Under The Silver Lake. Mitchell has written the screenplay and will direct the film, described as a modern film noir crime thriller set in Los Angeles. It will star Andrew Garfield and Dakota Johnson.
In this week’s “Cart before the horse” story, there is certainly some talk over at Warner Bros. about multiple spin-offs of the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. We already heard about perhaps giving Harley Quinn her own film that would include the likes of Batgirl, and some Birds of Prey characters. But Warner Bros. is suggesting they would make spin-off films with other members of Suicide Squad as well. Seems to me they’re counting their eggs before they’re hatched. We’re all hoping Suicide Squad is good, but what if it’s underwhelming? Let’s face it, the DC movie universe is still on shakey ground for most of us, so it seems a bit premature to be planning all sorts of spin-off films.
In this week’s “Bond, James Bond” story, BirthMoviesDeath.com say that “sources close to Tom Hiddleston” say that he is actually in “advanced talks” to be the next James Bond. Though no official offer has yet been made, Hiddleston has made it know that he would like to take on the role. You know, all of this unverified talk of the James Bond Situation has become Cry Wolf. Too many maybes, not enough certainies.
In this week’s “Have you learned nothing?” story, Battle Angel Alita, the American remake of the 1993 Japanese anime’ film Gunnm, has somehow managed to cast a non-Asian actor as its’ lead. James Cameron was to direct as it was a pet project, but with all sorts of Avatar nonsense going on, he passed it on to Robert Rodriguez to direct. Yet, Rosa Salazar has been cast at Alita. Doesn’t sound like an Asian name, does it? She was born in Maryland. We certainly could have a discussion about all this, but I have more news to report, so maybe another time?
In this week’s “Let’s add some color here” story, Sony is making an animated Spider-Man movie, and it looks like they may not use the Peter Parker Spider-Man, but in fact use the Miles Morales character. Miles Morales is half African-American and half Latino, and was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli in 2011 for the comic Marvel’s Ultimate Universe continuity. Hey, at least somebody is making an effort.
In this week’s “Obscure film sequel” story, Vanessa Williams, Sterling Knight, Brittany Curran, Carlos Knight and Akemi Look are joining The Man From Earth: Holocene, a sequel to 2007’s sci-fi film The Man From Earth.
The 2007 original, penned by sci-fi writer/author Jerome Bixby, centered on a college professor who’s actually a centuries-old caveman. Richard Schenkman is returning to direct with shooting starting next week in Southern California. The original script was the last work from Bixby, best known for his 1953 story “It’s a Good Life,” which was the basis for a 1961 episode of “The Twilight Zone” and was included in Twilight Zone: The Movie. He also wrote four episodes for the Star Trek series and co-wrote the story upon which the movie Fantastic Voyage was based.
Schenkman and Eric D. Wilkinson are producing the sequel. Schenkman is directing from a script he co-wrote with Jerome Bixby’s son, Emerson Bixby, who also serves as executive producer through his Falling Sky Entertainment Banner. The Man From Earth: Holocene is based on a story by Schenkman and Wilkinson.
If you have not seen The Man From Earth, you should. It’s a wonderful film that mostly only science fiction fans have heard of, but I recommend it highly. I have trouble imagining this sequel will be as good, though. Just because Jerome Bixby was a great writer, doesn’t mean his son is, too.
In this week’s “Cloverfield or not Cloverfield?” story, the J.J.Abrams produced film, God Particle, has added some more to it’s cast. Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, Aksel Hennie, and Zhang Ziyi have joined Daniel Bruhl, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Elizabeth Debicki to director Julius Onah’s film that may or may not be related to Cloverfield. Production begins on June 10, as that part is pretty certain.
God Particle takes place in the near-future and “centers on a team of astronauts on a who make a terrifying discovery that challenges all they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for their survival.” Their discovery? Either that Earth has disappeared, an unknown spacecraft, or the god particle.
In this week’s “Don’t say I didn’t warn you” story, Andy Samberg’s new movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, you will apparently be seeing a significant amount of a famous director’s penis. That’s right, folks, there is a scene of male frontal nudity, and it’s for, like, a whole ten seconds.
Andy Samberg plays Conner4Real, a member of a boy band now gone solo. In a scene in a limo with the band trying to reconcile, they are surrounded by fans wanting autographs, and at one point, they open the car window and an over-zealous male fan sticks his penis through the window to be autographed. You never see the guy’s face, but director Judd Apatow fessed up and admitted it’s his junk. So, now you know that when you see Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which actually could be pretty funny, coming from The Lonely Island guys, you might want to avert your eyes at that time.
In this week’s “I got a bad feeling about this” story, Universal-Legendary’s Warcraft is opening June 10, and it seems to only be generating moderate interest with U.S. movie-goers. Early reviews haven’t been great, and with a lot of static, video-game type CG action, I’m certainly having MY doubts. With The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel coming out the week before, and the competition being The Conjuring 2 and Now You See Me 2, it could be an upward climb to making it’s money back. Will we crush, or be crushed, by the (CG) Hoard?
And in this week’s “Well I could have told you that” story, actress Amber Heard has detailed her husband Johnny Depp’s drug and alcohol abuse, saying that she feared for her safety in papers she filed during her appearance in Los Angeles County Court early Friday morning. In a declaration for a restraining order, the actress said, “I am extremely afraid of Johnny and for my safety.”
The document alleges all sorts of crazy behavior, like extreme anger, violent outbursts and substance abuse by the 52 year old Depp. “His relationship with reality oscillates,” Heard stated, “Depending on his interaction with alcohol and drugs. Johnny has a long-held and widely-acknowledged public and private history of drug and alcohol abuse,” she said, “He has a short fuse. He is often paranoid and his temper is exceptionally scary.”
The story goes on with the full account by Amber Heard and it’s frightening. He throws things and smashes lots of bottle and glass things, and other violence. She was awarded the restraining order and has filed for divorce.
Ladies and gentlemen, Johnny Depp! *crickets chirping, nervous looks*…
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, bringing you all the news that’s fit to astound, fascinate,or infuriate you.