Get Ready To Cry A Bit Watching This RICK AND MORTY Mr. Poopybutthole Supercut

When Rick And Morty Season 3 concluded, I was ultra disappointed Mr. Poopybutthole didn’t get his story resolved. Apparently, Dan Harmon sensed my sadness because this short video about Mr. Poopybutthole surfaced on the web that will bring a tear to your eye if you’re a fan of the series. Watch it below, because I know you don’t believe me, and be prepared for sniffles!

Andy Serkis Open Up About Supreme Leader Snoke and Says He’s Driven By Pain and Greed

One of the characters that I’m looking forward to learning more about in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the big bad villains, Supreme Leader Snoke. I know we won’t get all the answers we want in this next movie, but we are definitely going to get get to see his story arc start to take shape! 

During a recent interview with EW, Andy Serkis opened up a bit more about the character he plays and reveals more about his origin and creation. 

“This time you get to see him, as in his real presence. In the previous movie we saw him as this huge hologram and tele-presence, and you get to meet him in the flesh this time.”

Now I’m going to throw this up just in case:

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Serkis describes the character as “a cruel master”, and says he’s “a 9-foot-tall alien humanoid who disparages and dominates his two lieutenants: Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson.) He’s a predator who identifies weakness and exploits it, drawing the young and promising to his side with promises of power, then using and discarding his protégés when they are no longer of use.”

He goes on to talk about his strained relationship with Kylo Ren saying:

“His training of Kylo Ren is not yielding what he wants. Therefore his anger towards Kylo Ren is intensified because he can’t bear weakness in others. Part of the manipulation is goading him with Hux and playing them off against each other.”

I imagine that’s one of the main reasons why Snoke is so keen on bringing Rey over to the Dark Side. I’ve seen a lot of conversations and debates online about Snoke and how some people aren’t quite sure if he is an actual wielder of The Force or if he just has a great knowledge of it. Well, it turns out that he is strong with The Force! Serkis reveals: 

“The thing about Snoke is that he is extremely strong with the Force, the dark side of the Force. He’s terribly powerful, of course. But he is also a very vulnerable and wounded character. He has suffered and he has suffered injury. The way that his malevolence comes out is in reaction to that. His hatred of the Resistance is fueled by what’s happened to him personally.”

I really hope that we get to see Snoke’s history revealed at some point. I imagine that there’s got to be some big reveal of who this villain really is. We won’t find out how Snoke suffered in The Last Jedi, though. However, it is revealed:

“You witness his physicality. His body is kind of twisted up like a corkscrew, and so he has limited movement. His aggression and his anger is contained and restricted by that physicality.”

Serkis goes on to talk how Snoke likes to indulge in the comfort and riches that his power has bestowed on him. He is also very much driven by greed.

“Oh, absolutely. He’s slightly oligarch. You know, he’s not afraid of showing his fineries. There is a luxury that’s native to him.”

It then explained that we can see it in his throne room, and his scarlet-armored Praetorian Guard, which have been teased in the trailers for the film.

“The way that his court is presented, he’s very totalitarian in that way and flamboyant. He enjoys that theatricality, I think.”

When talking about the mystery surrounding Snoke’s past, director Rian Johnson Says:

“Similar to with Rey’s parentage, Snoke is here to serve a function in the story. And, you know, a story is not a Wikipedia page.

“For example, in the original trilogy, we didn’t know anything about the Emperor except exactly what we needed to know, which is what Luke knew about him, that he’s the evil guy behind Vader. But then in the prequels, you knew everything about Palpatine because that his rise to power was the story. We’ll learn exactly as much about Snoke as we need to. But the really exciting for me is we will see more of him, and Andy Serkis will get to do much more in this film than he did in the last one, and that guy is just a force of nature.”

I can understand their approach to utilizing Snoke, but I would still eventually like to know what his past entails and what transformed him into the villainous being that he has become. 

Check Out a Photo of Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke without His Mask

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Deathstroke is a good villain. I was first introduced to him as Slade from Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans series back in the mid-2000’s. He was a deadly foe and you hated him for being a bad guy but loved his character still. Then, a year ago we found out that Joe Manganiello was cast as the deadly assassin for the solo Batman film that was expected to come out in 2018 (not too sure if that’s going to happen anymore). However, we now have a new image on the internet that features Manganiello in full costume sans the mask and eyepatch.

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That is a freaking awesome costume there and I think Manganiello pulls off the Deathstroke look very well. Do you think he can pull it off? Are you excited to see Deathstroke in action?

JUSTICE LEAGUE’s Opening Scene Was Director By Joss Whedon and it Was Originally Supposed to Be More Comedic

I know a lot of fans are wondering what scenes from Justice League were written and directed by Joss Whedon. We know all the Superman scenes where we see him with the CGI upper lip were done by Whedon. Now we know that the opening scene involving Batman capturing a burglar to lure out a Parademon was Whedon’s doing as well. 

