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!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

First trailer for 'Jungle' has Daniel Radcliffe lost in the wilderness

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Daniel Radcliffe has crafted quite the career since the Harry Potter franchise ended back in 2011. Since then, he’s focused on indies such as Kill Your Darlings, What If, Imperium and Swiss Army Man. Now, he’s headed into the wilderness for his latest film, Jungle, and we have the trailer for you below!

            Radcliffe plays Yossi Ghinsberg, a 22-year old Israeli adventurer who heads to the Bolivian city of La Paz with his two friends. They link up with an Austrian immigrant who claims to be familiar with the area and brings them on a trip of a lifetime that quickly turns into their worst nightmare. I seem to be behind on the Radcliffe train since he left Hogwarts, but have heard good things about his indie work, and this looks to be another great performance for the actor. It’s an interesting premise too, and I’m looking forward to seeing the film.

            Check out the trailer below for Jungle! The movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, Alex Russell, Joel Jackson and Thomas Kretschmann. Jungle hits theaters and on demand services on October 20th!

Casey Affleck to star in Joe Wright's 'Stoner'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Casey Affleck has officially selected his next project following his Oscar-winning performance in Manchester by the Sea, and it’s another potential dramatic awards-worthy role. According to The Playlist, Affleck will star in Stoner, which will be directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) who has an Oscar push of his own upcoming.

            Stoner, is based on the great American novel by John Williams (not the same of Star Wars fame), based on William Stoner, a poverty-stricken farmer who breaks through as an academic and unlikely hero in the 20th century. The film seems like another depressing fare, similar to the last movie that won him his first Academy Award but we’ve seen how well Affleck works in that setting.

            I think seeing both sides of Affleck, as a poor farmer and a literary academic could be an interesting watch and not only with Joe Wright on board to direct, but Blumhouse producing their first high-profile dramatic movie, it could propel all involved to Oscars. Wright is currently touring his latest movie, Darkest Hour around festivals, and his star, Gary Oldman, who portrays Winston Churchill in the film, is already being touted as the favorite to win the Best Actor trophy at the Academy Awards.

            How do you guys feel about Stoner? Are you excited to see a collaboration between Affleck and Wright? Do you think Affleck could be nominated and win another Oscar for a role like this? Let us know in the comment section!

Michael Showalter to direct 'The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob' for Fox

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Michael Showalter is probably best known by many as the creator, writer and star of Wet Hot American Summer and both companion TV series, First Day of Camp and Ten Years Later. He’s been blossoming as a director though in recent years with indie hits, Hello, My Name is Doris and The Big Sick. Now, he’s being approached by studios to direct as The Tracking Board reports that Showalter is attached to direct The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob for Fox Searchlight.

            This dramedy follows Peggy Jo Tallas, a Texas bank robber in the 90’s who uses disguises to rob banks. The film is to be adapted from the 2005 Texas Montly article Cowboy Bob written by Skip Hollandsworth. Even better news, the movie will be produced by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker through their production banner, Nine Stories.

            It seems like a unique film for Showalter to undertake but also, reminds me a bit of Fun with Dick and Jane. He did great directorial work this year though with The Big Sick, so much so, that the movie is being buzzed about for potential Oscar nominations. No news yet on cast but we’ll be sure to update you with that news as soon as it becomes available.

Colin Trevorrow out as director for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Lucasfilm has had its fair share of issues since expanding the universe back in 2015. Many were skeptical about JJ Abrams directing The Force Awakens but that has been the least of their directorial worries since and there seems to be no slowing down. According to multiple outlets, Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, The Book of Henry) is stepping out as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX in what is called “a mutual parting of ways”.

            It was announced over two years ago that Trevorrow would direct the ninth episodic film within the Star Wars franchise, but after his recent indie flick, The Book of Henry was poorly received by critics, many believed that Trevorrow would soon be out as director of the latest movie to take place in a galaxy far, far away. Jack Thorne (A Long Way Down, the upcoming Wonder), was just brought in this past week to rewrite Episode IX after previous reports said that Kathleen Kennedy had issues with Trevorrow and Derek Connelly’s first script.

            This news adds onto the recent developments the last few years with the recent Star Wars anthology films. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was directed by Gareth Edwards had issues in the finishing of production, so much so that Tony Gilroy joined the movie to conduct the reshoots. Even more recently, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the set of the upcoming Han Solo anthology film which will star Alden Ehrenreich. Veteran director and friend of George Lucas, Ron Howard was brought on to finish the filming process.

