The Rise of the Planet of the Apes director bids adieu to the upcoming X-Men sideshow citing scheduling issues.
The problem with Star Wars and Marvel? They make multi project universes look simple to maintain. But that’s the only problem, I promise. For most studios, it’s not so straightforward. There’s been a lot of talk recently that Channing Tatum had plans to leave Gambit, the new spin off from Fox’s X-Men Universe. While there’s been no confirmation of Tatum’s move as yet, the project has a slightly different problem: turns out their director is leaving. Continue reading “Gambit” Loses Director Rupert Wyatt
“Move a little strange, you’re gonna get a bullet. Not a warning, not a question… A bullet.”
It seems like only yesterday that a script leak blunder saw Quentin Tarantino shelf his upcoming 8th movie as a punishment for the breaking of his cone of secrecy. One table read, a kick ass poster and a handful of sneaky details later, we finally have a trailer for The Hateful Eight. Man, imagine if it was total garbage, how heartbreaking would that be? Continue reading Watch the First Trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight”
Marvel may be foregoing their usual Comic Con appearance, but that’s no reason to be underwhelmed by the upcoming convention. For starters, Quentin Tarantino is going to be taking up residence with his new movie The Hateful Eight. We can expect to see a trailer or two when the panels start up, but why don’t we have have a peek at a still before we do? Continue reading New Mustachioed Still for Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight”
Hey I’m Gambit. I’m a longstanding member of the X-Men and I bring a lot of charm and home cooked cool to the team. Ever seen me throw a playing card? Yeah, it’s pretty damn cool.
In case you couldn’t hear it though the screen, I was doing that in a flawless New Orleans accent. I’m a big fan of Gambit, and you know who else is? Rupert Wyatt. Well, I assume he’s a fan since he’s just been selected to direct the mutant’s standalone movie next year.
Empire is reporting that the director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be bringing the action and CGI chops he earned on that movie to the world of mutants and superheroes. Channing Tatum has long been attached to the role of Gambit, so the hiring of Wyatt is a good sign that the project is ready to get going. After all, the release date has been set for October next year.
Wyatt’s last picture was The Gambler, which saw Mark Wahlberg kill it in an entirely foreign role. Even though the film left a lot to be desired, it’s clear that Wyatt can work magic with leading men. Let’s hope he can help fellow comic book noob Tatum get to grips with a bayou roaming rogue who can manipulate kinetic energy with explosive effect.
No other cast members have been named as yet, but hopefully with the announcement of Wyatt we’ll be seeing an increase in momentum from the Gambit camp. With any luck we’ll get a sneaky look at Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Who else would you like to see battle it out in Gambit?
Medical school, art school, traffic school, cullianary school, the credits sequence for 22 Jump Street suggested these titles and everything in between for smart self referential sequels to the bafflingly popular franchise. A brilliant feat of self fun-loving, but is there more to the sequels than some joke? Perhaps, because according to the creators of the reboot, they’re looking to make 2121 Jump Street as much a part of the franchise as terrible accents and various East Asian Jesus’.
According to Slashfilm, creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller made references to the end of 22 Jump Street during a Wondercon panel for their new Fox show The Last Man on Earth. Lord stated that “We’ve found a way that we love that makes those imagined sequels canonical and yet does something that we haven’t told you about yet… The sequels are canon.”
Sounds ridiculous right? How could such a preposterous set of sequels have any real part in an increasingly successful franchise? Well what you have to consider is that Lord and Miller are virtuosos of self referential and meta humour, an undeniable point when you consider 50% of the jokes in 22 Jump Street. So would it be that difficult for them to incorporate them somehow?
Here’s an additional reference made by Lord in a separate interview:
“[Rothman] had a really outrageous idea for what to do, and how we could take our scorched-earth sequel policy from the end of 22 Jump Street and do something that hadn’t been explored in those 22 sequels and simultaneously tell the next chapter in the story.”
It still sounds unreasonable, but the task really couldn’t be in safer or more unconventional hands. Rothman refers to Rodney Rothman, who is penning the script for 23 Jump Street, or whatever it’s going to be called. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are also expected to return. It looks to be the oddest film canon out there, but what a canon!
The system works! It really works!
Hollywood has heeded the call of the public and now we have proof. Slashfilm reports that Magic Mike XXL, sequel to the stupendously successful Magic Mike, has a trailer. Well, technically it’s just a teaser trailer, but who cares, right? Say what you will about the first film, it was a breath of fresh air and served as a considerable kick up the ass for Channing Tatum, who you’ll be happy to know has returned for the sequel. Check it out, courtesy of Warner Bros.:
Well it certainly looks like this film will live up to its name. The film will see Channing and his team of hip-swivellin’ pelvis-thrustin’ male strippers heading from Tampa to Myrtle Beach for stripping convention…you see normally I would make fun of a plot point like that, but there’s something about this franchise is damn-near infectious. Matthew McConaughey sadly will not be in the sequel, but I’m not sure anyone was expecting the Oscar-winner to be taking his shirt off again anytime soon. Although it would have been fun to see him hit the stage again…do strippers work on stages? Whatever.
Changing hands from Steven Soderbergh to new director Gregory Jacobs, the film also stars Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Jada Pinkett Smith, Elizabeth Banks and Andie MacD- Andie MacDowell’s in this? Weird.
Are you oiling up for Magic Mike XXL?
The Gotham Independant Film Awards made a lot of people very happy on Monday. Boyhood, Birdman, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, Under the Skin and Dear White People all had multiple nominations, and the good thing about this particularly ceremony is its unpredictability, if not for its nominees then for its winners. Last year Inside Llewyn Davis beat 12 Years a Slave for Best Feature, and relative unknown Fruitvale Station took home Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan respectively.
I’m not gonna mix all the winners up in a few paragraphs and make you pick them out, because that’s not cool. So here are the winners of the 2014 Gotham Awards. Have a look!
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Love Is Strange
Under the Skin
Julianne Moore in Still Alice — WINNER
Patricia Arquette — Boyhood
Gugu Mbatha-Raw — Beyond the Lights
Scarlett Johansson — Under the Skin
Mia Wasikowska — Tracks
Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER
Bill Hader — The Skeleton Twins
Ethan Hawke — Boyhood
Oscar Isaac — A Most Violent Year
Miles Teller — Whiplash
(Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum received a special Gotham Jury Award from the Best Actor nominating panel for their collective performances in Foxcatcher.)
CITIZENFOUR — WINNER Actress Life Itself Manakamana Point and Shoot
Spotlight on Women Filmmakers “Live the Dream” Grant
Chloé Zhao, director — Songs My Brothers Taught Me — WINNER
Garrett Bradley, director, Below Dreams
Claire Carré, director, Embers
Independent Film Audience Award
Boyhood — WINNER
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ana Lily Amirpour in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — WINNER
James Ward Byrkit — Coherence
Dan Gilroy — Nightcrawler
Eliza Hittman — It Felt Like Love
Justin Simien — Dear White People
Tessa Thompson in Dear White People — WINNER
Riz Ahmed — Nightcrawler
Macon Blair — Blue Ruin
Ellar Coltrane — Boyhood
Joey King — Wish I Was Here
Jenny Slate — Obvious Child
Phew, well there we have it. Birdman was the only film to win multiple awards and it was a relief to see Foxcatcher take away a special award in the end. It was a good mix of winners and the nominations overall reflect perfectly where the real talent was hiding this year.
What did you think of the winners? Any travesties of justice?