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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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

IR Blu-Ray Review: Supernerd Turns Draft Dodger for ‘Frankenstein’s Army’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Around the first week of October most entertainment stores begin to get their shipment of horror movies. I love looking at all the old favorites and new titles that I haven’t had the chance to see yet, hoping to pick out a gem from amidst the myriad of choices. On one such trip I saw Frankenstein’s Army for a reasonable price. Remembering some decent reviews that I’d read I thought I’d snag it and give it a shot. After having wasted the last hour and a half watching it I wish I’d left it on the shelf for some other poor sucker to buy.

The premise sounds good in theory: During World War II, a group of Russian soldiers on a recon mission receive a distress call that leads them to a seemingly deserted village. The soldiers, while convening at a burnt out church, are attacked by what appears to be a zombie/robot hybrid. After “killing” the undead cyborg the soldiers descend into the catacombs below the church with one of the last remaining living villagers. Soon they are under siege by the “Zombots” as they come face to face with their creator – a descendant of the mad scientist Dr. Frankenstein.

I enjoy cheesy movies but there is a line in the sand that must be drawn. Everything about this movie is laughable and not in a good way. The script is incredibly hokey and the acting is some of the worst I’ve seen. A lot of the actors seemed to be phoning in their performance, either not committing enough or going too far into character that it seemed like a parody. And in the vein of going too far, Karl Roden (one of the main reasons I bought this movie) was so over the top it was unenjoyable. He turned it up to 11 eleven and broke the knob off. I understand he may have wanted to do schlocky and over-the-top as homage to the old-school, low-budget drive-in style of yesteryear, but this was just too much for me.

The costumes and effects were cheap and cartoony. The Zombots looked like something out a direct-to-video Puppet Master movie. The sets were okay. The catacombs beneath the church that lead to the lab and surgery of Dr. Frankenstein were creepy and would make a great haunted house maze but that was about the only thing I liked. Everything else gave off the feeling that they wanted it to look vast and expansive and very costly, but in the end I felt that maybe the “less is more” approach would have been the way to go. This is especially true when your story deals with a rogue mad scientist in the middle of nowhere. A sparse lab and a few flickering lights would have gone a long way into conveying the right mood for this film.

I don’t think found footage was the right style to go with for Frankenstein’s Army. The “film” looked new and shiny, too high definition for the time period. A grainy texture added in post would have at least made me believe that this was filmed before HD cameras were invented. And I find it wholly implausible that soldiers on SECRET recon missions would have been okay with someone with a large and loud camera following them, recording their every move and slowing them down to change film reels. Its things like this that take me out of a movie instead of pulling me in and connecting with me.

I’m generally a positive guy. I try to look for the good in most things, but it’s tough to do with a turkey of a movie like this. Thin on plot and heavy on the cheese, I recommend that you follow suit with the other villagers and take a torch to this one. I don’t think the original Dr. Frankenstein would object to seeing this monster go down for the count.

Coen Brothers add Four More to Already Stacked ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Cast

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

When you watch a Coen Brothers movie you know that the one thing you’ll usually get is a star studded cast set to act their asses off. Great ensembles are what the Coen’s seem to strive for. Just looking at some of their past works like Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? and that point becomes extremely prevalent.  And their latest effort, Hail, Caesar!, is seemingly  no exception.

Already signed are a slew of Hollywood’s biggest stars. So far we have George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes. According to The Hollywood Reporter we now get to add David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens, Patrick Fischler and Clancy Brown. If there was any more star power you’d go blind looking right at them.

Hail, Caesar! is the comedic story of Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for studios in the 1950s. Here we find Eddie at work when a star suddenly and mysteriously disappears during the filming of a movie.

In real life, Eddie Mannix was most famous for being associated with the death of former Adventures of Superman actor George Reeves. Reeves committed suicide according to coroner’s reports but his prints were never on the gun that did the deed. Add to that the fact that Reeves was having an affair with Mannix’s wife at the time and you’ve got a great Hollywood conspiracy. It was even the basis for the film Hollywoodland.

All you have to tell me is that the Coen Brothers are involved and I’m in. Filming is set to start shooting on November 10th. I’m already greatly anticipating a release date.

Ron Livingston set to Join ‘The Fifth Wave’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Who’s ready for another young adult franchise to hit theaters? Ever since the overwhelming popularity of the Harry Potter series, every major studio is looking for the next tween book series to turn into a blockbuster franchise to milk the wallets and purses of parents nationwide. Sometimes you hit it big and get Twilight or Hunger Games. Sony is hoping for that kind of success with their choice The Fifth Wave. And with the latest news from The Hollywood Reporter, they’ve started casting like they mean it.

