It's been five years since Paul Walker passed away. I thought the Fast and Furious franchise did a wonderful job giving the actor and character the perfect send-off in Furious 7. They were able to pull that off with the help of his brothers Caleb and Cody and now those brothers would like to see Paul's character return to the franchise. That seems like it would be tricky to pull off, but they are opened to trying to find a way to make it happen.
Personally, I don't think that needs to happen. I love Paul and his character in the franchise, but the franchise closed the book on the character the best way that they could and trying to bring him back at this point seems like a bad idea. While talking to the AP, Caleb said:
"I just hope we get to — I don’t know — have a little cameo and bring Paul back to save the day and I get to help create that again. That’s my dream and I hope we get to do that in one of the future movies."
Cody Walker added:
"I think there could potentially be a way to do it. But it would take a lot of thought and it’d have to be tasteful. It would have to be tasteful. He was the real deal, the real car guy. And in his absence, I — you know — I think it’s lost its way in a big way."
I totally understand why the Walker brothers would want to find a way to bring Paul back to the franchise. But, for the fans like myself... what they pulled off with Furious 7 was the perfect way to say goodbye.
But, I guess if the studio wanted to bring him back, they could pull it off with CGI technology, which has improved since Furious 7. When addressing that final CGI shot of Paul Walker's face in the film, Caleb had this to say:
"It’s kind of creepy sometimes when you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s me.’ It doesn’t feel right."
What do you all think about the thought of bringing Paul Walker's character back to the Fast and Furious franchise in some way?
We've got a new clip and poster from the upcoming sci-fi action thriller KIN. The clip shows off some alien weapon technology in action. That weapon is a gun that has the power to incinerate anything in its path. KIN actually looks like it could be a solid film. It has a fun vibe to it.
The story follows a young boy who accidentally finds this alien and ends up using it to save his ex-con brother from a villainous criminal. That villain is played by James Franco. They end up going on the run with the weapon and are also being hunted down by an elite squad of alien soldiers. Here's the poster and you can watch the clip below:
The movie has a great cast that also includes Dennis Quaid, Jack Reynor, Zoë Kravitz, Carrie Coon, and Myles Truitt as the young boy. Here's the synopsis:
KIN, a pulse-pounding crime thriller with a sci-fi twist, is the story of an unexpected hero destined for greatness. Chased by a vengeful criminal (James Franco) and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con (Jack Reynor) and his adopted teenage brother (Myles Truitt) are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection.
The movie comes from the producers of Stranger Things and Arrival and it will be released this summer on August 31st.
We all need a little more mecha in our lives so here's a brand new teaser trailer for you to watch for Mobile Suit Gundam NT (Narrative) from Sunrise showing off some more cool footage from the upcoming film. This is a sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and is set in the same Universal Century (U.C.) timeline.
The 30-second new teaser announces its theatrical release in 90 theaters across Japan on November 30, 2018, and it also highlights the characters and some new mecha suits. Here's the synopsis:
U.C. 0097, one year after the opening of "Laplace's Box." Despite the revelation of the Universal Century Charter that acknowledges the existence and rights of Newtypes, the framework of the world has not been greatly altered.
The conflict later dubbed the "Laplace Incident" is thought to have ended with the downfall of the Neo Zeon remnants known as the Sleeves. In its final battle, two full psycho-frame mobile suits displayed power beyond human understanding. The white unicorn and the black lion were sealed away to remove this danger from people's consciousness, and they should now be completely forgotten.
However, the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03, which disappeared two years earlier, is now about to show itself in the Earth Sphere once more. A golden phoenix... named Phenex.
Mobile Suit Gundam NT was directed by Shunichi Yoshizawa (Gundam Reconguista in G, Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt episode director) and this is his feature film directorial debut, based on a screenplay by Unicorn's original novel writer Harutoshi Fukui.
