The newest adaptation of Berserk appeared online today, and the reception has been mixed. The manga has been a bestseller and award winner, most noted for its graphic violence and sexual content. The manga itself touches on the morality of humanity and good and evil. We follow a lone mercenary named Guts and his time in this land. The preview can be found below:
The response from the anime community on the web has been all over the place. For the most part, I read people say the preview looks low budget and cheap in some parts, but others say they like the gritty art style. Overall, most people are excited about this new series, but are concerned it won't "push enough limits." Apparently the manga is pretty dark and, while I didn't go into it, a lot of people are wondering if the "rape horse" will be in the series. Sounds pretty brutal.
I guess I didn't question much when Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out because I was so pumped to see a Star Wars film again, but after seeing this Dorkly video, I realize I missed a lot of stuff! Why was it relevant that all those planets were destroyed? When did Kylo Ren get Vader's helmet? All these questions and more are answered in the video below!
For the past week or so, reports about reshoots on Gareth Edwards' Star Warsprequel Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been analyzed to death. Some people are almost gleefully talking about how this means the movie is in trouble and it's a disaster in the making, but considering all of the reshoots that went into The Force Awakens and how many terrific moments that added to the film (practically all of Daisy Ridley and John Boyega's early interactions, which set the tone for their friendship; Oscar Isaac's best lines as Poe Dameron when he was being sarcastic with Kylo Ren, and many of those he ad-libbed), I don't think we should worry until we see the final movie.
Someone who's actually in the film seems to share that opinion. Mads Mikkelsen, who's playing a mysterious character (we know a little about him), gave an interview to The Independent and they asked about the reshoots:
Basically, all the big films I have done always have reshoots, it is part of their budget. They’re either not super happy with a scene bit, the way we were acting, or maybe there’s something they want to add. It’s not a new thing, it happens with every film. Whether it’s bigger or less, I have no idea, I have nothing to compare with. It’s the same film, it’s just adding little bits here and there to do the final polishing. That’s my feeling.
I loved the first Rogue One trailer, so I'm just going to choose not to consider these reshoots a big deal unless it's very obvious that they happened in the final film and the movie is bad (cough cough..Fantastic Four...cough).
Kevin Smith is going back to basics...again! After a long dabble in the indie horror genre, it looks like the geek-acclaimed director is going to resurrect his classic Mallrats as a 10-part series! Uproxx says Smith shared how the decision came to be on the Preston and Steve show on 93.3 WMMR:
"I called my agency and I said, ‘Hey man, can I just make a Mallrats sequel? Universal owns it, but do I really need to make this with Universal? Can’t I just write a script and buy the title from them?’
And the agent told me, ‘Yeah, absolutely, they’ll let it go.’
And I said, ‘Are you positive? Because I don’t want to start this if that’s not the case.’ He says, ‘Oh yeah, there are three ways you can make this movie: You finance it yourself; you finance it with the studio, co-financed; or they finance it, but, you know, it’ll probably be, since it’s an old movie and it’s a small title, it’ll probably be you financing it yourself."
“So, while I’m in that world and space [of making Buckaroo Banzai], a couple months ago, we started reconfiguring the idea of doing Mallrats not as a film but as a series, and Universal and I are just about to close our deal to do Mallrats the series. Then we take it out into the world and find a home for it. So, instead of doing a Mallrats movie, I’m going to do 10 episodes of a Mallrats series.”
The 10-part series will be shot in the original mall it was filmed at, in Exton, Pennsylvania, and then shopped to networks for a release. Smith has been working on a film sequel to Mallrats (called Mallbrats) for a little over a year, and at one point he had most of the original cast back on board, but no word about whether they'd come along for the revamped TV show version. The original cast included Jason Lee, Michael Rooker, Shannon Doherty, and Ben Affleck, and it would be awesome if Smith could score them all back for the series. Chances are Affleck is too caught up in the DC world to commit to it, but I'd just be happy to see Jason Mewes and Jason Lee again!