Ron Livingston, known for films like Office Space and Drinking Buddies, has joined Chloe Grace Moretz in the cast for The Fifth Wave.

The film is based on the young adult novel of the same name by author Rick Yancey. It tells the story of the last survivors of Earth, who have managed to live through four waves of increasingly deadly attacks from an alien race. Cassie, played by Moretz, is one of the few people left alive. She is on the run and trying to save her younger brother Sammy, played by Zackary Arthur, before the inevitable and lethal fifth wave of attacks hit. Livingston will play Oliver, Cassie’s father, who has a profound effect on Cassie and is a big part of her life.

With a cast including Moretz, Livingston, and Liev Schrieber, I’m intrigued. If you put good actors with a good story it doesn’t matter what the target audience is, the fans will come to see it.

This is the first book in a planned trilogy, which by Hollywood standards means a four movie deal (the final book is always seemingly split into two movies). The critics of the books have given it quite lofty praise, comparing it to such post-apocalyptic greats such as Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. With the first movie slated to drop in January 2016, we’ll just have to wait and see if Sony has another hit series on its hands.

SNL Makes A Damn Good Decision

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by: Lizzy Ferro

Leslie Jones will be joining the show as a cast member in this week’s Jim Carrey hosted episode! Jones joined SNL as a writer in 2014 after being invited to audition for SNL, although the spot ended up going to Sasheer Zamata, Lorne brought Jones into the writers room. This is one of the first good moves they’ve made in a while (outside of Darrell of course) – with, what is in my opinion, the most boring Weekend Update (among other things), SNL isn’t doing too much for me these days. Hopefully, with this infusion of the force that is Leslie Jones, the show will regain it’s footing.

RIP Gerard Parkes aka Doc from ‘Fraggle Rock’

 

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

This past Sunday, Irish-Canadian actor Gerard Parkes passed away in Toronto. He was 90 years old. Parkes’ agent told the Canadian Press news service that he died of natural causes.

Parkes was best known as the only live action actor on the 1980s children’s TV show Fraggle Rock. He played the eccentric inventor Doc, whose house the Fraggles lived in and under. His other TV credits would later include ABC’s 1987 Muppet Family Christmas special, Shining Time Station and The Littlest Hobo.

Later generations would come to know him as the foul mouthed bartender in Troy Duffy’s independent hit film Boondock Saints.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but Fraggle Rock was a huge part of my childhood. When I later saw him in Boondock Saints I was shocked at first that this icon from my younger years was swearing like a sailor, but the more I watched the movie, the more I came to love his part in it.

I feel like a part of my childhood died today. My thoughts and prayers go out to his partner Sheelagh Norman.

Gone but not forgotten, Rest In Peace Doc.

IR Comics: Surviving the end of the World in Riverdale with ‘Afterlife With Archie’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

When you think of Archie Comics you think of malt shoppes, bowties and sweater vests and PG rated love triangles. The things that don’t spring immediately to mind are zombies, ghouls, gore and edge of your seat terror. Yet it’s all of these things that make Afterlife With Archie an overwhelming success. Taking the horrible and horrific things that go bump in the night and putting them in America’s favorite little town is an exciting combination that has yielded quite a fun little story so far.

Afterlife With Archie starts with the death of Hot Dog, Jughead’s beloved canine companion. Grief stricken, Juggie heads over to Riverdale’s resident witch Sabrina looking for a way to save his friend. Reluctantly and against her aunts’ wishes Sabrina brings him to a pet cemetery and, after man’s best friend is buried by his owner, reads an incantation from the Necronomicon to bring Hot Dog back to the world of the living. But even though her intentions were pure, only wanting to help a friend, Sabrina starts a chain reaction of dire consequences. Once her aunts find out what she has done Sabrina is banished to an alternate dimension as punishment. The punishment for our world is much worse though.

Hot Dog returns to Jughead, but as a zombie. Jughead is bitten and begins slowly dying from the zombie infection. Once he dies and rises as a zombie all hell literally breaks loose. Jughead begins his trek to the Halloween dance being held at the high school infecting numerous people along the way. Soon Principal Weatherbee and Miss Grundy can be counted amongst the unlucky many that have crossed paths with the zombie Jughead.

