Gaspar Noé’s Climax To Close Fright Fest

Arrow Video has announced that Climax is the closing film of the Fright Fest film festival on August 27th. Here is the very eye catching poster.

Following a group of young dancers who come together in preparation for their tour in the US, Climax shows the diverse group before seamlessly blending them into a hypnotic collective in a dazzling dance number. After the performance, the after-party begins, with Emmanuelle (Claude Gajan Maull) serving sangria and Daddy (Kiddy Smile) hitting the decks for their last chance to party before they hit the road on tour. Soon reality starts to slip out of focus and the nightmare begins. The punch-bowl has been spiked with hallucinogens and the real trip is about to start. Check out the UK teaser trailer here.

Starring non-actors and professional dancers including those categorised as Voguers, Krumpers and Waackers who have been scouted from the underground Paris ballroom scene and YouTube dance videos and also starring Sofia Boutella. Set to a mostly continuous score of techno, house and electronic tracks, the soundtrack includes the likes of Cerrone, The Rolling Stones, Soft Cell and M/A/R/R/S as well as Aphex Twin, Daft Punk and Dopplereffekt.

Directed by Gaspar Noé, whose previous work includes 2015’s Love and various short videos, the film has a nationwide UK release date of September 21st.

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Neel’s Highlights Reel – 20th August, 2018

Hey all! I’m half asleep whilst writing this on a Sunday night. I hate this time of the week, dreading the start of yet another working week and hoping it all goes quickly and pain free. We’ll see! Anyway, Star Wars has a new animated TV show with the teaser just below, lots of cool posters for Bad Times at the El Royale, Avengers Infinity War gets the Honest trailer treatment and Disney refuse to rehire James Gunn (no surprise there…)

Have a great week people!

Trailers and Posters

Bad Times at the El Royale

I feel like these characters from Bad Times at the El Royale are staring at you intently. What did you do to tick them off??

Green Book

Two of the most reliable actors of all time star in a story about a working-class bouncer who drives an African-American classical pianist on a tour. Starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, Green Book by Peter Farrelly takes places in 1960s America and takes the actors into the comedy realm which I don’t think they’ve done before. It’s looking good!

Avengers: Infinity War Honest Trailer

So much movie and so many characters! It’s honesty at its best with Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer for Avengers  Infinity War.

The Nun

The Nun gets a new poster ahead of its release next month. Spooky stuff! 👻

Widows

Revealing their plan, Widows gets a new trailer. Starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cyntia Erivo, the film has been directed by Steve McQueen and will be shown at the BFI London Film Festival in October.

What Men Want

Do you remember that mediocre film from 2000 called What Women Want which had a couple of funny moments in it? Starring Mel Gibson? Kind of ringing a small bell? Well apparently they thought it would be a great idea to do a gender flip with What Men Want! In case you’re wondering, here’s the trailer. It looks shit.

Star Wars Resistance

Taking up the mantel in Star Wars animation is a new show coming in October is Star Wars Resistance. Showing off an new world in the universe, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance for a top-secret spy mission aboard a a massive craft refuelling platform known as Colossus.

News

Mulan (live action)

Yifei Liu shows off her Mulan look in the first image from the upcoming live action remake (I’m getting so sick of that phrase, Disney!) Directed by Nick Caro, the unfortunately song-less film will be out in March 2020.

Mary Queen of Scots

Some new stills have been released for Mary Queen of Scots showing it’s interesting looking cinematography. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie and Gemma Chan, Josie Rourke directs the film which apparently looks historically inaccurate, so I’m told.

Suspiria

A couple of new images from the remake of Suspiria. Is this creepy, sexy or both?? I mean, not Tilda because she looks fabulous as always!

First Man 

Coming in October, Damien Chazelle’s First Man starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. Here’s a beautifully blue new image from the story of Neil Armstrong.

John Wick 3

An image from John Wick 3 without John Wick?! Madness! But Laurence Fishburne and Ian McShane are looking ready for action (or they both just really need the loo…)

Peppermint

Jennifer Garner goes full torturer in this new still from Peppermint. Directed by Pierre Morel, this revenge story shows what a mother is willing to do with nothing to lose.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Sabrina is going dark in these two newly released images for TV series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Coming in October 2018, it stars Kiernan Shipka in the title role.

