The team behind the Netflix series Narcos has developed a new crime thriller series that is coming out called The Mechanism and today we have the first trailer to share with you. The series was inspired by real events that took place in Brazil and this is the synopsis that came along with the trailer:
Get ready to join a small group of dogged investigators on the hunt to discover the inner workings of the biggest corruption scheme of all time and the impact their pursuit will have on everyone involved - including themselves.
The Mechanism looks like an interesting and intense show that I'll definitely be checking out. It comes from José Padilha (Narcos, Elite Squad 1 & 2, RoboCop) and Elena Soarez (Filhos do Carnaval, Eu Tu Eles, Casa de Areia).
The series stars Selton Mello as Marco Ruffo, a retired federal police deputy obsessed with the case at hand; Carol Abras as Verena Cardoni, Ruffo’s gutsy mentee; and Enrique Diaz as Roberto Ibrahim, an outlaw who lies at the heart of Ruffo’s obsession.
As many of you have already read, a rumor recently surfaced regarding Spider-Man and how he would be appearing in Tom Hardy's upcoming Venom. Well, the source behind that rumor, Jon Schnepp, is now doubling down on his scoop, but there is a little change to it. He originally said:
"I'm gonna say it right here on this show, Spider-Man is gonna be in Venom. For the last couple months, we've been talking about Venom, we've been hearing about how Sony's keeping it all separated. Spider-Man's in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but every other character that's in the Spider-Man universe is separate."
Now in a recent episode of Collider Heroes, he remained confident that Tom Holland is going to be in the movie, but not as Spider-Man, this time he says he will show up just as Peter Parker. Here's what he said:
"Tom Holland was on set filming scenes on Venom for at least two days as Peter Parker. Ok, so I’m not saying that Spider-Man is in the film. When I say that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is in the film, I’m saying ‘Peter Parker is in the film. This is a cameo. I don’t know what it is. I didn’t read the script."
We still have no idea how Peter Parker will fit into the story, but if he was filming scenes for two days, he's not going to play a huge part in the story. They are obviously going to be changing things up from the comics.
Regardless of how Holland appears in the movie, if this is true, it means that this new cinematic Spider-verse that Sony Pictures is developing is at least loosely connected to the MCU and it opens up the possibility of seeing Spider-Man play within Venom's universe more in the future. This might just be a little way to set up bigger things to come.
Like I said before, I hope this is true! I'm just curious to see how Parker is going to be used in the story. Do you have any theories?
Venom is being directed by Ruben Fleischer and also stars Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate and Woody Harrelson. It's set to hit theaters on October 5th.
As you know, Marvel is currently developing a script for a Black Widow movie with screenwriter Jac Schaeffer. Scarlett Johansson may have already met with him to talk about some of the ideas they have for the story. If she hasn't, she will soon.
Black Widow is such a great and complex character with an intriguing story. There's so much about the character to explore and Johansson is committed to exploring her more in a standalone film. While talking to Variety, she said:
"I’m invested in that character. Marvel is greatly invested in that character. If I did it, I’d have to do it while I still actually wanted to wear a skin-tight cat suit. I don’t know how much longer that’s going to be."
As for the direction the story the solo film could go in, there are so many different options to choose from. There are even different timelines that her story could be set it. When talking about the multiple choices they have to choose from, she said:
"I would like for it to happen under the right circumstances. I think there’s a lot of opportunity to mine that story line. She’s got a really rich origins story. There’s a lot of places you can go, you can bring it back to Russia. You could explore the Widow program. There’s all kinds of stuff that you could do with it. You could really uncover the identity of who this person is, where she comes from and where she’s part of.
"There’s plenty of back story. Or not. It could be something else. Where do the Avengers go? They are underground. What happens then? What happens after it all falls apart? There are so many ways you can go. I think it would just have to be very much like its own specific thing. It would have to have its own specific vibe. It would have been totally different than any of the other standalone films. I think if the fans wanted it enough, then it would probably become a reality."