Duncan Jones' Warcraftfinally hits theaters today, and it's a film you've gotta check out! I loved the movie and it's currently exploding in China. I really hope the movie does well at the box office here in the U.S.; I'm so confused by the negative reviews that the film is getting because it's such a solid movie with a great story, a great script, great acting, and stunning visual effects.
There's a prequel graphic novel that was created in conjunction with the film called Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood which takes place about 30 years before the events of the movie, it focuses on "an Azeroth-saving adventure undertaken by a young Llane, Lothar and Medivh."
We have a preview of the graphic novel to share with you today and here's the story description:
Discover how three of Azeroth’s greatest champions forged their first alliance, in the official graphic prequel to the Warcaft movie from Legendary, Universal Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment.
In a fantasy action epic set decades before the film, the young and headstrong Llane, Lothar, and Medivh embark on a mission of vengeance that will forge them into heroes… the kind of heroes Azeroth will need in its darkest hour.
Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood was written by Paul Cornell from a story by Chris Metzen and the art was done by Mat Broome, Michael O’Hare, Eddie Nunez, Roy Allan Martinez, Ale Garza, and Mike Bowden. Artist Kevin Tong did the cover art.
If you consider yourself a film fan, you're probably familiar with A24. The relatively new production and distribution company is responsible for bringing us movies like Spring Breakers, The Spectacular Now, Under the Skin, Ex Machina, Room, Green Room, and The Witch, just to name a few. Now the company has its next project lined up, a thriller called It Comes at Night which will star Joel Edgerton in the lead role.
Deadline says the story centers on "a father who will stop at nothing to protect his wife and son from a malevolent, mysterious presence terrorizing them right outside their doorstep." Trey Edward Shults is writing and directing, but I missed his directorial debut Krisha, so I'm not familiar with him as a filmmaker. That plot description is also pretty vague, so I'll have to put my trust in A24 and Edgerton and hope this turns out well.
I have a powerful short film for you to watch today called Obituaries. The movie was directed by Ryan Moody and it features James Franco. The short focuses on the senseless shooting at a school and it chronicles of the lives of those that were affected by the shooting.
Seven vignettes each focus on a victim, and give a glimpse of whom they were, whom they loved, whom they hurt, and whom they wanted to be.
It’s a thought-provoking and heartbreaking story that is an inspiring piece of work with a strong message. There are so many intense emotions the film portrays. The final scene really hit me because there’s truth to the meaning behind it.
The film features some heavy content and is NSFW as it contains violent images and some nudity, but make sure to watch it when you get a chance.
Looks like the Orient Express just gained an A-list passenger.
Variety reports that Angelina Jolie is in early talks to join 20th Century Fox's remake of Murder on the Orient Express, a murder mystery based on Agatha Christie's 1934 novel of the same name.
The story follows detective Hercule Poirot as he attempts to solve the murder of an American businessman that occurred on a cross-country train. The 1974 film starred Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall, Anthony Perkins, and many more, so it makes sense that Fox would try to bring in actors of similar star value for the remake.
Kenneth Branagh is directing and starring as Poirot, and he's currently the only actor officially confirmed for the project. Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, and Mark Gordon are producing. As of right now, the film has a release date scheduled for November 22, 2017. Check out the trailer for the '74 movie below:
With all the controversy that has surrounded casting, I groaned when I read the headline from i09. People getting fired after the first couple performances of the play of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child?! Hopefully this wasn't a knee-jerk reaction to audience responses.
Turns out it was an owl that got fired!
Supposedly, the owl is supposed to fly out on set and then back to its handler. When the owl was released for the segment, it flew out into the audience and into the shadows of the theater. The incident happened during a preview. The show has not begun its official run.
Ultimately, the live owls were taken away and are now replaced with realistic looking plush owls! You don't mess with owls, guys! My dad shined a flashlight at one on a streetlamp once and it swooped on us! Easily one of the top 5 scariest moments of my childhood.