Lady and the Tramp (live action)

Tessa Thompson is voicing Lady in the remake of Lady and the Tramp. Yes I know, yet another pointless remake coming from Disney but it’s all just so they can take more of your money. That makes it okay, right?? For those of you looking forward to this coming on the big screen you may be disappointed as this has been slated to only be released on Disney’s new streaming service. Yes, they too are cashing in on the success of at home legal streaming. Cynical isn’t it??

The Aeronauts

Four years after coming together on screen for The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmaybe and Felicity Jones are back together in yet another true life tale, here’s the first image. The Aeronauts follows young widow Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher as they attempt to fly higher than anyone in history in a balloon expedition.

Industry News 

James Gunn

It was announced this week to no one’s surprise that James Gunn will no be rehired by Disney to complete his trilogy. It’s been rumoured that they still want to use his script but we’ll see. Here’s my ranting words on why firing him in the first place was stupid.

Reviews 

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Neel’s Highlights Reel – 13th August, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! Yes I know there’s no such thing and this day can honestly fuck off and die. EVERY. WEEK. But here’s some trailers, posters and other bits to get you through the second worst day of the week (Tuesday is the worst, it serves NO purpose). Anyway, check out a couple of mini reviews I’ve done, as well as a new Bumblebee poster, whatever the hell Slice is, a few words on the new award at the Oscars and so much more.

Have a great week!

Trailers and Posters

Small Foot

A bunch of new character poster for Small Foot have been released ahead of the film entering theatres in October. In a flip to people questioning his existence, a Yeti is looking for clues as to whether humans are real. Clever…

Bumblebee

Yet another beautiful poster for the first Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee🐝. Hopes are high for this one, mostly because it’s Michael Bay-less

Maniac

A visually stunning feast for the eyes is coming to Netflix and starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in a Superbad reunion although this looks a bit different. Maniac is about two people who enter a clinical drug trial for medication which can cure anything to do with the mind. Intriguing! It also stars Sally Field and Justin Theroux and will be available to stream from September 21st.

Slice

I shared this poster earlier last week because it is just amazing! And what’s even more amazing is the plot. It’s about a murdered pizza delivery driver. The suspects? They include ghosts, drug dealers and a disgraced werewolf! Yeah, get your head around that!

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

An over the top, utterly absurd looking trailer for the new Nutcracker film which stars Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and Richard E Grant and Mackenzie Foy. OH! There’s a horrid poster too. Gross.

The Kindergarten Teacher

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Lisa Spinelli a kindergarten teacher who becomes obsessed with a gifted pupil. Looks like an interesting performance from Gyllenhaal who kind of vanished for a while…

News

Fargo

It’s been announced that Chris Rock has been cast in the next season of Fargo, which isn’t out until 2020! Interesting choice and I need to catch up with this show!

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Margot Robbie gives us a first look at her character Sharon Tate from the upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino. The controversial film deals with the shocking Tate murders conducted by the Manson family in 1969.

Supergirl

Supergirl movie is currently in development at Warner Bros. which is going to be part of the DCEU with Oren Uziel on writing duties. Perhaps work on what you’ve already announced rather than revealing more projects DC!

House of Cards

Well well! Look who’s coming back! The final season of House of Cards (thanks Kevin Spacey) will be available to stream from November 2nd. Keep ’em peeled then.

Creed II

A couple of stills have been released of Creed 2 as he gets ready to take on Drago in the sequel to the 2015 hit. Directed by Steven Caple Jr. Creed 2 stars Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson.

Batwoman

Ruby Rose has been cast as Batwoman who will appear in the Arrowverse as part of its annual cross over episode before getting her own show. Thoughts on this casting? Good or bad? Art work by the always talented Boss Logic.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Ben Schwartz of Parks and Recs fame has been cast as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in the upcoming CGI movie. He joins Jim Carrey and James Marsden on a film which seems really weird. It just doesn’t feel like this will actually be made. But perhaps I’m wrong, what do you think?

Halloween

A new still from Halloween which is coming in…Halloween. Anyway, here’s Jamie Lee Curtis looking petrified as she protects her daughter (I think) Judy Greer.

