When a movie goes into extensive reshoots, it doesn’t bode well for the finished product. Can you say Justice League? However, The New Mutants star Anya Taylor-Joy saysthe reshoots going on with the film are going to vastly improve what we are going to get.
In an interview with Collider, Taylor-Joy gives a little insight to how the movie is going to turn out. Here is what she said about her character Illyana Rasputin/Magik and how the reshoots are going to affect everything:
"It’s crazy exciting! I love my character. I have such a connection to Illyana. I absolutely adore her, and getting to play her is super fun because she’s sassy and Russian and a little bit psycho. She’s just so much fun to play. And I don’t find [the delay] frustrating because when the film comes out, we want it to be something that will make the fans truly happy. Taking the time to do it, whilst people might find it a little bit frustrating to wait for it, when we deliver it, it’s going to be fantastic. That’s the most important thing. And getting the opportunity to play the character again is just great.
"I think we’re making the movie that we set out to make, in the beginning. That’s what we’re going to end up delivering to people. It feels like the movie we all signed up to do, which is good."
It is always good when the cast is enthusiastic about a movie and I have always wanted to see these characters in action in their own movie. Once again, the cast of Justice League was just as excited. When previously talking about the story for the film, actor Charlie Heaton said:
"It's basically about these mutants in a facility for damaged mutants. It's a story about these characters coming to grips with who they are and it's a horror X-Men movie, which we haven't seen before. I feel like, for an X-Men movie, yeah, I think they're going full-fledged horror. Without saying too much – I really don't want to give away too much what it's about, it's very under wraps – but it is, in terms of anything we've seen in the X-Men world, it's definitely a horror film. It's scarier than anything we've seen in that genre."
How do you think this movie is going to turn out? Are you excited or apprehensive?
The death of The Bandit Burt Reynolds came as a shock to everyone this week. This is going to be a hard pill for all of his fans to swallow. It was a sad day for us all, and fans wondered if the actor had already shot his scenes for Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
Reynolds was set to take on the role of George Spahn in the film and according to Variety, he wasn’t expected to film his part until the end of September. He would have starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pacino.
Reynolds’ niece Nancy Lee Hess said that her uncle "was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino, and the amazing cast that was assembled." It's sad to know that he won't be a part of it.
Tarantino’s movie is set during the summer of the infamous Manson murders and follows a TV actor and his stunt double, who embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles. Reynolds was set to play George Spahn, an 80-year-old blind man who rented his Los Angeles ranch out to be used as a movie set for Westerns. Charles Manson convinced Spahn to allow him and his followers to live on the ranch in the months before they murdered Tate and six others
For all of that grew up watching Reynolds, this has been a hard time. I am thankful for parents that allowed me to watch Smokey and the Bandit a lot earlier than they should have.
Who do you think would be a good replacement for Reynolds in the movie?
The great Christopher Walken and Wednesday Adams, Christina Ricci, will be starring in a new independent film called Percy which is currently in production in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Everybody loves Christopher Walken so it's great to see him land another movie role! Deadline broke the news and here is their synopsis:
The film, based on events from a 1998 lawsuit, follows small-town Saskatchewan farmer (Walken) who challenges major conglomerate when the company’s genetically modified (GMO) canola is discovered in the 70-year-old farmer’s crop. As he speaks out against the company’s business practices, he realizes he is representing thousands of other disenfranchised farmers around the world fighting the same battle. Suddenly, he becomes an unsuspecting folk hero in a desperate war to protect farmers’ rights and the world’s food supply against what they see as corporate greed. Ricci will play anti-GMO activist Rebecca Salcau.
The cast also includes Roberta Maxwell as Percy’s wife; Adam Beach as Percy’s neighbor, Alton Kelly; Luke Kirby as Percy’s son; Martin Donovan as the conglomerate’s lead lawyer, Rick Aarons; and Peter Stebbings as Rebecca’s NGO boss.
The movie is being directed by Clark Johnson and was written by Hilary Pryor and Garfield L. Miller.
GMO’s are still a hot topic of debate to this day. Do you think this is a topic that we should all be discussing? Let me know.
