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By David Kozlowski | 21 July 2017
Welcome to Issue #5 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column highlighting cool and unique videos about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your favorite videos to: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!
Previous Issue: 7.14.17
What's happening everybody? It's Comic-Con week here at Lrm, so while everyone else is geeking-out down in San Diego, we decided to get a little bit weird. We're digging into some classic John Carpenter films, we've got a couple truly amazing fight scenes, a war film that can go toe-to-toe with Dunkirk, and an awesome new behind-the-scenes video about this holiday's Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Have a great Weekend guys!!!
Why do we love superheroes, martial arts, fantasy, and sci-fi? The big fight scenes, of course. Every week we'll bring you an epic »
- David Kozlowski
He's back! After four years away, horror lovers' favorite murderous doll is back in action and, not that this isn't always the case, but Chucky is really out for blood this time around. The trailer for Cult of Chucky is here and this looks like it is going to be a straight-up quirky slasher movie, as opposed to some of the more schlocky entries in the franchise like Seed of Chucky. Can he somehow make it fresh for a seventh installment? If not fresh, this at least looks fun.
Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for Cult of Chucky today, giving us our first look at the horror icon doing what he does best; killing people even though somebody tried to warn them this would happen. There was an announcement trailer released previously, but it didn't contain any actual new footage. Brad Dourif once again returns to voice the doll. »
Deanna Dunagan, who was most recently was on the big screen in M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit, has come aboard the Joe Chappelle-directed political drama The Pages, joining Jamie Lee Curtis, Tia Sumpter and Ben Tavassoli. It follows Elizabeth "Libby" Lamm (Sumpter), a former top U.S. security adviser who is threatened by associates from her dark past. Chappelle wrote the screenplay and is producing with Colleen Griffen. Dunagan, repped by Stewart Talent, recurred on Fox's… »
James Cameron’s Spider-Man. It’s a big What If..?, up there with Kubrick’s Napoleon and Jodorowsky’s Dune. It seems like the perfect match, pairing one of Hollywood’s best action directors with one of its most action-suited characters. Just imagine what Cameron would have done with all of Spider-Man’s acrobatic flips and kicks.
Well, as most know, it almost happened. Supposedly, Cameron was setting up an adaptation after the release of True Lies, but due to legal circumstances surrounding the screen rights, he bailed. The director had convinced Carolco, the independent studio who gave him $100 million for Terminator 2: Judgement Day based on a half-page memo, to buy the film rights. He was all set to go. Then, it turns out Sony was also involved and Carolco didn’t outright own the character. Cameron then went to Fox hoping to outmuscle Sony, but Fox turned the project down, eventually allowing Sony to make the Sam Raimi trilogy, the two Amazing Spider-Man films and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. Cameron moved on, deciding to fund his deep-sea exploration obsession by making Titanic and raking in that dollar.
It’ll always be debated as to what Cameron would have done with Spider-Man. Fortunately, for us, and me considering I get to write about it, multiple scripts are on the internet. This article will be discussing the scriptment featuring Mary Jane Watson, Electro and Sandman, which is dated 1992. Whilst there is a full script featuring Doc Ock, concept art has been found online for the former. It seems that was the one that got further into production.
You can’t really gauge the success of a film or a directors vision by reading a scriptment. It is by definition vague, lacking dialogue, any detailed drama, and detailed characters. But, you can still see some of Cameron’s vision, and for better or worse, this would have been James Cameron’s Spider-Man. It would have been an adaptation, and some of the legendary directors ideas would have been controversial.
Here are five takeaways from the scriptment.
(1) Organic Web-Shooters
As Sam Raimi discovered, organic webshooters weren’t necessarily a popular thing. The Raimi trilogy doesn’t linger on how the impact the web-shooters would have on Peter, and its only in the second one the filmmakers make this mythology change part of the narrative. Cameron’s organic web-shooters are integrated into the story immediately. Peter develops two lumps on his wrists, and they are mark him out as being a “freak”. So, he hides them, wearing two bracelets so New Yorkers believe they’re mechanical. It’s clever writing, as Cameron reinterprets and acknowledges pre-existing mythology.
