Saturday, September 16, 2017

Legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton passes away at the age of 91

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It fills us with a heavy heart here at Cinema Wave to report that legendary character actor, Harry Dean Stanton passed away last night. He was 91 years old.

            Harry Dean Stanton has been acting for decades with his last performance being a spectacular one in the indie film, Lucky which was just released a few weeks ago but had been acting since the late 1950s. Stanton appeared on television at the beginning of his career appearing in classic shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Andy Griffith Show and Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, just to name a few.

            It was the 70s, however, where Stanton began to get more steady film work appearing in Kelly’s Heroes and Two-Lane Blacktop. At the end of the decade though, Stanton received his most recognizable role as Brett in Ridley Scott’s Alien. After the success of that film, Stanton found himself in tons of roles throughout the 1980s including Escape from New York, Repo Man, Red Dawn, The Last Temptation of Christ, Pretty in Pink and Paris, Texas.

            As time went along, many had Stanton pegged as one of the greatest character actors of all time. Not only because of stoic presence on screen but his longevity as a talent. He later had roles in The Green Mile, The Pledge, Alpha Dog, Rango, The Avengers and the TV series, Big Love and Twin Peaks.

            Harry Dean Stanton was one of the most respected actors in the world and he will truly be missed for his talents and ability to have eyes glued on the screen whenever he would grace us with his presence. Our thoughts go out to his family during this tragic time.

Jim Carrey to star in Showtime comedy 'Kidding' re-teaming with Michel Gondry

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Jim Carrey in a starring role. It’s been even longer since Carrey was seen on television. Now, according to Deadline, he’s getting a starring role on the Showtime series, Kidding which will reunite him with Michel Gondry, who directed him in Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind.

            While the latter film showcased Carrey’s fantastic dramatic work, Kidding will be a 10-episode comedy series which has the actor playing Jeff aka Mr. Pickles, a legendary children’s television host whose life begins to unravel. It sounds like it could be a hilarious idea for a show that will have some wild imagery which makes Gondry a good director to helm the series.

            Carrey had a role in The Bad Batch last year but his last major film release was Dumb and Dumber To. In addition to this new series, he has a film in development titled Mr. Toy which covers the life of toy inventer, Marvin Glass.

            How do you guys feel about Jim Carrey returning to your TV sets for the first time since In Living Color? Are you interested in this show? Let us know in the comments!

Friday, September 15, 2017

First look at David Harbour as 'Hellboy' reveals the darker, grittier upcoming take

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By Darian Scalamoni
            When it was first announced that there would be a reboot of Hellboy, many thought it was way too soon. It’s only been nine years since the last time a big screen adaptation of the comic book character was last seen when Ron Perlman portrayed the character in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Now, Stranger Things’ David Harbour is taking on the role in an R-rated, darker version and we have the first images of him as the titular character.

            The black and white picture above clearly shows a different take on the character, he looks much more intimidating and could be feared by many. The second photo below also showcases the deeper red look compared to the brighter “fire engine” red that Perlman sported which looked a bit cartoony. These photos have got me pumped for the movie though, especially with Harbour in the lead role.

            Check out the photos of Harbour as Hellboy! The movie is being directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent) and stars Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane and Daniel Dae Kim. Hellboy hits theaters on January 11th, 2019.

New trailer for Season 2 of 'Search Party' furthers the story of the TBS breakout hit

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It’s been quite a while since TBS had a sure-fire hit on their hands but it appears that the series, Search Party produced by Michael Showalter has the staying power and critical acclaim to be very successful. You won’t have to wait long for the second season as it’s right around the corner and we have the trailer for you below!

            The first season followed several 20-somethings who are wrapped up in a disappearance of a former college friend. With the second season, we see how the first season ended (SPOILER ALERT) discovering that the young man was murdered. While the offbeat comedy was seems to have a much darker tone in the second season, it’ll showcase a new broadcast schedule. TBS will show two episodes a week for five weeks which will be a mixture of normal viewing and the binge-watching method.