Tenacious D is back at it again with their new album Post-Apocalypto. Not only will we get a new album, but we will get a web series to go with it. You can watch the trailer for it below.
Kyle Gass and Jack Black are back with a little-known drummer by the name of Dave Grohl. Let’s just hope this newcomer to the band will be able to keep up.
Here is the official announcement and cover art. Read and enjoy:
True to the title, Post-Apocalypto finds Tenacious D thrust into a world of complete and utter destruction following the drop of an atomic bomb. Surviving the attack in classic cinematic fashion (a good old imperishable 1950's refrigerator), the duo quickly learns that new forms of evil have spawned from the blast. One thing becomes apparent — for humanity to prevail, Tenacious D must save the world.
With unimaginable twists and turns, an insane visit to the White House, a time machine, a space adventure, and the help of some tried and true daddy issues, Post-Apocalypto is as hilarious as it is political, and as brilliant and multi-faceted as its incredible creators. The songs are damn good, too.
Can the boys save the world? Who cares! Shut your mouth and enjoy the new project from Tenacious D! You can preorder the album from the link here and it's set to be released on November 2nd. You can check out the dates of their upcoming tour below the album cover art.
10/6/18 San Bernardino, CA @ Cal Jam 18 11/3/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre 11/4/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre 11/5/18 Boston, MA @ House of Blues 11/7/18 Washington, DC @ The Anthem 11/8/18 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore 11/9/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE 11/10/18 Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Indoor Pavilion 11/12/18 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore 11/13/18 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre 11/14/18 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre 12/10/18 Calgary, Canada @ Grey Eagle Resort and Casino 12/11/18 Edmonton, Canada @ Show Conference Centre 12/13/18 Vancouver, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre 12/14/18 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre 12/15/18 Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom 12/17/18 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater 12/31/18 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
It looks like the feature film adaption of Stephen King’s classic novel The Tommyknockers is moving forward. The Exorcist showrunner, Justin Slater, has been hired to write the screenplay for Universal Pictures. James Wan, Michael Clear, and Roy Lee are set to produce the film. Collectively these guys have produced some amazing horror films such as The Conjuring, Insidious,The Nun, Annabelle: Creation and IT.
Just in case you who aren't familiar with the story, here's a description:
“Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door…”
On a beautiful June day, while walking deep in the woods on her property in Haven, Maine, Bobbi Anderson quite literally stumbles over her own destiny and that of the entire town. For the dull gray metal protrusion she discovers in the ground is part of a mysterious and massive metal object, one that may have been buried there for millennia. Bobbi can’t help but become obsessed and try to dig it out…the consequences of which will affect and transmute every citizen of Haven, young and old. It means unleashing extraordinary powers beyond those of mere mortals—and certain death for any and all outsiders. An alien hell has now invaded this small New England town…an aggressive and violent malignancy devoid of any mercy or sanity…
Here is the deal, I am glad that they brought on Wan, Clear and Lee to bring this film along. The Tommyknockers is one of the first books that I read all the way through, so it holds a special place in my heart. However, it is going to be a difficult story to bring to the big screen. If any of you were able to see the 1993 made for TV adaptation of this story, you know what I mean. Not even the great Jimmy Smits was able to make that stinker good. The producer of the original miniseries, Larry Sanitsky, is also on board as an executive producer. He previously had this to say:
"It is an allegorical tale of addiction (Stephen was struggling with his own at the time), the threat of nuclear power, the danger of mass hysteria, and the absurdity of technical evolution run amuck. All are as relevant today as the day the novel was written. It is also a tale about the eternal power of love and the grace of redemption."
The book holds a mirror up to society and shows us how for every action you take there is going to be an opposite reaction that goes along with it. Just because something makes you feel good (i.e. drugs, our phones, etc.) it doesn’t mean it is good for you. Do you think the guy who wrote the 2015 Fantastic Four is going to bring the intricacies of this story to life? I have my doubts, but we will see.
I am going to start this off with a warning that this post is filled with spoilers and speculation. If you haven’t seen either Avengers: Infinity War or Ant-Man and the Wasp, do not read this. It will ruin your LIFE!
