Marky Mark is the Big Hero Who Says Deep Things In the New ‘Patriots Day’ Trailer

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-Chief

I take issue with so many things about Patriots Day that I’m not sure where to begin.

I suppose it starts with Mark “It wouldn’t have gone down that way if I was on my 9/11 flight” Wahlberg starring in a film that only an authentic Boston guy could top line and get away without it being called a cash grab. Make no mistake though, it is a cash grab. Add to it, Peter “I only make films that are based on a true story these days” Berg and we have a real recipe for an actual tragedy told in the shallowest way possible, full of heroic low angle Marky Mark shots and filled to the brim with scenes designed to try and pull the tears out of your eyes. It’s despicable that they approached a community that was still healing after the trauma of a gunfight in their quiet neighborhood to ask if they could recreate the same gunfight to lend “authenticity” to their film.  Patriots Day may have been shot in Boston with a lead actor from Boston, but it feels as authentic as all the Boston-area people sporting their Boston Strong gear in the wake of the tragedy because it was fashionable. This film does not feel like it’s been made for the right reasons in any way.

Me? I’ll be waiting for David Gordon Green’s Stronger, an important story to come out of the Boston Marathon Bombing tragedy that has all the ingredients for an inspirational and moving film.

An account of the Boston Marathon bombing, PATRIOTS DAY is the powerful story of a community’s courage in the face of adversity. 

In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.

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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ to be Shot on 65mm Film

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by: Joshua Outred – Staff Writer

You’ll probably recall that back in the early days of Episode VII Kathleen Kennedy said that they would be taking an old-school approach to the way that they would be making the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. We knew J.J. Abrams preference to shoot on 35mm over digital, stating at Produced By Conference “I have not yet shot a movie digitally. Film is the thing I am most comfortable with. If film were to go away—and digital is challenging it—then the standard for the highest, best quality would go away.” Then, Rian Johnson confirmed on twitter that he would also be shooting Episode VIII on 35mm and would have shot on 65mm but couldn’t for “logistical reasons.”

Now comes confirmation via Playlist that Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) will shoot Star Wars: Episode IX on the larger, 65mm format. This is fantastic news for film enthusiasts, and shows a real commitment to keeping the incredible format alive, as well as the fact that Kodak’s facility in the United Kingdom has just gained the capabilities to handle the format. Also revealed in the article was the great news that cinematographer, John Schwartzman (Armageddon) will be returning to Colin Trevorrow’s side after the success of Jurassic World.

The news that Trevorrow will be shooting in 65mm is exciting to say the least. It’s a format that has slowly been making its way back from an uncertain future, with filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master), and the vocal Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight) utilizing it recently to bring back that old-school cinema experience. I’m hoping this news means that the format might be embraced by more theaters worldwide so that the films can be seen the way that their filmmakers intended, enabling us to see these films the way they were intended to be seen!

The New Trailer for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Roars and Soars!

The Beast (Dan Stevens) in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic which is a celebration of one of the most beloved stories ever told.

The Beast (Dan Stevens) in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which is a celebration of one of the most beloved stories ever told.

by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-Chief

Check out the new trailer for Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic ”Beauty and the Beast.”  One of the most beloved tales ever told, the film brings it to life in a stunning, cinematic event directed by Bill Condon with an extraordinary ensemble cast, including: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian  McKellen and Emma Thompson.

I don’t know about you, but with every new bit I see of this one, the more I need to see it. Bill Condon’s visual sensibilities are always remarkable and paired with this property I think we are in for something really special. Take a look at the new trailer below and let us know what you think!

 

And some gorgeous stills!

Check Out the Two Newest Rogue One International Trailers! Chock Full o’ Rebel Goodness!

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From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

I’m getting really excited for Rogue One, the last US trailer really got me buzzed and I’m enjoying the little bits that these new International variants are providing us. It’s hard to believe we’re barely a month off from another new Star Wars film. This was inconceivable five years ago. I don’t want to ever let this feeling go.

While this production as been mired in controversy over reshoots and internal power struggles, what really matters is what ends up on the screen come December 16th. We could all use a victory against the Empire, don’t you think?

Today’s third Rogue One International Variant:

 

And yesterday’s second:

’Pacific Rim’ Sequel Begins Shooting and Official Title Revealed

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by: Joshua Outred – Staff Writer

The great John Boyega took to Instagram to share a picture of his Pacific Rim 2 script, along with the leather bound notebook comes the official title. Pacific Rim: Maelstrom as it’s now known, has just begun shooting with, Stephen S. DeKnight (Daredevil) behind the camera.

