The story, focusing on an 11-year-old girl named Riley, is about the five core emotions that ‘run’ her mind and keeps her thoughtsin check in a control centre. They include: Joy (Amy Poehler, Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).
In total, ‘Inside Out’ has made $602 million, with its takings expected to rise even more over the next month or so until kids return to school after the summer holidays.
Its opening weekend took a whopping $90 million and ended up assuming the number 1 spot in the UK when it came out here.
‘Inside Out’ is out now, with Pixar’s next animation, ‘The Good Dinosaur’, hitting UK cinemas on 27 November, 2015.
The first teaser trailer for ‘X-Men’ spin-off ‘Deadpool’ has arrived and unsurprisingly, it’s slightly NSFW.
Poking fun at his first screen appearance in ‘X-Men: Origins - Wolverine’, Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool introduces the sneak peek as “From the studio that inexplicably sewed his f***ing mouth shut the first time”.
Watch it below.
Despite featuring no actual footage from the film, the teaser confirms the full ‘Deadpool’ trailer will arrive on Wednesday with Reynolds promising it will “blow out your collective sphincters”.
Internet Trolls Attack Children’s Hospital Over Ghostbusters Visit
Trolls have taken to Facebook to attack a children’s hospital in Boston after the new ‘Ghostbusters’ cast visited in costume over the weekend, posing for photos with patients.
The snaps showing Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones were hijacked by commenters upset with the direction the new film is taking, with one vocal critic calling the selfless gesture an “awful publicity stunt”.
The new ‘Ghostbusters’ film, directed by Paul Feig, features an all-new all-female line-up to the ‘Busters, and this seems to be the reason for the hatred directed at the hospital.
Comments, screengrabbed by Buzzfeed but many since deleted by the hospital, made jokes about the children being upset by the visit from the four lead actors.
They also used the cast visit to poke fun at the new ‘Ghostbuster’ costumes asking “what is this mess?”.
The comments got so out of hand, the hospital had to step in and moderate, deleting many of the most hate-filled messages. Addressing the backlash in a follow-up post the hospital said: “Please remember our Facebook policy is that any comments with profanity will be deleted. Thank you.”
A mother of one of the sick children visited by the cast, hit back at the critics saying “the visit from these ladies was an uplifting treat. It also wasn’t just a promo photo op.”
One troll struck back attempting to justify his actions by calling the film “a slap in the face of all the real movie goers”.
In case you’ve forgotten, the new ‘Ghostbusters’ film which is neither sequel, nor remake, nor reboot isn’t actually out until 2016 so it seems a little premature to dismiss the quality of the film.
As this wise commenters points out, perhaps its time for these whiners to move on.
Marvel’s self-styled “genius billionaire playboy philanthropist” is a work of pure fiction… isn’t he? Meet Elon Musk, the very real inspiration behind Robert Downey Jr’s ‘Iron Man’…
When Stan Lee created the character of Tony Stark and his crime-fighting alter-ego Iron Man in 1963, the character was conceived as a straight-up capitalist – a ludicrous concoction of billionaire industry magnate, ladies man and adventurer. Little did Stan Lee know that just eight years later, a child would be born who would one day embody all the things that Iron Man represented on the page – one who would go on to inform the most popular portrayal of the character. Today, Elon Musk is a billionaire tycoon trying to bring the world clean energy and extend mankind’s reach into outer space – and he’s still in his thirties. If anything, he’s even more cartoonish than Tony Stark ever was.
“When I was trying to bring the character of genius billionaire Tony Stark to the big screen in ‘Iron Man’, I had no idea how to make him seem real,” said director Jon Favreau, the man who unwittingly kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008.
The 'Swingers’ star knew he had his leading man in Robert Downey Jr (above), but the pair didn’t know how to pitch the character: how do you make a rich, successful, insanely powerful man popular to the average cinemagoer? “Robert Downey Jr. said, 'We need to sit down with Elon Musk’,” said Favreau. “Downey was right. Elon is a paragon of enthusiasm, good humor and curiosity – a Renaissance man in an era that needs them.”
So who is Elon Musk? Chances are you’ve used one or more of his products and services. At 10 years old, he taught himself how to code. At 12, he created a videogame and sold it to a computer magazine for £320. With bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Economics, he dropped out of a PhD after two days when he become obsessed with the internet and its myriad opportunities. He was right to quit: Musk’s prototype online portal Zip2 was eventually sold to Compaq for £220 million. Some might rest on their laurels. Musk invented Paypal and sold it to eBay for £966 million. Not bad for a 31-year-old; at this point in his life, Tony Stark was still selling weapons to warmongers.
What was next for Elon Musk? Outer space. Musk created space exploration company SpaceX, which now receives contracts from NASA, makes regular missions to the International Space Station and is at the forefront of setting up a colony on Mars. Back on Earth, Musk’s automobile company Tesla Motors – named after inventor Nikola Tesla, the Tony Stark of his day – is leading the electric car revolution, striving to one day eliminate the need for vehicles that run from fossil fuels. Oh, and he also created SolarCity, the USA’s #2 solar power provider. Frankly, Elon Musk makes fellow entrepreneurs Richard Branson and Bill Gates look like slackers.
So, we’ve established he’s a genius, it’s obvious he’s a billionaire and his philanthropy is off the scale… but can Elon Musk match Tony Stark in the playboy stakes? Well, after his divorce in 2008, Musk went on a string of dates (rumoured lovers included Cameron Diaz) until he met, married and later remarried British actress Talulah Riley of 'St Trinian’s’ fame (see below). We’d say he’s doing pretty well with the ladies too.
Honestly, if we discovered that Elon Musk had been fighting crime at night dressed in a fully-equipped prototype exo-suit, we wouldn’t be all that surprised…
Jake Gyllenhaal is one of those actors who always could have played a superhero, but never did. He has famously come close however, almost replacing Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man and losing out to Christian Bale as Batman.
The 34-year-old actor talked about missing out on the iconic roles during an interview promoting his latest movie, boxing drama ‘Southpaw’.
“I believe whatever happens, happens for good. I was definitely open to both the roles,” Gyllenhaal told The Daily Mail. “However at a certain point you realise there is always someone more interesting, talented and ready to do the role.
“In any case, you are not going to get every role you go for. So you can say I neither rue nor am I thankful for having not worked on these superhero films.”
Gyllenhaal almost replaced Maguire ahead of the filming of ‘Spider-Man 2’ in 2003 after the big screen’s first Peter Parker injured his back during the filming of 'Seabiscuit’.
Direct Sam Raimi didn’t wait around when he heard of Maguire’s injury, but the actor pulled through and a superhero classic followed.
Gyllenhaal auditioned for the part of Bruce Wayne ahead of 'Batman Begins’ but ultimately director Christopher Nolan opted for Christian Bale. The rest is history.
Jake’s sister Maggie went on to star in 'The Dark Knight’ however, replacing Katie Holmes.
The 'Nightcrawler’ and 'End Of Watch’ star has had a mixed relationship with more mainstream cinema. He starred as the titular star in video game adaptation 'Prince of Persia’ which was a universal flop, and also in Duncan Jones’ wonderful sci-fi 'Source Code’.
This Is Awkward: Fantastic Four Cast Struggle To Answer Awful Question From US Radio Host
Some movie stars might find junket interviews a bit trying, but no one wants one like this.
Currently going viral is this horrifyingly awful exchange between cast-members Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan and Kata Mara, and interviewers Steven J. Rickman and Jason Bailey, hosts of Atlanta’s Rock 100.5 Morning Show.
Bailey gets things off to a terrible start, showing his deep confusion over how a black character (Jordan’s Johnny Storm) and a white character (Mara’s Sue Storm) could possibly be brother and sister.
Describing it as ‘the obvious question’ in his lead up, he says: “From what I’ve seen you’re brother and sister.
“Am I missing something? … But you’re white and you’re black. How does that happen?”
Upon which Jordan wearily tries to explain, saying: “They could be raised as brother and sister. There’s a whole bunch of family dynamics that could be without ‘adoption.’”
Jordan has perviously addressed this question, telling Jimmy Kimmel: “I’m pretty sure there’s white people out there with other ethnicities brothers and sisters. Doesn’t mean biological. It’s the world that we live in.
“It’s kind of self-explanatory. It’s one of those things where I don’t like drawing attention to the ignorance sometimes. You gotta let it be what it is.”
But things got worse for the Morning Show guys, after Rickman, known as Southside Steve, proceeded to ask roundly sexist questions about why Mara cut her hair short for the role, describing her as ‘way hot’ when she had it long in 2007 movie 'Shooter’.
“You’re way, way hot,” he said. “Why’d you cut the hair? Your hair was beautiful.”
“This is a great interview,” she replies. “They asked me to. I’m an actress. I have to be a chameleon.”
Odder still, Rickman makes a remark about his admiration for Mara’s toes, before the interview is quickly wound up.
Asked if their line in questioning was aimed at causing controversy, Bailey came to the pair’s defence.
He told Buzzfeed: “Absolutely not! That’s not mine or the show’s thing. Look, not a huge fan of these controlled 5-7 minute interview junkets they run in the first place but I was curious about the brother and sister thing.
“You have a white sister and black brother wouldn’t you want to know how that happened? I did. The other Fantastic Four franchises explain the relationship so I figured with this new hipster version they’d have some different backstory.
“My partner’s (Southside Steve) conversation about Kate’s hair is something that came up while Michael B Jordan took a phone call so I think they were kind of just going back forth in a playful way.
“As for him complimenting her toes and why people are upset about that…sorry…no idea. Steve likes girl’s toes. People should be appreciative when they get complimented. Those that are upset on Twitter I guess don’t get enough of them. Who knows?”
Following the interview, Rickman tweeted that it was the 'third most awkward moment’ of his life.
Let’s hope there’s not video footage of the other two.
It was the best opening weekend figure for any of the movies in the five movie old franchise.
And it’s also put Cruise back on top of the box office after a spell of – by his standards – less successful movie jaunts in recent years.
The hugely budgeted ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ ($178 million - £114 million), opened to a worryingly low $20.1 million (£12.8 million) in the US.
Luckily it picked up over the following weeks and overseas, but with an eventual haul of $369 million (£236 million), it was not a runaway success.
Prior to that, sci-fi actioner 'Oblivion’ also underperformed, making $286 million (£183 million) worldwide, not an arresting sum considering the billion-busting blockbusters of recent years.
'Jack Reacher’ in 2012, though featuring a much lower $60 million budget, made back $218 million (£139 million), not a huge amount when the colossal costs of marketing, advertising and press are factored in.
