HEMLOCK GROVE’s Penelope Mitchell Joins Neil Marshall’s HELLBOY Reboot

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The Hellboy reboot cast has increased by one...Penelope Mitchell (Hemlock Grove) has joined the Neil Marshall-directed reboot of Hellboy. Mitchell will play Ganeida, a witch who has decided that the Blood Queen's wrath has gone on for too long. She joins David Harbour who stars as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Professor Broom, Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan.

The film was written by Andrew Cosby, Christopher GoldenHellboy creator Mike Mignola, and Aron Coleite.

Mitchell’s casting comes just after actor Ed Skrein made headlines for exiting the project following criticism of whitewashing. Skrein was initially cast in the movie to play a Japanese character.

For more details on the Hellboy reboot and to catch up on all our previous news for it, click here.

Source: Deadline

The Director of INHUMANS Talks About Directing Medusa’s Hair and Pushing The VFX Limits

I honestly never in a million years would have thought that I would be writing so damn much about the hair of a character in any kind of film or TV series. Yet, here I am. Medusa's hair in Marvel's Inhumans series has caused quite a stir among fans.

A lot of fans hate what they've seen from the hair, while others aren't too critical about it. One thing is for sure, there was actually a lot of work and effort that went into trying to pull off Medusa's hair in the series... before we saw that they drastically changed it as seen in one of the latest TV spots.

During a recent interview with Independent, director Roel Reiné discussed what went into directing the hair, and the effort they put into trying to get it right. He explained: 

"I see all the shots and then make notes. I pitch them the ideas, and what they do. For instance, in one shot when Maximus puts his hand on Medusa's shoulder, the hair must move away. Then when he walks away, the hair must move itself. These are all things that you must direct."

He then went on to talk about pushing the for the VFX work that went into making the hair work the way they wanted:

"I pushed it to the limits. For instance, the first time we see Medusa — which I will not spoil — she’s doing something very intimate. What does the hair do at the moment? I pitched what the hair was doing, and then we got this really cool reveal shot, of what she was doing and her hair. That was really tough, one of the toughest shots to pull off in the VFX world."

Some fans might say he and his creative team pulled it off, while others will say they didn't. In the end, I guess they did the best they could with the budget they had to work with. I'm definitely curious to see the finished product. Now, I think I'm done writing about Medusa's hair!

Marvel's The Inhumans premieres September 1st in IMAX theaters followed by its television debut September 29th on ABC.

Incredibly Awesome Sci-Fi Fantasy Short Film APOCALYPSE NOW NOW

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I've got an incredibly must watch sci-fi fantasy short film for you to watch today called Apocalypse Now Now! This is a proof-of-concept short that is based on the South African fantasy novel and it turned out impressive as hell! 

The story centers on Meet Baxter, the kingpin of a smut-peddling high school who’s dating the girl of his dreams. After she’s kidnapped and he's accused of murdering her, he and a supernatural bounty hunter dive into the deep, dark Cape Town underworld full of monsters and myth to save her.

It was announced back in 2015 that the book would be adapted into a film, but as far as I know, nothing ever happened with it. After watching this short film, though, I would love to see it adapted into a feature film! 

The short was directed by Michael Matthews and he did an awesome job bringing this story to life. I think you're really going to enjoy this, so check it out!

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES is Being Pushed For a Best Picture Oscar Nomination

I don't know about you, but director Matt Reeves' War For The Planet of the Apes blew me away! That film is so damn good and easily one of the best films I've seen this year. 20th Century Fox knows that they have something special on their hands and they are planning on pushing it hard for a Best Picture Oscar nomination. After watching the movie, I don't see how it can't be nominated!

Apparently, the studio is going to be launching one of the biggest Oscar campaigns in the studio’s history with this film! Deadline reports:

"In every way Fox will be launching a campaign to 'make it about the movie,' as one person associated with the film has told me, and they have also hired a couple of top awards consultants to concentrate on efforts in just getting the film seen by members. They feel, based on response since its opening July 14, that the movie itself will take care of the rest."

