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

Adam Glass Weighs in on all of Hollywood’s Reboots and Remakes

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TO REBOOT OR NOT TO REBOOT – PART 1

by: Adam Glass

I have been on the fence for some time deciding whether or not to write about all these awful reboots and remakes Hollywood has been making. A part of me likes the idea of the reboot/remake in some cases while another part yearns for something new and original. The time has come though when fans of film must stand up, face the powers that be and like Peter Finch’s character Howard Beale in “Network” say “We are mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore!” Are you ready for a revolution? Didn’t think so but I figured I’d try anyway. In all seriousness, this past month with the announcement of the reboots of “Underworld” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” has got me all fired up, and not in a good way. Why do we need a reboot of either franchise??? Why not just add on to what has already come???

Let’s first define these terms that have been shoved down our throats by Tinseltown. Reboot: To restart or revive. Remake: To make again differently.

In hopefully what turns into a series of articles between SuperNerd and I – we will look at some of the reboots/remakes that have worked and some that have not. It’s up to you to make you own conclusions if all this remaking is a good thing. For a healthy debate we ask you add to the discussion in the comments section.

I’m going to look at two HUGE franchises for this article. Spider-Man and James Bond.

James Bond – The reboot/remake worked!!!!

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In 2006 when Daniel Craig stepped into the role of 007 it was considered to be the official reboot of everyone’s favorite spy. One could argue that anytime there has been a new actor as James Bond it automatically becomes a reboot. With all the other actors from Connery to Brosnan, JB’s backstory has been consistent and even been referenced from time to time from film to film. As an example, after “On Her Majesties Secret Service” good ol’ JB becomes a widower and it is brought up again a few times in later movies. It wasn’t until “Casino Royale” that we get a movie that shows Bond BEFORE he got his 007 status and then is based on his first mission. Sounds like a reboot to me and it worked too! There were some missteps but I overlooked them because they were of the good kind. Personally I would have gone with a whole new “M” and a younger Bond. However, “Casino Royale” was so good that I chose to look past these two things. The same can’t be said for 2008’s “Quantum of Solace” but the series came back in a BIG way with 2012’s “SkyFall”.

The reason that this reboot/remake works for me is it was done the right way. Knowing that 007 can and will go on forever, the filmmakers took their time and introduced the characters in the right way over a few films. It would have been very easy to include “Q” and all his amazing gadgets along with “Miss Moneypenny” in the first film but they took their time with it and are slowly building Craig’s James Bond to be the spy we know and love. Looking back it was the perfect way to breathe new life into the franchise.

 

Amazing Spider-Man – The reboot/remake didn’t work!!!

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In 2002 the world was introduced to its first big screen adaptation of Spider-Man. Starring Toby McGuire as the hero it has aged rather well and stuck pretty much to the history of the character even though it strayed a little bit in other areas such as its villain Green Goblin. It was followed up with 2004’s very excellent sequel with Dr. Octopus along with 2007’s sub-par third film villain fest. When contracts fell through in 2010 for director Sam Raimi and Toby McGuire for a fourth picture (translated to Sony didn’t like the script for SM4), Sony decided the best course of action was to start again from scratch.

This left me scratching my head. Why only a few years after the last installment would the studio want to start over? I could see maybe doing that if the SM3 made no money but even though it was panned it still made a good chunk of change. My problem with the re-boot is that they messed with the backstory too much from the get go. To me it would have been more interesting for an already battle weary Spider-Man to start learning about what his father was up to and do battle with Lizard. We didn’t need the whole changed origin story over again.

This leads me back to the only real problem I had with the original trilogy. It suffered from what I call “Batman Syndrome” in that it kills off its major villains after one film. Why on earth would you kill off Green Goblin and Doc Ock. I understand it’s for dramatic effect but back then studios were looking at the short term and not turning these characters into true franchises a la 007. Without long term goals for these series (beyond the usual trilogy) the studios are really limiting themselves. They may not make a billion on each film but in the long run it would work out. Maybe they are figuring this out now with the X-Men series. It would have been very easy to start from scratch on that but they found a way to bring new life to the story without losing what has already come before.

What are your thoughts on these two franchises? Do you feel like I do and that they should have kept the original Spider-Man trilogy as film canon? Are you sick of James Bond? Let’s have at it!

To Be Continued

Some New Looks at the ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Filming!

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20 Minutes, a Spanish website, has posted some pics from a Spanish film site earlier showing some much closer and clearer shots of some of the vehicles that have been spotted while Episode VII shoots at their Greenham Common set.

It looks like these images may have been captured earlier than the others judging by how little of the falcon has been built.

What do you think? I’m itching to get a clear look at that Black X-Wing.

Colin Farrell Confirms he’s a True Detective

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Colin Farrell has confirmed what has been rumored for a while now, that he’ll be starring in True Detective season two.

When True Detective came up in an interview with Sunday World, Farrell stated, “I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited.”

He then added, “I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids.”