I know Anne With an E may not seem like the kind of show that you want to watch, but I've been watching it with my girls and it's actually really good! If you haven't watched it. you should give it a shot. The show is apparently doing pretty good in the ratings as Netflix and CBC have renewed Anne With an E for a third season.
The series is inspired by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables, and Sally Catto, General Manager of Programming at CBC had this to say about the series renewal:
"We are thrilled to be able to announce a third season of Anne with an E before season two premieres in Canada. Anne with an E delivered a rich first season, drawing in both new and existing fans to the world of Avonlea. We have no doubt that Canadians will continue to fall in love with this beautiful and heartwarming series for seasons to come."
Cindy Holland, VP of original content for Netflix added:
"Through the storytelling of Anne with an E, the classic Canadian tale has transcended borders and found fans across our global membership. We are excited to continue our partnership with CBC and Northwood and bring the series back for a third season."
Showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett said:
"Our beloved Anne will be 16 years old when we return to this season full of romantic complications, bold adventures and dramatic discoveries. I will explore important, contemporary themes that I hope will continue to resonate with, and inspire and uplift, our audience."
And then there's executive producer Miranda de Pencier, who said:
"We’re super thrilled that this series has resonated in 190 countries. I’m also very proud that we make our show in Canada with a wonderfully talented group of artists – led by the brilliant Moira Walley-Beckett. The character of Anne gives people permission to be themselves because she is so resoundingly herself. There are so many walls being built and so much fear growing in the world right now and Anne offers us a reminder that it’s okay to stay positive, be kind, and to dream, no matter how tough life gets – which is inspiration we all need."
Season 3 is expected to premiere on Netflix and CBC next year.
Amazon Studios has released the final trailer for their upcoming new espionage thriller series Jack Ryan, which is based on the iconic character created by Tom Clancy. As a fan of the Jack Ryan franchise, I'm pretty excited about this new series and I think John Krasinski is going to do the character justice.
Amazon has high hopes for the series and they were confident in it enough to already greenlight an eight-episode second season.
Jack Ryan, an up-and-coming CIA analyst, is thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time. He soon uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.
Jack Ryan Season 1 is set to premiere on August 31st. Are you looking forward to watching this series?
Master of horror John Carpenter not only served as a consultant on the new Halloween film coming out, but he also came back to provide the score. The soundtrack for the film will be released on October 19th, but is currently available for pre-order here.
We even have a little tease of John Carpenter's score below that you can listen to. It's just a little taste, but if you're a fan of the Halloween franchise and John Carpenter, then it's worth checking out.
The new soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece. Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of Green’s film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape’s knife. The rest of the soundtrack is just as enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than Carpenter’s famously shoestring
The movie is a direct sequel to the first film, and it will feature Laurie Strode confronting Michael Myers for the first time in forty years. When we catch up with her in the film, she has spent all those years preparing to kill Michael Myers if he ever ended up getting out of the asylum that he's been locked away in. As you'll see, Meyers ends up getting out and now he is out terrorizing and killing people as he hunts down Laurie, who is ready for him.
Judy Greer plays Karen Strode, the daughter of Laurie, and Andi Matichak (Orange Is the New Black, Underground) plays Allyson, the granddaughter. David Gordon Green is directing from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride.
We really don't know much about Sam Elliot's new film The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot. All we've been given so far is a poster, a synopsis, and a very intriguing title. Based on those things, I'm extremely excited to see this movie!
For those of you, like myself, looking for some more information on the film, Sam Elliot and director Robert D. Krzykowski sat down with /Film to talk about the movie and it sounds like they really enjoyed creating it. Before we get into it, here's the synopsis:
Sam Elliott (Tombstone, Road House) stars as a legendary World War II veteran who many years ago assassinated Adolf Hitler – an incredible secret that he’s frustratingly unable to share with the world. One day, just as he’s coming to terms with rounding out his life, Calvin gets a visit from the FBI and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They need him to take out Bigfoot.