But since the first instalment in 1996, the ’M:I’ movies have always brought home the bacon for Cruise.
The last movie, 'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’, made the most of all, coining in an impressive $694.7 million (£445.7 million) during its run.
In all, the movies, directed by a team of sterling directors including Brian de Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird and the most recent, Christopher McQuarrie, have made $2.217 billion (£1.42 billion) in all at the worldwide box office.
Estate Agent’s Amazing Game of Thrones Flyer Goes Viral
A local estate agent in Hampshire has won over legions of new fans on the internet thanks to its new ‘Game of Thrones’ inspired flyer.
The leaflet for Bridges, shared on Reddit by user Rosylux, features staff members photoshopped as characters from the hit Sky Atlantic along with a ton of parochial ‘Game of Thrones’ references including “There can only be one king of the South East”. Check it out below.
“Dwarfing other agents since 1991″? Bridges, we salute your commitment to this flyer, even if it does veer more into “so bad it’s good” territory.
The rear of the flyer has a ‘Thrones’ style map of all the branch locations as well as a Nights Watch-style estate agent manifesto that crowbars in references to the show with the subtlety of a warhammer.
“I am the phone in the darkness. I am the property finder on the walls. I am the problem solver that burns against the obstacles. The light that brings the sale. The horn that wakes the buyers. I am the agent that guards the realms of our clients.”
As much as we love this flyer, we do wonder what non-’Game of Thrones’ fans would make of it. As the top Reddit comment points out: “That would 100% scare off people who have no idea it was a GoT reference.”
Chris Pratt’s Crowdsourcing His New Facebook Header And The Results Are Ridiculous
“Ask and you shall receive” as the old biblical saying goes, but we’re not sure this is exactly what Matthew 7:7 had in mind.
Chris Pratt, yeah you know him - Owen Grady in ‘Jurassic World’, Star Lord in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Emmett in ‘The Lego Movie’ and Andy Dwyer in ‘Parks and Recreation - is on the hunt for a new Facebook Header image so he asked his fans to create one for him and the results are completely deranged.
“I’m looking to have Peter Quill, Owen, Andy and Emmet in the mix. possibly some other fun stuff including but not limited to previous roles, my family, eagles, american flags, guns, cool ford raptors, cigars, explosions, anything sly stallone, bloodsport, early steven segal, anything that looks bad ass and will say, “Hey this facebookprofile is chris’s and this is what he’s all about.” maybe some raptors, or even some largemouth bass or deer or trophy elk, maybe some cool guns or rollerblades or possibly even a nascar or a steak maybe even some corndogs. don’t ask me! you decide!”
Derek Is Still A Bit Dim In First Zoolander 2 Teaser
Reassuringly, it appears that Derek Zoolander is still finding everyday things like numbers and letters challenging.
The first teaser for the forthcoming sequel concerns itself with some of the universe’s great mysteries, a Stephen Hawking-esque voiceover (well, judging by some of the cameos in the first movie, it likely is the eminent physicist himself) conducting the intro.
And then it comes the turn of Mr Blue Steel himself, posing the question: “If God exists, then why did he make ugly people?”
Good question there, Derek.
He then becomes confused with Roman numerals, before the Hawking voice deems him ‘so freakin’ stupid, it’s insane’.
Indeed it is.
The sequel to Ben Stiller’s fashion world spoof from 2001 is due out in 2016, after years of requests for the actor to revisit his dull-witted clothes horse.
Once again directing, he’s pulling in all manner of stars to accompany him.
Will Ferrell will be reprising his role as Mugatu, and Owen Wilson will be Derek’s former rival-turned-compadre Hansel, alongside the likes of (an unrecognisable) Kristen Wiig, Penelope Cruz, Billy Zane, Fred Armisen, Christine Taylor and a wealth of celebs, including Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Lewis Hamilton and Justin Bieber.
In fact, come the closing credits, it’ll be probably quicker to list those who weren’t in it.
With the recent home
release of video games movie ‘Dead Rising: Watchtower’, Rob Riggle joins the
many actors to have played live-action versions of iconic gaming characters.
Rising’s’ Frank West to ‘Tomb Raider’s’ Lara Croft and the
moustachio plumber in ‘Super Mario Bros.’,they’ve all had a shot at
Hollywood fame. But which ones scored the extra life and who got the dreaded
Game Over screen?
Get your control pads ready, as we look back at the best and
worst video games character adapted for the movies.
Lara Croft - Lara Croft:
In The Game: The sexiest
relic hunter in the history of archaeology (sorry, Indy, but she is).
On The Big Screen: Angelina
Jolie was the only choice to play lads’ favourite Lara. Shame the film was a
Dastan - The Prince of
In The Game: Old school
gaming hero whose mission was to overcome the devious wizard and save the
On The Big Screen: Jake
Gyllenhaal offset the movie’s inevitable criticism by getting super buff and
growing sexy hair. The result is epic swords and sandals fun.
Rayne - Bloodrayne(2005)
In The Game: Half-human,
half-vampire femme fatale who hunts
blood-suckers to avenge her dead family.
On The Big Screen: Kristanna
Loken looked the part, but the film was so awful that watching it was like being
staked in the heart (and eyes and ears, for that matter).
Agent 47 - Hitman (2007)
In The Game: The product
of an advanced cloning experiment to create the perfect assassin. He lives up
to the reputation.
On The Big Screen: Timothy
Olyphant is perfect as the cold and calculated killer. The film’s not half bad
as well, providing you like massive guns.
Guile - Street Fighter
In The Game: Double-hard
US soldier famous for his flat-top hairdo and “sonic boom” special move.
On The Big Screen: Played
(badly) by Jean-Claude Van Damme in the terrible movie version, which sonic
boomed the Muscles of Brussels’ chance at making it onto the A-list.
Christie - DOA: Dead or
In The Game: Don’t be
fooled by her looks – she’s the resident cold-blooded assassin in the ‘Dead or
Alive’ fighting game series.
On The Big Screen: A
thinly veiled excuse to see bikini-clad girls fight. Neighbours’ Holly Valance
obliged. No complaints here.
Max Payne - Max Payne
In The Game: Hard-boiled
cop who turns vigilante after he’s framed for a murder he didn’t commit. Isn’t
it always the way?
On The Big Screen: Mark
Wahlberg’s permanent look of confusion couldn’t quite do the character justice.
Guilty as charged.
Raiden - Mortal Kombat(1995)
In The Game: “Eternal God
of Thunder” who enjoys getting stuck into ultra-violent fighting tournaments.
On The Big Screen: Former
Highlander Christopher Lambert swapped his kilt for a lampshade-style hat to
camp it up in the movie.
Mario - Super Mario
In The Game: Italian
plumber who goes up and down pipes, fights monsters, and saves the princess.
On The Big Screen: The
first video game adaptation is a contender for worst movie ever made. Poor Bob
Hoskins should have twigged when he saw the hat-moustache combo.
Frank West - Dead Rising: Watchtower (2014)
In The Game: Tenacious photojournalist who’s also well handy when it comes to smashing his way through hordes of zombies.
On The Big Screen: Comedic actor Rob Riggle is perfectly cast as Frank, who cameos to offer expert advice following another zombie outbreak.
Watchtower’ is on DVD and Blu-ray right now.
Picture credits: Paramount Pictures, Disney,
Boll KG Production, Twentieth Century Fox, Capcom Entertainment, Constantin Film Produktion, Abandon Entertainment, New Line Cinema, Allied Filmmakers, Legendary Digital Media
It’s official – Channing Tatum will suit up as Gambit in the
upcoming ‘X-Men’ solo film.
According to The
Hollywood Reporter, the 35-year-old star has officially signed up to the
upcoming ‘Gambit’ solo film… and will, of course, take the leading role.
“Channing Tatum has closed a deal to star in Gambit, 20th
Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off movie,” they revealed. “The move, which was widely
expected, contradicts reports that appeared last week suggesting the actor
would exit the project after failing to come to terms with Fox.”
This news comes just days after Channing Tatum’s role in the
movie came under question… with rumours that he had decided to back out of the
deal. But now it seems as though there was a bit of a misunderstanding, and was
likely all just part of the process.
“Sources say that Tatum and the studio did hit a sensitive
spot in negotiations,” they explain, “but such back-and-forth is a normal part
of top-level talent dealmaking.”
Of course, Tatum had been instrumental in getting the ‘Gambit’
solo movie off the ground, convincing 20th Century Fox to go ahead
with the film in the first place. So perhaps it was inevitable that the studio
would be able to win him over.
After all, Tatum has already been loosely affiliated with the
‘Gambit’ movie for some time, even appearing at the 20th Century Fox
panel at San Diego Comic Con… even if he didn’t have anything to say.
“One thing that needed figuring out was the extent of
Tatum’s involvement in the X-Men universe,” they added. “Fox sees Tatum’s
Gambit, a mutant who harnesses kinetic energy, as one of the anchor characters
of the X-universe, akin to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, someone who would anchor
his own movies and appear in numerous others.”
Of course, with Hugh Jackman due to hang up his claws after
the next ‘Wolverine’ solo movie, it looks as though the ‘X-Men’ franchise needs
another figurehead… and if Channing Tatum is about to take the reins, it’s
going to be quite a commitment.
“It’s a commitment that could theoretically last more than a
I get the feeling it will all depend on how will his first
appearance is received… and with the film slated for release in 2016, it won’t
be long before we find out.
“One year ago today, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ opened up in the U.S. and many places around the world. The movie massively over-performed that weekend, even by our own expectations, but what meant more to me is how much so many of you, no matter where you were from, took the story and the characters into your heart,” said Gunn.
“What meant more to me is that “We are Groot” became a rallying cry for unity among friends and families. What meant more to me is that you laughed at the dumb stuff I thought you’d miss, like “Cap'n’s gotta teach stuff” and “I was thinking of something else.” What meant more to me is that in our tenth week we were out-performing any comic book film in recent history - not because of the money, but because people were going back to see the film a second, third, fourth, fifth time, or more, because they loved it.
“What mattered to me is that after a lifetime of telling stories and half a lifetime making movies, I felt like you and I, filmmaker and audience, were at the same place at the same time.
"It mattered to me mostly because I told a story fully with my heart, and you took it into yours. I don’t think I can ever explain how much that means to me. It makes every failure I’ve ever had well worth it.
"I get a lot of messages from people saying, 'You made me believe in movies again.’ Well, you guys made me believe that what I spent my life doing was worth doing. And you strengthened my belief that nothing’s worth doing, if it’s not done honestly, and it’s not done with love.
