Simon Pegg Says Quentin Tarantino's "Star Trek" Movie Isn't Rated R

Quentin Tarantino‘s quirky “Star Trek” project, an allegedly R-Rated version of the beloved franchise, is quite real, even with Tarantino making a pitch to “Star Trek” director/producer J.J. Abrams and then the writer of “The Revenant” being hired.
Simon Pegg, when interviewed by Hey U Guys,  isn't buying the R rating but he does believe the film could happen:
“I don’t think [Quentin Tarantino has] written an R rated Star Trek script,” Pegg stated. “I think what happened is he went to J.J. [Abrams] with an idea that he’s had for awhile. I remember he told us about it a long time ago. I think he told me and Edgar [Wright] about it a long time ago. He just put it to J.J. and I think J.J.’s just considering putting it into a writing room. We got an email just saying ‘Guess what? Guess who came into the office the other day?’ So I don’t know much about it other than it’s in the mix, so we’ll see.”

'Deadpool 2' breaking score ratings at test screenings, even outscoring the original

The film earned a 98 in one of its final tests, and completed six days of reshoots last month.
"Deadpool 2," will open on May 18th, but if you're expecting no buzz to come from this movie, think again. It is already scoring high marks at test screenings conducted by Fox.
According to THR, "The Fox film received as high as 98 in recent test screenings.The Ryan Reynolds-fronted sequel has been tested three times, with the scores for the first two screenings coming in at 91 and 97. The final test, which occurred in Dallas, tested two separate cuts simultaneously, which scored a 98 and a 94. The 98-scoring cut is the version the team is using, a source with direct knowledge told THR. The crew attended the final screenings in Dallas, and a source in the audience of the 98 screening describing the environment to THR as being electric and akin to watching the Super Bowl."
The original Deadpool scored a 91 at test screenings, which is still very high, according to insiders that spoke to THR. We all know what happened after that as the film would go on to gross $783M worldwide, unthinkable success for an R rated film. 
If you remember, Deadpool 2 has had reshoots, but not the negative kind, for six days last month in Vancouver the filmmakers added "more of what test screening audiences enjoyed." They also had time to add a "secret cameo."
Ryan Reynolds will be back as the titular antihero, new to the cast are Josh Brolin (Cable), Zazie Beetz (Domino) and Julian Dennison,  returning cast members include Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), T.J. Miller (Weasel), Stefan Kapicic (Colossus), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Leslie Uggams (Blind Al) and Karan Soni (Dopinder). 

First Look at Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in Biopic "Judy"


The film is currently in production and will be directed by theater vet Rupert Goold, from a screenplay by Tom Edge (The Crown).

The main background and setting for this film are Judy Garland’s final concerts in London

Zellweger has been M.I.A these last few years. Since her "Cold Mountain" supporting actress win and "Cinderella Man" turn the following year, we have seldom seen her in anything, apart from 2008's "Appaloosa" but she has tried to stage a comeback the last few years, 2016's "Bridget Jones' Baby" had her reprise her role as a single, swinging London woman, it made a skimp $24M in the U.S. but $212M worldwide, which made it a massive hit in the rest of world.

Here’s the official synopsis for "Judy":

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town.
It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in THE WIZARD OF OZ, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown.
As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through.  Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.
And yet Judy is fragile.  After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids.  Will she have the strength to go on?
Featuring some of her best-known songs, including the timeless classic ‘Over the Rainbow’, JUDY celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”.

Thanos & Thor Have The Most Screen Time In Avengers: Infinity War

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The Russo Brothers were interviewed by Fandango as a promo for their upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War" and the most interesting tidbit gathered from this interview was the fact that, according to Joe, Thor and Thanos share the most screen time out of any of the characters.

Fandango: You mention some characters are invested with more screen time than others. Can you name which of those characters were invested more?
Joe Russo: Interestingly enough, I'll start out by saying Thanos, even though he's not a character that had a huge preexisting story in the Marvel universe. He was a threat but he was not developed in any way up to this point. Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time in this film, in a lot of ways I would say it's his movie. Our job when we make these films — and what we feel is important to us — is to surprise the audience. We wanted to tell a story that they weren't expecting, and the story is told from the point of view of a villain, which I think is also really unique and risky for a commercial film that will surprise the audience. I think this is a market where the audience really enjoys innovation and disruption, and we want to do something innovative in this space. So I think Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time, and I think you'll find that Thor has a really interesting arc in the film. He hasn't been at the forefront of other Avengers movies but he certainly has a very important role in this film. So I'll say, Thanos and Thor.

