I'm seeing a press screening of Shane Black's '70s noir buddy comedy The Nice Guys tomorrow night, so I'll have a review for you here on the site later this week. I'm very excited about this film, and I think my excitement is warranted because I've enjoyed all of the trailers I've seen so far; I'm hooked by the premise, setting, and stars; and I love Black's movies (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3).
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe have been doing a lot of promotion for the movies in the form of little viral videos. You may have seen some where they were in fake therapy sessions together. I thought those were fine, but not funny or interesting enough to write about here. But today, Gosling tweeted a video of the two of them getting yelled at by producer Joel Silver that made me laugh, so I figured I'd pass it along in case you're looking for a minute of amusement during your Tuesday. (NSFW language)
Here's good news for anyone who cares about the continuity of Michael Bay'sTransformers movies: after sitting out the fourth movie, Josh Duhamel is returning to reprise his role as Lieutenant Colonel Lennox in the newly-titled Transformers: The Last Knight. (What a stupid title.)
I admittedly haven't seen much of Duhamel's work outside of this franchise, but in these movies, I've always found him to be a bland, forgettable presence similar to your Jai Courtneys or your Sam Worthingtons. But I'm sure hardcore fans will be pleased that he's back.
After I walked out of the flaming turd-pile that was Transformers: Age of Extinction, I promised myself that I would never watch another Michael Bay-directed Transformers movie again. If a different director comes on board the franchise and puts a new spin on it, maybe I'll give it a chance. But at this point, there's no reason for me to punish myself by watching two and a half hour pieces of garbage. The first one was OK. The second one was abysmal. The third one was passable. The fourth was unwatchable. That's not a good enough batting average for me, so I'm out.
I loved Wreck-It Ralph when it came out a few years ago, but I feel like it's been almost forgotten in the wave of great Disney animated movies that have come after it. Still, it's a great piece of pop entertainment, and now ScreenJunkies has created an Honest Trailer for the movie that explores some of the most nightmarish existential quandaries lurking in the film. If you stop and think about it, the premise of living video game characters being trapped in an endless cycle of violence is pretty horrifying.
This article is going to contain discussion about a comic book company's logo, so if you were thinking about leaving a comment about how there are more important things to talk about in the world right now, A) you're obviously right about that, but we're going to talk about this anyway, and B) now I've just saved you the trouble of leaving that comment, so don't bother.
DC Comics changed its logo in 2012 to something that was supposed to resemble a comic book page being turned, but I never liked that design. Thankfully, the company has changed its logo again after only four short years, and the new logo is a huge improvement. It's trades in the cutesy design for one that's more straightforward, a throwback to its older logos with the two letters encased in a circle.
VP of Marketing Amit Desai spoke about the new logo:
While comics continue to be the heart and soul of DC, the brand has evolved to now stand for powerful storytelling across so many different forms of media. DC is home to the greatest Super Heroes and Super-Villains, and the new logo has the character and strength to stand proudly alongside DC’s iconic symbols. The launch of the new logo is the perfect tribute to DC’s legacy, exciting future and most importantly, our fans.
While I normally roll my eyes at PR language like that, I can't help but actually agree that this logo does somehow feel stronger than the previous incarnation. I'm sure those of you who know all about design can get into the technical and subconscious reasons this is the case, but all I know is that this is a big improvement, and I'm looking forward to seeing it implemented on the big screen. The logo will debut on the cover of the DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH SPECIAL #1, and hopefully they can have it ready by the time Suicide Squad comes out in August.
Typically, I don’t run Star Wars information that I haven’t vetted through two sources, but since there have been rumbles elsewhere about this already and it’s not spoilery I thought I’d share a potentially cool piece of info that was floated my way recently. A source tells me that Frank Oz has been in to record new audio as Yoda for Rian Johnson’s currently in productionStar Wars: Episode VIIIin England. The source also says that (to their knowledge) Oz is there only to lend his voice and is not on hand for anything visual.
Anything could change, though. I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to see Yoda in the flesh again, (Preferably via an OZ operated puppet). It seems this might not be completely out of the question as our friend Jason atMaking Star Warsshared a rumor that there were “Ahch-To recreations made to accommodate a puppet,” last month when they also reported that they had heard that Oz was headed to theEpisode VIIIset.