            Check out the trailer below for Season 2 of Search Party! The show stars Alia Shawkat, John Early, John Reynolds and Meredith Hagner. Search Party returns to your screens on November 19th.

Following the recent hacking controversy, HBO will shoot multiple endings for 'Game of Thrones' for the series finale

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By Darian Scalamoni
            HBO had a rough summer and it wasn’t due to their programming. Unfortunately, we live in a culture where hackers due exist and can complicate the film and television industry, which we just saw with them releasing some episodes of Game of Thrones before they actually aired on the premium network. Sometimes, you have to go all out to ensure that this doesn’t happen again and it seems that HBO has a strategy.

            According to multiple outlets, it appears that the show will shoot multiple endings for the series finale to keep everyone on their toes and not reveal a definitive answer of the end of the program. This is a great idea as it not only takes away from many trying to see the show before anyone else, but also leaves the actors wondering, in case they accidentally let a big-time spoiler slip or something. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened as other prestige dramas such as Breaking Bad and The Sopranos also filmed multiple endings for their respective shows.

            Unfortunately, one of television’s all-time greatest show is coming to its inevitable end soon with the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones expected to arrive sometime in 2019. How do you guys feel about the decision to film multiple endings? Do you think it’s a good idea to make sure the episodes don’t get out early?

First trailer for 'All the Money in the World' showcases the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Ridley Scott already released a film earlier this year with his sci-fi/horror sequel, Alien: Covenant. Now, he’s gunning for awards with his second movie of 2017, All the Money in the World and we have the trailer for you below!

            All the Money in the World follows the true life story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, the grandson of the mega-wealthy J. Paul Getty. While the kidnappers hold the ransom at $17 million, Getty refuses to pay it which leads to a desperate attempt by the boy’s mother to convince her father-in-law to pay up. This movie was fastracked to hit theaters for the end of the year but it looks great. The trailer makes great use of “Time of the Season” as well and I love how they kept Getty mostly hidden until the very end of the trailer. I’m very excited to see this film and am also looking forward to the FX miniseries based on the same story titled Trust which stars Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank and Brendan Fraser and is helmed by Danny Boyle.

            Check out the trailer below for All the Money in the World. The movie stars Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Plummer and Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty. All the Money in the World opens in theaters everywhere on December 8th.

            What did you guys think about the first trailer? Do you think the film has a shot at any Oscars this year? Let us know in the comment section below!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

J.J. Abrams to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX for Disney and Lucasfilm

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Coming off the heels of Colin Trevorrow departing the Star Wars family, Star Wars: Episode IX, the ninth installment of the episodic series was seeking a new director. Luckily for them, a familiar face with the galaxy far, far away has hopped on board to take the reins. According to multiple sources, J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek) is set to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX for Disney and Lucasfilm.

            It was speculated at first that Rian Johnson, the director of the upcoming, Star Wars: The Last Jedi would be at the helm, though it was reported by Deadline that he in fact, did not want the job. Thus, Abrams has come on to try and complete the trilogy and will have an Oscar-winning writer in tow as he is set to co-write the film with Chris Terrio (Argo, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice). There are sure to be plenty of opinions on Lucasfilm’s decision to bring back storied filmmaker; more so as a writer rather than a director.

            Many have claimed that The Force Awakens is close to a carbon copy of A New Hope, though regardless of that, the film is the third highest-grossing movie of all time. The Force Awakens, which opened in late 2015, grossed over $2 billion at the box-office and re-launched the Star Wars cinematic universe.

            Abrams has been working mostly in the television realm since directing Episode VII, being an executive producer on Hulu series like 11.22.63 and the upcoming Castle Rock, both based on stories by the legendary author Stephen King. He also serves as an Executive Producer on HBO’s Westworld. Abrams production company, Bad Robot will team yet again with Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan to produce Star Wars: Episode IX.