At the dance itself we see the teenagers from Riverdale having a grand time, living it up, oblivious to the terror about to come. Once the zombie horde hits the gymnasium and begins chomping away at the living, our core cast of characters beats a hasty retreat to the only safe citadel they can think of – the ultra-secure home of Veronica Lodge. But even there the zombie plague manages to assail our survivors, both from within and in the form of the Jughead-led heard of the undead about to strike from outside.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has hit a home run with this series. The pacing is slow but very intense. And the narrative doesn’t just stick with the main cast of kids. We do get scenes depicting a myriad of minor characters from the Archie Universe, from Cheryl Blossom and her possibly incestuous relationship with her twin brother Jason the Lodge’s watchful and faithful butler Smithers. There are times when all we get for a certain character’s story is two or three pages, but in those pages Aguirre-Sacasa shines and it never feels like a throwaway segment. More known for his work on the TV show Glee or the recent remake of Carrie, RAS is a perfect fit for this series, knowing when to let you catch your breath and think you’re safe only to pump up the horror as he sets the monsters on your tail.

The artwork by Francesco Francavilla is very moody and extremely creepy. From the sagging, almost dripping skin of the shambling zombies to the haunted looking forests to the sight of Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe burning, every panel is meant to bring out an utter feeling of despair and hopelessness. To see small town America become overrun can truly sadden one’s soul. Francavilla’s art evokes the memory of the old EC horror comics like Tales From The Crypt or Vault Of Horror. He is a throwback to the pre-code days of scary comic art and I can’t think of any higher praise to give him than that.

One of the things that I love about this series as much as the horror aspect is how much the creative team injects heart and soul into certain scenes. So far the one that stands out the most is when Archie goes to his house to check on his parents and make sure that they’re okay and he’s confronted by the zombie Hot Dog. All of a sudden Archie’s dog Vegas appears and leaps in front of his master to protect him from the undead pooch. Peppered through the opening pages and during the canine battle are pages depicting Archie and his family adopting Vegas and how much Archie has loved him throughout the years, earning his dog’s love and devotion to the point that Vegas is willing to sacrifice his well-being for Archie’s safety. Reading the caption boxes with Vegas’ inner monologue I was immediately reminded of Grant Morrison’s WE3 and how human the animals felt on those pages. And then, without a chance to catch our breath, Archie is searching his house and contemplating what he may have to is his parents have been infected. This was a sieve, draining me emotionally.

I absolutely love comics that have a little bit extra to them, justifying the (sometimes) over-priced cost. If I’m paying upwards of $4 for a comic I want my money’s worth, not some part X of 6 trade paperback chapter. I adore Ed Brubaker’s Criminal from Marvel’s ICON imprint. I was turned on to so many wonderful noir movies and pulp authors through the guest authored essays that were in the back of each single issue. And they were only in the single issues, thereby rewarding the monthly supporter of the book. Afterlife With Archie has recently been doing two page black and white EC style horror stories with morally twisted endings in the back of each issue. These are the perfect “dessert” ending to the “main course” that you just read. I don’t know if these are included in the first trade paperback collection, but if they aren’t this is the reason to hunt down the individual single issues.

Even though only six issues (as of writing this) have been released so far Afterlife With Archie easily ranks within my top twenty-five comics of all time. The writing and art gel extremely well. The coloring is dark and sets an effectively dreary mood. And the series has proven popular enough to branch out into an ongoing Sabrina horror title as well.

The first five issues are available in a trade paperback which collects the first full storyline. The sixth issue shows us where Sabrina landed after having been exiled for helping Jughead with dark magic, almost a “zero issue” for her new series. Do yourself a favor and read this now. You won’t regret it.

Robert Redford Rumored to be Telling Dragon Tales

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Robert Redford is rumored to be in early talks for a role in the upcoming remake of Disney’s 1977 classic Pete’s Dragon. In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, if Redford does join the cast, he’ll take on the role of a local man who tells incredible tales about dragons that no one believes.

David Lowery, director of crime drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, is set to helm this version of the beloved kids movie. It’s an odd choice for a director, but I’ve said before that I’m all for filmmakers trying something different and shaking up preconceived notions about them. If Lowery can make it work, good for him.

And speaking of different, this version of Pete’s Dragon is almost an entirely different animal itself. Pete is still an orphan and Elliott is still his protective dragon. But instead of taking place in a turn-of-the-century fishing town it will take place in a forest threatened to be cut down by loggers. The forest is where Pete and Elliott live. And apparently this version will not be a musical, just a family film with a large dose of fantasy mixed in. As can be expected the titular dragon will be CGI instead of the 2D animation seen in the original.

