Welcome to Indie Revolver

We’ve gotten a lot of traffic over the last couple days and, understandably, a lot of messages from other fans and entertainment sites. With that in mind,  I thought it might be a good idea to reintroduce ourselves to the newcomers and answer some of your more frequent questions!

I’m a fan of film and art and I gravitate towards most of the same pop culture touchstones that mean so much to most of our generation. I started this site to open up the conversation; to expand and add to the discussion of these stories and artists which mean so much to all of us.

We’re allowed to attend some events and concerts, permitted interviews, and sometimes even manage to break a good story because we work at it pretty hard, making phone calls and sending emails and visiting friends and contacts who we’ve met. That’s been my main hobby since I was a kid, and I’ve always devoured every scrap of news I could find on sites like Ain’t it Cool and Variety. One thing that has changed since I was younger is that I don’t see a group of friends every day to quote our favorite dialogue and trade rumors and debate the finer points of our beloved films. I thought that this blog might be a way to bring some of that dynamic back to my life, and since I started it a few months ago it has actually brought some new friends into the fold to help build it. This is the most fun I’ve had with my hobby in many years, and I’m very thankful to everyone who’s jumped in to enjoy it with me.

While it’s my nature to mine for every nugget I can unearth, I always want to be careful about ruining things for anyone else. We include spoiler warnings when that stuff comes up, of course – but it goes further than that. We posted our images of the new troopers only once they’d been described in detail by other sites and sketched (pretty well from memory, apparently from one grainy black and white photograph!) by Tom Hodges. We unveiled the illustration of the Inquisitor only after his appearance and motivations were impressively mapped out by Latino Review and Badass Digest. Fleshing out the conversation, adding to it – talking about what’s already out there in as much depth as we can. That’s our sweet spot, what we really enjoy. Some of you have sent us some truly fascinating information and insights. When you see those pop up on another outlet first after weeks or months of waiting, this is why. Similarly, we will not post anything we’ve been asked not to post nor will we keep up anything we’ve been asked to take down.

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When we watermark an image, it’s because it was given to us for use on our site. We will not watermark any images which we re-post from other sites, and we will not watermark exclusive images for which a watermark is not requested. Sorry to say, we cannot supply you with non-watermarked or higher resolution versions of the ones that are. For some of our sources, it matters that it lives in a context that’s really about the love of the story. If you take a look around, you’ll notice there are no ads. It cost me $12 dollars to buy the domain name and another $13 to redirect to the WordPress page. The site is hosted for free on WordPress’ free servers, and laid out using one of their inexpensive templates at a cost of $30. Since then, I’ve spent another $30 to remove WordPress’ occasional ads to keep things cleaner and give our community a more enjoyable experience. Those are our ledgers – I’m out about $85 dollars and we don’t earn a penny here. I shudder to think what kind of expenses would go along with this week’s traffic if I had to support that on my own site/server, so I understand why most sites need to display ads (if you like what a site is doing, clicking on their banners is a great way to support them!). I’m aiming for something simpler here. On that note. this seems like a good time to thank our team – all of our contributors write/edit/research for free, in their spare time (and perhaps some hours that they should be working at their day jobs).

We do not represent a controlled leak from JJ Abrams. Man, if only…

We do not post anything that we don’t think is reliable. We verify everything we can within reason. It’s okay if you don’t always agree that the more sensitive kinds of stories are accurate! We have faith in them. If we ever doubt them, we’ll issue a retraction. We will not connect you with our sources nor identify them. In some instances, we don’t actually know who they are ourselves. Regarding Star Wars, we’re pretty sure what we write will hold up and everything we see come out elsewhere seems to support everything we’ve seen so far. We don’t know most of it, and we’re just as excited as you are to see how it all comes together next Christmas.

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Jay Carlson
Editor-in-Chief, Indie Revolver

Michael Dougherty’s ‘Krampus’ Casts Alison Tollman and Emjay Anthony

 

 

by: Jay Carlson

I loved Michael Doherty’s Trick r Treat, a criminally underrated Halloween film that never got a fair shake theatrically. Hopefully, that won’t be the case with his next film Krampus. With Krampus he’s trading holidays, instead of Halloween Krampus will focus on the Christmas beast who punishes the children who have misbehaved.

