HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm is one of my favorite comedy series ever, and I've been hoping that Larry David would do a ninth season. Since season eight concluded in 2011, I've been getting my Larry David comedy fix from reruns, and I even went to New York and saw his Broadway show Fish in the Dark, which was freakin' hilarious!
Now it looks like there's a possibility that a ninth season could actually happen! J.B. Smoove recently appeared on Rich Eisen’s radio show, and when asked about doing another season he offered some promising and hopeful news, saying:
"I just talk about regular stuff with him; it’s not always Curb stuff. This time, he brings up Curb Your Enthusiasm. I never brought it up. This was about a month ago. He said, ‘You know, I’m thinking about coming back.’ See, that’s great because he has not said no, which puts us in a great position for possibilities. That means it’s still going. If Larry does not say no, there is a possibility he may say yes. He went extra and said, ‘If I do come back, are you going to be available?’ I said, ‘You know something, Larry? I’m going to be available. Call me. Give me early notice. I’ll be there.’ I’ll move anything I’m doing to the side for Curb Your Enthusiasm, which would be a fabulous thing to do. Season nine would be fabulous."
It sounds to me like David is actually serious about getting the gang back together for another season! I don't want to get my hopes up because you never know... if could not happen, but it's hard not to get excited with this kind of talk! If David is looking to do a ninth season, I hope he moves on it quickly because I'd love to see some new Curb sooner rather than later!
With the new Power Rangers movie coming out in the near future, artist Carlos Dattoli took on the challenge of redesigning the heroic characters from the classic series in his own style. The results are impressively cool. I spent a bit of time comparing these character designs for the upcoming movie, and even though I like aspects of both designs, I think the ones created by Dattoli are better and have more of a classic feel to them. I like the slick look and the simplicity. The costumes being used in the movie have a little too much going on with the added armor and the glowing chests. Check out the photos below and let us know what costume designs you like better.
Here are the movie designs:
It looks like Gotham is bringing in some interesting new characters including a journalist who you're all familiar with named Vicky Vale. Last month TV Line speculated that Vale would be a part of the series and said:
"There’s also the recurring role of an ambitious young journalist named “Valerie” — which we’d like to think is casting-call code for Vicki Vale, though her late-20s age range makes her markedly older than Master Bruce."
The entertainment news outlet has now confirmed that the Valerie character is in fact really Vicky Vale. They said:
"We called it. The ambitious young journalist named “Valerie” that Gotham is set to introduce in Season 3 is, as we predicted, none other than Vicki Vale."
Vicky Vale is a great character, and she was previously portrayed by Kim Basinger in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman. She will also be joined by a few other characters. According to the report, producers are looking to cast a villain who "learns people’s secrets and manipulates them to do his bidding" as well as a young villainess "who uses her sexuality to entrap men."
There are no names given for these characters, but the first villain sounds like it could be J. Edgar Hoover, and let's face it, the second one mentioned could be any diabolical woman who would use her sexuality for evil. .
Universal Pictures has just hired Westworld scribe Lisa Joy to write a script for the Battlestar Galactica film they’ve been trying to develop over the past few years.
Bryan Singer was attached to direct the movie at one point but he left the project to pursue other things like X-Men. The studio is now looking at hiring Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence to helm the film. According to inside source, they are in early discussions.
It seems like Lawrence could be a decent choice to take it on. He did a solid job with The Hunger Games, and he’s also directed films such as Constantine and I Am Legend, which were both fun flicks. He's certainly not the cream of the crop, but he'll get the job done.
There’s no information on what exactly Universal is planning for this thing, but as a fan of the franchise, I’m excited to see a movie! This has the potential to be a huge sci-fi film franchise if it’s done right. So keep your fingers crossed for a great feature film adaptation.
In my mind, the original 1986 Transformers: The Movie is the best Transformers movie ever made. I don’t care what anyone says. I loved that film, even though they killed off half of my favorite characters within the first 30 minutes. When I was a kid I was lucky enough to see it on the big screen at a special screening for some of the cast and crew members. I’ll never forget that experience. The movie just oozes '80s awesomeness.
I’m excited to report that Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studio are teaming up to release a special Blu-ray and DVD to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary. I seriously can’t believe that it’s been 30 freakin’ years!
The 30th Anniversary Edition will feature some bonus content and collectible packaging. The film boasts an impressive voice cast that included Orson Welles in his final role as Unicron, Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, and Frank Welker.
I only own this film on VHS. Yeah, that’s right, I still have my VHS copy of it, but I don’t have a VHS player to play it on. The last time I saw Transformers: The Movie was at a special event double feature event at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood a few years back. It played with G.I. Joe: The Movie. Needless to say, I’ll definitely be picking myself up a Blu-ray copy of the film when it rolls out on September 13th, 2016.