Apparently, at some point in the film, Bigfoot throws up all over Sam Elliot and when asked if that was the kind of script he had been waiting for, Elliot explains how he got involved with the project:
"I don’t know why over the last few years good fortune has smiled on me. I know we’ve talked about it before, and this is part of it. This script came out of nowhere and there was no not wanting to do it. I was working on The Ranch at the time and had very little window to work through my hiatus. I also had another film I was going to do. And, I walked away from it for about five minutes; Robert had written a letter to my agent that I became privy to, and I read it and was overcome by the content of it. I called Robert and said “I’m in.” It’s just the kind of stuff I want to do; it’s good material, great material. It was a first-time filmmaker directing it, but he also wrote it, so who better to direct it. And he had some brilliant filmmakers at his side. How could you not want to do this?
"More than anything, Calvin Barr spoke to me. I didn’t know much about that war he was in [World War II]; I know men who where in that war and I’ve portrayed a guy who was in that war in all three major conflicts in We Were Soldiers. I talked to a number of people in that war, but my war was the Vietnam War. I think on some level, war is war; and PTSD is PTSD, and I think Calvin suffered from it. That was part of his persona, at least that was my take on it. I understand lost love, and I think that can destroy a man more than anything if it was a deep love that is lost somehow. There was a lot I understood about Barr, and I like to think that I’m a decent human being, and I know at the core, Calvin Barr is a decent human being. There were a lot of things that spoke to me about him. (long pause) Being vomited on by Bigfoot was not one of the things I knew about."
When talking about creating this story and the character that Elliot plays, the writer and director said:
"The whole script always felt organic and came out of this place of wanting to write this big, iconic action hero, but his core is simple decency. In these strange times, I wanted to point people to someone like that. The hardest section, and the most difficult section, to write is when Calvin sits down with the FBI and RCMP. That was my chance to make it all as real as it could ever be. If the audience believes what those guys are saying, then they’ll roll with the rest of the movie. And in that moment, he gets to explain his feelings on Nazism, the notion that ideas can be monsters, and then selling this whole notion of Bigfoot and making it real. If that scene worked, the rest would work; if it didn’t, it wouldn’t. It was just a roll of the dice."
He went on to talk about the most fun and challenging part about telling this story, saying:
"The puzzle was, how can we, in 2018, believe that in 1987, these two things could have happened. How do you even approach selling that? How do you connect the dots so that a man killed Hitler, and then history marches on just like we read about. That was the most fun and challenging part of the script, and when I figured that out, it gave me permission to do all of the other crazy stuff. Then when you see Sam in the movie, he’s so deadly serious and sells it so honestly, and Ron Livingston [playing the FBI agent] is giving so much on his face for Sam to work with. I was going, 'I believe this and I don’t believe any of this.'"
The film recently screened at the Fantasia Film Festival and I've been hearing a lot of great things. The report says that there's a Bigfoot scene in the film that alone is worth the price of admission. There's apparently a lot of stunt work involved with this scene and Elliott said that he did most of that stunt work himself. When asked about the stunt work, he explained:
"Most of it. There was a double around, and we used him when Bigfoot jumped on me off of a rock, and the stunt guy sprained his ankle in that moment. We’d done a lot of the fight scene up to that point, and the second he stepped in for that stunt, he sprained his ankle. Mind you, I haven’t seen the film, but maybe there’s a shot of me going into a rock…"
Sounds like a blast! There's no word on when this movie will come out, but I can't wait to see it!
The director of Gravity and Children of Men, Alfonso Cuaron, has created a new film called Roma and Netflix has released a stirring teaser trailer for it that gives us our best look yet at what the movie will entail. The movie looks like it will be both heartwarming and inspirational. The trailer came with the following note:
Time and Space constrain us, but they also define who we are, creating inexplicable bonds with the others that flow with us at the same time and through the same places.
The movie is obviously going to tell a very intimate and human story and this is here's what the story it will tell is about:
ROMA chronicles a turbulent year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City. Cuarón, inspired by the women from his childhood, delivers an artful ode to the matriarchy that shaped his world.
