A lot of people are interested in MoviePass now that the service dropped its price to $9.95 per month. The service claims that its customers can see a movie everyday of the month as long as they pay the monthly fee. So how does it work? what's the catch? Is this a scam? I finally got my card and put the service to the test. Here is the MoviePass service explained:
M. Night Shyamalan has cast two additional co-stars from Unbreakable for his upcoming sequel Glass. He brought back Spencer Treat Clark to reprise his role of David Dunn's son Joseph. I really liked his character in the first film and it's awesome that he will be back to play the character again. it will be interesting to see what he's been up to after all these years. It was also announced that Charlayne Woodard would be back as Elijah's mothers.
They will join the previously cast Bruce Willis as David, Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass, James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke. Sarah Paulson also stars in the film in an undisclosed role.
Following the conclusion of SPLIT, GLASS finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
Clark has kept busy since he was in Unbreakable. He was most recently seen playing the villain Werner von Strucker on Agents of SHIELD and he also had a role in TNT's Animal Kingdom.
I've been waiting for this sequel to happen ever since I first saw Unbreakable and Shymalan announced it in the coolest way at the end of Split. I honestly wasn't sure if it would ever happen, but it is, and I can't wait to see it!
My boy Tom Hanks is set to star in a new comedy called A Man Called Ove, which will be a remake of the popular Swedish film directed by Hannes Holm. The original film, which is based on the novel by Fredrik Backman, was nominated for a couple Oscars earlier this year and it was the highest-grossing foreign language film in the U.S. in 2016. I never saw it, but it looks like I might need to! Here's a description of the story:
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
This sounds like a great story and a perfect role of Tom Hanks to take on. I'm a huge fan of the actor so I'm looking forward to seeing him bring this character to life. It seems like it would be a new, fresh, and different kind of role for him. Hanks will also produce the film alongside his wife Rita Wilson, who had this to say in a statement:
“This story about love, tolerance and hope amplifies the qualities in movies that are hallmarks of the classic films we know and love. 'A Man Called Ove’ transcended the language barrier to touch readers and audiences in ways we long for. What an honor to be part of such beautiful material.”
Did you see the original film? Do you think this will be a good project for Hanks to be a part of?
In what I guarantee is the weirdest shit you'll see on the internet today, two grown ass men are arguing over Instagram over who is the real-life Joker. What's even crazier is one of the dudes involved, "Boonk", is actually an "Instagram Comedian", who according to the maker of this video, is on some really heavy drugs at the moment. Considering the massive amount of face tattoos both guys have, I kind of assumed as much, but I'm really just here to spread the word on a situation I never saw happening in real life...seriously this can't be real.
Check out the beef below, and hear more details on the story at about the 4 minute mark.
A recent study by a 3rd party company has shown that The Defenders could very well be the least watched Marvel show on Netflix. The data comes from Jumpshot (via i09) who, through their metrics, have determined that around 17% of the people who tuned in for Season 2 of Daredevil (allegedly the most watched Marvel series to date) tuned in to watch at least one episode of The Defenders.
If that's true, that's shockingly low, but from what I've heard from friends it's not at all that surprising. I've had several friends who didn't watch simply because Iron Fist was involved, and they hated the series that much they would not watch something with him in it again! Of course, we'll never know if these numbers are actually true as Netflix doesn't even reveal their numbers to the people who make their shows. That said, Jumpshot isn't just some ragtag company and they have some real analytics to prove their numbers, so fans shouldn't be so quick to dismiss their findings.
Obviously, we're all a little biased seeing as we're geeks, but do you know anyone who tuned in for the other Marvel shows who skipped out on The Defenders? If so, let us know why they skipped it in the comments.
The Witness has finally dropped on mobile, and it's going for an astonishingly low price! For only $10, you can now download the game on iOS and try to make sense of all the frustrating puzzle solving you have to do in serene landscapes.
