17 items from 2017
With production starting this summer in Australia on Warner Bros.' Aquaman, the supporting cast is now starting to come together. A recent video even revealed that Jason Momoa has begun his stunt training for this superhero adventure. The story is still being kept under wraps, though, with very little revealed about this stand alone film. Over the weekend, director James Wan answered a few fan questions through social media, confirming that the DC Comics character Aqualad will not be a part of this movie.
Last night, one fan asked director James Wan on Twitter if he's looking for an actor to play Aqualad. The director's response was swift and merciless, saying that he is, "Absolutely not at all" looking to cast someone as Aqualad. This confirmation upset some fans, with one even going so far as to claim that the exclusion of Aqualad "crushed" his dreams. The director responded »
Earlier today, Aquaman star Jason Momoa revealed that he recently read the script for this superhero adventure, praising the unique world that the King of Atlantis inhabits. The actor also teased that he's recently started his training for the movie. And as it turns out, we now have a brief glimpse at some of the actor's swordplay training, thanks to a new video. While we don't get a detailed glimpse at the actor's skills, it's clear he's training pretty hard for this latest addition to the Dceu.
This video was posted on Instagram by the athletic apparel company Hyperfly, which shows Jason Momoa working on his swordplay moves with three unidentified trainers at the 87Eleven facility, which was founded by John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. The video isn't terribly long, but it gives us a tiny glimpse into what kinds of sword fighting scenes we may see »
Fans got their first look at Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry in a memorable but brief cameo appearance in last year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but they'll get to see a whole lot more of this iconic character in this year's Justice League, in theaters November 17. The actor is also prepping to star in his stand alone Aquaman movie, shedding new details about the story in a recent interview. According to the actor, this movie will take fans to places they've never seen before in a movie. When asked about what an Aquaman video game might look like if he were in charge, the actor had this to say.
"I read the Aquaman script and let me just put it this way, I've never seen a movie that's anything like this. It's going to be a world that you've never seen before, which is really cool. We went to space, »
With production slated to begin this summer, the cast for Warner Bros.' Aquaman is filling up quickly. Earlier this week, we reported that Nicole Kidman is eyeing the role of Aquaman's mother, who hails from the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is in talks to play the villainous Black Manta. Today we have word that Aquaman's other parent is close to being signed, with Temuera Morrison in negotiations to play Arthur Curry's human father.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on this casting, but no further details about the character were given. Last year, Jason Momoa teased that he was studying the New 52 comics for his role as Arthur Curry, hinting that this movie is based on those storylines. Aquaman's New 52 re-launch happened in the fall of 2011, which revealed that Arthur Curry is the half-human son of Tom Curry, a Maine lighthouse keeper, »
Will Beall, the executive producer and writer of CBS’ “Training Day,” minced no words when it came to describing the experience of working with series star Bill Paxton. “It’s f—ing unbelievable,” Beall told TheWrap. “All of us grew up quoting the guy’s lines. He is one of the most universally liked actors of his generation. When I told people I was doing this show and they asked me who was in it and I said ‘Bill Paxton,’ they would all say, ‘Oh, I love that guy!'” The series, based on the Oscar-winning 2001 movie of the same name, »
- Joe Otterson
Training Day is almost here!
Nearly two decades after the success of the 2001 film, CBS is rebooting the popular franchise with a new crime drama led by Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell. In the follow-up series, which takes place 15 years after the events of the movie, Officer Kyle Craig (Cornwell) infiltrates the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Investigation Section by becoming partner to the morally ambiguous Detective Frank Roarke (Paxton).
“When I read the pilot, there was a lot of action in the pilot and I thought ‘Oh my god, are you ready for this?’” Paxton says in Et’s exclusive first look at the freshman series.
Related: Denzel Washington Was Genuinely Shocked to Win His First SAG Award
“We’re blowing up cars. We’re jumping out of windows. Every single week we get to do something fun,” adds newcomer Cornwell.
Paxton spoke about why his character is the way he is, revealing that the »
If The Flash solo movie is currently spinning its wheels – after losing both Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa, Warner’s 2018 origin story is still on the hunt for a new director – the opposite is true for James Wan’s Aquaman.
Now that lead star Jason Momoa has all but completed his filming for November’s Justice League, production on Aquaman is expected to get going sometime this summer, and Wan has now called a table read with Amber Heard (Mera), Patrick Wilson (Orm the Oceanmaster) and Momoa himself. Hailing from the director’s Twitter feed, there’s no sign of Willem Dafoe, who will be rubbing shoulders with Heard, Wilson and Momoa as Vulko, the Atlantean ally who’s also set to feature in Zack Snyder’s forthcoming ensemble movie. Don’t read into that one too much, as Dafoe’s schedule likely prevented him from swinging by – either that »
- Michael Briers
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Warner Bros vs Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck made his name with a combination of geeky-level indy movies, starring in Chasing Amy and Mallrats for his friend Kevin Smith, and Academy-beloved dramas, the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love.
Matt Damon had hair back then.
