80’s Homage Short “Kung Fury” Streaming Online for Free!

Hey, since we’re between Oscar seasons at the moment, why not get stuck into some good old fashioned guilty pleasures? No, I don’t mean that thing you do on the bus when no one’s looking. I’m talking classic 80s unorthodox crime battling nonsense. Sure, you could dust off your old copy of Last Action Hero or Cobra, or you could watch something a little different. Kung Fury is a short inspired by everything good and bad about 80s action, and it’s only gone and been released online for free!

Screen Rant is reporting that the project was begun by David Sandberg, who brought it to public attention through crowd-funding early last year. The short managed to attract $630,000 worth of support, and has now been made available to the public for some deliciously indulgent viewing. We have a link below so check it out, courtesy of YouTube:

“Here’s a summary of the project from the Kung Fury website:
The short film Kung Fury is a homage and a love letter to the 80’s from the director David Sandberg.

Miami Police Department detective and martial artist Kung Fury time travels from the 1980s to World War II to kill Adolf Hitler, a.k.a. “Kung Führer”, and revenge his friend’s death at the hands of the Nazi leader. An error in the time machine sends him further back to the Viking Age.”

If you haven’t watched it already, that’s reason enough right there. Sandberg, who directs and stars in Kung Fury, has gone to great lengths to make the film authentically dated, even going so far as to give the shots a film of VCR quality, fizzing out every now and again. And the icing on the cake? David Hasselhoff was hired to sing the them tune “The Survivor”. I’m gonna leave it at that and simply suggest that whatever job you have to go to pay your bills is not as important as watching this film. You know I’m right.

“Point Break” Remake Gets a Trailer and a Poster, But Not a New Name

When rumours first abounded in 2011 of a potential remake of the 80s sensation Point Break, the response was, in a word, mild. Something about digging the Keanu Reeves Patrick Swayze cops and robbers flock out of its presentable grave and kicking it back to life just wasn’t doing it for modern moviegoers. That isn’t to say that Point Break isn’t a popular film, quite the contrary. But as with all films that are products of their time, this film is caught between its then success and a current need for action heavy audience bait. The result? A modern day Point Break.

Granted, you can’t hold an action movie up to much critical scrutiny, certainly not if it’s doing its job well. But just have a look at this trailer and decide whether it was worth calling the film Point Break at all, given its clear dilution of the original plot to make room for more recent extreme sports. Check it out, courtesy of Screen Rant:

As an action movie in its own right, not too bad. Actors Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez are holding up their ends of the bargain as respective enemies turned bros turned enemies again on opposite sides of the law. But as a Point Break remake? Ridiculous! There’s a poster too if you’re interested:

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Compare this poster to that of the regional which clearly focused on Johnny Utah and Brodhi as opposed to the sports they partook of.
The connections between the two films are paper thin, and guaranteed that’s going to be at the forefront of half the movie going public’s mind, making it near impossible to appeal to fans of the original that would otherwise have given it a half decent chance.
That… Or no one will care. What do I know?

Point Break will be in cinemas on Christmas Day 2015.

Check Out Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in “The End of the Tour”

Sundance has been squeezing out an unbelievable layer of cinematic frosting this year, and it just keeps getting more delicious. One of the more anticipated and somewhat controversial projects doing the rounds is The End of the Tour, a movie adaptation of interviews between journalist David Lipsky and novelist David Foster Wallace.

The interviews were then compiled into the book Although of Course you End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip. For those unfamiliar with Wallace, he could very easily described as a legend in his own time. The interviews Lipsky did with Wallace took place not long after the publishing of Infinite Jest, Wallace’s most widely known and lauded tome. But this isn’t an article about Wallace’s work, it’s about a trailer for the adaptation.

The adaptation stars Jason Segel in a surprising role as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky. Check it out, courtesy of Deadline:

I have to say I’m pretty excited about this movie. It’s directed James Ponsoldt who helped The Spectacular Now, and more than anything this looks to be a perfectly aimed catapult for Segel to get the actor in a more serious trajectory on which  he could so clearly thrive. Expect The End of the Tour in theatres in July 31st.

“Beyblade” Rights Nabbed by Paramount

Remember when you were a kid and you’d be watching Pokemon or Digimon or Yu gi oh or (insert Japanese sourced pop culture sensation here), and you’d think “oh my God I’d give my left Charmander to see this as a live action film on the big screen”. Remember when you stopped having ideas like that? If not, chances are you currently work at Paramount. That sounds like a dog at the studio and maybe it is, but like it or not they’ve made a lot of money from a lot of movies based on Hasbro lines like GI Joe and Transformers. Now it looks as though the studio is looking to do the same with Beyblade.

