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    Friday
    Oct162015

    Is 20th Century Fox Trying to Make a 'Die Hard 6' Prequel?

    Other than Terminator, Die Hard is the other once great action franchise that has been completely ruined by modern-day Hollywood filmmaking.

    Back in February of 2013, 20th Century Fox released the 5th entry in the franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard. It centered on our hero, John McClane (played once again by a now tired and bored looking Bruce Willis) heading to Russia to save his estranged son Jack (played by the nice guy who I'm sure tries hard but sucks in everything, Jai Courtney). The McClane father-son duo get involved with the wrong Russian bad guys and well...chaos ensues from there. Safe to say, the film was an absolute disaster (despite being R-rated). It had terrible writing, shittier directing and probably some of the worst editing I've ever seen in an action film. It was a far cry from the original, all-time classic Die Hard, and made 2007's 4th entry, Live Free or Die Hard, look like Citizen Kane.

    While the film was ripped by critics (14% on Rotten Tomatoes), it still made a sizable amount of box office worldwide with just over $300 million (but only about $70 million of that came from the U.S.). It was thought that after the film's terrible reception that we may not see another Die Hard film for a while. Well, thanks to our lovely, current day Hollywood, we might be getting another one soon, and man does it sound awful.

    A new report suggests that 20th Century Fox is making deals with both Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (best known for the Transformers film franchise...Jesus), to develop a prequel of sorts which would still involve Willis' now older John McClane, but center on a flashback story set in 1979 when the character first became a gritty New York cop and learned how to...die hard.

    Are. You. Kidding. Me.

    This has to be one of the absolute worst ideas I have ever read in my over 6 years freelance writing about the filmmaking industry. First off, why would you now bring in a younger actor to play a character that has been world renowned and recognized as Bruce Willis? Say what you will about the guy and his current 'laziness' in Hollywood, but he IS John McClane. Secondly, we don't need to know how the character learned to 'die hard' because we already found that out in the original Die Hard! You want an origin story, just go back and re-watch the 1988 classic and greatest action film ever made.

    *sigh*

    I sincerely hope the studio execs and filmmakers behind this thing realize what a terrible idea it is. Apparently, Willis is being kept in the loop regarding this project but as we all know nowadays, he'll do anything for a paycheck. While I enjoyed Live Free or Die Hard, Len Wiseman is not a filmmaker, period.

    My suggestion (and I know this story and rumor has been floating around the web for years) is to bring back director John McTiernan (Die Hard, Die Hard with a Vengeance) and set the 6th (and FINAL) entry in Japan on the 30th anniversary of the Nakatomi Plaza terrorist/hostage takeover in L.A. The company flies in a now retired John McClane along with friends and family (so you bring back everyone from previous films) to honor his heroic efforts three decades ago, and from there...chaos ensues. You can make the villain a Gruber once again (maybe Hans' son), have McClane end up back in a high-rise Nakatomi building only this time in Japan, and make the series come full circle with McClane one last time saving all his friends and family from terrorists on his own. It is the absolute best and most perfect way to end the Die Hard franchise but will more than likely not happen because it makes too much sense for Hollywood.

    I digress.

    We'll (sadly) keep you posted on further developments of this project as it becomes available. It the meantime, I might go watch the Die Hard with Vengeance and think about what once was.

    Source: Deadline

    Sunday
    Oct112015

    Watch Hilarious Deleted Scene from 'The Martian'

    If you haven't seen The Martian yet, I don't know what you're waiting for.

    It's gotten glowing reviews, been #1 at the box office going on two weeks straight now, and is starting to get some serious Oscar buzz due to it's broad appeal and critical acclaim.

    While the film had many funny moments translated from the book to screen, there were also a lot that were cut. It's unknown how many of them were actually filmed, but above we have our first look at one of the deleted scenes from the film.

    It's basically just Matt Damon's Mark Watney character doing one of his video logs while conducting experiments for his fellow astronauts, but damn does he get some good zingers in there to poke fun at each of his crew mates.

