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Weekend Round-Up: 16th-18th January – Missing X-Men and Motley Crue

Academy mixed up Selma Actresses on Instagram

While it would be a lot more disheartening if the Academy had offered an Oscar nomination to the wrong women, this mistake was still a little embarrassing. THR reports that the Academy’s official Instagram page included a congratulatory message to Selma for its nominations with a still from the film – the only problem being that they identified actress Tessa Thompson in the caption as Carmen Ejogo, who plays a separate character entirely. Now I can’t speak for what level or quantity of employees are running the Academy’s many sprawling social media presences, but it goes without saying that considering the climate following the nomination announcements, this mistake couldn’t have come at a more delicate time.

Stewart and McKellen may be sitting the next X-Men film out

Any fans of Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen‘s performances in the X-Men franchise may be disappointed by Stewart’s revelation on a recent Larry King recording. THR reports that when asked about the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, Professor Xavier explained that he “was learning quite a lot more about [the film] last night, and it is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters…And so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance”. While none of this is set in stone, it’s not looking like the original Xavier and Magneto will be donning their costumes this time around.

Eastwood’s American Sniper Breaks January Weekend Records

Despite reviews coming in that paint American Sniper as not quite doing the true story justice, the box office doesn’t seem to care. Deadline reports that Clint Eastwood’s war drama has had a stunning three-day bow of approximately $93 million, beating out high-roller Passion of the Christ’s $83.8 million. It’s also set to be the biggest January weekend ever, knocking Avatar’s New Year’s session of $68.5 million off the top. At this rate, the film about legendary sniper Chris Kyle could have the best ever four-day run for an R-rated film.

Motley Crue Biopic The Dirt Scooped Up by Focus Features

If there’s one band that has more than it’s share of debauched stories to tell, it’s Motley Crue. So it was only a matter of time before a script was written and a studio snatched up the story of one of the most self-destructive rock bands on the planet – that studio happens to be Focus Features. Based on The New York Times best-selling autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, the film will be helmed by Jackass director Jeff Tremaine. THR reports that the screenplay is penned by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos.

Scientology Documentary Going Clear will Première at Sundance

Deadline reports that Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief will have its world première at the Sundance Film Festival. This was after Content Media acquired international sales rights for the film, which is based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. The film will include the testimonies of former members of the controversial church and focus on the experiences of followers who are drawn in to the highly secretive religion.

 

Vin Diesel Spreads Some More Marvel Rumours: “Are You Inhuman?”

If there’s one actor in Hollywood that doesn’t need a publicist to generate hype it’s Vin Diesel. The Fast and Furious  star is more than capable of keeping himself in the public eye and part of many a movie-goer conversation. Building on the unprecedented popularity of his performance as Groot in Marvel’s dark horse Guardians of the Galaxy, Diesel teased in August that he may have something to do with another inbound Marvel project, The Inhumans, scheduled for a 2018 release. Much like the Guardians, the Inhumans are another on-the-fringe team that have connections to the alien race introduced in Guardians, the Kree. Now, Diesel is once again stirring the pot and hinting at his involvement with the race of super-humans that spend some of their time living on the moon…you heard me. Here’s the image that Diesel posted on Facebook that everyone’s talking about:

Vin-Diesel-Inhumans

There was no comment with this picture, but the caption says it all really. Whether or not what the image says is true is another story. Diesel also has “Inhumans” written on his fashionable shirt, if that helps. To be honest, this image has the feel of a sports clothing range an energy drink billboard with a celebrity endorsement. If it’s really Diesel’s way of saying “Hey, I’ll be in another Marvel movie”, it would a funny way of going about it. But hey, Diesel’s a funny guy…please don’t tell him I said that, he is quite terrifying.

If Diesel is in The Inhumans, there will certainly be a better chance of him having a live-action role as opposed to a voice-over as he did for Groot. There’s also a lot of members of the group that he could play – Black Bolt, Triton, Gorgon. Do these all sound like nerd colognes?