Truth be told though, if you're looking for a good puzzle game, you won't find a better challenge, and I can find the whole experience a lot less frustrating when you can take the game on the go. Will you be picking it up?
Source: App Store
If you're excited for the return of The Walking Dead, you're gonna want to watch this new promo spot for Season 8 that was released by AMC. It offers us a little taste of what's in store for the next season as Rick and Maggie give inspirational speeches to their crews before they run into battle against Negan.
Last season was really hit and miss for me. It wasn't until the last two episodes where I felt that the series was actually moving forward. For the most part, Season 7 was pretty dull... in my opinion. Creator Robert Kirkman previously said that this next season will be more action-packed, describing it as an “all-out war story.”
"So in Season 8 we’re trying to do a more fast-paced season, a more action-packed season, really focusing on momentum, and we feel like over the first seven seasons we kind of set all of the characters into place, and now it’s time to break them to a certain extent."
That sounds good to me and gives me something to look forward to! Judging by this trailer is certainly looks like things are going to get crazy intense.
Season 8 is set to premiere on October 22nd.
by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-Chief
On April 15, 2015 Jeff Bauman tragically lost his legs as a result of the Boston Marathon bombing and then fought all obstacles to get back on his own two feet to become an inspiration for not only the city of Boston, but the entire country. Jake Gyllenhaal delivers one of his most powerful performances to date playing Jeff in David Gordon Green’s masterpiece chronicling Jeff’s heroic struggle, Stronger.
What follows below is an interview with both the real Jeff Bauman and his on screen counterpart, Jake Gyllenhaal from 9/12/17, the afternoon before the Boston premiere of their film.
Please note that this interview may be edited slightly for content and clarity.
Q: How much of Jeff’s story did you know before going into the film?
Jake Gyllenhaal: I really had only seen the photograph of Jeff initially before I had read the screenplay. So it was sort of in reverse order in this case. So really, it was just that image, which was a really a generalized image that was sent around via the media. I never thought that in a million years that our lives would intersect in the way that they have. Now you could probably ask me anything about the idiosyncrasies of his family and I’d probably have an answer, but at the time I just saw that image.
Q: So you and Jeff are pretty tight now?
JG: Yup. Unfortunately for him. That is true.
Jeff Bauman: I’m just happy you have a close friend.
JG: (Laughing) Yeah, I know. Whenever asked about my work and then my life, he always says that I have no life. Which is really… great. And no friends.
JG: Yeah, you’re right, I have one.
Q: How much time did you guys spend together before filming?
JG: I mean, we spent-
JB:-A year and a half. Right? Off and on. You were busy doing stuff and you’d come back to Boston and we’d chill and do things, hit comedy shows, go out to eat.
JG: Yeah. Pretty much, yeah. As we got closer to production we sort of set up camp here and we were here for about six months prior to filming. Since I was producing the movie as well, I was driving back and forth from New York. I live in New York. So I was going from New York to (Boston) every few days for about five months. In that period of time, as we were location scouting and we were doing all this other stuff… Casting and stuff like that, we’d go out to dinner, or we would hang out, or go out to Jeff’s house or whatever it would be. It would either be me and (Director) David Gordon Green going over to Jeff or Jeff coming to us, or me going out and seeing Jeff alone. But throughout all of it we always would text. And then, not to say he disappeared, but he disappeared in person when we were shooting. It was just sort of something that happened, but we would text all the time and then we came back into seeing each other more often after that.
Q: Was there any hesitation into turning this into a movie? Were you concerned with how people would see you or your family after this?
JB: I’m not really worried about people… how they see me, I guess. My family is tough. I’m not them. It’s like, where do I draw the line with their privacy? Where do we draw the line to keep the story truthful? I guess that’s probably the biggest challenge going into it. It’s like… Then how far can we go with it? Right now my mom’s kind of sore at me. She is, Ma Dukes is sore.
JG: She was psyched after the reviews came out. Then she was like, “I’m not so sore.”
