Karen Gillan has been added to the cast of the upcoming sequel for Jumanji. She'll play a character named Martha, and she joins Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, and Jack Black in what Johnson recently confirmed was a sequel to the 1995 movie, not a remake or reboot. No other details are known about the character, but Deadline claims many A-list actresses were eyed for the role.
I'm excited for her! Of course, she's my favorite companion (sorry Billie Piper and Jenna Coleman), and she was amazing in Oculus and Guardians of the Galaxy. I just feel like a proud fan watching someone's career grow from humble beginnings. Hell, she's about the most successful person to have come out of the Doctor Who franchise since its reboot!
Inexplicably, Fuller House is reportedly among the top three of Netflix's most-watched original series. I can't fathom how that would be the case, and since the company is notoriously secretive about their viewing numbers, we've only heard vague descriptions thrown around in the press. (Does that mean that a bunch of people tuned in for the first episode and then bailed on the show? Or are they counting people who actually watched the whole season in that statistic?)
Regardless, here's a few seconds of loosely Full House-related material that didn't make me want to launch my computer out the window. It's a mashup of the Full House opening theme song with footage of Marvel's Avengers. Yes, yes — mashups are a dime a dozen these days, but at least this is better than watching a real episode of the show.
Liam Garrigan, who plays King Arthur on ABC's Once Upon A Time, will be playing the same role in the upcoming film Transformers: The Last Knight. Mashable reports the news that the actor will be in the film when it debuts on June 23, 2017.
There was no detail outlined on the character, but I guess I'm to assume he's playing a human? There isn't a Transformer version of King Arthur, is there? Exactly where is this movie headed?! I guess we'll find out when a trailer finally comes out.
After working with twin directors The Duffer Brothers on Stranger Things, Shawn Levy's 21 Laps Entertainment is teeing up a new feature film from a different pair of twin directors: Jonathan and Josh Baker, who directed a short film called Bag Manwe wrote about a couple of years ago. Deadline reports that they'll direct a feature length adaptation of their short, which will be called Kin, with a script from 10 Cloverfield Lane scribe Daniel Casey. A bunch of actors have already jumped on board: Jack Reynor, James Franco, Zoe Kravitz, and Dennis Quaid.
[The story] revolves around a recently released ex-con (Reynor) and his adopted younger brother who are forced to go on the run. Chased by a vengeful criminal (Franco), the feds and a cadre of otherworldly soldiers, their only protection is a found weapon of mysterious ancestry.
Kravitz will play a woman who joins the brothers on their journey, and Quaid will play the siblings' father.
When Reynor was in contention for the role of young Han Solo, I couldn't understand why. But that's because I had only seen him in Transformers: Age of Extinction (he's terrible in that movie), and I had missed seeing Sing Street. I recently rectified that mistake and now see exactly why he's near the top of short lists for high-profile projects — he's actually really good if he has a decent script to work with. Here's hoping that's the case with Kin. Watch the original short below:
There are some big changes afoot at Saturday Night Live. Not only are Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah not coming back next season, but two new head writers have been hired, so there may be a subtle (or maybe even not-so-subtle) change in the show's style over the next year or so. But one thing will likely remain the same: no matter how hard they try, there's always going to be a time when the cast members just can't hold it together during a sketch and they crack up laughing. That's the beauty of doing the show live every week — anything can happen.
A lot of times, seeing the professional comedians lose their sh*t live on camera is funnier than anything in the sketch itself. It makes the show and the actors more relatable, and lets the audience feel like we're seeing something we're not supposed to be seeing.
Kate McKinnon TV recently put out two supercuts of some of the funniest times the actors "broke" during the show, and as the name of the YouTube channel might indicate, a majority of these clips come from the last few years of the show. Sure, you'll see the occasional Will Ferrell or Jimmy Fallon moment, but for the most part, those breaks are already well known. These supercuts highlight some of the more recent hilarious moments, including one of my favorites (when host Ryan Gosling can't handle McKinnon's alien abductee character).
