Today we review Don't Breathe, the latest from Fede Alvarez. After his gore-filled remake of Evil Dead, Alvarez brings his twist to a home invasion thriller set to the backdrop of impoverished Detroit. Listen on PodTyrant
Well, we could have seen this one coming. According to the New York Daily News, Warner Bros. is quietly looking to acquire the rights to the popular stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the hopes of turning it into a new film trilogy "as soon as 2020," and naturally they want Daniel Radcliffe to reprise his role as The Boy Who Lived.
Obviously this makes a lot of sense from WB's perspective. While the DC movies have been critically reviled, they're largely financially successful — but they're still not the outright box office behemoths studio president Kevin Tsujihara wants/needs them to be. So looking at the studio's other limited franchises, the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies (a sequel is already greenlit, with a trilogy likely assured) have a lot of pressure on them to deliver in a big way. Harry Potter has always meant big business for Warners, and getting Radcliffe to wear those glasses again would be a huge coup for the studio. Whether or not this story has any truth to it, or whether or not Radcliffe would actually accept such a proposal (despite the ungodly sums of money they would surely offer him to do so) remains to be seen. If the first of these Cursed Child movies were to actually come out in 2020, that would be 19 years after Radcliffe first played the role in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
J.K. Rowling has said that The Cursed Child is the final Harry Potter story, and if that holds true, I can easily imagine WB wanting to eke out as much money as they can from the franchise before it's completely dry. We'll keep you posted if and when we hear more.
Fox has released a new trailer, photo, and poster (via THR) for season 3 of Gotham, a show that seemingly revels in flying in the face of traditional Batman mythology. I know there are people dig what the show is doing, but I've never been able to get into it myself. This is one of those shows that I don't really see a lot of people talking about online in the same way other big, zeitgeist-y shows, so I'm not even 100% sure what the GeekTyrant readership's general opinion is about this show. Are you still watching? Are you enjoying it, or does it feel more like an obligation at this point? Does anyone hate watch it? Is this a legitimate great show that I should carve out time to watch and simply not enough people are talking about? I'd love to hear your thoughts below.
Gotham returns to Fox on Monday, September 19, 2016.
Director Roland Emmerich is moving forward with a new trilogy of Stargate movies, but in the meantime, we have to give some props to the centerpiece of an exhibit in Belgium's Musée royal de Mariemont called "From Stargate to Comics: Egyptian Gods In Geek Culture." With a build time of over 1,000 hours, a team constructed a 20-foot-tall 3D printed replica of the gate from the original movie, and this version is comprised of over 2,000 individual pieces.
This will be on display until November 20th, 2016, so our Belgian readers near Mariemont should try to go check it out in person!
After Anne Hathaway won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Les Miserables, she could feel the way fans and pop culture at large were sort of turning against her. (People like to build actresses up and then tear them down.) So she kept her head down for a little while, and then started popping up again around the time of Interstellar and now has a few really interesting projects lined up, including Colossal and Ocean's Eight.
Jenny Mollen is a writer and actress living in New York. Until two years ago, her life was exciting, sexy, a little eccentric, and one hundred percent impulsive. She had a husband who embraced her crazy—who understood her need to occasionally stalk around the house in his ex-girlfriend’s old beach caftans and to invite their drug dealer to Passover seder (so he wouldn’t feel like they were using him only for drugs).
Then they had their son, Sid, and overnight, Jenny was forced to grow up: to be responsible, to brush her hair, to listen to her voicemail.
Live Fast Die Hot is a collection of stories about what happens when you realize that some things are more important than crafting the perfect tweet. It follows Jenny to Morocco, where she embarks on a quest to prove to herself that she can travel alone without reenacting a plotline from Taken. It shows her confronting demons—most of them from childhood, a few from the spirit realm. And it culminates in Peru, where Jenny decides that maybe the cure for her anxiety as a mom lies at the bottom of a cup of ayahuasca.
Hilarious, outlandish, and surprisingly affecting, Live Fast Die Hot reminds you that even if you aren’t cut out for parenting, at least you can be better at it than your mother.