Well, I think it's safe to say that the fans do want it. We've been asking for a Black Widow solo film for years. If they start developing it like this, and it doesn't happen, that's going to be a huge disappointment.
Whatever direction they end up taking the solo film's story, I'm confident that Kevin Feige and the Marvel creative team will do what's best for the character. What that is, is yet to be seen. While we wait for any story details to surface, what would you like to see from a Black Widow solo film? What direction would you like to see Marvel take?
The first trailer has been released for a crazy looking horror film called Ghostland and what I'm seeing is some high-energy nightmarish stuff. As you'll see, this story is going to be filled with some sinister content. I like what I'm seeing in this trailer and it looks like a film that I'll enjoy watching because I'm a horror movie freak.
The story begins in a house where a mother is forced to fight off intruders to save her two daughters. Still traumatized by the events that took place in the house, the girls grow up to have completely different personalities. When they reunite at the house once again, terrifying things start to happen. Here's the synopsis:
Following the death of her aunt, Pauline and her two daughters inherit a house. But the first night, murderers enter the house and Pauline must fight to save her daughters. A drama that will traumatize the whole family but especially affect differently each of the girls whose personalities will diverge further after this nightmarish night. While Beth becomes a renowned author specializing in horror literature, Vera gets bogged down in destructive paranoia. Sixteen years later, the family is reunited again in the house that Vera and Pauline never left. Strange events will then begin to occur…
The movie was directed by French director Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) and it stars Crystal Reed, Taylor Hickson, Rob Archer, Emilia Jones, Adam Hurtig, Anastasia Phillips, Mylène Farmer, and Alicia Johnston.
Ghostland then opens in US theaters sometime in April 2018.
SNL alum Kristen Wiig is set to star in a new comedy series being produced by Reese Witherspoon. Apple just landed the 10-episode series, which is inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I'll Say It.
This marks Apples first scripted comedy pickup. I've always enjoyed watching Kristen Wiig in the projects she does. She's not only funny, but she's also a talented actress. Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock) created the show and she will serve as the showrunner. Here's a description of the upcoming book that the series is based on and the stories that fill it:
Throughout the ten stories in You Think It, I’ll Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided. In “The World Has Many Butterflies,” married acquaintances play a strangely intimate game with devastating consequences. In “Vox Clamantis in Deserto,” a shy Ivy League student learns the truth about a classmate’s seemingly enviable life. In “A Regular Couple,” a high-powered lawyer honeymooning with her husband is caught off guard by the appearance of the girl who tormented her in high school. And in “The Prairie Wife,” a suburban mother of two fantasizes about the downfall of an old friend whose wholesome-lifestyle empire may or may not be built on a lie.
With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. Indeed, she writes what we’re all thinking—if only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original.
Apple has a few other shows that they are currently developing which include a couple that I'm excited about such as the Steven Spielberg-produced Amazing Storiesanthology and Ron Moore's space drama See. Apple is also trying to get their hands on J.J. Abrams' new untitled sci-fi series.
Frank Miller is developing a new comic book story set in the universe of his 300 franchise, which Zack Snyder adapted into 300 and 300: Rise of an Empire. I love these stories and Miller is adding a new prequel chapter to the franchise. It's being published by Dark Horse Comics and it's called Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander. Miller is both writing and illustrating the series and Alex Sinclair (Dark Knight III: The Master Race ) will be doing the colors.
The story follows the Persian King Xerxes as he "sets out to conquer the world to avenge his father Darius’s defeat and create an empire unlike anything the world has ever seen . . . Until the hardy Greeks produce a god-king of their own, Alexander the Great."
That's a cool direction to take the story and I'm pretty fascinated by the idea of Xerxes and Alexander The Great being pitted against each other. When talking about the comic, Miller said:
"300 was an interlude in the great story of the Persian Wars. The battle of 300 represented one episode in a much greater series of wars. This series tells the story of the first great clash of civilizations, the first bloody contest between east and west. The odds vastly favor the Persian forces, but the Greeks have Alexander, the greatest military commander of all time."
