Wednesday, August 31, 2016

First Trailer for James Franco's 'In Dubious Battle'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            James Franco is at it again with his directing and this time he’s adapting a John Steinbeck novel, In Dubious Battle. The star studded film revolves around an apple picker strike I the 1930s in California. The impressive ensemble is led by Nat Wolff and Franco himself but the rest of the cast includes, Robert Duvall, Vincent D’Onofrio, Selena Gomez, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Sam Shepard, Analeigh Tipton, Danny McBride, Josh Hutcherson and Zach Braff.

            It’s crazy to think that Franco has already directed 15 feature films. The prolific actor always stays busy though and before this, he directed William Faulkner novels like The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying. After this upcoming film, he will direct The Masterpiece which tells the story of the making of the movie, The Room.

            Check out the first trailer for In Dubious Battle below!

Andrew Dominik to direct Marilyn Monroe film 'Blonde'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Andrew Dominik hasn’t directed a film since 2012’s Killing Them Softly which essentially put actors like Ben Mendelsohn and Scoot McNairy on the map. Next month, he has a documentary about Nick Cave being released but things have bee relatively quiet as of late on his next feature film. According to The Playlist though, he will next direct Blonde which is based on the book written by Joyce Carol Oates about Marilyn Monroe.

            Naomi Watts was originally attached to star in the film but then dropped out. The studio then turned to Jessica Chastain who was attached for years before she also had to leave the production. Dominik revealed recently that there would be a new lead in addition to Netflix taking over for production that will begin sometime in early 2017. Dominik will remain mum on who will play Monroe for the time being.

            Though, I’m not a fan of Killing Them Softly, I am excited for this project. Netflix has pumped out great things as of late and Dominik is absolutely a capable director. I remember hearing about this project years ago with Chastain attached and was immediately hooked as she is one of the most polarizing actresses in the business today, but I’m excited to see who Dominik has cast to be the new lead.

Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fisburne join Richard Linklater's next project 'Last Flag Flying'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Richard Linklater has established himself as one of the best filmmakers of our time with his most recent ambitious projects, whether that be his Oscar-nominated film Boyhood or his spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused titled Everybody Wants Some!! Now, According to THR, Linklater will direct a sequel to The Last Detail which will be titled, Last Flag Flying.

            Last Flag Flying will take place 40 years after the Hal Ashby (Being There, Harold and Maude) classic which covered the short journey of two naval officers played by Jack Nicholson and Otis Young who are tasked with delivering a young officer to naval prison in Portsmouth. Linklater’s sequel is now officially in the works with a new trio to portray those roles though.

            Linklater is teaming up with three Academy Award-nominated actors for the first time for the movie as Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne are set to star in the sequel to 1973 original film. It also shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that Amazon is backing the film as it has already been the distributors for other big films this year like Woody Allen’s CafĂ© Society and Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon.

            I’m a huge fan of Linklater’s work and I love all three actors involved in this project so this one is at the top of my list for sure. What do you guys think though? How do you feel about Cranston, Carell and Fishburne teaming together to work with Linklater? Comment below and let us know!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Gene Wilder passes away at the age of 83

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It has been a tough year for the loss of entertainment icons that have made us smile on multiple occasions, unfortunately, we’ve lost another. Yesterday, Gene Wilder, the comedic legend and star of tremendous films like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Producers and Blazing Saddles, died at the age of 83. It was reported by his nephew that he died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

            His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones- this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him, “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.”

            The comic actor was nominated for two Academy Awards for The Producers and a screenplay nomination that was shared with Mel Brooks for Young Frankenstein. His legendary neurotic persona within the movies led to him working with some of the best directors of all-time like Brooks and Woody Allen in the 70s. Wilder was a larger than life personality that will be missed greatly by anyone he influenced with his comedic style and virtuoso. He also will be known for sharing the screen with another comedy legend, Richard Pryor on multiple occasions in films like Silver Streak, Stir Crazy and Another You.