Mark Hamill Wants To Come Back But Says Luke Skywalker's Star Wars 9 Return Is Up To JJ Abrams

Mark Hamill was celebrating St. Patty's Day on the ABC telecast of the parade when he was asked about whether he'd want to return for Episode IX, he made it quite clear: He wants to come back but it's all up to JJ Abrams. This is what Star Wars fans want to hear, the actor’s statement makes it known and is a message that, no doubt. has the intention of being delivered to Abrams, who is currently working on Episode IX's screenplay:
Listen, put in a good word for me. Because it’s all in JJ [Abrams] hands.”

"Black Panther" passes "The Avengers" and is now the 7th highest grossing film of all time

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"Black Panther" has topped the box-office now for the fifth weekend in a row. Remarkable. The film has legs and they don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. From what I've gathered, it will likely not reach "The Force Awakens," or "Avatar," but "Titanic" third spot is most certainly an option. Of course, we're not counting inflation here, as "Gone With the Wind" would most certainly still be tops if that was taken into account, and  1997's "Titanic" is still the oldest movie in the top 10, second oldest is 2008's "The Dark Knight." Inflation. That's all this is. Nevertheless, "Black Panther" is a beast of nature.

1. Black Panther — $27M ($605M)
2. Tomb Raider — $23.5M 
3. I Can Only Imagine — $17M 
4. A Wrinkle in Time — $16.6M ($61M)
5. Love, Simon — $11.5M 
6. Game Night — $5.6M ($54.1M)
7. Peter Rabbit — $5.2M ($102.4M)
8. Strangers: Prey at Night — $4.8M ($18.6M)
9. Red Sparrow — $4.5M ($39.6M)
10. Death Wish — $3.4M ($29.9M)

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When Robert De Niro heard his co-star, John Cazale, might be dropped from the production of ‘The Deer Hunter’ because the actor’s terminal bone cancer would make him uninsurable, De Niro covered it himself. Cazale ended up passing away shortly after production.

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I think it is safe to say that John Cazale was one of the greatest character actors in movie history. He appeared in five films between 1973 and 1979, all of them nominated for Best Picture: (The GodfatherThe ConversationThe Godfather Part IIDog Day Afternoon, and The Deer Hunter.)  Cazale was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1977 and died of complications to it in 1978. 

His close friend and collaborator, Israel Horovitz, published a eulogy in the Village Voice on March 27, 1978. It said the following:
John Cazale happens once in a lifetime. He was an invention, a small perfection. It is no wonder his friends feel such anger upon waking from their sleep to discover that Cazale sleeps on with kings and counselors, with Booth and Kean, with Jimmy Dean, with Bernhardt, Guitry, and Duse, with Stanislavsky, with Groucho, Benny, and Allen. He will make fast friends in his new place. He is easy to love.
Much has also been said about the unique bond he had with Meryl Streep, they were also dating, as she stayed with him until his very last breath at the hospital,  Al Pacino has said: "I've hardly ever seen a person so devoted to someone who is falling away like John was. To see her in that act of love for this man was overwhelming."

Cazale worked through "The Deer Hunter" knowing he only had months to live. 

Now comes this nifty little story from Vintage, which claims that Cazale's "Deer Hunter" co-star Robert De Niro threatened to leave production if producers were to let the dying actor go due to insurance policies:

"During the filming, John was growing sicker and sicker, and the producers tried everything they could to nullify his contract and replace him. But Robert De Niro and Meryl threatened to walk away if they did, so in the end, Cimino rearranged his schedule and shot John’s scenes first. To keep up with the growing medical bills, Meryl took up a role for a nine-hour television drama, Holocaust, right after she was finished with her scenes in The Deer Hunter. Unfortunately, the series was mostly shot on real-life locations in a concentration camp in Austria so she had to leave for a while. “I was going crazy, John was sick, and I wanted to be with him,” she said later."
"While she was away for two months, his old friend Al Pacino took him to radiation treatments and De Niro took care of the insurance policy. Just as she got back and things looked as if they were going to be fine, John was once again admitted to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and on 12th of March, 1978, a doctor woke her up early in the morning with the words, “He’s gone.” Reports say that Streep was so reluctant to let him go, that she threw herself on his chest, begging him to wake up. And as she was sobbing over him, he opened his eyes for a brief second and with the weak voice of a dying man, said: “It’s all right, Meryl, it’s all right,” after which he left this world for good."

