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If you fancy hanging around with a slightly creepy, funny man and some weirdly dressed midgets, then you’re welcome to join Darryn, Nick, Lourens and I for a drink anytime. If that’s not your thing though, then you can also head on over to Nu Metro’s website where entries are now open to win a golden ticket to their latest TCM Presents… feature, the classic Gene Wilder starring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. As with Nu Metro/TCM’s previous screenings, this one is free on a first come first serve basis (so click that link now!) and will only be available at select cinemas.
And a proper, hi-res version of that leaked poster for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has finally swung onto the internet. And since there’s now no longer any point in hiding this behind SPOILER tags, since Sony clearly has zero intention of keeping it a secret, I can just come out and say that the poster 100% confirms that it will be Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborne (that’s clearly his face on the right) and not the traditional Norman Osborne (Chris Cooper) who will become the Green Goblin in the sequel.
Click to embiggen and spoilerfy.
The Dredd sequel will be hitting the US in January 2014. And now that I have you all excited, let me just take you down a notch (ain’t I a stinker?!) Dredd: Underbelly is the comic book sequel to the fan favourite (but not box-office favourite) 2013 movie starring Karl Urban, which was originally published in serial form in the UK’s Judge Dredd Megazine. But now, thanks to some interest from over the pond, the comic will be published States-side as well, in the tradition comic book format, as 2000AD Editor Matt Smith (no, not that Matt Smith, Whovians!) explains.
“We’ve noted a real swell of U.S. interest in Dredd off the back of the film. This first foray for 2000 AD in producing a U.S.-format book, geared specifically to the [comic book] direct market, and aimed at satisfying those demanding a sequel, is a stumm gas grenade-style lob across the Atlantic to show that you don’t have to camp outside your local multiplex to get your next fix of Mega-City One — the Judge will carry on enforcing the Law through the pages of the comic. Arthur and Henry [creators Arthur Wyatt and Henry Flint] have created a terrific story, and a powerful follow-up to the film – Dredd fans won’t be disappointed.”
Jennifer Lawrence is arguably the most popular actress on the face of the planet right now, and for very good reason. Besides for being insanely talented, her down to Earth, effortlessly charming, “I’m just like you regular people” schtick is a massive breath of fresh air in Hollywood right now. She has the world eating out of her hand, even when she’s talking about how she pooped her pants and hallucinated about the Kardashians. But it seems that not everyone is convinced that her natural magnetism is quite so natural. Some naysayers are suspecting that it may all be a finely constructed act, much like her most famous character has to do in The Hunger Games, prompting Variety to ask “Is Jennifer Lawrence Katniss-ing us?”
Looks like Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper are getting a head start on fighting one another. The pair play Nick Fury and the Winter Soldier in the up-coming superhero sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but they’ll also be going toe-to-toe before then in Reasonable Doubt, the first poster for which has just dropped online.
The thriller will be released on VOD in January, and sees Cooper as “up-and-coming District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper) who commits a fatal hit-and-run, [and then] feels compelled to throw the case against the accused criminal who was found with the body and blamed for the crime. Following the trial, Mitch’s worst fears come true when he realizes that he acquitted a guilty man, and he soon finds himself on the hunt for the killer before more victims pile up.”
I think that regular reader Gareth L needs to play the Lotto ASAP, because clearly he has some precognitive abilities. Just yesterday he was talking about the actors in superhero movies doesn’t make that much of a difference as the director can make or break the film, and here comes Ben Affleck to say the exact same thing.
“Well, I don’t want to get too far afield and I’m sure I’ll have time to talk about Batman down the road. What I’ll say is that I really like [Batman vs Superman director Zack Snyder]. From what I’ve seen of what’s Zack is doing, it’s made me very excited. One of the nice things about being an actor in that movie is they show you all the stuff before anyone else gets to see it. So all the sort of world-creation, and the take on the character and the other characters is really exciting. And at the end of the day, the truth is it’s really directors that make movies work or not — especially these kinds of movies, where it’s about the whole world, and a rising tide lifts all ships. And if it all has integrity, if it all has a sense of realism, then it works. And if it doesn’t, than it doesn’t really matter what everyone’s doing [on the screen] because they just look like a bunch of Mexican wrestlers in suits.”
Sacha Baron Cohen may not be rocking hard anymore, but now he’s going to try to spy hard instead. Cohen is set to star in Grimsby a new spy action-comedy to be directed by Louis Leterrier, which will see Cohen as “a British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, who is a northern English soccer hooligan.”
Due to the film’s big action set pieces, Cohen apparently met with several more action-oriented directors before picking Leterrier, who has most recently come off the box office success of Now You See Me. I think Leterrier’s action directing chops are decent enough, he just often picks iffy scripts, so lets hope that’s not the case here.
As some of you may know, I have a serious bromance with Jackie Chan. Well, I would if I could ever meet him in real life (yes, him catching me in the bushes outside his house totally counts). He was easily my favourite movie star when I was growing up as a kid, and one of the major reasons for that hero worship was some of the insane stunts he would pull off. I’ve mentioned some of his crazy stuntwork in the past, but if you don’t know what the man has achieved (shame on you!) then here’s a nice compilation of 10 of his best stunts.
The folks over at Yahoo have a really great interview with Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men) where they chat about all types of stuff, including their latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis. During the interview though, they also reveal what they’re working on next: A picture set in Ancient Rome.
“It’s like: Would you ever do a sandal movie? It’s big. We’re interested in the big questions. And we don’t (expletive) around with subtext. This one especially.”
“It’s not like our piddly ‘A Serious Man… That was a cop-out. We just totally chickened out on that one.”
“We hadn’t grown up. In that respect, OK, we have matured. We’re ready to answer the big questions now.”
Coens? Ancient Rome? Big questions? Where can I buy my ticket?
Last week saw our Yankees friends from over the ocean celebrate Thanksgiving by reliving the traditions of eating turkey you bleed gravy, and having really uncomfortable family gatherings. The latter is an especially prevalent scenario, and not even a family like the Justice League is exempt.
(NSFW for a whole lot of foul language)
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Last Updated: December 4, 2013