On the latest episode of Bloodworks, Anthrax musician Scott Ian's YouTube series, he experiences exactly what it's like to have the makeup and prosthetics of a Game of Thrones White Walker applied to his face. As we head toward the final episodes of the HBO fantasy series, I'm guessing we're going to see a whole lot more of these ice zombie badasses.
Hollywood has been attempting to bring the smash Broadway hit Wicked to the big screen as a movie for at least the past six years, and now it finally has a release date. THR reports that the film adaptation will fly onto the big screen on December 20, 2019, which is the perfect spot for a family-friendly movie that should clean up at the box office.
For those of you who don't know, Wicked is an origin story for The Wizard of Oz's Wicked Witch of The West, and a retelling of the classic story from the witch's point of view. It artfully references the events of the main story that are well-known to fans while crafting a whole new narrative that makes you examine the entire thing from a new perspective. It's a great piece of work.
Writer Winnie Holzman and composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who both worked on the Broadway show, are reuniting for this production, and though people like J.J. Abrams and Rob Marshallflirted with the directing gig over the years, Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) ultimately ended up snagging that position.
Producer Marc Platt, who once said the goal was to have the musical adaptation in theaters by 2016, has taken his time making sure the script is right before they jump into production. He knows that the show has a tremendous reputation (I've seen it - it lives up to the hype), and doesn't want to make something that will disappoint fans. That's admirable, especially when he could have rushed a movie into production a few years ago at the height of Wicked fever and simply cashed in on the phenomenon.
We've posted some great Red Sonja cosplay in the past, but this series of photos featuring cosplayer Jinglebooboo all decked out as the deadly woman warrior are absolutely beautiful. This is one of the most amazing Red Sonja cosplays I've seen and it's based on the WeNeals.
A remake of the 1937 film A Star is Born has been in development since 2011. Clint Eastwood and Beyonce were originally attached to the project. Over the years it has obviously gone through several changes.
Bradley Cooper is now set to direct and star in the film, and according to THR, Lady Gaga is in talks to take on the lead role. If she lands the part this will be her first starring role in a feature film.
The film has already been remade twice — in 1954 and in 1976. The story "centers on a movie star who helps an aspiring young actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral."
Gaga has emerged as a very talented actress who really impressed in American Horror Story: Hotel. She's also previously appeared in films such as Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Machete Kills, and Muppets Most Wanted. Those were smaller type roles, though.
According to the report, Gaga auditioned for the Warner Bros. film and impressed the executives. This seems like a perfect project for the actress so it would be cool if she actually landed the role. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.
Before Alden Ehrenreich was cast in the role of Han Solo in the standalone film currently being developed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Disney and Lucasfilm were auditioning pretty much every young actor in Hollywood. Daredevil star Charlie Cox auditioned, but he didn't do very will in his audition because of his time playing a blind superhero. During an interview with THR, the actor explained how his audition went wrong:
“It’s been really fun to look people in the eye. I had gone to an audition — one of those things that are super secretive and they don’t tell you, but I’m pretty sure it was for the Han Solo reboot— and halfway through it, the casting director stopped me and said, ‘Why aren’t you looking at me?’ I realized I had gotten into a habit of not making eye contact, because the only thing I had done for two years is play someone who is blind. I never got invited back, probably because they couldn’t figure out why I was acting like a complete idiot.”
Yeah, that would have been weird. Cox is a solid actor so hopefully he can kick that habit so he can land new movie and TV roles when he's finished with Daredevil. Chances are he'll be playing Daredevil for a long time.
I don't think Cox would have been a right fit for Han Solo anyway. Ehrenreich is going to be great in the role, and it will be fun to see how he makes the characters his own.
Yesterday Suicide Squad director David Ayertalked about Jared Leto's Joker tattoos and revealed the meaning behind them. He said that the tells a story, a story that is "absolutely canon."
Now today, we have a new interview with Margot Robbie in which she discusses Harley Quinn's tattoos and their origins in the story. The actress explains:
"She did these herself in prison. They're stick and poke tattoos, prison-style tattoos, that you do when you don't have a tattoo gun. She did them herself out of boredom and desperation. There's 'I heart Puddin', a Joker face, a love heart, that's obviously reflective of her time in prison."
Ayer went on to talk about working with Robbie and praised her performance as Harley saying:
“I don’t know what to say other than a star is born. She’s riveting, magnetic, she is the character. I don’t recognize her out of make-up, we spend so much time together on set, I’m uncomfortable around her if she’s not in make-up.”
He also says that Harley Quinn is one of the main reasons that he wanted to make the movie and explains what he loves about her, saying:
“Harley’s one of my favourite characters. She’s one of the reasons I wanted to do this project. She’s so complex, she’s all about dichotomies, so many opposing qualities in the same person, just like all of us. It’s nice to explore those things. It’s rare to have such a strong female character who’s so active in the story, so driven and so powerful - yet has these weaknesses and achilles heels, just like anybody.”
Harley Quinn has been a favorite character of mine ever since she was introduced in Batman: The Animated Series, and it's exciting to finally see her come to life like this in Suicide Squad, which opens in theaters on August 5th.
Return to Sunnydale to defend it from vampires in an upcoming new board game based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Jasco Games has teamed up with Lynnvander Studios to develop the game, which is called Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Board Game. They've hired Thomas M. Gofton (Albion’s Legacy, Deep 5) to design it.
The cooperative board game has players take the role of Buffy and her friends as they defend the town of Sunnydale from an onslaught of vampires and demons. There is also the goal of unraveling the plot of the real Big Bad, who is scheming to open the Hellmouth. Players must work together using all their resources, including character’s special abilities, to help the defenseless residents of Sunnydale.
1 to 6 players can play the game, and it only lasts for a 40 to 60 minutes, which is about as much time as I can handle for a board game. I assume some of the characters used in the game could include Willow, Xander, Giles, Tara, Cordelia, Faith, Angel, Oz, or others.
As cool as this is for the fans, I'd much rather see an awesome open world video game bring these characters back to life.
The board game will be released on October 28th and will run for about $39.99.
That's a wrap for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! Director James Gunn posted a wrap video that he streamed live on Facebook yesterday in which he and Star-Lord actor Chris Pratt give heartfelt speeches to the crew of the film and praised them for how much they all kicked ass during the production. In case you missed it, you can watch it below. Gunn also posted this tweet announcing the film has completed shooting.
And that’s a wrap on #GoTGVol2. WHEW. So much gratitude to my wonderful cast and crew. Thank you all.
Gunn has been posting a lot of cool stuff from the film on social media, and if you follow him on Facebook, you know he loves to live stream from time to time to answer fan questions.
The video even confirms that they would be taking the film to San Diego Comic-Con with the cast and that they will be showing off some footage of the film for the fans, which is something we already knew was going to happen. I can't wait to get a glimpse of what's in store for us!
The movie also stars Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Kurt Russell, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel. It's scheduled to be released on May 5th, 2017.