            From all of us here at Cinema Wave, we send our condolences to Wilder’s family and friends. We will always remember you as the candy man, Mr. Wilder. May you rest in peace. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

First Look: Lumiere and Cogsworth in live-action 'Beauty and the Beast'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Ever since we saw the teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action take on Beauty and the Beast, I’ve been watering at the mouth waiting to see more. Millions of people viewed the teaser and absolutely adored it, but today, due to an image provided on Twitter via Erik Davis, we get our first look at everyone’s favorite candelabra and clock.

            Ewan McGregor voices Lumiere, the candelabra and legendary actor, Ian McKellen voices the lovable but often annoyed clock, Cogsworth. They look interesting to say the least and I’m very excited to see what they will look like when they’re in motion and talking.

            Who else is excited to see more photos of Cogsworth, Lumiere and anything else from Beauty and the Beast? Comment and let us know your thoughts on the photo seen above.

Denzel Washington to join 'Inner City' from director of 'Nightcrawler'

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By Darian Scalamoni

               Dan Gilroy made his name known after making his directorial debut in 2014 with the fantastic film, Nightcrawler. The film boasted an incredible performance from Jake Gyllenhaal has an anti-hero and ever since that movie, I’ve been waiting to see what Gilroy would do next.

            According to Variety, Gilroy’s next film will be a legal drama titled Inner City and the movie will star Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington. This won’t be the first time Denzel plays a lawyer as he did so previously in The Pelican Brief and Philadelphia.

            Washington has a lot going on in the film world right now as he stars in Antoine Fuqua’s next film, The Magnificent Seven, which will be released on September 23rd. In addition to that, he will direct and star in the adaptation of August Wilson’s play, Fences. That film will be released in December and is garnering awards season buzz.

            I’m beyond excited for this film coming from the mind of Gilroy who also will be writing an upcoming blockbuster, Kong: Skull Island. With Denzel joining the cast, it brings my hype level to a 10. Anyone else excited about this team-up of director/actor? Comment below!

Sam Mendes in early talks to direct live-action 'James and the Giant Peach'

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By Darian Scalamoni
        It seems like every week we’re posting about more live-action Disney films and this week is no different. According to Collider, Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) is in early negotiations to helm a live-action adaptation of James and the Giant Peach. Nick Hornby (Brooklyn, An Education) is set to write the script.

            The book was written by Roald Dahl who also has written other books that have been adapted for the screen like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and The BFG that was just released in theaters in July. The stop-motion feature film of James and the Giant Peach was released in 1996. The story follows James, a young orphan who lives with his cruel, abusive aunts until a magical gift transforms a peach into a giant vessel for adventure.

            In terms of Mendes taking the mantle of a Dahl novel, he actually directed the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stage musical in 2013, so he’s familiar with his material. He’s coming off the heels of filming the last two James Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre.

            It’s clear that Disney is taking advantage of all these massive properties they have and creating more audience appeal for these live-action films. They released The Jungle Book earlier this year and it has been one of my favorite films of the year. Pete’s Dragon came out just a few weeks ago and now James and the Giant Peach joins a list of probably about 10-12 more Disney live-action adaptations coming soon. 

Sarah Paulson to join 'Ocean's Eight'

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By Darian Scalamoni
               It seems that Ocean’s Eight has found its last lady for what could be the biggest heist film of 2017. According to Variety, Sarah Paulson has joined as the last member of the all-female team up blockbuster. Paulson really broke out this year thanks to her recurring roles on American Horror Story, but more so for portraying Maria Clark on The People v. O.J. Simpson for which she is Emmy-nominated.

               Paulson is joining a fantastic ensemble of actresses for this project directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Pleasantville). She is set to join Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina in the movie.

               The cast behind this film makes me more than excited for this film’s release. Paulson was the best part of one of my favorite shows this year in The People v. O.J. Simpson. It’s great that she’s being cast in big features now and she’s getting the recognition she deserves for her tremendous work. Paulson is set to work on Ryan Murphy’s next television show for FX, titled Feud alongside Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci and Alfred Molina.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Ben Affleck to direct and star in remake of 'Witness For the Prosecution'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Ben Affleck had some troubles for a while in Hollywood in the early 2000s after some absolute bombs at the box office and critical failures, but it wasn’t until he went behind the camera that his luck started to change. Affleck directed three fantastic films in a row with Gone Baby Gone, The Town and then Argo which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2013. Deadline is reporting that Affleck will tackle an Agatha Christie story as he’s set to direct a remake of Witness For the Prosecution.