            Personally, these issues have to stem from the top and I question whether the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan and whether or not they can lead Lucasfilm. With so many directorial problems, that could’ve been avoided in the beginning before the filming process even began, it’s hard to not look at a directionless system of filmmaking.

            According to Collider, Rian Johnson, who directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi, due out in December is “atop a shortlist of directors” who might replace Trevorrow but coming off of such a massive production and jumping right back into the world could be incredibly exhausting (i.e. Joss Whedon with the Avengers films).

            How do you guys feel about the news that Colin Trevorrow is out as director for Star Wars: Episode IX? Would you guys like to see Rian Johnson return for Episode IX? If not, who would you like to see takeover? Let us know in the comments below!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hulu plans Robert F. Kennedy miniseries starring Chris Pine

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Just a couple of months ago, we reported on a Robert F. Kennedy film starring Matt Damon, now the streaming service, Hulu is planning on a TV series based on the politician for themselves. According to Deadline, Chris Pine will star as RFK in the untitled series from Todd E. Kessler (Bloodline, Damages).

            The limited series is based on Larry Tye’s book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, and will be the second show under Hulu to center around a Kennedy. The first being, the adaptation of the Stephen King novel, 11.22.63 that centered around JFK’s assassination. This is also the second television project Pine is attached to in recent months as he’s set to star in another miniseries, One Day She’ll Darken which will be directed by Patty Jenkins.

            Pine is rapidly approaching superstar actor status after coming off of a massive box-office win with Wonder Woman. Besides these starring television roles, Pine has Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time due out in March. He’s also in production on Outlaw King, which will reunite him with Hell or High Water director, David Mackenzie and pre-production on All the Old Knives alongside Michelle Williams.

            Are you guys excited by Hulu’s Robert F. Kennedy miniseries led by Chris Pine? Let us know in the comment section below!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Todd Phillips to direct Joker origin movie, produced by Martin Scorsese spanning the start of DC spinoff films separate from the DCEU

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Within Hollywood, there’s no such thing as a surprising development but this is the most puzzling that I’ve seen in years. According to multiple sources, Todd Phillips (The Hangover, War Dogs) will direct an origin movie based on the legendary DC Comics villain, The Joker. Even more shocking is that, Martin Scorsese will produce the film which is being sold as a movie in the same vein as his earlier efforts, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The King of Comedy.

            This is BIG news and honestly the most intriguing project I’ve heard in a very, very long time. It is also known that Jared Leto, who portrayed the Clown Prince of Gotham in Suicide Squad will not reprise his role in this movie, yet it’s expected to take place in the early-80s in Gotham City. For super fans of the current DC Extended Universe which features Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman, this origin spinoff will have not have any connection to these aforementioned movies. Instead, it will jumpstart DC’s other division of movies that will be filmmaker driven, making singular stories based on characters from the comics. Similar to what Fox did this year with Logan.

            On one side, it could lead to some pretty great movies but for hardcore comic book movie fans, it could be incredibly confusing. Jared Leto’s Joker still exists but it has nothing to do with this movie that will also feature The Joker. It could dilute the product dramatically and with the current state of DC Films with the loss of directors, stars and production reshoots, it could backfire rather quickly. Having said that, a gritty, dark crime movie based on one of my favorite characters in history backed by Scorsese and Phillips is interesting enough to get me in a seat at the theater. 

Will Ferrell goes dramatic for his next two projects, 'American Huckster' and 'The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Will Ferrell is one of comedy’s biggest treasures from his work which began on the iconic sketch show, Saturday Night Live and evolved to legendary comedic performances in films such as Anchorman, Step Brothers and The Other Guys. He’s evolving into some more dramatic work in the near future and the Tracking Board has the latest on his upcoming projects.

            Ferrell is attached to star in the American adaptation of the book, The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. The 2012 book that was written by Jonas Jonasson has been acquired by CBS Films and will be the second feature based on the book. The first was a Swedish film adapted in 2013 which earned a foreign language Oscar nomination. Jason George, who has produced the upcoming season of Narcos will direct the movie. It follows a man named Allan who escapes his nursing home on the night of his 100th birthday and has an adventure that sees his adventurous past clash with the present day.