Then he starred in a badly-received superhero movie dogged by an interfering studio (Daredevil – 44% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a critically-panned crime film (Gigli – 6%), released around the same time he publicly split with his celebrity fiancée (Jennifer Lopez).
Who saw that coming?
That was 2003, and Affleck’s »
- Oli Davis
With Ben Affleck doing the promotional rounds for his new film Live By Night, we’ve heard him responding to many questions about the status of The Batman, leading to an entire ‘will he, won’t he direct?’ saga.
Well, in an interview with Cineplex, Affleck has been asked about his next outing as Batman in November’s Justice League, during which he talked about the tonal shift we can expect from Zack Snyder’s third Dceu offering.
“Justice League, you probably saw the teaser that came out of Comic-Con; I thought it is nicely emblematic of the kind of minor tone shift and segue in storytelling,” said Affleck. “It’s a little bit lighter, the characters are a little bit more comfortable in themselves, so they can express a wider array of emotions. And there are just more people in it, so it’s more fun. It’s all »
- Gary Collinson
Will Beall, the script writer for DC/WB’s upcoming Aquaman movie, promises that the film will not only have a tonal shift from previous Dceu films, but it will also “blow people’s minds”. He states that the story, the star (Jason Momoa) and the modern SFX technology in this movie will be “really great!”
Aquaman is a character who doesn’t get a lot of respect. He’s usually considered a light weight. This probably goes back to the 1970s Super Friends cartoon, where he was written as being utterly useless, except to occasionally summon some fish telepathically. Now that he’s getting the big screen treatment, DC has a chance to change that image, and Jason Momoa seems like a good choice to show the king of the seas as a rugged, powerful fighter.
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Warner Bros. may have scored a couple of strong box office successes last year with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, but the reception for the two DC Extended Universe releases was certainly mixed, with many fans feeling the movies were too dark and gloomy.
Since their release, we’ve heard on numerous occasions that we can expect a tonal shift in the Dceu going forward, and that the movies will be “lighter” and “more fun”. Just this week, Dwayne Johnson – who is set to play Black Adam in Shazam – promised “hope, optimism and fun” from future movies, and now screenwriter Will Beall has echoed that sentiment when talking about November’s Justice League movie.
“I think Justice League again is, what you’re going to see — I hope I’m not going to get in trouble for saying this — but it’s much more fun, much poppier, »
- Gary Collinson
Ever since Batman v Superman was beaten to a pulp by critics over its bleak tone, the terms "optimistic", "hopeful" and "fun" have been repeated ad nauseum by Warner Bros. personnel and Dceu directors in reference to the new course being plotted for the big screen superhero universe. You can now add Aquaman writer Will Beall to that list, who recently sat down with Collider to discuss the tonal shifts the Dceu is undergoing, starting with the film he had a hand in writing. "[Aquaman] is going to be fun, it’s going to be really fun," Beall said. "What we’ve come up with and James [Wan] especially — he has a really clear idea of the tone he’s going to have, and I think Aquaman is one that’s going to blow people’s minds, not just visually, but I think the story and the scope of it is really great. »
While Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad may have done alright at the box office, neither film could be called a home run. Yes, they did make a healthy sum of money for the studio (even if BvS did ultimately under-perform), but the reception from fans and critics spoke volumes, with the majority of people feeling very disappointed in how both movies ended up turning out.
As such, 2017 is a huge year for the Dceu, as Wonder Woman and Justice League attempt to turn things around and get Warner Bros.’ cinematic universe back on track. One of the ways they’ll be doing this is by lightening the tone, which is something that all of the studio’s future DC efforts will also be looking to do. That includes 2018’s Aquaman, which is now gearing up for production and might just end up taking everyone by surprise. »
- Michael Briers
Fans of the movie Training Day shouldn’t expect to see appearances by Denzel Washington’s notorious character Detective Alonzo Harris or Ethan Hawke’s Jake Hoyt in the new CBS series that’s premiering February 2 at 10 Pm. “We wanted to respectfully give them some distance on the show,” says executive producer Will Beall, “I liked what Noah Hawley did with Fargo, how the TV show existed in the same universe. Aside from the snow scrapper in the snow, the stories didn’t… »
CBS is continuing television's reboot trend with an adaptation of Training Day.
"One of the first things we talked about is not redoing the movie. The movie is it’s own thing. It’s this classic crime story. So we gave [the film's main characters] respectful distance in the show," said executive producer Will Beall during a panel for the show at the Television Critic's Association winter press tour, pointing to Noah Hawley's FX adaptation of Fargo as an example he'd like to emulate.
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Louisa Mellor Jan 6, 2017
New Year. Every other ad slogan you see is screaming about the possibilities of a new you. A slimmer, happier, more accomplished you, one free of flab and toxins and bad habits. The fraudulent notion of the detox is everywhere, promising a simultaneously cleanse of both your soul and your colon.
There is however, one useful place to apply the insidious ‘detox’: TV viewing.
A combination of end-of-year exhaustion, festivities and time off work can lead to weakness of resolve when it comes to television. Turkey comas and lunchtime drinking make us susceptible to the sort of shows that we wouldn’t ordinarily watch. »
17 items from 2017
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