Tuesday, May 22, 2018

First trailer for 'Damsel' gives a look at a subverted genre tale starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska

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By Darian Scalamoni

            The Western genre has been around for almost a century and it follows the most formulaic format in terms of narrative, but a new Western has a different tone thanks to the Zellner brothers. The new trailer for Damsel puts an uncommon spin on the genre as Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson star as 18th century lovers.

            Pattinson’s character, Samuel believes that Wasikowska’s Penelope has been kidnapped and that he will save her leading to a romantic embrace however, Samuel was misled. The mix on the traditional gender roles in the genre looks to be a fun and creative tone for the film.

Pattinson continues to build up tons of diverse roles post-Twilight. Just recently, he’s starred as a photographer following around James Dean in Life, an adventurer in The Lost City of Z and a grimy bank robber in Good Time; now he’s dipping his toes into the Western waters and it looks like it could be successful.

            Wasikowska has been out of the spotlight for a little while now as her last big role was reprising Alice in Disney’s, Alice Through the Looking Glass. She also co-starred in the indie, Piercing alongside Christopher Abbott earlier this year.

            Check out the trailer below for Damsel! It hits theaters on June 22nd and stars Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster, David Zellner and Nathan Zellner.

'Deadpool 2' Review

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By Darian Scalamoni

            When Deadpool was first released, no one believed that an R-rated meta, fourth wall breaking, explicit hero would rule the box-office. $783 million later, the modestly budgeted, comic book romp led by Ryan Reynolds was a slobber knocker for Fox and a sequel was thrown into production as soon as possible.

            We pick up in Deadpool 2 where the first film leaves off with Wade Wilson being a superhero under his own set of rules. Cursing off anyone in his path before putting a bullet in their brain. While everyone expected this going on, and trust me, it does hit all those marks, the movie tends to lack a true story that moviegoers would care about.

            Just minutes within the film, we see Deadpool being a depressed former version of himself searching out for a true family, thus forming the X-Force team to go after a young boy named Firefist and Josh Brolin’s Cable. While the latter does a great job building on the promise that many had for his popular X-Men character, it’s Zazie Beetz’s Domino who sticks out among a ragtag group that is mostly men.

            Yes, the action sequences are punched up to 11 and there are tons to laugh at in the film, some jokes run their course a bit. While a specific Basic Instinct spoof and post-credit scenes get the biggest laughs, T.J. Miller’s Weasel seems lost in the shuffle at times and the X-Men references seem to be shoehorned in. While the end of this film aims us towards an inevitable X-Force movie, it seems that David Leitch didn’t have the same handle on this character as Tim Miller did.
            The movie is filthier and entertaining yes, but while the former director of John Wick brings us even better action, there are things that I would fix. I walked away entertained, but I was expecting more from the Merc with a Mouth.

            All in all, Reynolds is back to top form as Deadpool and Brolin and Beetz are worthy and welcome additions to the team. As for Julian Dennison’s character, he lacks what I wanted out of a child that Deadpool wants to save. There is not much more to know other than a vague “he’s been abused” plot line. The movie doesn’t seem to have a true focus as the original which gets it a lower score than I thought I would be giving it.

7.5

'The Expanse' and 'UnReal' head to streaming as Amazon and Hulu pick them up for Season 4's

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By Darian Scalamoni

            As I talk about here on Cinema Wave all the time, we’re living in an era where television rules and there is content coming at us from all angles. It’s surprising though that many shows have been getting the ax from their networks but not as surprising that streaming services and other networks have picked up these series to air on their channels or subscription-based networks.

            It was just last week in which Fox cancelled The Mick, Last Man on Earth and Brooklyn Nine-Nine were cancelled by the network, but the latter was saved by NBC for a Season 6. Now, two more series are being saved, this time by separate streaming services. According to Deadline, The Expanse, Syfy’s critically acclaimed show will get picked up by Amazon for a Season 4. Also, UnReal, the Lifetime drama that has earned awards for its star Constance Zimmer in the past, will move to Hulu for its own fourth (and likely) final season.

            The Expanse is written and co-created by the Oscar-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby who wrote Alfonso Cuaron’s, Children of Men. The show stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham, Frankie Adams and Thomas Jane.