Redford would be a real catch for this film. The only other official cast members at this time are child actors Oakes Fegley as Pete and Oona Laurence as the mill owner’s daughter.

I don’t know if the public was really asking for this remake. It’s hard enough to get kids to sit still and watch a movie. Disney at least peppers catchy songs throughout their films. Taking the music out of this and making it a straight up fantasy movie is a real risk. Will kids be able to sit through it? Will adults want to go see it based on the nostalgia factor of the original?

Is Scarlett Johansson set to Star in ‘Ghost in the Shell’?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Scarlett Johansson is becoming a force to reckon with in Hollywood. She’s been the breakout performer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Black Widow. Her starring roles in Lucy and Under The Skin have shown what a versatile performer she can be. And now, she’s commanding big money paydays like the A-list star that she truly is.

It’s being reported by Deadline that DreamWorks has recently offered Scarlett somewhere in the range of $10M to play the lead role in their live action adaptation of the popular Japanese franchise Ghost In The Shell. The movie is set to be helmed by Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.

Johansson has been a kick-ass action actress since donning the black leather in Iron Man 2. Her returns in The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier only solidified her status as the top black ops agent in the MCU. It’s been easy to see why fans have been clamoring for her to get her own solo movie as the Black Widow. And while I thought Lucy was a little hectic and suffered from some major storytelling flaws, the action was top notch. While she has shown she can do the dramatic, with amazing performances in films such as Ghost World and Lost In Translation, she obviously knows where the money is, and that’s mainly in big action movies.

The role originally was offered to actress Margot Robbie, but the studio recently rescinded. It can only be assumed that DreamWorks was looking for a name that has proven drawing power. With Lucy pulling in over $400M at the box office, Johansson is showing that she has that appeal with the paying audience.

Will Scarlett take the big payday and cement herself amongst Hollywood’s premier leading women? I hope so, as I feel hers is a career that is on the rise and can keep going nowhere but up.

Apparently Everyone Wants to be ‘Strange’!

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Marvel wants us to pay close attention to what they are trying to say: Dr. Strange is and A-list property and they intend to treat him as such. And nothing says this more than the list of actors being courted to play Stephen Strange.

In a search that has become even more exhausting than the one for the director of Ant-Man earlier this year, some new names are being tossed into the ring to play Doctor Strange.

Earlier in the week reports surfaced about Ewan McGregor being a front runner for the role. Now a few more names are now being bandied about.

According to The Wrap, Colin Farrell and Keanu Reeves are being considered for offers to play Marvel’s Master of the Mystic Arts. And apparently Benedict Cumberbatch remains high in the studio’s wish list as well and they were surprised when he was left out of the latest batch of media reporting.

Farrell and Reeves are both hot commodities at the moment. Reeves has a high profile movie in John Wick that looks amazing and is getting rave reviews. And Farrell is currently set to star in the second season of HBO’s top rated drama True Detective. Both of their schedules currently seem open for the time frame needed to film this latest Marvel cinematic offering.

Cumberbatch, while thoroughly enticing, would be a little harder to pin down. He has his current season of the BBC show Sherlock to finish up and it’s being rumored that he is looking to follow that up with some stage work.

And let’s not forget that it was rumored earlier in the week that Ryan Gosling is looking for a franchise to hang his hat on and call his own.

For a character who was at one time a C-list fringe favorite, it’s pretty amazing to see Marvel want all these A-list stars to play him. It looks like the comic company is finally seeing what all of Dr. Strange’s fans have seen all along.

Indie Revolver Preview of Hero Complex Gallery’s ‘Imagined Worlds’ Opening TODAY!

ImaginedWorldsShowPoster copyby: Jay Carlson

We’re a little late to this one, but better late than never.

Hero Complex Gallery’s newest art exhibition, Imagined Worlds is now open out on the West Coast. The show features art based on the imagined worlds of James Cameron, John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg. For those of you that can’t be there, we have a preview of a small selection of the amazing pieces available below. My favorite might be Casey Callender’s Duel piece of Matt Ryan’s Halloween inspired 5 color screenprint.

Take a look at the pieces below and let us know which are your favorites!

PRESS RELEASE

New Show – Imagined Worlds
Opening Reception – Friday, October 17th, 7-10pm
Join us as we journey through the layered tapestries and characters of the preeminent world-building action directors, James Cameron, John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan & Steven Spielberg!

