Blade Runner came out back in 1982 to a critical mauling; low Box Office receipts, and a lot of puzzled faces leaving cinema complexes thinking they were going in to watch a sci-fi action adventure. It had been advertised as a Sci-Fi action adventure at the time, much in the same vein as Harrison Ford‘s previous sci-fi extravaganza, Star Wars. However, Ridley Scott had created something completely different, and as the film started to find its audience on home video, people started to view and understand the film for what it was – a film based on humanity and mortality. Thusly, the question of whether Rick Deckard is a replicant or not has been one of the (many) ambiguities that have made this beautiful science-fiction movie a timeless classic. Now, Ridley Scott has decided to give his definitive answer on whether Deckard is, in fact, a replicant or not. So, for those of you who are happy with your own theories and perspectives, you might find yourself feeling rather disappointed if you continue to read on (…or maybe you can just take what you hear with a pinch of salt). (more…)
The ongoing cyber-hacking issues of Sony Pictures have been both morally ambiguous and informative. In the wake of the cancellation of the release of The Interview, which Nerd Bastards commented on earlier today, news continues to be parsed from stolen e-mails about the various people and projects at Sony’s two studios, and a lot of that news has concerned Marvel Studios, the Walt Disney Company and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We discussed yesterday how negotiations to get Spider-Man into Captain America: Civil War came apart as time was getting down to the wire for production to get started on the film. The end result was that there will be no cameo in Civil War for Spidey, but that was by no means the end of the discussion, and by no means the end of the negotiations. As the old saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are many ways to draw Spider-Man into the fold. (more…)
There’s a story about how the normally jovial and kind-hearted Ian McKellen lost his cool in the first days of filming The Hobbit trilogy when he looked around the set and realized he was acting against a bunch of photos of actors attached to sticks standing in for dwarves. In case you’ve never tried it, acting with a bunch of faces on sticks isn’t easy, as acting against inanimate objects because of modern film technology is sometimes cumbersome to giving a human performance. But what if the character you’re playing isn’t human? Motion capture technology is the method that director Joss Whedon chose to bring the titular villain to life in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and according to Whedon, the outfit and the technology actually helped actor James Spader get in touch with his inner-robot. (more…)
Going by the new image that has just been released on the interweb, it looks like Chris Pratt has made a couple of new friends on the set of Jurassic World. With the recent release of the first full trailer for Jurassic World, it appears that Pratt has the deadly velociraptors trained like a litter of domesticated house cats – all cute, cuddly and docile to boot. In an interview, Colin Trevorrow recently clarified the relationship between Pratt’s character, Owen, and the raptors. (more…)
Making headlines this week is the magnanimous decision from Sony Pictures to pull Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s The Interview from theatrical release.
The hackers that lifted the curtain to Sony’s internal workings threatened violent actions against theaters showing The Interview. Despite The Department of Homeland Security citing no credible information to indicate an actual threat, Sony had allowed theaters to make the decision to show the film or not. With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas release of The Interview.
Did Sony not see White House Down? – “We Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists!”. This reaction has sent a powerful message to terrorists. Sad day. Here’s why… (more…)
The complaints surrounding the battle between Superman and General Zod at the end of Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel have been pretty rife to say the least. During the final confrontation, Superman and Zod battle it out; causing apocalyptic chaos across the city of Metropolis. Hollywood films are fraught with destruction, what makes this any different?, I can here you all asking! Well, fundamentally, it all boils down to the fact that Superman is supposed to be infallible; he has suppose to have a code; a moral duty to prevent individuals from being harmed. Thusly, there doesn’t seem to be any thought for innocent standers-by when Superman throws Zod through a skyscraper, causing a hefty amount of collateral damage. Superman isn’t suppose to kill people, but yet, he does in Man of Steel, and you are about to learn why this is. (more…)
After Mark Ruffalo‘s superb performance playing the Hulk in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers (2012), his incarnation as the green-monster-with-anger-issues became a fan favorite; leading to the ultimate question “When will Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) be getting his own film.” Thusly, when Marvel Studios started rolling out Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor standalone movies, the Hulks absence from Marvel‘s release schedules became more apparent. Mark Ruffalo has appeased fans slightly by promising that the Hulk has a much bigger role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but will this suffice? It actually turns out there is a reason the Hulk has not been included in Marvel’s scheduling for a solo outing in the Cinematic Universe, and although you may be disappointed at first, it’s actually a really cool reason. We will leave you to judge for yourselves. (more…)
Having spent the best part of 15 years in Middle-earth filming six films, it’s easy to see how Peter Jackson will be having a hard time saying goodbye to J.R.R. Tolkien‘s world of hobbits, dragons, elves, orcs and the magical world of Middle-earth. However it turns out that Jackson may be suffering to let go; harboring a ‘never-say-never’ complex, which is further testament of his reluctance so say good-bye to the franchise completely. (more…)
In the comic book version of Marvel’s Civil War, a pretty key part is played by Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man; his backing of Tony Stark and the pro-registration movement was the watershed moment in the miniseries when Spidey unmasked as Peter Parker at the end of Civil War #2. When the plot line of the third Captain America was revealed to be based on Civil War, many fans wondered if it was a sign that Spidey might come home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially after rumblings over the last several months (confirmed by e-mails released by hackers last week) that Sony was looking at a Spider-Sharing deal with Walt Disney and Marvel Studios. As we know now though, that talk was just talk, and sources inside Marvel are confirming that Captain America: Civil War is now proceeding without Spider-Man. (more…)
Aside from being the son of a well-known film director, and for being an accomplished Academy Award-nominated filmmaker in his own right, Jason Reitman is perhaps most famous for his live stage readings of well-known screenplays at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Reitman has staged Ghostbusters and The Big Lebowski, in the past, but this month’s entry is truly ambitious: The Empire Strikes Back. As much as casting is tricky whenever one of these readings is mounted, it must be no easy task to fill the mythic shoes of Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams and Frank Oz. Reitman recently revealed who will play some of the key roles in his Empire reading, and in an interview he highlighted the reasons why he’s chosen the chosen ones. (more…)