10 items from 2016
Dan Cooper Jul 8, 2016
They say that when you play the Game of Thrones, “you win or you die”. The Game of Jeff Daniels, however, is an undeniably different beast and for the most part is a definite “you win or you win”. After viewing dozens of Jeff Daniels movies and spending many, many hours with his on-screen personas, it’s fair to say that the maxim has been sorely tested but guess what? It still holds true. This list has been carefully curated to celebrate the veteran actor’s talent, versatility and wit and no matter which (if any) of these movies you decide to revisit or check out for the first time, Jeff is guaranteed to give you something to love in each and every one.
25. Dumb And Dumber To (2014)
Ben Schwartz is prolific. Best known for his work as an actor, in projects such as House Of Lies, BoJack Horseman, Parks And Recreation, and Turbo, he is also a writer (Robot Chicken, The Oscars), a producer (Funny Or Die Presents…, Bronx World Travellers), and director (CollegeHumor Originals). He is also the proud owner of a Primetime Emmy Award for writing music and lyrics for the 81st Annual Academy Awards. But now, he has really hit the big time, because he’s about to star in Blue Iguana with Sam Rockwell.
Soon to be written, directed and produced by Hadi Hajaig (Cleanskin), Blue Iguana is characterized as a dark comedy thriller that’s also a love story. Plot details remain scarce, but the synopsis, as outlined on IMDb, gives some indication of what to expect.
“He’s a low level criminal with no future and just out of prison. She’s a low level lawyer never noticed by others – a lost soul without a life. Their anger and hostility makes them serious criminals. Love happens in the strangest of places.”
Blue Iguana happens in London shortly, and has Sam Rockwell locked in for the lead role – the “low level criminal with no future.” The nature of the role now associated with Ben Schwartz is not currently known, but it is probably a safe bet that he will be playing something akin to “Best Friend No 1.”
If his friendship is with Sam Rockwell, this promises some excellent comedy, as the respective style of the two actors certainly would seem to complement each other – Rockwell with his laid back, mildly irritated delivery, and Ben Schwartz with his trademark self-assured swagger.
The big question is, who will play the “low level lawyer never noticed by others?” This is the key role at this point, as the actress concerned will need to go toe-to-toe with the comedic skill of both Rockwell and Schwartz. My first choice would be Kathryn Hahn – simply because she would be able to play anger and hostility opposite Sam Rockwell with hilarious conviction. Alternatively, I think it’s about time Charlyne Yi got a shot at a lead role. Her measured delivery and deadpan comedy style would serve this role, and this cast, well. Whichever actress lands the part, we should hear the announcement soon, as cameras are set to roll on Blue Iguana in July. »
- Sarah Myles
Developer Zeboyd Games has reaffirmed its plans to launch retro-inspired RPG Cosmic Star Heroine across both PS4 and Vita in the summer.
News arrive in tandem with an all-new gameplay trailer for the title, shedding light on Cosmic Star‘s turn-based combat system, character design and a snippet of the pulsing soundtrack composed by Hyperduck (creative mind behind fellow RPG Dust: An Elysian Tail).
In anticipation of the game’s launch, Zeboyd posted an overview of what fans can expect via PlayStation Blog.
Good old-fashioned classic turn-based RPG. Save anywhere! Minimal grinding (unless you want to). Brisk pacing that respects your time. No separate battle screen! Battles take place directly in the dungeons & areas that you explore. 2D visual style straight from the height of gaming’s 16-bit era. Animated cutscenes reminiscent of the Sega CD & Turbo Duo era. Soundtrack by Hyperduck (Dust: An Elysian Tail, Precipice of Darkness 4) inspired by the genre greats. »
- Michael Briers
Fans of the original Captain Marvel should be happy about what's being said about the Shazam movie, starring Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam.
Almost lost in the noise of the upcoming DC superhero movie schedule is the Shazam movie. The story about a young boy gifted with the powers of six mythological gods and heroes when he says a magic word seems a little out of step with the usual superhero movies of the day, but that might just be why it's so important. Shazam is still some time off from production. It's had Dwayne Johnson attached as the film's antagonist, Black Adam, for almost two years with Darren Lemke (Turbo) working on a draft of the script.