A vivid portrayal of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil, ROMA follows a young domestic worker Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) from Mixteco heritage descent and her co-worker Adela (Nancy García), also Mixteca, who work for a small family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma. Mother of four, Sofia (Marina de Tavira), copes with the extended absence of her husband, Cleo faces her own devastating news that threatens to distract her from caring for Sofia’s children, whom she loves as her own. While trying to construct a new sense of love and solidarity in a context of a social hierarchy where class and race are perversely intertwined, Cleo and Sofia quietly wrestle with changes infiltrating the family home in a country facing confrontation between a government-backed militia and student demonstrators.
Filmed in luminous black and white, ROMA is an intimate, gut-wrenching and ultimately life-affirming portrait of the ways, small and large, one family maintains its balance in a time of personal, social and political strife.
Netflix has confirmed that the film will be "in theaters and on Netflix later this year." Cuaron is a great filmmaker and storyteller, and this looks like it tells a wonderful story.
Nicolas Cage is taking on the role of Spider-Man Noir in Sony's upcoming animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. To bring this character to life, the actor talked to EW about preparing for the role of the darker 1930's take on Spider-Man. This alternate version of Peter Parker was an apprentice to reporter Ben Urich who was bitten by an illegally imported spider that gives him his superpowers. He uses those powers to wage a war on the criminal underground in the city. To bring this character to life, Cage explains that he channeled legendary actor Humphrey Bogart:
"I tried to channel those noir films with [Humphrey] Bogart, and have those kinds of sounds that he might make with [James] Cagney, or Edward G. Robinson, that kind of way of talking. I tried to give the character that. It was a lot of fun. I think it should be quite funny. The movie definitely has a sense of humor, and that’s a good thing because it’s good for the whole family."
We have yet to see or hear Spider-Man Noir in the upcoming film, but I'm looking forward to seeing him in action. I hope that he has a decent sized role, but there will be several other different versions of Spider-Man to juggle in this story. This is going to be such a cool movie!
Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
The older middle-aged Peter Parker in the movie will be voiced by New Girl star Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber is playing the larger-than-life crime lord Kingpin; Hailee Steinfeld will play spunky, free-spirited Spider-Gwen; Mahershala Ali will provide the voice for Miles’ uncle Aaron; Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry will voice Miles’ father Jefferson. Rounding out the cast is Luna Lauren Velez as Miles’ mother Rio, and Lily Tomlin will be Aunt May.
The movie was developed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street) and they brought a crazy awesome visual style to the film that I'm loving!
Hook may not be Steven Spielberg's best movie, but it does hold a special place in the hearts for many of those who grew up with it. I loved Hook when I was a kid, hell, I still enjoy watching the movie every now and then!
For those of you who are fans of the film, you'll be happy to know that the upcoming 4K Blu-ray release will include 11 never-before-seen deleted scenes from the film! I have no idea what those scenes will entail, but I'm excited to see what they are!
Here are the details that were released:
Hook is fully restored in 4K from the original camera negative, with approval on the 4K High Dynamic Range master from director Steven Spielberg. In addition, the film features exclusive Dolby Atmos audio for maximum impact and includes 11 never-before-seen deleted scenes—a rare treat for fans and newcomers alike.
There are so many great things about Hook that I enjoy but if it's not your thing, I understand. But, I suggest that you give it another go at some point, just because. Here's the synopsis:
A high-flying adventure from the magic of Steven Spielberg, Hook stars Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as the infamous Captain Hook. Joining the fun is Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, Bob Hoskins as the pirate Smee, and Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy Darling, who must convince middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning that he was once the legendary Peter Pan. And so the adventure begins anew, with Peter off to Neverland to save his two children from Captain Hook. Along the way, he rediscovers the power of imagination, friendship, and of magic. A classic tale updated for children of all ages, Hook was nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Visual Effects in 1991.
The Hook 4K Blu-ray will be available for purchase on October 9, 2018.