The comic is a five-issue miniseries, the first issue of which will be released on April 4th, 2018. It'll be interesting to see how Miller ends up retelling the story of Alexander The Great.
Here's a badass video shot by the Navy that shows a full-sized aircraft carrier hauling ass at high speeds and making sharp turns. I don't know about you, but I always wondered what that would look like... now we know! Usually, we see aircraft carriers keeping at a steady speed in a straight line, but these things actually have some awesome power!
Video shows amazing aircraft carrier high speed turns as a drifting US aircraft carrier performs evasive action during aircraft carrier maneuver capability demonstration while the aircraft carrier is at full speed.
Daniel Radcliffe has a new movie coming out called Beast of Burden from Swedish director Jesper Ganslandt. Radcliffe plays a pilot who is forced to deliver an illegal cargo of cocaine across the US-Mexico border for his final run as a smuggler to save his wife. This looks like a solidly intense and unique thriller worth checking out. Radcliffe also tends to make movies that tell interesting stories.
The movie stars Grace Gummer, Pablo Schreiber and Renée Willett and this is the synopsis that was released:
Sean Haggerty (Radcliffe) only has an hour to deliver his illegal cargo. An hour to reassure a drug cartel, a hitman, and the DEA that nothing is wrong. An hour to make sure his wife survives. And he must do it all from the cockpit of his Cessna.
The movie will be released sometime in 2018. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think.
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith, who recently starred in Netflix's The Crown is currently in talks to take on the role of Charles Manson in a new film called The Family.
The movie is being developed by the creative team who previously made American Psycho including director Mary Harron and screenwriter Guinevere Turner. With a talented team like this involved, you know we are going to get a crazy movie about the infamous cult leader and killer. Smith seems like a great choice for the role of Manson and it will be interesting to see him in this role, which is very different than anything he's done before.
The Family is based on the nonfiction book The Long Prison Journey of Leslie van Houten: Life Beyond The Cult written by Karlene Faith, as well as Ed Sanders’ 1971 novel The Family.
According to Tracking Board, the film will "follow grad student Faith as she works with three brainwashed young women who were part of the Manson family — Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Susan Atkins. The story will be told via a series of flashbacks after the three women are incarcerated in a special security unit at the California Institute for Women."
The report also says that Detroit star Hannah Murray is in talks to play Van Houten and Imposters actress Marianne Rendón is in talks to play Atkins.
What do you think about Matt Smith playing Charles Manson?
I'm sure many of you have heard of the book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White Housebecause President Donald Trump attacked it saying that the information in it is false. He even tried to stop it from being published. Well, now the book, written by Michael Wolff, is going to be adapted into a TV series. I'm sure Trump is going to be very happy about that.
Endeavor Content has purchased the film and television rights to the book, which dives into what it was like the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.
It largely portrays Trump as unprepared for the enormity of his office, and that he is unable to focus his attention on policy details. The book also includes quotes from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who referred to the 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer as 'treasonous.'"
Since the book has been released it's been flying off shelves. Even though it seems like Trump is one of the most hated Presidents, people obviously enjoy reading about him and people are taking the opportunity to make money off of all the craziness. Here's the description that came with the book:
The first nine months of Donald Trump’s term were stormy, outrageous―and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.
In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations: -- What President Trump’s staff really thinks of him -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn’t be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration’s strategy in the wake of Bannon’s firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers
Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.
Seems like an interesting book that will make for an interesting series. There's no doubt it will end up being a huge hit.
Before the book was released, Trump made the following statement:
"We are going to take a strong look at our country’s libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about a person, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts."
Wolff said that the book is based on over 200 interviews and that he had access to the White House and Trump himself. So, there's got to be some truth to what is being written in this book... right?! Read the book and decide for yourself. Or just wait for the TV series.