There was a time when film was considered the end-all be-all form of entertainment, but television's recent Golden Age (along with studio reliance on massive franchises and the all-but-vanished mid-budge movie) has turned the tables to the point where long-form, serialized TV is on a level playing field (or perhaps have surpassed movies altogether, depending on who you talk to). Now the two mediums are constantly influencing each other, and Vox has put together a cool video that shows 28 times TV shows paid homage to movies by recreating famous shots or situations and repurposing them for their own story purposes.
Two quick things before I wrap this up: First, Pinky and The Brain was an utterly brilliant show. I often forget about it, but every time I watch a clip, I'm reminded of how great it was. And second, if you haven't seen Carol Reed's The Third Man yet, make it a priority — that movie is fantastic.
So you may have seen the news trending on Reddit this morning from various sources that Step Brothers 2 is set to film in fall of this year. I originally wrote this article talking about that EXACT news, but was stopped just in the nick of time by Mily and Ben. Turns out it's all lies...ALL OF IT!
ScreenCrush is reporting that REAL insiders close to the film say there are absolutely no plans to film Step Brothers 2 this year.
I knew the source (something called missopen.com) was sketchy....I just wanted it to be true soooo bad. Director Adam McKay said earlier this year that they had no plans to film a sequel this year. So just wait a little longer, and maybe it'll actually happen one day!
By the way, do we even really want a sequel to Step Brothers?!
Regardless of what opinion you form when Star Trek Beyond hits theaters, just keep in mind director Justin Lin busted his ass to get it to you! Logan Hill joined The Sitting Around Talking About Movies Podcast and said the director is spending up to 16 hours a day in post production to make sure he gets everything he needs! From the podcast:
"He'd be editing [that day's] sequences every night to make sure he got what he needed… He would stay up all night editing because if you don't get [any needed] stuff the next day - with a cast like that that's so big and has so many missing parts - you miss it."
Apparently this is normal for Lin, who has a reputation in Hollywood for a quick turnaround on his films. Hill also said he got a glimpse at some of the finished scenes and effects and said they looked "spectacular!" Spectacular was not a word I would've initially thought applied for Star Trek Beyond, but despite its recent reshoots, hopefully this means I'll be surprised when I see it in theaters! If nothing else, I won't be questioning Lin's dedication to the project!
Some of you have almost certainly already burned through the entire second season of Marvel's Daredevil since it was released on Netflix this past Friday, so you've seen this scene in context. But for those who haven't had the opportunity to binge the whole show yet and are looking for a quick burst of the down and dirty action the series provides, or maybe if you're on the fence about giving the show a shot, check out this stairwell fight scene. (Spoilers ahead.)
In it, The Punisher has duct-taped a gun to Daredevil's hand, and after knocking The Punisher out so he doesn't kill any more people, The Man Without Fear has to fight his way through an apartment building full of bad guys. This is the show's attempt to outdo the famous hallway fight from the first season, and you can be the judge of whether or not they succeeded:
Pretty remarkable stuff, through there are a bunch of places where you can tell that some hidden cuts were made. When it comes to stairway fight scenes, it truly doesn't get any better than the long, unbroken take of Tony Jaa kicking ass in The Protector.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley was up for the role of Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. A lot of people seem to love the idea of seeing her in the role, and I think she'd be great! Turns out that report is true. Ridley confirmed the news herself when THR asked her about it at the Empire Awards.
She says that there "have been conversations" about her playing Lara Croft, but as of right now she says, "I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it'". Well, it seems like the fans want her. If Warner Bros. and MGM are paying attention, maybe they better give her a call. The actress did say that she is actively trying to fill up her schedule with gigs. It's just such a great casting choice and it would be a shame if they missed this opportunity.
She says there's no script for the film yet but Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is currently in the process of developing it. Ridley's Star Wars co-star John Boyega chimed in to say that he also wants her in the role as well:
“I played Tomb Raider the game, it’s a new take and I think the movies are going to be based on that version. But I texted Daisy [and] was like, ‘this is you!’ and ‘you need to get on that because you could be Lara Croft.’ She should be."
Ridley was so good in The Force Awakens and she won over the hearts of fanboys and fangirls everywhere. The more I think about her taking on the role of Lara Croft, the more I think she would be perfect in it. It's good to know that there's a chance she could get the part. We'll just have to wait this one out until we get an official announcement of who's been cast.
