Friday, August 18, 2017

Channing Tatum to take down a drug cartel in 'Bloodlines'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Channing Tatum can be seen starting today in theaters for Steven Soderbergh’s latest movie, Logan Lucky but he’s been incredibly busy for quite a bit of time now and is adding onto his list of projects. According to Deadline, Tatum will star in the crime drama, Bloodlines.

            Based on the upcoming book by Melissa Del Bosque, Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty, the movie will tell the story of a rookie FBI agent who works in Texas and stumbles upon a major money laundering operation which is run by a Mexican cartel. It sure sounds like an interesting project for Tatum and it’s also backed by an Oscar-nominated writer, Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) who will write the script. Here’s hoping they get a great director as well, one that can make a Sicario or Hell or High Water-type genre movie.

            In addition to Logan Lucky, Tatum will appear in Kingsman: The Golden Circle which hits theaters on September 22nd. He also has the Splash remake, the R-rated comedy/musical Wingmen with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gambit in development going forward.

            How do you guys feel about Bloodlines and Tatum to star? Any ideas for who you would want to direct a movie like this? Let us know in the comments!

Netflix drama 'Ozark' renewed for Season 2

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By Darian Scalamoni
            One of the more popular new series of the Summer is the Netflix drama, Ozark starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. Now, according to The Tracking Board, the show is being renewed for a second season that will consist of 10 episodes.

            The show follows Bateman as a financial planner and family man who relocates his wife and children after a scheme to launder money goes wrong. Though I haven’t watched any of this series yet, it’s received plenty of positive reviews especially for Bateman’s performance.

            Ozark joins GLOW, another new Netflix show that is one of my favorites that was renewed this week for a Season 2. Netflix has a very high renewal rate for most of their shows but have done their fair share of cancellations this year as well with The Get Down, Bloodline, Sense8, Girlboss and most recently, Gypsy.

            How do you guys feel about Ozark’s renewal? Have you been watching and if so, what do you think about the Netflix original?

Tom Cruise breaks his ankle on set of 'Mission: Impossible 6', production set back three months

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By Darian Scalamoni
            We learned earlier in the week that Tom Cruise suffered an injury on the set of Mission: Impossible 6 and now we’re getting more information on exactly what will happen with the production going forward. Unfortunately, it’s not good news as the injury is serious enough that the movie will shut down for three months while the injury, which is being reported as either a broken foot or broken ankle.

            The interesting development that also comes with this is that Henry Cavill may be able to shave the moustache that he grew out for the movie to film his reshoots for Justice League for Warner Bros. Unfortunately, for many of the other supporting actors, it will provide difficult decisions with other movies they have on their respective dockets. Paramount, the studio backing Mission: Impossible 6 will be facing the biggest issue as Cruise was set to shoot Top Gun: Maverick soon and was set for a July 2019 release date which may get pushed back.

            Mission: Impossible 6 was originally set to hit theaters on July 27th, 2018 but that’s sure to move now, probably to a September or October release date. The film stars Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Michelle Monaghan, Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett and Ving Rhames.

            All of us here at Cinema Wave wish Cruise a safe and speedy recovery!

Cate Blanchett joins Jack Black in Eli Roth's 'House with a Clock in Its Walls'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Cate Blanchett constantly is joining more ambitious projects year-by-year. Within the last five years, she’s worked with Woody Allen, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Todd Haynes, Terrence Malick (twice!) and has a Marvel movie set for November. Now, she’s working with a surprising filmmaker for her next potential project. According to THR, Blanchett is set to join The House With a Clock in Its Walls directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel).

            The often eyebrow raising director is stepping away from his normal fare with his latest though as Blanchett and Jack Black will star in the movie based on the 1973 book of the same name from John Bellairs. The House With a Clock in Its Walls follows a young boy who discovers that his Uncle’s house is filled with secrets and they must locate a clock with the power to bring the end of the world. It sure sounds like a different project for Roth but I’m excited to see the finished product.

            Blanchett will star in Thor: Ragnarok in November but also has more high-profile projects in her future. In 2018 alone, she’ll star in Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, voice Kaa in Andy Serkis’ live-action Jungle Book and star in Ocean’s Eight, the female-led spinoff of Ocean’s Eleven.

            What do you guys think of Cate Blanchett starring in Eli Roth’s next film? Are you excited with the way The House With a Clock in Its Walls is coming together? Sound off in the comment section and let us know!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

LeBron James to team up with Octavia Spencer for limited series, 'On Her Own Ground'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            LeBron James, one of the NBA’s greatest players has already made a name for himself in Hollywood. With a scene-stealing role in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck and him jumpstarting his production company, SpringHill Entertainment with a new scripted drama that will star an Oscar-winner. According to The Tracking Board, Octavia Spencer will star in a limited series based on the book, On Her Own Ground written by A’Lelia Bundles.

            The show will follow Spencer as Madam C.J. Walker, a social activist who was born on a cotton plantation and became an orphan at the age of 7. She developed a scalp disorder which caused her to lose her hair in the late 1800s and decided to make home-made remedies to help with her condition. Later in 1905, Walker invented a line of African-American hair care products that made her one of the first woman billionaires ever. It sounds like a terrific project for Spencer to continue her incredible performances across all platforms. It definitely sounds like it could be a great first scripted show for James’ company as well.

            Spencer starred in the Best Picture nominated film, Hidden Figures and will star in the upcoming Guillermo del Toro film, The Shape of Water. She’ll also star in the Ascendant TV series which is a follow-up to the Divergent film franchise in which she appeared as Johanna Reyes. 