The big reveal comes from actor Holt McCallany, who played the burglar. He explains in an interview with Comic Book that the opening scene was originally supposed to be more comedic. In fact, Whedon originally shot the scene they way he intended it to play out, but then Warner Bros. stepped in and had him change it up. That’s kind of weird because the whole reason the studio wanted Joss Whedon on board was to lighten things up! Then he does that and they tell him to make it darker again. So weird. McCallany explains:

“I love Joss Whedon. My scene with Batman was originally conceived as a comedic scene. That’s how Joss wrote it, and that’s how we shot it. I thought it came out great, but the studio felt it would be a mistake to open the film with a completely comedic scene, so it was re-edited a little bit. I was disappointed, but when I got home to New York I found a bottle of my favorite Champagne and a note from Joss that said ‘To Battles Lost. Gratefully, Joss.’ I can’t tell you how much it meant to me that he took the time to write to me. Joss Whedon is a class act. I had the letter framed.”

McCallany went on to share his experience shooting the scene:

“It was a great experience, and a fun scene to shoot. Ben [Affleck] was very easygoing, we got it in just a few takes. My favorite fight scenes are usually ones that are choreographed with some style to them, and ones that are choreographed around a particular actor’s individual strengths. The old adage in the fight game is ‘styles make fights.’ I like to design my own fight choreography in conjunction with my director and stunt coordinator whenever possible, and here it was a great way to be a part of the film—even though I got beat by Batman.”

I hope that we get to see that scene the way it was originally intended at some point. Maybe on the home entertainment release or something. I liked the opening scene that was in the final cut of the film, but maybe we could’ve had something better. 

Andy Serkis Defends Performance Capture Saying It’s Not “a Drug-Assisted Sport”

Andy Serkis is probably the most famous actor to work with performance capture or motion capture techniques with his most famous role being Gollum in The Lord of the Rings franchise. His performances are amazing and compelling even though we don’t see Serkis’ face in these roles. Performance capture is able to pick up every movement, even the subtle ones, that an actor makes so that later digital effects can be applied to give us Gollum or Caesar from the recent Planet of the Apes films instead of a human in a terrible looking costume. In fact, Serkis has explained in a recent interview that by using digital imagery to replace the human it can increase the effect. He points to the character Caesar and states:

If that character was a human being it would be an extraordinary journey. But as an ape and having that kind of filter, it’s that times 10 really; because we’re able to look at the human condition through the eyes of apes, it just elevates it into something else.

For any critics of performance capture saying that the digital effects team will just go in and tweak everything to enhance a performance or make it “more perfect”, Serkis made this statement:

There is no difference from an acting point of view. The approach is no different to a live-action role. It’s not standing in a voice booth for two hours every six months, it’s living with that character day-in and day-out on set for the entire duration of the shoot, living and breathing every single moment, making acting choices that you would do in the conventional sense. The performance is not augmented or changed by a committee of animators. It is honored, and the fidelity is sought to translate that performance. In the past, it’s almost felt like performance capture is kind of like a drug-assisted sport. Now that’s just not true. The performance is the performance.

I for one think that motion capture is a great tool that has allowed for great characters to come to life. Like any other tool, it needs to be used responsibly though. What are your thoughts on this technique in films?

Rian Johnson Talks About The New STAR WARS Trilogy He’s Developing

Rian Johnson is currently in the news for his latest film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, hits theaters in less than a month. However, Johnson has also been put in charge of creating a new film trilogy set in the Star Wars universe. We know that the new trilogy will not feature any of the same characters that we’ve come to know and love. While in Mexico for a Last Jedi press event when asked about the new trilogy Johnson stated:

We’re gonna have to see. I’m just in the very beginning of starting to come up with what the new trilogy is going to be. I can tell you this: what makes me so excited about it, is the idea of doing a new story on the big canvas of three movies in this world[.] There’s just so much potential and I can’t wait to jump into it.

So he’s still figuring out what the new trilogy’s story will be, but I am excited to see what comes out of it. I’m excited to see more stories from other characters. I’m a little burned out on the whole Skywalker story (so stoked for Obi-Wan though!) so I think this is a great way to get a new generation into this world without having all the biggest twists and turns spoiled or without necessarily having a million Easter Eggs. What should the new trilogy be about? I would personally love to see it be about Revan and the Old Republic, but am open to stories that haven’t been told yet.

New Crisis On Earth-X Trailer Shows More Footage And Earth-X Origin

A new trailer has dropped for the Arrow-verse mega crossover, and in addition to more clips of heroes fighting we’re treated to the origin of Earth-X. For those that don’t already know, Earth-X is an alternate reality where the Nazi regime won WWII and now has an iron grip on the world. If you haven’t seen any footage for the crossover yet…this trailer is good enough to make you binge everything that’s been released so far! I can’t wait for it to debut next Monday!