JB: No, she’s so happy. She’s my mother, she wants me to be successful. But then she’s like, “My apartment is not that dirty.”
JB: “Can you tell Miranda… why is my place so… why is there stuff everywhere?” She’s like, kind of immaculate and very meticulous in what she has in her apartment. It’s like OCD-ish. So she was really upset about that.
JG: With all the mess of the movie and the complications of (Jeff’s) personality and his family, but the profound love of all of them was what we were trying to get at. We knew there was a love there. This guy wouldn’t be here right now without all that love… From the city, from his family, from his friends that they just unquestionably gave him. It was without question and without doubt. But they are not without their complications and neither is he and that was important for us to show. Along with all the complications that come as a result of his injuries.
Q: Have the rest of your family and friends seen the film yet?
JB: Yes, most of them. There’s a lot of people coming tonight that haven’t seen it, so I’m excited for that, but it’s a rough story. It hits home to everybody. During this whole process, I’m an isolated kind of person. That’s why it’s probably so hard for Jake to crack who I was. To figure it out took a long time, because I don’t really open up. I was going through a rough time inside my head as you guys saw in the film. I was in a rough spot.
Q: Has this process been therapeutic for you?
JB: Yeah, in a way. I do a lot of public speaking now and go around and tell my story. I’ve been fortunate to do that and that has been really therapeutic, getting my story out there to a group of people and talking about it. That’s pretty cool. Definitely the movie has been really interesting. Not everybody has a movie made about them and it’s super interesting to be a part of it and to see what goes into it. Then to see the finished product, it makes even me cry. It makes me think about what I went through and where I am now. It’s like, alright I’m here I’m right where I need to be, with my daughter. That’s amazing. The whole thing is pretty surreal for me.
Q: How do you even prepare, physically and mentally for something like this?
JG: (Deep breath) Well, I think there are a number of thi- In truth, I don’t think there’s any real preparation, because the experience Jeff had, (to Jeff) You often say it’s like being sucker punched in a way. There’s not preparation for that experience, you know? All I can say is that the process that Jeff went through, in rehabilitation and even recovery initially, I tried to learn as much as I could about it. I tried to understand exactly what it’s like, what the surgeries are like. I’m not one to just goes, OK, I learned that Dr. Kalish, his doctor, did his amputations and that was it. There were a lot of other surgeries and the details of that. And the painkillers and even that suture scene. That came from us saying that we need to show how painful this is. There’s a lot of that and I just think that where you get an understanding is not just with Jeff, but it’s from the periphery. It’s from everyone around him. It’s from the layers of people that helped. It’s from their experience with other people who have been through trauma. It kind of goes very deep. So there’s a lot of research. There are a lot of talks. Dr. Kalish is in the movie. Odessa, his nurse, is in the movie. Michelle, his Physical Therapist, is in the movie. All of these people are in the movie, not because we always thought that we’d put these people in the movie, but because David Gordon Green and I had a meeting with Dr. Kalish to understand all the stuff he had to do and what Jeff was going through, and in the middle of it David couldn’t cast an actor who could do the doctor part that well. They just kept acting like a doctor and he turned to me and was like, “Hey, what if Dr. Kalish played the doctor?” So we had Dr. Kalish audition for the doctor and he was HORRIBLE.
JB: He’s a great Surgeon.
JG: Yeah. He couldn’t say the lines, but then we were like what if he just talks to my character like he would to any patient, the way he talked to Jeff and the way he talked to Jeff’s parents when he had to talk to them and tell them the news. Sure enough we shot the scene and there’s Miranda (Richardson) and Clancy (Brown), playing Jeff’s parents and Dr. Kalish walks in the room, just as he would walk in the room to tell Jeff’s (real) parents the same thing. And they respond that way. It wasn’t written. And the same thing in that suture scene. He’s just telling me how it goes and the nurses are walking around and talking to me the way they would talk to me normally. All of those people ended up in the movie and it’s a result of trying to understand and prepare myself for the situation.
