Saturday, May 12, 2018

Billy Magnussen to star in CBS All Access series, 'Tell Me a Story'

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By Darian Scalamoni

            We’re currently living in an era where tons of people are cutting the chord and going by strictly streaming services and apps. There is such an abundance now that almost every network is getting their own subscription service. Not only that but even Disney and DC Comics are getting their own service!

            CBS launched their own subscription service, CBS All Access in 2014 and gained tons of traction after launching their own original content just for the service itself. “Star Trek: Discovery” did big numbers for them and now they’re lining up even more shows. According to Deadline, the network has selected Billy Magnussen to lead their psychological thriller, “Tell Me a Story” which received a straight-to-series order.

            “Tell Me a Story” is a show that takes the most beloved and famous fairy tales and gives them a darker tone. The show is set in modern New York and the first season is set to focus on “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Hansel and Gretel.” Magnussen plays Nick, a young high school teacher who is described as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” It sure sounds like an interesting story and take on classic fairy tales and just how creepy they could be if seen from a different perspective.

            Magnussen has been red hot as of lately as he’s got a ton of upcoming high-profile roles. He’ll appear in Dan Gilroy’s “Velvet Buzzsaw,” Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” and the Netflix’s limited series, “Maniac” starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.

David Gordon Green set to direct new 'Friday Night Lights' film

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By Darian Scalamoni

            David Gordon Green has stacked his resume for 18 years with a multitude of projects of all different genres. He started in 2000 with his beloved indie, “George Washington” and since then he’s conquered comedies like “Pineapple Express” and the HBO show, “Eastbound & Down” and more recently dramas with “Stronger” which starred Jake Gyllenhaal. He’s dipping his toes back into the waters of sports film as he’s set to direct a remake of a modern classic.

            According to Deadline, Green will direct a new film for Universal based on “Friday Night Lights.” The original movie was released in 2004 and starred Billy Bob Thornton as the coach of the Permian High Panthers. The movie spawned an Emmy-winning NBC series that ran from 2006-2011 and turned Kyle Chandler, Michael B. Jordan, Taylor Kitsch and Jesse Plemons into stars.

            I think this is just a flat out bad idea. The movie and show were universally loved and Universal is trying to catch lightning in a bottle by trying to recapture that. Green did a fantastic job with “Stronger” last year but this is a big task in front of him.

            Green will release two films before this movie even hits theaters though with his “Halloween” remake that brings back Jamie Lee Curtis and also stars Judy Greer and Virginia Gardner. The project that I’m most excited for though is “Newsflash” which follows the night that Walter Cronkite had to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on television. Seth Rogen will play Cronkite with Mark Ruffalo and Logan Lerman in supporting roles.

Annette Bening is the latest to join the MCU family, joins the cast of 'Captain Marvel'

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By Darian Scalamoni

            The Marvel Cinematic Universe is slowly but surely taking over our actual universe. With two massive releases this year in “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” that have both grossed over $1 billion, they have audiences all over and many are wondering what will come following “Avengers 4.” Until then, we have even more casting announcements for Phase 3 films.

            According to Variety, Annette Bening is joining the MCU in the upcoming, “Captain Marvel.” There is no confirmation on who she is playing but speculation by multiple outlets has her playing the titular superhero’s mother. She joins a cast that also includes Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, with Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn and Gemma Chan in supporting turns. Samuel L. Jackson will also reprise his role as Nick Fury in the 90s set comic book movie.

            Bening has been one of my absolute favorite actresses for a long time but recently she’s been on a roll. Her joining the MCU just adds to the unbelievable talent that they have brought in for their movies in the past. She starred in “20th Century Women” (my favorite film of 2016) and “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” last year. She’s currently promoting “The Seagull” which is in theaters today.

            The next blockbuster adventure from Marvel follows Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with an alien during an accident. This leads to an alteration to her which gives her the superpowers of strength, energy projection and flight. “Captain Marvel” hits theaters on March 8th, 2019. The movie will be directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who previously helmed “Mississippi Grind” and “It’s a Funny Story.”

