Nothing can really prepare you for a truly kick-ass trailer. You can know it’s coming, you can know when, and you know the premise, and somehow you think you know what to expect. But a good trailer will always pull the rug out from under and laugh at you as you sit there feeling frankly a little foolish. Continue reading Red Band “Deadpool” Trailer – “Please don’t make the supersuit green”
Since the new Deadpool movie exists almost entirely because of a test reel leaked to the public, it makes sense that images of Deadpool have been used heroically throughout the movie’s production. From set shots to video appearances, to spoofs to goofy photos of the mad antihero in a number of compromising positions, we’ve seen it all.
This has been a stark contrast to Ryan Reynolds‘ last comic book movie Green Lantern, where we didn’t really see the finished product in its entirety until the trailer. Since the suit was motion capture this sort of makes sense, even if the film didn’t. The question is, which did Reynolds prefer to work with? Continue reading Ryan Reynolds Decides: Green Lantern Suit vs Deadpool Suit
Look, there are some comic book heroes that simply wouldn’t work with a pg-13 rating. The Punisher, Kick-Ass, Preacher, The Boys, the list goes on and on for like three more titles. And then there’s Deadpool. So far with the Ryan Reynolds project there’s been very little to complain about: we’ve got some sweet tests footage, a super speed greenlight and fast track by Fox, creative freedom for director Tim Miller, a lauded script from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, costume unveiling AND on the hour cast reveals. But you know the old saying – films don’t get made in a vacuum, and much like with life and their stepmother’s superior meatloaf, fans will always find something they’re not happy with.
With the studio going back and forth about a pg-13 rating and dear Mr Reynolds fighting the good fight for an R rating, Screenrant reports that the war is finally over, and the R’s have it!
Along with some tweets from Reynolds, a video was also released with Reynolds in full Deadpool garb, confirming to the audience that the film will be R rated whilst having a pop at Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell reference included). The video is choc full of self-referential put downs, in jokes and Xmen Origins callbacks. All in good fun and all pointing the the creative high ground that will give the audience something creatively unique instead of widely marketable. Check out the video below, courtesy of Screenrant:
Deadpool will be in theatres February 12th.
It would be fair to say that Marvel doesn’t really own the character of Deadpool anymore. Deadpool has two new surrogate parents: Ryan Reynolds, who’s been standing face to face with that black and red mask in every dream he’s had for the past six years; and the Marvel audience, who’s far more maternal and gets protective of Deadpool when Reynolds wants to take Deadpool rock-climbing and let him stay up past his bedtime.
After the debacle of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and it’s bizarre depiction of Deadpool as a lesson in graphic irony, the Marvel audience got full custody of Deadpool for a while and Reynolds didn’t really have any visitation rights. But late last year Reynolds starred in some test footage that sparked the opposite of public outcry – I guess it would be called in-laugh? – and the Marvel audience forgave him, letting him see Deadpool on alternate weekends.
I guess my longwinded point is that Ryan Reynolds knows what it means to pass off a Marvel fan, so he knows how important it is that the new Deadpool film be faithful. Well, according to Slashfilm, he’s pretty confident about his chances. Here’s Reynolds talking to Shortlist about what he expects from the film:
“I’m incredibly happy about it —we’ve got a director that understands that world and writers with a slavish devotion to the canon of that character. That’s the most important aspect: it’s made in a way the most critical of fanboys could embrace. Well, that’s the hope.”
Slavish is definitely a word that should not be taken lightly. So it sounds like they’re pushing the boat out when it comes to authenticity.
Director Tim Miller is directing the project from Blur House, which is the same animation studio that produced the test footage that drove everyone crazy.
This opinion is a little more reputable since he’s not talking about a script that hasn’t been written. The script exists and has been lauded by readers as something of a gem. The script, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Warwick, has roles for TJ Miller, Gina Carano and Morena Baccarin, as well as an actor-less Colossus.
It’s certainly comforting to see Reynolds so confident about the upcoming semi reboot, let’s just hope it’s justified.
Deadpool will hit cinemas on February 12th, 2016.
If the upcoming marvel movie Deadpool were a person, it would be a guy who’s been kicked out of bed because he’s super late for work, so now he’s rushing around trying to eat cereal and brush his own teeth at the same time while tying a Windsor knot with his big toes.
We only found out very recently that a solo movie for marvel’s candidly nutty mercenary was being made, but since then it’s been rare to go a few days without some new nugget of news popping up out of nowhere. The latest is that Morena Baccarin will be playing the female lead in the film, as reported by The A.V. Club. The only problem is we have no idea who that female lead might be. Well that’s not strictly true:there are suggestions that Baccarin will play Domino or Shiklah, both of whom have been romantically attached to Deadpool at some point in his comic history. Everything is entirely speculative at the moment, more so with this film than with other comic book movies as Deadpool is notorious for poking fun at classic comic tropes. So it’s just as likely the movie will subvert all expectation and have Godzilla as the love interest… Or Robert Downey Jr as played by a woman.