Over the weekend I played Ubisoft's open beta for Trackmania Turbo for Xbox One, and as the title suggests I was underwhelmed. This is my first Trackmania game in the long series, so I know little to nothing outside of what I've read about the core mechanics...read more at Gametyrant
Kevin Spacey appeared at the Florida Panthers "Spacey In Space Night," and if you don't follow hockey, you have no idea how big of a deal that is. For those unaware, the NHL Florida Panthers have this locker room joke going around where they award a prize to the most deserving player after each game. For most teams this is a trophy, gift card, or title belt.
For the Florida Panthers this is a sweatshirt with Spacey's head floating in space.
No one on the team has revealed what it means or why it's a thing, but fans of the team have embraced it as more of a mascot than their beloved Panther! So now that you know all that, you'll understand why the crowd absolutely erupted when Spacey was revealed amongst the crowd wearing the actual sweatshirt!
Big news in the world of animation! A.V. Club says Toonz, the same software that was used to create Futurama and many of Studio Ghibli's films, is going open source beginning March 26th! This means you can download it for free (right here), and Toonz will then offer paid courses on how to utilize its features, as well as offer a premium version of the software.
I'll admit I know very little about animation or how huge this is, but if it means I can see more Studio Ghibli-style fan parody videos on Youtube, I can only assume it's good news!
Here’s another excuse for me to take a trip to New York in the near future. A Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical is headed to Broadway! The musical has already had success in London with director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Specter), but now Americans will have the opportunity to get their Golden Ticket to see it.
The play is being produced by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures and will start in the spring of 2017. It is based on Roald Dahl’s best-selling novel and also draws inspiration from the classic 1977 movie. This version of the show will not be directed by Mendes, instead, it will be directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Henry IV). Mendes said in a statement to EW:
“I loved directing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I’m really proud it’s having such great run at Drury Lane. But I knew I couldn’t marry the time commitment to make a Broadway production with the development of my next projects. As such I am thrilled to be turning the keys to the Broadway Chocolate Factory over to the brilliant Jack O’Brien.”
O’Brien offered his thoughts on taking on the development of the show and what he plans on doing with it:
“Why does Wonka want to do this Golden Ticket contest and what compels him to want to give it all away? I started with the question why. This is the dramatic premise I hang the whole show on. Sam and I have both spent our careers putting our personal spin on classics, be it by William Shakespeare or Roald Dahl. Since the first production was created for London, it’s only fair we do an American version, and in America, our connection is to the 1971 movie and the indelible impression of Gene Wilder as the slyly wicked Wonka. The score will pay homage to the beloved Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley songs that are integral to the American relationship to the story, combined with all new songs crafted by the American team that created one of Broadway’s most beloved scores, Hairspray.”
I’m such a huge fan of of this story, and there’s no doubt it will make for an entertaining, high-energy musical.
Some new potential SPOILER details have leaked regarding a few characters in Star Wars: Episode VIII. The following intel comes from Latino Review, and it includes information regarding Laura Dern’s character as well as Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron and Carrie Fisher's General Organa.
According to the report, Dern is rumored to be playing a Resistance Officer in command of a ship. The site describes a scene in which she informs a group of battered soldiers, including Poe, that they are the “last of the rebellion,” and she also informs them that General Organa has been "gravely injured" in some kind of attack and is undergoing medical attention.
The relationship between Dern and Poe isn't a good one. It's explained that they "have an antagonistic exchange of words and Dern’s character is blunt with Poe, like she has some sort of authority over him." The intensity escalates from there as it's revealed that Poe leads a group of Resistance fighters against Dern’s character. They take control of her ship and Poe ends up pointing his blaster at Dern's character.
It sounds to me like the story in Episode VIII is going to take more of a political turn. Like there is a new villainous faction growing within the Resistance that Dern is a part of, and that maybe Leia being gravely wounded was an inside job to put an end to what she was trying to accomplish. The report speculates that Dern's character wants the kind of power that Leia wields, but Poe isn't going to let that happen.
This is all just rumor and speculation, but it sounds like something I could see happening in the Star Wars Universe. If all of this is true, I like where it's going. I can't wait to see how this story plays out!
The film is being directed by Rian Johnson and is set to be released on December 15th, 2017. Do you have any speculation that you'd like to add to the conversation?