"Dead Hearts" is a great short film that follows the story a young mortician who learns that “not even death can stand in the way of true love.” It’s described as a “whimsical, gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung Fu, and biker werewolves.” Because every film needs biker werewolves!
Sound like something you’d be interested in? Then you should probably watch it because it is incredibly entertaining! Who would have thought that death could be so much fun!? I saw "Dead Hearts" for the first time at the FilmQuest film festival last year, and I’ve eagerly been waiting for it to be released online. The short was directed by Stephen Martin, and now you get a chance to see it for yourself! Enjoy!
Haley Joel Osment has been cast in the upcoming Amazon series The Book of Strange New Things according to THR. The series is based on the hit novel of the same name by Michael Faber. Osment will join Richard Madden, who will play the series lead. Here's a description for the book...
Peter Leigh, an English pastor decides to leave his wife Beatrice in order to be a missionary. It is gradually revealed that rather than being a missionary on a different country he has been hired by a private American corporation called USIC to preach to the native population of a distant planet called Oasis. Peter expects to find hostility when meeting the native population but finds instead that they are extremely welcoming, already speak English very well and are passionate devotees of the Christian faith, referring to themselves as Jesus Lover One, Two, etc.
Well, that's not at all what I was expecting! You read a title like The Book of Strange New Things, and think it's going to be something out of the same realm as Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, not a sci-fi show with a Christian twist. At least it's original!
Osment will play a colony worker who used to grow lots of marijuana but has since found religion. No date has been set for the series.
Marvel has officially announced that Deborah Ann Woll and Simone Missickwill reprise their roles as Karen Page and Misty Knight in Netflix's upcoming The Defenders. These are both awesome characters, and it's great that they will continue to be developed further in The Defenders.
They will join the previously confirmed cast of Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Finn Jones as Danny Rand, and Sigourney Weaver as an unidentified villain. I'm pretty sure that Jon Bernthal’s Punisher will return for the series as well, but that has yet to be confirmed.
It was recently announced that Jessica Jones director S.J. Clarkson will be directing the first two episodes of The Defenders, and it was confirmed that there will be eight episodes in the series.
The Defenders is set to premiere sometime in 2017, and it's going to be a ton of fun seeing all of these characters come together to fight Weaver. To catch up on all of the news about the series, click here.
"Mars sample returns are like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're going to get."
Last week NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is about a 10 minute drive from my home, held their annual Halloween pumpkin carving competition. Not only are the people who work at JPL some of the smartest and most gifted scientists in the world, but they also carve up some of the coolest freakin' pumpkins you've ever seen! As you'll see, these people went all out creating some really fun and inventive jack-o-lanterns.
I've posted a bunch of images and videos from the entries in JPL's pumpkin carving competition below. You can see more here, and there are even more videos on Flickr.
I love the art of magic! I've enjoyed seeing crazy fun magic tricks performed ever since I was a kid, and as an adult, seeing magic just brings that kid out in me again. I just love that feeling of there being real magic in the world.
David Blaine has been an incredibly fun magician to watch over the years, and he has a new special coming out called David Blaine: Beyond Magic. Today we have a trailer for it that includes a ton of big time actors such as Emma Stone, Johnny Depp, Margot Robbie, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Travolta, and Patrick Stewart having their minds blown by the talented magician.
I have absolutely no idea how Blaine pulls off the magic tricks that he does, and I'd like to keep it that way. The mystery of magic is what makes it so damn cool and unbelievable! I do hope that his latest TV special doesn't just rehash all of his old tricks. I'd like to see some new tricks that I've never seen him do before.
David Blaine: Beyond Magic will premiere on November 15th, 2016 at 10:00 pm on ABC.
Mad Max: Fury Road star, Tom Hardy, is set to play legendary gangster, Al Capone, in Josh Trank’s Fonzo according to Deadline Hollywood.
Fonzo will revolve around the later life of ruthless Chicago gangster, Al Capone. Capone ruled Chicago with malice through 1920’s and early 1930’s during the prohibition era taking many innocent lives through evil acts such as bombings. He was eventually taken down in 1931, and following a long trial was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion. Al Capone eventually died in 1947 aged 48, after numerous health conditions lead to a stroke.
