Black Panther is only a few weeks away from arriving in theaters and we've already seen a lot of early positive reaction to the film on the internet. We've also learned more about the actors, the message and the tone of the movie in Marvel's recent press junket. But there is one moment from that event still stands out in my mind that had the entire room, especially writer/director Ryan Coogler, laughing hysterically.
It's obvious that because Wakanda is geographically located on the African continent that most of the characters in Black Panther are appropriately of African descent. But Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman, both British, also appear in the film as key characters, characters that we have seen in other MCU films that work as connective tissue, linking this story to Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War.So when asked what it was like to work on a film so dominated by African-Americans, Serkis recounted an interesting experience he and Freeman shared behind the scenes:
“We were about to do our scene. Ryan [Coogler] came up to us and said, ‘You know, I’ve never actually directed two white actors before.’ (LAUGHS) And we were both like, ‘Well, yeah, probably not.’ It was kind of hilarious. It was like, ‘Fuck, that’s tragic and kind of insane and kind of weird.’ It was an incredible experience working with Ryan. He’s one of the most brilliant, wonderful, warm, humble, incredibly clever, articulate, visionary directors, and just to be part of this was – well, for me. I don’t know how you felt.”
Then Freeman added:
“I hated it. I felt bullied. (LAUGHS) No, yes, I agree. I was joking.”
Serkis then concluded:
“It was an incredible experience to be a part of it, and I just think this film is so important. To be a part of something that is so groundbreaking, and yes, should have been made many years ago, but now is the time, now is a brilliant time because things are changing rapidly in every single aspect of filmmaking. So the needle should swing right the other way because we need to really change things.”
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Micheal B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Letitia Wright and Sterling K. Brown. It arrives in theaters on February 16.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure marks the end of the Maze Runner saga based on the Young Adult novels by James Dashner. But does this final installment effectively wrap up the popular trilogy or does it find itself in a dead end?
Al Pacino takes on the challenging role of Penn State's former head football coach Joe Paterno in HBO Films’ Paterno. The movie focuses on Paterno during the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. Just after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, his legacy is challenged and he is forced to face questions of institutional failure in regard to the victims.
Pacino returns to HBO (You Don’t Know Jack; Phil Spector) to star in the title role in the movie that will debut this spring. Paterno will be Pacino’s third HBO collaboration with director Barry Levinson, having starred in You Don’t Know Jack. Levinson will direct Paterno which is written by Debora Cahn and John C. Richards. Levinson describes the film as a movie that focuses on the late coaches most troubling time:
“’Paterno’ is not a sprawling piece that spans years,” said Levinson. “It unfolds largely over a two-week period, when we watch the events play out. I’m not following an agenda or trying to tell the audience to take a certain side in regards to Coach Paterno. The film lays out the elements of the story and leaves you to make your own judgment. There are times when you may feel one way, and times when you may feel a totally different way, and I think that’s what makes the piece so compelling.
“Joe Paterno was known as an honorable man, an educator, a humanitarian – so trying to make sense out of what happened is, for me, the most fascinating aspect of the story,” he adds. “What did he understand? What did he not understand?”
Riley Keough stars as Sara Ganim, the 23-year-old journalist who first reported on the Sandusky case for The Patriot-News, a daily newspaper serving the Harrisburg, Pa. metropolitan area; She is joined by Kathy Baker,Greg Grunberg, Larry Mitchell and Annie Parisse.
Christian Gudegast is the writer behind some pretty good action films like London Has Fallen and A Man Apart. Now in his directorial debut he brings us Den Of Thieves, the action thriller that pits two crews on both sides of the law against each other in modern day Los Angeles. Gerard Butler and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson co-star in this action-packed heist film, but is it just another mediocre movie?
The new theatrical incarnation of Hellboy, starring David Harbour is going to be a lot different from what fans have become accustomed to with Guillermo Del Toro and Ron Perlman's initial films. The new one is set to have a hard-R rating and will be jam-packed full of witches and demons. But we're now learning that the changes don't stop there.
Actor Ian McShane was cast in the reboot as Hellboy's adopted father, Professor Broom. McShane recently spoke with Fandom and revealed that Broom and Hellboy will have a much different relationship than in the previous films, and a lot of that comes from where the movie chooses to begin their story.