            UnReal was created by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Marti Noxon and is led by Shiri Appleby who plays Rachel Goldberg, a young producer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with, and among, the contestants of a dating show, in order to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage that the program’s dispassionate executive producer, Quinn King, demands. Constance Zimmer also stars in the series as King.

Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek have big shoes to fill in the first trailer of 'Papillon' remake

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By Darian Scalamoni

            It’s a shame that post-Sons of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam hasn’t become the household name that he was supposed to become. Maybe it’s choice in roles but though he has starred in films for directors such as Guillermo del Toro and Guy Ritchie, nothing has truly stuck for him like Jax Teller. His new film, Papillon, unfortunately looks to be in the same underwhelming company.

            The first trailer for the remake of the classic 1973 movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen stars Hunnam and Rami Malek in the same roles portrayed by them. Hunnam plays the titular character, a Parisian safecracker who is framed for murder and thrown in jail at a horrible penal colony. While he’s there, he meets a white-collar criminal, Louis Dega, who comes from a rich lineage who could help fund his escape.

            Though Malek looks to be the movie’s saving grace, it doesn’t appear that this new movie will be a big hit for Hunnam. Malek is getting major exposure with his role in the USA Network drama, Mr. Robot and portraying Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody coming in December.

            The movie premiered at TIFF in 2017 and is directed by Michael Noer and is written by Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote Prisoners. The film will be released worldwide on August 24th.

Charlize Theron to play Megyn Kelly in Fox News movie focusing on the women affected by Roger Ailes

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By Darian Scalamoni

            Megyn Kelly has been in the news for years now, more so with all of her involvement and interactions with President Trump but it appears that an Academy Award winner will be portraying her for a different reason. According to Deadline, Charlize Theron is set to play Kelly in a movie for Annapurna that will focus on the women of Fox News who worked under Roger Ailes during his time there.

            Ailes, the former chairman of the network resigned in 2016 as he was caught in a sexual and workplace harassment scandal. Jay Roach, who previously directed All the Way and Trumbo will helm the movie with The Big Short writer, Charles Randolph penning the script. The project will feature an ensemble cast with other characters portraying other Fox News anchors and Ailes during the scandal.

            This is a different kind of role for Theron, but I think it could be terrific for her. This could propel her to another Oscar nomination if this year’s Tully can’t (though she’s great in Jason Reitman’s new film). I’m interested to see who will be portraying the other women in the scandal, especially Gretchen Carlson who filed a $20 million sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes before his death. Getting Roach and Randolph on board helps as well with their work in similar type dramas in the past.

            How do you guys feel about Theron playing Kelly? Do you think she’s the right choice for the role?

Monday, May 21, 2018

'John Wick: Chapter 3' adds former Oscar winners, Halle Berry and Anjelica Huston along with others to their cast

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By Darian Scalamoni

            As we move closer to the start of production on the third installment of the action-packed franchise, “John Wick,” it seems the cast is coming together quite nicely. According to Collider, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick will reprise their roles from the previous films but also, some new faces will arrive as Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston, Jason Mantzoukas and Asia Kate Dillon.

            All the new faces seem to have intriguing roles for the upcoming sequel with Berry playing the film’s first female lead named Sofia, who will not be villain. Huston will play The Director, Mantzoukas will play The Tick Tock Man and Dillon, who has been fantastic on the Showtime show, “Billions,” will play the Adjudicator of the High Table. The new additions are incredibly talented individuals and their addition to “John Wick: Chapter 3” make this sequel even more anticipated than it was previously for all audiences.

            Chad Stahelski, who directed the previous two “John Wick” movies will return at the helm for the movie which hits theaters on May 17th, 2019.

            What do you guys think about the casting additions for the third film in the “John Wick” trilogy? Which casting are you most excited about? Comment below and let us know!

First trailer for 'Mowgli' gives a look at Andy Serkis' dark take on a classic story

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By Darian Scalamoni

            It was years ago that Jon Favreau’s live-action The Jungle Book took the box-office by storm and led Disney building towards tons of live-action re-telling’s or remakes of their animated classics. A darker take on the normal “bear necessities” has been in the works for years though at Warner Bros. and now we finally have a trailer.

