Looks like Alden Ehrenreich'sStar Wars film won't be a "solo," endeavor. The lead of Solo: A Star Wars Story confirmed to Esquire (via CBR) he's on the line for three films. His reveal, hilariously enough, came out in an oddly Han Solo way:
Three. I don’t know if that’s officially, uh, public. But — yeah.
So what are we talking about here? Can we expect two more Solo standalone films, or is Ehrenreich going to be featured in a Han Solo flashback in future flagship Star Wars films? Ehrenreich didn't say, but if we had to guess we're assuming Lucasfilm is waiting to see how Solo does in theaters before it commits to any more sequels.
If you had to see Ehrenreich portray Solo in more films, would you rather they be contained adventures like Solo, or would you be ok with him playing post-original trilogy Han in place of Harrison Ford?
Regardless of what's happening with the new Batman film, Joe Manganiello is still jazzed to be playing Deathstroke. The actor recently shared a new photo of himself in full costume chilling on Lex Luthor's yacht, looking uncomfortable AF compared to that lady behind him:
I love it, I really do, but when are we going to see Manganiello playing the character again? That's my million dollar question, although I'm pretty sure DC will drop a bigger dime than that on whatever project Deathstroke is slated to appear in next. Were you a fan of the actor's portrayal in Justice League?
Former Smallville and Wilfred actress Allison Mack made headlines last week when she was arrested for her involvement in the sex cult NXIVM. In the time sense, people have been scouring the actresses Twitter to find evidence she was actively recruiting others in the cult, and it turns out she was pushing for Harry Potter actress Emma Watson to join pretty hard (via Uproxx):
.@EmWatson I'm a fellow actress like yourself & involved in an amazing women's movement I think you'd dig. I'd love to chat if you're open.
Watson doesn't appear to have responded, which apparently wasn't acceptable to Mack or her cohort in this whole thing, Keith Raniere. Mack tweeted Watson on two other separate occasions after the alleged incident, heavily encouraging her to join the cult:
.@EmWatson well to your vision and what you want to see in the world. I think we could work together. Let me know if you're willing to chat
As it was revealed last week, Mack's group was actually a sex cult in which women joined under the guise of mentorship only to be pressured into sexual situations with mentors who could "advance their careers." Trying to back out or leave the group was threatened to be met with public humiliation, so definitely a rough deal. My question is what did this group think they could offer Watson that she didn't already have? I guess if I'm trying to make sense of a sex cult and its motivations, I'm going to spend a long time thinking.
Anthony Hopkins is a funny dude, but due to the many serious and scary roles he's played throughout the years, that often gets lost in translation. For example, when you watch this video he uploaded to Twitter of him dancing, does it make you laugh...or are you a bit disturbed and weirded out? I'm still on the fence:
Stranger Things Season 3 has officially begun filming, which means we're already that much closer to the next season appearing on Netflix! Everything we've read so far about the new season sounds interesting, and it looks like Season 4 is already a sure thing. Why? If I had to guess it's because Season 3's story ends on a cliffhanger, which would definitely suck, although as long as the new season isn't terrible I can suffer through it!
Executive producer Shawn Levy previously revealed that the third season would take place one year after the second season, so that would set it during the summer of 1985. He went on to talk about the relationships of the teen characters. When the story picks up Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) will be a couple as will Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink). He also said that Steve Harrington will have a bigger role in the story this time around and that Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg's film Back to the Future will be a reference in the upcoming season.
Are you excited for Stranger Things Season 3, or has the hype of the series fizzled out for you?
Costume work is taken for granted by fans, but for actors, it can be a huge deal. One of the biggest complaints you'll often hear from actors is that their tight leather-suits have very limited mobility, and they're extremely hot to wear. Hugh Jackman made it clear after the first X-Men he would not be wearing a suit like that again, so Ironhead Studio got to work ensuring he wouldn't have to. Learn more about the creation of that costume via this Tested video, and the next time you're watching a superhero film, think of the people who made the costume!
