John Carpenter recently revealed he didn’t contribute much to the story of the new Halloween film, although he did prevent director David Gordon Green and Danny McBride from killing off Dr. Loomis. Carpenter told Collider he told the duo that was a mistake, and that doing so might anger a lot of fans:
Originally they were going to have Donald Pleasence’s character get killed. And I thought, ‘That’s a mistake. The audience won’t like that. That’s a revision I don’t think we should do. So that was my one big contribution… I thought the fans are gonna get pissed off at that. I don’t think you have to even deal with the ending of my movie; just start the movie where they did. I think that [director Green] did great.
Actor Donald Pleasence is the most prolific actor in the Halloween franchise next to Jamie Lee Curtis, which is why Carpenter was hesitant to sign off on Green and McBride having him killed off. Pleasence died in 1995 before reshoots could be completed on Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, which resulted in his off-screen death and a disappointing end to the character.
I’m not sure I would’ve been so upset to see Dr. Loomis die in the Halloween sequel, what are your thoughts on this? Do you think the character is as beloved as John Carpenter thinks?
A new report from Variety says Warner Bros. is re-evaluating their superhero universe, and that future projects involving Henry Cavill’s Superman or Ben Affleck’s Batman are off the table for now. Of course, we’ve learned the studio is expected to recast Affleck’s Batman, and with no Superman film on the horizon, one would think Cavill is too big of a talent to sit around twiddling his thumbs waiting to hear about his next project.
It’s a shame WB couldn’t build a franchise around Ben Affleck and Cavill’s performances, but I’m hoping the quicker they officially cut the cord and commit to a new idea the sooner we can put this behind us and get another fresh take on the heroes. I am wondering what this means for Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash though. While their movies may still be on the way, one would think any future Justice League films with the team are up in the air. We’ll just have to wait and see what Warner Bros. says!
A leaked synopsis for Dragon Ball Super: Broly has surfaced online via a Colombian website (via Comicbook), and it lays out the details of the upcoming canon appearance of Broly. Take a look at the synopsis, which has been run through Google Translate, below:
Solid premise, although I’m not sure how Goku and Vegeta are going to be able to beat both Frieza and Broly. I mean, I’m sure they will, but at what point does this series ever try to protect the power levels of recurring characters and not make this a story about how they get their ass kicked until Goku gets stronger?
Dragon Ball Super: Broly will be in American theaters January 16th.
DC Universe has an animated series about Harley Quinn on the way, and they’ve snagged up quite a bit of talent for the upcoming adventure. Kaley Cuoco has already been announced as the voice of Harley, and now iZombie actor Rahul Kohli has announced he’ll be voicing Jonathan Crane a.k.a. Scarecrow:
Kohli is just the latest big name in a list of names attached to this project, which includes Wanda Sykes, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, Jason Alexander, Giancarlo Esposito, Jim Rash, Tony Hale and others. Will it be enough to keep people from complaining Tara Strong isn’t attached? We’ll have to see when the series premieres in 2019.
Doctor Who premiered its new title sequence recently, and like many things this season, it’s a good deal different from past seasons. The theme is relatively unchanged, but the intro features no TARDIS and a bunch of space and time warping before the new logo flashes across the screen:
Personally, I like it. The song sounds the same minus the small audio cue at the beginning, and the visual effects have certainly taken a step up this season. What do you think of the new visual design of the series, and how do you feel about Jodie Whittaker’s first two episodes as the Doctor?
The original Halloween was a great experience for actor Nick Castle, although he recently admitted not everything was a great time. The actor spoke to Vanity Fair about the hardest scene he shot for the original time and had no issues pulling that one out of the memory bank:
The most difficult scene is easy for me to remember. It was a scene shot in the middle of the night, where Michael jumps on top of a car as he’s escaping the mental hospital. It wasn’t freezing, but it was in the mid-40s. I was in a hospital gown and underpants. I don’t think John let me know what he had in store for me.
He turns to the crew and says something like, 'O.K., start the water cannons.' The hospital’s sprinkler system was more like a fire hose. The water arced into the air, and when it came down on me, it felt like icicles hitting me on the back. He yells 'action.' It was the most painful thing I’d ever experienced outside of a broken arm. That was the one scene that I really remember thinking, 'Maybe I should have got more than $25.'
Castle probably should’ve, especially considering his performance in the original film is one of the things that made the franchise what it is today. The new Halloween is in theaters October 19th.
A Star Is Born is generating lots of Oscar buzz, which means the internet is cashing in on any memes and parodies it can create out of the touching remake. That’s a great thing in this case, as Funny Or Die made a magical mashup that pairs Bradley Cooper up with John C. Reilly for A Cox Is Born. I seem to remember thinking Walk Hard was “meh,” when I saw it, although this trailer has me wanting to seek it out and watch it again. Check out the trailer below and let us know if it makes you feel the same way:
Doctor Who Season 11 is finally underway, and for those of you itching to watch something new before the second episode premieres, we have just the thing. This behind the scenes video takes viewers into the big scenes in “The Woman Who Fell To Earth,” and gives some background as to how some scenes came to be. Check it out below, and catch new Doctor Who Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET on BBC America.
For those that didn’t know, Captain Jack Sparrow has never been portrayed the way Disney intended. Johnny Depp appeared on set, saw the script, and then decided he wanted to do something completely different. A lot of people have attributed his character portrayal to that of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, but there’s a little more behind how Depp created the character. The actor recently spoke about the creation of Sparrow in an interview with Collider and said the character came to him during an intense sauna session:
In the original screenplay Captain Jack was written as a swashbuckler, a pirate who swings in, sort of fights a little bit and then swings out, grabs a girl and that’s it. I had different ideas for him. This sounds weird but Captain Jack was born in a sauna. My sauna. I was looking at various aspects of the character and I figured this guy has been on the high seas for the majority of his life and therefore has dealt with inescapable heat to the brain. So I cranked the sauna up to about 1000 degrees and sat in there as long as I could until it started to affect me mentally. It was very, very hot, as was my brain. While you’re in there in that kind of heat you can’t stand still, but the worst of it is if you move, it kills you. So that gave me the idea that his brain has been par-boiled to some degree. Also in terms of his body language I felt that when he was on the ship he would be fine as the ship would be bounding away. He would have sea legs, but when he gets on land he cannot get land legs. He would be looking wobbly and Disney disagreed.
Disney was not happy with the early footage they saw of Depp playing Sparrow. Some interpreted his character as insane, others incredibly drunk, and some thought he was turning Sparrow into a gay character. It led to several discussions with angry executives trying their best to get Depp to change things up. Depp refused, and said they’d have to fire him if they wanted Sparrow played differently. Firing Depp would’ve been a bad look for Disney so they kept them, and the rest is history.
It’s actually hilarious Disney was so against the portrayal before audiences saw it, and then absolutely ran Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise into the ground by over exposing the character. Can you imagine what would’ve happened to this franchise had Disney fired Depp? Do you think it would’ve been nearly as successful?
Halloween season is here, which means it’s time for you to dust off your favorite Michael Jackson record and play “Thriller,” on repeat. Ok, maybe you don’t have to listen to it ALL the time, but you definitely should listen to it at least once. If you’re a one-and-done kind of person, I suggest this “Thriller Meets Metal” video that is a serviceable take on the song worthy of the King of Pop. Check it out below!