Hey, remember John Wick and how good of a movie it was? Remember what made it good? I’ll give you a hint, it wasn’t the dog. But, the filmmakers of a new film called Once Upon a Time in Venice would have you believe that the new big thing in Hollywood is action stars who loves dogs and sadly the action star they got, is one of my favorites… Bruce Willis.
Am I sad that he’s in this? No, because I feel like he should be getting work. I’m more disappointed that he’s deciding to involve himself in this than in better productions. The trailer just seems like he’s just barely making it through this movie. Remember Die Hard, how angry and animated he was? Well, we don’t see that in the trailer for this film. It’s like Clerks meets John Wick. Bruce Willis’s dog is kidnapped, and he does a bunch of wacky stuff grudgingly to get the dog back.
While the idea could actually be quite funny, it just looks like Willis isn’t having fun with the role. It could be that they just showed the worst parts, in which case, come on trailer editor, do a better job. It’s just a lot of sloppy cutting. Even the sound seems poorly done. The other thing is that the music is so in your face which is the exact opposite of everything the actors are giving. Then at the end of the trailer, they show him playing catch with the dog, which is just kinda a weird shot to mix in with everything else. I’m not sure if it’s brilliant or just poorly thought out.
Steve Ford (Bruce Willis) is a down but not out L.A based Private Investigator whose professional and personal worlds collide after his loving pet Buddy is stolen by a notorious gang. A series of crazy circumstances find him doing the gang’s bidding, while being chased by two vengeful Samoan brothers, a loan shark’s goons, and a few other shady characters. They say a dog is a man’s best friend, and Steve shows how far a man will go to be reunited with him.
Willis is joined by a fantastic cast, which gives me hope for everything else. That cast includes Jason Momoa, John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch and Famke Janssen.
Once Upon a Time in Venice hits theaters on June 16th.
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Sylvester Stallone recently made his latest adventure into the comic book world with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, but it looks like Hollywood is thinking of using him for future comic book projects as well.
Starlight is a comic book from Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman, Wanted), which tells the story of an aged retired Superhero named Duke McQueen who hears the distress calls of a distant planet and decides to put on the tights one last time. The screenplay for the film is being written by Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and it’s being produced by Simon Kinsberg (X-Men franchise).
Nothing is official yet, but the rumor originated at Splash Report. They are stating that Stallone is being eyed seriously for the lead role of the old retired superhero. I think it’s a role he should take because it seems like a character he’d be great for. After Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I feel a whole new world of film has opened up to Sly. Maybe he’ll start thinking of doing a romantic comedy next.
Here’s an official synopsis from the comic:
Forty years ago, Duke McQueen saved an alien world from destruction. Back on earth, nobody believed his story. Now his kids are grown, his wife has passed on, and life has little to offer. Until the day a strange boy from the world he once saved makes an appearance, coaxing Duke to join him on one last adventure. Can Duke handle the leap from has-been to hero?
What do you think of Stallone possibly playing this character?
Who Shot First? That’s the question everyone has debated for years and continues to debate to this day. Well, while many people will still argue one way or another, the actor who played Greedo, Paul Blake, recently revealed there was some footage shot for Star Wars: A New Hope with Han and Greedo shooting at each other a lot more.
Blake recently talked to Sci Fi Central at a comic-con appearance in Australia and it was there that he talked about the deleted scene that he had filmed with Harrison Ford all thoseyears ago.
“It was a brilliant little sequence in which I love doing with Harrison, where we were shooting at each other like cowboys and indians. We had this big gun battle where we were shooting at each other all morning.”
Jabba the Hutt would have also been included in the scene before they replaced him with a slug man version of the character. If you’ve seen the deleted footage of the original Jabba, you know he was just a big dude who liked to wear fur.
According to Blake, the scene would have taken place before Han and the gang took off. It would have been a standoff between Jabba and his gang, Han Solo, and the Empire that shows up and starts firing at the ship as well.
Now, technically, Greedo would be dead by this time, but it could be, that Blake was playing a different Rodian, which is Greedo’s species. Or Lucas just didn’t originally kill him off. A bigger standoff could have made for a fun scene, but I also think the scene works with Han and the gang just bailing and running from the Empire. Maybe one day we’ll see this deleted scene!
Karen Gillan‘s Nebula almost didn’t make it to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 because she originally wasn’t supposed to survive the events of the first film. While talking to Digital Spy the actress was asked if she imagined Nebula’s arc when she first signed up to the series, and this was her reply:
“No, I did not actually. I definitely had a feeling that there was room for the character to expand in the future, but she was originally supposed to die in the first movie, I think I remember in the script.
“She obviously did not die, then I found out that she was coming back in the second movie and then I found out we got to explore all these amazing things about her past and her relationship with Gamora, her sister, so I was really happy.”
It’s a good thing that director James Gunn didn’t kill her off! I’m a big fan of the character and I love how her story arc played out in the sequel. It would have been a shame had they killed her off! Marvel doesn’t plan on killing her off anytime soon because she is set to appear in Avengers: Infinity War. Who knows what’s going to happen after that, though! One thing that Gillan would like to see is a spinoff film!
“I’m waiting for this [spin-off] because obviously this needs to happen. I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen, but I would love it.
“I think it would be amazing to see a female-driven film like that. We have Captain Marvel coming up, which is quite exciting. We could do with some more females at the forefront.”
I think fan are really going to like what Gunn has done with this character in Guardains Vol. 2. It definitley set her character up for bigger things and I can’t wait to see how those things play out!
We recently learned that Ang Lee was in talks to direct a sci-fi film project called Gemini Man that has been waiting to be developed since 1997. The technology is would take to bring this story to life has finally caught up and Skydance Media is ready to move forward with it.