In the past, the Planet of the Apes films have only been recognized for their achievements in make-up in 1968 and visual effects in the most recent films. A lot of fans think Andy Serkis should have received a Best Actor nomination in the past, but due to the motion capture technology and CGI that is done to give him the Ape overhaul, he's been overlooked. I'm sure Fox will try to push him for Best Actor this year, though. It would really be pretty cool if mo-cap actors finally ended up being recognized at the Oscars for their work in film.

Former Fox chief and a producer of War For The Planet Of The Apes Peter Chernin told the outlet that he believes the film is so good that it should be able to stand on its own:

“I’m incredibly proud of this movie, and I do believe that on almost any level of storytelling, character development, narrative thrusts, or epic-ness, this is an extraordinary movie. In the past  people probably have tended to sort of genre-ize it and sort of look at it, well, as if it is a genre movie and not take it as seriously as they should, and I think that you know our view is that this movie deserves serious consideration. Certainly it’s been made with a level of ambition, care, and attention that’s as meaningful as anything I’ve ever worked on.”

Even though it's a genre film, I don't think it should have any problems landing the nomination. In the past films like The Lord of the Rings and Mad Max: Fury Road have been nominated. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King even won. War For the Planet of the Apes is no Return of the King, but it's still a great movie that at least deserves a nomination. 

This could end up being an interesting year at the Oscars with other films like Wonder Woman, Logan, and Get Out feeling the Oscar buzz. This could be a big year for genre films! 

LORD OF THE FLIES is Getting a New Film Adaptation… Only This Time it Will Be With Girls

Warner Bros. is developing a new feature film adaptation of the classic 1954 William Golding novel Lord of the Flies. Only this time there's a big change to the story... it will revolve around a group of young school girls instead of boys.

This was only of my favorite books that I read when I was growing up. It's one of those stories that I just connected with. Some of those boys in the story were freakin' vicious little assholes. 

The movie will be written and directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel (Bee Season) and they will reportedly stay true to the story that the novel tells only all the children will be girls. The fact young girls are going to go through this crazy ordeal actually kind of makes it even more vicious. 

If you’re not familiar with Lord of the Flies, here's the description of the novel: 

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.

McGehee had this to say in a statement to Deadline:

"We want to do a very faithful but contemporized adaptation of the book, but our idea was to do it with all girls rather than boys. It is a timeless story that is especially relevant today, with the interpersonal conflicts and bullying, and the idea of children forming a society and replicating the behavior they saw in grownups before they were marooned."

McGehee went to explain that the story and change saying:

"It's aggressively suspenseful, and taking the opportunity to tell it in a way it hasn’t been told before, with girls rather than boys, is that it shifts things in a way that might help people see the story anew. It breaks away from some of the conventions, the ways we think of boys and aggression. People still talk about the movie and the book from the standpoint of pure storytelling. It is a great adventure story, real entertainment, but it has a lot of meaning embedded in it as well. We’ve gotten to think about this awhile as the rights were worked out, and we’re super eager to put pen to paper.”

This will be the third film adaptation of the novel. The first movie was made in 1963 by director Peter Brook and the second movie was made in 1990 by director Harry Hook

What do you think about the filmmakers changing the main group of young characters in the story from boys to girls?

Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder Will Reunite for The Film DESTINATION WEDDING

Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder are set to star together in a new romantic comedy called Destination Wedding. If comes from Mad About You writer and executive producer Victor Levin.

This will be the third film that Reeves and Ryder have starred in together. The first film was Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula and second was Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly. It's kind of cool to see them working together again after all these years. 

According to Variety, "Reeves and Ryder star as two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests who develop a mutual affection despite themselves over the course of the weekend event." Producer Robert Jones had this to say in a statement: 

“When comedy is seated in character and truth it’s both funny and moving, and on that basis Vic’s screenplay is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves are wonderfully skilful actors and their chemistry on-screen truly brings these irascible characters to life.”

Sounds like the kind of film that my wife will want to end up seeing. Which is fine because I like Reeves and Ryder!

Trailer for The Fantastic Doc 78/52 Meticulously Breaks Down Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO Shower Scene

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If you are a fan of Alfred Hitchcock's classic psychological horror thriller Psycho, 78/52 is a must watch documentary! I had a chance to see it early this year at the Sundance Film Festival and I loved it! The doc is completely focused on the iconic shower scene in the film and it meticulously breaks it down in ways you never thought of before. It's so freakin' fascinating. I'll never watch Psycho the same way again after watching this film. Here's what I said in my review:

What you may not know, though, is that one of the main reasons behind why Hitchcock wanted to make Psycho was because of that shower scene in which Janet Leigh's Marion Crane is murdered. He was so obsessed with it that he spent seven days shooting it, and it was only three minutes long. That three minutes of had to be perfect, though. It had to be exactly what he wanted it to be, and it had to get his message across loud and clear. This one scene isn't just the most important scene in the film but it was one of the most important scenes in the history of filmmaking.
78/52 is a fantastic and fascinating documentary that breaks down and analyzes every little detail of that legendary shower scene, what it all means, and why Hitchcock did what he did when he was shooting it. It's wonderfully insightful and gives the audience plenty of food for thought. Movie fans will definitely love discussing it. 

 

Some of the people interviewed for the doc include Marli Renfro, who was Liegh's body double in the film, director Guillermo del Toro, editor Walter MurchJamie Lee Curtis, Osgood Perkins, Hitchcock's granddaughter Tere CarrubbaAmerican Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis, and Elijah Wood. There are also interviews with Hitchcock himself talking about the scene and what he was looking to accomplish.

And in case you're wondering, the title of the film, 78/52, refers to the number of set-ups and cuts used by Hitchcock to create the three-minute sequence. Check out the trailer!

78/52 opens in theaters and will be available on VOD October 13th.

New IT Featurette Focuses on The Unsettling Town of Derry and Wants You To Face Your Fears

Are you ready to see It!? I am, I can't freakin' wait! While we do wait until it comes out, New Line Cinema has released a new featurette called "Face Your Fears" for us to enjoy. It centers around the fictional town of Derry, Maine and how unsettling it is. For those of you familiar with the story you know that Derry has a very dark past and it's talked about in this latest featurette.

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

The movie was directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama) and it stars Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) as Bill Denbrough, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as Richie Tozier, newcomer Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) as Stan Uris, Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs (Hawaii Five-0) as Mike Hanlon, Jeremy Ray Taylor (42) as Ben Hanscom, and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.

The first of two films is set to be released on September 8th, 2017. I've heard nothing but great things about this movie, so chances are it's going to be the awesomely terrifying film adaptation that we were are hoping for!

The SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Writers are Coming Back For the Sequel

If you were happy with Spider-Man: Homecoming and the way that the script turned out, you'll be happy to learn that two of the writers who worked on the script for the film are coming back to write the sequel for director Jon Watts

Those writers are Chris Mckenna and Erik Sommers. They joined the joined the first film to work on an early draft of the script that was written by Watts, Jonathan Goldstein, and John Francis Daley. Watt's will co-write the film with Mckenna and Sommers. I'm not sure why the other two writers aren't coming back, but I'd like to think that they are busy writing other projects because they did a great job with Homecoming!

McKenna and Sommers also worked on The Lego Batman Movie, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Ant-Man and the Wasp

They're obviously no story details for the sequel at this time, but it will be the first film in the MCU to be released after Avengers 4 brings an end to Phase 3 of Marvel's master plan. 

Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 hits theaters on July 5, 2019.

Sourse: Variety