Matt Reeves' "The Batman" to Go Into Production in 2019

What Matt Reeves did in "War For the Planet of the Apes" was bloody brilliant. The third, and presumably final, chapter in the "Apes" series was one of the most entertaining movies I had seen last year. 

And so, Reeves' net project, DC's "The Batman," has just skyrocketed in anticipation. Zack Snyder's take on the caped crusader was limp and pummeling to the point where we had almost completely given up on having a film that might harken back to the glory days of the Christopher Nolan films. That is until Reeves showed up. The Shakespearean tragedy he's brought to the Apes movies is transcendent. Now comes word that 'The Batman' will go into production in 2019:

According to Heroic Hollywood, "the film won’t begin production until 2019 because Warner Bros. already has three DC Films projects set to shoot in 2018. Shazam is already in production. "Wonder Woman 2" is set to follow after that, and then the Joker origin story movie thereafter."

"If "The Batman" doesn’t start rolling until 2019, that means the film probably won’t be released until 2020 or 2021, eight or nine years after the last Batman solo movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." That will be the longest wait between solo Batman movies since the franchise was rebooted between Batman & Robin in 1997 and Batman Begins in 2005, and possibly the longest wait since Warner Bros. launched the modern Batman film franchise with Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989."

Director Ava DuVernay Hints That Racism Reason for "Wrinkle In Time" Bad Reviews?

You have probably not read much on this site about  "A Wrinkle in Time," because, quite frankly, ads ... I have seen Ava DuVernay's adaptation of the popular Madeleine L'Engle novel. The film was met with abysmal reviews, a 52 on Metacritic and a 42% on Rotten Tomatoes.

DuVernay, always very active on Twitter, praised Vulture critic Kyle Buchanan, who wrote about the "subtle, resonant" theme of the black main character's insecurity about her hair. "You were the only Caucasian journalist of any gender to see it, understand it and seriously ask me about it. Appreciate the chat, the sensitivity, and the writing," the director tweeted.
Of course, having lived through a public school system where the majority of students were black, I can understand what Buchanan and DuVernay were talking about. There was always that girl in every class that would pat her hair down, or put on some product in the middle of a lecture, hair is a huge deal for African-American women. I rarely saw a film which indeed captured a black girl's insecurities when it came to having "different" hair in texture than other American girls, but that's not what the film is about .... it's just a pedantic, slow as molasses fantasy tale. I look forward to her comeback in making socially pertinent dramas. 

Director Terry Gilliam Compares #MeToo Movement to "Mob Rule"

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Terry Gilliam has all but wrapped up "Don Quixote" but his recent comments on the #MeToo movement and Harvey Weinstein might make it a hard sell for distributors, that is unless he apologizes and Gilliam, well, Gilliam doesn't apologize. 
The venerable director was interviewed by a French paper (Agence France Presse) and asked about the Harvey Weinstein controversy:
“It is a world of victims,” Gilliam says. “I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn’t. The ones who did knew what they were doing. These are adults, we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition. Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey — that’s the price you pay. Some people paid the price, other people suffered from it.”
 The director of such classics as "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and “Brazil” his shooting darts at the #MeToo movement, as well, comparing it to “…like when mob rule takes over, the mob is out there, they are carrying their torches and they are going to burn down Frankenstein’s castle.”
Gilliam said the atmosphere around #MeToo has “got silly…people are being described in ridiculous terms as if there is no real humanity left anymore.” To which I say, he's half-right and half-wrong. You can't just shrug off the actual victims Terry, there is a powerful and humane purpose of this movement that cannot be denied. However, yes, I see what you're saying, it is going too far in condemning some, that could very well be innocent, without due process and consequentially ruining their careers. There's a thin line between the two and some of us are struggling to find that cushion to properly address it in a fair and just way.
Anyway, I was counting down the seconds before SJW's would go to Twitter to condemn Gilliam, more specifically Judd Apatow who has been overtly vocal as an SJW, despite, hypocritically, not condemning his buddy James Franco.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Says "The Master" Is His Favorite Movie, Even If He’s ‘Not Sure It Was Entirely Successful’