THR is now reporting that Will Smith is in talks to star in the film. The story centers on “an aging assassin who tried to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.”
So it looks like we will get to see Smith battle a younger version of himself in the movie, which seems pretty cool. Just imagine the present day version of Smith fighting the younger Fresh Prince of Bel Air version. I’m sold! Who wouldn’t pay to see that?
Lee has still yet to commit to the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced project, but I hope he does. Smith and Lee seem like they would make a great team! I think they are both great choices to take on the challenge of developing the film. I’ve also always liked Lee’s directing style and I’d like to see that style in the telling of this story.
If Star Wars: The Last Jedi follows one of the plot lines that George Lucas was planning back in the 1980s for a future Star Wars film, Mark Hamill may have spoiled one of the big reveals in an old interview with Gene Siskel.
It’s weird to think that a spoiler for an upcoming film came from the 1980s, but it’s certainly a possibility.
In the interview, which you can watch below, Hamill told Siskel that Lucas laid his Star Wars plan for the prequels and told Hamill to be ready because he had plans for Skywalker years down the road. He explained:
“George has talked to me very marginally about doing something at the turn of the century in the last trilogy, but it wouldn’t be on the same plane of existence.”
Siskel then cut him off and said, “What it sounds like is he offered you a job to play a father [with] a Luke Jr. around the year 2000.” Hamill then shook his head in agreement and replied:
“You’re a very clever man, Mr. Siskel.”
So, the question is… is Luke Skywalker somehow a father in The Last Jedi? I have no idea, but tons of fans still believe that Luke is Rey’s father. I don’t know how that would all work, but Hamill does say that it wouldn’t be on the “same plane of existence”, so anything is possible!
It’ll be interesting to see if this old plot point from Lucas will be included in The Last Jedi as the saga moves forward. What do you all think?
One of the character dynamics that I enjoyed most from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was the further exploration of the characters that we came to know and love in the first movie. One of those relationships that director James Gunn plays with a lot in the sequel is the sibling rivalry of Nebula and Gamora.
During a recent press conference last week that I attended, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said that their story arc is a high point of the movie, and that’s something that I’ve gotta agree with. He says:
“They’re lots and lots of great female characters in the comics that we want to bring to life on screen and it was very important to James to include these characters and more than just include them, give them their own storyline and have it be more than just their ability to fight or romance with a male character and that’s why I think Nebula and Gamora are the, you know, high point of the movie and that relationship is one of the biggest and best arcs of the whole movie is that sister relationship.”
Zoe Saldana then chimed in with her thoughts on the characters saying:
“I think what I loved the most, and it may sound selfish, but, definitely the relationship between Gamora and Nebula. I’m one of three sisters. I’ve been itching and yearning to see more of a female presence in action films, because I love action films and I’m not that deep. I love watching The Equalizer and I’ll watch that 50 times over any kind of dramatic piece. So to have a film with three female characters that are adding such unique qualities to the film and they are very relevant and their relationships are explored deeply, I was appreciative and super excited.”
When you see the movie for yourself you’ll see what they are all talking about and why these character’s story arc is so strong. It really does get deep and I think a lot of fans will be able to connect with the characters and sympathize with them. Karen Gillan goes on to talk about Nebula and defending her dark side, saying:
“Yeah, the dark space of Nebula. I just feel genuinely so invested in this character, I care so much about her and I feel like I’m her lawyer and I’m here to explain to everyone why she’s justified in being a really mean villain and she is. And for me that is just to do with her backstory and her relationship with her father and her sister and so I was just so excited to explore that in the second movie in such that I felt so lucky to get to portray that side of her. And what’s she going to be doing next? You’ll have to wait and see. I’m not saying anything. Cool stuff.”
I can’t wait for all of you to get to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for yourselves! I’m excited to see what the fans think! This relationship between Nebula and Gamora, though, is one you’ll want to pay attention to.
A free comic book for the upcoming film Valerian will be making its way to stores May 5th for Free Comic Book Day! The 32-page issue will feature original stories from the Valerian universe (which is based on a French comic book Valerian and Laureline) and some behind the scenes photos of this Summer’s blockbuster feature. Check out the cover photo for the comic below and be sure to mark your calendar for the July 21st release of this film as it looks amazing.
Brie Larson is going to embark on one of her greatest adventures when she plays Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel in the MCU. She’s a rising star in Hollywood and Captain Marvel will most certainly be her biggest role to date.
Taking on the role of Captain Marvel wasn’t an easy one for her to make. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, she said is took “a really long time” to make the decision to do it, especially with the secrecy involved with the project because she couldn’t talk about it to anyone. She explained:
“I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it. Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women—I’ll do it.”
Before the announcement, the actress was “worried about the increased exposure, aggressive fans, and social-media trolling that would come with a starring role as a comic-book icon”. But, ever since is was officially revealed that she was cast in the role and made her big debut at San Diego Comic-Con last year in Hall H, the experience for her has been great! She goes on to say:
“[Marvel’s] been very open to hearing my thoughts and my take on it, which has been great. I think that’s why they cast me: I have a lot of similarities to this character… and they want me to bring that into the movie.”
I was personally happy with the choice Marvel made to have her play Captain Marvel because she’s such a talented young actress that is sure to kick ass in the role.
Captain Marvel is being directed by indie filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who previously worked on Ryan Gosling’s Half Nelson and Ryan Reynolds’ Mississippi Grind. Thet will direct from a script written by Inside Out scribe Meg LeFauve and Guardians of the Galaxy scribe Nicole Perlman.
Apparently, the script is almost done and the film will most likely start shooting in February 2018. The film itself is set to be released on March 8, 2019.