Fonzo

Tom Hardy embodies Al Capone in his latest role as a real life criminal, following on from his stints as Charles Bronson and The Kray Twins. In Josh Trank’s Fonzo, Hardy portrays a post prison Capone who becomes haunted by his past.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Gal Gadot has announced that she is taking up her first ever voice role as Shank in Ralph Breaks the Internet. Please be good! I didn’t like the first one, I’m sorry! The film also stars John C Reilly and Sarah Silverman both of whom are reprising their roles from the 2012 original.

Industry News 

A Women’s Animation Symposium Is Coming In October

Women in Animation, USC, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), and CalArts are hosting a symposium in October. The aim is to empower more women and LGBTQ+ people by highlighting their contributions in the world of animation as well as explore solutions to sexual harassment, bias and lack of diversity in the industry. For more about this symposium check out my article here.

BFI London Film Festival

It’s been announced that the American Express Gala at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival is to be The Favourite. A film by The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, it stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Love this man’s work, it looks quintessential Lanthimos. AND I GOT MY PRESS PASS CONFIRMED! BOOM!

New Award At The Oscars

A new award has been announced by The Academy this week which focuses on popular films. Here are a few pros and cons I came up with regarding this shake up.

Reviews 

Mini Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen.

Following the events of Civil War, Scott Lang is under house arrest and with a few days left before his release, Hank Pym and his daughter Hope being a new mission which deals with the past and teams Ant-Man with the Wasp.

An incredibly funny film which is the perfect antidote after the devastation of Infinity War. Peyton Reed has upped his game without jeopardizing what Ant-Man is and that is the fun light hearted part of the MCU which never takes itself too seriously especially during a montage in which Scott is crying to The Fault in Our Stars. Reed also gives Evangeline Lilly a lot more to do by creating some incredibly inventive fight scenes and resting most of the emotion on her shoulders, both of which help this to become a very enjoyable film. Oh and if you’re wondering, yes you should stay until the very end!

4 out of 5.

Mini Review: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

Starring Scott Menville, Tara Strong, Khary Payton, Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, Nicholas Cage

The five teens battle against a new villain in town called Slade whilst dreaming of becoming Hollywood stars with their own film.

Thanks to the amount of superhero movies of late, Teen Titans is one of the funniest films of the year. Using tired superhero tropes including dead parents and constant reboots/sequels, the film goes out of its way to make fun of the similarities between so many of our on screen heroes. From the fake film posters (Yawn of Justice and Aqua Manitee) to the team going to a premiere of Batman Again, the jokes come thick and fast whilst telling a well rounded story about those who are outsiders wanting to be accepted for who they are. Look out for the best cameo Stan Lee has ever done.

4 out of 5.

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Pros And Cons Of THAT New Oscar Award

The Academy has decided to change things up with a few announcements this week including shortening the length of the Oscars ceremony (good news fir people like me in the UK because it will no longer require staying up until 5am) and adding a new accolade called the Popular Film Award. There’s been a lot of talk about this and rightly so. What are the requirements to be nominated? Will it be based on box office numbers as well as filmmaking? Is this to make the Oscars seem less pretentious? Lots of thoughts and unanswered questions at the moment so here are the pros and cons of the biggest Oscars shake up in years.

Pros

The Oscars has always been looked to for esteem and prestige during the awards season. It’s main categories which come towards the end of the evening include best actor and actress, best film and so on. To include “popular” films will take away some of the esteem and the way the Academy seemingly looks down on other award shows.

For a number of years now, those who have won these awards have been part of a certain selection of films which are traditionally released between October and February, depending on which country you currently reside. It’s always come across as incredibly unfair that because of a handful of films launched at a particular time of the year they are the ones to receive most of the praise. As a frequent film goer it’s a treat to have a huge selection of good quality movies in a short period of time, especially since there have been instances in which the choice of blockbusters during the summer months has been sub par at best. 

However this year we’ve had the likes of Black Panther and Mission: Impossible Fallout which have dominated the box office with the former recently surpassing the $700m in the US domestic box office. Take away the financial successes of films like this and you still have something incredible and award worthy. Including movies like this will widen the net for more to apply for these awards without the assumption of rejection. But is this the right way to become more inclusive? 

Cons

Without question there are more cons than pros. Having said all of the above, it seems as if filmmaking isn’t appreciated on a whole by the Academy. Big CGI movies should still be considered great movies (assuming we’re not considering the likes of Sharknado etc.) due to the fact that the art should be appreciated. Very clearly it isn’t.