"On this, the one year anniversary of the cinematic Guardians entering our solar system: thank you, thank you, thank you. We really are, truly, honestly Groot.”
'Guardians of the Galaxy’ went on to make $774.2 million (£496m) worldwide. It made a star out of goofy schlub turned super hunk Chris Pratt and spawned a sequel currently in development.
Called 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, the sequel is currently being developed by Gunn, who returns as writer and director. The film is set for release on 28 April 2017.
The rumour comes from the Meet The Movie Press podcast and in particular famed scoop-slinger El Mayimbe - which is about as potent a cocktail for nonsense rumours as you can get.
The rumour can be handily debunked with the use of basic maths. There is a 20-year gap between the end of the prequel trilogy with 'Revenge of the Sith’ and the start of the original trilogy with 'A New Hope’.
'Rogue One’ takes place between them, but much closer to 'A New Hope’, focusing on the efforts of a group of Rebels to acquire the plans for the original Death Star.
The time-frame doesn’t work. Boba Fett was a child around the time of 'Revenge of the Sith’ and 'Rogue One’ only takes place around 20 years later. Felicity Jones is 31-year years old.
She could play someone as young as their mid-20s but even then the timelines simply do not work. It’s safe to say then that 'Star Wars’ fans can file this one under “complete and utter nonsense”.
'Star Wars: Rogue One’ will be released on 16 December 2016.
“You can’t get away from Silver Surfer,” says Bell. “I know chronologically speaking that was the next villain in the previous franchise but I think Silver Surfer is cool looking.”
This is as likely as it is unlikely. The Silver Surfer is a top character Fox own as part of the Fantastic Four license, but they may be concious about repeating the past - as Bell mentions.
“Namor is a cool one,” Jordan then said, adding that the character is, “by far, he’s the strongest mutant. You know what I’m saying? Maybe not by far, but he’s the strongest mutant. It would be a pretty interesting battle, the Fantastic Four vs. Namor.”
Sadly this won’t be happening as the rights to Namor The Submariner belong to Universal Pictures and Marvel - the former belonging the distribution rights as they would for any solo Hulk movie.
Bell also spoke about how he wants to see the relationships between the four continue to grow.
“I’d like to see more of how the characters interact with each other famously from the comic,” he said. “It would be appealing to me. This [film] very much is to get them to that point, to take them from people you don’t know, to transition into characters you can recognise.
“The job of the next film is taking it further and having the characters already established, seeing them interact in the very famous kind of way. Things between me and Johnny get very antagonistic. More of a blossoming love story between Reed and Sue. More of a family dynamic. Stuff like that would be great. There’s a wealth of material and with a 90 minute run time of an origin story it’s very difficult to fit it all in.”
Spider-Man Tom Holland Has Filmed His Captain America: Civil War Scene
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley - who are set to write the rebooted solo Spider-Man movie - have revealed that new Peter Parker Tom Holland has already filmed his debut scene in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The pair revealed as such during an interview with Vulture about their latest movie ‘Vacation’ - the soft reboot of the beloved Chevy Chase series from the 1980s.
The interview reveals that this weekend (1-2 August) Goldstein and Daley (who I’ve come to realise is the leading kid in cult classic TV series ‘Freaks and Geeks’!) will head to Marvel to watch the new Spidey in action.
“We hear good things,” says Goldstein. “We might even get to look at the Spidey suit, which is exciting.”
He also responded to a reported cast-list for the rebooted film which had been circling online. Given the film is two years away and doesn’t have a script, most people knew already it was a fake but Daley still debunked it anyway.
“We’ve discussed certain characters,” said Daley, “but nothing is certain yet, for sure.”
The fake list head Holland as Spidey (as announced), Marisa Tomei as Aunt May (as hotly rumoured) and some bizarre made up castings - such as 'American Pie’s Jason Biggs as Scorpion.
The full Vulture interview also includes discussion of the prosthetic penis used by none of other than Thor himself Chris Hemsworth, who appears in ‘Vacation’.
The 'Spider-Man’ solo movie will be released in summer 2017. Holland will first appear as Spidey in 'Civil War’ - set for release on 29 April 2016.
Simon Pegg: Star Wars 7 Cameo Reveal Was A Surprise To Me
After months of speculation, Simon Pegg’s involvement in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ was officially confirmed at this year’s San Diego Comic Con when he popped up in a new behind-the-scenes video that debuted during the ‘Star Wars’ panel.
The ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ star can be seen wearing a creature costume, so we’re unlikely to see his face in the finished film, and he says he was just as surprised for the secret to be revealed as we were.
“They’d showed [the video] for us when we’d wrapped the movie,” Pegg explains in our video above.
“There was a little event and we saw it then, but I never expected the world to see it, and it was lovely.
“It was initially intended as just a thing for cast and crew to watch and to remember the experience.”
Presumably the video (below) was screened during the wrap party that Pegg was spotted secretly attending at London’s Science Museum last November.
He admits he’s happy for people to know he’s in ‘Star Wars 7′ now as it means he doesn’t have to keep lying to press.
“I was relieved because now I can finally at least acknowledge that I’m in it - although I can’t tell you anything about it, because I’ve had to keep schtum for months!”
‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ is in cinemas nationwide now.
Of course, Marvel fans will no doubt recall that Archangel’s
metal wings were given to him by Apocalypse in the comic books… and were able
to fire long, metal feathers as projectiles when the going got tough.
Does this mean ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ will give Archangel a
Archangel will be played by ‘Eastenders’ actor Ben Hardy…
and we’ve already seen some rather impressive concept art depicting the classic
‘X-Men’ character’s more technologically advanced look.
And he already looks pretty awesome.
Early reports from those who have seen the San Diego Comic
Con trailer indicate that ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ seems to be edging towards a more
classic look for our favourite mutants. And based on Singer’s recent Instagram
posts, I can’t help thinking this is going to be one comic book movie that
really pays homage to its source.
Does this mean that the rest of the ‘new’ X-Men will get a
similar treatment? And could we finally see those classic ‘X-Men’ costumes on
the big screen?
For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is heading to cinemas on 27 May 2016.
Now that Tom Holland has been confirmed as the latest incarnation of the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man further details of Jon Watts’ reboot have started to emerge.
Director Watts and screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein have been chatting about ‘Spider-Man’ while out promoting both ‘Cop Car’ and ‘Vacation’, respectively, revealing quite a few titbits about it, including that it won’t be an origin story.
While talking to USA Today at the premiere of ‘Vacation’, Daley explained, “I don’t think the origin story is going to be in there,” suggesting that the film will assume movie fans already know how Peter Parker turned into the superhero.
Meanwhile, Goldstein explained how the Marvel and Sony reboot will be different from the previous ‘Spider-Man’ films, declaring that its tone will be much more “grounded,” while it will focus on a “real kid who gets these powers and what that means to be a geeky, outcast kid and how he deals with them.”
Daley then added, “You don’t instantly become a superhero, it’s a long journey. It’s spending a lot more time in the high school. And so we have time to sort of develop the powers with him and experience the wish fulfilment. And also just the fact that it is really alienating to other people.”
Goldstein provided an overview for their iteration of Peter Parker too, insisting that he will be “self-conscious,” a “little geeky,” and explaining that “getting powers and becoming Spider-Man doesn’t solve your problems.” In fact, “because he has to keep it a secret from everyone … it just makes everything worse for him.”
Jon Watts has also confirmed Kevin Feige’s previous comments that he intends to make his ‘Spider-Man’ film like a John Hughes film. Hughes was one of the most successful writers and directors of the last 35 years thanks to his work on ‘Sixteen Candles’, ‘The Breakfast Club’, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’, and ‘Home Alone’, most of which helped to legitimise the teen genre.
Watts explained to The Daily Beast that he likes the idea of ‘Spider-Man’ being heavily inspired by a John Hughes film, remarking, “The thing that everyone keeps saying is that it’s sort of like the John Hughes version of ‘Spider-Man’, which I think is a really cool take on it.”
Watts continued, “He’s in high school, and the questions that that raises I think we haven’t explored as much as we can. In the comics so much of it was about him juggling his high school life and trying to be a superhero. I think there’s a lot to do there.”
From these comments, it’s obvious that Watts and Goldstein/Daley are on the same page when it comes to the latest version of the superhero. Not only does it sound like a unique take, but it should also fit snuggly into Marvel’s own cinematic universe.
And while the aforementioned trio’s lack of credits means that there are still a few concerns over ‘Spider-Man’, there’s certainly enough potential in their ideas to be hugely excited about it. We’ll see if it can live up to this potential when ‘Spider-Man’ is eventually released on July 28. 2017.
George Lucas has a long and chequered history of tinkering with the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy since release.
“Films never get finished, they get abandoned” he once famously said, and he’s never managed to fully abandon his sci-fi trilogy yet. The first changes were made to ‘Star Wars’ just weeks after the film hit cinemas in 1977 when a new audio track was added featuring amended sound effects and alternate dialogue takes.
After the release of ‘Empire Strikes Back’, ‘Star Wars’ was re-released with the updated title of ‘Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope’ with the new moniker added to the opening crawl.
It all makes sense now the prequels have been released, but at the time it was revolutionary, adding to the film’s epic mythos.
Han Solo vs Stormtroopers
One of the funniest scenes in the original ‘Star Wars’ was improved in the 1997 Special Edition release.
The updated version sees a gung ho Han Solo running into a hangar bay full of hundreds of Stormtroopers rather than a dead end, making his sheepish about turn even more hilarious.
One of the many reasons cited by George Lucas for rejigging the original trilogy in 1997 was the improved filmmaking technology now at his disposal.
Many scenes featuring large vehicles or multiple ships were changed or enhanced with CGI, including this shot showing the Millennium Falcon escaping from Mos Eisley.
Shooting Luke’s escape from the Wampa in ‘Empire Strikes Back’ was hampered at the time by malfunctioning animatronics and unimpressive creature design.
For the 1997 Special Edition new shots of the beast were added in adding tension and drama to the formerly oblique sequence.
In ‘Star Wars’ many visual irregularities caused by compositing visual effects shots on top of each other remained hidden in the blackness of space, but the opening battle sequence of ‘Empire Strikes Back’ set on the mainly white snow planet Hoth proved to be a huge headache for the visual effects team at ILM.
For the Special Edition release, many of the visual quirks like transparent cockpits and black outlines were fixed. It’s a subtle change, but one that proved worth it.
Another ‘Empire Strikes Back’ location that vastly benefitted from improved technology in 1997 was Bespin. Director Irvin Kershner was hugely unhappy with the scenes shot in the Cloud City as they were never really able to show the landscape from inside the buildings.
