There could be no greater compliment for an actor than to be told by a writer that if he knew you would play the part so well he would have never killed you off. Mike Mignola said that of the late great John Hurt and his portrayal of Professor Trevor “Broom” Bruttenholm in the Guillermo del Toro adaptation of Hellboy in 2004. So we’re talking about big shoes to fill, not just because of the stature of Hurt as an actor, but because he left his mark on the part so thoroughly that del Toro had to bring him back for The Golden Army even if it was just for a flashback. (more…)
American Gods makes its way onto the small screen on Starz April 30th, based on Neil Gaiman‘s best-selling book of the same name. This new trailer sets a dark and bloody tone for the series produced by Bryan Fuller and Micheal Green which stars Ricky Whittle (The 100), Ian McShane (Deadwood), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Orlando Jones (Mad TV), Crispen Glover (Back to the Future), and Emily Browning (Sucker Punch). Check out the trailer below. (more…)
The first John Wick movie was a bit of a surprise. Outside of The Matrix Trilogy (and various kung-fu movies he filmed since then), Keanu Reeves has not had a huge action hit. Sure, the actor picks and chooses his parts wisely, but this is what we have been missing from him. The first John Wick had an almost embarrassingly simple plot: retired assassin’s girlfriend dies, she gets him a dog, a moron kills his dog and steals his car, he gets revenge on EVERYONE. That’s pretty much the plot for every B-Action movie.
However, John Wick is magical in its execution. Besides The Raid and its sequels, there hasn’t been a mainstream film that was just perfection when it comes to execution of highly stylized violence. The film was directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, both stunt coordinators by craft, and it really showed. It’s a no-brainer that a sequel would be greenlit. Enter: John Wick: Chapter 2.
NOTE: This review does contain some descriptive spoilers.
A notice of filming was passed around to businesses in the downtown core, a new TV series called Mister Chocolates would be here for a couple of days in the first week of May to film on the main street in Guelph, Ontario. The Mister Chocolates logo at the top of the notice was in cursive, and decorated with a cute little handle-bar moustache between the words “Mister” and “Chocolates,” a series described as “a tale of two friends as they travel across the American Midwest.” Why did that sound familiar… (more…)
Just the other day, it was reported that HBO would disallowing any advance screeners to press outlets, or anyone for that matter, for Game of Thrones Season 6. For those unaware, this is typically a tactic movie studios do when they’re not confident with their product and want to impede early negative press from the media. Never has this done by a TV Network – it’s unprecedented. And before you freak out, it has nothing to do with Season 6 sucking and everything to do with preventing spoilers. GoT is one, if not the highest, illegally downloaded TV series in history. With season 6 venturing into uncharted territory – going beyond the book series – the Network, cast, and creatives are trying their darnedest to keep a tight lid on things.
All the these efforts, and what happens? An actor goes and accidentally ruins things. (more…)
Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods has just announced quite the casting coup as Ian McShane (Deadwood, John Wick) joins the television series as Mr. Wednesday. McShane has been at the top of American Gods fans casting lists when it comes to Mr. Wednesday and it looks like the production felt the same. (more…)
Game of Thrones has reached a really exciting point. After the Season 5 finale, the show has officially caught up chronologically with George R.R. Martin‘s A Song Of Ice and Fire series. It will be different going into Season 6 now for viewers, because they won’t have one of the books as a cheat-sheet of sorts, letting them know what’s ahead- we’re in new and uncharted territory. The only thing we have to guide us in our plot guesses so far are some interesting casting additions; such as, most recently, Ian McShane. He’s totally playing into GOT fans’ penchant for creating pretty impressive plot theories, though, by giving us a major hint as to who he’ll be portraying. Warning- spoilers ahead! (more…)
Ian McShane (Deadwood, John Wick) has been cast in an unknown role for HBO‘s hit series Game of Thrones. I’m gonna just let that sink in for a moment. McShane is a personal favorite of mine and many others I’m sure. What role might he be playing? (more…)
Like a lot of Canadian kids, my first encounter with Hercules was with Adventure Cartoon Productions animated series The Mighty Hercules, which Global ran ad nauseam Saturday mornings well into my high school years. They were simple enough, with Hercules as basically the Ancient Greece Batman, beating up bad guys and taking them to prison on Mount Olympus, which, as it turned out, was as pitifully easy to break out of as Arkham Asylum.
Every couple of years or so, the myth of Hercules gets re-interpreted for a new audience, and in a new way. So far, there’s been two Hercules movies in 2014, the first one came out in January and starred some Twilight beefcake as the son of Zeus, but in the case of Brett Ratner’s Hercules it has the immediate ace in the hole of having Dwayne Johnson as the titular hero. Johnson’s charm and magnetism is a definite advantage to the film, and if the movie he was in was tighter it might actually equal the assets brought by its star. Ratner’s Hercules is a solid B-effort, but it had the potential to be an A. (more…)
The second attempt this year to re-infuse the Hercules mythos into Hollywood is making some Internet news today with the release of a new poster and full length trailer. Will Dwayne Johnson and director Brett Ratner‘s version fare better than Kellan Lutz and Renny Harlin‘s? (more…)