Anyway, this is one of those pieces of news that’s more “news” than news, but it’s exciting nonetheless and gets Inhumans involved in a conversation that’s been very Avengers and Dr Strange heavy recently.

 

Rest Easy: You will see Bebop & Rocksteady in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′, but no Liebesman

There was never a possibility that there wouldn’t be a sequel to this year’s summer blockbuster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, regardless how well it went down with audiences or critics. The only question was whether or not the sequel would tug at our heartstrings with more absurd cartoon characters that we adored in our childhood and occasionally secretly adore now.

Well, wish granted folks! Screenrant has reported that two hallmarks of the Turtles’ adventures will be appearing in the sequel: the affable anthropo-morons Bebop and Rocksteady.

The news was confirmed during an interview with producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, via Brazilian entertainment outlet Omelete: “We can say that Bebop and Rocksteady are in the film, and Casey Jones is a character that we love and we’re trying to fit him in as well.”

Other Turtles 2 news includes the fact that director Jonathan Liebesman is not returning for the Ninja Turtles sequel, with Earth To Echo director Dave Green circling the job.

Jonathan Liebesman on the "Turtles" set. A shell half-full kind of guy.
Jonathan Liebesman on the “Turtles” set. A shell half-full kind of guy.

In case you weren’t a shell-head in your youth, Bebop and Rocksteady had an opposite back story to the turtles, in that they were originally human but were exposed to a mutagen that transformed them into human-animal hybrids – a rhinoceros and a warthog.

There was news following the release of Turtles that the two characters were considered for the first film, or at least their concept art was. How far along the characters were scrapped is anyone’s guess, but it would have been interesting to see how they’d be incorporated into that plot.

Now we get to see them in the sequel, it opens up all kinds of possibilities for the sequel’s storyline, although the possibility that the on-screen depiction will ring true with our critical inner children is slim. Real slim. But in any case it will be interesting to see how they make the warthog and rhino henchmen look. As long as they’re still idiots, it should be fine. Plus the fight scenes could be pretty delicious with some hybrid-on-hybrid action…sorry, that sounded gross.

 

There was something else I had to say…oh yeah, turtle power! Sorry.

Who should play Bebop and Rocksteady? Is this shell half-empty or half-full?

 

 

Roberto Orci is out as “Star Trek 3” Director

While J.J. Abrams continues to dazzle with his latest Star Wars: the Force Awakens teaser, it’s getting a bit messy in his old stomping ground. There are reports coming out of Deadline that Roberto Orci, who was reported as taking on directing duties for  Star Trek 3 has left the project. Orci was a big part of putting the rebooted film franchise together as a writer, and there’s a good chance that he’ll be staying on as a producer. This would make sense since it’s his script that the new film will be based on, written by himself, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne.

Since the release is scheduled for 2016, it isn’t surprising that Paramount Pictures already has a list in the works for Orci’s replacement. One of the names mentioned by Deadline is Edgar Wright, who is currently free as a bird since leaving Marvel’s Ant-Man due to creative differences between himself and the studio.

In the end this may be best for the franchise, as Orci is a top-notch writer but has no directorial experience to date. So the chances are paramount will play it safe and go with someone with a little more experience under their belt. Wright would be a intriguing choice, and he’d already be familiar with some of the cast having worked with Simon Pegg on numerous projects including Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. Granted there are as yet no confirmations of returning cast members, but Paramount currently has bigger fish to fry with Orci’s departure.

Who would you like to see directing Star Trek 3? Could Wright be the one to send you into warp-speed?

“The Crow” changes hands, director corin hardy takes over

The reboot of The Crow, based on James O’Barr‘s cult graphic novel, is one of those projects that feels like it’s been in the works forever. Countless different actors and directors have been connected and fallen away just as quickly. Luke Evans is the latest actor with any claim on the role as the man who is resurrected by a supernatural crow and takes revenge after watching his fiancée get murdered.

