Monthly Archives: February 2017

Donald Glover To Star As Lando Calrissian

To be a part of the Star Wars franchise is a dream that many people share. Donald Glover gets to realize this dreams. Donald is one of the fans of the Star Wars franchise. One of his favorite action figures was Lando Calrissian. He has recently been announced as the actor to play the role of a young Lando. Donald is honored to have been chosen for one of the iconic roles in the Star Wars franchise. This is perhaps the film that shows part of the history Han Solo and Lando share which include how Han has won the Millenium Falcon from Lando.

While Billy Dee Williams, the original Lando, is not as big of a star as Harrison Ford, Donald is still going to have to fill some large shoes. Billy Dee Williams has made the role his own with his own charm. Donald is going to have to bring his A game when it comes to bringing the character back to life. Speaking of Lando, one might wonder why there doesn’t seem to be any talk of bringing Billy Dee Williams back in his iconic role in one of the episodes.

One question that remains to be answered is the approach they are going to take with the Han Solo movie. Rogue One has been approached as a mixture of war movie and heist story. Maybe the direction they can go with the upcoming Han Solo movie is a comedy. After all, Han Solo has always been played with some kind of witty humor. One scene that comes to mind is when Han Solo is chasing some storm troopers down the hall of a space station only to meet up with a few more storm troopers. No matter the direction they take, the stars are going to have some large shoes to fill.

A Curious Development In The Star Trek Franchise

Before the release of Star Trek Beyond, there have already been talks to bring forth Star Trek 4. The most recent news is an idea that was pitched. It involved Chris Hemsworth returning as George Kirk. Chris Hemsworth heard the idea and he praised it. This means that the next Star Trek may deal with time travel. From what it sounds like, the film would involve James and George Kirk working together as father and son to stop a threat. The only thing that remains to be seen is the execution of that plot. From what it sounds like, this could be the last of the Star Trek reboot movies.

Star Trek was off to a strong start with the 2009 reboot. Then they worked on recreating The Wrath of Khan with Star Trek: Into Darkness. The interesting thing is that The Khan story is a recurring plot throughout the Star Trek film franchise. It has occurred with First Contact,Nemesis, and Star Trek as well. Beyond has taken a different direction with elements from The Search For Spock. It looks like Star Trek 4 is borrowing heavily from The Voyage Home, except the plot is going to be entirely different other than time travel.

It might take a lot of effort to screw this effort up. However, Star Trek Beyond is considered to be a better film than Into Darkness. The only issue is that they are going to have to wait a bit before they can get the project off the ground. For one thing, some of the cast members are committed to other upcoming movies. Chris Hemsworth and Zoe Sadana are in Avengers: Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy respectively.

Kristen Bell Gives TMI On “Behind” The Scenes Of Her Golden Globes Ensemble

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once remarked, “It takes a village” to raise a child.

Maybe when it comes to fancy Hollywood awards shows, it also takes a village, an army of stylists and more.

Take for instance, actress Kristen Bell and her 2017 Golden Globes preparations. She was quick to jump on social media and share her personal secrets for a flawless fit in a glamorous Jenny Packham gown.

She was more than happy to show off her new, more shapelier behind. No, it wasn’t a case of extreme exercise work-outs or surgical enhancements. Instead, the popular star instantly developed a new butt, thanks to butt pads, which she shared with the world. You can check out Kristen Bell at PopCrush.com.

We think this is a bit of TMI or too much information. We are happy that Kristen Bell can create a more voluptuous bottom with a prosthetic rear end. Then again, maybe many of us would rather not know how any Hollywood star gets glam. We don’t need to be reminded that your behind is not all that, until a team of magical stylists puts you together. We might enjoy the Tinsel Town illusion; isn’t that what Hollywood is really all about?

Some of you say that Kristen Bell is an honest gal who doesn’t take herself too seriously.

A few years ago, she and actor husband Dax Shepard did get prickly about the paparazzi snapping photos of their baby. They didn’t like the intrusion, even though they are stars who go out in public. In fact, the famous couple began a mission to make paparazzi stop taking photos of celebrities’ kids.

How silly, and yet, Kristen Bell feels she can control what kinds of celeb photos should be out there, including her fake fanny shots.

Is Black Panther Going To Become A Mega Hit For Marvel Studios?

Marvel’s Black Panther movie is slated to soon begin filming. Details have emerged about the new logo to the feature. A huge amount of fan buzz exists for the film, a film that is sure to be a massive hit.