First things first, why can’t so-called popular films be nominated in the prestigious categories to begin with? Time and time again they have proved that a lot of them have great writing, direction, acting and so much more to offer. Logan which was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay was the first superhero film to be nominated in this category. How you can ignore the performances in that film especially in a year when Gary Oldman won (separate issue, justice for Chalamet) is beyond me! A film with huge action set pieces should still be considered if it is in fact a good entertaining movie.

Another issue is that it feels more like a consolation prize than a genuine award. Imagine winning one of these because it’s popular and not being appreciated for the work you have created. Yes you’ll have an Oscar but no real acknowledgement, it feels insulting when you should be eligible for any award. This is not how it was back in 2004 when a film of an epic scale and part of one of the biggest trilogies of all time won 11 Oscars including Best Director and Best Film. It’s considered a modern time great in which you can see real filmmaking taking place, someone’s passion comes through on screen and another example of exemplary acting and direction proving that large scale movies have what it takes. The film in question? Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. 

One last thing is how exactly can you categorise a popular movie? Will it actually be by box office? Will it need to be a franchise film such as a Marvel, DC, Star Wars etc? A lot of the times it’s these films which reach fans who want to see any movie they can and it goes on to inspire them to become the next generation of talented filmmakers. The Academy can look down on films like this and when you see those who have unreservedly won award for their work you wonder how right will they get it.

Bottom line, it’s insulting to not be included in with other films. Whilst trying to be inclusive the Academy has just become more separated.

One more thing, if you want to add an award, how about Best Stunt? What are your thoughts?

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Women’s Animation Symposium Coming In October

Taking place at the University of California (USC), Women in Animation, USC, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), and CalArts are hosting a symposium in October. The aim is to empower more women and LGBTQ+ people by highlighting their contributions in the world of animation as well as explore solutions to sexual harassment, bias and lack of diversity in the industry.

Marge Dean, president of Women in Animation comments, “We believe strongly in the next generation of artists and filmmakers and are honored to join in presenting this inspiring slate of speakers.”

The symposium will have keynote speakers Brown Johnson and Brenda Chapman both of whom have backgrounds in animation. Brown Johnson has worked on both animation and children’s TV including Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer and Clarissa  Explains It All whilst Brenda Chapman is the write of a number of Disney movies. Her credits include Brave, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Maureen Furniss, director of the CalArts Experimental Animation Program says, “With all the media coverage of women’s issues right now, it’s easy to presume that change is on the way. It will take a total shift in the culture, after sustained effort, to see any lasting effects. This event brings focus to important issues and provides a sense of solidarity among women at all levels: executives, established artists, and students eager to join the animation world.”

It will be between 5th and 7th October 2018 and have a number of events including panel,s presentations and screenings. For tickets visit their website here.

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Neel’s Highlights Reel – 6th August, 2018

YAY! It’s weekly round-up time! Oh, I mean it’s time for my Highlights Reel. Woop! Aren’t you excited?? No? WELL GET EXCITED! We have lots of cool stuff! Like new (creepy as fuck) poster for Christopher Robin, a supportive letter for James Gunn from the cast of Guardians, the closing film for the BFI London Film Festival, th end of Sharknado, a couple of review and more. ENJOY!

Trailers and Posters

Aquaman

Yet another busy poster which indicates a CGI fuckfest but that’s DC I suppose.

Christopher Robin

I will say this once more. KILL. THEM. WITH. FIRE.

Stan & Ollie

Coming out in 2019, Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star in Stan & Ollie aka Laurel and Hardy as they attempt to reignite their film careers.

The Meg

Shut up (The) Meg. Not long until we get to see the biggest battle we’ve ever seen: Jason Statham vs. A MASSIVE SHARK. A new poster and some survival tips from Warner Bros. Stay safe!

Venom

Whilst trying to decide whether I like this new trailer for (We Are) Venom, it does raise a valid point: The World has enough superheroes. Not that I’m complaining. Check out the overly long trailer for the second comicbook movie in which Tom Hardy stars as someone who mumbles.

Apostle

Gareth Evans’ new film about a man rescuing his sister from a cult has a poster. Out in October on Netflix, Apostle stars Dan Stevens, Lucy Boynton and Michael Sheen.

