With Paramount Pictures finding success in the horror genre with their most recent film A Quiet Place, they are now moving forward with a new low-budget horror movie called Crawl. The movie is being produced by Sam Raimi and directed by Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D, Horns).
The film is described as a self-contained thriller that "centers on a young woman who, while struggling to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped inside a flooding house and fighting for her life against Florida's most savage and feared predators."
Those savage a feared predators are alligators. That certainly sounds like it would be an intense situation to be in! Aja wrote the most recent draft of the script and I'm curious to see how the movie turns out. Aja has made some entertaining and wild films in his career and this seems like the kind of film project that is right up his ally.
Zoe Saldana recently gave an interview about her character Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War with the LA Times, but she also gave an update on Avatar 2 in the same interview. Don’t read the full interview unless you don’t mind spoilers for Infinity War. Saldana mentions that they are currently finishing up the motion capture work for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 at the moment with the next part being pre-production on the live-action shots. They will then shoot the film in New Zealand. Here’s her full answer:
Avatar 2 is currently slated for a December 18, 2020, release.
Hulu's upcoming Stephen King and J.J. Abrams series Castle Rock is one of my most anticipated shows of the year. As a fan of King's work, a series that brings all of his classic stories together intrigues me. I've loved everything that I've seen and heard about the series so far and now we have a new haunting trailer for you to watch that's narrated by Terry O-Quinn (Lost). In the trailer, he is talking about the mysterious town of Castle Rock and why it is the way it is. It's a great little trailer that I think you'll enjoy. If you're a fan of Stephen King, I'm sure you be able to notice a few little Easter eggs that were placed in it.
Hulu also announced that the series will premiere on July 25th! It's going to be so much fun seeing how much of Stephen King's work they are able to weave into this series.
Castle Rock is a 10-episode psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse. It "combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. As a series, Castle Rock aims to explore various themes and worlds, uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories."
The series is being written by Manhattan creator Sam Shaw and Dusty Thomason. It also has a great cast of actors that includes Scott Glenn (Daredevil), Andre Holland (Moonlight), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy (Evil Dead), and Bill Skarsgard (IT).
Everyone that worked on Avengers: Infinity War is hard at work doing the press tour and dealing with interview questions while avoiding giving spoilers. That being said, we will be getting into some spoilers now, so look away if you haven’t seen the film yet.
Joe Russo recently did a Q&A at the University of Iowa according to CBM but a comment on Reddit points to the Q&A happening at Iowa City High School. During the Q&A we got some interesting details about the film.
First it was confirmed that Valkyrie from Thor: Ragnarok is alive. Some Asgardians survived via escape pods and my guess is that she went in case they ran into trouble wherever the pods landed. He did not comment on the status of Korg. I, for one, hope he’s still alive with Valkyrie and not a pile of rubble.
The most notable revelation from this Q&A though is about Peter Parker. According to the comments, Tom Holland improvised his death. Who would’ve guessed? That moment was incredible and wrecked people emotionally. I have to give major props to Holland for that performance. It was heart-wrenching for sure and very well done. What would you have asked Russo if you had the chance?
There's a lot of great buzz surrounding Deadpool 2 and it's looking like it's going to be another big success. I imagine it will end up being a bigger success than the first movie! With all of this optimism surrounding the film and the fact that it's setting up an X-Force movie, you'd think that a third Deadpool movie would pretty much be in the bag. But, according to Ryan Reynolds, it's not. In a recent interview with EW, he reveals that he's not sure Deadpool 3 will even happen! He explains:
"I don’t know that there would be a Deadpool 3. I really don’t. I feel like the character, in order for him to function properly within his own universe, you need to take everything away from him. I don’t think that you can keep doing that. I do see him as being a part of X-Force, obviously. I would love to see him in a team-up sort of thing, like a mano a mano or a great female character from the X-Men universe. I just think if you’re going to do another Deadpool solo film, you’ve got to really, like, get that budget down to nothing and just swing for the fences, and break all kinds of weird barriers, and do stuff that no one else can do."
Reynolds has a very interesting outlook on the character and how to play with him. The fact that he would want to strip the film's budget down to nothing to force them to be creative with the character is something you never hear from anyone in Hollywood, and that's just another reason why I love Ryan Reynolds. He's thinking outside of the box.
