Nudity May Lead to a R-Rating For Joaquin Phoenix’s JOKER

Joker is one of two Joker movies in development right now at Warner Bros. and it is the one coming from director Todd Philips and actor Joaquin Pheonix. Some new information has surfaced saying that due to some nudity from smaller female roles, the film will likely get an R rating.

Considering this film is said to focus on the Clown Prince of Crime when he was a failed stand-up comic that performed in strip clubs, it makes a lot of sense for this to happen. Of course, the rating is not confirmed, so we could get a PG-13 version with underwear instead of full nudity.

An R rating would also help differentiate Joker from Jared Leto’s The Joker which is said to be aiming for a PG-13 rating. I’m just going to go on a limb and say most of you want this film to get the R rating.

The film also stars Frances Conroy, who will play the Joker's mother and Zazie Beetz would play a single mother who catches the interest of the man who will become the Clown Prince of Crime. Robert DeNiro is also going to be in the film as a talk show host.

The studio describes the story as being an "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale."

Phillips will co-write and direct the film which is set to be released on October 4th, 2019. For some additional details on the story click here.

Source: Geeks WorldWide

All the HARRY POTTER Films Are Coming Back to Theaters!

The latest Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts which was the first spin-off film. In anticipation of the film’s release, I’m sure many Harry Potter fans will be rewatching their collection of 9 movies. Cinemark and Warner Bros. want to help you rewatch those films in style. From August 31 to September 6, all Cinemark XD (Cinemark’s version of IMAX) theaters will be running a Harry Potter marathon. That’s right, fans will be able to watch the IMAX versions of the films in theaters! What could be better than that? How about the price. It will only cost you $5 per film ($45 if you see all of them) unless you are able to snag a limited quantity festival pass which will let you see all nine movies, get you a collectible keychain, commemorative festival badge, and special (refillable for $3.50) cup all for only $25. You’ll want to hurry and pick one of those up. If you plan on watching at least 5 of the movies.

This magical marathon is being dubbed Wizarding World XD Week and it just happens to be during the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. If you want to see all of them in order during this marathon, some planning will need to be done as theaters will have different times for each film. You can find all the details at the Cinemark website.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released November 16, 2018.

Universal Pulls Chris Pratt’s COWBOY NINJA VIKING From Release Schedule

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We recently heard that Cowboy Ninja Viking cast Priyanka Chopra and things were looking great for the film and it seemed like it was on track. When I saw that it was set to release June 28, 2019, I thought that was cutting it a bit close if they have just cast their second actor which is why I wasn’t completely surprised when I found out Universal has unlisted the movie from their release schedule.

Variety reports the film is still being made and is “still in active development,” it just no longer has a release date. The idea is that now the film won’t be rushed. Rushing films has always been a problem in Hollywood, but it sounds like Universal is trying to avoid that problem with this Chris Pratt film.

Cowboy Ninja Viking is based on the graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman with illustrations by Riley Rossmo for Image Comics. It follows a character named Duncan, who is part of a secret government program that turns schizophrenics into assassins. Duncan comes through the program with the badass skill sets and personalities of a Cowboy, a Ninja, and a badass Viking. Most of the patients that are involved in the program are sent back to an insane asylum, but Duncan escapes and uses his skills to track down the billionaire who masterminded the program.

The adaptation is being handled by Dan Mazeau and Ryan Engle with earlier versions of the screenplay being penned by Craig Mazin, Paul Wernick, and Everett David Reese.

The Plain White T’s Hit Song “Hey There Delilah” is Being Adapted Into a TV Series

Some music albums become Broadway musicals. Some musical artists have their stories told in films. Now, a song is trying to get an entire series. THR reports that Plain White T’s are adapting their best hit, “Hey There Delilah,” into a TV series.

The song shares a story about a man in love with a girl in New York City. They are in a long-distance relationship seemingly, and the boy continues to sing about his devotion to her and how the future will be hunky-dory.

I’ll be honest, I don’t think this is worthy of being adapted considering the countless Hallmark movies that probably already exist with this same premise. However, no one asked my opinion and so the band is teaming up with Lively McCabe Entertainment to give us a romantic dramedy series. Tom Higgenson, the songwriter, has teamed with writer Jeremy Desmon to pitch the series to several networks and studios over the course of this month.

I’m not opposed to songs and albums being adapted. I just feel like this is a story that’s been told so many times already that it’s not worth doing. Also, I think for a single song, a 90-minute movie would be a better format than a TV series.

A Superhero Heist Film is in the Works at Legendary Pictures

Here’s an interesting idea: a superhero heist film. When I first heard the phrase, I thought it would be a movie where for whatever reason some superheroes were trying to steal a diamond or something a la Ocean’s Eleven. However, it turns out that I’m wrong.

Chris Baugh and Brendan Mullin have been hired by Legendary to work on a film where a group of criminals will try to rob a superhero’s hideout. Of course, things go wrong, and they’ll have to try to escape the hero’s lair with their lives. This actually sounds like a fun premise to me. The film is untitled, but I’m excited to hear more about it as things develop.

You may know Baugh and Mullin from Bad Day for the Cut and it looks like they will be writing the film, producing the film, and Baugh will even direct the film. What do you think of this premise? Is it a nice change in pace?