Hunter Killer

A new poster for Hunter Killer in which the US Navy Seals attempt to rescue the Russian President. I haven’t shared the trailer because I don’t want to subject you to the awful and triumphantly shit Gerard Butler.

If Beale Street Could Talk

The follow up to Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight has a trailer. If Beale Street Could Talk is about a pregnant woman who is trying to prove her fiancé is innocent of a crime in Harlem.

The Predator

Out next month, The Predator gets a new and rather colourful poster. After finally seeing the original recently it’ll be interesting to see what Shane Black does with this.

King of Thieves

One hell of a cast with Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and Ray Winstone lead the way in the Hatton Garden robbery. Directed by James Marsh, King of Thieves tells the story of one of the biggest heists in history when a group of men stole £200 million worth of valuables from the Safe Deposit Company.

Sharknado: It’s About Time

Apparently this is the sixth and final Sharknado movie which means I’ve got some catching up to do with this stupidity.

News

Star Wars: Episode IX

Star Wars Episode IX will feature Carrie Fisher by using unused footage from Force Awakens. It’ll also star Mark Hamill along with the additions of Richard E. Grant and Naomi Ackie. Exciting times! AND an image shared from JJ Abrams as they have now started shooting.

24

A prequel TV series, focussing on Jack Bauer’s life before CTU, is in the works at Fox. I will say that this could be interesting BUT do we need it and do we want it?

Terminator

Linda Hamilton makes a return as Sarah Connor for the sequel/reboot to Terminator. Here she is joined by Mackenzie Davis and Natalia Reyes in this first image released of the Tim Miller directed film which should be out in late 2019.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

The sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming, Far From Home has a title logo. Yes I know we’re still waiting for a couple of other Marvel films especially after the events of Infinity War but IT’S STILL SO EXCITING BECAUSE SPIDER-MAN IS MY FAVOURITE!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse gets a new image. Showing off a bunch of Spidey suits which we’ll no doubt see him in, our new animated hero is ready for action. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rotham, the latest animated Spider-Man movie is coming out in December.

Men In Black

Rebecca Ferguson is adding another franchise to her repertoire after signing up for MIB (why?! You’re better than that!) She’s joining a cast including Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Liam Neeson.

Industry News

James Gunn

An incredibly powerful open letter from the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, signed by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff and Michael Rooker in defence of James Gunn.

Stan & Ollie

It’s been announced that the closing film of 2018’s BFI London Film Festival will be Stan & Ollie which stars John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy and Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel. Here’s an incredible photo of the pair, very much looking forward to it! (Fingers crossed I get my press pass)

Reviews

Mini Review: Apostasy

Starring Siobhan Finneran, Sacha Parkinson, Molly Wright

A mother and her two young daughters have their faith in Jehovah Witness tested when an incident involving their family occurs.

Dealing with the subject of religion and in particular Jehovah Witness, writer/director Daniel Kokotajlo uses his own experiences to tell a seemingly truthful story. His script explores the deeper issues of what is seen as a somewhat controversial religion. With his excellent cast, in particular the mother played by Siobhan Finneran, Apostasy shows the multiple ways in which a person’s beliefs can deeply affect a group of people for the rest of their lives.

4 out of 5

Mini Review: Mission: Impossible Fallout

Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Vanessa Kirby, Simon Pegg, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett

Ethan Hunt and his team return to face a new nuclear threat, confront faces from their past as well as battling their own government.

A high-octane, action filled movie which takes the character of Ethan Hunt deeper thanks to a script which delves into his past. The plot is as you would expect involving a nuclear threat and a shadowy organisation linked to the previous film’s Syndicate but it’s something you will go with. What started as a one man mission, this feels like the biggest team effort since the third film. Christopher McQuarrie who is the first ever returning director stuck to mostly practical stunts which pays off beautifully. A superb and smart action film.

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Neel’s Highlights Reel – 30th July, 2018

That’s right everyone (by everyone I mean the 4 or 5 people who actually read this…) my weekly round-up has a new name! Thanks to some focus groups, questionnaires and speaking to people in the street (actually just a message to a bunch of mates in a WhatsApp group). I admit there isn’t as much here as there could be however I’ve been at a wedding this week, plus I was busy drinking lots at the work summer party. So there! Anyway, there will be more next week, and hopefully I’ll get my ass to the cinema,

Have a great week!

Trailers and Posters

Halloween

Michael Myers is coming (for you, hide!) in this new poster for Halloween.

Unfriended: Dark Web

Unfriended: Dark Web gets a terrifying new trailer. As a teenager gets a used laptop, he soon realises it’s owner wants to get it back and will do anything for it… Ooooooo scary!

Disenchantment

Matt Groening’s new Netflix show Disenchantment has a rather fun looking trailer. Check out the drunk princess, her feisty elf and a personal demon here

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Quoting Scar from The Lion King (you know, that bit where he kills Mufasa. Oh stop crying!), here’s the new poster for Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Wildlife

Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife has a new poster with Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. Adapting the film with Zoe Kazan from Richard Ford’s novel, it tells the story of a boy witnessing his parents marriage fall apart.

Alita: Battle Angel

The Robert Rodriguez directed Alita: Battle Angel has its first trailer. Written by Rodriguez, James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis, a young girl (Rosa Salazar) who wakes up with no memory is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz)

What They Had

Coming from a background of acting Elizabeth Chomko is well versed in the industry and has now shared a trailer for her first feature film which she has written and directed and stars Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner and Robert Forster. Check out the trailer for What They Had here.

Image courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Mid90s

Whilst Jonah Hill may primarily be known as a comedic actor, however that’s not going to stop him from flexing his dramatic chops behind the camera. Mid90s has been written and directed by the star of 21 Jump Street as he pushes his career forward with his first directorial debut. Here’s more about the film including its trailer.

Final Score

Dave Bautista plays Michael Knox, an ex-military person, because of course he is… He’s tasked with saving 35,000 hostages from a football stadium from Eastern European terrorists whilst attempting to protect Dimitri, played by Pierce Brosnan. And yes it’s looks as stupid as it sounds…

News

Rocketman

Richard Madden has been cast as Elton John’s manager, John Reid in the upcoming biopic of the singer called Rocketman. Being directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, the film has already cast Taron Egerton as Elton and is out in 2019.

Men in Black reboot

Emma Thompson is returning to Men in Black in the upcoming reboot (I THINK it’s a reboot, or is it just a sequel??) of the series. She appeared in 2012’s Men in Black 3 and is reprising her role as Agent O whilst joining newcomers Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.

The Crown

Josh O’Connor and Marion Bailey have been cast in the upcoming third season of The Crown. In some superb casting, O’Connor will be playing Prince Charles and Bailey is the Queen Mother. I’ve just started getting into the show and it’s fantastic! The next season will be available to stream in 2019.

Charlie’s Angels reboot

With Elizabeth Banks directing and taking the role of Bosely, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott Ella Balinska have been cast in the (unnecessary) reboot/remake/whatthefuckitscalled of Charlie’s Angels.

Industry News

James Gun’s Firing

I wrote a few word defending James Gunn and the absurdity of his sacking, plus the hyprocrisy from Disney for doing this. If you’d like to have a read, click here.

Mowgli

In some pretty unbelievable news, Warner Bros has sold Mowgli to Netflix for a world-wide release in 2019. Director Andy Serkis has said that he’s really excited about the Netflix deal. “Now, we avoid comparisons to the other movie and it’s a relief not to have the pressure. I’ve seen the 3D version, and it’s exceptional, a different view from the 2D version, really lush and with great depth, and there will be some kind of theatrical component for that.” Sure…

Reviews

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(That’s right, I didn’t go to the cinema AT ALL this week. SHOCKING)

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Jonah Hill Becomes A First Time Director

Whilst Jonah Hill may primarily be known as a comedic actor, however that’s not going to stop him from flexing his dramatic chops behind the camera. Mid90s has been written and directed by the star of 21 Jump Street as he pushes his career forward with his first directorial debut.

Showing the story of a young boy who is growing up in LA in the 90s, the film stars relative newcomer Sunny Suljic as well as Katherine Waterston and Lucas Hedges. The trailer shows what he goes through on a day to day basis as he wants to be treated as a grown up, rather than a child. Something I think we can all relate to, even though of you who haven’t quite grown up just yet (me).