Morena Baccarin will be most familiar to audiences for her role as Inara in Joss Whedon‘s Firefly, as well as Jessica Brody in Homeland and most recently Dr Leslie Thompkins in Gotham. With a good few Sci-fi action chops to her name she should be a striking fit and a worthy scene sharer with Ryan Reynolds and his comic book alter ego.
This is the most recent thread in a long string of casting/character news. Since rumours started that heavy metal X-Man Colossus would be playing a part in the film’s story, we’ve found out that Gina Carrenon is on board as adrenalin junkie mutant Angel Dust along with comic actor T.J. Miller. It’s been suggested that Miller will be playing a voice in Deadpool’s head, but I’m still hoping he’ll be reprising his character from Big Hero 6. We also found out that the Colossus rumours were true, but that the actor of few words Daniel Cudmore who played him in the X-Men franchise would not be starring. So that role could be up for grabs. You know, if you’re interested.
You can check out the test footage that got this whole thing rolling here. If you haven’t seen it, then I’m not sure if we met at a cocktail party that we would be friends.
It’s been a very busy week in the Deadpool camp, and there has been a whole stack of rumours and teases and casting news coming out of every dang opening. This has most likely been choreographed as a means of prodding the arguably cult classic marvel character into the mainstream conversation, but it’s just as much for the fans to chatter about as well. Let’s start with the altruistic star Ryan Reynolds taking it upon himself to tease not only a release date for the film, but a couple of costume choices as well. Here’s a stoic sepia-toned picture from Reynolds’ Twitter:
If you didn’t know what you were looking at, you could easily mistake a strikingly faithful Deadpool mask for a bust of a bald philosopher…what? Actors can have busts of things. Fortunately the sneaky tease also had a tweet alongside it: Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It’s early. 365 sleeps early.
So can we expect to see Deadpool on our screens exactly a year from now? It certainly looks that way. Whether or not we’ll be seeing a mask that looks just like the one in the picture is a whole other question. Still, don’t expect it to be an outfit that takes itself too seriously.
Moving swiftly on then, we also have a delightful bit of casting news. Screenrant has reported that Gina Carano will be joining the team as Marvel mutant (what other kind of mutant could there be?) Angel Dust. Carano is the first Deadpool cast member to be announced other than Mr Reynolds himself, so hopefully we’ll be seeing the list flesh out over the coming months. You may know Carano from Blood and Bone, Haywire and Fast and Furious 6, as well as a few tv gigs here and there. She also happens to be a former mixed martial artist, so she’s certainly got the criteria to keep up with Marvel’s favourite merc’. If you’re not familiar with Angel Dust, she’s a mutant with the ability to fill her body with adrenalin and get all souped up – so Carano is more than suited for the job.
Finally, let’s stop by the rumour store to pick up some potentially bogus news. With the introduction of Angel Dust there has been a lot of buzz about whether we’ll be seeing any X-men mixing it up with Deadpool. While it would be hilarious to see a buddy cop situation between Wolvervine and Deadpool, ending with them fighting and regenerating for all eternity, it leaves very little space for sequels. So instead we may be seeing everyone’s favourite paperweight Colossus joining the fray.
The X-Man with the ability to turn his entire body into metal will potentially join the cast, although whether it would be Daniel Cudmore playing the role (he was a fairly mute Colossus in the original X-Men film series as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past) is another story – or it’s not another story if it turns out to be false.
So that’s the whole feast of Deadpool news we got this week. Hopefully we’ll be getting a lot more solid info in the next few weeks.
Oooooh, we’ve been waiting for this. At Sundance last year we heard tell of a creepy black comedy doing the rounds about a psychopathic loner who has conversations with a cat and a dog. Sounds good right? But that’s not the thing that got a our attention. What really got us excited was that Ryan Reynolds was starring, and it’s been a few years since we’ve seen Reynolds let his hair down in an indie.
So his latest low-budget with promise is Voices , which sees Reynolds as a socially awkward factory worker who pines for a co-worker played by Anna Kendrick, only to be led down a murderous, psychotic but still whimsical path by his talking pets.
The word on this project is that it’s weird…that’s pretty much the only solid thing that’s been said about it, since people don’t know whether or not to be scared or amused or sad. Audience confusion is bound to be a problem with genre-muddlers so this one is gonna be a love-it-or-hate-it deal. Here’s the trailer, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:
It’s no secret that Reynolds has made a few bad career choices over the last few years (Green Lantern, The Change-Up, R.I.P.D), but the one ace in the hole he has – it was two aces, but then Hugo Boss dropped him from their ads – is that he blows the roof off of indie projects. When you think back to Reynolds’ performances in films like Buried and Adventureland, he becomes a lot more three-dimensional than the characters he plays in big budget features. So hopefully Voices will be remembered as a win.
