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Want to take a trip down memory lane? And by memory lane, I actually mean Diagon Alley. Yep, I’m talking about Harry Potter. The Boy That Lived and his friends have been entertaining us with their cinematic adventures for more than a decade now, and we’ve had the pleasure of literally watching these kids grow up in front of us.
Which is why Youtuber Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr. has put together this rather brilliant look back at the entire series titled Mischief Managed: The Harry Potter Retrospective.
Bet you feel kind of old now, don’t you?
And some more tributes have come pouring in for Michael Clarke Duncan, who passed away on Monday morning. The most touching of the lot though came from somebody not normally known for subtle emotions: Michael Bay.
I’m really bummed at losing such a great guy in my life today, Michael Clarke Duncan.
I gave him his first big movie role in Armageddon as Bear. We found him in a gym. He cried at the first audition because he was so proud to audition for a “Michael and Jerry movie”, he just wanted to make his mom proud. We gave him the role in the room.
His first day on Armageddon he sucked. I remember looking to Ben Affleck and thinking we might need to fire him. But I told him “Mike, I hired you for you, I want the sweet, Mr Clarke Duncan I met in that room”. I said, “the audience is going to fall in love with you”.
He looked and smiled with deep voice and said “Ok”.
From then on out he became the most improved actor on the set. That was the award he got at the end of the film. Everyone loved him, his infectious spirit and great belly laugh.
It was a great time I will always remember, how proud I was to watch him grow into an actor. Watching him study all the guys from Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck to Steve Buscemi, and Owen Wilson. When he said in the movie he ” wanted to stay in the White House for the summer” he killed it. In his N.A.S.A. evaluation I told him to cry like a baby. He looked at me with his macho Duncan eyes and said “Mike I can’t do that” I said “yes you can” and it became the biggest laugh in the movie.
I’m really sad to lose him. Rest in peace buddy.
It looks like Eddie Murphy will be seen on the small screen very soon. His Beverly Hills Cop TV series (in which his Axel Foley will be a regular guest star as a police chief, while his son would be the star) has been picked up by CBS, and they are moving forward with a pilot episode. I’m just confused about one thing though: The show is called Beverly Hills Cop, but is said to be based in Detroit. Am I missing something here?
Ben Affleck’s latest film Argo debuted at the Telluride Film Fest this past weekend, and has been receiving rave reviews from everybody. The taut thriller is being called Affleck’s best work yet, and considering his directorial filmography, that’s really saying a lot (to think, this is the same guy from Gigli). The trailer came out a couple months ago, introducing a story so crazy that it could only be true, but if you need a bit of a refresher, then lucky for you the first TV spot has just been released as well.
Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite, Spawn) is apparently going to be starring in a new action franchise. Well, either him or Scott Adkins. There’s a bit of confusion as White’s Twitter feed says that he landed the lead role of John “Falcon” Chapman in Favela, but according to the production company’s site and the film’s official blurb, Expendables 2 star Scott Adkins will be Falcon. Either way, here’s what the movie will be about:
FAVELA – The first installment of our new FALCON action franchise. The franchise will revolve around former marine John “Falcon” Chapman, a dark anti-hero driven by guilt, who will destroy himself unless given something else to destroy – a useful weapon-of-last-resort for the foreign ministry. The first movie, FAVELA, sees Chapman traveling to Brazil to hunt down his sister’s killers, in the process discovering an underground world of drugs, prostitution, and police corruption ruled by the Japanese mafia. Directed by Isaac Florentine (Undisputed II and III) and starring Scott Adkins as Chapman, the franchise will produce 1-2 movies a year following Chapman as he is sent to exotic locations to do the foreign ministry’s dirty work.
Red Tails’ Nate Parker will soon be soon in Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, but looks like he’ll also be following the director over onto Old Boy, Lee’s remake of Park Chan-Wook’s modern day Asian classic. He’s said to be playing a doctor who works with Elizabeth Olsen’s as yet unnamed character.
If you’ve seen The Cove, the 2009 Oscar winning documentary about the mass murder of dolphins in Japan, then chances are you now involuntarily bawl your eyes out over every tuna sandwich you see. Well the creators of The Cove are back with their next project to make you feel guilty, The Heist, and just like all the cool kids do nowadays, they’re raising the money for the film over on Kickstarter. I must admit though, despite the fact that details are being kept covert for security purposes as the team plan to infiltrate something, the tagline alone certainly is interesting enough to make me think of parting with my money: “… like Ocean’s Eleven and The Avengers, only this time it’s real.”
Yeah, I’d pay to see that.
Dredd is almost upon us! We’ve been eagerly counting down the days until Pete Travis and Alex Garland’s hardcore take on the classic 200AD comic gets released locally, and now it’s just around the corner. We got a new TV spot yesterday, and today we get to know more about arch-villain Lena Headley’s Ma-Ma and her perception altering drug, Slo-Mo. But not through a video clip this time. No, now were going to back to Dredd’s comic book roots. Click the cover below to take you to the free prequel issue.
Entourage star and all around cutie, Emmanuelle Chriqui, is set to star opposite Luke Wilson in sports comedy, The Million Dollar Man, about a down-on-his-luck trucker who gets the chance of a lifetime to play professional American football as a kicker. Wait, haven’t I seen this movie before? I think I’ve even seen it with a dog in the lead role before.
Michael Fassbender’s already played just about everything else, so why not a weird 80’s rocker with a giant plastic head? Yeah, that makes perfect sense. He’ll be joined by Domhnall Gleason (Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter films) for Frank, which is the sorta kinda maybe true story Frank Sidebottom.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose director Scott Derrickson’s next project will be Screen Gems’ paranormal police activity horror/thriller Beware the Night, which will follow a New York police officer investigating real life demon possessions, exorcisms and werewolves after dark. I’ve also seen this movie before. Only it wasn’t a cop, it was a lifeguard, it was called Baywatch Nights and it stunk to worse than Hoff’s rap album. Mark Wahlberg has already turned down the lead role for this, so let’s hope that’s not a telling sign.
You may recall that Andy Lau dropped out of Iron Man 3 earlier in the year, to spend more time with his family. At the time, it wasn’t quite known what role he was going to play except that his character might have a recurring role in other films. But it was recently revealed that initial suspicions that his “good guy scientist” was actually going to be a non-villainous version of Iron Man comic book baddie Chen Lu aka Radioactive Man (No, not that Radioactive Man) was correct. The role has been recast with Chinese actor Xueqi Wang, who all but confirmed it when he was overhead discussing the character with executive producer Dan Mintz at a Beijing restaurant.
What’s interesting though, is that in the comics Chen Lu has a working relationship with Hank Pym aka Ant Man. And seeing as having the role cast so late into production hasn’t been a problem, you’d have to assume that Lu’s part would be rather small. Maybe a post-credit scene cameo? Like the post-credit scene it’s been rumoured that Edgar Wright is putting together to introduce Ant-Man?
And we today on something that… Well, you see… Actually, I am left completely speechless by this. It’s a new PSA that’s being used for FrightFest 2012, the annual horror film festival, asking people to turn off their phones during the movies. And it’s incredibly NSFW. VERY EFFING NSFW! I’d sit with my back to the wall while playing this, if I were you.
Last Updated: September 5, 2012