Sep
12
2017
3

J.J. Abrams back to Star Wars for Episode IX.

Which means, of course, that all of the loose plot holes left in all [coughcoughcough] movies will be left right where they are.  I kid, I kid! I’m sure that J.J. Abrams will do a perfectly fine job.  Of course, you know me and movies; I simply do not have a refined enough palate to detect even the most blatant overtones of cinematic vinegar.

I wonder what Disney plans to do, after this last trilogy is over.  I assume that they’re going to try to do something like a live-action Star Wars Rebels or Clone Wars, because of all the people that will line up to throw money at them for that. But once the Solo flick is in the can, what’s left?  …Strike that, I know what I want. I want a live-action Knights of the Old Republic. I deserve this, in fact.

Sep
12
2017
1

The fairly brutal Honest Trailer for The Mummy.

It’s not as brutal as the one that they did for Catwoman, though.  There was something righteous about that particular trailer.  Not self-righteous; just plain righteous.  As if an angel came down from Heaven, because the fate of the three planes depended on it.  In contrast, the one for The Mummy is just aggravated:

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Sep
11
2017
6

Welp, it’s official. They’re gonna make that last Fifty Shades movie.

I’ll spare you the teaser trailer. It was, of course, inevitable: the first movie made almost six hundred million and the second one almost four hundred million. And the Fifty Shades movies are not high-budget films to make, either. Forty and fifty-five million dollar production budgets are drops in the bucket, compared to some of Hollywood’s blockbusters.  Which means, by the way, that even if the production budget for Fifty Shades Freed goes up to seventy million and they only clear three hundred million or so in revenue they’re probably still going to do another sequel after it, too, and never mind that there’s only three books. (more…)

Sep
07
2017
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Drew Goddard to direct/write X-Force.

X-Force being sort-of, kind-of Deadpool 2: “It’s been confirmed that X-Force will continue the adventures of Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Cable (Josh Brolin) as they lead “a Black Ops force of down and dirty mutant warriors who are far more ruthless than their X-Men counterparts.””  Intriguingly… well, no, it’s unlikely that they can get Hugh Jackman to do one more turn as Wolverine, despite the fact that Reynolds would cheerfully commit some of the milder felonies to get Jackman in the film.  And I can’t imagine at this point anybody else playing Wolverine.  All of which is a shame, but that’s Hollywood for you.

Drew Goddard did The Cabin In The Woods, by the way.  So he has some directorial chops. And no particular fear of movie blood.

Sep
05
2017
7

The heavily-meta “Honest Trailers: Kong: Skull Island.”

There was some drama in August involving CinemaSins*, Kong: Skull Island, and KSI’s director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. This particular episode of Honest Trailers — which involves Vogt-Roberts showing up halfway through and ripping his own direction a new orifice — is not actually involved in said drama; it’s apparently just a genuine coincidence (they had asked Vogt-Roberts to come and do his own movie in July).  Regardless of the motivations, it’s a pretty good look at the flick itself. (more…)

Sep
05
2017
2

Director who directed “The Book of Henry” no longer directing “Star Wars IX.”

Sorry.  I thought that I should provide some possible context…

Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.

…since the above statement declines to give any whatsoever. As has been noted on Twitter, Disney has tossed three directors on two Star Wars films this year; clearly, the Mouse is King Stork, not King Log. Did Trevorrow’s critical and (almost certainly) financial flop have anything to do with that?  I dunno; it depends on your opinion of Disney.  I think that it’s at least reasonable to assume that The Book of Henry at least destroyed whatever margin for error the director would have had. Disney is unlikely to take any chances, as this corporate training video from the 1970s will demonstrate: (more…)

Sep
04
2017
1

Leonardo DiCaprio as the Joker?

That’s what the fever swamp rumor mill is suggesting: “Sources say Warners will make an ambitious attempt to use [Martin] Scorsese to bring Leonardo DiCaprio into the world of comic-book movies.” The idea is that Scorsese and DiCaprio work together a lot, and thus having the one might entice the other to play the Joker for Scorsese’s DC Comics art film*.  Apparently this would not replace Jared Leto in DCU continuity, which will either please you or sadden you, depending. (more…)

Sep
03
2017
6

This ‘Marshall’ trailer intrigues me.

It’s not every day that a biopic about a future Supreme Court Justice starts with him being in a bar fight.

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Sep
03
2017
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Tweet of the Day, I Think That He Means THE ‘The Touch’ edition.

Exciting news for Hasbro’s Hascon, if true.

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Sep
02
2017
4

Mads Mikkelsen is interested in doing Fox’s Doctor Doom movie.

I assume that you all know the immediate problem with that, yes?  That’s right!  It’d require that Fox do a Doctor Doom movie.  GeekTyrant is excited about this, on general principles; and I’m not saying that Mads Mikkelsen couldn’t do a good job as Doctor Doom.  He absolutely could. I just don’t see how Fox can be relied upon to produce a decent Doctor Doom flick. (more…)

Sep
02
2017
1

Why ISN’T there a Skyrim flick?

Have we had this conversation before?  — Anyway, below is a fan-made trailer for Skyrim*.  I understand that Chris Hemsworth is off being Thor right now, but: why isn’t somebody making this movie?

And yes, I know that video game movies generally suck.  However, there is a perfectly good story-line in Skyrim: “Dragonborn has the power of dragons, must kill Most Evil Dragon Of All to save world.”  You can get an entire series out of that.  Sure, it’d crash and burn — just like all the other video game movies that they keep insisting on making.  So I’m not sure why nobody in Hollywood wants to try with this franchise.

Moe Lane

*The singer there is Malukah, and OH MY GOD SHE’S GOT A SKYRIM ALBUM IN PREORDER THIS IS THE GREATEST DAY EVER

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