Hathaway drew criticisms for showcasing symptoms of the over-eager "theater kid" type of personality, and though this isn't quite the same thing, it feels like she'll be able to lean into that a little bit in the beginning of this movie and then narratively transition into something else; if those other upcoming films beat this one to the big screen and don't really register, this could be the movie that changes the public perception of the actress and swings it back to the other side of the pendulum.
We all love the classic Walt Disney Animation movies, but they have especially significant meaning for young children who often watch them over and over again and use them as a gateway into the world of film. But sometimes watching the movies isn't enough; sometimes you want to surround yourself with those characters as much as possible.
NerdApproved points us to the work of Adam Hargreaves, an artist who painted an epic Disney mural in his five-year-old daughter's room. He posted a couple of photos and a timelapse video of the process of painting the room, and the little girl's reaction at the end of the video is really cute.
The other half of the #megadisneyanimals piece I did for my daughter by #adamhargreaves #bespokeart #uvflourescent #cute #daddy #daddylove #daddysgirl #bobbie #bobbierose #disneydreams #bambi #ladyandthetramp #beautyandthebeast #peterpan #101dalmations #bubblebath #bubbles #cheshirecat #aliceinwonderland #mrspotts #chip #phillipethehorse #wallart #wallmural #viral
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First half of the #megadisneyanimals #mural finished including #narla #timon #pumbaa #rafiki #ariel #flounder #sebastian #marie #dumbo #baloo #mufasa #liloandstitch #lionking #littlemermaid #aladin #genie #abu #aristocats #adamhargreaves #bespokeart #artist #wallart #disney #babysroom #photoftheday #instaartist #instaart
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Walton Goggins plays the flamboyant and hilarious Lee Russell in HBO's Vice Principals, and while he's grateful to be doing something different from his typical typecast role, he still very much thinks his new show is a drama. The actor explained his reasoning to Collider in a recent interview:
It wasn’t surprising to me because I think they’re very dramatic filmmakers. I think Observe and Report is a drama. And I think that Eastbound and Down is a drama that happens to be funny. Vice Principals is a drama about a highly dysfunctional human being with way too much power. So, in some ways, I think Danny was looking for someone that he felt could deliver on the topics of a human personality that they’re looking to explore, and that can also make people laugh. Maybe that’s not me, but I’m having a good time.
It definitely is Goggins, and between him and McBride, I've been laughing at this wonderfully dark show from start to finish. On a side note, I do think I agree that Eastbound and Down is a drama that happens to be funny...which makes it more funny! In balancing its humor and darkness, we've seen some really off the wall stuff in just the first six episodes of this new show, and Goggins says to expect that trend to continue:
The first six episodes are a precursor for the main show.
Considering the radical twists and turns Eastbound and Down took during its run, I'm not the least bit surprised. Of course, with those twists Goggins says there will be changes in the show's tone between funny and dark:
That balance will go toward one extreme more than another, at times, but if you have a good story and you wake up in the morning thinking, “I’m going to be true to this story,” than let that be your guide. I never approach a conversation with anyone, let alone any artful business decision or creative decision that I make, based on goal orientation. I’m never looking at the result, as much as I am looking at what’s happening in front of me.
If you haven't seen it yet, check it out! I had high expectations for this show going in and have loved every episode so far.
J.A. Bayona's upcoming film A Monster Calls was all set to open on October 21, but Focus Features has delayed the film until this winter, in what may be an attempt to secure more awards for it. The movie will now get a limited release on December 23 before opening wide on January 6, 2017.
Moving it out of a busy fall season is good news for the film's financial prospects, but more importantly for those who were looking forward to seeing it and hoping it would be a good movie, it also shows that the studio is confident they have something they believe in. Awards voters have extremely short memories, so positioning the film as close to the end of the year (and as close to the voting periods for all sorts of awards, not just the Oscars) will do nothing but improve its chances at bringing home some hardware (and subsequently boosting its profile and theoretically gaining a larger audience).
Focus has done very well producing the film's trailers so far, with the most recent one being the most impressive yet. The delay sucks for those who were hoping to see this as soon as possible, but it looks like it'll be worth an extra few weeks.