I hope that we do see a Deadpool 3 and if we do, I'd love to see what Reynolds and his team would do with it with a limited budget and see how crazy and inventive they would get by swinging at the fences and breaking weird barriers.
What do you all think about Reynolds' thoughts on Deadpool 3?
While we wait to see what director Taika Waititi ends up doing with his live-action adaptation of Akria, we have an incredibly cool fan-made tribute for you to watch. It's called Awaken Akira and it was created by Ash Thorp and Zaoeyo. It took them over a year to create this one-minute tribute and as you'll see, it turned out extremely cool! The short shows their love for Katsuhiro Otomo’s work by digitally updating some of the most iconic scenes from Akira. It's visually stunning work! It also comes complete with the incredible musical score. Akira is considered one of the most influential anime films of all time and these guys did an incredible job paying tribute to it. Enjoy the video...
Duke Nukem has always been an iconic character – close to many gamers hearts. An ingenious homage to popular characteristics of 80’s and 90’s action heroes. His combination of macho ‘charm’, pithy catchphrases and big guns made him an enduring character featuring in multiple games over a plethora of formats. His most famous adventure was undoubtedly his first outing in 3D – simply titled Duke Nukem – 3D.
Originally released in 1996, released six months after Doom and six months before Quake. Duke Nukem 3D was the most technologically advanced FPS on the market at the time. It still used 2D sprites for it’s enemies and objects – but featured interactive environments and an arguably more immersive environment. The game also featured a series of firsts. The ability to look up and down, as well as fully 3D movement while swimming and using a Jetpack. It also included more complex online modes than was normally available. It also brought a new environment to the FPS genre, the near future setting, which was fairly unique at the time (but utilised effectively by a later FPS game – SiN)
Duke Nukem also brought some fantastic imaginative weapons which were a delight to use. From the usual pistols and meaty shotguns to a shrink ray, a freeze ray and even a Total Recall style hologram distraction. The level designs in the early levels are perfectly structured and even the later levels – which seem a little tired. Featuring non-linear routes and the superb, aforementioned interaction with objects. Switches could be flicked, smashing water hydrants and the slightly childish humour of being able to relieve yourself at nearby bathrooms and interacting with strippers.
The game’s humour is a little cringe worthy when we look back on it with our lens of the #metoo generation and a (thankfully) increasing awareness of political correctness. There’s a lot of fun dialogue from films like The Evil Dead and They Live peppered in the puerile humour. I enjoyed the satire of having Pigs are alien police officers but the other aspects of the humour feel as if they were designed by and for sexually – repressed teenage boys. I was one of those boys when I first played this and at the time, I loved it and even now.. sometimes, I produce a rye smile. It’s very much a product of it’s time and if you approach this classic game for the first time, it must be understood as that.
This new version – The Megaton Edition includes the original game, as well as three expansions and all the various extras that the game has accumulated over the years. Each if these expansions were fan-made creations using the games level editor. Duke Caribbean : Life’s a Beach is fairly entertaining, as you battle your enemies with water pistols and super-soakers in an island paradise. Nuclear Winter is a similarly wacky concept, complete with Santa hat wearing sprites. However it’s level design isn’t as well thought out. The final expansion pack Duke it out in DC features better planned levels, but doesn’t add much originality.
This is an incredibly fun title which brings back a flood of nostalgia fuelled memories. I confess that I often repeat Dukes opening line as the initial level loads up, I love the gunplay. I remember fondly the early days of my PC gaming which exploded due to this iconic title and the frantic discussions in the school playground surrounding it. No matter your opinion, this is an important title in the history of PC gaming. It’s worth a few hours of your time.
Female costumes are always being criticized by a wide variety of people. Then, those people are criticized for having an opinion. It’s the wondrous cycle of movies. In the past, we’ve covered the criticism that Justice League received for the change of costumes for the Amazons, and today we’ve got Scarlet Witch. Elizabeth Olsen was out promoting Avengers: Infinity War and told Elle the one thing she wishes she could change.
I have really liked all of her costumes but can understand where she’s coming from. Olsen is aware that her costume is better than the original Scarlet Witch costume from the comics.