            According to the Tracking Board, Ferrell is also circling American Huckster. Another drama in which he would play Chuck Blazer, the controversial FIFA administrator who later became a government informant on widespread corruption in the sport of soccer who died this past July.

            Ferrell recently starred in The House alongside Amy Poehler and will also be seen in Daddy’s Home 2 with Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson and John Lithgow. He just wrapped Holmes and Watson, as well. The comedic re-telling of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson has Ferrell and actor buddy, John C. Reilly in the starring roles for the film which hits theaters on November 9th, 2018. 

Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth to star in Drew Goddard's 'Bad Times at the El Royale'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Two actors who have blockbuster comic-book flicks due out in the next 3 months will be teaming for a thriller from Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods). According to the Tracking Board, Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges will star in Bad Times at the El Royale. The report also notes that Cailee Spaeny is in talks for another role within the film.

            The movie is an ensemble-led movie that takes place in a broken down, shady motel near Lake Tahoe. The film is set in the 60s and we can confirm that Bridges will play a priest who is suffering through unfortunate times named Father Daniel Flynn. The cast will also include a vacuum cleaner salesman, two female criminals, a male cult leader, a desk clerk and an African-American singer.

            As far as the latter character, Beyonce Knowles is said to have been courted for the role while Tom Holland, best known as playing the titular character in Spider-Man: Homecoming has passed on the project. Goddard will direct, produce and write the film which is expected to begin shooting in January.

            Bridges is coming off of the indie film, The Only Living Boy in New York and can be seen next month in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Hemsworth will be seen reprising his role as the god of thunder, Thor in Thor: Ragnarok which hits theaters in November. 

'The Defenders' Season 1 Review

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By Diego Coya
            The Defenders is the most recent marvel Netflix show that follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist; it is essentially The Avengers for the Netflix Marvel superhero shows. The story follows the five fingers of The Hand, who are teaming up to bring destruction to New York. This leads to the superheroes uniting together and to try to stop this destruction from happening. The series also shows the personal challenges that each individual hero is going through and progressively they realize that they will become stronger if they team up with each other. This leads to the Marvel Netflix show that is simply a blast to watch.

            I had many expectations regarding The Defenders. Even though I was disappointed with Marvel’s previous Netflix series Iron Fist, it never diminished my excitement for this series. As someone who really enjoyed Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and absolutely adored Daredevil, I was excited to see how all these characters would interact with each other. I can say without hesitation that the two years of build up to this series was certainly worth it. This show is a lot of fun and it is consistently entertaining. The action scenes are also really well done, particularly an action scene that is at the end of episode three. While they never reach the heights of Daredevil, they still hold on their own fairly well

            Even though the series is only eight episodes long, it felt like it was the perfect amount of episodes that it needed to be. A big part of that is due to how well the pacing is. I have heard many complaints about the pilot episode having too much build up, which is silly because realistically the characters wouldn’t meet right away and start teaming up. Even though the first episode shows what each character is going through, it is still riveting to watch. I never felt like the show dragged.

            The performances from everyone are exceptionally good. Charlie Cox once again knocks it out of the park as Matt Murdoch/Daredevil; the viewer is able to see no matter how hard he tries to move on from Daredevil, he can’t seem to move on from his hero lifestyle. Krysten Ritter once again shines in her role as Jessica Jones; she’s sarcastic, hilarious, ad has no remorse for anything she says or does. Mike Colter as Luke Cage was also terrific; he really plays the role of Luke Cage perfectly and I honestly can’t see anyone else playing him because Colter embodies the character so well. Finn Jones improves immensely from Iron First and brings a more likeable presence to this character. The chemistry between these characters is also just fantastic.

            When I heard that Sigourney Weaver was going to be the villain, I was incredibly excited. I seem to be in the minority when I say that I was disappointed with her character. Weaver does not give a bad performance in the slightest, but her character is just fine. Every time she was on screen, I wanted to go back to The Defenders, which is unfortunate because this is Sigourney Weaver. The other Marvel shows on Netflix have done a wonderful job with the villains in the past, but I felt like this was one of their weaker ones. Without spoiling anything, the ending was a little predictable and it was a little messy. Other than that, this is another great hit from Netflix.

            If you are a fan of the Netflix Marvel series, please check this out. It is guaranteed that you will have a blast if you go see it. While it most certainly isn’t as good as Daredevil, it is on par with the other shows; it’s way better than Iron Fist. I am totally down for a second season, and can’t wait to see how The Punisher goes.