PG-13 rated movies are only allowed to say the word "fuck," one time, and there's even rules beyond that. Despite those restrictions, films have used their one shot to create some of the most memorable moments in modern films. You'll see a lot of those moments in this video, which will really make you question exactly why we're so concerned about how many f-bombs get dropped in a PG-13 film to begin with:
With all the amazing things we see robots do on a regular basis on the web, it doesn't seem all that impressive that two robots managed to construct an IKEA chair. That changed for me when I watched this video, and saw just how quickly these two robots went from incompetent to chair constructing pros using their programming to learn the errors they were making on the fly. Didn't it used to take robots months to learn stuff like this?! Now they're doing it in minutes?! It's not looking good for humanity folks:
It has to be weird to be Rick Astley these days. Out of all the one-hit wonder artists to travel the world and perform their song, he's probably been on the longest stretch thanks to the bizarre trend of the early internet known as "Rick-rolling." Astley continued his tour once again by performing with the musical group Choir Choir Choir in a basement in Toronto. It sounds super weird, but honestly, it is a bit, but having a musically trained audience sing along to an artist's song is actually quite amazing. Check it out below, and let us know if you'd like to see a documentary of Rick Astley's life in 2018:
A leaked letter from resigned Board of Governor's member and producer Bill Mechanic has found its way to Variety, and its full of some hot takes regarding how the current Academy leadership has made The Oscars worse. Mechanic, who said the letter "says what it says," when asked for comment, blasted the Academy for making the Oscars long and boring, giving super small films far more credit than he thinks they deserve, and over-promoting diversity. Read the full letter below, and feel free to share your reactions to Mechanic's thoughts in the comments:
John Bailey President, AMPAS
There’s a moment when if you fail to make an impact, the right thing to do is make for the exits. After Saturday’s meeting, I’m at that moment and I respectfully must resign from the Board of Governors.
I have great love and respect for the Academy. I grew up loving movies and watching the Academy Awards, never dreaming of being a nominee, producing the show, and certainly not becoming a Governor. Eventually all of these things actually came to pass and it was exciting when I was originally elected to the Board, serving with so many distinguished legends side-by-side in a non-hierarchical environment.
I left the Board after one term, but decided to run again a couple of years ago when many of the decisions of the Board seemed to me to be reactive rather than considered. I felt I could help provide some perspective and guidance.
But it’s exceedingly clear to me since returning to the Board that things have changed and there is now a fractured environment which does not allow for a unified, strategically sound, vision. I haven’t had any real impact, so now it’s time to leave.
I feel I have failed the organization. I feel we have failed the organization.
We have settled on numeric answers to the problem of inclusion, barely recognizing that this is the Industry’s problem far, far more than it is the Academy’s. Instead we react to pressure. One Governor even went as far as suggesting we don’t admit a single white male to the Academy, regardless of merit!
We have failed to move the Oscars into the modern age, despite decades of increased competition and declining ratings. Instead, we have kept to the same number of awards, which inherently means a long and boring show, and over the past decade we have nominated so many smaller independent films that the Oscars feel like they should be handed out in a tent. Big is not inherently bad and small is not inherently good. Moving into the modern age does not mean competing with the Emmys for non-theatrical features.
We have failed to solve the problems of the Museum, which is ridiculously over its initial budget and way past its original opening date. Despite having the best of the best inside the Academy membership, we have ignored the input of our Governors and our members.
We have failed our employees. Over the past seven years, we have watched dedicated employees of the Academy be driven out or leave out of frustration. Certainly, some freshening of an organization is a good thing, but that doesn’t seem the case here; this seems more like a “purge” to stifle debate and support management as opposed to the needs of the Academy.
We have failed to provide leadership. Yes, that includes the Presidency, which with a one year term creates instability, but moreover the CEO role has become much broader and far reaching, and the results are erratic at best. It also includes 54 Board of Governors, which is so large it makes decision-making difficult and makes it way too easy for the silent majority to stay silent.
Many of the problems I’m talking about come not from malfeasance but rather from the silence of too many Governors. A vocal few people are insistent that the problems are not really problems or would be too damaging to the Academy to admit. Not facing your problems means you are not addressing those issues and, guess what, problems don’t go away — they simmer under the surface and, if anything, get worse.
You can’t hide the drainage of employees, the cataclysmic decline in the Oscar ratings, the fact that no popular film has won in over a decade; that we decided to play Moral Police and most probably someone inside the Academy leaked confidential information in order to compromise the President; that the Board doesn’t feel their voice is being heard with regard to the Museum; that we have allowed the Academy to be blamed for things way beyond our control and then try to do things which are not in our purview (sexual harassment, discrimination in the Industry).
Perhaps I’m wrong about all of this and if so my resignation will simply make things better. If that’s the case, so be it. If it’s not, then I truly hope the majority of Governors will take action. Check in with our membership and get their input. If they respond as many have with me, then change the leadership of the Academy and put the Academy’s interests above any personal likes or dislikes.