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In a recent interview with The Los Angeles Times, Paul Thomas Anderson said "The Master," one of the very best movies I have seen this decade, will always be his "most beloved" movie. 
“I really hope it will be something people can revisit and enjoy in a way that equals my pride in it,” he continued. “And pride can be a dangerous thing, and I’m not being very quiet about my pride in saying all this. But I just feel really proud of it. And of course, there’s a particular sentimentality attached to it for a number of personal reasons. It’s all wrapped up.”
When it will come the time to make a list of the best movies of the decade you can rest assured Paul Thomas Anderson's masterful film will be included on my own list. It's an incredible achievement, a film that cannot be described in words. I also understand what he means by "it's not entirely successful," I think the film couldn't fully wrap up its thematic ambiguity properly in its last 5 or so minutes, I mean, how do you conclude the eccentric brilliance of the first 95% of this film. The film should have ended with Joaquin just riding away on that motorcycle. Those are minor quibbles. 
PTA also sent a shout-out in the interview to Adam Sandler and his unadorned love for "Big Daddy."
“I love ‘Big Daddy,'” Anderson said. “‘Big Daddy’ had Sensitive Sandler; there’s a scene in it where he’s screaming at his father over the telephone that I used to rewind over and over. That’s when I really thought, ‘I have to find this person. I have to work with this person.'”

Will Woody Allen's "A Rainy Day in New York" be chosen for Cannes?

Variety, in their Cannes preview, seems to be insinuating just, by the title alone ("Will Women Directors Gain Ground?"), that there is some kind of quota that needs to be met for this year's festival.  In the article Peter Debruge writes, "Will Cannes delegate general Thierry Frémaux get with the program and include more female directors?" 

My response:

Cannes is not a quota festival. It recognizes excellence in cinema. If few female directors fail to produce excellent movies in a given year, that fault is on those directors, not Cannes. Lowering the bar to meet some dumb quota hurts women, not helps them. I'm perplexed, it's a quota system now? I thought festivals were a merit-based system? Based on the quality of the film and not on the gender, or race, of the director.

Why does Cannes need to get with any program? The lack of women directors is a supply problem, not awards and festival problem. They should program the festival and give awards on quality alone. Fewer women are directors due not only to the sexism of studios but fewer women choosing to do it. Also, filmmaking tends to favor people who are well-financed. It’s expensive to make movies or get an education in it, even in the digital age. A lot of voices get shut out of that career path due to that fact, men as well as women.

Debruge and writing partner Keslassy didn't have the courage to mention that Woody Allen‘s A Rainy Day in New York, could very well premiere at Cannes as the French have not taken the bait when it comes to the Mia Farrow/Dylan Farrow assault on the 82-year-old director. 

Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood-Elsewhere, whom I forwarded the article to via e-mail, had this to say:

"Woody’s films have played Cannes three or four times in the recent past, and a booking of his most recent effort, which is said to partly deal with an inappropriate-age-gap relationship between Jude Law and Elle Fanning, would be a way for festival topper Thierry Fremaux to not only honor a relationship with a still-important filmmaker but declare that Cannes is about cinematic art first and nervous-nelly politics second. Because you just know that certain strata of American journalists will freak the fuck out if and when the Woody is chosen. Does Fremaux have the balls? Will Allen have the sand to face the Cannes press corps?"

Wouldn't that be something? If Allen were invited to the festival it would be monumental, a cause for celebration for freedom of speech and letting art speak for itself.

Judging by the article, these seem to be the contenders for Cannes this year:

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Angela Bassett Agrees She Was Robbed of an Oscar in 1994 for Playing Tina Turner

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Oh, gimme a break, Angela Bassett. Yes, your performance in "What's Love Gotta Do With It" was excellent, but you did not deserve the Oscar for Best Actress that year. No sirree Bobby.  The right person won, Holly Hunter for her silent, time-capsule worthy performance in "The Piano." 

During an interview with Andy Cohen, Angela Bassett agree on a comment from a fan who said they thought Bassett deserved to win an Oscar for playing Tina Turner who feel she was robbed of an Academy Award in 1994. Laughing, Bassett replied, “Yeah, me too.” “Good, I agree,” Cohen added.

As far as looking un-cultured and completely aloof to cinematic history, this moment is a prime example.


Are Joe and Anthony Russo the best directors of the Superhero genre?

"Avengers: Infinity War" will probably be the most successful Marvel movie of all-time. At least, that's what Marvel Studios is banking on as they have debuted a new trailer for the film.
Official Synopsis:
"Infinity War follows Thanos (Josh Brolin) on his hunt for the Infinity Stones, which grant him the power to reshape reality and destroy the universe when collected and placed in the Infinity Gauntlet, and it’s up to the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stop him. While plot details have been kept well under wraps, we know that Infinity War is a bit of a heist film as Thanos tours the galaxy collecting the keys to his godly power, and that heist will ultimately lead him to Wakanda where the Avengers make a last stand to keep the Mind Stone in Vision’s head and out of Thanos’ hands."
This has been directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War) who have quite possibly become the best superhero genre filmmakers in the world. What they did with both of the "Captain America" movies they directed is remarkable; they kept the cinematic, paid tribute to 1970's political thrillers and still managed to make a "comic book" movie.