Cameron makes major changes to Electro. Instead of being Max Dillon, Electro is Carlton Strand, a mob boss who uses his powers to control information and data. It’s an interesting deviation from the source material and very suitable for the early information age, before we all knew we could use electrical information to communicate and manage our money. It’s a smart move, and is more interesting than the version that appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
One of the major flaws of this scriptment is how Cameron under utilises Spider-Man’s supporting characters. Uncle Ben does his thing and dies, but Aunt May is barely in it and Mary Jane is reduced to an almost literal sex object, having an awkward bondage sex scene on top of the Brooklyn Bridge. Seriously, this is one of the more dialogue heavy scenes and Peter talks about how spiders have sex whilst webbing Mj up. It’s made even weirder by the fact Cameron makes it clear Peter is a virgin up to this point, and that Mj doesn’t even know who she is having sex with. You know the scene in True Lies where Arnie makes Jamie Lee Curtis strip for him and she has no idea it is her husband or who she is actually stripping for? It’s as awkward and has as muddled sexual politics as that, but it’s worse because it’s Spider-Man.
(5) Peter Parker / Spider-Man
One of Cameron’s themes is puberty, and he explores the theme using Peter and his powers. It’s a well-known interpretation of the Spider-Man origin and whilst Cameron goes a bit far with the idea with one scene depicting Peter waking up with “white mass completely covering him, gluing him to his bedding”, it is actually his depiction of Peter that makes it all a bit too much. He turns Peter into a sex pest, has him spying on an undressing Mary Jane after he gets his powers. In some scenes, he makes the guys in Superbad look normal. Whilst it speaks to the themes of puberty and power, it turns the hero into a unlikeable creep. There’s nothing wrong with some raunch and unlikeable protagonists, but it just doesn’t come across as an authentic Spider-Man.
Still, Cameron explores his themes well. Beyond the aforementioned puberty theme, he explores power and how easy it is to abuse it by taking his characters to the line only the villains can cross. Peter at one point becomes a Robin Hood type, stealing money from a drug gang and literally making it rain on a local neighbourhood. But, the story is strongest when discussing identity. Spider-Man’s secret identity has always been important to him, and Cameron amps this up. Spider-Man wears a mask to protect Peter and the people he loves. But, he’s not the only one wearing a mask. Mary Jane’s mask is that she is the popular girl and that is trying to be the popular. In reality, she is a goofy nerd like Peter, and watching her come to terms with this is incredibly gripping.
In the end, it’s hard to imagine what Cameron’s Spider-Man would have been like. The scriptment is the bare bones of the story and there is sparse concept art, and even if the film ended up being a bad Spider-Man movie, I have no doubt Cameron would have made it his own.
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Joe Chappelle wrote and directs thriller that starts production in Chicago this week.
Joe Chappelle wrote and will direct the female-driven story of obsession, betrayal and regret that begins production in Chicago this week.
CAA handles sales on the story of a former Us security advisor played by Sumpter who is threated by associates from her dark past. Sumpter was recently seen as Michelle Robinson (Obama »
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21 June 2017 9:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The movie follows a former top U.S. security adviser (Sumpter) who is threatened by associates from her dark past, including a steely politician (Jamie Lee Curtis). The Pages is a female-fronted story of obsession, collusion and hopeful redemption.
Corrado Mooncoin, a Chicago-based independent film and TV production company, will produce The Pages, which begins principal photography this week. CAA is handling film rights.
- Mia Galuppo
Tika Sumpter, Ben Tavassoli and Jamie Lee Curtis have been set to star in The Pages, a political thriller written and being directed by Joe Chappelle. Chappelle and Colleen Griffen’s CorradoMooncoin is producing the pic, which beings principal photography this week in the pair’s hometown of Chicago. The plot centers on a former top U.S. security adviser Elizabeth “Libby” Lamm (Sumpter) who is threatened by associates from her dark past including steely, commanding… »
Principal photography begins this week with Joe Chappelle directing from his own script in a female-driven story of obsession, betrayal and regret. The film will be produced by Colleen Griffen for CorradoMooncoin and executive produced by Candy Straight. CAA is handling film sales.
