9 items from 2015
Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen managed to emerge as the more capable of two practically-identical films released around the same time. Roland Emmerich, now heading into production on Independence Day 2, rocked up with his explosive jaunt into the same territory for White House Down. Was the deciding factor in which one would earn a sequel down to its leading men? Or was it simply a matter of brains over brawn? Whatever the reason, we’re now months away from a Gerard Butler-led sequel instead of a Channing Tatum one.
Oh, and Fuqua’s out too for the uniquely-titled London Has Fallen. In case the swapped out location didn’t alert you, this time the terrorist target has shifted from the Us to the UK capital. Behind the camera this time is Babak Najafi who is directing most of the original film’s cast including Gerard Butler as »
- Gem Seddon
Millennium Films and Focus Features have released a new poster and banner for London Has Fallen, the upcoming sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, which shifts the action to the UK and reunites cast members Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. Check them out here…
The story begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. However, what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English Mi-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.
London Has Fallen opens on »
- Gary Collinson
The information below should be taken with a grain of salt for now, as there isn't much solid information to back it up aside from the rumor reported by Latino Review, but according to the site it seems Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) might be joining DC Comics' growing cinematic universe -- ahem, multiverse -- via a role in Warner Bros.' forthcoming adaptation of Suicide Squad. According to the rumor, Haley's name has been tossed around as a possible actor to take on the role of The Thinker, a supervillain who, per the comic book cell in the Instagram post embedded below, has "beyond genius-level I.Q., but suffers from a nerve-degenerating disease that is beginning to cripple him." In his most popular incarnation, as a failed lawyer turned villainous mastermind, The Thinker has technologically derived telekinesis and mind control via a metal hat, which is pretty cool if »
- Jordan Benesh
Latino-Review's El Mayimbe is at it again with his Suicide Squad scoops, this time claiming he's heard Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Robocop) is being eyed to play The Thinker in the David Ayer film. While even he says to take this with a grain of salt, it's possible that The Thinker could still appear in the movie with a different actor playing the character. There have been three supervillains in the DC comics who have used the name The Thinker (or just Thinker), »
- Jesse Giroux
Thanks to his role as Rorschach in Zack Snyder's Watchmen, Jackie Earle Haley already has some big time comic book movie cred on his resume, but if new rumors are to be taken seriously, he may soon find himself in the growing DC Cinematic Universe playing the role of The Thinker in David Ayer's Suicide Squad. This story originates from a Latino-Review reporter, who claims that he's heard sources toss around Jackie Earle Haley's name in connection with the aforementioned role. It's worth noting that the post doesn't seem to have a ton of confidence in the rumor and suggests that it should be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, given the actor's great talent and his history with Zack Snyder, it's not too hard to believe that David Ayer and the folks at Warner Bros. and DC Comics might have him under consideration. »
With production starting in Toronto next month on Warner Bros.' DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, it seems there are still more characters left to be cast. Latino Review's El Mayimbe reveals that Jackie Earle Haley is being considered to play The Thinker. Of course, this has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros. and DC Comics at this time, and this is the first time we've heard this character even mentioned as being a part of the adaptation.
What remains unclear is which version of The Thinker will be used in Suicide Squad, if this rumor turns out to be true. It seems likely that the original character, Clifford De Voe, will be the one shown in the movie. Clifford De Voe was a failed lawyer who developed a thinking cap that could project mental force, which allowed him to become "the brains" behind the operations of several different villains. »
Specialty Blu-ray label Twilight Time continues to show their deep love for film with a continually growing and constantly eclectic selection of releases. The next few months will see Blu-ray titles as varied as To Sir With Love, U-Turn, The Night of the Generals and Zardoz. There were five titles on last month’s slate (released on 1/20) including a great American underdog tale in Breaking Away, an Indian biopic of uprising and war with Bandit Queen, Francois Truffaut’s female-driven revenge film The Bride Wore Black, Woody Allen’s surreal ode to the cinema in The Purple Rose of Cairo and a 30th Anniversary release of Fright Night. That last title — the only one not covered below — was actually released by the label once before with a far slimmer selection of special features. It immediately became a collector’s item, and now, barely three weeks after its re-release, this anniversary edition is already fetching ridiculous sums from »
- Rob Hunter
Fitness model Greg Plitt killed in train accident: Plitt was the 'body' of Dr. Manhattan in 'Watchmen' movie Fitness model Greg Plitt, best known for adorning countless fitness magazine covers and for his participation on the reality TV show Work Out, was killed by a passenger train while being videotaped last Saturday afternoon, January 17, 2015, in Burbank, about 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities are now trying to figure out how Plitt and his two-person crew were able to access a restricted area – without a filming permit – and what exactly they were doing there. Online tabloids claim to have the answer, asserting that Greg Plitt's death was the result of a failed thrill-seeking stunt. The athletic Plitt, who had previously shot at least one workout video on a train track, was purportedly trying to outrun the passenger train, but tripped and fell on the tracks. Police have »
- Zac Gille
by Grace Fontaine
You know what? I liked it. No, it has absolutely no bearing in the classic or on the better sequels produced, but I enjoyed it.
I Said, I Enjoyed This Movie!!! *beats chest*
Before I get pelted with criticism and "How Dar U!1!" messages, please indulge me.
I saw the original Elm Street when I was 24 years old, and by then, I had just about seen it all in terms of horror/gore/suspense. I got a buzz (tee hee) from the first 'Saw' and my perceptions about what was real and what was not changed when I watched the magnificent 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me'. So when I slapped Craven's seminal classic into the DVD player, I wasn't scared or shocked. Now please don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and I thought that Robert Englund is revered by horror lovers quite rightly. »
9 items from 2015
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