Joining Michael Doherty on his next twisted holiday tale is Fargo breakout Allison Tolman and Emjay Anthony from John Favreau’s Chef.  I loved Tolman in Fargo, she not only managed to hold her own with the likes of Bob Odenkirk and Billy Bob Thornton, she might have eclipsed them. I was also very surprised and impressed at how natural Emjay Anthony was in Chef. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting the two will play mother and son.

I’m always happy to see a new enrty in the pool of Christmas-centric Horror films (There really are too few). It’d be great to see Doherty pull off a Christmas entry in vein of Trick r Treat. 

If Krampus is a success will we see Doherty stake his claim and produce a horror film for every other holiday? Valentines? Do it. Easter? Get some. Labor day? Ok, perhaps not every Holiday, but he can certainly make a representative showing.

What do you think? Did you enjoy Trick r Treat? If so, are you looking forward to Krampus?

Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield to Take a Trip to ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Mel Gibson is currently in talks to direct Hacksaw Ridge, a World War II action/drama, based on the true story of Desmond T. Doss, a soldier who achieved a Congressional Medal of Honor, despite his refusal to kill or carry weapons of any sort. In addition, Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider‑Man) is in negotiations to play Doss.

Doss was a private made himself a legend when he saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa. He helped evacuate the wounded near enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers on the field, and in one overnight battle, was wounded by a grenade and later hit by a sniper while saving grunts. Doss also received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.”

If Gibson tackles Hacksaw Ridge, it will mark his first directorial gig since 2006’s Apocalypto. Gibson’s next film, Blood Father – a thriller about an ex-con who reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her – will be released in 2015.

With the break in filming of the Spider-Man trilogy, it’s refreshing to see Garfield taking on more challenging roles. He received rave reviews for 99 Homes, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival this past year & will next be seen in the Martin Scorsese religious drama Silence.

Forgotten Film Friday: The Wild Life – 1984 Written by Cameron Crowe

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by: Lizzy Ferro

Annnnnnnnd we’re back with another Forgotten Film gem! This week: The Wild Life

So, I’m a pretty big Cameron Crowe fan – Lloyd Dobbler was my first love and what I compared every boy in high school to and Almost Famous has my heart in a way I couldn’t even begin to explain, I watch it once every few months because I can’t not. I often find myself in conversations with my fiancé about what his record collection might be like or what it would be like to call Cameron Crowe your friend – I am a fan, in short. 

But imagine my surprise last winter when my fiancé & I discovered there was a Cameron Crowe written film neither of us had ever seen – how? Had I just been ignoring that one line on his IMDB? Well, either way, we made it our mission to find The Wild Life.  

The first thing you need to know about this film is that the tagline is: “it’s Casual” – so, you know you’re in for a good time. It is the definition of an 80’s teen movie and it’s glorious! Starring Lea Thompson, Chris Penn, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Eric Stoltz (because it wouldn’t be an 80’s movie without him) & Rick Moranis – Oh! And Randy Quaid playing a Vietnam Vet! So, are you sold yet? No. 

The Wild Life is pure fun. Plain and simple. Hitting almost every teen movie trope, from massively destructive house parties to the nice girl having an affair with an older man. In the interest of not giving the film away, here is the super vague Wikipedia summary:

The plot revolves around the characters of three teenagers living in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Bill (Eric Stoltz), has just graduated from high school and got his first apartment. His younger brother Jim (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), spends a lot of time practicing with his Nunchakus, getting high, listening to heavy metal on his boombox, and hanging out with Vietnam vet Charlie (Randy Quaid). Other important characters include Tom (Christopher Penn), a hedonistic high-school wrestling champ who works with Bill at a bowling alley, a trendy department store manager named Harry (Rick Moranis), Anita (Lea Thompson) who works at a donut shop, and her friend Eileen (Jenny Wright) who works at the department store with Harry. Anita has a fling with a cop named David (Hart Bochner) who, unknown to Anita, is married. The three boys set out for a night of fun and craziness at a strip bar and later on have a party at Bill’s apartment. 

Oh, and did I mention the music is done, in part, by a one Mr. Edward Van Halen? Because it totally is.