            This version is directed by Andy Serkis, who just directed Breathe last year and focuses on “the journey of Mowgli of being an outsider…” and that “through the mentorship of all the different creatures that surround him, he eventually finds a way to go from this orphaned child to becoming a leader of the jungle.” This seems to steer closer to Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel rather than the musical type that Disney has produced in the past.

            This project has been in development for years with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Ron Howard originally attached. However, it was back in 2015 when Serkis was attached with Alfonso Cuaron serving as an advisor. Serkis is the proclaimed master of motion capture having played tons of characters thanks to that technology including Gollum of The Lord of the Rings, Caesar in the Planet of the Apes franchise and Supreme Leader Snoke in the newest Star Wars films.

            Check out the trailer below for Mowgli! The film has an all-star cast and stars Rohan Chand, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Matthew Rhys, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, Peter Mullan, Naomie Harris, Eddie Marsan and Jack Reynor. Mowgli hits theaters on October 19th.

Barack & Michelle Obama sign a production deal with Netflix

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By Darian Scalamoni

            Netflix has been building juggernaut status for years now but now it seems they’re getting a bit Presidential. According to Deadline, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama have signed a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for the streaming service. Netflix announced this over Twitter and have said that the deal could “potentially include producing scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features.”

            It was reported back in March that Netflix was eyeing bringing in the Obamas to produce content and now the deal is officially done. I think this is a great move for Netflix. Bringing in the Obamas, who already have a very strong social media presence, could bring a freshness to the service with their productions.

            The report also states that they will be using the platform to focus on inspirational stories. “President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, was quoted by the Times. “Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better. As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories.”

            What do you guys want to see the Obamas produce for Netflix? Comment below and let us know!

Jake Gyllenhaal in talks to play Mysterio, the villain in the currently untitled sequel to 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

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By Darian Scalamoni

            While we don’t know much about what will be happening in the MCU following the impending events of Avengers 4, we do know that the film following the superhero team-up will be a sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. We know that Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon will return as Peter Parker, Michelle Jones and Ned, respectively however, we have some new villain news.

            According to Collider, Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play the villain, Mysterio in the movie. There also is news from Variety that Michael Keaton’s Vulture is also set to return in the untitled sequel as well. Mysterio is a high-profile antagonist within the Spider-Man comics who is described as “a special effects wizard and stunt man working for a major Hollywood studio with dreams of making a name for himself in the film industry. However, he came to see his career in special effects as a dead-end job. His attempts to become an actor were poorly received, but he realized that his expertise in illusions could make him an effective supervillain.”

            Gyllenhaal being cast in this role is fantastic news as he’s one of the most talented actors working today. Interestingly enough, he was being eyed to play Spider-Man years ago and now he’ll enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an antagonist. Keaton returning as Vulture is not surprising following the ending of the movie, but he’s welcomed back by all fans as his performance was one of the better ones by any villain in a Marvel movie thus far.

            How do you guys feel about Jake Gyllenhaal being cast as Mysterio? Do you think he’s the right choice for this role? Comment below and let us know!

First trailer for 'City of Lies' has Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker investigating the murders of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur

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By Darian Scalamoni

            It seems that covering the deaths of historic rappers, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur is a current idea that Hollywood is running with. We saw the USA Network limited series, Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. earlier this year. Now, it seems that the crime/thriller, City of Lies, originally titled LAbyrinth will cover the same and you can make your opinion based on the trailer below.

            The movie follows Russell Poole, a retired LAPD detective who investigates the murders of Biggie and Tupac. He’s joined on the case by Jackson, a journalist who teams up with Poole two decades later still hunting for their killers. The film is based on a true story.

            When the movie was first announced, especially with Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker cast, I was excited but after seeing this preview, I have to say I’m a bit worried. The trailer didn’t grab me at all and I think that Depp leading this film could potentially hurt it rather than help it. The movie is directed by Brad Furman, who previously helmed The Lincoln Lawyer and The Infiltrator.

            Look below to watch the trailer for City of Lies! The film will be released on September 7th and stars Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker, Shea Whigham, Dayton Callie and Neil Brown Jr.