            Along with Affleck directing, he’ll also star in the film about a man who comes under suspicion when a woman who left him his fortune is found murdered. The original film was released in 1957 and was nominated for 6 Oscars and was directed by Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard). The film will also be produced by long time collaborator and best friend of Affleck’s, Matt Damon.

            This sounds like a very interesting film to remake and I trust Affleck due to his past experiences as a director. It could be quite a while until he gets started on this film though as the next project on his slate is his Batman movie he’s starring in and directing. In addition to that, his latest film, Live by Night is expected to be released later this year or early next year for an Oscar push. Affleck stars in that film alongside Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Cooper and Scott Eastwood.

Jared Leto to join Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford in 'Blade Runner' Sequel

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By Darian Scalamoni
            There was a lot of backlash surrounding the upcoming Blade Runner sequel but due to the cast that is being assembled, it seems that those negative mumbles have gone silent after adding Ryan Gosling to the franchise and having Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) step up to direct the sequel to the 80s cult classic. In addition to Gosling and the return of Harrison Ford, Collider is reporting that Jared Leto will join the film in a “key role”.

            Leto is an interesting but great choice to join this franchise as he brings his A-game no matter what the project is. The actor and lead singer of the band, 30 Seconds to Mars recently just turned in a highly anticipated performance as The Joker in the DC film, Suicide Squad. This is also more interesting due to the fact that Leto is very much a method actor and is fairly picky in choosing his projects. Before portraying The Joker, he was last seen in 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club in which he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for portraying the AIDS-riddled transgender person named Rayon.

            The original Blade Runner film was directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, The Martian) but now is serving as an executive producer on the currently untitled sequel to the 1982 film. Along with Gosling and Ford, Leto joins a cast that also includes Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James and Dave Bautista. The follow-up is expected to be released on October 6th, 2017.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Marvel series 'Runaways' headed to Hulu

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By Darian Scalamoni
            According to Collider, Marvel is going to bring a new series to a streaming service that isn’t Netflix. It appears that a long developing project based on the comic series Runaways will be headed to Hulu. This is exciting news after there has been little to no talk of this project coming to fruition after a report back in 2010 that had Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Freeheld) set to direct a feature film adaptation of the property.

            The comic book series follows a group of teenagers who discover that their parents are a band of supervillains known as “The Pride” and runaway only to discover their unusual birthrights. The original team includes prodigy Alex Wilder, a witch named Nico Minoru, an alien named Karolina Dean, a mutant named Molly Hayes, a tech-aided boy named Chase Stein and a telepathic link named Gertrude Yorkes with a pet dinosaur named Old Lace.

            The Hulu series will be created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage who also created Gossip Girl and they will act as showrunners on Runaways. This series sounds like it has the potential to be tons of fun and it’s another reason why I need to invest in a Hulu subscription. 

'Ballers' Episode 5, Season 2 Review

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Season 2 of Ballers continues to impress and this week’s installment is no different. Though episode 4 was probably the weakest entry of the season, episode 5 has to be the best of the season. This week’s episode started with some eye opening news for our star Spencer as the hip issue continues to bother him since his spat with Terrell Suggs in episode 1. Ever since then, Spence has been “popping pills like Altoids” according to his physician and he might require hip surgery due to arthritis starting to flare up. This can no longer be avoided by Spencer and in need of medication he seeks out new alternatives to his management of the pain.

            Unfortunately, this wasn’t the only low for Spencer this week as he also dealt with the NFLPA. Spencer has had a dream of being an official registered NFL player agent but it hit a major setback this week as a member of the NFLPA came in and reminded him that a bad deal that he made back in 2008 with his former agent/enemy this season Andre Allen could screw his chances. Last week, Andre told Spencer that he’d ruin his life and it seems that we’re starting to see that this week. I love Spencer but it’s an interesting take to finally see some of his old demons as an NFL player come back to haunt him years after retirement.