            How do you guys feel about the announcement that J.J. Abrams will return to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX? If you’re not a fan of the choice, who would you have rather seen take on the job? Sound off in the comment section and let us know!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

First trailer for 'Lady Bird' reveals Saoirse Ronan in Greta Gerwig's upcoming indie dramedy

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By Darian Scalamoni
            I’m a huge fan of Greta Gerwig. I think she’s a visionary as a writer, actress and now, she’s getting behind the camera for a bigger production and I am head over heels excited to see it. The film, Lady Bird, which just hit TIFF and is produced by A24 just received its first trailer and we have that for you below.

            The movie stars Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson who is coming of age within her catholic school life, bickering with her parents, her love life and just being a teenager and trying to figure out her life. The cast for this film has three of the hottest young actors in Hollywood right now with Ronan, who is a 2-time Oscar nominee for Atonement and Brooklyn. Also, Lucas Hedges who was an Oscar nominee last year for his supporting turn in Manchester by the Sea and Timothee Chalamet, who is being courted by many as a potential Oscar nominee for his role in Call Me By Your Name.

            It’s a very different role for Ronan, so much so, that she reminds you so much of Gerwig within the film and you can tell the young actress had a lot of fun with this role. After seeing this trailer, this movie is definitely in my top 5 most anticipated for the rest of the year and I can’t wait to see it when it hits theaters.

            Check out the trailer below for Lady Bird! The movie stars Ronan, Hedges, Chalamet, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Lois Smith. Lady Bird hits theaters on November 10th, expect to hear even more about this flick closer to Oscar season.

New trailer for 'The Snowman' has Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson trying to find the icy killer

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By Darian Scalamoni
            I wasn’t necessarily a huge fan of the first trailer for the upcoming horror/thriller from Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), The Snowman based on the Jo Nesbo novel. However, Universal has now dropped an international trailer for the film to try and get you hooked on the unique and peculiar movie.

            Michael Fassbender stars as elite detective, Harry Hole and teams with a younger, up-and-comer, Katrine Brass, played by Rebecca Ferguson to take down a serial killer who kills his victims and leaves snowmen as his own symbol that he’s struck again. It seems like a B-movie plot but to be honest, the team behind it is incredibly talented. I think this trailer hits the mark way better than the last and gives us a better look at what to expect from the film.

            Check out the new trailer below for The Snowman! The film stars Fassbender, Ferguson, J.K. Simmons, Toby Jones, Chloe Sevigny and Val Kilmer. The Snowman opens everywhere on October 20th.

            How do you guys feel about the new trailer for The Snowman? Are you excited to see this movie in theaters or will you wait till it hits streaming services and home video? Sound off in the comments below!

First trailer for 'Hostiles' reveals Scott Cooper's upcoming Western

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By Darian Scalamoni
            With the Toronto International Film Festival currently going on, we’re getting plenty of Oscar buzz from multiple films. One of those is Scott Cooper’s (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) upcoming western, Hostiles and we have the trailer for you below.

            Hostiles tells the story of a U.S. Cavalry officer who is ordered to accompany a Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their homeland in Montana. The bigger issue is that the Captain, played by Christian Bale must help his mortal enemy, Chief Yellow Hawk to safety, regardless of his racist views.

            This trailer showcases a very raw, emotional journey for all of the characters involved and based on the glimmering review from TIFF, I’m even more excited for this film that I thought I could be. The cast is one of the better ensembles in recent years and will reunite Cooper with Bale, who starred in Out of the Furnace. Though I wasn’t a huge fan of the latter, Black Mass, which came close to garnering Johnny Depp an Oscar nomination as Whitey Bulger was one of my favorite gangster movies in recent memory.

            Check out the trailer below for Hostiles. The movie stars Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane and Q’orianka Kilcher. Hostiles has yet to get distribution from a studio so no release date is set but expect it to hit theaters later this year!