With that out of the way, let us get into this. Let me be honest with you, the end of Infinity War was deeply foreshadowed throughout the whole movie. The whole time I was trying to figure out who was going to be left after the snap. I was amazed and saddened to see who left us, but it needed to happen. What really got me was the bonus scene at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp. I, along with everyone in the theater with me that opening night, let out a sound that was a mix of a gasp and a scream when the scene was over.
There was a lot more set up in the scene than meets the eye, though. Before she was turned to dust bunnies, Janet Van Dyne warned Scott Lang to watch out for what she called “time vortexes”. Naturally, you combine that information and the photos that have been coming from the Avengers 4 set and you can tell that time travel is going to play a big part in the upcoming film. That's the big popular fan theory and when asked about it in an interview with The Huffington Post, he confirmed that that is certainly a possibility!
"Based on the science that we’ve set up in the first movie and this one, I won’t rule out the possibility. Because, again, we are dealing with a time vortex. That could happen.”
Reed didn't want to give too much information away, and added:
“I have to be careful here, as you well know."
When asked why Scott Lang didn’t do what he did in the first Ant-Man movie and just use a growth disc, Reed said:
“This is a new suit, so it really wouldn’t have the same growth that he had in the first movie... I would answer, ‘No, he does not have it.’ He can’t go to that well twice."
With that being said, you figure that was his plan all along. We all know that Ant-Man’s jaunt through the time vortexes is going to bring all of our favorite heroes back and they will go onto their most epic fight. I just can’t wait to see it.
All mysteries will be revealed when Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.
From what we've been hearing, the fourth film in The Conjuring cinematic universe, The Nun, is going to be the scariest of them all. That is yet to be seen, however, what we recently learned is that there may be more connections to The Conjuring films than we originally thought.
In The Conjuring 2, the nun is the big baddie of the story. Much like Annabelle, it was inevitable that the nun would get her own story. What we didn’t expect is that Taissa Farmiga, the younger sister of Vera Farmiga who plays Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring films, plays the younger version of the nun in this origin story. Here is what The Nun director Corin Hardy had to say in an interview with SFX about the casting of the younger Farmiga:
"Originally we were looking at casting an English actress. But Taissa was so good I couldn't not cast her. My concern was, if I cast her is it going to be, 'Oh, it's the easy option', but it wasn't! She's so right for the role, she possesses something extraordinary."
She was clearly cast because of her acting prowess, but is it going to mess with everyone’s head due to the distinct similarities in their appearance? Here is what Taissa had to say about it:
"To be honest, I thought, 'Oh, it's going to be weird if they cast me', because of the physical appearances.
Hardy went on to tease that we'll have to "wait and see" about any further connections between the films, but Taissa teased that there were things that were shot that would connect the films.
"Y'know, I'm not sure what they're going to do in editing. We filmed a few things, and we'll have to see what makes it into the final cut."
I am sure they will tweak some things to make the striking resemblance of the actresses not as striking. No matter what they do, I hope this movie is as scary as they are advertising it to be.
For all of you who are excited for the upcoming Star Wars Resistance, we still don't know very much. Just a few little things here and there that we've gotten. But just the thought that showrunner Dave Filoni (Star Wars: Clone Wars) is going to bring us another show helps boosts its awesomeness. Then here lies the rub. Filoni isn't going to be involved very much with the project.
In an interview with IGN, this is what Filoni says concerning his role in the upcoming series:
"Resistance is a bit different, in that I’m not on that day-to-day. I created and set it in motion, but I’ve given that to other people to raise up, people that I’ve worked with a long time, who I think deserve the opportunity to tell stories and I think it’s exciting, and I give them my thoughts and notes – I was just doing that this morning, like George would give me. So that’s fun."
There will be touches of Dave’s work in the series, but he is leaving most of the heavy lifting to his trusted co-workers. He also goes into how jumping back into Clone Wars is going:
"With Clone Wars I’m very in the weeds on that and will have to be, because I myself have had to go back and watch a whole bunch of stuff that I had done, and I went back and watched Revenge of the Sith and Attack of the Clones in depth again. I’m like, 'I have to upload this whole timeline.' Just the intricacy of how the clones got made and where Dooku was and all of those things were stuff that I was just doing from memory at the time, because I was in it. Then I switched time periods and went on and did Star Wars Rebels, so to go back into Clone Wars, I have to remember, “Wait – where was everybody? How did that work?” And I had charts and figured all this stuff out, but I’ve uploaded the chip now, so I’m good."
