2014 is halfway over.
For many film fans, this realization will be met with the usual impatient reaction of “can’t we just get to Fall and the good stuff already?” However, if I’m being completely honest, it’s somewhat surprising that it isn’t September by now. My year has been a blur; a frightening reminder that, though it may have moments of interminability, existence is ultimately finite and perpetually chugging toward oblivion, no matter how much I might’ve been entertained along the way.
But you didn’t click on this article to read my existential ramblings. What you really want to know is: what made up the best of the best of the first six months of 2014? Like every year, there was gold to be mined at the local cineplex, art house, on TV, VOD and via the numerous repertory lines established by studios to release their respective back catalogues. Sometimes the gifts are so great that an EOY list just will not suffice. You need a guide to the riches you might’ve missed during the first part of the calendar year as well. Thankfully, I’m looking out for your interests and have compiled the Bastards Guide to Entertainment — a fifteen slot list that details the superlative pieces of cinematic and televised entertainment this year has offered thus far. (more…)
After yesterday’s teaser for Noah, the film directed by Darren Aronofsky, based on the story of Noah’s ark, we are being treated to two full length trailers, and they’re pretty freakin’ epic. (more…)
Hulk Hogan is doing spin control after the release of a sex tape featuring him and his best friend’s wife, and naturally, he went on The Howard Stern Show to talk out his shame.
But in conversation with the Sternster, Hulk also talked about his successful movie career (Mr Nanny and Santa With Muscles had some kind of success), and the films he missed out on, and the films he’d like to be in. Let’s go to the videotape… After the jump. (more…)
There are some set pictures making their way onto the Internet today that show two of the villains from the upcoming James Mangold directed The Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman. We get a first look at both the Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee) and (Svetlana Khodchenkova) Viper.
Let’s get right to the pictures:
The only troubling aspect that grabs me is Svetlana’s blonde hair. Viper has green hair and lipstick. Perhaps she makes that transition in the movie so I’m not gonna nerd rage, knock over my monitor and throw my bag of cheese puffs across the room.
The (back) of that Silver Samurai costume looks ass kicking, I can’t wait to see the fight scene between Wolverine and the Silver Sammy. I can hear the metal clanging, spark throwing, fight in my head now.
Get your thoughts out in the comments section below. Are you pumped for this movie or expecting another Ho-Hum yawner like the last one?
Via: CBM & Spinoff
The Internet is full of rumors flying every which way. One never knows whats real, whats probably a joke, or what just might be someone’s pipe dream.
Last week that Internet began circulating, or perhaps perculating might be a better word, that Russel Crowe was in the mix to possibly star as Officer Alex Murphy in the forever-in-development reboot of RoboCop. Crowe himself has addressed the question, his answer looks pretty definitive to this NerdBastard:
Well, that’s gonna disappoint some, Crowe would probably do a good job as Murphy. We’ll still get our Crowe fix when we see him as Superman’s biological father Jor-El in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel next year, and Crowe did acknowledge that he is considering the title role in director Darren Aronofsky’s epic retelling of the story of Noah.
Meanwhile, RoboCop director Jose Padilha is still on the hunt for his Murphy. With Crowe out of the picture, who do you think should be the new RoboCop?
Curious about the state of the eagerly aniticipated, The Wolverine? Hugh Jackman recently talked details with Collider during a Real Steel promotional interview. Here’s what he had to say about the script from new director James Mangold and writer Mark Bomback and what they brought to the original Darren Aronfsky and Chris McQuarrie version,
We had a script that was under Darren Aronofsky’s directorial—it’s 85 percent the same. Darren took it in a Darren Aronofsky way and it’s a version I know fans would have liked to have seen – I would have loved to have seen it. James Mangold’s version of the script brought Mark Bomback on. We always had a strong base there. This is the best script we have had, which is precisely why Darren signed on. I tried to get Darren to do X3 and Wolverine and he was always like, ‘It’s not really for me.’ I knew he was looking for a comic book movie and he read this one and he goes, ‘Hey, this is the best one I’ve ever read.’ So there is a lot of meat on the bone there. Now, Mark and Jim have taken it and I think that it as strong, if not stronger, than what we would have had with Darren.
I’m totally cool with this new script being 85% the same as Aronofsky’s vision. Let’s be honest, I think we are all cranky we won’t get to see what Aronofsky would have brought to a super hero picture. Did you see his film, The Fountain with Jackman? Trippy and awesome. I know it was panned as too confusing, but that wild originality would have added such a punch to a Wolverine flick, I’m telling ya.
Oh well, if Jackman says the new revision from Mangold and Bomback is even stronger, I’m stoked. Now can you please wrap-up Les Miserables so filming can begin!!
On a scale of one to ten, how excited are you for a good version of a Wolverine movie? Y’know, something in the vein of his First Class cameo and less of the entirety of Wolverine: Origins.