            Ricky Jerret continues to struggle with his decision to find a new city to play in as he receives a better offer from Buffalo than he did in New Orleans. The issue with this is that Jerret has a flamboyant personality, one that worked well in Miami and he doesn’t want to go somewhere like Buffalo where there would be no real hoopla surrounding him and his play. After meeting up with his old girlfriend from the first season, Jerret decides to sign with the Saints which Spencer agrees with.

            Charles also stepped up this week after a young, teenage neighbor had been making a lot of noise since the birth of his child, he finally took a stand this week. In addition to making some noise of his own in his professional career, Charles stormed into the office of the Miami Dolphins GM, Larry Siefert explaining why he has issue with the direction the team is going. Impressed by Charles’ passion and knowledge of the game, Larry offers him a job in the front office, to which Charles gladly accepts.

            This week’s edition of Ballers was filled with drama, comedy and intrigue which is something you often don’t get in this HBO show. But, this being one of (if not, the best) episode in the history of the show. A perfect midseason episode to provide us with a new look of the show that stars Dwayne Johnson.


Martin Scorsese film 'The Irishman' starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino to be released in 2018

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By Darian Scalamoni
            We’ve been hearing of the dream machine upcoming film The Irishman that will bring together legendary director Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, Raging Bull) with frequent collaborator Robert De Niro and Al Pacino but today, according to Deadline, we have a release date for the long awaited project. The film, which is based on the true-crime book I Heard You Paint Houses based on the story of mob hitman, Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran will start production next year to have a late 2018 domestic release date.

            The story within the novel was told by Sheeran on his deathbed as he had insider knowledge on the disappearance and death of Jimmy Hoffa. The Irishman will be written by Steve Zaillian, who previously teamed with Scorsese before on Gangs of New York. We learned back earlier in the summer that the movie could be visual effects heavy, including the effects used on Brad Pitt during The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to make lead actors De Niro and Pacino look younger in flashback scenes. Unfortunately, Joe Pesci was originally attached to appear in the film as well but that stance has since changed as of now as he is not listed to be a part of the project.

            Scorsese’s next film, Silence starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson still doesn’t have a release date and though he’s primed as an awards director due to his fantastic work behind the camera, there still hasn’t been a trailer. This might mean that the movie could be pushed to next year instead of a late year release for the religion based drama.

            This news going forward though about The Irishman is fantastic because the movie had been in talks for years and it is now finally happening. This will be 8th time that Scorsese will work with De Niro and their previous works together include classic films like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Cape Fear and Casino. Pacino on the other hand, has NEVER worked with Scorsese and that’s very exciting because their styles fit perfectly together. The Irishman will mark the third time Pacino and De Niro have starred in a film together as they previously starred together in Heat and Righteous Kill.

Full length trailer for 'Arrival' starring Amy Adams reveals Denis Villenneuve's first Sci-Fi film

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By Darian Scalamoni
            After seeing the teaser for Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi drama Arrival last week, I’ve become increasingly excited for this project that was already one of my most anticipated for the year. Yesterday, Paramount revealed the full length trailer for the film and it looks absolutely fantastic.

            Arrival is a film which provides a look of aliens coming to Earth and in an attempt to communicate with the species, expert linguist Louise Banks (played by five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams) is recruited to decipher the language of the aliens. This would establish a dialogue before the world spirals out of control due to the fear, mystery and mistrust with these species of another kind.

            Villeneuve has quickly become one of my favorite directors because of his previous works like Prisoners and Sicario, two criminally underrated films. With his take on the sci-fi genre and the talent attached in Adams and co-stars Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, I’m incredibly interested to see how this original idea will translate on screen.

            Arrival will play at the Toronto International Film Festival and Venice Film Festival before opening in the U.S. on November 11th. Check out the trailer below!

