6 items from 2015
Vin Diesel loves his franchises doesn’t he? Riddick, Furious, Gotg, The Pacifier (just kidding!) Very rarely will a Vin Diesel character just have room for one movie. Well now comes the news that the studio behind his upcoming supernatural, fantasy flick The Last Witch Hunter have already started planning the sequel.
The movie isn’t actually released until October but the studio are so confident it will be a hit that they’ve asked Diesel to commit to at least one more movie.
The actor confirmed the news via his Facebook page:
“So the studio apparently is so excited by The Last Witch Hunter – The Axe and Cross franchise… that they are already commencing on the next one. The first one doesn’t hit theaters until October 23rd, yet they want me to commit and already block out time to film it. As always, I love to hear your feedback… »
- Gavin Logan
As if Vin Diesel didn't have enough franchises to juggle already. He's already got, in various stages of production, the likes of Fast & Furious 8, xXx 3 and Riddick 4 to slot in. And now it seems as though plans are already afoot for a sequel to his next film, The Last Witch Hunter.
In The Last Witch Hunter, Diesel plays Kaulder, a warrior who, well, slays witches. He manages to defeat the powerful Queen Witch, but just before she dies, she puts a curse of immortality on Kaulder. Move forward to today, and separated from his family, Kaulder has spent centuries hunting down witches. Inevitably, there's a sizeable challenge ahead of him in the movie.
This site's devotion to the mighty Statham has been ongoing for many years, yet for the man himself, 2015 is proving a vintage twelve months. Fast & Furious 7, his last film, is currently sitting as the fourth biggest of all time, and his next, Spy, is already picking up box office gold around the world.
Go back through your films, and there's no shortage of comedy in them. The Crank films in particular. Yet Spy sees you in your first outright comedy role. There's nothing ironic about it, either: a straight character, with loads of funny moments. How was it pitched to you, and why pick this one? You must have been offered comedy before.
Yeah, as you know, »
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
"Your story has no ending." Sadly, Vin Diesel can't be fast and furious all the time, and sometimes he has to make other movies. They range from solid sci-fi adventures like Riddick to awful comedies like The Pacifier and an instant favorite like Guardians of the Galaxy. And now we'll see how a fantasy featuring Diesel in the lead fares with The Last Witch Hunter. The first trailer for the film from The Crazies director Breck Eisner has just arrived and it's not entirely clear what the film is about yet, but Diesel is certainly in bad ass mode again, and with a sword. There's also a J.J. Abrams worthy amount of lens flares. Here's the first trailer for Breck Eisner's The Last Witch Hunter from MTV: The Last Witch Hunter is directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies) and written by Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club, Meet Bill) and »
- Ethan Anderton
After years of solid work as a background player, Peter Dinklage finally broke into the mainstream with his terrific performance as conniving, charismatic Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and as the fifth season of that series approaches, it appears that Hollywood is finally seeing the actor as leading man material.
Paramount Pictures has recruited prolific helmer Adam Shankman to direct Dinklage in O’Lucky Day, an R-rated comedy in the vein of Bad Santa about a con man who poses as a real, live leprechaun. The project, which has been in the works for sometime, is described as being “deep in R-rated territory but wrapped around an emotional heart.”
O’Lucky Day certainly sounds like it could yield a fair share of laughs, though Shankman’s involvement isn’t exactly thrilling news. »
- Isaac Feldberg
6 items from 2015
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