According to Deadline, Paramount has acquired the film rights to the Japanese cross-platform franchise. For those of you unfamiliar with Beyblade, it’s a toy line based on the idea of swappable, customisable battling tops with their own unique powers and personalities. Developed by Transformers creators Takaratomy, the line was brought into the Hasbro fold in 2001, with a second generation of toys in 2009 and a third planned for 2017.

Mary Parent will be producing the planned film with Disruption Entertainment, and that’s all we know for now. It’s gonna be a while before any more information comes to light, but considering the franchise has made around $2.5 billion worldwide, I’m guessing they’ll be going all out.

Who is the Guy with the Flame-Throwing Guitar in “Mad Max: Fury Road”?

It’s definitely going to be a while before people stop talking about Mad Max: Fury Road. As post apocalyptic franchises go, the film has a surprising and unrelenting bite to it, and remains fully committed to the notion that every character should be…well, committed.

Director George Miller‘s most unique filmmaking skill, other than his passion for beautifully choreographed but equally dirty action sequences, is his ability to establish characters without a dependence of any kind on heavy handed exposition or extensive dialogue. Indeed, the characters were mostly an exposition-free zone I’d you don’t count Max’s terrifying flashes of insanity. We know nothing about these survivors, and yet nothing stops us from 100% buying into their story and emotional investments. No small feat considering the board certified mental madness of it all.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise that audiences took a shine to Coma the Doof Warrior, whom you may know better as the burgess suspended onesie wearing guitar player who joins the war party to keep everyone pumped up. Despite having no official on screen origin whatsoever, he’s a big focus of the film, if only for visual purposes. So it’s only fitting that he have an origin story.

Deadline is reporting that in an interview with Movie Pilot, musician Iota who was cast as Coma opens the pickle jar on the character’s brutal past:

“I knew that George had said that Coma was found by Immortan Joe in a Cave and taken under his wing and he learned to be a musician. I kind of embellished that for myself. Basically, my story was that Coma was found with his mother’s head, after she had been killed, and he was clinging to it and Immortan Joe came and found him and Coma took her face off and made the mask out of her face, to honor her when he went to war.”

Now that’s a backstory! The only question left to answer is what that origin has to do with a red onesie? Well, Iota had an answer for that too: the costume was his idea, designed primarily to make the guitarist more visible in a world of bright oranges:

“Coma didn’t really have a costume, as such. So there was lots of trying stuff on and I remember thinking that an old farcical onesie would be good with the butt flap hanging out the back. The mask was something that was worked on and influence came from everyone. And certainly Angus Young and AC/DC was an influence.”

So there you have it, the man and the mystery come full circle. Iota has even alluded to the fact that Coma shouldn’t come back for a sequel, for fear that it would run the novelty. A reasonable suggestion indeed, although I imagine that the Mad Max sequel, currently entitled The Wasteland, will be a very different creature altogether, with a whole new mess of madd’uns giving Max grief.
Now what are you still doing sitting there? Go see Mad Max you ruddy scamps! Mad Max: Fury Road is currently in theatres.

New Trailer for Eli Roth’s “Knock Knock” Starring Keanu Reeves

Get out your dream journals kids, because Eli Roth‘s new movie finally has a trailer. The gristly horror director had a good run in 2014 despite some setbacks with cannibalism project Green Inferno,  and Clown on which he served as producer. Now he’s hitting the ground running in 2015 with something a little closer to home.

The Wrap is reporting that Knock Knock, Roth’s latest project, has its first full trailer release from Lionsgate, giving a peek into the life of a family man who invites two seemingly stranded women into his home, only to be seduced, held hostage and tortured by them. Interested? Course you are you dang weirdo. Here’s the trailer, courtesy of The Wrap:

Well that was disturbing. The film definitely has that down home Eli Roth flavour, with his exposed nerve style of horror. Keanu Reeves is stepping things up after the entertaining but at times wooden John Wick with what appears to be a convincingly desperate man who’s family picked the wrong weekend to leave town. The psychotic girls are played by Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas.

Roth directs and wrote the script with Aftershock cowriters Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoeba.

This film could be terrifying, but it could also be the best thing to ever happen to the institution of marriage.

Will you be answering the door?

Imogen Poots Cast in Untitled Lonely Island Comedy

We got word recently that spoof rap outfit The Lonely Island would be bringing out their own movie project with Universal. The comedy trio, fronted by SNL alum and Brooklyn Nine Nine star Andy Samberg, are working together with Judd Appatow and Appatow productions on the film. That’s all well and good, you say, but I need some details, I need some casting sheets. Well you’re in luck hypothetical reader, as it has just been revealed that British star Imogen Poots will be paddling her way to The Lonely Island… Not a great pun, but I’ll stick with it.