“You don’t start with the birth of Hellboy… but the relationship between [Hellboy and Broom] is quite crusty. Does he trust his father? [Hellboy asks], ‘Why didn’t you kill me? I’m a monster.’ It’s a little bit of a psychological battle against Hellboy.
"There’s one important moment in [the film] when [Hellboy] sort of thinks he’s fighting his own people, the outsiders. So, he’s being used by the insiders, which is me, if you like.”
Even though the relationship between the two might go in a different direction, McShane says he will take a similar approach to the role as the late John Hurt did in the previous films.
“I’m sort of playing this part as a slight homage to John [Hurt]. I mean, I’m not playing it like him, obviously… but the relationship [with Hellboy] is very much the same.”
The Neil Marshall directed film will be released on January 11th, 2019.
We're learning more and more about Quentin Tarantino‘s highly anticipated Manson Family movie. The movie still doesn't have an official title but the Pulp Fiction director recently cast Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role, and there are signs that point to Margot Robbie joining the production next. But now we're learning some possible info about DiCaprio’s character.
Since Tarantino walked away from long-time producers The Weinstein Company, Sony eventually landed the film. We then learned that DiCaprio will play “a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business.” Now, we have even more potential details about DiCaprio’s character.
Deadline recently reported a whole bunch of new info about DiCaprio’s role, and the movie in general:
What he plays, more specifically, is an actor who had his own Western show, Bounty Law, that ran on the air from 1958 to 1963. His attempt to transition to movies didn’t work out and in 1969 — the film is set at the height of hippy Hollywood movement– he’s guesting on other people’s shows while contemplating going to Italy which has become a hotbed for low-budget Westerns.
DiCaprio playing an aging Western actor could be considered a call-back to the previous film Leo worked with Tarantino on Django Unchained. It’ll also be interesting to see DiCaprio playing a character who is considered past-his-prime.
The report describes the film as a “Pulp Fiction-esque tapestry of Los Angeles during the summer of the Manson murders,” and that Tarantino is about to “get busy with casting.”
Tom Cruise has also been rumored as another possible cast member for the film, and there’s also a rumor floating around that Tarantino wants Al Pacino in the film as well. Wow, could you imagine DiCaprio, Cruise and Pacino all in the same movie?
For years, the internet has famously mashed together some of our favorite cinematic universes, characters, etc. But finally, someone has put two of my personal favorite things together. Bruce Lee and Star Wars.
Youtuber Patrick Nan has created what could be the deadliest combination in cinema. Bruce Lee armed with Lightsaber Nunchucks.
Nan re-edited a fight scene from Fist of Furywith some awesome laser sword action added in. Clearly, those chucks are a weapon for only the most talented Jedi masters. I mean they look awesome, but they can't be safe to handle. Enjoy the video!
Liam Neeson teams once again with Non-Stop director, Jaume Collet-Serra for the action-thriller The Commuter. This time Neeson takes his very special set of skills on a New York commuter train in a race against time. But does is this action film a nice addition to Neeson's action resume?
If there is one thing movie fans like to do its relive moments from their favorite movies in a video game, even if that means modding an existing game for the full effect.
Check out Youtuber Hin Nya's epic and impressive vision of what the movie Aliens would be like in roller coaster form. Using the game Planet Coaster they created this 15-minute virtual ride that follows just about the entire story of James Cameron's iconic sci-fi action thriller.
It takes some time to watch, but it is well worth it, especially if you're a fan of Aliens!
Mark Hamill has been very vocal on social media about his part in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and because of that, we continue to learn more about what happened behind the scenes of Episode VIII. His latest revelation came last night after Hamill sent a congratulatory tweet to his The Last Jedi co-star Laura Dern who won a Golden Globe for her role in HBO's Big Little Lies.
In the tweet, Hamill mentioned that he and Dern's Admiral Holdo shared a deleted scene in TheLast Jedi and he hopes that it'll be included on the film's DVD release.
But how is that even possible? If you think your way through the entire film, there is no point where Holdo and Luke could have been together. By the time Luke "meets" with the rebels on Crait, Holdo has already blasted her way through Snoke's ship. Unless there is some sort of flashback I just don't see how its possible. But then again, Hamill who has trolled fans online before could just be playing with us all.
Fans will have to wait for The Last Jedi DVD release to know for sure.