We were all a little sad when the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy came to an end, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt assures us it was for the best. Cinemablend sat down with the actor for a recent Snowden press interview and asked whether or not he was disappointed he didn't get to don the cape and cowl as "James Blake" (his character in The Dark Knight Rises). Levitt responded with the following:
"I know we're all used to the sort of Marvel movies, which are just kind of endless series. They don't really have a beginning, middle, and end. But I think Nolan very much thought of that movie as a conclusion, and there's a theme that runs through all three of those movies that begins in the first movie, runs through the second movie and it concludes in that moment where he says that Batman is more than a man, Batman is a symbol. And so to have another man other than Bruce Wayne kind of becoming Batman at the end of that trilogy, I think that's the perfect ending to that story."
I never thought of that! What a great answer. Nolan's trilogy was always grounded in as much realism as possible, so it's only logical that Batman could only be around for three major romps. I think Gordon-Levitt has given me a new perspective on the Batman trilogy that makes me want to rewatch the series.
Natalie Portman doesn't want to show her 5-year-old son the Star Wars prequels because she's afraid it might traumatize him. No, this isn't a fear of the Emperor, the dark side, or even young Anakin's bad acting...her reason is completely unique and only specific for her child.
She doesn't want her son to see her die.
It must be strange being the child of a famous actor or actress because I would imagine all celebrities have to breach topics like these with their children. You think Tom Hardy wants his kids to see his golden wiener in Bronson? Does Kate Winslet let her children watch her get drawn by Leo in Titanic?
You know it has to happen eventually. I would imagine a lot of these kids get tired of their friends mentioning the movies that their parents are known for and wondering why they've never seen it themselves. Then, BAM — scarred for life.
Portman shares her fear, and Jimmy Kimmel perhaps adds another in the video below.
The first trailer has been released for James Franco's feature film adaptation of John Steinbeck's acclaimed novel In Dubious Battle. Franco not only stars in the film, but he also directed it, and it looks like a great film. The story is set in the 1930s and centers around a group of apple farm workers who rise up and strike against the landowners.
The movie stars Nat Wolff as Jim Nolan, a young recruit who comes on board to help organize the strike. The film also has an insanely impressive ensemble cast that includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Bryan Cranston, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Selena Gomez, Josh Hutcherson, Ashley Greene, John Savage, and Zach Braff. Here's the synopsis:
In the 1930s in California's apple country, nine hundred migratory workers rise up "in dubious battle" against the landowners. The group takes on a life of its own-stronger than its individual members and more frightening. Led by the doomed Jim Nolan (Wolff), the strike is founded on his tragic idealism-on the "courage never to submit or yield."
I've always loved Steinbeck's work and I enjoy stories and movies that are set in the 1930s era. It's just a time in U.S. history that has always fascinated me. There's no release date set for the movie yet, but I can't wait to see it! This really looks like it's going to be a fantastic movie.
I'm really pumped up about seeing Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, especially after everything I've learned he's doing with it. This has the potential to be an incredible new chapter in the Alien franchise.
The film's star Michael Fassbender is now talking about the movie, which is currently in post-production, and in a recent interview with Collider, he continues to gush about how scary the movie is. He says:
“I have to say, this Alien is going to be – I’m really excited to see it and everybody in the film was saying that there’s a film that we all wanna see. It’s much scarier than ‘Prometheus,’ but it’s got that sort of same scope as ‘Prometheus,’ that imminent sort of disaster feel that ‘Alien’ had. So it’s kind of a beautiful meeting of both of those films. I’m really excited to see it, I think it’s gonna be super scary, number one. And again, with the massive scope of ‘Prometheus’… Yeah, you know once it starts and the ball starts rolling, it’s definitely going to bring chills to the cinema.”
Those are some encouraging words. The Alien franchise started in the genre of sci-fi/horror and it's so cool that we will be getting back to that horror element, which is one of the things I loved so much about the first film. It was legitimately scary! I'm so happy that Scott is tapping back into the horror elements of this story.
Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus, Alien: Covenant connects directly to Ridley Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
The film also stars Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Jussie Smolett(Empire), Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills), and Billy Crudup (Watchmen). Noomi Rapace will also reprise her role as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw.