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

First trailer for 'The Florida Project' reveals Sean Baker's ambitious sophomore film

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Sean Baker had an ambitious low budget indie flick back in 2015 titled Tangerine that put him on the map. Filmed on iPhone 5s, the movie showcased his storytelling abilities and put him on the map for bigger projects going forward. His second feature, The Florida Project which debuted back in May at the Cannes Film Festival just received its first trailer and we have that for you here below!

            The Florida Project tells the story of a six-year old girl named Moonee, who lives with her mother in a week to week motel run by an older man who’s committed to seeing the best for both of them. This is one of my favorite trailers of the year thus far, not only for the terrific realistic story but also the glorious cinematography and colors of the Miami landscape. It looks like it could be a truly moving film led by Willem Dafoe anchoring a cast of relative unknowns including breakout performances from Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite.

Check out the trailer below for The Florida Project! The film stars Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe, Valeria Cotto, Christopher Rivera, Caleb Landry Jones, Macon Blair, Karen Karagulian and Sandy Kane. The Florida Project hits theaters on October 6th.

Shonda Rhimes leaving ABC after 15 years as she becomes the latest to join Netflix

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Netflix is constantly growing. Day by day, week by week acquiring companies like Millarworld, talents such as the Coen Brothers and Martin Scorsese but their latest power ploy could change the landscape of television. According to Collider and Ted Sarandos, the COO of Netflix, Shonda Rhimes is moving to Netflix after a 15-year long relationship with ABC Studios.

            Rhimes is the creator of mega-popular series like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Private Practice is heading to the streaming giant to produce content for years to come. Sarandos said in a statement today, “Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television. Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best. I’ve gotten the chance to know Shonda and she’s a true Netflixer at heart — she loves TV and films, she cares passionately about her work, and she delivers for her audience. We’re so excited to welcome her to Netflix.”


            This is a remarkable leap forward not only for Shondaland but also Netflix, who convinced one of the top showrunners to leave a global market and company such as ABC. I also think this could be a shot at ABC’s parent company, Disney who just announced their own streaming service taking their movies and TV shows off of Netflix. This could help boost Netflix even more with the popularity of Rhimes’ shows and it should be interesting going forward the types of new programs that will head to streaming.

Friday, August 11, 2017

First teaser for 'Our Souls at Night' reveals two legendary actors on yet another ride

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Robert Redford is heading towards the last few films of his career before his retirement and he’s working with a familiar face for his next performance. Redford will co-star with Jane Fonda in Our Souls at Night, based on the novel of the same name by Kent Haruf and we have the first trailer for you below.

            Our Souls at Night follows Redford as Louis Waters who’s been a widower for years and is visited by his neighbor, Addie Moore, played by Fonda whose husband passed away years ago. Waters and Moore’s children both moved away so they begin a relationship together which is teased below in the trailer and though this is simple, it’s rather effective and lovely. The movie is set to hit Netflix which both stars are no stranger to with Fonda starring in the series Grace and Frankie alongside Lily Tomlin while Redford starred in The Discovery which was released on the streaming service just a few months ago.

            Check out the tranquil trailer for Our Souls at Night below! The movie stars Robert Redford, Matthias Schoenaerts, Bruce Dern and Judy Greer. Our Souls at Night hits Netflix on September 29th!

Riz Ahmed in talks to join Tom Hardy in 'Venom'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            With Sony building up their own Spider-Man universe that may or may not include Tom Holland’s Spider-Man (weird right?) they’re focusing their attention on Venom which will star Tom Hardy as the iconic comic book character. Now, the cast is being bolstered with another terrific talent. According to The Playlist, Riz Ahmed will join Venom as what is being called “a popular Marvel Comics character”.

            Ahmed has been building quite the resume in the last few years starring in movies like Nightcrawler, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Jason Bourne. He’s also built a fantastic TV career since his starring role in the HBO limited series, The Night Of. There have been rumblings that Ahmed will play Carnage in the movie and I think that would be fantastic so here’s hoping that comes to fruition. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) will direct Ahmed and Hardy in the superhero flick.


