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Two big movies for you to choose from this weekend! First, we have the star-studded cast of .Hail, Caesar!. from the great auteurs Coen Brothers. This one stars George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill, and Frances McDormand. Heck, it even has Dolph Lundgren and Christopher Lambert!
We also have the romantic drama .The Choice. from author Nicholas Sparks (.The Notebook,. .Message in a Bottle,. .Dear John.)! This one has Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Tom Welling, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Grace.
So which one is my pick of the week? Take a look at my reviews of "Hail, Caesar!" and "The Choice" as seen on The Filipino Channel's "Balitang America!"
Take another look @ leaked set images of actor Jon Bernthal ("The Walking Dead") as Marvel Comics' vigilante 'Frank Castle' aka 'The Punisher', appearing in Season 2 of the Marvel TV/Netflix TV series "Daredevil":
"...'The Punisher' is a vigilante who aims to clean up Hell’s Kitchen...
"...by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results..."
"Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on...
"...with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability...
"...that will connect with audiences," said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television.
"Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of 'Matt Murdock'...
"...and nothing will be the same."
- Michael Stevens
Dozens of films try to copy the Coens every year, and yet no one ever comes close. They have developed such a delicate, fluid witches’ brew of talent behind and in front of the camera, and a writing style that’s consistently funny and melancholy (often at the same time), that it seems impossible to replicate.
Hail, Caesar! is a film that could only ever be made by the Coens. Just as the brothers themselves love to present dialectics about the duality of triviality and seriousness, so, too, does Hail, Caesar! constantly skate back and forth between feeling slight and monumental.
Its plot, like much of their work, is a tangle of transparent, connected convolutions. Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is a fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s. His day to day is problem-solving, and he’s faced with some sizable ones. The studio is in the middle of making »
- Michael Snydel
We Are What We Are and American Psycho‘s Bill Sage, The Expendables‘ Dolph Lundgren, “Z Nation’s” Anastasia Baranova and “Entourage’s” Sabina Gadecki will lead the cast of Welcome to Willits, Bloody Disgusting can report. Scream 4‘s Rory Culkin and A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Thomas Dekker round out the cast in supporting roles with Chris […] »
Exclusive: Bill Sage (American Psycho) has been cast as the lead in Welcome To Willits alongside Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables), Anastasia Baranova (Z Nation) and Sabina Gadecki (Entourage). Joining them in supporting roles are Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Chris Zylka ( The Leftovers), Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie), Karrueche Tran and Keelin Woodell. Adapted from the SXSW 2015 short Welcome to Willits: After Sundown… »
Hail, Caesar! has a truly incredible ensemble cast of not only some of the best actors around, but some of the funniest. And one of the most inspired things about the Coen brothers' latest cast is that it's fairly multigenerational. It's got George Clooney and Josh Brolin, but then it's also got Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and, wonderfully, Dolph Lundgren. It's a mix that might seem a little weird and yet perfectly logical. So naturally we wondered what...
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I’ve been a fan of the Punisher since Archie comics did a lame crossover one-shot forever and a day ago. The brief and, let’s admit it, watered-down for the teeny-bopper set, introduction stuck with me. I was old enough to realize there was a whole lot about Frank Castle Archie Comics wasn’t going to tell me, but young enough not to resent his intrusion into the placid cheese of Riverdale.
As far as mash-ups go, the comic, of which I have two of the variant covers, it was a standard issue bad guy interrupting the big dance action setup where nobody got killed because this was the Punisher it was okay for your mom to spare a casual glance towards. I’m not saying I’m proud of it, but I’m being honest about my start.
Comics-wise, the Punisher is probably one of the less politically »
“Hail, Caesar!,” which opens on Feb. 5, 2016 and is rated “PG-13,” features an all-star cast including Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, George Clooney, Jonah Hill, Josh Brolin, Dolph Lundgren and Frances McDormand from writers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
One of the trailers for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the latest to ignite grumbles about just how much is given away in promos for movies.