Who: Hero Complex Gallery
What: “Imagined Worlds”
When: Opening Reception: Friday, Oct 17th, 7-10pm,
Additional Hrs – W-Sun, 11am-6pm
Where: Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Please RSVP HERE

HBO Wants you to Vacation in ‘Westworld’!

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Boy, has HBO got a vacation for you! After producing a pilot based on the 1973 sci-fi thriller movie Westworld, it is all but confirmed that the cable company will order the series to air. At the recent Time Warner’s Investors Day many top execs and CEOs touted this and other projects as the reason why they are the top destination for the best creative voices in the business.

From the mind of Michael Crichton, who wrote and directed the original film, and updated by writer/director Jonathan Nolan (Brother of Christopher Nolan and creator of the TV action drama Person of Interest) and co-writer Lisa Joy, Westworld is the story of an amusement park vacation destination populated by lifelike androids, designed to make your every desire come to fruition. But when the AI seems to contract a computer virus and spread it amongst its artificial life forms, the dream vacation turns into a nightmare.

Set to star such names as Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Miranda Otto, Thandie Newton and James Marsden, Westworld  is pulling out all the stops on the cast level. HBO doesn’t seem to have any problems attracting the big guns for their shows lately.

Set to air alongside such hits as True Detective, Game of Thrones, and Girls and upcoming shows like the Gillian Flynn / David Fincher reunion on Utopia, HBO looks like they want your undivided attention.

What do you think? Are you interested in Westworld? At this point, I think that everyone in Hollywood has a role in it.

Gadot and Pascal Top Latest ‘Ben-Hur’ Casting Rumors

 

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

It looks like Timur Bekmambetov is trying to add some more star power to his remake of Ben-Hur. The rumors now are swirling around actress Gal Gadot and actor Pedro Pascal.

According to the good folks at The Hollywood Reporter, Gal Gadot is being courted for the lead female role. If she accepts, the Fast and the Furious franchise actress would be playing the role of Esther, a fellow slave and love interest of Ben-Hur. Gadot is already keeping busy over the next few years as she is slated to play Wonder Woman in the upcoming Warner Bros. film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and most likely many more DC films, two Justice League movies and a standalone Wonder Woman movie. As the former is probably already done with filming the Amazon actress and the latter won’t show up until at least 2017, Gadot has plenty of time in between for this film.

Deadline reports that Pedro Pascal of Game of Thrones fame is being sought after to play the role of Pontius Pilate. The former Red Viper of Dorne would have a nuanced role to sink his teeth into as the script for this movie is said to skew closer to the 1880 novel by Lew Wallace than the 1959 Charlton Heston epic. Pilate may be played as more of a man being crushed under the pressure of the people than a bloodthirsty tyrant.

If they choose to come aboard, Gadot and Pascal will be joined by a stellar cast already in place. Jack Huston is signed on to play the titular character, while Toby Kebbell will play Messala, a friend to Ben-Hur who eventually betrays him. And playing the role of Ben-Hur’s mentor and chariot racing coach is the indomitable Morgan Freeman.

While he hasn’t given us any Oscar winning classics, Bekmambetov did give us Nightwatch, Daywatch, Wanted and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, which all all visually stunning movies. As long as the chariot scene is still epic and sweeping, I’m in.

Warner Bros Puts Possible Cast of ‘Suicide Squad’ in its Sights

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

After the lackluster announcement of its slated comic book movies, Warner Bros. has taken strides to make up for it. Shooting for an all-star cast, the production company wants us to sit up and take notice of the Suicide Squad movie. The Suicide Squad is a team of super-villains who do the crazy black-ops missions no one else will, a premise tailor made for a big budget, balls to the wall action movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, leading men Ryan Gosling, Will Smith and Tom Hardy are all up for roles in the scheduled villain team-up. Not content to let the boys have all the headlines, Australian actress Margot Robbie has also been offered a role.

No official characters have been set and fans of the comic can tell you the roster can be quite the revolving door, so whoever gets cast could be playing anyone from Task Force X’s illustrious past. But some names that have been bandied about are Squad stalwarts like Amanda Waller, Deadshot, and “Captain Boomerang” Digger Harkness along with former member and former Justice Leaguer Vixen. I could totally see Tom Hardy as Deadshot or Ryan Gosling as Harkness.