            Ahmed is currently filming The Sisters Brothers alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly. Venom will hit theaters on October 5th, 2018. How do you guys feel about Riz Ahmed being cast in Venom? Do you think he’ll play Carnage and if not, who would you want to see him play? Sound off in the comments below!

Aaron Eckhart joins the all-star cast of Matthew Weiner's Amazon series, 'The Romanoffs'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            While Netflix continues to bring in new projects for both television and film, Amazon is not far behind with their content building as well. One of their awesome new shows being developed currently is The Romanoffs, the latest from Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner. The cast is being built quickly with another big name being added to those who have already hopped on board. According to The Tracking Board, Aaron Eckhart has been added to the cast of the Amazon drama.

            I believe that Eckhart is one of the most underrated actors in the industry and think that a collaboration between him and Weiner is a match made in heaven. I think he would’ve worked great on Mad Men as well so I think this is perfect casting. The Romanoffs will be an anthology series that centers around people in contemporary times who believe that they are modern day descendants of the royal family that ruled Russia from 1613-1917.


            Eckhart has nothing in the pipeline for 2017 but had a pretty big 2016 starring in Sully, Incarnate, Bleed for This and London Has Fallen. Eckhart joins John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, Jack Huston, Amanda Peet, Mathe Keller and former Oscar-nominee, Isabelle Huppert in the Amazon series that should air in 2018.

David Letterman to get his own talk show on Netflix debuting in 2018

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The legendary late-night talk show host David Letterman is returning to television…sort of. According to The Tracking Board, Letterman will have a new talk show series that will air on Netflix in 2018.

            For anyone who was a fan of Letterman hosting the Late Show for 22 seasons, this is incredible news. I’m not a huge fan of Letterman but he’s reached an iconic status for his longevity and relevancy in late night television so this should do very well on the streaming giant. The show will feature longer in-depth interviews as well as work outside the studio to venture onto other topics that interest him in life. The show is currently set for six hour-long episodes.

            This is the second weekly talk show that Netflix will house on their network next to Chelsea Handler’s show. This is yet another massive get for the streaming service who continues to acquire talented people to deals like Dave Chappelle, Louis CK and Jerry Seinfeld.


            What do you guys think about David Letterman coming out of retirement for a deal with Netflix? Who would you like to see in these long-form interviews? Sound off in the comments!

Stephen Lang to return as villain for all four 'Avatar' sequels

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By Darian Scalamoni
            We are still almost two and half years away from Avatar 2, the sequel to the highest grossing film of all-time directed by James Cameron. That’ll be a decade after the first movie but the train to Pandora isn’t stopping anytime soon as there are three more sequels besides Avatar 2 upcoming. We’re getting more news now as Cameron confirmed in an interview with Empire, that Stephen Lang will return for ALL of the sequels reprising his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch.

            “The interesting conceit of the Avatar sequels is it’s pretty much the same characters. There are new characters and a lot of new settings and creatures, so I’m taking characters you know and putting them in unfamiliar places and moving them on this greater journey. But it’s not a whole bunch of new characters every time. There’s not a new villain every time, which is interesting. Same guy. Same motherfucker through all four movies. He is so good and he just gets better. I know Stephen Lang is gonna knock this out of the park.”

            It’s reassuring that we’ll see new settings and characters for the movies but I’m also glad that Lang will be returning as I thought he was brilliant in the original movie from 2009. I think this is such an ambitious thing for Cameron to do to have 4 more Avatar movies from 2020-2025 but as we’ve learned before, it’s hard to bet against the director of the two highest-grossing movies of all-time.


            What do you guys think about hearing that Stephen Lang will return for all of the Avatar sequels? Do you even want to see more from Pandora? Let us know in the comment section!

