Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) has taken on the role of disgraced Olympic figure skater Tanya Harding in an upcoming movie called I,Tonya. This is definitely one of the strangest roles that Robbie has taken on yet.
You may or may not remember Harding, but she rose to the top of figure skating glory from a poor and rough childhood. She was the first woman to complete the triple axel in major competitions, and it led her to winning the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and coming in second in the World Championships.
In 1994, she was set to compete in the Olympic Games in Lillehammer against Nancy Kerrigan. That's when her life took a weird turn. Hardy's husband and a couple of other thugs were hired to attack Kerrigan and break her leg. Luckily for her, they sucked at their job and only bruised her leg, then they got caught, and Hardy's husband turned against her to try and stay out of jail.
That year, Kerrigan won the Silver Medal and Harding finished eighth as her life was taking a dive into the abyss. As information on the scandal unfolded, Harding was stripped of her 1994 championship, and the USFSA banned her from figure skating for life.
Deadline says that the movie "has the potential to be another To Die For, the Gus Van Sant-directed film that starred Nicole Kidman in a tale of naked ambition and the price for fame."
The script was written by Steven Rogers, who apparently did "extensive interviews with both Harding and Gillooly, capturing the absurdity of what happened but also the tragic part of the Harding saga, and trying to come from nothing to prominence in a sport where most of the competitors are the children of wealthy families that can afford all the ice time and trainers needed to get to that high a level."
Robbie has proven to be a great actress, and it will be interesting to see how she embodies this character and portrays her in the film. I'm sure this movie will be a lot better than the 1994 TV movie, Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story.
Adult Swim has released a hysterical Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice spot created by the Robot Chicken team. We’re all excited to see Batman and Superman kick the living shit out of each other in the upcoming movie, but first, you can watch them take each other on as they compete to win at surviving on a desert island, eating crazy hot buffalo wings, and bullying your dad. If you're a fan of Robot Chicken and their style of humor, then you’re gonna enjoy this.
The first trailer for Warner Brothers' The LEGO Batman Movie will be released this Wednesday. While we wait to see that, USA Today has shared five photos from the movie that give us our first look at Will Arnett’s Caped Crusader in his very own movie.
As you already know, this is a spin-off of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The LEGO Movie. During an interview with the paper, Arnett spoke about his character in the story, saying:
“The Batcave is even better than we remembered it, it’s awesome. But I also love getting into the ho-hum day-to-day of being Batman and what it’s like to fight crime each day. Like the idea of Batman oversleeping his alarm clock makes me laugh. It really does humanize him. We get down to that perfect sweet spot for Batman, but also having moments of hesitation,” says Arnett. “There’s nothing better than a guy who has this super-authoritative, brooding, voice but also moments where he’s a bit unsure.”
Arnett is joined by Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Michael Cera as Robin, and Rosario Dawson as Batgirl. Director Chris McKay spoke about coming up with his story for the film, saying:
“We thought if we can tell a well-rounded, funny story that’s action-packed, we can build a big movie around this character. This is the movie we would want to see. Batman is an island onto himself, the only thing he doesn’t have is relationships. We're making About a Boy as directed by (action director) Michael Mann”
He goes on to say that the movie is going to have a ton of cameos and other characters that will attempt to enter Batman’s life. The director is deep in production on the film in Australia and is shooting on a full 3D and LEGO world.
“At first it doesn’t look like it’s all built in Lego. But as you get closer you realize it is. We’re building an entire city, the Batcave and vehicles, going deep into Batman’s world.”
The movie is set to be released on February 10th, 2017. But stay tuned for the first trailer tomorrow!
As you all know by now, Harrison Ford finally got his wish to have Han Solo killed off in a Star Wars movie. The actor has wanted to have his character killed off for the last 30 years, and in Star Wars: The Force Awakens it happened at the hands of his own son. Nooooooooooooo! During a recent Q&A withtumblr and EW.com, Ford explained why he wanted Solo to die, and it makes perfect sense:
"I think it's a fitting use of the character. I’ve been arguing for Han Solo to die for about 30 years, not because I was tired of him or because he’s boring, but his sacrifice for the other characters would lend gravitas and emotional weight."