Even though Hardy, Robbie, and Smith all have current projects in at Warner Bros., that in no way, shape or form automatically ties them down to this project. Still, Warner wants you to know that they have faith in this movie being a big money maker with big names attached.

But If Warner Bros. wants Gosling they may want to tie him down quick. After stories surfaced of Marvel looking at Ewan McGregor for their Dr. Strange movie, Gosling was rumored to have taken an interest in that exact role. And not just that, Gosling has also shown interest in a Houdini franchise that’s been floating around for Summit. For a man who likes to be able to move around and pick projects that appeal to his artistic nature, to be tied down to a franchise at any of these studios would be a huge coup.

Even though many are saying this will just be a poor man’s terrestrial Guardians of the Galaxy at best, you have to give Warner Bros. credit for one thing – with Suicide Squad, they’re shooting for the stars.

Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots Chill in the ‘Green Room’

 

 

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

In the latest thriller from Blue Ruin filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier, Fright Night remake co-stars Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots will team up once again for Green Room.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Yelchin will star as the front man of a punk rock band. When the band witnesses a murder at the venue where they’re playing, they find themselves targeted by a gang of racist skinheads. Locked in the green room of the club, the band must find a way to survive. Poots will play a skinhead whose friend is the murder victim that sets off the chain of events.

Blue Ruin has gotten a lot of good press lately and is on my short list of flicks I need to see. The premise seems a little thin, but Yelchin is such an amazing actor that I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt for now.

What do you think IR readers? Does Green Room sound thin on plot and uninteresting? Or right up your alley?

A Night at the Museum With Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor… and Robin (?!) in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’

by: Jay Carlson

Filming on Batman V Superman has been taking place at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on the campus of Michigan State University. The building is gorgeous with its stainless-steel façades folded accordion-style. It’s truly a work of art. Seems exactly like the type of place that a supervillain would lay his head. So naturally this would be the place that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor would call home.

The production has been shooting a party scene at Luthor’s pad with a guest list that includes, Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne as well as Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent. Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto were also spotted on set.

WILX News reports that a source has divulged that the party at Luthor’s will end in an altercation between Luthor and Bruce Wayne that results in a military presence being called in.

WILX news also reports that Jena Malone is playing Robin in BVS. The rumor is understandable considering that Malone has been spotted sporting freshly dyed red hair on set. At this juncture this is nothing but speculation. Malone adressed the rumor via her Instagram account, stating that she was simply visiting her Sucker Punch director on set. This hasn’t stopped the chatter though, considering that Batman V Superman‘s plot is being heavily influenced by the classic Frank Miller storyline The Dark Knight Returns which featured red haired, female Robin, Carrie Kelley.

What do you think about the possibilty of Malone playing Robin? The inclusion of Robin would be more organic to this story than the 400 other DC superheroes that are rumored to also be in the film.

Take a look at the gallery below to see some great pics of the museum being used as Luthor’s House courtesy of Architectual Digest  and Batman News

IR Music: Adam Throws on Some Purple and Reviews Prince’s TWO New Albums

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by: Adam Glass

His Purple Majesty is back in a big way. On September 30th, Prince released two albums – Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum – simultaneously. Both are a return to his roots on different sides of the spectrum. Prince has strayed all over the map in his 30 plus year career from soul and funk to R&B and dance but one this has remained at the backbone of all his albums. The guy knows how to rock.

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He’s been on a roll too even showing us his sense of humor with his guest starring appearance on last season’s New Girl and the cover to his single “Breakfast Can Wait” (Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince serving a breakfast plate). Prince will hopefully let us see more of this side when he turns up as the musical guest on the November 1st episode of SNL. Since this is a two album review, I’ll break it up. 

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ART OFFICIAL AGE

This is definitely an R&B concept album. With its futuristic funk it tells a story of a guy whose has woken up after being in a frozen state for forty years. Is Prince trying to tell us something? Whatever the intent of the story underneath, this album works. Taking all that Prince has done with his 90’s New Power Generation and infusing it with more modern beats he shows the younger artists of today how it’s supposed to be done. The album starts off with the funky “Art Official Cage” and moves into a steady stream of soul with the albums stand out tracks “Clouds” and “Breakdown”. On “Clouds” Prince tells us how to turn a woman on and then does an about face on “Breakdown” where he contemplates his life and all his missed opportunities. I used to throw the party every the New Year’s Eve/ First one intoxicated, last one to leave/Waking up in places that you would never believe/Give me back the time, you can keep the memories. Another standout track is “The Gold Standard” harkening back to his days with NPG. Songs like this make me wonder why pop radio no longer plays his newer stuff. Even the slower love songs like “What It Feels Like” and “This Could Be Us” should be staples of top 40 radio. In any case Prince doesn’t really need that type of push since he can sell records in his sleep. As an aside, I was listening to “Clouds” in the car the other day and my daughter so eloquently stated “This guy ripped off Justin Timberlake’s sound!” Oh my dear, if you only knew. Prince was doing this WAY before JT was a stain in his daddy’s underpants. There would be no JT or a handful of others if Prince never happened.