Directed by Iranian filmmaker Marjane Satrapi and starring Gemma Arterton and Jacki Weaver, Voice comes out in limited theatres and VOD on February 6th.
It seems like only yesterday that we were talking about Helen Mirren‘s latest project Women in Gold. In fact, it was two days ago. Weren’t expecting that, were you?
We got a poster to look at for the Simon Curtis film that sees Mirren reclaiming a painting of her aunt that was taken during World War 2 by a whole mess of Nazis. The film is based on the real life adventures and misadventures of Maria Altmann, and also stars Ryan Reynolds in a surprising naive-but-goodhearted-lawyer role – although that may be because I’m used to seeing Reynolds in either terrible or potentially brilliant superhero costumes.
Here’s the trailer, courtesy of the folks at Apple:
This is the second film of 2014 about Nazis stealing artwork that looked more or less OK in the trailer. It does fell like Woman in Gold could go the way of Monuments Men and not take the subject matter quite as seriously as they should for the sake of a few middle-of-the-road gags. Hopefully this isn’t the case, because the film has a decent enough cast, with Daniel Bruhl and Charles Dance alongside Mirren and Reynolds. Mind you, Monuments Men had a pretty good cast too. So we’ll have to see if this project surpasses its trailer.
We like to cover as much news as possible here that interests you, but it’s unavoidable that little nuggets get missed here and there. Sometimes there’s too much to mention. Sometimes there’s not enough information to warrant an entire post. Sometimes I get tired. Sometimes a fourth thing happens.
Anyway, the Weekend Roundup is a means of keeping you updated on the weekend’s happenings without overwhelming you with multiple posts. This way you have time to enjoy your weekend outside, with trees and ducks and stuff.
So here are the important titbits that might come up in the coming week:
Affleck and Brolin Stand Up for American Sniper
It’s been a surprising few weeks for Bradley Cooper. While he’s been on Broadway with Elephant Man, Award-magnet American Sniper has been entirely snubbed by the SAg and Golden Globe Awards. As if that weren’t mind-boggling enough, now fellow Oscar contenders Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice) and Ben Affleck (Daredevil 2…just kidding, Gone Girl) have spoken publicly in favour of Cooper’s performance and the importance of the story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. It’s relatively unheard of for Oscar competitors to be rooting for one another this late in the game, so maybe the spirit of Christmas is still working miracles in Hollywood.
Official Set Image for Steven Spielberg’s Cold War Thriller
It’s hardly a surprise to see Steven Spielberg taking on a project that depicts an important moment in American history. Even less of a surprise is his reunion with collaborator Tom Hanks. But then who needs surprises when it’s all good news? Well now we have an exclusive image from the set of Spielberg’s untitled Cold War epic that sees Austin Stowell play Francis Gray Power, an American pilot who is shot down over Soviet airspace in a spy plane. Good thing he has Hanks to rely on as attorney James Donovan. The image is a little non-descript, but it all looks good. More news soon hopefully!
Sony and Robert Rodriguez Play with Fire and Ice
Remember Fire and Ice? Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi’s animated fantasy feature from the 1980’s that combined traditional cell animation and rotoscoped live action footage? No? Well you’re about to. Sony is taking a wary step out of its front door and picking up Robert Rodriguez’s project, a live action reboot of the animated feature. This will be the first film that Rodriguez has directed in four years that isn’t a sequel, so it will be cool to see him working with some new material again. Well, not new, but you know what I mean. It’s a fairly epic fantasy storyline, taking place between the fortresses of Icepeak and Firekeep with the kidnapping of a princess by the evil Queen Julianna.
Exclusive Poster for Helen Mirren’s Woman in Gold
Helen Mirren and Nazis!? I’m in! This is an exclusive poster for Mirren’s latest project, in which she plays a woman who bravely plans to reclaim a Gustav Klimt painting that was stolen from her family by Nazis during World War 2…well when else would Nazis be operating? Mirren will be starring alongside Katie Holmes, Daniel Bruhl and Ryan Reynolds, who I can only hope is playing a wise-cracking SS officer. Any chance of that? Simon Curtis is directing and the Weinstein Co. is releasing the feature in 2015. Expect a trailer on Monday!
Horrifying Holiday Greetings from The Babadook
Let’s end the weekend on a creepy high! There’s been no end of amazingly eery extras following the success of The Babadook that has been steadily building since Sundance. Now we have a Christmas fable to add to the canon. The Christmas message is only 45 seconds long but has all those monochrome shivers that we’ve come to expect.
And that’s the weekend. See you all next week!