Is the world ready for a zombie Christmas musical!? We'll find out! The first trailer has just been released for a new horror comedy called Anna and the Apocalypse.
Do you remember the guy who made all those "Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal" videos? His name was Ryan McHenry and the film is based on his BAFTA-nominated short film, Zombie Musical. He tragically passed away of cancer before the movie could enter production, but it did end up getting made, and it looks like it will be a wild and fun flick. Here's the synopsis:
Teenage Anna’s life is typical enough. Chafing against the narrow horizons of her small town, she dreams of bigger things. It’s not so much that she doesn’t love her friends and family — she does — it’s just that they’re all so… familiar. So typical. So predictable. Her childhood best friend aches for a romance that she has no interest in, no matter how close they might be. The school jock that she had a fling with is proving to be disappointingly predictable in his behavior. And it’s becoming progressively harder for Anna to conceal her disappointment with just how satisfied her widower-father is with the blue collar simplicity of his never-changing existence. And then it all goes to shit.
The night of the high school Christmas concert marks the arrival of the undead in Anna’s small town. And so begins a struggle to band together and survive. Future dreams are forced aside by the overwhelming need to survive the present in this winning Scottish musical-horror-comedy.
McHenry is credited as a co-writer alongside Alan McDonald. John McPhail stepped in to direct the feature following McHenry’s death, and it looks like he did a solid job. I'm pretty excited to see this. Watch ther trailer below and tell us what you think!
M. Night Shyamalan has cast two additional co-stars from Unbreakable for his upcoming sequel Glass. He brought back Spencer Treat Clark to reprise his role of David Dunn's son Joseph. I really liked his character in the first film and it's awesome that he will be back to play the character again. it will be interesting to see what he's been up to after all these years. It was also announced that Charlayne Woodard would be back as Elijah's mothers.
They will join the previously cast Bruce Willis as David, Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass, James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke. Sarah Paulson also stars in the film in an undisclosed role.
Following the conclusion of SPLIT, GLASS finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
Clark has kept busy since he was in Unbreakable. He was most recently seen playing the villain Werner von Strucker on Agents of SHIELD and he also had a role in TNT's Animal Kingdom.
I've been waiting for this sequel to happen ever since I first saw Unbreakable and Shymalan announced it in the coolest way at the end of Split. I honestly wasn't sure if it would ever happen, but it is, and I can't wait to see it!
My boy Tom Hanks is set to star in a new comedy called A Man Called Ove, which will be a remake of the popular Swedish film directed by Hannes Holm. The original film, which is based on the novel by Fredrik Backman, was nominated for a couple Oscars earlier this year and it was the highest-grossing foreign language film in the U.S. in 2016. I never saw it, but it looks like I might need to! Here's a description of the story:
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
This sounds like a great story and a perfect role of Tom Hanks to take on. I'm a huge fan of the actor so I'm looking forward to seeing him bring this character to life. It seems like it would be a new, fresh, and different kind of role for him. Hanks will also produce the film alongside his wife Rita Wilson, who had this to say in a statement:
“This story about love, tolerance and hope amplifies the qualities in movies that are hallmarks of the classic films we know and love. 'A Man Called Ove’ transcended the language barrier to touch readers and audiences in ways we long for. What an honor to be part of such beautiful material.”
Did you see the original film? Do you think this will be a good project for Hanks to be a part of?
If you're excited for the return of The Walking Dead, you're gonna want to watch this new promo spot for Season 8 that was released by AMC. It offers us a little taste of what's in store for the next season as Rick and Maggie give inspirational speeches to their crews before they run into battle against Negan.
Last season was really hit and miss for me. It wasn't until the last two episodes where I felt that the series was actually moving forward. For the most part, Season 7 was pretty dull... in my opinion. Creator Robert Kirkmanpreviously said that this next season will be more action-packed, describing it as an “all-out war story.”
"So in Season 8 we’re trying to do a more fast-paced season, a more action-packed season, really focusing on momentum, and we feel like over the first seven seasons we kind of set all of the characters into place, and now it’s time to break them to a certain extent."
That sounds good to me and gives me something to look forward to! Judging by this trailer is certainly looks like things are going to get crazy intense.
IT producer Roy Lee, is developing a very cool new live-action film project based on the classic 1980s Japanese battle mech sci-fi property Ma.K. If you're not familiar with the property, it involved giant robots, two-legged tanks, and an epic battle for survival.
Ma.K was created by artist and sculptor Kow Yokoyama and was introduced in the early 80s in Hobby Japan magazine. It was a monthly comic that was also tied into customizable model kits. They ended up finding a strong and large cult following. Yokoyama is also known for working on films such as Star Wars and Blade Runner.
This could seriously end up being an incredibly epic movie! I just hope that Lee ends up bringing on a talented team of individuals to bring it to life. Here are the story details:
The story is set far, far into the future after a nuclear war caused survivors to flee Earth. When the planet is habitable once again, new colonies are set up, but it's not long before a battle over resources begins. When one side wants to make Earth independent, a new revolutionary war begins, this time with mechanized armor and robots.
Kevin Munroe (TMNT) is also a producer on the project and this is what he had to say about it in a statement:
"Kow is a world creator in the truest sense, and this project finally gives Ma.K a global audience who will experience this epic and rich sci-fi property as fans have for the last 35 years."
I can't wait to see how this turns out. While we wait for any new information, check out this 1985 Ma.K short film called SF3D that was made using miniatures. It's actually pretty cool and worth watching when you have 30-minutes to spare.