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If “Art Official Age” shows that Prince still has the funk then “PlectrumElectrum” shows he definitely knows how to rock. This is a straight forward, unapologetic rock album with the help of his recent live band 3rdEyeGirl. This stand-alone band of women are made up of drummer Hannah Ford, guitarist Donna Grantis and bassist Ida Nielsen. They know how to play and play well while they spar with the Purple One himself. Not only do they play on the album but they also co-wrote all the songs as well as lend lead vocals to a bunch of tracks. This album has me hooked, even more in some ways than “Art”. Here guitars take center stage with songs like “Wow”, “Ain’t Turnin Round” and the title track where Prince unleashes his inner Jimi Hendrix. Prince has always been an underrated guitarist while people focus on his sometimes strange persona. On “Plectrum” he’s able to show us an unabashed love for all that is Rock n’ Roll. Even the tracks with 3rdEyeGirl stepping to the front are fun and catchy and some of the best songs on the album like the aforementioned “Ain’t Turned Around’ and the absolutely stunning “WhiteCaps” which is probably the best track on the album. Prince comes back with a vengeance with songs that will make you stomp your feet such as “Fix Ur Life Up” and “Another Love”. I cannot say enough good things about “Plectrum”. As someone who has followed Prince since the hit “1999”, these are arguably his best offerings since that same year. I for one am hoping he takes the show on the road with a full-fledged tour very soon. The world needs more Prince.

 

 

Legendary Pictures Like the Figment of Rob McElhenney’s Imagination

 

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

A four minute reel and a twenty minute pitch was all it took to give the executives at Legendary Pictures the craving for a Mac Attack.

Rob McElhenney, creator of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (one of TV’s most buzzed about shows) walked into Legendary Pictures and wowed the execs with the aforementioned reel and pitch and was given a seven figure deal to write and direct his family action adventure movie Figment. Reported by Deadline to be in the same vein as films such as Goonies and E.T., Figment will center around an imaginative boy and his family and the adventures they have when their greatest fears begin coming to life.

McElhenney doesn’t have a lot of experience in the director’s chair, having only helmed a couple of episodes of It’s Always Sunny. He’s also dealing with something wholly thematically different as well. But “Mac” is a dedicated storyteller, even going so far as to gain fifty pounds for his TV show so that the other characters could make jokes about his weight gain. It will definitely be interesting to see if he can capture the spirit of the films he’s already being compared to.

Can Rob McElhenney show us he’s more than just a “dick-and-fart” joke guy? Or will Figment fade away like a wisp of smoke? I’m interested in seeing where this journey takes us.

Warner Bros to Give us Three Fantastic Films From the Potter-Verse!

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

A little while back we covered the news that JK Rowling was finishing tweaks on her script to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the next film based in the Harry Potter universe. Well, announced earlier today via press release from the studio itself, Warner Bros.  Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced that the textbook used in Hogwarts will be released as a trilogy of films, the first of which is set to come out in 2016 with the next two installments to follow in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

I haven’t read the source material myself but I have to ask the question: Is there really enough story to stretch out across three movies? I get that people love Harry Potter – I’m one of them. But I’m sick to death of everything having to be a trilogy. Did The Hobbit need to be three movies? Did we really need the third Hangover movie? Even with David Yates set to helm this project, will we really need a trio of films for an obscure character that takes place a couple of generations before the main Harry Potter story even takes place?

I know in my first article I was pretty excited for another go round in the Potter-verse, but that was when I thought we’d be getting three different films. I’ll still go see the first one, but I’m going to be a little more leery and judgmental. To keep me hooked for a trilogy of films over the course of five years, it better tell one hell of a story?

The Force is Strong With Hero Complex Gallery’s Newest Chris Skinner Print

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Hero Complex Gallery are at it again!

It seems only appropriate that we have a new Chris Skinner Star Wars print to commemorate all the great Episode VII goodness to hit the internet today.