Monday, August 21, 2017

'Wind River' Review

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By Diego Coya
            Wind River is written and directed by Taylor Sheridan and stars Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham, and Jon Bernthal. The film is about a murder of a young Native American girl that occurs on the West River American Native Reservation. The murder leads to an investigation that is led by a FBI rookie and a local tracker who tries to figure out what exactly happened. The viewer also learns more about these character’s lives and we see the awful environment that is on the reservation. Along the way we get a mystery that has twists and turns and a film that has much more under the surface.

            Despite the fact that I practically knew nothing regarding the plot, I was still incredibly excited to see this film. The reason why is because Taylor Sheridan has proven himself to be an exceptional talent. He wrote both the screenplays for Sicario and Hell or High Water, both fantastic films. Now with him being behind the camera, I was intrigued to see how this film would play out. Walking out of the theater, I was absolutely blown away with what I had seen. Wind River is a powerful, emotional, and gripping thriller that had me entertained throughout its runtime.

            The performances from everyone in the cast are top notch, but without question, the best performance is from Jeremy Renner. Without spoiling anything, there is something tragic that happens with his character that is revealed in the beginning of the film. Throughout the film you see how this investigation tries to bring some closure to his tragedy. Additionally, the viewer is able to see how Renner conveys the emotion on the screen. He’s also a very likeable character who brings great presence on the screen.

            Elizabeth Olsen who plays a rookie FBI agent, also delivers a strong performance. She also brings likeability to her character, and she makes you want to root for her throughout the film. Gil Birmingham, who was in last year’s Hell or High Water, was also really good in his performance as the father of the young woman who was murdered. Everyone delivers a great performance, but once again, Jeremy Renner delivers the best performance.

            The screenplay and direction is some of the best of the whole year; the dialogue is amazing and the cinematography was gorgeous. There are only a few action scenes in the film, but they are beautifully directed and really well done; it honestly felt like Sheridan has been directing for a really long time. It has a really good musical score that fits perfectly with the tone of the film and it makes the film suspense and tension filled. It’s hard to review this film without giving away spoilers but all I can say is that this is a truly film you need to see.

            Wind River is a film that I truly hope receives some Oscar recognition because it truly deserves it. Wonderful direction, great performances, incredible direction, gorgeous cinematography, and a gripping thriller, makes it one of the best films of 2017. It is a hard film to watch due to how tough the subject matter is portrayed and some scenes are disturbing, but this is a film that must be seen. I seriously cannot wait to see what Sheridan does with Soldado next year. It should be terrific because Sheridan is a talent is only going to improve from this point on.


First trailer for Netflix series, 'The Punisher' brings back Jon Bernthal as the popular Marvel character

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The Defenders just hit Netflix this past weekend and features the likes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist after their respective solo series. Now, after an often scene-stealing performance in Season 2 of Daredevil, Frank Castle aka The Punisher is getting his own show on the streaming service.

            Jon Bernthal returns as the grizzled, brutal war veteran who is seeking out justice and killing bad people. We see Castle gunning down criminals and bashing a hammer into the concrete to mark the skull that is one of the most popular emblems in the Marvel Comics universe. I loved Bernthal’s portrayal of Castle in Daredevil and believe that this could possibly even overtake the former shows as the best Marvel television show to date.

            Check out the first trailer for The Punisher below! The show stars Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes. Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah and Deborah Ann Woll. The show is created by Steve Lightfoot, who wrote the NBC series, Hannibal and will hit Netflix later this year. 

First trailer for 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' reveals the chilling new movie from Yorgos Lanthimos

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Yorgos Lanthimos has become one of the more innovative and strange filmmakers we have working today. With his last film, The Lobster being his biggest mainstream hit, he’ll reunite with Colin Farrell for his latest, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and we have the trailer for you below.

            The Killing of a Sacred Deer follows Farrell as a cardiologist who has a warped relationship with a young man that threatens his family, career and life. While The Lobster wasn’t quite my cup of tea, this trailer is chilling and looks to have some great moments of horror. The use of Ellie Goulding’s mega-popular song, “Burn” just adds to the creepiness and puts you at the edge of your seat.

            Check out the trailer below for The Killing of a Sacred Deer! The movie stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Bill Camp, Sunny Suljic and Alicia Silverstone. The Killing of a Sacred Deer hits theaters on October 27th, just in time for Halloween.

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!