            How do you guys feel about the casting of Annette Bening in “Captain Marvel?” Are you excited about her joining the MCU?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

YouTube Red sets a new series spinoff from 2016's coming-of-age, 'The Edge of Seventeen'

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By Darian Scalamoni

            YouTube Red is off to a great start with their new series, “Cobra Kai,” a spinoff on the 80s classic, “The Karate Kid” doing big numbers leading to a Season 2 renewal; now they’re heading towards development of another spinoff series. According to a report from Slash Film, YouTube Red will develop a TV spinoff of the 2016 movie, “The Edge of Seventeen.”

            The coming-of-age flick followed Hailee Steinfeld as a high school outcast whose only friend starts to date her popular older brother leading her to a downward spiral, depression and trying to find herself. Steinfeld earned a Golden Globe nomination for the film which also starred Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick.

            The series will not follow any of the original cast members but instead, an all-new cast. It’s set to be written by Annabel Oakes, who previously wrote Amazon’s “Transparent” and Netflix’s “Atypical” and executively produced by Kelly Fremon Craig, who wrote and directed the 2016 movie. The show will “follow a high school student and her best friend as they navigate the relationships, feelings and realities of being a teenage girl,” THR reports. YouTube says the series will “subvert standard teen show tropes.”

            I was a big fan of “Cobra Kai” and though I’m not as excited for this announcement, I’m interested to see what YouTube Red can cook up. This movie was beloved by many people so they’ll have to do it right but bringing on Craig to executive produce is a great step in the right direction.

Disney CEO Bob Iger talks the MCU and its future after 'Avengers 4'

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By Darian Scalamoni

Even following the unfortunate circumstances that was the conclusion of “Avengers: Infinity War,” it seems there is no stopping the MCU going forward, especially after “Avengers 4” ends this current phase of movies. Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney said in a recent earnings call that the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t going anyway but the new direction that Kevin Feige and the Russo brothers have been alluding to for months is certainly on the horizon.

            “We meet on a regular basis with our Marvel team, and we’ve plotted out Marvel movies that will take us well into the next decade,” said Iger. “I’m guessing we will try our hand at what I’ll call a new franchise beyond ‘Avengers,’ but that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t see more ‘Avengers’ down the road. We just haven’t made any announcements about that.”

            It seems that in Iger’s comments, one can think there will be more than just roster turnover which many have speculated thus far. Different storyline arcs could be coming in Phase 4 but we know it will feature “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “Black Panther 2,” and the sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming” which is scheduled just a couple of months after “Avengers 4.”

            What do you guys think of this news? What comic book storylines would you like to see after the next “Avengers” film? Let us know in the comments!

New trailer for 'American Animals' showcases the dumbest heist attempt ever

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By Darian Scalamoni

            MoviePass Ventures, the new distribution wing for everyone’s favorite subscription-based movie ticketing service has a unique first project upcoming that features some of Hollywood’s favorite young actors. “American Animals” tells the story of two friends who bring together a crew to attempt one of the weirder art heists in history.

            The new trailer gives a better look of what to expect from friends, Spencer and Warren and their plan to rob some of the most valuable books from a room within a college library. The room is guarded only by the librarian, so they feel that their plan should go accordingly, but we’ll have to tune into the movie to find out.

            I like this trailer way more than the last as it gives us moments to see the dry humor that is within the movie. I’m also a huge fan of Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan and Blake Jenner, three rising stars who are in the crew going for the gold, or in this case, books.

            Check out the new trailer below for “American Animals!” The movie debuted at Sundance but will hit select theaters on June 1st. “American Animals” stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd and Udo Kier.

First teaser for A24's 'Never Goin Back' reveals a refreshing female friendship movie

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By Darian Scalamoni

            A24 gives opportunities for little indie darlings to sprout into these critical masterpieces but I love them because they give opportunity to so many diverse storytellers. It seems this trend is continuing as their latest film, “Never Goin’ Back” just received a new trailer from Augustine Frizzell making her writing and directorial debut.