Here are some additional details from the press release:
The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive home entertainment packaged media (Blu-ray and DVD) and select digital rights to Hasbro’s Transformers – The Movie for home entertainment releases in North America. In honor of the 30th anniversary of Transformers – The Movie, the beloved animated feature will be newly remastered and transferred in HD from the original 35mm elements. A full-range of bonus content and collectible packaging are currently in development. Shout! Factory plans an aggressive rollout of Transformers – The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition on September 13, 2016.
“The Transformers franchise has been part of American popular culture for more than 30 years, developing into one of the most recognizable brands around the globe,” said Stephen Davis, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President of Hasbro. “’Transformers – The Movie’ played a huge role in the brand’s early success, laying the foundation for major motion pictures, several successful TV series, clothing and apparel, toys and much more. We are thrilled to work with Shout! Factory to deliver the original movie to fans in a completely remastered HD experience.”
“’Transformers – The Movie’ is a highly sought-after animated feature, boasting a large fan following and consumer interest. On its 30th anniversary, we look forward to celebrating this film by bringing it to North America on Blu-ray for the first time. Having worked closely with Hasbro Studios on top brands like animated series ‘Transformers Robots in Disguise,’ ‘G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,’ ‘Transformers Prime,’ ‘My Little Pony,’ ‘My Little Pony Equestria Girls’ movies and more, this is incredibly exciting and important news for us,” said Melissa Boag, Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory. “We look forward to bringing ‘Transformers – The Movie,’ featuring all-new HD transfer with stunning packaging and great extras to fans and on family home entertainment shelves.”
Action-packed animated feature Transformers – The Movie chronicles the heroic efforts of the Autobots as they defend their native planet Cybertron from the evil Decepticons and Unicron.
The Autobots, led by the heroic Optimus Prime, prepare to make a daring attempt to retake their planet from the evil forces of Megatron and the Decepticons. Unknown to both sides, a menacing force is heading their way – Unicron. The only hope of stopping Unicron lies within the Matrix of Leadership and the Autobot who can rise up and use its power to light their darkest hour. Will the Autobots be able to save their native planet from destruction or will the Decepticons reign supreme?
Transformers – The Movie is co-produced and directed by Nelson Shin; produced by Joel Bacal and Tom Griffin; supervising producer, Jay Bacal; executive producers, Margaret Loesch and Lee Gunther; music score by Vince DiCola.
Last year Adam McKay won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Big Short. That was easily one of the best films of the year. It explored the corruption and ridiculousness of Wall Street and how they play the housing market. The director is now going to take on another controversial story, and he's taking Jennifer Lawrence along for the ride.
The story for the untitled film centers on Elizabeth Holmes, "the founder of the health-technology and medical-laboratory-services company Theranos. Forbes named Holmes the richest self-made woman last year. The biotech entrepreneur’s net worth was completely reduced last week when Forbes revised the estimate from $4.5 billion to zero following allegations that the company’s blood tests are inaccurate."
Damn! Lawrence is set to star in the film as Holmes, and McKay will write and direct it. This is a great project for both of them, and it has all the ingredients for an Oscar-nominated movie. After seeing what McKay did with The Big Short, he has a great storytelling style that perfectly blends humor, intensity, and drama. I can't wait to see what he does with this one. Then, of course, Lawrence is going to once again deliver an amazing performance.
I've got a strange, charming, and completely incoherent sci-fi short film for you to check out today called "Sunspring." The film was written by an artificial intelligent neural network that was fed hundreds of scripts for sci-fi films and TV shows. The A.I. spit out this script for "Sunspring" which is a jumbled mess of absurdity, but that doesn't mean it's not enjoyable, because it is. It doesn't hurt that it stars Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch. In a weird way he actually makes it all work. Here's some information regarding the short:
In the wake of Google's AI Go victory, filmmaker Oscar Sharp turned to his technologist collaborator Ross Goodwin to build a machine that could write screenplays. They created "Jetson" and fueled him with hundreds of sci-fi TV and movie scripts. Building a team including Thomas Middleditch, star of HBO's Silicon Valley, they gave themselves 48 hours to shoot and edit whatever Jetson decided to write.
I can't even begin to tell you what the movie is about because there's no plot! It's just weird characters, in a strange setting, saying crazy things. One thing is for sure... it made me laugh.
