I'm extremely excited about Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Judging from what I've heard and seen from the film, it looks freakin' awesome! But apparently there are some issues behind-the-scenes, and according to a recent report from Page Six, Disney isn't happy with what they've seen. In fact, the report says that the film is "in crisis" and that sources tell them it "will have to go into expensive reshoots over the summer." They quote their source as saying:
“The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie, and ‘Rogue One’ will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July.”
That would really suck if this actually turns out to be true, and it's very disheartening to hear. This isn't the kind of news you want to hear about a movie that you're excited about! It's normal for a film to have reshoots, especially for big movies like this. Even The Force Awakens went through reshoots. But the fact that it will be four weeks of "expensive" reshoots seems to be raising some eyebrows. I would think any kind of reshoots for a big budget film would be expensive. I'm not sure if four weeks is a normal length of time for reshoots, though.
We aren't getting the full story here, and I personally don't think this whole reshoot thing is as bad as they initial report makes it sound. At least, that's my hope! I'd hate for all of this stuff about Disney not being happy about the film to be true. Only time will tell. Another inside source told them:
“The filmmaking team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting and second unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, and the actors were aware there would be additional shooting. Coming off ‘The Force Awakens,’ there’s an incredibly high bar for this movie and we have a responsibility to the franchise and to the fans to deliver the best possible movie we can.”
The film takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and tells the story of unlikely heroes who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The actors in this film include Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker.
The story of Harry Potter will continue in a new story from J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. The story is called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and it's being developed as a stage production in London. The script for that play will also be published so that fans around the world can read it.
Today we have out first look at the Potter family 19 years after the events of The Deathly Hallows. We've got photos of Harry, who is being played by Jamie Parker, his wife Ginny, who is being played by Poppy Miller, and their son Albus, who is being played by Sam Clemmett. They really nailed the looks of Harry and Ginny! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one week out from its first preview performance.
When talking about Parker's portrayal as Harry in an interview with Pottermore, Rowling says “There's a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right.” Parker went on to talk about the outfit Harry is wearing, explaining:
“He’s wearing a suit because he’s a Ministry man, but he’s not just a bloke in a suit, that’s way too anonymous. And it sounds strange but we talked around a lot of different suits, because there are suits and suits, and a lot of them we put on and we went ‘Mmm it’s just not right.’
“With all the character’s costumes we want them to be instantly familiar when people see them, so that people feel like the story’s safe in our hands, and that we’re taking that responsibility seriously.”
He goes on to talk about the recognizable features of Harry such as the scar and the glasses and what it feels like to be playing such an iconic character:
“They’re just iconic,. These are stories that people have lived with for their whole lives, they’ve grown up with and now they’re adults re-joining the tale, picking it up where they left off and I’m one of them. In a sense you don’t need more than the scar and the glasses, you kind of go, ‘there it is’ and I don’t really know how to put it into words, it’s just immeasurably exciting and I can’t wait to show it to people.
“It’s a unique gig in the sense that you have seven volumes of backstory that you get to bring on with you. And we were all very keen to make sure that the first time you see Harry it just feels right.”
Pottermore will reveal more photos featuring other characters from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child throughout the rest of the week. Here's the synopsis for the upcoming two-part play that was previously released:
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
I'd really love to see this play so hopefully one day it makes its way over to the U.S. What do you think of the looks of these three characters?
When it comes to robot and AI technology, scientists and researchers as doing things that the movies have warned us not to do. First we have researchers pushing and kicking robots. It looks like they are abusing the damn things in a video that you can watch here.
Now a group of German researchers are experimenting with an “artificial robot nervous system” that will teach robots how to feel pain and then react to it. Really?! You’re going to inflict pain on a robot, and then you want it to react?! Are these people crazy!? This is the main ingredient to a freakin’ robot uprising. That’s obviously not how they see it, though. Researcher Johannes Kuehn told Spectrum IEEE explains:
“Pain is a system that protects us. When we evade from the source of pain, it helps us not get hurt.”
So they believe that robots can use these sensations as a way of protection. They also see it as a system that can help protect humans when more robots start working alongside them. They want to make sure a system is in place that may be able to prevent accidents. Haddadin and Kuehn wrote in a paper that was presented at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Stockholm, and it says:
“A robot needs to be able to detect and classify unforeseen physical states and disturbances, rate the potential damage they may cause to it, and initiate appropriate countermeasures, i.e., reflexes.”