Hollywood Was At One Point Discussing A FRIDAY THE 13TH Film That Starred Cheech And Chong

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Hollywood was inches away from getting a cinematic masterpiece, but they couldn’t see the vision. The news comes from Mick Garris’ podcast Post Mortem which had Tom McLoughlin as their guest. According to director McLoughlin, Paramount wanted to do Freddy vs. Jason a full 17 years before they actually were able to, which prompted him to make an alternative suggestion in the meantime:

“I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

It sounds like a silly idea, but I think in hindsight we can all agree if they would’ve went into the future and saw Freddy vs. Jason, they would’ve just went ahead with Cheech and Chong. I’m really disappointed this didn’t happen guys, do you think there’s still time for this to happen?

Joss Whedon is Still Directing BATGIRL Regardless of the Rumors

A new rumor recently surfaced regarding Joss Whedon‘s involvement with Batgirl. A lot of fans were excited to hear that Joss Whedon would be directing a Batgirl movie, but that excitement may have died down a bit since Justice League was released. 

According to an untested fan site called Super Bro Movies, Warner Bros. reportedly no longer wanted Whedon to direct Batgirl. They offered two reasons behind this. First, there has been some negative press involving his personal life. His ex-wife recently revealed some of the things that he had done saying that he is a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals.” With all of the sexual harassment allegations exploding in Hollywood right now, I could see how this might be an issue. But, it didn’t stop them from bringing him in to direct Justice League.

The second reason they give is the fact that the studio wasn’t really happy with Whedon’s work on Justice League. Even though it seems like the whole production was plagued with behind-the-scenes issues. None of these rumors are true.

According to EW, Joss Whedon is still on board to direct Batgirl. They say in their report:

Sources close to the Batgirl production say that The Avengers director is currently at work on the script and remains attached to direct as well. Of course, things could change — top talents get replaced on projects all the time. But as of now, as Dr. Horrible might say, the status is quo.

This makes more sense, as Joss Whedon is a talented director, who has made some great films that have made a ton of money. He also has a huge fanbase. But, he has been getting a lot of hate from the DC fans, but I doubt a studio would fire him over fan hate.

The report goes on to say that the untitled Batgirl movie is based on the Batgirl story that was first unveiled in DC Comics in 1967. 

John Landis Wrote an Amazing Script For AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and the World is Suffering Without it

There are very few horror movies in the world that I love more than An American Werewolf in London. It is funny and gory. I always wondered why director John Landis didn’t do a sequel. Yes, yes, yes, I know there is An American Werewolf in Paris, but I am just going to ignore that that piece of crap even exists. 

Anyway, thanks to DigitalSpy, in an upcoming book called: Beware the Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf in London by Paul Davis, John Landis explains that he had a sequel script written but it was never done. Here is what he had to say:

“I was asked to do a sequel by PolyGram in 1991. The company, under Jon Peters and Peter Guber, made something like 10 or 12 movies, and the only one that made money was American Werewolf.

They then left the company and were replaced by a guy called Michael Kuhn. He called me and said that they were interested in making a sequel. I entertained the idea for a little bit and then came up with something that I liked and wrote a first draft of the script.

“The movie was about the girl that the boys talk about at the beginning of the movie, Debbie Klein. She gets a job in London as a literary agent and while she’s there, starts privately investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Jack and David.

“The conceit was that during the time in the first film where Jenny goes to work and David is pacing around the apartment, he actually wrote Debbie Klein a letter. It was all to do with this big secret that David had never told Jack that he had a thing with her.

“She tracks down Dr Hirsch, who tells her that Alex now lives in Paris because she was so traumatised by what happened. She went back to the Slaughtered Lamb and everyone is still there! I think the only changes were a portrait of Charles and Diana where the five-pointed star used to be and darts arcade game instead of a board

I”t’s then when she speaks to Sgt McManus, the cop from the first movie who didn’t die, that she finds out that Jenny is still in London. She calls her and leaves an answer phone message, which we then reveal is being listened to by the skeletal corpses of Jack and David, watching TV in Alex’s apartment!

“The big surprise at the end was that Alex was the werewolf. It was pretty wild. The script had everybody in it from the first movie – including all the dead people!

“I gave the script to Michael Kuhn and he loathed it! He absolutely hated it and was actually pretty insulting about it. Clearly he would have hated the script for the first movie, because like that, it was funny and scary – and if anything, a little wackier.”

Dude! I would have loved to see that script come to life. It could have been the Godfather II of horror movies. I am super bummed that this never came to be. Unfortunately, I think it may be a little too late for this to come to pass. 

We know that Max Landis, John’s son, is working on a remake of his father’s original film. No one wants this, not even his father. The only thing that Max should be doing is writing more episodes of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. This is one of my favorite shows on TV right now and I think all of his focus should be on that. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this show, you are missing out on life. I will dedicate another post just to that show. 

To wrap things up, John Landis should have made the sequel that he wrote for the movie, Max Landis, stay in your lane.