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly reunite again in 'Holmes & Watson'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            There are already many adaptations of Sherlock Holmes that have been done in the past few years. Whether it be the ultra-successful/fantastic BBC One show Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the CBS adaptation Elementary or the Guy Ritchie films that starred Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in recent years, but none that have gone the full blown comedy route. Well according to Collider, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will team up to play the dynamic detective duo in Holmes & Watson.

            Ferrell will play Sherlock Holmes with Reilly playing the loyal sidekick, James Watson in what will be the first time Ferrell and Reilly have worked together since Step Brothers back in 2008. Etan Cohen will direct the film and he previously directed Ferrell before in Get Hard. The studio is pushing for more of a PG-13 feel though so expect more of a Talladega Nights feel rather than Step Brothers.

            Cohen made a name for himself originally as writer, penning for the scripts for Tropic Thunder and Idiocracy before making his directorial debut with the successful Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard. Though I would be more excited if this was being written and directed by Adam McKay, I’m still excited for the prospect of these two guys working together again.

Robert Downey Jr. to team up with 'True Detective' creator for new drama series at HBO

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Nic Pizzolatto, who was the creator of the once deemed amazing HBO original series, True Detective has another show up his sleeve at the premium network and it’s with one of the biggest stars in Hollywood today. According to Collider, Pizzolatto is eyeing his next big project at the network with the help of Robert Downey Jr.

            Downey Jr. is best known nowadays as portraying Tony Stark or Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He will be seen next year in Spider-Man: Homecoming and is in discussions to join Pizzolatto’s next HBO drama. Back in 2011, Downey Jr. was linked to a feature film adaptation of Perry Mason, a courtroom drama in which the title defense attorney would privately investigate crimes for his clients.

            Now it seems that the idea would be turned into a series at HBO with the True Detective creator at the helm along with RDJ. Pizzolatto took a lot of the blame for the lackluster Season 2 of True Detective which was a far cry from the premiere season of the anthology crime drama that went from Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey starring to a mix of Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn for Season 2.

            Anything that would potentially get Robert Downey Jr. on a screen is more than a welcomed idea for me. I absolutely love Downey Jr.’s passion and charisma whenever he is on screen and I think he’d do great in any television series; especially if it’s on HBO.

Keira Knightley to join live-action Disney re-telling of 'The Nutcracker'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            We’ve been reporting on live-action Disney movies all summer long, they could be the new upward trend in the mass movie market. Today, an Oscar-nominated actress joined Disney’s live-action take on The Nutcracker.

            According to The Playlist, Keira Knightley has joined The Nutcracker which was announced this past spring. Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) is set to direct and Knightley joins a cast that is growing quickly. Morgan Freeman, Mackenzie Foy and Misty Copeland have all jumped on board the film which will mix elements of both the classic ballet format and the original story written by E.T.A Hoffman.

            Keira Knightley is one of my favorite actresses working today though and I absolutely loved her in the film, Begin Again. What do you guys think? Do you believe she’s a good fit as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker?

Friday, August 12, 2016

New trailer for epic, Star Wars war film 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' is phenomenal

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By Darian Scalamoni
            One of the most anticipated releases of the whole year has to be Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Ever since that first tease we got back in April, Star Wars fans and movie fans in general have been clamoring for another look at the new adventure set in the Star Wars universe. Today, we have another look at this film.

            Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follows a small group of rebels who try to steal the plans for the Death Star. It’s a major plot that surrounds itself with a fantastic cast including Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn, just to name a few. This trailer is visually beautiful and it’s essentially a war movie within the Star Wars franchise, which makes it a bold but exciting step into the future for Disney and Lucasfilm. It’s a phenomenal look at what this movie is set to accomplish and also gives the fans a tease of that one character we’ve been waiting to see in the previews for all this time.

            Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelson, Jian Wen, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed and Ben Mendelsohn. The film opens everywhere December 16th. Check out the official trailer below!

'Sausage Party' Review

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By Darian Scalamoni
            When you think about summer comedies, there hasn’t been many hits this year. Though I was a fan of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, everything else has been pretty much misses and unfortunately, though this film has a solid effort and gets some fantastic laughs (especially towards the end), Sausage Party was underwhelming from my original expectations.