You can watch a video below of a robotic arm that has a BioTac tactile fingertip sensor. This can sense changes in both pressure and temperature. What you’ll see in the video is test of it reacting to different levels of sensations and pain.
I don’t care what their intentions are, this isn’t going to end well for the human race. The Terminator is on its way to becoming a reality.
As you know, a couple of weeks ago we learned that ABC had canceled Agent Carter. Fans of the series were not happy about this at all, and even started a petition to try to get Netflix to save the series from death and give it a third season.
Actress Hayley Atwell recently attended MagicCon, and during a panel at the event she was asked if she would be up for a third season of Agent Carter on Netflix. Her reply was an enthusiastic yes. Here are a couple of tweets from an Agent Carter fan who was in attendance:
Netflix: "YES 100%. I love Peggy. I love the people working on this project. A privilege and an honor to bring her back to the fans."
So that’s awesomely encouraging! It doesn’t mean the series is going to happen, but if Netflix and Marvel did end up striking a deal, it’s great to know that Atwell is willing to come back tp reprise her role. The actress went on to say that she would do whatever it takes to make another season of Agent Carter happen.
Atwell just joined the new ABC series Conviction, which seems like it will be a solid series. If it turns out to be a success, she’ll definitely have to carve out some time in her schedule to keep the adventures of Peggy Carter going.
I truly do hope that Marvel and Netflix are able to save the series. Carter is just such a great character and the setting is so cool. It’d be an absolute shame if this was really the end of it.
There really hasn’t been much news on Cars 3 since Pixar first announced it, but thanks to USA Today we have some new information on the series. They also released a couple pieces of concept art featuring a new character named Cruz Ramirez.
The newspaper offered up a bit of information on the plot of the film explaining that Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) “will need help to compete in the increasingly high-tech racing world of the upcoming Cars 3. That’s where the new trainer comes in — the sleek, yellow Cruz Ramirez is a young Hispanic female race car who instructs Lightning McQueen, as this exclusive concept art depicts during a beach run.”
McQueen is being trained for the Florida 500, which is basically like the Daytona 500. Cars 3 director Brian Fee went on to talk about the new character in the story, saying:
“Cruz Ramirez is trying to figure out how this old dog can learn some new tricks. Think of where he’d be in his career now in real time. (McQueen) is not an old man, but he’s one of the older cars on the circuit with new rookies coming in. People start to wonder and ask when he might retire.”
Fee goes on to reveal another character named Jackson Storm who McQueen will be going up against. He’s a young rookie looking to make his mark in the sport, but McQueen isn’t going to make it easy for him. Here’s what the director had to say:
“Jackson Storm is the face of these rookies who have come onto the scene. And McQueen is in a position where his entire racing generation is being pushed out. But it’s too early to be shown the door right now.
“Everyone can relate to feeling like someone is at their heels, that they might be a little outdated in something they used to be very good at, feeling an expiration date. And knowing you need someone to help you get a second chance.”
I’ve never really been a big fan of the Cars movies, so I can’t say that I’m looking forward to this sequel. The studio is just soaking as much cash as they can out of this franchise.
Other characters set to return to the next film includes Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt), and Ramone (Cheech Marin).
Check out this custom designed Stormtrooper-inspired BMW M6. It was created by Vilner, and as you can see it has an incredibly slick look, but as you’ll also see, the backseat was built for Stormtroopers who don’t have any legs. I know some people will be like, “it’s just a white BMW!” But here are the specs that point out all of the custom additions:
Vilner, a Bulgaria-based tuner, has given a 2015 BMW M6, complete with its 4.4L V8 that generates 560-horsepower, a Star Wars Stormtrooper makeover. Everything from the new hood and front fascia, to the wheels and fenders, received a pearl white paint job that blends in seamlessly with any of Vader's minions. Inside, you'll find brown / white leather, charcoal suede and lots of carbon fiber.
It's cool to look at, but I'd never buy it. My family and friends would have to put their legs somewhere!
Dan Aykroyd has seen an early test screening of Paul Feig’s new Ghostbusters movie, and it seems like he absolutely loved it! In a brief review that he posted on whosay, the original Ghostbuster boldly exclaimed that it’s better than the first two original movies. Seriously! This is what he said:
"As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I'm paying to see that and bringing all my friends!"
I can’t really tell if he’s full of shit or not because I haven’t seen the movie yet. But judging from what I’ve seen in the trailers, it’s hard to believe that what he’s saying is true. I think the movie will provide some fun entertainment, but have more laughs than the first two films? That’s just a hard pill for me to swallow.
It’s not like Aykroyd is going to come out and say the movie sucks, though! The guy has a huge stake in the franchise. It’s his baby, and if it succeeds and makes money, then so does Aykroyd. It's in his best interest to support it. We’ll just have to wait and see what fans and audiences think after the film is released this summer.
The movie stars Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzman, Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan, and Chris Hemsworth as their secretary. All of the surviving original Ghostbusters are confirmed to have cameos in the film as well.
Ghostbusters is due to be released in theaters July 15th, 2016.
I’ve got a series of photos here taken by Finnish photographer Juhamatti Vahdersalo that takes LEGO to an incredibly dark place. These photos basically portray a Murderous LEGO serial killer. These are definitely some of the most twisted LEGO photos I’ve seen, but they also have a dark sense of humor. The creator of the series says:
“I like to play with discordant feelings and I thought putting familiar toys to dark scenarios will make you look and think twice about it :).”
We’ve known for awhile that Dwayne Johnson is working with Shane Black on Doc Savage, but the actor has made an official announcement on his Instagram account that he will star in the film that he’s also producing.
Black said a couple of months ago that he wanted Johnson to star in the film, and the filmmaker obviously got his wish. Savage was a 1930s pulp hero popularized on radio, film, and TV. Savage’s real name is Clark Savage, Jr., and he’s a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and a musician. He's basically every amazing adventure hero such as James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Batman rolled into one. This is an awesome character that has embarked several incredible adventures, and it’s going to be so cool to see him brought to life on the big screen. This could be such an awesome franchise, and I’m incredibly excited to see where Black and Johnson take it.
This is what Johnson had to say over Memorial Day weekend:
It's OFFICIAL: For all comic book fans you already know the world's first superhero (pre-dating Superman) is the "Man of Bronze" himself Clark "Doc" Savage.
Want to thank my bud director/writer Shane Black and his writing team Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry for flying in from LA and sitting with me and our @sevenbucksprod's producer @hhgarcia41 on this Memorial Day weekend to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project.
Comic book fans around the world know that the cool thing about "Doc" Savage is that he's the inspiration for Superman. First name Clark, called "Man of Bronze", retreats to his "Fortress of Solitude" in the Arctic etc etc.
Doc was physically and mentally trained from birth by his father and a team of scientists to become the perfect human specimen with a genius level intellect. His heightened senses are beyond comprehension. He can even identify a women's perfume from half a mile away. He is literally the master of everything.
But here's the #1 reason I'm excited to become Doc Savage.. HE'S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO!
Confidently, yet innocently he has zero social graces whatsoever due to his upbringing so every interaction he has with someone is direct, odd, often uncomfortable and amazingly hilarious.
After speaking for hours w/ Shane Black I can see why the creator of Superman took only the best parts of Doc Savage and leaving the "weirdo" part behind. But to us, it's that "weirdo" part that makes Clark "Doc" Savage dope! Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one of a kind character. #ItsOfficial #WorldsFirstSuperhero #GeniusIntellect #PhysicalSpecimen #FnLoveableWeirdo #ManOfBronze #DocSavage
For those of you not familiar with Doc Savage, a team of scientists were assembled by his father, and they deliberately trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities almost from birth, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. Doc is also a master of disguise and an excellent imitator of voices. "He rights wrongs and punishes evildoers." Author Lester Dent described his creation as a mix of Sherlock Holmes' deductive abilities, Tarzan's outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy's scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln's goodness. Dent described Doc Savage as manifesting "Christliness." Doc's character and worldview are displayed in his oath, which goes:
"Let me strive every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice. Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage. Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens and my associates in everything I say and do. Let me do right to all, and wrong no man."