This list looks at 25 films where the trailer has given away more than it really should in its promos - and it goes without saying that spoilers lie ahead for each of the movies. Don't read or click on individual entries of films you've not seen if you don't want to be spoiler sullied!
25. Jurassic World
Director Colin Trevorrow was amongst those who expressed disappointment at this one particular promo for Jurassic World. In it, we see Chris Pratt riding on his motorbike, alongside velcoraptors that surprisingly don't appear to be eating him. Presented out of context, the scene just looked a little daft. But »
Dolph Lundgren is one of the greatest action stars of all time. Ever since getting his first big break playing Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, Lundgren has had quite the great career playing the tough, intimidating, macho-man, and he recently returned to theaters with his role in The Expendables and its sequel, alongside Sylvester Stallone yet again. However, there’s a lot more to Dolph Lundgren than simply his action hero status. Here are five thing you didn’t know about Dolph Lundgren. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Five Things You Didn’t Know about Dolph Lundgren »
- Chris King
According to new reports, McG ("Terminator: Salvation") is now in talks to direct a live-action reboot of "Masters Of The Universe", for Sony and Escape Artists:
In "Masters Of The Universe", 'Prince Adam' is the son of 'King Randor' of 'Eternia'. When the King is overthrown by his trusted advisor 'Skeletor', Prince Adam is cast off to the wastelands of the planet along with his sister 'Adora', his mentor 'Duncan' and childhood friend 'Teela'. Together they encounter a sorceress who shows them the power of 'Castle Greyskull', the mystical center of the planet. With the 'Sword of Power', Adam becomes 'He-Man', the 'Master of the Universe'.
"It brings me back to my youth and I knew I had to be a part of getting this movie together," said Tatum. "For every 'Masters of the Universe' fan out there, it felt like it was time and I wanted to »
- Michael Stevens
Though it.s generally regarded as a terrible, terrible movie, I have a deep, undying love for the 1987, Cannon Films-produced, Dolph Lundgren-starring Masters of the Universe. Hell, along with that "Dancing in the Dark" video and a two-episode stint on Murder, She Wrote, it.s at least partially responsible for introducing us all to Courtney Cox. A new big screen version of the once popular He-Man franchise has been in the works for what feels like forever, never getting off the ground, but it looks like it.s rolling along and may have even found a director, McG. According to a report from Deadline, McG is currently in talks with Sony and Escape Artist to take the helm of the live-action Masters of the Universe, which has reportedly become a priority for the studio. If a deal winds up being struck, it won.t be the director.s, who »
Sony Pictures has been developing a reboot of Masters of the Universe since 2009, when they acquired the project from Warner Bros., but over the past seven years, the project has never fully gotten off the ground. Today we have a new report from Deadline that reveals that project has been given a new lease on life, with filmmaker McG now in talks to direct. The studio hasn't set a release date at this time, and it isn't known when they are aiming to start production quite yet.
The franchise is set on the planet Eternia, following a young man named Adam who has the power to turn himself into a mighty warrior named He-Man. Adam becomes the planet's last hope to defeat the evil Skeletor, who has devastated the entire planet on his quest to conquer castle Greyskull. We last reported on this project in October when Christopher Yost signed on to write the script, »
The director made his feature debut in 2000 at Sony with “Charlie’s Angels” and followed that with 2003’s “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”
The animated “He Man and the Masters of the Universe” series ran from 1983 to 1985. Cannon Films produced 1987’s “Masters of the Universe,” starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as the villain Skeletor. The movie did not perform well, grossing a mere $17 million.
Set on the planet of Eternia, the story follows a warrior named Prince Adam who has the power to transform into the heroic He-Man.
Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing “Masters of the Universe.” Alex Litvak and Mike Finch wrote the most recent script. Previous drafts have been penned by Christopher Yost and the team of Terry Rossio and Jeff Wadlow. »
- Dave McNary
The long-planned Masters Of The Universe movie may have found its director over at Sony. Deadline report that none other than Charlie’s Angels director McG is circling the project at the studio.
