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- There isn’t a lot that folks know right now about the upcoming second season of True Detective, and I know even less because I still need to see the show. Get off my back, I plan to marathon it on a plane flight. Anyway, a bit of definite news is that Matthew McCounaghey won’t be back. Which leaves a rather large void in the successor season. But that gap may soon be filled, by none other than Brad Pitt, who will be on TV for the first time since E-TV decided to run Meet Joe Black into the ground with endless repeats,
- If you’re as big a fan of B-grade kung-fu flicks like Kervyn and I are, then you most likely spend your afternoons engaged in carefully choreographed fight scenes while mangling dialogue. If you don’t have that much time to spare however, you might be interested in this great little documentary from the BBC circa 1975, detailing the rise of David Chiang, the Shaw Brothers Studio and an appearance by a David Cushing Count Dracula because reasons.
- Gerard Butler may no longer be getting extreme and robbing banks using counter-culture extreme sports skills, but that doesn’t mean that the Point Break remake will be going ahead sans a leading villain.So who’s up for the role of Bodhi next? Why none other than Edgar Ramirez, who was last seen looking to deliver a headshot to Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty.
- Poster of the day:
- Hands down, one of the most influential cartoons of my youth was not Jem and the Holograms (Outrageous! Truly Outrageous!) But was instead the early 1990s Batman animated series. It’s also a series with a striking intro, once which has been faithfully recreated in live action by fans omi Pietilä, Teemu Saarinen and Tommi Tuominen.
- Ah, the good ol’ Reddit AMA. Ask Me Anything, and I’ll probably tell you quite a few lies (I sunk the Titanic). Hollywood director Jon Favreau was on Reddit this week, engaging with fans ahead of the release of his latest flick Chef. There’s quiet a bit of reading to do there, from casting Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, working with a smaller budget and playing Dungeons and Dragons. But my favourite reply from Favreau has to deal with a scene he took part in with Gene Hackman in my favourite sports flick, the Replacements:
Gene Hackman in Replacements was one of those moments when I was pretty starstruck. He would come in and out of town to shoot his scenes, and he had his yacht piloted to a harbor in Baltimore, so it could be close by for him. It was pretty surreal to have such a legend on our set. The scene you’re referring to was not scripted as it appeared, and we improv’d back and forth: improvising with a great actor is like playing jazz with a great musician. It’s one of those moments I’ll never forget. Gene Hackman never cracked while filming, and wasn’t a guy who laughed much. But he took his work very seriously, and it was an honor to have met him.
- We saw a new Batman this week, and once again, the internet has turned one picture into a comedy goldmine, spawning the now famous “sad Batman” meme. Here’s my favourite one so far:
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine may be a pretty awful movie but it least it…Ok, it is an awful flick with no redeeming features, and that’s something that Cinema Sins took note of recently and tallied up in one 14 minute video. Such as Canada having jerk truck drivers and the origin of the Wolverine scraming about his dead girlfriend cliche.
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Last Updated: May 15, 2014