First day on Pacific Rim today. Here’s to a great adventure ahead ✌🏿

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The sequel to the averagely performing Pacific Rim, looked as it may be cancelled at one point, with its ever fluctuating release date, creator and director of the first film, Guillermo del Toro, stepped out of the director’s chair to write and produce. The title, Maelstrom, has been rumoured for some time now, and it’s entirely possible that it could change again (especially with a production that’s been in flux for a while).

The sequel’s story well under wraps, with so little known we assume that we’ll see the massive Jaegers fighting of the earth invading, Kaiju again. John Boyega will play the son of Idris Elba’s, Stacker Pentecost, alongside up and coming female lead, Cailee Spaeny. Scott Eastwood (Fury), Adria Arjona (Emerald City), Tian Jing (Special ID) and Levi Meaden (The 100) are all set to star in the film, which is set for release on February 23rd 2018!

Stay tuned for more updates!

Forget About Deadpool 2 We’re Already Talking Deadpool 3!

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by: Joshua Outred – Staff Writer

It seems things may be shifting around for Fox’s X-Men, The Hollywood Reporter has gotten wind of some shuffling around for the well established Marvel franchise. Fox, who have had the rights to the X-Men series since the ’90’s, are reportedly re-evaluating the franchise, with the likelihood of a reboot.

Sources tell THR that Bryan Singer will not be returning to helm the next X-Men film, and that frequent X-Men producer and Star Wars: Rebels Executive Producer, Simon Kinberg, is already in the process of writing the script for the next film. Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult have all now finished their three-picture deals, the question is; will Fox renew these costly contracts, or will they opt for a soft reboot? With a reconfiguration of the X-Men franchise at Fox, attention also turns to the other superhero properties owned by the studio.

Last month Deadpool 2 lost its director, Tim Miller, and soon after composer, Tom Holkenborg also parted way with the project. Rumours point heavily towards, David Leitch (John Wick), taking up the director’s chair. However large the shakeup with the sequel’s creatives is, sources tell THR that Deadpool 3 is already in the planning phase, with X-Force playing a part in the story.

It really does seem as if Fox are going back to the drawing board with their Marvel properties. X-Men: Apocalypse took home $544 million worldwide, a huge difference to 2014’s Days of Future Past, which earned a massive $748 million at the box office. With such a large loss in profit, the push of the refresh button seems inevitable, and necessary, coming in with a fresh director may well help reinvigorate the franchise, something I feel it really needs. As for Deadpool, well, things may not be as bad as first thought, if they’re already planning out the third film, then Fox most likely has confidence that the sequel’s can make the huge profit of the first film, and bringing in David Leitch would be a superb idea (I loved John Wick), his visual language has Deadpool written all over it!

More 80’s as ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Adds Mikey From ‘Goonies’ and Burke From ‘Aliens’!

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by: Joshua Outred – Staff Writer

Season 2 of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things is about to begin production, and it’s just added 3 new cast members!

Entertainment Weekly dropped some details on who has been cast, and the characters they’ll be playing. Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Paul Reiser (Aliens) and up and coming Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen will all be joining our friends over in Hawkins, Indiana next year!

According to Netflix, Sean Astin will play Bob Newby, “a kindhearted former nerd who went to highschool with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and gooniesHopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack”. Stranger Things is a melting pot of MANY 80’s classics, so it’s nice to see Mikey from Goonies popping up in Hawkins.

Young Danish actress, Linnea Berthelsen will star as Roman, “an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child”. Last but not least, Paul Reiser has been cast as Dr. Owens, “a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a ‘clean up’ assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year”. Sounds like a not-so-subtle nod to Resier’s slimey character from 1986’s Aliens

I hope they don’t go too far with the 80’s stunt casting. One of the biggest things about the first season of Stranger Things was that outside of Winona Ryder and David Harbour the cast was comprised of unknowns who managed to surprise us with their chops. I worry that too many of these cute casting choices willaliens distract from the story.

For right now these are very exciting casting additions, and I’m most intrigued by the young Danish actress, Linnea, and her character, whose description sounds very familiar to break-out star, Millie Bobby Brown’s, Eleven. The character of Dr. Owens also sounds fascinating, it’s not shocking to learn that a major cover up operation went into play after the revelations and discoveries last season.