            Sausage Party takes place within an American supermarket and stars aisles full of animated groceries who are looking to be cherished by “Gods” (humans) in the greater beyond outside the store. The main hero of the story is a hot dog named Frank (Seth Rogen) and he is trying to fit comfortably in his bun, Brenda (Kristen Wiig) in the greater beyond but an accident ensues and Frank and Brenda are separated by the rest of their sausages and buns. It’s important to know that this film is by far the raunchiest of the year, maybe even ever. That includes a ridiculous sex scene towards the end of the film, but I won’t go into detail.

            This movie gets to levels that are sometime unbearable as it becomes more about the surreal than the comedy. Though there are definite laugh out loud moments, it seems that Rogen and co. are looking more for shock and awe from their audience and if that’s not what was intended, the direction of the film really pushed that on the viewer. Sausage Party will make you lose your appetite and feel uncomfortable due to the content and relentless puns throughout. I will say though, the film is fun, unbelievably hilarious at times and is a very unique idea that only someone like Seth Rogen could create.

            Beyond that, other things I enjoyed were the voice performances and characters. Everyone does a great job in the role they’re given but Nick Kroll and Edward Norton steal the show, in my opinion. There is also a Stephen Hawking-like wad of gum that is portrayed absolutely brilliantly and is demented beyond belief.

The opening of the film focuses heavily on the fact that Frank and Brenda want to have sex but we clearly see that the film has more to cover than just the love story between a wiener and a bun. All of these items are waiting to be bought and bagged to their own version of heaven that is amped up daily by a song sung throughout the aisles by the groceries. Unfortunately though the film starts weak, but is ramped up by the third act which is also the best part of the film. As the twisted premise brings it to new heights and lengths, Sausage Party reaches its full potential by the end and it makes you forget about the underwhelming first act and dull moments that came before it.

            All in all, Sausage Party is a good summer comedy that can’t go much beyond that moniker. There is only so much you can explore in a comedy about food and Sausage Party reaches its limits from creators Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill.


Young Han Solo movie looking for their Lando, Donald Glover is the favorite

By Darian Scalamoni
            Ever since the announcement of the Young Han Solo movie that will be released in 2018, there were questions surrounding who would have the pressure of playing the legendary character first played by Harrison Ford. Well, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) selected Alden Ehrenreich after an extensive auditioning process that included thousands of actors but now, they’re on the search to fill another important Star Wars role.

            According to The Playlist, Lord and Miller are turning their attention to fill the role of a Young Lando Calrissian for the movie. Billy Dee Williams played the role of Lando in the original trilogy. The casting process is already underway, and though I’m sure it won’t be as large of an auditioning process as it was for Han Solo, Lando is still a very recognizable character with tons of charisma on screen. Though rumors already have Michael B. Jordan and Anthony Mackie as strong favorites, it seems that the best potential fit (in my opinion) is who the studio is actually thinking of for the role.

            According to Birth Movies Death, it seems that Donald Glover, best known for playing Troy in Community, is the frontrunner for the role. Glover can bring those funny comedic chops as well as the smoothness of the character. Also, as seen in the trailers for his new FX series, Atlanta, he can be dramatic and serious.

            What do you guys think? Do you think Glover is the right guy for the role? Comment below and let us know!

Brad Pitt is back in WWII film in first Trailer for Robert Zemeckis film 'Allied'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Robert Zemeckis is a very interesting filmmaker to say the least. The guy has made tons of movies of all genres including classics like Back to the Future, Cast Away, Forrest Gump and The Polar Express. Recently, Zemeckis has hit a bit of a lull in terms of his projects though. Flight was an okay film that was headlined by a great performance by Denzel Washington and though, I haven’t seen The Walk, I heard it was an average movie at best.

            Zemeckis’ next project, Allied, however, is set against the backdrop of WWII and stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. The film follows an intelligence officer (Pitt) who encounters a French Resistance fighter (Cotillard) in 1942 North Africa. The two are subsequently reunited in London, but tensions rise as the war surmounts pressures on them both.