He’s absolutely right. Only I wish it wouldn’t have happened so soon after having been re-introduced into to fans after all those years of not having him around. It was so great to see him, but then have him immediately taken away from us? Ouch. That hurt. It sure did pack a powerful punch, that’s for sure! So Ford did get that gravitas and emotional weight. It will be interesting to see how that all that emotional weight carriers over into the upcoming films.
Hey! At least, we’ll get to see Ford come back for at least one more Indiana Jones movie!
Earlier this year it was announced that James Wan was producing a new MacGyver TV series for CBS. Well, the network has cast Lucas Till in the title role. Till plays Havoc in the X-Men films. The guy is a talented young actor, and I think he has the perfect MacGyver look. This is a perfect role for him to play, and it will be great to see how he makes the character his own. Joshua Boone (Fan Girl) was also cast in the role of Gunner, who is MacGyver’s best friend.
According to Deadline, the young Angus MacGyver (Till), “is recruited into the clandestine organization from the original series where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. The drama serves as a prequel to the original series, in which MacGyver was played by Richard Dean Anderson.”
I enjoyed watching the original series when I was a kid and for some reason it’s really weird for me that it’s coming back. It’s just something I never expected to see revived as a series because it’s a one of a kind. MacGyver is coming, though, and I think Till is an awesome choice. It’ll be fun to see the process of how this character actually becomes the MacGyver we already know.
The pilot episode was co-written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney, and it will be directed by David Von Ancken. NCIS: Los Angeles' R. Scott Gemmill is an executive producer on the action drama along with Henry Winkler, who was an executive producer on the original run of the series.
What do you think about Till playing this character?
The title pretty much says it all with this one. Batman attempts to gruffly sing his old '60s theme song while strumming along on a ukulele, but of course a kilted Superman has to cruise by at that exact moment, triumphantly playing his own theme with flaming bagpipes. Poor Batman...
I've written twoarticles about Daredevil today, but I still have not had time to watch the entire second season that is currently streaming on Netflix. One of those articles highlights what I assume to be one of the series' best fight scenes, one that's made to look like a single unbroken take as Daredevil brawls his way down the stairwell of an apartment building. Many people assume that's meant to top the long hallway scene from the first season, and thanks to Rolling Stone, we can now see some behind the scenes footage of the stunt team working on that sequence. The outlet spoke with fight/stunt coordinator Philip J. Silvera about the realism needed in fight scenes these days, how Daredevil's anticipation impacts the fights, and more. Check it out:
Since we're now merely days away from the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the internet is producing tons of content about the major players in that movie as we ramp up to Friday's release. I just wrote about a Wonder Woman infographic that tracks her costume evolution through the years, and now Burger Fiction is here with a video that walks through the history of how Batman has changed in film and television since one of the earliest film versions of the character popped up in a 1943 serial. I had no idea there were so many Batman animated movies in the 2000s!
The Netflix drama Bloodlineis returning just in time for the Emmy’s eligibility deadline. Set to premiere on May 27, the series will have four days to impress critics before the Emmy awards calendar runs out of days.
Season 2 begins with the Rayburn family struggling to conceal their unthinkable crime. Mysterious strangers from Danny's past arrive with a dangerous agenda. Law enforcement is closing in on the truth behind Danny's murder. And the tight-knit family's once harmonious relationship is poisoned by paranoia and mistrust as it slowly begins to unravel. Lies mount. Alliances are betrayed. Relationships are destroyed. With their backs against the wall, good people may have to do some very bad things.
Bloodline returns with 10 new episodes, featuring Ben Mendelsohn, Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek, and Norbert Leo Butz. The second season includes some new members as well: John Leguizamo and Andrea Riseborough.
But the question here is (Attention! Spoilers): how can the series continue when one of the coolest and most good-looking characters is dead? Perhaps we are going to see some flashbacks and memories from the past.
Check out the new images from Bloodline Season 2 and see for yourself how tension keeps piling up.