For the Special Edition, Lucas replaced panels with windows, and added CGI vistas to give a much better sense of scale and setting for Lando’s betrayal.
For the 2004 DVD release of ‘Empire Strikes Back’, Ian McDiarmid shot new scenes for Vader’s hologram meeting with Emperor Palpatine giving visual continuity to the evil Sith lord.
Originally, the Emperor had been played by Elaine Baker (wife of makeup artist Rick Baker) in a mask and voiced by Clive Revill, which looked and sounded vastly different to the Emperor that we meet in ‘Return of the Jedi’.
The original “all powerful” Sarlaac pit that threatened to digest Han and Luke “over a thousand years” was fairly uninspiring; it was basically a sand pit with a few teeth and a handful of limp tentacles.
The Special Edition improved the Sarlaac by giving it a huge snapping beak and dexterous tentacles that threatened to tear Lando limb from limb.
Harrison Ford’s now-infamous injury occurred on the set of ‘Star
Wars: The Force Awakens’ when the door of the Millennium Falcon inadvertently
crushed his leg – resulting in the ‘Star Wars’ superstar taking an extended
period of time off to recuperate from a broken leg.
But Abrams soon found himself forced to see a
doctor… and the news wasn’t too good.
“He goes, ‘Oh you have a broken back’,”
Abrams said. “I broke my L4 trying to lift this door.”
The director explained that while Harrison Ford healed
fairly quickly, Abrams himself was forced to wear a back brace during filming.
“I felt like the most nebbishy Jewish director ever,” Abrams
joked, before bursting into a Woody Allen impression. “He’s a Miracle Man, and
I’m like, ‘Excuse me, Mr. Darth Vader, could you be more evil?’”
And when it came to the incident itself, it sounds as though
Harrison handled it exactly how we might expect.
“The guy is like a real-life superhero,” he said of Harrison
Ford. “He should have the Marvel logo above his name. “He’s down there and he’s
toughing it out. He’s a super human being. He’s literally lying there making
Thankfully, both actor and director have since made a full
recovery. But next time, perhaps J.J. should leave the heavy lifting to a wookiee.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ heads to cinemas on 18 December
It looks as though rumour and speculation about Callan
Mulvey’s role in ‘Batman V Superman’ continues… as suggestions resurface that
he’ll be playing KGBeast.
According to Umberto Gonzalez of Heroic
Hollywood, the 40-year-old New Zealand-born actor will be suiting up as the
classic Russian villain.
“Callan Mulvey is indeed rumored to be playing Luthor’s
Russian right hand man Anatoli Knyazev aka the KGBeast based on what I’m
hearing from sources,” he said. But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Mulvey
linked to the role.
The rumour first surfaced thanks to Devin Faraci of Birth
Moves Death (formerly Badass Digest)… and even gave us a hint of what we
“One of Luthor’s agents has a name, and that name is Anatoli
Knyazev,” he revealed. “Hardcore fans will recognize that as the name of the
KGBeast, a Batman villain introduced in 1988’s classic Ten Nights of the Beast
storyline. In that story the Beast, an enhanced agent of the KGB, came to the
US to kill ten targets, and he did it with extreme measures, including
poisoning an entire 200 person dinner party to get one guy. He battled Batman
to a standstill, and at one point when entangled in the Batrope the KGBeast cut
off his own hand to escape.”
Of course, KGBeast has made numerous appearances since his
debut… most prominently, alongside classic Batman villain Bane in ‘Vengeance of
Bane’. But does this mean we’ll see Callan Mulvey in a costumed role?
Although KGBeast has a very distinctive suit in the comic
books, it’s unlikely that this will be represented on screen, given the style
of ‘Batman V Superman’ so far.
“As Devin also stated, we won’t be getting the comic book
version of KGBeast,” said Gonzalez. Instead, the Russian henchman will
reportedly report directly to Lex Luthor, keeping tabs on global superhumans
such as Superman and Wonder Woman.
Will this be how Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is introduced? For
now, we’ll have to wait and see. But it makes a lot of sense, considering
Luthor’s attitude towards the Man of Steel.
‘Batman V Superman’ heads to cinemas on 25 March 2016.
Why Weird Science Pin-Up Kelly LeBrock Left Hollywood
Kelly LeBrock left Hollywood not long after ‘Weird Science’ was released 30 years ago this weekend.
“My children were and are my most important thing and so to say no to Hollywood was very easy,” says the now-55-year-old. “I didn’t care about being famous. I’d already done that with modelling. I always said I could never go back to my kids, but I could always go back to my films.”
It must have annoyed her agent no end. The English model-turned-actress had already been a hugely successful cover star after being scouted as a teenager and had hit comedy ‘Woman in Red’ with Gene Wilder, as well as John Hughes’s ‘Weird Science’ under her belt.
In quitting the scene, she turned down starring roles in Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ and ‘Beetlejuice’ – as well as the lead in ‘Carry on Emmannuelle’ – only occasionally popping up in films like ‘Hard to Kill’, which she did as a favour to then-husband Steven Seagal (below). “I call ‘Hard to Kill’ Hard to Watch or Hard to Believe,” she says now.
LeBrock’s bitter and acrimonious split from the action star, which she has said involved some awful abuse, only solidified her intention to remain outside the movie bubble on a ranch in Northern California.
“My [three] kids have been raised in the middle of nowhere, we were home every night and I made a meal most nights,” she says. “They’re very normal, I put them in school with the plumbers and electricians.”
Still, despite growing up a shy student at an all-girls boarding school in England, LeBrock had always loved being on-stage.
Having married movie producer Victor Drai in 1984, she took the lead in his remake of French flick ‘Pardon Mon Affaire’, renamed ‘Woman in Red’ (see below), in which she emulated Marilyn Monroe’s famous skirt-blowing opposite Gene Wilder.
‘Weird Science’ came in 1985, a wish-fulfilment comedy in which two nerds create the perfect woman on a computer.
“I had actually turned down ‘Weird Science’ initially because I was in the South of France with Sting,” she reveals. “I was with my first husband, he was doing a movie there. I was like, ‘work or play with Sting?’ and I decided not to work.”
But Hughes persisted.
“They gave the role to somebody else, but three weeks into filming they had to dismiss her because she wasn’t right for the role,” LeBrock explains. “They called me and within a couple of hours I was on a plane from France to Chicago.
“They were in really big trouble. They’d filmed for three weeks with someone and they couldn’t use any of the footage. We didn’t even time to change the wardrobe and she had a completely different body type to me. They had to slice the clothing in the back to let my body fit into it.”
Co-starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and a young Robert Downey Jr. (“He was a little s**t, he was definitely a little bit different.”), the movie really caught fire on VHS.
“It did well, but it didn’t have the opening my first film ‘Woman in Red’ did,” says LeBrock. “I don’t think they promoted it very well, but it’s gone on to be a cult film.”
The comedy was in cinemas when she met Seagal and she quickly became pregnant.
She’s both funny and sanguine about her ex now, who she divorced in 1996 after nine years of marriage.
“Who? Who?” she jokes when asked about the ‘Under Siege’ star, adding, “I am onward, I am forward, I’ve forgiven and I’ve forgotten. I’m actually helping a lot of people with abuse. I’ve just been asked to speak at Princetown [about it]. I’m going to go out and make a difference.”
Having raised her family – her three children are all now in their 20s and only youngest daughter Arissa is thinking about following in her parents’ acting footsteps – she has made her way quietly back onto the screen again, appearing in everything from reality series ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ (below) and ‘Celebrity Fit Club’ to this year’s ’10 Days in a Madhouse’ which co-stars Christopher Lambert.
“It did very nicely at the Cannes Film Festival recently,” she says of the latter, in which she plays a cruel nurse at a mental institution. “If you sneeze you’ll miss my role, but it’s an integral part and I was very well-noticed. Now I care about my career and I’d like to get it back and I’m going to get noticed as an actor and I’d like to get an award one day.”
She recently re-connected with her ‘Weird Science’ co-stars at an autograph-signing event and Hall stayed at her ranch, where “I slaughter my own animals, I grow my own vegetables and make my own cheese.”
She still misses England. “It’s in my veins,” she says, admitting that she gets annoyed when customs officers think she’s an American. “I was just in New York and I went to a place that sells English food and bought myself some English bangers and had a nice sausage sandwich and a cup of tea.”
Is she surprised we’re still talking about ‘Weird Science’ 30 years later?
“I look back on it with enormous fondness,” she says. “John Hughes knew how to touch the hearts of every teenager out there. The world has changed so much in 30 years, but I’m honoured I still look like myself, I’m a little more wrinkly, but I’m very proud to be around after all this time.”
So one last very important question: do Lisa and Wyatt have sex off-camera in the movie?
“F*** no! That would be disgusting,” she cries. “When we had to do that kissing scene, he stuck his tongue down my throat and every hair on the back of my spine went up. When John Hughes called cut, I said to [Ilan Mitchell-Smith], ‘if you ever do that again I’m going to pull your tongue out.’ It was very disturbing.”
Together as Avengers, Earth’s mightiest heroes form an unstoppable box-office juggernaut: the combined Marvel Cinematic Universe has banked over £5.62 billion around the world since its inception in 2008. But is playing a superhero rewarding when the actors aren’t in the spandex? Which Avenger makes the most coin outside the MCU? Let’s fire up the calculator, check the receipts and find out…
10. Chris Hemsworth
Non-Marvel box-office earnings: £409 million
Still a relative young gun when it comes to toplining motion pictures, Hemsworth made his mark with Marvel and his been given plenty of other extra curricular opportunities but few of them coined it quite like ‘Thor’. Michael Mann’s ‘Blackhat’ was a flop, 'Rush’ under-performed on the box-office circuit and 'Vacation’ is unlikely to break the bank, so you have to go back to 2012’s 'Snow White And The Huntsman’ and its £253 million total for a number that’d make Odin blush.
9. Chris Evans
Non-Marvel box-office earnings: £732 million
“Nobody sees my other movies!” cried the erstwhile Captain America in a recent interview, and he had a point: as Steve Rogers, fans can’t get enough of him; as plain old Chris Evans, not so much. That’s not because his non-Marvel movies are bad - they’re not, aside from the risible 'Fantastic Four’ movies - but Evans could probably put his box-office misfortune down to bad luck: 'Snowpiercer’ was his most exciting and interesting film in a decade and it didn’t even get a proper release over here. It’s no wonder he wants to retire. Aww. Poor Cap.