Q: How does the dynamic work for you with the director as an actor and as a producer?
JG: Like, how do I relate to the director as an actor or do you mean how do I participate? Are you asking what is it the fuck that I actually do? (Laughter) Is that what you’re asking me in a much more articulate way? Like, why are you here?
Q: We were all wondering. But there had to be additional responsibilities as a producer.
JB: I could see it. He was all over me like a fuckin boss.
JG: I know, I know. I have a lot of experience, I’ve been doing this for a while now. I’ve been an actor for a while now and I grew up in a family who happened to make films, so it’s a family business. And I love the other aspects of making movies besides acting. I’ve produced a couple of films but this is the first film that my company has produced. So there’s a lot at stake for me and (it’s) a really important story already, as is. But there’s other things at stake for me, you know? As a result I put my heart and my soul into it because this story needs to be told and not a lot of people would have made it and it was hard to get made. In terms of involvement, it was a 24/7 job. I didn’t have a day off for… a good year. As soon as we knew this film was going to get made me and my producing partner we scoffed at anybody who got a day off, because we certainly didn’t. I think the same thing with Todd Lieberman. The three of us and David Gordon Green… it hasn’t stopped and it doesn’t stop until this movie comes out and even then it won’t stop, you know? I was involved in almost every discussion every step of the way. This isn’t a vanity project for me. This is a project that has unluckily gotten my blood and sweat and tears and I’m a smelly guy. That’s just part of it but I love it. I love making movies.
JB: This isn’t a vanity project?
JG: No, but I think people think that with actors producing movies and stuff like that. I would say the person that sacrificed the most to get this movie made is Todd Lieberman, the man who bought the rights to the book and developed it and brought (screenwriter) John Pollono on and made those first early and very difficult choices when certain people didn’t believe in it. We joined up and when we joined up we realized that movies like this don’t get made that often because… it’s just a changing world. But we knew in our hearts that it was a move that people would see and it needed to be told.
Q: How do you take a local story that might have success here in Boston and turn that into global success?
JG: Every story is a local story. Do you know what I mean? I mean, I don’t think Thor is a local story.
JG: Unless you’re from Rock-in-ock or whatever the hell land he’s from, you know?
JB: You know what hit me? I was thinking that, but then we go to Toronto and twenty-eight hundred people stand and they clap. And so many have liked it and took something from it. I was thinking the same thing. How do we get out of Boston? I was scared about Toronto.
JG: I don’t think you guys realize what an inspiration you are. Maybe that’s what it is. I think maybe that’s the feeling and that’s a wonderful thing. I think there’s that thing in Boston, there’s a humility, but there’s also a strength and this small town nature, but it is global. His story is about anybody that is struggling, anybody who is in a space and doesn’t feel like they can get out of it, anybody who has lost anything, you know? We are all struggling or know somebody that is struggling and Jeff said it on his Facebook page, It doesn’t have to make headlines to be hard. I think that’s the reason why this story is for anyone. It’s the reason why, at a certain point, that we have to go door to door. because this is the type of movie that we don’t have a lot of opportunity or budget to get it out there like a lot of movies. So, we are, we’re going door to door. I’m convinced that if I have to go to people’s houses and take them off the couch and drive them to the theater to see this story, I will do it.
JB: I will, too.
JG: We’re walking there together. Every time I tell his story… When this trailer came out it was so crazy. The response to this trailer all over the world… I was in Spain and people knew about that trailer. I went down a rabbit hole of watching trailer reactions. I can’t believe people film themselves watching trailers. It’s like amazing narcissism, but it’s like really incredible because I went down that crazy rabbit hole for like three hours.
This (one) girl I saw had thirty-eight followers on her YouTube page and she was like, “I have those wrist things on my wrist every once in a while and it’s because I have arthritis in my wrists and maybe you guys see those sometimes. Sometimes I have pain so bad that I don’t want to got outside, but something like this makes me realize that I can go outside.” That’s what Jeff brings out. You can get through to a better place than you thought you could. Even when you’re in the darkest place. I don’t see how that’s not everyone’s story.