This film was such a pleasant surprise and it’s so nice to have another option when I’m in the mood for an awesomely 80’s movie. Cinematic Masterpiece? No. But it’s a delightfully entertaining teen movie that keeps it casual. Plus who can say no to Cameron Crowe?

*There doesn’t seem to be an official DVD release of this film, but you can get the Amazon DVD-R version.

 

 

Keanu Reeves in Talks for Tarsem Singh’s “The Panopticon”

by: Marcus Rivera

Keanu Reeves, coming off the success of John Wick, is in early talks to headline Tarsem Singh’s action thriller The Panopticon for Good Universe.

The Panopticon follows a man (Reeves) who receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is going to end and he is the only person who can prevent it from coming to fruition.

Reeves is getting strong reviews for John Wick & recently wrapped up work on Eli Roth’s Knock Knock and the drama The Whole Truth. He is currently filming the indie Daughter of God and is attached to two more films Replicas and Passengers.

Chris Pratt Confirms he’s a ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’

by: Marcus Rivera

A few days ago Collider broke the news that Chris Pratt was in talks to star in Universal’s Cowboy Ninja Viking. Today, he confirmed it via his twitter feed:

Previously, Marc Foster (World War Z) was attached to direct but left the project a few years ago so their is currently no director. Zombieland writers Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese initially penned a script that Disney passed on as they deemed it “too edgy” for their taste. Universal picked up the script and are aiming for a 2016/2017 release date.

Pratt would play Duncan, who is the result of a counter intelligence progam that transforms patients whom suffer from Multiple Personality Disorder and turn them into agents called Triplets (hence the title). Duncan escapes the program and proceeds to track down the men who masterminded it all. Early reports on the latest draft confirm that all 3 personalities will manifest themselves on screen as 3 different people but to onlookers he still looks like Duncan (Pratt).

With GoTG 2 hitting screens in 2017 & Jurassic World next summer, I’m sure there will be no shortage of directors lining up to work with Pratt as this could possibly be a new franchise for Pratt to headline.

What do you think of Pratt? Who would you most like to see direct this one? Let us know in the comments.

‘Suicide Squad’ to Begin Production in the Great White North in April

The Suicide Squad is heading up north! Reports this afternoon are indicating that the film adaptation of the DC’s comic will begin production in Toronto in April.

While Warner Bros. hasn’t made any official casting announcements yet, production just a mere 5 months away we should be seeing some decisions being made soon. Jared Leto (Dallas Buyer’s Club) is up for the Joker as Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street)  has already reportedly signed on as Harley Quinn. Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Jai Courtney are currently in talks for lead roles & Jesse Eisenberg will likely reprise his Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice role as Lex Luthor.

Suicide Squad is being directed by David Ayer and is scheduled to hit theaters on August 5, 2016.

Do We Now Know When We’ll see the First Trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’?

by: Jay Carlson

I’ve stayed away from the rampant speculation regarding the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens because I feel like it’s kind of a non-story. Mainly because nobody that has written about it has actually seen it. Sure, there have been some descriptions which seem to vary depending on the source. But they all sound like a description that anyone who has ever seen a teaser trailer could come up with. Does that mean I’m saying they’re not accurate? Lord no. I have no doubt that someone in the know has spoken to a blogger about what the teaser looks like.

Beyond the description there has been the endless speculation about when it will be unleashed and which film it will be attached to.

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Now we have our first real clue. The tweet above comes from a twitter user named Reece Steel. Steel reported that the First Assistant Director Thomas Gormley, someone who is close with J.J, Abrams, told him that the trailer would be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. As soon as his tweet was picked up he deleted his entire Twitter account. Was this a Sith hit? Scrubbing not just that tweet but his entire twitter account? Could be…

It would make a lot of sense to attach the teaser to The Hobbit. The Hobbit opens almost exactly a year before The Force Awakens and not only is it the biggest budget action/adventure film being released in December, it would put the trailer in front of exactly the type of fan that would create the loudest buzz for the film. And Disney would absolutely want to build that buzz and and let people know that they are planting their flag on December for the years to come.

I have not gotten into the Hobbit films the way I was into The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I would certainly plunk down the scratch to see the first Episode VII footage on a big screen, with big sound.

What do you think? If there is a trailer for The Force Awakens attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on December 17th, will your butt be in a seat next to me?