8. Anthony Mackie
Non-Marvel box-office earnings: £876 million
Mackie’s catchphrase is “Cut the cheque!” but he’s yet to break off a slice of fried gold outside of his Avenging. Falcon hit great heights in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ but 'The Fifth Estate’, 'Runner Runner’ and 'Gangster Squad’ were all misfires – even 'The Hurt Locker’ was the lowest-grossing Best Picture winner ever. Still, 'Pain & Gain’, 'Real Steel’ and 'The Adjustment Bureau’ contribute to an admirable total – but it’s still Marvel that cuts the cheques, not Mackie.
7. Paul Rudd
Non-Marvel box-office earnings: £1.01 billion
The latest addition to the Avengers lineup arrives bearing awesome technology but very little in the way of box-office chutzpah – remember, that figure above is accumulated over a 20 year period. Rudd has never really been much of a household name – for years he worked under the name 'Mike from Friends, you know, Phoebe’s boyfriend?’ – so he took roles where he could get them, the two 'Anchorman’ movies being among the most successful. The movies he made with Judd Apatow did ride the gross-out gravy train to the tune of a combined £377 million, but will 'Ant-Man’ raise Rudd’s profile or will his lifetime box-office haul remain microscopic?
6. Mark Ruffalo
Non-Marvel box-office earnings: £1.04 billion
Mark Ruffalo always gravitated towards the indie side of the spectrum until Hulk came calling: the pre-green days Before Banner were not gilded gold either, but the actor did enjoy a fair few surprising smashes. Magic heist movie 'Now You See Me’ was a sleeper hit and Martin Scorsese’s 'Shutter Island’ was an unexpected – but deserved – success; even weepie 'Just Like Heaven’ broke the $100 million mark. So does this mean Tony Stark is a bigger talent than Hulk? This could divide the Science Bros in rivalry…
5. Jeremy Renner
Non-Marvel box-office earnings: £1.26 billion
Renner for the win! Our Jez may have got shafted in the first 'Avengers’ movie, but he more than made up for it while orbiting the Marvel universe with roles in not one but three financially successful franchises. 'The Bourne Legacy’, 'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ and the soon-to-be-sequelised 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ (seriously, it made £144 million!) launched Jeremy as a bona fide standalone superstar, so much so Joss Whedon wrote a beefed-up role for him in 'Age Of Ultron’. Everything’s coming up Renner!
4. Scarlett Johansson
Non-Marvel box-office earnings: £1.35 billion
For the longest time, Johansson picked her projects based on how interesting they were and not how successful they were likely to be (see: 'The Man Who Wasn’t There’, 'Ghost World’, 'Lost In Translation’, 'Under The Skin’ and 'The Island’ – okay, maybe not that last one). Black Widow and 'The Avengers’ marked a watershed for Scar-Jo: she’s now credible /and/ successful, as the frankly mind-expanding £293 million box-office total for last year’s sci-fi action blast 'Lucy’ will attest.
=2. Robert Downey Jr
Non-Marvel box-office earnings: £1.44 billion
These days, Downey is a brand unto himself, and he owes it all to Marvel: without his career resurrecting turn as Tony Stark, it’s highly unlikely RDJ would be pulling in £32 million a movie (reportedly his pay packet for 'The Avengers’), especially after the fallow period that followed after his drugs arrests. Iron Man could upgrade to an all-gold suit with the money he brings in, but outside of the MCU, it’s really only 'Sherlock Holmes’ that casts a notable shadow on Downey’s earnings, but 'Tropic Thunder’ and 'Due Date’ weren’t too shabby, banking a combined £256 million between them – not bad for a couple of standalone comedies.
=2. Paul Bettany
Non-Marvel box-office earnings: £1.44 billion It’s a tie!
Tony Stark is the one who straps on the suit and kills the bad guys, but JARVIS had just as much effect on movie audiences worldwide, according to this surprising statistic. Minus his voice work as Tony Stark’s AI butler across three Iron Man movies and two Avengers adventures, Bettany still has a cracking CV that includes mega-hits including 'The Da Vinci Code ’(remember when that was a thing?), Oscar smash 'A Beautiful Mind’ and Russell Crowe’s 'Master And Commander’. It just goes to show, slow and steady wins the race. Or ties for second, at least. Because there’s no beating this guy…
1. Samuel L Jackson
Non-Marvel box-office earnings: £5.42 billion
His role as the man who assembled the Avengers may take the form of walk-on cameos these days (seven and counting, Fury fans) but that’s because Samuel L Jackson earned the right to be that badass – the 'L’ stands for 'Loadsamoney’. 'Star Wars’! 'Jurassic Park’! 'The Incredibles’! 'Django Unchained’! 'Pulp Fiction’! Literally, like, a thousand other movies! Jackson is a box-office colossus who stands astride cinema, commanding money and respect and receiving both in equal measure. He’s the highest-grossing film star in history and could probably afford to pay the wages of his fellow Avengers all by himself if he wanted to. We still don’t talk about 'Snakes On A Plane’ though.
‘Inside Out’ has well and truly reminded movie fans just how powerful Pixar can be at their best. Not only is it stunningly beautiful to look at, but it’s also emotional, funny, and so supremely plotted and intoxicated that you’re devastated when it abruptly comes to an end.
But there’s just one problem with the film: there is a huge plot hole. Of course, if you haven’t seen ‘Inside Out’ you probably shouldn’t read ahead, as it could ruin this joyous experience for you.
Once Joy and Sadness are sent to long-term memory they then must safely transport the core memories back to headquarters in order to make Riley the positive girl they’ve always loved.
But rather than traveling through the labyrinth that is Riley’s mind to bring the core memories back, Joy could simply have just sent them there in the same fashion that the commercial jingle made its way to the headquarters.
When presented with this information by Rope Of Silicon, director and writer Peter Docter admitted that this had been overlooked during the creation of ‘Inside Out’.
“We discussed that along the way and it was one of those things where we kind of boxed ourselves in a corner a little bit,” Docter explained, before adding, “We added the recall thing later, when they were doing the song that got stuck in her head.”
But, after the fact, Docter has now devised the perfect explanation for the plot hole. “Our argument was that Joy wouldn’t trust the memories would be fine on their own, she needed to be up there too,” Docter insisted.
Despite this slight issue, ‘Inside Out’ is still widely regarded as one of the best movies of 2015, while it’s also seen as stunning return to form for the studio after several years of mediocre output. In fact, it’s already been compared to the brilliance of Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Wall-E, Ratatouille, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo.
Still, now that this problem has been uncovered, unfortunately ‘Inside Out’ will never be quite as remarkable as everyone originally thought. It’s still pretty incredible though.
Johnny Depp Totally Unrecognisable In New Black Mass Trailer
A new trailer for ‘Black Mass’ has arrived and we’re still questioning whether that really is Johnny Depp playing notorious mobster Whitey Bulger.
The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star has undergone a dramatic transformation to play the convicted murderer and is nearly unrecognisable beneath a bald cap, ice-blue contact lenses, and pasty white skin.
Watch the impressive new trailer above.
This new trailer for Scott Cooper’s true life crime drama also features our first look at Benedict Cumberbatch in action. The Batch plays Whitey’s polar opposite brother, politician Billy Bulger, whose family ties lead to questions of integrity.
Yahoo Movies has the new trailer (below) with exclusive commentary from director Scott Cooper (’Crazy Heart’). He explains how Bulger ran “roughshod over the city of Boston” for years with the help of his connection to the local FBI bureau.
One foreboding moment, Cooper points out: When Bulger (Depp) clinks glasses with FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), a doomed toast signifying a deal that would eventually land them both in jail.
The star of movies like
‘Casino’ and 'Once Upon A Time In America’ filed the suit against the
user called 'Abe List’.
The pair have
frequently tussled on the site, with the user, who appears to live in
Los Angeles, replying with offensive remarks to many of Woods’s more
But it appears that the
accusation of Woods being a cocaine addict 'stepped over the line’.
In a reply to a tweet
about the media and its priorities, Abe List replied: “Cocaine
addict James Woods still sniffing and spouting.”
The complaint filed by
Woods says that he 'is not now, nor has ever been, a cocaine addict,
and AL had no reason to believe otherwise’.
“AL’s reckless and
malicious behaviour, through the worldwide reach of the internet, has
now jeopardised Woods’ good name and reputation on an international
scale,” it continues.
“AL, and anyone else
using social media to propagate lies and do harm, should take note.
They are not impervious to the law.”
Following a Woods post
about the Barack Obama birther controversy, AL wrote: “You are a
ridiculous scum clown-boy James, a joke.”
Woods has long had a reputation for controversy on the site, and has previously claimed that his frequent anti-Obama tweets will mean that he will ‘never work again’ in Hollywood.
Twitter has now
suspended the @AbeList account.
“The owner of the AL
Twitter Account has thousands of followers and, since at least
December 2014, has undertaken to engage his followers with a campaign
of childish name-calling targeting against Woods,” the suit goes
“In the past, AL
has referred to Woods with such derogatory terms as 'prick,’ 'joke,’
'ridiculous,’ 'scum’ and 'clown-boy.'”
It’s not known whether
Woods has ever tried to block the user from following him, or if he’s
previously used any of the avenues set up by the social network to
combat abusive tweets.
80s Horror Troll Spawns Potentially Litigious Spin-Off, The Rise of Harry Potter Jr
1986 fantasy horror ‘Troll’ is not the most likely of 80s properties to be revived in the 21st century - but that;s just what’s happening, and we have a sneaky suspicion as to why.
The most frequently cited bit of trivia relating to the not-so well remembered creature feature is that it centred on a young boy who moves into a new apartment building, only to find it inhabited by a malevolent troll out to conquer the world with dark magic.
The troll’s name is Torok, and the boy’s name is - wait for it - Harry Potter Jr.
Now, SC Films International have announced plans for ‘Troll: the Rise of Harry Potter Jr.,’ apparently set to be both an animated film and TV series further exploring the magical world the hitherto ordinary boy Harry finds himself thrust into, battling a dark magic nemesis whose fate is somehow linked with his own.
Stop us when any of this starts to sound a wee bit familiar…
A report at Coming Soon quotes the original ‘Troll’ director John Carl Buechler (on board the reboot as producer) as stating, “The original ‘Troll’ film has achieved cult status, and based upon its success we believed that the timing was right to produce an updated 3D animated version for a whole new generation of filmgoers.”
It would seem hopes are very high for this franchise, as on top of a movie and TV series there is said to even be talk of a ‘Troll’-based attraction in Northern China.