            The script was written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locke) who says that it’s based on a true story that was told to him at the age of 21 and he’s kept it around ever since. Allied opens everywhere on November 23rd and in addition to Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, also stars Lizzy Caplan and Matthew Goode. Check out the trailer below!

Eddie Murphy returns to the big screen in first Trailer for drama, 'Mr. Church'

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By Darian Scalamoni
          It’s been a while since we’ve seen Eddie Murphy on screen, let alone in a dramatic role. Murphy was last seen in the family/comedy disaster, A Thousand Words back in 2012 but with this new film, Mr. Church, Murphy is taking a similar approach like he did with 2006’s Dreamgirls. The legendary comedian played a very dark character in Bill Condon’s musical drama and played it incredibly well. So much so, that he received the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, while also garnering an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of James ‘Thunder’ Early.

            Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant) directs the film which centers around a humble cook, who is hired to care for a woman dying of cancer. He then becomes much more involved than he ever could’ve imagined, which includes being a much bigger part of a young girl’s life (Britt Robertson).

            I love the trailer for this film and how it truly portrays what seems to be a true friendship on screen with Murphy and Robertson. Mr. Church opens in theaters on September 16th. Check out the trailer below!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

'Mr. Robot' Episode 6, Season 2 Review

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Most people have been saying for the past few weeks that Mr. Robot is in a bit of a sophomore slump, while I disagree with that notion, I can see that it’s been more of a slow burner and since it’s not as predictable, people give it backlash. Well, if any episode was one to reinvigorate the series, last night’s was a perfect example. The outlandish, hilarious, twisted opening of this week’s episode was depicting Elliot’s fractured mindset following the beating he took at the hands of Ray’s men. The show was brought to a new level of crazy which is hard to believe when you think about all the twists and turns thus far on the USA Network drama.

            Elliot finds himself in what seemed to be an early nineties sitcom with theme music, laugh track and even an appearance from Alf. Though you’ll laugh out loud at moments like Alf running over Gideon dressed like a cop, or seeing Wellick bound and gagged in the trunk of the car during the Alderson “family road trip”, it’s truly terrifying when seeing Elliot react to the kooky surrounding behavior from his parents. Sam Esmail does a perfect job of wrapping it up before the nostalgia wears thin, as Mr. Robot lets Elliot know that he created this projection/fantasy to spare him the pain of the beating he suffered last episode.

            Ray continues to show his depth as a character as well, truly proving that he is worse than Elliot ever could’ve imagined. Craig Robinson does a great job with a chilling monologue about his dog discovering that someone else had control over her life, comparing Elliot to his dog and sending a message that he is now his master after Elliot made a major mistake snooping around where he shouldn’t have.

            One of the more shocking developments on last week’s episode, we saw Agent Dom in the middle of an attack orchestrated by the Dark Army on the Beijing hotel that FBI agents were staying in. She managed to be the only one that made it out of there but she was more in shock over the two shooters killing themselves while she was cornered. Dom showed her refusal though to take time off and instead headed to E-Corp, where the FBI was pulling out to move back to their field office.

            The most important thing we see in this week’s episode though has to be the newly formed alliance between Angela and fsociety trying to take down E-Corp for good. This includes Angela being taught how to hack in just one day, being conflicted when seeing Cisco working alongside fsociety and just before she completes her infiltration mission being directed by Darlene, Agent Dom is standing above her looking for the E-Corp employee. The raid on the FBI is a fantastic sequence too. Darlene effortlessly breaks into a hotel room as a lookout, while coaching Angela and it feels like it’s straight out of a heist movie.

            This episode is the reason why Mr. Robot is my absolute favorite show on television right now. Providing us with a unique take and another different genre in this season, the things that Sam Esmail comes up with are so innovative that every week, it feels like another amazing take on the same show. This episode was my absolute favorite this season and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for next week.


David Fincher in talks to direct 'World War Z' sequel

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By Darian Scalamoni
            World War Z was one of the most anticipated movies for tons of people and did very well at the box office despite extensive re-shoots, the film made $540 million worldwide. Marc Forster directed the original film but now it seems that star Brad Pitt is courting one of his good friends to direct the sequel. According to Variety, Pitt is courting David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) to direct him in the zombie/thriller follow up to the 2013 film.