The film is being written and directed by Chronicle creator, Josh Trank, and produced by Russell Ackerman, John Schoenfelder and Pulp Fiction producer, Lawrence Bender. Fonzo has begun pre-production and Bloom will take it to the AFM (American Film Market) to begin the selling process.
I’m not a huge fan of Josh Trank and his antics within the industry, though that’s not to say he isn’t talented, studio interference clearly played a heavy role in damaging his take on the Fantastic Four. I’m also a sucker for criminal history and the dramatic takes on these real life stories, plus Tom Hardy will absolutely nail this role!
When it comes to telling Batman stories, comic book writer and artist Frank Miller knows his shit. This guy has written some insanely incredible Batman comics in his day. After all these years of seeing Batman bring to the big screen, have you ever wondered what his take on a Batman film would be? Well, Miller recently sat down with Variety for an interview, and they talked about how Batman: The Dark Knight Returns has influenced the films and asked where he would take the Batman movie franchise if he had a say in the matter. This is what he said:
"My dream would be to make it much smaller. To lose the toys and to focus more on the mission, and to use the city a great deal more. Because he’s got a loving relationship with the city he’s protecting. And unlike Superman his connection to crime is intimate; it has been ever since his parents were murdered. And he defeats criminals with his hands. So it would be a different take. But it will never be in my hands, because it would not be a good place to make toys from. There wouldn’t be a line of toys."
It would be great to see Miller bring this vision of his to life in some kind of proof-of-concept short film. I would love to see his take on the character brought to life. It's kind of a shame that we'll never really seen his vision happen because Warner Bros. loves their toys too much.
Miller previously worked with Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky on a Batman project, and it seems like that was the closest we've ever come to seeing Miller's vision. Miller explained that they had a script for it and said:
"That screenplay was based on my book Batman: Year One, and yeah it was much more down to earth. In it a fair amount of time is spent before he became Batman, and when he went out and fought crime he really screwed it up a bunch of times before he got it right. So it was 90-minute origins story."
Aronofsky is such a talented director that it's a shame that he never got to make this Batman movie. Miller previously explained that it was way too dark and that Warner Bros. passed on it because it wasn't something the kiddies would enjoy. You can see some concept art that was done for the film here. Miller was eventually asked if he saw Batman v Superman, and he replied:
"I’ll just say: ‘Thanks.’ What can I say? — he laughs — no, actually I’ll withdraw that; I’ll say: ‘You’re welcome!’
Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns are currently writing the next Batman solo film, which is looking to release sometime in 2018. What do you all think about Miller's version of a Batman movie? Would you watch it?
As a way to celebrate Halloween, I thought I'd post some graphically gruesome behind-the-scenes photos from The Walking Dead season seven premiere. The photos were posted by executive producer and special effects makeup department head Greg Nicotero, and they show us the makeup and the effects work that was done to create the look of Glenn and Abraham's brutally furious head bashing by Negan.
The makeup is done so well that it might just make your stomach churn uncomfortably. They give us a good and clean look at the kind of damage that Negan's barbwire bat, Lucille, inflicted on these characters. The Walking Dead sure does have a hell of a talented makeup and FX team! It'd be so cool to have these guys do your makeup for Halloween!
You can see all four photos below, and each one of them comes with a bit of commentary from Nicotero.
After director Josh Trank epically shit the bed with the Fantastic Four reboot, I wasn't really sure we'd ever see him make another movie again. But Addictive Pictures has hired him to direct a new film that he wrote calledFonzo, and Tom Hardy is set to play Al Capone. This is the plot summary that was released:
Once a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Alfonse Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Alfonse’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.
This is actually a very intriguing and unique take on the life of Capone, and I have no doubt that Hardy will give an incredible performance. They guy is a crazy talented actor, the question is... can Trank actually deliver a great film? Producer Alex Walton said in a statement:
“Fonzo brings together the myth and lore of notorious American Gangster Al Capone with the undeniable talent of Tom Hardy and Josh Trank. We are thrilled to bring this film to buyers at the AFM.”
Hardy will next be seen in Christopher Nolan's WWII film Dunkirk and the upcoming FX miniseries Taboo. What do you think of the actor taking on the role of Al Capone? Do you think Trank can take his film idea and develop it into something better than Fantastic Four?