The Nice Guys is one of my most anticipated movies of the year, mostly because I’m a huge fan of writer/director Shane Black. He started as a hotshot young writer with movies like Lethal Weapon and The Monster Squad, but his directorial efforts — which so far include Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 — are fast-talking high-energy blasts of entertainment, and this movie looks no different. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe star, and Warner Bros. has just unveiled a “retro” trailer to mirror its 1970s setting. Nothing crazy, just a little reminder that this awesome-looking movie comes out on May 20th.
A live-action feature film based on the video game Shinobi is officially in the works.
Marc Platt, whose credits include the Broadway smash hit Wicked and movies like Bridge of Spies, Drive, Wanted, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, will produce. Platt had this to say in a statement:
“We love the Shinobi games and believe that the world of ninjas has never been properly explored onscreen. We now have the opportunity to do just that. With Shinobi, we hope to make a film that honors the essence of the games and brings this fascinating world to life for moviegoing audiences.”
Shinobi told the story of Joe Musashi, a child who started out weak but eventually worked his way up to become the most skilled ninja of the Oboro clan. Armed with his trusty shuriken (throwing knives), he faced off against a ninja crime syndicate called Zeed, who attempted to return Japan to a state of chaos in which they could thrive. Musashi was the protagonist of the first three games in the Shinobi series.
In 2014, SEGA announced that the company was interested in developing adaptations of Shinobi, Altered Beast, Streets of Rage, Virtua Fighter, Rise of Nightmares, Golden Axe, and Crazy Taxi, and we just received a press release that indicates Shinobi will be the first adaptation that makes it to the big screen. Stories International, SEGA’s production branch, “is in the process of partnering with the major studios, producers and filmmakers to co-develop adaptations of these properties as English-language feature films, television and digital series for worldwide release.” No word yet on writers, stars, a director, or a production start date, but it sounds like this is slowly moving forward. Which bland white guy do you think will ultimately be cast in the lead role?
Don’t you get tired of the exact same things happening in your favorite movies? We all do. How many times do we have to see a bomb disarmed just in the nick of time? How many times will we see people get blown back by a pistol shot? The answer is every time, but it’s good we have people like Mind Warehouse to remind us that isn’t how the real world works. Maybe someday these annoying cliches will go the way of the dodo.
Things have been very quiet on the Star Trek Beyond front. That first trailer didn’t go over very well with fans — even writer/star Simon Peggwasn’t thrilled with it — but director Justin Lin has big plans for the new movie. Paramount does too, and the reason we haven’t seen another trailer (or really any other marketing materials from the movie, save for these new pics today) is because the studio is holding a huge fan event on the studio lot on May 20th that will reveal the new trailer and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise. I’ll be there and will have a write-up about it here on the site soon after, but in the meantime, take a look at these new photos of stars Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, and Lin himself.
I’d never heard of Tulip Fever until about five minutes ago, but the new movie looks a lot better than your typical forbidden romance period piece. First off, it has a terrific cast including new Tomb RaiderAlicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, Dame Judi Dench, Jack O’Connell, and…Zach Galifianakis? He seems a little out of place among those actors, but OK, sure. And Cara Delevingne shows up, too (she also stars with DeHaan in the sci-fi film Valerian). And secondly, this seems to have aspects of a thriller to it, almost like a murder mystery with what looks to be a fake death involved. Definitely more intense than just two people longing for each other from across a class barrier.
If you know someone who hasn’t seen Star Wars and needs convincing to watch it, show them this trailer! Obviously considering my line of work it doesn’t take much for me to get hype about Star Wars, but Medley Weaver really brought to light the awesomeness of this franchise! See her work below!
After hearing nothing but praise about Black Mirror for years, I finally carved out time and watched the whole series couple of months ago. What a ride — the show is intense, intelligent, powerful, and thought-provoking, not to mention beautifully written, designed, directed, and acted. (Mick loves it.) So it’s no surprise that one of the most talented up-and-coming filmmakers in Hollywood has been tapped to direct one of the new episodes of the series.
Deadline reports that 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg will helm one of the new season’s standalone episodes, though there’s no word about who will star in it or what the plot will be. Frankly, it doesn’t really matter: Trachtenberg is a spectacular fit for this show, which has been compared to a modern day Twilight Zone. His Cloverfield movie drew those same comparisons, and it’s clear he has not only a great visual eye but a talent for telling powerful stories, going all the way back to his short film More Than You Can Chew.
Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker is back as showrunner for the twelve new episodes of the show, which he’s written. Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis, and Malachi Kirby have been confirmed to appear, and Trachtenberg joins directors Joe Wright (Hanna, Pan) and Jakob Verbruggen (House of Cards) as the only announced directors of the new season thus far.
You can read my two-part interview with Trachtenberg about 10 Cloverfield Lanehere and here.
We’ve seen a few set photos from Star Wars: Episode VIII already, and we’ve heard some wild rumors about the story the film will tell, all of which you can catch up on here. We now have some cool official images from the set of the film that director Rian Johnson has shared himself on his Tumblr. The photos were shared as a way to celebrate that they are at the halfway point of shooting. Johnson included the following captain:
“I can’t believe we’re halfway through the shoot. (We’re halfway through the shoot!)”
The photo above features an unknown resistance pilot sitting in an X-Wing as a crew member wipes down the window. The second image includes a member of the First Order standing at a console while another crew member is standing next to him wiping it down as well. Knowing about all the cleaning that is going on on the set of the film, this next caption from Johnson will make sense:
“Good. Bad. I’m the guy with the microfiber sham.”
As cool as it is to see these photos, I can’t wait to actually see some footage from the movie! Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to hit theaters on December 15, 2017.