Sumpter will portray a former top security advisor threatened by associates from her dark past including a steely politician — played by Curtis — with an unwavering knack for achieving her goals.
“For me, ‘The Pages’ explores the challenges — from both abroad and home — that our democracy currently faces and how the individual can persevere and fight the good fight,” said Chappelle.
Chappelle’s credits include “Chicago Fire,” “Fringe,” “CSI: Miami” and “The Wire.” Griffen directed and produced the feature film “The Cold and the Quiet.” Straight most recently executive produced “Equity,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics.
Sumpter recently portrayed the young Michelle Robinson (Obama) in the feature film “Southside With You.” She currently stars in Tyler Perry’s series “The Haves and the Have Nots” on Own and will next be seen in David Lowery’s “Old Man and the Gun.” Sumpter is represented by Wme and Brookside Artist Management.
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- Dave McNary
Tika Sumpter, who starred as Michelle Obama in last year’s “Southside With You,” returns to Chicago this week to shoot the indie political thriller “The Pages.” Jamie Lee Curtis and Ben Tavassoli (BBC’s “New Blood) co-star in the feature, which is written and directed by Joe Chappelle, who’s best known for his work directing TV series like “The Wire,” “Fringe” and “Chicago Fire.” Sumpter plays a former top U.S. security adviser who is threatened by associates from her dark past, including a steely, commanding politician (Curtis) and an unyielding, patriotic chief of staff. Also Read: How »
- Thom Geier
Adam West, the actor best known for his role as Batman in the 1960s television series, has died at the age of 88 from a battle with leukemia late on Friday night. West's family shared a statement with Variety to confirm the news. The family offered this to fans.
"Our dad always saw himself as the Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and will always be our hero."
For many, Adam West was their introduction to the world of Batman, and for some, he was the only Batman that mattered. One of West's many talents as an actor was not taking himself too seriously. He could keep a straight face through the most absurd moments, while keeping the fun going on the campy 60's television show. He could surf with the joker, dance with Catwoman while doing the "Batusi," campaigning for mayor of Gotham alongside the Penguin, »
Us actor starred in 120 episodes of hit superhero series.
Us actor Adam West has died at the age of 88.
Prior to a three-year stint in the role beginning in 1966 - shooting 120 episodes as well as a theatrical film spin-off - West had parts in feature films including the Paul Newman-starring The Young Philadelphians and sci-fi Robinson Crusoe On Mars.
After Batman, he struggled to carve a different niche for himself in the entertainment industry, but more recently returned to prominence as a voice actor on long-running Fox animated comedy series Family Guy.
West, birth name William West Anderson, died in Los Angeles on Friday night after a battle with leukaemia, a spokesperson confirmed on an official Facebook page.
The statement read:
“It’s with great sadness »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
PBS SoCal’s “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” has earned its third consecutive Los Angeles Area Emmy Award nomination for entertainment programming.
“Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” has won the category for the past two years. The franchise, which features pairings of actors from prominent movies and TV shows talking about their craft, earned a nomination this year for the “TV Actors” edition.
The nominated episode of “Actors on Actors — TV Actors” featured conversations between Lady Gaga and Jamie Lee Curtis, Courtney B. Vance and Tracee Ellis Ross, Jennifer Lopez and Felicity Huffman, Aaron Paul and Tom Hiddleston, and Emilia Clarke and Jay Duplass. “Actors on Actors” was hosted by Variety co-editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein, who was recognized with a nomination. Variety’s associate publisher Donna Pennestri, managing director of features and events John Ross, and executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum also earned noms for their work in producing the series.
- Variety Staff
Celebrities and fans alike are celebrating Roger Moore’s life after the actor — who famously portrayed iconic fictional spy James Bond — died Tuesday at 89.
Moore’s family announced his death through a statement posted to Twitter, saying that the British star lost a “short but brave battle with cancer.”