The trade blog reports that Sony are pretty keen to get this going Asap and McG is set to start to rework the screenplay before potentially directing.
The story revolves around He-Man, ‘a prince who transforms into a warrior and becomes the last hope for a magical world that has been ravaged by the sinister Skeletor.’
The film will be based on the classic Mattel toy line that was famous turned into a movie starring Dolph Lundgren in 1987. Frank Langella, Jon Cypher, Chelsea Field, Billy Barty and Courteney Cox also appeared in the almost universally panned movie from Cannon Films. It was also the subject of a very famous cartoon series that ran from 1983.
- Paul Heath
The long-gestating Masters of the Universe reboot has gone through several writers and directors over the last few years, and it now looks like they’ve found their latest helmer.
Deadline are reporting that Sony are looking to target McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) to take on the project. If McG joins, he will re-write the latest version of the script written by Alex Litvak and Mike Finch (Predators, Hitman: Agent 47).
Masters of the Universe was original set to be directed by Jon M Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Jem and the Holograms) who exited the project in 2014. Previous writers have included Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass), Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok).
See Also: Masters of the Universe producer teases Battle Cat with first-look image
Set on the mystical planet of Eternia, the story follows Prince Adam, a warrior who is given the power to transform into hero He-Man, »
- Luke Owen
For a few years now, Hollywood has been trying to reboot "Masters Of The Universe," and make the 1987 version with Dolph Lundgren a distant memory. Back in 2012, Jon M. Chu ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") was tapped to direct, but left a little while later. Then in 2014, a shortlist of directors emerged for the project including Mike Cahill (“Another Earth”), Jeff Wadlow ("Kick-Ass 2"), Chris McKay (“The Lego Batman Movie”), and Harald Zwart (“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"), but not much movement happened on that. However, the project now has someone at the helm, and it's not much more exciting than any of those names. Read More: 5 Iconic '90s Music Videos Directed By McG Three letter wonder McG ("Charlie's Angels," "3 Days To Kill") is in talks to direct "Masters Of The Universe." Alex Litvak and Mike Finch (who paired on 2010's "Predators") penned »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Directed by Ryan Coogler.
Like Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the new entry in ‘The Rocky Legacy’ is punching the refresh button, with a new take on a traditional story. Ryan Coogler’s Creed, an underdog tale sharing the DNA of Rocky marks itself apart within minutes in the fully realized Adonis Johnson, expertly portrayed by Michael B. Jordan. Together with Stallone reprising his role, this ambitious, challenging new perspective adds to the fascinating Philadelphia world whereby men are built and broken by their boxing dreams.
With a release in the Us far ahead of this weekend’s UK date, Creed has been »
- Simon Columb
On Jan. 10, we'll find out if Sylvester Stallone takes home a Golden Globe for his role in the newest Rocky movie. Of course, Stallone's turn in the newest installment in the franchise is very different from all his previous rounds as the beloved character. It got him nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie, not best Best Actor, and it's not a Rocky movie, exactly: It's a Creed movie, and ostensibly the beginning of a new series of boxing epics. So yes, in the time since the first Rocky came out - 40 years ago this November - Rocky Balboa has had quite the journey, »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Though it seemed as though Sylvester Stallone had hung up his boxing gloves for good in the wake of 2006’s Rocky Balboa, the actor was given the chance to reprise his role as the Italian Stallion for Ryan Coogler’s acclaimed spinoff, Creed.
Such was the success of Coogler’s hard-hitting drama – pulling in close to $103 million domestically – that Stallone himself is beginning to marinate on the possibility of a sequel, and it’s one that could welcome back a fellow franchise titan into the ring. That actor in question is Carl Weathers, who first appeared in the Rocky series as Sly’s fierce opponent, before going on to become his close friend and mentor.
But welcoming Weathers back to the series would naturally require a creative workaround, considering that his Apollo Creed met his demise by the gigantic hand of Ivan Drogo (Dolph Lundgren) in Rocky IV. Speaking to Variety, »
- Michael Briers
20 items from 2016
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