We’ll have to wait to find out more, as season 2 is scheduled for release sometime next year!

Elektra Confirmed for Netflix’s ‘The Defenders’

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by: Joshua Outred – Staff Writer

Today, The Defenders official Twitter page announced that Elodie Yung will be returning as Elektra in next year’s The Defenders. The Defenders will see heroes Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Kyrsten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) unite to fight a bigger enemy, and save New York.

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Spoilers for Daredevil Season 2 to follow…..

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you who have seen Daredevil season 2, you will know that it does not end well for the unpredictable Elektra. However, it was clear that Elodie’s character was not quite finished. After her death, she was seen being placed into a chamber by the ninja’s of The Hand, along with an ancient device (potentially able to resurrect a person), left Elektra’s future ambiguous. With this announcement comes confirmation that her character will return in some way, but what, and who will she be fighting for now?

Marvel’s The Defenders will begin streaming ON Netflix sometime in 2017. Shortened to 8 episodes and full to the brim with a great cast – I’d say we’re in for a real treat!

IR Film Review: Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

by: Joshua Outred – Staff Writer

From all the promotional material, trailers, TV spots etc, it was clear that Marvel’s Doctor Strange was going to push visual boundaries, and visual boundaries it certainly pushed. However, superhero fatigue has set in, and it’s stronger than ever with this visually impressive yet incredibly predictable comic book adaptation.

Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character tells the story of famed neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, a man with confidence, money, fame and an incredibly steady set of hands. Stephen Strange has unmatchable talents as a neurosurgeon, succeeding at life saving brain surgery where so many others would and have failed. He has everything, charm, charisma, wit, a fast car sports car, and a luxury apartment. However, it’s often said that those who gain power will eventually lose it, and in the case of Stephen Strange the neurosurgeon, that most definitely applies.

When Strange ends up in a horrific car accident and loses the use of both his hands, he has to come to the realization that he may not be able to operate again. Struggling to accept the reality of the situation, Strange seeks out many options to help heal his once miracle working hands, his search goes from experimental surgery to mystical healing in Kathmandu, Nepal. After becoming acquainted with The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), Strange goes on a mythical journey to the depths of time and space to learn  how to regain the use of his hands again.

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Introduced early on is Christine Palmer, played by Rachel McAdams, an E.R surgeon and friend/lover/typical Marvel support actress to Bendedict’s Stephen Strange, playing a limited role in the film. McAdams really only serves as the connection Strange will have between Strange the Sorcerer and his old self. Tilda Swinton’s The Ancient One is both kind and unpredictable, Swinton gives a convincing and at times calming performance as the Sorcerer Supreme, playing the wise teacher who’ll eventually put Strange in his place – not without a few bumps along the way. The Ancient One’s original reluctance to teach Strange comes down to the fact that she’s already lost one disciple to the darkness – gifted sorcerer Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen).

Kaecilius stole pages from an ancient book on the lore of the universe in order to seek ultimate power and eternal life, who he believes will be gifted to him by Dormammu (an evil galaxy-eating-life-sucker). Mads was the absolute perfect casting for the role of Kaecilius, he brings an eerie demeanor to a character whose plans seem doomed from the beginning. I’m a big fan of Mads Mikkelsen and it makes me really happy to see him appearing in big flicks like Doctor Strange, Marvel however have yet to convince me that any of the villains can do anything other than bring down a few buildings before eventually being torn down themselves, an issue I doubt will ever be solved, especially after 14 films.

An honorable shoutout to the supporting characters of Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Wong (Benedict Wong). Both characters were really enjoyable in their moments, though it’s unfortunate that Wong only seemed to be relagated to comic relief, another issue it feels like every Marvel film has. (See Michael Pena in Ant-Man) Much like the character, Wong’s comedy felt forced in there, for no other reason than to lighten the mood.