The Wrap is reporting that Poots, who started in last year’s Need For Speed and Filth, has been cast as Samberg’s girlfriend. Samberg’s himself will be playing a failing rapper whose latest solo album has just tanked, and so tries to reunite with his former boy band. As you’d imagine, co-Islanders Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer are starring in the film, presumably as the other members of the defunct boy band. Alongside them, SNL stars Tim Meadows and Sarah Silverman are on board as Samberg’s publicist and manager.

This role comes at a particularly busy time in Poots’ schedule. After finishing up working with Patrick Stewart in white supremacist thriller The Green Room, she’ll get to work on Terence Mallick‘s Knight of Cups. It’s not clear when Poots will start working on the Lonely Island project. Hopefully it won’t be too long, especially if the rumours that the movie will parody recent music documentaries – parodies don’t tend to work out so well a few years after the fact.
Who else would you like to see star alongside The Lonely Island?

Tony Goldwyn Goes Corporate For “The Belko Experiment”

When we talked about James Gunn‘s The Belko Experiment yesterday, we mentioned that when we know any more casting news, you’ll know. Well, we know.

Deadline is reporting that Tony Goldwyn of Scandal fame will be joining the horror thriller. This comes right after the news that John Gallagher Jr from The Newsroom will be starring as an employee of the Belko Company. Goldwyn himself will be playing the company’s COO, who presumably plays a role in sealing the employees in the building and informing them that they will kill each other or be killed. Goldwyn is a stellar choice, as something about him exudes morally ambiguous and he’ll comfortably fit into the role of brutally uncompromising COO… Unless he doesn’t star the experiment, in which case forget everything I just said.

A table read has already been carried out which means the cast has most likely already been confirmed.

Gunn has promised that more news will be coming tomorrow, so we’ll most likely be learning more about the employees of Belko. Maybe Ed Harris as a curmudgeonly HR manager? No you’re right, probably not.

“Mad Max: The Wasteland” Named by Miller as “Fury Road” Sequel

Soooooo, Mad Max right? It’s not many franchises that can come back to the plate after 30 years worth of delays and absolutely knock it out of the park. But you’d only have to shout Mad Max in a crowded room and wait for the Mexican wave of excited whoots to see how successful it’s been. The only problem is that now we know the film is a smash and the franchise is salvaged – critically as well as financially – no one cares about the film anymore. They only care about the potential sequel. After three decades of plot development, correction and expansion, some semblance of a followup was bound to rear it’s attention seeking head. George Miller has more or less confirmed this, revealing that two sequels were in the works before Fury Road got its groove back, including one entitled Mad Max: The Wasteland.

Screen Rant is reporting that The Wasteland is the result of an accidental universe expansion that happens when you work on a script for so long and vents get made to siphon off potential plot points. The sequel would follow on the tradition and bring the audience deeper into the madness and the monstrosities of the apocalyptic outback. We know that Tom Hardy is signed on for three Mad Max sequels, so odds are we would see the actor tuck his trousers into his socks and wade into the Wasteland.

However, this title goes against Miller’s reveal in 2010 that the sequel to Fury Road would be called Mad Max: Furiosa, presumably based on Charlize Theron‘s badass liberator. Could this change be connected to claims that Theron had a tough time on set and tensions got a little high?

Fans would definitely like to see Furiosa take on more psychos in a sequel, but would Theron be on board? While Furiosa’s fate may still hang in the balance, The Wasteland looks to be in a very strong place.

But what is The Wasteland? Given Miller’s as yet unyielding ability to craft harsh dystopia worlds, I for one am looking forward to finding out.

“The Newsroom”‘s John Gallagher Jr Joins in James Gunn’s “Belko Experiment”

So, a couple of updates on James Gunn‘s upcoming passion project The Belco Experiment. First off, the name has changed to The Belko Experiment, following some fiddly legal issues. Second, a cast member has been announced.

Empire is reporting that John Gallagher Jr has been cast in the horror thriller. You may remember Gallagher from Short Term 12 or Aaron Sorkin‘s The Newsroom. He will be playing one of the main characters in the project, which sees the employees of the Belko Company get sealed inside and told that they have to kill or be killed.

There’s going to be a strong sense of character exploration in this film, with desperation bringing everyone’s true character to light. What kind of person will Gallagher be revealed to be?

Back in reality, Gunn auditioned Gallagher for a different role that  didn’t work out. But the actor stuck in Gunn’s mind and here he is in Belko. According to Gunn a table read has already been done with the cast members, so we should be getting some more cast news very soon. As soon as we know, you’ll know.

Who else would you like to see trapped in Belko?
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