            The movie focuses on the relationship between two best friends and high school dropouts, Angela and Jessie. The two are constantly getting high and looking for ways to escape responsibilities to get to the beach. It’s a revitalizing movie about two women just trying to have fun and be rebellious in Texas. I thought the trailer looked great and gave us a look at a different type of role for Maia Mitchell whose coming off of the Freeform show, “The Fosters.” Her co-star, Camila Monroe is a brand new face that just appeared in the remake of “Death Wish” earlier this year with Bruce Willis.

            The trailer for “Never Goin’ Back” can be seen in theaters on August 3rd. You can check out the red band trailer below!

Margot Robbie teases Harley Quinn movie as "R-rated, girl gang" flick

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By Darian Scalamoni

            Audiences fell in love with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn character so much in “Suicide Squad” that they were more excited for the spinoff movies that Warner Bros. had planned after the antihero ensemble film. The DC Comics lineup has changed dramatically since its beginning but after Harley’s popularity skyrocketed, the studio has made her a priority going forward. With multiple projects in development, there’s finally headway on one movie, the “Birds of Prey” film that will be produced by Robbie and be directed by “Dead Pigs” director, Cathy Yan.

            In an interview with Collider, Robbie talked about her ambitions for the movie that she’s been developing since she was filming “Suicide Squad” back in 2015. “I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it.” Robbie also sought out a female director which was a major element and she found one in Yan.

            An R-rated girl gang, team-up film with Harley Quinn? I’m intrigued, I would love to see other characters such as Poison Ivy and Catwoman featured as they’ve been rumored for months as well. Hopefully it comes together soon; I know I’m not alone in wanting to see Robbie reprise Harley sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

'Mayans MC' teaser reveals spinoff of popular FX series

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by Darian Scalamoni


There has been massive interest in building a spinoff series for “Sons of Anarchy” for FX for a quite a bit of time. It’s been a long road, but we finally have a teaser for the upcoming, “Mayans MC” based in a post Jax Teller world and following the rival gang of the Sons, the Mayans.

            The teaser doesn’t reveal much at all but show the backs of the titular crew riding along a highway to a Spanish version of Rolling Stones song, “Paint it Black.” The series will star JD Pardo as EZ Reyes, who is fresh out of prison and is a prospect of the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border. The series also stars Sarah Bolger, Clayton Cardenas and Richard Cabral.

            I’m a big fan of Kurt Sutter’s “Sons of Anarchy” which debuted for the network years ago turning Charlie Hunnam into a leading man. There’s not much to be seen in this teaser so I can’t give much of an opinion based on a 20-second teaser. The show is set to debut sometime in the Fall with no official date set yet. Check out the teaser below!


Jordan Peele sets next film, 'Us'; Elisabeth Moss and Lupita Nyong'o to star

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By Darian Scalamoni


               Jordan Peele wowed just about everyone with his directorial debut, “Get Out.” A social horror film that financially and critically was a juggernaut for 2017. Peele won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay while he also was nominated for Best Director so many have been awaiting news on his follow-up. Now, we have some casting announcements, a date and a poster to share with you guys.

            According to The Playlist, Peele will next write and direct another horror film titled, “Us.” The report also states that Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss and Winston Duke are in talks to join the project. There are no plot details that have yet to come out about “Us” but building a powerhouse combination that includes Peele behind the camera and three of the hottest stars in Hollywood puts this atop my most-anticipated list for 2019.

            Nyong’o last appeared in Marvel’s “Black Panther” and will be seen next reprising her role as Maz Kanata in another blockbuster franchise for “Star Wars: Episode IX.” She also recently signed on for Simon Kinberg’s spy thriller “305” alongside Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard. Duke also appeared in “Black Panther” and can be seen in theaters currently in the bigger ensemble Marvel movie, “Avengers: Infinity War.” Moss just signed onto “Her Smell,” which we reported earlier.

            Check out the poster for “Us” below which hits theaters on March 15th, 2019. Are you guys excited for Peele’s first film to be distributed by Universal? What about thoughts on the cast? Sound off in the comments below.