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It seems like something that you would only read when forced to for high school English class, but can you think of a better book-to-screen adaptation worth doing right now than Ray Bradbury‘s Fahrenheit 451? Okay, so George Orwell’s 1984 might make the first round draft pick, but Fahrenheit would definitely make the top three. Bradbury’s warning about the crush of culture, the dangers of distraction, and the attack on the importance of being well-informed is chock full of very ripe thematic material, which is probably why HBO has now got a lock on a new adaptation featuring a pair of very talented actors in the main roles. (more…)
In terms of new character debuts in pre-established movies, they didn’t come much smoother than when Chadwick Boseman took to the screen in Captain America: Civil War. Between Boseman as Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spider-Man they quite nearly upstaged with the two main characters, including the titular hero of the piece. So now that we know that Black Panther is ready for his own solo debut, the question must be asked, which characters will support this new hero in his self-titled adventure? And just like that, the internet answers with what looks like a leaked casting sheet for the main parts needing recruitment in the upcoming Black Panther. (more…)
One of the true breakout characters from Captain America: Civil War was Black Panther. Actor Chadwick Boseman completely nailed that character, and King T’Challa had one of the best character arcs during the entertaining film. As a result, general interest in Black Panther has increased exponentially. We already know that Marvel has a planned Black Panther solo film coming in 2018, and now casting is ramping up for the film. Creed director Ryan Coogler has already been confirmed as the director for the film. Yesterday it was announced that 12 Years a Slave Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is in negotiations to join as a possible love interest for the film. The cast continues to grow and so far these are great choices. (more…)
As you’re no doubt aware, there was a major movie awards ceremony this weekend and Fantastic Four, one of the most talked about genre flicks from last year, won and won big, picking up a slew of trophies including the (not) coveted main prize. A more deserving winner we can’t think of. Also, we had the Oscars. (more…)
With Creed passing the magic $100 million mark at the domestic box office and picking up multiple award nominations, MGM CEO Gary Barber has stated that there is now, “…no doubt that we are making a Creed 2. Sylvester Stallone, who of course reprised his most famous role of Rocky Balboa for the film, has gone one step further and dropped some ideas he and director Ryan Coogler may have had on the direction Creed 2 could go: (more…)
There are a number of ways you can read Creed as a movie. First of all there’s the cynical view that movie producers were looking for a way to capitalize on a vaunted Hollywood name – in this case, Rocky – in order to make box office money without really trying. Then there’s the view that Ryan Coogler and his Fruitvale Station collaborator Michael B. Jordan were trying to create a simple story about testing the limits of one’s capability and family legacy out of the whole cloth of Rocky’s history. But there’s also a third reading of Creed, what if it’s a movie about filmmakers trying to use the comfort of nostalgia and familiarity to deconstruct the Rocky mythos. (more…)
Jeff Sneider revealed during his Meet the Movie Press podcast, one potential Boba Fett director who has made a few visits down to “San Fransisco” **coughcoughLucasFilmscoughcough**, a contender to play Boba Fett, and their thoughts on the upcoming Star Wars film hype. Listen to Sneider’s comments in the video below.
After Rocky Balboa, the sixth entry in the most successful sports franchise in film history, fans of the aging boxer were perfectly content to hang up those gloves. After all, after six entries over three decades, it seemed like a safe bet that Balboa’s tale had been told. Well, many times a “safe bet” is anything but, and this year brings audiences the first spinoff of the Rocky franchise, Creed, with the super talented Michael B. Jordan taking to the screen as Balboa’s best friend/rival’s son, Adonis Johnson. In the latest trailer for the new film, viewers will have an opportunity to see just how tough it is to live up to the name of a legend. (more…)
Fantastic Four. I wanted to like it. I really did.
I actually found all the pre-release roller-coaster drama of the production’s ups and downs really intriguing. The idea for the creation of this movie was heavily maligned from the start; according to 20th Century Fox’s deal with Marvel, if they wanted to keep the rights to the FF franchise, then the company has to make a new film featuring the characters every decade or so, or else the rights will revert back to Marvel. Since it’s been eight painful years since the Galactus-bastardizing head-scratcher Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Fox felt obligated to pump another one out. Trust me, however, when I tell you: don’t feel obligated to go see this film.
I’ve finally reached my Rant Level when it comes to Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four Reboot. I’ve been able to let a lot of things go when it comes to the reboot, some I’ve even thought were kinda cool. When Trank cast Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm I was fine with it because Jordan was fantastic in Chronicle, Friday Night Lights, and Fruitvale Station. Leaning more toward the Ultimate FF4 origin story was OK, I mean I could live with it. “Thing”s started to get a little rocky with me when I saw this film’s version of my favorite ever lovin’ blue eyed Thing wouldn’t be wearing blue boxers, but I even let that one go. Now though, this latest trailer has pushed me over the line. What could possibly have started off this rant? (more…)