 

There are several indicators that this film may be one of the biggest hits for Marvel Studios outside of The Avengers franchise. Issue number one of Black Panther comics sold an amazing 275,000 copies. Yes, the monthly sales quickly cooled off. A quick sales decline seems to be the case whenever a new issue one of a comic book is released. Selling well over a quarter-of-a-million copies is not normal for a super hero book. Marvel’s Star Wars books all sold equally impressive numbers, but the Star Wars franchise is far more popular with the general consumer public than superhero material. Star Wars fans will buy anything with the Star Wars name on it. Superhero movie fans simply don’t venture into the comic book buying world. That is just the way things work to the chagrin of Marvel’s publishing house.

 

Black Panther’s massive debut sales show there is interest well outside of the standard comic book buying public. Could it be that the many buyers of Star Wars comic books who passed over all those many superhero books could not pass over buying the debut adventure of the rebooted Black Panther? If so, the financial success potential for the movie is going to be massive. Doctor Strange did exceptionally well without indicators of massive popularity. In fact, Doctor Strange was pegged more along the lines of Ant-Man, a franchise that would do well thanks to the “hotness” of superhero films but could never succeed past a certain point.

 

The ceiling for Black Panther’s ticket selling potential looks to be very high.

Animated Ghost In The Shell To Return To Theaters

Ghost in the Shell is being adapted into a live action film starring Scarlett Johansson. This has brought about a lot of interest in the manga. Also, there are plans to re-release the original anime of the same name to theaters for a couple of nights. This gives people the chance to experience the film on the big screen. Ghost in the Shell is one of the most talked about anime. Among the different topics that are brought up related to this film is its influence in the sci-fi genre. The Wachowski brothers have used the anime as one of the inspirations behind their film The Matrix.

Another topic that was talked about is the film’s fluid animation. When people watch the film, they are able to enjoy animation that is reminiscent of Akira. Another revolutionary film in its time. There have also been talks to adapt Akira to the big screen. However, the anime adaptation was created long before the manga was even finished. A good idea in remaking the film would be to take it in a new direction. The manga is so rich that one could actually make an entirely different movie from the same manga.

The original Ghost in the Shell has gone to U.S. theaters on limited release. Almost 10 years later, it would be followed by a sequel known simply as Innocence in Japan. It was released in the U.S. as Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. For the sequel, they have utilized both 2D and CG animation. The characters were 2D animated while the background was CG. Fans will be able to experience their favorite film in theaters whether or not they plan on seeing the live action adaptation as well.

Marvel’s ‘Cloak and Dagger’ Finds its First Director

Marvel Entertainment has been very quietly developing television shows for the last year that go beyond their ABC and Netflix slates. While ‘Agents of SHIELD’ saw a creative resurgence on the alphabet network, Marvel has also got coals on the fire with ‘Runaways’ at Hulu and ‘Cloak and Dagger’ at Freeform. Freeform appears to finally be getting into the action as a director has been hired for the first episode: Gina Prince-Bythewood.

 

You might know Prince-Bythewood for her work on the hugely acclaimed ‘Love and Basketball’ in 2000, or perhaps for the more recent ‘Beyond the Lights,’ showing the ups and downs of show business. She pulled double duty on both of those projects, and she’ll do the same for the upcoming series ‘Shots Fired,’ both writing and directing scripts. There’s no word yet if she’ll be directing additional episodes or writing scripts for ‘Cloak and Dagger.’

 

‘Cloak and Dagger’ is Prince-Bythewood’s first superhero project, and when news broke on twitter, the writer/director revealed that this is one project that will make her “boys very happy.”

 

The Freeform series will follow the two title characters as they navigate new super-powered waters. The series will follow the title characters, Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen, who are both teenagers from New York City learning about their new superpowers, but are also from very different backgrounds. In the comics, the two eventually fall for one another, bonding over tragic backstory and their new learning curve. Tyrone is Cloak, who can manipulate a substance called Darkforce to cloak others in darkness. Tandy is Dagger, who can create daggers made of light.

 

Though no cast has been announced yet, ‘Cloak and Dagger’ will film this year for a 2018 premiere on Freeform.

 

Ben Affleck Reveals Batman Project Good To Go

There has been a lot of talk about Ben Affleck’s upcoming Batman movie. One of the topics of discussion is that Ben Affleck is taking a lot of time getting his plans off the ground. However, there has been a lot of pressure being put on Ben Affleck on the movie and Ben was reported as saying that the movie is not going to do the movie without a good script. This has sent a lot of rumors about Ben Affleck walking away from the role as Batman. However, Ben has revealed that the movie is good to go with filming getting ready to start in the summer of 2017.