Source: THR

Jennifer Lopez Will Play a Stripper in the Heist Film HUSTLERS

Jennifer Lopez is getting ready to play a stripper in the movie Hustlers. The film will be an adaptation of the magazine article “Hustlers at Scores” from New York Magazine. The story is about some former strip club employees who end up stealing from their Wall Street clients. Lopez is set to star in the film which will be written and directed by Lorene Scafaria with Annapurna and Gloria Sanchez producing it. Hustlers will take place in the late aughts (2000s) when the US was dealing with a big financial crisis. Scafaria said this about the film:

The film is an empathetic look at women and men, our gender roles, what we’re valued for, what we’ve been told is our value in every movie, TV show, every corner of culture. Men have been told they’re worth the size of their bank accounts. Women have been told they’re worth the symmetry of their faces, their bodies, their beauty and that’s what this film is based on. The rules of the club are the rules of the world.

Are you intrigued by this premise?

Source: THR

Zachary Levi Reveals What Prop He Took from SHAZAM! Set

It’s not uncommon for actors to walk off set and take a prop with them. Ryan Reynolds stole his Deadpool costume. Ben Affleck took a Batarang. Zachary Levi walked away with a neon sign. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con Levi revealed that he left the set of Shazam! with a neon sign, but he doesn’t say what the sign is. He jokes that he took a person and that we’ll know it when we see it in the movie.

I’m wondering if I can talk about the thing I took from set. It’s a person. No, there’s some signage, some neon signage in the movie that when you see it you will know what that signage is, and it just struck me as really funny and awesome and I thought if that gets to live anywhere I want it to like, be in my garage or something so that’s what I took. But with the understanding that should the production need it for any reason I have to ship it back or we’ll just build a new one, I don’t know.

I find it interesting that he has a deal with the studio that they can have it back if they need it. What do you think the signage Levi took home was?

Shazam! will hit theaters April 5, 2019.

Source: CB

Free Showings of EIGHTH GRADE Happening Across the US This Wednesday

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Eighth Grade has been doing great with critics and audiences alike. I’ve been seeing praise for the film everywhere I look. The funny thing to me is that eighth graders can’t see the movie because it’s rated R. However, August 8, 2018, things will be slightly different because they believe in this movie. The production company, A24, has decided to have free screenings across the entire United States. There will be at least one free screening in each of the 50 states and these screenings will not be rating enforced which means anyone can go see it. You can find the participating theaters at the Eighth Grade website now.

Here's a breakdown of the story from Joey's review:

The story for the film revolves around eighth-grader Kayla Day who is looking for a connection to the world on her phone and she makes YouTube videos for people like her, who are going through the same growing pain issues that she is.

Kayla is a shy and quiet girl who wants friends and wants to be accepted. In this time, she is having feelings of isolation, anxiety, and feeling invisible. These are things that I think many of us have dealt with during Jr. High and I can see my own daughter going through it as well.

However, Kayla is determined to overcome these issues and manages to harness the power of confidence to try and talk more, be social, and make friends and as she attempts these things, it all comes out in the most charming and awkward ways that are both funny and cringe-worthy because a lot of us know what that's like!
This story all takes place on the last week of school as she is about to leave Jr. High behind her and this is her last ditch effort to exist in this place where she spent the last two years of her life being unseen. At the same time, she is struggling to bridge the gap between how she sees herself and who she believes she should be.

The film was written and directed by Bo Burnham and the main character was played by Elsie Fisher, who gives such a fantastic performance. You can watch the trailer for the film below.

Henry Cavill Wants to Play Geralt in Netflix’s THE WITCHER Series

Henry Cavill recently revealed that he’d love to be the next James Bond and now he’s throwing his hat in the ring to star in Netflix’s The Witcher adaptation. Cavill is not shy about playing video games so naturally, IGN asked him what games he was currently playing. His response was The Witcher 3 which segued to the question if he’d like to star in the adaptation.

Absolutely. Yeah, that would be an amazing role.

The books are amazing. The books are really, really good... The books I started reading, and they are well worth a read.

The Netflix series will be based on the books and although we’ve heard the pilot episode’s script is finished, nothing has been said about the casting. Could his knowledge of the books and the games help Cavill be cast as Geralt? Who should be cast instead of him?

Kaitlin Olsen Set to Star in New Comedy on Fox

Fox recently cancelled most, if not all of its comedy shows. That’s why it’s interesting when they announce a new comedy show starring The Mick’s Kaitlin Olson. Olson will star alongside Leah Remini in an unnamed comedy show that comes from the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia team.

Picked up with an off-cycle pilot order in May, the multicamera comedy from 20th Century Fox Television revolves around Jean (Remini), who considers herself a patriot who loves her country and firmly believes in everyone’s right to be left alone. Jean in many ways fits the stereotype of a typical conservative. However, she leads a very progressive lifestyle, as she is now married to a woman, Birdie (Kaitlin Olson). Together they’re raising Jean’s two boys with the help of the boys’ father and Jean’s ex-husband, Richie, who currently lives in the garage. The role of Richie is expected to be announced shortly.

I wish there was a bit more information about what the show is about, but I’ll probably try to watch the pilot. Are you intrigued? What should the name be?

Source: THR