This is a timed release that will be available until next Wednesday, 10/22. It measures 36×24 and isprinted with metallic silver inks.

I can’t wait to get one of these up in the office!

Get yours HERE!
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Press Release:

“This Baby’s Got a Few Surprises Left In Her, Sweetheart!”

by Chris Skinner

Limited Edition Screen Print
Metallic Silver Inks
36″ x 24″

ONLY $40

Available HERE

DC Announces Films Through 2020 in the Weakest Way Possible

 

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by: Adam Glass

Well, DC Comics and Warner Bros trickled some big news today and when I say trickle I mean they really let the cat out of the bag sloooowwwwly.

It has to be said that this announcement is exactly what is wrong with DC. Rather than come up with a way to announce all of this information in a way that’s exciting and fun, they dump it out there in a press release. You better believe that Marvel would have handled this with style and made a better show of it.

Let’s break down the slate of announced DC Films:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 2016

Suicide Squad  – 2016

Latino Review broke the news of the Suicide Squad a while back. Not much is known at this point except that Fury and End of Watch director David Ayer will be helming the film. The squad is rumored to consist of Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Vixen, Blockbuster, Multiplex, Jaculi, and Mindboggler. I’d expect this ragtag team to be DC’s attempt to copy Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Wonder Woman – 2017

No word on the director or writer but we know that Gal Gadot will be our Wonder Woman and that her rumored origin will follow the one laid out in DC’s New 52 .

Justice League – 2017
Directed by Zack Snyder. Latino Review also reports that Brainiac will be the villain in the super-team’s first adventure.

The Flash – 2018

Surprisingly, one of the first pieces of big news today was that The Flash is heading to the big screen with Ezra Miller in the lead role. Ezra Miller???? I just hope he is not taking the role of Barry Allen. He may be a good Wally West but he’s not nearly tall enough or old enough looking to pull off a convincing Barry Allen. Yes, I know DC is thinking outside the box and while that may be good, you need to stick somewhere close to the comic when casting. It seems like the suits at WB have never read a comic book in their lives. To me it’s like casting Danny DeVito as the Green Lantern. Well….not really but you get my drift.

Aquaman – 2018

Speaking of casting the wrong people, it was officially confirmed today what we all knew that Jason Momoa  will be playing Arthur Curry aka Aquaman and that film would be released in 2018 along with The Flash. Again, I don’t see it. Momoa would be a great Prince Namor. But Aquaman???

Shazam – 2019

The best casting news to come out of this was a month ago when Dwayne Johnson was tapped as Black Adam for the Shazam film. That is spot on casting if you ask me.

Justice League 2 – 2019

Like the first, Justice League 2 will be directed by Zack Snyder.

Cyborg – 2020

Ray Fisher had been rumored to be cast as Cyborg. Today’s announcement made it official.

Green Lantern – 2020

Looks like they’re giving Green Lantern another shot at the end of this cycle. I would imagine it’s safe to assume we’ll be seeing a new actor portraying GL after the failure of the Ryan Reynolds film in 2011. Hopefully nine years will be enough to air out the smell from the first film.

Man of Steel 2 & Batman – TBD

Man of Steel 2 was initially rumored to be released in May of 2018 and Batman in 2019. With today’s news we know that they are both happening, but when they’ll be released has not been determined.

 

Most of these upcoming films have partial casts and don’t even have first draft scripts. I think the key to these upcoming films is their foundation, they have to have an incredible script. So far, DC has yet to beat Marvel in that area. Hopefully they will put their thinking caps on and come up with good and intriguing stories to tell.

It’s more than a great script though, they MUST stay “somewhat faithful” to the source material.  I’m not saying that you have to copy everything exactly but you don’t want to back yourself into a corner either. Arthur Curry is a blond surfer dude and Barry Allen is a tall thin crime scene investigator.

I fear this may all go so wrong that they will all end up being rebooted within the next 15 years. At this point they’re used to being able to flip a switch and spit out a new iteration once the previous stops working. Marvel Studios are executing amazing product and they’re doing it without that safety net. They’re so far in that they can’t just decide something isn’t working and flip a switch to reboot it. They’re all connected, so they have to just work with it and rebound well. I don’t know if DC has the constitution to play this game the way Marvel is.

I guess we will have to wait and see. I truly hope they can pull it off and not all be as dark as Man of Steel. I liked that movie but it did have its issues. Please note: along with the films announced, there will also be more Man of Steel and Batman films although they don’t have dates firmed up.