    Enjoy the clip if you've already seen The Martian, and if you haven't, well, maybe this will convince you to go see the film like everyone else.

    When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

    Source: 20th Century Fox

    Tuesday
    Oct062015

    F. Gary Gray Expected to Direct 'Furious 8'

    After a well publicized back and forth on who will direct Furious 8 over the past couple weeks, it looks like both Universal and Vin Diesel have settled on their choice: F. Gary Gray.

    The Straight Outta Compton helmer reportedly took a meeting with Diesel last night (as the actor posted the above picture to his Facebook page) and word is that they have both agreed to work together on the 8th entry of the Fast & Furious franchise.

    This is quite a big deal for Gray. His recent commercial and critical success with the NWA biopic has made him a hot commodity in Hollywood and certainly with Universal. He was their top choice to helm the follow-up to Furious 7 but had to get Diesel to sign-off first. Ironically, both Diesel and Gray have worked together in the past on 2003's A Man Apart.

    While previous directors in the street racing franchise were bandied about to direct the 8th entry (James Wan, Justin Lin, Rob Cohen), some proved unavailable due to scheduling conflicts while others either weren't interested in returning or the studio wasn't high on bringing back. At one point it was thought Diesel might direct himself but obviously that was not going to happen with such a massive undertaking for a novice director.

    Pre-production is already underway on Furious 8 with principal photography expected to begin next year for a release on April 14th, 2017.

    Source: Deadline

    Saturday
    Oct032015

    'The Martian' Review

    Thursday
    Oct012015

    New Trailer for Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Revenant'

    If you're unfamiliar with the upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Revenant, I'll give you a quick breakdown:

    It's directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who won the Oscar most recently for both Best Director and Best Picture with last year's Birdman. It not only stars DiCaprio but also Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter and Lukas Haas. It's based in part on the novel by Michael Punke (The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge) in which the film's official synopsis is as follows:

    Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.

    That's not all though.

    You see, the director, Iñárritu, wanted the film to be as authentic as possible. This resulted in filming of the project actually beginning last October in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada and concluding just this past August in southern Argentina. Why such a long production you ask? It's because the crew only filmed with natural light, deep in the wilderness for authenticity. This led to a constant battle against the elements to get scenes filmed and ensure what is put on screen isn't a result of 'CGI'.

    As you can see from the trailer below, it looks as if everyone involved in the film has pulled off something truly breathtaking. Every scene here looks amazing and I don't doubt for a second this was probably the most grueling shoot any of the actors and crew members have gone through to make this film. If this thing doesn't end up a serious Oscar contender this upcoming season, I will be shocked.

    Sound off with your comments below. What do you think of the trailer?

    The Revenant opens in limited release on Christmas Day and expands nationwide on January 8th.

    Source: 20th Century Fox

    Saturday
    Sep262015

    Jamie Foxx Describes Opening Scene to Mike Tyson Movie

    A Mike Tyson movie starring Jamie Foxx is something that's been in the works for years, and by years I mean I can recall reading about it as far back as 2009 when Tyson was promoting his role in The Hangover. The former heavyweight champ joked that Foxx - in order to accurately portray his prime physical presence back in the day - would have to 'take a lot of steroids...lift weights...eat a lot'.

    Fast forward to last year, we got official word that not only would Foxx be playing Tyson in a film biopic, but that screenwriter Terrence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Wolf of Wall Street) would be penning the screenplay. Winter was coming off his Oscar nomination for the aforementioned film.

    Then earlier this year, it was announced by Foxx himself that none other than Martin Scorsese would be directing. This actually wasn't too much of a surprise considering Scorsese had frequently worked with Winter on a number of projects as well as the director's experience in helming a boxing film (Raging Bull anyone?).

    Not much has been heard on the project since, but just this morning I came across a video earlier this year (which I've posted below) where Foxx details the opening scene to the film and man, does it sound good. Mike Tyson's story has always been one of triumph and tragedy, going from being on top of the world to losing everything. For those unfamiliar with his life, I've also attached a clip from earlier this year as well when Foxx was on The Ellen Show, talking about playing the former boxer.