This wouldn’t be Oz’s first brush with the Sequel Trilogy. You might recall that Anthony Breznican atEntertainment Weeklyreported that Oz was called in for voice work along with Ewan McGregor, by J.J. Abrams forThe Force Awakensfor Rey’s force vision.While McGregor’s audio was ultimately used in the final cut, Oz’s new Yoda vocals were not. Instead, Abrams opted to use vintage Yoda audio from his previous work in the Star Wars universe. The resulting scene was one of the most talked about moments ofThe Force Awakensthanks to its cryptic mashup of familiar visuals from the Original Trilogy as well as cryptic looks at what’s happened in the years (presumably) sinceReturn of the Jedi.Most impressive to the scene was a repurposed bit of vintage Alec Guinness dialogue allowing his presence to be felt sixteen years after his death.
I’m told that a Yoda puppet had even been built forThe Force Awakensin the event that they opted to use him onscreen and that special care had gone into making sure he looked right, just as they had done with Chewbacca and Admiral Ackbar. It’s not clear if this Yoda had actually gone in front of cameras or if he’d just been constructed in the event that they decided to use him.
I’d prefer to see Yoda pop his crazy green head up in the next installment, but I’d be pleased just hearing Frank Oz’s Yoda giving Luke or Rey words of wisdom from the ether in Episode VIII.
What do you think? Does Yoda have a part to play in the Sequel Trilogy in your opinion?
Rick and Morty is one of the most amazing animated shows on television. We all know the show is a parody of sorts of Back To The Future, but things go even deeper than that! There's some really interesting facts in here! Among them, the fact that Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland announced, developed, and wrote the script for the pilot all in the same day! That's pretty amazing, and it paid off in spades as it's become Adult Swim's most celebrated show. Learn more below courtesy of The Court Of Science!
Frank Grillo can currently be seen kicking Cap's ass on the big screen as Crossbones in Captain America: Civil War, but soon he'll be taking his talents to the small screen. Netflix has acquired the rights to an action film called The Wheelman, in which Grillo will star. He's also making his producing debut here alongside Joe Carnahan (The Grey).
Writer/director Jeremy Rush is making his feature directorial debut (and his feature-length screenwriting debut) with this film, which has the following synopsis:
The wheelman is Grillo – a getaway driver thrust into a high stakes race-to-survive after a bank robbery goes terribly wrong. With a car full of money and his family on the line, the clock is ticking to figure out who double-crossed him, and the only person he can trust…his fourteen-year-old daughter. All reasons to think fast, and drive faster.
I first read about this project a few days ago, and the description made it sound so much like the stunningly godawful Ethan Hawke/Selena Gomez movie Getaway that I didn't even bother to write about it. But Netflix has become synonymous with quality, and the streaming service picking this up and putting its stamp on the movie might mean it's a little better than that generic description would indicate. I suppose for movies like these it's all about the execution and seeing if the director can show us something we've never seen before, so here's hoping Rush can pull it off. Grillo has definitely proven he can be a badass on screen in movies ranging from Warrior to The Purge: Anarchy and beyond, so I don't doubt he'll be able to bring his A game...it's just a matter of whether or not the story and action can justify this movie's existence. Production starts this fall.
He's had his struggles, but to my knowledge, even Old Man Logan has never struggled in "getting it up." We're talking, of course, about Adamantium Dysfunction, a possible problem some Weapon X mutants can experience. For these people, there's a cure. Xialis will keep your claws retracted when the time is right, and keep you going when the moment hits. Check out the first commercial via Nerd City below.
I've never heard of indie filmmaker Emily Carmichael until today, but I have a feeling I'm going to be hearing about her a lot more in the years to come. THR reports that Hollywood heavy hitters Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse)and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) are teaming with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment to produce a new family adventure movie called Powerhouse, which Carmichael will write and direct. The plot is being kept under wraps from the press, but the original idea for the film came from Trevorrow, and after he saw a short film Carmichael made called The Hunter and The Swan Discuss Their Meeting, he called her to the set of his current movie and they worked out the characters that will appear in this new movie.
“Emily Carmichael is the next great writer-director of the kind of movies I love,” said Trevorrow. "Her ability to find warmth and humanity in genre storytelling is a superpower in itself.”
Here are some of the young director's bona fides, according to THR:
Carmichael demonstrated her artistic versatility by having short stories and essays be part of the best-selling book Ophelia Speaks and created the comic strip Whiz Kids for the Harvard Crimson. But it’s her video game and geek-tinged works such as the animated web series The Adventures of Ledo and Ix and the animated short RPG OKC that got Hollywood’s attention. Her name has even surfaced as a possible contender to direct Marvel’s Captain Marvel.
I hope you didn't skim that last sentence, but just in case you did, it said Carmichael could be the one to direct Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel movie. If you weren't hooked before, maybe that piqued your interest. While we wait to find out more details about Powerhouse, check out some of the director's short films below and visit her production company's website for more: