Walton Goggins Shares Bill Murray’s Acting Tip From VICE PRINCIPALS

Imagine meeting your hero and collaborating on a project together. That would be intimidating, right? It's enough to give me anxiety as I listen to Walton Goggins tell an on-set story from HBO's Vice Principals in which Bill Murray gave him acting advice. Watch the clip and read on below:

Could you imagine?! Bill Murray being an asshole to you would be about as horrifying as it would be awesome! I would probably spend days thinking about that brief encounter and over analyzing the hell out of it! I'm sure Goggins is still thinking about it right now!

Terrific New Trailer For Netflix’s Spielberg-Inspired New Series STRANGER THINGS

The second trailer for Netflix's new sci-fi show Stranger Things is even better than the first.

I just rewatched Steven Spielberg's E.T. the other day for the first time since childhood, and it's so obvious that this show wouldn't exist if that movie didn't come first. This looks like a fantastic mystery with a great tone to it, and my hope is that it doesn't fall into the same trap a lot of Netflix shows fall into, which is that thing where it takes six or seven episodes before it starts to really get good. Fingers crossed this one starts with a bang and keeps up the pace from the very beginning.

Stranger Things will be available to stream on Netflix starting July 15th.

A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80's, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.

Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) serve as writer, directors and co-showrunners of the series, and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner (The Spectacular Now, Night At The Museum, Real Steel, Date Night). Shawn Levy also serves as director. Stranger Things is a Netflix original series.

Big Budget Spectacle Films Should Be More Than Just Eye Candy

As movie fans, we deserve more than just big budget special effects in big tentpole spectacle films, and studios should be spending their money wisely on the projects and talent they choose to invest in.

Independence Day: Resurgence was released this last weekend, and it was such a huge disappointment. I was excited about that movie and I thought it would at least offer some form of entertainment, but instead, I just couldn't wait for the movie to end. You can read my review for it here if you haven't already.

I got a lot of comments and have had a lot of conversations with people about how they don't go to see "these kinds of movies for the story and characters," and to that I say: bullshit. 

We see a lot of great big budget spectacle films that have great stories, great scripts, and great characters. Marvel is a perfect example of a studio giving audiences movies that have all of those things, and on top of that they also manage to give us plenty of the eye candy that we love. If Marvel ended up making a movie as bad as Independence Day: Resurgence, the fans would go ape shit and tear it apart. They wouldn't say, "I don't see these movies for the story or characters" because that's exactly why we go to see those movies! We freakin' care about those things! So why should we lower our standards for other films? We shouldn't! 

We should expect the same top-notch quality of filmmaking and storytelling from every film we see! It all starts with the studios. They should be investing their money in the right talent who have the ability to tell great stories, because no matter how pretty a movie looks, it's pointless if there isn't a solid cohesive story behind it. Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch and Batman v Superman are two other examples I'm going to throw into the pot as examples. Those films were visually spectacular! But they had such mediocre stories and scripts.

There is really no reason that all of these big budget films shouldn't be AMAZING. The studios are spending between $120 and $250 million or more on tentpole films these days. With that kind of money, they actually have the power to hire the best and most talented people for the job. Of course, there are a lot of behind the scenes politics that happen when making movies which tends to lead to mediocre talent being hired, which is why we keep getting these disappointing films. It's the Hollywood game that gets in the way of making a constant stream of great movies. (That and accountants.) 

Here's the thing: every film that goes into development has the potential to be great! Every single one of them. Independence Day: Resurgence could have been an absolutely amazing film! The studio just invested in the wrong pitch and the wrong talent to make it. Do you understand what I'm trying to say?

We should never have to say, "I don't see these kinds of movies for the story." If that's your thing, then that's your thing, but just remember, "those kinds of movies" could have and should have been all-around GREAT films, not something we and the studios should just settle for. 

Solid story, script, characters, and talent are what make these big films so memorable. Not the special effects. The special effects will eventually look dated, but 20 to 50 years from now, people will only remember and talk about the films that had great stories, scripts, characters, and talent. Everything else will fade into obscurity. 

Cinemark Wants $700k in Damages From Victims of Aurora Theater Shooting

This is disgusting. After years of battling in the courts, Cinemark has finally been found not guilty of responsibility in the 2012 Aurora shooting. For those who do not remember, this is the incident where a gunman walked into a screening of The Dark Knight Rises and killed 12 people and injured several others. Since then, the theater chain has been in legal battles with the families of victims and survivors, and now that they've won, they want reparations.

Deadline says Colorado law allows for the winning party to seek damages and civil fees in the event of winning a case, and now Cinemark is wants nearly $700,000 in legal fees from the 30 plaintiffs involved in the case. Mind you, these are the families of victims who died and people injured in the shooting that they're demanding this money from.

While I'm not wishing to stick my neck out too far on this one, I will say that next to no one would have guessed or even believed something like that would have happened that night in Aurora, so I can see the jury's point in finding the cinema not guilty. What I can't believe is that Cinemark wouldn't just eat the fees and let it go as opposed to turning around and driving the nail further into families who are already permanently affected by the events of that day. It's just greedy. Hopefully someone steps forward and does the right thing.

Netflix’s DEATH NOTE Adaptation Begins Filming

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Not long after Netflix announced they would be creating an adaptation of the popular Japanese manga/anime Death Note, we receive news from Bloody Disgusting that principal photography has begun on set.

The American adaptation will certainly be a departure from previous films and entries as the cast will have Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) portraying the formerly Japanese Light Yagami (now Light Turner) and Keith Stanfeld (Dope, Straight Outta Compton) as L. I'm sure much like the Ghost in The Shell controversy, we will hear about Netflix opting not to go with Japanese actors for the role, but here's the difference.

The Japanese already have their live action Death Note films...and they suck. That's really all there is to say to anyone who has a problem with it. If you don't like the new cast, go watch the bad one.

For what it's worth, this new film is going to be a strict interpretation of the manga, which will be cool for me as I heard the television series was a bit different in some areas. Honestly, I'm just excited at the prospect of a GOOD Death Note live action film. What about you?

Disney Just Announced WRECK-IT RALPH 2 Will Arrive in 2018

Here's some news we've been waiting to hear for a long time. Walt Disney Animation has officially announced that Wreck-It Ralph 2 will be released in theaters on March 9, 2018. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman are coming back to reprise their roles as Ralph and Vanellope, Rich Moore is returning to the director's chair, and Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph, Zootopia) is joining Moore as a co-director and writer.

This time, the plot will center on Ralph wrecking the internet.

You can watch the video of the filmmakers (and John C. Reilly) making the announcement earlier on Facebook Live at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/Disney/videos/10153760073335954/

“From the moment we started working on the first ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ we knew there were so many possibilities with these characters,” said Moore, who has been developing it since shortly after the release of the first film, and while directing this year’s critically-acclaimed hit “Zootopia” with Byron Howard. “This time, Ralph’s wrecking wreaks havoc on the Web—as only he can do. Characters we loved in the first film are back and we are ecstatic to be working with them—and the actors who voice them—once again.”
“The world of the internet is the perfect place to send Ralph and Vanellope,” said Johnston. “The scope and scale are so vast and the possibilities for comedy are endless.”
“Ralph is a character very near and dear to my heart,” added Reilly. “I'm really looking forward to playing the big lug again. Making the first ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ was one of the most special experiences I've ever had and I'm really looking forward to bringing him back to life. So many kids I've met all over the world are excited to see him again, too. They tell me all the time!”

I loved the first Wreck-It Ralph, so I'm definitely excited to see where they go from here. We've heard rumblings about a sequel for a long time, and Moore has even teased what it would be about, but this is the first time we've received official confirmation that the project is happening and has a release date.

Are you excited about Wreck-It Ralph 2?

Parasites Takeover in Trailer For The Horror Thriller VIRAL

What do you get when you mix a small suburban town, a bunch of teens, and a few mind-controlling parasites? A bad situation, that’s what! The Weinstein Company has released the trailer for their new movie Viral, which is coming out this summer. The film centers around two sisters trying to escape their town once it has been hit with a mysterious virus. The film stars Sofia Black-D'Elia (Project Almanac), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love), and Michael Kelly (House of Cards). 

Teenaged sisters Emma (Sofia Black-D’Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) live a normal life, until their small suburban neighborhood is stricken with a mysterious parasitic virus. As the disease rapidly spreads throughout the town, the two band together to barricade themselves from infection. But it may already be too late – when the virus enters their home, the sisters are faced with an impossible choice: protect each other, or survive the virus.

The film is set to hit theaters and Digital HD release on July 29. Check out the trailer below.

Video: Jeff Goldblum Reads Fake Children’s Book INDEPENDENCE DAY FOR KIDS

With Independence Day: Resurgence out in theaters right now (read Joey's review here), Mashable took the opportunity to sit down with star Jeff Goldblum and have him read aloud from a fake children's book called Independence Day For Kids, which recounts the events of the first movie in a nice rhyme scheme. And as you'd expect, Goldblum puts the kind of spin on the delivery that only he could pull off.

Via: LaughingSquid