First trailer for 'mother!' gives a glimpse at Darren Aronofsky's horror movie starring Jennifer Lawrence

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It was announced about a year and half ago that Darren Aronofsky would be directing a horror movie with Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem starring and here we are today with the first trailer for said film. The movie is titled mother! and the preview for the movie can be seen below.

            The trailer doesn’t give away much about the movie, but many are comparing the unnerving tone and look of the movie to another movie of this year, Get Out. I think that’s a bit unfair and not exactly accurate but as a fan of Aronofsky’s, I have to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of this trailer. It will hit theaters much sooner than I thought though with a September release date so we’ll have to see what this psychological mystery could provide for audiences.

            Check out the first trailer below for mother! The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfieffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Kristen Wiig. mother! hits theaters on September 15th!

Woody Allen casts Elle Fanning, Timothee Chalamet and Selena Gomez for his next film

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Woody Allen just completed his upcoming movie, Wonder Wheel with Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake and he’s of course, just cast his next movie which will head to Amazon and theaters. According to Deadline, Elle Fanning, Timothee Chalamet and Selena Gomez will star in the untitled movie.

            Currently, there are no details on the story but seeing these three 20-year old talented actors work alongside Woody Allen should be interesting to say the least. I’m expecting some sort of love triangle between the three. I’m very much looking forward to Wonder Wheel but getting back to this casting; Fanning and Chalamet are two of the hottest actors in the industry under 25.


            Fanning was terrific in 20th Century Women last year and has already been seen in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled in 2017. She also has How to Talk to Girls at Parties and Sidney Hall coming this year. Chalamet is getting tons of Oscar buzz for Call Me By Your Name alongside Armie Hammer. He’ll also be seen in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Scott Cooper’s Hostiles later this year. Gomez, is best known for her start on Disney Channel and for her music career but she’s also been involved in more serious dramas like Spring Breakers and The Fundamentals of Caring.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New trailer for 'Wonder' dives deeper into the adaptation of the best-selling novel

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Jacob Tremblay has disappeared out of the spotlight since his awards campaign with Room. He’s since starred in a couple B-level horror movies and Colin Trevorrow’s disappointing film, The Book of Henry but his next big-time project, Wonder is hitting theaters later this year. We have yet another trailer for the adaptation of the best-selling novel from R.J. Palacio.

            Wonder follows Auggie, a young boy who has multiple facial deformities from surgeries and heads to public school for the first time. Though his family has reservations about Auggie being in school at first, he makes new friends who help him truly understand what it means to be himself. This trailer is much better than the first in my opinion, truly encompassing what the novel is all about. Since the book is one of my favorites, I’m highly anticipating this movie. Stephen Chbosky has writing credits on some terrific movies like The Perks of Being a Wallflower (which was also his directorial debut) and the live-action Beauty and the Beast so for this being his second feature film he’s directing, it’s an interesting and exciting prospect.

            Check out the new trailer below for Wonder! The movie stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Daveed Diggs, Mandy Patinkin and Sonia Braga. Wonder hits theaters on November 17th

Ruth Negga to join Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones in 'Ad Astra'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Ruth Negga has quickly gotten name recognition in Hollywood for her work in films and television. She not only stars on the AMC show, Preacher but was also nominated for an Academy Award for Jeff Nichols’ Loving. Now, she’ll be teaming up with two amazing talents for her next project. According to The Playlist, Negga has joined Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones in the sci-fi film, Ad Astra.

            Ad Astra stars Pitt as Roy McBride, an autistic space engineer who goes on a one-way trip to Neptune to find out why his father’s mission to find signs of life on the planet failed. Jones will play Pitt’s father in the movie, while Negga’s role is being kept quiet. This cast is coming together very nicely and I’m a fan of all of these actors. Here’s hoping to see Negga and Pitt share the screen together for a few scenes.


            Negga can be seen currently on AMC where Season 2 of Preacher is being aired. Expect her to continue to get more work sooner rather than later. I’d love to see her be tapped to have a role in a Tarantino or Fincher film. What do you guys think? Are you excited for Ad Astra? Let us know in the comments!