 

Casting Rumors for for Marvel’s Upcoming Netflix Shows

by: Jay Carlson

About a year ago Marvel struck a deal with Netflix to produce four shows with the streaming juggerrnaut. The focus of the shows would be Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Also part of the deal was a miniseries for The Defenders.

Now that Daredevil is well into production, attention has shifted to the casting of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

Currently Alexandria Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Krysten Ritter and Jessica De Gouw are all rumored to be in the running for Jessica Jones. Lance Gross and Mike Coulter are both being considered for Luke Cage. I think Daddario would be an amazing choice for Jessica Jones.

It’s been reported that Jessica Jones will focus on the approach taken by Brian Michael Bendis in his comic series Alias. That series focused on Jones moving on from her previous life as a superhero and becoming a private eye.

Daredevil is set to hit Netflix next year with a 13 episode first season. No word on when the next the remaining three shows will air.

Who would you cast as your Jones, Cage and Iron Fist?

Is Martin Campbell Ready to say “Go Joe”?

by: Marcus Rivera

Early word out of Hollywood is that Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale, Green Lantern) is Paramount’s “top choice” to direct G.I. Joe 3.

Currently no negotiations have taken place but Paramount & Lorenzo di Bonaventura want him to direct the 3rd film in the franchise, basically making it his gig should he want it. Jonathan Lemkin (Shooter, Lethal Weapon 4) is working on the script, which will center around Roadblock, played by Dwayne Johnson. Adrianne Palicki is also expected to return as Lady Jane.

GI Joe 3 is slated to hit theaters in 2016.

There Can be Only One! And Summit Wants it to be Tom Cruise!

by: Jay Carlson

The Wrap is reporting that Tom Cruise is being courted to star in the upcoming Highlander reboot. Cruise would play the mentor role of Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez originally played by Sean Connery in the original Highlander.

This should be taken with a very large grain of salt, as Crusie is nowhere near attached to the project, currently. An actor of Cruise’s magnitude is always highly sought after, so it’s hardly a surprise that he would be courted for this project and any number of others floating around.

Cruise tends to always pick projects with established directors or visionaries on their way up. I honestly couldn’t imagine him stepping aboard a reboot of a B movie franchise like Highlander. (No disrespect to the original film, I enjoyed it quite a bit growing up)

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is set to direct the Highlander reboot. The original 1986 film centered on the climax of an ages-old battle between immortal warriors, depicted through interwoven past and present day storylines.

How would you feel about Cruise in a Highlander reboot? I don’t think that this one will pan out, but I think it would be intriguing casting.

Trailer: Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella

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“The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) steps forward and — armed with a pumpkin and a few mice — changes Cinderella’s life forever.”

True Detective Season 2 Adds a True Blood Veteran

by: Jay Carlson

The casting train is moving full force now for the upcoming season of True Detective. Early this week it was announced that True Detective had added Lolita Davidovich and James Frain to the season two cast. They join Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams on the runaway hit.

Now they’ve added True Blood and 24 veteran Riley Smith. No word yet on who Smith will be playing.

Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch & Rachel McAdams are set as the three officers while Vince Vaughn will play Frank Semyon, a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.

Rounding out the cast is Kelly Reilly, Abigail Spencer, Michael Irby & Leven Rambin. Production is set to begin shortly for a summer 2015 release.

Michael Ealy Lands a Killer Role on The Following

Ryan Hardy never seems to catch a break these days as Michael Ealy has been cast as the main antagonist on season 3 of the Fox drama The Following.
Ealy will play a “brilliant, chameleon-like murder” who will push Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) to his limits. The role is definatly a leap from the actor’s last series-regular gig as the innocent, caring android Dorian in Fox’s cancelled sci-fi drama Almost Human. His other TV work includes Common Law, Californication and The Good Wife.
Ealy will next be seen alongside Morris Chestnut & Sanaa Lathan in the thriller The Perfect Guy in 2015.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is searching for their young Jean & Scott

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by: Marcus Rivera

A new report unveiled a list of actors that are being eyed to play a young Jean Grey and a young Cyclops in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.

Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Chloe Grace Moretz (If I Stay) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Ellen Fanning (Somewhere) are all being looked at for Jean Grey while Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar), Ben Hardy (EastEnders) and Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society) are all up for the role of Scott Summers.