The folks at ComicBook.com spoke to Hiram Garcia, a producer on the Shazam movie about where they're at with the project, and after admitting that they're still waiting »
You know you're the most powerful superhero of them all when you can even destroy the snarky announcer guy in your movie's Honest Trailer. Deadpool is that meta superhero, with Ryan Reynolds breaking the fourth wall in character to add commentary to Screen Junkies's "Deadpool" video, then lashing out at the narrator when he attempts to criticize the film.
After the narrator mocks the "same old conventional love story" and "by the numbers revenge plot we've seen a million times before," Deadpool jumps in.
Deapool: "Whoa, whoa, whoa simmer down there, big boy. 'By the numbers'? The f--k is that supposed to mean?"
Narrator: "Hey, I said I liked it in the beginning, I think it's fair to point out some flaws, too"
- Gina Carbone
Unofficially announced back in September of last year before Goosebumps hit theaters, it has now been confirmed by Sony Pictures that Goosebumps 2 is moving forward. There is no start date or release date in place yet. Nor has the story been revealed for this follow-up.
Jack Black, who played real-life author R.L. Stein in the first Goosebumps movie, is expected to return for this next spooky adventure. He has not officially signed on at the moment. EW has confirmed that original director Rob Letterman is in talks to return. As is his original writer Darren Lemke.
Goosebumps producers Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz are also set to return. The first chapter in this horror-comedy hybrid took in $80 million domestic and $76.6 million overseas for a worldwide box office total of $156.6 million off of a $58 million budget. The movie also fared well with critics, and currently has a 77% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. »
Next week, Esquire’s adventure series, Boundless heads to one of the world’s most extreme climates for a 100-mile foot race that challenges the team’s physical and mental strength. In this exclusive clip, Simon Donato explores the unforgiving terrain of Chile’s Atacama Desert’s, one of the driest places on Earth. One stumble on the course of the Atacama Extreme 100 Mile Run, could spell disaster. Elsewhere, Hunter McIntyre and Paul “Turbo” Trebilcock work together as a team and slip into a good rhythm. Boundless “Chile: Atacama Extreme 100 Mile Run” > Esquire > Tuesday April 26 at 10pm Et/Pt
The post Exclusive Video: Boundless Gets Bone-Tired in Bone-Dry Chile appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Kellie Freeze
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We’ve got a bit of Exclusive news in the latest edition of The Week in Star Wars, and some updates on the casting for Young Han Solo, Rey’s parents and more…
We’ll kick things off this week by talking about Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It was reported last year that The Sith Lord would feature in the movie and then there were some reports that said Hayden Christensen – who played Anakin Skywalker in the Prequel Trilogy – would be reprising his role. We can now confirm this is not the case, and Vader will in fact be played by Spencer Wilding, a British stunt actor who has worked on Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Who and Batman Begins. We actually heard this story in the summer of last year, but waited »
- Luke Owen
The success of 20th Century Fox's Deadpool this weekend is sure to send shockwaves throughout the industry, as the film shattered certain preconceived notions. I think we need to take a few moments to really digest exactly what's gone down here, as it's fairly remarkable.
Let's stack up where Deadpool stands compared to the first films of Hollywood's other modern day favorite superheroes, in terms of opening weekends.
[Bar Graph That Annoyingly Doesn't Show On The Mobile Version of The Site That Demonstrates The Things I'm Going To Mention Below. Long Story Short: Deadpool did better than everyone you can think of in their modern era debut films.]
Yes. You're seeing that correctly. Deadpool did better business in its opening weekend than pop culture icons like Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man- all considered to be among the most recognizable fictional characters on the planet earth. And in terms of the vaunted faces of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you'd have to add up two of their Phase One solo films (three if you exclude Iron Man) to top Deadpool.
But that's not all...
The figures for Fox's flick are even more stunning »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Deadpool, a film starring Ryan Reynolds, who romanced Sandra Bullock in The Proposal, has been denied release in China because of its depictions of violence, nudity, and graphic language. China has no formal ratings system, which means the country's authorities simply approve or ban all foreign films for Chinese consumption. According to The Hollywood Reporter, officials sometimes work with studios to create special cuts of R-rated films to pass the censors, but, in this case, the superhero movie starring the guy who played Abigail Breslin's dad in Definitely, Maybe couldn't be cleaned up without excising major plot points. Deadpool is set for Stateside release on February 12. Given its credentials as a Marvel superhero film (which just happens to star the actor who voiced Turbo), it could have done exceedingly good business in China (Avengers: Age of Ultron made $240 million there last summer). But, for now, Canada's most symmetrical leading »
- Jackson McHenry
10 items from 2016
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