I think that anyone that tries to follow McConaughey and Harrelson’s incendiary first season has their work cut out for them. I also think Farrell has a pretty high ceiling that’s only been hinted at in his past film roles. I think he could surprise a lot of people if the second season of True Detective is written as well as the first.

What do you think? Are you high on this casting?

Red Band Trailer: Seth Rogen, James Franco and Lizzy Caplan in ‘The Interview’

“In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.”

The Interview opens Christmas Day.

Trailer: John Hawkes is ‘Low Down’ With Elle Fanning and Peter Dinklage

“Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, LOW DOWN is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds, in which Joe and Amy-Jo strive to live the lives they want against seemingly insurmountable odds.”

Guy Ritchie’s ‘Knights of the Roundatable: King Arthur’ Casts its Lady Guinevere

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Astrid Berges-Frisbey has been cast as Lady Guinevere in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.

Elizabeth Olsen was originally pegged as the front runner for Lady Guinevere.

She joins Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) who will be playing King Arthur and Idris Elba as a “Merlin-type” character.  

I enjoy Guy Ritchie as a filmmaker (Swept Away aside) but I don’t know if I have much interest in a new King Arthur film. Antione Fuqua proved this with his own version of the King Arthur story some years back. Then again, Idris Elba as a Merlin-like character has my interest piqued.

What do you think? Any interest in this one?

Even More Posters From Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’

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The week finishes out with Interstellar posters three and four.

Seriously, can this film get here already?

Christopher Nolan, in speaking about Interstellar “It’s almost like a mirror image of Inception. It expands out in the way Inception contracts inwards.”

He managed to blow my mind with a simple quote about the film, I can’t wait to see what he does with the actual film.

Trailer: Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac in ‘A Most Violent Year’

“Isaac is Abel Morales, an immigrant who is trying to grow his heating oil business. But the crime-ridden streets of the big city cause more and more problems, and Morales finds that his ethics are malleable as he fights to keep his company going with the aid of his equally tough wife, Anna (Jessica Chastain). As the year progresses, their tactics become less scrupulous and the authorities start to take an interest…”

The film also stars Albert Brooks, Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

A Most Violent Year opens on December 31st.

 

Source: Empire

Adam McKay and Seth Rogan to Team up with Jean Ralphio

Ben Schwartz (Jean Ralphio from Parks and Recreation) has sold an untitled comedy pitch to Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures, and Good Universe that will see Adam McKay direct Schwartz and Seth Rogen.

Schwartz’s star has been rising with memorable turns in Showtime’s House of Lies and his recurring role on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. He will next be seen in The Interview with Seth Rogen and James Franco followed by Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 2015.

‘Deadpool’ has a Release Date!

We knew it was only a matter of time before Fox announced a Deadpool film based off of the fan reaction of the “leaked” test footage from July.

Reynolds told the Niagara Falls Review:

The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, ‘Oh, so we weren’t crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.’ It’s interesting to see the power of the Internet. It’s awe-inspiring, actually.

Reynolds appeared as Deadpool in one of the worst character adaptations of all time in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009. Reynolds was great casting, but the production and script mishandled the character completely. It’s good that we’re all going to get an opportunity to see Reynolds get it right. Tim Miller (upcoming adaptation of The Goon) is set to direct.

Today Fox announced that Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds will hit theaters on February 12th 2016, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Think of it as a present for all you geeks who find yourself dateless on Valentines Day.

Fox also took the opportunity to tweak their release schedule a bit moving video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed, Starring Michael Fassbender, from August 7th 2015 to sometime in 2016 due to the film falling behind. Instead, Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four will take August 7th, moving from its original date of June 19th. The John Green adaptation, Paper Towns, will move from July 31st to the now vacated Fantastic Four date on June 19th.

 

The First Footage From Star Wars: Episode VII! Bad Robot Throws the Challange Back to Batman!

In the continuing tongue-in-cheek war between the productions of Batman V Superman and Star Wars: Episode VII JJ Abrams has release the video above which is also the first official video released from Episode VII.

This is in response to the image Zack Snyder released over the weekend of a stormtrooper being arrested by the Gotham City Police Department for stealing the Batmobile.

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Obviously, this war is going to end with pistols at dawn at some point in the future.

Darrell Hammond to Fill Don Pardo’s Very Large Shoes on SNL

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I don’t think I can properly express how thrilled I am about this piece of news: Darrell Hammond will be taking over announcing duties on Saturday Night Live, for Don Pardo who passed away last month. Saturday Night Live, going into its 40th season without Pardo was a really sad prospect, but the news that Hammond, who had previously filled in for Pardo while he was ill, softens the blow.

Hammond, who has the distinction of being the longest tenured cast member, from 1994-2009 (and the oldest cast member as well, when he left), is known for his multitude of impressions & was a huge part of my childhood. I grew up on SNL and Hammond was there through some of my favorite time periods in the show’s history.

While no one can replace Don Pardo and the thrill I’m sure every cast member got from hearing him say their names –  Darrell Hammond is an excellent choice to fill the Don Pardo shaped whole at Studio 8H.

