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Consider this a fairly odd news story. In fact, it might be the oddest in some time. Yesterday, word spread throughout the web that a film about DC super villain The Joker was brewing over at Warner Brothers. Yes, the clown prince of crime is getting his own spinoff. Now, that could sound pretty cool on its own, but this is coming off of Jared Leto showing up to mostly indifference in the underwhelming Suicide Squad, all while DC and the WB figure out what to do with their superhero universe. Wait until you hear the details though, as they just might blow your mind. Apparently, the powers that be have Martin Scorsese on board to produce this Joker tale, while Todd Phillips is co-writing a script with Scott Silver and eyeing the director’s chair. Your mind is blown, I’m sure. Scorsese involved with a comic book property? »
- Joey Magidson
Richie Moore, whose credited work stems such films as Gold starring Matthew McConaughey and The Hangover Part II and III, makes his directorial debut with the new horror film Who’S Watching Oliver. Starring Sara Malakul Lane (Sun Choke, Beyond The Gates) and Russel Geoffrey Banks (Ghost House, CAM2CAM, Pernicious), Who’S Watching Oliver takes you into the life […] »
- April Bedan
Cory Michael Smith, Designated Survivor‘s Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis (Gotham, FX’s The Shield) have been tapped to co- star in AIDS drama film 1985, along with Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp and Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part II, Big Hero 6) Pit Stop helm Yen Tan is directing from his own script, which is based on his SXSW Special Jury Prize winning short. It center on terminally-ill Adrian (Smith), who flies home from New York to visit his estranged family in… »
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is only two weeks away from release! The sequel is again written and directed by James Gunn, who recently also announced he would return for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Though Gunn has never directed a sequel before, he did write both 2002's live-action Scooby-Doo and its sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monster Unleashed. I am unable to speak to the quality of that sequel though, as I've never seen it.
Our very own Nancy Tapia attended a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 junket, where James Gunn was asked about his approach to sequels in a world brimming with many that are uninspired retreads of the first:
"I wanted to continue the film from the first movie. You know, so many sequels are not good. The primary reason is, in studying them, seemed to be that so many of them just kind of do the »
- Nick Doll
Ron Livingston (Office Space) is joining the Season 2 cast of Showtime’s comedy series Dice in a recurring role. Created by Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover Part II), the scripted, semi-autobiographical series, from Fox 21 TV Studios, will dig deeper into the many facets of Andrew Dice Clay – beyond the character who once sold out Madison Square Garden – as the unemployed comic struggles in the Vegas suburbs to be a loving father, a devoted boyfriend and a… »
The long wait for the final Wolverine movie is finally over, with 20th Century Fox debuting their new superhero movie Logan in theaters for Thursday previews last night. Many box office analysts had predicted that the movie would take in anywhere between $60 million and $70 million in its opening weekend, and while we won't have the full tally until Sunday, when the weekend estimates roll in, the movie certainly is off to a good start. Logan took in an impressive $9.5 million from Thursday previews, the third-highest tally ever for an R-rated movie.
Deadline reports that Logan's $9.5 million Thursday total comes just behind The Hangover Part II ($10.4 million) and last year's Deadpool ($12.7 million). The movie had previously been tracking for an opening weekend tally between $60 million and $70 million, but now some analysts believe it could debut between $75 million and $80 million. With this sizable Thursday debut, an $80 million opening is certainly feasible. »
Chicago – Film reviewing can be a blood sport – not everything is a highfalutin art night at the cinema. The three reviewers of HollywoodChicago.com – Patrick McDonald, Spike Walters and Jon Espino – did spend some time wasting energy on some really bad movies in 2016, and lived to tell about it.
There are no rankings, because they are all rank. The ten are listed in descending levels of dread, with stars like Bobby De Niro and George Clooney representing, as well as superheroes and overwrought CGI epics making the “grade.” The persons responsible for the descriptive honors are marked accordingly, Pm for for Patrick, Sw for Spike and Je for Jon. Cover your eyes and gird your loins, these are the 10 Worst Films of 2016, by HollywoodChicago.com.
Photo credit: Lionsgate
To this day, even while writing this, I get a stomach ache recalling how prodigiously disgusting “Dirty Grandpa” turned out to be. »
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7 items from 2017
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