Hopefully, her costume can continue to evolve into something that Olsen can enjoy being in more.
This post contains major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, so proceed at your own discretion.
Zoe Saldana, aka Gamora, recently sat down with the LA Times to discuss her role in Infinity War. I had no idea that Gamora was going to die. I thought she was going to be safe. That scene was a little nuts, but helped flesh out Thanos as well as helping the audience sympathize with him. Also, did anyone else feel like her death was a bit more permanent than the deaths at the end? It is possible they will bring her back, but it felt like it might just stick. All of that being said, the interview gives us a bit of insight as to when Saldana knew she was getting killed off and that the only person she told was her husband.
How did you first find out about Gamora's fate? When did you read that script?
"I learned very early on. The producers called me and they told me. And of course there's a shock to your system. I'm so grateful, this run has been amazing, but you're so not even ready for that. But then once some of the things were discussed, I understood that it just makes sense. In order for you to understand the degree of evil that lies within the core of Thanos, you have to circle in on his own children. So I completely understood. I loved being a part of this unforgettable journey."
Who else knew, and who did you talk to about it?
"I think my husband and that's it [Laughs]. In the cast, they all knew. We all read both scripts. And even though we know that there are changes being made constantly, there were [some] solid, solid events that had everything to do with plot."
When asked if Gamora would make an appearance in Avengers 4, she said:
"I don't know. [Laughs] For the sake of the devoted fans out there — we don't want to rob them of an amazing experience. It's all for them that we do what we do and we also protect what we do."
There are more great tidbits in the interview including the fact that Saldana really enjoyed watching everyone else's stories in Infinity War during the premiere.
What did you think about how Gamora's story arc played out in the film? Do you think she will stay dead or do you think she'll come back? One thing we do know is that her soul is in the Soul Stone.
Before we get into anything, in you haven't seen Avengers: Infinity War yet for some reason:
There was a really good reason that Hawkeye wasn't included in the marketing for Avengers: Infinity War and that's because he wasn't in the damn movie! He was mentioned once and that's when Black Widow explained that he was under house arrest.
Leading up to the release of the film the creative team teased the character's role in the story. The Russo Bros. said:
"Coming out of Civil War, he’s in the same position that Cap and Falcon are at the end of that movie. And Ant-Man. Coming into this movie, you know… Characters on Cap’s side coming out of the Civil War, some made certain decisions and others made other decisions that led to different paths in them dealing with oversight in this movie in a different way. So Hawkeye’s on his own journey in this movie."
It was explained that "He has a unique reaction to the civil war situation that puts him in a special spot in this film." That special spot landed him under house arrest to be with his family instead of getting back in the fight. That's totally understandable!
When we learned that Hawkeye had a family, that came with more of an understanding of the character and that he has something to lose. In fact, he's one of the few characters in the MCU that has the most to lose. Rocket Raccoon and Ant-Man were the other ones.
During a recent interview with JOE.ie, director Joe Russotalked about Hawkeye's absence explaining that the story that they've come up with for Hawkeye is a "long play".
"We keep saying, 'Patience is a virtue.' We did not forget the twice-nominated Jeremy Renner. We cooked up a story for him that is a little bit of a long play. Not a short play."
So how do the event's of Avengers: Infinity War affect him? Well, at the end of the movie, Thanos did snap his fingers and killed off half of the population of the universe. I can only imagine the worst for Hawkeye in this situation. I think we'll learn that his entire family was killed and that is the life-changing event that will lead to Hawkeye's dark and drastic change that will start him on his journey to becoming Ronin.
It was previously rumored that the events of Infinity War "leaves Barton in a VERY dark place and is the inciting moment in the archer’s shift into this darker superhero mantle. Given the nature of events that cause the shift." Some set photos then surfaced that seemingly confirmed Hawkeye was going the Ronin route.
It just makes sense to me that the tragic death of his family would lead him down this dark path. It makes me even wonder if Avengers 4 will start out with Clint Barton witnessing the death of his wife and kids. That would just be devastating.
I don't care what anyone says. Hawkeye is a great character and I'm looking forward to seeing how his story arc plays out, especially with him taking on the mantle of Ronin. He's just going to get so much more badass.