One positive aspect of every Marvel film is the pacing, each and every film from the MCU so far has been paced incredibly well, and Doctor Strange is no different. Not only is it my favourite superhero origin story so far, it’s also the most visually stunning film I’ve seen in recent years, many I’m sure will agree. Derrickson has conjured up 2001: A Space Odyssey on LSD, a visual trip that’ll melt your eyeballs from your skull and leave your jaw firmly planted to floor, it’s also worth noting another huge achievement, so many stories get lost in the visuals, this does not. The colors, and urgency that the VFX department have masterfully conjured up with Doctor Strange not only serve the story being told

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE..L to R: Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE..L to R: Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

– they enhance it, they make you as the viewer want to climb through the screen and role around in the  fluffy-craziness of time and space, it’s like a twisted rubix cube of candy. Props also have to go to Derrickson for not allowing the incredible visuals to confuse the viewer, intense scenes like the final battle and Strange’s first look into the alternate dimensions can sometimes confuse the eye, this never does, something the director and VFX team deserve major credit for achieving.

The action set pieces of the film are rather generic, Marvel and DC filmmakers have gotten into a stylistic habit of using the slow-motion-video-game camera work, whether it’s slowing the frame down to achieve a heightened sense of the powers being used or too create suspense as two characters approach one another, it’s always prominent. However, in the case of Doctor Strange this slow-mo frame-work pays off. When you’re playing with time and dimensional shifts during action, it helps immerse the viewer and focus the eye on exactly what it is the director wants you to see, with Strange it’s necessary, however I feel the future Marvel filmmakers need to find new techniques when filming action sequences to add that fresh touch.

In conclusion, Doctor Strange gets a lot right, it’s the best origin story the MCU has produced yet, and the first act is carefully spent building Benedict Cumberbatch’s Strange as a wealthy, arrogant, self-centered playboy very much in the vein of RDJ’s Tony Stark. I thoroughly enjoyed the mysticism, and the visuals unlike anything we’ve seen from a superhero adaptation yet, Scott Derrickson has crafted a fantastically immersive story through an incredible vision, and another stellar, charismatic performance from Cumberbatch. Unfortunately the script suffers from an overuse of forced comedic moments that seem to be there not because they need to be, but because it’s become a requirement from these tentpole superhero flicks. I’ve undoubtedly fallen victim to the phrase known as ‘superhero fatigue’, and Doctor Strange hasn’t done anything to change that. Another villain portrayed by an incredible actor falls flat, yet another common trait that Marvel still needs to work to fix.

All in all Doctor Strange is a fun, visual trip that adds to the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe that will unfortunately may end up forgotten not long after the next wave begins.

RATING: 7.0/10

New Trailer For ‘Non Denominational Holiday Mixer’ Err.. ‘Office Christmas Party’

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In OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, when the CEO tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Vanessa Bayer, Jillian Bell, Jamie Chung, Rob Corddry, Abbey Lee, Kate McKinnon, T.J. Miller, Olivia Munn, Karan Soni, Courtney B. Vance, Matt Walsh

The New Wonder Woman Trailer Packs a LOT of Action Into 2 1/2 Minutes

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Wonder Woman hits movie theaters around the world next June when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (Monster, AMC’s The Killing). Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine (the Star Trek films), Connie Nielsen (Fox’s The Following, Gladiator), Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Netflix’s House of Cards), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter films, The Theory of Everything), Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Ewen Bremner (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Snowpiercer), and Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle).

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior.  Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Patty Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment.Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.

The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Joining Jenkins behind the camera are director of photography Matthew Jensen (Chronicle, Fantastic Four, HBO’s Game of Thrones), Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (Amélie, A Very Long Engagement, Pan), Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh (Chicago, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, V for Vendetta), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (The Dark Knight trilogy, Topsy-Turvy).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, Wonder Woman. The film is scheduled for release worldwide beginning June 2, 2017, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The New Trailer for ‘T2 Trainspotting 2’ Looks REALLY Good!

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First there was an opportunity……then there was a betrayal.

Twenty years have gone by.
Much has changed but just as much remains the same.
Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home.

They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle).

Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.

Director Danny Boyle reunites the original cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle

Johnny Depp Joins ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel

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by: Josh Outred – Staff Writer

Johnny Depp has landed a role in the sequel to this November’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Deadline Hollywood is reporting. He is also set to cameo in the first of five new spin-off films from the J.K. Rowling Harry Potter saga.

Depp who’s well known for his fantastical acting roles like Captain Jack Sparrow and Edward Scissorhands seems like the perfect fit for the wizarding world it’s mystical beasts. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set 70 years prior to the Harry Potter saga, it tells the story of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a magizoologist whose magical briefcase full of strange and wonderful beasts opens whilst on his way to magical congress in the United States, resulting in chaos.

The decision to add Depp to the Potter universe (Warner’s potentially biggest franchise) is especially peculiar when you consider that he and ex Amber Heard are now both playing prominent roles in two of Warner bros’ biggest franchises over the next couple of years, following their rather controversial break up. Amber Heard will soon be seen as Mera in Zack Snyder’s Justice League in 2017, followed by Aquaman in 2018.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them directed by David Yates is set for release on November 18th this year, with the sequel due out on November 16th 2018.

Tom Hardy Set to Play Al Capone in Josh Trank Directed ‘Fonzo’

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by: Josh Outred – Staff Writer

Mad Max: Fury Road star, Tom Hardy, is set to play legendary gangster, Al Capone, in Josh Trank’s Fonzo according to Deadline Hollywood.

Fonzo will revolve around the later life of ruthless Chicago gangster, Al Capone. Capone ruled Chicago with malice through 1920’s and early 1930’s during the prohibition era taking many innocent lives through evil acts such as bombings. He was eventually taken down in 1931, and following a long trial was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion. Al Capone eventually died in 1947 aged 48, after numerous health conditions lead to a stroke.

The film is being written and directed by Chronicle creator, Josh Trank, and produced by Russell Ackerman, John Schoenfelder and Pulp Fiction producer, Lawrence Bender. Fonzo has begun pre-production and Bloom will take it to the AFM (American Film Market) to begin the selling process.

I’m not a huge fan of Josh Trank and his antics within the industry, though that’s not to say he isn’t talented, studio interference clearly played a heavy role in damaging his take on the Fantastic Four. I’m also a sucker for criminal history and the dramatic takes on these real life stories, plus Tom Hardy will absolutely nail this role!

IR Exclusive: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ 35mm & 70mm to Open Two Days Early

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-Chief
with: Joshua Outred – Staff Writer

Christopher Nolan’s love of film in its physical celluloid form has been well documented. He’s been at the forefront of a movement, along with other high-profile directors like Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Wes Anderson, Rian Johnson and Judd Apatow to keep film stock alive as a viable option for filmmakers in an industry that’s become more and more reliant on digital production, from the way that it’s shot to the way that it’s projected in our favorite temples of cinema. Quentin Tarantino, one of the most vocal of the directors who have sworn their allegiance to physical film even went so far as to retrofit his New Beverly Cinema to 35mm film projection only. Most recently the outspoken director released a special Roadshow cut of his latest film, The Hateful Eight, early to theaters equipped to project the film in 70mm, his preferred exhibition of the film.

Back in August Warner Bros announced that Christopher Nolan’s upcoming WWII epic Dunkirk would be released on July 21st  2017, but a source with knowledge of the release has revealed to me that Nolan and Warner Bros are planning to reward theaters who have the ability to project film (and fans who enjoy seeing it that way) by releasing the film two days early on July 19th.

You’ll recall that Nolan employed this same rollout (along with Paramount) for Interstellar, releasing the film two days early back in November of 2014, dropping the film in 240 theaters in 77 markets equipped to handle 70MM IMA X® film, 70mm film and 35mm film formats. The director’s insistence was not without controversy, as many exhibitors  have abandoned their film projectors in favor of embracing digital projection and spending millions in the process to do so. “This devalues what we’ve done. I can’t afford to get the projectors out of the warehouse for two days, and I don’t even have anyone to operate them,” said Joe Paletta, CEO and founder of Spotlight Theatres, a Georgia chain that had switched to all-digital projection. Foothills Cinemas president and CEO Byron Berkley also went on record stating, “It makes no sense to step back in time.”

In a speech given at CinemaCon in 2014 Nolan explained his allegiance to shooting and presenting his films on film vs digitally comes from a simple (yet VERY debatable) case of digital currently being unable to surpass the quality of physical film stock, stating,”I am not committed to film out of nostalgia. I am in favor of any kind of technical innovation but it needs to exceed what has gone before and so far nothing has exceeded anything that’s come before.”

The debate is far from one sided though, as digital certainly has its share of heavy hitter’s on the other side of the fence, with director’s such as David Fincher, Matt Reeves, Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh and Robert Rodriguez all embracing digital productions. James Cameron might be digital’s biggest cheerleader, a director who has always pushed filmmaking technology forward, even developing the technology personally when necessary.