When the show was first announced, we learned that it would revolve around a character named Kazuda Xiono, who is described as "a young pilot recruited by the Resistance whose mission is to spy on the growing threat of the First Order." We also knew that Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) would be a part of this new Star Wars adventure. We also have a synopsis for the series:
Resistance fighter Poe Dameron tasks young pilot Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono with spying on the First Order. At the time, little was known about the secretive organization and its strength.
In order to fulfill his mission, Kaz travels to the space station Colossus, which is being used by many ships as a port to refuel and do repairs. However, there are also dangerous races taking place there. After Kaz bragged with his piloting skills at his arrival there, he is soon drawn into one of the races…
To be honest with you, there has been a hole in the Star Wars universe for me since Rebels ended. The last few episodes were very emotional for me, but we can talk about that later. For now, it is good to know that there are more stories to come. What do you think?
Fans of the Bill and Ted films can breathe a collective sigh of relief, kind of. As you know, the progression of Bill and Ted Face the Music has been a rollercoaster of extreme highs and lows. Whenever we feel like we are making progress someone involved in the project comes out to put on the breaks and rain all over our happiness.
The latest naysayer seemed to be the one and only Keanu Reeves. Reeves came out and said that he didn’t know if it was a reality. And I mean, when John Wick says something, who are we to second guess it? The one person who can is Bill S. Preston Esq. himself, Alex Winter. He recently said:
“We’re still in pre-production. It’s still the same. Early 2019 is still the same. I’m still being told to hold those dates. That’s all I know.
He went on to explain:
"What I keep telling everyone is I don’t trust a movie as being made, frankly, until, literally, I’m watching it on cable two years after it’s done. Not even while we’re shooting it. To be fair to Reeves, his point is just anything can go wrong at any point. We made the first movie and it was shelved for a year and a half. We were like it’s done, never going to come out, no one’s ever going to see it. It’s a pain in the ass. It’s not ever not a pain in the ass. Nothing has changed in a radical way. If it is, that’ll be news."
There is always a lot of mire that movies have to go through before they make it to the public. I hope they can weather the storm and get this movie out to us. I don’t care what anyone says, I can’t wait for this to happen. What are your thoughts on Face the Music? Do you think it will happen or do you think stupid people in Hollywood will ruin it for everyone?
Amazon Studios has hired two writers to take on their new Lord of the Rings Series. According to Deadline, JD Payne and Patrick McKay will develop the latest adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, which was previously brought to life on the big screen by Peter Jackson.
Payne and McKay are rising feature writers who recently worked on the script for Star Trek 4 for producer J.J. Abrams. I hear Abrams was one of a number of high-profile filmmakers and producers who recommended the duo for the LOTR job.
This ends a lot of speculation on who will be doing the job of bringing this story to the small screen. Unfortunately, there is no real information on what the series will be about. We do know that it will be set in Middle Earth and that it will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. This is what Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke had to say about the show:
"We are really excited to move right into the next phase of the development process, which is building the world.
"I think you can know that we’re not remaking the movies, but we’re also not starting from scratch. So, it’ll be characters you love."
Payne and McKay added:
"The rich world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity. We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care — it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime."
It was recently rumored that the series could focus on a young version of Aragorn, which would be incredible! I love that concept, and I hope that's the direction they take the series.
The character is the last Chieftain of the Dúnedain and a direct descendant through many generations of Isildur, the last High King of both Arnor and Gondor. Aragorn would become the greatest man of his time, leading the Men of the West against Sauron's forces, helping to destroy the One Ring, and reuniting the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor.
The series is expected to premiere sometime in 2021. There are plans for five seasons and they will be made on a budget of over $1 billion.
I am excited that we will get more adventures in Middle Earth. I just hope it does well because I always have been and always will be a Tolkien fan.