Brad Garrett to voice Eeyore in live-action Winnie the Pooh-based film, 'Christopher Robin'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            There are very few recognizable voices in Hollywood today that’re synonymous with the actor. One being Morgan Freeman, another being Sam Elliot and one that I usually associate is Brad Garrett. He’s using his voice for an iconic role as Tracking Board reports that Garrett will voice Eeyore in Disney’s Christopher Robin.

            Christopher Robin is a live-action movie that will star Ewan McGregor as the titular character, grown up and lacking his imaginative gene that shined so much as a young boy. Winnie the Pooh and friends re-enter Robin’s life at just the right time to remind him what’s important in life and for his family. Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace) will direct the family adventure film. Garrett has the perfect low tone that fits the character of Eeyore and with McGregor, Hayley Atwell and Jim Cummings voicing Winnie the Pooh, it seems like this movie is coming together quickly.

            Garrett is best known for playing Robert Barone on the long-running sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond for which he won 3 Emmy Awards. He’s also done voice work as recently as 2016 in both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Finding Dory. Christopher Robin is currently in pre-production and will begin shooting very soon!

            What do you guys think about Brad Garrett being cast to voice Eeyore? Are you excited about Christopher Robin? Let us know in the comment section below!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New full-length trailer for 'Molly's Game' gives us a better look at a potential Oscar contender

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Yesterday, the teaser for Molly’s Game was released and now, the full-length trailer can be seen below for a movie that I am HIGHLY anticipating. The movie, starring Jessica Chastain could be her ticket to an Academy Award and could see yet another writing Oscar for screenwriter (and now first-time director) Aaron Sorkin.

            Chastain plays Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran an exclusive high-stakes poker game for over a decade before being arrested by FBI agents. The movie isn’t directly based on the book of the same name as we see Idris Elba’s character holding the book in the trailer. Yet, it seems he’s going for a less conventional approach with this adaptation by chronicling Bloom’s life, before, during and after the celebrity-driven poker games. I’m incredibly excited for this as Sorkin is my favorite screenwriter of all-time, mostly because his incredible work on The Newsroom, The West Wing and my favorite movie of all-time, The Social Network. He was actually set to direct that film if David Fincher passed and was given permission by the director to shoot a scene on the last day of production.

            Check out the trailer below for Molly’s Game! The film stars Jessica Chastain, Kevin Costner, Idris Elba, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd and Bill Camp. Molly’s Game hits theaters on November 22nd.

First trailer for 'The Meyerowitz Stories' showcases one of Cannes' finest dramas

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Ever since the Cannes Film Festival, there’s been plenty of talk about Noah Baumbach’s (The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha) upcoming feature, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). Luckily, Netflix, it’s distributor has released the first trailer today that showcases its fantastic cast and family dysfunction that Baumbach is best known for.

            The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is a family drama that stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Elizabeth Marvel as three adult siblings who are trying to direct their crazy lives along with their father, played by the magnificent, Dustin Hoffman. Though this acts much more like a teaser, rather than a trailer, it gives a glimpse at the dramedy that Baumbach has mastered over his career. It garnered tons of positive praise, especially for Sandler’s performance, at Cannes and it should be interesting what Netflix does regarding the Oscar season.

            Check out the trailer below for The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)! The film stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman. The Meyerowtiz Stories (New and Selected) hits Netflix and select theaters on October 13th.

Anya Taylor-Joy re-teams with 'The Witch' director Robert Eggers for 'Nosferatu'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The Witch, the Anya Taylor-Joy led horror film ended up on a ton of best of lists for 2016 when it comes to film. That haunting movie was directed by Robert Eggers and now the duo will reunite for his latest movie. They’ll remain in the horror genre too as Variety reports that Eggers will direct Taylor-Joy in his remake of Nosferatu.

            Eggers’ movie will be the third version after the 1922 original and Werner Herzog’s 1979 movie starring Klaus Kinski. With this movie taking place in the 17th century, just as The Witch did, it should be a perfect project for the actor/director combo. Though I haven’t seen their first collaboration together, I believe the hype and think this could be an even better movie than their last.

            Anya Taylor-Joy is one of the hottest young actresses working today and has two high-profile movies to shoot before she returns to working with Eggers. One of them being the sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s Split which she starred in titled, Glass. She’ll also embark on her first foray with comic books as she’ll play Magik in X-Men: The New Mutants due out in 2018.

Monday, August 14, 2017

First teaser for 'Molly's Game' puts you at the poker table with Jessica Chastain

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Aaron Sorkin is one of maybe, at most, five screenwriters in the industry who is known by name recognition. He’s finally in the director’s chair for the first time in his career with the upcoming, Molly’s Game and though the full trailer comes out tomorrow, a teaser was released today which gives a first look at the film.

            The movie centers around Jessica Chastain’s character, Molly Bloom in the true story of a successful female entrepreneur who runs a high-stakes international poker game for millions of dollars. She hits a bit of trouble though when she becomes a part of an FBI investigation due to her headlining the whole operation. I can’t wait to see the full-length trailer for this movie tomorrow as its third on my most-anticipated list for 2017. I’ll hold back my full thoughts until then but put this at the top of your list for the remainder of the year.

            Check out the teaser below for Molly’s Game! The movie stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Brian d’Arcy James, Chris O’Dowd, Bill Camp, Graham Greene, Claire Rankin, Joe Keery and Jeremy Strong. Molly’s Game hits theaters everywhere on November 22nd