The stability of the project was brought into question again this week as director F. Javier Gutiérrez taken leave of the graphic novel adaptation. There has been some speculation that he was opting to work on the latest film in the Ring franchise, but there’s simply not enough evidence to support that.

But fear not, Crow fans. Doors shut and windows open and all that nonsense, as director Corin Hardy has now been attached to run the show. Gutiérrez has not washed his hands of the project entirely, and will apparently stay on as an executive producer. This may seem like a minimal detail but O’Barr, who is still on board as a consultant for the reboot, was singing the praises of Gutiérrez and his plans to make an entirely faithful adaptation of the graphic novel.

Relativity Studios’ decision to hire Hardy was due in no small part to recommendation made by fellow director Edgar Wright to producer Edward R. Pressman.

Hardy also has a project entitled The Hallow coming out next year, and is scheduled to start work on The Crow in the spring with an as yet unconfirmed release date.

If you want to see some of Hardy’s previous work, check out his animated short Butterfly below; or alternatively some of his music video work, which includes bands like The Prodigy, Keane and Biffy Clyro.

The original film adaptation of The Crow was released in 1993 with director Alex Proyas and starring the late actor Brandon Lee in his final film role.

Are you still excited to see The Crow fly again? Which actor would you like to see attached?

Captain Killjoy: Why you probably won’t see nova in “guardians 2”

Now that we have full confirmation that a sequel to the insanely popular Guardians of the Galaxy is on the books, along with a dozen or so other projects running into the 2020’s, fans are getting antsy for a few scraps of info, just to get them through the difficult Christmas season. One of the big topics of discussion currently surrounding the uber-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Hardly Guardin’ (my own title suggestion), is whether or not we’re likely to see the Marvel character Nova rear his pointy-helmeted head.

For those of you who don’t know who Nova is because you have better things to do with your time (and more power to you), just think of him as the Marvel Universe’s Green Lantern. If you don’t know who Green Lantern is, or you don’t care, just give the following paragraph a miss.

So the story goes that the final surviving member of the Nova corps decided that he wanted to be succeeded by a high school student from New York named Richard Rider. So Rider gets the uniform and a few few super powers thrown in for god measure and he starts fighting crime on earth. Eventually he discovers the spaceship of his predecessor orbiting earth and he uses it to travel to Xandar, the home planet of the Nova corps, to fight in the war against the Skrulls – an alien race that, along with the Kree (Guardians) and the Chitauri (Avengers), we are hopefully going to see more of in the coming Marvel epics.

We got a decent look at Xandar and the Nova Corps in Guardians along with a few other Nova corps members lifted right from the comic books, but sadly no Nova. Will we be seeing him in the new Guardians adventure? Short answer, not. Long answer, probably not.

Gunn has been reported as saying that he doesn’t want to overcomplicate the Guardians story with too many lone-wolf earth heroes. He explains his reasons more thoroughly in his Facebook post on the subject of connected universes and the possibility of Nova:

“I don’t want Nova right now because I think Quill being the only earthling is important. That serves the entire movie going audience and not just the handful of Nova fans… I have nothing against Nova in future movies, but it doesn’t serve the movie right this moment.”

Gunn also explains in a previous post that he wants the sequel to be about “getting to know the characters on a deeper level, knowing them more intimately and uncovering facets of those characters that make them more real to us”.

Lego Nova looks bummed out. This picture really has no bearing on the article, I just think it's funny. Look how square his feet are!
Lego Nova looks bummed out. This picture really has no bearing on the article, I just think it’s funny. Look how square his feet are!

This is a fair statement. I’m sure we can all think of a good few sequels that misguidedly focus on cramming in more and more characters to appease die hard fans instead of working with the characters they already have and going somewhere deeper and, hopefully, more exciting with them. When you consider the number of X-men movies that have characters who don’t even talk or influence the plot a great deal (I’m looking at you, Toad in Days of Future Past), you can kind of understand why Gunn wants to go in a different direction.

Of course, none of this is set in stone, but I wouldn’t hold your breath under that home-made Nova helmet of yours.