It’s uncertain how much of a role the mutant pair will have in the 2016 feature, although it’s being reported that whoever is cast in the roles will appear in subsequent X-Men films. Already confirmed to star are James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult. Cameras will start rolling on the next adventure in Montreal beginning April, 2015 for a May 27, 2016 release.

FX gets ‘Taboo’ with Tom Hardy

by: Marcus Rivera

FX has announced that they have ordered an eight episode first season of Taboo, starring Tom Hardy. Production will begin at the end of next year with a mid 2016 premiere date scheduled.

Hardy will be producing the series along with Ridley Scott & Steven Knight, whom Hardy worked with on Locke, will be writing the project. Set in 1813, Taboo will see Hardy play James Keziah Delaney, a rogue adventurer who returns to Africa to avenge the death of his father & keep the family business from being sold to the East India Company. He sets out to build his own trade company with the help of 14 ill-gotten diamonds.

Hardy has a full slate for 2015 with Mad Max: Fury Road, Legend, The Revenant & his rumored involvement in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad in 2016 but I am glad to see Hardy work on the small screen again as he starred in The Take & Peaky Blinders, two excellent shows.

Jude Law in, Idris Elba out of Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur Film

by: Marcus Rivera

Jude Law is in negotiations to play the villain in director Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur pic, Knights of the Round Table, slated for July 22, 2016.

Law would be re-teaming with director Ritchie after working with him on Sherlock Holmes and the sequel Game of Shadows. Charlie Hunnam will play King Arthur &  Astrid Bergès-Frisbey has entered talks to play Lady Guinevere. The idea is for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow to kickstart a new franchise of Arthurian films, with the story unfolding over six installments.

Currently it is unknown if Law will play the villain in all 6 or just the first film. Idris Elba was in talks to play King Arthur’s mentor but talks fell through between both sides and the role remains currently un-cast.

Trailer: Charlie Brown and the Gang in ‘Peanuts’

Peanuts | Official Trailer: Watch the exclusive new trailer for The Peanuts Movie where Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang will make their big-screen debut.

For the first time ever, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang we know and love from Charles Schulz’s timeless “Peanuts” comic strip will be making their big-screen debut; like they’ve never been seen before in a CG-Animated Feature film in 3D.

Will The Russo Brothers Be Helming ‘Avengers: Infinity War’?

by: Marcus Rivera
Last month rumors began to circulate that Anthony & Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Solider) were in early talks to possibly direct Avengers 3 should Joss Whedon step down. Now it seems that the rumors are starting to pick up some steam as Marvel sees them helming the upcoming Infinity War part 1 & 2.
James Gunn was also a name being considered to take over The Avengers franchise with the success of the Guardians of The Galaxy. But it seems Marvel is also very impressed with The Russo’s and the success of TWS and the momentum of their next movie, Captain America: Civil War since gaining Robert Downey Jr as a co-star, as he is a fan of the brothers. What this means for Joss Whedon is anyone’s guess. Perhaps he is stepping down to take a break from directing or perhaps he is moving on to another property within the Marvel Universe but I feel that the Russo’s would be an excellent replacement to pick up where Whedon leaves off.
Captain America: Civil War is slated to be released on May 6th, 2016

A Trio of Possible Stars for Shawn Levy’s Upcoming ‘Forty Thieves’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Shawn Levy, director of the upcoming Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, has been tapped to helm an updated adaptation of the classic tale “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” which will be titled Forty Thieves. And it looks like he has a trio of star studded talent to choose from for his lead actor.

Sources close to the project have told The Wrap that actors Liam Hemsworth, Evan Peters and Dan Stevens are testing for the male lead.

Hemsworth is fresh off the newest installment of the Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 1 as Gale. Peters is well known for his roles in FX’s anthology series American Horror Story and as Quicksilver in FOX’s last mutant movie X-Men: Days of Future Past. Stevens is an alum of the acclaimed PBS series Downton Abbey and just recently finished working with Levy on the latest Night at the Museum movie as Sir Lancelot.

The trio have been rumored to be testing for the role of Allen, which may be the updated version of the original Ali Baba.

The project has been touted as being a big budget adventure movie with strong comedy undertones, something along the lines of the recent smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy of the movies from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

There is no word yet on when production is set to start.