I have no dog in the digital vs film fight. From a production standpoint, digital production has opened up a whole new world of filmmaking for filmmakers who might otherwise not have the opportunity to make movies. More voices having access and making films is a great thing. It should be the artist’s decision to pick which medium they feel most comfortable realizing their preferred vision. It’s imperative that there are devotees on the production side, as well as the exhibition side that are keeping the format alive for artists that want to explore that option. I also love that the studio is backing Nolan and allowing his fans the opportunity to see the film in the manner that he originally intended before the full digital rollout.

Dunkirk is Nolan’s take on the historic and heroic events of 1940. When the German forces pinned the militaries of the British, French and Belgium into a trap, coming from the North, East and South, there seemed to be no hope for the allies. What followed was an evacuation from Dunkirk which seemed impossible and hopeless, with France now occupied by Hitler and endless divisions , and the French forces heavily depleted, the nightmare that the entire Allied force could potentially be captured or destroyed was becoming reality.

Eventually, after eight long days, and a mistake by Hitler which gave the Allied troops time to escape, essentially costing him the war, the remaining Allied forces managed to make it safely across the channel and back to British soil. A combination of British war vessels, merchant ships, fishing boats and luxury yachts carried these brave soldiers to safety, and saving the lives of 345,895 thousand troops.

Least Shocking News Ever (Yet Still Exciting): Bad Robot’s ‘God Particle’ Will be Another Cloverfield Film!

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-Chief

Last year Bad Robot and Paramount surprised the hell out of us with the release of the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, a sort-of sequel/cinematic cousin to 2008’s super-secret surprise hit Cloverfield. In the wake of the trailer’s release producer J.J. Abrams provided additional clarification (and confusion) by stating that: “We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield.”

Immediately people zeroed in on the other J.J. Abrams and Paramount collaboration in the works titled God Particle. The plot of the film certainly sounded like it could potentially be another blood relative of Cloverfield: “A quartet of scientists on a space station watch Earth blink out of existence, leaving them all alone in outer space. The arrival of another space station soon has the crew wondering if they’ll be saved or fighting for their lives.” The film, directed by Julis Onah and written by Oren Uziel assembled a great cast consisting of David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl and Chris O’Dowd.

Yesterday The Wrap released confirmation from an inside source that God Particle is indeed another film in Bad Robot’s Cloverfield universe ahead of a Paramount footage presentation of their upcoming slate of films in New York. Not only that Abrams and Paramount are quietly developing more Cloverfield Universe films, with the target of releasing one a year.

I couldn’t be happier as I loved the first two entries in the Clovefield Universe. I’d love to have a new Twilight Zone-esque film experience to look forward to every year. What about you? Is this something you’re on board for?

OHHHH MAN This Promises to be Amazing! Amblin 35: An Art Tribute Featuring Drew Struzan!

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-Chief

Growing up in the 80’s was a magical time made all the more magical thanks to Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment production company. The films that were released under the Amblin’s banner would go on to inspire and shape an entire generation of filmmaker’s and fans alike. With titles like E.T., Gremlins, Goonies and Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit the legacy of Amblin reads like a road map to awe and wonder.

A huge piece of those Amblin films for me were the wonderful posters created by the master himself, Drew Struzan. I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that Drew Struzan art has adorned my walls for at least three decades. I can vividly recall his Star Wars, Back to the Future and Goonies posters hanging in my bedroom as a kid. Those films and posters from that decade were instrumental in creating the film nerd (and poster collector) I became.

It makes me extremely happy to announce that producer Jack Morrissey and Taylor White are putting together an art show to celebrate Amblin’s thirty-fifth anniversary (wow, where has the time gone?). Not only that, but Struzan will be displaying never-before-seen pieces of art from his personal archive!

Check out the full details below and prepare to get excited:

Steven Spielberg’s iconic production company Amblin Entertainment is in its thirty-fifth year and over three decades has created many of the most beloved movies of all time, spanning every genre. From the Oscar-winning masterpieces Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan to adored pop culture classics that defined a generation – Back to the Future, The Goonies, Gremlins, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and so many more.

Founded in 1981 by Spielberg and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, the company has brought to life so many stories on the silver screen – from its very first production Continental Divide to this fall’s The Girl on the Train. On the small screen, the company has also created countless hit series, from ER to Amazing Stories and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

This December, Creature Features will pay tribute to Amblin with an unprecedented gallery exhibit featuring imagery from, and inspired by, the company’s extraordinary history. The show is headlined by Drew Struzan, the legendary artist who painted so much of Amblin’s most iconic movie poster art, including Hook, An American Tail, The Goonies, and the Back to the Future Trilogy. Drew will display a selection of original, never-before-seen art from his personal archive.