Aaron Sorkin to bring 'Lucy and Desi' to Amazon; Blanchett still in as Lucille Ball while Javier Bardem is frontrunner for Desi Arnaz

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Back in 2015, there were rumblings of a Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz biopic that was scripted by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network) but here we are in 2017 with no news other than two-time Oscar winner, Cate Blanchett being attached to play Ball. Now, according to a report from Collider, Amazon has acquired the rights for the planned biopic as the studio looks to find someone to play Arnaz.

            The current rumor is that another former Oscar-winner, Javier Bardem is the favorite for Desi in the movie which is titled simply, Lucy and Desi. The film will follow the couple’s twenty-year marriage, their time as co-stars in one of the biggest television shows of all-time (I Love Lucy) and their lives after getting a divorce in 1960. I’m incredibly excited that this movie is finally gaining some steam with Blanchett and Sorkin still attached. Bardem would add another layer to this and I think he’d be a great Desi Arnaz to Blanchett’s Lucille Ball.

            Blanchett is set to star in Thor: Ragnarok as the villainous Hela and has an even bigger 2018 upcoming starring in Ocean’s Eight, the live-action Jungle Book directed by Andy Serkis and Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Bardem will be seen later this year in Darren Aronofsky’s mother!


            What do you guys think about Lucy and Desi? Are you excited about Blanchett and possibly Bardem starring in the film? How do you feel about Amazon acquiring another high-profile project? Comment below and let us know!

Karl Urban could return for 'Judge Dredd: Mega City One' TV series

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By Darian Scalamoni
            A film that has flown under the radar since its release is the R-rated adaptation of Dredd that starred Karl Urban back in 2012. Since then, there have been rumblings of a television series being developed and according to an interview with TrekMovie, Urban may return for the show.

            “I am in discussions with them about that. I told them that if they write the material and give Dredd something to do and give him a function, I will be there. I would love to.” It sounds like Urban is more than interested in returning to a fan-favorite role as long as the script is right which is more than respectable. The show, titled Judge Dredd: Mega City One isn’t set up at a network yet as it was just announced back in May that the show was being developed.


            Hopefully, we get more news going forward about Judge Dredd: Mega City One and if Urban will return to the titular role. In the meantime, Urban has a massive project coming up as he’ll play Skurge in the upcoming Marvel tentpole, Thor: Ragnarok.

Monday, August 7, 2017

First trailer for 'Loving Vincent' revolutionizes the film industry with the first oil painted feature film

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By Darian Scalamoni
            For years, there has been an animated feature film in development titled, Loving Vincent. Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman directed the revolutionary movie, which is the world’s first ever oil painted animated film. Luckily for us, after years of waiting, the trailer has been released and we now have a guaranteed release date.

            The movie explores the complicated life and controversial death of one of the greatest personalities in the history of art, Vincent van Gogh. The movie, which began filming in 2011 was painted by 125 trained painters who composed 65,000 painted frames to make the movie possible. The unique masterpiece of an idea was finally comprised fully this year as a movie which is inspired by all of van Gogh’s paintings as well as 800 personal letters.

            Check out the trailer below for Loving Vincent! The film stars Aidan Turner, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd, Eleanor Tomlinson and Jerome Flynn. Loving Vincent opens in theaters on Setptember 22nd.

New trailer for 'The Deuce' further showcases the HBO series from the creators of 'The Wire'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            With Game of Thrones rapidly approaching its end, HBO needs another dramatic hit on their hands. Vinyl was a tragic misfire, The Leftovers just ended, True Detective is in a hiatus period (but shooting soon with Mahershala Ali) and Westworld’s second season won’t hit the premium service until 2018. Luckily for them, David Simon and George Pelecanos, the creators of one of the greatest television series of all time, The Wire, have another show set to debut on September 10th titled The Deuce and we have the new trailer for you guys.