Ben is taking his time on the project for a lot of good reasons. The previous films Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad have both been seen as messy even though they have both made profits at the box office. However, one of the main issues behind the films was studio meddling. When the ultimate cut of Batman V Superman was released on video, a lot of the questions and issues with the plot have been fixed. However, there are still some glaring issues with the overall direction of the story. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for Suicide Squad. With all of the talk of the many different versions of the film, what was released was simply an extended version of the theatrical release.

Ben Affleck is definitely not looking to make that mistake. Fortunately, his track record shows that he can be trusted. The Batman is the type of film he could do well in. Ben is very likely to get the ball rolling by the summer.

La La Land in the Oscars

The nominations are out for the Oscars, and the neo-musical La La Land has made history. It has tied “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for most Oscar nominations. This includes the golden four: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director.

 

It is important to note that La La Land is the only one of these three films to be based entirely on original material. Titanic was drawn, of course, from history, while All About Eve was based on a short story. Originality is not something Hollywood is usually concerned with. Anyone can see this now with the multitudes of film being released based on history, books, or comic book characters.

 

Before the nominations were even released, La La Land had already made history by making it to the big screen in the first place. The script was riddled with references to the feeling of being inadequate and un-loved due to being too artsy and too nostalgic. Who in their right mind would go to see a movie about jazz, acting for oneself, and doomed incidental romance?

 

Apparently, the Oscar judges would go to see it, and they loved it. This does not promise success for the film though. Success in the film industry is based on monetary gain, which might mean that La La Land will ultimately end up in the annals of beautiful but forgotten films.

 

Take your opportunity to go and see it now, because it may be the only original work released from Hollywood for another sixty plus years. Keep your fingers crossed, hopefully it can garner some Oscar wins as well.

 

 

Ben Affleck Set To Get The Batman Going

The Batman franchise has had its ups and downs. It has reached new heights of popularity back in 1989 with Tim Burton’s Batman. Then it has become the butt of all jokes with Batman & Robin. Then there was a gap of almost 8 years before the next Batman film known as Batman Begins came out. Chris Nolan’s film has not only rebooted the franchise but also added depth into the Batman mythology. Things would only improve with the follow up, The Dark Knight. Chris has finished off the series with The Dark Knight Rises. Then the property went into the hands of Zack Snyder and others who would be involved in creating the DC cinematic universe.

The latest two films in the DC universe were received with mixed reviews. While financially successful, both Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were met with disappointment. Some fans have compared them to Batman & Robin. However, many fans have agreed that Ben Affleck was the best Batman they have seen on screen. Now, Ben Affleck is set to direct and star in the upcoming solo film called The Batman.

The Batman might be the film that gets the DC cinematic universe in good standing. For one thing, Ben Affleck is taking the time to come up with a good story. He is also making sure that they don’t repeat the mistakes of the previous two films that featured the Caped Crusader. Another factor in favor of the film is Ben Affleck’s track record as actor and director. His films have been well received critically and financially. He has since gained some clout as a director. He might make a Batman film that is on par with Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy.

The Predator Hunts Again

Who would have thought 1987’s Predator would end up a continuing franchise even after 30 years? Even the biggest fans of the first film who sat enthralled in theaters watching the fantasy-action film play out never thought a new film would be planned for 2018. The new film, titled The Predator, has the potential to be a big hit since Shane Black of Lethal Weapon fame is writing and directing the new entry. Black’s most recent hit was Iron Man 3, a solid entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

 

Shane Black has to craft a truly solid film since 2010’s Predators was not exactly a major favorite. The film is somewhat forgettable. So was Predator 2. Even Alien vs. Predator was just “okay”.

 

Is Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem even remembered much after all? With so many mediocre films, how has the Predator franchise survived? The films did make money. The receipts might not have been massive, but they were good enough. And Predator video games have made a fortune. Even if a new movie only does “okay” box office, the new film will be worth the investment if a video game tie-in is a megahit.

 

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem pulled in over $120 million at the worldwide box office on a $40 million budget. The Predator surely will pull in at least $100 million worldwide. The possibility also exists that the new film will land at the right time for a reboot and earn way more than $100 million worldwide.

 

The Predator could be deemed a safe new entry on a movie studio’s slate. Consider the film franchise to be a conservative investment of sorts. A total dud is not likely. A huge hit is a possibility. The Predator franchise has its fans — a lot of them. The studio and Shane Black are counting on them to show up when the new movie rolls into theaters.