Director Matt Reeves is putting finishing touches on his ‘Batman’ film, finalizing pre-production before shooting begins later this month. Titled, “The Batman,” or at least for now as Reeves said earlier last week, the DC Film is set to be released on June 25th, 2021 release. We also know that Ben Affleck will not be back to play the caped crusader, tweeting back on January 30th, “ Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life.”Read More
Enter Jason Momoa who has been confirmed to join the cast of Denis Villeneuve’s film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s bestselling novel. Momoa joins an already impressive cast which includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin.
Pigtails notwithstanding, Momoa adds to the testosterone-heavy allure Villeneuve’s film seems to have in abundance.
Jared Leto‘s short-lived time as the Joker is nearing its end, according to Forbes.
James Gunn’s upcoming “Suicide Squad” is rumored to not have Jared Leto’s Joker. Not just that, the unofficially tilted ‘Mad Love’-type Joker and Harley Quinn film has also been cancelled, again according to Forbes. That film looked promising considering Glenn Ficarra and John Requa were the writer/directing team behind it.
Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” will be keeping Will Smith and Jai Courtney, but no one else, including Harley Quinn. Call it a soft-rebooting, with most of the old squad nixed.
The Leto Joker spin-off movie not happening is unsurprising, especially considering that Todd Phillips‘ “The Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix will be released this October and hype surrounding it couldn’t be higher than it is.
The DCEU is in the midst of major change, Henry Cavill is done as Superman. Ben Affleck is certainly done as Batman. The whole thing is a charade, with plenty of questions left unanswered. There doesn’t seem to be a clear path in what they want as an organization, this is what we like to call a shitshow, my friends.
“Green Book” is a major frontrunner to win the Oscar for Best Picture, but the amount of controversy surrounding the film seems to not be stopping.Read More
Despite middling box-office, Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” pleased plenty, which only added to the Quebecois director’s impressive Hollywood resume thus far into his career. I’m not even counting his great French Canadian films, 2010’s “Incendies,” 2009’s “Polytechnique” and 2000’s “Maelstrom” to be precise - no, what Villeneuve has accomplished since his 2013’s Hollywood debut “Prisoners” is, quite frankly, astounding in terms of scope, ambition and technical prowess. Whether you like his movies or not, there are shades of absolute technical brilliance in “Arrival,” Sicario” and “Blade Runner 2049.” Despite screenplay lapses, they are the work of an artist that is a master at creating gloomy atmosphere.Read More
I remember a lot of people were around on social media that “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” was a way for Netflix to collect viewers' "Black Mirror" choices as data for future Netflix original releases. After all, the interactive choose-your-own-adventure release had nearly one trillion different storytelling combinations. Well, guess what folks? Turns out, it was really happening. Apparently, Netflix saved and collected every choice viewers made in ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’Read More
Let’s see how Spike Lee does with his next few movies. The “BlacKkKlansman” director had a solid outing with the aforementioned movie last year, which was deemed a comeback of sorts after a rough 10-year stretch of films which included “Miracle at St. Anna,” “Red Hook Summer,” “Oldboy,” “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” and, although it had its fans, but not I, “Chiraq.” Those were, to me at least, the five worst Spike Lee joints of his career.Read More
Before “The Rider” director Chloe Zhao helms the big screen adaptation of Jack Kirby’s “The Eternals” for Marvel and Disney, she will be going back to the American west for a final artful statement.Read More
What happened to Aziz Ansari was unfair. In the midst of the Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey horror stories there was a sort of witch hunt for any man who may have elicited bad behavior towards women in the past. James Franco’s awkward flirting on the set of his movies had the actor shunned, and another unfortunate case was that of Ansari’s.Read More
Writer-Director Todd Field hasn’t made a film since “Little Children” (2006) and, before that, his incendiary debut “In the Bedroom” (2001). Whatever happened to him since 2006 is a mystery to me. Both films garnered eight Oscar nominations in total, he was heralded as a major new voice and then poof he was gone. What happened? I’m not sure. Something did. Either he was blackballed in the industry, for some reason, or, more realistically, he just had projects falling by the wayside due to the changing dynamics of the studio system ever since 2008’s “Iron Man” and “The Dark Knight” hit pay dirt and reshaped the way Hollywood thinks.Read More
Vanity Fair decided to post “The 25 Most Influential Movie Scenes of the Past 25 Years.” I won’t mention the worthy additions, you can see the article for yourself, done in such a visually engaging way. No, but I do want to mention the questionable inclusions such as what the “Toy Story” opening scene is doing there, ditto the axe-murder scene in “American Psycho,” Denzel Washington’s “King Kong ain’t got shit on me” diatribe in “Training Day,’ Gollum vs. Smeagal in “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” but more curiously, who in their right minds think that Diane Keaton crying as she writes a play in “Something’s Gotta Give,” Edward meeting Bella in “Twlight” and the “chosen one” scene in “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” are worthy of the cinematic time-capsule?