            The show covers the legalization and rise of the porn industry from the early 1970s through the mid-80s. Based on the trailer, it looks like it has tons of potential to be the next big time HBO hit. Backed by some fantastic showrunners and acting talent, the dramatic slate of HBO could be saved thanks to Simon and Pelecanos. It very much resembles the style of The Wire and we expect it to be critically acclaimed.

            Check out the trailer below for The Deuce! The show stars James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Margarita Levieva, Lawrence Gillard Jr., Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Chris Bauer, Chris Coy, Natalie Paul and Michael Rispoli. The Deuce premiers on Sunday, September 10th

Netflix acquires Mark Millar's comic book properties 'Millarworld' to adapt into films and television

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The streaming giant known as Netflix is officially in the acquisition business. According to Collider, the worldwide leading entertainment platform has purchased Mark Millar’s portfolio of comic book characters and stories known as Millarworld. Netflix has done so to bring the acclaimed franchises to Netflix through feature films, television series and kids’ shows exclusive to Netflix for the foreseeable future.

            Mark Millar along with his wife Lucy developed the comic book banner and story arcs that have inspired feature films such as The Avengers, Captain America: Civil War and Logan while at Marvel. When the company started, Millar and his co-creators have published 18 different worlds, three of which, have spawned there own feature adaptations already (Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kingsman). This is only the third massive acquisition of a comic book property as Warner Bros. bought DC Comics in 1968 and Disney purchased Marvel in 2009.


            It sure is an exciting time to be a fan of Millar’s work in cinema, Millarworld and comic books in general as many of your favorite stories will be headed from page to screen sooner rather than later. How do you guys feel about Netflix purchasing Millarworld? What story arc are you most excited to see? Comment below and let us know!

First images of Cable in 'Deadpool 2' reveal Josh Brolin as the disheveled Marvel villain

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Leading off Monday with a pretty awesome piece of news here as Ryan Reynolds is using his Twittersphere for yet another exciting image for his upcoming return in Deadpool 2. This time around, it’s the first look images as Josh Brolin playing the villain, Cable in the film, which you can see below.

            These images are exactly what I was hoping for when it came to this character and I’m ecstatic at the look of Brolin as this character. Brolin got the role after an extensive search for the part which included names like Michael Shannon, David Harbour, Stephen Lang, Pierce Brosnan and Brad Pitt, just to name a few. In the comic books, Cable is also known as Nathan Summers, the biological son of Cyclops and Jean Grey’s clone, Madelyne Pryor. He has telepathic powers, telekinesis and is one of the biggest badasses in all of Marvel comics. Brolin signed a four picture deal with Fox so this definitely won’t be the last we’ll see of him as Cable, he could potentially help lead the X-Force movie in development, as well.


            Check out the images below of Brolin as Cable! Deadpool 2 is currently filming and will hit theaters on June 1st, 2018. The movie stars Brolin, Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beets, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Jack Kesy, Brianna Hildebrand, Julian Dennison, Stefan Kapicic and Leslie Uggams and is directed by David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde). 



Sunday, July 23, 2017

'Dunkirk' Review

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By Diego Coya
            After a year and a half of anticipation, I have finally seen Dunkirk. Any film that Christopher Nolan directs is automatically my most anticipated film of that year. This is because Nolan is my absolute favorite director of all time. Furthermore, it’s as if any movie he releases is like a cinematic event that always pays off.  Needless to say, when I heard that he was going to direct a World War II film regarding the Dunkirk Evacuation, my excitement was through the roof.

Dunkirk is based off the true story of 400,000 Allied soldiers (Belgium, French, British Empire) who were surrounded by German forces, and were trying to survive at any costs possible. These soldiers were stuck on the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk from May 26th – June 4th, 1940. Civilians had to use their boats to try to rescue these civilians, and this film is exclusively about the Dunkirk Evacuation. The film is also told in three perspectives: (Land, Sea, Air). The Land follows the story of the soldiers who were stuck on the beach, the air is about the British Air pilots trying to take down the German airplanes, and the Sea is when the viewer is watching civilians trying to rescue the soldiers.