Coming from the critically acclaimed independent company A24, the studio has had success with previous releases including Lady Bird, A Ghost Story, The Florida Project, The Lobster and American Honey. This is the first time Jonah has teamed up with the studio but not the first film he’s written. Previously his work includes TV series Allen Gregory, as well as film 21 and 22 Jump Street as well as Sausage Party. Looks like this is going to be very different to any of those. The film is set for release in October this year

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What They Had Debuts Its First Trailer

Coming from a background of acting Elizabeth Chomko is well versed in the industry and has now shared a trailer for her first feature film which she has written and directed and stars Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner and Robert Forster.

Set during Christmas (I feel dirty using that word in July…), Nick (Shannon) a bar owner who helps his father (Forster) take care of his mother (Danner) who is has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. His sister Bridget (Swank) comes back into town after their mother is found wandering the cold streets alone at night. As Danner continues, she loses grip and at different times thinks of herself as an expectant mother and a young lover. The film comes after Chomko was awarded the $35,000 Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy for her debut screenplay, beating 7,400 other applicants. 

 Images courtesy of Sundance Institute

Distributed by Bleeker Street, What They Had has been produced by Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa backed the project, along with Keith Kjarval (Welcome to Me), Bill Holderman (Book Club), Alex Saks (The Florida Project), Sefton Fincham (Drone), and Tyler Jackson (Vincent N Roxxy), the film is due for release in October. Check out the trailer below.

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Firing James Gunn Is Ridiculous And Hypocritical

Over the weekend James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3, the third film in the soon to be trilogy of this team of criminal misfits. He was currently in the process of writing the script with the aim of shooting it next year. His sacking was due to tweets from 2008 – 2012 which were dug up thanks to a right-wing website Daily Caller. His tweets were jokes which included subjects such as pedophilia and rape. Yes I can see why you’d find these offensive but this is not a sackable offence.

I realise that some of you will not agree with me but firing James Gunn is an utterly ludicrous decision. Back in 2012, the year he was hired to write and direct the first Guardians film, he apologised for these jokes and we moved on. Disney continued to employ him and he received a large amount of praise for his MCU work. So why is it exactly that he is having to apologise for a second time and has now been fired by Disney? It’s because we now live in an incredible overly-sensitive society where people are offended by the slightest provocation. Despite saying sorry it was brought up and people were not happy with him. It’s been six years since he apologised the first time and now he’s been hung out to dry because Disney bowed to public pressure. This is like paying your debt to society and then getting flung back into prison years after being released. 

In 2012, the fact that Gunn apologised most likely meant that Disney and Marvel knew what he had said and continued to employ him anyway. What has changed then? He still tweeted what he did back then and, until he deleted them they were still up this year. By the way this is the company who still employs (and therefore enables) Johnny Depp and who was somehow allowed to appear in Hall H at the recent San Diego Comic Con.

At the moment Disney is trying to buy Fox, a company who owns the Deadpool character whose films consist of risque jokes and innuendos. There seems to be a blind spot floating around and not everyone is being held to this standard. Would they change Deadpool to make him bend towards their values? Something tells me they wouldn’t thanks to how much money this characters earns at the box office. It’s all about the money after all, am I right?? Speaking of values, here is what Walt Disney Studio Chairman Alan Horn said in his statement, “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.” So these tweets are “indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values” but when Depp has video footage of him being violent and abusive towards his now ex-wife this is completely inline with your “values” is it Disney? And whilst he’s cleaned up his act now Robert Downey Jr doesn’t have the best history for behaving within these values. His imprisonment and past with drugs should go conpletely against Disney. Yes it’s in the past but so is what James Gunn said. 

The most awful thing about this is we cannot let things go as a society, as soon as someone unearths old comments and behaviour there is almost no saving them from the scrutiny they will be under. They may have paid their debt, apologised and put it behind them but there will always be someone looking to oust them once more. These are not things that he did, they are jokes he told. People move on from their previous views and change, it’s what we all do. 

It’s been wonderful to see the amount of people supporting Gunn in the days since his firing including cast members of Guardians, people he knows, others he’s worked with as well as his own brother. But when are studios going to stop listening to what others have to say and actually make these decisions themselves. That’s not what happened here, it got out of hand thanks to the unfortunate power of Twitter trolls and the decision was made before they even told Gunn. It’s inexcusable and it’s time for a change. 

We are with you James. We support you. We admire you. We are Groot. 

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