I loved how the Russo's brought a heavy 1970s political thriller vibe to "The Winter Soldier." They're clearly fans of "cinema" more than just "movies." You can tell these are actual legit filmmakers working here despite all the contractual obligations that come with signing with the MCU and, of course, the lack of creative freedom, but they've managed to find a way around it with their films to bring in their own voice, just like James Gunn has done with the "Guardians" movies.

The brothers have even hinted that the "Infinity War" has been inspired by classic Heist movies. I mean, the "Heist" genre has been around since the very beginning of cinema. I didn't really know there was an actual movement in the '90s. I'm sure he's specifically thinking of Michael Mann's "Heat" which has all but become one of the most riffed upon films on the last quarter century, just ask Christopher Nolan and "The Dark Knight." Others would probably be "Point Break," "Dead Presidents," and, even though we don't really see the heist "Reservoir Dogs." Am I missing any?
The trailer itself is quite good. I love the shot compositions and the photography is aces. That scene with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is what I want more of
Scripted by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: Civil War), the film opens April 27th, and also stars Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, and Tom Hiddleston.

"A Wrinkle in Time" director Ava DuVernay will direct Jack Kirby’s ‘New Gods’ for DC

Fresh off her fiasco directing effort with "A Wrinkle In Time," Ava DuVernay has now set her sights on DC, but, more notably, the superhero genre. 
DuVernay will adapt comic book legend Jack Kirby’s “New Gods.”
According to Deadline, Ava DuVernay signed up with Warner Bros./DC to direct a film adaptation of Kirby classic series created in 1971. The New Gods are a race of cosmic beings that are split among two warring worlds, New Genesis and Apokolips.
When asked on Twitter a few weeks ago who her favorite superhero was she replied: “Gosh, that’s hard. Big Barda. Many reasons.” Big Barda is a character that was featured prominently in “New Gods.” That was a hint, but we had no clue this would actually happen.
Say what you will about Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” the special effects were really well done. DuVernay also became the first black woman to direct a blockbuster that had a budget of over $100 million with that movie.

Michael Keaton on Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight Trilogy': "He's the one who got it. That's where I wanted to go with the 3rd one. He got it, and took it to another level."

‘6 Balloons’: Love Is A Drug For Abbi Jacobson & Dave Franco [SXSW Review]

Watching Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco  strut their dramatic chops feels a bit odd at first, after all these are comedic actors. Jacobson known as one half of the irresponsible, stoner duo of the great “Broad City,” and Franco, well, he's cast a lot in frat-boy stuff, which is usually pretty endearing given his contagious smile et all.  
In the Netflix film, “6 Balloons,” they are dead serious in their roles. It takes some getting used to but they do sneak up on you. 
Netflix has the official synopsis:
"Over the course of one night, a woman drives across LA with her heroin addict brother in search of a detox center, with his two year old daughter in tow."
The film marks the directorial debut of Marja-Lewis Ryan, who also wrote the script; 
“6 Balloons” premiered at SXSW, and I reviewed it for The Playlist, here are a few excerpts from my B-/C+ review:

Rob Zombie Begins Filming His 'Devil's Rejects' Sequel, '3 From Hell'


Rob Zombie's best movie, and it's not even close, is "The Devil’s Rejects." Although it was a sequel to 2003 subpar "House of 1000 Corpses," the film was a beast of its own and I haven't been shy here at WoR in my enthusiasm about a potential rumored sequel. Last January we were told that a Devil’s Rejects sequel was in the works, and now, we know a little more about the project. Not only is it happening, but it's filming as we speak, with the title "3 From Hell. Zombie confirmed it all on Instagram that Sheri Moon Zombie and Bill Moseley coming back in their respective roles. Now, curiously, we're all wondering how exactly Zombie plans to make Baby and Otis return for in this sequel, but the title does suggest they might just be sent from purgatory.I don't mind the supernatural element, but what made "The Devil's Rejects" so good was how it felt so real and grounded in a world where evil does exist. Zombie's last film was the disappointing 31 in 2016, but a much-welcome return to familiar territory is just what the doctor ordered.