 The film is constructed in a nonlinear structure, with the land having a time structure of a week, the sea having a timing structure of a day, and the air having a time structure of an hour. Having seeing the film twice, I can say with pure confidence that Dunkirk is without question the best film of 2017. Not only is this one of Christopher Nolan’s best films, but to me, it is one of the best films of the decade so far. Dunkirk is unlike any World War II film out there; it is such a unique film, from its storytelling, non-linear structure, and originality that it has to it. You may be asking, “How can a World War II film be original?” trust me, Nolan’s vision and style is shown throughout this film.
 One thing that should be noted is that despite the fact that Dunkirk takes place during World War 2, this is not a war film. This is more of a tale of survival, and how these people were struggling to survive and tried to get home as much as they can. If the viewer goes in expecting Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, or Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, you may walk out very disappointed. There is also hardly any character development (more on that later), and many of the clich├ęs the viewer naturally sees in war films is not present here. As stated before, this is unlike any World War II film there is out there.

Dunkirk has an all-star cast which includes Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles, Cillian Murphy, and Kenneth Branagh. Everyone delivers a very strong performance; no one is stronger than the other, they are all top notch. This is an acting debut for both Harry Styles and Fionn Whitehead, and they were outstanding in the roles they had. The film does not have much dialogue; many of the actors convey their emotions through body language, and facial expressions every time something horrifying was going to happen. Despite the fact that there are many explosions, bullets, and airplane engines, this is kind of like a silent film in a way. I most definitely see future acting careers for both Whitehead and Styles.

Even though everyone in the cast delivered a great performance, there is no denying that the star of this movie is writer/director Christopher Nolan. Dunkirk is probably his most challenging and arguably his best directed film. The way Nolan incorporates suspense, tension, and Hans Zimmer’s brilliant and incredible score, showcases how much of a mastermind Nolan is. Nolan also used little to no CGI, Real naval destroyers were used, thousands of extras, and most of what the viewer sees is practical effects. It honestly shows how committed and dedicated Nolan was, and this is a project that he wanted to tackle on for a very long time, which explains why he made the film as realistic as he can.
For those who were worried about the film being PG-13 instead of R, those worries will leave your mind once you see the film. This is an incredibly intense film that doesn’t let you breathe for a second. Since this movie is exclusively about the event, there are no moments where characters sit around and talk about their personal lives. Every minute, any solider is in danger, and it puts the viewer is on the edge of their seat. The way to see this film is in IMAX. Because 75% of the film is filmed with IMAX cameras, and it really increases the overall experience with the film. Hans Zimmer score is one of his absolute best, it’s almost as if the score was its own character. It really helps intensify the tension in the film.

Regarding the character development, there is none of that to be found in this film. There is not even a main character, everyone gets equal billing and the movie is exclusively about the event. This might be a problem for some people because usually there’s always a scene where characters talk about their back stories and this makes the viewer connect with the characters. I never saw it as an issue because Nolan intentionally did not want to make the film about the characters, but rather about the event that happened. Dunkirk is a film about heroism, people coming together, and hope. There are so many scenes that Nolan conveys these messages which I won’t spoil here because this is a film that must be seen on the big screen.

Overall, Dunkirk is a cinematic achievement that is ambiguous, masterful, and another classic from Christopher Nolan. He managed to make a World War II that has no main character, hardly any dialogue, and a PG-13 rating work really well. Theaters are expensive, especially IMAX theaters. However, if you can see it on the big screen, I implore you to do so. I have a very strong feeling that we are going to be hearing about this until Oscar Season comes along. Expect nominations for Best Picture, Director (fingers crossed), Sound, Score, and more. I seriously cannot wait what Nolan does next, whatever it is, I will be instantaneously excited. In Nolan we trust!!!



Rating: 10/10