    Just check both of them out, I'm sure it'll grab your attention:

    Sources: Variety, Entertainment Weekly, YouTube

    Tuesday
    Sep222015

    New Promo Video for 'The Martian' Wants to Bring Mark Watney Home

    If you haven't noticed lately, a lot of posts on this site have been for the upcoming 20th Century Fox release of The Martian.

    There's other stories to write about in Hollywood currently, but this movie opens in a little over a week and it deserves to do well. It's based off a great book, it's got a hell of a talented cast, and from all accounts, it's turned out to be a fantastic film (still 97% on Rotten Tomatoes).

    So with that said, I have brought the new promo video for The Martian, featuring an in-world, global union to bring the United State's astronaut, Mark Watney, home safely. It's actually pretty well done, certainly showing off what I hope is a strong theme throughout the film of people coming together to save another...and on a global scale, that's pretty great.

    You can view the promo video below and sound off with your comments as well. What do you think of the promotion for the film thus far?

    “If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it's found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don't care, but they're massively outnumbered by the people who do.”

    Source: 20th Century Fox

    Sunday
    Sep202015

    Learn About the Ares 3 Crew and Their Mission from 'The Martian'

    So if you haven't been able to tell, the hype and fandom for The Martian is growing.

    The film hits theaters in less than two weeks, it's Rotten Tomatoes score keeps going up (now at 97%) and 20th Century Fox is seemingly taking out all the stops in promoting the heck out of it.

    The studio has now released an amazing Mission Guide for the film that you can view and download in PDF format by clicking HERE. Yes, HERE.

    The extremely detailed and beautiful guide gives a comprehensive look at each crew member as well as specifics of how the Ares 3 mission has come together, from inception to returning home.

    If you have a few minutes, take the time to view and read through it as it really is an awesome promotional piece for the film.

    The Martian hits theaters nationwide October 2nd.

    “Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”

    Source: 20th Century Fox

    Friday
    Sep182015

    New Clip from 'The Martian': Fear Mark Watney's Botany Powers

    Many fans of Andy Weir's novel, The Martian, are pretty psyched to see the film adaptation starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott.

    The trailers have looked great, the early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive (sitting at 96% currently on Rotten Tomatoes), and now we are starting to get some short clips from the film via 20th Century Fox.

    It's nothing spoiler-ish (I mean if you've read the book you basically know the movie), but the less than 1 minutes scenes are more to give you an idea of the tone for the film than anything else.

    In the clip below, it's basically Matt Damon's main character of Mark Watney doing one of his many video log entries to discuss how he's going to survive with limited food resources on Mars. The humor is seemingly there, along with the obvious visual detail you can tell the filmmakers put into what was a big budget project. See for yourself below:

    During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel.

    The Martian stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Donald Glover and Chiwetel Ejiofor. It is directed by Ridley Scott from a script by Drew Goddard.

    The film opens nationwide October 2nd.

    Source: 20th Century Fox, Rotten Tomatoes

    Wednesday
    Sep162015

    Director Rupert Wyatt Exits 'Gambit'

    Well here's a bit of a problem.

    After signing on to direct the film just three short months ago, Rypert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has left 20th Century Fox's X-Men spinoff, Gambit. The film is set to star Channing Tatum in the lead role of Remy LeBeau AKA Gambit, the card-wielding, Bo staff-fighting mutant from New Orleans.

    It's reported Wyatt's exit stems from script issues which have caused the project's budget to inflate, resulting in the shoot being extended and conflicting with another project Wyatt has been working on.

    The director had this to say in an official statement:

    "I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project. I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film."

    The film is definitely a high priority for the studio. With Hugh Jackman hanging up his claws as Wolverine in a couple years, they are banking on Tatum's Gambit to become the lead star of the X-Men franchise.

    My take though? I think Wyatt got the hell out of Dodge while he still can. After the disaster that was Fantastic Four, along with Tatum flirting with exiting the project himself just a couple months back, it's pretty obvious this thing is in trouble. I just hope they're able to land a solid replacement for Wyatt as director.

    We'll see.

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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