Alongside Drew, dozens of gifted artists will exhibit original paintings and sculptures that honor the Amblin films and television shows that have influenced them.

AMBLIN 35: AN ART TRIBUTE FEATURING DREW STRUZAN opens at Creature Features on the evening of Friday, December 2nd and will exhibit through Thursday, December 15th. The exhibit is curated by Taylor White and Jack Morrissey.

For information on submitting art, please email Amblin35Art@gmail.com.

Creature Features is a genre-themed art gallery and pop culture store with a twenty-year legacy of celebrating the best in science fiction, fantasy, horror and animation. Owner Taylor White and his team have hosted gallery shows themed on such iconic titles as The Wizard of Oz, Planet of the Apes, The Iron Giant, and Godzilla.

For more information and updates, visit www.creaturefeatures.com

For more of Drew Struzan’s work, visit Official Drew Struzan Page orwww.drewstruzan.com.

Tim Miller Leaves Deadpool 2 Over Creative Differences

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by: Joshua Outred – Staff Writer

Fox Studios’ Deadpool 2 has lost director Tim Miller over creative differences with the star of the first film, Ryan Reynolds. It’s been rumored that among the things the two butted heads on was the casting of Cable, with Miller pushing for Friday Night Light’s Star Kyle Chandler, as well as the tone of the next film.

Deadpool, which was released earlier this year and took in a massive $786 million worldwide was a huge hit for Fox, and gained trust from comic book film fans that maybe, just maybe, Fox may have finally nailed what they’d been trying to do for years, releasing a decent superhero flick.

Of course, the loss of the sequel’s director doesn’t spell the end for the Deadpool franchise, it’s definitely a kick in the teeth, however, there is many a capable visualist out there who could come aboard and put their own twist on the masked man.

With Ryan Reynolds still starring as the Marvel hero, in my opinion a role that reinvigorated his career, the sequel to Deadpool still has hope. With Tim Miller out, who do you think will take over to helm Deadpool 2? Sound off in the comments below, and let us know what you think!

IR TV Review: Star Wars Rebels: The Last Battle

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The Last Battle is proof that Star Wars Rebels can be great, and episodes relying on nostalgia can work, when timed right.

by: Joshua Outred – Staff Writer

I’ve not been the biggest supporter of Star Wars: Rebels since the long and drawn out season 2. The second season of Rebels felt like it never really went anywhere, I’d compare it to the intro of a song, where the replay button is being pressed every time it’s about to break. People have said season 2 really honed in on the individual crew members of the Ghost, it never really felt that way for me either, in fact, season 2 seemed to be mission after mission where the crew would be stealing yet another supply of cargo from the Empire, or breaking prisoners valuable to their cause out of imperial incarceration. To cut my negative thoughts on Rebels down to the minimum, season 2 was a massive waste of my time and my feelings for the lead character, Ezra Bridger, couldn’t be lesser. Season 3 however, has gotten off to a strong start, with every episode adding depth to the Ghost crew’s inner turmoils, history and general struggles with who they are and what they’re trying to achieve.

The Last Battle was an episode steeped in nostalgia, though unlike a lot of content nowadays, especially in the case of Rebels season 2, this was a love letter well earned, a step back in time for not only our favourite Clone Wars veteran, Captain Rex, but for us, the fans who have been longing for closure ever since The Clone Wars’ abrupt ending a couple of years ago.

The episode begins as the crew of the Ghost arrives on the battle scarred planet of Agamar, with Kanan, Ezra, Rex, Zeb and Chopper on a salvage mission to retrieve weapons left over on a downed Separatist war ship. Like any curious teenager, Ezra has questions regarding the Clone War, Rex briefs him on the dangers of the droid army, and when Ezra makes a crack at the look of an old Battle Droid head, Rex shuts him down, stating that they killed a lot of his friends and aren’t to be underestimated. This episode doubles as a history lesson for not only Ezra, but for the younger generation of Star Wars: Rebels fans who may not have had the chance to see the The Clone Wars yet.