Several audition tapes accidentally surfaced online featuring actors reading for the roles of certain characters in Warner Bros. upcoming Shazam! movie. I saw one of these audition tapes before they were eventually blocked by the studio. However Omega Underground watched all them and there were some interesting details revealed regarding the story. One of the main things revealed was who the main villain in the movie might end up being.
According to the report, the audition tapes were "not some mock scripts used by the casting director. Instead, they were written exclusively for the roles of Billy Batson and Shazam." So what was revealed in these script pages? Read on for the details on who the villain could be if you don't mind an early spoiler.
Before we go any further, these are audition scripts and anything in them may or may not be in the final film. But, the report makes a note of saying that "it’s hard to ignore the queue points made within each audition." As for how the villain in the story might be, it's explained:
The two videos which feature Billy Batson first meeting the wizard Shazam starts off with a few jokes. However, at one point, the wizard mentions how he is the last of the council. For they had all been destroyed by the Seven Deadly Sins. And that earth now needed a champion for save humans from being destroyed by The Sins as well.
So it seems as if the Seven Deadly Sins may end up being the main villain in the story, which is pretty cool. If you're not familiar with the demons, here's a description from Shazam Wikipedia:
The Seven Deadly Enemies of Man, also known as the Seven Deadly Sins, are seven powerful demons, based upon the seven deadly sins enumerated in Christianity, who serve as occasional foes of Captain Marvel. The Enewho can take control of both humans and superheroes. The Sins were captured by the wizard Shazam many years ago, and encased in seven mockingly cartoon-like stone statues, which were placed in the Rock of Eternity.
The report goes on to add the following info and speculation:
Another small nod was that the Wizard mentions how the earth hasn’t had a champion in quite some time. Alluding to something happening to the previous Shazam. Which could hint to Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam been missing for centuries? Which could lead directly into the Black Adam solo film or setting up a Shazam sequel.
It seems to me like the Seven Deadly Sins would make a perfect villain for Shazam! to take on in the movie so I hope it's true. What do you think about the possibility of seeing these DC villains in the DCEU?
Sean Penn is set to star in a new series at Hulu called The First. This is a sci-fi space exploration series that comes from House of Cards creator, Beau Willimon. Penn has been a guest on several series over the years, but this will be the first series that he actually stars in. The actor seems very picky with the projects he takes on so this one must be good.
The First is set in the near future and explores the first human mission to Mars and interplanetary colonization. The eight-episode drama focuses not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth.
This certainly sounds like an interesting story. No details were revealed about the role Penn would play in the series. Willimon, who will write and executive produce the series, had this to say in a statement:
"I have such deep admiration for Sean's immense talent and extraordinary body of work. I feel very lucky to be collaborating with an artist of his caliber."
I like films and stories that deal with space exploration, so I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Especially with the talent involved with developing it.
Netflix has announced that BoJack Horsemanhas been renewed for Season 5! You can watch a little animated announcement video that they released below featuring a string of text messages being sent by a "clingy Netflix exec".
It's amazing to see how much this animated series has exploded in popularity since it first premiered. It's such a great show, though! I was initially not interested in watching it because talking animals just don't appeal to me. But, when I finally started watching it I realized the show is so much more! Not only is is funny but it also has a surprising amount of depth to the stories and characters. If you're not watching it, you need to start.
The fourth season of BoJack Horseman premiered on Netflix on September 8th. Will Arnett stars as BoJack, "the failed legendary ‘90s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin’ Around, who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback."
BoJack Horseman was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. Are you excited to hear that we will be getting a fifth season!?
It was only about a month ago that we learned Warner Bros. was developing a Joker origin solo film with producer Martin Scorsese and director Todd Phillips. Well, the studio has obviously put the project on the fast track to production because the script for the movie is already almost complete! According to Variety's Justin Kroll, a first draft of the script will be turned into the studio next week! Here's the tweet he shared with the news:
Hear THE JOKER script will be turned in by next week, super fast considering when announcement went out bodes well for 2018 shoot
That is super fast! Hopefully, the script is good! It was previously revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio was wanted for the role of The Joker, which is a casting choice a lot of fans seem to be getting behind. I'd actually love to see him get the part. It's probably a better choice than Jared Leto.
There's no official information on what the story for the film would entail, but it was previously rumored that it would a "super dark and real" film parts of which might focus on The Joker as a kid. It'sd also been described as a "gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-’80s Gotham City."
The studio is hoping to start shooting the film in 2018.
The first trailer has been released for Wes Anderson's latest film project called Isle of Dogs and it looks like an amazing movie! Isle of Dogs is a stop-motion animated film that focuses on a young boys journey to an island of exiled dogs in Japan where he embarks on a journey to find his dog Spots with the help of a few new dog friends.
The movie has an incredible voice cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Mari Natsuki, Harvey Keitel, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, F. Murray Abraham, Yojiro Noda and Yoko Ono.
When previously talking about the film Anderson says the film was inspired by Rankin-Bass Christmas TV specials and the work of Akira Kurosawa. He explained:
“I really liked these TV Christmas specials in America. I always liked the creatures in the Harryhausen-type films, but really these American Christmas specials were probably the thing that really made me want to do it.”
I'm such of huge fan of Anderson's work. I just love his sense of humor and his storytelling and filmmaking style. This is a move that I'm incredibly excited about seeing and it looks like it turned out great! Here's the synopsis:
ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.