            Pitt will return to star and produce the next installment in the franchise and recently met with other directors but has Fincher in his sights as the guy for the job. The next film is expected to start filming in early 2017. The reunion between Fincher and Pitt would not be there first time working together but actually their fourth after working together previously on Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

            Fincher hasn’t directed a film since 2014 with Gone Girl and being one of my all-time favorite directors, I’m extremely excited to see what he’d be able to do in this zombie universe led by Brad Pitt. Hopefully, it works out as it would be a huge get for Paramount to make another killing at the box office after the success of the first film.

Antoine Fuqua to direct remake of classic film 'Scarface'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            We live in an era of movies where it’s incredible when an original idea comes to fruition and is done well, mostly because we live in a culture where movie universes and reboots/remakes happen very often. Now, we can add another classic movie remake to the list. According to Collider, Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw, Training Day) will be directing Scarface, the remake of the classic film from the 1930s but most know the Al Pacino version directed by Brian De Palma in 1983.

            As the first two versions of the film take place in Miami, this version will shift focus to the West coast in Los Angeles. The script is set to be written by Jonathan Herman who was nominated for Best Original Screenplay with Straight Outta Compton, he’s also set to write the controversial action film Ghost in the Shell that will be released in 2017. No casting news as of yet but Fuqua often works with Denzel Washington in many of his projects like Training Day, The Equalizer, and his upcoming film The Magnificent Seven so I would expect an appearance. Washington did a great job portraying a gangster in the 2007 movie, American Gangster as well.

            Fuqua’s next film due out is The Magnificent Seven which will be in theaters September 23rd and in addition to Denzel, also includes Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard. Once more information is known about Fuqua’s remake of Scarface though, we’ll be sure to provide you with it!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Female reboot 'Ocean's Ocho' add Anne Hathaway, 2 others to cast

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By Darian Scalamoni

            We’ve been covering the upcoming Ocean’s female reboot since Cinema Wave debuted back in May and today, we have more confirmation on the team of women who will pull of the heist. The movie which is now being called Ocean’s Ocho has added Anne Hathaway, Rihanna and Nora “Awkwafina” Lum according to Collider. In addition to these three actresses that were added, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling were already attached. That would bring the lead characters to seven thieves, meaning there’s room for one more on the team.

            Old reports had Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks attached to the film but Lawrence had to drop out due to other commitments and Banks hasn’t been mentioned amongst the rest of the planned cast since being rumored. Steven Soderbergh will produce the film after directing the original reboot that starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. The movie will be written and directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Pleasantville).

            Though the female-led reboot of Ghostbusters bombed at the box office, I have more faith in this project going forward. I love most of the actresses involved (minus Rihanna, though I enjoy some of her music) and the idea of them stealing from the New York Met Gala is intriguing and should make for a fun movie.

            What do you guys think about Ocean’s Ocho? Will it have a different fate than the Ghostbusters reboot? Comment below and let us know!

Jason Momoa in talks to lead 'The Crow' Reboot

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By Darian Scalamoni
            After years of rumors and developments about a remake for the 1994 Brandon Lee led film The Crow, today, we have news on who will have the task of playing the title role. According to Indiewire, Jason Momoa, who is best known for playing Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones and will play Aquaman in the DCEU, is in talks to lead the film.

            The original film is a cult classic and is also serves as a memorial type of film due to the death of star, Brandon Lee who was killed during production when a gun used in a scene fired a defective blank. Many believe, due to conspiracy theories, that the death of Lee was more controversial especially because there is similar controversy surrounding the death of his father, martial artist and icon, Bruce Lee.

            The film reboot has been in development since 2008 with multiple directors and stars attached but Momoa seems like a complete change from the former rumored stars. I loved him on Game of Thrones and so far, what I saw of him as Aquaman in the Justice League trailer, he seems to be the right guy to get this project moving forward. Corin Hardy (The Hallow) is set to direct the reboot that is currently in development.

            How do you guys feel about Jason Momoa playing Eric Draven? Comment below and have your voice heard!