Rex, Zeb, our two Jedi and Chopper advance into the hangar of the downed vessel, after scouting and finding no apparent danger, they advance, only to be caught in an old Separatist ray shield. With our heroes trapped, Battle Droids approach and capture them, taking them into custody. When the three awake, Rex becomes overcome with anxiety at the site of an old Tactical Separatist Droid, Kalani. Kalani is best known for his appearance in the Onderon arc of The Clone Wars. Rex shows signs of post traumatic stress, evident when faced with an old enemy, Kanan earlier telling Ezra that Rex’s scars run deep, some of which you cannot see helps the viewer understand Rex’s internal struggle with the ghosts of his past.

Kalani goes on to reveal his long awaited plan for this veteran of the Republic and his allies. Keeping Zeb as a hostage, he sets his game in motion, allowing Rex, Ezra and Kanan a chance at rescuing the Lasat, and ending the Clone Wars for good. In the midst of all the fun and games, Chopper has conveniently found an old shuttle, sending a distress signal for Hera aboard the Ghost, hoping for yet another rescue. Unfortunately for them, the signal was intercepted by Governor Price aboard her Star Destroyer, she immediately sends for an imperial force to be dispatched to Agamar in order to catch the fugitive Rebels.

With Kalani’s game in full swing, Rex and the Jedi begin slicing their way through the droid forces, like the good old days. Rex uses his experience to get through the battle, not without trouble though, as Ezra again proves to be an irritating nuisance, Rex shuts him down and gives him the talking to he so greatly needed, in his book, experience outranks everything!

After finally breaking back into the bridge, our heroes confront Kalani, stating that they’ve won, and it’s time to release their friend. It’s at this point that the story really all comes together, with these old enemies standing face to face once again and both Rex and Kalani still adamant that they were both on the right side, Ezra states that both the Republic and Separatist forces were victims, victims of the real victor, the Empire. When both sides of the coin get their realisation (the only moment I’ve ever enjoyed Ezra’s contribution) the Empire arrives, armed with walkers and ground troops. A mutual understanding is met by the former enemies, Rex and Kalani, who use their knowledge (programming) and experience to outwit the cumbersome forces of the Empire, escaping Agamar and in so, finally ending The Clone War, though I’d say The Clone War ended a long time ago, this unlikely team of Battle Droids, Clone and Jedi finally united against a common enemy, gains a clarity and inner peace. It settles the score, putting an end to the conflict that they had all been so masterfully puppeteered to participate in.

The Last Battle was a thoroughly enjoyable episode, full to the brim with great visuals such as B1 Battle Droids greeting imperial stormtroopers, and emotional storylines like Rex’s and even Kalani’s. This was an episode that served as the final confrontation between old foes, finally joining sides to fight the galaxy’s common enemy, and giving clarity to characters like Captain Rex who so desperately needed it. Coming a couple of years after The Clone Wars and not a minute too early, The Last Battle is proof that Star Wars: Rebels can be great, and episodes relying on nostalgia can work, when timed right.

Rating: 8.5/10

Halt and Catch Fire Actress Joins Narcos Season 3 Cast!

- Halt and Catch Fire _ Season 2, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/AMC

– Halt and Catch Fire _ Season 2, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/AMC

by: Joshua Outred – Staff Writer

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Halt and Catch Fire actress, Kerry Bishe has joined the cast of hit Netflix Cartel series, Narcos.

Kerry Bishe, who plays Donna Clark in the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire, joins Narcos as Christina, an American married to a Colombian who’s looking for help from the US Embassy to escape as her husband falls deeper into the Cali Cartels evil deeds, The Hollywood Reporter has said.

The shows co-creator, Eric Newman recently said in an interview with THR that season 3 of the show will delve deeper into the lives of those in and around the drug war, showing the full effect it has on people’s lives, much like season 2 did with friends Limon (Leynar Gomez) and Maritza (Martina Garcia).  

This excites me greatly, as the closer more personal season 2 worked a lot better than the scale of season 1. Really looking at the lives of people around the war, and Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) himself added an incredible depth to each character involved, it appears season 3 is going the same route.

Kerry Bishe joins newly added cast members, Michael Stahl-David and Matt Whelan who will both play DEA Agents. Pedro Pascal is reported to return as DEA Agent, Javier Pena. The show will follow the ruthless Cali Cartel, who rose to become the kings of cocaine after Pablo Escobar’s death.

Season 3 of Narcos is set to be released on Netflix in 2017.