Nor are they aiming low with the casting either, hiring recent Oscar winner Patricia Arquette to voice a witch who aids young Harry (to be voiced by newcomer Baxter Barlett) in his perilous journey.
Of course, SC Films are at pains to point out that their project is not in any way affiliated with that other Harry Potter franchise, whilst emphasising that ‘Troll’ and the character of Harry Potter Jr pre-date the books of JK Rowling by more than a decade.
Still, something tells us Warner Bros and Rowling (who of course have their big screen Potter spin-off ‘Fabulous Beasts and Where To Find Them’ on the way) are very unlikely to take this lying down.
Produced by schlock-master Charles Band, ‘Troll’ starred ‘The Neverending Story’s Noah Hathaway as Harry, with Michael Moriarty and Shelley Hack as his parents, and Sonny Bono as a neighbour.
Notoriously, it spawned an unofficial sequel in 1990′s ‘Troll 2,’ renowned among bad movie cultists as one of the gloriously terrible movies ever made (subsequently the subject of 2009 documentary ‘Best Worst Movie’).
Nor is ‘Troll’ the only 1986 movie which would seem to inadvertently predict elements of Harry Potter, as keen-eared viewers of that other fantasy favourite ‘Labyrinth’ may recall the moment when Jennifer Connolly’s Sarah mistakenly refers to the dwarf Hoggle as Hogwart.
Tom Cruise Picks The Mission: Impossible Stunts That Could’ve Killed Him (Exclusive)
There is no movie stunt too impossible for Tom Cruise. The 53-year-old star seems to relish putting his body in harm’s way, especially when it comes to his role as special agent Ethan Hunt in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ series.
At the Vienna press day for his fifth go-around with the IMF, ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’, Cruise gave us some insight into what happens behind the scenes of filming some of his riskiest business. (Watch the video above.)
Among the moments Cruise reminisces about: the confusion surrounding the timing of his leap away from the exploding water tank in Mission: Impossible (1996); how the crew got that (very real) knife so close to his eyeball in the fight scene in Mission: Impossible II (2000) (below); what it felt like to be hurled against a car from the blast of a missile in Mission: Impossible III (2006); and how he avoided blacking out while dangling from a Dubai skyscraper in Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (2011).
That brings us to his latest feat: the already infamous and well-documented moment in ‘Rogue Nation’ which finds Hunt hanging from the side of an airplane as it takes off. Cruise has called it his most dangerous stunt yet, and described dealing with the threat of birds, particles, fumes and cold temperatures — not to mention the fact that he was actually harnessed to the side of speeding plane (see below).
“The reason I do this — it really is to entertain an audience,” Cruise said. “And to tell a story. How can I create an emotional response, a physical reaction with an audience to invest them into a story?”
The new look Mickey Rourke, acting legend, was spotted out and about this week with yet another drastic new look. His chiseled face, designer stubble and new ‘do make him look completely different to the actor who became a pin-up in the 80s. (Image Credit: Wenn)
The 80s pin-up Speaking of which, at one time, Mickey Rourke was arguably the most devastatingly handsome actor in Hollywood, with the bad boy good looks of a latter day James Dean or Marlon Brando. But years of - how might we put it politely - ‘alterations’ have gradually left him an increasingly strange-looking proposition. (Image Credit: Rex Features)
The 90s boxing career Rourke has blamed boxing for his later plastic surgery, but when he returned to the sport in 1991 - he was a pro for three years - he still looked every bit as ruggedly handsome as he did in the 80s. But he’s since said that he suffered injuries including broken noses and a compressed cheekbone during that time, as well as some neurological damage. (Image Credit: Rex Features)
The post-boxing career slump But it was around 1998, once he’d left the ring, and following his turbulent relationship with Carre Otis (pictured), that his appearance began to change more significantly. This was also around the time his career had taken a significant dive following a series poor career decisions - he turned down ‘Pulp Fiction’, for example. (Image Credit: Rex Features)
The first wave of surgery During this low ebb, where he considered himself a ‘has-been’, he appeared out and about with swollen-looking lips, his skin looking taut. He’s always said it was the boxing damage that necessitated the surgery. “I had to have cartilage taken from my ear to rebuild my nose and a couple of operations to scrape out the cartilage because the scar tissue wasn’t healing properly…Most of it was to mend the mess of my face because of the boxing, but I went to the wrong guy to put my face back together.” (Image Credit: Rex Features)
The career turnaround When his career began its turnaround with films like ‘Buffalo 66’, ‘Animal Factory’ and Jonas Akerlund’s ‘Spun’, around 2002, his appearance had changed notably. But by around 2005, and the movie ‘Domino’ (pictured), he was starting to look like an older version of how he did in his heyday, the surgery seeming to have settled. (Image Credit: Rex Features)
Recent years But recent years – though his battered appearance suited his Oscar-nominated turn in ‘The Wrestler’ to a tee – have seen his visage looking stranger, often thanks to his flowing hairstyle (see above). (Image Credit: Rex Features)
Surgery struggles Rourke has struggled with the effects of his surgery, as this photo from 2011 shows. (Image Credit: Rex Features)
Fixing the damage However the actor has seemingly taken steps in recent times to undo the damage of that original surgery, and donned some intriguing new looks in process, for example this one… (Image Credit: Rex Features)
Fixing the damage …and this one. Nice shades! (Image Credit: Rex Features)
Forever young Now the actor, at the age of 62, is looking younger than he ever has thanks to a newly sculptured face, teeth whitening and stubble (and a cute dog). Whatever Mickey decides to do with his face next, we’ll always be big fans of the actor. (Image Credit: Rex Features)
Some have called for
her to be banned from the social network.
“How would you like
it, @MiaFarrow, if someone gave out @RonanFarrow’s address in hopes
of causing him harm? Not cool, is it?” said one user.
“Wonder how she’d
like it if people posted her home address?” said another.
In a statement, a
spokesperson for Twitter said that Farrow may not have contravened
the rules of the site.
“If information was
previously posted or displayed elsewhere on the internet prior to
being put on Twitter, it may not be a violation,” they told AP.
Game hunter Palmer says
that he paid $50,000 (£32,000) for what he believed was a legal hunt
of a lion, but has been pilloried after it emerged that the victim of
the hunt was Cecil, a protected lion known around the world.
The men behind the
expedition in Zimbabwe will appear in court next week to face
A spokesperson for
Palmer told the Guardian: “As far as I understand, Walter believes
that he might have shot that lion that has been referred to as Cecil.
“What he’ll tell
you is that he had the proper legal permits and he had hired several
professional guides, so he’s not denying that he may be the person
who shot this lion. He is a big-game hunter; he hunts the world
Meanwhile, Palmer has
closed his dentist business and gone into hiding.
The condemned act has
made news worldwide, with Jimmy Kimmel addressing it during his
monologue on yesterday’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ show, almost breaking
down in the process.
We’ve seen plenty of artists recreating what Disney Princesses would look like in real-life but finally Jirka Väätäinen, a Finnish graphic designer, has turned his hand to Disney’s male leads and the results are astonishing. Check them out below.
Check out his full portfolio - including more real-life Disney characters - over at jirkavinse.com.
Prince Eric (‘The Little Mermaid’)
The Helsinki resident who graduated from Arts University Bournemouth with a 1st Class BA (Hons) in graphic design admits that his designs are in no way affiliated with Disney, but his attention to detail is simply stunning and we think the Mouse House should offer this guy a job!
Badly Timed Movies With Weird Real-Life Coincidences
This week sees the release of ‘Beyond The Reach’, a Michael Douglas thriller that sees the ‘Basic Instinct’ star playing a ruthless millionaire game hunter with dubious morals.
With the whole Cecil The Lion saga playing out in Zimbabwe, it could seem like the release of ‘Beyond The Reach’ was a shameless exploitation, but it’s just poor timing on behalf of the distributors who plan release dates months in advance.
This isn’t the first time a movie release has unfortunately with real life events.
In Summer 2014, nude photos of several Hollywood stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kirsten Dunst were leaked on the Internet in an unprecedented online security breach now known as “The Fappening”.
What’s weird about the timing is that it all happened in the week preceding the UK release of Cameron Diaz comedy ‘Sex Tape’, which also featured the leaking of compromising footage to the Internet following an online security breach. It didn’t help the film though as it was widely panned by critics.
The Monuments Men
Late in 2013, when Sony Pictures was preparing for the release of George Clooney’s WW2 caper ‘The Monuments Men’, news broke that around 1,500 pieces of art stolen by the Nazis had been recovered from a Munich apartment.
The period thriller told the true story of a team of American soldiers tasked with rescuing and preserving important art stolen by the Nazis as WW2 came to an end in Europe.
The Munich art had been amassed by a German art dealer who, when tasked with selling the artworks Hitler deemed “degenerate” had instead kept them for himself. The dealer even dealt with the real-life Monuments Men when they returned art to him in 1950. Spooky.
“You could not ask for a more timely, topical or relevant discovery that corresponds to the events depicted in our upcoming film,” said Sony Pictures spokesman Steve Elzer at the time.
Britain was battered by the weather in early 2014 with the Met Office blaming “an exceptional run of winter storms, culminating in serious coastal damage and widespread, persistent flooding.”
This biblical weather lasted right through to March and the States even endured a similar run of wet weather, which all weirdly coincided with the release of Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’.
In a final twist of serendipity, a screening of ‘Noah’ was actually cancelled in Exeter because – you guessed it – the cinema had flooded.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
This Nelson Mandela biopic had been in development since the release of his autobiography in 1995, but it took 18 years for the project to come together. Unfortunately, the South African hero never got to see the film starring Idris Elba as he fell ill before the film’s release.
The news of Mandela’s death aged 95 broke while the film was premiering in London in December last year. The film’s producer and star took to the stage as the credits rolled to inform the audience, which included Mandela’s two daughters Zindzi and Zenani and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, of the news.
The China Syndrome
This classic 1979 Michael Douglas thriller tells the story of a journalist who uncovers safety cover-ups at a nuclear power plant.
The “China Syndrome” of the title refers to a “worst case scenario” for nuclear meltdown where reactor components melt through their containment structures “all the way to China”.
Twelve days after the film was released, a partial nuclear meltdown happened at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactors in Pennsylvania, which would end up being the worst accident in US nuclear power plant history.
Wag The Dog
Barry Levinson’s acerbic black comedy hit cinemas in 1997 a month before the outbreak of the sex scandal that threatened to ruin Bill Clinton’s political career.
The films sees a Washington spin doctor, played by Robert De Niro, trying to bury a Presidential sex scandal by creating a fake war with Albania.
