The first photos from The Walking Dead season seven features Negan continuing to taunt Rick and his group with his barbed-wire bat, Lucille. If this image takes place after killing someone from the group his bat would be pretty bloody, but I imagine they cleaned that up for this image. It wouldn’t be the first time blood was removed from an official photo from a movie or TV show. Or it could be a completely different scene and I’m reading into it wrong.
We’ve got awhile to wait before we found out who met their demise, but the producers of the series promise the answer will come in the season seven premiere. Greg Nicotero told EW:
“Yes, who was at the receiving end of Negan’s bat will be revealed in the first episode.”
So that’s a plus. I was worried they’d make us wait a few episodes before we found out. Nicotero went on to talk about Negan, and teased that the character has plenty more speeches and rants to come. He explained the character, saying:
“Negan is that kind of guy. He’s the kind of guy who imagines himself on stage at a high school production and he loves every second of it. So, I don’t really see a lot of quiet contemplative moments with Negan. I feel like with Negan it’s really going to be about him gesticulating and him sort of relishing in the sound of his own voice while he commands the stage in front of whoever’s alive.”
With Comic-Con coming up next week, we will learn more about what’s to come during the panel that takes place on Friday, July 22nd, so stay tuned!
At first glance, Ghostbusters II and the Adam Sandler “comedy” Pixels may not appear to have that much in common. But as Couch Tomato points out in this brand new video comparison, there’s a lot more shared storytelling DNA there than meets the eye. I’ll admit when I first saw the title of this video, I thought it would be a stretch to list 24 similarities, but every one of these is totally legit and there are some weirdly specific coincidences, too — like the female lead rocking a green dress on a mid-movie date. Check it out below:
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With Star Trek Beyond just over a week away from release and the 50th anniversary of Trek upon us, 2016 is undoubtedly a huge year for Trek fans (do you prefer the term Trekkies or Trekkers these days? It’s hard to keep up). Earlier today, I wrote about some cool artwork that celebrates the franchise, and now the team at Costume SuperCenter has put together an infographic that tracks the history of uniforms through most of the incarnations of Star Trek over the years, from the original series all the way through to the new movie. Take a look, and let us know what your favorite costume iteration is in the comments below:
A few months ago, word came out that Night at the Museum and Real Steel director Shawn Levy would be remakingJohn Carpenter’s 1980s sci-fi love story Starman. While Levy was out promoting the new Spielberg-influenced Netflix series Stranger Things (which he executive produces), Levy spoke with ComingSoon about the tone of the new Starman and finding a leading man to step into Jeff Bridges’ alien shoes:
“I have to say, I was really inspired by this show,” Levy told us. “I haven’t done television in a long time, the movies have kept me really busy. I hadn’t done this genre or this tone. It came to me really organically and it’s definitely something I want to keep doing and ‘Starman’ is a very rich opportunity to do that.
“I do [have casting ideas], but they would kill me at Sony if I mentioned it. I’ll just very enigmatically say that some of my top ideas are people I’ve worked with before either as a director or a producer.”
ComingSoon helpfully compiled this list of actors he’s worked with in that capacity, in what they perceive to be the order of likelihood that the actor would be cast in this movie: Hugh Jackman (Real Steel), Mark Ruffalo (Date Night), Adam Driver (This is Where I Leave You), Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now), Anthony Mackie (Real Steel), Bradley Cooper (The Rocker), Steve Carrell (Date Night), Mark Wahlberg (Date Night), Corey Stoll (This is Where I Leave You), Jeremy Renner (Arrival), Rami Malek (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb), Dan Stevens (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb), James Franco (Date Night, Why Him?), Wyatt Russell (Table 19), Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum trilogy, The Watch), Owen Wilson (The Internship, Night at the Museum trilogy), Jason Bateman (This is Where I Leave You), Vince Vaughn (The Internship, The Watch).
In that list, one name stands out to me: Rami Malek. I think the Mr. Robot star could bring a similar otherworldly quality to the role, and it’d be a nice step up into leading man territory on the big screen.
Levy spoke at length about his love for the original, which may quell some fears of fans who think he’s remaking it purely on name recognition alone:
“To me, I think it’s brilliant,” Levy insisted. “It was an Oscar nomination for Jeff Bridges, it’s thick with ideas and incredibly rich with romantic feelings, and those are the things I’m going to carry over into this updated version. I don’t know why it’s kind of separate in the canon of Carpenter, but I think it’s magnificent. The premise is filled with ideas that are interesting to revisit in a different way in 2016. It fits less neatly in his genre legacy, but I think it’s absolutely one of his finest films. I am going to try to be faithful to the romantic spine to the story but also the fish-out-of-water humor which is genuinely charming and winning in a way that Carpenter and Bridges filmed it.”
It certainly seems like he’s passionate about the original, but we’ll have to wait and see if his good intentions translate into a good remake.
I have my fingers crossed that Star Trek Beyond is going to be great, and I really hope director Justin Lin is able to come in breathe some fresh life into that franchise after Star Trek Into Darkness, which has its supporters but I think, years after its release, is largely disliked by a majority of Trek fans. To celebrate the new movie and to honor the franchise’s 50th anniversary, the awesome artists at Poster Posse have put together an amazing collection of Star Trek art. You can find all of the pieces at their website (starting right here), but I’m going to pull a bunch of my favorites and paste them below for you to enjoy. The film hits theaters on July 22, 2016.
Chiwetel Ejiofor has had my attention ever since he played The Operative in Joss Whedon’sSerenity, and it’s been cool to see him rise to fame in a big way over the past few years. I expect that mainstream ascent will continue with his appearance in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, but in the meantime, he’s eyeing some smaller projects to continue to stretch his acting muscles.
Deadline reports that the 12 Years a Slave actor is in talks to join Mary Magdalene, a movie that has Rooney Mara in the title role and Joaquin Phoenix lined up to play Jesus Christ. Ejiofor would play the apostle Peter, Jesus’ lead disciple who famously denied him three times and was forgiven after the resurrection. The film is being directed by Garth Davis (Lion), and is described as “an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history.”
I don’t know anything about Davis as a filmmaker, but he’s assembled a pretty interesting and unexpected cast for this movie. According to the Bible, Mary Magdalene attended Jesus’ crucifixion and was the first to discover his empty tomb after He was resurrected, and for some reason she’s become widely recognized as a prostitute even though that description doesn’t appear in any of the four gospels. I wonder what his take on her story will be like.
It feels like movie fans have been repeating the same points for years when it comes to action movies. Make the geography of the fight scenes clear. Have action moments reveal something about the characters that make us care beyond just visceral thrills. Use shaky cam sparingly, if at all. That’s part of the reason why movies like John Wick or Captain America: The Winter Soldier, ones that actually do the things we’ve been asking for, are so well-received. This video essay from YouTuber Must See Films (via /Film) explores how The Russo Brothers approach action in their films, which hopefully bodes well for the upcoming two-part Infinity War movies.
Netflix has a new animated feature based on a hit children’s film, but it seems a lot different? It’s not like that’s a bad thing, as 2015’s Home (starring Jim Parsons and Rihanna) wasn’t really a critical success, so any diversion from the initial plot would likely be an improvement.
From the looks of the trailer, it seems like the inspirational message has been nixed for what could be described as Adventure Time on crack. Who knows how that’ll play out in the long run, but the trailer has it’s moments. Most likely this will be a fun one to watch with kids. Look out for it on Netflix July 29th.