Mel Gibson is working with his Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace on a sequel to The Passion of the Christ. I've gotta say... I didn't see that coming! Gibson self-financed Passion of the Christ with 30 million dollars which exploded in theaters when it was released in 2004 and made over 611 million dollars worldwide.
The news comes from Wallace himself while talking with THR. He told them that the movie would focus on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It's really the only way they could have gone! The report goes on to say:
Wallace, who most recently directed and co-wrote the 2014 faith-based drama Heaven Is for Real, says he and Gibson began to get serious about a sequel to The Passion, the most successful independent film of all time, while making Hacksaw Ridge, which Gibson directed and Wallace co-wrote. Hacksaw Ridge opens in November and centers on World War II Army medic Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Wallace was a religion major at Duke University and says the resurrection was a specialty of his. He told THR:
"I always wanted to tell this story. The Passion is the beginning and there's a lot more story to tell."
So this sounds like it's going to be a very personal passion project for him. That means there's a good chance the movie will be good. According to the writer, the demand in the Christian community influenced his and Gibson's decision and willingness to do another film.
"The evangelical community considers The Passion the biggest movie ever out of Hollywood, and they kept telling us that they think a sequel will be even bigger."
The project is still in the very early stages, and there's no studio attached and no financial backing, but once the project starts to gain some steam, I'm sure the studios and the investors will come running.
Earlier this year, Sony released a film set around the resurrection called Risen. The first half of the film was pretty good, but it lost me during the second half. There's no doubt that Gibson and Wallace would deliver something a lot better.
Set in the high-powered world of New York City finance, Equity is a showcase for Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn to prove she unequivocally has what it takes to headline a movie.
Naomi Bishop (Gunn) works for one of the world’s largest banks, and she has a successful track record investing in start-up companies that sell for big bucks when they go public. Her last deal didn’t go so well, but she brushes herself off and she and her VP/assistant Erin (Sarah Megan Thomas) move on to dealing with Cachet, a promising privacy company despite its douchey tech bro founder. Meanwhile, Naomi’s old friend Sam (Orange is the New Black’s Alysia Reiner), now working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, begins investigating a shady figure (Craig Bierko) who has ties to Michael Conners (James Purefoy), a broker at Naomi’s bank who Naomi’s sleeping with. The movie tracks all of these players as Cachet’s IPO approaches its launch, detailing all of the broken alliances, sold secrets, and power moves made behind closed doors.
I expect to see some people comparing this to The Big Short, but this movie doesn’t stop to explain things to the audience the way Adam McKay’s film does. Instead, this shares more DNA with Wall Street, which refuses to define its jargon and terms and expects the audience to pick it up along the way. (I don’t follow the financial world at all, but even if you don’t understand what an IPO or a VC is, the emotional throughlines of both movies are easy to grasp). There’s also a riff on Wall Street’s famous “Greed is Good” speech, in which Naomi talks about how much she likes money and how it’s finally acceptable for women to openly talk about ambition. (This movie clearly wants to be remembered for that scene, since two different characters say it over the course of the film.)
As a title, Equity has a dual meaning: there’s the financial definition (“equity: the value of the shares issued by a company”), and the alternate definition that deals with being treated fairly and impartially. While the film is outwardly about the first meaning, it’s more concerned with the second. Naomi and Erin are both trying to find a way to work in an environment that is inherently unfair to them because they’re women, and for most of the movie, those challenges are explored in a competent way. But late in the film, there’s a scene that slams home the metaphor so hard that I fear if this film has any cultural impact at all, it’s going to be for this scene alone, a much worse version of There Will Be Blood’s “I drink your milkshake” moment. One of Naomi’s male employees is eating a chocolate chip cookie, and she asks for one. He brings her one with only three chocolate chips in it, and she GOES OFF on him for bringing her one with less chips in it than the one he ate. I figured this movie would touch on the idea of wage disparity between men and women, but I never imagined it would do it with a chocolate chip cookie metaphor. The sad part is, you can take that scene out of the movie and the film would be better for it; it’s unnecessary repetition of a concept that’s already been explored.
Unfortunately, it’s all downhill after that. The movie loses its footing as it lurches toward the finish line, which is a shame because the first two thirds are solid. The cinematography is crisp and warm, the script establishes the characters beautifully in a short amount of time and kept me hooked as it unspooled (until the cookie scene), and the acting is strong as well — Purefoy and Bierko give welcome performances, but Anna Gunn is tremendous and Sarah Megan Thomas is outstanding as her underpaid and overworked VP.
A cautionary tale about the danger of undervaluing employees, Equity gets wrapped up in its betrayals and hits a few snags with its ending, but if you’re willing to forgive that and are more interested in witnessing a powerhouse performance, this will do the trick.