Al Pacino and Brian De Palma’s ‘Happy Valley’ Casts its Jerry Sandusky

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It looks like John Carroll Lynch will be playing one of the biggest monsters in recent years for Brian De Palma in ‘Happy Valley’, the story about the Penn State sex abuse scandal of Jerry Sandusky.

Lynch is a veteran character actor whose name may not be familiar but his face surely is, having appeared in Fincher’s Zodiac, Fargo, Shutter Island and a long run as Drew Carey’s cross-dressing brother on the Drew Carey Show.

Al Pacino has been cast as legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who was fired after an investigation revealed that he knew of Jerry Sandusky was molesting children and did little to stop it in order to protect his football program.

Sandusky was subsequently convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse against a minor and Joe Paterno died of cancer shortly after his fall from grace.

De Palma’s film will be based on the book Paterno written by Joe Posnanski. The script was written by American History X scribe, Dave McKenna.

This is the third time Pacino and De Palma have teamed up. Their previous collaborations resulted in Scarface and Carlito’s Way.

 

Supernerd Reviews Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini in ‘The Drop’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

If I’ve learned anything from crime movies, it’s that any seedy, locally owned bar is probably involved in some form of illegal activity. The Drop does nothing to dissuade this stereotype, but it does deliver a top notch movie experience. In this new crime thriller we follow Bob Saginowski, played by Tom Hardy, as he goes about his daily life tending bar at his cousin’s bar (which happens to be a bar where the Chechen mob’s illegal money gets dropped off for pick-up at a later time) and what happens in the aftermath of a robbery.

The story focuses mainly on Bob and the kind heart that he has. Bob is a nice guy, but as the movie goes on you feel that he may be a little too nice. Like maybe he’s overcompensating for something. That maybe below his surface he’s got a darkness waiting to be unleashed. But for the time being he’s content with saving a dog that he finds in a trashcan and making friends with a local woman who helps him take care of said dog. Tom Hardy once again delivers an amazing performance. From the Brooklyn accent to the shuffling “Aw, Shucks” demeanor he manages to pull off, Hardy turns in a role that impresses me as much as he did in Warrior.

The other half of our story revolves around Bob’s cousin and boss, Marv, the owner of Cousin Marv’s Bar, played by James Gandolfini. Cousin Marv is still nursing an almost decade old grudge from being ousted from his place of power in the neighborhood hierarchy by the Chechens and being reduced to just a neighborhood Drop Bar. Watching this was bittersweet knowing it will be the last time we see Gandolfini on film. But he is awesome as he channels his inner Tony Soprano and shows us what might have been had our favorite mob boss not had the balls to do what needed to be done and just laid down and let someone else take what was his.

The robbery of the bar brings up questions from both sides of the law. The Chechens want to know who stole their money and what Marv is doing to get it back. The police want to know if there is any illegal activity going on at the bar to make it a possible target. And somehow Bob gets entangled with a neighborhood sociopath who gets a little too close for comfort. And with that brings questions of a murder from ten years ago that may still have implications today.

The Drop, adapted by Dennis Lehane from his 2009 short story Animal Rescue, crackles with amazing dialogue and spot on characterization. Hardy, Gandolfini, and Noomi Rapace gelled rather nicely. Every interaction flowed nicely and nothing later in the movie felt as though it went against traits already established just for the purpose of a surprise twist. When watching this I was reminded of another Lehane novel-turned-movie, Gone Baby Gone. That too was a movie that excelled because of a superb cast that had spot on delivery and great emotion on screen.

It’s hard to do something that hasn’t already been done in the crime thriller genre. The Drop isn’t reinventing the wheel. But it is definitely rolling in its own path.

Tom Hiddleston to Venture to King Kong’s ‘Skull Island’

 

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Tom Hiddleston is moving on from battling Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in The Avengers to King Kong in the upcoming Skull Island. 

Skull Island was announced back in July at SDCC. At that point they didn’t have a star, director, or even a script. The had a release date of November 4th 2016. Since then they’ve hired director, Joran Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) and writer Max Borenstein (Godzilla) to flesh out the King Kong prequel.

What do you think of Hiddleston? How do you feel about a King Kong prequel?

Trailer: Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort, and Jennifer Garner in Jason Reitman’s ‘Men Women & Children’

I loved the first teaser trailer for Jason Reitman’s Men Women & Children. It nailed the tone of Chad Kultgen’s book that shed a light on the way the internet has changed the relationships, communication, self image, and love lives of children and adults in this day and age.

“The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.”

This is one of my most anticipated films coming out before the end of the year. What do you think of the trailer?

A Doctor Who Joins the Cast of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

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Matt Smith, aka the eleventh doctor, has joined the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is based on a mashup book by Seth Grahame-Smith combining Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice with elements of modern zombie fiction, crediting Austen as co-author.

The film also stars, Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston,Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth. It begins shooting September 24th and will be directed by Burr Steers.

We’ve had the book here for a while but I have yet to crack it open. If you’ve read it let us know what you thought in the comments.