OK, so we didn’t get a fake war in real life, but we did have the first public sex scandal involving a US President in office.
Oliver Stone’s ‘Platoon’ follow-up was a scathing indictment on the greed of stockbrokers but he could never have predicted the real-life Wall Street scandal that hit the papers just months before the film’s release.
In October 1987, stock markets around the world suffered a devastating crash, in what would come to be known as “Black Monday”.
This threw a spotlight onto the greed and corruption rife amongst Wall Street traders and a week after the film was released in December, a Gordon Gekko-like figure named Ivan Boesky was sentencing and fined for insider trading. Busted.
Gone Baby Gone
Ben Affleck’s directorial debut tells the story of a pair of private investigators (one played by Affleck’s brother Casey) who are trying to track down a young girl abducted from her family.
Originally slated for release in the UK in December 2007, the film was pushed back to June 2008 due to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, while her family was on holiday in Portugal.
The film was similarly delayed in Malaysia due to the similarities to another child abduction that happened at the same time.
Funded by Fifa, this hugely misjudged vanity project starring Tim Roth as Sepp Blatter, was meant to show the origins world football’s governing body in a positive light, and depicting the head of Fifa as a staunch anti-corruption campaigner.
However, the film was released in the wake of the 2015 Fifa corruption scandal that saw 9 Fifa officials indicted for corruption by the FBI. Blatter and since resigned as the president of Fifa and the film was both a critical and commercial turkey, taking just $918 in its opening weekend in the States.
There are currently no plans to release the film in the UK. Watch a trailer below.
The Crow Reboot Cancelled As Relativity Media Goes Bust
To all those who embrace the popular theory that ‘The Crow’ is cursed - here’s a bit more fuel for your fire.
The entertainment industry trades have been abuzz this week with news that ‘mini-major’ Relativity Media is in serious trouble, filing for bankruptcy and making moves to sell off the completed films on their slate including Natalie Portman western ‘Jane Got A Gun’ (itself an infamously troubled production) and action movie ‘Collide’ starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones.
On top of this, The Wrap report Relativity’s troubles mean an immediate slam of the brakes on any films on their slate which have not yet made it to production - which, you guessed it, includes ‘The Crow.’
British director Corin Hardy’s new big screen take on the much-loved graphic novel - previously filmed in the 1994 cult favourite starring the late Brandon Lee (killed in an on-set accident, which is the cornerstone of the urban legends of the franchise being cursed) - had originally been scheduled to be in production by now at the new Pinewood Studios facility in Cardiff, with Jack Huston in the lead as undead avenger Eric Draven.
However, a change of shooting schedule (not the first) forced Huston to withdraw due to a clash with other work, putting the project back into a limbo which - thanks to the broader problems with the studio - the film seems unlikely to get out of.
Of course, this current incarnation of ‘The Crow’ is but one of many possible iterations that have been on the cards in the last few years. Initially set in motion with director F. Javier Gutiérrez (’Before the Fall’), the project courted a range of high profile lead actors including Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg and Tom Hiddleston, all of whom declined.
Finally Luke Evans signed on to play Eric - but then, when production was delayed, Gutiérrez pulled out to direct upcoming horror sequel ‘Rings.’ Evans also withdrew to pursue other work when his initial option expired.
Early in 2015, Corin Hardy - fresh from Sundance success with his debut feature ‘The Hallow’ - was hired to direct, reportedly at the recommendation of Edgar Wright. Jack Huston was announced as the new lead not long thereafter, and for a while things were looking up… but not so much anymore.
As to whether this means ‘The Crow’ reboot is now dead and buried for good; well, that remains to be seen. As Eric told us in the original, it can’t rain all the time - although it certainly does seem like it….
But the chat was cut short following a series of inane questions from the show’s hosts, and some short shrift supplied by Delevingne.
Tweeting about the exchange, which did the rounds on social media yesterday, she said: “Some people just don’t understand sarcasm or the British sense of humour.”
Things didn’t start brilliantly after host Marianne McClary mis-pronounced her Carla, with the interview going largely downhill from there.
Asked if she’d read the book by John Green that the film is based on, she sharply replied: “No I never read the book, or the script. I kind of winged it.”
Then when asked if her busy schedule made it easier to focus on projects, she scoffed: “No, I don’t know where that comes from. No.”
When the interview was wound up early, after which it was suggested that Delevingne 'took a nap’ and 'have a Red Bull’, the hosts then laid into Delevingne, McClary saying: “Wow! She was in a mood! Jeez Louise, everything sarcastic. I think she was just a little irritated.”
In response to Delevingne’s tweet, 'Garden State’ star Zach Braff came to her defence, saying: “Or how it’s condescending to ask an actress if she’s read the book.”
So, if you’ve been following the state of all things Ghostbuster of late (and you can be forgiven if you’re struggling to keep up), you’ll know that Sony currently have an all-female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot in production with Paul Feig directing - but that there has also been word of an all-male spin-off concurrently in the works at Sony.
Early word was that Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt were in Sony’s sights to star, with Joe and Anthony Russo directing - but with Pratt flatly denying any involvement and the Russos a bit too busy with Marvel, the only one of those names to be officially linked was Tatum. However, his producing partner Reid Carolin recently hinted they may no longer be involved.
Even so, it doesn’t look like the all-male ‘Ghostbusters’ spin-off (reported to be entitled ‘Ghostcorps’) is necessarily dead, as screenwriter Drew Pearce confirms to MTV News that he’s working on a script.
Says Pearce, “I’ve finished my work on that in the last couple weeks… Obviously it’s top secret, but there’s a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, and the Russo brothers — who did ’Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and are doing ’Civil War’ at the moment — and Ivan Reitman, who did the original movie, are going to take that and run with it. Obviously I cannot tell you what it is, but hopefully in one year’s time you’ll know!”
Again, just when the Russos are meant to have time to take this project on isn’t clear, given they’re set to follow ‘Captain America: Civil War’ with the epic two-volume ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ which should keep them busy until 2019 - but we dare say Pearce knows the situation better than we do.
As for whether it is intended as a Tatum/Pratt vehicle, Pearce says, “That’s definitely the cast we’ve been thinking about as we approach the project… Whether that happens or not is very much above my pay grade. It’s just my job to give them something exciting that maybe they’ll do.”
Pearce also confirms that he, for one, is approaching the project as though it takes place within the same universe as Paul Feig’s film - although he stresses this is not his call to make.
“My personal inclination is to try and make everything occur in the same ’Ghostbusters’ universe, because I feel, as a fan, that’s what I would want. Standing here in New York, you just wanna tie it all together. Whether that happens or not we’ll see, but I’ve certainly given them the tools to do that, I hope.”
Of course, the existence of a script alone does not confirm a movie will get made - but it is enough to mean we shouldn’t rule the all-male ‘Ghostbusters’ spin-off out just yet.
All we do know is that Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’ is set to hit UK cinemas on 15 July 2016.
However, it’s likely that this remake won’t be all that similar to the 1922 classic, which is not only in black and white, but also silent. Sadly, modern, mainstream audiences don’t tend to opt for silent colourless films, even though ‘The Artist’ experienced huge critical success in 2012. It’s certainly a huge challenge for the young director who, so far, has only directed one feature film.
But the enormity of the pressure and subsequent expectation shouldn’t phase him because he’s not the first to redo the timeless story. Werner Herzog ‘went there’ in 1979 and, in the opinion of many, did a great job. In hindsight that may put Eggers under more pressure, but it’s reassurance that when it comes to remakes, these things can work out.
So what can Eggers bring to the table? His lack of experience is clear, but a fresh face with an unfazed mind might encourage him to be experimental. But more importantly, do we need a third version of the same film, and what nuances or additions will he actually bring?
That said, Deadline claim it’ll be a “visceral” adaptation of F.W. Muurnau’s creepy original, and as vague as that is, it’s better than the studio coming out to declare it’ll be a shot-for-shot remake, so at least that’s something.
The Beezer, first published in 1962, contained The Numskulls which was a segment about a group of Numskulls that lived in the mind of a grown man. When the Beezer went under in the 1990s, the Beano picked up the strip, tweaking it to take place in the head of a little boy and has been around ever since.
For those who have seen ‘Inside Out’, Pixar’s latest masterpiece, it centres on the story of Riley, an 11-year-old girl and the anthropomorphic emotions in her head.
Comparing the two from a visual stance also bears some notable likenesses, with the headquarters that The Numskulls work from…
…compared to ‘Inside Out’s’ setup.
Sure, the stories appear very similar when you compare, with the Beano politely declining to comment ever since ‘Inside Out’ went into production and the point was raised, until now.
“We had people from all over the world pointing out the similarities - which is very flattering but the Numskulls is a very British strip and we wanted to point out the differences,” Stirling explains, referring to their newest comic issue.
In fact, a Numskulls themed issue is out this week addressing the controversy to amusing effect: it actually references the Pixar film directly as one of their plots.
“For one thing, the British bottle up our emotions. Our Numskulls are like technicians so we have them wondering - how come those ‘Inside Out’ characters are so much more famous than us? Is it the emotions? So what would happen if they uncorked the emotions…”
However, as ‘Inside Out’ director Pete Docter has mentioned, the inspiration for the film was seeing his own daughter grow up with the conflicting and changing emotions she was experiencing. Similarly, co-director Ronaldo Del Carmen said he was not familiar with the Numskulls comic strip either.
But there’s no hard feelings from the Beano, as Stirling reiterates: “We always say that the highest compliment anyone can receive is to appear in the Beano - as it means you’re a pop culture icon for kids aged 7 to 11 in the UK and Ireland.” He goes on to say; “I paid to see their movie on Saturday and it was great. Now I hope they’ll buy a copy of our comic.”
Whether there was ever any inspiration taken from the Beano or not, ‘Inside Out’ is undoubtedly a great animated film in its own right. It’s likely that the similarities in premise could be a coincidence, so it’s nice to see them coexist and prosper.
“What we are doing is ground up all the way,” said Snyder as part of an Empire Magazine feature on 'Dawn of Justice’.
“It is one giant story. The first thing we had was the 'Justice League’ concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our 'Wonder Woman’, our 'Aquaman’.
“They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve 'Justice League’ in the coming together of those heroes.”
It’s certainly different to how Marvel Studios started out. With them each film worked from their own hero’s origins and then collectively towards 'Avengers Assemble’. However it is the same as how Marvel is now operating following that success, with 2018 and 2019’s 'Avengers: Infinity War’ the end-game of Phase Three.
There’s more to the DC Universe than Snyder’s films however (thankfully) with David Ayer’s 'Suicide Squad’ already a hit in waiting if reactions to the first trailer are anything to go by.
Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ezra Miller’s Flash are all getting their own solo movies following 'Justice League: Part One’.
A Green Lantern film (with multiple Green Lanterns), a Batman film with Ben Affleck and a solo Superman movie with Henry Cavill are also in the pipeline.
“I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe,” continued Snyder.
“I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.”
'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ will be released on 25 March 2016.
George Lucas has a long and chequered history of tinkering with the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy since release.
“Films never get finished, they get abandoned” he once famously said, and he’s never managed to fully abandon his sci-fi trilogy yet. The first changes were made to ‘Star Wars’ just weeks after the film hit cinemas in 1977 when a new audio track was added featuring amended sound effects and alternate dialogue takes.
Some of the changes are subtle and enhancing, while others are incongruous and jarring. Here’s the worst changes made to the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy since their release.
Greedo shot first
The most controversial and debated change made to ‘Star Wars’ came in the 1997 Special Edition release. In the cantina confrontation where Han coolly dispatches Greedo in cold blood (watch the original here), George Lucas made it look like the bounty hunter shot first in a misguided bid to make the Millennium Falcon pilot seem less ruthless.
The exchange now looks stilted and has caused countless nerd arguments ever since. Aware of this, Lucas has continued to tinker with the scene multiple times for the DVD release and the Blu-ray release, but it’s still completely pointless; Han Solo IS a scoundrel and that’s why we love him.
Jabba the Hutt
George Lucas originally planned to include Jabba The Hutt in the first ‘Star Wars’ film and shot a scene with Scottish actor Declan Mulholland playing a human incarnation of Jabba.
For the Special Edition, Lucas reinserted the scene replacing Mulholland with CGI, but the ‘new’ Jabba looked terrible and was never convincing, particularly when Han steps on his tail. The CGI was improved for the 2004 DVD release but it still sticks out like a sore thumb.
New Max Rebo song
The original Jabba’s palace scene featured a very brief musical interlude from the funky, blue-snouted Max Rebo band, called ‘Lapti Nek’ which saw Jabba lusting over green-skinned dancer Oola.
For the Special Edition, Lucas bafflingly decided to add a whole new musical number called ‘Jedi Rocks’ complete with new fully CGI band members, a dance routine, and teeth-gratingly irritating singing. This addition is totally pointless and badly executed.
In the 1997 Special Edition release of ‘Empire Strikes Back’ a scream was added to Luke’s fall when he decides he’d rather jump to his death than join his father Vader on the Dark Side. The implication being that his leap was not entirely intentional. It’s a controversial amendment as it suggests he fell rather than jumped. It’s since been changed back to no scream for the DVD and Blu-ray versions.
Young Anakin ghost
This addition to the original trilogy has proved to be the most contentious behind the whole “Greedo Shot First” controversy.
For the final scene of ‘Return of the Jedi’, Lucas in his infinite wisdom changed Anakin Skywalker’s Force ghost from Sebastian Shaw (who played the unmasked Vader) to Hayden Christensen – the actor who played Anakin in the prequels – for the 2004 DVD release.
Following the destruction of the second Death Star in ‘Return of the Jedi’, scenes of celebration from across the galaxy were added in the 1997 Special Edition.
Parties, fireworks, and revelers can be seen on Coruscant, Bespin, and Tatooine, but annoyingly, for the 2004 DVD release a scene showing celebrations on Naboo was also added, featuring someone who suspiciously sounds like Jar Jar Binks shouting “Weesa free!”
As well as the new scenes of jubilation across the galaxy, the ending of ‘Return of the Jedi’ has been significantly altered audibly too. The Ewok song known as ‘Yub Nub’ or ‘Ewok Celebration’ has been ditched entirely and replaced with an insipid new orchestral number from John Williams called ‘Victory Celebration’. The Ewoks may not have been great, but they had decent tunes.
Inexplicably, for the 2011 Blu-ray release, rocks were digitally added in front of R2-D2 in the scene where he’s hiding from the sandpeople. This just reeks of tinkering for tinkering sake; what does it add? Nothing.
Join us later this week when we look back at the BEST changes made to ‘Star Wars’ since the release of the original trilogy.
More news on future Disney projects has emerged this week as it’s not only been confirmed that Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon will be writing the script for the song-filled ‘Bob: The Musical’, but seems Tom Cruise is contemplating boarding the film too.
Cruise would be a huge coup for Disney, considering what a winning combination that would be. Cruise is arguably the biggest movie star on the planet, as his ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise continues to impress audiences.
Should he accept the comedic lead role, it’d see his ‘regular Joe’ character hit on the head and develop the ability to hear inner songs of everyone’s heart, thus turning his mundane life into a living, breathing musical farce.
What’s more, ‘Flight of the Conchords’ star Bret McKenzie is on board to pen its musical numbers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. McKenzie has previously worked on Disney’s ‘The Muppets’, where he wrote the songs for the hit film. His work included Man or Muppet, which went on to win an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2012′s ceremony.
The project’s been in long-term development since 2004 after struggling to secure a director, but now has one with Oscar-winning ‘The Artist’ director Michel Hazanavicius.
The prospect of Cruise, McKenzie, Chabon and Hazanavicius collaborating on a Disney film is, as we’re sure you’d agree, an enticing proposition indeed.
Would Mr. Cruise be utilising his skill he showed off in a recent lip sync battle with Jimmy Fallon? We’ll have to wait and see…
The post-credits scene in ‘Ant-Man’ proved that Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, is once again going to feature prominently in Marvel’s future efforts.
But we’re still not sure in what capacity. In ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Barnes was Steve Rogers’ closest ally. But by ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ their relationship had deteriorated to such an extent that the old pals were trying to kill each other.
The ‘Ant-Man’ post-credits scene showed the duo together again. But have they reacquainted as bosom buds? Or are they still mortal enemies? Warning: If you’ve not seen ‘Ant-Man’ yet, you probably shouldn’t read ahead.
So, right at the end of ‘Ant-Man’, after the entire credits had rolled down the screen, we saw Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson with a captured Bucky Barnes in a contraption.
They were discussing how to proceed with their possible interrogation of the character, but rather than calling Iron Man, Wilson instead told Rogers to call Ant-Man.
Previously, at the end of ‘Winter Solider’, we’d seen Bucky Barnes contemplating his future after a visit to the Captain America museum. So, is he now a goody or baddy?
According to Sebastian Stan, who portrays Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, he thinks he’ll end up being a bad guy. Stan explained to BuzzFeed, “I think [what Bucky was trapped inside was] more of a vise. But it would never happen at his own hand, by his own doing.”
Stan then added, “In terms of that scene in ‘Ant-Man’, I’ve seen some of the ideas people have about it and I would say that whatever you’re seeing on the surface, it’s not as obvious as that. There might be a whole lot more to the scene. I would say someone would probably want to put him in a vise.”
The end of ‘Ant-Man’ gave us our first proper glimpse at ‘Captain America: Civil War’. And even though it was just a brief peek into how the hugely anticipated blockbuster will proceed, it was still great to get an impression of the tension, history, and conflict that will be on show.
And this was just when Falcon, Captain America, and The Winter Soldier were together. Imagine what it will be like when pretty much the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are on screen too!
We’ve now got just under 10 months to wait to see everyone lining up for ‘Captain America: Civil War’, as it is due out on May 6, 2016. And quite a few people are rather excited about it.
“Actor Miltos Yerolemou, best known for his role in the
first series of fantasy drama Game of Thrones, has joined the cast of Star
Wars: Episode VII,” he revealed. “He played expert and athletic swordsman Syrio
Forel in Thrones and has taken on several other parts which involve sword
fighting during his career.”
Of course, with Yerolemou’s swashbuckling background, it’s
not a huge leap to imagine him wielding a lightsaber in the upcoming ‘Star Wars’
sequel. After all, his technical knowledge would be put to good use as either a
Jedi or Sith.
But does this mean he’s landed a major role?
“His character in Star Wars is not thought to be a major
one,” said Mzimba. And considering the number of minor Jedi we’ve seen throughout
the prequel trilogy, perhaps this will give us an idea of how the Force and the
old ways of the lightsaber have grown since ‘Return of the Jedi’.
Either way, this is quite a step up for Yerolemou… and it
looks as though he’ll be joined by fellow British actor, Jack Robinson.
“Star Wars name of @MiltosYerolemou hints may appear with Jack Robinson, plays barman in AVCO!” said Mzimba via Twitter.
Jack Robinson is perhaps best known for appearin as big Dave
Bowers in Greg Davies’s Chennel 4 comedy series, ‘Man Down’. But a quick look
at Robinson’s Star Now
profile reveals that he’s also landed the role of Barman in a huge film
franchise under the guide of ‘AVCO’ – a name already known to be a working title
for ‘Star Wars VII’.
And with Han and Chewie back on board the Millennium Falcon,
I can’t help wondering which hive of scum and villainy they will find
themselves in next.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ heads to cinemas on 18 December
Gal Gadot’s casting as Wonder Woman took the cinematic world by surprise. Some people didn’t think she was a big enough name, while others thought that her physique didn’t match up to the character.
The Israeli actress has admitted that she is well aware that not everyone was overly pleased with her appointment. But Gadot insists that she won’t let that stop her from inspiring people with her performance and that she wants to be “able to show the stronger side of women” through her portrayal.
During her recent discussion with Interview Magazine, Gadot, who originally rose to prominence through her roles in the ‘Fast & Furious’ films, revealed that she previously had an open mind for roles.
However, after being offered a plethora of mundane female characters, she decided to change this stance so that she could show off a more complex femininity with her performances.
“I didn’t want to do the obvious role that you see in Hollywood most of the time, which is the heartbroken girl who’s waiting to be rescued by the guy,” she declared.
Obviously, with Wonder Woman, Gadot has the perfect chance to break away from this cliche, while at the same time becoming a bona-fide cinematic icon. And even though she knows that not everyone was happy with her casting, she is trying her best to not let it effect her.
“No matter what you do, you can never please them all,” she explained in the same interview. “People will always have something to say because that’s the way people are. And it’s okay. But for me, it’s my job. It’s my career. It’s my art.”
She added, “Whatever I do, I take it very seriously and I do my research and I give it my best. I just want to be able to shine and inspire people. And it’s not just about me. It’s the script and the story and the acting. I hope people are going to love it.”
We’ll find out if people do really connect with Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman when she makes her first appearance in next spring’s ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’, which will come just ahead of her own 2017 titular solo movie, while she is also due to pop up through DC’s burgeoning cinematic universe.