Breaking NEWS: James Mangold is Fox’s choice to take over The Wolverine after Darren Aronofsky walked away months ago. The director has been offered the job, but hasn’t signed a deal yet. If matters proceed, The Wolverine should shoot this fall.
Will have more information as it rolls out. Keep checking back. FYI, Mangold is the director of such classic films like 3:10 to Yuma, Walk The Line and Copland. No Darren Aronofsky, but dudes got some chops. As far as we know, the Christopher McQuarrie script that Darren Aronofsky would have directed is still a go. It’s based on the classic Wolverine mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
Will Mangold be the perfect corporate puppet, or will FOX give the veteran director free reign? FOX is notorious for controlling productions (and ruining them) but they did recently give Matthew Vaughn pretty much free reign with X-men: First Class. The mentality of trusting directing might carry on.
Regardless, Mangold might be an odd choice, but he’s clearly got the talent to pull it off. What say you?
First off, I’m damn happy that there’s going to be another Hugh Jackman Wolverine movie in the near future. After the misfire that was X-men Origins: Wolverine, another Wolverine movie may be able to redeem the franchise. Sadly with Darren Aronofsky stepping down from the film because of his unwillingness to be in Japan for a year that leaves an opening in the director’s chair. With so many fantastic directors to invite into the mix just who will be spilling blood with adamantium claws?
The short list varies from the top of the pile to the bottom of the barrel in talent, but this is the final list of who we might see. In short we might see Jose Padilha, Doug Liman, Antoine Fuqua, Justin Lin, James Mangold, Gary Shore, Gavin O’Connor and Mark Romanek. As for what FOX wants, it’s anything goes with them. The list will most certainly shorten in the next few weeks. Padilha is currently working on a rebooted RoboCop and has also been attached to a another film, Tri-Border, which tightens his belt up quite a bit. Justin Lin is going to have some free time after Terminator 5 fell through thanks to Arnie and his new found habit of playing behind his wife’s back.
James Mangold and Gavin O’Connor might be a more unlikely choice in this situation, but James would be a better overall pick for the role. Anotine Fuqua comes nowhere near being a good choice right now, but Gary Shore might be a good choice. His stunning and beautiful cinematic ‘Wolverine vs. The Hand‘ short caught some attention. As for Mark Romanek, if he can blend the action with some well placed dramatic moments he may be calling action for the next year of his life.
The final call does go to the figureheads at Fox though and we’re going to have to like it or bitch incessantly online. Everything should be sorted out in the next few weeks, so start placing your bets on who’s going to directing Hugh Jackman in Japan. I hear Romanek is getting 10-1 odds on getting hired.
Darren Aronofsky left 20th Century Fox‘s The Wolverine to take on projects that would not take him away from his family, and it seems like he may have found that exact project.
According to Vulture, Aronofsky has shown interest in a 15 year old script entitled Human Nature by Jeff Welch with George Clooney to star. I must say, the plot is extremely intriguing!
It focuses on a man who is cryogenically frozen, and wakes up to find that humanity has become a pets of another species. Sounds a bit like Planet of the Apes meets Blade Runner mixed in with a dash of Sleeper for good measure.
With such big names behind it, you can guarantee it’ll definitely be an interesting movie to watch and I’d definitely give it a look!
It was quite a shock when Darren Aronofsky announced that he would not direct The Wolverine. After considering a year in Japan was too long of a commitment (whining something about being away from family) the cinemaster behind ‘The Wrestler’ and ‘Black Swan’ paused any chance the production had for a summer start. Even his relationship with star Hugh Jackman couldn’t keep him in the director’s chair. With no director and filming in Japan uncertain, thanks to the disaster currently in the country, it appears that the adamantium warrior won’t be ready to see the silver screen. However, that doesn’t mean that star Hugh Jackman is worried about it.
Keep those sideburns growing
In an interview with ComingSoon at CinemaCon, Hugh Jackman said:
“We need to find another director and once we’ve found that, we’ll be able to know. It’s too early to call on Japan, I’m not sure where they’re at, so now we’re finding another director, but Fox is very anxious to make the movie and we’re moving ahead full steam to find another director.”
If Jackman isn’t worried then you shouldn’t be either, right? A new director is fine but the script relies heavily on taking place in Japan (inspired from Frank Millers comic run), you just can’t replace Japan with another country and consider it all even. Did this sudden change in Darren’s choice of work strain the pals working relationship? Hell no, “This one didn’t work out but hopefully there’ll be another one,” the actor said.
Hopefully they get another director very soon to take over. It sucks to lose such a talented director like Aronofsky to scheduling conflicts and personal decisions but as long as they can cover everything by the end of the year they should be fine. Hopefully, FOX doesn’t hire some asshat director, like Stephen Sommers or Brett Ratner.