Millennium Films, after much resistance, have finally decided to temporarily shelf Bryan Singer’s “Red Sonja” due to the alleged misconduct that has come out in recent months about his past history with underaged boys.
Singer has all but been shunned by the critical community, not to mention his Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek who actually refuses to thank him in any speech he gives whenever winning his best actor awards, it most recently happened again last night at the BAFTAs where Malek decided to thank Singer’s two-week replacement on the Queen biopic Dexter Fletcher instead. Hilarious.
The CEO of Millennium Films, the studio behind Singer’s latest “Red Sonja,” stood by Singer in a recent THR report. Avi Lerner claimed the allegations of sexual misconduct aimed at Singer were “agenda driven fake news.”
Despite all that, “Red Sonja” has been put on hold.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese’s “Devil in the White City,” was supposed to be their next project together, what with Scorsese crrently putting tthe finishing touches on “The Irishman".” However, it seems that now Hulu will be making it into a mini-series with Scorsese and DiCaprio still involved as producers.Read More
It was a risk that Disney knew would generate pushback from its fans. After all, Robin Williams’ voice work as Genie, which felt very much like fully-fleshed physical work as well, despite the animated constrictions, should be considered the greatest voicework in the history of animation. It’s not even close. Williams was already a brilliant, live-wire comedic performer when he decided to tackle the Genie in 1992’s “Aladdin”, but there’s no film that better captured Williams’ spirit and energy than his voice-over work in that movie. It felt like improvisation, and, based on some first-hand accounts, it seems like some of it was, which is unheard of in animation.Read More
Lionsgate's s Cold Pursuit “slightly exceeded [box-office] expectations with an $10.8 million opening,” according to BoxOfficeMojo. The film played to a 58% male audience, with 79% of the overall audience coming in aged 25 or older. Neeson's The Commuter, opened last January with $13.7 million and went on to gross around $36 million domestically. If anything, the “slightly’ exceeded expectations might have to do with the controversy which hit the actor earlier this week, it probably alerted audiences who may have not known that he had a new movie out that “Cold Pursuit” was being released.Read More
“I think you’ve got plenty of AI experts around who would say, yeah, sure. They’d take every movie every made, throw it into a massive database, feed all that into an AI, deep learning neural networks will analyse why they work, and you’ll have an AI create a movie – and it’ll suck. Because the AI is not embodied, it’s not having the human experience. It’ll be like a filmmaker who only knows other movies as opposed to being human.” - James Cameron
“Which films inspired him, growing up? “I wasn’t really inspired by film,” he says, “but I admired Spike Lee’s movies because they just felt very, very, very black. I remember watching School Daze and thinking, ‘What the hell is this?’ There were colleges for black people that just black people go to? And those colleges had all this shit going on? This is so energizing!
“Otherwise, it was the really big Hollywood stuff – The Color Purple, Aliens, Die Hard, Coming To America. I would catch the bus to go to the AMC theatre downtown. But I never thought, ‘Hey, maybe one day I might like to do that.’ It just didn’t seem possible.”
James Cameron has been doing press for his misbegotten Alita: Battle Angel, which he co-wrote and produced, but in an exclusive interview with Yahoo!, the director revealed the title for the next Terminator movie": “We’re calling it, Terminator: Dark Fate,” Cameron said. “That’s our working title right now.”Read More