The actor who portrayed Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die and other ’70s and ’80s films from the long-running and constantly evolving franchise was fondly remembered by many in the film industry.
- Lindsay Kimble
As Scream Factory continues to release pared-down catalogue titles on their now five-year-old label, the brand keeps expanding to include all different kinds of movies. Once known for releasing deluxe special editions of horror fan favorites, the company has diversified over the last half decade and begun releasing new films (as part of their deal with IFC midnight), unknown (and sometimes previously unavailable) cult films, a handful of classics, and even their own in-house productions. This last batch of catalogue titles, the majority of which have been released with only minimum bonus features but new HD scans, continues to broaden the reach of the Scream Factory brand to include a range of titles from secretly successful ’70s sexploitation sci-fi to well-intentioned failures of the 1990s.
- Patrick Bromley
Network: FoxEpisodes: 23 (hour)Seasons: TwoTV show dates: September 22, 2015 -- December 20, 2016Series status: CancelledPerformers include: Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell, Diego Boneta, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Oliver Hudson, Nasim Pedrad, Lucien Laviscount, Billie Lourd, and Jamie Lee Curtis.TV show description: This "classic" college campus comedy horror TV series is set around the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house. Dressed in the college mascot's Red Devil outfit, a killer is on the loose, and almost everyone has a motive.Sorority President, Queen Bee and princess of put-downs Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) is shocked to find that Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) has changed the house rules, allowing anyone to apply to join what was once an exclusive house.Read More… »
Author: Scott Davis
In perhaps one of the strangest pieces of news in the last few months, it was revealed that comedian/actor Danny McBride was helping to co-write a new version of the classic 1970’s horror Halloween, alongside acclaimed filmmakers David Gordon Green.
The two have worked together previously on Vice Principals and Eastbound and Down and got the blessing of creator John Carpenter back in February and work is set to begin very soon. With McBride now doing the promotional tours for his new film, Alien: Covenant, Empire spoke to him about the film and what fans can expect from the new interpretation. Speaking to the magazine’s podcast, he said:
I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny. »
- Scott Davis
The reign of Scream Queens is over. Today, Fox boss Gary Newman announced that the network has cancelled the TV series after two seasons.Season two of the dark comedy followed the girls of the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority as they began work at a hospital with a dark past. The cast includes Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Glen Powell, Niecy Nash, John Stamos, Taylor Lautner, and James Earl.Read More… »
Fox Chairman and CEO Gary Newman has announced that the network has cancelled the anthology horror comedy series Scream Queens after two seasons.
“Over the course of the two seasons, it feels like it was a complete story,” said Newman during the network’s upfronts conference call (via TV Guide). “We have no plans to go back there to tell more stories.”
- Gary Collinson
Fans of the series Scream Queens may be screaming themselves. Fox has just announced that they will not be renewing the Ryan Murphy series for a third season. The concept of Scream Queens was something that network television had never experienced: A comedy horror. Plus, with Ryan Murphy heading up the project, what could go wrong?! Sadly even those two things plus having Jamie Lee Curtis headline the series could not help this struggling show ever find an audience. This season Scream Queens averaged an audience of only 2.3 million viewers and a measly 1.0 rating in the coveted 18-49 age demographic. Scream Queens was produced by Murphy, Brad
Scream Queens: Fox Cancels Series After 2 Seasons »
- Tim Gerstenberger
No matter what number a Chanel you consider yourself, you'll be sad to hear that Scream Queens has been canceled by Fox after two seasons.
Multiple outlets are reporting that Fox is not moving forward with a third season of Scream Queens. The cancelation was reportedly mentioned by Fox's Dana Walden and Gary Newman during a call with reporters this morning. Here's what Walden told reporters (via Variety):
“It feels as if it was a complete series. We have no plans to go back and tell more stories there. We won’t be seeing Scream Queens this season.”
Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, Scream Queens premiered on Fox in the fall of 2015, introducing viewers to the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house at Wallace University, where a murderer dressed as the Red Devil ignited a new reign of terror. Season 2 took viewers into the C.U. »
- Derek Anderson
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