Q: What was the first thing you said to Jake after seeing the film?
JG: I can tell you that, it was a text.
JB: Good job.
JG: Yeah you did, you wrote good job. I was like, “WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT MEAN?!”
JB: Yeah, I said good job and went to sleep. For three days.
Q: Thanks guys, congrats on the film.
Stronger opens nationwide Friday, September 22.
IT producer Roy Lee, is developing a very cool new live-action film project based on the classic 1980s Japanese battle mech sci-fi property Ma.K. If you're not familiar with the property, it involved giant robots, two-legged tanks, and an epic battle for survival.
Ma.K was created by artist and sculptor Kow Yokoyama and was introduced in the early 80s in Hobby Japan magazine. It was a monthly comic that was also tied into customizable model kits. They ended up finding a strong and large cult following. Yokoyama is also known for working on films such as Star Wars and Blade Runner.
This could seriously end up being an incredibly epic movie! I just hope that Lee ends up bringing on a talented team of individuals to bring it to life. Here are the story details:
The story is set far, far into the future after a nuclear war caused survivors to flee Earth. When the planet is habitable once again, new colonies are set up, but it's not long before a battle over resources begins. When one side wants to make Earth independent, a new revolutionary war begins, this time with mechanized armor and robots.
Kevin Munroe (TMNT) is also a producer on the project and this is what he had to say about it in a statement:
"Kow is a world creator in the truest sense, and this project finally gives Ma.K a global audience who will experience this epic and rich sci-fi property as fans have for the last 35 years."
I can't wait to see how this turns out. While we wait for any new information, check out this 1985 Ma.K short film called SF3D that was made using miniatures. It's actually pretty cool and worth watching when you have 30-minutes to spare.
Several audition tapes accidentally surfaced online featuring actors reading for the roles of certain characters in Warner Bros. upcoming Shazam! movie. I saw one of these audition tapes before they were eventually blocked by the studio. However Omega Underground watched all them and there were some interesting details revealed regarding the story. One of the main things revealed was who the main villain in the movie might end up being.
According to the report, the audition tapes were "not some mock scripts used by the casting director. Instead, they were written exclusively for the roles of Billy Batson and Shazam." So what was revealed in these script pages? Read on for the details on who the villain could be if you don't mind an early spoiler.
Before we go any further, these are audition scripts and anything in them may or may not be in the final film. But, the report makes a note of saying that "it’s hard to ignore the queue points made within each audition." As for how the villain in the story might be, it's explained:
The two videos which feature Billy Batson first meeting the wizard Shazam starts off with a few jokes. However, at one point, the wizard mentions how he is the last of the council. For they had all been destroyed by the Seven Deadly Sins. And that earth now needed a champion for save humans from being destroyed by The Sins as well.
So it seems as if the Seven Deadly Sins may end up being the main villain in the story, which is pretty cool. If you're not familiar with the demons, here's a description from Shazam Wikipedia:
The Seven Deadly Enemies of Man, also known as the Seven Deadly Sins, are seven powerful demons, based upon the seven deadly sins enumerated in Christianity, who serve as occasional foes of Captain Marvel. The Enewho can take control of both humans and superheroes. The Sins were captured by the wizard Shazam many years ago, and encased in seven mockingly cartoon-like stone statues, which were placed in the Rock of Eternity.
The report goes on to add the following info and speculation:
Another small nod was that the Wizard mentions how the earth hasn’t had a champion in quite some time. Alluding to something happening to the previous Shazam. Which could hint to Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam been missing for centuries? Which could lead directly into the Black Adam solo film or setting up a Shazam sequel.
It seems to me like the Seven Deadly Sins would make a perfect villain for Shazam! to take on in the movie so I hope it's true. What do you think about the possibility of seeing these DC villains in the DCEU?
Shazam! will be released in 2019